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      x0x Turkish News for the week ending 26 February 2011

      [This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 26 February 2011]

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

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      * According to Hurriyet Daily News, as Turkey continues to evacuate its
      citizens from crisis-hit Libya, Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip
      Erdogan late Wednesday warned against imposing sanctions on Tripoli,
      saying such measures would only punish the Libyan people.

      Turkey's Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Selcuk Unal told reporters
      that 7,000 Turkish citizens had been evacuated from Libya as of Thursday

      According to Mr. Unal, the Turkish effort also evacuated 59 foreign
      nationals, following requests for help from 21 countries.

      A military vessel and a ferry were expected to reach Libya on Friday, Mr.
      Unal said, adding that Turkey is preparing three more frigates to escort
      ships sent to Libya to bring Turkish citizens back home.

      There are an estimated 25,000 Turks working in Libya.

      * Turkey's opposition to sanctions on Libya, is seen as capitulating to
      commercial interests. Turkish constructions firms currently conduct
      business to the tune of several billion dollars a year there.

      Turkey also imports significant amounts of gas and oil from Libya.

      * Speaking of Turkish commercial interests abroad, Turkey's parliament on
      Wednesday ratified dozens of international agreements, including ones with
      Egypt , the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain , on the protection of
      Turkish investments in these countries in times of war or civil unrest.

      The agreements call for the host nations to cover the damages of the
      Turkish firms due to war.

      * Best Buy is withdrawing from Turkish and Chinese markets to focus on
      expanding the Five Star chain it acquired five years ago, according to a
      written statement by the company Tuesday.

      A statement said, underlining that the decision is by no means related to
      the success of its workers or the whole company?s performance in Turkey.

      Best Buy had two stores in Turkey, one in the capital city of Ankara and
      the other in the Aegean province of Izmir. As we reported to you in May
      2009, Best Buy was then evaluating 75 locations in Turkey for more stores.

      * CeBIT is the worlds largest computer show. It is held each year on the
      world's largest fairground in Hanover, Germany, and is a barometer of the
      state of the art in information technology.

      This years show starts March 1, and it will opened by German chancellor
      Angele Merkel and the Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan, reports the
      daily Turkiye.

      While in Germany, Mr. Erdogan will meet with Ms. Merkel. The relations
      between Germany and Turkey are not good these days due to Ms. Merkel's
      opposition to Turkey's full membership in the European Union.

      Last month Mr. Erdogan criticized Merkel's claims that Turkey isn't doing
      enough to solve the Cyprus issue, an issue partly responsible for the
      impasse in Turkey's accession talks with the European Union.

      Mr. Erdogan called Merkel's remarks unfair and groundless, citing how in
      2004 Turkey threw its support behind a UN plan to reunite the divided
      island, which was rejected by the Greek Cypriot administration.

      * Necmettin Erbakan, the founder of the first fundamentalist Islamist
      party in Turkey, died on Sunday. He was 84.

      The current leaders of the Ruling Justice and Development Party were
      originally members of Mr. Erbakan's party, who break away from him on
      policy differences.

      * Speaking of opposition to Turkey's membership in the European Union,
      another European leader who is opposed to it is French president Mr.

      Mr. Sarkozy was in Turkey for a quick visit last week, although Turkish
      officials did not quite want him.

      They nevertheless met with him.

      Mr. Sarkozy is the curent leader of the G-20 group and his visit was
      linked to this position.

      * Brief headlines:

      - Visiting Turkish deputy prime minister signs an agreement with Vietnam
      to bolster economic relations.

      - Prices of gas in Turkey goes up after the recent incidents in Libya.

      - Agricultural Ministry adivises that the heart liver and other internal
      organs and the brain of the imported beef not to be consumed, in case it
      may have Mad Cow diesaese carrying pathogens.

      - Malaysia, which entered the Turkish automotive market with the brand
      "Proton" 14 years ago, has offered Turkey the joint production of cars.


      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, artifacts unearthed during
      excavations at a 5,000-year-old burial mound in the Aegean province of
      Kutahya are on display at an archaeology museum that opened last week at
      Dumlupinar University. Excavations will continue in an effort to unearth
      coal under the mound.

