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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 10 September 2011
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* Hurriyet Daily News reports that releasing its "Global Competitiveness
Report" on Wednesday, the World Economic Forum announced that Switzerland
topped the list of 142 countries for a second year in a row. Singapore
rose one spot to become the second most competitive economy, followed by
Sweden and Finland.
The United States ranked fifth, falling one step compared to last year.s
list. The rise of emerging economies, especially those in Asia, was
visible in the list, but Western powers continued to dominate the top 20,
which included five emerging economies. The top 10 was dominated by the
economies of Western Europe.
Turkey was ranked down at number 59, having climbed two steps since last
year. However, it was overtaken by dozens of other economies such as Oman,
Puerto Rico, Tunisia, Sri Lanka, Azerbaijan and Slovenia. The ranking
contrasts with a highly dynamic economy worth around $750 billion, a per
capita income of $10,400 and a 1.29 percent share in global trade.
Turkey has been hovering around the 60th position over the past few
years, a ranking in line with the performance of the so-called BRICS
economies . with the exception of China, which stands at number 26.
In related news, Reuters report that according to the Turkish
Statistical Institute, industrial output rose by an impressive 2.7 percent
compared to June, an expansion that comes at a time of elevated worries
over the eurozone debt crisis. Prior months were showing a steady decrease
in output. .
* We have told you in our past news about Lighthouse e.V. , a
Germany-based Turkish charity, whose officers were convicted by German
courts for embezzling the donations.
Some of the embezzled money is thought to have ended up with the ruling
party or institutions supporting the ruling party. After almost three
years of foot dragging Turkish authorities finally embarked on
investigating the people in Turkey who may have been involved in the
Last week, the daily Hurriyet reported that money transfers between a
number of firms and the Lighthouse e.V. were registered on double
accounts, according to the testimony of an official from private Turkish
channel Kanal 7 on July 15.
Some years ago Hurriyet Daily News got into trouble for simply reporting
the news coming from Germany. According to news reports, to silence the
daily, Turkish authorities slapped almost a $2.5-billion fine to the daily
for purported tax evasion charges.
The fines were later dropped.
* According to the Anatolia News Agency, Jay Carney, press secretary for
the White House, told a press briefing, "the President has engaged with
Turkey, has a good relationship with his counterpart there."
The comment came about as part of a question on the recent developments
in the Middle East, and Turkey's dispute with Israel.
* On Friday, Israeli Intelligence Minister Dan Meridor described as "grave
and serious" a threat by the Turkish prime minister to send warships to
escort any aid vessels trying to reach the Gaza Strip, reported the Agence
Gaza is currently under an Israeli embargo. Last year a Turkish
fundamentalist charity lead a group of civilian ships to Gaza. The Israeli
navy intercepted the ships, and Israeli commandos boarded one ship, in the
ensuing violence nine Turks died.
A recent UN investigation report found Israel's embargo legal but said
Israel used excessive force.
Turkish authorities have been demanding an apology from Israel, and it
is reported that although the Israeli prime minister is willing to offer
apologies, his hawkish foreign affairs minister is opposed to it.
In related news, an expert in international relations, Professor Hasan
Koni of Istanbul's Kultur University told the Hurriyet Daily News that the
US, which has its 6th fleet in the Mediterranean Sea, will not let Turkey
and Israel stage an armed clash, says Professor Hasan Koni, an expert on
Meanwhile Turkey's main opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu harshly
criticized prime minister Mr. Erdogan.s remarks suggesting that warships
might escort aid to be sent to Gaza. "These are all empty words, aiming at
deceiving the public", Mr. Kilicdaroglu said, noting that Turkey.s Red
Crescent is already active in taking humanitarian aid to Gaza.
Also this in the news: According to YNet, Chairman of the Federation of
Israeli Chambers of Commerce says escalating crisis with Turkey could
cause heavy damage to Israeli industry. Israel may lose an important trade
partner, leading to dismissal of hundreds of workers, he warns.
In the first quarter of the year Turkey imported around half a billion
dollars in goods from Israel - only two other countries import more. Total
trade volume between the two countries in 2010 was $3.7 billion.
