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      x0x Turkish News for the week ending 06 August 2011
      [This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 06 August 2011]

      Courtesy of Turkish Radio Hour, producer of the
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      Edited by Bilgin Atalay

      * According to an editorial in the Wall Street Journal, this year's
      Supreme Military Council, which started Monday, marks a power shift in
      favor of the Turkish government in the wake of the resignations of nearly
      the entire top military echelon.
      However, unconfirmed reports suggest there are fault lines to be
      overcome, mainly concerning the promotion of some low-ranking military
      officers to key positions, demands made by the government. As Supreme
      Military Council convened for its four-day gathering, prime minister Mr.
      Erdogan sat alone at the head of the table, breaking custom for the annual
      meetings. The image was seen by many as a symbol of Mr. Erdogan's full
      control over the military after former Chief of General Staff Gen. Isik
      Kosaner and the land, naval and air forces commanders resigned from their
      posts late last Friday.
      A few hours before, Mr. Erdogan and the new chief of staff Gen. Ozel met
      separately at the prime minister's residence, where they are believed to
      have reviewed appointments to the force commander positions and promotions
      that will shape the future command structure during their nearly two-hour
      The Christian Science Monitor wrote a typical subsequent interpretation
      of the events. It said that when Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip
      Erdogan accepted the resignations of his four most senior military
      officers on July 29, he savored a victory unprecedented in Turkey's modern
      history: Whenever the government and army had squared off before,
      politicians had been the ones to go. However, the Christian Science
      Monitor's interpretation went on to say, even though the celebration of
      the military's defeat could be seen as a waymark of democracy, little
      scrutiny was being given to allegations that fabricated evidence and the
      framing of suspects played a role in its downfall.
      The military's former chief of general staff Isik Kosaner said in his
      parting statement that it was "impossible" to continue serving due to his
      inability to protect the legal rights of some 250 officers detained for a
      range of alleged antigovernment plots.
      Many of them have been held for more than a year without trial, and
      publicly available papers relating to the plots reveal significant

      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News, the Monetary Policy commission of
      Turkey's Central Bank met extraordinarily on Thursday to officially
      discuss "public debt in certain European countries and the global growth
      The response in financial markets on Thursday was alarm when rate
      setters in Turkey -- the world's fastest growing major economy in the
      first quarter -- unexpectedly cut the benchmark interest rate to a fresh
      low at an interim monetary policy meeting.
      The rate cut of 50 basis points -- which took the one-week repo rate to
      5.75% -- was accompanied by a 350 basis point hike in the overnight
      lending rate to 5%, and an announcement that the bank would begin buying
      dollars to offset selling pressure on Turkey's currency.
      The market's initial puzzlement was quickly followed by a verdict: Sell.
      The lira plunged 2% against the dollar to hover near a 2-year low, while
      the Istanbul stock exchange lost over 1%.
      Turkey's currency has now weakened a whopping 25% against the dollar
      since November; the worst performing emerging market currency in 2011 by
      some margin.

      * The United States' ambassador to Turkey, Frank Ricciardone, appeared
      before the Senate's Foreign Relations Committee late Wednesday for his
      second confirmation hearing, but the committee will not decide on his fate
      until September.
      President Barack Obama last year nominated Ricciardone for the Ankara
      job, but Republican Senator Sam Brownback effectively blocked him. All
      senior administration officials, including ambassadors, need to be
      confirmed by the Senate with only one senator's objection being sufficient
      to prevent confirmation.
      If Ricciardone passes the committee hurdle, then his nomination will go
      to a vote in the full Senate. Under U.S. law, if Ricciardone also this
      time fails to win the Senate's confirmation before the end of this year,
      his post as ambassador to Ankara will end.

      * A newly assertive Turkey could be sucked into a regional war in Syria, a
      conflict compared to which Libyan hostilities look like a walk on the
      beach, The London Times reports.
      Turkey's Islamist Government has been toughening its position on Syrian
      regime that, until recently, it considered a friend, according to
      journalist James Bone.
      "Turkey's army, the second-largest in NATO, according to some data,
      elaborated an emergency plan of creating 'buffer zone' on the territory of
      its former colony. This step will be equivalent to encroachment," the
      article reads.
      Possibly, in future Syria will fall under influence of Sunnis and become
      Turkey's vassal again thus displeasing Iran, Alawis and Hezbollah.
      According to information, Iran directed militia to support Syrian
      intelligence, according to the article.
      Syrians running towards the Turkish border rise Turkish flags and outcry
      "Only Allah and Erdogan can rescue us."
      "Despite colossal risk, the seduction to mediate for the sake of Sunnis
      rescue may be irresistible for Turkey," the article concludes.

