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      * The Turkish daily Turkiye reports that the Turkish Parliament held a
      historic session on Tuesday. Israeli President Shimon Peres and
      Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, both visiting Ankara, addressed the
      assembled Turkish deputies.
      Mr. Peres delivered his speech in Hebrew to 550 lawmakers and
      Palestinian President Abbas, as well as Turkish President Abdullah Gul and
      Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. This is the first time an Israeli
      president spoke before the legislature of a majority-Muslim country.
      Mr. Peres expressed Israel's gratitude to the Turkish people for opening
      their doors to Jews in 1492 when they were expelled from Spain. "Here,
      they found a home of tolerance where they could freely practice their
      religion, " said Mr. Peres.
      Also addressing the Turkish Parliament, Mr. Abbas became the first
      Palestinian leader to take the floor there. He thanked Turkey for its
      support to the Palestinian cause. Stating that the Israeli occupation does
      not "bind with any religious or humanitarian views, " Mr. Abbas added that
      it also does not contribute to an atmosphere of trust.
      On related news, Turkish daily Milliyet reports that Mr. Peres and Mr.
      Abbas, along with Mr. Gul, held a meeting on Tuesday to establish a
      Turkish-sponsored industrial park in the West Bank.
      The project is expected to generate jobs for thousands of Palestinians
      and build confidence between Israelis and Palestinians. Following the
      signing of a declaration for the venture, Mr. Gul stressed that peace and
      stability should be ensured in the region for the sake of prosperity in
      the Mideast. Also speaking to the gathering, Mr. Peres and Mr. Abbas
      expressed their hope for peace in the Mideast and that the venture would
      aid such efforts.

      * Reuters and Agence France-Presse reported that the Turkish prosecutors
      on Friday opened a court case against the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society
      Party after its calls for autonomy for the southeast region.
      The action against the Democratic Society Party by Supreme Court
      prosecutors came amid heightened tensions with Iraq caused by Turkey's
      threat to launch cross border attacks on Kurdish rebel bases.
      The party claims that it backs more cultural and political rights for
      Turkey's large ethnic Kurdish population but is viewed by many Turks as a
      mouthpiece for the rebel underground organization Kurdistan Workers Party,
      a charge it denies.
      Turkey blames the Kurdistan Workers' Party, for the deaths of nearly
      40,000 people since the group launched its armed insurgency in 1984.
      Turkey, the United States and the European Union classify the Kurdistan
      workers party as a terrorist organization.
      The Democratic Society Party's new leader, Nurettin Demirtas, has spent
      more than 10 years in jail for belonging to the Kurdistan Workers Party.
      Another deputy, Sabahat Tuncel, is on trial -- despite his parliamentary
      immunity -- for alleged support for the Kurdistan Workers Party while the
      husband of another deputy, Fatma Kurtulan, is a Kurdistan Workers Party

      * Turkish daily Aksam reports that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip
      Erdogan rebuffed allegations that Turkey had already launched a
      cross-border operation into northern Iraq. Mr. Erdogan said that the
      security forces are continuing their operations within the framework of
      precautionary measures.
      Turkey has massed about 100,000 troops on its border with Iraq,
      threatening to cross the border to stop attacks by Kurdistan Worker's
      Party that have bases in Norther Iraq. Mr. Erdogan siad that all necessary
      steps to address the terrorist attacks are being done politically,
      diplomatically and militarily.
      In related news, Agence France-Presse reports that Iraqi President Jalal
      Talabani, himself a Kurd, said on Friday some kind of Turkish military
      action was "now almost inevitable" but need not necessarily harm bilateral
      Mr. Talabani told the official Kuwait news agency KUNA in an interview
      that a cross-border operationa will not affect relations between Iraq and
      Turkey or between the Turks and the Kurds if it is limited in scope.
      Also in related news, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said on Tuesday
      that Iraq is opposed to all forms of violence against Turkey, Turkish
      daily Sabah reports. Speaking to reporters after a meeting with Arab
      League Secretary-General Amr Musa in Cairo, Mr. Talabani said that he
      views any kind of armed attack on Turkey as an attack on Iraq itself.
      Stressing that his administration recently began to focus on ending the
      terrorism which threatens both Turkey and Iraq, Mr. Talabani added that
      most effective way to do this is to urge the terrorists to lay down their
      arms through media and political pressure.

