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      x0x Turkish News for the week ending 26 June 2010
      [This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 26 June 2010]

      Courtesy of Turkish Radio Hour, producer of the
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      Edited by Fuad Tokad

      * As we reported to you last week, 9 Turkish military were killed last Saturday by the Kurdish insurgents in Southeastern Turkey.
        On Tuesday another attack took place, this time around in a town near Istanbul in Northwestern Turkey, away from the ares that the insurgents usually operate.
        The attack targeted a bus carrying military personnel and civilian relatives from a housing complex for the military.
        The attackers remotely detonated explosives that killed six people, including a 17-year-old high school student.
        The Turkish daily Milliyet reported that a group calling themselves the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons claimed responsibility.
        The groups is thought to have ties to the Kurdistan Workers Party, the underground organization of the insurgents. The United States, European Union and Turkey has named the Kurdistan Workers Party a terrorist organization.

      * The Turkish daily Vatan wrote that there were tears at the funeral of high school student Buse killed in the terrorist attack.
        Turkish Armed Forces Chief of General Staff, commanders, as well as leaders of the Republican People's Party and Nationalist Movement Party attended the funeral. Unal Saridag, who lost her daughter in his arms, said, "my daughter who shielded herself for me was only 17 years old. However, I will not make them happy. Whoever has planted that bomb should confront me."
        11 people, including members of Peace and Democracy Party were detained in the investigation into the attack. Police are looking for the bombers whose names were given by the detained.
        According to official figures, number of those who lost their lives due to the Kurdistan Workers Party activities since 1984 has reached 42,000. Number of those injured in attacks is 21,615, reported the daily Milliyet.

      * The Turkish daily Turkiye reported that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that some countries still assist the Kurdistan Workers Party.
        Mr. Erdogan criticized European countries for leaving Turkey alone in the fight against terrorism.
        "Despite all the pain we have been through and bloody attacks on civilians and security forces, today, there are countries that have not cut financial support to the terrorist organization, turned a blind eye to its acts and its propaganda, and did not extradite any criminals to Turkey," he said.
        President Abdullah Gul said that since the end of the Cold War, it had become difficult to distinguish friend from foe. "Today, you can receive both friendly and hostile attitude from your neighbor, ally, a country you consider brotherly and an organization you would like to enter," Gul added.

      * The Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe Antonio Miloshoski and the President of its Parliamentary Assembly Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a joint statement "We strongly condemn today's terrorist attack on a bus in Istanbul, in which three people have been killed, including a child,"
        "The recent upsurge of terrorist violence in Turkey is a matter of grave concern. Terrorism remains the greatest threat to the values the Council of Europe stands for," it added.

      * The Turkish daily Turkiye reported that President Abdullah Gul hosted leading non-governmental organizations of Turkey in Istanbul.
        The participants discussed escalating acts of terrorism and underlined that a total fight against terrorism was a requirement.
        Representatives of 17 non-governmental organizations agreed: We should not take a step backwards on the way for democratization.
        Another Turkish daily, Milliyet, quoted President Abdullah Gul as saying that "we should differentiate terrorism and terrorist organization from the Kurdish issue."

      * As you recall, three weeks ago Israeli military killed nine Turkish activists on a ship that was attempting to delver aid to Gaza.
        According to the Turkish daily Yeni Safak, Turkish authorities say that the autopsies carried out on the dead revealed that Israelis have also performed autopsies and got DNA samples although they did not have the authority to do so.
        Yeni Safak reports that Turkish forensic experts could not determine the shooting distance as Israelis had also washed the traces of gunpowder on the bodies and clothing of the dead activists.

      * The Turkish daily Cumhuriyet reported that chairman of the main opposition Republican People's Party Kemal Kilicdaroglu met with the ambassadors of the European Union countries at the residence of Spanish Ambassador Joan Clos Matheu on Thursday.
        Speaking to reporters after a two hour luncheon, Mr. Kilicdaroglu said that he conveyed to the ambassadors Republican People's Party's determination for Turkey's European Union membership process.
        "I have emphasized how important ethical values were for Europe. I have told the ambassadors that it was not right for the European Union to put additional conditions on Turkey's European Union path, conditions that were not imposed on other European Union candidates and members," Mr. Kilicdaroglu said.
        Asked if the issue of terror came up during the meeting with the ambassadors, Mr. Kilicdaroglu said "yes, the issue of terrorism did come up".
        "I have reminded the ambassadors that the European countries must be more sensitive about sources of financial assistance to the terrorist organization in Europe," Mr. Kilicdaroglu also said.

