Wednesday, April 23, 2014

New documentary asserts Turkish housekeepers ‘Ain't No Cinderellas!' - CİHAN

New documentary asserts Turkish housekeepers ‘Ain't No Cinderellas!'
TR_ISTA - 22.04.2014 17:17:46

The İstanbul Film Festival's national and international feature film selections have always been the main attraction of the annual event; however, one must not forget that this festival has also served as a launchpad for some of the most thought-provoking local documentaries. One such title offered at this year's festival, which wrapped up its 33rd edition on Sunday, was documentary filmmaker Emel Çelebi's newest effort, “Külkedisi Değiliz” (Ain't No Cinderellas!).

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Erdogan Attacks 'Parallel State's Blackmail Tapes' - Middle East - News - Israel National News

Erdogan Attacks 'Parallel State's Blackmail Tapes'

By Ari Yashar
First Publish: 4/23/2014, 7:47 AM

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday attacked those behind recent leaks as being a "parallel state," and in doing so revealed they hold numerous recordings of key officials in Erdogan's government - including himself.

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Netherlands' King's Day celebrations come to İstanbul

Netherlands' King's Day celebrations come to İstanbul

April 23, 2014, Wednesday/ 17:13:40/ TODAY'S ZAMAN/ ISTANBUL

İstanbul will once more see a series of activities held to boost diplomatic relations between Turkey and the Netherlands when annual celebrations for the latter's King's Day, formerly known as Queen's Day, are brought to the city over the weekend.

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Turkish Students in Court: Forgive me, I have tweeted / Turkey Breaking News

Turkish Students in Court: Forgive me, I have tweeted / Turkey Breaking News
23 Nisan, 2014 | 14:09

They study, they demonstrate tweet it – now they face three years in prison. In Izmir are 29 young Turks in court because they should have called for protests in the network.

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US Ambassador Ricciardone to keep working on Turkey after retirement - DIPLOMACY

US Ambassador Ricciardone to keep working on Turkey after retirement

Tolga TANIŞ WASHINGTON / Hürriyet

U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Francis Ricciardone will keep working on Turkey and the Middle East after he leaves his post following Turkey's presidential elections scheduled for August, as preparatory to assuming the title of vice president of the Atlantic Council as well as the directorship of the body’s Rafik Hariri Center in late September.

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‘Almost one million’ Syrian refugees in Turkey - Al Arabiya News

‘Almost one million’ Syrian refugees in Turkey
Syrian refugee women stand outside their tents at a refugee camp in Nizip in Gaziantep province, near the Turkish-Syrian border March 17, 2014. (Reuters)

AFP, Ankara
Tuesday, 22 April 2014

The number of Syrian refugees in Turkey has reached “almost one million,” Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, while pledging to keep accepting those fleeing the war.

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Controversial Deep Purple Cyprus concert will go ahead, lead singer Gillan confirms

Controversial Deep Purple Cyprus concert will go ahead, lead singer Gillan confirms

FAMAGUSTA GAZETTE
• Wednesday, 23 April, 2014
"I don’t wish to interfere in anyone’s affairs and I don’t wish also for any offence to be taken where none is intended.”

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Three children detained at Children’s Day celebrations after Berkin protest - RIGHTS

Three children detained at Children’s Day celebrations after Berkin protest

ISTANBUL – Doğan News Agency

Three children were detained by police for shouting the slogan “Berkin Elvan is immortal” in honor of a 15-year-old who was killed by officers during the Gezi Park revolt, at an official celebration for April 23 Children’s Day in Istanbul’s Haliç neighborhood.

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Istanbul on a Whim | Noelle Reno

Istanbul on a Whim
Posted: 22/04/2014 16:54

When I boarded a 9.30am plane to Istanbul I had only decided to go the night before, at 11.30pm. I do not usually do things like this.

I had a bit of a breakthrough (rather, breakdown) the day before. In short, I had entrusted someone with a crucial part of my career, and after 18 months of waiting for results from the person, he basically split. It dawned on me, "What am I waiting for?!" I'm always waiting on something; a man, a deal, a friend. Not least of all waiting to travel to places I've always wanted to see. Fast forward 10 hours and I'm en route to the land that joins the East and West.

