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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 23 September 2017

[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 23 September 2017]

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★ The Turkish president was in New York this week to attend the United Nations assembly.

  According to the National Public Radio, afterwards President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan addressed a group of Turkish Americans in New York at a hotel.

  As Mr. Erdoğan was speaking a small group of protesters started shouting.

  As shouting continued and security personnel grappled with protesters, Mr. Erdoğan paused onstage before blaming the interruption on "a few impertinent hall terrorists."

  The protesters were eventually forced out of the event - but not before being roughed up, the National Public Radio reports.

  When Erdoğan visited Washington, D.C., in May, protesters gathered at the ambassador's residence, and the situation devolved into an altercation with the Turkish leader's bodyguards - who were seen on video pushing past D.C. police to attack protesters, nine of whom were left injured.

  In June, Washington's Metropolitan Police issued 18 arrest warrants over the incident. The list of suspects included 12 Turkish security officials.

★ Mr. Erdoğan was also interviewed by the PBS news hour host Judy Woodruff. In his interview Erdoğan defended his actions after the coup attempt of last year.

  He also said that Turkey is planning to buy Russian arms, because its NATO partners won't sell them any.

  The US Congress withdrew a proposal allowing Turkish guards to buy $1.2 million in American-made weapons after his security guards were filmed beating protesters outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington, D.C., on May 16.

  Likewise Germany put on hold selling weapons to Turkey due to the deteriorating human rights situation.

★ According to the British daily The Sun, a ban on passengers carrying laptops and other electronic devices in hand luggage on flights from several Turkish airports to Britain has been lifted.

  The US has already lifted the ban several weeks ago.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ According to the Washington Post reporters Zakaria Zakaria and Louisa Loveluck, a prominent Syrian activist and her journalist daughter were found dead in their Istanbul apartment late Thursday.

  Police discovered the bodies of 60-year-old Orouba Barakat and 23-year-old Hala Barakat, a U.S. citizen, after friends and family in Turkey and Syria raised the alarm following several days without contact.

  Orouba Barakat was an outspoken member of the Syrian National Coalition, an opposition body that has taken part in internationally brokered peace talks with President Bashar al-Assad's government.

  Hala Barakat, who was raised in Raleigh, N.C., was a well-regarded journalist with the opposition outlet Orient TV.

  In Istanbul, the residents of the neighborhood that the two died implicated the Syrian government.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ The Turkish parliament on Sept. 23 approved the extension of a mandate permitting the government to deploy troops to Iraq and Syria for another year, just two days before the scheduled referendum to be held by the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ According to the Associated Press, 15 migrants on a boat that sank in the Black Sea off the coast of Turkey died.

★ Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbaş on Sept. 22 announced that he was stepping down from his post, which he had held for the past 13 years, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  The resignation follows disputes in the municipality administration, after Mr. Topbaş vetoed five previously agreed zoning amendments on the grounds that they would damage the municipal council.

  The amendments were then approved once again without changes with the votes of the council members from the Justice and Development Party, of which were Mr. Topbaş is a member.

  According to Associated Press, there are also reports that he fell from grace after his son-in-law was arrested last year for alleged ties to the movement led by U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gülen, whom Turkey blames for the 2016 failed coup.

  Mr. Topbaş said that he will keep his membership with the Justice and Development Party.

★ According to Bloomberg reporters Julie Johnsson and Alexandra Stratton, Turkish airlines said it intends to purchase 40 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, a long- awaited deal that signals the carrier's rebound following at terrorist attack on its Istanbul hub last year.

  The airline already has 75 Boeing 737 Max jets on order.

  The deal is valued at $11 billion. The Dreamliners are made from carbon composite materials.

  With the Dreamliner agreement, Boeing also pledged to work with the Turkish government to accelerate the growth of the country's aerospace industry, Bloomberg adds.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ In international arbitration, Pakistan is ordered to pay $800 million to a Turkish firm that was supposed to generate electricity on three boats, reports the Pakistani English language daily The Dawn.

  Pakistani authorities confiscated the boats of the Turkish company in 2012.

  Read more at >> here <<

Economy in headlines:

  - Turkey's Central Bank expects economic growth to remain robust in the third quarter following a 5.1 percent growth rate in the second quarter.

  - The U.S. dollar rose sharply against the Turkish Lira late on Sept. 20 after the Federal Reserve unveiled plans to wind down its crisis-era stimulus and hinted at another interest rate hike before the end of the year.

  - The richest top 20 percent in Turkey received 47 percent of total income in 2016, marking a slight increase from the previous year, according to Turkish Statistical Institute figures.

