x0x Turkish News for the week ending 06 August 2011
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* 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
* 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
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
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,"
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.
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* 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
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.
ARTS AND CULTURE
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
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
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
"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,
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
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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