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      x0x Turkish News for the week ending 14 April 2012

      [This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 14 April 2012]

      Courtesy of Turkish Radio Hour, producer of the

      TURKISH CULTURAL PROGRAM, every Saturday from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M.

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      * Turkish Prime Minister is visiting Saudi Arabia. According to the Arab News, King Abdullah held wide range of talks this week with him at the royal resort at Rawdat Khuraim, a favorite camping spot.
        Other sources added that the Turkish Prime Minister and Saudis discussed the Syrian crisis and Iran.
        Speaking of Syria, Syrian army shot across the border to a refugee camp within Turkey and killed three people and wounded six. One of the killed was a Turkish national.
        Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Ahmet Davutoglu cut his trip to China short and returned home after the incident.
        On Monday United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called Mr. Ahmet Davutoglu and discussed the situation.
        Later in the week, UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan visited the Yayladagi refugee camp in Turkey after flying over a second camp in the Kilis region.
        Some 25000 Syrian refuges are in Turkey.

      * Speaking of Iran, in the news is the talks between Iranians and the west opposed to the Iranian nuclear program. The talks are being held in Istanbul.
        National Public Radio had an interesting news piece this week on Iranian - Turkish relations. It characterized it as being cooperation yet at the same time competition.
        It also pointed out that relations between Iran and Turkey soured a bit recently because of Turkish opposition to Syrian regime, an ally of Iran.
        Read the full story at http://www.npr.org/2012/04/13/150571682/in-balancing-act-turkey-hosts-iranian-nuclear-talks

      * Turkish prosecutors on Thursday ordered the arrest of dozens of former military officers, including four retired generals, in a new probe against the military, Associated Press reported.
        They are accused of pressuring the country's first pro-Islamic prime minister to resign in 1997 for allegedly trying to increase the profile of Islam in this predominantly Muslim but secular country, said the prosecutor's office in Ankara.
        On the same event, New York Times wrote "Long considered the untouchable guardian of a staunchly secular state, the Turkish military has lost its immunity since the pro-Islamic government took power and paved the way for a series of cases against current and retired officers.
        "Hundreds of people — from the former head of the army and other officers to academics and journalists — have been arrested and accused of plotting to overthrow the current government through an ultranationalist network known as Ergenekon. "
        Read the article at http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/13/world/middleeast/turkey-detains-military-leaders-for-role-in-1997-coup.html .

      * Businessweek reported that Turkish PM visited China.
        Mr. Erdogan's visit is the first to China in 27 years by a Turkish premier and follows a February trip by Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping to Ankara and Istanbul, where the countries signed trade deals worth billions of dollars.
        "Erdogan first stopped on Sunday in Urumqi, capital of China's far west Xinjiang region, whose native Muslim Uighur ethnic group share linguistic and cultural links with Turks and where Turkey plans to set up an industrial zone," Business Week wrote.
        "Ethnic tensions have led to violence in the region in recent years, and relations between China and Turkey dipped in 2009 when Erdogan described China's use of overwhelming force against Uighur protesters as a type of genocide," BW added.
        Read the article at http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2012-04/D9U1E5U80.htm

      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey's national carrier Turkish Airlines posted sales in 2011 of $6.54 billion, the airline reported to the Istanbul Stock Exchange. This is a 40% increase from 2010.
        However, Turkish Airlines' net profit dropped from 286.4 million lira in 2010 to 18.5 million lira in 2011.
        The airline carried 19% more passengers, which reached 8 million individuals.

      * Fazil Say, a virtuoso pianist and composer, faces an investigation over tweeting remarks considered offensive to Muslims, Christians and Jews. Say used Twitter to question whether Islamic heaven is like a brothel or a pub, citing Koranic verses that describe rivers of drinks and beautiful women for those admitted to paradise.
        He also tweeted about a muezzin who recited the evening call to prayer in under 30 seconds, surmising the religious man was either impatient to see his lover or get drunk on a beverage called raki.
        This news was reported on the site "Mobiledia" by Kendra Srivastava.


      Edited by Serkan Hatipoglu and Lutfi Marasli,
      Izmir, Turkey

      * Balıklıova is a small cute fıshermen's village in Turkeys Aegean province of Izmir.
        Villagers set up an amateur theater and staged a play adapted from Oktay Arayacı' s novel ''Nickname is Rosebud''.
        Although all members of the cast are amateurs and do not have much education, these open minded people performed the game with unbelievable success.
        Gala of the play was held in İzmir city at Narlıdere Cultural Center.
        The group's success was heard in Turkey's cultural capital Istanbul, and has been invited there by the renowned Ali Poyrazoğlu Theater. They will perform to İstanbul audiences for three nights.
        It is very important for the future of Turkey to have such activities even in very small places, reported our editor Lütfi Marasli from İzmir.

