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      x0x Turkish News for the week ending 01 October 2011

      [This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 01 October 2011]

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      * The Turkish parliament is about to start a new legislative year.
      According to the Turkish daily Milliyet, the Turkish prime minister says
      the first thing he wants the parliament to do is the rewritimg of the
      According to the daily Sabah, prime Minister Erdogan says he would even
      talk to the Peace and Democracy MPs on the new constitution, if they stop
      their boycott and return to the parliament.
      In related news, the main Opposition Party slammed Prime Minister
      Erdogan's timetable for making the new constitution. Making the
      constitution in eight or nine months means that it will not be in favor of
      liberties, a Republican People's Party leader said.
      The country's second-largest opposition party, the Nationalist Movement
      Party also rejected Erdogan's proposed deadline.

      * Speaking of the Peace and Democracy party boycott, the Hurriyet Daily
      News reports that the party leader Selahattin Demirtas and Gultan Kisanak
      met with Turkey's president Mr. Gul on Thursday and announced that they
      are ending their boycott.
      MPs of the party rejected to take their oaths due to their arrested
      party members whose demands to be released were rejected by the courts
      even though they were elected to Parliament in the June 12 elections.

      * Prime Minister Erdogan was in Skopje, Macedonia on Thursday. Yeni Safak
      daily quoted Erdogan as saying "the Macedonians should not have any
      concerns. Macedonia will enter the European Union before Turkey. We will
      enter the European Union after Macedonia. As such, I hope that Macedonia's
      membership in the European Union would be beneficial and fruitful".
      The daily Hurriyet quoted Erdogan as saying "if Greece tries to block
      Macedonia's membership in NATO. Turkey has extended support and will
      continue to extend support to Macedonia's membership in NATO".
      Macedonia officially became a candidate for European Union membership in
      2005, but Greece has blocked it from joining either the European bloc or
      NATO, saying the name "Macedonia" implies a claim on the northern Greek
      region of the same name.
      Almost two decades of U.N.-led negotiations over the name dispute have
      thus far failed to bear fruit.

      * We told you about the escalating violence caused by the Kurdish rebels
      in Turkey in last week's news.
      The latest victim of the violence was a one-day old newborn. The baby's
      mother was killed by the rebels earlier while she was still pregnant, and
      the baby was delivered with a c-section.
      Prime Minister Erdogan commented on the death and also accused the
      pro-rebel Peace and Democracy Party of being on side of the the murderers.
      Mr Erdogan said that the rebel Kurdistan Workers Party militants fired
      200 bullets on four young girls and then apologized in a sarcastic way.
      "What are the goals of people who planned these murders and shed blood?
      And then they release statements of apology...", he added.
      Turkish dailies also reported that the rebels are now targeting
      teachers. In the Diyarbakir and Elazig provinces they have kidnapped 12
      In related news, Turkish officials ordered a mandatory evacuation of the
      highlands on Mount Kato in preparation for a military operation against
      the rebels there

      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News , US Ambassador to Turkey Francis
      Ricciardone said on Friday that the U.S will give three Super Cobra
      helicopters to Turkey. Turkey had been asking for Super Cobras to replace
      the helicopters it lost during its campaign against the rebel Kurds.

      * The Turkish Industry and Business Association released a report titled
      "Vision 2050 Turkey" on Tuesday morning.
      In the report the organization urged for sustainable development and a
      transition towards "information society".
      In a speech, the Association head Umit Boyner's on Monday said "We do
      not have an aim of saving the world with our Vision 2050 Turkey report,"
      Boyner said. "It is only for preparing the business world for the new
      realities of the coming 40 years and to draw a road map for the business
      world to make use of the opportunities likely to emerge."
      The report also urged carbon emissions to be reduced, pointing out that
      carbon emission from Turkey's road transportation has increased 80 percent
      between the years 1990 and 2009.

