x0x Turkish News for the week ending 26 May 2012
x0x Turkish News for the week ending 26 May 2012
[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 26 May 2012]
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* According to Bloomberg, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan reminded his followers that he alone is the leader of governing party after an internal spat that erupted while he was on state visits in Pakistan and Kazakhstan.
Mr. Erdogan's intervention followed a public dispute between Justice and Development Party spokesman Huseyin Celik and Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin, who said Turkey didn't need to apologize after the accidental killing of 34 civilians wrongly identified as members of the Kurdistan Workers Party, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union.
* The Turkish president Mr. Abdullah Gul was in town. He had dinner with 500 people in San Francisco on Tuesday evening. Mayor Lee presented him with a key to the city.
On Wednesday he had a talk at Stanford University, where one of his sons studied.
Absence of coverage of his trip by the local print media was notable. Only the Stanford student paper had an article had an article on his visit.
* In related news, prior to visiting the Bay Area, President Gul was in Chicago where he attended a NATO meeting.
After the meeting, Mr. Gul said that Turkish request to buy unmanned drones from the US was bogged down in Congress, with some members blocking sales as President Obama pushes for approval, reported Bloomberg.
Turkey wants to use the drones against the rebel Kurds. It already has a number of drones purchased from Israel, and four US owned drones operate out of Turkey, and the information gathered by the US military is passed on to the Turkish military.
Read more at: http://www.bloomberg.com.
* Israel offered to pay $6 million to victims of the 2010 Israeli military raid on the Gaza-bound Turkish activists' ship Mavi Marmara, a Turkish lawyer said. The lawyer said they rejected the offer.
Nine activists were killed in the raid. Turkey broke off relations with Israel afterwards.
In the meantime, AFP reported that Turkish prosecutors called for life sentences for four Israeli commanders responsible for the killing of the activists.
* According to Reuters, a Turkish court sentenced a Kurdish parliamentarian to 10 years. The courts said that Leyla Zana's series of speeches four years ago constituted propaganda on behalf of the rebel Kurds.
* Akbank TAS , Turkey's second-biggest bank by market value, slid to the lowest in almost three years after Citigroup Inc. sold part of its stake at a discount, reports the Bloomberg.
* According to RTT News, continuing his attack on Standard & Poor's for downgrading Turkey's economic outlook, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to cancel its annual contract with the global credit rating agency.
In related news, Financial Times of London reported that Mr. Erdogan has proposed setting up a Turkish ratings agency .
ARTS AND CULTURE
By Lutfi Marasli, Izmir, Turkey
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News Istanbul's Pera Museum is hosting a movie night. Movie titled "Oh! What a Lovely War" will be on screen on May 26.
The movie is a complex and riveting tale of romance, male friendship, heroism, tragedy, and loss of innocence in the slaughterhouses of war.
* The 3rd International Art Dialogues, organized by Beyoğlu Municipality and Kültür Kenti Foundation, will take place between June 1 and 10 in Istanbul's Beyoğlu town, reports the Hurriyet Daily News. The event will kick off with an opening party, during which Cafe Aman Istanbul Group, formed by Turkish and Greek musicians, will give a concert.
The 10-day event will host a total 80 events from 21 countries from five continents.
Along with Cafe Aman Istanbul, which performs unforgettable songs from Turkish, Greek , Armenian and Jewish music, the Beyoğlu Municipality Youth Orchestra, which consists of 70 people, will also perform during the opening of the event.
The events, including exhibitions, plastic and classic arts, concerts, theater plays, film screenings and dance performances will be organized everyday in Galata Square, Taksim Square, İstiklal Avenue and Cihangir.
Elements The Band from Greece and Band Amie from Germany will be the highlights of the event.
* A retrospective of the work of celebrated Turkish painter Burhan Doğançay, titled "Fifty Years of Urban Walls," has opened at Istanbul Modern, reports Tuba Parlak of Hurriyet Daily News. The exhibition will run through Sept. 13.
Curated by Istanbul Modern's Artistic Director Levent Çalıkoğlu, and showcasing a total of 120 works, the exhibition is the most comprehensive show of Doğançay's work to take place in Turkey to date. Thirty-five of the works in the show were borrowed from 13 foreign museums, which required meticulous work over about two years, made possible thanks to the sponsorship of Yıldız Holding.
"Doğançay represents a bridge between the modern and the contemporary," Çalıkoğlu said, speaking at a press conference held to announce the exhibition at the museum yesterday. "During his brilliant career, which he built all alone, Doğançay analyzed the collective urban memory through city walls, and transformed what he gathered from the streets into his art."
The exhibition is also an important project for the Istanbul Modern, Çalıkoğlu said, because it marks a turning point in the museum's relationship with other institutions. "For the first time in our history as a museum we have asked to borrow a Turkish painter's works from foreign institutions."
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News the Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art has filed a lawsuit against artist Elif Öner due to her use of the web domains "elgizmuseum.com" and "proje4l.com," which belong to the museum, in her web-based art project "Hysteria."
