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★ According to Agence France-Presse, Finland refused Turkey's request to reconsider the extradition of six people.

  Sweden and Finland applied for NATO membership in May 2022. However, Turkey opposed their membership because both countries had an arms embargo against Turkey, and they have been supporting terrorist groups such as the Kurdistan workers party and Gülenists.

  Turkey lifted its opposition when the two countries agreed to work with Turkey.

  Now that Finland is refusing to extradite some of the so-called terrorists, Turkey says it could still block the entry of Finland to NATO.

  Analysts say that president Erdoğan's administration sometimes considers peaceful opposers to its regime terrorists.

★ Turkey and Greece, both NATO members, have been at loggerheads for decades over territorial and airspace claims in and over the Aegean Sea.

  The latest spat began when Turkey accused its neighbor of locking onto Turkish fighter jets with its Russian-made S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems deployed on the island of Crete, Begüm Dönmez Ersöz of the VOA reports. During a NATO mission last month, Greek pilots placed Turkish aircraft under a radar lock over the Eastern Mediterranean, Turkish officials also said.

  Experts warn that Turkey-Greece tensions could stop NATO unity.

  Turkish President Erdoğan and other officials also make statements that the Greeks see as threatening.

  Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias asked NATO, European Union partners, and the United Nations to formally condemn what he described as "outrageous and increasingly aggressive talk by Turkish officials" in letters addressed to three international bodies.

  In the last 50 years, deep-rooted friction brought Turkey and Greece almost to war three times.

  Analysts speaking to VOA say they don't see a resolution soon, noting the troubled history of bilateral relations and the "tight politics" in the capitals. Turkey and Greece will head to the polls for crucial elections next year.

  Analysts say Turkish President Erdoğan is facing a significant challenge to his 20-year rule amid the country's economic woes and immigration problems.

  Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, elected in 2019, reportedly suffered a popularity loss because of rising energy prices partly driven by the war in Ukraine.

  "Rhetoric on both sides has always been part of the problem, and it's something that doesn't help things," said Jim Townsend, former U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense on European and NATO policy.

★ Under Turkish and the United nations brokerage, on July 22, Russia and Ukraine signed a deal to reopen Ukrainian Black Sea ports for grain exports.

  According to Reuters, on September 8, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said he wanted the grain exports from Russia to restart. He added Vladimir Putin was right to complain that grain from Ukraine went to wealthy countries rather than poor ones.

  However, according to Reuters, there has been no disruption to Russia's commodity exports, a senior U.S. official said Friday.

  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on September 7 that he did not think the West's "provocative" policies towards Russia were correct after the European Union and Group of Seven nations proposed a price cap on Russian gas.

  In the meantime, Serbia, dependent entirely on Russian gas, will start importing natural gas from Azerbaijan in 2023 to diversify its sources. In the meantime, Serbian president Vucic asked president Erdoğan to allow Serbia to transfer electricity imports from Azerbaijan.

  Read more >> here <<

★ President Erdoğan says that the U.S. is not the only country that sells fighter jets and asked the U.S. not to send Turkey to different paths for procuring warplanes, reports the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet.

  Mr. Erdoğan's comment came as a response to the objections of the majority of the U.S. Congress to the sale of F-16 fighters to Turkey. Mr. Erdoğan said that in his talk with President Biden in Madrid, the U.S. president indicated that the Republicans are not supporting the sale.

★ According to Reuters, on September 9, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy awarded Turkish defense firm Baykar's Chief Executive Haluk Bayraktar with the Ukrainian Order of Merit.

  The Ukrainian army has been using Baykar's Bayraktar TB2 drones effectively against the invading Russian forces. In April, Russia complained to Turkey over its sale of drones to Ukraine.

  After he met with the Ukrainian president, Mr. Bayraktar wrote online that he discussed the details of the construction of the Baykar factory in Ukraine and the making of new products using Ukrainian components.


