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      x0x Turkish News for the week ending 18 December 2010
      [This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 18 December 2010]


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      NEWS

      Edited by Bilgin Atalay

      * As we reported you last week, there were student protest with violence in Turkey last week. And this week the protests mainly against government officials showed no signs of abating despite continued harsh responses from police and politicians and ongoing threats of jail time for those participating in demonstrations.
        One student is facing up to two years and four months in prison for throwing an egg at State Minister Egemen BaGI$ at a protest in the Turkish capitalAnkara, while two others have been under arrest for nine months pending trial for holding up signs criticizing the prime minister during his appearance in Istanbul.
        Students trying to march to Dolmabahce palace where Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoGan was holding a meeting with university presidents, were stopped by police, who reportedly hurt many of them with batons and pepper spray.
        Mr. ErdoGan was also the target of the latest student protest, which took place Wednesday at Middle East Technical University in the Turkish capital Ankara, where the prime minister was chairing a Science and Technology High Council Meeting to determine the country's science policies.
        Student demonstrators chanted slogans against the prime minister and his ruling Justice and Development Party protesting the police presence at the university and saying they had not been allowed to enter the hall where the meeting was being held.
        Ankara University students who later protested the excessive use of police force in that incident were pepper-sprayed by police.
        Subsequently, on Thursday, daily Haberturk reported that an Istanbul public prosecutor has requested permission to investigate high-ranking police officers following accusations of excessive force.
         The public prosecutor's office in the central Istanbul district of BeyoGlu asked the Justice Ministry for permission to begin investigating Huseyin capkIn and Osman YIldIrIm, the chiefs of police for the city and the district.
        One student claims to have had a miscarriage after being beaten by police. Her case is being investigated separately.

      * Iran has begun secret negotiations with Turkey and three others to surrender significant amounts of its uranium stockpile and cease enrichment in exchange for an end to international sanctions, the British newspaper Daily Telegraph reported Thursday.
        According to the British daily's report, the Turkish-led deal calls on Iran to ship roughly 1,000 kilograms of its low-enriched uranium, as well as its entire 30 kilogram stockpile of 20 percent enriched uranium, to a safe location. In return, France and Russia will supply ready-made fuel rods for the medical isotope reactor for which Iran says it has been enriching uranium to 20 percent - a level which halves the time needed to manufacture weapons-grade material.
        In exchange, the international community would agree to end sanctions that have crippled the country's economy, the British daily said.
        France, Russia and the United States have also been involved in the negotiations, which began after a meeting between Ahmed DavutoGlu, Turkey's foreign affairs minister, and Iranian officials in Bahrain earlier this month, the daily reported, citing anonymous diplomatic sources.

      * Turkey's central bank cut its benchmark interest rate to 6.5 percent, the first change since 2009, as inflation slowed and the bank sought to curb capital inflows and reduce the current account gap.
        The bank reduced its one-week repo lending rate by 0.5 percentage points to a record low, according to an e-mailed statement from the capital Ankara late Thursday. The Bank's decision aims to bolster financial stability in the face of a "widening current-account gap and growing credit expansion." Price stability is no longer the bank's chief concern, it's now interested in wider financial stability, inan Demir, chief economist at Finansbank in Istanbul, said in a telephone interview.

      * Turkey and Croatia made a joint decision to increase business and trade relations during the Turkish-Croatian Business Council, held in Istanbul on Wednesday.
        The council, which has been active since 1995, works to maintain long-term cooperation between the two countries. caGatay ozdoGru, chief of the Turkish council, said Croatia is "a strategic partner in its region" for Turkey.
        Bilateral cooperation should focus especially on industry, construction and tourism, according to Zlatan Frohlich, chairman of the Croatia-Turkey Business Council.
        The trade volume between the two countries, which totaled $434 million in 2008, dropped to $330 million in 2009. Speaking at the conference, Turkish Minister of Justice Sadullah Ergin said the target is to increase this figure to $1 billion by the year 2013. There are only 13 Croatian companies active in Turkey, Ergin said.

