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Turkey turns blind eye as refugees head for border


Greece and Bulgaria increase security as Ankara looks for EU support in Syria.

Turkish judge refuses to throw out trial of student Pride marchers


A Turkish court on Tuesday rejected calls to throw out the trial of 19 people for participating in an LGBT+ Pride march on a university campus.

Rohingya refugees prepare camps for monsoon season


As monsoon season begins in Bangladesh, Rohingya refugees are working with humanitarian agencies to fortify the flood-prone terrain where they have taken refuge. Diego Cupolo reports from Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.

Ist dieser Mann ein Terrorist?


10. Januar 2019, eine Turkish-Airlines-Maschine. «Die Türkei ist ein wunderschönes Land», sagt Barbara Zirngast, 58. Sie blickt durch das ovale Fenster der Boeing 737.


What is life like in Turkey, one year after the earthquakes?
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Seven Syrians: War Accounts From Syrian Refugees
8th House Publishing, Montreal, 2013

The summer of 2013, I served as a volunteer teacher in a school for Syrian refugees on the Turkish-Syrian border. During this time, I met many Syrians, mostly from the Idlib province, who would share with me their experiences of escaping the war in Syria.

"Seven Syrians: War Accounts from Syrian Refugees," is an attempt to present those stories to readers who are interested in the Syrian War, but may not have access to first-hand accounts. Each narrative is written in the first person and is displayed with portraits of the storytellers along with photographs of their new environments in Turkey. As the war continues, the book offers a snapshot of civilian voices that often go unheard. Purchase the book on


Diego Cupolo

Diego Cupolo is a multimedia journalist based in Turkey since 2015. He is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Turkey recap newsletter as well as a founding board member of the Kolektif Medya Derneği, a non-profit media organization in Istanbul, Turkey.

His articles have appeared in The Atlantic, The Economist, Foreign Policy and Politico, among other publications. His audio, photo and video work has been featured by Agence France-Presse, The Financial Times, the Serial podcast and others.

In 2018, his reporting on Turkish politics received honorable mention in The World Justice Project's Lewis Prize for Exceptional Rule of Law Journalism. In 2013, he published a book titled "Seven Syrians: War Accounts From Syrian Refugees" with 8th House Publishing.

Diego is an Italian-American who was born in Mexico and lived in Venezuela as a child. After immigrating to the US, his first job was delivering the Hartford Courant as a paperboy. Nine or 10 jobs later, he began delivering news as an intern for New York City's Gotham Gazette and then as a staff reporter for The Star-Ledger in Newark, New Jersey.

Since 2010, he has worked as a freelance foreign correspondent and is currently based in Istanbul, Turkey. Diego is a member of the International Federation of Journalists, the US National Writers Union and has Hostile Environments & Emergency First Aid certification.