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Being an Armenian today in Istanbul

Being an Armenian today in Istanbul

BLIND SPOT - I asked three Armenians I know what it’s like to live in Istanbul today as an Armenian. What are the pressures and fears they feel? Do they feel the need at times to change their names, for instance? Here is what they said...

Comment(s) 11/22/2014

‘Why I moved from Turkey’

‘Why I moved from Turkey’

You and your kids have to live with the kid raised by the minibus driver who steers toward you for another 70 years in the same country…

Comment(s) 11/1/2014

This business ends in a Turkish ‘black arm’

This business ends in a Turkish ‘black arm’

An auto dealer was beaten and tortured this week in an Istanbul police station. The story must be true just because a normal, civilized person could not make up such things.

Comment(s) 11/15/2014

Headscarf ceremonies for Muslim girls in Istanbul

Headscarf ceremonies for Muslim girls in Istanbul

BLIND SPOT - The new trend in Istanbul is throwing headscarf donning parties for young girls, as we have learned from a reader’s letter to a conservative daily. Is this some kind of a Turkish touch to the traditions that otherwise represent very little fun and offer very little to the modern woman?

Comment(s) 10/25/2014

Gaining weight and wisdom over the years

Gaining weight and wisdom over the years

BLIND SPOT - It was one late morning on an Ankara street in the mid-70s. He called my name. I looked up. I saw him. The earth stopped turning at that moment. Our story starts like this…

Comment(s) 11/8/2014

Hanna and Laura in Istanbul

Hanna and Laura in Istanbul

Imagine you are coming from Europe and you land at Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport. (The other one, Sabiha Gökçen Airport, on the Asian side is a different story.) You step foot on Turkish soil; what would be your first impressions?

Comment(s) 10/18/2014

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