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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 03 June 2017

[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 03 June 2017]

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★ Trials of people accused of taking part in the 2016 failed coup have started in Turkey.

  Among the people being tried are many top-level military.

  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accused the suspects of playing "three monkeys", although they were caught red-handed. He said they will still not be able to "escape the painful end".

  Turkey's justice minister Bekir Bozdağ also commented on the court proceedings. He said that by denying their involvement in the events that took place at the general staff headquarters on the night of the coup attempt, the defendants "are acting in accordance with Fethullah Gülen's instructions".

  Fethullah Gülen is a cleric who lives in Pennsylvania. The Justice and Development Party administration say that he was behind the coup attempt.

★ According to ESPN staff writer Royce Young, Oklahoma City Thunder center Turkish born Enes Kanter said that Turkish authorities arrested his father in Turkey.

  Kanter is a follower of Pennsylvania resident cleric Fethullah Gülen, who is being accused of orchestrating last summer's failed military coup.

  Kanter himself is being sought in Turkey for being part of a terrorist group, as Gülen followers are categorized these days. His family has disowned him, but this was not enough for his father to avoid arrest.

  "He may get tortured for simply being my family member," Kanter said in a statement.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Speaking of Fethullah Gülen, Turkish police have raided universities on Friday to round up they claim are followers of Gülen.

★ Also in the news, Andrew Brunson, an American pastor who is in jail in Turkey, is being kept there as a "political hostage" by the Justice and Development Party administration, Aykan Erdemir, a former Turkish opposition lawmaker suggests, reports Amberin Zaman on the Al-Monitor site.

  Erdemir say he would be released when US extradites cleric Fethullah Gülen to Turkey.

  A conservative daily close to the Justice and development party alleged that Brunson was a CIA operative.

  Moreover, Turkey's president Mr. Erdoğan told his party's parliamentarians that if other countries do not hand over Turkish nationals accused of links with the Gülenists and others wanted by Turkey, their citizens would be in jeopardy in Turkey.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ According to the Associated Press, a Kurdish rebel group claimed that they shut down a Turkish military helicopter that killed all 13 personnel on board on May 31.

  The Turkish military says that plane crash due to an accident.

★ Speaking of Kurds, Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said that Turkey told the United States that it won't ask anyone before responding if an attack or a provocation from the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) takes place against Turkey.

  Turkey says the PYD and its armed wing, the YPG, are linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party , Turkey's rebel Kurds' organization, and calls on its allies to cease cooperating with them.

  The Kurdistan workers party is also outlawed by the U.S., but Washington believes the YPG is the most effective fighting force against ISIL in Syria, thus causing tensions between the NATO allies has recently started arming the YPG.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ According to the Jerusalem Post, the Turkish ambassador to Israel hosted Sheikh Raed Salah to an iftar dinner Thursday night.

  Salah is an Islamist leader who has spent time in Israeli jails for incitement and violence.

  Israel outlawed Salah's group in November 2015, with a government statement explaining that the group has for years "been waging a campaign of deceitful incitement under the banner of 'al-Aksa is in danger,' which blames Israel by falsely accusing it of intending to harm the al-Aksa mosque and to violate the status quo there."

★ According to The Daily Caller, House Committee on Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce is calling on the State Department to reject a $1.2 million sale of semi automatic weapons and ammunition to the Turkish Department of the security of the president.

  In a letter written to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Thursday, Royce cited the recent attacks by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's armed security detail on peaceful protestors outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington, D.C.

  As we reported to you last week nine people were injured in the melee.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Thousands of Turks congregated at Gezi Park in Istanbul on the anniversary of the demonstrations and sit-ins that started there and spread throughout Turkey in 2013.

  The crowd included lawmakers from the main opposition Republican People's Party.

  The families of protesters who lost their lives during the protests also participated.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ According to Justin Huggler of the Telegraph, the European Union countries are reportedly preparing to block Turkey from hosting a NATO summit next year amid worsening relations.

  Germany, France, Denmark and the Netherlands are leading moves to have a summit held in Brussels.

  "We do not want to enhance Turkey's international credentials and do not want to give the impression that NATO supports the Turkish government's internal policy," German paper Welt quoted an unnamed Western diplomat as saying.

★ According to the BBC, Russia has lifted a ban on imports of Turkish food, imposed after a Russian bomber was shot down on the Syria-Turkey border in November 2015.

  But Russia is keeping seasonal limits on Turkish tomatoes, to help its own producers of sauces and juices.

  Before the ban, Turkey exported food to Russia worth more than $1.1 billion annually.

  Russia is also lifting a ban on Turkish workers in the construction, tourism and hotel businesses.

★ Turkish e-commerce and fashion company Markafoni, owned by South African media and internet giant Naspers, will shut down at the end of June, the company announced on Thursday without elaborating on the cause for its closure, reports the Daily Mail of Britain.

  Naspers bought the company in 2014 from its Turkish founders.

★ The Turkish mobile phone company Turkcell is suing South Africa's MTN for $4.2 billion, reports Reuters.

