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      Turkish News for the week ending 31 July 2010 {20100731rh.txt}

      x0x Turkish News for the week ending 31 July 2010
      [This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 31 July 2010]

      Courtesy of Turkish Radio Hour, producer of the
      TURKISH CULTURAL PROGRAM, every Saturday from 6 PM to 8 PM
      on KUSF FM 90.3, San Francisco

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      * Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron paid a visit to Turkey. Bloomberg reports that Mr. Cameron vowed to support Turkish quest to join the European Union.
        Bloomberg adds that Mr. Cameron's call puts him at odds with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, both opponents of Turkish membership.
        Mr. Cameron called the opponents of Turkish membership in the European Union "polarized" and "prejudiced".
        The Turkish daily Hurriyet reported on a speech by Mr. Cameron, in which he drew a parallel in terms of the European Union's treatment of his country in the past and to Turkey now.
        "Do you know who said: 'Here is a country that is not European... its history, its geography, its economy, its agriculture and the character of its people - admirable people though they are - all point in a different direction... This is a country which... cannot, despite what it claims and perhaps even believes, be a full member', " the British leader asked.
        "It might sound like some Europeans describing Turkey. But it was actually Gen. Charles de Gaulle describing the UK before vetoing our European Union accession."
        Mr. Cameron also said that he wants to double U.K. trade with Turkey, currently $9 billion a year, over the next five years.
        Mr. Cameron also commented on Turkey's role as it relates to Iran's in nuclear program. He said that Turkey can stop Iran developing nuclear weapons. He then called on Turkey to tell Iran of international community's "serious intent".
        See more at:

      * According to the Iranian news agency IRNA, Iranian Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman said the foreign affairs ministers of Iran, Turkey and Brazil met in Istanbul on Sunday to discuss the latest developments on Tehran Declaration.
        On May 17, Iran, Turkey and Brazil signed a joint declaration in Tehran to endorse a nuclear fuel swap proposal, according to which Iran will ship some 1,200 kg of its 3.5 percent enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for a total of 120 kg 20 percent uranium fuel needed for its medical research reactor.
        In related news, according to IRNA, Iran and Turkey signed a security agreement on Wednesday in Teheran.
        The agreement covers international campaign against terrorism, cooperation on security affairs and smuggling of illicit drugs across the border area.
        IRNA reports that the agreement was signed during the annual joint Iran-Turkey security meeting.

      * Speaking of security, conflict with the rebel Kurdistan Workers Party resulted in more deaths last week. On Sunday 4 for Turkish soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb near Dogubayazit.
        On Monday, four policemen were gunned down in southern Turkey.
        Kurdistan Workers Party is on and list of terrorist organizations in the United States and the European Union.

      * The Voice of America, official radio program of the United States government for non-U.S. audiences abroad, says that Turkish influence grows at Iran's expense.
        When Turkey voted against additional United Nations sanctions on Iran last May, it seemed the relationship between Turkey and Iran was stronger than ever. But Turkey's growing political and economic influence in the Middle East may be gradually pushing Iran to the political sidelines.
        Elliot Hen-Tov, a scholar of Turkish-Iranian relations, who was interviewed by the Voice of America says that Iranian leaders are perplexed - even envious - that a country that was half as rich as Iran was  30 years ago, when the Islamic Revolution took place, is today twice as wealthy as the Islamic Republic.
        See more at http://www1.voanews.com/

      * According to the Newsweek reporter Owen Matthews, once an unquestioning U.S. ally, and at odds with most of its neighbors, Turkey is now forging a new foreign policy, with itself at the very center.
        Mr. Matthews' article describes what seems to be a shift in Turkey's policy in the recent years, moving away from a Western oriented one.
        He says that American leaders, who had pushed Europe to accept Turkey as a full member of the European Union, are now openly worried.
        Full article at http://www.newsweek.com/

      * Hurriyet Daily News, an English language publication in Turkey, reports that Turkey's foreign affairs Minister Mr. Ahmet Davutoglu on Wednesday denied the existence of any sustained diplomatic crisis with the United States, either now or in the past, saying the two countries' strategic priorities and approaches instead overlap.
        He added that the US' strategic priorities and methods and the language used by President Barack Obama share much in common with Turkey's approach.

