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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 28 January 2017

[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 28 January 2017]

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★ The Supreme Court of Greece rejected to extradite eight Turkish military who are seeking asylum there.

  After the July 15 failed coup in Turkey, the eight military flew in a helicopter to Greece from Turkey, and sought asylum claiming that their lives would be in danger if they remained in Turkey, although they have not participated in the coup.

  A Greek court tried them for illegally crossing to Greece, acquitting most.

  According to the Deutsche Welle, the Turkish government asked Greece to retry the military. The dispute could affect a bilateral deal on migration with Athens, which is linked to the larger agreement with the European Union on returning refugees, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday. Other regional accords might also be affected, the diplomat warned, commenting on Thursday's ruling by the Greek Supreme Court to keep the soldiers in Greece.

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Ôś-- In related news, the president of the European Court of Human Rights on Thursday announced that 5,363 cases filed by Turkish nationals have been lodged against Turkey over its crackdown in the wake of a failed coup last year, reports the Deutsche Welle.

  The "massive influx" of applications against Turkey after July 15 increased by 276 percent compared to the year before, European Court of Human Rights President Guido Raimondi said.

  An additional 2,945 cases had been filed by Turkish nationals last year, although not directly linked to the aftermath of the failed coup, bringing the total to more than 8,000 applications to the European court.

  More than 100,000 Turks have been suspended or fired from their jobs for alleged links to Fethullah Gülen, who Turkey accused of orchestrating the putsch. Nearly 50,000 people have been arrested for alleged links to Gülen, according to authorities.

  Mr. Fethullah Gülen is a Turkish cleric who has been living in self exile since 1999 in Pennsylvania. Number of his followers is estimated to be around three million throughout Turkey and the world. He was an ally of the Turkish president Erdoğan until 2013. Now Mr. Erdoğan considers him and his followers to be enemies.

  All his followers are being purged from the government, bureaucracy and other public sector entities. Turkish private businesses run by his followers are also being taken over by the government.

  Turkey is asking the U.S. To extradite him to face charges in Turkey. However, so far U.S. officials refuse to extradite him without courts in the U.S. finding him culpable.

★ Turkish police has been arresting more people thought to be members of ISIL. As part of the crackdown, in Western Turkey they have arrested 11 women on Thursday, reports the satate-run Turkish Radio Television Corporation.

  Police said the 11 had fake passports, false Syrian identities and were planning terror attacks on the western coastal tourist hub of Izmir. The women were among 21 suspects detained on January 4 in Izmir by counter-terrorism officers.

  They are also thought to be related to Abdulgadir Masharipov who killed 39 people celebrating the new year at a club in Istanbul.

Ôś-- According to Agence France-Presse reporter Fulya Ozerkan, the Turkish government is using the state of emergency to silence opposition ahead of a referendum on constitutional changes to expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, writers' group and free speech campaigner PEN said Friday.

  The emergency rule was put into effect after the failed July 15, 2016 coup attempt.

  The PEN officials say that the referendum risked lacking legitimacy if the campaign did not enjoy full freedom of speech.

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★ Reuters reported that the battle lines are drawn in social media ahead of the referendum on the new Turkish constitution.

  The referendum is expected to take place in April.

  As we reported to you last week, the Turkish parliament approved the proposed amendments to the constitution, mainly with the votes of ruling Justice and Development Party and a junior opposition party.

  Polls suggest that there is growing opposition to the amendments which will make president Erdoğan very powerful.

  Currently Turkish presidents are figureheads and the power resides with the prime minister.

  Mr. Erdoğan supporters see the move to replace Turkey's parliamentary democracy with an all-powerful presidency as a guarantee of stability at a time of turmoil. Opponents fear a lurch towards authoritarianism, Reuters reports.

★ Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan says that new regulations for future construction on Istanbul's Bosporus Strait will be enacted. The new regulations will limit the height of the buildings, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  The Bosporus Strait area is famed for its natural beauty. However, in recent years rapid urbanization has stripped much of its greenery.

★ A science project prepared by Turkish high school students has received a prestigious award in the U.S. after being rejected by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, Doğan News Agency has reported.

  With the help of their chemistry teacher Gülay Demirci, two students at a private high school in the southern province of Antalya, Mehmet Can Dursun and İrfan Efe Boztepe, prepared a project that aimed to heal wounds 30 percent faster with nanofibers formed by the shells of crabs and shrimps.

