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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.

Ports of Call

Tottering on the brink of default this past week, Greece once again hit the headlines as its government was reshuffled …

Ports of Call

  Neither male, moustached nor macho, Nursuna Memecan is not your typical rural Turkish politician. So when she enters a …

Turkish (Revenge) Delight

Thousands in central Istanbul commemorated the one-year anniversary since Israeli soldiers shot nine Turkish activists dead while intercepting a humanitarian …

Outdated—The Arab world’s 2.0 revolutions

Network-enabled uprisings may have inspired humanists but they are not so much a glimpse of a people power-enabled future as its last gasp. Iason Athanasiadis examines why state repression is stepping up to Dictatorship 2.0

Cappuccino in Tripoli

The revolt in Libya may be the world’s top international story today but little is known about this impenetrable desert kingdom on the doorstep of the European Union. Iason Athanasiadis visited a hermit republic on the eve of its modernity in 2009 and stumbled upon a 21st century mission civilisatrice going badly awry.

Easter visitors from Ethiopia

Despite being an overwhelmingly Muslim city with a dwindling Christian minority, turbulence in the Middle East and Turkey’s newfound cosmopolitanism bring an infusion of tourists and refugees into Istanbul’s churches every Easter

Gaming in Kabul

Children and young men compete for space in the crowded interior, manically twiddling brightly colored controls on man-sized arcade boxes, stay-overs from another era of electronic gaming. For a generation that knew only violence growing up, these aggressive games offer a logical continuation to lives lived in hardscrabble conditions.