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      Turkish News for the week ending 29 May 2010 {20100529trh.txt}

      x0x Turkish News for the week ending 29 May 2010
      [This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 29 May 2010]

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      * As we have been reporting to you in the past few weeks, the ruling justice and development party have been pushing for a series of changes to the Turkish Constitution.
        The party's efforts for these changes has been criticized in a conference this week, according to the Hurriyet Daily News.
        Instead of focusing on changing the Turkish Constitution, the government should focus on structural economic reforms, according to analysts at the "Turkey 2020: Challenges and Opportunities" conference.
        The conference was organized by the the Foreign Policy Centre, a think-tank based in the United Kingdom, on Friday in Istanbul.
        Among the suggestions made at the conference were:
         -- The government should broaden the tax base and stamp out tax evasion.
         -- Many small enterprises do not have the title deeds to their factory buildings. This problem should be resolved.

      * Speaking of constitutional change, Turkish press reports that the main opposition Republican peoples party applied to the constitutional court of Turkey for an annulment of the package.
        The Turkish parliament had just accepted the amendments package, but it has to be accepted by the public in a referandum.
        The head of the constitutional court says that it will debate the issue starting on June 3rd.
        Invalidation of the whole amendment package is out of question though, says the chief judge.

      * According to Agence France-Presse, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday the United States and other nuclear powers should "eliminate" their arsenals to be "convincing" in the standoff over Iran.
        Mr. Erdogan was speaking at a United Nations conference on cross-cultural understanding in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
        Brazil and Turkey recently brokered a deal with Iran to swap its low enriched nuclear fuel with highly enriched type from the West.
        However, U.S. and its allies see this deal as an Iranian ploy to gain more time to build a nuclear bomb.
        They also point out that the amount of nuclear fuel to be swapped is too little and also Iran still insist on enriching the remaining stock.
        Agence France-Presse writes that Turkey accused its critics on the matter as being "envious" of a "diplomatic success".
        Secretary-General of the United Nations praised the Brazilian and Turkish leaders' efforts "to resolve the issue with peaceful negotiations."
        Both Brazil and Turkey are temporary members of the United Nations Security Council.

      * Speaking of Brazil, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that he aimed to upgrade relations with Brazil to strategic partnership with his formal visit, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
        Mr. Erdogan said that economic and commercial relations would constitute the most important part of that partnership.

      * Turkish President Abdullah Gul said Tuesday that the status quo in the Caucasus must change, reports the Anatolian News Agency.
        "Current condition prevailing in the Caucasus is in no one's interest," Mr. Gul told reporters during his visit to Kazakhstan.

      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, a senior diplomat of Spain in Turkey, Ambassador Joan Clos Matheu, said on Tuesday that there was still progress Turkey had to make regarding Copenhagen criteria.
        The Copenhagen criteria is a set of rules that aspiring members to the European Union have to adhere to.
        The criteria require that a state has the institutions to preserve democratic governance and human rights, has a functioning market economy, and accepts the obligations and intent of the European Union.
        To meet these criteria Turkey has been undertaking reforms.
        Ambassador Matheu said that the European Union appreciated Turkish government's initiatives regarding a constitutional reform package.
        Ambassador Matheu underlined importance of reforms in Turkey for human rights and democratization, and expressed belief that Turkey would maintain that momentum.
        The ambassador appreciated the Foundations Law passed in 2008, but said no result had been reached regarding the law on properties of non-Muslim foundations.
        Ambassador Matheu said it would not be possible to open negotiations on some chapters unless a full settlement was reached on Cyprus, and a solution had to be found in Cyprus in the first place.
        The European Union also attached importance to Turkey's good neighborly relations policy, Ambassador Matheu said.
        The European Union condemned terrorist attacks and violence in Turkish territories, and declared that it was in solidarity with the Turkish nation, Ambassador Matheu added. He was referring to the violence perpetrated by the outlawed rebel Kurdistan Workers Party.
        Spain currently holds the rotating presidency of the European Union.

      * According to the Anatolian News Agency, a Spanish association is expressing interest in investing in wind energy in Turkey.
        The head of the Spanish Wind Energy Association Alberto Cena says that Spain is very experienced in wind energy.
        According to the Spanish companies, the biggest problem in Turkey when it comes to renewable energy, is the unclear laws. Those uncertainties have to be eliminated in order to make way to lure investments, Mr. Cena said.
        Spain is the world's fourth biggest producer of wind power, after the United States, Germany and China. Spain needs 14 percent of its electricity demand from wind.

      * Turkey's newly appointed intelligence agency chief Hakan Fidan said the organization would not be politicized and be more close to the public, reports the Hurriyet daily News.
        Mr. Hakan Fidan is a former deputy undersecretary at the Prime Ministry.
        He said that the organization will not pursue the demands of private companies, persons or similar individuals and institutions except for court decisions demanding intelligence about a matter.
        He also said their basic principle will be protecting privacy and the scope of the concept of intelligence will be broadened.
        He said contrary to the recent allegations, the intelligence organization will not be solely responsible for the foreign intelligence.
        New intelligence units will be established in the fields of commerce, economy, energy and on ongoing nuclear works in the region.

      * News Agency's report that the Turkey branch of an international Ponzi scheme that collected millions of dollars from thousands of people has collapsed after police raids against the company.
        Quest.net, which defines itself as an "international direct selling brand that utilizes network marketing combined with e-commerce," victimized nearly 20,000 people in Turkey, according to government officials. The company, which is headquartered in Hong Kong, has been banned in many countries.

