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    SF Turkish Radio Hour News {20100220trh.txt} x0x Turkish News for the week ending 20 February 2010 [This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 20 February
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      x0x Turkish News for the week ending 20 February 2010

      [This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 20 February 2010]

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      * According to a number of Turkish newspapers, Turkish foreign affairs minister Mr. Ahmet Davutoglu arrived in Tehran on Monday to help defuse rising tension between Iran and major Western powers over Tehran's controversial nuclear program.
        Tension soared last week when Iran announced it had started work to make higher-grade uranium, ostensibly for cancer treatment; and provoked a renewed Western push for tougher sanctions.
        Speaking at a joint press conference after meeting with his Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki, Mr. Davutoglu said Turkey places great importance on keeping diplomatic channels open on the nuclear issue. Stating that they had a sincere exchange of views on the issue, Mr. Davutoglu said that Turkey wants the Middle East to become a region of stability, not tension, and expects Iran to make positive contributions to this end.
        For his part, Mr. Mottaki reiterated his country's position that Iran's nuclear program is both peaceful and legal. Calling Turkey part of the continuing negotiation process over the program, Mr.Mottaki said Turkey would play a key role in that process in the months to come. Iranian foreign affairs ministry spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast recently called for friendly countries, including Turkey, to help convince the West of the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program.
        Mr. Davutoglu did not elaborate on the new proposals he made, but previously Turkey has offered to provide a location for the exchange of Iran 's low-enriched uranium with the 20 percent enriched uranium to be supplied by world powers as part of a UN-drafted deal.
        Mr. Davutoglu spoke with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the phone late Wednesday and had a phone conversation with the Iranian foreign affairs minister on Thursday. Mr. Davutoglu also met on the same day with US Undersecretary for Political Affairs William J. Burns, the State Department's number three official. Iran's nuclear dispute topped their talks, with Mr. Davutoglu urging that diplomatic channels be kept open to solve the issue.
        Mr. Davutoglu also said a thorough evaluation of the issue will be made during a planned telephone conversation between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Barack Obama.
        In related news, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was in Qatar over the weekend to attend the US-Islamic World Forum and spoke with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who sought support for tougher sanctions on Iran in Qatar.
        During their meeting, Turkey's recent contacts with Iran were discussed, along with the issues of normalization of relations with Armenia, reunification of Cyprus, terrorism, economic relations, and Iraq.

      * Turkish daily Star reports that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Organization of Islamic Committee Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu on Tuesday at the organization's headquarters in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
        Ms. Clinton presented Rashad Huseyin, the US special envoy to the organization, to Mr. Ihsanoglu, who is a Turkish scholar.

      * According to the Turkish daily Sabah, speaking to reporters en route to Turkey from a week-long official trip that included India and Bangladesh, Turkish president Mr. Abdullah Gul said last Sunday that he planned to visit Africa soon, adding that Turkey has a humanitarian responsibility towards Africa. Mr. Gul said that last year Turkey's direct and indirect charitable aid for countries around the world topped $1 billion.
        Saying that nearly all African countries voted for Turkey's current non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council, Mr. Gul claimed that no country but Turkey could win such support, and added that The Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency now has offices in every African country. Mr. Gul also said that Turkey will continue its efforts to improve trade ties with African countries without neglecting its humanitarian responsibilities towards the continent.
        In related news, According to the Turkish daily Hurriyet, Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete met on Thursday with his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul at the Cankaya Presidential Palace in the Turkish capital Ankara.
        During their meeting, agreements were signed on relaxing visas, commercial cooperation, and aviation. Turkish Airlines will start direct flights to the Tanzanian capital Dar es Salaam. Afterwards, Mr. Kikwete told a joint press conference that Turkey is a friend and the voice of Africa, especially among the G-20 countries, as no country from the African continent is a member of the G-20.
        Mr. Kikwete also called on Turkish investors to invest in Tanzania, touting his country's potential in agriculture, tourism, education, science and technology.
        Mr. Kikwete visited Turkey along with a 50-member delegation of Tanzanian businesspeople to attend the Turkey-Tanzania Business Forum that was hosted today by the Confederation of Turkish Businessmen and Industrialists at the Grand Cevahir Hotel in Istanbul.

