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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 10 June 2017

[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 10 June 2017]

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★ Fight with and arrests of Gülenists are continuing in Turkey. The Gülenists are widely believed to be behind the failed July 15, 2016 coup attempt in Turkey. Their leader cleric Fethullah Gülen lives in Pennsylvania. Here is a summary of what happened this week on this front:

  An Istanbul prosecutor sought three aggravated life imprisonments for 15 suspects including former Istanbul Governor Hüseyin Avni Mutlu and former Istanbul Police Chief Hüseyin Çapkın on June 8 over their suspected links to the Gülenists, Doğan News Agency has reported.

  " Police on June 6 detained Taner Kılıç, the local chair of Amnesty International, also for suspected links to Gülenists.

  Along with Taner Kılıç police also detained 22 other lawyers in the western province of İzmir, Amnesty International said, citing a detention order.

  "We are calling on the Turkish authorities to immediately release Taner Kılıç along with the other 22 lawyers, and drop all charges against them," Amnesty International's secretary general Salil Shetty said.

  " Veteran journalist Kadri Gürsel, a columnist at daily Cumhuriyet who has been in jail since Nov. 5, 2016, has refuted allegations against him in a letter from jail, saying that most of the phone records presented as "evidence" that he aided a terrorist organization, again the Gülenists, are unsolicited SMS messages that he never replied and it would be "absurd to infer criminal acts from those records."

  - Although Greece has giving refuge to a number of Turkish military and other asylum-seekers, in an article in the New York Times Patrick Kingsley wrote that lately Greece has been sending back people seeking asylum in Greece back to Turkey.

  The Hellenic League for Human Rights and the International Federation for Human Rights says that they documented a total of 17 forcible deportations of asylum seeking Turks back to Turkey. One of the deportees was the managing editor of the political magazine Nokta, he was sentenced to 22 1/2 years for terrorism when his magazine ran covers critical of the Turkish president.

  The head of the Hellenic league says that Greek officials are trying to placate Turkey since the Justice and Development Party administration in Turkey is upset with Greece not returning earlier asylum-seekers.

  Read more at >> here <<  and >> here <<

★ Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet decided Wednesday to pull German troops and reconnaissance aircraft out of Turkey's Incirlik air base after Turkish officials refused to let lawmakers visit them, reports the Associated Press.

  The 270 strong German troops are at the Turkish base as part of the coalition against Islamic State.

  The Turkish refusal is said to be in retaliation to Germany's refusal to return Turkish military and diplomats who have sought asylum there after the 2016 coup attempt. Turkish officials say that the people seeking asylum are part of the Gülenist network.

  Germany also band a number of rallies by Turks living in Germany during the campaign for the referendum on a new Turkish Constitution.

★ Neighboring Arab countries have broken relationship with and imposed sanctions on Qatar , some say at the instigation of President Trump.

  The neighboring countries accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism. Qatar is known to be friendly to the outlawed Muslim brotherhood of Egypt.

  However, Turkish president Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has ordered Turkish troops and naval vessels to be deployed in Qatar to aid in the defense of the country. Mr. Erdoğan is also friendly with the outlawed Muslim brotherhood.

  Initially 200 to 250 Turkish military will be deployed officials sources say.

  Turkish exporters also started shipping meat and dairy products to Qatar. The Qatari supermarkets ran out of many food items due to sanctions.

  According to Reuters, Turkish President says that Turkey would never leave Qatar alone. He called on Saudi Arabia and other countries of the region to end their sanctions, rejecting accusations by these countries that Qatar supports terror groups.

  However, President Trump accused Qatar again on Friday of being a "high-level" supporter of terrorism. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on the other hand, called for calm and an ease to the blockade imposed against Qatar by its neighbors. Mr. Tillerson said the blockade was causing "unintended" humanitarian and business consequences and was "hindering U.S. military actions in the region and the campaign against ISIS," or the Islamic State terrorist group.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ According to news reports, House Republicans and Democrats tossed aside the diplomacy usually reserved for a NATO ally and unanimously approved a measure Tuesday that underscored their fury over attacks by the Turkish president's bodyguards against peaceful protesters on May 16.

  Lawmakers voted 397 to 0 to pass a resolution that condemned the clash in Washington last month and called for the members of Recep Tayyip Erdogan's security detail who were involved in the melee to be brought to justice. More than 30 House members didn't cast votes.

★ The Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting was signed by ministers and high-level officials from 76 countries, including Turkey, on June 8 in Paris, reports the Anatolia News Agency.

  In layman's term, the treaty is aimed at preventing tax avoidance and evasion.

★ The number of passengers carried by Turkish Airlines increased 4.5 percent to 5.9 million passengers compared to the same month of 2016, the company announced on June 8.

  Shoved it in Izmir horse yelled at a social getting is a lead that targeting medicines for them in

★ The foreign direct investment flow into Turkey plunged by 31 percent to $12 billion in 2016, as the failed coup attempt cast doubt on political stability in the country, the World Investment Report 2017 by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development has shown.

★ The Turkish government has collected almost $6.5 billion through its latest debt and tax restructuring plan, finance Minister Mr. Naci Ağbal told state-run Anadolu Agency on June 2.

★ Turkey's prime minister Mr. Binali Yıldırım has said it is a must for the Turkish government to slash unemployment rate, which hit nearly 13 percent, to single digits again, underlining the country's strengths and weaknesses on the road to achieving this goal.

★ Carmakers were ranked as one of Turkey's largest three exporters in 2016, with Ford Otosan, a joint venture between Ford Motor Co. and Turkey's Koç Holding, topping the list with an export volume of $4 billion, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  Ford Otosan was followed by Tofaş, another joint venture of Koç with Fiat, by making an around $3.2 billion exports last year.