      * The percentage of Turkish families preferring male children over female
      ones has dropped substantially in the past 30 years, as children have
      become less perceived as a form of financial security, a recent survey has
      When the same survey was conducted in the 1970s, some 84 percent of
      participants said they would prefer a male child. According to the survey
      conducted in 2003, however, some 41 percent of urban mothers said they
      preferred male children, while 58.9 percent preferred female children.
      The shift in attitudes is a consequence of greater levels of
      urbanization, according to Professor Cigdem Kagitcibasi, a prominent
      academic who conducted the survey and published its results as a book.
      "The general value attributed to children is not diminishing, but the
      psychological value attributed to children is coming to the fore,"
      Kagitcibasi said.
      The "Value of Children Project" survey was conducted among some 20,000
      married women in Korea, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand,
      Turkey, Indonesia, the United States and Germany in the 1970s. Some 93 to
      98 percent of those questioned in two separate surveys in Indonesia had
      said in the 1970s that they viewed their children as a form of security
      during their old age. That figure stood at 89 percent in the Philippines
      and 79 percent in Thailand and Taiwan, while in Turkey it was around 77
      In Germany and the United States, only 8 percent of respondents said
      they viewed their children as a form of financial security.
      See more at:

      * A majority of Turks plan to fast during the holy month of Ramadan, which
      started Monday and lasts until Aug. 29 this year, according to a recent
      survey released by the KONDA research company.
      Sixty percent of people surveyed said they plan to fast during the
      month, while roughly 8 percent said they never fast during Ramadan.
      Another 10 million fast irregularly, the KONDA survey said.
      During Ramadan, observant Muslims around the world fast between sunrise
      and sunset, getting up each day in the pre-dawn hours to eat the morning
      meal, and then fasting until the evening prayer, which is followed by the
      fast-breaking, or iftar, meal.
      The longest fasting period in Turkey this year will be 16 hours and 22
      minutes in the Black Sea province of Sinop, while the shortest fast will
      be in the Mediterranean province of Hatay, at 14 hours and 46 minutes. The
      fasting periods will shorten by a total of between 1 hour and 20 minutes
      and 1 hour and 5 minutes as the holy month nears its conclusion.
      Many Ramadan drummers who wake up people in the early morning in time
      for the pre-fast meal, appear intent on continuing their tradition despite
      bans on the practice throughout much of Turkey.

      * Tension remains high between municipality officers and business owners
      in Istanbul's Beyoglu district over the recent removal of outdoor tables
      and chairs at restaurants and cafes in the area.
      Municipal and police officers patrolled the area together Wednesday and
      issued warnings to business owners that still have tables outside, CNNTurk
      The controversy started about a week ago, when members of the municipal
      patrol removed outdoor tables and chairs in Beyoglu's Asmalimescit,
      Cihangir, Galata and Taksim neighborhoods, allegedly in a way that was
      rude and abusive toward restaurant owners and their patrons.
      Almost 500 people, including customers and business owners from the
      affected neighborhoods, protested the municipality by carrying empty
      chairs and a table down Istiklal Avenue after the raids.
      Business owners and customers who were sitting outside criticized the
      patrols Wednesday. "I have outside tables so that people can smoke there,"
      said one cafe owner.
      Over the last seven months in Beyoglu, a major entertainment area for
      both locals and tourists, 1,066 complaints have been filed due to
      occupancy problems stemming from venues spilling out into the streets, the
      Beyoglu municipality has said.

