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      x0x Turkish News for the week ending 12 October 2013

      [This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 12 October 2013]
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      NEWS

      Edited by Fuad Tokad

      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Speaker of the United States
      House of Representatives John Boehner agreed that it would be unfair
      to exclude Turkey from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment
      Partnership during a meeting with Turkish Industrialists' and
      Businessmen's Association in Washington, the organization's chairman
      Muharrem Yilmaz said on Oct. 11.
      The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is a proposed
      free trade area between the United States and the European Union.
      In addition to meeting the speaker, Mr. Yilmaz said that an
      Association delegation held high-level meetings in Washington with
      officials from the National Security Council, the State Department and
      members of the Congress.
      Read more at >> here <<

      * As Turkey's Supreme Court of Appeals approved of the convictions of
      237 suspects in the Sledgehammer coup plot case, families of the
      convicts and opposition parties have bitterly lamented the final
      verdict, describing it unfair and unjust.
      Operation Sledgehammer is the name of an alleged Turkish secularist
      military coup plan which reportedly dates back to 2003, and was
      allegedly in response to the Islamist Justice and Development Party
      gaining office.
      Following the announcement of the final verdict on Oct. 9, family
      members of the convicted officers burst into tears. Some family
      members were carrying banners that read, "We are soldiers of Mustafa
      Kemal [Ataturk]," and "We very well know that it's Ataturk [the
      founder of the Republic of Turkey] who is being tried," and staged
      protests in front of the court building and in front of the General
      Staff Headquarters, which is few hundred meters away from Supreme
      Court of Appeals.
      The Ninth Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court of Appeals ignored
      the suspects' right to fair trial, main opposition Republican People's
      Party spokesperson Haluk Koc argued.
      Republican People's Party Deputy Chair Umut Oran, who has closely
      followed the Sledgehammer hearings, said the top court ignored reports
      of more than 30 national and international forensic institutes that
      proved the fabrication of evidence in the case.
      Ruling Justice and Development Party's Deputy Parliamentary Group
      Chair Mustafa Elitas made a short comment over the rulings: "The
      Supreme Court of Appeals approved the court ruling and everybody
      should abide by it."
      Read more at >> here << and >> here <<

      * In related news, the Supreme Court of Appeals' verdict on the
      Sledgehammer coup case is unlikely to change, Turkish Constitutional
      Court head Hasim Kilic said as an answer to criticism of the final
      rulings leading to suggestions that the judgments could be different
      in further appeals.
      "I know the [judges] at the Supreme Court of Appeals for years. They
      have been serving ably for a long time. It is a meticulous and
      experienced team that has a command of the situation. That's why the
      possibility of their making mistakes is very slim," Kilic was quoted
      as saying by daily Hurriyet on Oct. 11.
      Many observers suggested that the legal process has not ended,
      stressing that individual applications could be submitted to the
      Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights could be
      seized as a last judicial instance.

      * Istanbul prosecutors have demanded up to seven years of jail time on
      Oct. 12 for 16 protesters who attended three nights of protests in
      Kadikoy township on Istanbul's Asian shores last September.
      The indictment accuses the protesters of resisting and using
      coercion against riot police during clashes that broke out in Kadikoy
      on the evening of Sept. 12, following a demonstration denouncing the
      death of a young protester in the southern province of Hatay two
      nights earlier. One of the indicted protesters is an American citizen,
      the Anatolia News Agency reported.
      Demonstrations in Kadikoy have been taking place without incident
      since the end of May, while protests in Istanbul's European side still
      face daily police intervention.
      However, between the Sept. 12 and 14, Kadikoy witnessed three
      evening of widespread clashes.
      Read more at >> here <<

      * In related news, a forensic medicine report confirmed that
      22-year-old Abdullah Comert, who died during protests in the southern
      province of Antakya on June 3, was killed by a tear gas canister that
      hit his head, daily Radikal reported on Oct. 5.
      Zafer Comert, brother of Abdullah Comert, said they would file a
      complaint against the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on
      the grounds that he had previously said that he was the one who
      ordered the police intervention into the protests.
      Read more at >> here <<

