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      * The Turks in Turkey are keeping busy these days discussing the
      amendments to their republic's constitution that the ruling
      Justice and Development Party is pushing through.
      The Turkish daily Cumhuriyet reported on Friday that The Main
      opposition party leader Mr. Deniz Baykal criticized the
      government's draft, saying that the proposed changes threaten
      Turkey's unitary structure.
      Mr. Baykal stressed that although the government says it wants
      to produce a civilian constitution, it is taking no steps to
      ensure an independent judiciary.
      Cumhuriyet also reported that the presidents of several
      universities also chimed in: On Wednesday they said that the work
      on the new constitution should be deferred after the October 21
      referendum on direct elections of the Turkish presidents.
      But the university presidents were rebuffed by the prime
      minister, who told them to mind their own business. In turn the
      presidents criticized the prime minister and said that it was
      their duty to enlighten the people and warn if elements of a new
      constitution are not right.
      The Turkish Daily News reported on Saturday that Turkish
      businessmen are also expressing concerns about the draft
      constitution. Speaking at the Turkish Industrialists and
      Businessmen's Association advisory council meeting, Mustafa V.
      Koc, urged the government to base the new constitution on a
      consensus among all the sections of society. Mr. Koc also
      demanded that the basic tenet of secularism remain intact.
      Deputy Prime Minister and government spokesman Cemil Cicek, who
      was present in the council meeting, responded the association's
      demands by saying that the new constitution would not belong to
      the Justice and Development Party but it would be the
      constitution of the nation.
      On Wednesday Turkey's Supreme Court of Appeals also criticized
      the new draft constitution. Chief prosecutor of the court
      Abdurrahman Yalcin said that legal prohibitions coming from the
      European Court of Human Rights and judicial organs of modern
      governments should not be reversed through constitutional
      amendments. He was referring to the desire of the Justice And
      Development Party to reverse the ban on wearing headscarves at
      schools and government jobs. The religious women are the ones who
      want to wear headscarves, but both Turkish courts And the
      European Court of Human Rights said that the ban was legal.

      * The Turkish daily Turkiye reports that the new Turkish
      President Mr. Abdullah Gul visited the Turkish Republic of
      Northern Cyprus this week. On his last day of the visit he
      addressed the northern Cyprus parliament and said that the
      Turkish Cypriots have proved their peaceful approach on the
      Mr. Gul said that though the Turkish Republic of Northern
      Cyprus president had recently declared his readiness for
      comprehensive negotiations with the Greek Cypriots, the Greek
      Cypriot leader Tassos Papadopoulos had rejected this overture.
      Saying that the basic parameters of the Cyprus issue are
      equality and balance, Me. Gul added that it is futile to hope
      that the Turkish Cypriots will accept a minority status.

      * Visiting the Turkish capital Ankara on Wednesday, US
      Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns was
      received separately by President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister
      Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reports the Turkish daily Milliyet.
      During his meetings, Mr. Burns said that he brought messages of
      friendship and respect from President George W. Bush and
      expressed support for Turkey in its fight against terrorism.
      Touching on Iran's nuclear program, the US Undersecretary of
      State for political affairs stated that Washington needs the
      support of all countries in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe in
      order to strengthen sanctions on Iran. Mr. Burns further stated
      that Secretary of State Condolezza Rice would come to Istanbul
      next month to attend a meeting of Iraq's neighboring countries.

      * According to the New Anatolian, an English-language daily from
      Turkey, the French foreign affairs minister Bernard Kouchner
      yesterday said he was trying to persuade President Nicholas
      Sarkozy to drop his opposition to Turkey's entry to the European
      "I believe that Monsieur le President needs to change his mind
      about Turkey, and I have a part to play in this," Mr. Kouchner
      said in a French radio interview.
      "He is maintaining his position on Turkey, but he also knows
      that I haven't changed my mind on the issue." Mr. Kouchner also
      said that he would visit Turkey early next month.

      * The Belgian Supreme Court upheld a lower court decision to try
      fugitive terrorist Fehriye Erdal for the crimes she committed in
      Turkey, reports the Turkish daily Sabah.
      In October 2005, a Ghent Court ruled that Erdal could not be
      tried in Belgium for the crimes she committed in Turkey, but this
      decision was overturned last year by the Supreme Court.
      Ms. Erdal is wanted in Turkey for her role in the 1996
      assassination of a prominent Turkish businessmen. She escaped
      from house arrest in Belgium early last year.