  - The number of newly established companies in Turkey soared by 47.46 percent year-on-year to reach 6,593 in August, the Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges said in a report released on Sept. 18.

  - Trade ties between Turkey and Israel increased even during times of diplomatic tension, and a developing diamond business is contributing hundreds of millions of U.S. dollars to this trade, according to Shai Cohen, Israel's outgoing consul general to Istanbul.

  - A new Manhattan-based Turkish Trade Center has opened on Sept. 21. Turkish companies that do not have the ability to open branches by themselves can operate in foreign markets through trade centers like the one in New York, Turkey's economy Minister Nihat Zeybekçi said.


★ The 16th Filmekimi (which means "Film October"), organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, will be bringing cinephiles in seven different cities together with outstanding films between Sept. 29 and Oct. 8, reports the Hürriyet Daily News. The festival will travel to six more cities during October.

  Organizing screenings outside of Istanbul since 2011, Filmekimi will continue to present the best and most up-to-date films of the year to movie lovers in different cities of Turkey, outreaching Istanbul.

  Filmekimi's closing concert will be given by Cümbüş Cemaat at Salon İKSV on Oct. 8. Cümbüş Cemaat is a band inspired by Balkan music, including rembetiko. It will be joined by Melik Şah from Baba Zula.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ The Istanbul Modern Cinema will present a film program to run parallel to the 15th Istanbul Biennial, which takes "a good neighbor" as its theme, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  Based on the notion of neighborhood, the program looks at our ways of sharing the same locality.

  In addition to many foreign films, the first two episodes of the Turkish series "Perihan Abla" will be screened. The Turkish Radio and Television Corporation brought to Turkish television screens the sense of a neighborhood community with "Perihan Abla", which was on the verge of extinction even in 1986 when the series was shot.

★ The premiere of a documentary on the global 1968 student protests, titled "Generacija '68" (Generation '68), was held at the SALT Galata Auditorium on Sept. 21, the International Day of Peace, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  Focusing on the social upheavals that occurred in 1968 in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, the documentary traces the movement's impact on future generations.

★ An exhibition by speculative Australian architect, artist and filmmaker Liam Young, "New Romance" is on view at Istanbul's Studio-X through November 3, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  Presenting three new short fiction films, "In the Robot Skies" (2016), "Where the City Can't See" (2016), and the debut of "Renderlands" (2017), the exhibition charts Young's recent explorations of cinematic narrative as a form of architectural presentation and design. The three films are screened in a loop in a movie theater built for the occasion inside the gallery.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Mercan Dede, also known as DJ Arkın Allen, spun his original mixes at Perili Köşk on Sept. 14, for the opening of Borusan Contemporary Art Collection, featuring the special exhibition "A Runaway World" by American artist Diana Thater, Buse Kayar of the Hürriyet Daily News reports.

  The DJ said he arrived in Istanbul from Montreal a day before for this special event. Mercan Dede performed for five hours from sunset until the end of the event, on the rooftop terrace of Perili Köşk with a stunning view overlooking the Bosporus The attendees included Borusan Holding Group CEO Agah Uğur, Borusan Holding Group Chair Ahmet Kocabıyık and Borusan Otomotiv Brand Ambassador Yonca Ebuzziya.

  The event is one of the "neighbor" events for the 15th Istanbul Biennial and has attracted artists such as Korean photographer Boomoon

  Mercan Dede's music is guided by Sufi philosophy. It is unique for its combination of modern electronic sounds with traditional instruments hailing from Turkey and the Middle East, uniting East and West--the perfect complement for the opening of an international art collection in a city like Istanbul.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ A new art center in the Turkish capital Ankara has been named after intellectual and artist Zülfü Livaneli, with the opening of the center in the Çankaya district of the city attended by Çankaya Mayor Alper Taşdelen and Livaneli himself, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  "I feel great honor to introduce such work to Çankaya and to name the center after Zülfü Livaneli," Mr. Taşdelen said at the opening ceremony over the weekend.

  Mr. Livaneli is the author of many popular novels, directed films, and recorded many albums. He was arrested several times after the 1971 coup d'etat and went into exile for many years before returning to Turkey.

  Giving a short speech at the ceremony, Mr. Livaneli said the new center was opening at a time of "overwhelming sorrows" in the country.

  Main opposition Republican People's Party leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, former Greek Prime Minister and Socialist International president Yorgo Papandreou, a number of Republican People's party officials, the ambassadors of countries including the U.K., Greece and Germany were also present at the ceremony.

