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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 02 April 2011
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* Turkish press was preoccupied with a conflict, who some say is the epitome of the struggle between the forces that are trying to sink Turkey into the dark ages and enlightment.
According to the Hurriyet Daily News, An unpublished book that was seized by Turkish police a week ago has been downloaded more than 100,000 times, but prosecutors have said they are not currently targeting readers of the manuscript.
Arrested journalist Ahmet $ik's book "The Imam's Army" was put online Thursday afternoon, sparking a frenzy of downloads. The Imam referred to in the book's title is Fethullah Guven, currently residing in the U.S., and the book focuses on Mr. Gulen's efforts to form a surreptitious army infiltrating the Turkish state, police and judicial system.
An investigation has been started into the person or people who made the text available, but the prosecution said, "There is no investigation at the moment regarding the people who downloaded the book."
A court order previously deemed it illegal to possess digital copies of the manuscript, leading to the carrying out March 24 of raids at the book's printing house and among people who had digital copies of "The Imam's Army." The copies were deleted and the people involved were warned that they might be accused of aiding an illegal organization.
$ik was arrested in March in connection with the ongoing Ergenekon case, an investigation into an alleged gang accused of plotting to topple the government.
Members of one organization that started a campaign for acts of civil disobedience turned themselves in to prosecutors. The initiative posted a petition on its website encouraging people to join the action.
* BarÃ§in YinanÃ§ of HÃ¼rriyet Daily News writes from Brussels that trust in Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party appears to be diminishing among European circles due to growing concerns about fundamental freedoms, particularly in connection to the ongoing Ergenekon coup-plot case.
"There is an erosion of confidence in the Justice and Development Party's democratic rhetoric," said Demir Murat Seyrek, a senior policy adviser for the European Foundation for Democracy, adding that up until now some backpedaling on democratic reform had gone largely ignored by the European Union.
* According to I$il Egrikavuk of HÃ¼rriyet Daily News, an Istanbul-based radio station that sees itself as a beacon in the storm doesn't shy away from tough topics, addressing environmental, human rights and press freedom issues while regaling listeners with an eclectic selection of music. Listener donations fund its broadcasts, an unusual model in Turkey that allows AÃ§ik Radyo to maintain its independence.
News from war zones, the psychology of traffic, press freedom, climate change, archeology, children's rights â no topic is off-limits to an independent radio station that has carved out a unique place in Turkey's media landscape.
AÃ§ik Radyo's voice is a strong one. Amid growing concerns about press freedom in Turkey, the station, which operates under the slogan "open to all voices of the earth," has maintained its independence. On air since 1995, the station has been generating a high proportion of its funding over the last eight years from audience donations. Some 5,000 people contributed to this year's recently completed fund-raising drive, Madra said.
* Asiana Airlines, South Korea's second largest air carrier, has launched direct flights between Seoul and Istanbul to accommodate the increasing business traffic between South Korea and Istanbul, according to the airline's head, reports GÃ¶khan Kurtaran of HÃ¼rriyet Daily News.
"I believe that the economic ties will be stronger due to the direct flights," Asiana Airlines Chief Executive Office Yoon Young-doo said during a press conference Wednesday in Istanbul. "Not only Korean tourists but also Korean businessmen will flock to Turkey."
Turkey has become a hot destination for Korean churches looking to visit religious sites in the country that was very important to early Christianity, according to the general manager of Asiana Airlines' regional sales office.
The number of passengers who took a flight from South Korea to Turkey increased by 35.5 percent last year in comparison to the previous year.
* The head of a 1,900-year-old sculpture, exhibited in the Aydin Museum, in the Aegean province of Aydin, has been cut from the body of the sculpture and stolen, Turkish daily HabertÃ¼rk reported Sunday.
* Excavations carried out within the framework of Marmaray project have revealed the remains of the first residents of Istanbul. Teams found 8,500-year-old two graves in Yenikapi.
Experts said the graves were built in a very protective and special way. Archeologists think the graves belonged to rich people. They also said the bones were in good condition, and the findings would change the history of the city.
* According to the Turkish daily Cunhuriyet, nearly 1.7 million students took a nation-wide test on Sunday to enroll in university.
