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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 07 December 2019

[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 07 December 2019]

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★ The fate of Halkbank, one of Turkey's largest state banks, is increasingly entwined with the future of Turkish-U.S. relations. Halkbank already on trial in federal court in New York, is now being targeted by Congress, reports Dorian Jones of the VOA.

  Next week, the U.S. Senate is expected to consider sanctions legislation against Turkey for Ankara's military operation against a Syrian Kurdish militia, the YPG, which is a key American ally in its war against the Islamic State group. Among the measures are actions against Halkbank.

  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met Wednesday with President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the London NATO summit. Erdoğan is believed to have raised the fate of Halkbank.

  In related news, Larry Neumeister of the Associated Press reports that the federal judge cited "extraordinary" and "remarkable" meetings two years ago involving top U.S. and Turkey political figures to intervene in a New York prosecution Thursday as he rejected efforts by Halkbank to now feign ignorance of criminal charges it faces in the same case.

  U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman in Manhattan said Halkbank, in effect, could be labeled a fugitive if it refused to send lawyers to represent it against the charges.

  In the meantime, the New York Times reported Halkbank said on Friday that it will use all its legal rights to challenge the U.S. federal court ruling.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Speaking of YPG, Turkey says that YPG is an extension of the rebel Turkish Kurds' Kurdistan Workers Party, which both the U.S. and the European Union considers to be a terrorist organization. The Turkish military has been battling the Kurdistan workers party since the mid-1980s.

  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that he will have NATO put YPG on a terrorist list during this week's NATO meeting in London.

  He said before taking off for London he will oppose steps in NATO unless the block supports his fight against Syrian Kurdish militants, threatening an allied plan to defend Baltic states and Poland against Russian aggression, reported Bloomberg on Tuesday.

  However, Reuters reported that Mr. Erdoğan dropped his objections and signed the deal. "They all called us and asked us for support on this. After talks with my colleagues, we said yes to this, but you must not abandon us in the fight against terror," broadcaster NTV quoted Mr. Erdoğan as saying.

★ Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met Wednesday to defuse rising tensions over disputed territorial waters in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, Dorian Jones of the VOA reports. The meeting on the sideline of the London NATO summit comes amid Turkish-Greek tensions over territorial disputes in the Mediterranean.

  Bilateral tensions have escalated with Turkey's agreement with Libya, increasing Turkish control of eastern Mediterranean waters. The region is experiencing a scramble for potential energy reserves in the area.

  In related news, Turkey condemned on Friday a decision by Greece to expel the Libyan ambassador in response to the accord between Libya and Turkey.


  Billboard celebrating İmamoğlu's victory in the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality election

★ "Vanquisher of Erdoğan's grip on Istanbul chosen by Bloomberg as one of top 50 people of 2019" is the headline in an article on INTELLINEWS, referring to Ekrem İmamoğlu who won the Istanbul Metropolitan Mayoralty after disputed elections.

  However, President Erdoğan and his Justice and Development Party administration are doing everything in their power to put obstacles in Mr. İmamoğlu's path.

  The government banks have stopped making even routine loans to the Istanbul municipality, let alone extend much-needed loans for infrastructure.

  The mayor has been seeking financial resources from abroad to resume unfinished projects in the biggest city of Turkey, as Turkey's state-owned banks closed their doors to the municipality, reports Infosurhoy.com.

  For that purpose, Mr. İmamoğlu met last week with chairmen of chambers of commerce from 10 countries, including the United States, Australia, and eight European countries.

  The mayor said Istanbul has been working on establishing an Istanbul Investment Agency.

★ Economy

★ Leader of Italy's far-right Northern League and former deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini said he won't be eating Nutella anymore due to its producer Ferrero sourcing hazelnuts from Turkey, Financial Times reported on Friday.

  Salvini posted on social media photos of himself eating the famous chocolate-hazelnut spread as a show of patriotism for years, Financial Times said.

  "I discovered that Nutella uses Turkish hazelnuts," Salvini was quoted by Financial Times as saying to explain why he stopped consuming the iconic Italian brand. "I prefer to eat Italian to help Italian farmers."

★ Turkish Airlines launched direct flights to Rovaniemi, Lapland, Iuliia Tore of the RusTourism website. Rovaniemi is Santa's official home. It is now connected to the worldwide Turkish Airlines route network, covering 122 countries and over 300 destinations.

★ According to Reuters, Turkey's central bank is expected to cut its key interest rate to 12.5% from 14% next week, a Reuters poll showed on Friday, sustaining an easing cycle designed to revive the economy and bringing real rates below levels in most emerging markets.

  The central bank has cut rates three times since July when the policy rate stood at 24% following a currency crisis that knocked nearly a third off the value of the lira last year and pushed Turkey into recession.



