x0x Turkish News for the week ending 13 July 2013
x0x Turkish News for the week ending 13 July 2013
[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 13 July 2013]
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Edited by Fuad Tokad* Dogan News Agency reported Saturday that Turkish police again moved on the Armutlu neighborhood of Antakya in the southern province of Hatay late July 12 in an effort to stop Gezi Park protesters from marching to the spot where a local demonstrator was killed last month.
The neighborhood has witnessed three straight nights of violence, with eyewitnesses calling the July 12 police intervention the harshest yet. Reports said police moved on Armutlu with riot police, water cannon trucks and a number of plainclothes police officers, adding that one protester hit by a gas canister on his head was severely injured. Dozens of protesters, two police officers and one soldier have also reportedly been injured while one person was taken into custody.
Police failed to enter Armutlu on July 11 to quell protests that erupted after locals buried Ali Ismail Korkmaz, a 19-year-old local who was beaten to death by men in civilian clothing at Gezi protest in the Central Anatolian province of Eskisehir.
Armutlu has been a flashpoint in the protests since late May, especially after 22-year-old Abdullah Comert was shot and killed on a nearby street on June 3.
In the meantime, the Turkish capital Ankara saw a new crackdown.
Police used tear gas and water cannons one more night to quell the protesters gathered at the junction of Kennedy and Ataturk Avenues, which lies half way between Guven Park and Kugulu Park, the heart of the Gezi gatherings in the Turkish capital.
Police chased the protesters in the side streets of the Kavaklidere district.* The family of the protester who was killed in Ankara, Ethem Sarisuluk, visited the mother of the demonstrator shot by soldiers in Diyarbakir's Lice district, Medeni Yildirim, in the southeastern province July 13, reported Dogan News Agency Saturday.
Sarisuluk's brother Ikrar and sister-in-law Yonca met with Yildirim's mother Fehriye and older brother Ersin, expressing their condolences to each other. They also went together to lay flowers at Yildirim's grave in the Kayacik village.
Sarisuluk was shot by a police officer during the early days of the protests in Ankara. Yildirim was protesting against the construction of a new rural police post in Lice when he was also shot after the soldiers opened fire at the crowd.
Ikrar Sarisuluk said that they wanted to come to Lice to show their fraternity with Yildirim's family. "Ethem didn't die; he went to the sun, to the infinity. They won't intimidate us. The lives that we'll lose will only make us stronger. Long live the fraternity among people," Sarisuluk said.
Ersin Yildirim said that they would seek justice for his brother's death. "My brother was only protesting against the rural police post. He was massacred while using his most natural right."
Peace and Democracy deputy Nursel Aydogan said that people from Diyarbakir had become reconciled with Istanbul and Ankara during the Gezi protests. "People in Turkey have made their own peace. People from Diyarbakir have reconciled with Izmir, Istanbul and Hatay during the last one-and-a-half months. That's why the Justice and Development Party's strength and the state's strength will not be enough to cut the peace among the people," Aydogan said.
The Peace and Democracy Party is said to be the political front of the rebel Kurdistan Workers Party. The Justice and Development Party administration has been trying to cut a peace deal with the rebel Kurds. Deputy Nursel Aydogan was making a veiled reference to the Justice and Development Party efforts for peace.
Sarisuluk's family had participated two days ago in the funeral of the fifth Gezi protester to have died, Ali Ismail Korkmaz, whom we mentioned in the previous news article.
An injured Turkish photographer is accompanied by a colleague in Istiklal Avenue, after being hit by a rubber bullet, during a police crackdown in Istanbul, July 8. AP photo* The Turkish daily Radikal reported that 111 journalist photographers were detained, targeted by violence or had their photos erased by the police during the demonstrations in Istanbul and Ankara between May 31 and July 8, the Association of Photographers has said in a report.
The report, which collects the testimonies of many press and documentary photographers, said that the largest part of the injuries were due to gas canisters and rubber bullets fired by the police during the repeated violent crackdowns. Many photographers also complained that their cameras had been broken or pictures erased.
The report also stressed that in most cases the press cards did not prevent the detention of photojournalists. Contrary to many European countries, press cards are delivered by a Prime Ministerial Office in Turkey.
Hurriyet Daily News photojournalist Emrah Guler and daily Hurriyet photoreporter Selcuk Samiloglu were among those injured while trying to cover the protests that were sparked by the attempts to demolish Istanbul's Gezi Park.* Fire has broken out in Istanbul's Beykoz district, on the Asian side of the Bosphorus, in an area close to the TEM highway that leads to the Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridge. Fire brigades and two helicopters have been dispatched to the area.
The fire started around 1:45 P.M. at five different points, Anadolu agency reported, adding that the cause was still unknown. Due to the fact that it broke out at the same time on different points, officials suspect that the fire was set intentionally, the report also said.
Another fire had broken out at the same Cavusbas area, near the Elmali dam only yesterday, reducing to ashes five hectares of woodland.
