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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
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
* 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.
ARTS AND CULTURE
* 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
* 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,
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
* 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
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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*** THE MEDITERRANEAN STUDIES FORUM
presents in collaboration with
TURKISH STUDENT ASSOCIATION AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY
WINTER 2011 TURKISH FILM SERIES
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
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"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
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