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Menekse Tokyay
Menekse Tokyay

Menekse Tokyay is an international correspondent based in Turkey.

COLUMNISTS
Menekse Tokyay
Menekse Tokyay

Menekse Tokyay is an international correspondent based in Turkey.

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Exploring Turkey’s unique ‘underground’ mosque

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Mosque architecture is changing over time and an example of a more modern approach is one dubbed ...

How a rural theater group fights for Turkish women’s rights

Wednesday, 07 December 2016

Born in 1957 to a family with 10 siblings in a small village in Turkey’s southern city of ...

‘Country for Syria’ band uses music to highlight refugee woes

Monday, 21 November 2016

At Istanbul’s famous concert halls, more and more people are taking to their seats to listen ...

Alcohol-free clubs cater to Turkey’s fun-loving conservative Muslims

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Western style bars and nightclubs are being tweaked to appeal to religiously conservative segments ...

Trump presidency: Quo vadis Turkey-US relations in Mideast?

Friday, 11 November 2016

Barack Obama’s being elected President of the United States had raised the hopes for elevating ...

‘Bean’ there, done that: Istanbul coffee houses are bucking tradition

Sunday, 06 November 2016

The preeminent place accorded to coffee in Turkish culture is perhaps best illustrated by a popular ...

Istanbul Fashion Week draws stylish crowds amid criticism

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Istanbul (MBFWI), the country’s one and only fashion event with ...

Biden visits Ankara amid strained US-Turkey relations

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

The outcome of the upcoming visit to Turkey by US Vice President Joe Biden, who is due to arrive on ...

Turkey wedding attack exploited local tensions, experts say

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Less than a week after the liberation of Mambij in northern Syria, formerly an ISIS stronghold, a ...

Russia, Turkey rebuild ties: What this means for the Syrian conflict

Tuesday, 09 August 2016

Following the failed coup in Turkey on July 15, the country’s relations with the United States ...

Is xenophobia against Syrian refugees on the rise in Turkey?

Monday, 01 August 2016

Istanbul - The Syrian conflict has resulted in an influx of about three million refugees into Turkey ...

Understanding the backdrop to Turkey’s failed military coup

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Having already experienced three military coups and multiple coup attempts since 1960, Turkey ...

What are Turkey’s motives behind potential ‘normalized’ ties with Syria?

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Istanbul - With Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim saying his country will normalize ties with ...

What triggered the deadly Turkish airport attack?

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

The international departure terminal of Istanbul’s main and largest airport, Ataturk, was hit ...

Turkey and Israel finally mend ties: What does this mean for the Mideast?

Monday, 27 June 2016

A "certain point" was reached in normalizing Turkey's relations with Israel in talks on ...

Turkey and Russia reconciliation: A pipe dream or strained reality?

Sunday, 19 June 2016

In an effort to restore broken ties with Russia, Turkey has been taking important steps to re-open a ...

Has Turkey become a scapegoat in the fiery Brexit debate?

Monday, 23 May 2016

With controversies over its democracy and external challenges such as the flow of migrant, ...

Turkey-EU visa deal: How will it impact tourists and migrants?

Saturday, 07 May 2016

Earlier this week, the European Commission proposed to the European Parliament and Council of the ...

Turkey’s Nobel-nominated border town: A new ISIS target?

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Repeated shelling of the Turkish southeastern border town of Kilis in recent months by the Islamic ...

Can Turkey boost the Muslim world’s counterterrorism efforts?

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Turkey, as new chair of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), wants a focus on ...

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