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      Turkish News for the week ending 11 September 2010


      x0x Turkish News for the week ending 11 September 2010
      [This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 11 September 2010]

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      * Anatolia News Agency reports that Turkish electors will go to polls on September 12, 2010 to vote a constitutional amendment package. Five referenda have so far been held in Turkey regarding constitutional amendments.
        The first referendum took place for 1961 Constitution which was prepared after military intervention on May 27, 1960. Under the constitution submitted to referendum, Cemal Gursel was elected as the fourth president of Turkey.
        Turkey is set to head for the polls on September 12 for the sixth time to vote constitutional amendment package. 49,446,269 electors will cast their votes.
        A survey by KONDA institute said the reforms, including controversial changes to the judiciary, would pass with a "yes" vote of 56.8 percent in Sunday's plebiscite, seen as a key gauge of Erdogan's support before a parliamentary election next year.
        However, KONDA said 17.6 percent of the electorate were still undecided. Earlier polls this week showed the vote was too close to call, with one predicting a narrow defeat for the reform package and the other suggesting it would pass by the slimmest of margins.
        Erdogan says the reforms will bring the constitution, drafted after a 1980 military coup, closer in line with those of the European Union, which Turkey seeks to join.
        Among the 26 articles that make up the package are changes in the way senior judges are selected. Opposition parties argue that these will enable the government to exert more influence over the judiciary.
        Defeat in the referendum would damage the ruling party's morale ahead of the parliamentary election, due by July 2011. Turkish markets are unlikely to move significantly if the constitutional changes pass, but could turn bearish if the government loses the plebiscite.
        The KONDA poll was conducted on Sept. 4-5 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percent.

      * Daily Cumhuriyet reported on Thursday that former chairman Deniz Baykal of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party's said "No" (to referendum) together with Republican People's Party's new chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu at the party's rally in the Mediterranean province of Antalya.
        "If majority of the votes are 'No' in the referendum, the ruling party will go away, however, if there are more number of 'Yes' votes, Turkey will be faced with a great trouble. Because, half of the people do not want this constitution," Baykal said.
        Kilicdaroglu said that if this constitutional amendment is approved, corruption will be legitimized in Turkey, reported daily Hurriyet.

      * Chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu addressed also an enthusiastic group in the Aegean province of Izmir, where he came with his wife Selvi.
        During the party rally, Kilicdaroglu pressed on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and said, "we have not exploited anything, an we will not do so." Kilicdaroglu said, "we will be beside our people, and we will seek justice and rights.
        "Let you give us authority and power so that we pay Turkey's way. Say 'no' to the referendum, and pave the way for change and democracy" reported the daily Vatan on Tuesday.

      * Daily Hurriyet reported that Nationalist Movement Party chairman Devlet Bahceli criticized Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan who made a speech after Ramadan Holiday prayer.
        Mr. Bahceli said that politics should not be brought to the mosques.

      * In related news,  Turkish press reports that  local and foreign businessmen are intensely waiting for the results of  Sunday's Turkish referendum.
        British The Guardian, said that a "no" vote at Sunday's referendum would shake the Turkish economy badly.

      * Daily Sabah reported that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that result of the referendum would probably affect economy.
        Mr. Erdogan said that "yes" votes would boost economy. "We will have an improved democracy. Economy will also be improved. 'No' votes will delay flow of global capital into the country," he said.

      * Economist Suleyman Yasar said that 'yes' votes for the constitutional amendment package in the referendum would yield new opportunities for the business world.
        Businessman Ahmet Nazif Zorlu said that 'yes' votes would make positive impact on markets, reported the daily Safak.

      * Daily Vatan reported that European Commission replied by a letter to a question by a group of Turkish academicians who said "why does the commission back 'yes' in the referendum?".
        The commission said that the constitutional amendment package was a right step, but they have concerns over two issues.
        "One of them is justice minister's being head of Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors, and the other one is requiring the minister's approval to grant authority for inspection," the commission said.

      * Supreme Court of Appeals President Hasan Gerceker spoke at the ceremony held for the beginning of new judicial year.
        Gerceker's remarks came only six day before the referendum.
        Gerceker strongly criticized the amendments and said, "the amendments abolish the principle of separation of powers and independence of judiciary.
        They harm state of law. They hamper the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors so that the board cannot work. They politicize judiciary."

