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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

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”

To Protect Its Citizens Against Covid-19, Turkey Must Also Protect Syrian Refugees By Alexandra de Cramer - Feb 3, 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic is, of course, creating monumental problems across the world. But Turkey has an additional challenge: it is host to the largest contingent of refugees anywhere on the globe today. According to the Norwegian Refugee Council, there are 4.3 million Syrian refugees in Turkey, adding to the nation’s burden of providing wellbeing and … Continue reading “To Protect Its Citizens Against Covid-19, Turkey Must Also Protect Syrian Refugees”

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”