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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 21 April 2018

[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 21 April 2018]

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★ The Turkish Parliament has approved a joint proposal by the ruling Justice and Development and the Nationalist Movement parties to hold snap elections on June 24, 2018, a year-and-a-half before the originally scheduled date, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  The proposal was approved by deputies of the Justice and Development, the Nationalist Movement and the main opposition Republican People's parties on April 20 following speeches from the parties' deputy group chairs.

  Given only two months to prepare for the early presidential and parliamentary elections, Turkey's political parties are scrambling to piece together strategies ahead of the vote, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  The ruling Justice and Development Party is set to announce its election manifesto in the coming week ahead of a large party convention in Istanbul, while the main opposition Republican People's Party is still working to come up with an election strategy for the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections and to find a candidate for the June 24 vote.

  President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said his Justice and Development Party is preparing to announce its election manifesto before a grand convention to be held next week, as parliamentary commissions work to prepare harmonization laws before the campaigning period starts.

  The Justice and Development and the Nationalist Movement parties have already endorsed the current president Erdoğan as their candidate for president and are set to focus on preparing lists of potential lawmakers and campaigning strategies.

  Read more at >> here <<

Meral Akşener, the Good Party leader

★ In related news, Turkey's Supreme Board of Election on April 20 denied the authenticity of a document that claimed the opposition Good Party would not be able to enter snap elections scheduled for June 24, reports the Doğan News Agency.

  As discussions on whether the Good Party will be able to register as a party running in the elections, party leader Meral Akşener on April 18 vowed to run in Turkey's early presidential election and to collect the 100,000 signatures necessary to be a candidate.

  Ms. Akşener stressed that the Good Party has convened its first convention on Dec. 10, after which it formed provincial and district party organizations.

  "Since then our party has been ready to go in elections. The Good Party will run in the election and will win," Akşener said, adding that the government and the Nationalist Action Party called for early elections because they are "running scared".

  Read more at >> here <<

★ The Syrian Democratic Council, the political wing of the armed group the Syrian Democratic Forces, has registered with the United States Department of Justice to open a foreign representative office in Washington, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  The registry file was put into effect on Jan. 31 in accordance with the Foreign Agents Registration Act and the Syrian Democratic Council was registered as a "foreign political party."

  The Kurdish Democratic Union Party, which constitutes the backbone of the Syrian Democratic Council, and its military wing, the People's Protection Units, are deemed by Turkey as offshoots of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party of Turkey's Kurds.

  Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union considers the Kurdistan Workers' Party as a terrorist organization.

  The Syrian Democratic Council's application was uploaded onto the Department of Justice website on Jan. 23, three days after the Turkish Armed Forces started "Operation Olive Branch" into Syria's northwestern district of Afrin to clear People's Protection Units forces from the area.

★ Around 10,000 Syrians in Turkey have returned to their country through the Cilvegözü border gate in Turkey's southern Hatay province in the last three-and-a-half months, Turkish officials have said.

  The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Syrians living in different provinces of Turkey were coming to Hatay's Reyhanlı district and crossing back to their country from the border gate. br />
  Syrians are said to be returning to areas that were cleared of People's Protection Units militants during Turkey's "Operation Olive Branch."

  There are approximately 3.5 million Syrians in Turkey who have fled the civil war in their country, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

Readmore &>> here <<

★ 66 U.S. senators signed a letter released on April 20 calling on Turkish authorities to release an American pastor on trial in Turkey on charges he is linked to the Gülen network, reports Reuters. br />
  Andrew Brunson, a Christian pastor who has lived in Turkey for more than two decades, was indicted on charges of helping Islamic cleric Gülen's network. The network is widely believed to have orchestrated the July 2016 failed coup attempt. Brunson faces up to 35 years in prison.

  The letter, led by Republican Senator Thom Tillis, who represents Brunson's home state North Carolina, and Democrat Jeanne Shaheen, said the Senate backs efforts to strengthen cooperation between U.S. and Turkish law enforcement.

  U.S. President Donald Trump also voiced his support for Brunson on Twitter this week, writing, "They call him a spy, but I am more a spy than he is."

  In their letter, the senators warned that unspecified measures might be necessary to ensure the Turkish government "respects the rights of law-abiding citizens" of the United States to be in Turkey without fear of prosecution.

  Read more at &>> here <<


★ The Eurasia Airshow will be held in Turkey's Mediterranean city of Antalya between April 25-29 .