      * In related news daily Milliyet reported that Hasan Gerceker criticized the government that he accused of creating an oppressive and authoritarian regime.
        In his speech at the opening of the court year, Gerceker voiced harsh criticism on government-sponsored constitutional amendments to be voted in September 12 referendum.
        He tacitly called on people to vote "no".
        He said legislation, execution and jurisdiction should be in different hands, referring to 17th century French philosopher Blaise Pascal's remarks as "justice and power must be brought together, so that whatever is just may be powerful, and whatever is powerful may be just."

      * Daily Turkiye reported that back to back record figures have resulted in helping the value of the Istanbul Stock Exchange Market exceed approx. $278 billion.
        At the end of 2009, the companies at the exchange had a total value of approx. $232 billion.
        The most valuable companies at the exchange are Akbank, Garanti Bankasi and Is Bankasi.

      * Daily Milliyet reported that a Turkish Airlines plane that was landing at London's Heathrow Airport came face to face with a small jet.
        Turkish Airlines' Boeing 777 Plane with 232 passengers aboard was getting prepared for landing at Heathrow on July 27, 2009 and it was allowed to descend to 4,000 feet. Right at that moment, the tower permitted a small German jet that had taken off from City Airport to rise up to 3,000 feet.   As the pilot of the jet misunderstood the tower's instruction, the two aircrafts came so close that the distance between them was only half a mile. A disaster was prevented thanks to Turkish Airlines' assistant pilot's quick maneuver.

      * In Wall Street Journal's interview with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the reporter asked Erdogan whether he still considered democracy as a "tool", not a "goal", as he had stated in several statements in 1990s.
        "Yes, I still believe that. I think Wall Street Journal should also think like that. The ultimate goal is people's happiness. Democracy and religions should be tools to achieve that goal," Erdogan said reported daily Hurriyet.

      * Turkey's aid to flood-hit Pakistan has reached 92.5 million U.S. dollars, reported daily Radikal on Friday. Numerous nongovernmental organizations continue their campaigns.
        The United Nations earlier announced that 460 million U.S. dollars of urgent aid was needed for Pakistan. Turkey, which ranked the 56th in the list of the world's richest countries, collected 20 percent of this amount on its own.

      * Releasing a statement to mark the anniversary of the terrorist attacks waged against US on September 11, 2001, Turkish State Minister and Chief European Union Negotiator Egemen Bagis said the United States had experienced one of the painful and bloodiest days of history on such date, and Turkey, as a country that had given thousands of victims to terrorism, understood and felt US pain the most, reported Anatolia News Agency.
        "9/11 attacks showed us one more time that terrorism is an international problem as Turkey has been claiming for years," Mr. Bagis noted. International cooperation is also needed to stop terrorist organization Kurdistan Workers Party's financial activities in Europe and to ban Roj TV's propaganda about Kurdistan Workers Party, Mr. Bagis said.
        Noting that terrorism had no religion, language or origin, Mr. Bagis said associating terror with religion and ethnic identities was one of the greatest dangers of our time, adding neither terrorists that staged the 9/11 attacks represented Islam, nor Turkey's citizens with Kurdish origin were representatives of Kurdistan Workers Party.

      * A report by the International Crisis Group --an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict-- said that the U.S. and European Union states should put aside simplistic cliches about Turkey "turning East", "joining an Islamist bloc" or "turning its back on the West".
        "Turkey's new foreign engagement has been first and foremost economic, with Christian and Muslim countries in Eurasia, the Balkans, Africa and the Middle East alike. The bulk of its trade and investment, its social, popular and educational connections, and the source of its intellectual and economic innovation all remain inextricably linked to European Union states and the U.S." it said.
        The report said, "Turkey has changed greatly over the past two decades, becoming richer and more self-confident, no longer dependent on Washington or Brussels alone. While Turkey should not exaggerate its own importance or capacities, its Western partners should recognize its genuine significance in its region and beyond and spend more time talking to it quietly, constructively and at high-levels. To this end, US and Turkey in particular might usefully consider establishing new mechanisms for regular dialog and better coordination on the full range of their shared foreign policy interests, including in the Middle East."

