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      x0x Turkish news for week ending 17 December 2005

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      NEWS

      * The Turkish daily Aksam reports that the Turkish Land Forces Commander
      Gen. Yasar Buyukanit, while visiting Washington, said Thursday that
      Turkish authorities are working to get the rebel Turkish Kurds
      organization Kurdish Workers Party added to the NATO's list of terrorist
      groups.
      Citing how NATO invoked Article 5 of its charter on collective
      self-defense after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, General Buyukanit said that
      it was necessary to eliminate the double standard on the Kurdish Workers
      Party.
      On Tuesday US Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Schoomaker awarded the
      Turkish general the Order of Merit.

      * Turkey's Foreign Affairs Minister Abdullah Gul over the last weekend
      denied allegations that officials from the CIA had interrogated terror
      suspects on a plane stopover in Turkey, reprorted the Turkish daily Sabah.
      Mr. Gul said that a civilian passenger plane had stopped twice at
      Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen Airport en route from Barcelona to Baku at the
      end of October and on its way back last month.
      The plane was under our complete control, Mr. Gul said. "Abduction or
      interrogation of any suspect from a military or civilian plane is
      impossible and out of the question", he added.

      * On the second day of a visit to Turkey, CIA Director Porter Goss met
      with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Police Director General
      Gokhan Aydiner, reports the Turkish daily Hurriyet.
      Their talks focused on intelligence sharing against terrorism,
      especially on the outlawed rebel Kurdish workers party.
      Turkish officials asked Goss to take necessary measures to end the
      presence of the Kurdish Workers Party in northern Iraq and conveyed
      Ankaras concerns over recent terrorist activities.
      The CIA director reportedly vowed to better control the Iraqi border to
      prevent militants from entering Turkish territory and stated that work to
      cut off the financial resources of the terrorist group was continuing.
      Mr. Goss also asked Turkish officials to cooperate in operations against
      al-Qaeda.
      The daily Cumhuriyet wrote a day earlier that Mr. Goss asked Turkey to
      work with the US against Iran and Syria. The paper alleged that Mr. Goss
      mentioned of possible air strikes against the two countries. Mr. Goss also
      said that Iran sees Turkey as an enemy and supports terrorirst and
      separatist activities in Turkey.

      * Speaking of Iran, calling Turkey Israel's main regional ally, the French
      news agency AFP wrote that Turkish foreign affiars ministry spokesman
      denounced anti-Jewish remarks by hardline Iranian President Mahmoud
      Ahmadinejad, warning against escalating international tensions and
      mistrust between nations.

      * As we reported to you last week, FBI director was also in Turkey
      recently.
      According to the Turkish daily Milliyet, Turkey's opposition Republican
      Peoples Party deputy group leader Ali Topuz yesterday charged that recent
      visits of the CIA and FBI directors were aimed to soften up Turkey to
      accept Washington's demands.
      "If they want to end terrorism, they should catch the terrorists in
      Kandil, northern Iraq", added Mr. Topuz, referring to the rebel Turkish
      Kurds who operate out of Iraqi territory.

      * The English language paper Turkish Daily News published in the Turkish
      capital Ankara reports that on Thursday the Greek President Karolos
      Papoulias received the Turkish Interior Minister Abdulkadir Aksu along
      with Iranian and Pakistani government ministers, all in Athens for a
      meeting on immigration and human trafficking.
      The visiting officials reportedly briefed President Papoulias about the
      meeting.

      * According to the daily Milliyet, The Turkish Air Forces is due to train
      Italian pilots on F-16 fighter jets under an agreement signed between the
      General Staff and the Italy's Defense Ministry, which was approved by the
      Turkish Cabinet last month.
      The agreement will be in effect for a year. Last year, the Turkish Air
      Forces trained United Arab Emirates pilots on F-16s under a protocol
      signed between the two countries in 2000.

      * On Tuesday, the day be fore the Iraqi elections started, Turkish Foreign
      Affairs minister called on all Iraqi citizens in Turkey to cast ballots.
      Some 1 million Iraqis living abroad are expected to vote. There are
      nearly 30,000 Turkmen in Turkey, said Gul, directing his call to them in
      particular.
      He added that if they didnt go to the ballot box then they would have no
      say in their cause and their future.
      Turkmens are the native Iraqi Turks.