      * Turkish armed forces' Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit talked
      to fellow NATO members on Wednesday about Turkey's fight against
      terrorism, Turkish daily Cumhuriyet reports.
      Speaking to the chiefs of staff of 26 NATO member countries at a regular
      year-end military committee meeting, General Buyukanit spoke about the
      attacks of the Kurdistan Workers' Party and ways to combat it.
      Kurditan Workers' Party is classified as a terrorist organization by
      Turkey, the US, and the European Union. The representatives of the allied
      countries reportedly said they are ready to support Turkey.

      * As reported by Turkish daily Star, Turkish Minister of Interrior Affaris
      Besir Atalay said on Thursday that Turkey will not sacrifice democracy and
      human rights to the fight against terrorism.
      Speaking to the Turkish Parliament's Planning and Budget Commission, Mr.
      Atalay said that the state will determinedly continue the fight against
      terrorism. Mr. Atalay stated that one key plank of the fight against
      terrorism is redressing economic, social and infrastructure shortcomings
      in Turkey's east and southeast.
      Mr. Atalay added that making concessions to the rule of law,
      democratization and human rights just for security reasons was out of the

      * Turkish Justice Minister Mehmet Ali Sahin said on Tuesday that a review
      of Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code was continuing and that the
      article will be revised, not abolished. 'I expect Parliament to take steps
      to revise this article before year's end,' he added.
      Article 301 prohibits "denigrating Turkishness" and draws wide criticism
      for restricting freedom of speech. Several prominent Turkish
      intellectuals, including Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk, were brought to trial
      for violating the article.

      * Turkish daily Turkiye reports that Azerbaijan invited Turkish Republic
      of Northern Cyprus President Mehmet Ali Talat to Baku to attend this
      weekend's 11th Turkic State and Community Friendship, Fraternity and
      Cooperation General Assembly.
      Azerbaijan took a similar step towards ending the international
      isolation of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus in the past as well,
      through a direct flight to the Northern part of the divided island.

      * Turkish daily Aksam reports that at a private meeting this week at the
      European Parliament before addressing the full body, French President
      Nicholas Sarkozy reportedly said that the issue of Turkey's European Union
      membership is not an urgent issue but should be dealt with in about 15
      Mr. Sarkozy said that 'for the last 20 years nobody took an open, honest
      stance against Turkey, everybody promised it full membership, but this
      never happened and now it's time to be honest.'


      Edited by Colleen Clark

      * A photography exhibition titled “The Soul of Istanbul” featuring
      Istanbul's historic and cultural values, opened November 13 in Bratislava,
      the capital of Slovakia.
      Turkey’s Ambassador to Slovakia Tunc Ugdul recalled Nobel Prize winner
      Orhan Pamuk's expression “The soul of a city is its collective memory.” He
      invited everyone to visit Istanbul.
      “The Soul of Istanbul” has been organized with the cooperation of
      Turkey's Embassy in Bratislava and the Greater Istanbul Municipality, and
      is on display at the Slovakia Ministry of Culture halls.
      Among the guests at the launch of the exhibition were Slovak President
      Michal Kovac and his wife Emila Kovacova, and foreign diplomats in

