(little bit of) snow photos from istanbul today and an istanbul news roundup…



İstanbul crowds welcome New Year
Today’s Zaman
Despite the rainy weather, İstanbul’s Taksim Square saw a magnificent New Year celebration show. (Photo: Today’s Zaman) Complete with all of its good moments and bad, Saturday saw the passing of another year in İstanbul. The city was largely quiet on
Memorable concerts in İstanbul mark year’s end
Today’s Zaman
As 2011 came to an end, the last week of December offered concerts everywhere inİstanbul, and most programs were dedicated to the New Year just around the corner, while one offered premieres of pieces written long ago. From Moscow, the eminent

Istanbul’s Emek theater under threat
The famous Istiklal Street in Istanbul, Turkey is undergoing a transformation as the old is jettisoned for the new. (Mustafa Ozer/AFP/Getty Images) ISTANBUL ? Turkey’s cultural capital is undergoing a major transformation in its bid to modernize.

Foreign tourists visiting Istanbul hit 8 million in 2011

from Hurriyet Daily News
The number of foreign tourists visiting Istanbul has reached 8 million in 2011, official data said.

A colorful history of Finnish design on display in İstanbul
Today’s Zaman
Harri Kivilinna, the curator of the Marimekko show at Milli Reasürans Art Gallery inİstanbul, says artists in Finland still wear the company’s ?Jokapoika? shirts. (PHOTO TODAY’S ZAMAN, ONUR ÇOBAN) A traveling exhibition documenting the 60-year history

Istanbul through an iPhone lens | Matador Network
ISTANBUL IS A CITY where you can score some pretty amazing photography. The problem is … a raw image. Here is Istanbul through the lens of my iPhone

Istanbul Takes Measures To Attract Foreign Investors
Seeking Alpha
Since 1998, the Istanbul Stock Exchange has spent $1 billion building 400 schools across Turkey. Now the Turkish administration is moving to assert greater regulatory control over the exchange. The government passed a decree last month aiming to

Turkey: Istanbul A Hub For Islamic Art Theft
Eurasia Review
By Dorian Jones As the international art market has turned its attention ? and resources ? to Islamic art, Istanbul has become a growing hub for stolen artifacts. Sixty-eight thousand historical objects were recovered in 2010 by the police,


Jobseekers from Greece try chances in Istanbul

from Hurriyet Daily News
The peaceful atmosphere between Turkey and Greece is a major factor in Greeks ..

Istanbul: Big Trouble in Little Kurdistan
By Piotr Zalewski / Istanbul Monday, Jan. 09, 2012 Pro-Kurdish demonstrators chant slogans during a protest in Istanbul on Dec. 29, 2011, against a Turkish air strike that killed 35 Kurdish smugglers in southeast Turkey In Karayollari,

Nuri Bilge Ceylan to head international jury at İstanbul film festival
Today’s Zaman
Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan will lead the jury for the ?international feature? competition at this year’s İstanbul Film Festival, the organizers of the long-running event announced on Monday. Theİstanbul Foundation for Culture and Art (İKSV) also

Tender for Istanbul’s third bridge
Hurriyet Daily News (press release)
Prominent foreign and local contractors are set to race today for a tender by the country’s highway authority to build a third bridge over Istanbul’s Bosphorus and surrounding roads. The winner of the Northern Marmara Highway Project will have the

Istanbul and Its Many Faces | Straw Hat Visuals Blog
By Bill Frakes
In this documentary, we sought to capture the people and places that make Istanbul the metropolis it is. It’s an ancient city with modern rhythms. It has been inhabited for more than 5000 years, hosting empires such as the Ottomans and


New Tower to Dwarf Istanbul?s Minarets – Emerging Europe Real Time – WSJ

Japanese companies join forces for Istanbul bridge
Hurriyet Daily News (press release)
Turkey is seeking investors to build a third bridge to connect two sides of Istanbul. Four Japanese firms are still interested in building a third bridge over Istanbul’sBosphorus following the failed tender by the Turkish government Jan



Erdoğan gives order to protect İstanbul skyline
Today’s Zaman
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has given orders to the relevant ministries to preserve İstanbul’s historic skyline, which is under threat by new constructions that are often tall buildings or skyscrapers that loom behind the city’s centuries-old


My Istanbul
Istanbul is a city that I discovered by chance. My business first took me there in the year 2002. Since then, Istanbul beckons frequently. The city is soaked in a rich heritage owing to the fact that it has served as the capital of three empires

New Tower to Dwarf Istanbul’s Minarets
Istanbul’s evocative skyline is set to be capped by a new peak, as architects on Wednesday unveiled plans to build a tower almost 300 meters high, which will rival the highest buildings in Europe. Scotland-based architectural firm RMJM’s office in

My Istanbul
Forbes India
Since then, Istanbul beckons frequently. The city is soaked in a rich heritage owing to the fact that it has served as the capital of three empires ? Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman. I like to stay at Swissotel, Taksim, because of its exceptional

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