      * Turkey's crime-generated economy has been growing rapidly, infiltrating
      almost every sector of the country and posting estimated illegal revenues
      of $8 billion last year, a top executive of an accountant organization has
      Net profit gained through illegal businesses made up nearly $3.25
      billion last year, the Istanbul Chamber of Certified Public and Financial
      Advisors survey estimated.
      Manufacturing illegal products and the illegal distribution of goods
      form the major portion of criminal income, according to the survey. "High
      risks for big income appeal to criminals," the survey added.
      As well as the traditional purveys of criminals, such as drug dealing,
      human trafficking and robbery, the illegal production or distribution of
      tea, cigarettes and alcohol are starting to become "attractive activities"
      for criminals due to the high taxes imposed on the imports of such goods.
      According to the findings, the size of the criminal economy was almost
      10 times larger than proceeds of crime seized by the police; at the same
      time, criminal revenues are also estimated to have risen by 40 percent.
      While 12 tons of heroin was seized by security forces in Turkey last
      year, it is estimated that a total of 60 to 120 tons of heroine might be
      transferred through the country every year.
      According to the United Nations office on Drugs and Crime, 100 tons of
      illegal drugs traverse Turkey annually; the price of one kilogram of
      heroin is estimated to float around $3,000 at the Iranian-Turkish border,
      but the price skyrockets to $10,000 when it is released on Istanbul
      markets. When the drug is transferred to European countries, the price
      hits $40,000, the survey said.
      Sex for money is another area in which human trafficking plays a major
      role. Every year, thousands of women travel to Turkey for illegal
      prostitution; some are trapped in the hands of criminals and forced into
      prostitution in cell houses for years.
      A total of 3,000 officially licensed sex workers continue to work at 56
      registered brothels across Turkey, while 15,000 additional registered sex
      workers are currently unemployed, according to official sources. It is
      estimated that the total number of unregistered sex workers stands at
      between 100,000 and 150,000.
      Ever year, about 2,000 foreign women are sent back to their countries
      following claims that they were working as illegal sex workers. According
      to some estimates, the number of sex workers, including foreigners,
      residing in Turkey has reached 150,000. The total revenue of the illegal
      money-for-sex business is estimated to be more than $3 billion a year.
      Due to the high taxes on imported goods, such as cigarettes and alcohol,
      criminals have moved into the sector, often illegally manufacturing
      products that threaten the lives of many. In June, four Russian tourists
      died of poisoning from bootlegged alcohol they drank on a yacht tour in
      the Aegean district of Bodrum. It is estimated that the bootlegged alcohol
      and illegal cigarette market has a total size of nearly $400 million,
      according to the survey.

      * Turkey's Culture and Tourism Ministry has recently turned the licenses
      for a number of archaeological digs over from foreign to Turkish teams.
      Although the ministry says the implementation is due to the lack of work
      at the sites, some claim otherwise, saying there is more to archeology
      than digging the ground.
      When German archaeologist-businessman Heinrich Schliemann found the
      ancient city of Troy in today's Turkish province of Canakkale nearly 150
      years ago, initiating the first archaeological excavation in Turkey, he
      could scarcely have thought other non-Turkish colleagues would one day be
      prevented from digging in the country's soil. Among this year's canceled
      licenses are Xanthos, Letoon and Aizonai in the provinces of Antalya,
      Mugla and Kutahya, respectively. The excavations had been conducted by
      French and German teams for many decades.
      Last week we told you that another archaeological dig may have found of
      the tomb of Saint Philip The Apostle. Discovery com just wrote about it
      with photos:
      See more at http://news.discovery.com/history/tomb-of-jesus-apostle-110801.html.

      * Turkish television viewers will be pleased when new regulations
      regarding the content, time limits and screen design of television
      commercials are implemented soon, said Professor Davut Dursun, the
      chairman of the Supreme Board of Radio and Television.
      The draft regulation was recently reviewed in light of feedback received
      by Supreme Board of Radio and Television, he said, adding that the new
      regulations would go into effect in the coming days, following Board's
      formal approval. The number of complaints received by the board from
      viewers regarding commercial advertisements would decline once the
      regulations are in place, according to Dursun. "Time limits will be
      instituted for promotions [of TV programs] that appear on screen at the
      end or the beginning of advertorials. Moreover, subtitles and commercial
      logos that [sports] fans are so wary of, will be prevented from being
      positioned in a manner that blocks footage of athletes and sports contests
      while on the air," he told Anatolia News Agency.

