x0x Turkish News for the week ending 11 February 2012
x0x Turkish News for the week ending 11 February 2012
[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 11 February 2012]
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* In an interview with the National Public Radio's Jeffrey Brown, Zbigniew Brzezinski said that as American power declines relative to other countries, and China's influence grows, the United States can no longer dictate to the world, or be "the determining player of everything that is important on the global scene."
"I think drawing in Turkey, drawing in Russia would greatly increase the vitality of the West. And after all, the Turks in the course of the last 100 years have demonstrated a determination to be modern, secular and democratic. So they're really part of our value system," Dr. Brzezinski added.
Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski served as United States National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981.
See the full interview at Brzezinski NPR Interview
* According to the Dogan News Agency, a Turkish prosecutor who called earlier in the week an intelligence agency team to testify in an alleged terror case has been removed from the case.
The prosecutor, Sadrettin Sarikaya, said that he heard of his removal from the case on the TV.
The former prosecutor was responsible for the Kurdistan Communities Union - alleged urban wing of the rebel Kurdistan workers party- investigation and he ordered on Feb 8. the detention of four intelligence officers including former intelligence chief Emre Taner and other former senior official Afet Güneş, as well as chief assistants, Yaşar Yıldırım and Hüseyin Kuzuoğlu.
None of them abided to the order.
CNN Turk called the detention order " unprecedented". Sarıkaya's move to summon the current intelligence chief and the two former intelligence officials had shaken the Turkish capital Ankara, with some speculating on the existence of a simmering power struggle within the state.
And on Saturday February 11, the Daily Hurriyet reported that three senior police officers, who were unexpectedly removed from their posts, were given new tasks, the reports have said.
In related news, in an urgent move to avert the prosecution of the intelligence officials, Turkey's Justice Ministry launched an initiative to amend both the Intelligence Act and the Penal Code to make probing intelligence members' probe more difficult.
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey's main opposition leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has slammed the government over Turkey's specially authorized courts saying that the courts are transforming Turkey into a Nazi camp day by day.
The courts were transformed from the (now defunct) State Security Court system and their roots go back to the military commissions of 1980 coup, Kılıçdaroğlu said, adding that the courts function as extensions of the 1980 coup institutions.
See more at Kilicdaroglu
* The head of a fisheries association was allegedly shot by a gang of illegal fishermen in Istanbul for his stance against the illegal practice.
Mr. Ahmet Aslan lost his left eye in an armed attack while he was sitting in a teahouse in Istanbul's Rumelikavağı neighborhood, broadcaster NTV reported on its website.
"There is a gang with trawlers, and we are under constant threat," Mr. Aslan was quoted as saying.
Defne Koryürek, an activist who has been campaigning against trawler fishing for some time, said it was "horrifying" that illegal fishers were now bold enough to try and assassinate people.
Ms. Koryürek said the number of illegal fishing boats in Istanbul had increased from around 50 in the last year to nearly 300 this year.
See more at http://www.slowfood.com/international/slow-stories/123881/fishing-activist-shot/q=F5717E
* Turkish prime minister's office confirmed that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan underwent a second surgery, the Turkish daily Hürriyet reported.
Prime minister's office stated that the 30-minute long minor surgery was a follow-up on the operation on his digestive system on Nov. 26, 2011.
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, the World Bank has published a report on its website that said 12 percent of CEOs in Turkey were women despite the low level of female employment in the country.
Only 24 percent of Turkish women were employed in the workforce, the report by Tunya Celasın said, even thought Turkey boasted the 16th largest economy in the world.
The report also mentioned claims by equal opportunity advocates who said the political culture in Turkey blocked women from working. Women were reluctant to find work until they had powerful role models, Yeşim Mutluer from Women Entrepreneurs Association said.
See more at Turkish Women CEOs.
The World Bank report is at WB Report.
* Anatolia News Agency reports that Turkey's top diplomat lashed out at Israel on Friday over its uncompromising stance on core issues of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
"Enough is enough. Longer the Palestinian-Israeli issue remained unresolved, greater the price peoples of the region including Turkey pay. Israelis should decide on they want," Ahmet Davutoğlu told a meeting of Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.
While in Washington, Mr. Davutoglu also talked about the ongoing conflict in Syria. He said Turkey wanted to set up an international platform for a solution to the Syrian crisis.
