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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 25 January 2020

[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 25 January 2020]

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★ The RAND Corporation, a nonprofit policy think tank based in Santa Monica, California, has a new report out titled "Turkey's Nationalist Course: Implications for the U.S.-Turkish Strategic Partnership and the U.S. Army."

  The preamble to the report says the following:

  "For more than six decades, the United States has maintained a strategic partnership with the Republic of Turkey as a key element of U.S. strategy in Eurasia and the Middle East. This partnership was forged at the outset of the Cold War to check Soviet expansionism, and Turkey remains a powerful North Atlantic Treaty Organization ally at the nexus of three regions important to U.S. security.

  "The United States and Turkey have long cooperated on a range of global issues, including countering terrorism and violent extremism, enhancing energy security, and promoting prosperity and development. However, the partnership has become strained in recent years because U.S. and Turkish interests and assessments of various challenges are not as aligned as they once were, and significant disagreements have emerged on policies to address many of these challenges. Tensions in Turkey's relations with Europe and other neighbors have exacerbated these strains."

  Some of recommendations of the report are as follows:

  - The United States needs a long-term strategy to buffer relations with Turkey against the kind of disruptive developments experienced in recent years. It also needs initiatives that could maintain cooperation on abiding shared interests over the next decade and help restore a reliable strategic partnership if a democratic opposition emerges to restore Turkey's role as a more cooperative ally and reliable regional and global partner.

  - Continued U.S. and NATO military engagements with the Turkish Armed Forces can help counterbalance Russia's influence in Turkey.

  - Further efforts should be taken to deepen dialogues between U.S. military and Turkish General Staff leaders and to revitalize the U.S.-Turkish High-Level Defense Group, taking into account the increased importance of the Turkish minister of defense.

  Read more >> here <<


  Chancellor Merkel and President Erdoğan
★ German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Turkey this week.

  In Turkey's cultural and commercial hub Istanbul, she met with Turkish journalists and NGOs on freedoms.

  She also brought up with the Turkish authorities the case of the German journalists who were not unable to get press cards for covering Turkey.

  She also discussed the German citizens that are incarcerated in Turkey. There are approximately 60 of them.

  Chancellor and her staff expressed to Turkish authorities that the rule of law is very weak in Turkey, and asked for judicial reforms and ensure the independence of the judiciary.

  Germany and Turkey have rarely seen eye-to-eye lately, but instability in the Middle East and North Africa is a growing concern for both countries. Keeping dialog channels open, as well as cooperation is crucial to tackling growing conflicts in the region, Deutsche Welle wrote in an article.

  For the German government, one of the major concerns is the possibility of a new wave of refugees. This continues to make Turkey an important actor in the region, which Merkel has to come to terms with, Deutsche Welle added.

  During her visit, Chancellor Merkel also opened the campus of the Turkish-German University in Istanbul with President Erdoğan.

  In related news, Turkish foreign affairs minister Mr. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on Wednesday accused the European Union of failing to honor a refugee deal, strongly criticizing the bloc for failing to pay Turkey the amount it promised.

  Çavuşoğlu told the German Bild newspaper that the European Union had promised to pay Turkey $3.33 billion in both 2016 and 2018.

  "Now it is 2020 and we still have not received the first $3.3 billion in its entirety," Çavuşoğlu said.

  Read more >> here << and  >> here <<

★ According to the Greek daily Kathimerini, Turkey has blocked a request from the Republic of Cyprus to take part in the global Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, as an adversarial relationship between the two countries is growing more intense.

  The Geneva Disarmament Conference is a multilateral disarmament forum that meets three times a year in Switzerland. The global forum negotiates arms control and disarmament accords and focuses on the cessation of the nuclear arms race.

  The block came two days after Cyprus called Turkey a "pirate state" over its attempts to drill for oil and gas off Cypriot waters, and three days after the European Union had issued a warning to Turkey.

  The Republic of Cyprus is led by the Greek community in the south of the divided island. Turkey and Turkish Cypriots have disputes with the Greek led government in oil exploration around the island. Turkey and Turkish Cypriots say that any oil or gas from the explorations should be shared by the two communities.

  Read more >> here << and >> here <<

★ According to the Turkish daily Birgün, after delaying the renewal of the press cards for their journalists, Turkey's Communication Directorate of the Presidency canceled all the cards.

  The journalist working for Evrensel also met the same fate.

  The two dailies are fierce opponents of the Justice and Development Party rule.

★ Egypt's Administrative Court has set February 15, 2020, to consider a lawsuit demanding Turkey to repay Egypt more than 23.1 million gold coins, Egypt Today reported.

