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      Turkish News for the week ending 05 June 2010 {20100605rh.txt}

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

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      * On Monday Israeli forces intercepted and boarded a flotilla lead by an organization from Turkey off the Gaza coast. In the ensuing violence 9 of the activist ranging in age 19 to 61 lay dead.
        On Friday Turkey's ambassador to the US Mr. Namik Tan said that Israel is about to loose a friend unless it apologizes for the attack, agrees to an international investigation and lifts its blockade of Gaza.
        Ambassador Tan added that Turkey may break relations with Israel.
        Israel and Turkey have had close ties for many years and cooperated militarily as well.

      * News reports say that a Turkish organization called "Human Rights Association" led the effort to break the Israeli embargo. News reports also call the organization "Islamist" and an entity that "finds kindred spirit in Hamas".
        Yet the organization was criticized by another influential so-called religious leader, reports Stratfor. (See http://www.stratfor.com/) On Friday Mr. Fethullah Gulen accused the organization of "defying authority" for failing to seek permission from Israel before attempting to deliver aid and said that assigning blame in the matter is best left to the United Nations.
        Mr. Gulen himself is in self-imposed exile in the U.S. and does not travel to Turkey for fear of prosecution on alleged comments he made some years ago for advocating taking over the government in Turkey. However, his followers Stratfor writes, "forms the backbone of Turkey's ruling Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party by providing a social base for the party to increase its political clout, while the Gulenists use the Justice and Development Party as a political platform to promote an agenda that replaces secular liberalism in Turkey with religious conservatism".
        In related news, Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported Thursday that Turkey increased security for Turkish Jewish citizens.
        Some 20 locations in Istanbul, including synagogues and the Israeli consulate, have received beefed-up security
        Meanwhile, Turkey's chief rabbi Isak Haleva slammed Israel on Tuesday over the deadly results of the Navy raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla, accusing the Jewish state of engaging in an unnecessary provocation and inappropriate behavior.
        The rabbi praised Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who he said was making a clear distinction between the State of Israel and the Jews of his country and ensuring their safety.

      * According to the Turkish daily Sabah Turkey's prime minister Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan received Rabbi Menachem Froman and Sheikh Ghassan Manasra from Jerusalem Peacemakers initiative on Thursday.
        Afterwards, Manasra said that Erdogan promised them to continue peace efforts and to support all people and institutions working to this end.
        In the related news, the British Daily Telegraph wrote that Turkey's ruling party Justice and Development Party "was savagely attacked by an unrepentant Israeli government [..], which said it [Turkey] was behaving like Iran and was 'wholly to blame' for the deterioration in relations between the two countries."

      * UPI reports that a Turkish court handed harsh sentences for three prison guards and a deputy director for torturing an inmate to death.
        The news agency says that it is the first time in Turkey a senior prison official was convicted by the Turkish courts.

      * The rebel Turkish Kurdish underground organization Kurdistan Workers Party declared that its self-imposed cease-fire against the Turkish armed forces is over, reported the Hurriyet Daily News.
        However, the leader of the Iraqi Kurdish regional administration Mr. Mesud Barzani criticized the Kurdistan Workers Party.
        Kurdistan Worker's Party is considered to be a terrorist organization by Turkey, United States and the European Union.

      * Speaking of Mr. Barzani, according to the Anatolia News Agency, Mr. Barzani is currently visiting Turkey.
        On Saturday he had a meeting with the Turkish industrialists and businessman's association chairperson Umit Boyner to discuss economic relations between the Iraqi Kurdistan and Turkey.
        According to the Turkish daily Hurriyet, Mr. Barzani met with the Turkish prime minister on Thursday at a luncheon.
        Before the luncheon, Mr. Barzani met with Turkey's foreign affairs minister Mr. Ahmet Davutoglu. Afterwards, Mr. Davutoglu told a joint press conference that they were considering the Kurdish administration in northern Iraq as one of the most important components of the region.
        "We will conduct joint projects to develop energy, industry and trade," he added.
        For his part, Mr. Barzani said that Turkey was Northern Iraq's door to the west. He added, "I appreciate Prime Minister Erdogan's democratic initiative. We are ready for all kinds of cooperation to develop our relations."
        The democratic initiative Mr. Barzani was referring to is supposed to offer more freedom to various ethnic groups, especially to the Kurds, in Turkey.