  The center will include music, literature, cinema, ballet and dance workshops, and it also houses two exhibition halls.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ The painting exhibition "Landscapes of Water," opened at İzmir's Arkas Art Center on Sept. 19, Nazlan Ertan of the Hürriyet Daily News reports. The paintings shows the sea at its best and its worst: Michael Zeno Diemer's view of the Bosporus and the Sea of Marmara calms and soothes, while Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky's "Stormy Sea" gives the spectator a sense of foreboding.

  The 88 water landscapes displayed are selected from the private collection of Lucien Arkas, the third-generation boss of Arkas Holding and its head of executive committee.

  Arkas' grandfathers emigrated from Marseille to İzmir in the 18th century and traded in this city for centuries. The 70 artists selected are from the 19th and early 20th century, at a time when landscapes emerged as a style of their own, rather than as a backdrop for the historical, mythological or religious figures that formed the heart of the paintings until the 18th century.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ "Why Are We 'Artists'? " 100 World Art Manifestos," newly published by Penguin Books, is a collection of 100 artists' manifestos from across the world between 1909 and 2012, bringing together activists, post-colonialists, surrealists, socialists, nihilists and a host of other voices, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  The collection includes two manifestos from Turkey, one by modernist artist Peyami Safa and the other by contemporary artist Bedri Baykam.

  Safa lived between 1889 and 1961 and was one of the artists of D Group, formed in Istanbul in 1933 by six radical artists who sought to create a form of Turkish modernism. Safa, who had been a critic of the old Ottoman order, wrote the D Group's manifesto which was published in the brochure that accompanied the group's first exhibition.

  Baykam's "San Francisco Manifesto" is also featured in the book. He wrote the manifesto in 1984 out of frustration at the absence of works by non-Western artists in the museums and galleries of the United States.

  The manifesto was distributed outside the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art at the opening of exhibitions.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Turkish novelist Aslı Erdoğan received Erich Maria Remarque Peace Prize in the German city of Osnabrück on Sept. 22, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  Ms. Erdoğan, who spent 132 days in jail after being arrested last summer, gave a speech before the ceremony, expressing her happiness at being in Germany for the ceremony but highlighting that "180 writers in Turkey are still in jail and unable to go abroad."

  She had been arrested on charges of carrying out "terror propaganda" in a probe into the Now Closed Daily Özgür Gündem, which Turkey condemned as a mouthpiece for the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Soner Çağaptay, Director of the Turkish Research Program at the Washington Institute Think Tank, Has a New Book out Titled "the New Sultan: Erdoğan and Crisis of Modern Turkey", William Armstrong of the Hürriyet Daily News Review the Book.

  Armstrong says that the book gives a darker prognosis compared with that from an earlier book that Soner wrote in 2014.

  Armstrong adds That the book pulls No punches in condemning Mr. Erdoğan's policies, but It also gives a sensitive background context to his life and political upbringing.

  The book includes close alliance then bitter break with the network of U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, whose supporters are thought to have been behind last year's military coup attempt. "Çağaptay is rightly harsh on both, describing their clash as a 'raw power struggle' far removed from the self-righteous rhetoric of either side", William Armstrong adds.

  Read more at >> here <<

Archaeology news

★ Restoration and conversation is set to start again at the Monumental Fountain (Nymphaeum) in the ancient city of Side in Turkey's southern province of Antalya's Manavgat district, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  The Monumental Fountain dates back to second century A.D.

  All of the columns of the fountain are the original ones.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ A 1,300-year-old historic rock monastery near the Barıştepe village in Turkey's southeastern province of Mardin's Midyat district is waiting to be discovered and protected, reports the Doğan News Agency.

  Known as the Mor Barsavmo Monastery, where Syriac priests sought seclusion, some of its outer walls collapsed because of negligence and some of the historic inscriptions were destroyed.

  The rock monastery, which is a rare structure in the region and different from the other sanctuaries with its historic value, is now abandoned. People burned fire inside the monastery and drew graffiti on its walls.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Underwater research on the coast of Turkey's southern province of Mersin have revealed 18 shipwrecks on a coastline of 65 miles in 20 days. The wrecks date back to between 1000 to 2700 years, reports the Doğan News Agency.

  The director of the excavations says that one of the ships was carrying plates and 16 were carrying amphorae.

  In addition to ships, archaeologists found numerous anchors and remains of anchors, some dating all the way back to the bronze and iron ages. This indicates that the maritime commerce was very common and comprehensive on the coasts of Mersin 3000 to 3500 years ago.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Excavations in a Urartian necropolis in Turkey's eastern province of Van's Çavuştepe Fort, which has been plundered by treasure hunters in recent years, provide important details about Urartian burial customs, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  In one of the tombs, archaeologists found the skeletons of a man and a woman, thought to be a husband and wife. A bronze belt, tray, seal and several bronze jewelry, and the skeleton of a horse were also found in the tomb. There were also oxidized and deformed iron pieces and bronze nails thought to be the remains of a horse-drawn carriage.

