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* The Turkish daily Milliyet reports that on last
Saturday Turkey's capital Ankara hosted a huge
rally organized by the Kemalist Thought
Organization against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip
Erdogan's possible presidency since many people
regard him as an "Islamic threat" against the
Chanting slogans and carrying banners for a
secular Republic in line with the principles of
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of Republic of
Turkey, thousands held a meeting in Tandogan
Square, and then visited Ataturk's mausoleum to
show their loyalty to his principles.
In related news, foreign media also showed
great interest in the event, calling it the
biggest organized reaction against the ruling
Justice and Development Party government.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
and his party fellows said that a non-
governmental organization used its democratic
Prime minister Erdogan, before leaving for
Germany on Saturday night, said, "It is very
positive that no violence occurred".
* Many Turks and Turkish officials are condemning
the slaying of three bible publishers in the
Southeastern city of Malatya on Wednesday.
On Friday the New Anatolian, an English
language daily, reported Turkey's president as
saying that nothing could excuse such crimes.
Meanwhile a rally was held in Istanbul to
protest the slayings.
Turkish security forces arrested five suspects
* Turkish armed forces chief of staff Gen. Yasar
Buyukanit visited Greece to attend a meeting of
his counterparts from other Balkan States.
On Thursday the Turkish general traveled to the
Greek city of Thessalonica There he visited the
home of Mr. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the first
president of Turkey and its independence war
Speaking to reporters afterwards, Gen.
Buyukanit said that the mission of military was
to create an atmosphere of confidence between
countries, but politicians could solve the
Saying that significant decisions were made at
the meeting, which brought Balkan States
including NATO members and non-members, Gen.
Buyukanit added that a working group would be
established and this group would undertake
* While attending the Chiefs of staff meeting,
Gen. Buyukanit was asked by a Greek reporter as
to why Turkish planes constantly violate the
The Turkish general said that Turkish and Greek
perception of the Flight Information Region line
is not the same. "Turkish Air Forces never
violate Greece's airspace. They fly over the
international air space of the Aegean. When
planes enter the international airspace, they
pass over the Flight Information Region line.
Flight information region line isn't the
sovereign space of a country," he added.
According to Aksam, another Turkish daily, the
previous day the Turkish general said that Turkey
is ready to fly its planes unarmed over the
"Turkey and Greece are not enemies. We are
ready to fly our planes unarmed, you can do the
same. We are aware of planes flying so close is
dangerous," the Turkish general said.
He was speaking at a reception where only Greek
journalists were present.
General Buyukanit also called on the press of
both nations "to create a convenient atmosphere
between the public opinions of both" countries.
* The Turkish daily Star reports that Iranian
Foreign Affairs Minister Manouchehr Mottaki paid
a surprising visit to the Turkish capital Ankara
During his meeting with his Turkish counterpart
Abdullah Gul Mr. Mottaki brought up the expanded
meeting of the countries neighboring Iraq, which
will be held in Cairo, Egypt on May 3-4.
Mr. Mottaki and Gul spoke about the recent
developments in Iraq and Iran. According to
sources, Mottaki said, "We needed to contact with
you before the meeting because no preparations
were made before this meeting which will take
place with the participation of UN Security
Council members and D-8 countries.
"The stage of neighboring countries to Iraq was
ignored. Before this meeting, we should have
determined a position as neighboring countries to
Mr. Mottaki also asked help for the release of
Iranian diplomats captured in Erbil by the U.S.
military from his Turkish counterpart and Prime
Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
* Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on
Monday opened the Turkish Stand at Hannover
Industrial Fair with German Chancellor Angela
Addressing the gathering, Merkel hailed the
Turkish economy, adding that its growth wasn't
even seen in the European Union member states.
Saying that she was proud of opening the
Turkish Stand at Hannover Industrial Fair, the
German Chancellor stated that Turkey was
participating in the fair for the second time
after 22 years.
ARTS AND CULTURE
Edited by Colleen Clark
* The arts of Turkish cooking were featured on
the front page of the New York Times travel
section on April 15 in an article entitled "Have
Spatula Will Travel."
At the Sarnic Hotel in Sultanahmet, Istanbul
two years ago the writer, Taylor Holliday, and a
few other foreign visitors took a cooking course
from Murat Ozdemir. Mr. Ozdemir was then the chef
at the hotel. The class was organized by Eveline
Zoutendijk, the Dutch proprietor of the hotel.
