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      * Turkey's National Security Council chaired by President Ahmet
      Necdet Sezer convened Thursday at the Cankaya Presidential Palace
      in Ankara.
      During the six-hour meeting, top officials, including Premier
      Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Foreign Affairs Minister Abdullah Gul,
      Chief of General Staff General Hilmi Ozkok, Cabinet ministers
      and military commanders, discussed Turkish-European Union
      relations, the Cyprus issue and recent developments in Iraq
      reported the daily Turkiye.

      * A US immigration court in Detroit, Michigan ordered the
      deportation of Mr. Ibrahim Parlak to Turkey. Mr. Parlak is a
      former Kurdish Workers Party militant, an underground
      organization of the rebel Turkish Kurds. Mr. Parlak was involved
      in a 1988 firefight that killed two Turkish soldiers.
      Mr. Parlak's lawyers said they would appeal the ruling
      according to the Turkish newspaper Star.
      Speaking of the Kurdish Workers Party, the governor of the
      Turkey's southeastern Province of Hakkari said Dec. 31st that 69
      members of the organization surrendered to security forces in
      the Province in 2004.

      * On Wednesday, Turkish Parliaments General Assembly debated and
      then voted an inquiry motion submitted by the opposition
      Republican Peoples Party into Education Minister Huseyin Celik
      who was accused of corruption in government bids.
      Speaking to deputies, Mr. Celik denied the allegations, adding
      that contracts for school construction should not always be
      awarded to the lowest bidder.
      "The motion is a politically motivated one, and I can give an
      account of everything I did," stated Mr. Celik.
      In a secret ballot, the motion was rejected with 304 votes
      reported the daily Cumhuriyet.

      * Reyhan Balandi, a ruling Justice and Development Party deputy
      from Turkey's Afyon Province, Tuesday officially resigned from
      the party.
      She had submitted her resignation to Prime Minister and
      Justice and Development Party leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan before
      Dec. 17, she said, adding that she had waited for the end of the
      European Union summit.
      With her resignation, the number of Justice and Development
      seats in the Turkish Parliament fell to 367 the daily Turkish
      newspaper Star reported.
      The party still has a clear majority in the 550-member

      * Addressing the Turkish Parliament during budget debates on
      Tuesday, opposition Republican Peoples Party leader Mr. Deniz
      Baykal criticized the government's economic policies, claiming
      that the economy isn't as rosy as the government makes it
      out to be.
      "Our debt, current account and trade deficits are increasing,"
      stated Mr. Baykal.
      "Real interest rates are not falling. Investment is shrinking
      and unemployment is rising." He stressed that the macroeconomic
      instability was continuing.
      Commenting on Ankara's new standby agreement with the
      International Monetary Fund, Mr. Baykal asked, "Would such an
      agreement be signed if the economy could stand on its own feet?"
      The government has agreed to shackle itself for another three
      Touching on the Cyprus issue, Mr. Baykal stated that if a
      resolution is reached by next October, when Ankara is due to
      begin its European Union accession talks, there
      would be no problem, but that this was the best-case scenario.
      "No Turkish government has the right to sacrifice Cyprus," he
      added. "Neither the CHP nor the nation will allow it." reported
      the daily Milliyet.

      * The True Path Party Chairman Mehmet Agar weighed in on recent
      debates over the 2005 budget at a press conference at the
      Turkish Parliament on Tuesday. Mr. Agar argued that the new
      budget was no different than previous ones, adding that foreign
      debt was being hiked by 20% and domestic debt by 50%.
      He also criticized a proposal by a group of 100 deputies from
      both the ruling Justice and Development Party and the main
      opposition Republican People's Party to raise their salaries.
      "I believe that sacrifices must be shared equally by all
      sectors of society", he said. "If public servants, workers and
      the retired have not gotten what they wanted, neither should the
      deputies.", Mr. Agar added.
      Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan rejected the last-minute
      proposal during the budget debates, reportedly fearing a public
      backlash over such a move according to the Turkish daily
      newspapers Star and Turkiye.

      * Turkey's Search and Rescue Team head Nasuh Mahruki stated
      Sunday that a team is ready for immediate deployment to areas in
      southern and southeastern Asia hit by the worst earthquake in
      the last 40 years and resulting tsunamis.
      Turkey's Foreign Affairs Ministry stated that medical
      equipment, doctors and helicopters so far have been requested
      from Turkey, but that rescue efforts may already be too late
      reported the Turkish daily newspaper Star.

