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    Aug 18, 2013

      x0x Turkish News for the week ending 03 August 2013

      [This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 03 August 2013]

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      * Protests against the government are still continuing in Turkey. The protests started as a reaction to the police crackdown on a small number of activists opposing the construction of a shopping mall in Taksim District of Istanbul.
        According to Reuters, Turkish police fired teargas and water cannon to disperse small groups of anti-government protesters in central Istanbul on Saturday evening, television footage showed.

      * Agance france-presse reports that, a Turkish court will on Monday deliver its verdict in the trial of 275 people including a former army chief accused of plotting to overthrow the country's Islamic-rooted government.
        Among the defendants in the massive case -- seen as a key test in Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's showdown with secularist and military opponents -- are ex-military chief Ilker Basbug and other army officers as well as lawyers, academics and journalists.

      * Teams from İstanbul Police Department raided premises of the neo-nationalist Turkey Youth Union early on Saturday ahead of what is to be the final hearing of the Ergenekon attempted coup d'état trial on Aug. 5
        The Turkey Youth Union, which is the youth branch of the Workers' Party at a previous hearing of the case broke through police barriers erected at the complex that houses the court building and prison at Silivri, earlier called on their supporters to be present again at the courthouse for what is to be the trial's last day on Aug. 5.

      * Bianet reports that a Turkish court has rejected a request from jailed Kurd rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan for a retrial under legal reforms that took effect in April.
        Despite being in jail, Turkish government has been recently negotiating with him to bring an end to the armed conflict between the tebels and the government forces.
        Read more at >> here <<

      * According to the Science Insider, the Turkish government is persecuting academics, using the court system as a political weapon, according to a report issued today by the International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies (IHRN) based in Washington, D.C.
        The report details an investigation into the cases of eight Turkish scientists, doctors, and engineers who have been accused by their government of terrorism and treason. "The evidence does not support the conclusion that any of our eight colleagues is guilty of committing the crimes of which they have been accused," the report concludes.
        IHRN is calling on the government to drop all charges against them.

      * Unsealed confidential British documents reveal that in 1982, German Chancellor Helmut Kohl tried to carry out a radical plan, reports the German magazine Der Spiegel.
        He wanted to reduce the number of Turks living in Germany by 50 percent within four years.
        Currently, Turks number around 4 million in Germany about 5 percent of the population . It is the largest non-German ethnic group in Germany.
        Read more at >> here <<


      * According to the Agence France Presse, the UNESCO temporary list has been renewed with new Turkish artifacts. UNESCO has added Galata, Yoros, İzmir Foça, Çandarlı, Bartın Amasra, Düzce Akçakoca and Sinop Fort to the UNESCO temporary list.
        The Hurriyet Daily News also reports that Turkey's Laodikeia, the ancient city of Sardis, the Lydian tumuli of Bin Tepe, Lake Tuz and the Genoese trade routes were also among the new sites added to the list.
        The number of Turkish artifacts in UNESCO's permanent list is 11.
        The process is very important for the future of the artifacts, as the temporary list is the preparation for the permanent list.
        Read more at >> here << and Read more at >> here <<


      * The ancient city of Soli Pompeiopolis in Mersin will have a new archaeopark, reports the Dogan News Agency.
        Professor Remzi Yağcı, who conducted the excavations in Soli Pompeiopolis in the Aegean province of Mersin, said they decided on development of the historical area as an archaeopark due to great Neolithic, Hellenistic and Roman findings
        Archaeologists estimate that first human settlements around Soli Pompeiopolis was established 3,000 years ago.
        Read more at >> here <<


      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, archaeologists conducting excavations at the Balatlar Church in the Black Sea province of Sinop have unearthed a stone chest with objects said to have a connection with Jesus Christ.
        The excavation work is continuing as part of an European Union-funded Field Management Project.
        Read more at >> here <<