Taylor Holliday wrote: "We felt a bit like
sultans ourselves as we lunched on our own multi-
course meal in the hotel's rooftop dining room,
where we could gaze directly upon the magnificent
Blue Mosque and even imagine the Hagia Sofia just
beyond, its A.D. 537 Christian domes flanked by
post-1453 Muslim minarets. On our table, a
distinctly Turkish marriage of ingredients from
east and west was paired with a glass of crisp
white wine. We happily soaked in the sun as well
as the fact that we had come to know this city
and its incredibly rich history a little better
through its food.
'Ellerinize saglik,' or 'Health to your hands'
I think to myself each time, remembering how the
Turks begin a meal not just by blessing the food,
but the cook as well. 'Ellerinize saglik.'"
* The 11th International Conference on Oriental
Carpets is taking place in Istanbul from April 19
to April 22 at the Swissotel.
According to Cheri Hunter, the chair of the
Communications Committee, the Academic Program,
including the schedule of papers and a list of
the poster sessions, are now on line for you to
see on the web site, listed below. There will be
two simultaneous programs running at most times.
The conference also features ten fabulous
exhibitions of amazing oriental carpets, kilims,
and related textiles from world-class museum and
private collections, plus an amazing selection of
beautiful rugs to buy at the Conference Dealer
Fair in the Swissotel Bosphorus.
The conference is also hosting a restoration
team, which will be formed by scientists,
professors and collectors from around the world.
The team is going to restore kilims, carpets,
pillows and dresses. During the conference Gönül
Paksoy, one of the most famous artisans in
Turkey, will exhibit her works in an exhibition
titled "Timeless Simplicity."
The exhibition of Paksoy's work is open through
May 6 in Kadir Has University's Cinali Campus
Rezan Has Museum.
* Salone Del Mobile is one of the world's most
revered furniture and design shows, with over
2,500 exhibitors from nearly 40 different
countries. This year it takes place in Milan,
Italy from April 18 to 23.
This art fair is spread around the city and
exhibits each country in different spots. Among
those special designers of Salone Del Mobile,
there will be 29 pioneer artists from Turkey,
cooperating for the promotion of Turkish design.
Ilk, which means "first" in Turkish, are a
number of leading Turkish designers living in
Turkey and internationally, noted for their
professional accomplishments through the
visibility of their work on the global design
First reflects the idea of these designers to
take the initiative to share their design
approach with the international design community.
This exhibition is going to be the first time
that they are performing together.
The main coordinator and the supporter of the
exhibition is Nurus, one of the most established
companies in Turkey operating in 30 different
countries with a collection of special design
products. Nurus is the main sponsor of the "Five
senses of Istanbul" exhibition at the Salone
Satellite, which is also a part of the art fair.
This exhibition represents the second time the
Istanbul Technical University has participated in
the Salone Satellite.
The works of the 12 young designers who make up
Ilk will be exhibited in Pavilion 22-24, E5. This
exhibition focuses on the urban qualities of the
city of Istanbul as articulated in new design
* Cappadocia, in central Turkey, is famous for
its spectacular landscape, its fairy chimneys and
its painted rock churches. For thousands of years
local people have also carved their homes out of
This year for the first time the local and
foreign home-owners of Goreme are throwing open
the doors of their unique cave homes to visitors
on May 26 and 27. All proceeds will go the
"Goreme Restoration Charity Fund."
"It's a rare opportunity to see not just what
traditional cave houses looked like but also what
can be done to turn them into comfortable modern
homes complete with private Turkish baths, dining
rooms, frescoed rooms etc." says the organizers.
The tours of the homes will cost approximately
$11 in local currency. The organizers are saying
that there will be limited space and advising
For more information and reservations contact
Ruth Lockwood at ph +90 384 271 2400 Email:
rlockwood_2000@... or Pat Yale ph +90 384
* According to a report in the Turkish Daily News
a new five star hotel on the Asian side of
Istanbul is scheduled to open in June this year.
The new hotel will be in Kadikoy and Bostanci.
There are now only one five star and one four
star hotel on the Asian side.
