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      NEWS

      Edited by Gokce Gokalp

      * President Ahmet Necdet Sezer released a message to mark the 69th
      anniversary of the codification of the principle of secularism in the
      Turkish Constitution on Sunday.
      In his message, Mr. Sezer underlined that the notion of secularism
      cannot be reduced to simply the freedoms of conscience and religion, and
      added, "The basic principle of the notion of secularism is the separation
      of religious affairs from those of the state. Moreover, secularism is
      without a doubt a sine qua non precondition for democracy and the freedoms
      of conscience and religion".
      Mr. Sezer stated that it was thanks to the principle of secularism that
      the Turkish people could live in peace and freedom reported the Turkish
      daily Cumhuriyet.

      * The Turkish daily Milliyet reported that during Monday's Cabinet meeting
      chaired by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, outrage over cartoons of
      Muhammed published in European newspapers as well as the murder of an
      Italian priest in Trabzon were discussed.
      At a press conference after the meeting, Turkish Government spokesman
      Cemil Cicek called on citizens to act calmly and voice their disapproval
      in a civilized manner.
      Turkey will take an initiative to defuse the tension, said Mr. Cicek,
      and a commission of Foreign Affairs Minister Abdullah Gul, State Minister
      Mehmet Aydin and Cicek himself is to look into steps to be taken on the
      issue. Interior Minister Abdulkadir Aksu also said that trying to link the
      priests murder and the cartoon crisis would be misleading.

      * In related news, speaking after Monday's Cabinet meeting, Prime Minister
      Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke on the recent controversy over cartoons of the
      Prophet Mohammed in European newspapers, lamenting how the cartoons had
      led to outrage in the Muslim world amid efforts to forge an alliance of
      civilizations.
      "We can't tolerate such an immoral assault on our prophet," stated
      Erdogan. "Protest is normal, but we never approve of violence. We also
      respect other prophets."
      Also commenting on the murder last weekend of Andrea Santore, the
      Italian priest of the Santa Maria Catholic Church in the Turkish city of
      Trabzon, Mr. Erdogan said that the case was being investigated and that
      the perpetrator would be caught as soon as possible, reported the Turkish
      daily Turkiye.

      * According to the Turkish Daily News, a bus loaded with tourists from
      Turkey ran off a road in Rome and dropped about 15 meters into a ravine
      late Monday killing 12 people, police said.
      The bus, carrying about 30 people, was returning the tourists to their
      hotel after dinner when it crashed shortly after 11:00 p.m., according to
      police. In the accident six people were injured critically, including the
      Italian bus driver.
      Authorities said it was unclear what caused the accident.

      * Turkey's State Minister Kursat Tuzmen stated Tuesday that an Iraqi
      delegation would arrive in Turkey Thursday to resolve issues caused by
      Iraq oil product debts. "The delegation will meets with officials from the
      Deputy Foreign Trade Undersecretariat", stated Mr. Tuzmen. "We will try to
      find a lasting solution for the payment of credits. We're ready to satisfy
      Iraq, but the growth of credits is increasing the risk to Turkish firms.
      This has to be solved," he added.
      Turkish firms decided to stop shipments to Iraq on Jan. 21 after their
      debts reached $1 billion, reported the Turkish daily Aksam.

      * Turkey's Energy and Natural Resources Minister Hilmi Guler traveled to
      Washington upon the invitation of US Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman on
      Tuesday.
      Speaking before Mr. Guler's departure, Mr. Bodman stated that problems
      in the energy sector required stronger dialogue and cooperation with other
      countries, adding that Turkish and US officials would establish channels
      for dialogue towards this end.
      Commenting on the possibility of nuclear plants in Turkey, Mr. Guler
      stated that he would visit such facilities in the US to get a better
      perspective. During his two-day visit, Mr. Guler is also expected to meet
      with officials from the State and Commerce Departments, according to the
      Turkish daily Milliyet.

