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* Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Mr. Ahmet Davutoglu was in Qatar to
attend a forum titled "The Arab World in Transition: Has the Future
Arrived?" according to the Turkish Radio and Televison corporation.
Speaking at the forum, Mr. Davutoglu said that no one could remain as a
leader forever in the Middle East.
* Protests again what is perceived to be diminishing freedom of speech and
pressure on the media in Turkey, is taking place outside of Turkey as
well. According to the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet, Turks who worked or still
work in the parliaments of several European countries, issued a press
release on March 12 stating that freedom of press was under threat in
Turks from non-governmental organizations held a demonstration in the
German capital, Berlin and called on German media and community to pay
more attention to the recent developments in Turkey.
* One more protest took place in Turkey itself: Thousands of people
gathered in Istanbul's Taksim Square on March 13 and marched for press
The protest was organized by the Freedom for Journalists Platform.
Some journalists carried photographs of their arrested colleagues and
others wore gags to protest the detention of detentions of their
colleagues, reported the Turkish daily Hurriyet.
According to the Turkish Daily newspapers Cumhuriyet and Vatan, some of
the banners stated, ?for my pen, for my book and for my honor?, ?"Freedom
for journalists," "justice for journalists" and "68 journalists are in
jail now". The protesters chanted ?free press is a right?.
* Some 20,000 people including doctors, nurses and pharmacists held a
rally on March 13 in the Turkish capital Ankara to protest the new health
care system of Turkey. They gathered outside the Turkish Health Ministry
and shouted, "We are not merchants and we are doctors."
The Turkish main opposition, the Republican People's Party supported the
protesters, reports the Turkish daily Radikal.
The chairman of the Union of Turkish Doctors said that they would strike
unless their demands were met.
* According to the Turkish daily Vatan, Israel launched an operation in
the Mediterranean against a Liberian flagged ship which set sail from
Mersin in the southern province of Turkey in the evening of March 13.
* According to the Turkish daily Sabah, Turkish Prime Minister Mr. Recep
Tayyip Erdogan said on March 17 that Turkey stands side by side with the
Libyan people in their quest for peace, freedom and fraternity.
He suggested that the Libyan people should not hear the false allegations
regarding his country. ?Turkey is not after oil wells in Libya. It is out
of question that Turkey takes sides with arms dealers in a confrontation
between brothers," Mr. Erdogan told his Party?s lawmakers at a meeting at
the Turkish Parliament.
* As the world follows with concern the nuclear disaster that occurred in
Japan following massive earthquake and tsunami, the discussions pertaining
to nuclear power plants that would be established in Turkey became
inflamed again according to the Turkish daily Milliyet.
When asked, "Countries like Switzerland and Germany announce decisions to
suspend and halt nuclear projects. Does Turkey think of suspending nuclear
project?" Turkish Prime Minister Mr. Erdogan told on March 17 that
suspending the projects was out of question.
"Industrialization, technology, modern world have difficulties as well as
their advantages. An earthquake measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale
demolishes the bridges not only the nuclear energy" he added.
Construction of Turkey's first nuclear power plant is planned to take
place in the country's southern Mediterranean shores. The nuclear plant
will be set up by Russia. As reported by the Turkish daily Radikal, the
nuclear energy investment will amount up to $20 billion as stated by Mr.
Erdogan in Moscow where he met with the Russian president. As reported by
the Turkish daily Yeni Safak, Mr. Erdogan has told the Russian president
that Turkey demanded additional security measures in the nuclear plant.
Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Mr. Taner Yildiz informed
that the power plants are planned to be the third generation, advanced
ones and security will be the primary principle reports the Turkish daily
* According to Turkish Radio-Television Corporation news bulletin,
Visa-free travel between Russia and Turkey begins on 17 April. The news
came after Turkish Prime Minister Mr. Erdogan's meeting with Russian
President Mr. Dmitri Medvedev.
The citizens of the two countries no longer have to apply for visa for
their visits that won't last more than 30 days within a period of 90 days.
* On March 17, Turkish Prime Minister Mr. Erdogan proceeded to the
Republic of Tatarstan after concluding his contacts in Moscow. Tatarstan
Prime Minister Mr. Rustem Minnikhanov welcomed Mr. Erdogan in capital
Erdogan addressed students at Kazan Federal University, emphasizing
regional cooperation and unity.
Mr. Erdogan?s lecture has been broadcast alive by the Turkish TV channel
TRT Turk. Tatar-Inform in Kazan also reports the event. Mr. Erdogan said,
?The Tatar and Turkish nations are kindred. We have common ties. Over
1000-year-old Kazan is a pearl of the Volga way. As Istanbul is a cradle
of many civilizations, Kazan is an important city which gathers many
cultures,? he added.
Mr. Erdogan told that many Tatars live in Turkey and make their
contribution to the development of culture and support of friendly
relations between the peoples.
