x0x Turkish News for the week ending 26 November 2011

[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 26 November 2011]

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* According to the Anatolia News Agency's Turkish Press Review for Monday, November 21st, Turkish dailies mostly covered Turkish President Abdullah Gul's statements regarding the current situation in Syria as well as his statements regarding the new constitution for Turkey, and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's interview with the British Sunday Times.
  The daily Sabah quoted Gul as saying regarding developments in Syria that Syria was in dead end and Turkey supported decision of the Arab League. Arab league approved sanctions against Syria, a first in the league's history.
  The daily Milliyet quoted Gul as saying that they did not have any confidence in the Syrian government.
  The daily Radikal also quoted Gul as saying that they were against a military operation against Syria.

* According to the Anatolia News Agency, the Turkish dailies mostly covered in their Wednesday's edition Turkish President Abdullah Gul's visit to Britain, government's move to institute monetary payment in lieu of military service move, and Trabzonspor soccer team's 1-1 draw with Italy's Inter team in Champions League Group B match.

* The daily Sabah headlined the story on Gul's visit to Britain as "magnificent welcome" and wrote that President Gul and Queen Elizabeth went to the guest section of the Buckingham Palace with a royal chariot.
  Later in the week, commenting on President Gul's last day in Britain, Sabah wrote that Gul visited the Turkish Marines Cemetery in Portsmouth city.
  Another Turkish daily, Milliyet, wrote that President Gul invited British CEOs to make investments in Turkey during a speech delivered at a dinner hosted by the London Municipality.
  The daily Sabah also referred to Gul's warning to Syria, and quoted the president as saying that Turkey might launch a cross-border operation in case the rebel underground organization Kurdistan Workers Party attacked Turkey from Syrian territories.
  There are recent claims that the Syrian government opened its territory to the Kurdistan Workers Party militants, after Turkey's recent shift away from being an ally of Syria, to a vocal critique of the Syrian regime.

* The daily Yeni Safak headlined President Gul's remarks regarding the Greek Cypriot administration's European Union membership. According to the paper, Mr. Gul said the European Union, which had admitted the Greek Cypriot administration as a member before settlement of Cyprus problem, had lost prestige. Mr. Gul said, "now this half country will be quasi chair of the union."

* Another topic in papers' Wednesday's edition was the government's move to accept monetary payments in lieu of mandatory military service.
  All male citizens of Turkey, whether they live in the country or abroad are drafted to serve in the armed forces.
  However, there are sometime too many people to be drafted, and the military either takes these people in for shorter periods, or if they work abroad they are asked to donate a certain sum to the military and they serve a token period of 21 days.
  Now the same avenue is being planned to be made available to people in Turkey.
  All Turkish papers published stories on the issue, while Sabah quoted Prime Minister Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying that the income would be spent on disabled people, veterans, and needy families of military.
  Turkiye wrote that Turkish men at the age of 30 and over would be excused from compulsory military service if they paid 30,000 Turkish liras (about $16,500), and those living abroad would pay 10,000 Euro.
  See more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conscription_in_Turkey

* All Turkish papers published stories on Trabzonspor's 1-1 draw with Italy's Inter in Champions League Group B match, whereas Milliyet wrote that Trabzonspor would take on Lille in their last group match in France on December 7. The paper also said that if Trabzonspor wins their match against Lille, they would guarantee qualification to the next round.

* According to the Anatolia News Agency, addressing a group of British deputies at the British Parliament in London, Turkish President Gul said that the old order in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East was changing.
  "We are progressing towards undiscovered seas. Turkey and Britain can help this ship progress under control", Mr. Gul said.
  "It is too early to predict what would happen in countries affected by the 'Arab Spring'. What is clear is that an irreversible process of democratization began in the region", Mr. Gul stressed.
  Touching on Turkish-British relations, President Gul said that the two countries had excellent relations.
  The excellent cooperation between Turkey and Britain involved larger geographies, Mr. Gul also said.

** The Turkish daily Hurriyet reported that Turkish president Mr. Gul criticized israel for its uncompromising attitude. "Israel will be isolated more if it continues on with unyielding approach," the daily quoted the president as telling the Wilton Park Conference in London.
  In related news, the Turkish daily Turkiye said Mr. Gul had called on Israel to move for a "fair, lasting and comprehensive solution" and to respect international law.