      * Speaking at a press conference in Athens, Greek journalist Makarios
      Drusiotti stated that he wanted to tell the whole world about what Greek
      Cypriot Tassos Papadopoulos did concerning the Cyprus issue. "He started a
      slander campaign against people supporting the Annan plan in a referendum
      two years ago," Mr. Drusiootti indicated.
      Mr. Drusiotti predicted that a resolution wouldn't be possible on the
      island as long as Mr. Papadopoulos remains in office since he hasn't done
      anything for a resolution for the last two years. He has rejected all
      peace proposals, stated the Greek journalist, reported the Turkish daily
      Sabah.

      * According to the Turkish daily Star, Turkey's main opposition Republican
      Peoples Party submitted a censure motion on Finance Minister Kemal
      Unakitan on Monday, claiming that he abused his office in the Galataport
      tender and in a declaration of his assets, rigged a competitive bidding
      process, violated commercial and banking secrecy rules, and abused his
      public authority.

      * Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's official visit to Turkey
      last month has opened the way for Japanese loans to Turkish banks, writes
      the Turkish daily Star. According to the paper his visit could lead to
      years of cooperation between Turkish and Japanese banks.
      The Japan Bank for International Cooperation on Tuesday made a framework
      agreement for credit with Finansbank and Denizbank on Tuesday. These banks
      signed the agreement for loans of $50 million each with maturity in seven
      years.
      The Japan Bank for International Cooperation made a similar agreement
      with Isbank in exchange for 8 billion Japanese yen.

      ARTS AND CULTURE

      Edited by Serkan Hatipoglu

      * The Bilkent Symphony Orchestra will perform a Valentine's Day concert on
      Feb. 14 at the Bilkent Concert Hall on the occasion of International
      Childhood Cancer Day.
      All proceeds from the concert will be given to the Ankara Foundation for
      Children with Leukemia (LOSEV).
      The concert's soloist is Emre Sen, who has been dubbed the "Devilish
      Angel of the Piano."
      The Bilkent Symphony Orchestra conducted by Isin Metin will accompany
      him. Maestro Metin studied composition and conducting with Wojciech
      Szalinski and Bujor Hoinic at Bilkent University's Faculty of Music and
      Performing Arts.
      He has performed numerous concerts with the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra
      and has a wide range of compositions to his name.
      Mr. Sen began his piano lessons at the age of 13 with Professor Nimet
      Karatekin. He has been awarded many prizes at international competitions
      including the Mozart Interpretation Competition, the Israel Tel Hai, the
      Rome International Piano Competition and the International Chopin
      Competition.
      He has also performed concerts in Russia, Germany, Israel, France,
      Poland, Bulgaria and Italy in addition to various concerts in Turkey.

      * British painter Ned Pamphilon opened a painting exhibition in London on
      Tuesday featuring works depicting the founder of the Turkish Republic Mr.
      Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.
      The exhibit, titled "Peace at Home, Peace in the World," inspired by a
      famous statement made by Mr. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, showcases Pamphilon's
      canvases on which he painted portraits of Messrs. Atatürk and Winston
      Churchill as well as his works depicting Istanbul, the Sufi tradition and
      Ottoman Empire seals.
      This is the first solo exhibition by Pamphilon in Britain and is on
      display at the Adam Street Club in London.
      We reported KAU in November 2005 that Mr. Pamphilon had a giant
      billboard atop The Marmara Hotel in Istanbul on the occasion of the Nov.
      10 anniversary of Ataturk's death.
      Mr. Pamphilon, who is well known in Turkey for his love of the country,
      said he aimed to "tell the story of the founding of the Turkish Republic,
      founded by Atatürk with great efforts, to the British community."
      Among the guests at the opening were Turkish Consul General to London
      Bahadir Kaleli as well as Tourism Counselor Tolga Tuyluoglu.
      Mr. Pamphilon, who says Turkey is his second homeland, has previously
      held numerous exhibitions in the country with the theme of Atatürk.
      Mr. Pamphilon is also widely known for his offer to paint the Bosporus
      Bridge in the seven colors of the rainbow.
      See more about Mr. Pamphilon at
      http://www.nedpamphilon.com/npp/index.htm