      * Rescue ships, tugboats, helicopters and professional divers participated
      in a major drill in Istanbul's Bosporus Straits on Thursday to simulate an
      oil spill at sea caused by the collision of a tanker ship and a passenger
      The exercise was attended by 600 personnel, as well as 500 student
      observers and Erdogan Bayraktar, the environment and urban planning
      The Bosporus was closed to all sea traffic for five hours after the
      drill began at 9:30 A.M.
      Some 360 million tons of cargo pass through the Turkish Straits every
      year, 143 million tons of which are classified as hazardous materials. A
      total of 141 accidents have occurred in the past five years in the

      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News Turkey has denounced Israel's
      approval of the construction of 1,100 more settlements in the Gilo
      district of east Jerusalem, a written Foreign Ministry statement said late
      "Israel's attempt for new settlements in occupied Palestinian lands even
      [during increased attempts to solve the Palestinian problem] leads to
      serious suspicions on its real intentions and sincerity and harms
      international efforts," the ministry said.

      * The Anatolia News Agency reports that the European Union for the first
      time is planning to draw a road map to completely remove visa requirements
      for Turkish citizens, while in the meantime the union will take steps to
      ease visa procedures, according to Cecilia Malmstrom, European Commission
      representative for interior affairs.


      * Izmir Metropolitan Municipality's jazz band has given a concert in
      Dusseldorf, Germany, Dogan News Agency reported Monday.
      The concert was sponsored by the Turkish General Consulate in Dusseldorf
      to commemorate the 50th year of the arrival of Turkish guest workers to
      Dusseldorf's leading art institute Jazzschmiede hosted the concert.
      Turkey's consul general to Dusseldorf, Firat Sunel, attended the event
      among other guests.

      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News the 14th Istanbul International
      1001 Documentaries Film Festival will be held between Sept. 29 and Oct. 3
      with hundreds of offerings from all over the world.
      The films to be screened at the festival are determined not just by the
      powerful styles used in the films, but also by the humanitarian values
      expressed, according to organizers. Promoting the coexistence of different
      cultures, supporting values that contribute to the future of mankind and
      presenting different points of view are the common strands that run
      through all the films.
      The festival will present films that fall into seven thematic categories
      that are identified by seven different colors.
      The Black category features stories about war, violence, social
      depression and the people who experienced, suffered or resisted these
      times; Red films depict the conditions of work and labor, workers and
      laborers in the world order; Orange films present modern-day stories from
      both close to home and far away; the Yellow category captures tales of
      migration and being far away from home; Blue films illustrate ordinary
      stories about extraordinary people and extraordinary stories about
      ordinary people; the Purple category covers art, craft and culture, while
      the Green category includes films on nature, human and cities.
      This year's festival also features a category called "Confined Spaces /
      Confined Souls," as well as documentaries for children, which will include
      films designed for children between the ages of 7 and 15. Organizers said
      they planned to sustain the latter category with extra activities like
      conferences and workshops in future editions of the festival.
      For further information about the festival, head to

      * The Anatolia News Agency reports that two producers working on the
      upcoming James Bond movie, part of which will be filmed in Istanbul,
      visited the Turkish minister of culture and tourism on Tuesday.
      The upcoming James Bond movie will be another installment in the world's
      longest film series and is special because it commemorates the 50th
      anniversary of the series.
      Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, the U.S. producers of the film,
      visited Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister Ertugrul Gunay in his office
      Tuesday and provided information about the new film. Copyrights and
      General Director of Film Abdurrahman Celik and producer Ali Akdeniz were
      also present during the visit.
      "The opening scenes are planned to be filmed in Istanbul, but some other
      places will also be used outside Istanbul for the film," Gunay said.
      Wilson, who said the film would be released next year, was grateful for
      Turkish hospitality. "It is a great pleasure for us to be in Istanbul for
      the 50th anniversary of the series."
      "We are proud to see that James Bond is still a well-known character in
      Turkey," Broccoli said.
      The U.S. producers presented a collector's edition of the James Bond
      series to Gunay.