* "Apology for Dersim," the daily Milliyet superimposed when reporting on the Turkish premier's apology for a military campaign back in 1938 on Turkey’s Dersim region -- today's Tunceli province -- in Eastern Turkey. br>&n  "I do apologize on behalf of the state if a state apology is needed," the daily quoted Mr. Erdogan as telling his Justice and Development Party's provincial leaders. The daily said that Mr. Erdogan also showed a number of official documents on the casualties in the campaign which he said killed 13,806 people.
  The daily Vatan said Mr. Erdogan severely criticized the Republican People's Party which authorized the Dersim campaign.
  The daily Radikal said Mr. Erdogan's apology was a first in the history of the modern Republic of Turkey.

* The Fitch Ratings downgraded Turkey's outlook from "positive" to "stable", causing the Turkish Lira too loose its value 1% in one day, reports the Hurriyet Daily News. r>  The Istanbul Stock Exchange fell 1.9 percent.
  The daily Turkiye put the blame on what it said "the global interest lobby" for the Fitch revision, saying "same old play from the lobby which has exploited Turkey for years."

* * "Huge Oil Move in Mediterranean," daily Sabah headlined when telling the story over a deal penned between Turkish Petroleum Corporation and the Dutch oil giant, Shell.
  The deal gives Shell a go to drill oil in the Mediterranean and shale gas in Turkey's southeast.

* The Turkish daily Yeni Safak quoted the European Parliament head Jerzy Buzek as saying "there were many flashpoints in the region. We have confidence in Turkey to help the region reach stability".
  Mr. Buzek was on an official visit to Turkey.
  According to the European Union parliament's web site, Mr. Buzek also said that he reaffirms continuous support for Turkey's ongoing accession negotiations with the European Union.
  He added that it is in the best interest of Turkey and the European Union to reach the settlement on the Cyprus issue as soon as possible.
  Turkey is threatening to freeze its relations with the European Union when Greek Cyprus takes the rotating presidency of the union.
&n  Cyprus is divided between the Greek and Turkish communities, and only the Greek part has been admitted as the government of Cyprus to the European Union.
  Mr. Buzek also expressed the European Union's support for Turkey in its fight against terrorism. See more at Press_release-2011-November-20.html

* According to the Anatolia News Agency, Turkey ratified late on Thursday a Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, becoming the first signatory country approving the convention in its parliament. p>

* Turkey's main opposition party leader Mr. Kemal Kilicdaroglu had a meeting with president of the Party of European Socialists Mr. Sergei Stanishev in Brussels on Saturday, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
&n  Kilicdaroglu told Stanishev that party's conventions could be held in Istanbul.



* According to the Anatolia News Agency, Denizli State Theater, the 55th State Theater, opened its curtains for the first time Nov. 24 with a play written and directed by playwright Haldun Dormen.
  State Theaters General Director Lemi Bilgin said new stages were also opened in Ankara, Istanbul, İzmir, Bursa, Antalya, Adana, Trabzon, Diyarbakır, Konya, Erzurum, Sivas, Van, Gaziantep, Elazığ, Malatya, Çorum, Samsun, Zonguldak and Kahramanmaraş.
  "Denizli is the 22nd city to open a State Theater," he said.

* A historic building close to Dolmabahçe Palace that has been demolished to make way for a new hotel is sparking debate on the preservation of Istanbul's architectural heritage and concerns about the city's silhouette, reports the Turkish daily Radikal.
  The building, a historical tobacco depot in Beşiktaş that was declared a cultural artifact in 2005, was recently demolished to make way for a new 14-story hotel. The new hotel is expected to stand 24 meters tall, dwarfing nearby buildings in violation of cultural guidelines.
  Sinan Genim, an official in charge of cultural preservation, said the tobacco building was under protection and that it was wrong to demolish the structure.
&n  Construction on the new hotel has reportedly already damaged the palace collection museum and another building used as an art gallery. Fractures have reportedly also appeared on the walls of Dolmabahçe Palace due to the construction; in contrast, despite earthquakes over the past 150 years, the building has never experienced damage before, according to the State Palaces Institution Presidency.
  See more at Hotels-threatening-historical-silhouette

* The week-long second International Malatya Film Festival ended Nov. 24 after presenting awards in 16 categories in the international feature, Turkish feature and short film competitions, reports the Anatolia News Agency. r>   "The Women on the Sixth Floor" won international film and 15,000 euros. The film's director Philippe Le Guay won the international category's best director, and lead actress Natalie Verbeke won the best actress award.
  The best music and best script in an international film went to "The Finger." The film's Fabian Vena won best actor in an international film.
  In the national category, Turkish director Özcan Alper's "Future Lasts Forever" won best movie along with 30,000 Turkish Liras, and Alper received the best director award. "Some scenes of the film take place in Van, which was shaken by an earthquake last month. I hope they will heal as soon as possible," Alper said. The film also won best music.
  Haluk Ünal won best script for his film "Hidden Lives."
&n  Salima Hamed won for best actress in a Turkish film for her role in "Do Not Forget Me Istanbul". Volga Sorgu won in the best actor category for his role in the film "Mar."
  See more at Malatya-film-fest-ends-with-ceremony

