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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 08 October 2022

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

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★ According to the Turkish daily Duvar, Turkish prosecutors demanded up to 12 years in jail for 12 retired admirals and the acquittal of another 91.

  Earlier in 2021, The admirals had signed a declaration supporting the Montreux convention, saying that it ensures Turkish security.

  The Montreux Convention was signed in 1936, which gave Turkey control over its straits and regulated the transit of naval warships. Mr. Erdoğan's administration is floating the idea of withdrawing from the convention.

  The Justice and Development Party administration saw the declaration by the retired admirals as a challenge to civilian rule and a call to a coup.

  In addition to the retired admirals, a group of former Turkish envoys and former parliamentarians also signed similar declarations. Read more >> here <<

★ This week, President Erdoğan said that when the time is right, he may meet Syrian President Assad, reports the Turkish service of the BBC.

  Turkish Syrian relations have been tense since the establishment of the Turkish Republic in 1923 for various reasons.

  However, in 2004 there was a thaw that started with a visit by Bashar al-Assad to Turkey. The thought went as far as military cooperation. In 2009 the two countries' militaries had three-day joint exercises. They also signed a letter of intent for cooperation in the defense industry.

  With the start of the Syrian Civil War in 2011, Mr. Erdoğan and his administration started supporting the rebels and had talks in 2012 with the U.S. on plans to replace the Syrian government.

★ Turkish parliament will consider removing the legislative immunity of 34 lawmakers, including Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the leader of the main opposition Republican peoples party, reports the daily Duvar.

  A lawsuit accuses Mr. Kılıçdaroğlu of violation of confidentiality in a speech he made during his party's parliamentary group meeting in 2014. Kılıçdaroğlu said that business people close to the ruling Justice and Development Party poured money into the pro-government media outlets and helped with the takeover of the daily Sabah and broadcaster ATV. He even played tape recordings proving his claim.

  A Turkish court first refused to prosecute Mr. Kılıçdaroğlu. However, upon the objections of the then Prime Minister Erdoğan, another court launched a second investigation.

  Eight years after the launch of the case, the charges resurfaced, and prosecutors filed summary proceedings against Mr. Kılıçdaroğlu to the parliament to have his immunity lifted.

★ Alevis follow the mystical Alevi Islamic teachings of Haji Bektash Veli, who is supposed to have taught the teachings of Ali and the Twelve Imams.

  There are approximately 20 million Alevis in Turkey and 1 million in Europe. The majority of Alevis support the opposition parties. The Ruling Justice and Development Party, although its base is anti--Alevi, is trying to get their votes.

  According to the Turkish daily Duvar, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan recently said that his government would establish a new office, the Alevi-Bektashi Culture and Cemevi Presidency, within the Culture and Tourism Ministry.

  Cemevis are Alevi houses of worship. Alevis have been demanding recognition by the government that they are so and extending the financial support given to mosques to the cemevis.

  However, Mr. Erdoğan is still wary of recognizing them as houses of worship.

★ According to the Anatolia News Agency of Turkey, Turkish President Erdoğan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation on Friday.

  Mr. Erdoğan reiterated Turkey's mediation effort to end the war in Ukraine.

★ Mr. Erdoğan's administration has not been implementing sanctions on Russia that the West has drawn up.

  According to the French news agency Agence France-Presse, on Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron urged Mr. Erdoğan to fight attempts at the evasion of sanctions imposed on Russia.

  Agence France-Presse wrote that you and the United States have concerns that sanction busters are using Turkey as a haven to avoid Western measures.

  Since the start of the Russian-Ukraine war, Turkish trade with Russia has exploded, Agence France-Presse adds.

  Read more >> here <<

★ Sedat Peker, a Turkish Mafia boss on the run from Turkish authorities since early 2020, continues to spill the beans about shady affairs. He said that in the past, he worked with many ruling party politicians, ministers, and party supporters in illegal deals.

  Most of his pronouncements come through social media from his base in the United Arab Emirates.

  This week, Turkey's Radio and Television Supreme Council has found opposition broadcasters Halk TV, Tele 1, and KRT for airing discussions on mafia boss Sedat Peker's allegations. The Council claimed that these broadcasts caused former Finance Minister Berat Albayrak's older brother Serhat Albayrak and ruling Justice and Development Party lawmaker Zehra Taşkesenlioğlu to be insulted, reports the Turkish daily Duvar.

  Last month, Peker made new corruption allegations against senior members of the ruling Justice and Development Party. Taşkesenlioğlu was among them .

  Read more >> here <<

★ Last week, South Korea transferred $780 million to Turkey's central bank as part of a 2021 $2-billion swap agreement, reaching the amount transferred to $1 billion, reported Reuters.