  Turkcell alleges that the South African mobile company used bribery and wrongful influence to win a lucrative Iran license originally awarded to Turkcell. MTN has rejected the allegations and on Thursday reiterated its stance that the lawsuit had "no legal merit".

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Another mobile phone news: Türk Telekom has said its Avea unit and Vodafone Telekomunikasyon A.Ş. have together won a Turkish tender to provide and operate mobile communications infrastructure in areas where there is currently none.

★ Turkey's foreign trade deficit soared 49.5 percent in May due to a sharp increase in gold imports despite robust car exports, preliminary data from the Customs and Trade Ministry showed on June 2

★ Fitch ratings agency has increased its national long-term rating on İzmir to its top grading "AAA" from the current "AA+" with a stable outlook. İzmir is the third largest province in Turkey on the Aegean coast.

  So far, the industrialized tourism destination achieved the top "investable" rating from two top agencies, Fitch and Moody's.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ An article in the Economist wrote about the Turkish white goods manufacturer Arçelik's business strategy.

  According to the article, Arçelik is trying to expand into markets outside Turkey. So far it has 18 factories in Europe employing 30,000 people in seven countries. It is one of the biggest brands in Britain.

  It also opened recently a factory in China and is selling its products there. It also bought a factory in Pakistan, opened a refrigerator factory in Thailand and went into joint venture with India's largest company Tata to make and sell refrigerators.

★ A Turkish parliamentary commission established to discuss the contentious "Production Reform Draft Law," has decided to establish an "Olive Grove Preservation Board" following the removal of a controversial article that would ease the path to industrial activities on protected olive groves.

  However, a member of the board from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) said it would not be able to protect the olive groves.

★ Turkish manufacturing activity witnessed its strongest overall improvement in May since December 2013, as output, new orders, exports and employment all continued to grow, a business survey showed June 1, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  Output increased at the fastest rate since February 2014, while growth of new work hit a 42-month record, an index used to measure the activity showed.

★ A total of 120,000 Turkish construction companies are set to halt activities on June 9 to protest a skyrocketing rise in steel prices and a visible undersupply in the material, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  The protests are expected to last one month, according to sector representatives.

  In response to the sector's demand to decrease steel prices, Turkish authorities said earlier in May that there was no problem with steel production in the country, adding that they would take measures to ease the price increases.


★ Vancouver Turkish film Festival is on from June 9-11. According to an article by Charlie Smith, the Festival reflects complexly and diverse city of life in Anatolia, the mainland part of Turkey.

  In addition to films, the Festival will have panel discussions.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ The Swedish director Ruben Ostlund's The Square has won this year's Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival on May 28.

  German-American Diane Kruger won the best actress award for her role in Turkish-German director Fatih Akın's film In the Fade, a thriller set within Turkish community in Germany.

★ The 45th Istanbul Music Festival, organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, kicked off on May 29 with the opening ceremony and concert at the Lütfi Kırdar Convention and Exhibition Center, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  This year's festival is taking place under the theme "Unusual" and will continue until June 21, with 29 concerts in 15 different venues.

  The opening ceremony saw gratitude plaques presented to the supporters of the festival.

★ Mert Hakan Şeker, a 10-year-old Turkish piano prodigy, won in his category in the 6th International Music Competition in the Swedish capital Stockholm last week.

  Şeker, who also won first prize in another music competition in Germany in April, had talks with Turkey's Culture and Tourism Minister Nabi Avcı recently for the possible reimplementation of the Child Prodigy Law, which would secure state funding for talented young artists.

  Şeker is a student of the Anadolu University State Conservatory in Turkey's Central Anatolian province of Eskişehir.

  Last month Şeker and his family moved to Bursa to continue to be closer to his private teacher Elena Çekiç there.

  Şeker practices for four hours every day.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Istanbul Modern is presenting a selection from its comprehensive collection of works by Fahrelnissa Zeid, a pioneer of modern art in Turkey and one of the first exponents of abstract art. The exhibition will be on view until July 30, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  The selection focuses on Zeid's most prolific years between the 1940s, which marks her introduction to the art scene in Turkey, and the 1970s, when she moved to Amman, Jordan.

  Zeid was born in Büyükada in the Ottoman Empire in 1901 as the niece of Grand Vizier Cevat Paşa. She came from a large family of artists that included author Cevat Şakir Kabaağaçlı and painter Aliye Berger, her siblings. Her children from her marriage with author İzzet Melih Devrim were the painter Nejad Melih Devrim and the director and theater actress Şirin Devrim. Zeid was also the aunt of ceramic artist Füreya Koral.

  She was one of the first female graduates of the Sanayi-i Nefise (Academy of Fine Arts). She later continued her studies in Paris.

  In 1934, she married Prince Zeid, Iraqi ambassador to Ankara, becoming a princess.

  After her first solo exhibition held in her home in Maçka in 1944, Zeid had her works exhibited in Paris, London, New York, Brussels and other cities where the couple lived after World War II.

