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      Turkish News for the week ending 25 September 2010


      x0x Turkish News for the week ending 25 September 2010
      [This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 25 September 2010]

      Courtesy of Turkish Radio Hour, producer of the
      TURKISH CULTURAL PROGRAM, every Saturday from 6 PM to 8 PM
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      * The Anatolia News Agency reported on Friday that Turkey's president Mr. Abdullah Gul attended the World Leaders Forum at the Columbia University in New York and delivered a speech "What Next? Turkey's Global Vision for a Prosperous Future". He also answered questions from the students.
        Upon a question about the attack on the six-ship flotilla carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza in May, President Gul said, "there were strong relations between Turkey and Israel until the attack. Turkey is the first Muslim country recognizing the Israeli state and its importance in the region from the very beginning. The two countries signed many agreements. Turkey also led the indirect talks between Israel and Syria. When those talks reached a certain level, the Gaza incident happened."
        "There were people from 36 countries including representatives of non-governmental organizations on board the ships carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza. Nine people were killed when Israeli forces attacked the 'Blue Marmara' ship in the international waters. No one can ignore it. The issue should be resolved under the international law and the international law is binding for all UN member states," he said.
        When asked about Turkey's likely attitude in case of organization of an aid flotilla for separatist Kurds (in Turkey), President Gul said, "these two are different things. Kurds are the citizens of Turkey. We have been living together for hundreds of years. There are Kurdish people in the Turkish cabinet. We are the equal citizens of the Republic of Turkey. But Israelies and Palestinians do not come from the same nation. They are not the parts of the same nation. Gaza does not belong to Israel. Palestinian territories do not belong to Israel. The struggle in Turkey and the struggle in the Middle East are not the same."

      * The Turkish daily Vatan reported that the UN Human Rights Council announced its report on the deadly Israeli attack on aid ship "Mavi Marmara" that killed nine Turks on May 31.
        The UN report said that the Israeli attack constituted "murder", involved "torture" and was an act of "barbarity". Israel's attack was against international laws, the report also said.

      * Turkey and Finland established on Friday a group named "Friends of Peace Mediators". Turkey's Foreign Affairs Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and his Finnish counterpart Alexander Stubb hosted a working breakfast on peace mediation at the Finnish Permanent Representation to the United Nations in New York.
        "We will try to establish an institutional network to create a new mediation culture," Davutoglu told a joint press conference with Stubb.
        Stubb, in his part, said the friendship group would meet regularly and it would present a draft to strengthen UN's mediation role.

      * Turkey's prime minister Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that they are ready for dialogue with the other political parties. "We do not have a fantasy to negotiate with the terrorist -- meaning the rebel Kurdistan Workers Party -- organization. No one should expect it from us."
        Referring to the demands by some of the Turkey's Kurds about education in Kurdish, Prime Minister Erdogan said, "Turkey's official language is Turkish. Any attempt to exploit it will be considered steps aiming at divining the country." reported the daily Cumhuriyet today.

      * Main opposition Republican People's Party's leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu spoke to the Turkish daily Hurriyet and said, "why wait post-election period for a new constitution? All political parties represented in the parliament can come together and launch a process."

      * American mountaineer Sarah Shroud, who was jailed for months in Iran, met with Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in New York.
        Ms. Shroud said she would be honored to host Mr. Davutoglu at her wedding if he could secure the release of her fiancee as well. At the meeting in Turkish House, American hiker said Turkish government played an important part in her release, reported the daily Hurriyet on Friday.

      * Turkish daily Milliyet also reported that Turkish President Abdullah Gul shared the same table with President Barack Obama at a dinner hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in honor of guest leaders during the UN General Assembly meetings in New York.
        President Gul and President Obama talked about the basketball championship in Istanbul, recent developments in Iraq, the Middle East peace process and the fight against the rebel Turkish Kurds underground organization Kurdistan Workers Party, which is considered to be a terrorist organization by the U.S. and Turkey among others. President Gul thanked President Obama for supporting Turkey's fight against terrorism, and added, "but it is not enough."
        The two leaders exchanged views on the recent developments in Iraq and the Israeli-Palestinian dispute.
        Foreign Affairs Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that Turkey did not want nuclear weapons in its region.
        "But we have concerns that we could face with the same attitude with Iran about technology. Iran does not attack Israel since it has a tradition of state affairs," he added.

      * Turkey's president said Thursday that the United Nations Security Council should improve its efficiency in order to establish international peace and security in the upcoming days of the 21st century, reported Anatolia News Agency.
        Chairing a UN Security Council summit on preservation and establishment of peace in New York, Turkish President Abdullah Gul said concrete steps should be taken to make the Security Council more active, adding that Turkey would always be a reliable partner of the council and international community in such process.
        Pointing to Turkey's geographical position, Mr. Gul said his country was located in a strategic area that covered a wide region between the Balkans, Middle East, Black Sea, Mediterranean, Caucasus and Central Asia, and such geography was the intersection point of many classical and asymmetric risks and threats. "Therefore, Turkey has to struggle with multilateral issues which affect both its security and the safety of regions around it and it displays efforts to establish peace and stability in such a wide area," Mr. Gul said.

