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      * It seems like it is politics as usual in Turkey. The
      Republican Peoples Party in the opposition and the Justice
      and Development Party at helms may be butting heads about a
      new president for Turkey.
      Earlier in the year the two parties were locked in battle
      on the nomination and election of a president, which in
      Turkey is done by the parliament. A successful boycott of
      the parliamentary sessions by the Republican Peoples Party,
      warning by the military and large scale public protests
      prevented the Justice and Development Party from electing
      its candidate, the foreign affairs minister Mr. Abdullah
      After seeing the political stability declining, the
      ruling Justice and Development party called for early
      elections. The party fared well in the elections,
      increasing its votes. The Republican Peoples increased its
      votes slightly, but lost a significant number of seats due
      to the emergence of the Nationalist Action Party as another
      opposition bloc in the parliament.
      The Republican Peoples Party leader Mr. Deniz Baykal is
      saying again that his party will oppose the determining of
      candidates by the Justice and Development Party alone.
      Backing up the Republican Peoples party is the Turkish
      military. The chief of staff of the Turkish Armed Forces
      said this week that they stand by the ultimatum that they
      gave to the government about the election of a person
      perceived to be nonsecular, which includes the foreign
      affairs minister.

      * As we have told you in the past few months, the Turkish
      government and the military keeps threatening that they may
      venture into northern Iraq to squash the rebel Turkish
      Kurds bases. This has been a major friction point between
      the US, Iraq and Turkish administrations. The US and Iraqi
      administrations are opposed to any Turkish military action
      in northern Iraq.
      On Wednesday, the retired chief of General staff of the
      Turkish army, General Hilmi Ozkok expressed his opposition
      to a Turkish incursion into northern Iraq.
      General Ozkok said that tough policies would not help
      Turkey deal with the issue.

      * More on rebel Turkish Kurds' bases came from the US.
      According to the Turkish daily Star, columnist Robert Novak
      wrote on Monday that US and Turkey are planning a secret
      operation against the rebels in northern Iraq.
      Mr. Novak said that US Undersecretary of the defense Eric
      Edelman had given a briefing about the issue to select
      members of the Congress. Mr. Edelman is the former US
      ambassador to Turkey.
      The US embassy spokesperson in the Turkish capital Ankara
      said "we don't comment on commentaries. We do take the
      Kurdistan Workers Party threat very seriously, and we
      continue to work with the Turkish and Iraqi authorities to
      combat this threat."

      * According to the Turkish daily Aksam, the Hamas leader
      Ismail Hania said on Tuesday that they would be pleased if
      Turkey acted as a mediator to bridge the rift between his
      party and rival Palestinian party Fatah.
      Aksam says that Mr. Hania called the Turkish prime
      minister and congratulated him on his victory in the July
      22 elections.

      * The Greek foreign affairs minister Dora Bakoyannis said
      on Sunday that Greece supports Turkey's European Union
      membership bid, reports the Turkish daily Turkiye.
      Ms. Bakoyannis claimed that there was no negative opinion
      within the European Union against Turkey's membership.
      However, improving the Turkish Greek relations will supply
      an additional argument on the side of Turkish entry into
      the Union.
      Ms. Bakoyannis added that Greece is extending its hand to
      Turkey and that they believe it is time for Turkey to

      * Speaking of the European Union, the Turkish daily Sabah
      reported on a new report by the Union.
      According to the report, Turkey's membership talks with
      the European Union and the base provided by the
      International Monetary Fund program brought macroeconomic
      stability to Turkey.

      * The Turkish daily Sabah reports that the Turkish Air
      Force planes which participated in this month's Red Flag
      2007 exercises in Alaska have successfully returned to
      their bases in central Turkey.
      The Turkish Air Force was participating in the Red Flag
      military exercises for the first time.
      Six F-16s and two KC-135R Stratotankers made up the
      Turkish squadron, and they made more than 100 sorties.


