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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 29 October 2011
[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 29 October 2011]
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* On Sunday October 23rd, Turkey's eastern province of Van was jolted with
a major earthquake measuring 7.2 on the richter scale.
As of Saturday, death toll stood at 582. Many victims are still trapped
under rubble and this number is expected to rise.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Turkey's parliament will debate a
law aimed at razing substandard buildings that might collapse in future
The Turkish American communities throughout US has started fund raising
efforts for relief work and supplies.
Among these are :
- Turkish Philanthropy Funds: http://www.tpfund.org/
- The American Turkish Society: http://www.americanturkishsociety.org/
- Bridge to Turkey: http://bridgetoturkiye.org/
The local Turkish American Association of California is also soliciting
contributions. The main effort will be at its annual Republic Day
celebrations this Saturday. Celebrations will take place in Palo Alto. The
TAAC lists on its website at http://taaca.org/ organizations that are
accepting donations with a matching contribution by Microsoft.
* The Turkish daily Hurriyet reports that aid is coming to Van, Turkey
from all corners of the World. Turkey's Red Crescent, the local equivalent
of Red Cross, declared earlier that it is not able to meet the demand for
tents. Earlier in the week Turkish governement aanouced that it would not
need outside help. This was much criticsed by the opposition parties.
Hurriyet says that more than 12 countries have offered help, including
Israel, Ukraine, France, Russia, Britain, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan.
Although the realtions between the two countries have not been good
recently, Hurriyet also wrote that Israel delivered to Turkey
prefabricated houses, blankets and beds with an Israeli arilines cargo
* Speaking of Israel, the Turkish daily Aksam wrote on Friday that the
defense magazine ?Jane?s Defence Weekly? wrote that the defense trade
between Israel and Turkey was continuing despite ban.
The magazine wrote that the past defense trade between the two countries
has been substantial, with Turkey a major export market for many Israeli
The article reiterated that Turkey has suspended all military
cooperation with Israel including sales of defense equipment in September.
* According to the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet, Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton is set to arrive in Turkey next week to attend the Istanbul
Conference for Afghanistan to be hosted by Turkey's Foreign Affairs
Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
* Daily Cumhuriyet also reported that a delegation chaired by Alexander
Vershbow, US Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security
Affairs, held contacts in the Turkish capital Ankara and meetings at the
Foreign Affairs Ministry.
Stating that the visit was scheduled following recent Kurdistan Workers
Party attacks in the eastern township of Cukurca in Turkey, Turkey's
Foreign Affairs Ministry spkesperson Selcuk Unal said that ways to further
improve the cooperation between Turkey and the US as part of combating
terrorism were discussed with the delegation.
* The daily Star reported Tuesday that a special delegation which consists
of officials from the US Secretary of State, FBI and CIA commissioned by
President Obama arrived in Ankara to follow-up the financial dimensions of
The delegation discussed the methods aimed at boosting cooperation in
intelligence, as well as the coordination which is conducted to cut
financial resources of the terrorist organization, anmely Kurdistan
Workers Party, and other associations connected to the organization.
As part of their contacts, terrorism specialists will consider the
changing tactics in attacks and find out if it receives support from other
* According to the Turkish dailies, the ?Germany train? of the Turkish
Radio and Television Corporation Wednesday departed from Istanbul?s
Sirkeci train station for Germany on the occasion of the 50th anniversary
of the labor force exchange agreement signed between Turkey and Germany.
The ceremony which was organized prior to departure was attended by
Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek, European Union Affairs Minister and Chief
Negotiator Egemen Bagis, Istanbul Governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu, Turkish
State Railways General Director Suleyman Karaman and German Consul General
in Istanbul Brita Wagener.
Speaking at the ceremony, Cicek stressed that the efforts exerted by
Turkish guest workers have contributed to the current level of welfare in
Bagis also emphasized the change which has occurred in Turkey in the
last 50 years, saying that guest workers had a uniting effect between
Turkey and Germany.
Following the ceremony, the train carrying representatives of the first
generation of guest workers, as well as artists, politicians, journalists
departed ?by order of? Bagis.
The train will be welcomed at the Munich train station on October 31,
namely, the anniversary of agreement.
* According to the Turkish daily Star, the Turkish Industrialists? and
Businessmen?s Association and the Brookings Institute signed an agreement.
