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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 12 October 2019

[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 12 October 2019]

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★ Turkey started its military incursion into northwestern Syria that it has been saying it will do to create a safe zone at the Turkish border.

  Turkish authorities are saying that they will move the four million Syrian refugees in Turkey there. In addition, Turkey says it will clear northern Syria of Kurdish militia YPG, which it accuses of being part of the rebel Turkish Kurds' Kurdistan Workers Party. Although both Turkey and the U.S. see the Kurdistan Workers Party as a terror group, the YPG has been an ally of the U.S. in the fight against ISIS.

  U.S. diplomats are labeling the incursion a very big mistake. European officials and the U.N. Security Council are also criticizing the move.

★ President Trump received a lot of criticism for his pronouncements both from Turks and Americans. Many in his own party criticized him for ordering the American troops out of northern Syria and supposedly encouraging Turks to send troops to Syria.

  Using a Turkish expression "cannot go down a water well with Trump's rope", a commentator said that Trump is not reliable after the president said that he would obliterate the Turkish economy.

  In related news, a bipartisan resolution is circulating in the U.S. Senate that condemns the Turkish incursion and says that if the Turks do not end it within 90 days, the U.S. will impose sanctions.

★ Turkish press is showing an unusual unity in standing behind the Turkish military and in criticizing the U.S. but opinions diverged from thereon.

  Some opposition papers criticized the Justice and Development Party administrations past and present vis-a-vis the Syria policy.

★ The Turkish daily Sözcü Reported on Friday that 10 civilians died in two Turkish towns bordering Syria from shelling coming across the border. The daily blamed it on the Kurdistan Workers Party.

  Among the dead was a nine-month-old baby.

  The total number of civilian deaths on the Turkish side of the border within the last two days after the Turkish incursion has started increased to 17.

★ According to Deutsche Welle, the German government is halting arms exports to Turkey.

  Germany said the ban would apply where there was a suspicion that weapons could be used in its operation against Kurds in northern Syria.


★ After the incursion into Syria and the U.S. threats on the Turkish economy, the Turkish currency lost against the dollar about 3%, a lot less than some predicted.

★ The Turkish Statistical Institute disclosed that inflation is at 9.26%.

  The junior opposition Good Party submitted a request for a parliamentary inquiry saying that people do not believe the figure.

  The request was denied with the votes for the ruling Justice and Development Party.

  The Good Party representatives said "how can inflation be 9.26% while there is a price hike of 30% for tea, 50% for electricity, 35% for natural gas, 20% for bridge tolls, 16% for sugar, 50% for cigarettes, 20% for a bed in a student dormitory?"



★ The 6th International Ecological Documentary Film Festival is taking place in Bozcaada this weekend.

  This year 14 films are competing for a prize in the international and 10 in the Gaia Student categories.

  In addition, 37 other films are meeting the audience.

  There will also be workshops for children and adults.


★ Turkey's internationally-renowned legendary pianist Idil Biret had two recitals in Kadiköy, Istanbul to sold-out crowds on October 6 and 7.

  She was accompanied by the chief violinist of the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra Irina Nikotina, and İzmir State Symphony Orchestra cellist group head Julya Krepak.


★ In the fourth Eurasia Literature Festival that took place in Azerbaijan's capital Baku Turkey's Tuğrul Tanyol received a gold medal in poetry for his book translated to Azeri Turkish.

  In his acceptance speech, Tanyol asked the poets from former Soviet republics to wright in their rich native Turkish dialects rather than Russian.

  This brought enthusiastic applause from the audience.

  The festival ended on October 3.


★ The World Girls Day was celebrated in İstanbul at the Foundation for Women's Works Library and Information Center on October 12. The celebration event was named "Let them Read and Grow Up", a takeoff on the beginning stanza of the traditional Turkish lullaby "Let them Sleep and Grow Up".

  The event featuring writer Tülin Tankut was aimed at encouraging girls to read.

  The event also featured music and a celebration of Anne Frank's 90th birthday,

  In related news, Aydın Doğan Foundation organized a conference for the World Girls Day titled "Strong Girls, Strong Tomorrows".

  The conference which took place at Hilton İstanbul Bosphorus was aimed at the leadership role girls take in bringing about social change, and support their power and rights.


★ A 2000-year-old obelisk dating back to the Roman era has been used for target practice in Turkey's Northwestern town of İznik.

  The locals were very upset with the vandals.

  The obelisk was built in the first century for a Roman noble named Cassius Philiscus.

  The rural police have started a search for the vandals.


  Cemi'i Can Deliorman

★ İstanbul's Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall, which is celebrating its 30th year, opened its 2019-2020 concert season on October 9 with its symphony orchestra and chorus performing under the direction of ​Cemi'i Can Deliorman.

  21 works featuring operas, musicals, dance and folk songs were part of the performance.

  Conductor Volkan Akkoç lead the chorus.

  On October 11, İstanbul State Symphony Orchestra performed under the direction of Ukrainian conductor Natalia Ponomarchuk. The performance featured oboist Sezai Kocabıyık.

  Composer Cemal Reşit Rey, whose name the concert hall bears, established the orchestra in 1945.


★ İş Sanat Kibele Art gallery started an exhibition that features pieces from its own collection on October 8 to launch its 20th season.

  Named the "Memory of Kibele", ceramic artist, writer, and professor Emre Zeytinoğlu has curated the exhibition.

  The exhibition will continue through the end of 2019 and a book will document it.


★ One of Turkey's female rappers, Derya, has a new single out titled "Wasabi".

  Derya, who was born in 1993, has been wrapping for the past 12 years. She started rapping after watching at age 14 a movie about the American rapper Eminem.


★ İstanbul Modern has added a new workshop that children could attend with their families.

  The workshop dubbed the "Maps of Stories" will take place simultaneously with the exhibition of San Francisco's Turkish artist Canan Tolon.

  The museum staff will read stories Tolon has chosen and the children will make a collective painting interpreting them.


★ İstanbul's Babylon started its new season with a series of concerts this week.

  The first concert on October 10 was by the Turkish rock band, Redd.

  On Friday, October 11, a party titled "Oh Those Old Days" featured music from the 90s.

  On Saturday, the Palestine Underground featured DJs, MCs and hip hop producers.

Mayor İmamoğlu (left) leadsthe orchestra

★ Istanbul Greater Municipality opened its 2019-2020 culture and arts season with a spectacular performance.

  The new mayor of Metropolitan İstanbul Ekrem İmamoğlu started the performance with a speech.

  He said, "We trust the artists of this city more than its people", "Please be with us. We are at your service to enable you to share the art you produce at every corner of the city."

EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 5.89


High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey        : 77/48 Mostly Sunny
Antalya, on the Mediterranean    : 91/72 Mostly Sunny
Erzurum, in Eastern Turkey       : 70/37 Partly Cloudy
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey : 75/61 Mostly Sunny
Izmir, on the Aegean             : 81/61 Mostly Sunny
Trabzon, on the Black Sea        : 68/59 Partly Cloudy
Seawater temperatures:
Black Sea measured at Trabzon         : 68
Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdağ      : 68
Aegean Sea measured at İzmir          : 71
Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya : 80


Edited by Ertuğrul Korkmaz


Premier League

* Results for week: 7
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
Rize Sp         -      Trabzon Sp      1 - 2
G. Antep Sp     -      Başakşehir      1 - 2
Beşiktaş        -      Alanya Sp       2 - 0
Sivas Sp        -      Ankaragücü      3 - 1

★ In the 2020 UEFA European Soccer Championship qualifiers, Turkey beat Albania 1-0 in a match held in Istanbul on October 11.


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