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* Hurriyet Daily News reported that Turkey's first
death from a case of the swine flu came on
Saturday. The H1N1 virus claimed the life of a
29-year-old male, according to the health
The patient was first diagnosed with pneumonia
when he went to a hospital in Ankara three days
ago and was under treatment when he developed
respiratory failure, a ministry statement said.
Subsequent tests established the patient carried
the H1N1 virus.
The number of reported swine flu cases in Turkey
are 958 as of Saturday, according to the health
* The surrender of 34 rebel Turkish Kurds has made
the headlines this week in Turkey. The rebels came
down from the mountains of northern Iraq and
crossed the border into Turkey with much fanfare
from their supporters.
The rebels surrender was supposed to be a response
to the Turkish government's "peace initiative"
with the Kurdish rebels.
Celebrations by Kurds organized by the Democratic
Society Party, chanting pro-Ocalan slogans angered
Turkish authorities and public, triggering legal
action by prosecutors, and protests. Ocalan is the
jailed leader of the rebel Kurds.
On Friday Turkey's interior minister Mr. Besir
Atalay accused the Democratic Society Party for
irresponsibly turning the surrender into a
political showdown, reported Anatolia news agency.
Mr. Atalay said they would not allow spectacles to
Strong reaction also came from the relatives of
military killed in fighting the Kurdish rebels.
Members of the southern Turkish province Adana's
"Foundation for Martyrs' Families and Aid for
Disabled Veterans" gathered Saturday holding black
ribbons, instead of medals, and Turkish Flags,
reported the Anatolia News Agency.
President of the foundation, Ms. Emine Kunt, said,
"Attacks against the Turkish military continue to
take place. Welcoming these people, as the
Democratic Society Party did, with celebrations is
an inexcusable act.
"Who will be accountable for the blood of our
children? One day they are martys and the next day
they are not," she said, reported Anatolia news
The martyrs' families threatened to return the
medals, bestowed on their relatives, if the
negotiation with rebel organization persisted.
Protest rallies also took place in Trabzon,
Kocaeli and Balikesir cities of Turkey.
Since August, the Turkish government has been
trying to build public support for an initiative
to grant Kurds greater rights and try to erode
support for the Kurdistan Workers Party. Prime
Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he is willing
to break Turkish political taboos to end a war
that has cost the country billions of dollars and
hobbled its efforts to join the European Union,
according to Bloomberg news.
Analysts say that the Democratic Society Party is
mainly made up of ethnic Kurds from Turkey. Some
also claim that the party is a front for the rebel
More than 45,000 people have been killed since
1984 when the Kurdistan Workers Party picked up
arms in Turkey's Kurdish-populated southeast and
east. Turkey, along with the United States and the
European Union, classifies the Kurdistan Workers
Party as a terrorist group.
* The Turkish daily Milliyet reported on Friday
that Greek Cypriots living in the United States
have opened a court case against Turkey and
Turkish Cyprus at a District of Columbia Court.
They claim that their property rights have been
violated and are seeking $400 billion in
Greek press reported that the case?s reasoning:
"Turkey and the Turkish Army carried out and
maintained the ?occupation? with American
equipment it bought/was provided by the United
States," and that such an occupation is in
violation of the U.S. law.
It was also reported that the documents filed with
the court claimed that the real estate company
RE/MAX International and HSBC Bank aided in and
benefited from the illegal use of Greek properties
in Turkish Cyprus.
A Greek daily on October 4 published a report
claiming that 81.4 percent of the land on the
island belonged to Greeks and 16.8 percent
belonged to Turks, while Turkish Cyprus maintains
that 71.5 percent of the land belongs to Greeks
and 26.7 percent belongs to Turks. The remaining
1.8 percent belongs to other property holders.
* The Hurriyet Daily News reported on Friday that
the Nabucco project, which has been designed to
provide Caspian energy to Europe via the shortest
route and lowest price possible, has now fallen
behind alternative Russian energy projects in
terms of feasibility, experts said.
