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      Turkish News for the week ending 23 October 2010


      x0x Turkish News for the week ending 23 October 2010
      [This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 23 October 2010]

      Courtesy of Turkish Radio Hour, producer of the
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      Edited by Fuad Tokad

      * The Turkish daily Hurriyet reported that prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Chief of General Staff Gen. Isik Kosaner discussed duration of the military service for draftees on Thursday.
        The General Staff presented a file on equalizing military service period for everyone, whether they are university graduates or not.
        Prime Minister Erdogan and General Kosaner agreed to go on working on the regulation but not to make any decision until the elections in 2011. They did not discuss paid military service, where payments by individuals to the state coffers reduce the duration of the military service.

      * In the extraordinary general assembly of Turkcell on Wednesday, Scandinavian Telia-Sonera and Russian Alfa companies brought their own candidates to independent membership of the Executive Board and planned to take control of the administration.
        However, the general assembly did not take place as two government executives assigned by Industry Ministry did not come to the meeting.
        The Turkish daily Milliyet last week wrote that the government did not want seizure of Turkcell by foreign partners. Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim reaffirmed this by saying, "situation in companies like Turkcell and Turk Telekom is important for us. 30-35 percent of shares in both of the companies was offered to public. We can not allow any mistake here" reported the daily Milliyet.

      * The Turkish daily Milliyet also reported that the United States increased its pressure on Turkey to make Turkish companies abide by the sanctions towards Iran regarding its nuclear program.
        U.S. Under Secretary of Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Stuart Levey gave a list to Turkey regarding the finance tricks which Iran made to overcome sanctions.

      * For many years conservative religious Turkish women have been waging a battle against the established rules and laws to be able to wear a headscarf in colleges and government jobs.
        The legal ban on wearing headscarves is being challenged by the ruling Islamist Justice and development party.
        However, when headscarf crisis spread to the elementary education, National Education Minister Nimet Cubukcu said, "timing is significant but laws are clear." And the Minister backed the expulsion of two elementary school students for attempting to wear headscarves.
        Two elementary students in Adana and Mersin tried to go school with headscarves a few days after each other. The student in Mersin was admitted to school the previous day after a minute was prepared against her.
        The Minister added that the ministry sent notes to all provinces not to admit girls wearing headscarves to schools, reported the Turkish daily Radikal.
        However, the main opposition Republican People's Party may be in a mood to compromise on the issue and vote for allowing the wearing a headscarves in colleges. The chairman of the party says that if the ruling party gives assurances on three points, they will agree to support, what they term, a collective democratization package

      * In related news, the Turkish daily Vatan reported that when the ruling Justice and Development Party could not agree with the main opposition Republican People's Party over headscarf issue, the junior opposition Nationalist Movement Party said that they could support a legal amendment at the Parliament.
        Nationalist Movement Party Chairman Devlet Bahceli said, "we will support an initiative at the parliament like in 2008 on condition that some restrictions are made to the headscarf freedom."

      * U.S. Department of State said on Thursday that the United States was discussing a phased adaptive approach with Turkey and a prospective role that Turkey might play, reported that Anatolia News Agency.
        Department's spokesperson Philip Crowley said the phased adaptive approach was a shift from the strategy that the previous American administration followed. "We are doing this in collaboration with NATO and with the support of a number of countries in Europe, because of emerging missile threats emanating from the Middle East and elsewhere," Crowley told the daily press briefing.

      *Anatolia News Agency reported that prosecutor Omer Faruk Eminagaoglu, who was the former chairman of the Association of Judges and Prosecutors, applied to the Higher Election Board, asking the board to cancel the election of new members to the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors.
        Mr. Eminagaoglu told reporters that the elections were unlawful.
        Earlier this month, the board members resigned after discussions on the structure of the board. Deputy chairman of the board, Kadir Ozbek said the board could not actually perform its duties since August 17, and had notified in verbal and written the Justice Ministry about this situation but could not get any result so far, adding that the members of the board decided to resign before the new members of the board were elected on October 17 to evade polemics.
        During the constitutional amendment process, Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin and the board often confronted each other. Particularly members of the board said the new structure of the board, as foreseen in the constitutional amendments, were against the independence of justice.