      * There is a new exhibition at Yıldız Palace in Istanbul, consisting of accurate mock-ups and dioramas of Ottoman battles. The exhibition is the result of Nejat Çuhadaroğlu's 15 years of collecting.
        As a collector, Nejat Çuhadaroğlu is exclusively interested in the world of wars, and his collection focuses on war dioramas and artifacts.
        Mr. Çuhadaroğlu's collection is one of the most valuable of its kind in the world. He works as the chief executive officer of Çuhadaroğlu Holding, but values collecting, which he considers to be much more than another job.
        Mr. Çuhadaroğlu's collection will be on display at Yıldız Palace starting on April 12th and continuing through June 6. The exhibition focuses on the period between 1453 and 1923. Some of the battles and wars depicted are:
        Ottoman conquest of Istanbul, Crimean War, Plevne war, World War I battles including the Caucasus, Gallipoli, Galicia, and the Middle East front, and the Turkish War of Independence.
        All of human experience can be found in war, Mr. Çuhadaroğlu said. "Friendship, excitement, love, hatred, in short, everything in life exists in wars.".
        "The artifacts include medallions, guns, flags, army uniforms and photographs, each of which reflect a certain era," said Mr. Çuhadaroğlu.
        It is difficult to count all the pieces in the collection, but the exhibit at Yıldız Palace includes 100 models, 150 guns, and more than 200 swords. "It is not easy to collect army and war artifacts," Mr. Çuhadaroğlu said.
        He travels the world a great deal for his collection; "Greece was a disappointment for me, but Bulgaria, Hungary and Poland were a real treat. I have followed antiques all over. Kadıköy and the Grand Bazaar are really rich venues for good stuff," he said.

      * One of the projects aimed at helping the eastern province of Van heal the wounds of last year's earthquake is the formation of the Van State Opera and Ballet reports the Anatolia News Agency.
        Work is set to begin next year, according to the State Opera and Ballet General Director Rengim Gökmen.
        Speaking about the Pilot Cities Project, which is carried out by the State Opera and Ballet, Gökmen said tours were regularly organized by general opera and ballet directorates to the sister cities including Ankara, İzmir, Mersin and Samsun.

      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News, the 11th annual Mersin International Music Festival, which kicks off April 30, will be a festive celebration with both national and international music programs, according to Mersin Governor Hasan Basri Güzeloğlu.
        The festival will feature a composition competition, entitled "Mersin looks for its folk songs in opera form," which aims to encourage Turkish composers to produce new songs.
        The festival gained international recognition after it was inducted into the European Festivals Association in 2007.
        A total of 1,370 artists from Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Germany, Moldova and the United States will participate in the festival.
        This year's festival features 22 events held in 11 venues, with 12 of the events being free of charge.


      * It is high time for the Istanbul audience to dip into the real punk rock craze, because former Ramones drummer Marky Ramone is in town, writes the Hurriyet Daily News reporter Tuba Parlak.
        Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg is taking the stage on April 14 at club Roxy to play the hits of the Ramones and the Misfits, as the band also includes former Misfits member Michael Graves on vocals.
        "We're going to play 32 Ramones classics and some Misfits songs from Michael, which he wrote in his Misfits era. It is going to be a party, a meeting of old and new fans.
        These songs are too good not to be played and this is the first time I play in Turkey so I'm so excited and I can not wait to see the Turkish audience," Ramone told the Hürriyet Daily News.

      * Film news:

      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News, İzmir Film Festival, which was held between 1989 and 2000, is starting again with the support of Dokuz Eylül University and İzmir Municipality.
        The festival will start on April 22 at the Adnan Saygun Arts and Cultural Center, and will feature 103 movies.
        Ten Turkish movies from the last year will be shown at the festival, such as "Love and Revolution", "This Will be the Last", "September" , "Pomegranate" and "Son".
        The movies will compete to receive the Golden Simurg award during the festival.
        Nuri Bilge Ceylan, who has achieved international success with "Once Upon A Time in Anatolia," will take part of the festival with three movies. He will also be at workshops on April 23, organized by the French Culture Center.
        A photograph exhibition titled "Cinemascope Turkey" will open on April 22, as part of the festival.
        After the opening of the photography exhibition, cinephile's will be able to watch one of the rare classics of early cinema, Georges Melies silent 1902 movie, "The Journey to the Moon."
        The festival will include international movies, fiction movies and documentary sections. Each movie will be shown five times during the festival, and Dokuz Eylül university students will also have the chance to display their own works.


