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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 07 April 2018

[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 07 April 2018]

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★ Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan on Saturday accused France of abetting terrorists by "hosting them" at the Elysee Palace, amid a diplomatic row between the NATO allies over Paris's support for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), reports the VOA.

  Relations between Ankara and Paris have been tense in recent weeks, with France one of the most vocal critics of Turkey's two-month-old military operation in northern Syria against the Kurdish YPG, which Turkey considers a terrorist organization.

  That came to a head on March 30 after President Emmanuel Macron met a Syrian delegation including the YPG and its political arm, the PYD, and gave assurances of French support to help stabilize northern Syria against Islamic State.

  Turkey said the pledge amounted to support for terrorism and could make France a "target of Turkey."

  The Syrian Kurds organization YPG and its political arm is seen by Turks as an extension of the rebel Turkish Kurds' organization Kurdistan workers party. Kurdistan workers party is considered a terrorist organization by the U. S., European Union and Turkey.

  Turkey is also in conflict with the U.S. for its support and collaboration with YPG.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ A District of Columbia judge on Thursday sentenced two Turkish-Americans to one year and one day in prison after they pleaded guilty to assaulting pro-Kurdish demonstrators during Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's visit to Washington last year, Masood Farivar of the VOA reports.

  The street brawl that led to the pair's arrest started after a small group of Kurdish demonstrators gathered near the Turkish ambassador's residence to protest Erdoğan's arrival, only to be confronted by the president's supporters, security guards and other members of his delegation.

★ On April 4, the Turkish president has hosted his Iranian and Russian counterparts in the Turkish capital Ankara, in an effort to end the Syrian civil war.

  While the presidents are backing opposing sides in the conflict, they are increasingly working together. In the Summit in Ankara they seem to have found some common ground. In a joint statement following the summit, leaders agreed to fight separatism in Syria. They also stressed the necessity of strengthening humanitarian assistance to the country.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Speaking of Russia, while in Turkey Russian president Vladimir Putin joined Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in a groundbreaking ceremony of the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant through videolink, at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey April 3, 2018.

  The $20-billion power plant in Turkey's southern province of Mersin will be built by the Russian state nuclear energy agency Rosatom. The plant is expected to meet 10% of Turkey's energy needs.

★ The arrest and deportation to Turkey of six Turkish citizens with ties to schools linked to the Gülen movement is causing a rift between Kosovo Prime Minister and the Turkish President.

  Many say that the Gülen movement was behind the 2016 failed coup attempt.

  Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj dismissed his interior minister and intelligence chief for deporting the six people for not letting him know about the arrests and deportations.

  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan reacted angrily to the domestic probe in Kosovo into last week's event. In turn Kosovo Prime Minister, criticized Mr. Erdoğan. Then Mr. Erdoğan said that Kosovo will pay for this.

  Kosovo's President initially expressed "disappointment at how relevant institutions" had failed to protect foreign citizens working in Kosovo, but later said the "Turkish citizens had committed crimes in Kosovo" that may have threatened "our entire national security."

  Read more at >> here <<

★ An Istanbul court requested that Pres. Erdoğan's government ask Interpol countries to arrest journalist Can Dündar who currently lives in Germany. Dündar has said such a request would be a "disgrace" for Turkey, reports the Deutsche Welle.

  Dündar is living in exile in Germany and is on trial in absentia.

  The court also issued an arrest warrant for Dündar within Turkey.

  Dündar was the editor-in-chief of the daily Cumhuriyet, and was convicted in Turkey in May 2016 on charges of disclosing state secrets after he reported about alleged arms shipments to Syrian rebels by the Turkish National Intelligence Organization (MIT).

  Last month, Turkey's Supreme Court of Appeals overturned an imprisonment sentence of five years and 10 months given in 2016 as too lenient, and ordered a retrial to begin on May 7. It said the new trial should seek up to 20 years in jail for Dündar.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Speaking of Germany, the Deutsche Welle reports that a thousand Turkish diplomats and civil servants are among the 15,654 people who have sought asylum in Germany since the failed coup in 2016. The figures exclude fugitive Turkish soldiers. The count includes the applicant's children.

  On the back of the July 2016 attempt, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan suspended or fired around 150,000 civil servants, and jailed some 50,000 people, claiming that a one-time ally, US-resident preacher Fethullah Gülen, was behind the failed coup.

  Analysts say in addition to Gülen followers, Mr. Erdoğan had his critiques also rounded up.

  Two German-Turkish journalists, Hüseyin Topel and Fatih Aktürk, said asylum applicants were assisted across Germany by a diverse network of individuals, of both German and Turkish origin.

  Despite Turkey's recent release of Die Welt correspondent Deniz Yücel, a political sea-change inside Turkey was not evident, Topel and Aktürk remarked.

  "Whoever comments critically about the [Turkish] government or government members is branded as a national traitor," said Topel.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Catholic Christians have celebrated Easter with masses in churches in Turkey on April 1.

  In the southern province of Mersin, people celebrated Easter with a mass in the Latin Italian Catholic Church, led by Priest Francis Dondu.

