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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 10 November 2018

[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 10 November 2018]

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★ Turks around the world are commemorating the first president of Turkey and the independence war hero Mustafa Kemal Atatürk on the 80th anniversary of his death.

  The Monterey Bay chapter of the Turkish American Association of California commemorated the day at 9 AM on Saturday. After a moment of silence and followed by the Turkish national anthem, the association members listened to a speech about the importance of the day and the Monterey Bay Turkish school students read poetry on Atatürk.

  Then a documentary on the life of Atatürk titled "The Incredible Turk" was screened.


★ The U. S. offered rewards of up to $5 million for information "leading to the identification or location" of rebel Kurdistan Workers Party leaders Murat Karayılan, up to $4 million for Cemil Bayık and up to $3 million for Duran Kalkan, reports the VOA.

  The Kurdistan Workers Party is on a list of terrorist organizations in the U. S., European Union, Turkey and many other countries.

  The three men have been influential figures in a three-decade insurgency against Turkish armed forces in Turkey's Kurdish-majority southeast region.

  Tuesday's announcement was made by the U.S. Embassy in the Turkish capital Ankara after a visit by U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Palmer.

  The move could help ease strained ties between the U. S. and its NATO ally Turkey. Relations between Turkey and the United States improved last month after Turkey released American pastor Andrew Brunson, who had been imprisoned for nearly two years. Both nations also lifted sanctions on government officials, imposed in August, over the pastor's case.

  But some political groups in Turkey said the recent U.S. move against Kurdistan Workers Party leaders would hurt chances for peace in Turkey.

  "Offering cash rewards on the Kurdistan Workers Party leaders is a very clear support to the Turkish government military approach against the Kurds," Giran Özcan, the U.S. representative of the People's Democratic Party, a pro-Kurdish group in Turkey, told VOA.

  Read more at >> here <<


★ U. S. and Turkish forces have completed their second joint patrol in the area of Manbij, Syria, where Kurdish militia have been critical to defeating Islamic State fighters.

  Two U.S. military officials confirmed the patrols in northern Syria to VOA on Thursday. The first joint patrol was last week.

  The convoy of dozens of troops patrolled northwest of Manbij along the demarcation line dividing Turkish-controlled territory from the area controlled by the U.S.-backed Manbij Military Council.

  The Pentagon says the purpose of the patrols is to support "long-term security in Manbij" and uphold American commitments to NATO ally Turkey. Read more at >> here <<


  A vehicle with a diplomatic registration plate leaves from Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, Oct. 31, 2018.

★ Saudi Arabia sent a two-man "clean-up team" to erase evidence of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's killing a week after he disappeared at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, a Turkish official said on Monday, calling it a sign top Saudi officials knew of the crime.

  The official said the chemist and toxicologist were tasked with erasing evidence before Turkish investigators were given access to the Saudi consulate and consul's residence.

  Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist critical of the Saudi government and its de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, disappeared at the consulate. Read more at >> here <<

★ According to Reuters, Turkish journalist Hüsnü Mahalli was handed a suspended sentence of two years and five months in prison on Thursday for insulting the Turkish president.

  Mr. Mahalli writes in the opposition newspaper Sözcü, and in one of his columns he called the president "dictator" which was considered an insult.

  In his defense Mr. Mahalli said that he is carrying out his duty as a journalist and he never insulted the president. He says he always calls him "Mr. President", and demanded his acquittal.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ An ammunition dump in a military encampment in Turkey's South Eastern province of Hakkari exploded on Saturday, killing seven Turkish military.

★ Turkish annual inflation accelerated more than expected in October to remain at a 15-year high, driven by rising transportation prices, while investor concerns remain over slowing growth.

  The consumer price index increased by 25.24% on year compared with 24.5% in September. On month, it slowed to 2.67% from 6.3%, Turkey's state statistics agency said Monday. October's readings had been expected at 24.37% on year and 1.97% on month, according to a poll by Foreks.

  Economist says that it will be a difficult year ahead for the Turkish economy. Although the Turkish currency recovered somewhat against the dollar, it is expected to sink again.

  Turkish economy is also expected to contract significantly next year. Economist Atilla Yeşilada says that some indices point out that a contraction is imminent.

  In related news, Turkish Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak said the government will take measures to deal with food price inflation through his Twitter account. Food prices rose at an annual rate of 29.3% in October.

★ A few other headlines on the Turkish economy and business

  - An energy company operating under Alarko, one of Turkey's largest business conglomerates, on Monday announced that it would stop electricity production for one year due to ''financial reasons,'' left-wing news site Gazete Duvar reported.