      * You have been hearing about the unauthorized release of 90,000 documents by Wikileak.
        A writer on the Internet site Wired says that some of the documents write that U.S. troops in Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan in 2007 were persistently attacked by militants identified as Turkish fighters.
        Read more at http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/

      * According to the Reuters, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, keen to muster support for his reform package ahead of a September referendum, said on Saturday he might amend an army law criticized by the opposition as authoritarian.
        Known as Article 35, the law states that the army's role is to "watch over and protect" the country, entrenching the military as the main guardians of Turkey's secular system.

      * According to the Anatolia news agency, the number of foreign investors in Istanbul rose 6.53 percent in the first half of the year on an annual basis.
        According to a report released on Sunday by the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce 1,403 foreign investors set up companies worth $170 million between January and June. In the first half of the year, the figures were 1,317 and 200 million liras, respectively.
        The Istanbul Chamber of Commerce registry shows that in the number of foreign investors, Iran, Germany and Azerbaijan top the list. In regards to capital amount, the United Kingdom, Azerbaijan and the Czech Republic are the top three.
        The sectors most attractive to foreign investors were electricity, electronics and information technologies. These were followed by banking-insurance, automotive and construction.

      * Turkey and Brazil will step up efforts to explore the great untapped trade and energy cooperation potential between them, Turkey's foreign affairs minister Ahmet Davutoglu said over the weekend after meeting with his Brazilian counterpart Celso Amorim, reports the Turkish daily Aksam.
        Mr. Davutoglu said that Turkey is also set to start political dialogue with Mercosur. Mercosur is a regional bloc among Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay to promote free trade and the fluid movement of goods, people and currency.

      * According Hurriyet Daily News, Turkish defense company KaleKalip, a Kale Holding affiliate, will produce F-135 engines of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters. The F-135 engine is being built by the United Technologies Corporation for the world's biggest fighter aircraft program.
        KaleKalip's engine plant will be the second Turkish jet engine manufacturer after TEI, which makes engines for F-16 fighter jets.
        KaleKalip and UTC will set up a joint venture 51 percent owned by Kale.
        The deal will be signed between Kale and UTC division Pratt & Whitney.

      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, the Informatics Summit'10, the major information, sharing and training platform of Turkey, will take place in Istanbul on October 4 and 5, officials of the organization committee said on Monday.

      * Bloomberg reports that Turkish stocks rose to a record after the central bank lowered its forecast for inflation this year, raising speculation the central bank will delay rate increases.
        Turkey's central bank revised its forecast for year-end inflation to 7.5 percent from the 8.4 percent it predicted in April.


      Edited by Colleen Clark

      * The New York Times reports that Syrians are flocking to the Turkish city of Gaziantep.
        It says that in recent removal of Visa requirements intensified the number of visitors. Israel's deadly raid on a Turkish-led flotilla to Gaza in May has also helped. Some Syrians say that they appreciated the Turkish stance.

