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* Turkish daily Cumhuriyet reported that Turkey's National Education
Ministry appointed teachers to 11,475 vacant positions.
Yet there were thousands of teachers' college graduates who did not get
a teaching position. Thousands of these gathered at the Turkish capital
Ankara's Guvenpark, and protested the ministry.
Security forces put barricades to prevent protestors marching to the
building of National Education Ministry.
Teacher candidates reacted to the security forces with applause and
* Last week we told you about the Turkish government's and some
nongovernmental organizations' efforts to help Somalia.
This week the Turkish daily Hurriyet reported that the Turkish prime
minister Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to help famine-stricken
Somalia in rebuilding its almost non-existing infrastructure, saying,
"Turkey will leave its mark on Somalia."
Mr. Erdogan said Turkey would open an embassy in the country in the
shortest possible time.
"We are no more a country that needs help but a country that extends a
helping hand to those in need.
"We will set an example for other nations in helping Africa," he said.
* The Turkish aid, which has been collected to help Somalia, exceeded $210
million, reported the Turkish daily Sabah.
Turk Telekom and its personnel donated $900,000. Meanwhile, Askon
(Anatolian Lions Businessman Association) sent 13 trucks of assistance to
* Turkish daily Hurriyet also reported that Turkey's Supreme Board of
Judges and Prosecutors, dismissed three prosecutors investigating fraud in
Deniz Feneri e.V., a Germany-based Turkish charity organization charged of
syphoning millions of euros.
The Supreme Board and Judges removed prosecutors Nadi Turkaslan, Mehmet
Tamoz and Abdulvahap Yaren from the case on an appeal by lawyers of the
* In related news, the Turkish daily Radikal reported that the Supreme
Board of Judges and Prosecutors launched a new investigation and appointed
two new prosecutors.
As we reported to you in the past, several Deniz Feneri e.V. officials
were convicted in Germany almost three years ago and the German
prosecutors implicated several Turks in Turkey.
* We reported to you last week that the Turkish armed forces bombed the
targets of the rebel Turkish Kurds in Northern Iraq.
Turkish armed forces General Staff announced that approximately 90
terrorists were killed during the air offensive on the rebel camps between
August 17 and 22.
General Staff said in a statement posted on its web-site that Turkish
Air Forces jets hit 132 targets while artillery units shelled 349 targets.
It also said 73 hiding places, 6 shelters, 18 caves, 8 depots, 14
buildings, 1 arsenal, 9 anti-aircraft positions and 3 control points were
destroyed, reported the Turkish daily Milliyet.
* In related news, Turkish daily Vatan reported that Turkey has lashed out
at Iraqi government over allegations that Turkish warplanes had killed
civilians in the air offensive last week.
Iraq's ambassador to Turkey was summoned to the Turkish Foreign Affairs
Ministry headquarters, and he was given a diplomatic note.
Turkish military staff released satellite footage Friday of an area
where Iraqi authorities who had claimed that Turkish warplanes hit a car
and killed seven civilians. The Turkish military said an impact crater
with a diameter of eight meters would have been occurred had the car been
hit by a guided missile.
The footage shows no such impact crater but only a burnt down car near
the concrete walls on road side which remains intact.
* Turkish daily Vatan also reported that a prosecutor asked for prison
terms up to 15 years for journalists Ahmet Sik and Nedim Sener, who were
detained in an investigation into an alleged clandestine network with
links to the military and security forces.
The two journalists are charged of aiding a terrorist organization.
Messrs. Sener and Sik are behind bars since February.
One of the journalists wrote a book against Fethullah Gulen, the leader
of a cult-like religious group that wields considerable power on the
Turkish government. Fethullah Gulen is in self imposed exile in the U.S.
* Turkish daily Sabah also reported that French President Nicolas Sarkozy,
who did not invite Turkey to a meeting in March ---during which leaders
decided to launch an operation on Libya-, changed his attitude and invited
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the leaders' summit which
will take place in Paris on September 1.
However, the daily Sabah says Erdogan was not "deceived" this time, and
he rejected the invitation.
Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will represent Turkey
In the summit.
* Turkish daily Turkiye reported that a first will happen during the
ceremonies to celebrate August 30 Victory Day this year.
Turkish President Abdullah Gul, with the title of commander-in-chief,
will accept the greetings instead of Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet
It was claimed that this change was offered by Gen. Ozel.
* Turkish Airlines cancelled its joint flights with American Airlines to
New York, while Delta Airlines also cancelled its Istanbul flights to New
York due to Hurricane Irene, the first hurricane of the 2011 Atlantic
The hurricane has caused as much as $1.1 billion in losses, reports the
Anatolia News Agency.
