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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

Turkey Can’t Safeguard Cultural Artifacts in Its Museums By Alexandra de Cramer - Dec 7, 2020

In January, an archaeologist at the Zeugma Museum, home to the world’s largest collection of ancient mosaics, committed suicide by throwing herself off an eight-storey building. In her suicide note, 33-year-old Merve Kacmis said she could no longer endure the bullying from her superiors at the museum, located in Gaziantep in southeast Anatolia. They had … Continue reading “Turkey Can’t Safeguard Cultural Artifacts in Its Museums”

Earthquakes in Turkey Don’t Need to Cause as Much Damage as They Do By Alexandra de Cramer - Nov 30, 2020

There have been 22 earthquakes of significant magnitude around the world so far this year. The worst of them struck Izmir, Turkey’s third largest city, on October 30. More than 100 people died. Such loss of life is tragic enough, but when it is clearly connected to failings that go right to the heart of … Continue reading “Earthquakes in Turkey Don’t Need to Cause as Much Damage as They Do”

Turkey Is Ruining Its Cultural Heritage, One Building at a Time By Alexandra de Cramer - Oct 2, 2020

Istanbul’s Galata Tower has survived earthquakes and the fall of empires, but the monument has been unable to withstand the jackhammer of the Turkish ministry of culture. On August 12, video footage of two restoration workers jackhammering the 14th century structure sparked outrage and sent concerned citizens flocking to the site. Mahir Polat, head of … Continue reading “Turkey Is Ruining Its Cultural Heritage, One Building at a Time”

Silence Descends on Social Media in Turkey By Alexandra de Cramer - Sep 14, 2020

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s disdain for social media is no secret. He blocks Twitter regularly in order to prevent the spread of information he doesn’t like. He has openly railed against Facebook and YouTube, accusing them of misrepresenting Turkish family values. And after the Gezi Park protests of 2013 he vowed to control social … Continue reading “Silence Descends on Social Media in Turkey”

Is Erdogan About to Make Turkey a More Dangerous Place for Women? By Alexandra de Cramer - Aug 23, 2020

When the Istanbul Convention against domestic violence came into being in 2011, Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, proudly declared that his country was the first member of the Council of Europe to sign it. But it has proved to be an empty boast. Violence against women is not only rife in Turkey but the government … Continue reading “Is Erdogan About to Make Turkey a More Dangerous Place for Women?”