x0x Turkish News for the week ending 03 October 2009
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* Writing in the Turkish daily Hurriyet Chris
Loutradis reports that, Aysel Zeybek, an ethnic
Turk from Western Thrace part of Greece, is
running for a seat in the Greek parliament.
Ms. Aysel Zeybek says that she is fighting for the
rights of the minorities in Greece.
Born as a member of the Turkish minority, Ms.
Zeybek has faced an uphill battle all her life.
During a routine family trip to Istanbul to visit
her grandmother in 1984, the whole family was
stripped of there Greek citizenship. She was 7
when it happened and one of her objectives since
then has been to make the Greek state and the
public aware of their plight.
Ms. Zeybek said her political activism began when
she was 16 and she has been helped by many Greek
nongovernmental organizations on her journey.
Despite the fact that Greeks and the Greek state
did not want to face up to uncomfortable truths,
the media and the NGOs thrust her case onto the
Mainstream daily Eleutherotipia featured her on
its front page, with her case providing a momentum
that revealed many other injustices faced by
minorities in Greece. She says during her time
working for NGOs, Greek intelligence was always
keeping tabs on her.
She listed the main problems faced by minorities
in Greece as social estrangement, fear, lack of
education prospects and the status of women. She
said many men among minorities went to Germany to
earn a living while their wives stayed back home
looking after the children.
She said if elected, she would aim to include
ethnic Turkish youth in mainstream Greek cultural
and political life.
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* Speaking of the Greek-Turkish relations, Agence
France-Presse reports that Turkey is refusing to
open its ports and airports to Greek Cypriot ships
and planes until negotiations on the status of the
war-divided island have concluded, Turkish Foreign
Affairs Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Friday.
Under a customs agreement with the European Union,
which Turkey is struggling to join, Turkey must
extend a trade protocol to the 10 nations that
joined the bloc in 2004, including Greek Cyprus,
by the end of this year, writes the Agence
In 2004, a United Nations plan to reunify the
island was accepted by the Turkish Cypriots, but
the Greek Cypriots rejected the plan. Recent
United Nations efforts to resolve the standoff is
moving slowly. As we report to you last week, the
Turkish prime minister is saying that if a
solution cannot be found again due to "Greek
Cypriots' uncompromising attitude as in 2004," the
Turkish government and the Turkish Cypriots will
seek to normalize the status of the Turkish
For many years now Turkish Cypriots have been
living under international economic sanctions.
* According to Reuters, Greek and Turkish Cypriot
negotiators are running out of time to avoid
partition of the island that would have a huge
cost and increase instability in the
Mediterranean, a think tank said Wednesday.
The International Crisis Group urged Turkish
Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat and President
Demetris Christofias, the Greek Cypriot leader, to
speed up peace talks on creating a bi-zonal,
bi-communal federation and to put a final
settlement to referendums in their communities in
"Failure will mean an indefinite partition,
leading to more strains in European Union-Turkey
relations, new frictions in the east
Mediterranean, less European Union-NATO
cooperation, acceleration of the centrifugal
forces scattering the Turkish Cypriots and new
risks to the prosperity and security of Greek
Cypriots," it said in the report prepared by the
The International Crisis Group report said Greek
Cypriots, who rejected a U.N.-backed referendum in
2004 on reunification that was approved by Turkish
Cypriots, have much to lose from partition despite
being the part of the island that joined the
* According to the Eurasian net, speculation is
building in Turkey over whether Turkey will play a
part in a revamped US missile-defense network, one
designed mainly to contain Iran.
Conjecture is being fueled by two recent
developments: the Obama administration's decision
to scrap the construction of an anti-missile
shield in Central Europe, and Turkey's own
announcement that it intends to purchase its first
The article continues to say that although it is
not clear if Turkey's plan to buy a missile
defense system is being coordinated with the
United States, experts say the purchase is an
indication that - despite its warming relations
between Turkey and Iran, and Turkish officials'
promotion of a diplomatic solution to the question
of Iran's nuclear program - Turkey is not taking
any chances regarding its neighbor's intentions.
