x0x Turkish News for the week ending 14 January 2012
x0x Turkish News for the week ending 14 January 2012
[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 14 January 2012]
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* According to the Wall Street Journal, a Turkish court accepted an indictment against leaders of the country's 1980 military coup, The court decision means the only two surviving leaders of the military junta that ruled Turkey for two years after the coupGen. Kenan Evren, the 94-year-old former chief of the general staff, and 86-year-old Gen. Tahsin.
* Bloomberg reports that Turkey's organized crime directorate raided the offices of TV rating companies and producers on Dec.14 in an investigation into practices adopted in the rating of television shows, which play a key role in determining advertising rates.
Dogan Yayin Holding, owner ofTurkey's leading television channel Kanal D, may lose money amid this industrywide investigation.
* On January 7, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) visited Turkey for the first time, and met, also for the first time, her Turkish relatives in an Istanbul reunion organized by the Turkish Coalition of America, reported a press release from the organization.
During the lively and sentimental gathering, TCA President G. Lincoln McCurdy introduced Chairwomen Ros-Lehtinen to 15 members of her extended family and two leaders of the Jewish community in Turkey.
In 1913, Ros-Lehtinen's maternal grandfather, Celebi Adato, left the city of Kirklareli (in what is now northwestern Turkey) for Cuba, fleeing the devastation and economic collapse caused by the First Balkan War, which began in October 1912 when the Balkan Leaguecomprised of Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia and Montenegrodeclared war on the Ottoman Empire.
Ros-Lehtinen's grandfather and his family belonged to one of the Balkans' thriving Jewish communities. During the Balkan Wars, these communities were almost completely destroyed, and her relatives who did not flee to Cuba were forced to spend the winter of 1913 in a refugee camp.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen was part of a bipartisan Congressional Delegation led by Majority Leader Eric Cantor which visited Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, France, and the United Arab Emirates.
* According to the Hürriyet Daily News, Turkey especially Istanbul stands out as a popular destination for Greeks seeking jobs abroad as Greece suffers a major economic crisis.
The peaceful atmosphere between Turkey and Greece is a major factor in Greeks choosing to seek employment in Turkey, according to Assistant Professor Dimitris Triantaphyllou who came to Istanbul from Athens last year
Some 1.2 million people, nearly 10 percent of the population, emigrated from Greece last year, according to recently published statistics in the World Bank's "The Migration and Remittances Factbook 2011."
See more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/TurkRadio.aspx?pageID=238&nID=11009
* Ford Motor Company is considering expanding its auto manufacturing operations in Turkey to include passenger cars, according to William Clay Ford Jr., Executive Chairman of the company reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
The company emerged as the number one seller of motor vehicles in Turkey last year, selling more than 141,000 vehicles in one of the most successful years in Turkey's automotive industry in terms of sales and export.
Ford Otosan also exported 100,000 vehicles to the US.
* Reuters correspondent Simon Cameron-Moore reports that a day after the jailing of Turkey's former military chief, pending possible trial on accusations he tried to overthrow the government, newspaper columnists criticized the authorities for failing to reform sweeping pre-trial custody laws.
The current laws allows courts to arrest a person when he or she is accused of doing something illegal. The accused then waits sometimes years before any formal charges are laid by a prosecuter, and then waits again for a court hearing.
The Reuters article points out that the islamist Justice and Developmet Party administration and the staunchlu secular military are in a tense relationship. So far 58 serving and 81 retired generals and admirals are in custody foralleged plots against the Recep Tayyip Erdogan led Justuce and Development government.
In related news. Financial Times of London wrote that The Council of Europe report said on Tuesday that Turkish defendants' rights are hit by pre-trial detentions, which can last for 10 years, extensive use of secret witnesses and obstacles that prevent defence teams summoning witnesses, carrying out cross-examinations and challenging the terms of incarceration. See more at http://pastebin.com/f16vVNHK
* In related news a headline in the New York Times said "charges against journalists dim the democratic glow in Turkey".
* Going back to automative news, Reuters reported that Turkish passenger car and light commercial vehicle sales are expected to fall back by around 10 percent this year after hitting a record high in 2011, the head of the Automotive Distributors' Association said on Tuesday.
