Author: İpek Özerim

HP Reviews
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Music review: Çiğdem Aslan – A Thousand Cranes

After her critically-acclaimed 2013 debut release Mortissa¸ Çiğdem returns with an inspired follow-up. Her musical cue is again Rebetiko – the shared cultural heritage of Turkey and Greece in the 1920s – but Çiğdem spreads her musical wings in A Thousand Cranes, travelling from Istanbul and Izmir to Greece, the Balkans, and eastern Turkey picking […]

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Reps from Board of Deputies of British Jews meet with the TRNC London Representative, 9 March 2017. L-R: David Walsh, Zehra Başaran, Gillian Merron and Esra Emin.
Jewish-Turkish Cypriot relations take a step forward
 

  Senior members of the Board of Deputies of British Jews (BDBJ) met with the TRNC London Representative for the first time yesterday. TRNC ambassador Zehra Başaran and Esra Emin, a TRNC diplomat, hosted BDBJ’s chief executive Gillian Merron and David Walsh, the body’s international relations officer, at the TRNC London office on Thursday morning. […]

Art
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Who was Mihri Müşfik?
 

  In the patriarchal world of Turks, it’s easy to overlook the many amazing women who have dared to be different, pioneering a new path for others to follow. Mihri Müşfik was one such lady. Of Circassian ancestry and the daughter of a military doctor, she was born in Kadıköy, Istanbul, on 26 February 1886, and […]

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Who will be Britain’s new kebab kings?
 

On Sunday, the great and the good from the nation’s kebab industry will come together for the 5th British Kebab Awards. The event, this year hosted by BBC Radio 1 presenters Chris Stark and Scott Mills, is an opportunity to recognise the UK’s high achievers, from Best Chef, to the Best Newcomer, and Outstanding Contribution […]

HP Features
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Germany welcomes Turkish academics 84 years after Atatürk did same for Jews fired by the Nazis

Turkish scholars fired from their jobs following a mass purge in Turkey have found an unexpected guardian angel in Germany. In a bizarre twist of fate, the Philipp Schwartz Initiative, launched last year and inspired by a German Jewish academic saved by Turks, is helping refugee researchers fleeing persecution in their home countries to find […]

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Europe refuses to extradite terror suspects to Turkey

Turkey’s domestic battle against multiple terrorist groups is being thwarted by its Western allies. Since 2007, Ankara has secured the extradition of just 12 of a possible 448 terror suspects currently residing in Europe. According to a report in Turkish daily Sözcü, most of those wanted by Turkey are accused of being members of the […]

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George Michael dies aged 53
 

One of Britain’s finest singers has passed away of suspected heart failure. George Michael’s death was announced on Christmas Day in a statement by his publicist: “It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period…The family would ask that […]

HP Features
Soner Sabriler at home, 7 Dec. 2016
Disabled Soner Sabriler trapped in 1st floor flat, failed by Haringey’s housing crisis

A 61-year-old Turkish Cypriot man with severe mobility problems is a virtual prisoner in his own home due to a chronic shortage of social housing in his borough and the unwillingness of the council’s independent medical advisors to upgrade his priority status. Soner Sabriler lives in a small, 2-bedroom, first-floor flat off Green Lanes, Harringay, […]