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    20130316trh {20130323trh.txt} x0x Turkish News for the week ending 23 March 2013 [This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 23 March 2013] Courtesy of
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      x0x Turkish News for the week ending 23 March 2013

      [This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 23 March 2013]

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      Edited by Fuad Tokad

      * As we have been reporting to you over the past few weeks, the Turkish government has been negotiating with the rebel Kurds to end the violence in Southeastern Turkey. This week there were new developments that may foreshadow the arrival of the peace in the region.
        A message from the jailed head of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party Abdullah Ocalan, was read in Turkish and Kurdish at Nevruz, Spring Holiday, celebrations in Turkey's southeastern Diyarbakir province, reported the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet.
        Peace and Democracy Party lawmaker Sirri Sureyya Onder read the message in Turkish following the party's Group deputy Chairman Pervin Buldan reading the statement in Kurdish.
        "We have reached the point where the guns must be silenced and where ideas must speak. A new era has started, where it is politics, not guns, which is at the forefront. We have reached the stage where our armed elements need to retreat beyond the border," the message said.
        A few days later, the military leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party in northern Iraq, Murat Karayilan, has declared a cease-fire starting on March 23, in a video broadcast during the Nevruz celebrations in Bonn, Germany, according to broadcaster CNN Turk.
        "We declare a cease-fire starting on March 23. If the [Turkish] Parliament and government do the legal groundwork for a commission, we could withdraw [from Turkey]," Karayilan is quoted as saying in the video broadcast by the Germany-based Kurdish TV channel Nuche TV and published on a website known to have close ties with the Kurdistan Workers Party.
        Karayilan also guaranteed that unless Kurdistan Workers Party militants were attacked, no assault would be launched, according to a report by the Turkish daily Hurriyet.
        The Kurdistan Workers Party is considered to be a terrorist organization by the European Union and the United States.
        Read more at >> here <<

      * Israel apologized to Turkey for the raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in which eight Turks and an American of Turkish origin were killed in May 2010, reported the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet.
        The long awaited apology came during a phone conversation between Turkish and Israeli prime ministers on Friday while President Obama was visiting Israel.
        The Hurriyet Daily News wrote that the apology came after Mr. Obama's push.
        Meanwhile, President Barack Obama on Friday said that they attached great importance to the restoration of positive relations between Turkey and Israel.
        In a written statement released on Friday, President Obama said:
        "I welcome the call today between Prime Minister Netanyahu and Prime Minister Erdogan. The United States deeply values our close partnerships with both Turkey and Israel, and we attach great importance to the restoration of positive relations between them in order to advance regional peace and security. I am hopeful that today's exchange between the two leaders will enable them to engage in deeper cooperation on this and a range of other challenges and opportunities," Obama stated.
        Read more at >> here <<  and
      >> here <<

      * In related news Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed hope Saturday that the fence-mending in relations between Turkey and Israel would lead to a broader settlement in the region, one that would resolve the Middle East problem.
        "My wish is that commonsense prevails in this process and we make this process a permanent one to end years-long suffering with withdrawal to 1967 borders," Erdogan told reporters.
        Turkey expelled Israel's ambassador, saying that relations would not go back to normal unless Israeli government made an official apology, paid redress to the relatives of the victims and removed blockade on Gaza.

      * Turkish prosecutors have demanded aggravated life imprisonment for suspects in an alleged coup plot dubbed the "Ergenekon". Court rejected the demand for the release of all arrested suspects on Monday.
        Chief Prosecutor Mehmet Ali Pekguzel read his opinion on the Ergenekon case to Istanbul High Criminal Court No. 13 on Monday.
        After 2,271-page long opinion was read by three prosecutors in five hours, the court recessed to assess the demands of prosecutor and the lawyers of the suspects.
        Chief Prosecutor Pekguzel, in his opinion, underlined the existence of the "Ergenekon" terrorist organization, and demanded aggravated life in prison for many defendants.
        There are 275 defendants in the Ergenekon case and 67 of them are in prison, some for more than four years.
        Prosecutors claimed that the "Ergenekon terrorist organization" existed and the organization was responsible for virtually every act of political violence - and controlled every terrorist group - in Turkey over the last 30 years.
        Some analysts say that the alleged coup trial is actually being used by the ruling and Justice and Development Party administration to muzzle the opposition.
        Read more at >> here <<


      Edited by Colleen Clark

      The director of the film, Ummiye Kocak (L) asks the fim to reach wider audiences. DHA photo

