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* The tense situation on the Turkish-Iraqi border dominated the
news in the international press. On Sunday another rebel Turkish
Kurd attack killed 12 Turkish troops. The rebels later announced
that they abducted 8 military.
The news infuriated the Turks, news agencies say, who poured to
the streets in large numbers and carried mass anti-rebel rallies
Large numbers of Turks also applied at the military recruitment
offices to sign up for military service.
In the meantime, 12 Iraqi officials arrived in the Turkish
capital Ankara to push for diplomacy.
Turkish officials, however, say that for the past one and a
half years, they have been trying this avenue without any
results. A commission set up between US, Iraq and Turkey 1.5
years ago accomplished nothing they point out.
Reuters also reported that Turkish officials found the
proposals offered by the Iraqi delegation unsatisfactory. New
York Times reports that one of the things proposed by the Iraqis
involved deploying American troops at the border.
Turkish public opinion is blaming the Iraqis and especially the
occupying power US for not eradicating the rebel basis from the
rugged northern Iraqi mountains. Los Angeles Times says that the
Turkish government is also coming under enormous domestic
pressure to crush Kurdish rebels.
Suggestions by the Bush administration that Turkey not carry
out a cross-border operation in Iraq did not help to calm the
situation, either. Turkish daily Sabah reported on Friday that
the Turkish Prime minister as saying that it will be Turkey that
would determine when to undertake an incursion.
Yet Saturday morning Washington Post wrote that Turkey's
military chief was indicating that the decision to go to Iraq
will be postponed until after a meeting between the Turkish prime
minister and President Bush 10 days from now.
During the week Turkish helicopters and planes started bombing
the suspected rebel camps in the Iraqi mountains.
* CBS says the US military will deploy reconnaissance aircraft
like the Predator to spy on rebel Kurdish Workers Party locations
in Northern Iraq.
Pentagon officials are saying that the information will be
passed onto Turkey and are hoping that this will help Turks
pinpoint their attacks, and prevent from bringing in thousands of
troops to Northern Iraq.
* The Eurasianet reports that the European court of human rights
ruled on a case involving the compulsory courses on religion at
The case was opened by two parents who belonged to the Alevi
sect. They complained to the court that their daughter was
required to attend the courses against their wish.
The court said that Turkey was in breach of international
conventions requiring the government "to respect the right of
parents to ensure education in conformity with their own
The courses, Alevis say, are geared to teach the dominant Sunni
* Scientists have discovered that Turkish winter wheat varieties
have a gene that makes them resistant to a fungal disease called
stripe rust. The gene remains effective even under conditions in
Britain, a study conducted by Turkish and British researchers at
the Norwich-based John Innes Centre suggests.
The tests showed that many Turkish wheat varieties still
carried seedling resistance. Furthermore, while European wheats
turned out to be susceptible to the endemic UK stripe rust, the
majority of Turkish varieties were still resistant.
ARTS AND CULTURE
* The seventh Italian language week took place in Istanbul last
week, reports the Turkish Daily News. The week started with a
ceremony at the Casa d'Italia in Istanbul. The goal of the week
was to better familiarize Turks with the Italian culture.
During the week various events displaying Italian culture took
Among these events were exhibitions, concerts, film screenings,
book presentations, theater shows and a conference on the Genoese
in Istanbul throughout history.
* The Ankara Autumn Film Festival kicked off its fourth year on
Oct. 25, offering movie buffs over 30 films to choose from
including award-winning films from the international festivals
Cannes, Berlin and Venice, as well as from European and world
Organized by the Ankara Association for film Culture and
supported by the Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry and Radio
ODTÜ, the festival will run until Nov. 8.
For detailed information on the program and films you can visit
* Turkish mint is organizing a competition for the design of the
new Turkish currency that will go into circulation in January
A few years ago Turkish officials changed the currency to
counter the effects of the hyperinflation. The new currency now
is called "new Turkish liras". The one that will go into effect
in 2009 will again be called Turkish liras.
To participate in the competition visit the mint directorate's
) The deadline to apply for
the competition is January 30, 2008. The design that gets chosen
will receive an award of 3000 new Turkish liras.
* Old houses, which feature the traditional architectural
characteristics of the southeastern Anatolian province of
Sanliurfa, have started serving tourists as boutique hotels,
reports the Anatolia news agency.
Entertainment activities have also been organized in the
houses, attracting both domestic and international tourists.
Cihat Kürkçüoglu of Sanliurfa-based Harran University said old
Sanliurfa houses reflect the historic texture and traditional
architectural structure of the city.
Stating that Sanliurfa was one of the rare cities that
preserved its historic soul in Turkey, Mr. Kürkçüoglu said there
were around 300 old houses, which were registered by the Culture
and Tourism Ministry.
