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By Bilgin Atalay
* Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was in Saudi
Arabia to attend the Arab League summit as an observer this
While at the summit Mr. Erdogan held bilateral meetings with
many leaders. He said that his meeting with the Iraqi president
Jalal Talabani had been positive, adding that Mr. Talabani told
him that Iraq needs Turkey.
Mr. Talabani also suggested that Turkey send a delegation to
Iraq to study demographic issues, presumably related to the
representation of Iraqi Turks in government.
Mr. Erdogan also said that Pakistani and Afghan president may
meet in Turkey to discuss their bilateral issues.
Mr. Erdogan also addressed the summit. In his address Mr.
Erdogan commented on the need for peace and stability in the
Middle East, saying that the constant stream of deaths in Iraq
He further stated that stability and security should be
ensured in Iraq as soon as possible.
"Protecting Iraq's political unity and territorial integrity
has vital importance for regional peace and stability," he
"The possibility of Iraqs division is an unacceptable and
tragic scenario," he added.
* According to Salish Gupta of eTN Asia, Turkish officials
reported that 500,000 tourists visit Turkey for health tourism
Turkey derived a handsome revenue in the process, and now
ranks among the countries with the most number of visitors in
Turkey offers many venues for health-conscious visitors. Some
of the venues, though, need upgrade and infrastructure work.
Experts say that undertaking these works would further increase
Turkey has around 1300 geothermal springs with temperatures
as hot as 110 degrees C.
In addition, Turkey offers many healthcare facilities
developed specifically with the foreign visitor in mind.
These facilities offer plastic and aesthetic surgery, hair
transplantation, eye surgery, in vitro fertilization, open
heart surgery, treatment of skin diseases, check-up, cancer
treatment, otorhinolaryngology, dialysis and cardiovascular
surgery, gynecology, tumor operations, brain surgery,
orthopedics, and dentistry with high quality and up-to-date
technology, but at a modest cost.
* One of Turkey's leading businessmen Kadir Has passed away on
Mr. Has, who was 86 year old, had a heart attack after
visiting the students of university he had founded.
In addition to being a successful businessman, Mr. Has was
also a philanthropist who gave away more than $500 million to
His business empire included automobile manufacturing,
banking and beverages.
* Turkey is asking the World Trade organization to review the
results of the elimination of the textile and clothes quotas.
The proposal is being opposed by China and India, the two
countries that seemed to have gained the most from the
Turkey argues that poorer nations with the lowest labor costs
lost the most in the markets, with resulting job losses.
Although Turkey seems to be concerned about erosion in its
own market share, recent statistics actually show an upswing in
Turkish exports of clothing in January amounting to 16.4
percent. There was also a 33 percent increase in Turkish
textile and raw material exports.
* According to Portalino News Agency of Italy, Russia, Greece
and Bulgaria signed an agreement for a pipeline bypassing
Analysts say the deal will consolidate Russia's influence in
the European energy market. Some say this may result in major
risks for the Europeans.
Another pipeline starting from the Caspian basin will
transport more oil to Italy via Turkey and Greece.
* According to the Thanh Nien Daily of Vietnam, Vietnam will
attend a two-day conference in Turkey to promote economic ties
between the Pacific Rim countries.
Vietnam's delegation to the Turkey-Pacific Foreign Trade
Bridge in Istanbul will include representatives from the
Ministries of Planning and Investment, Trade, and Industry, and
20 Vietnamese companies.
Chairman of the Confederation of Turkish Businessmen and
Manufacturers, Rizanur Meral, said Vietnam would be one of the
most important nations at the event and have a "Country
Presentation" session on April 8.
* The Turkish daily Sabah reports that Italy has awarded Orders
of Merit to former NATO Senior Civilian Representative in
Afghanistan Hikmet Cetin and parliamentarians Zeynep Karahan
Uslu and Muharrem Kilic.
Italian Ambassador to Turkey Carlo Marsili presented the
awards to the three Turks in a ceremony at the Italian Embassy
in the Turkish capital Ankara.
* Addressing an American-Turkish Council meeting in
Washington on Wednesday, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander
of the US European Command James Jones, whose term in office
recently ended, said that relations between Turkey and the US
were invaluable, adding that both countries should be careful
about each other's sensitivities.
