x0x Turkish News for the week ending 10 August 2013
x0x Turkish News for the week ending 10 August 2013
[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 10 August 2013]
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NEWS* According to the Reuters reporter Ayla Jean Yackley Turkish leaders appeared to distance themselves on Thursday from a court that handed a life prison term to Ilker Basbug, a former top general, over a coup plot dubbed "Ergenekon", a landmark case that has polarised Turks over the country's political direction.
The trial was widely seen as part of efforts by the Islamist-rooted government to tackle opponents in the military and had the public support of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. But he and President Abdullah Gul gave a muted sober response to the outcome, wary of providing any spark for another bout of unrest.
The Ergenekon trial initially won public support for confronting a history of murky political violence. But as it dragged on, with defendants held for up to five years without conviction and more mainstream opponents of Erdogan's rule indicted, it was increasingly seen as a settling of scores.
Read more at >> here <<* Retired Chief of General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug asked the current officeholder, Necdet Ozel, whether he would remain silent about the convictions given to him and other generals in the Turkish military, and criticized Parliament for failing to prevent the verdicts by making the necessary legal amendments despite the prime minister's earlier remarks, in a letter sent to daily Hurriyet on Aug. 9.* According to the Hurriyet Daily News the international Press Institute expressed concern over the Turkish journalists sentenced to prison terms in the Ergenekon trial, calling on authorities to release them pending appeals, according to an official statement released by the organization.* * As the president of a country that has been intensely engaged in the outcomes of regional conflicts as well as domestic polarization in several areas, Abdullah Gul has given a message of unity, presenting the long-neglected European Union full membership goal as one of the main targets requiring nationwide solidarity, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.* According to Agence France-Presse, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday said parliament could cut its summer recess short to vote on reforms aimed at increasing Kurdish rights, amid calls for the peace process to pick up speed.
The move comes as Kurdish rebels have grown increasingly impatient in recent weeks about the fragile peace efforts, urging the government to deliver promised reforms in return for withdrawing their fighters from Turkey.
In related news, a senior executive of the main opposition Republican People's Party reiterated a promise voiced by his party's leader to contribute to the acceleration of the "peace process," a process that could end the three-decade long painful era of conflict in Turkey, the Hurriyet Daily News reported.
ECONOMY* Aircraft manufacturer Airbus is planning to invest in a plant in Turkey where a subsidiary of it will manufacture various electronic and mechanical aircraft components, according to some reports, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
Airbus had received an order for 117 passenger planes from Turkish Airlines in April, which was the biggest deal ever clinched by a Turkish airline.* Turkey's Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan has said in a written statement that Turkish construction companies undertook 40 projects worth $2.3 billion in 27 different countries in July, reports the Turkish daily Milliyet.
According to Mr. Caglayan,
* The embassy of Turkey in Manilla, Phillipines published an official statement denying the allegations of United States Wheat Associates that the Turkish government encourages flour dumping.
- two power plants in Turkmenistan worth of $545 million,
- a real estate development project in Kazakhstan for $370 million,
- two hydro power plants in Albania for $256 million, and
- three highway projects both in Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan for $217 million
Earlier this week, United States Wheat Associates said, "The Turkish government employs a complex, inward processing scheme that creates disruptive incentives [for] its milling industry to export flour regardless of price," in a statement released through Philippine Association of Flour Millers Executive Director Ric Pinca.
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ARTS AND CULTURE* Park Ji-won, Arirang News.The 2013 Istanbul-Gyeongju World Culture Expo kicks off in three weeks in Turkey's largest city with the theme of "Road, Encounter and Companion."
Some 50 countries will join the event, celebrating cultural exchange.
This year's event in Istanbul is an extension of the Gyeongju World Culture Expo, which began in 1998 and has been held six times since then. The event in Istanbul will be the largest ever and represents only the second time the event has been held outside of Korea, following an event in Cambodia in 2006.
The expo will begin at the end of August and run through September 22nd at venues in Istanbul. The event features K-pop showcases, Korean film screenings and more.* Speaking of Korea, according to the Anatolia News Agency, Cappadocia is to become a 4K digital technology-supported area. A team from South Korea has visited the area and made a documentary on Cappadocia and the documentary, over a period 10 days.
The director of the documentary Yang Seung Duck and the producer Kim Kyung-il said the documentary was titled "The city of Gods."
Cappadocia is a region in central Turkey with unusual landformations, and ancient swellings and structures dug into rocks.* According to the Hurriyet Daily News veteran actress Turkan Soray, the "queen" of Turkish film, will head the national jury at the 50th International Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, according to event organizers.
Soray, who was chosen as best actress at the first festival in 1964 for her role in late director Metin Erksan's "Bitter Life", holds four Golden orange awards in the female actress category of the festival.* According to the Anatolia News Agency, Oscar winning actor Russell Crowe has decided to shoot his new film in Istanbul. Crowe has visited Istanbul on several occasions.
