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* The Turks in Turkey and around the World
celebrated the 85th anniversary of the foundations
of the Republic of Turkey on October 29.
The day was also celebrated here in the Bay Area
last Saturday in Redwood City with a commemoration
event organized by the Turkish American
Association of California.
The Turks in Sacramento will be commemorating
the event today.
The Republic of Turkey was founded after the
collapse of the Ottoman Empire at the end of the
First World War and an ensuing five-year-long war
against the invaders.
In related news, three members of the US House
of Representatives caucus on the U.S. Turkish
relations, Robert Wexler (Democrat of Florida), Ed
Whitfield (Republican of Kentucky), and Kay
Granger (Republican of Texas), issued a message
marking the Republic Day for Turks living in the
* The Turkish daily Aksam reported on the comments
made by Mark Parris, the former U.S. ambassador to
Turkey, on its Tuesday issue. Mr. Parris is now a
counselor to the Brookings Institution's Turkey
President George Bush is leaving Turkish-US
relations worse than he found them, Mr. Parris
In his article "Common Values and Common
Interests? The Bush Legacy in US-Turkish
Relations," Mr. Parris wrote, "The burden of
responsibility for what has been the most
problematic six years in US-Turkish relations
since the Cyprus crisis of the 1970s lies with
Mr. Parris added that the next president will
get a bounce in Turkish public opinion just by not
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* Agence France-Presse quotes the Turkish military
as saying that over 120 militants of the Kurdistan
Workers Party defected from the underground
organization after Turkish air raids against the
hideouts of the militants in the northern Iraqi
mountains last month.
The agency writes that U.S. has helped its NATO
ally Turkey by providing intelligence on the
Kurdistan Workers Party movements inside Iraq.
The Kurdistan Workers Party is listed as a
terrorist organization by the U.S., the European
Union and Turkey.
The conflict between the Kurdistan Workers Party
and the Turkish government cost the lives of
44,000 people since 1984, Agence France-Presse
writes. At the beginning of this month, the
militants attacked a Turkish army post and killed
17 military, which triggered the latest Turkish
* In the latest act of piracy, Somali pirates
captured a Turkish freighter, the Associated Press
In related news, Turkey's Anatolia News Agency
reported that the Turkish maritime officials asked
NATO forces to help end the hijacking.
The Turkish freighter was carrying iron ore from
Canada to China.
* According to the Turkish daily Milliyet,
Turkey's defense minister Mr. Vecdi Gonul visited
Israel this week.
Mr. Gonul attended the test flights of unmanned
aerial vehicles at the invitation of his Israeli
counterpart Ehud Barak.
Mr. Gonul sad afterwards that the first two of
these vehicles will be delivered to Turkey next
Mr. Gonul also met with Israeli Foreign Affairs
Minister Tzipi Livni, who reportedly complained
about Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's
visit to Turkey in August.
Mr. Gonul visited neighboring Greece earlier in
* Wire reports and World press are reporting that
the World Economic Forum Europe and Central Asia
meeting has taken place in Istanbul this week.
The Turkish daily Sabah reports that the Turkish
Prime Minister Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed
the Forum on Thursday.
Mr. Erdogan said that no country or institution
should take advantage of the global economic
crisis, adding that those who do so will pay a
Urging developed countries to lend a helping
hand to underdeveloped ones, Mr. Erdogan said,
"The crisis has many important messages for the
world. A boundless lust for profits and lack of
satisfaction paved the way for the crisis."
The World Economic Forum executive chairman
Klaus Schwab also addressed the forum and said
that there is a great possibility that Turkey and
its region can get out of the crisis by growing
* Georgia's Rustavi2 broadcasting company reports
that the crisis in the Caucasus region and
development of Asia were the main issues on the
second day of the World Economic Forum in Turkey.
Foreign Affairs Ministers of Georgia, Iran,
Belgium and the NATO special representative
responsible for the issues of Caucasus and Central
Asia have attended the meeting in Istanbul.
The Economic Forum in Istanbul will end today.
* Reuters reports that the U.S. Trade and
Development Agency and the Overseas Private
Investment Corporation will invest up to $500
million each in renewable energy in Turkey,
Turkish energy minister announced on the sidelines
of the World Economic Forum.
Also, the Turkish minister responsible for the
economy reported to the press that Turkey is
talking to the International Monetary Fund on a
As we have been reporting to you in the past
few weeks, the Turkish government so far has been
resisting the idea of borrowing from the Fund.
However, the Turkish business community has
been urging the government to talk to the
International Monetary Fund.
* Turkey's foreign affairs minister Mr. Ali
Babacan said on Thursday that Turkey has been
somewhat cushioned from the global economic crisis
by its adoption of the European Union criteria.