      President of the university Guner Once said some of the artworks unearthed
      during the excavations that have been carried out for five years by the
      university?s archaeology department in Seyitomer Tumulus, which is 25
      kilometers away from the city center, were being displayed in the museum.
      He said the Seyitomer Tumulus excavations were one of Turkey?s largest
      international archaeological projects in terms of the artifacts unearthed
      and its contributions to the scientific world.

      So far 10,000 artifacts are unearthed at the excavations.

      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, Turkish island on the Aegean Sea,
      Gokceada, will become the "slowest island" in the world, mayor said on
      Saturday. Gokceada's mayor Yucel Atalay said the island municipality
      presented a file regarding "Cittaslow" criteria comprised of 52 articles
      to the International Cittaslow Association.

      "Our criteria have been accepted and our island has received 'cittaslow'
      title," Atalay told reporters.

      Atalay said Gokceada would get its certificate in the International
      Assembly of Cittaslow Association to take place in Poland on June 24-26.

      The Movement of cittaslow was born in 1999 through the Paolo Saturnini's
      brilliant intuition, past Mayor of Greve in Chianti, a little town of

      The new idea of considering the town itself and thinking of a different
      way of development, based on the improving of life quality , moved him to
      spread his thoughts all over our country.

      His ideals were quickly endorsed by many other Italian cities. The main
      goal of cittaslow, was and still is today, to enlarge the philosophy of
      Slow Food to local communities and to government of towns, applying the
      concepts of ecogastronomy at practice of everyday life.

      Municipalities which join the association are motivated by curios people
      of a recovered time, where man is still protagonist of the slow and
      healthy succession of seasons, respectful of citizens' health, the
      authenticity of products and good food, rich of fascinating craft
      traditions of valuable works of art, squares, theaters, shops, cafes,
      restaurants, places of the spirit and unspoiled landscapes, characterized
      by spontaneity of religious rites, respect of traditions through the joy
      of a slow and quiet living.

      * Several Turkish films were screened during an event "Turkish Films Days"
      in Ulan Bator, capital of Mongolia, reports the Anatolia News Agency.

      The event organized by the Turkish Embassy in Ulan Bator and the
      International Film and Art Association took place from February 18 to 20.

      "My Marlon and Brando" by Huseyin Karabey which won four international
      awards, "White Angel" by Mahzun Kirmizigul, "Piano Girl" by Murat
      Saracoglu, "Pandora's Box" by Yesim Ustaoglu and "The Bogeyman" by Atalay
      Tasdiken were screened during the event.

      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, Istanbul Metropolitan
      Municipality Culture Corp. stated on Wednesday that French pianist
      Pierre-Laurent Aimard, who is considered as one of the 250 leading names
      of classical music, would perform at Cemal Resit Rey (CRR) Concert Hall at
      8:00 p.m. on February 28.

      Mr. Aimard, born in 1957 in Lyon, studied at the conservatory there.
      Later, he studied with Yvonne Loriod. He also studied with Maria Curcio,
      the last and favourite pupil of Artur Schnabel.

      In 1973, he was awarded the chamber music prize of the Paris
      Conservatoire. The same year, he won the first prize at the international
      Olivier Messiaen Competition. In 1977, at the invitation of Pierre Boulez,
      he became a founding member of the Ensemble InterContemporain.

      Mr. Aimard has collaborated with conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Seiji
      Ozawa, Zubin Mehta, Charles Dutoit, Andr? Previn, James Levine, Andrew
      Davis, David Robertson, and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. He made his American
      debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the age of twenty, performing
      the piano solo part in Olivier Messiaen's Turangalila-Symphonie.

      Mr. Aimard is a visiting professor and an Honorary Member (2006) of the
      Royal Academy of Music.

      * Turkish culture and tourism minister said on Thursday that Turkey and
      Serbia were planning to co-produce a movie. Mr. Ertugrul Gunay said the
      two countries had not yet decided on a certain scenario, reports the
      Anatolia News Agency.

