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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 19 October 2019

[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 19 October 2019]

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★ Vice President Pence visited Turkey and brokered a deal with Turkey's President Erdoğan that stopped Turkey's incursion into Syrian territory. The territory previously had American troops that President Trump ordered to return home.

  Turkish incursion started to push out the Syrian Kurdish militia know as YPG. Turkey considers YPG to be an extension of the rebel Turkish Kurds' Kurdistan Workers Party. Although the U. S. considers the Kurdistan Party to be a terrorist group along with the European Union, it has been arming the YPG to fight with Islamic State in Syria since 2015.

  Turkey has been objecting to this cooperation ever since it started, saying that the U. S., was in effect arming the Kurdistan Workers Party. The Kurdistan Workers Party has been active since 1985 and attacking both civilian and military targets in Turkey. The majority of the 40,000 civilian deaths have been Kurds, some killed by the Kurdistan Workers Party for not agreeing with them.

  The agreement brokered also calls for the U. S. to lift the sanctions President Trump imposed earlier in the week on Turkey. President Trump said that he approved the agreement and said he likes Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

★ There are a lot of different opinions about the agreement. Some analysts say that it was a victory for Turkey's president Mr. Erdoğan, and yet some say he actually had to take a step back from what he wanted to do.

  Some analysts also say that Russia and Syria filled the vacuum that U.S. left when President Trump ordered U.S. troops out, and they forced Turkey to capitulate.

★ Thousands of people organized by pro-Kurdish leftist groups have protested in Cologne Germany against Turkey's incursion into northern Syria targeting Kurdish forces, reports the Associated Press.

  Elsewhere in Germany, Agence France-Presse reports that there has been altercations between Turks and Kurds.

  About one third of the people from Turkey living in Germany are Kurds, numbering 1 million.

★ According to various sources in the U.S. and Turkey, President Trump says ABC news "owes an apology" for mistaking Kentucky gun range video for Turkish bombing of Syria.

  ABC aired footage on "World News Tonight" and "Good Morning America" that the network obtained from a source on Sunday night and Monday morning. ABC News framed it as battlefield video, when, in fact, it appears to be from a night gun demonstration at the Knob Creek Gun Range in West Point, Kentucky.

  ABC claimed that the video showed a Turkish military attack on civilians in Syria.

  ABC said on Twitter on Monday that it regretted the error but did not apologize.

  Read more at >> here <<

  Speaking of civilian casualties, artillery attacks coming from the Syrian side, most likely from the YPG militia, killed this week again and number of civilians in border towns inside Turkey. Most of these towns' inhabitants are Turkish Kurds.

  Turkish sources say that in one day there has been 70 rocket and mortar shells landed in Ceylanpınar town.

★ According to a Stratfor article, Sinan Ciddi writes that Turkey is fighting a losing PR battle over Syria.

  Ciddi says that Turkey's allies are worried that the Turkish incursion will destabilize Syria and reinvigorate the Islamic State. Turkey's unilateral action could isolate Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his government amid widespread global condemnation.

  Ciddi adds that Turkey's move is motivated more by Erdoğan's domestic political concerns than any imminent threat posed by the YPG.

★ A few headlines:

  - DW: Germany: No total arms export ban for Turkey despite Merkel's promise.

  - DW: German defense minister has condemned the US and Turkey for endangering the stability of the NATO alliance. She also called on Germany to be more assertive in helping solve international conflicts. Read more at >> here <<

  - DW: Turkey accused of defying Syrian border cease-fire

  - US-Turkish ties under strain amid Syria offensive Read more at >> here <<

  - DW: European Union urges Turkey to end Syria military operation after ceasefire announcement Read more at >> here <<

  - Department of Justice: Turkey's Halkbank charged in Manhattan federal court for its participation in a multibillion-dollar Iranian sanctions evasion scheme.

  - The Economist: Turks cheer Erdoğan's war against Syrian Kurds. International condemnation and sanctions fall on deaf ears. At home, critics face jail


★ On October 3, Volkswagen announced that it has chosen Turkey for its new huge $1.4 billion factory, upsetting European Union officials.

