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    On the Balkan Route

    Idomeni, Greece © Diego Cupolo 2015

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    As German spat deepens, Turkey draws tourists from elsewhere

    “This is politics, and we can’t do anything,” a hotel manager said. “We just focus on our jobs. Erdogan and Merkel will have to talk it out. We keep our relations with customers, not politicians.”

    Full story: http://p.dw.com/p/2h3Ny

    Antalya, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    Kazbegi Landscape

    Mount Kazbek, Georgia © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    Tbilisi Bus Station Market

    Tbilisi, Georgia © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    Prometheus Cave

    Tskaltubo-Kumistavi, Georgia © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    Approaching Ushguli

    Ushguli, Georgia © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    Phanar Greek Orthodox College

    Four years ago, I took this photo in Fener, a historic Greek district in Istanbul. It was my first time in the city and this red-brick Orthodox college caught my attention, seeming distinctly out of place with its surroundings. To this day, I try to catch a glimpse of the building whenever I can. For me, it’s presence over the Golden Horn brings to mind not only the day I decided to move to Turkey, but also the value of contrast.

    Istanbul, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2013

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    New website is up and running. Finally put together a comprehensive online portfolio thanks to my good friend, Oğul. Feedback welcome.

    www.diegocupolo.com

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    Ankara Aesthetic

    Ankara, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    “Tell us to die, we will die”

    Sureyya Kalayci (left) displays a homemade t-shirt stating: “A call is enough. Call us and we’ll come. Tell us to die, we will die.” On 15 July 2016, Kalayci and his son Ahmet (right), blocked military vehicles in Ankara’s streets, helping to foil the attempted coup. “If it wasn’t for the people, the military would’ve taken over our country,” Kalayci said.

    Full Photo Essay: http://p.dw.com/p/2gc2i

    Ankara, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    Disparate views in post-coup Turkey

    Among the crowds, were many who personally confronted the military on the night of the coup and had made personal sacrifices to defend the democratically elected government. In contrast, opponents of President Erdogan mostly stayed home, viewing the ongoing purges and Turkey’s extended state of emergency as affronts to the nation’s democratic principles that have undermined the rule of law.

    Full Photo Essay: http://p.dw.com/p/2gc2i

    Ankara, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    Turks mark coup anniversary

    Amidst ongoing purges and a year long state of emergency, Turks observed the anniversary of the failed coup with contrasting views of justice and sacrifice.

    Full Photo Essay: http://p.dw.com/p/2gc2i

    Ankara, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    Turkey’s purges continue a year after failed coup

    One year after a failed coup sparked nationwide purges on suspected plotters, Turkey’s crackdown continues to spread beyond its initial target of Gulen followers, implicating members of opposition groups, media outlets and humanitarian organizations, effectively silencing many forms of public dissent.

    Full story: http://p.dw.com/p/2gVqW

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    With every step forward, our influences take shape

    Dipilto Viejo, Nicaragua © Diego Cupolo 2011

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    Spoke about the significance of Sunday’s Justice Rally in Istanbul, Turkey, this morning on the BBC World Service. Thanks for having me.

    Audio: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p057l3gv

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    Challenges in Unifying the Opposition

    To keep the momentum following the march for justice, CHP leaders said they would need support from a wide spectrum of opposition groups, some of which have been disenfranchised or ignored by the party in the past. CHP is the legacy of Turkey’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, and has long based itself on strict secularism and a singular Turkish identity - which has not always represented the nation’s many minorities.

    Full Story: http://p.dw.com/p/2gEYw

    Istanbul, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    Turkey’s ‘March for Justice’: opposition calls for unity, reform

    When asked if the possible suspension of EU accession talks could have an impact on the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) policies, Kilicdaroglu told DW the “decision will tear Turkey from the civilized world.” Yet, at the same time, he said responses to political oppression must come from within Turkey, and that outside pressure may prove counterproductive.

    “It will not have an impact,” Kilicdaroglu said during an interview inside his caravan in Gebze. “On the contrary, [the involvement of the international community] will increase polarization and this will benefit of Erdogan’s party.”

    Full story: http://p.dw.com/p/2gEYw

    Istanbul, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    Police Presence

    Police presence was heavy throughout the march to deter possible attacks and altercations between groups of contrasting ideologies. For the most part, the protest proceeded smoothly, aside from occasional confrontations like this one, where an officer restrained a teenager and told him, “I’ve been walking with this march since Ankara and I haven’t been aggressive with anyone. Don’t test me.” During today’s final rally, public safety officials will be tested once again.

    Full Photo Essay: http://p.dw.com/p/2g7te

    Gebze, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    “For my grandchildren”

    Husnu Sucu, a 58-year-old retiree, said he remained undeterred after walking more than 120 km in eight days and was camping each night with the protesters. “I am doing this for my grandchildren,” Sucu said. “We cannot let the current government continue doing what it wants without doing something about it. It is too dangerous for the future of our country.”

    Full Photo Essay: http://p.dw.com/p/2g7te

    Tavsancil, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    Shifting Alliances

    One of the protesters in the march for justice is Vesyel Kilic, 65, from Rize, who said he voted for conservative parties until his son was jailed following last year’s coup attempt. “It’s been 12 months and he still doesn’t have an indictment,” Kilic said. “I want justice and I noticed this leftist ideology is close to my own, so I came out to support the march.”

    Full Photo Essay: http://p.dw.com/p/2g7te

    Tavsancil, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    On the road with Turkey’s march for justice

    Ongoing purges and the jailing of elected officials have spurred tens of thousands to march 450 km from the Turkish capital Ankara to Istanbul. I caught up with protesters on Highway D100 to hear them out.

    Full Photo Essay: http://p.dw.com/p/2g7te

    Tavsancil, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    Didn’t know birds flew this high

    Mount Kazbek, Georgia © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    Svaneti Tower

    Svaneti, Georgia © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    Stalin’s Stomping Grounds

    Gori, Georgia © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    In-depth report: Italy’s migrant reception system is breaking

    Italy’s migrant reception system is buckling under the pressure of record arrivals and ill-thought-out reforms that are leaving asylum seekers with no access to state healthcare and choking those trying to help with red tape, an IRIN investigation reveals.

    Full story: http://www.irinnews.org/special-report/2017/06/15/italy%E2%80%99s-migrant-reception-system-breaking

    Pozzuoli, Italy © Diego Cupolo 2017

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