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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 03 September 2022

[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 03 September 2022]

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★ According to Agence France-Presse, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is offering to mediate the standoff at Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant controlled by Russian troops.

  Mr. Erdoğan made the offer while meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday.

  Turkey helped facilitate a deal to resume Ukraine grain exports in July.

★ Turkey is mediating between the rival Libyan factions, also, the daily Asharq al-Awsat reports.

  The paper wrote that Libyans are awaiting the outcome of the Turkish mediation efforts between Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah of the Tripoli-based Government of National Unity and Fathi Bashagha of the east-based government of stability.

  Observers believe Turkey is seeking to push forward reconciliation between Dbeibah and Bashagha, who are both allied to Ankara. Turkish efforts will pave the way for opening communication channels between east and west Libya, leading to Turkey-sponsored dialogue to elections, Asharq al-Awsat article writes.

★ Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on September 2 referred to Workers' Party lawmaker Ahmet Şık as a "terrorist," following Şık's comments that the ruling Justice and Development Party "is a criminal organization and will be shut down," reports the Turkish daily Duvar. Şık made his remarks in an interview with journalist Ruşen Çakır from Medyascope.

  Mr. Erdoğan said: "Let's see how he, [meaning Şık,] will save himself. Because he is involved with many terrorist organizations, a lawsuit is already filed in this regard."

  Ahmet Şık's comments came as Sedat Peker, a Turkish mafia boss who turned whistleblower, has been making allegations about Turkish politicians and numerous government engagements in illegal activities for several months. Sedat Peker is on the run and sought refuge in the United Arab Emirates in 2020.

★ Speaking of Sedat Peker: In his August 27 allegations, he named, among others, two presidential advisors engaging in corruption.

  This week, President Erdoğan dismissed Serkan Taranoğlu, one of the advisors, the daily Duvar reports.

  Korkmaz Karaca, also mentioned in the alleged corruption network, had resigned, citing "health problems."

  Neither the Justice and Development Party nor President Erdoğan's office made any statements about the issue. Read more >> here <<

★ Metropoll, a Turkish public opinion survey company, found in a recent poll that the ruling Justice and Development Party would still get the most votes in an election.

  The poll found that the Justice and Development Party would get 32.8% versus the main opposition Republican peoples party's 23.4%.

  The ruling alliance of the justice and development party and the far-right nationalist movement party would get 41% of the votes. The Republican People's party and its six allies would also get the same. Read more >> here <<

★ The new judicial year started in Turkey with a ceremony at the supreme court of appeals building in the Turkish capital Ankara on Thursday.

  Addressing the judges and lawyers attending the ceremony, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan complained that the European Court of Human Rights treats Turkey unfairly.

  Mr. Erdoğan's administration has been ignoring the court's decisions. For example, the court ordered Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtaş and businessman and philanthropist Osman Kavala to be released. However, the administration is still keeping them in jail.

  The next day after the ceremony, Erinç Sağkan, the head of the Union of the Turkish Bar Association, called upon the government of Mr. Erdoğan to implement the rulings of the European Court of human rights. The court says that Turkey ranked first in violation of freedom of expression in 2021, followed by Russia. There were 85 cases of violations by Turkey, and Russia had 19. It is the fifth consecutive year that Turkey topped the list.

  According to the rule of law index for 2021, Turkey ranked 117th among 139 countries. Up at the top of the list are Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, and Germany. The United States is in 27th place. 
    Read more >> here << .


★ Whether on a date or at a family gathering, one topic of conversation is on everyone's lips in Turkey: the country's deepening economic crisis, an article on Global Voices writes. There are several angles to the story. While Erdoğan's government argues that the country is in an "economic war" against enemies, the opposition blames it on corruption fuelled by the leading party.

  Inflation is soaring. Official estimates place it at 80 percent, while independent economists believe it goes above 150 percent. In concrete terms, a cup of coffee at a cafe in Istanbul costs 36 lira — the equivalent of $2. While this might not sound like much for coffee drinkers in, say, Greece or Germany, in Turkey it's a lot. The minimum wage in Turkey is $302, or around 150 coffees. The causes for Turkey's frenetic inflation vary, depending on who you ask. Turkey's economic woes started a few years ago, but the COVID-19 pandemic hit the population and economy hard, and so has Russia's war on Ukraine. Russia and Ukraine are among the major trading partners and sources of tourism for Turkey.

  Even so, inflation in Turkey is faring worse than in these warring countries. Many Turks blame the plunging lira on Erdoğan's government.

  The article then summarizes the opposing narratives.

  Read the rest of the article >> here <<

  Global Voices is an international, multilingual, primarily volunteer community of writers, translators, academics, and human rights activists.

★ Turkish authorities raised electricity and natural gas prices for households by around 20% and 50% for industry on September 1, putting further upward pressure on inflation, which was running at nearly 175% in July, the daily Duvar reports.

★ According to the Turkish Statistical Institute data, Turkey's economy grew 7.6% year-on-year in the second quarter as expected, the daily Duvar reports. The growth came from strong domestic demand and exports. However, analysts say economic activity is slowing down through year-end as demand keeps cooling.

  Jason Tuvey, a senior emerging markets economist at Capital Economics, said measures to support households in the face of soaring inflation helped prop up consumer spending.

  "Robust growth in the first half of this year, high global energy prices, and policies to shield households from the surge in inflation mean that inflation will become entrenched and the current account deficit will remain wide," he said in a note.

★ According to Bloomberg, the Turkish central bank has a record quantity of dollar bills in its coffers. The bank achieved this with the help of state-owned gas importer BOTAŞ, which has been buying dollars on the spot market.

