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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 26 March 2022
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★ Turkey on Saturday reopened the Bosporus straight to traffic after briefly closing it due to a suspected mine.
An underwater security team examined the object. It turned out to be an old mine, and the security team neutralized it, said Turkey's National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar.
Commenting on rumors that underwater mines laid by Ukraine to deter Russian attacks in the ongoing war might drift across the Black Sea, Akar said they notified both Russians and Ukrainians and that coordination was ongoing.
★ The British magazine Spectator writer Owen Matthews wrote that both sides were after Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's loyalty in the Ukraine-Russia conflict.
Matthews writes that Mr. Erdoğan has emerged as a powerbroker in the conflict.
He also said that the use by Ukraine of Turkey's Bayraktar TB to drones unexpectedly turned out to be the most effective weapons in the war, along with US-made and British weapons.
Mr. Erdoğan's son-in-law's company manufactured the drones.
Matthews also pointed out that Mr. Erdoğan has described himself as the only European leader to be friends of Vladimir Putin.
He also explained that Turkey's purchase of Russian-made S-400 missile defense systems triggered a crisis in NATO and between Turkey and the U. S. Later, the U. S. imposed sanctions on Turkey and removed Turkey from the advanced F 35 stealth fighter program. Turkey was supposed to purchase 100 of these state-of-the-art jets.
Read Owen Matthews article >> here <<
Turkeys Antalya city on the Mediterranean
★ British Magazine The Economist reported that Istanbul became the preferred destination for thousands of Russians fleeing their country due to the war in Ukraine.
At least 14,000 Russians moved to Turkey since the beginning of the conflict.
Turkey has not closed its airspace to Russian commercial flights, and Russians can travel to Turkey visa-free, making it easier for them to go to Turkey.
The Economist writes that this is reminiscent of the 1920s when White Russians escaped the Bolsheviks in large numbers, and some ended up choosing Istanbul as their destination.
Also, Turkish daily Duvar reported that both Ukrainians and Russians are flocking to Turkey's Mediterranean resort province of Antalya to buy or rent houses. The housing market in Antalya is seeing a sevenfold boom in demand, and prices have surged threefold.
Antalya is not alone in the surge: Istanbul, Izmir, Ankara, and Bursa are following the Mediterranean province as destinations for the Ukrainian and Russians, the daily Duvar adds.
According to the Turkish Statistical Institute, Russians became the third-largest number of foreign buyers of houses, and Ukrainians now ranked eighth. Real estate experts expect a surge in March.
Antalya Trade and Industry Chamber chairman Davut Çetin said that a declining Turkish currency is also a factor in luring the Ukrainians and Russians.
Read more >> here <<
★ According to a recent survey by Turkey's polling agency ORC, the ruling alliance between President Erdoğan's Justice and Development Party and the ultranationalist National Action Party could only get 16% support from Turkey's Gen Z. The opposition alliance could get 44% for the same group.
Gen Z includes anybody born after 1996
ORC surveyed 2650 people in 51 provinces of Turkey.
★ The Committee to Protect Journalists asked the Turkish government to investigate threats against Turkish journalist Altan Sancar.
Sancar announced on Twitter on Tuesday that while visiting his family in Turkey's southeastern city of Diyarbakır, three men with guns stopped him. The three threatened him but let him go eventually. The man used a Turkish expression to indicate that he was gone beyond the limit.
Sancar covers the Turkish capital and politics in his reporting as an independent journalist.
The Committee to Protect Journalists asked for his safety.
★ According to the Turkish daily Duvar, three Iranian migrants facing deportation from Turkey after attending a women's rights protest have applied to the United Nations for help.
The lawyer for the three will take the case of the Iranians to the United Nations working group on arbitrary detentions group, citing violations of freedom of expression and attendance in a peaceful protest.
The Turkish government is accusing them of attending a banned press conference and posing a national security threat.
Iranians deported from Turkey face harsh sentences. The Iranian authorities sentenced two deported in 2020 to death.
