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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 13 November 2021

[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 13 November 2021]

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★ Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has refused to attend the conference on Libya held in Paris on November 12 because France has invited Greece to participate. Erdoğan has agreed to send Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Sedat Onal to represent him.

★ According to The Gulf Times, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defense Affairs of Qatar Dr. Khalid bin Mohamed al-Attiyah met in Istanbul with the Turkish Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar.

  The meeting dealt with reviewing bilateral military relations and the means to enhance them. In addition, the two sides discussed the latest regional and international developments. The ambassador of Qatar to Turkey Mohamed bin Nasser al-Thani and Qatari Military Attache in Turkey Staff Brigadier-General (Pilot) Mohamed Rashid al-Awami al-Hajri attended the meeting.

★ The wife of a jailed Kurdish politician has been sentenced to two and a half years in Turkish prison over a typo in a medical report on a miscarriage, in a case denounced as appalling political persecution.

  A court in Diyarbakır handed down sentences of 30 months each for Başak Demirtaş, a teacher, and her doctor on Thursday for submitting a falsified medical report.

  The charges in the case, which began in March 2018, relate to hospital admissions and two surgeries for a miscarriage Demirtaş suffered in 2015. According to her legal team, the authorities charged the teacher with fraud because a doctor's note for five days of medical leave from work was issued during an appointment on December 11, 2015, but erroneously dated December 14, four days later.

  Demirtaş then took unpaid leave for the second half of the 2015-16 school year to recover.

  "The sentence of [Demirtaş] to 2.5 years of prison for a mere clerical error concerning a medical record is appalling and seems beyond common sense. It just looks so political. It gives the measure of the worrying state of the Turkish judiciary," Nacho Sánchez Amor, the European Parliament's rapporteur on Turkey, said on Twitter.

★ According to Newsweek, Turkish Airlines, one of the international carriers flying to Minsk, has agreed to suspend one-way ticket sales for Middle Eastern migrants seeking to reach Europe via Belarus, the European Union's executive said on Friday.

  From Minsk, Belarus, the European Union says migrants are transported to the Polish border to pressure the European Union. Belarus denies this.

  Read more >> here <<

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  Dr. Zeynep Coban-Akdemir and  Dr. Davut Pehlivan

★ Baylor College of Medicine reports that researchers made strides identifying genetic causes of rare neurodevelopmental disorders in the Turkish and worldwide populations.

  In a current study, a team of 50 investigators from around the world looked to identify the genetic causes of rare neurodevelopmental disorders in 234 subjects and 20 previously unsolved cases of affected families of the Turkish population.

  Dr. Davut Pehlivan, assistant professor of pediatrics – neurology at Baylor College of Medicine, said that they integrated improved genome-wide screening technologies, including exome sequencing and whole-genome sequencing, and newly developed computational tools and bioinformatic analyses to improve the ability to identify the genetic underpinnings of rare neurodevelopmental conditions.

  They made a molecular diagnosis in 181 of 254 (71%) of the individuals in this study and approximately 80% of neurodevelopmental disorders overall. Researchers studied 20 of the 181 diagnosed individuals before but did not identify a genetic diagnosis then.

  "The integrated analyses of the genetic and genomic characteristics of each patient enabled the team to improve their ability to reach a diagnosis in many cases," said study participant Dr. Zeynep Coban Akdemir, assistant professor at the University of Texas Health School of Public Health-Houston. "Most patients with multilocus pathogenic variation are in consanguineous families."

  Pehlivan and Akdemir are both originally from Turkey.

★ A Turkish court ruled on Friday that an Israeli couple detained over photographing the Istanbul palace of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will stay in custody for the next 20 days.

  The couple, residents of the Jerusalem suburb of Modi'in, was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of espionage.

  The decision came after earlier in the day, Turkish officials indicated to Israel's Foreign Ministry that the couple would be released and deported back to Israel.

  The sister of the detained woman told the Hebrew-language Ynet news site that the woman took the photo during a ferry trip through the Bosphorus strait and sent it to the family's chat group on the WhatsApp messaging service, praising the beauty of the leader's residence.

  "It was an innocent act done in good faith, as a tourist act, and not as a 'criminal act that justifies such an abusive act of detention," the couple's lawyer Nir Yaslovitzh said in a letter to Lapid, according to Times of Israel.

  "There is no espionage here. They have traveled to touristy places for everything and have no interest other than the vacation they arrived at," Yaslovitzh said on Kan news.