* We reported last week that Turkey finally accepted to deploy
early-warning radar systems that are meant to contain a missile threat
According to Agence France-Presse, Iran has upped the criticism of
Turkey over the matter. "We expect friendly countries and neighbors ...
not to promote policies that create tension, which will definitely have
complicated consequences," foreign affairs ministry spokesman Ramin
Mehmanparast said in remarks carried by the state television website.
On Monday a deputy Iranian foreign affairs minister said that radars
will not improve the security in the region, and added that the two
friendly countries should be able to maintain their own security without
* According to the Associated Press, the top court in international sports
rejected Turkish champion Fenerbahce.s emergency request to be reinstated
to the Champions League.
Last week the Turkish team was removed from the Champions League by the
Union of European Football Associations for match fixing in the Turkish
premiere league. Fenerbahce president and a number of other soccer
officials are in jail awaiting trial.
* According to the PhsyOrg.com, a site on the science of Physics, members
of TUBA, the Turkish Academy of Sciences, are threatening to resign en
masse in order to fight a decree issued by the government of Turkey that
would strip the Academy of its autonomy.
The decree, issued on 27th August, which was just after the start of a
nine-day holiday in Turkey, says that one-third of the members of the
academy will now be appointed by the government and a further one-third by
the Council of Higher Education, which is also a government body. Only the
remaining one-third will be elected by current members. The president and
vice-president of the academy will in future be appointed by the
government rather than by sitting members. In addition, honorary members
will lose their voting rights and the age at which members are deemed
honorary will be reduced from 70 to 67.
TUBA has issued a statement that says the government.s decree
effectively ends the Academy and replaces it with a new Academy of
Sciences that will be under the control of the government. They add:
"There is no science academy in the world where the majority of members
and the president are appointed directly by the government."
* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has met his Turkish counterpart
Abdullah Gul at the World Political Forum in Yaroslavl to discuss
trade-economic ties and partnership, Medvedev.s press-service says.
It is Gul.s second visit to Russia. The previous visit was organized on
February 12-15, 2009. The two countries have been developing ties based on
new principles of the declaration signed in February 2009.
A new mechanism was formed in 2010, the High-Ranking Cooperation
Council, chaired by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Turkish Prime
Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The second session of the council was held in Moscow on March 15, 2011.
The talks in Yaroslavl are expected to touch upon a wide range of
bilateral affairs, including international and regional problems.
Russia is one of the main foreign trade partners of Turkey. Turkey is a
leader, in terms of trade turnover with Russia, which was over $25 billion
in 2010. This year.s indicators in the first half of 2011 increased by
25%, demonstrating a positive trend.
Russia provided Turkey with 18 billion cubic meters of gas in 2010.
Russia.s biggest investment project in Turkey is construction of the
Akkuyu nuclear power plant, worth about $20 billion.
The two countries are also working on non-energy projects. One of them
is construction of a steel production complex in Iskenderun by the
Magnitogorsk of Russia and Atakash of Turkey. The project is worth about
Over 3 million Russian tourists visited Turkey in 2010, up 24% compared
with 2009. 2011 is expected to set a tourism record.
The Yaroslavl forum will include talks on international and regional
affairs, including the Libyan crisis, Syria, Euro-Atlantic security,
prospects for a Middle East settlement and the Iranian nuclear program.
* Hundreds of sites around the world, including that of UPS and the
National Geographic , were not accessible due to the activities of Turkish
hackers on Sunday.
The hacking group appears to be called "TG" or "TurkGuvenligi," ZDNet
ARTS AND CULTURE
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, the Turkish Culture Ministry is
demanding the return of a 1,700-year-old life-sized marble carving of a
child.s head from London.s Victoria and Albert Museum, according to the
U.K daily Independent on Tuesday.
The marble was taken from Anatolia, the main Asiatic part of Turkey,
more than a century ago. The Turkish ministry thinks the item belongs to
There has been a request from the Turkish government, a Victoria and
Albert Museum spokesperson said. As a national museum the Victoria and
Albert Museum is governed by U.K. law on disposal of objects from the
collection. However, the Victoria and Albert Museum is considering the
request seriously, the spokesperson said.
* Turkish shadow theater artist Metin Ozlen, who has been making
depictions of Turkish shadow plays and their characters for more than 50
years, now wants to sell his unique collection due to health problems,
reports the Anatolia News Agency.
He says a buyer abroad has offered him 2.5 million euros, but he wants
his collection to remain in Turkey.