      * Famous Turkish fashion designer Atil Kutoglu presented his 2006/2007
      fall-winter collection at a fashion show on Saturday as part of the
      ongoing New York Fashion Week, attracting praise from spectators.
      The collection, themed "Ottoman and Mozart," was presented at
      Manhattan's Bryant Park under the slogan of "Turquality," aimed at
      promoting Turkish brands around the world.
      Among the guests at the fashion show were Turkish Ambassador to the
      United States Baki Ilkin and his wife, Turkish Consul General in New York
      Omer Onhon, veteran author and actress Sirin Devrim and the consulate
      general's commercial attaché, Tuba Içen, as well as other diplomats and
      leading names of New York.
      Stating that he combined the themes of Mozart and the Ottomans in his
      collection, Mr. Kutoglu said Mozart's genius and especially his famous
      opera "The Abduction from the Seraglio" inspired him. "I think this
      inspiration is well adapted to modern fashion. My collection carries both
      Ottoman-inspired designs and Mozart's baroque music."
      "The Americans were quite impressed with this combination," he added.
      Mr. Kutoglu said that they leading model Ms. Kurkova liked the
      collection so much that he gave her the garments she had modeled as a
      gift.
      "We have a unique cultural legacy. We merely need to present it in a way
      people will like. It's important to create harmonization between our
      culture and the modern world. This is what I do," Mr. Kutoglu said.

      * Turkish-born record producer Ahmet Ertegün, the founding chairman of
      Atlantic Records, was nominated for an award at the 48th Grammy Awards,
      the most prestigious honor of the industry, Mr. Ertegün's press
      representative said in a statement on Sunday.
      Mr. Ertegün was nominated along with James Austin for an award in the
      best historical album category as producers of a compilation titled "Pure
      Genius: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1952-1959)," which features the
      complete 1952-59 Atlantic recording sessions of jazz legend Ray Charles.
      The statement said Mr. Ertegün signed Ray Charles in 1952 and produced
      many successful albums for him, adding that Mr. Ertegün was also the
      author of the liner note for the 8-disc compilation released by
      Atlantic/Rhino Records.
      The 48th Grammy Awards will be handed out at a ceremony on Wednesday in
      Los Angeles. Award for the best historical album will be presented to its
      recipient ahead of the ceremony, which will be broadcast live and
      announced during the broadcast. Mr. Ertegun has previously received three
      Grammies, including the Best Album note award in 1992 and the President's
      Merit Industry Icon Award in 2005.
      You can you a photograph of Mr. Ertegun taken by our program's director
      in 2004 at http://www.TurkRadio.us/ahmet/

      * One of France's leading publishing houses, Autrement, is releasing an
      introductory book on Istanbul as part of "The Moving Cities" series
      launched in 2005.
      According to a written statement issued by Autrement, the aim of the
      series is to discover the cultural and social dynamics of the world's
      eminent cities and impart it to readers.
      The book will be released in France on Thursday and will include stories
      told by the people and institutions that have contributed significantly to
      the social and cultural development of Istanbul in recent years.
      Defne Gürsoy and Ugur Hüküm authored the book and the photographs were
      taken by Erzade Ertem, reported the Anatolia news agency.

