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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 08 December 2018

[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 08 December 2018]

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★ According to the Associated Press, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan heaped praise on Venezuela's embattled socialist leader Monday as political and economic ties between the two countries blossom.

  Erdoğan took the stage with President Nicolas Maduro in the first visit by a Turkish leader to Venezuela. He stopped in Caracas after attending the Group of 20 summit in Argentina.

  The Turkish president said Venezuela's government has been unfairly hit by international sanctions amid its economic crisis, punishing an entire nation.

  The United States and several European nations have sanctioned Maduro's administration in an attempt to pressure Venezuela into making a return to democratic ways.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ The Turkish Minister of Interior said on Thursday that western countries behaved in an inexplicable way concerning drug trafficking from the Kurdistan Workers Party, which is designated as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, Turkey's Anatolia News Agency reported .

  The Kurdistan Workers Party has been leading an insurgency in southeastern Turkey for the past 35 years.

★ We have been reporting to you over the past few weeks that Turkish government is trying to lure back Turkish scientists from abroad back to Turkey with financial incentives.

  National Public Radio correspondent Peter Kenyon interviewed several scientists in Turkey about the incentives program in Istanbul.

  The scientists say that it is not just money but freedom of expression and freedom in science are also needed to keep the Turkish scientists in Turkey.

  Peter Kenyon's news is >> here <<

★ According to Associated Press, a Turkish official says Sean Penn is in Turkey working on a documentary about the slaying of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Read more at >> here <<

★ VOA reporter Dorian Jones writes that Turkey appears to be increasing pressure on Saudi Arabia over the death of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in its Istanbul consulate.

  Turkish prosecutors have issued indictments for two Saudis allegedly involved in the killing, while Turkey's spy chief, Hakan Fidan, reportedly briefed senior American senators and CIA chief Gina Haspel in a closed-door meeting Thursday on Khashoggi's killing. According to the reports, the U.S. lawmakers initiated the meeting.

  Analysts point out Turkey's stance on Khashoggi has diverted international attention over Erdoğan's treatment of Turkish journalists.

  "Erdoğan tried hard to make a new image with his stance over this murder," said Turkish political scientist Cengiz Aktar, who now works with the University of Athens in Greece.

  Yet on Friday, the Vienna-based press watchdog, International Press Institute, strongly condemned Turkey's media freedom record.

★ Tensions between Greece and Turkey over the divided island of Cyprus are rising. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is accusing the Greek Cypriots of pursuing "aggressive" policies, while local media report Turkey is planning to build a naval base on the Turkish side of the Mediterranean island, Dorian Jones of the VOA reports. Read more at >> here <<

★ Agence France-Presse reports that a Turkish judge ordered the release of 31 new Istanbul airport construction workers detained since September after protesting their working conditions, labor union said.
  Among the released was the director general of the union.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Turkey's prominent journalist Hasan Cemal gave a deposition to a Turkish prosecutor's office. He is being accused of insulting president and Justice and Development Party chair Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in an article titled "Attention Dictator", reports the publication Bianet.

  In his two-page statement, he wrote that what he wrote in the article was within the limits of freedom of expression and pleaded not guilty.

  As we have reported to you in the past weeks, Turkey's president is notorious for using "insulting the president" clause in the laws to suppress the criticism of him.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ A Turkish journalist, Kamil Demirkaya, whom Turkey says has links to Fethullah Gülen has been detained in Romania upon Turkish request. Fethullah Gülen and his followers are claimed to be the orchestrators of the 2016 failed coup in Turkey.

  The journalist has applied for asylum after his detention and told the Romanian Court of Appeals that there is torture and unorthodox methods used against detainees in Turkey. He denied allegations of terrorism and was released pending the ruling.

★ A Turkish court issued an arrest warrant for exiled journalist Can Dündar over 2013 protests, reports Deutsche Welle.

  Turkish authorities have accused the Cumhuriyet editor of working to "incite chaos." He has escaped to Germany two years ago and have been living there since then.

  The warrant was tied to an investigation of protests against President Erdoğan in 2013.

★ Turkeys president is renowned for megaprojects. He had had two long bridges for $4.2 billion and a $1 billion presidential palace built. And the construction of the largest airport in the world is almost finished. That will cost $12 billion.

  One of Erdoğan's plans was to have a channel that runs parallel to the Bosporus straight, 20 miles to the west, built in the Istanbul province. Dubbed the "Channel Istanbul", it is to connect the Black Sea to the Marmara Sea. The project was thought to be shelved due to the economic crisis. However, latest news is that Erdoğan is asking for tenders for the project in 2019.

★ Speaking of construction, the collapse in Turkey's currency, forcing a surge in interest rates, has plunged the country's construction industry into recession.

  Construction, once the driving force of Turkey's booming economy, is in trouble, which could pose problems for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, whose more than 15 years of electoral success is built on rising economic prosperity, reports Dorian Jones on Deutsche Welle.

