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      * The daily Turkiye says that a new period of negotiations will soon start
      between the Turkish and Greek Cypriots, with the UN Secretary General Kofi
      Annan joining the meetings.
      The daily says the meetings will take place in Europe and start on
      August 15.
      Cyprus has been divided into a Greek Cypriot south and a Turkish Cypriot
      north since 1974, when Turkey sent troops to the northern third in
      response to an Athens-engineered military coup in Nicosia seeking to unite
      the island with Greece.
      There has been relative calm on the island on the island since then.
      Over the years numerous attempts to re-unite the two communities have been
      Greek Cyprus is internationally recognized, while the Turkish Republic
      of Northern Cyprus is recognized
      only by Turkey.

      * Greece announced that it will not require visas from Turks who travel to
      the Greek islands on daily boat tours.
      As part of the rapprochement between the two countries, the governments
      of Turkey and Greece have been trying to make it easier for their people
      to have cultural exchanges.
      On the Turkish side, the Turkish government announced that there will be
      a new $50-tax for Turkish citizens going abroad.
      Turks traveling to the Greek Islands on daily tours will be exempted.
      Agence France-Presse says that students studying abroad, children
      younger than seven years of age and people receiving medical treatment
      abroad are also among those exempt from paying the fee.

      * Turkish prime minister Mr. Bulent Ecevit says that the government will
      not abolish the floating the exchange rate of the Turkish currency.
      Mr. Bulent Ecevit says that although the floating rates are negatively
      affecting the industrial production, it is very difficult to go back to
      the government controlled rate mechanism that Turkey had until February.
      The daily Sabah says that the Turkish businessmen are trying to convince
      the International Monetary Fund to let Turkey go back to the controlled
      rate mechanism.
      When a severe economic crisis hit Turkey in February the government had
      no choice but to float the Turkish currency Lira. Within a few days the
      Lira lost 50 percent of its value against major currencies.

      * While the floating Turkish currency is affecting the domestic activity
      adversely, it is helping with imports and tourism.
      So much so that Turkey's State institute of Statistics recently reported
      that the trade deficit is down by 50 percent to $4.5 billion in the first
      five months of the year.
      The Institute says that the exports increased by 10% and the imports are
      down by 17%.

      * The International Monetary Fund thinks that Turkey has made great
      strides in overcoming the severe economic crisis.
      According to the Agence France Presse, the Fund's first deputy director
      said on Friday that Turkey had taken considerable steps toward
      restructuring the ailing banking system as well as undertaking other
      important structural measures, including in agriculture.
      The Fund has pegged $15.7 billon in new loans to help the Turkish
      economy to recover.
      As for the expected timing of the recovery, the Turkish News had an
      article about it on Monday: According to the minister responsible for
      economy, the economy is going to be back on its course towards the autumn
      or the end of the year.

      * Turkish prime minister Mr. Bulent Ecevit says that he doesn't want
      government enterprises and ministries to ask for money for long-term
      projects as part of a belt-tightening program.
      Nevertheless, the government allocated $3.8 billion for investments.

      * The newly formed Contentment Party is loosing members fast. With the
      resignation of several founding members this week, the party's seats in
      the Turkish parliament is down to 48.
      The former members of the pro-Islamic Virtue Party formed the party
      after that party's closure by the Turkish constitutional court for
      violating the Turkish constitution.
      One interesting observation from our vantage point here in San Francisco
      about the translation of the party's name in Turkish: Various sources are
      using "Happy", "Felicity", "Contentment" as alternate translations to the
      Turkish original "Saadet"…

      * The former king turned new prime minister of Bulgaria announced his
      cabinet. For the first time in history there are two ministers from the
      Turkish community.
      Many papers and broadcasts around the World are writing articles about
      the success of the Turkish minority in shrewdly negotiating for power.
      In addition to the ministerial posts the Turks of Bulgaria received many
      high-ranking positions, including a number of governorships.

      Speaking of Turks and Bulgarians, the cooperation between the two extended
      beyond the borders of Bulgaria: The Turkish and Bulgarian troops conducted
      joint military exercises at the boarder.

