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    20120901trh {20120901trh.txt} x0x Turkish News for the week ending 01 September 2012 [This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 01 September 2012] Courtesy
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      x0x Turkish News for the week ending 01 September 2012

      [This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 01 September 2012]

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      * Turks celebrated the Victory Day on August 30th.
        Victory Day is a national holiday in Turkey to commemorate the victory in the Battle of Dumlupinar, one of the final battles and the most decisive one in the Turkish War of Independence in 1922.

      * The conflict in Syria is continuing and it's affecting both the domestic and foreign policies of the Turkish government.
        As we reported to you last week, U.S. and Turkish officials met in Turkey to plan for the downfall of the Al-Assad regime in Syria. Turkey's anti Al-Assad stance is being criticized though by many.
        Last week in a Turkish scholar, Soli Ozel, said that Turkey has lost its previous advantage of remaining above the fray of the Middle Eastern region's sectarian divisions. He added that Turkey has become involved in a tug-of-war along sectarian lines as its foreign policy based on "moral principles" has been found wanting.
        Foreign policy is not a morality play, Ozel said of the government's claim that it is acting morally when addressing criticisms of its Syrian policy.
        "Blaming the critics for being amoral is immoral," Ozel told the Daily News in a recent interview.

      * Meanwhile, the number of refugees arriving in Turkey has become a problem. On August 26 Reuters reported that Turkey has begun temporarily holding thousands of Syrians on the Syrian side of the border as it struggles to cope with a growing wave of refugees.
        There are currently 80,000 refugees in Turkey, Reuters added.
        Turkey's Foreign Affairs Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey could run out of space if the number went above 100,000 and suggested the United Nations may need to create a "safe zone" inside Syria.
        On August 27, Turkey has said it will not close its borders to fleeing Syrians, even if their numbers exceed the 100,000 limit it had earlier introduced, reported the Hurriyet Daily News. Turkey's foreign affairs minister called on the United Nations to help with the refugees.
        On August 28, Reuters reported that Turkey will open four new camps to accommodate refugees fleeing violence in Syria by next week, bringing its total capacity to 120,000 people.
        On August 30, the increased terror attacks by the rebel Kurds in Turkey is the price for the country's support for the "Syrian people," according to Iraq's exiled vice president Tariq al-Hashemi. He was being interviewed by the Hurriyet Daily News in Istanbul.
        The same day, the Hurriyet Daily News reported that "The Free Syrian Army" claimed on its website that is headquarters is in Turkey's Hatay province. The next day Agence France- Presse reported that the Free Syrian Army removed this claim from the web site.
        The Hatay Governor's Office, however, told the Hurriyet Daily News that they were unaware of the situation.
        On August 31, Agence France- Presse wrote that a Turkish diplomat anonymously told the agency that Turkey will keep up its diplomatic efforts to protect refugees within the Syrian territory, despite the lack of an agreement at the UN Security Council.
        On August 29, the Anatolia News Agency reported that there has been a 220 percent jump year-over-year in companies with Syrian capital investing in Istanbul, according to Istanbul Chamber of Trade data.

      * According to the Dogan News Agency, nine people, arrested on claims of aiding Iranian spies in the eastern province of Igdir, have been taken to the neighboring province of Erzurum and sent to the city's courthouse.
        A group, who took the photos of places such as the Governor's Office, the National Intelligence Agency, and the Police Office in Igdir, were arrested last year. Now, a group of nine others have been detained on claims of aiding and abetting them

      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Washington is not lending Turkey the amount of support it should in its fight against terrorism, Turkey's President Abdullah Gul has said on August 24, adding that Turkey should be able to take its own measures without relying on other countries to resolve the problem.

      * Goksel Bozkurt of Hurriyet daily news reports that Turkey's Parliamentary Constitution Conciliation Commission met Aug. 28 and 29 to discuss the article on the freedom of political parties.
        The commission is evaluating whether political parties could be closed under certain circumstances. The ruling justice and development and the opposition republican people's, nationalist movement party representatives in the commission thinks that this should be the case, whereas the pro-Kurdish peace and democracy party is opposing a party closures.
        The discussions came about when peace and democracy party parliamentarians were seen hugging rebel Kurdistan workers party militants.

