x0x Turkish News for the week ending 08 December 2012
x0x Turkish News for the week ending 08 December 2012
[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 08 December 2012]
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* NATO has approved the deployment of Patriot missiles on Turkey's border with Syria. After the approval, the German cabinet agreed on Thursday to send their Patriot missiles to Turkey.
German Defense Minister Thomas De Maiziere said that they did not want the clashes in Syria to spread to Turkey.
* Russian President Vladimir Putin was in Turkey for a one-day official visit.
While in Turkey, Putin and the Turkish Prime Minister co-chaired the third Turkey-Russia High Level Cooperation Council meeting.
As part of the council meeting, 11 significant agreements were signed. Speaking in a joint conference with Putin, Erdogan said that trade relations with Russia had increased seven times since his Justice and Development Party came to power. Russia now stands as Turkey's second trading partner.
Putin said both Russia and Turkey shared the same goals for the future of Syria, but differed on methods on how to reach these goals.
Putin said in reference to Turkey's request for deployment of NATO Patriot missiles that it was normal for any country to take measures in response to violations of its borders but warned that such a deployment could escalate fears of a wider conflict.
Russia recently won the bid to build a nuclear power plant in Turkey. As part of this, 100 Turkish students will be educated in Russia on nuclear energy, Putin said.
* Not only there is increased trade between the two countries, but the Turkish daily Turkiye observed that there is increased matrimonial activity.
In the past 16 year there has been 300,000 marriages between Turks and Russians. Almost all between Turkish men and Russian women. There are now about 1 million children from these marriages.
Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com
* According to the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Eric Rubin, who has traveled to Turkey to hold a series of visits in border provinces, made evaluations at the US Consulate in Adana.
Rubin said that Turkey had to face vitally important problems due to the internal conflict in Syria, adding, "I would like to stress that we are devoted to Turkey's security and protection."
Rubin also said that the US was doing that, as Turkey has been a NATO member, as well as a friend and ally to the US for half a century.
* Turkish president Abdullah Gul approved a controversial bill to redraw the boundaries of municipal districts. He said that he did not see any unconstitutionality in the bill and emphasized that he could not take political issues into consideration when approving.
The opposition says that the redrawing of boundaries for municipalities was for the benefit of the ruling Justice and Development party. The boundaries were extended to include the conservative suburbs who vote for the ruling party.
With the new boundaries, municipalities such as that of Izmir will no longer be able to elect a mayor from the opposition party.
Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey's president Mr. Abdullah Gul congratulated the country's Jewish citizens on the occasion of the Hanukkah holiday Dec. 7, hailing their "exceptional" contributions to Turkey.
"With its story that carries to this day the victory of light against darkness, pureness against degeneration and spirituality against materialism, the Hanukkah holiday is a means for us to once more remember today the universal values of the entirety of humanity," he said.
"Our Jewish citizens â who have distinguished themselves with their social, professional and academic successes in various fields and with whom we have shared our despair as well as our joy and hopes â are continuing today to provide exceptional contributions to Turkey's unique human richness," Gul said.
* According to the Anatolia News Agency, Turkey's Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning has started an initiative to replace plastic bags with environmentally-friendly biodegradable ones.
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey has been given the title "Fossil of the Day" on the second day (Nov. 28) of the United Nations climate change talks in Doha, private Turkish broadcaster NTV has reported. The award is given to countries that have not taken sufficient steps to tackle climate change.
"We've given the award to Turkey because it is the fourth largest country in the world in terms of coal mines. What's more, its Energy Ministry announced 2012 as 'coal year.' Turkey has still not announced a target reduction of greenhouse gases, as is determined in the Kyoto Protocol," a climate activist at the talks said.
* Members of an association for the disabled in Turkey's Central Anatolian province of Sivas were unable to make an official visit to the governor of the province on the International Day of People with Disability due to a lack of proper access facilities, Dogan News Agency reported.
A representative of the association, told the press that they had requested that public office buildings be made more handicap-friendly.
Meanwhile, in his message marking the day, Turkish President Abdullah Gul said social and economic barriers prevented better integration of disabled citizens with the rest of society. According to the president, current problems cannot be solved by taking legal measures alone but also require that prejudices be overcome.
In related news, the Anatolia News Agency reports that problematic phrases and articles in Turkey's existing "Handicapped Law" will be removed, and the name of the law itself will be replaced with "Disabled Law," the Family and Social Policies Ministry has announced.
Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/
* As we reported to you last week, an AIDS day walk by Turkish activists was not permitted to take place by the Istanbul municipality.
In contrast to this, before World AIDS Day a U.N. official has warned Turkey is at risk due to its proximity to Eastern Europe and Central Asia, where HIV infection rates have shown a radical rise recently, reports the Anatolia News Agency,.
Speaking at a meeting organized by the Turkish Health Ministry on Nov. 30, U.N. Turkey Representative Ela Akturkoglu said the number of infected people had increased by 21 percent in these two regions between 2005 and 2011.
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey's inflation for October increased to 6.37% compared with the same month a year earlier.
The 12 month inflation rate amounted to 9.26 percent.
