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      Edited by Jan Claire

      * Turkey's first "bullet train" has had its first accident. The
      train which was, according to many, was hastily put into service
      between Ankara and Istanbul, with an insufficient infrastructure,
      and it derailed in Pamukova, Sakarya in west-central Turkey on
      Thursday evening at just before 8 pm. The train had departed
      Istanbul at 6pm with 234 passengers and 12 personnel on board.
      Turkey's Health Ministry announced the death toll as first 199,
      then 37. According to the Transport Ministry the number is 36.
      Dr. Aydin Erel, a professor of civil engineering at the Yildiz
      Technical University in Istanbul warned Turkey's Transportation
      Minister Binali Yildirim at the Transport Summit which was held on
      July, 6.
      According to Turkish interviews two weeks before the accident, Dr.
      Erel said that the infrastructure is not suitable for fast trains.
      that the likelihood of an accident is very high. His warnings also
      were backed up by Dr. Haluk Gercek of the Istanbul Technical
      Consequently, the Turkish government including the Prime Minister
      are taking a hands-on approach to determining the precise cause of
      the accident. So far most observers suspect the poor condition of
      tracks in the Pamukova region which mandated slower train speeds.

      * Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan paid a 3-day official visit
      to France this week. The visit geared toward promotion of Turkey's
      wish to enter the European Union, and concern over Turkey being
      allowed into the Union on a "conditional yes" vote.
      French officials, after meeting with Mr. Erdogan, stated they will
      re-read the European Union Commission's report on Turkey from last
      autumn, and then would make a decision as to whether to support
      Turkey's entry into the Union.
      In addition to meeting French President Chirac and French
      officials, Erdogan also met with representatives of some of the
      400,000 Turks estimated to be living in France.

      * Speaking of Turkey's European Union membership aspirations,
      several organizations have now stated that allowing Turkey into the
      European Union could have a major effect on the perceptions of other
      middle eastern countries toward the Union members.
      Mr. Daniel Cohn-Bendit, who heads the European Parliament's Green
      group and who is also a member of the Turkish-European Union
      parliamentary friendship group, related that Turkey has been
      undergoing massive changes in order to succeed in its bid for
      European Union recognition.
      He also stressed that Europe could play a part in unifying all
      common values. Bendit said that terrorism is a grave international
      threat with goals of causing conflicts between civilizations and
      that anything preventing terrorism is a plus.
      He said he feels Turkey's European Union membership would allow
      Turkey to play a strong role as a bridge between societies and an
      opportunity for ultimate peace.

      * Turkey's Foreign Affairs Minister Abdullah Gul said Thursday that
      he feels certain the European Union Commission's October progress
      report on Turkey would be realistic and objective.
      After meeting with European Union Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy
      in Ankara, Mr. Gul said that technical issues faced by Turkey in the
      Customs Union had been discussed, and Mr. Lamy said that Turkey had
      taken very important steps on its road to European Union membership
      which should be taken into consideration during the reports

      * Secretary of State Colin Powell invited the female parliament
      deputies from Turkey to the United States. During their three week
      conference the female deputies will discuss the values gained from
      marshalling the talents of women in development of middle east
      Members of Turkey's Justice & Development Party and the opposition
      Republican People's Party will jointly discuss the realm of
      possibilities for women to play a large part in bringing democracy
      to middle eastern countries.

      * The Turkish National Security Council Secretary-General Gen. Sukru
      Sariisik last monday travelled to to Turkish Republic of Northern
      Cyprus for commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the 1974 Cyprus
      Peace Operation.
      Speaking before his departure, Gen. Sariisik said that the Turkish
      Cypriots had proven their good will for a resolution on the island
      by accepting the UN Cyprus plan in April referendums, adding that
      now it was up to the Greek Cypriots to prove their desire for a
      He added that the international embargo on the Turkish Republic of
      Northern Cyprus should be brought to an end.
      Later, Mr. Sarisik met with the Turkish Republic of Northern
      Cyprus president Mr. Rauf Denktas. Afterwards, Mr. Denktas said this
      would be his final year as president.
      Mr. Denktas reiterated that there were two nations on the island,
      not one. And he said, "We proved this fact by accepting the UN
      Cyprus plan".
      The island of Cyprus is host to two ethnic communities that has
      been living apart since 1963. After some Greek extremists took over
      the administration with a coup in 1974, Turkey intervened to save
      the Cypriot Turks from annihilation. The Turkish intervention also
      gathered the Turks of the island to the north, which then became the
      Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.


