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      x0x Turkish news for week ending 25 February 2006

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      NEWS

      Edited by Fuad Tokad

      * Turkish authorities denied a Greek Cypriot vessel permission to dock at a Mediterranean port, the Anatolia news agency reported on Tuesday.
      The Greek Cypriot ship's attempt to enter the Port of Mersin came as the European Union is pressuring Turkey to formally recognize European Union-member Greek Cyprus and to open its ports and airports to Greek Cypriot ships and planes in 2006.
      On Tuesday Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel, whose country currently holds the European Union's rotating six-month presidency, said Turkey has "until the end of 2006" to recognize the Greek Cypriot administration and authorize Greek Cypriot planes and ships to enter its airports and ports, reported the Austria Press Agency. He was speaking after talks with Greek Cypriot leader Tassos Papadopoulos in Vienna.
      Turkey refuses to recognize Greek Cyprus until the island is reunified. In July, Turkey fulfilled the last condition to begin European Union accession talks when it signed a protocol extending its customs union with the European Union to the 10 newest members of the bloc, including Greek Cyprus. However, Turkey underlined in an attached declaration that the endorsement of the protocol did not amount to the recognition of Greek Cyprus.
      Ankara is pressing for the lifting of restrictions on the Turkish Cypriots to open its ports and airports to traffic from Greek Cyprus.
      Last month Turkey's Foreign Affairs Minister unveiled an action plan to open ports and airports to Greek Cypriot vessels and planes in return for the lifting of restrictions on the Turkish Cypriots, but the Greek Cypriots rejected the proposal.
      Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, apparently responding to Schuessel's remarks, signaled Turkey would not bow to European Union pressure to do more on Cyprus.
      Mr. Erdogan described the membership of Greek Cyprus in the European Union despite its opposition to the U.N. plan as a "mistake" and called on the European Union to correct its own mistake.

      * In related news, the Turkish Cypriot President Mehmet Ali Talat said that the attempt by the Greek Cypriot vessel to dock at the Turkish port was a provocation, and that there would be more provocations in the future to start a major crisis to thwart Turkey's bid to enter the European Union, reports the Turkish Daily News.
      Mr. Talat was speaking to reporters following a meeting with senior members of the Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen's Association.
      A European Union diplomat, speaking to the Turkish Daily News on Thursday, admitted that the Greek Cypriot move was the sign of an extended period of warning in advance of a crisis.
      "The European Union will try to manage the crisis in an effort to minimize possible damage to Turkey's European Union process but will, of course, at the same time remind Turkey of its obligations," the diplomat said.

      * In related news, the United States is preparing to begin direct trade with northern Cyprus for the first time since 1974, when Turkey intervened on the island, including steps opposed as "creeping recognition" by the Greek Cypriot government in Nicosia, The Washington Times reported, citing U.S. sources.
      The U.S. government and U.S. companies are already working with the Turkish Cypriots to bring the sanitary working conditions and business practices of potential exporters up to world standards, U.S. officials, who all spoke on condition of anonymity, were quoted as saying by The Washington Times. One official says that the United States sees easing the isolation of Turkish Cyprus as the best way to reunify the island
      The Turkish Cypriots voted for a U.N.-proposed plan to reunite Cyprus in an April 2004 referendum but the plan failed because the Greek Cypriots in a simultaneous vote rejected it.
      The United States and the European Union vowed to take steps to ease the isolation of the Turkish Cypriots but no visible progress has been achieved since then.

      * Turkish Daily News reports that Turkey's Foreign Affairs Minister Abdullah Gul traveled to Qatar to participate in a meeting of the U.N.-led Alliance of Civilizations initiative at the invitation of U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who will also participate in the same meeting in an effort to calm the violent reaction to cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed.
      Mr. Annan unexpectedly announced this week that he would take part in the high-level meeting in Doha, where he will be able to publicly address issues raised by the caricatures and emphasize his opposition to the violent outbursts and the need for tolerance, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said earlier this week.
      The secretary-general decided to hold a separate meeting in Doha to address the issue together with leaders from both Europe and the Islamic world.
      In addition to Turkish foreign affairs Minister he extended invitations to Ursula Plassnik, foreign minister of European Union term president Austria; Miguel Angel Moratinos, the foreign minister of Spain, which is jointly co-sponsoring the Alliance of Civilizations initiative with Turkey; Javier Solana, European Union high representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy; Ekmeleddin Ihsaoglu, secretary-general of the Organization of the Islamic Conference; Amr Moussa, secretary-general of the Arab League; and Sheik Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabr Al Thani, foreign minister of host country Qatar.