In the hopes of lessening the dependency on
Russian gas, both the European Union and the
United States have actively supported the Nabucco
project. The signature ceremony held by various
governments in the Turkish capital Ankara was
defined as "a breakthrough" by the high-ranking
officials from 15 countries who attended the event
in July. However, no deal yet has been signed with
potential suppliers so far.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin did not even
wait a month before signing a series of
cooperation agreements on major energy projects
with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan
"Turkey unfortunately made the biggest mistake in
supporting the [Russian proposed] South Stream
pipeline in return for [Russia agreeing to use the
proposed] Samsun-Ceyhan route," Sinan Ogan,
chairman of the International Relations and
Strategic Analysis Center told the Hurriyet Daily
News on Friday.
Moscow wants to bypass Ukraine in its gas deals;
though the country is a major gas transit route to
Europe, it has been a headache to Russia in the
past. Mr. Putin decided to pump its crude oil into
the proposed Samsun-Ceyhan pipeline as an
alternative to the shipments via tankers through
the congested Bosphorus Strait.
"Turkey only considers commercial profits and has
to change its policy in line with evolving
conditions. Russia, however, follows a more
strategic and geopolitical policy and gets closer
to its final goal step-by-step," Mr. Ogan said.
One of the consequences of the recent rift between
Turkey and Azerbaijan is likely to occur in the
energy field, Mr. Ogan said. "No gas project can
be realized without Azerbaijan. The Nabucco
project is on the agenda but we are seeing the
worst days in the history of our relations with
Azerbaijan," he said.
"Reconciliation with Armenia will be meaningless
unless a settlement between Baku and Yerevan takes
place. How can you put Armenia on the route of
Nabucco if it doesn?t find peace with the supplier
Russia's Gazprom signed a natural gas purchase
deal in Baku on Oct. 10 on the same day Turkey and
Armenia signed two reconciliation protocols.
* In related news, Turkish President Abdullah Gul
and his visiting counterpart from Kazakhstan,
Nursultan Nazarbayev, said Turkey would transport
Kazakh oil and natural gas to Europe after signing
a strategic partnership agreement reported
Hurriyet Daily News on Thursday.
"Economic cooperation between Turkey and
Kazakhstan has significantly progressed," Mr. Gul
said, adding that Turkey will transit its ally?s
natural resources. "We also welcome the fact that
Kazakhstan has shown interest in the Nabucco
project," Mr. Gul added.
In order to bolster bilateral relations, three
more cooperation agreements in the fields of
tourism, environment, education, science and
technology were inked by the relevant Turkish and
Mr. Gul praised his visiting counterpart?s
contributions to peace and stability regionally
and internationally, calling Mr. Nazarbayev a
"doyen and sage of the whole Turkish world."
Accompanied by 500 Kazakh businessmen, Mr.
Nazarbayev highlighted continuing
multi-dimensional relations as some 1,500 Turkish
firms have been operating in the fields of
construction, agriculture, oil and gas in his
* The Hurriyet Daily News reported Thursday that
according to the American experts the
deterioration of relations between Turkey and
Israel is a source of concern for Washington and
that the issue would be discussed during Prime
Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan?s upcoming visit to
the U.S. capital.
The cancellation of a multinational military
exercise in which Israel traditionally
participates has further strained relations that
reached a low point after last year?s Israeli
invasion of Gaza. And the recent broadcast on
Turkish state television of a show that depicted
Israeli soldiers killing Palestinian children was
like pouring oil on the fire, period Daily News
The deterioration of relations might have played a
role in Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan?s
invitation to Washington on short notice, said an
expert from the RAND Corporation, when asked about
a possible link between the timing of the visit
and the Israeli diplomatic crisis.
U.S. officials contacted the Turkish government on
Oct. 15, proposing a date of Oct. 29 for Erdogan?s
visit to Washington. The visit is expected to take
place at a later date because Oct. 29 is Turkey's
"The U.S. has great interest in stopping the
deterioration of Turkish-Israeli relations," said
Stephen Larrabee, a RAND researcher and expert on
"Washington wants to see Turkish-Israeli
cooperation continue and Obama will encourage
Prime Minister Erdogan to rebuild relations with
Israel," he told the Hurriyet Daily News &
Economic Review. He said normalizing relations
would not be easy.
