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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 02 February 2019

[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 02 February 2019]

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★ According to Agence France-Presse, the United States is "disappointed" with Turkey's support of embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, a senior US official said Thursday, after Washington backed a bid by the South American's country's opposition to remove the leader from office.

  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gave his support to Maduro over the telephone last week, urging him to "keep his head up"

  The official also warned that Washington is looking at trade between Turkey and Venezuela, especially gold exports to Turkey, to see if any American sanctions on Venezuela have been violated. "If we assess a violation of our sanctions, we will obviously take action", he added.

  Venezuela exported nearly $1 billion worth of gold to Turkey last year, according to reports.

  In mid-January, the two countries agreed to increase such exports under an agreement to refine Venezuelan gold at a plant in the city of Corum, near the Turkish capital Ankara.

  Read more at >> here <<

  In related news, according to Reuters Turkish officials told their U.S. counterparts that Turkish trade is in accordance with international laws and regulations.

  During meetings between officials from Turkey's Finance Ministry and the U.S. Treasury, the two sides also discussed measures to boost bilateral trade, a senior U.S. official said.

★ We told you last week that the trial of a U.S. consulate employee has started in Turkey. The employee is a Turkish citizen and he is being accused of contacts with the police officers who are followers of the cleric Fethullah Gülen.

  Fethullah Gülen and his followers are being accused of orchestrating the 2016 failed coup in Turkey.

  There is another Turkish citizen, employee of the US Consulate in Turkey's southern city of Adana, who just got released for time served after his trial ended this week. He was accused of contacts with the rebel Turkish Kurds.

  Most analyst see these as hostages taken by the Turkish administration of the ruling Justice and Development Party to get U.S. to do certain things that they want.

  This week two Turkish scholars wrote an article and said that President Trump must act to stop Turkish hostage diplomacy.

  The two scholars are Aykan Erdemir and Merve Tahiroğlu from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Aykan Erdemir was in the Turkish Parliament said parliamentarian between 2011 and 2015.

  Read more at >> here <<

  The two scholars also wrote another article and said that President Trump's removal of US troops, although seem to be the single biggest obstacle to improving U.S. ties Turkey, will not do the trick.

  They write that "the move, although regarded as a victory for Turkey's president Erdoğan, has so far done little to appease the Turkish invective against the United States. In fact, it has only sharpened the fundamental disagreement over the future of the Kurds."

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Syria said Saturday that it was ready to revive a landmark security deal with Turkey that normalized ties for two decades before the 2011 conflict if Turkey pulled its troops out of the war-torn country and stopped backing rebels, reports Reuters.

  The 1998 Adana accord forced Syria to stop harboring the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party, which has waged an armed insurgency against the Turkish state for decades.

  Turkey has carved a sphere of influence in an opposition-held enclave in northwestern Syria around Idlib province with the help of mainstream Arab rebels whom it backs.

  Its troops monitor a buffer zone in the province under a deal with Russia and Iran.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ According to the latest statistics published by the Turkish government, in 2018 Turkey's population increased to over 82 million people. The largest urban area remains Istanbul with 15 million people. The median age is 32 the statistics revealed.

★ Economy

★ U.S. investment bank JPMorgan increased its positions in emerging-market bonds and local currencies, but said Turkish and Russian bonds did not present such attractive opportunities.

★ Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corp., Dublin, Ireland, said it will acquire an 82.275 percent controlling interest in Turkish switchgear manufacturer Ulusoy Elektrik. The purchase price for the shares is roughly $214 million, on a cash and debt-free basis, the company said.

★ An article published this week on the Christian Science Monitor on emigration out of Turkey. The article's headline said "When the economy's bad and your leader is an autocrat, do you go?"

  The article says that there was 63.5% more people emigrated in 2017 as compared to 2016.

  11,000 of these were Turkey's millionaires, roughly 12% of the wealthy class. According to the annual Global Wealth Migration Review, this is a "very bad sign" that indicates "serious problems in a country."

  Read more at >> here <<

★ In an article titled "it might be time for Turkish wine", Bloomberg reporter Ross Kenneth Urken wrote that a cheap Turkish currency could help build international sales of varietals from the land where it all began.

  "As the Bible tells it, Noah pioneered winemaking when his ark landed on Mount Ararat, in the far east of modern-day Turkey. After the deluge was over, he is said to have planted a vineyard", adds Urken.

  Although Turkey has the fifth largest vineyard acreage in the world, it's winemaking industry comes in at a lowly 45th, just ahead of Belarus, Cuba and India.

  Turkish wine exports total to a mere $10 million a year as compared to French exports of $10 billion.

  Read more at >> here <<



★ The municipality of Izmir has established a "Neighborhood Orchestra" for kids who have musical talents but not are able to get a musical education due to lack of resources.

