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      * Turkey's Supreme Military Council convened on Thursday under the
      chairmanship of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss
      planned activities of the Turkish Armed Forces as well as personnel,
      training and disciplinary issues.
      Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit, Defense Minister Vecdi
      Gonul, armed forces commanders and other top officers attended the regular
      two-day meeting at General Staff Headquarters.
      The decisions of the council was presented for the approval of President
      Abdullah Gul reported the daily Turkish Sabah.

      * European Union Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn called on the
      international community to support Turkey's fight against terrorism and
      its efforts to protect its people on Tuesday, reports the Turkish daily
      Asked by European parliamentarians about the rebel Kurdish workers party
      and northern Iraq, Mr. Rehn said Turkey has pledged that any cross-border
      operation it carries out will be done within the framework of
      international law.
      Stating that the European Union Commission has firmly condemned the
      terrorist attacks, Mr. Rehn also decried the many casualties among both
      civilians and soldiers from attacks since September.
      Mr. Rehn also called on the Iraqi government and the regional northern
      Iraqi administration to guarantee that Iraqi territory would never be used
      for attacks against Turkey, reported Turkiye.

      * Turkey's Justice Ministry announced that Germany has extradited to
      Turkey two members of the rebel Kurdish Workers Party long sought by
      Turkish officials on Thursday, reported the Turkish daily Aksam.
      Mehmet Iltas and Mehmet Esref Kizilay were taken into Turkish custody
      upon their arrival from Germany, the ministry said in a written statement.
      The ministry said that intensified efforts and a diplomatic push to get
      back Kurdish Workers Party members who fled Turkey after staging attacks
      have started to bear fruit.
      The Kurdish Workers Party is considered to be a terrorist organization
      by Turkey, the European Union and the United States.
      Turkish authorities say that Kurdish workers party militants carry raids
      on civilians and military alike from their mountain hideouts in northern
      Iraq just across the border from Turkey. For the past few years, This has
      been a major source of friction between Turkey, US and Iraq.

      * Recent deadly terrorist attacks by the Kurdish Workers Party highlighted
      problems in coordinating state institutions, and the Turkish government
      says it is working to aliviate them, writes the Turkish daily Sabah.
      Under a new structure, Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek, who chairs the
      Supreme Anti-Terror Board, will be the only official with access to
      information from the related institutions. Mr. Cicek will make statements
      to the public and be responsible for information flow.
      In related news, US Ambassador to Turkey Ross Wilson met with three
      deputies from the ruling Justice and Development Party along with a number
      of intellectuals, and they discussed ways to end the terrorist attacks,
      reported Sabah.

      * Senator Hillary Clinton, who currently leads her rivals to win the
      Democratic nomination for president next year, has appointed a Turkish
      american businessman to serve as one of her delegates at next summer's
      Democratic convention, where the nominee will be formally chosen.
      Chicago businessman Mehmet Celebi, a longtime Clinton supporter, will
      serve as a delegate from the Midwest city next year according to the
      Turkish daily Turkiye.

      * Reuters reports that a budget Turkish airline's plane went down on
      Friday killing all 57 people on board near the mountains of the central
      south city of Isparta.
      The aircraft was due to land shortly before it went down. Rescue crews
      recovered the black box of the plane, however, the cause of the crash is
      not known at this point. They found some dead passengers still strapped to
      their seats.

      * Reuters reports that Turkey's Central Bank is forecasting 2000 inflation
      to exceed 6%, above the 4% official target.


      Edited by Hilal Koc

      * Members of Ankara Amateur Photographers Association in the Turkish
      capital photographed districts between Ulus and AltIndag that have lost
      their characteristics over time.
      Ninety of their photos are on display in the Ulus-AltIndag Photography
      Workshop Exhibition that opened in Ankara . The photos are about the
      neighborhoods and the lives of its residents. Ankara Amateur
      Photographers Association members aim to show the ephemeral of historic
      structures and cultural identity.
      The exhibition features the work of 18 photographers, all members of the
      Association, who investigated and took pictures for a one-year period,
      said Chairman of the Ulus-AltIndag Photography Workshop Study Group
      Doganay Sevindik. They want to document the perishing values of history,
      settlements and the aesthetics of the area, said Sevindik.
      The exhibition is being held at Cankaya Municipality's Contemporary Art
      Center and will run through Dec. 3. The exhibition is organized with the
      support of the Chamber of Architects and the Chamber of Urban Planners in

