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      Mark your calendars for Necati Celik and Halil Karaduman concert on August 31!


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      * The tussle over the possible deployment of Turkish troops in Iraq is
      continuing on all fronts.
      While the current Turkish administration is in favor of the
      deployment, a delegation of Turkish officials and parliamentarians sent to
      Iraq are finding that there are differences of opinions among the Iraqis.
      For example, the private channel NTV reported on Friday that the
      representative of the largest Shi'ite group in Iraq does not want to
      Turkish army. The representative says that they would see the Turkish
      troops as occupiers along with the U.S.
      The strongest negative comment came from the mayor of Fallujah.
      The daily Cumhuriyet reported the mayor as saying that "hell is awaiting
      Turkish soldiers". Cumhuriyet points out that the U.S. forces opted to
      withdraw from the city early last month after facing strong resistance.
      Also, as we reported to you in the previous weeks, the Iraqi Kurds
      do not want to see any Turkish troops, especially in their region of
      influence. This is countered by the pleas of the ethnic Turks in northern
      Iraq who would like to see the Turkish forces there.
      An opposing view, a favorable one, came from the representative of
      the largest Iraqi tribe last week. A delegation of the Al-Obeid tribe
      while visiting the Turkish capital Ankara said that Turkish troops should
      be deployed in Iraq, especially in the North.
      The latest comment on the issue from the U.S. side came from the
      Joint Chiefs of Staff General Richard Myers on Friday. According to the
      Turkish Daily News, General Myers says that the United States wants to
      work with Turkey in Iraq. However, the general emphasized that Turkey
      will make its own decision on sending peacekeepers to Iraq. General Myers
      and the deputy Defense secretary Paul Wolfowitz were attending a reception
      late Thursday in Washington hosted by the Turkish Armed Forces attaché.
      In the meantime, the domestic opinion polls indicate that most
      Turks are still opposed to a deployment. The opinions of the Turks on the
      street, the political analysts say, will have a bearing on the Turkish
      parliament's decision.

      * Speaking of Iraq, the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet reports that Iraqi
      Kurdistan Democratic Party's representative in Turkey condemned the
      killing of 11 ethnic Turks in northern Iraqi city of Kerkuk.
      Meanwhile, the rival Iraqi Patriotic Union of Kurdistan
      representative met with the ethnic Turks' leader in the city on Wednesday
      to prevent any further clashes, reported other Turkish sources.
      The Iraqi Patriotic Union of Kurdistan has captured the city towards the
      end of the Iraqi war.
      Turks and Arabs who also live in the city along with Kurds accuse
      the Iraqi Patriotic Union of Kurdistan of favoring the Kurds and
      oppressing the other ethnic groups.

      * The daily Hurriyet reports that some 11 Iraqi children and four adults
      were flown to Turkey on Wednesday for treatment at a Turkish military
      Members of the Freedom Organization of Iraqi Children accompanied
      the patients ranging in age from 2 to 25.
      An official with the organization told the daily Hurriyet that
      they have previously asked for help from the United Arab Emirates and
      Saudi Arabia but received no response.
      The Anatolian News Agency, reporting on the same news, says that
      the Turkish government will pay for all expenses.
      In related news, the Anatolian News Agency reports that Turkey
      will construct two hospitals in Iraq, one in the northern city of Kerkuk
      and the other one in the capital Baghdad.

      * Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Abdullatif Sener said on Wednesday that
      Turkey and the U.S. had reached an agreement on the technical details of
      an $8.5 billion U.S. loan to Turkey.
      The minister says that the loan is unrelated to developments in
      Iraq and the U.S. request for deployment of Turkish troops there.

      * The Izmir International Fair opened its doors for the 72nd time
      yesterday with a ceremony held at Lausanne Square on Tuesday.
      This year the Fair will focus on technology, and in particular space
      technology and robots.
      Over 1,000 companies, including some 360 firms from 64 countries, are
      due to participate in the fair.

      * The planned secondary offering of shares in Tupras the Turkish oil
      refining group, has attracted interest from about 10 potential bidders,
      including Russia's Yukos-Sibneft, Lukoil, Tatneft, TNK and a range of
      domestic investors, reports the Financial Times.
      Most of the companies are gone into the bid with Turkish partners.
      The previous bid was won by a company that could not come up with
      the down payment due to the company leaders' financial and legal troubles.


      Edited for the Turkish Video Hour by Hilal Koc

      * With help from British technology, Catalhoyuk, the world's oldest known
      civilization can now be viewed from the Internet. The town in southwestern
      Turkey will be launched on www.catalhoyuk.com in roughly 4 months, after
      the work of setting up the site is completed. The site is set to feature 9
      thousand year old historic treasures, all in 3D vision.

      * The "Oud-West Cultural Festival", that began on the 24th of August and
      will last until the 8th of September has brought the Dutch and Turkish
      cultures together in the capital city of Amsterdam.
      Exhibits will feature nearly 70 artworks by both Dutch and Turkish
      legends, with a focus on caricature and humorous publications such as the
      infamous Nasreddin Hoca.
      The artists look forward to spreading the message on Turkey's rich
      history of comedic literature and artwork and hope the exhibit will help
      educate Turks and Dutch living in Holland.

