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Will Turkey’s SunSplash be your festival of 2014?, Music

Will Turkey’s SunSplash be your festival of 2014?

SunSplash Festival’s organiser explains why people not interested in ‘fighting through crowds, dealing with temperamental security, standing in messy toilet queues, eating crap food and trying to find your tent in a muddy field’ are heading to Turkey this summer.

By | Music | Saturday, 3 May 2014 at 10:00 am

Ultramarathon man: Conquering Europe, Notebook

Ultramarathon man: Conquering Europe

A lot has happened since my last post and there have been a lot of ups and downs in my race against the clock to complete the European leg of my world run.

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 29 January 2014 at 12:49 pm

The pertinence and perils of twiplomacy, Arts

The pertinence and perils of twiplomacy

In the midst of the recent upheaval in Turkey, Prime Minister Erdogan has called Twitter the worst ‘menace’ to society. To be sure, these still hold, and while diplomats have stepped out of the halls of power and into the real world long ago, they now have to step into the virtual world ‘where the wild things are’ as well, if they want to be an effective force of good for their country.

By | Arts, Notebook | Friday, 21 June 2013 at 6:28 pm

One year on, no justice for Uludere victims, The Foreign Desk

One year on, no justice for Uludere victims

One year ago today, on a bitterly cold winter evening, a Turkish fighter jet attacked a group of its own citizens who were crossing the border from Iraq. A total of 34 civilians were killed, most of them children.

By | The Foreign Desk | Friday, 28 December 2012 at 11:05 am

A water crisis awaits Iraq, The Foreign Desk

A water crisis awaits Iraq

A crisis awaits Iraq following Turkey’s extensive dam building project claims Azzam Alwash, the director of one of the country’s largest non-governmental environmental organisations, Nature Iraq. Yet little attention is being give to his proposed methods to avert catastrophe.

By | The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 26 October 2011 at 2:14 pm

Kurdish protesters break into Northcliffe House, Notebook

Kurdish protesters break into Northcliffe House

A group of protestors forced their way into Northcliffe House today, to draw attention to the Kurdish crisis in Turkey.

By | Notebook | Thursday, 13 October 2011 at 4:38 pm

How Galatasaray became the world’s No1 sports team on Facebook, Sport

How Galatasaray became the world’s No1 sports team on Facebook

The most popular sports team in the world at the moment, according to the number of fans on official Facebook sites, is Galatasaray, with almost 4.5m fans.

By | Sport | Wednesday, 15 September 2010 at 2:54 pm

How you can help free an outstanding young American journalist imprisoned for reporting on human rights abuses

The excellent young American journalist Jake Hess – who is a good friend of mine – has just been imprisoned in Turkey in extremely worrying circumstances. Hess has been factually reporting from Southern Turkey for over a year now on way the Kurdish civilian population is being treated. Here’s a sample of his excellent reporting:
“Compared [...]

By | Eagle Eye, The Foreign Desk | Saturday, 14 August 2010 at 8:27 am

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