      * Turkish security officers apprehended 26 suspects of a gang dealing
      in human organs. The security operation was based in Istanbul but it
      was conducted at different points in seven provinces following a year
      of intelligence-gathering.
      The gang was allegedly selling kidneys and livers that they bought
      online for $10,000 for a price of $20,000 to patients. The gang
      members were reaching people who wanted to sell their organs online,
      the Anatolia News Agency reported.
      Read more at >> here <<

      * According to a poll conducted by the German-Turkish Foundation for
      Education and Scientific Research, around 74 percent of Turkish people
      do not believe the country will be able to become an European Union
      member, reported the Dogan News Agency.
      The biggest driver behind the Turkish people's loss of belief is
      their increasing economic confidence. Around two-thirds of respondents
      responded "no," when they were asked whether Turkey economically needs
      the European Union.
      Both Turkey's eye-catching success in diversifying export markets to
      unburden its reliance on the European market and the Eurozone's
      unrelieved financial troubles, which have taken the wind out of its
      sails, have impacted that, the report said.

      * The deputy chairman of the main opposition Republican People's Party
      Gursel Tekin has sent a letter to the Russian Embassy in Turkey,
      urging the release of Greenpeace activist Gizem Akhan and other
      members of the organization, as well as for immediate action against a
      possible oil spill.
      "We stand in solidarity with the Arctic 30, a group of Greenpeace
      activists including Gizem Akhan from Turkey and two freelance photo
      journalists detained in Russia after a peaceful protest against
      Gazprom's reckless Arctic oil drilling plans," Tekin said in a written
      statement released by the Republican People's Party's press office on
      Oct. 11.
      In a recent interview published by daily Hurriyet on Oct. 9,
      activist Akhan's mother Tulay Akhan said they were in contact with
      Turkey's consulate in Russia to get information about the welfare of
      their daughter.
      "Gizem has met a diplomat from the St. Petersburg Consulate-General.
      She told them 'My mother must have been very worried. I am fine,'"
      Akhan said.

      * The Turkish government's decision to start negotiations with a
      Chinese firm for the co-production of the $3.4-billion missile defense
      system has triggered serious concerns at NATO and among member
      countries, particularly in the United States. The fact that the
      Chinese company, China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corp's,
      is under U.S. sanctions also complicates the situation.
      NATO has reminded Turkey of its alliance commitments over its
      decision to purchase Chinese anti-missile system, particularly
      emphasizing the impossibility of integrating it with the NATO defense
      system, reported the Hurriyet Daily News.
      Turkish officials claim that the Chinese system can be integrated.
      "Turkey should know that this system would not be inter-operable
      with the NATO systems. That's why we believe this selection is
      politically motivated. But what would be the motive?" a senior
      European diplomat said to the Daily News.

      ARTS AND CULTURE

      * The host of Tonight Show Jay Leno has posted a tweet about Turkish
      TV presenter Gozde Kansu's dismissal from a TV show after a government
      official criticized her low-cut dress, reports the Hurriyet Daily
      News.
      Gozde Kansu objected to the show producer's claim that they had
      parted ways because of "her way of presentation and style."
      She said her firing was political, as nobody at her station was
      "willing to stand against the political will." Read more at >> here <<

      [Veteran actress of Turkish cinema Turkan Soray (L) received an
      honorary award in the opening of the festival.]

      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, the 50th Golden Orange film
      festival has started in Turkey's Mediterranean city of Antalya.
      This year, veteran actors and actresses such as Izzet Gunay and
      Turkan Soray received the best actor and actresses awards in the 50th
      year awards category.
      Later in the week, the festival continued with panel discussions on
      the future of Turkish film. Read more at >> here <<

      * Akbank Jazz Festival will be hosting an exclusive night honoring
      Butch Morris by performances of Rova, a Saxophone Quartet and their
      local and international guest acts, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
      The San Francisco-based band will follow Butch Morris's footsteps at
      Babylon with their project Rova Plus Presents: No Favorites! (for
      Lawrence Butch Morris). Read more at >> here <<
      Jehan Barbur and Ilhan Ersahin are preparing a special performance
      for the Akbank Jazz festival at Caddebostan Culture Center.
      Jehan Barbur has become an important name over the course of six
      years. She succeeded in creating a unique audience with her
      fairytale-like songs and her singer-songwriter abilities.