      * Eski$ehir's long industrial history may have pushed aside its
      exceptional wealth of culture, but a closer look at the city is enough to
      reveal its potential as the art capital of Anatolia. At the opening
      ceremony of the International Music Festival last week, now in it's 13th
      year, Eski$ehir's mayor, Professor YIlmaz Buyuker$en, spoke to the Turkish
      Daily News about the tremendous changes the city has undergone since the
      day he was appointed mayor in 1999.
      With the efforts of Buyuker$en that started in 1999, Eski$ehir has
      undergone tremendous transformation and art and culture activities have
      become widespread around the city. "Art and culture activities are more
      important than constructing sidewalks," he said. First, the Eski$ehir
      Symphony Orchestra was established and later clubhouses for private
      parties, market halls and whet storehouses were renovated and transformed
      into culture venues, theaters and exhibition halls.
      Over the past 9 years Eski$ehir City Theater has four stages in
      different locations. Special concert halls were prepared for opera,
      concert, symphony and chamber orchestras. Halls were equipped with
      state-of-the-art technology. Businessmen gave support to Buyuker$en by
      opening additional concert halls and art galleries. Art was moved into the
      streets of Eski$ehir. Works of renowned sculptors were placed in parks and
      open area; therefore art was included in public life. While sculptures
      were demolished for being found provocative, people in Eski$ehir bolstered
      the municipality and protected sculptures. A sculpture was erected every
      100 meters. Despite the abundance of culture venues in the city, the
      municipality still continues to work hard. Buyuker$en announced recetntly
      that a new culture center for 1,500 people will be opened shortly.

      * The Akbank Short Film Festival that is held in December every year and
      runs for 10 days will once again open its doors to moviegoers from Dec.
      3-13. The festival will host 29 guests and screen 91 films from 29
      countries. The festival's slogan this year is "Short filmmakers come
      Films from Turkey, Argentina, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands,
      Switzerland, Scotland, Poland, Austria, Britain, Morocco, the United
      States, Ireland, Singapore, Austria, France, Iran, Iceland, Ukraine and
      Spain will be screened during the festival. Short films from the Basque
      and Andalusia regions will also be screened at the festival with the
      contribution of the Cervantes Institute.
      Short films that won awards at world renowned film festivals like
      Clerment-Ferrand Short Film Festival, Cannes, Locarno, Rotterdam, Milan,
      Berlin, Sydney and Sundance will be screened in the international section
      of the festival.
      The "From Short to Feature" section of the Akbank Short Film Festival
      will host Turkish director Dervi$ Zaim and Austrian director Virgil
      Widrich. Zaim's short film "Rock Around the Mosque" and his first long
      film "Somersault in a Coffin" and Wildrich's short films " Copy Shop " and
      "Fast Film" as well as his first long film "Brighter Than The Moon" will
      be shown to audiences. Zaim will also share his adventure in cinema with
      short filmmakers.
      There will also be a special screening for director Murat $eker's first
      long film "Gravity Zero" at the festival, and documentary directors
      Ozgenturk and Ornek, photographer Izzet Keribar, Tayfun Talipoglu and
      BigalI will select the "Best Documentary." Directors of the best fiction
      and the best documentary will be awarded $3800.
      All events in the Akbank Fourth Short Film Festival will take place in
      Akbank Art and Cervantes Institute and will be free of charge.