      * According to Agence France-Presse, more than 700 scholars in Turkey have mobilized to defend the teaching of the theory of evolution in this Muslim but secular country. The scholars claim that the Turkish government is pushing the teaching of creationist theory in schools.
      The scholars recently signed a petition to eliminate "practical obstacles" facing Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection. The petition also demands the removal of all references to creationist theory from textbooks.
      The scholars believe that the ruling Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party is trying to replace Darwin's theory with the creationist version in high schools and is encouraging teachers to question evolution.
      Agence France-Presse reports that a spokesperson for the scholars say that some teachers in the Turkish capital Ankara and the southern city of Mersin were disciplined by the Ministry of Education for teaching Darwin's theory.
      Turkey's minister of education says experts had put the curriculum together.
      The Justice and Development party is the successor to a now-banned Islamist movement. However, the party officials say that they no longer espouse Islamist policies, but rather favor conservative principles.
      The secularist Turks, however, think that the Justice and Development Party still has a hidden religious goal.

      * According to the Associated Press, the first tanker filled with Azeri oil pumped through the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline will sail from Turkey's Mediterranean port at the end of May, Azerbaijan's Fuel and Energy Minister Hatiq Aliyev said on Tuesday.
      British Petroleum leads the consortium that operates the pipeline, which stretches from Azerbaijan's Caspian Sea oil terminals through Georgia to Turkey's Mediterranean coast.
      According to Mr. Aliyev, oil has already reached the second Turkish pumping station and now only has a further 500 miles to travel.
      In addition to the Azeri oil, Mr. Aliyev says the pipeline will also carry 500,000 barrels of oil a day from Kazakhstan.

      * Speaking of fuel, a Liberian-registered tanker carrying kerosene narrowly escaped crashing into a waterside Ottoman palace in Istanbul on Tuesday while passing through the Bosporus Strait, Turkish officials said.
      The 800-ft tanker, en route from Russia to the United States, began drifting towards the 19th-century DolmabahCe Palace after its rudder stopped working.
      It managed to stop about 50 yards from the palace with the help of its anchors and specialized teams from Turkey's coastal safety department.
      The palace was home to the Ottoman sultans in the 19th century and was where the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal AtatUrk, died in 1938.
      At present it serves as a venue for international meetings, exhibitions and private receptions.
      The narrow Bosporus Strait, one of the world's busiest waterways and the natural border between Asia and Europe, passes through Istanbul, a city of some 10 million people. The waterfront is dotted with exclusive seaside villas, restaurants and historic sites.
      Together with the Dardanelles, the Bosporus forms the only outlet for Black Sea countries to the oceans.
      Despite Russian and other countries protests, Turkey recently imposed new safety measures and restrictions to cope with the steep increase in maritime traffic, and lessen the likelihood of an accident.
      Major accidents took place in the past, which claimed many lives, damaged historical buildings, and threatened the residents of Istanbul.

      ARTS AND CULTURE

      * Turkish Painters Süleyman Sahin--dubbed the "Shepherd Painter"--, Bayram Saltabas, known as "Bayro," and Cengiz Çeliker are planning to declare Feb. 27 "World Painters Day". To celebrate the day they will host a painting exhibition in the central Anatolian province of Kayseri.
      Speaking to reporters in front of Hunat Mosque in Kayseri, the artists stated in unison: "There's no 'World Painters Day' yet. Turkey is located at the center of the world and likewise Kayseri is at the center of Turkey. It will therefore be a significant development to announce such a day from the center of the world."
      "Art unites all humanity with peace, affection and brotherhood. Our aim is to promote cultural and art-based facilities in Anatolia and especially in Turkey's eastern regions," Mr. Sahin said.
      Oil-on-canvas paintings depicting historical sites were on display at the press meeting. The artists said they would exhibit their own works on Feb. 27 to mark the day, the Anatolia news agency reported.
      Noting that they would also greet art lovers in Kayseri with a project called "Painters' Streets," Sahin said, "We will head cultural and art-based activities in Kayseri that we will later move to the east of the country."

