x0x Turkish News for the week ending 16 July 2011
[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 16 July 2011]
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* The end of the two-week boycott of the newly elected Turkish parliament
by the main opposition Republican People's Party deputies found wide
coverage in the Turkish media.
Republican People's Party deputies reached a consensus with the ruling
Justice and Development Party, and took their oaths at the parliament on
"We believe all political parties and their deputies should be present
at the parliament," a joint declaration said.
For the first time in its history, the Turkish parliament witnessed a
second oath-taking ceremony in a single term. Republican People's Party
deputies earlier rejected to take their oaths to protest the court rulings
that denied the release of their jailed deputies after being elected.
Republican People's Party deputies wore badges saying "Sovereignty
belongs to the nation". While the Republican People's Party deputies took
their oaths, the ruling party deputies applauded.
Meanwhile, a smaller opposition party, Peace and Democracy, continues
its boycott, stating that the declaration signed between Republican
Peoples and Justice and Development parties are not binding for them.
* According to the Turkish daily Milliyet, the new Turkish government won
vote of confidence on Wednesday.
Turkish Prime Minister Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "we will undergo a
test together" and indicated that he is willing to compromise.
Then, he walked to the opposition desks at the Parliament General
Assembly, and shook hands although they did not vote in favor of his
* According to the Turkish daily Vatan, after Greece, alarm bells are
ringing in Italy.
Economy's boss in Turkey, Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Ali Babacan said,
"Risk indicators have climbed to a record level?.
?If Europe shakes, we will also feel it. What is important is to stand
firm on our feet" Mr. Babacan added.
Mr. Ali Babacan said Turkey could not remain indifferent to a tremor in
European Union economy.
"If permanent solutions are not found to problems soon, we may face a
crisis similar to that in 2008-2009", he added.
* According to the Turkish dailies Cumhuriyet, Hurriyet, and Milliyet,
Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Ahmet Davutoglu warned the
European Union on Wednesday.
He said that if the Greek Cypriots were to assume the European Union
term presidency unilaterally in July 2012, Turkey would not consider the
Greek Cypriots an interlocutor.
?In such a case, our relations with the European Union would freeze?,
Mr. Davutoglu said.
Cyprus is home to two communities: Greek and Turkish. However, Turks say
that Greeks exclude them from governing the island.
* According to the Turkish daily Milliyet, Ms. Emine Ulker Tarhan, the
deputy chairperson of Turkey's Republican People?s Party, submitted a bill
for an amendment to the Code of Criminal Procedure, asking criminal courts
with special authority to be abolished.
It has been learned that her party will submit another bill limiting the
arrest period without trial to three years.
* According to the Turkish dailies Turkiye and Yeni Safak, Turkey and
United Arab Emirates co-hosted the meeting of "Libya Contact Group" at
Ciragan Palace in Istanbul on July 15.
Delegations from 32 countries including US attended. Turkish minister of
foreign affairs Mr. Davutoglu said, "We will try to reach a settlement by
the month of Ramadan".
The Associated Press reported that the nations attending the conference
declared that Moammar Gadhafi's regime as no longer legitimate and
recognized Libya's main opposition group as the country's government.
In the meeting the U.S. was represented by Secretary of State Hillary
China and Russia stayed away from the meeting.
* Last week we reported to you that the jailed head of the rebel Turkish
Kurds saying that he met with Turkish authorities and that there will soon
be a council established to bring peace to the conflict between the rebels
However, last week there was major bloodshed in the troubled
Southeastern Turkey. Turkish dailies reported a terrorist attack in the
southeastern province of Diyarbakir on Turkish military. 13 military were
killed and seven others were wounded in the clash.
Also seven terrorists were killed. The terrorists were identified as
militants of the rebel Kurdistan Workers Party.
While the attack was taking place, 850 people mainly from the
Southeastern Turkey gathered as the "Democratic Society Congress" and
declared autonomy for the region. The incidence also coincided with the
small opposition party Peace and Democracy's negotiations with the ruling
party for taking the oath at the parliament.
After the attack, Turkish Prime Minister Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
summoned Turkey's top officials to an emergency meeting in capital Ankara.
The Kurdistan Workers Party is on a list of terrorist organizations in
the U.S. and the European Union. Its leader Abdullah Ocalan was captured
in Kenya by the Turkish special forces, and he is now serving a life
sentence in a Turkish jail. The Peace and Democracy Party and its
predecessors are accused of being a front for the Kurdistan Workers Party.