      * Turkey's short-term foreign debt has increased by 19.2 percent in the first half of 2012 compared to the same period of 2011. The figure hits $99.9 billion, the Turkish Central Bank said.

      * Monterey Herald carried an article on a local Turkish American Dr. Ibrahim Poroy.
        Dr. Poroy, who is now 83, is a retired professor of economics who came to the United States to study on a Fulbright scholarship and a Rockefeller fellowship.
        He received his degrees from Harvard and University of California Berkeley.
        Then he worked doe the UN and had various academic positions throughout the US.
        Dr. Poroy also served on the Turkish American Association of California board.
        Read more at http://www.montereyherald.com/

      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, last year some 52,491 Turkish workers migrated abroad for employment, with the majority favoring Iraq, Russia and Saudi Arabia as their destinations of choice, according to statistics from the Turkish Employment Agency.
        Turkish Employment Agency helps Turkish workers sign contracts to work abroad.
        Turkish workers overwhelmingly prefer to work in the Turkic Republics and Arab countries, but show the most interest in Germany compared to other European countries.
        Most workers who migrate abroad for work are employed in the construction, engineering, infrastructure, assembly, project consultancy, management, and repair sectors.

      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, the use of tobacco products is going down in Turkey. While 31.3 percent of people aged 15 and above were using tobacco products in 2008, this number has fallen to 27 percent in 2012, according to data provided by the Turkish Statistical Institute
        Nine percent of Turkey's health spending is for smoking related illnesses. Turkey's Social Security Institution allocates $1.5 billion of its $18 billion spending to fight the smoking related problems.
        Last year Hurriyet Daily News reported that Turks spent $11 billion on cigarettes.
        In related news, the Turkish government said that it will levy additional taxes on cigarettes to pay for the related illnesses.
        Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * Turkish gold exports to Iran have jumped to $1.8 billion in July alone, according to the Hurriyet Daily News.
        Turkish jewelers are speculating that Iranians are turning to gold as a hedge against high inflation.
        However, there are also rumors that Iran is now demanding gold for gas and oil exports to Turkey, and that the Turkish government is hiding the payments in gold as exports.


      * Statistics released by the Turkish statistical institute show that Turkey's exports to Europe have fallen sharply. Last year exports to Europe constituted 48% of the total. However this year they added up only to about 34%.
        As we reported to you last week, Turkey's foreign trade deficit has also fallen by 20% in the first seven months of the year.

      * Hurriyet Daily News reports that thousands of foreign miners are going underground everyday in Turkey, including those from other Turkish-speaking countries, the Middle East, and China, according to a trade union leader, who points to the 100,000 qualified local miners who are unemployed at the moment.
        The total number of qualified minors in Turkey is around 250,000.
        The reason to use foreigners to work at mines is usually their lower wages, he says.
        Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * According to the Dogan News Agency, collective bargaining has broken down between U.S.-based companies operating at U.S. military sites across Turkey and Turkish employees working under the banner of trade union Turk Harb-Is, leading to the prospect of a strike, union officials have said.
        The areas affected include the 39th Air Base Wing at southern Turkey's Incirlik military base, as well as facilities in Ankara and Izmir, while the employers are WBR, AAFES and TUSLOG.

      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News, the number of companies posting losses in Istanbul Chamber of Industry's top-500 list increased to 125 from 58 last year, as the total debt of the private companies in the list also jumped by a risky 29 percent.


      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News, a hopeful season for Turkish fishermen starts on September 1, amid discussion of new restrictions further limiting the depths at which fish can be caught.
        Mustafa Mollaoglu, a representative of a local fishing industry organization in the Black Sea province of Ordu, said fishermen expect to see a large bonito catch this year. This agrees with other forecasts, which are also signaling a large bluefish catch.
        Last year, the allowable size limits for bluefish was increased to a minimum of 20 centimeters, in a bid to protect the species. This year, the ministry increased the depth limit for fishing with dragnet boats to 24 meters from 18.
        The aim of the new regulation was to provide sustainability, according to Durali Kocak, the general manager of the fishery directorate at the Food, Agriculture and Husbandry Ministry.

