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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 27 April 2019
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★ On April 21, a mob attacked Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and other members of his party at a funeral for a fallen soldier.
DW reports that the incident comes on the heels of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his ruling Justice and Development Party calling for election recounts in key local votes in Istanbul and Ankara, which they lost to the Republican People's Party.
The Justice and Development Party has been criticized for fueling partisan tensions.
In related news, the Republican People's Party filed a legal complaint on Friday against Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu over his comments before and after the attack.
In the complaint, the Republican People's Party officials said that Soylu is "inciting people for hatred and enmity".
Soylu in 2018 said he had notified the police not to allow Republican People's Party officials to attend military funerals.
Mr. Ahmet Davutoğlu
★ A Former ally of President Erdoğan, and a former Turkish prime minister Mr. Ahmet Davutoğlu wrote a critical article about the leadership of Erdoğan's Justice and Development Party.
According to the VOA reporter Dorian Jones, Mr. Davutoğlu said:
"Our country cannot be left to the concerns for the future of a narrow and self-seeking group who are slaves to their ambitions".
Mr. Davutoğlu continued to criticize the handling of the economy.
"It is extremely significant," said analyst Atilla Yeşilada of Global Source Partners, an emerging markets analysis service. "This is the first organized and concrete challenge to Erdoğan's rule since he came to power."
Mr. Davutoğlu's attack found no voices of support among leading Justice and Development Party members. "One thing we've learned about the grandees of the Justice and Development Party is they are not encouraging profiles in courage," said international relations expert Soli Özel of Istanbul's Kadir Has University. "They may have dirt on their hands, or maybe they are afraid to speak out."
Dorian Jones writes that in the initial days of his administration some 15 years ago Mr. Erdoğan's pro-business credentials attracted successfully international investors. However, investors are staying away these days, blaming Mr. Erdoğan's advocacy of unconventional economic policies for Turkey's financial woes, coupled with domestic claims of cronyism, which increasingly dogs the Turkish economy.
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★ On April 25, Reporters Without Borders condemned what it called Turkey's disgraceful persecution of six former senior staff members of the Cumhuriyet newspaper.
Reporters without Borders continued to say the following:
"The six were returned to prison on April 25 as a result of an appellate court decision in February upholding their jail sentences.
"Before being released conditionally, they had spent many months in preventive detention.
"Like their two Cumhuriyet colleagues now in exile -- Can Dündar and İlhan Tanir -- they were held responsible for the liberal editorial line that the newspaper adopted from 2013 to 2018, covering violations of the rights of Turkey's minorities and criticizing President Erdoğan's increasingly authoritarian behavior. Its revelations about corruption, arms deliveries to Syria and other scandals were also embarrassing for the authorities.
"During the trial, the defendants were alleged to have effected a 'radical editorial change' in order to support the goals of three 'terrorist' organizations, although these organizations have almost nothing in common with each other. The prosecution based its case above all on the newspaper's articles, its contacts with sources, its business relationships and the activities of its board — all of were interpreted in a manner worthy of conspiracy theory at its worst.
"The already worrying situation of Turkey's media has become critical since an abortive coup in July 2016. Many media outlets have been closed summarily, without any effective form of recourse, mass trials are being held and Turkey now holds the world record for the number of professional journalists in prison. It is ranked 157th out of 180 countries in RSF's 2019 World Press Freedom Index."
★ Turkish currency lira keeps falling down against major currencies, especially against the U.S. dollar.
İbrahim Turhan, a former Turkish central bank deputy governor, says that this is due to "deterioration of risk perception due to lack of confidence in the integrity of economic policies and the reliability of data, as well as elevated political tension due to developments in international relations".
By "elevated political tension" Turhan is referring to the tensions between the U.S. and Turkey.
★ A taxi driver of Turkish origin has been declared a hero in Sweden. Ömer Temel loaned his credit card to a customer who forgot his wallet at home, and enabled him to continue his three day business trip to Germany.
Ömer Temel did not know the customer.
After his return from his business trip, the customer met with Ömer Temel again, and offered to pay him seven times the amount he spent with the card, which Temel refused.
Ömer Temel's story made the headlines on Swedish papers. Many Swedes also carried discussions on social media. Some even thought he should be elected the prime minister of Sweden.
The taxi company Temel worked for also awarded him about $1300 in local currency.
Read more at >> here <<
★ The Seattle area Turks just had their 10th International April 23 Children's Friendship Festival. More than 750 children representing 44 countries participated in performances and more than 6000 people attended.
The vice mayor of Seattle started the Festival with a talk and then consulates of some of the countries that were being represented talked.
"It was a wonderful event, the atmosphere so friendly, welcoming, jolly - and peaceful. All of our volunteers (including our children ambassadors) had a great time welcoming such a diversity of guests at our table, checking out other exhibits and watching the beautiful performances! That inspired already several ideas for next year's event " said Eva Kammel, Honorary Consul of Austria for Washington, Idaho and Montana.
