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      Turkish News for the week ending 22 May 2010 {20100522trh.txt}

      x0x Turkish News for the week ending 22 May 2010
      [This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 22 May 2010]


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      Edited by Fuad Tokad

      * This Wednesday was the 91th anniversary of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk's arrival to Samsun city on the Black Sea coast of Turkey on May 19, 1919. The day is now celebrated as Commemoration of Ataturk, Youth and Sports Day in Turkey.
        Mustafa Kemal Ataturk's arrival is considered to be the starting day of the Turkish independence war. After the war, Ataturk was elected the first president of the Republic of Turkey.
        The Turkish daily Milliyet reported that May 19, Commemoration of Ataturk and Youth & Sports Day, was celebrated with ceremonies throughout Turkey. Performances by young people from all over the country were magnificent.
        Deputy Chairman Onur Oymen represented the main opposition Republican People's Party during the ceremonies at Anitkabir, the Mausoleum of Ataturk, in the Turkish capital Ankara.
        After participating in the ceremony at the Mausoleum of Ataturk, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan did not attend the ceremony at May 19 Stadium.

      * Hurriyet Daily News reported that party delegates chose Kemal Kilicdaroglu to be the seventh leader of the Republican People's Party in a historic convention Saturday.
        He was elected with 1,189 votes out of the 1,197 delegates who voted in the convention.
        The previous leader Mr. Deniz Baykal, as we reported to you last week, resigned after a tape allegedly showing Mr. Baykal purporting to show him having an affair with a female deputy appeared on Internet.
        "I now have a very important seat inherited from Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and Ismet Inonu," Mr. Kilicdaroglu said after the votes were tallied. "Our work is just beginning, but this work actually falls onto everyone's shoulders."
        Mr. Kilicdaroglu also addressed the convention for more than an hour before the voting. In his speech, Mr. Kilicdaroglu targeted Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan with the motto, "After the convention Turkey begins its great run instead of a march." He promised to make Turkey a more modern and democratic country.
        Unlike other politicians and former Republican Peoples Party leader Deniz Baykal, Mr. Kilicdaroglu addressed Mr. Erdogan as "Mr. Recep" instead of "Prime Minister," using his first name to make Mr. Erdogan seem like an ordinary political figure.
        He also criticized Mr. Erdogan for interfering in the main opposition party's internal affairs. He accused the Prime Minister of starting rumors.
        "As far as I know, no one from Kasimpasa engages in rumor. It is the duty of Kasimpasa people to take his [Erdogan's] power back," he said. Kasimpasa is a district in Istanbul where Mr. Erdogan was born.
        He said the country's values were turned upside-down during the rule of the Justice and Development Party which he said harmed law and democracy. The Justice and Development Party came to power in a bid to fight corruption and make people wealthy but they enriched only themselves, Mr. Kilicdaroglu said.
        "They stay in seven-star hotels and use [luxury] SUV's. One private plane is not enough, and he buys a second one," he said. "Their children study in the United States, but they still play the victim."
        "But we will fight corruption in the real sense and bring the injustice to an end," Mr. Kilicdaroglu said. "We will restructure the country anew. We will improve democracy with law."
        Mr. Kilicdaroglu also criticized the Justice and Development Party for creating an "empire of fear," saying that the public was concerned about wiretaps and similar practices.
        "Is this fascism or democracy? We will end this fascism. Nobody including the media and NGO's can criticize Erdogan and the Justice and Development Party for fear of the ruling administration," Mr. Kilicdaroglu said. "As far I know, administrations can be criticized. We will end this empire of fear."
        He also said a new concept of "pro-administration media" emerged alongside the Justice and Development Party.
        "Are you happy with this concept? The media is the ear, the eye and the voice of the public, but it turned into the eye and the ear of Erdogan," he said. "This concept will end when we come to power."
        Mr. Kilicdaroglu also criticized the state-run TRT, the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation, for turning into a pro-government broadcast. He called the TRT the "Tayyip Radio and Television Corporation."
        After the creation of the pro-government media, Mr. Kilicdaroglu said, Erdogan was trying to establish his own judiciary with the recent constitutional amendments.
        Mr. Kilicdaroglu regularly referred to social democrat values with an emphasis on governing the country with policies that benefit the public.
        He said the Republican Peoples Party would combat poverty and unemployment if it comes to power. The Republican Peoples Party would work closely with retired citizens, workers and unemployed, he said, adding that he would produce policies to eliminate economic and social disparities.
        Mr. Kilicdaroglu also said he would reduce the 10 percent election threshold and that a political ethics law would be passed to make politicians who are engaged in corruption to be subject to judicial supervision. He also said the Republican Peoples Party would lift parliamentary immunity for deputies.
        Mr. Kilicdaroglu also challenged the European Union, saying that his party wanted to align Turkey's norms and standards with that of the European Union but that double standards could not be applied to Turkey in its accession process.
        The former chairman of the party Mr. Baykal, meanwhile, did not send a message to the convention, but he was expected to issue a statement after the convention.

