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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 12 January 2019
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★ National Security Advisor John Bolton was in the Middle East this week and on January 8 he visited the Turkish capital Ankara, where he met with the presidential spokesman İbrahim Kalın. Bolton was accompanied by Joint Chiefs of Staff general Joseph Dunford and US Syria envoy James Jeffrey.
During the two-hour meeting Kalın asked that US recover all weapons handed to the American military partner YPG, made up of the local Syrian Kurdish militia, reports Dorian Jones of the VOA. Turkey sees YPG as an extension of the rebel Kurds in Turkey.
Mr. Bolton while in Turkey was not received by Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, which some analysts see as a snub.
John Bolton said on Friday talks between the U.S. military and its Turkish counterparts on the Kurds and Syria will continue next week, in the hopes of producing results both countries accept, reports the US News and World Report.
On Friday, Reuters reports that Turkey's defense minister Hulusi Akar pledged to wage a campaign against the US backed Syrian Kurdish militia.
However, "Turkey cannot do anything against America," said international relations professor
Hüseyin Bağcı. "We had a crisis in recent months and Turkey got her lesson from this conflict."
By conflict, Hüseyin Bağci was referring to the brief sanctions that US had against Turkey, when Turkish officials refused to release an American pastor who was in a Turkish jail for several months. The sanctions caused the Turkish lira to
fall sharply, starting the current economic malaise.
Later in the week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo started visiting the Middle East. According to NPR reporter Michele Kelemen, while in Iraq Pompeo downplayed the dispute with Turkey on Syrian Kurdish militia.
"These have been folks [meaning Syrian Kurds] that have fought with us, and it's important that we do everything we can to ensure that those folks that fought with us are protected. And Erdoğan has made commitments. He understands that - I think he uses the language - he talks about - I mean, he has no beef with the Kurds. And we want to make sure that that's the case."
Read more at >> here <<
★ The New York Times gave "Opinion" space to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on January 7 again.
The opinion article had a title "Erdoğan: Trump is right on Syria. Turkey can get the job done".
The byline said "there will be no victory for the terrorists".
President Erdoğan went on to say:
"Following the United States withdrawal from Syria, we will complete an intensive vetting process to reunite child soldiers with their families and include all fighters with no links to terrorist organizations in the new stabilization force."
He then added that the local communities liberated from the Kurdish or Islamic State fighters will be governed under Turkey's watch by popularly elected councils.
The full opinion piece is >> here <<
In related news, analyst Simon A. Waldman said in an op-ed in the Israeli paper Hareetz on Thursday that Turkey cannot
fulfill its promise to President Trump to continue the fight against the Islamic State, as Turkish government prioritizes defeating Kurdish forces in Syria instead of the jihadi fighters.
Read more at >> here <<
★ Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his party led Turkish administration is buying Russian air defense systems to the disappointment of its NATO allies.
A delegation of US officials visited Turkey and offered US-made Patriot missiles instead if Turkey gives up buying the Russian weapons.
Turkey's foreign affairs minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu rejected the US proposal and said on a TV program on Thursday that Turkey won't by US defense systems without acquiring Russian systems, the online publication Ahval reported.
Read more at >> here <<
★ International Consortium on Investigative Journalists reported on January 8 that Turkish journalist Pelin Ünker has been sentenced to jail over an
investigative reporting called the Paradise Papers. The court found Ünker to have defamed Turkey's former prime minister Binali Yıldırım and two of his sons.
Pelin Ünker revealed in the Paradise Papers that the former prime minister and two of his sons established companies in Malta, which is considered to be a tax haven.
Ms. Ünker points out that the during the trial proceedings Binali Yıldırım accepted that they have companies in Malta and says that she will appeal.
★ Turkey's construction companies are taking the brunt of the downturn in the economy.
According to Prof. Alper Duman of the Izmir University of Economics three out of four companies seeking bankruptcy protection or bankruptcy are construction companies. The construction sector contracted 5.3% in the third quarter of 2018.
The Turkish Statistical Institute's Construction Confidence Index fell 2.1 percent in December to 55.4, after 56.6 in the previous month. Anything below 100 indicates a pessimistic outlook.
