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      * Turkish dailies report that Turkish Prime
      Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, along with Foreign
      Affairs Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, paid a working
      visit to Baku, Azerbaijan this week.
      Speaking to reporters before the trip, Mr. Erdogan
      said that Turkey will continue to defend
      Azerbaijan's interests. Stressing that there are
      no problems between Turkey and Azerbaijan, he
      added that reports to contrary trouble him.
      Mr. Erdogan yesterday met on Wednesday with Azeri
      President Ilham Aliyev in Baku. Afterwards, Mr.
      Erdogan told a press conference that Turkey shares
      Azerbaijan's sensitivity on the Upper Karabakh
      issue, and added "Turkey closed its borders with
      Armenia because Upper Karabakh was occupied, as
      long as Armenia's occupation of Upper Karabakh
      continues, there is no way Turkey can open its
      border to Armenia."
      For his part, Mr. Aliyev said that Erdogan's
      statements had dispelled his fears about the
      matter. Mr. Erdogan also addressed the Azeri

      * Turkish daily Hurriyet reports that Turkish
      foreign affairs minister Mr. Ahmet Davutoglu and
      Chief of General Staff Ilker Basbug will be among
      the key Turkish participants at an upcoming
      conference on US-Turkish relations at the
      American-Turkish Council in Washington from May 31
      to June 3.
      Mr. Davutoglu is expected to meet with Secretary
      of State Hillary Clinton, while Gen. Basbug will
      be visiting Washington as the official guest of
      Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs
      of Staff, and attending the conference on the
      visit's sidelines.
      Also attending the conference will be Turkey's
      defense minister Mr. Vecdi Gonul, state minister
      and chief negotiator for European Union talks Mr.
      Egemen Bagis, and transportation minister Mr.
      Binali Yildirim. Representing the US side will be
      Gen. James Cartwright, vice chair of the Joint
      Chiefs of Staff, and Democratic Sen. John Kerry,
      head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
      The annual conference on US-Turkish relations is a
      forum for government and military officials,
      business leaders and academics to discuss issues
      and opportunities that connect the US and Turkey.

      * According to the Turkish daily Sabah, Portuguese
      President Anibal Cavacu Silva arrived in the
      Turkish capital Ankara on Monday for a four-day
      official visit at the invitation of his Turkish
      counterpart Abdullah Gul. After meeting the
      Turkish prime minister Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
      late Monday, on Tuesday Mr. Silva met with
      President Gul at the Cankaya Presidential Palace
      and addressed Turkish lawmakers in Parliament.
      During the meeting, Mr. Gul decorated Mr. Silva
      with Turkey's State Medal of Merit. In return, Mr.
      Silva presented Mr. Gul the Grande Colar,
      Portugal's highest medal of merit.
      With firm support for Turkey's European Union
      accession bid, Portugal enjoys good political and
      cultural relations with Turkey and aims to further
      improve bilateral trade ties.
      In related news, speaking to Turkish press before
      his visit to Turkey, Mr. Silva said that his
      country wants all obstacles to the opening of new
      chapters in Turkey's accession negotiation removed
      and no chapter left frozen. Mr. Silva said the
      European Union would have a stronger say in peace,
      security and stability with Turkey as a member,
      and also Turkey would have an influence in
      international politics it wouldn't have otherwise.

