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      NEWS

      * The Turkish prime minister Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan was in
      Washington this week. He met with President Bush.
      The Voice of America reported on June 8 that the President
      pledged the Turkish leader help with ethnic Turkish Kurd
      rebels based in Northern Iraq.
      The VOA says that Kurdistan Workers Party, the underground
      organization of the rebel Kurds, is carrying out
      cross-border raids from Iraq.
      The Turkish daily Hurriyet also reported that the two
      leaders reaffirmed that the strategic partnership between
      the two countries' would continue.
      According to Mr. Erdogan President Bush asked Secretary of
      State Condeleeza Rice work on ways to start direct flights
      to Turkish Cyprus from the US to end the isolation of the
      Turkish Cypriots.

      * On Friday, the Turkish daily Star reported that following
      his talks with the President, Mr. Erdogan met with Vice
      President Dick Cheney.
      During their meeting, bilateral trade relations between
      the two countries were taken up.
      Afterwards, speaking to reporters, Mr. Erdogan said that
      Mr. Cheney was interested in the Baku-Ceyhan-Tbilisi oil
      pipeline project and attached great importance to it. The
      pipeline project brings the Caspian oil to the World markets
      through Georgia and Turkey.
      Mr. Cheney reportedly welcomed Mr. Erdogan's invitation
      for a visit to Turkey.

      * The Turkish prime minister also attended a reception held
      by the Turkish-US parliamentary Friendship Group at the US
      Congress and met with members of the various think-tank
      organizations, and journalists.
      Later he met with representatives from the Assembly of
      Turkish-American Associations.

      * The daily Turkiye reported that Mr. Erdogan later traveled
      the New York where he met the United Nations Secretary
      General.
      Turkish foreign affairs minister Mr. Abdullah Gul,
      ministry of defense Mr. Vecdi Gonul and state minister Mr.
      Ali Babacan and Turkey's United Nations ambassador Mr. Baki
      Ilkin joined Prime Minister Erdogan.
      The Turkish officials discuss the Cyprus issue with the
      Secretary General. The Turkish prime minister asked the
      Secretary General to help and the isolation of the Turkish
      Cypriots.
      Later, meeting with a group of representatives from local
      Turkish community, the Turkish prime minister delivered a
      speech at a banquet of the Foreign Policy Association.

      * In the wake of the Turkish Cabinet's decision to approve
      an annual extension of Turkish permission for the use of
      Incirlik Airbase, US Air Force C-17 cargo planes have
      started to land at the southern Turkish airbase.
      Incirlik Air Headquarters officials said that logistic
      supply materials such as tents, food, drinks, clothes and
      spare parts would be transferred to Iraq and
      Afghanistan through Incirlik.

      * The Turkish daily Milliyet reports that the Democracy and
      Global Security conference started in Turkey's largest city
      Istanbul on Thursday.
      The Turkish prime minister delivered his opening speech
      via satellite in front of the U.S. Capitol building in
      Washington.
      Mr. Erdogan said in his speech that Turkey was able to
      continue the culture of democracy and the culture of
      Islam.
      "This achievement is very important. In addition, Turkey
      is an exemplary country which can undertake the duty of
      being a bridge to the Far East and Middle East," he added.
      Later the Turkish Armenian's Patriarch Mesrob II addressed
      the conference and said that terror should be condemned.
      Middle East Technical University's Yusuf Ziya Ozcan said
      that around the globe 97,000 people had died during the
      terrorist attacks of 1979-2004, and 33,000 people were
      victims of terrorism in 1984-2004 in Turkey, and that the
      Kurdistan Workers Party was responsible for most of these
      losses.
      650 people from 80 countries are attending the conference,
      170 of them are from the US.

