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      Turkish News for the week ending 27 November 2010


      x0x Turkish News for the week ending 27 November 2010
      [This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 27 November 2010]

      Courtesy of Turkish Radio Hour, producer of the
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      Edited by Fuad Tokad

      * Wikileaks is getting ready to publish new documents, an this is alarming the U.S. diplomats reported the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet.
        The US administration, fearing that its relations with allies and Russia may deteriorate, sent messages to them.
        U.S. Charge D'Affairs in the Turkish capital Ankara visited and warned the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, it was reported.
        In response to Washington's statement which stated, "Turkey and the U.S. are two important allies, our cooperation against terrorism will continue," Turkish officials in Ankara said, "of course our cooperation will continue, but let us first see the documents."
        The documents are alleged to contain information showing that Turkey helped Al Qaeda, and the U.S. provided support to the rebel Kurdistan Workers Party organization. The US officials said the allegations contained in the documents were false.
        The United States' former Ambassador to Turkey, who is now the Ambassador in Iraq expressed concern about the documents.

      * The Turkish daily Hurriyet reported that two students threw eggs and lighters at the President of Turkey's Constitutional Court Hasim Kilic in a symposium at the Eshisehir Anadolu University.
        Students yelled, "you speak of judicial reform and democracy but 18 of our friends from Istanbul Technical University were sentenced to jail. Is this what you call advanced democracy?"
        The protestors were removed from the hall by private security guards. Judge Kilic said, "Youngsters, used their freedom of expression, though in a rather brutal way!"

      * Commenting on the recent decisions to suspend three high-ranking military commanders over their suspected involvement in a coup plot, Turkey's president Mr. Abdullah Gul said, "the Council made a decision on the matter. But they should have retired when political authority did not approve."
        Mr. Gul said the discussion should have ended on August 30. The law will have the say from now on", reported the Turkish daily Vatan.

      * The Turkish daily Sabah reported that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan signaled that some names would not be included in the candidate list of the ruling Justice and Development Party for the parliamentary election to be held in June 2011.
        Speaking to reporters on board the plane en route from Lebanon to Turkey, Erdogan said, "we will make assessment on four-year performance of deputies (of Justice and Development Party).
        Those who did not attend parliamentary sessions will be excluded from the list (for 2011 election)."

      * Turkey's rebel Kurds' underground organization Kurdistan Workers Party senior operative in Europe Zubeyir Aydar spoke to Milliyet daily of Turkey and made important allegations regarding the state's secret talks in Imrali.
        Aydar said that there was a road map prepared by Abdullah Ocalan, head of the rebel organization. Aydar said that the Turkish administration asked Ocalan to prepare the road map.
        Ocalan prepared a 156-page document and gave it to the Turkish officials on August 20, 2009.

      * The Turkish daily Cumhuriyet reported Friday that the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in his Cyprus report stated that Turkish Cypriot party put forward fresh initiatives.
        In his report, Ban said the negotiations could fail in case a compromise can not be achieved.
        Historians say that Cyprus was divided into a Greek Cypriot south and a Turkish Cypriot north in 1974 when Turkey intervened in response to a coup by supporters of union with Greece.
        Turkish Cypriots say that the island had been already divided by 1974 and Turks were relegated as hostages to small enclaves.
        The Greek-speaking half is internationally recognized and entered the European Union in 2004. The breakaway Turkish north is recognized by Turkey, which also retains 35,000 troops in the breakaway Turkish Cypriot north.

      * Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was presented the "Leader of the Year" Award by Union of Arab Banks, delivered statements targeting Israel again.
        "You enter Lebanon with the most modern tanks and planes; attack Gaza with phosphorous bombs and kill children at schools and on farms; and you expect us to remain silent. We will not be silent," Erdogan said during his speech at the award ceremony.
        "What do money and wealth mean unless we fail to establish justice? We have to deal with that in the first place," the prime minister also said, reported the Turkish daily Hurriyet.