* Daylight saving will end at 4 a.m. on Oct. 25 in
Ankara as the clocks will be set back by one hour.
The practise mandates that clocks are set one hour
forward in the spring and wound back one hour in
Daylight saving goes back to Benjamin Franklin,
who first presented the idea in an essay, "An
Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of
Light," in 1784. The practise was not adopted
until World War I, in 1916, when several European
countries begun to implement it.
Daylight savings was introduced in Turkey for the
first time in 1947.
ARTS AND CULTURE
Edited by Anita Donohoe
* We reported to you last week that Francis Ford
Coppola was visiting Turkey. Last Thursday the
Hurriyet Daily News reports that renowned film
director Francis Ford Coppola said he did not come
to Turkey to shoot a movie, but for a visit. "I am
here because I admire Turkey," Coppola said.
Turkish Minister of Culture and Tourism Ertugrul
Gunay received Coppola in the Turkish capital
Ankara on Thursday. Speaking to reporters, Gunay
said Coppola was one of the most valuable and
famous film directors in the world.
"There have been important developments in Turkish
film industry recently. Perhaps after visiting
Turkey, Coppola will decide to shoot a movie here.
I hope Coppola will shoot a movie in Turkey," Mr.
"I admire Turkey. I have not seen Ankara before.
But I have visited Istanbul in the past. Istanbul
is a unique city with a rich history. I am here in
Ankara to have a good time and see the city," he
Asked if he ever decided to shoot a movie in
Turkey, if he would use Turkish actors and
actresses, Coppola said indeed he would use
Turkish actors and actresses in such a movie.
* The first automobile designed and manufactured
in Turkey, the "Devrim," has been displayed for
decades in the yard of the plant where it was
originally produced in 1961, according to the
The car's tank is filled with one liter of
gasoline every three months for maintenance and is
driven 1000 yards each year between the museum and
the garage where it is maintained.
The subject of jokes and the successful Turkish
movie "Devrim Arabalari" (Cars of the Revolution),
the "Devrim" (Revolution) - the first Turkish
automobile - still holds a place in Turkish
One of the four cars that were produced in just
over four months at the Eskisehir Railway factory
by the order of Gursel, the Devrim was brought to
Ankara by railroad in 1961 for the Republic Day
In accordance with railway regulations at the
time, Devrim's gas tank was filled with only a
little gasoline as a safety precaution and it
stopped dead after being driven 100 yards by
President Gursel. Thus, the car failed to complete
a tour around Parliament as previously planned. A
newspaper headline the following day read: "Devrim
went 100 yards and it stopped." The car became the
butt of jokes for a long time.
This was the end of a dream for mass production of
the first Turkish automobile. Following this
event, the Devrim was taken back to Eskisehir and
used in the factory for some time.
The Devrim has been displayed in a special glass
section in the garden of the Turkish Locomotive
and Motor Industry plant in Eskisehir where it was
* Happily Ever After started out in 2004 as a tiny
cafe in Bebek serving cupcakes and breakfast,
reports the Hurriyet. Today the charming
establishment has evolved into a major restaurant
and a breakfast mecca. The cafe still specializes
in baked goods and brunch, but also includes
seafood and meat dishes on its extended menu,
along with wine selections. With its facelift, the
restaurant proves that living happily ever after
in Bebek is indeed possible...
Despite the neighborhood's popularity, the owners
of the la dolce vita, see-and-be-seen spot Happily
Ever After in Bebek did not anticipate the huge
demand they would see after expanding their
Located between Starbucks and Cafe Nero in the
heart of Bebek, Happily Ever after was originally
open only until 4 p.m. and did not even have a
restroom. But then owner Ayse Kucuroglu and her
team bought the space next door, which previously
housed Milargo, and expanded not only the number
of seats, but also the menu, incorporating
alcoholic drinks and a variety of dinner dishes.
