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      * Britain's Prince Charles was in Turkey this week to reopen the British
      consulate in Istanbul. The consulate was damaged and the consul general of
      Britain and was killed when extremists Islamists attacked the consulate with car
      bombs last year.
      Later attending a dinner with the Turkish Prime Minister Mr. Erdogan, Mr.
      Erdogan suggested that Prince Charles' organic farming company invest in Turkey.
      After Istanbul, Prince Charles flew to the Turkish capital Ankara and met with
      the Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer.
      Prince Charles last stop in Turkey was Mardin in the Southeast of the country.
      There the prince visited religious and historic sights. Among them were the
      535-year-old Kasimiye Muslim seminary, 1600-year-old Syrian Orthodox Kirklar
      Church and the 690-year-old Latifiye Mosque.
      The prince also visited the spectacular Deyrulzafaran Monastery, which dates
      back to the fifth century and for hundreds of years housed the patriarchate of
      the Syrian Orthodox Church. He also met with many ordinary Turks and had coffee
      at a local home.
      See more about Prince Charles visit at:


      * Turkey welcomed on Thursday the Israeli parliament's approval of Prime Minister
      Ariel Sharon's Gaza pullout plan.
      In a statement the Turkish foreign affairs ministry said that Turkey is ready
      to make contributions to the withdrawal process and for reconstruction of Gaza.
      However, the statement emphasized that the end of the Israeli occupation will be
      meaningful if it is a step on the path to a comprehensive and permanent peace.

      * Before the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat flew to Paris for treatment,
      Turkish officials offered to treat him in Turkey.
      Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Mr. Abdullah Gul instructed the Turkish
      consulate in Jerusalem on Wednesday to inquire about Mr. Arafat's needs and send
      help if needed.

      * The Turkish daily Turkiye reports that the European Union Commissioner for
      Enlargement Mr. Guenter Verheugen criticized the European Parliament for acting
      slowly on extending financial support to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
      Speaking at the European Parliament's general assembly, Mr. Verheugen said that
      damage wrought in Cyprus after the failure of the UN plan could still be
      overcome, adding that the European Parliament was dragging its feet on aid to
      spur the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus' economic development.
      Mr Verhaugen also talked about Turkey's European Union membership bid.
      Criticizing those who had doubts about the bid, Mr. Verheugen said claims that
      Turkey's membership would harm Europe's social welfare were mistaken.

      * Agence France-Presse reports that giant underground economy burdens Turkey.
      The agency says that both the European Union and the Organization for Economic
      Cooperation and Development have warned Turkey about the underground economy.
      According to estimates the underground economy ranges anywhere from 32 percent
      to 65 percent of the Turkey's gross national income of $197.2 billion.
      According to analysts high taxes and Social Security charges, red tape,
      corruption, poor state control and the employees' willingness to work illegally
      because of high unemployment are some of the reasons why the underground economy
      is so large.

      * The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum had a special tribute on October 26
      to honor Selahattin Ulkumen.
      Mr. Selahattin Ulkumen was the Turkish consul on the German-occupied island of
      Rhodes in 1944. His courageous acts saved numerous Jews from being sent to a Nazi
      death camp.
      The program at the Holocaust Memorial Museum included a brief video interview
      with Mr. Ulkumen and personal reflections of his son.
      On Thursday the Washington Times wrote about the special tribute and said that
      Mr. Ulkumen paid dearly for his actions when Nazi planes later bombed the Turkish
      consulate and critically wounded his pregnant wife, who died a week after giving
      birth to a son.

