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* Turkish dailies reported that a ceremony for the
signing of the Nabucco project took place in the
Turkish capital Ankara on Monday. Nabucco project
will undertake the construction of a major
pipeline to carry Caspian natural gas to Europe
Top representatives from the project's partner
countries participated in the ceremony including
Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann, Romanian
President Traian Basescu, Bulgarian Prime Minister
Sergei Stanishev, and Hungarian Prime Minister
Gordon Bajnai. Turkish prime minister Mr. Recep
Tayyip Erdogan was the host of the ceremony.
Among other high-level attendees of the ceremony
were European Commission President Jose Manuel
Barroso, European Commission Energy Commissioner
Andris Piebalgs, Georgian president Mikhail
Saakashvili, US Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy
Richard Morningstar, US Senate Foreign Relations
Committee head Richard Lugar, Iraqi prime minister
Nouri Al-Maliki, and energy ministers from
Azerbaijan, Syria, Turkmenistan and Egypt.
Speaking at the ceremony, Turkish prime minister
said the agreement shows that that Nabucco is no
mere dream but a realistic project, expressing his
belief that the pipeline will be operational on
time. Stating that the project would also promote
rapprochement among various countries across a
large region, Mr. Erdogan stressed that Nabucco
carries great importance for relations between the
West and East. Mr. Erdogan highlighted the
importance of the project for Turkish-European
Union relations, and also expressed his belief
that Iran, Russia and even Qatar could eventually
export their natural gas to Europe via Nabucco
when conditions are right.
Also speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Barroso said
that Nabucco would make great contributions to the
security of European Union energy supplies, adding
that it would usher in a new era in
Turkish-European Union relations in the years to
come, and called the project an indispensable one.
Iraqi prime minister Mr. Al-Maliki told the
ceremony that Iraq was ready to participate in the
project as a supplier country.
The European Union places great importance on
Nabucco to strengthen energy security by
diversifying its energy suppliers. The project
will cost a total of 7.8 billion Euros, with 4.8
billion invested in Turkey, the biggest single
direct investment ever in the contry, and will
provide employment opportunities for some 15,000
The 2,050 mile pipeline will pass through five
countries, with 1,250 miles of it going through
Turkey, which is expected to earn 450 million
Euros annually by running the pipeline. The
construction will begin next year, and the first
deliveries through the pipeline are expected to
reach Europe in 2014.
In related news, Turkish daily Turkiye reports
that Turkish Deputy Prime Minister and government
spokesman Cemil Cicek said on Tuesday that the
Nabucco project is a sign of Turkey's rising
credibility on the international stage. Mr. Cicek
also said that Nabucco shows the indispensability
of Turkey both in the region and in the European
Union. He then added that Turkey has the ability,
capacity, experience and tradition to carry out
such big projects.
Turkish daily Hurriyet reports that the US has
praised the signing of the agreement for the
pipeline that bypasses Russia, saying in a written
statement from State Department spokesman Ian
Kelly that the project would bolster energy
security by diversifying delivery routes.
Also in related news, Turkey will be selling Syria
one billion cubic meters of natural gas over five
years and also 400 megawatts of electricity.
* Turkish daily Aksam reports that Turkish
Republic of Northern Cyprus President Mehmet Ali
Talat arrived in the Turkish capital Ankara on
Monday to meet with Turkish President Abdullah
Gul, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Chief of
General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug, and Foreign
Affairs Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. During the
meetings Mr. Talat discussed the ongoing Cyprus
negotiations and the Turkish side's common stance.
The first part of the negotiations is almost
After meeting Mr. Talat, Turkish President
Abdullah Gul Stated that the final goal is to
reach a lasting peace in line with a comprehensive
solution and added that they want to see the
result of the Cyprus negotiations submitted to the
public through a referendum by the end of this
Mr. Talat said that their goal is reaching an
agreement and the Greek Cypriots have to
collaborate with them in order to reach it, and
added that if Greek side continues putting
pressure on Turkish Cypriots and Turkey through
the European Union, and delay the process, Turkish
side will not be responsible for the failure of
Mr. Talat wrapped his two day visit by meeting on
Tuesday with Turkish prime minister Mr. Recep
Tayyip Erdogan. Speaking to reporters after
returning to Cyprus, Mr. Talat said that his talks
in Turkey had been very fruitful, adding that such
meetings would continue.