Now there are immense lines on weekends for
breakfast and brunch.
What is the secret of this little spot? No doubt
its location, across from the legendary Lucca
Cafe, helped, but the price is also right for the
local Bebek elites and cafe lovers. The new,
"Americanized" menu includes all-day breakfast as
well as tuna tartare and other seafood dishes,
quesadillas and a variety of pizzas.
* Waiting for ferryboats to cross the Bosphorus
can be tedious, especially at rush hour with
children. The Istanbul Toy Museum joined forces
with the Istanbul Sea Buses and Fast Ferries Inc
to display a selection of toys representing the
world's marine history at the New Kadikoy Port on
the Asian side of Istanbul, reports the Hurriyet.
The exhibition that just ended was designed to
allow children and adults to escape the usual
hustle and bustle at the ferry port. Visitors
enjoyed a trip back in time as they read stories
on display with the historic toys.
The exhibition, put together by curator and toy
museum founder Sunay Akin, was created to take
people out of the "real world" and indulge in a
few minutes of fantasy and fairytale. "I want to
take people back to a different time and let their
imaginations run wild. At the exhibit, they can
imagine themselves as captain of a ship or a
heroic warrior. Each antique toy has some way of
filling people with nostalgia and excitement while
exporting them to another world," Mr. Akin said.
The exhibition also displayed antique toys not
related to the sea. These included "classics" from
history: wooden Pinocchio puppets; airplane
models; Chu Chu wooden trains from 1930's Germany;
china dolls; and old Barbie and Ken dolls. The
toys were displayed in large glass cabinets in a
spacious room allowing passengers to roam through
the exhibition freely. The structure of the
exhibition was educational. The toys were grouped
according to their history and geography. Placards
beneath each object briefly described their
Other toys at the museum are based on a collection
of 7,000 antiques collected over the past 15
years. Mr. Akin, also a poet, founded Istanbul's
first toy museum based on one he came across in
Nuremberg, Germany in 1990. His collection grew
from one toy horse to a museum now bursting with
4,000 toys on over four floors that date back to
* After nearly a year since restoration work
began, Istanbul's Dolmabahce Palace has lit up its
newly renovated clock tower, according to a report
in the Hurriyet.
The restoration work began in December 2008 and
was completed in June by the Italian Association
for Restoration, Assorestauro, in cooperation with
the Italian Trade Organization and the Turkish
Directorate for National Palaces.
In light of Istanbul's upcoming position as the
2010 European Capital of Culture, the Directorate
for National Palaces has initiated many
restoration projects emphasizing the city's
"Istanbul's selection as Capital of Culture has
given us the perfect opportunity to work together,
bringing the latest technology and best practices
from Italy to Turkey's mosques and palaces,"
Italian Trade Commissioner Roberto Luongo said at
the formal opening ceremony on Friday. Several
Italian companies that specialize in restoration
and lighting will contribute to "new projects and
jointly work to maintain the quality of the
historical sites," Luongo said.
During the initial stages of the project, Turkish
staff members were trained in the methods and
materials used by Italian firms. The latest
technology, including photogrammetry and 3D
laser-scanning systems, were implemented in the
project and the lighting designs were overhauled.
A representative of Assorestauro pointed out, "The
lamps illuminating the tower were placed
strategically in order to highlight the eclectic
motifs on the tower."
Turkish Parliament deputy Nevzat Pakdil and
Secretary General Ali Osman Koca, Italian
Ambassador Carlo Marsili and Italian Trade Center
Ambassador Umberto Vattani cut the ribbon after
giving speeches at the Treasury. The ceremony was
marked by a 10-minute musical performance
accompanied by the ringing of the clock tower's
The tower was commissioned by Sultan Abdulhamit
II, built by the Armenian court architect Sarkis
Balyan in 1895, and stands today as a monument to
Ottoman modernization efforts.
* Leo Tardin is not only familiar with Turkish
music, but also with the Akbank Jazz Festival.