      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, a film created by women from a village in Turkey's southern province of Mersin is set to be released on DVD. The film, titled "Wool Doll", was made by the Women's Theater Group of the village of Arslankoy, and deals with the subject of violence against women.
        The producer of the film, Gurhan Otun, said at a press conference at the Mersin Journalists Association that the film had been made under very difficult circumstances, but that they had received support from media organizations and many other individuals and institutions during the filming process.
        Otun said the film had been well received by viewers so far, but added that he wanted it to reach a wider audience, and decided to release it as DVD.
        The film, written and directed by Kocak, was shot in Arslankoy village in the district of Toroslar. Its cast is made up entirely of women. A story about this theater group by Elif Batuman appeared in The New Yorker, Dec 24, 2012
        Read more at >> here <<



      * The ninth Akbank Short Film Festival started in Istanbul and with continue until March 28 screening films from around the world. Most films have won awards at prestigious international festivals.
        The program of the festival has been developed with new competition and experimental shorts sections under the animation category.
        This year 392 films were submitted to the competition under the documentary and fiction categories. As a result of the pre-evaluation, 15 fiction and nine documentary films out of a total of 24 films comprise the "Festival Shorts."
        Other sections of the festival include:
      •   Short to Feature
      •   Documentary Movies
      •   Experiences
      •   Animation Shorts, which has a prize event
      •   Experimental Shorts
      •   Special Screening

        Joan C. Gratz, an Academy-awarded American animator, is the first guest of the "Experiences" section this year. Gratz, who is one of the pioneers of the clay-painting technique in animation in the world as well as her successful short films, will share her experiences with short film makers in a talk and with her animation films to be shown at the festival.
        The festival's "Special Screening" section will present "Laterna, the Beauty of Pera," a film by Nilufer Saltik as the project designer, about the barrel-organ (Laterna), one of the indispensable musical instruments for the residents of Istanbul in the 19th century.
        Read more at >> here <<  and  >> here <<


       Tuluyhan Ugurlu will feature the Grand Bazaar at his New York concert. AA photo

      * Turkey's renowned pianist Tuluyhan Ugurlu will perform at the New York Grand Central Terminal on May 14, one month after a concert he will perform in Istanbul's Grand Bazaar, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
        The Grand Bazaar concert will be performed in the bazaar's widest street, Kalpakcilar, on April 14 at 4 p.m. as the first chain of Ugurlu's "Grand Bazaar to Grand Central" project, which is a joint project of the Grand Bazaar Artisans Association and the Federation of Turkish American Associations.
        The Grand Bazaar, which is closed on Sundays, will be open for the concert day and decorated with tulips.
      During the New York concert, Istanbul and the Grand Bazaar will be featured with music and visuals. The Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall section will be designed especially to depict Turkey and Istanbul at the concert. The Grand Bazaar artisans will also be able to display their carpets and jewelry during the event, which will begin at 7 p.m. and end at 10 p.m.
        Read more at >> here <<

      TRT General Director Ibrahim Sahin said the digital archive work had started over four years ago and 165,000 pages had been reverted to digital forms. AA photo
      * The historical archive of Turkey's state-owned television channel TRT has been transferred to a digital environment, reports the Anatolia News Agency. The digital archive and website www.trtkulliyat.com was launched on March 16 at TRT Istanbul Radio building in Harbiye.
        TRT General Director Ibrahim Sahin said that work had started over four years ago and 165,000 sheets of music had been converted to digital forms with some difficulty.
        The web pages will also post information] about music events.
        Read more at >> here <<


      Nilgun Belgun has taken the stage in New York for a Turkish charity organization. AA photo
      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, Turkish theater actress Nilgun Belgun staged her solo play "Love and Comedy" in the United States on March 17 as part of an event organized by the New York-based Turkish Women's League of America http://www.atkb.org/ to provide funding for its education work.
        The play was based on her own book written five years ago. Ms. Belgun's performance was full of life, memories, happiness and sorrow and was accompanied by songs.
        The league Chair Sermin Ozcilingir presented a plaque to Belgun for her contributions to their work. Ozcilingir said the league was one of the oldest organizations straddling Turkish and American society. "We have the Ataturk School within our body. We organize events to provide income for our schools." Belgun later signed autographs and posed for fans.
        Read more at >> here <<


