for a change, Biden visited Samatya of Istanbul…and Istanbul news roundup…


Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands with a fish monger in Istanbul

Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands with a fish monger in the Samatya Square neighborhood in Istanbul, Turkey, December 4, 2011. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

Vice President Biden Checks Out Istanbul’s Samatya Square

The White House (blog)

Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands with a fish monger in the Samatya Square neighborhood in Istanbul, Turkey, December 4, 2011. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann) Vice President Joe Biden had one last stop to make in Istanbulearlier

For the First Time Ever: Ashura Tent in Istanbul + Pics

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) – In cooperation with Ahlulbayt Institution in Turkey, Holy Shrines in Iraq coincide with the Muharram Mourning held an exhibition in Istanbul, in the main square between the Sofia and the Sultan Ahmet Mosques.

Istanbul gets record budget for 2012, transport funds leading

Hurriyet Daily News

A record consolidated budget of 19.45 billion Turkish Liras has been allocated to theIstanbul Metropolitan Municipality for 2012, a figure that exceeds budgets for 18 Turkish ministries. The Istanbul municipality’s consolidated budget for next yea

New museum dedicated to photography opens in city

Hurriyet Daily News

Turkey’s first photography museum, the Istanbul Photography Museum, opened Saturday in collaboration with the Fatih Municipality and the Photography Friends Association. The museum, covering an area of 1000 square meters in Fatih’s Kadırga district

Film festival in İstanbul looks to sustainable future

Today’s Zaman

The third edition of the Sustainable Living Film Festival is set to kick off in İstanbul on Friday in what will mark the second time the city has hosted the event. A three day celebration of cinema promoting sustainable living, the festival will host

Istanbul International Short Film Festival set for Now 23-30

The Festival will be made possible by the sponsorship of Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, French Culture Center, Dutch Consulate General in Istanbul and the Goethe Institute. The Festival will kick off with a ceremony to be held at the French

Short films on screen at Istanbul festival

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ISTANBUL
The 23rd International Istanbul Short Film Festival starts on Nov. 23 at the French Culture Center. The festival will showcase Turkish and international films, offering a program of discussion and workshops.

Eat Your Way Through Istanbul (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post (blog)

If I learned one thing from my trip to Istanbul it was this: Avoid full meals. Amazing food is around every corner. So if you polish off a scrumptious grilled lamb kebab for lunch, when you pass a window filled with bright, glistening vegetables and

Countdown to 23rd İstanbul International Short Film Fest

Today’s Zaman

After weeks of waiting, the İstanbul International Short Film Festival, a celebration of short films from all over the world, is set to kick off on Wednesday at 8 pm at the French Cultural Center in Taksim. Now celebrating its 23rd edition

Istanbul: readers’ tips, recommendations and travel advice

Readers offer their advice for holidays in Istanbul. Send us your tips for the chance to win a break in Val d’Isere. One of my favourite places in Istanbul is Eyup. This is one of the holy places of Islam; the tomb of Eyup Ensari, a companion of the

The brains behind İstanbul’s transporation wonder: the Metrobus

Today’s Zaman

İstanbul’s Metrobus network, on which hundreds of thousands of İstanbulites travel every day, is controlled centrally from a command center that looks little like a space station. This station opened its doors for the first time ever to the press,

Istanbul,Cairo top Middle East cities in Ericsson Networked Society Index

Business Intelligence Middle East (press release)

The second edition of Ericsson’s (NASDAQ:ERIC) Networked Society City Index ranked Istanbul and Cairo amongst the world’s 25 largest cities according to their ability to transform Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to social

Another stab into Istanbul’s silhouette on Bosphorus

National Turk English

The beautiful silhouette of Istanbul was violated as ugly skyscrapers rise in the horizon seen between the minarets, now the ancient naval museum and Dolmabahce Palace are about to fall victims to an ugly hotel construction in Besiktas district.

A First and Fantastic Visit to Istanbul | Europe Forum | Fodor’s Travel …

By dina4

We arrived in Istanbul on a Monday in early July at noon and stayed for three nights. Of course, we wanted to maximize our time and do as much as we could since we weren’t sure we would be back to this part of the world again for a while

6th edition of Contemporary İstanbul fair unveiled

Today’s Zaman

One of the highlights of the winter cultural agenda in Turkey, the sixth edition of the international contemporary art fair Contemporary İstanbul — an event widely viewed as Turkey’s most prestigious contemporary art platform — kicked off on Thursday

Istanbul: Direct line to Turkey’s past

The Independent

On the lower shores of the Golden Horn ? the oozy inlet of the Bosphorus that divides EuropeanIstanbul from its touristy historic centre ? I witnessed my favourite fiddle. The trick is known across the Mediterranean as the gold ring scam.

Istanbul’s Opera Hotel uses megapixel IP cameras to protect guests
By IQinVision San Juan Capistrano, CA, November 29, 2011?IQinVision, market leader in high-performance HD megapixel IP cameras, today announced that the 5-star Opera Hotel in Istanbul has deployed a wide range of IQinVision HD megapixel cameras in


Istanbul Adventures IX: Random Act of Kindness
Daily Sundial
By Kat Russell The Galata Tower, or Christea Turris in Turkish, is a medieval stone tower located in the Galata District in Istanbul. Locals gather, in the evenings, in the courtyard surrounding the tower and socialize, drink, and play tavla



Contemporary Istanbul 2011 Celebrated its 6th Anniversary

Focus on Travel News

The premier art fair of the region gathered art lovers on November 24-27 at Istanbul Congress Center, Exhibition Area and Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Center, Rumeli Hall. Contemporary Istanbulshowcased contemporary paintings, sculptures

Wild Beasts to haunt Istanbul for the second time at Babylon

Hurriyet Daily News

English band, Wild Beasts will be playing at Babylon, where they will give their secondIstanbul performance on Nov 29. Company photo The English band will be playing at Babylon, where they will give their second Istanbul performance Nov

İstanbul Archeology Museum begins quake retrofitting

Today’s Zaman

Work has begun to make the İstanbul Archaeology Museum more quake-resistant so as to prevent damage to its historic and valuable artifacts should an earthquake strike İstanbul. The recent earthquakes that shook eastern Turkey exposed the vulnerability

Istanbul Archaeology Museums prepare for a possible earthquake

Hurriyet Daily News

Officials at the Istanbul Archaeology Museums are continuing work to protect the facility’s cultural treasures in the event of a possible earthquake. Maintenance and renovation works have continued in the museum since 1999 to reduce the damage of a

6th Contemporary İstanbul fair draws 62000 visitors

Today’s Zaman

The sixth edition of the international art fair Contemporary İstanbul drew to a close on Sunday, bettering the visitor count of last year’s edition by 20 percent to see a total of 62000 art lovers and 2100 collectors visit the fair over its five-day

Archive presents a half-century of Istanbul’s faces

Hurriyet Daily News

The artist is aiming to discover the cultural heritage of Istanbul via the photographic archive of Armenian photographer The photography archive of Maryam Şahinbaş features is made up of approximately 200000 photos. A great lover of heritage and

Istanbul Design Biennial


Emre Arolat and Joseph Grima have been appointed as the curators of the first Istanbul Design Biennial, which will be realized between 13 October?12 December 2012 by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts. The curators will independently

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