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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 09 September 2017

[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 09 September 2017]

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★ A "pirate" website for the online encyclopedia Wikipedia has been launched in Turkey, five months after the website was banned in the country, reports Ahmet Can of the Hürriyet Daily News.

  With its domain name registered in the capital Ankara, the mirror website "" contains all the content of Wikipedia in both English and Turkish.

  "Wikipedia provides an open-source environment. For that reason, all the content can be copied and used.

  The new "pirate" website also contains the content on weapons-loaded Syria-bound Turkish intelligence agency trucks that led to its access ban in Turkey.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ An Istanbul court sentenced Abdullah Çakıroğlu on Sept. 7 to three years and 10 months in prison for kicking a young woman for wearing "inappropriate clothes" on a public bus, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  The Istanbul 40th Court of First Instance said in its ruling the sentence was given on charges of "prohibiting the freedom of belief and opinion," "deliberate injury" and "insult."

  Read more at >> here <<

★ U.S. prosecutors have charged on September 6 former Turkish economy minister Zafer Çağlayan and Süleyman Aslan, former general manager of state-owned Halkbank, with conspiring to evade U.S. sanctions against Iran, with a Turkish minister defending his predecessor.

  The U.S. indictment broadens a case targeting Turkish-Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab, who is still in prison in the U.S.

  Turkey's president Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said he believed U.S. authorities had "ulterior motives" in prosecuting Zarrab.

  Mr. Zarrab was the prime suspect in a corruption and bribery probe involving the Turkish government that went public late in December, 2013. He was accused of being the ringleader of a money laundering and gold smuggling ring in Turkey that circumvented the U.S. sanctions on Iran.

  The charges were dismissed after Turkish prosecutors investigating the case were accused by the ruling Justice and Development Party and then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of plotting against the government and were removed from their posts.

  Mr. Çağlayan and three other former cabinet members - European Union Minister Egemen Bağış Interior Minister Muammer Güler and Urban Planning Minister Erdoğan Bayraktar - were suspects in the probe before their cases were dropped.

  Mr. Erdoğan and the Justice and Development Party accused the followers of the U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen of using the case to plot against the government.

  Many Gülenist suspects, including the 2013 probe's prosecutor Zekeriya Öz, fled Turkey after the failed coup attempt in July, 2016.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ A party established by Turks in Germany is using Turkey's president's posters in campaign for the German federal elections on September 24.

  The poster echoes recent remarks by President Erdoğan in which he called on Turkish-Germans to "not vote for the enemies of Turkey."

  The AD-D has also prepared a video of Erdoğan's speech translated in German.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ European Union member countries are presenting a divided picture on whether to continue full membership talks with Turkey, after German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed to call her European partners to either suspend or end Ankara's bid to join the 29-member club, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  Strongest opposition to Merkel's call came from Paris, as President Emmanuel Macron stated that ties with Turkey should continue despite the fact that the Turkish government has failed to meet EU democratic and human rights norms of late.

  Austria and Netherlands side with Germany. Estonia, Finland and Lithuania are against breaking off ties and side with France.

  In related news, Turkey's president has called on the European Union on September 6 to explicitly say if it does not want Turkey as a full member, describing German politicians' "anti-Turkey stances" as an implementation of "Nazism and fascism" , reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty on September 6 was not permitted to visit in Istanbul the organization's Turkey director İdil Eser, who was jailed on "terrorism" charges two months ago, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  Speaking to Turkish daily Cumhuriyet while returning from the prison, Mr. Shetty described the charges directed against Ms. Eser and other rights activists as "absurd," saying they had been targeted over their human rights works.

  Mr. Shetty said Turkey "deserved better" in terms of human rights, adding that it was "unacceptable" for innocent people to be deprived of their freedom regardless of the political motives behind such arrests.

  Ms. Eser and seven other activists and two foreign trainers were detained on July 5 during a digital security and information management workshop on Istanbul's Büyükada Island.

  An Istanbul court later ordered the arrest of the eight activists on accusations "aiding a terror group," while the other two were released with a judicial control order and banned from traveling abroad.

  Earlier in June, Amnesty International's Turkey chair, Taner Kılıç, was also arrested on charges of having links to the Gülen network, widely believed to have been behind the failed July 15, 2016 coup attempt.

