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Monday, 28 February 2011

End of an era in Turkish politics


Former Turkey prime minister and founder of Turkey’s Islamic political movement Necmettin Erbakan has died at the age of 84 due to multiple organ failure. Erbakan who served as prime minister between 1996 and 1997 had been receiving treatment since early January.

Head doctor Tevfik Ali Küçükbaş said Erbakan’s death occurred at 11:40 a.m. on Sunday despite doctors’ efforts to keep him alive.
Necmettin Erbakan is seen as a man who has helped shape Turkey’s political scene, both President Abdullah Gül and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, along with Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç and dozens of other current politicians, were students of Erbakan and introduced to the political arena by him.

Party officials and family members say Erbakan will be buried in Istanbul on Tuesday after a funeral ceremony at Fatih Mosque. His family rejected proposals for an official ceremony in Parliament, a custom applied to all former deputies and ministers.

Friday, 25 February 2011

3rd Annual trade show now open in Istanbul


The Third Eurasia Motorbike Expo is now opened in Istanbul. 145 firms are taking part in this year's show which is expected to draw more than 80 thousand visitors.

For enthusiast of two wheel motors, this is not a show to miss but one to indulge in all things motor.
This years’ Trade show is the largest since it began, motor lovers can catch it between now and February 27 at Istanbul's Fair Center. Check it out...

Turkish soap boosts visits to Istanbul’s Topkapı Palace


Popular Turkish soap opera Muhteşem Yüzyıl (The Magnificent Century) which recently hit the airwaves has increased the number of domestic visitors to Istanbul’s iconic Topkapı Palace according to reports.

Thanks to Muhteşem Yüzyıl (The Magnificent Century) which presents events that occurred during the reign of Süleyman the Magnificent, the palace has attracted the attention of domestic tourists even though it has also angered conservative circles who say the show misrepresents and degrades the life of the sultan.

Figures show that a total of 68,916 people visited Topkapı Palace in February last year compared to double that number who have already visited the location in the first 15 days of February this year.

Has the show prompted you to visit the palace which was the official and primary residence of the Ottoman sultans for approximately 400 years of their 624-year reign?

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Turkey doubles efforts to get its citizens out of Libya


Turkish Airlines (THY) had no joy but Turkish ships seems to have some success in the evacuation of Turkish nationals in Libya.

Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched several initiatives for safety of Turkish citizens in Libya and their evacuation as unrest swept the North African country; it is estimated that there are some 25,000 Turkish citizens in Libya.

So far a total of 821 Turks have been evacuated from Libya; one ship will set sail for Libya this afternoon and another will leave on Wednesday.

Hundreds of people have been killed in Libya since protests broke out across the North African nation a week ago. In the capital, Tripoli, and cities of Benghazi, Bayda and Tobruk, people took to the streets to demonstrate against Muammar Gaddafi's 42-year reign.

Monday, 21 February 2011

Violence against women, a real Turkish Issue


New data about violence against women from the Justice Ministry of Turkey is too shocking to ignore, according to official figures the number of women murdered in a year in Turkey shot up 1,400 per cent between 2002 and 2009.

The figures show that nearly half of all Turkish women experience violence, from 2002 to July 2009, a total of 12,678 cases were opened because of violence and murders some 15,564 people were tried in those cases, and 6,736 were sentenced. In those cases, 1,869 people were acquitted and 794 people were given parole.

With nearly a thousand women murdered in Turkey in 2009 according to new data from the Justice Ministry, the country has witnessed a drastic increase since 66 women were murdered in 2002.

According to activists, the reason behind violence against women is the imbalance of power and the inequality between men and women in society and the only way to solve the problem of such violence is to ensure gender equality, Changing the roles and attitudes of men and women within the family and society while also strengthening the role of women is the only solution in defeating violence against women.



