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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 02 June 2018

[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 02 June 2018]

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★ President Donald Trump's administration went ahead with the imposition of higher tariffs on steel imports. One of the countries that is affected by the higher tariffs is Turkey.

  "Huge, huge effect, steel producers are desperate, the psychology is terrible among producers," said Tayfun Şentürk , a Turkey-based international steel trader, reports the Voice of America correspondent Dorian Jones. "For the last three months, there have been no new U.S. orders, and the U.S. is a major market for Turkish producers, especially in piping. If it continues for a few years, there will be closures" Şentürk added.

  Last year, Turkey was the sixth-largest exporter to the United States, making up about 6% of the total imports of the U. S. The leading exporter is Canada with 17%.

  Turkey's foreign affairs minister Mr. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu is scheduled to meet with Secretary of State Pompeo in Washington on Monday .

★ Speaking of Mr. Çavuşoğlu, on Wednesday in an interview with the private broadcaster A Haber, blamed the plunge in the Turkish lira on an organized campaign masterminded abroad - including by Turkey's NATO allies, reports the Voice of America correspondent Jamie Dettmer.

  In his article Dettmer writes that in the election campaign speeches, Mr. Erdoğan is ramping up the nationalist rhetoric. He's also floating conspiracy theories against Turkey, especially those hatched by foreign powers , similar the one Mr. Çavuşoğlu told in his interview.

  "At times it has appeared as if AKP [Mr. Erdoğan's Justice and Development Party] candidates are running against the West - not domestic opponents", Dettmer adds.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Bloomberg news carried an article on the politics of Turkey on May 31. The article titled "The Desperation to Keep Turkey Different" says that the secularists are on the defensive to protect their way of life.

  Penned by Donna Abu-Nasr and Çağan Koç, the article writes that unlike some Arab countries that penalize people for violating Ramadan rules on food consumption during the day, people are free to eat and even consume alcohol in Turkey.

  However, the collision between secular Turkey and Islamic Turkey, which is nothing new, has intensified under the leadership of the president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Mr. Erdoğan and his Justice and Development Party has been ruling Turkey for the past 16 years.

  In addition to secular versus Islamic confrontation, there is a more pressing confrontation between authoritarianism and democracy, the article adds.

  The full article is available at: Read more at >> here <<

★ According to the Wall Street Journal, in Turkey's snap elections set for June 24, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is running against an unusually dangerous opponent. Its name: the US dollar.

  The Turkish currency's slide tests popular support for Erdoğan who gained votes by delivering prosperity.

  The economic turmoil may derail Erdoğan's reelection.

★ A claim that the current Turkish president and the candidate for the presidency in the upcoming snap elections, Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, does not actually have a college degree has surfaced again.

  Saying that Turkey and Istanbul does not need lying politicians but rather honest ones, the theater actor Genco Erkal called on Mr. Erdoğan to show his diploma.


★ With the Turkish currency losing ground against major currencies of the world, it has become difficult for Turkish Airlines to attract foreign pilots for employment. Currently hundreds of foreign pilots from 43 different countries are working for the Turkish Airlines, making up about 20% of the crew.

  To alleviate the difficulty of getting new pilots from abroad, Turkish Airlines made some of the criteria less stringent, reports the Turkish daily Habertürk. For example, male pilots had to be at least 5'5", now 5'2" will suffice. Also an AA degree rather than a BS degree will be adequate.

  After going through training for 18 months, the new recruits will be able to fly as second pilots.

  Here is where you need to click if you would like to apply: Read more at >> here <<

★ Dr. Jeffrey Magnamavita, Dr. Tahir Özakkaş and specialized clinical psychologist Mustafa Tuncer discussed psychotherapy in Turkey and the United States, giving a cultural and historical overview of treating patients in both countries on May 31 at the East West Institute in New York.

