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      x0x Turkish News for the week ending 19 February 2011

      [This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 19 February 2011]

      Courtesy of Turkish Radio Hour, producer of the

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      Edited by Gulcin and Burhan Kandemir

      * According to various Turkish daily newspapers, Turkey's president Mr. Abdullah Gul approved the draft law on reshaping the countries top courts just before he left for Iran on February 13 on an official visit.

      The law has been drawing the reaction of opposition parties in Turkey. It is interpreted as an "adjustment on the courts" in favor of the government.

      The law envisages opening new departments in the Court of Appeals and the Council of State, and adding more staff.

      Mr. Gul said that he approved the law after he was informed of an incredible burden on the courts and a huge backlog of cases. He said, "We are faced with such a dreadful situation that 200,000 cases in the Court of Appeals would lapse [due to statute of limitations] within the next four to five years."

      * Turkey's president Mr. Abdullah Gul addressed the Islamic world as he flew to Iran on February 13, reports the Turkish daily Milliyet. The whole Islamic world needed reforms, he told reporters at the Turkish capital Ankara's Esenboga Airport.

      "The whole Islamic world has faced an extraordinary transition process lately. People are pioneering this process," Mr. Gul said, adding that all countries should take lessons from the incidents in Tunisia and Egypt.

      According to the Turkish daily Radikal, when asked whether his visit to Iran would be criticized by the Western world, President Gul replied that trade volumes of some European countries with Iran is much higher than the trade volume of Turkey.

      * Speaking of the Iranian visit, Turkish President Mr. Abdullah Gul met with Iranian Supreme Leader Mr. Ali Hoseini-Khamenei.
      Mr. Hoseini-Khamenei said in the meeting that Turkey's rising role in Islamic world would bring benefits to the region.

      The Turkish daily Milliyet reports that Mr. Gul also expressed his hope that the region would benefit.

      Back in the Turkish capital after his visit, Mr. Gul told reporters that he had agreed with Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to work on a new road map on Iran's nuclear energy program, and that Turkey will continue to work to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue.

      * The second term in 2010-2011 academic year started on February 14 in Turkey.

      The Turkish daily Sabah reports that 16 million students and 664 thousand teachers went back to schools.

      The end of the first term of the academic year was on January 28.

      * According to the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet, Turkish prime minister Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan replied to the allegations of corruption by his party.

      The opposition parties have been stating that they will investigate all activities of the Justice and Development Party and bring to light the corruption.

      Mr. Erdogan replied, "we are cleaning your mess! They left us $23 billion of International Money Fund debt. The debt is now only $5.7 billion."

      He said that if there had been corruption in his party's term, this debt could not have been reduced.

      * According to the Associated Press, Turkey's prime minister Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed the lawmakers of his, what the Associated Press termed "Islamic-rooted" Justice and Development Party at the parliament in the Turkish capital Ankara, Turkey, on Feb. 15.

      Mr. Erdogan rejected allegations by the opposition that his government was trying to silence critics through intimidation after a court ruling jailed 10 percent of the country's generals on charges of plotting to overthrow the government.

      The court decided to jail 163 military personnel over alleged coup plans known publicly as "Sledgehammer". 106 out of 163 officers are current members of the Turkish military.

      The trials of the accused started in December 2010.

      See more at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sledgehammer

      * Speaking of plots to overthrow the government, there were more arrests this week in another alleged conspiracy dubbed "Ergenekon". Selcan Hacaoglu of the Associated Press reports that a Turkish court on Friday jailed three journalists on charges of links to this plot, purportedly aiming to overthrow the administration of the Justice and Development Party.

      Turkish opposition parties and critics of the Justice and Development Party administration labeled the arrests as part of an assault on press freedom in Turkey.

      Among the arrested are Mr. Soner Yalcin, the owner of dissident website the Oda TV, and two colleagues. The arrests took place after a video criticizing a police investigation into the alleged coup plot.

