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      x0x Turkish News for the week ending 29 September 2012

      [This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 29 September 2012]

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      * Two Turkish pilots thought to have perished when their jet was shot down by Syria on June 22 were actually rescued, interrogated and murdered by Syrian intelligence services, secret documents released off by Saudi Arabia's Al-Arabiya news channel purport to show.
        The documents, which have not been independently verified, were obtained with the assistance of members of the Syrian opposition, who refused to explain how they accessed the files.
        Turkey has long said Syria shot the pilots' plane down in international waters, while Syria has claimed it shot the plane down in its territorial waters with an anti-aircraft gun.
        There was no immediate comment from the Turkish foreign affairs ministry.
        Read the story at http://english.alarabiya.net/

      * The Hurriyet Daily News reported today that the leaders of Syrian armed rebels, Free Syrian Army, have not returned to Syria unlike they claimed so earlier, but travel back and forth to Syria from Turkey, according to Syrian National Council members.
        In the meantime, a mortar bomb fired by Syria, which is trying to retake Tal Abyad from rebel forces, hit Turkey's Akcakale border town in southeastern province of Sanliurfa, injuring three.

      * Turkey once more urged the U.S. to take action on the Syrian crisis in a meeting between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Foreign Affairs Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in New York.
        In the meeting Mr. Davutoglu said international actors should play a more active role in Syria with regard both to the political crisis and humanitarian assistance, diplomatic sources told the Hurriyet Daily News.
        The clashes in Akcakale on Turkey's border with Syria were also discussed, which was held on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 26.
        The two also discussed the anti-Islam movie that recently caused anger in a number of Muslim countries. Mrs. Clinton thanked Turkey for its stance during the incidents instigated in response to the video, stressing the significance of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's call for moderation.

      * Germany has rejected claims from Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan that it does not want Turkey to solve its Kurdistan Workers' Party terrorism problem.
        "The Kurdistan Workers Party is listed as a terrorist organization by Germany. The organization is banned in Germany. Germany shows zero tolerance towards terrorists," Peter Kettner, a spokesperson for the German Embassy in Turkey's capital Ankara told the Hurriyet Daily News on September 28.
        In addition to Germany, Mr. Erdogan also accused France and the Scandinavian countries of obstructing Turkey's fight against the Kurdistan Workers Party, and harboring "terrorists" belonging to the organization. French Embassy officials declined to comment on the issue.
        Mr. Erdogan made his accusations in a televised interview late on September 27.

      * Main opposition Republican People's Party leader Kilicdaroglu accused Erdogan of treason on Sept. 27 over an alleged WikiLeaks cable dating back to June 6, 2003.
        Referring to a book titled "Leakage: Prominent Turks in the WikiLeaks cables" by journalists Baris Terkoglu and Baris Pehlivan, Kilicdaroglu said Erdogan had promised to open Turkish air space and two seaports to the U.S. in 2003, but that this had been opposed by a number of high-ranking generals, most of whom were tried in a coup plot case that just ended.
        "A prime minister who protects a foreign country's benefits instead of his own country's [interests] cannot be the prime minister of Turkey. A man who does not protect his own country and its interests is called a traitor," Kilicdaroglu said.

      * Turmoil in the Middle East should not become Turkey's turmoil, says world-renowned Turkish economist Kemal Dervis, in an interview conducted during a short but busy visit to Turkey reported the Hurriyet Daily News.
        Europe is on the verge of reshaping itself, Turkey should become proactive at drafting its own proposals on what a new European Union should look like, according to Kemal Dervis.
        The new shape that the European Union takes could provide new opportunities in Turkey's relationship with Europe, said Dr. Dervis, while noting his concerns that Turkey is being pushed by some in the West to become more politically active in the Middle East.
        See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kemal_Dervi%C5%9F

      * Both the main opposition Republican People's Party and the Nationalist Movement Party strongly criticized Turkey's justice minister Mr. Sadullah Ergin's remarks that Abdullah Ocalan, convicted leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party who is serving life sentence on Turkey's Imrali Island, could be included in a possible solution process.
        Ms. Emine Ulker Tarhan, deputy chair of the Republican People's Party's parliamentary group, suggested that previous negotiations between the government and the Kurdistan Workers Party had been counterproductive. "Perhaps the government was able to achieve a ceasefire before the elections by conducting the Oslo negotiations, but the situation after the elections became apparent. We see how the process turned the country to more bloodshed, and it is obvious that those negations led to nasty results. How can we now talk positively about Minister Ergin's statement?" she said.

