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      NEWS

      Edited by Bilgin Atalay

      * Hope is ebbing for workers trapped after cave-in at Turkish mine, the Dogan news agency reported Friday.
        The third day of rescue operations ended without success Friday as teams tried to save three workers trapped 3000 feet underground in the northwestern province of Edirne two days before.
        Rescue teams racing against the clock penetrated 850 meters deep into the mine by the end of the third day and cleared 35 meters of debris created by the cave-in.
        The mine was not functional at the time of the accident, which happened as workers were trying to fix its support structure.
        The mine also had a faulty ventilation system, which had landed it on a list of 85 private mines not permitted to operate by the Energy Ministry. The ministry mailed a notification June 28 to the Governor's Office saying not to allow production at the mine, but the notice only reached the office Thursday, one day after the accident occurred.
        The families of the trapped workers are staying near the mine to follow the efforts of the rescue teams.
        See more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * According to HDN, President Barack Obama said in an interview with Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper Thursday that Turkey could end up seeking alliances outside the West if the European Union keeps it dangling over its bid for membership.
        Mr. Obama told the paper that the United States believed it would be wise for the European Union to accept Turkey, and saw reluctance to let Turkey in as a factor behind changes seen in its traditionally West-facing foreign policy.
        Mr. Obama said he thought the unwillingness in Europe was not the only factor in the shift observed in Turkey. "I recognize that this raises strong feelings in Europe and I do not think the slow pace or European reluctance is the only or predominant factor at the root of some changes in the orientation recently observed in the Turkish attitude."
        "But it is inevitably destined to play a role in how the Turkish people see Europe," Mr. Obama said. "If they do not feel themselves part of the European family, it is natural that they should end up looking elsewhere for alliances and affiliations."
        Under Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan relations with Islamic neighbors have warmed up considerably, neighbors like Iran and Syria, the wider Middle East, and post-Soviet countries, while a formerly close alliance with Israel has dwindled.
        See more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * Property issues again dominated the agenda when Turkish Cypriot President Dervis Eroglu met Greek Cypriot Prime Minister Dimitris Christofias on Friday to continue their negotiations aimed at settling the Cyprus problem, HDN reports.
        Because of new proposals made regarding property in their meeting on June 23, the United Nations' special advisor on Cyprus, Alexander Downer, said Messrs. Eroglu and Christofias would meet on August 4, 10 and 31, as well as maintaining scheduled meetings for July 22 and 28.
        The Greek Cypriot media have written that Mr. Eroglu was working to give priority in the meetings to issues regarding compensation, whereas Mr. Christofias was prioritizing the return of territories under the topic of property.
        Turkish Cypriot leader Mr. Eroglu met U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in New York on June 28 and said the Turkish side was willing to find a solution to the Cyprus question by the end of 2010.
        In his meeting with the U.N. secretary general, Mr. Eroglu proposed a trilateral meeting between himself, Messrs. Ban and Christofias in September.
        Mr. Eroglu's predecessor, Mr. Mehmet Ali Talat, and Mr. Christofias met 71 times under extensive settlement talks which began on September 11, 2008. Their last meeting took place on March 30.
        See more at http://hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * Speaking of Cyprus, Jennifer Lopez has canceled a concert planned for Turkish Cyprus after criticism that the appearance would make a political statement, the entertainment website TMZ.com reported Thursday.
        "Jennifer Lopez would never knowingly support any state, country, institution or regime that was associated with any form of human rights abuse," a representative for the American singer and actress told TMZ.
        Cyprus has been divided since Turkey intervened in response to an Athens-engineered coup in Nicosia aimed at uniting the Mediterranean island with Greece.
        See more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * Nearly one year after its implementation, the smoking ban currently being challenged at the Turkish Constitutional Court enjoys broad support from the Turkish public, the World Health Organization said Thursday.
        According to research conducted in 16 Turkish cities by the global organization, 92 percent of the Turkish public - and 80 percent of smokers - support the ban on indoor smoking, which went into force July 19, 2009.
        Though the ban has been plagued by accusations from opponents that it has caused economic losses in Turkey, World Health Organization representative Dr. Toker Erguder said 7,000 new cafes had opened in the country since it was instituted. He also said smoking rates had dropped as a result.
        Not all cafe owners agreed. "Since the smoking ban was implemented, my business has been influenced negatively in economic terms. My number of customers was cut in half and I had to fire six of my employees as a result," said Kenan ozcoban, the owner of Perla Kallavi Waterpipe cafe in Istanbul's central Taksim neighborhood. Mr. ozcoban said authorities generally come to inspect the cafe every two to three months, and that he had to pay six fines of 570 Turkish Liras each during the winter period when his customers could not go out to smoke in the freezing weather.
        The survey also showed the ban received its strongest support among elderly people with health problems and women, who generally consume less tobacco than men.
        The World Health Organization official said implementation of smoke-free zones has been 87 percent successful so far this year, making Turkey one of the best examples in the fight against tobacco.
        Local authorities have imposed fines on 3,196 Istanbul establishments for violations of the ban, according to Istanbul Provincial Health Director Dr. Ali Ihsan Dokucu, who said the rate seems low for such a populous city. He suggested putting an end to the phrase "smoking like a Turk," used to signify the reputation Turkish people have abroad as heavy smokers.

