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      * Comments by Turkey's former Parliament Speaker Husamettin Cindoruk
      emphasizing that if Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan became president,
      some sectors of society would perceive this as a "revenge for the
      abolishment of the caliphate" were covered in Cumhuriyet.
      The comments refer to March 3, 1924, when the first president of the
      Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, constitutionally abolished the
      institution of the caliphate.
      Elsewhere, Cumhuriyet said, public polls showed that a majority of the
      Turks were against Erdogan's presidency. Forty percent of respondents in a
      recent survey conducted by Anar said they wouldn't like to see Erdogan as
      president, while 13.4 said he should continue serving as prime minister
      and 9.7 percent said his presidency would lead to "tension" in the
      "A large section of Turkey wants early elections before the presidential
      elections in order to avoid tension", read Wednesday's headline story in
      The report included an interview with Republican People's Party leader
      Deniz Baykal, who said his party was ready to "anything necessary" in
      order to prevent Turkey from falling into chaos.
      Former President Suleyman Demirel also expressed concern that the
      approaching presidential elections might lead to a political crisis, "I
      wouldn't be honest if I was to say I see nothing to worry about". Demirel
      also expressed his belief that the people, not Parliament, should elect
      the president: "Who could say anything if it was the people who vote in
      the president? The people's will is the highest authority."
      Cumhuriyet said other opposition parties and civil society organizations
      were also making calls for early elections.

      * Turkish Daily News reports that Turkey and the United States are
      reportedly negotiating the possibility of a cross-border operation into
      northern Iraq, where the rebel Turkish Kurds have base camps.
      Two special coordinators appointed by the United States and Turkey have
      been continuing talks on the possibility of military action in northern
      According to the Turkish side, Turkey told the United States it would
      not need to organize a military operation into Iraq if the United States
      applied enough pressure on the Iraqi government and other Kurdish groups
      in the region to move against the rebels.

      * On Thurday the Turkish daily Milliyet covered a recent European Union
      decision to open only one negotiation chapter with Turkey, instead of four
      as Ankara had requested.
      Milliyet said, "The European Union caused us frustration again",
      recalling an earlier statement from Turkey's Foreign Affairs Minister
      Abdullah Gul that he expected the economic-monetary policy, financial
      control, education and culture and enterprise and industry policy chapters
      to be opened before the end of the year.
      The European Union was being taken hostage by the Greek Cypriot
      administration, claimed Milliyet.

      * Daily Sabah covered the funeral of Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet
      Ertegun in Turkey on Tuesday.
      Mr. Ertegun was laid to rest at an ancestral family site near a Muslim
      religious lodge in Istanbul following the funeral.
      Kid Rock and Turkish singer Tarkan were among the hundreds of mourners
      at the funeral.
      "He was both father and elder brother for me," said Tarkan. "He did a
      lot for me. He was a great man."
      Mr. Ertegun helped make Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin stars, and
      signed the Rolling Stones in the 1970s.
      He fell into a coma after falling at a Rolling Stones concert in
      October, and died in New York last week at the age of 83.
      Mr. Ertegun was educated in Europe and in the United States, where his
      father served as Turkish ambassador. He founded Atlantic Records with Herb
      Abramson in 1947, and it quickly established itself as a leading
      independent jazz and rhythm and blues label, signing such names as Dizzy
      Gillespie and Duke Ellington. Successes came steadily, and the label added
      rock legends Led Zeppelin to its roster in the 1970s.
      It is now part of the Warner Music Group and includes acts such as James
      Blunt, Missy Elliott and Kid Rock.
      "I have met many people, been to many places and seen many things, but
      he was definitely the best," said Rock, who talked to journalists at the
      funeral. "He could not sing but he was music personified", Rock added.