Mr. Ozlen said his collection not only included Karagoz and Hacivat
depictions but also a 10-piece depiction of historical Iznik oil lamps
that were made using impala leather. He said his collection was the only
one of its type in Turkey and had a historical value. "This is the most
special part of my collection."
Mr. Ozlen said the art of depiction was difficult. "This is my field of
expertise. Each depiction is not simply an artwork. I have been appointed
as an expert at the Culture Ministry.s Public Culture Information and
Document Center. I have classified 1,500 depictions in company with
ministry officials," he said.
Mr. Ozlen.s collection includes traditional Turkish plays like "Hamam"
(Turkish Bath), "Asiklar" (Folk Poets), "Leyla ile Mecnun" (Leyla and
Mecnun), "Ferhat ile Sirin" (Ferhat and Sirin), "Kanli Nigar" (Bloody
Nigar) and "Tahir ile Zuhre" (Tahir and Zuhre) as well as a Van Luschan
collection and various characters like Piri Fani and Adam and Eve.
* According to the Anatolia News Agency, the eighth International
Hittitology Congress, which was held for the first time in the northern
Anatolian province of Corum in 1990, has kicked off in the Polish capital
The congress continued until Friday with the participation of 17 Turkish
scientists at Warsaw University, according to a statement from the central
Turkish province of Corum Governor.s Office.
The Hittites were a Bronze Age people of Anatolia, what is now most of
Turkey. They established a kingdom centered at Hattusa in north-central
Anatolia c. the 18th century BC. The Hittite empire reached its height c.
the 14th century BC, encompassing a large part of Anatolia, north-western
Syria about as far south as the mouth of the Litani River (in present-day
Lebanon), and eastward into upper Mesopotamia. The Hittite military made
successful use of chariots.
One hundred papers will be presented at this year.s congress. The
congress will be organized in Corum again in 2014.
* The Turkish National Library has announced plans to translate the
content of old Ottoman newspapers published up until 1928 into modern
Turkish as part of a European Union-backed project titled "Newspaper",
reports the Anatolia News Agency.
The total number of pages to be transcribed is around 800,000, according
to the project.s coordinator, Erdal Naneci, who added that only news and
article titles would be transcribed into modern Turkish, "so that the
researches will have [an idea of the] content of the newspapers."
* Anatolia News Agency reports that Kazan, the capital city of the
Republic of Tatarstan, is hosting the International Muslim Film Festival.
The honorary guest of the event is the Italian actress Ornella Muti.
According to the organization committee, the festival is headed by the
Russian Muslims Mufti Ravil Gaynuddin and organized by the Russian Muslims
Mufti Directorate, Tatarstan Culture Ministry and Kazan Governor.s Office.
The festival, which was first organized in 2005 with the initiation of
the Russian Muftis Council, aims to exchange experiences among near and
far Islamic countries in the field of culture and the arts, and introduce
people to Islam and Muslims.
The International Turkish Culture Organization, or TURKSOY, will also
present a special award at the festival that will be joined by 83 films
from 28 countries, including Turkey. Forty-eight films, including 14
feature films, nine short films, eight feature documentaries, eight short
documentaries and nine animated films will compete at this year.s
Turkish director Belma Bas.s first feature film "Zefir" (Zephyr), which
has won awards at various international film festivals, will compete at
the Festival. Bas.s short film "Poyraz" also competed at the Cannes Films
Festival in 2006.
The other Turkish film competing in the feature film category is "72.
Kogus" (72nd Cell), adapted from famous Turkish novelist Orhan Kemal.s
work with the same title.
Three Turkish films will also compete in the short films category;
"Basari" (Success) by Selim Akgul, "Beklerken" (Waiting) by Burak Cevik
and Kutay Denizler, and "Guvercin" (Dove) by Muhammed Abdulrauf Sahin.
Haydar Demirtas.s "Babam Tarih Yapiyor" (My Father is Making History)
will compete at the documentary section of the festival while Murat Pay.s
"Kavusma" (Reunion) will also compete at the animation category that will
be held for the first time this year.
The festival will continue until Sept. 11.