      * Turkish ballerina Gözde Özgür danced to success in a Berlin competition held on Feb. 15 and 16, reported the Turkish Daily News. Ms. Ozgur ranked third among a total of 100 competitors at the Dancing Olympiad 2006 for her performance in the ballets 'Giselle' and 'Esmeralda'
      Fifteen-year-old Turkish ballerina Gözde Özgür is currently studying at the Die Hochschule Musik und Theater in Zurich.
      Starting ballet at an early age, Ms. Özgür received her conservatory education at the Hacettepe University State Conservatory along with an intensive ballet education at the Point Art Center in Ankara.
      She then competed in the Youth America Grand Prix in New York, the only student ballet competition in America that awards scholarships to the leading dance schools in the United States and abroad and is open to dance students of all nationalities from 9 to 19 years of age.
      She was awarded a scholarship at the competition and was given the chance to continue her ballet education at the Die Hochschule Musik und Theater in Zurich. Ms. Ozgur was representing her school at the competition.
      Dancing Olympiad is a unique forum open to young dancers from vocational and private schools all over the world. Participants represent their countries in various categories such as classical dance, modern dance, character and folk dance, and jazz or pop.

      * !f Independent Film Festival to bring early spring to Turkey's capital Ankara, writes the Turkish Daily News.
      The Festival will welcome capital's moviegoers with a total of 17 movie screenings March 3-5 at the AFM Migros Cinemas.
      With the major sponsorship provided by Yapi Kredi University Banking, the festival is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year and will be bringing a special selection of films to Ankara for the first time.
      As we reported to you last week,!f Istanbul opened on Feb. 16 and is showing more than 40 films in seven categories in Istanbul before moving on to Ankara.
      Detailed information about the festival is available at www.ifistanbul.com

      * A symposium was held in Turkey's southeastern city of Diyarbakrr over last weekend to discuss the salvation of Hasankeyf, which faces submersion when Ilisu Dam is constructed.
      Hasankeyf, located on the Tigris River in the southeastern Turkish province of Batman, is an ancient city dating back 10,000 years that was declared a natural conservation area in 1981.
      Hasankeyf excavation leader Professor Abdüsselam Uluçam said the cultural and historical assets of Hasankeyf were in dire straits.
      The construction of the dam is scheduled to begin next month, Uluçam told the Anatolia news agency
      "Around 80 percent of Hasankeyf's treasures have either been ruined or are about to disappear due to natural phenomena or lack of interest," Prof. Ulucam said, adding that the Zeynel Bey Tomb and Large Palace faced the risk of ruin. "Fully 90 percent of the area will be submerged when the dam is built," he added.
      Stating that archaeological and salvage work initiated in 1966 had proceeded slowly due to a lack of funding, professor ulucam added that two years ago additional funding was made available for an accelarated funding.
      "A total of 19 new cultural assets were discovered during this excavation. Their architectural identity was confirmed and they were physically shored up," he added.
      During the days symposium was being held, a Turkish activist by the name of Osman Akkus, dubbed "Don Quixote" for his activities to protect nature in Turkey, held a demonstration in Diyarbakir to save Hasankeyf.
      Arriving at the area on horseback with a lance in one hand and a shield in the other, Akkus protested the dam's construction with a photograph of Hasankeyf and a note that read "Don't touch Hasankeyf."

      * Greek author Kalomis Alexandros and his wife, Kalemi Euformia, visited Turkish town Ürgüp's Mayor Bekir Ödemis and presented him with their book titled "Travelling Turkey."
      The couple currently live on the enchanting Greek island of Evia but visit Nevsehir's town of Ürgüp every year, the Anatolia news agency reports.
      Mr. Alexandros said during the visit that the book features comprehensive sections on Cappadocia, Istanbul and the Aegean, Mediterranean and Black Sea regions. It includes old and new photographs of the locations featured in the book.
      Noting that they didn't write the book for commercial reasons, Alexandros said: "We released the book by our own means and felt ourselves to be fulfilling the function of being tourism ambassadors for both Turkey and Greece."
      "Ten thousand copies of the book have been produced and around 1,000 have so far been sold in Greece," he added.
      He said they plan to release another book in April that will feature the stories and lives of people who moved from Turkey to Evia Island.
      "There will be real events and stories in the book that will unite both cultures. We want to distribute the book free of charge if we can find suitable funding," he said.
      He also expressed his appreciation to Mayor Ödemis for his kindness in Ürgüp and Ödemis in turn thanked Mr. Alexandros and his wife for writing the book about Turkey.

      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, Governor Cahit Kiraç has said that the ancient city of Anavarza, located in his Mediterranean Turkish province of Adana, possesses a vast cultural wealth in terms of mosaics.
      "Adana has been ruled by many empires including the Hittite, Roman, Arab, Seljuk, Ottoman and Turkmen, which together created a cultural mosaic throughout the years and contributed to the cultural diversity of the city," he said.
      Noting that they will do their best to promote the city, Mr. Kiraç added that the "Gypsy Girl" mosaic currently being displayed at the neighboring province Gaziantep's Museum, is bringing that province the international attention. "However, Anavarza has an even greater number of mosaics that deserve to be shown," he said.
      Mr. Kiraç said they were working with Istanbul University's Archeology Department to convert the city into a place of both national and international attraction.

