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2063x0x Turkish News for the week ending 05 October 2013

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      x0x Turkish News for the week ending 05 October 2013 

      [This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 05 October 2013]

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      * Turkey's prime minister Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan disclosed the much awaited so-called democratization package. 
        The package is comprised of draft laws that are designed to increase the liberties of the people, especially that of the Kurds. 
        Kurdish political leaders indicated that the proposed laws were not adequate. The Alevi religious leaders also criticized the package. 
        However, the US ambassador to Turkey Francis Ricciardone, and the European Union officials have welcomed the package. 
        The prime minister said that this was the first step, and there will be more changes to laws to increase the liberties. 
        Read more at >> here <<  and  >> here <<

      * One of the proposed reforms, the right to education in one's mother tongue, has caused a rift within the ruling Justice and Development Party, reports the Hurriyet Daily News. 
        Burhan Kuzu, a Justice and Development Party legislator and the head of Parliament's Constitution Commission, has argued that allowing education in one's mother tongue would "divide the country." 
        Mr. Kuzu said there were 18 ethnic groups in Turkey, and it would not be possible to provide text books and teachers in so many languages. 
        On the other hand, Galip Ensarioglu, who represents Diyarbakir in the Turkish parliament on the ranks of the Justice and Development Party, told the Hurriyet Daily News that there are some 50 countries all over the world providing mother tongue education and none of them have been divided. 
        Read more at >> here <<

      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Amnesty International has issued a report saying the Turkish authorities excessively violated human rights during the Gezi Park protests, and calling on the government to respect basic human rights and bring those responsible to justice. 
        Amnesty International also repeated its call for the international community to ban the export of chemical irritants such as pepper spray, tear gas, as well as plastic bullets to Turkey, until effective investigations into their misuse have been conducted by the Turkish authorities. 
        Read more at >> here <<

      * The Hurriyet Daily News correspondent Sevil Erkus reports that Anne Cooper, a former Committee to Protect Journalists official and free press advocate, has criticized Turkey on the imprisonment of journalists. 
        Ms. Cooper says that problems similar to those she observed during her visits to Turkey in the 1990s remain unresolved. 
        "I've heard from a number of people now that the government uses media ownership regulations to place pressure on owners of media companies, which in turn pressure the journalists individually", Ms. Cooper told a group of journalists at a meeting hosted by the U.S. embassy in the Turkish Capital on Oct. 4.

      * Turkey announced last week that it had chosen the FD-2000 missile defense system from China over rival systems from Russian, U.S. and European firms. 
        The Hurriyet Daily News reporter Sevil Erkus reports that U.S. is concerned about the involvement of the Chinese, the U.S. ambassador to Turkey has said. The ambassador said that U.S. officials were talking to Turkish administration about this. 
        The Chinese Company that Turkey plans to buy the missile technology from is currently under U.S. sanctions for export violations to Iran, North Korea and Syria. 
        On September 30 the State Department spokeswoman Jan Psaki said that the Chinese missile defense system will not be interoperable with NATO Systems or collective defense capabilities. 
        Turkey is a member of NATO. 
        The main opposition Republican People's Party has also criticized the government over its decision to select a Chinese firm, noting the deal will distance Turkey from NATO. Erdogan Toprak, a deputy leader of the party, said that the Justice and Development Party is trying to suspend ties with NATO just like it did with the European Union. 
        Read more at >> here <<

      * According to Agence France-Presse, Turkey's parliament on Thursday extended for one year a mandate that would allow Turkey to send troops to war-ravaged Syria if necessary. 
        Two of the three opposition parties represented in parliament voted against the extension. 
        Relations between Syria and Turkey were close before the uprising began in Syria in 2011.

      * The Hurriyet Daily News reports that the Turkish government is pushing to shorten the mandatory military service of its male citizens, according to the Turkish prime minister. 
        Currently each man has to serve 15 months in the armed forces. The government says it is shooting for 12 months. 
        Read more at >> here <<

      * Turkish consumer inflation rate fell to 7.88 percent in September from 8.17 percent in August. 
        The lowest rate was in May this year at 6.51 percent.


      * The application process has started for the 13th !f Istanbul International Independent Film Festival, according to the Hurriyet Daily News. 
        According to a written statement by the festival committee, the festival will take place in Istanbul between Feb. 13 and 23, 2014, before moving to Ankara and Izmir between Feb. 27 and March 2. Feature films as well as documentaries and short films can apply to the festival. 
        Among these films, one will compete in "Kes!if" competition in the festival, which will be evaluated by an international jury, with the winner getting an award of $15,000. 
        The festival's "Shorts from Turkey" category includes films proposed by directors and producers, and any film produced in 2013 can be nominated in this category. The selected films will be screened for free in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir movie theaters. 
        The deadline for submissions to the festival is Nov. 29.