      Edited by Hayal Koc

      * The ancient city of Troy, in modern day Canakkale province of
      Turkey, hopes to inspire tourists to visit the site of the giant
      wooden horse used as a pivotal prop in the recently released movie
      The horse was used by the Greeks as a ploy to enter the fabled
      city of Troy, which had withstood a siege of ten years.
      Mr. Saricay, the mayor of Canakkale, has arranged to have the
      replica horse transported to Turkey in August.
      Tourists to Troy have boomed since the release in May of the movie
      starring US heart throb Brad Pitt.

      * Gaziantep Mayor Lutfullah Bilgin has confirmed that an entire
      museum will be built in the southeastern city of Gaziantep to house
      the famous 2000-year-old Zeugma mosaics.
      The building will join the three other buildings currently
      displaying archeological artifacts, creating an archeological
      complex. The construction is aimed at increasing tourism to the
      See more about Zeugma at:


      * The mayor of Kayseri, a historical city located in central Turkey,
      confirmed that an 800-year-old building currently being used as a
      religious school, is to be converted into an Islamic Artifacts
      Built during the Seljuk Empire, the building was the first medical
      school and hospital in Anatolia and is currently being used to treat
      mentally ill patients.
      See photographs of historic buildings in Kayseri at:

      * A multi-purpose center resembling traditional Denizli houses will
      be constructed in Detroit.
      The center will include a dormitory, library, cafeteria, and
      entertainment center and will be located on a portion of
      Turkish-American interior designer Nurten Ural’s 30 acre property.
      The center will become a resource and home for all Turkish
      students continuting theit education in the states.
      All construction materials for the project will come from Denizli
      and the project is expected to cost $1million. The goal is to
      complete the center within a year.
      See photographs showing Denzili structures at:

      * The theme for the 11th annual Koc Allianz Photography Contest this
      year will be "Flying".
      The contest will consist of two separate sections: black and white
      pictures and color pictures.
      The last date to enter is October 1, 2004 and all are welcome to
      For mor information contact:
      Koc Allianz Fotograf Yarismasi 2004
      Baglarbasi, Kisikli Caddesi No: 11
      Altunizade 34662 Istanbul

      * The fourth annual Underwater Ceramics Exhibit will be displayed in
      Bodrum this year. After four years of traveling to different
      locations, the exhibit has found its permanent home in Bodrum.
      Over thirty international and domestic artisits will participate
      this year in the week-long display.
      Following the success the event has had in the past, there are
      discussions to turn the exhibit into a week-long festival next year.
      See http://www.uwaw.org/2004/index.htm and an NTV article for
      photographs: http://www.ntv.com.tr/news/276368.asp

      * Turkey's Culture and Tourism Minister Erkan Mumcu was in
      Bosnia-Herzegovina Friday, attending the opening ceremony of the
      rebuilt historical Mostar Bridge, destroyed by artillery shells of
      Bosnian Croat forces in 1993. Prime Minister Erdogan, was scheduled
      to attend the ceremony, but postponed his visit due to the train
      accident near Sakarya.
      For the second time in 438 years, the Stari Most (Old Bridge) in
      the Bosnian city of Mostar has been rebuilt.
      In 1566, the Ottoman Empire, under the rule of Sultan Suleiman the
      Great, built this slender, complex and fascinating architectural
      wonder over the river that divides the Mostar city center.
      Its original intent was to allow Ottoman Turkish troops to cross
      on their way to Vienna and the territory of the rival
      Austro-Hungarian Empire - a purpose for which it was never used. For
      hundreds of years, the bridge - whose limestone blocks appeared to
      change color with the rising and setting of the sun - stood as a
      marvel among the world's greatest architectural achievements.
      The bridge's design, had a simple architectural beauty that
      required no additional ornamentation. In November 1993, the bridge
      met its fate when Bosnian Croat forces destroyed it with 20 shells,
      watching it plunge into the river below.
      On Friday, thousands of dignitaries and other visitors from all
      over the world attended the ceremony unveiling the rebuilt bridge,
      as one of the biggest architectural projects of the 20th century
      comes to a close. Restoration costs for the bridge were donated by
      several European countries. Turkey was one of the major donors, and
      sent engineers and stone masons for the project.
      During restoration, the bridge has been literally under wraps -
      hidden from public view - until yesterday's ceremony.
      for a slideshow on the bridge.


