x0x Turkish News for the week ending 01 December 2012
x0x Turkish News for the week ending 01 December 2012
[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 01 December 2012]
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* According to Bianet, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality rejected a walk proposed on the December 1 World AIDS Day without making any clarifying explanations.
Since 2008, the association has held walks on World AIDS Day to create awareness on one of world's most deadly diseases with walks where experts and medical students informed the public by handing out pamphlets and condoms, Bianet reports.
* According to Reuters, a new report by International Crisis Group recommends that Turkey should offer Kurds equal rights in language use, local governance, identity and political representation to avoid a worsening of the militant conflict between Kurds and the government.
The report also called the Kurds to renounce rebel Kurdistan Workers Party violence, acknowledge the Turkish government's positive reform steps and cooperate with government representatives.
Read more at http://www.reuters.com/
* Voice of American reporter Dorian Jones writes that Turkey late last week acknowledged that a surge in its gold exports this year is related to payments for imports of Iranian natural gas, shedding light on Ankara's role in breaching U.S.-led sanctions against Tehran.
n response, U.S. senators said they will seek to close this loophole. But a Turkish trade minister has warned Turkey will not respect any new U.S. measures.
Iran is Turkey's second largest supplier of gas after Russia, with more than 90 percent of Iran's gas exports going to Turkey.
Iran provides 18 percent of Turkey's natural gas and 51 percent of its oil.
Analysts say Turkey is believed to be looking for alternative energy suppliers to Iran, which would be favored by both European Union and U.S. as they seek to increase the pressure on the Iranian regime.
Read more at http://www.voanews.com/
* Turkey's foreign affairs minister Ahmet Davutoglu is under attack for failed Mideast policy, reports Tulin Daloglu in an article posted on Al-Monitor.
Both the opposition, and some members of Mr. Davutoglu's own party are critical of his policies.
Many are concerned about the risks Turkey is taking over its Syria policy, which has weakened relations between Turkey and Iran and produced tense relations between Turkey and Iraq.
Instead of "zero problems with neighbors," as Mr. Davutoglu's policy was known just two years ago, Turkey now has "problems with neighbors."
Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/
ARTS AND CULTURE
Edited by Carol Dean
* According to the Anatolia News Agency, Turkish-German director Fatih AkÄ±n has been awarded the German Peter-Weiss Award according to a statement by the Bochum city administration.
AkÄ±n was bestowed the award and the 15,000 euro prize associated with it for his interest in intercultural understanding and reconciliation in an award ceremony held in Schauspielhaus Hall in Bochum, according to Bochum officials.
The Peter-Weiss Award has been granted to artists in the fields of literature, theater and film every two years since 1990.
* Robert Redford traveled to Istanbul to attend the Turkish launch of Sundance channel in Turkey, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
"When the Sundance Channel first started [airing] in the United States many years ago, it was my dream for the network to expand worldwide to showcase the exciting work of independent filmmakers.
"It's an honor to visit Turkey, a country known for its vibrant arts and culture, to celebrate Sundance Channel's debut. We look forward to bringing the compelling stories of filmmakers around the world to audiences here locally on Sundance Channel for many years to come," Redford said on November 29 at a press conference.
The President of the AMC/Sundance Channel Global Bruce Tuchman and Digiturk Head of Content and Acquisitions Esra Ãzaral Altop were also in attendance at the press conference.
* The Hurriyet Daily News reports that renowned Swedish piano player Jacob Karlzon recently visited Turkey to give a concert at Istanbul's Akbank Sanat and also attended a musical workshop during the trip.
Commenting on the Turkish music scene while in Istanbul, he said: "The music scene in Turkey feels like a melting pot of a lot of different impressions which is exactly what my music is about. I am really looking forward to exploring it."
The Turkish influence has even started seeping into his own music. "Actually, nowadays my band is almost two thirds Turkish. The great bass-player Hans Andersson in JK3 is married to a Turkish woman and very recently the amazing drummer IKIZ from Istanbul joined the band," he said, adding that he was enjoying every second of it.
Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/
* Turkish Pianist FazÄ±l Say performed the first concert of his Anatolia concerts series in the northwestern province of Bursa on Nov. 25, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
The concerts will continue until Dec. 26 in various Anatolian provinces.