      * The 4th Turkish Film Week in Sarajevo opened April 11 with Çağan Irmak's film "My Father and My Son".
        Organized by the Turkish Culture and Promotion Office in Sarajevo, the festival's opening was attended by Turkish Ambassador to Sarajevo Ahmet Yıldız, Bosnia Herzegovina's European Union representative Valentin Inzko, and culture and promotion adviser Cengiz Aydın.
        In a speech at the festival's opening ceremony, Aydın said Turkish films will be screened twice a day for the five days of the festival. He said that for next year's festival, the organizers plan to invite famous figures from the Turkish film world to Sarajevo. Bosnian films are in demand in Turkey, too, Yıldız said. "Such cultural activities are very important for mutual relations."
        Among the films that will be screened during Sarajevo's Turkish Film Week are "Hayde Bre," "Love in Another Language", "Takva: A Man's Fear of God" , "Boats out of Watermelon Rinds" , and "Run Money Run".
        The festival will continue until April 17.


      * Turkish producers of a film dramatizing the help offered by Ottoman sultan Abdulmecit to Ireland after the Great Famine of 1845 have given a proposal to Hollywood actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Collin Farrell for the project.
        The film "Famine" is planned to be made in both the Irish port town of Drogheda and in Turkey, and talks have been held with Irish director Mark Mahon. The film will tell the story of the famine through a love story between Turkish sailor Fatih and Irish local Mary.
        The screenwriter and project director of "Famine," Ömer Sarıkaya, said that Mahon had shown real interest in the film's story. "Mahon said that the project was very interesting and that he was very excited about it. He thought it was more interesting than the story of Titanic''


      * Turkish TV star Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ and Miss World Azra Akın have decided to marry, daily Posta reported.
        The couple shared the marriage decision with Tatlıtuğ's parents after returning from a romantic Amsterdam getaway.
        The relationship between the stars started in 2002, the year Akın became Miss World and Tatlıtuğ was selected the best model of Turkey, but ended in 2008.
        They gave a second chance to each other in 2011, but they broke up again last February. This is their third try on a relationship.


      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.78


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
       Ankara, in central Turkey:         68/54 Thunderstorms
       Antalya, on the Mediterranean:     72/57 Thunderstorms
       Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey:  66/54 Partly Cloudy
       Izmir, on the Aegean:              68/57 Heavy Showers
       Trabzon, on the Black Sea:         55/43 Partly Cloudy
       Van, in Eastern Turkey:            41/19 Mostly Sunny
      Snow depths at skiing locations:
       Erciyes, in Kayseri, Central Turkey:            20 inches
       Ilgaz, in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey:      51 inches
       Kartalkaya, in Bolu, Western Turkey:            47 inches
       Palandoken, in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey:         55 inches
       SaklIkent, in Antalya, Southern Turkey:         35 inches
       SarIkamI$, in Kars, Eastern Turkey:             35 inches
       Uludag, in Bursa, Western Turkey:               55 inches



      * Results for week: 34

      * Results for week: 34			
      Karabuk Sp	-	Be$iKta$ 	1 - 1
      Ankaragucu	-	Kayseri Sp	0 - 5
      Fenerbahce	-	Antalya Sp 	2 - 0
      Bursa Sp	-	G. Antep Sp	0 - 2
      Istanbul BBSK	-	G. Birligi	1 - 0
      Samsun Sp	-	Sivas Sp	1 - 2
      Eski$ehir Sp	-	Mersin I Y	2 - 0
      Ordu  Sp	-	Trabzon Sp	0 - 0
      Manisa Sp	-	G. Saray	0 - 4