The Istanbul Marriott Asia Hotel will most
certainly stand out with 21 floors, 219 rooms, 19
suites and one concierge level. The rooms will be
luxurious and well-appointed. Facilities will
include one indoor and two outdoor swimming
pools, a physical fitness center, spa and even a
* The ancient thermal spa Allianoi near Bergama,
north of Izmir, is in danger of being submerged
and lost forever to the waters of Yortanli Dam,
the construction of which has been completed. The
construction of the dam began in 1994 and the
excavation of the city, which is only 20%
complete according to the archeologists, began in
Historically, Allianoi is well known as the
land of the god of health Asklepios. The ancient
city was established during the Hellenistic Age
and reached its peak during the reign of Roman
emperor Hadrian. It was considered as one of the
most important health centers for nearly 15
centuries, starting from the sixth century B.C.
through to the 11th century. Allianoi was famed
for its thermal spring center and was known as
the most important healing complexes during
Hadrian's rule (117-138).
Over the last five years, excavations revealed
two impressive gates, marble stone-paved streets,
shops, houses adorned with mosaics, large town
squares, public fountains and rest areas to be
used after having a bath. Surprisingly, the
latest findings, such as mosaics, marble stones
and some wood pieces designed for houses, were
the most preserved pieces ever seen on an
archaeological site because they had been covered
with alluvium soil.
Now a dispute has arisen between Turkey's State
Water Works and the head of the excavation Ahmet
Yaras. A proposal by the Izmir Committee for the
Conservation of Cultural and Natural Heritage
awaits final approval from the Scientific
Committee of the Turkish Ministry of Culture and
The State Water Works proposal involves
covering the ancient spa with a one-meter wall to
keep the movable historic ruins and findings
above the alluvium soil and displaying these
pieces in a museum to be built close to the dam.
According to Ayhan Sariyildiz of the State
Water Works, the ancient spa will continue to be
viewable for tourists with underwater cameras
that will be attached to different spa sections
and underwater archaeologists will continue to
excavate the area.
However, Mr. Yaras said the project would not
save the ancient city. He says The State Water
Works project will not prevent the ancient city
from being flooded by the dam's waters. Mr. Yaras
further accused the State Water Works with
misleading the politicians and the public to
believe that they are saving the ancient city.
He also said they would take the issue to the
European Court of Human Rights if the project
were ratified by the Culture and Tourism
* The Turkish Ministry of Culture plans to
restore a historical Roman Bath in Ankara. The
excavation, which is expected to last five years,
started last week.
Under the guidance of Hikmet Denizli, Director
of the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, several
archeologists, chemists, and geology and
geophysics engineers from Ankara University will
participate in the excavations.
The Roman bath in Ankara was constructed on the
orders of Emperor Caracalla between the years
A.D. 212-217. Spreading over nearly 650,000
square feet, The Roman bath consists of 1000
architectural works, cemetery steles,
inscriptions, tablets, water pipes and
During the excavations, the bath and the street
with Roman columns will be connected to each
other and the shops located on the street will be
unearthed. A lighting system will be installed at
the historical site, and new paths will be opened
for visitors, as well. The Roman Bath will also
be covered with a large tent in order to protect
the site from rain and snow.
* Harvard University continues to present a
series of interesting seminars about Turkey and
by Turks during the rest of April and into May.