Mr. Babacan was speaking at a ceremony
inaugurating a European Union business development
center in Turkey.
* The Anatolia News Agency reports that the
Millionaire Fair-Istanbul, known as the World's
Leading Luxury Fair, began on Thursday at the CNR
The fair is the place where the top of the
international luxury industry representatives meet
to present their most beautiful and exclusive
products and services.
Speaking at the inauguration of the fair,
Turkey's State Minister Kursad Tuzmen said that
the new preference of World's millionaires will be
Turkish products and services.
The exhibit includes the following categories:
Art & antiques, Luxury cars, Interior & design,
Jewellery & watches, Lifestyle, Travel, Boats &
Yachts, Private Jets & Helicopters, Fashion &
Haute Couture, Investment, Spirits & Haute
Cuisine, Cosmetics & Beauty, Home entertainment,
sound & vision, Telecom, Hotels & Resorts,
Property, Banking & Finance.
Architects, designers, interior decorators,
consultants, distributors, retailers, traders,
government officials, and other related
professionals and general public are the target
The "Millionaire Fair-Istanbul" ends on November
* The Financial Times of London writes that
depreciation in the Turkish currency is hampering
Turkey's efforts to bring inflation back into
The Turkish currency lost one-third of its value
against the U.S. dollar, writes the Financial
Turkey's Central Bank is now forecasting that by
the end of 2008 inflation will be 11.1 percent.
To curb the inflation, the Central Bank has been
keeping the interest rates high -- currently at
16.75 percent. However, the Financial Times
argues that it would be difficult for the Central
Bank to raise it any further.
* Turkey's Transportation Ministry announced that
Istanbul Baghdad flights have resumed after 17
years on October 26.
ARTS AND CULTURE
Edited by Carol Dean Gumustel
* The Anatolia News Agency reports the opening of
an exhibit by five Turkish artists living in
The exhibit, titled "Berlin-Istanbul / Here and
There" consists of 90 works including paintings,
sculptures and photographs.
Istanbul and Berlin have been sister cities for
nearly 20 years now.
The exhibition will be open through Dec. 19 in
Berlin and is scheduled to start in Istanbul next
* Turkish Daily News reports that in Turkey's
Aegean town of Ayvalik and the southeastern city
of Diyarbakir, local women are making fashionable
handbags from discarded ice-cream containers,
potato chip bags and candy wrappers.
The handbags will make their debut this month in
the popular Boyner storefront.
The founder of the project, Tara Hopkins, has
been the Director of Civic Involvement projects at
Sabanci University for the last 10 years.
Ms. Hopkins said she wanted to work with women
in poverty and do something that was
pro-environment. "People are always talking about
the environment but we don't do much about it,"
she said. "While searching for what to make with
trash I came across these bags."
With only one in four women in Turkey working,
Cop [cop] (M)adam has created a dynamic that is as
practical as it is empowering. One of the weavers,
Sidika, said her new work had helped her
contribute to her household. "I've already paid
for groceries for my family with the money I've
made," she said.
With the women working mostly from home, Cop
[cop] (M)adam plans to have manufacturing
facilities in Istanbul and Diyarbakir.
See photos of the bags at:
* The mayor of Antalya, Mr. Menderes Turel, is
scheduled to give a solo performance on the
opening night of the 9th Antalya International
Piano Festival, reports the Turkish Daily News.
Mr. Turel will perform Bach's F minor 1056. He
will be accompanied by the Antalya State Opera and
ballet conducted by Gurer Aykal.
Following Mayor Turel, the art director of the
festival, pianist Fazil Say, will perform
Beethoven's Choral Fantasy.
The Moscow Virtuosos, conducted by Vladimir
Spivakov, will be the guest orchestra of the
The Festival begins November 7 and takes place
at the Antalya Culture Center. It will end on
* According to the Turkish Daily News, more than
100 children's films from 30 countries will be
screened at the Sixth International Istanbul
Children's Film Festival.
The Festival runs through Nov. 13 in Istanbul,
and through Nov. 6 in the Aegean city of Izmir.
Young directors aged 6 to 15 from Turkey,
Argentina, Belgium and Bangladesh are competing in
the Short Film category.
There are also weekend acting and filmmaking
workshops open throughout the festival.
See more at: http://iicff.com/english/
* Last week we reported you about a cartoon
competition that has been taking place for 25
Asli Saglam of the Turkish Daily News reports
that the awards ceremony for this year's
competitions took place on Monday. Here is her
At first smiles, then thoughtful expressions
appear on the faces of people looking at the
award-winning cartoons at the Aydin Dogan
International Cartoon Competition.