      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News, one of the legendary
      sopranos of the 20th century, the late Leyla Gencer, was featured on
      search engine Google's daily "doodle" on Oct. 10, in a tribute to "La
      Diva Turca" on what would have been her 85th birthday. Leyla Gencer
      passed away in 2008.

      * Renowned Turkish pianist Gulsin Onay took the stage at Istanbul's
      Hagia Irene as part of ongoing Poland Week events, reports the Agence
      France-Presse.
      Violinist Agata Szymczewska accompanied Onay as a soloist at the
      concert, which also featured the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra
      under the direction of maestro Tadeusz Strugala.
      Among many international awards Gulsin Onay received is one Gold
      Cross of Merit of the Polish nation (2007), awarded by the Polish
      President Lech Kaczy?ski for her contributions to Polish culture
      through her outstanding performances of the music of Chopin.

      * The Ahmed Adnan Saygun Arts Center in Izmir started the season with
      a concert by the Dhafer Youssef Quartet and Turkish clarinetist Husnu
      Senlendirici, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
      A composer, singer and oud player, Youssef is seen as one of the
      most successful jazz musicians in the world.

      * Pera Museum is preparing to host a digital museum concert series
      that will start on Oct. 19, with the support of the Goethe-Institut
      Istanbul and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, reports the Hurriyet
      Daily News.
      Concerts will continue through January 2014.

      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Hermann Nitsch, one of the
      founders of "Vienna Actionism", will exhibit his 66th Painting
      Performance, "Malakt" , as part of the 8th Istanbul Contemporary fair.
      Read more at >> here <<

      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Within the scope of a project
      for the preservation of Istanbul's historic Haydarpasa Railway
      Station, Vienna last year hosted an exhibition featuring the works of
      16 Turkish and foreign artists on railway stations.
      The second leg of the exhibition, titled "From the Bosphorus to the
      Danube: Past, Present, Uncertain Future," opened on October 8 at
      Vienna's Steiner Gallery. The exhibition, curated by Suzie Pilon and
      Michael Werbowski, is organized by the Haydarpasa Preservation Board.
      Built by the German-owned Anatolian-Baghdad Railway and designed by
      architects Otto Ritter and Helmuth Conu, the historic Haydarpasa
      Railway Station is an iconic landmark in Istanbul and a symbolic
      gateway to the city, on its Asian coastline.
      In January 2012 the station closed to allow for the construction of
      a high-speed rail line between Istanbul and Ankara. Planning for
      transportation in the greater region, development of the area around
      the station is still in its formative stages, and the future use of
      the station has yet to be determined.
      Read more at >> here <<

      * Istanbul's Galeri Mana is collaborating with the Delfina Foundation
      for a new joint exhibition. The gallery presents "Bodies That Matter,"
      a group exhibition curated by Rebecca Heald. The exhibition takes
      place between Oct. 4 and Nov. 16, welcoming many foreign artists,
      reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
      Works by Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Jumana Emil Abboud,
      Bashar Alhroub, Mustafa al Hallaj, Jeremy Hutchison, Jawad al Malhi,
      Olivia Plender will be featured at the exhibition.
      The Delfina Foundation is an independent, non-profit foundation
      based in London and is dedicated to facilitating artistic exchange and
      developing creative practice through residencies, partnerships, and
      public programming with a special focus on international
      collaborations with the greater Middle East and North Africa.
      www.delfinafoundation.com
      Galeri Mana , located in the Tophane district of Istanbul, is a
      converted wheat mill that dates to the 19th century.
      Read more at >> here <<

      * Late "arabesque" singer Muslum Gurses achieved the status of a cult
      musician with masses of devoted fans.
      According to the Anatolia News Agency, now, a little more than seven
      months after his death, the life of the singer who was affectionately
      called "Muslum Baba" ? partly for the greatness of the love he
      engendered among his now orphaned fans and partly due to his manners ?
      will become part of the annals of history, with a rare tribute: A new
      museum in his hometown of Sanliurfa dedicated to his artistic career.
      The "Muslum Gurses Museum" was opened on Oct. 5 in Sanliurfa with
      the attendance of his widow, Muhterem Nur, and Labor and Social
      Security Minister Faruk Celik, who represented the government, reports
      the Anatolia News Agency.
      Read more at >> here <<

