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Istanbul Twestival

Here is the last press release from the Istanbul Twitter Festival Team “Istanbul Twestival”. Unfortunately I only have a Turkish version. Google translate perhaps my pretties? :) I am happy to report that there will also be a Twestival in Ankara and in Izmir, which I will hopefully be helping out with. You should follow […]

Turkey Turns 85

Eighty five years ago today, the Republic of Turkey was proclaimed from the capital in Ankara. From the corner of my balcony on the Asian side of Istanbul I awoke to scores of red flags  hanging from apartment windows, poles, shops and even draped across the backs of people walking down the street…the air is […]

Terror In Uskudar

Three hand grenades were thrown at the building of the municipality of Uskudar, in Istanbul. 1 person has been injured from there knee following the attack and two people, 1 of them being a woman, escaped on a motorcycle and are being hunted down. Is this going to be a weekly occurance? Are we not […]

Istanbul bomb blasts – Gungoren

Last night two bombs went off in the area of Gungoren – killing 17 and injuring  154.  Two RDX bombs went off at 15 minutes interval, the first was a smaller explosion aimed at getting people to flock towards the sound of the bomb to see if they could help incase anyone was injured and […]

Hi Internet, just a quick update from MBHQ!

You’ve no doubt by now noticed that the sites got a bit of a re-design and some things got changed around last week. We wanted to highlight two changes to make sure everyone knows what changed. The first and biggest is COMMENTS! Registration is no longer required to post a comment on any post. Of [...]

Urban Bug Disaster

The Bosphorus can be a total dream or a complete nightmare, depending on how you experience it. Every day hundreds of thousands cross it to go to work or travel, thousands sail under it carrying cargo or tourists..Every night, boats sail all around it showing avid diners the wonders of its shores, giving them an [...]

Google has a funky new Istanbul logo

..but I’m not too thrilled about it. I’m going to assume that they created it for Istanbul 2010 but I don’t love it. Stroll on over to to check it out!

Istanbul 2010

As you probably know Istanbul is the European Capital of Culture this year and today is the official launch of the “Istanbul 2010″ festivities. If you’re not too sure what it is all about, then have a stroll over to There will be fireworks and concerts within key points of the city as follows: Events at [...]

Istanbulian and Turkish blogger protests

After the ban of many a video streaming websites by the Turkish government, bloggers decided to take the matter into their own hands by protesting the Chinese style censorship going on. We were getting used to the void left by YouTube when suddenly, Dailymotion, another video streaming website got banned also. You can find more information [...]

Terror in Uskudar II

Here are the first visuals from the attack scene.

Bombing attempt in Kadikoy

A bomb was placed infront of a McDonalds in Kadikoy near Kazasker but didn’t detonate. It seems that there was a problem with the wiring and the cellphone it was attached to. I wonder when we’ll be allowed to feel safe...

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