x0x Turkish news for week ending 09 November 2002
KUSF is on the air now! http://www.KUSF.org/
*** Professional web page development, hosting, e-commerce. Contact
Cengiz at info@webeering
See http://www.ooae.org/ for a page built by Webeering.
x0x Turkish news for week ending 09 November 2002
[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:
Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Sevda Küpo*lu Aleckson
* Turkish Daily News reported that last Sunday, the conservative
Democratic Justice and Development Party won an overwhelming victory in
The Justice and Development Partywon a parliamentary majority in the
elections winning 363 seats of the 550-seat Parliament.
Vote tallies from Sunday's elections showed that Mr. Erdogan's party had
35 percent support. The center-left Republican People's Party had 19
percent. This means the party has been given a national mandate to
legislate sweeping changes to bring about economic, social and political
changes in Turkey. However, they were quick to soothe worries about
overturning Turkey's pro-Western stance.
This is the first time in 15 years that any party has been in a position
to govern alone. Observers called the elections results a massive
political earthquake that swept away the partners of the Mr. Bulent
Ecevits coalition government as well as the main opposition party. It is
believed that this victory is largely due to voter fury over a devastated
At a huge celebration at party headquarters, leader Mr. Recep Tayyip
Erdogan said: "We will not spend our time dizzy with victory. We will
build a Turkey where common sense prevails."
* Turkey's Supreme Election Board announced that Sunday's general
elections were held in peace. The board is expected to announce the
official results either on November 18 or 19.
The most striking result of the elections is that the profile of the
Turkish Parliament changed by 90 percent. 500 members of the 550-seat
Parliament were not reelected.
* Results showed Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit's party capturing only about
one percent of the vote. Neither of his coalition partners had enough
votes to break the 10 percent threshold needed to enter the parliament.
Turkey's ailing Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit conceded defeat in national
elections on Sunday and said his government had committed political
suicide by giving in to calls for early elections.
* Defeated Turkish party leaders of other parties indicated that they
understood the voters' message that they were no longer wanted. Motherland
Party leader Mr. Mesut Yilmaz quit his party and politics.
The True Path Party leader Ms. Tansu Ciller and Nationalist Action Party
leader Mr. Devlet Bahceli said that they will not seek reelection as
leaders of their respective parties.
* The Western and Islamic communities responses varied regarding the
success of the conservative Justice and Development Party.
An European Union diplomat said that he had not expected the Justice and
Development Partyto get that many votes and he urged that the European
Unions policy on Turkey would remain unchanged. The Union would wait and
see how AKP's policies would develop from their preelection promises.
A German producer was cautious about Turkey's prospects in gaining
European Union membership. "A coalition government would have been more
beneficial to Turkey's European Union inclusion. It was already difficult
for Turkey to access the European Union, now it seems even harder."
A Greek journalist said that his newspaper would headline Justice and
Development Party's majority with the slogan "slap on military." He stated
the European Union would expect the new government to issue concrete steps
on Turkey's policies.
Mr. Yousef Alsharif, from Al-Jazzire television, said CNN
International's report on Turkey's election seemed to focus more on women
wearing headscarves and Justice and Development Party's Islamic ties,
while BBC made a more balanced broadcast. Mr. Alsharif stated that Arabic
countries do not share the vision of Justice and Development Partyas an
Islamic party. "Arabic countries point out that Justice and Development
Partyleft its political Islamic identity and established a bridge between
Islam and secularism by becoming more conservative and nationalist," he
said. According to Mr. Alsharif, this is seen as a platform for political
Islam to reach a compromise with secular democracy.
* Although the Justice and Development Partyemerged as a landslide winner
of the election, its leader Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan will have to find
someone else for the Prime Minister position because of his ban from
public office based on a past conviction for inciting a religious hatred.
* According to the Turkish daily Turkiye, President Ahmet Sezer met with
AK Party leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Republican People's Party leader
Deniz Baykal. President Ahmet Necdet Sezer issued a statement through his
Chief Advisor Tacan Ildem that last Sundays elections had reflected the
nations will and that everyone should respect it.
Stressing his satisfaction that the Justice and Development Partyand
Republican People's Party would work together to address Turkeys urgent
issues, particularly its European Union membership bid, it was stated that
President Sezer would do whatever he could to help promote the bid.
Mr. Ildem indicated that the President would act within his
constitutional authority to appoint the new Prime Minister, but he would
consult with the Justice and Development Partybefore making the
* Turkish Daily News reported that the head of Turkey's loyal secular
military warned yesterday that the military would protect the secular
state against "fundamentalism."
In commemoration of the 64th anniversary of the death of Turkey's
founding father, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Chief of Staff General Hilmi Ozkok
issued a statement that "Turkey's armed forces have the will and
determination to look out for and protect the republic against all types
of threats, especially fundamentalism and separatist activities."
