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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 04 December 2021

[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 04 December 2021]

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★ Turkey's Constitutional Court has ordered the state to launch an investigation into public officials for failing to take the necessary measures to prevent a woman from being killed. The top court said that public officials were very well aware of "the existence of a real risk" against the woman's life by her former husband but did not take any action. Read more >> here <<


★ Aslı Karahan-Ay is the chief investment officer of Lioness Capital. She says that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's "unorthodox" economic policies have caused a train wreck.

  She advocates that Turkey use euro and integrate with the European Union.

  She wrote in Politico the following:

  "Turkey suffers from a balance of payments crisis, rising poverty, high unemployment, and soaring inflation. As of writing, the Turkish lira has lost around 70 percent of its value against the dollar in 2021, about 33 percent of it in November alone. This is a danger not only to Turkey but to its neighbors -- and it is in the European Union's best interest to stabilize the country and re-anchor it to the West.

  "Why would the European Union do this? Because, even though Turkey is no stranger to political and economic crises, this time, an implosion would likely engulf the European Union alongside it. Turkey hosts more migrants and refugees than any other country in the world -- 3.6 million people -- and a deep economic crisis in Turkey will almost certainly unleash a new wave of immigration into the European Union."

  Read more >> here <<

★ According to the daily Duvar, Turkey's Central Bank has intervened in the foreign exchange markets for the second time this week "due to unhealthy price formations in exchange rates," the bank said on Dec. 3.

  Following the move, the Turkish lira gained ground against the U.S. dollar slightly, falling to 13.41 from 13.88.

  The bank's previous direct foreign exchange intervention came on Dec. 1 for the first time since January 2014, when it had made a sale of $3.15 billion.

  The Turkish currency lost about 9.7% this week, following the appointment of a new finance minister and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's recommitment to keep interest rates low.

  Ratings agency Fitch also downgraded Turkey's outlook to "negative," citing risks from the direction of monetary policy.

  The ratings agency described the central bank's easing cycle that started in September even when inflation was accelerating premature and said it caused deterioration in domestic confidence reflected in a sharp depreciation of the currency.

  Since September, the central bank cut the policy rate by 400 basis points to 15%, but the governor signaled that aggressive policy easing would likely pause in January after one more rate cut this month.


★ Turkish Statistical Institute has prevented main opposition Republican People's Party leader Kılıçdaroğlu from entering the premises. Kılıçdaroğlu questioned the credibility of the inflation data as the institution announced a mere 3.51% inflation for November despite the depreciation of lira more than 30 percent in the same month.

  At the entrance of the institution, Mr. Kılıçdaroğlu held a press meeting. "This place announces the inflation figures, but no one trusts them. A group of academicians also analyzes the data on inflation. This place calculates it as 3.51 [percent], but they calculate it as 9.51 [percent]," he said.

  Turkey's Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has tried to portray Mr. Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu as a "criminal," referring to his plan to talk to Turkish Statistical Institute officials as "raiding the place."

Nueddin Nebati and Lutfi Elvan
★ President Erdoğan replaced the finance minister. Turkey's new Finance Minister Nureddin Nebati is known for his closeness with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's son-in-law, Berat Albayrak, who dramatically stepped down from the post last year.

  Nebati has no economics education, wrote his Ph.D. thesis on Justice and Development Party organizations, and receives more than $5000 in local currency monthly with his combined public and private salary.

  According to reports, dismissed finance minister Elvan opposed the policies of Mr. Erdoğan. Nebati, on the other hand, tweeted his full-fledged support for Erdoğan's "War of Economic Independence" this week, even as foreign currency rates skyrocketed. The new Minister has no economics education to back this support. Analysts say that Mr. Erdoğan appointed him to the post due to his staunch support for the president.


Edited by Büşra Ekmekçi, Deniz Çakmakçı, and Selin Aydınlı


★ The eighth international Uşak Film Festival is between December 4 and 12. The Uşak University Communication Group has put together the event with the assistance of the Film Directorate of the Culture and Tourism Ministry, reports the daily Cumhuriyet.

  It will take place both online and at movie theaters.

  The event will open with a concert by Uşak Kerem Altaylar, renowned for experimental visual and audio works. Following it, "The Letter Room" will be on the screens. Directed by Elvira Lind, famous actor Oscar Isaac is starring in the movie.