  After getting rejected by the Council, they tookpart in a competition in the US and got a gold medal. The US competition included 2,450 projects from 54 countries.

  Demirci said she was proud of her students' success and was pleased when she saw the Turkish flag on the stage as winner.

  Successful student Dursun, meanwhile, said he would like to be a genetic engineer or doctor in the future. "I researched this project very much. Now we want to see this product on the market, and it would be helpful if it becomes popular in our country," he added.

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★ Turkey's highways authority announced Jan. 26 that it has received bids from four international consortiums to build, operate, and maintain a new $2.61 billion suspension bridge over the Dardanelles Strait, reports the Anatolia News Agency.

  The construction of the Çanakkale 1915 bridge, spanning over 2,000 meters between Lapseki and Gelibolu in the northwestern province of Çanakkale, is set to start by March 18 and open in 2023 when the country marks the centennial of the Republic of Turkey, according to the country's Transport Ministry.

★ According to Yards and Fibers news, the second biggest fair in the world, 14th International Istanbul Yarn Fair, will be coming up in Turkey this February.

  This is the leading exhibition related to yarn and fabric industry in the world bringing together the yarn industry.

  Participants and visitors from 77 countries will attend the Istanbul fair.


★ The 36th Istanbul film festival will be taking place between April 5 And a 17 this year. The Istanbul foundation for culture and arts is the organizer of the festival. The organizers announced that Durul Taylan and Yağmur Taylan, known as the Taylan Brothers, will serve as the jury presidents of the festival's National Golden Tulip Competition jury, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  The brothers are known for their film and TV works.

  The other members of the National Golden Tulip Competition Jury are actor Nejat İşler, novelist, story writer and playwright Sema Kaygusuz, cinematographer Emre Erkmen, and film editor Çiçek Kahraman.

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★ Turkey's first digital TV platform, BluTV, celebrated its first anniversary on Jan. 23 at an event held at the Istanbul's Trump Towers Cinemaximum Movie Theaters, during which Turkey's first online TV series, "Innocent", was also launched, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  The event was attended by Doğan Holding Honorary Chairman Aydın Doğan, Doğan TV managers, "Innocent" actors as well as press members and many guests.

  Speaking at the ceremony, the founder and CEO of BluTV Aydın Doğan Yalçındağ said millions of people watched TV series every night on the website of Kanal D and that they established BluTV in order to meet the demands of these people.

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★ The cartoon album of the late 19th century Ottoman bureaucrat and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Franko Kusa Bey, who was also a governor general and a playful cartoonists, is being exhibited for the first time at Istanbul's Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, reports the H├╝rriyet Daily News.

  Through the exhibited cartoons, the visitors will meet satirically charged portraits of wealthy capitalists, members of high society, Ottoman soldiers, Levantines, artists, and diplomats of the late 19th century.

  The exhibition also deals with the prominence of the Franko Kusa family within the Ottoman Empire, and with the history of cartoons in Europe.

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★ A gallery grave, unearthed during archaeological excavations in the ancient city of Dara in the southeastern Turkish province of Mardin eight years ago, will be opened to visitors, reports the Anatolia News Agency.

  The gallery grave (a form of megalithic tomb), where hundreds of people were buried together, and where reinvigoration ceremonies took place in the Roman era, was unearthed in the 2009-2010 excavation season in the central Artuklu district.

  Mardin Museum Director Nihat Erdoğan said the Romans established the Dara ancient city in 507 A.D. as the military headquarters. He said they had been working in the cemetery of the ancient city since 2009, restoring and making environmental arrangements there.

  "The scenes featuring people collecting bones for reinvigoration ceremonies were depicted at the entrance gate. This may be seen on the walls or ceilings of some churches and other structures. But in this place, you can see the bodies buried and the reliefs together. This is unique in the world," he said.

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★ A piece of land that has the ruins of a Roman theater, stuck in between shanty towns in the Aegean province of İzmir's Kadifekale, is being expropriated for nearly three million dollars in local currency, with plans to unearth the fascinating 16,000-person-capacity theater, reports the Doğan News Agency.

  It is believed that the theater, where the second century Christian bishop of İzmir St. Polycarp was killed, would be a great center for the world of Christianity.

  The most comprehensive information about the ancient theater can be obtained from the plans, drawings and studies of Austrian architects and archaeologists Otto Berg and Otto Walter, who conducted research in the region in 1917 and 1918. According to their reports, the remains of the theater carry characteristics of the Roman era.