  The site dates back to 750 BC.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Archaeologist unearthed 2350-year-old tools and household goods in excavations in the ancient city of Patara in Turkey's southern province of Antalya, reports the Anatolia News Agency.

  The excavations are being led by Prof. Havva Işık of the Akdeniz University. Ms. Işık says that Patara was the capital of Lycian Union. It is one of the oldest ancient cities in the Mediterranean. She said Patara was mentioned in ancient resources as the prophecy center of Apollo, the god of all arts, music, sun, poetry and fire, adding that a significant Christian personality Saint Nicholas was born there and developed his doctrines there.

  Among the finds were a baby bottle, many weaving looms, bronze mirror frame and an iron fork.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Another excavation in the Antalya province has unearthed the ruins of a 1700-year-old villa in the ancient city of Arykanda, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  The head of the excavations Prof. Macit Tekinalp says that Arykanda was built on terraces because of the hilly terrain.

  In fact the name of the city means "the places next to high rock".

  Read more at >> here <<

★ In the Yuntdağı region of Turkey's western province of Manisa's Yunusemre district, excavation works have commenced to unearth the Temple of Athena in the ancient city of Aigai dating back to 2800 years ago from our times, reports the Anatolia News Agency.

  Excavations have so far unearthed the city's walls, a three-story agora, an assembly building, a stadium, a theater and the Temple of Demeter.

  One of the recent findings in the ancient city was a sarcophagus. It was revealed to have belonged to the administrator of a school after its pieces were put together.

★ World-renowned chefs, cooks, gastronomists, writers and academicians representing different culinary cultures gathered in Istanbul on Thursday for a cooking show, Xinhua news agency reports.

  The so-called "Gastronomist 2017," the first of its kind ever hosted in Turkey, was organized in the historic Sultanahmet Square in central Istanbul with the cooperation of the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the city's Fatih district.

  "During this four-day event, we would like to get to know the world's well-known traditional culinary cultures, observe their practices in kitchens closely and learn about their recipes," Mustafa Demir, Fatih's mayor, told Xinhua.

  Turkey is also seeking to present the unique samples of its traditional culinary developed over a period of 2,000 years to the rest of the world, the mayor said.


EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 3.50


High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey:        73/32 Partly Cloudy
Antalya, on the Mediterranean:    90/32 Mostly Sunny
Erzurum, in Eastern Turkey:       81/32 Partly Cloudy
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 77/32 Mostly Cloudy
İzmir, on the Aegean:             79/32 Mostly Sunny
Trabzon, on the Black Sea:        75/32 Showers
See water temperatures:
Black Sea measured at Trabzon         76
Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdağ      74
Aegean Sea measured at İzmir          79
Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 82	



-- Premiere League

★ Results for week: 5

Kayseri Sp - Antalya Sp 2 - 0 G. Saray - Kasımpaşa 2 - 0 Akhisar Sp - Karabük Sp 2 - 1 Malatyaspor - Bursa Sp 2 - 4 Başakşehir - Trabzon Sp 2 - 2 Göztepe - G. Birliği 3 - 2 Alanya Sp - Fenerbahçe 1 - 4 Osmanlı Sp - Sivas Sp 2 - 4 Beşiktaş - Konya Sp 2 - 0

★ In games played so far this weekend:
Trabzon Sp      -      Alanya Sp       3 - 4
Konya Sp        -      Akhisar Sp      2 - 0
G. Birliği      -      Başakşehir      1 - 0
Fenerbahçe      -      Beşiktaş        2 - 1

★ Standing in the league as of week ending 5

  1 - G. Saray        13
  2 - Beşiktaş        13
  3 - Göztepe         10
  4 - Kayseri Sp      10
  5 - Başakşehir      10
  6 - Akhisar Sp      10
  7 - Bursa Sp        9
  8 - Fenerbahçe      8
  9 - Trabzon Sp      8
 10 - Kasımpaşa       7
 11 - Sivas Sp        6
 12 - Karabük Sp      5
 13 - Malatyaspor     4
 14 - Alanya Sp       4
 15 - Konya Sp        3
 16 - Antalya Sp      3
 17 - G. Birliği      1
 18 - Osmanlı Sp      1
★ According to Agence France-Presse, Turkey's athletics federation has banned the disgraced former 2012 Olympic 1500m champion Aslı Çakır Alptekin for life over a third doping offense, the state-run Anadolu news agency said Friday.


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