        See more at http://www.nytimes.com/

      * The Turkish film "Vavien" was screened Wednesday night in Sarajevo, Bosnia, at the 16th Sarajevo Film Festival.
        Shot in the eastern Black Sea province of Tokat's Erbaa and in Istanbul, "Vavien" has received many awards, including the Golden Tulip Award at the 29th Istanbul Film Festival, and Best Scenario, Best Actress, Best Music and Best Art Director awards from the Cinema Writers Association.
        Full story at: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * Though it is still over two months away, preparations for the 47th Golden Orange Film Festival, Turkey's top movie event, are well underway, organizers told a press conference in Istanbul on Wednesday.
        The festival, organized by the Antalya Foundation for Culture and Arts with the support of the Antalya Metropolitan Municipality, is scheduled to take place from Oct. 9 to 14 this year in the Mediterranean province.
        Famous Turkish actor Kadir InanIr will be the chairman of this year's National Feature Film Competition. The festival will also host world-renowned directors, including the Serbian director Emir Kusturica.
        Antalya Foundation for Culture and Arts General Director Goksel Kumsal said this year's festival theme was "Cinema and Social Interaction" and it would include thematic film screenings, panel discussions, exhibitions, talks and workshops under the titled "cinema and socio-political interaction," "cinema and country interaction" and "cinema and economic interaction."
        Full story at: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * The movie "Die Fremde" will compete for the European Parliament's movie prize "Lux." Turkish Sibel Kekilli, Derya Alabora and Settar Tanriogen are playing in the movie, which as directed and written by Turkish Director Zuli Alagad's Austrian sife Feo Aladag.
        "Die Fremde", about honor killings, won "best movie" award in Tribeca Film Festival this year. Also Sibel Kekilli won "best actress" award with the movie in the festival.
        "Lux" was first presented in 2007. German director of Turkish origin Fatih Akin's "The Edge of Heaven" won the prize that year.
        The winner of "2010 Lux" prize will be announced in Strasbourg on November 24. "Lux" prize-winner movies are translated into languages of EU's 23 countries.
        Full story at: http://en.cumhuriyet.com/

      * The Suna-inan KIrac Pera Foundation Museum will host two new exhibitions from Aug. 6 to Oct. 3. "Ikuo Hirayama: Turkey, a Crossroad of Culture between West and East" will feature one of the most well known representatives of the Japanese style painting, Nihonga, Ikuo Hirayama.
        Hirayama, who passed away in 2009, took the Silk Road as the main theme of his paintings and paid several visits to Turkey throughout his more than 100 journeys to this route.
        Being held as part of Japan Year 2010 in Turkey and in cooperation with the Hirayama Ikuo Silk Road Museum Foundation and the Consulate General of Japan, the exhibition will be a meeting point between the notable artist of Japan, who also was the Goodwill ambassador to UNESCO, and the Turkish audiences.
        The other exhibition is titled "Japan New Media Arts in Istanbul." Since 1997, the Japan Media Arts Festival has been a unique and original festival from Japan with different categories such as art, entertainment, animation and manga.
        The Japan Media Arts Festival exhibition, which is being organized in Istanbul for the first time at the Pera Museum, focuses on two specific aspects of media arts: the creative mind and the narrative mind. The exhibition explores these two aspects through award-winning works from past exhibitions of the Japan Media Arts Festival as well as recent works.
        The exhibition will be complemented with artist presentations, panel discussions and film screenings.
        Full story at: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * Heavy traffic, primarily from large tour buses, threatens one of Istanbul's most popular tourist attractions, a guides' association has said, warning that the Basilica Cistern may be on the brink of collapse.
        "The road passing near the Basilica Cistern should be closed to heavy traffic," the Chamber of Istanbul Tourist Guides, or iRO, said Monday in a written statement, quoting concerns previously expressed about the site by preservationists.
        In a Dec. 3, 1997, decision, the Istanbul 1st Cultural and Natural Heritage Preservation Board had written: "The damages caused by the tramway line and other vehicles passing in front of the Basilica Cistern should be examined continuously and a project to strengthen [the site] should be prepared."
        Full story at: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * Excavations at ikiztepe, which have continued in the Black Sea province of Samsun's Bafra district since 1974, are being carried out in the area again this year.
        ikiztepe was discovered in 1940 by archaeologists who carried out excavations in the Dundartepe region around Samsun.
        Many artifacts from the early Bronze Age (3000-2000) and the Hittite period (1900-1800 BC) have been unearthed so far during the excavations led by the Istanbul University Archaeology Department's Professor onder Bilgi.
        "This year's excavations, which have continued in ikiztepe for 36 years, will end on Sept. 10," said Bilgi, adding that they finished works in one area last year and searched for layers of the early Bronze Age period.
        Full story at: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/


