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      x0x Turkish News for the week ending 02 March 2013

      [This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 02 March 2013]

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      * Melda Turkkanlar of the Hurriyet Daily News writes that the Greek Cyprus is trying to throw the ball into Turkey's court in terms of a search for a solution to the island's division, according to experts analyzing newly elected President Nicos Anastasiades' messages to Turkey.
        "We are ready for a new relationship with Turkey in the new era. We are ready for a solution," Anastasiades said during his economy-dominated inaugural speech in the Parliament in Nicosia. The president, who expressed his support for Turkey's accession to the European Union, said the Cyprus issue should be solved with the aid of treaties and U.N. decisions.
        Anastasiades had supported the failed "yes" vote for a U.N. reunification blueprint in 2004, known as the so-called "Annan Plan," even though it was overwhelmingly rejected by Greek Cypriots, resulting in a divided island joining the European Union.
        Cyprus is divided between the Greek and Turkish communities, and only the Greek part has been admitted as the government of Cyprus to the European Union.
        The Cyprus problem goes back several decades. Historians say that soon after the foundation of a bi-communal republic on Cyprus in 1960, the Cypriot Greeks reneged on international agreements and pushed the Turks into enclaves and blocked them from participating in the economic and administrative life on the island. From time to time Cypriot Greeks also massacred the poorly defended Turks.
        When extremist Greeks, backed by the Greek junta in power then, toppled the all-Greek Cypriot government in 1974 with the ultimate goal of uniting the island with Greece, Turkey exercised its right of intervention according to the 1960 international agreement.
        The Turkish intervention gathered the Cypriot Turks into the Northern part of the island to assure them the security and safety that they did not have for many years.
        Also, there has been peace on the island ever since the 1974 Turkish intervention.
        However, the Turks of Cyprus have been under economic and political embargo since then, due to effective Greek lobbying and propaganda.

      * Vercihan Ziflioglu of the Hurriyet Daily News, leading Orthodox Christian parliament members from various countries will meet in Istanbul on March 3 and 4 for a conference entitled "The Social Dimension of Monotheistic Religion." Organized by The Inter-parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (IAO), established upon the initiative of the Hellenic Parliament, the conference will be held at the Hotel Renaissance Istanbul Bosporus.
        Representatives from Greece, Russia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Poland, Egypt, Georgia, Cyprus, Sudan, and Romania will be present. Turkish Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek and Fener Greek Patriarch Bartholomew will open the meeting and the Russian President of the General Assembly will make the opening speech.

      * Secretary of State John Kerry paid a visit to Turkey this week.
        Mr. Kerry's first stop during his visit to the Turkish capital on March 1, was a commemoration ceremony held for the Turkish security guard who was killed Feb 1 in a terrorist attack at the US embassy.
        Mr. Kerry presented security guard Akarsu's wife Yasemin and his children, Sami and Hilal, with the "Thomas Jefferson Star for Foreign Service," for Akarsu's heroism during the attack.
        After this event Mr. Kerry had meetings with Turkish officials.
        Sevil Kucukkosum of the Hurriyet Daily News writes that Mr. Kerry's talks in the Turkish capital Ankara could have displayed a rosy picture, since it was his first meeting with the Turkish leadership in his current capacity, yet Washington's strong uneasiness over Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's likening Zionism to crimes against humanity dominated the talks.
        While publicly labeling the remarks by Mr. Erdogan as "objectionable," Mr. Kerry also delivered a carefully tailored warning to his country's NATO ally over significance of freedom of expression for reaching to democratic standards.
        On Feb. 27, at a U.N. Alliance of Civilizations meeting in Vienna, Turkish prime minister Mr. Erdogan said: "Just as with Zionism, anti-Semitism and fascism, it has become necessary to view Islamophobia as a crime against humanity."

