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      Edited by Gokce Gokalp

      * According to the daily Turkiye, Turkish Parliament began its new legislative
      year Friday with an opening address by President Ahmet Necdet Sezer.
      Electing a new Parliament speaker will be the first item on the agenda of the
      General Assembly's new legislative term.
      After Parliament's Consultation Council meeting on Thursday, current Speaker
      Bulent Arinc said that Fridays's session would be chaired by the oldest deputy
      speaker Ismail Alptekin and Parliament will not hold sessions until next
      Wednesday, when the first two rounds of speaker elections will take place.
      The General Assembly will have to vote to fill a number of posts, including
      members of the presidential board and a number of commissions. The outgoing
      Speaker Mr. Arinc held a reception to usher in the new legislative year.

      * As part of ongoing negotiations over wage hikes for next year between the
      government and representatives of unions representing some 2 million Turkish
      civil servants, Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with the
      representatives of civil servants on Thursday.
      State Minister Mehmet Ali Sahin told reporters that Mr. Erdogan had proposed a
      10 percent wage hike for civil servants for 2005, adding that the offer was two
      points above the estimated inflation figure reported the daily Turkiye.

      * The Turkish daily Star reports that Turkey's Foreign Affairs Minister Abdullah
      Gul received the ambassadors of the European Union member states on Thursday.
      During the meeting, Mr. Gul reiterated that Turkey would accept nothing other
      than full European Union membership and criticized proposals to offer it a
      special partnership.

      * In related news, the daily Turkiye reported that after meeting with French
      President Jacques Chirac, German opposition party leader Angela Merkel told
      reporters that she had reiterated to him that Turkey should be offered a
      privileged partnership with the European Union, instead of full membership, but
      Mr. Chirac was apparently cool to her proposal.
      Mr. Chirac is set to talk with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder in
      Strasbourg concerning Turkey's European Union membership bid. Their decision
      during this meeting is expected to be conveyed by Mr. Schroeder to Turkey's Prime
      Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan during his visit to Germany this Weekend.

      * According to the daily Turkiye Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Prime
      Minister Mehmet Ali Talat stated Thursday that tripartite talks towards forming a
      coalition government between the Republican Turkish Party, Democratic Party and
      Peace and Democracy Movement Party were continuing.
      Stressing that the country needed a strong government, Mr. Talat stated that
      work on the matter would continue in the coming days. Since April 26, the current
      Republican Turkish Party-Democratic Party coalition government was in the
      minority in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Parliament, with 23 out of 50

      * In related news, European Union Term President the Netherlands has announced
      that it will withdraw from a joint forum with the Organization of the Islamic
      Conference set for Istanbul next week if Turkey holds firm on giving Turkish
      Cypriots the title of state during the meeting.
      Due to this so-called Cyprus crisis, the Netherlands has called on its 24
      fellow European Union member states to also stay away.
      The diplomatic crisis stemmed from a recent decision by the Organization of
      Islamic Conference to refer to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus as the
      Cypriot Turkish State as a gesture of support following Turkish Cypriots support
      earlier this year to a United Nations reunification plan for the island.
      According to one European Union official, Turkey rejected an European Union
      proposal to solve the crisis under which representatives of observer nations
      would sit at the table without name plates. The Organization of Islamic
      Conference announced that its member states would end the unfair isolation on the
      Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, calling for its members to start
      establishing contacts with Turkish Cyprus in such areas as trade, tourism,
      culture, information and sports.
      The Organization of Islamic Conference stated that it would make all-out
      efforts to support the just case of Muslim Turkish Cypriots, reported the Turkish
      dailies Star and Hurriyet.

      * According to the Turkish daily Milliyet, Turkey's Finance Minister Kemal
      Unakitan stated Wednesday that a tax cut might be in the works, adding that the
      government was continuing to work on the issue.
      Touching on privatization, Mr. Unakitan stated that the government would pass
      legislation to privatize the National Lottery Administration.
      In related news, Turkey's State Minister for the Economy Ali Babacan reiterated
      that the high current accounts deficit didn't pose any threat to the economy. He
      added that work on a possible new standby agreement with the International
      Monetary Fund was continuing.
      "We're preparing a program with the Fund in the interests of both the nation at
      large and our economy," stated Mr. Babacan.


      Edited by Hilal Koc

      * The 40th annual Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival kicks off October 4-10th.
      The festival will award old classics along with special lifetime awards to
      prolific actors. Ms. Hulya Kocyigit, who has taken the Best Actress award 5
      times will receive recognition for her contributions to Turkish film.

      * The third annual Japanese Film Festival has begun to sweep through Turkish
      The festival will be in Istanbul Saturday and Sunday, in Izmir on October 8th
      and in Ankara October 14-17th.
      The highlight is said to be "Twilight Samurai" which will be shown in Istanbul
      Saturday night.
      For a schedule of movies, please visit:

      * The first ever "Out Istanbul" movie festival for Gay and Lesbian films started,
      October 1st and will last through the end of the week.
      Movies from 11 countries will be shown, along with 2 documentaries and 11 short
      films. The festival, which will take place in the Beyoglu Sinepop and Alkazar
      movie theaters, has received a warm reception.
      For more information on the event, please visit http://www.outistanbul.org

      * The remainders of an ancient town dating back 6,000 years in the northeastern
      border with Armenia have been suffering from the dynamite explosions from rock
      quarries in neighboring Armenia.
      The town, Ani, which has been preserved by the Turkish Cultural Ministry for
      years, is now threatened to the point of ruin.
      Mr. Sabit Osman Avci, a representative for the Historical Preservation group
      within Turkey's Culture Ministry notes that the town has been on the list of the
      "World's 100 Historic Treasures" since 1996, and is also the home of the first
      Anatolian mosque, Ebul Menucehr, which was built in 1072.
      Mr. Avci's group has been working with Armenian officials to preserve the site
      by moving the quarries but says that the talks have been fruitless thus far.

