x0x Turkish News for the week ending 11 May 2013
x0x Turkish News for the week ending 11 May 2013
[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 11 May 2013]
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NEWS* According to the Turkish daily Aksam, Turkish and Israeli officials have met in Jerusalem on May 6 for a second round of talks over compensation for Israel's raid on Mavi Marmara flotilla on May 31 2010.
The Israeli military killed nine activists at the time.
Turkey's Foreign Affairs Ministry and Israeli Prime Ministry officials agreed on a "draft agreement" about the terms of compensation for the families of victims.
Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc, who plays the role of a coordinator in the compensation talks, said that the amount of compensation had not been discussed, adding that the principles and parameters to be used to calculate the compensation had been determined instead.
Mr. Arinc also said that they would discuss the compensation agreement in Parliament and later inform the public on the process.* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Egemen Baris, Turkish minister responsible for European Union relations, criticized on May 7 the remarks of the European union's envoy to Turkey in which the latter insisted that Turkey's best course of action would be to open a new chapter in each presidency.
Chapters are various areas of economic, social, and political rules that a country candidate to be a European Union member has to adopt. European Union changes presidents annually.
Mr. Bagis insisted that instead of elaborating on how many chapters should be opened during each presidency, one should focus on removing the political barricades hampering Turkey.
Turkey has been waiting for many years to become a member of the European Union, and Turks are saying that they are being unjustly kept away from joining the union sooner.* According to the Turkish dailies Aksam and Turkiye, Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan told reporters on May 7 that Europe was just trying to save the day amid the economic crisis that it has been suffering.
Speaking at the government-sponsored Forum Istanbul 2013 conference, Mr. Babacan said that European countries had a short-term political vision.
Pointing to Turkey's hard response to its own 2001 banking crisis, Mr. Babacan suggested enacting painful reforms as a remedy for Europe: "Turkey had the courage to make reforms that were widely unpopular at the time, because the government was able to take a long-term view," Mr. Babacan said.
Touching on government's recent efforts to solve the conflict with the rebel Kurds in Turkey, Mr. Babacan noted, "The process aimed at ending terrorism continues in harmony for the first time," adding, "when terrorism falls off the agenda, we'll see a very different Turkey. When the environment slowing down Turkey disappears, everybody will see the actual performance of Turkey."* According to Thomas Seibert of the National, a publication from the United Arab Emirates, Turkey's prime minister has called for the US to enforce a no-fly zone over Syria in response to what he called clear evidence of Damascus using chemical weapons against the rebels.
Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan told NBC the "red line" of chemical weapons use set by the US government for tougher action in Syria had been crossed "a long time ago".* According to Anthony Osborne of Aerospace Daily & Defense Report, Turkey's Undersecretariat for Defense Industries says it is in final negotiations with Sikorsky over the signing of the Turkish Utility Helicopter Program deal.
Sikorsky with its T-70 Black Hawk was selected as preferred bidder for the Turkish Utility Helicopter Program in 2011, but since the initial announcement the program has been at a standstill because of work share agreement issues.
The selection of the Black Hawk, which won against AgustaWestland's AW149, will involve a number of Turkish defense companies carrying out major work on the aircraft, including Tusas Engine Industries assembling the GE T700 engine and ALP Aviation building the landing gear, as well as parts of the gearbox and main rotor head. Aselsan will produce the avionics system.* According to Joe Parkinson of the Wall Street Journal, Turkey's prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan opened the annual meeting of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on Friday with a simple yet familiar message for states of emerging Europe, Eurasia and North Africa: try to be more like Turkey.
In contrast to economies that are in trouble in Europe, and nations in fights in the Middle East, Joe Parkinson writes that Turkey has seen four years of sustained growth, which has transformed the economy into an investment magnet.
Read more at >> here <<* According to Sarah Topol of Bloomberg news, Turkish clinics are doing thriving business in hair, beard, and mustache implants.
