x0x Turkish News for the week ending 01 June 2013
x0x Turkish News for the week ending 01 June 2013
[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 01 June 2013]
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NEWS* Many Turks turned out throughout the week at a tiny Istanbul Park two protest the government's efforts to eliminate the park.
Protests gatherings turned sour at times when the police beat in the attendees and shot tear gas at them.
More than 100 people were injured at the hands of the police and more than 60 people were arrested.
On Friday, the British paper Guardian wrote that protests also took place in several other Turkish cities.
The paper says that protests were one of the biggest challenges to the 10 year rule of the prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
According to The Guardian, police at times attacked protesters who were peacefully sitting reading books and singing songs.
Amnesty International condemned the "use of excessive force" by police.
The air of government nervousness was reinforced by the relative lack of mainstream media coverage of the drama in central Istanbul, fueling speculation that the Erdogan government was leaning on the main television stations to impose a blackout on the ugly scenes.
Here in the U.S., the State Department said: "We certainly support universally peaceful protests, as we would in this case." In Brussels, European Union parliamentarians called on the European Union to act.
According to the Associated Press, in a victory for the protesters, an Istanbul court later ordered the temporary suspension of the project to uproot the trees.
Read more at >> here <<* As we are hearing in the news, Lebanon's Hezbollah has entered the war in Syria on the side of the Syrian regime.
The Turkish government has been siding with the rebels.
The Turkish deputy prime minister Mr. Bekir Bozdag suggested that the Lebanese organization change its name to "Party of Satan". "Hezbollah" means "Party of God".* According to the wire reports, couples in Turkey congregated at a subway station and kissed in the public.
They were protesting the admonishment of a couple by subway authorities for kissing.
Read more at >> here <<* On Tuesday night, the ninth Turkish President Suleyman Demirel's spouse Nazmiye Demirel died, the daily Hurriyet reported. Nazmiye Demirel died at the age of 86 in Ankara Hospital after long-term treatment for Alzheimer's.* A ground breaking ceremony for a third bridge over the Bosporus took place. In attendance was Turkey's prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President Gul and high level politicians.
The bridge will cost $3 billion for the taxpayers of Turkey. Hundreds of thousands of trees are to be cut, which brings opposition from the environmentalists.* The British paper Guardian also reported on the possible effects of new alcohol laws that the Turkish parliament just passed.
According to Constanze Letsch, the papers correspondent in Istanbul, Istanbul restaurateurs are worried that the new stricter laws could pull the plug on nightlife.
Retailers are also worried about the likely impact on business.
In related news, Turkish daily Taraf quoted Turkey's chief judge of the Constitutional Court, Hasim Kilic as saying:
"Our political and social history is ridden with traces of interferences in the life style of some segments in society.
"Adding yet more proves tiring on people's consciences."
Read more at >> here <<Economy* According to Ynet, after years of deteriorating relations at the governmental level, the manufacturers of Israel and Turkey may be reversing the trend.
Zvi Oren, president of the Manufacturers Association of Israel, and Muharrem Yilmaz, president of the Turkish Industry and Business Associational for first time to discuss ways to strengthen business relations.
The volume of trade between the two countries was $3.5 billion in 2012.
In related news, the Israeli airline El Al is seeking to resume flights to Turkey.
Hilton Istanbul, first Hilton to built outside of US* Hilton announced three new hotels in Turkey. Hilton is already the largest hotel company in Turkey.
It was also the first foreign destination for the hotel chain when it expanded beyond the U.S. borders back in 1955.
Read more at >> here <<
Hyundai i10* Hyundai is nearing completion of expansion of its Turkish plant Hyundai Assan Otomotiv Sanayi, according to a company press release.
The expansion will double the plant's capacity to more than 200,000 units and production of the new i10 will start there in September.
Doblo Van* According to Reuters Turkish car maker Tofas will invest $308 million between 2013 and 2015 in its new Doblo panel van project, on which production will start in the second half of 2014, the company said on Tuesday.
