These are interesting times in Turkey, times in which an open conversation, although often unforgiving, is taking place between factions who have long disliked each other, politically speaking.
Could this lead to a Turkish Spring? Unlikely. Turkey is a politically polarised country. Public discontent and frustration with AKP policies is growing but yet unlikely to become the majority. Erdogan and his party still believes they have the conservative majority behind them...
There have been fresh anti-government protests in Turkey, with some of the most violent clashes since the trouble started
The brutal reaction of Turkish police to the Occupy Gezi protests in Istanbul could have permanently damaged the country's
The young Turks at the sold-out show applauded politely as the group of musicians, very much their seniors, ambled onstage at the Istanbul Culture and Art Foundation's smart new venue. What awaited the crowd was something not best described as heavy: a performance that started with an enchanting drone and gradually built into a tremulous, raucous wail.
Hasan Usta, his face lit up by the merest suggestion of a smile, nonchalantly lowers his metal spoon, filled with black sea
Bored of another festive break spent in your local pub, hoping not to run into 'that guy' (or girl) from last year? Perhaps
Visiting a city usually means that everything is within walking distance, so you can get out and explore on foot. Better for the environment and also I think more fun, since you can stop at coffee shops/bars/stores en-route!
Infinitely available, free music also spells the end of most musicians earning a living modest enough to dedicate themselves to music making full-time. No more money to burn. It meant the band I played in for a decade, Stereolab, bowed out nearly four years ago, mainly out of exhaustion from a grinding tour schedule necessitated to drive ever-declining record sales.
Madonna stunned fans in Istanbul, Turkey on Saturday night when she bared her right breast during her latest stop on the