"Will we wait and see after [last week's] Russian and Chinese veto [on a U.N. Security Council resolution on Syria]? No, never. As Turkey, we will not simply watch a massacre taking place in our region even if everybody remains silent and indifferent. We are trying to raise a new international awareness," Davutoğlu told students at Washington's George Washington University
Mr. Davutoğlu also said Cold War structures should be erased from the Middle East and added that Turkey had hoped al-Assad would handle his country's crisis like ex-Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev but he turned into former Yugoslavian leader Slobadon Milosevic instead.
In related news, NATO said Friday it is considering an Israeli offer to contribute a warship to the alliance's naval patrol in the Mediterranean, despite Turkey's opposition.
* The cornerstone of what makes Turkey so important to the United States strategically is that it remains a secular democracy with a Muslim majority population, said a former US diplomat.
The Turkish-US strategic partnership would become unsustainable if there were no sustained progress on democracy, said Matt Bryza, a career diplomat who was the U.S. ambassador to Baku until recently.
Mr. Byrza was speaking to the Hurriyet Daily News reporter Barcin Yinanc.
See more at Bryza Interview
* Demolition works have started at a hotel site in Istanbul built on the remains of a Byzantine palace, while Greece has protested to Turkey over the alleged neglect of Byzantine heritage sites, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
* Many asylum seekers and illegal immigrants have said they will continue living in Turkey regardless of the consequences following a new law that limits foreigners' stay in the country, reports the Hurriyet Daily News reporter Vercihan Ziflioğlu.
The law requires foreigners entering Turkey with a Three-month tourist visa to wait three months abroad before re-entry.
See more at Asylum seekers
ARTS AND CULTURE
Edited by Lutfi Marasli, Izmir, Turkey
* According to the Anatolia News Agency the Istanbul State Turkish Music Ensemble, which was formed in 1987 by tambour artist Necdet Yaşar, celebrated its 25th anniversary at a concert Jan 29.
Art director and soloist of the ensemble Aylin Şengün Taşçı said the ensemble had performed countless numbers of concerts on stage and on television.
"Last year, we released an album called 'Mehtabiyeler' for the first time. We will also release a new album 'Ustadan Çırağa' (From Master to Apprentice) for our 25th anniversary. In March, the third album 'Baba ve Oğul Besterkarlar' (Father and Son Composers) will come."
Taşçı said she did not agree with the idea that the interest of young people in Turkish music had decreased. "If you give high-quality music to people, regardless of their age, you definitely get its return.
"The half of the audience in our concerts is young people. There are very talented young people in conservatories.[..]"
See the ensemble's pages at http://www.istdevletturkmuzigi.com/
* Turkish Pharmaceutical company Abdi İbrahim is celebrating its 100th year by presenting the work of Vincent Van Gogh in the new, never before experienced Van Gogh Alive Digital Art Exhibit format reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
The exhibition opened at Antrepo 3 art gallery for the first time since its premier in Singapore, providing art lovers with an experience above and beyond typical gallery exhibits in İstanbul Turkey
The exhibition gives a chance to explore the work and life experiences of this prolific artist during the period from 1880 to 1890. Over 3,000 digital images of Van Gogh's most famous works will be presented in a synthesis of traditional art and modern technology display.
The frameless art exhibit was created by Australian Grande Exhibitions and reflects the famous artist's lively and passionately detailed works from 1880 to 1890 through the use of 40 projectors equipped with SENSORY4 high resolution technology on giant screens, walls, columns, floors and ceilings.
Synchronized to a powerful classical score, more than 3,000 Van Gogh images in enormous scale create a thrilling display that fills every available surface - immersing you entirely in the vibrant colors and vivid details that constitute Van Gogh's unique style.
Photographs and video have also been augmented with Van Gogh's works to demonstrate his sources of inspiration.
See more at Van Gogh
* Madonna will perform at Türk Telekom Arena in Istanbul Turkey on June 7, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
Madonna will go on tour in May for the first time in three years, starting in Israel before moving on to Europe, with legs in South America and Australia, where she has not performed for 20 years.
The 2012 World Tour will be the first for the Grammy Award-winning 53-year-old Material Girl since her "Sticky & Sweet Tour" in 2008 and 2009. The tour will stop in more than 20 European and Middle Eastern cities, including London, Edinburgh, Paris, Milan, Abu Dhabi and Berlin.