Three years ago he performed at the event together
with musicians from Orient Expressions, whom he
had met during a visit to New York.
"I loved the experience of performing with Orient
Expressions and projects that blend various
musical traditions - often with a contemporary
approach - in general," Leo Tardin told the
Hurriyet Daily News in an interview. "First of
all, you get a great response from the audience
because it's popular culture and a lot of people
can relate to it, while, at the same time, you add
a more contemporary and personal touch to it.
People have instant access to many genres and
cultures through YouTube, Myspace, et cetera, so
this kind of fusion approach seems natural," he
But the cultural blend also has other, non-musical
dimensions. "When rehearsing and touring with the
band that invited you, you get to genuinely
experience the country's culture, hospitality,
great food and nightlife," Tardin said.
Although the performance with Orient Expressions
took place quite some time ago, Tardin has other
things related to Turkish music in mind. "I would
love to do a collaboration and invite Burhan Ocal
as a special guest," he said.
Burhan Ocal is a renowned Turkish musician that we
play on the air from time to time. His music
combines many genres and cultural traditions, such
as Free funk jazz and Western classical music,
with his own.
* Another International Antalya Golden Orange Film
Festival has come to an end, reports the Hurriyet.
In its 46th year, the festival was a little
different than previous years. Because the
municipality changed in Antalya - Republican
People's Party took over from the Justice and
Development Party- the festival was organized
Regardless of the restructuring, everyone seemed
happy at the closing ceremony on Saturday. The
directors, artists, producers, film critics,
journalists and public took their places to watch
the ceremony at the Glass Pyramid Fair and
The night started with big applause when
Republican People's Party leader Deniz Baykal
entered the venue. After a short performance by
the Ankara State Symphony Orchestra, the tense
quiet that had dominated the conference center
Though this year wasn't as surprising as previous
years, one movie's sweep of five awards surprised
festival attendees. "Bornava Bornava," Inan
Temelkuran's second feature film, was awarded with
the Film Critics Association best national award,
best editing, best actor, best actor and best film
awards in the Golden Orange national competition.
Maybe Temelkuran and critics weren't expecting the
best film award to go to "Bornava Bornava," but it
wasn't a surprise to anyone that the award was
shared with Reha Erdem for his fantastic film
"Kosmos." The two successful directors received
their awards from Mr. Baykal.
At the ceremony, the best screenplay award was
given to Onur Unlu for "Five Cities." There was a
big applause when "On the Way to School" won the
best first film award.
* Arguably the best band of the world is coming to
give what will probably be the biggest show of its
long tour. U2 will play in Istanbul on Sept. 6
next year as part of the 360? Tour, the most
expensive concert series in rock history. The
Istanbul organization crew believes that the
concert will deserve the hype, reports the
The Irish rock quartet's 360? Tour, which supports
its most recent record "No Line On The Horizon,"
has already won its place in the history books.
The series of concerts included 44 cities and sold
more than 3 million tickets. It contains the
highest and biggest stage ever set, named "The
Claw," which allows fans to view the stage from
every direction of a stadium, as the title of the
Cem Yegul, the chairman of Pozitif, said the
Turkish organizing company has been striving for
years to bring U2 to Turkey, but that is probably
the best time to watch the band in Istanbul.
"It is important in many aspects," Yegul said.
"First, it will be in 2010, the year that Istanbul
will be the European Capital of Culture. Secondly,
this tour is the biggest production of history."
For the Turkey concert, tickets will go on sale
Nov. 2 and the you-snooze-you-lose policy may be
valid. "I urge Turkish fans to buy tickets as
early as possible in order to avoid
disappointment," said Dowdall, adding that due to
the schedule in September, a second Istanbul date
will not be possible.
* A group of artists willing to change the current
order in Istanbul's art world are bringing
attention to the Asian sides of the city. They are
gathering under the "216 Thinking and Production
Zone" name to prove potential lies on both sides
of the Bosphorus. Istanbul straddles both Europe
and Asia and the two sides are separated by the
The Bosphorus Strait is seen by some as much more
than just a natural barrier between the two sides
of Istanbul. For the artists located on the Asian
side of the city, it becomes an impassable
obstacle, which disables them from participating
fully in Istanbul's artistic life.
