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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 27 July 2019

[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 27 July 2019]

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★ According to Bloomberg's Cagan Koç, Turkey's Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak gave banker Hakan Atilla a hero's welcome at Istanbul airport on July 24 after his release from a U.S. prison.

  The U.S. authorities arrested Atilla when he traveled to the U.S. and charged him for being responsible for Turkey's Halkbank's violation of U.S. sanctions on Iran. Atilla was then the head of the international banking at Halkbank.

  The U.S. authorities claim that Halkbank was laundering billions of dollars of oil revenue as part of a scheme devised by the Turkish-Iranian trader Reza Zarrab.

  The U.S. authorities also arrested Reza Zarrab and he pleaded guilty. He then testified against Hakan Atilla.

  Turkish president Erdoğan claimed that arrest of Atilla was an American effort to harm Turkey.

  In related news, the U.S. Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control launched an investigation into the Istanbul-based Palmali Shipping for violating the U.S. embargo against Iran and Syria, the site reported in May.

★ As we reported to you last week, parts of S-400 Russian missile system has arrived in Turkey last week. Turkey's NATO allies, especially the U.S., have been objecting Turkey's acquisition of the Russian missile system.

  The allies have been saying that Russia will be using the missile system to spy on the F-35's.

  To penalize Turkey, the U.S. said that it is removing Turkey from the F-35 advanced fighter jet program. Turkish companies will no longer be supplying parts to the program, and more importantly Turkey will not be allowed to purchase 100 of these fighter jets as planned.

  This week a group of Republican senators met with President Trump and urged him to enact sanctions on Turkey. According to leaked reports of the meeting, President Trump disagreed with the Senators and refused sanctions on Turkey.

★ In an article titled "As Opposition Builds, Turkey's Erdoğan Grasps at Straws", Stratfor analysts wrote that the threat of defections by prominent, former members of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party will present a real threat to the viability of the party's national governance, possibly leading to elections much earlier than the next scheduled polls in June 2023.

  The article added that to combat this threat and buy time until conditions are more favorable, the Justice and Development Party will use its ideological, economic and institutional resources to maintain power and stymie defections from its ranks.

  But because the Justice and Development Party has lost strength, it might not be able to prevent a rebellion within its ranks from seriously challenging the long rule of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Justice and Development Party loyalists.

  The article says that in the June 2018 elections there were indications that not all was well for the Justice and Development Party. It adds that the decreased strength of the party became clearer this spring as it lost its former electoral strongholds of Ankara and Istanbul.

★ Second-generation Turkish American Judge Halil Suleyman Ozerden has been nominated by President Trump to fill a vacancy on the fifth circuit.

  However, some Republican lawmakers in concerts or groups are pushing back on his nomination, reports the publication The Hill.

  GOP senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee are raising red flags over Ozerden because of his dismissal of a case involving ObamaCare's birth control mandate and questions about his conservative credentials.

  Judge Ozerden is the son of late Dr. Halil Ozerden. Dr. Ozerden was an Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi-Gulf Park and a practicing licensed clinical psychologist. He was born in Tarsus, Turkey and immigrated to the U.S. in 1963. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1971.

★ President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan fired the Turkish central bank's president last week, and the new president obliged with his request for an interest rate cut.

  The rate cut is considered massive by most analysts. The key interest rate now stands at 19.75%, down from 24%.

  Until July 18 the rate was 8%. However when Turkish lira collapsed due to U.S. sanctions, Turkish central bank raised the interest rate first to 17.75% and then to 24% in September. The U.S. sanctions were put in effect to pressure Turkey to release a U.S. pastor in a Turkish jail

  Turkey's president believes that higher interest rates cause higher inflation. No economist seems to support this assertion, and say that it is the other way around.


★ With the advent of the summer, Turkey, and especially the city of Istanbul, turned into a giant venue for many festivals.

  As of this week the following festivals were in the news:

★ The first Thrace based-music Festival will take place August 1st-4th on the shores of Erikli, then August 11-13 at Enez. 80,000 people are expected. Most of the performers and bands will be from Turkey. Among them are: Mabel Matiz, Son Feci Bisiklet, Eda Baba , Şebnem Ferah, Pentagram, maNga, Yeni Türkü , Athena , Duman , Cem Adrian, Ceylan Ertem. Sagopa Kajmer, Edip Akbayram, Moğollar , Melek Mosso, Melike Şahin , Haluk Levent, Teoman , Ufuk Beydemir and Hayko Cepkin.

