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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
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
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
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
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
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
Trabzon (Black Sea) 73
Kumkoy (Marmara Sea) 77
Bodrum (Aegean Sea) 72
Alanya (Mediterranean Sea) 84
ARTS AND CULTURE
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
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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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
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
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Following are programs for August and September in conjunction with
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 )
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
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.
ART AFTER HOURS: A TURKISH ODYSSEY
Thursday, August 9, 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
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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.
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