★ A metro line linking central Istanbul with Istanbul Airport has begun its trial operation using China-made vehicles on Monday.

  The line will be the fastest in Turkey at 120 km per hour and open next year.

★ According to The Times reporter Hannah Lucinda Smith, in Anatolia, the Asiatic part of Turkey, sinkholes started appearing due to the water table dropping fast because of the severe drought.

  Smith writes that Turkish farmers are living in fear of the next giant sinkhole opening up. Some sinkholes are as deep as 40 feet.

  Read more >> here <<


★ The dollar reached 10 Turkish liras this week.

★ Getir, Turkey's ultrafast grocery-delivery company, said on Thursday that it launched operations in the United States, seeking a foothold in the world's largest retail market. The U.S. launch comes only a few months after expanding into Europe, Reuters reported.

  Getir is a trailblazer among startups that have prospered during the pandemic. It attracted around $1 billion in three back-to-back funding rounds this year, as its valuation ballooned from $850 million to more than $7.5 billion.

  Istanbul-based Getir, founded in 2015, invented the category of 10-minute delivery for customers who order by a smartphone app, with riders fanning out from neighborhood warehouses stocking essential groceries.

  Read more >> here <<

★ Due to challenging market conditions and people being more mobile with relaxed COVID-19 restrictions, Turkish e-commerce company Hepsiburada expects to report less for the third quarter.

★ On November 11, the Turkey mobile exhibition Mobilefest 2021 started successfully. The Korean digital content companies that participated online were garnering much attention from the visitors.

  The event runs until the 13th at Istanbul Convention Center.

★ Turkish defense firm will be testing sea-based drones as orders swell.

  The Turkish defense company, whose armed drones were decisive in conflicts in Azerbaijan and Libya, will soon test-fly two new UAVs. The new drones will extend Turkey's capabilities from land-based to naval operations, its CEO said on Wednesday.

  Haluk Bayraktar, one of two engineer brothers running the defense firm Baykar, said the new aircraft would be tested in the next two years and would be able to take off from a Turkish navy ship currently under production.

  According to the analyst, the scale of Turkey's drone program puts it in the world's top four producers alongside the United States, Israel, and China.

★ Hadi, an Istanbul-based studio made up of former Gram Games employees, raised $5m in funding to create casual mobile games.

  The studio has several projects in the works.

  The round was led by Griffin Gaming Partners, with additional investment from angel investors, including Tripledot co-founder Akin Babayigit, as reported by VentureBeat.

  Hadi was co-founded by CEO Mark Muller, former creative director at Gram Games, the mobile studio behind Merge Dragons.


Edited by Büşra Ekmekçi, Deniz Çakmakçı, and Selin Aydınlı


★ A Turkish university is planning to find out the species of an animal whose skeleton was found by workers while digging the yard of an enterprise in eastern Turkey, reports the Anatolia News Agency.

  Last week, workers digging the yard of an old spinning factory in the eastern Iğdır province discovered an intact skeleton of an animal about 3.3-feet tall, with predatory teeth.

  Noticing that some of the tissues had not deteriorated, the workers reported the situation to the academics at the Iğdır University's Biodiversity Application and Research Center.

  The academics came to the excavation site and took the skeleton to the university for research.


★ In partnership with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality, work continues for the Turkish Institute of Archaeology and Cultural Heritage. With the support of the European Commission, Turkey and the European Union are funding the project together.

  As part of the project, the experts completed the restoration of Kendirli Church and St. Joseph Latin School in Gaziantep. The two structures, built with French missionary assistance in the 1860s, will be used as the center for the institute and have activity areas and the Archaeometry Laboratory.

  The institute opened its doors last month with the "Owning the Past" training program.


★ International Sirha Istanbul Fair, an international organization for restaurant, hotel, and food and beverage industry professionals, will be at the Eurasia Show and Art Center between November 18- 20, 2021. The theme of Sirha Istanbul this year is "sustainability."

  International Sirha Istanbul Fair aims to bring a holistic approach to the food-related issues of today and the future from the perspective of population growth, climate change, human health, resource management, sustainability, and food safety.

  The fair will feature studies on consumer behavior, transparent and responsible supply chain, packaging, food waste, and the effects of climate change.

  In its 8th year in Turkey, the fair aims to bring industry professionals together with innovations and technologies that add vision to companies.

