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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 07 April 2012
[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 07 April 2012]
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* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government leader Masoud Barzani said his administration will continue to exert pressure and call on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party not to resort to violence and weapons. He also said he was ready to help the Turkish government and Kurdistan Worker's Party if necessary to solve the Kurdish problem.
"The Kurdish problem can not be resolved with violence, the Kurds can not reach their goal by violence and they would be destroyed by it. It can be solved only by peaceful means," Barzani said at a April 5 speaking event at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Barzani met with U.S. President Barack Obama twice and with Vice President Joseph Biden on April 4.
* Speaking of rebellious Kurds, according to the Hurriyet Daily News, the Peace and Democracy Party is ready to negotiate if the government displays a courageous and sincere attitude, but no one should expect the Peace and Democracy Partyto treat the Kurdistan Workers' Party as enemies, the party's coleader Selahattin Demirtaş has said.
Peace and Democracy Party is viwed as the political wing of the Kurdish rebels.
Read more at HDN
* Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan slammed the Iranian administration over its tactical statements on the venue of the upcoming nuclear talks with the P5+1 group, accusing Tehran of being unwilling to negotiate with the Western powers reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
"Proposing Damascus or Baghdad as the venue of talks means these talks should not take place.' You know very well that your counterparts will not come there," Erdoğan said at a press conference with visiting Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha.
"They have to be honest. When you are not honest, you start to lose credibility. This is not the language of diplomacy. This language does not suit me," he said.
Mr. Erdoğan's statement reflects the ongoing rift between Turkey and Iran over the turmoil in Syria which caused Turkey to summon the Iranian envoy to the Foreign Ministry to lodge a reaction against a harsh accusation from Tehran.
* Turkey is still ready to host nuclear talks between Iran and Western countries, Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu told Iran's chief negotiator in a phone conversation late April 5, a diplomat told the Hürriyet Daily News.
The Turkish minister's call brought up Tehran's proposal for the negotiations to be held in Baghdad or Damascus, instead of Istanbul, a venue Iran had suggested previously. Iran said Turkey's stance on the Syrian crisis caused it to change its position.
Meanwhile, Iranian officials expressed unease to the Turkish ambassador in Tehran about Turkey's premier criticizing its neighbor as being dishonest.
* The Hurriyet Daily News reports that, Turkish president Mr. Abdullah Gül warned Israel on Wednesday to watch and analyze the political climate in the region carefully.
"Israel will turn into a complete apartheid regime in the next 50 years if it does not allow for the establishment of an independent and proud Palestinian state with its capital in east Jerusalem. That is why we are exerting efforts to achieve a fair peace with a strategic point of view, which is to Israel's own interests," Turkish President Gül said.
Mr. Gül was addressing a group of ranking officers at the War Academy in Istanbul.
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey's main opposition yesterday denounced Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's increasing references to religion and the Quran, warning that such policies would divide the nation.
The prime minister is "pointing to the Koran as a solution. Ever since the education bill, he won't stop talking about the Koran ," Deputy group chair of the Republican People's Party Akif Hamzaçebi said, referring to the controversial legislation that introduced Koranic studies as an elective course in secondary and high schools.
Mr. Erdoğan is "polarizing society on the basis of moral values, religion and faith," Hamzaçebi said. "If you break down a nation's culture and take out only religion as a means of uniting the people, you will in fact divide the people. The prime minister is trying to re-blend the ingredients that make up the nation."
* According to the Anatolia News Agency Istanbul enjoyed its lowest monthly inflation rise in the last six years in March, according to data gathered by the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce.
However, the rise in gasoline prices played a negative role, the chamber said yesterday.
Retail prices in Istanbul were up 0.59 percent, while wholesale prices were up 0.67 percent last month compared with February. On annualized basis the figures are 9.9 percent and 9.6 percent respectively.
The chamber said exchange rates, energy and metal prices will continue to dominate inflation rate.
Turkey's consumer inflation for March remained at 10.43 percent year-on-year in March, with liquors and tobacco suffering the most, with an annual rise of more than 18 percent, the Turkish Statistical Institute's monthly report showed yesterday.
* Turkish economy grew 8.5 percent in 2011, posting the second biggest growth rate in the world after China, according to official figures.
However, the 5.2 percent growth in the fourth quarter hints at a slowdown, economists say.
Read more at HDN
* Turkey's private sector contributed vastly to the country's impressive growth rate in 2011 by creating 1.3 million new jobs, the chairman of the Union of Chamber and Commodity Exchanges Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu said, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
Read more at HDN
* There is a strong correlation between economic welfare and equality between men and women, according to Doğan TV chairwoman Arzuhan Doğan Yalçındağ.
