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    Nov 4, 2012
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      x0x Turkish News for the week ending 03 November 2012

      [This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 03 November 2012]

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      * Serkan Demirtas of Hurriyet Daily News reports that Turkey plans to requests NATO deploy a patriot missile defense system on its territories in case of escalation of the scale of attacks against Turkey by the Syrian regime.
        A senior Turkish diplomat says Turkey and NATO have been working on contingency plans.
        Turkey has requested the deployment of Patriot missile defense systems twice in the past, both in the context of the Iraqi war in the early 1990s and 2000s. In both cases they were deployed by the Netherlands, as only a few countries have such missile systems.
        "I would not be surprised if Turkey would soon make such a request," a diplomat from a NATO country said. "The situation is getting worse in Syria, and it's the right of Turkey to take necessary security measures."
        Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * Jailed Turkish Kurd militants have been on strike for the past 50 weeks are on the verge of death, according to doctors.
        According to the protesters, the strikers want better jail conditions for their leader Abdullah Ocalan.
        Abdullah Ocalan is in jail for life after being caught in 1999 in Kenya. Turkish authorities have been calling for an end to the hunger strikes and the minister of interior has talked to the pro-Kurdish peace and democracy party leaders.
        Abdullah Ocalan's Kurdistan Workers Party is on a list of terrorist organizations in the U.S. and the European Union.


      * October 29 is the Republic Day in Turkey, commemorating the establishment of a republic in 1923. The day is celebrated with parades led by government officials mostly in stadiums.
        This year when the opposition wanted to have an alternate "people's parade" in the capital Ankara, government sent the police to stop it. Police used pepper spray and other crowd control tools to no avail.
        Later a government official, whose identity is disputed, ordered the police to let the parade take place. The participants then walked from the first building of the Turkish parliament to the mausoleum of the founder of the Turkish Republic.
        Debates and accusations are still continuing in Turkey as to why the parade was not allowed at the first place and then why the police used excessive force.
        Some news reports are saying that Turkey's prime minister and the president are also in discord over how the parade should have been handled. The prime minister has suggested that the president has exceeded his authority with his comments. The two are one-time allies that collaborated the establishment of the ruling Justice and Development Party.
        Read more at http://www.scotsman.com/

      * Ipek Yezdani of Hurriyet Daily News reports that prominent Turkish human rights experts and activists have criticized the selection method of names appointed for the Turkey Human Rights Council as "too partisan and unbalanced."
        Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * Turkey's press freedom situation has reached a crisis point, with the country assuming the world's top spot for the number of journalists imprisoned in its jails, a new report from the Committee to Protect Journalists has stated, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
        According to the report, up to 5,000 criminal cases were pending against journalists at the end of 2011.
        "Articles in the penal code give authorities wide berth to use journalists' professional work to link them to banned political movements or alleged plots. Some of the most frequently used articles criminalize basic news-gathering activities, such as talking to security officials or obtaining documents," the report said.
        Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * Turkey's biggest conglomerate Koc Holding plans investments of $4 billion next year, excluding acquisitions, the group's chief executive Turgay Durak said on Thursday, reports Reuters.
        He said at a panel meeting of leading chief executives that this figure included known investments by its units oil refiner Tupras, automakers Ford Otosan and Tofas and consumer electronics maker Arcelik.
        Reuters also reported that Turkish conglomerate Sabanci Holding's revenues will grow more than 15 percent in 2012, chief executive Zafer Kurtul said.

      * According to the RTT News, Turkish manufacturing sector improved for a second consecutive month and at the strongest rate in one year in October, a survey by Markit Economics revealed Thursday.
        However, Reuters reported that ratings agency Moody's said on Tuesday that a history of political friction between secular and religious elements of Turkish society remains a credit challenge for the country.
        The agency said it expects Turkey's large current account deficit, seen as its main economic vulnerability, to "remain relatively high at 7.8 percent and 7.4 percent of gross domestic product in 2012 and 2013 respectively," Moody's said.

      * According to the site " Green Prophet", ProGen, a Turkish seed developer and supplier is helping European farmers adjust to warming temperatures.
        ProGen has specialized in crop varieties that can withstand the hot Mediterranean climate, and the climate conditions in European countries increasingly are resembling those of Turkey and other Mediterranean countries.
        Read more at http://www.greenprophet.com/


      Edited by carol Dean


      * According to the Anatolia News Agency two churches in Goreme in Turkey's Cappadocia region have undergone restoration work. The Tokali and Sehitler churches, significant examples of Byzantine art, were erected in the 13th century to commemorate Christian soldiers that were killed.
        Professor Maria Andalora of Italy's Tuscia Viterbo University's School of Restoration and Conservation initiated the project. Among the specialists involved in the work were experts on wall paintings, statues, stones, mosaics, and painting techniques on canvas and wood including Livia Alberti, who also worked on the Hagia Sophia Museum in Istanbul, Silvia Borghini, Cristina Caldi, Sara Scioscia and Valeria Valentini.
        Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * Speaking of Cappadocia, the Anatolia News Agency reports that Paris Hilton will be making a movie in Cappadocia.
        Works have already started to scout filming locations for the film. The film team along with director Baris Denge, general coordinator Fahrettin Kuru and lead actor Erkan Kose have already arrived in Cappadocia's Nevsehir and met with Mayor Hasan Unver at his office.
        The film is a comedy that will tell the story of an ingenious Anatolian boy who becomes a famous fashion guru. It will also be shot in Istanbul and Los Angeles as well as in the Cappadocia region in three weeks.