      * Vodaphone, one of world's largest mobile phone operators, bought
      Turkey's second-largest mobile operator Telsim for $4.55 billion reports
      Reuters. The British firm overcame fierce competition from cash rich
      Middle Eastern rivals.
      Vodaphone both has major opportunities and challenges in Turkey. As
      compared to almost 100% market penetration in Europe, only about 53
      percent of the Turks own mobile phones. However, taxes on mobile
      communications are very high in Turkey, which experts say inhibit further
      market penetration.

      * On Thursday Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan joined Turkish
      Airlines Chairman Candan Karlitekin in celebrating the arrival of the
      first of 59 new aircraft to enlarge and renew the Turkish national
      carrier's fleet.
      Guests at the ceremony held at Istanbul's Atatürk International Airport
      had a chance to see THY's new Airbus A320, the next-generation Boeing
      737-800 and Turkey's first Airbus A330.
      THY is taking the first deliveries in a multi-billion-dollar expansion.
      THY General Manager Temel Kotil said that the fleet expansion currently
      under way is not just a step for the nation's civil aviation but for the
      global sector, as THY aims to rank among the top 10 airlines in the world.

      ARTS AND CULTURE

      Edited by Colleen Clark

      * Turkish-born author and historian Vecihi Basarin, who has written
      several books on the Battle of Canakkale, was among almost 200 individuals
      and organizations receiving an award for outstanding service to the
      Australian state of Victoria's multicultural and wider community, reports
      the Turkish daily News.
      Basarin is the co-author of books titled "A Turkish View of Gallipoli",
      "Gallipoli -- The Turkish Story" and "Gelibolu 1915", along with his wife,
      Hatice Basarin, and Kevin Fewster.
      Basarin, originally a chemical engineer, emigrated to Australia from
      Turkey in 1973.

      * Eurimages, the European film support fund of the Council of Europe, will
      provide two young Turkish directors with financial support.
      The films "Who Doesn't Love Ayse" to be directed by Elfe Uluç and
      "Takva" to be directed by Ozer Kiziltan will receive the support,
      Eurimages said in a statement.
      Uluç's film is a Turkish-German co-production while Kiziltan's film is
      Turkish-French.
      Eurimages, established in 1988, promotes the European film industry
      against the Hollywood film industry by encouraging the production,
      distribution and exhibition of European cinematographic works as well as
      fostering cooperation between professionals.
      Eurimages has since provided financial support amounting to about 308
      million euros for a total of 1,064 European joint productions.
      Eurimages also extends financial support to movie theaters and
      distribution companies throughout Europe.

      * At only 26, Efe Baltacigil is already the associate principal cellist of
      the Philadelphia Orchestra. The gifted Turkish artist won acclaim during a
      snowstorm last February when on short notice he performed Beethoven's
      Cello Sonata No. 1 with famed pianist Emmanuel Ax who had been the
      scheduled soloist, according to Anthony Tomassini in a review in the New
      York Times on Dec. 14.
      On Dec. 12 Baltacigil performed the same Beethoven sonata, along with
      other works, at Zankel Hall in New York City. Times music critic Tommasini
      wrote, "Mr. Baltacigil is an appealing and accomplished cellist. His warm
      and full-bodied sound carries well even in softer passages. His playing is
      rhythmically alert, musically sensitive and imaginative. In the Beethoven,
      a boldly original early work, he and Anna Polonsky, the pianist, ably
      dispatched the brilliant passagework and nicely captured the music's
      audacious spirit." The complete review is at
      http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/14/arts/music/14cell.html

      * As part of activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding
      of Ege University, 26 works of art from the Turkish Culture and Tourism
      Ministry's Izmir art gallery archives will be on display for the first
      time. Ege University is located in Izmir, Turkey's third-largest
      metropolitan area located on the Aegean Sea.
      The exhibit will take place during the First Ege Art Fair to be held
      Dec.15-18 at Ege University's Ataturk Culture Center.
      Additionally, private collections belonging to art-collecting families
      in Izmir, will be exhibited at the fair.
      Baritone Ahmet Utku and Ayla Algan will perform a concert accompanied by
      the Aegean Military Brass Band as part of the event.

