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      x0x Turkish News for the week ending 24 November 2012

      [This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 24 November 2012]

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      * Hurriyet Daily News reported Saturday that Syria has reacted angrily to Turkey's desire to deploy NATO Patriot missiles along the countries' shared border, calling the move a "provocation" amid alliance attempts to assure Moscow that the action is merely defensive.
        "Syria holds [Turkey's premier] responsible for the militarization of the situation on the border between Syria and Turkey, and the increase of tension and destruction to the detriment of the Syrian and Turkish peoples," a Syrian Foreign Affairs Ministry official said in a recently released statement. Russia has also called the planned deployment "very wrong."
        Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov explained Moscow's opposition in a telephone conversation with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Nov. 23. Lavrov "affirmed Russia's concern about plans to increase military capabilities in the region," the Foreign Ministry said. He reiterated Russia's proposal for the establishment of a direct line of communication between Turkey and Syria with the aim of avoiding incidents between the neighbors. "The main concern is that the more weapons there are, the greater the risk they will be used," Lavrov said before the phone call.
        Meanwhile, a NATO delegation composed of officials from the U.S., Germany and the Netherlands will visit Turkey and travel to the region where the missiles are to be located on Nov. 26.
        When asked about debates over who would have command of the missile system, Davutoglu briefly referred to NATO's rules of engagement, which state that the Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO will have the operational command responsibility of deployed air defense systems.

      * Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu has supported Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's suggestion that outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party members could be exiled in a country other than Turkey or Iraq, in the event that arms are eventually laid down by the outlawed organization.
        "This is something voiced all along. If they lay down their arms and go to another country, we will not have much to say. We want terror to end. If they lay down their arms and go back to their normal life in another country, we would also be pleased," Kilicdaroglu told reporters Nov. 23.
        The Peace and Democracy Party, which some accuse of being the civilian arm of the rebel Kurdistan Worker Party, meanwhile, is wary of Erdogan's statements, downplaying them as "unrealistic."
        "The language he uses is not the language of solution. He addresses his counterparts with patronizing language, while he confers forgiveness. Those people who have been fighting for 30 years in the mountains - at the cost of their lives - are not fighting in order to live abroad in comfort. Their return to political and social life should be guaranteed," Peace and Democracy Party deputy parliamentary group chair Idris Baluken told the Hurriyet Daily News Nov. 23.

      * The "Developing 8" (D-8) countries may become a beacon of hope in tackling threats in the region, Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday, inviting member countries to take more active stances in the group reported the Anatolia News Agency.
        "I am inviting D-8 countries to take a more effective stance against issues that threaten the peace and prosperity of all countries in our region. No single country can maintain stability and economic development on its own in a region of wars, conflicts, terrorism and disputes," Erdogan told leaders of the D-8 countries in the closing session of their summit meeting in Pakistan's capital, Islamabad.
        The prime minister said he believed that the D-8 would become a platform with a much stronger voice in the future: "We may turn the D-8 into a beacon of light to solve regional issues."
        Mr. Erdogan said Turkey would keep doing its utmost to boost trade under the body of the D-8. Turkey's trade with D-8 countries reached $25.5 billion in the first eight months of 2012, he said.
        He met with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Indonesian President Susilo Pambano Yudhoyono and Egptian Vice President Mahmoud Mekki while at the meeting, which generally focused on the latest situation in Gaza and developments in Syria.

      * Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party has claimed that the leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party Abdullah Ocalan is one of the 44 secret witnesses in the ongoing Ergenekon coup trial, the Turkish daily Hurriyet has reported.
        The identity of a secret witness in the ongoing Ergenekon coup trial was revealed Nov. 6 to be Semdin Sakik, a former top militant of the Kurdistan Workers Party and a close aide of its convicted leader, Abdullah Ocalan.