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Sotheby.s will present Turkophilia
Revealed, an exhibition of Ottoman art in private collections, at
Sotheby.s Paris from Sept. 19-22. The exhibition, which will be held
during the 14th International Congress on Turkish Art, will comprise
important examples of silverware, ceramics, textiles, calligraphy and
"The diversity of Turkey.s decorative arts and Europe.s Orientalist
fascination with the Ottoman world are examined in a range of treasures
spanning four centuries," said Edward Gibbs, Sotheby.s senior director and
head of the Middle East and Islamic Art Department.
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, the 9th Bach Days started on
Wednesday with the European Baroque Orchestra.s concert at the St. Anthony
Church on Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul.s central Beyoglu district.
The orchestra gave a second concert Thursday at Santa Maria Church in
Beyoglu.s Tunel neighborhood.
The Ninth Istanbul Bach days will continue through September with other
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, the 48th International Antalya
Golden Orange Film Festival, which will take place in Turkey's southern
province of Antalya between Oct. 8 and 14, will host British actress and
singer Jane Birkin.
Born in Britain in 1946, Ms. Birkin is best known as the muse of Serge
Gainsbourg, who wrote several of her albums, and for her work on screen
collaborating with such directors as Jacques Rivette, Agns Varda and
Jacques Doillon . a factor that has resulted in her becoming famous in
* Turkey.s Culinary Arts Academy has been awarded by the World Association
of Chefs Societies, or WACS, for its high-quality standards in the fields
of cooking and cake-bread selling.
The institute has accepted the brand at a ceremony attended by Turkish
Culture and Tourism Ministry Undersecretary Ozgur Ozaslan.
* The Ciragan Palace of Turkey has just completed a decade of catering
Ottoman food onboard the world-renowned Venice Simplon-Orient-Express for
its arrival to Istanbul.
The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, which inspired Agatha Christie and
Alfred Hitchcock and many others, departed from Paris on Sept. 2, 2011,
and arrived in Istanbul Tuesday, after a journey through Budapest,
Bucharest and Varna.
* According to the Anatolia News agency, The Choir of Civilizations will
give concerts in seven provinces in the seven geographical regions of
Formed by Muslim, Christian and Jewish Turkish citizens, the choir gives
message of peace, unity and solidarity with their songs and hymns.
The 120-member choir was established by the Hatay Governor.s Office in
southern Turkey in 2007. Songs and hymns are preformed in the Turkish,
Armenian, Hebrew, Arab, Latin and Italian languages.
Concerts by the choir have been heard in Brussels by European Parliament
members and in New York after Turkey.s election to the U.N. Security
Council. "We have also taken the stage in Germany, Greece and Austria,"
said Yilmaz Ozfirat, chairman of the Choir of Civilizations Association.
In December the Choir of Civilizations is expected to be announced as a
nominee for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize. "We hope that we can win the
prize," the choir chairman said, speaking about a project to combine a
church, a synagogue and a mosque in one location in Hatay. "We are going
to prove to the whole world that adherents of different faiths can
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, the eight-day film event Filmekimi
is celebrating its 10th anniversary this October with a new plan to take
the festival further afield, traveling to Izmir, Bursa, Konya, Trabzon and
Diyarbakir after Istanbul. The program of the festival was announced
Tuesday at a press conference.
Almost 40 movies, many of which have premiered or won awards at
prestigious international festivals such as Berlin, Cannes, Venice and
Toronto, will be screened during the festival, which is being organized by
the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts.
* According to the Anatolia News Agency, artifacts unearthed during
excavations in the ancient city of Sagalassos in the southern province of
Burdur.s Aglasun district will be exhibited in Belgium.
The exhibition, titled "Sagalassos: City of Dreams," will start Oct. 25,
2011, and continue until June 17, 2012.
"The remains will be exhibited in the Gallo-Roman Museum in Tongeren,
the oldest city in Belgium. There will be 238 works in the exhibition,"
Burdur Provincial Director of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Tanir said in a
The exhibition will include, scripts, sculptures, a frieze of dancing
girls, oil lamps, rings, pots, women.s portraits and eye drop bottles,
* According to Melis Alphan of Hurriyet Daily News, The fifth Istanbul
Fashion Week started Wednesday and will run until Sunday.
In a departure from previous years, there was no state protocol, no
opening ceremony and no presentation of plaques this time around.
In Turkey, Europe.s second and the world.s fourth largest textile
supplier, a new generation of designers are emerging, and the fashion week
that is taking place at the center of Beyoglu, one of Istanbul.s most
historical centers, is hosting a great number of young Turkish designers.
