1838x0x Turkish News for the week ending 28 April 2012
- May 9, 2012
x0x Turkish News for the week ending 28 April 2012
[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 28 April 2012]
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* Hurriyet and Milliyet dailies wrote about Prime Minister Erdogan's statements in a symposium on the new constitution, saying that many operations had been made on Turkish language to get rid of foreign words from it.
"Operations on Turkish language removed the bridge between our history and the present," Erdogan said.
* Another topic in the newspapers was a clash between Turkish soldiers and terrorists in Bingol province, saying that a clash erupted between security forces and Kurdistan Wirkers Party militants in a rural area near Genc town of Bingol, two soldiers and one village guard died in the clash.
Three terrorists were killed in the clash, papers said.
* Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard arrived in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Thursday in order to discuss the preparations for the 100th anniversary commemorations of the Canakkale Campaign in 2015.
Later Gillard traveled to Turkey's northwestern province of Canakkale on Tuesday to attend ceremonies to commemorate Australian soldiers who fell during the 1915 Canakkale Campaign of the First World War.
Julia Gillard participated in a ceremony at dawn on Wednesday at the Gelibolu Peninsula where ANZAC first set foot 97 years ago with thousands of Australians and New Zealanders to pay their respects to their ancestors who lost their lives in the battlefields of Canakkale.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard also participated in the service and she addressed the crowd who waited in their sleeping bags for the ceremony to begin which marks the 97th anniversary of Canakkale battles.
"This place where rivals met in equal terms and in respect shines with valor," Gillard told the service at a bay named after the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, or the ANZAC, that formed the backbone of a 200,000-man British-led army that landed at Gelibolu.
"Turks have honored our losses and owned them as their children. No other nation could have protected our sanctuaries better and hosted us here more generously in our sacred visits," Gillard said.
"The Gallipoli Campaign", took place at Gelibolu peninsula in Turkey from April 1915 to January 1916, during the First World War.
A joint British and French operation was mounted to capture the Ottoman capital of Istanbul and secure a sea route to Russia. Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) formed the backbone of a 200,000-man British-led army that landed at Gelibolu. The attempt failed, with heavy casualties on both sides. The campaign resonated profoundly among all nations involved.
Nearly 1 million soldiers fought in the trench warfare at Gelibolu. The allies recorded 55,000 killed in fighting with 10,000 missing and 21,000 dead of disease. Turkish casualties were estimated at around 250,000.
The campaign was the first major battle undertaken by ANZAC and is often considered to mark the birth of national consciousness in both Australia and New Zealand. As "ANZAC Day", April 25 remains the most significant commemoration of military casualties in these countries. Each year, thousands of people, many of them Australians and New Zealanders, travel to the battlefields in northwestern Turkey on ANZAC Day, the anniversary of the April 25th, 1915, start of the campaign.
The battle is considered as a defining moment in the history of the Turkish people. The struggle laid the grounds for the Turkish War of Independence and the foundation of the Republic of Turkey eight years later under Ataturk, himself a commander at Gelibolu.
* Sabah daily newspaper wrote that nine military officers, including generals Lokman Ekinci and Ismail Hakki Onder and retired generals Fevzi Turkeri and Yildirim Turker, were arrested in the third wave of the February 28 investigation.
The paper also wrote that the court released three officers.
* However, people in custody over ousting of Islamist-led government rises to 35, reported the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet.
The Ankara court order to jail retired lieutenant-general Yildirim Turker along with eight other serving and retired officers, brought the number held pending trial to 35 since prosecutors launched an investigation earlier this month.
Gen. Turker, according to media reports, had been head of personnel in the General Staff and belonged to a group within the top brass, known as the Western Study Group, suspected of being behind moves to make prime minister Necmettin Erbakan quit 15 years ago.
The episode is often referred to as Turkey's "post-modern coup" as the generals used pressure behind the scenes rather than overt military force employed in three earlier coups.
According to the pro-government Sabah newspaper, Gen. Turker is likely to be questioned over alleged psychological operations to undermine Erbakan, using a television series to sow mistrust of a government that the military viewed as a threat to the republic's secular order.