      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News correspondent Erdem Gunes, plot is thickening on exhumation of the body of an ex-president of Turkey.
        Late Turkish President Turgut Ozal's body is set to be exhumed from his mausoleum in Istanbul for further analysis on his "suspicious" and unexpected death in 1993. The decision, however has raised eyebrows among family members, who have expressed religious concerns although they have claimed for years that Mr/ Ozal was murdered.
        As Turkey's eighth president, Ozal remains a symbol of fundamental changes in political history.
        Doubts about the cause of Mr. Ozal's death were not eliminated, however, because no autopsy was performed. His widow, Ms. Semra Ozal, has claimed that her husband was assassinated by heavy metal poisoning, she is known to be keeping some of Ozal's hair in a bank vault outside of Turkey.

      * A Turkish court verdict in a coup plot case dubbed "the Sledgehammer", in which 330 retired and serving Turkish military officers were each sentenced to 13 to 20 years in prison, is not a legal but a "political" verdict, main opposition Republican People's Party Deputy Chair and Spokesperson Haluk Koc said September 24.
        "The Republican People's Party is openly against coups, coup attempts and attempts to take guardianship of democracy, and it will continue to stand against these things," Koc said at a press conference held at his party's headquarters.
        However, he added that in the Sledgehammer case, the right to a fair trial had been violated. "Can there be a democracy where the right to a fair trial does not exist?" he said.
        "This court has made a political decision. The decision made by this court will be remembered in history alongside the hearings of the McCarthy commission in America," Haluk Koc said.

      * In related news, retired First Army commander Gen. Cetin Dogan has responded to questions by a court on his occupation by stating ironically that he is a terrorist, daily Aksam reported.
        "Don't you know that I'm a retired general?" Dogan added immediately afterwards.
        The court records stated that he had "announced his occupation as a terrorist first, and afterwards said that such a question should not be directed at him, considering that it is known that he is a retired general."
        The use of the word "terrorist" regarding the suspects in the "Sledgehammer" case has been a controversial point of debate during the hearings.


      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, moviegoers in Turkey's third largest metropolitan area Izmir are having a chance to see prime examples of African films at an event called "Afrika!"
        The screening of the movies is taking place at the French Culture Center at an event organized jointly with the Izmir Film Association.

      * This year's 19th Golden Boll Film Festival has closed in Antalya, with Zeynel Dogan and Orhan Eskikoy winning the top award for "My Father's Voice", reports the Anatolia News Agency.
        "The Watching Tower," won the awards for Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Actress, and Best Director award.
        The Best Actor award went to veteran actor Ilyas Salman for his role in "Ruby Night."
        The Adana Audience Award also went to "Ruby Night," while the Special Jury Prize went to "Siirt Secret."
        The Film Critics' Association Award for Best Film went to "Present Time" by Belmin Soylemez. The Best Film-Direction and Yilmaz Guney awards went jointly to "Present Time" and Erden Kiral's "Load." Soylemez said it was a great honor to leave the festival with the two awards.
        Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * Halloween is approaching here in the U.S. In Turkey very few people know about it and observe it.
        However, according to the Hurriyet Daily News, the Pera museum in Istanbul will be showing a series of Dutch horror films through the month of October to celebrate Halloween.

      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, Turkey hosts over 1,000 entertainment events annually, and the market value of which is over $200-250 million, according to Cem Yegul, executive board chairman of Pozitif Live, which brings world-class festivals and artists to Turkey.
        The market value of large-scale live music events has increased 500 percent in the last 10 years making Istanbul, which hosts most of these events, a brand name in the entertainment sector.
        Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * Legendary Turkish folk singer and poet Neset Ertas died on September 25 at the age of 74, Turkish dailies reported.
        His funeral took place in the presence of a huge crowd which included Turkey's prime minister, opposition party leaders, and many artists in his home town of Kirsehir in Central Turkey.
        Mr. Ertas was called the "plectrum of the steppe".
        Mr. Ertas released his first album in 1950 and subsequently had 30 more.
        Despite his immense popularity and legendary status, he lived a humble life.
        Music Producers Union of Turkey chairman Bulent Forta says that if the copyright laws were followed strictly in Turkey, Mr. Ertas could have made as much money as the rest of the top artists in the world.
        Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, work has begun to archive the musical culture of Anatolia in a national database.
        Professor Ozlem Dogus Varli of the Karadeniz Technical University will be forming an archive and his university. The project is receiving support not only from Turkish sources but also from Germany, France, Hungary and Britain.

      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Urban Festival will bring electro beats to Istanbul one more time this year on September 30.
        In its fourth year, the festival will host three major electronic groups at this year's event: Rokysopp, Trentemoller and 123.
        Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, Turkey's State Opera and Ballet will open its new season with concerts jam packed with arias, folk songs and Turkish compositions at the capital Ankara's Chamber of Commerce on Sept. 28 and Istanbul's Hagia Irene on Sept. 29, State Opera and Ballet's general director Rengim Gokmen said.
        This season the company will have on stage 50 plays.
        Speaking of opera and ballet, the Izmir State Opera and Ballet opened the Third Sarajevo Ballet Festival with a performance of "Othello".


