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      x0x Turkish News for the week ending 24 October 2009

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      Edited by Fuad Tokad

      * 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
      happen again.
      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
      in August.
      "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
      Kazakh ministers.
      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
      national day.
      "The U.S. has great interest in stopping the
      deterioration of Turkish-Israeli relations," said
      Stephen Larrabee, a RAND researcher and expert on
      international affairs.
      "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
      the fall.
      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.


      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.
      Gunay said.
      "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
      See more:

      * 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
      miniature cafe.
      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.
      See more:

      * 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
      architectural heritage.
      "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.
      See more:

      * 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
      Congress Center.
      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.
      See more:

      * 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
      tour suggests.
      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.
      See more:

      * 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
      Bosporus Strait.
      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
      one name.
      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:
      and http://www.art216.com/index-english.html

      * The Istanbul Tanpinar Literature Festival will
      host many literary events in various locations
      around the city from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3, reports
      the Hurriyet.
      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
      and Time."
      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
      technical capabilities.

      * 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
      Jazz Festival.
      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
      and time.
      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
      Nov. 26

      * 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

      Seawater temperatures

      Black Sea measured at Trabzon 68
      Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 63
      Aegean Sea measured at Izmir 70
      Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 75


      * Soccer

      * 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
      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
      Mustafa Onder.

      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



      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

      Suhnaz Yilmaz
      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
      http://www.cevs.ucdavis.edu/ map/map_detail.cfm?assetInfo=112

      Sponsored by:
      Middle East/South Asia Studies Program
      History Department
      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

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