In related news, according to the Anatolia News Agency, U.S. Department
of State spokesman Mark Toner said in the daily press briefing "We express
our condolences to the families of the victims, and we stand in solidarity
"The United States condemns in the strongest terms today's killing of
Turkish soldiers, and we strongly support Turkey in its fight against
terror and we'll continue to work with the government of Turkey to combat
terrorism in all its forms," he said.
* According to the Anatolia News Agency, a Turkish court sent to prison 14
people on charges that they were members of terrorist organization
al-Qaida on Friday.
Fifteen people who were detained in operations against al-Qaida in the
Turkish cities of Ankara, Bursa and Yalova appeared before an Ankara
The court arrested 14 of them, but released one of them.
The arrests came after six months of pursuit by the Turkish police.
According to the police the 14 individuals were suspected of plotting an
attack against foreign representations, including the U.S. Embassy in
Ankara. Police seized 1400 pounds of chemicals, two long-range weapons,
ammunition, landscape sketches and documents in their operation.
* According to the Turkish daily Radikal, the Turkish government is taking
measures against obesity in schools.
Turkish Health Minister Mr. Recep Akdag said that schools in Turkey
would be able to sell only a limited amount of cola, hamburgers and
* Turkish daily Hurriyet reported some interesting news based on a report
by Anatolian News Agency; bug smugglers trying to cross the border through
the Kapikule Customs in the northwestern Turkey with a full cargo of
insects have been apprehended.
Experts stated that the smugglers were Czech citizens, and have gathered
the insects,in the northern part of the Central Anatolian and the Black
Sea regions of Turkey. The insects had been killed and placed in storage
boxes and that the value of the insects were around $300,000.
Some 48 different species, including ladybugs, cockroaches, and various
types of stag beetles, grasshoppers, flies and bees were found during the
As we reported to you recently, Turkish customs officials also prevented
the illegal transport of 5,000 plant seeds abroad.
Afterwards the customs officials, who had been warned about the
possibility of encountering plant smugglers, took precautions at border
entry points. Soon after, they apprehended the Czech men, Anatolia news
agency reported Tuesday.
According to experts these bugs are sold for a substantial amount of
money. They are also used in genetics research.
* According to the Turkish daily Hurriyet, the cost of living in Istanbul
has fallen sharply over the last year, taking the city to 70th place in a
list of most expensive cities around the world, down from 44th, according
to Mercer, a global human resources consulting company.
Luanda of oil-rich Angola secured its top spot in the "Cost of Living"
list by Mercer, which evaluated 214 cities on six continents in terms of
living conditions for expatriates.
More than 200 criteria used in the evaluation included housing,
transportation, food, clothes, house goods and entertainment.
Japan's capital, Tokyo, and N?Djamena of Chad followed Luanda on this
year's list. Osaka, another Japanese city, ranked sixth.
The cheapest city, according to the survey, was Pakistan's financial
center Karachi, where the cost of living was three times cheaper than in
It also said natural disasters and political and social uprisings in the
Middle East have deeply affected the living conditions of expatriates in
In some cities, it is only practical for an expat to live in an enclave
because of crime and the availability of modern services, the survey said.
* The Anatolia News Agency reports that the British Society for
Neuroendocrinology presented the "British Society for Neuroendocrinology
2011 Great Award" to the president of the Erciyes University Prof. Dr.
Erciyes University is in the central Turkish city of Kayseri.
Dr. Kelestemur received his award for an article titled "Pituitary
Dysfunction Due to Traumatic Brain Injury".
ARTS AND CULTURE
Edited by Colleen Clark
* The 52nd of the activities to commemorate Nasreddin Hoja have been held
in Aksehir, Konya, on July 6, reports the Turkish Radio and Television.
The festivities started around the Nasreddin Hodja Monument in Aksehir.
A person acting as Nasreddin Hodja came out of the monumental grave as
he does every year and rode his donkey backwards.
He handed out the sweeties in his bag to the people cheering for him.
Turkey's Foreign Affairs Minister Ahmet Davutoglu leavened the Aksehir
lake with the Hodja for world peace.
Turks think that Nasredding Hoca is a 13th century person who lived in
Aksehir as a religious and civic leader. His witty remarks on daily
affairs and solutions to problems are very popular even today. He is also
claimed by many other nations around the World.
