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Ali Çimen

Ali Çimen is a journalist based in Istanbul, Turkey.

Born in İstanbul in 1971, Ali Çimen studied English language and literature at Istanbul University and graduated in 1995. He worked for the international Turkish dailies Zaman and Today's Zaman from 1993 to 2005, serving as reporter, editor, chief of the foreign news desk in İstanbul and as an international correspondent in Frankfurt, Amsterdam, and London. He worked for Euronews in France from 2010 to 2014.

He has interviewed many political and social celebrities including Bill Clinton, Shakira, Edwin Buzz Aldrin, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Greg Olsen, Mordechai Vanunu, William S. Cohen, Robert Ballard and Brad Pitt.

He has written numerous popular history books ranging from secret services and to space exploration. He has also a novel, political thriller, published in 2013.

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Elif Şafak is Turkey's most popular female writer. She has also gained fame abroad, not only for her literary accomplishments but also because of the lawsuit brought against her in Turkey because, in one of her novels she refers to the mass killings of Armenians in 1915; that is in The Bastard of Istanbul. The suit was dropped. Euronews journalist Ali Çimen met up with Şafak in Lyon, France, where she was attending a book festival. We asked her about her impressions of Europe, her writing and culture.


An interview with Turkish political scientist Adil Gür on the possible outcomes of the general elections held in Turkey in 2011, july 12th.

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