x0x Turkish News for the week ending 02 June 2012
x0x Turkish News for the week ending 02 June 2012
[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 02 June 2012]
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* According to the Voice of America's Dorian Jones, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sparked a strong response from women's rights activists after calling for legislation to restrict women's access to abortions. The future of abortion is now in question in Turkey.
Abortion has been legal in Turkey for up to 10 weeks after conception, with emergency abortions allowed for medical reasons after that.
Married women require their husband's permission unless the pregnancy poses an immediate danger to the life of the mother.
Read more at www.voanews.com
* Thousands of people chanted slogans and waved banners against Israel in Istanbul on Thursday in a rally marking the two-year anniversary of the Israeli raid of a Gaza-bound flotilla ship in which nine Turkish pro-Palestinian activists were killed, Agence France-Presse reported.
In related news, last week we reported to you that a Turkish prosecutor asked for trial of the retired Israeli officers responsible for the raid. Earlier this week a Turkish court accepted the prosecutor's request.
From the Israeli side, foreign affairs minister Avigdor Lieberman said that he hoped European countries would not cooperate with Turkey regarding the "absurd charges" against the former Israeli officers. He further said he expected Europe to call Turkey to order and not go along with the provocations of a NATO member state that has "lost its direction and acts contrary to accepted international rules."
* According to Dow Jones Newswires, Turkish Airlines said Thursday it has lost about $2 million in revenue due to what it called an illegal strike, which began late Monday.
In an emailed statement, the company said it has terminated the contracts of 305 workers who joined the strike action, which was called by aviation union Hava Is. The strike caused the cancellation of 223 flights. Employees were protesting against a new bill that deprives aviation employees from their right to strike.
Read more: FoxBusiness
* According to the Anatolia News Agency, Turkey-Tatarstan Trade and Investment Forum held in Istanbul this week.
Tatarstan is one of the republics of the Russian Federation.
Turkish Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan highlighted the importance of Tatarstan and mentioned investments of the Turkish firms in the country.
Mr. Caglayan said, "at present, important Turkish automotive industry firms are holding talks for investing in Tatarstan and cooperating as well as Tatar firms setting businesses in Turkey."
Speaking at the forum, Tatar president Mr. Rustam Minnikhanov said that he was happy about his trip to Turkey and very satisfied over the collaboration of both countries. He said Tatarstan is the gateway to Russia for Turkish firms.
Meanwhile "Strategic Cooperation Agreement" was signed between Turkish Airlines and Tatarstan Airlines at the forum.
The Tatar president also had meetings with Turkish leaders. He thanked the leaders of the Republic of Turkey for their contributions to protection of the common culture of Turkish-speaking nations.
* According to the Turkish daily Turkiye, a "partner's forum" of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations was held in Istanbul this week.
Turkish prime minister Mr. Erdogan and his Spanish counterpart Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero started the Alliance of Civilizations in 2005.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Burundi's president Pierre Nkurunziza, Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili, Lebanese prime minister Necip Mikati, Brazilian Vice President Michel Temer and Yemeni prime minister Mohammed Basendwah were some of the attendees.
Turkish prime minster Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan held talks with some of the leaders.
In his speech at the summit, UN Secretary-General called on Syria to act on its commitments under the Annan plan. "We hear a great deal about the so-called clash of civilizations, the supposed rift between predominantly Muslim and Western societies. This is not what is going on in Syria. There, it is the old story of a tyranny seeking to hold power. And in seeking to hold power, the regime threatens to exacerbate tensions among Syria's diverse people, much as we saw in the former Yugoslavia two decades ago" Secretary-General Ban added.
Touching upon last weekend's massacre in the Syrian village of Houla where more than 100 people were killed, many of them children, Turkish prime minister said, "These are our children who are massacred in Hama, Homs and Houla, as much they are the children of desperate Syrian families," adding that the world should not remain silent in the face of oppression.