      * The Anatolia News Agency reported on Thursday that another bilateral meeting Turkey's foreign affairs minister Mr. Davutoglu held was with the UN Secretary General's Special Adviser on Cyprus Alexander Downer. Mr. Davutoglu reminded Mr. Downer that Turkey supported the efforts of the UN in Cyprus and that Turkey was waiting for a solution on the island.
        On Thursday, Mr. Davutoglu also met with Japanese Foreign Affairs Minister Seiji Maehara. Mr. Maehara presented a letter from Japanese Prime Minister to Mr. Davutoglu. The letter was focused on developing Turkish-Japanese relations.
        Finally, Mr. Davutoglu met with Richard Holbrooke, the U.S. Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, in New York. Messrs. Davutoglu and Holbrooke discussed the elections in Afghanistan. Mr. Holbrooke conveyed his appreciation of Turkey in participating in the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan to the Turkish foreign affairs minister. * Muhtar Kent, the head of Coca-Cola Company, became the deputy chairman of the executive board of the "Partners for a New Beginning" initiative launched by US in an effort to build closer relations with the Islamic world.
        Mr. Kent will manage the relations between US and the Islamic economic milieu reported the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet.

      * The Turkish daily Hurriyet reported that President Abdullah Gul met with executives of 20 U.S. companies in New York and told them that it was hard to find a country like Turkey.
        Mr. Gul said that Turkey was a country with minimum risk and maximum gain. "I know some of you have not visited Turkey yet. The country has passed through a great transformation and this process continues," he said.
        Mr. Gul said, "we could attract only $1 billion of foreign capital a year in the past. However, before global economic crisis, this figure reached $24 billion."
        Mr. Gul also said that Turkey was advancing on its European Union membership path.

      * Speaking of the European Union membership, Turkish daily Hurriyet also reported that German Foreign Affairs Minister Guido Westerwelle called on the European Union to step up its faltering talks with Turkey over the country's bid to join the bloc, saying Europe should send Turkey a positive signal in response to the country's latest political reforms.
        "Nobody should rashly snub Turkey by slamming the door in its face after all its efforts," Mr. Westerwelle told The Wall Street Journal in his first interview as Foreign Affairs Minister with an international newspaper.

      * European Union Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said on Tuesday Turkey's ambitions to join the bloc are being thwarted because of cultural differences and a change in attitude toward Turkey.
        Turkey's application to join the 27-nation European Union has met with European resistance for years because of Turkey's human rights record and friction with Cyprus, an European Union member that Turkey does not recognize.
        Mr. Barroso told students at Columbia University there had been "developments both in public opinion in Turkey and in some of our member states" that were hindering progress on Turkish membership in the European Union.
        "There are, it's true today, in European Union member states ... some big questions about the membership of Turkey because of cultural differences and that is something that is extremely serious," Mr. Barroso said.
        "We are now discussing this matter with our member states."
        If admitted, Turkey would be the only Muslim-majority country in the European Union and one of its largest by population. Other countries whose applications are on hold are Albania, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, and Montenegro.

      * New York Times praised Turkey in its article titled "At the UN, Turkey Asserts Itself in Prominent Ways".
        Commenting on Turkish President Abdullah Gul's talks in the United States, the daily said, "Turkey used to be known as the sick man of Europe, whereas it now is the only healthy man of Europe" reported daily Sabah.

      * The Anatolia News Agency reported that Turkish President Abdullah Gul on Thursday met with Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa as part his contacts in New York, USA on the sidelines of UN's 65th General Assembly Meetings.
        Diplomatic sources close to the meeting have said that Moussa asked for Turkey's support for the Middle East peace process as the Turkish president underlined the need for the backing of all sides to the direct talks between Israel and Palestine.

      * Turkish President Abdullah Gul said that Turkey had the capacity to help the U.S. administration about the Iranian nuclear issue, reported the Anatolia News Agency.
        In an interview with the Washington Post, President Gul said, "we are a NATO member and we are against nuclear weapons in our region. We believe the solution must come through diplomatic channels and diplomatic means. If there is a war in the region, that will affect us as, for example, the war in Iraq has affected us. When there are binding sanctions, we abide by those binding sanctions."
        Upon a question about a Reuters story that Turkey was allowing an Iranian bank to operate, President Gul said, "I did see that report. But if it falls within the sanctions not to permit it, it wouldn't have happened." "Iran is a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency and is also party to the Non-Proliferation Treaty. The issue here is for Iran to be more transparent. That is where there is a problem. There shouldn't be any question mark in your mind that Turkey in any way would look favorably upon Iran having a nuclear weapon. The issue here is to see whether or not nuclear weapons are being produced and that has to be understood through diplomatic means," he said.
        Upon a question about his scheduled meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad President Gul said, "I will have a meeting with the Iranian president. No country other than Turkey can speak to them the way that we can and I don't think that is very appreciated. We tell them to be more conciliatory. We tell the Iranians that since there are certain question marks in people's minds, it is up to them to try to overcome these concerns, to act openly and transparently so that these concerns can go away."