      * The Hurriyet Daily News reports that Iranian virtuoso Farid Farjad will
      give eight concerts in various Turkish provinces. Iranian violin virtuoso
      Farid Farjad will begin a concert tour across Turkey with a performance in
      the Aegean province of Izmir on Oct. 5.
      Farjad, who is known as the man "who makes the violin cry due to the
      emotions in his songs," will take the stage at Izmir's Ismet Inonu Art
      Center, according to the Aegean Culture and Art Organization.
      He will continue his concerts on Oct. 7 at Erzurum's Ataturk University
      Congress Hall; on Oct. 8 at Ankara's National Education Ministry Council
      Hall; on Oct. 10 at Gaziantep's 100. Yil Amphitheater; on Oct. 12 at
      Mersin's Ataturk Congress Center; on Oct. 14 at Diyarbakir's Dicle
      University Concert Hall; on Oct. 15 at Istanbul's Caddebostan Culture
      Center and on Oct. 19 at Istanbul's Kultur University Akinguc Auditorium.

      * Istanbul Design Week is again hosting exhibitions and workshops related
      to design, trend, science, architecture and technology on the Old Galata
      Bridge reports the Hurriyet Daily News. A number of well-respected
      designers and architects from both Turkey and abroad are expected to
      attend the event.
      Istanbul Design Week 2011 aims to bring a new breath to design vision by
      connecting Istanbul, as a design center, to Europe and other world cities,
      according to organizers.
      Istanbul's youthful energy, dynamic urban identity and culture, all of
      which encourage creativity and variety in daily life, will be reflected at
      the event, which features a program full of the newest projects,
      exhibitions and workshops related to design, trend, science, architecture
      and technology.
      The design week will also focus on cultural differences and design.
      Today, what differentiates each of the products and services is urban
      development and the design notion that provides interaction among
      Last year's event drew 35,000 and included speeches by important figures
      in the sector, including Karim Rashid and Massimilliano Fuksas.
      This year's event is being organized in cooperation between Istanbul
      Metropolitan Municipality, daily Hurriyet, dDf and ISTAV.

      * The Istanbul State Opera and Ballet is preparing to open its new season
      with a number of new shows reports the Hurriyet Daily News.. The upcoming
      season will start with an exclusive show Oct 8 at the Hagia Irene Church
      with proceeds benefiting Somalia
      The first show of the season will be Gaetano Donizetti's opera "Love
      Potion." This operatic work by Donizetti will be staged by Yekta Kara, art
      director of the Istanbul State Opera and Ballet, and conducted by Raoul
      The opera will be performed by the soloists of the Istanbul Opera and
      Ballet. The program of the opening concert will also include video
      extracts from the pas de deux (duet) ballet scenes from "Cesmebasi" (At
      the Fountain) and from the opera "The Italian Straw Hat".
      The season's new operatic works will include some of the most famous
      opera composers such as Mozart, Wagner, Verdi, Donizetti, Offenbach and
      Another exclusive operatic work will be "Midas' Ears," produced by Yuzel
      Erten and conducted by Serdar Yalcin. The work is about King Midas'
      transformation into a mule by Apollo, the god of light and the sun.
      The operatic comedy "The Italian Straw Hat" will be onstage for the
      first time in Turkey. The music of the opera was composed by Ernesto and
      Nino Rota and the opera will be staged by Giampaolo Zennaro. "Ariadne
      Naxos," an opera composed by Strauss and prepared for the stage by Mehmet
      Erguven, will also be new onstage this season. Dame Ninette de Valois, who
      is presenting ballet to a Turkish audience for the first time, will be
      commemorated on the Istanbul ballet stage. The choreography of "Step by
      Step with Dame Ninette de Valois" will be organized by Yannick Boquin. The
      ballet features the music of Chopin and showcases the song "The Sorrows of
      Young Werther" for the first time in Turkey.
      The "Hurrem Sultan" ballet will be another addition to the new season.
      Staged by Deniz Yamanus and Oktay Keresteci and composed by Nevit Kodalli,
      "Hurrem Sultan" will be one of the most exclusive shows.
      The second part of the season will host nostalgic shows. The quartet
      show consists of the four memorable ballets "At the Fountain Head" ,
      "Judith," "White and Black" and "Ara Danslar Ara Nagmeler." The
      choreographers include Dame Ninette de Valois, Alfred Rodrigues, Geyvan
      McMillen and Mehmet Balkan.

