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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 09 February 2019

[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 09 February 2019]

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★ Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras visited Turkey this week. In the Turkish capital Ankara, Tsipras met with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, reports the DW.

  After meeting with Erdoğan, Tsipras commented on the eight Turkish military personnel that sought asylum in Greece. A Greek court decided some months ago that the eight military personnel were to remain in Greece despite Turkish request for extradition.

  The eight military personnel are being accused of participating in the failed 2016 coup attempt in Turkey.

  Tsipras said that coup suspects are "not welcome" in Greece, but Greece respects the decision delivered by the judiciary.

  The Greek Prime Minister also took the time to visit Istanbul. While in Istanbul he visited the Byzantine-built Hagia Sophia that dates back to sixth century. He then visited the Heybeliada Greek Seminary, which has been closed since the 1970s.

★ Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is accusing the U.S. of "imperialism" in its efforts to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, reports Dorian Jones of the VOA.

  "Is Venezuela your instrument?" said Erdoğan, chiding U.S. President Donald Trump in an address to his parliamentary deputies Tuesday. "Their president came through elections. What right do you have to appoint another? And where is the democracy? How can this be accepted?

  With both the U.S. and the European Union recognizing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the interim president, Erdoğan's strong backing of Maduro puts him on a collision course with his Western allies.

  However, Turkish political analysts say that Turkey will be forced to step back since it cannot be a match to the U.S. and Western Europe.

★ Jamal Khashoggi was in the news again this week. The Saudi journalist was killed in the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on October 2. His body was never found.

  Agnes Callamard, a U.N. human rights expert, said Thursday that Saudi Arabia undermined Turkey's efforts to investigate the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which she described as a "brutal and premeditated killing'' planned and carried out by Saudi officials. She made her assessment Thursday after visiting Turkey.

  In related news, the Trump administration signaled Friday that it might not meet a deadline to tell Congress whether it intended to sanction anyone for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. Last fall, the Senate gave President Donald Trump 120 days — until the end of the day Friday, February 8 — to determine who was responsible for the death of Khashoggi.

★ According to the Associated Press, an American request for the extradition of a Turkish man wanted in the United States on terrorism charges was rejected by Germany, and the man was deported to Turkey where he was arrested on arrival.

  Adem Yılmaz, who was convicted in Germany of planning to bomb a U.S. base, was just released from serving his sentence.

  Germans said that if he is sent to the U.S. and tried there, it may be double jeopardy. U.S. officials are upset about the German refusal to extradite him to the U.S.

  U.S. officials hold the man responsible for attacks on U.S. military forces in Afghanistan.

★ According to Agence France-Presse, The United States slapped sanctions on a Turkish businessman on February 7 for violating U.S. sanctions on Iran.

  Evren Kayakıran, 39, was the managing director from 2013-2015 of a Turkish company that distributes motion control products, the Treasury Department said in a statement.

  It said the Turkish firm, Elsim, had been acquired by a U.S. company Kollmorgen Corp. in 2013, making it subject to U.S. sanctions on Iran.

★ Turkey's relations with the United States have been saved thanks to U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to pull troops out of north Syria, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said at a meeting with Turkish and U.S. businesspeople at the presidential compound in Ankara on Thursday.

  The Turkish president has in recent years aimed harsh criticism at the United States, which he has frequently accused of collaborating with enemies of Turkey. U.S. forces are currently deployed in north Syria alongside the People's Protection Units (YPG), a Kurdish militia Turkey views as a terrorist organization.

  Last year, as the Turkish lira plummeted in part due to a feud with the United States over a detained U.S. pastor, Erdoğan said his NATO ally was waging "economic war" on Turkey.

  However, the Turkish president appeared to be satisfied that those issues were in the past as he hosted businesspeople from the American-Turkish Council (ATC) and U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Thursday.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Despite being held a prisoner in Turkey for more than two years, North Carolina Pastor Andrew Brunson shared on Wednesday that he would like to go back.

  According to the Christian Post, Brunson shared with the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom that he knows God loves the Turkish people and he feels as if he is still being called to serve there.

  Brunson met the USCIRF on Wednesday at the Senate Welcome Center to thank the commission for the tireless work they put forth while advocating for his release.

★ An apartment building collapsed in Istanbul on Wednesday. According to the Associated Press, the death tall stood at 18 on Saturday morning.

  Murat Kurum, the minister for environment and urban planning, said the building had permits for only six floors and had illegally built the top two floors with low-quality concrete and sea sand instead of construction-grade concrete and stronger steel.

  President Erdoğan visited the site on Saturday and said that authorities have "lessons to learn".