Turkey's current prime minister, Mr. Tayyip Erdogan, had belonged to Erbakan's party then. Since coming to power with a new party a decade ago Mr. Erdogan has made it his mission to curb the political power of the military, the second largest in NATO.
The leader of the main opposition Republican Peoples party, Kemal Kilicaroglu, has said the investigation was turning into a "witch hunt".
Hundreds of military officers, including top serving and retired commanders, are now facing trials, accused of involvement in two other alleged coup conspiracies against Erdogan and his Justice and Welfare Party government.
* Azerbaijan's president Ilham Aliyev said on Friday that Turkey and Azerbaijan should cooperate in energy, transportation, defense industry and information technologies, reported the Anatolia News Agency.
"Two countries should particularly have a strong cooperation in information technologies, which is one of the most important areas of the future as defense industry is being carried out by information technologies," Aliyev said as he received Turkish Science, Industry and Technology Minister Nihat Ergun in Baku.
Aliyev also said Turkey and Azerbaijan should also have industrial cooperation, particularly in satellite technologies.
Ergun, in his part, said Turkey had taken steps to strengthen its industrial infrastructure, and expressed readiness to share its experiences and cooperate with Azerbaijan.
Minister Ergun proposed that Turkey should share its experiences with Azerbaijan in supporting small and medium scale enterprises as well as organized industrial zones.
ARTS AND CULTURE
* The film "Mustafa's Sweet Dreams" that we gave free tickets on our program, won the best documentary film award at the 2012 Tiburon International Film Festival, the festival organizers announced.
The documentary tells the story of Mustafa, a 16-year-old boy who works as a pastry shop apprentice in Gaziantep, the "Capital of Baklava", in Eastern Turkey.
His dream is to become a famous pastry chef in Istanbul. The journey he goes through leads him to find more than bright lights at his destination.
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Boasting a rich collection of films depicting the struggle of the working class around the world, the Labor Film Festival will kick off May Day and continue until May 7 in four provinces around Turkey.
The theme of the festival, which will screen 57 movies in Ankara, Istanbul, İzmir and Diyarbakır, will be "Freedom needs labor."
The international guest of the festival will be scriptwriter Paul Laverty, who is known for his contributions to Ken Loach movies. Laverty will attend May Day celebrations in Taksim before speaking at an opening on May 2 and attending a seminar on labor movies on May 3.
Read more at www.hurriyetdailynews.com
* According to the Doğan News Agency, The Russian film "Nyanki" (Nannies), which pokes fun at the behavior of Russian visitors to Turkey, is drawing big crowds in Russia.
The film tells the story of two managers who are sent to Turkey by their boss to make business connections in the country. The boss also sends along his three children, to prevent his employee from taking a vacation instead of working. But the children get the workers into trouble, and they are forced to leave their hotel in the southern province of Antalya because of the children's bad behavior.
Actor Nikolay Naumov aid at the film's gala premier in Perm that the movie's goal was to make Russians examine their behaviors in Turkey.
After viewing the trailers for the film, many Russians have begun to comment on it in Internet forums
* Popular Turkish series Muhteşem Yüzyıl (Magnificent Century) is preparing to compete at the Banff World Media Festival, which will take place in Canada in June, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
The festival aims to feature in-depth spotlights on key international territories, and delivers awards in 26 different categories. Organizers have announced that Larry King will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award that recognizes an individual who has enriched the world of entertainment.
* The 15th Flying Broom International Women's Film Festival is set to take place between May 10 and 17 in Ankara. The festival, supported by the Culture and Tourism Ministry, the Prime Ministry Promotional Fund and the European Union, was launched April 26 at a press conference.
The Flying Broom Communications and Research Association Chair Ms. Halime Güner said the goal of the festival was to help women's efforts in cinema, as the film is both a goal and a tool for women to be organized.
"We have progressed very much, and have become the world's only women's film festival awarded by international film critics. For 15 years we have brought Turkey's agenda to the world, and the world's agenda to Turkey."
She went on to describe the festival program as "rich and magnificent."
* The festival will feature 115 films by 100 directors from 41 countries, and will present a selection from one of the leading names of Moroccan cinema, Farida Benlyazid, especially prepared by Turkish film critic Sevin Okyay for the 15th anniversary, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
Among the other directors featured will be Trinh Minh-ha, Saara Cantell, Teresa Villaverde and Debra Zimmerman.
