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How Halla Barakat inspired me as a Turkish Cypriot
 

  Halla Barakat was many things to many people. Many of you might recognise her as a pretty face that has been appearing in your social media news feeds in recent days, but maybe you haven’t stopped to read what all the fuss is about. For those of you who have, you would know that […]

Guest Views
London gentrification has become “insane”
 

  I’ve been trying really hard not to just be against change and to appreciate the possible positive outcomes of gentrification… but it’s becoming an insane situation! Originally from Turkey, I’ve been living in this city for 16 years and consider it as my ‘beloved’. I find it hard to just ditch or pass London on […]

Guest Views
Charlie’s parents were right to fight – Enis’ case shows doctors don’t always get it right

Originally from Croydon, South London, Ayla Azmi Işık is a married mum of one living with her family in Köyceğiz, Muğla, in southern Turkey. Earlier this year her son Enis, then aged 20 months, nearly drowned. Battling against the odds, baby Enis continues to make incredible progress towards a full recovery at İsparta Hospital. Watching the ordeal of […]

HP Features
Infiltrating a Greek neo-Nazi rally in Cyprus
 

  “What is this protest about?” I asked a group of young men sitting on the sidelines of a mass rally on the southern side of Nicosia’s Ledra Palace crossing. They took one look at me, all of them with the same unwelcoming frowns, before raising their hands to indicate that they would not speak […]

HP News
Turkish Cypriot Rule of Law:  ‘legality in illegality’
 

  “Life can best be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards”  Too much time has been spent in technicalities, in committees, in deadlines that never seem to be reached, but keep being moved forward to another deadline, which only prolongs the agony. The players change, they grow old, they even die, but for […]

Guest Views
Turkey’s referendum result: reading between the lines

  Turkey’s referendum result is undoubtedly a serious setback for Turkey’s long and torturous process of democratisation – but it’s not difficult to find signs of hope. The mood of NO supporters in the recent referendum on changes to Turkey’s constitution which dramatically expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ranges from manic depressive […]

HP People
Letters, ‘The Turkish community are deeply shocked by the assassination of Russia’s Ambassador to Turkey, Mr Andrei Karlov’

Dear T-VINE, An open letter to His Excellency the Ambassador of the Russian Federation in the United Kingdom, Dr Alexander Vladimirovich Yakovenko. The Turkish community in Britain are deeply shocked and saddened by the news of the assassination of the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Turkey, His Excellency Mr Andrei Karlov, in Ankara. We […]