Öner also used domains belonging to other museums in the project. In "Hysteria," Öner criticizes the complex relationships involved in the collecting museums do, and refers to museum collections and the position of museums in modern life.
Öner's work is currently on display at the Elgiz Museum, in an exhibit titled "A Museum inside Museum." The exhibition has itself also caused controversy, due to some of the works included and their themes. The goal of the exhibition is to question what the role of a museum is, while also criticizing the accelerating growth in the number of galleries, collectors, artists and museums on the contemporary art scene. Controversy has arisen among some artists, curators and museums because of the content of the show's opening performance and the presentation of some of the works in the exhibit.
According to a written statement at www.elgizmuseum.com, Öner's work stresses the necessity of discussing the current state of the art world, where artists' rights are not protected, and often no budget exists for artists and the process of art production
* Tuba Parlak of Hürriyet Daily News reports that the work of three great masters of the Italian High Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael, will be highlighted in an interactive exhibition that emphasizes their scientific discoveries and inventions, as well as their artwork, which opened up broader horizons in European civilization and culture.
Brought to İstanbul Turkey thanks to a collaboration between the Museo Ideale Leonardo Da Vinci, Arter Design, and the Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts, the exhibition is set to open at Mimar Sinan University's Tophane-i Amire Culture Center on June 1, and will continue through the end of July.
Hakan Elbir of Arter Design, which is famous for bringing an exhibition on climate change to santralistanbul between October 2011 and January 2012, told the Hürriyet Daily News that the exhibition offers a detailed explanation of 10 masterpieces by the three artists through the use of interactive media.
* Sticking the very mundane right into the glamor of the art scene, a new solo exhibition from artist Eşref Yıldırım is problematizing the sanctity of artistic creation by juxtaposing it with the death of ordinary people reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
Yıldırım's "Nobody's Death" at Galeri Zilberman in Istanbul is a series of works about the death and homicide stories that traditionally go on the "third pages" of Turkish newspapers, displayed against the sterility of whitewashed gallery walls.
And a few short news from the music world:
* The 11th International Music Festival in Turkey's southern Mediterranean province of Mersin ended on May 19 with a concert by the U.S. opera world diva Michele Crider. She was accompanied by the Bilkent Symphonic Orchestra under the baton of Işın Metin. A total of 370 people performed in 11 different venues, presenting classical music concerts, chamber orchestra concerts, recitals and ballet and dance shows.
* Garanti Jazz Green will be featuring celebrated American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and activist Stevie Wonder. The master pianist and singer of soul music will take the Santralistanbul stage September 14.
* Istanbul's İş Sanat closed the season of 2011-2012 with Aeternum, the haunting brand new project of the "Princes of Flamenco," Los Vivancos. Los Vivancos say that they are seven brothers and grew up traveling the world.
* Myra, an ancient city in Turkey's southern province of Antalya, played host to its first Turkey-Sweden Friendship concert on May 19.
The Ramsberg Choir, which was formed 70 years ago in the Swedish city of the same name, performed at the event to promote the site, which is still being excavated. Myra is where St. Nicholas lived.
* Organized by Andante classical music magazine of Turkey, the 2012 Donizetti Classical Music Awards were handed out at a ceremony held in Istanbul's Rahmi Koç Museum on May 21.
violinist Suna Kan received the honorary award, İlhan Baran and Koral Algan received the best musical trainer awards.
The artist award was given to mezzo-soprano Asude Karayavuz, while the group award was given to the "Boğaziçi Jazz Choir."
The jury, composed of 25 international musicians chose Gustavo Dudamel as the "Musician of the Year." Among other posts, he is the music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
* Turkey earned a ticket to advance to the final stage of the Eurovision Song Contest as Can Bonomo's performance qualified the country to compete against 25 other countries in the competition's final phase, daily Hürriyet reported.
* Turkish Director Fatih Akın's new movie, titled "Polluting Paradise," which focuses on pollution issues in his hometown, the Black Sea province of Trabzons's Çamburnu district, made its premier at Cannes Film Fest on May 20.
* TOKYO, Istanbul and Madrid made the first cut among bidders to host the 2020 Olympics, as the International Olympic Committee announced that Baku and Doha had been dropped.
* According to Reuters, the general assembly of the Fenerbahce sports club reelected their jailed leader Mr. Aziz Yildirim to the presidency.
Mr. Yildirim received all but two of the 5,271 votes cast, a record, during the Istanbul sport club's general assembly, the club said in a statement.
Mr. Yildirim is being accused of match-fixing along with dozens of other defendants Mr. Yildirim says the charges are politically motivated.
Turkey has Europe's sixth-biggest soccer economy.
Read more at http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com.
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Turkish Student Association at the Stanford University will show the last film of the academic year on Frida June 1st.
"Hokkabaz" (The Magician) directed by Cem Yilmaz, 2006 / 119 minutes / in Turkish with English subtitles.
- Time: Friday, June 1st 2012 at 6:00pm,
- Place: Bechtel International Center Assembly Room.
- Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm before the screening.
- All films start at 6:30 pm. A discussion will follow each screening.
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