      * A 12-year-old Turkish girl, Hilal Coskuner, will be decorated
      with the 2006 International Fair Play Baron Pierre de Coubertin
      Prize, reports the Turkish daily Milliyet. During a track
      championship last year in Trabzon, Coskuner, who was leading the
      runners, stopped to help a competitor who had fallen down.

      * The Turkish daily Aksam reports after a three-month summer
      holiday, the 2007-2008 school year started on Monday, September
      17 in Turkish elementary and high schools.
      Throughout Turkey nearly 15 million students and 600,000
      teachers began the new year.
      Meanwhile, approximately 122 million textbooks for elementary
      schools and 35 million for high schools will be distributed free
      of charge.


      Edited by Colleen Clark

      * An exhibition entitled "East meets West" opened Wednesday in
      the Ek Hizmet Binasi hall on the 150th anniversary of Beyoglu
      district. The exhibition promotes Beyoglu's urban development in
      preparation for Istanbul's selection as the European Culture
      Capital of 2010.
      Ideas of how to revitalize the area were developed by the
      cooperative efforts of the architecture and urban development
      departments of Istanbul's Yildiz Teknik University and the
      University of Siegen in Germany.
      Suggestions include the building of a broad promenade in the
      unused Tophane neighborhood to make space where people may stroll
      alongside the Bosporus and children can play while parents shop
      in stores that would replace the currently empty stock houses.
      Other ideas include building a so-called "European building" for
      sports on the shores of the Golden Horn and establishing a new
      Goethe Institute close to the Galata Tower.
      The project aims to exploit the district's excellent location
      with views of the Bosporus and the Golden Horn, its urban density
      and characteristic topography as well as its rich cultural
      The project grew out of the cooperation between the two
      universities under the European Commission Higher Education
      Exchange Program (ERASMUS) and has been growing steadily since a
      joint conference some years ago, said Dietrich Pressel, a science
      assistant in the architecture department at the University of
      The cooperation also has a historic connotation. In 1916, a
      German architectural competition involving famous German
      architects like Peter Behrens was held to select a design for the
      building of a House of Friendship in Istanbul. World War I put an
      end to that project.
      "East meets West" will be open through Sept. 29 in the Ek
      Hizmet Binasi exhibition hall, located on Istiklal Caddesi No:
      217, Beyoglu, Istanbul.

      * The Zurich Theater Festival in Switzerland recently hosted the
      Fifth Street Theater from Turkey. The Turkish play presented was
      "I Destroy the Game". It was well received by the audience and
      Swiss critics.
      There were discussions, after each performance, on
      discrimination and women.
      The play was written by Meltem Arikan and directed by Mustafa
      and Ovul Avkiran. It tells a story about the law, honor killings
      and rape through a woman's eye. A woman needs a man to feel like
      a woman and man needs a woman to feel like a man. The play uses
      bold and tough language.
      The Avkirans are the founders of Garage Istanbul, one of
      Istanbul's performing art centers. The couple has directed many
      plays that reflect their political attitude and world
      perspective. The couple was hosted for the first time in 2001 at
      the Zurich Theater Festival.
      "I Destroy the Game" was first performed at the International
      Istanbul Theater Festival in 2006 and will be performed in Garage
      Istanbul after Oct. 25.

      * Turkish-German director Fatih Akin's film "The Edge of Heaven"
      was nominated for an Academy Award on behalf of Germany.
      A statement made by German films in Munich said the jury
      selected AkIn's film in the "Best foreign film" category for its
      visual arrangement and synopsis.
      "The Edge of Heaven" also received the Screenplay Award and
      Ecumenical Jury Prize at Cannes 2007.
      The theme of the film is alienation, people not being at home
      in the way they live or where they live.

      * The Gaziantep Greater Municipality in southeastern Anatolia
      will open a planetarium and a botanical park.
      "Currently the only planetarium in Turkey is in the Naval
      Academy in Istanbul. That planetarium is open to school
      excursions, but civilians are not allowed to visit," said Mayor
      Asim Guzelbey.
      "The Gaziantep planetarium will be open to the public."
      Construction is slated to start in early 2008 and will be
      completed by the end of the year," Guzelbey added.
      The botanical park project on a 12,000-square-meter area will
      also be completed in 2008, and will include 4,000 plants.
      According to the mayor the biggest botanical park of the world
      is in Germany. "The city of Duisburg will give us technical
      support," he said.
      "There are eight botanical parks in Turkey, but our park will
      be the first in terms of both size and plant variety," he added.
      Guzelbey emphasized that Gaziantep will get a new image with the
      planetarium and the botanical park projects.

