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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 24 November 2018

[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 24 November 2018]

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★ Acrimony dominated a high-level Turkish-European Union meeting as both sides exchanged barbs in Ankara at a meeting that was anticipated to be a sign of improving bilateral ties, Dorian Jones of the VOA reports.

  The "High-Level Political Dialogue Meeting" was reconvened for the first time in 18 months.

  European Union foreign affairs commissioner, Federica Mogherini, accompanied by Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn, sat down for talks Thursday with Turkish foreign affairs minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu.

  But simmering tensions between Turkey and European Union came to the fore. "A strong Turkey means a democratic Turkey," Mogherini said at the joint news conference with Hahn and Çavuşoğlu.

  "We expressed our strong concerns about the detention of several prominent academics and civil society representatives, including those recently detained," Mogherini added.

  Mogherini caused further Turkish angst, calling for this month's European Court ruling to release from jail Selahattin Demirtaş to be respected. Demirtaş is a former leader of the politically pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party and has been jailed for more than 18 months on terrorism charges.

  Analyst Atilla Yeşilada of Global Source Partners, suggests Thursday's strong language by European Union commissioners underlines Brussels' approach to Turkey.

  "I think unlike the United States, where there is a loud and inconclusive debate on what to do with Turkey, carrot or stick," he said, "The Europeans have long decided to keep Erdoğan at arm's length, be nice to him, but don't give him anything and I don't think that is going to change."

  Read more at >> here <<

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★ Writing in the British Daily Independent, Borzou Daraghi says that the new arrests have dampened hopes that Mr. Erdoğan would ease up on a widespread crackdown against political foes following his victory in general elections this year.

  As we reported to you last week, Turkish authorities a year ago arrested businessman and philanthropist Osman Kavala, a prominent figure during the Gezi protests and chairman of an organization called Anatolia Culture, which says it promotes cultural diversity and human rights.

  Mr. Kavala is still being held without a charge.

  Last week 13 activists who are said to be associated with the Anatolia Culture were also arrested. 12 were let go but one was sent to prison.

  Authorities are accusing the activists of being part of a broad foreign-backed conspiracy to topple the government during the Gezi protests of five years ago.

  "The person, who financed terrorists during the Gezi incidents, is currently in prison," Mr. Erdoğan said this week in reference to Mr. Kavala. "And who is behind him? The famous Hungarian Jew George Soros. This is a man who was assigned to divide nations and shatter them. He has so much money and he is spending it in these ways."

  Mr. Daragahi writes that there's no evidence Mr. Soros, a Hungarian-born banker and philanthropist, had anything to do with the Gezi protests. But Mr. Kavala is an advisory board member of Mr. Soros' Open Society Foundation, which advocates the kind of non-violent civil disobedience tactics used by the Gezi protesters. Mr. Soros has become a frequent target of leaders facing discontent across the world.

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★ According to Reuters the United States is setting up "observation posts" along parts of the border between Turkey and Syria to help keep the focus on defeating Islamic State militants in Syria, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday.

  The observation posts would not require additional U.S. troops being sent to Syria, Mattis told reporters. The Pentagon says it has about 2,000 troops in Syria.

★ Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan have marked the completion of a key phase of TurkStream, a natural gas pipeline connecting the two countries, reports the Associated Press.

  Speaking at a ceremony in Istanbul, Mr. Erdoğan announced the offshore part of TurkStream's two parallel lines two kilometers deep in the Black Sea had been finished and said the final leg of the "historic project" had been reached.

  The lines are expected to supply Russian gas to Turkey and European markets through Turkish territories. Together, the two 930-kilometer (578-mile) lines under the Black Sea, along with the Russian and Turkish onshore pipes, will carry 31.5 billion cubic meters (1.1 trillion cubic feet) of natural gas annually.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ We reported to you last week that Turkey announced a new scholarship program this month to lure back Turkish academics abroad, but many said they had left for political reasons and could not go back no matter how big the financial rewards.

  The program, announced by Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank, offers a monthly stipend of $4,000 for senior researchers and $3,600 for junior researchers.

  However, the publication Ahval reports that Turkish academics abroad are wary of government incentives to return.

