x0x Turkish News for the week ending 28 July 2012
x0x Turkish News for the week ending 28 July 2012
[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 28 July 2012]
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* Syrian Kurds trained in the Iraqi Kurdistan have taken over parts of Northern Syria. The Hurriyet Daily News says that Turkish government is concerned about the move, and will be sending its foreign affairs minister to meet with the Iraqi Kurdish officials.
News reports say that some of the Kurds who took over are affiliated with the rebel Kurds of Turkey.
* In related news, Turkey has set up a secret base with allies Saudi Arabia and Qatar to direct vital military and communications aid to Syria's rebels from a city near the border, Gulf sources have told Reuters.
The center was set up after Saudi Deputy Foreign Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah al-Saud visited Turkey and requested it, the source in the Gulf added.
The Turks liked the idea of having the base in Turkey so that they could supervise its operations, he added.
* Christian Science Monitor reports that Turks are turning to Twitter as prime minister Mr. Erdogan muzzles traditional media. With journalistic freedom diminishing in Turkey, Twitter has emerged as a powerful work-around for independent reporters, the daily writes.
According to CSM, Turkey already has more journalists in prison than Iran and China, mostly on dubious charges of "terrorism." It is also ranked 148th out of 179 countries in the Reporters Without Borders' 2011-2012 Press Freedom Index.
* Speaking of press freedom, according to the Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey must remove any limits to press freedom, Turkey's deputy prime minister Mr. BeÅir Atalay said July 24 in an event marking Journalism Day in Turkey. He added that the government's aim was to allow for complete freedom of thought.
The deputy prime minister said the parliament recently accepted a bill that would drop cases against members of the press who face prison terms under five years on allegations related to the expression of their thoughts.
Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/TurkRadio.aspx?pageID=238&nID=26354
* Speaking of the legal reform bill the Turkish parliament adopted, citing the Turkish minister of justice Hurriyet Daily News reported on July 26 that some 15,000 inmates were released on probation and 8,600 inmates had been released so far from open prisons.
* A delegation of Turkish journalists visited Israel this week. According to the Jerusalem Post, they met with the Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
Netanyahu said "Turkey and Israel have relations that go back a long way. We need to find ways to restore the relationship that we had, because I think it is important for each of our countries."
According to the Jerusalem Post, Israel's ties with Turkey, which peaked in the late 1990s and early 2000s, started to gradually deteriorate soon after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan swept into power in 2002.
The paper adds that relations sank even further in May 2010 after Israeli commandoes trying to stop the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara from breaking the Gaza blockade boarded the vessel and killed nine Turks. The paper says that the military came under attack first by the Turks on board.
Jewish Telegraphic Agency covered the Turkish journalists visit to Israel as well. It reported that when the journalists met with Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister Avigdor Lieberman, he told them Israel has "no reason to apologize" for the Mavi Marmara incident.
Turkey is demanding an apology to normalize the relations.
Read more at http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=278765 and http://www.jta.org/news/article/2012/07/24/3101616/no-reason-to-apologize-for-mavi-marmara-incident-lieberman-tells-turkish-journalists
* According to Bloomberg, General Electric, the biggest U.S. maker of wind turbines, completed its second wind farm project in Turkey with Gama Holding AS.
The farm is in Turkey's Aegean province of Izmir and is expected to produce 10 MWatts of energy.
* Instant noodle pioneer Nissin Foods Holdings Co. of Japan, who makes the "top ramen" product in the US, is expanding into the Turkish market, the Wall Street Journal wrote on Thursday.
According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Nissin has become a 50 percent partner of Bellini GÄ±da, YÄ±ldÄ±z Holding's pasta production company, for a $23.5 million price tag, according to a company press release.
* According to Voice of America's Dorian Jones, Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party has forced the country's once all-powerful army firmly back into the barracks and out of political life. The army's considerable business interests are now coming under growing scrutiny.
In Turkey, whether you buy a chocolate bar, insurance, a house or a car, it is likely to be linked in some way to OYAK, the Turkish Armed Forces Assistance and Pension Fund.
Last month, Justice and Development Party spokesperson Huseyin Celik announced that parliament will investigate the pension fund's "existence and function."
Full civilian control of the military is a key demand of the European Union, which Turkey is seeking to join. But a statement on the pension fund's Web page denies such criticism, saying it is a victim of a campaign of disinformation.
Observers say with the military's political power on the wane, pressure for OYAK reform is likely to grow.