Tofas said it expected to export around 175,000 units of the light commercial vehicle to North America between 2014 and 2021.* According to the Herald Scotland, four million fake British postage stamps have been seized by Turkish police who also detained 11 people in connection with the forgery operation in Istanbul.* According to James Dunnigan of strategypage.com, Saudi Arabia has agreed to buy some of the new Turkish Altay tanks. The exact number has not been revealed, but the Saudis do have 320 elderly AMX-30 French tanks in urgent need of replacement. The Turkish Army is planning on buying a thousand of the new Altays for about $5.5 million each.
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ARTS AND CULTURE* According to the Balkans.com, Istanbul has scored big once again in Mastercard's Index of Global Destination Cities, securing itself the 6th spot among 132 cities ranked in terms of international visitor arrivals and spending.
Istanbul's tourism revenue is forecast to reach $8.6 billion, up 5.5 percent from a year earlier, the survey found.
Among European cities, Istanbul claimed the 3rd spot with the highest growth rate in the Old Continent.* As the guests of acclaimed director Roman Polanski, Turkish actresses Cansu Dere and Saadet Isil Aksoy attended the 66th Cannes Film Festival and walked its red carpet, Anatolia news agency reported.
The actresses attended the premiere of Polanski's film "La Venus a La Fourrure" (Venus in Fur), which was one of the Cannes film festival's two final movies in the main competition that premiered on May 25.* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, the General Director of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, Gorgun Taner, has been appointed the chair of the board of the European Cultural Foundation.
Taner joined the European Cultural Foundation Advisory Council in 2006 and became a Board Member in 2007. He was appointed to his new mission at a meeting which was held on May 23 in Amsterdam.* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, the 27th International Izmir Festival will begin on June 6 with the "Verdi and Wagner Gala Concert" at the Ephesus Ancient Theater.
The first concert of the festival was performed by the 189-year-old New York Philharmonic Orchestra on May 2.
The next event of the festival will be Minguet Quartet on June 14.
Dance Theater of Harlem, a leading dance institution of unparalleled global acclaim that uses the art form of classical ballet to change people's lives, will perform on June 28.
A concert on July 4 will feature Kremerata Baltica and Mischa Maisky, who has the distinction of being the only cellist in the world to have studied with both Mstislav Rostropovich and Gregor Piatigorsky.
The festival will also feature Amarcord Wien & Adrineh Simonian on July 9.
Hille Peerl & Lee Santana & Izmir Barok will take the stage on July 11.
Apollon Musagete Quartet will perform the closing concert of the festival on July 16.
Yitzhak Perlman performs on the stage with his $20,000 violin* According to the Anatolia News Agency, World-renowned violin virtuoso Yitzhak Perlman, perceived as one of the best violin players of the 20th and 21st centuries, performed a concert on May 28 at the Istanbul Congress Center.
The virtuoso was accompanied by famous pianist Rohan de Silva. The concert was attended by more than 3,000 people.* According to the Hurriyet Daily News reporter Hatice Utkan, Istanbul's Inonu Stadium hosted Rihanna on May 30 as part of her Diamonds World Tour.
Rihanna opened the concert with "Phresh Out The Runway," a new song from her Unapologetic album, and closed the concert with "Diamonds."
The Inonu Stadium welcomed 35,000 people for the concert, which lasted an hour and a half.
Rihanna, who previously came to Istanbul for a concert in 2010, said she was here before and noted that there were not as many people watching then.* The International Performance Association's festival is returning to Istanbul this year with more artists for 13 days of workshops and events.
The festival, which will be organized with the support of the Koza Visual Culture and Arts Association, aims to attract more young artists to Istanbul and spread the popularity of performance art in Turkey.
The Gevher Nesibe Medrese
Sultan Gevher Nesibe* According to the Anatolia News Agency, Turkeys' central Anatolian province of Kayseri's Metropolitan Municipality is planning to turn the Gevher Nesibe Medrese, which is known as the first faculty of medicine in Anatolia, into a museum where objects from the Seljuk civilization will be on display.
The medrese was built between 1206 and 1210 for the memory of Seljuk princess Sultan Gevher Nesibe by her brother.* The number of private museums in Turkey has risen from 151 in 36 provinces two years ago to 175 in the first four months of 2013, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
Istanbul ranks at the top of the list. While in 2009 there had been 40 private museums in the city, in April 2013 this figure rose to 41.
In Ankara this figure had been 31 and grew to 34.
