x0x Turkish News for the week ending 08 June 2013
x0x Turkish News for the week ending 08 June 2013
[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 08 June 2013]
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NEWS* As we reported to you last week, there were major protests throughout Turkey against the government of prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The protests started as opposition to the attempted development of a small park in an Istanbul neighborhood as a shopping center.
When the Turkish police tried to remove a small group of activists from the park by force, hundreds of thousands of Turks from all around Istanbul traveled to the park to lend support to the protesters. Police was observed using excessive force, tear gas, pepper spray and high pressure water on the unarmed protesters, which then infuriated rest of the country. Almost all of the provinces, hundreds of rallies took place to protest the treatment of activists in Istanbul, and the rule of the Justice and Development Party of prime minister Mr. Erdogan.
Although the situation calmed a little, at least in Istanbul, last week we literally received dozens of articles at our news desk from all corners of the globe on the events. Here are some of the headlines from these articles.
* Senator John McCain has become the latest foreign official to criticize Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the wake of Gezi Park protests.
- BBC News: Istanbul Gezi Park [development ] plan to proceed - Turkish PM Erdogan
- Businessweek: Istanbul Clanging Pots Call Hundreds of Thousands to Gezi
- BBC News: Turkey clashes: New Istanbul rally ahead of PM's return
- Reuters India: Istanbul protesters hunker down with yoga and books
- Haaretz: Istanbul feels like a carnival, but the protests are violent in Turkey's provinces
- KENS 5 TV: Istanbul protests highlight cracks in Erdogan's economic boom
- Euronews: Istanbul clears up but scars remain
- Hurriyet Daily News: Istanbul stock market plunges in response to PM's remarks
- International Business Times: Protests In Istanbul Expose How Vulnerable Turkey's Financial Markets Are
- Financial Times: Turkish markets rattled as Erdogan digs in
- CNNMoney: Turkish protesters crowdfund for NYT ad
- A Football Report: Istanbul United: Rival fans of soccer clubs Fenerbahce, Galatasaray, and Besiktas [unite in] protest
- The Guardian: Turkish police arrest 25 people for using social media to call for protest [they were caught tweeting pro protest messages]
- Xinhua: Turkish unions on strike in support of protests
- Fox News: Turkish activists present list of demands, while more than 3000 injured
- Financial Times: Turkish media criticized for muted response to protests
McCain said the revolts, which have spread all across the country after a minor sit-in protest against the demolition of Istanbul's Taksim Gezi Park, has come as a surprise but had stemmed from a demand for democracy.
Read more at >> here <<* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, the U.S. embassy in Ankara Turkey refuted prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's remarks on "Occupy Wall Street" death toll on June 7.
The embassy released a statement on its official Twitter account that "Reports related to the U.S. Occupy Wall Street movement are inaccurate. No U.S. deaths resulted from police actions in Occupy Wall Street events."
"Those who try to lecture us, what did they do about the Wall Street incidents? Tear gas, the death of 17 people happened there. What was the reaction?" Erdogan said in a speech, referring to the U.S. criticism of the use of excessive force by the Turkish police against the protesters.* In an article that appeared in the New York Times on June 5, Turkish born MIT economics professor Daron Acemoglu, wrote that the ruling Justice and Development Party under the leadership of Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan improved the Turkish economy.
However, Professor Acemoglu says that instead of Turkey becoming more democratic, Mr. Erdogan made it less.
"As the Justice and Development Party consolidated its power, dissent was tolerated less and less.
"Judicial institutions lost the little independence they'd had, and an array of critics of the government, ranging from former high-ranking military officers to journalists, are now in jail, in most cases without having had a fair trial (According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, Turkey has now surpassed China for the number of jailed journalists.)", Professor Acemoglu wrote.
Read more at >> here <<
* The British magazine "The Economist", put on its European edtion's cover Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a sultan's attire, holding worry beads in one hand and a gas mask in the other.