  Turkey's central bank has spent hundreds of billions of dollars to defend the Turkish currency without much success in 2021 and this year. Since then, the lira has lost 60% of its value against the dollar.


Edited by Saadet Ejder


★ Bonna is a highly sustainable ceramics and houseware brand in Turkey with its innovative product design and nature-based infrastructure. The company says it established its brand for more durable products and ease of use.

  "We can reduce plate consumption from 40% to %5-6. We guarantee lifetime edge breakage resistance. It is significantly valuable to reduce the consumption of a sector that consumes natural resources." Vice Chairman of Bonna Board of Directors Erbil Aşkan said.

  He added, "Although the issue of sustainability was not on the agenda, it was important to us. Since 2014, we have been making our products with the philosophy 'A Plate Is Our Canvas .'"

★ Contemporary Istanbul, in partnership with Akbank, is hosting the works of 66 contemporary art galleries and artists from around the globe.

  Haliç Shipyard, an old shipbuilding facility turned into a venue for arts and culture, will bring together 1476 works of 558 artists.

  Among the galleries that will participate from 22 different countries are, Gallery 193, Paris; Hestia, Belgrade; Wadström Tönnheim, Marbella, Malmö; Dedicace, Tbilisi . There is also Mucciaccia Contemporary from Rome participating for the first time.

  Highlights of the 17th anniversary of the fair include The Yard exhibition in its second edition, CI Dialogues from CIF, Contemporary Istanbul Foundation with Progress-themed Artist in Residence Program, and Jeff Koons' car design in collaboration with BMW.

★ Siemens Turkey Opera Competition, held since 1998, is meeting with art lovers after a break due to the pandemic.

  The application process will begin on September 5. Siemens says art has a prime place in its social responsibility vision for Turkey.

  In addition to supporting young people to develop their potential, the competition also contributes to making Turkey's voice heard abroad.

  The first three names chosen from among the last five contestants will be announced on the evening of September 28, when the contest premiers.


★ Pera Museum has published the catalog of the Art of Weight and Measurement collection exhibition. The book sheds light on the economic and socio-cultural dynamics of different civilizations and the historical development of the weights and measuring instruments in Anatolia, the mainland Asiatic part of Turkey.

  The book explores the economy and culture shaped around the weights and measuring instruments used in Anatolia and related geographies through the eyes of merchants, masters, and apprentices.

  More than 500 visual works accompany the texts in the book, which present the transformations and continuities experienced over a period from the 2nd millennium BC to the present from an interdisciplinary perspective.

  Selected works from the collection are under the titles "Seeds and Metaphors," "Fall and Rebirth: Anatolia in Antiquity," "The Politics and Poetics of Weight: Anatolia Under the Roman Empire," "Faith and Power: Anatolia Under Anatolia," "Byzantine Domination," and "Ideology and Continuity: Weighing in the Ottoman World ."

★ Turkey's Mobile Science Center is reaching 450 thousand children living in the Turkish countryside.

  The Mobile Science Center, which also hosts children at TEKNOFEST BLACK SEA, has setups in many disciplines.

  Science teacher Emre Özel designed the Mobile Science Center from an old bus destined for the junkyard. Emre Özel said, "This is a project for our students who cannot go to the science centers and museums, especially for our children living in disadvantaged areas."

  He added: "In addition to supporting setups, there are different experiments in many disciplines, from astronomy to physics, mathematics to geography. Children learn by touching and experiencing."

★ On Monday, a Turkish court ordered pop star Gülşen released from jail but placed under house arrest as she awaits trial on charges of "inciting hatred and enmity," the Deutsche Welle reports.

  Turkish police arrested the singer last week after an on-stage quip she made four months ago about students of public religious schools was magnified over social networks by the conservative groups.

  Her arrest sparked outrage in creative and secular communities in Turkey. Read more >> here <<

  On September 1, Turkey's Court of Cassation President Mehmet Akarca said that the order to arrest Gülşen was a mistake, without explicitly mentioning her name.

★ Archaeologists found an inscription, thought to be from the 10th or 11th century, in the ruins of the ancient city of Savatra on a rock that said in Greek "Turkish son." Savatra is in Turkey's central province of Konya.

  Dr. İlker Işık, the head of the excavations, thinks that the inscription was for a Turkish soldier in the Byzantine army.

  The Byzantines employed many Christian Turks from the Balkans in their armies before Turks from Central Asia conquered their territories.

  Dr. Işık also says that they found inscriptions in the runic alphabet employed by Turks.


★ The museum in Turkey's Bergama district and the German Archaeological Institute are conducting excavations in the ancient city of Pergamum.

  Excavations in Pergamum's necropolis revealed finds at a grave belonging to an oracle named Marcos.

  Markos, who lived in the second century, used different aspects of birdlife, such as flight patterns and sounds they make, to make his predictions.

  Among the finds were an oil lamp, a perfume bottle, a plate, and a body scraping stick called a strigil.
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★ Archeologists in central Turkey unearthed traces of permanent settlement dating back at least 9,300 years, the head of the dig site told Anadolu Agency on Friday, reports the Anatolia News Agency.

  "We can say that this is the oldest settlement within the borders of Niğde province," said archeologist Semra Balcı, who leads the excavation team at the Sirçalıtepe Mound.

  Balcı, a professor at the Istanbul University, said her team had found bone and obsidian tools used in daily settled life, along with beads and other objects thought to be for ornamental purposes.

  She added that two samples had been radiocarbon dated, revealing that they were 9,600-9,300 years old.


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