Bring it on! Turkey’s Council of State most of whose members recently appointed by Erdoğan approves plans to destroy Gezi Park…

The ruling has stirred public outcry in Turkey, with the trending hashtag “We Will Not Allow You To Demolish Gezi” (#SanaGeziyiYıktırmayacağız in Turkish) addressing President Erdoğan.
An Istanbul court has annulled a large number of reconstruction project plans for multiple places in Istanbul’s centuries-old historical peninsula, stating that the projects will ease modern city life, but damage the peninsula’s original fabric.

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Following his arrival to Istanbul amid much fanfare, the formal signing ceremony of Dutch international striker Robin Van Persie is expected today
New Uber Boat Service Seeks to Bypass Istanbul’s Choking Traffic – VOA

ISTANBUL—. With the towering bridges that span the Bosphorus choked by traffic, a new boat service from Uber aims to capitalize on Istanbul’s .
İstanbul’s historic Sultanahmet is favorite destination to break fast during Ramadan

Muslim families break their fast in the historical Sultanahmet Square, the center of organized Ramadan activities in İstanbul, during the holy month of
Istanbul Modern has been awarded the 2015 Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor, one of the world’s leading travel website companies.
İstanbul diabolically ruined for petty benefits,’ PM says

The historic silhouette of İstanbul is currently under threat from skyscrapers that loom behind the city’s centuries-old mosques and minarets. (Photo: ..
 Istanbul’s Disneyfication

On June 30, the Hurriyet daily posted a story titled “Putting Breaks on Tarlabasi,” announcing that the decision of the Council of State (Danistay, the
Istanbul names street after Turan

A working class Istanbul suburb on Wednesday announced it would name one of its streets in honour of one its most famous sons, the Turkish football …

Istanbul to host UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee 2016 meeting

“The city of Istanbul, which has a special identity with its historical background that has expanded over centuries and its multicultural structure, will be .
Guide: Istanbul’s culture and arts calendar for July 2015

From a concert by Joan Baez to ‘Soccer in the Dark’ (a new twist on ‘Dialogue in the Dark’) here is a calendar for Istanbul’s culture and arts events for
 Istanbul has A Tale of Two Cities to tell at Meetings Show

The Istanbul Convention and Visitors Bureau (ICVB) kicked off presenting Istanbul at the Meetings Show in London yesterday at one of the world’s top
Solidarity rallies in Lisbon and Istanbul in support of Greek ‘no’ vote

In Istanbul, they marched to the Greek Consulate holding ‘no’ placards. Turkish protester Irfan Kaygisiz said: “Imperialist institutions and countries in
Istanbul Jazz Festival to end with closing party

The 22nd Istanbul Jazz Festival will end on July 15 with a closing party at the Uniq Open Air Stage. One of the most promising and creative trumpeters .
Bringing Ottoman Istanbul to life!

Impressed by the Ottomans after discerning their continuing influence while walking from Poland to Istanbul in 1991 (recounted in On Foot to the …
Rohignya exhibition series comes to Istanbul

“Exiled To Nowhere: Burma’s Rohingya,” a photography exhibition by acclaimed U.S. documentary photographer Greg Constantine, will open at .
Istanbul’s Down Cafe only employs workers with Down Syndrome

Istanbul’s Down Cafe only employs workers with Down Syndrome. A cafe in Istanbulhas hit the headlines for only hiring employees with Down
Istanbul Chinese restaurant attacked in protest at Uighur suppression

A Chinese restaurant in Istanbul, owned by a Turkish citizen who employed a Uighur cook, was attacked on July 1 by a group protesting China’s
 Soho House, Istanbul: Diplomatic mission to live the high life

You’re not allowed to take photos at Soho House Istanbul. I learn this the hard way: a polite tap on my shoulder as I raise my iPhone for a selfie.
‘Jazz in Ramadan’ in Istanbul and Ankara

At a press conference held at the French Palace in Istanbul, French Consul General Muriel Domenach said an iftar meal and public concert was held .
Locals and rights groups in Istanbul’s Kadıköy district plan to protest on July 4 the installation of turnstiles used to charge an entry fee for a public beach, saying this is a new practice of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (İBB)

Istanbul Has Hosted a Peaceful Gay Pride Parade for Years. This Weekend’s Was a Disaster.

As Quartz reports, “For more than a decade, the Turkish city of Istanbul has held one of the most visible gay-pride events in the Muslim world.
Jazz in Ramadan to bring musical relief to İstanbul, Ankara

French-Armenian jazz musician André Manoukian and his quartet will perform two concerts in İstanbul and Ankara as part of the 6th Jazz in Ramadan
“Exiled To Nowhere: Burma’s Rohingya,” a photography exhibition by acclaimed U.S. documentary photographer Greg Constantine, will open at Galata Fotoğrafhanesi in Istanbul on July 4

Top 10 hotels in Istanbul

History often comes served with a contemporary twist in Istanbul hotels. Choose from a boutique hotel that once housed a sultan’s tailor, a night in the
 Uber makes waves in Istanbul with boat service

Uber passengers in Istanbul have a whole new way to travel between continents: Speed boats. The ride-hailing company just announced a new boat …

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