      * The Istanbul International Independent Film Festival celebrates its
      fifth anniversary this year Feb. 16-26.
      Sponsored by Yapi Kredi University Banking, the festival is being
      organized jointly by the Kolektif Production and AFM Cinemas.
      Speaking at a press conference last week at Beyoglu AFM FitaS Movie
      Theater, AFM Cinemas General Director Bülent Erdogan said the festival had
      some surprises for its visitors.
      He said the festival's first surprise was that the movie screenings
      would also be shown on the Anatolian side of Istanbul at the newly opened
      Caddebostan AFM Budak Cinema in addition to the Beyoglu AFM FitaS Cinema.
      Noting that the festival would be held in Ankara for the first time this
      year, Erdogan said they planned to expand the festival to other cities in
      coming years due to an increase in number of AFM cinemas. "The festival
      has attracted many fans over the years. We believe this increasing
      interest will grow even further especially due to the increase in festival
      venues," he said.
      He added that this year's festival featured 50 movies, more than
      previous years.
      Following Istanbul, the festival will move to Ankara March 1-5 at the
      AFM Migros Cinemas.
      Detailed information about the festival is available at
      http://www.ifistanbul.com

      * An intensive restoration process has been initiated on a collection of
      seals recently unearthed during excavations in the ancient city of Zeugma,
      located in Turkey's southeastern province of Gaziantep.
      The cleanup is currently being conducted by a team of nine experts under
      the guidance of Gaziantep Archaeology Museum Acting Director Mehmet Onal
      and is funded by a European Commission grant in the amount of 152,000
      euros.
      Mr. Onal told the Anatolia news agency that they planned to finish up
      work on the entire collection by October 2007, two years from the time
      they started.
      He said they had cleaned up and inventoried 5,000 seals to date and that
      their aim was to finish up 15,000 seals by May so they can display them at
      the museum.

      * The Israeli Cameri Theater on last Sunday presented the premiere of
      "Requiem," written and directed by Hanoch Levin and based on three stories
      by Anton Chekhov, to Turkish audiences.
      Taken from three Chekhov pieces, the play focuses on death -- the deaths
      of a couple of old peasants, the sorrow of a young mother and the
      bereavement of a waggoner.
      "Requiem" fuses one-liners with poetry. It is replete with the symbolic
      use of expressive images that rely on objects like a bird winging its way,
      a desert tree, a snowfall, a shower of rose leaves, figures on stilts and
      lantern-bearing black-robed death's-heads.
      An icon during his life, Levin was Israel's most esteemed playwright.
      Prolific and controversial, his dark comedies, of great psychological
      insight and poetry, have both shocked and entranced his audiences.
      Levin can delve deeply into a family's dysfunctionality, he can take
      form and make it the essence of the play and he uses comic routines to
      portray a black and sinister tale.
      All his plays are rooted in Israeli society, but they carry a universal
      message transcending the local. Death, physical being, spirituality,
      torture and humiliation are recurring themes in Levin's creative world.

      EXCHANGE RATE

      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.32

      WEATHER

      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 45/37 Rainy
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 61/48 Showers
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 41/37 Rainy
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 57/48 Showers
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 54/45 Mostly Sunny

      Snow depths at skiing locations:

      Erciyes, in Kayseri, Central Turkey 28 inches
      Ilgaz, in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey 53 inches
      Kartalkaya, in Bolu, Western Turkey 98 inches
      Palandoken, in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey 37 inches
      Saklikent, in Antalya, Southern Turkey - inches
      Sarikamis, in Kars, Eastern Turkey 65 inches
      Uludag, in Bursa, Western Turkey 75 inches

      SPORTS

      Edited by Mark Nowak

      * Turkish Futbol - Premier League

      Week 19 matches

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

      Week 20 matches

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

      Standings:

      Team Pts
      1 Fenerbahçe 50
      2 Galatasaray 45
      3 KayseriSp 33
      4 Besiktas 32
      5 SivasSp 26
      6 TrabzonSp 26
      7 KonyaSp 25
      8 GençlerBr 25
      9 ManisaSp 24
      10 ErciyesSp 24
      11 GaziantepSp 22
      12 SamsunSp 21
      13 Ankaragucu 19
      14 RizeSp 19
      15 MalatyaSp 19
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      16 DiyarbakirSp 19
      17 AnkaraSp 18
      18 DenizliSp 17