      * In the same speech. the Turkish prime minister said that Turkey is a country whose face is turned to the West and who carries out full membership talks with the European Union, reported the Turkish daily Sabah Friday.
        "However, this does not require us turn our back to Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Erdogan added, "we have removed visa requirements with Syria, Libya, Jordan and Lebanon, we have not lost anything. European Union says 'Schengen'. Why can't we make a similar Schengen among us? It is not possible to understand this meaninglessness, this fear and this reservation".
        The Schengen Agreement is a treaty signed on 14 June 1985 near the town ofSchengen in Luxembourg, between five of the ten member states of the European Economic Community. It created a borderless zone in Europe. The Schengen Area, currently consists of 25 European countries, covering a population of over 400 million people and an area of 1,7 million sq mi, roughly 45% of the size of the US territory.

      * The Turkish daily Radikal reported that the ownership of the Greek orphanage at Buyukada in Istanbul is being returned to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate after long years.
        The government took control of the 19th century abandoned building in 1997, claiming that it belonged to another foundation.
        The orphanage will be delivered to its owner on Monday.
        The orphanage, which will become one of the most glorious buildings in the world, will be turned into an international environment institute, writes the daily Radikal.
        The orphanage was originally built as a hotel by the French-Turkish architect Alexander Vallaury.


        More photos at: http://www.panoramio.com/

      * The Turkish daily Vatan reported Friday that Turkey has become the 15th biggest economy in the world.
        As Turkey amended its Gross Domestic Product figures based on Purchasing Power Parity, national income per capita increased to $15.3 thousand from $13.1 thousand.
        Turkey's annual Gross Domestic Product has risen up to $1.1 trillion.

      * Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan said additional employment opportunities were provided for 164,000 people last year.
        He said investment amount of the incentive certificates from July 16, 2009 to October 2010 amounted $45 billion, referring to a Turkish government program which has been giving credits to employers for employing additional people.
        Mr. Babacan said employment started to rise with the investments, the Turkish daily Turkiye reported Friday.

      * British daily The Times published the names of best 200 universities in the world.
        Turkey's Bilkent University was ranked 112th while the Middle East Technical University was ranked 183rd. reported the Turkish daily Milliyet.

      * The Turkish daily Radikal reported Thursday that Turkish Finance Ministry is making preparations to implement a special consumption tax of 37 percent on all electrical cars.
        With this arrangement, the price of electrical cars would be extremely high.

      * The Turkish daily Cumhuriyet reported Wednesday that the main opposition Republican People's Party chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu reacted to news stories which said there would be alliance between his party and Peace and Democracy Party, the party some say is a front for the rebel Kurdistan Workers Party.
        He said some circles tried to entrap his party. Mr. Kilicdaroglu said, "some talk about alliance. We have alliance with the people."

      * In related news, Chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu rolled up his sleeves to change the people manning his party apparatus when he realized that he could not join the upcoming elections with the current party assembly.
        According to sources, Kilicdaroglu will settle accounts with former secretary general Onder Sav and former chairman Deniz Baykal in a convention due on December 18 and set up his team, reported the Turkish daily Vatan.

      * Mustafa Koc, chairman of Koc Holding, said that Turkey had passed an important test during the global downturn, reported the Turkish daily Turkiye.
        "Today, we are at a time of normalization. The worrisome climate is now replaced by a strong expectation for the future," he said.

      * Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan who said prior to NATO summit that the command of a missile system that would be deployed in Turkey should definitely be given to Turkey, "otherwise, approval of such a thing is not possible", changed what he was saying after the NATO summit which was presented as "Turkey's diplomatic victory".
        Mr. Erdogan said it was not yet clear which country would assume the command, adding "however, we said and defended that it should definitely be [a country] in NATO", reported the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet on Tuesday.