This was in line with the government's expectation for a slowdown in inflation by the year's end. However, it is not clear whether this will help the government meet its 2012 target of around 7.4 percent.
The year-on-year figure stood at 7.68 percent in September.
* Five European Union member states lag behind Turkey in Transparency International's 2012 report, revealed yesterday, with Greece recognized as the most corrupt country in the 27-nation bloc, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
The report added that crisis-hit nations were being held back by an inability to deal with graft.
Turkey ranked 54, seven steps forward, in the nongovernmental organization's global list of corruption, which Denmark tops with the best record. (Turkey has a score of 49, Denmark 90 and US 73).
Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/
* We reported to you last week that Turkey is buying oil from Iran using gold, some claim to avoid U.S. sanctions.
According to Reuters, on December 5 a State Department source said the United States expects countries that buy oil from Iran to further reduce their purchases if they want to avoid U.S. sanctions.
A US Senate aide said the law's requirements of deeper reductions every six months is clear.
"While I find it very hard to believe the U.S. State Department didn't remind our Turkish partners that U.S. law requires them to continue significantly reducing toward a permanent end to Iranian imports, U.S. law stands whether they received a warning or not," said the aide.
Under that law, banks in countries that buy oil from Iran can be cut off from the U.S. financial system unless the purchases are reduced.
In related news, according to the Turkish daily Aksam, Turkey's Energy Minister Taner Yildiz says that US and Turkey actually reached a deal on gas imports from Iran, and that US is exempting Turkey.
The minister told the US officials that if Turkey is not allowed to buy gas from Turkey, this would be a sanction on Turkey, not on Iran.
* The Spain-based Banco Popular Espanol has decided to enter the Turkish market and will soon sign an agreement with The Turkish Prime Ministry's Investment Support and Promotion Agency, Reuters quoted a company press release as having said.
ARTS AND CULTURE
Edited by Serkan Hatipoglu
* Istanbul Modern has begun hosting a new program titled, "MUSEUMS TALK: FROM THE USA," a lecture series providing prominent museum professionals from the U.S. with a platform to meet Istanbul audiences on a regular basis.
The series proposes a new conversation platform where contemporary museums and the museum experience in the broad sense are discussed. The first guest of the program was Director Neal Benezra of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
"Most young people today see an art piece for the first time online", said Benezra, who has been directing the museum since 2002, adding that the online presence of the museum was huge.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is involved with all high technology developments, putting interviews with artists, school curriculums and much more on online. The move has been an effective manner of audience development, as museum studies have led directors to present and develop their museums online. The usage of online channels such as websites, social media like Facebook and Twitter, and channels such as Vimeo and YouTube help the museum better engage with their audience.
When it comes to audience development and engagement, Istanbul Modern is perceived as one of the most attractive art museums in Turkey.
"The Istanbul Modern attracts 2,000 people per day today, a very good figure when we consider museum trends in Turkey," said Artistic Director and curator Levent Calikoglu.
"Turkey has just started to learn museum management in private museums. A museum does not mean a place only where artwork is kept. There has to be education, communication, sponsorship, all the new communication systems should be involved to make the museum part of daily life," Calikoglu said.
Museums have changed, said Benezra, noting that they used to solely protect works of art in the past. "In a way we are still doing this, but we also have to share the art well and make the experience of the museum attractive and as exciting as it can be. The museum should be much more open to the audience whether it is in person or online."
Giving the example of architecture, Benezra said that amid this year's renovation of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the museum has decided to show their collection in galleries and museums across the city instead of closing the collection to visitors. The traveling collection will open in June.
* Speaking of museums, some Turkish museums have received perfection certificates from the well-known travel website, Tripadvisor.com, after the site's visitors voted on museums around the world, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
The Antalya Archaeological Museum, Antalya Side Museum, Anadolu Civilizations Museum and Goreme Open Air Museum are among the institutions that received a perfection certificate.
Gaziantep's Zeugma Museum had already received a perfection certificate from the online company earlier.
* Jalaladdin Rumi's famous epic poem, the "Masnavi," has been translated into 22 languages and is currently being translated into Russian and Malaysian, Turkey's Central Anatolian city of Konya's mayor has said ahead of celebrations for the 739th anniversary of the poet's passing.
The mayor indicates that half of the world's population can now read the poem thanks to the translations.
The "Masnavi" is an epic poem written in Persian by Rumi, the celebrated Sufi saint and poet who was born in what is now Tajikistan but died in Konya. The work has become one of the best-known and most influential works of both Sufism and Persian literature and consists of a series of six books of poetry that each amount to about 25,000 verses or 50,000 lines. It is a spiritual writing that teaches Sufis how to reach their goal of being in true love with God.
Mayor Akyurek said each year in December several government representatives visit Konya and receive the books as a present.
* Mardin is known across Turkey as one of the most ancient and culturally diverse places in Turkey; this awareness, however, has long been accompanied by a corresponding paucity of knowledge on the wealth of musicians that have been produced by the southeastern province.
