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1747x0x Turkish News for the week ending 26 March 2011

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    Apr 7, 2011

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      x0x Turkish News for the week ending 26 March 2011
      [This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 26 March 2011]

      Courtesy of Turkish Radio Hour, producer of the
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      Edited by Fuad Tokad

      * The press in Turkey was preoccupied with the banning of a book even before it was published. The Turkish police confiscated the manuscripts of the book following the orders of a public prosecutor. The police also raided a few other places and destroyed the electronic copies of the manuscript.
      Here is how this unusual event has been covered by the Turkish dailies.

      * Characterizing it as "civil disobedience", the daily Cumhuriyet reports that Turkish publishing houses and human rights activists have mobilized as the draft of journalist Ahmet $Ik's book "The Army of Imam" was collected and destroyed by the Turkish police.
      Some publishing houses came together and decided to publish the book despite the threat of prosecution.
      Author Ahmet $Ik was put under arrest within the scope of an alleged coup investigation.

      * On the same event the Turkish daily Radikal reported that reactions mounted on Friday to the seizure of copies of the unpublished book.
      Criticism came even from the ruling Justice and Development party leaders. "I am concerned that a newspaper came under such an action just because of a book," Turkish Deputy Premier Bulent Arinc said.
      The daily Radikal was raided earlier this week by police who searched the daily's offices and computers for copies of the book.
      Turkey's Culture and Tourism Minister Ertugrul Gunay said, "move to destroy the draft copies of an unpublished book is a great concern for me."
      "We are shocked by the unprecedented seizure of the drafts of an unpublished book," Umit Boyner, head of the Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association.

      * In addition to the raid to the daily Radikal's offices, journalists Ahmet $Ik, Nedim Sener and Dogan Yurdakul were shocked when prison officials entered their cells at Silivri prison for a search on Friday, reports the daily Vatan.
      The executives informed $Ik, Sener and Yurdakul about the decision to "seize" the draft of $Ik's unpublished book "The Army of Imam", and searched the cells.
      Prison officials could not find any draft copies in their search.

      * General elections are coming soon in Turkey. The Turkish daily Cumhuriyet says that many intellectuals have applied to the main opposition Republican People's Party to become candidates to be a candidate in the upcoming general elections in June.
      Nilgun Turkler, daughter of the labor confederation DISK's former chairman Kemal Turkler, also applied to the Republican People's Party. Her father was assassinated some years ago.
      Professor Mehmet Haberal, in prison within the scope of the alleged coup investigation, former Erzincan chief prosecutor Ilhan Cihaner, former European Court of Human Rights judge Riza Turmen, and former state minister Gulek also applied to the Republican People's Party.
      Moreover, journalists Mustafa Balbay, Aydin Ayaydin, Oktay Eksi, Veli Ozdemir, Enver Aysever, Umit Zileli, Ali Oztunc, Ismet Hazardagli, Mustafa Dolu, Huseyin Yildiz are candidates.

      * Turkey will convert a ferryboat that belongs to Istanbul Maritime Bus Management into a floating hospital, and send it to Libya, reports the Turkish daily Hurriyet.
      The ferryboat will treat almost 450 people injured in the ongoing operation there.
      Turkey's deputy prime minister Mr. Cemil Cicek said, "the ferryboats will be loaded with ambulances and medical staff. Turkey is the only country that is in contact with both parties in this ongoing situation.
      "We are extending humanitarian assistance. We have reached an agreement, and we will bring the injured to Turkey."

      * Speaking of Libya, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said with NATO taking the command of the international military action on Libya, France had seen its role dwindling,reports the Turkish daily Milliyet.
      "This is a very positive development," Mr. Erdogan said.
      The Turkish premier also said NATO's base in the western province of Izmir would not be used as a launch pad for fighter jets hitting targets in Libya.

      * According to the daily Milliyet, Ayhan Carkin, a former member of the now-defunct Special Forces and a convict in the Susurluk case, was taken under custody after he revealed that he and his colleagues had committed summary executions while fighting against terrorism.

      * Speaking of NATO, the Turkish daily Vatan says that the military alliance was planning to close its base in Turkey's Aegean province of Izmir within the scope of its decision to downsize.
      However, Cigli base has re-gained importance with the ongoing operation in Libya.
      Despite objections by the French president Nicolas Sarkozy, the command of the operation on Libyan leader Muammar al-Qadhafi was transferred to NATO.
      Tens of fighter jets, 10 AWACS, 10-15 fuel supply planes will join the operation. All planes will be under the control of the NATO base in Cigli, Izmir. NATO spokesperson said a Turkish or U.S. general would head the operation that would last for at least three months. The naval operation will be commanded from Naples, Italy.
      A few headlines on the subject:
      - The daily Turkiye: Paris Excluded, Turkey's efforts have bore fruit
      - The daily Yeni Safak, Turkey Foils Sarkozy's Agenda On Libya.

