The #Aspendos drama. Only ISIS can do worse than Turkey in damaging historical heritage…

Recent restoration work at the historical amphitheater of Aspendos has sparked outrage among tourists and cultural associations, as white marble has been used on the ancient site’s stairs and seats rather than stones of the original texture and color
The new design is reminiscent of the marble widely used in kitchens, in contrast to the dark grey original texture of the historical monument in southern Turkey
A bird’s-eye view of Istanbul’s city walls reveals the risk of devastation in the event of an earthquake for the 22-kilometer fortification due to neglect and dense residential areas around the structure
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has hailed the progress made in making İmam Hatip religious vocational high schools into more active and visible institutions during his term in power

The Raft Economy: Reporter’s Notebook

Ben Hubbard describes his experiences in Izmir, Turkey, where he reported on a “raft economy” that has followed a wave of migrants.
The list of journalists charged with insulting the President Erdoğan gets longer each day. Five journalists from Evrensel Daily have been sued lately.
Turks trust teachers and health workers the most while judges, politicians, religious leaders and journalists are among the lowest trusted professions in society, according to a recent study
A bull, which had been bought in Turkey’s western province of Kocaeli to be sacrificed as part of an Islamic ritual for the Feast of Sacrifice, escaped and ran for its life toward Istanbul
As Germany takes in record numbers of people fleeing Syria and other war zones, its large Turkish community is warning the country not to “repeat the mistakes of the past”.
Nearly 2,000 Syrian migrants have been holding a sit-in in the northwestern border province of Edirne for more than a week in the hopes of crossing to Greece, after they were prevented by security forces from traveling to European countries.
The row began last week when Reşat Kasap, the mayor of the eastern Black Sea town of Rize, said a statue of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Turkish Republic, in the town’s main square could be removed.

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