      * Speaking of Cyprus, the European Union made a "mistake" by
      accepting the Greek Cypriots in May of last year for
      membership as representing the entire island without having
      first reached a resolution on the Cyprus dispute, a European
      Parliament delegation said in an internal report.
      Mr. Joost Lagendijk, co-chairperson of the Turkey-European
      Union Joint Parliamentary Commission, who led a delegation
      that held talks in both Turkish and Greek Cyprus in April
      signed the report CNN-Turk reports.
      Greek Cypriot leader Tassos Papadopoulos has been engaged
      in politics that do not aim to reach a resolution on the
      Cyprus dispute but to pressure Turkey into recognizing the
      Greek Cypriot government, using European Union membership as
      a tool, the report said. "The sole worry for Papadopoulos is
      being re-elected in 2008," CNN-Turk quoted the report as
      saying, in a reference to the next presidential elections in
      Greek Cyprus slated for February 2008.
      The European parliamentarians urged the bloc to abandon
      policies encouraging the Greek Cypriots and suggested that
      Turkish Cypriot parliamentarians should be able to
      participate in European Parliament sessions under "observer"
      status. "The European Union, by keeping the promises it once
      gave the Turkish Cypriots, should rescue this [Turkish] part
      of the island from isolation," the report said.
      The European Union had promised to end the economic
      isolation of the north by allowing direct trade with
      Turkish Cyprus and providing an aid package worth 259
      million euros as a reward for Turkish Cypriot approval of a
      U.N.-drafted reunification plan in a referendum last year.
      However, the Greek Cypriots, who rejected the plan in a
      separate vote, have blocked the aid, fearing the package
      could lead to a de facto recognition of Turkish Cyprus,
      writes the Turkish Daily News, and English language
      publication in the Turkish capital Ankara.

      * The Turkish daily Star reports that 14 million Turkish
      students from primary and secondary schools had started
      their three-month summer vacation.

      * According to the Turkish daily Sabah, The billionaire
      speculator and investor George Soros was in Istanbul this
      week. He met with the Ms. Guler Sabanci the Chairman of
      Sabanci holding.
      Speaking to journalists prior to the meeting held at Sakip
      Sabanci Museum in Istanbul, Ms. Sabanci said that there
      are a number of joint projects between Soros Open Society
      Institute and Sabanci University.
      In addition, she thanked Soros for the work carried out by
      this institution for the Turkish education system.

      * While in Turkey Mr. Soros also threw his support behind
      Turkey's aspirations to join the European Union, writes the
      Turkish daily Milliyet.
      Mr. Soros indicated that he would be willing to give his
      financial support to set up a group of wise man made up of
      prospective European officials to promote Turkey's European
      Union membership.

      ARTS AND CULTURE

      Edited by Serkan Hatipoglu

      * The Turkish daily to Cumhuriyet reports that the 12th
      Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival has started
      Saturday.
      This year three foreign groups will participate in the
      festival and open with the Petrushka and Firebird ballet
      by Igor Stravinsky to be performed by the Russian Opera and
      Ballet.
      The Antalya State Opera and Ballet, hosting the festival,
      won't be able to participate in the festival this year for
      the first time.
      Eleven performances will be staged at the festival in
      Antalya.

      * The Turkish daily Hurriyet reports that the 33rd
      International Istanbul Music Festival started on Tuesday
      with a Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra concert at
      the Hagia Irene Museum in Istanbul.
      Istanbul Culture and Art Foundation Chairman Sakir
      Eczacibasi made the opening speech of the festival. Mr
      Eczacibasi's company Eczacibasi Holding is one of the major
      sponsors of the festival.
      This year the festival will include over 30 events,
      including orchestra and chamber music and recitals,
      through July 2.

      * The Turkish Film Writers Association has picked the 20
      best foreign movies of the year. A group of Turkish movie
      critics, who review and offer opinions on movies for popular
      cinema magazines or feature pages of widely-read dailies,
      picked the film "The Return" directed by Andrey Zwyaginstsev
      as this year's Golden Lion Award winner, recognizing the top
      foreign film.
      Far East cinema continues to prove that its success in
      recent years has not been a fluke as far Eastern
      productions appeared on the list with a total of five films,
      two of which placed second and third, respectively, in the
      contest. Contest movies will be featured in Ankara's
      Kavaklidere and Istanbul's Beyoglu Moive Theaters starting
      June 17. During early showings at the noted theaters, movies
      directed by Ömer Kavur, the Turkish director who recently
      passed away will be featured.
      Here are the top 5 foreign films as rated by SÝYAD member
      critics: "The Return"by Andrey Zywagintsev, "Spirited Away"
      by Hayao Miyazaki , "Iron"by Kim-Ki Duk , "Oldboy" by Chan
      Wook Park , "Million Dollar Baby" by Clint Eastwood

