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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 12 August 2017

[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 12 August 2017]

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★ Turkey has detained a Russian citizen planning and drone attack on a US plane, reports the British daily The Telegraph.

  Renat Bakiev was caught scouting the area near a Turkish airbase in southern Turkey where US warplanes are stationed for war on ISIL.

  Bakiev is thought to be a member of the ISIL.

  He was also thought to be preparing to attack an Alevi center in nearby Adana. Alevis are a religious minority that are in general opposed to the rule of the ruling Justice and Development Party in Turkey.

  Bakiev was previously deported from Turkey after illegally trying to cross the Syrian border.

  No tourists at Turkish beaches

★ The German weekly Spiegel published an article titled "Can the German Turkish relationship be saved?".

  The article says that in recent months, relations between Germany and Turkey have reached a new low. German officials who were showing restraint and keeping silent to Turkish President Erdoğan's incendiary rhetoric about Germany raised their tone. They also started announcing measures that they will implement against Turkey.

  Spiegel says that Erdoğan miscalculated by increasing the confrontation. It is now affecting the Turkish economy that could threaten his power.

  Number of tourists going to Turkey is down, foreign investments are much lower. The unemployment rate has now risen to 13%, highest in seven years.

  There are currently 7000 German companies registered in Turkey, and Germany is the country's most important trading partner, Spiegel points out.

  However, members of the Turkish government, including deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Şimşek, have made clear attempts at de-escalation in recent days, reports Spiegel.

  Spiegel has some advice:

  German government needs a long-term strategy for dealing with Turkey.

  Do not call for a suspension of the European Union's accession talks with Turkey since this will eliminate all of Europe's influence over Turkey for the remainder of Erdoğan's time in office.

  The European Union could freeze the negotiations with Turkey about a broadening of the customs union. The German government could make concessions from Turkey on human rights issues a precondition for talks.

  Germany should support Turkey in visa liberalization for Turks to travel to Europe.

  In related news, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Saturday, August 12 that tensions with Europe was due to European domestic politics and relations with Germany would improve after Germany's parliamentary elections in September.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ The Turkish authorities had an opposition journalists who has been living in Sweden since 1980s and has Swedish Turkish dual citizenship arrested in Spain.

  According to the Agence France-Presse, Hamza Yalçın's arrest comes as alarm grows over press freedom in Turkey, with dozens of journalists detained and foreign reporters also caught up in a crackdown under the state of emergency imposed after last year's coup attempt.

  According to Turkey's state-run Anatolia News Agency, Yalçın, who writes for Odak, a left-wing online magazine critical of the government in Ankara, is wanted to appear in court in two separate cases.

  The first it says relates to insulting Turkey's president Mr. Erdoğan in his writings.

  The second relates to making "propaganda" for an unspecified "terror group", which other media outlets have identified as the extreme left Revolutionary People's Liberation Party, also designated a "terrorist organization" by the United States and European Union.

  Media rights groups and Sweden have asked Spain to release Yalçın

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on August 11 called on the U.S. and North Korea to act with reason after both countries issued mutual threats of attack, prompting fears of possible nuclear warfare, reports the Anatolia News Agency.

  Mr. Çavuşoğlu, speaking to reporters during a visit to Antalya, said: "A showdown over nuclear weapons is not a children's game."

  Mr. Çavuşoğlu strongly condemned the nuclear tests and said Turkey supported the UN decision.

  Read more at >> here <<

  Bülent Tezcan, Republican People's party deputy chair

★ Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu on August 11 accused the ruling Justice and Development Party of launching a "smear campaign" against him in an attempt to obscure a Justice and Development Party member's controversial remarks on "founding a new state."

  "Their aim is to take the Justice and Development Party member Ayhan Oğan's remarks off the agenda. This is why they are hitting [me] below the belt," Mr. Kılıçdaroğlu told Turkish daily Hürriyet.

  Following the Republican People's Party head's interview with the German magazine Focus published on August 5, the Justice and Development Party intensified its criticism against him, accusing the Republican People's Party leader of acting as "the mouthpiece of foreign lobbies operating against Turkey."

  Mr. Kılıçdaroğlu allegedly told Focus that "German tourists should not visit Turkey," a statement the Republican People's Party leader denies making, demanding a correction from the magazine.

  On August 12, the parties deputy chair Bulent Tezcan also denied comments attributed to Mr. Kilicdaroglu.

