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Ballet stars to illuminate Bodrum nights

The historic Bodrum Castle will once again host stars from the international and Turkish ballet scene during the 12th Bodrum International Ballet Festival between July 19 and Aug 6 Casting the sea and sand to one side for the next two weeks, the 12th Bodrum International Ballet Festival will bring a dose of high culture to the southwestern resort town between July 19 and Aug. 6.

Erdoğan has isolated Turkey

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is once again expressing righteous fury at Israel over Gaza and at the United Nations for its inability to do anything. He is also angry at Muslim countries for simple watching as Israel bombs rain down on Gaza during the holy month of Ramadan.

Turkey’s privatization revenues near $10 billion after lottery sale

Turkey will make nearly $10 billion from privatization of state sales if all of the most recent privatizations, including the national lottery sale for an over the top price, were approved by the government Turkey’s income from privatizations since the beginning of the year has exceeded expectations, approaching $10 billion with the recent privatization of a 10-year national lottery li

Presidential candidate Demirtaş promises to defend labor rights

Selahattin Demirtaş, the presidential candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has vowed to defend labor rights, saying he would not approve any law coming from the Parliament “if it is against the workers.”

‘Winter Sleep’ becomes Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s most-watched movie

Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s latest film “Kış Uykusu” (Winter Sleep), which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival on May 24 and was released in Turkish movie theaters on June 13, drew over 237,000 viewers in its first month, becoming Ceylan’s most-watched film, according to the Turkish Box Office.

Turkish PM Erdoğan urges countries to guard against Gülen movement

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has urged the ambassadors of foreign countries to be careful about the activities of the Fethullah Gülen movement abroad, arguing that it is using its schools and charities as a cover-up for its “dangerous actions.”

Israel warns Gazans to flee as campaign intensifies

Israel on July 16 warned 100,000 Gazans to flee their homes, as the military intensified its nine-day air campaign after Hamas snubbed an Egyptian ceasefire effort.

Iraqi Kurds offer Turkey intel on Mosul hostages

Iraqi Kurds have offered Turkey cooperation on the ongoing hostage crisis, particularly sharing intelligence information regarding the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a senior Turkish Foreign Ministry official has said. 

Ara Güler’s ‘Anatolia’ captures a disappearing past

This is the last week to catch Ara Güler’s never-before-seen works, on display at the Smithsonian in Washington DC since the end of last year Ara Güler is known as one of Turkey’s most prominent photojournalist and since Dec. 21 last year his never-before-seen works have been on display at the Smithsonian, in Washington D.C.

İzmir Airport, booming Turkey

Back in the day, airports were something else. They were cozier, friendlier and easier to navigate, but in today’s Turkey, they just keep getting bigger and more difficult At the moment, there is a big boom going on in Turkey.

Not so easy

If someone from the outside of Turkey wonders what’s going on in Turkey, they might easily be fooled that the country is very much like an Iron Curtain country during the times of the Cold War.