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1970 | Squatter Towns of Istanbul

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M


French director opens independent film fest

from Hurriyet Daily News
The 12th !f Istanbul International Independent Film Festival opened last night with a special gala..


A weekend in ? Istanbul, Turkey

Atlanta Journal Constitution

Budget: Topkapi is the largest and oldest surviving palace in the world, built between 1466 and 1478. It’s the top Istanbul attraction, and wait times to enter can be lengthy. Arrive before it opens and plan a full day to explore this vast museum


Venturing to visit Istanbul’s famous walls

Hurriyet Daily News

Given all the recent articles on Istanbul’s city walls following the murder of an American tourist, perhaps you would be interested in excerpts from a firsthand account of people who lived inside the walls, which was published in this newspaper Sept

Istanbul’s homeless protest being removed after Sierra murder

from Hurriyet Daily News
A nongovernmental organization has protested homeless people?s eviction.
Maggie Rodriguez, who was supposed to to travel to Turkey with her friend Sarai Sierra, attends the funeral for Sierra, at the Christian Pentecostal Church, in the Staten Island borough of New York,

Sarai Sierra Murder Investigation Focuses On Homeless Man In Istanbul: Report
Huffington Post
Sarai Sierra was killed while traveling alone in Istanbul. The married mother of two left Staten Island on +Jan. 7 and was expected to fly home on +Jan. 21, but she never checked in for her flight. Her body was found with a severe head trauma on +Feb. 2.

Mayor promises cable car over Istanbul?s Bosphorus

from Hurriyet Daily News
A cable car across the Bosphorus main soon may become a reality.


Top 5 things to do in Istanbul

New Zealand Herald

Istanbul is one of those cities that leaves everyone who’s been there hankering to go back. But if you’re about to make your first appearance, here are five things you won’t want to miss. Istanbul’s Blue Mosque. Photo / Megan Singleton. 1. Aya Sofia or


EXHIBITIONS – Preserving Istanbul’s common historical past

Preserving the common past of Turkey and Italy in Istanbul is as important as economic cooperation, according to Italian envoy Scarante

Mobile auction bus on the streets of Istanbul

from Hurriyet Daily News
The only auction house on Istanbul?s Anatolian side, Karşı Müzayede, is set to hold the Joint Artworks


Istanbul Mayor Topbaş hints at ‘consensus’ on his candidacy

Hurriyet Daily News

Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbas, poses on January 7, 2013 at the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne. Minister of European Affairs Egemen Bağış and Minister of Transport Binali Yıldırım have been hinted as his potential


Lonely Planet’s guide to Istanbul

Istanbul’s strategic location has attracted many a marauding army over the centuries. The Greeks, Persians, Romans and Venetians took turns ruling before the Ottomans stormed into town and stayed – physical reminders of their various tenures are found

Sarai Sierra?s Body Is Returned From Turkey, but Mystery Remains

from Yahoo news
Sarai Sierra kept up with friends and family via social media when she traveled to Turkey, and that connectedness may have given her a false sense of security.


Istanbul Hunts for Sarai Sierra’s Killer

Daily Beast

In an interview with The Daily Beast on Thursday, Ertan Ercikti, the police official who oversees Istanbul’s homicide division, said his detectives are facing added pressure due to the high-profile nature of the case. ?We can’t work as freely as we’d

Report: Victim Had Affair in Istanbul

Daily Beast

The rumors are abounding over the death of 33-year-old New York mother Sarai Sierra, who was found murdered during a vacation in Istanbul. A new suspect, ?Taylan K,? reportedly had online communication with Sierra for several months, but denies any


In Istanbul, a Spray of Style

New York Times

For decades, the Istanbulers you’d find in the waterside Karakoy district were after one of four things: maritime equipment, electronic parts, fresh fish or prostitutes. But since the 2010 openings of two restaurants ? Lokanta Maya and Bej, an

From Istanbul, with love


I am a European, a woman, and a Muslim resident of Istanbul. In a Muslim land, I enjoy a life of freedom and opportunity in a modern, beautiful city, which has been Muslim since 1453. If I am accused of a crime, I have all the due process rights of

Ataturk Airport in Istanbul to be converted to a park

After the commissioning of the third airport in Istanbul, Ataturk Airport with an area of 11,700 hectares will be changed into a park, the Habertürk newspaper quotes IstanbulMajor Kadir Topbas as saying on Wednesday. Thus, the new park of Istanbul

Venturing to visit Istanbul?s famous walls

 Turkish Digest
Venturing to visit Istanbul?s famous walls

When does a date become old history? These days, in the world of literature any novel set 20 years ago or more becomes part of the historical fiction genre. Does a true adventure that occurred nearly 25 years ago count as the past?


Rediscovering Turkey’s finest: Istanbul is the most popular kid on the 21st …

The Independent

If you want a metaphor for modern Istanbul, look no further than the Marmaray tunnel. It’s currently being dug under the Bosphorus to link Sirkeci Station, near the Grand Bazaar, with the ferry port of Uskudar on the Asian shore. The work will take


Men flock to Istanbul for hair tourism

China Daily

Already known the world over for its baths, coffee and sweet Turkish delights, Turkey is on the road to adding another item to its roster of specialties: the mustache. Lip whiskers remain a highly sought-after mark of manliness in Turkey and the Middle



UNLV The Rebel Yell

On a cold Monday afternoon in Istanbul, while traveling with my group of UNR students to the world famous Blue Mosque, it began to snow. The instructor/ coordinator, Dr. Berch Berbeglou, told us that in the many years he has been conducting the program


Gallery Stroll: Istanbul

New York Times (blog)

ISTANBUL ? Unpredictable weather means winter isn’t the most popular season for visiting Istanbul, but it is a great time for gallery-hopping: Many of the best museums and art spaces in the Beyoglu district have just opened compelling new exhibitions


Istanbul Family Struggles Against Gentrification

from Bianet :: English
Ber family, residents of Istanbul’s controversial urban renewal district Tarlabaşı, try to survive in their homes despite municipalities’ water access restriction.

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