There will also be a short film competition at this year's festival, with a theme of "Can I Call You Father?" Talks and special screenings at the Ankara, Hacettepe and the Middle East Technical Universities will also be held.
* The Turkish film industry is flourishing in the absence of censorship, Turkish actress Hülya Koçyiğit recently said, speaking at the Erciyes Film Festival, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
"In the past we have experienced a lot of censorship. Now I think this trend has stopped," said Turkish actress Hülya Koçyiğit said, speaking in a seminar at the Erciyes Film Festival, of which she was also a juror. Turkish producers are freer than they were in the past, and the film festivals are evidence of this.
For a long time the Turkish film industry was not well-known in the international arena, Koçyiğit said "But now this has changed, and Turkish movies are very popular right now. Turkish films are receiving major awards on the international scene."
* A scene from The Accidental Spy,' one of the films that was made in Istanbul's historical venues. The city is a unique visual backdrop for international filmmakers. MGM Photo
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Istanbul, a city spanning two continents and the site of many civilizations throughout history, also draws attention as a unique visual backdrop for international filmmakers thanks to its cultural and historical significance.
The city, which is currently hosting filming for the latest installment of the James Bond film series, "Skyfall," has served as the setting for many world-famous films. Istanbul has already hosted filming for other films in the James Bond series, including "From Russia with Love" and "The World is not Enough." The 2003 Greek movie, "Politiki Kouzina" (A Touch of Spice), was also filmed in Istanbul, along with "The Accidental Spy."
Speaking of the James Bond movie, accroding to the Anatolia News Agency, despite damage done by film crews, the James Bond film will promote Istanbul's Grand Bazaar to a global audience, Turkey's Culture and Tourism Minister Ertuğrul Günay has said.
Read more at www.hurriyetdailynews.com
* Spanish copla' singer Buika gave a concert in Istanbul April 13, her second Istanbul appearance since the beginning of the year. Tickets sold out immediately. Buika says she really gets along with the Turkish audience, adding she finds them as crazy as she is, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
Buika is noted for her style, which fuses many musical styles such as flamenco, copla, jazz, rumba and soul. She is renowned for being one of the most lively and spontaneous artists on the current Spanish musical scene. She said she always goes on stage with no preconceived idea what she will do there. "I like to surprise the audience. They keep on passing me information about what they want to see, anyway."
Read more at www.hurriyetdailynews.com
* According to the Anatolia News Agency, a unique philharmonic orchestra formed by the Culture Ministry is hoping to stage an "artistic revolution" in Turkey by bringing its music to all four corners of the country with 250 concerts a year.
"We believe that the Anatolian Philharmonic will be the beginning of an artistic revolution in Anatolia," Kenan Gökkaya, the coordinator of the İzmir-based Anatolian Philharmonic Orchestra, recently said.
"We observe everyday how our people are interested in fine arts and how our orchestra was a true idea."
Read more at www.hurriyetdailynews.com
* Turkey's world renowned composer and pianist Fazıl Say gave a concert at New York's famous Metropolitan Museum on April 21.
Mr. Say, who was invited to the museum for the promotion of the new galleries of the museum on Arab countries, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia and Southern Asian, which opened in the museum's Islamic Arts section last October, took the stage at the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium.
Among the audience at the concert were Paul Wolfowitz the former president of World Bank, Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary General Kim Won-soo and Turkey's Permanent Representative to the UN Ertuğrul Apakan.
Read more at www.hurriyetdailynews.com
* Bonomo with Franka
* Can Bonomo, who will represent Turkey in this year's Eurovision Song Contest, took the stage on April 21 in Dutch capital Amsterdam as part of his promotional tours ahead of the competition, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
Bonomo also met Turkish-Dutch musician Joan Franka (Ayten Kalan) who will represent the country in the same contest for the Netherlands. They wished each other good luck and said "let the best win."
Franka said she would come to Istanbul next week and take the stage as part of her promotional tour. "I am half Turkish, half Dutch. I guess I am one of the best examples of our countries' friendship," she said, adding, "I love you Turkey." Franka, who has won the Voice of Holland competition, will represent the country with her song "You and Me."
