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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 04 February 2017

[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 04 February 2017]

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★ According to the Associated Press, on Thursday German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Turkey to uphold democracy as the country heads toward a critical referendum on boosting the powers of the presidency, comments that ended up being part of a tense exchange with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

  Chancellor Merkel was on an official visit to Turkey for talks with Erdoğan and other Turkish officials aimed at soothing relations that have been strained by, among other things, Turkish accusations that Germany does not support Turkey in its fight against terror groups.

  The Hürriyet Daily News reported that Chancellor Merkel also met with main opposition Republican People's Party and pro-Kurdish Peoples Democratic Party lawmakers separately later on February 3.

  According to Deutsche Welle, Chancellor Merkel also urged the Turkish government to uphold press freedom.

★ Speaking of Germany, German interior Minister Tomas Thomas de Maiziere on Feb. 3 ruled out the Turkish government's demand to not evaluate the asylum application of 40 Turkish NATO soldiers suspected of being members of the Gülen network, believed to have orchestrated the failed July 15, 2016 coup attempt, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  Turkish officials are urging Germany to reject the Asylum request of the soldiers and return them to Turkey.

★ The ousted and jailed co-mayor of Turkey's southeastern province of Mardin, Ahmet Türk, has been released from prison after a Mardin Criminal Court of Peace received an application against his arrest.

  Members of the public as well as politicians from the ruling Justice and Development, the main opposition Republican People's, the Nationalist Movement and the Peoples' Democratic parties have called for the veteran politician to be tried without arrest, considering his severe health condition.

  Mr. Ahmet Türk is 74 years old.

★ As we have reported to you last week, with the votes of the ruling Justice and Development Party and the junior opposition Nationalist Action Party, the Turkish Parliament adopted proposed amendments to the Turkish Constitution which will make the president very powerful.

  The next step in the adoption process is a referendum in which people will vote yes or no to the changes.

  This week the Turkish president Erdoğan started campaigning for the yes votes to the changes.

  Also the Hürriyet Daily News reports that Turkish government cut taxes on electronic goods and home purchases ahead of the referendum , ostensibly to secure more yes votes. Shares in home appliance makers Arçelik and Vestel were both up more than 3 percent on the plans.

★ Ruling Justice and Development Party Deputy Chair Yasin Aktay has described President Donald Trump's travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries as "racist."

  Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak, who is also from the same party, has said President Trump's ban is a "denial of the country's own history," as the U.S. is a nation of immigrants.

  In related news, Hürriyet Daily News reporter Serkan Demirtaş wrote that President Trump's executive order instructing the Pentagon to develop a comprehensive plan to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ignored the group's attacks in Turkey, as well as its victims, while citing incidents that occurred in the US and in some European countries. Demirtaş notes that around 300 people lost their lives in ISIL attacks in Turkey.

★ Turkey's Religious Affairs directorate slammed matchmaking TV shows on its Friday sermon on February 3rd, saying they undermine the country's values, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

★ Nusret Gökçe " the Turkish chef behind the viral salt sprinkling meme that has taken the online world by storm — posted an Instagram Thursday morning of himself salting the meat of the Oscar-winning Leonardo DiCaprio, reports of the Time Magazine.

★ According to the Azerbaijani publication Trend, Turkish exports increased by 15% in January. Fresh fruits and vegetables alone increased by 46%. The total amount of exports added up to 10.5 billion dollars in January.


★ A French astronomer, Jean-Claude Merlin, has named a meteorite he discovered after renowned Turkish singer Sezen Aksu, the daily Haberturk has reported.

  Merlin said he became a huge fan of Sezen Aksu after hearing her singing in Turkish director Ferzan Özpetek's film "Loose Cannons "

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Turkey's General Directorate of Films has announced that it will give a total of $7 million in financial support to 230 projects this year, with the biggest share being granted to the latest film by internationally renowned Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan's "The Wild Pear" , reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  The Wild Pair is a Turkey-France joint production and will be granted $675,000.

  Another renowned Turkish director Dervis Zaim will be granted $400,000 for his movie "Flash Memory". The same amount will also be granted to director Can Ulkay's "Ayla".

  Read more at >> here <<

★ The mayors of two Turkish towns have said they will impose bans on a recent film by Mahsun Kırmızıgül from being screened in movie theaters in their districts.

  "Mahsun Kırmızıgül's 'Vizier's Finger,' which is against our values and mocks our ancestors, will definitely not be screened in the movie theaters of our municipality," one mayor said on his social media account.

  The film is set in an Anatolian village depicting the lives of villagers in the Ottoman times. The storyline evolves around the disappearance of men who left their village 19 years ago and have never returned or contacted their village since then. The women they left behind want to start a new life but cannot find solutions to their problems. They decide to write a letter to a vizier and ask for help. Upon their demand, the vizier orders his officers to find five strong men to solve the problem in the village. Five people of different ethnic origins take the road thinking they will fight for their country. In the meantime, the village's abandoned women excitedly await the five men.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Internationally acclaimed Turkish pianist İdil Biret is a phenomenon of the music world, boasting a repertoire of 130 concertos, 125 recordings, a magnificent memory and determination to work. She always looks forward, never entertaining regrets, Serhan Yedig of Hürriyet Daily News reports.

