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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 18 March 2023
[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 18 March 2023]
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★ An op-ed titled "U. S. needs to clear up its policy on NATO ally Turkey" by Robert Miller in the Jerusalem Post said:
Biden has declared NATO to be the bulwark of the liberal democratic idea -"an alliance of values," which is where Turkey falls short.
Since [Turkey's President Recep Tayyip] Erdoğan and his Justice and Development Party government came to power in 2002, Turkey underwent a major axis shift, which brought it into conflict with the NATO alliance and its core values: the principles of democracy, individual liberty and the rule of law.
Robert Miller also pointed out that U. S. officials warned Turkish businesses and banks that they could include them in sanctions for engaging with sanctioned Russian entities.
Miller also touched on the following:
- Ineffective response to the deadly February 6 earthquake by the Erdoğan administration.
- The government's action to block the Internet and reporting on the earthquake purportedly to prevent disinformation and provocative messages.
- Construction of substandard buildings.
The Op-Ed is >> here <<
★ After Russia's invasion of Ukraine and starting a war, now over one year, Finland and Sweden, traditionally neutral for years, decided to join NATO. Current NATO members unanimously approve their membership application.
Turkish President Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan wants the two countries to crack down on groups and individuals he claimed are terrorists.
These alleged terrorists are associated with either the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party or the Fethullah Gülen network, accused of orchestrating a coup attempt in 2016.
Friday came news that Mr. Erdoğan will have the Turkish parliament ratify Finland's membership.
However, he is not satisfied with what Sweden has done with the so-called terrorists and will let Swedes sweat in the sauna longer.
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★ According to the daily Duvar, Islamist opposition Felicity Party leader and Red Crescent officials are in a fresh row.
Mentioning the scandals of the Turkish Red Crescent for selling tents after the earthquake, Felicity Party leader Karamollaoğlu said he would not even donate blood to Red Crescent anymore.
In response, Red Crescent Deputy Secretary General Murat Ellialtı said: "If he needs blood one day, we will act maturely and not turn him down." He added that Mr. Karamollaoğlu is quite old.
★ Another piece of news about the Felicity party: The office of the governor of the quake-hit Malatya province has ruled to remove a soup kitchen run by the Felicity Party.
The party leader Karamollaoğlu, opposition bloc presidential candidate Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, and Future Party leader Ahmet Davutoğlu slammed the government over the move.
The soup kitchen provides food for 10,000 people a day.
The demand by the governor came after Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and Ankara Mayor Mansur Yavaş visited the soup kitchen. Yavaş is also from the opposition Republican People's Party.
★ Euronews reports that according to the latest polls, amid heated election debates in Turkey, the National Alliance, the opposition bloc of six parties, is gaining ground against the current government.
Several polls show the opposition block candidate Mr. Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu leading president Erdoğan by a wide margin.
The polls indicate the opposition bloc may also get the majority in the Turkish parliament.
Turks will go to the polls on May 14 to elect a new president and parliamentarians.
Thirty-six parties are competing in the elections.
★ As we reported to you in the past months, the Erdoğan administration is trying to shut down the pro-Kurdish peoples Democratic Party, claiming it has ties to the Kurdish rebels.
The Social Democrats, Greens/EFA, the Left party groups in the European Parliament, the Party of European Socialists, and Germany's Social Democratic Party released messages of support for the Peoples' Democratic Party over the closure case.
The People's Democratic Party officials say that they will field their candidates for the upcoming elections in a new party they established.
Read the detailed news >> here <<
★ According to the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet, flash floods killed at least 18 people in Turkey's earthquake-hit provinces.
On March 16, Vahit Kirişci, Turkey's agriculture and forestry minister, said that it claimed lives, but on the other hand, the arid land got water.
Thousands of Turks criticized him on social media for his insensitive remarks.
★ Turkish doctors marked Medicine Day in Istanbul's central Taksim Square on March 14, reported the daily Duvar.
Physicians observed a moment of silence for 505 health workers who died in the February 6 earthquakes that hit southeastern Turkey.
The Turkish Medical Association reminded the Turks that 2,685 doctors applied to move abroad in 2022.
Overtime, long hours, low wages, lack of merit, cases of violence in healthcare, mobbing, and harsh working conditions have led to the departure of many physicians in recent years.
According to the statistics by the opposition, the number of doctors leaving the country has increased 24 times in the last decade.
★ Ferhat Aydoğan, the "advisor" to the notorious mafia leader Alaattin Çakıcı, announced that he visited the Gendarmerie General Commander General Arif Çetin in quake-hit Kahramanmaraş on March 13.
He posted photographs of him with the commander.
★ Özlem Zengin, a parliamentarian from the ruling Justice and Development Party and a group deputy chair, says she is being targeted and threatened for defending a law protecting women.
She complained to pro-government channel A Haber that when President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan or Family and Social Services Minister Derya Yanık commented on the law they did not get attacked, but she was the only one who received threats.
