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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 14 October 2019

[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 14 October 2019]

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★ In an article in the War on the Rocks website, reports the Anatolia News Agencyron Stein evaluated a recent statement by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan that it is unfair for some countries to have nuclear weapons while others are subjected pressure and sanctions for wanting to have them also.

  Stein writes that Mr. Erdoğan is not actually interested in having Turkey develop nuclear weapons.

  Erdoğan's intent, however, appears divorced from purely military considerations. Instead, he seemed to be using nuclear weapons as a straw man to make a broader argument about Turkey's place in the world, and how the American and Western systems with which Turkey had long associated itself are unfair and require change.

  Although it is one of five European states that host U.S. nuclear weapons, Turkey does not have the authority to use them unilaterally.

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  Turkish and American forces conduct their first joint ground patrol in the so-called "safe zone" on the Syrian side of the border with Turkey, seen in the background, near Tal Abyad, Syria, Sept. 8, 2019.

★ Speaking of Turkish-American relations, Diplomatic tensions are escalating between Turkey and the United States over Syria, reports Dorian Jones of the VOA. Turkey is accusing Washington of duplicity in a deal struck between the two militaries to create a buffer zone in Syrian territory to address Turkish security and refugee concerns.

  "The U.S. is only taking cosmetic steps as part of the safe zone agreement," Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu told reporters Tuesday.

  In August, Turkish and American generals reached an agreement under which the two militaries would create a buffer zone in northeast Syria. The area was intended to protect the Turkish border from the YPG, a Kurdish militia designated by Turkey as terrorists linked to an insurgency inside Turkey.

  Turkey remains deeply suspicious of Washington, however, because the YPG is a close ally in its war against Islamic State.

  "Sending 50,000 trucks of equipment and ammunition to the [YPG] terrorists so far has really bothered us," Erdoğan said. "Against who are these [weapons] used? Against Turkey. It is not possible for us to accept this as a strategic partner."

  Analysts suggest Erdoğan will be looking to his relationship with U.S. President Donald Trump to break the current impasse. The two leaders are scheduled to meet next week on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York.

  "They [Turkey] feel Trump is the most sympathetic voice in Washington toward President Erdoğan, whereas they look at other Washington institutions through very negative lenses," said international relations expert Galip Dalay, a visiting scholar at Oxford University.

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  In related news, VOA's Jeff Seldin reports that Turkey could still get hit with U.S. sanctions, part of the continuing fallout over its decision to accept delivery of Russia's S-400 air defense system in July.

  "They are not out of the woods on imposition of sanctions," State Department Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs R. Clarke Cooper told reporters in Washington Thursday.

  Following the delivery of the S-400, the White House announced the F-35 partnership with Turkey was over, costing Turkish companies an estimated $9 billion.

  The U.S. also stopped the sale of 100 F-35s to Turkey.

★ Turkey's highest court on Wednesday began considering an appeal by Wikipedia aiming to reverse the Turkish government's more than a two-year ban on the online encyclopedia.

  Turkey blocked Wikipedia in April 2017, accusing it of being part of a "smear campaign" against Turkey, after the website refused to remove content that allegedly portrayed Turkey as a country supporting the Islamic State group and terrorist organizations.

Musa Kart

★ According to the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet, five of its former staff were released from prison late Thursday after the country's top appeal court ordered their release. They spent 142 days in jail.

  Among the five was Musa Kart, a renowned journalist.

  The five had been serving sentences of less than five years for "aiding and abetting terror groups without being a member".

  According to EuroNews, Turkey is the world's top jailor of professional journalists and is ranked 157th out of 180 countries in RSF's 2019 World Press Freedom Index.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ According to the Global Source Partners' Murat Ucer, Turkey's Central Bank lowered the policy interest rate by 325 bps on October 12 to 16.5% from 19.75%. The cut was less than feared by most observers and analysts. The central bank said that the inflation outlook continued to improve.

  Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan dismissed the previous governor, Murat Cetinkaya, on July 6 for reportedly resisting rate cuts. Mr. Erdoğan has an unorthodox belief that high interest rates cause high inflation. All economist say that the opposite is true.

