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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 27 January 2024

[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 27 January 2024]

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★ According to the New York Times, on January 23, Turkey's Parliament approved Sweden's bid to join NATO, eliminating a key obstacle to the Nordic country's membership.

  The vote eased a diplomatic stalemate that has clouded Turkey's relations with the United States and hampered Western efforts to isolate Russia over its war in Ukraine.

  According to the Turkish daily Duvar, Turkey's general assembly, where President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's ruling People's Alliance holds a majority, voted 287-55 to approve the application.

  The Nationalist Action Party, the Justice and Development Party's far-right ally, the main opposition Republican People's Party, and the right-wing Democracy and Progress Party also voted in favor of Sweden's bid.

  On the other hand, the radical Islamist Free Cause Party, far-right New Welfare Party, and Democratic Left Party, all Justice and Development Party allies, voted against Sweden's bid.

  Pro-Kurdish Peoples' Equality and Democracy Party, Workers' Party of Turkey, Labor Party, nationalist opposition Good Party, and Islamist opposition Felicity Party also voted against the bid.

  Turkey had urged Stockholm to toughen its stance on local members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which the European Union and United States also deem a terrorist group.

  In response, Stockholm introduced a new anti-terrorism bill that makes being a member of a terrorist organization illegal. Sweden, Finland, Canada, and the Netherlands also took steps to relax policies on arms exports to Turkey.

  Erdoğan, who had sent Sweden's bid to parliament in October, linked the ratification to U.S. approval of sales of F-16 fighter jets to Turkey.

  According to Reuters, the Biden administration informed Congress on Friday that it will sell 40 F-16 fighter jets and 80 modernization kits to Turkey.

  Simultaneously, the administration said it would sell 20 F-35 stealth fighters to Greece for $8.6 billion.

  The U.S. Congress has 15 days to approve the sale.

  According to the Voice of America Turkish service, Senate Foreign Relations Committee chair Sen. Ben Cardin, a Democrat representing Maryland, said in approving the sale of F-16s to Turkey, the committee will take into consideration not just the Turkish approval of Sweden's membership to NATO but also other factors.

  Among the factors Sen. Cardin cited are : In related news: According to the Turkish daily Duvar, Canada and Turkey have struck a deal to resume Canadian drone parts exports, conditional on Turkey's increased transparency about their use.

★ On January 24, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Ebrahim Raisi, the Turkish and Iranian presidents, met in the Turkish capital Ankara.

  The two presidents agreed to avoid steps that could threaten the stability of the Middle East.

  According to Al-Monitor, an independent news outlet covering the Middle East, the Turkish president avoided harsh criticism of Israel on his criticism of Israel.

  Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi's visit was long-delayed and his first to Turkey. Iranian foreign, energy, and interior ministers accompanied him.

★ Last week, we told you that some in Turkey criticized the payment of $55 million to the private American space shuttle company to send a Turkish astronaut to space.

  This week, a 2021 video of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan criticizing spending money on space travel went viral on social media, reports the Turkish daily Duvar.

  In the video, Mr. Erdoğan says, "On the one hand, 810 million people do not have access to the most basic foodstuffs, while on the other hand, large capital owners can spend hundreds of millions of dollars for a few minutes of touristic space travel."

  Opposition Future Party deputy Selçuk Özdağ, who shared Mr. Erdoğan's video, said: "His words always test this man."

★ According to the daily Duvar, Turkey's brain drain problem is deepening.

  The students graduating from Turkey's leading high schools have been increasingly preferring to study abroad for "better education" and "their desire for freedom," according to reporting from the weekly Gazete Oksijen.

  Polls conducted in recent years indicate that Turkish youth are increasingly unhappy to live in the country, saying that they have lost hope in the future of their country.

★ One more news about college education: Mehmet Aydın, the young founder of "Farm Bank," a Ponzi scheme that conned users out of over half a billion Turkish lira, has told his life in prison in an interview with OdaTV.

  In the interview, Aydın said prison conditions were better than in state-run college dorms in Turkey.
www.TurkRadio.us Read the details >> here <<

★ Sinan Aygül, a journalist in Turkey, is in jail for insulting people who attacked and beat him, reports the online Turkish news outlet Bianet. Aygül called his attackers "two street dogs" and said, "May God curse you."

