x0x Turkish News for the week ending 27 February 2010
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* Starting last Monday Turkish police started detaining numerous active-duty and retired military officers for an alleged coup to topple the Islamist-led Justice and Development Party government back in 2003, shortly after the party came to power. The detentions continued throughout the week.
Some of the detained were later released, but 31 were charged.
Among the officers detained were many high-ranking generals that led the various branches of the Turkish military.
The detentions stem from a report the Turkish daily Taraf published, alleging the existence of a plan. The daily said that the plan aimed to trigger a military takeover by creating chaos through mosque bombings and assassinations of non-Muslim figures.
The current officers heading the Turkish armed forces has rejected the accusations, claiming that the alleged 2003 plan was a war-game scenario created to train the military.
* In related news Turkish president Mr. Abdullah Gul said Saturday he was sure Turkey would overcome the crisis triggered by the massive arrests and probe into the alleged plot, reported Agence France Presse.
The Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned the army Friday that no-one was above the law and "those who make plans behind closed doors to crush the people's will must see that from now on they will face justice."
President Gul echoed that opinion in an interview published by the daily Hurriyet on Saturday. "If there are people who commit errors in our institutions (the army), they must be purged."
He added though that he was sure that Turkey would "totally get over" the crisis, and emphasised that the Turkish democracy's main aim was to meet European standards.
"Turkey must not shoot itself in the foot," at a time when it is trying to emerge from a recession, he said.
The standoff between the government and the army led the Istanbul stock exchange to plunge nearly seven percent last week and the Turkish lira to fall against the dollar.
The unprecedented probe has rattled Turkey, raising fears of a showdown between the ruling Justice and Development Party and the army, the self-declared guardian of the country's secular system, wrote the Agence France Presse.
The Turkish army has traditionally wielded significant influence on politics, but has seen its clout wane under the Justice and Development Party Agence France-Presse added.
* During the week Turkey's president, prime minister and the top army officer general Ilker Basbug held a meeting at the presidential palace in the Turkish capital.
After the meeting the Turkish president said that Turkey will overcome all problems.
He said that the biggest wealth of a country was to be predictable and reliable. "Turkey is one of a few countries which managed to recover from the global financial crisis quickly. We should be careful and pay attention not to harm our country," he added.
* The Turkish daily Milliyet reported Erol Sabanci, a leading name in the Turkish banking sector, as saying, "Let us leave this tension in politics behind and try to put an end to unemployment".
Mr. Sabanci, who is the Honorary President of Akbank, said all the parties were responsible for the political tension that rose in the recent period.
"However, the greatest duty in ending this situation belongs to the government," Mr. Sabanci said.
* The Turkish daily Vatan reported that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that some columnists escalated the tension in Turkey which led to a sharp decline in the stock exchange. He also called on media moguls not to allow this.
* The Turkish daily Radikal reported that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has defended Turkey while members of the House of Representatives strongly criticized Turkey's foreign policy.
Secretary Clinton said that Turkey pursued a positive policy about Armenia and it objected to Iran's aggressive policy. Clinton added that Turkey criticized Israeli offensive in Gaza on humanitarian reasons.
* The Turkish daily Turkiye reported that Turkey's justice minister Mr. Sadullah Ergin met with Council of State chairman Mustafa Birden, Supreme Court of Appeals chief judge Hasan Gerceker and Constitutional Court chief judge Hasim Kilic and exchanged views on the issue of judicial reform.
* Anatolia News Agency reported that Turkey's chief negotiator for European Union talks has urged Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders to reach a settlement by April this year.
"There are leaders on both sides who are eager for a solution, which has yet to come," Mr. Egemen Bagis, told a seminar in Tallinn, Estonia. "I am hoping that they will come up with a settlement by April because that is when Turkish Cypriot President Mehmet Ali Talat's term ends. And it seems unlikely that he can get re-elected."
Mr. Bagis rejected the Cyprus issue as "a pre-condition" for Turkey's membership in the European Union, saying that the European Union should not have allowed the Greek Cypriot administration into the union before it had solved its border disputes.
Mr. Bagis, also criticized the Greek Cypriot administration for blocking the opening of further policy chapters in Turkey's accession talks.
The Turkish negotiator said the Justice and Development Party had been extending full support to the settlement of the Cyprus issue since it came to power in 2002.
