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      Turkish News for the week ending 05 May 2010 {20100501trh.txt}

      x0x Turkish News for the week ending 05 May 2010
      [This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 05 May 2010]

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      * According to the Voice of America, May Day was celebrated around the World.
        In Istanbul, Turkey, workers gathered in central Taksim Square for the first time in three decades.
        The site has been restricted since 1977, when unidentified gunmen opened fire on demonstrators in the square, setting off mass panic that left more than 30 people dead.
        According to Reuters, Turkish union leaders on Saturday tossed dozens of red carnations at the spot on the square where the victims were shot dead. Attendees were estimated to number around 100,000.
        The ruling Justice and Development Party, which declared the day a public holiday, sent a delegation to the celebrations.

      * Turkish authorities are considering building a third bridge over the Bosporus to connect the European and Asian sides of Istanbul. However, Jennifer Hattam reports from Istanbul that there is opposition to the building of the $6-billion bridge from environmentalists and other activists.
        One of the strong voices in opposition to the project has been the Greater Istanbul branch of the Chamber of Architects, whose Mucella Yapici spoke to the news site Bianet about the group's concerns. "The city's life force will be extinguished," she said.
        "Istanbul is already a city that has exceeded its natural ecological boundaries, and mostly responsible for this are the two existing Bosphorus bridges and the ring roads leading to them. Seventy-five percent of the route for the proposed bridge is made up of forests and water reservoirs to the north of the city. Large-scale construction, the concomitant settlement, and [the] unplanned traffic load will choke the city" Ms. Yapici added.
        Read more about the issue at: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * Bloomberg reports that Turkey may be advising Greece in how to tackle its financial difficulties.
        It says that in the course of centuries-old rivalry, many Greeks have viewed their Turkish neighbor as military occupier, religious rival or strategic threat. Financial adviser hasn't been high on the list.
        Turkish Deputy Premier and Economy Minister Ali Babacan, however, is in Athens for a visit that may change that. He may also help Greece learn from Turkey's experience of surviving a debt crisis a decade ago. In 2001, Turkey posted a budget deficit dwarfing Greece's 2009 record and failed to collect enough taxes even to cover interest payments.
        At the time Turkey's debt was around 80 percent of its GDP, now it is around 45 percent.

      * According to the Deutsche Presse-Agentur, four Turkish soldiers were killed in the heaviest attack on an army post in the country in months, Turkish television reports said Saturday.
        Rocket propelled grenades and automatic rifle fire were used in the attack, according to reports.
        The attack was carried out by the rebel Kurdistan Workers Party.
        Security experts report that the Kurdistan Workers Party is mainly active in Turkey's Southeast and across in northern Iraq, attacking military and civilian targets alike.
        The European Union, U.S., NATO as well as Turkey classifies the Kurdistan Workers Party as a terrorist organization.

      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe criticized Bulgaria for not displaying enough respect to the rights of Bulgarian citizens of Turkish origin.
        In a resolution the Council asked Bulgaria to take solid steps to resolve the problems of the Turkish minority.
        Turks and Roma people are the minority groups that face the most discrimination in Bulgaria, according to the report.
        Turks in Bulgaria and number around one million, making up 10 percent of the population. An assimilation campaign of the late 1980s directed against ethnic Turks resulted in the emigration of some 300,000 Bulgarian Turks to Turkey.
        See more at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turks_in_Bulgaria

      * The Anatolia News Agency also reports that Turkey's chief negotiator for European Union accession Mr. Egemen Bagis as saying that Turkey must overcome bias on path to the European Union.
        Turkey has opened 12 of 35 negotiation chapters for policy areas related to European Union accession since its talks on full membership began formally in October 2005.
        Eight chapters have been suspended following a resolution by the European Union's General Affairs and Foreign Affairs Councils, pending Turkey's full implementation of an additional protocol to the country's customs union agreement.
        Mr. Bagis was talking in Brussels on Thursday with the European Union officials and later at a panel discussion.
        "No matter how hard we try to open and close as many chapters as we can, we will not be able make significant progress unless we win hearts and minds," Mr. Bagis said.