Mr. Talat Dismissed his Greek Cypriot counterpart
Mr. Demetris Christofias' recent assertion that
there is no need for Turkey to guarantee a
possible solution to the issue and insisted their
firm position has not changed on keeping guarantor
The guarantorship system, established by a 1959
agreement, secures Turkey's right to intervene in
case of a constitutional breakdown or if Turkish
Cypriots come under threat of attack, and was the
legal basis claimed by Turkey for the Turkish
intervention in the island in 1974.
* Turkish daily Milliyet reports that Turkish
foreign affairs minister Mr. Ahmet Davutoglu
telephoned his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi
over the weekend to discuss the recent unrest in
China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. During
their conversation, which lasted for over an hour,
Mr. Davutoglu spoke of Turkey's sensitivities and
expectations about the events as well as negative
public reaction to the violence and over 180
Mr. Davutoglu called the Uighur people a bridge of
friendship in Chinese-Turkish relations, saying
that Turkey is looking at the issue from the
standpoint of human rights. Stating that Turkey
has no intention of interfering with China's
domestic affairs and that it respects China's
territorial integrity, Mr. Davutoglu added that a
swift and transparent investigation into the
incidents would help the situation.
Turkish daily Sabah reports that Turkish
Parliament Speaker Koksal Toptan received on
Monday senior Chinese diplomat Song Aiguo, a
former ambassador to Turkey, together with current
Chinese Ambassador to Ankara Xigosheng Gong.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Mr. Song
said that he had told Mr. Toptan about the recent
violent incidents that took place in China's
Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. Mr. Song also
said that there was unity and solidarity among
China's 56 ethnic groups and that those who
provoked the incidents wanted to destroy this
unity and sow conflict.
In related news, World Uighur Congress head Rebiya
Kadeer said over
the weekend that she appreciated the support of
Turkish public for Uighur Turks and said that
Turkish people embraced their kin from East
* Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in
the Turkish capital Ankara on Thursday and met
with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan,
reported the Turkish daily Milliyet.
During the meeting, issues discussed reportedly
included the Palestinian-Israeli dispute as well
as allegations that Mr. Abbas supports the Greek
Cypriot side on the Cyprus issue. Mr. Erdogan
hosted a working luncheon for Mr. Abbas, also
attended by Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Ahmet
Davutoglu. Mr. Abbas also met with Turkish
President Abdullah Gul on Friday.
* Turkish daily Sabah reports that Turkish state
minister for foreign trade Mr. Zafer Caglayan
signed a free trade agreement between Chile and
Turkey on Wednesday in Santiago.
This is the first free trade agreement between
Turkey and a country in the American continent.
Chilean officials say that that Chilean market is
small but their country can be a platform for
Turkey to reach to other South American markets.
They point out that Chile has the commercial
network and infrastructure to enable this.
Mr. Caglayan told the Chilean officials that
Turkey has been very successful in attracting
foreign capital in recent years and Turkish banks
have resisted the global economic crisis, with the
highest capital adequacy ratio in the world. He
then called on the Chilean businesses to invest in
Mr. Caglayan later flew to Brazil for talks to
boost trade ties with the world's 10th largest
economy and hosting a Turkey-Brazil trade fair.
* According to the Turkish daily Sabah, a
production contract to start the construction work
for Turkey's first spy satellite was signed on
The satellite bears the name of the first Turkish
Empire in history, Gokturk, which literally means
The construction of the satellite will be
completed in nearly two years, and it will be
launched into space in 2012.
The satellite will provide intelligence-oriented
high-resolution pictures of the world to the
Turkish Armed Forces. Capable of sending
real-time images, the Gokturk satellite will also
be used for civilian purposes such as forestry,
fighting unlicensed construction, mapping and land
surveying, emergency management, and monitoring
and protecting natural resources.
The contract was signed by the representatives
from the Turkish Defense Industry
Undersecretariat, Italian space, aviation and
defense company Finmeccanica, and French
electronics company Thales. Speaking at the
ceremony, Turkish Transportation Minister Binali
Yildirim characterized the project as an important
step taken forward in line with Turkey's 2015
Space and Satellite Strategy.
When the Gokturk is completed, Turkey will be no
longer a buyer but a producer and assembler in
space and satellite technologies, Mr. Yildirim
* Turkish daily Turkiye reports that in a press
conference over the weekend, Turkish Agriculture
and Rural Affairs Minister Mehdi Eker announced a
comprehensive reform program to rationalize the
utilization of Turkey's agricultural resources and
boost the sector's productivity.