      * In related news, daily Radikal reported yesterday that the "Kilicdaroglu wind" within Republican People's Party blows stronger with each passing day. The party expects a remarkable participation both in its general assembly meeting and after the congress.
        Rahsan Ecevit, spouse of Bulent Ecevit, the deceased leader of Democratic Left Party, called on everybody that loved Ecevit to support Kilicdaroglu.
        It was also reported that Rahsan Ecevit would close her party DSHP and join the Republican People's Party after the convention.

      * New York police sources said Turkish businessman Erhan Goksel was found dead in a hotel in New Jersey, apparently of a heart attack, according to the preliminary investigation, reported the Anatolian News Agency.
        Mr. Goksel had worked as an adviser for many major Turkish politicians including Turgut Ozal, Suleyman Demirel, Tansu Ciller, Mesut Yilmaz and Deniz Baykal.

      * As was covered widely here in the U.S., Turkey and Brazil coaxed Iran to sign a deal to exchange its 1200 kilograms of lightly enriched uranium with more enriched type from the West.
        However, U.S. officials and some in the West believe that this is simply a ploy by Iran to thwart the impending sanctions that the U.S. is calling for. And some say that U.S. is upset with Turkey and Brazil for playing into the Iranians' and hands.
        On May 20th Mr. Obama called the Turkish prime minister and reiterated international concerns over Iran's nuclear program.
        Anatolia News Agency reported that the Turkish prime minister Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a letter to President Obama on Friday, briefing him on the agreement signed in Tehran, Iran on Monday.
        In his letter, Mr. Erdogan briefed Obama on the details of the agreement.
        Mr. Erdogan said the mentioned declaration had not closed Iran's nuclear program file, but opened a significant door for settlement of the issue through diplomatic means.
        Prime minister Erdogan said Turkey would continue its efforts for a solution to the issue.
        Tehran will receive the enriched uranium in Turkey from the Vienna Group, comprising of the U.S., France, Russia and International Atomic Energy Agency.

      * Turkish State Minister for foreign trade Zafer Caglayan, currently on a visit to Washington D.C., said on Friday that Turkey and the United States opened a new page in relations, reports the Anatolia News Agency. Mr. Caglayan who met with the executives of the leading U.S. companies and finance institutions, said the executives told him that Turkey would be a very important power in its region.
        "The executives of U.S. companies said 8 of every 10 refrigerators used in houses in Britain were manufactured in Turkey. Investment opportunities in Turkey should be explained well to the other countries. We should explain well labor costs and Turkey's logistic and geographical advantages to them," Mr. Caglayan said.
        Mr. Caglayan said he met with the executives of United Technologies and the company expressed eagerness to establish a maintenance and operation division in Turkey's Sabiha Gokcen airport. He said the company also thought of making investment in manufacturing of helicopters.
        Mr. Caglayan said, "when we were asked about Turkey's trade with Iran, we told them that it was more than the trade with U.S." He said Turkey would become peaceful transition corridor in case the deal in Tehran was put into effect.
        Mr. Caglayan later left Washington, D.C. for Turkey.

      * The Turkish daily Milliyet reported that Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey would open all its ports to Greek Cypriots when Girne and Magosa ports, and Ercan Airport in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus are opened to international trade.
        There is currently an embargo on the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus which is recognized only by Turkey. In return Turkey is not allowing Greek Cypriot vehicles from entering its ports.
        Mr. Davutoglu was talking at a panel session on "Turkish foreign policy" following the meeting of the Committee on Political Affairs of the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly in Istanbul.