  The event - held under the auspices of the Turkish Presidency and with Turkey's national flag carrier Turkish Airlines as its main sponsor - will bring together major players of the global aerospace industry, according to data compiled by the Anatolia News Agency.

  Ferhat Yenibertiz, the general manager of the Eurasia Airshow, said the five-day event is expected to see the signing of trade agreements worth $10 billion.

  Aerospace firms from 40 countries as well as civil aviation authorities from nearly 200 countries are set to participate in the show.

  Read more at &g>> here <<

★ Followers of U.S.-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen have started seeing Greece as a "safe haven," Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said on April 20, after a Greek high court's decision to release a former Turkish soldier from custody. r />
  Greece "protects [Fethullahist Terrorist Organization] FETÖ members who actively participated in the [July 2016 military] coup attempt," Yıldırım told reporters.

&n  "What Greece has been doing is harming our friendship," he added.


★ As part of this year's Turkey's April 23 children's day Turkish Americans have been also observing the day here in the U. S.

  As you have been hearing in our announcements, the Berkeley Turkish School will be having a celebration tomorrow.

  The Turks in Seattle area in Washington state put together an International Children's Friendship Festival. This was the ninth year they had the Festival.

  There leader John Ufuk Gokcen says that this year the Festival was very successful:

&n  - 38 different countries/cultures were represented
  - 550 children performed
  - Over 200 volunteers worked at the cultural tables
  - Approximately 6500 people visited the festival

  Down south, the Los Angeles Turkish American Association is celebrating the day with a community event at the original Fairfax Farmers Market Community Room on April 22. r />


★ The 19th Ankara International Film Festival kicked off with a ceremony at the MEB Şura Hall on April 19, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  The honorary awards of the Festival were presented to veteran actors Menderes Samancılar, Rüştü Asyalı and the Sinecine Research Magazine.

  Nearly 190 films will be screened at this year's festival. In the retrospective section of the festival, films by Kenji Mizoguchi, one of the greatest Japanese directors, will be shown in Turkey for the first time.

  Read more at >> here <<

Valeska Grisebach

★ The 37th Istanbul Film Festival announced the award-winners at a ceremony held at the Rahmi M. Koç Museum on April 17, reports the Hürriyet Daily News. Sixty films vied in national and international competitions at this year's festival.

  The awards were presented in categories of International and National Competitions, Human Rights in Cinema, National Documentary and National Short Film competitions, as well as the Seyfi Teoman Best Debut Film Prize, FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics), and National Short Film Awards.

  The winner of the Golden Tulip in the International Competition is "Western," directed by Valeska Grisebach. The winner was announced by the head of the jury, Joao Pedro Rodrigues.

  The International Competition's Special Jury Prize was presented by the director of Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival Tiina Lokk.

  The Human Rights in Cinema award was given to "Frost," directed by Sharunas Bartas.

  In the national competition of the Festival, 13 films completed in 2017-18 season fight for the Golden Tulip award.

  The Golden Tulip for the Best Film in the National Competition went to "Debt," directed by Vuslat Saraçoğlu.

  Tayfun Pirselimoğlu won Best Director for his film "Sideway".

  Spearheaded with the objectives of encouraging short film making, supporting the development in this field, and bringing together the audience and outstanding short films, the National Short Film Competition was held for the third time this year.

  Umut Subaşı's film "I Don't Believe In You But Then There Is Gravity" won the Best Short Film Award.

  Harun Durmuş's film "East Side" won the Special Mention.

  The Best Documentary Award was given to "Fragments," directed by Rojda Akbayır and Banu Sıvacı's film "The Pigeon" won the Seyfi Teoman Best Debut Film Prize.

  Read more at >> here <<   The festival website is >> here <<


★ Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan's latest film "The Wild Pear Tree" is among the titles added to this year's Cannes film Festival, reports Vecdi Sayar of the Hürriyet Daily News.

  Ceylan had previously won major prizes in Cannes, including the Grand Prix and Best Actor awards.

  "The Wild Pear Tree" tells the story of a young writer trying to find money to publish his book. During his trip to his native village, the young man makes new discoveries about his father. The audience witnesses the encounter of the sad destinies of the two men.


★ Turkey's artist-led contemporary art event Mamut Art Project is set to feature 400 works by 50 emerging artists in its sixth exhibition from April 26 to 29 in Istanbul, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  Seren Kohen is directing the project. The artworks displayed are priced at "accessible prices", the organizers say. They include a wide range of works from painting, sculpture, collage, photography, textile, digital art, animation, street art, new media and installation.

  The 50 exhibitors have been selected from 1000 applications across the region by a jury of five multi-disciplinary experts.