"At the end of the ongoing registration work, this figure may
rise to 600-700," he said.
* A group of people living in Hong Kong, China, who believe that
Noah's Ark came to rest on Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey have
started building wooden a replica of the ark that will be used as
Agri Culture and Tourism director, Muhsin Bulut, said the
group dug up a tufa stone from a cave at an altitude of 4,000
meters on Mount Ararat during a research project.
Agri in Eastern Turkey is the problems that the Mount Ararat is
Mr. Bulut said that the remains of a tree were found in the
tufa stone examined at the University of Hong Kong, and added
that this discovery supports their belief that Noah's Ark came to
rest on Mount Ararat.
"The group has also organized a symposium titled "Noah's Ark on
the Mount Ararat' in Hong Kong and I attended this symposium,
too." Mr. Bulut said.
Construction of the replica is already underway. "The wooden
replica is planned to be completed in February 2008. It will be
used as a museum. The same replica will also be built in
Dogubayazit district of Agri," said Bulut.
Bulut said a committee from Hong Kong would come to the region
in two months in order to determine a place to build the replica.
* Istanbul's Karaköy district is the new home to the city's
alternative art venues: Currently, the historic Sumahan factory
owned by Andon Kasapoglu, one of Turkey's first industrialists,
is being transformed into an arts center, reports the Turkish
Verkin Arioba, one of the founding members of the Historical
Heritage Protection Foundation (TMKV) decided to protect her 150-
year-old building, a family heritage, and got busy with
During the repairs, curator Beral Madra opened the BM Suma
Contemporary Arts Center where an exhibition themed "unfinished"
is on display already.
Some flats will be arranged as residences for artists. Each
storey in the building will have a different art project to
However, Arioba faces difficulties with the municipality and
neighboring stores about the building residing inside the
historic Genoese city walls.
Transformation of the attic into an arts center is only
possible after permission has been granted by an expert.
* The Anatolia News Agency reports that Turkish cuisine is being
promoted at the 12th Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
scheduled to take place from Sept. 28 to Nov. 11 in Florida's
Four Turkish chefs will offer the most delicious and
distinctive flavors of Turkey from Oct. 27 to Nov. 3.
The chefs will present Kayseri manti (a spicy meat mixture,
usually lamb, in a dough wrapper) on Oct. 27, baklava on Oct. 29,
su böregi (a savory fillo dough with cheese filling) on Oct. 30
and Çerkez tavugu (chicken covered in walnut sauce) on Nov.3.
The visitors will also be offered a selection of dishes from
yaprak sarma to dolma (stuffed vegetable dish) with pepper and
eggplant, from Mediterranean style artichoke with olive oil to
Mengen style mushroom salad, and asure (a sweet soup made from
boiled beans, wheat and dried fruit) on Oct. 31.
Following the festival, the chefs will be given a chance to
showcase their talent in New York City during a special culinary
event in the city's famous Water Club restaurant that will host
around 200 prominent figures including diplomats and members of
The chefs will prepare the special menu in four days and it
will consist of Bolu style soup with tarhana (dried foods based
on a fermented mixture of grain and yoghurt, or fermented milk),
parsley salad, kuru fasulye (dried pulses and beans) with Kayseri
pastirma (Turkish pastrami), hünkar begendi (a dish consisting of
grilled eggplant puree with cheese, topped with cubed lamb meat),
çerkez tavugu as well as baked sütlaç (rice pudding) with ice
The feast will be accompanied by a mini jazz concert by a group
from Boston and a Turkish folk dance performance.
Nurettin Özköse, coordinator of the event, said they wanted to
promote the lesser known aspects of Turkish cuisine both in the
festival and in New York. "The two events are really great
projects. We are so satisfied to represent our country abroad,"
Besides the examples from Turkish cuisine, Turkey will also
promote a wide selection of Kavaklidere wines.
* The "13th European Films Festival on Wheels" will entertain
moviegoers from Nov. 2-25 in the Turkish capital Ankara, eastern
city of Kars, Black Sea city of Samsun and Sarajevo, capital of
Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The festival's International Competition section will be held
in Kars. The best film will be presented the "Golden Goose Award"
and 20,000 euros by Kars Municipality.
The second best film will be given the "Silver Goose Award" and
5,000 euros. The festival will also present an award by Turkey's
film Writers Association and Short Film Audience Award.
The 13th European Films Festival will host two international
youth events. Young film producers from 19 European countries
will attend the festival.
The European Short Film Scenario Competition's jury, to be
headed by a Turkish director, will gather in Kars as well.
The festival has been organized by the Ankara Film Association
with contributions by the Culture and Tourism Ministry, Kars
Municipality, Statoil and Akman Holding.
EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 1.18
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 63/39 Fog
Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 82/70 Decreasing Cloudiness
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 66/54 Decreasing Cloudiness
Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 73/54 Decreasing Cloudiness
Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 64/55 Heavy Showers
Edited by Mark Nowak
* Turkish Soccer Super League
Caykur Rizespor 2 - 0 Bursaspor
Gençlerbirligi 1 - 1 Kayserispor
Gaziantepspor 1 - 2 Denizlispor
Istanbul BB 2 - 0 Kasimpasa
Trabzonspor 2 - 3 Besiktas
Fenerbahçe 4 - 1 Konyaspor
Galatasaray 0 - 0 BB Ankaraspor
Genclerbirligi Oftas 2 - 1 MKE Ankaragücü
Sivasspor 1 - 0 Manisaspor
Kayserispor 1 - 0 Trabzonspor
BB Ankaraspor 2 - 0 Gençlerbirligi
Bursaspor 1 - 1 Gaziantepspor
Manisaspor 0 - 2 Genclerbirligi Oftas
Kasimpasa 1 - 2 Fenerbahçe Istanbul
MKE Ankaragücü Caykur Rizespor
Besiktas Istanbul BB
GP W D L GF GA Pts
1. Sivasspor 9 7 1 1 16 6 22
2. Galatasaray 9 6 3 0 18 4 21
3. Besiktas 9 6 2 1 12 7 20
4. Fenerbahçe 10 5 4 1 15 9 19
5. Kayserispor 10 4 4 2 15 11 16
6. Istanbul BB 9 5 0 4 14 10 15
7. Genclerbirligi Oftas 10 4 2 4 11 10 14
8. Trabzonspor 10 3 4 3 12 10 13
9. Gaziantepspor 10 4 1 5 13 14 13
10. Denizlispor 9 3 3 3 13 12 12
11. MKE Ankaragücü 9 3 3 3 11 12 12
12. Caykur Rizespor 9 3 1 5 9 18 10
13. Gençlerbirligi 10 2 3 5 11 15 9
14. Manisaspor 10 2 3 5 12 18 9
15. Bursaspor 10 1 5 4 9 12 8
16. BB Ankaraspor 10 1 4 5 7 12 7
17. Kasimpasa 10 2 1 7 7 15 7
18. Konyaspor 9 1 4 4 9 19 7
* UEFA Champions League Matchday 3
Besiktas 2-1 Liverpool
PSV 00 Fenerbahce
* UEFA Cup Matchday 1
Bordeaux 2-1 Galatasaray
* Turkish Basketball League
1. GS Cafe Crown 3-0
2. Pinar Karsiyaka 3-0
3. Turk Telekom 3-0
4. FB Ulker 2-1
5. Banvit 2-1
6. Efes Pilsen 2-1
7. Antalya Bsb. 2-1
8. Darussafaka 1-2
9. CASA TED 1-2
10. Mersin Bsb. 1-2
11. Alpella 1-2
12. Oyak Renault 1-2
13. TTNET Beykoz 1-2
14. BJK ColaTurka 1-2
15. Kepez Bld. 0-3
16. Mutlu Aku S.U. 0-3
* FIBA Basketball - Euroleague
1. Cibona 1-0
2. Aris 1-0
3. Macc.T-A 1-0
4. Lietuvos 1-0
5. Le Mans 0-1
6. Unicaja 0-1
7. Efes P. 0-1
8. Armani 0-1
1. Panathin. 1-0
2. Real 1-0
3. Partizan 1-0
4. Roanne 1-0
5. Fenerbahce 0-1
6. Lottomatica 0-1
7. Barcelona 0-1
8. Bamberg 0-1
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*** Santa Rosa Junior College is exhibiting textiles from the Turkish World.
"From Tent to Palace: Textiles of Central Asia and Turkey"
Where: SRJC Art Gallery
This exhibit introduces to the public the historic
aesthetic sensibilities of the Turkic Islamic world as
it extended from Central Asia to Anatolia and from
tent to palace among nomadic and settled peoples. It
presents the colors, forms, and patterns of an Islamic
culture that prefigured modernity but that often
survives to inform aesthetic sensibilities in the
*** Azerbaijan Nights presents on first Thursday of November:
1 - Azerbaijani poet, Mrs. Azadeh Darai from Los
Angeles will be our guest. She will indulge us with
her exquisite collection of Azeri poems.
2 - Dr. sultan Qurai is a researcher in Comparative
Literature. He is currently working on a book about
master Shehriyar's life and accomplishments. He will
share his findings and knowledge on master Shehriyar.
3 - Mr. Ismail Jamili is a well known poet whose work
appears constantly on Azeri publications. He will also
give us a speech on "Saib Tebrizi", one of the famous
poets from Tabriz.
Starts at: 7:30 To 10:00PM
16400 Lark Ave. Ste # 260,
Los Gatos, CA 95032