Andrew Finkel on Istanbul’s Tulip Trap… Istanbul news roundup…

Tulip Time in Istanbul
Tulip Time in Istanbul (Photo credit: tamra hays)

The Tulip Trap

from NYT > Turkey by By ANDREW FINKEL

While Istanbul celebrates its favorite flower, it is destroying its few remaining natural habitats.


Turkish PM resents project ?ruining? Istanbul?s silhouette

from Hurriyet Daily News

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has again excoriated developers..


Art Sold at Controversial Istanbul Auction Comes Partially to Light

from NYT > Turkey by By SUSANNE FOWLER

When dozens of valuable works by Turkish modern and contemporary artists that had been part of a university museum?s collection were about to be sold at auction earlier this year, an uproar ensued.



Istanbul Jazz Festival celebrates its 20th year

from Hurriyet Daily News

The Istanbul Jazz Festival, organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV)..


Between Orient and Occident

from Hurriyet Daily News

The Galata Bridge is one of the more obvious metaphors for all those clichéd oppositions that Istanbul is famously caught between: Occident and Orient; east and west.


Despite threats, Istanbul Jews mark Independence

Jerusalem Post

ISTANBUL ? In the Etz Hachaim synagogue in Istanbul’s riverfront Ortaköy neighborhood onMonday, the cantor raised his voice to chant a prayer for Israel’s fallen soldiers. The congregation, separated from the shopping district outside their place of


The Best Of Istanbul In 72 Hours

Huffington Post

A friend once told me that Istanbul is such a vast, vibrant and multilayered city that it would take years to truly know it, and he was right. Once at the heart of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, it’s one of the world’s most historically rich


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