  Most scholars and scientist abroad point out many of them were dismissed from their jobs after the 2016 attempted coup, and they don't see any security in a position in Turkey.

  Young people are also leaving Turkey in higher numbers. The Turkish Statistical Institute said over 250 thousand people emigrated from Turkey in 2017, a 42 percent increase over the previous year. Of those, 42 percent are between the ages of 20 and 34. Another report prepared by the opposition Republican Peoples Party claims that this figure is 63%.

★ According to Reuters, Turkey's tight fiscal policy will be the biggest contributor to the battle against inflation, Finance Minister Berat Albayrak said on Thursday, adding that economic activity would be below its potential level for the next two years.

  Albayrak made the comments to a budget committee parliament. He said primary indicators pointed to an economic slowdown and rebalancing in the second half of this year.

★ According to the online publication Ahval, Turkish consumer confidence increased for the first time in four months in November from the lowest level in almost a decade.

  The index of confidence climbed to 59.6 from 57.3 in October, it's lowest level since December 2008, according to data published by the Turkish Statistical Institute on Thursday.

★ Three projects developed by Istanbul's Zeynep Kamil Women's and Children's Hospital nurse Ebru Temizsoy's team were awarded a research grant at the 34th Neonatology Nurses Congress in the United States, reports the Turkish daily Sözcü.

  The technique developed by Temizsoy for painless aspiration of infants treated in intensive care service has made the process easier for both babies and nurses.

★ Turkish Airlines has disclosed that it is to acquire another three Boeing 777 freighters, to be delivered from next year, reports the publication Flight Global.


★ Turkish director Özcan Alper, who has produced movies such as "Autumn", "The Future Takes a Long Time" and "The Memories of the Wind" is working on a new film titled "The Accordion Player".

  Mr. Alper is getting the financial support of Germany's Berlinale World Cinema fund.

  The fund has been supporting making of independent films in different parts of the world. This year the fund chose four films, one of them the accordion player, among 135 films proposed from 50 countries.

  The film tells the story of Ishak who lives in a mountain town. One day Ishak meets Ali who has been recently appointed to a position and sent to the town.

  The film will be shot in the Taurus Mountains in southern Turkey. Shooting will start in June 2019.

★ The Brahms Trio had a concert at Istanbul's Boğaziçi University on Tuesday evening, reports the daily Cumhuriyet.

  The trio performed works by Joseph Haydn, Anton Rubinstein and Dimitri Shostakovich with the theme "From the North Sea".

  The three artists making up the trio are violinist Nikolai Sachenko, cellist Kirill Rodin, and pianist Natalia Rubinstein, who are all graduates of the Moscow Chaikovski Conservatory.

  ★Ana Popovich, a Serbian blues guitarist, had a concert on Thursday evening at Istanbul's Zorlu PSM, reports the daily Cumhuriyet.

  Popovich started her career at the age of 15, taking her father as a role model. She has appeared on the stage with renowned musicians such as Eric Burdon and Buddy Miles. She has been on the US Billboard list at the top many times.

  Before her concert the daily Cumhuriyet reporter Orhun Atmiş interviewed Popovich. One of the questions he asked if it is difficult to be a women in the music world.

  Popovich responded that she likes her profession and it's worth the difficulties that she encounters. And she thinks that compared to 50 years ago it is easier for women to be a musician. She also thinks that gender discrimination has declined.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Hungary's Peter Bence, who has entered the Guinness world records as the fastest pianist, was on stage in Turkey's Aegean city of Izmir on Thursday.

  Bence played the music of Michael Jackson, Cher, John Williams' music for films Star Wars, game E.T. and Jurassic Park.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Ukraine's Istanbul consulate and the Municipality of Bakırköy are supporting the festival Golden Fest Istanbul 2018. The festival is taking place November 24-25 at the Bakırköy Municipality Leyla Gencer Opera and Arts Center.

  The goal of the festival is to identify talented children and youth, and strengthen international cultural relations. It will include music, dance, and theater.

  To participate in the festival in the future click Read more at >> here <<

★ In the 11th year of its founding, Istanbul Research Institute has started a new project, reports the daily Cumhuriyet. The Istanbul Music Research Program project will look at Istanbul and its interaction with music.

