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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 13 October 2018

[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 13 October 2018]

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★ Turkey released American pastor Andrew Brunson who was being tried for supporting the cleric Gülen and Kurdish separatists. Turkey accuses cleric Gülen and his followers of orchestrating the failed coup of 2016. Gülen lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1996.

  Brunson is now back in the U.S. He was detained in Turkey for two years while he was being tried. A Turkish court sentence him to prison but counted his detainment period for his sentencing and ordered him released.

  Most analysts say that the charges against him were made up, and he was being used as a "hostage" against the U.S. by the Erdoğan administration.

  However, during his meeting with the pastor in the White House, President Trump thanked Turkey and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and said that the release will positively influence the U.S.-Turkish relations that deteriorated in the last few years.

  In his meeting President Trump asked the pastor if he would like to go to Turkey again. Pastor Brunson said that they have spent 25 years in Turkey and they love it. "We love the Turkish people". Afterwards President Trump said "Turks are wonderful people".

  After Pastor Brunson's release, Turkish lira gained against the U.S. dollar.

★ By this time you may have heard about a dissident Saudi journalist who disappeared in Istanbul after visiting the Saudi consulate there.

  According to media reports Turkish officials now say they have video and sound evidence that the journalists Jamal Khashoggi is murdered in the consulate.

  Khashoggi comes from a powerful and well-known family in Saudi Arabia. He is the grandson of Muhammad Khashoggi, a Turkish doctor who married a Saudi woman and served as the personal physician for King Abdulaziz Al Saud, the founder of the kingdom.

★ According to Bianet, Women's Museum İstanbul and Sabancı University Gender and Women's Studies Excellence Center will hold the Feminist Pedagogy: Museums, Memory Sites and Practices of Remembrance, I. Asian and European Conference of Women's Museums between October 18 to 20.

  As part of the conference, which will be organized for the first time under this title, participants will find the opportunity to watch a series of conferences and exhibitions at Salt Galata and Minerva Pasaj in İstanbul.

★ According to the site Travel Daily News, these days İstanbul is the least expensive place to travel for the British.

  After Istanbul comes Ukrainian capital Kiev, which is 25% more expensive compared to Istanbul.

★ Turkish authorities said on Wednesday that they seized more than $460 million worth of narcotics so far this year.

  This year both heroin and cocaine seizures rose by about 50%, ecstasy by almost 250%.

  Turkish authorities say the reason for the increase is the extra effort put into intercepting drug trafficking.

★ According to the online publication Ahval a new proposed amendment will put Turkey's State Industry and Labor Investment Bank under Turkey's president's personal control.

  The bank was founded in 1975 to convert the savings of Turks working abroad into investments and finance labor companies.

  Despite drawing sharp criticism from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party and other opposition deputies, the amendment regarding the new Development Fund is scheduled for a plenary session this week.

★ Turkey's finance tsar has declared war on soaring inflation and called on the country's businesses to cut prices, reports Dorian Jones of VOA.

  Finance minister Berat Albayrak Tuesday called on business to cut prices by 10 percent to counter runaway inflation. The Turkish lira has fallen some 40 percent this year, driving up the price of everything from food to fuel and sending inflation to 25 percent last month, its highest in 15 years.

  Analysts warn that this radical strategy could hurt an economy that is already struggling. They also say the latest measure will likely unnerve investors again. However the Turkish lira only suffered a minimal fall following the controversial policy announcement.

  Most nations use monetary policy to fight inflation by raising interest rates to cut domestic demand and strengthen the local currency.

★ A sock company started by a former exchange student from Turkey took the top prize at the Green Light East Jordan Business Model Competition Wednesday at Castle Farms, reports Petoskey News of Michigan..

  Barış Atmaca's East Jordan-based company Socks Kick, which sells socks at wholesale and retail, took the $10,000 grand prize in the fourth annual Green Light event. Atmaca was among seven new or recently established business owners who did four-minute pitches to a five-judge panel at Wednesday's event.


★ Turkish Heritage Month in the Washington State is continuing. As part of the month, 18th Turkfest-Turkish Cultural Festival is taking place this weekend at the Seattle Center Armory House.

  The festival will have music, dances, art exhibits, shows, workshops, food, Turkish coffee, children activities and vendors.