* The Moroccan Company of Artworks and Items will present a unique set of contemporary works from Arab, Turkish and Iranian photographers Nov. 26 in Casablanca, reports the Hurriyet Daily News. r>  About 70 photographs will be for sale from Turkish contemporary artists like Shirin Neshat, Reza Aramesh, Youssef Nabil, Moataz Nasr, Shadi Ghadirian, Mohamed El Baz,  Burçak Bingöl, Zerrin Göktan,  and Alex and Felix.
&n  See more at Morocco-art-scene-hosts-turkish-photographers

* The founder of the Turkish ballet, Dame Ninette de Valois, was commemorated on Nov. 23 in Ankara on the 10th anniversary of her death reports the Anatolia News Agency. r>  A cinevision show featuring the life of de Valois and her contributions to Turkish ballet was screened at the event which included guests such as Culture and Tourism Ministry Undersecretary Özgür Özaslan, State Opera and Ballet General Director and General Art Director Rengim Gökmen and U.S. Ambassador to Ankara Francis Ricciardone, along with many foreign and Turkish guests.
  Gökmen said that during the founding of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk saw ballet as an important cultural and social project. De Valois was partly responsible for introducing this art form to the country and subsequently founding Turkish ballet. She came to Turkey from England in 1948 and was instrumental in raising the quality of ballet in the country.

* The Anatolia News Agency reports that Renown Ottoma traveler Evliya Çelebi's map of the Nile has been made available for viewing by the press for the first time at the Vatican Library.
  The six-meter-long map is the second most famous work of Çelebi and depicts his journey to West Sudan between 1672 and 1673.
  The map was viewed at the Vatican Library by the writer Rinaldo Marmara and Turkey's ambassador to the Vatican, Kenan Gürsoy.
  Experts presented one meter of the map, which depicted the beginning of the Nile River located in Cebel-i Kamer.
  UNESCO had declared this year the year of Evliya Çelebi.
&n  Ambassador Gursoy also viewed a Book of Dede Korkut manuscript, one of the oldest in the world, at hos visit to Vatikan. The Book of Dede Korkut is the most famous epic stories of the Oghuz Turks. See more about Evliya Celebi at: Evliya-Celebi-travellers-tales
  See more about The Book of Dede Korkut at Book_of_Dede_Korkut

* The Hurriyet Daily News reports that Istanbul's main contemporary art fair is back for another year. r>  Each year the fair comes up with a new theme, and this year it aims to focus on the nearby neighbors of Turkey: the Gulf countries.
  As part of the fair, a total of six galleries from the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia are exhibiting works from their artists in the fair.
  This is the sixth annual fair, and it brings together 90 contemporary art galleries from 20 countries, half of which are international.
&n  See more at Gulf-art-coming-to-istanbul-with-contemporary-fair

* Server Ganiyev, an Azerbaijani state artist, professor at the Turkish capital Ankara's Bilkent University's school of music and performing arts and concertmaster of Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, passed away Sept. 4 at the age of 73 reports the Hurriyet Daily News. r>  Bilkent Symphony Orchestra readies to give a concert to commemorate the professor on November 26.
  The concert will be conducted by Azerbaijani State Orchestra's conductor Rauf Abdullayev.

* The Hurriyet Daily News reports that the third Macedonian Turkish Films Week started in the Macedonian cities of Skopje and Bitola.
  The event is organized by the Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry and will continue through Nov. 27.
  The renown Turkish actress Turkan Soray was present at the opening. Ms. Şoray's life was told to the audience and her 1978 film "The Girl with the Red Scarf", adapted from Kyrgyz writer Cengiz Aytmatov's work of the same title, was screened.
  Other films to be screened during the festival include "Ask Your Heart", "My Father and My Son", "Pandora's Box", "Honey", "Loves Likes Coincidences", "Love in Another Language" and "Rumi: The Dance of Love".

