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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 05 November 2011
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* According to the daily Milliyet, many Turks took the matter into their own hands when the
government cancelled the commemoration activities for the anniversary of the establishment
of the republic. Here is what the Milliyet article said:
Following the government's decision to call off most official ceremonies to mark the 88th
anniversary of the republic on October 29 due to the ongoing mourning for victims of a
devastating earthquake which occurred in the southern province of Van and resulted in many
deaths and injuries, Turkish people organized their own ceremonies in torchlight
processions two days ago.
As part of celebrations, thousands of people came together at the
Guven Park in Ankara and marched to the first Parliament building. The torchlight
procession organized in Kirklareli was attended by 8,000 people, who also marched for ten
kilometers with Turkish flags in their hands.
In Izmir, approximately 2,000 people attended
the ceremonies which were organized under leadership of the Republican People's Party
provincial chairman's office in Izmir.
Furthermore, tens of thousands of people organized a torchlight procession starting from
the Baghdad Street in Istanbul and pledged loyalty to the Republic. In Denizli, 5,000
people who are also members of the Denizli Democracy Platform carried a 300-meter-long
Turkish flag in their march.
* According to the Turkish daily Aksam, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended the
B20 Business Council which was held on November 2-3 in Cannes, France. After delivering a
speech at the business council, Erdogan answered reporters' questions about the crisis in
Greece along with other questions.
Erdogan defined Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou as a dear friend, adding that he
hoped the Greek economy would recover soon.
Erdogan said that Turkey was aware of the importance of a sound banking sector. He added
that the average capital ratio of Turkish banks was 17 percent, which clearly shows how
assuring our financial institutions are.
* According to the Turkish dailies, the leader of the Iraqi Kurdistan Masoud Barzani
visited Turkey. Mr. Barzani's visit comes after the attacks by the rebel Turkish Kurds on
military targets which killed 24 Turkish military.
Turkish officials asked for the Iraqi Kurds' help in combatting the rebel Turkish Kurd
organization Kurdistan Workers Party, which has hide-outs in Iraqi mountains right across
the border from Turkey. However, the Turkish daily Hurriyet wrote that Barzani snubbed the
He said that he opposes military action on the Kurdistan Workers Party and called for
leaders to find a political solution.
* Speaking of Kurds, both Turkey's domestic press and the international media gave large
coverage to Turkey's recent crackdown on Kurdish activists. The crackdown came in the
aftermath of the deadly Kurdish rebel attacks.
As part of the crackdown, Turkish authorities arrested hundreds suspected of aiding the
Among the arrested was a publisher, Ragip Zarakolu, and a professor Busra Ersanli. Their
arrests led to many in Turkey and abroad to criticize the Turkish authorities.
The critics allege that Turkey is actually suppressing the free speech rights of the
individuals, and that most of the arrested have not committed any violent acts.
* According to the Turkish daily Star, Abdurrahim al-Keib, the newly elected Prime Minister
of Libya's Interim National Transition Council, said on Thursday that both the Turkish
government and Turkish people have always stood in solidarity with Libyan people, adding,
"We wrote this situation to our hearts and history books will write this as well."
Stressing the importance of relations between Turkey and Libya, al-Keib said, "We greatly
respect both the Turkish government and Turkish people."
On the other side of the fence, according to the Anatolian News Agency Moammar Gadhafi
did not have any bad feelings toward Turkish people even though he was not happy about his
relations with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a confidant of the late leader
Last November, Mr. Erdogan received the Gadhafi International Prize for Human Rights from
the Libyan leader in Istanbul.
* According to the Indianapolis Business Journal, a Turkish company is setting up
manufacturing operations in Muncie.
Kermit USA LLC, a manufacturer and distributor of resin composite roofing systems,
announced Friday morning that it plans to add 70 jobs by 2016 as part of a $12.5 million
expansion in Muncie.
* We reported to you last week about the 50th anniversary of the signing of an agreement
between Germany and Turkey for Germans to receive Turkish workers. In both Germany and
Turkey there were commemorations for the occasion.
As part of the commemoration activities Turkey's prime Minister Mr. Erdogan attended a
gala dinner of the Migration Symposium in Berlin. In a speech at the dinner, Mr. Erdogan
said there are three million Turks living in Germany now. Turks own about 70,000 businesses
in Germany and empl0y 370,000 people, contributing positively to the German economy.
