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Istanbul's Newest Hotel Is a Stunner

George Hobica | Posted 11.21.2014 | 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 11.19.2014 | 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 11.17.2014 | 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.

Sophia Jones

As Syria's War Rages Next Door, Students Violently Clash At Turkey's Oldest University

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 11.03.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- Forty years ago, Istanbul University was a battleground for clashes between leftist and far-right student activists, leading up to the Tur...

Is Anybody Out There?

Emre Celik | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Emre Celik

It's unfortunate when an organization tasked with providing help to the needy must ask for help itself. It's even more unfortunate when the help it seeks is rooted in deliberate and systematic suppression.

Sophia Jones

Istanbul Fashion Week Opens With Ottoman Flair

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 10.14.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- Istanbul Fashion Week, abuzz with Turkey’s forefront designers and fashion icons, opened Monday with a salute to the country’s rich pa...

Top Places to Stay, Eat & Explore in Turkey

Karen Schaler | Posted 09.24.2014 | Travel
Karen Schaler

Turkey is a Travel Therapy favorite destination offering so many unique, once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences. From the stunning scenery, the histo...

Get Free International Stopovers on These Airlines

Hopper.com | Posted 09.23.2014 | Travel
Hopper.com

For adventurous travelers, a free trip to an exotic city is a mouthwatering prospect. Stopovers -- connections between flights of more than 24 hours -- provide a sneaky way to do just that, giving travelers two holidays for the price of one.

Burqas And Mankinis In This Playful, Colorful City Of Contrast

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 09.12.2014 | Travel
Kathleen Peddicord

You know," remarked my young son-in-law Harry to the rest of us one day as we gazed appreciatively upon the neat and symmetrical displays of brightly colored candies in yet another notable Istanbul shop window, "Maybe we shouldn't be saying that Istanbul is just like Paris. Maybe we should be saying that Paris is just like Istanbul."

What You Get In Europe For $250 Per Night

Oyster | Posted 11.11.2014 | Travel
Oyster

Not every destination around the globe will deliver the same level of accommodations for your travel dollar. That's why we decided to launch a new series to expose just how much bang for your buck you're actually getting on your trip.

Sophia Jones

Jewish Corset-Shop Owner Fights Eviction To Keep His Slice Of Istanbul History

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 09.03.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- Three generations of men in Ilya Avramoglu’s family have devoted their lives to women’s undergarments. But after 78 years in busine...

Why Mega-Cities Are Mega-Awesome: 8 Bustling Metropolises We Love

Oyster | Posted 10.17.2014 | Travel
Oyster

Though they may be a bit busier than the countryside, cities are hubs of history, culture, and entertainment. So we suggest you leave the quiet country behind and give the city a whirl. Here are eight megacities we can't get enough of.

This Is The Perfect EuroTrip Finale

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 08.14.2014 | Travel

We've discovered the ideal end to your EuroTrip. Known as a cultural, financial and hipster hub of Europe, Istanbul, Turkey bumps with crowds and n...

4 Things You Must Know Before Going to Istanbul

Gail Nakada | Posted 08.30.2014 | Travel
Gail Nakada

The city is a full-on, fantastic cultural assault that may bewilder but never, ever disappoint travelers. Make Istanbul travel-drama free with these important tips.

If There Are U.S. Air Strikes, They Should Not Be For the Purpose of Propping Up the Failed Iraqi State

William Bradley | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

While the Iraqi military, with some help from Iran and the U.S., may be able to hold on to what is left within its purview, it's hard to see it reclaiming much territory without major foreign interventions. Which could easily backfire, both for Tehran and Washington, the only capitals which might be involved.

Time for a Council of Europe in the Middle East and North Africa

Sasha Toperich | Posted 08.09.2014 | World
Sasha Toperich

If some version of the Council of Europe were established in the Middle East and North Africa, it may serve as a good platform to address and resolve the leading obstacles to closer integration.

Burning Barricades, A Tiananmen Vigil And D-Day On Normandy's Beaches: Week In Photos

Posted 06.07.2014 | World

Nothing quite compares to the power of a photograph to communicate the goings on in the world. Ranging from the serious to the silly, these photos off...

Keys To Peace: Davide Martello Gives To The Road

Mike Dunphy | Posted 08.03.2014 | Impact
Mike Dunphy

In one small village in Germany, when the police arrived to shut down his performance, the people held hands in a circle around the piano to stop them. Later in Stockholm, a couple got engaged in front of him.

The 19 Most Stunning Sacred Places Around the World

minube | Posted 07.20.2014 | Travel
minube

From mountaintop monasteries to super-modern temples, these amazing places will make you believe.

Exploring Incredible Istanbul

Jamal Hammadi | Posted 07.12.2014 | Travel
Jamal Hammadi

My most recent exploits took me all the way to Istanbul and it was quite the adventure. Founded in 660 BC as Byzantium, in 330 AD it became Constantinople when it was overtaken by the Roman emperor Constantine.

Violent Clashes Between Riot Police And Protesters Mark May Day In Istanbul

Reuters | Posted 07.01.2014 | World

* Central Istanbul square under security lockdown * Protesters throw fireworks and fire bombs on fringes * Police use te...

Get Your Mosque On at the Hagia Sophia

Janis Powers | Posted 06.22.2014 | Religion
Janis Powers

Since today's Hagia Sophia suggests a house of multiple faiths, many visitors may feel confused, subconsciously or not, about their relationship with the building.

Hookahs and Hamams in Istanbul

Peter Mandel | Posted 06.21.2014 | Travel
Peter Mandel

The people you meet here tend to treat you like a special celebrity guest. Especially in cities, the rush of daily life feels like Paris or New York. I remember rain turning the city's alleys into wild rivers.

Where to Stay in Istanbul

Budget Travel | Posted 06.09.2014 | Travel
Budget Travel

Istanbul -- the only city in the world that straddles two continents -- just took the No. 1 spot in TripAdvisor's Traveler's Choice awards. If you're thinking of going, we've got some stylish steals for you.

The Empire (Ottoman) Strikes Back

Muqtedar Khan | Posted 06.07.2014 | World
Muqtedar Khan

Erdogan's opponents and many international critics maintain that Erdogans' response to the Gezi protests was unnecessarily heavy-handed, smacked of abuse of power and his discourse was divisive and unbecoming of a statesman.