Friday, October 31, 2014

EU to press Turkey on rule of law and rights, says Pittella

EU to press Turkey on rule of law and rights, says Pittella

Chair of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) in the European Parliament Gianni Pittella has said, “We want to open Chapters 23 and 24 of the [EU] negotiation process because we want to push the Turkish authorities to follow the guidelines for Turkey accepted by the Ministry of EU Affairs.”

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Turkish pianist controversy has many facets - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Turkish pianist controversy has many facets

Fazil Say is a world-renowned pianist. He has been in confrontation with the government for the last two years. The tension recently reached a new height when Say’s works were removed from the 2014-15 Presidential Symphonic Orchestra program. This was outright censorship of an artist’s work. As Fehim Tastekin observed in his Oct. 27 article, this was not the first spat between Say and the government. In one of his Twitter messages in 2012, Say criticized the government over corruption, citing a verse from the Persian poet Omar Khayyam. This was even before the December 2013 graft probe surfaced. Say was found guilty in 2013 for his Khayyam citation, on the grounds that he was “openly denigrating religious values.” He received a suspended 10-month jail sentence.

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Turkish food prices delay improvement in inflation outlook -cenbank - Yahoo Maktoob News

Turkish food prices delay improvement in inflation outlook -cenbank
Reuters Middle EastReuters Middle East – 3 hours ago

ISTANBUL, Oct 31 (Reuters) - High food prices in Turkey are delaying an improvement in the inflation outlook but falling commodity prices, in particular oil, are expected to support a downward trend in inflation next year, the central bank said on Friday.

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Western perspectives on the Kurds - AHU ÖZYURT

Western perspectives on the Kurds

The highly anticipated corridor for the Peshmarga fighters has finally opened and they have marched into Turkish soil to move into Kobane. It all looked like a long wedding procession. As BBC and CNN International broadcast the crossing, ordinary Turks who only watch TV series or football matches were not able to see even a glimpse of it on their favorite channels. “Ankara does not want a Habur Dejavu” said a columnist close to the Justice and Development (AKP) government, referring to the first cease-fire in 2009 when outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) guerrillas came back home to Turkey with fireworks.

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Russian tourists flooding into Turkey - TOURISM

Russian tourists flooding into Turkey

ANKARA - Anadolu Agency

Turkey remains one of most favored tourism destinations for Russian tourists, amid the growing flight network between the two countries and a concerted promotional campaign in Russia by the Turkish Tourism Ministry.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Have you heard of the cult Turkish Superman film from 1978? | moviepilot.com

Have you heard of the cult Turkish Superman film from 1978?
by Tré Roland-Martin ⋅ Posted on October 30th, 2014 at 7:17pm

The 1978 film adaptation of the Superman comics, directed by Richard Donner and starring Christopher Reeve as the titular superhero, was a commercial and critical success, notably for its special effects, mostly the blue-screen effects for Superman's flight sequences. However, the political conditions of Turkey had kept popular Hollywood films out of the Turkish market. As a solution to this problem, prominent Turkish filmmaker Kunt Tulgar went to a screening of Superman in Paris, trying to see what he would make that would appeal to Turkish audiences. The result is Supermen Dönüyor, which translates to Superman Returns, not to be confused witht the official Superman movie from 2006.

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Turkey’s construction giants: Chugging along or sputtering out? | Money | Daily Sabah

TURKEY’S CONSTRUCTION GIANTS: CHUGGING ALONG OR SPUTTERING OUT?

Often referred to as the ‘locomotive’ of the Turkish economy, the construction sector in the burgeoning nation has steamed ahead over recent years in spite of global and regional turmoil, but the question remains as to whether there is enough track left for wolfish growth

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Greek Cypriots adopt softer tone on Turkey | Politics | Daily Sabah

GREEK CYPRIOTS ADOPT SOFTER TONE ON TURKEY

Daily Sabah and Agencies
Published : 31.10.2014 00:37:25

Greek Cypriots adopt softer tone on Turkey
ISTANBUL — Sotos A. Liasides, the ambassador of the Greek Cypriot administration in Cairo, has said that a Wednesday meeting in Nicosia between his foreign minister and those of Egypt and Greece was not aimed at forming an alliance against Turkey.