      * Britain's Europe Minister David Lidington says the European Union needs to be bold.
        According to Agence France-Press, as Turkey's stalled bid to join the European Union club virtually grinds to a halt, Britain and allies Tuesday led a counter-charge to open the door to further expansion in the interests of added economic leverage.
        Britain and its allies Sweden, Finland and Italy see the stalled talks as holding back potential for the bloc's economic growth. Though Turkey began accession talks as far back as 2005, at the same time as Croatia, it lags far behind the Balkan state, which hopes to wind up negotiations next year and join in early 2013.
        Commenting on the apparent impasse, Belgian foreign affairs minister Steven Vanackere insisted Ankara was making progress. "The train is still on the move."
        At the heart of staunch resistance from several leading members, including heavyweights France and Germany, are many people who say that Turkey's huge population is not entirely European. Yet Britain and its allies see its 78 million people and its strategic links to the Middle East and Africa as an argument in its favor. "In the current divide, some say let's shut the European Union door, we say it's the time to open it," said the British diplomat.
        In last weekend's edition of the International Herald Tribune, British Foreign Secretary William Hague and his counterparts from Finland, Italy and Sweden issued a long and vibrant plea for "the transformation of a mainly Western European Club into a truly pan-European Union."
        "The crucial question is not whether Turkey is turning its back on Europe, but rather if Europe is turning its back on the fundamental values and principles that have guided European integration over the last 50 years," said Hague, Finland's Alexander Stubb, Italy's Franco Frattini and Sweden's Carl Bildt.
        New members, they added, "can help Europe return to economic dynamism and take on its proper weight in world affairs." At Tuesday's talks, Frattini pointed out to his 26 counterparts that according to the OECD, Turkey by 2050 will be Europe's second biggest economy, with growth of 5 percent compared to the average 1 percent seen in the eurozone.

      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News, full European Union membership for Turkey is a very clear and sound objective of Hungary's European Union term presidency, which starts on Jan. 1, 2011, Hungarian Consul-General Andras Gyenge has said.
        "The Hungarian presidency will emphasize keeping the process open for any European country that upholds our common European values and criteria," Gyenge said at a conference on Wednesday. "We abide by impartiality and regard Turkey as a European country that should be in the European Union. We acknowledge Turkey's commitments … and believe that the Turkish government will support these efforts and facilitate the ongoing process," he told an audience at a conference at Turkey's private Kadir Has University.

      * Police in the southeastern province of Gaziantep have begun going door-to-door to educate people about the proper use of heating stoves after more than 500 people were sickened by carbon-monoxide poisoning over the weekend.
        Carbon-monoxide gas leaks killed two people and caused 507 to become ill in Gaziantep on Saturday, after a sudden drop in temperatures prompted many households to fire up their indoor coal- or wood-burning stoves.

      * About 200 active and retired Turkish military officers, including former chiefs of the Air Force as well as dozens of generals and admirals, went on trial Thursday on charges of plotting to overthrow the government in 2003, reported the Hurriyet Daily News.
        The trial is held at a special court house in Istanbul's Silivri district. All 196 suspects, who are free pending trial, face between 15 and 20 years in prison if convicted on charges of "attempting to topple the government by force," according to the indictment, Anatolia news agency said.
        Prosecutors have not made public any evidence or details of the accusations, but daily Taraf has published what it calls leaked copies of documents pertaining to an alleged conspiracy dubbed "Sledgehammer".

      * Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Ivanovich Sechin arrived in Istanbul on Thursday to discuss energy projects. Russian Energy Minister Sergey Ivanovich Shmatko is accompaning Sechin during his visit to Turkey, reported the Turkish daily Sabah.
        The nuclear power plant that will be constructed in the southern province of Mersin, Samsun-Ceyhan oil pipeline and natural gas will top the agenda during meetings between Turkish and Russian officials.

      * Shortlisted for a contract to supply thousands of taxis to New York City, Turkey's Ford Otosan aims to increase car sales to the United States by 50 percent next year, reports the Bloomberg reporters Ercan Ersoy and Benjamin Harvey. There will be high demand for the Transit Connect model from taxi companies as well as post offices, says Nuri Otay, chief executive of Ford Otosan.
        Ford Otosan is already selling its Transit Connect van for use as taxis and service vehicles in U.S. cities including Los Angeles, Washington, Boston and Chicago, Mr. Otay said Tuesday in an interview in Istanbul.
        Turkey, whose economy grew 8.9 percent annually in the first three quarters, is a manufacturing base for automakers including Ford, Fiat and Toyota. The country exports 75 percent of the cars, vans, buses and trucks it makes.

      * The ruling Justice and Development Party government has opted to take a step back in passing a new weapons law. The bill came under fierce criticisms that it would increase the number of civilians with lethal fire power.
        The Justice and Development Party administration says that it plans to defer the discussions on the legislation - which publicly came to be known as "the Texas Law" - until after next year's general elections and revise it.
        The new law would have reduce minimum age for obtaining a weapons license from 22 to 18.