Based on a huge database called the Production and
Support Model for Agricultural Basins, the program
aims to create decision support models to shape
government strategies towards enhanced
agricultural productivity and production.
The database contains wide-ranging information
about climate, topography, soil and agriculture in
the country's 30 agricultural basins.
Mr. Eker said the program will also ensure the
rational distribution of government financial
support to the country's farmers.
* Turkish daily Aksam reports that Col. Faruk
Sungur, head of the Turkish task force with the
NATO-led International Security Assistance Force
command in Afghanistan, and Sgt. Mevlut Baydur
were killed in a traffic accident on Tuesday.
Col. Murat Kaymakcilar and Sgt. Fehmi Berkyurek
were also wounded in the accident. Turkish
Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesperson Burak
Ozuergin said that Turkey sent an air ambulance
plane to Afghanistan to bring home Turkish
military personnel involved in the accident.
ARTS AND CULTURE
Edited by Anita Donohoe
* According to Turkish daily Hurriyet, Turkish
sculptors will create a statue of the mythical
hero Hector in an Aegean city in the Canakkale
province, the site of the legendary Trojan War.
The artists' sculpture of the Trojan War hero will
be erected in Canakkale's Intepe Township, said
Mayor Alaaddin Ozkurnaz. The sculpture will be
completed within a month and will go at the
entrance of Intepe district. Mr. Ozkurnaz said
that it is very important for them to have a
permanent marble statue of Hector, an Anatolian
who they embrace as one of their own. The marble
sculpture will be three meters high, but tower
some five meters when its base is included.
In Greek mythology, Hector was a Trojan prince and
the greatest fighter for Troy in the Trojan War.
He was the son of Priam and Hecuba, a descendant
of Dardanus, who lived under Mt. Ida, and Tros,
the founder of Troy. Hector led the Trojans and
their allies in their defense of the city against
* Professor Nevzat Cevik of Akdeniz University
told the Anatolia news agency that an ancient
wheat storage facility will be unearthed in the
ancient city of Myra, perhaps the biggest wheat
storage location in the Mediterranean. "The
storage excavation will tell us the trade story of
the Mediterranean ports," the professor said. "The
storage, granarium, dates back to 2 B.C. and will
be our focus. It will be unearthed by the end of
this year and will be arranged as a Lycian
Myra was a leading city of the Lycian Union and
surpassed Xanthos in early Byzantine times to
become the capital city of Lycia. Its remains are
about 1.5 kilometers north of today's Demre, on
the Ka$-Finike road on Turkey's Western
Most of the ancient city is now covered by Demre
and alluvial silts, as it is located on the Demre
River in a fertile alluvial plain. In ancient
times, the area was probably farmed extensively
just like it is now, for export and trade with the
interior of Lycia.
The city is well-known for its amphitheater, the
largest in Lycia, and the plethora of rock-cut
tombs carved in the cliff above the theater.
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* Hurriyet Daily News gives the brief story of the
integration of Anatolian folk tunes into the
popular Western form.
Pop music began to emerge in Turkey a half a
century ago, when music from the West penetrated
modern Turkish culture, but it was not until a
decade later that a true new genre was created.
Early Turkish pop songs, simple covers of popular
Western tunes, were entertaining but superficial.
However, when migration from rural Turkey to the
cities boomed in the 1960s, a whole new dynamic
began to shape Turkish pop music. Anatolian folk
melodies blended with rock to create Anatolian
Music and movie critic Cumhur Canbazoglu's recent
book, "The Folk Song of the City: Anatolian
Pop-Rock" is a comprehensive analysis and history
of the genre. In his extensively researched work,
Canbazoglu offers the most detailed analysis of
the genre to date for a new generation that has
little insight into the emergence and impact of
Turkish pop music.
Throughout its history, pop music in Turkey has
been closely tied to the integration of Western
culture into the country. At the end of the 1960s
and the beginning of the 1970s, as the people of
Anatolia began moving toward metropolitan areas,
they brought along their traditions, lifestyles
and music. Thus Anatolian folk tunes began to make
their way into popular music.
The pioneers of the genre now called Anatolian
pop/rock were two popular singers, Tulay German
and Alpay, who sparked its emergence in 1964. At
that year's Balkan Melodies Festival, German
established the arrival of a unique type of music
with her highly acclaimed single "Burcak TarlasI"
(The Vetch Field).