      * Dilara Sari of the Hurriyet News reports that Turkey's Liberal Democrats Party has very little hope in the changes that would come with the new Constitution, unless the mentality of the ruling Justice and Development Party changes first, party chairman Cem Toker said today during a meeting with foreign correspondents.
        Turkish parliament is in the process of preparing a new constitution and the ruling party claims that it will increase the liberties of the people.
        "There are many articles in the current Constitution that are democratic and protect individual liberties and rights. I look at how they are implementing those articles. For example, if freedom of the press is guaranteed by the current Constitution, then why do we rank 154th among 179 nations in press freedom?" he said.
        He added that even judges and prosecutors were dominated by the ruling party, while also accusing the justice and Development Party of blocking any attempt to change the status quo or question its rule.
        Read more at >> here <<

      * According to The Hurriyet Daily News the United Nations and the Sabanci Foundation have joined forces to promote the human rights of women in Turkey through the launching of a program that aims to empower women at a local level.
        The Program will be run in 11 Turkish cities in a joint program by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), UNWOMEN and Sabanci University.
        The Sabanci Foundation will be the main sponsor of the program, which will be carried out in cooperation with the Interior Ministry, National Education Ministry and Family and Social Policies Ministry, as well as the Union of Municipalities of Turkey.
        Read more at >> here <<


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      * The International Filmmor Women's Film Festival on Wheels will host films and women from 19 countries between March 15 and April 14, in a number of Turkish cities, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
        According to the press release sent by Filmmor, the festival is dedicated to women who encounter violence and do not have the opportunity to raise their voices.
        There will be five difference categories in the festival. In the "Women's Cinema" section, the festival team has compiled all sorts of films made by women in the recent years from Turkey and other countries.
        In the "Our Body is Ours" section, there are films of women who declare that "our body is ours" from all over the world. In the "A Purse of Her Own" section, audiences will watch the stories of women who are also able to stand on their own feet.
        In the "Sex-ual-ity section," space is given to films on issues related to sex and sexual identity.
        The "Women Make Movies" section is a special one, which is a product of the collaboration between Filmmor and Women Make Movies.

      Joshua Oppenheimer's "The Act of Killing" received the SiYAD Award

      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News, the 12th !f Istanbul International Independent Film Festival ended on Feb. 24 with an award ceremony at BackYard. The big award of the festival's competition section, the Kes!f Jury Award, went to Kleber Mendonca Filho, the director of "Neighboring Sounds," a film that brought a different perspective to present-day Brazil.
        This year, nine films from 11 countries competed for the Kes!f Jury Award, the jury of which was made up of Meltem Cumbul, Richard Peña, Miguel Gomes, Marianne Slot and Denis Cote. Filho was announced as the "most inspiring director of the year" as he received the award.
        The Turkish Film Critics Association Award was presented to Joshua Oppenheimer for his film, "The Act of Killing."
        Another award from the night was the Audience Award, which was presented to the films in the Shorts from Turkey section, where 18 short films were screened. Nazli Elif Durlu's film "Later" won the first prize while Akile Nazli Kaya's "The People who try to Save the World" received the second prize and Yildiray Yildirim's "1982" won the third award in this section.
        The 12th !f Istanbul International Independent Film Festival screened over 80 films this year, which were viewed by 70,000 people. The festival hit the road on Feb. 28 for Ankara and will end in Izmir on March 3.

      * Michael Haneke celebrates his Oscar for his latest feature "Amour" (Love) in the best foreign movie category, Istanbul Modern Cinema is presenting the complete filmography of the director, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
        The program is being carried out in cooperation with the Goethe Institute, Austrian Cultural Office and French Cultural Center, and will screen all 21 of Haneke's films, including both television movies and award-winning major motion pictures as well as "Amour," for which the director won the Golden Palm in the Cannes Film Festival in addition to an Academy Award, for which it was nominated in five categories.
        Read more at >> here <<


      * Emrah Guler of the Hurriyet Daily News, revered Turkish filmmaker, actor and poet Yilmaz Erdogan returns with a heartbreaking period drama.
        Larger than its pieces, "The Butterfly's Dream" mesmerizes as two young struggling poets try to win the heart of the new girl in town.
        The film takes place in a familiar region if you have been following recent Turkish cinema, northern Turkey, or the coast of the Black Sea.
        The backdrop is the turmoil of the World War II, reflected through the Obligation Law, where every male in the city of Zonguldak and the surrounding towns is required to work in the coal mines.
        Read more at >> here <<


      * Internationally renowned pianist sisters Guher and Suher Pekinel are making a name for themselves with both their music and their social responsibility projects to develop music, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
        More than just pianists, sisters Guher and Suher Pekinel are set to receive a major award at the 41st Istanbul Music Festival in June for their work at helping classical music grow in Turkey.
        Read more at >> here <<