★ Turkey's Yapı Kredi bank is bringing Fame the Musical to Istanbul in celebration of its 75th anniversary.

  The troupe will be coming from London's West and with its original staff. The venue will be the Zorlu PSM Turkcell stage.


★ Istanbul's St. Helena's Chapel will be hosting a handcrafted goods market on December 8. Local artists will be represented in the market and the proceeds will help St. George Hostel for UN-registered refugees.

  The market will be on from 11 AM to 6 PM.


★ On December 12, Hannah Bosanko will be on the stage at Istanbul's Altkat Sanat Theatre.

  After losing her friend Volodya to war in Ukraine, Hanna had no choice but to finish what he started. She is looking back at her life through the eyes of eight characters, trying to untangle what has happened to her and how all of it leads to her mission to write a story that will one day stop a war.

  Read more at >> here <<


★ The second event on December 12 will feature multi-instrumentalist and producer Leonard's project Camel Power Club and the electro-pop duo from Paris, Napkey.

  From folk to electronic, we find every aspect of music in the works of French producer and multi-instrumentalist Léonard aka Camel Power Club. His melodies and lyrics provide meaning and touch the heart of everyone who has touched his music. Using both retro and futuristic elements, he creates a new world with his sounds.

  Creating an almost cinematographic world with their use of synthesizers and guitar melodies and having been streamed more than 50 million on Spotify alone, Napkey is formed by Benjamin Cholet and Justine Rousseau. Inspired by musicians like Daft Punk and The Last Shadow Puppets, they beautifully mix their hypnotizing vocals with analog synths.

  The venue will be % 100 studio.



★ The third event on December 12 will feature Afro House Tunes live at 360 Istanbul. Another group from Africa "KOKOKO!" will take the stage in Istanbul's Babylon Bomonti with this unique "techno kintueni" sound created by combining "kintueni "music of Congo and dance music, performed with instruments made from recycled metal, tin, motor parts, and plastic boxes.


★ Thomas Azier will be at Salon IKSV on December 13. The Dutch-born musician and singer currently residing in Berlin that makes his passion for electronic music felt in every note of his dynamic synth-pop music and every word out of his mouth.


★ The same day, the queen of underground electronic, one of the most successful DJ's in the world Maya Jane Coles is coming to Zorlu PSM.

  With her style of techno, the British-Japanese queen of electronic music Maya Jane Coles has carried her music from Tate Modern to MOMA, from bridges to deserts. Countless awards, 3.2 million Soundcloud followers and collaborations with important brands like Dr. Martens, Maya wrote her name in the sky of the electronic world. Influenced by the dub, punk, should and classical music she heard at home, the world-famous DJ started to write songs of her own. She started producing hip hop and the age of 15 and at 16, she drifted into the world of house and electronic music.


★ On December 14, "Hey! Douglas" will blend Turkish music with disco rhythms as part of the "License to Dance" series.

  The venue will be Istanbul's Babylon.


★ On December 10, the Pera Museum of Istanbul will screen director Ellen Spiro's "(In) Visible Women" for the World's AIDS Day.

  The movie made in 1991 shows the heroic responses of three women with AIDS in the context of their respective communities.

  The screening is a part of series of events to observe the World's AIDS Day.

  The screening is free of charge.


★ The Pera Museum will have one more free film screening on December 11. The film titled "To Be Continued... Now! 555", Directed by Andrew DeYoung, is an anthology miniseries of five short films that unfold in a stark, humid, surreality of Hollywood.


★ The Pera Museum is also continuing with its exhibition titled "The life and art of Osman Hamdi Bey through his works in the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Collection".

  An Ottoman intellectual raised by the Tanzimat Era… An exceptional personality, who made substantial, diversified and lifelong contributions to various fields of culture and arts such as painting, archaeology, museology, and art education...

  More than 100 years after his death, the legacy Osman Hamdi Bey left behind live in the works of academics, institutions, and museums. He continues to make headlines, draw attention, be heard, and become the topic of heated debates.

  The exhibition also pays tribute to this multifaceted personality by "A Journey into the World of Osman Hamdi Bey" virtual reality experience which enables the audience to pay a visit to Osman Hamdi Bey's working space and to step into his painting The Tortoise Trainer


★ Another exhibition at the Pera Museum features ambassadors portraits and paintings from the 17th to the 19th centuries from the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Orientalist Painting Collection.

  The exhibition is titled "Intersect and Worlds, Ambassadors and Painters"


★ One more exhibition at the Pera Museum is titled "Coffee Break: The Adventure of Coffee in Kütahya Tiles and Ceramics".

