Behind Gezi Park
Turkey’s recent civil strife, seemingly centered on the future of Gezi Park, has laid bare some deep historical wounds.
The Struggle for Istanbul
On May 29 thousands gathered on the shores of the Golden Horn in the historic neighborhood of Balat to celebrate the 560th anniversary of the Ottoman conquest of Istanbul. It was the kind of early summer Istanbul evening that gives a slight taste of the thick humidity to come in June and July. The city’s […]
Lost in Translation: James Bond’s Istanbul
The premiere of Skyfall marked Agent 007’s return to Istanbul, but which Istanbul? Certainly not Ian Fleming’s, whose contempt for the place drips from the pages of From Russia with Love.