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ISTANBUL BLOG: The political killing of Deniz Poyraz, a very Turkish tragedy

July 1, 2021

MP warns brutal murder should not be seen as a hate crime, but as part of a government crackdown.

ISTANBUL BLOG: Cocaine lords and the "Turkey Connection"

June 29, 2021

Fugitive mafioso Sedat Peker has lifted the lid on major drug trafficking. There are peculiar goings-on, with officials shifting uncomfortably in the spotlight.

ISTANBUL BLOG: The Erdogan administration and Turkish “businessmen” – plot thickens as US seeks extradition of ‘SBK’

June 22, 2021

Latest ‘can of worms’ development lifts lid on big money laundering case.

ISTANBUL BLOG: Turkey’s “sea snot” crisis forces closure of coastal fertiliser plant

June 17, 2021

As government claims it has sprung into action with a disaster management plan, scientist says: “The Sea of Marmara died in 1989. What we see is the decay of a corpse.”

ISTANBUL BLOG: Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Kabul airport subcontractor

June 16, 2021

Turkey’s despot, mired in chronic economic and political difficulties at home, turned up at the Nato summit to settle for a transactional relationship with America. Joe Biden gave him a job.

ISTANBUL BLOG: Turkey entering an era of violence

May 28, 2021

Rocked by the Sedat Peker corruption broadcasts, the Erdogan administration is attempting to fight back. The chilling response has included the president endorsing a mob attack on an opposition leader as a “good lesson”.

ISTANBUL BLOG: Deathly silence from Erdogan as Turkey’s YouTuber gangster scandal snowballs

May 22, 2021

Sedat “The Botox” Peker gets into a tasty scrap with Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu. Warns the targets of his video revelations to “to take it on the nose as real men”.

ISTANBUL BLOG: Meet “The Botox”, the mafia boss who’s singing like a canary about the Erdogan regime on YouTube

May 14, 2021

As viewer stats cross 3mn per video, ministers unpopular for economic and pandemic failures have another problem on their hands.

ISTANBUL BLOG: Criminal probe launched into inflation eggheads

May 9, 2021

Professors’ numbers show data from official statistical institute may be rather unreliable. AKP official, meanwhile, says polls putting party at under 30% popularity do not reflect the truth.

ISTANBUL BLOG: Now you see it, now you don’t

May 6, 2021

Finance ministry again drops 10-year domestic bond auction from borrowing programme. Once more, ‘Erdoganomics’ is causing trouble for the Turkish economy.

ISTANBUL BLOG: No end to the jitters for Turkish markets

May 3, 2021

The air is thick with trepidation as to what could be around the corner. And rightly so.

ISTANBUL BLOG: As cryptocurrency skeletons fall from closets, it's scandal upon scandal in Turkey

April 25, 2021

Interpol red notice put out for 27-year-old founder of Thodex who may be in Albania after putting a lock on $2bn of investors’ money.