x0x Turkish news for week ending 01 September 2001
Tune to our program live on http://www.kusf.org/listen
KKUP is also on the air now! http://www.kkup.com/live.html
*** Need a quality PC?
See what several Turkish Cultural Program listeners got:
*** Professional web page development, hosting, e-commerce. Contact
Cengiz at info@...
See http://www.ooae.org/ for a page built by Webeering.
x0x Turkish news for week ending 01 September 2001
[Best when viewed with the courier font.]
This line is available for your commercial announcement!
A service of the TURKISH RADIO HOUR, producer of:
TURKISH CULTURAL PROGRAM
Saturdays at 5:00 P.M.
KUSF FM 90.3, San Francisco
Also tune to
Tuesdays at 10:00 P.M.
KKUP FM 91.5, CUPERTINO
Ahmet Toprak edited today's news. Your host today is Murat Temeltas.
For a subscription to the Internet edition of this news,
send a blank email to:
Be a volunteer for the Turkish Radio Hour and receive daily
detailed news dispatches from Turkey. Write to
and inquire about the details.
* The Reuters new agency reported that Turkish women became the 32nd
person to die in a massive hunger strike organized mainly by left-wing
The activists are protesting against the prison restructuring that is
intended to reduce the number of prisoners in each cell.
Although still supported by many activists around the World, some of the
supporters from Europe recently criticized the strikes and ensuing deaths
as being unwarranted for the purpose.
* The Voice of America says that at least seven demonstrators and two
policemen have been injured in clashes in the mainly Kurdish city of
Diyarbakir in southeastern Turkey.
The protesters were planning to travel to Turkey's capital Ankara to
participate in a rally organized for September 1st, proclaimed as the
Turkish authorities, however, banned the rally for fear of violence.
The police in Diyarbakir was trying to prevent the people from boarding
buses going to the capital.
The Agence France-Presse reported that police arrested 25 people.
Speaking of the rally, Reuters reported today that the prison cells in the
Turkish capital Ankara overflowed on Saturday as police detained thousands
in a bid to stop the rally. Reuters characterized the detained as Kurds
and the rally as "Kurdish rally".
Police also broke up a crowd of 2000 people in Istanbul by using
* The New York Times reports that the Turkish security forces are still
looking for the suspect in the murder of the prominent businessman Mr.
Recent evidence is suggesting that a 32-year-old drafted soldier killed
Mr. Garih to rob him of his valuables.
The drafted man was a convicted murderer who is released from prison
after a recent amnesty. Turkish press has been criticizing the Prime
Minister and the ruling coalition's leaders for releasing violent
* According to Reuters, a Turkish energy official said that Turkey would
complete tender calls to supply equipment for a pipeline on its soil to
carry Caspian oil to the World markets by the end of 2001. The
construction is then to start on June 24, 2002.
The energy official said that Azerbaijan and Georgia, two other
countries that pipeline will go through, will hold the same process.
Bechtel of San Francisco will carry out detailed engineering studies in
Azerbaijan and George a, and a German consulting firm along with his
Turkish partners in Turkey.
Many Western oil firms such as British Petroleum, US's Unocal, Norwegian
state oil company, Turkish petroleum, Japan's Itochu, Ramco Saudi-American
Delta Hess our partners in the project.
Many such as Texaco, Total, FianElf, Chevron and Eni are also showing
The pipeline has many competitors and challengers. Among them are
Russia's state-owned oil and transportation company.
The dispute between Azerbaijan and Armenia, instability in Georgia, and
the interference by ethnic lobbyists on behalf of Armenia in the U.S. are
also of concern to the proponents of the pipeline.
* Turks observed the Victory Day on August 30, commemorating the victory
over the invaders at the end of the 1st World War.
* News reports are saying that the Turkish economy shrunk by 8.5 percent
in the first half of this year.
Earlier in the year, a row between the Turkish prime minister and the
president triggered a major slide in the value of the Turkish currency and
major selloffs in the Turkish stock market.
Along with these the Turkish economy came to a standstill.
Turkish exports, however, recovered quickly, in fact, later increased
significantly due to a weak Turkish currency.
The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank along with many other
countries have since been helping Turkey financially with new loans and
* The Financial Times reports that the Turkish preachers are urging the
faithful to have faith in the Turkish currency.
In the traditional Friday prayers, the preachers told the crowds to give
the national currency the value it deserves. They asked the Turks to shy
away from using the dollar or the deutsche mark.
The state run Religious Affairs Directorate distributed the sermon to
The financial times says that the Religious Affairs Directorate took its
cue from a campaign started last week by some business groups to try to
boost the Turkish currency.
Experts, however, say that campaigns like this won't have any effects on
the currency let alone on the battered economy.