      * The ancient Hittite city of Sarissa in Sivas' Altinyayla
      district is on the way to becoming a tourism spot. Sivas is in
      north central Anatolia.
      Excavations have been continuing under the direction of
      Andreas Muller Arpe, chairman of the Archaeology Department at
      Marburg University in Germany. Sarissa, also known as the Kusakli
      Archaeological Site, dates back to 1400 B.C. Many artifacts
      including the Twin Bull Ryhton Statue, which has two bulls next
      to each other, have been found during the excavations since 1992.
      Sivas Governor Veysel Dalmaz pointed out that the ancient city
      of Sarissa was the second center of the Hittites. He said, "This
      was a civilization center hundreds of centuries ago and also the
      place where the written statements of the Kadesh agreement were
      found. It is one of the most significant elements in the museum."
      The Battle of Kadesh took place between the forces of Ramesses
      II's Egypt and the Hittites of Muwatalli II at the city of
      Kadesh, the modern Tell Nebi Mend, on the Orontes River of modern
      Syria. The battle is generally dated to 1274 BC.
      It was probably the largest chariot battle ever fought,
      involving perhaps 5,000 chariots.
      An enlarged replica of the Kadesh agreement hangs on a wall at
      the headquarters of the United Nations, as one of the earliest
      international peace treaties.

      * The cultural adventure of Turks from their origins in Central
      Asia to the present has been detailed in a newly published book
      titled "Turkish World Culture Atlas," according to a report from
      the Anatolia News Agency. The publication is a joint project by
      the Culture and Tourism Ministry and the Turkish Culture Support
      At a conference to promote the book, Metin Eris of the
      Foundation said that the project was launched in 1992 and was the
      culmination of the efforts of over 100 experts.
      The 12-volume culture atlas is divided into five sections:
      Before Islam; Seljuk period; Ottoman period; Republic period; and
      Turkish State and Communities in Our Century.
      The topics are introduced with an array of images under
      different subsections including political history, language,
      religion, architecture, folklore, ethnography, economic and
      commercial life, military life, literature, urbanism, other art
      branches and sport. Prepared in two languages, Turkish and
      English, the publication targets both Turkish and international


      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 1.22


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 77/57 Partly showers
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 81/68 Overcast
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 70/63 Rainy
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 79/64 Overcast
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 72/64 Heavy Showers


      Edited by Mark Nowak

      * UEFA Champions' League - Group Stage

      Fenerbahce 1 - 0 Inter
      Deivid 43'

      Olympique Marseille 2 - 0 BesIktas
      Rodriguez 76'
      Cisse 91'

      * UEFA Cup - 1st Round

      Sion 3 - 2 Galatasaray
      Dominguez 7', 10' Lincoln 39'
      Alioui 32' Linderoth 67'

      * Turkish Premier League

      Week 6 Fixture

      C.Rizespor - Sivasspor
      Genclerbirligi OFTA$ - Gaziantepspor
      KasImpa$aspor - Galatasaray
      Vestel Manisaspor 1 – 1 Trabzonspor
      Ankaragucu 1 – 0 Istanbul BB
      Bursaspor - Fenerbahce
      Kayserispor - Ankaraspor
      Be$ikta$ - Denizlispor
      Konyaspor - Genclerbirligi


      Team GP W D L GA GA Pts
      1.Galatasaray 5 4 1 0 14 2 13
      2.Be$ikta$ 5 3 2 0 4 1 11
      3.Ankaragucu 6 3 2 1 8 6 11
      4.Trabzonspor 5 2 3 0 9 3 9
      5.Sivasspor 4 3 0 1 5 2 9
      6.Istanbul BB 6 3 0 3 6 6 9
      7.Kayserispor 5 2 2 1 9 6 8
      8.Vestel Manisaspor 6 2 2 2 10 10 8
      9.Fenerbahce 5 2 2 1 5 5 8
      10.Gaziantepspor 5 2 0 3 7 8 6
      11.KasImpa$aspor 5 2 0 3 5 7 6
      12.Bursaspor 5 1 2 2 4 4 5
      13.Denizlispor 5 1 2 2 7 8 5
      14.Genclerbirligi 5 1 1 3 6 9 4
      15.Genclerbirligi OFTA$ 5 1 1 3 3 6 4
      16.C.Rizespor 5 1 1 3 5 13 4
      17.Konyaspor 5 0 3 2 4 11 3
      18.Ankaraspor 5 0 2 3 4 8 2


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