      * Two short items to conclude today's arts and culture news:
      The NYTimes Magazine, Feb 19, "The 3rd Annual Great Performers in Film: Portraits of 26 actors who made the films of 2005 so memorable." Included are Turkish artists Sibel Kekilli and Birol Unel from "Head On." We reported to you in our previou programs about the success of this Turkish movie.
      http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/19/magazine/oscaropen.html
      The other is from Science magazine, 10 February 2006. The Grand Prize Winner of the Young Scientist Award is Ahmet Yildiz, for an essay entitled "How Molecular Motors Move." He is from the Turkish province of Sakarya, graduated from istanbul's Bogazici University in 2001 and received a Ph.D in physics from the University of Illinois in 2004.
      http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/311/5762/793

      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----------: 59/39 Rainy
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 66/50 Showers
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 54/43 Showers
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 61/54 Showers
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 66/48 Mostly Sunny

      Snow depths at skiing locations:

      Erciyes, in Kayseri, Central Turkey 31 inches
      Ilgaz, in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey 67 inches
      Kartalkaya, in Bolu, Western Turkey 110 inches
      Palandoken, in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey 45 inches
      Saklikent, in Antalya, Southern Turkey 35 inches
      Sarikamis, in Kars, Eastern Turkey 75 inches
      Uludag, in Bursa, Western Turkey 69 inches

      SPORTS

      By Mark Nowak

      * Turkish Super League

      Week 20 results:

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

      Week 21 matches:

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

      Standings:

      Team
      Tot W D L GF GA Pts
      1. Fenerbahçe 21 16 4 1 53 - 20 52
      2. Galatasaray 22 16 4 2 51 - 20 52
      3. Kayserispor 21 11 3 7 41 - 29 36
      4. Besiktas 21 9 5 7 31 - 24 32
      5. Trabzonspor 21 9 5 7 28 - 29 32
      6. Gençlerbirligi 21 8 7 6 28 - 19 31
      7. Manisaspor 21 8 6 7 30 - 25 30
      8. Erciyesspor 22 6 10 6 23 - 27 28
      9. Sivasspor 21 6 9 6 20 - 23 27
      10. Konyaspor 21 6 7 8 26 - 27 25
      11. Ankaragucu 21 5 8 8 23 - 27 23
      12. Rizespor 21 5 8 8 18 - 25 23
      13. Ankaraspor 21 4 10 7 29 - 32 22
      14. Gaziantepspor 22 5 7 10 23 - 38 22
      15. Denizlispor 21 5 6 10 23 - 31 21
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      16. Samsunspor 21 5 5 11 31 - 45 20
      17. Malatyaspor 21 4 8 9 17 - 31 20
      18. Diyarbakirspor 21 5 4 12 20 - 41 19

      * Fortis Turkish Cup Quarter Final Matches

      Fenerbahçe - Galatasaray
      Malatyaspor - Gaziantepspor
      Besiktas - Kayserispor
      Denizlispor - Samsunspor

      * Turkish Men's Basketball

      Team GP W L PF PA Pts
      1. Ülker 20 18 2 1623 1313 38
      2. Efes 20 17 3 1540 1316 37
      3. Besiktas 20 15 5 1594 1462 35
      4. Telekom 20 15 5 1698 1496 35
      5. Banvit 20 14 6 1578 1400 34
      6. Fenerbahçe 20 12 8 1577 1466 32
      7. Tekel 20 12 8 1563 1466 32
      8. Darüssafaka 20 10 10 1533 1531 30
      9. T.Pilsner 20 9 11 1453 1458 29
      10. P.Karsiyaka 20 9 11 1475 1519 29
      11. G.Saray 19 9 10 1448 1477 28
      12. Beykoz 20 6 14 1329 1509 26
      13. Mersin BB 20 5 15 1652 1761 25
      14. Büyük Kolej 20 5 15 1424 1573 25
      15. Erdemir 20 4 16 1408 1600 24
      16. ITÜ 20 0 20 1125 1664 20

      * Turkish Women's Basketball

      Team GP W L PF PA Pts
      1. Besiktas 17 16 1 1327 1060 33
      2. Fenerbahçe 17 16 1 1360 1090 33
      3. Ceyhan Belediyesi 17 12 5 1329 1216 29
      4. Istanbul Üni. 17 11 6 1227 1178 28
      5. Mersin BB 17 9 8 1286 1276 26
      6. Botas 17 9 8 1211 1222 26
      7. Bursa Yildirim 17 6 11 1217
      1289 23
      8. Ted Kayseri Koleji 17 6 11 1243 1351 23
      9. Migrosspor 17 5 12 1083 1156 22
      10. Çankaya Üni. 17 4 13 1097 1255 21
      11. Erdemir 17 4 13 1145 1272 21
      12. Burhaniye 17 4 13 1177 1337 21