      * Turkey's National Intelligence Organization chief Hakan Fidan and Deputy Chairman of Justice and Development Party Omer Celik were in Cairo to contribute to negotiations for a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel, the Turkish prime minister revealed.
        Meanwhile, Turkey's foreign affairs minister Mr. Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters in Islamabad that Hamas had accepted a cease-fire document on the night of Nov. 20, while Israel had failed to do so.

      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News the two surviving leaders of the military junta that led Turkey's Sept. 12, 1980, coup testified in front of a court via an audio and visual conference system as part of the country's efforts to face up to past military interventions.
        Retired generals Kenan Evren and Tahsin Sahinkaya, who were the respective chief of staff and the air forces commander at the time of the coup, are both in treatment in military hospitals and the courts authorized them to testify from the hospital beds.
        Evren, who served as president between 1982 and 1989, is 95 years old while Sahinkaya is 87 years old.
        General Evren denied any role in the torture of thousands of people, and his co-defendant said the coup saved the nation from chaos.
        "We did not a attempt a coup, we staged one," Gen. Kenan Evren, reportedly said.
        General Sahinkaya read from a written statement and said he would refuse to answer any questions.

      * Turkish parliament's Coups and Military Memorandums Inquiry Commission will have the testimony of the current prime minister Mr. Erdogan.
        However, due to the busy schedule of the prime minister, he will answer the questions in writing.
        The opposition have already collected a number of questions. Some of them are on an ultimatum that the military gave to the Turkish administration in 2007.
        The Republican People's Party asked why the government did not launch any investigation into former Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit even though Erdogan had stated he had a negative approach toward the administration.
        The party also asked whether there was a record of the meeting between Mr. Erdogan and Gen. Buyukanit and, if not, whether the absence of such a record was against governments rules, as well as the reason for honoring Gen. Buyuknanit with the State Medal of Distinguished Service even though he was the figure behind the release of the ultimatum.
        The Republican People's Party deputies recalled that Cuneyt Zapsu, then a close aide of Prime Minister Erdogan, was at the time quoted as telling U.S. officials, "Take advantage of this man. Because this person has so much credibility in the Muslim world due to his own beliefs, and he believes in Western-style democracy. I think instead of pushing him down, putting him to the drain, use [him]. ... Here and in Europe you should take advantage of that," referring to the prime minister.
        The Republican People's Party deputies deputies asked Erdoggan whether these remarks were authentic.


      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, movie lovers will be treated to 175 short films from 42 countries over the next week following the opening on Thursday of the 13th Izmir International Short Film Festival.
        The festival, which will continue until Nov. 26, features 10 films in the national category and 12 films in the international category, all of which are competing for the "Golden Cat" award.
        More than 2,000 films from 71 countries were submitted to this year's festival.
        The jury that will select the winner of the Golden Cat award will be headed by the scriptwriter and founder of the Three Continents Festival, Philippe Jalladeau, while the jury also includes director Umit Unal, cinema writers Alin Tasciyan, Banu Bozdemir, Serdar Kokceoglu, Muge Turan and Cannes Film Festival Short Films Director Alice Kharoubi.


      * The Turkish film "Beyond the Hill" won the Best Feature Film award at the sixth Asia Pacific Screen Awards, the region's highest accolade in film, announced the night of Nov. 23 at a glittering ceremony at the Queensland Performing Arts Center in Brisbane, Australia.
        Produced by Enis Kostepen, Emin Alper and late director Seyfi Teoman, and co-produced by Greek Nikos Moutselos, the film was written and directed by Alper and is his first feature film. Alper and Kostepen accepted the award from the International Jury president Jan Chapman. Nominated lead actor Tamer Levent was also at the ceremony.
        "‘Beyond the Hill' took us on a journey to hidden secrets within a family. It was a microcosm of what can happen in a more universal situation. The characters were truthful and complex; it told the story in an original and different way. Beyond the Hill dealt with our tendency to look on the outside for a solution when the real problems lie within," said Chapman.
        Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * The Turkish film "Where the Fire Burns" is being promoted in a series of events in Los Angeles to improve its chances to represent the country at the upcoming Academy Awards, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
        As in all of his work, director Ismail Gunes said the film depicts a struggle with morals. "In the film, a father tries to persuade himself. How can a father decide to kill his daughter, whom he has raised for many years? I wanted to question this process and turn it into a story of regret. Because I think that some things are contagious."
        The director says that most of the foreign films submitted to the Academy Awards committee are not viewed, through promotions are necessary to be considered for Oscars.
        "Where the Fire Burns" has won the top prize of Grand Prix des Americas at the 36th edition of the Montreal World Film Festival as well as the International Federation of Film Critics Award.
        Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/


      * Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister Ertugrul Gunay, speaking to daily Hurriyet, answered criticisms that the new Bond movie "Skyfall" and "Taken 2," some parts of which were shot in Istanbul, hurt the image of Turkey.
        "Instead of criticizing these films, we should criticize ourselves in this sense. We should try to improve our bad sides if the venues are bad and people's way of dressing isn't nice," said Gunay.


      * According to the Dogan News Agency, Jennifer Lopez has departed Istanbul after a trio of performances in the city that included renditions of several of her hits, including "On The Floor."
        The singer performed a belly dance with backup from a 110-person dance team. Before her concert, former Besiktas footballer Pascal Nouma took the stage with a DJ set, as did Turkish singer Beduk.
        The three concerts were attended by a total of 36,000 people. Originally scheduled for one concert in Turkey, Lopez added two more shows due to high demand.


      * The 13th International Antalya Piano Festival opened the night of Nov. 16 with famous pianist and composer Fazil Say's symphony "Mesopotamia." Before Mesopotamia, Say performed Tchaikovsky's Symphony no. 1. Nine hundred people attended the concert, which also featured the 130-person Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra and chief conductor Gurer Aykal. Soloist Carolina Eyck was also on the stage as an angel in Mesopotamia with her theremin, an electronic instrument.
        The festival will end on Dec. 8 with a performance by the Moscow Virtuosos.

      Dhoad Gypsy Band, which comes from India's Rajastan, a region with a rich gypsy culture and musical tradition, will give a concert on Nov 27

      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News, the third "Womist – Istanbul World Music Festival" which started on November 15 is continuing. br />  At the festival's opening concert, Pires, with her influential alto voice and strong stage performance, gave the audience a wonderful night of Portuguese fado.
        World Flamenco Day was often celebrated at the festival. Flamenco Reina, Manuel and Isil Reina's group performed.
        The Kosovo group Kuarteti Pentagram gave concert on November 21. In addition to Kosovo, their repertoire included music from Bosnia, Macedonia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey.
        On November 27, Dhoad Gypsy Band from Rajastan India will present traditional music from their region.
        Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat of Iran, Sam Karpenia of France with Occitan songs, Ulas Ozdemir of Turkey with minstrel music, Bijan Chemirani a percussionist with Persian rhythms will also be performing at the festival.


      * The Anatolia News Agency reports that the ballet "Afife," which tells the life story of the first Turkish theater actress Afife Jale, will be staged this month after a 14-year hiatus. The ballet was last performed by the Ankara State Opera and Ballet.
        Jale was the first Muslim theater actress and chose to take the stage despite the fact that it was forbidden for Muslim women to perform during the 1900s.
        She continued to perform as an actress in the face of social pressure and negative comments.
        The ballet will premiere at Sureyya Opera in Kadikoy, Istanbul on Nov. 22 and be performed on Nov. 24, 27 and 29, as well as Dec. 1.
        Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/


      * The first International Canakkale Children's Biennial kicked off on Nov. 17 in Turkey's northwestern province of Canakkale, welcoming children between the ages of five and 15 from around the world, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
        The event aims to familiarize children and teachers with a variety of different art disciplines, materials, techniques and forms of expression, and to stimulate them to produce their own original works. There will be workshops, seminars, discussions and meetings with artists, and works produced during these activities will be exhibited during the event, which will continue until Dec. 16.


