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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 19 May 2018

[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 19 May 2018]

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★ Mehmet Hakan Atilla, The former deputy general manager of the government owned Halkbank of Turkey, is sentenced to 32 months in prison by a New York Court in an Iran- sanctions busting case, reports Reuters.

  The main conspirator, Reza Zarrab, a Turkish Iranian dual national, in exchange for leniency testified against Atilla during the trial.

  Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party administration officials say that the sentencing is a political attack by the United States.

★ According to Reuters, the main challenger to Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Muharrem Ince says that Erdoğan is driving Turkey "to the cliff" through ideological politics and a determination to control the central bank.

  This week Turkey's currency hit a new record low against the US dollar.

  Mr. Erdoğan blames conspiracies by foreign forces for the decline in the value of Turkish currency.

  Muharrem Ince, who seeks to end Erdoğan's 15-year hold on power in next month's elections, said the central bank and other economic institutions must be able to operate independently.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ The political turmoil and bloodshed caused by President Donald Trump's decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem may result in the final and definitive breakup of the already loveless relationship between Turkey and Israel, writes the Turkish journalists Semih Idiz on Al Monitor.

  The situation also appears set to deepen the crisis in Turkish-American ties, already beset by a host of problems that remain unsolved.

  Turkey asked Israel's ambassador in Ankara and consul general in Istanbul to leave following this week's mass killing of Palestinian demonstrators by Israeli soldiers. It also recalled its ambassador in Washington for consultations over the Jerusalem crisis.

  Israel reciprocated, asking Turkey's ambassador in Tel Aviv and consul general in Jerusalem, whose job was essentially to look after Palestinian affairs, to leave.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ According to Dorian Jones of the voice of America, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is seeking to rally opposition to Israel and the United States, with a mass rally in Istanbul in support of Palestinians as leaders of the Islamic world gathered for a summit.

  Mr. Erdoğan also targeted Muslim leaders.

  "The Islamic world failed Jerusalem," he said, "Muslim leaders are very good at fighting one another but are shy when fighting enemies of Islam."

  Dorian Jones writes that President Erdoğan's aggressive stance towards Israel and the United States could also be for domestic consumption to garner more votes in the upcoming snap elections.

  Read more at >> here <<  and  >> here <<

★ Turkish President Erdoğan was in Britain this week. According to Reuters, British Prime Minister Teresa may warned Mr. Erdoğan not to go too far in his crackdown on those believed to be behind a failed 2060 coup attempt.

  Rights campaigners have accused May of turning a blind eye to human rights abuses in pursuit of trade deals after Brexit.

  In Turkey's case they point to the jailing of tens of thousands of people after the attempted coup. Erdoğan's government has said its actions are necessary to combat the threat it faces.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ According to Bloomberg, the tourism industry in Turkey thinks that the devaluation of the Turkish lira against the US dollar will be good for the industry.

  A company Marti Hotels & Marinas, which operates resort hotels in Turkey's South, is considering new projects. It is also seeking Europeans and talk with Western chains for joint projects and investment.

  Read more at >> here <<

  In related news, the British daily The Telegraph reports that British tour operator Thomas Cook is seeing a rejuvenation in Turkish holidays. This has helped the company cut its losses due to rises in costs in tours to Spain.

★ According to the website "Renewables Now", The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is preparing to make an equity investment in a renewable energy unit of Turkish company IC Ictas Enerji Yatirim Holding.

  The investee company, Ictas Yenilenebilir Enerji Uretim ve Ticaret AS, has about 400 MW of operational hydropower plants and other renewable energy projects in the pipeline. In addition to hydropower, it also wants to build wind and solar parks.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ According to the publication Global Capital, visible hand of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sent the country's sovereign bond yields flying this week as he vowed to take more responsibility for monetary policy if he wins next month's elections.

  His comments prompted another sharp dive in the value of the Turkish lira as investors feared that even if Turkey's central bank does hike raised to defend the currency, the measure could be soon reversed.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ According to Turkey's central bank, Turkish firms' long-term foreign borrowing increased by $5.5 billion in the first quarter. The loans rose to $226.8 billion.

  The foreign borrowing has raised concern among investors and ratings agencies for financial stability in Turkey amid a sell-off in the lira.

  Read more at >> here <<



★ Last week we told you about a performance by the Oya Dance School in Istanbul. The performance of the Don Quixote ballet was this week in Turkey's southwestern city of Bodrum, reports the Turkish daily Sözcü.

  In Bodrum's Herodotus Cultural Center the students of the school from age 3 to 63 performed to accolades from the audience.