Read more at http://www.voanews.com/
* Turkey will spend up to $8 billion in defense purchases as its exports will reach $2 billion in 2016, four years from now, according to a major estimation by the procurement agency, the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries, reports Ãmit Enginsoy of Hurriyet Daily News.
The present figures are around half of that.
Among the future purchases considered are expensive military hardware such as f-35 fighter jets, German U-214 submarines, and a Long Range Air and Missile Defense Systems project with an estimated price tag of $4 billion.
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News the U.S. House of Representatives defeated a measure that singled out Turkey for approval to engage in economic development projects on tribal lands in the United States late July 23.
The measure failed to receive the two-thirds majority required, narrowly failing to pass in a House vote of 222 to 160 with 49 representatives abstaining from voting.
The act was initially introduced in June of 2011 by Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), himself an American Indian, as a means of limiting foreign trade preferences on Indian tribal lands to one country, Turkey. Supporters of its adoption were forced to expand their measure to allow all World Trade Organization countries similar opportunities.
* Turkish engineers are as hard-working as Chinese ones, according to the regional head of Huawei, one of the largest telecom companies in the region, who added that the company was planning $20 million in research and development investments in Turkey every year, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
The Chinese company invested some $50 million into its software R&D center in Turkey over the last three years, said to Sun Ming, the chief executive of Huawei's Caucasus and Central Asia operations, on the sidelines of a press meeting on the evening of July 18, where the company unveiled a new smart phone for the Turkish business market.
Prominent mathematician Nash attended the Fourth Game Theory Congress along with other famous Nobel Economy laureates Maskin, Selten and Myerson. Photo, Emrah GÃREL, Hurriyet Daily News
* According to the PRNewswire, Istanbul Bilgi University, has hosted the 4th World Congress of the Game Theory Society from Sunday, July 22 through Thursday, July 26.
Taking place once every four years, the 4th World Congress brings four Nobel Laureates and more than 700 researchers to Istanbul to promote the research, teaching and application of game theory
The Nobel Laureates - Eric Maskin (Harvard University, 2007 Nobel Prize in Economics), Roger Myerson (University of Chicago, 2007 Nobel Prize in Economics), Reinhard Selten (University of Bonn, 1994 Nobel Prize in Economics) and John Nash (Princeton University, 1994 Nobel Prize in Economics addressed the meeting of the society.
Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/TurkRadio.aspx?pageID=238&nID=26194
ARTS AND CULTURE
Edited by Lutfi Marasli, Izmir, Turkey
Excavations of the church
* A new archeological park museum is set to open in Erdek. The Mother Mary church, located in the modern of village of Zeytinliada near Erdek and known in ancient sources as "the greatest church in the world," has been undergoing excavation since 2006, and will soon open to tourists as a new archeological park.
The project began, with the support of the Culture Ministry, the Directorate of Archaeology and Museums and Erdek Municipality, in 2006, said Nurettin ÃztÃ¼rk, an assistant professor at Erzurum's AtatÃ¼rk University and the head of the excavation.
"In the excavation of the site called the East Church, it took three years to unearth the church itself," said ÃztÃ¼rk. The team has been digging at the site of an adjacent monastery for the past three years.
* Twenty-two projects from Turkey have made the final to be included at the fifth World Architectural Festival, which will be organized in October in Singapore.
Turkey's Emre Arolat Architects received the most nominations to be included in the festival with five projects in six fields, including the Bodrum YalÄ±kavak Marine, the Hotel LeMeridien Etiler and Ãubuklu Valley Houses in the category of constructed buildings, as well as the Varyap Bodrum Houses and Abdullah GÃ¼l University in the category of future projects.
The event, which is the biggest of its kind worldwide, is being organized by the London-based EMAP Media Group.
The firm was followed by the group of Murat-Melkan GÃ¼rsel TabanlÄ±oÄlu Architects, which has six projects nominated in five categories.
The latter received the nominations for its buildings like the YenikapÄ± Transfer Point, the Archeopark Area, the E5 shopping mall, the Bodrum International Airport and the SelÃ§uk Drugstore Lodge. The other nominees included Nevzat SayÄ±n and ErginoÄlu & ÃalÄ±Ålar; Hasan ÃalÄ±Ålar of the latter company will participate in the festival as a jury member.
In addition to TabanlÄ±oÄlu's E5 Shopping Mall, Uras X DilekÃ§i's Buyaka shopping center will also enter the "mall" category.
* A selection of Iranian video art now on display at two exhibition venues owned by the Istanbul gallery Pi Artworks invites viewers to take a critical look at some major global political and analyze them from a peculiarly Iranian point of view.