  However, four days ago Bloomberg reported that Volkswagen has paused the investment in Turkey as a result of the country's military offensive in Syria.

  DW reports that Bulgaria and Romania once again see a chance to win back the deal.




★ This year COMIKON-İstanbul Festival is preparing to entertain visitors with popular culture elements such as comics, cartoons, character design, game design, illustration, CosPlay, sci-fi cinema, fantastic literature, FRP /card/box games, social media, YouTuber, new technologies and many more surprise events!

  COMIKON-İstanbul, which has attracted great interest from all parties interested in creative drawing, will be moved to a more central location from this year on 19-20 October 2019 at the Harbiye Military Museum Culture Site, famous for its Mehter Band performances.

  Highlights of COMIKON-İstanbul

  Fort he first time the following will be in Turkey:

  Also, Jean Wacquet, the chief editor of Edition Soleil, one of the largest comic book publishers in France, is looking for talented young people who want to become comics artists. Wacquet will give a seminar on how a successful portfolio should be, and will meet those who want to be an international illustrator and evaluate their portfolios.

  Dragon Artist Yumeshi Kokubun and Anime producer Shigetaka Mochizuki will also beat COMIKON.


★ Forro İstanbul announced the dates of its second international event. The event will be between October 25-28, 2019.

  An opening concert and party on Friday night (October 25), workshops will take place on Saturday and Sunday (October 26-27) at Bomontiada Alt performance center. There will also be social programs on Friday and Monday.

  Forro is a party originated and typical of Northeastern Region of Brazil. It encompasses various dance types as well as a number of different musical genres. Their music genres and dances have gained widespread popularity in all regions of Brazil.

  Since 2008, several Forro festivals have been held annually in Europe; since 2016, festivals have also been organized in North America, Oceania and Japan. In 2019, over 70 international festivals are planned outside of Brazil.


★ On October 25, Stella Chronopoulou, Greek singer-songwriter who modernizes synth-pop standards with her non-standard sense of electro-pop, will be at İstanbul's Salon IKSV for a concert.

  In describing Stella Chronopoulou, aka Σtella, we can use St. Vincent and Eurhythmics in the same sentence. Both nostalgic elements and progressive touches are present in her disco flavored electro-pop. Other than her solo project, she has produced collaborative projects with such names as Coti K., Sillyboy, Expert Medicine, My Wet Calvin, NTEIBINT and Sad Disco.

EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 5.79


High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey        : 70/50 Showers
Antalya, on the Mediterranean    : 84/68 Showers
Erzurum, in Eastern Turkey       : 64/43 Thunderstorms
İstanbul, in northwestern Turkey : 72/59 Mostly Cloudy
Izmir, on the Aegean             : 79/63 Mostly Sunny
Trabzon, on the Black Sea        : 68/64 Showers
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 : 78


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 games played so far this weekend:
G. Saray        -      Sivas Sp        3 - 2
Ankaragücü      -      Beşiktaş        0 - 0
Trabzon Sp      -      G. Antep Sp     4 - 1
Başakşehir      -      Göztepe         2 - 1
Antalya Sp      -      G. Birliği      0 - 6
* Standing in the league as of week ending 7
 1 - Alanya Sp       14
 2 - Sivas Sp        12
 3 - Trabzon Sp      12
 4 - Konya Sp        12
 5 - Fenerbahçe      11
 6 - Başakşehir      11
 7 - Antalya Sp      11
 8 - G. Antep Sp     11
 9 - Malatya Sp      10
10 - G. Saray        10
11 - Göztepe         9
12 - Beşiktaş        8
13 - Denizli Sp      8
14 - Rize Sp         8
15 - Ankaragücü      8
16 - Kasımpaşa       7
17 - G. Birliği      3
18 - Kayseri Sp      3
★ In the qualifiers for the 2020 UEFA European Soccer Championships, France and Turkey had a 1-1 draw on October 14 in Saint-Denis France.

  Turkey is leading its group with 19 points, followed by France which also has 19 points.


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