Strict security measures were taken to prevent cheating. A student fainted because of a panic attack in the Black Sea province of Samsun. The student was treated in an ambulance but was not allowed to take the exam again as he had left the hall. And a visually impaired girl petitioning the Student Selection and Placement Center to allow her to use a typewriter instead of stationery for the college entrance exam managed to get permission five minutes before the test started. Gizem Alakaya applied to the center to use her typewriter.
There were other five visually impaired students sitting the exam. However, Alakaya is 100 percent visually impaired. An abacus and tabloids were going to be let in, but not the typewriter. Nevertheless, the proctors on duty were not indifferent to the pleas of Alakaya. "There is no problem, you can take your typewriter in," said the two proctors. Results of the examination are expected to be made public in a month.
* The timing of traffic lights will be synced with information from Traffic Recording Analysis System cameras, thus relieving traffic congestion by 50 percent in Istanbul, Turkish daily Sabah reported Monday.
* Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said the government was determined to move ahead with plans to generate electricity from nuclear power.
"Our resolute stance on using nuclear energy continues," Erdogan told an inauguration ceremony of a hydroelectric power plant in the eastern province of Kahramanmara$.
"Are there any risks? Of course there are risks. But are you not going to watch TV or use computers just because there is a risk of radiation?" Erdogan said. The premier said the government planned to set up six nuclear power plants.
* A Turkish prosecutor probing a cartoon of the Turkish prime minister that went viral on the Internet has been denied to access to IP number to find out who uploaded the cartoon.
The U.S. Justice Department has refused a Trabzon prosecutor's appeal, saying that the act was made under the freedom of expression.
* Finland's President Tarja Halonen arrived in the Turkish capital, Ankara, on Monday for a formal visit, reported the Anatolia News Agency.
Halonen said that anti-Muslim movements posed a serious threat against Europe. Halonen said xenophobia could only be defeated through dialogue and mutual respect.
* Turkish President Abdullah GÃ¼l has become the most popular name in Turkey on Twitter and has already passed Russia's Dimitry Medvedev in follower numbers, Turkish daily HÃ¼rriyet reported Monday.
GÃ¼l is the 1,678th most followed person in the world, with more than 230,000 followers. Although he cannot be compared to U.S. President Barack Obama, who has more than 7 million followers, GÃ¼l has left behind many prominent world leaders such as Russia's President Medvedev and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.
* Ibrahim Tatlises, a popular folk singer who has millions of fans in Turkey, is getting well after an armed attack against him on March 13.
Brain surgeon Dr. Ilhan Elmaci said that Tatlises could use his right side well. Tatlises was discharged from the medical intensive care unit and was getting well rapidly.
* According to the Turkish daily Sabah, Turkish prime minister Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who arrived in Iraq on Monday, was welcomed by a huge crowd.
Many Iraqi people carrying Turkish flags welcomed Erdogan in Baghdad.
Mr. Erdogan had a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. After the meeting, Erdogan said, "We share a common destiny with Iraq. We will boost cooperation in the fight against terrorism." Al-Maliki said that joint cooperation against terrorism will continue.
* According to the Turkish daily Vatan, World-wide real estate and investment firm Knight Frank conducted a survey on prices in the real estate sector.
According to the report, real estate prices have not changed in the United States, while the highest rise was recorded with 20 percent in Hong Kong. Turkey is in the 14th position in the list with an increase reaching 2.6 percent.
* As rebellious moves expand to Syria, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan called Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on the phone and gave him some advice. "If you assess the issue with a reformist approach and give a positive reply to your people's demands, this will help you get over the problems in your country in an easier way," Mr. Erdogan told al-Assad.
On a similar note, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Saturday said Turkey supported democratic transformation in the Middle East, adding however that change should nor risk stability.
And in related news, a Turkish truck driver who became trapped in protests in the Daraa region of Syria escaped injury by unfurling a Turkish flag.
ARTS AND CULTURE
* Anatolia News Agency reports that, officials in the Turkish capital Ankara have held a ceremony following the return of archaeological artifacts that had previously been smuggled out of Turkey to Serbia.
Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister ErtuÄrul GÃ¼nay attended the ceremony at his ministry's opera building on the occasion of the return of 1,865 artifacts that had been illegally transported to Serbia, as well as 17 others that had been taken to Britain.
The 1,865 archaeological artifacts dating to the Roman and Byzantine eras were confiscated at the Batrovci border crossing between Serbia and Croatia in 2004. The artifacts were handed over to Turkey on Feb. 25, 2011, as a result of work undertaken by the Turkish ministry.
