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Alexandra de Cramer

Alexandra de Cramer is a journalist based in Istanbul. She reported on the Arab Spring from Beirut as a Middle East correspondent for Milliyet newspaper. Her work ranges from current affairs to culture and has been featured in Monocle, Courier Magazine, Maison Francaise and Istanbul Art News.

Articles By Alexandra de Cramer

The Covid-19 Pandemic Has Put Turkey on Suicide Watch By Alexandra de Cramer - Jun 13, 2021

 On April 29, with no prior warning, Turkey went into full lockdown for three weeks. Within 24 hours, four people committed suicide, all of them for the same reason: despair over their financial future. In all, 129 people took their own lives in April. Yet the psychological impact of Covid-related hardship and lack of financial … Continue reading “The Covid-19 Pandemic Has Put Turkey on Suicide Watch”

Is Turkey Putting Profit Before Its People’s Safety in the Covid-19 Pandemic? By Alexandra de Cramer - May 22, 2021

Right from the moment the Covid-19 pandemic brought international travel to a halt, Turkey has been determined to be the first to open up to tourism again – so much so that when a surge in infections coincided with the arrival of the first planeload of holidaymakers in April, the government adopted a novel approach … Continue reading “Is Turkey Putting Profit Before Its People’s Safety in the Covid-19 Pandemic?”

Covid-19’s Newest Symptom in Turkey: ‘Kitchen Inflation’ By Alexandra de Cramer - Mar 30, 2021

  You know things are serious when supermarkets start locking away baby formula. Over the past year, 28,000 people in Turkey might have died of Covid-19. But what is affecting people more than the virus is “kitchen inflation.” The pandemic has outed the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP)’s failed agricultural policies that have sent … Continue reading “Covid-19’s Newest Symptom in Turkey: ‘Kitchen Inflation’”

It’s Time to Talk About That Time of the Month By Alexandra de Cramer - Feb 21, 2021

In January, a popular Turkish actress and social media celebrity named Ceyda Düvenci found herself vilified as a “bad mother.” Her crime? Posting on Instagram about a significant event: her daughter’s first menstrual period. Opinion among Düvenci’s 2.7 million followers was deeply divided. Some said she was “disgusting,” especially as her daughter suffers from cerebral … Continue reading “It’s Time to Talk About That Time of the Month”

Turkey’s Women Need More Inclusiveness and Rights, Not a Women-Only University By Alexandra de Cramer - Feb 11, 2021

A gender-segregated education system has long been one of the top goals of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development party, the AKP. Until now, the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been working to separate men and women attending co-ed institutions. But now, there are plans for a wholly women-only university to be opened by 2023. … Continue reading “Turkey’s Women Need More Inclusiveness and Rights, Not a Women-Only University”