Corruption and nepotism
Turkey's 'babyfaced' fraud suspect in jail after three years on run
Mehmet Aydin, wanted since early 2018, is back in Turkey to face an online fraud case that has raised questions about how he remained free for so long in South America.
Andrew Wilks | Turkey | Jul 11, 2021
Turkish fugitive Mehmet Aydin is pictured in an Interpol red notice for his arrest.
Turkish-Danish hospital deal might be more than meets the eye
A Turkish company known as a presidential favorite is ceding its lucrative hospital operation business, a move observers believe is driven not only by financial hardship but also apprehension over Erdogan’s political future.
Mustafa Sonmez | Turkey | Jun 30, 2021
Another Iraqi intelligence officer killed in Baghdad
The most recent killing is likely meant to undercut Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi's efforts to curb militias outside the control of the state.
Al-Monitor Staff | Iraq | Jun 9, 2021
Arrest warrant issued for exiled mobster who promises to 'ruin' Turkish officials
Turkish prosecutors issued an arrest warrant Thursday for exiled mobster Sedat Peker, whose video exposes have implicated high-level officials and left ruling party insiders struggling to respond. 
Diego Cupolo | Turkey | May 27, 2021
Erdogan swats aside mobster, stands behind interior minister
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan backs his interior minister, who has been facing allegations made by a Turkish mobster living abroad, and says he will not call early elections.
Amberin Zaman | Turkey | May 26, 2021
Iraq unveils massive anti-corruption project
Iraq has lost $150 billion to corruption since 2003, according to Iraqi President Barham Salih.
Joe Snell | Iraq | May 25, 2021
Erdogan in hot spot as Turks question 'mafiazation' of politics 
Erdogan risks a major political setback unless he manages to contain an unprecedented scandal sparked by a mobster claiming close links with government figures.
Metin Gurcan | Turkey | May 21, 2021
How an exiled mafia boss became the center of Turkish politics
An ultranationalist mafia boss, Sedat Peker, who had connections with the ruling elite for decades, now wages war against top officials with his camera and tripod from abroad. 
Pinar Tremblay | Turkey | May 19, 2021
Khamenei calls for more younger people in Iran's next administration
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the next administration in Iran could utilize “revolutionary and pious youth.” 
Al-Monitor Staff | Iran | May 12, 2021
Qatar orders arrest of finance minister in corruption probe
A statement from Qatar's attorney general said Ali Shareef Al Emadi is suspected of misuse of public funds and abuse of power.
Al-Monitor Staff | Qatar | May 6, 2021
The cost of Turkey’s grey passport scandal
Turkey’s service passport scandal may be more costly than imagined. On the domestic front, the case is one more sign that organized crime fuels corruption. In the international arena, Turkey is expected to encounter more embarrassment and court cases for smugglers.
Pinar Tremblay | Turkey | May 4, 2021
Key Sunni politician’s arrest for corruption raises questions
The arrest of a prominent Sunni party chief shortly after relations between him and the parliament speaker soured has led some to claim political motives are playing a role in the government’s anti-corruption efforts.
Shelly Kittleson | Iraq Pulse | Apr 29, 2021
As Iran looks to boost production, major political barriers remain
Iran’s leaders have put a renewed focus on increasing domestic production, yet to achieve this goal there must be political stability and sincere efforts to push back on corruption.
Bijan Khajehpour | Iran | Apr 29, 2021
Cocaine video scandal deals blow to Turkey's ruling party
A video that emerged of a member of Turkey's ruling AKP doing cocaine has stirred controversy, but it remains to be seen if the damage will be lasting.
Amberin Zaman | Turkey | Mar 31, 2021
Lebanon's Salameh threatens to sue Bloomberg over sanctions report
Bloomberg reported on Thursday that the United States is considering sanctions on Lebanon’s central bank chief, Riad Salameh.
Al-Monitor Staff | Business | Mar 5, 2021
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4,000-year-old city discovered in Iraq
Adnan Abu Zeed | Iraq | Jul 9, 2021
Saudi Arabia’s race for Gulf economic leadership takes to the sky
Sebastian Castelier | Gulf | Jul 13, 2021
Ancient fossilized fish found in Egypt that survived in hot waters
Alaa Omran | Culture | Jun 16, 2021
Will Turkey use Syrian mercenaries in Kabul?
Fehim Tastekin | Turkey | Jul 12, 2021
Has Israel’s army become too small?
Ben Caspit | Israel | Jul 13, 2021
NSO officials comment on Pegasus spyware affair: We are self-regulated on right for privacy, transparency  
Ali Hashem on what to expect from Ebrahim Raisi and the rise of the Hezbollahis in Iran
Major General Noam Tibon: IDF needs more boots on the ground 
South Asia security expert Ayesha Siddiqa says Turkey is a natural fit for Afghanistan 
Ambassador Haim Koren: Bennett seeks to boost Israel’s ties with Jordan 
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