      * An UFO museum, which opened one month ago in the Göreme
      district of Nevsehir province has already attracted 2,000
      visitors.
      The UFO museum has been built into carved rocks in the
      region of Cappadoccia. The museum carries the slogan "We
      are not alone in the universe."
      Museum curator Özer Serinsu said the museum was the fifth
      of its kind in the world. The Sirius UFO Space Sciences
      Research Center in Istanbul supported the museum, offering
      copies of articles, accounts and photos from their archives.
      The museum now has over 2,000 articles, photographs and
      documents on display. Mr. Serinsu says that many people,
      who believe that we are not alone in the universe, as well
      as those who are simply curious, have come to check out the
      museum.
      "Japanese tourists are probably the group showing the
      most-keen interest. They ask questions about the UFOs that
      are believed to have visited and continue to visit the
      Cappadoccia region," says Mr. Serinsu.
      See the Turkish UFO center's web pages at
      http://www.siriusufo.org/

      * Monem, a ship that sank last year off Cesme, a district of
      Izmir, a popular summer resort, is currently attracting much
      attention from amateur divers.
      According to the Anatolia news agency, Mehmet Huz, the
      Dolphinland Diving School owner, says that wrecks suitable
      for amateur divers were much sought-after in the
      Mediterranean area.
      He says that sunken ships were usually found in deep-sea
      areas and most of those in Turkey were historic wrecks,
      adding: "Amateur divers are not allowed to dive any deeper
      than 100 feet. The wreck, Monem, is only 60 feet deep and
      therefore it's accessible to amateurs."
      "To dive for old wrecks you must get permission from
      Turkey's Culture and Tourism Ministry. This is a long and
      difficult process. We do not apply for these kinds of
      permits for fear of unintentionally causing damage to the
      historic wrecks, or the possibility of there being people
      with bad intentions.
      "These wrecks most probably sunk due to stormy weather
      conditions and lie very deep down on the seedbed,"Mr. Huz
      adds.

      * Samsun's Asarcik Boarding Primary School Principal Aydin
      Peker held a gala for his film called "Local Governor,"on
      Thursday attended by students and parents.
      The 40-minute film, written and directed by Mr. Peker, was
      made in the hope of convincing parents to send their
      daughters to school. The amateur movie starred the school's
      pupils and touched the audience with its emotional scenes.
      Mr. Peker said that there are many girls in the district
      who were not allowed to attend school, adding that their
      goal is to encourage families to send girls to school and
      provide them with a bright future. Mr. Peker said: "These
      girls could one day be a local governor, governor or even
      prime minister. All we have to do is support them."
      The movie tells the story of a woman who was married off
      at a young age but always dreamt of being a local
      governor. The woman's daughter also wants to be a local
      governor but this dream will be impossible to achieve
      because the rest of the family refuse to send her to school.
      The mother fights with other family members to realize her
      daughter's dream.

      * Rice University's 2005 Presidential Award for Mentoring
      has been awarded to mechanical engineering's
      Turkish-American professor Yildiz Bayazitoglu, a pioneer
      among women engineers who has gained national acclaim for
      her support of students, particularly young women.
      "I never made a conscious decision to emphasize
      mentoring," said Dr. Bayazitoglu, the Harry S. Cameron
      Professor in Mechanical Engineering. "It came naturally to
      me when I started teaching and advising.
      "I strongly believe that being a role model ^× by having a
      successful professional and fulfilling personal life, and
      by having a positive attitude and defined goals ^× makes one
      more effective, motivational and influential as a mentor,"
      she said.
      The mentoring award is given annually to a faculty member
      who has demonstrated a commitment to mentoring students,
      either graduate or undergraduate. Particular emphasis is
      given to candidates who have promoted diversity by mentoring
      women and underrepresented minorities. The award includes a
      $2,000 prize.
      See Dr. Bayazitoglu's web pages at
      http://www.mems.rice.edu/bayazitoglu/