"Seeking to give the province its musical due is the end result of five years of research and countless interviews with Mardin musicians wherever they are now located" says Ahmet CinarbaÅ, the author of a new book, "Mardin Musicians from the Past to the Present"
"There was a huge lack of knowledge on Mardin. We listen to Mardin songs but we do not know who sang them. I decided to do research on this. This was a tremendous effort and it was hard," said CinarbaÅ, adding that the southeastern province was an important center in Turkey's musical history.
The book was supported by the Mardin Music Foundation; after learning that its chairman, Hasan Cuha, was also conducting research into the province's music, CinarbaÅ decided to pursue the project collaboratively.
The duo tried to reach all the districts of Mardin, as well as Mardin-born musicians in Antalya, Gaziantep, Istanbul, Ä°zmir, Ankara.
"The book covers all the musicians from Mardin starting from 1860; we started from Sirrizade Ali Riza Efendi, who was born in 1860," CinarbaÅ said, noting that it continued up until Zeynel Caktir, who was born in 1986.
Two musicians ultimately left a huge impact, he said. "One is Ahmet Mirzaoglu. He lost his family but he never gave up on music and the other is Berdan Mardini. Mardini refused to take music lessons, learning everything by himself."
Hasan Cuha, meanwhile, said they had always wondered about the lives of the musicians to whom they had listened for so many years. "We wondered how those people lived and what they looked like. We only heard their voices for years."
The foundation head said they began their work by collecting photographs, adding that they subsequently attempted to reach the musicians' relatives.
Also included is BeÅir Manco, who is reputed to be the first person to bring Western music to Mardin. CinarbaÅ, said they were now planning on beginning a new project to investigate the lives of religious figures.
* The Istanbul Culture and Arts Foundation has started up a new award to support young musicians in Turkey, giving 15,000 Turkish Liras to winners of the annual Aydin Gun Support Award.
Named after famous Turkish tenor Aydin Gun, the award will be given to young classical music artists who are less than 30 years old.
The Foundation aims to give the award each year starting from January 2013. The calls are open until Dec. 20 and all details can be found at the foundation's website.
Aydin Gun was one of the most important artists in the development of opera in Turkey. Born in Adana in 1917, Gun was among the founders of the Istanbul and Ankara Operas. Gun received the European Council Culture Award and also the "State Artist" title in 1988.
He was also among the founders of the Istanbul culture and arts foundation and managed the foundation between 1974-1993. He also managed the International Istanbul Festival for 20 years and started up contemporary art exhibitions during the first years of the Istanbul Biennial. Gun died in 2007 at the age of 90.
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, the 2012 European Union Human Rights Film Days Festival, organized by the European Union Delegation in collaboration with European Union member states' missions and cultural centers in Turkey, will run simultaneously in 10 provinces across Turkey between Dec. 10 and 12.
The festival was organized to honor the European Union's success in being named the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize for its contribution to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe and around the world. The bloc will receive its award Dec. 10 in Oslo.
The film event will feature 11 movies from 11 European Union member states in three days of free public screenings.
* Another film festival in Istanbul will also focus on human rights. According to the Hurriyet Daily News, the 4th "Which Human Rights?" film festival will be held between Dec. 8 and 12 in Istanbul.
the festival will hold several side events such as children's workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions and a forum theater with the participation of guests from abroad. "Which Human Rights?" has been a parallel event of "Documentarist" since 2009.
For further information visit: www.hihff.org
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, this year Art Basel's Miami Beach version hosts Turkish galleries Rampa Art and Non Art .
Also, renowned Turkish painter Taner Ceylan will present his latest painting.
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: 50/30 Showers Antalya, on the Mediterranean: 59/50 Heavy Showers Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 59/45 Heavy Showers Izmir, on the Aegean: 59/48 Heavy Showers Trabzon, on the Black Sea: 55/43 Mostly Sunny Van, in Eastern Turkey: 43/27 Foggy
* In games played so far this weekend: 15
Be$iKta$ - Eski$ehir Sp 2Â -Â 2 Elazig Sp - Mersin I Y 1Â -Â 0 Kasimpa$a - G. Birligi 2Â -Â 2 G. Antep Sp - Karabuk Sp 0Â -Â 2 Bursa Sp - Ordu Sp 1Â -Â 0 Sivas Sp - G. Saray 1Â -Â 3
* Results for week: 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 Istanbul BBSK - Sivas Sp 2Â -Â 0 Antalya Sp - Mersin I Y 1Â -Â 0 Kayseri Sp - Fenerbahce 1Â -Â 1 Eski$ehir Sp - Kasimpa$a 2Â -Â 2 G. Birligi - Trabzon Sp 0Â -Â 4
* Standing in the league as of week ending 14
1 - G. Saray 26 2 - Antalya Sp 26 3 - Be$iKta$ 25 4 - Fenerbahce 24 5 - Eski$ehir Sp 22 6 - Kasimpa$a 22 7 - Trabzon Sp 22 8 - Bursa Sp 19 9 - Sivas Sp 19 10 - Ordu Sp 18 11 - G. Birligi 18 12 - G. Antep Sp 16 13 - Istanbul BBSK 15 14 - Kayseri Sp 15 15 - Karabuk Sp 15 16 - Mersin I Y 12 17 - Elazig Sp 12 18 - Akhisar Sp 11
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