* Insurgents entered capital Tripoli and took control of Gadhafi's
headquarters in Libya.
Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Ahmet Davutoglu became the first
foreign official visiting the country after opposition took control of
Turkey released $200 million of financial aid which had been promised to
the new administration in Libya.
Following his meeting with Mr. Davutoglu, Libyan Interim Transitional
Council Chairman Mustafa Abdul Jalil said, "Turkish officials overcame the
bureaucratic obstacles and delivered the financial aid," and he thanked
the Turkish authorities, reported the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet on
* Turkish daily Hurriyet reported on Thursday that Union of European
Football Associations has sent a letter to the Turkish Football Federation
before excluding Fenerbahce from the Champions League in 2011-2012 season.
In the letter, federation said that it and the international football
world could not accept participation of a soccer club which was accused of
match-fixing, in the Champions League.
ARTS AND CULTURE
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, first trailer of "Ghost Rider:
Spirit of Vengence" was released on the Internet.
Parts of the film, starring Nicolas Cage as the Ghost Rider, was filmed
in the historical Cappadocia region in central Turkey.
The film will hit the theaters in Feb. 2012.
* Turkey's southern city of Adana, which is known for being the hometown
of a great many prominent names in Turkish movies, is preparing to host a
new film museum, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
People in Adana believe the move to host a film museum is really a show
of loyalty to Adana artists.
The film museum will officially be opened during the 18th Golden Boll
Film Festival to be held between Sept. 17 and 25 at the historic mansion
on Seyhan Street that was recently restored.
See more at
* Dogan News Agency reports that the 6th Film and Culture Festival, which
will be organized for the first time this year with the name "Golden
Almond" in the Aegean province of Mugla's Datca town, will take place
between Sept. 4 and 6. The guest of honor of the festival will be renowned
actress of Turkish movies Fatma Girik.
The festival, which has been organized with the title "Respect to
Masters" for the last five years, will also feature a documentary film
competition for the first time.
The festival will open with a mini concert by Yesim Salkim and one of
Girik's unforgettable films, "The Legend of Mount Agri", will be shown
during the night. Girik will also receive the Honorary Award while
Necmettin Cobanoglu will receive the Labor Award.
On the second day the festival will commemorate Turkish actor Kemal
Sunal on the 11th anniversary of his death. The event will be attended by
Sunal's family, friends and relatives. His film "Davaro" will be
screened as part of the festival.
Also, a night will be organized in the memory of director Yavuz Ozkan.
Before this special night, the winners of documentary films competition
will be announced and presented their awards.
Participants of the festival will be given books featuring the life of
Girik and Sunal.
* We have told you about an exhibit in Istanbul that featured artifacts
from both sides of the Aegean several weeks ago. Artifacts came from Greek
and Turkish institutions, and this time through collaboration was touted
as the first of its kind.
According to the Hurriyet Daily News residents of Istanbul like the
exhibit "Across - The Cylades and Western Anatolia During the 3rd
Millennium BC, " so much that Istanbul's Sakip Sabanci Museum has
extended it until Oct. 30.
Within the scope of the exhibition, which aims to reach more students
with the opening of schools next month, workshops and educational work
carried out by the Sabanci Museum Education Department will also continue
until Oct. 30. Also, tours of the exhibition with the curator, which have
been previously organized and drew big interest, will be repeated. Guests
will be able to visit the exhibition with its curator Associate Professor
Vasif Sahoglu on Sept. 17 at 4 p.m.
The exhibition is composed of artifacts from various Turkish museums as
well as the National Archaeological Museum of Athens and the N. P.
Goulandris Foundation Museum of Cycladic Art. It examines the relations
between Anatolia, where the first steps toward civilization took place,
and the nearby Cyclades Islands in the Aegean that gave rise to reciprocal
influence that created two cultures which while similar in many respects,
nonetheless maintained distinctive regional characteristics.
A 14-meter-long exact replica of a Cyladic ship stands out as one of the
most interesting pieces of the exhibition. The replica shows the impact of
the Cycladic ships on the interaction between the two cultures, as the
ships were the only way of transportation between the two sides of the
Aegean for a long time.
* According to the Turkish daily Radikal Turkish soap opera "Binbir
Gece" (A Thousand and One Nights), which attracted keen interest in
Balkan and Middle Eastern countries after its success in Turkish
television, has proved to be a phenomenal success in Slovakia, where it is
currently being broadcast under the title "Tisic A Jedna Noc."
Slovakia's Markiza TV, which is the broadcaster of the show, invited the
female and male lead to the capital Bratislava as honorary guests of an
open-air festival it organized.