Within the framework of the agreement, the Association-US-Turkish forum
will be opened with cooperation of the two institutions as part of the
Brookings Institute?s Turkey Project.
The forum will carry out such activities as meetings, publications and
Speaking after the signature ceremony, Brookings Institute President
Strobe Talbott said that a new era started between the Turkish
Industrialists? and Businessmen?s Association and Brookings Institute.
Speaking in her part, the chairperson of the Turkish Industrialists? and
Businessmen?s Association Ms. Umit Boyner stated that their cooperation
would start a new era in Turkish-US relations and that the agreement
signed with the Brookings Institute would ensure that the role played by
Turkey in the world is promoted in a better way.
* According to the daily Hurriyet, Turkey signed an agreement with
Azerbaijan on Tuesday to supply natural gas to the much-discussed Nabucco
pipeline project, which will transport Caspian gas across Turkey to
At the signing ceremony, Turkey's prime minister Mr. Recep Tayyip
Erdogan said he was expecting the completion of the pipeline?s
construction between Turkey and Azerbaijan next year.
Turkey will buy 6 billion cubic meters of gas from Azerbaijan and will
help with the transfer of another 10 billion cubic meters of natural gas
to Europe via the Nabucco pipeline.
ARTS AND CULTURE
Edited by Colleen Clark
* Istanbul Modern hosts "Uncanny Encounters" photography exhibition.
Hurriyet Daily News reports that the exhibition features recent works by
six younger generation female artists from Turkey, such as Silva Bingaz,
Banu Cennetoglu, Cinar Eslek, Zeren Goktan, Zeynep Kayan, Melisa Onel.
The artists not only deal with the philosophical, socio-cultural,
individual, and artistic aspects of uncanny encounters through their
visual narratives, but they also explore the possibilities of photography
today. The scope of this research will be extended by a series of
conversations and meetings featuring the artists and experts.
"Uncanny" is a concept employed mainly in art and philosophy to describe
the unsettling feeling evoked by something that is strange and foreign,
yet astonishingly close and familiar at the same time. Uncanniness has
ties to a peculiar sense of "d?j? vu," and implies the unpredictable, the
unexpected, the unclear, the recalled, and the uncertain. The first
encounter with a photograph generates an uncanny feeling. Certain
photographs also present a subject, object, or form which can be uncanny,
and the photographer?s own approach may render the visual outcome uncanny.
The exhibition will last until January 22.
See more at
* A new exhibition at Istanbul's Pera Museum is shedding light on the
first excavations conducted by American archaeologists in the Ottoman
Empire and the relations between the two states through the prism of one
of the empire?s most famous scholar, Osman Hamdi Bey, reports Hurriyet
Exhibited on the third-floor gallery of the Pera Museum, "Osman Hamdi
Bey and the Americans: Archaeology, Diplomacy, Art" is based on the
intersecting lives of painter, archaeologist and museologist Osman Hamdi
Bey, American archaeologist and photographer John Henry Haynes and
German-born Assyriologist Professor Hermann Vollrath Hilprecht.
Osman Hamdi Bey (1842-1910), was an important Oriental painter who made
substantial and lifelong contributions to various fields of culture and
arts such as painting, archaeology, museums and art education.
The show, which began Oct. 15, is being curated by Professor Renata
Holod and Professor Robert Ousterhout from the University of Pennsylvania
and is displaying a rich selection of paintings by the Ottoman scholar,
archaeological photographs and drawings from the 19th century, letters,
travel journals, and archaeological artifacts for the first time in
Turkey. Unique selection from Osman Hamdi Bey
The unique selection is on loan from the University of Pennsylvania, the
Istanbul Archaeological Museums, the Istanbul Museum of Painting and
Sculpture, the Fine Arts Museum Boston and private collections. Two
unknown works of Osman Hamdi Bey discovered at the Pennsylvania Museum
will also be put on display.
In addition to the exhibition, Pera Museum is presenting a special ode
to Osman Hamdi Bey with works from the Suna and Inan Kirac Foundation
Collection in its Sevgi and Erdogan Gonul Galleries as part of its new
Orientalist painting exhibition, "Intersecting Worlds: Ambassadors and
More than 100 years after his death, the legacy of Osman Hamdi Bey lives
on in the works of academics, institutions and museums. He continues to
make headlines and serve as a topic of heated debates.
