x0x Turkish News for the week ending 03 September 2011
[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 03 September 2011]
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* Turkey expelled Israel's ambassador and senior Israeli diplomats and
suspended military agreements on Friday, the day after it emerged a U.N.
report said Israel had used unreasonable force in a raid on a Gaza-bound
ship that killed nine Turks, Reuters reported.
Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had said Thursday that
Friday's official release of the "Palmer Report" would constitute Israel's
last chance to apologize for its raid on the Turkish-sponsored flotilla
and warned of consequences, including sanctions, should Israel continue to
refuse to apologize.
"Turkey-Israel diplomatic relations have been reduced to a second
secretary level. All personnel above the second secretary level will be
sent home by Wednesday at the latest," Turkey's Foreign Affairs Minister
Davutoglu told at a news conference in the Turkish Capital Ankara.
In addition, Mr. Davutoglu announced that the Turkish government would
take the following measures against Israel:
- Turkey will take measures for freedom of maritime movement in the
eastern Mediterranean Sea.
- Turkey will no longer recognize the Gaza blockade and will take the
issue to the International Court of Justice.
- Turkey will support all flotilla victims, Turkish and foreign, in court.
Israel's ambassador Gabby Levy was currently in Israel and canceled
plans to return to Turkey on Thursday.
Immediately after the attack on the aid convoy last year, Turkey
withdrew its ambassador to Israel, suspended joint military exercises, and
barred Israeli military aircraft from Turkish airspace.
* British daily Daily Telegraph reports that Turkey has dropped its
opposition to Nato's missile defence system aimed at countering ballistic
missile threats from neighbouring Iran by agreeing to host American early
warning radar stations.
The Turkish Foreign Affairs Ministry said on Friday that negotiations
over the Alliance's anti-missile shield had reached "their final stages."
"It is anticipated that the early warning radar system allocated by the
US for NATO will be deployed in our country. Turkey's hosting of this
element will constitute our country's contribution to the defense system
being developed in the framework of NATO?s new strategic concept. It will
strengthen NATO?s defense capacity and our national defense system," said
Turkey, with NATO?s second biggest military, has a geo-strategic
importance to the Alliance dating back to its role as a front-line state
in the Cold War era. But its value to NATO has risen as Middle East states
with anti-Western policies, like Iran, have developed their missile
Until Friday, Turkey, which has cultivated close ties with its neighbor
Iran, had threatened to block the deal if Tehran is explicitly named as a
threat to be countered by the NATO system.
Turkey had also been at odds with the US and European Union over their
stance toward Iran's nuclear program, arguing for a diplomatic solution to
the standoff instead of sanctions.
But the agreement over hosting the NATO radar comes at a time when
Turkey and Iran appear to be differing on their approach toward Syria,
with Turkey becoming increasingly critical of Iranian ally Syria's brutal
suppression of anti-regime protests.
* A woman who was allegedly held captive and severely beaten by her
boyfriend for four days in July died Thursday in the Central Anatolian
province of Konya.
Meral Tahta, 32, was found at a bus stop in Konya on July 18, severely
beaten and unconscious. Further examination at Konya Numune Hospital
showed that she had suffered a brain hemorrhage due to blows she received
to her head and that her kidneys had failed to due to dehydration and
Police apprehended Tahta's boyfriend, Mustafa Konuk, who allegedly
tortured her for four days after the couple had an argument, punching and
kicking her and depriving her of food and water. He later left Tahta at a
bus stop in Konya's Selcuklu district and called police to say he had left
his girlfriend there.
Konuk was arrested by a court on charges of attempted voluntary
manslaughter. Tahta had two children from a previous marriage and was
working as a waitress in a local bar. One woman was meanwhile killed and
four injured by their husbands during the first three days of the Ramadan
In the northwestern province of Sakarya's Karapurcek district, a woman
was allegedly killed by her husband for filing for divorce. The husband,
A.O., was reported to have been barred from his home several times through
court decisions for violence against his wife.
Some 27,000 cases of domestic violence, involving 26,000 women, were
reported to police in the first six months of 2011, including cases of
murder, assault and threats.
* With the end of the seasonal fishing ban Sept. 1, many Turkish fishermen
set off to sea in the early hours of the morning in coastal cities around
Turkey, though controversy continued over the resumption of fishing,
reports the Dogan News Agency.
