x0x Turkish News for the week ending 05 May 2012
x0x Turkish News for the week ending 05 May 2012
[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 05 May 2012]
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* Barcin Yinanc of the Hurriyet Daily News reports intervied a professor on the recent shift in Turkish foreign policy.
Turkey's decision to host an early warning radar as part of NATO's nuclear defense system is a sign of the country's realignment with the West, says Professor Mustafa Aydın.
As the government gives the message that it will continue to act with the West, Foreign Minister Davutoğlu announces the end to the country's zero problems with neigboring countries' foreign policy in his recent statement in Parliament, according to Aydın, the presiddent of Kadir Has University.
The radar is system is rigourously opposed by Turkey's neigbor Iran.
* According to the Anatolia News Agency, Turkey's president is replacing the chief of general staff as the host for Victory Day celebrations on August 30, according to a new regulation which would further curb the military's profile.
Under the regulation, the president will both receive the official greetings and host the Victory Day reception in the evening. Both events have so far been led and hosted by the chief of staff at the military's headquarters and guesthouses.
* On another national day celebrations, a political debate over how to celebrate May 19, the day marking the beginning of Turkey's War of Independence in 1919, between the government and opposition parties has deepened after a court annulled a government decree to limit the scope of the celebrations, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
Turkey's Education Ministry issued a decree earlier restricting mass celebrations outside the capital Ankara.
* According to the Anatolia News Agency, Turkey will land on the "black list" of the Financial Action Task Force in June if it fails to adopt legislation on the prevention of the financing of terrorism, Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin warned on May 2 during a debate on a long-delayed draft law at Parliament's Justice Commission.
"As a country fighting terrorism itself, it is unacceptable for Turkey to be in such a position internationally," Ergin said, indicating that Turkey is currently on Financial Action Task Force's "grey-black list."
Ergin said that Turkey was criticized by the United Nations for lacking any extra-judicial mechanism to prevent terrorism financing, adding that the U.S., France, Germany and Russia had such mechanisms. "The prevention of the financing of terrorism is indispensible in the fight against terrorism," he said.
Opposition lawmakers argued the bill would only serve the interests of foreign countries and would not help Turkey in blocking the financial channels of the outlawed Kurdistan Worker's Party abroad.
* Speaking of the Kurdistan Worker's Party, the underground organization of the rebel Turkish Kurds, Europe remains a logistical support base for it, the European Police Office has warned in its latest report.
The report says that the rebel Kurds have a network of recruiters across Europe, which could be a cause of concern.
"Some of the funds collected [in Europe] are believed to be used to sponsor European Union-based propaganda centers and training camps," the report said. "Extortion, money laundering, facilitating illegal immigration, drugs and human trafficking remain the main crimes committed bythe Kurdistan Worker's Party members in Europe, as well as their main profit generators."
* Turkey is likely to be a regional power in 2030 but it's not certain whether it would be an European Union member by then, says a recent report commissioned by the European Parliament, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
Report advises Turkey to keep up with its European Union commitments.
The report looks at the impact of an increasingly empowered global citizenry on the international system and is produced for the European Strategy and Policy Analysis System.
Read more at www.hurriyetdailynews.com
* The Turkish Industry and Business Association is not the sort of organization to bow to political pressure when expressing its views, as its members are fully aware that that would not benefit the country, according to the institution's leader Ms. Ümit Boyner, reports the Turkish daily Radikal.
Ms. Boyner also denied allegations that the organization backed the Feb. 28, 1997 "postmodern" coup, claiming that, to the contrary, the association stood firm against the military's involvement in politics.
* According to the Turkish daily Milliyet, Turkey's president Mr. Abdullah Gul issued a statement on the occasion of the Labor Day and stated that he wishes the Labor Day is always celebrated in a festive manner.
Hundreds of thousands of people took part in labor day celebrations on May 1 throughout Turkey.
* Former US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski on Thursday said that despite its religious diversity, Turkey is a part of the West, reports the Turkish daily Star.
Dr. Brzezinski was speaking at the 8th Sakip Sabanci Lecture Series, hosted by Sabanci University and the Brookings Institution in Washington.
Dr. Brzezinski said "With its strategic position, great power and loyalty to NATO, Turkey is crucial for Europe's security."
Brzezinski added that Turkey was a "model country" for Iran's development in the coming period due to the two counties' socioeconomic resemblance.
NEWS ON THE ECONOMY
* Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc., which supplies F-16 warplanes and other military aircraft, plans to hold an initial public offering in the last quarter of 2012 or the first quarter of 2013, general manager Muharrem Dortkasli told Reuters on Friday.
* Turkish Airlines chairman says it is continuing its tlak with the Polish Airlines for a possible buy out.
* Car sales in Turkey, which rose siginificantly for a while, is falling, reports the Reuters news agency. The sales were down 19% in April as compared to 2011 April.
* Declining corporate earnings and a downgrade to Turkey's credit outlook by Standard & Poor's drove Turkish stocks to their worst week in almost two months, reports Bloomberg.
Istanbul Stock Exchange index fell 2.6% in the week.
In related news, Associated press reported that Turkey's prime minister on Thursday accused ratings agency Standard & Poor's of bias for lowering the country's long-term credit outlook on the same day it upgraded Greece's credit grade.
