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ISTANBUL BLOG: Coup for who?

February 19, 2020

Some lazy analysis from the RAND Corporation has prompted the question: Could Erdogan be facing another attempt to force him from power four years after the last effort failed miserably? The answer may not be as straightforward as you might think.

ISTANBUL BLOG: The tragedy of Adem Yarici and the “perception operatives”

February 10, 2020

Think long and hard before you say a person who sets themselves alight in Erdogan’s Turkey may have succumbed to economic despair.

ISTANBUL BLOG: Funny my arse

November 30, 2019

Trump comes up with a lame Turkey pun. Erdogan comes up with F-16 warplanes in the skies of Ankara as target practice for his newly acquired Kremlin missiles.

ISTANBUL BLOG: Officials scrub out NPLs as Baron Jim ticks off Turkey bashers

November 28, 2019

Red ink turns to invisible ink but it would be unpatriotic of any Turk to shift uncomfortably in their seat as the president has let it be known that policy rates and inflation will soon fall into single digits and will stay there.

ISTANBUL BLOG: The Turkish ‘moustaches’ that no one dare singe

November 21, 2019

Scheme to boost ‘foreign’ participation in state lira bonds latest device in efforts to convince onlookers Turkey’s economy will soon once more be rocketing away. Turkey, say the Turks, “is a funny country as long as you’re not a citizen of it”.