Between April 15 and Sept. 1, a fishing ban on large boats was in effect
in Turkey and large industrial fishing vessels and trawlers were legally
prohibited from traversing the country's seas.
With the end of the ban, fishermen say the prices of fish will go down.
Environmentalists meanwhile repeated their call to extend the fishing
ban till Oct. 1, saying the period from April to October is the crucial
time when fish lay their eggs.
The original length of the ban, which used to run from April 1 to Sept.
1 before large fishing interests lobbied for it to start later, must be
reinstated, if not extended to Oct. 1, said Bayram Ozturk, the chairman of
the Turkish Marine Research Foundation, and a professor of fish biology at
Greenpeace officials also said in a written statement that the size of
catchable fish as determined by Turkey's Ministry of Food, Agriculture and
Livestock is not big enough. Greenpeace recently launched a campaign
asking Agriculture Minister Mehdi Eker to sign a memorandum that would
strengthen regulations on the catch size of endangered fish.
The ministry subsequently said in an announcement that the minimum catch
size would be increased from 14 to 20 centimeters for bluefish and from 30
to 45 centimeters for grouper.
"We wish a good season to all our fishermen. Yet, the 20 centimeters for
blue fish is still very low. Most bluefish start reproducing at 24 to 25
centimeters and therefore the limit should at least be 25 centimeters,"
the group said in its statement.
* Some 88 people have died while another 387 have sustained injuries in
road accidents during the first six days of Turkey's nine-day Ramadan
holiday, according to reports. On Saturday, the first day of the break, 32
people were killed and 146 were injured in accidents around the country
while 15 people died and another 66 were injured on Sunday. On Monday, 23
people were reported to have died.
President Abdullah Gul warned citizens to drive carefully in a holiday
message. "The accident news makes all of us sad," Gul said. "I want to
call on everyone to obey the traffic rules."
* A deal for Turkey's first nuclear plant to be built by Russia's
Atomstroyexport will make the country more dependent on Russia, a US
diplomat says in a leaked cable.
Turkey's deal with Russia to build the country's first nuclear power
plant in the southern province of Mersin will deepen its dependency on the
latter, a United States diplomat has said, according to a cable released
Aug. 26 on Wikileaks' website.
"Practically all of Turkey's natural gas comes from Russia and this
arrangement would deepen Turkey's dependency on the Russian energy sector,
which some in Turkey oppose," said John Beyrle, ambassador of the United
States to Moscow, according to the leaked document created April 3, 2009.
"If Russia owns the plant and runs it for the entire lifetime, Turkey
would have little negotiating leverage to use in price negotiations after
the 15 year point," the U.S. ambassador said.
The diplomat also cited Bulat Nigmatulin, Russia's former deputy
minister for atomic energy, saying on March 3, 2009, that a
build-own-operate agreement could hardly be profitable with the 15-year
price per kilowatt. The U.S. ambassador noted that Nigmatulin "saw this as
* In sports news, buoyed by easy victories over Portugal and England in
its European Championship opener, the Turkish national basketball team
takes on host Lithuania tonight, hoping to prepare for its toughest
opponent in Group A, Spain and Paul Gasol of Los Angeles Lakers.
ARTS AND CULTURE
* According to the Anatolia News Agency, a sculptor from Turkey's Black
Sea province of Samsun that has been producing beeswax sculptures using an
innovative technique to protect them from the elements is now beginning to
draw great interest from Hollywood.
The sculptor Adil Celik said he was selected as the best sculptor of the
year in France in 2004 due to his work in the field.
Complaining that Turkish movie industry was not as developed as
Hollywood, Celik said: "I have worked for Hollywood animation films like
'Shrek' and 'Ice Age.' Sculptures made of silicon are being animated and
turned into cartoon films. Turkey is not at this level right now but I
believe that it will happen through time. I want to be a part of Turkish
cinema when we reach this level."
See the artists web site at: http://www.adilceliksanat.com/
* After a decade of work, Turkish journalist Murat Kiray has completed his
book featuring 144 engravings drawn by travelers who visited the
northwestern Turkish province of Canakkale between the 16th and 19th
centuries, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
Mr. Kiray said he had collected more than 300 engravings during his
research. He said the book featured engravings of many settlements, such
as the ancient city of Abydos, Kilye Cove, Maydos, Alexandria Troas and
Kiray said he has published 10 books about Canakkale in Turkish and
English so far, and that he was working to pass the cultural heritage of
Canakkale onto future generations. He said he was also working on other
book projects that would be completed in the near future, and that they
also had plans for an exhibition featuring some of the engravings.
