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    {20110903trh.txt} x0x Turkish News for the week ending 03 September 2011 [This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 03 September 2011] Courtesy of Turkish
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      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
      a statement.
      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
      Istanbul University.
      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
      a showstopper."

      * 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.


      * 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
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsZqR_dZkgk )
      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
      an award.
      "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
      renovation project.
      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
      affordable vacation".
      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
      Arabic country".
      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
      five years.

      * 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

      Seawater temperatures

      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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