The exhibition, which is being jointly organized by the Pera Museum and
the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology,
will continue until Jan. 8, 2012.
See more at
* Speech Bubbles is performing "The Witches of Oz," based on the smash
Broadway musical hit "Wicked" at Profilo Shopping Center in Sisli?s
Mecidiyekoy area, reports Hurriyet Daily News.
"The Witches of Oz? tells the story of two young witches; one, an
insecure outcast, and the other confident and outgoing. Their relationship
grows from rivalry to deep friendship as they reconcile their very
different viewpoints concerning politics, ambition, and the role of the
individual in society. The audience can expect a visit from a certain girl
from Kansas, but before that, the show explores the lives of the women who
would change her life forever.
"The Witches of Oz" has a serious message enlivened by its witty
characters and references to "The Wizard of Oz," marvelous music, amazing
costumes and an uplifting ending. The theater is close to Profilo, has
free parking, and is near the metro.
The Speech Bubbles Educational Drama group aims to motivate young
learners of English through the use of drama. The group has successfully
performed in many schools and educational establishments throughout Turkey
and abroad. Each year, Speech Bubbles produces a musical that aims to
support charities that benefit children and education. Everyone in the
group is unpaid, donating their time, services and expertise to give
something back to underprivileged Turkish children.
Information is available from http://www.speechbubbles.org
See more at
* Hurriyet Daily News reports that Turkey?s prominent rock bands are
gathering to raise charity funds through a concert on Oct. 30 for the
eastern province of Van which is badly damaged by a recent 7.2 magnitude
"It all started while we were discussing how meaningless it was to
cancel entertainment events due to the suffering in Van," Nadir Duman, who
is helping organize the event, told the Hurriyet Daily News earlier this
week. "They should instead donate all the concert revenue to a charity
bringing aid to the province."
Rock singer Hayko Cepkin changed his travel plans so that he could take
part in the event, while the members of the rock band Duman agreed to take
the stage again right after they land in Istanbul from a concert in the
eastern province of Kars.
See more at
* Turkish pianist Idil Biret will play with Presidency Orchestra for the
martyrs of Turkey. The concert will be conducted by Rengim Gokmen and will
include the compositions of Samuel Barber, Yalcin Tura and Beethoven,
reports Hurriyet Daily News.
Ms. Biret has been a State Artist since 1971, an honorary title issued
to artists by the government of Turkey for their contributions to the
Ms. Biret also received the following awards: the Lily Boulanger
Memorial Prize in Boston (U.S.), the Harriet Cohen/Dinu Lipatti Gold Medal
in London (UK) the Polish Prize for Artistic Merits, the National Knight
Merit Order of France, the Adelaide Ristori Prize, Italy. In 2007 she was
decorated with Distinguished Service Order - Cavalry Cross by the Polish
President Lech Kaczynski for her contributions to Polish culture with her
recordings and performances of Chopin?s music.
See more at
* NY times reports that the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Islamic collecion
is returning to view. The museum's Islamic galleries were closed since
2003 for renovation.
As of Tuesday the learning can go forward. The Met?s Islamic collection
is available in what are now being called the galleries for the Art of the
Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia and Later South Asia.
The art , some 1,200 works spanning more than 1,000 years, is beyond
fabulous. An immense cultural vista ? necessary, liberating,
intoxicatingly pleasurable ? has been restored to the city.
See more at
Also in the NYTimes Magazine, Sunday Oct. 30.
"At the Met, a New Vision for Islam in Hostile Times"
* The Textile Museum and the Turkish Cultural Foundation are presenting a
lecture by Nurhan Atasoy on Sunday at 2 PM at the Textile Museum in
Washington, D.C.. The exhibit is titled "Costumes of theOttoman Sultans."
Dr. Nurhan Atasoy is the Turkish Cultural Foundation Senior Scholar in
Residence. She is one of the world?s leading experts on Ottoman art and
architecture. In her lecture she will describe the extraordinary costumes
designed for and worn by the Ottoman court over four centuries, and chart
the stylistic changes to these sumptuous costumes over time.
Prof. Dr. Nurhan Atasoy received her B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from the
Department of Fine Arts and Art History in the Faculty of Letters at
Istanbul University. She served as a Department Chairman in the Department
of Fine Arts, a Department Chairman in the Department of Archeology and
Art History and finally as a Dean in the Faculty of Letters. She retired
from Istanbul University in1999. During her academic life, Prof. Dr.
