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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 01 July 2017

[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 01 July 2017]

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  The Turkish military base in Qatar

★ Crisis between Qatar and its neighbors is continuing. As part of pulling the US to their side, the Saudi Arabian and Qatari foreign affairs ministers visited the US, and accused each other.

  Turkey's involvement in the crisis is also continuing. The Washington Post reported that Turkish and Qatari defense ministers met on Friday.

  Turkey has started sending troops and armament, although in minuscule quantities, to a base in Qatar. This week Qatar was presented with a list of demands by its Arab neighbors to normalize the ties. Among the demands was the closure of the Turkish base.

  Turkish officials insist that its troop deployment to Qatar aims to enhance regional security and is not aimed against any specific country. They point out that the agreement to establish a Turkish base in Qatar was actually signed back in 2015. Currently there are 90 Turkish troops there, and the Turkish daily Hürriyet writes that it will go up to 1000.

  According to Al Arabiya, Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Turkey, Walid al-Khuraiji, has said that the Turkish base in Qatar "complicates the situation." He also expressed Saudi Arabia's hope that Turkey would take a "neutral" position on the crisis with Qatar.

  The ambassador added that Turkey lost its neutrality as an unbiased party seeking mediation.

Read more at >> here <<

★ The relationship between Turkey and Germany has been tense in the past few months, and the recent news indicates that the tensions may even get worse.

  According to the Associated Press, Germany has denied permission for the Turkish president to hold rallies with the Turkish community in Germany during his visit there for the G 20 Summit.

  Germany has around 4 million Turkish citizens, most of whom are staunch supporters of the Turkish president and the Ruling Justice and Development Party.

  Earlier this year Turkish President Erdoğan accused Germany of practicing Nazi acts when German local authorities banned Turkish ministers campaigning in Germany the head of Turkey's constitutional referendum on increasing presidential powers.

  Germany also asked President Erdoğan not to bring his security details to Germany. As we reported to you in the previous weeks, the security details of the Turkish president attacked and wounded civilian protesters across the street from the Turkish embassy in Washington DC last month. Washington DC officials placed arrest warrants on the security details.

  ★The conflict in Syria is continuing and Turkey's involvement is still there. The Syrian Democratic forces, a US ally made up of mostly local Kurds, warned Thursday of fierce confrontation with the Turkish army in Northwestern Syria.

  Turkey sees the Syrian Kurd organization's as extensions of the rebel Turkish Kurds.

★ Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke on the phone with President Donald Trump on June 30, while Brett McGurk, the U.S. special envoy for the coalition to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), was holding discussions in the Turkish capital Ankara following his visit to northern Syria, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  The phone conversation between Erdoğan and Trump ended on the afternoon on June 30, with the Turkish president also set to hold a phone call with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, ruling Justice and Development Party spokesperson Mahir Ünal stated.

  The White House said the two leaders also discussed the resolution of Qatari crisis.

  McGurk's visit came amid fresh military tensions on Turkey's border with Syria and a widening split between NATO allies Ankara and Washington over the Syrian Kurds military organization YPG.

  On June 30, the Turkish military retaliated to harassing fire from the YPG-controlled Afrin region targeting a military post in the border province of Hatay, Doğan News Agency reported.

  Speaking a day before, Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş vowed that Turkey would respond to any cross-border gunfire from YPG militants in Syria and would "not remain silent in the face of anti-Turkey activities by terrorist groups abroad."

  Earlier on June 28, Turkey's Defense Minister Fikri Işık had raised concerns over the YPG during a meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis in Brussels, ahead of a NATO gathering.

  The meeting came after Mattis left open the possibility of longer-term assistance to the group, saying the U.S. may need to supply them with weapons and equipment even after the capture of Raqqa.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ According to Euronews, Turkey's Education Ministry unveiled new regulations this week that require every new school in the country be outfitted with gender-separated Muslim prayer rooms.

  The Labor Union of the Laborers of Education and Science (Eğitim-İş) decried the regulations as going against the Turkish constitution.