  KRÜW, an Istanbul-based artist collective with 20 artists from different fields including illustrators, sculptors and street artists, will be creating for Mamut an exclusive series of works inspired by mythological stories told across different territories and culture.

  Mamut will also launch a kid section. Children will have the chance to participate in interactive, colorful, fun and accessible activities focusing on process and experience.

  Read more at >> here <<


★ Istanbul's Özyeğin University's L'Atelier Bleu has opened its doors for visitors to try out new tastes during the international cuisine courses attended by gastronomy students, as well as students from the hotel management department, Dilara Diner of the Hürriyet Daily News reports.

  Özyeğin University and Le Cordon Bleu have been in partnership since 2012, where Turkey's future chefs receive training from Le Cordon Bleu International Master Chefs.

  One of their instructor is chef is Eric Ruppen. Chef Ruppen, who came to Turkey in 1990, has worked at Istanbul's Çırağan Palace Hotel for over five years.

  Founded in Paris in 1895, Le Cordon Bleu is considered today the largest network of culinary and hospitality schools in the world with more than 35 institutes in 20 countries and 20,000 students of over 100 nationalities are trained every year. Le Cordon Bleu combines innovation and creativity with tradition through its certificates, diplomas, bachelors and master degrees.

  Read more at >> here <<   Le Cordon Bleu for Istanbul campus pages are >> here <<

EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 4.08


High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey:        66/34 Mostly Sunny
Antalya, on the Mediterranean:    79/59 Partly Cloudy
Erzurum, in Eastern Turkey:       55/30 Mostly Cloudy
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 72/48 Partly Cloudy
Izmir, on the Aegean:             75/54 Mostly Sunny
Trabzon, on the Black Sea:        55/46 Rainy



Premiere League

Results for week: 29
Akhisar Sp      -      Beşiktaş        0 - 3
Sivas Sp        -      Fenerbahçe      1 - 2
Malatyaspor     -      Alanya Sp       1 - 1
Kasımpaşa       -      Karabük Sp      2 - 0
Göztepe         -      Bursa Sp        2 - 1
Antalya Sp      -      Konya Sp        0 - 0
G. Saray        -      Başakşehir      2 - 0
Kayseri Sp      -      G. Birliği      3 - 2
Osmanlı Sp      -      Trabzon Sp      3 - 3
In games played so far this weekend:
Başakşehir      -      Kayseri Sp      3 - 1
Trabzon Sp      -      Sivas Sp        0 - 2
Karabük Sp      -      Bursa Sp        1 - 4
Alanya Sp       -      G. Saray        2 - 3
G. Birliği      -      Osmanlı Sp      0 - 3
Standing in the league as of week ending 29
  1 - G. Saray        60
  2 - Beşiktaş        59
  3 - Başakşehir      59
  4 - Fenerbahçe      57
  5 - Trabzon Sp      46
  6 - Kayseri Sp      44
  7 - Göztepe         43
  8 - Sivas Sp        41
  9 - Kasımpaşa       40
 10 - Malatyaspor     38
 11 - Antalya Sp      35
 12 - Akhisar Sp      34
 13 - Bursa Sp        33
 14 - Alanya Sp       32
 15 - G. Birliği      30
 16 - Konya Sp        29
 17 - Osmanlı Sp      29
 18 - Karabük Sp      12

Premiere League

Last week's games
GİRESUN         - FENERBAHÇE      70 - 93
İSTANBUL BBSK   - BANVİT          65 - 72
TRABZONSPOR     - ESKİŞEHİR       73 - 86
BEŞİKTAŞ        - GAZİANTEP       87 - 80
UŞAK            - GALATASARAY     85 - 78
SAKARYA         - EFES            74 - 100
TOFAŞ           - KARŞIYAKA       94 - 75

Latest games
ESKİŞEHİR       - GİRESUN         86 - 75
GAZİANTEP       - SAKARYA         79 - 67
EFES            - İSTANBUL BBSK   86 - 67
KARŞIYAKA       - UŞAK            78 - 74

Rankings in the Basketball League

1 FENERBAHÇE       47
2 TOFAŞ            45
3 EFES             44
4 BEŞİKTAŞ         42
5 BANVİT           41
7 ESKİŞEHİR        40
8 SAKARYA          39
9 KARŞIYAKA        36
12 GİRESUN         34
14 GAZİANTEP       34
16 UŞAK            31


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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.

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Jefferson Elementary School, 1400 Ada Street Berkeley, CA 94702