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As Syria's War Rages Next Door, Students Violently Clash At Turkey's Oldest University

As Syria's War Rages Next Door, Students Violently Clash At Turkey's Oldest University
Posted: 10/30/2014 6:25 pm EDT Updated: 4 hours ago
OZAN KOSE ISTANBUL UNIVERSITY

ISTANBUL -- Forty years ago, Istanbul University was a battleground for clashes between leftist and far-right student activists, leading up to the Turkish military's brutal takeover in the 1980 coup. Now, it seems the spirit of revolt is back: Syria's war has come to the classroom.

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Turkey and Europe: Problems With Neighbours

Turkey and Europe: Problems With Neighbours
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Posted 2014-10-30 21:18 GMT

The fallout from Turkey's relations with Islamic State (IS) knows no end. Its global image is in tatters amid persistent claims of secret dealings with the jihadists, which Turkey denies. Shaky peace talks with the Turkish Kurds are near collapse, because Syrian Kurds in Kobane are still under siege by IS as Turkish tanks look on passively (see article). Friendship with America has soured because of Turkey's refusal to let coalition war planes use the Incirlik airbase to bomb IS. Now a spat with Denmark over a Danish jihadist is testing relations with the European Union.

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Turkey's Garanti Bank sees future of banking defined by mobility - FierceMobileIT

Turkey's Garanti Bank sees future of banking defined by mobility
October 30, 2014 | By David Weldon

The banking industry has embraced mobility in a big way in many foreign markets, including Turkey, where Garanti Bank pays for its customers to get mobile Internet access, and uses social media to attract and retain customers.

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European Business Angels Investment Forum to be held in Turkey this Year | Economy | Daily Sabah

EUROPEAN BUSINESS ANGELS INVESTMENT FORUM TO BE HELD IN TURKEY THIS YEAR

The European Trade Association for Business Angels, Seed Funds and Early Stage Market Players (EBAN), headquartered in Brussels and founded by, inter alia, the European Union and EURADA, chose İstanbul for the first European Business Angels Investment Forum in Europe

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Not Everyone's In Awe Of The Insanely Opulent Turkish Presidential Palace

Not Everyone's In Awe Of The Insanely Opulent Turkish Presidential Palace
The Huffington Post | By Nick Robins-Early

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan unveiled the new presidential palace on Wednesday, a sprawling and ornate complex that reportedly cost over $350 million to build.

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For Turkey and U.S., at odds over Syria, a 60-year alliance shows signs of crumbling - The Washington Post

For Turkey and U.S., at odds over Syria, a 60-year alliance shows signs of crumbling

ANKARA, Turkey — The increasingly hostile divergence of views between Turkey and the United States over Syria is testing the durability of their 60-year alliance, to the point where some are starting to question whether the two countries still can be considered allies at all.

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Dutch defense minister criticizes Turkey for being difficult ally

Dutch defense minister criticizes Turkey for being difficult ally

October 29, 2014, Wednesday/ 18:20:33/ TODAY'S ZAMAN / ANKARA

Netherlands Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert has criticized Turkey for being reluctant to contribute to the US-led coalition against the radical Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and characterized NATO-ally Turkey as “difficult.”

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Students in Turkey brawl over war in Syria

Students in Turkey brawl over war in Syria

By Emily Feldman6 hours ago

ISTANBUL, Turkey—Istanbul University is more than 700 miles away from the Syrian front lines.

But these days tensions from the bloody civil war can be felt on the leafy campus.

There, Islamists and leftwing students have battled across well-manicured gardens and commons, indicating how the war in Syria has reawakened deep grudges in Turkey.

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Will the pope challenge Turkey on anti-Christian bias? | Crux

Will the pope challenge Turkey on anti-Christian bias?
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John L. Allen Jr.

Associate editor October 30, 2014

Recently the Vatican confirmed that Pope Francis will travel to Turkey Nov. 28-30, the official purpose for which is largely ecumenical. He’ll visit Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople on the feast of St. Andrew, considered their patron in much the same way Catholics regard St. Peter as the first pope.

