Personal best 2010…
ISTANBUL-It is the end of a year that began for me in Jerusalem and ended in Istanbul. Below is a personal selection of my top articles and unpublished photos from 2010. This year I worked in: Israel/Palestinian Territories, Finland, Ukraine, Latvia, Estonia, Turkey, Iraq, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Kosovo, and Serbia. Click here for a list of my published work from 2010. Next year I plan to continue this energy with a continued focus on Turkey, the country where I am based, and break some new ground further afield. My most regular work from Turkey can be found with AOL News. I also cover Southeast Europe and Turkey in a daily list of political and economic news produced for Business New Europe (bne) magazine that is e-mailed out to subscribers.
I wish you a prosperous 2011!
Crimea Watch, covering the Ukrainian election from the so-called “flashpoint” city of Sevastopol.
Latvia: An Angry, Whimpering Baltic Tiger, returning to a country I inadvertently spent a good deal of time in since 2005, I describe the effects of Latvia’s economic bust.
A Quest for Finnish Ostriches, finally I get what’s coming to me from a flock of Finnish ostriches.
Gaza flotilla attack: Autopsies reveal intensity of Israeli military force, reporting on the Mavi Marmara crisis between Turkey and Israel.
Turkey’s dual cause in northern Iraq, Turkey’s attempts to influence Kurdish northern Iraq, includes an interview with PKK top commander Murat Karayilan.
Secularists forge indelible link to Ataturk, a popular tattoo expresses many Turk’s allegiance to its founder and opposition to the ruling government.
Helsinki data centre to heat homes, a truly great idea, a database center heats homes in cold Helsinki.
Does Hess’ Deportation Mean Turkey’s Tough on Journalists?, A U.S. activist/journalist gets deported from Turkey during a year which sees the country’s press freedom takes a dive.
Hopes and Frustrations Mark Lake Van Mass, Turkey allows Armenians to hold a mass in an ancient church, but withholds proper placement of the cross.
Serbia’s Sandzak at odds with Belgrade, in a long-form article I describe the conflict in Serbia’s Sandzak region, incorporating a previous visit in 2008.
Turkey fashions a slice of the international Muslim lifestyle market, The world’s Muslim population is growing, making them a very attractive consumer market.