      "However, we can easily find a common scenario on the history of the
      Balkans," Gunay said during his meeting with his Serbian counterpart
      Nebojsa Bradic in Belgrade.

      Mr. Gunay said there were two Ottoman castles on the Danube, and they
      could be renovated with Turkey's contributions. "We should extend more
      support to translation of Serbian books regarding Turkey and the Balkans,"
      Gunay said. "The Time Regulation Institute", a book by Turkish author
      Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar, has received translated book of the year award in

      * Turkey's parliament speaker will inaugurate a palace collection museum
      in Istanbul on Friday, reports the Anatolia News Agency. Mr. Mehmet Ali
      Sahin will open Palace Collections Museum, under the auspices of
      Parliament's National Palaces Directorate, in BesIktas, Istanbul.

      The museum will display almost 43,000 artifacts dating to 19th century and
      exhibit the life style and daily life in palaces.

      Artifacts are collected from Dolmabahce, Beylerbeyi and Yildiz palaces as
      well as Aynalikavak, Kucuksu, Ihlamur and Maslak mansions.

      The artifacts will shed light to the reigns of Ottoman Sultan Abdulmecid,
      Sultan Abdulaziz, Sultan Murad V, Sultan Abdulhamid II, Sultan Mehmed
      Resad V, Sultan Mehmed Vahiduddin.

      The museum can be visited everyday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except on Mondays
      and Thursdays.

      * Turkish wines were promoted at a conference and a tasting event in
      British capital London. "Discover The Roots - from Silvestris to Vinifera
      Inaugural Wines of Turkey Conference & Tasting 2011" hosted by the Wines
      Of Turkey Platform brought together 145 experts from the United kingdom,
      Switzerland, Germany and Denmark.

      Mr. Taner Ogutoglu, director of the platform, told the Anatolia News
      Agency on Thursday, "Turkey has begun producing high-quality wines in
      recent years. There are 800 different types of grape in Turkey. If we
      succeed in drawing attention of people, we can make a great breakthrough."

      "Turkey's current exports of wines are about 10 million USD. We aim at
      increasing it with our promotion activities. The United kingdom is one of
      the most important commercial partners of Turkey. It is also one of the
      biggest wine markets in the world," he added.

      Following the conference, participants tasted Turkish wines such as
      Doluca, Kavaklidere, Kayra, Likya, Pamukkale, Selendi, Sevilen and

      The Wines of Turkey Platform was established by seven leading wine
      producers last year to promote Turkey's wines and wineries to the world.

      * Turkey earned $28 billion in 2010 from 28 million foreign tourists
      visiting the country, on Monday said a deputy undersecretary with the
      Turkish Ministry of Tourism and Culture.

      "Tourism is a major source of income for our country. Turkey hosted 28
      million foreign tourists and received 20 billion USD in revenue last year.
      Tourism is of utmost importance for creating new jobs and closing the
      trade deficit," Ozgur Ozaslan told reporters during a hotel inauguration
      in the southern province of Isparta.

      The number of tourists visiting Turkey year-on-year in the first month of
      2011 rose by 20 percent. Turkey attracted 975,723 tourists in January
      2011. Most of the visitors were from Germany in the mentioned period.
      Iranian, Georgian and Bulgarian tourists followed Germans.

      * Global interest in Turkey as a tourism destination is surging, said
      Expedia, the world's largest online travel company, in a press release
      this week, reports the Hurriyet daily News.

      After entering the Turkish market 10 years ago and opening an office in
      Istanbul last year, Expedia keeps growing in the Turkish market, according
      to the company.

      Expedia said 2010 was a successful year for Turkish tourism and that amid
      this growing interest, Expedia is expanding its local network and team in
      Turkey via turkiye.hotels.com.

      The site began in 2008 and continues to bring the world to Turkish hotels,
      Expedia said.