* Religiously oriented local governments in Turkey
are trying to curb the serving of alcoholic
beverages in restaurants that they operate.
According to the Hurriyet Daily News, The latest
example is that a renowned seafood restaurant in
the town of Beykoz north of downtown Istanbul on
the Bosporus Strait has stopped serving alcohol.
The town administration claimed that the locals
of the town have objected to it.
The restaurant has served alcoholic beverages for
the past 18 years before the ban took effect.
Last year a restaurant on the historic Moda Pier
in Kadikoy on the Asian side of Istanbul stopped
serving alcohol, leading Moda locals to protest
Moda locals gathered around the restaurant every
Friday evening during the summer and drank
alcoholic beverages as a sign of protest.
* Mevlut Cavusoglu, a parliamentarian from
Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party and
the head of the Turkish delegation to the
Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe,
was nominated by the European Democrat Group to be
Council's new president.
Under an agreement between the political groups
represented in the Parliamentary Assembly of the
Council of Europe, all members have pledged to
vote for the European Democrat Group's candidate
in next January's elections.
European Council sources say Mr. Cavusoglu's
election is certain, and would make him the first
Turkish head of Parliamentary Assembly of the
Council of Europe.
* According to the Turkish daily Aksam, in
Sunday's German general elections, which ended
with the victory of the Christian Democratic Union
under the leadership of Angela Merkel, five
deputies of Turkish origin won seats in the German
Serkan Toren was elected from the Free Democratic
Party, Mehmet Kilic and Ekin Deligoz from the
Greens Party, Aydan Ozdoguz from the Social
Democratic Party, and Sevim Dagdelen from the Left
* The test flights of Turkey's national attack
helicopters, which will be produced jointly with
Italy, were concluded on September 28, producing
satisfactory results for Turkish defense
officials, reports the Eurasian Daily Monitor.
Following a decade of discussions on developing a
combat helicopter program, Turkey awarded the bid
to produce combat and reconnaissance helicopters
to the Turkish Aerospace Industries prime
contractor- and the Italian AgustaWestland -the
subcontractor- in 2007.
* It is shoe throwing time again! A protester in
Turkey threw his shoe at the managing director of
International Monetary Fund at Istanbul's Bilgi
The protester shouted "IMF get out!" He was
quickly arrested. His shoe missed the target.
The international monetary fund manager said "the
Turkish students were polite, and they waited
until the end of the conference to protest."
* On a more serious matter, according to Reuters
this is what the international monetary fund
official said at the conference:
"Turkey is strongly rebounding from the economic
downturn, but to make the recovery more robust,
the government should cut borrowing so as not to
crowd out the private sector."
* According to Reuters, finance ministers and
central bankers from around the globe are
gathering in Istanbul for the semiannual meetings
of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.
The meeting will run from October 4 to 7.
* According to data from the Turkish Statistics
Institute, Turkish consumer prices posted a gain
of 0.39 percent in September, slightly lower than
expected, reinforcing expectations of further rate
cuts by the central bank this year as it seeks to
prop up the ailing economy.
Consumer prices rose 5.27 percent on the year,
close to the 40-year-low of 5.24 percent posted in
May, keeping inflation comfortably within the
Central Bank's official year-end target of 7.5
ARTS AND CULTURE
Edited by Carol Dean
* According to the Turkish daily Milliyet,
Turkey's traditional shadow puppet plays of
Karagoz and Hacivat as well as Newroz, the spring
festivity, have been added to UNESCO's
Representative List of the Intangible Cultural
Heritage of Humanity.
The 24 member states of the Intergovernmental
Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible
Heritage, currently meeting in Abu Dhabi, decided
to put them on the list.
* As part of the ongoing Turkish Season events in
France, the Eiffel Tower will be lit up on Oct.
5-11 with the colors of the Turkish flag in honor
of visiting President Abdullah Gul, reports the
Hurriyet Daily News.