In related news, Time magazine had an article in its latest issue about the Turkish
immigration to Germany. The article says "Fifty Years After the Invite, Turks Are Still
Outsiders in Germany".
See more at http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2098464,00.html
* The Turkish daily Aksam reports that Turkish Exporters Assembly disclosed the latest
export figures, which indicate a record.
According to the Assembly, exports amounted to $111.38 billion in the first ten months of
2011, an increase of 20.18 percent.
ARTS AND CULTURE
Edited by Colleen Clark
* Hatice Utkan of Hurriyet Daily News reports that Turkish soap operas are very successful
these days both domestically and internationally. But their success is not only limited to
TV ratings; many accessories worn by soap opera stars are creating ?new trends' and
sometimes ?identity problems', according to experts.
"Magnificent Century" character Hurrem's ring, "Forbidden Love" character Bihter's
necklace and bracelet and "I called her Feriha" protagonist Feriha's ring can all be found
at retail outlets and on the internet.
See more at
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts is
planning to organize the first Istanbul Design Biennial next year with the aim of
highlighting the importance of design in production, economics, cultural interaction and
quality of life.
Emre Arolat, a Turkish architect, and Joseph Grima will curate the design biennial.
The biennial will include national and international design exhibitions, thematic
presentations, workshops, seminars and other specific projects.
Imperfection is the theme of the first Istanbul Design Biennial. Istanbul is particularly
conducive to exploring imperfection because, while far from perfect, is one of the most
exhilarating and dynamic centers in the world. The city has infinite layers that are
charged with the vitality that comes from engaging with rapid urban, social and cultural
Istanbul's quality is that it gains so much from the imperfect, the inexact and the
provisional, according to organizers. As a theme, imperfection both celebrates Istanbul's
distinctive creative qualities and encapsulates a wider discussion about the nature of
design in the contemporary world. The theme is also set to tell the world something about
Istanbul and offer the world a sharp insight into the nature of contemporary design.
See more at
* Anatolia News Agency reports that a charity rock concert held in Istanbul on Oct. 30
succeeded in raising 500,000 Turkish Liras for the construction of a primary school in the
quake-stricken eastern province of Van, according to officials. & "Rock for Van" featured
40 prominent rock musicians and bands, all of whom participated for free.
Among the artists were 4x4, Asli, Aylin Aslim, Aydilge, Ayse Saran- Murder King, Barlas,
Can Bonomo, Cem Koksal, Cilekes, Demirhan Baylan, Demir Demirkan, Dilemma, Direc-t, Duman,
Emre Aydin, Ete Kurttekin, Feridun Duzagac, Foma, Gece, Gece Yolculari, Gripin, Haluk
Levent, Kurban, Mabel Matiz, Malt, Marsis, Melis Danismend, Model, Mogollar, Mor ve Otesi,
Multitap, Ogun Sanlisoy, Ozge Fiskin, Ozturk, Pamela, Redd, Sebnem Ferah, TNK and Yuksek
See more at
* Leading Turkish folk singers will take the stage in Istanbul on Nov. 3 to raise money for
the victims of last month's Van earthquake, following in the footsteps of a recent rock
concert that was held with a similar purpose, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
Artists Yavuz Bingol, Edip Akbayram, Suavi, Belkis Akkale, Melike Demirag, Yeni Turku
soloist Derya Koroglu, Tolga Sag, Cengiz Ozkan, Sevcan Orhan, poet Mazlum Cimen, Deniz
Oral, Erdal Erzincan, Gulay, Izzet Altinmese, Kerem Alisik, Onur Akin, Volkan Konak, Yavuz
Bingol, Zara and Zulfu Livaneli are all planning to perform at the event.
A short documentary film on Turkey's experiences with earthquakes since the 1999 Marmara
earthquake, prepared by Can Dundar, will also be screened during the event, which will be
hosted by Oktay Kaynarca and Songul Oden.
See more at
* Anatolia News Agency reports that the life, poems and philosophy of Nazim Hikmet Ran, one
of Turkey's most famous poets, will be translated into Persian in a single volume by
Iranian writer, poet and translator Ahmet Puri.
Puri has been reading Nazim's works since 1978 . The Turkish poet's life and philosophies
will also be highlighted in the same book, allowing Iranians to better understand the great
writer, Puri recently told Anatolia news agency.