      * The Turkish News reported on Monday that Turkey's Air Force commander
      Gen. Ergin Celasin voiced strong objections against the European Union
      efforts to keep Turkey out of the joint European forces that the union is
      establishing under the name European Defense and Security Identity.
      The general's views were published in the Defense News.
      The general pointed out that Turkey has been a member of NATO for 50
      years along with the European countries, and shouldered important duties
      within NATO, especially during the Cold War period.
      The General said that the European Union should therefore treat Turkey
      equally with other NATO members, and give Turkey the right to take part in
      the decision-making mechanism within the European Defense and Security

      * The Turkish Daily News reported on Monday that South Korea and Turkey
      signed a record $1 billion defense deal.
      The deal involves Turkish purchases of military hardware.
      The daily says that it is a sign of Turkey's determination to diversify
      its arms suppliers in the face of ongoing restrictions imposed by some of
      its allies.
      Under pressure from human rights groups to ethnic lobbyists opposed to
      Turkey, Turkey's Western allies turn the restrictions on and off.
      Financial analysts, however, are wondering how Turkey will finance deal
      given the current economic crisis in Turkey.

      * The daily Cumhuriyet says that Turkey is asking Russia to modernize its
      oil refining facilities located along the Black Sea coast to reduce
      The Russian Federation has 18 facilities on the Black Sea coast; the
      Turkish officials say that 16 of these do not meet the International
      The Black Sea waters are among the most polluted in the world. The
      pollution is not only from the facilities on the coast but also from
      facilities in the interior carried with the waters of the various rivers.
      For example, the river Danube carries large quantities of pollutants
      thousands of miles from Central Europe.

      * The News that a Turkish prosecutor is preparing to try a parliamentarian
      for obstructing justice by not revealing the identities of prisoners who
      claimed to have been tortured has started a heated debate in Turkey.
      Ms. Sema Piskinsut was the head of the human rights commission, and the
      two reports commission published claimed of torture at the hands to the
      Turkish police.
      An Agence France-Presse dispatch said on Monday that Ms. Piskinsut got
      widespread praise during her three-year term as the head of the human
      rights commission of the Turkish Parliament with her daring investigations
      and midnight raids on police stations and prisons.


      Exchange rate for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras:



      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees C (Degrees F), Weather

      Istanbul (Marmara Region)--------: 33/24 (91/75) Partially Cloudy
      Izmir (Aegean Region)------------: 35/25 (95/77) Clear
      Antalya (Mediterranean Region)---: 33/21 (91/70) Clear
      Ankara (Central Anatolian Region): 36/22 (97/72) Scattered Clouds

      Seawater temperatures

      Trabzon (Black Sea) 73
      Kumkoy (Marmara Sea) 77
      Bodrum (Aegean Sea) 72
      Alanya (Mediterranean Sea) 84


      Edited for Turkish Radio Hour by Cuneyt Capanoglu

      * The Cappadocia region of Turkiye is getting worldwide attention since
      its inclusion in UNESCO's world cultural heritage list.
      18 television crews from 10 countries shot documentaries in the
      Cappadocia region during the first half of this year.
      Mr. Nazif Demir, Secretary General of Cappadocia Tourism Association,
      stated that the crews were from the United States, Japan, Australia,
      France, Germany, Austria, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Italy and
      Mr. Demir thinks that the documentaries will be the best means of
      promoting the region and increasing the number tourists visiting
      See http://www.atamanhotel.com/cappadocia.html for more on Cappadocia.

      * The daily Milliyet reports that another documentary shot in Turkiye will
      further promote tourism.
      A joint Turkish-American production narrates St. Paul's travels in
      Western Anatolia and the spread of Christianity there.

      * Another documentary entitled: "A Star is Born?Turkish Star" has received
      awards at international film festivals organized by the US and Singapore.
      This film, produced at the FIBA Agency and directed by Laurie K.
      Gilbert, was selected as the "Feature Film" during Asian Film and
      Television Awards ceremony held in Singapore.

      * The ancient city of Ephesus will be the site for three more concerts
      The Russian Army Chorus and Dance Company will be the first to perform
      at the amphitheater on July 28th.
      Spanish guitarist Ernesto Bitetti will follow them on July 29th and the
      Izmir Chamber Orchestra on August 4th.
      Turkey's Culture Ministry, Izmir Municipality and the Foundation for the
      Study and Promotion of Democracy and Secularism in Turkiye are joining
      hands to organize these concerts.

      * Eduard Sablier received the "2001 Diane Potier?Bocs Silver Medal" from
      Academie Francaise for his book entitled: "Cem Sultan - Bourganeuf
      The daily Cumhuriyet reports that the book narrates the life of Cem
      Sultan, son of Sultan Mehmet, the conqueror of the last Byzantine
      stronghold of Constantinople, modern-day Istanbul.

