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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 08 January 2022

[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 08 January 2022]

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★ Liz Cookman wrote in the Foreign Policy magazine that in 2022, a dismal economy, climate disasters, and political headaches are likely to persist in Turkey.

  Ms. Cookman points out that for Turkey 2021 was a year marked by its plummeting currency, soaring inflation, and destructive climate change events.

  She also writes that the terrible year has fueled the steady erosion of confidence in Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's leadership. She blames the economic woes of Turkey to Mr. Erdoğan's meddling in Turkey's central bank.

  She says that economic troubles made the Turkish president mend ties ways with nations that were old foes.

  Ms. Cookman adds that few Mediterranean countries have been hit harder by climate change than Turkey, yet the government has to make any specific moves to protect the environment from further damage.

  Liz Cookman is a freelance journalist based in Istanbul covering Turkey, Syria, and the wider Middle East.

  You can access the link to the full article in the transcription of our news

  Read more >> here <<

★ Time Magazine published a list of ten risks for the world in 2022. Among the ten risks is the situation in Turkey. Here is what Time said about why Turkey poses a risk:

  "President Erdoğan will drag Turkey's economy and international standing to new lows in 2022 as he tries to reverse his plunging poll numbers ahead of elections in 2023.

  "Unemployment and inflation are high, and the lira is weaker and more volatile, but Erdoğan has rejected orthodox economic management.

  "His foreign policy will grow more combative this year to distract voters from the economic crisis. Select the daily to why "In the unlikely event of early elections in 2022, all these risks will be exacerbated"

  You can access their link to the full article in the transcription of our news. Read more >> here <<

★ Dorian Jones of the Voice of America reported from a Istanbul on January 4 that Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has vowed to create what he described as "a pious generation" of young Turkish nationalists that would be loyal to traditional Islamic values.

  But political analysts say winning the votes of young people could be his biggest challenge ahead of elections in 2023.

  Read more >> here <<

★ According to the Turkish daily Duvar, the Turkish government has changed the conditions for foreigners to acquire Turkish citizenship.

  According to the new regulation issued in the Official Gazette on January 6 one must invest at least $500,000 or purchase a real estate worth $250,000 or more to obtain Turkish citizenship through investment.

  The regulation also mandates that the money must remain in the country for a minimum of three years, and eliminates the option of investing in Turkish lira equivalent.

★ Last week we told you that Turkish scientists developed a vaccine for COVID-19 and named it Turkovac. The Turkish Medicines and Medical Devices Agency has approved the use of the vaccine.

  This week, Dr. Vedat Bulut, the Turkish Medical Association Secretary General, has said that the vaccine has been insufficiently researched and thus cannot qualify as an effective vaccine.

★ The daily Duvar correspondent Aynur Tekin reports that brain-drain from Turkey has increased due to domestic turmoil.

  As a result of sky-high inflation and cost of living in Turkey, along with political and economic strife, highly-educated workers in Turkey are fleeing for Germany. Many find it difficult to see a path back home,

★ On January 7, a Turkish court released Boğaziçi University students Berke Gök and Caner Perit Özen. They were jailed in October for attending protests against the government-appointed president to the university.

  The court ruled to place the two students under judicial control.

  During the hearing on January 7, Özen said that his imprisonment was "political" and had a purpose of "intimidation."

  After the appointment of Prof. Dr. Melih Bulu as the president by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in January 2020, the university's students launched a protest demanding his resignation.

  Following months-long protest, Dr. Bulu was eventually dismissed from his duty by Erdoğan in July. A month later in August, again via a presidential decree, it was Prof. Naci İnci who assumed duty as the president of the prestigious institution despite the high disapproval rates he received on polls held among the community.

  Students and academics at the university would like to choose a president with an election.


★ A Turkish court has ordered the state to pay compensation to four members of the Academics for Peace. The members of the group have been dismissed from their university jobs through statutory decrees after signing a 2016 petition named "We will not be a party to this crime!" the daily Duvar reported.

  The ruling Justice and Development Party administration considered signing the petition a propaganda for a terrorist organization. Over 1,000 academics signed the petition to urge the government to cease its military operations in the country's Kurdish majority southeast, where days-long curfews and military conflict devastated locals.

  Read more >> here <<

★ According to Deutsche Welle, major energy price hikes are causing frustration in the new year for the Turks.

  Critics of President Erdoğan's government have taken to social media to express outrage over the latest blow to the Turkish economy.

  The higher costs, announced shortly before midnight on New Year's Eve, will also extend to higher prices for gasoline, bridge tolls and car insurance.

  According to Turkey's Energy Market Regulatory Authority, electricity costs will rise 50% for households in 2022 and 125% for businesses. The government agency blamed higher global energy prices.