      * Turkish daily Sabah reports that as part of preliminary preparations for a new Turkish consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil, a Turkish foreign affairs ministry delegation met on Tuesday with Massoud Barzani, the leader of the Kurdish regional administration in northern Iraq.
        Accompanied by Turkey's Ambassador to Baghdad Murat Ozcelik and Turkish Consul in Mosul Ahmet Yildiz, the delegation surveyed the city for a suitable site to construct the new consulate.
        Felah Mustafa, a local official in charge of foreign relations, said that legal process had been completed to open the consulate.
        Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council head Sayyed Ammar al-Hakim said they have always supported Turkey pursuing an Iraq policy which is open to all Iraqi groups, welcoming Turkey's decision to open new consulates in major Iraqi cities, including Erbil.

      * According to the Turkish daily Turkiye, Turkish deputy prime minister for the economy Mr. Ali Babacan said on Thursday that Turkey's unemployment rates for the last three months of 2009 and this January were better than expected, and the annual unemployment for last year to be below the 14.8 percent stated in the mid-term economic program.
        Speaking at a ceremony marking Turkey's private pension system reaching 2 million participants, Mr. Babacan said after sustaining relatively little damage from the global economic crisis compared to other countries, the Turkish economy is now giving strong recovery signals.
        Mr. Babacan said that orders received by the manufacturing sector, production, and export figures are rising; and the ratio between the numbers of closed and started businesses is changing in favor of the latter. He added that the government would continue to keep economic recovery measures in place.
        Mr. Babacan also praised the performance of Turkey's private individual pension system, stating that it is one of the three individual pension systems within the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development with positive returns amid the crisis. The other two are in Germany and South Korea.

      * Turkish daily Star reports that Turkish agriculture minister Mr. Mehdi Eker and Chief Negotiator for European Union talks Egemen Bagis discussed on Monday the chapter on food set to open during Spain's current European Union term presidency.
        Mr. Bagis stated that Mr. Eker has made many reforms in agriculture to bring Turkey to European Union standards, while Mr. Eker stressed that agriculture, with its three sub-sections, is an important chapter.
        Each candidate country for the European Union membership is required to enact reforms to bring up its legal, economic and other areas such as agriculture and food to the Union's standards.

      * According to the Turkish daily Turkiye, the Italian Consulate in Istanbul and the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce signed a pact on Monday to help ease visa procedures for Turkish businessmen.
        Under the agreement, Turkish businessmen will be able to get a visa for up to five years after applying to the consulate with a letter from the Chamber.
        After the signing ceremony, Mr. Yalcintas was officially awarded Italy's state medal of merit for his contributions to improving Turkish-Italian relations.

      * According to the Turkish daily Hurriyet, a group of Turkish businessmen from the Aegean Chamber of Industry arrived in Syria on Monday to boost economic and commercial relations between the two countries.
        The businessmen visited the chambers of commerce and industry in Damascus, with a plan to sign cooperation agreements with both.
        Aegean Chamber of Industry Chairman Ender Yorgancilar also met with Syria's economy and trade minister.

      * Turkish daily Turkiye reports that the newly elected executive board of the Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen' Association, led by its chairwoman Umit Boyner, met with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday in the Turkish capital Ankara.
        Afterwards, Ms. Boyner said that they spoke with Mr. Erdogan about her Association's plans through 2012, adding that her group is willing to work with the government to promote more jobs and sustainable growth, as these are goals they can give serious support to as a non-governmental organization.
        Next week the board will also meet with Turkish President Abdullah Gul, deputy prime ministers, main opposition Republican People's Party leader Deniz Baykal, and opposition Nationalist Movement Party leader Devlet Bahceli.