  The American Turkish society organize the event which was moderated by Dr. Gökşin Özkarahan. The event concluded with a violin recital by İlke Işı Tuncer, a member of the Ankara State Opera and Ballet Children's Chorus. Read more at >> here <<

  Founded in 1949, The American Turkish Society is the nation's oldest not-for-profit organization seeking to enhance cultural, economic, and diplomatic ties between Turkey and the United States.

★ According to Reuters, Turkish manufacturing activity contracted in May, driven by a slowdown in new orders and market fluctuations.

  Also, rising input costs due to decline in the value Turkish currency were reflected to output prices.



★ A new Turkish horror film hit the screens on June 1, reports the Turkish daily Sözcü. Titled the Genie of the Scripture, this film is vying to be different from the routine Turkish horror movies.

  The film is made by SineLama, which also made the movie Felak last year. We director is Uğur Akünlü.

  In the film, Salih is a man who lives alone. He has dedicated his life to fighting the genies. He is trying to revenge the death of his family at the hands of a particular genie. However, he finds himself in a curse cast upon him by the Sultan of the genie army Se'nik. While trying to avenge his family's death, Salih finds itself trying to protect his sister Serpil, whose existence he was not aware of, from the same curse.


★ The Venice Film Festival will take place between August 29 and September 8 this year.

  The delegate-at-large for the Festival's Critiques Week section Giona Nazzaro, the director of the programming for "Venice days" Gaia Furrer, and representing the main section of the Festival Paolo Bertolin will be in Istanbul to work on the project "Festivals are in Istanbul" between June 3 and 9.

  They have been invited by Turkey's Se-Yap Professional Association of Film Producers.

  The goal of the project is to improve the visibility of the Turkish films in international film festivals and markets.

  The "Festivals are in Istanbul" will continue its work during the summer months with the authorities of the Toronto, San Sebastian, and Busan film festivals.


★ Another award for the Turkish film Ayla: according to the Turkish daily Sözcü, the film received the best foreign film award in the World-fest Houston International Film . This is the eighth award that the film received in the US.

  Directed by Can Ulkay and produced by Mustafa Uslu, "Ayla" tells the story of Sergeant Süleyman, who finds an abandoned five-year-old girl in 1950 during the Korean War. It stars İsmail Hacıoğlu, Çetin Tekindor and Lee Kyung-Jin.

  The film will start to be screened in the movie theaters on June 21 in South Korea.


★ The 28-year-old Turkish actress Yasemin Allen joined the British-U.S. co-production serialized drama "Strike Back", reports the daily Sözcü.

  Allen will be portraying a dangerous Russian agent in the drama, which is shown in 53 countries. For her role she is taking Russian lessons.

  The shooting of the drama started in Malaysia and Allen will be accompanied by actors Warren Brown, Daniel MacPherson an actress Alin Sumarwata .


★ Bilgi contemporary visual arts festival Festival 408 has ended on June 29, reports the Turkish daily Sözcü.

  The festival was organized by the School of Stage and Visual Arts Directing program and Stage Arts section of the Istanbul Bilgi University, and started on May 22.

  The Festival was the seventh one that took place this year. During the Festival the University's students and graduates staged 13 dance and theater performances, and conducted numerous workshops. The theme of this year's festival was "Festival 408 not found", covering error codes that emerge in the virtual world when life overflows the existing systems, comes to the point of stopping, gets prevented or eroded by time.

  Among the plays performed were "Little People in My Head", "Repetition", "Persona Non Grata" and "Stillness after Movement".


★ According to Turkey's statistical Institute, the attendance numbers for opera and ballet, and choral performances are in for the 2016 - 2017 season.

  While attendance to opera and ballet increased by 3.1% and reached 281,000, attendance to orchestral and choral performances decreased by 11% to 411,000.

  The change in attendance shows regional differences the Institute statistics reveal. While orchestral and choral performances were decreasing around the country, in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır attendance for choral works increased by a whopping 748%. Sivas and Izmir showed increases of 50 and 46% respectively.

  There were 195 orchestral performances in the season, down 9% compared to the previous season. Choral performances, however, increased 6% to 179.