      * The Hurriyet Daily News reports that the eighth International Animation Days will be in Istanbul on Oct. 7 and 8 with both short and feature-length animated films. 
        The festival is being organized by the French Culture Center and supported by the French Animation Cinema Association, the Istanbul Animation Festival, Turkish Radio and Television Kids and Bahcesehir University. 
        A total of 35 films will be screened at the festival, with a portion of the offerings to be screened on Oct. 7 to be directed toward grownups, while the films on Oct. 8 will be geared toward children. 
        There will also be ateliers and workshops for children.
        French animation cinema star Michel Ocelot will also participate in the festival.


      * According to the Dogan News Agency, a film created by women from a village in the southern province of Mersin has been awarded at the New York Eurasian Film Festival. 
        The film, titled "Wool Doll", was made by the Arslankoy Women's Theater Group from the village of Arslankoy, and deals with the subject of violence against women by the women. One of the directors and actors in the film, Ummiye Kocak, won the "Best Eurasian Actress in Cinema" at the festival. 
        Ms. Kocak, who is also the founder of the Arslankoy Women's Theater Group, received her award from the other director of the film, Yasin Korkmaz. 
        Mr. Korkmaz said the award had boosted morale for the film team and actors. "I wish we had received this award in the festival hall in the United States. But because of financial problems, we were not present there. I thank the festival jury and our actors." 
        Ms. Kocak said the story followed nomadic women, but added that they were attempting to draw attention to the problems of all Turkish women. "That means we are on the right track," she said, adding that they would continue to make their voice heard as nomadic women.


      * Istanbul Modern Cinema is presenting a program of new Turkish cinema: Count Us In! 
        The program offers a repertoire of award-winning films that have aroused much interest in Turkey and abroad, achieving industry recognition and winning awards at prominent industry-related festivals; they have yet to, however, have the chance to be released in theaters (or at least ones that would do them justice). 
        With an array of 16 films, the selection includes feature-length films as well as Koken Ergun's short "Asura," which competed for the Golden Bear at this year's Berlin Film Festival, winning the DAAD Short Film Prize. Film directors and cast members will also be in attendance at the screenings. 
        Read more at >> here <<


      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News, the Borusan Culture and Arts 2013–2014 season is set to start with a rich program full of concerts. 
        The opening concert of the season will be performed on Oct. 10 by the Pekinel sisters, Guher and Suher, who attracted up to 30,000 people to their 19 concerts last season. 
        The Borusan Music House will be hosting many different music sounds such as jazz, electronic, classic and world music together in one venue. The music house will continue to host contemporary music projects, and to provide opportunities for young talents to meet their audience and present established names to their dedicated fans. 
        Speaking at the press conference, Borusan Culture and Arts director Ahmet Erenli said they aimed to bring many artists on stage together during their 15th year. 
        This year, BIPO's annual "Leyla Gencer concert" will be a performance of Puccini's opera "Tosca." The opera will be staged by Yekta Kara with soprano Maria José Siri, tenor Alex Vicens and baritone Eralp Kiyici, on March 20. 
        Read more at >> here <<

      * Back again for a 14th season with award-winning music and dance shows, as well as world-renowned bands orchestra, Is Sanat has announced its lineup for the beginning of its activities next month, reports the Hurriyet Daily News. 
        This year the new season starts in November and ends in May 2014. The new season will have 15 classical, six world, five jazz, five local music projects and two dance shows. 
        There will also be five poetry nights and four new artists' concert and many children's shows, while the Kibele Art Gallery will host four main exhibitions, according to Senar Akkus, the deputy director of Turkiye Is Bank, which is the main sponsor of Is Sanat.
        The bank has always supported performances, stage shows and concerts and classic music, she said. 
        Read more at >> here <<


      * Details of the Turkish alternative to the Eurovision Song Contest, Turkvision, have been announced by Turksoy secretary general Dusen Kaseinov, reports the Anatolia News Agency. 
        The project, branded as an alternative to Eurovision after Turkey snubbed the show over the voting system, took a crucial step to becoming a reality after the official signing ceremony in Eskisehir on Sept. 21, with the attendance of Education Minister Nabi Avci. 
        Read more at >> here <<

      * The Anatolia News Agency reports that Turkey's southern Mediterranean city of Mersin has welcomed a big-name operetta to start its season on stage, with renowned Turkish composer Cemal Resit Rey's "Luxurious Life" going before audiences. 
        The work has been on stage for 28 years, although this is the first time the operetta has gone on a Mersin stage. The work debuted in Mersin on Oct. 1, while an encore will be held tonight. 
        Cemal Resit Rey composed the operetta in 1933. 
        Here is one of the most popular songs from the operetta sang by the composer himself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wct024YxIzg

      * Exhibitions: 
        Istanbul's Rezzan Has Museum is home to a new exhibition, Nietzsche's 'Joyful Wisdom,' curated by Henk Slager.  Read more at >> here << 
        The International Bursa Photography Festival (Bursa Photofest) is a bringing together numerous photography artists from 58 countries in the northwestern province between Oct. 5 and 18.   Read more at >> here <<