In addition to the increase in migration to large
cities, the Golden Microphone contest also helped
spur the integration of Anatolian folk into pop
music. Sponsored by daily Hurriyet, the contest
began in 1965 and became a springboard for the
rise of new bands, furthering their quest to reach
out to Anatolia. The contest toured the country,
allowing people outside big cities to be exposed
to pop music and inspiring many young musicians to
create highly original songs.
One thing the popular singers of the 1970s had in
common, despite their musical differences, was
that they were well educated and came from
upper-middle-class families in big cities. They
had mastered Western music in both form and
content, but performed it without much creativity
until finally they came to embrace unity with
Anatolia, both musically and culturally. Artists
such as Humeyra, Fikret KIzIlok and Esin Af$ar
were openly influenced by renowned folk poets like
A$Ik Veysel and Yunus Emre.
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* Hurriyet Daily News reports that the one and
only international hotel on the Anatolian side of
Istanbul, Marriott Hotel Asia and Anatolian
Vineyards, has started the first wine club on the
The club invites all wine lovers to read the wine
line by line, discover each taste syllable in the
glass and its accompanying harmonious melodies.
Jean Luc Colin, the very first person who comes to
every wine lover's mind among wine experts in
Turkey, and Eyup Kemal Sevinc, who brings a
different perspective to Turkish cuisine,
introduced the wine club. The club was established
in cooperation with the Istanbul Marriott Hotel
Asia and Anatolian Vineyards at the end of June.
The conference was held in the Orange Southern
Mediterranean Grill Chef Table Restaurant, and
covered the basics of food and wine harmonies and
Presented for the first time at the conference was
a new wine made from a different type of grape
named Karaoglan. These grapes grow only in the
Arapir county village of YazIlI in the eastern
city of Malatya.
Istanbul Marriott Hotel Asia wine tastings and
events will start in September.
See more at:
* French actress Jeanne Moreau is coming to
Istanbul to perform in "The War of the Sons of
Light against the Sons of Darkness." The play can
be seen during the International Istanbul Theater
Festival on July 31 and August 1, according to the
Hurriyet Daily News.
French, Greek, Spanish, Israeli and Palestinian
actors and actresses, as well as Turkish player
Cuneyt Turel, will act in the play at Istanbul's
Directed by Amos Gitai, this theatrical
performance of spoken and sung oratorio borrows
for the most part from The War of the Jews, where
the historian Flavius Joseph tells the story of
the destruction of the Jewish sovereignty by the
Roman Empire during the first century B.C.
Born in 1928, Jeanne Moreau is an award winning
French actress, screenwriter and director. Moreau
made her theatrical debut in 1947 and established
herself as one of the leading actresses of the
Comedie-Francaise. She began playing small roles
in films in 1951 and over the following decade
achieved success as the star of several popular
films, including "Elevator to the Gallows" (1958),
directed by Louis Malle. "Jules et Jim" (1962),
directed by Francois Truffaut, was her most
successful international film.
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* According to Anatolia News Agency, six Turkish
museums have announced their candidacies for the
2010 European Museum of the Year Award. The Award
is organized annually by the European Museum
Forum, or EMF, under the auspices of the Council
Orhan Duzgun, is head of the Turkish Culture
Ministry's Department of Museums. He said the
Sinop Archaeology, Corum, Turkiye I$ BankasI,
Be$ikta$ Gymnastics Club , SantralIstanbul
Contemporary Arts and Sunay AkIn Toy museums will
all put themselves in the running for this year's
"Since 1977, the European Museum Forum has
presented three awards, the European Museum of the
Year Award, the European Council Award and the
Micheletti Foundation Award, to support newly
established museums and foster the establishment
of new museum initiatives," Mr. Duzgun said.
"Nine Turkish museums have thus far been awarded
by the European Museum forum," he added. "This
shows Turkey's success in museums and exhibits."
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* Norwegian Lofoten Trading is planning the
world's second ice museum in Istanbul, according
to the Hurriyet Daily News. The first is in
Norway. Magic Ice will establish its ice
sculptures under chilling lighting effects in
KozyatagI, on Istanbul's Anatolian side. Norwegian
Lofoten Trading is investing $15 million in the
venture. The museum will introduce Viking culture
to visitors in a chilling environment of minus 14
"Magic Ice can also be called an ice experience
center," said Lofoten Trading's General Director
Odd Roar Olsen. "Construction will start in
August. The museum is scheduled to be finished in
four months. We want to open the doors of the ice
museum on Oct. 29."
