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On the Culture Front: Europa 2 on the Aegean Sea

Chris Kompanek | Posted 07.01.2015 | New York
Chris Kompanek

The Europa 2 feels less like a ship than a floating cosmopolitan boutique hotel. When I boarded in Istanbul last fall, I was greeted with a glass of c...

Sophia Jones

Rare Arabic-Language Bookstore Gives Istanbul's Syrian Refugees A Taste Of Home

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 06.12.2015 | World

Syrian book publishers Samer al Kadri and Gulnar Hajo, who are refugees from Damascus, opened their own Arabic-language bookstore in Istanbul on Friday.

Sophia Jones

This Russian Teen May Have Gone To Join ISIS. Her Dad Is Desperate To Bring Her Back

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 06.05.2015 | World

An undated photograph of Varvara Karaulova, provided by her father. ISTANBUL -- It’s been a week since Pavel Karaulov has heard from his daugh...

6 Insanely Cheap Summer Trips for 2015

SmarterTravel | Posted 05.28.2015 | Travel
SmarterTravel

This summer, why not go where the prices are unusually cheap and the dollar is unexpectedly strong? By weighing hotel rates and airfare prices alongside industry trends and local currencies, we've come up with six suggestions for fabulous and unquestionably budget-friendly vacations.

Conversations in Istanbul in the Wake of Charlie Hebdo

Meghan Nuttall Sayres | Posted 05.12.2015 | World
Meghan Nuttall Sayres

The temperature was a bracing 23 degrees F with high winds, but business was as usual in Istanbul's Grand Bazaar. Seated in an alley outside the Varol Çay Ocagi, a tea kitchen, I talked with Sefa Ulusan, one of the men who serve çay to the merchants and their customers on the north end of the maze of shops.

Movie Review: The Water Diviner... Russell Crowe Should Crow About

Carole Mallory | Posted 06.22.2015 | Entertainment
Carole Mallory

A tender, soulful Russell Crowe makes The Water Diviner work. Crowe as a farmer who has lost his wife and three sons gives a masterful performance.

In Istanbul, Producer Sona Tatoyan Is Ready for Her Close-Up

Christopher Atamian | Posted 06.21.2015 | Entertainment
Christopher Atamian

Some thirteen years ago, Armenian-American actor and producer Sona Tatoyan embarked on a veritable odyssey to produce a feature film adaptation of Micheline Aharonian Marcom's contemporary masterpiece, Three Apples Fell From Heaven.

A Thrillingly Colorful Vision of Istanbul

HuffPost Italy | Silvia De Santis | Posted 04.05.2015 | Arts

Yener Torun, 32, is an architect-turned-photographer who has lived in Istanbul since he was 14, and has now decided to show an unconventional side of ...

The Reality Behind Nixon and Khrushchev's Kitchen Debate: Cabbage Soup vs. Red Meat

Alparslan Akkuş | Posted 05.07.2015 | Arts
Alparslan Akkuş

To see how pictures can change the reality, and make the history, just take a look at before and after of an iconic photo taken by Elliott Erwitt unearthed in Magnum's "Contact Sheets" documentary.

Mind the (Gender) Gap

Senay Ataselim-Yilmaz | Posted 05.06.2015 | Women
Senay Ataselim-Yilmaz

Tackling this issue requires a change in a society's understanding of "what a woman can or can not do." Policies help. Signing treaties help. Yet, advocating a change in mentality requires reframing the conversation at the policy level.

The 8 Most Important Interfaith Monuments in the World

Craig Considine | Posted 04.03.2015 | Religion
Craig Considine

The following short collection lists eight of the most important monuments in the world in terms of interfaith dialogue and interfaith relations.

18 Key Findings at the European Business Angels Investment Forum

David Drake | Posted 04.05.2015 | Money
David Drake

It is important that we recognize the importance of angel investments in supporting startups. The European Governments know the importance of angel investment in funding startups and early stage businesses in Europe, so they provide tax incentives to individuals that back small businesses as well.