Mr. Erdogan mentioned that 2011 has been announced the Year of Gabdulla
Tukai. He is the great Tatar poet whose 125th anniversary is being
celebrated. Mr. Erdogan recited the Tukai?s poem ?Native Language? in
Mr. Erdogan invited the Tatar youth to visit an eastern city of Turkey,
Erzurum, for winter sports. He described how Erzurum became a sports
center after the Winter Universiade-2011 and expressed his belief that
Kazan will be another sports center after the 2013 summer Universiade.
Turkish Prime Minister then visited Kul Serif Mosque with Culture and
Tourism Minister Mr. Ertugrul Gunay and also the Blagoveschensk Cathedral.
Mr. Erdogan attended a lunch at the Presidential Palace that Tatarstan
Prime Minister Rustem Minnikhanov hosted in his honor.
See more at the following pages.
* According to the Turkish daily Milliyet, Turkey's Boydak Holding has
bought two furniture factories in Russia and Ukraine paying $20 million.
Boydak Holding is also making preparations to begin manufacturing in
* Turkey's Koc Group bought in recent years Yapi Kredi Bankasi and Turkish
Petroleum Refineries Company.
These turned out to be very good investments for the Koc Group.
These two establishments made profits worth $6.5 billion in the past five
years. Two-thirds of Koc Holding's profits come from the energy and
financial sectors according to the Turkish daily Radikal.
* According to Mehmet Toroglu of Anatolia News Agency, Secretary of
Commerce Mr. Gary Locke addressed a meeting of the Confederation of
Turkish Businessmen and Industrialists in Washington D.C. Mr Locke said
that the US has designated Turkey as "a market of priority". He also added
that they are enouraging for more to be done to strenghthen the bilateral
Mr. Locke said that there are currently 12,000 Turkish students studying
in the US. He added that Turkish-Americans have enriched the US.
* Internationally known Turkish singer Ibrahim Tatlises was clinging to
life late Monday after being shot in the head in Istanbul?s Sisli?s
district, an attack that occurred shortly after midnight Sunday, reported
the Hurriyet Daily News.
Later in the week, police raided several locations in Istanbul on
Wednesday, detaining 20. Abdullah Ucmak is suspected to be the main figure
behind the incident, Anatolia reported Thursday. A person known to have
hostility toward Tatlises, Ucmak was imprisoned in 2003 on charges of
plotting an assassination of the singer, reported Dogan news agency, or
DHA. Ucmak was released from prison in November.
ARTS AND CULTUR.
Edited by Coleen Clark
* American hip hop performer Gina Loring met with the youth of Turkey's
southeastern province of Mardin earlier this week, reports the Anatolia
News Agency.. Loring met with 30 young individuals in a workshop in
Mardin. She will perform live with five workshop attendees after working
with them for two days.
In a statement made on Tuesday, Culture and Arts Coordinator of the
Association of Youth and Culture Ridvan Altun said they wanted to help
area youth express themselves with poems and music.
"Gina Loring has held similar workshops in other cities in the past. We
were happy to see such a successful artist as Loring in Mardin," Altun
With a strong following in both Los Angeles and Atlanta, Loring's music is
reminiscent of classics like Nina Simone and Billie Holiday, with the
innovation and talent of a Lauryn Hill or a Jill Scott. One of very few
artists who seamlessly balance music and poetry, both of Loring's talents
are equally strong enough to stand on their own.
See more at: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ Gina's web pages is at:
* The 20th anniversary of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey brings
together 130 Turkish artists in an exhibition titled "Where Fire Has
Struck", highlighting torture, human-rights violations and unsolved
murders in Turkey reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
"Torture still continues," says the foundation?s chair, Sebnem Korur
Fincanci. Art consultant Erdem Kosova adds, "We bring the hidden truths to
society?s agenda with this exhibition"
Letters from prisoners, video footage, newspaper clippings and
reconstructions of painful historical events are among the materials that
have been used by artists to explore human-rights violations, torture and
unsolved murders in Turkey.
The exhibition will run at Depo until April 22, after which it will tour
Anatolia and other countries during the year. The foundation has also
prepared a Turkish-English catalogue for its 20th anniversary.
See more at: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ The Human Rights Foundation
's web pages are at: http://www.tihv.org.tr/
* The Turkish Photography Artist Awards, organized by Mind the Ad
advertisement company, will start accepting applications March 21 reports
the Anatolia News Agency.
Speaking at a press conference Wednesday, the project?s general art
director, Genco Demirer, said the competition would be in two main groups:
Amateur Participants and Professional Participants.
He said competitors from across the country could apply to the competition
via Turkish Post Office. Demirer said the competition categories would be
* Nature Photo of the Year,
* Life Photo of the Year,
* Sports Photo of the Year,
* Freestyle Photo of the Year and
* Culture and Arts Photo of the Year.