      * The daily Cumhuriyet reports that the recipient of the Grand Prize at
      the 21st International Nasreddin Hoja Cartoon Contest held by the
      Cartoonists' Association is Serbia's Miograg Velickovic.
      Turkiye's Ahmet Ozturklevent is the recipient of the Award of Success.

      * Since its inclusion in UNESCO's world cultural heritage list, the number
      of tourists visiting Mount Nemrut in Southeastern Turkey has increased.
      The increase was 155 percent for the foreign and 33 percent for the
      Turkish tourists during the last three-month period.
      The number of local and foreign visitors to Mount Nemrut is expected to
      reach 100,000 by the end of this year.
      The 2000-year old Commagene civilization site at Nemrut Mountain's 2,150
      m high peak, with giant god statues, lion horoscope and inscriptions, is
      regarded as one of the most important sites for Turkiye's cultural
      See http://www.nemrud.nl/ and http://www.unesco.org/whc/sites/448.htm
      for more about the Nemrut Mountain sculptors.

      * Turkish News reports that the information provided by the Culture
      Ministry indicates that archeologists are carrying out many important
      excavations in the Aegean Turkey's Izmir area.
      The first of these excavations began about 100 years ago at the ancient
      city of Ephesus and it is still continuing very effectively. The major
      credit for the work at Ephesus is given to the efficient management of
      Professor Fritz Krinzinger.
      In addition to unearthing the city buildings, the excavation work
      involves cataloguing, cleaning and transferring the artifacts found to
      Selcuk Museum for exhibition.


      Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Mark Nowak

      World Cup Qualifying: Standings
      Group 4:
      G W T L F A P
      Sweden 7 5 2 0 13 1 17
      Turkey 7 4 3 0 13 6 15
      Slovakia 7 3 2 2 7 6 11
      FYR Macedonia 7 1 3 3 9 10 6
      Azerbaijan 7 1 1 5 3 11 4 Eliminated
      Moldova 7 0 3 4 2 13 3 Eliminated


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      *** Arts and Culture Festival, 04 - 05 Aug. 2001, Monterey CA, USA

      Turkish Arts and Culture Festival

      - Date: Saturday & Sunday, August 4-5, 2001
      - Time: Setup - Between 8:00 - 10:30am
      - Time: Business - Between 11:00am - 6:00pm
      - Place: Monterey Downtown Custom House Plaza
      - Place: (Tent location assignments will be announced on August 3rd.)
      - Tickets: Free Admission.
      - More Information: Ilge Ozersen at (831) 648-9350
      - Featuring many fun activities for the whole family, the two-day festival
      will include Turkish music and folk dances, Turkish arts and crafts
      exhibits and vendor booths, food and drinks and many special activities
      for children.

      - TAAC needs volunteers and sponsors to support the festivals. We are
      accepting applications from artists and vendors to participate at the

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      *** Empire of the Sultans: Ottoman Art from the Khalili Collection

      Asian Art Museum
      Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118

      Empire of the Sultans: Ottoman Art from the Khalili Collection
      August 1 through October 7
      Featuring more than 200 objects spanning six centuries of Ottoman
      This exhibition explores the originality and resilience of Ottoman
      artistic expression in religious, military, and administrative and
      daily life.
      The objects, on view for the first time in the US, are on loan from
      the Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, London, one of the largest and
      most important of its kind.

      Following are programs for August and September in conjunction with
      the exhibition.

      Poetry and Dance: Whirling Dervishes
      Saturday, August 4, Noon-3 PM, Gruhn Court
      Free with museum admission.
      The Mevlevi Order of America, under the direction of Postneshin Shaykh
      Jelaluddin Loras, presents sacred music, chant, and movement practises
      from the 700-year-old teaching tradition founded by Mevlana Jelaludin

      Classical Turkish Music by Necati Celik (oud) and Halil Karaduman
      Saturday, August 18, 2:00 PM, Trustees' Auditorium
      $5.00 Members, $12.00 Non-members
      Visiting virtuoso musicians Necati Çelik and Halil Karaduman are
      featured in an afternoon of Turkish classical and devotional music.