★ 10,655 Turkish nationals applied for asylum in Germany in 2018, with 48 percent having college degrees, Info Migrants reported on Feb. 7.

  The number of Turkish asylum seekers in Germany is 2,000 more than the last year.

  The average level of education among Turkish applicants is higher than most migrants. Overall, in the first half of 2018, only 17 percent of asylum seekers in Germany had completed college, according to surveys by the Germany Migration Office.

  However, it is also possible that applicants, Turks in this case, overstated their education status to have a better shot at winning asylum, Info Migrants wrote.

  Some believe the migrations cause a "brain drain" in Turkey.

★ Turkish industrial output is expected to fall 7.5 percent year-on-year on a calendar-adjusted basis in December, a Reuters poll showed on Friday.



  Kazimir Malevich (1875-1935), The Red Square

★ The Sakıp Sabancı Museum of Istanbul has a new exhibition titled "Russian Avant-Garde, the Dream of the Future with Art and Design".

  As part of the exhibition,  on February 6 Dr. Dikmen Gürün gave a talk titled "Russian Avant-Garde Theater: Revolution and Afterwards".

  In his talk, Dr. Gürün said that the events he is talking about are an example of the tension that takes place in the state versus art relationship.

  Read more at >> here <<


★ The International Çukurova Art Days gave its Çukurova Award to Nedim Gürsel. Nedim Gürsel will receive the award at the opening ceremony of the Çukurova Art Days on March 19 in Turkey's southern city of Adana. This is the 13th year of the Çukurova Art Days.

  Nedim Gürsel, born April 5, 1951 in Turkey's southeastern province of Gaziantep, is a Turkish writer. In the late 1960s, he published novellas and essays in Turkish magazines.

  Gürsel is a founding member of the International Parliament of Writers. He is currently, a citizen of France, he teaches contemporary Turkish literature at the Sorbonne and works as the research director on Turkish Literature at the International French Science Research Center.

  Çukurova Art Days is a regional festival taking place yearly since 2007. There are numerous events including concerts, poetry, exhibitions, talks and conferences.


★ After 35 years of absence, Turkey's transvestite singer Bülent Ersoy appeared on the stage in Istanbul last Saturday evening.

  The event was sold out and there were people waiting outside the hall to get in.

  Bülent Ersoy was accompanied by a 15-person ensemble.


★ The Istanbul State Opera and Ballet will be performing on the Asian side of Istanbul in Kadıköy at the historic Süreyya Opera House this month.

  The performances will be "German Romantics", "Symphonic Concert" and "British and American composers".

  In the German Romantics performance, among the soloists will be Mezzosoprano Özay Günay and baritone Önay Günay. Pianist Evren Büyükburç Erol will accompany the soloists.

  The Symphonic Concert will be led by conductor Zdravko Lazarov and will feature as soloist Ankara State Opera and Ballet Orchestra chief violinist Tayfun Bozok.

  The performance on British and American composers will feature soloists Utku Bayburt, Ayşe Sinem Ekşioğlu, Ayşe Sezerman and Elif Tuğba Tekışık. Pianist Aslıhan Korkmaz will accompany the soloists.


★ Turkey's Culture and Tourism minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy attended a film by Yılmaz Erdoğan, a Turkish filmmaker, actor and poet. Yılmaz Erdoğan accompanied the minister.

  During the screening of the movie, the two observed that the recent law regulating how the movies are to be screened were not observed. For example, the commercials were 30 minutes long instead of 10 minutes.

  After the screening of the movie the minister congratulated Yılmaz Erdoğan for making an excellent movie and said: "movies from masters like yourself get long commercials".


★ Last week, a concert featuring Turkish folk and Spanish flamenco music took place in Istanbul at the Maltepe Municipality Prof. Dr. Türkan Saylan Culture Center.

  Turkey's bağlama virtuoso Erdal Akkaya shared the stage with guitarist Jeronimo Maya of Spain.

  The concert featured music from the two artists' 2014 album titled "The Meeting of Andalucia and Anatolia".

  Erdal Akkaya is a musician active in conveying the traditional music of Turkey to the next generations.

  From a previous concert:  >> here <<

★ The Turkey Youth Academy, with the support of the municipality of Kadıköy, is starting a "Winter Arts Festival".

  The Festival will take place this weekend at the Barış Manço Culture Center. The proceeds from the Festival will be used to offer classes on coding and programming for robotics applications.

  The Festival will feature theater, dance, music performances, and panel discussions.