The fans showed a huge interest in the show's female lead, Berguzar
Korel, and the male lead, Halit Ergenc, upon their arrival. Making a
speech during the festival, Ergenc expressed his gratitude for the love
and interest of the Slovakian people.
Korel also spoke at the festival opening and said the audience response
was surprising for her. She thanked the audience for their love.
The TV show has been broadcast in Slovakia for almost a year now, and
its final episode will be broadcasted in October.
See more at
* The 18th Golden Boll Film Festival, which is to be held between Sept. 17
and 25 in Turkey's Southern Mediterranean Province of Adana, is giving
room for a selection of Arab movies in the festival program in
collaboration with International Federation of Film Critics, reports the
Hurriyet Daily News.
The festival program was announced Tuesday in Istanbul with
participation of Adana Metropolitan Acting Mayor Zihni Aldirmaz.
The movies to be displayed in the Arab films section include Tunisian
Moufida Tlatli's "The Silences of the Palace," Lebanese Behij
Hojeij's "Ring of Fire," Moroccan Yasmine Kassari's "The
Sleeping Child," and Algerian Merzak Allouache's "Harragas"
This year's festival is also making room for a selection of world
movies. The Turkish premier of Woody Allen's 2011 movie "Midnight in
Paris" will be taking place within the scope of the festival. German
director's Jan Schomburg's "Above us Only Sky" and Albanian
director Bujar Alimani's "Amnesty" will be screened in the same
Renowned Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan's "Once Upon a Time in
Anatolia," which took the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival, is
also scheduled for its Turkey premier in the festival.
A section of the festival program is also allocated for screenings of
films by national competition jury Chairman Dervis Zaim. The festival
program also includes a film symposium titled "Turkish Film: A Look from
Turkey and Abroad." The symposium will run Sept. 21 through 24.
* According to the Anatolia News Agency, the Istanbul Modern Dance Company
is preparing its own special commemoration for the 400th anniversary of
the birth of famous Ottoman traveler Evliya Celebi by adapting his
signature work, "Seyahatname" (Book of Travels), for the 2011-2012 art
During UNESCO's 35th General Conference in 2009, participants decided
to add include the anniversary in its 2011 list of commemorations and
celebrations, said Mahmut Evkuran, the Culture and Tourism Ministry's
research and education general director. "Various events for the
traveler Evliya Celebi have been organized in Turkey and other parts of
the world," he added.
The play, which will be called "Seyahatname 2," will bring together
modern dance, design and texts and video production while also featuring
humans" inner journey simultaneously with Evliya Celebi's travels.
Gozleme, a Turkish hand-rolled pastry, will be cooked in a floor table
on the stage and will be distributed to viewers during intermissions.
The work, designed as a mobile production to be performed at open-air
stages and sports halls, will last 70 minutes and feature 15 dancers.
Born in Istanbul's Unkapani in 1611, Evliya Celebi came from a wealthy
family; his father was the chief jeweler at the Ottoman court. He had an
excellent education but preferred to travel, beginning his journey at age
He has been named by UNESCO as one of the 20 people to have shaped
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* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, "Disney On Ice " Princesses
and Heroes" will start its European tour from Istanbul.
The show, which has been performed 1,280 times in more than 18 countries
and viewed by more than 5 million people.
Halil Altindere, "My Mother Likes Pop-Art, Because Pop-Art is Colorful",
* Hatice Utkan of Hurriyet Daily News reports that in parallel with this
September's Biennale, Istanbul will witness Turkish contemporary artist
Halil Altindere's exhibition titled "If I can't dance, it's not my
Altindere uses a motto of the libertarian left wing and makes reference
to anarcho-feminist theoretician and activist Goldman. In doing so,
Altindere opens a new area for dialogue. Three golden bracelets Altindere
produced in putting Goldman's words into gold are not only jewelry but
also mobile art works. The photographs of young women carrying written
aphorisms such as "If I can't dance, it's not my revolution," and
"I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck" are
also powerful and appropriate for Goldman.
The show will be curated by Rene Block of Germany and will focus on
sub-cultures, marginalized minorities, outsiders, pop icons and cult
* Turkey has restated its demanded for the return of historical Iznik
ceramic art from France as part of a recent campaign to press harder for
the repatriation of artifacts that are now found abroad, reports the
Hurriyet Daily News.
The tiles were probably taken to France in the late 1800s by a French
restoration expert who had been fixing the works of art in Istanbul.
Turkey has repeatedly demanded the return of the historical artifacts from
the French government but has yet to find any success.
Turkey's campaign has yielded success recently with other countries,
as Germany agreed in May to return a Hittite sphinx that had been
displayed at a museum in Berlin.
In this year alone, 1,883 historical artifacts have been returned to
Iznik pottery, named after the town in western Turkey where it was made,
is highly decorated ceramics whose heyday was the late sixteenth century.
