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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 16 September 2017

[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 16 September 2017]

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★ Turkish police detained Celal Çelik, the official lawyer of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, in the Turkish capital Ankara as a part of an investigation into the Gülen network, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  The Pennsylvania-based cleric Fethullah Gülen and his followers are blamed to be behind the failed coup of last year.

  Ironically news agencies report that Mr. Çelik resigned from the high court of appeals in 2011 to protest the domination of the Gülenist judges in the court.

  In addition to prosecuting many of Gülen followers, the ruling Justice and Development Party administration is said to be jailing its political opponents by claiming that they are either members or supporters of the Gülen network.

★ Speaking of the Gülen network, Turkey's deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ said that the Gülenists are using US judiciary as a tool against Turkey, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  He was referring to the recent indictment by US prosecutors who charged Zafer Çağlayan, a former Turkish minister of economy, with conspiring to violate US sanctions against Iran.

  Three other Turkish nationals are also being sought by US prosecutors. The Turkish Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab and a Turkish banker are already in jail in the US.

★ Dorian Jones of the Voice of America reports that Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim warned Friday that the Iraqi Kurdish plan to hold an independence referendum was a "grave mistake." Iraqi Kurdistan regional President Masoud Barzani has called for the referendum on September 25 in the semi-autonomous area.

  Turkey, which borders the Iraqi Kurdish region, has strong ties with Mr. Barzani.

  The warning was followed by Turkey's first direct threat. "We don't want to impose sanctions, but, if we arrive at that point, there are steps that have been already planned that Turkey can take," Mr. Yildirim added.

  Turkey, with its own restive Kurdish minority, that mainly borders Iraqi Kurdistan, fears an independent Kurdish state could fuel similar secessionist demands, the Voice of America article adds.

  The US also opposes the independence vote.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Speaking of Kurds, Turkey lashed out at Belgium on September 15, accusing it of being a "weak link" in the fight against terrorism after a Belgian court ruled that an outlawed Kurdish group could not be prosecuted for terrorist activities, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  The group is alleged to be members of the rebel Turkish Kurd organization Kurdistan Workers Party. The court said that "an armed campaign cannot be considered as an act of terror".

  The Kurdistan Workers Party is on a list of terrorist groups in Turkey, the European Union, and the United States.

★ Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has rejected President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's recent suggestion that he is acting "in line with terror organizations".

  Mr. Kılıçdaroğlu claimed that Mr. Erdoğan himself aided and abetted terrorist organizations, and he asked the president himself to open a legal case against him.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has urged his ruling Justice and Development Party's local mayors to pull out all the stops for triple elections in 2019, stressing that they should mainly target the presidential and parliamentary polls due in November 2019, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  Observers say that after a very narrow margin in the constitutional referendum earlier in this year, Mr. Erdoğan is campaigning very hard and early for elections two years away.

★ Turkey, Russia and Iran agreed Friday to a deal that will see the countries work together to police a de-escalation zone in Syria's Idlib province for the next six months, according to a joint statement issued by the three countries following talks in Kazakhstan, reports the Voice of America .

  The three nations also agreed to set up a coordination center to monitor the implementation of other de-escalation zones around Syria during the latest round of peace talks in Astana. Representatives from both the Syrian government and the rebel groups also attended.

  Idlib, which borders Turkey, was captured in 2015 by an alliance of jihadists and rebels.

★ As we have reported to you some weeks ago, Germany cautioned its citizens about traveling to Turkey. This week Reuters reported that Turkey issued a statement cautioning Turkish citizens about traveling to Germany.

  The Deutsche Welle in an opinion article called the Turkish warning a "divergent tactic, an attempt to cover up the human rights situation in Turkey itself".

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

★ According to Reuters, on Monday a Turkish court refused to release five opposition journalists from jail. The journalists are from the Cumhuriyet newspaper.

  Turkish prosecutors say that the daily was taken over by Fethullah Gülen supporters.

  "The charges are ridiculous, the case does not make sense," said Steven Ellis of the International Press Institute, who attended Monday's hearing.