★ According to Ipsos, a France based international market research firm, global consumer confidence is declining, with the largest drops in Turkey, France, India and China. The drop in Turkey was -7.9 to 31.7 and it was the largest drop in the nations Ipsos cites.
Read more at >> here <<
★ According to website AdAge, Turkish Airlines will air its third Super Bowl ad on February 3.
The ad will be 32nd commercial in the first quarter. The airline also said that it would air Super Bowl live on its flights.
Read more at >> here <<
★ 21-year-old pianist Can Çakmur won the Aydın Gün Incentive Award. The award is given to support young musicians. Can Çakmur will receive his prize at the upcoming 47th Istanbul Music Festival opening ceremony.
Can Çakmur started studying the piano at the age of 12 in Turkey. Later he continued his studies in Paris, Germany, Holland and Liechtenstein.
The Aydın Gün Award is organized by Istanbul Culture and Arts Foundation.
Ahmet Adnan Saygun / Kıvırcık Ali
★ This month there are two commemorations for two great Turkish musicians.
The internationally acclaimed Turkish classical music composer Ahmet Adnan Saygun
was commemorated on January 10 on the 28th anniversary of his death at the cemetery he is laid to rest.
Saygun lived between 1907 and 1991. In addition to being a composer he was a musicologist and writer on music. He was one of a group of composers known as the Turkish Five who pioneered western classical music in Turkey, his works show a mastery of Western musical practice, while also incorporating traditional Turkish folk songs and culture.
The Times called him "the grand old man of Turkish music, who was to his country what Jean Sibelius is to Finland, what Manuel de Falla is to Spain, and what Bela Bartok is to Hungary".
The other musician to be commemorated on January 16 is the Turkish folk musician Kıvırcık Ali who died at the young age of 42 in 2011 in a traffic accident.
Kıvırcık Ali is his nickname which translates as "Curly Ali" and his real name was Ali Özütemiz . He was a master of the Turkish long-necked instrument bağlama.
★ One of Turkey's renowned poets, Cemal Süreya, was commemorated on the 29th anniversary of his passing in Istanbul.
★ Performing arts:
The commemoration was organized by Maltepe and Kadıköy municipalities. As part of the commemoration a film about the poet was screened. The film had the poet's photographs and poems, and his life story narrated by himself.
There were also guests from abroad in the commemoration. Elvira Kujovic from Germany, Ion Cristofor Ljubliana from Romania attended and read poems by Cemal Süreya.
Süreya was born in 1931 and died in 1990.
★ Istanbul State Opera and ballet is continuing the new season with two performances of neoclassical and modern works.
The first performance is "Three Loves". The ballet is choreographed by David Sonnenbluck for Chaikovski's music.
The second performance is the only ballet from Turkey that has entered the world repertoire: Judith. Judith is based on the music of Çetin Işıközlü composed 45 years ago. Deniz Özaydın has produced the choreography.
Judith is based on the story of Judith and Holofernes.
The account of the beheading of Holofernes by Judith is given in the Book of Judith, and is the subject of many paintings and sculptures from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. In the story, Judith, a beautiful widow, is able to enter the tent of Holofernes because of his desire for her. Holofernes was an Assyrian general who was about to destroy Judith's home, the city of Bethulia. Overcome with drink, he passes out and is decapitated by Judith
Read more at >> here <<
★ New York Metropolitan Opera's performance of "Adrienne Lecouvreur" [Adriyen Löküvrör]was simulcast in Istanbul's Akmerkez CinemaPink.
The opera is about the life of French actress Adrienne Lecouvreur who lived between 1692-1730. She died in mysterious circumstances.
The music for the opera was composed by Italian composer Francesco Cilea and was first performed in 1902.
More about the opera is >> here <<
★ Visual arts:
★ A Turkish serial drama, The Protector, shown in 190 countries by Netflix will continue in the new season, reports the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet.
The plot of The Protector is as follows:
Hakan is a young shopkeeper whose modern world gets turned upside down when he learns that he is connected to a secret ancient order that is tasked with protecting Istanbul from an immortal enemy. He struggles to choose between his duties as the Protector and a new love he comes across.
The Netflix page on "The Protector" is >> here <<
A conversation with the actors of "The Protector" is
>> here <<
★ Muhsin Kut, who has been painting for more than 60 years, is having a new exhibition in his native Bakırköy from January 19 through February 12.
