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      x0x Turkish news for week ending 05 August 2006

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      * The Turkish daily Cumhuriyet reported that the Turkish Prime Minister
      Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended an extraordinary meeting of the Organization
      for the Islamic Conference held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Thursday.
      Addressing the gathering, Mr. Erdogan urged international institutions
      to help stop Israel's bombings of Lebanon.
      Stressing that Israel was using disproportionate force, Mr. Erdogan
      added that women and children were being killed.
      "This war cannot be accepted as legitimate, stated Erdogan. This war
      isn't just, and there will be no winner since it fuels hatred. It doesn't
      take a fortune teller to say that a big global fire is waiting for us."
      Mr. Erdogan warned that the fire in the Middle East had the potential to
      set off a clash of civilizations.

      * The Turkish daily New Anatolian reported Thursday that Foreign Affairs
      Minister Abdullah Gul harshly criticized the US for its support of
      Israel's offensive on Southern Lebanon, stating that it calls into
      question the US's proud legacy of leadership in the realms of freedom and
      Mr. Gul's article was published as "an opinion piece in the Washington
      Post. Mr. Gul stated that his generation grew up with an image of the US
      standing for the revered values of democracy but that this image is being
      tarnished today as millions around the world watch events in Lebanon in
      complete horror.
      In his article entitled "An appeal for leadership", Mr. Gul asked, "Why
      has the sole superpower, which alone has the capability to stop this
      tragedy, turned a blind eye to the images of suffering and a deaf ear to
      the cries for mercy?"

      * Speaking at a press conference Wednesday, Turkish Foreign Affairs
      Ministry Spokesman Namik Tan stated that fighting the rebel Kurdish
      Workers Party was one of the top priorities of the government and security
      forces in Turkey. Saying that effective work was being carried out under
      the Anti-Terror Law, Mr. Tan added that Iraq and U.S. were also closely
      following the issue.
      According to the daily Sabah, Mr. Tan stated that Ankara had briefed
      Iraqi officials about its concern over the Kurdish Workers Party presence
      in Iraq and that it would continue to do so. "The authorities briefed us
      about measures they would take against the Kurdish Workers Party," stated
      Tan. "We hope that these measures have concrete results."
      As we have been reporting to you in the past few weeks, Turkey has been
      pushing the US and Iraq to stop the rebels carrying out attacks from their
      bases in the Northern Iraqi bases bordering Turkey.

      * In related news, Iraqi Foreign Affairs Minister Hoshyar Zebari stated
      Tuesday that the Iraq government was serious about fighting the terrorist
      Kurdish Workers Party, adding that the Kurdish Workers Party's office in
      Baghdad would be closed immediately.
      Mr. Zebari stated that the Kurdish Workers Party could not hold
      activities in Iraq. Saying that he had discussed the issue with the
      Turkish government in detail, Mr. Zebari added that he had proposed to
      establish a committee on the issue, reported the daily Cumhuriyet.

      * Turkey bid farewell to its feminist pioneer Ms. Duygu Asena .
      The Ataturk Culture Center's main hall was filled to capacity Tuesday
      with people paying their respects to the late writer and journalist, who
      brought women's struggle for a decent life to nationwide attention in
      Present at the funeral were prominent figures from the arts, media, and
      academia along with Ms. Asena's sisters and her many readers from
      different generations, reported the daily New Anatolian.

      * According to the Turkish daily Star, Land Forces Commander Gen. Yasar
      Buyukanit was appointed Turkey's new chief of General Staff on Monday.
      Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer signed the Cabinet decree appointing
      General Buyukanit to the position.
      At a reception with the two generals on Monday, outgoing chief General
      Ozkok stated that he was both pleased with the appointment and comfortable
      handing over his post to Buyukanit.
      When ask what he thought about taking over the post at a critical
      period, Gen. Buyukanit indicated that Turkey would use its great potential
      to overcome all obstacles.


      * A team of archaeologists conducting excavations in the ancient city of
      Antandros in Balikesir province of Northwestern Turkey is chasing the
      traces of the Cimmerians tribe -- the tribe of the fictional character
      Conan the Barbarian -- who the historians think lived in the ancient city
      for about 100 years.
      Associate Professor Gurcan Polat, a lecturer with Turkey's Ege
      University and the head of the Antandros excavations, told the Dogan News
      Agency that they were trying to find evidence of the Cimmerian settlement,
      the name of which is mentioned in the works of Stefanos Bizantios, a late
      Roman author.
      Archaeologists say the ancient city of Antandros holds the potential to
      become the "Ephesus of the future," particularly due to its architectural
      Mr. Polat said the excavations, which are in their seventh season this
      year, are continuing at three sites in the ancient city.
      This year the focus has been on the restoration of the mosaics and
      frescos belonging to a previously unearthed Roman villa. The villa had
      eight rooms, a bath and a toilet area. (See
      http://www.istanbulguide.net/picture/antandros.jpg and
      http://home.gwu.edu/~cigdem/antandros.jpg )
      The Cimmerians were a warring and nomadic tribe that inhabited the
      region north of the Caucasus and the Black Sea, in what is now Russia and
      Ukraine, in the 8th and 7th centuries B.C. The Cimmerians were the tribe
      of famous fictional barbarian character Conan the Barbarian, played by
      Arnold Schwarzenegger in his films.
      They are believed to have lived in Antandros for about 100 years until
      the Lydians chased them out.