      * Giving his own family as an example, Turkey's Prime Minister Recep
      Tayyip Erdogan has argued that nobody in Turkey experiences problems
      stemming from their ethnic origin, including Kurds.
      His remarks came in response to a question at a news conference at U.N.
      headquarters in New York on Monday. The particular question about the
      Kurdish issue was addressed when he was explaining that the Greek Cypriots
      were rewarded with European Union membership after voting "no" in April
      2004 on a U.N.-brokered plan to reunify the divided Mediterranean island,
      while the Turkish Cypriots, who voted "yes", are still being punished.
      The question was quoted by the Anatolia news agency as, "Speaking of
      granting the rights of Turkish Cypriots, are you ready to grant the same
      rights -- which you ask for Turkish Cypriots -- to Kurds?"
      "Kurds don't have a rights problem in Turkey. They have exactly the same
      rights as other ethnic components have. … At the moment, we have more than
      50 lawmakers of Kurdish origin in the Turkish Republic's Parliament", Mr.
      Erdogan was quoted as saying by the agency in response.
      Giving his own family as an example of peaceful relations between
      different ethnic groups, he explained that he was from the Black Sea
      region, while his spouse was from the southeastern Anatolian province of
      "I'm a Turk, my wife is Arab, we've been married for 29 years, and we
      have no problem. There is no such [ethnicity] problem in Turkey. If you
      can apply the same in Cyprus, then there will be no problem", he said,
      calling for an end to all kinds of nationalism and ethnic, religious and
      regional problems.

      * Turkish business daily Dunya carried a lengthy report on the cost of
      unregistered economic activity in Turkey.
      The report said unregistered employment was unstoppable, due to high
      costs for hirers of legitimate employment. The daily said that out of 23.1
      million jobholders, almost 50% were unregistered, meaning these people had
      no social security insurance.
      The report estimated the minimum cost of unregistered unemployment for
      Turkey at $15 billion annually.


      * The Turkish-American Association Konya Language School was opened at a
      ceremony held on Monday.
      The ceremony was attended by a number of guests, including U.S.
      Ambassador to Turkey Ross Wilson, Konya Mayor Tahir Akyurek and Justice
      and Development Party Konya deputy Remzi Cetin.
      Konya is a city in central Turkey.
      Speaking at the event, Ambassador Wilson said, "Serving as a bridge
      between our countries, Turkish American Association has played a central
      role in developing and strengthening the cultural ties among our people. …
      After 55 years of service, Turkish American Association can proudly
      declare that it has served both our countries from generation to

      * After exhibitions in Istanbul, Ankara and Mersin, the work of the 20th
      century's greatest German sculptor, Ernst Barlach, is being exhibited at
      Malatya Inonu University's Congress and Culture Center, reported the
      Anatolia news agency.

      * We brought to the sad news that Mr. Ahmet Ertegun, president of Atlantic
      Records, passed away last week.
      This week the Turkish daily News reported an interesting episode in Mr.
      Ertegun's life.
      In the pre-civil rights world of the US, Ahmet Ertegun's father,
      ambassador of Turkey to the US, received a letter requesting that his son
      stop inviting black musicians to the Turkish embassy in Washington.
      In his reply, Ambassador Munir Ertegun said that the embassy was Turkish
      territory and his son could invite whomever he chose whether they were
      black or white.
      Those days were fertile ground for a career that put black music in the
      American consciousness and contributed to racial equality and the making
      of the modern music scene.
      Mr. Ahmet Ertegun when later he launched his career in music recording
      discovered musical giants such as Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and the
      Rolling Stones.

      * The ancient city of Komana Pontika, located in Turkey's central Black
      Sea province of Tokat, is set to become a new tourism destination as a
      result of an archeological project by the Middle East Technical University
      and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, writes
      the Turkish daily News.
      The city was a major cult center for the Kingdom of the Mithradatids
      during the Hellenistic period and continued its independence through most
      of the Roman era. It was believed to be a sanctuary for the Anatolian
      goddess Ma.

      * The Izmir Foundation for Culture, Arts and Education and the Greek
      Consulate General in Izmir jointly organized a "Love and Friendship"
      recital on Wednesday, the Anatolia news agency reported.
      During the event, Greek soprano Rose Marie Kipreou and Turkish tenor
      Aydýn Ustuk performed selected works from the world of opera.
      Ustuk and Kipreou will begin the recital with an aria from Turkish
      composer Ahmet Adnan Saygun's "Yunus Emre Oratorio."