      * Turkish artist Lütfü Güngörer has been creating sculptures using colored telephone cables for 46 years, reports the Anatolia News Agency. The first Turkish artist included in the world's most prestigious online art catalogue--the World Art Catalogue, Mr. Güngörer makes his art with his bare hands, using self-developed techniques and no molds.
        Lütfü Güngörer, who first noticed color telephone cables while working as a driver for Turkish Postal Service, or PTT, in the 1960s in Ankara, has been practicing the art of “Sculpicture,” which is his own invention, for 46 years.
        Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/
        See Mr. Gungorer's web page at http://www.lutfugungorer.com/

      * The Aga Khan Award for Architecture, which rewards successful architectural designs in Muslim countries every three years, was shared by five projects this year, including the İpekyol Textile Factory in Turkey's northwestern province of Edirne.
        Winners were presented their prizes at Qatar’s Museum of Islamic Art from the Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims in India.Winners collected their prizes, totaling up to $500,000.
        Designed by Emre Arolat Architects, the Turkish design shared the big prize with the revitalization of a Saudi Arabian valley, a Spanish museum, a school built as a bridge uniting a Chinese village and the restored center of Tunisia’s capital Tunis, Bloomberg reported.
        The İpekyol Textile Factory was the only Turkish project that went onto the finals for this year’s award. According to the website, a custom-designed facility for a manufacturer of high-quality textiles, represents a successful collaboration between a client and an architect in developing a spatial strategy that integrates production goals with the well-being of employees. Key design objectives focused on a single U-shaped volume that makes full use of the site as well as the use of local materials, reduced energy use and enhanced thermal performance.
        The architect responded with a single, large structure where administration and production spaces were integrated under one roof, breaking down hierarchies between front- and back-of-house functions. The form of the building confidently conveys its function, its U-shape responding well to the demands of the production line. The glazed southern facade, five internal courtyards, as well as gardens and light wells give each user access to natural light and views of nature; the spaces also provide recreational areas for the workers.
        See the factory's description in the World Buildings Directory: http://www.worldbuildingsdirectory.com/

      Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, Turkey will be the guest of honor at the 2010 Doha Book Fair, which started Friday and will continue until Dec. 4, announced a written statement from Turkey's Culture Ministry.
        Turkey was the guest of honor at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2008 and the Geneva Book Fair in 2009.
        As part of the events prepared by the Turkish National Organization Committee, writers, publishers and copyright agencies from Turkey will attend the fair, the statement said.
        A 180-square-meter Turkish national stand will present selected examples from Culture Ministry Publications to visitors. Three Turkish writers, Ali Ural, Ayfer Tunç and Ece Temelkuran, will attend a panel discussion titled “Poetry, Tale and Novel in Turkish Literature” as part of the fair.
        Also on the list of activities are a number of Turkish folk dances from seven different regions of the country.

      * Data compiled from figures provided by the Antalya Culture Tourism Directorate revealed the number of tourists, who arrived in the city via airway, reached 9.4 miilion since the beginning of the year,  reports the Anatolia News Agency.
        Antalya, one of Turkey's major cities of tourist attraction, is on the Mediterranean Coast.

