x0x Turkish News for the week ending 29 December 2012
x0x Turkish News for the week ending 29 December 2012
[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 29 December 2012]
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NEWS* We have been reporting to you on the deployment of Patriot missiles in Turkey's border area with Syria by fellow NATO members. The deployment was requested by Turkey as a precaution against Syrian missiles.
Iran, still a staunch ally of the Syrian regime of Hafez Al-Assad, has been criticizing Turkey for this deployment.
In the latest twist to this conflict between Turkey and Iran, the Turkish foreign affairs minister accused the Iranian officials of launching a misinformation campaign on Turkish public, and warned Iran over the issue, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
Iranians are saying that the actual reason for the deployment of the missiles is their use in a possible military operation against Iran.
Read more at >> here <<* Time magazine carried an article about the Turkish Prime Minister's opposition to the a Turkish soap opera on the life of Suleiman the Magnificient, an Ottoman sultan who ruled in 1500s.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄan resents the hit TV show "The Magnificent Century" for its contradiction of conservative values, according to the dean article published on Time magazine's website.
Read more at HDN >> here << and the Time Magazine >> here <<
Baris Barisik, the student hit with a teargas canister* In last week's news, we told you about a student protest at Turkey's Middle East Technical University while Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was visiting the campus on December 18.
A number of students were arrested, and one was hospitalized after a teargas canister hit him on the head.
According to the latest news, the arrested students were let go.
Meanwhile the Turkish prime minister kept criticising the opposition and the media for backing the students.
A number of Turkish universities released a joint statement blaming the students for the violence.* The administration of Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan is spearheading the re-writing of the Turkish constitution. The current constitution dates back to 1980's military government, and the Erdogan administration says that it does not give enough liberties to the people.
However, opposition is suspicious about the changes proposed, and they claim that the new constituion is aiming to prolong the rule of the current prime minister.
Mr. Erdem Gunes of the Hurriyet Daily News wrote recently that the commission working on the new constitution is deadlocked, and they are not able to reach a compromise on many amendments.
One of the sticking points is the insistence of the ruling Justice And Development Party on a presidential system.
Read more at >> here <<* Turkey's foreign policy is currently even more troubled than it was during the Cold War days, Republican People's Party Deputy Chair Faruk Logoglu has said, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
Mr. Logoglu, speaking at a press conference in Parliament, argued that the government was informing neither the Parliament nor the public on important issues, and was even "misinforming" them on the same subjects. In regards to Turkish foreign policy, the year 2012 was "an exact wreckage" and "Turkey is being pushed into loneliness and losing prestige."
Mr. Logoglu is a Turkish diplomat and the former Turkish ambassador to the US between 2001 to 2005.
Read more at >> here <<* Turkish journalist Soner Yalcin was released from incarceration after 682 days on December 27. He is being accused of being part of a plot to overthrow the government. His and other alleged accomplices' trial is still continuing.
Read more at >> here <<* In related news, Turkey has launched an information campaign in capitals around the world to clarify the situation regarding imprisoned journalists in the country, following several criticisms of the Turkish government.
The Turkish Foreign Affairs and Justice ministries prepared a joint booklet outlining the reasons behind sentences given to journalists imprisoned in the country, according to Foreign Affairs Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
Read more at >> here <<
(from the Hurriyet Daily News pages)* Turkey became Europe's fastest-growing country in 2010 with a growth rate of 9.2 percent and an 8.5 percent growth rate in 2011, according to Turkey's deputy prime minister.* Ten young Turkish "social entrepreneurs" will be honored for their contribution to "social justice" on December 20. Social entrepreneurs produce solutions to "social problems".
Among the solutions that the entrepreneurs generated are:
vending machine that sells books 40% cheaper, a web site to help children growing up in orphanages by businessmen who themselves were raised in these orphanages, an association who trains college women to be successful in business life.* The government is planning to collect more tax from rich people and less from people who have low incomes, Turkey's Finance Minister Mehmet ÅimÅek said on December 20, signaling the content of new income tax reform.* Bosnia's Bosniak-Croat Federation has signed a $237 million deal with Turkish construction company Cengiz Insaat to build the remaining 10 kilometers of a 20-kilometer section of a future north-to-south highway.* Turkey will improve auditing processes to prevent "poor quality" products from entering Iraq, Economy Ministry's product supervision general director Mehmet CÃ¶mert said on Dec. 20. The Iraq is Turkey's second biggest export market.* Turkish High Speed Trains will reach 15 new destinations by 2016, according to Suleyman Karaman, the General Manager of Turkish State Railways.* Direct public spending on culture is only 10 Euros per capita in Turkey, way below European countries, shows a recent report by Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts. It called on urgent action to support cultural activities. In contrast, Germany spends 101, France 197 Euros.* One out of every four Turkish employees are recruited in the agriculture sector, says Turkey's Agriculture Minister Mehdi Eker, adding that the business attracted $2.1 billion worth foreign direct investments in the first 10 months of 2012. 10 years ago this figure was only $14 million. The sector generated $62 billion worth of gross domestic products last year.* Turkey's exports rose 24.8 percent and imports 12.5% in November. Foreign trade deficit slightly dipped down to $7.16 billion from $7.57 a year ago.
ARTS AND CULTURE* Istanbul Modern art museum's cinema is hosting foreign movie candidates for nomination for Best Foreign Language Film reports the Anatolia News Agency. The Oscar race will be reflected on the museum's screen with seven movies shown between Jan. 10 and Jan. 20.* According to the Anatolia News Agency, Turkish movies in 2012 topped the list of most-watched films in Turkey, according to the data from the nation's Box Office. Turkey's most watched film of 2012 was "Conquest 1453", drawing an audience of 6.5 million people.