★ The Istanbul-based Doğuş University has given a semester-long suspension to a student for protesting the tuition fee rise amounting to 300 percent.

  The University students have been staging protests for the last month. In the face of protests, the University administration took a step back and applied an increase of 79.6% in line with the amounts of annual inflation rate announced by the Turkish Statistical Institute.

★ Teknofest, the largest technology and aviation event in Turkey, attracted more than 900,000 visitors this year. The event took place in the Black Sea city of Samsun.

  The six-day event started last Tuesday with visitors from around the world. It showcased activities such as airshows with warplanes, drones, and helicopters, as well as seminars, summits, and competitions.

  The competitions were in 40 categories, including semiconductors, UAVs, satellites, rockets, robotics, and artificial intelligence. This year 600,000 people applied to take part in them.

  MinChan Kim from South Korea won the World Drone Cup-2022 competition, Changhyeon Kang from South Korea got second place, and Killian Rousseau from France was third.

★ Turkish exports increased by 13.1% to $21 billion in August compared to August last year. Exports to Russia increased the most by 87.2%.

  Here is a list of the top six countries that received Turkish exports:


Edited by Saadet Ejder

★ The sixth Around the World Cultural Food Festival took place in Washington, D.C. August 27. Turks also participated in the festival, reports Deborah Block of the VOA.

  Feride Özkan, the owner of Istanbul Kitchen in McLean, Virginia, gave visitors a taste of Turkish cuisine, including chicken borek, made with vegetables and mozzarella cheese, and simit, a Turkish bagel.

  "Turkish cuisine consists of a melting pot of cultures brought together over the centuries," she said. "I'm serving food that I learned to cook from my mom that she learned from her mother."

  As Devin Holum from Washington took a bite of borek made with beef, he said, "I had a good time going to Turkey on vacation a few years ago … and I'm enjoying the food and feeling like I'm back in the country again."

★ The second GastroRize, National Rize Gastronomy Festival, took place, where nature, culture, and local flavors of Rize were publicized, reports Faruk Şüyün of the daily Dünya.

  He tells about his experience as follows:

  "You should see Rize, taste its flavors, experience its nature. You will not regret it.

  "When we landed in Rize, tropical, humid weather greeted us. It was always raining in the mountains.

  "Turkey's distinguished chefs, gourmet writers, and representatives of the gastronomy world were present. They offered many suggestions for the protection of touristic values ​​and the development of sustainable tourism for Rize.

  "In the program, Rize's biodiversity, promotion of local food products, branding of Rize tea, and its development came to the fore.

  "Within the scope of the GastroRize 2, the Rize Gastronomy Days City Event also took place. In the last two days of the program, there were tasting and cultural stands, a photography exhibition, chef workshops, and concerts."

★ While in Rize, Faruk Şüyün also met with Dr. Yavuz Tekelioğlu, a founding member of the Local Products and Geographical Indications Research Network in Turkey.

  Dr. Tekelioğlu was a speaker at a panel discussion.

  With the aid of volunteers, the network publishes a magazine, the first and only in Turkey.

  The goal of the network is to establish an ideal geographic indications system to protect the local products and increase their value so that sustainable rural development can start and protect the cultural and biological diversity.

  The magazine aims to form a research and information platform that follows the new practices and developments on the subject in Turkey and the European Union.

  Dr. Tekelioğlu's organization also gives a roadmap for people and companies on how to get geographic indications.

  A geographical indication (GI) is a sign used on products with a specific geographical origin and possesses qualities or a reputation due to that origin.

★ There are around 1500 grape varieties in Turkey.

  There are 88 varieties in the Black Sea Region, and five, compatible with the geography and having good yields, are registered.

  There is a variety that is very fragrant. Locals usually consume the inner part of the grapes. However, resveratrol, which has antioxidant-like properties, is found in the skin, and experts recommend consuming them with it.

  Entrepreneur Kübra Yurtsever Kargı has formed a company named Natuva that markets products made from these fragrant grapes.

