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2123x0x Turkish News for the week ending 19 July 2014

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    Jul 21, 2014

      x0x Turkish News for the week ending 19 July 2014 

      [This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 19 July 2014]

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      * Mr. Erdogan slams Obama, Turkish women's rights activists over Gaza, reports the Hurriyet Daily News. 
        As Palestine becomes a presidential campaign issue for all three candidates in Turkey, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has criticized President Barack Obama for stressing Israel's "right to self-defense" about its military operation in Gaza. Mr. Erdogan also slammed women's rights activists in Turkey, alleging that "they have the same mentality" with ultra-nationalist Israeli lawmaker Ayelet Shaked. 
        "Terrorist state Israel has attacked Gaza once again, hitting innocent children who were playing on a beach," Mr. Erdogan said during address to his supporters at a campaign rally in the Black Sea province of Ordu on July 19. 
        The crowd frequently interrupted Mr. Erdogan's speech by chanting "Down with Israel." 
        President Barack Obama had backed Israeli's right to self-defense, but warned against escalation in Gaza, in his phone call with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hours before Mr. Erdogan's speech. 
        "What self-defense? One Israeli is killed, and over 300 Palestinians... What kind of defense is that? Israel has everything including nuclear bombs, but they say that Palestinians shouldn't be armed. With what will they defend themselves then," Turkish prime minister reacted. 
        Mr. Erdogan also stressed that he disproves the reactions recently shown in Turkey against the Jewish community as a whole. "Despite all of these, I don't approve the attitude towards Jews in Turkey who are our citizens. They are under our guarantee," he said, adding that "the target should be the tyrant, terrorizing government of Israel."

      * In related news, Turkish President Abdullah Gül has said that it was not only Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan but the entire Turkey condemned Israeli attacks against Palestinians. 
        "Israel's recent aggression and killing civilians mercilessly in front of the world's eye are putting the (regional) vision in jeopardy. It's our wish that the world see all of this," Mr. Gül told reporters at a press conference with the President of Turkish Cypriots, Dervis, Eroglu, in Nicosia on July 19. 
        Mr. Gül's statement was the answer to the question "Mr. Erdogan condemned the Israeli attacks but there are ongoing military agreements with Israel. Will this cooperation continue?" 
        President Gül, Prime Minister Erdogan, the Parliament, all political parties and scores of non-governmental organizations have slammed Israeli offensive against Palestinians especially after it launched ground operation into Gaza where hundreds of civilians were killed. 
        Mr. Gül is in his last foreign trip to the northern Cyprus before his tenure ends on Aug. 28. He reiterated Turkey's "pro-peace position" in Cyprus and recalled that Ankara was clearly supporting the negotiation process between Turkish and Greek Cypriots. 
        Gül will participate to the 40th anniversary of the Turkish Armed Forces' intervention to Cyprus to protect Turkish Cypriots from Greek Cypriots. The island is divided since 1974.

      * The leader of Turkey's main opposition party has called on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to return the "medal of courage" given to him by the American Jewish Committee in 2004, in reaction to Israel's offensive against Palestinians, reports the Hurriyet Daily News. 
        "Be a man of your word for once: Take it off from your neck and return it!" Kemal Kiliçdaroglu, the leader of the Republican People's Party, said in a written statement on July 17, responding to Erdogan's allegations that Kiliçdaroglu had condemned neither Israel nor Syria. 
        "I have condemned all who oppressed the people whoever they are. I have not applied a double standard like you," the Republican People's Party leader added, recalling that Mr. Erdogan and Mr. Bashar al-Assad had once gone on holiday together with their families. 
        Mr. Kiliçdaroglu also claimed that the jet fuel of Israeli warplanes was provided by Turkey and asked Mr. Erdogan to cut this supply. 
        The prime minister has frequently slammed the opposition for allegedly siding with Israel and Syria, while the opposition recalls the government's past deals with the leaderships of both countries.

      * The Anatolia News Agency reported that, main opposition Republican People's Party has submitted a motion calling for a parliamentary inquiry to investigate the relationship between Turkey and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). 
        The Republican People's Party deputy leader Sezgin Tanrikulu said in the motion national and international media reports had claimed ISIL had received support from Turkey. 
        "The government has not given any satisfactory answer regarding the claims," he said. 
        Pointing to the abduction of 49 Turkish nationals by ISIL militants in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, Tanrikulu claimed the fact the government had not taken any action against ISIL indicated the two sides may have an "indirect relationship" with each other. 
        ISIL fighters seized 49 Turkish consulate staff, including the consul-general and family members, in the Iraqi city of Mosul on June 11. Iraq has seen a marked escalation in tension as a coalition of armed groups led by ISIL has taken control of large swathes of Iraq's predominantly Sunni provinces.

      * Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged the ambassadors of foreign countries to be careful about the activities of the Fethullah Gülen movement abroad, arguing that it is using its schools and charities as a cover-up for its "dangerous actions." 
        "I would like to recall that this organization has cooperation with international intelligence organizations. There is concrete evidence for this. Therefore, I want to recall that all countries should be careful and sensitive against this organization," Mr. Erdogan said in his address to ambassadors at the Justice and Development Party's 7th traditional fast-breaking meeting. 
        Mr. Erdogan listed the struggle against what he calls the "parallel state" led by Gülen, a self-exiled religious leader in the U.S., as the latest part of his government's fight to eliminate "all kinds of mafia and gangs" over the last 12 years. He again accused the Gülen movement of attempting to stage a "judicial coup" against the government and said the organization had tried to influence the government's foreign and domestic policies though its members within state institutions. 
        "This structure we call the 'Pennsylvania organization' is active in many countries of the world. This organization, which carries out its activities under the cover of education and humanitarian aid, is aiming to be influential through the state and politics both in Turkey and in countries where it exists," Mr. Erdogan said.


