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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 15 April 2017

[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 15 April 2017]

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★ On April 13, the National Public Radio's Ari Shapiro interviewed Henri Barkey on Sunday's Turkish referendum. Henri Barkey is the director of the Middle East program at the Woodrow Wilson center. Henri Barkey was born in Turkey.

  The referendum will be on a new constitution that will give significantly more power to the president of the country.

  Mr. Barkey says that according to the proposed changes to the Turkish constitution the president and his government will not be responsible to the Parliament.

  Although most claim that the changes will usher a more authoritarian system, the current president Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan denies this. He claims that there will be a more stable government in Turkey. However, Mr. Barkey says that if the constitution is adopted, there may be an initial period of stability, but five years or so down the road it will bring instability.

  Mr. Barkey says that the "yes" and "no" votes are coming up very close in various polls, despite the intense campaigning by the government, president and the Justice and Development Party for " yes" votes. He says this indicates that there is something that's not right.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ In a different story on April 13 NPR's Michele Kelemen reported on Andrew Brunson, a U.S. pastor who has lived in Turkey for more than two decades. Brunson has been behind bars on terrorism charges.

  Some are speculating that Brunson is being held as an attempt by Turkey's Justice and Development Party led government to use him as a bargaining chip in securing the extradition of a Turkish cleric who lives in Pennsylvania.

  The cleric, Fethullah Gülen , is being accused of orchestrating last year's failed coup attempt.

  When secretary of state Rex Tillerson was in Turkey in march, he met with Brunson's wife and also raised his case with Turkish foreign affairs minister.

★ Speaking of Fethullah Gülen and his followers, a Turkish prosecutor has sought three aggravated life sentences each for journalists Nazlı Ilıcak, Ahmet Altan and Mehmet Altan in a case into the media leg of the Gülenists, referred to as Fethullahist Terrorist Organization.

  Three fugitive suspects, who worked for a pro-Gülen newspaper, were also asked to be given aggravated life sentences.

★ Going back to the referendum coming up on Sunday, world press was full articles this week on the referendum. Here are the headlines of some of these articles :

  - U.S. News and World Report: Erdoğan Benefits From Split in Turkish Nationalist Opposition
  - CNN: 'God save Erdoğan': Inside the Turkish president's heartland
  - Globalpost of the Public Radio International: Young Turkish activists prove it will be hard for Erdoğan to shut down free expression
  - Reuters: Victims of Turkish purges fear heavier crackdown after referendum
  - Seeking Alpha: Turkish Yes-No Referendum A Lose-Lose Proposition For Emerging Market Investors
  - Associated Press: Turkish voters divided on key referendum
  - Anatolia News Agency: Turkish stocks go up ahead of Sunday's referendum
  - Newsweek: In Turkey's referendum, women's rights are on the ballot. [...] whichever way the vote goes, women stand to lose.


★ The 12th Meetings on the Bridge, organized within the scope of the 36th Istanbul Film Festival, was held between April 7 and 11 with the support of the Istanbul Development Agency.

  The projects and films that received the Meetings on the Bridge awards were announced at a reception hosted by l'Institut Français Istanbul on April 11.

  A total of 14 film projects and six films in post-production from Turkey and neighboring countries Syria, Georgia, Greece and Azerbaijan were presented at the Meetings on the Bridge workshops this year.

  A total of 72 international film professionals had meetings with the directors and producers of the projects and films in the workshops and had the chance to network with decision makers from Turkey and its neighboring countries.

  The workshop's award winning projects included the "Snow and The Bear" film's director Selcen Ergun and producer Zeki Peynirci. The project received an award of $8100.

  Among other award winners were:

  "The Translator" project's director Anas Khalaf and its producer, Nicolas Lepretre.

  "A Prince from Outer Space: Zeki Müren" project's director Beyza Boyacıoğlu and Selin Murat, the producer of the project.

  Producer Armağan Lale and director Ceylan Özgün Özçelik of the project "18+" received the GeniusPark Special Effects Award.

  The Mediterranean Film Institute's (MFI) Script and Development Workshop Award, was presented to director Ali Özgür Baltaoğlu and producer Çağdaş Öztürk for their project "Hangnail."

  This year, for the first time, the Transylvania Pitch Stop Award was given to producer Zeki Peynirci and Ergun.

  The Special Mention Award of Film Development Workshop was presented to director Nisan Dağ and producers Müge Özen, Jessica Caldwell and Yağmur Ünal for their project "When I'm Done Dying."

  The Digiflame Post-Production Award, focusing on projects from the nearby countries, was presented to Teymur Hajiyev, the producer and Elvin Adıgozel, the director of "Yashar."

★ In the music world:
★ Famous chamber orchestra Cameristi Della Scala, which was founded in 1982 by musicians from the orchestra of Teatro alla Scala, will take the stage at Istanbul's Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall on April 24. The orchestra will perform for the first time with a Turkish conductor, Hakan Şensoy in the concert.

★ Within the scope of a tour for their newest album "Je Dis Oui," Pink Martini will once again be in Turkey for a single concert. The band has a great number of fans in Turkey, well-known in the country for their albums "Sympathique," "Hang on Little Tomato," "Hey Eugene!" "Splendor in the Grass," "Joy to the World," "1969," "A Retrospective," "Get Happy" and "Dream A Little Dream."

  A surprise for Turkish fans; the band performs the famous classical Turkish song "Aşkım Bahardı" in the new album.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Karsu Dönmez, a Dutch-born Turkish artist who gained fame after being discovered at her family's restaurant in the Netherlands, performed at an event organized for children in Turkey's southern province of Antalya.