      Exchange rate for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras:



      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 86/59 Partly Cloudy
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 100/79 Clear
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 84/68 Partly Cloudy
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 95/75 Clear
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 75/66 Showers

      Seawater temperatures

      Black Sea measured at Trabzon 75
      Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 79
      Aegean Sea measured at Bodrum 75
      Mediterranean Sea measured at Alanya 82


      Edited by Mark Nowak

      * Turkey has won its way through to the final of the UEFA European
      Under-19 Championship, knocking out host nation Switzerland

      * The election for the presidency of the Turkish Soccer Federation
      (TFF) was won by Levent Bicakci. He has been involved in soccer
      administration for many years and is the vice-chairman of UEFA's
      Arbitration Committee. He is also a faculty and administrative board
      member at Istanbul's Kadir Has University. Haluk Ulusoy, the former
      chairman of the Turkish Football Association (TFF) decided not to
      run for re-election to the post.

      * Reports say Hagi is angry with the Galatasaray board because they
      failed to sign players he wanted and instead went for men he did not
      want. If true, none of the three foreign players transferred so
      far, midfielders Flavio Conceicao and Alioum Saidou and defender
      Rigobert Song, were on Hagi's wanted list.

      * Istanbul club side Besiktas has finally got the forward it wanted,
      adding Norwegian international John Carew to its squad.

      * The American "Dream Team", composed of selected players of the
      NBA, like Tim Duncan, Allen Iverson, Mike Bibby, LeBron James and
      Karl Malone will be in Turkey between August 7th and 12th. The Dream
      Team will play with Turkish National Basketball Team at Abdi Ipekci
      Sports Center on August 8th and 10th, which will be broadcast live
      in 200 countries.


      *** Mercan Dede at Stern Grove Festival on August 1.

      There is no cover charge for the event.
      See http://www.sterngrove.org/index.php?tpl=concert&page=08012004
      for more information.

      *** The annual Monterey Turkish Festival is coming up!
      This year it will be on July 31st and August 1st.
      Mark your calendars.

      *** Today's program is partially underwritten by www.tulumba.com, the
      first Turkish mega-store in the U.S. offering music, food, exquisite
      and stylish home decoration articles, jewelry and much much more

      http://www.tulumba.com, Turkey at your fingertips.

      Bugunku programin sizlere ulasmasinda www.tulumba.com'in katkilari
      olmustur. Turkiyemizden muzik, kitap, video, yiyecek, icecek, dergi,
      kilim, cini ve diger seckin ev dekorayon esyalari ve Turkiye'den
      hersey icin, http://www.tulumba.com sitesine ugramayi unutmayin.

      Amerikali dostlariniza da Tulumba.com'un bulunumunu verin.

      {A$agidaki duyuru haberlerden SONRA yayinlanacak}

      *** Turkish American Association of California has partially
      underwritten today's program. TAAC is a non-profit
      charitable organization established to promote better
      understanding between Americans and Turks.

      If you have any questions about Turks and Turkey,
      give them a call:


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      where gourmet Turkish cooking is an art:

      869 Geary St, (cross street Larkin)
      in San Francisco

      For reservations: (415) 345-1011


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      *** Turkuaz magazine, a nation-wide magazine aimed at connecting fellow
      Turkish-Americans and educating Americans about Turkish culture,
      current events and has officially launched their new website
      http://www.turkuaz.us. The website is designed as a billboard for the
      cultural life of the Turkish-American community in the US. Every week,
      the events calendar is updated with the many interesting events and
      programs organized throughout the country. The staff actively
      encourages any feedback you may have, including any announcements
      you'd like to make.

      *** Tune in to the following broadcasts in the Bay Area:

      - Every Saturday at 5 P.M. to the
      Turkish Cultural Program on KUSF FM 90.3
      - Every Tuesday at 10 P.M.
      KKUP 91.5 to the Orient Express
      - Tune in to KPFA FM 94.1 every Monday at 10 A.M. for
      Music from Africa-Asia, hosted by Kutay Kugay.
      - Mondays 7:00 - 10:00 P.M. 89.5 FM
      International Program KBES
      (Covers Stanislaus County all the way to Manteca),
      Hosted by George Geevargis.
      - International Cultural Program.
      San Francisco World TV Channel 29
      Sundays at 9-10 PM
      Also can be viewed in other cities in California, Chicago,
      New York, Russia, and Georgia.
      Consult with 415-564-7778 timing and stations.

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