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      x0x Turkish news for week ending 29 December 2007

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      * Turkish leaders have strongly condemned Thursday's
      assassination of Pakistani opposition leader Benazir
      Bhutto, and have called for calm in the troubled
      country, reported the Turkish private channel NTV.
      Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he was
      saddened by Bhutto's killing and offered his
      condolences to both the slain former Prime Minister's
      family and the Pakistani people.
      A statement issued by the Turkish Ministry of
      Foreign Affairs described the slaying of Bhutto as
      "obnoxious" and was intended to destabilize Pakistan.
      Turkey hoped that the assassination would not derail
      the democratization process in Pakistan, the statement

      * Turkish raids on the rebel Turkish Kurds' hideouts
      in Northern Iraq continued this week. Turkish military
      and political leaders say that the attacks will
      As a reprisal to the Turkish raids, sympathizers of
      the rebels in Istanbul are burning private cars. The
      English-language daily New Anatolian reports that the
      number of vehicles set ablaze rose to 51.
      Governor of the Istanbul province, however, said
      that they do not have the evidence to connect the
      arson attacks to the same motivation.
      In related news, a bomb planted in a garbage can in
      a town near Istanbul injured a woman, who subsequently
      died at the hospital.
      Istanbul police also caught a young man trying to
      enter the subway with plastic explosives hidden in his

      * President Bush, during a phone conversation Monday
      with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has
      again declared the rebel Turkish Kurds' underground
      organization PKK to be an enemy of the US as well as
      of Turkey, reports the private channel NTV.
      President Bush reiterated that US support to Turks
      in their fight against the rebels will continue.
      US military has been passing intelligence
      information to Turkey on the rebel activity and

      * There is a challenge to the leadership of the main
      opposition party in the Turkish parliament.
      The private channel NTV reports that Haluk Koc is
      vying for the top job of the Republican People's
      Mr. Koc says that the party had been influenced by
      the artificial agendas created by the ruling Justice
      and Development Party and had failed to communicate
      with NgO's efficiently in the lead up to this year's
      general election.
      Mr. Koc is challenging incumbent party chairman
      Deniz Baykal for leadership. Mr. Baykal, who is 69,
      has been at the helm's of the party since 1992, with
      two short-term interruptions where others lead the
      party. The Republican People's Party has been losing
      in the elections for many decades, and many are
      blaming him for his lack of vision and leadership.
      The Republican People's Party is the oldest Turkish
      political party, which established the Republican
      regime and the parliament in Turkey in 1923. These
      days, the party defines itself as a social democratic
      and secular one. Mr. Baykal was elected as the vice
      president of the Socialist International, an
      organization of a social democratic parties of the
      World, in 2003, and he still has this position.

      * According to the Turkish private channel NTV,
      amendments to Article 301 of the Turkish penal code
      are being drafted and will be submitted to Prime
      Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan within 15 days, a senior
      minister said late Tuesday.
      Under the proposed amendments, permission of the
      Justice Ministry would be required before an
      investigation could be launched into any alleged
      breach of Article 301, the minister said.
      Article 301 deals with the crime of insulting
      Turkish identity. The article has been widely
      criticized both in Turkey and abroad for restricting
      freedom of speech. In recent years, a number of
      writers, journalists and intellectuals have been
      prosecuted under Article 301.
      They include Orhan Pamuk, Turkey's Noble Prize
      winning novelist, and Hrant Dink, a Turkish-Armenian
      journalist who was gunned down outside his office in
      Istanbul in January this year.

      * There is no immediate danger of a major earthquake
      in the region around the Turkish capital Ankara,
      according to scientists, reports the private Turkish
      channel NTV.
      The region around Ankara has been shaken by a series
      of quakes over the past week, including two of which
      were of a magnitude of 5.5 or more.
      Turkey, much like California, is crisscrossed by
      many fault lines. From time to time some of these
      fault lines produce major earthquakes. A series of
      earthquakes in 1999 killed more than 40,000 people.