  Following her interpretations of Chopin, Beethoven, Brahms, Liszt, Rachmaninoff and Schumann, the last of a complete set of Bach/Mozart recordings was released last month with 12 CDs and a documentary DVD.

  Biret was recently honored with a series of concerts in honor of her 75th birthday. When asked about what made her the happiest and saddest in Turkey, she said, "The increase of skillful artists in our country makes me happy but the indifferent attitude to them make me sad."

  Read more at >> here <<

★ The Istanbul Jazz Festival, organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, has issued a call for amateur or semi-professional young jazz bands that wish to participate in the 24th Jazz Festival program, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  The young jazz concerts of the festival will be organized for the 15th time this year and aim to encourage young musicians and prepare them for professional music life.

  Musicians under the age of 30 who have never released a professional album can enter the selection process.

  Four bands will be selected to take the stage at the 24th Istanbul Jazz Festival.

  The deadline for applications is May 12th.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ French Jazz Singer Julie Erickson will give to concerts in Istanbul, taking the stage at the Moda Sea Club on February 4th and at the Cinema Lovers Association club in Taksim, known as the Çiçek Bar on February 8th, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  Erikssen, better known as Jody, gained fame in 2003 with the song "Dans ce monde," which she followed by another hit in 2004 titled "Entre l'ombre et la lumière."

  The singer, who last year performed during the Jazz Nights in İzmir, organized as part of the İzmir International Fair, has performed at various venues in Denmark and France.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Turkey's Nasreddin Hodja -- a unique and entertaining from Turkish folklore -- has found a new home in an unlikely setting: Greece, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  At a special storytelling event in Athens recently, stories of the Hodja were read out by husband and wife team Panagiotis Kokkoris and Turkey-born Gözde Atalay-Kokkoris.

  The duo share their Turkish and Greek heritage to bring Nasreddin Hodja to new audiences and delve into the shared language, stories and traditions which stretch from the Balkans to China.

  Older generations of Greeks who used to live in Turkey and are familiar with the story of the Hodja, loved to listen to the narration in both languages, Gözde said.

  The legend says that Nasreddin Hodja came from Eskişehir in central Turkey and spent his last days in Akşehir, near the Anatolian city of Konya, in the 13th century.

  Akşehir is also home to the International Nasreddin Hodja Festival which takes place for five days every July.

  "The Hodja is considered to be a wise man" Gözde explained. "His stories have travelled from several cities around Turkey and the Balkans from mouth to mouth and each story has one small touch from all the places it passed from.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ A retrospective exhibition by Hungarian-French artist Victor Vasarely began on Feb. 2 in Istanbul's Tophane-i Amire Culture and Arts Center with the contributions of Arkas Holding, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  Vasarely is renowned as the "grandfather" and leader of the op art movement, a style of visual art that uses optical illusions.

  Professor Yalçın Karayağız from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University (MSGSU), which is hosting the exhibition, told state-run Anadolu Agency that the artist became prominent in Turkey's academic circles in the 1980s.

  "Methods that he used require serious mathematical solutions. And you unite it with physics and optical illusion. I mean everything you see as a circle is actually made up of cubes," Karayağız said.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ For Semra Ay Çırpan, art does not only use nature as a subject " it is also a means to defend the environment and warn mankind against the perils of alienating nature, reports Nazlan Ertan of the Hürriyet Daily News from Turkey's Aegean city of Izmir.

  The young painter, from Yaşar University's Fine Arts Department, draws a clear picture of the relationship between man and nature in her exhibition, "Nature's Labyrinth," currently showing at Galeri A in İzmir.

  Most of Ms. select Ay's works carry straight and clean lines with a deep perspective, including roads that seem to move you away from nature.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ The İbrahim Müteferrika Paper Museum, which was opened in 2013 in Turkey's northwestern Turkish province of Yalova, has received 252,000 visitors over the course of three years, reports the Anatolia News Agency. Thanks to the museum and its Workshop, various pieces of Ottoman paperwork has begun to be revived.

  The papers produced in the museum and Workshop particularly stir the interest of calligraphers, illuminators and marbling artists. The goal is to spread the use of local papers when producing artworks in Turkey.

  Art historian Aytekin Vural, an official at the museum, said he had worked as a volunteer consultant for the development of the paper business and the establishment of many other workshops.

  Watermarked papers in the museum draw particular interest from foreign visitors as the technique was only used in the Ottoman Empire, Vural stated.

  Visitors to the museum have the chance to produce their own paper for free.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Istanbul Modern's new exhibition, "Harbor," focuses on ports and harbors, reports the Hürriyet Daily News. Emphasizing Istanbul's relationship with the sea, "Harbor" takes a close look at how art in Turkey has presented the cultural and social life that developed on the coasts and around the ports of the city from the late 19th century to the present.

