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Beware: Peppers, Pears and Grapes From Turkey Are Most Toxic Produce In Europe, Study Finds

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27 Mar., 2012, Green Prophet

Fresh produce stands like this one are popular all over Turkey. But these colorful displays contain a toxic blend of pesticides, according to a new Greenpeace report (in German).

Of 76 different fruits and vegetables recently evaluated, Turkish peppers contained the most excessive and dangerous amounts of pesticide chemicals, according to Food Without Pesticides, a new 26-page guide to European food released this week by Greenpeace Germany.

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March 27, 2012 at 11:02 pm

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New Firm Enters Turkey’s Rapidly Expanding Wind Energy Sector

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8 Mar., 2012, Green Prophet

German wind turbine manufacturer Nordex will construct eleven 2.5 MW turbines for the Tektuğ Elektrik Group’s first wind project.

This autumn, on a mountain ridge in southeastern Turkey’s Adiyaman province, construction will begin on the 27.5 MW “Sincik” wind energy farm, Nordex announced today. It will be the flagship wind energy project of the Tektuğ Elektrik Group, a Turkish firm specializing in renewable energy.

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March 9, 2012 at 2:28 am

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Murders Pile Up As History Comes Alive In Ümit’s Latest Mystery

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March 2012, TimeOut Istanbul (print edition only)

REVIEW: A Memento for Istanbul, by Ahmet Ümit, trans. by Rakesh Jobanputra (Dec. 2011)

Emperors who lived centuries ago rarely help modern-day policemen solve their crimes.

But in Ahmet Ümit’s latest mystery novel, a string of bizarre killings force three police detectives to scour the history of their city for solutions. All the victims are found near historical locations in Istanbul’s old city, beginning with the site of an ancient temple erected for King Byzas, the city’s first monarch. Every subsequent monument is also associated with a major figure from Istanbul’s past, each more recent than the last.

As the death toll rises — and it does so precipitously, with seven murders in seven days — history figures more and more vitally in the tale.

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March 9, 2012 at 2:22 am

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