      By Carol Dean

      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, for 80 years the main source of income in Izmir's Nazarkoy village has been glass bead production. When cheap plastic beads from China became popular a number of years ago, the number of bead furnaces in Nazarkoy decreased from 16 to four. Now Nazarkoy is seeking to regain its position as the foremost maker of blue glass beads, an important Anatolian symbol of good luck, and recent changes in the village have doubled the number of furnaces.
        With the support of Kemalpasa Township Gov. Yuksel Topuz, bead producers created a "village square" project a year ago to promote glass objects produced in the village. Nazarkoy has become a center of attraction for local and foreign tourists, who come to shop and to eat local food prepared by the women of the village.
        Guests in Nazarkoy now have the chance to visit glass furnaces, which are manned by five people each working in difficult and hot conditions, to see how beads and bead objects are produced. The village, where even trees and roads are decorated with beads, offers its guests the chance to experience traditional dishes served under the shade of cherry and walnut trees.
        Speaking last week to Anatolia news agency, bead furnace operator Necla Sahin said "We put great effort into keeping this artistic heritage from our ancestors alive". Stating that the kind of bead known as a "blue bead" and worn to protect against the evil eye must be definitely glass, Sahin said this kind of bead could only be produced in wood fires heating to 900 degrees Celsius. She urged people to choose beads of glass when buying this important symbol of Anatolian culture.
        Blue bead producer Mahmur Sur, was awarded this year with the "Living Human Treasures" award presented by the Culture and Tourism Ministry in accordance with the "Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention" of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, a convention first adopted in 2003.
        Sur said the bead makers needed to be more organized to promote their works better. " Turkey should promote this beautiful and unique culture to the whole world. What we did here was to create a convenient environment for people to learn about our craft and visit us more. We believe that thanks to good production and a clean environment, we will find ourselves in a better situation."
        See photos of the village artisans by clicking on the photo:
      Evil Eye Bead

      Istanbul Cool
      Istanbul Cool!

      * Illustrating the growing international interest in Turkish art, a new exhibition dedicated to the country's contemporary art opened Wednesday in New York, reports the Hurriyet daily News .
        The "Istanbul Cool! What's Happening in Contemporary Turkish Art Now" exhibition, which will continue until Sept. 1, is displaying the work of 27 artists living in Turkey, the United States and Europe and will include painting, sculpture, works on paper and installations at the Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery.
        The exhibition presents the work of a number of well-known and established Turkish artists, as well as emerging artists whose work is on view for the first time in the U.S. The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue, including essays by Maryam Homayoun Eisler, a noted art collector; Emin Mahir, art historian and director of Contemporary Istanbul; and Sefa Saglam, director of exhibitions of the Neue Galerie in New York.

      * Australian sculptor Andrew Rogers' opened his exhibition, "Time and Space," in Cappadocia over the weekend. The sculptures at the exhibition were created using 11,000 tons of stones and are visible from 1350 feet above the earth. The installation was completed over three years with the help of 230 people
        "Time and Space," the Turkish leg of Andrew Rogers' larger "Rhythms of Life" art project, which includes works on five different continents, is the first such contemporary land art park in the world of its magnitude. Mr. Rogers said all of his sculptures were a monument of "Time and Space" that expressed the common values of human beings. He said he first visited Cappadocia 27 years ago and chose the region because he was struck by its natural and historical beauty.
        "Technology has developed in the world and caused people to get away from nature. But there is life in our land and we should protect it for future generations. Concentration is very important in this work. Since we worked with the people of the region, these sculptures have increased in value because they are a bridge between their past and the future," said Mr. Rogers .
        Mr. Rogers is the creator of the world's largest examples of contemporary land art. The "Rhythms of Life" project was begun in 1998 and now comprises 40 massive stone structures across 12 countries on five continents and has involved over 5,000 people. Some stone structures cover as much as 40,000 square meters. As well as Cappadocia, they are situated in Israel , Chile , Sri Lanka , Australia , China , Iceland , India , Nepal , Slovakia and the United States.  
        Click on image to see the Cappadocia exhibition.
      Rogers Cappadocia


      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.59


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey:77/63 Thunderstorms

      Antalya, on the Mediterranean:77/72 Thunderstorms

      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey:75/68 Heavy Showers

      Izmir, on the Aegean:77/66 Thunderstorms

      Van, in Eastern Turkey75/54 Mostly Cloudy

      Trabzon, on the Black Sea:72/66 Thunderstorms

      Seawater temperatures

      Black Sea measured at Trabzon66

      Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag64

      Aegean Sea measured at Izmir68

      Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya72


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