★ Turkish painter Melike Özkan opened her third solo exhibition in Istanbul's Maji Gallery. Calling her show "Creation", Ms. Özkan says that her works in the exhibition concentrate on the meaning of the symbols in Turkish Shamanism.

  The exhibition will be on through October 20.

  Ms. Özkan was born in Turkey's Mediterranean town of Silifke in 1989. She graduated from Mersin University's School of Fine Arts in 2014, and from the same university's Fine Arts Institute in 2018.


★ The 21st International Istanbul puppet festival will be starting soon. The festival will be lead by Turkey's puppet and shadow theater master Cengiz Özek .

  Among the participants in the festival are:

  The leader of the festival Cengiz Özek will celebrate the 40th year in the art of puppeteering and shadow theater during the festival.

  The Istanbul Karagöz Puppet Endowment is organizing the festival, which will take place between October 24 - November 4.


★ In the film world, many activities took place this week in Turkey:

  - The Other Film Festival taking place in the northwestern Aegean town of Ayvalık, awarded the renowned Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan the Best Director of the Year Award, comprised of a statuette and around $16,000 in local currency. The festival screened 40 films from 25 countries until it ended on September 11.

  - Speaking of Ceylan, his latest film" The Wild Pear Tree" will be representing Turkey in the 62nd London film festival. The film which will be shown on October 16 and 17 is already sold out. It depicts the story of a young ambitious writer who cannot publish his book because of his father's debts

  - Turkey's southwestern town of Marmaris is hosting its 4th Short Film Festival October 9 - 14. The festival is synchronized with a film festival in Norwegian city of Trondheim. The festival in Norway is organized by the Norwegian-Turkish association.

  - Filmekimi, a week of film screenings organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, is continuing. The event shows movies that have won awards in the film festivals from around the world.

  - The Sixth Bosporus Film Festival will start this year on October 26. The 10 films that will compete in the national competitions, and the jury for these competitions have been disclosed to the public. There is also a short film competition, with 18 films competing for the top prize. The film festival will continue until November 3.

  - The 20th Eskişehir International Film Festival will take place between November 16 - 24 in Turkey's central northwestern city of Eskişehir. This year the festival will give the "Contribution to the Film Culture Award" to Türker İnanoğlu foundation. Türker İnanoğlu is a Turkish screenwriter, film director and producer born in 1936. His foundation will have an exhibition at the festival this year featuring original film posters and books.

  - The Seattle Turkish film festival will take place this year November 9 through 17. The short film competition winner will be announced during the festival.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ As part of the Fourth Istanbul Design Biennial, the organizer, the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts has published a book for children named "Long, Really Big, Many" with the contribution of Bernard van Leer foundation of the Netherlands.

  Published in Turkish, English and Arabic, the book is available for free.

  Established in 1949, The Bernard van Leer Foundation funds and shares knowledge about work in early childhood development.

  This year's Istanbul Design Biennial is titled "The School Of Schools".


★ Yusuf and Ursula Katipoğlu's exhibition "Collections" has opened in Gallery in Istanbul. The couple are showing their art from their 38 years of being together.

  Ursula is originally from Switzerland and met Yusuf in turkey's Black Sea city of Trabzon.

  Their exhibition will be on through October 27.

★ The exhibition "Troy: The Land of Dreams" is now in Istanbul's Archeological Museum's Old Mint.

  The exhibition was earlier in the Northwestern city of Çanakkale, the seat of the province with the same name where the remains of the ancient Troy are.

  This year was declared the Year of Troy to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the UNESCO declaration that included Troy in the World Cultural Heritage.

  The Association to Protect and Advance Ethnic Popular Arts, and BASE, a platform for the new generation of artists have undertaken the exhibition and the curator is Derya Yücel.

  The exhibition will be on through October 26.


★ Another exhibition is taking place in Istanbul's La Visione Art Gallery until October 20. Dubbed the "Cosmos", it will feature mixed art works by over 20 artists.


★ Jordanian artist is Nissa Raad, granddaughter of Turkish painter Fahrelnissa Zeid has opened an exhibition in Istanbul's Dirimart Nişantaşı, titled "The Sweetness of Lemons".

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


★ Renowned Turkish pianist and composer Fazıl Say says that there is no need for the recently set up "Commission for Culture and Art Policies".

  Set up within the Office of the Presidency, the commission is one of the nine policy commissions established.

