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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, 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

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.
Feb 11, 2015

When it comes to #jihad, identity is more important than ideology, argues terror analyst Marc Sageman medium.com/@dlepeska/how-… #Islam

Feb 11, 2015

The most horrifying thing about violent extremism today is not the savagery of ISIS, but its sudden ubiquity medium.com/@dlepeska/how-…

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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.
Nov 23, 2014

RT @shadihamid: "Since 2010, the number of imam hatip schools in Turkey has increased by nearly 90 per cent, from 493 to 936." thenational.ae/arts-lifestyle…

Nov 20, 2014

Turkey's long game: how 12 years of AKP rule has eroded the secular state | My latest @TheNationalUAE thenational.ae/arts-lifestyle…

Nov 20, 2014

"The more religious you are, the more the state will love you, the more advantages you will have:” Istanbul mother thenational.ae/arts-lifestyle…

Nov 20, 2014

AKP pairs domestic long game w/ neo-Ottoman foreign policy that supports Sunni causes, defends Islam against West thenational.ae/arts-lifestyle…

Nov 20, 2014

“If anything I think Turkish complicity, the fact that Turkey tolerates ISIS, has become more clear:" Halil Karaveli thenational.ae/arts-lifestyle…

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‘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.
Sep 10, 2014

@shananigins15 Sure, but mega-slums have their benefits, like the many businesses of Dharavi, the community of Orangi queondaguero.blogspot.com.tr/2008/07/it-tak…

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.
Aug 15, 2014

Awoken from long post-Ottoman slumber, #Istanbul may be the reigning Casanova of cities | my latest @TheNationalUAE thenational.ae/arts-lifestyle…

Aug 15, 2014

Foreigners wax geopolitical, re bridge b/w East and West; #Istanbul's more telling juxtaposition is b/w old and new thenational.ae/arts-lifestyle…

Aug 15, 2014

If this year is Istanbul’s modern-day coming-out party, Karaköy may be the belle of the ball thenational.ae/arts-lifestyle…

Aug 15, 2014

As $700M Galataport project looms, the days of hip, scruffy Karakoy may be numbered @TravelNational thenational.ae/arts-lifestyle… #Istanbul

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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.
Jul 02, 2014

RT @guardian: Istanbul’s gentrification by force leaves locals feeling overwhelmed and angry: gu.com/p/3qey4

Jul 02, 2014

RT @guardian: Istanbul’s gentrification by force leaves locals feeling overwhelmed and angry: gu.com/p/3qey4

Jul 02, 2014

RT @guardian: Istanbul’s gentrification by force leaves locals feeling overwhelmed and angry: gu.com/p/3qey4

Jul 02, 2014

Istanbul's urban transformation -- gentrification by fiat and force | my latest, @guardiancities theguardian.com/cities/2014/ju… @ysrdnl

Jul 02, 2014

Turkey's "us versus them" dynamic has sharpened to a knife's edge in #Istanbul's Okmeydani neighborhood theguardian.com/cities/2014/ju… #cities

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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.
May 18, 2014

This street fighter appears surlier than ever, and able to do whatever he pleases | Erdogan in #Soma @medium medium.com/p/231d8663ad29

May 18, 2014

Did Erdogan lose control in #Soma? Hard to say, but either way it doesn't bode well for Turkey's democracy @Medium medium.com/@dlepeska/231d…

May 18, 2014

Street Fighting Sultan: Turkey PM Erdogan, #Soma, and the Arrogance of Power @Medium medium.com/p/231d8663ad29

May 18, 2014

RT @ralakbar: Street Fighting Sultan... Erdogan, Soma, and the Arrogance of Power. -- Interesting read by @dlepeska medium.com/p/231d8663ad29

May 19, 2014

RT @kmsoehnlein: "It was a performance worthy of Game of Thrones’ venomous King Joffrey" @dlepeska on Turkish leader's bad temper medium.com/@dlepeska/231d…

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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.
May 18, 2014

Street Fighting Sultan | Was Erdogan in control in #Soma? I take a peak inside his head. queondaguero.blogspot.com.tr/2014/05/street… #Turkey

May 18, 2014

Confronted by an unfamiliar foe in #Soma, Erdogan may have lost it | On power and Turkey's looming presidential vote queondaguero.blogspot.com.tr/2014/05/street…

May 18, 2014

Erdogan seems capable of only two emotions: pride, when victorious, and belligerence, when faced w/dissent. queondaguero.blogspot.com.tr/2014/05/street… #Soma

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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.
May 06, 2014

Tesekkurler. RT @cerenkenar: "Uluslararası yardımlar Türkiye'nin bozulan imajını düzeltebilir" @dlepeska nin yazisi aljazeera.com.tr/gorus/uluslara…

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Aug 31, 2015

RT @JM_Beck: My @vicenews colleagues have been held without charge since Thursday, absurdly accused of supporting Islamic State twitter.com/vicenews/statu…

Aug 31, 2015

RT @jwsal: Turkey accuses Vice journalists of 'working with ISIS'. Same reason they deported a German journalist in April. twitter.com/06JAnk/status/…

Aug 29, 2015

Just realized it's not a new school. Merely a new, bigger building. twitter.com/AkyolinEnglish…

Aug 29, 2015

RT @WashingtonPoint: AKP finds always new ways to put pressure on the press. Detainment of Western journalists for more than a day now: twitter.com/Kremlinologist…

Aug 29, 2015

Thanks, yeah, I think a lot of people saw this coming months ago. twitter.com/Streitapfel/st…


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