Atasoy attended and lectured at many international congresses and
symposiums, and participated in research and international meetings on
Turkish and Islamic art throughout the world. Prof. Dr. Atasoy has
numerous publications, including 80 articles and 20 books.
Prof. Dr. Atasoy holds many awards and titles from many esteemed
national and international institutions such as a medal of Pro Merito from
the Council of Europe, Strasbourg 1984; Memphis Municipality (U.S.A.),
Honorary Citizenship, 1989; a Medallion and cash prize from the Economic
Cooperation Organization award for the year 1992 in recognition of
outstanding performance in the field of Fine Arts, 1993; Award for
theoutstanding performance in Turkish Museum Studies and Archaeology,
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Turkey, 1993; The selection of
"Otagi Humayun: Imperial Ottoman Tents", (Istanbul 2000) as the "Book of
the Year" by the Textile Society of America and monetary award, 2000,
Senior Fellowship of the Department of Landscape, Dumbarton Oaks, Harvard
University 2004 and State Award for Superior Achievement, 2006.
For information see http://www.textilemuseum.org/calendar/calendar.htm
under October 30th
* American Friends of Turkey is presenting three events before the
holidays. The first one is on Wednesday, Nov. 2 and titled "Discovering
Perge: Celebrating 65 Years of Excavations on Turkey?s Mediterranean
The 20-panel Exhibition from Istanbul University, in full color, is
stunning! The exhibition will be accomponied by a lecture by Dr. Inci
Delemen on the work being done by Istanbul University at this site.
The second event is on Thursday, Nov. 10 . Commemorating the day of
Ataturk?s death, this year?s lecture will be given by Princeton?s Prof.
Sukru Hanioglu, speaking on "Ataturk: An Intellectual Biography." The
lecture will be at 6:30 at the Turkish Embassy, 2525 Massachusetts Ave.
On Wednesday, Nov. 30 the event is titled " What Travelers to Ottoman
Lands Found: 'Anatolian Towns and Cities'"
The event part of the Embassy lecture series abd will feature two
experts on Ottoman and Turkish architecture and city planning - University
of Maryland?s Professor Emeritus William Bechhoefer and former University
of Maryland Professor and now architect and professor in Adana, Turkey,
The joint lecture will discuss how Anatolian towns teach lessons about
human cultures living in harmony with nature. Traditional Anatolian towns
and cities seen by travelers to Ottoman lands hold qualities that are far
superior to current city planning in Turkey and around the world. The two
speakers will suggest how these concepts may serve as alternatives for
transforming and improving the quality of our contemporary cities. This
lecture is free and open to the public.
Two Musical Events at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. Open to the
The Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Harvard Department
of Music will have a workshop with Ahmet Erdogdular on October 29, 2011
7:00 pm at the Adams House, Lower Common Room.
The workshop is titled "The Voice in Classical Turkish Repertoire"
Ahmet Erdogdular is one of the most important musicians of the new
generation in Turkish classical music. Studying the Ottoman repertoire and
following its style, Ahmet restored from history such vocal classical
compositions as kar, beste, naat, and durak to present. Analyzing the
techniques of old masters of Ottoman music, he learned and preserved many
of the classical vocal improvisational forms including gazel and kaside.
Ahmet recorded music and performed in concerts as a lead singer while
still a teenager. Starting at an early age with his father, neyzen Omer
Erdogdular, he continued his musical development with the guidance of the
renowned musician Niyazi Sayin. Ahmet graduated from the Istanbul
Technical University State Conservatory where he completed his master?s
degree in Turkish classical music. Ahmet's two latest albums Songs of the
Sultans-Masterpieces of Turkish Classical Music and Niyaz-Sufi Songs of
Love were released in New York and received worldwide attention. Ahmet
Erdogdular participated in various festivals in Europe, Asia, and the
United States performing both Ottoman classical and Sufi music. He was a
visiting scholar at Columbia University and City University of New York,
Graduate Center Ethnomusicology department. Ahmet Erdogdular plays tanbur,
oud and percussion and devotes his time to performing and teaching Ottoman
Turkish classical music. He is based in New York and Istanbul.
* Harvard univeristy is having another workshop on November 4, 2011 at
3:30-5:00 pm in CMES Room 102 .
