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1481x0x Turkish news for week ending 29 September 2007

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    Oct 2, 2007
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      * BBC reports that the Turkish and Iraqi officials signed a
      security pact aimed at curbing the activities of the Turkish
      Kurdish separatist group, Kurdish Workers Party.
      According to the BBC the final agreement does not include a key
      Turkish proposal that its troops be allowed to pursue the rebel
      fighters over the border into Iraq, a much sought after aim of
      the Turkish government.
      In the past year, Turkey has been threatening unilateral action
      in Iraqi territory against the rebel Turkish Kurd bases in
      Northern Iraq.
      The rebels and their organizations are labeled as terrorist
      entities by the US and the European Union.

      * Turkish prime minister and the foreign affairs minister were in
      the US this week.
      Mr. Erdogan addressed the Council on Foreign Relations, a New
      York-based think-tank, on Thursday. He expressed his opinions on
      ban on religious women with headscarves attending universities
      and working for the government, the rebel Turkish Kurds and US
      military's possible withdrawal from Iraq through Turkey. He said
      that the description of secularism in a new constitution he asked
      to be prepared will be the same as the one in the 1982
      constitution. Mr. Erdogan said that Turkey is a victim of
      terrorism and that the resources of terrorism must be cut off,
      and that international cooperation is needed to achieve this.
      Mr. Erdogan said that a sudden withdrawal of US troops from
      Iraq would not be right.
      Mr. Erdogan attended the annual United Nations General Assembly
      meeting on Wednesday. While at the UN, he had bilateral talks
      with other World leaders.
      He also met with the US Jewish groups. Among the leaders he met
      was the Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad. The Turkish daily
      Milliyet reported that the two leaders reportedly discussed
      bilateral energy agreements and Iran's nuclear program as well as
      the Iraq issue. In addition, Erdogan rang the opening bell at the
      New York Stock Exchange.
      On Tuesday the Turkish Prime Minister met Turkish and American
      businessman at a dinner. Mr. Erdogan touted Turkey's stability
      and called on US businessmen to invest in Turkey. In addition to
      top executives of leading companies, among distinguished guests
      at the dinner were former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright,
      former Assistant Secretary of State Richard Holbrooke, and former
      US Ambassador to Turkey Marc Grossman.
      Mr. Erdogan addressed the UN summit on climate Change, where he
      warned that climate change is the gravest environmental threat
      humanity has ever faced. He also invited all those at the
      gathering to attend the March 2009 World Water Forum in Istanbul.
      Mr. Erdogan was also at a New York Turkish Cultural Center
      annual friendship dinner. Among the speakers at the dinner was
      Ms. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

      * The Turkish daily Turkiye reports that the Turkish President
      Abdullah Gul attended a ceremony at Istanbul's Dolmabahce Palace
      marking the 75th annual Language Day. Addressing the gathering
      organized by the Turkish Language Institution.
      President Gul said that Turkish is now experiencing its most
      powerful period. Stressing that some 300 million people currently
      speak Turkish, the president said that for the sake of the
      nation's future, people should preserve their language as well as
      their other cultural values.

      * Chairman of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Nobuo
      Yamaguchi and an accompanying delegation were in Turkey this
      The Turkish daily Turkiye reports that State Minister Kursad
      Tuzmen received the Japanese delegation on Wednesday
      Tuzmen urged the businessmen to come and invest in Turkey.
      "Currently, Japanese investors are in the Turkish automobile,
      construction and electronics markets," said Tuzmen.
      "We want to see more Japanese businessmen in the energy,
      communications, privatization, wastewater and environmental
      project sectors," he added.
      Pointing to the current $3.5 billion trade volume between the
      two countries, Tuzmen said that both sides should work to boost
      this figure to $12-13 billion.

      * Visiting Madrid, a Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's
      Association delegation chaired by Ms. Arzuhan Dogan Yalcindag
      yesterday met with Spanish Secretary for the European Union
      Alberto Navarro and Economy Minister Pedro Solbes, reports the
      Turkish daily Hurriyet.
      Mr. Navarro told the delegation that he has no doubts regarding
      Turkey's democratization process.
      During their meeting, Mr. Solbes and the delegation agreed to
      strengthen commercial ties between the two countries. The Turkish
      Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association delegation met with
      representatives of the Confederation of Employers and Industries
      of Spain.
      "They favorably received Turkey's democratization steps and
      European Union harmonization process," Ms. Yalcindag said
      afterwards. "We got more positive meetings in Madrid than in
      Brussels and London. We realized that we have a real friend here.
      No institution in Madrid has any problem regarding Turkey joining
      the European Union."
      Spanish King Juan Carlos also received the Turkish delegation.