      * The Hurriyet Daily News reports that Defne Ayas will be the first
      Turkish director of the Witte de With, a center for contemporary art in
      Rotterdam. The appointment will begin on Jan. 1.
      At Witte de With, Ayas will replace Nicolaus Schafhausen, who has held
      the directorship for six years, the maximum amount of time the museum
      allows its leader to stay.
      Ayas has been with Performa since 2004, before its first year, which was
      presented in 2005. Its fourth iteration, dubbed Performa 11, will take
      place in November.
      Before she joined Arthub Asia and Performa, Ayas coordinated the New
      York-based New Museum of Contemporary Art's public and new media
      programming. Ayas has recently served as a curatorial advisor to the 8th
      Shanghai Biennial, and as a publication advisor to the 8th Gwangju
      Biennial in South Korea in 2010. Ayas completed the De Appel Curatorial
      Program in Amsterdam and received her master's degree from the Tisch
      School of the Arts at New York University.
      Ayas will stay involved with Performa, Arthub Asia, as well as with
      Blind Dates Project, an artistic platform dedicated to tackling what
      remains of the legacy and collapse of the Ottoman Empire, of which she is
      a founding co-curator.

      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News a vast array of local and
      international talent is set to appear in Istanbul in the forthcoming
      months as part of Borusan's new concert season.
      This year the opening concert of the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic, or
      BIPO, will be held Oct. 13 at the Lutfi Kirdar International Convention
      and Exhibition Center with a work by composers Berlioz, Lalo, Strauss and
      Schmitt and their compositions from the 19th century under the direction
      of Sascha Goetzel.
      The first concert of 2012 will feature the famous coloratura soprano
      Elena Fink, who has been a favorite of critics since the beginning of her
      See more at

      * According to the Anatolia News Agency the 2,000-year-old play "Peace" by
      Greek comic playwright Aristophanes will be performed at the Ankara State
      Yucel Erten, director of the play, said that even though the play was
      written 2,000 years ago, it was still very influential
      The play will be onstage for the sixth time in Turkey. "Each time we
      have updated it," Erten said. "Different actors and actresses on the stage
      also affect the general evaluation of the play, and that causes changes in
      the play."
      The music for the play was composed by Cem Idiz; stage design was
      created by Hakan Dundar; and the play was choreographed by Salima Sokmen.

      * The Hurriyet Daily News reports that A new exhibition focusing on the
      works of the Ottoman Empire's most famous archaeologist, Osman Hamdi Bey,
      as well as the first excavations conducted by his American counterparts in
      the empire, will open at the Pera Museum on Oct. 15.
      "Osman Hamdi Bey and The Americans: Archeology, Diplomacy, Art" will
      showcase for the first time paintings by Osman Hamdi Bey, archaeological
      photographs, drawings, letters, travel journals and archaeological
      The unique selection is on loan from the University of Pennsylvania, the
      Fine Arts Museum Boston, the Istanbul Archaeological Museum, the Istanbul
      Museum of Painting and Sculpture and private collections. Apart from his
      lesser-known paintings, two unknown works of Osman Hamdi Bey discovered at
      the Penn Museum will also be on display.
      The exhibition will continue until Jan. 8, 2012.

      * The Ankara State Opera and Ballet will open its new season Saturday with
      the ballet work "Notre Dame de Paris" at its refurbished building in the
      Turkish capital reports the Anatolia News Agency.
      The Ankara State Opera and Ballet will stage eight new opera shows in
      the 2011-2012 season, including Selma Ada's operatic work "Ali Baba and
      Forty Thieves;" Davran said they expected the work to attract great
      The opera "Rusalka" will also be staged in Turkish this season. "This is
      an important beginning," said Davran, noting that Turkish-language operas
      would bring a breath of fresh air to the scene.
      This season, the Ankara State Opera and Ballet will also stage two
      works, "Sleeping Beauty" and "Murad IV," which are new to the Turkish
      ballet scene, said Davran. "'Murad IV,' which will be onstage in December,
      is expected to draw attention even in the international ballet scene," he
      The Ankara State Opera and Ballet will also host exclusive events
      throughout the season. "There will be exclusive shows for children," said
      Davran, adding that New Year's concerts and modern dance shows were among
      the company's best shows.