      * Speaking of Greece, Athena Kritikou Yennimata, the wife of the Greek
      ambassador to Turkey, hosted a fund-raising fashion show at the Greek
      Embassy residence in Ankara for the benefit of students at the Anatolia
      Contemporary Education Foundation, the Anatolia news agency reported.
      Ms. Yennimata delivered a speech at the beginning of the event, saying,
      "We share the same love, and it brings us together." ANACEV executive
      board chairman Ayla Hatirli thanked Yennimata and said that money raised
      by the event would go toward supporting students at the foundation.
      The event started with a concert by the Ankara State Opera and Ballet at
      which tenor Murat Karahan, accompanied by Fugen Serbest on piano,
      performed songs by Puccini, Buzzi, Lehar, Curtis, Guliyev, Xatziaakie and
      Erdal Tugcular.
      After the concert, the fashion show, "Modanatolia," featured traditional
      Turkish motifs and gold and silver embroidery, velvet and silk, all
      reflecting the magnificent life of the Ottomans

      * Ashrita Furman, holder of the most records in the Guinness World
      Records, broke another one last week at the 2,000-year-old Aspendos Roman
      amphitheater in southern Turkey.
      The record was for balancing the tallest object on one's chin for a
      minimum of 10 seconds.
      Due to the windy conditions, the 51-year-old health food store manager
      from Queens, New York, made two unsuccessful attempts but finally managed
      to balance a 54.6 feet fiberglass pole for 13.8 seconds to capture the

      * The Ninth Istanbul International Meeting of Film & History, organized by
      the Turkish Foundation of Film and Audiovisual Culture, started last
      Saturday, the Anatolia news agency reported.
      This year the major theme of the event, was "Empires."
      The event was organized under the auspices of the Turkish Ministry of
      Culture and Tourism,
      The festival, named by the media as one of the three most important
      political, social and philosophical activities in Turkey, is expanding on
      its subject matter with well-received films while also aiming at
      discussing the reflections of the 'last empire of our age,' the "American
      Empire," and its influence on people's lives.
      The program included films in seven main categories
      Human Rights/Documentary Films,
      From International Festivals,
      From French Masters,
      Respect to a Master,
      Competition Films and Award-winning Films.

      * The Turkish Daily News reports that the works of 10 Turkish artists on
      display at an international plastic arts exhibition in the Musée du Louvre
      in Paris have attracted great interest from visitors.
      Turkish artists Nurhilal Harsa, Ahmet Rustu Dogan, Serdar Leblebici,
      Korkut Ulug, Akin Yildirim, Hakan Esmer, Semih Kaplan, Kemal Uludag,
      Selcuk Yilmaz and Saime Donmezer presented 27 works of art including
      paintings, sculptures and ceramics during the exhibit, held Dec. 14-17,
      which featured over 800 artworks from around the world.

      * The 79-year-old Turkish clarinet Master Mustafa Kandirali has a new
      album, the Anatolia news agency reports.
      Mr. Kandirali told the Anatolia news agency that he enjoyed listening to
      up-and-coming clarinetists, adding: "There are very talented young artists
      around today. However, I am the master of them all. "
      Mr. Kandirali says has followers not only in turkey but also in Greece,
      Italy and Germany.

      * The International Bursa Silk Road Film Festival, organized for the first
      time by the Bursa Metropolitan Municipality, ended with a ceremony held on
      Sunday at Bursa's Tayyare Cultural Center.
      The Georgian film, "I Love You," directed by Dalibor Matanic, was given
      the Public Jury award and Indian-Canadian film "Water," directed by Deepa
      Mehta, was given the Cinema Writers award at the ceremony.
      Festival Chairman Burcak Evren expressed hope that the festival, during
      which 40 films from 20 countries were screened, would be an inspiration
      for other cities to hold such events, adding that the success of the
      festival would be appreciated by artists and the people of Bursa.
      Bursa Metropolitan Municipality and the festival's honorary Chairman
      Hikmet S,ahin said he believed the festival was very successful, adding
      that different civilizations had encountered each other at the festival.
      The Kyrghyz/Kazakh film "My Brother, Silk Road," directed by Marat
      Sarulu, was shown at the end of the ceremony.
      Bursa is on the sothern shores of the Marmara sea, and it was at time a
      major silk producing region of Turkey. It was also the first capital of
      the Ottomans.

