Ruth Michaelson, The Guardian

Ruth Michaelson

The Guardian

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  • The Guardian
  • Prospect Magazine
  • Columbia Journalism Review

Past articles by Ruth:

Istanbul’s bellydancers and DJs fight for survival as Turkey’s night-time economy takes a hit

With inflation at more than 100%, and a ruling party hostile to Istanbul’s vibrant nightlife culture, performers and bar owners are facing severe struggles → Read More

MPs and peers urge UK government to do more to free jailed activist in Egypt

More than 100 signatories express concern in letter to foreign secretary over lack of progress in case of Alaa Abd el-Fattah → Read More

‘We fear leaving the house’: Lebanon and Turkey step up deportations of Syrian refugees

Countries that once welcomed Syrians fleeing the civil war are now forcing them to return as Assad is feted by the Arab world → Read More

Turkish central bank raises interest rates to 15% after two-year freeze

Experts say increase from 8.5% may be insufficient to tackle surging inflation some estimate to be 110% → Read More

‘Anyone want to buy?’: Turkish lira falls as traders await uplift in economy

Mood is tense among currency traders in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, with country reeling from a profound economic crisis → Read More

Pakistanis ‘were forced below deck’ on refugee boat in Greece disaster

Witnesses say some groups were forced into the most hazardous part of the vessel that sank, leaving hundreds feared dead → Read More

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announces new cabinet

Appointments hint that leader’s third decade in office may see move towards orthodox economic policy → Read More

Turkish lira plunges as Erdoğan claims mandate to continue divisive rule

Re-elected president commits to economic unorthodoxy and culture wars suggesting further trouble ahead → Read More

Polls close in second round of the Turkish presidential election

Incumbent Recep Tayyip Erdoğan hopes to see off a challenge from Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu in close race → Read More

Polls open in Turkish election runoff as Erdoğan hopes to retain power

President has urged supporters not to be complacent amid faltering challenge from Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu → Read More

Turkish opposition stirs up anti-immigrant feeling in attempt to win presidency

Both sides seek to harness support of ultra-nationalist right before Sunday’s election, with refugees serving as scapegoats → Read More

‘He works hard’: Voters in Turkey’s quake zone backing Erdoğan in runoff

Despite criticism of his response to February’s earthquakes, Erdoğan is increasingly popular in the rural provinces most affected → Read More

Ultranationalist leader backs Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu for Turkish presidency

Victory party’s leader says he and Kılıçdaroğlu have signed agreement to deport refugees and not reinstate Kurdish mayors → Read More

Can Turkey’s opposition bridge enthusiasm gap before runoff vote?

Rejuvenated Erdoğan is in pole position as Kılıçdaroğlu reckons with lack of belief among supporters → Read More

Turkey’s economic crisis expected to deepen after Erdoğan tops poll

Analysts fear Erdoğan victory could lead to further instability with high inflation and lira already close to historic low → Read More

Erdoğan survives, but will Turkish democracy?

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the president of Turkey, has moulded the country in his image during his two decades in power. Now he faces a run-off election to stay in power → Read More

Turkey election: what can we expect from Erdoğan v Kılıçdaroğlu runoff?

Key questions answered about state of play in Turkey after presidential election goes to a second round → Read More

Turkish polls close after record numbers vote in test of Erdoğan’s rule

Close race expected as opposition unites behind challenge of ending Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s two decades of dominance → Read More

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan hands out gifts in desperate bid to win re-election

The Turkish president is behind in polls for Sunday’s vote and has resorted to promises of free natural gas, and claims that the country has struck oil → Read More

‘We’re against LGBT’: Erdoğan targets gay and trans people ahead of critical Turkish election

The scant progress for human rights is in peril ahead of polls as president’s ‘family values’ rhetoric stokes culture war → Read More