x0x Turkish News for the week ending 02 February 2013
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US embassy in Ankara right after the attack* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, a suicide bomb attack at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, killed one Turkish security guard along with the attacker, Ankara Gov. Aladdin Yuksel said.
U.S. embassy in Turkey advised its citizens in Turkey against visiting its missions until further notice.
The Turkish authorities are reporting that the assailant was a member of a far left militant group. He traveled under false documents from Germany and thus was able to avoid police surveillance.
After the attack U.S. ambassador Francis Ricciardone, together with his wife, visited the family of the slain security officer, Mustafa Akarsu. The ambassador extended his condolences to the family and declared to the media outside that the security guard was a hero who saved many lives by tackling the assailant.
The security guard, was a member of the Turkish police force for the past 22 years and was about to retire in four months. He left behind a wife, two children aged 18 and 15.
Read more at* Turkish President Abdullah Gul on Wednesday approved a law which legalizes the use of languages other than Turkish in courts, reported the daily Aksam. The law was passed in the Turkish Parliament on Friday, reports the Turkish daily Radikal.
According to the law, a defendant could make a defense in court in a language he or she feels more comfortable with. The defendant himself/herself will choose an interpreter from the lists prepared by provincial judicial committees.
A German radar, part of Patriot missile system* According to the Turkish daily Sabah, US Patriot missile batteries loaded on 70 trucks on a vessel named Alliance Charleston under the US flag docked in the port of Iskenderun in Southern Turkey on Wednesday.
Spokesman for the Press Coordination Center of the Turkish General Staff, Major Cengiz Alabacak said that the Patriot defense systems from the U.S. would be deployed in Turkey's south-eastern province of Gaziantep and that the systems would be operational as of the first half of February.
As we have been reporting to you patriot missile systems have arrived in Turkey from Holland and Germany as well. After shells landed on Turkish territory from Syria, Turkey asked its NATO partners with help in defending its territory from a possible Syrian attack. As part of this, NATO decided to deploy patriot missiles in Southern Turkey.
Read more at
US Congressman Hank Johnson with the refuge children* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, a U.S. congressional delegation visited a Syrian refugee camp in Turkey near the border.
U.S. representatives paid a visit to the school at the Oncupinar camp and to workshops where Syrian women made handcrafted products. They also met with Syrians who were elected to administrative councils in elections organized Jan. 17 at the refugee camps.
UN special envoy on refugees, American actress Angelina Jolie also visited the Oncupinar camp last September to bring attention to the worsening refugee crisis due to the 22-month-old conflict in Syria.
In related news, the operations director for the United Nations Office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs John Ging carried out inspections in Syria as well as neighboring countries at the refugee camps and told that Turkey is accommodating the refugees far better than the United Nations.
According to the Turkish daily Star, Turkey has spent so far $350 million for 160,000 Syrian refugees.* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, the bipartisan U.S. delegation that is visiting Turkey is made up of representatives Rob Whitman from the House Armed Services Committee, Ted Poe and Hank Johnson have held talks in Turkey.
"The delegation is interested in deepening and expanding the strong relationship between Turkey and the United States. The Congressmen would like to express solidarity with Turkey as a NATO partner and demonstrate support for the deployment of Patriot systems in Turkey to counter the threat from Syria," a spokesperson from the U.S. Embassy to Turkey told the Hurriyet Daily News
The delegation held talks with members of the foreign affairs and defense committees in Turkish Parliament and met with President Abdullah Gul. They will visit Ankara, Incirlik Air Base and the city of Gaziantep, where the U.S. Patriots are to be deployed.* Head of Turkish Parliament's Foreign Affairs Commission Volkan Bozkir said that the European Union membership bid is a strategic objective for Turkey, but that the European Union is about to move away from its old magnificent days.
Stating that the issue of visa exemption has become quite disturbing, Bozkir said that the European Union has removed visa requirements for many countries as soon as they started membership talks, but it finds it difficult to take the simplest steps for Turkey.
Turkey as a candidate has been talking to the European Union for several years now.