While he was studying in England, Puri became acquainted with Nazim's works through a
Turkish friend. Puri was able to read the Turkish original because of his Azeri background.
Puri said he had already translated some of Nazim's poems. "I translated his first poetry
book, ?Seviyorum Seni Ekmegi Tuza Banip Yer Gibi' [I love you like dipping bread into salt
and eating it] in 1989. I translated his second poetry book in 2006."
Last month Puri visited Istanbul to give a speech about Nazim and said his admiration for
the poet, who died in exile in Moscow in 1963, led him to write a poem in honor of the
See more at
** Anatolia News Agency reports that artifacts unearthed during excavations in the ancient
city of Sagalassos in Turkey's southern province of Burdur, are on exhibition at the
Gallo-Roman Museum in Tongeren, the oldest city in Belgium.
The exhibition, titled "Sagalassos: City of Dreams," will continue until June 17.
Speaking to Anatolia News Agency, Marc Waelkens, who first started the excavations at
Sagalassos in 1990, said Turkey was one of the richest countries in the world in terms of
valuable archaeological heritage. Other countries cannot compete with Turkey in terms of
this heritage, according to Waelkens.
Sagalassos excavation works used different disciplines and reveal every detail of the
ancient world, said Waelkens. The team has gone beyond the classical archaeological
excavation works and benefited from many different sciences, he said, noting that as a
result it has revealed 10,000 years of heritage and the lives of the people who lived there
in the ancient era.
See more at
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News the Turkish Cultural Foundation will participate in
the 18th Annual International Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Fair - SOFA Chicago 2011,
which will be held at the Chicago Navy Pier Festival Hall between Nov. 4 and 6.
The Turkish Cultural Foundation will be among over 70 presentations from the United
States and across the world.
As one of the world's leading fairs of contemporary art and design, SOFA attracts
thousands of gallery and museum representatives, discerning collectors and prospective
buyers each year. Turkish Cultural Foundation will be sponsoring the participation of
Turkish artists for the fifth year at this prestigious event and is the only non-profit
organization represented at SOFA.
The Turkish Cultural Foundation's showcase of Turkish modern art at SOFA reflects the
foundation's mission to promote Turkish art and expand international opportunities for
Turkish artists. Selected from among a large number of applicants, Malik Bulut, Meral
Deger, Nejat Kavvas and Serdar Seremet will represent Turkish modern art at SOFA Chicago
See more at
* The 18th Sabanci Foundation art awards ceremony took place at The Seed concert hall at
Sabanci Museum on Nov. 1, Hurriyet Daily News reported.
The Sabanci Foundation awards were aimed at honoring promising arts students throughout
"It is still a great privilege for us to support art and artists," Turkan Sabanci said
during the art awards ceremony.
Sakip Sabanci, the late Turkish business tycoon and philanthropist, was a person who
loved arts and artists and gave a lot to Turkish artists and art, Turkan Sabanci said about
Sabanci Holding Chairwoman Guler Sabanci, Akbank General Manager Suzan Sabanci Dincer and
Mimar Sinan Fine Arts rector Yalcin Karayagiz also attended the award ceremony.
This year's awards were given to Gokce Erhan, Refik Doguhan Ozgun and Begum Mutevellioglu
in the drawing category and Baris Ilkhan, Caner Karakas and Ugur Savas in the sculpture
category. Traditional Turkish Art awards were given to Tugba Basak, Songul Avsar and Hilal
See more at
* The Festival on Wheels, which visits different provinces ever year and serves up the
latest fare from world and Turkish film for film-goers, will kick off Dec. 2 in Ankara. The
festival will continue until Dec. 18, visiting Sinop and Izmir.
There are sections dedicated to film masters, new films from Turkey, short film
compilations and special screenings that raise social and cultural issues through the
medium of film.
Over the last 16 years, the festival has rolled into Ankara, Artvin, Baku, Bursa,
Canakkale, Drama in Greece, Eskisehir, Gaziantep, Istanbul, Izmir, Kars, Kayseri, Malatya,
Mersin, Ordu, Samsun, Sarajevo and Tblisi.