      * There was a mining accident in Turkey that took the lives of 30 miners. Mehmet Torun, chairman of Chamber of Mine Engineers, spoke to daily Vatan and told the deficiencies in Karadon Mine Pit where the accident took place.
        Mr. Torun said there was no early warning system in the pit against firedamp explosions. He noted the cost of the system was only $362,000.
        Mr. Torun said ventilation system barely worked, "they tried to protect themselves by covering their mouths with their handkerchiefs. None of them had oxygen masks. Sending them in such conditions to 1800 ft. depth was murder" he added.
        Commenting on the criticisms which claimed that Turkey had the highest number of coal mine accidents due to lack of necessary safety measures, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said such accidents were "preordained destiny".
        While Mr. Erdogan described the accident as "preordained destiny", head of Turkey's Directorate General of Religious Affairs Dr. Ali Bardakoglu said, "It is not satisfactory to call these saddening incidents an 'accident' or an 'unavoidable development'. Unfortunately, there is the human factor and more measures should be taken," Mr. Bardakoglu said, reported the daily Cumhuriyet.

      * The Turkish daily Turkiye reported Saturday that pieces of the plane which crashed in mountainous region of Kabul were found.
        It was discovered that three Turks, who were officials of the Foundation For Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief died in the accident.

      * Twenty Turkish Air Force planes struck 50 targets successfully in the Hakurk-Zap region of northern Iraq, known as one of the main bases of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party the news website NTVMSNBC reported Friday.
        The daylong operation utilized F-16 and F-4 2020 fighter planes, and they were guided with data provided by the U.S. from Heron aerial drones.
        The operation reportedly started at 1:30 P.M. Thursday and ended in the evening, after which the planes safely returned to their bases. The last operation on a similar scale against targets in northern Iraq was in 2008.
        The Kurdistan Workers' Party is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, as well as the United States, the European Union and various countries worldwide.

      * Anatolia News Agency reported that according to the projections, in 2023 Turkish capital Ankara's population will be 5.5 million, Izmir's 4.5 million and Bursa's 3.4 million. Ankara's current population is estimated to be 4.3 million and is there is 3.3 million.
        The population of Turkey will reach almost 83 million people in 2023, which is currently 72 million. In 2023, almost 10 percent of the Turkish population will consist of individuals who would be over the age of 65.

      ARTS AND CULTURE

      Edited by Anita Donohoe

      * Galina Grigoryevna Kolesnikova, a 94-year-old woman living in the Ural region of Russia, is allegedly holding unpublished works and documents belonging to Turkish poet NazIm Hikmet, according to Melih Gune$, a friend of Vera Tulyakova, the poet's last wife. Mr. Gune$ recently told Vercihan Ziflioglu of the Hurriyet Daily News that Kolesnikova wanted to sell the items for $1 million and that they were "stacked in boxes out in her yard."
         The works of Hikmet, a Marxist poet who died on June 2, 1963, in exile in Moscow, have been translated into more than 50 languages, making him one of the best-known Turkish poets in the world.
        See more: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * Three of Turkey's big companies, Borusan, EczacIba$I and DoGu$ Holding, have established a new foundation for the ancient city of Ephesus. Although excavation works have continued for 150 years, only 15 percent have been uncovered because of financial problems. Culture and Tourism Minister ErtuGrul Gunay told the Hurriyet that the Austrian Archaeology Institute had transferred a fund of 600,000 euros in 2010 for the ancient city. He went on to say, "New excavation areas have been determined in Ephesus. ...the ministry... protects all civilizations in this land and supports excavations." Ephesus, located in Turkey's Aegean province of Izmir's Selcuk town, is one of the biggest cultural and historic sites not only in Turkey but in the world.
        Ephesus had a population of more than 250,000 in the 1st century BC, which also made it the second largest city in the world. The city was famed for the Temple of Artemis (completed around 550 BCE), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The temple was destroyed in 401 CE by a mob led by St. John Chrysostom.
        Ephesus was one of the seven churches of Asia that are cited in the Book of Revelation. The Gospel of John may have been written here. It is also the site of a large gladiators' graveyard.
        The area was already inhabited 6000 BCE. The importance of the city as a commercial center declined as the harbor was slowly silted up by the river lesser Menderes despite repeated dredging during the city's history. Today, the harbor is 3 miles inland.
        Two million tourists a year visit Ephesus. The revenue from ticket sales reaches $27 million a year. The Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry is financing the cleaning and security of the region to the tune of $1.4 million a year but not the excavations. This is the major reason why only 15 percent of the ancient city has been uncovered during the 150 years of excavation.
        See more: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/
        More on Ephesus is at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ephesus