      * Turkey's legendary jazz composer and pianist Fahir Atakoglu will return
      by popular demand to perform at Drom in New York City on Oct. 5 at 8 P.M.
      reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
      Atakoglu reached the top of the JazzWeek World Music Charts three times
      with music from his critically acclaimed U.S. jazz CD releases including
      "If," "Istanbul in Blue" and his latest CD, "Faces & Places," which
      features jazz fused with traditional Turkish melodies. He will perform at
      Drom with internationally renowned musicians Alain Caron on bass and Cuban
      drummer Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez
      Born in Istanbul, award-winning composer and pianist Atakoglu is well
      known for his ambitious symphonic works and music for film. He has
      composed music for many of Turkey's top musicians and earned a loyal
      international following through the release of 18 albums.
      Employing unique rhythmic, melodic and harmonic modalities, his music
      reflects his many different cultural influences that he combines to create
      compositions with striking originality that continue to echo the culture
      of his homeland.
      Atakoglu has played to sold-out shows at the world-renowned Kodak
      Theater in Los Angeles and Carnegie Hall in New York, further establishing
      his worldwide appeal.

      * Turkish Tourism and Culture Counselor in Paris Hasan Yavuz told the
      Anatolia News Agency on Saturday that the number of French tourists, who
      visited Turkey between January and September period in 2011, increased 45
      percent to 1.2 million when compared the same period of 2010.
      After Germany, Russia, Britain, Iran and Bulgaria, France became the
      sixth country which sent highest number of tourists to Turkey in 2011, he

      * According to the Anatolia News Agency President Barack Obama honored on
      Monday a Turkish scientist with Presidential Early Career Awards for
      Scientists and Engineers.
      Associate Professor Aydogan Ozcan of the University of California who
      is currently leading the Bio- and Nano-Photonics Laboratory at the
      Electrical Engineering Department was one of the recipients of the award.
      The awards, established by former President Bill Clinton in 1996, are
      coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the
      Executive Office of the President.
      Awardees are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the
      frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community
      service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education,
      or community outreach.
      Ninety-four researchers, including Ozcan, were granted this year's
      Dr. Ozcan holds 17 issued patents and another 12 pending patent
      applications for his inventions in nanoscopy, wide-field imaging, lensless
      imaging, nonlinear optics, fiber optics, and optical coherence tomography.

      * According to the Anatolia News Agency Portugal's Fatima city, world
      famous for the Christian religious visions that reportedly took place
      there in 1917, is about to become a sister city of western province of
      Izmir's Selcuk town where the House of the Virgin Mary is located.

      * Speaking of sister cities, Tukey's capital Ankara and U.S. capital
      Washington will also become sister cities on October 3.
      Ankara Metropolitan Mayor Melih Gokcek and Washington Mayor Vincent Gray
      will sign the protocol in Washington D.C. municipality building.
      The day before, the Turks in Washington DC will be having their annual
      Turkish festival. The festival, among others, will feature Turkish
      cuisine, music, folk dances and a bazaar selling arts and crafts.

      * International musicians will take stage in Istanbul every month from
      October 2011 till June 2012 to commemorate French composer Claude Achille
      Debussy, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
      The Istanbul Recitals will begin with a concert of French pianist Eric
      Le Sage on October 7.
      Claude Achille Debussy lived between 1862 and 1918, and was one of the
      most prominent figures working within the field of impressionist music.

      * Turkish Culture & Tourism Minister Ertugrul Gunay told the Anatolia News
      Agency on Sunday that the upper part of Weary Hercules Statue was
      returning from the United States to Turkey by the plane of Turkish Prime
      Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
      During excavations in 1980 in Perge town of the southern province of
      Antalya, Prof. Jale Inan unearthed lower part of demigod Hercules statue.
      Officials noticed that a similar statue was being exhibited in Boston.
      Experts examined the statue in Boston and found out that it was the half
      of the part in Turkey.
      Turkey has been exerting efforts to get back the upper part of the
      statue since that date.