★ Turkish Finance Minister Berat Albayrak said on Thursday that he believes Turkey's economy will post a positive annual growth in 2019, adding that data may show a record-high rolling current account balance in July, reports Reuters.

  Turkeys economy has been contracting this year.

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  Supporters of Canan Kaftancioglu, the Istanbul provincial chairwoman of the main opposition Republican People's Party, gather for a rally in Istanbul on Sept. 6. She is sentenced to 10 years for her tweets the ruling and Justice and Developmet administration did not like.

★ Lisel Hintz reported on the Washington Post October 10 that two politically charged Turkish rap music videos dropped and quickly went viral.

  In what one Turkey expert aptly labeled a "political earthquake," videos of Ezhel's "Olay" ("Event") and Saniser's "Susamam" ("I can't stay silent") seemed to galvanize Turkey's beleaguered opposition overnight.

  President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who has been in power 17 years, and his Justice and Development Party are employing arrests, purges and removals of elected officials to quell dissent. The trending of two videos virulently critical of Turkey's status quo on Twitter, however, suggests that dissent is alive and well in nontraditional forms.

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★ Istanbul's Mixer arts will host Ali Şentürk's 4th individual exhibition "This Is Not Us, This Is What Remained From Us" between October 5 – October 12 2019.

  There are two distinct worlds that consist of objects and constant essences according to Plato's "Allegory of the Cave".

  The soul belongs to essence world while the body belongs to objective world. Şentürk focuses on the body and the object's meronymy in "This Is Not Us, This Is What Remained From Us".

  Therefore, Şentürk aims to create a whole that is composed of re-aggregated elements like the ones which are broken and lost their originality.

  Mixer is an art gallery that discovers new talents and contemporary art and organizes various events with the aim of making art accessible to all. It is located in the Tophane neighborhood of Istanbul.


★ DirimArt, another prominent art gallery in Istanbul, is hosting a group exhibition. The exhibition gathers the works of Ayşe Erkmen, Lucia Koch, Alicja Kwade, Sarah Morris, Sarkis, Taldans, Nasan Tur, Ebru Uygun, and Jorinde Voigt under the curatorship of Ceren Erdem.

  The exhibition is titled "Ad Infinitum", which is a Latin expression referring to infinite repetition, the exhibition deals with continuity via rhythm.

  Setting off from this notion, with Ad Infinitum, the gallery is imagined as a new organism in which various rhythms pulse together, whose image becomes clear for a while.


★ Pera Museum is hosting the 16th Istanbul Biennial, organized by Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts.

  The theme of the biennial, curated by French curator, author and academic Nicolas Bourriaud; is The Seventh Continent.

  The Seventh Continent describes art as a form of anthropology that explores the impact of humans, the ways they follow, the marks they leave behind, and their interaction with the non-human. The biennial takes its name from the colossal garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean, which is considered to be one of the most visible effects of the Anthropocene period alongside global warming. This mass, dubbed the "Seventh Continent" in popular science, is an aggregation of plastic weighing 7 million tonnes and covering an area of 3.4 million square kilometers.


★ Istanbul Modern is hosting Canan Tolon's exhibition titled "You Tell Me". It covers the artists practice which spans from the 1980s to today.

  "You Tell Me" aims to bring Tolon's unique expressive and technical pursuit into view through her works, which range from drawings to photographs and paintings to installations.

  Tolon is a Bay Area resident. She studied at UC Berkeley and got and MA in architecture in 1983. She worked in San Francisco as an architect for a number of years.


★ The exhibition titled "Two Archives, One Selection: Tracing Ara Güler's Footsteps in Istanbul" is also still continuing in Istanbul Modern Photography Gallery.

  A collaboration between Istanbul Modern and the Ara Güler Museum, the exhibition draws on the collections and archives of both institutions to show the role of Ara Güler's (1928-2018) photographs in shaping the public's collective memory of Istanbul and the changes that have taken place in the city from the mid-20th century to the present.


★ Istanbul technical University's İTÜ Fest is one of the most popular events of recent years. This year on October 28, Ceza, Haluk Levent, Nova Norda, Melek Mosso, Hey! Douglas will be on the stage.