  Since the Turkish currency started declining against the U. S. dollar in 2018, Turkey's central bank has spent over $150 billion to defend the lira.

  However, the bank's defense proved futile. The dollar stood at 3.8 Turkish liras at the beginning of 2018 and now stands at 18.6 liras.

  There are also swap accounts that Turkey has with other countries. Despite all these, economist claim that the net reserves of the Turkish central bank are negative.

  Read more >> here <<

★ Turkish inflation is at its highest in 24 years. The government announced that the rate for September was almost 84%.

  ENAG, a group of independent economists and researchers, calculated the inflation rate as 186%.

  See ENAG page Read more >> here <<


Edited by Saadet Ejder


★ The Eighth Red Tulip Film Festival began on Friday in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The event promotes Turkish films, reports the Anatolia News Agency. Due to the coronavirus, it did not happen for the past three years.

  The festival features nine Turkish films.

  Audiences screened first the film "Madam Leyla." It tells the story of the first female mayor of Turkey. The director is İlke İşisağ.

  The festival will be on through Oct. 15.

An ancient statue at the Diyarbakır Museum.
(© Dick Osseman)

★ The Turkish daily Duvar reports that Fatma Biçer, a Ruling Justice and Development Party parliamentarian, has built an illegal house on an ancient site in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır.

  Garo Paylan, a parliamentarian from the opposition People's Democratic Party, visited the area and said that the site had artifacts from 12,000 years ago, and the authorities have declared it a protected area.

  The southeastern region of Turkey is dotted with these ancient sites, featuring statues and structures dating back to 12,000 years ago.

Read more >> here <<

Iznik Lake
(© Dick Osseman)
★ A basilica submerged into Iznik Lake in Northwestern Turkey has revealed many artifacts. The latest is the tip of a necklace containing the image of St. Nicholas and his name.

  A major earthquake in 1065 sank the land in the region, taking the basilica underwater. Some researchers say that the basilica submerged even earlier in 740.

  Historians think eastern Romans built the basilica in the fourth century to honor a saint.

  Under the direction of Dr. Mustafa Şahin, a professor at Uludağ University in Bursa city, archaeologists are conducting underwater excavations.

★ Archaeologists found a medallion in excavations in the ancient city of Perre.

  Perre was a Commagene kingdom city, among five largest, in what is now Eastern Turkey.

  The medallion is bronze. Roman soldiers donned them on their chests in parades.

  Last year, archaeologists found a bronze plaque that said a soldier stationed in Syria for 20 years had received the right to be a Roman citizen and could marry. Experts say that it was from 123 CE.
  See original article for photographs >> here <<

EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 18.58

High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey        : 61/52 Thunderstorms
Antalya, on the Mediterranean    : 84/66 Partly Cloudy
Erzurum, in Eastern Turkey       : 61/46 Thunderstorms
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey : 72/59 Showers
Izmir, on the Aegean             : 79/63 Partly Cloudy
Trabzon, on the Black Sea        : 70/64 Thunderstorms

Seawater Temperatures in Degrees F
Black Sea measured at Trabzon         : 67
Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdağ      : 69
Aegean Sea measured at İzmir          : 71
Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya : 80


Edited by Ertuğrul Korkmaz


Premier League

* Results for week: 7
G. Saray        -      Konya             2 - 1
Hatay           -      Kayseri           0 - 4
Antalya         -      Adana             0 - 3
Istanbul        -      Beşiktaş          2 - 2
Ümrani̇ye        -      Kasımpaşa         1 - 2
Fenerbahçe      -      Alanya            5 - 0
Trabzon         -      G. Antep          3 - 2
Başakşehir      -      K.gümrük          0 - 0
Ankaragücü      -      Sivas             2 - 1

* In games played so far this weekend:
G. Saray        -      Konya          2 - 1
Hatay           -      Kayseri        0 - 4
Antalya         -      Adana          0 - 3
Istanbul        -      Beşiktaş       2 - 2
Ümrani̇ye        -      Kasımpaşa      1 - 2
Fenerbahçe      -      Alanya         5 - 0
Trabzon         -      G. Antep       3 - 2
Başakşehir      -      K.gümrük       0 - 0
Ankaragücü      -      Sivas          2 - 1
* Standing in the league as of week ending 7
 1 - Başakşehir      17
 2 - Adana           17
 3 - Konya           17
 4 - G. Saray        17
 5 - Trabzon         16
 6 - Beşiktaş        15
 7 - Fenerbahçe      14
 8 - Kayseri         12
 9 - Kasımpaşa       12
10 - G. Antep        11
11 - Alanya           9
12 - Giresun          8
13 - Istanbul         8
14 - K.gümrük         6
15 - Antalya          6
16 - Ankaragücü       4
17 - Sivas            4
18 - Hatay            4
19 - Ümrani̇ye         2


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