      * Leonardo da Vinci's dream of building a magnificent bridge over Istanbul's Golden Horn is finally coming true, in opera and in real life. American composer Daniel Nazareth has written an opera based on Leonardo's vision while Turkish architect Hakan KIran has begun working to build the bridge Leonardo da Vinci imagined over the Golden Horn. Five centuries ago, Leonardo wrote a letter to the Ottoman Sultan Bayezid II, suggesting the world's biggest and most magnificent bridge be built over the Istanbul waterway. His letter, ignored by palace officials at the time, was discovered in the archives of TopkapI Palace in 1950. Mr. Nazareth told the Anatolia news agency that he decided to compose the opera after hearing about the story of Leonardo's bridge and being moved by the genius' thwarted desire.
        "This is why I brought Leonardo to Istanbul in my opera, which goes back to 500 years ago. [In the opera] Leonardo is invited to Istanbul's TopkapI Palace to talk to Sultan Bayezid and they decide to build the bridge," the composer said. "In this way, the opera establishes a bridge between 500 years ago and today." Another person working to fulfill Leonardo's dream is Hakan KIran, the executive board chairman of Hakan KIran Architecture. After examining the artist's drawings and mockups, and the bridge based on them that was built in Norway in 2001, his firm is working to create the envisioned span over the Golden Horn.
        See more: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=0514102511146-2010-05-14

      * Turkish explorer and historian Saffet Emre Tonguc and British travel writer Pat Yale have published their book, "Everything About Istanbul" after three years of dedicated work. The 650-page book includes 3,000 photographs, illustrations, maps, engravings, miniatures and historical photographs. Messrs. Tonguc and Yale chose photographs from their own collections as well as from those taken by more than 60 photographers. According to the Anatolia News Agency, the writers expressed their views not only about historical and touristic sites, but restaurants, cafes, bars, shops, hotels, night clubs and Turkish baths.
        See more: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * Governor Mustafa Buyuk of Turkey's northwestern province of Edirne said that sumoists from Japan would perform during the 649th Historical Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling Tournament.
        "Five sumoists and a five-member technical team have made preparations to come to Edirne for the tournament," Mr. Buyuk informed the Cumhuriyet. Mr. Buyuk said sumoists would wrestle among themselves, not with Turkish wrestlers. Japanese documentary channels would also visit Edirne together with sumoists, which would contribute to promotion of their city, Governor also said.
        The tournament will take place between June 21 and 27. Oil wrestling is a Turkish national sport where the wrestlers douse themselves with olive oil. The wrestlers wear hand-stitched leather trousers called kisbet. The annual Kirkpinar tournament, held since 1362, is the oldest continuously running, sanctioned sporting competition in the world.
        See more at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirkpinar

      * According to the Anatolian News Agency, a 16-year-old Turkish girl has clinched the coveted title of "Young Musician 2010," bestowed by the British broadcaster BBC.
        Lara Omeroglu was among 25 young musicians chosen for the category finals of the competition, which some 300 people entered. She was one of five competitors in the keyboard category.

      * Turkish film days are starting in New York on May 24.
        New Yorker film fans and cultural connoisseurs will indulge in an ecstatic trip across the Atlantic in one of the most exciting and splashiest film events of the season! A banquet of dazzling stories, colors and sensations from Turkey, the New York Turkish Film Days will bring to the attention of New Yorkers, a selection of the freshest celluloid gems and unforgettable classics of the Turkish cinema.
        Organized by Turkish Foundation of Film and Audiovisual Culture, http://www.tursak.org.tr and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey, New York Turkish Film Days' program offers stunning titles bearing the signatures of both renowned masters of film and budding geniuses.
        Venue: Village East Cinemas 189 2nd Avenue @ 12th Street New York NY 10003 T: 347-556-1137 http://www.turkishfilmdays.com

      * A Turkish scientist has been chosen the Outstanding Teacher of the Tear at Irvine Valley College i in Souther California.
        Ms. Ilknur Erbas-White joined Irvine Valley College in the fall of 2000 as a full-time math instructor.
        Ms. Erbas-White has a BSc in civil engineering from BoGazici University, Istanbul, and graduate degrees in applied mathematics from USC and in civil/environmental engineering from Caltech. For over a decade, she worked as a full-time engineer for companies such as CH2M Hill, SCS Engineers, and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), first as a staff engineer then as an engineering manager. She designed numerous cleanup systems for hazardous waste control, wrote computer codes for large data management and modeling, and specialized in groundwater treatment.

