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★ On Friday, an unidentified Turkish official said that Russia complained to Turkey about UAV sales to Ukraine, Reuters reported. The official said they told the Russians that a private company manufactures and sells the UAVs.
The private company that manufactures the UAVs is Baykar. Selçuk Bayraktar, the Chief Technical Officer of the company, is married to the daughter of the Turkish president.
As we reported to you in the previous weeks, Baykar's UAVs have been very successful in the Russian-Ukrainian war.
In related news, CNN carried a video with the headline "Turkish drone is so effective, Ukrainian troops are singing about it."
CNN added that the UAVs play a key role in Ukraine's counter-offensives against Russia's invasion. The CNN video showed Jomana Karadsheh visiting the Baykar facilities in Istanbul and interviewing Selçuk Bayraktar. Read more >> here <<
One more piece of news about the Turkish UAVs: according to the publication The Eurasian Times, the U. S. Defense Department announced its latest assistance package for Ukraine this week. Top on the list of items in this assistance package is a "laser-guided rocket system" that can further bolster Ukraine's fleet of Bayraktar TB2 drones.
★ According to the Wall Street Journal, wealthy Russians are buying as many as four condominiums at a time in Turkey to gain Turkish citizenship.
A real estate agent told Reuters that her company sells 7 to 8 units to Russians every day. Russians pay in cash or gold, the agent added.
Foreigners who buy real estate worth $250,000 can be Turkish citizens.
Turkish foreign affairs minister also said that oligarchs are welcome to invest in Turkey legally.
Some oligarchs are also anchoring their yachts in Turkish waters to prevent them from being confiscated. The oligarchs used to favor waters like France and Britain until Britain impounded some of their vessels.
★ According to the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR, more than 68,000 people have fled to Turkey from Ukraine. Speaking to the state-run Anatolia News Agency at a recent event in Turkey's central Konya province, Philippe Leclerc said that the UNHCR was dealing with the "ever-rising number of refugees" worldwide.
★ According to the Voice of America, Turkish military dive teams this week safely diffused their third floating naval mine in Turkish waters since March 26. Maritime experts said the explosives still threaten Istanbul's Bosporus straight.
On March 19, Russia's FSB intelligence service said 420 naval mines were drifting freely in the Black Sea after breaking loose in a storm. FSB said
Ukrainian forces set the mines, but Ukrainian authorities dismissed that accusation as disinformation.
Turkey's defense minister said that Turkish mine hunting vessels and naval patrolling ships look for mines constantly.
Also, on Thursday, defense ministers of Turkey, Bulgaria, Georgia, Poland, Romania, and Ukraine met virtually at Turkey's request to discuss the threat.
★ According to the Turkish daily Duvar, Turkish, Italian, and British defense ministers discussed Ukraine in Istanbul on Saturday.
Turkish defense minister Akar held a press conference saying the group agreed that it would "continue to openly express our support for the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine."
"In addition to defense and security issues between our countries, we had the opportunity to exchange views on the latest developments in the world and our region, and cooperation in the defense industry and military education," Akar said
★ It is Ramadan, the month of fasting for the Moslems. In many parts of Turkey, it has lately become a tradition to hold large outdoors fast-breaking dinners called iftar.
When the ruling Justice and Development Party of President Erdoğan held the Istanbul Metropolitan mayoralty, it had iftar dinners in many parts of the metropolis, including the famous Sultan Ahmet Square.
Ekrem İmamoğlu, an opposition politician, now is the mayor after wresting away the position in a 2018 election. When Mr. İmamoğlu decided to have an iftar meal at the square, the Istanbul governor's office refused it, reported the daily Duvar.
The General Secretary of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality sent a letter to the governor's office to notify the Ramadan activities throughout the city. He identified seven places where iftar dinners will occur.
The governor's office referred the letter to the Culture and Tourism Ministry. The ministry said that Sultan Ahmet Square was a historic area and disapproved of the holding of dinner there.
★ The trial in Turkey of 26 Saudi nationals accused of the notorious murder of dissident Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul in 2018 has been halted, BBC reports.
A judge said Turkey would hand over the case to Saudi Arabia, which had refused to extradite the suspects.
Khashoggi's fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, said she would fight on.
Saudi agents killed the Washington Post journalist inside the Saudi consulate after luring him there. His murder by Saudi agents sparked worldwide outrage.