      * The 7th Adana International Art Festival started on Dec. 14 with the
      participation of more than 100 artists from 11 countries. Adana, Turkey's
      fourth largest city, is on Turkey's eastern Mediterranean coast.
      The festival is held in the memory of 13 people from the Adana
      Association of Amateur Photographers (AFAD) who died in an accident in
      November 1995 during a photo-safari.
      The 22nd International Caricature Contest Exhibition held by the Aydin
      Dogan Foundation will be on display. Numerous painting and photography
      exhibitions, movie screenings, concerts and panel discussions are also
      part of the festival. The festival will run through Jan. 5, 2006.

      * A periodical called Trace will begin publication in January under the
      direction of Ara Guler, a veteran name in the art of photography. The
      periodical will bring together thousands of photographs, which are
      actually the "traces" of images of real life on film as seen through
      light. The magazine will feature world-renowned as well as Turkish
      photographers' works in its pages, reported the Anatolia news agency.
      Mr. Guler will be editor in chief, Hasan Senyuksel will be coordinator,
      and Umut Sulun will serve as assistant editor. The magazine is a 16-year
      compilation of work from photography house Fotografevi, which has
      commissioned various photography-related projects.
      The first issue will feature a photo interview with renowned
      photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, who died last year, Works that will be
      included in the first issue are "Mexican Border" by Alex Webb, "Cold
      Hollow" by Ken Light, "London Subway" by Tolga Cebi, "The Italians" by
      Bruno Barbey and photographs by Sadik Demiroz.
      The periodical is said to already have 6,000 fixed subscribers, which is
      important for the continuation of the magazine. The inaugural issue will
      be 10,000 copies.

      * The Hatay Archaeology Museum, in Antakya, the ancient Antioch, is
      planning to relocate to a larger facility to allow for the display of
      artifacts currently in storage and in the process ease traffic problems.
      Hatay Governor Abdulkadir Sari told the Anatolia news agency that the
      museum, open since 1939, was inadequate for today's requirements and that
      the Governor's Office made plans to move it to a location next to the
      cave-church of St. Peter. Sari said that around 35,000 artifacts could not
      be displayed due to a lack of space at the current museum.
      Museum Director Faruk Kilinc said during the summer season the museum
      hosted approximately 1,500 and 2,000 visitors per day, resulting in huge
      traffic problems in the city's Republic Square.

      * Famous Turkish author Ms. Erendiz Atasu during a panel discussion held
      at Ankara's Adnan Otuken Public Library on Wednesday, told the audience
      that, although Ankara had undergone a great transformation in becoming a
      city of culture and art during the first 10 years after the founding of
      the Turkish Republic in 1923, it has started to lose this quality in
      recent years.
      Ms. Atasu, a homegrown Ankara author, said the pro-cultural policies of
      the state had a role in the cultural development of Ankara during the
      initial years of the Turkish Republic and that Europeans who escaped the
      Nazis in 1930's and settled in Turkey further enhanced Ankara's culture.
      Ms. Atasu said the State Theaters, the State Conservatory and the State
      Opera and Ballet established in Ankara were and are great steps in making
      Ankara the cultural capital of Turkey, but added, "However, from the 1950s
      on state institutions started to lose their strength. This affected the
      cultural life of the country. ... Today, everything has turned into money
      and advertising. And Istanbul has become the capital of this process.
      Today, book signings and poetry recitals have disappeared, other than
      those pushed by the media."
      Mr. Atasu underlined that in developed countries culture and art take
      place in the heart of the city, to which the public has wide access. "A
      city that has its opera houses, art galleries, theater stages far from the
      city center cannot become a center of culture."