      * A meeting point for all nations, Pera Fest is a festival that triggers
      feelings of tolerance, brotherhood and multiculturalism. The sixth annual
      Pera festival begins Dec. 6 this year in Istanbul, and hosts more than 30
      plays, movies, dance performances and discussions over 15 days.
      World famous artists will meet in Istanbul to commemorate Celaleddin
      Rumi and the famous Turkish composer Ahmet Adnan Saygun at the festival.
      In past years, the festival has hosted musical performers Eleni
      Karaindrou, Savina Yannatou and Ketil Bjornstad, and this year it will
      welcome artists from Chile, France, Italy, India, Russia, Spain and
      The festival opens its doors with a performance by "The Children of the
      Wind" at the Lutfi KIrdar Congress Center in Istanbul's Macka
      neighborhood. The dance show tells the story of gypsies from India,
      through central Europe, to settle in Spain. "Dhoad Gyspies" from
      Rajasthan, India, "Tchass Gypsy Music" from Romania, and "Calle Cerezo
      Flamenco" from Spain are the performers.
      The festival also plays host to important names such as Talat Sait
      Halman, Iskender Pala, Ahmet Soysal and Elif $afak, who will come together
      to discuss "The Effect of Sufism on World Literature: From Rumi to the
      Present Day." The festival continues until Dec. 17.
      The Greater Istanbul Municipality Chambers of Culture and Social Works
      and Pi Productions are organizing the Pera Fest, which includes various
      events, ethnic and classical music, tango, flamenco, and modern dance and
      animation films.
      For further information, visit www.perafest.com.

      * Prince of Wales Charles and his wife Dutchess of Cornwall Camilla
      visited Rahmi Koc Museum in Istanbul on Wednesday, reports the New
      Anatolian, an English-language daily published in Turkey.
      Charles attended a meeting on "Engage Istanbul" held by Turkey's Private
      Sector Volunteers Association and Britain's Business in the Community in
      the conference hall of Rahmi Koc Museum.
      "Engage Istanbul" set up by The Private Sector Volunteers Association
      and British Council is a network aiming to encourage employees of several
      companies to work voluntarily on social matters.


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


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 45/32 Overcast
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 68/55 Overcast
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 52/39 Overcast
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 59/46 Overcast
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 50/43 Rainy

      Snow depths at skiing locations:

      Erciyes, in Kayseri, Central Turkey 2 inches
      Ilgaz, in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey 7 inches
      Kartalkaya, in Bolu, Western Turkey 4 inches
      Palandoken, in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey 13 inches
      Sarikamis, in Kars, Eastern Turkey 30 inches
      Uludag, in Bursa, Western Turkey 13 inches


      Edited by Mark Nowak

      * UEFA Champions League Match Day 5

      Internazionale 3-0 Fenerbahce

      Cruz 55'
      Ibrahimoviæ 66'
      Jiménez 90'+2'

      Standings Group G

      Group G Pld Pts
      Internazionale 5 12
      Fenerbahce 5 8
      PSV 5 7
      CSKA Moskva 5 1

      Be$ikta$ 2-1 Mar seille

      Tello 27' Taiwo 65'
      Bobo 88'

      Standings Group A

      Group A Pld Pts
      Porto 5 8
      Marseille 5 7
      Liverpool 5 7
      Be$ikta$ 5 6

      * Turkcell Super League

      Week 13 Matches

      Istanbul BB 0 - 2 Denizlispor
      Genclerbirligi Oftas 0 - 1 BesIktas
      Fenerbahce 4 - 2 BB Ankaraspor
      Gaziantepspor 2 - 2 Genclerbirligi
      Caykur Rizespor 2 - 0 Kasimpasa
      Bursaspor 1 - 0 Konyaspor
      MKE Ankaragucu 1 - 0 Manisaspor
      Sivasspor 1 - 0 Kayserispor
      Trabzonspor 0 - 1 Galatasaray
      Genclerbirligi 2 - 1 Trabzonspor

      Week 14 Matches

      Kasimpasa 0 - 2 Bursaspor
      Konyaspor 1 - 0 MKE Ankaragucu
      Denizlispor Fenerbahce
      Kayserispor Genclerbirligi Oftas
      BB Ankaraspor Sivasspor
      Manisaspor Gaziantepspor
      Galatasaray Istanbul BB
      BesIktas Caykur Rizespor