The workshop is titled "Notions of Style (uslup) in Ottoman Music: The
Mevlevi Ayin" and will be conducted by Mehmet Ali Sanlikol.
The final 30 minutes of the workshop will be devoted to playing portions
of the Ferafez? Ayin composed by Hammamizade Ismail Dede.
A second workshop will also be conducted by Dr. Sanlikol on Dec. 8, 2011
at 3:30-5 pm: "Notions of Style (uslup) in Ottoman Music: The Fasil."
Mehmet Ali Sanlikol came to the US in 1993 when he won a scholarship to
Berklee College of Music. In 1997, he founded the contemporary jazz
ensemble AudioFact and later toured Mexico, Argentina, the US and Europe.
The same year, he received Berklee College of Music?s Clare Fischer Award
and completed his degree in Jazz Composition and Film Scoring. In 2000 he
graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with a Master?s
degree in Jazz Composition. In 2003 he taught in the theory and music
history departments of New England Conservatory and in 2004 Mehmet
completed his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Composition at the New
In addition to a number of CDs and DVDs he released with the
Boston-based DUNYA, Mehmet also released two CDs with AudioFact. He
composed for, performed and toured with international stars and ensembles
such as Tiger Okoshi, Bob Brookmeyer, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Okay
Temiz, Erkan Ogur, Yansimalar, Omar Faruk Tekbilek and The Boston
Camerata, at numerous prestigious international music festivals and venues
such as the Blue Note Jazz club in New York.
He is currently a faculty member at Emerson College and Brown
University. Sanlikol actively delivers papers and talks at academic
conferences such as Sohbet-i Osmaniye series at Harvard University?s
Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal
Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University. His book, entitled The
Musician Mehters, about the organization and the music of the Ottoman
Janissary Bands was published in 2011 in English by The ISIS press and in
Turkish by Yapi Kredi Yayinlari.
See more at http://cmes.hmdc.harvard.edu/node/2901
EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.83
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey: 55/32 Partly Cloudy
Antalya, on the Mediterranean: 75/57 Mostly Sunny
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 61/52 Mostly Cloudy
Izmir, on the Aegean: 68/50 Mostly Sunny
Trabzon, on the Black Sea: 57/50 Rainy
Van, in Eastern Turkey 46/28 Sleet
Black Sea measured at Trabzon 66
Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 63
Aegean Sea measured at Izmir 66
Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 73
* Premiere League
* Results for week: 8
Samsun Sp - Karabuk Sp 0 - 0
B. $ehir Bld. Sp - Eski$ehir Sp 2 - 2
Ordu Sp - Bursa Sp 1 - 1
G. Saray - G. Antep Sp 2 - 4
Trabzon Sp - Antalya Sp 2 - 2
G. Birligi - Kayseri Sp 1 - 0
Sivas Sp - Mersin Idman Yurdu 1 - 0
Manisa Sp - Ankaragucu 2 - 0
Be$iKta$ - Fenerbahce 2 - 2
In games played so far this weekend: 9
Antalya Sp - Ordu Sp 1 - 1
G. Antep Sp - Trabzon Sp 0 - 1
Eski$ehir Sp - Samsun Sp 1 - 0
Bursa Sp - Manisa Sp 0 - 0
Kayseri Sp - G. Saray 0 - 2
Ankaragucu - B. $ehir Bld. Sp 1 - 2
Be$iKta$ - Sivas Sp 3 - 1
Standing in the league as of week ending 8
1 - Fenerbahce 18
2 - Ordu Sp 15
3 - B. $ehir Bld. Sp 14
4 - G. Saray 14
5 - Manisa Sp 14
6 - Be$iKta$ 14
7 - Trabzon Sp 13
8 - Bursa Sp 11
9 - G. Birligi 11
10 - Sivas Sp 11
11 - Kayseri Sp 10
12 - Mersin Idman Yurdu 10
13 - Antalya Sp 9
14 - G. Antep Sp 8
15 - Eski$ehir Sp 8
16 - Karabuk Sp 8
17 - Samsun Sp 7
18 - Ankaragucu 1
[Saat 18:30 and 19:30 'da iki kez okuyun]
*** 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. The
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 meeting
new friends, learning new games and songs, and going to field trips. Special
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
Rooms 14 and 16
97 Hillview Avenue
Los Altos, CA 94022
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*** 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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TELL YOUR FRIENDS who might be interested joining the chorus.