      * The Anatolian News Agency reports that Istanbul is on its way to becoming the "capital" of Europe's children's and toy museums after being named the center of the newly formed European Children's and Toy Museums Union, according to Sunay Akin, the founder of the Istanbul toy museum.
        Since its foundation in 2005, the Istanbul Toy Museum has attended the meetings of the European Museum Academies and the European Museums Unions, the museum's founder said. "At the end of seven years, I am so happy that we will form a union of children's and toy museums, which have been opened one after another in recent years in Europe, in Istanbul," he said.
        Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * The Hurriyet Daily News reports that the Chinese Terracotta Army sculptures, part of UNESCO's World Heritage List and only exhibited outside of China five at a time, are on display at Istanbul's Topkapi Palace Museum.
        The exhibition also features 101 pieces of art from various Chinese museums.
        Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * Turkey's largest contemporary art fair, the contemporary Istanbul, opened on Friday with over 100 galleries from both Turkey and the international art world attending, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
        At a press conference held Nov. 20, Contemporary Istanbul President Ali Gureli said their goal was to make Istanbul the center of contemporary art.
        Interest in the event has increased every year, he said. "It is our most important goal to draw the 5,000 people who lead the world art market to Istanbul. We expect 70,000 visitors this year." Gureli said 600 artists would attend the fair with 3,000 works of art, adding that the total value of the works in the fair was $120,000 million.
        This year's fair coincides with the launch of Art Istanbul, a city-wide, week-long initiative that sees participating institutions, including museums, and galleries, present a program of exhibition openings and artist talks.


      * The premier art fair of Turkey, Contemporary Istanbul, opened its doors to art lovers on Thursday with a special program honoring 400 years of diplomatic relations between Turkey and the Netherlands, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
        The exhibition will host 57 foreign and 45 domestic art galleries in addition to 612 artists, and the total value of the pieces in the exhibit is $120 million. The fair will continue at the Lutfi Kirdar Congress Center until Nov. 25.


      * J "ID / Identities," an international art festival of photography, video art, computer graphics, installations and performing art, will be hosted in Istanbul by the Koza Visual Culture and Arts Association and the Avantgarde Hotel, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
        Some 98 artists from around the globe will feature their artwork from Nov. 22 to Dec. 23.
        The exhibit aims to tackle issues of differing identities and roles that people deal with in daily life. Artists were selected around this main concept of "identity" and its reflection on cities, bodies, society and culture, and how they blend together.
        Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/


      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News reporter Hatice Utkan, increasingly popular Turkish artist Taner Ceylan is working on a new series, "The Golden Age," while also celebrating a new agreement with New York's Paula Kasmin Gallery.
        At the same time, the artist is still working on his "Lost Painting Series".
        Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey has been selected as the guest of honor at the 32nd international contemporary art fair ARCOmadrid, which will be held Feb. 13 to 17, 2013, in Spain.
        ARCOmadrid will bring together a total of 202 galleries from 30 countries around the world. One of the main attractions of the fair will be a "Focus Turkey" section created in cooperation by the Turkish Embassy in Spain and curator Vasif Kortun.
        Turkey's presence will also be reflected in the city of Madrid with themed exhibitions in many of its most-representative galleries and museums.
        Ten prominent Turkish galleries including Dirimart, Elipsis, Macka Art Gallery, Mana, Nev Istanbul, Non, Pilot, Rampa, Rodeo and X-Ist have been selected to participate the program.