      * Intent on spreading an appreciation of classical music in Turkey, Malatya's Inonu University Youth Orchestra is traveling to different cities and districts to give classical music concerts, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
        The orchestra plays some of the best-known tunes of celebrated composers such as Mozart, Chaikovsky and Shostakovich. Conductor Murat Arapgirlioglu also plays some of the tunes that he composed while the orchestra also plays some Anatolian folk Turkish tunes. The orchestra interprets the Turkish folk songs in a symphonic style.
        Malatya is a city in Southeastern Turkey.
        Read more at >> here <<

      * The late Turkish folk singer Neset Ertas has found that sometimes legal complaints can stretch beyond the grave as his song "Muhur Gozlum" becomes the subject of a property rights fine, according to the Turkish daily Hurriyet.
        Although, Ertas passed away Sep. 25, 2012, heirs of the folk poet who wrote "Muhur Gozlum," Asik Ali Izzet Ozkan, demanded $38,000 in local currency from Ertas's estate for the song's unauthorized usage.
        The court originally rejected the claim made on behalf of Ozkan against both Ertas's estate and Kalan Muzik, the record company responsible for recording and distributing the song. Ozkan's kin then appealed the decision and won their originally requested fine on appeal.


      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, a new exhibition titled "Beneath Hagia Sophia" will display the photos of cisterns, wells and tunnels of Istanbul's historic Hagia Sophia, which have been taken by documentary maker Goksel Gulensoy and his team over 15 years.
        According to a statement on the exhibition, there are hundreds of legends on the wells, cisterns and tunnels of Hagia Sophia, which is one of the oldest structures in the world and is visited by nearly 4 million people per year. Among these legends are the tunnels that reach the Prince Islands, the graves of various saints, a crypto room where secret documents are kept, jewelry thrown into the wells by noble women before being seized by enemies, and the Justinian's road between the palace and the hippodrome.
        The exhibition will open at Istanbul's Pero Art Cafe Galata on March 2.


      * "Resistance" will be the name of the game for six months later this year when Turkey heads to the 55th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia, with Ali Kazma's new video series of the same name.
        In his work "Resistance," Kazma explores the discourses, techniques and management tactics developed for the body today and focuses on the interventions and strategies that both release the body from its own restrictions and restrict it in order to control it. Curated by Emre Baykal, the Turkey's pavilion will be located at the Artiglierie, Arsenale, in the main venue of the biennale, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 24.
        Read more at >> here <<

      Crocus olivieri subspecies Istanbulensis

      * The Second International Istanbulensis Poetry Festival, organized by Sultanbeyli Municipality, will be held from March 6 to 9 with the participation of 52 poets from Turkey and around the world, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
        The festival was launched at a press conference on February 26, where Sultanbeyli Mayor Huseyin Keskin said that their goal was to make the neighborhood into a valley of education and culture with such festivals.
        As part of the festival, a special event for women will be held on March 8, International Women's Day. Female poets will read their poems in the event at the Sultanbeyli Municipality Culture Center. Among these poets will be Ayse Sevim, Gonca Ozmen, Hayriye Unal, Anna Santoliquido, Fatma Sadik, Sharerh Kamrani, Culpan Zaripova, Ferqane Mehdiyeva, Tanagoz Ilyasova and Fatena Al-Ghorra.
        The festival bears the name of the Istanbulensis flower that grows only in the Aydos Forestry area within the borders of the Sultanbeyli neighborhood. The flower was introduced to the world in 1982 by British scientist Brian Mathew.

      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey will be the guest of honor at the 2013 London Book Fair, as the Culture and Tourism Ministry has announced that a symposium titled "Reading Turkish Literature in the 21st century" was held as part of the fair March 1 and 2.
        The symposium aims to raise international awareness on Turkish literature and attract more readers to it.
        The symposium covers such topics as "Contemporary Turkish Literature," Translating Turkish Literature," and "Turkish Literature with all its Colors." Esteemed literature professor Murat Belge will be participating in the symposium.
        A Turkish delegation of writers, translators and academics totaling 120 people will attend more than 50 cultural and professional activities as part of the fair.
        The London Book Fair will continue until June.


      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, the Turkish National Commission for UNESCO has decided to propose 2014 be celebrated as the year of writer, politician and academic Halide Edip Adivar.
        The commission has reportedly already sent the proposal to UNESCO's secretary.
        Adivar was a Turkish novelist and feminist political leader. Many of her novels criticized the low social status Turkish women find themselves trapped in and what she saw as a lack of interest in most women for changing their situation.