  Oyak-Renault, a joint venture between Oyak and France's Renault, ranked third in the list prepared by the Turkish Exporters Assembly , with $2.8 billion in exports, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

★ Turkey's industrial output soared in April, mainly due to a significant increase in automotive production and a number of measures taken to give a boost to the economy, signaling a visible acceleration in the GDP growth, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  Calendar-adjusted industrial production rose 6.7 percent in April compared to the same month last year, data from the Turkish Statistical Institute showed on June 8.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Turkey's annual consumer price inflation stood at 11.72 percent in May, easing off from the 8-year high that it hit a month earlier at 11.87 percent, official data showed on June 5, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  The annual rate is still far from the Central Bank's 5 percent target.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Turkey's growth in 2017 will beat the forecast of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Şimşek said on June 7.

  OECD forecast 3.4% growth, the minister says it will be 4.5%.


★ Turkish Airlines has now extended its 'Stopover' service for its transfer passengers, departing from Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Australia, Russia and Belarus to arrive to the U.S., Europe, South American countries, U.K., Ireland, Far East, Middle East, North Africa and Asia.

  Passengers from these countries who have over 20 hours of connection time in Istanbul can avail this service which was earlier offered to passengers travelling from Pakistan only. 'Stopover' services offer passengers a complimentary accommodation and a great opportunity to discover the unique beauties of Istanbul during their transit.

  Travellers will receive an accommodation check from Turkish Airlines' authorized staff after completing the flight booking process for the passenger. This check will allow economy class passengers to stay for one night at a 4-star hotel; and for business class passengers to stay 2 nights at a 5-star hotel in Sultanahmet and Taksim, generally described as the central points of Istanbul.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ A new short film depicting the tragedy of Syrian refugees attempting to reach Europe has been shot in the Aegean province of İzmir's Çeşme district. The shooting was done on the beach of Palace Hotel in three days.

  The film "I am Learning to Swim" stars Gönül Nagiyeva, who plays Syrian woman Ruksan, and Ergun Kuyucu, who plays a man called Hasan.

  Focusing on the refugee problem, a bleeding wound of the world, the film tells the story of Hasan and Ruksan, who escaped to Turkey from their war-torn country Syria and are trying to go to Europe on a dinghy boat with a group of refugees in a bid to live a better future.

  The producer of the film Korhan Uğur said the film received award from the Kısakes Film Festival Pitching Platform.

  "The film will be shown in 32 venues, 22 in Turkey and 10 abroad. We think that it will draw attention especially in Europe. The film tells the lives of Syrian refugees in all details. Even though it is hard to tell all the drama in 10 minutes, director Altın made a good film. We hope that the film will win awards in many festivals. We will join the Cannes Film Festival as well as the Berlin, Toronto, Doha, Brisbane, Sarajevo and Tehran international film festivals," he said.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ The 8th International Istanbul Opera Festival will meet art lovers between June 13 and 23, kicking off with Mozart's famous "Abduction from the Seraglio," staged by Yekta Kara, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  The opera, conducted by Zdravko Lazarov, will be performed by the Istanbul State Opera and Ballet on June 13, 14 and 15 in the garden of the Istanbul Archaeology Museum.

  On June 20 at Zorlu PSM, William Shakespeare's "Macbeth" will be brought to the stage by the Mersin State Opera and Ballet. The orchestra conductor will be Nathalie Marin.

  The Istanbul State Opera and Ballet will close the festival on June 23 with "Charles Gounod's "Faust" opera. The opera at the Zorlu PSM will be conducted by Roberto Gianola.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ A new jazz event in Bodrum, We Jazz Bodrum, will kick off on the second day of the Ramadan holiday on June 26 before continuing in various spots in the western town throughout summer, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  The first concert of the event will be given by world famous Moroccan singer Hindi Zahra at the Bodrum Ancient Theater.

  The second guest of the event will be Dutch-born Turkish artist Karsu, who will take the stage on June 25 at the Bodrum Castle.

  Ms. Karsu, who has been appreciated in her concerts at New York Carnegie Hall and North SeaJazz Festival, blends jazz, blues, soul, funk and Turkish music. She is also the first Turkish artist to win the prestigious Dutch Award EdisonJazz/World in 2016.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Istanbul's Arter Gallery is set to hold "Ways of Seeing," an international group exhibition curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, founders of the multi-disciplinary curatorial platform Art Reoriented and co-chairmen of the Montblanc Cultural Foundation, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  Taking its cue from John Berger's 1972 groundbreaking text on visual culture, the exhibition explores the various formalistic strategies that artists employ to reconfigure our perception of the world.

  Opened on June 2, the show brings together 33 artists, a majority of whom are exhibiting for the first time in Turkey. It consists of 70 works ranging from 1,000 B.C. to the present and spanning a variety of media from painting, sculpture and photography to sound, film and installation.

  It includes a number of seminal works such as an early 1968 projection piece by James Turrell, one of the vertical construction installations of Fred Sandback, video pioneers Paul and Marlene Kos' 1976 "lightning" video, and two of Gustav Metzger's "Historic Photographs" along with a number of his early 1940s drawings.

  Read more at >> here <<


EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 3.54


High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey:        75/54 Partly Cloudy
Antalya, on the Mediterranean:    86/72 Mostly Sunny
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 77/63 Partly Cloudy
Izmir, on the Aegean:             84/64 Partly Cloudy
Trabzon, on the Black Sea:        72/63 Showers
Erzurum, in Eastern Turkey:       75/48 Mostly Cloudy
Seawater temperatures:
Black Sea measured at Trabzon         66
Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdağ      69
Aegean Sea measured at İzmir          75
Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 76


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