  - Turkish Airlines on Wednesday announced a net profit of $755 million for the first nine months of 2018, up nearly two times from $263 million during the same period last year.

  - According to the website Greek Travel Pages, the tumbling Turkish lira has taken a toll on tourism flows from Turkey into Northern Greece, which has seen a 15 percent drop in the third quarter of the year in the number of incoming travelers, local tour operators say.

  - According to Ahval:

  -- Turkish production of steel contracted sharply in September due to troubles in the country's construction industry. Consumption of finished steel slumped an annual 37.5 percent.

  -- A new prison set to open in the central Turkish province of Yozgat will "run like a factory without a chimney" bringing jobs to the area, the local member of parliament said.

  -- Avşar Halı, a leading 44-year-old Turkish carpet maker whose rugs adorn the floors of Istanbul's luxury hotels and the region's biggest mosque has filed for bankruptcy.

  - Turkey's fishing industry accounts for roughly 1 percent of its economy, but that figure is likely to go down as a result of illegal overfishing, according to Al Jazeera.


★ The Turkish government has launched a competition to buy hundreds of multi-rotor micro drones, with scores of local companies having already expressed interest, the website Defense News reports.

  Turkish authorities say that the drones will be used in homeland security missions like search and rescue, surveillance and reconnaissance, remote sensing and mapping.



★ David Helfgott, a renowned pianist whose life has been depicted in the Oscar-winning film "Shine", had a recital in Istanbul on Thursday, reports the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet.

  Helfgott was accompanied on the stage by Vietnamese-Australian pianist Hoang Pham, who is on the Limelight Magazine's list "30 Brilliant Musicians under Age 30". Read more at >> here << .

  The duo performed Rahmaninof's Piano Concerto No. 3.


★ A festival titled "MIX" will be taken place in Istanbul on November 16 and 17 for the third time.

  The festival features music from different genres and squeezes them into 20 hours, spread over two days.

  In the first day of the festival the electronic music duo Polo & Pan will be on the stage, and the second day the rhythm on the dance floor will be supplied by the "dark pop" group Aurora.

  Her, a most liked French electronic musician, Kazy Lambist, a successful "indie" type music group, a project titled Otzeki which is made up of two cousins playing electronic music, and the Norwegian group Aurora will be in Turkey for the first time.

  In addition there will be:
  From Turkey:

  Read more at >> here <<


★ The Sixth Bosporus film Festival ended last weekend. The Best Film Award was given to Murat Düzgünoğlu's movie "Halef".

  The film also received The Best Script, and The Best Male Actor awards.

  The film tells the story of Mahir, a man returning home to Turkey's southern province of Adana to help his mother with the orange harvest, meets an unexpected guest: Halef, who believes he is the reincarnation of Mahir's long-dead older brother.

  The Best Director Award went to Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun with his film "Announcement", and for his work in the same movie Krum Rodriguez received The Best Image Director Award.

  The film "Debt" received two awards: Best Actress and Best Fiction. The awards went to İpek Türktan Kaynak and Naim Kanat respectively.

  In the International Competition Palestinian director Bassam Jarbawi's "Screwdriver" was chosen as The Best Film.

  The Norwegian director Bent Hamer received the festival's Honorary Award.

  Iranian film "Bomb: A Love Story" brought to its director and also an actor Payman Maadi The Best Director Award.

  The Best Female Actor award went to Valeria Bertuccelli for her performance in the film "The Queen of Fear", and The Best Male Actor award went to Kushtrim Hoxha in his performance in the film "Cold November". The Iranian director Babak Jalali received the Jury Special Award with his film "Land".

  In the FIYAB Producer Award given to producers that have made either their first or the second films went to Mesut Ulutaş for his film "Pigeon".


★ Uwe Ommer, who is celebrating his 52nd anniversary in the art of photography, will be opening an exhibition in Istanbul's Gama Art Gallery. The exhibition is titled "50 Years and More to Come".

  Uwe Ommer is an internationally recognized nude, fashion and advertising photographer currently living in Paris. Previously he has worked with many families in Turkey for his exhibitions titled "1000 Families" and "Families and Teens".

  Uwe Ommer is known for not taking the photographs of celebrities. "There are a lot of photographers who take the photographs of the famous, but my goal is to leave to the future today", he says. He is also known for taking photographs that criticize, especially the politicians.


★ Turkish actress Celile Tolon, who has been acting for the past 57 years, wants the Turkish theater to be free and emphasizes that the theater has to be managed by people in the theater trade.