"Once the visas are mutually removed, maybe we will consider imposing visa requirements to deal with an army of unemployed people who will come from Europe to Turkey, because Europe has run out of business opportunities. I won't be surprised, if European people come to Turkey to look for a job," Bozkir added.* The Turkish daily Star reports that the Wall Street Journal last week that covers the cabinet shuffle in Turkey.
The article wrote "Turkey sent yet another strong signal of its desire to end a three-decade Kurdish insurgency on Thursday when Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan picked a moderate interior minister to replace a hawkish predecessor in a cabinet shuffle."
"The move comes as Turkey restarted talks with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party whose armed struggle for autonomy in the country's southeast has claimed more than 40,000 lives and cost the state as much as $450 billion since 1984, according to the International Crisis Group, or ICG," the article wrote, adding, "But the rewards are greatâwhoever brokers a deal will have his name etched in gold into the republic's 90-year history.
"And, analysts add, that's no small reward for Mr. Erdogan as he eyes the presidency in the 2014 elections," the Wall Street Journal concluded.* The Anatolia News Agency reports that ten leading Turkish banks rank among the world's most valuable 500 banking brands in 2012, worth around a $10 billion in total, according to the Brand Finance's annual list.
The list portrays the successful outlook of Turkish banks, as well as the recovery of the global sector, consultants say.
Despite the positive outlook of the Turkish banking sector on the list, the total value of the sector leaders still lags behind banks in Brazil, Russia, India and China, according to the research* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Turkish exports have surged to $11 billion, rising 5.6 percent in January compared to the same month last year.
Automotive exports takes the top spot with $1.5 billion.* Turkish agriculture company's application to the Turkish Patent Institute to trademark the word "Idaho" for use on its products has drawn objections from the senate of the state of Idaho.
The Turkish Company sells seeds.
Read more at >> here <<* Turkey has ranked 42 among 62 countries in "The Financial Development Report 2012," released by the World Economic Forum in Switzerland analyzing the financial systems of various countries.
A summary of this report was published by TurkishÂ Industrialists'Â andBusinessmen'sÂ Association -Sabanci University Competition Forum on Jan. 17.
ARTS AND CULTURE
Edited by Carol Dean* According to the Turkish daily Sabah, Jaunted, the online portal of Conde Nast Traveler, US premier travel magazine since 1987, praised the Istanbul Modern in an article entitled "24 Hours in Istanbul: A Cultural Initiation at the City's Modern Art Museum."
Author of the article Janice Tober recommended the Istanbul Modern to readers who would like to experience the modern side of Istanbul in a rush.
"The Istanbul Modern serves as an eye-opener, proving false any stereotypes you may have secreted inside regarding Istanbul, with its mix of European and Asian cultures and treasure-trove past," writes Tober, adding, "When you think of Istanbul we can't blame you for thinking âancient city', âold ruins' and âarchaeological treasures'.
The museum's biggest gift to outsiders is to show that the city links to its past, but it is not resting there."
Read more at >> here <<* According to the Turkish daily Sabah, the Turkish Statistical Institution reports that revenues from tourism increased 17% in the last quarter of 2012 to $6.1 billion.* Istanbul Modern is presenting the Artists' Film International program, showcasing contemporary video, animation and short films from across the globe, reports the Hurriyet Daily News. This year, Istanbul Modern has selected Bengu Karaduman's video "We are All in the Same Boat" for the program.
The video consists of two video layered on top of each other. On the top layer we see a ship representing the current political economic system that erodes our planet and its creatures, exhausts our natural resources and uses despair as a weapon of mass destruction. The ship carries the products and its production practices of this system.
On the bottom layer we see horses swimming under water. This theme is based on the real story of the phaeton horses from the Princes' Islands in Istanbul, who are harnessed to work under poor conditions. When they subsequently die, they are thrown into the sea and replaced by new ones.
The video thus suggests that the political economy of our time exploits not only the labor of living beings, but also their lives as well. "We are All in the Same Boat" is a requiem for our not knowing how to face the mechanisms sustaining this monetary system.
