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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 14 April 2018

[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 14 April 2018]

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★ On April 14, Turkey's Justice and Development Party led administration welcomed the U.S.-led strikes targeting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime as an "appropriate response" in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack that left dozens dead, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  However, the social democratic main opposition Republican People's party disapproved the strikes, saying that there was no solid evidence that chemical weapons were used by the Syrian regime and urged the Justice and Development Party administration to follow a cautious policy in the Middle East.

  Accusing the United States and Russia of engaging into a show of force amid a struggle for the control of Syrian natural gas and oil reserves, party leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu underlined the need for the withdrawal of these imperial forces from the region.

★ According to the Turkish Prime Minister, the Justice and Development Party administration is planning to extend the emergency rule for another three months, reports the Hürriyet Daily News. This will be the seventh time that the emergency rule has been extended.

  The issue will be discussed in the Turkish parliament on April 19, and since the Justice and Development Party alone has the majority, it will be accepted.

  The main opposition Republican People's Party leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu says that the government's aim is to crackdown on dissent in Turkey with the emergency rule extensions.

  In related news, the U.S. mission to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe has called on Turkey to bring an end to the ongoing state of emergency, expressing deep concern about the deteriorating state of human rights.

  A delegation from the European Union is expected to visit the Turkish capital Ankara this month to discuss visa-free travel for Turkish citizens and convey Brussels's views on the technical matters regarding remaining criteria, reports the Anatolia News Agency.

  The European Union put forward 72 criteria and there are seven of them left for them to review.

  The delegation is expected to focus on Turkey's anti-terrorism legislation, the deal with the European Police Service and regulations on the protection of personal data.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ New York University professor Adam Przeworski has been awarded the special Jury Prize for the prestigious Sakıp Sabancı International Research Awards for his work on democratic regimes and markets, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  In honor of the late Turkish businessmen Sakıp Sabancı, the honorary chairman of the board of trustees of Sabancı University, the awards were presented at a ceremony on April 10.

  The theme for this year's awards was "Challenges to democratic governance and living together in Turkey and the world."

  Professor Przeworski is a veteran of political science who has been working on democracies for over 50 years.

  He said that democracy is under threat in all countries around the world.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ could bring Turkey to heel using exchange rates," casting the recent sharp drop in the value of the Turkish Lira as a conspiracy by outside powers.

  His comments came as the Turkish currency took a breather after sinking to record lows for five straight trading days. At one point it traded at 4.19 liras to a dollar.

★ In related news, the Central Bank of Turkey may carry out additional monetary tightening "if necessary" as it closely monitors the impact of the latest developments on inflation, pricing behavior and other factors affecting inflation, the bank's Governor Murat Çetinkaya has said.


  A Turkish-designed 500-foot navy vessel for the Pakistani Armed Forces has successfully completed its first sea test, the designer firm said on April 12.

  The Turkish defense contractor STM designed the vessel and the Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works constructed it.


★ A joint venture between TAV Construction and Ballast Nedam, which is owned by Turkey's Rönesans Holding, will build the planned new terminal at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport.

  The contract includes the construction of the terminal, gates and the surrounding aircraft stands.

  Danish shipping and logistics company DFDS has agreed to buy Turkish freight shipping operator U.N. Ro-Ro from Turkish private equity firms Actera Group and Esas Holdings for 950 million euros ($1.17 billion) on a debt-free basis, Reuters reports.

  U.N. Ro-Ro operates five freight shipping routes between Turkey, Italy and France.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ The European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) considers developing Turkey's economy one of its top priorities, a senior economist at the bank has said, reports the Anatolia News Agency.

  "It is very hard to find a place in the Turkish growth model where the EBRD is not a partner. We are very much committed to supporting Turkish growth and development," Sergei Guriev, the bank's chief economist.

  He underlined that Turkey is the EBRD'S largest country of operations in terms of business volume and portfolio.