      * Turkish daily Milliyet reports that Swedish
      Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said on Monday
      that the European Union has to keep its word to
      Turkey. Stating that the European Union promised
      to be open to new members as long as they fulfill
      the Copenhagen criteria, Mr. Reinfeldt added, "I
      think we have to abide by this assurance. But this
      means a reform process and change."
      In related news, According to Turkish daily Star,
      Turkish foreign affairs minister Mr. Ahmet
      Davutoglu met on Thursday with European Union
      Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn in
      Stockholm, Sweden, which set to assume the
      European Union's rotating presidency on July 1.
      Speaking to a joint press conference afterwards,
      Mr. Rehn said that the European Union Commission
      was committed to Turkey's full membership talks,
      despite the proposal made by German Chancellor
      Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy
      about a "privileged partnership" status instead of
      full membership for Turkey.
      For his part, Mr. Davutoglu said that their aim in
      the European Union process is full membership and
      reiterated that Turkey would reject any
      alternative for Turkey's full membership bid.
      Also in related news, According to Turkish daily
      Turkiye, Turkish state minister and chief
      negotiator for Turkey's European Union talks Mr.
      Egemen Bagis held talks on Wednesday with Diego
      Lopez Garrido, the Spanish Foreign Ministry's
      secretary of state for the European Union.
      The talks took place in Madrid, where Mr. Bagis
      attended a summit of the Council of Europe's
      Committee of Ministers. Mr. Bagis and Mr. Garrido
      exchanged views on Turkey's continuing European
      Union accession talks, the opening of new
      chapters, and the Cyprus issue.
      Spain is set to take the European Union's rotating
      presidency in the first half of next year.

      * Turkish daily Aksam reports that Iraq's
      Petroleum Ministry announced over the last weekend
      that crude oil from northern Iraq will be routed
      to Iraqi pipelines, then transported to the Ceyhan
      terminal in southern Turkey.
      Speaking to Reuters, the northern Iraqi
      administration's natural resources minister said
      that he had gotten a directive from the Iraqi Oil
      Ministry giving approval to export oil to Ceyhan.

      * According to Turkish daily Turkiye, Turkish
      foreign affairs minister Mr. Ahmet Davutoglu
      addressed a UN Security Council session on the
      Middle East and Palestinian issue on Monday.
      Speaking to reporters after the session, Mr.
      Davutoglu said peace in the Middle East requires a
      comprehensive approach, which necessitates
      coordinated work for all the problems in the
      region, adding that all Palestinian groups should
      be part of talks aimed at peace.
      Mr. Davutoglu added that the humanitarian
      situation in Gaza is still deplorable and urged
      immediate international efforts to meet Gazans'
      need for shelter, food, and medicine.
      Mr. Davutoglu also met with UN Secretary-General
      Ban Ki-moon, and told the reporters after the
      meeting that they had discussed recent
      developments on Cyprus, Iraq, the Middle East,
      Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Caucasus. During the
      meeting, Mr. Ban thanked Turkey for its growing
      contributions to global and regional peace.

      * Turkish daily Turkiye reports that about 80
      religious leaders and clerics from 42 countries
      gathered in Istanbul on Tuesday for the seventh
      Eurasian Islamic Council meeting, hosted by
      Turkey's Religious Affairs Directorate, in a bid
      to promote the message that Islam is a religion of
      peace and tolerance.
      Among those at the gathering were Turkish prime
      minister Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, state minister
      for religious affairs Mr. Faruk Celik, Religious
      Affairs Directorate head Ali Bardakoglu, Kosovo
      Islamic Union President Naim Ternava, and the
      oldest member of the council, Russian Muslims'
      Center of Religious Administration head Safa
      Speaking to the gathering, Mr. Erdogan said, it is
      inexplicable how a person who prostrates in
      worship of God can kill another person for any
      reason. He added that Islam does not approve of
      violence or terrorism for any reason and that it
      is wrong to associate Islam with terrorism or
      In related news, Turkey's Religious Affairs
      Directorate next month will open an office in
      Brussels to educate Europe about Islam, in line
      with a decision made during Pope Benedict XVI's
      2005 visit to Turkey.

      * Turkish daily Sabah reports that the Annual
      meeting of the International Monetary Fund and
      the World Bank will be held in Istanbul on October
      6 and 7. Nearly 13,000 participants, including
      finance ministers and central bank governors of
      185 countries from all over the world, are
      expected to attend the annual meeting.
      Kristalina Georgieva, the vice president and
      corporate secretary of the World Bank, who is
      currently in Istanbul to attend preparations for
      the meeting, told reporters that hundreds of
      seminars and sessions would be organized as part
      of the meeting. Ms. Georgieva said the
      International Monetary Fund, World Bank and Turkey
      had established a team immediately after the
      decision to organize the meeting in Istanbul,
      adding that the team would be responsible for the
      coordination of activities.
      Ms. Georgieva said that Istanbul's amenities and
      assets, beauty, location and global importance
      persuaded the World Bank and the International
      Monetary Fund to choose the city as the host of
      their annual meeting.