      * In related news, some 75 Turks remain missing in Southeast
      Asia in the wake of the earthquake-tsunami disaster, Foreign Affairs
      Ministry spokesman Namik Tan told reporters in Ankara on Wednesday.
      They are among more than 4,000 overseas tourists still missing three
      days after the world's biggest earthquake in decades.
      Declining to confirm any deaths, Mr. Tan said officials were
      still trying to contact 41 Turkish citizens in Thailand, five in
      Malaysia, seven in India, four in Myanmar, four in Sri Lanka,
      five in the Maldives, two in Singapore and seven in Indonesia.
      He added that Turkey was sending $1 million in aid to the
      region, though the best way to convey it was still under
      discussion. Red Crescent head Mr. Talat Yilmaz stated that the
      group would provide in-cash aid to the region within one week,
      Turkish daily newspapers Sabah, and Hurriyet reported.
      Hurriyet also reported that the first death of a Turkish
      citizen in the disaster zone. Tsunami parted the Cetin and Ezgi
      Gumusoglu couple who were in Thailand for a honeymoon.
      Civil engineer Cetin Gumusoglu, representative of the American
      firm Parsons in Turkey and works in connection projects in
      Istanbul, was rescued with injuries from the basement he sought
      Unfortunately 34-year-old Ms. Ezgi Gumusoglu died. She was the
      Deputy Trade Attache in U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul.
      In related news, Turkish authorities on Friday called off
      traditional New Year celebrations in the country's biggest city
      Istanbul out of respect for the tens of thousands killed in the
      disaster in Asia, a local official said.

      * Iraqi officials stated Wednesday that a Turkish truck driver
      had been killed in Samarra as the result of an armed attack.
      The identity of the victim was not disclosed.
      The number of Turkish citizens killed in the country since the
      beginning of the Iraq war now stands at over 70 according to the
      Turkish daily Star.

      * Appearing on television Sunday, Turkish Republic of Northern
      Cyprus President Rauf Denktash stated that the independence of a
      country was its honor, adding that if Turkey should ever stop
      supporting the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, then Turkish
      Cypriots could even take up arms to defend this honor.
      "We must unite against those who want to destroy our country",
      urged Mr. Denktas.
      He stressed that he doesn't want to serve as negotiator during
      possible new Cyprus talks since he is viewed as being opposed to
      a resolution on the island according to the daily Milliyet.

      * According to the daily Hurriyet, wanted drives trafficker Mr.
      Nurettin Guven, who was being been sought by Turkey and France
      through Interpol, was arrested in Britain last week.
      Officials said that despite Turkey's request to extradite Mr.
      Guven, British police released him after an investigation.
      Mr. Guven was also involved in the 1996 Susurluk scandal,
      where an underworld hit man, a police chief, and a member of the
      Turkish parliament were found riding together in a car that
      crashed into a truck.
      Mr. Guven faces sentences of 15 years in Turkey and 10 years
      in France for drug smuggling.

      * The Turkish government introduced the new Turkish lira at
      midnight Friday, thereby dropping six zeros from the nations
      Officials hope that the new money will facilitate
      international trade, which often involves trillions of old
      liras, and will also boost confidence in the economy as Ankara
      pushes for European Union membership.


      * The Anatolian News Agency reports that the Turkish movie
      theaters did brisk business in 2004, and increased attendance
      According to Turkey's Ministry of Culture and Tourism
      statistics the number of movie theaters also increased by 28
      The Anatolian News Agency says that a decade ago movie
      theaters were struggling financially.
      The theater owners say that one of the most important factors
      in the increase in attendance is starting the screening of new
      releases in Turkish theaters at the same time with that of the
      U.S. and European theaters. In earlier decades, Turkish movie
      theaters would show new movies months, in some cases, years
      In addition, changing the physical structure of the movie
      theaters, making them into centers of culture, entertainment and
      shopping also helped.
      The Turkish moviegoers expressed more interest in Turkish
      films. Although the number of Turkish films screened increased
      only by 2 percent since 1991, people attending these movies
      almost reached 40 percent of total attendance.
      While attendance to Turkish films increased by 115 percent,
      attendance to foreign films decreased by 10 percent.
      Among the Turkish films that attracted attention were:
      - Ugur Yucel's "Heads or Tails" starring Kenan
      Imirzalioglu ve Olgun Simsek,
      - Ömer Faruk Sorak's "G.O.R.A." Cem Yilmaz, Ozan Güven,
      Özge Özberk, Özkan Ugur, Safak Sezer, Rasim Öztekin, Idil Firat
      and Erdal Tosun.
      - Ali Özgentürk's "The Time for the Heart" starring
      Birol Ünel, Halil Ergün, Hülya Avsar and Oktay Kaynarca.

      * According to the private Turkish channel NTV, a statement by
      the Science Academy of Turkey disclosed that Turkish professor
      Dr. Halet Cambel received an award from the Dutch queen.
      Prof. Cambel has been awarded the Prince Clause Endowment
      award for her unmatched role in dedicating her life to
      researching the cultural heritage of the mankind.
      88-year-old Dr. Cambel is an archeologist and linguist who
      excavated many ancient sites in Turkey.
      She was also the first woman from Turkey to take part in the
      Olympics. In 1936 Olympics held in Berlin she was in the Turkish
      fencing team.

