x0x Turkish News for the week ending 03 March 2012
x0x Turkish News for the week ending 03 March 2012
[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 03 March 2012]
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* According to the Voice of America, a joint European Union-Turkish parliamentary committee is meeting to look at the European Union's growing concern over human rights and Turkey's stalled European Union bid. But, Turkey's growing regional importance is now a major factor in the talks.
There has been many people detained without being formally charged for many years. Among them are journalists, writers and intellectuals, Most of the detentions have been part of the Turkish state's battle against the Kurdish rebel group. European Union, along with human rights groups, have criticized the nature of the Turkish anti-terror laws which have resulted in imprisonment of many people not involved in violence.
But the Turkish minister of justice, Sadullah Ergin, who attended Friday's meeting, claimed only a dozen people are in jail for journalism activities and that only 1,000 or so are detained under the anti-terror law.
Read more at http://www.voanews.com/english/news/europe/Press-Freedom-Concerns-in-Turkey-Worry-EU-Negotiators-140352133.html
* The Turkish foreign minister is seeking to make Istanbul a center for mediation in resolving international crises, reports the Voice of America. The initiative comes as Turkey seeks to resolve the conflict in Syria and tensions over Iran's nuclear energy program.
"Enhancing Peace through Mediation: New Actors, Fresh Approaches, Bold Initiatives," was the title for a recent gathering of foreign ministers, past and present, and leading academics.
The conference in Istanbul was part of an initiative in cooperation with Finland to establish Istanbul as an international mediation center.
Read more at http://www.voanews.com/english/news/middle-east/Turkey-Seeks-to-Be-International-Mediation-Center-140605183.html
* According to the Daily Northwestern, for the second consecutive year, the Northwestern University Conference on Human Rights is sponsoring a spring break trip to Istanbul for 11 students to learn more about the conference's theme of famine and food deserts.
The group partnered with Istanbul's Koc University and the Buffett Center to make the trip a reality. The group member Amy Glazier-Torgerson, who helped coordinate trip logistics, said during their stay the students will be meeting with different organizations and professors who are engaged with global food issues.
* Wikileaks Turkish style? Yes, a group calling themselves the Turkish "RedHack" began to release documents it managed to obtain from the Ankara Police Department's computer network and servers, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
The first document published by RedHack on its website, http://www.kizilhack.org, was "Confidential Police Documents: Informants Denouncers," which included numerous notices sent to the police about alleged slurs against the prime minister, other government figures and religious communities, as well as warning notices about left-wing groups and Kurdish politicians that urged the police to take action against them.
Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-hackers-wikileaks-disclose-security-documents-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=14814&NewsCatID=341
* According to the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet, US Army's commander in Europe Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling said in an interview at Montenegro's main military airport that the US has the forces in place at a radar site in Turkey's eastern province of Malatya.
It is the first time a senior US commander has confirmed that the NATO defense shield radar, which has caused tensions between Turkey and Iran, has been operational in the past few weeks.
* The Turkish private equity firm Brightwell Holdings has withdrawn a bid to buy bankrupt Swedish carmaker Saab owing to GM's refusal to transfer licenses tied to the brand, a Swedish daily reported Tuesday.
* According to the daily Aksam, a report to the U.S. Congress prepared by the Congressional Research Service calls the Turkish prime minister a world leader and refers to the Turkish president as a moderating influence.
The report called the " Turkey: Background and U.S. Relations" says that the congressional interest in Turkey is high with respect to addressing ongoing change in the Middle East by coordinating policies and using Turkey's regional example to influence political outcomes in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere; counter Iranian influence; and preserve stability.
It also says that the Congress would be interested in the decline in Israel-Turkey relations and how that might affect U.S.-Turkey defense cooperation, including arms sales to counter the Kurdistan Workers' Party, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization.
See the full report at http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/mideast/R41368.pdf
* According to the Turkish daily Star, Libya's former Oil Minister Ali Tarhouni launched his National Centrist Party in Tripoli on Monday prior to general elections to be held in Libya in approximately four months.
Speaking after the meeting Mr. Tarhouni said that Turkey is the best country which is capable of setting an example to Libya.
* According to the Turkish daily Hurriyet, Turkey is planning to increase the pressure on Iraqi Kurdish leaders to cooperate more effectively with Turkey to eradicate rebel Turkish Kurds sheltering in Northern Iraq.
Turkey's Public Order and Security Undersecretary Murat Ozcelik held meetings with Masoud Barzani, the president of the Kurdistan Regional Government on February 29, a day after turkey's National Security council urged Iraqi Kurds to purge the region of rebel Turkish Kurd militants.
* According to the Turkish daily Aksam, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, paid a working visit to Turkey, on February 29. He met separately met with President Abdullah Gul, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek in the Turkish Capital Ankara.
As part of Abbas' contacts with President Gul, the two leaders discussed bilateral relations with Palestine, Palestinian reconciliation efforts and the Middle East peace process.
