Even in antiquity, all roads east began in Üsküdar. In a sense, they still do. Given that nearly a quarter of the population of the Anatolian Peninsula lives in Istanbul’s vast sprawl, the Marmaray and M5 are but new and improved imperial roads leading to the high-rise doorstep of millions of residents of the Turkish republic. So long as its delicate balance is not severed, Üsküdar will remain to Istanbul—the confident, pious, and prosperous focal point of the urban Anatolian experience—what Turkey is to the world: proof that Islam, capitalism, and modernity, with a dash of democratic salt, is still a dish worth serving.
- The “success story” behind the first Covid-19 vaccine, the social and economic ascent of BioNTech co-founders Uğur Şahin and Özlem Türeci, has resonated across German, Turkish and international media. Hiding some deeper, hard facts about migration and integration, in Germany and beyond.
- Over two months after the explosion that devastated the port of Beirut, the country is at a crossroads: a drastic change in the institutional paradigm seems to be the only alternative to implosion.
- An interview with PM Mohammed Shtayyeh on the day of the signing of the “Abraham Accords” between Israel and the two Gulf countries
- What the normalization and the freeze of Israel’s annexation of West Bank territories means for the Middle East, the Arab world and the Palestinians.
- Turkish intellectual Cengiz Aktar speaks to ResetDOC in the wake of Hagia Sophia’s conversion into a mosque by Erdogan’s government
- “I do not distinguish my poetic from my activist self”. The story and artistic struggle of one of the youngest and most engaged Iraqi poets.
- At the crossroads between East and West, Turkey has always pursued border security as a key axis of its foreign policy. In recent years Erdogan even used frontiers as an adventurous geopolitical tool: not always as successfully as it may seem.
- Well before, and after, the pandemic, thousands of people lived locked down within tiny, inescapable pieces of land. The crisis provoked by Covid-19 has only reminded us all how dire such reality is, for both human bodies and minds. Take Gaza, North Korea or Kashmir, three places where the lockdown is not bound to end with the epidemic.
- The Israeli author, activist and daughter of the late General Moshe Dayan speaks to Reset on the prospects ahead for the country – and the region – as Benny Gantz and Amir Peretz prepare to join a new Netanyahu-led government.