      *ULEB Euroleague - Top 16

      Group E
      1. Climamio 1-0
      2. Real 1-0
      3. Macc.T-A 0-1
      4. Ulker 0-1

      Group G
      1. Cibona 1-0
      2. Efes P. 1-0
      3. Benetton 0-1
      4. Panathin. 0-1

      *NBA

      Hidayet Turkoglu Stats
      pts, reb., asst., min.

      Orlando 102- 89 Seattle Did Not Play-Sprained
      Ankle
      Orlando 96- 93 New Jersey Did Not Play - Sprained
      Ankle
      Orlando 92-105 Cleveland 11, 3, 2, 29

      Mehmet Okur Stats
      pts, reb., asst., min.

      Utah 82 - 76 New Orleans 7, 10, 1, 27
      Utah 83 - 103 Boston 15, 9, 2, 36

      * Olympics

      Cross-Country Skiing

      Men's 30 km pursuit

      66. Sabahattin Oglago 1:28:03.8 +11:03.0

      Men's Team Sprint - Qualification Run 2
      Time Diff.
      12. Sabahattin Oglago 19:46.5 +2:12.5
      Muhammet Kizilarslan

      Men's 15 km Classic
      Time Diff.
      56. Sabahattin Oglago 42:18.9 +4:17.6
      75. Muhammet Kizilarslan 45:06.8 +7:05.5

      Women's 30 km freestyle
      Time Diff.
      49. Kelime Aydin 1:34:07.2 +11:41.8

      Women's 10 km Classic
      Time Diff.
      52. Kelime Aydin 31:47.1 +3:55.7

      Women's 30 km freestyle
      Time Diff.
      49. Kelime Aydin 1:34:07.2 +11:41.8


      Alpine Skiing

      Men's Giant Slalom

      Hamit Sare Run 1: 1:52.13 (46) Run 2: DNS Final:
      DNS

      Men's Slalom

      Hamit Sare Run 1: 1:07.57 (53) Run 2: 1:01.56 (40)
      Final: 2:09.13 +25.99

      Women's Giant Slalom

      Duygu Gul Ulusoy Run: 1:11.43(48) Run 2: 1:19.38 (36)
      Final: 2:30.81 +21.62

      Women's Slalom

      Duygu Gul Ulusoy DNF

      Women's Figure Skating

      21. Tugba Karademir

      Short Program Free Skate Total
      44.20 (22) 79.44 (21) 123.64

      Almost lost in the stories about the medalists in the
      ladies' figure skating competition is the story of the
      woman who finished in 21st place. Tugba Karademir was
      born in the Turkish city of Ankara, where there is one
      ice skating rink. She learned to skate, and her
      parents learned that she had great potential.
      Potential that could not be realized where they were.

      Her parents gave up their comfortable life in Turkey
      for a life of sacrifice and hope in Canada, where
      there were more rinks and better coaches for their
      daughter. Her father, who owned two restaurants in
      Turkey, did odd jobs and struggled to learn English.
      He ultimately moved back home, to find work. Her
      mother stayed in Canada but did not have enough money
      to come to the Olympics. Tugba cannot explain why her
      parents did this for her, any more than her parents
      can explain how much they love their daughter. In
      Torino, when Tugba became the first Turkish Olympic
      figure skater ever, it all made sense. When she
      qualified for the free skate it was more than they had
      dared to dream.


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      *** Turkish Film at UC Berkeley
      As part of the
      CENTER FOR MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES
      SPRING 2006 FILM SERIES
      ISTANBUL: MELANCHOLY AND THE CITY


      "Distant"
      Nuri Bilge Ceylan
      Turkey, 2002, 105 minutes

      Introduced by Esra Akcan Graduate School of Architecture Columbia University The most internationally acclaimed Turkish film of recent years and the 2003 Grand Prix winner at Cannes Film Festival, "Uzak" is the bittersweet tale of the encounter between melancholic and obsessive middle-aged photographer Mahmut and his unemployed country cousin Yusuf, who has come to Istanbul to find a job aboard a ship. This profoundly beautiful picture offers great insight into its themes of friendship, detachment and isolation.

      Monday, Feb 27, 2006
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      340 Stephens Hall
      Sultan Room

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