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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 08 July 2017

[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 08 July 2017]

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★ The march by a group of Turks they say aimed to draw attention to the injustices inflicted on the people by the ruling Justice and Development Party administration has come to an end . The marchers have been walking for days from the Turkish capital Ankara to Istanbul, a distance of 280 miles.

  On Sunday there will be a rally held in Istanbul and the main opposition Republican People's party leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu will walk a few more miles to the rally area.

  According to Reuters, Mr. Kılıçdaroğlu said on Friday his three-week "Justice March" from Ankara to Istanbul had helped Turks "cast off a shirt of fear" under emergency rule, and vowed to stiffen his party's challenge to the government once the protest ends.

  Writing for the Associated Press, Neyran Elden reported Mr. Kılıçdaroğlu as saying that he has become the voice of thousands of people who have been victimized by a large-scale crackdown following last year's failed coup attempt.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ According to news agencies, Turkish police detained 10 human rights activists on July 5 during a meeting at a hotel in Istanbul. Among the detained is the head of Amnesty International's Turkey branch.

  The activists were organizing a "digital security and information management workshop", according to Amnesty International.

  President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told a news conference at the G-20 summit in Hamburg on July 8 that the meeting was held with the intent as the continuation of the last year's failed coup attempt.

  Earlier, Amnesty International had called on the president to release the activists in a video shared on its Twitter account.

  The video reminded President Erdoğan that the organization campaigned for his release 19 years ago when he was arrested for reciting a poem while acting as Istanbul mayor.

  "President Erdoğan, remember 1998? We do. Back then Amnesty campaigned for your release when you were mayor of Istanbul defending your right to read this poem..." Amnesty said, captioning the poem.

  "We have always fought against injustice in Turkey no matter the beliefs of the individuals or the government in power," Amnesty campaigner Milena Buyum said in the video.

  In 1999, Mr. Erdoğan served four months in prison as he was convicted of inciting people to commit a crime and, religious or racial hatred by reciting the poem. The conviction also saw him banned from politics until his own Justice and Development Party came to power in 2002.

★ Speaking of last year's coup attempt, on July 7 an Istanbul court ordered the acquittal of 23 conscripts who took part in the July 15 coup attempt, in what is the first verdict in the coup cases filed against soldiers in the city.

  The court said the 23 conscripts, who had been carrying out their mandatory military service at the time, did not have any intention of committing the crime.

  However, the court handed the non-commissioned officer Yusuf Yıldız an aggravated life sentence on charges of "attempting to overthrow the constitutional order."

  In related news, Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ said on July 7: "Up until now, in the process following July 15 [2016], procedural acts have been conducted regarding 168,801 people. Some 615 people are in detention, a warrant has been issued for 8,069 people, meaning they are on the run as fugitives. There are 50,504 imprisoned" .

  "Some 48,371 people have been released under judicial control [as part of the probe], including 8,551 people who were released after their arrest. Some 433 people were released without judicial control," he noted.

  Turkish media wrote that throughout last week more people suspected of being followers of Fethullah Gülen were arrested. Gülen is the reclusive cleric who lives in Pennsylvania, and is being accused of masterminding the coup attempt.

  Also in the news were the comments of the US ambassador to Turkey. Ambassador John Bass has said Turkey should "avoid making the mistakes that the U.S. made" in its fight against terrorism, warning that an overly broad definition of terrorism could erode fundamental freedoms.

★ According to the Associated Press, Turkish police detained 29 suspected Islamic State group militants in raids in Istanbul on Friday, the country's state-run news agency reported.

  The Anatolia News Agency said 22 of the militants detained are foreign nationals, but the report didn't provide details on their nationalities. Seven of them are Turkish citizens.''

★ According to Reuters, the Cyprus talks between the Turkish and Greek communities, and Greece Turkey and Britain collapsed.

  The talks were aimed at reunification of the island, in which the two communities were living apart since mid-1970s after Turkey's intervention to protect the Turkish community from Greek militants.