      * Turkish daily Aksam reports that Istanbul's Bahcesehir University opened on Wednesday a liaison office in Berlin to strengthen its relations with educational institutions in Europe, conduct research projects through joint educational programs, contribute to culture and systems of countries where there are Turkish populations, and explore the possibility of founding a Turkish-German university.
        Among the participants at the opening ceremony were the university's Board of Directors head Enver Yucel, Berlin Justice Minister Gisela von der Aue, Bahcesehir University President Deniz Ulke Aribogan, and German Greens Party Co-Chair Cem Ozdemir.


      Edited by Colleen Clark


      * The Istanbul Film AFM International Independent Film Festival !f began on February 11 and runs through February 21. More information and links to trailers can be found at
        In the Hurriyet Daily News, Michael Wyatt writes about Delice Film, the production company led by Doga Kilcioglu, director of "Married to the Camera," which features in this year's Istanbul Film Festival, and her brother Can Kilcioglu, the film's cinematographer and producer.
        Growing up in Izmir, Kilcioglu was interested in art and also angry at the imbalance and injustice of the world around her. Instead of becoming a lawyer, she studied film and television communications which allows her to bring her interests together in documentary film. Speaking in French - "It is a suffering language If you don't suffer, you can't make a film." - she talks about her first film "With Three Ears" about blind people and also about people's perceptions and misperceptions of the blind.
        "Married to the Camera" is her entry the film festival. It was screened on Feb. 16.
        Wyatt writes, "Watching the trailer for "Married to the Camera" for the first time, one could be easily forgiven for mistaking this feature documentary film for a drama, or even dark comedy, for it appears too entertaining to be true." Indeed, Kilcioglu would also like to make fiction films.
        Read more at: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * Another film to be screened at the festival is "My Letter to Pippa" by filmmaker Bingol Elmas.
        The Hurriyet Daily News reports that the film is the story of Pippa Bacca, who was raped and murdered by a truck driver in Turkey a couple of years ago during a journey from Milan to Jerusalem to spread a message of peace.
        The reality of the message turned sour after Bacca, 33, was killed 40 miles east of Istanbul by a driver who had offered her a ride. The court sentenced the murderer to life in prison within a month of the terrible crime. After a few protests, the sad event sunk into oblivion.
        Documentary filmmaker Bingol Elmas decided to shine light on Bacca's story by continuing the Italian artist's journey and filming it to raise awareness about society's attitudes toward women. The brave director started her journey near the place where Bacca's body was found, near Tavsanli village in the Gebze region. She continued all the way to the Syrian border as she shot her movie.
        "My Letter to Pippa" is a loud question, a thought-provoking piece by a female documentary filmmaker about trust, peace, fear and evil. It makes us think about the situation for women in Turkey, and around the world, where women are still treated as sex objects, experience violence and become victims of honor killings.
        The documentary will also be screened in Istanbul on Women's Day, March 8. Screening times are listed at http://www.asminfilm.com.
        Ms. Elmas is now working on her fourth documentary, this one about children brides, who are often sold to elderly men.
        Read more at: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * Another theme included in the Istanbul Film Festival is homosexuality, reports the Hurriyet Daily News. Nine years ago, I for server form with fire Turkey's first independent film festival, !f Istanbul, added a special section titled "Rainbow," highlighting the Turkish taboo on freedom of sexual expression.
        Despite harsh criticism from the public, the festival management did not step down. The section was expected to be followed by mostly gays and lesbians, but it has drawn interest from many festival attendants.
        Speaking to the Hurriyet Daily News, the festival's co-director Serra Ciliv said: "Our audience's response was incredibly positive. The Rainbow section has been a festival staple since our first year. We felt it was important in terms of creating visibility and awareness and to help promote tolerance for different kinds of lifestyles. Turkey is changing fast; it is not just the festival. We have a young and dynamic population."
        Alex Sabuncu, who does not hide his homosexual identity, said the use of gay and lesbian themes in festivals created empathy and removed prejudices to some extent. "This society should understand we are a part of this society."
        Read more at: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * With fire in her eyes and determination in her voice, Ruya Koksal, the director of "An Argonaut in Ordu," launches readily and energetically into a lively discussion about her work, reports Michael Wyatt in another story from Hurriyet Daily News about the Istanbul Film Festival.
        The conversation has a sense of urgency - a feeling that something big is about to happen. And if Ms. Koksal and her partner, Aydin Kudu, the film's cinematographer, have their way, something big will happen.
        Ms. Koksal and Mr. Kudu have great ambitions of bringing about social awareness on a massive scale. "An Argonaut in Ordu," is yet another example of how the duo's projects are designed to exhort audiences to stand up to the destructive changes that are currently underway throughout the Black Sea region.
        Asked to say a bit about herself, Ms. Koksal said she studied linguistics at college after attending an American school, all the while watching a lot of films. She started out writing, but later told herself, "There's got to be a better way to say what I've got to say."
        Ms. Koksal found her voice in documentary filmmaking with "Forsaken Path," the duo's first film, in 2006. Shot in the Black Sea highlands, the movie follows the Cepni tribe and its fight to retain traditions and customs in the face of ever-encroaching modernity and urbanization.
