9 movies at SIFF 2019 that address social justice

It can be overwhelming to decide what to see at SIFF. To help you get started, The Seattle Globalist is spotlighting films that we're looking forward to that address social issues.
May 22, 2019

Talk by Kemal Kirişci: Turkey and The West

Despite strains on Turkey’s relations with its Western interlocutors and growing concerns over its reliability as a NATO ally, Turkey specialist and author Kemal Kirişci argues that domestic and regional realities are now edging Turkey toward improving its relations with the U.S. and Europe. Moreover, he will share the book’s policy recommendations aimed at improving […]
Jan 9, 2018

Turkey arrests Kurdish lawmakers, draws condemnation

The action drew strong international condemnation of a widening crackdown on dissent under President Tayyip Erdogan.
Nov 4, 2016

Seattleites from Turkey reflect on attempted coup — and its aftermath

The attempted overthrow of Turkey President Erdogan was both familiar and unsettling to Seattleites who come from Turkey.
Jul 21, 2016

Turkey president Erdogan vows to quash attempted military coup

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said the elected government remained in office. However, it appeared that those behind the coup had the upper hand initially.
Jul 15, 2016

Update: At least 28 killed after explosions hit Istanbul airport

Turkish officials said the attackers blew themselves up after shooting dozens of people at the Ataturk airport in Istanbul. At least 28 are dead.
Jun 28, 2016

Migrant smugglers offer passage to Italy after Turkey deal to shut route to Greece

After Turkey struck an agreement with the EU to return migrants and refugees who cross illegally to Greece, smugglers started offering trips to Italy.
Apr 1, 2016

Turkish Film Festival offers immersion into a country in turmoil

Seattle Turkish Film Festival, now in its third year, runs through the weekend at Pacific Place in Seattle.
Nov 6, 2015
A young refugee plays violin in front of a line of Turkish police at Edirne, where refugees amassed hoping to cross into Bulgaria. (Photo by Levent ......)

Istanbul native finds her city transformed by Syrian refugees

When I went back home to Istanbul for a visit, I was shocked at the conditions for Syrian refugees who have flooded the city.
Nov 4, 2015
Diwali oil lamps in Darjeeling, India. (Photo from Wikipedia by Benoy)

Top 5 things to do in Seattle this November

New in town? Looking for things to do in Seattle as the nights get long and the weather gets cold? We've got you covered.
Nov 3, 2015

Erdogan and AK Party win in Turkey election

President Tayyip Erdogan cast the return of Turkey to single-party rule as a vote for stability, but opponents fear it heralds growing authoritarianism.
Nov 2, 2015

Life after Syria

Since the Syrian Uprising began three years ago, 6.5 million Syrians have been internally displaced and another 2.5 million have registered or are waiting to register for refugee status abroad.
Mar 15, 2014
A rainy day in Istanbul (Photo by Thomas Leuthard)

Stormy skies over Turkey as corruption scandal spreads

Can Turkey weather political scandal? Forecast gloomy.
Jan 30, 2014
(Photo by Brett Konen)

Three ways to get a global coffee fix in Seattle

A guide to the diverse international coffee scene that often flies below our over-caffeinated radar. 
Jan 7, 2014
A volunteer handed out food from the patio of the Taksim Square Starbucks in Istanbul, Turkey last week. (Photo by Christan Leonard)

Starbucks lends a hand (and a toilet) to Turkish protesters

Starbucks has long been a target of anti-corporate protests. But one store on Istanbul’s Taksim Square has quietly given aid to Turkish protestors.
Jun 13, 2013
Protesters attempt to stop a police truck from passing in Istanbul's Taksim Square on Tuesday. (Photo by Christan Leonard)

The view from Gezi Park

Seattleite Christan Leonard is in Istanbul documenting a protest movement that is turning out to be about a lot more than saving a park.  
Jun 12, 2013
This photo of a Turkish woman being pepper sprayed by a police officer has become a uniting symbol for the protestors in Turkey. (Photo by REUTERS/Osman Orsal)

What the heck is happening in Turkey?

A small cadre of Turkish Seattleites are organizing support for escalating protests they say are about saving democracy in Turkey.
Jun 5, 2013