      * Best Buy is preparing to open three stores in
      Turkey's three cities starting this fall, the
      Turkish Daily Hurriyet reports. The first store
      will go to the Aegean city of Izmir.
      In addition to these three stores, Best Buy
      officials say that they are evaluating 76 other
      locations throughout Turkey.
      Best Buy is one of the largest retailers of
      electronics and electrical goods in the world. It
      has ovr 4000 stores and employs 155 thousand

      * Another retailer, in this case that of high-end
      clothing, Burberry icnreased its purchases from
      Turkish vendors 40 times in 2008 as compared to
      2007, reports the daily Hurriyet.
      Burberries purchases amounted to 60 million in


      Edited by Colleen Clark

      * Turkish daily Milliyet reports that Florence
      University, one of Italy's most prestigious
      universities, presented on Wednesday an honorary
      doctorate to Turkish writer and Nobel laureate
      Orhan Pamuk for contributing to cultural ties
      between the two countries. The ceremony presenting
      the honor included Rector Augusto Marinelli and
      Dean Franca Pecchioli. Afterwards, speaking to
      reporters, Mr. Pamuk said Turkey's European Union
      process has many dimensions, including cultural
      and political ones, added that Turkey's membership
      carries importance for freedom of expression and

      * Turkish dailies report that Hadise, Turkey's
      contestant for the annual Eurovision Song Contest,
      qualified for the finals on Tuesday. The
      23-year-old Belgian-born Turkish singer and
      songwriter will take to the stage to present her
      song "Dum Tek Tek" as the 18th contestant in
      Saturday's 54th Eurovision in Moscow, where she
      will face hopefuls from 24 other countries.
      Eurovision is one of Europe's most-watched shows,
      with an audience of at least 100 million viewers,
      according to Reuters. Turkey has won the contest
      only once in the contest's history, in 2003 with
      Sertab Erener's "Everyway That I Can."

      * A one-day pop music festival will be held May 30
      in the Turkcell Kurucesme Arena, a popular
      Istanbul venue for big concerts. It will be
      organized by Miller Beer, according to a report in
      Hurriyet Daily News.
      Gabriella Cilmi, an Australian singer, is a main
      performer. Other foreign acts include the British
      band Friendly Fires, the Manchester electro-pop
      group The Whip and the French electronic artist
      The Istanbul-based electronic group Portecho will
      perform, as will another Turkish popular group,
      Kung Fu. This talented 4 person band used to play
      every week at Kadikoy's Buda Bar. They recorded
      their first album last month. They will play both
      cover songs and new tunes.
      Another Turkish band, Multitap, with singer,
      Siyami Sumer, will open the festival. They are
      also preparing to release their first album.
      In addition to music there will be small shops
      selling work by young designers, a photography
      exhibition, and an area to play Rock Band and Wii
      video games.

      * Turkish director Gokhan Yorgancigil's first film
      "On the Count of Zero" was awarded the Jury
      Special Prize in two categories at the 42nd
      Worldfest Houston Film Festival in the United
      States according to Hurriyet Daily News.
      Many filmmakers like Steven Spielberg, Ridley
      Scott, Brian De Palma, the Coen Brothers and David
      Lynch won their first awards in this festival.
      "The Count of Zero," was also shown at the Austin
      Film Festival last year in October. YorgancIgil,
      the director and scriptwriter, said the scenario
      was based on a real psychiatric event and brings
      together mystery, thriller, detective tales and