      * From the Washington Post: Turkish prosecutors have questioned Emre
      Belozoglu, the captain of the Turkish national soccer team, in a
      match-fixing probe that also involves his club Fenerbahce.
      Belozoglu says he was released without charges on Tuesday. He refused to
      answer questions, saying he was tired and had "spoken enough" during his
      More than 30 people, including Fenerbahce president Aziz Yildirim, have
      been charged in the probe that involves 19 games last season. Fenerbahce
      could lose its league title and be relegated.
      The Turkish Football Federation pushed back the start of the season for
      more than a month until Sept. 9 because of the inquiry.


      Edited by Colleen Clark

      * The eighth Gumusluk International Classical Music Festival started on
      Wednesday in the southwestern town of Gumusluk, near Bodrum in
      southwestern Aegean region of Turkey, with a concert celebration
      commemorating great Hungarian composer Franz Liszt's 200th birthday,
      reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
      The festival began with a repertoire of piano concertos performed by
      world-renowned pianists Turkey's Gulsin Onay and Russia's Ilya Itin in a
      performance titled "Liszt's 200th Birthday: Concerto 2, Virtuoso 2 and
      Piano 2."
      The two piano virtuosos performed together onstage at Gumusluk's old
      church, known appropriately as Eklisia. Onay's career has taken her to 59
      countries on five continents while Itin, who has been lauded as one of the
      best pianists in the world, was onstage for the first time in Gumusluk.
      The duo played Consolation No.3, Mephisto Vals No.1 and Piano Concerto
      No.2 during the first part of the concert before turning to the Abdulmecid
      Anthem and Piano Concerto No.1 in the second half of the performance.
      One of the long-awaited compositions of the night, the Abdulmecid Anthem
      by Donizetti Pasha, was performed by Liszt when he visited Istanbul and
      played a significant role in introducing European music to the Ottoman
      military. All the compositions in the concert were played by two pianos
      and accompanied by orchestra portions.
      The festival was the brainchild of Mesut Pekergin and is now run by Eren
      Levendoglu, a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Onay,
      meanwhile, is the artistic adviser. The concerts are held in the
      250-year-old church, in nearby hotels and restaurants and various venues
      around the Bodrum peninsula.
      The organizers seek to maintain a relaxed atmosphere to counterbalance
      the often stressful environment of music conservatories; teachers and
      students are encouraged to interact as much as possible, both musically
      and socially.
      See more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=pianists-come-together-for-liszt-birthday-concert-at-gumusluk-festival-2011-08-02

      * The Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, under the baton of
      world-renowned Gustavo Dudamel, will be in Istanbul next week for two
      concerts, Hurriyet Daily News reports.
      Dudamel, a gifted Venezuelan conductor, was educated at "El Sistema," a
      publicly financed music education system in Venezuela founded by musician
      Jose Antonio Abreu that oversees youth orchestras and the instrumental
      training programs which make them possible.
      The foundation is making classical musicians out of more than 250,000
      young Venezuelans, and it has transformed the lives of many
      underprivileged youths. It has already inspired many countries across the
      hemisphere to launch similar programs.
      The concerts will take place on Aug. 8 and 9 at the Halic Congress
      Center in Sutluce at 8:30 p.m.
      In addition to the concerts, the events will also include debates with
      the participation of Abreu about how to launch a similar system in Turkey.
      See more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=venezuelan-simon-bolivar-symphony-orchestra-to-perform-in-istanbul-2011-08-01

      * Fazil Say, a renowned Turkish pianist and composer, is set to make two
      world premieres this month when he takes the stage for a number of
      concerts throughout Germany.
      Hurriyet Daily News reports that Say will perform "Two Pianos and
      Percussion Instruments Opus 32" on Thursday in Flensburg at the
      Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.
      The following night, Martin Grubinger and the Ferhan-Ferzan Onder piano
      duo will perform the world premiere of Say's "The First Breath" during a
      concert at the Holstenhalle in Neumunster. Say will also provide an
      improvisational interlude during the concert.
      Say's other new work, "4 Works opus 37" -- which has been described as a
      "poetic" work that tells the power of poem and poetic words -- will have a
      premiere on Aug. 14 at the Pronstorf Kunsthall. The work consists of four
      long concert songs.
      Poems will be as much a part of Say's premiers in Germany as music.
      Nazim Hikmet's poem "The Fairytale's Fairytale," Ingeborg Bachmann's "Huge
      Burden," Turgut Uyar's "Looking to the sky bus stop" and Rainer Marie
      Rilke's poem "Panther" will also accompany Say's compositions throughout
      the Aug. 14 concert.
      The poems will be read by mezzo-soprano Annelie Sophie Mueller and
      pianist Elif Sahin. This year Say also performed in China, where the
      Turkish composer has been gaining in popularity.
      See more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=fazil-say-readying-for-two-world-premieres-2011-08-03