* As you may remember on our April 7 Turkish Cultural Program broadcast, we had the renowned Turkish musician Erkin Koray live in our studios here in SAn Francisco.
He was here as part of the promotion of his new album.
Anatolia News Agency just reported that his album is very pouplar in the US. Many radio stations have started playing it and has also gotten the thumbs up from music critics.
You can listen to our program with Mr. Koray at http://turkradio.us/ar/kusf20120407.mp3
Read more at www.hurriyetdailynews.com
* Turkish soprano Pervin Çakar, who has been performing in Italy for the past seven years, has been honored with a prestigious musical award, the French Académie du Disque Lyrique's Orphée d'Or (Golden Orfeo), reports the Anatolia News Agency.
The award will be presented to Çakar on May 14 at a ceremony to be held at Paris Opera Bastille. She will take her award from academy presidents Pierre Bergé and Stéphane Blet.
Born in a village in the eastern province of Mardin, Çakar began to be interested in music at age 14 when she joined a folk song competition.
Hear Pervin on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rMp721nUcY
Read more at www.hurriyetdailynews.com
* The Gallipoli Chamber Orchestra honored the 97th anniversary of Anzac Day by playing at the State Museum of Painting and Sculpture in Ankara on April 27 as part of the three-nation Gallipoli Symphony project, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
Every year for the past six years, movements of the Gallipoli Symphony have been performed on the Gallipoli Peninsula in the northwestern province of Çanakkale to commemorate April 25, Anzac Day.
This year the chamber orchestra performed in Ankara to celebrate the friendship between Turkey, Australia and New Zealand.
The Gallipoli Symphony is a 10-year project involving the commissioning of 10 leading composers from Turkey, Australia, and New Zealand to tell the narrative of the Gallipoli campaign.
The Gallipoli Symphony is being overseen by creative director Des Power and musical director Christopher Latham. "The Gallipoli campaign the battles around Çanakkale in 1915 has become the basis of an enduring friendship between countries on opposite sides of the planet," said Australian Ambassador to Turkey Ian Biggs.
* The Civilization Choir of Antakya, composed of members from the southern city's rich mosaic of peoples, is set to bring messages of friendship and peace to the world with 14 concerts in 14 countries, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
"The choir is a social responsibility project," Yılmaz Özfırat, the chairman of the association overseeing the choir, said April 25 at a press conference at the Hatay Journalists Association. The choir's goal was to show the people of the world that they can live together in a peaceful environment, he said.
The choir, which was formed five years ago with people of various occupations in order to exhibit Hatay's tolerance and peaceful environment to the whole world, has so far performed many concerts both in Turkey and abroad, Özfırat said.
Antakya is the center of Turkye's province of Hatay, which is widely known as being one of Turkey's most heterogeneous provinces. The area along the Syrian border contains communities of Sunni Turks, Sunni Arabs, Alawites, Arabic-speaking Christians, Armenians, Jews, Kurds and others.
Read more at www.hurriyetdailynews.com
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, the Aydın Doğan Foundation and the Creative Children's Association presented awards to winners of the 5th annual Creative Children's Association Cartoon Competition at a ceremony held at Istanbul's Trump Towers on April 26.
Students from 149 schools from around Turkey took part in the competition.
* An auction record for the artist was broken at Sotheby's in London on April 25, when Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky's famous "View of Constantinople and the Bosphorus" sold to an anonymous buyer on the telephone for $5,215,556.
Aivazovsky first visited Constantinople in 1845 as part of his duties as official painter to the Russian Admiralty. Completed in 1856, View of Constantinople and the Bosphorus celebrates the beauty.
* The work of one of the most unique artists in the history of European painting, Francisco de Goya, often cited as a forerunner of modern painting, is being exhibited for Turkish audiences for the first time in a show at Istanbul's Pera Museum April 20 through July 29, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
The 230 works in the exhibition, created simultaneously with Goya's career as a court painter and portraitist, shed light on the artist's extraordinary imagination, while reflecting the social circumstances of his era from a critical perspective. His realistic and at times frightening style separates him from his contemporaries: His art transcended time, and would later influence 20th-century modernism.
Various events and conferences on related topics will be held throughout the duration of the Pera exhibit.