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★ Kale Design and Art Center is hosting a new exhibition, "Leftovers." The center believes that creative industries can guide the way out of the complex problems our world is facing and aims to open its doors to sustainable life-oriented projects in this way.

  Emphasizing that the world will be a better place with art and design, Kale Design and Art Center brings together glass works designed and produced by glass artist and designer Felekşan Onar with recycling methods.

  Felekşan Onar's exhibition features designs brought back to life. Responding to the linear "Buy-Produce-Consume" system with a sustainable production model from her glass practice, she transforms usable materials into products with material and cultural value without turning them into waste.

  Felekşan Onar believes that the exhibition will create a new awareness. ''I think the breaking point is to realize the unique beauty of the leftovers, respect, and care for them as much as the primary productions, and of course to be able to dream. If we can reflect this awareness and sensitivity to every stage of creation, we can make a significant difference in terms of sustainability. I wish 'Leftover' to be instrumental in this."

  You can visit "Leftovers" at the Kale Design and Art Center until December 31.


★ Beyoğlu Culture Road Festival is on. The event aims to provide art-artist-art-lover unity in all branches of art.

  The festival has art and cultural events at 65 points, 41 indoor and 24 outdoor venues.

  In addition to exhibitions and events at the festival venues, the museums and galleries on Beyoğlu streets will participate in the festival.

  The festival will feature:   Beyoğlu is a district on the European side of the greater metropolitan Istanbul area.


★ Renowned Turkish conductor Rengim Gökmen lead the Istanbul Ensemble in the first concert of the İş Sanat's new season. The soloist was Hungarian cellist Istvan Vardai.

  The concert featured Gioacchino Rossini's "The Thieving Magpie Overture" and Ludwig van Beethoven's "Pastoral Symphony."

  Cellist Istvan Vardai met with the Istanbul audience for the second time after his concert with the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra in 2014. He performed the cello concerto of Edward Elgar.

  The cello that Vardai plays belongs to British cellist Jacqueline du Pré, who passed away in 1987 at age 42.

  İş Sanat, part of Turkey's İş Bank, brings together local artists with world-famous masters and ensembles.

  It hosts the most privileged stars of classical, jazz, and world music.

  It organizes activities for children, dance performances, poetry, and story recitals of great authors of Turkish literature.


★ The Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra concerts have started again at the newly renovated Ataturk Culture Center. DenizBank is sponsoring the concerts.

  The first concert took place on November 1. The conductor was Hasan Niyazi Tura, and the soloists were violinist Cihat Aşkın, soprano Simge Büyükedes, tenor Serkan Bodur, and baritone Caner Akgün.

  The orchestra performed Ertuğrul Sevsay's songs based on 12th-century mystic and humanist Yunus Emre's poetry.

  Ertuğrul Sevsay, born in 1954 in Istanbul, first studied medicine at Istanbul University and received a medical doctorate.

  He had studied music since age ten and continued his studies under renowned Turkish composer Cemal Reşit Rey while going to medical school.

  He then studied further at Vienna University and specialized in gastroenterology. Concurrently, he stayed music at the Vienna Music Academy.

  He is a professor of music at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria, and has been teaching orchestration for over two decades. He is currently the head of the composition department there.

  In 1985 he got a Ph.D. in music in the U.S. and returned to Vienna to teach music. He also taught at the University of Miami. In 1992 he left the medical practice.


★ Google will be supporting culture and arts in Turkey with a project titled Stage 2.0. The project will be aiming to give skills in the digital area to culture and arts entities and stage artists.

  Inogar and the Theater Cooperative will be implementing the project. The project will reach more than 8000 stage artists. 60% of the artists are women.

  As part of the project, the artist will get online or face-to-face training in networking, business development, preparing webinars, using digital experimental studios. They will also get technical assistance in production.

  Stage 2.0 will share on its YouTube channel contents from culture and arts and daily life.

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★ This week, Oya Zingal and Maria Ekmekçioğlu had an event at Maria's Restaurant in Istanbul that featured Istanbul Greek cuisine.

  Oya Zingal is the founder of the brand Olivoyage Olive Oil and Maria Ekmekçioğlu is the owner of Maria's Restaurant.

  The event was dubbed "The Taste of First Harvest on Istanbul Table." Maria Ekmekçioğlu and chef Pascal Afthonidis prepared the Istanbul Greek dishes using Olivoyage first-press on filtered natural olive oil.