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★ A ceramic sculpture, which is said to be the biggest one in the history of Turkish underwater history, has been discovered off the coast of the Bozburun neighborhood in Turkey's western province of Muğla's Marmaris district, reports the Doğan news agency.

The 2,700-year-old sculpture found during examinations in a ship wreckage, which was unearthed last year in November, belonged to a Cypriot goddess.

  This unique artifact belongs to a bare-footed woman wearing a long dress, probably a goddess. Archeologists believe that its original size is 50 inches. They failed to find the upper part of the sculpture as they had to stop their search due to weather conditions. They are planning to start excavations in the region again this year.

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★ Two plump woman figurines unearthed in the 9,000-year-old Neolithic settlement of Çatalhöyük represent elderly women, not the Anatolian mother goddess Cybele as was earlier believed, according to an expert, reports the Doğan News Agency.

  "These figurines symbolize old women that have high status in the society instead of goddesses," excavation supervisor Professor Ian Hodder of Stanford University said about the figurines that have distinctive bellies, breasts and hips.

  After Çatalhöyük's discovery in 1958 in the Central Anatolian province of Konya by James Mellaart, the ancient settlement was excavated in 1961, 1963 and 1965. After a long break, excavation works restarted in 1993 under the supervision of Hodder.

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★ Some 65 Byzantine-era tombs have been unearthed in the most recent archaeological excavations in the ancient city of Stratonikeia, known as the city of gladiators in Turkey's western province of Muğla's Yatağan district, reports the Anatolia News Agency.

  " The tombs belong to both adults and children," said the head of the excavations, Pamukkale University Professor Bilal Söğüt.

  Teams have uncovered finds related to a settlement from 3,500 years ago, as well as many artifacts from various periods of time, Söğüt said.

  He said the ancient city of Stratonikeia, the world's largest marble city, had retained its importance in the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Anatolian beylik, Ottoman and Republican eras, adding that it was listed on the UNESCO Tentative List.

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★ The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, also known as the tomb of King Mausolus, located in Turkey's western province of Muğla's Bodrum district and listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is set to be restituted along with works to open the way from Bodrum Harbor to the tomb have been initiated, reports the Doğan News Agency.

  The renowned Danish archaeologist Professor Poul Pedersen and his assistant Professor John Lund have arrived in Bodrum to initiate the works for the restitution project

  The Mediterranean Countries Academy Foundation, which was established in 1993 and headed by Özay Kartal, started working on revealing projects that will shed light on the district's 5,000-year-old history.

  As part of the projects, the eight-meter-long ancient city walls encircling Bodrum and a 3,500-year-old hippodrome will also be unearthed.

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EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 3.87


★ A cold snap engulfed Turkey towards the end of the week. Istanbul airports were working at a reduced capacity. More than 800 flights have been canceled so far. Also a homeless man was found dead at a bus stop in Istanbul.

High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey:        32/19 Mostly cloudy
Antalya, on the Mediterranean:    54/37 Clear
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 41/32 Mostly cloudy
Izmir, on the Aegean:             48/34 Clear
Trabzon, on the Black Sea:        39/28 Mostly Cloudy
Erzurum, in Eastern Turkey:       19/1 Mostly Cloudy
Snow depths at skiing locations:
Erciyes in Kayseri, Central Turkey      : 61 inches
Ilgaz in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey: 51 inches
Kartalkaya in Bolu, Western Turkey      : 83 inches
Palandoken in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey   : 57 inches
SaklIkent in Antalya, Southern Turkey   : 26 inches
SarIkamI$ in Kars, Eastern Turkey       : 45 inches
Uludag in Bursa, Western Turkey         : 81 inches


* Results for week: 17
Akhisar Sp      -      Kayseri Sp      0 - 0
Konya Sp        -      Rize Sp         2 - 1
Bursa Sp        -      Adana Sp        0 - 1
Karab├╝k Sp      -      G. Saray        2 - 1
G. Antep Sp     -      G. Birli─či      - - -
Osmanli Sp      -      Antalya Sp      1 - 2
Kas─▒mpa┼ča       -      Trabzon Sp      0 - 1
Fenerbah├že      -      Ba┼čak┼čehir      1 - 0
Alanya Sp       -      Be┼čikta┼č        1 - 4
* In games played so far this weekend:
Rize Sp         -      Karab├╝k Sp      1 - 0
Antalya Sp      -      Alanya Sp       2 - 1
G. Saray        -      Akhisar Sp      6 - 0


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