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      x0x Turkish News for the week ending 09 August 2014 

      [This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 09 August 2014]


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      NEWS

      Edited by Erdem Arinc


      * Russia has banned most food imports from the West to retaliate against Western countries that imposed sanctions on it for its support for rebels in east Ukraine. Russia is expected to turn to alternative suppliers and this is, raising Turkey's hopes of boosting its exports to Russia, reports the Hurriyet Daily News. 
        According to Mehmet Büyükekşi, the head of one of the largest Turkish exporters, as he told Turkish broadcaster NTV, Turkey had been suffering from problems in its trade with Russia, particularly in poultry exports. The Russian announcement could help the country recover from the setbacks. He said fruit, egg and poultry sectors could particularly benefit, as the Turkish Agriculture Ministry has been implementing some restrictions on other food products. 
        In related news, Russia is planning to propose that Turkey boost fruit and vegetable supplies to replace the now banned imports from other countries, the ITAR TASS state news agency quoted the chief of Russia's phytosanitary watchdog Sergey Dankvert as saying. Turkey was able to quickly increase supplies of produce to Russia, Dankvert said, as there were no licensing procedures. The talks will be held today, he added. 
        Read more >> here <<


      * At least 25,000 Iraqi nationals who have fled from jihadist violence in their homeland are seeking refuge in Turkey, with the number of figures sharply increasing since July as hundreds of thousands of Iraqis suffer at the hands of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), reports the Hurriyet Daily News. 
        The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in the Turkish capital Ankara has only had the capacity to process applications for 15,000 of the refugees since May, sources said. 
        The UNHCR is able to handle 300 out of 700-800 people applying on a daily basis, sources said. 
        Sources said the number 25,000 did not necessarily reflect the total number of Iraqi citizens who have taken shelter in Turkey due to ISIL's terror, since all of them might not have been able to reach a UNHCR Office for application. 
        As the number of Iraqis fleeing from their homeland has increased rapidly, Turkey has set up a camp in northern Iraq. 
        Turkey has indicated that it wants to contain Iraqis within this camp under the oversight of the Iraqi Kurdish authority and conduct humanitarian assistance there.


      * With a youthful and dynamic candidate, Turkey's main Kurdish political force is seeking to broaden its appeal in presidential polls where the votes of the Kurdish minority are set to play a crucial role, reports the Agence France-Presse. 
        Selahattin Demirtas is a 41-year-old lawyer, and the candidate that for Turkish presidency of the pro-Kurdish People's Democracy Party. 
        He thinks that he can get the support of ethnic Turks in addition to his kinsmen Kurds. The Kurds make up about 14 million or about 20% of turkey's population. 
        He is saying and doing the right things in his campaign that secular left-wing Turks like. For example he is championing women's and gay rights. 
        However, Mr. Demirtas is forecasted to get only the third place in the Turkish presidential race. 
        If he gets enough votes, there may be a runoff elections between Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his main rival Dr. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu. This may put his Kurdish kinsmen in a position to be the king maker in Turkey.


      * Turkey is seeking Israeli and Egyptian agreement for an air corridor to provide humanitarian aid to Gaza and evacuate possibly thousands of injured Palestinians for treatment, Turkey's Foreign Affairs Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Wednesday, reports Reuters. 
        Despite crumbling relations with Israel, it also hopes through its ties with the Palestinian authorities to play a part in brokering a long-term settlement in the Gaza Strip. 
        Mr. Davutoglu says he is in touch with the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas. He told Mr. Abbas that Turkish hospitals have reserved beds for the wounded. 
        Pro-Palestinian sentiment runs high in mostly Sunni Muslim Turkey, and protesters have repeatedly taken to the streets in recent weeks to protest Israel's offensive in Gaza, writes Reuters. 
        Read more at >> here <<



      ARTS AND CULTURE

      Edited by Colleen Clark




      www.TurkRadio.us


      * The historic Sümela Monastery in Turkey's Black Sea province of Trabzon is preparing for a yearly service that will be held on Aug. 15, reports the Anatolia News Agency. 
        Fener Greek Patriarch Bartholomew is expected to conduct the service, which is held in honor of the Assumption of Mary, a Christian feast that is marked on Aug. 15. 
        The Sümela Monastery, located in Altındere National Park, reopened for religious use on Aug. 15, 2010, after an 88-year hiatus. 
        A total of just 300 Orthodox Christians will be allowed to participate in the ceremony in accordance with the monastery yard's capacity. 
        Read more at >> here <<




      www.TurkRadio.us 
        Kaan Müjdeci's debut feature, "Sivas", will compete for the Lion of the Future given to the first feature of young directors.

