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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 30 September 2023
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★ According to BBC, Antalya metropolitan mayor Muhittin Böcek canceled the Golden Orange film festival.
Two ministries criticized the festival organizers for featuring a documentary that claimed to be showing two people's ordeals with the law.
The Justice and Development Party administration fired the two individuals for belonging to the network of cleric Fethullah Gülen. Gülen's followers were behind the 2016 failed coup, and the government fired around 125,000 civil servants, teachers, professors, and military personnel for their alleged affiliation with Gülen. Many also ended up in jail.
Journalists point out that the Justice and Development Party administration persecuted many in the opposition, claiming falsely that they were Gülen followers.
The courts tried the two featured in the documentary but did not convict them of any crimes.
Gülen followers were in the government after the Justice and Development Party won the elections in 2002. However, in 2013, a political conflict began between the two, culminating in the 2016 coup attempt.
Gülen lives in the U. S.
★ French rights defenders Valérie Manteau, Françoise Cotta, and Ian Dufour came to Turkey to be in solidarity with Pınar Selek in the hearing of the case in which she was acquitted four times but facing trial for the fifth time, reported the Turkish opposition media.
Ms. Selek, a sociologist, lives in exile in France. According to Wikipedia, she is known for her work on the rights of vulnerable communities in Turkey, including women, the poor, street children, sexual minorities, and Kurdish communities.
Turkish police arrested Selek on July 11, 1998, in connection to an explosion that had occurred two days prior at the Spice Bazaar, Istanbul, which killed seven people and wounded approximately 100 others.
She spent two and a half years in prison, where she was subject to torture and ill-treatment. In 2000, a team of experts from faculty from Istanbul University's Analytic Chemistry and Cerrahpaşa Medical Faculty's Forensic departments issued reports concluding that the accidental ignition of a gas cylinder caused the explosion. Authorities released Selek on December 22, 2000, after three expert witnesses assigned by the court also testified that a gas leak caused the explosion.
However, the Justice and Development Party administration has kept claiming that she cooperated with others in planting a bomb.
★ According to Turkey's political opposition, another set of rights violations is the trial of several individuals for allegedly organizing the 2016 Gezi Park protests.
On Thursday, the Turkish daily Duvar reported that Turkey's Court of Cassation upheld the sentences of five defendants in the Gezi Park trial, including lawmaker Can Atalay and philanthropist Osman Kavala. It overturned Mücella Yapıcı's sentence, and authorities released her after the verdict.
The court charged the defendants with attempting to overthrow the government of the Republic of Turkey.
Analysts see the verdict as a crackdown on dissent under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and the punishment of the government's perceived foes through the judiciary. All have denied the charges, saying the protests developed spontaneously.
The main opposition Republican People's Party leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu shared a post on his social media account after the verdict and said: "The Court of Cassation has shared the shame of making the Gezi Park Resistance, a struggle for democracy, a 'crime' by order."
★ Turkey's hunger threshold reached 13,334 Turkish liras ($486) in September, surpassing the minimum wage (11,402 liras, $416) three months in a row, data from the Confederation of Turkish Trade Unions revealed.
The hunger threshold surpassed the minimum wage for three consecutive months after the government's hike. The minimum wage rose by 34% to 11,402 lira ($416) for the second half of 2023. However, raging lira depreciation reduced the minimum wage by $13 in one month.
Kitchen inflation rose by 9.31% every month, surged by 84.04% over the past 12 months, and soared to a yearly increase of 106.8%.
From January 2021 to September 2023, the monthly food expenditure for a family of four increased five-fold.
Based on 200 grams of white bread sold for seven liras, the monthly bread cost for a family of four was 735 liras in September.
The union stated, ''The increase in indirect taxes and the gradual rise in income tax rates in recent months have further eroded the income of wage earners.''
★ According to the daily Duvar, while the average monthly food cost for a Turkish public university student who relies on school cafeteria meals three times a day is 1,275 Turkish liras, the state scholarship is merely 1,250 liras, according to a report by the opposition Republican People Party.
Some 60% of students skip meals due to poverty.
★ Gross foreign exchange reserves of Turkey's Central Bank increased by 3.7 billion dollars and net reserves by 6.4 billion dollars as of Sept. 22.
According to the bank's data, gross foreign exchange reserves rose to $83.8 billion, the highest level since Dec.16, 2022. Net foreign exchange reserves, on the other hand, rose to $24.3 billion, the highest level since Feb. 10, 2023. Also, gold reserves were 41.7 billion dollars.
Therefore, total reserves increased from 121.5 billion dollars to 125.5 billion dollars.
The upward trend in reserves continued for the 15th consecutive week, and total reserves increased by $27 billion to $98.5 billion by the end of May.
★ A group of journalists and writers met at the Marmara Hall for School of Commerce graduates in Istanbul to sign Merdan Yanardağ's books and to call for his release.
