x0x Turkish News for the week ending 30 June 2012
x0x Turkish News for the week ending 30 June 2012
[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 30 June 2012]
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* Last week we reported to you about Syria's shooting down of a Turkish military reconnaissance plane.
This week the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, June 28 that Turkey appeared to deploy armored military units on its border with Syria, raising tensions in the region after Turkey promised "decisive steps" in response to Syria's action.
Turkey called for a special meeting of the NATO countries. The general secretary of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen strongly condemned the downing of the plane after the meeting. He said that NATO stands in solidarity with Turkey.
Syrian authorities keep insisting that the plane was shot down by mistake.
In related news, Reuters reports that Turkish currency fell and bond and stock prices dropped in Turkey primarily due to the escalating tensions with Syria.
Read more at http://www.voanews.com/content/nato/1252880.html
* Meanwhile Syrian refugees and defecting Syrian military kept arriving in Turkey, the news reports indicated this week.
According to the Turkish radio and television 33 high ranking military including a general, two colonels, two majors and one lieutenant arrived in Turkey. The military also brought their families to save them from Syrian government reprisals.
* In an article titled "The Turkish Paradox" that appeared in the Foreign Affairs Journal, authors Michael J. Koplow and Steven A. Cook write that Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his ruling Justice and Development Party are simultaneously embracing and abusing democracy.
As an example they give the promise that Mr. Erdogan gave to permit the reopening of a Greek seminary that was closed in 1970s. In contrast to this positive move, Mr. Erdogan is trying to stifle his critics in the arts by pulling the government support given to the theaters.
The article also writes that "More than 90 journalists are now sitting in Turkish prisons -- more than in any other country in the world -- and the state has over 4,000 lawsuits pending against members of the press".
Read more at http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/137754/michael-j-koplow-and-steven-a-cook/the-turkish-paradox?page=show
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Heads of State and Government summit in Istanbul ended with a full commitment to the future goals of the organization, as the final declaration of the summit was agreed with the 12 members of the organization.
At a press conference after the summit, Turkish President Abdullah Gül said the final declaration of the summit aimed at removing the obstacles over free trade amongst the member states. Leaders and representatives of member states met at the summit to exchange ideas and contribute to the future of the organization , after a special session by the foreign affairs ministers.
For his part, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic, co-chair of the Istanbul summit together with Gül, said BSEC members should strengthen cooperation mechanisms to achieve their common goals.
See the organization's website http://www.bsec-organization.org/Pages/homepage.aspx
* According to Turkey's Anatolia News Agency, Istanbul Special Provincial Administration is renewing its "Earthquake Emergency Response" and "Early Warning" systems for a possible quake threat.
Some 110 earthquake stations are being modernized, according to reports. Modernized early warning systems are expected to provide uninterrupted information on possible earthquakes 10 seconds before they occur.
Much like California, Turkey is a major earthquake country.
* According to Reuters, Turkey and Azerbaijan signed an agreement on Tuesday on the $7 billion Trans-Anatolian natural gas pipeline project, planned to carry Azeri natural gas across Turkey to Europe.
Construction is expected to start at the end of 2013 or in early 2014, and the project's first phase is seen ready in 2018.
* The number of air travelers between Turkey and the U.S. is increasing. In the past few years the Turkish Airlines introduced new routes to various U.S. destinations.
News coming to our desk indicate that U.S. airlines are also following suit. According to USA Today, United Airlines this has introduced its first-ever service to Turkey with the launch of daily non-stop service from Newark to Istanbul.
* According to the web site gamesbid.com, Istanbul's bid for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games got a boost Friday when it was recognized by MasterCard's biannually published Global Destination Index as the fifth most visited city in the world.
The survey compiles figures from 132 cities and reports an expected 116 million foreign visitors to Istanbul in 2012.
Only London, Paris, Bangkok and Singapore have higher projected numbers.
Read more at http://www.gamesbids.com/eng/olympic_bids/2020_bid_news/1216136240.htm.