★ The International Gümüşlük Classical Music Festival is continuing in the southwestern Bodrum Peninsula. On 28th of July a concert dubbed "Violin on the Sand" is taking place. Violinists from various state Conservatory's will be performing works by Viotti, Bach, Vivaldi, Wieniawski, Kreisler and Paganini.

★ A Festival that was last held in 1995 in Turkey's Eastern Black Sea province of Rize is being revived. The Viçe Fest will take place between August 14-18 in the town of Fındıklı . The municipality of the town is organizing the Festival.

★ The International Culture and Arts Festival in Istanbul's Büyükçekmece town started. There will be 64 artists from 20 countries and 85 from Turkey have opened an exhibition titled "Traditional Handicrafts International Workshop"

  The Festival will continue until August 3. Another exhibition titled "The Workshop of Nature's Faces" is exhibiting works made with glass and wood. Including the other activities of the Festival, 1420 emissaries of culture and art from 71 countries will participate in the festival.

  There are also competitions, concerts and workshops throughout the Festival.

★ The International Sylvanes Music Festival is featuring contemporary Turkish and French composers choral works on August 4.

  Among the composers are Erkin and Saygun from Turkey, Poulenc, Ravel from France. Ankara Polyphonic State Chorus and French singers will be interpreting the works together. Pianist Güray Basol will interpret piano works from the same composers.

★ The Big Burn Istanbul Electronic Music Festival started on July 26 and will end on July 28. Taking place on the black sea coast of Istanbul in the town of Şile. Many Turkish and foreign artists will participate.

★ The Hippeace Festival is starting on August 3, featuring Luxus, Sattas, Flört. In addition to the music, there will be venues for selling of 2nd-hand articles, vintage clothing and accessories.

★ The Fifth Mobile Fest organized by Interrail Turkey will take place in Izmir province's ancient city of Ephesus between August 15-18 this year. There will be 20 musicians and bands representing different music genres from both Turkey and abroad will participate.

★ KADFEST, that combines the various independent festivals taking place in Kadıköy on the Asian side of Turkey, has started. The Festival will feature music concerts, film, theater, exhibitions, book vendors and workshops. The last set of events in the festival will take place September 25th through 28th.

★ The Summer Festival In the Garden is starting at the Sakıp Sabancı Museum Fıstıklı Teras on August 5. The Festival will feature classical Ottoman music, and Baroque music with musicians from Russia, Czech Republic, Turkey and Estonia.

  The Festival will and on September 5.

★ The island of Bozcaada is having its Sixth International Ecology Documentary Festival. There will be 17 films screened during the Festival, two are from Turkey. A total of 450 films from 60 countries applied to the Festival.

  The Festival will take place between October 9-13.

★ The Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of Turkey had a concert in Berlin on Friday as part of their European tour.

  The concert was part of the Young Euro Classic event.

  During the tour, the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of Turkey will be having a total of seven concerts in Germany and Italy.

★ One of Turkey's prominent graphic designers, Prof. Dr. Yurdaer Altıntaş passed away at the age of 84.

  Dr. Yurdaer Altıntaş was one of the first graphic designers in Turkey. He represented Turkey in many international venues.

  He was also a designer of posters for the theater and film industry.

  He held a position as a professor at Istanbul's Mimar Sinan fine arts University.

EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 5.63


High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey        : 90/64 Mostly Sunny
Antalya, on the Mediterranean    : 91/81 Mostly Sunny
Erzurum, in Eastern Turkey       : 84/57 Partly Cloudy
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey : 88/72 Mostly Sunny
Izmir, on the Aegean             : 90/73 Mostly Sunny
Trabzon, on the Black Sea        : 79/68 Partly Cloudy
Seawater temperatures:
Black Sea measured at Trabzon         : 75
Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdağ      : 78
Aegean Sea measured at İzmir          : 76
Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya : 83


Edited by Ertuğrul Korkmaz

★ 2009 European Youth Olympics Festival is taking place, in Baku Azerbaijan.

  So far the Turkish athletes received 27 medals, 11 of them are gold.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Turkish athletes won seven medals in the U 20 games being held in Sweden.

★ Athletes with down syndrome having competitions in Tampere, Finland. Turkish athlete Dilara Çevik won gold medals in shotput and discus throw.

  Other Turkish athletes also won a total of 13 medals. The games will and on Sunday, July 29.


★ In the 10th European Athletics Championships for athletes with hearing impairment, Turkish athlete Yasin Süzen won a gold medal in the 400 m race.



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