The headline above the photograph said " Democrat or sultan?"
Inside the magazine a lengthy article covered the protests in Turkey and criticized Mr. Erdogan.
"Recep Tayyip Erdogan should heed Turkey's street protesters, not dismiss them", the article wrote under the headline.
Read more at >> here <<
ARTS AND CULTURE
Edited by Serkan Hatipoglu* Many events, concerts and art gallery openings have been canceled and postponed due to the protests at Istanbul's Gezi Park, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
The arts and culture world is upset about the Gezi Park events and many TV series actors have gathered and walked to Taksim Square while artists also took part in the Gezi Park clashes and protests.
Festivals set to happen over the weekend have also been canceled. Istanbul International Arts and Culture Festival, also known as Istancool, had been scheduled to take place between June 6 and 9 but was postponed.
Many art galleries in Istanbul, mostly located in the Taksim area, have canceled their openings.
Galerist Art Gallery in Pera canceled its Kendell Geers exhibition opening. Geers also added a note for the cancellation.
"As a former anti-Apartheid activist who never gave up the fight to leave the world a better place for future generations, and with the curiosity of a contemporary artist, I found myself at the forefront of the protests upon my arrival in Istanbul. I still believe that art will change the world! I dedicate my exhibition 'Stealing Fire from Heaven' to the streets of Istanbul, to the people who are revolting for a better future, and to the trees and plants in the little park that await to be rescued as living monuments and reminders of commitment to life. I dedicate my exhibition to those who still believe and don't give up hope."
The protests started out as a small-scale rally against the demolition of a park in Taksim but have turned into an all-out rally against the rule of the Justice and Development Party government.
While some call the protests "OccupyTaksim" and "Occupygezipark," protests on the iconic Ä°stiklal Avenue have turned into a political movement that aims to call on the government to resign, with the turnout at the protests becoming even bigger.
C.A.M Art Gallery has decided to carry its opening on June 6 to Taksim Gezi Park. The opening of the exhibition titled 'START! Art within Reach' will take place at Gezi Park.
TV and soap opera stars also gathered at Taksim Square to defend the protests of Gezi Park. "Magnificent Century" star Halit Ergenc was also in the group, and they have issued a written statement demanding Gezi Park back.* Istanbul Documentary Days Documentarist, which began June 1, has canceled a panel discussion titled "A Difficult Love Story â Making Documentaries in Turkey" scheduled for BahÃ§eÅehir University today due to the ongoing clashes that have broken out in Taksim Gezi Park and are continuing throughout Turkey.
The other events and screenings of the festival, except for Akbank Sanat, are going on as planned, according to a statement made by the festival committee.
"Meanwhile, the festival has decided to make all screenings free of charge. As we say in our teaser: Breathe reality through documentaries," the statement said.
Another event that was canceled because of the recent incidents is Dutch DJ Tiesto's concert, which was scheduled for June 7 at Istanbul's Parkorman as part of the Vodafone Istanbul Calling. Public Service Broadcasting's concert for June 5th as part of the same event was also canceled.* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, the canceled opening concert of the 41st Istanbul Music Festival, which was due to take place on June 4, will now take place on June 9.
Veriko Chumburidze, a 16-year-old violinist, won the highly prestigious 7th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Montreux last September. Veriko will be accompanied by Turkey's best symphonic ensemble, the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Sascha Goetzel. The concert was canceled amid the continued clashes in Istanbul and around Turkey over the proposed demolition of Taksim Gezi Park.
At the opening ceremony on June 9, the Honorary Award of the festival will be presented to Guher and Suher Pekinel for their successful international career as a piano duo, the depth and perfection they achieved in music and their efforts for the training of young musicians. The Pekinels will be presented with the award today at the opening ceremony. The event will also host Guher and Suher Pekinel sisters, who will be receiving an honor award.
