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2121x0x Turkish News for the week ending 05 July 2014

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    Jul 8, 2014

      x0x Turkish News for the week ending 05 July 2014 

      [This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 05 July 2014]

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      * Five opposition parties of Turkey have agreed on the candidacy of the former head of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, to run for president. 
        The five parties are the Republican People's Party, Nationalist Movement Party, Democratic Left Party, Independent Turkey Party and Democratic Party. 
        The heads of these parties said in their statements that Ihsanoglu is the candidate that represents all segments of society, according to the Turkish Radio and Television reports. 
        Meanwhile, the ruling justice and Development Party, as expected, nominated the current prime minister Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan as their candidate. 
        The pro-Kurdish party, on the other hand, nominated their own, making the number of candidates three.

      * According to Ayça Arkılıç, a PhD candidate in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin, Turkish expatriates living in Europe may determine outcome of the presidential elections. 
        Turkey's first round of presidential elections will be held Aug. 10, 2014. With a law that passed in 2012, Turks living abroad are now eligible to vote for the first time in national elections. 
        According to a report published by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it is estimated that the total Turkish voter population abroad makes up some 5.5 percent of the total electorate. Expatriate Turks are expected to have a bigger turnout in the elections and become an important voter group that could change the outcome of the elections. 
        Turkish citizens living in the Bay Area will be able to vote at the Turkish Consulate General in Los Angeles. 
        Local Turks are organizing buses and car sharing for a day trip to Los Angeles to enable the Bay Area Turks to vote. 
        Read more at >> here <<

      * According to Agence France-Presse, thirty-two Turkish truck drivers held hostage for three weeks by Islamic militants in Iraq have been freed and handed over to consular staff in Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan, Turkey's foreign affairs minister said Thursday. 
        Later the drivers were flown to Urfa Turkey by the Turkish government. 
        Militants storming the Turkish consulate in Mosul had also kidnapped 49 other Turks, including the consul, staff members, guards and three children. 
        There was however no information regarding their whereabouts.

      * Roy Gutman of the McClatchy newspaper group reports that Turkey's powerful prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, launched parliamentary debate this week on a new law that would open formal negotiations with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party to end a 30-year armed rebellion. 
        He tied the move to resolve the long-standing grievances of the country's biggest ethnic minority to his campaign to become Turkey's first directly elected president, making it clear that he was pitching for Kurdish votes in hopes of winning a majority in the first round of the Aug. 10 contest. 
        The voting for the new law will take place at the end of July. 
        Read more at >> here <<

      * Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ordered a senior regional party official to resign after pictures apparently showed him drinking alcohol, the Hurriyet Daily News reported Friday. 
        Mustafa Celebi, the head of the Justice and Development Party in a district of the southwestern Mugla province, can be seen in photos posted on social media drinking alcohol with two colleagues. 
        Drinking alcohol is legal in Turkey and beers, wines and spirits are easily available especially in Istanbul, Ankara and the coastal resorts. 
        However, the Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party takes a dim view of drinking.

      * Erdogan administration had been reassigning or firing judiciary, prosecutors and police that started an investigation in 2013 December against its four ministers and businessman close to the ruling Justice and Development Party. 
        Now in an interview with Reuters, the police purge undermines Turkish security operations, sacked officers say. 
        Reuters article writes that Turkey's vulnerability became the more evident when the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) rebel group, swiftly seizing territory in northern Iraq last month, took 80 Turks hostage in the city of Mosul. 
        Number of police officers re-assigned just from Istanbul to other parts of Turkey is around 4500, news reports say. 
        Read more at >> here << 

      * ExxonMobil is in talks with state-run Turkish Petroleum Corporation on exploring for shale gas in the country's southeast and northwest regions, said Selami İncedalcı, head of the Energy Ministry's General Directorate of Petroleum Affairs if, Balkans News reports.

      * Turkish shares and bond prices were firm on Friday in lower volumes due to a U.S. holiday while lower oil prices underpinned the lira which was hit on Thursday by higher-than-expected June inflation data. 
        The central bank on Friday cited high food prices as a factor behind the rise in June inflation figures, which showed a month-on-month increase of 0.31 percent after a poll forecast they would be unchanged.

      * Turkey's long-awaited high-speed rail link between Istanbul and Ankara suffered a setback on Thursday when a test train crashed only days before its official opening by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, Reuters reported. 
        Read more at >> here <<

      A lone house holds out against development in the Fikirtepe district of Istanbul.