  This unique selection from the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Kütahya Tiles and Ceramics Collection investigates the various routines, rituals, and relationships centered on coffee, as well as concepts associated with modernism, such as public space, social roles, and economics, through an examination of coffee culture and Kütahya ceramic production, which largely contributed to its development.

  As the second most important center of ceramic production after İznik during the Ottoman era, Kütahya witnessed intensive ceramic production in the Phrygian, Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine periods, and has upheld this art form to date with traditional methods.

  Visit the virtual exhibition here: Read more at >> here <<

EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 5.78


High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey        : 39/28 Mostly Cloudy
Antalya, on the Mediterranean    : 68/50 Mostly Sunny
Erzurum, in Eastern Turkey       : 32/19 Partly Cloudy
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey : 57/46 Light Rain
Izmir, on the Aegean             : 59/50 Light Showers
Trabzon, on the Black Sea        : 55/45 Partly Cloudy


Edited by Ertuğrul Korkmaz


Premier League

* Results for week: 13
G. Birliği      -      Malatya Sp      3 - 3
Alanya Sp       -      Ankaragücü      5 - 0
Göztepe         -      Fenerbahçe      2 - 2
Rize Sp         -      Konya Sp        3 - 1
Sivas Sp        -      Kasımpaşa       2 - 0
G. Antep Sp     -      Denizli Sp      1 - 2
Trabzon Sp      -      G. Saray        1 - 1
Başakşehir      -      Antalya Sp      2 - 0
Beşiktaş        -      Kayseri Sp      4 - 1
* In games played so far this weekend:
Fenerbahçe      -      G. Birliği      5 - 2
Malatya Sp      -      Sivas Sp        1 - 3
Ankaragücü      -      Göztepe         1 - 3
G. Saray        -      Alanya Sp       1 - 0
* Standing in the league as of week ending 13
 1 - Sivas Sp        27
 2 - Başakşehir      25
 3 - Beşiktaş        24
 4 - Trabzon Sp      23
 5 - Alanya Sp       22
 6 - Fenerbahçe      22
 7 - Malatya Sp      20
 8 - G. Saray        20
 9 - Göztepe         17
10 - Denizli Sp      17
11 - Rize Sp         17
12 - G. Antep Sp     16
13 - G. Birliği      14
14 - Konya Sp        13
15 - Kasımpaşa       12
16 - Antalya Sp      12
17 - Ankaragücü      9
18 - Kayseri Sp      7

★ FIVB volleyball women's club world championships are continuing in Shaoxing, China. To Turkish teams are participating.

  In games played so far, Eczacıbaşı is in second place in Pool A and Vakıfbank is also in second place in Pool B. In last year's championships .

  Last year Vakıfbank became the champion.


★ In the world kick box championships that took place in Turkey's Mediterranean city of Antalya, Turkish kickboxers received three gold, five silver and nine bronze medals.

  The three gold medals were won by three Turkish women.


★ Off-road Turkey championships finished and the winner is Turkey's Kenan Özsoy. 44 teams consisting of 88 sportsmen participated in the seven-stage rally. The race started in the Turkish capital Ankara and ended in Turkey's southeastern province of Kahramanmaraş.


★ The world mixed couples curling championships preliminaries are taking place in Scotland.

  The couples that prevail will be able to participate in the 2020 world championships. In the three games that Turkey's national team played they defeated their rivals.

  The Turkish couple, Dilşat Yıldız and Uğurcan Karagöz, played against the following:

  Saudi Arabia 12-0

  Ireland 10-4

  Brazil 9-1


★ In the World Judo Championships for People with down Syndrome, the Turkish judokas received two goals and one silver medal.

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Ümitcan Güreş and Emre Sakçı

★ In the European Short Course Swimming Competitions that took place in Scotland, Turkey's Ümitcan Güreş missed a bronze medal by 3/100 of a second in the 100 m race.

  Germany's Kusch came in first, followed by Russian Vekovishchev and Polish Marcin Cieslak.

  However, Ümitcan Güreş received the third-place in 50 m butterfly stroke.

  Later in the competitions Another Turkish swimmer ,Emre Sakçı, received a silver medal in the 50 m breast stroke swimming. He also came in fourth in the 100 m breaststroke and qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.


★ Turkish athlete Mehmet Soytürk won the 65 km race in the Salomon Cape Town Ultra Trail. He finished the race in six hours 38 minutes and 40 seconds. This was also a new record for the 65 km race.


★ Turkish swimmer Derin Toparlak received a bronze medal in the 800 m race in the World Finswimming World Cup competitions taking place in Poznan , Poland .

  They were 24 countries represented in the cup.

★ In tae kwon do competitions taking place in Moscow, Turkish women were able to qualify for four Olympic races that will take place in 2020 Olympics.


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