      * According to Emrah Güler of Hurriyet Daily News, Turkish film has now become a regular in Venice Film Festival. 
        Back in 1990, director Yusuf Kurçenli's "The Blackout Nights" competed for the Golden Lion in the world's oldest film festival, the Venice International Film Festival. Three other films were selected to the Golden Lion line-up before that, all in the 1980s, Erden Kıral's "The Mirror", Ali Özgentürk's "The Guard" and the late Ömer Kavur's "Motherland Hotel". 
        Then the winter sleep came when Turkey was nowhere to be seen in Venice for almost two decades, save for two directors, Yeşim Ustaoğlu (in 2002) and Ferzan Özpetek (in 2007), being invited to the jury. 2008 turned out to be the year when Turkish film's luck turned around, with two films included into the lineup for the main competition. 
        There seems to be a two-year rule where Turkish film shines in Venice. This year seems to be no exception with two films premiering and competing in the upcoming 71st Venice Film Festival, set to open on Aug. 27. While acclaimed Turkish-German director Fatih Akın's "The Cut" will compete for the Golden Lion, Kaan Müjdeci's debut feature "Sivas" will compete for the Lion of the Future, or Luigi De Laurentiis award, given to the first feature of young director. 
        "The Cut" will compete against such films like Abel Ferrara's biopic of the fallen Italian filmmaker "Pasolini," Ramin Bahrani's recession drama "99 Homes," David Gordon Green's Texan drama "Manglehorn," and "The Look of Silence," Joshua Oppenheimer's follow-up to his acclaimed 2012 documentary "The Act of Killing." 
        Müjdeci's feature "Sivas" tells the friendship between an 11-year-old boy and his dog in the steppes of Central Anatolia. Keep in mind that the boy's name is Aslan, which in Turkish means lion. The Future of the Lion award will have a whole new meaning if "Sivas" wins the award come September. 
        Read more at >> here <<




      www.TurkRadio.us 
        Many remarkable works are on show at the Sakıp Sabancı Museum exhibition, which contains nearly 100 paintings.

      * Istanbul's Sabanc?? University Sak??p Sabanc?? Museum has once again opened its extensive painting collection as part of a new exhibition, "Turkish Painting from the Ottoman Reformation to the Republic", reports the Hurriyet Daily News. 
        The paintings give a hint about the initial phase of the development process of the art of painting in Turkey. The exhibition also reveals the transition in the production of images and the alteration of the concepts of art and artist in Turkey. 
        Many remarkable works are on show at the exhibition, which contains nearly 100 paintings. Osman Hamdi Bey's "Naile Hanım" ( go to >> here << to see this)portrait is among the paintings that is being exhibited in Turkey at the exhibition for the first time, in addition to Halil Paşa's "Madam X," which was exhibited at the 1889 Paris Universal Fair and awarded with a Bronze Medal. 
        Standing out with its golden gilding, which was used to portray saints in Byzantine portraits, "Naile Hanım" emphasizes the importance of women and Osman Hamdi Bey's wife for him, while also providing clues about the social structure of the era. 
        The exhibition, along with its catalogue, reveals the social and economic transition of a country through the art of painting that the country discovered belatedly but embraced rapidly. 
        Read more at >> here <<  




      www.TurkRadio.us 
        The stones, which are placed with great attention just like the ones in Britain's Stonehenge, were also used in astronomy in the Urartian era.

      * An area of 16,000 Square feet, where more than 2,000 stelas have been erected by the Urartian Kingdom through mathematical calculations, and underground rock graves need attention to contribute to Turkish tourism, reports the Anatolia News Agency. 
        The structures, which date back to 3,000 years ago when the Urartians lived in the region in Turkey's eastern province of Van's Tuşba district, shed light on the lifestyle of the past, as well as scientific work in the ancient era. 
        Yüzüncü Yıl University Head of Archaeology Department Associate Professor Rafet Çavuşoğlu said the 40-2000-pound stones, which were brought from the stone pits on the Şahbağı Hill, were placed in the area with great attention. 
        Dr. Çavuşoğlu noted the array of the stelas, their location and intended purpose have great similarities with Stonehenge, which is visited by thousands of people every year. 
        He said they had to stop excavations, which were carried out between 2004 and 2007 in the region, adding the region should be included in tour programs and be given tourism value. 
        He said the same area was also home to 25 underground graves, but those graves were looted by treasure hunters. "These graves were also constructed according to a certain plan," he said. 
        Read more at >> here <<




      www.TurkRadio.us 
        Pargalı İbrahim Paşa played a big role in important political and military issues as grand vizier in the Ottoman but his grave has been neglected.

