On the day of his son's 14th birthday, Hashem al-Souki lay somewhere in the Mediterranean, crammed in a wooden dinghy. His family was relatively safe - at least for the time being - in Egypt, where they had only just settled after fleeing their war-torn Damascus home three years prior. Traversing these unforgiving waters and the treacherous terrain that would follow was worth the slim chance of securing a safe home for his children in Sweden. If he failed, at least he would fail alone. Hashem's story is tragically common.
Exclusive! Audible Studios presents Patrick Kingsley (Guardian Migrant Correspondent) interviewed in our studios. Plus an exclusive introduction to his first book, The New Odyssey, which perfectly captures the subject matter of the audiobook and the power of storytelling.
"The New Odyessy"
Exclusive to Audible. Patrick Kingsley visited the Audible Studios to discuss his book, The New Odyssey: The Story of Europe's Refugee Crisis.
Turkey’s quarrel with Europe worsened over the weekend after the Turkish president accused the Dutch government of Nazism, and Turkish politicians were barred or disinvited from events in two European countries, amid tensions before a tight referendum on a new Turkish constitution.
"Turkey’s Relations With Europe Deteriorate Amid Quarrel With Dutch" is from the March 12, 2017 World section of The New York Times. It was written by Patrick Kingsley and Alissa J. Rubin and narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.
Europe is facing a wave of migration unmatched since the end of World War II - and no one has reported on this crisis in more depth or breadth than the Guardian's migration correspondent, Patrick Kingsley. Throughout 2015 Kingsley travelled to 17 countries along the migrant trail, meeting hundreds of refugees making epic odysseys across deserts, seas and mountains to reach the holy grail of Europe. This is Kingsley's unparalleled account of who these voyagers are.
The political career of Yasar Yakis, a former foreign minister of Turkey, offers a telling look at the trajectory of the country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Fifteen years ago, Yakis was a founding member of Erdogan’s political group, the Justice and Development Party, or AKP. Yakis was a career diplomat and stalwart of the secular Turkish bureaucracy, and his appointment as foreign minister in 2002 embodied the party’s attempts to appeal beyond its conservative, Islamist base.
"Turkey's Erdogan: Democracy's Savior or Saboteur?" is from the April 14, 2017 World section of The New York Times. It was written by Patrick Kingsley and narrated by Jef Holbrook.
Members of the Gulen religious movement insist they are innocent of plotting against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, but he has chased them into the shadows, and they fear for their lives and livelihoods.
"Foes on the Run in Turkey as Erdogan Makes Power Personal" is from the April 09, 2017 World section of The New York Times. It was written by Patrick Kingsley and narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.
After earning $800,000 in 2015 by sneaking migrants out of Turkey, a smuggler says he has left the guilt and complications of his business behind — mostly.
"Syrians in Turkey: The Human Smuggler and the Young Refugee" is from the March 25, 2017 World section of The New York Times. It was written by Patrick Kingsley and narrated by Caroline Miller.
When Turkey and Europe reached an agreement a year ago this week to restrict migration to Greece, it was bad news for Abu Samir, a Syrian-Palestinian people-smuggler in Istanbul.
"A Threat on Migration That May Prove to Be Empty" is from the March 14, 2017 World section of The New York Times. It was written by Patrick Kingsley and narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.
Trump Towers Istanbul is a two-pronged construct: an office block and an apartment complex that jut skyward from a multistory mall at the bottom.
"In Istanbul, Surprise That Trump Towers Complex Is Linked to Trump" is from the February 08, 2017 World section of The New York Times. It was written by Patrick Kingsley and narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.