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Istanbul
Freelance Journalist
Covers:  islam, literature, urbanism, arts, urban planning, urban sustainability, media, film, civic tech, democracy building, innovation, food and drink, design, istanbul

At congested intersection of Turkey, ME and Muslim world; cities; media; culture + more, for Atlantic, Guardian, National, NYT, et al; editor for IFC/World Bank

David Lepeska's Biography

Award-winning journalist and multi-media reporter, have published print, photo, video and radio stories from around the world for outlets as diverse as the NY Times, The Economist, Financial Times, The Guardian, Columbia Journalism Review, Christian Science Monitor, Atlantic Cities, Next American City, Chicago magazine, New York Post, and others.

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Turkey's long game: how 12 years of AKP rule has eroded the secular state | The National

Turkey's long game: how 12 years of AKP rule has eroded the secular state | The National

Whistleblower in Istanbul fired from urban planning job, but not before being forced to count cat...

Whistleblower in Istanbul fired from urban planning job, but not before being forced to count cat...

Commonwealth Press Words & Images Award

2007 - Top Annual story in CPQ
The Commonwealth Press Union's Words & Images Award went annually to the best reported story in its now-defunct publication, Commonwealth Press Quarterly.

What was your first job as a journalist?

First paid position? Senior reporter for the Kashmir Observer, in Srinagar, Kashmir, India.

Have you ever used a typewriter?

For work? No. For fun/nostalgia? Yep.

How is social media changing news?

Almost impossible to answer right now, but we're in the early stages of an enormous shift in how people gather, disseminate and share news

Turkey’s long game: how 12 years of AKP rule has eroded the secular state

thenational.ae — On a brilliantly sunny afternoon in September, dozens of pre-teens kicked footballs and chased each other across a concrete playground in front of the 60th Year School in Sancaktepe, a working- class district on Istanbul's Asian side.

‘The more ­religious you are, the more the state will love you’: Turkey’s long game

thenational.ae — The AKP party has been in power 12 years this month. It has chipped away at the secular state and slowly remade the country in its own image. And while Turkey has not become a post-revolutionary Iran or Pakistan after the AKP came to power, the party has steadily moved it away from Mustafa Kemal Ataturk's secular republic.

It Takes (A Little More Than) A Village

queondaguero.blogspot.com — In a cramped shop in Orangi, a sprawling squatter settlement in Karachi, a weaver adds sequin designs to a shawl. Photo: David Lepeska By David Lepeska KARACHI, Pakistan - Akhtar Hameed Khan arrived in Orangi, Karachi's sprawling squatter settlement, with no expectations.

Karakoy: the hippest district of Istanbul, Turkey

thenational.ae — A few weeks ago, I sent an exhausted artist friend visiting from New York to the Turkish bath down the street from my flat, in Istanbul's Karaköy district.

Istanbul’s gentrification by force leaves locals feeling overwhelmed and angry

theguardian.com — At a grand ceremony along the Black Sea, Turkey recently marked the start of construction on the world's largest airport - six runways and 150 million passengers per year, at a projected cost of about $15bn (£8.8bn). "Istanbul is marking a historic day," the prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at the groundbreaking.

Retaking the south: Poppy troubles in Afghanistan

devex.com — David Belgrove has come to several realizations in the past few months, but one stands out. "Eradication alone is not going to solve this," the U.K. government's head of counternarcotics in Afghanistan said. "Eradication is just one tool, and quite a small tool, in the overall strategy.

Street Fighting Sultan

medium.com — Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's prime minister, is a natural born fighter; in Turkish his surname means "a soldier is born." So it seems fitting that the past year of criticism and instability has made him increasingly combative.

Street Fighting Sultan

queondaguero.blogspot.com — Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's prime minister, is a natural born fighter; in Turkish his surname means "a soldier is born." So it seems fitting that the past year of criticism and instability has made him increasingly combative.

Uluslararası yardımlar Türkiye'nin bozulan imajını düzeltebilir

aljazeera.com.tr — Görüş Son dönemde uyguladığı iç ve dış politikalar dolayısıyla imajı zedelenen Türkiye, uluslararası yardım konusundaki cömertliğini avantaja çevirerek, hem imajının düzelmesini, hem de uluslararası toplumun Suriye gibi acil çözüm bekleyen krizlere el atmasını sağlayabilir. Yazar hakkında Suriye muhalefetinin Savunma Bakanı Esat Mustafa, 21 Nisan'da Telminis köyüne atılan bombanın 'geliştirilmiş' klor gazı içeren Çin yapımı bir bomba olduğunu gösteren delilleri basınla paylaştı.

This Week in Erdogan: April 4th, 2014

queondaguero.blogspot.com — So begins a new weekly series covering the man who has run the Republic of Turkey for nearly a dozen years -- Kasimpasa-born, Rize-raised, Erbakan-weened, former simitci and futbolcu, devlet ve baba all in one, the unstoppable, inimitable Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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Nov 24, 2014

@ragipsoylu See my earlier tweets on this -- a LOT of stuff was cut due to length. Decisions had to be made.

Nov 24, 2014

AKP's New Turkey: majoritarian state embraces conservatives & moral codes, & Islam informs all policy decisions thenational.ae/arts-lifestyle…

Nov 24, 2014

Advocacy group for #women's rights in #Turkey invites President #Erdogan to speak at summit. Guess what happens... todayszaman.com/national_erdog…

Nov 24, 2014

RT @BenjaminHarvey: Erdogan, cont.: "But we say those who understand are enough for us, we'll continue with them."

Nov 24, 2014

RT @BenjaminHarvey: Erdogan, cont. "You can't explain this to feminists, for example, because they don't accept motherhood."

Nov 24, 2014

RT @BenjaminHarvey: Erdogan at women and justice conference today: "Our religion has given women a station: the station of motherhood."

Nov 24, 2014

Erdogan set to dominate yet another news cycle with today's comments advocating gender inequality todayszaman.com/national_erdog…

Nov 24, 2014

Turkey has long been a paternalistic culture, but AKP’s view of women seems particularly retrograde: from my latest thenational.ae/arts-lifestyle…



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