★ According to a draft report by the Council of Europe, Turkey fails to uphold basic democratic norms.
The broad definition of terrorism by the Turkish authorities led to charges against local officials for minor actions or political expression and violated the basic standards of democracy, the report wrote.
The report also said that government actions also provoke tensions and conflicts.
After the 2019 local elections, Turkey's Interior Ministry removed dozens of mayors from office, who got elected from the pro-Kurdish Democratic People's party ticket.
Turkey is facing suspension from the Council of Europe for its detention of Osman Kavala, a politically active businessman, and philanthropist. He has been held in jail since 2017 without a conviction. The European Court of Human Rights ruled that Turkish authorities should release him. However, Turkey refused to abide by the court's ruling.
★ According to Bianet, Istanbul Metropolitan Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu accused Mr. Erdoğan's Justice and Development Party administration of seeking to bankrupt the public transport and water companies by not allowing price hikes to offset inflation.
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality is seeking a 50% increase in public transportation fares. Mayor İmamoğlu said fuel prices increased 120% over the past few months.
He also said that the electricity now costs 300% more.
★ According to the Anatolia News Agency, Turkey's president Erdoğan said that his government is trying to ensure that the weight of inflation does not crush the Turks. Mr. Erdoğan was inaugurating a new airport in the Tokat province.
The official Turkish inflation rate in February was 54%. However, independent experts put it over 100%. Economists blame the soaring costs on Mr. Erdoğan's wrong policies.
★ Turkish red meat prices went up 50% recently after a decree by the Meat and Milk Board reports the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet. Except for three countries, the government also banned the export of red meat to stabilize the prices.
One pound of ground beef has now reached $2.5 and stew meat $2.8. According to the BBC Turkish service, meat prices will go further up by 30% over the next few months.
★ According to the Turkish daily Dünya, Turkey's competition board started an investigation into five chain stores and 15 suppliers for possible price-fixing.
Last year, the justice and development party-led administration fined the five chains $182 million for breaking competition laws.
★ According to a survey by Turkey's central bank, the industrial confidence index fell to 108.5 in March, the lowest level since a currency crisis peaked in December.
Also, the Turkish Statistical Institute reported that confidence among companies in the retail, services, and construction industries fell in March.
In February it was 119.8, in March it is 116. In the construction industry, it was down to 81 from 82.7. A figure less than 100 reflects pessimism.
ARTS AND CULTURE
Edited by Saadet Ejder
★ In an event, leading names of the gastronomy industry in Turkey shared their experiences with students, reports Faruk Şüyün of the Turkish daily Dünya.
The event took place with 5 thousand students from 67 universities. Two metropolitan mayors, 83 academicians, gastronomy, and cookery students shared their experiences in the sessions organized under 17 different categories.
The event aims to bring a different perspective to the industry. Many local and foreign brands supported the event and participated in its forums.
Big Chefs Kitchens Coordinator and Culinary Forum Organizer Murat Aslan said the following about the event:
"We guided more than 20 thousand gastronomy students in their careers through interviews with 'National Cooking Camp' and 'Diary of a Chef.' These are social responsibility projects in the field of gastronomy. We are happy to bring together the young generation with a huge staff that examines the gastronomy sector from all aspects."
Big Chefs Kitchens is a chain of restaurants in Turkey.
★ A work of art titled "The Voice of SAYA" became the award-winning work to the tune of 1 million liras in the IGART competition.
The IGART Art Projects Competition has the highest award in Turkey in culture and arts. The competition for this year just ended.
IGART gathers the cultural and artistic events at IGA Istanbul Airport under one roof. It continues to operate under the leadership of painter and Academician Dr. Hüsamettin Koçan with the participation of members from fields of architecture and art.
IGART organizes its contests to support young artists. Turkish and foreign young artists under 35 participated in the competition this year with 221 projects. The winner was Betül Kotil with her work "The Voice of SAYA."
