Category: News – Turkey

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Turkiye can close straits to Russian warships once it legally declares the conflict in Ukraine a “war”

Turkiye could close the Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits to warships if the Turkish President and Parliament declares the conflict between Russia and Ukraine a “war”, the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has said. Ukraine has officially requested Turkiye to stop Russian warships from accessing the straits, which the Turkish government has the right to do […]

Entrepreneurs
Ten facts about Hull City’s new owner Acun Ilıcalı

On 19 January 2022, English football club Hull City announced the start of “a new era” with confirmation of the takeover of the club by the Acun Medya Group. The international production company is headed by Acun Ilıcalı, who said at the time: “I am happy that I have fulfilled one of my biggest dreams […]

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“Overuse” of lake water in Turkey is drying out the world’s biggest wetlands

Over a third of all lakes in Göller Yöresi (the Lakes Region of Turkey) have dried out, according to one of the country’s leading conservation experts. Dr Erol Kesici, a Scientific Advisor to the Turkish Nature Conservation Association (Türkiye, Tabiatını Koruma Derneği, TTKD), claims the huge drought is as a result of destructive human intervention in […]

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From a witch hunt against Sezen Aksu to ‘satanism’ on The Masked Singer, what is going on in Turkey?

With Turkey’s annual inflation rate soaring to its highest level since 2002, drastically affecting the purchasing power of millions of ordinary Turks, you’d expect the media spotlight to be firmly on the economy. Instead, the headlines have been occupied by a myriad of other news stories this past month. Commentators and opposition parties say these […]

Film
Turks pay tribute to iconic Yeşilçam actress and ex-mayor Fatma Girik

Turkey is mourning one of its greatest screen actresses, Fatma Girik. She died at a hospital in Istanbul aged 79. A statement issued by Liv Hospital, where the iconic actress was being treated for COVID-19-related pneumonia, said her death was due to multiple organ failure. Alongside Hülya Koçyiğit, Filiz Akın and Türkan Şoray, Girik was […]

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BBC Turkish journalists go on strike over pay dispute

Staff at the BBC Istanbul bureau are holding a one day strike today, after talks between BBC management and the Journalists’ Union of Turkey (TGS) broke down. The parties had been in negotiations over a new collective labour deal that would give parity to local journalists and their international peers, but the BBC and TGS […]

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Turkey turns orange in support of LÖSEV and children’s dreams for National Awareness Week for Children with Leukaemia

This week, the colour orange has become a beacon of hope for children suffering from leukaemia, with buildings in Turkey lighting up in orange and people wearing orange masks to raise awareness about the illness. The campaign, #lösemili1çocuğunhayali, is being run by LÖSEV, Turkey’s leading charity for children suffering from leukaemia, a cancer of the […]

Festivals
Yeşilçam and Cyprus on film: a trip down memory lane at the Beyoğlu Cultural Festival

Cyprus is featuring on the programme of a major cultural festival in Istanbul. Four films set in Cyprus and produced by legendary Turkish studios Yeşilçam are being screened as part of the Beyoğlu Kültür Yolu Festivali. The Beyoğlu Kültür Yolu Festival started on Saturday, 30 October, and runs for two weeks. The multi-cultural festival encompasses […]