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Erdoganomically Speaking: The Woes of the Turkish Lira

Season 3, Ep. 1

This week on The New Arab Voice, we examine the problems with inflations and the Turkish lira, and President Erdogan's dangerous obsession with low interest rates. We ask how the problems came about, what it means for the country's population, and whether it might threaten the president's rule. Featuring interview with Enver Erkan (@raenver) and Asli Aydintasbas (@asliaydintasbas).

And then, Rosie McCabe (@RosieMcCabe3) speaks with the organisers and artists participating in the upcoming Syrian Arts and Culture Festival (SACF).

For more information about the SACF, and a full listing of events, you can visit there website: https://sacf.art/

This podcast is produced by Hugo Goodridge (@hugogoodridge) and Rosie McCabe (@RosieMcCabe3). Music by Omar al-Fil (@elepheel). 

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To get in touch with the producers, follow then tweet us at @TheNewArabVoice or email hugo.goodridge@alaraby.co.uk

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