In Izmir there had been eight and are now 11 private museums.
Canakkale and Bursa follow Izmir with seven private museums, and Gaziantep and Aydin with six private museums. In Eskisehir, on the other hand, there are five museums.
Speaking of museums, The Ibrahim Muteferrika Paper Museum, Turkey's first paper museum, opened in the northwestern province of Yalova on May 25.
Ibrahim was a Hungarian who converted to Islam in 1600's and convinced the Ottoman administration to use printing presses, which were banned until 1729.* This year, the Istanbul Arts and Culture festival aims once again to host many famous guests in Istanbul between June 6 and 9.
The IST International Arts and Culture Festival is a high-profile, free and public forum, dedicated to educating, informing, and acquainting the audience with all that is current and contemporary.
Inez and Vinoodh will open this year's Istanbul Culture and Arts Festival with Francesco Carrozzini's exhibitions. The festival will be held in partnership with ISTANBUL'74 and Gagosian Gallery, and will take place in Karakoy.
Read more at >> here <<* Young Turkish artist Cagri Saray has been selected for the residence program of Cite Internationale des Arts [site enternasyonal de'ar], reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
Saray's exhibition is currently on display in Paris at the Cite des arts and will last until June 1, while a second exhibition of the artist will be at Hausmann Invest until June 25. Saray has participated in many joint and solo exhibitions in Istanbul.
Located in Paris, Cite Internationale des Arts gives 350 artists the chance to stay at individually assigned workshops from two months to one year simultaneously. With its exhibition halls, rehearsal studios, concert and performance venues, along with its various workshops, Cite des Arts gives artists the opportunity to improve themselves and actively create.* Istanbul's Trump Shopping Center will be hosting Bibliopole Days starting from June 1 until June 16, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
The rare find books, manuscripts and many more will be at the festival.
The opening speakers will be Nedret isli, Bibliopole Association President and also academic Ali Atif Bir. They will speak about old books and history.* Turkish writer Nedim Gursel has received a prestigious French award, the "Prix Mediterranee," [pri mediterane] for his book "The devil, the angel and the communist", reports the Anatolia News Agency.
Gursel's book was published last year in France under the title "L'ange rouge." [lanjo ruj]
The prestigious yearly award is given to a work of a writer from the Mediterranean basin. Gursel, who has lived in Paris for many years, is the third Turkish writer to win the award after Orhan Pamuk for his masterpiece "Snow" in 2006 and Yasar Kemal for "The voice of blood/Little Nobody III" in 1996.
Gursel also joins writers of the caliber of Umberto Eco, Amos Oz, Amin Maalouf, Juan Goytisolo and Arturo Perez-Reverte who have also won the prize in previous years.
The award committee hailed Gursel's synthesis of contemporary politics and fictions. The official award ceremony will be held in Paris on Sept. 28.
* Premiere Soccer League
The league is in recess.
OLYMPICS* According to Business Standard, in saint Petersburg Russia, Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo met with the Olympics officials to present their plans for the 2028 Olympics.
The three cities have been short-listed for the right to host the Olympics.
Istanbul has announced a $19 billion-budget for its Olympic bid, and has certainly won the attention of International Olympic Committee (IOC) voters with its plans for a plethora of new stadia and an overhaul of transport infrastructure.
Madrid, by contrast, is selling itself as the safe bet. Operating with only a 10th of their Turkish rival's budget, the Spanish capital believes it can build on earlier investments in sporting facilities and public transport to put on a worthy games in their own right, and thereby hopefully attract investment to a country in the throes of economic crisis.
Tokyo, meanwhile, is presenting itself as the Asian candidate. With a budget of $4.5 billion and the invaluable experience of having hosted the Olympics in 1964, Tokyo is also hoping that a bit of Olympic spirit can help Japan bounce out of more than a decade of prolonged economic malaise.
The final decision on hosting rights for the 2020 Olympics will be made at the 125th IOC session in Buenos Aires Sep 7.
Read more at >> here <<* According to the ESPN, organizers of the Turkish Airlines Open said on Monday the No. 1 player in the world, Tiger Woods, will be part of the 77-man field on November 7-10 on the Maxx Royal course in Turkey's southern province of Antalya.
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