A growing number of foreigners are traveling to Turkey for medical procedures.
In 2012, around 270 thousand people traveled to Turkey for medical goals. They pumped $1 billion into the Turkish economy.
Read more at >> here <<* According to the Turkish daily Star, Turkey's prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that the government was working on shortening the military draft period.
The so-called short term draft would be four months instead of six and long term draft would be 10-12 months instead of 15 months.
The practice is expected to start at the end of 2013.* According to the Turkish daily Star, results of the third Amway European Entrepreneurship Report were announced.
According to the report, Turkey ranks the second among the 16 countries with the highest potential for entrepreneurship.
The survey revealed that the economical situation and financial uncertainty in Europe, as well as lack of capital and public support in Turkey are the biggest obstacles in entrepreneurship.
According to the study, one out of three in Europe views entrepreneurship positively. Among the countries with the highest potential for entrepreneurship, Greece ranks the first (50%), followed by Turkey (48%).* According to the daily Star, the 11th International Defense Industry Fair opened its doors on May 7 with the participation of Turkey's Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek, defense minister Ismet Yilmaz, US ambassador to Turkey Francis Ricciardone, as well as force commanders at the Tuyap Fair Convention and Congress Center in Istanbul.
Speaking at the opening of the fair, Yilmaz said that a great many of defense systems ranging from armored vehicles to coastal guard boats, night vision devices and target systems have been manufactured by the Turkish defense industry and that such vehicles have attracted attention throughout the world.
ARTS AND CULTURE
Edited by Serkan Hatipoglu
Theater play 'Ada' is one of the favorite shows of Antalya Theater Fest.* Turkey's southern province of Antalya is welcoming the best in international theater for a fourth annual festival starting next week and running through the end of the month.
Speaking to journalists, Antalya State Theaters Manager Selim Gurata said the festival would have six exclusive theater plays from the Ankara, Istanbul and Adana State theaters.
At the same time, six plays from the Korea's National, Germany's Dortmund, Kazakhstan's Dram, Romania's Marin Sorescu National and Spain's Kulunka theaters will also be on the stage.
Gurata said he hoped the festival would attract 25,000 people for this year, 5,000 more than last year.
There are many people who have migrated to Antalya from Russia and Germany, said Gurata, adding that the theater teams coming from Germany and Kazakhstan would be showcasing plays in their language and that the resident foreigners had been waiting for such a prospect for months.
The festival will start May 17 in Cumhuriyet Square. The Korean National Theater will perform a drum show before the Adana State Theater stages a "Treasure Island" play for children.* Internationally acclaimed Turkish dance troupe the Fire of Anatolia kicked off the new season for the show "Troy" in Antalya's Aspendos Theater. The troupe will be staging two or three shows per week for the next six months in the southern province.
"Apart from being a show, Troy is a historical myth that we stage," art director Mustafa Erdogan said in presenting the new season to journalists.
Erdogan also said the troupe aimed to tell the story of Anatolia and Turkey.
Troy is as old as the stories in many of the world's sacred books. Known as Wilusa to the Hittites and Ilion to some ancient Greeks, Troy, as it is known to most of the world, is located in the Hisarlik region of Turkey's northwestern province of Canakkale and was founded thousands of years ago, coming to serve as the basis for many ancient myths over time.* The fifth Kocaeli Book Fair will be organized from May 11 to 19 in Turkey's northwestern province with the participation of 350 publishing houses, 30 nongovernmental organizations and 20 bibliopoles from Istanbul and Kocaeli.
At a press conference Kocaeli municipality Secretary General Ersin Yazici said that the slogan of the fair would be the "discovery of paper worlds."
Last year, 450 events were organized as part of the fair, he said, adding that it had been visited by a total of 790,000 people in four years.
Yazici said this year that their goal was to organize Turkey's biggest book fair, adding that they would organize a campaign for visually impaired people.