  In an interview with the daily Cumhuriyet, Ms. Tolon answered the question "How does the state or the government look at the arts?" by saying "I think they look at it, but they don't see it!"

  She says one of the reasons is that there are no internationally recognized politicians in Turkey, whereas, there are many Turkish artists in the theater, film, and music who are.


★ Robert Heinlein's 1961 book "Stranger in a Strange Land" has just been translated to Turkish and published.

  Robert Heinlein was an American science fiction writer, often called the "dean of science fiction writers". Along with Isaac Asimov and Arthur Clarke is considered one of the "Big Three" of English language science fiction authors.

EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 5.47


High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey:        61/43 Partly Cloudy
Antalya, on the Mediterranean:    75/59 Partly Cloudy
Erzurum, in Eastern Turkey:       50/28 Partly Cloudy
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 66/55 Partly Cloudy
Izmir, on the Aegean:             70/54 Partly Cloudy
Trabzon, on the Black Sea:        63/54 Partly Cloudy	
Seawater temperatures:
Black Sea measured at Trabzon         62
Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdağ      61
Aegean Sea measured at İzmir          66
Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 74	



Premiere League

* Results for week: 11
G. Saray        -      Fenerbahçe      2 - 2
Başakşehir      -      Beşiktaş        1 - 0
Kasımpaşa       -      Antalya Sp      1 - 2
Akhisar Sp      -      Erzurum Sp      1 - 1
Alanya Sp       -      Malatyaspor     0 - 1
Trabzon Sp      -      Bursa Sp        1 - 1
Ankaragücü      -      Kayseri Sp      3 - 1
Sivas Sp        -      Konya Sp        0 - 0
Göztepe         -      Rize Sp         2 - 0
* In games played so far this weekend:
Malatyaspor     -      Trabzon Sp      5 - 0
Konya Sp        -      Ankaragücü      2 - 0
Kayseri Sp      -      G. Saray        0 - 3
Rize Sp         -      Başakşehir      1 - 2
Erzurum Sp      -      Göztepe         2 - 1
* Standing in the league as of week ending 11
  1 - Başakşehir      24
  2 - G. Saray        20
  3 - Antalya Sp      20
  4 - Kasımpaşa       19
  5 - Ankaragücü      19
  6 - Beşiktaş        18
  7 - Malatyaspor     18
  8 - Göztepe         18
  9 - Trabzon Sp      16
 10 - Konya Sp        14
 11 - Bursa Sp        13
 12 - Kayseri Sp      12
 13 - Alanya Sp       12
 14 - Sivas Sp        11
 15 - Fenerbahçe      10
 16 - Akhisar Sp      9
 17 - Rize Sp         8
 18 - Erzurum Sp      8
Other Sports
★ In the Balkan wrestling championships Turkey became the Greco-Roman champion with seven gold and three silver medals.

★ Turkish amputee team got the second place in 2018 Amputee Soccer World Cups held in Mexico.

  When they returned to Turkey on November 6, they were met with officials of the Istanbul province and a large group of people.

  See a YouTube video of the Turkish team playing against Angola: >> here <<


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*** For more music from Turkey and the Middle East tune to

International Cultural Program with host George Geevargis.

San Francisco World TV Channel 29
Sundays at 9-10 A.M.

*** Yore dance invites you to:

Free Turkish Folkdance Classes.

Please contact with Yore Folk Ensemble for the details.

TELL YOUR FRIENDS who might be interested joining our group.

Yore Folk Ensemble

*** Azerbaijan Cultural Society of Northern California

The local Azeri community organizes many events throughout the year. Follow their activities through their web pages, or subscribe to their e-mail list:



Azerbaijan Cultural Society of Northern California
16400 Lark Ave., Suite 260
Los Gatos, CA 95032

*** Turkish schools in the Bay Area are starting:

There are currently two schools:
Los Altos and Berkeley
For more information on the Berkeley school go to http://www.berkeleyturkishschool.org/
Spring session starts February at new LOWER TUITION rates
For more information only in Los Altos school visit https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/batcs/info

*** Heart to Heart Anatolia
Providing scholarships and bringing people together while promoting Anatolian cultural values

Visit their pages at https://h2ha.org/

*** "Meshk" concert evening with Maestro Timuçin Çevikoglu and U.S. musicians
St. Clement's Episcopal Church
2837 Claremont Blvd., Berkeley

Sunday, Nov. 18, evening at 7:30pm (doors open at 7pm).

(Donation: $15 advance / $20 at the door)

Dr. Çevikoglu  is an artist, conductor, researcher, educator, vocal artist, and ney player.

He is visiting from Turkey.