      * According to Bloomberg, Moody's Investors Service may raise Turkey's credit rating should the Turkish parliament pass legislation on a so-called fiscal rule, which sets budget targets as a proportion of economic output.
        The measure "would support the medium-term plan to rein in the fiscal stimulus of the past few years and reverse the deterioration in debt metrics," Moody's said in a report e-mailed on Friday.

      * A leading Turkish military electronics firm will manufacture defense systems in Kazakhstan, reports the Anatolian News Agency.
        Turkey's ASELSAN Electronics Industry & Trade Corporation has signed a cooperation agreement with Kazakh state-run Kazakhstan Engineering to start joint manufacturing, a statement from ASELSAN said on Thursday.
        The two companies will jointly manufacture ASELSAN's air defense systems, stabilized weapon platforms and thermal vision systems at the Kazakh engineering firm's factories and later integrate the products to armoured vehicles.

      * Turkey will be issuing new passports to its citizens, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
        The so-called "biometric" passports will have an embedded chip in them with information such as the holders face, the distance between eyes, nose, mouth and ears.

      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, Turkish workers staged a one-day strike on Wednesday to draw attention to problems in work environment and condition of workers of Tekel, Turkey's former tobacco liquor monopoly.
        Earlier this year, workers from the privatized monopoly factories displayed a protest in capital Ankara for 78 days in an effort to secure transfer to other public institutions along with their employee rights.
        Workers demanded union rights, standards of the International Labor Organization in Turkish work environment and job security for public workers.
        The protest ended peacefully.


      Edited by Anita Donohoe

      * We are now getting used to seeing non-Turkish directors winning awards with Turkish films, reports Emrah Guler of the Hurriyet. That is, if you can put a nationality on a film. British director Ben Hopkins surprised Turkish moviegoers two years ago when his "The Market: A Tale of Trade", won four Golden Oranges, including "Best Film" and "Screenplay."
        Recently, an American director's film won "Best Film," "Screenplay" and "Actor" awards in the 4th Bursa Silk Road Film Festival. "Dark Cloud" is directed and written by Theron Patterson, an American living in Turkey for almost a decade now. Similar to Hopkins' movie, "Dark Cloud", tells stories that are unique to this country with characters that are distinctively from Turkey.
        Patterson said: "In Turkish films you do not see Turkish people you come across on the street. The films are not true to Turkey and its people. So in my film I really focused on shaping my characters to the types of people and environments I was being exposed to on a daily basis."
        Full story: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * Turkey needs a museum to display musical instruments from around the Turkic world, according to the head of a cultural association who has collected or produced more than 500 of the region's musical instruments over the past 30 years.
        "Our primary goal is to establish a museum displaying musical instruments played throughout the whole Turkic world," Ali Ozaydin, chairman of the Turkic World Culture and Arts Association told the Anatolia News Agency.
        Ozaydin brought his instruments to Erdemli, in the Mediterranean province of Mersin, for this past weekend's Great Turkish Convention. The event drew over 250 artists.
        The chairman, who is also the former director of the Culture Ministry Turkic World Music Ensemble, participated in the TuRKSOY event to display his instruments and talk about the Turkic instruments that began drawing his interest in the 1980s. "Through our association, we display these instruments and bring them together with their admirers and the Turkish people," he said.
        According to drawings etched on rocks, the origin of Turkic musical instruments dates back 6,000 years, he said. "The 6,000 year-old painting of an instrument, the ‘dombra,' which is similar to the saz [a stringed instrument], was found on a rock in Kazakhstan. This is a very important finding for archaeologists."
        Full article: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * Turkey's Restaurants and Suppliers Association will attempt to enter the Guinness Book of World Records with a project titled "2010 Types of Dishes in 2010" in September. Guests who attend the Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture, will be offered 2010 types of dishes in a day, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
        The association's chairman Ramazan Bingol said the goal was to introduce Turkish cuisine to wider masses, adding that as part of the preparation process for the project, they offered 400 types of dishes to people at the Feshane International Congress and Culture Center in one day in 2007.
        Full article: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * Speaking to the Anatolia News Agency, the curator of Hagia Sophia Museum, Haluk Dursun said Thursday that the Hagia Sophia Tombs of Sultans were opened to visitors at the end of 2009 after going through enormous restoration.
        We have found many art items during the restoration of the tombs and decided to put them on display for visitors as of May 29, Dursun said.
        The tombs themselves, ceramics dating from the 16th century, and special covers were a source of surprise for visitors in 2010, Dursun also said.
        Hagia Sophia is a former Orthodox patriarchal basilica, later a mosque and now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey. From the date of its dedication in 360 until 1453, it served as the cathedral of Constantinople, except between 1204 and 1261, when it was the cathedral of the Latin empire. The building was a mosque from 29 May 1453 until 1934, when it was secularized. It was opened as a museum on 1 February 1935.


      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.56


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey:84/54 Mostly Cloudy

      Antalya, on the Mediterranean:79/75 Mostly Sunny

      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey:79/63 Thunderstorms

      Izmir, on the Aegean:90/66 Mostly Sunny

      Van, in Eastern Turkey68/50 Thunderstorms

      Trabzon, on the Black Sea:73/64 Mostly Cloudy

      Seawater temperatures

      Black Sea measured at Trabzon 64

      Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 63

      Aegean Sea measured at Izmir 66

      Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 70


      * In today's game in Philedelphia, Turkish national soccer team lost 2-1 to the US National team.


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