  She summarized her company's mission with the following statement:

  "Our goal in the first five years with Natuva is to focus only on the various products of grapes stored in the Black Sea, to discover other plants and herbs known for their health benefits, and to include them in Natuva's products. To make value-added products and make them sustainable and accessible."

★ İş Sanat Wednesday Stage events continued on September 7 with stories from Haldun Taner, a well-known Turkish playwright and short story writer who lived between 1915 and 1986.

  In the story reading directed by Mehmet Birkiye, Tilbe Saran, Metin Belgin, Bülent Emin Yarar and Hakan Gerçek voiced the Taner works in the accompaniment of music directed by Serdar Yalçın.

  The event was at Bodrum Zai Yaşam.

  On September 15, it will continue with "Art Talks" under the moderation of writer Bedia Ceylan Güzelce. At the event, Ms. Güzelce will host art historian Dr. Gül İrepoğlu.

  İş Sanat is the cultural arm of İşbank, one of the largest financial institutions in Turkey.

★ Renowned Ottoman architect Sinan's masterpiece Selimiye Mosque is going through renovation. The renovators will replace the ornamental tiles of the Sultan's cabin, removed by the invading Russian army in the 1800s, with replicas. The originals are at a Moscow Museum.

  Çiğdem Gegeoğlu, President of Edirne Provincial General Assembly Tourism Commission, had a presentation about the restoration works.

  In addition to replacing the missing tiles, Ms. Gegeoğlu said, the renovators will strengthen the minaret s by replacing the curved minaret cones.


★ According to the Anatolia News Agency, archaeologists have unearned an intact bronze wall plate thought to be used ornamentally by ancient Urartian royalty during the Iron Age in Eastern Turkey.

  The plate was on the wall of a fortress, built during the reign of King Rusa II, overlooking Lake Van. Excavations there have continued for over three decades, revealing one of the grandest Urartian structures found so far, with mud brick walls and stone engravings dating back 2700 years.

  Mehmet Isikli of the Ataturk University is heading the excavations. He said his team found various surprising finds at the current dig site. Among them were rows of interconnected rooms that yielded ceramics and fragments of wooden structures.

★ Archaeologists at the excavations at Troy, located in northwestern Turkey, discovered a 3,700-year-old domed oven, highlighting the ancient city's links with Anatolian culture, reports the Anatolia news agency.

  Archaeologist Rüstem Aslan said this is the first find of a large domed oven at the 5500-year-old site. He said there would be further excavations to determine the exact dimensions of the structure.

  Excavations at Troy have been continuing for 150 years. UNESCO added the site to its world cultural heritage list in 1998.


★ A book by Leila Uyghur, a local artist, hit the bookshelves in local libraries. The book "Daddy, daddy, when are you coming home?" tells the plight of the Uyghur Turks under harsh Chinese rule.

  On August 31, the UN Human Rights Office published an assessment of human rights concerns in China's Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region and was highly critical of the Chinese government.

  The Chinese government says its policies and measures are for combating terrorism and "extremism."

  Read more >> here <<

EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 18.23

High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey        : 90/64 Mostly Sunny
Antalya, on the Mediterranean    : 90/77 Mostly Sunny
Erzurum, in Eastern Turkey       : 82/48 Mostly Sunny
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey : 82/68 Mostly Cloudy
Izmir, on the Aegean             : 90/73 Mostly Sunny
Trabzon, on the Black Sea        : 82/70 Partly Cloudy

Seawater Temperatures in Degrees F
Black Sea measured at Trabzon         : 73
Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdağ      : 76
Aegean Sea measured at İzmir          : 79
Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya : 84


