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Ruler of the Ottoman Empire from

age 16, Sultan Abdülmedjid

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keenly

cultivated ties to industrializing Europe.

He had to reduce his aid to hungry

Ireland lest he impertinently outdo

Ireland’s own ruler, Queen Victoria of

England. He nevertheless earned wide

praise, including this news clipping

from April 21, 1847. Lithograph

courtesy Bridgeman Images.

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Inspired by the many cats

in the streets of Er-Riadh,

French street artist C215

adorned the Tunisian village

with more than a dozen

polychrome felines. Photo

by Kevin Bubriski.

As street art grows more popular worldwide as a mark of civic vitality, a French-Tunisian

partnership sponsored more than 200 works by more than 100 street artists from more

than 30 countries in the village of Er-Riadh at the center of the Tunisian island of Djerba.

“When people saw what was being painted on other people’s

walls,” says one resident, they said, ‘We want

something too!’”

Djerba’s Museum of the Street

Written by Caroline Stone

Photography by Kevin Bubriski

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An Irish Tale of Hunger and the Sultan

Written and photographed by Tom Verde

In 1847, the staple food of Ireland’s poor—potatoes—was being ruined by blight. Among those

to send aid was the 24-year-old Sultan Abdülmedjid

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of Turkey. His gift—and there may, or may

not, have been more than one—spawned both legend and diplomatic friendship.

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