Saturday, 19 February 2011

!f Istanbul is 10 years old


If you are in Istanbul, this month, don’t miss the !f Istanbul AFM International Independent Film; it started yesterday 16th February and will go on till Feb. 27.
The festival is a decade old this year so expect cutting-edge cinema, Indies and some of the year’s most talked-about films and Oscar contenders.

The Sundance Institute, which manages the Sundance Film Festival, selected Istanbul this year as one of 14 locations worldwide for its Film Forward program, initiated under the incentive of U.S. President Barack Obama to develop worldwide intercultural dialogue.
Under the program,!f will be screening nine Film Forward titles and hosting several of the film’s directors for workshops and post-screening discussions.

In addition to noted Hollywood screenwriters Bill Wheeler and Wesley Strick, acclaimed Israeli author and director Etgar Keret and several Sundance Institute directors will be in Istanbul for a three-day marathon on developing screenwriting skills, including a panel discussion, a case study and presentations.

This is the place to be if you are aspiring to work in the film industry or just a cinema enthusiast.

Thursday, 17 February 2011

International game in Antalya comes under scrutiny


The credibility of two friendly international matches played in Antalya, Turkey has come under intense scrutiny after serious suspicions of match fixing were raised.

Fifa confirmed it was examining whether there were suspicious betting patterns surrounding Bolivia’s 2-1 defeat of Latvia and the 2-2 draw between Estonia and Bulgaria.

The games played consecutively at the Mardan Stadium in Antalya saw seven goals, with all seven goals scored from the penalty spot. An outcome described by one bookmaking source as “freakishly unlikely” especially since one of the penalties was ordered to be retaken after the first kick was missed.

Fifa confirmed it was investigating the matches after being alerted by “various sources”, and claimed that its Early Warning System, which monitors betting patterns with legitimate bookmakers had informed the investigation.

The referee, identified as Kolos Lengyl, and his assistants, have been suspended by the Hungarian football federation pending the outcome of the inquiry.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

New flotilla aims to reach Gaza on deadly raid anniversary


A new flotilla of ships will try to reach Gaza at the end of May to mark the first anniversary of a deadly Israeli raid against a similar convoy that killed nine activists according to organizers.

The flotilla will try to break Israel's blockade of the territory will consist of around 15 boats with activists from 25 nations compared to just six ships last year.

Activists on board last years’ Free Gaza flotilla say Israeli commandos started shooting as soon as they boarded the vessel. But Israel says the commandos used live fire only after they were attacked with clubs, knives and guns. Eight Turks and one American of Turkish descent were killed in the incident.

Last month an Israeli probe into the incident concluded that both the raid and the blockade of the impoverished Palestinian territory complied with international law.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said the inquiry had neither value nor credibility.
Maria Elena Delia of the Italian branch of "Sailing to Gaza," the non-governmental group that is organizing the new flotilla, called the Israeli blockade of Gaza "a crime and a violation of international law."

"We hope to break this blockade and if we can't, we will set sail again and again," she said.

Monday, 14 February 2011

Turkey’s president in hot water over tweet


By now you would think high profile personalities will think twice before using social media; whether it’s Russell Brand putting a picture of his pop star wife without make up on Twitter or Turkey’s president admitting to watching a pirate DVD, one thing’s for sure social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook can be a double edged sword. Although your followers might love to hear about your every move, the backlash can also be fierce if a foot is put wrong.

Turkey’s president is finding out the hard way after he tweeted “I watched ‘The King’s Speech’ with my wife. It is really a very good film … I suppose the film will be subject to many discussions and be awarded with many prizes.”

The president has become that talk of Twitter as the film is not yet released in Turkey, do you think the president is setting a bad example in a country where piracy is already a concern or do you think it’s all blown out of proportion?

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Threesomes and Murder in Antalya.



This shows that not everyone is cut out for the swinger’s lifestyle; a 41 year old man only known as D. K from Antalya allegedly stabbed his wife to death out of jealousy during a threesome between the couple and another man.