  In Istanbul, many gathered in St. Antuan Catholic Church in the Beyoğlu district for Easter celebrations.

  Christian Orthodox celebrations will take place on April 8.



★ An ancient tomb has been unearthed in an area where illegal excavations were carried out in the ancient city of Aphrodisias in Turkey's western province of Aydın's Karacasu district.

  The tomb was taken to the Aphrodisias Museum.

  Read more at >> here <<


★ Forty Turkish girls, who attend ballet classes in Turkey's western province of Afyonkarahisar's Dinar district, are trained by Russian ballet dancer Nataliya Gorelova, reports the Anatolia News Agency.

  A graduate of the Moscow State University Choreography and Ballet Pedagogy Department, Gorelova has danced in her country for many years. She came to Turkey in 2000 for Children's Day on April 23 and loved the country, so she moved to the Mediterranean province of Antalya in 2006.

In 2009, Gorelova opened a ballet school in Antalya and then moved the school to Isparta. Families from Dinar became impressed with the performances by her students and upon demand, she began teaching ballet to children there as well.

  Read more at >> here <<


★ The Grafist 22: Istanbul Graphic Design Days, organized by the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University's graphic design department, will take place from April 11 to May 11 at the university's campus in the Fındıklı neighborhood of Istanbul, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  The event aims to bring together graphic designers and students during seminars, workshops and exhibitions and to provide an opportunity for them to exchange ideas.

  This year the workshops and seminars will be given by Pınar Akkurt, William Easton, Jan Boelen, Björn Kusoffsky, Johanna Siebein - Binger Lauke Sieben and Ruben Pater.

  Two exhibitions, titled "Starting from Zero" and "Variable Constants: Multilayered Archive Exhibition," will also be open as part of the event.

  Read more at >> here <<


★ Heritage Istanbul, a fair bringing together restoration, archaeology and museology technologies under the same roof, will be organized between April 12 and 14 at the Hilton Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Center, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  Istanbul Archaeology Museum Library, Heritage Istanbul project creator and director Osman Murat Akan said that there will be conferences during the fair by 65 notable names from Turkey and abroad.

  European Union Turkey Delegation Head Gabriel Munuera Vinals, Assorestauro President Alessandro Zanini, L'immagine Ritrovata Director Davide Pozzi, ICOM Georgian President Professor Klara Inga Karaia and Historic Royal Palaces Digital Producer Tim Powell will be among the guests of the event as speakers.

  Read more at >> here <<


★ The 13th Istanbul Tulip Festival opened on April 3 at the Emirgan Park with the participation of Istanbul Governor Vasip Şahin, reports the Hürriyet Daily News. As part of the festival, the Istanbul Municipality has decorated many parts of the city with tulips.

  The festival will continue with various events throughout April.

  Read more at >> here <<


★ "Challenging MasterClasses," an annual Turkish wine tasting event organized by Gustobar, will be offered on April 7-8 at Istanbul's The Marmara Taksim Hotel, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  The aim of the event is to act as a leverage to wine culture and the development of the wine industry in Turkey by bringing together several producers and connoisseurs over a weekend of wine tasting.

  This year, the two judges of the event will be renowned British wine critic and writer Oz Clarke and Swedish wine expert Madeleine Stenwreth MW. They will be rating 137 Turkish labels from 35 producers.

  Read more at >> here <<


★ There are plans for a species of mountain gazelles, "gazelle subgutturosa," raised in Şanlıurfa's Kızılkuyu wildlife field to be released in Turkey's southeast provinces of Mardin and Şırnak, which possess the same features as the Şanlıurfa region, according to İsrafil Erdoğan, the third regional director of the Forestry and Water Affairs Ministry's Directorate of Nature Protection and National Parks, reports the Anatolia News Agency.

  Erdoğan said 1,000 gazelles raised in the Kızılkuyu field have been released to nature so far.

  Read more at >> here <<


★ Turkish pop singer Sertab Erener's show, "Sertab's Musical," will be at Istanbul's Uniq Hall with two final performances of the season. With the choreography of Beyhan Murphy, Erener will take the stage on April 20 and 27.

  Read more at >> here <<


★ An exhibition titled "Cuba, 2013-2016," organized by the Turkish-Cuban Business Council is on display at Global Karaköy, the exhibition venue of Global Investment Holding.

  The exhibition displays 97 photos taken by the Photography Travelers Group for four years between 2013 and 2016. The revenue from the exhibition will be donated to the Parıltı Charity Association for Sightless Children.

  The exhibition opened on March 28 at a ceremony with the participation of the Cuban Ambassador to Ankara, Luis Alberto Amoros Nunez. It will continue through the end of April.

  Read more at >> here <<


★ The U.S. premiere of "Ayla: Daughter of War," an acclaimed Turkish film set during the Korean War, was organized by the Washington branch of Turkey's Yunus Emre Institute on March 30, reports the Anatolia News Agency.

  Attending the premiere at the United States Navy Memorial were high-ranking U.S., South Korean and Turkish guests including Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Diplomacy in Europe and Eurasia Christina Higgins and Turkish Ambassador Serdar Kılıç.

