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

Reporting on Turkey & ME, cities, media & culture; for Atlantic, Guardian, National, AlJazeera, Foreign Affairs, Next City...; editor for IFC/World Bank

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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The destruction of Sur: is this historic district a target for gentrification?

The destruction of Sur: is this historic district a target for gentrification?

Book review: Dare to Disappoint, a bold tale about coming of age in Turkey | The National

Book review: Dare to Disappoint, a bold tale about coming of age in Turkey | The National

What crisis? Moscow's ridiculously ambitious plan to build the next Silicon Valley

What crisis? Moscow's ridiculously ambitious plan to build the next Silicon Valley

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

How Jihad Went Viral

How Jihad Went Viral
medium.com — The most frightening thing about violent extremism today is not the savagery of ISIS - which has at times been shockingly gruesome  - but its sudden ubiquity. Cast your eyes around the world. United States' intelligence officials revealed last week that foreign fighters have been streaming into Syria and Iraq in unprecedented numbers - at least 20,000 in all - to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and other jihadi groups.

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

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

‘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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
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May 02, 2016

RT @MahirZeynalov: Journalist @dlepeska is looking for ways to sneak into Turkey. Any suggestions? :) pic.twitter.com/uHur06lAo2

May 02, 2016

Turks' silence is damning them to a world in which the state has full control of the media & the truth evaporates httpforeignpolicy.com/2016/05/02/how…

May 02, 2016

It may come as a surprise, but I’ve been a fan of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan since I arrived in Turkey foreignpolicy.com/2016/05/02/how…

May 02, 2016

The title's not mine, and I'm not sure how fitting it is, but here's my first piece on Turkey from exile foreignpolicy.com/2016/05/02/how…


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