x0x Turkish News for the week ending 18 May 2013
x0x Turkish News for the week ending 18 May 2013
[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 18 May 2013]
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Edited by Gulcin and Burhan Kandemir* The Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News covered on Thursday, Turkish President Mr. Abdullah Gul's visit to the bomb-hit Turkish town of Reyhanli on Syrian border.
Last weekend car bombs killed 52 people there, making it the deadliest bombing in the country's history.
Mr. Gul said, "Turkey will never allow the chaos in Syria to spill into Turkey. We will never permit that".
Mr. Gul criticized the world's response to the Syria conflict as limited to "rhetoric". He said, "Turkey had received little help in coping with a huge influx of Syrian refugees."
Mr. Gul also stated that the Turkish government would do whatever "government responsibility" requires to find the parties behind the deadly attacks. "Whoever carried out these attacks or encouraged these attacks will be questioned, and we'll make them pay for the attack," he said.
The Turkish president met with the families of some of the victims to offer his condolences.
A total of 17 suspects were detained following the attacks. The Turkish government had publicly accused groups connected with the Syrian intelligence agency for the bombings.* The Hurriyet Daily News covered on Friday the joint press conference conducted President Barack Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Two countries agreed that a democratic process without Syrian President Mr. Bashar al-Assad was needed for a democratic transition of the war-torn country, U.S. President Mr. Barack Obama said.
Mr. Obama also offered his condolences over deadly Reyhanli attacks in Turkey and said his country would always be on Turkey's side in its efforts to fight terrorism.* The Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News informed on Friday that U.S. Secretary of State Mr. John Kerry praised Turkey's strategic role during the luncheon for Turkish Prime Minister Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the State Department in Washington.
"Where the thorniest problems exist, we'll look towards Turkey," Mr. Kerry said, adding that the "vital partnership" with Turkey was grounded on human exchange, especially students.
"Turkey sends more students to American universities than any European country. In my hometown, Boston, there are so many Turkish students that we call it Boston-bul," Kerry said with a play on words. He also noted that Turkish President Mr. Abdullah Gul and Foreign Minister Mr. Ahmet Davutoglu's children as well as Mr. Erdogan's have studied in the United States.
Kerry ended his speech by welcoming his guests in Turkish with the proverb "Mountains remain apart, but people do meet".
Vice President Mr. Joe Biden also made a welcoming speech.Economy* The Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News reported on Thursday that Moody's raised Turkey's credit ratings to investment grade.
Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Ali Babacan noted that Moody's decision came less than two months after Standard & Poor's credit rating increase; Mr. Babacan said the move was accurate but belated.
Praising Turkey's improved "economic and fiscal metrics", the Moody's noted: "Since the beginning of 2009, Turkey's debt burden has fallen by 10 percentage points to a manageable 36 percent of GDP, and Moody's expects this decline to continue in the coming years." Secondly, the agency cited "progress on a wide-ranging institutional reform program that Moody's believes will gradually erode the country's external vulnerabilities." These include increasing investment in personal pensions, a new commercial code and moves to reduce energy dependence.
Moody's said it expects Turkey's ability to finance its debt to strengthen as the proportion that is denominated in foreign currency drops, noting a decline in the measure from 46.3 percent in 2003 to 27.4 percent in 2012.
Meanwhile, Turkey's Economy Minister Mr. Zafer Caglayan, who is currently in the United States accompanying Turkish Prime Minister Mr. Erdogan, also said Turkey deserved much better ratings. "Now two of the three big credit agencies put us in investment grade ratings; we expect big direct and portfolio investments," he said in a statement, adding that interest rates on loans would be lower. "This is an opportunity for our companies. They should use it wisely" he added.* Turkish Airlines has reversed a ban on stewardesses wearing brightly-colored lipstick following accusations it was trying to Islamize the company under government influence.
The airline's chief executive officer Temel Kotil announced the move in the Turkish media accusing overzealous lower-level airline executives of having imposed the ban.
ARTS AND CULTURE
Edited by Colleen Clark
Interpreting various films from the history of film, Slavoj Zizek maintains that movies dictates to us how to desire and therefore is a perverted art. The Pervert's Guide to Ideology* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, philosopher Slavoj Zizek's latest documentary has inspired a film program at Istanbul Modern. The program, "The Pervert's Guide to Ideology," to be screened at Istanbul Modern Cinema takes its title from Zizek's documentary. The program will continue until May 23.
The selection, on one hand, extends from a village in Laos that holds onto its traditions to the 1968 movement in Europe, while on the other it presents films that address movies' relationship with psychoanalysis and virtually demonstrate that film is an illusion and a desire machine.
The program screens many documentaries and films. Zizek teams up once more with Sophie Fiennes in "The Pervert's Guide to Ideology," which is a kind of sequel, in formal terms, to his first documentary, "The Pervert's Guide to Film. "
Zizek, who views our current society as post-modern, said society was dominated by a consumerist ideology and that its values are enjoyment, fantasy and desire. By applying psychoanalysis to various examples from Hollywood and world cinema he discloses the ideological messages hidden in the text.
Besides films such as "Taxi Driver," "Jaws," "Titanic," "Full Metal Jacket" and "The Dark Knight, the documentary includes messages used in certain films from world cinema made mainly for propaganda purposes and in commercials of major commodity brands in the consumer society.
Read more at >> here <<* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, while Turkish director Semih Kaplanoglu is included in the short film jury of the Canned Film Festival, "The Resting Room," directed by Hakan Burcuoglu, is set to be included in the short film section.