      * Thousands of artifacts have come to light through the "Ilısu Protection Excavation Project" conducted at the mounds located in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır and along the Ilısu River, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
        Commenting on the fact that the archaeological sites around Bismil were going to be submerged by the Ilısu dam, Özcan Şimsek, the acting manager of the Diyarbakır Museum, said although energy and water was really important for Turkey, as an archaeologist he did not wish for a country's history to be lost under water.
        Ilisu dam has drawn international controversy, because it will flood portions of ancient Hasenkeyf and necessitate the relocation of people living in the region. Because of this, the dam lost international funding in 2008.
        Read more at >> here <<


      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, archaeologists working at the ancient city of Komana in Turkey's northern province of Tokat have discovered three tombs dating back to the 11th century.
        The three tombs that have been found are thought to belong to a family – a man, woman and a child – said Hitit University Archaeology Department's Emine Sökmen. "We found earrings and accessories, so that's why we thought this is a woman body," she added.
        Archeologists have been working on different mounds in the city, she said. "During the last five years, we have discovered a very large ceramic collection."
        Read more at >> here <<


      * A 2,000-year-old mosaic depicting an apple, symbolic in Amasya, has been found during excavations.
        The mosaic was found at Amasya's Yavru Village, the Culture and Tourism Ministry announced. It was subsequently analyzed by Hittite University Black Sea Archeology research manager Esra Keskin, and the mosaic is believed to belong to the early Christian era.
        Modern day Amasya province is renowned for its apples.
        Read more at >> here <<

      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News, during excavations carried out by the Bodrum Underwater Archaeology Museum in the Aegean town of Bodrum's Ortakent district, graves from the Mycenaean era have been unearthed.
        Among the pieces are baked earth, water bottles, cups with three handles, a carafe, a razor, animal bones and lots of glass and beads of various sizes. Examinations on nearly 3,500-year-old artifacts show that the graves date back to the Mycenaean III era around 600 B.C. to 1,000 B.C years ago.

      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, Turkey's Culture and Tourism Ministry has announced plans to buy 900,000 publications for public libraries with a budget of $5 million in local currency.
        A total of 117 public libraries are set to benefit from the project .
        In 2005, the ministry purchased 79,000 books; one year later, it bought 326,000. In 2008, the figure was 514,000, according to figures.

      * Britain's Zoë Ryan, curator of the Architecture and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago, has been appointed as the curator of the second Istanbul Design Biennial, to be held from Oct. 18 to Dec. 14, 2014, according to the event organizer, the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
        The Second Istanbul Design Biennial will take place under the co-sponsorship of Vestel and VitrA, while Ryan will announce a conceptual framework for event at a press conference in November 2013.


      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News, August is the time for Istanbul Modern's Young Architects Program events.
        Initiated by Istanbul Modern in collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and MoMA PS1, the Young Architects Program is held biannually during the summer and offers young emerging architects the opportunity to design a temporary installation in Istanbul Modern's courtyard.
        The venue, which is in front of the museum and made as a garden and a public space "Sky Spotting Stop" designed by SO? Architecture and Ideas is hosting exclusive and free of charge events.
        The details of these and other events are available at the Hurriyet Daily News article that you can reach through a transcript of our news.
        Read more at >> here <<

      * According to of the Anatolia News Agency, a cartography exhibition is drawing big interest after opening in Croatia, where Turkish TV series "The Magnificent Century" is very popular. The exhibition, titled "Sultan Suleyman's Cartographer Piri Reis," will visit four Croatian cities and will then move on to Slovenia and Italy.
        The exhibition is being organized by the Turkish Underwater Archaeology Foundation in Rijeka. UNESCO declared 2013 the "Year of Piri Reis," due to the 500th anniversary of his World Map 1513.
        The Turkish Underwater Archaeology Foundation President Oğuz Aydemir said visits to the exhibition had been higher than expectations since the opening in May. The exhibition would move to the cities of Porec, Zagreb and Dubrovnik.


