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      Edited by Jan Claire

      * Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited neighboring Iran this week.
      He managed though to get an agreement signed which committed Iran to designate
      the Kurdistan Workers Party as a terrorist organization. Such an agreement is, in
      theory represent a breakthrough in bilateral ties, as both Turkey and Iran have
      accused each other of sheltering Kurdish rebels.
      The Eastern Turkey-based Kurdistan Workers Party has led a 15-year armed
      uprising against Turkey that has claimed an estimated 35,000 lives.
      Following the arrest and trial of its leader Abdullah Ocalan in 1999, the group
      officially laid down weapons and sought refuge in neighboring Iraq and Iran.

      * While in Iran, Turkish Prime Minister also asked for lower prices for the
      Iranian natural gas.
      Turkey stopped receiving gas deliveries from Iran in 2002 in disagreements over
      the contract and complaints over the quality of the gas. Later, Turkish officials
      said the price of gas was too high.

      * Anatolian news agency reports that Turkey's parliament will debate last week's
      high-speed train crash in which 39 people died at a special session on Aug 4.
      The parliament's opposition is lobbying for a recall of the parliament, which
      went into summer recess nearly two weeks ago.
      Prime Minister Erdogan angrily rejected the opposition and media calls to
      remove the transportation minister Yildirim and other transport officials, saying
      he will wait for the report of an official investigation the crash.
      Turkish newspapers have accused senior officials of ignoring experts' warnings
      that the aging railway line could not handle fast-speed trains. Prime Minister
      personally inaugurated the new highs speed train link amid much fanfare just
      weeks before the crash.

      * Although Turkey's immediate membership is still in doubt, the European Union is
      opening its purse to help Turkey.
      The Union's Foreign Relations Council convened in Brussels on Monday and
      discussed the new budget. As part of the budget, the foreign affair ministers
      decided to provide Turkey with 1 billion euros through 2006 in accession aid.

      * The International Monetary Fund said this week, that it has cleared a 661
      million dollar grant for Turkey as part of an economic aid package approved in
      February 2002.
      This occurred after the eighth review of Turkey`s economic performance under
      the program, bringing their total disbursements to about 17 billion dollars.
      The IMF said it approved the new aid even though Turkey had "a small deviation"
      from one of the economic targets set under the plan.
      The IMF agreed in February 2002 to provide Turkey with a stand-by credit line
      to deal with successive financial crises. In exchange, Ankara agreed to take
      steps to return to firm growth over three years.


      Edited by Hilal Koc

      * Turkish film's longest and most infamous event of the year, the Antalya Golden
      Orange Film Festival will take place from October 3rd-9th in Antalya.
      The festival, which is akin to the Oscars, has been gaining more and more
      international attention over the years. This year marks the 42nd year of the
      festival and coordinators hope to increase the push to the international arena.
      The festival will feature all communication is English as well as Turkish and
      will add two new categories: Best International Short Film and Best International
      Video. Both new categories have received many applicants already and the nominees
      will be announced next week.

      * An art exhibit was held in honor of famed Turkish cartoonist Oguz Aral, who
      passed away last week.
      Mr. Aral had suffered a sudden illness while vacationing in Bodrum and could
      not be saved despite being rushed to the hospital immediately.
      The artist is known for his long-running sketch, the "The Grouchy Old Man",
      also painted and sculpted ceramic compositions.
      The Kepez Beldesi, a historic hotel in Canakkale hosted the exhibit featuring
      over 400 pieces of Mr. Aral's art.
      The exhibit will last for 10 more days and is open to the general public.
      See some of Mr. Aral's works at:

      * Turkey's capital city Ankara's state junior high school and high school
      buildings have been recognized as a historical landmark by the Cultural
      Protection Agency.
      The agency released a press statement announcing the architectural traits of
      the buildings represented a unique design introspective to the early years of the
      Republic of Turkey, dating back 10 to the early 1930s. The architectural models
      are now said to be very rare.
      See a photograph of the high school at:

      * "Barisarock," a festival originally created in opposition to last year's
      "Rock'n Coke Festival" in Istanbul, Turkey will kick off again this year, August
      21st and 22nd.
      The festival had been created to honor freedom and independency, which some
      believed the "Rock'n Coke Festival" lacked due to heavy sponsorship from
      conglomerate corporations.
      "Barisarock" spokesperson Taner Ongur, guitarist for the rock band Mogollar,
      indicated that 42 groups would be performing at this year's event for a total of
      32 non-stop hours of music and entertainment.
      The event will be held at the Sariyer Mehmet Akif Ersoy arena.
      The similarities to last years event are clear- it will direct competition to
      "Rock'n Coke Festival," as both have booked venues for the same two days. The
      closing performance will again be Cem Karaca's band, although he himself passed
      away recently.
      Organizers are saying that the tickets will be deliberately cheaper than those
      of their rival festival.
      For more information go to www.barisarock.com.

      * The ancient city of Aphrodisias, named after Goddess Aphrodite, is now ready
      for your viewing pleasure... all in one quick weekend trip!
      After years of excavations to prepare the site, the first official tours
      sponsored by the site's Preservation Foundation will kick off August 21st and
      22nd. The tour will start with a morning flight from Istanbul to Izmir on the
      21st and then a quick bus ride will take the tourists to Aydin, the town
      neighboring Aphrodisias.
      After a lunch and dinner stop, the tour will then go down further south to the
      coastal city of Kusadasi. The ruins of Ephesus will be the morning stop on the
      22nd before heading back to Istanbul.
      The tour is definitely not to be missed!
      See the following links for more:


      * Using the slogan, "Film is culture," Umut Sanat is organizing the Second Annual
      Summer Film Festival. The festival will begin on August 6th and last until August
      The festival, which focuses on independent and creative directors, will feature
      movies like "Bowling for Columbine", "Dance in the Dark", "Dogville" and
      "Barbarian Raid".

      * Golden Apple Award winner Mount Nemrut will be honored with a ceremony that
      will take place August 27th and 28th in Adiyaman, Southeastern Turkey, where the
      Mount is located.
      The ceremony will be held in conjunction with the 12th International
      Nemrut-Kommagene Festival. On top of the mountain is the tomb of King Antiochos I
      and the ancient Kommagenes built gigantic statues on the terrace in front of the
      Dozens of foreign press delegates as well as the domestic editors and authors
      have been invited to the city for the events. Among the foreign press delegates
      are the president, vice president and secretary of the World Federation of
      Journalists and Travel Writers, which gives out the Golden Apple award.
      The Golden Apple is an award of excellence, created by the World Federation of
      Journalists and Travel Writers in 1970, given to an organization, country,
      region, town or person to reward efforts in raising the level of tourism. The
      Golden Apple has gained recognition over the years and always has a list of
      candidates vying for it. In General, National Associations submit candidates the
      Secretary General of The World Federation of Journalists and Travel Writers.
      These candidates are then discussed during an Executive Committee meeting. The
      decision for giving the award is made by the Executive Committee, taking into
      consideration the observations and recommendations of the Board of Directors.
      See more about Mount Nemrut at:


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


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 97/70 Partly Cloudy
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 93/77 Clear
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 82/73 Partly Cloudy
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 91/75 Mostly Sunny
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 81/70 Partly Cloudy

      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 84


      *** 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 taking place!
      Tomorrow, August 1st, is the last day.

      Here is tomorrow's program:

      12:00pm - Live Music from Turkey - Sahin Gunsel
      1:00pm - Folk Dance/Gaziantep - Horon
      1:30pm - Belly Dance
      2:15pm - Folk Dance/Hena Night - Horon
      3:00pm - DJ Dance Music - MaviNighs/CEMALI
      4:00pm - Belly Dance
      4:30pm - Folk Dance/Antep - Horon
      5:00pm - Halay/Dance Music - Sahin Gunsel

      Hereke Silk Carpet weaving: Gulizar Baggson
      Did you know that? - All about Turkey
      Activities for Children - puppet making, coloring, face painting & clown
      visits the festival (1-2:30pm)
      Beadwork and necklesses/bracelets by Ozlem O'Reilly

      *** 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
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      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.

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      *** 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.

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      where gourmet Turkish cooking is an art:

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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
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