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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
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,
* 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
* Reuters reports that Turkey's Central Bank is forecasting 2000 inflation
to exceed 6%, above the 4% official target.
ARTS AND CULTURE
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
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 $afak, who will come together
to discuss "The Effect of Sufism on World Literature: From Rumi to the
Present Day." The festival continues until Dec. 17.
The Greater Istanbul Municipality Chambers of Culture and Social Works
and Pi Productions are organizing the Pera Fest, which includes various
events, ethnic and classical music, tango, flamenco, and modern dance and
For further information, visit www.perafest.com.
* Prince of Wales Charles and his wife Dutchess of Cornwall Camilla
visited Rahmi Koc Museum in Istanbul on Wednesday, reports the New
Anatolian, an English-language daily published in Turkey.
Charles attended a meeting on "Engage Istanbul" held by Turkey's Private
Sector Volunteers Association and Britain's Business in the Community in
the conference hall of Rahmi Koc Museum.
"Engage Istanbul" set up by The Private Sector Volunteers Association
and British Council is a network aiming to encourage employees of several
companies to work voluntarily on social matters.
EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 1.18
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 45/32 Overcast
Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 68/55 Overcast
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 52/39 Overcast
Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 59/46 Overcast
Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 50/43 Rainy
Snow depths at skiing locations:
Erciyes, in Kayseri, Central Turkey 2 inches
Ilgaz, in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey 7 inches
Kartalkaya, in Bolu, Western Turkey 4 inches
Palandoken, in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey 13 inches
Sarikamis, in Kars, Eastern Turkey 30 inches
Uludag, in Bursa, Western Turkey 13 inches
Edited by Mark Nowak
* UEFA Champions League Match Day 5
Internazionale 3-0 Fenerbahce
Standings Group G
Group G Pld Pts
Internazionale 5 12
Fenerbahce 5 8
PSV 5 7
CSKA Moskva 5 1
Be$ikta$ 2-1 Mar seille
Tello 27' Taiwo 65'
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
Kayserispor Genclerbirligi Oftas
BB Ankaraspor Sivasspor
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
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
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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*** 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
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San Jose , CA 95117
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it's pathophysiology and treatment options, will be the focus of
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