Suicide Attack at Istanbul Airport Kills 36, Wounds Many More

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The State Department has created a Crisis in Istanbul page to provide updates to American citizens for the terrorist attack at the Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul. Excerpt below:

Turkish media is reporting that possibly two or more explosive devices detonated at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport at approximately 10:15pm local time June 28, 2016. Police and anti-terror teams are currently at the scene and there is no official announcement on the reason of the explosion(s) or the exact number of wounded.  Entrance to and exit ‎from the Airport have been prohibited.  Flights have been suspended.  All direct flights from Istanbul to the United States had departed prior to the attack at the airport.  U.S. citizens are urged to avoid the area around the airport and to avoid any police action that may be taking place throughout the city.  Please check local media for the latest updates.  We strongly urge U.S. citizens in Turkey to directly contact concerned family members in the United States to advise them of your safety.

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Turkey Warns UK Diplomat Over Selfie, Summons German Diplomat Over #ErdowieErdowoErdogan Video

Posted: 3:34 am ET
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The British Consul-General to Istanbul Leigh Turner (@LeighTurnerFCO) tweeted these on March 25:


Apparently, that selfie with Cumhuriyet journalist Can Dundar did not sit well with Turkey’s President Recep Tayipp Erdoğan:


And then there’s this:

According to the Guardian, Germany’s ambassador to Turkey, Martin Erdmann, was summoned to the foreign ministry in Ankara last week and asked to justify the contents of the short video made by Extra 3, the popular satirical television program.  “We demanded that the programme be deleted,” a Turkish diplomat told Agence France-Presse on condition of anonymity.”

The video is still online, now has English and Turkish subtitles, and over 2.5 million hits on YouTube. Newsweek reported on Tuesday that the song’s title and melody are inspired by German pop star Nena’s 1984 love song “Irgendwie, Irgendwo, Irgendwann” (Anyhow, Anywhere, Anytime). The rewritten lyrics in English is available here, but you don’t need German to get this:




US Mission Turkey Joins 25th Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swim Competition

◉  By Domani Spero

In July 2012, we posted about USCG Istanbul participating in the Bosphorus Swim. See US ConGen Istanbul in ’2 Continents 1 Race’ Bosphorus Swim and Look who else joined the American Team in the Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swim.

This year, Ambassador Francis Ricciardone and Consul General Scott Kilner once again joined the 25th Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swim Competition. The competition started from Kanlıca on the Anatolian side and ended at Kuruçeşme on the European side of the Bosphorus. Ambassador Ricciardone was 30th runner up and Consul General Kilner was 25th runner up in their categories. 1426 swimmers from 55 countries swam at the competition.

Photo via US Embassy Turkey/FB

Photo via US Embassy Turkey/FB

Bosphorus swim results

Photo via US Embassy Turkey/FB

More photos here.

According to Swimza, Hasan Emre Musluoğlu from Turkey received the gold medal among the 1,5oo swimmers at the 25th Bosphorus Cross-Continental Races yesterday in Istanbul, marking his fourth consecutive win.










Look who else joined the American Team in the Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swim

We previously blogged about the US Consulate General in Istanbul joining the Bosphorus Cross-continental Races over the weekend (see US ConGen Istanbul in ’2 Continents 1 Race’ Bosphorus Swim). Here are the swimmers crossing the Bosphorus!

Such a lovely day for a swim, too! You can’t be in Istanbul and not fall in love with the Bosphorus.

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And you know who else showed up, not just to cheer for the consulate’s team but to join in the swim?

US Ambassador to Turkey Frank Ricciardone with wife, Marie at the Bosphorus Race
(Photo from USCG Istanbul/FB)
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And yes, Consul General Scott Kilner did not just wear the shirt, he also did the race.

USCG Scott Kilner giving the thumbs up sign after the swim
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Tebrikler! Here’s to another race next year! Ιnşallah!

Domani Spero

US ConGen Istanbul in ‘2 Continents 1 Race’ Bosphorus Swim

Tomorrow, July 15th thousands of swimmers will begin the race from one of the famous stops of the BosphorusKanlıca on the Asian side to Kurucesme on the European side for a 6.5kms race-course.

The Bosphorus Cross-continental Races are organized under the auspices of the International Olympic Committee.  When this event started in 1989, it was  apparently participated by 4 female and 64 male athletes but has since grown to become an important part of the Turkish sports tradition.

USCG Istanbul says that “For 24 years, thousands of athletes from around the world and Turkey have been getting together in Istanbul for friendship, to compete, to challenge and discover their limits. The pleasure of making swimming or rowing from Asia to Europe, to experience the exquisite beauties of the Bosphorusl and witnessing the passion of the fans all combine to create this unique event.”

The consulate’s presser says that U.S. Consulate General’s Swim Team will be attending this year’s ‘2 Continents 1 Race’ Bosphorus Swim.

Below is the consulate’s swim team:

US Consulate General Istanbul Bosphorus Swim Team with CG Scott Kilner (with a hat) Photo from USCG Istanbul/FB

Mark Spitz who won seven gold medals at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, an achievement only surpassed Michael Phelps who won eight golds at the 2008 Olympics will be attending the event.

You go, guys!

İyi şanslar!

Domani Spero