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      Edited by Gokce Gokalp

      * 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
      daily Star.

      * 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
      Workers Party.
      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
      complicated period.
      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
      Iraq's minorities.
      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.


      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
      tourist attraction.
      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 galleries.

      * 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
      hit films.
      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:

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


      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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      In celebrating the International Women's Day

      Saturday March 10 2007

      5 PM to 9 PM

      West Valley Branch Library

      1243 San Tomas Aquina Rd.
      San Jose California


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