      * Anatolia News Agency says Turkish police have detained five people suspected of providing financial and technical support to al-Qaida in Afghanistan.
        Anatolia said the five, including four university students, were detained Wednesday during raids in five Turkish cities.
        They were being questioned by court officials Friday before facing possible charges.
        Without citing sources, the news agency said one suspect is suspected of raising and sending money to al-Qaida camps in Afghanistan and was developing computer programs designed to down or jam unmanned aircraft.
        It said the suspects were in e-mail contact with an al-Qaida militant in Afghanistan. * According to the Anatolia News Agency, in a ceremony held at the U.S. Department of State, Turkish Foreign Ministry Deputy Undersecretary Selim Yenel and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Kerri-Ann Jones signed an agreement on behalf of their respective governments.
        The agreement is to facilitate joint scientific projects and establish partnerships between the public and private sectors. Among the fields in which joint projects would take place are preparation against earthquakes, environment, climate change, renewable energy, health, archeology and chemicals
        Speaking at the ceremony, Ms. Jones said that "with this agreement, the cooperation between Turkey and the U.S. in the scientific field would get stronger". Yenel said that the agreement signed with the U.S. on Wednesday would help Turkey deal with problems such as energy, climate, food security and others.

      * The Turkish daily Vatan reported that the decision to include the Bosphorus and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridges in the privatization program was published in the Turkish Official Gazette.
        Turkey expects some $10 billion from privatization initiatives, $4.5 billion of which will be from the privatization of the two bridges.

      * The Turkish daily Hurriyet reported on Wednesday that the European Parliament decided to cancel direct trade regulation that would be implemented between the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and the European Union.
        The parliament said the regulation did not have any legal grounds. Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus President Dervis Eroglu reacted to the decision and said, "a confidence crisis appeared between Turkish Cypriots and European Union."
        European Parliament's Commission on Legal Affairs decided that trade could be made with the Turkish Republic of all the Cyprus with approval by the Greek Cypriot administration.

      * The Turkish daily Vatan reported that 3M denounced its executives who won public tenders by bribe in Turkey.
        The company launched an internal probe. 3M which has $500 million of sales in Turkey is interrogating its executives in Istanbul.


      * "Honey", directed and produced by Semih Kaplanoglu, has received the nominations in Best Feature Film, Achievement in Directing and Achievement in Cinematography, Asia Pacific Screen Awards organization committee said on Thursday.
        Winner of the Golden Bear Award at the 2010 Berlinale, "Honey" is the third film in Kaplanoglu's "Yusuf Trilogy."

      * Istanbul is set to host an international documentary film festival, gathering directors from Turkey and the globe.
        The 13th Istanbul International 1001 Documentary Film Festival will be last through October 29 to November 4 with the participation of 68 films by directors from 24 countries including Turkey, the United States, Germany, Iran, Argentina, India, China, Ireland and France.
        This year's event will also present a "Film Laboratory" which will feature seminars to discuss new approaches in documentary filming.
        The festival will screen documentaries in the categories of "Work and Labor", "Of Hard Times", "Modern Times", "Of Men and Women", "Away from Home", "Art and Passion", and "Environment".

      * French cellist Ophelie Gaillard will give a concert in Istanbul on November 10.
        Ms. Gaillard will perform her concert with her 300-year-old Francesco Goffriller cello at Mustafa Kemal Center in Akatlar district of Istanbul.

      * Nobel laureate Turkish author Orhan Pamuk won the 2010 Norman Mailer Lifetime Achievement Prize.
        The prize awarded by the Norman Mailer Center and the Norman Mailer Writers Colony was presented to Mr. Pamuk by editor, writer and publisher Tina Brown, at the Center's Annual Benefit Gala, held Tuesday in New York City.

      * A photo exhibition on historical artifacts in Istanbul opened within the scope of Turkish culture days in Austrian capital of Vienna on Monday.
        The photo exhibition will run till November 4. Turkish culture days in Vienna will continue with exhibitions, concerts and conferences till November 27.

      * The winners of the 27th AydIn DoGan International Cartoon Competition have received their awards and Turkish artist Ahmet Ozturklevent took first place, reports the Dogan News.
        This year 865 artists from 73 countries entered 2,559 cartoons in the competition. The winners received their awards at a ceremony held at the Istanbul Hilton Convention Center. Before the ceremony, guests had the chance to see an exhibition displaying the cartoons that placed in the competition.
        The ceremony started with a performance by the Paganini Trio Group, with Burhan ocal on percussion, Sabri TuluG TIrpan on piano and Atilla ozdemir on violin. A film featuring the 27-year history of the competition was also shown.