  There will be 119 films from 31 countries. All the films will be available online free of charge during the duration of the events.

  Among the jury are internationally renowned directors Andrea Corsini, Alexandre Dostie, Emilie Mannering, Anthony Nti, Barış Sarhan, Gregorio Franchetti, Thanasis Neofotistos, and Zeynep Atakan. Also in the jury is Gloria de Oliveira, who blends acting, being a musician, and directing.


★ According tothe daily Cumhuriyet, Emre Koyuncuoğlu and Cemre Baytok from Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality City Theatres created a compilation from two books: "Experiences of Violence Against Women" and "Narratives Against Violence." The Purple Roof Women's Shelter Foundation had prepared the books.

  The real stories in the compilation convey the struggle of women against violence. In the direction of Aslı İçözü and Lerzan Pamir are directing. Actors Bennu Yıldırımlar, Sevinç Erbulak, Sevil Aki, Ebru Üstüntaş, and Hazal Uprak from Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality City Theatres are narrating.

  The event was at Ümraniye Cultural Center on December 1. It will be at Fatih Cultural Center on December 7 again.

★ The Ankara leg of the Festival on Wheels film festival was between November 26 and December 2. The Ankara Cinema Association put together this 26th edition of the event, reports the daily Cumhuriyet.

  After Ankara, the Festival on Wheels went to Turkey's Black Sea city of Sinop on December 3.

  Between December 6 and 8, it will be in the Anatolian city of Kastamonu.

  In the Ankara leg, the festival screened award-winning productions. In conversations after film screenings, film staff answered questions from the audience.

  On the November 26 screening "Between Two Dawns," which is part of the Turkey 2021 section of the Mobile Festival, director Selman Nacar and one of the actors, Kibar Erden, were present.

  Read more >> here <<


★ According tothe daily Cumhuriyet, The second Retro Avant-Garde Film Festival will be simultaneously in three countries. Venice, Cairo, and New York will host it.

  The jury will be awarding Turkish women director Sevgi Hirschhäuser's film "Toprak" 42 awards.


★ Known as the French diva of soul music, Imany be at a concert on December 8 at Istanbul's Zorlu PSM Turkcell Stage, reports the daily Cumhuriyet.

  Imany conquered the hearts of music lovers with her 2011 debut album "The Shape of a Broken Heart" released in 2011. The album was certified platinum in many countries and won many awards.

  After the successful album, Imany gave more than 400 concerts. With the song "You Will Never Know," remembered in Turkey and the world, she recorded and released her second album: "The Wrong Kind of War" last year with the team from the first album.

  Underlining that she also likes to play in Turkey, the artist said, "Turkish fans are very generous and loyal to me." She added that she could not wait to go back to Turkey.


★ According tothe daily Cumhuriyet, Cihat Aşkın, an internationally renowned Turkish violinist, is a composer, interpreter, and educator, who made an extraordinary contribution to the recognition, adoption, and development of polyphonic music in Turkey.

  Aşkın will receive the Sevda-Cenap And Music Endowment award on December 6 to honor Cevza And Başman.

  December 6 is the day Cevza And Başman passed away in 1988. She was one of the founders of the foundation.

  The awards ceremony will take place on December 6 at the Blue Hall of the Presidential Symphony Orchestra building. It will continue with a concert in which Cihat Aşkın will participate.


★ At Izmir's Ayasuluk Hill, an area that had excavations for the past 100 years, archaeologists found a wall dating back to the rule of Roman Emperor Theodosius the Great.

  The excavations are taking place at the remains of the third-century Basilica of St. John. Earthquakes in the sixth century damaged the basilica. During the rule of Emperor Justinian, Eastern Romans repaired and expanded it.

  Constructed during a significant building program which included the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul and the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo in Ravenna in northern Italy, the basilica became one of the wonders of the medieval world.

  The Ayasuluk Hill is part of the Ephesus UNESCO world heritage site. The earliest archaeological remains at the site date to the Hittite era of the second millennium BCE.


★ In the Bornova district in Turkey's Western province of Izmir, archaeologists have been excavating the mounds of Yeşilova and Yassıtepe. The latest finds indicate that the history in the district goes back 8500 years. Archaeologists identified nine villages on top of each other.

  Many shells of mussels and fish remains indicate that the residents of the villages consumed large amounts of sea products.

