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Turkish “Muslim Leftists” on May Day

Recently the so called "Muslim Leftist" movement or "Green Left" has been growing among religiously minded progressive Turks. I visited my friend Kadir Bal and his friends -

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Knowing Spring Time in Kurtuluş LAST STOP

I desire to know this spring. Climbing at night the hill from Taksim and Dolapdere districts to my home neighborhood Kurtuluş LAST STOP I feel the hard night

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Egyptian Refugee/Immigrant in Istanbul

"Memo", 25, has been living on the edges of Istanbul society since last summer. He came in August of 2011 hopping to escape violence he had faced in

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Protesting Garment Workers on Free Speech News Radio (FSRN)

In January 2012 in the Hey Textile Company 420 textile workers – most of them women – were fired without cause. They were not paid their wages for

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Jesus’ Home: African Refugee in Istanbul

Isa (Jesus) is an African Refugee living on the margins in one of Istanbul’s toughest slums, Tarlabaşı. Listen as he describes his and fellow African Refugees' lives. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-C3A7jTvG68&feature=youtu.be   by Sean

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On the Outside with African Refugees

We met them at one of the many cheap “Sulu Yemek” (“Watery Food”) restaurants. They were West African Refugees from Sierra Leone living undocumented lives in Istanbul. They

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Istanbul, You Are Awake!

Today I walked across town, over the Ataturk Bridge which spans the Golden Horn and took these photos. The wind pressed hard on my face and I wore

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In Turkey Who Is Santa?

A few weeks ago during the Christmas season, Suleyman Yeniceri, a Turkish Müftü or Islamic Provincial Religious Leader gave a video talk on the Internet about what

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Racism Against Kurds After the Van, Earthquake

While the Turkish national response to the 7.2 magnitude Earthquake in the province of Van in eastern Turkey has been filled with remorse and a desire to help

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