  "He [Mr. Kılıçdaroğlu] says in all speeches that there is no life and property safety in Turkey under the state of emergency conditions," Mr. Bulent Tezcan said.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Turkish Airlines CEO Bilal Ekşi stated in a tweet on August 9 that a round trip from Istanbul's Sabiha Gökçen Airport on the Asian side to Jerusalem agencies would be priced at $159 at contracted.

  The move came after citizens launched a social media campaign demanding a discount for flights to Jerusalem using the hashtag "#ThyKudüseİndirimYap" (Turkish Airlines make a discount to Jerusalem).

  Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had also called on all Muslims to visit the al-Aqsa Mosque complex if they had the opportunity, in a move to show solidarity after recent tensions between Israelis and Palestinians.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ The business volume of Turkish construction companies worldwide reached approximately $220 billion during the last 10 years, according to data from the Economy Ministry on Friday, reports the Anatolia News Agency.

  Turkish construction companies ranked second in the world after China, taking up 4,152 projects overseas between 2008 and 2017.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announced Friday that it issued a five-year loan of $55 million to QNB Finansbank to expand its banking services to female entrepreneurs in Turkey, reports the Anatolia News Agency.

  The bank said that the new loan brought the total EBRD financing for the Women in Business program in Turkey to $354 million. Since 2015 almost 6200 Turkish women received financing through the program. Almost 4000 female entrepreneurs and managers have also benefited from nonfinancial services to develop their businesses, including advisory support from qualified local consultants and international experts, the bank said.


★ The renowned event organizer Kaya Event is organized a new Turkish singing competition named "Reflect Your Light", reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  The judges are actress Zuhal Olcay, veteran musician Cahit Berkay, music video director Nihat Odabaşı, and music manager and event planner Selçuk Kaya.

  The top 16 talents chosen from nearly 1,300 entries, performed in the competition on the weekend at Istanbul's Marmara Forum shopping mall.

  There are now eight semifinalists in the competition which will remain open for votes until August 20 at

  The winner of the competition will have the opportunity to sing together with Olcay, sing a song composed by Berkay, and take part in a music video shot by Odabaşı. Kaya Event will be the winner's manager.

  The finale will be held on August 26 at Marmara Forum with the top six competitors.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi gave a glimpse of his quick rise to stardom to his fans in Antalya with a performance on the night of August 8, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  Making a guest appearance on the stage of DJ Gianluca Vacchi at Regnum Carya Resort in Belek, Fonsi sang "Despacito," which has already made its mark in 2017 twice amid major fanfare.

  After being the first song since "Macarena" in 1996 to make it atop the Billboard Hot 100"and spending 13 weeks there"the video of the song featuring another Puerto Rican artist Daddy Yankee surpassed 3 billion views on YouTube in 203 days, and earned its place as the most popular video of all time last week.

  This is Fonsi's first visit to Turkey.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ A senior Turkish government official has denied reports that Turkey will end its protest against the Eurovision song contest and return to the competition in 2018.

  "There is no such a thing at this moment," Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ told journalists in the Turkish capital Ankara on August 7.

  Bozdağ is responsible for the state-run Turkish Radio and Television Corporation, a member of the European Broadcasting Union that organizes the song contest in Europe.

  Turkey has not participated in Eurovision since 2012 in protest at changes in the contest's voting system that introduced a 50/50 jury and televoting deliberation, as well as the "Big Five" rule that allows Spain, Italy, the U.K., France and Germany to automatically qualify every year for the final.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Findings unearthed at the ancient city of Stratonikeia in Turkey's southwestern province of Muğla, as well as the structures to be restored there, are being revived through special drawings made by an excavation painter.

  Aydın Erkuş, who is working as an excavation painter in the ancient city, said he has also been working on the restoration of old Greek and Ottoman residences in Istanbul's Beyoğlu district. Among his work in Istanbul is the restoration of the Osman Hamdi Bey Mansion back in 2007, and since then he has been working on architectural restoration projects as an excavation painter.

  According to Greek historian Strabo, Stratonikeia was founded by the Seleucid king Antiochus I Soter (281"261 BC), naming it after his wife Stratonice .

  Read more at >> here <<

★ A road dating back to 2,000 years ago has been unearthed during the excavations in the ancient city of Aigai in Turkey's western province of Manisa, reports the Anatolia news agency.