Mr. Abbas' meeting with the Turkish prime minister at his official residence was closed to the press.
Mr. Abbas was also welcomed by Mr. Cicek at his office in the Parliament, where he said that Turkey considers the Palestinian cause as its own.
* According to the Tehran Times, the Turkish ambassador to Tehran has defended trade ties with Iran, saying the U.S. and the European Union's unilateral sanctions against Iran's oil sector will not affect ties between Iran and Turkey.
According to the ambassador trade ties between the two countries was $16.2 billion in 2011, and 50% growth over 2010.
Read more at http://tehrantimes.com/economy-and-business/95960-turkish-envoy-us-eu-sanction-wont-impact-iran-turkey-ties
* Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc., which supplies F-16 warplanes and other military aircraft, plans to hold an initial public offering in 2013, three sources with knowledge of the firm's plans told Reuters.
The firm is valued around a couple of billion dollars.
* According to the RTT news, activity in the Turkish manufacturing sector decreased in February by 4%, after increasing regularly for five months in row, data from a survey by Markit Economics the HSBC Bank showed Thursday.
* According to the Wall Street Journal the amount of Turkish lira transactions in foreign trade has multiplied 21 times in the past decade to hit more than $11 billion in 2011, Turkey's economy ministry said Friday.
ARTS AND CULTURE
Edited by Lutfi Marasli of Izmir, Turkey
* Turkish pianist and composer Fazıl Say will make the world premiere of his Hezarfen Ney Concerto in the German city of Mannheim, which tells the story of Ottoman aviator Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi's attempted flight across the Bosporus from Galata.
The concerto, commissioned by the Musikalische Akademie des Nationaltheater-Mannheim Orchestra, will be performed on March 5 at the Rosengarten-Mozartsaal Mannheim. Flute player Burcu Karadağ will be the soloist, while the orchestra will be conducted by Dan Ettinger.
The concerto is made up of four parts, "Istanbul 1632 Spring," "Galata Tower," "Flight," and "Algeria Exile."
The first tells of Hezarfen's worries on the morning of the day of the flight while the second part tells of his arrival at Galata Tower for the flight. In the third part, Hezarfen flies from the tower while the last part relates his exile to Algeria.
Say uses today's newest instruments such as waterphones, UFOdrums, sansulas and vibratones, along with the classical ones. The work will also be performed March 6 at the same venue.
* Oxford University says the widow of Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun has donated more than $41 million to fund humanities scholarships for graduate students, the Associated Press reported.
Mica Ertegün said her husband, who died in 2006, had loved the arts. She said the enriching potential of the arts and humanities was especially important "in these times, when there is so much strife in the world."
The university said yesterday the donation is one of the biggest in its 900-year history.
The Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Program will initially fund 15 annual international scholarships for the study of subjects including literature, history, music, art history, Asian studies, Middle Eastern studies and archaeology. That will rise to 35 scholarships a year.
Ahmet Ertegün was a Turkish American musician and businessman, best known as the founder and president of Atlantic Records, and for discovering or artists like Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Genesis, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Crosby, Stills Nash, and Young, Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles.
He also wrote classic blues and pop songs and served as Chairman of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and museum.
* Hosting 65 directors from Turkey and 50 directors from Germany, the 17th Nuremberg Turkish-German film festival kicked off this week and will continue until March 11.
The honor guest of the festival will be actor Tarık Akan, who will receive an award for his contributions to film.
There will be a total of 59 movies shown at the festival, 49 of which will be gala events. The festival will host nine live music events, along with a number of seminars.
"The festival will host six international premieres. There will be also 17 Germany premieres and 26 Nuremberg premieres," said festival committee President Adil Kaya.
The festival will act as a cultural bridge between the two cultures, said Kaya. "The festival is attractive in terms of cinema and its subjects." Germany will present five long features at the festival, while Turkey will present three.
* Asked about allegations that a 1,500-year-old copy of Bible had been found in the archives of a Court House, Turkey's minister of culture Mr. Gunay told reporters that "The Court House has sent us a 1,500-year-old Bible which was probably written in Aramaic. It was written in a language like the one spoken by Jesus."
The Bible needed repair and it would be shown to the world after it was repaired, the minister said, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
* The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has declared 2012 the "International Itri Year." on the 300th anniversary of the death of the renowned Ottoman musician Buhurizade Mustafa Itri, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
Itri lived between 1640 and 1712, and is regarded as the master of Turkish classical music. He will be commemorated in Turkey and abroad in various concerts and conferences throughout the year.
Itri was a prolific composer, with more than a thousand works to his name, although only about forty of these have survived to this day.
Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/TurkRadio.aspx?pageID=238&nID=14775
* Short film and TV news:
> The program of the 10th International Filmmor Women's Film Festival on Wheels was announced Feb 23 at a press conference, reports the Hurriyet Daily News. The festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary with over 70 movies from more than 20 countries with a special guest, Belgian director Marie Mandy. The festival will run until March 19 in Istanbul and subsequently in earthquakes stricken Van, and in the north western province of Canakkale.
