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      x0x Turkish News for the week ending 21 April 2012

      [This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 21 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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      * We reported to you last week that Turkish prosecutors ordered the arrest of dozens of former military officers, including four retired generals, in a new probe against the military.
        The military officers are seen as responsible for a coup in 1997.
        Turkish prime minister Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan commented on the probe. He said "We have helped democracy get stronger in Turkey. Those who acted against the national will shall pay the cost in courts of law. Turkey is no longer a country where a coup could take place."
        The Turkish dailies reported that nine people were detained while seven others were released on Sunday in the probe. 12 people, including retired Turkish deputy chief of general staff Gen. Cevik Bir, were sent to the court with a demand for their arrest.
        The Turkish dailies gave extensive coverage to the arrest of the general. Upon his arrest the general said that at the time they were defending the Turkish state against fundamentalism.
        The Turkish daily Turkiye headlined its story on the same topic as "from Sincan to dungeon", and wrote that Gen. Cevik Bir and other people who were arrested in the ongoing investigation are now in a prison in Ankara's Sincan city, where they rolled their tanks 15 years ago.
        The Turkish daily Sabah quoted Gen. Bir as saying, "Necmettin Erbakan gave an order and I implemented that order," while Yeni Safak claimed that Gen. Bir got the help and cooperation of Israel when he ordered tanks to travel on Sincan's streets 15 years.
        On Thursday more people were arrested as part of the probe. Among them was the former deputy chief of the military staff Gen. Erol Ozkasnak. 40 police officers searched Gen. Ozkasnak's house for 3.5 hours.
        Read more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1997_Turkish_coup_d%27%C3%A9tat and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cevik_Bir

      * The Turkish daily Turkiye said Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Ali Babacan and Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Mr. Ahmet Davutoglu were included in Time magazine's list of world's top 100 most influential people.
        Time described Mr. Babacan as "man behind the Turkish economic transformation," and Mr. Davutoglu as "architect of the Turkish foreign policy."
        Read more at http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2111975_2111976_2112128,00.html

      * According to the Turkish press, the head of the regional Kurdish administration in Northern Iraq Mr. Masoud Barzani was in Turkey this week.
        Mr. Barzani met with the Turkish prime minister behind closed doors. Turkish National Intelligence Agency Undersecretary Mr. Hakan Fidan also participated in Erdogan-Barzani meeting.
        Turkey has been pressuring the Iraqi Kurds to fight against the rebel Turkish Kurds. The rebels have hideouts in the mountainous area in Northern Iraq right across from the Turkish border.
        Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/TurkRadio.aspx?pageID=238&nID=18942

      * Economy


      * On Wednesday, Istanbulites saw the opening of another high rise in their city. The inauguration of the Trump Towers Mall took place with the participation of the prime minister and businessmen Aydin Dogan and Donald Trump.
        The building has 39-floor residence tower and 37-floor business tower. Prime minister Mr. Erdogan said that Istanbul gained a different view with the new building.
        According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Donald Trump says that the Trump Organization is interested in engaging in new real estate projects with Turkey's Doğan Holding, as well as a separate plan to take its Trump Hotel Collection business to Turkey.

      * According to the English addition of the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet, turkey's unemployment figure stood at 10.2% in January 2012. The figure is 1.7 points lower than that of January 2011.
        The number of jobless decreased to 2.7 million from 3 million whereas the number of the employed rose to 23.5 million from 22.5 million.
        Youth unemployment in Turkey has dropped to 18.4 percent from 22.0 percent.

      * The Anatolia Agency reports that Turkey's economy minister Mr. Zafer Caglayan arrived in Houston on Tuesday to hold talks.
        Mr. Caglayan flew from Washington to Houston to inaugurate Turkey's Trade Attache's Office in Houston.
        According to Mr. Caglayan American businessmen are excited about the incentive packages the Turkish government is offering for investments in Turkey. The package was announced in the first week of April by the prime minister.
        Since then Pepsi has decided to increase its investment in Turkey from $800 million to $5 billion. Pepsi is making turkey's distribution hub for the Middle East and North Africa.
        According to Mr. Caglayan Kimberly-Clark, 3M, GE, RIM, and Chrysler are also planning to invest in Turkey. GE is interested in building wagons and engines for a planned 10,000 kilometer railway network.
        Another American company, Quest Diagnostics, is planning investments in Turkey's healthcare sector.
        He says that the trade deficit with the US will be reduced after the investments.
        While in Houston, Turkish economy minister also announced that the Turkish Airlines will start flying to Houston.
        Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkRadio.aspx?pageID=238&nID=18780 and http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/TR.aspx?pageID=238&nID=18922