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Philippines slaps anti-dumping duty on Turkish flour

Philippines slaps anti-dumping duty on Turkish flour
By: Orti Despuez, InterAksyon.com
April 23, 2014 5:27 PM

MANILA - The Philippines will impose higher tariffs on Turkish wheat flour in the next four months after Manila discovered that Ankara was shipping the product here at artificially low prices.

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‘My family doesn’t let me use Twitter,’ day’s little PM says, making Erdoğan laugh - POLITICS

‘My family doesn’t let me use Twitter,’ day’s little PM says, making Erdoğan laugh

ANKARA

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Cabinet members delegated their seats to children as part of the national Children’s Day tradition on April 23, letting young children take the floor on their behalf.

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What would alternatives to Anzac day look like? | Sarah Burnside | Comment is free | theguardian.com

What would alternatives to Anzac day look like?

If we are to have a limited and flawed patriotism, what would it mean for it to focus not on wartime deaths, but on improvements in the lives of ordinary people?

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Istanbul's stunning new airport

Istanbul's stunning new airport
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 7:55 AM

Images for the world's largest airport terminal under one roof have been released.

Terminal One of the Istanbul Grand Airport will stretch to almost one million square meters, featuring a vaulted ceiling whose geometric roof and layout design will reinforce passenger flows.

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Kiwis gather in Turkey ahead of Anzac Day | Stuff.co.nz

Kiwis gather in Turkey ahead of Anzac Day
TONY WRIGHT
Last updated 12:14 22/04/2014

It was a simple matter to find Michael Kenneady and Yvonne Simpson among the crowds of wanderers from a dozen countries: you simply listened out for their accents.

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Turkish PM Erdoğan's April 23 statement on Armenian issue (in English) - INTERNATIONAL


Turkish PM Erdoğan's April 23 statement on Armenian issue (in English)

THE MESSAGE OF THE PRIME MINISTER OF THE REPUBLIC OF TURKEY, RECEP TAYYIP ERDOĞAN ON THE EVENTS OF 1915
(UNOFFICIAL TRANSLATION)

“The 24th of April carries a particular significance for our Armenian citizens and for all Armenians around the world, and provides a valuable opportunity to share opinions freely on a historical matter.

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PM Erdoğan stresses 'shared pain' in statement on Armenian issue - DIPLOMACY

PM Erdoğan stresses 'shared pain' in statement on Armenian issue

ANKARA

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has highlighted the "shared pain" endured during the 1915 events in a historic statement April 23 on the Armenian issue, expressing condolences on behalf of the Turkish state to the grandchildren of Armenians who lost their lives "in the context of the early twentieth century."

In a first-of-its-kind statement released by the Prime Minister's Office, Erdoğan said April 24 carries "particular significance for our Armenian citizens and for all Armenians around the world."

The statement has been issued in eight languages other than Turkish, including Eastern and Western Armenian.



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Turkey is fun! - BURAK BEKDİL

Turkey is fun!

It will definitely be fun to observe the Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will leave behind. The current “only-Zionists-and-traitors-don’t-love-Erdoğan” feeling may turn into a less tolerable one that illegalizes not loving Zeus’ 21st century Turkish-Islamist reincarnation attempt. But Turkey is always fun.

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Turkey's child population in decline, study indicates

Turkey's child population in decline, study indicates

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

ANKARA - Turkey is facing the risk of having an aged population in the decades to come, according to a report published by the country's statistics authority, TurkStat.

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Turkey to mark Sovereignty Day, Children’s Day - LOCAL

Turkey to mark Sovereignty Day, Children’s Day

ANKARA

Ceremonies will be held all over the country today to mark April 23, National Sovereignty Day and Children’s Day, on the 84th anniversary of the establishment of the Turkish Parliament.

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Turkish Parliament at the crossroads in its 94th year - MURAT YETKİN

Turkish Parliament at the crossroads in its 94th year

It was April 23, 1920 when the forces of national resistance announced a national Parliament in Ankara.