      * Turkish pop idol Kenan Dogulu, the singer of this summer's hit
      "Cakkidi," will represent Turkey at the 52nd Eurovision Song Contest to be
      held in May 2007 in Finland, Turkish Radio and Television Corporation
      officials announced Tuesday.

      * The gala opening of the documentary "Black Sea: A Journey of Turkey",
      featuring a Black Sea vessel that set off in 1926 at the request of
      Turkey's first president Ataturk for a project to promote Turkey to the
      world, was held Tuesday at the Beyoglu Emek movie theater.
      The boat, upon which various products promoting Turkey were exhibited,
      set off from Istanbul on June 12, 1926 and visited 16 cities in 12
      countries. After a journey of 10,000 miles in 86 days, it returned to
      Istanbul on Sept. 5, 1926.
      Among the passengers were Turkey' third president Celal Bayar's son Refi
      Bayar, one of the founders of the Anatolia news agency, and poet
      Kemalettin Kamu, composer of the Turkish national anthem Zeki Ungor, one
      of the first female journalists Bedia Arseven, one of the first female
      parliamentarians Mebrure Gonenc and poet Orhan Veli Kanik's father
      musician Veli Kanik.
      The documentary, directed by Sevgili, coordinated by Gulay Orhan and
      written by Tannur Arat and Nedim Olgun, was prepared under the sponsorship
      of Garanti Bank and the Netherlands Culture Fund and with contributions
      from the Ottoman Bank Museum.
      A team of 12 persons working to make the documentary scanned 176
      archives in Turkey and abroad, nearly 600 books and newspapers, thousands
      of documents and photos and had talks with 128 people over a period of 24
      The documentary will be shown between Dec. 20, 2006 and March 20, 2007
      at the Ottoman Bank Museum along with an exhibition titled "Designing a
      Nation -- European Countries in the 1920s and 1930s."

      * Turkish composer Cetin Isikozlu's opera "The Legend of Mount Ararat" and
      ballet "Judith" have been packaged as a two-CD album by the Sevda Cenap
      And Music Foundation.
      It is a first Turkish opera album released in history.
      Born in 1939, Isikozlu studied trombone at the Ankara State Conservatory
      and composition and conducting at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome.
      He continued his education under the supervision of prominent Turkish
      composer Adnan Saygun. He has worked with world-renowned composers and
      conductors in many educational institutions such as the Academy of
      Chigiana in Italy and the Mozarteum Academy of Music and Performing Arts
      in Austria.
      His productions include four operas and two ballets as well as many
      concertos, symphonies and chamber music pieces.

      * This year 22 international television stations from 10 countries have
      come to Turkey's Cappadocia region -- renown for its unusual rock
      formations called "fairy chimneys," rock houses and underground cities --
      to shoot documentaries, the private Dogan News Agency reported.
      Among the 10 countries are South Korea, Germany, Japan, U.S., France,
      Iran, Greece, Russia, Italy and Switzerland


      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.43


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 41/23 Foggy
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 61/48 Mostly Sunny
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 48/39 Mostly Sunny
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 54/43 Partly Cloudy
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 50/37 Rainy

      Snow depths at skiing locations:

      Erciyes, in Kayseri, Central Turkey 2 inches
      Ilgaz, in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey 8 inches
      Kartalkaya, in Bolu, Western Turkey 6 inches
      Palandoken, in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey 10 inches
      Saklikent, in Antalya, Southern Turkey - inches
      Sarikamis, in Kars, Eastern Turkey 3 inches
      Uludag, in Bursa, Western Turkey 4 inches