      * "Love in Another Language" directed by Ilksen Basarir won four awards in Cyprus International Film Festival held in southern Cyprus.
        The film won awards in categories "the best actor", "the best director", "the best scenario", and "the best film".
        Ilksen Basarir's award-winning film "Love in Another Language" invites us to the world of the deaf through its plain but exciting depiction of the romance between Onur, a young deaf and mute man who works as a librarian and Zeynep, a call-center employee.
        The film shows the difficulties the couple encounter in their relationship with one another and the difficulties they face with the world outside them.

      * Turkey's Sevilen Winery won five medals in Vienna Wine Competition which is considered as the biggest official wine challenge of the world.
        Izmir-based Sevilen won three gold and two silver medals in the competition. It also took place at top 100 among 773 wine producers.

      * Acc HD, Building bridges between Italy and Turkey, La Scala Ballet's troupe is set to perform the Pink Floyd Ballet at Istanbul Congress Center between Nov. 25 and 28.
        Having been performed the world over since 1972, the ballet has excited numerous audiences with its mix of classical ballet, modern dance and the music of Pink Floyd.

      * The works of Tivadar Kosztka Csontvary, Hungary's loneliest but most extraordinary artist, are on display at Istanbul's Pera Museum at an exhibition titled 'Csontvary: An Extraordinary Master of Hungarian Painting.'
        The exhibition, organized within the scope of the Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture events, was launched Wednesday
        the exhibition is being put together with the support of Pecs 2010 European Capital of Culture and Hungaries Janus Pannonius Museum.

      * The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Exhibition, which is traveling the world and organized by the Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, opened Saturday at Ankara's Cer Modern.
        The exhibition has been organized as part of the 2010 Japan Year in Turkey and is also the first overseas atomic bomb exhibition held in the Middle East
        Explaining the messages of the exhibition, Japanese Ambassador to Ankara Nabuaki Tanaka said: "The first message is that Japan has been a country of peace ever since the end of the war. The second message is to explain the misery and tragedy of the nuclear war to Turkey, to the complicated region of the Middle East and to the international community."

      * The 1st Regional Meeting on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage, which will be held October 25-27 at the Istanbul Archeology Museum, is organized by UNESCO and with support from Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Agency.
        The meeting will be the first regional meeting to be organized anywhere in the world to promote the convention and its scientific protection standards among UNESCO member states.
        Initiated in 2001 with the signatures of nine countries, the "UNESCO Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage Convention" now sets the basics for the protection of underwater cultural heritage in coastal and high seas with signatures from more than 40 countries.
        The meeting will draw specialists from England, Australia and the Netherlands in addition to representatives from Mediterranean, Black Sea and Arab countries.

      * Taxis Of Tomorrow May Be Turkish. Via Karsan It's not quite the UniCab, but it's close. According to the Daily News, two manufacturers are at the top of the competition to design the NY city's new fleet: Nissan and Turkish company Karsan. And while Nissan could have us riding in "vanettes," Karsan exec Jean Nahu bragged to the Post, "We have produced the only model that fully conforms to the requirements set forth by the mayor."
        The TLC will decide by the end of the year which proposed cars they will use for the new fleet, but the Karsan model has some pretty nifty features. There's a see-through glass roof, and every car will be wheelchair accessible, with ramps extending to the curb. However, TLC Chairman David Yassky also says the winning car must be an "iconic vehicle that can be identified with New York City and exemplifies the character of the city."


      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.42


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey:64/43 Partly Cloudy

      Antalya, on the Mediterranean:81/63 Partly Cloudy

      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey:66/57 Sleet

      Izmir, on the Aegean:73/55 Partly Cloudy

      Van, in Eastern Turkey64/41 Partly Cloudy

      Trabzon, on the Black Sea:63/59 Partly Cloudy


      Premiere League

      * Results for week:8
      Bursa Sp-Karabuk Sp.2 - 2
      Eski$ehir Sp-B. $ehir Bld. Sp1 - 0
      G. Antep Sp-Buca Sp.2 - 0
      Be$iKta$-Manisa Sp2 - 3
      Kasimpa$a-Trabzon Sp0 - 7
      G. Birligi-Antalya Sp.2 - 3
      Kayseri Sp-Sivas Sp4 - 1
      G. Saray-Ankaragucu2 - 4
      Konya Sp.-Fenerbahce1 - 4

      In games played so far this weekend:9

      Karabuk Sp.-Eski$ehir Sp1 - 2
      Sivas Sp-Buca Sp.1 - 1
      B. $ehir Bld. Sp-G. Antep Sp1 - 0
      Antalya Sp.-Konya Sp.1 - 0
      Trabzon Sp-G. Birligi3 - 1