      * Istanbul's Elgiz Museum is continuing its Terrace Exhibitions series in its 15,000-square-foot open-air exhibition space amid skyscrapers in the city's business center of Maslak with a unique project showcasing the works of 27 artists, all of whom are under the age of 40.
        The joint sculpture exhibition focuses on different subjects from modern life.
        Visitors to the show can see Alfred Jarry's grotesque drama character "King Ubu" finding form in Çağdaş Erçelik's sculpture, while Ümit Turgay Durgun's "Phoenix" draws attention thanks to the different kinds of material used in its construction.
        Nermin Ülker, meanwhile, addresses space problems she focused on during her education while also adding facts from her own life. In the end, the lines, plans and spaces of the works all take their reference from the tensions in Ülker's life.
        Read more at >> here <<

      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, private Turkish theaters will receive support for their 2013-2014 season art projects, according to a written statement sent by Turkey's Culture and Tourism Ministry.
        The aim is to spread the playwriting and encourage Turkish play writers.
        Another aim of this aid is to contribute to the development of Turkish theaters.
        Some months ago the Turkish prime minister was threatening to cut the government support to the theaters.


      * Starting from Aug. 7, ballet will reign on Bodrum Fort stage, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
        The 11th International Bodrum Ballet Festival will stage Spartacus, Amazons and Hürrem Sultan shows.
        State Opera and Ballet General Director Rengim Gökmen said that Turkish art lovers found the depiction of the life stories of legendary figures from their own history in opera and ballet fascinating, adding, "Such works enable us to appeal to other audiences besides the classical ballet audiences."
        "For the first time in Turkey, a ballet festival's tickets have been sold out," he added.
        There will be also many ballet companies and artists from abroad at the festival.
        The festival will continue until Aug. 21.
        Read more at >> here <<


      * After trading his "king of pop" crown for a rock & roll-ish Elvis Presley pastiche and having recently even flirted with hip hop beats, veteran Turkish musician Erol Büyükburç has found a new muse for his big return to the scene: Nasreddin Hodja, the satirical Sufi from the Ottoman period who is famous for his funny anecdotes, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
        However, Büyükburç's latest move is no satire, as he has converted 10 of Nasreddin Hodja's most popular jokes into poetic form and set them to music. What's more, he has also translated the songs into French, English, German, Italian, Russian, Persian and Chinese.
        The unusual project comes after five decades of stardom, but despite being in the scene for so long, Büyükburç has said he still feels a huge excitement for his new album.

      * According to the Dogan News Agency, the Greek-Turkish Youth Orchestra, which is composed of 50 talented young Greek and Turkish musicians and is now in its sixth year, performed a concert on July 31 in the ancient city of Teos, which dates back to 2,000 B.C. The concert was organized by Ä°zmir's Seferihisar Municipality and the Greek Foreign Ministry.
        Greek soprano Myrsini Margariti performed four arias in the concert, conducted by Cem Mansur and viewed by around 2,000 people, including Seferihisar Mayor Tunç Soyer, Greek Consul General to Ä°zmir Theodore Tsakırıs and the head of Teos Ancient City excavations, Associate Professor Musa Kadıoğlu.
        At the end of the event, Mayor Soyer presented a plaque, made of natural stones, to Mansur, Margariti and the founder of the orchestra, Leni Konialidis. The orchestra also performed a concert on July 30 at the Homerio theater on the Greek island of Chios.


      * The Mısırlı Ahmet Rhythm House, home of its founder, Mısırlı Ahmet, the world-renowned master of the darbuka, is celebrating the fifth of its annual rhythm camp retreats this year in the village of Güre near North Western Turkish town of Edremit, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
        From July 27 to Aug. 12, participants from Japan, Colombia, Azerbaijan, Russia, Germany, Belgium, Austria and Lebanon will attend workshops under the direction of Mısırlı Ahmet, as well as leading musicians, dancers and artists from around the world.
        Read more at >> here <<

      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News, musical legend Roger Waters, a founding member of Pink Floyd, is in Istanbul on Aug. 4 for a sold-out concert at the ITU Stadium, marking his first time in Istanbul in seven years.
        The concert, titled "The Wall," will also include an exclusive surprise for Turkish fans. The show, which will take place around a "wall" statue, will feature the pictures of executed former Prime Minister Adnan Menderes, as well as journalists Uğur Mumcu and Hrant Dink.