* According to the Turkish daily Hurriyet, a statement by Turkey's Food, Agriculture and Animal Breeding Ministry said that Turkey's production of dry tea which amounted to 135,000 tons in 2002 increased to 227,000 tons in 2011.
The statement added that Turkey ranked the fifth worldwide in terms of production of dry tea in 2011.
ARTS AND CULTURE
Edited by Carroll Dean
Istanbul's Borusan Music House is currently playing home to two artists. DJ Arkın Allen, mainly known as a musician by the name of "Mercan Dede" in Turkey, and Canadian Carlito Dalceggio are working in Borusan Music House and using the venue as a public studio.
Dalceggio and Arkın are mainly known for artistic creations in which they combine music, performance and painting. This time, however, with their open-to-the-public studio, both artists are experiencing a groundbreaking revolution.
Primarily, the idea behind Borusan's open studio is to present the energy and the feelings of artists as they work to audiences in the wider public.
Arkın and Dalceggio will continue to work in the open studio until the beginning of June, before the exhibition of the two artists opens on May 23.
* In the early summer of 2012 seven floating glass objects will cross the Bosphorus at Istanbul from Asia to Europe. Filled with brand new goods from East Asia, they will be dragged across the water by a small fishing boat, heading for the European shore. The goods will include mass-produced items from countries like China, Taiwan, Indonesia and Hong Kong, cheap consumables with very brief and limited value in daily life.
While large-scale importing normally happens with sealed containers on huge ships, "Glass boats crossing the Bosphorus" is an attempt to make the social and ecological issues around this trade visible, and raise questions about European consumption habits. The glass "boats" are 32 x 32 x 14 inch objects roughly shaped like miniature cargo vessels and plastic shopping bags. Their contents will be mainly plastic toys, decorative objects, kitsch items and cheap tools.
Preparation for "Glass boats crossing the Bosphorus" is currently underway. All of the glass pieces have been produced and tested for their ability to float. The fabrication process was completed with assistance from the glass department of the fine art faculty at Marmara University, who generously supplied glass-fusing equipment and know-how. The project is the work of the German art collective Gonzoconsult, and especially collective member Samuel Burkhardt, working in Istanbul with the help of the Moda-based Halka Sanat Project. The group wants to share the ideas behind "Glass boats crossing the Bosphorus" with people.
* The growing popularity of traditional calligraphy art in Turkey is leading to a spoiling of the art form due to the introduction of fake' works and fake ink usages, says calligraphy art master Selim Türkoğlu
Calligraphy art has been rising in popularity over the last 15 years as more and more people begin to learn the art form, said Türkoğlu. However, in recent years the interest has changed and modern technology has led to an increase in fake works of calligraphy as artists use photo editing programs to manufacture the lines, shapes and styles of calligraphy.
"Calligraphy art has its own accessories," added Türkoğlu. In order to understand fake works, Türkoğlu said, the buyers would look at the work before it is framed. Buyers should also touch the works if possible as the ink used in calligraphy is special.
* The 4th annual Nazim Hikmet Poetry Competition was held Sunday April 15th at the Page Walker Arts and History Center in Cary, North Carolina.
The competition is part of a festival started as a tribute to the famous writer by the Turkish community in North Carolina.
Over 700 poems were submitted by some 250 poets from the US and overseas.
The finalists were Hala Alyan, Peter Blair, Kevin Boyle, Amy Leigh Brown, Tim Van Dyke, Hedy Habra, Jeffrey Kahrs, Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore, Anna Lena Phillips and Iris Tillman.
* The Anatolia News agency reports that visually impaired performers and students from Hacettepe University's Ankara State Conservatory recently performed together as the "Orchestra Without Disabilities" to raise awareness of the needs of disabled people.
People with disabilities are not active enough in society, project coordinator Ms. Fusun Balkaya said. "We aim to make them more active in society through cultural and arts events."
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, the 18th Istanbul Theater Festival organized by the Istanbul Culture and Arts Endowment kicked off with events to honor Turkey's "Year of Chinese Culture," including the Shanghai Song and Dance Ensemble and Beijing Opera.
The colorful and exciting "Year of Chinese Culture in Turkey" events are intended to reinforce cultural and political relations between Turkey and China, and will herald the beginning of the 18th Istanbul Theater Festival May 5- 10.
* Istanbul's 15th annual Puppetry Festival started on May 3, with performances from 13 puppetry groups from different countries.
This year's festival also hosts two exhibitions to change the perception of puppetry art in Turkey. Read more at www.hurriyetdailynews.com
* Black Sea Theatre Festival is a bringing together 42 countries, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
The festival will last for 10 days and 70 different place from 35 countries in different languages will be staged.
As part of the festival, eight musical titled " This Is The Grand Bazaar" was staged on May 3.
The musical tells the story of people from different cultures and different countries living together at Istanbul's Grand Bazaar.
Read more at www.hurriyetdailynews.comSPORTS
* Bulgarian Ivailo Gabrovski won a historic victory for Konya Torku Sekerspor on Sunday, becoming the first cyclist from a Turkish team to claim the Presidential Tour of Cycling, or Tour of Turkey, overall win, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
Omega Pharma-Quick Step rider Andrew Fenn came second, while Dutch rider Stefan Van Dijk was third.
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