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* As expected, Turkey's 60th administration won a vote of
confidence from the Justice and Development Party dominated
* Turkey's new president Mr. Abdullah Gul made his first
appointments. Mr. Gul approved the cabinets appointment of
Professor Yunus Soylet to a vacant position on the Higher
Board of Education and appointed Professor Fazil Tekin as
the rector of Osmangazi University in Eskisehir.
* The Turkish daily Star writes that the Turkish prime
minister Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan will turn his attention
to international diplomacy with a series of visits abroad
after his party's victory in the July elections.
The Turkish prime minister will first travel to the US to
attend the United Nations General assembly meeting and also
meet with the US officials including President Bush.
In October the Prime Minister will travel to Britain to
meet the new British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
After Britain he is expected to travel to Romania and the
* The Turkish daily Turkiye reports that the US is urging
the resolution of the Cyprus problem.
On Thursday the US State Department spokesman Tom Casey
told the daily press briefing that the Bush administration
is backing efforts towards finding settlement on Cyprus.
Asked about this week's meeting between Turkish Republic
of Northern Cyprus President Mehmet Ali Talat and Greek
Cypriot leader Tassos Papadopoulus, Casey said the US
always welcomes contacts between the two leaders, adding
that it is hoping for a settlement on the island.
Perhaps to the dismay of the US officials, The Turkish
daily Milliyet, reports that the Greek side rejected the
proposals made by Mr. Talat.
Mr. Talat's proposals involve starting full negotiations
following a preparatory process of two or two-and-a-half
months with an eye to producing a solution by the end of
2008. The Greek leader Papadopoulos believes that several
committees should be formed and these committees should try
to solve the Cyprus issue
* According to the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet, British
Foreign Secretary David Miliband visited the Turkish
capital Ankara for a two-day official visit.
Mr. Miliband met with his Turkish counterpart Ali
Babacan, and then was received by Prime Minister Recep
Tayyip Erdogan and President Abdullah Gul.
The Cyprus issue, Turkish-European Union relations, and
recent regional developments topped the meetings.
* The Turkish daily Star reports that the Turkish
government is pushing for more exports to China.
In the four-day 11th China International Fair for
Investment and Trade, Turkey will be represented with 60
projects worth well over $15 billion.
The Turkish State Minister Kursad Tuzmen has traveled to
China accompanied by any 150-member delegation made up of
businessmen and government officials for the occasion.
Stating that Turkey's exports to China have been rising
nearly 50% each month, Mr. Tuzmen added, "by the end of
this year, for the first time we will have done $1.2
billion in exports to China."
* The Turkish Board of Statistics released inflation
figures for August.
Annual inflation on the consumer price index was 7.39
percent, and 3.72 percent on the producer price index.
ARTS AND CULTURE
* The Turkish Daily News reports that the historic old
Galata Bridge, one of the finest examples of the Turkish
design architecture, is hosting the Istanbul Design Week
from Sept. 4-10, a creativity platform presenting reference
points for designers for their future careers and a
connection point for creative ideas from different design
The event, first of its kind in Turkey at the
international level, is marking its third year and will
make Istanbul a meeting point for Turkish designers and the
international design world with a number of activities
including exhibitions, panel discussions, competitions,
workshops and conferences.
Istanbul Design Week is more than a showcase for
designers. It is also a perfect platform for designers and
producers to reach consumers and make new international
connections. In this platform non-governmental
organizations, universities, occupational organizations,
industrial sector representatives will share their ideas
with the design world.
* Speaking of design, a Turkish man has taken the top prize
in a design competition held in the German city of Essen.
Orhan Irmak was named winner of the "Red Dot Award:
Communication Prestige 2007" and the "Red Dot: Best of
Design". His work will be exhibited in the Red Dot Design
Museum for one year in Essen.
Competing with 3,880 designs from 34 countries, Irmak
prepared a unique package for the Istanbul series of
Koleksiyon Mobilya, earning two awards for the designer.
Organized this year into categories of package design,
advertisement and interactive media, the competition has
been held in Essen since 1955. Winners' works are put on
exhibition in Essen's Red Dot Design Museum.
* Some years ago we had broadcast an interview with the
Stanford professor Ian Hodder who has been the leader of
excavations in Turkey at the site named Catalhoyuk.
The excavations at Catalhoyuk are still continuing and
the Anatolia News Agency reports that this year's findings
from the 9000-year-old site are on display at the Anatolian
Civilizations Museum's in Ankara.