  In a statement made on its website, the teachers union accused the Turkish government, led by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, of "abandoning secular, scientific and contemporary education" and replacing it with religious studies and Erdoğan's Justice and Development Party propaganda.

  Mr. Erdoğan's Justice and Development Party's accused of catering to its highly devout Muslim base at the expense of the country's republican and secular founding principles.

  Last week, Mr. Erdoğan personally approved removing the theory of evolution from secondary school curricula and hundreds of high schools in the country reportedly signed a political declaration by the Turkey High School Students Union refusing to accept encroaching fundamentalism in their classroom education.

★ Another tension point in the world, Cyprus, was in the news again this week. The island in the Eastern Mediterranean is currently divided between Turkish and Greek communities. The division occurred in 1970s when Turkey intervened militarily to protect the Turks of the island from Greeks who took power with a coup and were intending to annex the island to Greece.

  Echoing the United Nations general secretaries of previous decades, the current Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Friday called on the leaders of the Greek and Turkish communities in Cyprus to grasp "an historic opportunity" to reach a comprehensive settlement to the conflict that has divided the Mediterranean island for more than four decades, reported the United Nations news center.

  He was talking at a "conference on Cyprus" which began on June 28. The conference brought together Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, as well as the guarantors ‚Ä" Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom. The European Union backspace was attending as an observer.

  The conference is seeking the reunification of the island. The negotiations so far have come down to six main areas, which include new territorial boundaries, power-sharing and the economy.

  Read more at >> here <<

  In related news, Turkey's Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has told Greek Cypriots to stop dreaming that 35,000 Turkish forces will leave the divided island.

  The Greek Cypriots' demand that Turkish forces go home is one of the major roadblocks to a deal to reunify the Mediterranean island after 43 years.
★ The British paper Guardian reported that thousands of people are still continuing with the "Justice March" in Turkey.

  As we reported to you in the previous weeks, the opposition politicians and people have started walking from the Turkish capital Ankara to a jail in Istanbul to protest the injustices they say are inflicted by the ruling Justice and Development Party.

  In particular, the conviction and jailing of an opposition parliamentarian for leaking a tape in 2015 showing trucks loaded with ammunition and arms destined to Syria, triggered the march . The trucks were owned by Turkey's intelligence services. (Moreinformation on the "truck affair" is  >> here << )

  The 280-mile march started on June 15. It has drawn supporters along the way from across Turkish public despite the scorching summer heat, as it covers nine miles a day.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Turkey's Forestry and Water Affairs Ministry has released millions of bugs into forests and groves in a bid to prevent other harmful insects from damaging trees, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  The Konyaaltı district of the southern province of Antalya is among the areas where the practice has been put into use in order to protect pomegranate and bitter orange trees.

  Speaking to journalists, Konyaaltı Mayor Muhittin Böcek said the aim is to develop pesticide-free agriculture. Coincidentally, the mayors last name translates as "bug".

  Read more at >> here <<

★ A record heat wave has arrived in Turkey from Africa, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  Temperatures in Istanbul have risen to 95°F, while in southern Mediterranean region topped 110°.

  These temperatures are 12° to 20° above seasonal averages.

  Officials say that the heat wave would and on July 3 beginning with the Western provinces of Turkey.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ According to the Hürriyet daily news reporter Oya Armutçu, Turkey has witnessed a dramatic rise in its divorce rate over the past 10 years with an increase of 82 percent, according to 2016 figures from the General Directorate of Criminal Records and Statistics.

  Divorce cases made up the highest number of lawsuits heard last year in Istanbul, Ankara, and İzmir, Turkey's most populous provinces. Of the total number of lawsuits opened, some 62 percent were divorce cases in Istanbul, 48 percent were divorce cases in the Aegean province of İzmir, and also 48 percent were divorce cases in the capital Ankara. Nine okay


★ Researcher and documentary maker Gülşah Çeliker has pushed the button to make a documentary on the famous 16th century Ottoman admiral, cartographer and sailor Piri Reis, reports the Doğan News Agency.

