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      x0x Turkish news for week ending 06 September 2008

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      * Ceremonies marking the 89th anniversary of the Sivas
      Congress were held in Sivas on Thursday.
      Addressing the festivities, Turkey's President
      Abdullah Gul stated, "I once more declare that the
      unity of this country can never again be ruined."
      He added, "Once again we remember how hard it was to
      establish this country, and what kind of sacrifices
      were made to lay the foundation of the Turkish
      In related news, Turkish Parliament Speaker Koksal
      Toptan, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and main
      opposition Republican People's Party leader Deniz
      Baykal also issued messages marking the anniversary
      reported the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet.
      Sivas Congress was an assembly of the Turkish
      National Movement held from 4 September to 11 September
      1919 in the city of Sivas, in central-eastern Turkey,
      that united delegates from all Anatolian provinces of
      the Ottoman Empire, which was defunct at the time in
      practical terms.
      At the time of the convention, the Ottoman state
      capital Istanbul as well as many provincial cities and
      regions were under occupation.
      The call for the congress had been issued by Mustafa
      Kemal Pasha with his Amasya Circular three months
      before and the preparatory work had been handled during
      Erzurum Congress. The congress at Sivas took a number
      of vital decisions which were fundamentally to shape
      the future policy to be conducted in the frame of the
      Turkish War of Independence.

      * According to the Turkish daily newspaper Milliyet,
      President Abdullah Gul made a telephone call to
      President Bush on Tuesday.
      During their conversation, they exchanged views on
      regional and international issues, and Gul told Bush
      about Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's proposal
      for a Caucasus platform to restore peace and stability
      to the region.
      The Kirkuk issue and comprehensive Cyprus talks set
      to start today were also discussed.

      * President Abdullah Gul has accepted Armenian
      President Serzh Sarkisian's invitation to watch a 2010
      soccer World Cup qualifying match between Turkey and
      Armenia this weekend in Armenia's capital Yerevan,
      Turkey's Presidential Press Center announced on
      Wednesday according to the Turkish daily newspaper
      The game ended with the Turkish team scoring 2 to 0.
      The Turkish President said the visit was fruitful and
      many issues between the two countries were briefly
      discussed, reports the Turkish daily Hurriyet.
      Mr. Gul is the first Turkish President to visit
      Armenia after it received its independence from the
      Soviet Union in 1991.
      Turkish foreign affairs Minister says the
      rapprochement between the two countries is an indirect
      result of Russia's invasion of Georgia.
      The fighting in neighboring Georgia "showed we need
      to come up with a fresh approach to resolutions of
      conflicts in the Caucasus," he said, and that meant
      including Armenia.
      Meanwhile, Agence France-Presse reports that the
      Turkish main opposition leader Deniz Baykal criticized
      the Turkish President's visit. Mr. Baykal says Armenia
      has not done anything to change its hostile policies
      towards Turkey.

      * Commenting on President Abdullah Gul's accepting
      Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian's invitation to
      watch the World Cup qualifying match between the
      national football teams of the two countries in Yerevan
      this weekend, US Ambassador to Turkey Ross Wilson
      praised Gul's decision as a positive step forward,
      reports the Turkish daily Star.
      Stating that the US has always supported
      Turkish-Armenian dialogue, Ambassador Wilson said that
      Gul's visit would contribute to the creation of a more
      peaceful, cooperative and harmonious Caucasus.
      He also stressed that the US continues to work with
      Turkey on common interests in the region.

      * Saban Disli, deputy leader of the ruling Justice and
      Development Party and Sakarya deputy, resigned from his
      top party positions on Wednesday after being accused of
      accepting $1 million in bribes reported the Turkish
      daily Hurriyet.
      He said in a written statement, "I've resigned from
      my party positions so that I can wage a better legal
      fight against the accusations and stop the opposition's
      efforts to discredit my party."
      But top main opposition Republican People's Party
      officials called Disli's move insufficient, saying the
      Justice and Development Party deputy should be stripped
      of his parliamentary immunity and face trial.
      Mr. Disli stands accused of using his influence to
      change the zoning of some land in Silivri, Istanbul, in
      exchange for $1 million.

      * Following six months of preparations, official
      negotiations for a comprehensive settlement between the
      Turkish and Greek Cypriot sides on on the long-divided
      island of Cyprus began on Wednesday.
      Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus President Mehmet
      Ali Talat and Greek Cypriot leader Dimitris Hristofyas
      met at the residence of Taye-Brook Zerihoun, the UN
      secretary-general's Cyprus mission chief, in the buffer
      zone in Lefkosha.
      Also present at the gathering was UN Special Envoy to
      Cyprus Alexander Downer.
      Following the three-hour talks, Mr. Downer told
      reporters that the leaders would meet again next
      Thursday to discuss power-sharing and administrative
      issues reported the Turkish daily Hurriyet.