★ Turkish Radio and Television Corporation reports that there are currently 602 archaeological excavations and surveys throughout Turkey. They take place 12 months of the year.

  Some of the excavations are underwater.

  According to Yahya Coşkun, assistant general manager of the Cultural Heritage and Museums, last year excavations added 25,000 artifacts to Turkish museums. He is expecting this number to rise to 30,000 this year.

  Yahya Coşkun says that every excavation in Turkey sheds light on world history.


★ According to the British newspaper Daily Mail, archaeologists found an unusual Neolithic period stone relief that includes a frontal portrayal of a man holding his phallus.

  Istanbul University and the Şanlıurfa Archeology Museum are carrying out the excavations at the Sayburç site in Anatolia's Taş Tepeler ("Stone Hills") region.

  The relief dates back to 10,000 years ago.

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★ After 31 years of hiatus, excavations restarted at the Yesemek Open Air Museum in Turkey's southeastern province of Gaziantep, reports the Anatolia News Agency.

  The one-million-square-foot location on a rocky hill features a quarry and an ancient sculptor workshop, featuring many finished and unfinished statues. Among them are depictions of lions and reliefs of battle scenes.

  The head of the excavations, Dr. Atilla Engin, estimates the workshop dates to 3500 years ago. Austrian archaeologist Felix von Luschan conducted the first excavations at the site in 1890. Between 1957-1961 Turkish archaeologist Bahadır Alkım continued excavations, revealing around 200 sculptures. The most recent work was carried out in the 1990s by İlhan Temizsoy, director of the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, and brought another hundred objects to light.

  The museum is on the tentative list of UNESCO's World Heritage. Read more >> here <<


★ According to the Turkish news agency DHA, archaeologists have found ceramic kitchenware pieces dating back to 7000 years ago in excavations in Istanbul's Beşiktaş district.

  The first batch of ancient artifacts at the site came to the surface in 2016 when construction crews were working on a new metro line.

  Since then, archaeologists have been working at the site without interruption. First findings revealed that the site had mound-type graves dating back to the first bronze age.

  Archaeologists noticed two types of internment: ancients cremated about 109 people and buried six in the ground. In some graves, excavations revealed gifts for the dead such as stone axes, fired ceramic containers, and figurines.

  In addition, archaeologists found three intact wells at the site. One of them dated back to the fifth century to the Byzantine period. The two others are from the Ottoman period dating back to the 16th and 19th centuries.

EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 9.96


High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather


Edited by Ertuğrul Korkmaz


Premier League

* Results for week: 12
G. Antep        -      Kasımpaşa      2 - 0
Rize            -      Alanya         2 - 0
Antalya         -      Altay          1 - 0
Sivas           -      Giresun        0 - 0
Beşiktaş        -      Trabzon        1 - 2
Malatya         -      Başakşehir     1 - 3
Göztepe         -      Konya          0 - 2
K.gümrük        -      G. Saray       1 - 1
Adana           -      Hatay          1 - 0
Fenerbahçe      -      Kayseri        2 - 2
* Standing in the league as of week ending 12
 1 - Trabzon         30
 2 - Hatay           23
 3 - Konya           23
 4 - G. Saray        21
 5 - Alanya          21
 6 - Beşiktaş        20
 7 - Fenerbahçe      20
 8 - K.gümrük        19
 9 - Başakşehir      18
10 - Adana           16
11 - Altay           16
12 - G. Antep        15
13 - Kayseri         15
14 - Antalya         15
15 - Sivas           13
16 - Malatya         12
17 - Giresun         10
18 - Kasımpaşa        9
19 - Göztepe          9
20 - Rize             7

★ Turkish fencer Enver Yıldırım completed the Orleans competitions in France and came in eighth, the best up to now a Turkish fencer has been able to get in international fencing competitions.

★ In the European handball Federation European cup competitions, Turkey's Izmir Metropolitan municipality team beat its Portuguese rival Madeira Andebol 28-22 in a game played in Izmir on Saturday.

★ In the European Youth Kickbox championships in Montenegro, Turkish kickboxers received nine gold, 12 silver, and 23 bronze medals.

★ In the European youth tae kwon do championships taking place in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Yiğithan Kılıç received a gold medal in the 73 kg category. He is now the European champion.

  In the 51 kg category Yiğithan Kılıç, and the 68 kg category, Cemil Tarık Altıngöz received bronze medals.


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