      * Turkish Basketball - Men

      Team W L
      1. Ulker 15-2
      2. Efes P. 14-3
      3. Banvitspor 13-4
      4. Besiktas 13-4
      5. T.Telekom 12-5
      6. Fenerbahce 11-6
      7. Galatasaray 9-8
      8. Tekelspor 9-8
      9. Darussafaka 8-9
      10. Karsiyaka 7-10
      11. Tuborg 7-10
      12. Beykoz 5-12
      13. Buyuk Kolej 5-12
      14. Mersin 5-12
      15. Erdemir 3-14
      16. ITU 0-17

      * Turkish Basketball - Women

      Team GP w L PF PA Pts
      1.Besiktas 15 14 1 1172 944 29
      2.Fenerbahçe 15 14 1 1188 963 29
      3.Ceyhan Belediyesi 15 11 4 1169 1061 26
      4.Istanbul Uni. 16 10 6 1165 1122 26
      5.Botas 16 9 7 1141 1132 25
      6.Mersin B.sehir Bel 15 7 8 1141 1151 22
      7.Bursa Yildirim 15 6 9 1087 1146 21
      8.Ted Kayseri Koleji 16 5 11 1179 1288 21
      9.Migrosspor 15 5 10 959 1015 20
      10.Çankaya Uni. 16 4 12 1040 1168 20
      11.Burhaniye 15 4 11 1061 1189 19
      12.Erdemir 15 3 12 1009 1132 18

      ULEB Euroleague

      Group A

      1.* Macc.T-A 9 - 5
      2.* Efes P. 9 - 5
      3.* Lietuvos 8 - 6
      4.* Barcelona 7 - 7
      5.* Olympiak. 7 - 7
      6.* Cibona 6 - 8
      7. Prokom 5 - 9
      8. Armani 5 - 9

      Group C

      1.* Unicaja 12 - 2
      2.* Panathin. 12 - 2
      3.* CSKA 10 - 4
      4.* Real 7 - 7
      5.* Ulker 5 - 9
      6. Montepas. 4 - 10
      7. Pau 4 - 10
      8. Partizan 2 – 12

      * Qualified to Top 16

      FIBA Eurocup Group I

      1. BC Kyiv 4-2
      2. Dyn.St.P. 3-3
      3. Fenerbahce 3-3
      4. Nymburk 2-4

      * NBA

      Hidayet Turkoglu stats pts, assts, rebs, mins

      Orlando 84- 73 Detroit 17, 1, 5, 40
      Orlando 89- 94 Milwaukee 27, 1, 8, 50
      Orlando 82- 94 Washington 4, 4, 7, 37
      Orlando 91-100 Boston 15, 5, 6, 40

      Mehmet Okur stats pts, assts, rebs, mins

      Utah 94- 80 Minnesota 19, 2, 10, 33
      Utah 109-107 Chicago (OT) 15, 2, 5, 32
      Utah 78- 96 Sacremento 25, 3, 8, 36

      * Winter Olympics

      Turkey will be represented by six skiers in the 2006 Olympic Winter Games.
      Sabahattin Oglago and Muhammet Kizilarslan of Turkey (men's) and Kelime
      Aydin (women's) will represent Turkey in Nordic skiing. Hamit Sare (men's)
      and Duygu Gul Ulusoy (women's) will compete in Alpine skiing. Tugba
      Karademir will be the only Turkish ice skater in women's figure skating.


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      (Turkey, 2003, 113 minutes)

      "Under Construction" is a black comedy that casts a satirical eye over modern Turkey through the story of Ali and Sudi, construction workers on a building site in a slum district of Istanbul. They dream of saving enough money to move to Italy, but nightmares are closer at hand when they discover the site is being used as a graveyard by Nizamettin, the mafia driver. Lines between human conditions such as innocence, crime, love, hatred, revenge, forgiveness and betrayal get blurred completely on the flimsy and jerry rigged construction.

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