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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 05 October 2019

[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 05 October 2019]

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★ According to Reuters, tensions between Cyprus and Turkey over offshore drilling intensified on Friday, with Greek-led Cyprus accusing Turkey of a "severe escalation" of violations of its sovereign rights.

  Turkey is objecting to unilateral oil and gas exploration off of Cyprus by the Greek Cypriot government without sharing the revenue with the Turkish Cypriots.

★ According to Deutsche Welle, top German and European Union officials have pledged support to Turkey to address refugees at a time when migrant arrivals to Greece are on the rise. German Interior Minister Seehofer said Turkey is facing massive refugee pressure.

  The German and European Union officials traveled to Turkey on Thursday ahead of a trip to Greece for talks on how to manage the flow of migrants to Europe.

  Turkey's president Erdoğan has complained that his country has so far received too little of the €6 billion promised by the European Union for the years 2016 to 2019 while shouldering costs of more than €36.5 billion at a time the Turkish economy is struggling. 

  European Union staff in Turkey say, however, that under the deal, the funds are released only in connection with concrete projects, something they say is not fully accepted by the Turkish government officials.

  Mr. Erdoğan is also playing the refugee card to ramp up pressure on Europe to support a plan to resettle nearly a million Syrians from Turkey into a controversial "safe zone" in northeastern Syria. There, the Turkish military is in cooperation with the US military to clear a section of the border of Kurdish forces that fought the "Islamic State" and are viewed as a threat by Turkey.

  Critics of the plan say Turkey intends to ethnically cleanse the predominantly Kurdish populated area along the border by replacing them with Syrian Arab refugees.  

  Read more at >> here <<

★ In related news, the Greek government wants to start returning thousands of migrants to Turkey following a deadly fire that broke out at an overcrowded camp. Officials called for action to ease pressure on overcrowded migrant camps.

★ According to the Associated Press, Turkey's data protection authority says it has imposed a $280,000 fine on Facebook for contravening the country's data laws.

  280,959 Turkish users, including their names, gender, birth dates, relationship status, religion and search history, were compromised in the data breach.

  The Turkish authority fined Facebook earlier in the year for another data breach.

★ More than half a dozen people were reportedly killed Friday during a terrorist attack on an Egyptian military checkpoint near the northern Sinai town of Bir al-Abed. The Islamic State group reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack.   

  Egyptian political sociologist Said Sadek told VOA that he thinks that both Friday's terrorist attack and efforts to spark popular protests were coming from groups and media outlets in Turkey, Qatar and Iran. 

★ Three Turkish apparel retailers have applied for bankruptcy protection, Turkish news site Diken reported on Friday.

  Taşkinirmak Giyim, which has over 150 locations across Turkey, Marka Park and Vepa Spor applied for bankruptcy protection citing a financial bottleneck for their applications and were given a stay from the bankruptcy of three months, according to website Diken.

  The Turkish lira slumped about 28 percent against the dollar last year and a further 13 percent since the beginning of 2019. Lira's loss of its value against the dollar left Turkish firms saddled with high foreign currency debts. 

  More than 3,000 Turkish firms reportedly applied for bankruptcy protection in 2018 as Turkish companies struggled with financial problems.

★ According to a report in the Turkish daily Sözcü, a tax expert from Turkey, Nedim Türkmen, estimates that as many as 2.5 million individuals and companies owing tax payments have received foreclosures on Friday, with another 800,000 impacted that have outstanding social security debts.


Thomas Rösner

★ İş Sanat will start its new season of concerts on November 14 with a performance by Borusan philharmonic orchestra. Viennese conductor Thomas Rösner will be leading the Borusan.

  The season will continue with performances ranging from classical music to jazz, and world music to dance. There will also be poetry recitals to children's plays. This is the 20th season for the İş Sanat.

  İş Sanat is an organization established by Turkey's İş Bank to promote arts and culture in Turkey.


★ Persecution of artists is continuing in Turkey. According to the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet, a court in İstanbul sentenced theater actor Ersin Umut Güler to one year and nine months for his social media posts between 2014-2017. His posts were deemed insulting to the Turkish president.

  There are many other lawsuits against prominent artists such as Metin Akpinar, Müjdat Gezen, Ferhat Tunç, Zuhal Olcay, Levent Üzümcü, Suavi, Nuri Kurtcebe, and Erdal Güney.

  Before President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's term in office, previous presidents rarely used the courts to prosecute the artists in this manner.

