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x0x Turkish news for week ending 29 September 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
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
"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
ARTS AND CULTURE
* 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
* 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
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.
* 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
Istanbul BB Manisaspor
Gaziantepspor BB Ankaraspor
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
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
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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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