      * Turkey's third largest city Izmir and Long Beach are sister cities. According to the sister city association, there will some exciting acitivites this summer for the youth.
        "2010 Summer Camp" program in Southern California will host Turkish-American youths ages 12-17 in a fun-filled outdoor and sightseeing experience.
        The camp will run June 24 through July 9, 2010, and August 11 through August 26, 2010 at Camp Oakes in Big Bear.
        The chairman of the Izmir-Long Beach Sister Cities Association Dennis Aytekin says that, in addition to the camp stay, the campers will get the opportunity to participate in the sightseeing activities that will include day-long visits to historic Queen Mary, the Aquarium of the Pacific, Disneyland Theme Park and a coastal tour on a London-style double-decker open-roof bus.
        For more information see http://www.izmirlb.org


      EXCHANGE RATE

      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.57

      WEATHER

      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather


      Ankara, in central Turkey:66/50 Thunderstorms

      Antalya, on the Mediterranean:68/59 Thunderstorms

      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey:70/59 Light Showers

      Izmir, on the Aegean:68/59 Heavy Showers

      Van, in Eastern Turkey66/46 Showers

      Trabzon, on the Black Sea:64/57 Showers

      Seawater temperatures



      Black Sea measured at Trabzon 63

      Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 61

      Aegean Sea measured at Izmir 68

      Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 70

      SPORTS

      * Results for week:34
      Denizli Sp-G. Antep Sp1 - 1
      Sivas Sp-Ankaragucu3 - 3
      Diyarbakir Sp-Eski$ehir Sp0 - 2
      Antalya Sp-Kayseri Sp4 - 0
      Manisa Sp-Kasimpa$a0 - 0
      Bursa Sp-Be$iKta$2 - 1
      G. Birligi-G. Saray2 - 1
      Fenerbahce-Trabzon Sp1 - 1
      Standing in the league as of week ending 34





      1 -Bursa Sp75

      2 -Fenerbahce74

      3 -G. Saray64

      4 -Be$iKta$64

      5 -Trabzon Sp57

      6 -B. $ehir Bld. Sp56

      7 -Eski$ehir Sp55

      8 -Kayseri Sp51

      9 -Antalya Sp49

      10 -G. Birligi47

      11 -Kasimpa$a41

      12 -Ankaragucu41

      13 -G. Antep Sp40

      14 -Manisa Sp37

      15 -Sivas Sp34

      16 -Diyarbakir Sp27

      17 -Denizli Sp26

      18 -Ankara Sp0

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      *** Stanford University Lecture

      THE MEDITERRANEAN STUDIES FORUM

      cordially invites you to a reception with and a lecture by

      BANU GOKARIKSEL

      Assistant Professor of Geography, University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill

      " 'Islamic-ness' in the life of a commodity: Veiling-fashion in Turkey "

      Abstract: What makes a commodity 'Islamic'?

      This lecture focuses on the question of Islamic-ness as it traverses both material and symbolic production. Our study demonstrates the instability of 'Islamic-ness' in the veiling-fashion industry in Turkey and draws out the implications of this finding for our understanding of the socio-spatial work of the commodity. The veiling-fashion (or tesettur) sector has become a conspicuous part of the Turkish apparel industry in the past thirty years. Firms producing veiling-fashion engage in the design, production, marketing and sale of distinctive commodities stylized to signify Islamic-ness.

      We begin by situating veiling-fashion within the broader contours of the Turkish apparel industry, economic restructuring, and the rise of an Islamic habitus in Turkey.  Based on our 2008 survey of 174 veiling-fashion firms in Turkey and our case studies of three such firms, we seek to understand how and to what extent the commodity is inscribed as an Islamic commodity in the course of its life, from financing to marketing. Through this analysis, we find that the Islamic-ness of the commodity cannot in fact be located or fixed; it is instead best understood as a mode of insertion into socio-spatial networks.

      Veiling-fashion as a commodity thus enters into and becomes constitutive of the wider material and symbolic networks that enact Islamic-ness in Turkey today.

      Thursday, May 27, 5:00 pm*, Encina Hall West, Room 208

      *Reception starts at 5:00 pm, and lecture starts at 5:30 pm

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