      * Notwithstanding Ms. Atasu's complaints about Ankara, two important
      performances took place in the capital recently.
      According to Yuksel Soylemez in a review in the Turkish Daily News on
      Dec. 11, "Giacomo Puccini's opera "Madame Butterfly" was once again staged
      at the State Opera on Dec. 3 by producer Aytac Manizade. Conducted by the
      talented Naci Ozguc with minimalist sets by Ismail Dede, the production
      was purposefully avant-garde and cut-down-to-the-bone with very few props,
      with the visual impact being achieved instead through the dramatic colored
      backdrop that changed according to the stage and mood of this tragic
      story. The title role was impeccably sung by the unique Ayse Tek, with
      Senol Talinli as the American Navy Lt. Pinkerton in a port call to
      Nagasaki at the turn of the last century." On Dec. 14 the Ankara State
      Theaters staged the ancient tragedy "Antigone" by Sophocles at the Irfan
      Sahinbas Atolye Theater. The play depicts conflicts between state and
      individual, life and death, young and old and gods and humans, all
      centered around a woman rebelling against her fate.
      The director, Ayse Emel Mesci, introduced the play to the media at the
      theater a day before the premiere and noted that she was very happy to
      stage "Antigone" on the 40th anniversary of the start of her career. She
      said she chose "Antigone" because of the chaotic situation in the world.
      "The play will send many messages to theatergoers, and so we have tried
      not to restrict it to a certain period. Instead, we have tried to pay
      attention to not limiting it to a certain country or age. That's why
      "Antigone" has strong messages for a wide range of people, from the
      ordinary person to the intellectual theatergoer," she added. She said she
      plans to stage "Oedipus the King" at the same theater next year since
      "Antigone" is part of a trio.
      There will be three more performances on Dec. 17, 28 and 29.

      * December is the time to remember Mevlana Jalal al-Din Rumi, who went to
      visit his beloved one on Dec. 17, 1273. Thousands recently gathered in
      Konya for 11 days of activities to commemorate him on the 732nd
      anniversary of his death and to understand and experience how important
      sympathy, honesty and peace are.
      During the opening celebrations a sema performance by young whirling
      dervishes was held at the Mevlana Museum along with a wide spectrum of
      activities including panel discussions, mystical music concerts, sema
      performances, theater performances and exhibitions. Starting from this
      year, the celebrations, which in the past lasted only one week, will now
      extend for 11 days.
      Visitors from France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Latvia, the United
      States and Japan flocked to Konya for the activities. An increase in the
      number of tourists from Europe attending the celebrations over previous
      years was also observed. It is likely that UNESCO designating the
      "whirling dervishes of Anatolia" as part of the World Heritage was
      effective in attracting more people to Konya. Additionally, there has also
      been a significant increase in the number of foreigners visiting the
      Mevlana Museum in general, officials say.
      Without doubt one of the most outstanding events of the celebrations was
      the 2nd International Mystical Music Festival. Ensembles from Uzbekistan,
      Azerbaijan, India, Kosovo, Spain and Tunisia took audiences on a spiritual
      journey in concert with the Hacž Bektas Semah Ensemble and the Konya
      Sufi Music ensemble, proving once more that music is a unique universal
      language.
      Esin Celebi, the 22nd generation granddaughter of Mevlana, was also in
      Konya to attend the celebrations. Celebi underlined in a statement to
      reporters that Mevlana has lately become a person who has sparked the
      curiosity of people all over the world, as he was a person who overcame
      life through his thoughts, his works and his philosophy.
      A longer article about Rumi, including a reading list, is available at
      http://www.turkishdailynews.com.tr/article.php?enewsid=30646

      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----------: 50/39 Mostly Cloudy
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 64/46 Showers
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 57/43 Rainy
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 63/50 Showers
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 59/46 Rainy

      Snow depths at skiing locations:

      Erciyes, in Kayseri, Central Turkey - inches
      Ilgaz, in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey 2 inches
      Kartalkaya, in Bolu, Western Turkey 4 inches
      Palandoken, in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey 10 inches
      Saklikent, in Antalya, Southern Turkey - inches
      Sarikamis, in Kars, Eastern Turkey - inches
      Uludag, in Bursa, Western Turkey 4 inches

      SPORTS

      Edited by Mark Nowak


      * Turkish Soccer - Premier Division

      Week 16 Matches

      Manisaspor 1-0 Kayserispor
      Denizlispor 2-0 Rizespor
      Galatasaray 3-2 Besiktas
      Gaziantepspor 1-1 Ankaragucu
      Erciyesspor 0-3 Fenerbahçe
      Gençlerbirligi 4-0 Diyarbakirspor
      Samsunspor 1-2 Malatyaspor
      Sivasspor 1-1 Konyaspor
      Trabzonspor 2-3 Ankaraspor