He said the main jury for the competition included well-known names and
Turkey?s most renowned name in the field of photography, Ara Guler.
?Other names will be folk artist Arif Sag, Turkey?s world-known
photographer Nihat Odabasi, Turkey?s first female photography trainer
Guler Ertan, Mimar Sinan University Professor Murat Sen, photographer
Michel Yahni and Fenerbahce Sports Club former president Ali Sen,? he
Deadline for applications is April 21.
See more at: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/
* Anatolia News Agency reports that a Turkish film triumphed at Sofia Film
Festival, in Bulgaria.
Turkish director Selim Gunes's film "White as Snow" has won the Jury
Special Award at Sofia Film Festival, one of Europe?s leading film
Mr. Gunes received the award at a ceremony held Saturday in the Bulgarian
capital after bettering 12 European films in the international
"White as Snow" tells the story of Hasan, a 12-year-old boy who is
struggling to survive in a mountain village with his two younger siblings.
The family falls into poverty when his father goes to prison and his
mother is forced to start work as a caretaker in town. Looking for a
solution to their situation, Hasan tries to sell ayran, a yoghurt drink
generally consumed in warmer weather, even though it is the middle of
Mr. Gunes said his film, which was joint production between Canada, Greece
and Turkey, saluted a quote he loves from John Lennon: ?While there's
life, there's hope.?
The film also received the Best Film Music Award at the 47th Antalya Film
Festival in October 2010 and was presented at the 47th Chicago
International Film Festival?s World Cinema category during the same month.
Turkish director Semih Kaplanoglu?s film ?Honey", which won the top prize
at the Berlin Film Festival last year, was also shown at the Sofia
festival, along with 228 other European films.
International Federation of Film Critics Award jury member and
screenwriter Ege Gorgun said Turkish films have deservedly put itself on
the map of European film.
?The awards that we win in festivals prove the existence of Turkish film
in Europe,? he said, adding that Hollywood and European film had
progressed differently over the years.
?Hollywood is mostly made for the box office. Artistic films are made in
Europe. When we look at the awards that our directors have won in recent
years, we can say that we are a successful part of European film,? he
?High-budget films are more successful at the box office because they are
seen as consumption productions,? he said.
?We have high-budget films, too. For example, the ones made by Mahsun
Kirmizigul. But on the other hand, there are also low-budget films like
?Recep Ivedik? that are very successful at the box office. If you have a
strong story and a strong character, you may not need too much money to
make a film. If you don?t have both, you have to invest in visual images
and advertising,? he said.
See more at: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Sotheby?s staged an exhibition of
highlights from its forthcoming London Sale of Contemporary Turkish Art at
the Marmara Esma Sultan on Wednesday in Istanbul.
The exhibition, sponsored by Akbank Private Banking, showcases a group of
12 pieces by some of Turkey?s leading modern and contemporary artists
represented in the forthcoming auction on April 7.
Commenting on the Istanbul exhibition, Elif Bayoglu, head of Sotheby?s
Turkish Contemporary Art Sale, said, ?The exciting and vibrant art scene
in Turkey continues to grow at a remarkable pace and we are thrilled to be
returning to Istanbul in March this year.?
The exhibition?s highlighted artists included Burhan Dogancay, Mubin
Orhon, Ansen Atilla, Hale Tenger, Ali Teoman Germaner, Erdfem Ergaz, Azade
Koker and Erinc Seymen.
The pieces expected to be the highlight of the auction and the preview
include ?Whispering Wall II,? an exceptionally rare work by Burhan
Dogancay from 1985.
Paintings by Dogancay are in the collections of leading art museums around
the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of
Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
Another work that is expected to be the main highlight of the preview is
Ansen Atilla?s ?Guns of War.? It is the second work from the artist?s
monumental Civilizations Series and illustrates the arrival of European
powers to the lands of the natives. It captures the first interaction
between the two cultures, when growing competition between Western empires
in the late 15th century encouraged three explorers to take over trade
routes and to find colonies.
Hale Tenger is recognized as one of the most important conceptual artists
of our time and the unique lead toy soldiers and plastic figure with sheet
iron base sculpture ?Amidst,? dated 2005, is an ingenious critique on the
breakdown of social values, the increasing suppression of governments and
the rise of military power and violence in today?s world.
Ali Teoman Germaner?s work, ?Untitled,? is one of the artist?s most
important and impressive sculptures from 1957, it draws together several
defining elements that have shaped his output: his studies at the Istanbul
Fine Arts Academy under leading Turkish sculptors who had recently
returned to Istanbul from Paris. ?Untitled: was the only Turkish sculpture
selected to enter the First Paris Youth Biennale held in 1959.