  Ms. Çeliker, who made her name heard with the project on Turkey's first female fighter pilot, Sabiha Gökçen, says she is very excited to present the 75-minute documentary to Turkish and international audiences.

  The documentary will feature dramatic reconstructions starring actor Mehmet Günsur as Piri Reis, Riccardo Scamarcio as Christopher Columbus and actress Deniz Özdoğan. Can Atilla will reportedly compose the music for the film.

  Ms. Çeliker said she prepared the film by researching Piri Reis in the Ottoman archives as well as in the Vatican, Venice, Spain and Portugal naval archives.

  Piri Reis lived between 1465 and 1553. He is primarily known today for his maps and charts collected in his Kitab-ı Bahriye (Book of Navigation), a book that contains detailed information on navigation, as well as very accurate charts (for their time) describing the important ports and cities of the Mediterranean Sea.

  He gained fame as a cartographer when a small part of his first world map (prepared in 1513) was discovered in 1929 at the Topkapı Palace in Istanbul. His world map is the oldest known Turkish atlas showing the New World, and one of the oldest maps of America still in existence anywhere (the oldest known map of America that is still in existence is the map drawn by Juan de la Cosa in 1500). Piri Reis' map is centered on the Sahara at the latitude of the Tropic of Cancer.

  Read more at >> here <<
★ The Turkish film "Yellow Heat", which won four awards including the Best Film Award at this year's Istanbul Film Festival, returned from the 39th Moscow International Film Festival with the Best Director Award, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  Written and directed by Fikret Reyhan, the film made its international premiere at the festival.

  "Yellow Heat" tells the story of an immigrant family deep in debt and struggling to survive through traditional farming, in a sector squeezed by accelerating industrialization.

  Read more at >> here <<

  Read more at >> here <<

  Restored movie theater is the long building in the front

★ The old movie theater in Safranbolu will be turned into a film museum and library. The Northwestern town of Safranbolu, renowned for its historic wood frame houses, is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and is listed as one of the world's 20 best preserved cities.

  The old movie theater is also a wood frame structure that is thought to have been built in 1932.

  Safranbolu Mayor Necdet Aksoy said the museum and library will be opened in association with the 18th International Golden Saffron Documentary Film Festival.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ The 14th Bodrum International Gümüşlük Classical Music Festival is set to be held between July 24 and September 4, reports the Hürriyet Daily News. Organized by the Bodrum Classical Music Association, the festival will be in three different concepts this year.

  The classical concerts will be held in the centuries-old historical Koyunbaba Ancient Stone Pit while Jazz on Water and Jazz on Sand concerts will be on the Gümüşlük beach.

  The art consultant of the festival is Turkey's internationally acclaimed pianist Gülsin Onay, who is also expected to close the festival, while pianist Eren Levendoğlu is the art director of the festival, which will host musicians from Brazil, Norway, Italy, France, Cuba, Russia and South Africa as well as from Turkey. 15 main concerts will be performed during the six-week event.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Plays staged at the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality's City Theaters will be viewed by the passengers of the Turkish Airlines, as part of a new campaign to promote Turkish theater to the world, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  In the first stage, six plays including one for children will be delivered to Turkish Airlines within 60 days.

  In addition, Turkish Airlines will screen the plays with English subtitles for the next five years. It will also be engaged in promotional and advertorial activities at least three times a year with the contribution of theater artists.

  The Istanbul Municipality will also have the option of increasing the number of dubbing and subtitle languages to 12.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Researchers have found thousands of human and animal bones in the 12,000-year-old ancient settlement of Göbeklitepe in Turkey's southeastern province of Şanlıurfa, known as the "zero point of history," according to an article in the journal Science Advances, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  Among tens of thousands of bones, researchers have uncovered the remains of human skulls that were stripped of their flesh and carved with deep, straight grooves running front to back.

  The carvings represent the first evidence of skull decoration in the archaeological record of the region. "This is completely new, and we don't have a model to go on," said Gary Rollefson, an archaeologist in Washington, who was not involved in the work.