      * Turkey and the United States continued intelligence sharing which began in November 2007 between the two countries, reported the daily Cumhuriyet on Friday.
        Gen. Fahri Kir, chief of the Homeland Security Department of the Turkish armed forces General Staff, told a news conference that Turkey and the United States declared the Kurdistan Workers Party a common enemy.
        Unmanned aerial vehicles, working 15-16 hours a day, under the control of Turkish military personnel were used in intelligence sharing, General Kir said.

      * Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday released a statement on the 60th anniversary of the Korean War and said, "16 countries, including Turkey, joined the 3-year war supporting the Korean Republic which erupted in the Korean Peninsula 60 years ago."
        "Thousands of Turkish troops which fought for democracy, freedom and world peace, are commemorated for their heroism altering the course of the war. There are more than 700 Turkish martyrs who shed their blood in this war," the statement said noting that, "After the armistice signed in 1953, Turkish troops continued assignments in Korea to restore peace," it said.
        The Ministry of Foreign Affairs added, "we are commemorating our troops and express gratitude for them", reported the Anatolian News Agency.
        The Korean War broke out June 25, 1950, when tensions on the Korean peninsula turned into an open conflict as north Korean troops, backed by China, began to invade the South.
        The United Nations, led by the United States, came to the aid of the South Koreans. As part of U.N. forces, Turkey joined the war later that year, sending thousands of troops in December 1950.
        The Turkish contingent fought forcefully in the war, giving a record-breaking casualty rate. A total of 721 Turkish soldiers were killed in action and more than 2,100 others were injured. "The Turks are the heroes of heroes. There is no impossibility for the Turkish Brigade," said U.S. Gen. Douglas MacArthur, the first commander of the U.N. forces fighting in the war.
        Historians generally agree that Turkey's participation in the Korean War was a key factor in its admission to NATO in 1952. The Korean War ended with an armistice signed in July 1953, but the peninsula still is divided.

      * The Anatolia News Agency reported that Turkish President Abdullah Gul on Wednesday denied controversies over "Turkey's shift of axis" toward East, saying, "being in relation with a country or another should not be described as shift of axis."
        "As a state policy, Turkey has already set its goal to become an European Union member," Gul told a joint press conference with presidents of Montenegro and Serbia following the Summit Meeting of Heads of State and Government of the Southeast European Cooperation Process in Istanbul.
        Recalling that Turkey is one of the first countries to become a member of NATO, Gul described the Southeast European Cooperation Process meeting as a "European meeting" and said, " I am talking about integration under the umbrella of NATO and European Union, and spread common values to our entire region."

      * Hurriyet Daily News reported that the ongoing fight between the Turkish government and Google leaves Turkish Internet users out in the cold, unable to access some of the most popular sites on the web.
        While officials argue with that a refusal to register and pay taxes in Turkey is behind the problem, experts say the economy and freedom of expression should not be held hostage to such spats.
        Internet users face restrictions on Web surfing in Turkey, where more than 5,000 websites have been blocked since 2007. YouTube was first banned in 2008.
        See the full article at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * The Turkish daily Cumhuriyet's editor-in-chief Ilhan Selcuk passed away at age 85 in Istanbul on Monday. Thousands of people participated in funeral at Lutfi Kirdar Congress Hall and the daily Cumhuriyet's offices. Composer and pianist Fazil Say played some of his works for Selcuk.
        The mourners protested the government and accused it of supporting the Ergenekon operation.
        For the past two years Turkish prosecutors have been arresting former military officers, professors and intellectuals for the purpose of investigating an alleged clandestine operation aiming to overthrow the government. The code name for the investigation is "Ergenekon".
        Despite his advanced age Mr. Selcuk was briefly detained as part of the Ergenekon operation as well. The protesters claimed that Mr. Selcuk's health got worse after being arrested.
        The daily Cumhuriyet's writer Alev Coskun also criticized the arrest of Ilhan Selcuk during the Ergenekon operation in his speech at the ceremony and characterized Ilhan Selcuk as a "martyr of press".
        Hikmet Cetinkaya and Orhan Erinc, writers of Cumhuriyet Daily, Onder Sav, vice chair of opposition Republican Peoples Party and Suleyman Celebi, chairman of the trade union DISK spoke at the ceremony held for Ilhan Selcuk.
        Following the ceremony a service took place in the front yard of the daily Cumhuriyet's main building in Istanbul. Ilhan Selcuk was then buried in the Hacibektas district of Nevsehir province, next to his brother cartoonist Turhan Selcuk who died in March.
        Mr. Selcuk was an important figure in the Turkish left for many years. In recent years he wrote articles opposing the governing Justice and Development Party's policies which he considered "unsecular".
        See more at http://en.cumhuriyet.com/?hn=151630 and http://en.cumhuriyet.com/?hn=150690

      * Turkish Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin implied that Turgut Ozal, the 8th President of Turkey who died of a heart attack, and Gen. Esref Bitlis, who was killed in a plane crash, might have been assassinated, reported the daily Vatan.
        These conspiracy theories have been circulating for years but for the first time a Turkish cabinet minister has voiced it. Mr. Ergin said, "1993 was the darkest year. Ozal's suspicious death, Esref Bitlis' death in a suspicious accident and killing of journalist Ugur Mumcu, they all happened in 1993."