      Week 17 Matches

      Kayserispor 1-3 Galatasaray
      Ankaragucu 0-0 Sivasspor
      Malatyaspor 2-0 Gaziantepspor
      Fenerbahçe 1-0 Denizlispor
      Ankaraspor Erciyesspor
      Besiktas Trabzonspor
      Diyarbakirspor Samsunspor
      Konyaspor Manisaspor
      Rizespor Gençlerbirligi

      Standings

      Team Tot W D L GF GA Pts
      1. Fenerbahçe 17 14 3 0 38 - 15 45
      2. Galatasaray 17 13 2 2 39 - 17 41
      3. Kayserispor 17 9 2 6 30 - 22 29
      4. Besiktas 16 7 4 5 24 - 18 25
      5. Sivasspor 17 6 7 4 19 - 17 25
      6. Gençlerbirligi 16 6 6 4 20 - 11 24
      7. Erciyesspor 16 5 7 4 16 - 18 22
      8. Konyaspor 16 5 6 5 21 - 17 21
      9. Gaziantepspor 17 5 6 6 22 - 27 21
      10. Trabzonspor 16 5 5 6 20 - 24 20
      11. Manisaspor 16 5 4 7 20 - 22 19
      12. Ankaragucu 17 4 7 6 19 - 21 19
      13. Malatyaspor 17 4 5 8 14 - 27 17
      14. Diyarbakirspor 16 5 2 9 16 - 30 17
      15. Ankaraspor 16 3 7 6 21 - 23 16
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      16. Rizespor 16 3 5 8 12 - 22 14
      17. Denizlispor 17 3 4 10 10 - 20 13
      18. Samsunspor 16 3 4 9 27 - 37 13

      * Turkish Men's Basketball - Standings

      Team Tot W L PF PA Pts
      1.Beþiktaþ 10 8 2 800 742 18
      2.Telekom 9 8 1 813 689 17
      3.Ülker 9 7 2 701 601 16
      4.Banvit 9 7 2 745 646 16
      5.Efes 9 7 2 674 579 16
      6.Fenerbahçe 9 6 3 722 616 15
      7.Tekel 10 5 5 770 739 15
      8.Darüþþafaka 10 5 5 772 777 15
      9.P.Karþýyaka 9 5 4 667 638 14
      10.G.Saray 9 5 4 691 712 14
      11.Mersin Büyükþehir 9 3 6 769 770 12
      12.Büyük Kolej 9 3 6 656 693 12
      13.T.Pilsner 9 2 7 658 684 11
      14.Beykoz 9 2 7 595 707 11
      15.Erdemir 9 1 8 600 710 10
      16.ÝTÜ 10 0 10 560 890 10

      * Turkish Women's Basketball - Standings

      Team Tot W L PF PA Pts
      1.Fenerbahçe 9 9 0 719 558 18
      2.Beþiktaþ 9 8 1 675 549 17
      3.Ceyhan Belediyesi 9 6 3 692 623 15
      4.Ýstanbul Üni. 9 6 3 659 619 15
      5.Mersin Büyükþehir 9 5 4 679 696 14
      6.Botaþ 9 4 5 633 612 13
      7.Bursa Yýldýrým 9 3 6 655 689 12
      8.Ted Kayseri Koleji 9 3 6 632 684 12
      9.Erdemir 9 3 6 608 678 12
      10.Burhaniye 9 3 6 593 688 12
      11.Migrosspor 9 2 7 541 613 11
      12.Çankaya Üni. 9 2 7 578 655 11

      * NBA

      Hidayet Turkoglu Stats

      Orlando 103 - 109 Dallas 17 pts, 2 reb, 3 asst, 38 min
      Orlando 105 - 90 New York 18 pts, 6 reb, 6 asst, 30 min
      Orlando 94 - 83 Denver 7 pts, 1 reb, 2 asst, 13 min


      Mehmet Okur Stats

      Utah 83-93 Indiana 19 pts, 12 reb, 4 asst, 39 min
      Utah 82-77 Portland 21 pts, 12 reb, 3 asst, 39 min
      Utah 92-78 Detroit 24 pts, 12 reb, 3 asst, 47 min

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