      * Organized by Turkey's State Opera and Ballet, Culture and Tourism Ministry and Eskisehir Municipality, the third Eskisehir National Opera and Ballet Days has been continuing, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
        The event hosts many ballet and opera shows in the Central Anatolian province of Eskisehir and gathers dancers from all over the world.
        "Eskisehir is the 2013 Turkish Capital of Culture" said Eskisehir Municipality President Yilmaz Buyukersen.
        Buyukersen said the city is privileged to host the recent art and cultural events. He also stressed how cities that reach a certain population should have their own chamber orchestras.
        The local government in Eskisehir is contributing to arts and culture and is one of the best examples among local governments that support the arts, according to State Opera and Ballet General Manager Rengim Gokmen. This year, one of the most important events of the Opera and Ballet Days is an opera titled "Ozsoy," Gokmen said. The opera was written by Adnan Saygun in 1934 and dedicated to Turkey's first president and independence war hero Ataturk.
        Noting that Turkish people consider ballet a European art, Orchestra conductor Tolga Tavis said choreographers have added traditional Turkish folkloric details to the ballet to better appeal to Turkish audiences.
        The "Tale of 1001 Nights" appeals to a Turkish audience. "The composer of the work is Fikret Amirov and he is an Azeri. That's why Turkish audiences can find folkloric details in the work."
        The third Eskisehir Opera and Ballet Days will be continuing with the Izmir State Ballet's "Magnificent Suleyman" on March 20.
        "Karyagdi Hatun" (Snowing Lady) and "Lale Cilginligi" (Tulip Madness) are among the other ballets that will be staged as part of the events, which will continue until March 25.
        Read more at >> here <<


      Guclu Oztekin aims to create a sharp division between the abstract paintings and portraits
      * Turkey's contemporary artist Guclu Oztekin is transforming the space of Istanbul's Rampa Art Gallery with a new solo exhibition, "Good Stuff Takes Time, Great Things Happen Suddenly," through the use of various tools and works of different sizes, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
        Oztekin is a member of the HA ZA VU ZU artist group founded in 2005. He has taken part in numerous exhibitions with the group, showcasing his performances and works including "For Whom Is It Too Late Today? – Between Stamp and Mars," which was shown at art festivals in Vilnius (2009), Lyon (2009), Basel (2008), Liverpool (2008), Rotterdam (2008), Milan (2008), Antwerp (2008) and Istanbul (2007).
        As an artist, Oztekin likes to create special forms to use the space he is given inventively. In the new solo exhibition, his works contained in the space all relate to each other and are connected to Rampa's architectural structure. Against this background, the artist positions himself as a self-conscious temporary invader.
        The exhibition will continue until the end of March.
        Read more at >> here <<


      Melih Devrim fetches the highest price at a Beyaz Auction event
      * "Abstract Composition," a work by Turkish artist Nejad Melih Devrim (1923-1995), scored the highest price at the 23rd Beyaz Muzayede Auction on March 18, fetching $610,000.
        The auction, which featured 264 pieces of modern and contemporary Turkish and foreign art, also presented significant works by Turkish masters such as Burhan Dogancay, Alaettin Aksoy, Mehmet Guleryuz, Omer Uluc, Komet and Taner Ceylan.
        Dogancay's work "Untitled" was sold for $105,000 while Uluc's "Woman on all fours and Men tottering" was sold for $248,000.
        Read more at >> here <<


      * The Ottoman stables in Istanbul's Emirgan Wood had been restored and turned into the Tulip Museum. It features two exhibition halls on an area of 16,000 sq. ft., reports the Anatolia News Agency.
        To preserve tulip culture for future generations, the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality formed the Istanbul Tulip Association and a Tulip Museum in the Emirgan Woods.
        The association created a smartphone application called "Lalezar," through which visitors can obtain information on the characteristics of each featured tulip by scanning a barcode on the flower's label.
        "There are tulip museums in the world, particularly in the Netherlands but these countries do not have much history with tulips. Even horse saddles, caftans, knives, kettles and wall decorations that we brought from Central Asia have tulip figures. We have more cultural materials. This is why the idea of establishing a museum to display all these materials was proposed," Municipal official Mehmet Ihsan Simsek said.
        "Among [the objects in the museum] is a plow used to plant tulips, a sieve to clean out tulips, a tulip motif on a manuscript, a tulip brooch, dried tulips, etc. There are also books and printings on tulips in the museum. All these objects exist in world tulip museums. The Dutch museum displays [contemporary] objects but we want to display historical ones, mostly," he said.
        Simsek said that the annual Tulip Festival will take place between April 1 and 30. He said that the festival center will be Emirgan Woods and Goztepe Rose Garden, and that there would also be various events such as a tennis tournament as part of the festival.
        Some 270 types of tulips will be planted in Istanbul and can be seen at various parks and gardens, according to Simsek.
        Read more at >> here <<