      Standing in the league as of week ending 34
      1 - 	G. Saray	77
      2 - 	Fenerbahce	68
      3 - 	Trabzon Sp	56
      4 - 	Be$iKta$ 	55
      5 - 	Eski$ehir Sp	50
      6 - 	Istanbul BBSK	50
      7 - 	Sivas Sp	50
      8 - 	Bursa Sp	49
      9 - 	G. Birligi	49
      10 - 	G. Antep Sp	48
      11 - 	Kayseri Sp	44
      12 - 	Karabuk Sp	44
      13 - 	Mersin IY	42
      14 - 	Ordu  Sp	42
      15 - 	Antalya Sp 	39
      16 - 	Samsun Sp	36
      17 - 	Manisa Sp	32
      18 - 	Ankaragucu	11


      [Saat 18:30 and 19:30 'da iki kez okuyun]

      *** Mustafa's Sweet Dreams

      Year: 2012 Running Time: 80 minutes Country:
      Turkey Language: Turkish with English subtitles
      Genre: Documentary
      Venue: Playhouse Theater, 40 Main Street, Tiburon
      Showtime: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 07:00 PM

      US Premiere

      Attending: Angelos Abazoglou (director)
      Screening with: Time of the Plums


      *** Movie: Wrong Rosary

      Free light dinner before film is served.

      The film "Wrong Rosary" will be shown at Stanford Unversity on April 16.

      Place: Bechtel International Center

      Conference room and Living room,
      Stanford, California

      View Larger Map

      Time: 16 April 2012, 18:00

      "The young muezzin Musa visits Istanbul for the first time in his life when he is assigned to a mosque in Galata, Istanbul. Musa is lodged in to an apartment provided for him. His next door neighbors are Sister Anna and Clara who is taking care of her. An excitement and at the same time, a warm kind of sensation is emerged through the encounter of Clara, whose life is stuck between home and church and Musa, who comes to Istanbul to start a new life. At the beginning he was even hesitant to confess himself, but by the time passes, the young muezzins love for Clara pervades all his life. Another story emerges when Musa and Yakup, who is a bibliopole, come across at the church which Clara attends regularly. Little surprises come out of the stories of three intersecting lives -Clara, Musa the muezzin and Mr. Yakup the bibliopole."

      38th International Film Festival Rotterdam - Tiger Award28th Istanbul Film Festival - Best script, best film, best actorCrossing Europe Film Festival - Best filmGolden Boll Film Festival - Best director, best plot, best actress, best actorTOFIFEST Film Festival - Jury special award, Best actorHaifa International Film Festival - Best Film from the Mediterranean region.

      *** National Sovereignty and Children’s Day

      92nd Anniversary Celebrations

      Ninety two years ago on April 23, 1920, Turkish National Assembly convened the first time. The event was the start of democracy in Turkey. The following 15 years, the day was celebrated every year as "National Sovereignty Day". Recognizing that future belongs to children, Atatürk dedicated the Sovereignty Day to them. Since 1935 the day has been more appropriately called "National Sovereignty and Children’s Day".

      Sunday, April 22, 2012

      1:00 to 5.00 pm

      Lafayette Reservoir
      3849 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA 94549

      • Yore Folklore Group
      • Workshop for the kids
      • Magician/ illusionist
      • Face painting
      • Games
      • Special gifts for every child

      • Turkish Shish Kebab,
      • Kofte
      • Salad
      • Pilav
      • Delicious Daddy's Baklava (Rated 5 Stars by SF Chronicle!)
      Suggested Donation: Adult: $15, Under 12: Free

      *** On line Turkish classes:


      *** Turkish American Association of California

      is a non-profit
      charitable organization established to promote better
      understanding between Americans and Turks.

      If you have any questions about Turks and Turkey,
      e-mail them at taac@...

      *** Planning to go to Turkey?

      Take a look at our Web pages
      that are full of articles and information furnished by
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      *** For more music from Turkey and the Middle East tune to

      International Cultural Program.

      San Francisco World TV Channel 29
      Sundays at 9-10 A.M.

      *** Yore dance invites you to:

      Free Turkish Folkdance Classes.

      Please contact with Yore Folk Ensemble for the details.

      TELL YOUR FRIENDS who might be interested joining our group.

      Yore Folk Ensemble

      *** Azerbaijan Cultural Society of Northern California

      Check with the ACSNC center web pages for dates and times of activities: http://acsnc.org/

      16400 Lark Ave. Ste # 260
      Los Gatos, CA 95032

      *** Turkish Classical Music Chorus started practices again.
      They are looking for singers and players of instruments

      Join them on Friday evenings in San Jose

      Please contact with Sema Oktay for the details.

      Sema_Aksu_Oktay [at] yahoo [dot] com

      TELL YOUR FRIENDS who might be interested joining the chorus.


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