      Edited by Ece Cizmeci


      * From August to October, The Moving Museum will host 38 international artists in Istanbul's recent memory, reports the Hurriyet Daily News. The project includes 12 artists from Turkey that serve as the foundation to the period of intensive dialogue, featuring a curated public program of events, talks, workshops lectures and performances. 
        The Moving Museum will occupy two spaces, including a 6,000-square-meter warehouse, run by the local publishing house Near East, which will serve as a residency headquarters, according to the Art Newspaper. The venue, located in Istanbul's central neighborhood of Dolapdere, will host talks, workshops and exhibitions. The second venue is the Caferiye Han on the famous Golden Horn. 
        The Moving Museum is a global art project that seeks to re-define the relationship between local art scenes and global practitioners through a traveling program of contemporary art exhibitions in significant geographies across the world. 
        Read more at >> here <<


      * The 5th edition of Sinopale, the International Sinop Biennial, kicked off on July 12 in black sea town of Sinop, Turkey, reports the Hurriyet Daily News. 
        This year Sinopale is organized under the common title, "Clusters and Crystals: Observing at point zero." The "Clusters and Crystals" refer to our immaterial and environmental commons and the "immeasurability of the common, which constitutes the very fabric of the making and unmaking of being." 
        The Biennial exhibition takes place at the Sinop Hall, a former post-office, the Istanbul Hotel, as well as various alternative venues such as antique houses and shops in the town of Sinop. 
        The Biennial will continue until Aug. 31. 
        Read more at >> here <<

      * Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan's latest film "Winter Sleep", which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival on May 24 and was released in Turkish movie theaters on June 13, drew over 237,000 viewers in its first month, becoming Ceylan's most-watched film, according to the Turkish Box Office. 
        Starring Haluk Bilginer, Melisa Sözen and Demet Akbağ, Ceylan's seventh feature film, "Winter Sleep," is the second Turkish film to win the prestigious Palme d'Or prize. The film is a drama telling the story of a family running a hotel in Central Anatolia.  
        Read more at >> here <<


      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News, progressive rock band Dream Theater will be performing at Istanbul's KüçükÇiftlik Park as part of its tour titled "A Long Ride for the Ride," and will be the group's second appearance at the same venue in the past five years.  
        Dream Theater is well known for the technical proficiency of its instrumentalists, who have won many awards.  
        The band was formed in 1985 under the name Majesty by John Petrucci, John Myung, and Mike Portnoy while they were attending Berklee College of Music in Massachusetts. 
        Read more at >> here << 


      * French soprano Emma Shapplin is set to perform at Istanbul's Cemil Topuzlu Open Air Stage in the Harbiye neighborhood on Aug. 2, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.  
        Shapplin's first album "Carmine Meo" sold over two million copies around the world and became multi-platinum many times, which gave her start and introduced her work to more than 25 countries. Her second album "Etterna" led was accompanied by remarkable and bewitching stage performances, which she produced and staged herself. 
        She will be on stage in Istanbul in support of her newly released album "Dust of a Dandy." 
        Read more at >> here <<

        Nilüfer from Soma introduces 'Sad But True' along with James Hetfield.

      * Rock legends Metallica commemorated Turkey's mining disaster in Soma that claimed the lives of 301 workers during their concert in Istanbul on June 13, inviting a fan from the working class Aegean town to the stage. 
        The band's lead singer James Hetfield left the announcement of the song "Sad But True" to Nilüfer, a young woman from Soma, dedicating the song to the victims of the disaster. 
        Over 40,000 people attended the concert, in which two of the songs played by the band were determined by the fans through text messages. 
        The band played some of their biggest hits to the joy of concertgoers, including "Enter Sandman," "Master of Puppets," "Nothing Else Matters" and "Fade to Black." 
        Read more at >> here <<


      * Casting the sea and sand to one side for the next two weeks, the 12th Bodrum International Ballet Festival will bring a dose of high culture to the southwestern resort town between July 19 and Aug. 6, reports the Hurriyet Daily News. 
        During the event, selected ballet works from Turkey and around the world will be on stage in the historic atmosphere of the Bodrum Castle, which is home to one of the world's most significant underwater museums.  
        The festival will be opened with Turkish literary doyen Reşat Nuri Güntekin's immortal work, "The Wren", on July 19 before an encore is staged the following day.  
        All the performances will start at 9:45 p.m. 
        Read more at >> here <<


      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 2.13


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
      Ankara, in central Turkey:         84/63 Mostly Cloudy	   
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean:     84/75 Thunderstorms	   
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey:  82/70 Heavy Showers	   
      Izmir, on the Aegean:              91/75 Partly Cloudy	   
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea:         77/72 Heavy Showers	   
      Van, in Eastern Turkey:            86/55 Partly Cloudy	 
      * Torrential rain has caused flash flooding in Istanbul since early July 19, prompting road closures and disrupting life across parts of the city. 
        Okmeydani, Levent, Basaksehir, Arnavutköy and Sultangazi districts were among the most affected areas, where floods made some roads impassable and submerged work places, the Anatolia News Agency reported. 
        Turkey's meteorological authority has issued a warning that heavy rainfall is expected to continue in the coming hours and to extend its grip to the Asian half of the city. 
        Underpasses have been submerged by water and motor vehicles got stuck on roads where firefighters pulled vehicles out of the deluge, the Anatolia News agency reporters said.

      Seawater temperatures:
      Black Sea measured at Trabzon         77	   
      Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag      72	   
      Aegean Sea measured at Izmir          81	   
      Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 82


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