  The attackers demanded he stop writing negative articles about Mayor Mehmet Emin Geylani of the Eastern city of Tatvan.

  One of the attackers is a municipal employee, and the other is a policeman, both related to the mayor.

  In a separate trial, the judge sentenced the attackers to one year, five months, and 15 days in prison. However, The court deferred the announcement of the verdict and suspended the sentence.

★ According to the Turkish daily Duvar, Turkey had the highest number of pending applications, with over 23,000 cases out of 68,450 cases, at the European Court of Human Rights at the end of 2023.

  Síofra O'Leary, president of the court, said that at the end of 2023, they had a record 68,000 cases pending.

  Russia followed Turkey with 12.5 thousand cases and Ukraine with about 9000.

  As Turkey is one of the members of the Council of Europe and signed the European Convention on Human Rights, every Turkish citizen has a right to apply to the European Court of Human Rights after the exhaustion of domestic remedies.

  >> here <<

★ The state-run Turkish Statistical Institute refuted the news reports based on official foreign trade statistics, which showed that arms trade to Israel continued in November when the attacks on Gaza peaked.

  After reports on Turkey's continuing export of weapon components to Israel based on Turkey's statistics institute data, the institute asserted that these components were for use in "sport and hunting but not in warfare."

  "In the January-November period of 2023, exports to Israel within the scope of Chapter 93 totaled $903,000, in November $80,000," the Turkish Statistical Institute stated.

  Many journalists have been reporting that Turkey has been continuing its trade relations with Israel despite the government's "harsh" stance against Israel's attacks on Gaza since October.

★ Three international pharmaceutical companies started withdrawing some of their medicines from the Turkish market after the 17.55 euro/Turkish lira rate for pharmaceuticals fell to almost half the market rate of 32.92.

  The Turkish government set up a different exchange rate for medicine imports.

  According to Habertürk TV, among the medicines that will not be available are the ones for diseases such as epilepsy, Parkinson's, and migraine in the Turkish market.

  In a message sent to pharmaceutical warehouses, the pharmaceutical monopoly Novartis informed Turkey's Health Ministry that it terminated the sale of many medicines, including those for Alzheimer's, asthma, epilepsy, and eye, as of December 2023.

★ According to the Turkish daily Duvar, Turkey's central bank raised its key interest rate to 45% from 42 1/2%.

  The bank stated that it attained the necessary monetary tightness for disinflation and would maintain this level as long as needed. Patient

  According to the bank's inflation forecast, the disinflation would start after it peaks at around 70%-75% in May 2024.

  However, if notable and persistent risks through the inflation outlook emerge, it will take action , the bank said.

  Read the details >> here <<

★ Average prices for homes in Turkey exceeded $100,000. According to the real estate appraisal company Endeksa, based on Turkey's Statistical Institute figures,

  In Turkish liras, the increase was 84% compared to the previous year. The official inflation rate in Turkey was 67%, while an independent group calculated it as 127%.

  The report indicates that, in December 2023, home sales decreased by 33% compared to the same month the previous year.

  The average sales price of homes in Istanbul was $140,000.

  Most Turks live in condominiums.

  The report also noted that, since December 2022, home sales to foreigners decreased by 68%. Turkey's citizenship via investment scheme offers foreign nationals who obtain real estate worth over 400,000 dollars eligibility for Turkish citizenship.

★ According to the statistics of the Banks Association of Turkey, in 2023, there was an almost 19 percent increase in the number of bounced checks in Turkey compared to 2022, reaching 146,770, reports the Turkish daily Duvar.

  The total amount of these bounced checks exceeded $1.9B in local currency, showing a significant increase of 176 percent.

  The daily Duvar writes that the surge in bounced checks reflects the canonic challenges in Turkey.


★ On January 23, TATE art galleries of Britain started presenting a curated selection emphasizing optical and kinetic art from its collection of 78,000 artworks at ArtIstanbul Feshane in İstanbul's Fatih district.

  Neil McConnon, International Partnerships Director of TATE, and Valentina Ravaglia, Exhibitions and International Art Curator, were in İstanbul for the opening of the exhibition named "Dynamic Gaze: Beyond Optical and Kinetic Art."