Merdan Yanardağ is the founder of Tele 1 Channel and its chief editor.
The Justice and Development party administration arrested him and had the supposedly independent judiciary charge him with insulting the president through a series of articles titled "Fascism and Islamist Fascism."
Yanardag faces up to eight years in prison.
The group included:
- Adnan ÖZYALÇINER
- Ayşen ŞAHİN
- Barış TERKOĞLU
- Ceyda KARAN
- Esra ALKAN
- İsmail SAYMAZ
- Miyase İLKNUR
- Murat TAYLAN
- Musa AĞACIK
- Mustafa KÖZ
- Namık KOÇAK
- Necdet SARAÇ
- Orhan BURSALI
- Timur SOYKAN
- Yaşar AYDIN
- Zafer ARAPKİRLİ
Hundreds of people came to the event. Journalist Musa Agacik said that from 2 PM to 5 PM he constantly signed books.
"I was very tired but very happy to show our solidarity with Yanardag.
"The Justice and Development Party administration is more afraid of him than the main opposition Republican People's Party.
"He is a very effective critique of the administration, more than the whole of Republican People's Party"
Agacik added that Mr. Yanardag will appear at the court on October 4 for his first hearing, and called on people to show up there.
★ On Friday, Funda Kök, the conservation manager for the Mediterranean Protection Association, wrote on Mongabay.com that as the climate hits the Turkish coast, more marine reserves are needed.
She pointed out the following:
- The Mediterranean Sea's marine life is facing many threats, not least of which is the rapidly rising water temperatures.
- The sea is warming faster than the global average, and with that warmth comes unwelcome tropical visitors like lionfish, which prey on native marine biodiversity, spurring conservationists to focus fishing pressure on these voracious predators, but that's not all they're doing.
The Mediterranean coastline is one of the Earth's most precious havens for marine biodiversity. From monk seals to seagrass, sandbar sharks to dusky groupers, there was once so much life in these waters. But, the decline in biodiversity is increasingly visible to our eyes today. The Mediterranean's marine life is facing many threats, not least from the boiling of its very own home.
Mongabay (mongabay.com) is a conservation news web portal that reports on environmental science, energy, and green design.
★ According to the Anatolia News Agency, Archaeologists in the ancient city of Aizanoi in western Turkey uncovered remnants of cosmetic products, including jewelry items and makeup materials, used by Roman women more than 2,000 years ago.
In addition, the team discovered various inscriptions providing insights into the establishment and operation of the ancient shops, shedding light on the city's commercial and social structure.
In the cosmetics shop were perfumes, jewelry, and makeup material.
Detailing the types of materials uncovered, Coşkun said: "One of the most surprising findings was that we came across makeup pigments similar to blush and eyeshadow used today. Of course, they are not in a very well-preserved state. Sometimes they are found in 0.04-inch pieces. We also found well-preserved pieces during the excavation."
Aizanoi is renowned for its well-preserved Temple of Zeus in Anatolia, listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List in 2012.
Located 35 miles from Kütahya city center in western Turkey, the ancient site saw its golden age in the second and third centuries CE and became "the center of the episcopacy in the Byzantine era," according to the Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry website.
Between 1970 and 2011, the German Archeology Institute unearthed a theater and a stadium, as well as two public baths, a gymnasium, five bridges, a trading building, necropolises, and the sacred cave of Metre Steune -- a cultist site thought to be used before the first century BC.
★ The UNESCO World Heritage site of Boğazköy-Hattusa in north-central Turkey is home to the capital of the Hittite empire, one of the great powers of Late Bronze Age Western Asia. Almost 30,000 clay tablets inscribed in cuneiform have been recovered from the site so far over its 100 years of excavation. These tablets, enrolled since 2001 as part of UNESCO's "Memory of the World," provide rich information on the history, society, economy, and, not least, the religious traditions of the Hittites and their neighbors.
Yearly archaeological campaigns led by current site director Prof. Andreas Schachner of the Istanbul Department of the German Archaeological Institute continue to add to the cuneiform finds. Most of the texts are written in Hittite, the oldest attested Indo-European language and the dominant language at the site. Yet the excavations of this year yielded a surprise. Hidden in a cultic ritual text written in Hittite is a recitation in a hitherto unknown language. Prof. Daniel Schwemer (Würzburg University, Germany), the excavation's epigraphist, reports that the text designates this idiom as the language of the land Kalasma, an area on the northwestern edge of the Hittite heartland, probably in the area of modern Bolu or Gerede.
The discovery of another language in the archives of Boğazköy-Hattusa is not entirely unexpected. Schwemer states, "The Hittites were uniquely interested in recording rituals in foreign languages. Ritual texts written by scribes of the Hittite king reflect various Anatolian, Syrian, and Mesopotamian traditions and linguistic milieus. These rituals provide valuable glimpses into the little-known linguistic landscapes of Late Bronze Age Anatolia, where not just Hittite was spoken. Thus cuneiform texts from Boğazköy-Hattusa include passages in Luwian and Palaic, two other Anatolian-Indo-European languages closely related to Hittite, as well as Hattic, a non-Indo-European language. Now the language of Kalasma can be added to these."