The Seminar on Modern Turkey will have three
On April 23, Abdullah Akyuz, President the
Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen
Association's Washington Representative Office
will have a lecture titled:
"Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Turkey's
Domestic and International Challenges on the Eve
of the Elections"
On April 30 Dr. Aycan Celikaksoy, Postdoctoral
Researcher,Department of Economics, Aarhus School
of Business University of Aarhus, Denmark and
Visiting Scholar, Weiner Center for Social Policy
Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
will present a lecture titled:
"Household Formation Patterns and Human Capital
Investments: Turkish Immigrants in Europe"
Finally on May 9, Dr. Ahmet Evin, Professor,
and Executive Board member, Istanbul Policy
Sabanci University will have a lecture titled:
"Metaphors of EU Enlargement:
Deepening as a State Building and Widening as a
HALIL BERKTAY, Professor of History, Sabanci
Visiting Scholar, Center for Middle Eastern
Harvard University will present a number of
"In the wake of Hrant Dink's death: Reflections
on Marxism, nationalism, and contemporary Turkey"
On April 26 "An improbable journey: From
feudalism debates to nationalism studies"
On May 3, "Unhappy marriage, failed divorce:
Historical Marxism and nationalism"
May 7, "Post-communist crossroads for neo-
nationalists and universalists"
EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 63/37 Fair
Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 70/54 Fair
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 64/52 Fair
Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 72/54 Mostly Cloudy
Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 55/48 Fair
Snow depths at skiing locations:
Erciyes, in Kayseri, Central Turkey 13 inches
Ilgaz, in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey 4 inches
Kartalkaya, in Bolu, Western Turkey 49 inches
Palandoken, in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey 35 inches
Saklikent, in Antalya, Southern Turkey - inches
Sarikamis, in Kars, Eastern Turkey 57 inches
Uludag, in Bursa, Western Turkey 30 inches
Edited by Mark Nowak
* Turkish Futbol Premier Division
Week 28 results
Fenerbahçe 0 - 0 Manisaspor
Antalyaspor 1 - 1 Denizlispor
Sivasspor 2 - 1 Gaziantepspor
Ankaraspor 4 - 2 Konyaspor
Erciyesspor 0 - 1 Ankaragucu
Rizespor 3 - 2 Trabzonspor
Bursaspor 0 - 3 Kayserispor
Sakaryaspor 1 - 1 Besiktas
Gençlerbirligi 1 - 3 Galatasaray
Week 29 results
Konyaspor 1 - 1 Erciyesspor
Trabzonspor 5 - 2 Sakaryaspor
Gaziantepspor 0 - 2 Fenerbahçe
Team GP W D L P GS GA
1. Fenerbahçe 29 17 8 4 59 55 25
2. Besiktas 28 15 7 6 52 39 24
3. Galatasaray 28 13 9 6 48 49 30
4. Kayserispor 28 11 11 6 44 44 34
5. Trabzonspor 29 12 6 11 42 44 38
6. Sivasspor 28 12 5 11 41 34 36
7. Konyaspor 29 10 9 10 39 38 38
8. Ankaraspor 28 8 14 6 38 33 30
9. Gençlerbirligi 28 11 5 12 38 35 36
10. Antalyaspor 28 8 13 7 37 29 28
11. Bursaspor 28 10 7 11 37 28 34
12. Ankaragucu 28 9 8 11 35 27 29
13. Gaziantepspor 29 9 8 12 35 26 35
14. Manisaspor 28 9 6 13 33 35 42
15. Rizespor 28 9 5 14 32 26 32
16. Denizlispor 28 7 10 11 31 26 36
17. Erciyesspor 29 7 8 14 29 23 44
18. Sakaryaspor 29 4 9 16 21 23 43
* Turkish Basketball
1. Fenerbahce 27 - 2
2. Efes P. 26 - 3
3. T.Telekom 25 - 4
4. Galatasaray 18 - 11
5. Besiktas 17 - 12
6. TED Koleji 16 - 13
7. Darussafaka 14 - 15
8. Banvitspor 14 - 15
9. Mersin 12 - 17
10. Selcuk Uni. 12 - 17
11. Karsiyaka 12 - 17
12. Alpella 11 - 18
13. Tofas 9 - 20
14. Beykoz 8 - 21
15. Oyak Renault 8 - 21
16. Tekelspor 3 26
Hidayet Turkoglu stats
Orlando 94 68 Miami 15 pts, 8 rebs, 1 asst, 28 min
Orlando 95 89 Washington 26 pts, 6 rebs, 1 asst, 41 min
Orlando 88 86 Boston 20 pts, 6 rebs, 2 assts., 33 min
Orlando 104 87 Philadelphia 13 pts, 7 rebs, 3 assts., 36 min
Mehmet Okur stats
Utah 101 91 Houston 12 pts, 5 rebs, 2 assts, 19 min
Utah 130 93 Portland 16 pts, 4 rebs, 1 asst, 26 min
Utah 98 126 Phoenix 20 pts, 10 rebs, 1 asst, 28 min
Milwaukee 96 - 109 Cleveland 10 pts, 4 rebs, 0 asst, 20 min
Milwaukee 102 - 96 Atlanta 4 pts, 4 rebs, 2 asst, 15 min
Milwaukee 92 - 113 Charlotte 9 pts, 1 rebs, 1 asst, 19 min
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