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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 28 October 2017

[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 28 October 2017]

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  The mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the first president of Turkey and the Independence War hero

★ Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has released a message to mark the 94th anniversary of the republic's founding day on Oct. 29, saying that the nation celebrates "a very important milestone in our glorious history as the Turkish Nation".

  "I commemorate with gratitude and blessing all our veterans, particularly Ghazi Mustafa Kemal, the founder of our Republic and triumphant commander of our War of Liberation," he also said, referring to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey.

  Saying that the Republic of Turkey "signifies the rearing and rebirth of a noble nation from its ashes that prefer to die instead of making compromises from its liberty and honor," Mr. Erdoğan noted that the nation "proclaimed, with its blood and spirit, to the whole world that its will could not be fettered and no one could intervene in its fate."

  "The ones rushing into Anatolia to loot the inheritance of the Ottoman Empire whom they named 'Sick Man' were devastated by the courage, determination and fight that Turkish nation revealed and 'they went back as they came,' just as in the words of Ghazi Mustafa Kemal," he added.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Speaking of President Erdoğan, U.S. and Turkish diplomats continue talks on resolving a dispute over recent visa curbs, as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan steps up his rhetoric against Washington, Dorian Jones of the Voice of America reports.

  Bilateral relations are set to be further strained by an upcoming court case over Iranian sanction busting involving Turkish citizens.

  Mr. Erdoğan launched a scathing attack Sunday on the country's Western allies.

  He warned Turkey would respect its strategic alliances with its partners as long as those countries respected the law. Turkey has accused some of its NATO partners of conspiring against it and offering sanctuary to people it accuses of being involved in last year's coup.

  Mr. Erdoğan specifically targeted Washington.

  "They say the United States is the cradle of democracy. This can not be true, this can not be democracy," he said. " If the United States issues arrest warrants for my 13 bodyguards in a country where I went upon invitation, I am sorry, but I will not say that country is civilized."

  Mr. Erdoğan's body guards are accused by U.S. prosecutors of assaulting peaceful protesters outside the Turkish embassy during his visit to Washington in May.

★ According to Reuters, a Turkish court on Friday sentenced 25 people, including the former coastguard commander Hakan Ustem, to life in prison for trying to overthrow the government during a failed coup last year..

  The Turkish government accuses the followers of cleric Fethullah Gülen for the coup. Gülen says that he was not involved. He has been living in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999.

★ According to the New York Times, an Istanbul court on Wednesday, October 25 ordered the release of a group of leading Turkish human rights campaigners from Amnesty International and two coworkers, one German and a Swede.

  The Amnesty International's Turkey chairman Taner Kilic, however, will remain behind bars, the Associated Press reports. He is being accused of belonging to the Gülen network.  Read more at >> here <<

  German foreign affairs minister Sigmar Gabriel said that Gerhard Schroeder, a former Chancellor of Germany mediated for the release of the German human rights activist. Turkey's justice minister Abdülhamit Gül denied that and said that the "Turkish justice system is independent and impartial".

  Commentator Murat Yetkin of the Hürriyet Daily News wrote in an article that the activists were labeled "spies" and "terrorists" by the pro-Erdoğan media, however, upon their release, they have never mentioned them.

  Murat Yetkin's commentary is >> here <<  Amnesty International article >> here <<

  Greek and Turkish foreign affairs ministers

★ According to the Australian Greek paper Neos Kosmos, the foreign affairs ministers of Turkey and Greece met to discuss bilateral issues in the Turkish capital Ankara. The two issues that topped the meeting were Syrian refugees crossing the Aegean to Greece from Turkey, and the Turks seeking asylum in Greece after the attempted 2016 coup.

  At the end of their meeting, the Turkish foreign affairs minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu urged Greece to refrain from becoming a "safe haven" for those responsible for the failed coup. There are around 1000 Turkish citizens in Greece who have applied for asylum.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ According to the Pakistani daily The Nation, human rights activists warned Thursday that nearly 300 Turkish nationals are facing forced deportation from Pakistan as they called on authorities to protect them.

  The Turks are teachers and staff of the PakTurk international schools and colleges allegedly backed by cleric Fethullah Gülen's followers.

★ Speaking of Fethullah Gülen, Reuters reports that former CIA director James Woolsey pitched a $10 million contract to two Turkish businessmen to help discredit a controversial U.S.-based cleric while Woolsey was an adviser to Donald Trump's election campaign, three people familiar with the proposal said.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ The mayor of Turkey's capital Ankara Melih Gökçek resigned on October 28, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  "I'm quitting not because I'm unsuccessful or tired. I'm quitting because Erdoğan asked me to do so. I'm complying with orders of Erdoğan, whom I believe will make my country a leader country," Gökçek said on Oct. 28, as he added that he believes in "obeying orders no matter what" for the good of a cause.

  Mr. Gökçek's resignation comes after the resignation of Kadir Topbaş as Istanbul mayor and resignations of the Justice and Development Party's mayors of Niğde, Düzce and Bursa, amid warning from Erdoğan for the party to avoid what he calls "metal fatigue."

