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For those who live there, the word <i>kasımpaşalı</i> has developed into a term of pride – a way to describe readiness for a fight, serious demeanor and work ethic.

In Erdogan’s Kasimpaşa, Every Man’s a Strongman

For those who live there, the word kasımpaşalı has developed into a term of pride – a way to describe readiness for a fight, serious demeanor and work ethic.

Is tear gas making people sick?

Turkish Doctors and Activists Question Police Tactics

Is tear gas making people sick?

The rainbow flag planted into the contested ground of Gezi Park marked one small step for civil rights in Turkey, and one giant leap for the LGBT community of Istanbul.

A Resistance Full of Joy: How the LGBT in Gezi Park Changed Lives

The rainbow flag planted into the contested ground of Gezi Park marked one small step for civil rights in Turkey, and one giant leap for the LGBT community of Istanbul.

Planners, environmentalists and residents of central Istanbul complain that a third bridge over the Bosphorus will destroy precious green space, and draw even more migrants to an already overcrowded mega city. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ignores them.

A Divisive Bridge

Planners, environmentalists and residents of central Istanbul complain that a third bridge over the Bosphorus will destroy precious green space, and draw even more migrants to an already overcrowded mega city. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ignores them.

As an urban renewal project obliterates the last vestiges of the neighborhood, some remaining residents meet weekly for a consoling community supper.

Cooking and Commiserating in the Last Days of the Real Tarlabaşı

As an urban renewal project obliterates the last vestiges of the neighborhood, some remaining residents meet weekly for a consoling community supper.

Galata, once filled with decaying and abandoned buildings, is now a gentrifying tourist hub -- and, activists fear, the next target of urban development schemes.

Gentrification Hits Istanbul, One Neighborhood at a Time

Galata, once filled with decaying and abandoned buildings, is now a gentrifying tourist hub — and, activists fear, the next target of urban development schemes.

As a real estate boom in Balat drives land prices into the sky, longtime residents wonder: should they sell up?

Scheming and Speculation on the Golden Horn

As a real estate boom in Balat drives land prices into the sky, longtime residents wonder: should they sell up?

After they move out, some young adults raised in conservative religious homes break with tradition. Others use independence to create their own religious lifestyles, and to figure out where faith fits in.

Young Adults in Turkey Search for Religious and Secular Identities

After they move out, some young adults raised in conservative religious homes break with tradition. Others use independence to create their own religious lifestyles, and to figure out where faith fits in.