      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.51


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey: 99/77 Clear

      Antalya, on the Mediterranean:97/81 Clear

      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey:88/77 Mostly Sunny

      Izmir, on the Aegean:97/77 Clear

      Van, in Eastern Turkey82/57 Clear

      Trabzon, on the Black Sea:82/77 Mostly Cloudy

      Seawater temperatures

      Black Sea measured at Trabzon79

      Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag81

      Aegean Sea measured at Izmir81

      Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya82


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

      *** Turkish American Association of California in cooperation with the association's Monterey Bay Chapter and Horon Turkish Folk Ensemble proudly presents.

      13th Annual Turkish Art and Culture Festival in Monterey

           July 31 - August 1, 2010, Sat & Sun, 11am - 6pm

      Monterey Custom House Plaza/State Historic Park 
      [next to the Fisherman's Wharf]

      ( http://www.turkfesca.org, http://www.monterey.com)


      Featuring many fun activities for the whole family, the two-day festival will include live Turkish music and folk dances performances, Turkish art and crafts exhibits and vendor booths, Food (Doner kebap, Adana Kofte,...) and Drinks (Turkish Coffee/tea, Soft drinks, Turkish Raki, beer, wine) and many special activities for children.

      The authentic Turkish food will be prepared and sold by the NEW KAPADOKIA and SAKO's Mediterranean restaurants.

      *** On line Turkish classes:


      *** This program is partially underwritten by CHIC FRENCH. 

      Point your browsers to


      for fine European goods.

      *** Visit our eStore for your gifts:


      for items from Turkey.

      Click HERE to search our eStore!

      We now have Turkish films that you can download

      Here are a few:

      If you are not able to see the images of films click here!

      *** 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.

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

      Please contact with Yore Folk Ensemble for the details.

      Sundays 2 PM Regular Practice Location:
      Alonzo King LINES Dance Center;
      26 Seventh Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103
      2:00 PM Warm up
      2:20 PM Teke
      4:00 PM Trakya
      4:30 PM Black Sea
      5:00-PM Stretch
      TELL YOUR FRIENDS who might be interested joining our group.  

      Yore Folk Ensemble

      *** Azerbaijani Turkish language classes

      Check wiıth the ACSNC center web pages for dates and times: http://acsnc.org/
      All are welcome to attend and learn more about the rich and beautiful Azeri tongue.


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

      *** Azerbaijan Cultural Society of Northern California
      will have on its monthly meeting Dr. Mehrnaz Kamkar as the speaker. Dr. Kamkar's talk will be on "Adopting a Healthier Lifestyle"

      Check with the ACSNC center web pages for details: http://acsnc.org/

      Friday, Aug 6th, 2010
      7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

      16400 Lark Ave., Suite 260
      Los Gatos, CA 95032

      *** Azerbaijan Cultural Society of Northern California

      A Meet and Greet Evening with: Mr. Timur Abdikeyev

      ACSNC would like to invite you to attend our meet and greet event with Mr. Timur Abdikeyev, Saturday, August 7th 6-9pm. This is a potluck event, so please bring your favorite dish, invite your friends and family and join us on Saturday evening.

      Timur Abdikeyev was born in 1979 in Baku, Azerbaijan, a rising opera star who is currently a base soloist of the  Mariinsky Theatre of Opera & Ballet in St. Petersburg. Since his first appearances on the stage Timur Abdikeyev earned recognition of professionals of the opera world and music lovers. Strong voice with timbre of rare beauty and brilliant drama talent moved singer to the row of the brightest artists of the new generation.

      To find out more about Timur Abdikeyev please visit www.TimurAbdikeyev.com

      Check with the ACSNC center web pages for details: http://acsnc.org/

      Saturday, Aug. 7th, 2010
      6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

      16400 Lark Ave., Suite 260
      Los Gatos, CA 95032

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