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      * According to the Turkish Daily Star, visiting Russian Foreign Minister
      Sergey Lavrov met with Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and
      Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc on Thursday.
      Mr. Erdogan sought Russia's support for ending the isolation imposed on
      the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
      Mr. Lavrov praised the positive Turkish and Turkish Cypriot position in
      the Cyprus dispute, especially after the 2004 referendum held for the
      United Nation's plan to reunite the two parts of the island, and expressed
      the willingness of Russian businesspeople to invest in the Turkish
      Republic of Northern Cyprus.

      * Speaking of Cyprus, the European Union is unhappy about Turkey's ban on
      Greek Cypriot vessels from its harbors.
      The Turkish Daily Cumhuriyet says that the European Union is about to
      warn Turkey about the matter.
      Turkish officials say that they will let the Greek Cypriot vessels in
      when the embargo on the Turkish Cypriots is lifted.

      * Among other foreign leaders visiting Turkey this week were Sweden's King
      Carl Gustaf XVI and Queen Silvia, the German Foreign Affairs Minister, and
      the Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister Tzipi Livni.
      This was the Foreign Affairs Minister's first visit abroad after taking
      office with the new Israeli administration.
      The Israeli minister sought Turkish support for her governments
      unilateral withdrawal plan from the Palestinian territories, but was
      politely turned down by her Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul, reports the
      Turkish daily Cumhuriyet.
      Swedish Deputy Premier Bosse Ringholm and a number of businessmen
      accompanied the Swedish King and Queen. During their four-day stay, the
      two sides discussed ways to further develop bilateral relations.

      * Turkey's prime minister says the recently disclosed 9th development plan
      is targeting a 6.5% growth rate for Turkey's economy, reports the Turkish
      daily Aksam.
      The Turkish Prime Minister says the growth rate should create 620K jobs
      evry year, and by 2013 per capita income is expected to reach $8700

      * According to the Turkish Daily News, an English language daily published
      in the Turkish capital Ankara, the Turkish parliament late on Wednesday
      passed a social security reform bill that was previously vetoed by
      President Ahmet Necdet Sezer.
      The law is part of a two-bill package that aims to reform the
      loss-making social security system and is one of the International
      Monetary Funds prerequisites for continued cooperation. The first bill was
      vetoed by Mr. Sezer, who approved it after Parliament made the amendments
      he asked for.
      The president vetoed 15 articles of the second and more controversial
      bill, but this time around, Parliaments Planning and Budget Commission
      made no amendments to it.
      The president cannot veto the bill a second time.

      * Speaking of the International Monetary Fund, the Fund's Turkey
      Representative Hugh Bredenkamp said on Wednesday that inflation had taken
      on more importance due to the high Turkish inflation in April and recent
      weakness in the lira.
      Meanwhile the Turkish Exporters Union Chairman Oguz Satici says that
      recent increases in the exchange rate were positive for Turkish industry.
      As we reported to you last week, the dollar went up to 1.57 Turkish
      Liras from around 1.30.

      * According to the Turkish daily Aksam, Secretary of State Condoleezza
      Rice's Technology and Science Advisor Dr. George Atkinson, was in the
      Turkish capital Ankara upon the invitation of the Scientific and
      Technological Research Council of Turkey.
      Dr. Atkinson said on Monday that international relations carry great
      importance for progress in science and technology.
      He also stressed that science sets the public agenda and added, "Science
      isnt only important for scientists, but also for ordinary people. Science
      and technology in international relations determines the course of
      politics and the economy."

      * We told you about the imminent arrival of the oil from Azerbaijan at the
      Turkish Mediterranean port of Ceyhan via the newly constructed
      1100-mile-long pipeline. After the arrival of the oil, a British tanker
      was loaded with the oil for export to Europe.
      Analysts say that the Azeri oil may help to bring down the costs.