The project was initiated in 2008 with the title "Art in the Auditorium" by established London art institution the Whitechapel Gallery.* A new music academy in Turkey's northwestern province of Bursa will teach some 200 disabled or orphaned Roma children between the ages of 9 and 15 to play various instruments including guitar, piano, violin, zither, clarinet, percussion, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
Initiated by Bursa's Association for Promoting Roma Culture and Solidarity Among Musicians, the project was organized with the cooperation of the Bursa Governor's Office, Bursa's Yildirim town Governor's Office and the Yildirim Municipality.
The courses will continue for 18 months. Also, 10 percent of the children will be sent to state conservatoires if they meet the admission requirements, according to the association's chair, Veysel Zurna.
About 400 children applied for the project, and 55 to 60 of them are disabled or autistic.* The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts' annual music festival, one of the premier events on the city's cultural calendar, is gearing up to enter its fifth decade with performances by around 500 artists later this year, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
The 41st Istanbul Music Festival, which is organized under the sponsorship of Borusan Holding, will be held between June 4 and 29 around the theme "Time and Transformation."
Up to 500 local and foreign artists, including Vadim Repin, Maxim Vengerov, Shlomo Mintz, Mario Joao Pires, Khatia Buniatishvili, Magdelena Kozena, Kim Kashkashian, Sol Gabetta and two of world's leading orchestras, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and the Munich Chamber Orchestra, are all expected to ring in summer with concerts in Istanbul.* The Ankara State Opera and Ballet will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the creation of its Modern Dance Team with a special event set for Feb. 16.
The team will prepare a new 40-minute show for the event, 20 minutes of which will be devoted to reflecting the past, while the other half will be devoted to focusing on contemporary dance, the team's art director, Yener Turan, recently told Anatolia news agency.
The night will also include small extracts of shows from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Night and Day," which the team staged last year. Turan also said American dancer Michael Popper would be on stage for solo performances.
The dance team has staged a total of 90 plays since 1992.
Read more at >> here <<
* "The Last Harem," a theater play featuring Turkish stage actress Serra Yilmaz, will celebrate its ninth year in Florence, Italy, reaching a total of 20,000 people this year, reports the Dogan News Agency.
Staged at the Rifredi Theater and directed by Angelo Savelli, Yilmaz, who plays a female household worker who begins to read tales from the classic Arabic folk story collection "One Thousand and One Nights," is accompanied on stage by Italian actors and actresses such as Valentina Chico and Riccardo Naldini.
Inspired by the stories of Turkish author Nazli Eray, "The Last Harem" focuses on the pressures women face in daily life through the lens of a magical world.
The play features authentic Ottoman and Ottoman harem decorative touches and is accented by Turkish music such as "Burcak Tarlasi" (Rye Fields), Sezen Aksu's "Farkindayim" and Ajda Pekkan's "Palavra."
Yilmaz's Italian co-star Chico said it is not very often that a play will run for nine consecutive years.
Read more at >> here <<* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, The 12th !f Istanbul International Independent Film Festival has announced its program. The festival starts on Feb. 14 in Istanbul and will continue on to Ankara and Izmir.
This year's festival will be showing award-winning films from the Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and Toronto film festivals. The movies will be shown for the first time at !f.
Read more at >> here <<* Bridal trousseau items dating back to the Ottoman era are being displayed in an ethnography museum established in a shopping mall in Soke, a touristic town in the Aegean province of Aydin's Mugla, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
Cagdas Can Ozturk, who founded the Otantika Ethnography Museum with his brother Deniz, said that his family had been collecting bridal trousseaus from the 17th through 20th centuries from Aegean villages over the past 30 years in order to introduce Ottoman trousseau culture to new generations.
Ozturk said the items are the best heritage left for them by their parents. "My brother and I have dreamed of displaying these items in a museum. We applied to the Culture and Tourism Ministry and founded an ethnography museum named âOtantika.' We display 1,800 out of 4,000 Ottoman bridal trousseaus including traditional costumes like bindalli, boleros, shalwars, headscarves, laces, kerchiefs, waistbands, napkin towels, prayer and mawlid clothes, bathroom sets, daggers, watches, point laces and jewelry in the museum. We are now planning to open a new museum to display the rest of the items."