  Egyptian government sent the gold coins between 1915 and 1955 as a tribute to the Ottoman Empire even though Britain declared protectorate over Egypt in 1914 and the Ottoman Empire ceased to exist after 1923.

  Read more >> here <<

★ A powerful earthquake shook Turkey's Eastern provinces on Friday. As of today, the death toll stands at 29 with over 1000 injured. The magnitude of the earthquake was 6.8.

  Turkey, much like California, has crisscrossing earthquake faultlines that have caused major earthquakes every decade.

  In 1999 a 7.6 magnitude earthquake killed nearly 40,000 people in Northwestern Turkey, causing almost $9 billion of damage.

★ According to the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet, the Turkish government will be giving $500 million of taxpayers money to the operators of the third Bosporus Bridge.

  The bridge is the newest on the strait and a Turkish-Italian consortium built it in 2016. The Turkish government guaranteed to make up the difference if less than 135,000 vehicles a day paid tolls.

★ According to the Anatolia News Agency, Turkey's industry and technology minister Mr. Mustafa Varank announced that Turkey will "increase close relationships with Iran for the benefit of the two nations and the stability in the region." Iranian vice president Sorena Sattari was in Turkey on Tuesday.

  On Wednesday Sattari and representatives of 80 Iranian companies held a meeting in Istanbul with their Turkish counterparts.

  All these come after the U.S. imposed more sanctions on Iran.

★ According to the Turkish paper Evrensel, the villagers from the hometown of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the Black Sea province of Rize are protesting the construction of a hydroelectric power plant.

  The villagers have occupied the construction site and took the construction machinery away and effectively shut down construction.

  The villagers are upset that the power plant will be blocking the river that goes through their village. They have also taken the company undertaking the construction to court.

  The construction company, when it appeared at the village some months ago, claimed that they were building a road and hid the fact that it was a hydroelectric power plant.

  In 2010, a court in the province stopped other hydroelectric projects by the construction company, despite these rulings, the villagers say the company keeps building them.

★ Evermore pesticides, many illegal, are being used in Turkey, according to a new Greenpeace study. Yet the tainted produce keeps ending up on European dinner tables, setting off alarm bells about serious health risks, reports the Deutsche Welle.

  The researchers who compiled the report studied 30 different types of tomatoes, green peppers and cucumbers, taking 10 samples of each from supermarkets and weekly farmer's markets in August, September and November 2019. Scientists studied the vegetables, looking for traces of pesticides to determine their effect on consumers, crops, and nature.

  Turkey exported roughly 4 million tons of fruits and vegetables in 2019.


★ Turkish photographer Timurtaş Onan has a new exhibition titled "Lost in Cities" at Galeri Ark in Istanbul.

  In his exhibition, Onan reinterprets the typology of flâneur, the modern time traveler.

  Onan looks for the traces of the flâneur in the 21st century the conception that first explored in the writings of Charles Baudelaire in the nineteenth century to identify an observer of modern urban life.

  Flâneur often derives his power from his mobility, moving towards his everlasting search for the unknown. Onan's photos walk us around the cities of Paris, Prague, Luxembourg, Zagreb, Belgrade, and Dubrovnik. Time and places change, but being on the road remains unchanged.

  See other photographs of the photographer >> here <<

★ NADAS Istanbul has announced its upcoming art residency program, Nadas'a Bırak, taking place 10 – 16 May 2020. This week-long residency offers space to seven artists or creative individuals who seek to develop their work in a peaceful atmosphere among a sustainably-minded community. The program consists of five intensive studio days concluding with an open studio event on 16 May.

  The deadline for applications is February 22.

  NADAS is a creative house in Kadıköy, Istanbul that offers space for individual and community projects that care for the diversity of urban life and people's connection to their environments. Throughout the year NADAS hosts workshops, art and yoga classes, talks and community meet-ups around topics of sustainability.

  NADAS inhabits a beautiful 1930's house in the historic neighborhood of Yeldeğirmeni.

  See the announcement at NADAS page >> here <<

★ 2000-year-old burial found near the ancient city of Laodicea in southwestern Turkey

  Survey excavations that have been carried out in a field for the construction of a stadium have unearthed 2,000-year-old burials. The area in the province of Denizli was declared a first-degree excavations area, while another place will be searched for the stadium, the Denizli Metropolitan Municipality announced.

  During the exploratory excavations, a rectangular family burial chamber was uncovered. A travertine sarcophagus and tombs were found in the burial chamber.