★ Turkish authorities have returned novelist Aslı Erdoğan's passport and she is expected to travel to Europe soon to pick up her multiple literary awards, more than two months after her travel ban was lifted, her lawyer said on September 8, reports Agence France-Presse.

  She was arrested last summer and kept in jail for 132 days on charges of carrying out "terror propaganda" in a probe into the now-closed daily Özgür Gündem. Turkish authorities say that the daily was a mouthpiece for the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Şerif Mardin, a well-known Turkish sociologist and political scientist, passed away aged 90 on September 6 in Istanbul, reports the Anatolia News Agency.

  Born in Istanbul in 1927, Dr. Mardin received his Bachelor's degree in political science from the Stanford University in 1948. He then went on to Johns Hopkins University for his graduate studies where he got his Master's degree in international relations in 1950. He then went back to Stanford and got his PhD degree in political science in 1958.

  Throughout his academic career, Mr. Mardin worked at Ankara, Boğaziçi and Sabancı universities in Turkey, and was also the chair of Islamic Studies at the American University in Washington for 10 years.

  His works mostly deal with the modernization of Turkey, its socio-political transformation as well as politics and religion, mainly focusing on the late Ottoman and early republican period of Turkey.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ New shelters are being searched for bald ibises in a bid to take them under protection as they are at risk of extinction, reports the Hürriyet Daily News. The birds live only in Turkey's southeastern province of Şanlıurfa's Birecik district.

  Works have been carried out in the Bald Ibis Reproduction Station, established by Turkey's Forestry and Water Affairs Ministry in 1977 for the reproduction of these birds.

  The reproduction station releases the bald ibises to their natural environment when the reproduction season starts in the spring months. They are confined to cages again in migration season to prevent them from dying during migration.

  The number of bald ibises reached 245 this year with 47 newborns .

  Read more at >> here <<


★ The first international hip hop culture meeting in Turkey, the Free Flow Festival, will bring together living legends of the hip hop world with hip hop lovers at Istanbul's KüçükÇiftlik Park on September 30, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  The lineup consists of prominent Turkish and American MCs, dancers and graffiti artists who will showcase their talents.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Australian rapper Iggy Azalea will be in Turkey for the first time on Oct. 21 at Istanbul's Küçükçiftlik Park, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  Her debut album, "The New Classic," came out in April 2014, peaking among the top five of several charts worldwide and received generally mixed reviews. It also won her four Grammy nominations.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ The Istanbul Jazz Festival will bring American bass genius Marcus Miller to his fans in Istanbul once again, while preparing for its 25th year, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  Miller will take the stage on October 21.

  Miller has worked with world stars such as Miles Davis, Michael Jackson, Herbie Hancock, Mariah Carey, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin and Elton John.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ On September 9, Istanbul's Akbank Sanat will open its new season with an exhibition titled "Black Noise," curated by Ekmel Ertan and Işın Önol, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  The exhibition explores the complex relationship between sound and silence, focusing on the transformation, function, poetry, occasional meaninglessness, and occasional power of sound as a means of artistic expression in various different spheres.

  The exhibit features seven artists from Turkey and abroad.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ The 15th Istanbul Biennial, titled "A Good Neighbor" and curated by the artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, will take place from September 16 to November 12, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  The biennial will be located in the heart of Istanbul, and can be visited free of charge at six venues within walking distance of each other. It will bring together a variety of artworks dealing with different notions of home and neighborhood.

  The two works from the biennial, Alejandro Almanza Pereda's work and Burçak Bingöl's ceramic cameras, can already be viewed.

  Mexican artist Pereda's work at the Pera Museum is one of the landscape paintings that the he found from flea shops in Istanbul and covered with concrete.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ A 2,000-year-old ancient Roman theater in Turkey's northwestern province of Bursa's İznik district is regaining its unique identity during excavation and reorganization works, reports the Anatolia News Agency.

  Iznik is a significant historical center with traces of the Seljuk, Eastern Roman and Ottoman civilizations.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Some sad news: A 2,500-year-old mausoleum in Turkey's southern province of Antalya has become the victim of vandalism, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  Considered one of the symbolic mausoleums of the Lycian era, the mausoleum, located in the Gölova neighborhood, 12 kilometers away from the Elmalı district, had classical-age paintings and Byzantine-era decorations. However, the inside and outside walls of the structure have been scraped off and covered with graffiti.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ According to a court order the Kilia Idol, a 23-centimeter statuette that has been smuggled from Turkey, will not be returned to Turkey a judge ruled, since the Turkish authorities were too late in taking action, Özgen Acar of the Hürriyet daily news reports.