      * The Istanbul Choral was founded five years ago by Gulsen Yavuzkal and a
      small group consisting of members of the European choir of Istanbul who
      wanted to add variety to their repertoire. The group has members from
      France, Italy, Germany and Japan as well as Turks who represent the
      richness of Istanbul: Armenians, Rums and Jews. “Our principle, the
      philosophy of our Choral is this: To bring together the different faiths
      and cultures of Istanbul … There is no discrimination,” said Yavuzkal the
      choir's director. The group brings music with a message of peace and for
      the preservation of the environment, said its members.
      Members of the Istanbul Choral say that they do not have a “home” yet,
      but for the love of lifting their voices in song this small group from
      Turkey and all over the globe meets every week.
      “We try hard to get together and practice once a week,” Yavuzkal said as
      the dozen or so members of the choir gathered. “We don't have a set
      practice location, we don't have money,” she said, and added: “With our
      hearts through our love of music, with each other and our friendship we
      find a piano and four walls and practice.”
      On a windy and rainy Sunday afternoon in November, in Istanbul's
      historic Galata district, people trickle into a 700-year-old building that
      once served as the Genovese chamber of commerce. The building is now home
      to the Galata Association that fosters arts, and those who are coming in
      from the cold arrive to warm the building with their voices.
      Yavuzkal said half of the group members are professionally trained
      musicians and half of them are amateurs. “So they compliment each other,
      and the amateurs are able to develop themselves more.” The choir chooses
      fun songs from around the world to perform and these transport them to
      different countries and also introduce international music to their
      audiences, said members. “We don't charge for our concerts. And put on
      shows thanks to the generosity of sponsors.”
      The group is open to more members. For more information contact

      * The world's oldest iron workshop has been uncovered during excavations
      in Turkey's central Black Sea province of Corum. Archaeologists hope the
      find will draw tourists to the region, the dig's leader said yesterday.
      The workshop, dating back to the Bronze Age, was found in Hittite site
      of Alacahöyük, University Archaeologist Aykut Cinaroglu, told the Anatolia
      news agency.
      “Besides the iron workshop, some ceramic and stone pieces, as well as
      ornaments, were also among the findings, which reveal evidence of the
      daily lives of the Hittites,” he said, adding around 100 pieces were
      unearthed as part of the excavations. A dagger with a golden handle in a
      prince and princess' graves at the same site were excavated in previous
      The artifacts were handed over to the Corum Museum, Cinaroglu said,
      adding that archaeologists have restored some artifacts and displayed them
      for public viewing in an old museum building on the excavation site.
      The Culture and Tourism Ministry is also planning to use king graves
      found in the region for tourism, a plan they call the "Alacahöyük King
      Graves Revival Project."
      The project is the first of its kind in Turkey and the first to display
      six Hatti graves in a glass bell, together with skeletons and grave gifts.
      The Hittites were an ancient people from Kanesh who spoke an
      Indo-European language, and established a kingdom centered at Hattusha in
      north-central Anatolia, Asiatic part of modern-day Turkey, from the 18th
      century BC. In the 14th century BC, the Hittite empire was at its height,
      encompassing Anatolia, north-western Syria, and eastward into upper
      Mesopotamia. After 1180 BC, the empire disintegrated into several
      independent "Neo-Hittite" city-states, some surviving until as late as the
      8th century BC.
      Hattians were an earlier people who inhabited the same region until the
      beginning of the 2nd millennium BC, and spoke a non-Indo-European language
      called Hattic.
      Many of the modern city names in Turkey are derived from their original
      Hittite names, such as Sinop and Adana, showing the impact of Hittite
      culture in Anatolia.