* Hurriyet Daily News's Tuba Parlak reports that Akbank Sanat is
displaying a new compilation of works by 11 artists that seek to
interrogate aspects of Turkey?s political problems.
The exhibition will run until the end of July, showing works of Mehmet
Ali Boran, Mehmet Fahraci, Onur Gokmen, Can Kurucu, Ekin Onat von Merhart
and Birol Ozer.
There are three works in the exhibition that exemplify a humorous take
on a social or political content, the first being Ozer?s ?Waltz with The
Routine,? a two-minute video showing a lady cleaning her living room in
accompaniment to the Blue Danube Waltz. The ultimate joke, however, is by
Gokmen with the interdisciplinary installation ?The Finds in Ivedik
Industrial Zone,? named after an industrial area of Ankara, which
questions the militarism and the nation-state.
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* According to Cagla Pinar Tuncel of the Hurriyet Daily News, Divas
Angelique Kidjo, Dianne Reeves and Lizz Wright embraced an Istanbul
audience Tuesday night, not only singing jazz but also the ?truth? as part
of a tour dedicated to the songs of their favorite female stars.
The three singers provided an enthralling mix of blues, jazz and African
music, mesmerizing the audience at the Cemil Topuzlu Open-Air Theater on
Tuesday night as part of the ongoing Istanbul Jazz Festival.
* The Istanbul Jazz Festival continues Friday night with a project called
?Mujeres de Agua? (Women of Water), which draws its inspiration from
Buika from Spain, Aynur from Turkey, Rita from Israel and Glykeria from
Greece are among the participants of this parade of Mediterranean divas at
the Cemil Topuzlu Open-Air Theater.
The artists will all provide renditions of producer, composer and
guitarist Javier Limon?s flamenco tunes. The winner of five Latin Grammy
awards, Limon is considered one of the most important artists in Spain,
and his music embraces genres such as Brazilian, Afro-Cuban and jazz.
* Turkey?s largest open-air event, Rock?n Coke, will take place this
weekend at Istanbul?s Hezarfen Airport, promising festival-goers an escape
from city life with multi-genre live acts and DJ performances across
several music stages, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
Rock?n Coke will feature four stages this year, each showcasing a
different genre of acts as well as a full camping area with capacity for
Among the groups that will perform on the main stage will be Limp
Bizkit, Motorhead, Travis, Moby, Paolo Nutini, Skunk Anansie, 2manydjs,
The Kooks, Athena, Duman, Kurban, Cilekes, Gripin and Friendly Fires.
Thievery Corporation, Aloe Blacc, Beach House, Tunng, Ilhan Ersahin?s
Istanbul Sessions, Melis Danismend, The Qemists, Gaslamp Killer, FM
Belfast, Curry and Coco, Acid Washed, Golem, Fuchs and Cervus, Kaan Sezyum
aka DJ Sariyilan, Grup Ses Beats, Hemi Behmoaras, Soaked, Mabbas and
Style-Ist, Club Bangkok and Dancing Birds Feel The Beatfarkli will all
perform on the Vodafone Freezone Stage.
The third stage of the festival, the Coca-Cola Zero Stage, will feature
Mogwai, Dum Dum Girls, The Black Lips, Electrelane, Chapel Club, Esben and
The Witch, Deja ? vu, Dengesiz Herifler, She Past Away, Hakan Tamar, On
Your Horizon, To Mexico With Love, Post, Social Inclusion Band and Kul.
For further info, visit www.rockncoke.com
*Those walking around Istanbul?s Pangalti, Elmadag and Taksim
neighborhoods might find it surreal to see a giant hand sculpture being
wheeled around on a junk cart. The sculpture, however, is not destined for
the scrap yard; instead it is a mobile project by two Dutch artists
touching on a current debate between art and politics, writes Isil
Egrikavuk of Hurriyet Daily News.
Wouter Osterholt and Elke Uitentuis walk around Istanbul all day with
their junk cart with a copy of sculptor Mehmet Aksoy?s long-debated
sculpture, the ?Monument to Humanity,? placed on top of it and ask people
whether they could make a plaster cast mold of their hands.
Mehmet Aksoy?s sculpture was built in the eastern province of Kars and
dedicated to Turkish-Armenian friendship.