      * In an interview with Anatolia News Agency, European Union Framework Programs Coordinator Okan Kara from The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey said that Turkish researchers had participated in a total of 400 science projects during the last 3 years and they had received a share of 70 million Euros from these projects.
        Noting that Turkey's participation in the projects provided it the opportunity to have access to major data generated in other countries, Kara said such data would be turned into new technologies in the next 3-4 years.
        Pointing to the scientific researches Turkey contributed to, Kara said such researches focused on numerous topics such as reverse brain drain, private sector funds and establishment of centers of excellence.

      * Daily Milliyet reported that a report prepared by the Chief Public Prosecutor's Office of Ankara, which has been investigating the claims alleging that the telephone exchanges of the Supreme Court of Appeals and Council of State are being tapped, has revealed a terrifying truth.
        The report said that conversations were tapped through International Mobile Equipment Identity numbers and 37 different methods were used to determine the talks or to take their records.
        Telephone exchanges of the President's Office, Prime Ministry and General Staff are also unsafe, the report said.

      * Daily Turkiye reported on Tuesday that Turkish President Abdullah Gul's efforts have brought results and "The Cooperation Council of Turkish-Speaking States" will convene.
        The foundation summit of the organization will take place in Istanbul on September 15 and 16.
        The organization includes Turkey, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kirgizistan and Uzbekistan, and certain federal republics of Russia.
        See more information on the council at http://en.wikipedia.org/


      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News, controversy over plans to bury an ancient city in western Turkey with sand ahead of a new dam project was overshadowed Wednesday by revelations from Turkey's environment minister that the site did not, in fact, exist.
        "There is no such place as Allianoi. It is just a hot spring that was recently restored called 'Pasa Ilicasi,'" said Minister Veysel Eroglu in response to a reporter's question about the controversial plans to bury the ancient city, which is located near Bergama in the Aegean province of Izmir.
        Eroglu's belief in the site's non-existence, however, has been challenged by archaeologists and the Culture and Tourism Ministry, which describes Allianoi on its website as an ancient site that was noted for its health center.
        "Veysel Eroglu is not an archaeologist. What he said is really ridiculous," Assistant Professor Ahmet Yaras, head of the excavations, said Wednesday.
        "Allianoi is the most protected hot spring in the world. Some 11,000 coins, around 400 metal artifacts, 400 bone artifacts, 800 ceramic artifacts and around 400 glass artifacts have been found during excavations," said Yaras, adding that only 20 percent of the city had been successfully excavated so far.
        Allianoi is an ancient settlement whose remains date mostly from the Roman Empire period of about the second century A.D. The site is 11 miles northeast of Bergama in Turkey's western Izmir province. Allianoi is inside the area of the projected reservoir of the Yortanli Dam, the construction of which has been completed but the dam has not yet been activated.
        See more at:

      One of the recent finds in the excavations at Allianoi.

      * The 17th Golden Cocoon International Film Festival will be held from Sept. 20 to 26 in Turkey's southern Mediterranean City of Adana, reports the Anatolia News Agency. Ten Turkish films made within the last year earned the right to compete in the festival's competition for national feature films while the event will also feature contests for student-made films as well as entries from Turkey's Mediterranean neighbors
        "The festival has become one of he most important cultural events in the country. Our goal is to continue this festival for many years," Festival General Coordinator Ozan Aksu said Monday at a press conference in the southern city to promote the event.
        40 Turkish films made within the last year applied to the festival's National Feature Film Competition, National Feature Film Competition jury member, scriptwriter and director Isil Ozgenturk said, adding that 10 gained the right to compete.
        Ms. Ozgenturk said a monetary award would be given to the films in the competition. "It is very expensive to make a film. More contributions will make the Turkish film sector more diverse."
        Meanwhile, the Mediterranean Countries Short Film Competition is open to countries from around the sea and includes documentary, experimental, fictional and animation categories, said Hilmi Etikan, a director for both the Mediterranean competition and the National Students Films Competition.
        At the same time, eight documentary films, seven experimental films, 10 fictional films and eight animation films will compete in the student competition, to which undergraduate students studying at film and television departments of Turkey's communications and fine arts faculties were eligible, he said.
        As part of the festival, Greek director Theo Angelopoulos will attend as the guest of honor. Actress Mujde Ar and film critic Atilla Dorsay, meanwhile, will be presented with lifetime achievement awards during a ball for the guests of honor on Sept. 23. A selection of Ar's films will also screened during the night.
        Turkish artists Sibel Can, Zuhal Olcay, Goksel and Erol Evgin will also perform at the festival.