      Edited by Hilal Koc

      * The statue of Hermes, an Olympian God who is a messenger
      of the gods, was found Monday during excavations at the
      Roman bath in the Turkish capital Ankara's Ulus district.
      The Hermes statue is estimated to belong to the second
      century A.D. and will be displayed at the Anatolian
      Civilizations Museum after restoration.
      Culture and Tourism Minister Atilla Koc held a press
      conference to announce the discovery as well as promote
      ongoing culture and tourism-related promotional activities.
      He said the Roman Bath in Ulus will be converted into a
      center of attraction for both domestic and international
      tourists after the completion of excavation. Archaeological
      works at the site kicked off around one-and-a-half months
      The budget secured for advertisements and promotional
      activities carried out in 73 countries rose to $120
      million. Mr. Koc said the promotional events were
      intensified in China, India as well as Middle Eastern
      countries including Iran. The ministry plans to participate
      in 139 fairs this year and give importance to promotional
      Mr. Koc also said the figures indicated an increase in
      the number of tourists coming to Turkey compared to last
      year and that over 9 million tourists visited Turkey in the
      first 6 months of this year.
      "Turkey ranks 11th in the World in terms of tourism
      revenue and the ninth in terms of being the destination
      attracting the largest number of tourists. The hotels are
      almost working at full capacity in recent days. We target
      65 million tourists and $85 billion by 2023."

      * Kempinski hotel Barbaros Bay's Barbaros beach, located in
      YalI resort in Bodrum in southwestern Turkey, was listed
      among the "World's Sexiest Beaches" by Conde Nast magazine,
      regarded as the best resource for travel information.
      Beaches in Miami, Maldives and Hawaii were also on the
      This was the first time a beach from Turkey was listed
      among Conde Nast beaches.
      Barbaros Beach is ranked 9th on the list. While the
      magazine provided information about the only Turkish bay,
      it praised the region. Characterizing Bodrum as a "cute
      Aegean town," the magazine wrote about Bodrum's crazy
      nightlife, unique beach, sunset and its unique romantic
      The magazine recommended Kempinski Barbaros Bay to
      readers, stating, "The one and only alternative designed to
      make its guests experience Bodrum's natural beauty through
      four seasons.
      The magazine also praised the hotel's location
      overlooking the Gulf of Gokova.

      * While we were on the subject of Bodrum, the curator of
      Bodrum Fort and Underwater Museum, Yasar YIldIz, recently
      announced that they had put the World's oldest leaflet on
      Mr. YIldIz revealed that the parchment was excavated from
      the 3400-year-old Uluburnu shipwreck found off the coast of
      Ka$ Uluburnu in 1982. Mr. Yildiz thinks that the leaflet
      was used as the captain's log.
      The leaflet was written on with honeycomb wax and bound
      with ivory said Mr. YIldIz, adding that the writing was
      destroyed by water.
      The ship sank in the 14th century B.C. This period had no
      money system and merchants of the time use bartering to
      trade their goods.
      It took a period of 11 years to clean the wreck, found in
      1982, of all its precious artifacts. These artifacts
      supplied very important information about trade in the
      Mediterranean three and a half millennium ago.
      The magnificent cargo also garnered much interest among
      scholars; artifacts made of diverse materials ranging from
      glass to copper were found in the wreck 45 feet under the

      * One of the teams of archaeologists working in the Central
      Black Sea town of Alacahoyuk in Corum, Turkey have
      unearthed a jewelry workshop and furnaces at a Hittite
      period palace, excavation head announced last week.
      According to the Anatolia news agency, during the 2007
      excavation season the teams has uncovered nearly 50
      archaeological findings including Hittite and Phrygian
      period artifacts on the site.
      The Alacahoyuk excavations started on May 15 and 15 teams
      are collaborating in the effort.

      * Istanbul's 9th Annual International Istanbul Biennial
      Arts Exhibit, which uses art to express political, economic
      and cultural insights into Turkey, has received high
      praises from the Financial Times. The British paper
      declared this year's Biennial as "the most striking
      biennial of past years."
      This year's theme was "Urban Issues and Architectural
      Reality as a means of exposing different cultural context
      and artistic vision."
      To see pictures and learn more about the exhibit, please
      visit http://www.iksv.org/bienal .


      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.28


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 93/63 Partly Cloudy
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 95/79 Mostly Sunny
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 86/70 Partly Cloudy
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 93/73 Mostly Sunny
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 81/73 Mostly Cloudy

      Seawater temperatures

      Black Sea measured at Trabzon 77
      Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 81
      Aegean Sea measured at Izmir 81
      Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 82


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      August 4th and 5th
      Monterey Custom House Plaza
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      Live Music Entertainment, Folk Dancing, Belly Dancing
      Turkish art and crafts exhibits and vendor booths,
      Food (Doner kebap, Adana Kebap, etc.) and
      Drinks (Turkish Coffee/tea, Soft drinks, Turkish Raki, beer, wine) and
      many special activities for children.
      Authentic Turkish food will be prepared and sold by
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      North Bay Turkish Classical Music Ensemble is
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      instruments that easily adapt to Turkish music,
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      The ensemble is also looking for people who can
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      The group is open to anyone with a sincere interest
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