The festival will be held until June 29, centered on the theme of "Time and Transformation."* According to the Anatolia News Agency, Turkey's Southeastern city of Mardin has begun its eighth International Mardin Film Festival with the recently released movie "The Dream of the Butterfly."
The festival's organizer, Helun Firat, said the festival's main focus this year was refugee movies.
There are many problems in Turkey's region, she said, adding that the organizers subsequently wanted to attract attention to the topic this year. She also said SineMardin provided a chance to bring together cinema and humanity.* Istanbul Modern Cinema, in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Istanbul, will present a selection of brand new films from Germany for the fifth time, in a 10-day program this month, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
The title for this year's program is "New Paths." Films in the selection bring to the screen very different stories in which the characters turn over a new leaf in their lives, attempt a new beginning, or try to look at things from a new perspective.
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News writer Emrah Guler, renowned Turkish director Dervish Zaim has a new film out. The film is titled "Cycle", which depicts an a shepherding contest that is not widely known.
"Before modern life crept into the village, there were two big moments in a shepherd's year," continues Zaim. "The first came in spring, when the shepherd would take his sheep up to the summer pastures.
And the second was at the onset of autumn, when he'd return with the flock to the village. In those days, when shepherds brought their flocks down from the mountains in early autumn, they'd put their animals through a 'cleansing' ceremony."
This traditional ceremony, known as the sheep washing festival, continues today in the southwestern village of Hasanpasa. In a high point of their otherwise mundane lives, the shepherds gather to cross their sheep through a pond in a contest. The shepherd whose flock crosses the pond the fastest wins the contest.
Villagers have taken part in Zaim's film as amateur actors.
Read more at >> here <<* The First Red Tulip Film Festival, which aims to promote Turkish films in the Netherlands, has opened in Rotterdam, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
The festival, which runs until June 9, will screen 26 Turkish films.
The competition part of the festival will feature many new films. The prize for the winner is EU 5,000.
* According to the Anatolia News Agency, Grammy-winning artist Christopher Tin has set a poem by the 13th century Turkish sufi mystic Yunus Emre, "The Drink Sent Down from Truth", to music for the first time anywhere in the world ahead of its performance by the U.S.-based Jonathan Griffith Choir and Turkey's Presidential Symphony Orchestra.
Christopher Tin is an American composer whose work is primarily classical, with a world music influence.
Tin was born and raised in California and work on his undergraduate education at Oxford and Stanford University.
He currently lives in Los Angeles.
Read more at >> here << and >> here <<
* The Hurriyet Daily News reports that annual symposium titled "Ottoman Empire and European Theater" will take place June 13 and 14 this year.
Organized by Don Juan Archiv Wien, in cooperation with Istanbul's Pera Museum, The UNESCO International Theatre Institute, the symposium series examine the various performative expressions of 17th and 18th century Turkish and Ottoman culture and diplomacy on European theatre stages.
This year's conference "Culture of Politics or Cultural Politics: Ambassadors as Cultural Actors in the Ottoman-European Relations" will explore the cultural role of ambassadors between the Ottoman Empire and European States from the very beginnings until the early 19th century. The diplomatic visits and public audiences of, be it Ottoman ambassadors at the European courts, or be it European ambassadors at the Ottoman Court were frequently events of high allure and influence: not only politically and diplomatically, but also culturally and on a popular level.
* Istanbul's SabancÄ± Museum's new exhibition, "Fans From Past to Present," has opened to the public with a selection of rare fans, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
The exhibition is presenting art lovers the private collection of Nurcan Artam, Artam Antik INC. CEO, which consists of around 120 rare fans dating back to between 1720 and 1900, as well as oil paintings that reflect the importance of fans as one of the most interesting accessories in the history of clothing.* The Vatican City is hosting an exhibition featuring the art of Turkish ornamentation, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
The exhibition, titled "Pieces of Sacred Words", opened June 6 at the Palazzo della Cancelleria, displaying works by three Turkish artists until June 23.
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