        Both Ms. Koksal and Mr. Kudu are deeply attached to the Black Sea region, where both have roots. Their subsequent film, the award-winning "The Shore," which was successful in attracting international recognition of their work, explores the trauma of a community forced to suffer the imposition of a highway along its coastline.
        "An Argonaut in Ordu," drives home the argument that grassroots campaigns can truly make a difference. The film follows 67-year old Enis Ayar as he successfully pursues his conservation efforts in the coastal province of Ordu.
        Asked if they have a particular statement they wish to make with their work, the filmmakers emphatically said they want to show audiences that the modernization they are campaigning against has the potential to alter the country forever. "This is not development," Mr. Kudu said. "Turkey will not be unique; it will be like every other country."
        Openly contemptuous of what they regard as efforts by government and special-interest groups to deface the country, the filmmakers remain full of optimism that the onslaught of modernization and urbanization can be tamed through public awareness and intervention.
        Both Ms. Koksal and Mr. Kudu pledge to continue making films about meaningful and important subjects. "An Argonaut in Ordu," they say, "shows it is possible to bring about change - it can be done."
        Being included at the !f Film Festival is particularly important to Koksal, not only for the exposure to her work and to related environmental issues, but also because film is an especially valuable medium through which to educate audiences. Interesting visuals are presented and a person can simply sit and absorb the experience, Koksal said: "You either just watch, or you do something. Now there are no excuses; now you know what's going on."
        Read more at: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * Even if one can't get to Istanbul for the festival there will be simultaneous screenings on Sunday at several locations around Turkey and four outside Turkey, according to the Hurriyet Daily News.
        The !f Istanbul Live event, claimed to be the first of its kind in the world, is a simultaneous screening in 12 locations around Turkey including the Turkish coastal towns of Bodrum, Ayvalik, Canakkale, Alanya and Antakya, along with the eastern cities of Batman, Diyarbakir and Van. There are also four locations outside Turkey; in Yerevan, Armenia, Tblisi, Georgia, Ramallah, Palestine and Tangiers, Morocco, that will show the five much-anticipated festival titles.
        In addition to questions and answers sessions with representatives of the films following the screenings, the project will conclude Sunday evening with a roundtable discussion on "Changing Geographies, New Tribes" with a number of industry specialists, directors, thinkers and writers including Hengameh Panahi, founder and director of the acclaimed art house production and distribution company Celluloid Dreams; author Elif Safak; the acclaimed Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi and Paul Miller (DJ Spooky).
        The project is made possible via digital infrastructure supplied by the acclaimed Palo Alto-based film Web site The Auteurs, which will ensure secure, top-quality online streaming.
        Read more at: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * Earlier in the week Istanbul was host to a different film festival, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
        The 4th Turkic World film Days kicked off Monday in Istanbul with a variety of films from Turkey and other regions throughout Asia that speak a Turkic language.
        The event, which continued through Feb. 18, screened movies that have won numerous awards from Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, the Xinjiang-Uyghur Autonomous Region, Bashkortostan and Tatarstan.
        The aim of the festival was to highlight the participating countries' common culture and background, festival officials said in a written statement.
        Speaking at a news conference, Beyoglu Mayor Ahmet Misbah Demircan said the event brought together regions that have historical and cultural ties, adding that film was a means of communication to boost intercultural dialogue.
        The event was organized with the cooperation of Istanbul University's Eurasia Institute, the Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry, the municipalities of Istanbul and Beyoglu, the Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency and The International Organization of Turkic Culture.
        The screenings were free of charge at Beyoglu Municipality Art Gallery.
        Read more at: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * An upcoming film festival in March and April will focus on films about women, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
        Fifty-three films from 20 countries will join an international women's film festival in Turkey.
        The 8th International Filmmor Women's Film Festival on Wheels will take place in Istanbul, the eastern city of Kars and the Black Sea city of Sinop between March 12 and April 18.
        The festival will run in Istanbul from March 12 to 21, in Kars from April 10 to 11 and in Sinop from April 17 to 18.
        Women's films from Turkey will also be screened at the Creteil International Women's Film Festival between March 31 and April 6.
        The objectives of the Filmmor Women's Film Festival on Wheels are to increase the visibility, experiences, success and productivity of women, as well as reduce their problems. The festival also aims to increase the potential for women to express themselves and their productivity in this area, as well as expand the exchange of ideas and experiences nationally, internationally, in film and in all other dimensions of life. It also hopes to contribute to the elimination of gender discriminations.
        The festival includes special sections with themes on "violence towards women" and "honor" as well as cumulative presentations, conversation panels and workshops.
        Read more at: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * Turkish daily Hurriyet reports that the French Culture Ministry decorated on Tuesday Turkish movie director Fatih Akin with the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres medal. French Culture and Communication Minister Frederic Mitterand, in Berlin for the Berlinale international film festival, gave Mr. Akin the honor at a ceremony held at the French Embassy.