  Curated by Çelenk Bafra and Levent Çalıkoğlu, the exhibition presents a selection of paintings, sculptures, models, engravings, drawings, photographs, videos, and installations by 34 artists and collectives from various periods and disciplines.

  Exploring how port areas are reflected in the visual arts, not only as geographical locations but also as sites of social and economic interaction, the exhibition delves into the symbolic and metaphorical aspects of the concept of "harbor."

  Emphasizing Istanbul's relationship with the sea and its ports, "Harbor" shows the cultural and social life that developed on the coasts and around the ports of the city from the 19th century to the present, through the eyes of artists.

  The exhibition features close to 200 works by these 34 artists and collectives.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Clocking in at just eight minutes, Yavuz Pullukçu's film, "Latmos Documentary," isn't particularly long, but the 27-year-old İzmirian director is hoping his short film makes a big impact at a Spanish film festival come April to help save the ancient city of Latmos and its surrounding nature, reports the Doğan News Agency.

  "With this film, our goal is to say 'stop this damage' against a history of 7,000 years and nature," he said.

  The history of the 7,000 year-old ancient city of Latmos, located on the Latmos (Beşparmak) Mountain in Turkey's western province of Muğla's Milas district, is one of 15 films that have been selected for the finals of the Lanzarote Film Festival, which will run between April 15 and 18 in Spain's Canary Islands. The documentary, which reveals how nature has been damaged in the area and the plea of locals for mining activity to stop, was chosen from among 5,867 films from 56 countries.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ The ancient city of Uzuncaburç (Olba), one of the most notable tourist attractions in Turkey's southern province of Mersin, is a draw for visitors even in the winter months when it acquires an extra beauty under a blanket of snow, reports the Anatolia News Agency.

  Located 30 kilometers from the center of the Silifke, Uzuncaburç is home to columns, temples, churches and monumental tombs that are thousands of year old. The city is also known for its resemblance to the ancient city of Ephesus in İzmir, earning it the moniker of the "Mediterranean Ephesus."

  Uzuncaburç, an important place of worship in the Olba Kingdom during the Hellenistic age, was separated from Olba at the time of Emperor Vespasianus in the Roman era in 72 B.C. and turned into an autonomous site that could print its own money under the name Diocaesarea.

  The Temple of Zeus, a mausoleum with a bastion and a pyramid roof are among the Hellenistic-era artifacts in Diocaesarea while the colonnaded street, theater, ceremonial arch, fountain and triumphal arch are among the Roman-era artifacts.

  When Christianity began to grow in the region in the fifth century, the Temple of Zeus was converted into a church, while new churches were also constructed.

  After the Turks began to displace the Byzantines following the Battle of Manzikert in 1071, the Turkish era began in the ancient city, which was dubbed "Uzuncaburç" (Long Bastion) in reference to a bastion that became the symbol of the city.

  Read more at >> here <<


EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 3.70


High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey: 46/34 Light Showers
Antalya, on the Mediterranean: 61/48 Rainy
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 55/46 Mostly Cloudy
Izmir, on the Aegean: 59/48 Light Showers
Trabzon, on the Black Sea: 54/41 Mostly Sunny
Erzurum, in Eastern Turkey: 25/3 Mostly Sunny
Seawater temperatures:
Erciyes in Kayseri, Central Turkey : 55 inches
Ilgaz in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey: 47 inches
Kartalkaya in Bolu, Western Turkey : 75 inches
Palandoken in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey : 63 inches
SaklIkent in Antalya, Southern Turkey : 24 inches
SarIkamI$ in Kars, Eastern Turkey : 51 inches
Uludag in Bursa, Western Turkey : 81 inches	


★ Turkish Soccer Premiere League

There are no games This weekend in the Turkish Premier League due to Ziraat Turkey Cup games.

★ Results for week: 19
Rize Sp - Karabük Sp 1 - 0
Antalya Sp - Alanya Sp 2 - 1
G. Saray - Akhisar Sp 6 - 0
G. Birliği - Osmanli Sp 1 - 1
Başakşehir - Bursa Sp 1 - 0
Trabzon Sp - G. Antep Sp 4 - 0
Kayseri Sp - Fenerbahçe 4 - 1
Adana Sp - Kasımpaşa 2 - 0
Beşiktaş - Konya Sp 5 - 1

★ Standing in the league as of week ending 19
1 - Beşiktaş 44
2 - Başakşehir 42
3 - G. Saray 39
4 - Fenerbahçe 35
5 - Antalya Sp 31
6 - Osmanli Sp 27
7 - Konya Sp 27
8 - Bursa Sp 27
9 - Trabzon Sp 27
10 - Karabük Sp 24
11 - G. Birliği 23
12 - Kasımpaşa 21
13 - Akhisar Sp 21
14 - Rize Sp 19
15 - Alanya Sp 18
16 - Adana Sp 17
17 - Kayseri Sp 16
18 - G. Antep Sp 11


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