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Turkish director Leyla Yilmaz's
film "A Hand Full of Sea", which was released in Turkey in March, won four
awards at the New York City International Film Festival that was organized
between Aug. 18 and 24. (See excerpts at
Starring Engin Altan Duzyatan and Berrak Tuzunatac, the film also won
the Best Actress for Tuzunatac, Best Cinematography for Torben Forsberg
and Best Editing by Ulas Cihan Simsek.
"It is a complicated, hard and experimental film featuring the world of
two-faced people," director and scriptwriter of the film Yilmaz said,
speaking at the award ceremony. "We had big financial and emotional
difficulties while making the film. It is a big honor for us that the film
was even shown as a nominee in the festival. I dedicate this award to my
mother, who died on the morning of the day the film was released."
Another Turkish film "Being Italian with Signora Enrica" won Best Film
and Best Actress for Claudia Cardinale in the viewers' awards category.
(See a trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErOafXYJ2Tw
The Times Square Free Movies for the Public event, which was part of the
festival, made dreams come true for more than 300 filmmakers from 48
countries as they had the privilege of showing their films in New York.
* According to the Dogan News Agency, "Orchestra of the Unemployed",
formed by the graduates of the Izmir Dokuz Eylul University State
Conservator Department, accelerated work after receiving a proposal from
Mike Valentine, the sound producer of huge Hollywood productions like "The
Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Star Wars."
The orchestra formed by young musicians who took classical Western music
education at the university but could not find a job after graduation, has
succeeded in making their voice heard abroad. Getting support from the
Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, the orchestra has so far performed 12
concerts. In one of these concerts, Valentine offered the young musicians
a contract to make a record.
The orchestra members will make the record in November at Izmir's Ahmet
Adnan Saygun Culture Center and they expect that the record will be used
in a Hollywood production.
Founder and art consultant for the orchestra Alp Ozdemir said they
started working extra hard after receiving Valentine's proposal. "We have
become successful with our orchestra. Now we hope this success will
Orchestra member Simge Abaka said they had not even dreamed of such a
thing, adding that they were looking forward to making the record.
* Dogan News Agency reports that Germany's Theater Heute magazine has
selected Turkish director Nurkan Erpulat and his play, "Verrucktes Blut'
(Crazy Blood), as the best director of the year and best theater play of
the year, respectively.
Speaking to Deutche Welle, Erpulat said it was an honor to receive such
"I am also very happy for the immigrant society that lives here in
Germany because from time to time in theater society, the immigrants, such
as Yugoslavs, Kurds, Arabs or Turks are treated condescendingly. That's
why I am really proud to become the best director of the year," he said.
"The play takes place in a classroom. The teacher and the students are
trying to understand a play by Schiller but they can't analyze it because
the students won't listen to their teacher," said Erpulat.
One of the students finds a gun in a bag and the teacher makes the
students analyze the play by using the gun, said Erpulat.
As the teacher tries to implore the students to behave, the students
begin to speak perfect German.
* Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, who was banned from directing and
producing films for 20 years and is currently serving his six-year
sentence under house arrest, has been invited to Turkey's Antalya Golden
Orange Film Festival along with another notable Iranian director Mojtaba
Mirtahmasb, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
The festival committee has applied to the Iranian government to release
Panahi for the event.
See more at
* According to the Anatolia News Agency, the renovation project at the
weapons section of Istanbul's historic Topkapi Palace is now complete, and
the refurbished facility was opened Sunday with a ceremony.
The renovations will provide a chance for visitors to better imagine the
past thanks to the use of the latest technological advancements.
Also, hundreds of war- and weapons-related miniatures kept in the
shelves of the museum's archive have seen the light of day as part of the
Watch a video about the Topkapi Palace
* Turkish director Aytac Agirlar's film "Fig Marmalade", has been released
in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, according to the head of a company
spearheading the movie's entrance into the European market, reports the
Anatolia News Agency.
The film, which was released in Turkey in March, drew great interest
from viewers and was released again in summer, attracting more people than
the first screening, he said.
See the trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rybCsKQziqM
* Berlin will host a music festival featuring Turkish and Western music
between Sept. 22 and Oct. 2, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
A number of artists will present a mixture of Turkish music and dance,
as well as Western music and dance, at the festival called "Delighted,"
Berlin Consul General Mustafa Pulat said Thursday at a press conference at
the German capital's Atze Music Theater.
