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* On Thursday, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke on
the telephone with the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The two
leaders discussion mainly focused on the Iraq.
Mr. Erdogan reportedly stated that the countries of the region,
especially Turkey and Iran, should cooperate and consult more to help
establish security in Iraq.
In related news, Mr. Erdogan also called Iraqi President Jalal
Talabani, and expressed his get-well wishes. Mr. Talabani is
undergoing treatment in Amman, Jordan after an illness.
Mr. Talabani stated that he believed that Turkey and Iraq would soon
solve their mutual problems through cooperation, reported the Turkish
* Testifying before the US Senate Wednesday, Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice stated that the rebel Turkish Kurds' underground
organization Kurdish Workers Party acting on the border between Turkey
and Iraq was responsible for attacks on Turkish territory.
She stated that the US, Turkey and Iraqi administration had formed a
tripartite commission to counter the terrorist attacks by the Kurdish
Ms. Rice added that Iraqi officials and the US did not want attacks
on Turkey from northern Iraq.
She also indicated that Joseph Ralston, the US special
anti-terrorist envoy, was taking part in the commission to help end
the Kurdish Workers Party's ability to attack Turkey, according to the
Turkish daily Aksam.
* In related news, Turkey's Minister Justice Cemil Cicek stated
Wednesday that Turkey's southeastern neighbor was Iraq, and that it
did not recognize any others.
Mr. Cicek was commenting on the Secretary of State Condoleezza
Rice's recent remarks calling northern Iraq "Kurdistan".
Mr. Cicek stressed that Iraq is going through a very complex and
Criticizing Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani's statements that
Turkey should get used to an independent Kurdistan, Mr. Cicek stated
that both Mr. Barzani's wording and stance were unacceptable.
He added that Mr. Barzani had not made a sound analysis of the
situation in his country, reported the Turkish daily Sabah.
* According to the Turkish daily Sabah, speaking at a conference on
global threats on Wednesday, National Intelligence Director Mike
McConnell stated that Turkey would fight if the Iraqi Kurds try to
establish an independent state in northern Iraq.
If the Arab Sunni minority in Iraq is subjected to a massacre, then
the Arab Sunni states will intervene in this, he added.
* In related news, Turkish daily Milliyet reports that a report
prepared by the Minority Rights Group reported on the dangers faced by
Minorities currently make up 10 percent of the Iraq's population.
The report said that through assimilation, migration and killings,
ethnic and religious minorities are at risk of entirely vanishing in
It also noted that among Iraq's minorities, Iraqi Turks referred to
as the "Turkmen" have lived there for more than 2,000 years and their
numbers have dropped from 800,000 in 2003 to just 200,000 now. It
added that some 1,350 Turkmen have been killed since 2003.
* According to the Turkish daily Aksam, Turkey's Foreign Affairs
Minister Abdullah Gul visited the Turkish Provincial Reconstruction
Team working in the Wardak province of Afghanistan on Monday.
Mr. Gul also met with the governor of the province, Abd-al Jebbar
Naeemi, and attended a groundbreaking ceremony for a police training
center to be built by the Team.
He also met separately with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his
Afghan counterpart Rengin Dadfar Spanta. Afterwards, Mr. Gul told a
press conference that Turkey would take over the command of NATO
forces in the Kabul region in April for the third time and raise the
number of Turkish troops to 1,000.
ARTS AND CULTURE
Edited by Hilal Koc
* The expansive Taskuyu cave that gives off a phosphorescent glow in
Turkey's Mediterranean province of Mersin is being converted into a
Tarsus Archaeology Museum Director Abdulbari Yildiz told the
Anatolia news agency that preparation work for utilizing the site for
tourism and the work he carried out together with two archaeologists,
Adak Adibelli and Dogukan Bekir Alper, are about to open the way for
the last stage before welcoming visitors.
The cave, which is around 9 miles from Mersin's Tarsus town, was
found some time ago during road construction in the area and further
examinations inside the cave revealed a hidden tunnel as well as a
number of smaller galleries connected to this tunnel. The height of
the tunnel is 30 feet in some places.
There are also many stalactites, stalagmites and wall travertine in
* The long-awaited !f Ankara International Independent Film Festival
is preparing to reunite with the Turkish capital on its second
anniversary to entertain Ankara movie buffs with a series of fabulous
movies and other surprises scheduled for March 1-4.
The festival will feature a selection of the best in recent
cutting-edge world cinema, including thematic films, documentaries and
This year's event will open on Wednesday with a party at the IF
Performance Hall in Tunus Avenue and, in addition to film screenings,
a series of related events including workshops will be featured as
part of the festival.
Two workshops are scheduled on March 3 at the British Council.
The newly added sections of the festival will highlight political
and global issues including the Iraq war, globalization and climate
The AKT!FIST series will feature a string of significant
documentaries such as "Earthlings," "Day Night Day Night," and "My
Life as a Terrorist."
Produced and narrated by Oscar winner Joaquin Phoenix, "Earthlings"
was made over five years, often using hidden cameras, and exposes the
shocking treatment of animals in numerous industrial sectors.
"Day Night Day Night" provides a radically different insight into
the preparations of a suicide bomber, while "My Life as a Terrorist"
features the notorious 70s leftist militant Hans-Joachim Klein
describing how he became involved in armed struggles and the
disillusionment that followed.
This year !f continues the popular short film competition in its
repertoire and this series is scheduled to feature best Turkish short
films as well as short films from around the world.
