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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

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KALININGRAD KARGO SERVIS--Istanbul








Kumkapi. Before Turkey shot down that Russian plane, there were many Russian tourists in Turkey, many Turks working in Russia and lots of trade between the two countries.



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2 comments:

Chuck Olroski said...

Thank you for this great series of pictures and also the ex-pat who wrote about his family life in Turkey. Combined, they expanded my limited "Midnight Express" perception of the country which is so central to US and NATO Empire (Middle East) designs.

Hard to imagine how much money and head-cracking it took to keep Turkey in the west's claw.

I had no idea that that many Russians presently live in Turkey, and I am wondering if the CIA used Turks to help stir up trouble in the former Soviet Central Asian (Islamic) republics. Since the shooting down of the Russian fighter jet, I thought all hell would have broken loose by now, Linh, and I am glad you're back safe in anguished Germany.

Ah, madness, more madness! Thank you once again for the education, I look forward to Istanbul Postcard.

Linh Dinh said...

Yo Chuck,

Russians came as tourists. I don't think too many settle there. There are Russian and Ukrainian prostitutes. There are also African prostitutes.

You see Russian cyrillic on many shop signs, especially in the Kumkapi section.

I'm very sorry to hear about Carol's deteriorating health, Chuck. I can only hope that you and the boys are staying strong through all of this.


Linh

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Born in Vietnam in 1963, I came to the US in 1975, and have also lived in Italy, England and Germany. I'm the author of two books of stories, Fake House (2000) and Blood and Soap (2004), five of poems, All Around What Empties Out (2003), American Tatts (2005), Borderless Bodies (2006), Jam Alerts (2007) and Some Kind of Cheese Orgy (2009), and a novel, Love Like Hate (2010). I've been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2000, 2004, 2007, Great American Prose Poems from Poe to the Present, Postmodern American Poetry: a Norton Anthology (vol. 2) and Flash Fiction International: Very Short Stories From Around the World, etc. I'm also editor of Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam (1996) and The Deluge: New Vietnamese Poetry (2013). Blood and Soap was chosen by Village Voice as one of the best books of 2004. My writing has been translated into Italian, Spanish, French, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Icelandic and Finnish, and I've been invited to read in London, Cambridge, Brighton, Paris, Berlin, Leipzig, Halle, Reykjavik, Toronto, Singapore and all over the US. I've also published widely in Vietnamese.