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      Turkish News for the week ending 09 October 2010


      x0x Turkish News for the week ending 09 October 2010
      [This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 09 October 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

      You can also listen live from a link on the web site: http://turkradio.us/

      Also tune to KKUP FM 91.5, Cupertino to hear the
      ORIENT EXPRESS every Tuesday at 10 PM

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      Ahmet Toprak is the editor-in-chief. Your broadcast host is Ahmet Toprak and co-host is Ozge Gunay.

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      Edited by Bilgin Atalay

      * The cementing of "strategic cooperation" between Turkey and China with a series of agreements signed in Ankara on Friday was overshadowed by pro-Uighur protesters angry at China's policies toward its Turkic population, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
        The target of the protests, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, had held warm meetings with his Turkish counterpart that resulted in the new agreements.
        "We have agreed to raise our relationship to the level of strategic cooperation," Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoGan told a joint news conference he held with Mr. Wen.
        The Turkish prime minister signaled the move would be an important step following Ankara's policy of turning bilateral relations into strategic cooperation with both Russia and Iran.
        Mr. Wen, the first Chinese premier to visit Turkey in eight years, said that the two countries agreed to work together to establish a joint mechanism to fight terrorism and extremism, while also praising Turkey's role in the Middle East and its "good offices" regarding Iran's nuclear program.
        Following his discussions with ErdoGan, Mr. Wen traveled to Istanbul later in the day for a meeting with the city's business community.
        The Chinese premier's visit drew a vociferous reaction from a group of people who chanted slogans denouncing Chinese policy in Uighur-populated Xinjiang, or East Turkistan, as it is known historically.
        Members of the East Turkistan Culture and Solidarity Association staged a protest in front of Mr. Wen's hotel in Ankara, with one demonstrator tearing up a picture of the premier. Another protester attempted to throw a shoe at the Chinese leader as he was leaving the hotel to meet with ErdoGan but failed to connect with his target. Some 184 people were killed in July 2009 rioting in Xinjiang. China, on the other hand, blames the ethnic unrest on exiled Uighur separatists.
        Amid the turmoil, representatives from Turkey and China signed eight separate agreements Friday on energy, transport, telecommunications and culture as part of efforts to diversify and deepen their bilateral relationship. Turkey's ministers of energy, economy, industry and trade, transport and foreign affairs were all present at the ceremony at the Prime Ministry.

      * Turkey is currently hosting important visitors from key European Union member countries in an attempt to bolster it's European Union bid. After meeting with his counterpart from Poland Wednesday, Foreign Minister Ahmet DavutoGlu will be holding talks next week with ministers from Austria and France to revive the country's stalled membership talks ahead of a December summit when Brussels will review Turkey's compliance with a protocol by which it is obliged to open it's sea ports to Cyprus.
         Turkey has so far opened 13 out of 35 negotiating chapters in the accession process, which is moving slowly because of a number of reasons, including a row over Turkey's refusal to open its ports to European Union member Greek Cyprus, and the blunt opposition of some states, including France, to Turkish membership to the bloc.
        The Polish foreign minister extended full support to Turkish membership in the European Union, saying they would do their best to open at least one negotiation chapter when they are at the helm of the European Union next year.

      * Undercover police will be deployed on Turkey's university campuses to help provide a "free and secure" education, according to the country's main education board.
         The new regulations, which recently became public, target separatist and destructive activities and call for universities to set aside a place for civil police officers to be assigned to university campuses all semester long so as to handle any possible incidents quickly and effectively.
        The campuses will also be monitored via security cameras, daily Milliyet reported.
        The new regulations have garnered mixed reactions from students speaking to the Hurriyet Daily News & Economic Review.
        "I think it makes sense. Political fights on campus result in students distancing themselves from school," said a second-year Arabic Language and Literature student at Ankara University.
        "The security cameras could be increased, but civil police is just too much. Maybe the existence of the police on campus will provoke those who are separatist and destructive," a first-year Hacettepe English Teacher Education student said.

      * The Turkish Central Bank has taken a cautious step into the so-called global ‘currency war,' increasing daily dollar purchases from the market, reports the Hurriyet Daily News. However, with the flood of liquidity emerging markets are receiving from developed economies the purchases seem to have no effect as the greenback probes new lows. Economists are concerned over a possible new asset bubble.
         Record amounts of "hot money" in the Turkish economy and expected U.S. Federal Reserve asset purchases are pushing the Turkish Lira up against the greenback, forcing Turkey's Central Bank into so-called "global currency warfare."
        The U.S. dollar was trading at a two-year low of around 1.42 liras Wednesday, even as the Central Bank purchased $100 million more from the market. The euro, meanwhile, traded at just below 1.97 liras. The lira has appreciated nearly 12 percent against the dollar since early June, while it lost 2.3 percent against the euro. The greenback lost nearly 14 percent against the European single currency in the same period.
        Since January 1, nearly $2.4 billion of foreign funds were invested at the Istanbul Stock Exchange, or ISE, and the benchmark ISE-100 index has broken record after record. In September alone, $1.276 billion worth of foreign inflow was invested in Turkish stocks.