Kadri Samsunlu, CEO of IGA Istanbul Airport, said:
"We host thousands of people every day at Istanbul Airport, and we care about turning these visits into an experience. We are happy to be able to integrate the airport with art so much and to offer sustainable support that opens up new spaces for artists."
★ This year, the winner of the Selçuk Yaşar Award was Eren Bali, the founder of Udemy and Carbon Health initiatives. The two enterprises contributed to the recognition of Turkey. The Selçuk Yaşar Award aims to announce to Turkey the achievements of people who seek innovation, social benefit, and Turkey of the future.
Yaşar University President Prof. Dr. Cemali Dinçer said: "We took steps years ago by seeing digital transformation a necessity in education. We continued our activities with the distance education during the pandemic and successfully carried out the process."
In his speech, Yaşar Holding Chairman of the Board of Directors, Feyhan Yaşar, said: "We aim to crown our activities with knowledge and wisdom. We aim to contribute to social welfare through sustainable work. Our excitement and greatest strengths are innovation and technology."
The founders of the award named it after the founder of Yaşar holding. Yaşar Holding, initially known for its DYO paint products, is now a conglomerate that owns companies in many sectors.
The holding also established the Yaşar University, located in Turkey's Aegean Sea metropolis of Izmir. It has seven schools teaching law to engineering.
★ This month, renowned Turkish poet Orhan Veli's poems are at a concert where unforgettable works of Turkish literature meet with music.
The concert titled "One Day I will Get My Head out" started meeting with art lovers on the YouTube channel of İş Sanat on Monday, March 21.
Orhan Veli's poems deal with the love of people and nature. Atilla
Birkiye arranged the concerts and Mehmet Birkiye adapted it to the stage.
Read some og Orhan Veli's poetry >> here <<
Orhan Veli's poetry is also available in translation in many languages, including English.
Serdar Yalçın composed the music for the poetry. Deniz Erdoğan Likos (soprano), Zafer Erdaş (bass), Ferhat Ferat (guitar), Engin Gürkey (percussion), Kubilay Sezerel (keyboards), and Yiğit Şen (double bass) sang and performed.
The recording of the concert is available on YouTube at >> here <<
More about Orhan Veli is >> here <<
★ Turkish Publishers Association gave its 2021 Freedom of Thought and Expression Awards to
İthaki Publishing Group and author Gülşen İşeri.
In his opening speech, Kenan Kocatürk, President of the Turkish Publishers Association, said that the problems Turkish publishers struggled with were the obstacles to freedom of thought and the prohibitions against freedom of publishing.
Ithaki Publications Editor-in-Chief Alican Saygı Ortanca and Foreign Publications Editor-in-Chief Ece Çavuşlu received the award from Nalan Çelik, Deputy Chairman of the Writers' Union of Turkey, and Saniye Yurdakul, Deputy Mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality.
In their speeches, Alican Saygı Ortanca and Ece Çavuşlu emphasized that they did not feel alone with the award they received and that they were in favor of egalitarian and inclusive publishing.
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★ According to TRT, celebrating its 41st anniversary this year, the long-running film festival returns to theaters after a two-year absence due to the pandemic.
Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts is organizing the 41st edition of the Istanbul Film Festival. Unlike the previous two years when screenings moved online, this year, the festival will be back in the theaters.
The festival will take place in seven theaters: Atlas 1948, Beyoğlu Sineması, Pera Museum Auditorium in Beyoğlu, CineWAM Premium+ City's (Salon 3 and Salon 7) in Nişantaşı, and Kadıköy Sinemasi and Kadıköy Belediyesi Sinematek/Sinema Evi in Kadıköy.
The festival will begin on April 8 and continue through to April 19, 2022. Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts will screen 135 features and 22 shorts by 164 directors from 43 countries.
Asked if there would be films from Russia during a news conference, festival director Kerem Ayan said that there would be. "Besides, the Russian directors whose films we're screening are also against war. We are also showing Ukrainian films, and we believe in the unifying power of art," he said to subdued applause.
★ Turkish serialized drama won awards in the UK, reports the TRT.
