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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 01 September 2018
[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 01 September 2018]
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★ Turkey's economic woes top the news again this week. The slump of the Turkish currency started again. To stop the down slide of the Turkish currency, the government announced that it will lower the tax charge on bank deposits in Turkish liras, an increase the tax charge on bank deposits in foreign currencies. However, analysts say that this will cost $500 million in tax revenue.
Other headlines in the news on the Turkish economy was as follows:
Turkey's finance minister who is also the president's son-in-law Berat Albayrak said U.S. trade sanctions against Turkey could destabilize the Middle East.
Germany denied a report that might provide financial aid to Turkey to help it weather the currency crisis. A German official said that Turkey must reform itself.
On Tuesday ratings agency Moody's downgraded 20 Turkish financial institutions, citing substantial increase in risk.
To prop up the sales of homes, Turkish government announced a new campaign, offering a 10% discount on some home sales.
★ In Turkey, a group known as the "Saturday Mothers" marked the 700th week of gathering in Istanbul to protest the forced disappearances and political murders in Turkey during the military coup-era of 1980s and the Kurdish-Turkish conflict of the 1990s.
This week the Turkish police cracked down on the group, arresting some and forcing others to leave the area by using teargas. Some of the women detained were in their 70s and 80s.
Turkish interior minister Süleyman Soylu said ""We wanted to put an end to this abuse [and deceptive use of motherhood]". He then accused the demonstrators of supporting terrorism.
The protest is one of the world's longest civil disobedience demonstrations.
Erdoğan and Putin
★ Associated press carried an article this week about the warming relations between Turkey and Russia. The article says that the cozy relationship is prompting worries in the West of potentially critical rift in the NATO alliance.
The article says that the Turkish president may actually be engaged in a balancing act, due to the deteriorating relationship with the United States.
According to Şener Aktürk, an associate professor of international relations at Koç University in Istanbul, in Turkey's view, "the U.S. has become even more threatening than Russia" due to strains over critical issues .
As we reported to you in our previous broadcasts, there are several disputes between Turkey and the U.S. :
Jailing of a U.S. pastor in Turkey for alleged charges of support for terrorism. Turkey's intended purchase of S-400 Russian missiles. Denial of Turkish requests for the return of a Turkish cleric who lives in U.S. and whom Turkey accuses of masterminding the 2016 coup attempt.
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★ Writing in the Foreign Policy, Durmuş Yılmaz and Selim Sazak, attributed some of Turkey's recent problems to the choice of people.
In the byline for the article the two authors said "Erdoğan used to rely on Turkey's best and brightest-until he replaced them with its worst and dimmest."
One of the authors, Durmuş Yılmaz was the governor of the Central Bank of Turkey from 2006 to 2011. Since 2015, he has been serving as a member of parliament. He is currently the vice chair of Good Party, the centrist opposition party.
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★ Countdown for the 22nd Istanbul Theater Festival has started. Organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, the Festival will take place between November 17-December 4.
Festival, once again, will feature Turkish and foreign dance and theater performances, and side events.
The festival will start with a press conference on September 5. Afterwards there will be an awards ceremony led by the head of the foundation, Turkish businessmen Bülent Eczacıbaşı.
Click here for the foundation's site for the Festival: >> here <<
★ As part of the 87th Izmir International Fair, the Izmir Culture Center will have a film festival called "Here are the Movies" between September 12 and 16.
The festival will screen nine films, with four of them having a gala event. One of these is the Georgian production "Grandpa".
★ Angela Burns, who is an instructor at Turkey's Izmir Economy University's Fashion and Textile Design School, had his 12 illustrations exhibited at one of Ireland's major festivals, Feile an Phobail, reports the daily Cumhuriyet.
From the viewpoint of a foreigner living in Turkey, Angela Burns has incorporated into her illustrations, country's culture, history and geography.
★ The ancient theater in the city of Sardis in Western Turkey is awaiting to be restored, the daily Cumhuriyet writes. Built in 215 BCE, the theater was destroyed in an earthquake during ancient times, but later restored by Romans. However, another earthquake later in history knocked down the theater again.
Settlements in the area goes back to thousands of years ago. Historical records say that Cimmerians conquered the city in the seventh century BCE, Persians in the sixth century BCE, Athenians in the fifth and Antiochus
III the Great in the third century BCE.
The city was the capital of the early Lydian kingdom.
In addition to the ancient theater, Sardis has a Roman stadium, many ancient homes built on terraces with exquisite mosaics and other temples which are all awaiting to be excavated and restored.
Read more at >> here <<
★ In Turkey's Aegean city of Izmir, Writers and poets got together for an event to stand up against injustices seen in life.
Many renowned names attended the event, which was organized by Writers Union of Turkey, Konak City Council, and the World Poetry Movement members.
After releasing white pigeons to represent freedom, poets read poems. They said they were seeking justice in a world established on injustices.
★ World-renowned Romanian composer Eugen Doga composed music for the first president and independence war hero Turkey Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, reports the daily Cumhuriyet.
The composition was performed for the first time at Nazım Hikmet Culture and Convention Center in Yenimahalle city of Istanbul Province.
Before the performance Eugen Doga had a press conference where he said "Atatürk stood tall and saved Turkey, and with the marches he undoubtedly deserves a lot of respect".
The performance was accompanied by Turkey's Presidential Symphony Orchestra.
The city mayor Fethi Yaşar said "We express our gratitude to such a foreign composer for showing interest and sensitivity to Atatürk, the Savior of the Turkish nation".
★ Greek singer Despina Vandi will be in Turkey on September 17 to attend the 17th International Clarinet Festival. She will have a concert at Harbiye Cemil Topuzlu open-air theater.
Many Turkish singers have covered her songs in the past.
is a Despina Vandi song sang in Turkish by Yulduz Usmanova and Yaşar.
★ Turkey's state broadcaster TRT has removed Western movies that it has been showing for many years on TRT channel 1.
The film critiques asked for the reason, but so far they have not received any answers.
Film critique Tunca Arslan said "We are against the cowboys, but what's the fault of the Indians?".
He said that Western movies is a very important genre in film. Many renowned directors have made Western movies and they constitute some of the best movies in the world.
We recognize that these movies are used as propaganda tools to spread American ideals to the world, this is true. If the decision to remove the Westerns from TRT due to political concerns, instead of removing the whole genre, it would be better if "Westerns that criticize" can be chosen for screening.
Another critique Murat Tolga Şen said that the TRT decision was taken with a "child's mentality". He pointed out that many of the Westerns that he watched as a child were not American-made but they were Italian spaghetti Westerns shot in Spain.
He said that if TRT is removing the screening of Westerns to demonstrate anti-Americanism, they are betraying their own broadcast ideals.
EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 6.53
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey: 93/68 Mostly Sunny
Antalya, on the Mediterranean: 91/79 Mostly Sunny
Erzurum, in Eastern Turkey: 82/54 Partly Cloudy
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 91/77 Mostly Sunny
Izmir, on the Aegean: 91/77 Mostly Sunny
Trabzon, on the Black Sea: 82/75 Showers
Black Sea measured at Trabzon 77
Aegean Sea measured at İzmir 81
Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 84
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