  Although many of the sculptures and stone reliefs at Göbeklitepe stand out for their craftsmanship or artistry, including detailed depictions of birds, predators, and insects, the marks on the skulls seem to belong to a different, cruder class of carving.

  Archaeologists hope to find more skull fragments at the site to better understand whether the practice was a common part of rituals there. In the meantime, the carved skulls deepen the mystery surrounding the site.

  In the meantime, The Science Advances magazine is displaying the G√∂beklitepe photograph prominently on its website ( >> here <<  ).

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Archaeological excavations in Turkey's western province of Denizli's Buldan district have unearthed many finds related to "ludus duodecim scriptorum," a Roman-era version of the popular game backgammon, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  Associate Professor Bahadır Duman, a member of Pamukkale University's Archaeology Department and head of the excavations at the ancient city Tripolis, said they started a new season of excavations with a team of 50 people in Tripolis.

  Professor Duman says that one of the social activities in the marketplace of the city was the backgammon like game, just like it is today among the merchants working in the marketplaces in Turkey. The ancients, however, play the game on marble plaques. In Turkey the game is played on a wooden board.

  Tripolis is located within the historic Lydian borders at the junction point of Phrygia, Caria and Lydia regions/kingdoms of the ancient world.

  Last year's excavations unearthed a huge monumental fountain structure. It is 95 feet long, 21 feet wide and 45 feet high and made up of three floors.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ A heated debate has started in Turkey over the alleged use of the ancient city of Ephesus in Turkey's Aegean province of İzmir for wedding and circumcision ceremonies and other events, with the Culture and Tourism Ministry stressing that only cultural and touristic ceremonies are allowed at the site, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  One of the country's headline tourist sites as an outstanding example of a Roman port city, Ephesus comprises successive Hellenistic and Roman settlements. Excavations had revealed grand monuments of the Roman imperial period including the Library of Celsus and the Great Theater, as well as the remains of the Temple of Artemis, one of the "Seven Wonders of the World."

  Ephesus was added to UNESCO's World Heritage List on July 5, 2015.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Speaking of the Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry, Minister Nabi Avci says that scammers are tricking locals by placing fake objects in place of historical pieces.

  According to Avcı, scammers take photos of fake artifacts before sending them to locals and try to convince them the artifacts were hidden in the caves.

  "They tell locals that they found some artifacts but to take them out they should bribe the officials. They offer locals to become partners with them before taking their money," he said.

★ Treasure hunters have destroyed the Çağman Hill in the southern province of Antalya's Korkuteli district, reports the Doğan News Agency.

  Breaking tomb reliefs with heavy construction equipment, the treasure hunters also dug large holes up to six meters around the hill.

  Çağman Hill in Kozağacı neighborhood is home to Roman-era rock tombs as well as many tomb reliefs dating back to the first and third centuries. Some of the artifacts were also shot by gun by the treasure hunters.

  Antalya Surveying and Monument Director Cemil Karabayram, who recently inspected the area, said he was in dismay over what he saw.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Turkey's Youth and Sports Ministry has prepared a list of digital games that contain "harmful" elements for youngsters, raising eyebrows for including popular games like Guitar Hero, Call of Duty and Pacman, daily Milliyet reported on June 26.

  The ministry reportedly established a special team to determine criteria, including whether the games contained "content that can harm the youth," adding that many include "Islamophobia, drug use, pornography and violence."

  The ministry says there are 25 million people who play digital games in Turkey. Turkey's population is about 80 million.

  Among the games listed as being Islamophobic are Guitar Hero III, Devil May Cry ‚Ä" Dante's Awakening, Resident Evil, Call of Duty, Hitman, Counter-Strike, Serious Sam, Muslim Massacre, Bomb Gaza, Pacman and Tekken.

  The ministry previously prompted ridicule among some in Turkey for claiming that the classic game Pacman is based around the idea of the central character "collecting veiled Muslim women."

  Read more at >> here <<


‚ė-- Taekwondo

* Turkish  taekwondo Masters won three medals in the World Taekwondo championships in Korea this week.

The Turkish team came in second after Korea in the overall ranking.


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