The temporary exhibition features 25 artifacts including
a statue of the Goddess Kybele, ornaments and instruments
made of bone.
The head of the atalhyk excavation, Ian Hodder, said
that before this artifacts excavated from atalhyk have
not been exhibited anywhere else other than the Konya
* Dogan Daily News Agency of Turkey reports that the
restoration of the four-story bell tower of the historic
Kimisis Teodoku Church belonging to the Greek Orthodox
community in anakkale's Bozcaada Township was completed
last month, as instructed by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip
Built in 1869, the church is the only structure used for
worship that has survived in Bozcaada where the Greek
population was once the majority.
Adverse weather conditions have worn the bell tower over
time and the two-story tower, built in 1895, had finally
The restoration works kicked off in September in 2006
with a prime ministry funding of almost $190,000 and the
four-story bell tower was rebuilt to its original condition
with the craftsmanship of stone masons from central Turkish
province of Kayseri.
The tower once again features four illuminated clocks on
* The 10th international Istanbul Biennial has started.
This year the biennial will feature 96 artists.
One common aspect of the participating artists is their
young age. Art critic and curator Hou Hanru is the curator
of the biennial, which will encompass more than 150
projects in three main venues. Many events will be
organized in locations open to the public during the
The biennial will house works that touch on the concept
"Not only possible, but also necessary: Optimism in the age
of global war". It focuses on city and architecture. The
venues were chosen from a set of buildings that were
charged with political debate during Turkey's modernization
process. The Atatrk Cultural Center in Taksim, Istanbul
Textile Traders' Market in UnkapanI, Antrepo No. 3 in
Tophane, and the Santralistanbul building on the Golden
Horn are among the historical buildings.
The event, which will take place between Sept. 8 and Nov.
4, is sponsored by Ko Holding and organized by the
Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts
* The Anatolia News Agency reports that the excavations are
continuing to try salvage historic structures and artifacts
that will be submerged by the IlIsu dam, which will be
Turkey's second largest dam in terms of size and fourth in
terms of energy production.
The area to be inundated has been continuously occupied
by numerous civilizations for the past 10,000 years. 2006
excavations revealed 4500 artifacts and just a handful of
Though the building of the dam, which is 45 kilometers
away from the Syrian border, has been heavily criticized,
many villagers in DiyarbakIr, Siirt, Batman and SIrnak are
looking forward to it.
Local farmers support the building of the dam as it
presents increased opportunities for employment and will
contribute to increases in their income by enabling them to
irrigate the fields more effectively.
"We are happy that the dam is being built. People will no
longer migrate from our region due to unemployment. Our 55-
year dream is becoming a reality", said the villagers.
However, the dam will inundate 199 settlements. Also a
group of Turks have started a lawsuit to stop the building
of the dam.
* An ambitious five-year project mapping Turkey's
underwater history has been launched by the Dokuz Eyll
University's Marine Sciences and Technologies Institute,
the first such activity to be carried out by a Turkish
"The lost underwater history of the Aegean and
Mediterranean" project, which began in May has already
located over 20 shipwrecks, eight underwater ruins, and six
sunken locations dating back to the Ottoman era.
"Our goal is to find the sunken heritage of our country,"
said Harun zdag, project manager and Underwater
Archaeology assistant professor at the University. Some 12
scientists have been assigned to the project including
archaeologists, biologists and geophysicists.
"Findings we discovered in AlaatI belong to 5 B.C. The
ones in Gkova belong to the Hellenistic and Roman period.
We focus on the commercial route of old times. We are
planning to carry out a project in the Black Sea after the
Aegean and Mediterranean," zdag said.
Underwater remains provide important information about
the life in the past, as well as about geological changes.
" The remains reveal the changes in the water level of the
Aegean and Mediterranean. We can also find information
about construction technologies employed. So far we have
found plates, tiles and different cargo ships," he said.
* "Turkish Movie Week," is bringing Turkish movies with
German subtitles to the old German city of Detmold from
The film festival is jointly organized by World Mass
Media Research Foundation and the "Kultur und Art"
initiative, The foundation also organizes the International
Ankara Film Festival.
* Fish from the central east Turkish province of Sivas are
helping to cure serious health problems including
psoriasis, rheumatism, skin, nerve and kidney ailments,
reports the Anatolia News Agency.