★ The 47th Orhan Kemal fiction award was given to Turkish writer Seray Şahiner, reports the Turkish daily Sözcü. Orhan Kemal was a Turkish short story and novel writer who lived between 1914 and 1970.

  Seray Şahiner won the prize for her novel "Subject". The novel tells the story of the collapse of a neighborhood because of forced renovation of the homes there. It also weaves through the story of women forced into loneliness, and start fighting alone for their very existence, their expectations and hopes, failures of their dreams, influence of the ideology and beliefs of the society on them.

  Ms. Şahiner will receive her award on June 1 at the Orhan Kemal Library conference hall in Beyazıt, Istanbul.


★ The 2017 children's novel prize was awarded to Ms. Ömür Kurt for her novel "The Migration of the Wild Duck Family", reports the daily Sözcü. The awards ceremony took place in the Turkish capital Ankara at the Hacettepe University's School of Education on May 15.

  Novelist Gülten Dayıoğlu's "Children's and Youth Literature Foundation" has been awarding the prize for the past 11 years.

  In the ceremony at the Hacettepe University, 83-year-old Gülten Dayıoğlu was also present.


  Late Turhan Selçuk


  Luetic's award-winning cartoon on the predicament of the migrants

★ The eighth international Turhan Selçuk Cartoon Awards winners are announced, reports the Turkish daily Sözcü. The jury evaluated 1847 cartoons from 514 cartoonists from 61 countries. Croatian cartoonists Zarko Luetic won the first prize. Iranian cartoonist Jaber Asadi received the second place award, and another Iranian cartoonist Nahid Zamani received the third place award.

  The municipality of Milas and southwestern Turkey organize the competition. The exhibition of the cartoons that participated in the competition will be on through October 1 in Milas.

  See more cartoons from the competition here: Read more at >> here <<


★ Young Turkish actress Dilan Çiçek Deniz is heading to Cannes, France to participate in the film Festival's awards ceremony, reports the daily Sözcü.

  Dilan has been invited to the ceremony by a renowned French jewelry company, and throughout the event she will be wearing their jewelry.

  Dilan was crowned Ms. Universe Turkey in 2014 and represented her country in the Ms. Universe 2014.

★ A 69-year-old steam locomotive has gone on to display in Istanbul's Rahmi M. Koç Museum, reports the daily Sözcü. Built in Czechoslovakia in 1949, The locomotive originally was owned by the Turkish railroads company. It has gone through restoration work before the museum started to display it.

  The Rahmi M. Koç Museum, named after the Turkish businessman from the Koç family, features over 14,000 objects from transportation, industrial production and communication spheres.


★ The Turkish-Dutch artist Fahrettin Örenli started a solo exhibition titled Money without Nationality at the Pi Artworks in London.

  Fahrettin Örenli was born in 1969 in Turkey lives and works between Amsterdam, Istanbul and Seoul. Örenli was awarded the ABN AMRO Art Prize, Amsterdam (2004) and the Royal Painting Prize, Amsterdam (2000).

  Money without Nationality is a series of works across drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and poetry, examining the psychological and physical aspects of cities as living organic structures, perceiving them as control towers for the distribution of mass information. A version of the presentation in London at Pi Artworks was shown in Seoul, at Art Sonje Center, in late 2017, but this is the first time these artworks will have been seen in Europe.

  The London exhibition will be on through June 9.

  See artist site Read more at >> here <<

★ The Turkish Cultural Foundation has nominated Turkey's Limak Foundation and Sabancı University Gender and Women's Studies Center for the UNESCO Prize for Girls' and Women's Education .

  The Limak Foundation is nominated for its leadership and efforts in raising awareness on gender equality and women empowerment in Turkey through the Foundation's Engineer Girls of Turkey, targeting the disproportionate representation of women in engineering at both the academic and professional levels in Turkey. The program have so far provided scholarships to 106 students at 36 different universities, also provided internships, employment opportunities and mentoring.

  The Sabancı University Gender and Women's Studies Center of Excellence is nominated for its Purple Certificate Program. The program aims to introduce gender-mainstreaming into the Turkish high school system and curricula. Between 2007-2016, the program offered intensive two-day workshops in 17 cities, and a one-week certificate program to qualified applicants.

  The UNESCO prize consists of two annual prizes of $50,000 for each laureate.

  The Turkish Cultural Foundation is a US-based organization for promoting and preserving Turkish culture and heritage worldwide. It supports education, particularly in the area of humanities, for disadvantaged students in Turkey.