Crowe's movie will be about a father who lost his children to the Gallipoli campaign of the First World War and will be shot in the old town of Istanbul, Sultanahment.
Read more at >> here <<* A number of Egyptian artists and filmmakers have initiated a boycott of Turkish soap operas to protest "the position of the Turkish government towards the [Egypt's] June 30 Revolution," reported english.ahram.org.
Turkish television soaps are staggeringly popular and in light of recent developments in relations with Egypt, some Egyptians are now challenging this.
Turkish government is in the hands of the Islamist Justice and Development Party, which supports the Muslim brotherhood member ousted president Mohammad Morsi.* The fourth Malatya International Film Festival will be held this year between Nov. 15 and 21 in the eastern Anatolian province of Malatya.
The festival, supported by producers Osman Alkan and Huseyin Husnu Kilic, cinema historian Alin Tasciyan, directors Nazif Tunc and Gokhan Yorgancigil and academic Hulya Ucansu, will screen 130 films.* With the translation support program launched by the Translation and Publication Grant Program of Turkey, Turkish writers have spread their influence and fame to the world, reports the Anatolia News agency.
Among the translated works, Orhan Pamuk, Orhan Kemal and Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar are the most read writers of Turkish literature
According to Turkey's Tourism and Culture Minister, the support began in 2005 and started with 39 works.
They figure now stands at 791 from over 350 writers, translated into 53 different languages.
Read more at >> here <<* Speaking of books, according to the Anatolia News Agency, Turkey's Supreme Court of Appeals unanimously overturned previous ruling of acquittals of the publisher and translator of a French book, stating some of book's context failed to fall under freedom of speech due to its explicit language.
French author Guillaume Apollinaire's book, "The Exploits of Young Don Juan" (Les exploits d'un jeune Don Juan), in particular gave to detailed accounts of "unnatural sexual intercourse" with no "form of a plotline," according to court, therefore failed to constitute a case for freedom of speech.
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* The southern Turkish province of Antalya's ancient city of Phaselis was a center of perfume production.
The Anatolia News Agency reports that scientists will carry out surface surveys in the ancient city to discover the perfumes that ancient people produced using various plants in the region and why the mosquitoes forced the people to leave the city.
Not only the archaeological structure of the ancient city will be explored but also its fauna and flora will be examined in the survey, coordinated by the Akdeniz University Mediterranean Civilizations Research Institute.
Read more at >> here <<* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts has drawn more than 210,000 members of the public for a wide variety of cultural events over the first half of the year.
One of the most attractive culture events of the year, the 32nd Istanbul Film Festival, which was held between March 30 and April 14, attracted 140,000 film lovers at six movie theaters.
Some 25,000 people also attended the 20th Istanbul Jazz Festival last month.
The Foundation will continue to offer exciting cultural events in the remaining months of the year. Filmekimi, a fall special, will return this year for a 12th time between Sept. 28 and Oct. 6. Many awarded films of the year, including "Blue is the Warmest Color" by Abdellatif Kechiche, which won the Palme d'Or, will be screened for the first time in Turkey during the event.
The title of the 13th Istanbul Biennial, which will be held from Sept. 14 to Oct. 20, will be "Mom, am I barbarian?" a reference to poet Lale Muldur's book of the same title.
Focusing on the theme that public space is a political forum, this year's biennial will be free of charge.
Read more at >> here <<* The NY Gypsy Festival celebrates its ninth year with another outstanding program of performances and a total of eight shows from Sept. 19 to Oct. 5, 2013, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
The festival will feature many Turkish bands.
Read more at >> here <<* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, iconic musician Roger Waters gave support to the Gezi Park protests by having the names of the five Gezi Park victims screened on the wall during his Istanbul concert on the night of Aug. 4.
The former Pink Floyd member was playing the British progressive rock legend's classic record "The Wall" in its entirety in his "The Wall Live" show.
A gigantic wall was built on stage during the set, and many human rights activists and victims of terror and wars were projected to the stage during the concert.
Names and photographs of Gezi Park protesters, Ethem Sarisuluk, Ali Ismail Korkmaz, Abdullah Comert, Mehmet Ayvalitas, and police officer Mustafa Sari, who lost their lives in Turkey rallies earlier this summer were projected to the stage.
* Premiere Soccer League
The league is in recess.
OLYMPICS* The Associated Press reports that in the latest scandal affecting Turkish track and field during Istanbul's bid to host the 2020 Olympics, 31 athletes have been suspended for two years each for doping violations.
The Turkish Athletics Federation announced the sanctions Monday, including that of hammer thrower Esref Apak, the 2004 Olympic silver medalist. His case had been announced in June.
The bans follow five days after the International Association of Athletics Federations confirmed that nine Turkish athletes, including two teenagers, got two-year bans for using anabolic steroids.
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