  Praising Turkey's 2017 growth rate of 7.4 percent, mainly driven by the Credit Guarantee Fund and recovery in the eurozone, Guriev said the country's economy will continue to grow at "fast rates" in 2018.

  Guriev added that Turkey needs to carry out reforms in its labor market, taxes and regulations, and it needs to invest in innovation, the high-value manufacturing sector and the high-value added service sector.

  According to Reuters, Danish enzymes maker Novozymes has invested in a new lab in Turkey to develop baking enzymes that help to prevent flatbreads traditionally eaten across the Middle East and Africa from going stale.

  Read more at >> here <<



★ One of the symbols of Turkey's southern province of Antalya's Alanya district, the Cleopatra beach, hosts more than two million tourists every year, reports the Anatolia News Agency.

  With its historic peninsula, Alanya has traces of many ancient civilizations. The summer capital of the Anatolian Seljuk State, Alanya contributes to the region's tourism thanks to the beach, which bears the name of the last Hellenistic queen of ancient Egypt, Cleopatra, who lived between 69-30 B.C. She is said to have sunbathed on the beach's golden sands and to have swum in its crystal blue waters.


★ The ancient city of Aphrodisias and the Aphrodisias museum in Turkey's western province of Aydın's Karacasu district are being monitored with drones.

  The district rural police command teams carry out inspections to protect the artifacts in the ancient city and provide the safety of visitors 24 hours a day.

  The teams monitor the 4-mile ancient city from the air at least two times a day with the help of drones.

  In addition there are 59 security cameras, four of which are thermal.

  Karacasu district governor Güher Sinem Büyüknalçacı said the ancient city was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site last year in June and they have taken the highest level of safety protective measures.

  Read more at >> here <<


★ A special photography book shedding light on British-Turkish relations during the reign of Ottoman Sultan Abdülhamit II was promoted on the opening day of the London Book Fair on April 10.

  A reception was held at the fair's Turkey stand to launch "British-Ottoman Relations Through the Yıldız Palace Photography Collection," a work published by the Sultan Abdülhamit II Application and Research Center in Istanbul's Yıldız Technical University.

  Sultan Abdülhamit II reigned from 1876 to 1909.

  Read more at >> here <<


★ "Istanbul Istanbul," a novel by Turkish author Burhan Sönmez, translated from Turkish by Ümit Hussein, has won a new international literature prize, launched by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

  The prize, awarded at a ceremony at the bank's headquarters in London on 10 April, was created last year by the EBRD, in partnership with the British Council and the London Book Fair.

  The 20,000 euro prize will be split between the author and translator.

  Read more at >> here <<


★ The 25th Istanbul Jazz Festival, organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV), will offer a festival experience full of discoveries between June 26 and July 17. The festival will feature over 50 concerts with veterans and new discoveries of jazz, well-known ensembles, and new horizons of contemporary music across 27 different venues.

  The program of the festival was announced at a press meeting held on April 10 at the Zorlu PSM Sky Lounge with the participation of Foundation General Director Görgün Taner, Garanti Bank Corporate Brand Management and Marketing Communications Director Elif Güvenen, festival director Pelin Opcin, and assistant director Harun İzer.

  Read more at >> here <<


★ The Pera Museum and Istanbul Research Institute's collaborative exhibition "Istanbul's Seaside Leisure: Nostalgia from Sea Baths to Beaches" opened on April 5 at the Pera Museum.

  The exhibition focuses on the significant cultural and sociological transformation that took place in the 19th and early 20th centuries in Istanbul through the city's multifaceted and unique sea culture.

  "Istanbul's Seaside Leisure" brings together photographs, magazines, comics, objects, and books from various private and institutional collections from Turkey, and tells a nostalgic story, while also addressing the change and socialization of the norms of how Istanbulites used their free time especially following the turn of the century.

  Swimming in the sea, regarded as a private act, was considered wrong and even illegal for a long time.