  The number of artists employed in opera and ballet performances increased by 2.2%. Including the guest artists the total number of performances reached 2498. 45% of these artists were women. 1448 artists were employed in creating orchestral and choral works, and dance performances .


★ A 14-year-old Turkish music student, Arya Nur Güneş, came first in the International Luthiers Clar second cello competition in her age group, reports the Anatolia News Agency.

  The competition took place in Valencia Spain between May 18 and 20.

  As an award, Arya now will be participating in the CellosMagic Festival in Spain's Sigüenza city between July 22-28.

  Arya is a student at the middle school of the Dokuz Eylül University state Conservatory. She says she is looking forward to her performance in July in Spain.


★ In a construction site in Turkey's Western Aegean province of Izmir, excavations for a new building revealed the remains of a "harbor bath" thought to be dating back to the Roman era, reports the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation.

  There was a 120-year-old business building at the site. The remains of the bath emerged when this building was demolished.

  Authorities have stopped the construction and are looking into excavating the rest of the ancient structure. Experts involved in the archaeological excavation are saying that the site should be converted to an archaeological park.


★ In surface exploration, archaeologists from the local university found a square and walls dating back to the Roman era in Turkey's North Eastern province of Bayburt, reports the CNN Turk.

  Archaeologists are thinking that the site was used as a Roman military outpost.

  The walls are 45 feet high and 10 feet thick, and I thought to be defensive in nature.

  Archaeologists expressed interest in conducting a full scale research at the site.


★ In Turkey's Northwestern city of Mudanya, archaeological excavations revealed the remains of the 2700-year-old city of Myrleia .

  The remains of the city will be turned into an archaeological park and open-air Museum.

  A shopping mall built recently, however, is covering the rest of the ancient city.

  Excavations at the site have revealed numerous mosaics.


★ In Turkey's Northwestern European province of Kırklareli, excavations revealed an antique theater dating back to the Roman era, reports the Anatolia News Agency .

  While cleaning the theater archaeologists found a headless women statue. The statue is about 6 foot tall and is the second one found at the site.

  The theater is the only one from the Roman era in Turkey's European territory.

Some of the artifacts from Troy that will come back to Turkey.
(Click on photo to open a larger  version in a new window.)

★ The ancient city of Troy is located in Turkey's Northwestern province of Çanakkale. 24 artifacts illegally excavated and taken to the U. S. will be returned back to Turkey, reports the Turkish media sites.

  The artifacts will be displayed, along with other finds, in a new museum that will open soon.

  The artifacts have been on display at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum). In 2012 Penn Museum and Turkey came to an agreement that the artifacts at the Museum were to be considered a loan. The collection includes 24 gold jewelry pieces dating to 4400 years ago.

  The 2012 announcement of the loan agreement between Turkey and the Penn Museum is  >> here <<

  See more photographs of the artifacts >> here <<

EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 4.65


High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey:        82/54 Thunderstorms
Antalya, on the Mediterranean:    90/72 Thunderstorms
Erzurum, in Eastern Turkey:       61/45 Thunderstorms
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 79/66  Mostly Cloudy
Izmir, on the Aegean:             91/72 Partly Cloudy
Trabzon, on the Black Sea:        73/64 Thunderstorms
Seawater temperatures:
Black Sea measured at Trabzon         67
Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdağ      69
Aegean Sea measured at İzmir          73
Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 76



★ Premiere League

    Turkish premiere league is in recess.
★ Basketball

In the Turkish basketball premiere league , it is the playoff time.

In the fourth leg of the games on Saturday, June 2 Efes was beaten by Tofaş 70-76.

The previous games in the playoff were:
05/27/18	Tofaş   	91 - 63	Efes
05/28/18	Fenerbahçe 	86 - 81	Banvit
05/29/18	Tofaş   	89 - 82	Efes
05/30/18	Fenerbahçe	98 - 93	Banvit
05/31/18	Efes    	94 - 88	Tofaş
06/01/18	Banvit   	73 - 84	Fenerbahçe


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