      * This year's Turkish American Business Conference went off without a
      hitch this past Saturday, May 27th, at the Claremont Resort in Berkeley.
      The conference, which consisted of two themes, "Financial Perspective:
      Smart Moves That Turkey Should Take " & "Technology Investments: US -
      Turkey Joint Business Horizons, " was a great success.
      Turkish Consul General Engin Ansay's welcome speech kicked off the day's
      events, which featured an elite line-up of investors, entrepreneurs,
      executives and politicians.
      Founder and President of AirTies Networks, Bulent Celebi accepted the
      TABCON 2006 Award Recipient. Mr. Celebi was honored for his groundbreaking
      work and impressive success with AirTies Networks in Istanbul, Turkey
      since he founded the company in February of 2004.
      In addition to his influential career within the Silicon Valley
      community, Mr. Celebi succeeded in taking his experience back to Turkey
      and creating job opportunities within the telecommunications market in
      The daylong conference culminated in an evening cocktail and networking
      hour in which guests, panelists and speakers were able to mix and mingle.
      For more information on the event, please log on to


      Edited by Hilal Koc

      * As summer approaches, Turkey is getting ready to celebrate two film
      festivals next week. Both festivals will take place in southern Turkey,
      promising a hot, blazing sun for its guests.
      One is Adana's Altin Koza Film, Culture and Arts Festival, now in its
      13th year, and the other is the relatively new International Bodrum Film
      Festival, this year taking place for the third time.
      The Altin Koza festival will officially kick off on June 6, with "Tell
      us Istanbul" as the opening movie.
      Directed by four directors, the film looks at modern Istanbul through
      interconnected stories inspired by famous fairy tales.
      Unfortunately for avid followers of film festivals, the International
      Bodrum Film Festival coincides with Altin Koza.
      Bodrum International Film Festival, with a theme of "Two Times the
      Other," will take place between June 5 and 10. The festival will consist
      of 70 films from 24 countries revolving around the themes of migration,
      globalization and the Middle East.
      Among these are the documentary director Avi Mograbi from Israel as well
      as Abdel Salam Shehada and Rowan Al Faqih from Palestine.
      Among other guests are Andreas Voight -- known for his daring film on
      migration "Invisible -- Illegal in Europe," and Colm Quinn and Liam Ó
      Cathasaigh with "Break Away," a film on children disabled by land mines in
      Two new awards will be given this year. The Herodotus Peace Award will
      be bestowed on Palestinian filmmaker Najwa Najjar and Israeli filmmaker
      Simmone Bitton. The Halikarnas Fisherman Environment Award will be given
      to the Spanish film "Tornallom."
      The late Turkish director Atif Yilmaz will be honored in this festival as
      well, with the Eternity in Cinema Award.

      * Turkish painter Gülgün (Gigi) Turker's artworks entitled "Vision of my
      World #2" are on exhibit at Ward-Nasse Gallery in New York City between
      June 3rd -30th. The opening reception is on June 3rd, Saturday (3-7 pm).
      Ms. Turker was classically trained in Turkey at the Istanbul University
      of Fine Arts. Many private collectors have purchased her works and she has
      had exhibitions in Europe and US.
      You can visit her website at http://www.artofgigi.com or contact the
      artist at artfunsf@.... The exhibit will also be featuring "The
      Poetry of Art" by Annette Marie Hyder.

      * The Turkish magazine "Seventeen," which is modeled after Rolling Stone
      magazine, is launching a new endeavor for the music-loving youth of
      The magazine is teaming up with several professional and many local
      bands to host a 2-day music festival called "Rockfest."
      The festival will feature DIREC-T, NEM, AYDILGE, YIRTIK UÇURTMA, HAYKO
      CEPKIN, AYBEN, RASHIT, along with student bands ABBASTANZA (from
      Galatasaray High school), and GREGOR SAMSA (from Istanbul high school).