      * Istanbul is hosting Italy’s La Scala Theater’s Pink Floyd Ballet this weekend as part of the world-renowned show’s first trip to Turkey reported the Hurriyet Daily News.
      The ballet was produced in the mid-1960s by choreographer Roland Petit at his daughter’s request to make a ballet on Pink Floyd songs. Her request seemed impossible to him at first but later on Petit thought that it might be possible and produced the ballet.
      The show in Istanbul will not feature Pink Floyd live on stage but the audience will still witness a spectacular lighting and dance show.
        More at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * Some 71 people from various disciplines have formed Europa Nostra Turkey, the local branch of an association dedicated to preserving cultural heritage , according to the Hurriyet Daily News, reporter Vercihan Ziflioglu.
        The group is active in advocacy, raising awareness and lobbying public opinion for the protection of cultural heritage, says President Orhan Silier.
        One of the world’s richest areas in terms of cultural heritage, Turkey is slowly beginning to devote more attention to protecting its historical legacy yet there is still much work to do, according to Mr. Silier.
        Although the group started working in Turkey in the 1970s, the association came to the forefront in 2007 when it presented its top award for the masterful restoration of Cappadocia’s Sarıca Church.
       Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * Anatolia News Agency reports that "Mommo-The Bogeyman," a Turkish film by director Atalay Taşdiken, has won an award at the Eighth International Children and Youth Film Festival in Madrid.
        The festival took place between Nov. 15 and 20.
        The Madrid International Film Festival for Children and Youth aspires to promote and encourage international children and youth films in Spane.
        Mr. Taşdiken's first long film, "Mommo," has won several national and international awards, including the best film and director at the Iranian Hamedan International Film Festival; the best film and audience jury best film at the Nuremberg Turkish-German Film Festival; the best film at the Fifth Yerevan Children's Films Festival; and the best children's rights film, as awarded by UNICEF.
        Based on a true story, the film tells about two siblings who live in a village in the Central Anatolian province of Konya who come to grips with their father’s remarriage after the death of their mother.

      * The Hürriyet Daily News is continuing with the “Film Night at the Museum” – special contemporary Turkish film screening nights with English subtitles – in partnership with the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation's Pera Museum.
        The program began on the Saturday, Oct. 16, with Hüseyin Karabey’s "My Marlon and Brando" film and it presented Saturday Çağan Irmak’s movie "In Darkness".

      * European Parliament's LUX Cinema Prize was presented to "Die Fremde" (The Stranger), a movie by Turkish director Zuli Aladağ's spouse Feo Aladağ.
        Actresses Sibel Kekilli, Derya Alabora, Nizam Schiller and Settar Tanrıoğen appear in the movie. The movie highlights the problem of "honor killings" by depicting the drama of a Turkish family living in Germany.
        The movie was granted 90,000 euros for subtitling the film in all official EU languages.
       Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * The New York Turkish Film Festival will start December 3rd.
        Celebrating its 12th year, the admission to some of the events at the festival is free. Due to limited space, RSVP's are required.
        For more information please refer to the festival site at http://www.newyorkturkishfilmfestival.com/



      Premiere League

      * Results for week:13
      Kasimpa$a-G. Birligi1 - 1
      Manisa Sp-Bursa Sp0 - 2
      Sivas Sp-Karabuk Sp.5 - 1
      Be$iKta$-Konya Sp.2 - 2
      Antalya Sp.-G. Antep Sp0 - 1
      Trabzon Sp-Eski$ehir Sp0 - 0
      Ankaragucu-B. $ehir Bld. Sp2 - 2
      Kayseri Sp-G. Saray0 - 0
      Fenerbahce-Buca Sp.5 - 2

      In games played so far this weekend:14

      Eski$ehir Sp-Manisa Sp2 - 1
      Konya Sp.-Kasimpa$a2 - 2
      G. Antep Sp-Trabzon Sp1 - 3
      G. Birligi-Sivas Sp1 - 1
      B. $ehir Bld. Sp-Fenerbahce0 - 1

      Standing in the league as of week ending 13

      1 -Trabzon Sp30

      2 -Bursa Sp28

      3 -Kayseri Sp28

      4 -Fenerbahce24

      5 -B. $ehir Bld. Sp23

      6 -Be$iKta$21

      7 -G. Antep Sp20

      8 -Antalya Sp.19

      9 -Karabuk Sp.18

      10 -G. Saray17

      11 -Ankaragucu16

      12 -Manisa Sp15

      13 -G. Birligi13

      14 -Eski$ehir Sp12

      15 -Konya Sp.10

      16 -Sivas Sp10

      17 -Buca Sp.8

      18 -Kasimpa$a7


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