      The European Union and the Committee to Protect Journalists have also accused Turkey of suppressing critical news and commentary on the alleged anti-government conspiracy.

      Around 400 intellectuals, academics and retired military are under arrest for this alleged conspiracy. The trial is in its third year.

      See more at: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ -1 and http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ -2

      Also see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ergenekon

      * According to the Turkish daily Hurriyet, U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Mr. Francis J. Ricciardone also commented on the police raid on the Oda TV. He said that freedom of press was mentioned in Turkey but journalists were being detained. He said that he could not understand this.

      Ambassador Mr. Ricciardone added, "Turkey wants free press. Both the government and also the opposition say that they support free media. We are monitoring this process. Freedom of expression and freedom of press are vital for Turkey, the United States and for the region,"

      The Turkish government gave a stern response to criticism by the US ambassador, according to the Turkish daily Vatan.
      Turkish interior minister Mr. Besir Atalay said Turkey was a country with a broader freedom of press when compared with the United States. However, minister's claim has been ridiculed by Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party.

      Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Mr. Ahmet Davutoglu also criticized the American ambassador and said, "there is an ongoing investigation. An ambassador should not make such a comment. Ambassadors should be careful about their remarks."

      See more at: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ -1 and http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ -2

      * The Turkish daily Hurriyet reported that the Turkish government extended a supportive hand to the Turkish company Karsan which was qualified for the final in New York cab tender but needed support against lobbies.

      The Turkish state minister for foreign trade Mr. Zafer Caglayan has visited Karsan's factory in the north western province of Bursa and then he will visit New York to convey the message "we support Karsan" to New York Mayor Mr. Michael Bloomberg.

      According to the Turkish daily Yeni Safak, residents of New York preferred Turkish Karsan company despite all smear campaigns. 66 percent of the people, who replied the survey 'cab of the future', said they wanted to see Karsan cabs in the streets of New York. Now, eyes turned to the tender.

      An advertising campaign in a New York newspaper targeting Nissan and Turkish company Karsan in their bids to supply the "taxis of tomorrow" for New York City alleges the two companies have business ties with Iran.

      See more at: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ -1 and http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ -2

      * According to the Turkish daily Hurriyet, jobless rate for Turkey dropped 2.1 points from a year earlier to 11 percent.
      The second positive development is about the budget. According to Bloomberg, due to the increase in tax revenue and decline in expenditures, Turkey's central government budget ran a surplus of $630 million in January 2011.

      It was the second January surplus in 21 years, Turkey's finance minister Mr. Mehmet Simsek said.

      See more at: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/-1 and http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/-2


      Edited by Colleen Clark

      * The mecca of independent filmmaking and alternative film, the one and only Sundance Institute is leaving the chilling cold of Utah for 10 days and flying you to Istanbul for a dream collaboration for many, reports Emrah Guler of the Hurriyet daily News. The !f Istanbul AFM International Independent Films Festival kicked off February 17 with a selection of films bigger and richer than ever.

      The Sundance Institute is the driving force behind the world's biggest independent moviemaking extravaganza, the Sundance Film Festival, along with artistic development programs for aspiring filmmakers. The institute was founded in 1981 by Robert Redford.
      One of these programs is Film Forward, a program initiated under the incentive of U.S. President Barack Obama to develop worldwide intercultural dialog. The institute this year selected Istanbul as one of its 14 locations worldwide for the program. !f will screen nine films from Film Forward, as well as host some of the directors of these films for its workshops and discussions.

      "We are always interested in expanding across borders and boundaries. The Sundance collaboration is a natural extension of that effort that we are delighted to be hosting," said Serra Ciliv, !f co-director. !f Istanbul will be hosting Hollywood screenwriters Bill Wheeler and Wesley Strick, renowned Israeli author and director Etgar Keret, as well as Sundance Institute directors for a workshop on developing screenwriting skills, a panel discussion and a case study.