  The talks, which were being held in Switzerland, were led by the United Nations. The major stumbling block was the Greek side's request for the removal of the Turkish troops stationed in northern Cyprus in the Turkish zone.

  The Turkish side refused to accept this demand.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met with President Donald Trump and the Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G 20 meeting in Germany.

  The meeting with Mr. Trump concentrated on Syria.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Emirates and Turkish Airlines confirmed earlier this week that their passengers flying from Dubai and Istanbul to the United States can now travel without having to pack their large devices in their luggage, as the U.S. ban on laptops and tablets has already been lifted for these flights.

  The two airlines are the most recent carriers to have been exempted from the ban.

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★ Organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, the 24th Istanbul Jazz Festival kicked off on July 4 with an opening ceremony and concerts at the Consulate General of Austria and the Austrian Cultural Office Garden, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  On the opening night, the festival's Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to Kamil Özler, the conductor of the Turkish Radio and Television Big Band, and Fatih Erkoç, one of the veteran names of Turkish pop and jazz music.

  Following the ceremony, Mr. Erkoç took the stage for a special concert before leaving the stage to the Balkan-rooted electro swing band DELADAP from Austria.

  The festival will continue on July 7 at Beykoz Kundura, an old shoe factory, with the founder of West Coast Get Down Collective, bass guitarist, vocalist and composer Miles Mosley. He will perform his latest solo album "Uprising" in the concert.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ In related news, As part of the 24th Istanbul Jazz Festival, a special concert took place to pay tribute to the cult guitarist and composer of flamenco Paco de Lucia on July 8 at Zorlu PSM.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Turkey's world renowned pianist İdil Biret will interpret Russian composer Sergei Rahmaninov's works at Rahmaninov's Museum House in the Russian city of Tambov on July 15.

  Speaking to Anatolia News Agency, Anadolu University Public Conservatory instructor Amine Aygistova said the first Sergei Rachmaninov Piano Competition took place in Istanbul on 2011 to strengthen the cultural bond between Turkey and Russia and to encourage young talents.

  The art curator of the competition, Aygistova said the four conservatory students who placed in the competition received their music education at the Moscow Chaykovskiy Conservatory.

  She said Ms. Biret, who served as a jury member in the competition, wanted to show her admiration for Rahmaninov by giving a concert in his museum house.

★ An exhibition featuring just one painting of Turkish artist Tuncay Yurtsever has opened at the Mor Art Gallery in the resort district of Bodrum, reports Özgen Acar of the Hürriyet Daily News.

  The exhibition displays one painting of the rug of the artist's grandfather, made using 60,000 pins, which is a world record.

  Using spray paint, Yurtsever painted the pins in groups with a number of different colors. He then placed the pins on the canvas without making any drawing. To highlight the details, shadows and folds of the rug he placed the pins deeper into the canvas.

  The painting, titled "His Grandfather's Rug," has a price tag of $20,000.

  In his previous 68 paintings, Yurtsever used 3.5 million pins, weighing nearly half a ton.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ An exhibition titled "Matrakçı Nasuh: A 16th Century Genius," featuring works by the famous 16th-century Ottoman philosopher, mathematician and historian Matrakçı Nasuh, opened on July 5 in the Italian capital Rome, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  The exhibition is hosted by the Societa Geografica Italiana Foundation as part of its 150th anniversary celebrations. The foundation has Europe's most important map archive and library.

  Curated by Besete Gürsu, the exhibition will remain open through the end of the month.

  Nasuh (1480-1564) was an accomplished miniaturist, depicting events realistically but staying loyal to Islamic art conventions. His most famous works are a cityscape of Istanbul and volumes representing Sultan Süleyman I's 1535-36 campaign in Iraq and Iran.

  In 2013, UNESCO included Matrakçı Nasuh in its "remembrance and celebration anniversaries" agenda to mark the 460th year of his death.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Turkey's Culture and Tourism Minister Nabi Avcı has launched the opening of the Byzantine Hall in the Zeugma Mosaic Museum in Turkey's southeastern province of Gaziantep, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  Stating that the Zeugma Mosaic Museum is a venue displaying not only Turkey's but the world's important historical, cultural and archaeological artifacts, Mr. Avcı thanked those who contributed to the formation of the museum.