Turkish parliament enacted the law to protect the family and prevent violence against women on March 8, 2012.
Islamists are targeting the law, saying that women use it to "slander men" and "push away their husbands from home."
Her remarks came after the Islamist New Welfare Party demanded the annulment of the law to join the Justice and Development Party-led People's Alliance.
★ Read the news in detail >> here <<
According to Reuters, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development will significantly increase investment in Turkey this year, a top official said on Wednesday, after investing more than $1.7 billion last year.
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★ According to the website Monsters and Critics, The Ukrainian bore actress Yara Zaya is living her best life as she continues her worldly travels with her husband Jovi Dufren, and their daughter Mylah.
The three are now in Istanbul. Yara says that what she liked most in Istanbul is the food. Monsters and Critics wrote that she praised it in a previous post.
After dining at several restaurants, she advised her followers who like food that Turkey is the place to go.
★ According to PCGamesInsider, The developer of Hitman, IO Interactive, is opening a brand new studio in Istanbul, Turkey.
IOI Istanbul is going to be a triple-A games hub and contribute to not only the assassination-focused romp but also the company's James Bond title – Project 007 – and the recently-announced RPG Project Fantasy.
★ Read the detailed news
>> here <<
According to the Travel Daily News, the British Carrier EasyJet announced a new route to Istanbul from Manchester.
It is the first time that the carrier will fly to Istanbul. The flights will start in the summer.
Read the news with a larger view of the photograph >> here <<
★ According to the expatguideturkey.com, French pianist Richard Clayderman will meet music lovers in Istanbul on April 28.
The 69-year-old artist will give a concert at Maslak Tim Show Center. According to Wikipedia, Clayderman's albums have sold 90 million albums worldwide. He has 267 gold and 70 platinum record awards.
★ According to the website arkeonews.net, in the ancient city of Sagalassos in southwestern Turkey, archaeologists from the Catholic University of Leuven identified an unusual burial practice from the early Roman imperial period, consisting of deliberately bent nails, covering tiles, and a layer of lime.
The tomb dates back to CE 100 to 150. The practice suggests that the people of the time were terrified that the dead might rise from the grave to haunt the living.
The artifacts revealed that the people of the time had performed cremations differently than others of the Roman era. Instead of using a funeral pyre, collecting the remains, and moving them somewhere else, the people in Sagalassos performed their cremations in place.
By the 2nd century BCE, Sagalassos was a city-state in the Hellenistic Attalid Kingdom. It was founded in the late 5th century BCE when the area was still a part of the Iranian Achaemenid Empire. It passed to the Roman Republic in 133 BCE. The city flourished during the Roman Imperial era after Augustus included it in the down Roman province of Galatia in 25 BCE.
The city declined in importance in late antiquity.
EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 19.01
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey : 48/41 Rainy
Antalya, on the Mediterranean : 72/52 Showers
Erzurum, in Eastern Turkey : 48/34 Snow
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey : 50/45 Showers
Izmir, on the Aegean : 63/46 Mostly Cloudy
Trabzon, on the Black Sea : 52/48 Showers
Snow depths at skiing locations:
Erciyes in Kayseri, Central Turkey : 15 inches
Ilgaz in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey: 13 inches
Kartalkaya in Bolu, Western Turkey : 38 inches
Palandöken in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey : 37 inches
Uludağ in Bursa, Western Turkey : 31 inches
Sarıkamış in Kars, Eastern Turkey : 11 inches
Edited by Ertuğrul Korkmaz
* Results for week: 25
Giresun - K.gümrük 2 - 2
G. Saray - Kasımpaşa 1 - 0
Antalya - Kayseri 4 - 0
Trabzon - Adana 4 - 1
Ankaragücü - Alanya 2 - 0
Başakşehir - Beşiktaş 0 - 2
Ümrani̇ye - G. Antep 3 - 0
Hatay - Konya 0 - 3
Istanbul - Sivas 3 - 0
* In games played so far this weekend:
Konya - G. Saray 2 - 1
Adana - Antalya 2 - 0
Kasımpaşa - Ümrani̇ye 1 - 1
Beşiktaş - Istanbul 3 - 1
Sivas - Ankaragücü -
Alanya - Fenerbahçe -
Kayseri - Hatay -
K.gümrük - Başakşehir -
G. Antep - Trabzon -
* Standing in the league as of week ending 24
1 - G. Saray 60
2 - Fenerbahçe 51
3 - Beşiktaş 46
4 - Adana 42
5 - Trabzon 41
6 - Başakşehir 40
7 - Kayseri 35
8 - Konya 31
9 - K.gümrük 30
10 - Antalya 28
11 - Alanya 28
12 - G. Antep 25
13 - Ankaragücü 25
14 - Kasımpaşa 25
15 - Sivas 24
16 - Istanbul 24
17 - Giresun 23
18 - Hatay 23
19 - Ümrani̇ye 18
[Saat 14:30 and 15:30 'da iki kez okuyun]
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