The Turkish Season is a series of events
throughout France on and about Turkey and Turkish
culture. The Turkish season will last through
The season began with a performance by the
Anatolian Fire dance group in front of the Eiffel
Tower in July.
In related news, the Paris Bosporus Institute, a
new group meant to promote Turkish culture in
France as well as foster independent and objective
dialogue for opinion leaders, intellectuals and
artists from Turkey and France, will be
inaugurated with a conference in Istanbul late
Prominent Turkish and French politicians,
businessmen, economists and opinion leaders will
take part in a scholarly council under the
institute. Henri de Castries, a member of the
institute and the chairman of the insurance
company AXA, said the group wants to dispel
prejudices between the two nations.
* American Public Television is shooting a
documentary film about Mevlana Jalal al-Din Rumi
in the central Anatolian province of Konya,
reports the Anatolia News Agency.
American Public Television is a leading
distributor of high-quality, top-rated programming
to America's public television stations since
1961. Among its 300 new program titles per year
are prominent documentaries, dramatic series,
how-to programs, children's series and classic
Kell Kearns and Cynthia Lukas are the producers of
the documentary film. This film is a sequel to
their successful 2007 documentary title "Rumi
Returning" made for the 800 anniversary of Rumi's
birth. Cynthia Lukas says that the new film will
focus on the amazing impact of Rumi, Sufism, and
mysticism around the globe.
The new film will be called a "Rumi's Planet" and
expected to be finished in 2010.
Lukas and Kearns attended and filmed for the film
several events organized in Konya, including the
Sixth International Mystic Music Festival.
"We also filmed the Mevlana Musuem and other
significant locations in the city. In particular,
Ince Minare, and Karatay Museum were documented in
detail," Kearns said.
According to the American Public Television, Rumi
was born in 1207 in Balkh in present day
Afghanistan. He died in Konya in 1273. He was laid
to rest beside his father in a splendid shrine
that was erected in Konya.
Rumi devoted himself to the pursuit of Sufi
mysticism, a discipline in which he was widely
regarded as the supreme master. He was the
spiritual founder of the Mevlevi order of whirling
Rumi's Masnavi is one of the best known and most
influential works of both Sufi and Persian
literature. Comprised of six books of poems with
more than 50,000 lines, it wends its way through
424 stories illustrating humanity's quest for God.
* It is true that everyone wonders what the future
will be like, even those who are tangled up in the
past, writes the Hurriyet Daily News. "Futurists,"
are people who try to predict how the world will
be shaped in the future, what's coming and what
people should be ready for. For the first time, a
futurists association in Istanbul will offer
classes to share their predictions with the
Many universities around the world cooperate with
the World Future Society and have opened academies
to educate people on life in the future. Now, this
type of cooperation has been launched in Istanbul.
Bahce$ehir University and the Futurists
Association, an Istanbul-based branch of the
International Futurists Association, have
established a futurists program and the first
class took place this week.
The program is Turkey's first futurism school, and
it aims to design a positive future. The school's
schedule will last 14 weeks, which the directors
decided to separate into two parts. The classes
will start at 10 AM and will continue until 1 PM
The 14-week program costs approximately $290 in
local currency, but for those not pre-registered
for the full program, individual seminars are $33.
The lecturers are all members of the Futurists
Association. The directors of the association said
that the attendees will be businessmen, investors,
sector representatives, youth, parents and
academics who want to know about the future and
find innovative, strategic and sustainable
answers. While the first half of the program is
based on future scenarios and a vision for the
future, the second half, which will start Dec. 5,
will be more about how the end of the digital age
and the transition to a cyber world.
* A documentary featuring nine Turkish artists
living in various European countries aims to show
Turkish cultural and artistic diversity to
Europeans. The 120-minute "Colors of Anatolia" is
being filmed in five languages and will air on
many European TV channels. The filming started
Monday after being postponed to September.
The artists are in the fields of painting, music,
sculpture and Shadow Theater, and will be
submitted to international film festivals.
