Turkey is set to release up to 38,000 prisoners [for newcomers…] Updates on the Özgür Gündem raid…

Turkey is set to release up to 38,000 prisoners Turkey is set to release 38,000 prisoners as part of two new state of emergency decrees published in the Official Gazette on Aug. 17, in an apparent move to reduce its prison population to make space for thousands of people who have been arrested as part of … Read more

A fake satellite image about Rally in Yenikapı is widely used…

This image has been used by many, in Turkey but also internationally until it is debunked. In fact, despite the debunking, all pro-government media continues to use. We are going through a massive nationalist theatre in which there is no place for factuality or no place anything smaller than “mega” scale. The rally must be … Read more

As the third Bridge rises… An Istanbul News roundup…

Istanbul: Turkey’s capital dislodges Paris as the No 1 tourist destination Economic Times ETPanache spoke to four avid travellers to find out why Istanbul makes the cut. I love the sight of the sunset on the Galata Bridge. High tea at The   ISTANBUL’S ÜSKÜDAR Daily Sabah ISTANBUL ? On the Asian side is the … Read more

Today today. Images…

A protesting high school kid stopped (!) by police today. Fog in the city. Bosphorus Bridge today. via Ozan Sakin ?@osakin  Presiden Abdullah Gül double-faced. In one tweet he support freedom of expression, in another he informs us that he approved the new Internet bill so that it could be implemented quickly. Turkish gov?t launches talks with opposition … Read more

Syrian refugees in Istanbul… 3 towers ruining Istanbul’s silhouette to be shaved… Istanbul news roundup…

Syrian refugees decline to be moved to camps, Istanbul governor says Syrian refugees in Istanbul refuse to be moved to camps, Istanbul Governor Hüseyin Avni Mutlu said   Best 30 Songs About Istanbul | The IstanbulianEmre Kızılkaya Posted 25th November by Emre Kızılkaya. Sidebar. Home. Another Book On Istanbul Well Worth Reading. 5 Questions & … Read more

Cengiz Aktar: Olimpiyatlar İstanbul?un ocağını söndürecek

Olimpiyatlar İstanbul?un ocağını söndürecek   Yarın, 2020 Olimpiyatları kararı açıklandığında İstanbul?un kalan son canının çıkıp çıkmayacağını öğreneceğiz. İstanbul beşince defa olimpiyatlara başvuruyor ve üçüncü defa aday gösteriliyor. Hükümet İstanbul?un adaylığını inşaat ve turizm yoluyla ekonomik getiri ve spora özendirme olarak pazarlasa da Olimpiyat organizasyonu herşeyden evvel itibar ve kibir demek. Erdoğan?ın Büyük Türkiyesinin taçlarından birisi. … Read more

Citizens continue to resist here in Taksim and elsewheres in the 5th day. More images from a civic uprising #OccupyTurkey

Police hold Taksim under siege, continue raid on 5th day of protests The Turkish police?s crackdown against Taksim Gezi Park protesters continued on June 1, as clashes broke out in Istanbul‘s symbolic Istiklal Avenue and the Beşiktaş district. Raw: Police, Demonstrators Clash in Turkey Turkish police have let off tear gas and pressurized water against groups of … Read more

Construction of Istanbul new Bosphorus bridge starts with many old trees killed… Istanbul Design Biennial… An Istanbul news roundup..

news in Turkish here and here. Istanbul: A shock to the system Scholars and Rogues Istanbul, Turkey has been a shock to my system. It all started when our plane arrived 45 minutes early (but curiously took off 10 minutes late) into Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport. Delirious and exhausted, we exited the plane at 4:30a.m. to … Read more

Istanbul news roundup. FSM bridge repair ends, The weather is still hot and humid (!)

FSM bridge repair ends in İstanbul from Hurriyet Daily News Maintenance work on Istanbul?s cross-continental Fatih Sultan Mehmet (FSM) Bridge.. Istanbul’s migration profile lesser-educated Hurriyet Daily News Development Minister Cevdet Yılmaz’s response to the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Istanbul deputy Ali Torlak’s parliamentary question about ?migration to Istanbuland the problems stemming from it? revealed some … Read more

Istanbul struggles with hot weather but also traffic chaos due to incompetent officials…

Istanbul mayor on vacation as traffic chaos continues from Hurriyet Daily News Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbaş was photographed dancing a local dance in Artvin as traffic chaos in the city continues to give major headaches to commuters. Maintenance on Bosphorus Bridge to last even longer next year, minister says from Hurriyet Daily News Istanbul’s Bosphorus … Read more

the Guardians’s Cukurcuma top 10 guide, Istanbul at 79th spot in cost of living…an Istanbul news roundup

Top 10 guide to Çukurcuma, Istanbul The Guardian Istanbul’s antiques district, Çukurcuma, is now home to novelist Orhan Pamuk’s new Museum of Innocence ? explore its winding streets with Sarah Gilbert’s top     Istanbul ranks at 79th spot in cost of living Hurriyet Daily News (press release) Istanbul ranks 79 in terms of cost … Read more

“Istanbul Through The Lens Of Mustafa Seven” and more Istanbul news…

Instagram Spotlight: Istanbul Through The Lens Of Mustafa Seven (PHOTOS) Huffington Post This week we are featuring Mustafa Seven, a professional photographer whose raw photographs of different walks of life in Istanbul drive us wild. Scroll down for a slideshow. HP: Tell us about where are you from and what is your ‘day job’.   … Read more

Megan Fox in Istanbul, thinking Istanbul was just a town..Istanbul news roundup…

Megan Fox arrives in city for commercial from Hurriyet Daily News Hollywood actress Megan Fox arrived at Istanbul?s Atatürk International Airport yesterday at 5 p.m. Fox is visiting Istanbul to partake in the shooting of a TV commercial for Doritos chips. Fox is scheduled to stay in town for two days. http://storify.com/sakaerka/megan-fox-in-istanbul Megan Fox arrives … Read more

Susan Fowler: “An Ancient Angel Is Revealed in Istanbul

The newly revealed mosaic angel at the Hagia Sophia in  Istanbul.

An Ancient Angel Is Revealed in Istanbul
New York Times (blog)
By SUSANNE FOWLER After what seems like ages, a portion of scaffolding has been removed from the interior of the Hagia Sophia

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