* According to the Anatolia News Agency, Nanotechnology is to protect the 2,400-year-old rock tombs in Dalyan in the Aegean province of MuÄla in south western Turkey.
Professor Cengiz IÅÄ±k, head of excavations at the Kaunos archaeological site, said the idea to protect the rock tombs came up last year during the visit of Culture and Tourism Minister ErtuÄrul GÃ¼nay. It then led to the creation of the Scientific and Technological Council of Turkey's "Support Program for Research Projects of Public Institutions".
IÅÄ±k said when the project will utilize highly specialized powders consisting of nanoparticles. These particles will be applied to the rock surfaces in square-inch doses.
The nanoparticles will be specially designed to be chemically compatible with the rocks and will be used to clean, restore and protect the surfaces of the rock tombs.
* Istanbul Film Festival kicks off Saturday, reports the HÃ¼rriyet Daily News. With a smorgasbord of 230 films from around the world, the Istanbul Film Festival will kick off its 30th edition Saturday with offerings in 22 categories, as well as competitions, panel discussions and other events.
Running until April 17, the festival features a wide ranging program composed of special retrospectives exclusive to the 30th year that include new films that premiered in January at Sundance and in February at Berlin, Golden Tulip International and National Competitions, the Film Award of The Council of Europe documentaries and childrenâs films.
* Londonâs Bernie Grant Arts Center will host a mini-festival Friday and Saturday to celebrate the arts and cultures of Anatolian peoples in conjunction with a number of Turkish organizations in the British capital, reports the HÃ¼rriyet Daily News.
The main aim is to give a platform for Turkish-speaking performers and artists to showcase their traditional arts and culture. It will also help to introduce the richness of the cultures of Anatolia to a wider public that is largely unfamiliar with such communities. It will also provide a platform for organizations supporting the Turkish-speaking community to publicize and to raise money for their work.
The event began Friday at 7:30 p.m. with a gala concert of music, dance and song from Turkish, Kurdish and Turkish Cypriot performing artists. The festival will be opened by Councillor NilgÃ¼n Canver, a Cabinet member of the London borough of Haringey, and Baroness Meral Hussein-Ece, the first Turkish-Cypriot member of the House of Lords.
On Saturday, the festival continued with a Turkish bazaar â with traditional foods, exhibitions, stalls and free films and events â including traditional KaragÃ¶z and Hacivat shadow puppets â straight from Turkey. There was also a meddah (traditional storytellers in traditional costumes) plus more dance and music, ebru watercolor marbling art and calligraphy.
* Niki Gamm of Hurriyet Daily News reports that Istanbul's SÃ¼leymaniye Library retains place as center for Ottoman and Islamic research.
The SÃ¼leymaniye library, repository to the largest collection of Islamic manuscripts in the world, underwent major changes in 1916 and has been a trendsetter for Turkish research libraries ever since. Although only a portion of the libraryâs 130,000 works have been put onto either microfilm or digitized, the location remains invaluable for researchers.
Furthermore, the library is the only one in the world that holds the manuscript copies of all the extant works of Avicenna (Ibn Sina), the great physician, scientist and philosopher. Some of them date from as far back as the 11th century.
Read more at: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=suleymaniye-library-8211-a-one-and-only-2011-03-28
* Anatolia News Agency reports that a young photographer from Turkey, Pari Dukovic, has received the PDN-30 award as one of the world's 30 most promising young photographers by the Photo District News, a leading photography magazine.
He was deemed worthy of the award for his photographs shot during the traditional KÄ±rkpÄ±nar oil-wrestling festival in the northwestern province of Edirne.
âI believed that I needed to pay my respects to a event that provided tradition, friendship and unity,â Dukovic said. âDuring the 649th Historical KÄ±rkpÄ±nar Oil Wrestling tournament [in 2010], I took thousands of pictures on and off the field. I tried to capture the nostalgic moments of wrestling and therefore used an analog camera, using film, instead of a digital camera. I achieved amazing results.â
Dukovic is currently studying photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Read more at: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=0322124854461-2011-03-22
More photos at Dukovic's site: http://www.paridukovic.com/kirkpinar.htm
* The fourth YeÅilÃ§am Awards were handed out Monday night after a week of moives and art, reports Deniz Desiree Hostettler from Istabul in the HÃ¼rriyet Daily News.
Yesilcam, which translates as "Green Pine", is the distrcit of Istanbul where the Turkish movie industry is mainly located.