  The children attend free classes offered at Izmir city center and in adjacent four townships. The classes on piano, drums, cello, violin, guitar and voice are taught by the Conservatory teachers and.

  The Neighborhood Orchestra had their first concert recently in which Beethoven's Ninth Symphony was featured.

★ The representative of "Trap" type music in Turkey, Khontkar, performed at a concert to launch his album named 100 at Istanbul's Zorlu PSM.

  The album is being marketed under Sony music Turkey and Base Mode Records labels.

  The daily Cumhuriyet interviewed him before his concert. Khontkar, who was indicted for praising the use of drugs in his songs, said that his trial will continue in March.

  He said that his incarceration was not covered in the press well. He said that it is censorship and censorship could spread to every aspect of our lives.


★ The eighth "Pink Life Queer Fest" took place January 24-27 in Istanbul. For the first time the festival gave out a film award.

  The award was named after Zeliş Deniz, a gay rights activist who died in 2015.

  The film maker Rüzgar Buşki received the award for continuing the struggle, facilitating unity and furthering hope with her films.

  The festival page is Read more at >> here <<


★ On January 24, four Turkish doctors took the stage again after a quarter-century of absence in Beşiktaş, Istanbul.

  The location was the reissue of their three cassette albums in CD and LP formats.

  The four orchestra members gave up a career in music 25 years ago to concentrate on their careers in medicine. However, the large crowd that showed up at the concert proved that they were not forgotten.

  Here is the group in an earlier concert Read more at >> here <<


★ The group Algiers, which blends gospel, noise and post-punk genres, will be in Istanbul for a concert on February 7 at Babylon concert hall.

  Algiers is an American experimental band from Atlanta, Georgia. They have been active since 2007.


★ The British Council in Istanbul is host to an interesting exhibition titled "Dancing with the Witches".

  The exhibition is curated by Mine Kaplangı. She says they started the exhibition with the "woman" as theme and then focused on power symbol emanating from being a witch/woman. They have received inspiration from especially the British literature that was in the forefront of seeking equality for women and their rights.

  The exhibition features selections from British Council collection, works from the Western art history literature that emphasize the secret role of women and their marks that have been hidden and covered. It also features contemporary artists' works from Turkey.


★ William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" is on the stage again in Istanbul. The Istanbul State Theater actors will be enacting the play under the direction of Yücel Erten during the 2018-2019 season.

  Erten first put the play on the stage in 1985 in the Turkish capital Ankara.

  The play will be in Turkish.


★ Turkish director Şerif Gören's movie "10 Women" will be restored with the cooperation of Zurich Insurance and Atlas Post Production.

  The film was made in 1987. It stars one of Turkey's best actresses Türkan Şoray. In the film Türkan Şoray depicts 10 women who are all struggling to stand on their own feet in a world dominated by men.

  Şerif Gören won many awards and produced many acclaimed films. He received the "Lifetime Achievement Award" award from the Istanbul Film Festival this year.


★ Turkish president Erdoğan, after receiving a delegation of producers and actors from the Turkish film sector, approved a new law that changes copyright rules for films.

  According to the new rules, a new category of films called "serial films" will be defined. Serial films will now also benefit from government support funds.

  In the movie theaters, before the films are screened advertisement will be limited to 10 minutes, any previews of films will be limited to 3 to 5 minutes, the recess in the middle of a screening will not exceed 15 minutes.

  Operators of movie theaters will not be able to engage in subscription sales, promotion, and sale of tickets for more than one film. The sale of a movie ticket will not be combined in one single price with popcorn or other products.



Premier League

* In games played so far this weekend:
Fenerbahçe      -      Göztepe         2 - 0
Kasımpaşa       -      Sivas Sp        1 - 3
Alanya Sp       -      G. Saray        1 - 1
Trabzon Sp      -      Ankaragücü      1 - 0
Malatyaspor     -      Kayseri Sp      1 - 1
Erzurum Sp      -      Rize Sp         0 - 1
Antalya Sp      -      Beşiktaş        2 - 6
Akhisar Sp      -      Başakşehir      0 - 3
Bursa Sp        -      Konya Sp        0 - 0
* Standing in the league as of week ending 20
 1 - Başakşehir      44
 2 - G. Saray        36
 3 - Beşiktaş        33
 4 - Malatyaspor     33
 5 - Trabzon Sp      33
 6 - Konya Sp        32
 7 - Kasımpaşa       29
 8 - Sivas Sp        28
 9 - Antalya Sp      28
10 - Alanya Sp       25
11 - Bursa Sp        24
12 - Fenerbahçe      23
13 - Göztepe         22
14 - Kayseri Sp      22
15 - Rize Sp         21
16 - Ankaragücü      20
17 - Erzurum Sp      17
18 - Akhisar Sp      17


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