      * The New York Times recently published a glowing review of a book by Elif Batuman, a young woman of Turkish descent who was born in New York City, grew up in New Jersey. She was educated at Harvard College and earned a Ph.D at Stanford University.
        The book is entitled "The Possessed: Adventures With Russian Books and the People Who Read Them." 296 pages. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $15.
        The review can be read at http://www.nytimes.com/ 


      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:
      61/39 Partly Cloudy

      Antalya, on the Mediterranean:
      72/48 Partly Cloudy

      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey:
      66/50 Mostly Cloudy

      Izmir, on the Aegean:
      72/59 Partly Cloudy

      Trabzon, on the Black Sea:
      68/45 Partly Cloudy

      Snow depths at skiing locations:

      Erciyes, in Kayseri, Central Turkey
      41 inches

      Ilgaz, in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey
      35 inches

      Kartalkaya, in Bolu, Western Turkey
      63 inches

      Palandoken, in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey
      59 inches

      Saklikent, in Antalya, Southern Turkey
      59 inches

      Sarikamis, in Kars, Eastern Turkey
      69 inches

      Uludag, in Bursa, Western Turkey
      81 inches


      * Soccer

      * Premiere League

      * Results for week21

      G. ANTEP Sp-BE$IKTA$2 - 0
      ANTALYA Sp-ESKI$EHIR Sp1 - 2
      B. $EHIR BLD. Sp-ANKARAGUCU1 - 1
      DENIZLI Sp-KAYSERI Sp1 - 0
      BURSA Sp-TRABZON Sp1 - 1