Read more at >> here <<



★ Film:

  - On the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Human Rights Universal Declaration, the Human Rights Movies Days have started in Turkey's Black Sea city of Samsun. The AB Information Center of the Samsun Trade and Industry Chamber and the NGO Peoples Volunteers Foundation are cooperating in organizing the event. The event will end December 11.

  - Turkey's Aegean city of Izmir also had a human rights film days between December 5 - 8. The event in Izmir was organized by the Foundation for Human Rights in Turkey, the Communication Works Group and French Culture Center.

★ Classical Music:

  - Borusan İstanbul Philharmonic orchestra is on a tour of Europe until December 13. During the tour the orchestra will give five concerts, three in Germany, one each in Holland and France. The orchestra is led by Sasha Goetzel. Two of its renown violin virtuosos , Daniel Hope and Nemanja Radulovi, are also participating in the tour.

  - Turkish pianist and composer Fazıl Say will be performing his İzmir Suite on December 27 in Turkey's Aegean city of İzmir's Ahmed Adnan Saygun Culture Center to celebrate the opening of the center 10 years ago. Say composed the suite for the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the İzmir Municipality. The center will also have many other classical music events throughout December.

  - The premier of the Three Musketeers ballet took place in Istanbul's Süreyya Opera Hall last weekend. The tickets for the December performances were sold out within 1 1/2 minutes. Istanbul State Opera and Ballet enacted the opera. Volkan Ersoy who helped with staging the opera said that Istanbul needs more opera halls.

  - The Sevda-Cenap And Music Foundation has awarded its Foundation Golden Medal this year to Turkish pianist Ayşegül Sarıca. The award ceremony took place at the Convention Hall of the Ministry of Education. After the ceremony, Sarıca performed works by Mozart in the accompaniment of the Agora Youth Symphony Orchestra.

  - Russian piano virtuoso Mikhail Lidsky performed Works by Sergei Rahmaninov at Boğaziçi University on December 5. Lidsky has been working with both Russian and other international orchestras throughout his career.

  - Violinist Alexander Markov and pianist Gülsin Onay commemorated the 128th birthday of George Gershwin with a performance on December 3 at Kadıköy municipality Süreyya Opera. The duo first performed works by Beethoven, Mozart, Saygun and Brahms, then a composition by Alexander Markov's father Albert Markov titled "Porgy Rhapsody after George Gershwin".

  - A young and upcoming Turkish pianist, Bogatay Köprülü, performed at Maltepe Municipality performed his piano concerto. The concerto won an award this year in the Dr. Nejat F. Eczacıbaşı National Composition Competitions.

★ Jazz:

  - Istanbul's Salon IKSV hosted Belgian Justine Bourgeus on December 5 evening with his project Tsar B. On December 11 Turkish jazz vocalist Şenay Lambaoğlu will perform there. Turkish kemenche virtuoso Derya Türkan will accompany her.

★ Traditional music:

  - On the 87th birthday of the Turkish singer Zeki Müren Google honored him with a special "doodle". Zeki Müren who passed away in 1996 sang classical and popularize classical music starting in early 1950s.

★ Pop music:

  - Turkish rock music band Redd performed at Istanbul's Babylon on Tuesday evening.

  - Başak Günak is touring the United Kingdom to promote her latest album "Beautiful Swamp". Günak is an original music producer, composer and performer (also known as AH! KOSMOS), born in Istanbul, based in Berlin. Read more at >> here <<


Akdağ Saydut cartoon exhibition poster
★ Visual Arts:

  - Elif Atmaca, an industrial designer, has started a new project called "Toyi". The project is encouraging kids to make their own toys. She thinks it is much better for kids to make their own toys rather than get mass-produced toys. It enhances creativity in children, she says.

  -Turkey has celebrated the 95th anniversary of the foundation of the Republic this year. To celebrate the anniversary leading artists from Turkey has opened an exhibition with 95 of their works at Gallery Işık Şile. The gallery is also celebrating the 10th anniversary of its opening. The exhibition will be on through December 31.

  - The art of the Syrian women refugees are being exhibited at Istanbul's Yenikapı Metro station. The exhibition started on December 5 and will continue through December 12. The European Union Is financing the project to display the art of the refugees. Prior to its Istanbul debut, the works of the 12 Syrian women were exhibited in the Turkish capital Ankara.

  - An exhibition titled "You are the Hope" organized by "You are Enough Association" will honor renowned photographer Ara Güler who passed away last month. The proceeds from the exhibition will be spent to help children undergoing cancer treatment.

  - Turkish painter Fatma Tülin has opened an exhibition titled "The Skin of the Universe" at Istanbul's Imperial Armory Culture and Arts Center. The exhibition contains her renowned painting titled "Onion and Bread".

