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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 16 February 2019

[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 16 February 2019]

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★ According to Reuters, a Turkish parliamentarian who was visiting Washington said that Turkey is committed to purchasing Russian missiles.

  The U.S. and other NATO allies have been telling Turkey that the Russian S - 400 missiles are not compatible with NATO equipment, and the U.S. has offered Turkey American Patriot missiles instead.

  U.S. officials also say that if Turkey buys the Russian missiles, Turkey may be held back from purchasing F-35 fighter jets, and may be put under sanctions.

  Read more at >> here <<


★ Tensions appear to be surfacing between Russia and Turkey just hours into a three-way summit on the Syrian conflict being hosted in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, reports Pete Cobus of the VOA.

  According to Kremlin spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, Russia has told Turkey it lacked the authorization to create a "safe zone" inside Syria without the express consent of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

  In the summit, Iran is also participating. It is reported that Iran is also opposing Turkey creating safe zones. Both Russia and Iran are allies of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, while Turkey has been supporting the Syrian opposition.

  Read more at >> here <<


★ According to Dorian Jones of the VOA, Turkish-Chinese tensions have escalated over Chinese treatment of Uyghur Turks in East Turkestan, which is under Chinese occupation. Earlier in the week, there was news that a renown Uyghur poet and musician, Abdurehim Heyit, was dead in a Chinese concentration camp. A Turkish official immediately criticized China for the death of Heyit, and the treatment of Uyghurs in general.

  Later in the week, the Chinese government showed a video of Heyit on its China Radio International Turkish broadcast service.

  The authenticity of the video was not corroborated. On Monday, Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry spokeswoman brushed aside a reporter's request for more details about Heyit, repeatedly pointing a finger at Turkey.

  "The Turkish government may be wrong about one single case [of Heyit]. But overall, I think the world's level of attention in Xinjiang continues to put pressure on Beijing," said Arthur Ding, an adjunct research fellow at Taiwan's National Chengchi University's Institute of International Relations.

  Read more at >> here <<  and  >> here <<

★ An editorial in The Economist on February 15, writes that Greece-Turkey relations could be improved by reopening a historic seminary.

  As we reported to you last week, Greek Prime Minister visited the Istanbul seminary last week after his talks in the Turkish capital Ankara.

  Founded under the Ottoman rule in 1844 near the site of a much older Byzantine monastery, Halki used to be one of the most important theological centers of Greek Orthodoxy.

  A dozen of its graduates went on to become heads of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, housed in an Istanbul neighborhood an hour away by ferry and regarded as the heart of the Orthodox world.

  Months ahead of an army coup in 1971, Turkey banned private higher education, forcing the seminary to close.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ The European Court of Human Rights has dealt Turkish human rights activists a significant blow in its refusal to hear a pivotal case stemming from a Turkish military operation that left more than 100 civilians dead, reports Dorian Jones of the VOA.

  The military campaign took place in Turkey's predominantly Kurdish southeast between December 2015 and February 2016 as the security forces sought to oust Kurdistan Workers Party separatist fighters from towns and cities across the region.

  The court ruled that the case was inadmissible because all "domestic remedies" had not been exhausted. That means lawyers had not taken their case to Turkey's Constitutional Court.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ National Geographic magazine carried an article on a 2016 earthquake that lasted 50 days near Istanbul, and no one has noticed it.

  A group of researchers happened to have sensitive earthquake-measuring equipment set up in the area and recorded the whole thing.

  The earthquake is called a "slow-slip" event, and these types of quakes might be able to forecast more damaging quakes in the future.

  Much like California, Turkey is crisscrossed by fault zones that produce major earthquakes from time to time. A 1999 earthquake killed almost 40,000 people. Officials, however, maintain that death toll was only 17,000.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ The Turkish Statistical Institute reported on Friday that Turkish unemployment stood at 12.3 percent in the October-December period, up from 11.6 percent in the September-November period.

★ Turkish government started selling subsidized food in Istanbul and Ankara provinces. The loss of value of the Turkish lira against major currencies and the downturn in the economy, and following the sharp rise in food costs, have caused major hardship for wage earners and retired people alike.

  Traders, however, complained that they cannot match the prices at government sale places and that these places were set up to win votes in next March's local elections.

  Read more at >> here <<


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★ Turkey's coal mining town of Zonguldak has a mining museum. In addition to coal and mining-related information, it has wax figures of miners, maps, photographs, documents, and objects.

  The museum was opened on December 9, 2016, after many years of planning. However, the museum is not getting the attention that it deserves, mining engineer and research writer Ekrem Murat Zaman.