      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News, legislation introduced last summer that would allow people to own up to five guns has resurfaced as a contentious issue, pitting the government against the opposition.
        "The draft law increases individual armament instead of decreasing it," Hulisi Guvel from the main opposition Republican People's Party told the Hurriyet Daily News & Economic Review on Friday.
        Guvel claimed the original report prepared by a domestic affairs subcommittee, of which he was a member, had been changed by ruling-party deputies under pressure from what he called "weapons merchants."
        The ruling Justice and Development Party disagrees with the Republican People's Party's claims that the legislation, which would allow any individual to have up to five weapons licenses, would increase gun ownership in the country.


      Edited by Serkan Hatipoglu

      * Hurriyet Daily News reports that Antalya city is hosting the Golden Orange Film Festival for a 47th time beginning Friday. Antalya is a city on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, and the seat of the province with the same name.
        This year's event runs from Oct. 9 to 14 and promises to be one of the biggest in the event's history with a record number of films and a record number of spectators, according to the city's mayor.
        "There will be 730 events and we plan to increase the number of viewers to 500,000," said Antalya Metropolitan Mayor Mustafa AkaydIn.
        This year's festival will be celebrated for the first time with two corteges, while there will be events organized for the first time this year in the nearby townships and provinces of Burdur, Isparta, Manavgat, Serik and Side.
        The festival is organized by the Antalya Culture and Art Foundation, or AKSAV, with the contributions of the Antalya Metropolitan Municipality.
        Film and Social Interaction is the main theme of the festival this year. Last year's record participation of 43 films has been broken with 47 films this year. As part of the Film and Social Interaction theme, the festival will host film displays, panels, exhibitions and workshops.
        In the course of the festival, movie-goers will have the chance to see 191 films, 130 of which are in the national category and 61 are in the international category. Twelve different venues will screen 175 of these films in different parts of the city while 17 films will be shown in "open-air movie theaters" in 100 areas.
        Meanwhile, the total awards to be given during festival amount to $488 thousand.
        See more at: http://www.aksav.org.tr/

      * As part of the celebration of the Antalya's 47th Golden Orange Film Festival, Anatolia News Agency will be presenting some of the organization's best photos from 47 years of events at the domestic passenger terminal of Antalya Airport.
        "The Golden Orange through the Lens of Anatolia News Agency" exhibition will bring into focus the history of the longest-running festival of Turkish film.
        The exhibition is a part of the agency's 90th anniversary celebrations and will feature 40 photographs. 
        The agency photos that witnessed the zest of awards nights in the past and the colorful moments of the festival will also commemorate artists like Hayati HamzaoGlu, Suna Pekuysal, Kemal Sunal, Ismet Ay and AtIf YIlmaz, some of the leading lights in Turkish film.
        The exhibition will run until Oct. 14, which marks the end of the festival.

      * With three months to go until Istanbul says goodbye to the title of European Capital of Culture, the projects of the last nine months and the ongoing events were evaluated at a press conference, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
        Officials from the directorates of performing arts, music and opera, cultural heritage and museums, visual arts, classical Turkish music and urban transformation were present at Tuesday's event at the Pera Palas Hotel, where the evaluaton took place.
        2010 Agency Executive Board Chairman $ekip Avdagic said the agency had realized a first not only for Istanbul but also for Turkey, as for the first time such a large number of public institutions, private companies, nongovernmental organizations and artists had collaborated for a single goal.
        He said the collaboration was done to show that Istanbul had many features befitting a European cultural capital. Mr. Avdagic said even though the events would end, the agency's young 80-strong staff obtained important experience to use in work related to Istanbul's and Turkey's culture economy in the future.
        The Istanbul 2010 agency's Urban Projects Directorate approved 132 projects. Of those, 23 percent are complete and 44 percent are ongoing. The remaining 33 percent are planned to be completed by June. Among the events were projects regarding the protection of the historic peninsula and preparation of the Historic Peninsula Administration Plan. Within the scope of the projects, restoration and conservation work was carried out at TopkapI Palace and the fresco "Seraphim," which was covered 160 years ago, was brought to light at the Hagia Sophia Museum.
        In the field of visual and performing arts; 15 projects were launched, with more than 19 countries joining. There were more than 200 events including national and international shows, exhibitions, workshops, talks, TV broadcasts, book printings, CD-DVD launches, research, archive work, festivals, conferences and seminars.
        Forty-five projects were evaluated in the field of music and opera between 2008 and 2010. There were collaborations with artists and organizations from more than 25 countries. Over 600 events were presented in more than 100 venues.
        "A forgotten Istanbul ritual: Teravih-i Enderun and Public Muezzinship" drew the most attention during the month of Ramadan in the field of classical Turkish music. Throughout the month, 112,000 people attended the event.