      * Additional headlines:
      - Turkey's only opposition party Republican Peoples Party merged with its
      smaller rival New Turkey Party, which has no representation in the parliament.
      - Greek prime minister says that Turkey should stop provocations,
      referring to Turkish military jet and naval intrusions into airspace and water
      claimed as Greek, but not recognized by Turkey and other nations.
      - Turkish Prime Minister calls on Greece and Greek Cypriots to make
      efforts to resolve the Cyprus issue, and reunite the Greek and Turkish
      communities on the Island. On April 24, Greek Cypriots rejected a UN plan to
      unite island, but the Turks accepted it. - Speaking of Greeks, an opinion poll
      shows 42.6% of Greeks support Turkey's European Union membership, with 54.3%
      - According to the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet, A European Parliament report
      on Turkeys European Union membership bid, which is due to be voted at Decembers
      summit, reportedly proposes a multi-conditional negotiations process with Turkey,
      and political scrutiny and no membership before 2014.
      - Turkey is to buy 36 airbus planes worth $2.8 billion for the Turkish


      Edited by Hilal Koc

      * In an effort to bolster support for Turkey's European Union membership bid, the
      European Foundation for Culture Awards ceremony was held in Istanbul this year.
      The ceremony, which took place this past Thursday and Friday in the world
      renowned Topkapi and Dolmabahce Palaces, was officiated by President Ahmet Necdet
      Among the award winners were pianist Sevki Karayel, tenor Cenk Biyik,
      kanoonist--a Middle Eastern Harp-- Goksel Baktagir, the Turkish State Youth
      Chorus, harp player Meric Donuk and researcher Murat Erdogan.
      The evenings other important awards were:
      - European Political Award: Turkish Parliament and its leader, Bulent Arinc.
      - European Initiative Award: Economic Development Foundation.
      - European Human Rights Award: Amnesty International and its leader, Dr.
      Levent Korkut.
      - European Science and Research Award: The collaborative project between
      Prof. H. Bagci of ODTU, Prof. Kuhnhardt of Bonn University and Prof. J. Janes of
      Johns Hopkins University, named "Parameters of Partnership".
      - European Inter-Cultural Award: The work between the Mayor of Koln, F.
      Schramma, and the Mayor of Istanbul, K. Topbasi
      Based in Switzerland, the European Foundation for Culture aims to increase the
      cultural dialogue between European people and regions, through encouragement in
      the fields of the arts, politics and sciences.
      The only award given to a Turk before this year was in 1999 when the awards
      were held in Austria. The recipient was Prof. Dr. Ihsan Dogramaci.
      For more information, please log on to

      * Turkey's capital Ankara's famed orchestra, the Hacettepe Symphony Orchestra
      opened the concert season with masterpieces from Turkish composer Cemal Resit
      The maestro Prof. Dr. Erol Erdinc led the orchestra through the
      "Andante-Allegro" for the violin and reed instruments, "One Istanbul Melody" for
      the piano and orchestra, and "Symphony No. 1."

      * The Izmir Cultural and Educational Foundation's 5th Annual National Songwriting
      Competition will kick off December 17th.
      The Izmir State Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Rengin Gokmen will play the
      songs submitted by the finalists.
      The top 3 winners will be then memorialized on CD.
      The competition is held in honor of the Izmir Cultural and Educational
      Foundation founder Dr. Nejat F. Eczacibasi.

      * After the discovery of sketches of musicians playing the guitar and bagpipe,
      the Archaeologist heading the Alacahoyuk dig in central Anatolia region of Turkey
      has announced that the region may be home to the first guitar played by humans.
      Prof. Dr. Aykut Cinaroglu has been leading the team digging through the remains
      of the ancient town of Alacahoyuk, close to the city of Corum.
      The governor of Corum Huseyin Poroy also alleged that the Hittite tribe living
      in the region at the time was the creator of the first guitar, which they played
      during ceremonies and rites.

      * Last week we announced that the 14th Annual Istanbul Arts First Festival would
      be held at the Tuyap Fair Center is Istanbul.
      This week, the results are in: awards were handed out to author Gulten Akin,
      Semra Germaner and artist Fethi Kayaalp.
      The head coordinator of the event, Deniz Kavukcuoglu declared the event a
      success and announced his pleasure at handing out the awards to the recipients.