      * International Union of Architects, an organization that
      brings together architects from 100 countries, will be
      having its annual congress in Istanbul this year between
      July 3rd and 10th.
      About 10,000 participants from around the globe are
      expected for the congress.
      A committee formed by the Chamber of Turkish Architects
      and Engineers have been working along the Congress for the
      past three years.
      The organizers say that the congress theme - Grand Bazaar
      of Architectures - was chosen to give voice to each and
      every notable expression of all those responsible for and
      involved in the shaping of our environments. 13', 80' Fatih
      Tekke
      It will constitute a mosaic of colors, shapes, and
      movement that reflects the contemporary concerns of
      architects and others. The structure of the congress will
      permit every person, action group, company, client,
      supplier, artist, and architect to present their ideas and
      to share their accomplishments with the rest of the World.
      Within the congress theme, there will be also programs to
      celebrate various World cities, to reinforce the notion of
      plurality and the interaction of humankind together.
      See more at: http:// www.uia2005istanbul.org

      * An announcement by the Assembly of Turkish-American
      Associations says that an exhibition of new paintings,
      prints and 3-D work by Turkish-American artist Elif Soyer
      will be featured at the Kingston Gallery from May 31 -- July
      2.
      A gallery talk will be held with the artist on Friday June
      24th at 5pm. The association says that this body of work
      is inspired by the biological neuron and its ability to
      receive and transmit information. These information messengers
      appear in every piece as a playful and elegant, simplified
      model of the biological neuron and its migratory path. The
      images allow the viewer the opportunity to engage from outside
      the body's bubble the inner strands of nature.
      The pathways generate a series of relay stations that are
      strung together in a painted or drawn gesture. They take
      the viewer deep into the biological world floating among the
      interstices. The image planes are like bridges, layered with
      the same image, but somehow relaying us into the next. In a
      few of the pieces the artists draws upon her cultural
      heritage as a beginning, weaving in some patterns from
      traditional Turkish and Islamic imagery which are then
      relieved by the neuron inspired strands. In other pieces the
      strands are layered around themselves and their biological
      origins give way to more organic images floating in their
      midst and relaying the piece to a landscape or time based
      environment. The viewer is presented with the opportunity to
      view both a biological past and a current cultural
      standpoint.
      Ms. Soyer^Òs work consistently allows us to travel along
      these biological paths as passengers floating between
      these dazzling images, somehow tapping us into our memories
      and personal symbology. Ms. Elif Soyer earned her MFA and
      Studio Diploma from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts,
      Boston and Tufts University.

      Earlier she received a BA in Economics from Emory
      University in Atlanta, Georgia. She is also ranked 18th in
      the US in the Olympic sport of competitive foil fencing.
      Kingston Gallery is an artist run gallery founded in 1982.
      The gallery is located in Boston^Òs historic South End and
      SOWA Arts District between Harrison Avenue and Albany
      Street, a short walk from the Boston Center for the Arts.
      See more at
      http://www.kingstongallery.com/artists/esoyer.html

      EXCHANGE RATE

      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.36

      WEATHER

      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 81/61 Showers
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 82/66 Partly Cloudy
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 70/61 Showers
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 79/63 Showers
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 73/63 Showers

      Seawater temperatures

      Black Sea measured at Trabzon 61
      Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 63
      Aegean Sea measured at Bodrum 66
      Mediterranean Sea measured at Alanya 70


      SPORTS

      Edited by Mark Nowak

      * 2005 FIFA World Cup Qualifying

      Turkey 0 ^Ö 0 Greece

      Turkey 6 ^Ö 0 Kazakhstan
      15' Ibrahim Toraman
      38', 90' Tuncay Sanli
      88' Hamit Altintop

      Standings in Group 2

      GP W D L GF GA Pts
      Ukraine 9 7 2 0 15 3 23
      Turkey 9 4 4 1 19 7 16
      Greece 9 4 3 2 12 7 15
      Denmark 8 3 3 2 13 8 12
      Albania 9 3 0 6 7 16 9
      Georgia 7 1 2 4 10 16 5
      Kazakhstan 7 0 0 7 2 21 0

      * UEFA Champion's League 2005-2006

      The decision to allow Liverpool FC to play in the first qualifying
      round of the 2005/06 UEFA Champions League means that Fenerbahce will
      enter the group stage. The Turkish champions were due to start in the
      third qualifying round but will take the automatic place normally
      offered to the holders.

      * UEFA Cup champions CSKA Moscow have signed Turkey international
      striker Nihat Kahveci from Spanish side Real Sociedad for 19.7 million
      euros.

      * Turkish Basketball- Men

      Efes 4 - 1 Besiktas

      Efes are the champions.


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