      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, The United States is investigating whether to add the Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation to its official list of terrorist organizations, a State Department spokesman has said.
        Acting deputy spokesman Mark C. Toner told reporters at a daily press briefing Wednesday that the inquiry began after a bipartisan group of 87 senators called on U.S. President Barack Obama to consider putting the the Turkish organization on the list of foreign terrorist organizations.
        The senators' letter to the president came shortly after Israeli commandos raided an Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation aid ship bound for Gaza, killing eight Turks and one American citizen of Turkish descent.
        The May 31 raid heightened already-tense relations between Israel and Turkey, which condemned the attack as an act of "state terror." Israel has maintained that its commandos acted in self-defense and has launched its own inquiry while Turkey has called for an international investigation.
        See more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * A high school student who won an environmental project competition in Turkey and was invited to the United States was considered "useless" by his teacher, the daily Takvim reported Monday.
        Tugberk Vural and a friend, students of Salih I$goren Vocational High School in the Aegean province of Izmir, came up with an environmental project and entered the International Environmental Project Olympiad. They came in first place and were invited to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, or Intel Isef, to exhibit their project.
        American educators were impressed by the project, and they offered the students the option to continue their education in the U.S. But when Vural returned to Turkey after having rejected the offer to study in the U.S., he learned that he had failed school because of his absence.
        His teacher wrote a note in his school report card, saying, "I hope you will be more interested in your lessons next year instead of wandering around doing useless stuff."
        Vural said he had many projects in his head but, according to him, it was impossible to do them under the present circumstances.

      * The Turkish Parliament's Earthquake Research Council's recently published report drew attention to the insufficiency of Earthquake laws and legislations although 70 per cent of residential and 75 per cent of industrial land is in earthquake zones, daily Radikal reported Wednesday.
        According to the Council, Turkey is currently unprepared for an earthquake. Certain actions that break the few existing laws do not entail strong enough reprimands. This, added to the lack of standardized, frequent inspections, has allowed an increase in unlicensed constructions.
        The report also highlights the necessity for numerous precautions to decrease the possible size of a catastrophe in case of an earthquake, especially in the 11 Turkish cities populated by over 1 million people. Such precautions include the reinforcement or replacement of old buildings, the integration of earthquake education in schools, and an accessible and updated database of seismic activity.