  Mr. Erdoğan on Oct. 13 said the Justice and Development Party was working to "restructure for the 2019 elections" and "cannot afford to waste time."

  Mr. Gökçek was first elected as the mayor of Turkish capital in 1994 and joined the Justice and Development Party in the early 2000s.

  He was re-elected in Ankara in four consecutive elections in 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014, becoming the first Ankara mayor to keep his post for five terms.

  Read more at >> here <<

  Meral Akşener attends her party's first meeting in Ankara, Turkey, Oct. 25, 2017

★ A former Turkish minister of interior, Ms. Meral Akşener has launched a new political party with a promise to shake up the country's politics.

  Dorian Jones of the Voice of America writes that party's launch could upend Erdoğan and Turkey's political establishment.

  The name of the party translates into English as "Good Party".

  The Good Party seeks to place itself in the center-right of Turkey's political spectrum. In what appeared to be a jab at the Erdoğan government and its post-coup-attempt crackdown on journalists, Ms. Akşener took aim at the country's recent human rights record.

  Boğaziçi University

★ Universities in Turkey tumbled down the list in the latest Best Global Universities rankings, released by the U.S. News And World Report, Önder Öndeş of the Hürriyet Daily News reports.

he highest-ranking university in Turkey once again was Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, ranked 190th. Last year Boğaziçi was ranked 166.

The rankings for the other Turkish universities are:

Read more at >> here <<

★ Marriott International plans to open more than 11 hotels in Turkey in the next three years as it sees the country as a key market, top company representatives announced on Oct. 17, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

★ According to the Anatolia News Agency, Turkey is aiming to bring 1 1/2 million visitors for treatment in Turkish health facilities, country's health minister has said. This will put Turkey as the number two destination in the world in what is dubbed "health tourism".

★ A new lens developed by the Turkish healthcare company, VSY Biotechnology, will provide better visual performance to cataract patients, the company said on Oct. 17, reports the Anatolia News Agency.

  The new trifocal intraocular lens was revealed at the European Cataract and Refractive Society Congress in Portugal last week, according to the company's press release.

  The company said the light transmission of the lens, named AcrivaUD Trinova, reaches up to 92 percentÔÇ"it is 80-85 percent in traditional lens.

  The lens enables optimal vision at various distances and allows vision in different light conditions, the statement said.

★ The board of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has approved a $500 million loan for the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline, the largest part of a $40 billion project to bring new gas supplies to Europe, Reuters reports.

  The pipeline will bring gas from Azerbaijan to Europe through Turkey.


★ In Turkey's southern province of Antalya, archaeologist have carried out special underwater work to remove Ottoman cannons from the sea off the renown Konyaaltı beach.

  A total of eight cannons were attached to balloons for removal. The cannons later were transferred to the Antalya Museum.

  Selçuk University's Underwater Research and Application Center Director Hakan Öniz said that cannons probably belonged to Ottoman warships which sank in a storm nearly 300 years ago.

★ A three day Turkish film Festival is taking place in South Korea's capital soul to mark 60 years of diplomatic ties between the two countries, reports the Anatolia News Agency.

  According to a statement issued by Turkey's Culture and Tourism Ministry, the highlighted event on the first day was the screening of the Turkish movie "Ayla" that depicts the story of a 5-year-old orphaned Korean girl found on the battlefield during the Korean War by a Turkish soldier, who takes her under his protection.

★ During the excavations of the 8,500 year-old Yeşilova Mound, known as the oldest settlement in İzmir's Bornova district, important artifacts that provide information about life in the Neolithic Age have been unearthed.

  Speaking to Anatolia News Agency, head of the excavation team, Assistant Professor Zafer Derin said by the end of the summer season, they had unearthed more than 200 artifacts and had obtained significant data about life in the region thousands of years ago.

  Among the artifacts unearthed in the excavations, Derin said a five-centimeter-tall bear statuette dating back to 8,000 years ago was the most striking among them.

  Derin said they had also found a 5,000-year-old pigeon-shaped bottle-nosed pitcher, which might have been used to feed babies.

  Another finding from the Neolithic Age was a small house sculpture, which gives information about architecture in that era 8,000 years ago, he said.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ A choir made up of women from various professions in Turkey is singing to raise awareness about breast cancer, reports the Anatolia News Agency.

  Founded nearly 10 years ago by the artist Pınar Ayhan to highlight the importance of early cancer diagnosis, the Awareness Choir has a mission to create awareness in society through women who share the same fate.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Local and foreign records from the age of vintage vinyl found new homes in a water-bound auction on Oct. 28 in Istanbul.

  Teos Antik in Balat, which organizes various auctions every month, hosted an auction in a unique setting: a boat touring Istanbul's picturesque Bosporus. The auction primarily focused on records from the 1970s and 1980s by legendary local artists like Zeki Müren, Cem Karaca and Ajda Pekkan.