* Ercan Akın's Untitled'
* Turkish artwork that was put under the hammer in the second leg of Christie's auction of modern and contemporary Arab, Iranian and Turkish art in Dubai fetched $134,500 out of a total $2.4 million, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
The total sales from the two-day event reached $6.4 million, $300,000 higher than initial estimates.
Among the Turkish artists, the highest amount was fetched by Ercan Akın's "Untitled" at $32,500.
* A Turkish flag that traveled to the moon in 1971 aboard the Apollo 15 Endeavour spacecraft is now on display at the Istanbul Toy Museum, owned by poet Sunay Akın.
Akın said that a room for space-themed toys was the first he had in mind when designing the museum, and that space toys are among the most popular with collectors.
"In 1971, Apollo 15 went into space, and spent more time there than any other vehicle had at that time. NASA, in order to highlight space travel in the name of human kind, carried the flags of many countries to space, including a Turkish flag. It was carried by one of the three astronauts, Alfred Merrill Worden, and it has a signed certificate. The flag had been in the hands of space collectors in the U.S., and was put up for auction recently. Businessman Ekmel Anda, who lives in the U.S., purchased it and gifted it to the museum."
Read more atwww.hurriyetdailynews.com
* Reactions are growing against the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality's new regulations on the artistic management of the Istanbul City Theaters, reports the Anatolia News Agency. On April 24, actresses and actors gathered in front of Galatasaray High School to protest the latest decisions.
According to the regulations, the administrative committee of the City Theaters will change, with the head of the administrative board being replaced by the Culture Department head or the City Theaters manager. Actors and actresses working under the body of the City Theaters have said the change is being made to undermine the administrative power of the head of the administrative board.
According to the Hürriyet Daily News, in response to protests, Hilmi Zafer Şahin, the new art director of City Theaters, said reactions to the regulation changes were exaggerated
Read more at www.hurriyetdailynews.com and www.hurriyetdailynews.com
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey has been announced as the Market Focus partner of next year's London Book Fair, a rare opportunity for publishing in the global market.
One of the first activities was the Writers' Tour last month, where literary names from the UK came to Turkey for a set of public discussions, joined by leading publishers in Turkey.
Each year, the London Book Fair selects a Market Focus. This year, the Focus country is China, hoping to place a spotlight on contemporary Chinese authors and China's publishing market.
EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.76
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey: 68/54 Thunderstorms Antalya, on the Mediterranean: 72/57 Thunderstorms Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 66/54 Partly Cloudy Izmir, on the Aegean: 68/57 Heavy Showers 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: - inches Ilgaz, in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey: 28 inches Kartalkaya, in Bolu, Western Turkey: 28 inches Palandoken, in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey: 33 inches SaklIkent, in Antalya, Southern Turkey: - inches SarIkamI$, in Kars, Eastern Turkey: 18 inches Uludag, in Bursa, Western Turkey: 28 inchesSPORTS
* Acoording to the Anatolia News Agency, Bunyamin Sezer of Turkey won gold medal in total in men's 62 kg category during European Weightlifting Championships in Turkey's southern Antalya province.
Sezer also won silver medal in clean and jerk by lifting 159 kg
Gokhan Kilic, competing in 56 kg men category, lifted 121 kilograms and became the silver medalist in snatch.
Moreover, Nurdan Karagoz, competing in 48 kg women's category, won silver medals in clean and jerk and total.
The championships ended with Russia getting 14 gold and total 31 medals, follwed by Azerbaijan with 7 golds and total 15 medals and Turkey in third place with 6 golds and 20 medals.
275 athletes from 36 countries participated in the championships.
* The last stage of Tour of Turkey will be held in Istanbul on Sunday.
Several roads will be closed in Istanbul for the stage, which will cross to the Asian side when the riders pass over the Bosphorus Bridge.
This will be the first time that the Tour will be completed in Istanbul. Until this year, the Tour took off from Istanbul and progressed south. This time, riders started in the south and drove north.
Currently, Bulgarian rider Ivailo Gabrovski of the Konya Torku Şekerspor leads the overall standings, meaning that he is close to clinching a historic victory for the Turkish team.
There are 25 teams in the 2012 Tour of Turkey.
Read more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_Tour_of_Turkey
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