The award ceremony hosted many World-renowned
cartoonists, artists and celebrities, at
Istanbul's Hilton Convention Center. For the
first time in its 25-year history, a woman
cartoonist led the cartoon competition jury board.
The Aydin Dogan Foundation's chairman of the
Executive Council, Ms. Candan Fetvaci, emphasized
that cartoons competing in the competition stood
for international peace, freedom, love and
friendship. "Each year," she said, "the
competition gains respect among its kind and has
become one of the most important cartoon
competitions in the World."
Without using any written language, cartoons are
able to communicate with an audience. Sometimes
they tell more than what words could. Touching on
the hottest topics on the World's agenda, cartoons
prove the pen is mightier than the sword.
Mr. Ahmet Ozturk Levent, who came first in the
competition, received $8,000, a plaque from
Turkey's Ministry of Tourism and Culture, a Daily
Hurriyet Golden plaque and a sculpture.
* According to the Dogan News Agency, a school in
Turkey's Aegean province of Mugla's Milas
township, is working to save the traditional
handmade Milas carpets. The carpets of this region
are handknotted and distinguished by their
geometric design, thick pile and muted colors.
The Milas Anatolian Vocational High School has
established a council with the craftspeople of the
township to define and standardize the
characteristics of the Milas carpet.
The project hopes to benefit rural families that
make carpets, carpet merchants, and students who
want to pursue a vocational education.
As part of the project the high school will
re-offer a course in how to handweave carpets.
Carpets made as part of the project will be
tagged so that the buyer will be sure he is
getting a true Milas carpet.
EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.54
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 48/68 Partly Cloudy
Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 63/81 Mostly Sunny
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 55/70 Partly Cloudy
Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 64/82 Mostly Sunny
Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 54/66 Partly Cloudy
Black Sea measured at Trabzon 66
Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 64
Aegean Sea measured at Izmir 68
Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 79
* Heavy rain caused significant damage in Istanbul on Monday.
However, in general the people of the largest city in Turkey were jubilant
to see the downpour.
The region has been suffering a major drought in recent years.
* Turkish soccer premier league
In this week's games the following results attained so far:
HACETTEPE SPOR 1 - 2 KONYASPOR
BYKEHR BLD.SPOR 0 - 4 TRABZONSPOR A..
ESKxEHRSPOR 2 - 2 FENERBAHE
* in last week's games:
BESIKTAS A.S. 1- 1 SIVASSPOR
DENIZLISPOR 2- 2 GENCLERBIRLIGI
ANKARASPOR A.S. 4- 0 KOCAELISPOR
FENERBAHCE 5- 2 BURSASPOR
ANTALYASPOR A.S. 1- 1 HACETTEPE SPOR
MKE ANKARAGUCU 1- 3 KAYSERISPOR
KONYASPOR 1- 2 BUYUKSEHIR BLD.SPOR
TRABZONSPOR A.S. 1- 1 GAZIANTEPSPOR
ESKISEHIRSPOR 4- 2 GALATASARAY A.S.
* Standings in the league as the last week:
1.BESIKTAS A.S. 18
2.TRABZONSPOR A.S. 17
3.ANKARASPOR A.S. 16
6.GALATASARAY A.S. 14
12.BUYUKSEHIR BLD.SPOR 9
15.HACETTEPE SPOR 8
16.MKE ANKARAGUCU 5
17.ANTALYASPOR A.S. 2
* On a cold morning with 54 degrees at the start and in steady rain which
never stopped all through the race, the Intercontinental Istanbul Eurasia
Marathon celebrated its 30th anniversary on October 26.
Rain and gusty wind did not scare away crowds of recreational runners
but it didn't make things easier for the 50 elite runners, contesting
$1,001,000 prize purse. Kasime Adilo Roba, 29, of Ethiopia and Russia's
Nailiya Yulamanova, 28 claimed the overall men's and women's titles in
2:11:16 and 2:30:17 respectively.
This year's marathon was held along a new course exposing more scenic
historical sites. Historically, the marathon and the 15km race connect
two continents - Europe and Asia. Starting on the Asian side, runners
cross the Bosporus and Golden Horn Bridges, pass under the Aqueduct of
Valens on the way to Glhane Park on the Marmara Sea coast, and finish
on the European side, at the Hippodrome, one of the oldest race tracks
in the world, situated in the historical district - Sultanahmet, famous
for ancient monuments and temples, including the 3500-year-old Egyptian
Obelisk of Theodosius.
Leading results of the marathon
1. Kasime Adilo Roba ETH 2:11:16
2. Lishan Yigezu Fanta ETH 2:11:37
3. Iaroslav Musinschi MDA 2:11:43
1. Nailya Yulamanova RUS 2:30:17
2. Yuliya Gromova RUS 2:31:36
3. Mehtap Sizmaz TUR 2:33:17
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