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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
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
ARTS AND CULTURE
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
* 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
* 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,"
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
* 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
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$sevenler
* Turkish Soccer, premiere league
GENCLERBIRLIGI 3 - 1 HACETTEPE SPOR
SIVASSPOR 1 - 2 BUYUK$EHIR BLD.SPOR
ANKARASPOR A.$. 1 - 4 BE$IKTA$ A.$.
FENERBAHCE 1 - 0 DENIZLISPOR
GALATASARAY A.$. 1 - 0 MKE ANKARAGUCU
KOCAELISPOR 1 - 3 TRABZONSPOR A.$.
BURSASPOR 3 - 0 KONYASPOR
ESKI$EHIRSPOR 2 - 0 ANTALYASPOR A.$.
KAYSERISPOR 3 - 0 GAZIANTEPSPOR
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1.BE$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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Host: YORE & SFSU & UC BERKELEY & STANFORD
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When: Sunday, May 24, 11:00AM Add to my Outlook Calendar
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.