      * Istanbul Modern is hosting the world premier of Steve McCurry's
      photography exhibition, 'The Last Roll of Kodachrome,' between Aug 3 and
      Sept 4. The images were taken with the last roll of Kodachrome film ever
      produced, according to a report in Hurriyet.
      When the development of technology and digital cameras became
      widespread, the production of Kodachrome film, a favorite especially of
      photojournalists, was discontinued in 2009 after 74 years of production.
      See more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=istanbul-modern-hosts-legendary-photographer-2011-08-02

      * A new exhibit, The Secret of Knidos, has opened at the International
      Knidos Arts and Culture Academy located on the coast near the town of
      Datca in the Aegean region of Turkey, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
      The exhibit of 350 ceramic works by several artists, open until the end
      of September, is being held inside the Academy, which also displays
      ancient sculptures. The exhibit is part of ceramics and glass works
      festival, in which artists are encouraged to be a part of the workshops
      and panel proceedings during the festival.
      International Knidos Arts and Culture Academy was built three years ago
      with the help of Nevzat Metin, chairman of Knidos Culture and Arts
      Foundation and Education and Arts Gallery. The Academy houses the first
      sundial from the 3rd century B.C., the famous Aphrodite statues, as well
      as many other artifacts from antiquity. Knidos, a center of arts and
      culture, has been set up as a destination for the academy.
      International Knidos Arts and Culture Academy received permission to
      restore the abandoned buildings into dining halls, fill the libraries with
      art sources, organize educational workshops and permit artists to freely
      use the residences provided that no damage is done to the original
      The academy sits on a colorful landscape and has opened its doors to
      artists and art lovers on both national and international platforms and
      also offers handicraft courses.
      Besides art and education, exhibitions, symposiums, panels, seminars,
      art, philosophy and literature gatherings are also organized among many
      other art-based events.
      The International Knidos Arts and Culture Academy welcomes anyone who
      would like to visit a nature filled and art-inspired intellectual
      See more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=ceramics-and-glass-exhibition-begins-at-knidos-2011-08-02

      * The Museum of Turkish and Islamic Works and Arts in Istanbul, which
      contains a rich collection of stone, wooden, metal and carpet works
      spanning nearly 11 centuries, is preparing to welcome visitors again in
      the historical Ibrahim Pasa Palace following a recent restoration, reports
      the Hurriyet Daily News.
      The Istanbul Province Association restored the protocol entrance and
      wooden floors, as well as the damaged parts of the roof of the building,
      which is in Sultanahmet Square.
      The venue, which contains a collection of roughly 15,000 manuscripts
      spanning from the 8th to 19th centuries has also been partially restored.
      The Museum of Turkish and Islamic Works and Arts is a cultural place
      showing how to masterfully bring together the core culture of a nation
      with a great civilization. The museum was first established as the Evkaf-i
      Islamiye Museum (The Islamic Foundations Museum) in the Daruzziyafe (a
      soup kitchen during the 16th century) within the Suleymaniye Mosque
      Complex in 1914. After the proclamation of the Republic in 1923, it took
      the name "Museum of Turkish and Islamic Works and Arts."
      See more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=museum-of-turkish-and-islamic-works-and-arts-renovated-2011-08-02

