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      x0x Turkish news for week ending 29 July 2006

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      * In the past few weeks we have been telling you about the upsurge in
      violence in Turkey's southeast, which Turks say is partially coming from
      Kurdish insurgents infiltrating Turkey from northern Iraq.
      Turkey has long complained that both the US and Iraq have done little to
      stop the insurgents and has been pushing for US to take countermeasures.
      Turkish officials have also been emphasizing that if this is not done
      Turkish army may enter northern Iraq.
      This week we received the news that the US will be stepping up its
      efforts against the insurgents.
      According to President Bush's national security advisor Stephen Hadley,
      the US was committed to acting more aggressively against the Kurdish
      insurgents. Speaking after Mr. Bush met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri
      al-Maliki in Washington Tuesday, Mr. Hadley said the president had told
      Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan that steps were already being
      taken to counter the PKK in northern Iraq.
      The issue was also discussed during President Bush's talks with Mr.
      al-Maliki, Mr. Hadley said.
      "We have already identified some steps that the Iraqis are going to
      take." Mr. Hadley added

      * The Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights has ruled that
      Turkey violated the freedom of expression of two Turkish citizens by
      charging them for publishing a letter and an article written by a leading
      figure of the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party.
      Although some particularly acerbic passages in the articles painted an
      extremely negative picture of the Turkish state, and thus gave the text a
      hostile connotation, they did not exhort the use of violence or incite
      armed resistance or rebellion, and they did not constitute hate speech,
      which, in the court's view, was the essential element to be taken into
      consideration, the court said earlier this week.
      It found the applicants' convictions to be disproportionate to the aims
      pursued and therefore not necessary in a democratic society. It
      accordingly held by five votes to two in both cases that there had been a
      violation of Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which
      covers the freedom of expression.
      The court awarded 5,000 euros to one of the defendants and 7,000 euros
      to the other for non-pecuniary damages, together with 1,500 euros to each
      for costs and expenses.

      * A think tank of leading U.S. conservative Jews, foreign policy hawks on
      Middle East matters, drew parallels between Turkey's fight against the
      insurgent Kurdish Workers Party and Israel's war on the radical Shiite
      group Hezbollah in Lebanon, criticizing President Bush's administration
      for applying a double standard on the two allies' cases.
      "The United States has warned Turkey against cross-border retaliation
      into Iraq, but it is really hard to understand how Israel's fight is
      different from Turkey's fight in this regard," the Washington-based Jewish
      Institute for National Security Affairs, or JINSA, said in a statement
      As we have also reported to you last week, most Turks are also putting
      forward to the same argument.
      JINSA blamed the Iraqi Kurds for their lack of action against the rebels
      Turkish Kurds.

      * Israeli warships fired shots across the bows of a Turkish ferry being
      used to evacuate Australian nationals from Lebanon and delayed the vessel
      for several hours, it was revealed by Turkish Transport Minister Binali
      Yildirim on Tuesday.
      The incident may have resulted from a lack of co-ordination between
      Israeli, Turkish and Australian authorities, sources said.
      There were no passengers aboard the high-speed ferry, the Akcakoca, when
      the shots were fired late Monday night, Mr. Yildirim said.
      Almost 8000 Canadian, Swedish, Australian and Danish nationals have been
      evacuate from Beirut by sea and brought to the Turkish Mediterranean port
      of Mersin as of Tuesday. A further 2000 French citizens were expected to
      arrive at Mersin on Wednesday.
      In addition more than 1000 Turkish citizens returned home from Lebanon
      Tuesday with the ferry.

      * The Turkish daily Milliyet reported that the Turkish Parliament Speaker
      Bulent Arinc sent a letter to the European Parliament on Thursday calling
      for it to intensify efforts to stop Israel's bombings of Lebanon and to
      ensure peace.
      He stressed that Europe should not be a mere bystander to the unfolding
      humanitarian tragedy in Lebanon.
      In his letter, Arinc said that Israel had the right to protect itself,
      but using disproportionate force against Lebanese civilians could not be
      In related news, the Los Angeles Times reported that Turkey is
      considering a role in a UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon. The paper
      reported that Turkey's Foreign Affairs Minister Abdullah Gul stated
      earlier in the week that Turkey was ready to join a peacekeeping force
      after a cease-fire is established in Lebanon.
      The Turkish daily Cumhuriyet, on the other hand, reported that combine
      came on Mr. Gul's statement, the Turkish main opposition party officials
      expressed concern about getting drawn into a quagmire.