* The 14th International Bursa Karagöz Puppet and Shadow Theater Festival started Nov. 21 at the Tayyare Culture Center in the northwestern province of Bursa, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
  International Puppetry Organization Turkey National Center Chairman Mevlut Özhan said particularly Karagöz artists played the theater according to viewers' age and cultural level.
  The six-day festival is bringing together different cultures.
  There are also be workshops and seminars for theater lovers. Organized in collaboration with the Bursa Municipality, Bursa Culture, Art and Tourism Foundation and the International Puppetry Organization Turkey National Center, the festival has drawn performers from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Moldova, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, along with 13 Turkish groups.

* According to the Anatolia News Agency, the remains of Turkish harpist Fatma Ceren Necipoğlu has been discovered and brought to Turkey more than two years after was killed in a plane crash.
  Necipoğlu, whose remains were returned Nov. 22, died in June 2009 when Air France Flight 447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris went down off the coast of Brazil.
  She was returning from the Rio Harp Festival.

* Hatice Utkan of the Hurriyet Daily News World-renowned musician Meshell Ndegeocello [en-diy-geyo chello], a leading artist in the neo-soul movement and a 10-time Grammy nominee, will perform at Tamirane on Nov. 26 as part of a European tour promoting her new album, "Weather."
  As a singer, songwriter, prolific composer, multi-instrumental band leader and bass player, Ndegeocello has received critical acclaim throughout her 20-year music career.
  Hailing from Washington D.C. and known for her activism, she has collaborated and performed with a catalogue of artists, including The Rolling Stones, Herbie Hancock, Prince, Alanis Morrisette, Madonna, Lenny Kravitz, George Clinton, Marcus Miller and many more.
&n  See more at Istanbul-prepares-to-host-meshell-ndegeocello

* Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan's "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia" has won three awards at the fifth annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards held in Australia's Gold Coast, reports the Hurriyet Daily News. r>  Ceylan won the achievement in directing award, the film's Gökhan Tiryaki was presented with the award for achievement in cinematography and producer Zeynep Atakan was awarded the Screen International Jury Grand Prize.
&n  The Asia Pacific Screen Awards ceremony was attended by more than 550 Australian and international guests, including filmmakers from all 19 countries and territories represented in the awards nominations.
  See more at http://www.asiapacificscreenacademy.com/

* According to the Anatolia News Agency, Turkish director Ali Yasin Akarcesme received the "best drama award" at New York's Brownish Film Festival with his film "Departures".


EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.87


High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

Ankara, in central Turkey: 50/25 Foggy

Antalya, on the Mediterranean: 64/52 Partly Cloudy

Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 50/39 Mostly Sunny

Izmir, on the Aegean: 55/41 Mostly Sunny

Trabzon, on the Black Sea: 48/39 Mostly Cloudy

Van, in Eastern Turkey 34/14 Foggy

Snow depths at skiing locations:

Erciyes, in Kayseri, Central Turkey
6 inches

Ilgaz, in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey
- inches

Kartalkaya, in Bolu, Western Turkey
- inches

Palandoken, in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey
12 inches

SaklIkent, in Antalya, Southern Turkey
- inches

SarIkamI$, in Kars, Eastern Turkey
19 inches

Uludag, in Bursa, Western Turkey
- inches


* Soccer

* Premiere League
Games played in the 11th week:

Mersin İY 1 Trabzonspor  1
MKE Ankaragücü 2 Kardemir Karabükspor  1
Kayserispor 1 Orduspor  0
Fenerbahçe 1 Eskişehirspor  0
Medical Park Antalyaspor 2 İstanbul BŞB  1
Sivasspor 1 Gençlerbirliği  1
Gaziantepspor 1 Manisaspor  1
Beşiktaş 0 Galatasaray  0
Bursaspor 1 Samsunspor  0
Games played in the 12th week so far:
Gençlerbirliği 0 Fenerbahçe 0
Samsunspor 1 M.P. Antalyaspor 0
Orduspor 0 Mersin İY 1
Galatasaray 2 Sivasspor 1

Standing in the league as of Monday:

1 Fenerbahçe 24
2 Trabzonspor 20
3 Galatasaray 19
4 Manisaspor 19
5 İstanbul BŞB 18
6 Beşiktaş 18
7 Orduspor 17
8 Bursaspor 16
9 Mersin İY 15
10 Gençlerbirliği 15
11 Sivasspor 15
12 Eskişehirspor 14
13 Kayserispor 13
14 Medical Park Antalyaspor 13
15 Gaziantepspor 10
16 Kardemir Karabükspor 8
17 Samsunspor 8
18 MKE Ankaragücü 5



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