  On April 14 Turkish daily Cumhuriyet wrote that the 5000 year-old marble female figure will be put up for sale by New York's Christies at an auction. The idol had an estimated sale price of $3 million but it found a buyer for $14.5 million.

  "In 1966, Tennis Hall of Fame Inductee Alastair B. Martin bought the idol and sold it to the Merrin Gallery. Then it was included in the Guennol Collection. It was displayed at the New York Metropolitan Museum and information was published in the catalog. In 1989 and 1997, it was reported by Turkish journalist Özgen Acar. Despite all of this, the Turkish Culture Ministry did not take a step and timed out," the judge said.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ This year's archaeological excavations in the ancient city of Zeugma has unearthed bronze pieces from the clothing of legion units, silver and iron materials, rings, fibulas, ceramics, ivory and bone needles and frescoes, with experts saying excavations in the ancient site may last a century, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.  Zeugma lies on the banks of the Euphrates river and is famous for the Gypsy Girl Mosaic.

  The excavation team is currently working in a Roman Villa.

  With its position on the Euphrates River, Zeugma was a Hellenistic and Roman city that served as a bridge and gateway for many civilizations. The city was established around 300 BC by Seleucus I Nicator, one of Alexander the Great's generals. It was conquered and 64 BC by the Romans.

  During the Roman rule, the city hosted a Roman legion.

  Some of the excavations at the site were supported by the Packard Humanities Institute of Los Altos.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Ancient life and traditions on the Giresun Island are being examined in archaeological excavations carried out in a monastery complex on the Black Sea island, reputed as a significant religious center in the Byzantine era, reports the Anatolia News Agency.

  The Giresun Island is famous for myths like the Argonauts, including Hercules, who came to the island to find the Golden Fleece under the leadership of Jason. Excavations there were initiated in 2011 and have been continuing since then.

  This year's excavation work concentrated on the largest structures of the island: a church, tower and monastery, and six tombs.

  The tombs contained remains buried with Byzantine traditions.

  Among the finds this year are remnants of mosaics from the church. Some of the mosaics I also thought to be from a palace under the church.

  During excavations the traces of foundations of other structures were also unearthed.

  Read more at >> here <<


EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 3.41


High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey:        91/57 Mostly Sunny
Antalya, on the Mediterranean:    91/75 Mostly Sunny
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 86/45 Mostly Sunny
Izmir, on the Aegean:             95/70 Mostly Sunny
Trabzon, on the Black Sea:        81/68 Partly Cloudy
Erzurum, in Eastern Turkey:       86/45 Mostly Sunny
See water temperatures:
Black Sea measured at Trabzon         78
Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdağ      75
Aegean Sea measured at İzmir          77
Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 83



★ Turkey's national soccer team beat Serbia 1 to 0 on September 5 in a game played in Eskişehir Turkey. The game was part of 2018 FIFA World Cup European qualifiers.
  The national team lost to Ukraine to 2 to 0 in the same qualifiers on September 2 in a game played in Kharkiv, Ukraine.


★ Turkish national basketball team lost 80-74 to Serbia on September 4 night in a EuroBasket 2017 Group D match played in Istanbul.

  It was Serbia's second victory in its third game in the group.

  In its three games so far, Turkey has only defeated Great Britain on September 4. Every team plays five games at the group level to advance to the final phase, with the first four teams in the six-team groups advancing to the Round of 16.

  In its next Group D battle, Turkey will face Belgium on September 5 night, where a victory would be a great morale-booster for the host team before the final match of the group phase.

  The FIBA EuroBasket 2017 group stage is being held in Istanbul, the Finnish capital Helsinki, Tel Aviv, Israel, and the northwestern Romanian city of Cluj.

  The tournament will end on September 17 with its final match in Istanbul.
  In related news, Turkey lost 89-79 to Latvia on September 7 in Istanbul's Ülker Arena, finishing Group D in fourth spot.


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