11. Honey, fancy a commie?
1. Turkey’s Communist Honey. Paul Benjamin Osterlund, The Outline
The Munzur Valley National Park is home to more than 1500 different plant species. This rich biodiversity is the engine behind Ovacik’s status as a rare Turkish socialist experiment, and, increasingly, one of the area’s most famous exports: “communist honey,” which owes its deep, nuanced flavor to the area’s mountain flora.
2. Not the Backward-Glancing Comrade – On Ece Temelkuran. William Harris, n+1
On a Thursday in 2012 Ece Temelkuran’s phone rang. She was living in Tunis, working on a novel and writing for the Turkish newspaper Habertürk, and now she was being told she was without a job. “Ece,” her boss said, “you know why.”
3. “You have to be a good shapeshifter”. Bradley Secker, Re-Picture
Sometimes the job requires going back into the closet for Bradley Secker, a British photojournalist based in Turkey. In one moment, he feels the need to conceal his sexuality. In another, it’s his ticket to being trusted and telling the story.
4. Germany’s Memorials. Gast ArbeiterIn, Renk Magazin
On a warm Saturday afternoon my friends and I meet up for an Astra beer in a little park in Hamburg-Altona. Across from us, a couple of boys are playing basketball, on the right I see a sign saying Kemal-Altun-Platz. That’s cool, I think. I come here quite often but it’s the first time I’ve ever wondered who Kemal Altun might be.
5. Istanbul Closes the Books on Its Public Scribes. Joshua Allen, Atlas Obscura
On a side street near Istanbul’s Çağlayan Courthouse, an electric sign reading “Petition Writer” points to the open door of 67-year-old Hayrettin Talih’s tiny, one-room office. A casual passerby might think it a typical Turkish workplace, unadorned except for the obligatory photograph of Turkey’s first president, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, and a framed verse of the Quran.