      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 1.80


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
       Ankara, in central Turkey:         50/36 Foggy	   
       Antalya, on the Mediterranean:     68/54 Partly Cloudy	   
       Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey:  57/48 Mostly Cloudy	   
       Izmir, on the Aegean:              63/50 Partly Cloudy	   
       Trabzon, on the Black Sea:         55/52 Rainy	   
       Van, in Eastern Turkey:            48/36 Mostly Cloudy	 


      * In games played so far this weekend: 13

      Be$iKta$ 	-	Akhisar Sp	3 - 1
      Mersin I Y	-	Karabuk Sp	2 - 1
      Kasimpa$a	-	Ordu   Sp	1 - 1
      Elazig Sp	-	G. Saray	0 - 1
      Bursa Sp	-	Antalya Sp 	1 - 1

      * Results for week: 12

      G. Saray	-	Karabuk Sp	1 - 3
      Istanbul BBSK	-	Elazig Sp	1 - 1
      G. Birligi	-	Sivas Sp	1 - 1
      Eski$ehir Sp	-	Fenerbahce	1 - 1
      Akhisar Sp	-	Kasimpa$a	0 - 2
      Kayseri Sp	-	G. Antep Sp	1 - 1
      Antalya Sp 	-	Be$iKta$ 	3 - 5
      Bursa Sp	-	Mersin I Y	3 - 0
      Ordu   Sp	-	Trabzon Sp	1 - 2

      * Standing in the league as of week ending 10

      	1 - 	G. Saray	22
      	2 - 	Antalya Sp 	22
      	3 - 	Kasimpa$a	20
      	4 - 	Fenerbahce	20
      	5 - 	Be$iKta$ 	19
      	6 - 	Trabzon Sp	19
      	7 - 	Eski$ehir Sp	18
      	8 - 	G. Birligi	18
      	9 - 	Bursa Sp	17
      	10 - 	Ordu   Sp	17
      	11 - 	Sivas Sp	16
      	12 - 	Karabuk Sp	15
      	13 - 	Kayseri Sp	14
      	14 - 	Istanbul BBSK	12
      	15 - 	G. Antep Sp	12
      	16 - 	Akhisar Sp	10
      	17 - 	Mersin I Y	9
      	18 - 	Elazig Sp	9

      * Turkey's Fenerbahce soccer team became the leader of Group C in Europa League after beating Marseille 1-0 Thursday evening at Velodrome stadium in the southern province of Marseille in France.
        Meanwhile, in the European soccer champions league, the Turkish team Galatasaray defeated Manchester United 1-0 at home Wednesday in a Group H match, the Turkish daily Hurriyet reported.
        Yesterday's match was the sixth game between the two teams and the first victory of Galatasaray over Manchester United.
        The victory boosted Galatasaray's hopes of reaching the finals stage, putting them in second place in the group, behind Manchester United who had already qualified after four wins in their first four matches.


      [Saat 18:30 and 19:30 'da iki kez okuyun]

      *** Group Gripin from Turkey in concert in Oakland on Saturday Dec. 8

      They will be accompanied by Group Twenty7.

      Venue: Kimball's Carnival 522 2nd St, Oakland, California 94607-3502

      See http://www.roxody.com/2012/gripin-twnty7/

      And we are giving away tickets!

      If interested, please write to us at trh@..., with a subject line "Gripin". Include your name and telephone.

      *** Mevlevi Order of America's Sufi concert of sacred music
      "On Friday December 7th and Saturday December 8th, 2012 at 7:30 PM, The Mevlevi Order of America will present The Whirling Dervish Ceremony at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California, in Oakland. Beloved worldwide, the 13th century Sufi Poet Rumi was the original whirling dervish.

      Led by Jelaleddin Loras Dede, Master musicians, Timucin Cevikoglu and the MOA Musical ensemble celebrate Rumi's mystical union through the whirling dance of the dervishes. With flowing garments of the turners and the classical sufi music, the Sema ceremony has stirred the hearts of humanity with sacred beauty for over 700 years."

      We have some tickets available to our listeners that we will give with a drawing. If interested, please write to us at trh@..., with a subject line "Mevlevi". Include your name and telephone.
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