The largest collection of vessels is in the British Museum and Iznik
tiles may be seen in quantity in the imperial and religious buildings of
* The first Turkish gallery will open In New York's Chelsea, where some
of the Big Apple's most respectable galleries are located, on Sept. 8,
reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
Founded by Emre and Maide Kurttepeli, Erkut and Asli Soyak and Mel
Dogan, C24, dedicated to presenting outstanding contemporary art from
beyond the usual circle of U.S. and European cities, will be opened on a
bi-level, 9,000-square-foot space at 514 West 24th Street, between Tenth
and Eleventh Avenues in New York City.
The first exhibition at the gallery, "Double Crescent: Art from
Istanbul and New Orleans," will feature recent works by artists from New
Orleans and Istanbul, both emerging and established, who are recognized
locally for their originality and perseverance.
See more at
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, The famous Oscar-winning filmmaker
of Azerbaijani and Soviet movies, Rustam Ibragimbekov, will visit the
Mediterranean province of Antalya to attend the 48th International Golden
Orange Film Festival to be held there from Oct. 8 to 14.
Ibragimbekov will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award during
a special ceremony during the festival.
Born in Baku, Ibragimbekov, a screenwriter, dramatist and producer, is
the one and only filmmaker from the Turkish-speaking world to win an
Oscar, picking up the award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1994 for the
film "Burnt by the Sun," which he directed with Nikita Mikhalkov. He
also received the Grand Prize from the Jury at the 47th Cannes
International Film Festival for the film "The Barber of Siberia" which
was the most expensive European production in 1997.
See more at
* The Elgiz Contemporary Art Museum of Istanbul is preparing to celebrate
the 10th anniversary of their corporate contemporary art initiative with
an exhibition titled "Elgiz 10 Istanbul," and a women art collectors
panel that will take place on Sept. 16.
The exhibition, curated by Necmi Sonmez, opens Sept. 17 and will
continue through March 16, 2012.
It will offer a selection from the Elgiz family collection featuring
works of many prominent local and foreign artists like Darren Almond, Doug
Aitken, Louis Bourgeois, Adnan Coker, Ergin Cavusoglu, Loris Cecchini,
Burhan Dogancay, Nejad Devrim, Tracey Emin, Eric Fischl, Jan Fabre,
Gilbert & George, Murat Germen, Atilla Galatali, Gunter Forg, Nan Goldin,
Nilbar Gures, Gulsun Karamustafa, Barbara Kruger, Elke Krystufek, Azade
Koker, Mustafa Kunt, Kurucu Kocanoglu, Sol Lewitt, Bjarne Melgaard,
Jonathan Meese, Paul Mccharty, Sarah Morris, Mateo Mate, Frank Nitsche,
Abdurrahman Oztoprak, Marcus Oehlen, Ferhat Ozgur, Jorge Pardo, Robert
Rauschenberg, Gerhard Richter, Lisa Ruyter, Thomas Struth, Asli Torcu,
David Tremblett, Omer Uluc, Johannes Wohnseifer, Tim White Sobiesky,
Iskender Yediler and Fahr-el-Nissa Zeid.
See more at
* An exhibition titled "Climate Change," which opened in 2009 in New
York and has been visited by nearly a quarter of a million people, will go
on display at santralistanbul in October, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
The event will run from Oct. 4, 2011 to Jan. 15, 2012.
See more at
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, ten important fashion designers
from Berlin will present their colorful spring/summer 2012 collections and
establish new industry contacts as part of the Istanbul Fashion Week to be
held from Sept. 6 to 18.
Representatives from fashion, business, trade and media as well as
Istanbul's young opinion leaders will attend as invited guests. Berlin
DJs will bring the German capital's spirit and club culture on the
Bosphorus for a final party at one of Istanbul's best known fashion
venues. An opening party will be thrown Sept. 7 to celebrate the
presentation of the collections.
A reciprocal visit will be paid to next year's Berlin Fashion Week by
acclaimed Turkish fashion designers in conjunction with the Turkish
Embassy. The project is sponsored by the European Union's European
Regional Development Fund and the Federal State of Berlin. Other partners
are Efre and Berlin Partner.
EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.75
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey: 86/57 Mostly Sunny
Antalya, on the Mediterranean: 91/81 Mostly Sunny
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 84/72 Mostly Sunny
Izmir, on the Aegean: 84/72 Mostly Sunny
Trabzon, on the Black Sea: 81/70 Thunderstorms
Van, in Eastern Turkey 75/52 Thunderstorms
Black Sea measured at Trabzon 79
Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 79
Aegean Sea measured at Izmir 82
Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 82
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