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Iason Athanasiadis

Iason Athanasiadis

Iason Athanasiadis is a writer, photographer and documentary film producer based between Istanbul and Tripoli, Libya. He studied Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies at Oxford University, and Persian and Contemporary Iranian Studies at Tehran's School of International Studies. He was a 2008 Nieman fellow at Harvard University. He has worked for BBC World, Al-Jazeera and Arte, and has written for the Los Angeles Times, the International Herald Tribune, The Spectator, the Financial Times and the Global Post. His photography has appeared in Der Spiegel, Marie Claire, the Guardian, and the New Statesman.

City on the Brink

Friday dawn, March 21, 2014 Istanbul these days is suffused by a sense of the absurd. Its effervescent fin-de-sièclism assails …

Melancholia ad Aegyptum

It is an early spring morning in Alexandria’s waterfront Ramla Square and a distinguished-looking man—neither local nor fully foreign in …

Awakening Pera

When a small group of environmentalists and liberals started sleeping in a small, overlooked park next to Istanbul’s central Taksim …

Free Speech Ghetto

It is a country whose security services are poorly-trained, underpaid, violence-prone and increasingly infiltrated by religious and fascist currents. It …

Groundhog 9.11

I had just graduated from Oxford in Arabic and Modern Middle Eastern Studies and started working in London when September …