  Inside the tombs were a bronze Empire Caracalla coin (211-217 AD), a silver-plated Empire Valerianus coin (253-260 AD) along with four glass bottles, some of which were broken, two terracotta bottles, 11 terracotta oil lamps, Eros figure head, three terracotta bowls, terracotta cooking pots, five bone hairpins, bone spoon pieces and a rectangular bronze box fragment that has been corroded and tomb gifts.


★ Turkey's Zeugma Mosaic Museum had a record number of visitors last year. Among the exquisite mosaics dating back to 2000 years, is the world-renowned Gypsy Girl Mosaic.

  The number of visitors in 2019 was just over 340,000, according to the official data. In 2016 the number of visitors was only around 110,000. A total of 1.5 million people have so far visited the museum since its foundation in 2011.

  In addition to the Gypsy Girl mosaic, the museum is one of the largest of its kind and is home to unique ancient artifacts, such as mosaics, Roman-era fountains, the bronze sculpture of Mars -- the god of war in Roman mythology.

EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 5.94


High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey        : 46/27 Partly Cloudy
Antalya, on the Mediterranean    : 63/46 Mostly Cloudy
Erzurum, in Eastern Turkey       : 25/1 Partly Cloudy
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey : 55/45 Partly Cloudy
Izmir, on the Aegean             : 57/39 Mostly Cloudy
Trabzon, on the Black Sea        : 54/39 Partly Cloudy
Snow depths at skiing locations:
Erciyes in Kayseri, Central Turkey      : 45 inches
Ilgaz in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey: 34 inches
Kartalkaya in Bolu, Western Turkey      : 62 inches
Palandöken in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey   : 30 inches
Saklıkent in Antalya, Southern Turkey   : 19 inches
Sarıkamış in Kars, Eastern Turkey       : 22 inches
Uludağ in Bursa, Western Turkey         : 52 inches


Edited by Ertuğrul Korkmaz


Premier League

* Results for week: 18
Ankaragücü      -      Konya Sp        0 - 1
G. Antep Sp     -      Fenerbahçe      0 - 2
Alanya Sp       -      Kayseri Sp      5 - 1
Başakşehir      -      Malatya Sp      4 - 1
Trabzon Sp      -      Kasımpaşa       6 - 0
G. Saray        -      Denizli Sp      2 - 1
Beşiktaş        -      Sivas Sp        1 - 2
Antalya Sp      -      Göztepe         0 - 3
Rize Sp         -      G. Birliği      2 - 0
* In games played so far this weekend:
G. Birliği      -      G. Antep Sp     1 - 0
Fenerbahçe      -      Başakşehir      2 - 0
Kayseri Sp      -      Ankaragücü      1 - 1
* Standing in the league as of week ending 18
 1 - Sivas Sp        40
 2 - Başakşehir      36
 3 - Trabzon Sp      35
 4 - Fenerbahçe      34
 5 - Alanya Sp       32
 6 - G. Saray        30
 7 - Beşiktaş        30
 8 - Göztepe         26
 9 - Malatya Sp      24
10 - G. Antep Sp     24
11 - Rize Sp         23
12 - Denizli Sp      22
13 - G. Birliği      18
14 - Konya Sp        18
15 - Kasımpaşa       15
16 - Antalya Sp      14
17 - Ankaragücü      12
18 - Kayseri Sp      10
Other sports:

★ In the World Archery Tournament taking place in Nîmes, France, Turkey's young archer Yusuf Kaya came in second and won a silver medal.

  Kaya was competing in the Youth Men Classical Archery Category. He is only 14 years old.

★ Sait Uygur of Turkey recently became the European champion in Muay Thai, sometimes known as Thai Boxing. He is now eyeing to become the world champion in the competitions that will be held in Kazakhstan in May.

  One thing that distinguishes Uygur from others is that he is 52 years old and a father of five children.

★ In Tel Aviv Grand Prix 2020 Judo Competitions taking place in Israel 545 men and women from 83 countries are competing. Turkey has sent 10 men and five women judokas to the competitions.

  So far in the competitions, the following Turkish judokas received medals:

  - Men's 60 kg: Mihraç Akkuş received a silver medal

  - Women's 48 kg: Tuğçe Beder received a bronze medal.

  - Men's 90 kg: Mikail Özerler bronze medal

  - Women's 78 kg: Kayra Sayit, bronze medal

  Read more >> here <<

★ 12-year-old tennis player Esila Toklu will be representing Turkey in the U 12 European winter cup in Ukraine at the end of January.

  In the four years of competitions, she won 110 of the 130 games she played in, receiving 23 cups and 40 medals.

★ An update to the world wrestling Federation International Matteo Pellicone wrestling tournament that took place in Rome, Italy: Turkish wrestlers returned home with 12 medals, one gold, four silvers, and seven bronzes.


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