      Edited by Colleen Clark


      * Archaeological findings unearthed at Catalhoyuk, Turkey, one of the oldest known settlement areas in human history, will be shared with the public at the end of the summer, according to a member of the international excavation team, reported the Anatolia News Agency.
        “This information will enable us to learn more details about human beings’ unknown journey in the world. These results do not only concern archaeologists but also scientists in many fields, from medicine to engineering,” archaeologist Gulay Sert said, announcing that scientific publications will be prepared as a result of the excavations and shared with the world this summer.
        “The publications are already making all archaeologists who are interested in the Neolithic age excited,” Sert said, adding that the findings will be discussed in a scientific environment by the excavation team members. “The main goal of the work at Catalhoyuk is to gain information about diseases and plants and their effects on people during that period.”
        Located in the Cumra district of the Central Anatolian city of Konya, Catalhoyuk is one of the most important archaeological centers in the world. It is thought to be where sheep and goats were initially domesticated and previously nomadic human beings first led a settled life. The wall paintings in the ancient city are regarded as some of humanity’s earliest artworks.
        Archaeologists on the excavation team, including team leader Professor Ian Hodder from Stanford University -- whom we interviewed on the air some years ago on KKUP --, have come to Catalhoyuk from all over Turkey and from around the world. As most of the archaeological findings regarding life 9,000 years ago have already been uncovered during the excavations to date, the next phase of work will proceed at a slow tempo and mostly focus on education.
        The Catalhoyuk research area is not only limited to the ruins where excavation work continues. In recent years, laboratories have been built on the campus established near the ancient city under the sponsorship of Boeing and Yapi Kredi Bank.
        Professor Hodder, who has created a new “Hodder School” in world archaeological literature, helps the young archaeologists on his team get experience in this ancient city.
        The first excavation work in Catalhoyuk was carried out in the 1960s by British archaeologist James Mellaart and his team. Professor Ian Hodder took over the excavation work at the ancient site in 1993.
        Currently an international excavation team of more than 100 people is working at the site, which is visited by some 13,000 people each year. They are trying to find out about diseases, genetic features and plants and animals in the area.
        A number of historical artworks have been found during the excavations. Among the findings there is a female figure known as the “Goddess Kybele,” which is on display at the Anatolian Civilizations Museum in Ankara.
        See more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com


      * As part of the 38th Istanbul International Music Festival, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performed at the Halic Convention Center on Wednesday evening for its first performance in Istanbul reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
        The Vienna Philharmonic has performed the premiers of many works by Wagner, Mahler and Boulez. Under the direction of Muti, one of the greatest conductors of our time, the program included symphonies by Mozart and Schubert as well Tchaikovksy's masterpiece “Pathetique.”
        The Istanbul International Music Festival, which kicked off on June 3, will continue through June 30.
        See more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * Hurriyet Daily News reports that the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, one of the best-known youth orchestras in the US, is in Turkey for the first time. Under the baton of Benjamin Simon, the award-winning stringed instrument orchestra will perform Saturday in the Turkish capital Ankara, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
        In addition to the Turkish capital, as part of their Turkey tour, the young musicians will also perform at Pamukkale University Concert Hall in the Aegean province of Denizli. The orchestra will then be in Izmir on July 1 at the Konak Municipality’s Dr. Selahattin Akcicek Concert Hall.
        After a concert in Bursa on July 3 at the Merinos Ataturk Congress and Culture Center, the orchestra will perform at Istanbul’s Hagia Eireni Museum on July 6.
        See more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * Legendary vocalist of Greek music George Yorgos Dalaras will give a concert in Istanbul for the first time on Saturday, reports Hurriyet Daily News. As a result of the long-time efforts of the Istanbul Foundation of Culture and Arts Mr. Dalaras will meet his Turkish fans this weekend at the Harbiye Cemil Topuzlu Open-Air Theater.
        The guest of honor of the Dalaras concert is the renowned Turkish composer, singer, writer and director Zulfu Livaneli, who has dedicated his life to the establishment of close relations between Turks and Greeks. The orchestra of Mikis Theodorakis, which is known as the greatest living composer in Greece, will accompany the concert.
        Mr. Livaneli said he was very happy to share the same stage with his dear friend Dalaras. “Thirty years have passed since steps toward friendship between the Turkish and the Greek publics were taken. We pick the fruits of our labors with my dear friend Mikis Theodorakis.”
        Mr. Livaneli said he had met Dalaras in the 1980s and that he had taught to play the Turkish instrument “saz” to the artist upon Dalaras’ own request. “Our friendship progressed throughout the years, and he began to perform my music in his concerts and included it in his own albums,” he said, giving the following message about the concert: “Political statements are meaningless beside the deep truth highlighted by common songs.”
        See more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/