      * Another Turkish artist, Ms. Yasemin Kackar-Demirel's intriguing
      portrayal of the landscapes of Istanbul and New York City will be on
      display at the Gallery at the Marmara-Manhattan, through Saturday, June
      The Gallery at the Marmara-Manhattan is located at 301 East 94th Street,
      at Second Avenue, New York. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

      * Women Inspired by the Network Group is hosting a roundtable discussion
      with Ms. Yasemin Pirinccioglu, President of VIP Tourism. The event will be
      held at the rooftop terrace of The Marmara Manhattan Hotel (301 East 94th
      Street) on Thursday, June 15, 2006 between 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
      The Women Inspired by the Network Special Interest Group aims to inspire
      its members and works to establish not only a networking platform but also
      a real network. Ms. Yasemin Pirinccioglu will talk about women in Turkey
      through her lens as a member of Women Entrepreneurs Association and as a
      successful businesswoman in Turkey.
      Her presentation will be followed by a Q & A session.

      * A new magazine, written in both English and in Turkish called "Bonbon,"
      has recently been launched.
      The magazine is aimed at kids between the ages of 6-14, and features
      stories, interesting facts, and comics. The new publication recognizes the
      increasing number of young Turkish-Americans and responds to the need of
      their parents to raise them with proper knowledge and awareness about
      their cultural identity.
      Each new Bonbon subscriber receives a map poster of Turkey. Those who
      participate in Bonbon's "5 Amazing Facts about Turkey" contest are also
      eligible to win an XBOX 360, iPod Nano and LeapPad. For more information,
      please log onto http://www.bonbonkids.com


      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.57


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 93/63 Mostly Sunny
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 88/68 Mostly Sunny
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 84/63 Partly Cloudy
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 86/68 Mostly Sunny
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 79/64 Partly Cloudy

      Seawater temperatures

      Black Sea measured at Trabzon 61
      Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 64
      Aegean Sea measured at Bodrum 68
      Mediterranean Sea measured at Alanya 75


      Edited by Mark Nowak

      * Turkish National Futbol Team - Friendly Match results

      Turkey 3-2 Angola
      Ates 53' Aiwa 31'
      Kahveci 71' Love 83'
      Altintop 85'

      Turkey 1-0 Saudi Arabia
      Ates 59'

      Turkey 1-1 Estonia
      Ünal 53' Neemelo 87'

      Turkey 1-1 Ghana
      Kahveci 16' Amoah 59'

      * Turkish Super League Promotions

      Bursaspor, Antalyspor and Sakaryaspor were promoted to
      the Super League for the 2006-2007 season.

      * Turkish Basketball - Mens' Playoffs


      Ulker 3 - 1 Banvit (Ulker wins series)
      Efes 3 - 2 Besiktas (Efes wins series)


      Ulker leads series 2 games to 0 over Efes.


      *** Zarina Kiziloglu, Real Estate Specialist, is a supporter of the Turkish events in Northern California.
      Thank you Zarina!
      More information about her services can be found at: http://zarina.us/ or drop her an e-mail at: Zarina@...

      *** Visit ESTELYA for elegant Turkish giftware and home decoration items in Newark Mall!
      Suite 1005, across from Sears
      Telephone: (510) 796 8590

      *** The Alaturka restaurant underwrote today's program,
      where gourmet Turkish cooking is an art:

      869 Geary St, (cross street Larkin)
      in San Francisco

      For reservations: (415) 345-1011

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      *** Turkish American Association of California has partially
      underwritten today's program. TAAC is a non-profit
      charitable organization established to promote better
      understanding between Americans and Turks.

      If you have any questions about Turks and Turkey,
      give them a call: 1-415-646-0946

      or e-mail them at taac@...


      *** Planning to go to Turkey? Take a look at our Web pages
      that are full of articles and information furnished by
      travelers like yourselves:


      *** For more music from Turkey and the Middle East tune to
      International Cultural Program.

      San Francisco World TV Channel 29
      Sundays at 9-10 A.M.


      North Bay Turkish Classical Music Ensemble is looking for players
      traditional Turkish classical instruments such as oud, ney,
      tanbur, kanun or kemence, bendir or kudum; or even western
      instruments that easily adapt to Turkish music, such as cello.

      The ensemble is also looking for people who can sing in Turkish,
      or are interested in learning.

      The group is open to anyone with a sincere interest in Turkish

      For details call Hank Levin at 415 492-0728, or email:

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