Meline Toumani, the Armenian Genocide and the Politics of Appeasement

Christopher Atamian | Posted 03.30.2015 | Books
Christopher Atamian

Meline Toumani's puzzling and sometimes maddening first book There Was and There Was Not: A Journey Through Hate and Possibility in Turkey, Armenia and Beyond purports to analyze the hatred still separating Armenians and Turks on the eve of the one hundredth commemoration of the Armenian Gencocide.

5 Cities Where Getting Lost Is A Good Thing

Shermans Travel | Posted 03.24.2015 | Travel
Shermans Travel

Sometimes, when you travel, a magical thing happens. You've put your guidebook away and just followed your nose, eyes or feet through a city.

Istanbul Led Me Back to Cairo

Mona Shadia | Posted 03.17.2015 | Travel
Mona Shadia

I realized I'd never explored my hometown the way I'd explored Istanbul. I'd never given it the chances I'd gave to Istanbul. Though I greatly admire it, I'd never been open to its possibilities. Every magnificent spot in Istanbul reminded me of something about Cairo. So this is where I'm going next.

Turkish Leftist Group Retracts Claim Of Responsibility For Istanbul Bomb Attack

Reuters | Humeyra Pamuk | Posted 03.11.2015 | World

ISTANBUL, Jan 9 (Reuters) - A far-left Turkish group on Friday retracted its claim of responsibility for a suicide bombing of a police station in c...

Leftist Group Claims Responsibility For Istanbul Suicide Bombing

AP | DESMOND BUTLER | Posted 01.07.2015 | World

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish leftist group has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at an Istanbul police station on Tuesday that killed an off...

Officials: Female Suicide Bomber Kills Police Officer In Istanbul

AP | DESMOND BUTLER | Posted 03.08.2015 | World

ISTANBUL (AP) — A female suicide bomber blew herself up at a police station in Istanbul on Tuesday, killing one policeman and wounding another, acco...

Turkey Approves Construction Of First New Church In Nearly A Century

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 01.05.2015 | Religion

Turkey is getting a brand new church for the first time in nearly a century. The $1.5 million Virgin Mary Syriac church will be built in the Istanb...

15 Gay Places to Go in 2015

Billy Kolber | Posted 03.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Billy Kolber

Photo Credits (cc) Flickr The places themselves aren't gay (one of them still criminalizes homosexuality!) but if you are, this is the ultimate guid...

Why the Syrian Refugee Crisis is the Greatest Humanitarian Disaster of Our Time

Negar Mojtahedi | Posted 02.08.2015 | World
Negar Mojtahedi

Harsh winter weather is fast approaching in the Middle East. If the member states of the United Nations don't do something soon, the world's failure to deal with the catastrophe that is spilling out of Syria's civil war, could soon reach historic proportions.

LOOK: The Ultimate "City Of Cats"

Kevin Richberg | Posted 02.08.2015 | Travel
Kevin Richberg

They welcome the opportunity to entertain visitors, and if you bring them some treats, they just might pose for you.

Istanbul's Newest Hotel Is a Stunner

George Hobica | Posted 01.21.2015 | Travel
George Hobica

The Raffles Hotel group is spreading its wings from its Singapore base. No, there's no Istanbul Sling on the menu.

Winter Sleep, Winner of the Palme d'Or, Tipped for the Academy Awards' Best Foreign Language Film

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 01.19.2015 | Entertainment
Helen I. Hwang

Winter Sleep, winner of the Palme d'Or and FIPRESCI Prizes at this year's Cannes Festival, is a film centered on brilliant dialogue where the subtleties of the relationships are slowly unveiled through conversations of what's said and not said.

Turkey Ambivalent on LGBTQI Population

Irene Monroe | Posted 01.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

Turkey is a country conflicted when it comes to its LGBTQI population. On the one hand, Turkey was the first country in the Muslim world to hold an LGBTQI pride march, but on the other, the rate of hate crimes against LGBTQI people in Turkey is the highest among European countries.