Turkey's military has carried out three coups since 1960 and pressured a
pro-Islamic party out of power in 1997. Justice and Development Party,
which won a majority of seats in Sunday's elections, has its origins in
Turkey's Islamic movement, but calls itself a secular, democratic party.
Justice and Development Partyleader Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly
denied that his party runs an Islamic agenda and has emphasized Turkey's
bid to join the European Union.
Commemorating Ataturk, who founded the contemporary, democratic, secular
and unitary republic, Ozkok said that the Turkish military forces remember
Ataturk with a permanent devotion believing that the Turkish nation would
always follow his path.
* The private Turkish channel NTV reported that, International Monetary
Fund spokesperson Mr. Conny Lotze stated that the International
Knight-Ridder Fund is looking forward to working with the Justice and
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the leader of the Justice and Development Party,
has indicated that the party will implement the already agreed conditions
of the International Monetary Fund program that was negotiated by the
previous government. The International Monetary Fund welcomed the
statements by the Justice and Development Partyleadership backing the
Funds economic program.
* According to the private Turkish channel NTV, a statement issued by the
European Parliament that Turkey should be encouraged to continue the
reform process that has been put in train.
This statement indicated that the European Parliament was encouraged by
the joint position taken by both the Justice and Development Party, which
will form the new government, and the opposition Republican People's Party
declaring their willingness to work together to help Turkey gain a date to
begin European Union accession negotiations. The European Parliament
believes that this would be the basis for a productive cooperation between
the two parliaments.
* According to the daily Milliyet, International Monetary Fund External
Relations Director Tom Dawson, speaking at a press conference in
Washington, stated that minor adjustments in Turkeys economic program
might be needed since a new government would soon be coming into office.
Mr. Dawson also said that the International Monetary Fund looks forward
to working with the new government. He stated It is clear that the new
government is determined to continue the nations current economic
* EXCHANGE RATE
Exchange rate for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 1,623,000
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Istanbul (Marmara Region)--------: 62/52 Rainy
Trabzon (Black Sea Region)-------: 68/59 Rainy
Izmir (Aegean Region)------------: 65/53 Rainy
Antalya (Mediterranean Region)---: 68/54 Rainy
Ankara (Central Anatolian Region): 62/32 Rainy
SEA WATER TEMPERATURES
Trabzon (Black Sea) 66
Kumkoy (Marmara Sea) 60
Bodrum (Aegean Sea) 72
Alanya (Mediterranean Sea) 72
ARTS AND CULTURE
Edited and with the Turkish radio hour by Filiz Sarnalbant
* The documentary movie named Duvarlar translated as Walls has been
chosen as one of the 40 movies among 200 nominees to premiere in
Pennsylvania Film Festival.
The jury of the Pennsylvania film Festival has chosen 40 films to
premiere including Turkish director Can Candan's movie "Walls" among 200
nominees, reports the Anatolian news agency.
Director Can Candan is the head of the Cinema-TV school at Istanbul
The Wall demonstrates the past, present and near future of the Turks as
the biggest minority group of immigrants in Berlin, how they are affected
by the reunion of east and west or -in other words- the demolition of the
famous Berlin wall.
Director Can Candan has revealed the facts and changes of the society as
an insider as well as an outsider.
Mr. Candan has returned to Turkey in 2000 from US where he has lived for
13 years. He has studied movie and media arts in Hampshire and Temple
Universities. He has also lectured in many universities and educational
institutions in US.
His studies and productions has been taking place in national and
international conferences, festivals and TV shows.
* The short movie by Ilker Canikligil, another Turkish director, named
Simularca is awarded the best movie in seventh Manchester International
Festival of Short Movies.
Earlier, Simularca was one of the 39 productions selected to premiere
in France's annual Clermont Ferrand Short Movies Festival, chosen among
The movie is about a paranoid man who thinks everything in and around
his life is a setup.
Other movies by Ilker Canikligil includes "Cats Eye", a space "I want to
Fly", -"The Tree" and "The Guard".
For more information on Mr. Canikligil see
* The photographs of the mozaics found in excavations of the world-famous
antique city Zeugma are being exhibited in Ankara, reports the Turkish
private Channel NTV.
The exhibition will then travel to other cities around the World,
starting with various cities in Turkey.
A dam built upstream partially inundated the remains of the ancient city
of Zeugma in 2000. An international excavation effort saved many priceless
artifacts from the site. See <http://www.zeugma2000.com/zeugma.html> ;
* According to the Anatolian News Agency, a symposium titled "Turkey, the
Guard of the Past" held in the University of New York discussed the
archeological treasures of Turkey.
Turkey's Culture Ministry, Tourism Ministry, the Archeology Magazine and
the New York University spent more than a year to prepare the symposium.
* The Turkish film Festival that just concluded in New York was attended
well, reports the Anatolian news agency. The audience was mostly
Americans and some movies were sold out.
