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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 30 November 2019

[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 30 November 2019]

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  Turkish President Erdoğan and French President Macron in better days

★ The French and Turkish officials were exchanging jabs this week. It all started with the French president angry Turkey by hosting an official from the Kurdish-led Syrian democratic forces.

  Turkey considers the Kurdish militia within the group, known as the YPG, associated with the Turkish rebel Kurds' Kurdistan Workers Party. The Kurdistan Workers Party is considered to be a terrorist organization by the European Union and the U.S. among others.

  This week, Turkey's foreign affairs minister has accused French President Emmanuel Macron of being a "sponsor of terrorism", dismissing the French leader's criticism of Turkey's Syria offensive.

  The spat between Turkey and France comes in the week before the two NATO allies are due to attend a summit of the alliance in the UK.

  In related news, according to Associated Press, the German government says the leaders of Turkey, Britain, Germany and France will meet to discuss the situation in Syria before the NATO summit in London opens Next week.

  Associated Press writes that Turkey's unilateral decision to intervene in northern Syria without warning its allies has been a source of tension in NATO.

★ Speaking of Syria, two Turkish military personnel were killed by mortar fire coming from Syria on Thursday. Turkish military afterward carried an operation against the Syrian Kurdish forces across the border, Turkish officials said. However, a Syrian opposition group claimed that Turks first started shelling the Syrian Kurdish forces, which then they retaliated.


★ Turkey's former prime minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, one time closest ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, will be forming a new party within weeks.


★ According to Bianet, Turkish authorities have filed a lawsuit against Doğan Akın, the editor-in-chief of the independent news site T24, over his publication of reports based on tweets of a whistleblower's social media account.

  The lawsuit accuses Akın of aiding the Gülen movement, which the government says was behind the failed 2016 coup attempt. The lawsuit does not provide any direct relationship between the editor and the Gülen movement.

  President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's administration usually targets independent and opposition media with trumped-up charges such as they either support the Gülen movement or the Kurdish rebels.

A scene from the "Kingdoms of Fire"

★ Relations between Turkey and Saudi Arabia are not at its best. Journalist Semih Idiz, writing on the Al-Monitor website that the relations may get worse due to a new multimillion-dollar series on a Saudi TV channel broadcast across the Middle East. The serious depicts the Ottomans as tyrants who ravaged the Arab world.

  These views are diametrically opposite of the narrative President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's Islamist administration has been trying to promote since coming to power in 2002.

  The 15-episode-long "Kingdoms of Fire" ("Mamlakaat Al-Nar"), which began airing on the Saudi-owned, United Arab Emirate-based MBC channel, is a $40 million production.

  "Kingdoms of Fire" appears to be an answer to major Turkish productions like "Resurrection: Ertuğrul" or "The Magnificent Century," which glorify the Ottoman Empire and continue to be widely watched on Netflix in the Middle East.

  Meanwhile, soaps depicting modern-day Turkey and especially relations between men and women are also highly popular in the Arab world, much to the annoyance of Saudi Arabia's ultra-conservative Wahhabi establishment.

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★ On Thursday, Greece strongly condemned a deal Turkey signed with the internationally recognized Libyan government to delineate maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean and summoned Turkish ambassador Burak Özügergin over the matter, Greek daily Kathimerini reported.

  The memorandum of understanding on the "delimitation of maritime jurisdictions" was signed on Wednesday in Istanbul by Turkish president Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and prime minister Mr. Fayez al-Sarraj of the Libyan government in Tripoli.

  Turkey has also submitted a series of claims in the region to the United Nations, notably its perceived right to have maritime zones and a continental shelf west of the 28th meridian (south of Rhodes), ignoring the Dodecanese chain of islands, Kathimerini said.

★ A new website titled Kırık Kuyruk (Busted Tails) is coordinating efforts in aiding Istanbul's street animals, reports the yabangee.com website.

  Busted Tails says that it is dedicated to coordinating a local movement of animal lovers across the country, as well as providing education to raise awareness and best help those working with street animals.

  The map-based platform allows users to open "classifieds" in their area, supporting dozens of categories, including everything from animals needing their forever home, volunteers offering their time, temporary foster homes, and veterinarian services, to people offering their carriers, donations, transportation, and plenty more.