★ Istanbul's Pera Museum's new exhibition "Jose Sancho: Erotic Nature" presents the sculptures of Jose Sancho, a Costa Rican artist with a unique conceptual style.

  The selected works of Sancho focus on themes of nature, animals and figures, reflecting an internalized universe. The sculptures depict plants, animals and especially the female body ÔÇ" although all themes have been the special focus of the artist since the beginning of his career.

  The exhibition "Jose Sancho: Erotic Nature" can be seen through Aug. 6.

★ The monumental grave of ancient Greek astrologist and philosopher Aratos inside the ancient city of Soli Pompeiopolis in the southern Turkish province of Mersin's Mezitli district, is currently at an agricultural field, underneath a large greenhouse, reports the Doğan News Agency.

  "Since the field is in a for-profit agricultural field, its current market value is too high. That is why the land cannot be expropriated and Aratos grave remains underground," said Remzi Yağcı, the head of the Museum Department at Dokuz Eylül University.

  A Turkish and English sign next to the ancient city informs people about the Aratos grave, who lived between 315 and 245 B.C. and worked on meteorology, mathematics and botanic.

★ Archaeological excavations on the Aktopraklık Mound in Turkey's northwestern province of Bursa's Nilüfer district have unearthed 8,500-year-old rocks that were used as bullets for slingshots which boasted a throwing mechanism that is today known as the Palestinian slingshot, reports the Anatolia News Agency.

  Professor Necmi Karul of the Istanbul University thinks that the ancient people used the slingshots to hunt small and fast animals.

  Professor said that the rocks were specially shaped to be aerodynamic and experiments show that they have a range of 600 feet.

★ The oldest known written document in Anatolia has been found during excavations in Acemhöyük Mound in the Central Anatolian province of Aksaray. The single-line inscription, carved on a piece of rock crystal, is not only the oldest one in Anatolia but also in Europe, Sergen Çirkin of the Hürriyet daily news reports.

  Located in the south of Lake Tuz, Acemhöyük Mound is one of the oldest kingdom centers in Anatolia. This center is made up of a hill (2500 x 2100 feet) and a lower city that surrounds it.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ The cross of a 12th century Byzantine chapel, located outside the ancient city of Myra in Turkey's southern province of Antalya, has reportedly been stolen, reports the Doğan News Agency.

  Demre District Governor Murat Uz said an investigation has been opened into the theft, and they believe the 20-centimeter long marble cross was stolen in the last three or four days.

  The Byzantine chapel was unearthed during excavations in 2010 carried out by Professor Nevzat Çevik, a member of the Akdeniz University Archaeology Department and the head of the Myra excavations, and Professor Engin Akyürek from the Byzantine History Department of Istanbul University.

  Read more at >> here <<


EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 3.51


High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey:        81/59 Showers
Antalya, on the Mediterranean:    77/72 Showers
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 81/66 Partly Cloudy
Izmir, on the Aegean:             86/68 Showers
Trabzon, on the Black Sea:        72/64 Partly Cloudy
Erzurum, in Eastern Turkey:       73/45 Partly Cloudy
Seawater temperatures:
Black Sea measured at Trabzon         61
Marmara Sea measured at Tekirda─č      66
Aegean Sea measured at ─░zmir          70
Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 74



Premiere League

* With last week's games, Turkey's premier soccer league ended. The champion is Be┼čikta┼č.

* Results for week: 34
G. Birli─či      -      Kas─▒mpa┼ča       1 - 0
Akhisar Sp      -      Karab├╝k Sp      2 - 3
Antalya Sp      -      G. Antep Sp     4 - 1
Kayseri Sp      -      Ba┼čak┼čehir      0 - 1
Adana Sp        -      Fenerbah├že      1 - 3
G. Saray        -      Konya Sp        2 - 1
Rize Sp         -      Alanya Sp       1 - 0
Be┼čikta┼č        -      Osmanli Sp      4 - 0
Trabzon Sp      -      Bursa Sp        1 - 2
* Standing in the league as of week ending 34
  1 - Be┼čikta┼č        77
  2 - Ba┼čak┼čehir      73
  3 - Fenerbah├že      64
  4 - G. Saray        64
  5 - Antalya Sp      58
  6 - Trabzon Sp      51
  7 - Akhisar Sp      48
  8 - G. Birli─či      46
  9 - Konya Sp        43
 10 - Kas─▒mpa┼ča       43
 11 - Karab├╝k Sp      43
 12 - Alanya Sp       40
 13 - Osmanli Sp      38
 14 - Bursa Sp        38
 15 - Kayseri Sp      38
 16 - Rize Sp         36
 17 - G. Antep Sp     26
 18 - Adana Sp        25
★ The European wrestling championships taking place in Serbia is over. Turkish wrestlers won five gold, one silver and three bronze medals. After Russia which won 16 medals, Turkey came in second with a total of nine medals. With eight medals the third place went to Azerbaijan. Host country Serbia placed ninth with three medals.


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