See more at: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/
* The Turkish "Dreams Academy", has been named one of 10 large-scale
European social initiatives with the greatest positive impact on society,
reports the Anatolia News Agency. The academy, which is funded in part by
the Vodafone Foundation, creates new living areas for people with
According to a statement made by the foundation, Dreams Academy enables
people with disabilities or social disadvantages to become a part of
social life. The academy has been called one of the most important
projects supporting social entrepreneurship since 2008.
Vodafone Foundation Chairman Hasan Suel said entrepreneurship was a
brand-new concept even for Europe. ?The platform establishes a network
that provides promotion for social responsibility projects in other parts
of the world at the same level as those in Europe. Our project is the
first and only one like it in Turkey and becomes a model for European
projects since it provides employment for the disabled.?
Ercan Tutal, president of the Alternative Life Association, or AYDER, one
of the collaborators of the project, said the project defended the idea
that people with disabilities should be a part of social life without
exclusion or discrimination. ?The United Nations Convention the Rights of
Persons with Disabilities guarantees everyone?s participation in the
production of arts, culture and education. It is the social
entrepreneurship mission of the Dreams Academy.?
See more at: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/
* According to the Anatolia News Agency Turkey wants back its historical
Iznik ceramics that were illegally transferred to France amid restoration
works during the Ottoman Empire period.
Iznik ceramics, named after Iznik town of the northwestern province of
Bursa where the material originates, are highly decorated ceramics whose
heyday was the late 16th century.
Bringing the stolen Iznik pottery back to Turkey also came on the agenda
of a recent meeting between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
and French President Nicolas Sarkozy in the Turkish capital Ankara.
Turkish Culture & Tourism Ministry official Murat Suslu, who attended an
international meeting on the 40th anniversary of the Convention on the
Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export & Transfer
of Ownership of Cultural Property, said the Iznik ceramics in tombs of
Ottoman sultans Selim II, Murat III and Mahmut I were replaced with
imitations during a restoration in 1883 by French expert Albert Drogny,
adding that the real pottery pieces were now in the inventory of the
Louvre Museum in France.
Criticising the French authorities for not cooperating, Mr. Suslu said
officials at the Louvre Museum were ignoring calls to discuss the matter.
Noting that Turkey was one of the victims of historical artifacts
smuggling, Mr. Suslu said Turkey wanted effective functioning of a U.N.
resolution against this smuggling.
Representatives from 120 countries that signed onto the convention in 1970
attended the meeting in UNESCO center in Paris.
See more at: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/
* Turkish Film Festival in Boston is about to start. This year?s 16-film
program continues the tradition of highlighting emerging and established
The festival opens on March 24 with "Envy" by critically acclaimed
director Zeki Demirkubuz. On March 25 director Dervis Zaim will receive
the Boston Turkish Film Festival Excellence in Turkish Cinema Award
following his poetic film "Waiting for Heaven". Revered Turkish film
programmer and writer Dr. Ahmet Boyacioglu presents his directorial debut
"Black & White" on March 26. The winners of The 15th Annual Boston Turkish
Festival Documentary and Short Film Competition screen on March 27.
All films are in Turkish with English subtitles unless otherwise noted.
Programmed by Erkut Gomulu, founder and director of the Boston Turkish
Co-presented by the Turkish American Cultural Society of New England.
See more at:
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: 48/28 Partly Cloudy
Antalya, on the Mediterranean: 70/54 Light Showers
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 50/39 Partly Cloudy
Izmir, on the Aegean: 57/43 Mostly Cloudy
Van, in Eastern Turkey 45/32 Sleet
Trabzon, on the Black Sea: 57/43 Mostly Cloudy
* Results for week: 26
G. Saray - Fenerbahce 1 - 2
Kasimpa$a - Manisa Sp 1 - 0
G. Antep Sp - B. $ehir Bld. Sp 4 - 1
Konya Sp. - Antalya Sp. 0 - 0
Be$iKta$ - Kayseri Sp 4 - 2
Eski$ehir Sp - Karabuk Sp. 1 - 0
G. Birligi - Trabzon Sp 1 - 2
Buca Sp. - Sivas Sp 0 - 4
Bursa Sp - Ankaragucu 0 - 0
Standing in the league as of week ending 26
1 - Fenerbahce 60
2 - Trabzon Sp 60
3 - Bursa Sp 51
4 - G. Antep Sp 46
5 - Kayseri Sp 43
6 - Eski$ehir Sp 41
7 - Be$iKta$ 39
8 - Manisa Sp 35
9 - B. $ehir Bld. Sp 34
10 - Karabuk Sp. 34
11 - G. Saray 33
12 - Ankaragucu 32
13 - Antalya Sp. 30
14 - G. Birligi 28
15 - Sivas Sp 25
16 - Buca Sp. 21
17 - Konya Sp. 17
18 - Kasimpa$a 17
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