> Local television channel in Turkey's eastern province of Van is broadcasting from a tent since the province was brought down to ashes with a 7.2-magnitude earthquake late last year, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
> We have been reporting to you the great success of Turkish TV series over the past few years. Hurriyet Daily News reports that one successful series titled Silver was found inappropriate and banned from TV channels in Uzbekistan.
> A Turkish movie, "Hicaz," has been nominated in four categories, including Best Picture, at the 2012 Madrid International Film Festival, reports the Hurriyet Daily News. The film "Hicaz" is the first film in the planned Makam trilogy of Hicaz, Saba and Nihavend. It tells the story of various characters whose bodies or souls have been seized by disease.
> According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Turkish film director Nuri Bilge Ceylan has been chosen as best director at the 10th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival in Ireland. This year the Irish festival welcomed Al Pacino, Martin Sheen, Glenn Close, Mark Wahlberg, Michael Madsen, Whit Stillman, Kenneth Lonergan, Agnieszka Holland and Marjane Satrapi.
> Pamela Anderson will make a guest appearance in an upcoming episode of the Turkish sitcom "World of Lies", daily Hürriyet has reported on Friday.
* Three Turkish fashion designers will exhibit their new collections in Paris, France, reported the Anatolia news agency.
Hüseyin Çağlayan, Hakan Yıldırım and Arzu Kaprol are among the designers who join the Paris Fashion Week that kicked off on Feb. 28 with the in-crowd abuzz at the prospect of style icon Hedi Slimane designing for Yves Saint Laurent, and rumors putting a newly-free Raf Simons in the wings at Dior.
Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/TurkRadio.aspx?pageID=238&nID=14926
* Some short music news:
> Upcoming Madonna concert in Istanbul is sold out. Fifty percent of the seats were sold in the first seven hours when tickets were released Feb. 24, according to reports. Fans from neighboring countries like Greece, Bulgaria and Azerbaijan also purchased tickets for the Istanbul event.
> The 11th Mersin International Music Festival will take place April 30 - May 18, with the slogan "Mersin folk songs seeking g opera style." Participants in the festival competition will sing two folk songs by Musa Eroğlu, set in an operatic style, reports the Anatolia News Agency. Musa Eroğlu, born 1946, is a Turkish folk musician and bağlama virtuoso from Mersin.
* The OFFF digital design festival took place in Istanbul with world-famous designers, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
The international festival was previously held in Paris, New York, Lisbon and Madrid.
Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/TurkRadio.aspx?pageID=238&nID=14923
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: 34/23 Light Snow Antalya, on the Mediterranean: 63/45 Partly Cloudy Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 46/34 Mostly Cloudy Izmir, on the Aegean: 55/37 Partly Cloudy Trabzon, on the Black Sea: 41/37 Sleet Van, in Eastern Turkey: 28/19 Heavy Snow
Snow depths at skiing locations:
Erciyes, in Kayseri, Central Turkey: 138 inches Ilgaz, in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey: 114 inches Kartalkaya, in Bolu, Western Turkey: 150 inches Palandoken, in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey: 59 inches SaklIkent, in Antalya, Southern Turkey: 47 inches SarIkamI$, in Kars, Eastern Turkey: 79 inches Uludag, in Bursa, Western Turkey: 142 inches
* Results for week: 28
Ordu Sp - Kayseri Sp 1 - 0 Karabuk Sp - Ankaragucu 3 - 2 Samsun Sp - Bursa Sp 0 - 3 Manisa Sp - G. Antep Sp 0 - 2 Eski$ehir Sp - Fenerbahce 2 - 1 Istanbul BBSK - Antalya Sp 4 - 0 G. Birligi - Sivas Sp 3 - 3 Trabzon Sp - Mersin I Y 2 - 3 G. Saray - Be$iKta$ 3 - 2
In games played so far this weekend: 29
Ankaragucu - Eski$ehir Sp 2 - 5 Mersin I Y - Ordu Sp 1 - 0 Antalya Sp - Samsun Sp 0 - 2 Fenerbahce - G. Birligi 6 - 1
Standing in the league as of week ending 28
1 - G. Saray 63 2 - Fenerbahce 54 3 - Be$iKta$ 49 4 - Trabzon Sp 46 5 - G. Birligi 44 6 - Sivas Sp 43 7 - Eski$ehir Sp 41 8 - Istanbul BBSK 40 9 - Bursa Sp 39 10 - Ordu Sp 38 11 - Mersin I Y 36 12 - Antalya Sp 35 13 - Kayseri Sp 34 14 - Karabuk Sp 34 15 - G. Antep Sp 32 16 - Manisa Sp 29 17 - Samsun Sp 26 18 - Ankaragucu 11
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Cemal Kafadar (Harvard University), "Is There A New Ottoman History? A New Ottoman Politics? Are They Partners?"
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