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    20130629trh {20130629trh.txt} x0x Turkish News for the week ending 29 June 2013 [This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 29 June 2013] Courtesy of
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      x0x Turkish News for the week ending 29 June 2013

      [This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 29 June 2013]

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      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News, the Turkish hacker group Redhack announced early June 28 that they had hacked into the Istanbul Special Provincial Administration's website and written off the debts of most of the public institutions.
        Apart from the hack attack, some fictitious public institutions were established in the name of the deceased during the Gezi Park protests.
        The hacker group was quite active during the recent protests in Turkey.

      * Speaking of protests, the Turks are still at it, but with different methods and at a less subdued manner. The protests started when activists trying to save the development of a tiny Istanbul Park into a shopping mall were attacked by the police. The rest of Turkey rose up to support them and also vent out their grievances against the Erdogan administration.
        Now we getting the news that the park, which was closed after the protesters were finally evicted, will reopen to the public, according to the Istanbul governor.

      * Journalist Andrew Finkel who is based in Istanbul wrote a lengthy article in the New York Times about the recent unrest throughout Turkey.
        He concentrated on the government effort to find scapegoats for the unrest, especially from abroad. He pointed out that the Turkish capital's mayor claimed that a Turkish reporter working for the BBC was an agent of the British spy network. The mayor is an ally of the prime minister.
        Mr. Finkel concluded his article with a criticism of the loyal pro-government media:
        "They are ignoring the obvious, which is that it is the heavy-handedness of the police, and the state at large, that has turned a marginal march into a mass movement. For the government now to turn a shocking blunder into a witch hunt would only do more damage."
        Read more at >> here <<

      * The Bloomberg news also carried an editorial on the unrest in Turkey titled " Erdogan's Paranoia and Turkey's Economy".
        "A hunt has begun for the culprits in a supposed international conspiracy, including banks and news media, which the government claims to have orchestrated the protests. Depending on how far this Orwellian investigation goes, it may have a bigger impact on Turkey's future than the unrest itself", the editorial said, referring to threats of retribution prime minister Erdogan made against some of the country's biggest banks and industrial conglomerates for allegedly siding with the protesters.
        Read more at >> here <<

      * In related news, news reports say that the Turkish government asked for user data from Face Book and Twitter to investigate alleged use of the social media sites by the protesters to encourage violence.
        Both companies refuse the request.

      * On June 26, 600 young people from 133 countries convened in Istanbul for the inaugural Global Power Shift summit, billed as the starting point for a truly unified international climate-change action movement, reports the Vancouver Observer.
        Global Power Shift runs June 24-30, after which its participants will return to their home countries to organize regional and national campaigns based on what had been shared and learned in Istanbul.
        Global Power Shift was created by 350.org, which was co-created by Bill McKibben, author of books such as "The End of Nature" and "Oil and Honey". The 350.org's high--profile supporters include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, author Barbara Kingsolver, David Suzuki, and Dr. James Hansen of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

      * According to the Reuters News Agency, Turkey's pro Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party called on Friday for marches in three major cities this weekend to launch months of protests aimed at raising pressure on the government to carry out reforms under a peace process with Kurdish militants.
        The rebel Kurdistan Workers Party in accordance with a deal with the Turkish government started pulling back from Turkey to Northern Iraq. However, the rebels and their allies in the Turkish parliament, say that the administration of prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is dragging its feet in enacting promised reforms.
        On the other hand, the Turkish prime minister claims that only a 15% of the rebel militants left Turkey and the second phase of the " peace process" which will deal with reforms cannot be started until all militants leave Turkey. The Peace And Democracy Party leader countered that 80% have at least left Turkey or were on the road to Northern Iraq.
        Read more at >> here <<

      * Marina Stojanovska of Southeast European Times reports that the recent police crackdown on demonstrations in Istanbul and other Turkish cities drew global headlines for its severity, but that has not convinced tourists from the Balkans to ditch their plans to visit Turkey this summer.
        Read more at >> here <<


      * Turkish singer Zara should only use her name on stage related to her artistic activities, a Turkish court ruled, after the Spanish fashion giant of the same name sued her for name rights.
        Before engaging in the court fight, the company applied to the Turkish Patent Institute, arguing that the singer was benefiting from its name. However, the patent watchdog refused the plea, stating that the domains in which the names were used were different.
        The singer's lawyer had said during the trial that she chose her stage name in 1998, before Zara was widely known as a company in Turkey.
        Ultimately, the Turkish Supreme Court refused the company's appeal against the decision, endorsing Zara's use of her stage name.