      * The Anatolia Agency reports that Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Ali Babacan arrived in Washington on Thursday to attend several meetings.
        During his stay in the US, Mr. Babacan will participate in Rio+20 ministers meeting, G20 sessions, Deauville Partnership meeting, IMF-World Bank meetings, and Atlantic Council meeting.
        The G20 meeting will focus on issues including financial sector, economic programs of countries and energy prices. Mr. Babacan will participate as a guest of honor in an event hosted by the Atlantic Council. He will return to Turkey on Sunday after participating in the IMF-World Bank spring meetings.


      Edited by Colleen Clark


      * Istanbul province's Eyup city municipality is restoring the Zal Mahmut complex, reports Nicki Gamm of Hurriyet Daily News.
        The complex was built on the orders of Zal Mahmut Pasha and completed in 1577. Zal Mahmut was a vizier, a minister, of if Suleyman the Magnificent. He carried out the execution of Suleyman's first-born son and was awarded a ministerial post.
        He later joined the royal family by marrying the daughter of Sultan Selim II, Suleyman's second son and his successor.
        Both Zal Mahmut and his wife are buried at the complex.
        In addition to Zal Mahmut and his wife's mausoleum, the complex has a mosque and two schools (medrese).
        Read more about Zal Mahmut Pasha and the complex at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/PrintNews.aspx?PageID=383&NID=18937


      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk has issued a "manifesto" to explain and accompany his Museum of Innocence, a visual manifestation of aspects of his novel of the same name, which will open in Istanbul at the end of this month.
        The manifesto was published in daily Taraf before being released to the international media.
        Pamuk says he loves museums and has felt very happy in museums in the past.
        "Because I take museums seriously, I sometimes get angry about them, but I don't want to speak about museums with anger. There were too few museums in Istanbul in my childhood; most of them were historical structures under protection. Later on, small museums in European cities made me feel that museums could tell the stories of individuals. I never forget that places like the Louvre, the Metropolitan [Museum], Topkapı [Palace], the British Museum and the Prado [hold] great richness for humanity. But I am against the idea that these big monumental treasures should be the models for future museums. Museums should represent humanity… but state-supported museums aim to represent the state, not individuals. This is not a good or an innocent goal," Pamuk's manifesto reads.
        The Museum of Innocence attempts to represent life in Istanbul between 1950 and 2000, and is filled with artifacts inspired by Füsun, beloved of Kemal, the protagonist of Pamuk's novel "The Museum of Innocence."
        Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/PrintNews.aspx?PageID=383&NID=18940


      * The seventh-annual Istanbul Tulip Festival opened Sunday with a ceremony at Emirgan Woods. Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbaş said the municipality has planted 12 million tulip bulbs this year.
        Tulips traveled to Holland from Istanbul 350 years ago, but have finally returned home, Mr. Topbaş said.
        "We planted 600,000 tulip bulbs in 2005, bringing tulips back into our culture again. They are a part of our life, " Mr. Topbaş added.
        Some criticize the mayor however, for spending money on tulips. The Mayor counters them by saying that they spent only 2 1/2 million liras, which he says is just a fraction of the total city budget. (The total budget for Istanbul Greater Metropolitan Area Municipality was 18 billion liras in 2011.)
        The tulip is also a symbol of the long friendship between Turkey and the Netherlands, Dutch Ambassador to Turkey Onno Kervers said. "This year the importance of this symbol is even greater, on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Turkey and Holland. No war has occurred between our countries for 400 years, and our friendship has lasted since then."
        Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/PrintNews.aspx?PageID=383&NID=18556


      * According to the Anatolia News Agency Turkey's National Library (Milli Kütüphane), which was founded by Adnan Ötüken with only two books in its collection in 1946, is celebrating its 66th anniversary this year, with more than three million books now on its shelves.
        The celebration included a special program organized at the National Library Headquarters Conference Hall, with the participation of Culture and Tourism Ministry Deputy Undersecretary, Şenay Başer and National Library officials.
        The library is also A member of European Digital Library , and shares its web archives through it.
        Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/PrintNews.aspx?PageID=383&NID=18653

      * Here are some activities in the US:

        - A concert will feature at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City on Monday April 23 at 7 pm. Symphony of Voices from Turkic Lands. Yunus Emre Oratorio by A. Adnan Saygun.