      * In literature news: 
        The 7th Beyoglu Bibliopole Festival, organized in collaboration with the Beyoglu Municipality and the Istanbul Municipality, opened in Tepebasi on Sept. 29 with a press conference. 
        The 7th Beyoglu Bibliople Festival will continue until Oct. 19. During the event, besides books, historical magazines, old written documents and photos, film and theater posters, rare postcards and special collections will be on sale and writers will meet book lovers. 
        As part of its 150th anniversary, Istanbul's Bogazici University will host many renowned academics, artists, writers and historians with its "Bogazici Chronicles" residency program. 
        The program was launched at a meeting on October 3. 
        The length of stay, the range of engagements expected from the resident, and the types of outputs generated by the visit are decided together by the officials. 
        This year the university will host Susan Buck-Morss, Akram Zaatari, Juliana Hodkinson, Michael Hardt, Amitav Ghosh and Alberto Manguel. 
        The ninth edition of Festival Literaturk, a Turkish-German literature festival, opened on Oct. 1 in the Ruhr Basin of Germany. Renowned Turkish poet and writer Murathan Mungan was the guest of honor at the opening ceremony of the festival, which will continue until Oct. 9. 
        As part of the festival reading workshops, interviews, conferences and theater plays will be held in key cities of the region such as Essen, Dortmund and Gelsenkirchen. 
        Read more at >> here <<

      * In archaeology news:


      * Excavations are continuing in Turkey's western province of Denizli's ancient city of Hierapolis to restore the 1,800-year-old ancient theater of Hierapolis. The theater has a 12,000 seat capacity. 
        Works in the ancient city have been ongoing for many years under the management of Professor Francesco D'Andria from Italy's Salento University.

      The photo shows the Yemiskapani inn when it was serving as a bazaar in the Ottoman era. The inn is estimated to date back 425 years and its walls were found during the excavations in the Selimiye Mosque area.

      * Excavation works carried out in the square in front of the Selimiye mosque in the northwestern province of Edirne have revealed the remains of Yemiskapani Inn, which is estimated to date back to 425 years ago. 
        The inn is considered to be the masterpiece of renowned Ottoman architect Sinan.


      * A 265-year-old cistern, has been cleaned and brought back to life under Istanbul's Nuruosmaniye Mosque next to the Grand Bazaar. 
        The cisterns existence was discovered while renovation to the mosque was being conducted.  Read more at >> here <<


      * The Marmaris Fort, which was reconstructed in 1500s by Suleyman the Magnificent during his expedition against Rhodes, as well as the museum included within it, have been restored and opened to visitors. 
        Turkey's culture and tourism ministry spent approximately $350,000 for the restoration work.  Read more at >> here <<


      * Archaeologists working on Iasos on Turkey's Aegean coast have recently discovered that the ancient city was buried under a mountain of ash caused by the explosion of Mt. Thera on Santorini 3,600 years ago. 
        Italian archaeology team of Studi Delle Tuscia University are leading the excavations. 
        The head of the excavations Professor Marcello Spanu says that the same explosion destroyed the Minoan civilization on the islands of Crete and Santorini.  Read more at >> here <<


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


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
       Ankara, in central Turkey:         59/34 Mostly Sunny
       Antalya, on the Mediterranean:     77/61 Clear
       Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey:  68/50 Mostly Sunny
       Izmir, on the Aegean:              72/54 Clear
       Trabzon, on the Black Sea:         59/48 Sleet
       Van, in Eastern Turkey:            55/37 Mostly Cloudy
      Seawater temperatures:
       Black Sea measured at Trabzon         70
       Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag      66
       Aegean Sea measured at Izmir          73
       Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 79



      * Premiere Soccer League

      * Results for week: 7

      Karabuk Sp	-	Bursa Sp	0 - 1
      Kayseri Sp	-	G. Antep Sp	0 - 1
      Konya Sp	-	Erciyes Sp	1 - 0
      Eski$ehir Sp	-	Be$iKta$ 	0 - 1
      Kasimpa$a	-	Elazig Sp	4 - 0
      Akhisar Sp	-	G. Saray	2 - 1
      Rize Sp 	-	Antalya Sp 	1 - 2
      Sivas Sp	-	G. Birligi	2 - 0
      Fenerbahce	-	Trabzon Sp	0 - 0

      * Standing in the league as of week ending 7

      1 - 	Fenerbahce	16
      2 - 	Be$iKta$ 	15
      3 - 	Rize Sp 	13
      4 - 	Akhisar Sp	13
      5 - 	Trabzon Sp	13
      6 - 	Kasimpa$a	12
      7 - 	Sivas Sp	12
      8 - 	Eski$ehir Sp	10
      9 - 	Antalya Sp 	9
      10 - 	Konya Sp	9
      11 - 	Karabuk Sp	8
      12 - 	Bursa Sp	8
      13 - 	G. Saray	7
      14 - 	G. Antep Sp	7
      15 - 	Elazig Sp	7
      16 - 	Erciyes Sp	6
      17 - 	Kayseri Sp	5
      18 - 	G. Birligi	4


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