      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, Sanliurfa's Ibrahim Tatlises Music Museum reflects the musical culture of the city. The museum opened in Yasin Coffee house in Harrankapi which was restored three years ago.
        There are many artists and musicians that have affected the artistic and musical life of Urfa. The museum contains photographs of the deceased and living musicians of Sanliurfa. The photographs of musicians such as Ibrahim Tatlises and Kazanci Bedih, who have influenced the culture of Urfa, are at the museum.

      * Within a new project initiated by the Turkey's Foreign Affairs and the Culture ministry's, and Eskisehir's Anadolu University, the Anadolu University Symphony Orchestra will give concerts in six Balkan countries, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
        Anadolu University State Conservatory Director Professor Ahmet Bulent Alaner said the project was one of the largest to be carried out by a Turkish university.
        A 100-person team will work during the tour, which will take place between June 29 and July 15, said Alaner. "A dream has come true with the support of the Foreign Ministry and AU's rector, Professor Davut Aydin. The first concert will be in Bulgaria, before moving on to Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia."

      * Popular left-wing Turkish band, Grup Yorum, gave a concert in Syria in support of the Taksim Gezi Park protests in Turkey, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
        The concert was organized by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to daily Aksam.
        The group also posted pictures on their Facebook page, which showed them singing under a poster of al-Assad.


      * The 4th International Istanbul Opera Festival opened on June 26 with Verdi's "Rigoletto" opera at the Halic Congress Center.
        The State Opera and Ballet Director and the International Istanbul Opera Festival art director Yekta Kara, speaking to Anatolian News Agency, said the hall was packed for the performance despite the recent hot days.
        "The festival befits Istanbul," he said.
        The two-week festival will feature nine productions, including five opera productions and a gala concert. As well as works by the Istanbul, Ankara, Antalya and Samsun state opera and ballets, the audience will view Viva Verdi gala concert in the magical atmosphere of Hagia Irene.


      * According to the Dogan News Agency, a famous singer in China, Tan Weiwei is shooting a music video and documentary for her new album in the southern province of Antalya's Manavgat district. Working in ancient places such as the historic Kaleici district, the Aspendos ancient theater, the Temple of Apollon and the ancient city of Perge, Weiwei said it was "destiny" to make a music video in Turkey.
        She said she knew about Turkish culture and tourism before coming. "Thanks to my friends, I found myself in Turkey. I saw that Turkey is beautiful for making a music video. I am very happy to be her," she said.


      * The SAHA Association, in cooperation with the International Studio & Curatorial Program in New York, will support the participation, travel, living and accommodation expenses of an artist accepted from Turkey for the artist in residence program.
        SAHA is a non-governmental organization established in 2011 by a group of art enthusiasts united around the shared goal of supporting contemporary arts from Turkey. The association aims to contribute to the presence and visibility of contemporary art from Turkey and offers its support to artistic projects working in line with this vision.
        The applications to the program which will be held between Sept. 1 and Nov. 30 can be made through the website of International Studio and Curatorial Program http://www.iscp-nyc.org/apply/application.html until June 28. The application results will be announced in the beginning of July.
        Read more at >> here <<
        See the web pages of SAHA >>here<<

      * Turkey's Aegean province of Mugla's Bodrum town will host the 11th International Bodrum Ballet Festival in August, reports the Hurriyet Daily News. The stars of Turkish and world ballet companies will come to the town for the festival.
        Speaking about the festival, Bodrum Mayor Mehmet Kocadon said the municipality would bring the best examples of world-renowned ballet repertoires and unique works of Turkish ballet to the town.
        The festival â€" organized by Turkey's Culture and Tourism Ministry, Opera and Ballet General Directorate and Bodrum Municipality – will take place Aug. 7 to 21 at the historical Bodrum Castle.
        One of the foreign ballet troupes at the festival will be South Korean Universal Ballet, which will present the show "Black Cake, Floresta Tango"
        International Bodrum Ballet Festival will end on Aug. 20 and 21 with the Siberian State Ballet's show "Spartacus."
        20,000 people are expected to attend.


      * The 20th International Aspendos Opera and Ballet Festival, which has been continuing since June 2 in Turkey's southern province of Antalya, will close on June 22 with Georges Bizet's "Carmen," to be performed by the Mersin State Opera and Ballet, which is celebrating its 20th year.
        This year the festival in Antalya focused on Guiseppe Verdi because of the 200th anniversary celebrations of Verdi's birth. Artists performed exclusive solos and duets by Verdi. 


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