      The screenwriting workshop, the panel on an introduction to Sundance Labs and a case study on director and writer Cherien Dabis' "Amreeka" will all take place on Feb. 26 in the Festival Center. The conversation about Sundance Institute programs, the Labs, will have Feature Film Program's Director Michelle Satter and Associate Director Alesia Weston.

      "The films to be screened in Turkey represent fresh explorations of universal themes and the evolving nature of drama in our global community. 'Boy,' 'Udaan' and 'Winter's Bone' navigate the transition to adulthood and redefine family in broadly different circumstances; 'Amreeka' and 'Last Train Home' depict contemporary challenges of immigration for those seeking work and a better life; 'Afghan Star' explores the story of youthful dreams and the clash of global pop culture in a traditional Muslim society; 'Son of Babylon' focuses on the enduring nature of family love in a society decimated by war," said Weston.

      The From Script to Screen case study will be on "Amreeka," a comedy about a Palestinian mother and son in a post-Sept. 11 U.S.

      Check 2011.ifistanbul.com for the detailed program.

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

      * A new book, "Exploring Turkish Cultures" from Laurence Raw, offers new insights into Turkish cultures both past and present, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.

      Moving beyond the traditional binaries of east/west, Islam/secularism, and Europe/Asia, the book contains a variety of perspectives on contemporary Turkey, from actors, directors, critics and other major cultural figures. The book tries to situate these opinions in context by looking at how such perspectives are employed in different cultural spheres, education, theater, politics and the like.

      "Exploring Turkish Cultures," which is published by Cambridge Scholars Press, contains the first major interviews published in English with prominent public figures such as actors Turkan Soray, Genco Erkal, Yildiz Kenter and Nesrin Kazankaya.

      Other figures interviewed include film directors Dervis Zaim and documentary filmmakers Ben Hopkins, Pelin Esmer and Ozgur Dogan while an extended interview with author, translator and academic Talat Halman rounds off the interview section.

      Complementing these interviews are a series of essays on major Turkish films and theatrical productions, both past and present.
      Combining historical analysis, comment and evaluation from an author who has spent two decades living in Turkey, "Exploring Turkish Cultures" represents a major contribution to contemporary Turkish studies.

      Mr. Raw teaches in the Department of English at Baskent University, Ankara. His other books include studies of film adaptations of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry James, as well as a book of theater criticism: "Impressions of the Turkish Stage." He has published articles on Turkish film in Literature - Film Quarterly and Screen. He also writes regular reviews of Turkish theater productions for Theater-world Internet Magazine and Theater Journal.

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

      * Popular Turkish television director Osman Sinav is leading a film project set during the Bosnian War of the 1990s that features true events from the fighting, reports the Anatolia News Agency.

      "We are working on a real story. A young person who only wants to play guitar and make music and has no idea about the war until the day it begins loses his arm and cannot make music. Later on, he becomes a sniper and a fearless warrior using his two remaining fingers. The film tells the drama of this period," Sinav recently told Anatolia news agency.
      Sarajevo University Conservatory Department member Almir Basovic is the screenwriter of the drama, which features real events from the period.
      Sinav, the director of popular Turkish TV series including "Deli Yurek" (Crazy Heart) and "Kurtlar Vadisi" (Valley of the Wolves), visited Sarajevo last week to confer with Basovic. The director said he came to Bosnia and Herzegovina for a second meeting with Basovic after their first meeting in Istanbul.

      Sinav said the first Turkish TV series broadcast abroad was his "Deli Yurek," which was sold to Kazakhstan for a low price. It received huge interest in the country and was later shown in Bosnia, drawing the same interest, he added.

      "At the moment, Turkish TV series are on the screen in a wide region on three continents. This is a very serious gain and it will bring economic income. You not only sell TV series, you also establish a cultural connection. Brands and tourism are sold thanks to it," he said. "Politicians or academics couldn't do this over 20 years but you can do it in one or two years with a TV series. Today, most children under 5 years old in Azerbaijan are speaking Istanbul Turkish."