      * Istanbul's French High School Saint Joseph opened Turkey's richest "Natural Sciences Center" on Oct. 9 as part of its 140th anniversary celebrations, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
        The center was be opened by the French ambassador to Turkey, Bernard Emié. The venue is the first natural sciences center in Turkey and contains the richest natural sciences collection of Turkey's fauna, a collection that was created over 140 years of work.
        The work on the collection began thanks to the friars who were working for Saint-Joseph in the past, receiving special permission from the sultan to collect and hunt specimens from every animal species in Turkey. This historical permission was what provided Saint-Joseph with the richest fauna collection in Turkey.
        Thousands of animals, many species of which are now extinct, have been preserved thanks to varying techniques.
        See more at: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/


      * Turkey's Hagia Sophia museum in Istanbul has been granted Italy's prestigious Rotondi Award to the Saviors of Art for the restorations carried out in the museum.
        In a written statement Tuesday, the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism said the Hagia Sophia was presented with the Rotondi Award by the Arca dell'Arte Museum in a ceremony held in Sassocorvaro in central Italy on Sept. 25.
        The statement said the Rotondi Award had been presented to individuals or institutions making contributions to cultural heritage every year since 1996.
        Istanbul's Hagia Sophia is a former Greek Orthodox patriarchal basilica that later became a mosque before being turned into a museum. From the date of its dedication in 360 A.D. until 1453, it served as a church. The building was a mosque from May 29, 1453 until 1934 and was converted into a museum on Feb. 1, 1935.


      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.41


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey:61/36 Mostly Sunny

      Antalya, on the Mediterranean:79/59 Mostly Sunny

      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey:64/52 Mostly Sunny

      Izmir, on the Aegean:68/50 Showers

      Van, in Eastern Turkey70/55 Mostly Sunny

      Trabzon, on the Black Sea:70/55 Mostly Sunny

      Seawater temperatures

      Black Sea measured at Trabzon72

      Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag70

      Aegean Sea measured at Izmir75

      Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya79


      Premiere League

      * Results for week:6
      Karabuk Sp.-G. Saray2 - 1
      Buca Sp.-Eski$ehir Sp0 - 0
      Manisa Sp-Kayseri Sp0 - 2
      Fenerbahce-G. Birligi3 - 0
      Ankaragucu-Konya Sp.4 - 1
      B. $ehir Bld. Sp-Bursa Sp0 - 0
      Sivas Sp-G. Antep Sp1 - 1
      Trabzon Sp-Be$iKta$1 - 0
      Antalya Sp.-Kasimpa$a3 - 1

      Standing in the league as of week ending 6

      1 -Bursa Sp16

      2 -Trabzon Sp14

      3 -Kayseri Sp14

      4 -Fenerbahce13

      5 -Be$iKta$13

      6 -Karabuk Sp.13

      7 -G. Saray12

      8 -Antalya Sp.11

      9 -Ankaragucu10

      10 -B. $ehir Bld. Sp10

      11 -G. Birligi8

      12 -G. Antep Sp7

      13 -Buca Sp.6

      14 -Manisa Sp6

      15 -Konya Sp.6

      16 -Sivas Sp6

      17 -Eski$ehir Sp3

      18 -Kasimpa$a2

      * Germany's Mesut Ozil scored in his side's 3-0 win over Turkey in Friday's Euro 2012 qualifier to keep Joachim Loew's side top of Group A with three straight wins.
        With a maximum nine points, Joachim Loew-coached Germany is in firm control of Group A while Guus Hiddink-coached Turkey is second and suffered its first defeat of the qualifying campaign.
        Germany born-and-bred to Turkish parents, Ozil, 21, was booed by boisterous Turkish fans who made up more than half of the 74,244-capacity Olympic Stadium crowd in Berlin, Germany, but he silenced the jeers with a 79th-minute goal.
        The hosts had taken the lead when veteran striker Miroslav Klose scored just before half-time and the Bayern Munich star slotted his second on 87 minutes.
        Remarkably, Klose had yet to score a goal in the Bundesliga this season after seven matches, but he has now netted five times in three internationals already this season in Euro 2012 qualifiers.
        In the next round of matches, Germany takes on Kazahkstan in Astana on Tuesday bidding for their fourth win, while Turkey travels to Baku to play Azerbaijan.


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

      *** San Francisco international flute festival is featuring
      Turkish flautist Bülent 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

      *** United Nations Association of San Francisco  
      will be celebrating the 65th anniversary of the establishment of the UN. Thee days celebrations  will take place Oct 22nd Friday 23rd and 24th.

      Some of the events are:

      A walk in the Muir Woods, City College of SF exhibition on Africa and UN development.

      See more at United Nations Association of San Francisco http://www.una-sf.org/

      *** 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



      If you would like to volunteer as a teacher send an email to:  batc-abc@yahoogroups.com

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      *** 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
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      TELL YOUR FRIENDS who might be interested joining our group.  

      Yore Folk Ensemble

      *** Azerbaijani Turkish language classes

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


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