A group of Asia-based artists who, instead of
taking their art to Europe, decided to bring some
interest in the other direction have gathered
together to work and exchange their ideas under
The "216 Thinking and Production Zone" took its
name from the area code for the Asian side of
Istanbul. "We decided to underline the location in
the process of creating the group because this
place is important to us all," group member Ayca
Telgeren told the Hurriyet Daily News. "Kadikoy
was the starting point because all of the artists
live here, but we are not limited to this side
The group has grown since six months ago when the
project started. Eleven artists participated in
the first initiative and 20 came together for the
second. Currently the group is working on their
"memory book" project, in which the artists
reflect their personal memories and thoughts
related to particular places or ideas. Their
"diaries" became parts of larger projects, such as
the artistic initiative at the former gas plant at
Hasanpasa or the festival at Moda.
The "Moda memory book" was on display at the Art
Studio Gallery in Bahariye. Starting Oct. 31 it
will be presented at the TUYAP Art Fair until Nov.
See more at:
* The Istanbul Tanpinar Literature Festival will
host many literary events in various locations
around the city from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3, reports
Ninety internationally known authors from 32
countries including U.S. author Adam Fawer, who
has been at the top of the bestsellers list for
months, Egyptian author Nawal El Saadawi, who is
regarded as the world's most important feminist
and activist, Cristina Fernandez Cubas, the author
of the book "With Agatha in Istanbul;" and Dutch
Geert Mak, the author of the 1,200-page book "In
Europe" will meet with literature fans in
The Festival will open Nov. 3 at the ciragan
Palace Kempinski. This year's theme will be "City
The festival will feature many activities ranging
from gathering foreign and Turkish writers to meet
and discuss literature, coffee breaks, readings at
D&R bookstores, panels, book signings and
interviews at the TUYAP Congress and Fair Center.
For the festival's closing party the writers will
participate as DJs.
"The reason why the festival is named after Ahmet
Hamdi Tanpinar, a master of Turkish literature, is
because he has a very special place among writers
featuring in Istanbul," said the Kalem Agency in a
For further info go to http://www.itef.com.tr
* According to the Hurriyet, the Movenpick Hotel
Istanbul has won the World Travel Award -
tourism's Oscar - for "Europe's Leading Business
Presented last week, the award is based on voting
by over 180,000 travel experts from around the
world and recognizes the excellence of the service
and the outstanding quality of the hotel's
The award was presented to Movenpick Hotel
Istanbul General Manager, Frank Reichenbach, by
World Travel Awards President Graham Cooke.
In addition to winning World Travel Awards in the
"Turkey's Leading Business Hotel" category in 2007
and 2008, the Movenpick Hotel Istanbul also won
Skal International Turkey award for "Best City
Hotel" in 2005.
The Movenpick Hotel Istanbul' 249 rooms and suites
in a contemporary design are all entirely adapted
to the needs of business travelers: extra-large
desks, internet access and spacious safes with
plenty of space for laptops provide a modern
working environment on a floor area of at least
300 square feet, which is also ideally appointed
for relaxing and unwinding. The international
business hotel also delivers exceptional
conferences, conventions and banquets, with
multifunctional facilities and state-of-the-art
* Seizing opportunities with enthusiasm and joy
has turned Richard Bona's dreams into reality. He
has transformed himself from a self-taught
Cameroonian musician into a citizen of the world,
performing with the most renowned names on the
music scene while becoming one himself. The
renowned bassist performs Saturday at the Akbank
His biography resembles a developing plot in a
good novel, but renowned bassist Richard Bona has
closed the chapter on his childhood dreams.
"I don't dream anymore. I'm living the dream now,"
Bona said, adding that the optimal combination of
hard work, determination and a bit of luck have
brought Bona to where he is today.
The Cameroon-born artist is currently considered
one of the most influential jazz musicians around,
and he is coming to Istanbul to perform at the
Akbank Jazz Festival on Saturday.