      * Bizarre humanity: An 18-year-old in the southeastern province of DiyarbakIr has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for robbery after he attempted to make a 14-year-old take off his shoes, claiming they were his, daily Sabah reported Wednesday.
        The court decreased the prison sentence of Mahmut Goktemiz, a construction worker, to eight years, four months due to his good behavior during the trial.
        "Three days before the incident my shoes were stolen from in front of our house. When I saw the same shoes on Y.P.'s feet, I stopped him and told him that I wanted to look at the shoe number and demanded that he take one off. He did not want to take his shoe off and he said they were his shoes and that he even had the bill for them. While we were arguing the police came and brought us to the police station. I am not guilty," Goktemiz said.
        Y.P. said that he insisted he owned the shoes but Goktemiz told him to "walk together a little bit." Y.P. saw the police and called them.
        Goktemiz's lawyer said if his aim had been robbery he would have taken Y.P.'s wallet and mobile phone.
        However, the court decided that Goktemiz would have taken the shoes by force if police had not arrived and decided that robbery had occurred.

      ARTS AND CULTURE

      Edited by Colleen Clark

      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, a unique artists' colony in Konya is attracting intense interest from members of Turkey's creative community hoping to buy one of the 210 houses under construction at the planned village in Central Turkey.
        "The reason why [Turkish] artists have shown great interest in this village is that they are bored of going to popular places, and they miss natural and pure human relations, said Mehmet Ta$diken, the architect of the Sonsuz $ukran Koyu, the Village of Gratitude, which is being built in the district of cavu$.
        Some 500 artists have applied for one of the 210 houses in the village, cavu$ Mayor Mehmet ciGdem said.
         "One of the factors that draw artists to this village is that they will live a village life and meet people with neighbors speaking the same [artistic] language as them. This is very important to them," said cavu$ native Ta$diken, who said the great interest in acquiring a house in the village was not a surprise to the planning team.
        The village is primarily aimed at musicians, filmmakers, painters, fashion designers, archaeologists, journalists, sculptors and other artists, who will also give classes for free while also tending their own vegetables.
        The village project is being supported by Konya Karatay University, the Foundation for the Promotion and Protection for the Environment and the Chamber of Architects Konya Branch, Ta$diken said.
        More at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * A large baptismal font unearthed during restoration work in the Hagia Sophia and dating back to the sixth century was shown to press members at a press conference Monday, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
        Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Agency head Yilmaz Kurt said: "The construction of Hagia Sophia was ordered by Constantius II. The structure opened in 360 A.D. Its roof burned in a fire in 404 and its restoration took 10 years. In 415, Hagia Sophia opened once again.
        “This second structure burned down in 532 and the church was constructed for the third time under Emperor Justinian.
        “The columns of the Artemis Temple in Ephesus were used in its construction; it opened for the third time in 537.
        “The dome was damaged in earthquakes and completely destroyed in 558. It reopened in 562."
        Kurt said the ancient baptismal font, which was unearthed during archaeological work, would be open to the public for viewing.
        "The baptismal font was positioned in a place in the structure that was closed to visits. It is made of solid marble. The font, which shows the cultural and architectural style of the Byzantium period, is still very strong and clean. It is very important in the history of the museum and everyone will be able to see it."
        Hagia Sophia Museum Director Haluk Dursun said 2009 and 2010 were the best years for the museum in terms of restoration. He said there were two very important events during the restoration process, the removal of the 17-year-old scaffolding and the discovery of a mosaic featuring a six-winged angel figure.
        More at  http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, although the online world of selling books is already fairly saturated, website imgesahaf.com has few rivals when it comes to its area of specialty: rare works from the Ottoman and early republican periods.
        The site can offer GuzelhisarI Zeynizade Huseyin Efendi's "Igrab-ul Kafiye," the last book printed by the Ottoman printing press Muteferrika for $3300. Meanwhile, the press' 20th book, Suleyman Izzi's "Tarih-i izzi" from 1785, costs $5600.
        The site offers 38,000 books in 51 different categories from Turkish history to calligraphy and from world theater to economy. Many titles from the 1800s have drawn interest from collectors due to the special engraving on their covers and their high-quality binding methods, according to administrators at the site, whose slogan is "a world culture."
        One of the most striking books is a 516-year-old engraving, reportedly the first ever to focus on Istanbul as its subject, which is on sale for $6600. The engraving, which showed the last days of Byzantine Constantinople as well as post-conquest Istanbul, was printed in Nuremburg in 1493.
        The site also stocks titles from the republican era, especially first editions. Sait Faik AbasIyanIk's "BirtakIm insanlar," from 1952, is presented with its first edition and original cartoon cover. At the same time, online shoppers can find the first edition of Sabahattin Ali's "Yeni Dunya" from 1943, famous critic Suut Kemal Yetkin's book "Edebiyat uzerine" and many others from Turkish literature for only $6.
        All the information on the titles found at imgesahaf.com is also available on other websites such as www.nadirkitap.com and www.gittigidiyor.com.
        More at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=1208101017844-2010-12-08