★ American pianist Andrew Tyson had a concert on Friday at Istanbul's Sakıp Sabancı Museum. Tyson has been winning major awards throughout the world since his first major award in 2010 in Warsaw, Poland at the age of 15.

  Tyson performed works by Couperin, Messiaen, Liszt, Respighi, and Chopin.

★ Another piano event took place on the Asian side of Istanbul at Kadıköy's Süreyya Opera House. Pianist Jerfi Aji who just returned from Sicily International Piano Competition with an award performed with two of his musician colleagues on February 10 evening.

  Evrim Güvemli was on the clarinet and Rahşan Alpay played the cello. The three of them make up the "Trio Kuvars Viyolet ". Their performance included works by German composer Beethoven, Austrian composer and pianist Carl Frühling and Polish-born American composer Robert Muczynski.


  Elif Gamze Bozo

★ Another event on Friday was the opening of a photo exhibition in support of the children with leukemia.

  The exhibition features the photographs taken by children with leukemia and photographer and painter Elif Gamze Bozo, herself has the "brittle bone" genetic disorder.


★ The Aydin Doğan Foundation has been given out awards since 1996 to people or organizations that have received accolades in the national and international platforms in culture, arts, literature, and sciences.

  This year Turkey's veteran actor Şener Şen received the award.

  Şener Şen is 77 years old. He has won Turkey's golden orange for Best Actor award twice and the Golden Orange Lifetime Achievement award. He started acting in 1958 at the age of 17 as an amateur at a theater in Istanbul. He first started acting in films in 1967 with a minor role.

  He also received the presidential culture and arts grand prize award in 2016.

  The Aydin Doğan Foundation was established by businessman Aydin Doğan. Read more at >> here <<

★ Speaking of Aydın Doğan, under his name there is also an international cartoon competition. This year the 35th competition took place.

  The winners were:

  First place: Dokhshid Ghodratipour (Iran) and Jugoslav Vlahovic (Serbia)

  Second place: Shahrokh Heidari (Iran)

  Third-place: Krzysztof Grzondziel (Poland)

  The special award in the "Strong Girls, Strong Tomorrows" category went to Bernard Bouton (France).

  The cartoons of the winners and some others deemed to be worthy of displaying are being featured in an exhibition at the Turkish Journalist Association Press Museum until February 26.

★ As part of its cultural and arts activities, the Central Bank of Turkey has organized a photography competition with the theme of "Economy and Artisanship".

  Over 2500 photographers from 74 countries submitted nearly 9000 photographs.

  The jury decided to award 14 photographs and exhibit a total of 60 photographs at the Ankara CerModern Art Center.

  The photographs that will be exhibited are by photographers from Turkey, Vietnam, People's Republic of China, India, Bangladesh, Iran, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, Myanmar, Iraq, and Indonesia. The exhibition will be on through February 27.


★ After an article titled "Disgrace in the name of art" in the conservative daily Yeni Akit, the office of the presidency of the Yıldız Technical University in Istanbul applied censorship to the reproduction works of the students of Art and Design School.

  The office of the presidency said that the works are "exhibitionist, display children's and women's bodies" and asked that they are removed.

  Afterward, officials from the office of the presidency showed up at the exhibition and made the students remove the works.

  After the removal of the works the conservative daily removed its article from its website.

  In their social media account a group calling itself Yıldız Technical University Youth of Endeavor said "this proves that the university administration is with the superstition instead of science and art, and against the university students. It acted under the direction of a paper which qualifies as a relic of the Middle Ages".

  In 2018 the universities office of the presidency banned the appearance of a film director on the campus for a talk.


★ The film "A Ferry Fable" tells the story of a father and his two autistic kids, and how they were ostracized and what they have experienced at the back of an Istanbul commuter ferry in 2016.

  Shot in 2018 by director Mehmet Tığlı the film was invited to 91 international festivals and won 143 awards.

  One of the wards was given by an American association of the retired military at their Honor Film Festival. Read more at >> here <<

  The film will be shown at Istanbul's Salt Beyoğlu March 6-10.

  Here is a trailer from the movie: Read more at >> here <<

★ Turkish director Emin Alper's film "Sisters" is vying for the Golden Bear award at the Berlin International Film Festival Berlinale.

  The film tells the story of three sisters from a rural area of Turkey who were adopted by affluent foster families. Then one day they return back to their village and face each other. After a while, the three sisters try to find ways of leaving the village again.

  The film's world debut took place at the Festival on February 12 evening. In addition to the director, the main actors of the film were present at the premiere and met the world press.