      * Bidding farewell to its 15 minutes of fame, the grave of Pargalı İbrahim Paşa has once more become an overlooked nook of Istanbul's Fındıklı neighborhood after a brief surge in popular interest in the site thanks to the Turkish TV drama "Magnificent Century", only for attention to die off with the end of the show. 
        Speaking about the grave of İbrahim Paşa, who played a big role in important political and military issues as grand vizier to Süleyman the Magnificent, art historian Süleyman Faruk Göncüoğlu said he held the position of "sultan's shadow" until being killed one Ramadan. 
        However, the real location of the paşa's grave was kept secret, Göncüoğlu said. 
        He said that it was known that İbrahim Paşa had been buried in the garden of Canfeda Zaviye, a small Islamic monastery in Istanbul. 
        "The place of his grave is kept secret because it would be a big mistake to reveal the grave of a person, who was the shadow of the state and the sultan. If it was known, this place would turn into a center of power. This is why the places of [the true] grave of Ottoman statesmen were not revealed. Another rumor about İbrahim Paşa is that his body was thrown into the sea." 
        Read more at >> here <<




      www.TurkRadio.us

      * The ancient city of Tieion, which was established in the 7th century in the town of the Filyos district in Turkey's Black Sea province of Zonguldak, also known as the "Ephesus of the Black Sea," has been the place of archaeological excavations for the past eight years, reports the Dogan News Agency. 
        The ancient city covers an area of 150 acres, with excavations so far completed in in an area covering five acres, unearthing the ancient remains of a bath, church, temple and grave. 
        The excavations in Filyos that started in 2006 is headed by Professor Sümer Atasoy of Karabük University's Archaeology Department, and so far the excavations have unearthed colorful pots and pans, written documents, a bath, temple port, citadel, coastal walls, aqueducts, pier remains, an ancient theater, 10 graves, 6 of which are inside the church, metal coins, metal artwork, candles, glass pieces and ceramics. 
        Yıldırım noted expropriations were continuing in the excavation area. 
        Read more at >> here <<




      www.TurkRadio.us www.TurkRadio.usTwo of the artifacts (L) FBI agents with the Turkish ambassador (R)
       

      * The FBI has returned 10 illegally traded historical artifacts from Lydia, an Iron Age empire in western Turkey, to the Turkish mission in Washington, reports the Anatolia News agency. 
        Returning the items, which were estimated to have originated in the western province of Manisa and date back to the first and third centuries A.D., to the Turkish Embassy came during a joint presentation between officials from the FBI and Turkish mission in Washington on Aug. 5. 
        The artifacts included grave stones and sacrifice stelas, which are stone or wooden slabs on which Lydians would inscribe the sacrifices of animals or possessions that deceased people had made during their lives, used in funeral or commemorative services. 
        The items were smuggled into the U.S. in 2006 and spotted by the Turkish Culture Ministry as they were being traded illegally, and were later seized in an operation involving Turkish security officials, the FBI and Washington D.C. police officers in May. 
        John Boles, the FBI Assistant Director of the International Operations Division, said the operation was "another example of the strong coordination and cooperation between the two countries." 
        Turkey's Ambassador Serdar Kılıç thanked Professor Hasan Malay, a Turkish art historian, who had spotted the artifacts and reported their whereabouts to the authorities. "These artifacts deserve to return to their homeland," Kılıç said. 
        The officials declined to give details about the recovery of the artifacts, saying information was being withheld to prevent illegal traders from being informed of their operations. 
        The Turkish Culture Ministry said the items would be put on exhibition at the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Ankara and then in the Manisa Museum.
        The Turkish Culture Ministry has facilitated the recovery of 4,147 smuggled historical artifacts in the last 10 years and returned them to "Anatolia's cultural heritage," Kılıç said. 
        Read more at >> here <<



      EXCHANGE RATE

      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 2.15


      WEATHER


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
      Ankara, in central Turkey:         88/63 Partly Cloudy
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean:     99/79 Partly Cloudy
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey:  86/73 Partly Cloudy
      Izmir, on the Aegean:              93/75 Mostly Sunny
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea:         82/73 Thunderstorms
      Van, in Eastern Turkey:            84/55 Partly Cloudy
      


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        Thousands of passengers faced long waits at both Atatürk and Sabiha Gökçen airports following the flight cancellations


      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Turkish Airlines canceled dozens of flights on the morning of Aug. 8 following a heavy storm with torrential rains in Istanbul and its environs that had disrupted air traffic a day earlier. 
        Turkish Airlines canceled 64 flights on Aug. 7 alone. Torrential rain left hundreds of homes flooded, caused power blackouts and disrupted public transport in the city with scenes that have become familiar in the city with every bout of stormy weather.


      Seawater temperatures:
      Black Sea measured at Trabzon         81
      Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag      79
      Aegean Sea measured at Izmir          82
      Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 86
      	



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