Culture

Turks celebrate Ramadan under shadow of pandemic

From masked drummers to online pide contests, Turks are bringing new twists to Ramadan in the coronavirus era.

Nazlan Ertan | | May 15, 2020
al-monitor Mahya master Ramazan Kizilkaya takes part in the installation of the mahya at the top of one of the minarets of Yeni New mosque, as the outbreak of the novel coronavirus continues in Istanbul, Turkey, April 27, 2020. Photo by REUTERS/Umit Bektas.

How COVID-19 threatens Istanbul's cultural heritage

The novel coronavirus pandemic presents multiple threats to Istanbul's cultural heritage, both decimating tourism and distracting from destructive development projects.

Paul Benjamin Osterlund | | May 7, 2020
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Palestinian woman leads fight against coronavirus, while others fall victim to domestic violence

Women are taking the lead in the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak in the Palestinian territories, while at the same the virus has brought more violence and suffering to some women.

Ahmad Melhem | Women’s rights | May 6, 2020
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Turkey’s gay community fights homophobia alongside COVID-19

Prosecutors have launched a probe into the bar associations that condemned the head of the state-run religious affairs directorate, for claiming homosexuals are spreading the pandemic.

Nazlan Ertan | | May 4, 2020
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Saudi bid for English Premier League soccer team has support of fans, opposition of human rights advocates

The reported effort by the state-run Saudi Public Investment Fund to buy the Newcastle United football club has prompted an opposition campaign by human rights organizations.

Neil Curry | Human rights | Apr 29, 2020
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