This is a continuation of my previous blog, TurkeyFile@blogspot. Why am I switching hosts? Partly because the format there was starting to give me grief. Maybe they felt I’d been free-loading on them too long – five years is a long time in the digital world.
More importantly, the focus of my writing has changed and broadened. I am no longer writing purely about the Republic of Turkey, its history, culture and politics. These days my outlook is more global, though I am retaining my emphasis on Turkey, both as a major subject, and as a lens through which to view the rest of the world .
Why am I retaining the old title “Turkey File”? Partly out of habit, and for want of a better name. More importantly, however, because it was coming to live and work in Turkey that gifted me a new perspective on life, the universe and everything. Turkey still struggles to be understood beyond its own borders – I may even say natives themselves harbour some uncertainties. Shedding a little light on these matters remains my underlying purpose.