x0x Turkish News for the week ending 06 July 2013
x0x Turkish News for the week ending 06 July 2013
[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 06 July 2013]
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NEWS* The Hurriyet Daily News reports that the Turkish police has intervened on Saturday, firing tear gas and water cannons against thousands of protesters who were starting to gather at Istanbul's Istiklal Avenue ahead of a mass demonstration.
The pedestrian-only Istiklal Avenue is one of the main junctions intersecting with Taksim Square, which is adjacent to Gezi Park.
Riot police officers were booed by the by-standers at the Istiklal Avenue. Metro access to Taksim Square has also been interrupted.
Turkey has been seeing almost daily protests since the beginning of June. The anti-government protests were kicked off when police intervened against a small and peaceful group protesting the plans to build a mall in place of Taksim's Gezi Park.
The protest received a severe blow when police forces cleared out the park after days-long occupation by protesters.
Despite this, the movement refused the die down and instead spread to parks nationwide and individual forms of protest erupted around the country.
Security officials are continuing to launch raids in various cities, detaining people over alleged vandalism during the protests.
Prime minister Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed foreign meddling, targeted the foreign press such as BBC and CNN.* In related news, the Hurriyet Daily News reported that an Istanbul court disclosed the details of its cancellation of the construction project at the Gezi Park.
The court decided to cancel it on June 6 but the details were not disclosed until July 2.
As we reported in the previous article, the Turkish police forces cleared out the park after days-long occupation by protesters.
The court's ruling surprised some since most judiciary these days are considered not independent of the Justice and Development Party administration of the prime minister.
Read more at >> here <<* Turkey's prime minister Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that the European Union has shown its true face with its reaction to the military coup in Egypt.
According to the Hurriyet Daily News, the European Union has once again disregarded its own principles with its "double-standard" view on unfolding events in Egypt, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said July 5.
"Especially the European Union disregarded its own values once again by not calling the army's coup a coup. I want them to read the European Union acquis communautaire (the accumulated legislation, legal acts, and court decisions which constitute the body of European Union law). Democracy does not accept double standards," the prime minister said in an apparent reference to member countries' harsh criticisms of the Turkish government's crackdown on Gezi Park protesters last month.
Read more at >> here <<* According to the Hurriyet Daily News reporter Oya Armutcu, Turkey's Constitutional Court canceled on July 4 an article of the Turkish Penal Code allowing up to 10 years of detention for suspects prosecuted on terror charges.
Basing its decision on the European Court of Human Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights, Turkey's top court has ruled that the provision was "excessive."
Two days earlier the court had another landmark ruling on the "unconstitutionality" of lengthy detentions.
The decision announced is expected to impact the course of key trials in Turkey such as
- the Sledgehammer coup plot,
- the Ergenekon coup plot,
- cases against suspected members of the outlawed Kurdistan Communities Union , the alleged urban wing of the Kurdistan Workers' Party and
- a case against those involved in a harsh army-led campaign that forced the resignation of the government in June 1997, in an event known as the "Feb. 28 process."
Read more at >> here <<* A British court is about to rule on the ownership of Turkey's Turkcell.
Turkcell is the largest cell phone operator in Turkey. Among its owners are Turkey's Cukurova holding, Russia's Altimo and Scandinavian TeliaSonera .
The British court ruled in January that Russian telecoms firm Altimo had been entitled to appropriate shares in Turkcell over a defaulted loan, but said Cukurova should have an opportunity to redeem the shares "on appropriate conditions".
Turkcell's parent company Cukurova Telecoms Holding is registered in the British Virgin Islands, which is why the case is being dealt with by a British Court.
Turkcell has 34 million subscribers had almost $10 billion of revenue in 2011. It is the first Turkish Company to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange.* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has praised the decision of a Danish court canceling the broadcasting license of Mesopotamia Broadcast, which operates a number of channels accused of being mouthpieces of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, a rebel group of the Kurds in Turkey.
The court said that the broadcasts promoted the militant group and its violent means.* According to the Turkish daily Milliyet, thousands rallied in many provinces of Turkey to commemorate the death of 33 people 20 years ago at the hands of extremists in Sivas.
The 33 people died when a gathering they were attending at Madimak hotel was attacked and set on fire.
Read more at >> here <<* According to the Wall Street Journal, Turkish lira fell to an all-time low of 1.9689 Turkish liras to the dollar Friday.
According to the journal, the lira was another victim of the emerging-market currencies selloff post-U.S. payroll data, which showed strong job gains in both May and June.
Also the unfavorable inflation data in Turkey affected the drop in lira.
Turkey's central bank has been selling approximately $250 million each day to prop up the lira.* According to the Istanbul Stock Exchange, in June $1.2 billion worth of capital was withdrawn from Turkey by foreign investors.
There was a significant sell-off in banking stocks as there are six banks among the top ten stocks sold by foreign investors.* Speaking of the Istanbul Stock Exchange, Nasdaq OMX has inked a strategic partnership agreement with it to boost the latter's position worldwide and further develop Istanbul as a regional hub for capital markets, reported the Banking Business Review.
Read more at >> here <<* According to the Science Magazine, the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey - the country's main research-funding agency - has rejected a funding application for a summer workshop on quantitative evolutionary biology because "evolution is a controversial subject."
The organizers are calling this the first open admission of a bias against evolutionary biology by Turkey's conservative government.
Read more at >> here <<
ARTS AND CULTURE* According to the Hurriyet Daily News writer Emrah Guler, coastal towns continue to inspire Turkish cinema. He gives as an example the recent release of "Winds" that tells the story of the remaining Greeks in Turkey's Northern Aegean Island of Gokceada.
