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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 & Middle East, cities, media & culture; for Atlantic, Guardian, National, AlJazeera, Next City, etc; 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

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

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.
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Apr 21, 2015

@AlevScott The embassies know why journalists/analysts got their dates wrong? Interesting. @WJ_Armstrong

Apr 21, 2015

@AlevScott So people just imagined that Turkey has always held main event on 4/25? Hard to believe. But OK... @WJ_Armstrong

Apr 21, 2015

@AlevScott Anyway, gotta get back to work, nice chatting. I think you've prodded me to change a few words in my story. Cheers @WJ_Armstrong

Apr 21, 2015

@AlevScott at which leaders speak, etc? I thought there was, and that it's more often been on 25th. @WJ_Armstrong

Apr 21, 2015

@AlevScott Right, that's my point -- nobody even mentioned the genocide conflict back in 2005. Only now, w/centennial... @WJ_Armstrong

Apr 21, 2015

@AlevScott What fuss? I'm just trying to nail down truth. Yes, two days, but isn't there usually a big main event? + @WJ_Armstrong

Apr 21, 2015

@AlevScott Yes, and the battle started on 4/25, w/ British landing. Turkey has held events on both days for years. @WJ_Armstrong

Apr 21, 2015

@AlevScott Interesting that that BBC piece doesn't even mention genocide commemoration. All about centennial hype. @WJ_Armstrong



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