      * Hurriyet Daily News reports that, Turkey's prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is one of the World's 25 most influential leaders, according to the current issue of Time magazine.
        In its annual TIME 100 issue, the Turkish prime minister came in 17th on its list of influential leaders, alongside Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (number one) and US President Barack Obama (number four).
        "Turkey's prime minister is a survivor," wrote journalist Pelin Turgut for the magazine. "As the head of NATO's only Muslim member nation and a vibrant secular democracy, Mr. Erdogan has the potential to reshape a restive region."
        See more at: http://www.time.com/

      * It is very important that other countries follow Turkey's lead in not interfering in Iraqi affairs, said former Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, according to the Turkish daily Sabah.
        Speaking at a panel in the Turkish capital Ankara on last month's Iraqi elections, Mr. Allawi, whose Al Iraqiya bloc led the elections, stated that even while supporting Iraq's stability, Turkey has not interfered in the country's domestic affairs, and that Turkish-Iraqi relations are based on mutual benefits and the principle of territorial integrity.

      * The Turkish daily Hurriyet reports that Aygul Ozkan was sworn in as Lower Saxony, Germany's social affairs, women, family, health and integration minister.
        The move made Ms. Ozkan, 38, the first ethnic Turkish politician to serve in a federal-state minister position in Germany.
        See Ms. Ozkan's web pages (in German) http://www.aygueloezkan.de/
        Here is the English translation: http://translate.google.com/

      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, Istanbul Chamber of Commerce will hold the First Turkish Products Exhibition in Brazil between May 26 and 29.
        The exhibition will be opened in Sao Paulo city during Turkish prime minister Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan's official visit to Brazil within the scope of Alliance of Civilizations Project co-chaired by Turkey.


      Edited by Carol Dean

      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, Turkish director Ferzan ozpetek's latest movie "Loose Cannons" met with the U.S. audience for the first time as part of the Tribeca Film Festival held in New York City . Speaking to the Anatolia news agency after the screening, ozpetek said he was quite happy about the positive reaction from the American audience and said his movie will be shown all across the country.
        When asked why the film was made in the southern Italian town of Lecce , ozpetek said it was one of the places in the world that is worth seeing. Talking about the Turkish music in the featured in the film, he said, "Sezen Aksu is a magnificent artist and I like her music too much. Also, I am both Turkish and Italian and trying to do good things for both countries."
        ozpetek said he dedicated the film to his father. "One of the reasons why I dedicate this film to him is because our relationship was not the greatest. He did not like me making films but he admired my determination." He also added that that his films would also be screened at the University of California , Los Angeles , or UCLA, in June.
        ozpetek, who lives in Italy , made his directorial debut in 1997 with the movie "Hamam" (The Turkish Bath). The movie garnered considerable critical success and was later released in the U.S. His second film "Harem Suare" was a lyrical depiction of the last days of the Ottoman Empire . ozpetek's other films include "The Ignorant Fairies," "Facing Windows," "Saturno Contro," "A Perfect Day" and lastly "Loose Cannons."
        See more at: http://www.indiewire.com/

