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ISTANBUL BLOG: Provincial party bigwig allegedly flees to France after hiring assassin who only shoots for the legs

February 19, 2024

Series of events perhaps a good reflection of the disintegration of Turkey’s Iyi Party.

ISTANBUL BLOG: Turkey’s earthquake victims are thankful their homes collapsed, says urban planning minister

February 7, 2024

On first anniversary of disaster, Mehmet Ozhaseki explains to devastated families the quite amazing good fortune that has brought them new housing.

ISTANBUL BLOG: All hail Turkey’s new central bank governor!

February 5, 2024

No need to get squawkish, this guy is more hawkish.

ISTANBUL BLOG: Russian wheat importer Turkey becomes a wheat exporter

January 31, 2024

Curious development comes in a week where US senators ponder how oil products from Russia, exported via a shady Turkish terminal, ended up in American warships.

ISTANBUL BLOG: Central bank chief Erkan threatens legal fisticuffs over tabloid attack

January 19, 2024

She’d do better to remind everyone there’s no such time to waste in saving Turkey’s economy.