"Colors of Anatolia" was launched early this week
at a press conference held at the Villa Turca in
Cologne. Participants included Rumeysa Cavu$,
Cultural Attache of the Turkish Embassy in
Frankfurt; and Cologne Consul General of Labor and
Social Security Attache Tahsin Ozdemir. Cavu$
said "Colors of Anatolia" has great significance
because foreign people do not appreciate Turkey's
potential for art. "The ministry approved the
project. Turkish artists living in Europe will be
the subject of a documentary for the first time,"
* Turkish director Ozcan Alper's movie "Autumn"
has been nominated for the European Film Academy
The film will compete against four others for the
award in the European Discovery category. The
award for this category is presented annually as
part of the European Film Awards to a young and
upcoming director for a first full-length feature
The winner of the award will be announced on
December 12 in Ruhr, Germany.
"Autumn" won the best film award during the
Pomegranate Film Festival held in Toronto, Canada,
from Sept. 25 to 27.
* According to the Anatolia News Agency, some
scenes of the British film "Rough around the
Edges" will be shot in Turkey's Mediterranean town
The film will be starring Mike Mitchell, will play
in films "Braveheart" and "Gladiator". The
director is Jim Dickinson.
"When we saw the videos of Fethiye, we decided to
shoot some scenes in Fethiye instead of France and
Spain. I will play a businessman who sells his
company to a Russian billionaire," Mike Mitchell
* According to MyMerhaba, the 10th International
Antalya Piano Festival will be held between
November 4 and 21, 2009.
Renowned Turkish composer and pianist Fazil Say is
the Art Director of the Festival.
All concerts will take place at Antalya Cultural
* According to CNN, a play featuring dialogue in
Kurdish is to be performed for the first time at a
Turkish state theater Thursday in the southeastern
city of Diyarbakir.
Director Tamer Levent said that performing parts
of "Olumu Yasamak" -- or "Living the Death," a
play dealing with blood feuds in the predominantly
Kurdish southeastern region -- would add a
"special dimension" to the performance.
Experts estimate that dozens of people in rural
Turkey where Kurds dominate are killed each year
as a consequence of blood feuds. In May more than
40 people were killed while attending a wedding by
their own relatives. Vendettas linked to land
disputes or family honor often date back
EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.49
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 81/55 Partly Cloudy
Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 82/68 Partly Cloudy
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 75/63 Showers
Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 77/72 Thunderstorms
Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 77/64 Mostly Cloudy
Black Sea measured at Trabzon 72
Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 68
Aegean Sea measured at Izmir 75
Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 81
* Turkish Premier League
1. FENERBAHCE 21
2. GALATASARAY 19
3. BURSA SP 13
4. ESKI$EHIR SP 13
5. TRABZON SP 11
6. GENCLERB. 11
7. MANISA SP 10
8. KAYSERI SP 9
9. B $EHIR BLD 9
10. DIYARBAKIR SP 9
11. ANKARAGUCU 6
12. BE$IKTA$ 6
13. GAZIANTEP SP 6
14. ANTALYA SP 6
15. ANKARA SP 5
16. DENIZLI SP 3
17. SIVAS SP 1
18. KASIMPA$A 1
* Results of the games played last week:
GENCLERBIRLIGI - TRABZON SP 2 - 2
GAZIANTEP SP - ANKARAGUCU 1 - 3
B. BLD. SP - SIVAS SP 1 - 0
ANTALYA SP - FENERBAHCE 1 - 2
BURSA SP - DIYARBAKIR SP 4 - 0
KAYSERI SP - KASIMPA$A 0 - 0
GALATASARAY - ESKI$EHIR SP 1 - 1
DENIZLI SP - MANISA SP 1 - 1
* Results of the games played so far this week:
TRABZON SP - GAZIANTEP SP 0 - 0
DIYARBAKIR SP - B.$EHIR BLD. SP 1 - 3
MANISA SP - BURSA SP 0 - 2
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