The festival will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the labor
contract between Turkey and Germany that brought migrants from the former
to the federal republic, Pulat said, adding that the festival would also
feature the premieres of five performances.
* A village project for artists in Turkey's Konya province will be hosting
a festival between September 3 and 17, reports the Dogan News Agency.
The village will ultimately have 210 brick homes for artists.
During the festival 2000 foreign and Turkish artists are expected,
according to the mayor of the nearby Cavus town.
See more about the project at
Also a video in Turkish http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOf5XQKqvao
* According to the Anatolia News Agency, Turkey will participate in the
4th International Moscow Book Fair with a selection of 2,000 books. The
fair will be organized from Sept. 7 to 12.
The books later will be donated to the Moscow University Turcology
Department Library and Russian National Library as part of a project
titled "A Turkish library in every country."
* A research conducted in countries where Turkey allocated funds to
promote its tourism has shown that Turkey had a different image in
different countries, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
According to the research, the Germans see Turkey "as a country of
Citizens of the United Kingdom, a country that does not see sunlight
much, describe Turkey "as a land of warm climate".
When the word "vacation" comes up in Russia, the Russians think of
Turkey as their favorite destination.
40 percent of Danish citizens do not have any idea on Turkey, the
research found out. Dutch citizens who have visited Turkey describe Turkey
"as a country with luxury, security and tolerance".
French citizens who have never visited Turkey describe Turkey as "an
Citizens of the United Arab Emirates describe Turkey as "an European
* Diving off Seki village of Alanya, underwater archaeologists found the
place of the port of Syedra Ancient City, reports the Anatolia News
Underwater archaeologist Hakan Oniz from Eastern Mediterranean
University told A.A on Wednesday that the port was 5,000 years old, and
they found architectural relics belonging to Roman period and Bronze Age.
* Anatolia News Agency reports that Turkish musician Metin Senturk will
give a concert within the scope of a United Nations meeting of states
parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
between September 6 and 9.
Senturk, who is also the president of World Handicapped Foundation, will
be the first Turkish singer to give concert in UN. He will also introduce
World Handicapped Foundation.
Senturk told Anatolia News Agency that Turkey was among the countries
that adopted World Program of Action Concerning Disabled Persons, adding
that an important progress had been recorded in Turkey regarding the
rights of disabled people in the past ten years.
Noting that World Handicapped Foundation was established in March,
Senturk said that they hosted 138 non-governmental organizations from 43
countries in Istanbul in March.
He added that the Foundation took the Convention on the Rights of
Persons with Disabilities as well as World Program of Action Concerning
Disabled Persons as references.
* Turkish scientists succeeded in obtaining hydrogen gas from
hydrogen-sulfide water found at the bottom of the Black Sea thanks to a
system they developed, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
Conducting research on hydrogen energy, Dr. Mukerrem Sahin and his team
of Turkish scientists were able to obtain hydrogen gas through a catalytic
system that processes hydrogen-sulfide water and turned it into hydrogen
According to the scientists, the Black Sea can supply hydrogen gas that
could be used for the generation of electricity for 100 years.
Dr. Sahin and his team had been working on the Black Sea for the past
* Antalya News Agency reports that Istanbul will host the prestigious
"World Press Photo 2011" exhibition in September.
The exhibition, which will feature some of the most striking images of
2010 from around the world, will meet with photography enthusiasts at
Forum Istanbul between September 6-28.
The exhibition will be inaugurated with a presentation by world-wide
known photojournalist Riccardo Venturi who will also hold a two-day
workshop on photojournalism as part of the event.
World Press Photo, founded in 1955, is an independent and non-profit
organization based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
The organization is known for holding the world's largest and most
prestigious annual press photography contest every year. After the
contest, the prize-winning photographs are assembled into an exhibition
that travels around the world.
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: 82/57 Mostly Sunny
Antalya, on the Mediterranean: 97/79 Mostly Sunny
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 86/68 Partly Cloudy
Izmir, on the Aegean: 90/73 Mostly Sunny
Trabzon, on the Black Sea: 79/70 Showers
Van, in Eastern Turkey 77/50 Mostly Cloudy
Black Sea measured at Trabzon 79
Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 77
Aegean Sea measured at Izmir 82
Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 82
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