He is also familiar with Turkish music and local
artists. "The first Turkish musician I ever played
with was Burhan Ocal," Bona said. "It was during
my tenure at the Zawinul Syndicate [a world music
oriented music project established by Austrian
artist Joe Zawinul]."
He also said he knows Turkish goblet drum players,
such as Misirli Ahmet and Levent Yildirim. "When I
was last in Istanbul, I bought an oud [a
pear-shaped, stringed instrument commonly used in
traditional Middle Eastern music]. This time I'm
planning to get another one," said Bona.
* The American Turkish Society and the Moon and
Stars Project is presenting an exhibition by the
Turkish artist Anil Duran. The exhibition is
dubbed "Games against the Light" and will feature
mixed media works of Anil Duran.
This program is presented as a part of the Moon
and Stars Project's "Community Grants" program,
which provides assistance to projects of high
standards in order to encourage local artistic
efforts and initiatives in the Turkish-American
A piece of rope, another one longer and thinner,
muffle, some stroke no splinter, a couple of
pebbles, a sunflower and detached petals, some
broken part of an old toy, a little sand, mother's
stolen buttons, mother's pins, a few broken
kitchen tools, piece of bruised paper, fishbone,
grandma's ripped unfinished knitting..."is how
Anil Duran describes his art that uses a
spontaneous language driven by the story of place
The exhibition is at the Gallery at the
Marmara-Manhattan on 31st East 94th Street in New
York. Admission is free and it will be on through
* Robin Raisfeld and Rob Patronite wrote in the
New York magazine on October 18 that the "Turkish
street snack" simit is challenging New York's
bagel hegemony. The writers article is titled
"Lord of the Rings".
"Looking a little like the secret love child of
the bagel and the street pretzel, the Turkish
simit has arrived in Manhattan at the new branch
of the venerable Turkish confectioner Gulluoglu,
and it's not too much to say that those New York
icons better watch their backs", the writers
Simit is a circular bread with sesame seeds, very
common in Turkey and nearby countries. Simit is
generally eaten plain, or for breakfast with
jelly, jam, or cheese.
The New York magazine article says that the New
York simits are made with flower from Turkey's
southeastern Harran Plain, they are delicately
chewy with a rich, buttery flavor reminiscent of
City Bakery's pretzel croissant.
EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.46
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 77/50 Foggy
Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 81/66 Partly Cloudy
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 73/54 Foggy
Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 77/57 Showers
Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 72/61 Mostly Cloudy
Black Sea measured at Trabzon 68
Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 63
Aegean Sea measured at Izmir 70
Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 75
* Turkish Premier League
Results of the games played so far this week:
TRABZON Sp - KAYSERI Sp 2 - 1
BURSA Sp - B. $EHIR BLD. Sp 6 - 0
ESKI$EHIR Sp - BE$IKTA$ 0 - 1
Results of the games played last week:
DENIZLI Sp - BURSA Sp 2?-?3
BE$IKTA$ - KASIMPA$A 2?-?1
G. BIRLIGI - SIVAS Sp 2?-?0
B. $EHIR BLD. Sp - MANISA Sp 1?-?0
KAYSERI Sp - ANKARAGUCU 3?-?0
G. ANTEP Sp - FENERBAHCE 2?-?1
ANTALYA Sp - DIYARBAKIR Sp 4?-?1
G. SARAY - TRABZON Sp 4?-?3
Ranking in the league at the end of the 9th week:
1 - FENERBAHCE 24
2 - G. SARAY 22
3 - BURSA Sp 19
4 - KAYSERI Sp 18
5 - G. BIRLIGI 16
6 - ESKI$EHIR Sp 16
7 - BE$IKTA$ 15
8 - B. $EHIR BLD. Sp 15
9 - TRABZON Sp 12
10 - ANTALYA Sp 12
11 - G. ANTEP Sp 12
12 - MANISA Sp 10
13 - ANKARAGUCU 9
14 - DIYARBAKIR Sp 9
15 - DENIZLI Sp 6
16 - KASIMPA$A 4
17 - SIVAS Sp 4
18 - ANKARA Sp 0
*** Turkish American Association of California is a non-profit
charitable organization established to promote better
understanding between Americans and Turks.