ARTS AND CULTURE
Edited by Anita Donohoe
* Anyone who has traipsed around Istanbuls historic peninsula on the way to the Hagia Sophia or the Blue Mosque cannot have failed to come across the large, rectangular stretch of land that constitutes the Hippodrome, write the Hurriyet daily News writers Gul Demir and Niki Gamm.
For decades this space was nothing more than a dusty plain with a few decorative, almost nondescript pillars devoid of explanation. It was known as the Hippodrome where the ancient Romans and Byzantines used to have horse races and gladiatorial games of varying sorts. The square was also renowned for its political riots that nearly unseated Emperor Justinian, builder of the Hagia Sophia.
The square survived after the Ottoman conquest of 1453 because the new rulers saw the value of using the space for their own games, usually played on horseback. As a result, the square acquired the name Atmeydani, or Horse Square. In addition, parades and festivities, such as those depicted in the miniatures of the 1582 Surname-i Murat III, were also held there. The space further played a part in political actions taken against later sultans because it was a convenient place for rebels to gather.
Now, thanks to the generosity of the Suna and Inan KiraC Foundation, the Istanbul Research Institute and the Pera Museum, people can see what the Hippodrome may have looked like in its heyday and its progression through the various eras thereafter.
"Hippodrome/Atmeydani: A Stage for Istanbul's History" is an exhibition that opened this week at the museum and will provide a start-to-finish pictorial tour of the space until April 18.
In tandem with the exhibition, a splendid, two-volume set of books has also been published in both Turkish and English under the same name as the exhibition. The set includes a number of articles related to the Hippodrome, as well as a catalog for the exhibition. The book certainly ranks among the most outstanding, comprehensive publications ever published for an exhibition and is one of those collections of material that provide all the information you ever wanted to know about the Hippodrome and likely much more that you have not even thought about.
See more: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/
* Aida Gomez, one of the greatest female flamenco dancers, performed in Istanbul on Tuesday February 23rd at the Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
Gomez and her dance company turn the old epic story of Carmen into a dance fest full of energy and love. Her show "Carmen" is accompanied by the unforgettable original compositions of Georges Bizet and music composed exclusively for her by Jose Antonio Rodriguez.
Gomez started dancing when she was 7 and has since been honored in Spain as "Dancer of the Year" many times. After she established her own company, the Spanish Ministry of Culture made her the youngest-ever artistic director of the Spanish National Ballet. By 2001 she had founded her own production company and rehearsed for a role in the famous movie Salomé, directed by Carlos Saura.
"I started my dance education going through all types of dancing but I discovered myself feeling freedom only with flamenco. It liberates your inner feelings on the stage and gives you strength. I guess flamenco gives more space for self-expression," said Gomez.
"Flamenco encourages us to get what we want. It gives you power and gives you strength to demand what you want in a very confident way with all your body language," she said, adding that being a woman herself, she cared about being independent and strong.
When asked what she had in common with Carmen as a role model, Gomez said she liked the characters strength and attitude. "She is confident about her freedom. When we get back to the very initial story of Carmen, in that period, we see a revolution in the description of the female figures social role. During that time, although there was repression of the female gender identity, she was described in a revolutionary way." she said.
Talking about her Turkey visits, she said she has been to Istanbul, Ankara and Bodrum before by invitation from Pasion Turca.
See more: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/
* According to the Anatolia News Agency, a group of entrepreneurs in Turkey's Aegean province of Izmir is trying to breathe new life into the regions rich food culture.
Mr. Binali Yilmaz, who established an association and opened a restaurant with two of his friends after working as a chef in one of Izmirs renowned restaurants, told the Anatolia news agency his menu includes traditional dishes with recipes taken from history books and even grandmothers.
Izmir's cuisine has largely been affected by its multicultural history, hence the large variety of food originating from the Aegean, Mediterranean and Anatolian regions. Another factor is the large area of land surrounding the region, which yields a rich selection of vegetables.
Yilmaz said the idea of offering traditional Izmir cuisine began forming three years ago while the subsequent developments have been promising. Izmir has a rich history and culture, he said, adding that many elements of this rich culture are unfortunately being forgotten, including traditional recipes.
The provinces food shows the influence of Cretan, Greek, Balkan and Turkish cuisine, and was reshaped according to the taste of the Levantines, Latin Christians who lived under the Ottoman Empire before the Republican era, the chef said.