Kemal Tekden, The producer of the "Resurrection Ertuğrul," received the Best producer award and RGB production, owned by producer Ümit Sönmez, the "organization" award.
Engin Altan Düzyatan, the main character in the drama, won the best actor award. The British life and fashion magazine SleekAsian organized a dinner on Sunday for the Ertuğrul star.
Often described as the Turkish Game of Thrones, the series is woven around 13th century Anatolia and tells the story before the establishment of the Ottoman Empire.
It illustrates the struggle of Ertuğrul Gazi, father of the Ottoman Empire's founder.
★ The Chief Public Prosecutor's Office in Turkey's western province of Aydın has issued an arrest warrant for 37 people for their alleged involvement in the smuggling of historical artifacts, the daily Duvar reported.
As part of the investigation, the police on March 21 carried out simultaneous operations in 11 provinces of Turkey.
The detained included Aydın Archaeology Museum Director Abdülbari Yıldız and some of the museum staff, and two police officers. The police are looking out for the other three suspects.
The police also seized a marble statue, believed to be from the 18th century, during the operation. They will hand it over to the Aydın Museum Directorate for examination.
EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 14.83
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey : 52/27 Partly Cloudy
Antalya, on the Mediterranean : 72/48 Partly Cloudy
Erzurum, in Eastern Turkey : 36/12 Partly Cloudy
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey : 57/39 Partly Cloudy
Izmir, on the Aegean : 66/41 Mostly Sunny
Trabzon, on the Black Sea : 54/41 Partly Cloudy
Snow depths at skiing locations:
Erciyes in Kayseri, Central Turkey : 55 inches
Ilgaz in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey: 47 inches
Kartalkaya in Bolu, Western Turkey : 119 inches
Palandöken in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey : 77 inches
Saklıkent in Antalya, Southern Turkey : 13 inches
Uludağ in Bursa, Western Turkey : 68 inches
Sarıkamış in Kars, Eastern Turkey : 57 inches
Edited by Ertuğrul Korkmaz
★ In the U22 boxing championships in Croatia, Turkish boxers received in men's two gold, four bronze, and in women's two gold, one silver, one bronze medals.
★ In the CEV Volleyball 2022 cup finals, Turkey's Eczacıbaşı beat Germany's Stuttgart 3-1 in both games and became the champion.
★ In the 31st-week games in the Euroleague Basketball Championships:
Turkey's Anatolia Efes beat Spain's Real Madrid 93-90.
Spain's Baskonia beat Turkey's Fenerbahçe 77-62
In the 32nd-week games:
Spain's Barcelona beat Turkey's Fenerbahçe 88-67
Italy's Olimpia Milano beat Anadolu Efes 77-83
★ In the FIFA World Cup elimination games on March 24, the Portuguese national team defeated their Turkish rival 3 to 1. The game took place in Portugal.
★ In the FIFA World Cup elimination games, on Thursday, March 24, Portugal defeated Turkish national team 3 to 1 in a game played in Portugal.
* Results for week: 30
K.gümrük - Kayseri 3 - 0
Rize - Trabzon 3 - 2
Göztepe - Alanya 0 - 2
Malatya - Kasımpaşa 0 - 2
Beşiktaş - Hatay 1 - 1
Adana - Başakşehir 2 - 1
Sivas - Altay 2 - 1
Fenerbahçe - Konya 2 - 1
Antalya - Giresun 4 - 1
G. Antep - G. Saray 3 - 1
* Standing in the league as of week ending 30
1 - Trabzon 70
2 - Konya 55
3 - Fenerbahçe 53
4 - Alanya 49
5 - Adana 48
6 - Başakşehir 47
7 - Hatay 47
8 - Beşiktaş 46
9 - K.gümrük 43
10 - Antalya 41
11 - Sivas 40
12 - G. Antep 40
13 - Kasımpaşa 38
14 - Kayseri 38
15 - G. Saray 38
16 - Giresun 35
17 - Altay 29
18 - Göztepe 27
19 - Rize 26
20 - Malatya 20
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