      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Greece's Parthenon, Syria's Palmyra and Egypt's pyramids are coming to Istanbul's famous Taksim Square. While this may sound impossible, an art performance brings this notion to life.
        Turkish Artist Isil Egrikavuk will perform a fictional talk show discussing the changes to Taksim Square as a semi-fictional urban transformation project. The project will also focus on the real social change and transformation that Taksim is currently undergoing as a result of the Arab Spring.
        Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/TurkRadio.aspx?pageID=238&nID=31137


      * A gun made especially for Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, has been sold at an auction in London for 26,000 British pounds.
        The pistol, which included an inscription saying "General Mustafa Kemal" in gold print, was bought by Bulent Turker, a Turk who has been living in the Netherlands for the past 30 years.
        Mr. Turker says he will take the gun back to Turkey.
        The pistol was crafted as a gift to Ataturk by the then-president of Argentina, Marcelo Torcuato de Alvear, but officials are not sure whether the weapon ever reached its destination.


      * Designers from more than 20 countries are participating in the Istanbul, titled "Design and the City", reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
        The Design Week features different exhibitions and conferences examine the effects of design on the city and the effects of cities on design.

      Mardin is renown for its pigeons

      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News, curated by Paolo Colombo and Lora Sariaslan, the 2nd Mardin Biennial is taking place between Sept. 21 and Oct. 21, 2012 in the ancient city of Mardin in southeastern Turkey.
        Confronting the past, the present, and the future, and blending today's visual culture into the texture of this well preserved multicultural city in Turkey, the curators will graft contemporary art into the narratives and spirit of this lore-rich region. They will also explore the weight of personal histories within a wider, layered, and traditional context through the Biennial.
        The Biennial will consist of diverse venues revolving around the daily lives of Mardin citizens, ranging from historical mansions to barber shops, from "kiraathanes" (coffee houses) to open air cinemas in the city. Each venue represents different physical, psychological, historical, and cultural realms.
        All venues are within a short walking distance from each other, and will house a total of 30 participating artists. Some artists will introduce site-specific work that organically relates to the setting, others will present work incorporating and employing space in a contemporary manner.
        Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/TurkRadio.aspx?pageID=238&nID=30801


      * When the Ottoman Empire began to move into a period of decline and when land losses reached their peak, a denial of the slow downward trend was reflected in the jewelry designs of the time.

      * According to Tuba Parlak of the Hurriyet Daily News, a new book approaching Ottoman history through jewelry has just been published.
        In examining a dynastic jewelry collection, art historian and novelist Gul Irepoglu's latest book "Imperial Ottoman Jewelry: Reading History through Jewelry" reveals that as the Ottoman Empire approached its end, jewelry manufactured at the time decreased in quality despite an increase in the size of gems used.
        Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/


      * The Hurriyet Daily News reports that 16 of the 17 books printed by Ibrahim Muteferrika, the first Muslim to use moveable type to print Arabic script, which can usually be seen only with special permission, were on display at the Ataturk Library in Istanbul.
        The exhibition gave researchers, students, and the curious an opportunity to examine all of the books together through Sept. 27.
        Ibrahim Muteferrika lived from 1674-1745 and was a diplomat, publisher, printer, courtier, economist, man of letters, astronomer, historian, historiographer, Islamic scholar and theologian, and a sociologist. He was of Hungarian origin.

      * The second Bodrum Turkish Films Week began Sept. 27 in the Aegean province of Bodrum, opening with a screening of "Ayaz" by director Hakan Kursun, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
        The film week with will continue until Oct. 4, and is set to host movies from Turkish directors such as Imre Azem, Fatih Akin, Cagan Irmak, Reis Celik, Rasit Celikezer and Adem Kilic.
        Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/


      * Spain's San Sebastian Film Festival has hosted a screening of Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi's latest film "Rhino Season," which was shot in Turkey, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
        The festival also hosted the film's stars, world-renowned actress Monica Belluci and Behrouz Vossoughi, along with Turkish actors Yilmaz Erdogan, Caner Cindoruk, Beren Saat, Belcim Erdogan and Ahmet Mumtaz Taylan.
        The film will be released in Turkey Oct. 26.
        Based on true events, the film depicts the life of Iranian poet Sahel Farzan, who was released after 30 years of imprisonment in Iran. After his release Sahel set out to find his wife, who had been informed by the authorities that Sahel was dead and decided to leave Iran for Istanbul with her children.
        Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/



      * Under a new project, archaeologists are working to document underwater artifacts at Kekova Island off the coast of Antalya in southern Turkey on the Mediterranean, reports the Dogan News Agency.
        The work continues at the now-submerged cities around Kekova, including the ancient cities of Simena, Teimusa and Aperlae. These cities have a history dating back to the fourth century B.C., and the area used to be among the most important cities in the Lycian region.
        The project has also revealed submerged ships from the Byzantine and Roman eras around Kekova. There are total of three large ships underwater, archaeologists working on the island said. The imaging and documentation work is expected to continue for five more years.