      Edited by Mark Nowak

      * Turkish Soccer

      Rankings in the Super League

      Team GP W D L Pts GF GA
      1. Fenerbahce 17 11 4 2 37 35 15
      2. Galatasaray 17 8 6 3 30 32 20
      3. Besiktas 17 8 5 4 29 23 16
      4. Manisaspor 17 8 4 5 28 32 23
      5. Genclerbirligi 17 8 3 6 27 20 18
      6. Kayserispor 17 7 5 5 26 22 20
      7. Bursaspor 17 7 3 7 24 21 21
      8. Konyaspor 17 6 6 5 24 19 20
      9. Ankaraspor 17 4 11 2 23 21 18
      10. Ankaragucu 17 5 7 5 22 20 16
      11. Sivasspor 17 6 4 7 22 17 22
      12. Gaziantepspor 17 5 5 7 20 18 25
      13. Trabzonspor 17 5 4 8 19 20 21
      14. Denizlispor 17 4 7 6 19 13 15
      15. Rizespor 17 5 3 9 18 14 20
      16. Antalyaspor 17 3 8 6 17 18 21
      17. Sakaryaspor 17 3 6 8 15 10 21
      18. Erciyesspor 17 2 5 10 11 15 38

      * FORTIS Turkish Cup Standings

      Group A
      W D L GF GA
      Galatasaray 3 0 1 6 6
      Erciyesspor 1 1 1 6 5
      Kayseri 1 1 1 3 2
      Bursaspor 1 1 1 3 3
      Karsiyaka 0 1 2 2 3

      Group B
      W D L GF GA
      Trabzonspor 1 2 0 6 3
      Manisa 1 1 1 7 3
      Konyaspor 1 1 1 6 6
      Eskisehirspor 1 1 2 7 15
      Ankaraspor 0 3 0 2 2

      Group C
      W D L GF GA
      Fenerbahce 3 0 0 12 0
      Gaziantepspor 2 0 1 6 2
      Inegolspor 1 1 2 5 14
      Sivasspor 1 0 2 2 7
      Istanbul BB 0 1 2 2 4

      Group D
      W D L GF GA
      MKE Ankaragucu 3 0 0 6 2
      Genclerbirligi 2 0 1 5 1
      Besiktas 2 0 1 8 5
      Bucaspor 1 0 3 3 10
      CAYKUR Rize 0 0 3 2 6

      *Turkish Basketball

      1. T.Telekom 11-0
      2. Fenerbahce 10-1
      3. Efes P. 9-2
      4. TED Koleji 8-3
      5. Besiktas 8-3
      6. Galatasaray 7-4
      7. Banvitspor 7-4
      8. Karsiyaka 5-6
      9. Oyak Renault 4-7
      10. Beykoz 4-7
      11. Mersin 4-7
      12. Selcuk Uni. 4-7
      13. Darussafaka 3-8
      14. Alpella 2-9
      15. Tofas 2-9
      16. Tekelspor 0-11


      Group A

      1. Tau 8-1
      2. Olympiak. 7-2
      3. Efes P. 5-4
      4. Dynamo M. 5-4
      5. Prokom Tr. 4-5
      6. Le Mans 3-6
      7. Koeln 2-7
      8. Climamio 2-7

      Group C

      1. CSKA 8-1
      2. Barcelona 7-2
      3. Benetton 6-3
      4. Pau 5-4
      5. Aris 4-5
      6. Eldo 3-6
      7. Fenerbahce 2-7
      8. Zalgiris 1-8

      *FIBA Eurocup

      Group C

      1. Lok.Rostov 4-2
      2. Banvitspor 4-2
      3. Azovmash 4-2
      4. Atomeromu 0-6

      Group G

      1. T.Telekom 5-1
      2. Panionios 4-2
      3. Ural Great 2-4
      4. CSKA 1-5

      *ULEB Cup

      Group B

      1. FMP 5-1
      2. Strasbourg 4-2
      3. Snaidero 3-3
      4. BK Ventsp. 3-3
      5. Besiktas 2-4
      6. WTK Anwil 1-5


      Mehmet Okur Stats

      Utah 89-101 Charlotte 19 pts, 6 reb, 3 asst, 34 min
      Utah 112-106 Atlanta 30 pts, 10 reb, 3 asst, 36 min
      Utah 96- 97 New York 19 pts, 9 reb, 4 asst, 41 min
      Utah 104- 94 Indiana 17 pts, 7 reb, 1 asst, 36 min

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