      * Gold and silver coins inherited from the Ottoman sultans are being melted down because traders are afraid of being charged with smuggling, according to Turkish Numismatics Association Chairman Cem Mahruki.
        Lamenting rules making it illegal to have, purchase or sell such coins in Turkey, Mahruki says it is time for the government to reform the law
        "People who are seized with a copper coin from the Sultan Mahmud II that is not even worth a Turkish Lira are treated like smugglers," said Turkish Numismatic Association Chairman Cem Mahruki, who added that the system was very different in Europe.
        "In most of contemporary countries, especially in the European Union countries, old coins are freely purchased and sold over the Internet," he said.
        Speaking to the Anatolia news agency, Mahruki said the Code of Protection of Cultural and Natural Properties banned the purchase and sales of coins until the last six sultans and only granted permission for collection under very stringent conditions.
        Mahruki also said the current law violated the right to property and that many families had old coins from their ancestors.
        "More importantly, millions of Anatolian women have gold coins inherited from their families, and they use these coins as jewelry without knowing that it is forbidden. According to law, all these women are guilty and smugglers, and they must be punished. This shows the senselessness and severity of situation," he said.
        Ultimately, coins are not historical artifacts but mass-production materials, Mahruki said.
        See more at:

      * Articulating the shortage of theater plays in Turkish, the "Theater in Schools! Playwriting Competition" is starting as part of the 2010 in Schools project to develop greater interest in the performing arts.
        The project, a central focus of the Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Agency's Education Directorate, is continuing its efforts to produce conscious art producers and consumers out of three million primary school students who lack culture and art classes in the existing education system.
        Because of the lack of theater plays available for children to act, the Education Directorate is organizing the "Theater in Schools! Playwriting Competition" to establish a book of theater texts, including translations of foreign plays as well. Henceforth, a source book will be established for teachers to use in their schools. This book, that will include the selected plays after the competition and translations, will be distributed to 3,000 teachers by the end of 2010.
        The jury will announce its decision on November 15. A reward ceremony will be held in December 2010 along with the promotion of the textbook that will be distributed to teachers and students.
        The project is also receiving support from Turkish theater doyens such as Haldun Dormen and Deniz Turkali.

      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, "The 27th International Physics Congress", organized jointly by Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Agency and Turkish Physical Society, will be held under the auspices of Istanbul University between September 14-17, 2010.
        Prof. Dr. Klaus von Klitzing, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics 1985, and Prof. Dr. Gerardus t'Hooft, Nobel laureate in Physics in 1999, are expected to come to Istanbul to attend this year's congress, officials said.
        Various topics such as atomic, molecular and plasma physics, applied physics, condensed matter and statistical physics, nuclear physics and high energy particle physics, physics education and philosophy, as well as mathematical physics, astrophysics and cosmology will be discussed during the congress, sources noted.

      * Nearly 50,000 U2 fans enjoyed their songs such as Beautiful Day, Mysterious Ways, Pride, Sunday Bloody Sunday and Walk On.
        Referring to Bosporus Bridge that connects Europe to Asia in Istanbul, U2's vocalist Bono said he walked on the bridge a day before the concert and explained how it was important for him to be in Turkey.
        During the concert, a young woman from the audience joined Bono for a dance on the stage for "In a Little While" after Bono sang part of his song laying on her lap.
        Bono also invited Turkish composer, writer and singer Zulfu Livaneli to the stage. The two sang "Yigidim Aslanim Burada Yatiyor", a Livaneli song, together.
        Bono closed the show saying, "Let's not make it so long before we come back" before launching into "Moment of Surrender."
        The concert was attended also by several Turkish ministers such as State Ministers Egemen Bagis and Hayati Yazici.