During a Jan. 8 visit to the area, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip
Erdogan pointed to the 35-meter-tall ?Monument to Humanity,? called it
?freakish? and demanded its removal. Kars? municipal assembly promptly
passed a motion to tear down the monument, saying it had been illegally
erected in a protected area.
?We were in Turkey during the debates and we felt there were a lot of
opposing views on the sculpture,? Uitentius recently told the Hurriyet
Daily News. ?We started to question the role of monuments in representing
political propaganda and decided to make an alternative ?Monument to
Humanity? that does not necessarily provide symbolic ?goodness,? but could
also include critique, resistance and rejection.?
* According to the Anatolia News Agency, Turkish Capital Ankara?s Painting
and Sculpture Museum reopened Wednesday following renovations that focused
on refurbishing its display rooms.
Along with the Ethnography Museum and the Culture Ministry building, the
museum was among the first works of the Turkish Republic, Gunay said.
?These are very important structures and some of them have been neglected.
In recent years, we have been trying to do our best to refurbish these
structures,? he said.
Gunay said a monument in the museum?s garden dedicated to Turkey's first
president and the independence war hero Mustafa Kemal Ataturk that had
been made by an Italian architect and was now one of the most beautiful
Ataturk monuments in the country.
A few years ago, a deputy informed Parliament that the monument needed
care, Gunay said, adding that the sculpture was subsequently refurbished
along with its surroundings. Gunay also said security had been enhanced by
the installation of a high-tech fingerprint-recognition device at the
* According to Hatice Utkan of Hurriyet Daily News, Starting on July 12,
SantralIstanbul will exhibit ?On the Territory: Contemporary Colombian
Artists.? The exhibition, which continues until Aug. 11, will provide a
mixed picture of contemporary art in Colombia in connection with the
concept of territory, says curator Jaime Ceron Silva.
SantralIstanbul?s new exhibition reveals hidden cultures and trends in
Colombia. All the works in the exhibition have a sociological and symbolic
approach. It reveals a certain era of Columbian art and the contemporary
art scene of Columbia. There are total of 37 works in the exhibition.
Viewers can see sculpture, installations, video art, painting and
photography from artists such as, Pablo Adarme, Gabriel Antolinez, Carlos
Bonil, Adriana Bernal, Milena Bonilla, Barbarita Cardozo, Nicholas
Consuegra, Adriana Duque, Gonzalo Garc?a, Humberto Junca, Miler Lagos,
V?ctor Mu?oz, Diego Pi?eros, Mar?a Isabel Rueda, Adriana Salazar, Sa?l
S?nchez, Jaime Tarazona, Ang?lica Teuta and Cesar del Valle.
* Anatolia News Agency reports that The world premier of Turkish pianist
and composer Fazil Say?s latest concerto took place in Hamburg, Germany.
The premiere of Say?s new clarinet concerto ?Khayyam? was held at
Hamburg Kiel as part of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival on July 16.
Inspired by the life and poems of Iranian poet Omar Khayyam, the
concerto consists of three 30-minute parts.
The first part is about Khayyam?s childhood and youth, a time when he
perceived the difference between good and bad. The second part is about
Khayyam?s loves and the last is about his virtuous ages.
Say was accompanied by clarinet player Sabine Meyer and the Bilkent
Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Isin Metin.
The concerto will also be performed in Lubeck on July 17.
EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.64
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey: 88/61 Mostly Sunny
Antalya, on the Mediterranean: 97/79 Mostly Sunny
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 88/72 Mostly Sunny
Izmir, on the Aegean: 95/75 Mostly Sunny
Van, in Eastern Turkey 84/57 Showers
Trabzon, on the Black Sea: 95/75 Mostly Sunny
Black Sea measured at Trabzon 77
Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 79
Aegean Sea measured at Izmir 81
Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 79
* According to mymerhaba.com, Bosporus Cross Continental Swimming Race
from Asia to Europe, organized by the NOCT will take place on Sunday, July
17 between 10:30 and 13:00.
Participants will meet at Kurucesme Cemil Topuzlu Park pier at 08:00.
After the applications participants will be taken onboard the boat.
Start will be given from Kanlica pier on the Asian side of the Bosporus at
The race ends in Kurucesme Cemil Topuzlu Park on the European side - a
total distance of 6.5km. Swimming time is limited to maximum 2 hours. The
boats then will collect the swimmers who cannot finish the race on time.
In 2010 around 800 swimmers raced from Asia to Europe.
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