      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Istanbul Modern launches a new
      youth and children education program in collaboration with the Centre
      Pompidou in Paris. The program gathers performance and visual arts as
      a new education event.
      Read more at >> here <<

      * The International Culture and Arts Association is presenting a new
      exhibition: "Sultan Abdulaziz with paintings," at Istanbul's
      Dolmabahce Art Gallery, reports the Hurriyet Daily News. The opening
      hosted association's president Tugrul Tuna and Kucukcekmece mayor Aziz
      Yeniay.
      The exhibition consists of 12 unsigned portraits and paintings by
      Sultan Abdulaziz that belong to the National Palaces Painting
      collection. The collection had given permission six months earlier and
      the paintings were bought from Poland's Krakow National Museum. There
      are also etchings and sketches by Abdulaziz.
      Born at Istanbul's Eyup Palace in 1830, Abdulaziz received an
      Ottoman education but was nevertheless an ardent admirer of the
      material progress that was made in the West. The Sultan took an
      interest in documenting the Sultanate. He was also interested in
      literature and was also a classical music composer. Some of his
      compositions have been collected in the album "European Music at the
      Ottoman Court" by the London Academy of Ottoman Court Music. The
      biggest achievement of Abdulaziz was to modernize the Ottoman Navy. In
      1875, the Navy had 21 battleships and 173 warships of other types,
      ranking as the third largest navy in the world after the British and
      Frenchnavies.
      He established the first Ottoman railroad network and Sirkeci Train
      Station in Constantinople, terminus of the Orient Express. Impressed
      by the museums in London, Parisand Vienna, he established the Istanbul
      Archaeology Museum.
      Under Abdulaziz's reign, Turkey's first postage stamps were issued
      in 1863, and The Ottoman Empire joined the Universal Postal Union in
      1875 as a founding member. The Great Britain bestowed on him the 756th
      Knight of the Order of the Garter in 1867 and the 127th Grand Cross of
      the Order of the Tower and Sword.
      Read more at >> here <<

      * Istanbul's SALT Interpretation invites high school students to
      participate in "Memory Palace," a workshop organized within the scope
      of Gulsun Karamustafa's "A Promised Exhibition" at SALT Beyoglu,
      reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
      Led by artist Hera Buyuktasciyan, the workshop will focus on notions
      of personal, social and spatial memory, and immigration, themes that
      Karamustafa investigates in her practice.
      SALT is a not-for-profit institution located in Istanbul and Ankara,
      Turkey. Opened in April 2011, SALT hosts exhibitions, conferences and
      public programs; engages in interdisciplinary research projects; and
      sustains SALT Research, a library and archive of recent art,
      architecture, design, urbanism, and social and economic histories to
      make them available for research and public use.

      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, Turkey's Northwestern city of
      Edirne's Ekmekcizade Caravanserai is hosting a Salvador Dali
      exhibition titled "Zodiac," starting from Oct. 23.
      25 works of the Spanish artist will be on display.

      * Samsun's Oymaagac village in the Vezikopru district is the holy
      Hittite city of Nerik, according to archaeologists who have been
      working in the area for eight years, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
      The head of the excavations, German archaeologist Rainer Czichon says
      cuneiform tablets found in the region prove this fact. Read more at >>
      here <<

      * The discovery of 4,000-year-old preserved brains that were boiled in
      their own juice is resonating across the scientific world, reports the
      Hurriyet Daily News correspondent Deniz Ciyan.
      The brains were found in Turkey's western province of Kutahya along
      with skeletons at the Seyitomer Hoyuk Bronze Age settlement.
      The finding of the preserved brains, which date back to the Bronze
      Age, is unique, and will not only shed light on the brain activities
      of the ancient people but also add to the knowledge of paleontology
      and forensics, according to Meric Adil Altinoz, who was among the
      group of scientists to analyze the brains that were excavated from the
      Seyitomer excavation site,
      Scientists think that an earthquake buried the bodies deep in the
      soil and a subsequent fire boiled the brains, thus creating the
      conditions to preserve the brains.
      Read more at >> here <<