Being written in a newly discovered language the "Kalasmaic" text is as yet largely incomprehensible. Schwemer's colleague, Prof. Elisabeth Rieken (Marburg University), a specialist in ancient Anatolian languages, has confirmed that the idiom belongs to the family of Anatolian-Indo-European languages.
EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 27.41
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey : 68/59 Showers
Antalya, on the Mediterranean : 79/72 Showers
Erzurum, in Eastern Turkey : 70/43 Showers
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey : 77/64 Showers
Izmir, on the Aegean : 81/63 Showers
Trabzon, on the Black Sea : 77/70 Showers
* Results for week: 6
G. Antep - Istanbul 2 - 0
Antalya - Samsun 2 - 0
Başakşehir - G. Saray 1 - 2
Rize - Sivas 1 - 1
Alanya - Fenerbahçe 0 - 1
Beşiktaş - Kayseri 2 - 1
Ankaragücü - Konya 1 - 1
Kasımpaşa - Adana 2 - 1
Hatay - Trabzon 3 - 2
* In games played so far this weekend:
Hatay - Kayseri 1 - 2
Kasımpaşa - Istanbul 3 - 1
Adana - Konya 3 - 0
Rize - G. Saray 0 - 1
Alanya - Sivas 1 - 2
Ankaragücü - Samsun -
Pendik - Fenerbahçe -
K.gümrük - Trabzon -
Antalya - Başakşehir -
Beşiktaş - G. Antep -
* Standing in the league as of week ending 6
1 - Fenerbahçe 18
2 - G. Saray 16
3 - Adana 11
4 - Rize 11
5 - Hatay 10
6 - Beşiktaş 10
7 - Trabzon 9
8 - Kayseri 9
9 - Konya 9
10 - Kasımpaşa 9
11 - Alanya 7
12 - Ankaragücü 6
13 - Antalya 6
14 - K.gümrük 6
15 - Sivas 6
16 - Pendik 4
17 - G. Antep 3
18 - Başakşehir 3
19 - Istanbul 2
19 - Samsun 1
★ Para Shooting competitions are taking place in Peru.
In the P1 Men's 10m Air gun category, the Turkish team received a bronze medal.
In P2 10m competitions, Aysel Özgan received a gold medal and Ayşegül Pehlivanlar a bronze.
Erhan Coşkuner qualified for the 2024 Paris Paralympic Games in the 10m Airgun SH1 category.
★ In the Judo Competitions for the Visually Impaired in Baku, Azerbaijan, Turkish judokas received two gold, three silver, and two bronze medals.
★ In the World Wrestling Championships held in Belgrade, Serbia, Turkish wrestlers received seven medals, two of them gold.
There were 30 Turkish wrestlers at the competition. Six of them qualified for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
★ In the W40 Favorites Open tennis tournament in Bulgaria, Turkish tennis player Çağla Büyükakçay came in second. The first place went to Maria Lourdes Carle of Argentina.
★ Turkey's undefeated national volleyball team completed Olympic qualifier competitions with seven wins in seven games.
[Saat 14:30 and 15:30 'da iki kez okuyun]
We are waiting for you all at our picnic on Sunday, October 1, 2023. Let's celebrate the 100th anniversary of our Republic with enthusiasm at this event where we can come together as a family and have a good time with our children.
Our event is free for our members and $10 per person for non-member guests. We will be serving coffee and bagels. For us to determine the number of people attending, we kindly ask you to notify us of your participation via the link below.
Location: 600 E Meadow Dr, Pine Grove Area, Mitchell Park, Palo Alto, CA
Date: Sunday, October 1, 2023. 10:00-14:00
Contact: Nalan Güngör 650 380 6096
NOTE: Mitchell Park has a magical bridge playground, which is found in very few parks across America. This innovative and inclusive playground is a highly accessible playground designed to suit all ages and disabilities.
Hope to see you on Sunday, October 1.
★ The Turkish American Association of California (aka CalTurks) cordially invites you to a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Turkish Republic. Let's celebrate with live music, great friends, and delicious food and recognize this important milestone in modern Turkish history.
Prof. Dr. Ali Yaycıoğlu
Stanford University, History Department
LIVE MUSIC and WALTZ
Serpil Borazan and Group Hadi Hadi
Monterey Women's Choir
UC Berkeley Jazz Group
Ballroom Dance with James Kleinrath, 16 times USA Ballroom Dance National Champion - James will be demonstrating and teaching WALTZ to our guests
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Azerbaijan Cultural Society of Northern California
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Los Gatos, CA 95032
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