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Kafka In Istanbul

Last year’s protests in Gezi Park have spurred Recep Tayyip Erdogan into absurd action: now he’s locking up would-be protesters before they have the chance to assemble

Erdogan’s Folly

For the neo-Ottoman Turkish Prime Minister, the project for Gezi Park is an iconic step towards the return of a muscular Islamic state

Lost Property

In Kalkan, Turkey, the British tourists that fall for dubious property bargains have only their poor taste to blame

Turkish Thrash

Decadent expats in Istanbul may be morally outrageous but they add foreign flavour to the newest party city

ONLINE ONLY: Website Not Found

The Turkish government's Orwellian attempt to ban all sexual content on the internet has led to the proscription of toy and takeaway websites. "Hot" dinners anyone?

To the Polo Saddle Born

While polo as a spectator sport is primarily for the Manolo-wearing classes in England, in Argentina it is much more of a national sport

ONLINE ONLY: Tayyip’s Behemoth AKP Marches On

Erdogan's Islamist party is capitalising on the disunity of its opposition — and engaging in novel approaches to buying votes — as it steamrolls to another election victory

Transit Camp

While celebrity transvestites are much adored in Turkey, their everyday counterparts are the subject of hostile abuse on the streets of Istanbul

Bosphorus Burns-out

Bizarre new Turkish alcohol laws implemented by the Islamist AKP government are curtailing the civil right to a good time

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"