Held by the non-profit organization "Moon and Stars Project", the
festival featured the following Turkish films:
Big Man Small Love
Representatives of the major production companies such as Miramax,
Warner Bros, Cinetic Media, Indigent and Wellspring also attended the
* The Anatolian News Agency reports that the movie "His Secret Life" by
Turkish director Ferzan Ozpetek is a great success in Italy and many other
The scenario of the movie is accepted in the library of The Academy of
Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organizers of the Oscar awards.
The director of the Libray, Gregory Walsh has sent a letter to public
relations agent of Ferzan Ozpetek, asking for the original scenario.
The movie is shown in five different movie theatres in the US.
Edited by Mark Nowak
* Turkish Soccer Premier League
Week 11 match results:
Altay 0-4 Adanaspor
Ankaragucu 1-0 Istanbulspor
Denizlispor 2-2 Bursaspor
Elazigspor 0-3 G.Birligi
Galatasaray 3-1 Göztepe
G.Antep 2-1 Kocaelispor
Malatyaspor 2-1 Samsunspor
Trabzonspor 3-0 Diyarbakirspor
Previously postponed match results:
Denizlispor 2-2 Bursaspor
Fenerbahce 6-0 Galatasaray
Week 12 matches
Besiktas 3-1 Elazigspor
Adanaspor - Galatasaray
Bursaspor - Malatyaspor
Diyarbakirspor - Ankaragucu
G.Birligi - Altay
Göztepe - Trabzonspor
Istanbulspor - G.Antep
Kocaelispor - Denizlispor
Samsunspor - Fenerbahce
1. Galatasaray 26
2. Besiktas 25
3. G.Antep 23
4. Fenerbahce 19
5. Trabzonspor 19
6. G.Birligi 18
7. Ankaragucu 17
8. Malatyaspor 16
9. Samsunspor 15
10. Adanaspor 14
11. Denizlispor 13
12. Istanbulspor 12
13. Bursaspor 11
14. Elazigspor 11
15. Göztepe 10
16. Altay 8
17. Diyarbakirspor 6
18. Kocaelispor 4
* Turkish Men's Basketball
1 Ülker 10
2 Efes Pilsen 9
3 Oyak Renault 9
4 Türk Telekom 8
5 Karsiyaka 8
6 Galatasaray 7
7 Darüssafaka 7
8 Büyük Kolej 7
9 TED Kolej 7
10 Fenerbahçe 7
11 Besiktas 6
12 ITÜ 6
13 Tekelspor 6
14 Göztepe 5
* Turkish Women's Basketball
1 Erdemirspor 8
2 Botas 7
3 Migrosspor 7
4 Fenerbahçe 7
5 I.U.S.B.K. 6
6 Çankaya Ari Kolj6
7 Besiktas 6
8 Galatasaray 6
9 Et balik 5
10 Kocaelispor 5
11 Güre Bld. 5
12 Yildirim Bosna 4
* European Cup - 2003
MIN FG 3 Pt FT RB ASST
Sacramento 110 - 99 Memphis, Turkoglu: 26 6-12 4-6 6-6 4 1
Sacremento 78 - 89 Miami, Turkoglu: 18 2-8 0-2 4-6 3 1
Sacremento 88 - 95 NY, Turkoglu: 11 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0
*** 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
*** Talk on Turkish Elections
Thursday, December 5, Dominican University, San Rafael
Mr. Rettenberg will argue that the election results are essentially
beneficial as it was time for a new leadership group to take over in
Turkey. On the other hand, in brutally dismissing the old political elite
at the polls, Turkish voters demonstrated their anger with the status quo,
an indication that they will be perhaps dangerously impatient for the new
government to produce results.
Frank Rettenberg is a retired foreign service officer who worked at the
American Consulate General in Istanbul and has been observing the Turkish
political scene for 45 years. He visits Turkey frequently, the last time
in September of this year. It was on this last visit, in conversations
with Turks in all walks of life, that he became aware of the deep sense of
anger in the Turkish electorate.
For reservations and information, call Frank Retteneberg at (415)
*** AEGEAN FRIENDS
Arkadas * Filoi
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 Aegean region.
Share music, food, and conversation.
Dance. Create art.
Discover the generosity of the heart.
For more information contact
San Francisco, CA 94114-0022
or e-mail: aegfriends@...
Aegean Friends's website is at: http://members.aol.com/aegfriends
*** Planning to go to Turkey? Take a look at our Web pages that is full of
articles and information furnished by travelers like yourselves:
*** Yayinlarimiz siz dinleyicilerimizin katkilari ile surebilecektir.
Studyomuza telefon acarak nasil katkida bulunabileceginizi
Telefonumuz 415-751-KUSF e-posta adresimiz: trh@...
A service of the TURKISH RADIO HOUR On the airways since 1982