  The boat departed from the city's historic Golden Horn neighborhood of Balat, said Teos Antik.

  The records fetched prices ranging from a relatively modest $25 to as high as $2000 in local currency.

★ According to Ömer Erbil of the Hürriyet Daily News, findings from a subway construction site right next to the Barbaros Boulevard in Istanbul's Beşiktaş district have revealed new information that is set to rewrite the history of Istanbul.

  Archaeologists came across a 3500-year-old graveyard, the oldest one in Istanbul, where 35 grays have been unearthed so far. The discovery of cairn burials that belong to the Northern Black Sea steppe culture - namely earlier Turkish and Altai cultures - is considered an exciting surprise for the scientific world.

  The results of the archaeological excavations in Beşiktaş are also set to address some questions about the well-known history of the Battle of Manzikert in 1071. The battle paved the way for Turks to enter Anatolia, the Asiatic part of modern Turkey, . But current findings may push back the presence of Turks to the end of the Bronze Age and the beginning of the Iron Age between 1,200 and 1,500 B.C.

  Scientists are planning to analyze the skeletons in the graves to determine the ethnicity of the people.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Academics have started a campaign for the return of a 4,000-year-old sculpture unearthed in 1882 in the southern province of Adana's historic Tebebağ neighborhood and then smuggled to the U.S, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  The statue of the Nurse Satsneferu is currently on display at the New York Metropolitan Museum.

  In the bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum, dated 1921, it was said that the statue was found by a missionary at a school construction site before it was smuggled out of Turkey in a potato sack and loaded on a yacht with a British flag.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Turkey's best-known heavy metal band Pentagram celebrated its 30 year anniversary this year, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  Although they had struggled at the beginning because of the prejudices they faced from conservative groups, it is now time to appreciate their valuable work.

  After releasing the album "Pentagram Unplugged" to honor their 30th anniversary, they have now been working on a video series sharing their memories with great rock singers, musicians and bands in Turkey like Şebnem Ferah, Mor ve Ötesi, Athena, Murat İlkan, Ogu╠łn Sanlısoy and Demir Demirkan.

  The Hürriyet daily news recently interviewed the band and the interview can be accessed here:

  Read more at >> here <<

★ An American researcher is in the eastern Turkish province of Ağrı is looking for evidence of Noah's Ark in the Mount Ararat region.

  Paul Esperante recently attended the three-day international symposium on Mount Ararat and Noah's Ark, organized with the participation of 108 scientists from Turkey and abroad.

  Esperante told Anatolia news agency he intends to find evidence of Noah's Ark during his short stay in Turkey.

  Read more at >> here <<


EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 3.80


High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey:        54/48 Showers
Antalya, on the Mediterranean:    73/64 Showers
Erzurum, in Eastern Turkey:       52/37 Showers
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 63/52 Showers
Izmir, on the Aegean:             64/54 Showers
Trabzon, on the Black Sea:        73/64 Showers
See water temperatures:
Black Sea measured at Trabzon         64
Marmara Sea measured at Tekirda─č      64
Aegean Sea measured at ─░zmir          67
Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 75



Premiere League

★ Results for week: 9
Göztepe         -      Alanya Sp       3 - 3
Antalya Sp      -      Kasımpaşa       2 - 1
Osmanlı Sp      -      Karabük Sp      3 - 0
Akhisar Sp      -      G. Birliği      3 - 3
Malatyaspor     -      Trabzon Sp      1 - 0
Kayseri Sp      -      Konya Sp        2 - 1
G. Saray        -      Fenerbahçe      0 - 0
Sivas Sp        -      Bursa Sp        0 - 0
Beşiktaş        -      Başakşehir      1 - 1

★ In games played so far this weekend:
Kasımpaşa       -      Göztepe         3 - 1
G. Birliği      -      Malatyaspor     0 - 1
Başakşehir      -      Akhisar Sp      2 - 1
Alanya Sp       -      Beşiktaş        1 - 2

★ Standing in the league as of week ending 9
  1 - G. Saray        23
  2 - Göztepe         17
  3 - Akhisar Sp      17
  4 - Kayseri Sp      17
  5 - Başakşehir      17
  6 - Fenerbahçe      15
  7 - Beşiktaş        15
  8 - Bursa Sp        13
  9 - Sivas Sp        13
 10 - Alanya Sp       11
 11 - Malatyaspor     11
 12 - Antalya Sp      9
 13 - Trabzon Sp      9
 14 - Kasımpaşa       8
 15 - Karabük Sp      8
 16 - G. Birliği      8
 17 - Konya Sp        7
 18 - Osmanlı Sp      7

★ Lithuanian trail runner Gediminas Grinius has won Turkey's Salomon Cappadocia Ultra Trail title, reports the Anatolia News Agency.

  The 38-year-old runner defeated 240 others in the 114-kilometer race finishing the run in 10 hours and 56 minutes on Oct. 21.

  This year there were almost 1700 ultra marathoners from 64 countries.

  Read more at >> here <<    Compettion web site is  >> here <<


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