* Speaking of Syria, the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet reported that Turkey has expelled Syrians diplomats, joining the US, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Britain, Switzerland, Italy, Japan and Canada in protesting a weekend massacre of more than 100 people.
* According to the Turkish daily Milliyet, French foreign affairs ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said that France was willing to "open a new page" in its relations with Turkey.
Valero said the meeting between French President Francois Hollande and Turkish President Abdullah Gul during NATO summit showed France's will to revive relations between the two countries.
Valero defined Turkey as an "important partner and ally," saying that the relations should be stronger in all areas. "Our relations should be based on dialogue, mutual respect and confidence," Valero said, adding that France attaches importance to Turkey's relations with the European Union.
During the term of the former president Mr. Sarkozy, relations with Turkey were rocky. Mr. Sarkozy was termed by the Turks as being an anti-Turkish leader.
ARTS AND CULTURE
Edited by Carol Dean
* New York Times carried an article by Susanne Gusten on the tug-of-war between the conservative government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkish theaters.
The government is planning to pull the aid it gives to Turkish theaters, critics claim.
The dispute started last month when the city of Istanbul introduced new rules for the selection of repertoires at its 13 municipal theaters, placing a civil servant at the head of the repertoire committee, instead of an artist. The theaters' general art director promptly resigned, and Istanbul's actors and directors took to the streets to protest the move.
"This is a campaign to subject all arts and culture to conservative values," the actress and director Asli Ongoren called out at a televised protest rally.
Read more at www.nytimes.com
* According to the Anatolia News Agency, Istanbul retained its place on the list of the top 10 convention destinations centers in the world last year, the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce said on May 27.
Istanbul was in seventh place in 2010 with 109 conventions, but fell to ninth place in 2011, although the number of conferences held in the city rose to 113.
* Last week we reported to you about a new film, which focused on the pollution of a small town on the Black Sea region of Turkey.
The film by Turkish-German director Fatih Akın tells the struggle of villagers in Çamburnu with the government's decision to turn the place into a garbage dump.
This week Trabzon's Governor Recep Kızılcık held a press conference at the site of the solid waste facilities in Çamburnu Kutlular, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
The governor said he was holding the press conference to share information because of the recent discussions about the area with the release of the film. "Our region is a tourism place and we are working to make Trabzon and its area more habitable place," he said.
"Garbage has been stored in this area since 2007. Local administrations are putting in serious effort for this facility to give less damage to the environment. We have solved many problems compared to past. We want to create an area away from pollution and bad smell," he said.
He also said they would develop a project with the Trabzon Municipality to decrease the amount of solid waste.
The Turkish premiere of "Polluting Paradise" will be Istanbul on June 5, World Environment Day.
* Actress Müzeyyen Nalkesen has long been interested in traditional shadow puppet theater and aims to become the first woman Karagöz and Hacivat master after completing a three-year apprenticeship, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
A ceremony recognizing new Karagöz masters is held every year in September, Nalkesen said. She explained that there have been no female Karagöz masters before because it is very difficult for a woman to create the deep voice of Karagöz. Nalkesen has been working on the voice for three years. "A Karagöz artist should be a very good painter so that he or she can paint puppets well. He or she should also be a good musician, actor and observer."
It is very difficult to find the supplies to make original accessories for Karagöz and Hacivat performance, Nalkesen said.
Nalkesen's success at becoming a Karagöz and Hacivat master could not have come at a better time. Only two years ago, leading Karagöz master Metin Özlen pleaded for more people to undertake the craft in order to ensure its survival. The Karagöz and Hacivat shadow plays are most commonly performed during the month of Ramadan.
Read more about Turkish shadow theater here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hacivat
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, the actors of Oyun Atölyesi have taken the stage at the World Shakespeare Festival in London performing "Anthony and Cleopatra" in Turkish.
The actors performed the play three times over the course of the weekend. The first play took place on May 26, while the other were performed on May 27.
The 1,500 people capacity Globe Theater stage was witnessing a Turkish language play for the very first time.