  Speaking before the screening, both Kılıç and Higgins emphasized the courage and determination of Turkish soldiers in the 1950-53 Korean War.

  "Ayla: Daughter of War," which was Turkey's Oscar entry this year, tells the true story of an orphaned Korean girl discovered by a Turkish soldier during the war. The two form an unbreakable bond as the war goes on and Ayla becomes a symbol of hope for all the Turkish soldiers.

  The movie not only tells a story of hope and love in a time of war but also about how the world came together years later to reunite Ayla and her soldier friend, Sgt. Süleyman.

  Read more at >> here <<


★ During the third "Van Cats Beauty Contest," organized by the Van Yüzüncü Yıl University, Turkey's world famous Van cats were presented to the jury.

  The winner of the contest was Sezar, who was found on the street five months ago by his owner.

  Read more at >> here <<


★ Settlements that have been abandoned over the years on İzmir's Karaburun Peninsula have become tourist attractions for their hiking and nature activities, reports the Anatolia News Agency.

  The peninsula, which offers all shades of green and blue, hosts visitors in its coves in summer months while welcoming hikers or those who choose the region for nature sports. Visitors hail both from Turkey and abroad.

  Nature lovers prefer the old villages, for hiking, where life was very active a short time ago but abandoned in recent years,

  The Sazak village is one of the oldest settlements in the region. The old village, which consists of old stone houses and a historic church, amazes tourists.

  Besides Sazak, the villages of Çukurköy, Tepeköy, Saprıncık, Yeniliman, Bozköy, Yayla and Küçükbahçe, the population of which is decreasing every other day, welcome many people especially on weekends.

  There is even a smartphone application that acts as a guide for the hiker.

  Read more at >> here <<


★ A "desert monitor," which is believed to be the biggest reptile living in Turkey, has been released back into the wild after being found last week by locals in Turkey's southeastern province of Cizre, reports the Anatolia News Agency.

  The desert monitor, also known as the giant lizard, was found during excavation works in the village of Girikova last week. It was treated by the Directorate General for Nature Conversation and National Parks before it was released. The desert monitors are nonpoisonous and threatened species in Turkey.

  As soon as it was released the desert monitor disappeared into one of the holes among the rocks in the area.

  Read more at >> here <<


★ According to the ABC news, a Turkish police chief who spent years fighting terrorism believes that his best weapon to do good is his paintbrush, not his gun.

  Ahmet Sula is a senior police chief, as well as a former deputy head of the terror division, in Turkey. He finds joy in his work in front of a canvas, saying the "universal" nature of art can reach "unimaginable places," according to Reuters.

  "If you ask me how do I serve the people the most? I would say through art," Sula said. Sula believes that his time as a police officer, experiencing "the cold, rough and bitter side of life," helped develop his skills as a painter.

  His paintings, which are mostly abstract and draw influence from Ottoman and contemporary art, have been featured in 21 exhibitions, four of which were held overseas.

  He is currently preparing for his first exhibition in Rome, set to take place in the next few months.

  Read more at >> here <<

EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 4.05


High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey:        72/50 Thunderstorms
Antalya, on the Mediterranean:    68/57 Thunderstorms
Erzurum, in Eastern Turkey:       63/34 Mostly Sunny
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 61/50 Mostly Cloudy
Izmir, on the Aegean:             72/50 Thunderstorms
Trabzon, on the Black Sea:        61/52 Partly Cloudy
Snow depths at skiing locations:
Erciyes in Kayseri, Central Turkey      : 4 inches
Ilgaz in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey: 13 inches
Kartalkaya in Bolu, Western Turkey      : 24 inches
Palandöken in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey   : 4 inches
Saklıkent in Antalya, Southern Turkey   : 1 inches
Uludağ in Bursa, Western Turkey         : 29 inches



★ Premiere League

★ Basketball

★ Premiere League
Darüşşafaka	79	-	77	İstanbul BBSK			
Eskişehir	76	-	72	B.Çekmece
Banvit		75	-	66	Sakarya BŞB
Galatasaray	83	-	90	Tofaş
F.Bahçe 	112	-	83	Trabzonspor
★ Standings in the league
1	F.Bahçe 	45
2	Tofaş		43
3	Beşiktaş 	39
4	Darüşşafaka	39
5	Banvit		39
6	Anadolu Efes	38
7	Sakarya BŞB	37
8	Eskişehir	36
9	İstanbul BBSK	34
10	Galatasaray	34
11	Trabzonspor	33
12	B.Çekmece	31
13	Karşıyaka	31
14	Yeşilgiresun	31
15	Gaziantep	29
16	Uşak		28


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The festival will feature live international music, dance performances by local school children, delicious international food, and fun activities for the whole family.

With over 400 visitors last year, the International Children's Festival was once again a tremendous success.

From the lively folk dancing and musical performances to the coffee fortune reading, delicious Turkish cuisine, and colorful arts and crafts vendors, visitors of all ages enjoyed themselves.

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