  Read more at >> here <<

  ★To conclude our news today here are a few other headlines:

  - September 8: Amid rising German-Turkish diplomatic tensions, Ankara has allowed seven German lawmakers to visit German servicemen deployed at Turkey's Konya NATO airbase. Read more at >> here <<

  - September 13: European Union Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker rules out Turkish membership in the bloc for foreseeable future in his annual state of the union address. Read more at >> here <<

  - September 14: US-Turkey tensions escalate over Turkey's Russian missile deal. The multibillion-dollar missile purchase has dealt another blow to deeply strained relations with the United States, which spent months lobbying against the deal. Read more at >> here <<

  - September 14: In the Turkish capital, Ankara, the trial of two educators charged with terrorism has started. The defendants have been on a hunger strike for more than five months to protest their firing as part of a government crackdown after last year's failed coup. Their hunger strike and trial have become a focal point of government opposition. Read more at >> here <<


★ Renowned Turkish actress Sibel Kekilli, who had also starred in popular series Game of Thrones, has prevented her Instagram account to be seen by social media users in Turkey following "threats and messages containing sexual harassment" coming from the country, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Algerian singer Souad Massi was one of the performers on September 14 in Istanbul at the clarinet Festival, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  Dubbed as the best North African musician in the world, Massi presented her latest album "El-Mutakallimun," released in 2015, influenced by Arabic poetry, and her peaceful songs that extend beyond borders. Serkan Çağrı, the festival's art director, also attended the concert.

  Follow this link to see an interview with Massi.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ A unique earthenware puppet dating from around 1,500 years B.C. is on exhibition in the Medusa Glass Artifacts Museum in the eastern province of Gaziantep, reports the Doğan News Agency.

  The museum authorities stated the earthenware puppet was a rare and unique artifact with no other one in Turkey.

  "The Greek era puppet baby made from fired earthenware draws great attention from visitors in our museum.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Mehmet Ali Şulan, 31, from Turkey's Cizre district in the southeastern province of Şırnak shared the stage with British singer Anne Marie to sing along to her famous song "Rockabye" in Istanbul late on September 9, reports Neşe İdil of the Hürriyet Daily News.

  Şulan previously came to prominence when videos of him singing along with Anne Marie through a mobile karaoke application called "Smule" became viral on the internet.

  "It was sort of a miracle for me to be able to make it to Istanbul. She had sent me a message, but I didn't see it because I wasn't online for two days. My friends told me about the invitation. I got on the plane at the last minute. I guess luck was on my side," Şulan said.

  "I was natural on stage. I appeared on stage with the same clothing I got off with from the plane," he added.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ The 15th Istanbul Biennial "A Good Neighbor" opens to the public on September 16, reports Hatice Utkan Özden of the Hürriyet Daily News. This year's biennial explores the concept of "home" and how it has changed over the years. The theme also aims to discover how people protect and express their identities within their living environments.

  Each work in the biennial has a story, and these works also discover how homes function next to each other. The curators Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset have created the term "a good neighbor" to steer the focus away from home as a dwelling and design and toward a focus on people living side-by-side.

  Elmgreen and Dragset have also tried to emphasize the importance of individual experiences within the broad theme of the biennial.

  Among the exhibits are:

  Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe's "Scenario in the Shade", a multi-space installation and film that addresses the idea of creating communities and neighborhoods.

  "Afro Kismet" by Fred Wilson, emphasizes the inclusion and exclusion of communities throughout history.

  Aude Pariset's work "Toddler Promession" is created with an IKEA bed and monitor worms and prompts questions about urban ecology and hope for the future. Worms are known to live off the Styrofoam (a non-biodegradable material) and break it down into organic matter.

  Sim Chi Yin's work "The Rat Tribe", a portrait of migrants inhabiting basements and air raid shelters made during the reign of Mao Zedong in Beijing, China.

  Alejandro Almanza Pereda's work "Horror Vacui" consists of Romantic-era landscape paintings he found in Istanbul. Pereda blocks the painting with a lump of concrete and only part of it is available to look at. With this, the artist aims to draw the viewer to an allegory: Some forces can ruin just as they build. Read more at >> here <<

  In related news, the British daily Guardian carried an article titled "Istanbul Biennial hires provocative curators, but where's the political art?"