  The project is lovingly looked after and founded by two animal advocates, Christian and Ceyda, in their spare time and at their expense.

  Christian Feiland originally from Berlin, Germany has been living in Istanbul since 1997. However, some of his ancestors worked for the Ottoman sultans as watchmakers in the 1800s. His 99-year-old grandmother met the first Turkish President and the independence war hero Ataturk in person.


★ According to NASDAQ, Turkey's banks and financial institutions bought 85% of JCR Eurasia, the local unit of Japan Credit Rating Agency, Turkey's Banking Association said on Friday.

  The goal is said to be eliminating Turkey's reliance on the big three global agencies.

★ Speaking of Japan, the Anatolia News Agency reports that the Turkish Contractors Association and the Overseas Construction Association of Japan signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation.


★ Salon İKSV's one daylong festival Gezgin Salon, in which concerts are spread all over the city rather than taking place at only Salon İKSV, has hosted indie rock star Mac DeMarco on November 30 at Istanbul's Volkswagen Arena.

  Mac DeMarco was found to be one of the most wanted names of "Peçeteye İstek", a social media survey for Salon's audience to decide who they would like to see perform in Salon during the season.

  Mac DeMarco was born in 1990 in Canada.

  He was part of various bands since he was a kid. However, none had any ambition of having a music career. In 2008, he moved to Vancouver to start his music journey professionally.

EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 5.75


High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey        : 46/45 Rainy
Antalya, on the Mediterranean    : 68/59 Showers
Erzurum, in Eastern Turkey       : 41/34 Snow
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey : 52/48 Thunderstorms
Izmir, on the Aegean             : 59/54 Showers
Trabzon, on the Black Sea        : 66/54 Rainy


Edited by Ertuğrul Korkmaz


Premier League

* Results for week: 12
G. Saray        -      Başakşehir      0 - 1
Denizli Sp      -      Rize Sp         2 - 0
Ankaragücü      -      Trabzon Sp      0 - 3
Konya Sp        -      Beşiktaş        0 - 1
Malatya Sp      -      Fenerbahçe      0 - 0
Kayseri Sp      -      Sivas Sp        1 - 4
Kasımpaşa       -      G. Birliği      1 - 2
Alanya Sp       -      Göztepe         0 - 1
Antalya Sp      -      G. Antep Sp     1 - 1
* In games played so far this weekend:
G. Birliği      -      Malatya Sp      3 - 3
Sivas Sp        -      Kasımpaşa       2 - 0
Göztepe         -      Fenerbahçe      2 - 2
Alanya Sp       -      Ankaragücü      5 - 0
Rize Sp         -      Konya Sp        3 - 1
* Standing in the league as of week ending 12
 1 - Sivas Sp        24
 2 - Trabzon Sp      22
 3 - Başakşehir      22
 4 - Fenerbahçe      21
 5 - Beşiktaş        21
 6 - Malatya Sp      19
 7 - Alanya Sp       19
 8 - G. Saray        19
 9 - Göztepe         16
10 - G. Antep Sp     16
11 - Denizli Sp      14
12 - Rize Sp         14
13 - G. Birliği      13
14 - Konya Sp        13
15 - Kasımpaşa       12
16 - Antalya Sp      12
17 - Ankaragücü      9
18 - Kayseri Sp      7


★ Turkey's national tennis player Atakan Karahan beat his Russian opponent at the Arkada Cup in Ufa, Bashkortostan, Russia, and became the champion in the U14 Category 3.

  The championships were part of the Tennis Europe event.

  In the couples, Atakan Karahan teamed up with Batu Ataseven. The couple lost to their Russian rivals and received second place.


★ Konya Sports High School student Sena Karakaya received the Turkish and world championship recently in jujitsu. Her accomplishment is remarkable in that she started practicing jujitsu just about a year ago.

  In the Jujitsu World Championships held in Georgia's capital Tbilisi, she received a gold medal in women's 56 kg category.

  Sena has been playing soccer for the past 12 years and her teachers noticed her agility, speed and power and suggested that she take up also jujitsu.


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