      * As part of the International Youth Film
      Production Workshop, a joint project by Turkey and
      the United States, 12 young people with technical
      education in film and documentary-making started
      shooting films in Sivas, a large city in north
      central Turkey, according to the Anatolia News
      New York University communications department
      member and project manager Associate Professor
      Nefin Dinc spoke about the workshop at a press
      conference held in Sivas. She said the project,
      prepared by New York University and the Atlantic
      Film Company, and supported by the U.S. State
      Department also included, Edirne, Konya, Hatay,
      Mardin and Artvin.
      Dinc said the project's films would be on
      "democracy, human rights, women's rights and
      cultural diversity." They chose Sivas because it
      had an interesting history and interesting
      cultural mosaics, she said.
      According to Dinc, "A total of 18 films will be
      made in six different cities. They will be shown
      in Ankara, Istanbul and DiyarbakIr as well as
      Sivas. The films will also be screened at local
      festivals to be organized in districts around New
      York University, and in the festivals in New York,
      Boston and Washington where the Turkish population
      is high."

      * A German arts academy is expected to open in
      Istanbul's Tarabya neighborhood in 2010. It will
      be housed buildings that are part of the complex
      of consulate buildings and summer residences owned
      by the German Embassy. The academy will be part
      of a lineup of other cultural projects to
      intensify the intercultural dialogue and mark the
      close historical ties between Turkey and Germany,
      Hurriyet Daily News reported.
      Nearly 2.5 million people of Turkish origin live
      in Germany and make up the largest immigrant group
      in the country. The German government puts culture
      at the very heart of foreign policy, according to
      remarks by German foreign affairs minister
      Frank-Walter Steinmeier last week in Berlin.
      Germany and Turkey are ready to initiate what
      Chancellor Angela Merkel described "a new
      touchstone in Germany's foreign culture policy,"
      he said.
      A growing number of Germans are learning more
      about Turkey and the Turkish language thanks to
      the success of prominent Turkish artists such as
      the 2006 Nobel Prize recipient Orhan Pamuk and
      Fatih AkIn. German translation of Pamuk's books as
      well as the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2008 where
      Turkey was a guest of honor, have contributed to
      Turkey's promotion in Germany.

      * An interactive presentation to raise awareness
      on the protection of water resources and its
      meaning in the world is on display at the Museum
      of Natural History and Science the Ayazaga campus
      of Istanbul Technical University. The event was
      launched as part of the 5th Water Forum held in
      Istanbul in March.
      Hurriyet Daily News reports that "H2O=Life" is an
      interactive presentation raising awareness on the
      protection of water resources and its meaning in
      the world will remain on display until June 14.
      The exhibition, organized by the American Museum
      of Natural History in New York and the Science
      Museum in St. Paul, Minnesota was brought to
      Istanbul by the United Nations Development Program
      and the Coca Cola Company. To reach as many
      audiences as possible, the exposition is going to
      travel the world and be presented on all
      continents by 2011.
      The exhibition is divided into four parts, each
      presenting water from a different perspective:
      scientific, environmental, socio-cultural and
      artistic. All underline the fact that water is not
      a renewable, but unique and precious resource,
      only 1 percent of which is available for human
      use. Interactive installations demonstrate how
      increasing environmental pollution endangers
      drinking water. The exhibition also proposes
      solutions. Visitors have a chance to understand
      the dam system through a model shown on display.
      The exhibition is specifically designed to appeal
      to children as well as adults.
      The exhibition is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on
      weekdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends.
      For more information visit www.susergisi.com.
      Istanbul Technical University Ayazaga Campus
      Museum of Natural History and Science (Old
      Library) Maslak/Istanbul

      * Considered valuable cultural items and famous
      beyond the borders of Turkey, Milas' trademark
      carpets are about to be saved from becoming a
      dying craft, reports the Dogan News Agency.
      Merchants complain that the number of producers is
      decreasing and the existent ones use factory fiber
      instead of traditional threads. Local authorities
      take a stand to protect the carpets
      The state administration and the municipality of
      the Milas district of Mugla are collaborating in
      the preservation efforts.
      Turel Buldan, a 64-year-old owner of one of the
      district's well-known carpet stores, said the
      exact history of carpet production in Milas was
      unknown but a prayer rug from the 17th century, at
      the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum in Istanbul,
      is labeled the oldest known Milas carpet. Buldun
      said there were 40 patterns unique to Milas. "The
      most famous is the one called 'Adalar' (Islands).
      The carpets are woven by Turks from Istankoy,
      Crete and Rhodes. 'Ada Milas' is the carpet's
      name," he said.