  Fazıl Say wrote in his Instagram account that the commission is not valid and cannot be taken seriously.

★ Speaking of Fazıl Say, ENKA Culture and Art started its "30th Year Music Meetings" with a piano recital by Say.

  Say performed works by Claude Debussy, Frederic Chopin, Eric Satie and some of his own compositions.

  Enka Culture And Arts Music Meetings will continue until December 18 and will bring events featuring classical music, rhythms, and jazz performances.

★ Renowned Turkish harpist Şirin Pancaroğlu performed on Sunday October 7 at the Süreyya Opera building. Her performance featured compositions by Bach, Frescobaldi, Scarlatti, Faure, Piazzola, and Albeniz.

  Şirin Pancaroğlu, born in 1968, studied music at Geneva Conservatory and later at Indiana University's Jacobs School Of music.

  Pancaroğlu was a concerto soloist with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the European Union Chamber Orchestra, the Memphis Symphony, Washington Chamber Symphony, the Hermitage Soloists Ensemble, the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, the Ancyra Chamber Orchestra, and the Akbank Chamber Orchestra.


★ Renowned Turkish pianist Gülsin Onay performed the works of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg and Swedish composer Wilhelm Stenhammar in Turkey's central northwestern city of Eskişehir. She was accompanied by the ^metropolitan new spell tea symphonic orchestra directed by Patrick Souillot.

  Gülsin Onay is a UNICEF goodwill ambassador and a soloist with Turkey's Presidential Symphonic Orchestra.


★ A festival for people under 21 will take place for the second time in Istanbul on October 20.

  In its first year or 10,000 youth participated in the festival In addition to music, the festival will feature many activities such as 3 D design workshop, aerobic gymnastics, roller skating, and computer programming.

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★ In the ancient city of Assos in Turkey's northwest, archaeologists found a rock container. When they opened the lid, they found the of 21 individuals belonging to the same family.

  The remains are estimated to be 2300 years old.

  Assos was an important port city in ancient times. The Greek philosopher Aristotle established his philosophy school there.

  The city was established 3000 years ago.

  Read more at >> here <<

EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 5.88


High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey:        77/54 Showers
Antalya, on the Mediterranean:    82/66 Showers
Erzurum, in Eastern Turkey:       68/45 Mostly Cloudy
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 72/61 Showers
Izmir, on the Aegean:             77/64 Mostly Cloudy
Trabzon, on the Black Sea:        72/64 Showers	
Seawater temperatures:
Seawater temperatures

Black Sea measured at Trabzon 69 Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdağ 65 Aegean Sea measured at İzmir 71 Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 79



Premiere League

* Results for week: 8
Kasımpaşa       -      Göztepe         3 - 1
Kayseri Sp      -      Rize Sp         2 - 2
Bursa Sp        -      Ankaragücü      1 - 0
Antalya Sp      -      G. Saray        0 - 1
Erzurum Sp      -      Alanya Sp       1 - 0
Konya Sp        -      Beşiktaş        2 - 2
Malatyaspor     -      Sivas Sp        4 - 4
Akhisar Sp      -      Trabzon Sp      1 - 3
Fenerbahçe      -      Başakşehir      0 - 0
* In games played so far this weekend:
No games due to national team's game against Russia for the UEFA Nations League.

* Standing in the league as of week ending 8
  1 - G. Saray        18
 2 - Başakşehir      15
 3 - Beşiktaş        15
 4 - Kasımpaşa       15
 5 - Trabzon Sp      13
 6 - Antalya Sp      13
 7 - Konya Sp        12
 8 - Malatyaspor     12
 9 - Göztepe         12
10 - Alanya Sp       12
11 - Ankaragücü      10
12 - Sivas Sp        9
13 - Kayseri Sp      9
14 - Bursa Sp        8
15 - Fenerbahçe      8
16 - Rize Sp         7
17 - Akhisar Sp      5
18 - Erzurum Sp      5
★ The fourth stage of Turkey's 2018 Presidential Bicycle Race was won by Alexey Lutsenko of Kazakhstan. The race is made up of six stages, totaling about 600 miles covering southern and western Turkey.

★ In the Karate competitions taking place in Tokyo, Turkey's Uğur Aktaş, Burak Uygur, Eray Şamdan rose to the finals. Merve Çoban and Ali Sofuoğlu will be competing for the bronze medals.


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