The goal in the minds of this year.s IFW organizers is to establish the
city as the fashion capital of the region. Istanbul-based designers are
not only showcasing their work for the global fashion press, they are also
trying to connect with foreign markets.
In total, 22 fashion shows are taking place with the contribution of 22
designers and five brands during the week.
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel,
a Belgian classical music orchestra, will perform in Turkey for the first
time when it stages concerts at Istanbul.s Hagia Irene Church on Sept. 17
and at the ancient city of Ephesus. Celcus Library in Izmir on Sept. 19.
Income from the Ephesus concert will be donated to the Ephesus
* Turkish Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk has gathered a series of lectures
that he gave at Harvard university in a new book, reports the Hurriyet
Daily News correspondent Ihsan Yilmaz.
The book is titled " Naive And Sentimental Novelist".
The Norton Lectures were very prestigious speeches, Pamuk said, adding
that in the past the lecture series has seen contributions by Umberto Eco,
Italo Calvino, Igor Stravinsky, Jorge Luis Borges, Frank Stella and Frank
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, secret agent 007 is coming to
James Bond, one of Hollywood.s most enduring characters, will have new
adventures in the city.s historical neighborhood Sultanahmet in the next
film in the series.
Director Sam Mendes has received permission from Turkish Culture
Minister Ertugrul Gunay to shoot scenes for the film in Sultanahmet
The film will be released in 2012 and has further importance as the
series will celebrate its 50th anniversary. Actor Daniel Craig will play
Bond for the third time.
EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.79
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey: 82/59 Mostly Sunny
Antalya, on the Mediterranean: 86/75 Mostly Sunny
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 86/68 Mostly Sunny
Izmir, on the Aegean: 90/72 Mostly Sunny
Trabzon, on the Black Sea: 72/68 Showers
Van, in Eastern Turkey 75/48 Mostly Sunny
Black Sea measured at Trabzon 77
Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 75
Aegean Sea measured at Izmir 79
Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 82
[Saat 18:30 and 19:30 'da iki kez okuyun]
*** We are giving away free tickets with a drawing to the Yilmaz Guney
that will be shown at Pacific Film Archive September 17 through October 9.
Please send an email to trh@... to be included in the drawing.
Anatolian Outlaw: Yilmaz Guney
September 17 - October 9
Renegade Turkish actor/filmmaker Yilmaz Guney (1931.84) created a cinema
that took key elements of Turkish and Kurdish outlaw folklore and merged
them into a hypnotic blend of Italian and Hollywood Westerns, Third World
cinema, and social realism. This series features eight of his films,
including the 1982 winner of the Palme d.Or at Cannes, Yol.
For more information: http://bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries/guney
The Pacific Film Archive Theater is located at 2575 Bancroft Way (between
Telegraph and Bowditch) in Berkeley. Advance tickets are available by
(510) 642-5249 or visiting
For more information on these and other programs, visit
*** Turkish Community School is starting on
Sunday, September 18th
The Bay Area Turkish Community School (BATCS) was founded by the
Turkish-American community living in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1989.
objectives of BATCS are:
* to improve the Turkish speaking, reading, writing and comprehension
skills of children ages between 3-12
* to teach Turkish culture, values, traditions and history
The classes are also mixed with fun activities for children such as
new friends, learning new games and songs, and going to field trips.
programs, including audio-visual presentations and Bayram potlucks,
celebrate national and religious holidays. We believe BATCS will help
develop bonding among our children by providing a sense of belonging and
To enroll your kid just go to the school on the first day of the classes!
Hillview Community Center
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97 Hillview Avenue
Los Altos, CA 94022
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*** Azerbaijan Cultural Society of Northern California
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*** ACSNC will be having its annual picnic on Sunday, September 25, 2011
Vasona Lake Park
in Los Gatos
Grilled chicken sandwiches, drinks, desserts and snacks will be available
There will also be various games and tournaments for adults and children.
There will also have "Azerbaijan" logo t-shirts available for purchase in
white and denim blue colors for men, women and children.
Bring your friends and family and come enjoy a relaxing, fun day with your
community and friends.
*** Turkish Classical Music Chorus started practices again.
They are looking for singers and players of instruments
Join them on Friday evenings in San Jose
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