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* That of Turks marked the anniversary of last year's Aug. 17 killer
earthquake with vigils and rallies throughout Turkey.
Official figures give the death toll as 17,000, however, many believe
that it is much higher than that. There were 285,000 people left homeless,
many still living in tents.
World press also gave wide coverage to the anniversary of the quake and
accompanying events with news reports and commentaries.
* The tension between the Turkish President Mr. Ahmet Necdet Sezer and the
coalition government administration led by Mr. Bulent Ecevit is still
continuing on the the issue of a decree.
As we have reported last week, Mr. Sezer is refusing to sign a decree
that will give Mr. Ecevit's administration the power to fire civil
servants deemed to be the supporters of Islamic fundamentalism and Kurdish
Mr. Sezer is saying that the parliament has to discuss the issue and
enact a law, a government decree without a parliamentary debate and vote
is undemocratic and against the Turkish constitution.
There is speculation that Mr. Sezer's confrontation with the
administration may ultimately lead to a clampdown by the powerful Turkish
military, which some news reports see as being behind the decree.
* According to wire reports, the president of the Turkish Republic of
Northern Cyprus Rauf Denktash urged the Greek Cypriot leader Glafkos
Klerides to join him in solving the Cyprus issue before the end of their
The 76-year-old Denktash was addressing and 81-year-old Klerides during
his speech commemorating the 1974 Turkish intervention.
In 1974, Turkish troops intervened in Cyprus to save the Turkish
Cypriots from hard-line Greeks who seized power with a coup.
The two communities then moved to two different parts of the island, and
since then they have been living apart.
However, the Turks of Cyprus have been under economic and political
embargo since then due to effective Greek lobbying and propaganda. Turkey
is the only country that recognizes the Turkish Republic of Northern
Cyprus, the all-Greek Cyprus republic is recognized as the legitimate
government of the island.
In the past 25 years, many efforts by the United Nations, and major
world powers to reunite the island have not yielded results. However,
there has been peace on the island ever since.
* Turkey signed two international agreements on cultural and political
rights that includes the right for all people to speak in their language.
Turkey has been avoiding to sign to the agreement for the past 34 years.
Analysts are saying that Turkey was holding out in fear of the
agreement's implications on the rights of the Kurdish people in Turkey.
Turkey's Kurds do speak their language in private life and publish books
and recordings, however, there are no radio and TV broadcasts, and no
education in Kurdish.
* Turkey denied yesterday that it has signed a defense pack with Nigeria,
saying that the two countries were only planning to have a military
training and cooperation agreement.
* According to daily Cumhuriyet, speaking to reporters after a meeting
with Turkey's minister of foreign affairs Mr. Ismail Cem, the US Assistant
Secretary of State Edward Walker said that Turkey has ideas which will
contribute to the Middle East peace process and added that it has been
historically helpful in the issue.
Mr. Walker was visiting the Turkish capital Ankara.
Walker says he is optimistic that a Palestinian-Israeli peace settlement
can be reached in the near future.
* Turkish police on Saturday arrested up to 30 people protesting
government plans to transfer thousands of inmates from large
dormitory-style jails to new prisons with small cells.
* Iraq's Kurdistan Democratic Party claimed on Thursday that Turkish jets
attacked an area inside Iraq and killed at least 38 civilians. In an
interview with the BBC, a representative of the Kurdistan Democratic Party
blamed the rebel Turkish Kurds' underground organization Kurdish Workers
Party. The representative says that Kurdish Workers Party operates in
Northern Iraq against the wishes of the Iraqi Kurds, and drawing Turkish
attacks to the area.
On Friday Turkish authorities announced that they will investigate the
* Reuter reports that the Turkish shares closed 1.82 percent higher on
Friday as gains in telecom equipment stocks helped fuel a rebound.
* The head of the Institute of International Finance, Mr. Charles H.
Dallara, met with the governor of Turkey's Central Bank Mr. Gazi Ercel
At a press conference afterwards, Mr. Dallara said that Turkish economy
is on the right path. "Turkey's economic program is both ingenious and
strong." Mr. Dallara added.
Mr. Dallara predicted that "If the Central Bank, the Turkish people, the
business world and the Turkish government cooperate, Turkey will have a
single digit inflation rate."
Turkish inflation rate has been hovering around 70 percent since
mid-1980s, shooting up to three digits in some years. In the recent months
there has been a modest decrease. The Turkish government's goal is to
lower the inflation rate to about 25 percent by the end of the year.
ARTS and CULTURE
Edited for the Turkish radio hour by Gamze Seckin
ARTS AND CULTURE
* Hurriyet reports that the World Cultural Heritage Center organized an
internet poll to determine today's Seven Wonders of the World. The World
Cultural Heritage Center is a UNESCO affiliate.
Istanbul's Hagia Sofia is a candidate.
The others are as follows:
The Great Wall of China
Taj Mahal in India
Potala Place in Tibet
Timbuktu in Mali
The Coliseum of Rome
Moscow's Kremlin and Red Square
Mexico's Mayan Pyramids
The Eiffel Tower in Paris and
Italy's leaning Tower of Pisa.
The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World were the Great Pyramid of Egypt,
the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Temple
of Artemis at Ephesus, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassos, the Colossus of
Rhodes, and the Lighthouse of Alexandria.
The Temple of Artemis is in the Turkish Aegean town of Efes. The
Mausoleum at Halicarnossus is in Bodrum, also on the Turkish Aegean coast.
You can visit http://www.new7wonders.com to participate in the survey.
* Daily Cumhuriyet reported that internationally famous jazz musician Mr.
Ray Charles recently arrived in Istanbul for the Rumeli Concert.