  The minister also mentioned that pieces of some mosaics in the Zeugma Museum have been stolen and taken to the Bowling Green State University in Ohio and called on the university's professors to return them.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ The statements in the basilica of the Smyrna Agora, the last ancient city in İzmir, reveals the historic rivalry among the ancient cities of Ephesus, Sardis and Tralleis, reports the Anatolia News Agency.

  The artifacts that have been unearthed in the Smyrna Agora, located close to İkiçeşmelik Street, one of the most crowded places in Turkey's third largest city İzmir, show that the region was the meeting point of different cultures 2,000 years ago, too.

  Previously, a crossword puzzle in the Greek language was found in the Smyrna Agora. The Greek texts in the agora have writings such as, "The Ephesians are the first in Asia," "Sardis is the biggest" or "Tralleis is the first in Asia," which reveal the rivalry among Sardis, located close to the Sart neighborhood of Manisa's Salihli, Tralleis in the north of Aydın and Ephesus in Selçuk and reveal the sweet competition among the ancient cities in the region.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ A bath used by the Seljuk sultans has been uncovered in a fort on Takkeli Mountain in Turkey's Central Anatolian province of Konya, which was once the capital of the Anatolian Seljuk state and is home to 5,000-year-old walls, cisterns and a temple, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  Takkeli Mountain, which is located within the borders of central Selçuklu district and overlooks all spots in Konya, has traces of many civilizations from the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk, Karamanid and Ottoman eras. One reason why the mountain was home to these civilizations is because it has an observation tower.

  The top of the mountain is called Gevele in ancient documents. In the western and eastern skirts of the mountain are rock tombs dating back to the Roman era.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Two 2,000-year-old granite columns dating back to the Roman era, which previously made headlines after a local used them as an apartment building decoration, were taken on July 3 to a museum in Turkey's southern province of Antalya, reports Salim Uzum of the Hürriyet daily news.

  The incident surfaced when a retired art history teacher Ertekin Kaya noticed the columns in front of the apartment and reported it on his social media account alongside a photo.

  Mr. Kaya contacted the Antalya Museum Directorate and the Culture and Tourism Ministry regarding the incident and filed a complaint.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Findings from 200,000 years ago that have been discovered during Sürmecik excavations, which were initiated after fossils found in Turkey's Aegean province of Uşak's Banaz district, are expected to shed light on the lifestyle of Neanderthal people who lived in the Paleolithic age, reports the Anatolia News Agency.

  Harun Taşkıran, the head of the Archaeology Department at Ankara University, said they found many artifacts from the Paleolithic age in the Sürmecik excavation field.

  Taşkıran said the area has become a very special field for the Aegean region and also Turkey that shed light on the Paleolithic age.

  "We have been working for two years in a field that was discovered by chance. We have so far collected some 80,000 pieces and among them 30,000 are suitable for display," he added.

  Taşkıran said that among the findings unearthed this season are a hand axe and arrow head that Neanderthals used to hunt. .

  "Previously we could only go back to the early Bronze Age in Uşak and its surroundings. There are also some places dating back to late Neolithic age. But now thanks to Sürmecik findings we have moved the history of the city back to 200,000 years ago. Sürmecik is an extraordinary place of Paleolithic findings. The Aegean region does not have any other big open-air settlement like this with so many artifacts," he added.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Kazim Perçin, a 73-year-old fisherman in Turkey's northwestern province of Çanakkale, was killed while a cannonball he was trying to cut open to extract the gunpowder inside exploded. The cannonball is thought to be from the First World War's Gallipoli campaign, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  Rural police investigating the incident later found in Perçin's home a number of historical artifacts.

  The artifacts were seized and delivered to the Çanakkale Military Museum Command and Archeology Museum in the town.


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