Turkish armed forces Deputy Chief of General Staff Gen. Ergin
Saygun also attended the meeting, reports the Turkish daily
ARTS AND CULTURE
We were moving.
* International artists will gather next month in Turkey's
Cappadocia region for art. The International Uçhisar
Cappadocia Art Camp, which is marking its fourth year, will
bring together 20 artists from all over the world in Nevsehir's
The works featuring the natural beauties of Cappadocia and
created by the artists during their stay in the region will be
displayed in the historic Uçhisar Castle as part of the
including French, German, Dutch, Italian, Columbian and
Argentinean artists are expected to participate in the event
The camp will run through from April 2 to April 23.
The Cappadocia region is home to unusual rock formations
called "fairy chimneys" by the Turks.
These rock formations rising up to the height of
six-story buildings have been hollowed out since ancient times
and made into dwellings and churches.
In modern times, people still live in some old dwellings, and
a few hotels are offering rooms in carved rocks for guests to
In the 1980s archeologists also discovered that what the
locals were terming "wells" were actually underground cities
dug up by the ancients.
These self-contained cities were able to accommodate up to
30,000 people, and were used to avoid invaders.
See the following link for a restored old home built into the
* The "Association for the Protection of Flamingos" was
recently established to protect nearly 2,000 flamingos living
in Tuzla's wetland in Mugla's Milas township, in southwestern
The chairman of the association, Mustafa Çiftçi said they had
founded the association since they thought that the flamingos
living in the wetland in their province should be taken under
"Flamingos should receive minimal damage from global warming.
If the right measures are taken, the Tuzla wetland will turn
into a place similar to the 'Manyas Bird Paradise'," said Mr.
Mr. Çiftçi said their major goal was to establish a bird
observation tower in a place close to the wetland, adding, "Our
next goal is to increase tourism to the region. Flamingos are
being hurt at the moment because factories in the province
sometimes leave their wastes in the wetland."
* The charming Black Sea city of Amasra is getting a new pier,
reports the Anatolia News Agency.
The locals are saying that the new pier will bring more
visitors to the city by enabling passenger liners to berth.
In addition to its beautiful nature, Amasra is host to many
relics from various ancient civilizations that flourished in
* A stone museum will be opening in Turkey's western city of
Izmir reports the Turkish Daily News.
The museum will display marble, and other types of stones
from various regions of Turkey.
The Mayor of Izmir says that the museum will be the second
largest of its kind in the World.
* Istanbul gives inspiration to French painter and sculptor
Nicole Deleuze, who has been living in Istanbul for the past
Ms. Deleuze is most fascinated by the city's unique natural
beauty including its different voices, smells and changing
mood, reports the Anatolian News Agency.
She says she fell in love with Istanbul after arriving there
in 2000. She decided to make the city home afterwards.
As an architect, Ms. Deleuze is pleased with the recent
restoration period kicked off in Istanbul of historical
* Turkey is the only country in Europe that tea is grown. The
major province in the tea growing region of the country, Rize,
is planning to use tea and tea plantations to attract visitors
from around Europe, reports the Turkish Daily News.
The authorities are contemplating tours of the tea
plantations much like in India and Japan.
Tea was introduced to the region in 1945. The Turkish tea is
milder than the ones grown in tropical regions of the World,
but it has conquered the Turks and converted them to tea-
drinkers and took them away from the coffee they cherished for
* Turkey's ministry of culture announced that they will set up
the largest mosaics museum of the World in Zeugma, the ancient
Roman outpost in Southeastern Turkey.
Most of the mosaics in display will be from the ancient city
The city's ruins are now partially submerged under the waters
of a dam that has been built recently.
Emergency excavations before the inundation of the ruins
saved many exquisite mosaics.
Alexander the Great established Zeugma in 300 B.C. under the
name of Selevkaya Euphrates. In 64 B.C., Roman Empire conquered
and ruled the city and renamed it Zeugma, meaning "bridge-
passage" or "bridge of boats".
During Roman rule, the city became one of the commercial hubs
in the region, due to its strategic location on the Silk Road.