  The project started with a panel discussion featuring the general manager of the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation for Culture and Arts, the head of the scientific board Professor Dr. Baha Tanman, the Istanbul Music Research Program coordinator Derya Türkan.

  The panel discussion continued with presentations by Walter Feldman, Panagiotis C. Poulos, Emre Aracı and Cem Behar, focusing on music production in Istanbul.

  After the panel discussion a concert took place featuring vocalists and musicians Atakan Akdaş, Dilek Türkan, İlhan Yazıcı, Murat Irkılata, Panagiotis Neohoritis'e, oudist Ara Dinkjian, violinist Cihat Aşkın, pianist Mehru Ensari, kanun player Serkan Mesut Halili, İstanbul kemenche players Sokratis Sinopoulos, Derya Türkan and percussionist Zohar Fresco .

  The Istanbul Music Research Program will produce exhibitions, publications, concerts and discussions throughout the year. The goal is to have Istanbul's rich musical heritage passed on to the next generations.

★ Istanbul's rock music lovers were treated to the music of Devil and Tarkan Çakır last Sunday at one corner of the city, and yet at another corner Orphaned Land performed for them, reports Murat Beşer of the daily Cumhuriyet.

★ The Roaming Festival, supported by Turkey's Ministry of culture and tourism, and the Ankara Film Association, is getting ready to offer different perspectives in different sections again this year.

  One of the sections is titled "Free Film", Cinemalibero, which will feature a movie from the Cuba. The Cuban film is titled "Memories of Underdevelopment" and dates back to 1968.

★ One of Turkey's young musical prodigies, Umut Sağlam, won the first prize in the Tremplin International Cello Competition that took place November 15-18.

  36 cellists from 13 countries participated in the competition.

  As part of the competition prize, Umut Sağlam will perform in the accompaniment of the Aulnay Sous Bois orchestra in to concerts. He will also perform in the accompaniment of the West-Eastern Divan orchestra under the direction of the renown conductor Daniel Barenboim.

  The West–Eastern Divan Orchestra is a youth orchestra based in Seville, Spain, consisting of musicians from countries in the Middle East, of Egyptian, Iranian, Israeli, Jordanian, Lebanese, Palestinian, Syrian and Spanish background.

  It was founded in 1999 by the conductor Daniel Barenboim and academic Edward Said, and named after an anthology of poems by Goethe.

  Umut Sağlam who was born in 1998 started his musical education at the age of 11 at the Turkish capital Ankara's Hacettepe University State Conservatory.

★ French pianist Lucas Debargue performed at Istanbul's İş Sanat in the accompaniment of the Basel Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Daniel Bard.

  Debargue performed works by Mozart and Stravinsky.

  Lucas Debargue was born in 1990 in Paris. He is considered to be one of the stars of the new generation of classical music performers.

★ Writer, art director and create of drama and theater instructor Kemal Oruç has been expelled from the school that he has been teaching at for 11 years, reports the daily Cumhuriyet.

  The private Istanbul school that he is at teaches in Italian. Two inspectors from Ankara has shown up at the school and questioned him. Some of the questions asked were:

  "Are you a writer for the daily Cumhuriyet?"
  "Are you an Italian spy?"
  "Is there Christian missionary activity at the school you are working at?"
  "Have you ever insulted the state higher officials?"
  "Have you tried to divide the state?"

  Kemal Oruç said that he has been also asked to present his defense in April for "propaganda for terror organizations".

  Oruç says that he will fight back. He says "they don't have to like me and I don't have to like them".

  In related news, in an interview with the daily Cumhuriyet reporter Orhun Atmış, Turkish writer and artist Genç Osman Yavaş said "Turkish politicians have big egos, and that is the crux of the problem". Yavaş also says that everybody has internalized auto censorship these days to avoid a clampdown by the state.

★ Turkish artist Ahmet Güneştekin's exhibitions titled "Reflections and Rebirth" has opened in two museums in Hungry simultaneously.

  At the opening ceremony Hungarian Art Center Director Fodor Gábor and many renowned names from the Hungarian art world and actors were present.

  The curator of the exhibition is Hungarian art history expert József Sárkány and art director of Turkey's Güler Art's art director Kemal Orta.