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Turkey : FESPA to host Digital Textile Conference in Istanbul - Textile News Turkey

FESPA to host Digital Textile Conference in Istanbul
October 30, 2014 (Turkey)

FESPA will host its fifth Digital Textile Conference on December 5, 2014 at the WOW Hotel, located opposite the FESPA Eurasia 2014 Istanbul exhibition venue in Turkey.

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Turkish Q3 tourism revenues rise 11 percent to $12.9 bln

Turkish Q3 tourism revenues rise 11 percent to $12.9 bln

Turkey's tourism revenues rose 11 percent in the third quarter to $12.85 billion, the Turkish Statistics Institute (TurkStat) said on Thursday.

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Normalization between Ankara and Jerusalem? Guess Again.

Normalization between Ankara and Jerusalem? Guess Again.

by Burak Bekdil
October 30, 2014 at 5:00 am

Until Jerusalem is the capital of a Palestinian state and Israel is pushed back to its pre-1967 borders, it will be "halal" for Erdogan to blame Israel for global warming, the Ebola virus, starvation in Africa and every other misfortune the world faces.

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Film week in Greece marks 100 years of Turkish cinema, 30 October 2014

Film week in Greece marks 100 years of Turkish cinema

30 October 2014

Event held by non-profit film archive witnesses screenings of Turkish classics

A non-profit film archive in the Greek capital of Athens organized a film week on October 23-29 to mark the hundredth anniversary of the Turkish cinema.

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Turkey and Europe: Problems with neighbours | The Economist

Problems with neighbours
Recent actions push Turkey away from the West and the European Union
Nov 1st 2014 | ANKARA | From the print edition

THE fallout from Turkey’s relations with Islamic State (IS) knows no end. Its global image is in tatters amid persistent claims of secret dealings with the jihadists, which Turkey denies. Shaky peace talks with the Turkish Kurds are near collapse, because Syrian Kurds in Kobane are still under siege by IS as Turkish tanks look on passively (see article). Friendship with America has soured because of Turkey’s refusal to let coalition war planes use the Incirlik airbase to bomb IS. Now a spat with Denmark over a Danish jihadist is testing relations with the European Union.

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Nearly half of Syrian women refugees in Turkey don't want to work - LOCAL

Nearly half of Syrian women refugees in Turkey don't want to work

GAZİANTEP – Anadolu Agency

Almost half of the Syrian female refugees in Turkey do not want to work even if they were provided with a job, according to results from a recent survey conducted by the Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD).

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Turkish EU Minister hints at amending criticized homeland security bill - DIPLOMACY

Turkish EU Minister hints at amending criticized homeland security bill

ANKARA

Turkey’s EU Affairs Minister Volkan Bozkır has distanced himself from a much criticized homeland security bill, while signaling that he would voice his objections to the bill’s content at the upcoming meetings with fellow Cabinet members.

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Islamic banking gains ground in Turkey - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Islamic banking gains ground in Turkey

Turkey’s government has moved to expand Islamic banking by inviting public banks into the sector. Earlier this month, the largest state-run bank, Ziraat, received approval to establish an Islamic unit, a landmark move in a country where public lenders have so far stayed out of the Islamic finance realm.

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Is NATO membership shackling Turkey? - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Is NATO membership shackling Turkey?

Turkey’s foreign policy and role in the international system have become the subject of growing debate both in local and foreign media over the past two years. The country’s NATO membership is inevitably a central topic in the debate. Some argue NATO membership has “shackled” Turkey’s independence and maneuvering ability and should be gotten rid of, while others see the alliance as a vital “anchor” that has held Turkey in the Western bloc for 62 years. Those arguments are worth a closer look, for they reflect how the international community’s perception of Turkey has changed and could be helpful in analyzing the domestic foreign policy debates.

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PressTV - Report: One in three Turkish youth unemployed

Report: One in three Turkish youth unemployed
Thu Oct 30, 2014 1:38AM GMT

Nader Fekri, Press TV, Istanbul

One third of all young people in Turkey that is nearly four million 15-24-year-olds are for all intents and purposes unemployed. The proportion of NEETs or the youth Not in Education, Employment, or Training is way above the eurozone average though below that of Greece, Spain, and Italy.