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, on the 300th anniversary of the death of revered Turkish composer Buhurizade Mustafa Efendi, known as Itri, UNESCO declared 2012 to be the "International Year of Itri," leading the Istanbul Foundation of Culture and Arts to organize an international symposium in the composers honor.
The symposium will take place December 3.
* The French-Turkish Literature Award was handed to novelist Tahsin YÃ¼cel on Nov. 28. YÃ¼cel has translated a large number of novels from French into Turkish, and is also a novelist in his own right, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
The award will be presented in December at the Paris Culture and Tourism Office.
YÃ¼cel was born in Elbistan, Turkey in 1933. After studying at Galatasaray High School in Istanbul he received his bachelor's degree from the Istanbul University French Literature.
* The 18th Festival on Wheels, organized by the Ankara Cinema Association, is placing special emphasis on the static crises of the modern world, writes the Hurriyet Daily News. In addition to screenings in the Turkish capital Nov. 30 to Dec. 10, the festival will head for the Black Sea province of Sinop from Dec. 7 to 10.
The festival will offer film fans a lineup of international cinema. The selection is made up of films from countries all over the world from Chile and South Korea to Austria and Serbia, many of them award-winning films at major international festivals such as Berlin, Cannes and Rotterdam.
The Turkish Cinema 2012 section presents a pick of this year's home-turf productions, and actors and directors from the films will come together with audiences at gala performances during the festival.
As well as a fun-filled animation workshop for kids, the 18th Festival on Wheels program will include a new media documentary workshop, offering both theoretical and practical content for adults.
* Hatice Utkan of Hurriyet Daily News reports on an unusual artists living in Istanbul. Malaysian-Chinese artist Leon Leong's portraits reflect the outer worlds of the models, while his Istanbul scenes show a new way of approaching Istanbul's inner world and its society. "For me Istanbul means a controversy, but on the other hand, this controversy gathers in one place so well that it almost creates a new approach," he said.
Leong took a long time to find his way to art. He had always known he had a talent for creating art, but he started his education in advertising. He was very successful in his field, but a deeper voice always drove him to create art. His visit to Istanbul changed his life, and he started to paint Istanbul and scenes of the city.
Not only Istanbul but all of Turkey is reflected on Leong's canvases. As an artist, Leong also likes to add a pinch of orientalism to his works, but this orientalism never overshadows his aim. Leong's main aim is to paint people and their families, as well as their relationships with other people, because this is the most interesting thing to discover in Turkey, according to the artist.
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: 61/43 Rainy Antalya, on the Mediterranean: 72/59 Partly Cloudy Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 63/55 Thunderstorms Izmir, on the Aegean: 70/61 Heavy Showers Trabzon, on the Black Sea: 72/57 Partly Cloudy Van, in Eastern Turkey: 54/28 Mostly Sunny
* In games played so far this weekend: 14
G. Saray - G. Antep Sp 1Â -Â 1 Karabuk Sp - Elazig Sp 0Â -Â 1 Akhisar Sp - Bursa Sp 2Â -Â 2 Ordu Sp - Be$iKta$ 1Â -Â 2
* Results for week: 13
Be$iKta$ - Akhisar Sp 3Â -Â 1 Mersin I Y - Karabuk Sp 2Â -Â 1 Kasimpa$a - Ordu Sp 1Â -Â 1 Elazig Sp - G. Saray 0Â -Â 1 Bursa Sp - Antalya Sp 1Â -Â 1 G. Antep Sp - Istanbul BBSK 2Â -Â 1 Fenerbahce - G. Birligi 4Â -Â 1 Sivas Sp - Kayseri Sp 4Â -Â 2 Trabzon Sp - Eski$ehir Sp 0Â -Â 3
* Standing in the league as of week ending 13
1 - G. Saray 25 2 - Fenerbahce 23 3 - Antalya Sp 23 4 - Be$iKta$ 22 5 - Eski$ehir Sp 21 6 - Kasimpa$a 21 7 - Trabzon Sp 19 8 - Sivas Sp 19 9 - Bursa Sp 18 10 - G. Birligi 18 11 - Ordu Sp 18 12 - Karabuk Sp 15 13 - G. Antep Sp 15 14 - Kayseri Sp 14 15 - Istanbul BBSK 12 16 - Mersin I Y 12 17 - Akhisar Sp 10 18 - Elazig Sp 9
[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
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*** 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."
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