      Standing in the league as of week ending 8

      1 -Bursa Sp20

      2 -Trabzon Sp17

      3 -Kayseri Sp17

      4 -Fenerbahce16

      5 -Karabuk Sp.14

      6 -Antalya Sp.14

      7 -Be$iKta$13

      8 -Ankaragucu13

      9 -G. Saray12

      10 -B. $ehir Bld. Sp10

      11 -G. Antep Sp10

      12 -Manisa Sp9

      13 -G. Birligi8

      14 -Buca Sp.6

      15 -Eski$ehir Sp6

      16 -Konya Sp.6

      17 -Sivas Sp6

      18 -Kasimpa$a2

      * Manchester United put a troublesome week behind them by beating Turkish champions Bursaspor 1-0 at Old Trafford with a goal from Nani.

      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, African athletes win 32nd Intercontinental Istanbul Eurasia Marathon. In men's category, Vincent Kiplagat completed the race on the first rank with 2.10.39, followed by Ethiopian Dereje Yadette Woldegiorgis with 2.11.53 and Ethiopian Girma Assefa with 2.13.37 in the "marathon" event.
        In women's category, Ashu Kasim with 2.27.25, Alemitu Abera with 2.27.54 and Amane Gobena with 2.32.28, all from Ethiopia, placed the first three ranks respectively in the marathon.
        In "15 km" men's category, Abayneh Ayele Woldegiorgis from Ethiopia ranked the first, Sang Benard Cheruiyot from Kenya ranked the second and Workinhe Tesfa from Ethiopia ranked the third.
        In "15 km" women's category, Emily Chebet from Kenya ranked the first, Belaynesh Oljira from Ethiopia ranked the second, and Meryem Dogan from Turkey ranked the third.
        A total of one million USD of prize was distributed to the athletes in the marathon. Roads were closed to traffic for the marathon between 7:00 A.M. and 2:30 P.M. All events started on the Asian side of Istanbul and finished on the European side.

      * There is no need to worry about the swinging of the Bosporus Bridge, Transportation Minister Binali YIldIrIm said Monday evening after thousands of pedestrians traversing the bridge for the Eurasian Marathon on Sunday became frightened by the structure's swaying.
        On Sunday, around 200,000 people attended the Intercontinental Eurasia Marathon, organized by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. As thousands crossed the bridge for the eight-kilometer fun run, the bridge started to vibrate, worrying some experts, who said the vibrations were the results of resonance that could lead to the collapse of the bridge, as happened with the United States' Tacoma Narrows Bridge in 1940.

      * Kenyan and Ethiopian athletes dominated the professional races in the Eurasia Marathon in Istanbul Sunday, with thousands of amateur athletes also running the world's only intercontinental course. Kenya's Vincent Kiplagat won the men's competition, while Ethiopians swept the medals in the women's in the 32nd annual running of the marathon.
        Kiplagat won the gold medal in two hours, 10 minutes and 39 seconds, finishing 74 seconds faster than Dereje Yadete Woldegiorgis and about three minutes fasetr than Gitma Assefa of Ethiopia.
        Ashu KasIm's 2.27.25 went down as the track record in the women's marathon, giving her the gold medal over compatriots Alemitu Abera and Amane Gobena.
        Ethiopian Abayneh Ayele Woldegiorgis won the men's 15-kilometer race, beating Sang Benard Cheruiyot of Kenya and Workinhe Tesfa of Ethiopia.
        Emily Chebet of Kenya won the 15-kilometer race over Ethiopia's Belaynesh Oljira. Turkey's Meryem Dogan finished third to become the only runner outside Kenya and Ethiopia to claim a medal in the marathon and 15-kilometer races.
        Apart from the professionally competed marathon and 15-kilometer races, the traditional fun run of eight-kilometers, was also run Sunday with Alpaslan Baki Ertekin, head of the organizing Spor A.S., the sports body run by Istanbul Municipality, reporting "almost 100,000 people registered to participate."


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

      *** TAAC invites you to a celebrations of the anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of Turkey.

      Celebrating the 87th Anniversary of the REPUBLIC OF TURKEY!..
      Saturday, October 30 @ Hotel Sofitel in Redwood City
      6:30 pm – 11:30pm

      Reservations at: www.TAACA.org

      *** 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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      *** 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 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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