The wind carried the smoke directly toward the TEM highway, decreasing visibility for the drivers.* An Istanbul court refused late July 12 the demand for the release of 67 suspects in an alleged coup plot dubbed the "Ergenekon". Among the suspects that were asked to be released are former Chief of General Staff of the Turkish military Gen. Ilker Basbug, main opposition Republican People's Party Izmir deputy and journalist Mustafa Balbay and professor Mehmet Haberal.
Dogan News Agency reported that journalist Mustafa Balbay has been detained for more than four years.
Lawyers for the Ergenekon suspects had cited the cancellation of a provision allowing detentions of up to 10 years for terror suspects last week by Turkey's Constitutional Court to justify the demand for release. However the court said in its ruling that although the legal base for long detention was canceled, it had not yet been replaced by a new law.
"The Constitutional Court does not instate a statute that creates new practices as a legislative body while canceling a provision," the court said in the ruling.
Turkey's top court had given the government one year starting from the publication of the decision in the Official Gazette to change the provision.
The head of the Union of Turkish Bar Associations Metin Feyzioglu slammed the decision, arguing that the Constitutional Court's ruling meant that the provision was not in line with the human rights and human rights should be taken into account.
ARTS AND CULTURE* According to the Anatolia News Agency, UNESCO World Culture Heritage site Safranbolu in northwestern Turkey will have a Leyla Gencer Culture and Arts Center.
Known as "La Diva Turca" in the opera world, Ms. Gencer was a notable bel canto soprano who spent most of her career in Italy, from the early 1950s through the mid-1980s, and had a repertoire with more than 70 roles.
The "Leyla Gencer Culture and Arts House," will be founded at a 450-year-old mansion. An old Safranbolu mansion will be restored to become an arts center. Yoruk village of Safranbolu is home to many relatives of Gencer, and the officials decided to transform a mansion to an arts and culture center for Gencer.* The Anatolia News Agency reports that levantine mansions in Izmir will be opened to public.
Levantines came to Izmir for trade in the 18th and 19th centuries from countries like Italy, France, England and Austria, and created a unique culture of living by blending the eastern and western cultures. Their houses, with their distinct architecture, will now be among Izmir's touristic attractions.
Tourism professional Alex Baltazzi, whose family came to Izmir from Venice in 1746, said that the word Levantine, which derived from the word "levant" (meaning "east") defined European people who moved to the eastern Ottoman coastal towns and lived there for at least one generation. He said those European people abandoned their strict faith and were impressed by the eastern culture.
Read more at >> here <<* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Istanbul's Pera Museum is holding an exclusive guided tour for an ongoing exhibition of the works of Spanish pop art master Manolo ValdÃ©s on July 17.
A leading figure of contemporary art, ValdÃ©s is at Pera Museum until July 21 with a selection of works that extend from the 1980s to the present.* Tunisian oud player and singer Dhafer Youssef will take the stage at Ankara's Cermodern on Augist 1st with his project "Dance of the Invisible Dervishes", reports the Anatolia News Agency.
Youssef is perceived as one of the most successful jazz musicians in the world. He will be accompanied by Husnu Senlendirici, Aytac Dogan and guitarist Aeivind Aarset, who is one of the world's best-known names in North European jazz music.
Read more at >> here <<
* Cappadocia is preparing to host a new classical music festival called "Classic Joys" starting July 27 and running through Aug. 11.
The festival will include the Borusan Quartet, Harrie Starreveld, Joel Bons, Ellen Jewett, Kivanc Tire, Indira Rahmatulla, Javier Lopez Calvo, Marta Gulyas, Calvin Wiersma, Birsen Ulucan, Ozcan Ulucan, Cagdas Ozkan, Aysen Ulucan, Kiya Tabassian, Cem Onerturk, Cellistanbul, the KK Festival Orchestra and the Ankara Youth Symphony Orchestra, which is directed by Orhun Orhon.
Uchisar's Byzantine-era venue Bezirhane will host bands while the Argos will welcome the Borusan Quartet, Ulucan Kardesler, Ellen Jewett and Jerfi Aji.
The festival also host Budapest's Liszt Academy Chamber Music Professor Gulyas and Manhattan Quartet member Wiersma.
There will be seminars during the festival, where Bons will be attending with the support of the Stage Arts Association Amsterdam Nieuw Ensemble.
Cappadocia is a region in Central Turkey renowned for its surreal landscape and ancient structures dug into it.
Read more at >> here <<* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, The Greek Turkish Youth Orchestra (GTYO), composed of 50 talented young Greek and Turkish musicians and now in its sixth year, will perform two major concerts in Greece and in Turkey this month under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The GTYO will host the highly praised Greek soprano Myrsini Margariti, known for her agile and youthful voice.
She will sing alongside the orchestra at the Homerio theater on the Greek island of Chios on July 30 and at the fortress of Turkey's Sigacik in Seferihisar July 31. The musical director for the concerts will be Turkish maestro, Cem Mansur.