A Saudi court convicted eight unnamed people over the murder in 2019.
However, human rights campaigners have criticized the move as a whitewash.
Amnesty International's Turkey official Milena Büyüm said it was an "appalling and clearly political decision."
★ According to the Cincinnati Inquirer, three people from Turkey who live in the Cincinnati area face federal charges after officials say they conspired to bring illegal Turkish immigrants into the U.S. from Mexico.
Each faces up to 10 years in prison.
★ According to Reuters, Turkish women fight in court for a free HPV vaccine against cervical cancer.
A Turkish college student took the health authorities to court to get a refund for the vaccine and won. Following in her footsteps, other women have since filed a legal action to demand free access to vaccines against HPV.
★ Turkeys Statistical Institute announced on April 4 that the inflation in March rose to 61%, the highest in two decades. The domestic producer price index rose to 115%, reports the Turkish daily Duvar.
However, an independent research group disputes these numbers. ENAG Inflation Research Group said the annualized consumer price inflation rate was 143% in March.
Economists blame President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's unorthodox policies for the high inflation rate.
★ According to the Turkish daily Birgün, the Aegean Touristic Businesses and Accommodation Federation chair Mehmet İşler has said three million Ukrainian tourists would not come to Turkey if negotiations between Ukraine and Russia fail to reach a solution. He added that only 30 percent of Russians would arrive.
The COVID pandemic battered the Turkish tourism industry, once earning the country over $30 billion a year.
★ According to the produce markets, Turks buy vegetables and fruits in smaller quantities these days. The prices of everything went up significantly due to inflation, including foodstuff. However, economists point out that wages have not kept up with inflation.
The Turkish daily Duvar also reported that a survey conducted by MetroPoll Research Company asked Turks what they were doing to "get by" in deteriorating economic conditions.
Some 50 percent of survey participants said they decreased their meal quantities, while 32 percent were "occasionally going hungry," and 62 percent said they stopped eating meat.
★ According to the website travelagentcentral.com, Turkish Airlines is expanding its presence in the U. S., with Seattle, Washington set to become its 12th U. S. gateway when it launches service on May 27, 2022.
Turkish Airlines flies to 334 destinations in 128 countries.
★ According to the Voice of America reporter Behzod Muhammadiy, Istanbul businesses suffered heavy losses because of the Ukraine war. Once filled with Russian and Ukrainian shoppers, stores in Istanbul are now experiencing hard times because of the war. The conflict is also causing prices for food and fuel in Turkey to rise.
★ According to the website See News, Tarfin, a Turkish agricultural finance enterprise focused on helping farmers obtain essential inputs, launched operations in Romania, the company said on Thursday.
Tarfin's business model focuses on partnering with local distributors of agricultural inputs - fertilizers, seeds, feed, or equipment - and employs complex risk management models for farmers to purchase them they need with manageable payment terms, such as paying at harvest. In effect, distributors optimize their profits while farmers access the resources necessary for their crops.
Founded in 2017, Tarfin had initially facilitated the acquisition of inputs by small farmers across Turkey. According to the company, Tarfin has financed over $110 million of agricultural inputs to over 40,000 farmers from over 1,000 distributors.
ARTS AND CULTURE
Edited by Saadet Ejder
★ Turkish companies are contributing to educating people on the climate change crisis.
Kahve Dünyası, a Turkish chain café company similar to Starbucks and Pete's coffee here in the U.S., is the latest. Kahve Dünyası, translates as Coffee World. It is now home to the recent work by "No More Lies," a street artist that belongs to the nonprofit art platform Side Corner.
The work is on the sidewall of the café in Istanbul's Kabataş neighborhood. The wall consists of two parts and is 2800 ft.².
There is a forest on the wall, and the sun illuminates it. On the other side, a deer made of paper is burning. The title of the work is "Origami Deer."
The artist wants to draw attention to the forest fires we experienced last year. It highlights the plants and animals that died after the fires. She has many studies on topics such as sustainability and climate crisis.
Coffee World aims to host the projects of two different artists every year from the platform Side Corner.
And there is another project within the scope of sustainability. Kale Design and Art Center organized an exhibition titled "Global warning." In it, photographs of artist Murat Germen meet with art lovers
Germen watches the effects of global warming in the world's northern regions. He photographs his observations in places that include Norway, Svalbard Island, and Greenland. One of the subjects covered in the photographs is water rights.
