"We didn't see anyone from the municipality," Vedat, a worker at a sweets shop said. This is what you hear nowadays from a number of shopkeepers in Eminönü, a harborside district on the outskirts of the famed Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. İmamoğlu visited businesses one day after the floods and resumed his vacation for one more day before returning to Istanbul. "I saved the sweets but our storage room [downstairs] was flooded. We don't have financial losses because we worked on our own to protect the goods," Vedat said, explaining how they boarded the shop against floodwaters. "We did it on our own. I didn't see anybody from the municipality here, anybody to help us. Nobody warned us before," he pointed out. Floods hit two underpasses the most that serve as the two busiest marketplaces in the area where thousands of people cross every day, dropping by to shop. Floodwaters as high as 2 meters took over the underpasses. An underpass still remains sealed due to heavy … [Read more...] about Flood-hit Istanbul recovers while mayor fails his first test
Saudi Arabia and Qatar engaged in a diplomatic war last year when the former imposed an embargo on the latter, attempting to cut its ties with the outside. In addition to the existing confrontations between the two Gulf countries, now the two countries are locked in another power struggle. This time it is over Somalia. While Saudi Arabia has de facto recognized Somaliland, a tiny region within Somalia, Qatar has increased its financial and infrastructural aid for Somalia. Qatar and Saudi Arabia are in a deep rift for several reasons. Saudi Arabia has been accusing Qatar of aiding the Muslim Brotherhood across the Middle East and North Africa. The Saudi kingdom considers the group a terror organization. In Egypt, Qatar had been backing Egypt's first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, who died in June in court during a trial. Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated party was closed after a bloody coup that took place in July 2013 and was led by incumbent president, … [Read more...] about Qatar, Saudi Arabia rift in a new stage over Somalia
Istanbul's Grand Bazaar, in Turkish the Kapalı Çarşı, remains one of the most intriguing, fascinating and overwhelming shopping experiences in the world. Dating back nearly 300 years, the Grand Bazaar is one of the largest and oldest covered markets on the globe and boasts over 4,000 shops. There are dozens of covered streets, each with its own theme, such as areas devoted solely to jewelry and gold, leather goods, fabrics, rugs and ceramics to say the least. With such a vast selection one can easily get lost or overwhelmed and miss out on some of the best and most famous shops there to discover. Here is a guide to who's who, where the stars shop and where to go for what in the Grand Bazaar: Şengör Halı Housed on Takkeciler Street in the heart of the bazaar is Şengör Halı, a traditional carpet store that has been serving visiting global leaders for generations now since opening in 2018. Among some of the store's patrons are former U.S. … [Read more...] about Stars of the Grand Bazaar
Turkish symbolists, especially Yahya Kemal and Ahmet Haşim, were under heavy influences coming from French poetry. Charles Baudelaire's Fleur du Mal (Flowers of Evil) was like a sacred book to them. Besides Baudelaire, such Frenchmen as Verlaine, Coppee, Musset, de Heredia were, too, among their favorites. On the other hand, as Yahya Kemal and Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar repeatedly stated that any national poetry could only be modernized depending on its own tradition. Outer influences would enrich any domestic art of poetry by giving a newer vision and a broader look at the substance of poetry, while such other issues including the language, persona, manners and style should be recreated within the context of that national poetry. It's a fact that French symbolism had an effect on Turkish poetry; however, the real springtime of the new Turkish symbolism was the imagist side of the diwan poetry of the Ottoman Era. The first Turkish poets combining the imagism of diwan poetry and the … [Read more...] about Cenap Şahabettin: Pioneer of Turkish symbolic poetry
Coffee is a main part everyday life for many. While some drink it to get the day started, some just love the taste and smell. The consumption of coffee is also on the rise around the world. Some 52% of the Turks drink at least one cup of Turkish coffee every day. Instant coffee is the second choice of Turks, while filter coffee is the third most-preferred coffee type. Although it is one of the most consumed drinks, we do not exactly know how one cup of coffee per day effects our body. According to experts, a cup of black coffee a day increases fat burning as it increases body temperature. It has also been proven that coffee balances the levels of sugar and fat in the blood. Experts claim that this balance protects people from getting Type 2 diabetes. Moreover, a cup of coffee a day reduces the risk of Alzheimer's disease. Although coffee has a lot of benefits, it is important to know the limits. High doses of caffeine are known to be addictive. If you consume less than your body needs, … [Read more...] about What does our daily cup of coffee do to the body?