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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 11 February 2023

[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 11 February 2023]

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In Today's program, we are going to cover headlines related to the recent devastating earthquake in southeastern Turkey. The headlines describe the chaos and the problems the relief efforts are going through.

★ Atlantic magazine: on February 8, Ayşegül Sert wrote: "Turkey's Trust in Government Has Turned to Dust. The country was a construction site. It has become a cemetery."  Read more >> here <<
★ Associated Press: Turkish leader acknowledges 'shortcomings' in quake response. Read more >> here <<
★ BBC: Turkey earthquake: Erdogan 'responsible for this' opposition leader says. >> here << 
★ National Public Radio: As Turkey earthquake death toll grows, so does criticism of the Turkish government. Read more >> here <<
★ CNN: The World Health Organization warned of a "secondary disaster" for survivors of the devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria in the face of forecasted snow and cold weather conditions, in addition to a lack of power, water, and communications. Read more >> here <<
★ Reuters correspondent: A Turkish contractor of the Rönesans Rezidans in Hatay, a 12-story apartment complex that collapsed completely, was detained at Istanbul airport while attempting to leave the country. The sales ad for this building had called it "a corner in paradise." Read more >> here <<
★ Turkish daily Duvar: Journalists reporting earthquake tragedy on the ground under attack by authorities. Police detained at least four journalists in the earthquake zone between Feb. 6-9. Read more >> here <<
★ The daily Duvar: There are not enough water, food, or shrouds in quake-hit provinces of Turkey, journalists report. Read more >> here <<
★ The daily Duvar: Erdoğan refers to thousands of earthquake victims as "martyrs." Read more >> here <<
★ The Guardian: Istanbul stock market shuts to prevent selloff after the earthquake Read more >> here <<
Bloomberg: Borsa Istanbul: Turkey Stock Market Halts Trading After $35 Billion Wipeout Read more >> here <<
Barron's: Istanbul Exchange Shuts For First Time In 24 Years Read more >> here <<
★ Daily Duvar: Fatma Şahin, mayor of the earthquake-stricken Gaziantep city from the ruling Justice and development party, "Every cloud has a silver lining. Whatever God says, it happens." Read more >> here <<
★ New York Times: Grieving Turkish Diaspora Rallies to Support Turkey Earthquake Victims. Read more >> here <<
★ Daily Duvar: First expert's report, carried out in Şanlıurfa as part of the chief public prosecutor's investigation, reveals substantial material defects in demolished buildings hit by quakes Read more >> here <<
★ Daily Duvar: Earthquake victims protest and boo Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ, visiting Diyarbakir city in the earthquake zone. Read more >> here <<
★ Bloomberg: Turkey turns down Elon Musk's offer to activate SpaceX Starlink in the country after the deadly earthquake to offer access to the Internet. Read more >> here <<
★ Japan Times: Erdoğan has undermined Turkey's earthquake response. Paranoid policies against NGOs have weakened the institutions the country now needs. Read more >> here <<
★ Korean publication Hankyoreh: Man saved by Turkish soldiers during Korean War donates 10,000 won ($7,900) to earthquake relief. Read more >> here <<
★ And here is an excerpt from an Associated Press article that explains why so many buildings collapsed

  Turkey has for years tempted fate by not enforcing modern construction codes while allowing -- and in some cases, encouraging -- a real estate boom in earthquake-prone areas, experts say.

  "This is a disaster caused by shoddy construction, not by an earthquake," said David Alexander, a professor of emergency planning at University College London.

★ Commenting on the situation for Turkish daily Sözcü, Eyup Muhcu, president of the Chamber of Architects of Turkey, said: "the buildings that were supposed not to topple, toppled. The law [also] collapsed."

  He added that according to the authorities, 6500 buildings collapsed, and 11,300 more are suspect. However, he thinks that the actual numbers are a lot larger.

  "The building inventory in the area was weak and not sturdy, despite the reality of earthquakes," Muhcu said.

  The authorities and politicians ignored the problem, experts said, because addressing it would be expensive, unpopular, and restrain a key engine of the country's economic growth.
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