      Topkapi Ruyasi (Dreams of the Topkapi)
      Sunday, August 26, 2:00 PM, Trustees' Auditorium
      Free with museum admission
      Ballet Afsaneh, directed by Sharlyn Sawyer will present traditional
      dance, Music, and poetry reflecting the diverse cultural influences on
      the art of the Ottoman period.

      During August, artists practicing different traditions within the
      Turkish Islamic traditions will demonstrate their techniques at the
      Come and experience the range and variety of Turkish Islamic artistic

      Adrian Gruhn Court
      All demonstrations are free with museum admission.
      Admission is free to the public on the first Wednesday of each month.

      The Art of Islamic Calligraphy (Free-Form)
      Wednesday, August 1,( 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm )
      Saliha Minai

      Ottoman Classical Devotional and Meditation Music
      Hank Levin (Ney) and Norma Novy (Bendir)
      Wednesday, August 1, (6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
      Sundays, August 5, 12, (12:00 pm to 3:00 pm)
      Saturday, August 11, (12:00 pm to 3:00 pm )
      Hank Levin and Norma Novy's performance includes hymns from the
      Mevlevi and Bektashi traditions, excerpts from the
      Mevlevi Sema ritual, classical and folkloric pieces and

      The Magical Art of Mehindi (Henna Body Painting)
      Wednesday, August 1, (6:00 pm to 8:00 pm) by Renda Dabit
      Saturday, August 25, (noon to 3:00 pm) by Ravie Kattuara
      Sunday, August 26, (noon to 3:00 pm), by Ravie Kattuara
      Artists will demonstrate the traditional art of Mehindi or Henna body
      painting as a form of adornment.
      The audience is invited to try this magical art and express
      themselves with their own creative designs.

      Islamic Manuscript Illumination and Traditional Decorative Arts
      Saturdays, August 4, 11, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
      Sundays, August 5, 12, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

      Rosy White demonstrates the classical decorative art of Islamic
      manuscript illumination, using both traditional and contemporary tools
      and materials.

      The Art of Ebrû (Turkish Paper Marbling)
      Battle (Stone) Marbling and Cicekli Ebrû
      Saturdays, August 4, 11, (12:00 pm to 3:00 pm )
      Sundays, August 5, 12, (12:00 pm to 3:00 pm )
      Maureen Hoffman Garrett will be demonstrating the art of Battal
      (stone) marbling, and Çiçekli Ebrû (flowers).

      Hereke Silk Carpet Weaving
      Saturday, August 25, (12:00 pm to 3:00 pm)
      Sunday, August 26, (12:00 pm to 3:00 pm)
      Master weaver Gulizar Karakus Baggson will demonstrate the rare art of
      weaving Hereke silk carpets on a 2' x 4' Turkish hand-made loom, and
      using traditional weaving tools of Turkish manufacture.

      Classical Turkish Instrumental Music by Mimi Spencer and Jazayer
      Saturday, August 25, 2:00 PM, Trustees' Auditorium
      Free with museum admission
      Jazayer Ensemble will present a lecture/performance of classical
      Turkish instrumental music, demonstrating its 54-tone
      scale, and introducing some of the traditional instruments:
      Oud, kanun, bendir, and daff. They will perform selections from
      both old and new repertoires.

      Thursday, August 9, 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
      $10 members; $15 non-members, complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cash bar.

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      Learn to belly dance with the Aywah Dance Company,
      adorn your body with Islamic henna painting, and groove to the
      sultry sounds of West Asian music, while indulging in Turkish delicacies.


      Latif Bolat: Musical and Visual Illustrations of Turkey
      Saturday, September 22, 11:00 AM, Trustees' Auditorium
      Free with museum admission.
      Latif Bolat will introduce audience members to rich traditions of
      Turkey through musical and visual illustrations.

      Traditional Turkish Folk and Sufi Music by Latif Bolat
      Saturday, September 22, 2:00 PM, Trustees' Auditorium
      $5.00 Members, $12.00 Non-members
      Latif Bolat performs traditional Turkish music with an emphasis on the
      folk traditions, accompanying himself on the baglama (long-necked flute).

      Islamic Calligraphy by Mohamed Zakariya
      September 16, 2:00 PM, Trustees' Auditorium
      Free with museum admission.
      Islamic calligrapher and artist Mohamed Zakariya will give a thumbnail
      sketch of the historical context, development,
      tools, and techniques of Islamic calligraphy.

      For more please see http://www.asianart.org


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