      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, Dr. Galip Ulusoy of the University of Michigan has received the Scientific and Technological Research Foundation of Turkey's special award for Turkish researchers overseas.
        Dr. Ulusoy told the Anatolia News Agency that he has been conducting research in various states for 45 years, and is currently a professor in the mechanical engineering.
        Dr. Ulusoy formerly served as an advisor to the White House in the field of engineering and is one of the U.S.'s leading defense researchers. He has made significant contributions in the development of unmanned terrain vehicles, which were also used in Afghanistan, and has received the support of the U.S. military.

      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, Turks are the mobile chatterboxes of Europe.
        Turkey leads European countries for mobile phone use, with around 300 minutes of phone use per month per person on average, according to data from Turkey's Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications.
        According to the ministry, the number of broadband the users has significantly increase as well: broadband access subscribers was less than 100,000 ten years ago, today the number exceeds 19 million, 11 million of whom are mobile internet subscribers.
        The number of mobile phone subscribers is nearly 67 million. Turkey's population is around 75 million.

      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News, in the Shanghai Home Textiles 2012 fair, Turkish textile firms have been doing fairly well in attracting customers.
        Chinese, Korean, Malaysian, Singaporean, Indonesian and U.S. firms attending the fair to buy Chinese textile products, instead found themselves eyeing Turkish textiles.
        After China, the 41 Turkish textile firms that participated in the fair formed the second largest block.
        Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, the number of Turkish contractors on a list of the world's largest 225 international contractors, published annually by industry magazine Engineering News Record, has increased to 33 this year from 31 last year, said Turkey Contractors Union President Emin Sazak in written statement on Aug. 24.
        The increase came about despite the international economic crisis.
        See the list at http://enr.construction.com/



      * The Anatolia News Agency reports that Turkey's first ever fantasy children's movie started being filmed on Aug. 27 in Goreme, in the Cappadocia region, famous for its unusual rock structure called fairy chimneys.
        "Hittitia: The Secret of the Medallion" describes the adventures of three siblings, looking for their mother in a fantastic world called "Hittitia."
        Both Turkish and German actors will star in the film. Among them are one of the best known actors in Germany, Bruno Eyron, and Turkish child star Emir Berke Zincidi.
        Zincidi pointed out that "Hittitia: The Secret of the Medallion" would be the first film in a trilogy, with another two films set to be released in due course. "The film will be released in February and will come out in many countries in Europe. We invite children to the film, they will love it, and our scenario is adventurous."
        The actor Gurkan Uygun said many effects and animation techniques would be used in the film. "Cappadocia has suitable features for our story. I am playing a bad hero, a hybrid combination of human and snake. This is the first fantastic film I will ever have acted in," Uygun said.
        "Hittitia: The Secret of the Medallion" is about a family, an archeologist father (Bruno Eyron), children Alaz (Emir Berke Zincidi), Nehir (Nehir Caglayan) and Yaman (Egemen Zincidi), and their mother "Asya," who has supernatural powers.
        After their mother dies, the children refuse to believe in their mother's death, and so begin to look for her in a parallel universe called "Hittitia."

      * According to reporter Thomas Seibert, even in the midst of a deep political crisis between Turkey and Israel, there are songs to be sung - loudly and backed by the screech of distorted guitars.
        Kobi Farhi sings those kinds of songs.
        He fronts the Israeli heavy metal band Orphaned Land, which has been playing Turkey for the past 10 years.
        Despite the Israeli ambassador in Ankara being expelled and relations between the two countries being downgraded every year for the past four, Mr. Farhi and his band mates have applied for Turkish citizenship.
        They hope to hear by the end of the month.
        Band members intend to keep their Israeli passports.

      * Turkey's first and richest insect museum is home to over 6,000 insects of 13 different types. A critical research space, the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey -supported museum also seeks to acquaint school-aged children with insects
        Professor Serdar Tezcan, an official working at the museum, said they had been implementing the TUBITAK-supported Insect School Project since 2007 and providing information to children between the ages 9 and 13 about insects.
        "With urbanization, the new generation has grown up away from insects" he says.
        "Some 99.9 percent of the insects have been collected from Turkey, and some of the others are from Africa, Australia, South Asia and Europe" he added.
        He also said some of the insects in the museum had become the subject of stamps, adding that Turkey's national postal service, the Post and Telegraph Organization, prepared 26 stamps featuring insects.
        See photos of some of the insects in Turkey at http://www.okanarslangiray.com.tr/