For photos from the Festival click >> here <<
★ Turkish artist Ziya Gürel is having an exhibition in Annapolis, Maryland. The exhibition titled "Istanbul and Beyond / An Eastern Tale" illustrates a unique tale of East and West, moving between fiction and reality. This retrospective exhibition also celebrates Ziya Gürel's 46th year in art as an internationally acclaimed artist.
This art exhibition will be dedicated to Wendi Winters' loving memory, along with all those who lost their lives at the horrific Capital Gazette shooting on June 28th, 2018. Wendi Winters lived the best days of her life in Istanbul as a little girl. Her son took her ashes to Turkey.
The exhibition is organized by the city of Annapolis Arts in Public Places Commission, and will be on through May 31 at the Annapolis City Hall.
Artist's page >> here <<
Article on Wendi Winters final resting place in Istanbul >> here <<
★ 20,000 fans attended the first day of the EskiFest 2019. The festival is taking place in Turkey's central city of Eskişehir.
There are over 15 prominent Turkish musicians and bands performing at the Festival.
★ The municipality of Kadıköy on the Asian side of Istanbul has an interesting place called Cartoon Home. The place is dedicated to cartoonists and their works.
Their April program will be concluding with talks titled "Sweet Talk on Cartoons", and "Anime and Manga".
The activities at the Cartoon Home are undertaken in cooperation with the Turkish Cartoonists Association.
★ One of the groups that is taking the stage on Saturday at Istanbul's Babylon Soundgarden is
The group is an alternative hip-hop and electro swing band from Belgium. Oswald Cromheecke started the band in 2012.
The Babylon Soundgarden event is hosting other bands as well. The concerts are taking place on three stages.
★ Dr. Bahadır Erdem, a professor at Istanbul University's School of Law, took his students to a play featuring master actor Şener Şen this week.
The play is titled "The Rich Person's Kitchen".
The professor says "it is not possible to become good in law unless you are a good person. And art makes a better person."
Dr. Bahadir Erdem has been taking his students to art events for the past nine years.
★ The Algerian French singer Enrico Macias is in Turkey for a concert. He's renowned for mixing Algerian melodies with the French chanson tradition. He has been making music for the past 60 years.
He is in Turkey as part of the Zorlu PSM Jazz Festival.
In an interview with the daily Cumhuriyet Enrico Macias said that he became famous first in Turkey before France.
The artist says that he is 80 years old, but if you discount the nights, he is only 40 years old .
He has nearly 800 compositions. In his latest concert in Los Angeles over 10,000 people came to see him.
★ Turkish director Nebil Özgentürk's documentary on Turkish poet Nazım Hikmet
made its Turkish debut at the 30th Ankara international film Festival.
The documentary is the 1001st of the director. The documentary is titled "Nazim's Wings". Turkish artist Zülfü Livaneli also attended the debut.
Due to intense interest in the film the documentary was screened three times.
There were also talks attended by Nebil Özgentürk, Arif Keskiner, Sevgi Divitçioğlu, and Melih Güneş who contributed to the documentary.
★ "The Only Bird That is not Afraid of Cold" received the Best Children's Play in the 19th Viewers Among the Poles award.
The play has received in 2011 the German youth Literature award.
Bihter Gülgeç Saka adapted the puppet play to stage based on a translation of Zoran Drvenkar's book. Zoran Drvenkar is a Croatian-German novelist.
The play tells the story of bird Riki who is going through the coldest and longest winter of its life. Riki decides to end its misery by talking to the winter.
★ Turkish artist Ali Cabbar is displaying his "Eldorado: A World Game" at the Fine Arts Museum of Split, Croatia.
The exhibition starts with the Dolapdere neighborhood of Istanbul, and questions the role of the artist in gentrification projects.
The artist now lives in Brussels, but while at his studio in Istanbul he witnessed the gentrification process at Dolapdere.
The exhibition will be on through May 19.
★ Akbank Sanat will be featuring German saxophonists Angelika Niescier and pianist and vocalist Selen Gülün as part of the April 30 International Jazz Days.
On April 24 it hosted Lorenzo de Finti Quartet as part of the Akbank Sanat Jazz Days.
★ İş Sanat Concert Hall hosted ensemble L'Arpeggiata on Thursday evening. The ensemble, which participated in the Music Festival in Turkey's southwestern town of Bodrum last summer, performs Baroque music and jazz.
Christina Pluhar established the ensemble in 2000. In 2012 Carnegie Hall chose it as the first resident Baroque music ensemble.
★ Turkey's Mediterranean city of Antalya is having a "Creative Writing Festival".
The Festival will be taking place between April 30 to May 3.
The renowned children's literature writer Sayın Yalvaç Ural will be the guest of the festival. In addition there will be 16 educator writers.
Doğa Koleji high school has organized the Festival.
★ On Sunday, May 5, Turkish American National Steering Committee in cooperation with the the Biblical Archaeology Society of Northern Virginia will be hosting Dr. J. P. Dessel for a lecture on the Tayinat mound in Hatay province of Turkey.