* A new exhibition invites people to take a look at the Aegean province of Muğla, which has the longest coastal line in Turkey, through a bird's eye view, according to the Hurriyet Daily News. The exhibition titled "Bird's Eye View Photos of Muğla," which opened Saturday, February 11 at the Press Museum in Istanbul's Çemberlitaş, features 48 photos taken by famous photography artist Abdullah Kırbaş.
It gathers together the visuals of Muğla's cultural and natural beauties that cannot be reached via highway.
The exhibition is being organized by the Muğla Municipality in collaboration with the Istanbul-based Muğla Cultural and Promotional Association. In the exhibit, visitors will enjoy seeing from above the first Turkish fortress in the southwestern Aegean as well as the first traces of human beings in caves.
The exhibition will continue through Feb. 22.
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, World-renowned Australian actor Mel Gibson will star in Turkish director Serdar Akar's new project "Çanakkale İçinde" (Within Çanakkale).
Gibson will play a British commander in the film about the Battle of Gallipoli.
In 1981, Gibson also starred in another film about the battle called "Gallipoli."
Other actors of Akar's new film will be Erdal Beşikçioğlu, who is known for his role in the "Behzat Ç" series, and Yekin Dikiciler.
The film, which will bring audiences to 1915, centers on the heroism and dramas during the Battle of Gallipoli.
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 30/10 Mostly Sunny Antalya, on the Mediterranean 59/43 Mostly Sunny Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey 43/30 Mostly Cloudy Izmir, on the Aegean 52/32 Mostly Sunny Trabzon, on the Black Sea 37/28 Mostly Sunny Van, in Eastern Turkey 32/9 Mostly Sunny
Snow depths at skiing locations:
Erciyes, in Kayseri, Central Turkey 78 inches Ilgaz, in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey 43 inches Kartalkaya, in Bolu, Western Turkey 102 inches Palandoken, in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey 38 inches SaklIkent, in Antalya, Southern Turkey 47 inches SarIkamI$, in Kars, Eastern Turkey 69 inches Uludag, in Bursa, Western Turkey 85 inches
Snow depths at skiing locations:
Erciyes, in Kayseri, Central Turkey 49 inches Ilgaz, in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey 47 inches Kartalkaya, in Bolu, Western Turkey 110 inches Palandoken, in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey 33 inches SaklIkent, in Antalya, Southern Turkey 59 inches SarIkamI$, in Kars, Eastern Turkey 55 inches Uludag, in Bursa, Western Turkey 89 inches
* Results for week: 25
Antalya Sp - Trabzon Sp 2 - 1 G. Antep Sp - G. Saray 1 - 2 Mersin I Y - Sivas Sp 1 - 5 Bursa Sp - Ordu Sp 0 - 0 Kayseri Sp - G. Birligi 2 - 3 Fenerbahce - Be$iKta$ 2 - 0 Eski$ehir Sp - G. Birligi 3 - 1 Ankaragucu - Manisa Sp 0 - 1 Karabuk Sp - Samsun Sp 2 - 1
In games played so far this weekend: 26
Sivas Sp - Be$iKta$ 1 - 1 Trabzon Sp - G. Antep Sp 4 - 1 G. Birligi - Mersin I Y 1 - 2 G. Saray - Kayseri Sp - G. Birligi - Ankaragucu - Ordu Sp - Antalya Sp - Manisa Sp - Bursa Sp - Samsun Sp - Eski$ehir Sp - Karabuk Sp - Fenerbahce -
Standing in the league as of week ending 25
1 - G. Saray 54 2 - Fenerbahce 51 3 - Be$iKta$ 45 4 - G. Birligi 43 5 - Trabzon Sp 42 6 - Sivas Sp 41 7 - Eski$ehir Sp 38 8 - G. Birligi 34 9 - Kayseri Sp 33 10 - Antalya Sp 32 11 - Ordu Sp 32 12 - Bursa Sp 30 13 - Mersin I Y 30 14 - Manisa Sp 29 15 - G. Antep Sp 26 16 - Karabuk Sp 25 17 - Samsun Sp 20 18 - Ankaragucu 11
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***Prize-winning Turkish film opens February 10 at SF Film Society CinemaOnce Upon a Time in Anatolia (Bir zamanlar Anadolu'da, Turkey/Bosnia and Herzogovina 2011), a meditative police procedural by celebrated Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan that yields a quietly poignant portrait of the human condition, opens an exclusive San Francisco premiere engagement February 10 at San Francisco Film Society Cinema (1746 Post Street)
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