      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Istanbul's famous shopping mall Kanyon, in the Levent district, hosted Hollywood star and Bond girl Naomie Harris with a red carpet gala Oct. 30. The gala promoted the latest James Bond movie "Skyfall" and took place with Harris and producer Michael G. Wilson in attendance.
        In recent years Istanbul has become a hotspot for film locations. Previous movies in the James Bond series that were also filmed in Istanbul, include "From Russia with Love" and "The World is not Enough." The 2003 Greek movie "A Touch of Spice" was also filmed in Istanbul, along with "The Accidental Spy."


      * Last week we reported that Turkish actress Neslihan Atagul won an award for her acting in the film " Araf" in a Moscow film festival.
        According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Ms. Atagul added another award to her collection. She won the Best Actress Award at the 25th International Tokyo Film Festival, held in the Japanese capital Tokyo between Oct. 20 and 28.
        The young 15-year-old actress Atagul, who currently stars in the Turkish TV series "Life Goes On", also won a $5,000 monetary prize at the festival.
        Another Turkish film, "Night of Silence" competed in the Asian and Middle Eastern Winds section of the festival and won the Best Film Award.

      * The Cukurova State Symphony Orchestra will premier the symphony "Ataturk lives" Nov. 10 in Cologne, Germany, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
        Conductor Betin Gunes, who wrote the composition, said the orchestra would visit Cologne Nov. 1 to 11. The orchestra will organize Ataturk commemoration concerts in the cities of Bonn and Aachen.

      * Master of blues harmonica Billy Branch and leading representatives of the Texas Blues style, Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King, will be among the performers this year's Efes Pilsen Blues Festival, beginning Nov 2 in turkey's Mediterranean Province of Antalya.
        The festival will travel 20 Turkish provinces with 24 concerts, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
        The Efes Pilsen Blues Festival, the only festival for the Blues genre in Turkey, will launch its 23rd year.
        Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * The Hurriyet Daily News reports that the International Ankara Flamenco Festival was back for a sixth tim with dancers from Turkey, Spain and around the world.
        One of the most important guests at the festival was Maria Jose Franco, who is also a teacher and dancer that is famous for his style of combining flamenco and jazz.
        Spanish guitarist and composer Ariadna Rivas, meanwhile, took the stage with dancers. Headlining Turkey's performers at the event was the Mavi Siyah Flamenco Team.
        Japan's Nippon Flamenco was also in the festival which ran from October 31 to November 3.

      Oktem's statue "Love"

      * The Hurriyet Daily News reports that The Caddebostan Culture Center is hosting a retrospective exhibition of Turkish sculptor Tankut Oktem's work. The exhibit will run until Dec 10.
        The exhibition reflects the artist's 64 years creating many important sculptures in Turkey. His large-scaled sculptures have always attracted attention.
        Oktem was chosen as one of the best sculptors in the world for a piece titled "Love," but became well-known in Turkey in the 1970s for his monumental works.
        Oktem was born in Konya in 1940 and his childhood was spent moving from one location in Turkey to another following the successive assignments of his veterinarian parents who were employed by the state.
        Oktem also made his mark with a piece titled "Monument of Respect for History," displayed in Gallipoli Park. Part of a two-year modernization project for the Aegean's Gallipoli Peninsula, Respect for History Park contains a sculpture commemorating soldiers of Gallipoli who fought during World War I prior to Turkish Independence War.
        See artist's page at http://www.tankutoktem.com/

      * The seventh Visibility Project expands into a new dimension of performance art and theater with stories about the cultural heritage of Galata, a district in the European part of Istanbul, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
        The Visibility Project aims to bring a new point of view to classical theater by bringing together artists from different disciplines. The vendors, craftsmen, shopkeepers and artists will participate.
        Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/


      * According to the Turkish daily Radikal. Tiles allegedly stolen from a Turkish mosque are on display at an exhibition at the recently opened Islamic Arts Gallery section of the Louvre Museum.
        Turkey's Culture Ministry arrived at the conclusion after sending two officials to the Louvre exhibition to take surreptitious photos of the artifacts; after analyzing the pictures, the ministry determined that the tiles were stolen from the Piyalepasa Mosque at the end of the 19th century.
        Other unique tiles in the exhibition include ones from the tombs of Ottoman sultans Selim II and Murat III, and Eyup Sultan and the Mahmud I Library in Turkey.
        The Louvre, however, denies that the pieces belong to the Piyalepasa Mosque.
        Most of the other tiles at the Louvre Museum were allegedly smuggled out of Turkey by collector Albert Sorlin Dorigny, who was a dentist in Istanbul in late 1800s. Some were thought to be smuggled by another French dentist, Jean Bari, between 1919 and 1920.
        Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * According to The Hurriyet Daily News, Turkish artist Gulay Alpay will hold a solo show "Kiss your dream" in Venice, Italy, on Nov. 8, 9 and 10. Her installations are interactive, participatory, and provocative and create a platform where viewers are not merely passive spectators. They engage participants to interact with a given space and context, infusing the event with the vitality of human communication.
        Alpay lives and works in Istanbul, New York and Montreal. She graduated in the Faculty of Fine Arts, Painting Department at Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul. She has already exhibited in galleries and museums in Canada, Germany, USA and London. Her work is multimedial, a sort of ironic pop-art shown with innovation and consistency.


      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 1.8


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey: 70/52 Light Showers
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean: 79/64 Partly Cloudy
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 70/61 Showers
      Izmir, on the Aegean: 79/66 Partly Cloudy
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea: 72/61 Showers
      Van, in Eastern Turkey: 61/41 Showers

      Seawater temperatures :
      Black Sea measured at Trabzon 66
      Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 66
      Aegean Sea measured at Izmir 72
      Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 73


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