      * Writing in The Guardian, David Lepeska says that Istanbul's gentrification by force is leaving locals feeling overwhelmed and angry. 
        Luxury hotels are rising all over Turkey's largest city as ageing districts are rebuilt – but critics say Istanbul is chasing profit for the privileged while ignoring the majority, he adds. 
        Read more at >> here << 


      Edited by Ece Cizmeci


      * For its 10th anniversary, Istanbul Modern last week opened a new exhibition titled "Plurivocality: Visual Arts and Music in Turkey", reports the Hurriyet Daily News. 
        Curated by museum director Levent Çalıkoğlu and curator Çelenk Bafra, the exhibition examines the relationship between visual arts, music and sound in Turkey from the late Ottoman period to the present, and a selection of contemporary art in this area. 
        In the main exhibition area, "Plurivocality" presents a selection of current paintings, sculptures, videos and installations by artists of diverse generations, exploring the relationship between the visual arts and music in Turkey. 
        Throughout the course of the exhibition, Istanbul Modern will be organizing a program of events addressing a wide range of music genres and includes concerts, performances, panel discussions and talks with exhibition artists and music experts, as well as workshops prepared by the education department based on the art in the exhibition. The Istanbul Modern Store will also be offering sound- and music-related technology products, CDs of music in the exhibition and other music related products. 
        "Plurivocality" will continue through Nov. 27 at Istanbul Modern. İstanbul Modern, aka Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, is a museum of contemporary art in the Beyoğlu district of Istanbul, Turkey. 
        Read more at >> here <<


      * A Turkish professor has filed a complaint against Nuri Bilge Ceylan for "torturing a horse" during the shooting of his movie, "Winter Sleep," which recently won the Palme d'Or in Cannes Film Festival, reports the Hurriyet Daily News. 
        "Winter Sleep," which won the prestigious Palme d'Or award at the Cannes Film Festival last month, is a domestic drama telling the story of a family running a hotel in the Central Anatolia Region. Catching wild horses is one of the themes of the movie, in accordance with the meaning of the historical region's name, Cappadocia, or "the land of the beautiful horses" in Old Persian. 
        But Dr. Orhan Kural, who filed the complaint against Ceylan on June 30, claimed that one of the horses seen in the movie was "tortured" while being captured. 
        The Law for the Protection of Animals in Turkey stipulates various fines for those who commit animal cruelty. A draft code that was submitted to the Turkish Parliament this month calls for jail time for those who abuse animals. 
        Read more at >> here <<

      * The 24th Akbank Jazz Festival will be held this year between Oct. 23 and Nov. 2. Three headlines of the festival were announced on June 30, reports the Hurriyet Daily News. 
        Among the stars of this year's festival will be Jamie Cullum, Christian McBride Trio and Kenny Barron & Dave Holland. 
        Having paved his road to stardom at a very early age, Cullum is a multi-award-winning jazz singer and songwriter. He will take the stage on Oct. 30 at Zorlu Center PSM. 
        The legendary musician Christian McBride will be visiting Turkey with pianist Christian Sands and Grammy award-winning drummer Ulysses Owens Jr. on tour for their new album "Out Here." The trio will be on stage Oct. 24 at Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall. 
        On Oct. 31 at Zorlu Center PSM, a concert performed by two-time Grammy Award winning Jazz extraordinaire, pianist Kenny Barron and bassist Dave Holland will appeal to the duo's existing fans, along with anyone wanting to get to know jazz outside of vocal jazz. 
        Read more at >> here <<


      * The 21st Istanbul Jazz Festival, which kicked off on July 1, will introduce "Jazz in Parks," a new project aiming to bring together accomplished jazz musicians at outdoor venues throughout Istanbul, reports the Hurriyet Daily News. 
        The Jazz in the Parks' event will take place at Nişantaşı's Arts Park club, which has two open-air stages, on July 5 at 6:00 p.m. The headline act will be New Orleans jazz pianist Jon Batiste & Stay Human. 
        All concerts will be free of charge. Organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Arts and Culture (İKSV), the Istanbul Jazz Festival will take place across 13 different venues until July 16, hosting over 200 local and international acts. 
        Read more at >> here <<