Mr. Abdullah Nebioglu, a director of the sponsoring Rumeli Holding
Company, gave Mr. Charles a warm welcome at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport.
Mr. Ray Charles performed for appreciative audiences on August 15 and 16
during concerts sponsored by Rumeli Holding Company.
* Istanbul will host the 34th World Chess Olympics from October 28 through
November 12, 2000. Participants will compete at Lutfi Kirdar Conference
and Exhibition Center.
200 chess masters from 120 countries were welcomed during a reception at
the Olympics House in Atakoy, Istanbul. Present to welcome the contestants
were Mr. Fikret Unlu, Minister of Sports, Mr. Sinan Erdem, Chairman of the
Turkish Olympics Committee, Mr. Emrehan Halici, Chairman of the
International Chess Federation and Mrs. Betul Ceren Yildiz of Turkey's
national chess team.
* The 37th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival will be held October 1st
Mr. Bekir Kumbul, Mayor of Antalya and Chairman of Golden Orange Arts
and Culture Foundation declared that this year's theme of "Peace" would be
reflected in "Turkish-Greek Friendship".
* The 20th World Poets Conference will be held in Greece from August 15th
through the 25th. A thousand poets and artists from 40 countries will
participate. The sponsor, World Culture Arts Academy, is based in the U.S.
The director is Tsigaridas International Relations and Press Union.
Mr. Husamettin Olgun will give a talk entitled, "Friendship and Peace In
Turkish and Greek Poems." Mr. Olgun is a specialist at Bursa's Social
Security Agency Hospital. He has published four books of poetry and is a
member of the World Culture Arts Academy
The conference will provide excursions for the participants to Istanbul,
Izmir, the Home of Virgin Mary, ancient Ephesus, and Bodrum.
* Actress Guzin Ozipek died in Marmara University Hospital of
complications caused by lymphoma. Ms. Ozipek, 75, played the grandmother
in the Turkish serial ''Bizimkiler'' (Our Family).
* Seven German university students visited Agiosproskeopios Church and the
underground city in Agirnas. Agirnas hamlet is where Sinan, was born.
Sinan was a famous architect during the 16th century Ottoman Empire.
He built Selimiye Mosque, plus several other mosques, bridges, masjids
* Archaeological excavations of the Panaztepe ruins continue. The site is
located in Menemen, a town in the western province of Izmir.
Begun in 1985, the excavations will be completed at the end of
September. Dr. Hayat Erkanal, director of the excavations in Panaztepe,
said that this year's excavations will concentrate on the graveyards.
The team expects to discover important information about burial customs.
* Catalhoyuk, the oldest and largest neolithic center in the world, gives
us clues about people who thrived there 9,000 years ago. Catalhoyuk is in
Cumra, a town in the province of Konya.
The site sheds light on a culture dating back to 7000 B.C. Prof. Dr. Ian
Hodder, who heads the excavations, said that significant information has
been revealed about the ancient people since the excavations in Catalhoyuk
began in 1993.
Dr. Hodder currently teaches at the Stanford University. We have
interviewed him on the Orient Express, and he has lectured at two Turkish
American Association of California events about the Catalhoyuk
See http://www.turkradio.org/catal/ for a page Dr. Hodder prepared for
the Turkish Radio Hour.
See also http://www.smm.org/catal/top.html
* Turkey was admitted to the European Association of Ancient Cities,
formed during the 25th anniversary of the Common Heritage Campaign. This
was also the 50th anniversary of the European Council.
After Turkey was admitted to the European Association, a meeting
attended by 70 Mayors was held in Bursa.
The Association of the European Ancient Cities' Regulations was adopted,
and the Turkish Association of Ancient Cities was established.
* On August 17, police in the southeastern Turkish city of Sanliurfa
seized a painting by Pablo Picasso.
This is the third of Picasso's works to surface in Turkey in the past
Picasso's painting, Portrait of a Young Woman, was stolen from the
Kuwait Museum during the Iraqi military occupation.
The painting is currently being examined by experts at Harran
Edited for the Turkish radio hour by Mark Nowak
* Premier soccer league results for Week #1
Kocaelispor 0 Fenerbahce 4
Besiktas 3 Yimpas Yozgatspor 0
Genclerbirligi 0 Caykur Rizespor 0
Bursaspor 3 Gaziantepspor 3
Erzurumspor 1 Trabzonspor 3
Istanbulspor 1 Adanaspor 6
Siirt Jet-Pa Spor 1 Antalyaspor 2
Samsunspor 3 Ankaragucu 0
Denizlispor 0 Galatasaray 1
1 Adanaspor 3
2 Fenerbahçe 3
3 Besiktas 3
3 Samsunspor 3
5 Trabzonspor 3
6 Antalyaspor 3
7 Galatasaray 3
8 Gaziantepspor 1
8 Bursaspor 1
10 Çaykur Rizespor 1
10 Gençlerbirligi 1
12 Siirt Jet-PA 0
13 Denizlispor 0
14 Erzurumspor 0
15 MKE Ankaragücü 0
15 Yimpas Yozgatspor 0
17 Kocaelispor 0
18 Istanbulspor 0
Week 2 matches
Antalyaspor 1-2 Besiktas
MKE Ankaragücü - Kocaelispor
Siirt Jet-PA - Çaykur Rizespor
Yimpas Yozgatspor - Denizlispor
Galatasaray - Erzurumspor
Gençlerbirligi - Adanaspor
Gaziantepspor - Samsunspor
Trabzonspor - Bursaspor
Fenerbahçe - Istanbulspor
(Bu duyurulari saat 17:30 da ve 18:30'da iki kez yayinlayin.)
(Duyurularda giri$ ucreti soz ediliyorsa, radyoda bunlari atlayin.)
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