      * Speaking of Spanish royalty, the Turkish Daily News reports
      that the Spanish Queen Sophia paid a visit to Turkey.
      Among the places the Spanish Queen visited were Istanbul,
      Cappadocia and the museum built for the 13th century Sufi poet
      Rumi in Konya in Central Turkey


      * BBC reports that World-renowned Turkish musician and DJ Mercan
      Dede has announced his retirement from the music business.
      His new album, due out in October, will be his last, following
      15 years of recording music.
      Born into a poor family in western Turkey as Arkin Ilicali,
      Dede now divides his time between Istanbul and Montreal.
      His music is a unique blend of traditional Turkish instruments
      and electronic sounds - one he is reluctant to categorize.

      * The International Ankara Modern Dance festival, showcasing
      modern dance and acclaimed artists from around the world, kicked
      off at the Other Stage Theater on Sept. 26. The festival was
      organized by Pagoda Dance Productions and jointly sponsored by
      Ankara's Italian Cultural Center and the Cankaya Municipality.
      The festival opened its doors Friday with "Zerogrammi"
      performed by dancers and choreographers Emanuele Sciannamea and
      Stefano Mazzotta. A young Turkish dancer and choreographer
      performed "Tired III" and "Cache" on Sept. 27.
      Subvoid Physical Dance Theater, directed by Ay$egul Guryuksel,
      performed on Sept. 28. The dance theater won an award at the New
      York International Independent Film and Video Festival this year.
      On the final day of the festival, Sept. 29, Bare Foot Theatrical
      Company) and Company Cre-Ange will take the stage for final
      Workshops, film screenings and expert panels are being held
      throughout the festival in order connect the artists with their

      * On display for one year at the Museum of Anatolian
      Civilizations in the Turkish capital Ankara are 25 historical
      Neolithic Age artifacts unearthed during excavations in Konya's
      Catalhoyuk district that began in 1993 and that have been brought
      from the Konya Archaeological Museum.
      Catalhoyuk is widely believed to be one of the first human
      settlements, some 9,000 years ago. Sponsored by the British
      Boeing Company and led by Professor Lan Hadder for 15 years,
      excavations have so far unearthed hundreds of artifacts which are
      now on display at the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations.

      * An exhibition supporting Darfur and aiming to raise awareness
      about the crisis in the region opened in Istanbul through the
      joint efforts of photojournalist Mustafa Ozer, whose work is
      being displayed, the Turkish Red Crescent and Agence France

      * The recent excavation project carried out by Marmaris in
      Municipality in Nimara Cave the Aegean part of Turkey revealed
      traces of human presence dating back 12,000 years.
      The researchers stated that the cave was used as a place of
      worship in ancient times. The cave, declared a protected area in
      1999, also shelters butterflies.

      * International success of Turkish directors takes Turkish films
      to better places everyday. For the very first time this year the
      Film Society of Lincoln Center decided to co-present Zeki
      Demirkubuz's films with the Moon and Stars Project, a New York-
      based non-profit organization.
      The internationally acknowledged Film Society of Lincoln Center
      was founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international
      cinema, to recognize and support new filmmakers, and to enhance
      awareness, accessibility and understanding of the art among a
      broad and diverse film going audience.
      Zeki Demirkubuz's screening at the Lincoln Center is also a
      success for the Moon and Stars Project. The Moon and Stars
      Projects has been organizing the Turkish Film Festival for the
      last nine years in New York.

      * Excavations that have been carried out for one year at the 14th
      century KIzlar Monastery in Trabzon's Boztepe neighborhood on the
      Black Sea have ended.
      According to Trabzon Mayor Volkan CanalIoglu the municipality
      has prepared a project to turn the monastery into a contemporary
      art center.

      * The European Union Information Center based in the Turkish
      capital Ankara will host an exhibition called "Get Closer" by
      AslI Deniz HelvacIoglu, a scholar and artist.
      Ms. HelvacIoglu is a professor at the Bogazici University and
      she will showcase 15 paintings, a culmination of her beloved
      hobby. She is the first Turkish artist to participate at the
      Florence Biennial.
      The exhibition invites art lovers to get closer to those who
      are far away simply because they have different ideas and
      The event will run from Sept. 17 to Oct.17.