      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.85


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey: 68/41 Mostly Sunny
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean: 81/64 Mostly Sunny
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 72/57 Mostly Cloudy
      Izmir, on the Aegean: 77/64 Mostly Sunny
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea: 64/57 Showers
      Van, in Eastern Turkey 57/41 Heavy Showers

      Seawater temperatures

      Black Sea measured at Trabzon 75
      Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 70
      Aegean Sea measured at Izmir 77
      Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 81


      * Soccer

      * Premiere League
      * Results for week: 4
      Kayseri Sp - Fenerbahce 0 - 1
      Mersin Idman Yurdu - G. Antep Sp 2 - 0
      Manisa Sp - B. $ehir Bld. Sp 0 - 2
      Trabzon Sp - Karabuk Sp 3 - 1
      Sivas Sp - Bursa Sp 3 - 0
      Ordu Sp - Samsun Sp 0 - 0
      G. Birligi - Ankaragucu 1 - 1
      Be$iKta$ - Antalya Sp 1 - 0
      G. Saray - Eski$ehir Sp 2 - 0

      In games played so far this weekend: 5

      Bursa Sp - G. Birligi 4 - 0
      Karabuk Sp - Ordu Sp 1 - 2
      Fenerbahce - B. $ehir Bld. Sp 4 - 2
      Antalya Sp - Sivas Sp 2 - 2
      Samsun Sp - Manisa Sp 1 - 2
      Kayseri Sp - Mersin Idman Yurdu 2 - 2
      Ankaragucu - G. Saray 0 - 3
      Eski$ehir Sp - Trabzon Sp 0 - 2
      G. Antep Sp - Be$iKta$ -

      Standing in the league as of week ending 4

      1 - B. $ehir Bld. Sp 10
      2 - Fenerbahce 10
      3 - Be$iKta$ 9
      4 - Mersin Idman Yurdu 9
      5 - Eski$ehir Sp 7
      6 - G. Saray 7
      7 - Bursa Sp 6
      8 - Antalya Sp 6
      9 - Sivas Sp 6
      10 - Trabzon Sp 5
      11 - G. Birligi 5
      12 - Ordu Sp 5
      13 - Samsun Sp 5
      14 - Karabuk Sp 4
      15 - Kayseri Sp 3
      16 - Manisa Sp 2
      17 - Ankaragucu 1
      18 - G. Antep Sp 0

      * According to the Anatolia News Agency Turkey beats Russia 3-0 at
      European Women's Volleyball Championship, advances to semi-final
      Turkey beat Russia 3-0 at the European Women's Volleyball Championship
      on Wednesday and advanced to the semi-final.
      MONZA- Russia is the last world champion in women's volleyball.
      Turkey will play against the winner of Serbia-Poland game at the
      The European Women's Volleyball Championship is co-hosted by Italy and

      * Kobe Bryant inaugurated two basketball courts in Istanbul on Sunday,
      reports the Anatolia News Agency.
      When asked his opinion about Turkey's Besiktas basketball team's offer
      to transfer him, Bryant said that he was still thinking about the offer.
      Bryant said that he liked Turkish basketball players Hidayet Turkoglu
      and Mehmet Okur who were playing in NBA.

      * Speaking of Mehmet Okur, he has transferred to Turk Telekom of Turkey's
      Beko Basketball League after playing at the U.S. National Basketball
      Association for about 10 years.

      * According to the Anatolia News Agency Turkey's Istanbul city hosted the
      2011 Archery World Cup Final on September 24 and 25
      32 archers from the world competed in the park near Kucuksu Pavilion in
      Asian side of the city on the Bosporus strait.
      The Istanbul competitions came After four World Cup stages which took
      place in Croatia's Porec, Turkey's Antalya, U.S.' Ogden and China's
      Shanghai cities.
      Yagiz Yilmaz, Natalia Nasaridze, Ali Davarci and Gizem Kocaman
      represented Turkey in the final.
      As a team Turkish archers won a silver medal in one of the categories.
      American archers came first and got the gold medal. In fact Americans
      dominated the games. In men's Roger Willett JR., in women's Erika Anschutz
      became the champions.