See more: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/
* Camlihemsin, a Black Sea district in the Turkish province of Rize, is preparing for more domestic and foreign tourists following the international success of the film "Honey", which was filmed in the area, reports they Anatolia News Agency.
"Honey," which follows the story of a young boy after a tragedy, was directed by Semih Kaplanoglu and won the Golden Bear, the top prize at the Berlin Film Festival, this past weekend.
Speaking to Anatolia news agency, Rize Culture and Tourism Director Ismail Hocaoglu said the region had been attracting more tourists in recent years. Last year, nearly half a million tourists came to Rize, 55,000 of whom were foreigners.
Hocaoglu said there were many different tourism alternatives in Rize, adding: "The city is home to different activities, such as canoeing, rafting, mountaineering and bird observation. Furthermore, the historic stone bridges and the wooden and stone houses are worth seeing. All these things make the province special. This is why the number of visitors will continue to increase this year and in the following years."
He said Camlihemsin particularly offered a lot of tourism opportunities. "The historic Zil Castle, the KaCkar Mountains, the Gelintulu, Bulut and Palovit waterfalls, and the Sal, Pokut, Avusor, Yukari Kavron and Elevit alpine meadows are prominent places Those, who want to have a real holiday should see this district."
Speaking about "Honey," Hocaoglu said: "We are proud that the film was made in Camlihemsin and that it has been seen in an international environment. The nature of the region will be highlighted thanks to the film. It can be featured in other films because it has a striking geography. This will lead more people to visit the city. They will see the region in the film and want to visit it."
Camlihemsin is famous for its hot springs that are thought cure many diseases, for Ayder, the Firtina Valley, and for being one of the greenest places in Turkey with its impenetrable forests.
There are 15 historical, arched stone bridges and nearly 70 stone and wooden mansions in the district. The districts 600-year-old Zil Castle is also one of the most prominent tourism spots in the province.
"Honey," a Turkish-German co-production, tells the story of a 6-year-old boy who wanders through the woods searching for his lost father and tries to make sense of his life. His father is a beekeeper whose bees have disappeared unexpectedly, threatening his livelihood. A bizarre accident kills the father. There is little dialogue or music in the film.
"Honey" is the third and last film in director Kaplanoglus Yusuf Trilogy, following "Egg" and "Milk".
See more: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/
* Istanbuls BahCesehir University is planning to produce a new documentary television series focusing on the Middle Easts role as the cradle of civilization, reports the Hurriyet Daily News
The series, "River Flowing Westward/A Story of Global Civilization", is the brainchild of the schools Civilization Studies Center, or CSC, and will be produced by Londons Lion TV.
Using original sources and modern technology, the projects aim is to narrate the historical adventure comprised of the progressive run toward the West during the last three and a half millennia.
Speaking about the project during a weekend press conference, CSC President and Alliance of Civilizations Project Turkey Coordinator Professor Bekir Karliga said civilizations were a product of long processes and that Islamic and Western civilization could be seen as two branches of the same family given their common origins.
"[Civilization] was not created by simply a single society, culture or religion, but by contributions from all portions of humanity. Each religion, society and culture each in its own capacity has contributed, more or less, to this process and to the making of this reality."
Like other communities, cultures, religions, and regions, Karliga said the Middle East, Muslims and Turks had made significant contributions to the formation of modern civilization and its basic values.
"Muslims, setting off from the Arabian desert, moved to Asia, Africa and Europe and developed original civilizations in Iraq, Iran, Central Asia, the Indian subcontinent, Anatolia, Syria, Egypt, North Africa and Spain," he said.
"Likewise, setting off from the Central Asian steppes and advancing both toward the West and the East, Turkic tribes internalized Chinese and Iranian cultures and founded an authentic culture and civilization. After converting to Islam, they came to the Anatolian lands by way of Iran and Iraq, advanced from there to Europe by way of Syria, Egypt and the Balkans, dominating both ends of the Mediterranean," according to Karliga.
Another fundamental objective in realizing this project, Karliaga said, is to objectively show Turkey does not have a one-way relationship with the European Union, adding that the country would bring the values of other civilizations to Europe upon EU accession.