      * Honey bee scientists from around the world gathered in the Turkish capital of Ankara to participate in an international conference investigating honey bee colony demise.
        Over 80 scientists from the European Union as well as the United States, Chile, China, South Africa, Argentine Iran and Thailand presented their findings in the Sixth Conference of the COLOSS-Prevention of Honey Bee Colony Losses.
        The conference also aimed to create awareness over the dangers of honey bee demise, climate change and the destruction of the natural habitat.


      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:90/61 Mostly Sunny

      Antalya, on the Mediterranean:90/79 Mostly Sunny

      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey:81/66 Mostly Sunny

      Izmir, on the Aegean:86/72 Partly Cloudy

      Van, in Eastern Turkey72/46 Mostly Sunny

      Trabzon, on the Black Sea:72/46 Mostly Sunny

      Seawater temperatures

      Black Sea measured at Trabzon79

      Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag79

      Aegean Sea measured at Izmir81

      Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya84


      Premiere League

      In games played so far this weekend:4

      Bursa Sp-Eski$ehir Sp2 - 1
      Kayseri Sp-Fenerbahce2 - 0
      Konya Sp.-Buca Sp.1 - 1
      Be$iKta$-Ankaragucu4 - 0
      Manisa Sp-Antalya Sp.1 - 2


      * In the World Basketball championships taking place in Istanbul, the Turkish team has so far defeated all its opponents in its group.

      In today's game Turkey defeated Serbia  83-82 and reached the finals. Turkish team will play with the US team.

      In previous games:

      9/5/10Turkey95–77 France
      9/8/10Turkey95–68 Slovenia


      * Anatolia News Agency reports that Selcuk Cebi of Turkey captured the last gold medal on offer in the Greco-Roman program at the world wrestling championships, defending his title in the 74-kilogram category Wednesday by beating Arsen Julfalakyan of Azerbaijan 8-0, 1-0 in the final.

      * A Turkish cyclist, who departed from Turkey's Black Sea province of Samsun with his bike in April, arrived Wednesday in the Chinese capital of Beijing.
        31-year-old Turkish cyclist Gurkan Genc cycled across Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, and finally reached China leaving behind a distance of nearly 4500 miles.
        After leaving China, Genc is planning to head for Mongolia, Russia, South Korea and Japan, besides, he desires to become the first Turkish cyclist to cross the Gobi Desert.

      * A former Turkish national swimmer crossed the eastern Mediterranean from Turkey to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus to set a new record, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
        Alper Sunacoglu swam the 46-mile distance between Turkey's southern coastal town Anamur and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus's Girne province in 26 hours 15 minutes, almost eight hours shorter than a 1974 record of swimmer Ersin Aydin.

      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, athletes carried the torch of the Special Olympics on September 5 in Istanbul within the scope of European tour prior to 2010 Special Olympics European Summer Games which will take place in Warsaw in September 17-24.


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

      *** San Francisco international flute festival is featuring
      Turkish flautist B�lent Evcil this year

      We will be giving away of tickets to the gala with a drawing. Call us when we are at the studio and leave your name, number and email.

      When:  October 10, 2010  8 AM - 7:30 P.M. (gala concert begins at 4:30)
      Price:   Concert only $35   Full Day pass $60
      Where:  Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, 311 Mirada Road, Half Moon Bay, CA
      Web sitewww.SFFluteFestival.com     www.bulentevcil.com

      *** This Sunday, September 12th, the new academic year at the Bay Area Turkish
      Community School is starting.

      The Bay Area Turkish Community School (BATCS) was
      founded by the Turkish-American community living in the San Francisco Bay Area
      in 1989. The objectives of BATCS are:

      • To improve the Turkish speaking, reading, writing and comprehension skills of children ages between 5-12.
      • To teach Turkish culture, values, traditions and history.
      The classes are also mixed with fun activities for children such as meeting new
      friends, learning new games and songs, and going to field trips. Special
      programs, including audio-visual presentations and Bayram potlucks, celebrate
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      Los Altos, CA 94022



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