      * Attack during opening ceremony at four art galleries in Istanbul, 2010 European Capital of Culture, cast shadow on a year that took place with full of art.
        Around 30 people were involved in the attack in Istanbul's Tophane district. The attackers were using sticks, batons and pepper gas. Police rescued the artists and foreign and local guests very difficultly, reported daily Radikal.
        The attackers were upset because the guests at the galleries were drinking alcoholic beverages outside on the street. A paper with fundamentalist Islamic reporting had earlier published articles against the events.

      * The Turkish daily Radikal reported that Umit Boyner, chairwoman of the Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association, said that the economy was in solid recovery track and it was time for the government to put structural reforms in place to strengthen Turkey's position in international markets.
        "The Turkish economy showed remarkable resilience to the global recession thanks to reforms made after a crippling 2001 crisis in the banking sector. And now we are expecting an impressive economic growth in 2010 over other developing countries," Ms. Boyner said.

      * World Bank's Director for Turkey Ulrich Zachau said that Turkey had managed the crisis well and had gotten over hard times thanks to its accurate decisions.
        Mr. Zachau also said Turkey's unemployment figures recorded a stable decline and its growth rate would exceed expectations, reported daily Turkiye.

      * The Anatolian News Agency reported yesterday that Turkey's Petroleum Corporation teams started to drill a region near the town of Ergani two months ago. Teams struck oil at 2,106 meters of the South Guney Sarik-2 well.

      * The Turkish daily Milliyet reported that iPhone 4 officially entered the Turkish market on Friday.
        An iPhone of 16 GB sells for approximately $1060 while an iPhone of 32 GB sells for approx. $1249.

      * The Turkish daily Cumhuriyet reported that Republican People's Party leader Kemal Kilicaroglu, who met officials of the Social Democratic Party of Germany, said Europe which remained indifferent to anti-democratic practices, failed to grasp the situation [in Turkey].
        Mr. Kilicdaroglu said, "telephones are tapped and intellectuals are imprisoned. In which democracy such things can exist?"
        The Republican People's Party is the largest opposition party in the Turkish parliament.


      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News, the 17th Adana International Golden Boll Film Festival continued Thursday night with the presentation of honorary awards at a ceremony held at Park Zirve.
        Well-respected Turkish actress M�dje Ar, as well as long-time film critic Atilla Dorsay, were the special guests at this year's awards, with both mentioning their happiness at attending the event.
        The night's honorary awards ceremony ended with a performance by Turkish pop musician Erol Evgin.
        Earlier in the week, a Spanish drama makes Turkish premiere at the festival.
        Czech actor Jan Budar, who met Spanish director Javier Rebollo in Madrid, stars in the latter's most recent film, 'La Mujer sin Piano' (Woman without a Piano), which helped raise the curtain for the Adana International Golden Boll Film Festival on Tuesday. 
        See more at  http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com

      * According to the wire reports and Hurriyet Daily News, the 14th anniversary of the death of world-renowned classical Turkish musician Zeki M�ren was observed at his grave Friday, in his hometown in the western province of Bursa, Doğan news agency reported.
        The ceremony was organized by the Osmangazi Municipality, in conjunction with the Turkish Education Foundation, or TEV, and the Turkish Armed Forces Mehmet�ik Foundation, to commemorate the musician's contributions to both organizations, the Anatolia News Agency reported.

      * The Anatolia News Agency reports that archaeologists have discovered two tumuli during excavations in the ancient city of Daskyleion in Turkey's northwestern province of Balıkesir.
        According to the excavation leader Associate Professor Kaan Iren from Muğla University, one of the tumulilead to a grave chamber and there were remains of two skeletons. "We believe they belonged to noble people or to members of a royal family," Dr. Iren said.
        The other tumulus revealed the remains of a table, a glass bracelet, a silver earring, a perfume bottle and more than 30 coins.
        Dr. Iren said they would carry out DNA analysis on the skeletons and flesh the skulls to identify the bodies.
        The Lydian civilization in Daskyleion held sway between the 7th century and mid-6th century B.C.
        the ancient city was named after the King of Lydia, Daskylos. During excavations in 1954-1960, Turkish archeologist Professor Ekrem Akurgal exposed many Persian artifacts in the location.
        Later, Lydians and Persians lived in the region under Persian reign from the 6th century to the 4th century B.C., which was followed by the reign of Macedonia's Alexander the Great.
        Then, from 321 B.C. to the Roman era, a Hellenistic period took place.