      * According to the Turkish daily Radikal, Turkey's top administrative court, the Council of State, on Friday upheld a decision to cancel a tax fine of $575 million levied on Dogan Productions, a venture of the Dogan Holding.
      Many criticized the fine as a politically motivated move to muzzle the press, and prevent them from writing articles critical of the ruling Justice and Development Party.

      * Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited singer Ibrahim Tatlises at the hospital where he was being treated, and the meeting lasted about 20 minutes, reports the Turkish daily Sabah.
      Ibrahim Tatlises was wounded in the head in an armed attack.
      When leaving the hospital, Mr. Erdogan said, "I have seen him very well, and there are no problems in his speech, and his memory is so good. He has no problem in his right side, but a little problem in his left. He will be taken out of the intensive care unit today, and physical therapy will give result as soon as possible."
      Prime Minister Erdogan also said: "I have got his application to run for the upcoming general elections."

      * According to the Turkish daily Yeni Safak, over 1.8 million high school students will take a test on Sunday to continue their education at a college.
      The Higher Education Entrance Exam will he held nationwide. Turkey's University Student Election Center will take strict measures such deploying video cameras to prevent cheating in the exam.


      * According to Hürriyet Daily News, A Turkish advertisement prepared by the Culture and Tourism Ministry, with the slogan “A Never-ending Tale,” has been placed in Navona Square in Rome.
      The 1100 sq.ft. billboard can be seen as far as 1200 ft. in this crowded square.

      * The exhibition project “Art Place Berlin” is building a bridge from Istanbul to Berlin, two European metropolises which are connected in a special way, not simply because they are partner cities, writes the Hürriyet Daily News.
      In his exhibition “2 - New Underground,” Turkish photographer Sergen Şehitoğlu displays his latest works. He represents the young and dynamic art scene from the Bosporus With his artistic concept he allows the viewer an unusual look which leaves room for emotions, interpretation and perception of an inner meaning.
      “Art Place Berlin,” which started March 15, will continue until April 29.

      * Vercihan Ziflioglu of Hürriyet Daily News reports that Harem at Istanbul's Topkapı Palace in perilous state.
      Officials are planning to restore this most famous section of Istanbul’s Topkapı Palace, but its decrepit nature is much worse than initially believed.
      At present, the harem’s priceless hand-carved tiles and ceiling slabs are severely damaged, architect and restoration expert Fatma Sedes says. The room is currently very fragile, she says.
      Istanbul’s iconic Topkapı Palace, the former seat of the Ottoman sultans and their retinues, receives the highest government funding while also bringing in the most visitor revenues.
      Moreover, national and international film directors are increasingly starting to use the palace and the harem as a film set, further causing damage to the centuries-old buildings. “Building a film set [in the harem] means giving structures that have been carrying years of weariness their deathblow,” Sedes said.
      See more at: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=most-fascinated-part-of-topkapi-palace-is-in-danger-2011-03-18

      * According to the Anatolia News Agency renowned Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho, who is best known for his book 'The Alchemist,' has come to Istanbul to celebrate St. Joseph's Day.
      Before the celebration, he attended a press conference held at the Pera Palas Hotel. He said that he did not give interviews to promote his latest book 'The Aleph' but instead promoted it via social sharing websites.
      Coelho said that he chose a different city each year to celebrate St. Joseph’s Day at a dinner and had chosen Istanbul this year. It was his third time in Turkey; he said he had very special moments each time in the country.

      * According to the Hürriyet Daily News, "Child Brides," a new project implemented by the Flying Broom Women’s Communication and Research Foundation, hopes to raise awareness about early marriages, a pressing issue in contemporary Turkish society.
      "Marriage is not a child but an adult right. Early marriage is an exploitation of child rights, it is a criminal act. We must prevent early marriages by engaging all the stakeholders of society through collaborative work to create a brighter future for our children," said Selen Doğan, the coordinator of "Child Bride" project.
      According to a study by Hacettepe University, 39.7 percent of women in Turkey marry before turning 18. There are currently close to 5.5 million women in Turkey who married before that age, while the marriages of over 7 million women were arranged by their families.
      The study, which was presented to Parliament’s Commission on Equal Opportunity for Men and Women, also said 2 million women in Turkey were the subject of a dowry.
      While educating the community, the project also advocates against early marriages by reaching local governments, public decision-makers and Parliament. So far, the "Child Brides" project has reached 15,000 people.
      See more at: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=turkeys-changemakers-the-child-brides-project-fights-early-marriage-tradition-in-turkey-2011-03-24

      * Anatolia News Agency reports that Archaeologists hope to dig former land mine field to unearth ancient settlement in southeast Turkey.
      The site of an ancient settlement in southeast Turkey is now mine-free after years of sweeping efforts as archaeologists hope to unearth the site dating back to the Third Millennium BC.
      The site is the ancient city of Karkamis.