The movie is about a lonely man who has chosen to confine himself to his one-bedroom apartment in the hope of escaping the realities of a dystopian state.
However, he is then triggered to make an impulsive decision to go to the "Resting Room" - a government operated institution that serves as a painless suicide service for the masses.
Ruhi Sari plays in the leading role. Music was composed by Rahman Altin.
Read more at >> here <<
Turkish artist Can Altay's work 'Inner Space Station' in New York is a territorial marker in the form of a circular bench.* A group of artists from Turkey and the US, who wish to reach wider audiences and try to make a difference in art, display their work in streets, parks, hotels, subways and disused places. br /> Protocinema, founded by Mari Spirito, is a non-profit experiment in making exhibitions in New York and Istanbul, and provides opportunities for emerging and established artists from all regions to create new work and exhibit existing work in a variety of contexts that are open to the public and accessible to a wide range of individuals.
Within the scope of this formation, artists Dominique Gonzalez Foerster and Tristan Bera have previously opened exhibitions in Istanbul previously and Turkish artist Ahmet Ogut has opened an exhibit in New York. This time, Protocinema is presenting Can Altay's "Inner Space Station, 2013," which is a territorial marker in the form of a circular bench, installed in cooperation with New York City Department of Parks & Recreation's Art in the Parks program.
Altay's work, which will be displayed until June 30, draws on the limits of public space by creating a temporary inner space that is a simple gesture towards introspection.
The installation is a circle, approximately two meters in diameter, made of concrete blocks, just high and deep enough to make a quiet park bench. Regardless of the direction one is facing while viewing or sitting on the sculpture, there is the unavoidable aspect of positioning oneself either on the inside or on the outside. This simple gesture of proposing a boundary as a resting place expands to wider philosophical concerns of what is permitted, where and when. How is one's behavior altered in this and other situations? Can this space, created by Altay, become an introspective space? These questions are among the artist's long-standing concerns.
The exhibition is accompanied by a Protocinema poster campaign for the work. The posters reflect on the artist's processes of a making a public artwork, as well as making a work public.
Read more at >> here <<
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, after undergoing restoration for the past three years , the Sait Faik Abasiyanik Museum reopened on Istanbul's Burgazada island.
The museum displays the renowned Turkish writer's handwritten stories, letters and photographs.
The museum building was the former home of writer's family and is a fine example of a wooden Turkish house.* The Suna and Inan Kirac Foundation's Pera Museum is hosting a unique exhibition of Manolo ValdÃ©s, one of Spain's most celebrated contemporary artists.
ValdÃ©s represented Spain in the 1999 Venice Biennale and has since been honored with exhibitions of his monumental sculptures in Beijing, Miami, Monaco, San Francisco and St. Petersburg. He is one of the few contemporary artists to successfully master the disciplines of drawing, painting, sculpture and lithography.
Read more at >> here <<* The Mamut Art Project fair opened on May 15 at Istanbul's Antrepo 3, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
The project was brought to life in order to give young and independent artists the chances they deserve, to spread their unique works of art to a wider audience and to shed a new, young and dynamic light on art.
Read more at >> here <<
Neshat's "Mourners" from her "The Book of Kings" series, which is inspired by the epic Shahnameh by Ferdowsi are based on portraits of individuals residing in Cairo.* Istanbul's Dirimart Gallery is hosting an exhibition by Iranian artist Shirin Neshat, curated by Heinz Peter Schwerfel, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
Neshat works and lives in New York.* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, renowned American author Dan Brown's new book " The Inferno" was released on May 14 simultaneously in eight languages.
Turkey's Anatolia News Agency writes that the book is expected to increase the number of tourists visiting Florence, Venice and Istanbul.
A significant portion of the book is set in Istanbul.
Read more at >> here <<
EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 1.84
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey: 79/57 Partly Cloudy Antalya, on the Mediterranean: 81/66 Partly Cloudy Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 81/64 Mostly Sunny Izmir, on the Aegean: 86/66 Mostly Sunny Trabzon, on the Black Sea: 75/61 Thunderstorms Van, in Eastern Turkey: 66/45 Thunderstorms
* Premiere Soccer League
* Results for week: 33
Kasimpa$a - Kayseri Sp 1 - 2 G. Antep Sp - Elazig Sp 1 - 1 Be$iKta$ - G. Birligi 3 - 0 Antalya Sp - Ordu Sp 1 - 0 Fenerbahce - G. Saray 2 - 1 Akhisar Sp - Mersin I Y 1 - 0 Sivas Sp - Karabuk Sp 2 - 1 Trabzon Sp - Istanbul BBSK 4 - 3 Bursa Sp - Eski$ehir Sp 0 - 0
* In games played so far this weekend: 34
Mersin I Y - G. Antep Sp 1 - 2 Istanbul BBSK - Kasimpa$a 1 - 2 Karabuk Sp - Fenerbahce 3 - 2 Ordu Sp - Akhisar Sp 0 - 2 G. Saray - Trabzon Sp 2 - 0
* Standing in the league as of week ending 33
1 - G. Saray 68 2 - Fenerbahce 61 3 - Be$iKta$ 58 4 - Bursa Sp 54 5 - Kayseri Sp 49 6 - Kasimpa$a 47 7 - Antalya Sp 47 8 - Trabzon Sp 46 9 - G. Birligi 44 10 - Eski$ehir Sp 43 11 - Sivas Sp 43 12 - G. Antep Sp 43 13 - Elazig Sp 42 14 - Akhisar Sp 39 15 - Karabuk Sp 37 16 - Istanbul BBSK 36 17 - Ordu Sp 29 18 - Mersin I Y 22
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