      * At another excavation, archaeologists unearthed a seal of eight thousand years in the Yesilova Tumulus in the Aegean Izmir province, one of the oldest settlements in western Turkey.
        Associate Professor Zafer Derin from the Ege University Department of Archaeology, who has been leading the excavations, said that the find proved that settlement began some 8,500 years ago in Izmir area.

      * According to the H�rriyet Daily News Safranbolu, a town in northwestern Turkey with a rich cultural heritage, will play host to the 11th annual International Golden Safran Documentary Festival between Sept. 24 and 26.
        The Golden Safran Documentary Film Festival was held for the first time in September 2000 and was beginning to attract international attention by 2004.
        This year, the purpose of the film festival is to promote the sensitivity needed to protect and transmit the heritage of cultural values found in Safranbolu and throughout Turkey.
        The festival theme this year is the Turkish bath culture. Painter Professor Balkan Naci İslimyeli will have an exhibition entitled "Turkish Bath: Water and Mirror" at the City History Museum.
        Assistant Professor S�hendan Kumcu Ilal will lecture on Women and the Turkish bath among the Ottomans at the City History Museum on the second day of the festival.
        For further information, see www.altinsafranbolu.com

      * Turkish pianist Elif Şahin and soprano Annelie Sophie Muller have won the top prize at the Hugo Wolf International Lied Competition in Stuttgart, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
        The duo were awarded the top prize from among 12 finalists, with a total of 114 musicians competing for the prize in what is regarded as the biggest lied competition in the world.
         * HDN reports that an exhibition titled "Istanbul 1910-2010: The City, Built Environment and Architectural Culture Exhibition" is currently running at Santralistanbul.
        The exhibition is documenting Istanbul's urban and historic development.
        The exhibition is open everyday except Monday, until Nov. 20.
        See more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * The gala for Turkish director Kadir Balci's new film "Turquaze" took place at the Gent Kinepolis Theatre in Belgian city of Gent on Thursday.
        "Turquaze" is a film on the life of a Turkish family living in Gent.

      * Short news:
        - A symposium titled "International Orthopedics and Traumatology and Current Topics" began in Turkish capital of Ankara on Thursday.
        - The 11th World Diplopia Congress began in north-western province of Istanbul on Thursday. 550 academicians, scientists and medical doctors from 67 countries worldwide are attending . Diplopia, commonly known as double vision, is the simultaneous perception of two images of a single object. These images may be displaced horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.
        - The 20th Akbank Jazz Festival has begun in Turkey's megacity, Istanbul, with a special concert by 17 time Grammy Award winner "The Count Basie Orchestra". The festival will end on October 12.
        - Six Turkish films will be screened during a Turkish films festival in Algeria.
        - An editor from Hong Kong has become the 1,111,111th visitor of Istanbul's famous Basilica Cistern this year.
        The editor has been presented with a certificate and a book introducing Istanbul to mark the visit,
        The Basilica Cistern, also known as the "Sunken Palace" or "Sunken Cistern", is the largest of numerous ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul.


      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.47


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey:84/60 Mostly Sunny

      Antalya, on the Mediterranean:83/70 Mostly Sunny

      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey:78/68 Partially Sunny

      Izmir, on the Aegean:85/70 Thunderstorms

      Van, in Eastern Turkey71/58 Showers

      Trabzon, on the Black Sea:81/72 Partially Sunny


      Premiere League

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      * Mete Binay of Turkey won gold medal on Tuesday in World Weightlifting Championship in men's 69 kg in snatch by lifting 160 kg. Binay has also clinched an overall bronze in men's 69 kg.
        Championships are being held in Turkey's Mediterranena province of Antalya.
        Turkey's Sibel Simsek has clinched an overall silver in women's 63 kg at the World Weightlifting Championship in Antalya, Turkey. Simsek also lifted 111 kilograms, claiming silver medal in women's 63kg snatch.
        Erol Bilgin of Turkey won two medals at the World Weightlifting Championships in Turkey's southern province of Antalya on Sunday. Bilgin, competing in men's 62 kg, lifted 143 kg in snatch and won a silver medal.
         Bilgin lifted 314 kg in total and won a bronze medal in the championships.

      * Gulsum Tatar of Turkey won a gold medal in the Women's World Boxing Championships in Barbados on Sunday.

      [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

      *** September 12th, the new academic year at the Bay Area Turkish Community School started.

      You can still enroll your children!

      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
      national and religious holidays.


      Hillview Community Center, Room 16
      97 Hillview Avenue
      Los Altos, CA 94022



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