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Europe’s Troubled Cousin

Europe’s Troubled Cousin

For Europeans, Turkey is a conundrum. Why can’t Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan just be reasonable about the protests about Gezi Park? The question seems to be on everybody’s mind, yet European leaders continue to speak softly, as if not to awaken the beast. There have been a few critical remarks here and there, as […]

Book Review: Orhan Pamuk’s Istanbul

Istanbul: Between West and East In his foreword to Ara Güler’s Istanbul, the 2009 retrospective of the great Turkish photographer, author and Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk pays a distinct tribute to Güler’s richly textured black-and-white images by acknowledging how “through these photographs, I learned to look at Istanbul and recognize its essence.” Pamuk encountered the […]

Istanbul: The Bazaar

Once in downtown Istanbul, Asia seems closer than ever. It takes a 20-minute ferry ride over the Bosporus and there you are – in a different world. Coming from the port, we make our way across the main road and enter the Kadiköy market from the side. The moment we walk up the narrow street, […]

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