      * Turkey's Yildiz Holding is purchasing Godiva brand
      from the Campbell Soup Co. for $850 million. Yildiz
      Holding is the manufacturer of Ulker brand of snacks
      among others.

      * We told you two weeks ago that Fitch Ratings
      upgraded Turkey's long-term local currency issuer
      default ratings.
      This week, however, the Japan credit rating agency
      announced that it had downgraded its economic outlook
      on Turkey from positive to stable, in part due to
      Turkey's military operations in northern Iraq, reports
      the Turkish private channel NTV.
      However, the ratings agency made no alterations to
      Turkey's long and short term rating.

      * Turkey's Minimum Wage Commission has set the base
      salary rate for Turkish workers for next year,
      announcing a four percent increase for the first half
      of the year and five percent for the second six-month
      With the new raise the minimum wage will add up to
      520 Us dollars per month in local currency.


      * Turkish choreographer Korhan Ba$aran will present
      his modern dance piece "Asklama," an examination of
      the meaning and complexity of love, on Jan. 3 at the
      KadIkoy Public Education Center, in the Asiatic part
      of Istanbul, reports the Turkish Daily News.
      The entire work explores the choreographer's own
      feelings and experiences of love over the last 10
      years also demonstrates the transition Ba$aran
      underwent from his first debut as a performer in
      Ankara to where he is a choreographer and dancer today
      with the group Hurrem Sultan.
      Ba$aran will be joined in the performance by Esra
      Akyatan, Esra Yurttut, Evrim Akyay and Mert Oztekin
      which will be set to classical baroque music.

      * A mosaic uncovered during excavations in Turkey's
      southeastern province of Malatya's Kuluncak district
      revealed that the district used to be an important
      trade center in the second century A.D.
      Malatya Archaeology Museum Director Izzet Esen said
      this year's excavations in the Dogan$ehir and Kuluncak
      regions were completed and that a mosaic, which
      belonged to the fourth or fifth century A.D.,
      depicting a figure of a deer was among the important
      findings unearthed in Dogansehir, shedding light on
      the history of the district, the Anatolia news agency

      * According to the Turkish Daily News, Turkey will be
      represented by young artists from Istanbul and the
      Mediterranean city of Antalya at an exhibition in
      Beijing for the 2008 Summer Olympic games.
      Some 15 painters from Antalya and 10 from Istanbul
      will participate in the exhibition, said painter Imren
      CalIskan Tuzun, who is training the group from

      * The Turkish Daily News reports that a masterpiece of
      Turkish literature "The Time Regulation Institute" has
      now been translated into French.
      Written by Ahmet Hamdi TanpInar and published by
      Dergah Publications in 1962, the much-loved book was
      translated into English by Ender gurol in 2001.
      TanpInar is perhaps the most surprising writer of
      20th century Turkish literature. Besides creating a
      cultural universe in his work, TanpInar brings
      together western forms of writing with the
      sensibilities of Ottoman culture. For him "The Time
      Regulation Institute" is a concrete manifestation of
      the dream form, regarded by many as the masterpiece of
      Turkish literature.
      The novel, which revolves around the notion of time,
      is handled with irony and insight. This is a novel of
      transitions: From the old way of measuring time to the
      new way, from an old way of life to a new one, from
      old institutions to the new.

      * According to the Turkish Daily News, after
      performances in France, Scotland and the United
      States, Bulent Bezduz has started enchanting Italian
      Mr. Bezduz, three-time grammy award winner and a
      member of the Mersin State Opera and Ballet,
      mesmerizes Italian opera lovers with his performance
      of Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor" opera. He
      performs with permission from the Turkish Culture and
      Tourism Ministry, and plays the role of Sir Edgardo
      Being regarded as one of the ten successors to the
      throne of late Italian tenor Pavarotti, Bezduz said
      that as a Turkish artist he is very proud of being
      applauded by art lovers in a country like Italy.