      * The Kabul Regional Command, a new group under the leadership of Turkey,
      France and Italy, created as part of the International Security Assistance
      Force in Afghanistan, will begin operations on Aug. 6 in Afghanistan,
      reported the Anatolia news agency.
      In addition to communications and logistical support, the three
      countries are each expected to send more troops to Afghanistan. Turkish
      troops will increase to 900 from 260.

      * The Rupert Murdoch-owned News Corporation has reached an agreement with
      Turkish firm Ihlas Yayin to acquire 56.5 percent of the shares of local
      broadcaster TGRT. News Corp. has paid $82 million, Ihlas Holding said.

      * Turkey's Central bank says Turkey's year-end inflation may be double
      target,reaching 10.5 percent.


      Edited by Hayal Koc

      * The Red Bull Air Race World Series will be held on The Golden Horn
      estuary between the Old Galata Bridge and Ataturk Bridge this afternoon.
      The award ceremony will take place tomorrow evening at 6:30pm.

      * 1.5 million spectators crowded the banks of the Golden Horn estuary in
      Istanbul, Turkey to watch American pilot, Kirby Chambliss win the Red Bull
      Air Race for the third time this season.
      The Red Bull Air Race is an exciting competition of the world's most
      talented pilots, who complete a rigorous course consisting of six
      specially designed 20m high pylons, known as "air gates".
      Flying at speeds of more than 400kph, the world's best pilots were
      racing against the clock in a bid to win points in the fifth leg of the
      international series. Chambliss currently has the overall lead with a
      total of 22 points in the World Series standings, followed closely by
      Peter Besenyei of Hungary and then Mike Mangold of the US
      Crowds watched in awe as the pilots raced through the high speed course,
      negotiating a series of 'air gates' just meters above the water.
      Taking place for the first time in Istanbul, chicanes were a brand new
      feature of the race track, with pilots having to weave through the single
      pylons as well as fly between the parallel gates.
      The next race takes place in on the River Danube in Budapest, Hungary on
      20th August.
      See more at: http://www.redbullairrace.com/

      * The 3rd International Gumusluk Music Festival will be held this year
      between August 2nd and 21st, with many world-famous classical music
      performers in attendance, such as
      Gulsin Onay (piano),
      Michael Bochmann (violin),
      Artur Pizzaro (piano),
      Nana Jashvili (violin),
      David Dolan (piano),
      Abigail Dolan (flute), and
      Mehmet Sami Oztop (violoncello) .
      Gumusluk is a small town on the Bodrum peninsula in southwestern Turkey.
      The performing artists will also coordinate master class workshop programs
      for young musicians.

      * Archeological excavations begin this weekend in world-renowned ancient
      city of Troy, which is located on the Aegean coast of Turkey.
      A German-led team of seventy international archeologists is hoping to
      discover a link between the town and the Bronze Age.
      The excavations will last until mid September and will also include
      excavations of possible tombstones believed to be located at the site.

      * In other archeological news, Catalhoyuk, will now begin charging
      tourists approximately $1.5 in local currency to observe the ruins.
      The site was previously free for all tourists, but the increased number
      of tourists, costs of maintenance and increased number of excavations in
      the area have led to the decision. Although the decision was made this
      year, the fee will not go into affect until next year.
      Catalhoyuk is thought to be the first city in the world, its history
      going back 9,000 years.


      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.49


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 86/63 Mostly Sunny
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 100/77 Mostly Sunny
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 88/72 Showers
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 93/75 Mostly Sunny
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 77/68 Showers

      Seawater temperatures

      Black Sea measured at Trabzon 73
      Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 79
      Aegean Sea measured at Bodrum 75
      Mediterranean Sea measured at Alanya 82


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      *** Turkish-American Association's annual Monterey arts and culture
      festival is next weekend! Mark August 5th and 6th or your calendars.
      Mark your calendars for two days of events full of fun for the whole
      family: Music, art shows, food, folk dancing, entertainment for kids, and
      a lot more.
      The Turkish arts and culture festival is free and it will take place
      in Monterey's Custom House Plaza next to the Fishermen Wharf.
      For more information visit http://www.taaca.org or

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