Author: Edward Rowe

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General Election 2024: Meet Ertan Karpazli, Enfield North’s independent parliamentary candidate

With less than a month to go until the UK General Election, something unusual is underway in Enfield North, where two candidates with Turkish connections are contesting the parliamentary seat. The London constituency’s main contender is Türkiye-born Feryal Demirci Clark who is currently running for her second term. Ms Clark is standing again for the […]

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“Chauffeur-driven” Turkish cat makes waves online

A “chauffeur-driven” Istanbul cat has received an outpouring of affection after footage of the feline sitting on the bonnet of a moving car surfaced on social media. The video was captured by an onlooker and shared on Instagram and X (formerly known as Twitter) with the captions ‘Cats of Istanbul’ and ‘Cats’ favourite city’. The […]

Holidays
Why Kosovo could be the next travel hotspot for British Turks

Could Kosovo become a top travel hotspot for British Turks looking for a weekend away? With direct flights between London Luton Airport and the Kosovan capital Prishtina taking a little over 3 hours, this is now a real possibility. Europe’s youngest country has plenty that may be familiar to a person with Turkish roots, connections […]

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Earthquake: Ali Baba’s Farm song brings cheer to Turkish children in Kahramanmaraş’s tent city

Familiar animal noises brought cheer to earthquake survivors in Turkiye’s southeastern city of Kahramanmaraş last week, as a retired imam sang the children’s song “Ali Baba’s Farm” through loudspeakers. “Uncle” Ömer Faruk Şirikçi, the former imam of the city’s Abdülhamid Han Mosque, sat in a tent with a microphone and invited children temporarily living in […]

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Energy deal between Azerbaijan, Georgia, Hungary and Romania will “strengthen Europe’s energy security”, says ambassador

The strategic importance of a new green energy deal, inked by the leaders of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Hungary and Romania on 17 December, was underlined by a key Azerbaijani diplomat. Azerbaijan’s ambassador to Hungary, Tahir Taghizadeh, told T-VINE that the agreement, is “a crucially important new step for Azerbaijan, together with our European partners, all in […]

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Azerbaijan, only Muslim country in Paralympic top 10 enjoys gold rush!

Azerbaijani athletes took home gold for the Islamic world as the only team from a Muslim-majority nation to finish in the top ten at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics on Sunday. Beating their previous record set in London in 2012, the Paralympians from the South Caucasus state won 10thplace with 19 medals, the highest result achieved […]

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UK “single largest foreign investor” in Azerbaijan as new opportunities open up post-Brexit

Brexit has created new opportunities for the UK and Azerbaijan, a leading Azerbaijani MP has said. “In my opinion, leaving the EU opened new perspectives for our mutual cooperation. After Brexit the UK is not limited any more in any way of cooperation with the world, including Azerbaijan” Javanshir Feyziyev, the Head of Azerbaijan-UK Interparliamentary […]

Features
The “monumental legacy” of Ahmet Ağaoğlu – a life linking Turkey and Azerbaijan

The historic birthplace of a leading Turkish-Azeri intellectual recently returned to Azerbaijani hands following a truce with Armenia. The town of Shusha, the home of the educator, publicist, Pan-Turkist thinker and politician Ahmet Ağaoğlu, who played an important role in the foundation of both Azerbaijan and Turkey, was among a number of areas brought back […]

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4 things I love about Shacklewell Lane Mosque

My name may not give it away, but I am in fact, a practicing Muslim. I accepted Islam in early 2018, and since then, I have visited mosques all over London. Plenty of these spaces are full of beauty, warmth and spiritual calm, but one of these in particular stands out. Shacklewell Lane Mosque, also […]

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Which political party should British Turks be backing? General Election 2019 T-VINE Special Report

With Britain’s General Election fast approaching, T-VINE looked into the major parties’ records on Turkey and Cyprus to offer British Turkish voters a more informed choice at the polls on Thursday, 12 December 2019. Main parties, main policies: who wants what? The Conservatives led by Boris Johnson are campaigning on a platform to “Get Brexit […]