Deniz Can Ozturk said they contacted women living in Aydin and neighboring villages to preserve the art of such Ottoman trousseau items and provide additional income for villagers. Nearly 100 women are reproducing the items on display, which are now for sale as souvenirs in the museum's gift shop.* The Pera Museum welcomes 2013 with the exhibition "Nickolas Muray: Portrait of a Photographer," featuring a collection of images captured by the celebrated photographer of legendary celebrities and artists, shedding light on the history of photography, fashion and advertising, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
With the portraits and fashion photographs he began taking in the 1920s, Muray became one of the pioneering and most successful photographers of his field in both New York and the United States. The exhibition, which includes 162 selected photographs by the artist, introduces Muray to local art lovers in Turkey for the first time at the Pera Museum.
Muray's unique photographic method, which he attributed to the use of the soft focus lens, quick exposure and a sensible use of the retouching pencil, won him global acclaim for its aesthetically pleasing results.
Read more at >> here <<* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, the "Prix Pictet: Power" exhibition at Istanbul Modern Photography Gallery showcases the finalists of the Prix Pictet, a major award in photography today intended to raise public awareness about modern issues.
The exhibition will continue Jan. 30 to April 28.
In its fourth edition the competition focuses on the broad and paradoxical concept of "Power." While often leading to disaster and despair, power can also generate hope and renewal.
The exhibition displays the struggle for survival between humankind and nature, despair in the face of human-caused damage, social power conflicts and the dichotomies of power in the world today with its invasions and revolts.
Read more at >> here <<* The 13th Istanbul Biennial, titled "Mom, am I a barbarian?," is set to debut its public program with the event "Making the City Public," to be held between Feb 8 and 10 at the Istanbul Technical University Macka Campus, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
The Biennial will run until November 2013, examining the ways in which the notion of "publicness" can be reclaimed as an artistic and political tool in the context of global financial imperialism and local social fractures.
The public program, titled "Public Alchemy," will be held under the co-curatorship of Fulya Erdemci, curator of this year's biennial, and Dr. Andrea Phillips, reader in fine art and Director of Doctoral Research Programs in Fine Art and Curating at Goldsmiths University of London's Department of Art.
The program examines the social and cultural impact of Istanbul's urban transformation and citizens' reactions to it. This series of events will question the modus operandi of this transformation and the role of the cultural industries within it. The accessibility of civic space and the rights to the city will also be discussed.
Events will include lectures, workshops, seminars, performances, poetry readings, improvisation as well as a tour to northwest Istanbul's urban transformations, and each cluster of events will focus on one aspect of the current transformations.* The Bilkent University Center for Turkish Literature has just published its ninth issue of its annual Journal of Turkish Literature (JTL), reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
In its ninth year as the world's first and only English-language scholarly journal devoted entirely to Turkish literature, the JTL features a multi-color 16th century Nigari miniature painting of Sultan Selim II as its cover art. Sultan Selim was also a poet.
The latest issue, edited by Professor Talat Halman, Associate Editor Dr. Jayne L. Warner and assistants Meric Kurtulus and Gizem Sevinc, contains articles by Bill Hickman on the 14th century Divan poet Seyyad Hamza, Burcu Karahan on female sexuality in Tanzimat-Mesrutiyet fiction, Nazmi Agil on ekphrasis in Turkish poetry, Murat Nemet-Nejat on George Messo's translations of modern Turkish poetry, and a book review by Clifford Endres.
Read more at >> here <<* Turkish author Orhan Kemal's masterpieces "Cell 72" and "Stranger's Girl " will be published in Albania as part of the Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry's TEDA project to introduce Turkish literature to foreign countries.
Speaking to Anatolia news agency, Kemal's son, Isik Ogutcu, said that with the new translations it is possible for the countries to grow closer.
Kemal's other books such as "Cemile," "Father's House " "Vagabond Years " and "Murtaza" had also been translated into other languages, Ogutcu said. He is very happy to see his father's books in the Albanian language as well, he added.