  The most significant find this year is a 5000-year-old small statue that indicates trade between the area and Greek Cyclades islands.


★ Excavations in Turkey's Eastern province of Adıyaman, archaeologists discovered a 1600-year-old weaving workshop. The excavations have been taking place at the ruins of the Perrhe ancient since 2001.

  In addition, archaeologists also found a Roman fountain, large blocks of stones, water canals, and various other architectural structures. In one of the structures, archaeologists discovered nails that held a wooden door together. Dated back to 500 years ago, they give a clue to the size of the door: 6' x 4'. The structure also revealed a round clay oven.

  Milling stones found at the site are similar to those found in Pompeii Italy, thousands of miles away.


★ Archaeologists found a 1600-year-old flute made of bone and a bronze ring with a key at excavations at the 3000-year-old Zerzevan fortress in Turkey's southeastern province of Diyarbakir.

  During the rule of the area, Roman used the fortress as a military garrison.


★ Excavations at the ruins of Prusias ad Hypium city in Northwestern Turkey's Düzce district revealed the partial head of a statue.

  Six archaeologists with 60 support staff are conducting the excavations. Currently, the dig is taking place at the city theater. Archaeologists are working on finding the remaining parts of the statue.

★ The restoration of the Prince's Mansion in Turkey's Diyarbakir province is continuing. The local museum and archaeologists are supervising it
  The restoration revealed earthenware water pipes and the remains of a water well in three different places. The objects date back to the 16th century.

★ Other headlines in the arts and culture:

  - Istanbul's FolkArt Gallery opened its 2021-2022 season with an exhibition of renowned Turkish painter İbrahim Çallı. Çallı, who lived between 1882 and 1960, was an impressionist. The exhibition will feature ATL his paintings.

  - Turkey's Black Sea city of Samsun residents viewed a staging of Beethoven's Fidelio on November 27 and 29. The only Opera of the great master was stage by the Samsun State Opera and Ballet.

  - "Breaking the Shell," a film directed and written by Barış İnce, received a special screening session on November 24 At the French Cultural Center in Izmir. It was part of the Izmir Short Film Festival. The film tells the story of the integration of migrants from the southeastern province of Mardin and refugees from Crete in Izmir's Kadifekale neighborhood. The film shows how sharing food culture, specifically stuffed mussels, facilitated the integration.

  - Internationally renowned Turkish pianist Idil Biret celebrated her 80th birthday at Süreyya Opera House of Kadıköy municipality. Idil Biret has been playing the piano for the past 76 years.

  As part of the celebration, her student Austrian pianist Ingolf Wunder performed.

  Russian counsel general to Istanbul Andrey Buravov decorated Idil Biret with a medal from Russia.

  - On Saturday evening, the Yorglass Peace Children's Symphony Orchestra gave a concert under the direction of the world-renowned Howard Griffiths.

  The concert took place at Ahmed Adnan Saygun Arts Center in Turkey's Aegean city of Izmir. The orchestra is for allowing underprivileged children a musical education. It is fashioned after the "El Sistema" model developed by Venezuelan José Antonio Abreu to give musical education to children in high crime areas and take them off the streets. The Turkish orchestra has 130 children, up from an initial 45.

  - The South African embassy in the Turkish capital Ankara has an exhibition on Nelson Mandela. The ambassadors of Ghana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cuba, and diplomatic representatives from other nations attended the opening ceremony. The exhibition will continue until December 15 at the Zülfü Livaneli Cultural Center. The mayoralties of the Ankara metropolitan area and Çankaya have assisted the South African embassy.

EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 13.70


High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather


Edited by Ertuğrul Korkmaz

★ German women's soccer team defeated Turkey's in Germany 8-0 on November 26.

★ In the Euroleague basketball competitions:

Anadolu Efes - Monaco 98-77    November 19
Zalgris -Fenerbahçe 86-75          November 19
Fenerbahçe-Anadolu Efes 84-89 November 25
Fenerbahçe-Monaco 96-86         December 2
Anadolu Efes-Barcelona 93-95    December 3

★ Soccer, Premier League:

Ranking for top10:

1 - Trabzon 36
2 - Konya 26
3 - Hatay 26
4 - Fenerbahçe 24
5 - Alanya 24
6 - Başakşehir 22
7 - Karagümrük 22
8 - G. Saray 22
9 - Adana 20
10 - Beşiktaş 20


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