      * Oscar-winning Australian actor Russell Crowe has arrived back in Turkey for preparations for a film to be shot in the country, featuring the highlights of Capadocia in Central Anatolia.
        Mr. Crowe also visited the north western frontier city of Edirne.
        Read more at >> here <<

      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, a documentary film produced by Nebil Özgenturk and his team is being made for the 50th anniversary of Turkey's Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, which will be held between Oct. 4 and 11. This year the festival will be held for the 50th time.
        The film will cover many historical areas and venues, and will also include interviews with writers and journalists on the different eras of the festival. The film will be focusing on the 50 years of the festival and the developments it has gone through over time.
        It will also focus on the Aspendos and Dytambros shows and how they evolved up to today.
        Archeology Professor Nevzat Çevik discusses Antalya in the documentary while urban historian Hüseyin Çimrin explained Antalya in the 1950s. The making of the festival and how it first originated is also featured in the documentary.
        The former local mayor from the 1970s, Selahattin Tonguç, is also in the documentary speaking about his own memories of Antalya and the festival.



      * Premiere Soccer League

      The league is in recess.


      *  Nine Turkish track and field athletes have been banned after testing positive for anabolic steroids, the latest doping scandal there during Istanbul's campaign to win 2020 Olympics hosting rights.
        In related news, the Turkish Athletics Federation chairman resigned.
        "I thought it would be right that I step down," Mehmet Terzi, who has led the Turkish Athletics Federation since 2004, said in a resignation letter.
        Mehmet Terzi is a former medal-winning long-distance runner from Turkey, who specialized in marathon. Mehmet Terzi won the gold medal at the San Francisco marathon in 1987.


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

      *** The 16th Annual Turkish Art and Culture Festival in Monterey


      Aug 24-25, Sat & Sun, 11am - 7pm

      Free admission

      Monterey Depot Lot

      290 Figueroa St.

      Del Monte Ave & Figueroa St.
      Next to Municipality Wharf 2


      http://www.turkfesca.org, http://www.monterey.com

      The two-day festival will include:

      • Live Turkish music and folk dance performances

      • Turkish art, crafts exhibits and vendor booths

      • Food (Doner kebap, Adana kofte, and more)

      • Drinks (Turkish coffee/tea, soft drinks, Turkish Raki, beer, wine)

      • Many activities for children

      *** Businesses offering discounts to our listeners:

      New Kapadokia Restaurant, Burlingame, 15% off. Phone 650.368.5500
      Five Star Falafel & Kebab, Santa Clara, 10% off. Phone 408.241.1900
      Aspendos Restaurant, San Mateo, 10%  off.  Phone 650.344.3595

      *** On line Turkish classes:


      *** Turkish American Association of California

      is a non-profit
      charitable organization established to promote better
      understanding between Americans and Turks.

      If you have any questions about Turks and Turkey,
      e-mail them at taac@...

      *** For more music from Turkey and the Middle East tune to

      International Cultural Program with host George Geevargis.

      San Francisco World TV Channel 29
      Sundays at 9-10 A.M.

      *** Yore dance invites you to:

      Free Turkish Folkdance Classes.

      Please contact with Yore Folk Ensemble for the details.

      TELL YOUR FRIENDS who might be interested joining our group.

      Yore Folk Ensemble

      *** Azerbaijan Cultural Society of Northern California

      The local Azeri community organizes many events throughout the year. Follow their activities through their web pages, or subscribed to their e-mail list:



      Azerbaijan Cultural Society of Northern California
      16400 Lark Ave., Suite 260
      Los Gatos, CA 95032