      * Sukru Erbas has been chosen as this year's winner of the Golden Orange Poetry Award for his work "Songs of the Harvest", according to the event's organizing committee.
        The poetry award is organized within the Golden Orange film festival.
        Erbas's poems display a resistance against the dominance of the Zeitgeist on individuals and society, the selection committee said in a statement.
        Noting that Erbas's poetry includes the roots of traditional poetry while also featuring aspects of modern poetry, the team also said the poet had a very unique way of using Turkish.
        The author's poetry centers on the themes of separation, love, pain and death, while also acting like a sanctuary against the hardness of life.
        Read more at >> here <<

      * 42nd New York Film Festival organized by The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) ve the Film Society of Lincoln Center (FSLC)will have three Turkish directors: Ali Aydin, Engin Kundag and Basak Buyukcelen.
        The Turkish films Mold, Ararat, and Take a Deep Breath by these directors will be screened.
        See more at >> here <<



      * According to an interview with the Hurriyet Daily News, CNN Turk program coordinator Asli Oymen says that free Turkish women depicted on popular Turkish TV dramas are inspiring oppressed women in the rest in Turkey.
        These Turkish TV dramas have been making waves domestically and overseas in recent years as their global popularity increases.
        Asli Oymen attributes this rapid success to improvements in the Turkish film and television industry, in addition to the social climate portrayed.
        Read the rest of the interview >> here <<


      * In the World Cup qualifiers, Turkey's national soccer team beat Andorra 0 to 2 in the match played in Andorra.
        Due to the national team game, matches in the premier soccer league are preempted for this weekend.

      * Premiere Soccer League

      * Results for week: 25

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

      * In games played so far this weekend: 26

      Games preempted due to National team's match with Andorra

      * Standing in the league as of week ending 26

      	1 - 	G. Saray	50
      	2 - 	Fenerbahce	46
      	3 - 	Be$iKta$ 	43
      	4 - 	Kasimpa$a	40
      	5 - 	Bursa Sp	40
      	6 - 	G. Birligi	37
      	7 - 	Antalya Sp 	37
      	8 - 	Eski$ehir Sp	36
      	9 - 	Kayseri Sp	36
      	10 - 	Istanbul BBSK	32
      	11 - 	Sivas Sp	32
      	12 - 	G. Antep Sp	32
      	13 - 	Trabzon Sp	31
      	14 - 	Elazig Sp	31
      	15 - 	Karabuk Sp	30
      	16 - 	Ordu   Sp	29
      	17 - 	Akhisar Sp	26
      	18 - 	Mersin I Y	21


      * Anadolu Efes suffered a disappointing 79-71 Euroleague defeat March 21 against already-eliminated Zalguiris Kaunas in Lithuania, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
        With this score Efes Anadolu slipped to a 9-3 record, while Kaunas increased its own to 5-7 in the group. Having clinched a playoff side last week, Istanbul was outplayed by their rivals especially during the second half of the game.


      * Turkish volleyball team Halkbank has won the CEV cup, the second-tier men's European club competition, after defeating Italian Andreoli Latina in five sets in Ankara on March 3.

      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) delegation, set to assess Istanbul's bid to host 2020 Olympic Games, were given a star's welcome as they arrived in the candidate city on March 23.
        The 15-member IOC team, which has previously paid visits to other candidate cities Tokyo and Madrid, embarks today on a four-day visit in Istanbul where they will observe the preparations and meet several Turkish governmental officials, as well as the Istanbul mayor and governor.
        Read more at >> here <<


      * Fenerbahce advanced to the Euroleague Women's finals after a 68-56 win over Good Angels Kosice on March 22 in Russia. Angel McCoughtry again led her team with a double-double of 17 points and 14 rebounds.
        Fenerbahce will be the first Turkish club to compete in the Euroleague Women's Final. Celebrating their historic moment, Fenerbahce is contemplating the prospect of facing hosts of the Final Eight, Ekaterinburg March 24.
      * In the Greco roman European wrestling championships, the Turkish wrestler Riza Kaalp received the gold medal.
        The championships are taking place in Tbilisi Georgia.
        Turkish wrestlers Fatih Ucuncu and Cenk Ildem received bronze medals.


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