The orchestra was created by Leni Konialidis, in collaboration with Bilkent University.* The Anatolia News Agency reports that Istanbul's Kadikoy is holding arts and culture activities outdoor at parks with the coming of summer.
The concerts started with a jazz concert. The jazz concerts are still continuing and ready to host many world-renowned Turkish jazz artists.
Kadikoy neighborhoods will also see 15-person string instrument concerts on weekends. These concerts will take place at Fenerbahce, Ozgurluk and Kalamis Parks. The Kadikoy Municipality will be supporting the July 12, 19 and 26 Ozgurluk Park nostalgia concerts.
The aim is to revive the 1980s family music halls. Concert-goers will have the chance to hear nostalgic music such as Nese Karabocek, Seyyal Taner, Selcuk Ural, Ersan Erdura, Nur Yoldas, Bilgen Bengu and Semiha Yanki. Bands will be playing songs of unforgettable Turkish pop stars.* Dogan News Agency reports that the Canakkale Choral Festival have gathered choirs from all over Turkey and beyond to fill the streets of Turkey's north western city of Canakkale with the music of choral masters.
A total of 27 choir groups are singing on the streets.
There are also panels and discussions highlighting the importance of choir education and choir festivals.
Canakkale's Onsekiz Mart University is hosting the visiting choirs. The festival will end on July 14.
Read more at >> here <<
Stefano Bollani and Hamilton De Hollanda are some of the highlights of the festival.* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, the Istanbul Jazz Festival may be entering its final week, but there is still time to catch some of the biggest acts in the genre, including Stefano Bollani, Chano Dominguez and many more.
One of the rising stars of the jazz world in recent years, Bollani will be on the stage of the Archaeology Museum with Hamilton de Holanda â known as the "Jimi Hendrix of the bandolim" on July 15.
From classical music and jazz to Brazilian music and pop-rock, his music defies any limits. Bollani is also acclaimed for his collaborations with Enrico Rava.
Barcelona pianist Dominguez will perform songs from his highly praised album, together with a flamenco dancer and singer on July 17.
On July 29 at 9:30 p.m., Cemil Topuzlu Open Air Stage will host a John Legend concert. One of the best singer-songwriters of R&B and soul in his generation, nine-time Grammy winner Legend is in Istanbul for the first time as part of a world tour for his new album.
On July 16 at Cemil Resit Rey Concert Hall Deutsche Philharmonie Merck, led by conductor, pianist, composer and arranger Wolfgang Heinzel will present the project "Teatime at the Savoy" together with Opera Swing Quartet and pianist Kerem Gorsev.
A gala for "Jazz in Turkey" directed by Batu Akyol, a documentary which focuses on the history of jazz music in Turkey, will also be screened on July 14.
Read more at >> here <<* Experienced and amateur film makers are preparing to meet at the AkademIda 2013 workshops in Turkey's northwestern province of Canakkale's Assos, reports the Hurriyet Daily News. The workshops start on July 22.
Turkish directors, actresses and actors such as Reha Erdem, Ayla Algan, Meltem Cumbul, Umit Unal, Huseyin Karabey, Ozcan Alper, Nadir Operli and Ovgu Gokce will be sharing their experience in the master classes.
Read more at >> here <<* Aiming to transform itself into a "post-paper" institution, refraining from printing "junk-worthy" publications and communications, Istanbul's SALT began e-publishing this June, reports the Hurriyet Daily News. Having published four printed books since it was founded in April 2011, SALT now shares its publications with the public in e-book format.
SALT's e-books can be read free of charge in PDF and e-publication formats
Read more at >> here <<* Turkey's Nobel laureate author Orhan Pamuk's new novel "Peculiarity in my Mind" will be on the market in the first months of 2014, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
The book is about the life of a "boza" (a Turkish-style malted corn beverage) seller who lives in Istanbul.* The Anatolia News Agency reports that within the scope of a project titled "Recovering Cultural Heritage in the Balkans," experts from Turkey are transferring Ottoman manuscripts into digital environment in Macedonia, home to the largest number of Ottoman manuscripts in the Balkans after Bosnia Herzegovina.
Gazi University Turkish Research and Application Center Director Professor Yasar Aydemir said that they had started the transfer work in Bosnia Herzegovina, and were continuing with Serbia, Albania and now Macedonia.
In addition to religious works in the Arabic language kept in the St. Kliment Ohridski Macedonia National University Library in Skopje and 3,743 books in the fields of medicine, law and agriculture, they were also transferring the works at the Macedonia Archive and Islamic Union Faculty of Theology Library into the digital environment.
EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 1.96
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey: 90/68 Mostly Sunny Antalya, on the Mediterranean: 86/77 Partly Cloudy Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 86/72 Partly Cloudy Izmir, on the Aegean: 93/77 Partly Cloudy Trabzon, on the Black Sea: 81/72 Partly Cloudy Van, in Eastern Turkey: 82/61 Mostly SunnySeawater temperatures:
Black Sea measured at Trabzon 75 Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 75 Aegean Sea measured at Izmir 79 Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 81
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