      * According to Dr. Ahmet Unal of the Institute of Assyriology
      and Hittitology at University of Munich in Germany, the first
      feminist recorded in history lived in Anatolia, what is now the
      Asiatic part of modern-day Turkey.
      The Hittite queen Puduhepa force women's rights issues back in
      1260 B.C. She made sure that her seal was president alone with
      her husband King Hattushil III in edicts and treaties.
      Dr. Unal says that Queen Puduhepa is depicted in rock
      carvings dating back to 3300 years ago attending ceremonies with
      her husband, and sometimes by herself. She has also
      corresponded with other rulers in the ancient Middle East or her
      According to renown German historian Cornelius, Queen Puduhepa
      was an influence in the development of the Amazon culture later
      in history.
      Dr. Unal says that he will write a separate section on the
      Queen in the upcoming Encyclopedia of Assyriology to be
      published in Germany.
      See more at:

      Dr. Unal's page (in German):

      * The 8th Flying Broom Women's Film Festival will be taking
      place in May 2005 in Turkey's capital Ankara, reports the
      Turkish private channel NTV.
      Turkish actress Sevda Ferdag will receive the "Honor Prize".
      The Bilge Olgac Achievement prizes will go to Jeyan Ayral Tozum
      and screenwriter Sevin Okyay.
      The Festival committee found Sevda Ferdag deserving of the
      "Honor Prize" for "her contribution to Turkish film with her
      acting, making herself remembered in the film world where only
      'stars' are remembered, and proving that good performance can be
      accomplished in complex roles."
      Jeyan Ayral started in theater then moved to the film screens,
      and has been the female voice in Turkey's film industry for many
      years in sound recording rooms.
      Sevin Okyay, has been a forerunner to many female writers, has
      written for the film industry since 1984 and will share the
      "Bilge Olgac Achievement Prize".

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      * The organizer of the 12th European Jazz Festival has started a
      competition for the design of the festival's posters. There
      will be monetary awards for posters that receive the first five
      The festival will take place in Turkey's Aegean City of Izmir
      in May.
      The organizer of the festival is Izmir Foundation for Culture
      Arts and Education.
      If you would like to participate in the competition contact
      the foundation at info@...
      See more at http://www.iksev.org/English/Home/home.htm

      * Turkey's ministry of Culture and Tourism gave its Grand
      Culture and Arts Award in Turkish music to Dr. Nevzat Atlig,
      reported the Anatolian News agency on December 28.
      Dr. Atlig, a physician by profession, is one of the leading
      conductors of traditional classical music of Turkey.
      The jury says that Dr. Atlig, with efforts in
      institutionalizing, education and application, was an
      exceptional leader, educator, artistic performer and most
      qualified presenter of classical Turkish music in the second
      half of the 20th century.
      Dr. Atlig is 79 years old.

      * Another physician by training, Dr. Alaeddin Yavasca, was a
      feature artist in Istanbul Technical University of Turkish music
      chorus on December 28.
      The program is the first for 2004-2005 activities that the
      chorus has announced.
      During the program Dr. Yavasca was interviewed about his life,
      starting with his medical training and then his artistic
      accomplishments, memories of his years in Istanbul radio, and an
      educator at the Istanbul technical University Turkish music
      The program also featured his first recording preserved on a
      78-rpm record, and a live performance by Dr. Yavasca himself
      with two of his compositions.

      * UNESCO's International Theater Institute appointed Turkish
      theater critique Emre Erdem to its Theater Education Committee,
      reports the Turkish private channel NTV.
      Mr. Erdem has earlier served as the member of the selection
      committee in the international theater festival organized by the
      European Union.


      Exchange rate for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.36


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 54/34 Mostly Cloudy
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 64/52 Mostly Cloudy
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 46/45 Rainy
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 59/50 Rainy
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 57/45 Partly Cloudy

      Snow depths at skiing locations:

      Erciyes, in Kayseri, Central Turkey 30 inches
      Ilgaz, in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey 35 inches
      Kartalkaya, in Bolu, Western Turkey 28 inches
      P.K.M., in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey 26 inches
      Palandoken, in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey 26 inches
      Uludag, in Bursa, Western Turkey 15 inches


      * Antalya Atatürk Stadium Hosts "Efes Pilsen Cup 4"
      International Mini Football Tournament on January 7 - 13, 2005.
      Group A is composed of the teams Vitesse (The Netherlands),
      Malmö (Sweden) and Besiktas (Turkey) while Group B is composed
      of teams Borussia Dortmund (Germany), Spartak Moscow (Russia)
      and Galatasaray (Turkey).

      * On December 20th, the Turkish National Junior Basketball Team
      preparing for the 2005 Europe Junior Men's Basketball
      Championship, beat its Russian opponents 63 to 44 and Moscow.
      Turkish National Junior Basketball Team began the tournament
      by defeating Croatia 70-59.


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