      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.61


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey: 54/36 Partly Cloudy
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean: 66/50 Mostly Sunny
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 46/34 Rainy
      Izmir, on the Aegean: 57/46 Mostly Cloudy
      Van, in Eastern Turkey 41/28 Sleet
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea: 57/46 Mostly Cloudy

      Snow depths at skiing locations:

      Erciyes, in Kayseri, Central Turkey 92 inches
      Ilgaz, in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey 28 inches
      Kartalkaya, in Bolu, Western Turkey 59 inches
      Palandoken, in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey 31 inches
      SaklIkent, in Antalya, Southern Turkey 16 inches
      SarIkamI$, in Kars, Eastern Turkey 39 inches
      Uludag, in Bursa, Western Turkey 42 inches



      Premiere League
      * Results for week: 23
      Buca Sp. - Bursa Sp 0 - 2
      Ankaragucu - G. Birligi 2 - 4
      B. $ehir Bld. Sp - G. Saray 3 - 1
      G. Antep Sp - Eski$ehir Sp 2 - 1
      Fenerbahce - Kasimpa$a 2 - 0
      Karabuk Sp. - Konya Sp. 2 - 1
      Sivas Sp - Manisa Sp 4 - 2
      Trabzon Sp - Kayseri Sp 3 - 3
      Antalya Sp. - Be$iKta$ 0 - 2

      Standing in the league as of week ending 23

      1 - Fenerbahce 51
      2 - Trabzon Sp 51
      3 - Bursa Sp 48
      4 - Kayseri Sp 43
      5 - G. Antep Sp 40
      6 - Be$iKta$ 35
      7 - B. $ehir Bld. Sp 33
      8 - Eski$ehir Sp 32
      9 - Karabuk Sp. 32
      10 - G. Saray 32
      11 - Manisa Sp 31
      12 - G. Birligi 27
      13 - Ankaragucu 25
      14 - Antalya Sp. 25
      15 - Sivas Sp 19
      16 - Buca Sp. 18
      17 - Konya Sp. 16
      18 - Kasimpa$a 14

      * According to the Turkish daily Yeni Safak, Turkey's southern province of
      Mersin won the voting electing the country that would host 2013
      Mediterranean Games.

      The Mediterranean Games is the organization which includes the highest
      number of sports after the Olympic Games.

      Nearly 3,500 athletes will compete in the Mediterranean Games.


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      presents in collaboration with



      March 2 , 7:00 pm: Bliss (Mutluluk)

      Bechtel International Center, Assembly Room
      Stanford University, 584 Capistrano Way, Stanford

      The Turkish Cultural Foundation is sponsoring this event:

      *** Join ACSNC in celebrating

      International Women's Day


      International Mother Language Day

      Azerbaijan Cultural society of Northern California (ACSNC) is honored to
      mark two major events of our annual calendar, International Women's Day
      and International Mother Language Day, and celebrate them in an elaborate
      proceeding on Saturday, March 5th 2011. We are pleased to announce that
      the event will include two speeches and poetry citings pertaining to these
      events. After the first section of poetry recital by Mr. Jamili, the first
      speech will be on the "Importance of Mother Tongue" offered by our
      renowned Azerbaijani scholar Dr. Zia Sadr. The second section, again will
      open with another poetry recital pertaining to International Women's Day
      by Mr. Jamili followed the presentation by Dr. Hadi Sultan-al-Qurraie, the
      president of ACSNC, entitled "Women's Education: a Token of Modernity in
      the Literature of Iranian Constitutional Era."

      Please join us in this great event and celebrate the two major days of our
      cultural calendar on a single elaborate occasion.

      When : Saturday, March 5th, 2011. 7:00 PM
      Where : ACSNC office, Los Gatos

      For more information please visit our website at http://acsnc.org


      presents the film:

      "Nomad, the Warrior"

      This is a 2007 historical epic written by Rustam Ibragimbekov,
      executive-produced by Milo? Forman and directed by Ivan Passer, Sergei
      Bodrov and Talgat Temenov. The film has been shot in two versions: in
      Kazakh by Temenov for distribution in Kazakhstan and in English by
      Passer/Bodrov for distribution worldwide. In North America it was
      distributed by the Weinstein Company.

      March 5th, Saturday, 5-7pm

      1944 University Avenue #107
      Berkeley, CA 94705

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