      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.56


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 82/52 Partly Cloudy
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 82/64 Mostly Sunny
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 82/63 Partly Cloudy
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 90/64 Mostly Sunny
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 72/54 Partly Cloudy

      Seawater temperatures

      Black Sea measured at Trabzon 57
      Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 59
      Aegean Sea measured at Izmir 64
      Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 66


      Edited by Celal I$sevenler

      * Turkish Soccer, premiere league

      ANKARASPOR A.$. 1 - 4 BE$IKTA$ A.$.

      O G B M A Y AV P
      1.BE$IKTA$ A.$. 31 18 8 5 53 27 26 62
      2.SIVASSPOR 31 17 9 5 48 23 25 60
      3.TRABZONSPOR A.$. 31 17 8 6 47 30 17 59
      4.GALATASARAY A.$. 31 16 7 8 52 35 17 55
      5.FENERBAHCE 31 16 6 9 53 32 21 54
      6.BURSASPOR 31 15 9 7 44 33 11 54
      7.KAYSERISPOR 31 11 11 9 33 25 8 44
      8.GAZIANTEPSPOR 31 11 9 11 38 43 -5 42
      9.ANKARASPOR A.$. 31 11 7 13 36 37 -1 40
      10.GENCLERBIRLIGI 31 10 8 13 35 41 -6 38
      11.ESKI$EHIRSPOR 31 9 9 13 40 42 -2 36
      12.BUYUK$EHIR BLD.SPOR 31 10 6 15 33 43 -10 36
      13.MKE ANKARAGUCU 31 10 6 15 32 43 -11 36
      14.ANTALYASPOR A.$. 31 9 8 14 32 41 -9 35
      15.DENIZLISPOR 31 10 5 16 36 47 -11 35
      16.KONYASPOR 31 9 8 14 29 40 -11 35
      17.KOCAELISPOR 31 7 5 19 39 65 -26 26
      18.HACETTEPE SPOR 31 5 7 19 23 56 -33 22


      *** The fifth annual Turkish-American Business Conference will be held as a day-long
      event on Saturday, May 30th at the Parc55 hotel in San Francisco.

      The conference will specifically focus on the Defense Technology, E-Commerce,
      Mobile Applications, Finance and Renewable Energy sectors and explore issues and
      approaches concerning business and partnership opportunities in these sectors
      between Turkey and the U.S.

      Traditionally the most prominent high-tech business event of the year in Silicon Valley
      for Turkish-Americans and those wanting to do business with Turkey, this years
      conference, organized by the Turkish-American Business Connection, will again
      feature top level speakers from the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, Undersecretariat
      of Defense of Turkey, Havelsan and WYSE Inc.. among others.

      All those who have a business interest that involves the U.S. and Turkey are strongly
      urged to register for the conference at www.tabcon.org.

      *** Turkish American Association of California is a non-profit
      charitable organization established to promote better
      understanding between Americans and Turks.

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      Sundays at 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
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      *** Picnic

      20th & Dolores street
      San Francisco, CA 94110 US
      When: Sunday, May 24, 11:00AM Add to my Outlook Calendar
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      It's been a while since we danced to "HALAY". Come celebrate with us,
      the beginning of summer, end of school semesters and the power of
      Turkish Youth in the Bay Area, on a week that the founder of our Republic,
      Ataturk dedicated to us.

      It will be a casual gathering / picnic / potluck. If you are not in the mood
      to cook, we will have some food sales to help raise funds for YORE
      Dance Ensemble's Fall performances.

      Bring your picnic blankets and baskets..

      Looking forward to seeing you all.

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