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'Midnight Express' writer Billy Hayes raises Turkish flag during Republic Day celebrations | Nation | Daily Sabah

'MIDNIGHT EXPRESS' WRITER BILLY HAYES RAISES TURKISH FLAG DURING REPUBLIC DAY CELEBRATIONS

ISTANBUL — Billy Hayes, the writer of the controversial book "Midnight Express" for misrepresenting conditions in Turkey in 1978, raised the Turkish flag in New York during Turkey's Oct. 29 Republic Day celebrations on Wednesday.

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2.5 Million Muslim Armenians Estimated in Turkey | Asbarez Armenian News

2.5 Million Muslim Armenians Estimated in Turkey

A scene from the Hrant Dink Foundation's conference on 'Islamized Armenians' at the Istanbul Bosphorus University. Nov. 3, 2013.

ISTANBUL (Horizon Weekly)—A rediscovery of national identity among Turkey’s millions of “hidden Armenians” is rattling national taboos in Turkey. Specialists studying the matter have related the trend to various political and cultural changes that are enabling Turkey’s Islamized Armenians to return to their roots.

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Turkey finds out one is the loneliest number - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Turkey finds out one is the loneliest number

The Justice and Development Party (AKP) leaders who have ruled Turkey for the past 12 years generally ignore and sometimes deny the criticism that they have pushed Turkey into loneliness in the region and the world because of their foreign policies.

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Turkey: Istanbul's gas distribution company to be privatized - Energy - ANSAMed.it

Turkey: Istanbul's gas distribution company to be privatized

29 October, 13:18

(ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, OCTOBER 29 - The privatization process of the Istanbul Gas Distribution Company (IGDAS) will begin in November, Daily Sabah online reports today quoting Istanbul's mayor Kadir Topbas as saying. The mayor stated that IGDAS is one of the biggest and most valuable companies of its field both in Turkey and in the world with 5 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas sales, 4.6 billion Turkish Liras (TL, around 1.627 billion euros) net sales revenues, 279 million TL (98,7 million euros) net profits and 4.2 billion TL (1,48 billion euros) worth of assets.

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Tourism between Greece and Turkey is on the rise - Tourism - ANSAMed.it

Tourism between Greece and Turkey is on the rise

29 October, 13:25

(ANSAmed) - ATHENS, OCTOBER 29 - The number of Turkish tourists visiting Greece this year is expected reach a historic high, while the corresponding figure for Greek visitors to Turkey is also set to soar. The latest estimates see over one million Turkish tourists visiting Greece - a record number - while Turkey expects Greek visitors to reach 800,000 by year-end. In the first nine months of the year, as daily Kathimerini online reports, Greek visitors to Turkey posted the largest growth rate among European markets (24%), as 631,344 people traveled to the neighboring country from Greece, figures from the Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry show. (ANSAmed).

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90 percent feel Turkey is still affected by the consequences of WWI - BARÇIN YİNANÇ

90 percent feel Turkey is still affected by the consequences of WWI

Just as we yesterday celebrated the 91st year of the foundation of the Turkish Republic, this year also marks the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, which brought an end to the Ottoman Empire.

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Turkish court suspends regulation opening olive groves for energy facilities - GREEN

Turkish court suspends regulation opening olive groves for energy facilities

ANKARA

Turkey’s Council of State ordered a stay of execution Oct. 28 for a controversial change in regulation that opened olive groves across the country for the construction of energy facilities, amid disputes between local producers and energy firms looking to open new plants. However, a law draft that will guarantee opening olive groves for power plants, still awaits a parliamentary approval.

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Western fascination with 'badass' Kurdish women - Opinion - Al Jazeera English

Western fascination with 'badass' Kurdish women

The media frenzy over the women fighting ISIL is bizarre, myopic, orientalist and cheapens an important struggle.

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Turkey's new presidential palace unveiled - in pictures | World news | The Guardian

Turkey's new presidential palace unveiled - in pictures

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has unveiled a new presidential palace on the outskirts of Ankara. The immense project has been built at a reported cost of $350m. The building has been denounced by ecologists as an environmental blight and by the opposition as evidence of Erdogan’s autocratic tendencies. Supporters say the palace is a symbol of what the president touts as his drive towards a ‘new Turkey’

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