Edited by Ertuğrul Korkmaz


Premier League

* Results for week: 5
Ümrani̇ye       -      Trabzon        0 - 1
Sivas           -      K.gümrük       0 - 0
Giresun         -      Konya          0 - 1
Başakşehir      -      Alanya     2 - 0
Fenerbahçe      -      Kayseri        2 - 0
Antalya         -      Kasımpaşa      0 - 2
Hatay           -      Adana          1 - 1
Ankaragücü      -      Beşiktaş       2 - 3
G. Saray        -      G. Antep       2 - 1

* In games played so far this weekend:
Alanya      -      Ankaragücü     2 - 1
Konya           -      Hatay          1 - 0
K.gümrük        -      Giresun        1 - 1
Sivas           -      Istanbul Sp.               -
G. Antep        -      Ümrani̇ye      -
Kayseri         -      Antalya        -
Kasımpaşa       -      G. Saray       -
Adana           -      Trabzon        -
Beşiktaş        -      Başakşehir     -

* Standing in the league as of week ending 5
 1 - Beşiktaş        13
 2 - Konya           11
 3 - Fenerbahçe      10
 4 - Başakşehir      10
 5 - G. Antep        10
 6 - Adana           10
 7 - G. Saray        10
 8 - Trabzon         10
 9 - Kayseri          6
10 - Antalya          6
11 - Giresun          6
12 - Kasımpaşa        6
13 - Alanya       5
14 - K.gümrük         4
15 - Sivas            3
16 - Istanbul Sp.                 3
17 - Hatay            1
18 - Ümrani̇ye        1
19 - Ankaragücü       1
★ In the under 20 Volleyball Balkan championships, the Turkish team was defeated by its Bulgarian rivals 3-0 and received a silver medal.

★ 29 Swimmers from eight countries participated in the international open water Golden Cup 8 in the Black Sea off Kerpe town in Turkey's Kocaeli province. The winners received their medals Saturday.

  The swimmers came from Turkey, Russia, Italy, Spain, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Ukraine, and Germany.

  The swimming course was 10 km long.

★ The youth judo Balkan championships started in Kocaeli, Turkey. There are 259 judokas from nine countries.

★ The 2022-470 Europe sailing championships start Sunday in the Çeşme district in the Aegean region of Turkey. The championships will end on September 18.

  There will be 130 sailors from around the world.

★ The Petlas 2022 Turkey off-road championships are continuing. In the fifth leg of the race, 30 vehicles and 70 sportsmen are competing.

★ In the European basketball championships, the Turkish national team beat its French rivals 86-87. The game was in Berlin, Germany.

★ Turkey's 17-year-old swimmer Merve Tuncel is winning one medal after another. In the past two months, in five international competitions on three continents in five localities, she won eighteen medals, thirteen of them gold.

★ Bengisu Avcı is a Turkish swimmer who became the fastest Turkey to swim from France to Britain in 2018.

  Bengisu Avcı was in California this week. She swam across the Catalina channel. She started on Santa Catalina Island and swam to San Pedro Long Beach, a distance of 34 km, in 11 hours 59 minutes. Bengisu Avcı is 26 years old, and she has been preparing for this swim for three years.

  Her mother and father accompanied her in a boat and gave her water and food.

  With her swimming, she collected donations for an endowment that educates underprivileged girls in Turkey.

★ Turks greeted their national swimming team in Istanbul on September 7 with flowers. They had returned from the World Youth Swimming Championships in Lima, Peru. The Turkish swimmers won eight medals and came in fourth as a team.

★ Turkish outdoors free diving competitions took place in the Kaş district of the Mediterranean province of Antalya. Sixteen divers, seven of them women, took part.

  In the no fins category, Gökhan Gedik from the Sports Club of the Middle East Technical University increased the record diving depth to 57 m first. Then Mete Mordağ dived to 62 m and established a new Turkey record.

  In the women's diving attempts, Şahika Ercümen dived to 47 m and received first place. The second place holder was able to reach only 31 m.

  In the Masters women category, Birgül Erken dived to 30 m and took first place.

  In the men's Masters category, Birol Özbek took first place with a 50 m dive.


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