      * Two of the ancient world's seven wonders were in the territory of modern day Turkey.
        One of these wonders was the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus. Halicarnassus was the ancient name for Bodrum town in Southwestern Turkey.
        The Anatolia News agency reports that Bodrum authorities are trying to get some of the pieces of the Mausoleum from the British Museum. The pieces were removed in 1800s from the ruins of the Mausoleum.
        Nongovernmental organizations have collected 118,000 signatures from visitors and locals in Bodrum on a petition.


      * Further south east on Turkey's Aegean coast, about 40 miles from Bodrum in the town of Fethiye, the restoration of the Telmessos Ancient Theater kicked off on Sept 20 with a ceremony.
        When the works are done, the theater will be able to host concerts, according to Cultural Artifacts and Museums Directorate officials.
        The theater dates back to second century AD and originally held up to 3500 people.

      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, archaeological teams digging in the ancient city of Limyra in Turkey's Mediterranean province of Antalya have announced the discovery of a second synagogue dating back to the Lycian civilization.
        Lycians lived around Antalya until about 100 BC.


      * With the winter approaching most excavations are coming to a stop until next summer. Anatolia News agency reports that this year at the ancient site of Kibyra in Turkey's southwestern province of Burdur uncovered many new finds.
        Among them are a new music hall, roads, a water system, and mosaics. Archaeologists also repaired the ancient city walls and some of the buildings.
        Read more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kibyra

      * Signs of a Byzantine-era earthquake have been discovered in the ancient city of Soloi Pompeiopolis in Turkey's southern province of Mersin.
        Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * Byzantine pigeon houses in the Agirnas Valley in Central Anatolia are the focus of a recent research project carried out by a team of university lecturers and students.
        The study has started to yield results revealing that people attached great importance to growing pigeons and the fertilizer obtained from the rock-carved pigeon houses were used in cereal production.
        Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * Cultural authorities in Skopje have announced plans to convert the Macedonian capital's Ottoman-era fortress into a museum displaying pieces and artifacts stemming from the imperial age.
        Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * Excavations at the Aslantepe tumulus near Turkey's central east Anatolian city of Malatya have unearthed a large building containing two spearheads and a necklace, all of which appear to date to the early trans-Caucasian culture.
        Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/


      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 1.79


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

       Ankara, in central Turkey:         90/61 Partly Cloudy
       Antalya, on the Mediterranean:     88/72 Mostly Sunny
       Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey:  82/68 Partly Cloudy
       Izmir, on the Aegean:              88/68 Mostly Sunny
       Trabzon, on the Black Sea:         79/64 Mostly Sunny
       Van, in Eastern Turkey:            75/46 Mostly Sunny

      Seawater temperatures :
       Black Sea measured at Trabzon         72
       Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag      73
       Aegean Sea measured at Izmir          73
       Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 82


      * Soccer, Premiere League

      * In games played so far this weekend: 5

      Karabuk Sp	-	Antalya Sp 	1 - 0
      Istanbul BBSK	-	Ordu   Sp	1 - 1
      Kayseri Sp	-	Eski$ehir Sp	3 - 2
      G. Antep Sp	-	Be$iKta$ 	3 - 2
      Mersin I Y	-	G. Birligi	1 - 1
      Sivas Sp	-	Kasimpa$a	1 - 0
      Elazig Sp	-	Bursa Sp	1 - 1
      G. Saray	-	Akhisar Sp	3 - 0
      Fenerbahce	-	Trabzon Sp	0 - 0
      Standing in the league as of week ending 5
      	1 - 	G. Saray	 13
      	2 - 	Kasimpa$a	 9
      	3 - 	Fenerbahce	 9
      	4 - 	Ordu   Sp	 9
      	5 - 	Be$iKta$ 	 8
      	6 - 	Istanbul BBSK	 8
      	7 - 	Trabzon Sp	 8
      	8 - 	Sivas Sp	 8
      	9 - 	Bursa Sp	 7
      	10 - 	Eski$ehir Sp	 6
      	11 - 	G. Birligi	 6
      	12 - 	Antalya Sp 	 6
      	13 - 	G. Antep Sp	 6
      	14 - 	Akhisar Sp	 5
      	15 - 	Kayseri Sp	 4
      	16 - 	Karabuk Sp	 4
      	17 - 	Mersin I Y	 3
      	18 - 	Elazig Sp	 2
      * Basketball

      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News, basketball superstar Kobe Bryant said on September 20 that the Turkish league could be the only other option if he chose to play outside the U.S. National Basketball Association.
        Kobe Bryant was in Istanbul to shoot a commercial.


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