Zeugma was invaded and totally destroyed by King Shapur I of
Sassanids in A.D. 256. In addition to the invasion, a violent
earthquake later hit the city and buried it beneath rubble. The
city never gained the prosperity once achieved during the Roman
* One more news item on a city from the same region: The
Turkish Parliament accepted a draft bill to move the ancient
town of Hasankeyf to higher ground.
One of the dams being built on the Tigris River will soon be
inundating 90 percent of the historical parts of the town.
Hasankeyf has many historical buildings dating back to the
Town's history goes far back than the Medieval Ages, though.
Archeologist point out that the town has been continuously
occupied for the past 10,000 years.
The town was declared a natural conservation area in 1981.
* The Turkish Travel Agencies Union will contribute to the
project that was started two years ago by the Selçuk
Municipality and the Austrian Archaeology Institute for the
reinforcement and protection of the Ephesus Grand Theater,
reported the Anatolia news agency.
Selçuk Mayor Vefa Ülger said they aimed at protecting
cultural inheritance and transferring unique monuments to next
generations. "Alongside the Grand Theater project, we have also
prepared restoration projects for aqueducts; we will start to
implement these projects soon. Our works to protect history
continue," said Mr. Ülger.
* Anatolia News Agency reports that 316 pieces of historical
artifacts from the Roman and Byzantine periods, which the
Austrian authorities seized last year in a bus in Austria, will
be brought back to Turkey.
Among the artifacts are golden and silver coins, lead seals,
golden rings, bronze pinheads, glass bottles and bowls.
* The 5th International Filmmor Women's Film Festival,
organized by the Filmmor Women's Cooperative will be meeting
the films lovers in Turkey's southeastern city of Diyarbakir.
The festival, aiming to promote women in the film industry,
enable them to participate in the film and communication
spheres where they can express themselves, provide the
environment for them to share their experiences on national and
international levels and to contribute to their cultural and
The festival will later go to the eatern Turkish city of Van.
* The 26th International Istanbul Film Festival kicked off
with an opening ceremony at the Lütfü Kirdar Convention and
After the ceremony, Ferzan Özpetek's latest film "Saturno
Contro" was screened for the first time in Turkey.
The festival started with a film by a Turkish director for
the first time in its 26-year history.
Holding a pioneering position with the quality and diversity
of the films shown, the Istanbul Film Festival feels the pulse
of the international film industry.
This year in the festival, there are brand new movies from
2006 and 2007, as well as unforgettable classics and an elite
selection of the masterpieces of masters of cinema along with
235 films shown in 20 different sections of the festival.
There are 15 nominees in the International Golden Tulip
Competition of the festival all themed around the world of
"arts and the artist" or are literary adaptations.
Among the nominees of the International Award are George
Hickenlooper's "Factory Girl" featuring Sienna Miller and Guy
Pearce in the story of Andy Warhol's favorite actress Edie
Sedgwick, and "The Hottest State" written and directed by famed
actor Ethan Hawke.
The master director of independent cinema who made "Johnny
Suede," "Living in Oblivion" and "The Real Blonde," Tom
DiCillo's last film "Delirious" that was rewarded the Best
Director and Best Screenplay prizes in San Sebastian will also
compete for the Golden Tulip.
For the first time ever, there will be two Turkish films
representing Turkey in the International Competition: "Waiting
for Heaven by Dervis Zaim and "International" by Sirri Süreyya
Önder & Muharrem Gülmez.
There is also a competition for the best Turkish film, with
16 nominees for the award.
* The 13th Baroque Festival kicked of in Istanbul on Friday.
The artist Leyla Pinar, the founder of the Baroque Community,
organizes the Baroque Festival with the other members of the
The festival discovers different geographies in the Baroque
The Festival will feature compositions from the important
artist of the era such as Buxtehude, Froberger, Stradella,
Lully, Caccini, Purcell, Monteclaire, Porpora, Haendel,
Vivaldi, Pergolesi, Soler.
The 13th Baroque Festival will continue through the 5th of
April and the events are free.
EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1382
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 52/37 Light Rain Shower
Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 59/50 Light Rain Shower
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 50/45 Light Rain Shower
Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 57/46 Light Rain Shower
Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 55/50 Mostly Cloudy
Snow depths at skiing locations:
Erciyes, in Kayseri, Central Turkey 20 inches
Ilgaz, in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey 8 inches
Kartalkaya, in Bolu, Western Turkey 83 inches
Palandoken, in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey 24 inches
Saklikent, in Antalya, Southern Turkey - inches
Sarikamis, in Kars, Eastern Turkey 51 inches
Uludag, in Bursa, Western Turkey 33 inches
By Mark Nowak
*UEFA EuroCup 2008
Turkey 4 1 Greece
Sanli 27' Kyrgiakos 5'
Turkey 2 2 Norway
Altintop 72', 90' Brenne 31', Andresen 40'
Standings Group C
Teams Pld W D L GF GA Pts
Turkey 5 4 1 0 14 3 13
Greece 5 4 0 1 8 4 12
Bosnia-Herzegovina 5 2 1 2 10 12 7
Norway 5 2 1 2 9 6 7
Hungary 5 2 0 3 7 8 6
Malta 5 1 1 3 5 10 4
Moldova 6 0 2 4 3 13 2
*Turkish Futbol - Super League
Week 25 results
Besiktas 1 - 0 Erciyesspor
Bursaspor 0 - 4 Fenerbahçe
Gaziantepspor 1 - 0 Rizespor
Kayserispor 4 - 4 Antalyaspor
Denizlispor 3 - 2 Gençlerbirligi
Ankaraspor 2 - 1 Sivasspor
Trabzonspor 0 - 1 Ankaragucu
Konyaspor 2 - 2 Galatasaray
Week 26 matches
Sivasspor - Kayserispor
Bursaspor - Konyaspor
Gençlerbirligi - Besiktas
Erciyesspor - Trabzonspor
Fenerbahçe - Ankaraspor
Antalyaspor - Manisaspor
Sakaryaspor - Gaziantepspor
Rizespor - Denizlispor
Ankaragucu - Galatasaray
Standings Team GP W D L Pts GF GA
1. Fenerbahçe 25 15 6 4 51 49 22
2. Besiktas 25 13 6 6 45 35 23
3. Galatasaray 25 11 9 5 42 44 27
4. Kayserispor 25 10 10 5 40 37 29
5. Gençlerbirligi 25 11 5 9 38 31 27
6. Konyaspor 25 9 8 8 35 33 32
7. Sivasspor 25 10 5 10 35 29 32
8. Ankaraspor 25 7 13 5 34 28 26
9. Trabzonspor 25 9 6 10 33 32 30
10. Bursaspor 25 9 6 10 33 27 31
11. Antalyaspor 25 7 11 7 32 27 27
12. Ankaragucu 25 8 8 9 32 25 25
13. Gaziantepspor 25 8 7 10 31 23 30
14. Manisaspor 24 8 5 11 29 34 38
15. Rizespor 25 8 4 13 28 21 27
16. Denizlispor 25 6 8 11 26 22 33
17. Erciyesspor 25 6 7 12 25 21 41
18. Sakaryaspor 24 3 8 13 17 16 34
1. T.Telekom 22 2
2. Fenerbahce 22 2
3. Efes P. 21 3
4. Galatasaray 15 9
5. Besiktas 14 9
6. TED Koleji 13 11
7. Banvitspor 12 12
8. Mersin 11 13
9. Karsiyaka 10 13
10. Darussafaka 10 - 14
11. Selcuk Uni. 9 - 15
12. Tofas 8 16
13. Oyak Renault 7 - 17
14. Beykoz 7 - 17
15. Alpella 7 - 17
16. Tekelspor 3 - 21
*NBA Hidayet Turkoglu Stats Pts reb asst min
Orlando 95 87 Indiana 10 4 5 23
Orlando 96 105 Boston 20 4 9 47
Orlando 94 - 89 NY Knicks 18 5 4 34
Memet Okur Stats Pts reb asst min
Utah 93 102 San Antonio 16 11 2 39
Utah 108 102 Minnesota 23 12 1 38
Utah 103 - 97 Washington 16 5 2 32
Utah 118 108 Memphis 8 6 2 31
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