★ Oktay Özel, Deputy Secretary-General of İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality, who also heads Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Heritage, announced in a press conference that two new cultural and art venues will open in Istanbul in the coming days.

  The first is a contemporary art museum, set to open on the shores of the Golden Horn within a month. The second is a children's science museum and digital art space, which will open after the transformation of the Çubuklu silos in Beykoz.

  Özel said that ArtIstanbul, established in Feshane-i Amire, a building with a 200-year history, has been in operation since 2022.

  Since 2019, Özel said the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality opened 22 museums and exhibition spaces in Istanbul, with 205 exhibitions held.


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★ According to the online publication Dezeen, The Transhumances III exhibition will see designers Andres Monnier, Morghen Studio, Elsa Foulon, and Laura Pasquino present a selection of works they created in ancient cave dwellings in Cappadocia, Turkey.

  The works on show, from a chandelier made out of a tree to candleholders crafted from local stone, will be showcased in a series of caves where the designers undertook their residency for ten days in November.

  Organized by design gallery Philia, the residency encouraged the designers to craft works inspired by the UNESCO World Heritage site in collaboration with local artisans.

  "I've loved Cappadocia for a long time – it's really a region of pottery and ceramics," said Ygaël Attali, director and co-founder of Philia.

  He chose the Taşkonaklar Hotel in Uçhisar as the location, which operates a series of studios for artist residencies within ancient caves carved into the cliffside.

  Taking his inspiration from the unusual Cappadocia landscape, Mexican designer Andres Monnier, known for his monumental candle holders and fire pits crafted from raw stone slabs, worked with local stonemasons in Uçhisar. He produced a work titled "Spiritus and Laberinto ."

  Among other artwork created are: Gallery Philia, founded in Geneva, has additional locations in New York, Mexico City, and Singapore.

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★ According to Bianet, journalist Mine Kırıkkanat has emerged victorious in her legal battle against internationally acclaimed Turkish author Elif Şafak, accusing her of plagiarism in Şafak's novel "The Flea Palace," allegedly drawing from Kırıkkanat's work, "The Fly Palace."

  Şafak said the court used for expert opinion a person without any competence and expertise in literature instead of considering the comprehensive reports she provided.

  Şafak said she will appeal the verdict.

★ The Golden Spoon Gastronomy Awards, initiated by the Kitchen Friends Association by giving an honorary award in 2018, continued with the Golden Spoon Pandemic Period Special Awards in 2020 and 2021 when the gastronomy industry went through an extraordinary period due to the global pandemic.

  Since last year, it has given 11 main and two special awards.

  At the 5th Golden Spoon Gastronomy Awards night, there were winners in 13 categories. The venue was Hotel Four Seasons Sultanahmet in Istanbul's historic downtown.

  The Turkish Chef of the Year award went to Pınar Taşdemir of Araka restaurant.

  The other awards are as follows: Award night took place with the participation of guests from the Turkish gastronomy world, members of the press, and opinion leaders.

★ The winners of the Short Film Competition, organized for the eighth time this year by Sabancı Foundation with the slogan "Short Film Long Impact" and the theme "Water crisis", have been announced.

  While 12 works made it to the finals within the scope of the competition, the first prize went to director Can Yeşiloğlu with his movie "Life in Dreams". Güler Sabancı, Chairman of the Sabancı Foundation Board of Trustees, presented Yeşiloğlu with her award.

★ Hakan Şensoy is the conductor of a concert held in cooperation with İş Sanat and insurance company Milli Reasürans Chamber Orchestra.

  The soloists of the concert are Ezgi Köker, Tevfik Rodos, Tolga Salman (bandoneon), Toros Can (piano), and Rüstem Mustafa (violin).

  The repertoire of the concert, in which dancers will also take part, includes unforgettable compositions by the masters of Turkish tango music.

  The concert, dubbed "Turkish Tango in the 100th Year," will start with Hasan Niyazi Tura's "100th Anniversary Tango" to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Turkish Republic.

  It will take place on January 31 at the İş Towers in Istanbul.

★ Turkey's first Japanese Culinary Arts Program will start at Topkapi University in the 2024 winter academic year, covering the 100th anniversary of Turkey-Japan friendship.