  The income will be returned to the students as scholarships.


★ On the same day, there is another event hosting one of the most experienced names in the electronic music scene: Carl Cox.

  Cox's performance who inspires many of today's DJs will be like a DJ workshop. In addition to Cox the event will feature Ferhat Albayrak, Uğur Project and Alan Cutt . The venue is Zorlu PSM.


★ Genius violinist David Garrett will be performing in Istanbul on October 21 at the Volkswagen Arena. In 2008, Garrett played Rimsky-Korsakov's incredibly difficult work "Flight of the Bumblebee" by pressing 13 notes in 1 minute and 6.56 seconds and entering the Guinness Book of Records.


★ Master of melody, builder of dreams Nils Frahm will be at Zorlu PSM for a revolutionary live performance on October 19.

  Nils Frahm is a German musician, composer, and record producer based in Berlin. He is known for combining classical and electronic music and for an unconventional approach to the piano in which he mixes a grand piano, upright piano, Roland Juno-60, Rhodes piano, drum machines, and Moog Taurus.

★ An independent label based in London and Istanbul specializing in experimental, electronic, ambient and neo-classical music, Injazero Records is having a special showcase.

  Matt Emery, Heinali and C. Diab will be at %100 Studio at Zorlu PSM on October 18 for a 360 degree immersive experience.


★ Sutra is back in Istanbul after 9 years with the thrill and freshness of the very first time.

  This unforgettable show is a meeting of martial arts with modern dance and strength with tranquility.

  Sutra was conceived when the monks of the famous Shaolin Temple, the 1,500 years old Buddhist school, and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, one of the most influential choreographers of our times, came together. With the collaboration of nineteen monks from this monastery who have mastered the martial arts, Cherkaoui has succeeded in creating an artistic universe that touches the hearts of the audience.

  Sutra will be in performance on October 16 and October 17 at the Zorlu Performance Hall.

★ Alice the Musical is also on the stage at Istanbul's Zorlu Performance Hall. It will be on until October 22.

  A ravishing classic by Lewis Carroll, "Alice in Wonderland" became a literary icon in no time and has been translated to over 174 languages to this day!

  The enchanting tale is now to become a contemporary musical, directed by Serdar Biliş and choreography by Beyhan Murphy.


★ Turkey's West Central Anatolian city of Eskişehir has a new Museum called Odunpazarı Modern Museum.

  With its striking architecture, the Museum stands out in the "Wood market" in neighborhood of Eskişehir, which also displays prominent renovated 100 to 200-year-old mansions.

  The Museum is displaying a number of new exhibition's. Among them are the installations of Japanese bamboo Master Tanabe Chikuunsai and Marshmallow Laser Feast virtual reality show.

EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 5.69


High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey        : 79/52 Partly Cloudy
Antalya, on the Mediterranean    : 91/77 Thunderstorms
Erzurum, in Eastern Turkey       : 64/46 Thunderstorms
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey : 32/32 Mostly Cloudy
Izmir, on the Aegean             : 77/66 Partly Cloudy
Trabzon, on the Black Sea        : 86/68 Thunderstorms	
Seawater temperatures:
Black Sea measured at Trabzon         : 74
Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdağ      : 73
Aegean Sea measured at İzmir          : 73
Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya : 84


Edited by Ertuğrul Korkmaz

★ Turkey's Sümeyye Boyacı came in second in the World Paralympic Swimming Championships that took place in London.

★ Turkey's Martino Minuto received a gold medal in fencing in Holland FIE Satellite tournament on 9/8/2019. There were 63 fencers.

★ Büşra Isildar became the champion in women's 81 kg plus category in European Youth Boxing Championships being held in Sofia, Bulgaria.

  Turkish national team received a total of 1 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medals.

★ Under 13 Balkan Badminton Championships are taking place in Bulgaria Turkish team became the champions. There were six countries in the games.

★ 71-year-old Turkish weight lifter Hayrettin Sönmez broke a world record by lifting 250-kgs eight times in succession in one hour.

★ In the Grand Prize competitions in Tae Kwon Do Turkey's Hatice Kübra İlgün received a gold medal.


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