  Despite the progressive influence of the West, during the second half of the 19th century, inhabitants of a waterside city like Istanbul had "sea baths" that were enclosed with wooden panels. As secularism was embraced with the founding of the Turkish Republic, a sense of individuality grew socially visible, leading to a more intimate relation with the sea.

  The change from sea baths to beaches was nothing less than a revolution.

  The exhibition can be visited through Aug. 26.


★ Restoration works at the Beylerbeyi Palace in the eastern Turkish province of Kars revealed a water cistern.

  The palace was built in 1579 near the Kars citadel.

  Kars Museum officials say the cistern was likely used to collect rain and snow in historical times.


★ A fresco depicting a smiling Virgin Mary in the Gümüşler Monastery in Turkey's Central Anatolian province of Niğde has been drawing much attention of local and foreign tourists, but it is yet to be found whether she was actually smiling when the fresco was first made or it is the result of a restoration that went wrong, reports the Anatolia News Agency.

  Located in the Cappadocia region, five miles away from the city center, the monastery is believed to have been constructed sometime during the 8th and 12th centuries.

  Read more at >> here <<

EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 4.10


High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey:        72/45 Showers
Antalya, on the Mediterranean:    81/64 Mostly Sunny
Erzurum, in Eastern Turkey:       55/32 Partly Cloudy
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 70/50 Foggy
Izmir, on the Aegean:             82/57 Mostly Sunny
Trabzon, on the Black Sea:        55/50 Showers	



Premiere League

★ Results for week: 28
Başakşehir      -      Malatyaspor     1 - 0
Trabzon Sp      -      Kayseri Sp      4 - 0
Karabük Sp      -      Antalya Sp      1 - 2
Beşiktaş        -      Göztepe         5 - 1
Fenerbahçe      -      Osmanlı Sp      2 - 0
Bursa Sp        -      Kasımpaşa       0 - 1
Konya Sp        -      Sivas Sp        5 - 0
Alanya Sp       -      Akhisar Sp      3 - 1
G. Birliği      -      G. Saray        1 - 0

★ In games played so far this weekend:
Akhisar Sp      -      Beşiktaş        0 - 3
Sivas Sp        -      Fenerbahçe      1 - 2
Malatyaspor     -      Alanya Sp       1 - 1
Kasımpaşa       -      Karabük Sp      2 - 0
Göztepe         -      Bursa Sp        - - -
Antalya Sp      -      Konya Sp        - - -
G. Saray        -      Başakşehir      - - -
Kayseri Sp      -      G. Birliği      - - -
Osmanlı Sp      -      Trabzon Sp      - - -

★ Standing in the league as of week ending 28
  1 - Başakşehir      59
  2 - G. Saray        57
  3 - Beşiktaş        56
  4 - Fenerbahçe      54
  5 - Trabzon Sp      45
  6 - Kayseri Sp      41
  7 - Sivas Sp        41
  8 - Göztepe         40
  9 - Kasımpaşa       37
 10 - Malatyaspor     37
 11 - Akhisar Sp      34
 12 - Antalya Sp      34
 13 - Bursa Sp        33
 14 - Alanya Sp       31
 15 - G. Birliği      30
 16 - Konya Sp        28
 17 - Osmanlı Sp      28
 18 - Karabük Sp      12


[Saat 18:30 and 19:30 'da iki kez okuyun]


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*** International Children's Festival
Join us for The Berkeley Turkish School's 4th International Children's Festival!

On Sunday, April 22nd 2018, The Berkeley Turkish School will host the 4th annual International Children's Festival at Jefferson Elementary School in Berkeley.

Hundreds of families and community members from across the Bay Area will celebrate peace and diversity, and Earth Day together.

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.

And this year, we are delighted to welcome families and student performances from several cultural schools throughout the Bay Area.

About our school and our festival program visit:


Jefferson Elementary School, 1400 Ada Street Berkeley, CA 94702