Central governments and local administrations in developed countries are carrying out active and planned efforts to improve women's employment, Yalçındağ said at a prestigious women's conference titled "Woman, Power Change" organized by the Austrian media group Styria in Vienna last week.
Quoting a recent study by global management consulting firm McKinsey, Yalçındağ said companies managed by women and men were 56 percent more profitable than those managed only by men.
Eight percent of publicly traded companies in Turkey are managed by women, Yalçındağ said, adding that this figure was just 3 percent in the 27-member European Union.
However, women manage only seven percent of small- and medium-sized businesses in Turkey, lagging behind the 33 percent figure in the European Union.
Read more at HDN
* According to the Anatolia News Agency, Turkey will host the follow-up World Economic Forum in Istanbul from June 4 to 6. The meeting will bring together 1,000 global leaders from government, business, media and nongovernmental organizations from Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia to discuss new models and solutions to reinvigorate the economies of these regions.
This will be the first time that Turkey is hosting this forum. It will also be the first time that the 42-year-old World Economic Forum will focus on more than one region.
Read more at HDN
* Hurriyet Daily News's Sibel Utku Bila reports that Turkish and U.S. companies have entered into joint ventures worth more than $2 billion since December and efforts are underway to further boost economic exchange, in line with the two countries' vision of a "model partnership," U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce Michael Camunez said Thursday.
Mr. Camunez declined to comment on Turkey's decision to cut down its oil imports from Iran by 20 percent, but said the U.S. could help Turkey decrease its dependence on foreign energy supplies in general.
Mr. Camunez, who led a trade mission of executives from leading U.S. energy companies to Turkey in December, said the talks had already produced significant results.
* According to the HDN, Turkey will open science attache offices at the consulates including San Francisco and Boston in the US, Japan, Germany, says Science, Industry and Technology Minister Nihat Ergün.
The attaches will report scinece and technology developments and seek area of cooperation.
Read more at HDN
ARTS AND CULTURE
Edited by Lutfi Marasli,
* Turkish artist of Armenian origin Sarkis will present a solo exhibition, curated by Nicolette Gast, this summer at the Submarine Wharf in Rotterdam, the Netherlands starting June 2.
Sarkis' exhibition will be in Rotterdam at the invitation of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and the Port of Rotterdam. He is expected to create a vivid installation measuring almost 5,000 square meters on the converted campus of Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij shipbuilding company.
* Adana's theater festival is providing students the chance to learn how to make puppets. Puppetry has a tangible draw that makes it better than today's virtual' forms of entertainment, a puppeteer says.
Making use of waste and other junk, organizers at the 14th State Theaters Sabancı Adana Theater Festival are teaching participants how to make puppets and perform a puppet show.
A festival committee is giving lessons to participants through workshops that feature instruction from puppeteer and puppet maker Hakan Dündar, Adana State Theater artist Boğaçhan Sözmen recently told Anatolia news agency.
The participants at the puppetry workshop are mostly students. One of them, Çukurova University's Bensu Boz, said she started puppetry class following a proposal from her professors.
* Having sold a painting for a record breaking price, 2.7 million Turkish Liras, Turkish contemporary artist Erol Akyavaş's paintings will once again draw attention with a new exhibition at Galeri Nev in Istanbul.
The paintings at Galeri Nev first appear like objects from an archaeological excavation. Akyavaş depicts his themes using compositions styled after the most ancient artwork.
Galeri Nev exhibition will be from April 6 through May 5. Exhibition will include Akyavaş's 2.7 nillion lira painting "Ene'l Hak".
Akyavaş always defined his painting as writing modern poetry in the Akyavaş's earlier paintings are among the most valued Turkish contemporary paintings. Akyavaş brought a new point of view to 20th-century painting. An earlier painting of Akyavaş, titled "The history of sacred and mysterious things," was another highlight in the arts and culture scene in the previous years.
* Istanbul's Artam Antique Auction House will organize the Important Turkish Paintings Auction' on April 8. Along with Turkish and Ottoman paintings, masterpieces by European artists will be included in the auctionttoman artifacts and paintings will be put up for sale during the "272nd Important Turkish Paintings Auction," organized by Artam Antik Auction House on April 8 at Istanbul's Swissotel.
According to a written statement made by the auction house, seven paintings by Nazmi Ziya from various periods will be auctioned for the first time. His landscape painting "Nightingale River" and Sami Yetik's still life painting "Snowball Flowers" will be auctioned with an opening price of 400,000 Turkish Liras.