Murat Germen said, "in these countries, people produce less and consume less because of the climate. This lifestyle brought simplicity and humility to the people."
Germen's exhibition will be on through April 30.
★ Bilgin Holding is hosting a new artistic work in the Akaretler neighborhood of Istanbul. This work is the 6th Edition of Artweeks@Akaretler.
Many artists and works in contemporary art will participate in the event.
The event will present special collections to art lovers.
Bilgin Holding CEO Sinan Temo said, "We are happy to organize this event for the 6th time."
Artweeks@Akaretler organizer Sahiba Kurtulmuş talked about new projects. She gave the news of a 10-day event with the NFT exhibition. Yıldız Holding will also have a special exhibit.
Bilgin Holding is a Turkish company in the energy sector, focusing on wind and hydro projects.
See a performace of the Dances of the Yogurt Maker
★ Judith Sherman, the producer of the album "Dances of the Yogurt Maker," won the "Producer of the Year" award at the 64th Grammy Awards.
The composition of the album belongs to Turkish composer Erberk Eryılmaz.
Eryılmaz teaches at the Ankara Music and Fine Arts University Faculty of Performing Arts. He uses Turkish instruments such as wooden spoons, drums, and darbuka in the composition. The artist aims to transfer traditional Turkish music to future generations.
Eryılmaz accompanies the Carpe Diem Quartet, which he released in the U.S. last year, with his string quartet consisting of piano, wooden spoon, drums, and drums.
The artist said that he is happy the compositions he made had an impact.
★ Izmir Archeology Museum displays a few cult and ritual artifacts every month. The statue of "Artemis" will be exhibited this month.
Artemis is one of the goddesses of Greek mythology.
Ancient people believed she would bring fertility and protect women. Greeks considered her the goddess of the moon and nature.
It will be the first time the Izmir Archeology Museum displays it after half a century. Art lovers are showing great interest in the sculpture.
An unknown sculptor made the marble statue during the Hellenistic era. It
has no head or hands, and lion, bull, and plant figures adorn it. Cengiz Topal, Director of the İzmir Archeology Museum, gave information about it and drew attention to figures that represent fertility, such as a bee.
★ Carpets are important for Turkish Culture. It is an item that even the nomads cannot give up. In the past, people weaved all carpets by hand,
Yazgulu Alpdogan of daily Cumhuriyet wrote. However, over time, machine-made products took over.
Coşkun Aral made a new documentary on handmade carpets titled "Anatolian Carpet: The Language of My Soul, the Color of My Word."
Istanbul Carpet Exporters' Association and the Ministry of Trade supported this project.
A team visited cities and villages and studied the motifs of 18,000 weavers. The production team shot a three-part documentary of 40 minutes each. Later, they translated the documentary into six languages. The documentary had a screening at Istanbul's Fişekhane, an old ammunition manufacturing facility turned into an art center.
Many carpet masters from Anatolia participated in the screening. The masters spoke of the difficult conditions in weaving carpets.
One mentioned that she makes only two dollars a day making carpets, hands bleeding from handling the yarn.
Coşkun Aral mentioned that each motif and color has a different story. He emphasized the importance of the project in recognizing these valuable carpets and offering carpet masters an opportunity to publicize their work.
The documentary will also be available on foreign channels.
★ Last year, we told you about an exhibition in Istanbul's Rahmi M Koç Museum on the Singer sewing machines.
The museum is now planning to take the exhibition first to the Turkish capital Ankara and then to other cities in the Asiatic part of Turkey through August 31,
the daily Dunya reports.
The exhibition commemorates the 170th year of the introduction of the Singers.
The Rahmi M Koç Museum is a private industrial museum in Istanbul, Turkey. It hosts objects from the history of transport, industry, and communications. Rahmi M. Koç, a member of the wealthiest dynasty in Turkey and retired chairman (currently the honorary chairman) of the Koç Group, founded the museum in 1991.
A sister museum, but smaller in size, the Çengelhan Rahmi M. Koç Museum opened its doors in Ankara in 2005, followed by a third Rahmi M. Koç Museum on Cunda Island in 2014.
★ The Turkish daily Cumhuriyet reports that the 41st edition of the Istanbul film festival started on Friday.
