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Reporting on Islam & Middle East, refugees, cities, media & culture; for NYT, Atlantic, Guardian, National, AlJazeera, Foreign Affairs...whoever's got the $

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

Longform’s Picks of the Week

foreignpolicy.com — E very weekend, Longform highlights its favorite international articles of the week. For daily picks of new and classic nonfiction, check out Longform or follow @longform on Twitter. Have an iPad? Download Longform's new app and read all of the latest in-depth stories from dozens of magazines, including Foreign Policy.

Can This App Help Syrian Refugees Survive in Exile?

narrative.ly — When the uprising against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad began five years ago, Mojahed Akil was a computer science student in Aleppo. Taking to the streets one day to protest with friends, he was arrested, flown to Damascus, beaten, and tortured. "They punched me over and over.

The Local Costs of the E.U. Refugee Deal

nytimes.com — CHIOS, Greece - Late spring has a prelapsarian sweetness in this small, breezy port. Jasmine and bougainvillea line the roads. The trees are heavy with ripe lemons and figs. In the main square, locals chat over coffee and honey-drenched fried dough. The town has 25,000 residents, and they all seem to know one another.

Turkey, into darkness

bostonglobe.com — Terror warnings are now a weekly occurrence in Turkey. Suicide attacks and car bombs in Istanbul and Ankara this year, which killed nearly 200 people, have deepened the sense of fear. Major Istanbul soccer matches and art fairs have been canceled as newspapers print instructions for "spotting a suicide bomber."

The AKP's Victory and Turkey's Open-Door Policy

foreignaffairs.com — After four elections in 20 months, Turkey's seemingly interminable campaign season has finally ended, with the Justice and Development Party (AKP) claiming a surprise victory and regaining single-party rule after losing it this past June. Many fear the AKP's new mandate will enable further attacks on free speech and democratic rights, but others see a silver lining.

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.

Fight Over Istanbul Park Is Also a Fight for Freedom of Speech

nextcity.org — Turkish security members look on as they close the city's landmark Taksim Square and Gezi Park on the first anniversary of 2013 protests. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel) Unkempt and rough around the edges, Istanbul's Gezi Park is not exactly New York's Central Park, or Chicago's Millennium Park.

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.
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Jul 29, 2016

@RahmiCemen my thinking as well, but clearly there are degrees of failure.

Jul 29, 2016

Intelligence failure, I guess. But also a significant intelligence success: early warnings kept regime in power  http://www.wsj.com/articles/turkeys-powerful-spy-network-never-saw-coup-coming-1469823062?tesla=y 

Jul 29, 2016

Well, their early alarm likely saved Erdogan, & govt | Turkey’s Powerful Spy Network Failed to See Coup Coming  http://www.wsj.com/articles/turkeys-powerful-spy-network-never-saw-coup-coming-1469823062?tesla=y 

Jul 29, 2016

@magnuscarlsn Whoa, you're not even in TR. You don't know diddly. Stop bothering me, you fool.

Jul 29, 2016

@magnuscarlsn Huh? Wasn't it a good thing that coup was put down?

Jul 29, 2016

Wish condolences? I think give congratulations and pat on back would be more appropriate, from Tayyip's view.  https://twitter.com/WashingtonPoint/status/759113476044300292 

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