Halil Paşa's "Istanbul Landscape", Şevket Dağ's "Hagia Sophia," İbrahim Çallı's sought-after "Magnolias" and Hikmet Onat's "Boats" will also be auctioned during the event, along with works by artists including Feyhaman Duran, Namık İsmail, Naci Kalmukoğlu and Cemal Tollu.
The signature of Ottoman Sultan Mahmut II, which was made using Turkish Edirnekari calligraphy art, is among the other objects in the auction as well as calligraphy from leading calligraphy artists such as Kazasker Mustafa İzzet, Hasan Rıza, Mahmut Celalettin, Bakkal Arif.
* Following Madonna and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Canadian singer songwriter, novelist and poet Leonard Cohen is the latest big name to be announced to perform in Istanbul this summer.
Cohen will take the stage on Sept. 19 at the Ülker Arena, as part of the world tour for his new album, "Old Ideas," Agence France-Presse reported.
Cohen, who is best known for songs such as "Suzanne," "So Long Marianne," "Bird on a Wire," "First We Take Manhattan," "Hallelujah" and "Dance Me to the End of Love," last visited Istanbul in 2009, when he performed two concerts at the Harbiye Cemil Topuzlu Open Air Theater.
Released on Jan. 30, "Old Ideas" was Cohen's first new record since 2004's "Dear Heather," returning to his trademark weighty themes of spirituality, love, sexuality, the past and death.
* Two-time Grammy-winning master trumpeter Roy Hargrove will perform at Istanbul's Nardis jazz club on April 13 and 14 with his quintet, as part of the Garanti Jazz concerts sponsored by Garanti bank.
The concerts will begin at 10:30 both nights, and tickets are available at the club's main booth. The Quintet's first recording, "Diamond in the rough," featuring Antonio Hart, appeared in on RCA-Novus in 1990, and was followed by "Public Eye" in 1991.
The quintet's third recording, "The Vibe," which was released in the spring of 1992, was highly praised by critics all over the world, and the band toured Europe, Japan and the U.S. In 1993, Hargrove recorded his fourth and final album for RCA-Novus, titled "Of Kindred Souls."
EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.78
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey: 66/34 Partly Cloudy Antalya, on the Mediterranean: 72/55 Mostly Sunny Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 64/45 Mostly Sunny Izmir, on the Aegean: 70/52 Mostly Sunny Trabzon, on the Black Sea: 55/43 Partly Cloudy Van, in Eastern Turkey: 41/19 Mostly SunnySnow depths at skiing locations:
Erciyes, in Kayseri, Central Turkey: 63 inches Ilgaz, in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey: 55 inches Kartalkaya, in Bolu, Western Turkey: 55 inches Palandoken, in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey: 60 inches SaklIkent, in Antalya, Southern Turkey: 37 inches SarIkamI$, in Kars, Eastern Turkey: 39 inches Uludag, in Bursa, Western Turkey: 63 inches
PREMIERE SOCCER LEAGUE
* Results for week: 33
G. Antep Sp - Ankaragucu 1 - 0 Mersin I Y - Karabuk Sp 0 - 2 Kayseri Sp - Eski$ehir Sp 2 - 2 Sivas Sp - Istanbul BBSK 0 - 1 G. Birligi - Manisa Sp 3 - 0 G. Saray - Ordu Sp 2 - 0 Antalya Sp - Bursa Sp 1 - 3 Be$iKta$ - Samsun Sp 0 - 1 Trabzon Sp - Fenerbahce 1 - 1
In games played so far this weekend: 34
Karabuk Sp - Be$iKta$ 1 - 1 Ankaragucu - Kayseri Sp 0 - 5 Fenerbahce - Antalya Sp 2 - 0 Bursa Sp - G. Antep Sp 0 - 2 Istanbul BBSK - G. Birligi 1 - 0 Samsun Sp - Sivas Sp 1 - 2 Eski$ehir Sp - Mersin I Y 2 - 0 Ordu Sp - Trabzon Sp - Manisa Sp - G. Saray -
Standing in the league as of week ending 33
1 - G. Saray 74 2 - Fenerbahce 65 3 - Trabzon Sp 55 4 - Be$iKta$ 54 5 - Bursa Sp 49 6 - G. Birligi 49 7 - Sivas Sp 47 8 - Eski$ehir Sp 47 9 - Istanbul BBSK 47 10 - G. Antep Sp 45 11 - Karabuk Sp 43 12 - Mersin I Y 42 13 - Kayseri Sp 41 14 - Ordu Sp 41 15 - Antalya Sp 39 16 - Samsun Sp 36 17 - Manisa Sp 32 18 - Ankaragucu 11
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