In his exhibition Kut will display watercolor paintings from his 1000 works. Kut says that watercolor painting is difficult.
The exhibition is titled "Impressions from Places I Have Seen" and has scenes stretching from Istanbul to Sydney Australia.
Muhsin Kut was born in 1938 in Bakırköy and his studio is there also. Bakırköy is a town on the outskirts of Istanbul.
A video showing Muhsin Kut opening an exhibition of his in 2017 is >> here <<
★ The 37th DYO Art Awards exhibition has started in Galata Greek School in Istanbul.
★ In other arts and culture news:
In the opening ceremony, the vice president of the Yaşar Education Culture Foundation board Feyhan Yaşar and prominent names from arts and business world participated.
In addition to 56 works that received awards this year, the exhibition also features 70 other works that have received awards since 1967.
In his speech Feyhan Yaşar said that about 500 artist submitted 800 works to the organization this year for evaluation for the awards. A jury made up of professors of art chose the award-winning works.
DYO, the name behind the foundation, is an İzmir, Turkey-based paint company founded at Bornova in 1954 by Durmuş Yaşar and his two sons Selçuk Yaşar and Selman Yaşar – with managerial and technological assistance from Sadolin
& Holmblad of Denmark.
★ The Justice and Development Party chairman and the president of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan participated in the "2018 Culture and Tourism Ministry Special Awards" ceremony held at the presidential complex.
The awards went out to Emin Ongan Üsküdar Music Association and Ara Güler Archives and Research Center.
In his speech president Erdoğan undertook some self-criticism. He said that during the 16 year-long Justice and Development Party rule in Turkey they had not been able to induce sufficient progress in culture and arts.
EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 5.46
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey : 41/34 Sleet
Antalya, on the Mediterranean : 54/46 Thunderstorms
Erzurum, in Eastern Turkey : 23/7 Snow
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey : 43/36 Showers
Izmir, on the Aegean : 52/43 Thunderstorms
Trabzon, on the Black Sea : 57/46 Mostly Cloudy
Snow depths at skiing locations:
Erciyes in Kayseri, Central Turkey : 39 inches
Ilgaz in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey: 40 inches
Kartalkaya in Bolu, Western Turkey : 45 inches
Palandöken in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey : 35 inches
Saklıkent in Antalya, Southern Turkey : 13 inches
Sarıkamış in Kars, Eastern Turkey : 34 inches
Uludağ in Bursa, Western Turkey : 67 inches
Edited by Ertuğrul Korkmaz
Turkey's premier soccer league is in recess.
01/03/19 Efes 92 - Bayern Munich 77
01/04/19 Fenerbahçe 96 - Kirolbet Baskonia 87
01/04/19 Barcelona 97 - Darüşşafaka 65
01/08/19 Khimki Moscow 84 - Fenerbahçe 78
01/08/19 Zalgiris Kaunas 58 - Efes 79
01/09/19 Darüşşafaka 65 - CSKA Moscow 80
01/10/19 Efes 81 - Khimki Moskova 72
01/10/19 Fenerbahçe 78 - Zalgiris Kaunas 61
01/11/19 Buducnost Voli 75 - Darüşşafaka 74
* In the Euroleague rankings:
1 Fenerbahçe 16 2 34
2 Real Madrid 15 3 33
3 CSKA Moskova 13 5 31
4 Anadolu Efes 12 6 30
16 Darüşşafaka 2 16 20
★ Turkey's oldest licensed athlete, who has been attending the Grand Atatürk Run in Ankara for the past 70 years, passed away after suffering a heart attack during the 83rd edition of the race on Thursday.
According to a statement by Turkish Athletic Federation (TAF), 91-year-old Erdoğan Dulda collapsed midway into the race next to the Republic's founder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk mausoleum Anıtkabir and was taken to a nearby hospital.
Born in 1928, Dulda has attended every Grand Atatürk Run since 1948. Also competed in various marathons and races, Dulda won a gold medal in 5K category of European Veterans Athletics Championships. He also attended annual Istanbul Marathon for 36 times.
★ In the 2019 World Figure Skating Competitions in Poland Turkey's Alper Eremn Ozkan won a silver medal in the male youth category. Ukraine's Andriy Kokura received the gold medal.
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