Speaking after the actors, the festival's manager, Tom Bird, said this was a unique performance. The reason that the festival staged three plays in Turkish was that there are lots of Turkish people living in Britain.
The festival will run until November.
(L to R) Okay Temiz, Bilal Karaman, İmer Demirer, Hüsnü Şenlendirici and Marcus Miller pose at the press conference.
* The Istanbul Culture and Art Foundation's 19th Istanbul Jazz Festival will welcome highly respected musician Marcus Miller for the world premier of a special project to honor the foundation's 40th anniversary throughout 2012, reports the Hurriyet Daily News writer Tuba Parlak.
Miller will be leading "The Istanbul Project," which features his band's members Louis Cato on drums, Alex Han on saxophone and Federico Gonzalez Pena as well as five master Turkish musicians, clarinet virtuoso Hüsnü Şenlendirici, master percussionists Burhan Öcal and Okay Temiz, prominent jazz trumpeter İmer Demirer and young guitar virtuoso Bilal Karaman.
Commissioned by the foundation, the project will go before Turkish audiences on July 5 at the Cemil Topuzlu Open Air Theater as part of the jazz festival.
The 19th Istanbul Jazz Festival itself will be held between July 3 and 19 with performances by jazz musicians from all over the world, while the Istanbul Project's "world premieres series" is set to continue in subsequent editions of the festival.
For more information visit http://caz.iksv.org/en
* "Silent", a film by Turkish director Rezan Yesilbas, won the Palme d'Or in the short-length film category at the 65th Cannes Film Festival on May 27, the Anatolia news agency has reported.
The film had previously won the Best Film Award at the Akbank Short Film Festival.
* According to the Anatolia News Agency, the Film Producers Professional Association of Turkey will present the Turkish film and television sector at the NATPE Budapest fair between June 26 and 28.
Read more at www.hurriyetdailynews.com
* According to the Turkish papers, Fener Greek Patriarch Bartholomew was in Cappadocia and Mersin in Turkey to visit various ancient Greek religious sites.
According to Hurriyet, in Cappadocia he held a mass in Aios Nichole Monastery with some 400 people, mainly from Athens, Greece and Istanbul, Turkey.
In Mersin's Mut township he visited the Alahan monastery, a UN world heritage site currently under renovation by Turkey's Ministry of Culture.
* According to the Associated Press, Turkish clubs Besiktas and Bursaspor were banned from next season's Europa League on Wednesday for violating "financial fair play'' regulations, further complicating the country's relations with competition organizer UEFA.
UEFA judged that the clubs breached financial licensing rules which require that all salaries and transfer fees are paid.
Read more at sportsillustrated.cnn.com
[Saat 18:30 and 19:30 'da iki kez okuyun]*** TCA is Accepting Applications for TCAdvance Scholarship Program
The TCAdvance Scholarship Program was established in 2007 to support American students of Turkish and Turkic heritage who pursue a career in public and international affairs, law, communications and public relations.
The application deadline for the TCAdvance Scholarship is Friday, June 15, 2012. The scholarship recipients will be announced in July and scholarships will be awarded in Washington, DC in October. For detailed information on how to apply, please visit here.*** Senem Diyici in concert in San Francisco and elsewhere in the US
Turkish jazz artist Senem Diyici will be touring the US. As part of this tour she will be in San Francisco.
Here is her schedule:
June 7 : Long Beach/Museum of Arts
June 8 : San Diego / le Mirage
June 9 : Long Beach / Laguna's
June 10: Newport Beach (concert workshop)
June 13: Glint San Francisco
June 14: Glint SF / Mavi Yol meets dancers and video artists for an improvised musical and painting performance with sounds landscape (to be confirmed)
June 16: NY Drom Club
June 18: NY Sycamore concert including meeting with some NY musicians
June 19 to 21: off in NY and NY area and open for radios, jam's, interviews, etc.....
June 22: NY Freedom Garden
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