Above is the Çifte Minareli Medrese in Erzurum, Turkey. I wrote a piece for Monocle’s Winter Weekly on how the city’s failed bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics has actually led to a five-fold increase in ski tourism.
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Each year, the first few weeks of cold weather seem to be the haziest. Either I forget what widespread lignite coal use does to the sky or this is the time a summer’s worth of scavenged furniture goes to the flames.
After watching ISIS destroy parts of Palmyra in Syria, Geomorphologist Lisa Mol launched an initiative to catalogue bullet damage in Middle Eastern heritage sites. Happy to see my photo of the Jordan’s Wadi Rum accompany the Nature International Journal of Science article about her conservation efforts.
Istanbul’s central Istiklal Caddesi has changed a lot over the years, but it still has its moments. Here’s a street scene of a roasted chestnut salesman working the night of 24 November 2018.
Lost count of how many check points I passed on a road trip to the Ani Ruins, but I’d recommend a visit for anyone trying to understand Turkey and its region.
I want to thank The World Justice Project for recognizing my reporting from #Turkey with an honorable mention in The 2018 Anthony Lewis Prize for Exceptional Rule of Law Journalism. Also, congrats to my colleagues, whose unwavering integrity leads us through challenging times.
Andrew Brunson will likely visit the White House today after being released from two years in Turkish custody. This is rare step forward for US-#Turkey relations, but many serious problems remain. My latest for The Atlantic with input from Ozgur Ozgur Unluhisarcikli and Nate Schenkkan.
My Istanbul street shot finds good company with this Turkish economy piece in the Wall Street Journal.