★ 41 art studios belonging to 63 artists have opened their doors to the public through October 6 in Istanbul.

  Dubbed the "Open Studio Days", it is the sixth of its kind. Spread throughout Istanbul, the event will feature paintings, sculptures, pottery, installations, videos and instances of performing arts.


  The  Chamber of Immortality
★ Turkish artist Ahmet Güneştekin is having an exhibition at Heydar Aliyev Art Center in Azerbaijan's capital Baku.  

  Dubbed the "the Alphabet of the Memory", the exhibition includes Güneştekin's masterpieces "The  Chamber of Immortality" and "The Backyard of God".

  The venue for the exhibition is a masterpiece of the late internationally-renowned Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid. 


  ENKA Auditorium

★ ENKA Culture and Arts started its 32nd annual Music Meeting with the chamber music ensemble Trio Hexis. The trio performed works by Beethoven, Brahms, İlhan Baran, and Shostakovich.

  The next concert will be on October 8. Pianist Fazil Say will perform his new composition "İzmir Suite".

  ENKA Culture and Arts classical music concerts will continue through November 26.


★ Speaking of Fazıl Say, he will have a concert at İstanbul Culture University on October 9.

  The university will also host Turkish artists Selçuk Yöntem, Genco Erkal, Evrencan Gündüz and Gaye Su Akyol this year.


★ Chilean artist Maria Paz Bascuñan is having a solo exhibition at İstanbul's Krank art gallery.

  Called the "Syncretic", the exhibition has works featuring textiles based on the heirloom tradition that exists both in Turkey and Chile.

  The exhibition will be on through November 9.


  Da Vinci, self portrait

★ British art historian Simon Hewitt has a new book out in which he claims that Leonarda da Vinci may have Turkish ancestry. 

  Hewitt suspects Leonardo was descended from the Khazars, a Turkish people from the Asian steppe who scattered around the Black Sea and eastern Europe and had red hair. "As the 13th-century Arab historian ibn Sa'id al-Maghribi put it: 'Their complexions are white, their eyes blue, their hair flowing and predominantly reddish.'"

  Read more at >> here <<


★ A 5,700-year-old skeleton of a noble-born child has been found buried in the ruins of a Copper Age Turkish house, reports the Daily Mail.

  Anthropologists believe the bones belonged to a six-year-old who most likely died of trauma in the fourth millennium BC. 

  The skeleton was discovered in a residence dating back to the Late Chalcolithic era during ongoing excavations in the Archaeological Site of Arslantepe, located in the eastern Malatya province.

EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 5.7


High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey : 64/54 Showers
Antalya, on the Mediterranean : 77/68 Showers
Erzurum, in Eastern Turkey : 70/43 Showers
İstanbul, in northwestern Turkey : 57/66 Showers
İzmir, on the Aegean : 75/61 Light Showers
Trabzon, on the Black Sea : 73/66 Thunderstorms
Seawater temperatures:
Black Sea measured at Trabzon : 69
Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdağ : 70
Aegean Sea measured at İzmir : 72
Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya : 81	


Edited by Ertuğrul Korkmaz


Premier League

* Results for week: 6
Başakşehir - Rize Sp 5 - 0
Alanya Sp - Sivas Sp 1 - 1
Denizli Sp - Kasımpaşa 0 - 1
G. Saray - Fenerbahçe 0 - 0
Trabzon Sp - Beşiktaş 4 - 1
Konya Sp - Kayseri Sp 2 - 1
Ankaragücü - G. Birliği 2 - 1
Antalya Sp - Malatya Sp 3 - 0
* in games played so far this weekend:
Fenerbahçe - Antalya Sp 0 - 1
Malatya Sp - Denizli Sp 5 - 1
Göztepe - Kayseri Sp 4 - 0
Kasımpaşa - Konya Sp 1 - 4
G. Birliği - G. Saray 0 - 0
* Standing in the league as of week ending 6
1 - Alanya Sp 14
2 - Fenerbahçe 11
3 - G. Antep Sp 11
4 - Trabzon Sp 9
5 - Sivas Sp 9
6 - Konya Sp 9
7 - G. Saray 9
8 - Başakşehir 8
9 - Denizli Sp 8
10 - Antalya Sp 8
11 - Ankaragücü 8
12 - Rize Sp 8
13 - Malatya Sp 7
14 - Kasımpaşa 7
15 - Göztepe 6
16 - Beşiktaş 5
17 - Kayseri Sp 3
18 - G. Birliği 2


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