7 July 2010
The July-August edition of The Middle East in London, the monthly magazine of the London Middle East Institute, is now out.
The magazine is a leading resource on Middle Eastern communities in London. It includes event, film and book reviews, as well as original articles on cultural, political, economic and other issues that affect these communities.
This issue of The Middle East in London focuses on Turkey in London, with topics relating to Istanbul, named as one of this year’s European Capitals of Culture, London and beyond.
Also included in this issue is Anne de Jong's exclusive account of the Israeli attack in the Mediterranean on the Mavi Marmara, one of the flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, which resulted in nine Turkish passengers being killed by the Israeli Defence Forces. The attack, which has strained Turkey’s relations with Israel, to say the least, came at a time when Turkey’s role in the region vis-a-vis Iran’s nuclear ambitions was prominent in the news.
Foreign policy, not of Turkey but of the new Conservative-Liberal coalition Government, is the subject of Arshin Adib-Moghaddam's Letter from the LMEI where he argues that given the unresolved question of Palestinian statehood and the nuclear stand-off with Iran, the Liberal Party’s input into the coalition may prove to be a restraining force in the development of foreign policy.
With political arguments heating up, a variety of other subjects are offered which one may ponder, for example, in ‘Steaming in London’ one can get a glimpse of the Turkish baths in London, or else one can drool over the food offered in top Turkish restaurants in the capital.
Travelling to the Bosphorous one can visit the the exhibition of illustrations in Çırağan Palace Art Gallery or the Topkapı Palace, which is hosting a number of important exhibitions and Gamon McLellan reports on the Capital of Culture project in Istanbul.
Other attractions in the July-August issue include a piece on the Süleymaniye Mosque, which stands at the heart of London’s Turkish community in Dalston, and a review of a recent solo show in London by Haluk Akakçe, one of Turkey’s most distinguished and leading video installation artists. All this and the most comprehensive guide to Middle Eastern events in London and across the UK.
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