★ Another Turkish film had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival. Young director Burak Çevik's "Belonging" was screened on February 11 evening.

  The director of the forum section of the festival Anna Hoffman introduced the film. In addition to Burak Çevik, producers Selman Nacar, Mustafa Uzuner and Kerem Ayan, art designer Dilşad Aladağ were also present.

  "Belonging" is a contemporary thriller that maps out a criminal case, though it's the very opposite of a genre film. In a voice-over delivered in the sober tone of a confession, a man reconstructs the murder of his future mother-in-law. Acting on the wishes of her daughter, his lover, he hired a contract killer to murder her because she opposed their relationship.

  The description of the film on the Berlin International Film Festival pages is Read more at >> here <<

★ The Turkish-German director Fatih Akın's film "The Golden Glove" is also competing in the Berlin International Film Festival

  The film tells the story of a serial killer in the 1970s.

  In a press conference, Fatih Akın introduced the film crew and the lead actor to a crowd overflowing the hall.

  The description of the film on the Berlin international film Festival pages is Read more at >> here <<


★ Theater artist Nazlı Masatçı is serving a one-year and six-month jail term in a women's prison in Turkey's Aegean province of Izmir.

  She was convicted of "getting people to turn away from military".

  Fellow artists have not forgotten her, they showed up last week in front of the prison and protested her imprisonment and held a press conference.

  Among the artists present at the press conference were poets, theater artists, writers and other artist and employees from the theater that she worked at. Since then the theaters also closed.

★ Turkish artist Erdal Ateş has an exhibition at the Turkish capital Ankara's French Culture Center. The exhibition is titled "Deleuze: (Without a" Place (Without a) Home".

  The starting point of the exhibition project is "creator Deleuze", the artist declares. Deleuze is a French philosopher who lived between 1925-1995.

★ The 8th Istanbul International Opus Amadeus Chamber music festival Started on February 16 at the Kadıköy Municipality Yeldeğirmeni Sanat with the performance of Prisma Baroque, a youthful ensemble from Germany. The festival will end with a performance of Silva quartet at the Karaköy Synagogue on March 11.

  The other ensembles at the festival will be Musica Amphion and Pieter – Jan Belder, Trio Vivo, Leyla Pınar, Trio Passacaglia.

  More information is available at Read more at >> here <<

★ Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan's movie "wild pear tree", which started in the movie theaters June 1, 2018, will be published as a limited edition DVD soon. The HD movie will be printed only 1000 copies and will bear Ceylan's signature.

  The award-winning movie tells the story of Sinan. Sinan, an aspiring writer, returns home after college hoping to scrape together enough money to publish his first novel.

  He wanders the town encountering old flames and obstinate gatekeepers and finds his youthful ambition increasingly at odds with the deferred dreams of his gambling-addict father.

  As his own fantasies mingle with reality, Sinan grapples with the people and the place that has made him who he is.



Premier League

* Results for week: 21
Kayseri Sp      -      Fenerbahçe      1 - 0
Rize Sp         -      Antalya Sp      1 - 1
Beşiktaş        -      Bursa Sp        2 - 0
Başakşehir      -      Erzurum Sp      1 - 1
G. Saray        -      Trabzon Sp      3 - 1
Göztepe         -      Alanya Sp       3 - 2
Konya Sp        -      Malatyaspor     1 - 1
Ankaragücü      -      Kasımpaşa       3 - 0
Sivas Sp        -      Akhisar Sp      2 - 1
* In games played so far this weekend:
Malatyaspor     -      Beşiktaş        1 - 2
Akhisar Sp      -      Ankaragücü      0 - 0
Fenerbahçe      -      Konya Sp        1 - 1
Bursa Sp        -      Rize Sp         0 - 2
* Standing in the league as of week ending 21
 1 - Başakşehir      45
 2 - G. Saray        39
 3 - Beşiktaş        36
 4 - Malatyaspor     34
 5 - Trabzon Sp      33
 6 - Konya Sp        33
 7 - Sivas Sp        31
 8 - Kasımpaşa       29
 9 - Antalya Sp      29
10 - Göztepe         25
11 - Alanya Sp       25
12 - Kayseri Sp      25
13 - Bursa Sp        24
14 - Fenerbahçe      23
15 - Ankaragücü      23
16 - Rize Sp         22
17 - Erzurum Sp      18
18 - Akhisar Sp      17

In the Euroleague:
2/12/19	Fenerbahçe  1 - Russia's Zenit    0
2/14/19	Galatasaray 1 - Portugal's Benica 2


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