      * The Hurriyet Daily News reports that the remains of a woman who may have been Cleopatra's sister have been found in Turkey, according to reports published on the softpedia news website. Identified as Arsinoe IV, the bones were analyzed but scientists have not been able to issue a conclusion.
        Arsinoe IV was allegedly killed by Cleopatra and Mark Anthony in 41 B.C. in the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus, a Greek city now located in Turkey's Aegean region.
        The burial place was searched by Viennese archaeologist Hilke Thur and her team. Thur told the Charlotte News-Observer that she found the remains in niches in a grave chamber in the Octagon, a funerary monument located in the center of Ephesus.
        Read more at >> here <<


      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, the controversial renewal project in Istanbul's Taksim Square has been ongoing as remains of historical structures continue to surface during excavations, the latest being two water outlets.
        Istanbul Culture and Tourism Director Ahmet Emre Bilgili issued a statement that the historical remains were 60-70 meters below the asphalt, adding that he and Istanbul Archaeology Museums Director Zeynep Kiziltan inspected the excavation area.
        Read more at >> here <<


      * Renowned Turkish jazz guitarist and composer Timucin Sahin will be performing in New York University's Music Department with Mivos String Quartet on March 6.
        In the second part of the event, Timucin Sahin Trio featuring Gene Jackson and Drew Gress will perform.
        The musical material, composed by Sahin, comes out of his varied background in Jazz, Karnatic, African, Mid-Eastern, and Contemporary Classical music.
      >> here << 



      * The Anatolia News Agency reports that forty percent of the buildings in the Ottoman town of Safranbolu have been restored and the remaining 60 percent are awaiting restoration.
        The goal is to restore all the buildings in the entire city.
        The mansions of Safranbolu were built in the 18th and 20th centuries.
        Safranbolu was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1994.


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


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
       Ankara, in central Turkey:         55/32 Foggy
       Antalya, on the Mediterranean:     66/52 Partly Cloudy
       Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey:  52/39 Mostly Cloudy
       Izmir, on the Aegean:              61/43 Partly Cloudy
       Trabzon, on the Black Sea:         55/37 Foggy
       Van, in Eastern Turkey:            41/27 Snow   
      Snow depths at skiing locations:
       Erciyes, in Kayseri, Central Turkey:            54 inches
       Ilgaz, in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey:      55 inches
       Kartalkaya, in Bolu, Western Turkey:            91 inches
       Palandoken, in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey:         42 inches
       SarIkamI$, in Kars, Eastern Turkey:             75 inches
       Uludag, in Bursa, Western Turkey:               93 inches


      * Premiere Soccer League

      * Results for week: 23

      G. Antep Sp	-	Bursa Sp	2 - 1
      Istanbul BBSK	-	Eski$ehir Sp	2 - 2
      Elazig Sp	-	Antalya Sp 	2 - 1
      Mersin I Y	-	Trabzon Sp	0 - 1
      Sivas Sp	-	Be$iKta$ 	0 - 1
      Kayseri Sp	-	G. Birligi	1 - 0
      Fenerbahce	-	Kasimpa$a	3 - 1
      Karabuk Sp	-	Akhisar Sp	0 - 2
      G. Saray	-	Ordu   Sp	4 - 2

      * Standing in the league as of week ending 23

      	1 - 	G. Saray	46
      	2 - 	Fenerbahce	40
      	3 - 	Be$iKta$ 	39
      	4 - 	Bursa Sp	34
      	5 - 	Antalya Sp 	34
      	6 - 	Eski$ehir Sp	33
      	7 - 	Kasimpa$a	33
      	8 - 	Kayseri Sp	32
      	9 - 	G. Birligi	30
      	10 - 	Trabzon Sp	30
      	11 - 	Sivas Sp	29
      	12 - 	Karabuk Sp	29
      	13 - 	G. Antep Sp	28
      	14 - 	Istanbul BBSK	27
      	15 - 	Ordu   Sp	26
      	16 - 	Elazig Sp	24
      	17 - 	Akhisar Sp	22
      	18 - 	Mersin I Y	20

      * Turkish sprinter Ms. Nevin Yanıt won gold in 60m hurdles at European Athletics Indoor Championships held at Gothenburg, Sweden.

      Yanıt also finished fifth in the 100m hurdles at last year’s London Olympics.


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