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, the Turkish Aerospace Industries have revealed Hürkuş, or "free bird" in English, the domestically designed, developed and produced aircraft for both military and civilian usage.
Along with Hürkuş, Turkish Aerospace Industries also showcased domestic unmanned air vehicle ANKA and T-129, the attack helicopter jointly developed with Italian firm AgustaWestland.
The plane is named after the first Turkish civil aviator, Vecihi Hürkuş (6 January 1895 - 16 July 1969).
* The foreign trade deficit, the Turkish economy's soft spot, continued to improve in May, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
The deficit contracted by 15.5 percent last month year-on-year to $8.5 billion, the Turkish Statistical Institute's data show.
Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkradio.aspx?pageID=238&nID=24388
* According to the Anatolia News Agency, the capital adequacy ratio for Turkish banks is better than that of many European Union countries, European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs Olli Rehn has said.
The reforms that were implemented by Turkey after its 2001 economic crisis had started to yield favorable outcomes, he added.
* According to the Turkish daily Hürriyet, Turkey is preparing to donate $10 to $20 million to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Foundation, Minister of Industry and Commerce Nihat Ergün said.
In return, MIT will also be offering Turkish as an elective course and will be establishing a Turkish research foundation," Ergün said to daily Hürriyet.
Turkish professors will also be able to conduct research at MIT and will be eligible to receive training at the prestigious American university.
* According to the Anatolia News Agency, Turkish construction firms have hit the proverbial jackpot in Turkmenistan, taking on $3 billion in projects in the country since January 2012.
Turkish construction firms have signed up for projects to build sports arenas, ports, schools, hospitals, roads, infrastructure, bridges, railways, drilling platforms, pipelines, textile factories, hotels and entertainment facilities.
ARTS AND CULTURE
Edited by Lutfi Marasli, Izmir, Turkey
* According to the Anatolia News Agency,as the summer months' high temperatures drive people indoors, Konya's Mevlana Museum, already one of Turkey's most visited with 1.7 million visitors, becomes even more popular.
About 395,000 of these visitors are from outside of Turkey.
The museum contains the grave of the founder of the Mevlevi order Jalaleddin Rumi, who died in Konya in 1273.
* According to the Doğan News Agency, academics are pursuing plans to open Turkey's first museum devoted to "mother goddesses" in the southwestern province of Muğla's Datça district.
The two mother goddesses date back to antiquity and are cited in various must in the Mediterranean and Aegean regions.
* According to the Anatolia News Agency, Turkey's eastern province of Mardin is preparing for the second International Mardin Biennial, to be held this year from Sept. 21 to Oct. 21. The theme of the event will be "Double Take." The first Biennial was held in June 2010.
The city of Mardin faces the past and the present, according to curators Colombo and Sarıaslan. Their conceptual framework of the biennial plans to bring contemporary art together with the colorful stories and soul of the city, by blending today's visual culture with the texture of Mardin, as well as focusing on individual stories.
The biennial will host 30 artists including Fikret Atay, Sami Baydar, Edy Ferguson, Mona Hatoum, Hrair Sarkissian, Murat Şahinler, Shahzia Sikander and Pae White. The artists will use various interesting venues in the city, including historical structures, barber shops, coffee houses and open air cinemas as exhibition venues. The exhibitions are located within walking distance of each other.
* The Mono Festival, organized by Pozitif, is inviting an Istanbul audience to enjoy a musical day out at the beach at Istanbul's beautiful Solar Beach on June 30, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
The festival lineup includes a series of prominent local and international names from the indie and electro-pop scene.
Among the bands to perform on the festival's main stage is Gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello, which has gained a sound fan base among Turkish music lovers in recent years. The lineup for the main stage also includes Canadian new wave and indie-rock band Metric, English new wave band The Horrors, American bands Battles and Com Truise, as well as Danish group Oh Land. Opening on the main stage for the festival is local trio The Ringo Jets.