Lion Television Director Richard Bradley said his channel and many television series unfortunately often told stories about civilizations from a Western perspective. "In this series, we have the opportunity to change peoples viewpoints and tell unknown stories about the development of global civilizations."
Karliga agreed, saying it was wrong to see the development of civilization from a purely Euro-centric viewpoint.
The BahCesehir academic collaborated with experts from Cambridge and Oxford universities to write the documentarys script.
The series Turkish version is scheduled to air on state-run Turkish Radio and Television, or TRT, in December while the documentary will also be broadcast internationally on the BBC, PBS and the History Channel.
The team will begin shooting the documentary in March with financial support from the Prime Ministry Promotion Fund.
* According to the Anatolia News Agency, not your typical orchestra, the Natural Rhythm Orchestra in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir is comprised of 150 children playing anything that makes a noise, such as bottles, cardboard boxes, buckets, tea saucers and teaspoons.
The orchestra was formed by the Children Education Center, which is affiliated with the Diyarbakir Metropolitan Municipalitys childrens department.
Department Director Kadir Guger said the orchestra targets high-risk children. He said the center started working in October, adding that it had 980 registered children. Through the center, Guger said the children had been introduced to different social and cultural activity programs.
"The center has workshops like theater, rhythm, drama, art, ceramics, chess and taekwondo. We also carry out programs regarding childrens rights. We are working toward children becoming more conscious about substance use and exploitation," he said.
Guger said the center also informed children about the risks of working on the streets. "One of the activities in the center is the rhythm workshop. The idea of a workshop came up after the summer camp that the metropolitan municipality organized in Elazigs Gezin. We go to summer camp with 800 children every year and work on the Natural Rhythm Orchestra. When the program first started, the goal was to collect waste products around the camp, to create environmental consciousness and examine these materials. With materials like plastic and glass bottles, cartons and others, children formed the Natural Rhythm Orchestra. Later on, they performed a show at the Hasankeyf Festival."
Serko Aydoga, teacher of the rhythm workshop, said their biggest goal was to make children love nature and have them help protect the environment. He said the rhythm program also helped children learn patience while having fun.
"We learn how to form an orchestra using garbage. Each of the children represents a different instrument. Everything that sounds is an instrument for them. This work also contributes to their social development," Aydogan said. He said the childrens concert will be held at the end of April.
See more: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/
EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.54
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey:
Antalya, on the Mediterranean:
64/52 Heavy Showers
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey:
Izmir, on the Aegean:
61/50 Heavy Showers
Trabzon, on the Black Sea:
55/46 Partly Cloudy
Snow depths at skiing locations:
Erciyes, in Kayseri, Central Turkey
Ilgaz, in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey
Kartalkaya, in Bolu, Western Turkey
Palandoken, in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey
Saklikent, in Antalya, Southern Turkey
Sarikamis, in Kars, Eastern Turkey
Uludag, in Bursa, Western Turkey
* Premiere League
* Results for week 22 ANTALYA Sp - TRABZON Sp 1 - 1 BURSA Sp - SIVAS Sp 3 - 0 TRABZON Sp - B. $EHIR BLD. Sp 0 - 0 KASIMPA$A - G. ANTEP Sp 3 - 0 DIYARBAKIR Sp - DENIZLI Sp 0 - 2 ANKARAGUCU - ANTALYA Sp 2 - 2 BE$IKTA$ - G. SARAY 1 - 1 FENERBAHCE - BURSA Sp 2 - 3 In games played so far this weekend: ANTALYA Sp - TRABZON Sp 1 - 1 BURSA Sp - SIVAS Sp 3 - 0 KAYSERI Sp - BE$IKTA$ 1 2 Standing in the league as of week ending 22 1 - G. SARAY 47 2 - FENERBAHCE 45 3 - BURSA Sp 43 4 - KAYSERI Sp 42 5 - BE$IKTA$ 39 6 - TRABZON Sp 38 7 - ESKI$EHIR Sp 35 8 - G. BIRLIGI 31 9 - B. $EHIR BLD. Sp 31 10 - G. ANTEP Sp 30 11 - ANTALYA Sp 29 12 - KASIMPA$A 27 13 - SIVAS Sp 24 14 - ANKARAGUCU 22 15 - DIYARBAKIR Sp 21 16 - MANISA Sp 20 17 - DENIZLI Sp 13 18 - ANKARA Sp 0
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