      * Dogan News Agency reports that a "Book Arts Museum"
      has opened in the central Anatolian city of Konya. The
      museum, which is affiliated with the Konya Library of
      Handwritten Works, is the first one in Turkey and
      displays samples of the arts of handwriting, marbling
      and gilding.
      "Our library is a place where calligraphies are
      collected and restored," said the library's director
      Bekir $ahin. Each of the calligraphies is a work of
      art, he said, adding, "we particularly display
      calligraphies created by Mevlevi calligraphers,
      marbled works and marbling materials from the Seljuk
      period. These works of art are subjects of great
      interest to both Turkish and foreign visitors."


      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.s. dollar in Turkish Liras: 1.16


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 32/21 Fog
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 64/43 Decreasing Cloudiness
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 48/36 Fog
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 54/37 Decreasing Cloudiness
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 46/37 Rainy

      Snow depths at skiing locations:

      Davraz, in Isparta , South Central Turkey 11 inches
      Erciyes, in Kayseri, Central Turkey 39 inches
      Ilgaz, in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey 53 inches
      Kartalkaya, in Bolu, Western Turkey 45 inches
      Palandoken, in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey 31 inches
      Sarikamis, in Kars, Eastern Turkey 55 inches
      Uludag, in Bursa, Western Turkey 31 inches


      Edited by Mark Nowak

      *Turkish Turkcell Superleague

      Week 17

      Manisaspor 1 - 2 BesIktas
      Konyaspor 2 - 1 Kasimpasa
      MKE Ankaragucu 1 - 1 Kayserispor
      Fenerbahce 3 - 2 Trabzonspor
      Caykur Rizespor 2 - 0 Denizlispor
      Istanbul BB 1 - 2 gaziantepspor
      Bursaspor 0 - 0 BB Ankaraspor
      Sivasspor 2 - 0 genclerbirligi
      genclerbirligi Oftas 0 - 0 galatasaray

      Team GP W D L GF GA PTS
      1. Sivasspor 17 12 1 4 28 13 37
      2. Fenerbahce 17 11 4 2 30 17 37
      3. Galatasaray 17 10 6 1 29 12 36
      4. BesIktas 17 10 4 3 22 14 34
      5. Kayserispor 17 6 8 3 24 17 26
      6. Konyaspor 17 7 4 6 22 27 25
      7. Denizlispor 17 7 3 7 22 21 24
      8. MKE Ankaragucu 17 6 5 6 19 21 23
      9. Trabzonspor 17 6 4 7 22 22 22
      10. Gaziantepspor 17 6 3 8 22 24 21
      11. Caykur Rizespor 17 6 3 8 18 27 21
      12. Istanbul BB 17 5 5 7 20 20 20
      13. Genclerbirligi Oftas 17 5 5 7 16 16 20
      14. Bursaspor 17 4 7 6 16 19 19
      15. Manisaspor 17 4 5 8 23 29 17
      16. Genclerbirligi 17 3 5 9 19 27 14
      17. BB Ankaraspor 17 2 7 8 14 21 13
      18. Kasimpasa 17 2 3 12 13 32 9

      * UEFA Cup

      Galatasaray 0-0 Austria Wien
      Galatasaray advances to next round

      * Turkish Basketball

      Round 12

      Galatasaray - T.Telekom 72-70
      Alpella - Antalya 66-78
      Mersin - Oyak Renault 72-65
      Kepez Bld - Beykoz 78-68
      Darussafaka - Selcuk Uni. 91-74
      Karsiyaka - Efes P. 85-92
      TED Koleji - Banvit 69-79
      BesIktas - Fenerbahce 84-61

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

      * NBA

      Hidayet Turkoglu stats

      Orlando 121 - 114 Miami 22 pts, 6 reb, 6 asst, 46 min
      Orlando 110 - 96 New York 26 pts, 6 reb, 6 asst, 39 min
      Orlando 91 - 103 Boston 19 pts, 5 reb, 3 asst, 36 min

      Mehmet Okur stats

      Utah 109 - 123 LA Lakers 4 pts, 6 reb, 3 asst, 24 min
      Utah 99 - 90 Dallas 9 pts, 6 reb, 2 asst, 41 min
      Utah 103 - 102 Miami DNP, strained left trapezius


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