      * After two years, Istanbul's neighborhoods are once again preparing to welcome huge cat sculptures as part of a social creativity project called iKEDi, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
        Developed under the auspices of the iDans Contemporary Dance and Performance event, an Istanbul-based interdisciplinary art festival, iKEDi emphasizes cultures of co-existence, pluralism and diversity and particularly focuses on Istanbul's animals.
        As part of the project, residents will have an opportunity to create large- and small-scale puppets of Istanbul's most famous animals under the direction of Roger Titley, a well-respected South African puppet creator.
        The first iKEDi event was organized in Istanbul in 2010, attracting 20,000 people.
        Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * The Director of the Cincinnati Art Museum Aaron Betsky discussed architecture and interiors at SALT Galata on Saturday, in a talk titled "Architecture Beyond Buildings."
        Architecture is not building. It is everything that is about buildings: how they are made, how they appear, and what they mean.

      * The Hurriyet Daily News reports that contemporary Istanbul will be exhibiting Turkish contemporary art in Seoul between Sept. 6 and 26, featuring 54 artists.
        The event aims to promote Turkish art and culture in the Far East.
        Event organizers also hope to create a market for Turkish art in Korea. .

      * An exhibition titled "Islamic Culture and Artwork in China" opened in Istanbul Sept. 1, as part of Turkey's Year of Chinese Culture, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
        The exhibition includes a Quran printed on silk, which will be displayed for the first time outside of China.


      * A hundred Greek female fans of Turkish model-turned-actor Burak Hakki have come to Istanbul for a meeting with the actor, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
        Hakki is the star of the Turkish TV drama "From the Lips to the Heart", which has become popular in Greece as well as in many other countries.


      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, Turkish-German director Fatih Akin has been awarded with the German Peter-Weiss Award.
        According to a statement by Bochum city administration, Akin will receive his award at a ceremony scheduled to be held at the end of November.

      * Turkey and Bulgaria signed an agreement meant to encourage joint cinematic productions and help boost the presence of both countries' films on the world cinema scene, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
        Bulgarian Culture Minister Vejdi Rashidov has said he would like to see Turkish and Bulgarian cinema better present themselves in the world arena.

      * Famous Turkish actress and actor Beren Saat and Kenan Imirzalioglu will compete at the Seoul International Drama Awards, daily Hurriyet has reported.
        This year 201 drama entries from 45 countries have been submitted to the competition.
        See more at http://www.seouldrama.org/EN/


      * Steve Vai, the virtuoso guitarist and songwriter, will perform in Istanbul at Kucukciftlik Park on Nov. 2, seven years after his last concert in Turkey, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
        Vai took guitar lessons from the legendary Joe Satriani in 1974 and started his music career with Frank Zappa in 1980.
        Vai has sold over 15 million albums and won three Grammy Awards over the years.

      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News, this year's edition of Beethovenfest Bonn, which takes place in the city where world-renowned composer Ludwig van Beethoven was born, will host the Turkish Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. The festival will be held between Sept. 7 and Oct. 7.
        The orchestra is conducted by renowned Turkish musician Cem Mansur.
        Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/



      * Turkish national junior women volleyball team beat Serbia 25-21, 25-22, 25-18 in the Turkish capital Ankara on august 26, to claim the trophy at the 2012 European Junior Women Championship, HDN.

      In the final tally, the top three were:

      1. Turkey
      2. Serbia
      3. Italy

      * According to RIA Novosti, Turkish rider Kenan Sofuoglu stretched his lead in the Supersport motorbike racing world championship Sunday after taking the win at the series' first-ever Russian round.
        Sofuoglu won by six seconds at Moscow


      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Turkish athletes have already made the 2012 London Paralympics its most successful games ever in the first two days.
        Nazmiye Muslu won the gold medal in women's powerlifting before Korhan Yamac added a silver medal to the tally on Aug. 30, the first day of the games.
        On Aug. 31, Turkey won its second silver medal, thanks to Cigdem Dede, a women's powerlifter. Dede, who lifted 105 kg, came after Nigerian Ivory Nwokorie's 109kg lift.
        With one gold and two silver medals, Turkey was in eighth place on the medal table on Aug. 31.
        Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/


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