  Read more >> here <<

★ Turkey saw consumer prices jumping 13.6% in a single month, from November to December last year, according to official statistics published on Monday, reports the Deutsche Welle.

  This translates to an annual inflation rate of 36%. Authorities also said food prices rose 44% in 2021.

  Independent experts say that the actual figures are much higher. Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality calculated the inflation rate to be 50% recently.

  Many blame the president for the skyrocketing prices. Turkey has been struggling to prop up the lira's value for several years. However, the crisis has escalated since September, when Erdoğan pushed the central bank to start cutting interest rates.

★ With over 15 million, Istanbul is the largest metropolitan area in Turkey. With numerous industries and millions of cars, air pollution is a major issue.

  Anatolia News Agency reports that in the early days in 2020 with COVID-19 lock downs, the pollution went down. However, in 2021 with lockdown is eased, the pollution went up again and stayed the same throughout the year.

  There are several stations that the measure the pollution in Istanbul. The highest pollution rate measure it is at Sultangazi district, four times higher than World Health Organization limits.

  The particulate matters with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometers may lead to premature deaths by infiltrating deep into lungs. the nitrogen dioxide emitted from cars, trucks and coal-fired power plants and the ozone level on earth may


Edited by Saadet Ejder and Selin Aydınlı


★ The International Organization of Turkish Culture has chosen Bursa city as the 2022 Turkish World Capital of Culture. Bursa has a history of 8,500 years.

  The culture ministries of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan established the International Organization of Turkish Culture in 1933. The goal of the organization is to transfer Turkish culture to future generations. It now has 14 member countries.

  Bursa city and the province with the same name are in an important geopolitical region. The historical Spice and Silk rodes pass through the city.

  Bursa is also a region famous for its natural beauties, summer and winter tourism. The city is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

  The city was also elected to the Presidency of the Turkish Healthy Cities Association. Turkey's and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy said that these developments are a great opportunity for Bursa.

★ One of the ways to get rid of the depression caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has been turning our lives upside down for two years, is to devote ourselves to art, writes Faruk Şüyün, the arts editor of Turkish daily Dünya. Turkish artist Dilek Uzunoğlu Örs chose this path and returned to painting after some years of hiatus.

  The artist's paintings will be available for artlovers at St. Anthony Church in Beyoglu, Istanbul in February, at ArtAnkara in March, and at Artcontact in Istanbul in May.

  "It felt good to transfer my ever-changing feelings to the canvas. I believe that in my exhibition, visitors will witness the outbursts of emotions I experienced during the pandemic and maybe find pieces of themselves," Ms. Örs said about her paintings.


★ According to the World Olive Encyclopedia published by the International Olive Oil Council, olive cultivation, which gave life to the Mediterranean basin for thousands of years, started in Anatolia 6,000 years ago, reports Faruk Şüyün of daily Dünya. Anatolia is the main Asiatic part of Turkey.

  Oylum Mound, where archaeologists found 4,500-year-old olive pits, is within the borders of Turkey's southeastern province of Kilis. Thousands of years of unique flavors of olive oil is still one of the most important products of the province today.

  Recently, the Office of the Kilis governor held an olive oil promotion event with the slogan "We are Tasting the Harvest" at Sura Hotel's Galeyan Restaurant.

  The guests tasted olive oils of different Kilis companies and food from the cuisine of the province at the event. Kilis-born chef and writer Yunus Emre Akkor prepared the menu dubbed "A Praise to Kilis Cuisine."

  Kilis olive oil returned with gold medals from the Berlin Global Olive Oil Awards in 2020 and the San Remo Masters of Olive Oil 2020 International Olive Oil Competition.

★ İş Sanat made a quick start to the new year with Fatih Erkoç's jazz concert. One of the few jazz musicians in Turkey, Fatih Erkoç has made a name for himself in Turkish pop music with his album "My Hands are Empty."

  He shared the stage on January 6 with Selen Beytekin and Istanbul Superband under the direction of conductor Aycan Teztel.

  The January schedule at İş Sanat is as follows:

  Concerts with Audience:

  January 6: Fatih Erkoç, Istanbul Superband, Aycan Teztel, conductor, Selen Beytekin, vocals.

  January 28: Kenan Doğulu and Lahza, Cenk Erdoğan, Mehmet İkiz.

  Online Events:

  January 2, January 9, January 16, and January 30: There is Theater on My Desk

  January 13: Fatih Erkoç, Istanbul Superband, Aycan Teztel, conductor, Selen Beytekin, vocals.