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News while Turkey dreams of being among the world's top 10 financial centers by 2023, a joint study completed by the Washington, D.C.-based think-tank Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal currently ranks Turkey number 73 out of 184 countries in terms of economic freedom, a finding that would indicate Turkey still has a long road ahead if it wants to meet its 2023 targets.
See more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/TurkRadio.aspx?pageID=238&nID=11432
* A second high-ranking Syrian commander has defected to Turkey and is helping lead the fight against Damascus, Turkish officials confirm, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
* According to the Anatolia News Agency, Turkey and the U.S. are negotiating over flight codes for the two F-35 military planes that Turkey plans to purchase from the U.S. in 2015 as well as any future purchases.
After the intial two, Turkey plans to buy 100 more F-35 planes and is budgeting approximately $16 billion.
* The European Union is "shooting itself in the foot" by excluding Turkey, its finance minister Mehmet Simsek says, reports CNN.
The nation, with an economy sprinting ahead of Europe's continental countries, would be an asset for the region, the Turkish minister said. But Turkey's path to European Union membership remains fraught, in part due to problems pitching the idea to the country and Europe.
* According to the Wall Street Journal, Turkish industrial production, the leading indicator of economic output, rose sharply in November underscoring the continued momentum of Turkey's fast-growing economy despite dwindling demand in the euro zone.
The Turkish statistics institute reported that production rose 8.4% in the past 12 months.
ARTS AND CULTURE
Edited by Serkan Hatipoglu
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News , Turkish cartoonist Erdil Yaþaroðlu has broken a Guinness world record by drawing the world's largest cartoon as part of the project coordinated by Samsung Electronics Turkey titled "We have note for Galaxy."
The cartoon, drawn in the northwestern province of Kýrklareli's Pýnarhisar district, is the size of nearly two football fields.
Yaþaroðlu received his Guinness World Records certificate from Samsung Electronics Cell Phones Marketing Director Cem Sezer and Guinness World Records Turkey representative Þeyda Subaþý.
"The cartoon field will turn into a forest with 4,000 trees and a special park with Pýnarhisar Municipality's support. In this way, we want to immortalize the world's largest cartoon and contribute to the region's promotion," Sezer said, adding that the project should be perceived as a social responsibility project.
Starting to draw at the age of 12, Yaþaroglu published his first comics in Gunes newspaper in 1989. The same year he started drawing for Limon, later known as Leman, one of the most famous Turkish humor magazines until 2002. He also took part in many TV shows from 1990 onward. In 2002, he founded Penguen humor magazine with his colleagues. He still owns a website named komikaze.com.
With this record, he has become Turkey's first cartoonist to be included in Guinness World Records.
* The Hurriyet Daily News reports that Istanbul's Pera Museum's new film program is going to present "Pioneers of Cinema Verite: Pennebaker and Hegedus" from Jan. 6 to Jan. 29.
The program presents a journey into the world of documentary filmmaking, and the famous directors' documentary films.
Donn Alan Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus form one of the most respected and unique teams of documentary filmmakers working today. Known for their unobtrusive, cinema verite style of filmmaking, the directors follow their subjects using handheld cameras and available light with minimal interruption. The result is a candid portrait of a real-life drama in which the characters determine the action.
Pera Film audiences will explore a total of 11 feature-length and short Pennebaker and Hegedus films under five headings: "New Documentary," "America Goes to Election," "Music Directly," "Jean-Luc Godard" and "A Portrait."
Movies such as "Monterey Pop," "Making Kings of Pastry," "Jimi Plays Monterey" and "Alice Cooper" are among the documentary films that will be on screen at Pera Museum in January.
* The Turkish movie "Toll Booth", directed by Tolga Karaçelik will be screened with English subtitles at the Museum of Modern Art in New York between Jan. 13 and 18, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
The films presented as part of the annual collaboration between the Museum of Modern Art and the Global Film Initiative make up the touring movie exhibition "Global Lens," a project conceived to encourage filmmaking in countries with emerging film communities.
In "Toll Booth", the director sends the leading character Kenan (Serkan Ercan), a tollbooth clerk, to a remote highway, making his humdrum existence even more pronounced. With thousands of jobs being just variations on the assembly lines of the Industrial Revolution, Kenan's job might top the list with its painfully boring repetitive nature and lack of breathing space.