        - On Saturday, April 21 at 8 pm Turkish harpist Sebla Akbulut presented "Harp Journey: a musical journey to Wales, Ireland, Argentina, Turkey and more at The Goethe-Institut, 170 Beacon St., Boston, MA.
        Her concert is within the framework of the 11th Annual Boston Turkish Film & Music Festival. br />  Sebla Akbulut was born in 1984, Istanbul and started her musical career with piano. In 1995, she got accepted into Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory harp division. After working with Sevin Berk for six years, she continued her undergraduate education with İpek Mine Sonakın. She successfully graduated by performing Debussy's "Dance Sacree" and "Dance Profane" with the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory Orchestra.
        In 2006, she earned her masters degree in Master of Music in Education Department at the Yeditepe University. She also gained different aspects of musical aspects by attending many master classes in Turkey and in foreign countries. Sebla attended many concerts with several different chamber music groups.
        Later on, her interest in Turkish Classical Music encouraged her to put together a project called "Harp with Maqams" which included vocals and kemenchas. The main target of the project was to give a different point of view to harp in Turkish Classical Music which premiered in İzmir Ahmet Adnan Saygun Cultural Center. Since 2011, she continues her studies at The Boston Conservatory GDP - harp division with The Boston Ballet Principal harpist Cynthia Price-Glynn.
        See http://www.bostonturkishfilmfestival.org/2012Festival/concerts/sebla_akbulut.html

      * Anatolia News Agency just reported that a great voice in the Turkish pop and jazz music, Ayten Alpman, passed away.
        Ms. Alpman was born in 1930 in Istanbul and started her career at the Istanbul Radio.


      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.79


      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:            4 inches
       Ilgaz, in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey:      39 inches
       Kartalkaya, in Bolu, Western Turkey:            39 inches
       Palandoken, in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey:         43 inches
       SaklIkent, in Antalya, Southern Turkey:         28 inches
       SarIkamI$, in Kars, Eastern Turkey:             28 inches
       Uludag, in Bursa, Western Turkey:               47 inches\

      * "Storm batters Turkey," the Turkish daily Hurriyet said over strong winds gusting as fast as 120 km an hour and sandstorms that turned skies to yellow.
        The daily said four people were killed and 31 were injured. Land and sea transportation came to a standstill in certain parts of the country as well as flights were delayed. The winds ripped off roofs and uprooted trees.


      [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


      *** Free Tickets for the Silk Road Festival

      Mexican Heritage Plaza Theater

      1700 Alum Rock Road
      San Jose, CA 95116

      A full of evening of dance, music and poetry from the Silk Road including 
      Iran, Turkey, China, India, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

      3:00 - 6:00pm Silk Road Bazaar

      Family Fun starts at 3pm in the lovely gardens of the Mexican Heritage 
      Plaza Theater including dance workshops, outdoor activities, live music, 
      and much more! The ever popular Silk Road Bazaar will offer traditional 
      clothing, art, and a few light refreshments for sale. Enjoy a picnic with 
      friends and family.

      Enjoy learning Persian folk dances taught by Farima Berenji, dance to 
      Balkan music performed by members of Da! Mozem, and join Stanford's Yore 
      Turkish Folkdance group in a dance workshop/jam with their fabulous 
      Turkish tulum (bagpipe) player and dahol drum.

      7:00 - 9:30pm Silk Road Dance and Concert Performances

      The Festival of the Silk Road unites some phenomenal Bay Area dance and 
      musical guests to celebrate the rich cultural traditions of the Silk 
      Road--Iran, India, China, Turkey & Tajikistan. A spectacular Chinese dragon 
      will be making a grand appearance in honor of the Chinese year of the 

      Guest Artists for the Festival
      • Master Persian percussionist Pezhham Akhavass
      •  Neema Hekmat & Zaryab Music Ensemble
      • Chinese Performing Arts of America
      • Anuradha Nag & Tarangini School of Kathak Dance
      • Niosha Dance Academy
      • Yore Turkish Folkdance Group
      •  Shahrzad Dance Company
      •  Miriam Peretz & the Afsaneh Dance Academy
      •  Ballet Afsaneh

      Tickets: $25 General, $18 Kids & Seniors, $35 VIP (includes preferred seating)

      Brown Paper Tickets (800) 838-3006 or http://dancesilkroad.org


      *** 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
      travelers like yourselves:


      *** 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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