See more at
* A new exhibition titled "Masterpieces of the Calligraphy Art Holy Ornamentations" opened
Nov. 1 at Istanbul's Yildiz Palace Mabeyn Pavilion and is running until Dec. 1 with a wide
array of examples from the traditional art form, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
"This branch of art is actually very diverse," Turke's president Mr. Abdullah Gul said
during the exhibition's opening ceremony. "We have many world-renowned artists in different
branches of art. Calligraphy is one of them," he added.
There has been great interest in traditional arts in recent years, and municipalities,
nongovernmental organizations and foundations have undertaken big projects dealing with
that branch of art, Mr. Gul said, noting that the Presidential Grand Awards in Culture and
Arts reflected the popularity of traditional art.
Speaking at the ceremony, Turkey's Culture Minister Ertugrul Gunay said they were looking
to turn the Telgrafhane in Gulhane Park in Istanbul into a calligraphy and book art museum.
"If we can do it, we will be able to present this richness to people for longer periods,
not just in exhibitions that continue for a few months."
The exhibition is being organized with the support of the Yildiz Holding and Antik A.S.
under the auspices of the Culture and Tourism Ministry.
See more at
* Hurriyet Daily News reports that the International Association of Art has elected
renowned Turkish painter Bedri Baykam to the executive board of Association's European
The decision was made during the eighth general meeting of the association, which took
place between Oct. 28 and Oct. 30 in Berlin.
Turkey was represented at the meeting by Mr. Baykam, the International Plastic Arts
Association Turkey National Committee chairman, as well as the committee's
secretary-general, Safiye Mine Erdurak.
Slovakia National Committee Chairman Pavol Kral was also elected as the term president at
Istanbul and Madrid competed against each other at the meeting to earn the right to form
the next International Association of Art Europe general committee in 2012. Istanbul was
chosen unanimously to organize the committee.
Mr. Baykam delivered a speech after the decisions were announced and said the UPSD would
start working immediately so that the general committee can be held successfully next year
See more at
* An album titled "Child's Mind - Child is Right", which was released by Kardes Turkuler
and Arto Tuncboyaciyan in April this year, has been chosen as a candidate for nominations
for the year's best world music honor at the 54th Grammy Music Awards.
Albums by Addis Acoustic Project, Azam Ali, Amina Alaoui, Marta Gomez, Le Trio Joubran
and Yasmin Levy are other candidates for nomination in the same category.
Turkey's famous composer and jazz pianist Kerem Gorsev's 14th album, "Therapy," is also
among the album candidates for nomination in the best large jazz ensemble category. The
album, which Gorsev recorded at the London Abbey Road Studio under the baton of the London
Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, will compete against 64 albums.
See more at
EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.76
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey: 54/32 Foggy
Antalya, on the Mediterranean: 72/54 Mostly Sunny
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 61/45 Partly Cloudy
Izmir, on the Aegean: 68/50 Mostly Sunny
Trabzon, on the Black Sea: 54/50 Rainy
Van, in Eastern Turkey 48/30 Sleet
* Premiere League
* Results for week: 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
Mersin Idman Yurdu - G. Birligi 2 - 1
Fenerbahce - Karabuk Sp 1 - 0
In games played so far this weekend: 10
Sivas Sp - Fenerbahce 2 - 0
Samsun Sp - Ankaragucu 2 - 2
Ordu Sp - G. Antep Sp 0 - 0
Manisa Sp - Antalya Sp 1 - 0
Karabuk Sp - Eski$ehir Sp 1 - 2
G. Saray - Mersin Idman Yurdu 0 - 0
B. $ehir Bld. Sp - Bursa Sp 0 - 0
Trabzon Sp - Kayseri Sp 2 - 1
G. Birligi - Be$iKta$ 4 - 2
Standing in the league as of week ending 9
1 - Fenerbahce 21
2 - G. Saray 17
3 - B. $ehir Bld. Sp 17
4 - Be$iKta$ 17
5 - Trabzon Sp 16
6 - Ordu Sp 16
7 - Manisa Sp 15
8 - Mersin Idman Yurdu 13
9 - Bursa Sp 12
10 - Eski$ehir Sp 11
11 - G. Birligi 11
12 - Sivas Sp 11
13 - Kayseri Sp 10
14 - Antalya Sp 10
15 - G. Antep Sp 8
16 - Karabuk Sp 8
17 - Samsun Sp 7
18 - Ankaragucu 1
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*** 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
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