  Ahmet Güneştekin (born 1966) is a visual artist, whose works span painting, conceptual art and sculpture.

  His exhibition will be on through February 1, 2019.

★ The SinemaDansAnkara2018 international dance film Festival will take place this year November 22-26.

  This is the fifth year of the festival.

  The festival is sponsored by Goethe-Institut Ankara, AresArt Film and Performance Arts, and the Dutch Embassy.

  At the Festival the viewers will meet the best and the most contemporary dance films from around the world.

  There will be also a workshop for dance, film, and music students with artists from the Netherlands, Germany, Greece and Turkey. At the end of the workshop there will be four dance films will be shot and screen at the end of the festival.

★ Turkish director Gürcan Keltek film "Ghoul" one of the special mention award in Montreal in the international documentary Festival.

★ Amnesty International is staging an exhibition titled "The Greater Picture" to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Declaration of Universal Human Rights.

  The venue for the exhibition will be Istanbul Depo and Zeynep Özatalay will be the curator. 26 artists will participate with paintings, video art, illustrations, sculpture and collage.

★ Contemporary French artists Chris Calvet has started and exhibit in Istanbul's Gama Art Gallery.

  Calvet is interested in calligraphy and has taken Arabic, Chinese and Japanese cartography lessons from the masters.

  In his art he combines calligraphy with photography.

  In the opening of his exhibitions in Istanbul he exhibited his artwork with live models.

  Calvet's exhibitions will be on through December 9.

★ Renowned cartoonists from around the world met in Turkey's southern city of Adana on November 23 and 24 to attend the Third International Çukurova Cartoon Festival.

  The theme of this year's festival was "Child and Woman".

★ Archaeology news:

★ In the Antandros Antique City, which was thought to have been built in the 10th century BC, on the slopes of the Kazdağları, has a 2200-year-old inscription of 22 lines.

  Upon translation, archaeologist found out that it was a degree called "dekret".

★ A new antique city is discovered in Turkey's northwest on the Gallipoli Peninsula. The city dates back to 2700 years ago and is called Limnai.

  The city is established by immigrants from Ionia and has survived until the late Roman period.

EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 5.29


★ Basketball: Turkey's Fenerbahçe beat Israel's Maccabbee 74-70 in Israel in the basketball European cup. The game was played in Israel.

★ Istanbul Marathon:

  10 km : Fatih Korkunc of Turkey finished first. Ladies: Suzan Tunca of Turkey finished first.

  42 km: Men: Kenyan Felix Kimutai finished first. Women: Kenyan Ruth Chepngetich finished first.

★ Wrestling: Buse Tosun got a gold medal in under 23 category at the World Wrestling Championships held in Romania.

★ Junior Underwater Rugby champions this year are the Turks, they received a gold medal as a team. The championships were held in Oberhausen, Germany.

★ Derya Can, a freestyle diving world record holder, broke the world record for freshwater diving, dropping to 68 meters in 2 minutes and 5 seconds at Salda Lake in Burdur Yeşilova.


Premiere League:

* In games played so far this weekend:
G. Saray        -      Konya Sp        1 - 1
Ankaragücü      -      Beşiktaş        1 - 4
Alanya Sp       -      Kayseri Sp      5 - 0
Erzurum Sp      -      Antalya Sp      1 - 0
Trabzon Sp      -      Fenerbahçe      2 - 1
Akhisar Sp      -      Bursa Sp        2 - 4
Kasımpaşa       -      Malatyaspor     3 - 0
Sivas Sp        -      Rize Sp         1 - 1
* Standing in the league as of week ending 12
  1 - Başakşehir      27
 2 - G. Saray        23
 3 - Kasımpaşa       22
 4 - Malatyaspor     21
 5 - Antalya Sp      20
 6 - Ankaragücü      19
 7 - Beşiktaş        18
 8 - Göztepe         18
 9 - Konya Sp        17
10 - Trabzon Sp      16
11 - Sivas Sp        14
12 - Bursa Sp        13
13 - Fenerbahçe      13
14 - Akhisar Sp      12
15 - Kayseri Sp      12
16 - Alanya Sp       12
17 - Erzurum Sp      11
18 - Rize Sp         8


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