      * The new excavation area in Turkey's Sanliurfa's Gobeklitepe, known
      as the world's oldest temple, will be covered with a roof for
      protection, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
      The head of the excavations Prof. Klaus Schmidt said they had found
      new artifacts during their work this year.
      Read more at >> here <<

      * The mosaics from an ancient Roman city that were revealed last year
      during the construction of a market in Turkey's southern town of
      Tarsus will soon be moved to a museum for protection, according to
      officials, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
      The official said the ancient city, had many earthen pots, medical
      tools, sculptured figures and oil lamps.
      He also said the excavation works had revealed a 52-meter-long and
      four-meter-high water storage system, as well as an ancient fountain
      and pool.

      * During excavations at the Temple of Kyzikos Hadrian in the
      northwestern province of Balikesir's Erdek township, the world's
      biggest Corinthian-style column head was unearthed, reports the
      Anatolia News Agency.
      The column head is about 7.5-ft high and dates back to the Roman period.
      Read more at >> here <<

      EXCHANGE RATE

      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 1.99

      WEATHER

      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey: 77/45 Mostly Sunny
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean: 86/66 Clear
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 73/55 Partly Cloudy
      Izmir, on the Aegean: 82/64 Clear
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea: 66/57 Partly Cloudy
      Van, in Eastern Turkey: 59/36 Mostly Sunny

      Seawater temperatures:

      Black Sea measured at Trabzon 66
      Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 64
      Aegean Sea measured at Izmir 68
      Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 77

      SPORTS

      SOCCER

      * Turkey kept its 2014 World Cup dreams alive after securing a 2-0
      victory against Estonia in a tricky away game in Talinn on the night
      of Oct. 11.

      * Konak Belediyespor, dubbed "Izmir's Girls" beat Unia Raciborz of
      Poland 2-1 on Oct. 10 in the 32nd round of the UEFA Women's Champions
      League, continuing its unprecedented run for a Turkish women's
      football club.

      * The Associated Press, Kevin Durant scored 24 points to lead the
      Oklahoma City Thunder to a 95-82 victory over host Fenerbahceon
      Saturday in the first game of the NBA exhibition season.

      * The Sinan Erdem Dome in Istanbul will host the prestigious year-end
      WTA tennis tournament from Oct. 22 to 27, for the third consecutive
      year, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
      Serena Williams (USA), Victoria Azarenka (BLR), Agnieszka Radwanska
      (POL), Li Na (CHN), Petra Kvitova (CZE), Sara Errani (ITA), and Jelena
      Jankovic (SRB) will attend the championship.

      * Advertising tycoon Sir Martin Sorrell, who worked on Istanbul's
      failed 2020 Olympic bid, has told the Leaders in Football conference
      it was a "tragedy" that Turkey had been passed over.
      Sorrell claimed the BBC's coverage of the Gezi Park unrest in
      Turkey, which started at the end of May between riot police and
      anti-government protesters, had influenced the International Olympic
      Committee (IOC) vote in Buenos Aires last month, the Daily Mail
      reported.
      The Gezi Park protests continued for nearly two months, creating the
      largest social upheaval in the Jusrice and Development Party
      administration's 11-year tenure.

      * The Turkish National Olympic Committee is pushing for the doubling
      of the two-year ban penalty imposed on athletes found to have engaged
      in doping.
      Earlier in the year around 40 Turkish athletes were banned from
      sports for using banned substances.

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      The Summer of Resistance: A Portrait of Turkey's Gezi Park Movement
      Please join us on October 20th for this dynamic show presenting Mimar
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      *** Turkey at 90

      Fri, Oct 25 2013 - 12:00pm

      Bonnie Joy Kaslan, Honorary Consul General, Republic of Turkey

      Jeffrey Collins, Former White House National Security Staff Director
      for Turkish Affairs; Senior Counsel, Chevron

      Kaya Boztepe, Vice President, Turkish American Alliance for Fairness

      Joel Brinkley, Professor of Journalism at Stanford University - Moderator

      The Republic of Turkey celebrates its 90th birthday this October. Our
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