      * Turkey's Cappadocia region, located in central Anatolia, will host an international orienteering competition over the upcoming weekend, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
      The International Orienteering Federation has designated Cappadocia as one of the 101 places on earth where orienteering must take place before a person passes away.
      The IOF has designated Cappadocia as a special place based on the fairy chimneys and unique geographical structures present there, president of the federation said.
      athletes from around 15 countries would compete at the international competition.
      Orienteering is a family of sports that requires navigational skills using a map and compass to navigate from point to point in diverse and usually unfamiliar terrain, and normally moving at speed. Participants are given a topographical map, usually a specially prepared orienteering map, which they use to find control points. Originally a training exercise in land navigation for military officers, orienteering has developed many variations.

      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, Turkey's stand was chosen as the "Best Stand" at the world's seventh biggest tourism fair, 2011 MITT Moscow Fair.
      Turkey's Kemer town was chosen as "the Best Tourism Destination", Alanya town was chosen as "the Best Family and Children's Destination" while the Amara Dolce Vite Hotel in Kemer was chosen as "the Best Beach Hotel of Turkey" in a survey conducted by Russian tourism portal Zvezda Travel.ru.
      The MITT Moscow Fair took place between March 15 and 17.

      * An Italian company has decided to organize cruise excursions to Turkey due to ongoing turmoil in North African countries, reports the Anatolia News Agency.

      * The annual "Turkish Festival" held in Washington has been selected by a local newspaper the "Best Festival" organized in the U.S. capital city, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
      The Turkish Festival, is organized by the American Turkish Association of Washington D.C. every year.
      With such success, the Turkish Festival left behind the U.S. capital's most famous festivity, the annual Cherry Festival.
      The festival offers a full day of free activities that range from lively folk dancing and musical performances to arts and crafts activities for children and adults. Visitors also enjoy other much-loved aspects of Turkey such as its delicious cuisine, tradition of coffee fortune reading, and bustling Bazaar.

      * Internet search engine Google has shown a special logo on its homepage to celebrate the 400th birthday of 17th century Turkish traveler and writer Evliya Celebi.
      The logo on google.com.tr depicts Evliya Celebi riding a horse. Internet users are able to get special search results about Evliya Celebi by clicking on the icon.
      Last year, UNESCO included the 400th anniversary of Ottoman traveler's birth to its timetable for celebration of anniversaries. Commemoration events for Evliya Celebi (1611-1682) will take place throughout the year in 2011.
      Evliya Celebi was born in Istanbul. He began his travels in Istanbul, taking notes on buildings, markets, customs and culture; in 1640, he started his first journey outside the city. His collection of notes from all of his travels formed a ten-volume work called the Seyahatname (Book of Travels). Currently, there is no English translation of the entire work. There are translations of various parts of the Seyahatname, but not the whole. The longest single English translation was published in 1834 by Ritter Joseph von Hammer-Purgstall, an Austrian Orientalist; it may be found under the name "Evliya Efendi." Von Hammer's work covers the first two volumes: Istanbul and Anatolia.

      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, a Serbian publishing house picked a Turkish novel as the book of the year, Turkey's Culture & Tourism Ministry said on Friday.
      A ministry statement said "Saatleri Ayarlama Enstitusu" (The Time Regulation Institute), a book by Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar, received the book of the year award from a Serbian publishing house--DERETA.
      The book was earlier translated into Serbian within the scope of a project to publish Turkish novels and books in other languages. The award has been granted since 1991.
      "The Time Regulation Institute" offers the reader a truly fascinating and engaging narrative set in post-Ottoman Turkey. It deals with the juxtaposition of opposites: wealthy aristocrats and family people working as hard as they can to scrape by, the old way of life against the influx of modern Western culture, and parallels between the days of the yore and the young Republic.

      * Brief film news:
      - Anatolia News Agency reports that the 22nd International Ankara Film Festival began with a ceremony at the MEB Hall in the Turkish capital.
      - Lebanese people have attached a great interest in the "New Turkish Cinema" Film Festival in Beirut, nearly 2,000 Lebanese people watched Turkish films screened within the scope of the festival.
      - Renowned film director of Turkish descent Fatih Akin was presented with an honorary award at the Nuremberg Turkish-German Film Festival.


      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.55


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey: 63/36 Clear
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean: 70/54 Mostly Sunny
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 61/45 Foggy
      Izmir, on the Aegean: 68/50 Partly Cloudy
      Van, in Eastern Turkey 45/27 Mostly Sunny
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea: 68/50 Partly Cloudy

      Snow depths at skiing locations:

      Erciyes, in Kayseri, Central Turkey 69 inches
      Ilgaz, in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey 33 inches
      Kartalkaya, in Bolu, Western Turkey 79 inches
      Palandoken, in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey 28 inches
      SaklIkent, in Antalya, Southern Turkey 18 inches
      SarIkamI$, in Kars, Eastern Turkey 51 inches
      Uludag, in Bursa, Western Turkey 37 inches


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      I Love You (Ay Lav Yu) Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 06:25 PM
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