This blog was launched on this day one year ago (with this post). Thank you to all the other Turkey bloggers who were very supportive at the start and to all you regular readers out there for your comments and interest.
Istanbul Calling is written by Yigal Schleifer, a freelance journalist who between 2002 and 2010 was based in Istanbul, where he worked as a correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor and the Eurasianet website, covering Turkey and the surrounding region. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Ha'aretz, The Jerusalem Report, The Times (London), The Walrus and other publications. Schleifer is currently based in Washington, D.C.