The exposure of alleged corruption in the AKP government by a leading Turkish newspaper, Today’s Zaman, created a tectonic shift in Turkish politics. It led to the resignation of four ministers in the government of the then prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, on 17 December 2014.

In the spring of 2010, the Istanbul high-brow literary afficionados were treated to a feast. V.S. Naipaul, Hanif Kureishi and Gore Vidal were coming to the town.