According to reports, D.K. arranged a threesome with another man at his wife’s request but grew upset after believing that his wife had lost interest in him and was only paying attention to the other man. He complained about the situation, the couple began to argue. D.K. grabbed a knife and stabbed his wife before turning the knife on himself.

When questioned at a police station in Antalya, D.K. claimed his late wife was addicted to sex. “She always wanted to have sex; I learned on that night that my wife had been having sex with strange men, men I didn’t know,”… I don’t know if that justifies murder.

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Man Utd veteran admits his love for Istanbul


Recently voted Manchester United icon of all time, Ryan Giggs has confessed his love for Istanbul and it’s not just because Man Utd always get the better of Galatasaray and other Turkey based teams.

Who can blame him? Istanbul is a city where east meets west not to mention it’s Turkey's largest and most popular city.

With a population of 12.6 million, Istanbul is the world's fifth largest city and the only city in the world that spans two continents.

Over the past decade, Istanbul has experienced a renaissance, fast becoming an epicentre of fashion, art and culture, and deserving of the moniker 'the world's hippest city'. Istanbul is full of happening restaurants, bars, galleries and clubs, as well as being so chock-full of historical sites, Giggs might not be a ‘party boy’ like other famous footballers but it would take him weeks to explore.

For all its attributes, property in Istanbul is still very undervalued compared to other European cities so it won’t be a surprise if Giggsy snags himself a nice luxury Istanbul apartment.


Monday, 7 February 2011

Russians replace Germans as number One Turkey holiday takers




Latest figures show that the number one tourists to visit Turkey are Russians; German tourists who were previously ranked number one Turkey holiday makers are now in decline.

The proportion of tourists coming to Turkey from Russia having increased from 17 to 27 per cent whiles it looks like German tourists have had their day in the sun. In 2004, more than 2.5 million German tourists visited resort towns such as Antalya and Fethiye however 2005 saw the start of a continuous decline in the number of German’s visiting Turkey. As of now, Russian tourists constitute the largest percentage of guests on southern Turkey holidays.

The decline of German tourists on Turkey holidays is blamed on the decline of the Euro whiles economic growth in Eastern Europe means Russians have more disposable income and look for new experiences in Turkey.

Friday, 4 February 2011

Turks don't need condoms…



Well not the young ones according to Turkey’s head of University Sports Federation. This was his responds when authorities condoms from Turkish athletes’ rooms at the Winter Universiade Games Village on the grounds that they do “not belong in Turkish culture.”

He thinks providing condoms actually encourage illicit intercourse; I know a lot of teenagers who will dispute that claim because they are having intercourse anyway.

And isn’t it better to be safe than sorry????

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Turkey helps evacuate foreigners from Egypt


2011 has only just began but I have to say Turkey is already on my list for a humanitarian award. Not only did the Turkish government send 14 jets to Alexandria Egypt to bring some 2,297 citizens back to the homeland after widespread protests left many people dead in the North African country, it is also helping to get some third party citizens out of Egypt.

The national carrier, Turkish Airlines (THY) has the job of transporting Turkish citizens back to Turkey, it also sends humanitarian aid to Turkish citizens who are waiting to be evacuated and Turkish Embassy staff in Cairo.

The government has also made preparations at Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport to help the citizens of third countries who would like to leave Egypt. They are also working on facilitating easier visas, letting diplomatic representatives have easier access to the Ataturk Airport and helping transit passengers.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Turkish artist displays artwork made by foot


My first thought was he must really strong toes; yes 19 year old Turk Yusuf Arslan has disabilities but manages to paint using his left foot.

Arslan said he had started painting at the age of 10 by coincidence; “I generally make abstract painting, my goal is to become famous painter in the world’.

He is certainly on the right path as he has so far opened four exhibitions in Erzurum and Istanbul and now in Bodrum, Turkey with the support of the Bodrum Municipality.

You can check out Arslan’s exhibition in if you are in Bodrum, Turkey, it runs from now until August 7th.