Hande Oynar

A freelance writer / editor based in New York City. Expertise in art, luxury, travel and city guides. Columbia J-School alum.

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Overlooked No More: Mihri Rassim, Feminist Artist in the Ottoman Empire

Overlooked is a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. Mihri Rassim was one of the most intriguing Turkish artists of her day — but she was known more for her eccentric lifestyle than for her art. She shunned her royal upbringing by running away from home to pursue an arts education, and to secure the freedoms that the Ottoman Empire didn’t provide to women in the early 1900s. She was a pioneer, opening the first art college

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JWM Magazine - Fall 2019 - 22

ancyra, the Greek word for “anchor,” highlighting its reputation as a trading post for goods coming in from the Black Sea. The 6,000-year-old city has an illustrious past as a major trade center founded by the Indo- European Hattic civilization dating back to the Bronze Age and later as a hub of converging trade routes all the way from Persia to Crimea. Ruled by Hittites, Phrygians, Lydians, Romans, Greeks, Byzantines, Galatians, Seljuk Turks and Ottomans throughout history, Ankara

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In Turkey, a communist mayor has become a national folk hero

A surprise electoral win by the first and only communist mayor in Turkey deserves a closer look at how his socialist policies won over the hearts of his constituents and then of the whole country After dancing with his supporters on the street, one of the first things Turkey’s first elected Communist mayor did, within a week of taking office, was to remove the police checkpoint and demolish the wall in front of the municipality building in the city of Tunceli. Fatih Mehmet Maçoğlu told the asse

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