      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News, London's Southbank Art Center has selected the greatest international poems of love from the last 50 years, including Turkish poet Nazım Hikmet's "Severmişim Meğer" (Things I Didn't Know I Loved). 
        Instead of focusing on the more well-established literary names, such as Elizabeth Barrett Browning or Shakespeare, the selectors – who are made up of poetry specialists at the Southbank Center – reviewed works that have been published in the last 50 years, The Guardian reported. 
        On July 20, the poems will be read at an event held at the Southbank Center's Royal Festival Hall. A cast of 50 leading actors and poets from across the globe will form an orchestra of readers, each reading one of the greatest love poems from the last 50 years. There will be readings in various languages, including Turkish, with English translations. 
        Read more at >> here <<

      Violin, viola and violoncello students of AIMA will perform at the festival

      * The 2nd AIMA Ayvalık Music Festival, organized by the Ayvalık International Music academy (AIMA), will be held on July 8, 9 and 10 this year in the western province of Balıkesir's Ayvalık town, reports the Hurriyet Daily News. The event will feature violin, viola and violoncello students of AIMA Master Classes. 
        The Taksiyarhis Church, which has been restored by the Rahmi Koç Museum and Culture Foundation, will host the festival. 
        On July 9, the Chamber Music concerts will feature Haydn, Brahms, Bottesini and Hoffmann pieces. The festival will end on July 10 with the works of Bach, Telemann, Corelli, Chaikovsky and Mozart. 
        Read more at >> here <<


      * According to the Turkish Cultural Foundation, the first group of a total of 48 American middle and high school teachers are in Turkey for a 14 day journey. on the Turkish Cultural Foundation's Teacher Study Tours.
        The teachers were selected from among participants in the Teacher Workshops on Turkey organized under the Spotlight on Turkey 2014 program, by 10 local chapters of the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) and TCF. The second group will be visiting Turkey on July 14-27. 
        This year's teachers hail from the states of Colorado, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, and Virginia. 
        Three Turkish teachers and one Turkish American educator will accompany the tours as volunteers with a view to further facilitate exchanges between Turkish and American educators. 
        The teachers began their journey in Istanbul and visit Gelibolu (Gallipoli) and Troy, Canakkale, Bursa, Kusadasi, Pamukkale, Konya and Catalhoyuk, Cappadocia and Ankara. Throughout the tour, teachers will have the chance to visit and learn about world-famous cultural, archaeological, architectural and natural sites of Turkey and meet with experts, educators and representatives of Turkish civil society.


      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 2.14


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
      Ankara, in central Turkey:         88/59 Mostly Sunny
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean:     95/79 Mostly Sunny
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey:  84/68 Mostly Sunny
      Izmir, on the Aegean:              91/72 Mostly Sunny
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea:         79/68 Thunderstorms
      Van, in Eastern Turkey:            82/57 Partly Cloudy
      Snow depths at skiing locations:
      Black Sea measured at Trabzon         73
      Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag      70
      Aegean Sea measured at Izmir          81
      Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 79




      * Turkish prime minister Mr. Erdoğan visited the facilities of the Turkish national football team in Istanbul's Beykoz district on July 4, reports the Dogan News Agency. 
        He was met there by Turkish Football Association Chairman Yıldırım Demirören and national team coach Fatih Terim, and briefly chatted with the young players who were waiting for him at the entrance. 
        After arriving, the prime minister rebuked 18-year-old Galatasaray player Berk Yıldız over his tattoos. "What are these tattoos? Why do you harm your body like that," Erdoğan said. "Don't be fooled by foreigners. God forbid, it could even give you skin cancer in the future."


      [Saat 18:30 and 19:30 'da iki kez okuyun]

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      *** Mid East Tapestry: Performances, demonstration-lectures of Arabic and Turkish art music 

      When Saturday, July 12, 2014, 12:00
      Place: Santa Rosa Main Library, 211 E St., Santa Rosa 95404; (707) 545-0831 

      When Saturday, July 18, 2014, 08:30 P.M.
      Place: Redwood Cafe, 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati, CA 94931; 707-795-7868

      When Saturday, July 19, 2014, 12:30 – 2:00 P.M.
      Place: Point Reyes Library, Address 11431 State Route 1, Point Reyes, CA 94956; 415-663-8375 

      Type of Event: Performances, Presentations and Lectures 
      Summary: Come enjoy a demonstration-lecture of Arabic and Turkish art music featuring live performances.