      * The Istanbul Naval Museum , home to some of the most unique and original artifacts in Turkish naval history, has been the subject of an architectural competition organized by the Turkish Naval Forces to improve the building and make it more contemporary, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
        Founded Aug. 31, 1897, the museum has been located near Besiktas Pier since Sept. 27, 1961. According to Istanbul Naval Museum Commander Ali Riza Isipek, the museum will be one of the largest in the country and will feature a 15,000-square-meter covered exhibition area when an annex is completed at the end of this year. At the moment, the museum can only display 10 percent of its 40,000 works. The new building will open to visitors at the end of the year, displaying more than 40,000 exhibits, including the world's oldest galley and richest collection of sultans' boats.
        "Besides the historic galley and the sultans' boats collection, the works in the museum include paintings, vessel mockups, uniforms, seals, banners, amphora, underwater artifacts, lanterns, stone printings, calligraphies, gravestones, medals, watches and imperial orders," he said. "These works are being displayed periodically in the museum."
        The exhibition "Woodcraft in the Ottoman Navy," which opened at the museum six months ago, is "the first of its kind," Isipek said. "Various wooden crafts made by Ottoman artists are displayed. All of these crafts are original and a century old. They display the magnificence of the Ottoman [era] in wooden crafts."
        The exhibition will run through 2010. A new show, "The History of the Ottoman Navy," will also open in the next two months.
        Wooden artist Sehmus Okur, who owns the company that is carrying out the restoration of the wooden artifacts in the museum, said his staff worked on the sultans' boats and oars as part of the restoration efforts.
        "Now we are working on the final part of the 400-year-old galley and are trying to ready it for the exhibition," he said. "The galley was completely cleaned. It will be polished and ornamented with gold leaf. It is like traveling into history to touch a work made 300 years ago by our ancestors."
        See the pages of the museum: http://www.denizmuzeleri.tsk.tr/

      * Hurriyet Daily News reports that as part of the 2010 Japan Year in Turkey , an exhibition titled "Enduring Beauty: 5,000 Years of Japanese Art" will open at the Topkapi Palace Museum on May 5 with the participation of Japanese prince Tomohito Mikasa.
        Each year, Japan 's Agency for Cultural Affairs organizes the Japanese Antique Arts Exhibition abroad to introduce Japan 's cultural heritage in foreign countries, while raising awareness of Japan 's history and culture and developing the international understanding.
        This year's exhibition consisted of 48 paintings, sculptures and handicrafts from the Jomon Period (2000 B.C.) until Edo Period (19th century). Through this exhibition, interested individuals can view changes in Japanese art.
        The exhibition will include a flower-embroidered purple tablecloth, which was presented to the Emperor Meiji by Ottoman Sultan Abdulhamit II in 1890 and indicates the beginning of Turkish-Japanese friendship.
        The exhibition will be on through June 28.

      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, Turkey's Cultural Office in Rome has opened a painting exhibition that includes the works of Turkish artist Irem Incedayi.
        Incedayi's exhibition will be on display until May 20. Irem Incedayi is a graduate of Fine Arts Academy of Rome and resides in this city.


      * Soccer

      * Turkish Premiere League:

      * Results for week:31
      G. Birligi-Antalya Sp0 - 2
      Denizli Sp-Ankaragucu0 - 0
      Kayseri Sp-Manisa Sp1 - 2
      Be$iKta$-Sivas Sp2 - 2
      G. Antep Sp-B. $ehir Bld. Sp2 - 3
      Kasimpa$a-Fenerbahce0 - 1
      G. Saray-Bursa Sp0 - 0
      Eski$ehir Sp-Trabzon Sp1 - 0

      In games played so far this weekend:32

      Ankaragucu-Trabzon Sp1 - 0
      Bursa Sp-Kayseri Sp2 - 0
      Fenerbahce-Eski$ehir Sp2 - 0
      B. $ehir Bld. Sp-G. Saray0 - 1
      Antalya Sp-G. Antep Sp1 - 0
      Denizli Sp-G. Birligi2 - 0
      Sivas Sp-Kasimpa$a1 - 1
      Diyarbakir Sp-Be$iKta$1 - 3

      Standing in the league as of week ending 32

      1 -Fenerbahce70

      2 -Bursa Sp69

      3 -G. Saray64

      4 -Be$iKta$61

      5 -Trabzon Sp53

      6 -B. $ehir Bld. Sp52

      7 -Eski$ehir Sp51

      8 -Kayseri Sp50

      9 -Antalya Sp43

      10 -G. Birligi43

      11 -Ankaragucu40

      12 -G. Antep Sp38

      13 -Kasimpa$a37

      14 -Manisa Sp36

      15 -Sivas Sp32

      16 -Diyarbakir Sp27

      17 -Denizli Sp25

      18 -Ankara Sp0


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