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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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    My explainer on the Reza Zarrab case and why it’s so dangerous for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/11/zarrab-erdogan-turkey-iran-sanctions/546986/

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    Kilis Street Scene

    Kilis, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    EU funds Turkish health centers to help Syrian refugees

    New, EU-funded health centers are opening across Turkey to treat and employ Syrian refugees in effort to remove the language barriers they face when seeking medical care.

    My latest for DW News: http://www.dw.com/en/eu-funds-turkish-health-centers-to-help-syrian-refugees/a-41362710

    Ankara, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2017


  • Open Source Hosting for Journalists and NGO workers

    To all the journalists & NGO workers out there, I just fortified my website with help from deflect.ca, a free hosting service for international human rights activists.

    It requires a bit of technical knowledge (PM if you need help) but I would highly recommend taking a look at this project: https://deflect.ca/


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    IYI Party Launch

    A Turkish nationalist holds up a portrait of Meral Aksener during the launch of her new far-right IYI party, which she will lead into next year’s election in attempt to gain parliamentary seats in Ankara.

    Ankara, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    A place I call home

    Ankara, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    Caught the gaze of an elderly women watching the rain from her window in Safranbolu

    Safranbolu, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    EU funding can’t push Syrian schoolkids over Turkey’s language barrier

    EU funds expanded education opportunities for refugees in Turkey, but lack of physical classroom space and language barriers still pose challenges for nearly a million school-aged Syrians.

    Read my report on refugee education here:
    http://p.dw.com/p/2mAPl

    Nizip, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    On the Black Sea

    Amasra, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    Amasra Port

    Sailors on a cargo ship in the Black Sea port of Amasra, Turkey, where a fishing boat packed with 334 people was hauled in after being intercepted by the coast guard. It was just one of many vessels that smugglers have sent towards Romania in recent months.

    Read the full cross-border investigation into Black Sea human trafficking by Jodi Hilton and myself:
    https://www.irinnews.org/investigations/2017/10/16/old-route-new-dangers-migrant-smugglers-revive-black-sea-route-europe

    Amasra, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    Old route, new dangers: Migrant smugglers revive Black Sea route to Europe

    In recent months, rising human trafficking activity on Turkey’s Black Sea coast has brought about 500 asylum-seekers to Romania, a country struggling to host the new arrivals.

    See my joint report with Jodi Hilton (and her excellent photos):
    https://www.irinnews.org/investigations/2017/10/16/old-route-new-dangers-migrant-smugglers-revive-black-sea-route-europe

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