Coming in second with Turkish movie-goers was Ãzcan Deniz's new film, "You Are My Home", which starred Fehriye Evcen. The movie was watched by 2.4 million people and earned 22.5 million liras at the box office.
"The Ice Age," the latest installment of the Twilight saga "Breaking dawn Part 2" and "The Dark Knight Rises" from the Batman series were the most-watched foreign movies in Turkey this year.
In related news, Turkish film industry was "at the bottom" 10 years ago, "but Turkey has succeeded to draw its own audiences to its own movies. This is where even French movies were not able to succeed," the Turkish culture and tourism minister has said.* According to Agence France Presse, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Portugal, Slovakia and Turkey will abstain from next year's Eurovision Song Contest, but crisis-hit Greece will be taking part, the event's organizers said on Friday.
The first three cited "economic reasons" for abstaining, while Turkey opposed changes to the competition's rules, according to a statement by Eurovision, the media content distributor that is operated by the European Broadcasting Union.
The contest will be held in Malmo, Sweden.* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, "Handimals," an exhibit by Italian artist Daniele Guido, who supports endangered animals by painting animal figures on hands, will come to Istanbul's Beylikduzu Migros Shopping Mall between Jan. 2 and 15, 2013. It will be the artist's first exhibition in Turkey.
* According to the Turkish daily Radikal, Turkey's Culture and Tourism Ministry has placed a plaque next room to the tomb of Sultan Selim II located in the Hagia Sophia complex to notify visitors that the grave's tiles are copies as the originals are in France's famous Louvre Museum.
"It was discovered that, in the Ottoman Era, during French citizen Albert Dorigny's restoration of the building between 1882 and 1896, 60 tiles were taken to Paris as part of the restoration process," the plaque reads.
"However, the original pieces were not returned to Turkey; instead, copies were brought back to Turkey and reinstalled in place of the originals. This is an example of âart theft,'" the plaque says.
Click here to see the tiles of the tomb >> here <<* According to the Anatolia News Agency, various sculptures are being created using industrial waste within the scope of a project organized by the Vehbi Koc Foundation, titled "Artists of Industry."
The aim of the project is to make people to see that everyone can be a part of the art world, the project's art director Ms. Pinar Cimen said.
Within the project workers at a factory formed teams and began to take art lessons. At first some workers were very upset at being forced to take art lessons, Ms. Cimen said, but over time they got used to it.
Read more at >> here <<
* A newly opened museum in Izmir is Turkey's first books and paper museum. The museum covers many different examples of paper and books from different cultures, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
The museum is the first museum in this area in Turkey. An ancient Levantine mansion has been converted into a space for the museum over the span of one-a-half years.
Read more at >> here <<
* In the Gourmand Cookbook Awards 2012 several Turkish authors won awards.
Omur Akkor's book "Selcuklu Mutfagi" (Seljuk Cuisine), which competed in the world-famous Gourmand Cookbook Awards, has been honored as one of the world's five best cookbooks.
His brother joined the competition with "Osmanli Deniz Mutfagi" (Ottoman Sea Cuisine), received the best fish and sea products book award.
Last year also had winners from Turkey:
- "Raki Encyclopedia" came in first under the "The Drinks/Spirits" category.
- A book in German by Semiha Stubert titled "Wonderful Recipes From My Turkish Family" came in third under the "First Cookbook" category.
- Under the "Health/Lifestyle, Body and Soul" category, "Gluten Free Mediterranean" by Aslihan Sabanci came in first.
The best of the best from this years' winners will be determined on February 23, 2013 at the opening of the Paris book fair.
EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 1.79
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey: 48/39 Light Rain Antalya, on the Mediterranean: 59/52 Thunderstorms Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 50/46 Rainy Izmir, on the Aegean: 59/52 Showers Trabzon, on the Black Sea: 57/48 Partly Cloudy Van, in Eastern Turkey: 39/25 FoggySnow depths at skiing locations:
Erciyes, in Kayseri, Central Turkey: 14 inches Ilgaz, in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey: 20 inches Kartalkaya, in Bolu, Western Turkey: 55 inches Palandoken, in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey: 13 inches SaklIkent, in Antalya, Southern Turkey: 6 inches SarIkamI$, in Kars, Eastern Turkey: 47 inches
* Results for week: 16
Be$iKta$ - Kayseri Sp 3Â -Â 1 Akhisar Sp - Ordu Sp 0Â -Â 0 Kasimpa$a - Istanbul BBSK 0Â -Â 2 Fenerbahce - Karabuk Sp 1Â -Â 3 Sivas Sp - Elazig Sp 3Â -Â 1 G. Antep Sp - Mersin I Y 2Â -Â 1 Bursa Sp - G. Birligi 0Â -Â 0 Antalya Sp - Eski$ehir Sp 2Â -Â 1 Trabzon Sp - G. Saray 0Â -Â 0
* Standing in the league as of week ending 17
1 - G. Saray 33 2 - Be$iKta$ 30 3 - Antalya Sp 30 4 - Fenerbahce 27 5 - Eski$ehir Sp 24 6 - Bursa Sp 24 7 - Trabzon Sp 24 8 - Karabuk Sp 24 9 - Kasimpa$a 23 10 - Sivas Sp 22 11 - G. Birligi 21 12 - Istanbul BBSK 21 13 - Ordu Sp 20 14 - G. Antep Sp 20 15 - Kayseri Sp 19 16 - Elazig Sp 16 17 - Mersin I Y 15 18 - Akhisar Sp 12
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