      Mark Nowak

      * Turkish Futbol - Super League

      Week 6 Results
      MKE Ankaragucu 1 - 0 Istanbul BB
      Manisaspor 1 - 1 Trabzonspor
      Konyaspor 1 - 1 Genclerbirligi
      BesIktas 3 - 2 Denizlispor
      Kayserispor 3 - 1 BB Ankaraspor
      Kasimpasa 0 - 1 Galatasaray
      Genclerbirligi Oftas 1 - 2 Gaziantepspor
      Caykur Rizespor 0 - 2 Sivasspor
      Bursaspor 1 - 1 Fenerbahce

      Week 7 Matches

      Fenerbahce 2 - 0 MKE Ankaragucu
      Genclerbirligi Oftas Caykur Rizespor
      Galatasaray BesIktas
      Denizlispor Kayserispor
      Istanbul BB Manisaspor
      Gaziantepspor BB Ankaraspor
      Sivasspor Bursaspor
      Genclerbirligi Kasimpasa
      Trabzonspor Konyaspor

      Pts G W D L F A
      1 Be$ikta$ 14 6 4 2 0 7 3
      2 Galatasaray 16 6 5 1 0 15 2
      3 Sivasspor 12 5 4 0 1 7 2
      4 Kayseri 11 6 3 2 1 12 7
      5 MKE Ankaragucu 11 6 3 2 8 6 6
      6 Istanbul BB 9 6 3 0 3 6 6
      7 Fenerbahce 9 6 2 3 1 6 6
      8 Trabzonspor 9 5 2 3 0 9 3
      9 Gaziantepspor 9 6 3 0 3 9 9
      10 VESTEL Manisa 8 6 2 2 2 10 10
      11 Bursaspor 6 6 1 3 2 5 5
      12 KasImpa$a 6 6 2 0 4 5 8
      13 Denizlispor 5 6 1 2 3 9 11
      14 Genclerbirligi 5 6 1 2 3 7 10
      15 Genclerbirligi OFTA$ 4 6 1 1 4 4 8
      16 Konyaspor 4 6 0 4 2 5 12
      17 CAYKUR Rize 4 6 1 1 4 5 15
      18 Ankaraspor 2 6 0 2 4 5 11

      * Fortis Turkiye Kupasi
      Sanliurfaspor 2 - 1 Konyaspor
      Bursaspor 1 - 0 Boluspor
      Kayserispor 3 - 1 Diyarbakirspor
      Genclerbirligi Oftas 4 - 0 Usakspor
      BB Ankaraspor 2 - 1 Kartalspor
      Gaziantepspor 2 - 0 Kayseri Erciyesspor
      Istanbul BB 2 - 3 Diyarbakir BB Diskispor
      Manisaspor 1 - 0 Gaziantep BB SK
      Caykur Rizespor 3 - 1 Eskisehirspor
      Adana Demirspor 1 - 0 Altay GSK


      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.2


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 82/50 Mostly Sunny
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 91/72 Clear
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 77/63 Mostly Sunny
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 86/64 Clear
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 72/63 Mostly Sunny

      Seawater temperatures

      Black Sea measured at Trabzon 75
      Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 70
      Aegean Sea measured at Izmir 75
      Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 81


      *** Nobel prize winner Turkish author Orhan Pamuk will be in
      San Francisco on October 17.

      He will be speaking in the evening JCC San Francisco,
      and we will be giving out a pair of tickets on the air on our
      October 13 broadcast.

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      *** Bay Area Turkish Community School has started for 2007-08
      school year :

      Hope to see the Turkish-American children (5-12 years of age)
      and their families who would like to register at the
      Hillview Community Center in Los Altos.

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      Room 16
      97 Hillview Avenue
      Los Altos, CA 94022

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      *** CALL to win a pair of tickets for Semah Performance,
      Berkeley, 05-06 Oct. 07

      Yore Dance Ensemble presents Semah
      Friday, October 5, 8:00 PM
      Saturday, October 6, 8:00 PM

      Julia Morgan Center for the Arts
      2640 College Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

      Semah is a ritual dance that forms an integral part of the Alevi
      religious ceremonies in Anatolia. This unique performance
      will be staged by nationally-acclaime d Artistic Director
      Ahmet Luleci, and based on material collected from the
      native Alevi-Bektashi community from several different
      regions of Turkey.

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