Locals in Diyarbakır protesting against custodian mayors last August (Credit: Firat Topal)

Custodian policy proves unpopular

The Turkish government policy of taking control of dozens of municipal authorities…

Is pollution strangling Dilovası?

Dilovası, a coastal town and accompanying district in Kocaeli province on the…

How suspended sentences increase self-censorship

When Gizem faced trial and a prison sentence over her social media…

Replacing purple hyacinths with concrete

The recent restoration of one of Istanbul’s most iconic buildings has drawn…

Embracing the homeless in Istanbul

The Embrace Life restaurant is tucked away on a side street in…

Istanbul’s Mayor struggles to get funding

Istanbul mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu is seeking European investment to finance stalled infrastructure…

Turkish matriarchs fight for the mother tongue

When Esra Kırkavak moved to the United Kingdom, she began fretting that…

The local fightback against geothermal power

Ayşe Çetin and her family have tilled the soil in Aydın, a…

‘Istanbul is alive 24 hours a day’: how an all-night metro service is breathing new life into the city

Istanbul residents have welcomed a new round-the-clock weekend subway service that as…

Why are doctors leaving Turkey?

An unprecedented number of doctors are leaving Turkey to pursue careers abroad,…