  The curators say Biennial offers a nuanced perspective on the country, but Turkish artists admit need to censor their work, the article adds. The full text of the article is available >> here <<

★ The 12th Contemporary Istanbul started on September 14, reports the Hürriyet Daily News. It brings together leading contemporary galleries, artists and collectors from Turkey and around the world, giving a regional and international focus.

  A place to discover and rediscover significant artists, CI spreads over the 13,600 square-meter spaces of Rumeli Hall at the Lütfi Kırdar International Convention and Exhibition Center and the Istanbul Congress Center with the support of Akbank.

  In its fifth year, the Plugin New Media Section is dedicated to new media art at the intersection of science and technology.

  This section's curated exhibition titled "Natura Nova" presents new media art examining conceptions of space, time and culture and the impact that digital technology has brought, also aiming to speculate and envisage what the future may hold.

  Participating artists include Felix Luque, Memo Akten, Onformative, Ryoichi Kurokawa, Semiconductor, Joanie Lemercier, Lia, FIELD, Sougwen Chung, İdil İlkin, Aziz + Cucher and Quayola.

  This year's CI Dialogues, the fair's discussion and talk series, mainly focuses on the topic of "Movement" from the artistic perspective.

  The fair features a new sculpture exhibition, titled "The Fifth Element," at the neighboring Artists' Park, curated by Professor Hasan Bülent Kahraman.

  The fair also celebrates its 12th edition with the 12th BMW Art Car. The BMW Art Car Project dates back to 1975 when French racing driver and auctioneer Herve Poulain wanted to invite an artist to create a canvas on a car. Since then, many renowned international artists have created BMW Art Cars.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ We owe comics our ability to imagine, according to Alper Sesli, the mastermind behind the Istanbul Comics and Arts Festival, who spoke to Hürriyet Daily News on September 9 about the ideas that triggered him to initiate the festival, reports Mert Şuşut.

  This year, the 2nd Istanbul Comics and Art Festival (ICAF) was held at the Saint Joseph Association Club Quartier and Moda All Saints Church between September 8 and 10 with the participation of more than 10,000 comics lovers.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Istanbul's Arter gallery in Beyoğlu presents Turkish artist Canan's solo exhibition entitled "Behind Mount Qaf", reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  The exhibition brings together new works she had produced especially for this exhibition along with a number of earlier works, some of which have not been shown before. Unfolding across Arter's three gallery floors, "Behind Mount Qaf" constitutes a comprehensive overview of the artist's practice.

  "Behind Mount Qaf" proposes a reading of the artist's practice through the themes of "heaven", "purgatory" and "hell." Her new works focus on dualisms such as light/shadow, good/bad, internal/external, reality/imaginary, lightness/darkness, and tackle the repressed aspects of the human psyche in the form of supernatural creatures, the jinn and archetypical figures, culminating in a multidimensional, mystical, symbolic and rather enticing universe.

  The exhibition can be seen through December 24.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ In archaeological excavations last week there were some interesting finds in Turkey:

★ In the ancient city of Parion in the northwestern province of Çanakkale, the skeletons of a total of 24 people, including one child, have been unearthed from a chamber tomb, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  The remains are estimated to date back to first and third centuries.

  In addition to skeletons, there were also three tear bottles, one of which is a glass, a plate, an amphora, a pitcher, a strigil, used by ancient people to clean their bodies.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ In Turkey's Northwestern province of Balıkesir's Burhaniye district, rooms of a church dating back 800 years have been unearthed in the ancient city of Adramytteion, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ In Turkey's Northwestern province Çanakkale's Biga district, archaeologists unearthed a 2000-year-old f baby feeding bottle in the grave of an infant, reports the Anatolia News Agency.

  The baby bottles from the Roman era were made of earthenware.