Day in and day out, his job is to collect money from vehicles and raise the guard fence, letting cars and trucks continue along their route.
When he returns home after a long day's work, he has to endure his sick father's endless ramblings about his good-for-nothing worthless son.
See New York Times review of the film: http://movies.nytimes.com/2012/01/12/movies/toll-booth-directed-by-tolga-karacelik-review.html
* The Italian News agency ANSAmed reports that Istanbul, the Turkish metropolis on the Bosporus, is the most popular destination the world over to get married in and in which to hold wedding receptions, profiting the local industry greatly. This fact surfaced in a survey conducted by a Turkish website which provides information to couples who will be getting married soon, and which shows that over the first 11 months of 2011 Istanbul saw a total of 166,000 receptions compared with the 114,000 in Las Vegas.
There are a reported 600,000 couples who get married every year in Turkey, with an average age of 24 for women and 27 for men.
The number of guests invited to each reception average 240, with an average cost of $13,500. The survey also shows that $16.2 million in revenue is related to weddings. The sectors benefitting the most are those of wedding attire (theme-based shopping centres see a total of 150,000 visitors per year, with people coming from the Middle East, the Balkans and Greece as well), jewellery (with estimated turnover of around $3 billion per year, 65% of which concentrated in Istanbul) and the reception organisation. According to the manager of a luxury hotel in Istanbul, 40% of the couples tying the knot in the city on the Bosporus are foreigners, coming mostly from Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Greece, North America and Russia, but some are also from Europe.
In November the World of Marriage Fair 2011 was held in Istanbul, with 200 companies from around the world taking part, including companies operating in the jewellery and wedding attire sectors as well as connected sectors
* The Adana Çukurova Book Fair opened its doors once again for the book lovers, writers and critics between Jan. 10 and 15, in Turkey's Mediterranean city of Adana, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
The fair, organized with the partnership of the TÜYAP Adana Fair and Turkish Publishing, Adana Municipality and the Golden Boll Film Festival, will host 200 publishing houses, the fair's manager, Bülent Yamaç, recently told Anatolia news agency.
"There will be panels, discussions, poetry readings and children activities at the fair," said Mr. Yamaç, adding that there would be a total of 50 cultural events during the fair week in Adana.
A total of 300 writers are coming to Adana for the event, many of whom will also meet with their readers.
"Some of the figures who will visit Adana are Can Dündar, Zeynep Oral, Nasuh Mahruki, Pakize Özcan, Þükrü Erbaþ, Nilüfer Kuyaþ, Nazlý Eray and Nermin Bezmen," said Mr. Yamaç.
The fair will be open for six days. Noting that they greatly value meetings between readers and writers, Yamaç said: "We will start with the meetings. Writers will meet with their readers and share their experiences."
* Speaking of Adana, the Anatolia News Agency reports that producers of the new film from the 007 James Bond series visited Adana Mayor Zihni Aldýrmaz on Jan. 8 to ask for support for filming in the southern province.
* Gloomy Greeks forget woes with lavish Turk TV dramas, reports the Reuters news agency. The action-packed dramas quickly came to dominate the ratings despite the fact that they are broadcast in Turkish with only subtitles in Greek and have gained a devoted following among a Greek populace disheartened by the country's biggest financial crisis in decades.
"I've not missed a single copy," said Yiannis Panagoulis, a 40-year-old handyman. "At this rate I'm going to be speaking Turkish very soon. Who would've thought?"
EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.85
* Most of Turkey is reporting snowfall with temperatures dipping below freezing. In our program next week we will report to you the snow cover at the skiing resorts.
At the end of the 20th week their ranking in the premier league is as follows:
1. GALATASARAY 46 2. FENERBAHÇE 42 3. BEÞÝKTAÞ 39* Speaking of Fenerbahce, legendary Fenerbahce player Lefter Küçükandonyadis passed away at the age of 86. Lefter started playing with Fenerbahce where used only 16 in 1941.
His funeral was attended by even the Turkish prime minister, along with 10,000 people and governement ministers.
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