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    As Ilisu Dam nears completion, Hasankeyf residents facing eviction

    Construction of the Ilisu dam is nearing completion. A new reservoir will soon begin to form in southeast Turkey that will submerge the ancient settlement of Hasankeyf, where some long-time residents and merchants will not get state relocation assistance.

    Full story: http://www.dw.com/en/facing-eviction-merchants-decry-turkey-dam-project/a-43318344

    Hasankeyf, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2018

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    Refugee education in Turkey

    A breakdown of the good, the bad, and the innovative when it comes to refugee education in Turkey, a country hosting more than one million Syrian children - many of whom are likely to stay long-term.

    Full Story: https://www.irinnews.org/feature/2018/04/05/money-culture-language-barriers-turkey-s-bid-end-refugee-only-schools

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    Ankara Street Scene

    Ankara, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2018

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    Kurds protest Turkey’s Afrin offensive during Newroz celebrations

    Newroz festivities in Turkey’s largest Kurdish-majority city, Diyarbakir, were marked by anger and frustration over Ankara’s military operation in Afrin and the international community’s inaction.

    Photo Essay: http://p.dw.com/p/2ujvt

    Diyarbakir, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2018

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    Two ruins in Anatolia

    Yazılıkaya, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2018

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    International Women’s Day

    Enjoyed covering International Women’s Day events yesterday. Encouraged to witness the building blocks of an International Women’s Era.

    Ankara, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2018

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    There are many cities in the world. Few have the post-neo-modernist-end-of-times charm of Ankara.

    Ankara, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2018

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    HDP Congress

    Turkey’s minority-focused political party, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), elected new co-chairs on during a congress in Ankara on 11 Feb. 2018, to replace jailed leaders Figen Yuksekdag and Selahattin Demirtas.

    Ankara, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2018

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    Past and Present

    Jaffa, Tel Aviv - Isreal © Diego Cupolo 2018

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    Between Check Points

    Teenage boys walk between check points in the militarized zone of Hebron. Not pictured here are the Stars of David and menorahs that were spray-painted on shuttered Arab stores in area.

    Hebron, West Bank © Diego Cupolo 2018


  • A storm leaves Jerusalem

    Jerusalem, Israel © Diego Cupolo 2018


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    West Bank Story

    About a week ago, I was taking this photo of the West Bank wall in Bethlehem when a tourist came up to me and asked: “What is that?”

    “What is what?” I replied.

    “That,” he said, pointing at the wall.

    “Is this a philosophical question?” I asked him.

    “No, no. Really, what is that thing?”

    “That’s the wall. It’s the separation wall,” I said, noting his luggage. “Did you just arrive?”

    “Yeah, I just crossed from Jordan.”

    “Okay, I thought you wanted to start a political discussion. The Banksy Hotel is just up the street, if you’re interested.”

    “Thanks, brother,” he said, and walked off with a smile.

    Bethlehem, West Bank © Diego Cupolo 2018

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    Rainy day at the Western Wall

    Jerusalem, Israel © Diego Cupolo 2018

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    Wadi Rum

    Wadi Rum, Jordan © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    High Place of Sacrifice Trail

    Petra, Jordan © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    Turning the camera around

    Ankara, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    Ankara’s Changing Skyline

    Seeing as people are interested in the Ankara skyline, it’s important to note how fast it is changing.

    Ankara, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2016

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    EU refugee aid enters new phase in Turkey

    Half of the €6 billion in humanitarian funding under the EU-Turkey deal has been allocated as of last week. Now officials are assessing aid programs to discern where problem areas remain.

    My report for DW: http://p.dw.com/p/2pzh5

    Adana, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2016

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    Ankara Postcard

    Couldn’t find a decent Ankara postcard, so I walked up to Ulus Castle and made one. Happy holidays and may the next year bring resilience. We’re in for the long haul.

    Ankara, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    Vote on Jerusalem

    More than 120 countries defied Pres. Trump today by voting for a resolution that calls on the US to drop its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Above, my photo from a recent protest in Ankara,Turkey.

    Ankara, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    Like skiing? Go to Georgia.

    I wrote about the country’s goal to become a top winter sports destination and its tourism-driven development plans for the Caucasus Mountains in Monocle Magazine’s Winter Weekly no. 1. Photos by Rena Effendi.

    Full Issue: https://monocle.com/shop/magazine/other/monocle-the-winter-weekly-issue-one/

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    OIC summit in Turkey rallies Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s base

    Ihsan Eliacik, Ahmet Faruk Unsal and Selim Koru share thoughts on what the OIC summit and US move on Jerusalem mean for politics in Turkey.

    My latest for DW News: http://p.dw.com/p/2pKBd

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    Ankara 2017 is Blade Runner 2049

    Ankara, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    View From Mardin

    Mardin, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    Black Sea Fishing

    Samsun, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2017

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