      * A United States gastronome has published a book on Turkish cuisine that has featured among the Washington Post's top 10 cookbooks of 2010, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
        Sheilah Kaufman, who has so far written 26 books on different countries and tastes, said she wrote "The Turkish Cookbook: Regional Recipes and Stories," after coming to admire Turkish cuisine while traveling through Istanbul, Canakkale, Konya, Iznik, Edirne, Bursa, Amasya and Efes. She fell in love with Turkish food when she saw the "wonderful foods" of Nur Ilkin, she said in a recent interview.
        "I heard that Americans who bought the book admired the recipes. This was a good experience for some of them who had never tasted Turkish food before," she said.
        "Most of the people who say they don't like Turkish cuisine think Turkish food is very spicy. In fact it is not. Furthermore, it's very healthy and made with fresh vegetables. However, it is a problem that Turkish food is not well known. There are not enough restaurants," she said.
        Kaufman said she was doing her best to promote Turkish cuisine and Turkish culture. "I go to every invitation and tell people about Turkish food and culture. In the past eight months, nine people who read the book went to Istanbul," she said.
        Kaufman said she could educate more than 1,000 people in the larger states in the U.S. about Turkish food if Turkish executives supported her.
        More at: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/


      EXCHANGE RATE

      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.54

      WEATHER

      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather


      Ankara, in central Turkey:54/32 Mostly Cloudy

      Antalya, on the Mediterranean:64/50 Thunderstorms

      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey:59/50 Showers

      Izmir, on the Aegean:59/50 Showers

      Van, in Eastern Turkey34/30 Sleet

      Trabzon, on the Black Sea:55/45 Partly Cloudy

      Snow depths at skiing locations:


      Erciyes, in Kayseri, Central Turkey
      47 inches

      Ilgaz, in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey
      39 inches

      Kartalkaya, in Bolu, Western Turkey
      47 inches

      Palandoken, in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey
      14 inches

      Saklikent, in Antalya, Southern Turkey
      28 inches

      Sarikamis, in Kars, Eastern Turkey
      10 inches

      Uludag, in Bursa, Western Turkey
      35 inches


      SPORTS

      Soccer

      Premiere League

      * Results for week:16
      Eski$ehir Sp-Be$iKta$2 - 0
      Karabuk Sp.-Antalya Sp.2 - 0
      Buca Sp.-Manisa Sp1 - 1
      G. Saray-G. Birligi0 - 2
      Sivas Sp-Konya Sp.1 - 0
      B. $ehir Bld. Sp-Trabzon Sp1 - 3
      G. Antep Sp-Kayseri Sp2 - 0
      Ankaragucu-Fenerbahce2 - 1
      Bursa Sp-Kasimpa$a2 - 1




      In games played so far this weekend:17




      Trabzon Sp-Karabuk Sp.3 - 0
      Kayseri Sp-Buca Sp.2 - 0
      G. Birligi-Bursa Sp1 - 5
      Antalya Sp.-Ankaragucu2 - 2
      Fenerbahce-Sivas Sp1 - 0




      Standing in the league as of week ending 16





      1 -Trabzon Sp39

      2 -Bursa Sp34

      3 -Fenerbahce30

      4 -Kayseri Sp29

      5 -Be$iKta$27

      6 -Karabuk Sp.24

      7 -B. $ehir Bld. Sp23

      8 -G. Antep Sp23

      9 -Antalya Sp.22

      10 -G. Saray20

      11 -Ankaragucu20

      12 -Eski$ehir Sp19

      13 -Manisa Sp19

      14 -G. Birligi17

      15 -Sivas Sp15

      16 -Konya Sp.14

      17 -Buca Sp.12

      18 -Kasimpa$a8



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