      Standing in the league as of week ending21
      1 -G. SARAY46
      2 -FENERBAHCE45
      3 -BURSA Sp40
      4 -KAYSERI Sp39
      5 -BE$IKTA$38
      6 -TRABZON Sp37
      7 -ESKI$EHIR Sp34
      8 -G. ANTEP Sp30
      9 -G. BIRLIGI30
      10 -B. $EHIR BLD. Sp30
      11 -ANTALYA Sp28
      12 -KASIMPA$A24
      13 -ANKARAGUCU21
      14 -DIYARBAKIR Sp21
      15 -SIVAS Sp21
      16 -MANISA Sp20
      17 -DENIZLI Sp10
      18 -ANKARA Sp0

      * Turkish athletes in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

       Alpine skiing at the 2010 Winter Olympics

      Tugba Dasdemir, Erdinc Turksever


      Sebahattin Oglago, Omer Yusufoglu, Kelime Aydin Cetinkaya

      Turkey has qualified 1 entrant in ladies singles

      Tugba Karademir

      Latest results:

      In the ladies' 10 km free cross-country skiing Kelime Cetinkaya took the 69th place.
      In the men's 15 km free cross-country skiing Sebahattin Oglago took the 77th place.
      In the Ladies' Individual Sprint Classic Kelime Cetinkaya took the 53rd place.

      Clcik here to meet the Turkish athletes! (Link will open in a new window)


      [Saat 18:30 and 19:30 'da iki kez okuyun]


      Turkish clarinet master Husnu Senlendirici for a celebration of Turkish and Balkan Music. Turkish-born Gypsy clarinet player Husnu Senlendirici is revered as a pop star in his native homeland. In the late 90s his Gypsy-funk outfit Laco Tayfa recorded and toured internationally with Brooklyn Funk Essentials. Since then Senlendirici has collaborated with Al Di Meola, tabla legend Zakir Hussain and Bulgarian clarinetist Ivo Paposov. Says the prolific New York trumpeter and bandleader Frank London, In Turkey, the clarinet is their saxophone and Husnu is Michael Brecker, Branford Marsalis and Maceo Parker all rolled into one. He is constantly pushing the envelope in any musical setting, raising the bar whether playing pop, improvisation, progressive folk or dance music. Expect heart wrenching melodies, lavish ornamentation and off-beat improvisation against complex drum rhythms an East-meets-West fusion of the highest order. 

      Saturday, Feb 20, 2010 @ 9:00 PM
      Soma Art Center, San Francisco
      934 Brannan Street / San Francisco, CA 94103

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      *** Yore dance invites you to:

      Free Turkish Folkdance Classes.

      Wednesdays, 7:30 PM at Stanford,
      Sundays 2 PM at San Francisco

      Please contact with Yore Folk Ensemble for the details.


      Yore starts new session with a new region "Teke" on Sunday, January 31st.

      Location: 940 Grove Street, San Francisco

      2:00 PM Warm up
      2:20 PM Teke
      4:00 PM Trakya
      4:30 PM Black Sea
      5:00-PM Stretch

      All Dancers: Don't forget your exercise outfits and shoes.

      Yore Folk Ensemble

      *** Azerbaijani Turkish language classes

      will start on February 20th, Saturday 11am- 1pm at the ACSNC center.
      All are welcome to attend and learn more about our rich and beautiful mother tongue.

      Address: 16400 Lark Ave. Ste # 260, Los Gatos, CA 95032

      *** Turkish Educational Foundation Presents

      Kuru Fasulye, Pilav (Beans and Rice)
      Turkish Film
      Sunday Feb 28, 5:00 pm
      Ramada Hotel
      1217 Wildwood Ave
      I-101 at Lawrence Expressway
      Sunnyvale, CA 94089

      Suggested Donation $20
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      ***  Kemal Dervi$ lecture at Berkeley:

      Former Turkish economy minister, vice president at World Bank, head of the United Nations Development Program and current vice president and director of Global Economy and Development at the Brookings Institute, Mr. Kemal Dervis will talk at Berkeley on Monday:

      Policy, Politics and Development: Some Personal Perspectives with Kemal  Dervis

      Lecture | February 22 | 4-5 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Bldg.

      Speaker/Performer: Kemal Dervis, Brookings Institution

      Sponsor: Blum Center for Developing Economies


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