Olsen said visitors will be given Eskimo clothes
at the entrance to the museum and then they will
pass through ice tunnels on their way inside.
"Visitors will see ice statues and experience
Viking village life. After this project, we will
open a second ice museum in Istanbul, and we will
realize the project for a total of $30 million,"
Olsen said unlike similar ice enterprises, the ice
museum will be open year round. "This is why we
can call Magic Ice Istanbul's first and the
world's second ice museum. There are similar ice
museums in countries like Canada, Russia, Japan,
China and France. But they are open seasonally,
not permanently. We think Magic Ice will be a
five-year project," Olsen said, adding that after
five years in KozyatagI, the museum will be moved
to another part of Istanbul.
Olsen explained that the project would be
established on an area of 11,800 square feet. "Our
target is 1.5 million visitors a year. We want
families to come to the museum. We think it will
be fun for children. We will hold events like
weddings and engagement ceremonies, too."
In a closed area of 8600 square meters, visitors
wearing Eskimo clothes will be able to see ice
sculptures created by Norwegian, Swedish and
Turkish sculptors. They will also be able to make
mini sculptures with the help of sculptors.
Olsen said special ice was needed to construct
Magic Ice. "River water should be used for the ice
to have a crystallized look. We will bring ice
bars from Sweden. The bars will be attached to
each other with help from local universities. The
ice that we will obtain in Istanbul will be placed
on the ground and also used on the walls."
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EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.52
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 86/61 Partly Cloudy
Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 102/81 Mostly Sunny
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 90/72 Partly Cloudy
Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 97/77 Mostly Sunny
Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 79/72 Heavy Showers
Black Sea measured at Trabzon 81
Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 77
Aegean Sea measured at Izmir 82
Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 81
* In the 25th University Summer Sports Games in
Belgrade Serbia, Turkey's hALIL aKKA$ received a
gold medal in the 5000 m race. In a previous
competition for 3000 m he received the silver
* In the world ladies volleyball championships
European leg, the Turkish ladies had the following
However, in a game against the Serbian team the
Turkish ladies lost 3 to 2 and received the second
place in the championships.
* In the 15th world beyond the young women's
volleyball championships taken place in Mexico,
there was a unfortunate incidence. When the
Turkish team arrived in Mexico City they were
taking into custody and search for narcotics
despite the teams managers protests. The Turkish
ladies were later released and proceeded to
Tijuan. In their first game the young Turkish
ladies beat Bulgaria 3 to 1.
* In the UEFA European league championships
preliminaries, the Turkish team met with stiff
resistance from the Kazakh team Tobol in a game
played in Kazakhstan and had a 1 to 1 draw.
*** Turkish American Association of California (TAAC)
in cooperation with the TAAC Monterey Bay Chapter
and Horon Turkish Folk Ensemble proudly presents...
12th Annual Turkish Art and Culture Festival in Monterey
August 1-2, 2009, Sat & Sun, 11am - 6pm
Monterey Custom House Plaza/State Historic Park
[next to the Fisherman's Wharf]
( http://www.turkfestca.org, http://www.monterey .com)
Featuring many fun activities for the whole
family, the two-day festival will include live
Turkish music and folk dances performances,
Turkish art and crafts exhibits and vendor booths,
Food (Doner kebap, Adana Kofte,...) and Drinks
(Turkish Coffee/tea, Soft drinks, Turkish Raki,
beer, wine) and many special activities for
The authentic Turkish food will be prepared and
sold by the NEW KAPADOKIA and SAKO's Mediterranean
*** We will also give away tickets to the
following concert. Leave your name,
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*** A play directed by a Turkish American
is opening up in San Francisco and we will be given
away five pairs of tickets.
Golden Thread Productions, a San Francisco-based
theater company dedicated to staging alternative
perspectives of the Middle East is opening its next play,
ECSTASY | a waterfable
at the Thick House (San Francisco)
on the 31st of July.
The play is directed by Evren Odcikin,
an up and coming San Francisco-based director
who was born and raised in Turkey.
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3 Releases Celebrating 30 Years of World Fusion Music
--'Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar'
by Matthew Montfort (Acoustic Guitar)
--'Sangria' by Mariah Parker (Indo Latin Jazz)
--'Planet Passion' (30th Anniversary Remastered Edition)
by Ancient Future (World Music)
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Berkeley, CA 94702
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