Yazici said they would also hang books and e-book reading tools on trees in the city center and that writers would sign their books.
"Some 5,000 people will read book simultaneously for the finale of a project," he said, adding that second-hand books will also be collected in a campaign to furnish libraries in 41 village schools.
In addition writers such as Ayse Kulin, Ilber Ortayli, Esra Erol, Ferhan Sensoy, Sunay Akin and Ece Temelkuran will all attend the fair. Legendary Turkish actor Kadir Inanir and actress Turkan Soray will also make an appearance at the event.* Public Alchemy, the Public Program of the 13th Istanbul Biennial titled "Mom, am I barbarian?" continues with its third event series on May 10 and May 11.
"Public Capital," the third cluster of the biennial Public Program will feature a discussion on the relations between private capital and contemporary artistic production and the making of publics in the context of Istanbul's burgeoning art scene.
Organized by the 13th Istanbul Biennial in the scope of Public Alchemy and aiming to bring together artistic production and knowledge production, "Public Capital" will take place on May 10 at The Marmara Taksim and May 11 at Salon IKSV (Istanbul Culture and Arts Foundation). The program of the 13th Istanbul Biennial is co-curated by Fulya Erdemci and Dr. Andrea Phillips, who works as a reader in Fine Art in the Department of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London, and the director of the Doctoral Research Programs in Fine Art and Curating.
Questions explored in the two day event will include: how the art market shapes the ways in which contemporary art is made public; the impact of money on "autonomous" artistic production; the relations between structures of the art market and broader questions of contemporary financing; the position of artistic labor within the logic of the capitalist market; the relation between contemporary art market and cultural and arts institutions; the impact of private sponsorship and changing fund-raising conditions on artistic production and the institutions in which contemporary art is exhibited and disseminated.
EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 1.80
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey: 70/54 Thunderstorms Antalya, on the Mediterranean: 72/64 Thunderstorms Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 68/57 Mostly Cloudy Izmir, on the Aegean: 70/59 Thunderstorms Trabzon, on the Black Sea: 70/59 Thunderstorms Van, in Eastern Turkey: 61/45 ThunderstormsSeawater temperatures:
Black Sea measured at Trabzon 57 Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 61 Aegean Sea measured at Izmir 68 Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 70
* Premiere Soccer League
* In games played so far this weekend: 32
G. Birligi - Kasimpa$a 0 - 0 Ordu Sp - Bursa Sp 2 - 4 Kayseri Sp - Trabzon Sp 2 - 1 Eski$ehir Sp - Be$iKta$ 1 - 2 Karabuk Sp - G. Antep Sp 0 - 2 Istanbul BBSK - Fenerbahce 2 - 0 Mersin I Y - Elazig Sp 0 - 2 G. Saray - Sivas Sp 4 - 2 Antalya Sp - Akhisar Sp 4 - 3
* Standing in the league as of week ending 32
1 - G. Saray 68 2 - Fenerbahce 58 3 - Be$iKta$ 55 4 - Bursa Sp 53 5 - Kasimpa$a 47 6 - Kayseri Sp 46 7 - G. Birligi 44 8 - Antalya Sp 44 9 - Trabzon Sp 43 10 - Eski$ehir Sp 42 11 - G. Antep Sp 42 12 - Elazig Sp 41 13 - Sivas Sp 40 14 - Karabuk Sp 37 15 - Istanbul BBSK 36 16 - Akhisar Sp 36 17 - Ordu Sp 29 18 - Mersin I Y 22
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Date: May 18, 2013, Saturday
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*** CODA will perform in Neto, Santa ClaraDate: 16 May 2013, 20:00 / 8 P.M.
Venue: Neto Market Grill, 1313 Franklin St Santa Clara, CA 95050
CODA (Turkish / English cover Rock Band) will be once again performing @ Neto, Market Grill on this Thursday. The show will start at 8:00pm, and there will be one band before CODA, and one band after CODA, ending the show at 11:00pm.