      * Istanbul's Kadir Has University is waiting for Fatih municipality's
      consent to start restoration of the Cibali Cistern located beneath its
      building next to the Golden Horn.
      "We spent $5 million for the museum upstairs and we are willing to spend
      another million for the cistern. All we want is bureaucratic
      collaboration," University president Mustafa Aydin told the Hurriyet Daily
      News, adding that the restoration would be funded by the joint efforts of
      the Kadir Has Foundation and the university.
      Dating back to the 11th century, the Cibali Cistern bears an eclectic
      architectural design because the columns were brought from other
      structures dating back to later times. The cistern consists of 48 domes
      and 20 columns. "The archaeologists can discern which piece comes from
      which century by examining the way the brickwork is laid," Aydin said.
      Aydin said the excavation work consists of uncovering the soil that was
      dumped on the ground in the following century after the structure stopped
      functioning as a cistern.
      "There is an Ottoman bath right above, which we are exhibiting in the
      Rezan Has Museum. The bath dates back to the early 17th century, its
      makers probably wanted to benefit from the water storage area and
      therefore they built it on top of the cistern," he said.
      In the early 19th century, a tobacco factory was built on the site. That
      closed in 1970. After the closing, the tobacco factory burned down and was
      later taken over and restored by the university, which is entitled to use
      the site for 49 years.
      The first attempt of restoring the old structure was conducted by the
      Istanbul Archeology Museum in 1944 and was brought to a halt five years
      "We are planning to dig 2.5 to 3 meters deep. We did a trial dig that
      showed us that the soil on the ground is a fill-in that was made in
      republican times. Therefore, it cannot contain historical wealth. But we
      are going to dig down deeper than that to see what else we can find,"
      Aydin said, adding that they had acquired the full consent of the
      Archeological Museum.
      "However, bureaucracy impeding the process. The law forces us to ask for
      consent from both Fatih and the [Istanbul] Metropolitan Municipality after
      acquiring consent of the Archeological Museum. The Istanbul Waterworks
      Authority also has a say since the structure is a water storage area. We
      acquired the consent of all these institutions and all we need to do to
      start the excavation and conservation process is to finalize the
      bureaucratic procedure by signing a protocol with Fatih Municipality,"
      said the rector.
      "I think there are ongoing negotiations about the terms of the protocol
      within the municipal body. We have always worked harmoniously with the
      municipality and we are not expecting any impediment from their side," he
      Exhibition and Event Manager Zeynep Culha, who is also an archaeologist,
      said the digging would take up to six months and the conservation might
      last for a year and a half once the municipal confirmation was granted.
      Aydin said the ceiling of the cistern was leaking water which was
      causing humidity within the structure. "The humidity is detrimental for
      the archaeological finds we are exhibiting above, we have to repeat the
      conservation work on them every month and this results in extra costs.
      Another risk due to the leakage is that the water might be leaking down
      into the building's foundation. Therefore, also for these reasons, we have
      to start the restoration immediately," he said.
      The coastal end of the cistern is beneath the Rezan Has Museum above
      while the inland portion of the cistern is under the university parking
      lot. The far end on the inland part is beyond the limits of the university
      and falls under the private property of a neighbor, meaning that the
      university management has faced troubles.
      "The title deed this neighbor bears reads that the title bearer also
      owns the underground wealth falling under his asset, which is against the
      current legal framework. There has been a case won against him at the
      Supreme Court of Appeals. We have locked and bolted the entrance from the
      inland end to protect the historical structure from a raid by the
      homeless, but this neighbor insists that his title deed grants him with
      the right to enter and he has been breaking the bolt and entering in with
      the purpose of using the space at his disposal. This has the potential to
      be extremely detrimental for the structure. Apparently, until this site is
      properly closed up we are always running the risk of further
      deterioration," Aydin said.
      Aydin said the cistern would serve as another floor of the museum after
      restoration and will be used to exhibit the archaeological items they
      currently cannot exhibit due to the lack of space. "For example, we are
      restoring 76 Urartu belts at the moment and we have many rare pieces we
      want to put on display under the historical ambiance of the cistern."
      See more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=university-to-uncover-cistern-below-campus-2011-08-03