They say a consistent pursuit of sound economic policies in line with
monetary and fiscal reforms is the key to the recovery of the economy and
the Turkish currency.
* The international investing advising company, Schroder Salomon Smith
Barney (SSSB), based in London, has estimated that the banking sector in
Turkey will recover as from the next year, reports the daily Milliyet.
SSSB has estimated that the bank incomes, which have amounted to $909
million in 2001, will reach $1.3 billion in 2002.
The Treasury bond's average annual interest, which is 91% this year,
will be 67% next year.
One US dollar will go up to 1,600,000 Turkish liras by the end of this
year and 2,000,000 Turkish liras next year.
* Speaking of the exchange rates, one US dollar was fetching 1,388,000
Turkish liras on Friday.
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) Scattered Clouds
Antalya (Mediterranean Region)---: 33/21 (91/70) Clear
Ankara (Central Anatolian Region): 36/22 (97/72) Scattered Clouds
Trabzon (Black Sea) 79
Kumkoy (Marmara Sea) 75
Bodrum (Aegean Sea) 81
Alanya (Mediterranean Sea) 8
ARTS AND CULTURE
Edited for the Turkish radio hour by Cuneyt Capanoglu
* The joint Turkish-Greek concert, organized by Neapolis Municipality of
Salonica, Greece, was held in Aristo Square last Sunday night.
Prior to the concert, official guests and musicians marched with torches
and the flags of Balkan countries.
Greek Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos, Minister of Macedonia and
Thrace, Yorgos Pashalidis, Turkey's Anatolian News Agency General Director
and Executive Board President Mehmet Guler, Mayor of Kusadasi township of
western Turkish province of Aydin, Fuat Akdogan, former Tourism Minister
Bahattin Yucel and some of the Greek deputies attended the concert.
Zulfu Livaneli and Maria Farandouri, representing Turkiye and Greece,
respectively, spoke for peace and friendship among Balkan nations.
For their efforts to improve bilateral relations between the two
nations, both Livaneli and Farandouri received "Frienship" awards.
Livaneli received his award from Paraskevas Paraskevopoulos, Chairman of
Macedonian press Agency Executive Board, and Farandouri received her award
from Mehmet Guler, General Director of Anatolian News Agency.
* The daily Cumhuriyet reports that the mosaics of Zeugma will be ready
for viewing by June 2002.
Experts completed the restoration frescoes found at the site and the
work on almost 700 square meters of mosaics at the ancient Zeugma site
will start in the coming days.
The ancient city of Zeugma was partially inundated by the
rising waters of a new dam. Turkish and International teams
conducted emergency excavations and saved many precious mosaics, statues
and other artifacts.
The ancient city is compared to Pompeii with its rare and
beautiful findings from the Roman period.
See the following for more information on Zeugma:
* Italian painters will open a joint exhibition at the Efes Museum in
Selcuk township of Izmir. the exhibit will feature 100 paintings of 41
Italian painters, including 13 women painters.
The exhibition, which was organized, by Efes Museum Director Selahattin
Erdemgil and Modern Italian Painters' Association Chairman Gian Carlo
Cenava will open on September 1, 2001.
See http://www.selcukephesus.gen.tr/english/muze.html for more on the
* The Turkish News reports that the restoration of the theater in the
ancient city of Metropolis has been completed. The theater was the site
for a concert on August 30th, the Victory Day.
Professor Recep Meric of Dokuz Eylul University Archeology Department is
in charge of the excavations. He stated that the excavations in
Metropolis have been going on for 12 years and only 5% of the city has
been uncovered to date.
The 900-seat capacity Metropolis amphitheater is one of the
best-protected theaters in the world and the restoration and landscaping
of the amphitheater began two years ago.
Professor Meric also stated that the use of suitable stones and careful
reconstruction raised the seating capacity to 1,500 seats.