  January 17: "A Bird with One Wing", Yaşar Kemal Story Concert, Text Prepared by Atilla Birkiye, Music Director: Serdar Yalçın, Performed by Mehmet Birkiye, Narrator of the Story: Tilbe Saran, Metin Belgin, Bülent Emin Yarar, Hakan Truth, Baglama: Cengiz Özkan.

  January 20: Milli Re Chamber Orchestra, Hakan Şensoy, conductor, Orçun Civelek, clarinet, Cem Sevgi, trumpet.

★ Deutsche Welle reports that Turkish serialized TV dramas are breaking ratings records all over the world, from Pakistan to Chile.

  Deutsche Welle on Saturday published a video of their talks with two actors, producers, and fans to find out what makes them so successful.

  There are some critics though. They point out that the government-backed productions falsify history to serve the ruling Justice and Development Party objectives. The dramas such as Ertuğrul and the last emperor glorify the Ottoman Empire and Islam while defaming religious minorities and undermining democracy.

  Turkey is currently the second biggest exporter of films after Hollywood. In the next two years, their sales is expected to reach over $1 billion.

  Read more >> here <<


★ According to Associated Press, Christians around the world on Thursday marked Epiphany, known as Three Kings Day for Catholics and the Baptism of Christ for the Orthodox, with a series of celebrations.

  In Istanbul, the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, held an Epiphany Mass before leading a traditional Blessing of the Waters ceremony during which swimmers competed to retrieve a floating cross thrown into the sea.

  Bartholomew, who recently recovered from COVID-19 and underwent heart surgery in November, threw a wooden cross into the Golden Horn, before 10 men jumped into the waterway to retrieve it. Members of Istanbul's small Greek Orthodox community, wearing masks, looked on.

  This year, the cross was recovered by 36-year-old Galip Yavuz, who said it was his fifth attempt at retrieving it.

  Bartholomew is considered first among equals among Orthodox patriarchs, although only a few thousand Greeks now live in Turkey. He also directly controls several Greek Orthodox churches around the world, including the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.


★ Speaking of Orthodox Church, the world's only church made of prefabricated cast iron turned 124 years old, reports the TRT.

  The Bulgarian St. Stephen Church is in Istanbul. It remains under the auspices of the Bulgarian Exarchate Orthodox Churches Foundation. It continues to be one of the most prominent symbols of the Bulgarian Orthodox faith.

  The iron frame oxidized and started to decay over time. Restoration efforts started in 2011 to protect and save this structure.

  After renovations, the church reopened on January 7, 2018, with a ceremony attended by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the former Bulgarian prime minister Boyko Borisov.

EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 13.87

High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey        : 54/43 Showers
Antalya, on the Mediterranean    : 57/54 Showers
Erzurum, in Eastern Turkey       : 30/10 Partly Cloudy
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey : 57/48 Showers
Izmir, on the Aegean             : 61/52 Showers
Trabzon, on the Black Sea        : 61/48 Partly Cloudy


Edited by Ertuğrul Korkmaz


Premier League

* Results for week: 19
Trabzon         -      Başakşehir     0 - 0
G. Saray        -      Antalya        2 - 0
Kasımpaşa       -      Altay          2 - 0
Giresun         -      Hatay          0 - 1
Alanya          -      K.gümrük       1 - 1
Göztepe         -      Adana          1 - 1
Rize            -      G. Antep       0 - 1
Fenerbahçe      -      Malatya        2 - 0
Kayseri         -      Sivas          3 - 0
Konya           -      Beşiktaş       1 - 0
* In games played so far this weekend:
Trabzon         -      Malatya        1 - 0
Alanya          -      Başakşehir     1 - 1
Kasımpaşa       -      Hatay          3 - 1
G. Antep        -      K.gümrük       3 - 1
G. Saray        -      Giresun        0 - 1
Konya           -      Sivas          -
Kayseri         -      Altay          -
Rize            -      Beşiktaş       -
Göztepe         -      Antalya        -
Fenerbahçe      -      Adana          -

* Standing in the league as of week ending 19
 1 - Trabzon         46
 2 - Konya           39
 3 - Başakşehir      33
 4 - Fenerbahçe      32
 5 - Hatay           32
 6 - Adana           30
 7 - Beşiktaş        28
 8 - Alanya          28
 9 - G. Antep        28
10 - G. Saray        27
11 - K.gümrük        27
12 - Sivas           26
13 - Kayseri         24
14 - Giresun         22
15 - Antalya         22
16 - Altay           18
17 - Rize            17
18 - Kasımpaşa       15
19 - Göztepe         15
20 - Malatya         15
★ In the Euroleague Basketball Championships:

★ Russia's Kazan - Turkey's Anadolu Efes 75-67

  The Fenerbahce - Serbia's Red Star match deferred to a future date due to COVID.


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