"Rewind, Pause, Fast Forward: Mirrors on Iran" includes video works by Morteza Ahmadvand, Mahmoud Bakhshi, Pedram Baldari, Simin Keramati, Neda Razavipour and Farniyaz Zaker, and will run until Sept. 29. The exhibition is curated by Etemad Gallery, located in Dubai and Tehran.
Each of the six artists, all born and based in Iran, is dealing with one problematical issue that occupies a key position in Iran's political agenda. However, all of the works manage to point to broader horizons and turn their critical take into a reflection of situations in other parts of the world.
* Artist and designer John Pobojewski of the Chicago studio Thirst invites participants to join him in a collaborative workshop at Istanbul's Salt Galata to imagine a new alphabet of concepts universal to modern urban life, and which transcends language barriers. Each concept will be visualized using modern technology, including cell phone cameras and Kinect motion capture.
At the workshop's conclusion, software written by the artist will abstract each image in fast forward. The artist will use these forms and the concepts discussed as subject matter for a short self-published folio. Both the presentation and the workshop will be held in English.
A scene from "Araf", directed by YeÅim UstaoÄlu
* This year's program of one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world, the Venice Film Festival, has been announced. Organized as part of the Venetian Biennial, the festival is anticipated with a great excitement and will take place on the Lido Peninsula in Venice between the dates of Aug. 29 to Sept. 8.
Under the title of "New movements in world cinema," a Turkish film takes place in the festival's "Horizons" category.
"Araf," scripted and directed by YeÅim UstaoÄlu and co-produced in Turkey, Germany, and France, will seek for an award under the English title "Somewhere in Between."
Another Turkish film set to be shown is "Mold" by the director Ali AydÄ±n. The Turkish-German produced film will be shown as part of the "International Film Critics Week," and will receive its world premiere at the festival. Ercan Kesal, Muhammet Uzuner, and Tansu BiÃ§er play the starring roles in AydÄ±n's first full length film.
A performance from IPA in 2011
* Germany based IPA, the International Performance Association, Festival to be held abroad will take place in Istanbul from July 29 to Aug. 12. The festival aims to gather performance artists and questions the performance art.
The IPA Istanbul Festival will be organized by the Istanbul-based arts and culture team behind KOZA Visual Culture and Arts Association and will be supported by Maumau Art Residency with contributions from venue partners Salt Galata.
The actual festival will be held between Aug. 5 and 10 and host performances from 20 artists while workshops and a "summer camp" will be held prior to that between July 29 and Aug. 4. The workshops and camp will host 46 students.
At the festival art lovers and aspiring artists can enjoy a series of performance art events, including indoor and public space performances and a "summer camp" where budding artists will meet with leading performance artists for training at workshops and panel discussions.
See http://www.i-pa.org/ for more.
Dancers and artists stage the "Human Net", an act staged in every La Fura dels Baus show using different choreography and elements
* The Catalan theater company La Fura dels Baus has been making preparations for the world premiere of their magnificent show "Istanbul Istanbul," specially commissioned for the 40th anniversary of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts
The foundation commissioned La Fura dels Baus, a world renowned theater company known for creating magnificent street theater, digital theater and opera shows, to organize a show for the anniversary celebration.
EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 1.82
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey: 93/72 Thunderstorms Antalya, on the Mediterranean: 90/79 Clear Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 91/77 Mostly Sunny Izmir, on the Aegean: 95/81 Clear Trabzon, on the Black Sea: 86/77 Thunderstorms Van, in Eastern Turkey: 82/61 Partly Cloudy
Seawater temperatures :
Black Sea measured at Trabzon 82 Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 81 Aegean Sea measured at Izmir 82 Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 84
* According to the Associated Press, The Olympic weightlifting competition has been hit by three new doping cases on the eve of the games after two Turks and an Albanian tested positive for banned substances. While another Turk, former Olympic champion Ms. Taylan Nurcan is serving a ban from competitions.
* Associated Press also reported that Turkish Olympic boxing official Garip Erkuyumcu found dead in London hotel; heart attack is suspected.
* According to a press release by the US Consulate in Istanbul, as part of their 2012 National team training and exhibition schedule, the US Women's Olympic Basketball Team played two games in Istanbul's Abdi IpekÃ§i Arena before continuing on to London for the Olympics.
The first game was against Croatia, which the US ladies won 109-55. In its second game against the Turkish team, the win was a bit closer at 80-61.
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