The Kangal Fish Spring is home to a toothless fish
species that lives at 100 degrees F and exists only in
Sivas. These fish with a big altruistic streak come in
small packages, never exceeding 4 inches. It is believed
that the fish are especially beneficial in treating nerve
and kidney disorders.
The spring's healing properties are unequalled in the
World. The waters were concealed beneath a reed-bed until
1917 when a shepherd with an injured foot had a chance
encounter with the curative spring. His "miracle" discovery
was made public and later in the 1950s the spring was made
available to people with a modest set of buildings. Today
Kangal Fish Spring serves visitors in a modern and hygienic
* The Neolithic site of Asikli Mound, an extension of
Aksaray's Ihlara Valley settlements in central Anatolia, is
being readied to become one of the major tourist
attractions in the Cappadocia region as a result of a
series of future initiatives, reported the Anatolia news
Mihriban zbasaran of Istanbul University who heads the
excavations says that the excavations this year basically
focused on consolidation and renovation.
"Next year we plan to build traditional Asikli houses at
the entrance of the mound to show how the people of Asikli
lived 10,000 years ago.
"We will display fireplaces, small mills and some
vegetables in the houses to be built with mud-brick like
the originals," she said, adding that they also tried to
raise public awareness in the area on preserving the mound.
Asikli Mound is on the way to the spectacular Ihlara
Valley, which attracts more than 200,000 domestic and
foreign tourists each year.
* The Turkish Daily News reports that Monica Molina, one of
Spain's most acclaimed singers who is also widely popular
in Turkey, features Istanbul as the background on the cover
of her upcoming album "Autoretrato."
Her photograph shot in Ortaky with the Bosporus and
Ortaky Mosque in the background will promote Istanbul
internationally when her album is released later this
month. Molina gets great attention from music fans during
her concerts in Turkey and she is also one of the best
selling artists in both Turkey and Spain.
Discussing her visit to Turkey in an interview with
Lecturas, one of Spain's popular magazines, Molina said
that the old streets of Istanbul and the sincerity of
people she met impressed her. As a way of showing her love
for Turkey, the singer plans on performing a song by
Turkish pop diva Sezen Aksu that she really admires.
Meanwhile, Lecturas devoted many of its pages to Turkey,
showcasing photographs of Istanbul and Cappadocia in the
August issue, which is still available in Turkey.
Edited by Mark Nowak
* EuroCup 2008
Turkey 2 - 2 Malta
Altintop 45' Said 41'
Cetin 78' Schembri 76'
* Turkish Soccer Super league
Week 4 match results
Bursaspor 1 - 1 Trabzonspor
Caykur Rizespor 3 - 1 Istanbul BB
MKE Ankaragc 2 - 2 Genlerbirligi
Konyaspor 2 - 2 Denizlispor
Besiktas 0 - 0 Kayserispor
Genclerbirligi Oftas 1 - 1 Fenerbahe
Kasimpasa 3 - 1 BB Ankaraspor
Sivasspor 2 - 0 Gaziantepspor
Manisaspor 2 - 2 Galatasaray
Week 5 matches
Istanbul BB - Bursaspor
BB Ankaraspor - Besiktas
Denizlispor - Kasimpasa
Galatasaray - Konyaspor
Genlerbirligi - Manisaspor
Trabzonspor - MKE Ankaragc
Gaziantepspor - Kayserispor
Fenerbahe - Caykur Rizespor
Sivasspor - Genclerbirligi Oftas
1. Galatasaray 10
2. Besiktas 10
3. Kayserispor 8
4. Trabzonspor 7
5. MKE Ankaragc 7
6. Fenerbahe 7
7. Sivasspor 6
8. Istanbul BB 6
9. Bursaspor 5
10. Denizlispor 5
11. Genlerbirligi 4
12. Manisaspor 4
13. Genclerbirligi Oftas 4
14. Konyaspor 3
15. Gaziantepspor 3
16. Kasimpasa 3
17. Caykur Rizespor 3
18. BB Ankaraspor 1
* European Basketball Championship
Turkey 69 - 86 Lithuania
Turkey 49 - 79 Germany
Turkey 80 - 72 Czech Republic
Turkey moves on to the qualifying stage.
EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 1.29
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 82/59 Overcast
Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 90/79 Decreasing Cloudiness
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 79/66 Heavy Showers
Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 79/64 Overcast
Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 82/73 Heavy Showers
Black Sea measured at Trabzon 81
Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 79
Aegean Sea measured at Bodrum 79
Mediterranean Sea measured at Alanya 84
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