      * Hurriyet Daily News reports that renowned Turkish American music producer Arif Mardin son has just completed a movie about his late father.
        “I want audiences to see the story of this man who came from Turkey to America, where he lived a kind of American dream with my mother, and helped create the soundtrack of American popular music,” the producer’s son Joe Mardin, himself an established musician and producer, told the Hürriyet Daily News.
        Arif Mardin, who passed away in June 2006, won 11 Grammy Awards and produced more than three dozen gold and platinum albums, collaborating with great musicians such as Aretha Franklin, Bette Midler, The Bee Gees, David Bowie, Willie Nelson, Diana Ross, Queen, Ringo Starr, Chaka Khan, Phil Collins and Norah Jones.
        Joe Mardin’s film, which he started making in March 2006, chronicles the final part of his father’s life when he was battling with cancer but still sketching notes on music sheets in bed and attending recording sessions of the album he called his “life’s work.” The album, which Joe Mardin also assisted with, is set to be released this month on the NuNoise label in both the United States and Turkey.
        See the full interview at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/


      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.57


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey:77/57 Thunderstorms

      Antalya, on the Mediterranean:82/64 Mostly Cloudy

      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey:77/63 Thunderstorms

      Izmir, on the Aegean:82/66 Partly Cloudy

      Van, in Eastern Turkey73/52 Thunderstorms

      Trabzon, on the Black Sea:77/68 Thunderstorms

      Seawater temperatures

      Black Sea measured at Trabzon 73

      Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 73

      Aegean Sea measured at Izmir 70

      Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 77


      * 649th Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling championships has started in on Friday.
        According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Japan’s largest and Turkey’s slipperiest wrestlers faced off Friday in exhibition matches to kick off the history-laden oil-wrestling tournament in Kirkpinar, a township in the northwestern city of Edirne.
        As always, Turkish wrestlers – a total of 498 this year – will spend the three-day event trying to trounce their opponents with their bodies covered in oil and become the “baspehlivan” (champion), but this year, an American film crew, Japanese sumo wrestlers and a scramble for hotel rooms were thrown into the mix.
        The tournament began Friday with the traditional parade in town and exhibition matches between the Turkish wrestlers and their Japanese counterparts that drew great interest from locals. People took pictures of the five sumo sportsmen and asked for their autographs, much to the Japanese visitors’ surprise.
        “We had no idea that the [oil-wrestling] events were that popular here,” one sumo wrestler told the Dogan news agency. “Everyone is taking our pictures and we are happy to see the interest in us.”
        The visiting sumo wrestlers ate dinner Thursday in Istanbul and enjoyed Turkish kebabs so much that the restaurant had a hard time meeting the demand, daily Hürriyet reported.
        The event’s popularity created some problems, however. Some wrestling enthusiasts coming from other cities could not find hotel rooms, and had to sleep in mosques and parks, the Anatolia news agency reported. Approximately 3,000 beds were reportedly fully booked in Kirkpinar, leaving no space for any more visitors.
        Among those traveling to witness the event was American film director Neil Mandt, who previously directed two episodes of the highly popular Turkish television series “Valley of the Wolves" and came to Kirkpinar to shoot documentary footage.
        Mr. Mandt told the Anatolia news agency that his team is traveling around the world to film footage of various festivals and sporting events for a program that will be shown on the Showtime channel.
        “We came with a crew of five people to film the Kirkpinar events,” Mandt said. “It is a highly interesting sport but unfortunately, it is almost totally unknown in America. I hope we will introduce them to oil wrestling, which is a nice sport with some history.”
        See an exhibition wrestling match between the visiting Japanese sumo wrestler and the unbeaten champion Turkish wrestler during this year's tournament.
        Ahmet Tasci is 175 cm 110 kgs
        Akino Mine is 190 cm 150 kgs.


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