The winner of the night was director Seren YÃ¼ze's movie 'ÃoÄunluk,' which left his imprint on the award show, winning the most prestigious categories and taking home four awards. The second grand winner was 'Av Mevsimi,' which also triumphed in four categories
Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister ErtuÄrul GÃ¼nay gave an informative speech about Turkish cinema, saying Turkish movies had won several international awards over the years and that Turkish cinema had increased its potential. He further informed the audience of the increase in the number of viewers of Turkish cinema, which stands at about 54 percent. More people currently watch Turkish movies at the movies than international productions.
He further announced that about 65 Turkish movies were produced in 2010, though there were more productions that hit screens with the help of foreign cooperation. However, of the 65 films, only 17 were nominated, with offerings such as âAv Mevsimi,â (Hunting Season) âKosmos,â (Cosmos) âÃoÄunlukâ (Majority) and âKavÅakâ (Crossroad) appearing frequently on the festival circuit.
Read more at: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=an-award-show-with-a-hopeful-future-2011-03-29
* According to Agence France-Presse, Berlin's avant-garde Komische Oper opera house said Tuesday it plans to reach out to the German capital's large Turkish minority with translations of performances on screens in every seat.
Berlin's 300,000-strong Turkish minority is the largest in a city outside Turkey, with many living in the "Little Istanbul" Kreuzberg district, part of a community numbering some 2.5 million countrywide.
A member of the German central bank sparked outrage last August by saying the country was being made "more stupid" by its four million poorly educated and unproductive Muslim migrants, triggering a nationwide debate.
* According to the Anatolia News Agency, the traditional State Theaters SabancÄ± International Theater Festival, an inheritance from late businessman SakÄ±p SabancÄ±, kicked off Sunday with the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award and a performance by Italian Studio Festi.
The festival will host 17 national and international groups for a month in Turkey's Mediterranean city of Adana.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Culture and Tourism Minister ErtuÄrul GÃ¼nay mentioned Turkeyâs significant artists including YaÅar Kemal, Orhan Kemal, DemirtaÅ Ceyhun and Recep Bilginer, all locals of Adana, and thanked the State Theaters and the SabancÄ± Foundation for organizing the event.
Read more at: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=adana-hosts-world-theaters-2011-03-28
* Turkey's Nobel prize-winning novelist, Orhan Pamuk, attended an event in Cologne on Sunday to promote his oldest work, "Cevdet Bey and His Sons", reports the Anatolia News Agency.
"Cevdet Bey and His Sons" was published in Turkish in 1982, but it has only now been translated into German. The book is the 12th Pamuk work to be published in German.
* There was a time when Arda Turan was called "the Turkish Messi" by the national media, and on Tuesday night, the star winger showed glimpses of why the similarities were drawn in the first place.
The 24-year-old winger opened the scoring for the Turkish national football team on Tuesday as the home team beat Austria 2-0 in a Euro 2012 Group A qualifying encounter.
Arda took the ball on the left, dribbled past two defenders Ã la the Argentine superstar of Barcelona and shot the ball into the net in the 28th minute of the game at $Ã¼krÃ¼ Saracoglu Stadium in Istanbul.
Right back GÃ¶khan GÃ¶nÃ¼l, who was playing on familiar ground along with three FenerbahÃ§e teammates, appeared to kill off the game for Turkey with a goal in the 78th minute.
Austria, however, had a chance to make the final minutes more tense, but a Stefan Maierhofer penalty was well-saved by Turkey's Volkan Demirel in the 85th minute.
The only downside to Turkey's comfortable night was the objects thrown onto the pitch late in the game as a flag pole struck Austrian goalkeeper Juergen Macho.
* A draft law targeting violence and disorder in sports was passed by Parliament on Thursday, enacting a number of new measures designed to prevent unruly behavior at sports matches, especially football fixtures.
According to the new law, sports fans will not be admitted to sports facilities to watch games if they are under the influence of alcohol; those under the influence who do manage to enter grounds will subsequently be removed by force. At the same time, fans who hurl insults will also receive a judicial fine regardless of whether a formal complaint is filed.
The law also requires a designated space to be provided at sports facilities for children and those with disabilities to view games.
Basketball, volleyball and handball games, however, will not be included in this system, implying that the new system is largely targeting football fans, who are known for their unruly behavior at games.
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