      * The Kaman Kalehoyuk Archeology Museum in the Central Anatolian province
      of Kirsehir opened to wide acclaim in 2010 thanks to a dynamic
      Turkish-Japanese partnership and is now eyeing continental awards for
      excellence, according to its manager, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
      "So far, a number of visitors have come to Kirsehir just to see this
      museum," Manager Adnan Guclu recently told Anatolia news agency, adding
      that the museum had many unique features. "This museum also has a
      beautiful Japanese garden. Now, it will compete to be named the best
      museum in Europe."
      Noting that the Kaman Kalehoyuk Archeology Museum was developing very
      fast, Guclu said the venue was hoping to be named museum of the year for
      2012 in Europe. "I think we are going to receive this award."
      The museum contains finds from local excavations dating back to 23 B.C.
      during the Old Bronze Age, the manager said.
      The museum is a product of Turkish-Japanese friendship, Guclu said,
      adding that its opening was made possible by a Japanese cultural grant and
      opened to the public in July 2010.
      Last year, the museum also received "The Best Green Museum" award. The
      opening ceremony was attended by His Imperial Highness Prince Tomohito,
      honorary president of the Japan Year 2010 in Turkey, Her Imperial Highness
      Princess Akiko, as well as Ertugrul Gunay, Turkey's culture and tourism
      The museum will also aid in the preservation of artifacts found in
      excavations in nearby Cappadocia as part of a joint Japanese-Turkish
      endeavor sponsored by UNESCO's Japanese Funds-in-Trust for the
      Preservation of World Cultural Heritage. The project is expected to
      further strengthen the countries' bilateral ties and increase scientific
      The first excavation works began in the Kaman area in 1986 thanks to
      Japanese scholar Sachihiro Omura and a Turkish collaborator. With the
      wealth of artifacts uncovered at Kaman, the need for a museum soon
      emerged; Turkish representatives applied to the Japanese government and
      requested financial help.
      The representatives and Gunay met in the area in April 2008 at the
      groundbreaking ceremony; the museum's actual opening ceremony took place
      during the 2010 Japan Year in Turkey.
      During the opening ceremony Japanese Prince Tomohito, who is also the
      honorary president of the excavation team at Kalehoyuk, said the museum
      hosted the thousand-year-old history of Kalehoyuk. Prince Mikasa and Gunay
      also presented commemorative plaques to the team and to the
      representatives. "I was deeply touched. I have been here since the works
      began. We have been trying to arrange all the works," said Gunay at the
      This museum, which also features laboratories and seminar halls, cost
      just under 10 million Turkish Liras to construct.
      See more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=turkish-for-european-museum-of-year-award-2011-08-04

      * Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan's award-winning film "Once Upon A
      time in Anatolia" could be nominated for an Oscar based on a change in the
      Turkish cinema release date for the film, according to movie observers,
      reports Radikal.
      Films competing for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
      must be shown in a movie theater for at least a week between Oct. 1, 2010
      and Sept. 30, 2011, Turkish film website antraktsinema.com reported,
      noting that the decision to move the release date for Ceylan's film ahead
      by one week would allow the film to run in this year's Academy Awards.
      The film's premiere will be held at the Adana Golden Boll Film Festival
      next month in the southern province of Adana.
      "Once Upon A time in Anatolia" already won the Grand Jury Prize at the
      64th Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.
      A decision about whether the film will be nominated for an Oscar will be
      determined according to the votes of cinema unions and associations and
      announced during a meeting in September 2011.
      Among this year's Turkish candidates for the Oscar entry are "Kar Beyaz"
      (White As Snow), "Gise Memuru" (Toll Booth), "Zefir" (Zephyr),
      "Atlikarinca" (Merry-go-round), "Golgeler ve Suretler" (Shadows and
      Faces), "Hayde Bre," "Av Mevsimi" (Hunting Season), "Prensesin Uykusu"
      (Sleeping Princess), "New York'ta Bes Minare" (Five Minarets in New York),
      "Cogunluk" (Majority) and "Kavsak" (The Crossing).
      See more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=turkish-directors-film-tipped-for-oscar-nominaton-2011-08-01


      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.73


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey: 90/64 Thunderstorms
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean: 91/79 Partly Cloudy
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 88/72 Partly Cloudy
      Izmir, on the Aegean: 90/73 Partly Cloudy
      Van, in Eastern Turkey 82/54 Mostly Sunny
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea: 90/73 Partly Cloudy

      Seawater temperatures

      Black Sea measured at Trabzon 82
      Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 81
      Aegean Sea measured at Izmir 82
      Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 82


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