      * After many years of being ignored in Turkey the late Yilmaz Guney, the
      controversial and political Turkish filmmaker, director, screenplay writer
      and actor is being commemorated this month in the ''Festival on Wheels,''
      a European film festival that has been organized for film buffs across
      Turkey by the Ankara Cinema Association for over 10 years.
      Guney's “The Road", winner of Palme D'Or in Cannes Film Festival in
      1982, is being screened at the Festival with previously unseen footage and
      the participation of its director Serif Goren and some of its cast. “Yol”
      is the film that made Guney an international celebrity, and the film that
      brought its first prestigious international award to Turkish cinema. The
      film later went on to win the Fipresci Prize and a nomination for Best
      Foreign Film at the Golden Globes in 1983.
      Guney was born to a Kurdish family, in a village near the southern city
      of Adana. His father was killed in a family feud when Yilmaz was nine. He
      started writing during his high school years and launched two literary
      magazines, Doruk and Guney. He later studied law and economics in Ankara
      and Istanbul. During these years he began working for film companies and
      writing stories and scripts. Becoming an assistant for director Atif
      Yilmaz, apprenticing as a screenwriter, and acting in as many as 20 films
      a year, Guney soon became a popular name in Turkey.
      In 1961, Güney was sentenced to 18 months in prison and six months in
      exile for his story "Three Inequality Systems with Three Unknown Factors".
      In 1963 he returned to Istanbul, where he continued acting and working as
      an assistant director. Güney's first important film "The Law of the
      Borders", directed by Lütfi Ömer Akad, was released in 1965, a film for
      which Guney both wrote the screenplay acted in. The film was a criticism
      of the feudal landlords in Anatolia.
      Güney's directorial debut "Seyyit Han," and the following "Hungry
      Wolves" and "The Black Sheep of K?z?l?rmak" established him as a filmmaker
      for the underdog and those crushed under the system in rural Turkey.
      During this period, Güney got his popular nickname "Ugly King" due to his
      popularity as an actor and because he was the antithesis of the pretty
      Turkish leading faces of the period.
      Güney's breakthrough work "Hope", in 1970 established him as an
      outstanding Turkish filmmaker. A prototypical film of Güney's unique brand
      of cinema, "Umut" was first in a series of films reflecting the
      frustrations of Turkish lower class, mainly of Kurdish origin.
      Güney was arrested in 1972 for helping the leaders of an illegal
      organization, and was kept imprisoned until 1974. After leaving prison, he
      filmed the then controversial "The Friend", about the collapse of the
      Turkish bourgeoisie. The film is not so much antagonistic as hopeful.
      That same year, Güney was imprisoned for killing a judge. In prison, he
      wrote the scripts for "The Herd" and "The Road", films which later
      established him as an international filmmaker. In “The Herd,” Güney once
      more took a critical look at the feudal system in Anatolia.
      From his jail cell Guney collaborated with Serif Gören to direct The
      Road, and eventually finished the post-production himself in Switzerland.
      Gören and Güney won the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival for their
      collaboration. The last film by Güney was "The Wall", a harsh but
      sensitive recreation of the 1976 uprising of children in Turkey's central
      prison in Ankara. Guney died of cancer in 1984. He is buried in the Pere
      Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. According to film expert Agah Özgüc's book,
      "All Sides of Yilmaz Güney", he has 111 film credits to his name - as a
      scriptwriter, actor and director.
      In the 1990s, Turkish intellectuals embraced Güney, and his films began
      finding their way in Turkish movie theaters. Many books were published,
      praising him as a cinema personality. Of course, negative voices came out
      as well, trying to focus on his machismo and supposed lack of intellect.
      Nonetheless, Güney continues to be a major name in film festivals and his
      reputation continues to grow.


      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 1.18


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 63/41 Overcast
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 73/59 Mostly Cloudy
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 63/54 Mostly Cloudy
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 73/59 Mostly Cloudy
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 66/54 Mostly Cloudy

      Snow depths at skiing locations:

      Kartalkaya, in Bolu, Western Turkey 2 inches
      Palandoken, in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey 8 inches
      Sarikamis, in Kars, Eastern Turkey 20 inches
      Uludag, in Bursa, Western Turkey 4 inches


      Edited by Mark Nowak

      * Eurocup 2008

      Match played in Norway

      Turkey Norway
      Beyozoglu 31' Hagen 12'
      Kavhveci 59'

      Pts GP W D L GF GA
      Greece 25 10 8 1 1 18 9
      Turkey 21 11 6 3 2 24 11
      ------------EURO2008 Finals -----------
      Norway 20 11 6 2 2 23 10
      Bosnia-Herzegovina 13 11 4 1 6 16 21
      Hungary 12 11 4 0 7 10 20
      Moldova 12 12 3 3 6 12 19
      Malta 5 10 1 2 7 9 22