      * Turkey's State Opera and Ballet will start the 2004-2005 season on October 5th
      in the Bilkent Concert Hall in Turkey's capital Ankara.
      This year, many new features will be added, such as the "Tango Plus-Carmen" and
      "Spartacus" performances.
      For more information on dates and times, please log on to

      * The fourth annual Kas Kitap Festival will start on October 8th in the eastern
      city of Kas.
      Following that, an exhibit titled "From yesterday to today: Cartoon books" will
      take place on October 12th in the same city. The Kas festival is known to draw
      many domestic artists and this year will be no different.
      Among the expected guests are: Sükrü Erbas, Muzaffer Izgü, Fikret Terzi,
      Selahattin Yusuf, Mete Çubukçu, Vecihi Timuroglu , Zeki Kirdemir, Ahmet Yildiz ,
      Ece Temelkuran, Ferit Avci, Prof.Dr. N. Kemal Zeybek, Aslan Bulut, Bariþ Yetkin,
      Aydin Çukurova, Kudret Emiroglu, Sunder Erdogan, Muzaffer Özdemir, and Mavisel

      * Also, just as a reminder to our listeners, the 6th Annual New York Turkish Film
      Festival begins Saturday through 13th.
      Films by famous Turkish producers Erden Kiral, Omer Kavur, Zeki Demirkubuz and
      Nuri Bilge Ceylan will be shown.
      The festival won rave reviews in Boston, where it was shown September
      For more information on the festival, you can log on to
      http://www.moonandstarsproject.org/diger/cinema.shtml .


      Exchange rate for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 1,508,000


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 70/48 Mostly Sunny
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 82/68 Mostly Sunny
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 68/55 Showers
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 79/64 Mostly Sunny
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 64/61 Showers

      Seawater temperatures

      Black Sea measured at Trabzon 72
      Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 70
      Aegean Sea measured at Bodrum 75
      Mediterranean Sea measured at Alanya 79


      Edited by Mark Nowak

      * Turkish Futbol Premier League

      Week 7 match results

      G.Birligi 1 - 2 Fenerbahce
      Sebatspor 0 - 0 Rizespor
      Besiktas 2 - 3 Ankaraspor
      Sakaryaspor 1 - 3 Trabzonspor
      Kayserispor 1 - 4 Samsunspor
      Denizlispor 2 - 0 Ankaragucu
      Malatyaspor 5 - 0 Konyaspor
      Gaziantepspor 1 - 1 Diyarbakirspor
      Galatasaray 4 - 1 Istanbulspor

      Week 8 matches

      Konyaspor - G.Birligi
      Diyarbakirspor - Sakaryaspor
      Ankaragucu - Gaziantepspor
      Rizespor - Malatyaspor
      Trabzonspor - Besiktas
      Samsunspor - Sebatspor
      Istanbulspor - Kayserispor
      Fenerbahce - Denizlispor


      1. Fenerbahce 19
      1. Trabzonspor 19
      3. Galatasaray 19
      4. Denizlispor 15
      5. Gaziantepspor 14
      6. Malatyaspor 13
      7. Rizespor 12
      8. Ankaraspor 11
      9. Ankaragucu 9
      10. Samsunspor 8
      11. G.Birligi 8
      12. Konyaspor 7
      13. Besiktas 6
      14. Diyarbakirspor 6
      15. Sebatspor 3
      16. Kayserispor 2
      17. Istanbulspor 2
      18. Sakaryaspor 1

      * Futbol - UEFA Cup 1st round, 2nd leg

      Gencbirligi 1 - 1 Egaleo
      Egaleo advances on 2-1 goal aggregate)
      54' Friesenbichler (o.g.) 42' Barkoglou

      Besiktas 1 - 0 Bodø
      Besiktas advances 2-1 on goal aggregate)
      45' Üzülmez

      Athletic 2 - 0 Trabzonspor
      (Athletic advances 4-3 on goal aggregate)
      5' Ezquerro
      61' Yeste

      * Futbol - UEFA Champion's League

      Fenerbahce 2 - 6 Manchester United
      46' Nobre 7' Giggs
      59' Sanli 17', 28', 54' Rooney
      78' Van Nistelrooij
      81' Bellion

      * Turkey's Eurobasket 2005 Qualifying Group E

      * Turkey 67 - 47 Holland
      Turkey completes qualifying campaign with a 6-0 record.


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      *** Republic Day Celebrations, 23 October 2004, Saturday, San Francisco

      Please save the date for TAAC's Republic Day celebrations.

      This year TAAC will have dinner and entertainment in beautiful
      San Francisco to honor the establishment of the Republic of Turkey.

      The place TAAC chose is the prestigious Hyatt at Fisherman's Wharf.

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      North May Turkish Classical Music Ensemble is looking for players
      traditional Turkish classical instruments such as oud, ney,
      tanbur, kanun or kemence, bendir or kudum; or even western
      instruments that easily adapt to Turkish music, such as cello.

      The ensemble is also looking for people who can sing in Turkish,
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      The group is open to anyone with a sincere interest in Turkish

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