If you have any questions about Turks and Turkey,
e-mail them at taac@...
*** Planning to go to Turkey? Take a look at our Web pages
that are full of articles and information furnished by
travelers like yourselves:
*** For more music from Turkey and the Middle East tune to
International Cultural Program.
San Francisco World TV Channel 29
Sundays at 9-10 A.M.
*** Yore dance invites you to:
Free Turkish Folkdance Classes.
Sundays at 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Shawl-Anderson Dance Center
2704 Alcatraz Ave., Berkeley CA 94705
Corner of College & Alcatraz
Tuesdays at 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
*** Think before You Pink
You are invited to an exhibition of various artists
which include the works of Turkish photographer
The exhibition is for the benefit of the Breast Cancer Action
It is taking place at Arthaus San Francisco
October 1st through 31st.
Arthaus is located at
411 Brannan Street, San Francisco CA 94107
Telephone 415 977-0223
Turkish American Association of California (TAAC)
Cordially invites you to celebrate
the 86th Anniversary of the REPUBLIC OF TURKEY
*** TAAC invites you to a celebration of the
86th anniversary of the foundation of the Turkish Republic
November 7, Saturday @ Four Seasons Hotel in Palo Alto
06:30 pm - 11:30 pm
PLEASE VISIT TAAC WEBSITE (WWW.TAACA.ORG) TO MAKE
ONLINE RESERVATION, MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL AND SPONSORSHIP
RSVP, Sponsorship and Membership forms are attached in PDF, as well.
*** 10/27: Asli Igsiz, "Grounds for Comparison: Jewish and
Christian Converts to Islam, within the context of 1923
Greco-Turkish Compulsory Religious Minority Exchange"
(Burcak Keskin Kozat)
Tuesday, October 27, 5:00 pm
Encina Hall West, Room 208
417 Galvez Mall, Stanford CA
Asli Igsiz is Assistant Professor in Near Eastern Studies at
University of Arizona and teaches courses on cultural and literary
history of 19th and 20th century Ottoman-Turkish contexts. She
received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of
Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research interests include questions of
"East-West" in the Mediterranean, ethno-religious conflicts,
historiography and literature, and 19th and 20th century literary
cultures in Ottoman State, Turkey, Greece, and France. Among her
publications are "Documenting the Past and Publicizing Personal
Stories: Sensescapes and the 1923 Greco-Turkish Population Exchange,"
"Polyphony and Geographic Kinship in Anatolia: Framing the
Greek-Turkish Population Exchange," "La Perception Infinie dans la
Phrase Proustienne et Expressivit? du Fran?ais, de l?Anglais et du
*** An Alliance at Crossroads:
Turkish-American Relations in a New Era
Associate Professor of International Relations,
Koc University (Istanbul, Turkey)
Visiting Scholar, Center for Russian, East European and
Eurasian Studies, Stanford University
Friday, November 13, 2009, 12 noon
The IGA Conference Room, 360 Shields Library
For the location of the Library, please consult the online campus map at
Middle East/South Asia Studies Program
The Institute of Governmental Affairs
The Center for History, Society, and Culture
*** Turkish American Business Connection
invites you to a gettogether for networking
on Thursday, October 29 at 7:00pm
in San Francisco
at Nectar Wine Lounge (3330 Steiner St, San Francisco)
*** Azerbaijan Cultural Society of NC is pleased to announce that
Dr. Shekufeh Dadvar has accepted our invitation to be the guest
speaker of the November Azerbaijan Night.
Dr. Dadvar's lecture deals with the issues pertaining to cultural
differences and gap between old generation representatives and their
offsprings - U.S. born children & grandchildren.
When: Friday, November 06, 2009
Time: 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: 16400 Lark Ave. Ste #260
Los Gatos, Ca 95032