Another Aegean town, this time on the coast of the mainland Turkey, last year was the setting for yet another movie on the population exchange of 1923 between Turkey and Greece.
Writer and director Cagan Irmak's "My Grandfather's People" was a return to the past, both on screen and off, inspired by Irmak's own family tree.
Read more at >> here <<* The Golden Boll Film Festival organized by the Adana Municipality will take place between September 16 and 22, reports the Anatolia News Agency. The long film applications for the film festival competition will start on July 10. According to a written statement from the festival committee, work is still continuing and applications are to be made to http://www.altinkozafestivali.org.tr website with the application form.
The other competitions of the festival such as the Mediterranean countries short film contest and students' film contest are also open for applications. The festival will have an exclusive 20th year anniversary program.
The festival will also hold a poster competition to present and announce the festival.* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Turkish jazz pianist and artist Kerem Gorsev recorded his latest album, "To Bill Evans," on March 12-13, 2013, in Prague. The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra accompanied the artist for the album with Kagan Yildiz on bass and Ferit Odman on drums. The album consists of seven compositions by Gorsev, all of which were arranged by Alan Broadbent, who also conducted the orchestra for the recording. Batu Akyol and his team, Loyka productions filmed and photographed the sessions.
Gorsev began his adventure in music at the age of six when he started studying piano at the classical music conservatory in Istanbul. He continued his musical education at the Istanbul State Conservatory for 12 years until he started to play jazz.
Read more at >> here <<* The Osman Hamdi Bey Museum in the Gebze district of Kocaeli has attracted 18,000 guests in the first half of the year.
The manor house that Osman Hamdi Bey lived in for 26 years in Gebze has been renovated and turned into a museum in which many of his personal belongings and paintings are exhibited.
Osman Hamdi Bey (1842 â 24 February 1910) was an Ottoman statesman, intellectual, art expert and also a prominent and pioneering Turkish painter. He was also an accomplished archaeologist, and is considered as the pioneer of the museum curator's profession in Turkey. He was the founder of Istanbul Archeology Museums and of Istanbul Academy of Fine Arts, known today as the Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts.* The annual Istanbul Jazz Festival starts with a performance by Alicia Keys at Parkorman concert venue, reports the Hurriyet daily news.
This year, between July 2 and 18, the festival transports the center of jazz to Istanbul with wide array of concerts from modern jazz to rock, folk and world music presented in impressive venues that reflect the cultural and natural texture of the city.
In related news, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the 20th Istanbul Jazz Festival was presented to musician and conductor Durul Gence and musician Hasan Kocamaz.
Gence said the high point of his career was taking the stage with Herbie Mann during his Istanbul concert.* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, The Turkey Symphony Orchestra aims to bring traditional Turkish music and classical music to a wider audience, as well as to reflect the culture of Turkey through music, to convey its diversity and richness.
The project focuses on Turkey's traditional musical heritage and classical music.
The orchestra, which was established as an art project, aims to blend samples of contemporary Turkish music with world classical music and share the mix with a global audience. In the project, local melodies and instruments ingrained in Turkey's musical culture are presented to music lovers, together with the works of the masters of world classical music.
A portion of the revenue obtained from the project is to be spent on social responsibility projects.* The Anatolia News Agency reports that renowned Turkish superstar singer Ajda Pekkan has been presented with an award in Azerbaijan, which she was visiting upon an invitation.
A night in honor of Pekkan was organized with the attendence of many artists, musicians and other guests. At the event, organized by the International Eurasia Institute, headed by Azeri deputy Ganire Pasayeva, Pekkan was presented an award for her contributions to "arts, culture and humanity."* The Hurriyet Daily News reports that The "Man Made of Tear Gas" Festival is set to take place on July 7 at Istanbul's Kadikoy, bringing together the "rebellious" crowds and a set of artists scheduled to perform at the event.
The festival flyer states that the form of protesting has changed over time, and a new form of demonstration "for an independent and democratic Turkey" has turned all parks and streets into festivals "with the demand of freedom."
The festival is set to host a series of artists, including Bulutsuzluk Ozlemi, Kurtalan Ekspres, Cem Adrian and the Bogazici University's Jazz Choir. A fashion show will also be among the festivities of the event.* According to the Anatolia News Agency, works of the world map master Piri Reis are being displayed in Brussels' Solvay library at an exhibition that opened this week. The exhibit is organized by the Yunus Emre Institute.
Piri Reis was an Ottoman admiral, geographer and cartographer born between 1465 and 1470. He died in 1553.
He is primarily known today for his maps and charts collected in his Kitab-i Bahriye (Book of Navigation), a book that contains detailed information on navigation, as well as very accurate charts for its time describing the important ports and cities of the Mediterranean Sea. He gained fame as a cartographer when a small part of his first world map (prepared in 1513) was discovered in 1929 at the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul. His world map is the oldest known Turkish atlas showing the New World, and one of the oldest maps of America still in existence anywhere* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey's Black Sea province of Trabzon is welcoming women from dozens of countries for a week of art as part of the sixth International Paintings Festival, which is organized by the Femin & Art Association.
"Our primary aim is to bring women together and increase their confidence, while also giving a message to Turkish society," said Femin & Art International Women Artists' Association President Sukran Ust at an opening for the event.
The festival was ushered in with a horon dance, a traditional dance from Trabzon and the Black Sea region.
Female artists from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Japan, France, Russia and Lebanon, as well as 20 other countries, are all in Trabzon for the festival.
The festival will continue until July 10.
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