      * Turkish Football Federation makes a landmark decision and announced that
      women and children will enter the top-flight matches free of charge. The
      new ruling will go into effect with this weekend's Spor Toto Super League
      games and will continue until the end of the current season.
      As we reported to you last week, the federation allowed only women and
      children to a match last week in response to fan violence.
      In that match, 46,000 women and children showed up.


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

      *** Taverna Night :Live Fasil Band + Belly Dancer ZIVA ?and, Belly Dance Competition!!

      Date: Saturday, October 8 at 9:00pm
      Location: The Blue Macaw
      2565 Mission Street,
      San Francisco, CA
      Roxody-Fasil will take you to the Mediterranean coast with a live repertoire of Turkish songs enriched with Greek, Hebrew, Azerbaijani, Macedonian, Farsi and Armenian lyrics.

      Raki & Meze will be available for purchase.
      Belly dance competitor guests, please send an email to bellydance@...
      Dress to impress
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      FREE tickets with a drawing! Call us or drop us an email with your name, email, telephone number to participate in the drawing.


      October 3-14, Stanford University Cecil H. Green Library, South Portal Lobby

      Turkish Film Poster Exhibit: Golden Age of Turkish Cinema

      October 12, 7:00 pm, Pigott Hall, Room 113

      Burcu Karahan- Richardson (Stanford University)
      Film Screening: Turkish Pop Cinema (2005) & Tarkan vs. the Vikings (1971)

      *** Award-winning documentary filmmaker Stephen Olsson's

      Rumi Project: One Through Love

      will play at "Mill Valley Film Festival" on Saturday, October 15th at 11:30am

      FREE tickets with a drawing! Call us or drop us an email with your name, email, telephone number to participate in the drawing.

      *** We are giving away free tickets with a drawing to the Yilmaz Guney films
      that will be shown at Pacific Film Archive September 17 through October 9.
      Please send an email to trh@... to be included in the drawing.

      BAM/PFA presents
      Anatolian Outlaw: Yilmaz Guney
      September 17 - October 9

      Renegade Turkish actor/filmmaker Yilmaz Guney (1931.84) created a cinema
      that took key elements of Turkish and Kurdish outlaw folklore and merged
      them into a hypnotic blend of Italian and Hollywood Westerns, Third World
      cinema, and social realism. This series features eight of his films,
      including the 1982 winner of the Palme d.Or at Cannes, Yol.

      For more information: http://bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries/guney

      The Pacific Film Archive Theater is located at 2575 Bancroft Way (between
      Telegraph and Bowditch) in Berkeley. Advance tickets are available by
      (510) 642-5249 or visiting http://bampfa.berkeley.edu/tickets

      For more information on these and other programs, visit

      *** Turkish Community School is starting on

      Sunday, September 18th

      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 3-12
      * 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. We believe BATCS will help
      develop bonding among our children by providing a sense of belonging and

      To enroll your kid just go to the school on the first day of the classes!

      Hillview Community Center
      Rooms 14 and 16
      97 Hillview Avenue
      Los Altos, CA 94022


      *** On line Turkish classes:


      *** This program is partially underwritten by CHIC FRENCH.

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      for items from Turkey.

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      *** Turkish American Association of California

      is a non-profit
      charitable organization established to promote better
      understanding between Americans and Turks.

      If you have any questions about Turks and Turkey,
      e-mail them at taac@...

      *** Planning to go to Turkey?

      Take a look at our Web pages
      that are full of articles and information furnished by
      travelers like yourselves:


      *** 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.

      Please contact with Yore Folk Ensemble for the details.

      TELL YOUR FRIENDS who might be interested joining our group.
      Yore Folk Ensemble

      *** Azerbaijan Cultural Society of Northern California

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


      16400 Lark Ave. Ste # 260
      Los Gatos, CA 95032

      *** Turkish Classical Music Chorus started practices again.
      They are looking for singers and players of instruments

      Join them on Friday evenings in San Jose

      Please contact with Sema Oktay for the details.
      Sema_Aksu_Oktay [at] yahoo [dot] com

      TELL YOUR FRIENDS who might be interested joining the chorus.

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