      *Turkcell Superleague

      Week 12 Matches

      Denizlispor 2 - 0 Trabzonspor
      BB Ankaraspor 1 - 1 Istanbul BB
      MKE Ankaragücü 1 - 0 Gaziantepspor
      Manisaspor 1 - 1 Bursaspor
      Kasimpasa 1 - 3 Genclerbirligi Oftas
      Konyaspor 2 - 1 Caykur Rizespor
      Besiktas 1 - 2 Sivasspor
      Kayserispor 2 - 1 Fenerbahçe
      Galatasaray 3 - 2 Gençlerbirligi

      Week 13 Matches

      Sivasspor Kayserispor
      Genclerbirligi Oftas Besiktas
      Istanbul BB Denizlispor
      Gaziantepspor Gençlerbirligi
      Fenerbahçe BB Ankaraspor
      Caykur Rizespor Kasimpasa
      Bursaspor Konyaspor
      MKE Ankaragücü Manisaspor
      Trabzonspor Galatasaray

      G W D L GF GA Pts
      1 Galatasaray 12 8 4 0 24 8 28
      2 Sivasspor 12 9 1 2 23 9 28
      3 Fenerbahçe 12 6 4 2 18 12 22
      4 Be?ikta? 12 6 3 3 14 11 21
      5 Kayseri 12 5 5 2 18 13 20
      6 MKE Ankaragücü 12 5 3 4 14 14 18
      7 Denizlispor 12 5 3 4 18 15 18
      8 ?stanbul BB 12 5 3 4 16 12 18
      9 Gençlerbirli?i OFTA? 12 5 2 5 14 12 17
      10 Trabzonspor 12 4 4 4 14 13 16
      11 Konyaspor 12 4 4 4 14 21 16
      12 Gaziantepspor 12 4 2 6 14 16 14
      13 VESTEL Manisa 12 3 4 5 17 20 13
      14 Bursaspor 12 2 6 4 12 14 12
      15 ÇAYKUR Rize 12 3 1 8 11 25 10
      16 Gençlerbirli?i 12 2 3 7 14 20 9
      17 Ankaraspor 12 1 5 6 9 15 8
      18 Kas?mpa?a 12 2 1 9 8 22 7

      *Turkish Basketball

      Round 6 results

      Mersin - Galatasaray 63-53
      TED Koleji - Fenerbahce 74-97
      Besiktas - Darussafaka 73-58
      Antalya - T.Telekom 99-98
      Karsiyaka - Kepez Bld 88-82
      Banvit - Selcuk Uni. 72-76
      Alpella - Beykoz 77-72
      Efes P. - Oyak Renault 88-61


      1. T.Telekom 5-1
      2. Karsiyaka 5-1
      3. Besiktas 4-2
      4. Fenerbahce 4-2
      5. Galatasaray 4-2
      6. Efes P. 4-2
      7. Antalya 3-3
      8. Beykoz 3-3
      9. Mersin 3-3
      10. Alpella 3-3
      11. TED Koleji 2-4
      12. Selcuk Uni. 2-4
      13. Kepez Bld 2-4
      14. Banvitspor 2-4
      15. Darussafaka 1-5
      16. Oyak Renault 1-5

      *Euroleague – Basketball

      Group B

      1. Lietuvos 4-0
      2. Aris 3-1
      3. Unicaja 3-1
      4. Macc.T-A 2-2
      5. Cibona 2-2
      6. Efes P. 2-2
      7. Armani 0-4
      8. Le Mans 0-4

      Group C

      1. Panathin. 4-0
      2. Real 4-0
      3. Fenerbahce 2-2
      4. Partizan 2-2
      5. Barcelona 2-2
      6. Lottomatica 1-3
      7. Roanne 1-3
      8. Bamberg 0-4


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      "From Tent to Palace: Textiles of Central Asia and Turkey"
      Where: SRJC Art Gallery

      This exhibit introduces to the public the historic
      aesthetic sensibilities of the Turkic Islamic world as
      it extended from Central Asia to Anatolia and from
      tent to palace among nomadic and settled peoples. It
      presents the colors, forms, and patterns of an Islamic
      culture that prefigured modernity but that often
      survives to inform aesthetic sensibilities in the

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