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of the Republic of Turkey e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org homepage: www.ambasciataditurchia.it 8 novembre 2013 PM ERDOGAN’S STATEMENTS ON SYRIA
AKSAM - 08/11/2013
Speaking at a joint press conference with his Swedish counterpart Frendrik Reinfeldt in Stockholm on Thursday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that Syria would not recover, unless Assad leaves. Erdogan said that he warned Assad about the omens and potential impacts of the Arab spring on his country at the beginning and added that he offered help which Assad agreed. “But they started killing people with guns and artillery. More than 150,000 people were killed and the number of refugees amounts to 2 million including 600,000 in my country. Those people are escaping the regime guns, both chemical and conventional,” Erdogan noted.
WOMEN UNDERREPRESENTED IN DECISION MECHANISMS, SAYS MRS. GUL
TODAY’S ZAMAN - 08/11/2013
Turkish women have progressed and are now more active in social life, but they are still mostly kept out of decision-making mechanisms, first lady Hayrunnisa Gul has said. Gul was interviewed by Marvine Howe, a former reporter for The New York Times and the author of “Turkey Today: A Nation Divided over Islam's Revival,” on Sept. 6 against the backdrop of the Gezi protests. The interview was published only recently, in the Fall 2013 issue of Middle East Policy, a peer-reviewed academic journal published quarterly. The first lady responded to questions on various topics from the veteran journalist, from headscarf bans to social responsibility projects. Gul shared her opinions on the state of women's rights in Turkey. She emphasized that women in Turkey received the right to vote and to be elected to public office in 1934, long before many countries in Europe. She told Howe that women have become more active and that the number of working women continues to grow rapidly. But she noted: “This, of course, is not sufficient. It is not possible to say that women are actively involved in decision- making mechanisms. Women are underrepresented, especially in politics and the bureaucracy. We should have more ministers, members of parliament and mayors who are women. The fact that there have only been two female governors in the 90 years of the republic should give us food for thought.” She also praised Turkey's Law to Protect Family and Prevent Violence against Women, adopted in August 2012. “There are also new opportunities for women in education, health and employment, based on positive discrimination for women in many areas,” Gul said. As the interview took place at the time of the Gezi protests, Mrs. Gul also offered her views on the protesters. She said: “Our youth did not experience the difficulties of the '70s, '80s and '90s and therefore perhaps do not recognize the value of our democratic and economic achievements. The youth who are in their twenties now were children 10 years ago, when the AK Party [Justice and Development Party] government headed by my husband as prime minister came to power. They cannot remember the days of high inflation. They cannot remember the period, before the AK Party, when there were state security courts and emergency rule in many provinces and the freedom of expression was so limited.” She said Turkey has become richer and the situation of the country has normalized. She also expressed concern about the protests turning violent. “Protests are normal in democracies but protests should not be violent; they should be peaceful.” She said she was concerned about what she described as the “violence that we watched on the streets.” In response to a suggestion from Howe that secularists claim that there are more headscarved women in the old part of Istanbul than before, she said: “On the contrary. There are no more headscarves than before; the headscarved women have begun to be more active and as a result of this, are more visible in social life.”
TURKEY EXAMINES REPORTS ON UK SPYING OPERATIONS
AKSAM/MILLIYET - 08/11/2013
Turkey has been examining recent reports that the United Kingdom has been bugging some allies, including Turkey, as part of revelations made by CIA whistleblower Edward Snowden. “We are examining the claims in legal and technical terms. If we see that the allegations are serious, then we will do what is necessary,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Levent Gumrukcu said on Thursday, adding that such espionage had no place in ties between friends and allies. When the Milliyet daily attempted at interviewing with officials from the British Embassy in Ankara on the issue, they remained silent about the allegations, saying that they will not make any interpretation about the issues related with the intelligence service.
KING AND QUEEN OF NORWAY SIGHTSEEING IN ISTANBUL
MILLIYET/HABERTURK/TAKVIM - 08/11/2013
Paying an official visit to Turkey at the invitation of President Abdullah Gul, King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway visited Istanbul's Hagia Sophia Museum and Blue Mosque yesterday. Their first destination was the Hagia Sophia Museum, after which they proceeded to Blue Mosque. Before entering the mosque, the king and queen took off their shoes and the queen put on a headscarf. Spending around 30 minutes at the mosque, the king and queen were informed about history of the mosque. Police tightened security measures during the royals' sightseeing tour. Responding to reporters' questions after the tour, Queen Sonja expressed her wish to come back to Turkey to see more, while King Harald said Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia were a must see. CONTEMPORARY ISTANBUL IS WAITING FOR ART LOVERS
AKSAM - 08/11/2013
The 8th Contemporary Istanbul Fair opened its doors as of yesterday at Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Center (ICEC) and the Istanbul Congress Center to run until November 10. This year's fair will be hosting 650 artists, 3,000 artworks and 92 contemporary art galleries from 21 countries. Inaugurating the fair, Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbas emphasized that this kind of fairs greatly contributed the promotion of Istanbul on the global scale. 50% of the artworks exhibited in the fair reportedly came from the Balkans, North Africa and East Mediterranean, while the other half came from Europe and America, all of which are waiting for the art lovers.
KAPOOR’S WORKS ON VIEW IN VIRTUAL EXHIBIT
HURRIYET DAILY NEWS - 08/11/2013
Internationally renowned British artist Anish Kapoor’s first solo exhibition in Istanbul is continuing with a collection of his sculptures at the Sakýp Sabancý Museum, but his works can now also be seen virtually on the website www.360tr.com/britishcouncilturkey. The exhibition, curated by Norman Rosenthal, is the first to focus on the artist’s stone sculptures in marble, alabaster and other materials, many of which have not been seen in public before. The exhibition also includes iconic works such as “Sky Mirror” and “Yellow,” bringing together sculpture, architecture, engineering and technology. In the virtual tour, which begins with “Sky Mirror,” six videos presenting the views of Kapoor and Rosenthal on the exhibition provide information about the works. Sponsored by Akbank, Kapoor’s works will be at SSM until Jan. 5, 2014.