Turkey Book Talk episode #102  –  Zeynep Şentek on the environment, public health and politics in Dilovası, a heavily polluted industrial district outside Istanbul.

Şentek is managing editor at BlackSea.EU, an investigative journalism platform that is part of the European Investigative Collaborations network. She is also one of the reporters of a recent investigation examining the grim health consequences of life in what a 2007 parliamentary commission called a “public health disaster zone”.

The article paints an almost hellish picture of life for the nearly 50,000 people in Dilovası, where dangerous chemicals are continuously belched into the air, cancer rates are reportedly well above average, and locals suffer from a range of severe respiratory conditions.

Here’s the report, “Toxic Valley”

Here’s a shorter report on an asbestos dump discovered in Dilovası

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Petruț Călinescu, theblacksea.eu

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Turkey Book Talk reaches its 50th episode – FİKRET ADAMAN, a professor of economics at Istanbul’s Boğaziçi University on “Neoliberal Turkey and its Discontents: Economic Policy and the Environment under Erdoğan” (IB Tauris).

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Here’s my review of the book at Hürriyet Daily News. (Also the archive of all my HDN reviews has moved and can now be found here.)

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As mentioned in the episode, here’s a related episode from back in July with Esra Gürakar on crony capitalism in Turkey.


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