The resistance, led by Mustafa Kemal, was against the invading Greek, British, French, Italian, Armenian and Georgian armies, as well as the Sultanate in Istanbul. It was not until Istanbul was invaded by the British and French troops on March 16 and they were approved of by Sultan Vahdettin, the last ruler of a nearly six-centuries-long Ottoman dynasty, that the Ankara-based resistance decided to go for an alternative convention. It was only after the fall of Istanbul that a group of members of (the former) Parliament – then dispersed by the occupying troops – left the capital to join the resistance in Ankara. Not only them, but a number of ministers, including Defense Minister Fevzi Çakmak and his Chief of Staff İsmet İnönü, joined the Kemalist forces in Ankara.

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Tourists flocking to see locations of TV productions - CINEMA-TV

Tourists flocking to see locations of TV productions

İZMİR - Cihan News Agency
Films and TV dramas shot in Turkey are attracting a new breed of tourist that wants to sample the atmosphere of places portrayed on the screen, according to an academic of tourism management

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Store gallery: The Zorlu Center is the new face of Istanbul | Store Gallery | Retail Week

Store gallery: The Zorlu Center is the new face of Istanbul

22 April, 2014 | By John Ryan

Istanbul is a source of retail inspiration, with The Zorlu Center and Istiklal Street providing a contrast that echoes the city’s location.

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Turkish opposition appeals to top court for re-run of Ankara vote

Turkish opposition appeals to top court for re-run of Ankara vote

Reuters, 22/04 10:53 CET

ANKARA (Reuters) – The candidate for Turkey’s main opposition party has asked the Constitutional Court to order a re-run of a contested mayoral ballot in the capital Ankara, where he lost to Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party.


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125 Swedish UN-veterans to return to Cyprus 40 years after 1974 invasion

125 Swedish UN-veterans to return to Cyprus 40 years after 1974 invasion

FAMAGUSTA GAZETTE
• Tuesday, 22 April, 2014
The Swedish Contingent took over responsibility for Famagusta District in April 1974, many of whom are now returning for the first time since the conflict

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Cyprus talks re-started - will the new hopes survive the old methods? | TransConflict

Cyprus talks re-started – will the new hopes survive the old methods?

April 22, 2014 7:53 am
Though peace talks have restarted in Cyprus with an air of cautious optimism, a satisfactory and sustainable peace settlement needs to be based a collaboration between leaders, civil society and the wider public.

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Blind wins Istanbul's Golden Tulip | News | Screen

Blind wins Istanbul's Golden Tulip

21 April, 2014 | By Edna Fainaru

I am not him wins best film in Turkish competition.

Blind [pictured] by Norway’s Eskil Vogt, the story of a married woman losing her sight and battling with the real and imaginary demons of her condition, won the Golden Tulip at the 33rd Istanbul International Film Festival. The jury — presided over by Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi and including British producer Lynda Myles from the National Film & TV School, Turkish actress Defne Halman, French director Philippe Leguay and Romanian writer/director Razvan Radulescu — added a special jury prize for Poland’s Papusza, written and directed by Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze.

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Turkish businessman of Armenian origin elected head of US-Turkey bilateral chamber - BUSINESS

Turkish businessman of Armenian origin elected head of US-Turkey bilateral chamber

NEW YORK - Hürriyet

A Turkish businessman of Armenian origin has been elected as the new head of Turkish-American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TACCI), which is based in New York.

Aret Taşçıyan, a veteran businessman who currently holds a position as the U.S. representative of OMNI Limited, one of the most important companies in sea transportation and marine insurance, was elected by a 12-7 vote during TACCI’s latest general assembly.

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How pistachios can become a new form of energy - NDTVCooks.com

How pistachios can become a new form of energy

AFP, Updated: April 21, 2014 12:32 IST

How pistachios can become a new form of energy Pistachios are already a key ingredient in Turkish baklava, but the country may now have found a new way to exploit the nuts known as "green gold" - by using their shells to heat a new eco-city. Officials are currently examining plans to build the country's first ecological city with buildings both private and public heated by burning pistachio shells.

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Drought in Turkey may prompt electricity imports from Bulgaria, Georgia and Iran | The Sofia Globe

Drought in Turkey may prompt electricity imports from Bulgaria, Georgia and Iran
Written by Independent Balkan News Agency on April 22, 2014 in Bulgaria - Comments Off

Drought that has left water levels in reservoirs running seriously low, especially in eastern and south-eastern Anatolia, may prompt Turkey to import electricity from Bulgaria, Iran and Georgia to prevent power cuts this summer, according to Bulgarian and Turkish media reports.

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