      * The Istanbul Venue Theater Festival, which is marking its third year,
      will be held this year between Aug. 6-16 and will highlight the theme of
      peace, reported the Anatolia news agency.
      Greater Istanbul Municipality City Theaters General Art Director
      Nurullah Tuncer said that the festival would host groups from Albania,
      Azerbaijan, Montenegro, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Iraq,
      Macedonia, Tunisia, Russia, Tatarstan, Lithuania, Bosnia and Herzegovina,
      Serbia, Syria, Iran, Croatia, Pakistan, Sudan, Hungary, Bulgaria, Qatar
      and Kyrgyzstan.
      Attendance at festival activities will be free of charge to reach a
      broader audience.
      Istanbul City Theaters Director Mehmet Acarca said the festival
      established a bridge between civilizations and languages.

      * The Turkish-German Summer Academy will be held Aug. 4-16 on Bozcaada in
      Turkey's Northwestern province of Canakkale province, jointly sponsored by
      Hildesheim University in Germany and Hacettepe University in Turkey's
      capital Ankara.
      Students from both universities will take part in a string instrument
      workshop directed by Helmut Rocholl of Hildesheim University that will
      include works by Gustav Holst, Istemihan Taviloglu, Arvo Part, Johann
      Nepomuk Hummel and Leos Janacek.
      Final concerts will be performed at Bozcaada Fort on Aug. 15 and at
      Canakkale's Cimenlik Fort on Aug. 16.
      Students from Canakkale University's department of theater and dance,
      under the direction of Sahine Hatipoglu, will work on a dance and theater
      project called "Horses Before Troy" with students from Hildesheim
      University. The project analyzes the Trojan War through the perspective of

      * Izmir's annual international short film festival has just become a
      member of the European Coordination of Film Festivals, becoming the first
      ever short film festival from Turkey to be listed in the international
      body, the festival's organizers announced on Tuesday.
      Festival committee chairman Kayhan Kirmizigul told the Anatolia news
      agency that the International Izmir Short Film Festival was one of the
      major short film events in Turkey and that last year's festival had
      showcased 1,083 films from 58 countries.
      "Being a member of the European Coordination of Film Festivals will add
      to our efforts in realizing the long term objectives of the festival," he
      European Coordination of Film Festivals is a network of 250 audio-visual
      festivals in Europe. The member festivals cooperate in preparing festival
      lineups and they also hold staff-exchange programs, creating opportunities
      for the staff of member festivals to work in any member festival in
      another country.

      * One of the world's legendary vocal jazz groups, The Manhattan Transfer,
      performed at Turkey's Aegean province of Izmir's Cesme Open-air Theater.
      The ensemble, which has appeared in Izmir for the first time, has been
      performing for 34 years, released 25 albums and received numerous awards
      including eight Grammys.
      The group's soloist, Tim Hauser, formed the group in 1972 with the
      support of musicians he met while a taxi driver in New York.

      * The Turkish Daily News reports that Turkish pop music star Tarkan may
      launch acting career.
      Mr. Tarkan was speaking to journalists ahead of a concert in the
      Mediterranean City of Antalya where 10,000 fans were present.
      Mr. Tarkan's Antalya concert, where the pop icon sang 30 songs including
      those featured in his English-language album "Come Closer," was released
      early this year, was the fourth of his Turkey tour.

      * Seattle based film music composer Semih Tareen is currently scoring
      "Gomeda", a feature length film produced in Turkey.
      Written and directed by award winning director Tan Tolga Demirci,
      "Gomeda" is Turkey's first surrealist/thriller film and will be premiering
      at the prestigious Antalya film festival this September.
      "Gomeda" opens nationwide in theaters across Turkey in November.
      Mr. Semih Tareen, born and raised in Izmir-Turkey, has been living in
      Seattle since 1995.
      During the past 6 years he has scored music for 15 films.
      His music has been recorded by symphony orchestras and the films have
      been shown at various film festivals around the U.S.
      See more at: http://www.semihtareen.com


      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.47


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 100/72 Clear
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 99/77 Mostly Sunny
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 90/72 Partly Cloudy
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 97/72 Clear
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 82/70 Partly Cloudy

      Seawater temperatures

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


      Edited by Mark Nowak

      * Turkish Soccer Super League

      Week 1 matches

      Kayserispor 1 - 0 Trabzonspor
      Ankaraspor 1 - 1 Galatasaray
      Fenerbahçe Erciyesspor
      Gaziantepspor Denizlispor
      Manisaspor Besiktas
      Bursaspor Ankaragucu
      Sivasspor Gençlerbirligi
      Antalyaspor Rizespor
      Konyaspor Sakaryaspor

      * UEFA Champions' League

      Qualifying Round 2

      B36 Torshavn 0-5 Fenerbahce
      Fenerbahce 4-0 B36 Torshavn

      Fenerbahçe proceeds to QR3


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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


      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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