Dr. Steinfeld is an associate professor ancient near Eastern archaeology and history at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville .
The Tayinat site was a major urban center in two separate phases, during the Early Bronze Age and Early Iron Age.
During the Early Iron Age, it is thought likely to be the site of ancient Kinalua, the capital of one of the Neo-Hittite/Aramean city-kingdoms of Walistin (Aramaic) or Palistin (neo-Hittite).
The University Of Chicago's Oriental Institute conducted archaeological excavations at the site by from 1935 to 1938.
One of the key finds made at the site was a temple reminiscent in plan to the descriptions of King Solomon's Temple in the Old Testament. Several large palaces in the style known as Bit-hilani were also excavated. In 1999, the Oriental Institute returned to the site to conduct a survey and to examine the original excavations.
A team from the University of Toronto began new excavations at the site in 2004, after a survey in 2003
Excavations have continued now for a total of 13 seasons, through 2016, and are still continuing.
Many structures and some intact statutes were recovered recently.
Dr. Dessel's talk will be at Bamian Afghan cuisine at Falls Church Virginia.
See the University of Toronto site on the excavations: >> here <<
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★ Archaeologists looking for ancient urine salts in a mound in central Turkey have determined that Neolithic people made the switch from hunting to herding 10,000 years ago, reports the British paper Daily Mail.
The study, led by experts from Columbia University, tracked human population in the region over 1,000 years.
A total of 113 samples of nitrate, sodium and chlorine were analyzed from the site of Aşıklı Höyük in central Turkey which are commonly expelled in animal waste.
These samples revealed a boom in the numbers of humans, sheep and goats around 8,000 BC.
The study uses the abundance of urine salts over time to track the growth of the community in a world first.
The oldest layers at the site that had any evidence of human habitation date back 10,400 years.
For 40 years only a slight increase in urine concentration was detected before a sudden spike lasting for 300 years, the researchers detected.
Read more at >> here <<
EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 5.94
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey : 75/52 Thunderstorms
Antalya, on the Mediterranean : 75/61 Partly Cloudy
Erzurum, in Eastern Turkey : 54/32 Thunderstorms
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey : 72/54 Partly Cloudy
Izmir, on the Aegean : 79/59 Mostly Sunny
Trabzon, on the Black Sea : 64/50 Partly Cloudy
Snow depths at skiing locations:
Erciyes in Kayseri, Central Turkey : 9 inches
Ilgaz in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey: 35 inches
Kartalkaya in Bolu, Western Turkey : 44 inches
Palandöken in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey : 53 inches
Saklıkent in Antalya, Southern Turkey : 2 inches
Sarıkamış in Kars, Eastern Turkey : 23 inches
Uludağ in Bursa, Western Turkey : 3 inches
* Results for week: 29
Kasımpaşa - Bursa Sp 1 - 1
Göztepe - Erzurum Sp 0 - 1
Akhisar Sp - Antalya Sp 1 - 2
G. Saray - Kayseri Sp 3 - 1
Trabzon Sp - Malatyaspor 2 - 1
Alanya Sp - Fenerbahçe 1 - 0
Başakşehir - Rize Sp 1 - 1
Ankaragücü - Konya Sp 0 - 0
Sivas Sp - Beşiktaş 1 - 2
* In games played so far this weekend:
Başakşehir - Göztepe 0 - 2
Antalya Sp - Erzurum Sp 1 - 1
Rize Sp - Sivas Sp 0 - 0
Fenerbahçe - Trabzon Sp 1 - 1
* Standing in the league as of week ending 29
1 - Başakşehir 62
2 - G. Saray 59
3 - Beşiktaş 56
4 - Trabzon Sp 52
5 - Alanya Sp 41
6 - Antalya Sp 41
7 - Rize Sp 38
8 - Malatyaspor 38
9 - Kasımpaşa 38
10 - Konya Sp 37
11 - Ankaragücü 36
12 - Kayseri Sp 36
13 - Sivas Sp 35
14 - Fenerbahçe 33
15 - Bursa Sp 29
16 - Erzurum Sp 28
17 - Göztepe 27
18 - Akhisar Sp 24
★ In the Euroleague basketball games: In playoffs the Turkish team Fenerbahçe is in the finals after winning against Lithuanian team Zalgiris 3-1.
Efes, the other Turkish team, is in a draw with Barcelona and will have one more game.
★ In the Third International Andrei Malik youth men box tournament. The Turkish team became the champions with nine medals.
The medals were three golds, two silvers, and four bronzes.
★ The 17-year-old Melih Yilmaz got a gold medal and became the champion in the International Ukrainian Open G1 Tae Kwon Do Tournament in the 78 kg category. This was the 41st metal that Yilmaz received.
★ The bicycle tour of Mersin is continuing in its fifth year. In the third stage of the tour German Peter Koning came in the first.
The Tour of Mersin is a cycling race held in Turkey. It is part of UCI Europe Tour in category 2.2.
The tour is made up of four stages, the fourth stage is taking place today and tomorrow.
Read more at >> here <<
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