Istanbul: a trap for the disabled?

Anyone who has ever visited Istanbul will agree that it’s an enormous city, with lots of options for public transport. But how accessible is the city for its disabled citizens and visitors? And how much effort does the city put into these kinds of services? Text and photos By Astrid Vlaeminck and Iris Geerardyn In Bilgi University there is a unit especially for disabled students, … Continue reading Istanbul: a trap for the disabled?

Shaky Istanbul

Istanbul is located in an active earthquake area. For a city with more than 15 million people, it’s not possible to make every building earthquake safe. People are aware of the consequences of living there, but are stuck in their old apartments. Photos and text by Thirza de Raad and Iris van Schie Dozens of minor earthquakes and aftershocks occur yearly in and around Istanbul … Continue reading Shaky Istanbul

Living on a small island in a big city

Niyazi Dalyanci is a 76-year-old man, who was born in a small fishing village in Beykoz. But for the past twenty years he has been living on of the island of Burgaz, which is part of the Princes’ Islands. I had a very nice conversation with him, where he told a lot about his life, along with other fascinating things. Text by Brendan Mc Dade … Continue reading Living on a small island in a big city

The ancient art of Ottoman cuisine

When thinking of Turkish food, what immediately comes to mind is kebab, lahmacun and köfte. However, there is a lot more to find in the Ottoman kitchen. The Asitane restaurant in Istanbul has taken 500-year-old recipes from the palace archives and turned them into an ancient culinary experience. Text by Gijs de Boer, photos by Mila Emmer The ancient Ottoman Empire covers a time span … Continue reading The ancient art of Ottoman cuisine

Longing for a Büyükada without horse cruelty

For years, horse and carriage was the only means of transport on the Istanbul Princess Islands. Many horses were overworked, for tourism. But recently animal activists have started protesting this mistreatment. Nowadays, horse power has largely turned into electrical power on the island. Text and photos by Brendan McDade On the south side of Istanbul lays the island of Büyükada, the biggest of the nine … Continue reading Longing for a Büyükada without horse cruelty

Kanal Istanbul, much more than just a canal

Launched as a way to relieve the busy Bosporus, the prestigious Kanal Istanbul is planned to be one of the largest infrastructure projects in the world. The 44 km canal, for which preparations started in late 2019, is expected to cost 15 billion dollars. But is it really necessary? According to Emrah Altinok, assistant professor in the Department of Architecture at Bilgi University, the real … Continue reading Kanal Istanbul, much more than just a canal

Art: 440 pairs of shoes, of murdered women

For the last five months, a special art installation of hundreds of shoes has been on show in the streets of Istanbul. This exhibition honours the 440 women who became a victim of femicide in 2018. We spoke with Vahit Tuna, the Istanbul based artist behind the installation. Text and photos by Natasha Jahanshahi and Thirza de Raad On a tall building in Istanbul, 440 … Continue reading Art: 440 pairs of shoes, of murdered women

Uyghur camp survivor: ‘The Chinese guards laughed, checking our naked bodies. We couldn’t even cry’

In 2017 the Chinese government started a campaign to ‘re-educate’ the Uyghur Muslim population in Xinjiang. Since then, millions of Uyghurs have been imprisoned in concentration camps, where they are being mistreated, tortured or worse. In Istanbul, The International Angle, spoke with Jelilova Gulbahar (55), on her hardships in a Chinese prison. “They asked me: ‘please, tell the world what is happening. And so, I … Continue reading Uyghur camp survivor: ‘The Chinese guards laughed, checking our naked bodies. We couldn’t even cry’

Coping with national digital restrictions in Turkey

Growing up in The Netherlands we believe we know freedom very well. Freedom of expression, freedom of sexuality and so on. In Turkey, freedom of expression has been limited over the past 12 years. The Turkish government has been censoring porn websites and widely used platforms such as Wikipedia, Twitter and YouTube regularly in the country due to ‘insulting content’. But how exactly do young … Continue reading Coping with national digital restrictions in Turkey