  "The road starts from the Aegean coast and was used 2,000 years ago between İzmir and Manisa. When we removed the earth, we found a nearly 55-kilometer road. It is interesting that the road is in good condition like it was in the past. Our examinations have revealed that water canals were constructed under the road against possible floods. We have also seen that engravings had been made on the road to prevent horses from slipping in the winter months," he said.

  The head of the excavations, Celal Bayar University Archaeology Department professor Yusuf Sezgin said Aigai is one of 12 cities in western Anatolia. He said that excavations have been continuing in the city since 2004, revealing civil and social life in the city.

  Especially in the Hellenistic era after the third century, the city was an economic and cultural center of attraction in the region with the support of the Pergamum Kingdom, said Sezgin.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Iran has announced that it will return a 629-year-old bell, which is on display at the Anthropology Museum in the country, to the St. Mary Church in Turkey's eastern province of Van.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Klazomenai, a Roman ancient city, discovered during the Liman Tepe excavations, is set to serve as an archeopark after excavations end, reports the Anatolia news agency.

  The city was detected as spots in the sea in Urla on aerial photos. The spots later turned out to be the ruins of the ancient city of Klazomenai. Later on, underwater works were initiated under the coordination of Ankara University Research Center for Maritime Archaeology, finding the ruins of settlements from 7th century B.C. to the Roman era.

  Works that have been ongoing since 2000 in the archaic port of Liman Tepe have revealed that settlement existed there for nearly 6,500 years.

  As for the sunken city, the works have recently started to unearth the Roman city, which is estimated to have collapsed in an earthquake in 1,000 B.C.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Zindan (dungeon) Gate, which was built in the Bithynia Kingdom 2,500 years ago, has been unearthed in Turkey's northwestern province of Bursa and is set to open to visitors next year, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  Restoration work has been ongoing at Zindan Gate, located in the last part of Bursa's dungeons in the Alacahırka neighborhood. The dungeon is made up of a "bloody well," "torture room" and "corridors connected to the tower."

  Bursa Metropolitan Mayor Recep Altepe says that now the entire city walls are being unearthed and are being restored, which were invisible 15 years ago.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Turkey's Zeugma Mosaic Museum is aiming to increase the number of visitors with its newly opened section, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  The museum holds the title of being the world's largest mosaic museum. It was opened six years ago on an area of 300,000 square feet.

  It hosts nearly 30,000 square feet of mosaics rescued from the ancient city of Zeugma before it was partially inundated by a new dam.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ The excavations that have been carried out in Karkamış, lying along the borders of Turkey and Syria, have unearthed 250 kiln bullae (impression seals), for the first time this year.

  The bullae were used by top state officials in the Hittite Empire.

  The seals will be examined to find out about the goods and materials they are related to to shed light on the administration of the city.

  The deputy head of the excavations Dr. Hasan Peker says that excavations started uncovering written documents such as the bullae dating back to the second half of the early Bronze Age.

  The written documents contained name of many officials who were identified for the first time.

  Excavation work in Karkamış is headed by Italy's Bologna University Archaeology Department Professor Nicolo Marchetti with the assistance of Professors Peker, Refik Duru and Belkıs Dinçol at Istanbul University and Professor Mustafa Özakça at Gaziantep University who are the scientific consultants of the excavations.

  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:        95/68 Mostly Sunny
Antalya, on the Mediterranean:    90/81 Mostly Sunny
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 91/73 Mostly Sunny
Izmir, on the Aegean:             99/77 Mostly Sunny
Trabzon, on the Black Sea:        86/79 Showers
Erzurum, in Eastern Turkey:       90/59 Mostly Sunny
See water temperatures:
Black Sea measured at Trabzon         80
Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdağ      78
Aegean Sea measured at İzmir          80
Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 86


★ At the London 2017 IAAF World Championship, Turkish sprinter Ramil Guliyev broke a record established by Usain Bolt in 2009 and the new world 200 m champion. Guliyev ran the course in 20.09 seconds, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  Guliyev was born in Azerbaijan and became a Turkish citizen in 2011.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Yasmani Copello Escobar, another naturalized Turkish citizen originally from Cuba, received a silver medal in the men's 400 m hurdles in London. Escobar finished in a time of 48.49 seconds behind Norway's Karsten Warhol who took gold in 48.35 seconds.

★ Also in London, the Turkish team rose to the finals in 4x100 relay race. Other finalists are US, Japan and Great Britain.


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