      * Beloved Turkish leader Ataturk's famous speech delivered in October of 1927
      will now be recorded on CD for future generations to enjoy.
      The CD encompassing the 36 1/2 hour speech will also contain 28 national songs
      and 16 national hymns.
      For those interested in obtaining this special CD, please log onto


      Exchange rate for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 1,474,000


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 73/50 Partly Cloudy
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 81/66 Partly Cloudy
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 70/55 Partly Cloudy
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 79/61 Mostly Sunny
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 70/59 Showers

      Seawater temperatures

      Black Sea measured at Trabzon 64
      Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 66
      Aegean Sea measured at Bodrum 73
      Mediterranean Sea measured at Alanya 77


      Edited by Mark Nowak

      * Turkish Soccer- Premier Division

      Week 10 Results

      Istanbulspor - Malatyaspor 0 - 2
      Samsunspor - G.Birligi 2 - 0
      Trabzonspor - Galatasaray 0 - 1
      Konyaspor - Gaziantepspor 2 - 2
      Fenerbahce - Sakaryaspor 6 - 0
      Ankaragucu - Besiktas 1 - 4
      Diyarbakirspor - Ankaraspor 1 - 0
      Kayserispor - Sebatspor 4 - 1
      Rizespor - Denizlispor 2 - 0

      Week 11 matches

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

      Standings in the Premier League

      Team Pts
      1. Fenerbahce 28
      2. Trabzonspor 26
      3. Galatasaray 25
      4. Malatyaspor 19
      5. Denizlispor 18
      6. Samsunspor 17
      7. Rizespor 15
      8. Gaziantepspor 15
      9. Besiktas 12
      10. Ankaraspor 12
      11. Ankaragucu 12
      12. Diyarbakirspor 12
      13. G.Birligi 11
      14. Konyaspor 11
      15. Istanbulspor 6
      16. Kayserispor 5
      17. Sebatspor 4
      18. Sakaryaspor 4

      * Turkish Cup - First Round

      Sakaryaspor 0-1 Bursaspor
      Ankaraspor 4-1 Turk Telekom
      Kayserispor 1-0 Sivasspor
      Istanbul Municipality 1-3 Karagumruk
      Sariyer 5-1 Kartal
      Kocaelispor 3-0 Canakkale Dardanelspor 0
      Vestel Manisaspor 4-3 Karsiyaka
      Altay 1-0 Izmirspor
      Bucaspor 0-3 Goztepe
      Usakspor 3-1 Nazilli Municipality
      Karabukspor 2-0 Yimpas Yozgatspor
      Erciyesspor 5-1 Orduspor
      Mersin Idmanyurdu 2-0 Adana Demirspor
      Antalyaspor 2-0 Adanaspor
      Hatayspor 1-4 Mardinspor
      Adiyamanspor 4-0 Elazigspor

      * Basketball - EuroLeague

      Besiktas 76 - 74 Pepinster (Belgium)
      Fenerbahce 78 - 75 Unics Kazan
      Tuborg Pilsener 73 - 84 BC Khimki


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      *** Friday November 5, 8:00 p.m. World Music Benefit for Mary Ellen Donald:

      Max Lifchitz, Piano; Haiqiong Deng, Guzheng

      Max Lifchitz was awarded first prize in the 1976 International Gaudeamus
      Competition for Performers of Twentieth Century Music held in Holland. He
      will introduce piano music by Mexican composers of the last century.

      Haiqiong Deng won the Outstanding Performer Award in the Chinese National
      Zheng Competition and has held recitals all over the world. She serves as
      director of the Chinese Music Ensemble at Florida State University where she
      is also pursuing a degree in ethnomusicology.

      This event is a benefit concert for Mary Ellen Donald, renowned Middle
      Eastern percussionist, who is recovering from ovarian cancer.

      Sponsored by the College Music Society <www.music.org>.

      Cost: $15.00
      Location: Clarion Music Center
      816 Sacramento Street San Francisco, California 94108
      Info: 415-391-1317 <http://www.clarionmusic.com>

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