Visiting Istanbul

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I am writing this from Istanbul, trying not to count how many Thanksgivings I have spent without my children and grandchildren. But as they say, this is the life I chose. Right now I am looking out over the Bosporus from my hotel room and noticing something startling. I have been here many times but I have never seen ship traffic so light. I have seen only a handful of Russian tankers passing through. This is only the second day and it may change, but I have to wonder if the world oil market is topped off and Russia is finding it hard to find customers. This while my wife sees the beauty of the sun sparkling across the water. Istanbul is for me a city where I make speeches, listen to speeches and have lavish dinners. But it is rare that I roam the city freely, and it was only once in the past decade that I broke loose with a car and map and wandered the eastern half of the country. I recall getting lost on the trip, entirely my wife’s fault, and slowly driving through small and poor villages. As it was obvious we were lost, a […]

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