      In Economic News:

      * Facing euro rout, carmakers cry for help, writes the Hurriyet Daily News. The decline of the euro and the sovereign debt problems in European Union countries make it very hard for Turkey's carmakers to reach the annual export target of $18 billion, according to Orhan Sabuncu, president of the Automotive Industry Exporters Union.
        A cut in the special consumption tax and a cut in value-added tax for commercial vehicles is necessary, he says.
        The rise in automotive exports in the first three months of the year, which reached 40 percent, vanished in June, according to Orhan Sabuncu, chief of the Automotive Industry Exporters Union. In a statement on Friday, Sabuncu said export targets for 2010 have become difficult to reach.
        Compared to a very successful 2008, the figures represent a 40 percent decline.
        In the first half, exports to European Union members rose 20 percent on an annual basis to $5.9 billion. The figure represents 72.5 percent of all exports. Exports to former Warsaw Pact countries rose 59 percent while the increase in sales to Africa and the Middle East rose 25 percent and 23 percent respectively.
        See more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      ARTS AND CULTURE

      Edited by Serkan Hatipoglu

      * An ancient theater in the town in Turkey's Aegean region will be the venue of a Greek tragedy being performed for the first time in 2,500 years.
        "Prometheus Bound," one of only seven tragedies of Aeschylus to have survived until the present will be staged by the Pireus Municipality Theater at the Asklepion Ancient Theater in Bergama, the ancient city of Pergamum, on Wednesday evening.
        The masterpiece tells the story of Prometheus, a servant of the Olympian gods, who gave humanity creativity, science and civilization with the gift of fire and subsequently suffered great pain and torment.
        Two years ago, the Greek tenor played the role of the god Apollo in the world premier of the Euripedean tragedy "Phaethon" and last year performed a concert in the Aegean resort town of Ce$me as part of the of Izmir International Festival.
        See more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

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      * Representatives of UNESCO are to visit Izmir to examine and analyze this Turkish Aegean province's historical and cultural heritage this week.
        The visit also aims to consider other ancient cities that deserve to be included on its cultural heritage list.
        Thirty representatives of UNESCO from eight countries will arrive in Izmir on Wednesday and stay in the province until Sunday.
        The UNESCO delegation will also attend a congress on "culture-tourism: intercultural bridges."
        The delegation further plans to learn more about ancient cities and local culture during tours to the ancient cities of Ephesus and Bergama and the town of $eferihisar.
        The center is also hoping to add other cultural heritage sites in the area to the list in its capacity of promoting and supporting the region and city's historical and cultural aspects.
        The tourist value of the region will likely increase when new sites are added to the UNESCO list, according to a member at the center.
        Turkey hopes to attract more tourists with the new project.
        UNESCO's World Heritage List includes 890 properties forming part of the Turkey's cultural and natural heritage which the body's World Heritage Committee said have outstanding universal value.
        Some 689 cultural, 176 natural and 25 mixed properties in 148 countries are included on UNESCO's list. As of June 2010, 187 countries had ratified the World Heritage Convention

      * Speaking of UNESCO, following a series municipal developments that have endangered Istanbul's cultural heritage, UNESCO has threatened to de-list the city if it does not rapidly implement a number of amendments to reverse its current policies. While some academics say Istanbul is no longer able to look after itself, others argue the world body has abandoned the metropolis.
        With Istanbul in danger of being removed from UNESCO's list of world heritage sites, a local nongovernmental organization has begun a campaign to ensure the city does not lose its special status.
        The World Heritage Committee has given the city a list of amendments it must implement in order to protect the cultural heritage of the city ahead of its 34th annual meeting, which will take place from July 25 to August 3 in Brazil. If the required amendments are not fulfilled by the time the annual meeting starts within the next three weeks, then the committee will consider Istanbul an endangered cultural heritage site.
        In response to the threat of de-listing, the Istanbul Urban Movement has begun a signature campaign at http://istanbulsos.wordpress.com, to continue with various activities to create social awareness in the hopes of preventing a UNESCO verdict against Istanbul.
        The UNESCO committee is asking for amendments on the metro bridge construction over the Golden Horn, the renovation of Istanbul's city walls, the Marmaray project, an undersea rail tunnel that will link the European and Anatolian sides of the city, a protection plan for the traditional wooden houses of Istanbul and a master plan to relieve the traffic burden on the historical peninsula. The civil society group held a meeting at the Mimar Sinan University Architecture Faculty on Monday and discussed its action plan.