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      Edited by Carol Dean

      * The Turkish Daily News reports that Turkey is this
      year's guest of honor at the 2008 Frankfurt Book Fair.
      Many events have been organized to promote Turkey
      before the fair begins in Frankfurt on Oct. 15. The
      Turkish Contemporary Literature Symposium, which will
      be organized at Literaturhaus-Berlin Literature House
      this Friday and Saturday, is one of them.
      The event, organized by the committee overseeing the
      Turkey guest of honor program for the book fair and the
      Turkish Publishers Association, aims at informing
      German academics, writers, translators, publishers,
      press and the public about Turkish literature.
      During the symposium, Gultekin Emre, Baki Asilturk,
      Nilay Ozer and Mehmet Can Dogan will join the poem
      meeting; Menekse Toprak, Ibrahim Yildirim, Behcet
      Celik, Yekta Kopan, Omer Lekesiz will take part in the
      Turkish contemporary narration event; and Omer Turkes,
      Ahmet Sait Akcay, Atilla Birkiye, Mahir Oztas,Zafer
      Senocak will be at the novel meeting.
      See more at:


      * According to the Turkish daily Milliyet, Istanbul's
      well-known art galleries are preparing for the fall
      season with new exhibitions from Turkish and
      internationally renowned artists. The most striking
      exhibitions this season include studies on one of the
      most diverse artists of the 20th century, Salvador
      Dali, Che Guevera from the perspective of Alberto Diaz
      Korda, and Komet.
      One of the most anticipated exhibitions of the season
      will open Sept. 19 at the Sabanci University Sakip
      Sabanci Museum. The exhibition, titled "A Surrealist
      in Istanbul: Salvador Dali," can be visited until Jan.
      For its first two exhibitions, the Istanbul Museum of
      Modern Art brings world-renowned artists together. The
      first exhibition, titled "Held Together with Water,"
      composed of the Verbund collection, will be held Sept.
      10 to Jan. 11. The exhibition will display works from
      37 artists, including Cindy Sherman, Gordon Mtta-Clrak
      and Cecil Beaton.
      The exhibition titled "In Praise of Shadows" is
      curated by Paolo Colombo and will be held between Jan.
      27 and May 3. It also promises to be one of the most
      attractive exhibitions of the season.
      Another exhibition, "The Lure of the East," which is
      also on display at the Tate Britain, is coming to
      Istanbul thanks to Pera Museum. The exhibition, to be
      held between Sept. 26 and Jan 11 is composed of works
      by British Orientalist painters.
      See more at:

      * According to The Turkish Daily News, The Turkish
      Cultural Organization has released a five-DVD set on
      Traditional Turkish Shadow Theater: Karagoz. Twenty
      classic Karagoz plays are included in the set for the
      first time in pursuit of the project's goal to
      introduce Turkish Shadow Puppets to an international
      Dr. Metin And, who is a world-renowned expert on
      theatrical history and cultural archaeology, has served
      as the advisor to the project, contributing his
      extensive knowledge to it. The set has an introduction
      in Turkish and English and Turkey's most important
      living Karagoz master, Hayali Metin Ozlen, performs the
      plays. Ozlen was born in 1940 and even as a small child
      was interested in the stories and the figures that make
      up the characters seen on the theater screen.
      The DVDs contain summaries of the plays, character
      descriptions and behind-the-scenes clips. Although the
      plays are performed in Turkish, there are continuous
      descriptive subtitles and English summaries. They can
      be played on any DVD player. The Turkish Cultural
      Organization said the Karagoz project would play a
      significant role in passing this cultural value to
      upcoming generations as well as introducing it to the
      rest of the world in a contemporary format.
      Ever since the 16th century, Karagoz has been a part
      of Ottoman tradition and appeals to adults and children
      alike. They were usually performed during the month of
      Ramadan and formed part of the feasts held between
      iftar, or the breaking of the fast in the evening, and
      sahur, the last meal before daybreak.
      See more at:
      <http:// www.turkishcultureshop.org>

      * As part of the "Istanbul European Capital of Culture
      2010" lead-up, the sixth Bogazici Festival, organized
      by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, kicked off
      Friday and will continue throughout September.
      Turkish Daily News reports that the festival will
      offer various concerts and dance performances at
      historic venues in Istanbul, such as Hagia Irene
      Museum, Cemiz Topuzlu Open Air Theater, Cemal Resit Rey
      Performance Hall, Yerebatan Cistern and Topkapi Palace.
      The festival, which started with a performance by
      Arcos de Buenos Aires Tango Show at Cemal Resit Rey,
      will finish Sept. 27. Hagia Irene Museum hosted the
      Orchestra of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Wednesday
      Founded in 1933 with the aim of presenting
      contemporary and forgotten operas in visually dramatic
      productions, the orchestra has been led by
      world-renowned conductor Zubin Mehta since 1985. The
      orchestra, which gathers the stars of classical music
      together has also received a Grammy award.
      The vocal group Swingle Singers will take the stage
      at the museum Sunday. The group, which has eight
      members, has received four Grammy awards.
      The St. Petersburg Ballet will be performing at Cemil
      Topuzlu Open Air Theater, Sept.9, the English Chamber
      Orchestra will be at Hagia Irene Museum Sept.12 and the
      Gipsy Kings Family Concert will be performing at Cemil
      Topuzlu Open Air Theater Sept. 13.
      See more at:


      * Turkish Daily News also reports on a program of folk
      dances, poets and famed local and foreign musicians to
      perform during the month of Ramadan as part of the
      municipality's effort to embrace the cultural side of
      Ramadan, a traditionally family-oriented Muslim
      celebration that involves daily fasting and prayer.
      Three locations around Istanbul will also host
      children's activities, panel discussions on culture and
      arts, as well as the opening of a museum featuring a
      panorama of the conquest of Constantinople in 1453.
      Istanbul is organizing a number of events during the
      month of Ramadan from August 31 to October 2. Under the
      banner of "Kandiller Yanarken", (While the oil lamps
      burn), all events are free of charge.
      The festivities will take place in three locations:
      Feshane, Topkapi Culture Parc and Baglarbasi Culture
      Center, which is a restored train station with a museum
      featuring the history of Istanbul Transportation.
      The three locations will host a number of panels,
      exhibitions and activities for children, families and
      people from every part of society. The panels will
      focus on the cultural side of Ramadan rather than a
      factual approach, said Huseyin Ozturk, Head of the
      Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality's cultural and
      social affairs department.
      Musicians from outside of Turkey, such as Bosnian
      Bedem Hymn Group, American Group Debu and BEZAD Folk
      Dance Group will also travel to Turkey for the
      Additionally, the famous muezzin, (Muslim imam who
      calls people to daily prayers) Ahmet Naina from Egypt
      will also give a Koran reading.
      Many famous Turkish singers, such as Ozdemir Erdogan,
      Ahmet Ozhan, Nihat Dogan will give concerts.
      Apart from that, famous poet Sunay Akin will perform
      poetry readings.
      The organizers plan to house guest musicians with host
      families in Istanbul, and non-Turkish-speaking visitors
      will be accompanied by the interpreters.
      The events will also include the exhibition of items
      such as food, clothing, traditional material, which
      might appeal to Turkish visitors and foreigners alike.
      This exhibition will take place in the Mahmut II Hall.
      See more at:

      * Last but not least, Turkish Daily News explains the
      larger-than-life shoe sculptures that appeared around
      Istanbul's most popular streets and shopping malls
      starting Monday.
      Shoe Art 2008, which will run until October 30,
      features works of art created with products made by
      Turkish textile and leather firms. A total of 150 giant
      shoes designed by famous Turkish artists and
      personalities will decorate bustling areas of Istanbul,
      spreading art, entertainment and creativity throughout
      the city.
      The project aims to promote Turkish shoe brands and
      provide a fun artistic event in Istanbul.
      The income from the open air exhibition will be
      donated to The Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil
      Erosion, for Reforestation and the Protection of
      Natural Habitats and the Turkish Heart Foundation.
      The shoe sculptures follow in the footsteps of the
      giant cow sculptures last year and the specially
      designed tulip sculptures this spring.
      The cow parade was held in Istanbul in August 2007.
      Profits from this event were donated to various
      nongovernmental organizations.
      The firm that brought the cow parade to Istanbul,
      Cinema Marketing Advertisement Industry and Trade A.S,
      is also responsible for the organization of Shoe Art
      See more at:



      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 1.23


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 86/61 Partly cloudy
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 90/63 Decreasing Cloudiness
      Erzurum in eastern Turkey----------: 90/50 Partly cloudy
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 90/61 Decreasing Cloudiness
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 84/66 Decreasing Cloudiness
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 86/59 Partly cloudy

      Seawater temperatures

      Black Sea measured at Trabzon 79
      Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 79
      Aegean Sea measured at Bodrum 79
      Mediterranean Sea measured at Alanya 86


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      *** The Middle East Center at Berkeley [CMES/berkeley.edu] is
      sponsoring a conference on Istanbul. Mst of these events are open
      to the public.

      Wednesday, September 24, 2008
      "Orienting Istanbul" Exhibition
      Exhibit - Multimedia | September 24 28, 2008 every day | Wurster
      Hall, 1st Floor Foyer

      Thursday, September 25, 2008
      Orienting Istanbul: Cultural Capital of Europe?
      Conference/Symposium | September 25 27, 2008 every day | Stephens
      Hall, Sultan Room, 340 Stephens Hall

      The Sound of Istanbul: 1950-2004
      Lecture: Interdisciplinary Lecture Series | September 25 | 5 p.m. |
      Stephens Hall, Sultan Conference Room/ Stephens 340

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