See http://www.metropolis.org.tr/content-uk.htm for more on the
Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Mark Nowak
* Turkish Premier soccer early:
Week 3 results:
Trabzonspor 5-0 Bursaspor
Göztepe 2-1 Samsunspor
Antalyaspor 3-3 Yimpas Yozgatspor
Besiktas 4-0 Diyarbakirspor
Gençlerbirligi 0-1 Istanbulspor
Çaykur Rizespor 3-6 Galatasaray
Fenerbahçe 4-1 MKE Ankaragücü
Gaziantepspor 0-0 Denizli
Kocaelispor 2-0 Malatyaspor
Week 4 matches:
Ankaragücü - Gençlerbirligi
Samsunspor - Besiktas
Denizli - Rizespor
Kocaelispor - Fenerbahçe
Istanbulspor - Göztepe
Diyarbakirspor - Trabzonspor
Bursaspor - Gaziantepspor
Yozgatspor - Malatyaspor
Galatasaray - Antalyaspor
1. Trabzonspor 9
2. Göztepe 9
3. Istanbulspor 9
4. Galatasaray 7
5. Kocaelispor 7
6. Ankaragucu 6
7. Fenerbahce 6
8. Denizlispor 4
9. Besiktas 4
10. Yozgatspor 4
11. G.Birligi 2
12. G.Antep 2
13. Rizespor 1
14. Samsunspor 1
15. Diyarbakirspor 1
16. Bursaspor 1
17. Antalyaspor 1
18. Malatyaspor 0
* Champion's League:
Galatasaray (TUR) - Levski Sofia (Bul) 2-1 1-1 Galatasaray 3-2 on
Rangers (SCO) - Fenerbahce (TUR) 0-0 1-2 Fenerbahce
2-1 on aggregate
* UEFA Cup
Zimbru (MLD) - Gaziantepspor (TUR) 0-0 1-4
Gazientepspor 4-1 on aqgregate
*Turkish Football Federation Chairman Haluk Ulusoy and Greek Football
Federation Chairman Vassilis Gagatsis signed a
cooperation protocol to launch a joint initiative to host Euro 2008
Football Championship. FIFA Executive Board member and UEFA
Vice-President Senes Erzik of Turkey and Turkish and Greek football
federations officials attended the signing ceremony at the Conrad Hotel in
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Ulusoy said that signing of this letter
of intent was an historic development in relations between Turkey and
* In today's Worldcup qualifiers, the Turkish national soccer team beat
Slovakia 1 to 0 in Slovakia.
(Bu duyurulari saat 17:30 da ve 18:30'da iki kez yayinlayin.)
(Duyurularda giri$ ucreti soz ediliyorsa, radyoda bunlari atlayin.)
*** Need a quality PC? See what several Turkish Cultural Program
*** Today's program is partially underwritten by the
Sultan's will treat you like a sultan!
*** North Bay Turkish Classical Music Ensemble
We are looking for players of traditional Turkish classical
instruments such as oud, ney, tanbur, kanun or kemence,
bendir or kudum; or even western instruments that easily
adapt to Turkish music, such as cello. We are also looking
for people who can sing in Turkish. The group is open to
anyone with a sincere interest in Turkish music.
For details call Hank Levin at 415 492-0728, or email:
*** Turkish American Association of California has partially
underwritten today's program. TAAC is a non-profit
charitable organization established to promote better
understanding between Americans and Turks.
If you have any questions about Turks and Turkey,
give them a call:
or e-mail them at
*** AEGEAN FRIENDS
Arkadas * Filoi
AEGEAN FRIENDS is a social-cultural group of Greeks,
Turks, Cypriots, and other peoples of good will,
coming together to celebrate their rich heritage,
explore common roots, and promote peace in the
Share music, food, and conversation. Dance. Create art.
Discover the generosity of the heart.
For more information contact
San Francisco, CA 94114-0022
Our new website is at:
Subscribe to the AegeanFriendship e-mail list!
Send e-mail to:
*** Turkish Folkdancing in Northern California:
*** Arkadash Turkish Folk Dance Ensemble, San Jose
Free classes, all ages are welcome
When : Mondays 7:30-9:30pm
Where: Emma Prusch Park Multicultural Center
647 South King Road
Don't have e-mail? Reach us at the station and we'll relay your
message to them..
*** Horon, Monterey
For more information call Yavuz Atila:
Horon is a Turkish American Association of California
*** 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
rule, 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 September in conjunction with
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
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
*** PROGRAMIN SONUNA DOGRU SU ANONSLARI YAP:
*** Tune in to the following broadcasts in the Bay Area:
- Every Saturday at 5 P.M. to the
Turkish Cultural Program on KUSF FM 90.3
- Every third Saturday at 6 P.M.
KKUP 91.5 to the Orient Express
- Tune in to KPFA FM 94.1 every Monday at 10 A.M. for
Music from Africa-Asia, hosted by Kutay Kugay.
- Mondays 7:00 - 10:00 P.M. 89.5 FM
International Program KBES
(Covers Stanislaus County all the way to Manteca),
Hosted by George Geevargis.
- International Cultural Program.
San Francisco World TV Channel 29
2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 6:30 - 7:30 P.M..
Also can be viewed in other cities in California, Chicago,
New York, Russia, and Georgia.
Consult with 415-564-7778 timing and stations.
*** Yayinlarimiz siz dinleyicilerimizin katkilari ile
surebilecektir. Studyomuza telefon acarak nasil katkida
e-posta adresimiz: trh at turkradio.org
A service of the TURKISH RADIO HOUR
On the airways since 1982
* Turkish Music CDs and Books on Turkish culture!
Visit our Bookstore for books and CDs...