      Sinav said the interest in Turkish TV series should be evaluated in the best way and added that the most important issue was to find stories in common.

      Filmmakers should also be extra careful during the present period in which the Turkish film sector is opening to the world, he said, adding that there was big interest in the Ottomans throughout the Balkans and that Ottoman heritage still survived in many places.

      "The new TV series 'Muhtesem Yuzyil' [Magnificent Century] will draw great interest in the country because of Suleyman the Magificent," he said. "But I am sure people will say the [Suleyman] in the TV series is different from the man they know. Because he is shown like a poor man running after a woman. It will disappoint them. Producers should have this perspective but they don't have it. It is too wrong that the Ottoman Sultan [Suleyman], who was called 'magnificent' even by his enemies, is shown to be a very simple man," he said.

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

      * The Harvard Film Archive will be screening the films of Yilmaz Guney from Friday February 25 ? Sunday March 7, 2011.
      A master of startling imagery, vigorous storytelling and uncompromising political commitment, Yilmaz Guney (1931-84) is a legendary figure in Turkish film and undoubtedly the best-known and most controversial filmmaker the country has produced to date.

      Special thanks: Huseyin Karabey; the Guney Foundation; Cemal Kafadar, the Vehbi Koc Professor of Turkish Studies, Harvard University; Jesse Howell.

      Films to be screened include Hope, Bride of the Earth, Yol, Elegy, Herd, The Hungry Wolves, The Friend, and The Poor.
      See more at:
      http://hcl.harvard.edu/hfa/films/2011janmar/guney.html . The site includes the life story of Yilmaz Guney.


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


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey: 46/30 Mostly Cloudy
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean: 64/50 Mostly Sunny
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 52/37 Mostly Cloudy
      Izmir, on the Aegean: 57/43 Mostly Sunny
      Van, in Eastern Turkey 41/30 Rainy
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea: 57/43 Mostly Sunny

      Snow depths at skiing locations:

      Erciyes, in Kayseri, Central Turkey 76 inches
      Ilgaz, in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey 22 inches
      Kartalkaya, in Bolu, Western Turkey 67 inches
      Palandoken, in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey 26 inches
      SaklIkent, in Antalya, Southern Turkey 16 inches
      SarIkamI$, in Kars, Eastern Turkey 24 inches
      Uludag, in Bursa, Western Turkey 35 inches



      Premiere League

      * Results for week: 22

      Eski$ehir Sp - Sivas Sp 2 - 1
      Kasimpa$a - Ankaragucu 2 - 1
      Bursa Sp - G. Antep Sp 1 - 4
      G. Birligi - Karabuk Sp. 2 - 3
      G. Saray - Buca Sp. 1 - 0
      Kayseri Sp - Antalya Sp. 2 - 0
      Konya Sp. - B. $ehir Bld. Sp 0 - 0
      Be$iKta$ - Fenerbahce 2 - 4
      Manisa Sp - Trabzon Sp 1 - 2

      Standing in the league as of week ending 22

      1 - Trabzon Sp 50
      2 - Fenerbahce 48
      3 - Bursa Sp 45
      4 - Kayseri Sp 42
      5 - G. Antep Sp 37
      6 - Be$iKta$ 32
      7 - Eski$ehir Sp 32
      8 - G. Saray 32
      9 - Manisa Sp 31
      10 - B. $ehir Bld. Sp 30
      11 - Karabuk Sp. 29
      12 - Ankaragucu 25
      13 - Antalya Sp. 25
      14 - G. Birligi 24
      15 - Buca Sp. 18
      16 - Konya Sp. 16
      17 - Sivas Sp 16
      18 - Kasimpa$a 14

      * Ukraine's Dynamo Kyiv defeated Turkey's BesIktas football team 4-1 in the first leg of the 32-round UEFA Europa League in Istanbul.
      Portuguese footballer Quaresma scored BesIktas' only goal in the game. This result faded BesIktas' hopes to qualify.


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