      Team GP W D L GF GA Pts
      1. Galatasaray 13 9 4 0 25 8 31
      2. Sivasspor 13 10 1 2 24 9 31
      3. Fenerbahce 14 8 4 2 23 14 28
      4. BesIktas 13 7 3 3 15 11 24
      5. Denizlispor 14 6 3 5 20 16 21
      6. MKE Ankaragucu 14 6 3 5 15 15 21
      7. Kayserispor 13 5 5 3 18 14 20
      8. Konyaspor 14 5 4 5 15 22 19
      9. Istanbul BB 13 5 3 5 16 14 18
      10. Bursaspor 14 4 6 4 15 14 18
      11. Genclerbirligi Oftas 13 5 2 6 14 13 17
      12. Trabzonspor 14 4 4 6 15 16 16
      13. Gaziantepspor 13 4 3 6 16 18 15
      14. Manisaspor 13 3 4 6 17 21 13
      15. Genclerbirligi 14 3 4 7 18 23 13
      16. Caykur Rizespor 13 4 1 8 13 25 13
      17. BB Ankaraspor 13 1 5 7 11 19 8
      18. Kasimpasa 14 2 1 11 8 26 7

      * Turkish Basketball

      Round 8

      BesIktas - Galatasaray 75-80
      Mersin - Fenerbahce 84-94
      Antalya - Oyak Renault 72-67
      Karsiyaka - Beykoz 96-89
      Alpella - Selcuk Uni. 103-95
      TED Koleji - T.Telekom 76-90
      Darussafaka - Kepez Bld 68-78
      Banvit - Efes P. 86-90


      1. Turk Telekom 7-1
      2. FB Ulker 6-2
      3. GS Cafe Crown 6-2
      4. Pinar Karsiyaka 6-2
      5. BJK Cola Turka 5-3
      6. Efes Pilsen 5-3
      7. Kepez Bld 4-4
      8. Antalya 4-4
      9. Alpella 4-4
      10. TTNET Beykoz 3-5
      11. CASA TED 3-5
      12. Mutlu Aku S.U. 3-5
      13. Banvitspor 3-5
      14. Mersin 3-5
      15. Darussafaka 1-7
      16. Oyak Renault 1-7

      * NBA

      Hidayet Turkolgu Stats

      Orlando 106-110 Phoenix 25 pts, 8 reb, 6 assts, 41 min.
      Orlando 94-110 Seattle 15 pts, 10 reb, 2 assts, 34 min.
      Orlando 85- 74 Portland 21 pts, 5 reb, 5 assts, 41 min.
      Orlando 120- 99 Miami 27 pts, 2 reb, 3 assts, 37 min.

      Mehmet Okur Stats

      Utah 120- 96 LA Lakers Did not play due to injury
      Utah 106- 95 Philadelphia 16 pts, 0 reb, 2 assts, 26 min.
      Utah 109-113 New York 8 pts, 5 reb, 3 assts, 36 min.
      Utah 103- 93 Detroit 12 pts, 7 reb, 3 assts, 38 min.


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      *** Santa Rosa Junior College is exhibiting textiles from the Turkish World.

      "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

      *** Azerbaijan Cultural Society of Northern California presents:

      Commemoration of the autonomous national parliament of southern
      Azerbaijan established in 1945.

      There will be presentations by
      - Professor Jamil Hasanli
      - Ismail Jamili
      - Dr. Sultan Quraei

      DATE: December 8, 2007

      TIME: 6:00PM - 9:30 PM

      PLACE: West Valley Branch Library
      1243 San Tomas Aquino Rd.
      San Jose , CA 95117

      ADMISSION: Free

      *** Azerbaijani cultural Society of northern California presents:

      Azerbaijan Night for the month of December will be held on Friday, Dec 7.

      The guest speaker for this month is cardiologist Dr. Shapur Ansari.
      The title of his speech is: Heart to Heart

      An overview of the heart's anatomy and function, coronary artery disease,
      it's pathophysiology and treatment options, will be the focus of
      the speech.
      There will also be opportunities for questions and answers.

      See you all on Friday, Dec 7, 2007 at 7:30 P.M. at our office:

      ACSNC, 16400 Lark Ave. Suite # 260, Los Gatos, CA 95032

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