  Kasahara Kenichi, the Consul General of Japan in Istanbul, and Dr. Emre Alkin, the president of Topkapi University, announced the program.


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★ Archaeologists discovered a new underground city in Turkey's central province of Konya, reports the Bianet news outlet.

  It could accommodate approximately 20,000 people and includes a cistern, workshops, hearths, storage rooms, chimneys, locations for oil lamps, and a spacious wine cellar. In it, archaeologists discovered grape seeds and sediments.

  The underground city dates back to the Roman period and is in the Sarayönü district of Konya.


High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey        : 37/30 Snow
Antalya, on the Mediterranean    : 61/46 Showers
Erzurum, in Eastern Turkey       : 25/10 Snow
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey : 43/37 Snow
Izmir, on the Aegean             : 52/41 Showers
Trabzon, on the Black Sea        : 48/39 Sleet
Snow depths at skiing locations:
Erciyes in Kayseri, Central Turkey      : 44 inches
Ilgaz in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey: 12 inches
Kartalkaya in Bolu, Western Turkey      : 68 inches
Palandöken in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey   : 64 inches
Saklıkent in Antalya, Southern Turkey   : No snow report
Uludağ in Bursa, Western Turkey         : 20 inches
Sarıkamış in Kars, Eastern Turkey       : 65 inches
★ Snow depth reached 24 ft. in Turkey's Yüksekova district in the Hakkari province on January 22.

  Snow removal teams are working to open the roads to provide access to villages and hamlets. However, progress is challenging due to the thickness of the snow.



Premier League

* Results for week: 22
Hatay           -      Alanya            1 - 1
Pendik          -      Kasımpaşa         3 - 2
Beşiktaş        -      Adana             0 - 0
G. Antep        -      Konya             1 - 1
Başakşehir      -      Fenerbahçe        0 - 1
Antalya         -      Sivas             2 - 1
Ankaragücü      -      K.gümrük          2 - 0
G. Saray        -      Istanbul          3 - 1
Samsun          -      Kayseri           2 - 0
Rize            -      Trabzon           1 - 0

* In games played so far this weekend:
Adana           -      Hatay          0 - 1
Alanya          -      Pendik         1 - 1
K.gümrük        -      Rize           -
Konya           -      Başakşehir     -
Sivas           -      Beşiktaş       -
Fenerbahçe      -      Ankaragücü     -
Istanbul        -      Samsun         -
Trabzon         -      Kasımpaşa      -
Kayseri         -      Antalya        -
G. Saray        -      G. Antep       -

* Standing in the league as of week ending 22
 1 - Fenerbahçe      57
 2 - G. Saray        57
 3 - Trabzon         37
 4 - Beşiktaş        36
 5 - Rize            35
 6 - Antalya         33
 7 - Adana           31
 8 - Kasımpaşa       29
 9 - Ankaragücü      28
10 - Başakşehir      27
11 - Kayseri         26
12 - Alanya          26
13 - Sivas           26
14 - Samsun          25
15 - G. Antep        23
16 - Hatay           22
17 - Pendik          22
18 - K.gümrük        21
19 - Konya           21
19 - Istanbul        10


[Saat 14:30 and 15:30 'da iki kez okuyun]

Ismail Lumanowski, Turkish clarinetist from Macedonia, will be in San Francisco on Saturday, Feb 3.

With a drawing, we are giving away a pair of tickets! Send an email to trh@turkradio.us with the subject "Ismail."

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Here are the details: Kafana Balkan 17th year anniversary - When: February 3rd at the rickshaw stop - SF Performers: - Ismail Lumanovski and Inspector Gadje - 2 special guest - Stephen Jay and Miles Jay perform an opening set with Marco Peris Coppola as a trio and also join the rest of the band for a few tracks. Belly Dancer for this edition will be Jill Parker -

DJ Zeljko will be closing the night



Virtuoso clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski, a star of the Balkan music scene in the U.S. and abroad, and one of the most popular Romani musicians, performs internationally and leads the New York Gypsy Allstars.

Ismail is perhaps the first Roma clarinet player to graduate from the Juilliard School of Music in New York.

His sui generis mastery of Western classical and Eastern folk music have elevated both musics to new heights, and indeed to new octaves in the clarinet.



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