      * Istanbul's first opera festival witnesses prominent shows from all over the world. The famous Turkish-German director Fatih AkIn's Golden Bear award-winning 2004 film is now also an opera by German composer Ludger Vollmer. The film's title is 'Head-On,' but the name of the opera is the literal translation of the original German: 'Against the Wall'
        Behind perhaps the highest walls in Istanbul, the audience is in Rumeli Castle. Two men pour sand from their hands onto the platform. Beside their feet, a young man is lying still, with stones in his lap. The name of the performance is "Against the Wall" but there is not a wall in sight, except the castle, because this is an opera.
        It was performed by Bremen Opera at the Rumeli Fort overlooking the Bosphorus on July 5-7 as part of the First International Istanbul Opera Festival..
        The two-act "Against the Wall" opera is almost one hour longer than the film version. Aside from having the dialogues in opera form, the dancing parts of the wedding, entertainment, waiting, parting and reunion build upon the film's story in the opera version.
        In Germany, the film was widely discussed within the agenda of integration and multiculturalism. Telling the story of two young Germans of Turkish origin in two languages, the opera itself drew plenty of attention in Germany and was awarded.
        The stories of the singers in the act were also examples of a cultural relationship between Germany and Turkey. One of the two leads, $irin KIlIc, who played Sibel, is of Turkish origin and was raised in Germany.
        The music for the opera, composed by Ludger Vollmer, was played by Bremen Philharmoniker, and guests played traditional Turkish instruments, like the baGlama and zurna. Several Turkish folk songs and many Oriental melodies also provided musical support to the multicultural atmosphere.
        The International Istanbul Opera Festival was organized this year under the activities of the Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture. The festival began July 2 with "Fatih Sultan Mehmed" and "Maometto Secondo" by Rossini and will end July 23 with "KoroGlu" by u. HacIbeyli at the Sutluce Convention Center.
        With the slogan, "Opera comes to town," the performances take place at historical places like YIldIz Palace, TopkapI Palace and Rumeli Fort. The next act at the castle is "Imeneo" by Handel on July 10-11.

      * World-renowned jazz musician Chick Corea played on Wednesday night at the Cemil Topuzlu Open Air Theater in Istanbul. Corea, who has had a legendary musical career spanning over four decades of collaboration with some of the brightest names in the genre, is renowned for his radical interpretations and free jazz style. His Istanbul date sees him come with a new band.
        Other renowned jazz musicians accompanied Corea on stage, including Kenny Garrett, who worked with Miles Davis for many years, Christian McBride and Roy Haynes, the legendary drummer.
        Corea is also known for his solo work as well as other projects that combine jazz and classical music. He participated in the birth of the electric jazz fusion movement as a member of Miles Davis' band in the 1960s and later formed Return to Forever in the 1970s.
        See more by clicking on the photograph

      chic

      * A man in Istanbul says he is selling a distant cousin of Paul the Octopus whose reputation as sports oracle soared by correctly predicting all of Germany's matches at the World Cup, for $130.
        Ahmet Guzelsoy of Istanbul's Atasehir district says Octopus Polat foresaw soccer club Denizlispor getting relegated from the Turkish Super League this year. Guzelsoy also claims the price of gold coins of about 1.7 grams would rise above 100 liras.
        The Turkish man is selling his octopus with an ad posted on the auction Web site sahibinden.com.
        Polat's fortune-telling skills are developing "at a rapid rate," Guzelsoy said.
        The "real" psychic octopus, Paul, lives at the Sea Life aquarium in Oberhausen, western Germany. It gained worldwide fame after successfully predicting all six of Germany's World Cup matches.

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