There will be five movie screenings through numerous venues in the greater Istanbul Metropolitan area.
The festival entertains once a year in the first half of April dozens of films from around the globe.
The guests, creators, and actors have face-to-face meetings. The meetings take place in professional seminars and public gatherings.
This cultural event draws thousands from the professional community and the public.
Dr. Erol Manisalı
★ The daily Cumhuriyet writer and a professor Dr. Erol Manisalı's walking sticks are on exhibition in Istanbul's Schneider temple Arts Center.
There are 25 antique walking sticks in the exhibition.
Dr. Manisalı started collecting when he inherited his grandfather Judge Hüseyin Bey's walking stick adorned with silver.
Amber and meerschaum figures representing lions, dogs, and ducks adorn the walking sticks.
Dr. Manisalı not only collects walking sticks but also has a book about them titled "The Walking sticks of Erol Manisalı." He also designs walking sticks.
The exhibition will be on through April 24.
★ A mosaic by Turkish artist Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu adorns the NATO headquarters in Brussels. The Turkish government gifted the mosaic to NATO in 1960.
The 10 ton, 500 ft.² mosaic was first on the face of the NATO headquarters in Paris. When France withdrew from the military wing of NATO in 1966, the mosaic moved to the new headquarters of NATO in Brussels.
The mosaic will move one more time to a new headquarters in Brussels.
The mosaic features motifs from Turkey's heartland Anatolia.
Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu was a Turkish painter, sculptor, writer, and poet who lived between 1911 and 1975.
EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 14.75
Edited by Ertuğrul Korkmaz
Turkey's Fenerbahçe 81 Germany's Bayern Munich 76 April 4
Turkey's Anadolu Efes Istanbul ended a streak of three consecutive losses to Germany's Bayern Munich when it prevailed at home by 81-76 in their rescheduled Round 19 game on Tuesday.
* Turkey's Anadolu Efes lost against Serbia's Crvena Zvezda 93 - 85
Turkey's Fenerbahçe lost on its turf, 59 to 69 Greece's Panathinaikos
★ The Junior and Cadet Fencing World Championships just ended in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Turkeys Aleyna Ertürk became the world champion in the Women's Cadet Epee. Read more >> here <<
★ In the European wrestling championships held in Budapest Hungry that ended on April 3:
In the Greco-Roman men's category Turkish wrestlers received
four gold, one silver, and two bronze medals:
Yunus Emre Başar
This is the 11th time Rıza Kayaalp became a champion, breaking a winning streak record.
In the men's freestyle category Turkish wrestlers received the following medals:
Münir Recep Aktaş
In women's freestyle category Turkish races see the following medals:
Turkish team came in first with 17 medals, followed by Azerbaijan with 16, and Georgia with 11.
In both the men's freestyle and Greco-Roman competitions, Azerbaijan's team came in first followed by Turkey.
In the women's freestyle, Turkish team came in first followed by Ukraine.
G. Saray - K.gümrük 2 - 0
Kayseri - Fenerbahçe 0 - 4
Giresun - Sivas 2 - 2
Altay - Antalya 1 - 2
Trabzon - Beşiktaş 1 - 1
Alanya - Rize 2 - 1
Kasımpaşa - G. Antep 2 - 1
Konya - Göztepe 3 - 0
Başakşehir - Malatya 1 - 0
Hatay - Adana 0 - 0
* In games played so far this weekend:
Göztepe - Kayseri 1 - 2
K.gümrük - Kasımpaşa 3 - 2
Beşiktaş - Alanya 4 - 1
Rize - Konya 2 - 1
G. Antep - Trabzon 0 - 0
Adana - Altay -
Malatya - Giresun -
Fenerbahçe - G. Saray -
Sivas - Başakşehir -
Antalya - Hatay -
* Standing in the league as of week ending 31
1 - Trabzon 71
2 - Konya 58
3 - Fenerbahçe 56
4 - Alanya 52
5 - Başakşehir 50
6 - Adana 49
7 - Hatay 48
8 - Beşiktaş 47
9 - Antalya 44
10 - K.gümrük 43
11 - Kasımpaşa 41
12 - Sivas 41
13 - G. Saray 41
14 - G. Antep 40
15 - Kayseri 38
16 - Giresun 36
17 - Altay 29
18 - Göztepe 27
19 - Rize 26
20 - Malatya 20
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