  - Renowned Turkish cartoonist Akdağ Saydut is having an exhibition in the Cappadocia town Avanos in central Turkey. Saydut's first cartoon appeared on the Bonbon magazine in 1972. The exhibition will be on through December 15.

★ Performing Arts:

  - A new documentary is out on the life of lawyer Gündüz Aybay. Aybay who died in 2001, dedicated many years of his life to the treaties governing the Turkish Straits. As a lawyer he was specialized in maritime law. In addition to being a lawyer he was also a captain. He had more than 10 books on the Turkish Straits and more than 100 published articles and papers. The movie has been directed by Atom Şaşkal.

  - French writer Boris Vilan's "The 5 O'clock Tea of the Generals" has been adapted to stage by Istanbul theater troupe "Theater Wave". The performance of the play took place on December 8.

  - The Istanbul State Opera and Ballet Modern Dance Troupe premiered the show "Elektronika". The director of the project is Beyhan Murphy. The show features choreographies of Turkey's İhsan Rüstem, Korea's Dong Kyu Kim and Turkey's Evrim Akyay .

  - Turkish parliamentarian Barış Atay's play "Just the Dictator" has again been banned in Turkey's Mediterranean city of Antalya. During the state of emergency just ended, the play was banned in many other cities throughout Turkey.

  - Markopaşa was a very popular humor weekly of the 1940s with prominent writers and cartoonists. A theater company titled Tiyatroadam is now carrying the magazine to the stage. The name of the company translates as "Theater Man".

★ Archaeology:

  - Pieces of the "Gypsy Girl" mosaic that were smuggled out of Turkey in 1960s and ended up in the Bowling Green State University in Ohio were finally returned to Turkey. The mosaic dates back to 200 A.D. There are still other pieces of the mosaics missing, most likely smuggled out of Turkey from the same excavation site in the ancient city of Zeugma in southeastern Turkey.
  Announcement from the Bowling Green State University >> here <<
  A UNESCO presentation on the mosaics:  >> here <<

  - Turkey's Ministry of Culture and Tourism is starting a project to take an inventory of the historical structures and sites in Istanbul's historic peninsula. The goal is to view the zoning plans with a view to protect the inventory of historical structures and sites. The historic peninsula is host to UNESCO World Heritage structures such as 1500-year-old Hagia Sophia, 400-year-old Sultan Ahmet Mosque and the 500-year-old Grand Bazaar.

EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 5.30


★ EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 5.3


★ Premiere League

★ Results for week: 14
Rize Sp         -      Ankaragücü      1 - 1
Konya Sp        -      Alanya Sp       2 - 0
Başakşehir      -      Sivas Sp        0 - 1
Antalya Sp      -      Göztepe         1 - 0
Kayseri Sp      -      Trabzon Sp      0 - 2
Beşiktaş        -      G. Saray        1 - 0
Bursa Sp        -      Erzurum Sp      2 - 1
Malatyaspor     -      Akhisar Sp      1 - 1
Fenerbahçe      -      Kasımpaşa       2 - 2
★ In games played so far this weekend:
Alanya Sp       -      Beşiktaş        0 - 0
Sivas Sp        -      Göztepe         2 - 0
G. Saray        -      Rize Sp         2 - 2
Trabzon Sp      -      Konya Sp        3 - 0

★ Standing in the league as of week ending 14
  1 - Başakşehir      30
 2 - Kasımpaşa       26
 3 - Beşiktaş        24
 4 - G. Saray        24
 5 - Antalya Sp      23
 6 - Malatyaspor     22
 7 - Trabzon Sp      22
 8 - Konya Sp        21
 9 - Ankaragücü      20
10 - Bursa Sp        19
11 - Göztepe         18
12 - Sivas Sp        18
13 - Alanya Sp       15
14 - Erzurum Sp      14
15 - Fenerbahçe      14
16 - Akhisar Sp      13
17 - Kayseri Sp      12
18 - Rize Sp         10

★ Turkey's national billiards player Semih Saygıner won a bronze medal in the World Cup that took place in Egypt. He is now ranked the fourth in the world ranking. Nicknamed Mr. magic or the Turkish Prince, Saygıner won the first place in the past 28 times.

  Guliyev on the right Greek triple jumper Paraskevi Papachristou on the left

★ The Association of the Balkan Athletics Federations awarded the Turkish athlete Ramil Guliyev the male athlete of the year award. br />

&★ Two Turkish women's volleyball teams, Vakıfbank and Eczacıbaşı are in the finals in the World championships. The championships are being held in Shaoxing, China.

★ In the first FIA GT Nations Cup auto racing, the Turkish team received the first place among 18 participating countries.

★ In the Euroleague basketball, Turkey's Fenerbahçe is leading the pack. This week it beat its Greek rival Panathinaikos 81-69 in Greece.

  In the same league, another Turkish team Anadolu Efes was beaten by Spain's Real Madrid 84-82 in its own turf.

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