★ The 47th Istanbul Music Festival will take place between June 11-30 with the theme "the darkness of existence, the enlightenment of existence", and will carry music emanating from this duality to stage.

  The festival is being sponsored by Turkey's ECA Metal Casting Industries.

  The Festival will feature baroque music giants Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, and modern master Shostakovich, jazz music based on klezmer, and traditional Ottoman classical music.

  The 150 different works will be performed by musicians from around the world in 22 concerts at 15 different venues spread throughout Istanbul.

  The Festival will also have special performances directed towards 2020 Beethoven Year to honor the great composer.


★ Istanbul's Pera Museum is continuing its screening of movies from around the world with the theme "Time Zones".

  The program is a collection of stories of individuals who await the right time to live their own reality, rebel against the truths of their time, wonder about the lives being led concurrently on the far side of the world, challenge the notion that a day is but 24 hours, and believe in the healing effect of time.

  With a broad scope including cult films to documentaries and sci-fi classics to critically acclaimed recent productions, the program consists of "Last Year at Marienbad", an exploration of the nature of memory by Alain Resnais, one of the pioneers of the French New Wave;

  "Freak Orlando" by Ulrike Ottinger, a reinterpretation of Virginia Woolf's Orlando and Tod Browning's Freaks remade into a boundary-busting theater of human difference and transformation;

  "On the Silver Globe", Andrzej Zulawski's banned and destroyed film that tells the tale of five astronauts who have left the Earth to found a new civilization, remade decades later using preserved footage and commentary to fill in narrative gaps;

  "Night on Earth", one of Jim Jarmusch's most charming and beloved films and a story of five taxi drivers and their passengers taking place simultaneously in five different cities and told through brief glimpses;

  "Good Time", a crime film by the Safdie Brothers focusing on the lives of two brothers in a cinematic experience brimming with realism and fervor;

  "Out", the first documentary to address LGBTQ+ coming out stories exclusively through social media footage.

  Lastly, two films by "The Time Needs Changing" artist Cao Fei: "i.Mirror", focusing on the blurry border between the virtual and the real, and "Haze and Fog", an exploration of how the collective consciousness of people emerges from day-to-day life.


★ Former Associate Artist at The Point, Ceyda Tanc makes a return visit to Eastleigh venue this March with her company's latest stunning dance work called Kaya, reports the Broadway World – UK regional. Eastleigh is in Hampshire, Britain.

  KAYA explores human experiences of displacement, drawing on the strength and resilience of those searching for belonging in a new community.

  In the early 1900s, forced migration of Anatolian Greeks left the Turkish village Kayaköy as a ghost town. One hundred years later, Turkey is at the epicenter of the Syrian Refugee Crisis, holding over 3.2 million Syrian refugees. Tanc was compelled to make a work that will provoke audiences to reflect on the global scale of displacement, by drawing on the experience and stories within their own communities.

  The company produces cutting-edge, dynamic contemporary dance works with the influence of traditional Turkish folk dance, the dance style of Tanc's heritage. Utilizing virtuoso movements of the male Turkish dancers on female bodies, a unique movement vocabulary is created, which conveys striking shapes, and emotive and sensual energy.

  Read more at >> here <<



* Euroleague
2/7 Efes - Gran Canaria 93-74
2/8 Fenerbahçe - Panathinaikos 85-66
    Olimpia Milano - Darüşşafaka 90-78
1/30 Bayern Munich Fenerbahçe 90-86
2/1 Darüşşafaka Real Madrid 82-86
    Panathinaikos Efes 88-75
In the rankings:
   Team        Wins Losses Points
1 Fenerbahçe   19     3     41
2 CSKA Moskova 17     5     39
3 Real Madrid  17     5     39
4 Efes         14     8     36
16 Darüşşafaka  3    19     25

Premier League

* Results for week: 20
Fenerbahçe      -      Göztepe         2 - 0
Trabzon Sp      -      Ankaragücü      1 - 0
Alanya Sp       -      G. Saray        1 - 1
Malatyaspor     -      Kayseri Sp      1 - 1
Kasımpaşa       -      Sivas Sp        1 - 3
Antalya Sp      -      Beşiktaş        2 - 6
Erzurum Sp      -      Rize Sp         0 - 1
Akhisar Sp      -      Başakşehir      0 - 3
Bursa Sp        -      Konya Sp        0 - 0
* In games played so far this weekend:
Kayseri Sp      -      Fenerbahçe      1 - 0
Rize Sp         -      Antalya Sp      1 - 1
Beşiktaş        -      Bursa Sp        2 - 0
Başakşehir      -      Erzurum Sp      1 - 1
* 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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