With the last two books, 35 of his books have now been released abroad, Ogutcu said. "I make offers to translators and publishing houses.
Orhan Kemal died in 1970 at the age of 55.
Read more at >> here <<* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, renowned American-Turkish writer Elif Batuman has been named on the jury of five for the Man Booker International prize this year. The prize will be awarded on May 22 in London.
Speaking to Anatolia news agency, Batuman said this was a great honor and privilege for her, adding that the writers on the jury had been chosen for their literary success, not because of their political views. She said she wrote not to win awards, but simply to write good books.
Elif Batuman was born in New York and lives in Istanbul, where she is writer-in-residence at Koc University.
Read more at >> here <<* The Izmir Metropolitan Municipality has started demolitions on appropriated land to unearth a Roman theater under shanty houses in the city's Kadifekale district. The municipality has so far paid 8 million Turkish Liras for the expropriation of the nearly 140,000 square feet area.
Eight of the 52 houses to be demolished in the first stage have been torn down and archaeologists have already unearthed the walls of the theater, which has a capacity of 16,000 people.
When the municipality revives the theater, it can be seen by those visiting the Konak, Akllsancak, Karsiyaka and Bornova neighborhoods of the city. Similar to the excavated Ephesus Ancient Theater, concerts and shows will be organized in the theater as well.
Read more at >> here <<* Denizli Municipality has submitted documents to UNESCO for the inclusion of the ancient city of Laodicea on the agency's World Heritage List.
The city of Laodicea was one of the chief seats of Christianity. Laodicea receives passing mention in the epistle to the Colossians and is one of the seven churches of Asia mentioned in the Book of Revelations.
The Laodicean church is thought to have been founded by the Colossian Epaphras, a Christian preacher.
Read more at >> here <<
EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 1.76
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey: 48/30 Partly Cloudy Antalya, on the Mediterranean: 63/50 Mostly Cloudy Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 55/43 Partly Cloudy Izmir, on the Aegean: 61/45 Thunderstorms Trabzon, on the Black Sea: 54/45 Rainy Van, in Eastern Turkey: 37/27 SnowSnow depths at skiing locations:
Erciyes, in Kayseri, Central Turkey: 31 inches Ilgaz, in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey: 57 inches Kartalkaya, in Bolu, Western Turkey: 79 inches Palandoken, in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey: 34 inches SaklIkent, in Antalya, Southern Turkey: - inches SarIkamI$, in Kars, Eastern Turkey: 75 inches Uludag, in Bursa, Western Turkey: 93 inches
* Premiere Soccer League
* Results for week: 19
Karabuk Sp - Kasimpa$a 0 - 3 Istanbul BBSK - Bursa Sp 4 - 1 G. Birligi - Akhisar Sp 1 - 0 G. Antep Sp - Fenerbahce 1 - 2 Kayseri Sp - Antalya Sp 2 - 0 Elazig Sp - Trabzon Sp 3 - 1 Mersin I Y - Sivas Sp 3 - 0 G. Saray - Be$iKta$ 2 - 1 Eski$ehir Sp - Ordu Sp 1 - 0
* In games played so far this weekend: 20
Akhisar Sp - Kayseri Sp 1 - 2 Be$iKta$ - Karabuk Sp 2 - 2 Kasimpa$a - Elazig Sp 0 - 0 Antalya Sp - Istanbul BBSK 1 - 0 Bursa Sp - G. Saray 1 - 1
* Standing in the league as of week ending 19
1 - G. Saray 36 2 - Be$iKta$ 31 3 - Fenerbahce 31 4 - Antalya Sp 30 5 - Kasimpa$a 29 6 - Eski$ehir Sp 28 7 - Bursa Sp 27 8 - G. Birligi 27 9 - Karabuk Sp 27 10 - Istanbul BBSK 25 11 - Trabzon Sp 24 12 - Sivas Sp 23 13 - Kayseri Sp 22 14 - Ordu Sp 21 15 - G. Antep Sp 21 16 - Elazig Sp 20 17 - Mersin I Y 19 18 - Akhisar Sp 16
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