★ The young Turkish musical group 'Journey to Broadway' is presenting the Pulitzer and Tony award-winning 'Rent' musical in Istanbul.

★ The 21st Aydın Doğan Award has been granted to Turkish contemporary painter Neş'e Erdok, according to the Aydın Doğan Foundation.

  The award, which has been issued since the establishment of the foundation in 1996, aims to encourage and reward individuals who have committed their careers to contributing to humanity in the fields of arts, science and culture.

  Paintings by Erdok, who has participated in more than 100 joint exhibitions, can be found in private collections in Turkey and abroad.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ In the archaeology world in Turkey:

★ A caravanserai that was built by the Ottoman sultan Süleyman the Magnificent for his mother Ayşe Hafsa Sultan in the resort district of Marmaris will now turn into a museum amid anger that some parts of the complex are currently used as a bar.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ A sculpture of Aristotle has been restored and re-erected in one of the most important centers of learning in the classical age, Assos on Turkey's Aegean coast.

  The 2.5-meter-high sculpture, which was erected by the Culture and Tourism Ministry in 2009 at the entrance to the ancient city, was damaged by vandals 1.5 years ago and sent to a sculptor in İzmir for repairs. Assos is known as the settlement where Aristotle opened the first philosophy school.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ The Amasra Museum, home to more than 3,000 archaeological and ethnographical artifacts from the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Genoese, Seljuk and Ottoman periods, reveals Turkey'a northern Black Sea province of Bartın's 5,000-year-old history.

  The Amasra district, where the museum is located, bears the name of Persian queen Amastris, who ruled the city after the Lydians.

  The museum's director, Baran Aydın, said Amasra currently had a population of 6,500 but believed there were more people in the ancient times.

  The population in the ancient times was between 20,000 and 25,000, he said.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ An excavation team that has been working at Çatalhöyük in Central Anatolia for decades has come the closest yet to solving some of the mysteries surrounding the Neolithic site's earliest structures, according to the head of the dig Professor Ian Hodder of the Stanford University.

  Çatalhöyük hosts one of the first urban settlements in the world, dating back to 9500 years ago.

  Read more at >> here <<


EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 3.68


Low and High Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey:        43/70 Partly Cloudy
Antalya, on the Mediterranean:    57/70 Partly Cloudy
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 50/70 Mostly Sunny
Izmir, on the Aegean:             54/72 Partly Cloudy
Trabzon, on the Black Sea:        45/57 Mostly Cloudy
Erzurum, in Eastern Turkey:       32/55 Mostly Cloudy
Snow depths at skiing locations:
Erciyes in Kayseri, Central Turkey      : 8 inches
Ilgaz in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey: 12 inches
Kartalkaya in Bolu, Western Turkey      : 16 inches
Palandöken in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey   : 16 inches
Sarıkamış in Kars, Eastern Turkey       : 16 inches
Uludağ in Bursa, Western Turkey         : 10 inches



Premiere League

* Results for week: 27
Bursa Sp        -      Karabük Sp      3 - 0
G. Birliği      -      Antalya Sp      1 - 1
G. Antep Sp     -      Alanya Sp       2 - 3
Trabzon Sp      -      Beşiktaş        3 - 4
Kayseri Sp      -      Osmanli Sp      1 - 4
Adana Sp        -      Rize Sp         1 - 3
Fenerbahçe      -      Akhisar Sp      3 - 1
Kasımpaşa       -      Konya Sp        1 - 1
Başakşehir      -      G. Saray        4 - 0
* In games played so far this weekend:

No games due to UEFA qualifiers

* Standing in the league as of week ending 27
  1 - Beşiktaş         61
  2 - Başakşehir      56
  3 - Fenerbahçe      50
  4 - G. Saray        49
  5 - Trabzon Sp      44
  6 - Antalya Sp      43
  7 - Konya Sp        39
  8 - Kasımpaşa       36
  9 - G. Birliği      36
 10 - Bursa Sp        35
 11 - Osmanlı Sp      34
 12 - Alanya Sp       34
 13 - Karabük Sp      34
 14 - Akhisar Sp      30
 15 - Kayseri Sp      27
 16 - Rize Sp         23
 17 - G. Antep Sp     22
 18 - Adana Sp        20
★ In the European cop qualifiers organized by the Union of European Football Associations, UEFA, Turkish team Beşiktaş lost to French Lyon 2 to 1 in the quarterfinals' first game.

★ On 4/10, Turkey's Women's U19 National Team lost to Denmark 5-0 in their third and last match 2016/17 UEFA Women's U19 European Championship Elite Round Group 2 which is held in Manavgat, Antalya, Turkey

★ On 4/11 Women's A National Team lost to Faroe Islands 2-1 in their third and last match of 2018 FIFA Women's World Cup Pre-Qualifying Round Group D which is held in Faroe Islands.

  On 4/8 Women's A National Team defeated Luxembourg 9-1 in their second match of 2018 FIFA Women's World Cup Pre-Qualifying Round Group D which is held in Faroe Islands.

  On 4/9/2017 U16 National Team defeated Austria 3-1 in a friendly game which was played in Jenbach Stadium, Tirol, Austria.

★ 4/11: Futsal National Team lost to Russia 4-0 in their third and last match of 2018 UEFA Futsal EURO Main Round Group G which is held in Kocaeli, Turkey. The same team lost to France 5-1 on 4/9.

  Futsal is a variant of soccer played on a hard court, smaller than a soccer pitch, and mainly indoors.


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