• Erdogan_government_criticized_wildfires

    BOZALAN, TURKEY | As Turkish fi re crews pressed ahead Tuesday with their weeklong battle against blazes tearing through forests and villages on the country’s southern coast, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government faced increased criticism over its apparent poor response and inadequate preparedness for large-scale wildfires.

  • turkey_afghanistan_immigration

    Twenty-eight days into their journey out of Afghanistan , a woman and her five children are sitting in the shade near a bus station in Tatvan , a town on the shore of Lake Van in eastern Turkey.

  • wildfires_turkey

    The sky above one of Turkey’s bestloved resorts glowed orange in the midday heat, the sun blanketed behind clouds of smoke. The stench of burning trees hung heavy and flecks of ash dropped around the sun loungers.

  • Istanbul City

    Hediye Bas blames the dams, highways and network of tunnels cutting through the wooded Ikizdere Valley in north-east Turkey for choking water supplies and stunting her crops. Now work on a planned quarry is proving a breaking point and eroding her support for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

  • Turkey lira

    Turkish markets have been given another shock with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s decision to fire a respected central bank governor after four months in the job and replace him with a relative unknown.

  • Turkey central bank

    If Turkey’s biggest economic challenges are chronic inflation and a plunging lira, then Sahap Kavcioglu, its new central banker, has unorthodox ideas on how to tackle them.

  • interview with Polish expat Anna in Turkey

    Anna is a Polish expat woman living in Turkey. She came to Turkey in 2011, and in this interview shares how it is to be a foreign woman in Turkey for her. Read about how she is trying to make a business out of a passion, what kind of adjustments she had to make when settling in Turkey and more about her expat experience in Turkey.

  • Ramadan Turkey

    Ramadan is a religious period of time that tests the strength, determination and goodwill of Muslim men and women all over the land. Mortal souls that follow the religion of Islam  put themselves through the ultimate endurance test by abstaining from food, drink and intimate contact during the hours of daylight.

  • Turkish culture traditions

    One thing you will soon realize when visiting Turkey is part of the Turkish culture involves being very sociable. Turkish people love to meet new friends and think nothing of spending half the day talking to a complete stranger while putting the world to rights. People who come from countries that are reserved may be in awe of the friendly nature shown to everyone. Here is why there is a guide on Turkish culture and social traditions that you will encounter when visiting Turkey.

  • Turkish tea

    People who are unfamiliar with the country of Turkey assume the national drink is coffee, but in fact, tea is the inseparable drink of Turkish culture. Women, family, and friends often meet in tea gardens, while men flock to the male dominated teahouses that are a focal point of most villages and towns.
    Meaning “To love is like tea, to be loved is like sugar. The poor like us drink their tea without sugar.”

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