* The world premiere of Turkish piano virtuoso and composer Fazıl Say's second symphony, "Mesopotamia," received a 3,000-person standing ovation June 23 when it was presented at the 40th Istanbul Music Festival, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
The piece was commissioned by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, which also backs the festival, and was performed at the Haliç Congress Center along with the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Gürer Aykal.
* According to the Anatolia News Agency, turkey's south western Aegean Gümüşlük town will host the ninth International Gümüşlük Classical Music Festival from July to September, with the participation of musicians from around the world.
Organized by the Gümüşlük Culture and Art Association under the artistic consultancy of state artist and pianist Gülsin Onay and the artistic directorship of pianist Eren Levendoğlu, the festival will open in the historical Eklisia Church.
Ms. Onay said the festival had also organized a competition to maintain the legacy of one of the most significant composers in the history of the Turkish Republic, Ahmet Adnan Saygun.
The competition will be open to all young people from Turkey and abroad.
The festival will host a total of 19 concerts.
Among the festival guests will be Russian Lilya Ziberstein, Lithuanian Muza Rubakycke, British Jonathan Plowright, Dutch Karst de Jong, Scottish Alexander Bailli and Turkish Çağ Erçağ.
The event will start on July 5.
Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/TurkRadio.aspx?pageID=238&nID=24112
* According to Agence France Presse, the only Turkish musician of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Fora Baltacıgil, 29, has beaten 300 other artists and has been chosen as the counter bass group chef at the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
Baltacigil acquired his first orchestral experience as a substitute in the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra. His first permanent engagement as principal bass took him to the Minnesota Orchestra in 2006. In March 2006 he took the first prize in the Caprio Young Artists Competition of the Riverside Symphonia in New York.
Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/TurkRadio.aspx?pageID=238&nID=24222
* The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts has announced the creation of a new scholarship program for musicians and opera singers under the age 30 to honor its former general manager, Aydın Gün, who passed away in Berlin in 2007, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
The scholarship will pay a one time money award of $8000 to the recipient.
* Turkish director Aslı Özge's award winning film "Köprüdekiler" (Men on the Bridge) was released last week at the New York Museum of Modern Art , daily Hürriyet reported on June 25. The film will be on screen throughout the week in MoMA's Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters.
The film - which is based on the real lives of three men, with Fikret Portakal and Umut İlker playing themselves - tells about a young generation that lives in the suburbs of Istanbul and comes to the center of the city to make a living. It follows a rose seller, a taxi driver and a traffic police officer whose lives unknowingly intersect every day on the Bosporus Bridge in Istanbul.
* In a series of seminars, leading Turkish professors will discuss unknown facts about life in Ottoman harems, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
The seminars have been organized in conjunction with the exhibition "House of the Sultan: Topkapı Palace Imperial Harem," on display at the Has Ahırlar (Sultan's Stables) section of Istanbul's Topkapı Palace.
The seminars will be led by Professors Nurhan Atasoy, Gül İrepoğlu, Mehmet Kalpaklı and Deniz Esemenli, and will be held every Tuesday between 4 and 6:30 P.M.
The exhibition showcases 287 works, all from the palace's collection, consisting of items that belonged to residents of the harem, including both sultans and concubines. The show is the first exhibition of its kind ever held in Turkey, and is divided into four sections, each focusing on one significant aspect of harem life.
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, the Burn Kiteboard World Tour is hosting world-renowned kiteboard and snowboard riders for a competition and a special show on Bosphorus June 27 through July 1.
The competition takes place at the Turkcell Kuruçeşme Arena.
EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 1.81
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey: 86/59 Mostly Sunny
Antalya, on the Mediterranean: 95/79 Mostly Sunny
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 84/68 Mostly Sunny
Izmir, on the Aegean: 95/73 Clear
Trabzon, on the Black Sea: 75/66 Heavy Showers
Van, in Eastern Turkey: 68/50 Thunderstorms
Seawater temperatures :
Black Sea measured at Trabzon 75
Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 75
Aegean Sea measured at Izmir 81
Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 82
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