★ Guided by Evliya Çelebi's "Seyahatname" (Travel Book), an excavation team in Turkey's eastern province of Erzincan's Kemah district has succeeded to unearth one of the longest water tunnels in Anatolia and a millennium-old Turkish neighborhood.

  Evliya Çelebi (1611 - 1682) was an Ottoman Explorer who traveled through the territory of the Ottoman Empire and neighboring lands over a period of 40 years, recording his commentary in his Seyahatname.

  The archaeological team reports that this year they have been working to uncover a bath in the fort.

  They also came across a furnace and Byzantine-era ceramic pieces.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ The Antalya Directorate of Surveying and Monuments has started a conservation, restoration and integration work for the Hellenistic towers in the ancient city of Perge in Turkey's southern province of Antalya, reports the Doğan News Agency.

  The ancient city dates back to third century BC.

  The restoration is expected to be completed in mid-2019.

  The theater in the ancient city is restored and will soon be open to the public.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ We reported to you last week about a small figurine called the Kilia Idol that was smuggled out of Turkey decades ago and were put on auction in New York.

  Turkish authorities took the auctioneer to court to have the statuette returned back to Turkey. We said that the judge refused the Turkish request. However, we receive some good news that this is not actually the case yet. There will be a hearing on September 25 where the lawyers representing Turkey will be presenting the Turkish case. Then the other side will make its case on October 10.

  The statuette was put on auction at an asking price of $3 million but fetched $14.5 million.

★ A Turkish fashion brand chose an unusually gory theme for its show at Istanbul Fashion Week as models stepped out covered in fake blood.

  The Bashaques show saw the women walking over "dead bodies" as they showed off the clothes - which were all bright red.

  The "wearable art" was the concept designed by Basak Cankes who attended London's Central Saint Martins college.

  According to the Daily Mail, the Turkish brand took to the runway at the Zorlu center leaving fashionistas in the audience eagerly taking photos of the supposedly frightening scenes.

  Read more at >> here <<


EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 3.44


High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey:        99/70 Mostly Sunny
Antalya, on the Mediterranean:    86/75 Mostly Sunny
Erzurum, in Eastern Turkey:       82/52 Partly Cloudy
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 86/72 Mostly Sunny
Izmir, on the Aegean:             93/72 Mostly Sunny
Trabzon, on the Black Sea:        81/72 Mostly Sunny
See water temperatures:
Black Sea measured at Trabzon         78
Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdağ      74
Aegean Sea measured at İzmir          75
Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 81



Premiere League

* Results for week: 3
Kasımpaşa       -      Beşiktaş        2 - 2
Karabük Sp      -      Başakşehir      3 - 1
Bursa Sp        -      Alanya Sp       3 - 2
Sivas Sp        -      Malatyaspor     2 - 0
Osmanlı Sp      -      G. Saray        1 - 3
Kayseri Sp      -      Göztepe         1 - 0
Antalya Sp      -      Akhisar Sp      2 - 2
Fenerbahçe      -      Trabzon Sp      2 - 2
Konya Sp        -      G. Birliği      3 - 0
* In games played so far this weekend:
Kayseri Sp      -      Antalya Sp      2 - 0
Malatyaspor     -      Bursa Sp        2 - 4
G. Saray        -      Kasımpaşa       2 - 0
Akhisar Sp      -      Karabük Sp      2 - 1
Osmanlı Sp      -      Sivas Sp        2 - 4
Başakşehir      -      Trabzon Sp      2 - 2
* Standing in the league as of week ending 4
  1 - G. Saray        10
  2 - Beşiktaş        10
  3 - Başakşehir      9
  4 - Kasımpaşa       7
  5 - Trabzon Sp      7
  6 - Göztepe         7
  7 - Kayseri Sp      7
  8 - Akhisar Sp      7
  9 - Bursa Sp        6
 10 - Karabük Sp      5
 11 - Fenerbahçe      5
 12 - Alanya Sp       4
 13 - Malatyaspor     4
 14 - Konya Sp        3
 15 - Antalya Sp      3
 16 - Sivas Sp        3
 17 - Osmanlı Sp      1
 18 - G. Birliği      1


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