• Lezgîn Kitêbçiyan talks Kurdish issues in Turkey
    Istanbul,  Turkey

    What’s it like being Kurdish in Turkey?

    The Place: Istanbul, Turkey (2/2) “I was starting to learn more about Turkish society; its quirks, its nuances, and its fractures… the warmth exuded by locals to foreigners masked some of the divisions that separated them from each other… Erdoğan supporters, Kemalists, Gülenists, Kurds; different factions clashed with one another over everything from politics to religion to ethnicity. Rather than fight the biases, I resolved to embrace the diversity of opinion, and take everything that I was told during my time in Turkey with a pinch of salt.” Please note that we do not fact-check our interviewees, and that their views do not necessarily represent our own. The Person: Lezgîn…

  • Mert Himmet Gümüş Featured
    Istanbul,  Turkey

    Islam, Erdoğan, Turks and Kurds

    The Place: Istanbul, Turkey “It took me 9 hours to cycle just 40km halfway into Istanbul, but by the end of it, it was as though I’d spent a lifetime there. It was alive; a living, breathing entity in its own right, and was saturated with an energy unlike anything I’ve ever felt. It coursed through narrow alleyways and over cobblestones, and swirled in the air. It felt electric, like at any moment it could explode from all the intensity, and my brain reeled from the assault on the senses… It was pure, perfect anarchy.” Please note that we do not fact-check our interviewees, and that their views do not necessarily…