  See the Turkish cultural foundation website Read more at >> here <<

★ Some news on archaeology:



★ According to CNN Turk, on the rocks of the Beşparmak Mountain in Turkey's Southwest more ancient rock paintings were discovered in two caves and a rock shelter. The paintings are estimated to be 8000 years old.

  There are also more recent Byzantine frescoes on the walls. However, some of the frescoes and paintings were destroyed by people.


★ In Havza town in Turkey 's Black Sea province of Samsun, a piece of a sarcophagus was discovered in the foundation of a home. Homeowners immediately let the Samsun Museum administration know about the find.

  The museum moved the piece to its premises for further research on the origins, at this point it is thought to be from Roman era.


★ A sad news: the mausoleum of Alaeddin Ali Bey that was destroyed by treasure hunters in Pasinler district in Turkey's northeastern province of Erzurum is no longer there.

  Two tombstones that remained are put under protection by the authorities.

  According to historical records they were supposed to be seven graves in the mausoleum. The 1000-year-old tombstones were moved to the city center.

  Alaeddin Ali Bey was a "border chieftain" some 1000 years ago.

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★ According to the Anatolia News Agency, Turkish authorities in Turkey's Northwestern city of Bilecik confiscated two ancient torahs written on gazelle hide.

  The torahs are decorated with emeralds and rubies, and written with gold lettering.

  Bilecik Museum administration will be investigating the age of the scriptures.

  Five people who had the torahs in their possession are arrested.


★ 12 fragments of a mosaic that were smuggled out of Turkey in 1960s will be sent back from the Bowling Green State University collection to Turkey.

  The fragments are part of the renowned Gypsy girl mosaic from the ancient city of Zeugma in southeastern Turkey.

  The Bowling Green State University purchased the fragments in 1965 four $35,000 from an art dealer. They had been in exhibition since then in the Wolfe Center for the Arts.

  See more photos of the fragments are >> here <<

  A 2012 article on Turkish attempts to repatriate the pieces:

  Read more at >> here <<


★ Turkey's Culture and Tourism Ministry is making an attempt to bring another ancient art piece back to Turkey from the US.

  A small statue, estimated to be 5000-year-old, was sold in action last year for $14.5 million by Christie's auction house.

  Read more at >> here <<

EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 4.5


High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey:        79/57 Thunderstorms
Antalya, on the Mediterranean:    90/73 Mostly Sunny
Erzurum, in Eastern Turkey:       66/45 Thunderstorms
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 75/64 Thunderstorms
Izmir, on the Aegean:             88/68 Mostly Sunny
Trabzon, on the Black Sea:        75/66 Thunderstorms
Seawater temperatures:
Black Sea measured at Trabzon         63
Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdağ      66
Aegean Sea measured at İzmir          72
Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 75



Premiere League

The league is in recess. Galatasaray became the champion.

* Results for week: 34
G. Birliği      -      Bursa Sp        1 - 0
Akhisar Sp      -      Osmanlı Sp      2 - 1
Malatyaspor     -      Kayseri Sp      3 - 2
Alanya Sp       -      Antalya Sp      3 - 2
Trabzon Sp      -      Karabük Sp      3 - 0
Başakşehir      -      Kasımpaşa       3 - 2
Beşiktaş        -      Sivas Sp        5 - 1
Fenerbahçe      -      Konya Sp        3 - 2
Göztepe         -      G. Saray        0 - 1
* Standing in the league as of week ending 34
   1 - G. Saray        75
  2 - Fenerbahçe      72
  3 - Başakşehir      72
  4 - Beşiktaş        71
  5 - Trabzon Sp      55
  6 - Göztepe         49
  7 - Sivas Sp        49
  8 - Kasımpaşa       46
  9 - Kayseri Sp      44
 10 - Malatyaspor     43
 11 - Akhisar Sp      42
 12 - Alanya Sp       40
 13 - Bursa Sp        39
 14 - Antalya Sp      38
 15 - Konya Sp        36
 16 - Osmanlı Sp      33
 17 - G. Birliği      33
 18 - Karabük Sp      12
★ Basketball

★ European league:

  Turkish team Fenerbahçe is in the finals for the cup

1 CSKA Moskova  54
2 Fenerbahçe 51
3 Olympiakos 49
4 Panathinaikos  49
5 Real Madrid  49
6 Zalgiris  48
7 Baskonia  46

Next game is on May 20 against Real Madrid.

  In the basketball Turkish premiere league:

  # Team  P
1 Fenerbahçe 57
2 Tofaş 54
3 Anadolu Efes 51
4 Beşiktaş 50
5 Banvit 48
6 Darüşşafaka 48
7 Eskişehir 46
8 Sakarya 44


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