Supported by the Çankaya Municipality , Turkish directors' shorts
films will be screened free of charge at the Çankaya Municipality
Contemporary Arts Center .
To find out more, please log on to http://www.ifistanbul.com/english/.
* While we are on the subject of film festivals, movie attendance in
Turkey last year increased by over a quarter, a recent study of
European movies revealed.
According to the Strasbourg-based European Audiovisual Observatory
35 million movie tickets were sold in Turkey in 2006.
A statement released by the group said the movie attendance in
Turkey had reached its highest level since the early 1980's.
Observatory officials said the main factor for increase was due to
the production of better quality domestic films in Turkey.
The statistics also showed that French people were the most regular
visitors to movie theaters in 2006, with 189 million tickets sold in
France in 2006. France was followed by England with 157 million
tickets sold; Germany, 137 million; Spain, 122 million; Italy, 107
million; and Russia, 90 million.
* Following in the steps of former Vice-President Al Gore, a
Mersin-based sculptor is also trying to boost environmental awareness
via art; rather than the medium of film, she is using "recycled"
sculptures made from broken glass.
Ms. Sebahat Yildirim, who graduated from Mersin University 's Fine
Arts Faculty in 2000, opened her first solo exhibition on Feb. 23.
Her figurine designs are crafted from glass bottles that she breaks
herself. Yildirim told the Anatolia news agency that the broken
bottles she used in her creations - the majority of which are brown
and green - also denote the dominant colors in nature's primary
elements, soil and plants.
Ms. Yildirim hopes art lovers who visit her exhibition will from now
on think twice about whether or not their garbage includes any
recyclable material before throwing it away.
The exhibition is at Mersin Art Club's Müfide Ilhan-Ayse Ugural Art
Gallery, and features a total of 16 glass sculptures together with
eight wooden figures she made.
Mersin is a city in southern Turkey on the Mediterranean shores.
* "Istanbul Culture Days" in Spain , attracted a great deal of
attention with a series of activities last week.
Istanbul Culture Days in Andalusia was organized in Spain jointly by
the Greater Istanbul Municipality and a Seville-based culture
foundation. As part of the activities, Turkish director Dervis Zaim's
film titled "Somersault in a Coffin" was screened on Feb. 24, the
first day of the event.
Following the film, the Istanbul Sufi Music Ensemble performed a
Mevlevi Sema ritual dance, getting all the focus of attention by
Spanish audiences on two sold-out performances.
More Turkish films were scheduled within the Culture Days: Spanish
film enthusiasts were able to watch Çagan Irmak's "My Father and My
Son", Yavuz Turgul's "Lovelorn" and Reha Erdem's "Mom, I am scared".
A conference hosted by academic Hadi Adanali as well as poetry
reading by Adnan Özer's are also some the activities at the Istanbul
Culture Days which ran through March 2.
* The Sivas State Theater is in Nürnberg and Dortmund Germany this
week for a series of performances including Oktay Arayici's "Nickname
Artists from the theater are performing the piece under the
direction of Coskun Irmak in Nürnberg March 2-4 and Dortmund March
"Nickname Goncagül" is about the story of a mother and her daughter
in economic distress.
Sivas State Theater Lead Stage-director Faik Ertener will also be
presented with a plaque of appreciation by Nürnberg-based Turkish
businessmen, the Anatolia news agency reported.
* Cigdem Akbay, daughter of the Turkish-American Reyan Akbay, had a
successful screening of her movie "Hiphopistan: Representing Locality
in a Global City" in the IF Istanbul film Festival.
You can see a snippet of the film at:
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High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 50/32 Mostly Cloudy
Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 63/50 Mostly Cloudy
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 55/48 Fair
Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 63/50 Fair
Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 54/48 Partly Cloudy
Snow depths at skiing locations:
Erciyes, in Kayseri, Central Turkey 16 inches
Ilgaz, in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey 24 inches
Kartalkaya, in Bolu, Western Turkey 98 inches
Palandoken, in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey 20 inches
Saklikent, in Antalya, Southern Turkey 22 inches
Sarikamis, in Kars, Eastern Turkey 33 inches
Uludag, in Bursa, Western Turkey 35 inches
Turkcell Soccer Super League 2006/2007
Last week's results:
Trabzonspor 3 - 2 Besiktas
Antalyaspor 1 - 0 Fenerbahçe
Gençlerbirligi 2 - 2 Kayserispor
Rizespor 1 - 1 Ankaraspor
Sakaryaspor 1 - 3 Bursaspor
Sivasspor 1 - 3 Konyaspor
Results of games played so far this weekend:
Bursaspor 0 - 0 Antalyaspor
Besiktas 2 - 1 Galatasaray
Denizlispor 1 - 0 Ankaragucu
Kayserispor 1 - 0 Rizespor
Ranking in the league:
1. Fenerbahçe 44
2. Besiktas 39
3. Galatasaray 38
4. KayseriSp. 38
5. KonyaSp. 34
6. Gençlerbirligi 34
7. BursaSp. 33
8. SivasSp. 31
9. TrabzonSp. 30
10. AntalyaSp. 30
11. ManisaSp. 29
12. Ankaragucu 29
13. AnkaraSp. 27
14. GaziantepSp 27
15. RizeSp. 25
16. DenizliSp. 23
17. ErciyesSp. 19
18. SakaryaSp. 16
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