      * Famous Turkish author Orhan Pamuk was featured in the New York Times
      Books Section on August 28th.
      In the article, many of Mr. Pamuk's novels were featured, as well as an
      interview with the author himself.
      Mr. Pamuk lamented about the lack of enthusiasm from Turks in cultural
      history, and urged Turks to value their extensive literary legacy.
      Mr. Pamuk was recently honored with the $100,000 Impac prize of
      literature in Dublin and his new novel "Snow" which will be released in
      the US February.

      * With the help of East Mediterranean University's Archeology and Art
      History Department, the long-ignored past of Cyprus has been brought to
      The international team that has been working on the project for
      five years has concluded that the first Cypriot settlers emigrated from
      mainland Turkey.
      The team's conclusion focused on geological evidence such a volcanic
      ash, silicon, and animal-life that are not naturally found on the island
      of Cyprus, but abundant in central Anatolia.
      The project that was started to find out more about the 10,000-year
      historic ties between Turkey and Cyprus has focused on Tatlisu
      Ciftlikduzu, a tiny town located to the northwest of the city of Girne on
      the Turkish side of Cyprus.

      * "Little Nasreddin", a play staged by 15 handicapped Turkish students, is
      on its way to Europe, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
      The agency says that the 15 students are from the Ozsah Special
      Education School in central Anatolian city of Kayseri. During their
      European tour the students will visit 10 countries including Holland,
      Britain, France and Italy.
      The students taking part in the play vary in age from 9 to 20, and have
      various mental and physical handicaps.
      This is not the first time the school sent students abroad, says the
      principal of the school. However, in 2001 when they first approached the
      Dutch authorities for a visit, it took the school administration
      considerable effort to convince the Dutch. Once in Holland, the 2001
      visit was a success, so much so that the Dutch authorities recommended the
      school's visit to other European countries. And this year they would like
      to have the student troupe perform 20 plays in Holland.
      The principal says that taking part in plays is also beneficial for the
      students. A handicapped student learns to read and write in one to two
      years, but the process accelerates significantly when he/she participates
      in a play.
      The success of the plays has also caught the attention of scholars: Next
      year a paper will discuss the play at an international symposium in the

      * Archeologists unearthed the statue of a lion at the excavations in the
      ruins of the ancient city of Laodikeia, reports the Anatolian News agency.
      The excavations were aiming to unearth a fountain, spread on 3600-square
      foot area.
      The fountain, decorated with figures of dolphins, dates back to 300 A.D.
      The fountain was also discovered this year. It is 42 meters high and 11
      meters wide.
      The ancient city is located in Turkey's Western Province of Denizli.
      See the following for more:

      * The Turkish private channel NTV reports that the 60th Venice Film
      Festival will feature a Turkish film in the competitions and a Turkish
      filmmaker in one of the juries.
      Turkish film director Ferzan Ozpetek will be heading the jury for
      a "Film Critiques" section.
      The Turkish director Dervis Zaim will compete with his movie "Mud"
      in the category "Countercurrent". It is the first time in 12 years that a
      Turkish director's film has been accepted to the competition in the Venice
      film Festival.
      See more at the festival pages:

      * The results are in for the films that competed in the Koycegiz Film
      Festival. A jury made up of ordinary people of Koycegiz chose "Children of
      Secret" by the Turkish director Umit Guven as the best film.
      In the short film category, director Ahmet Kucukkkaya's "The Shell
      of the Time" got the best film award.

      * The Turkish channel NTV reports that a Turkish instrument maker is
      making Greek music instruments that are highly in demand in Greece.
      Mustafa Gezerdag of the Turkish Aegean city of Izmir is making and
      shipping almost 150 bouzoukis, lavoutos, lyras and santuris to Greece in a
      Mr. Gezerdag says that his fine workmanship and the relatively low
      labor costs in Turkey are making his instruments very competitive in
      One of his current projects is making a lavouto for the popular
      Greek musician Manolis Lidakis.


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



      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 95/66 Clear
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 97/77 Clear
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 86/68 Clear
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 97/75 Clear
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 84/72 Partly Cloudy

      Seawater temperatures

      Black Sea measured at Trabzon 79
      Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 75
      Aegean Sea measured at Bodrum 77
      Mediterranean Sea measured at Alanya 84


      Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Mark Nowak

      * Turkish Soccer, Super League Results:

      Week 3 results
      Bursaspor 2-2 Galatasaray
      Rizespor 2-1 Malatyaspor
      Sebatspor 1-3 Istanbulspor
      Fenerbahce 7-1 Elazigspor
      Adanaspor 0-1 Trabzonspor
      Samsunspor 2-1 Denizlispor
      G.Birligi 1-0 Gaziantepspor
      Besiktas 3-0 Ankaragücü
      Konyaspor 3-1 Diyarbakirspor

      Week 4 matches
      Trabzonspor - Sebatspor
      Malatyaspor - Samsunspor
      Galatasaray - G.Birligi
      Elazigspor - Adanaspor
      Istanbulspor - Rizespor
      Denizlispor 2-3 Besiktas
      Ankaragücü - Bursaspor
      Diyarbakirspor - Fenerbahce
      Gaziantepspor - Konyaspor

      Team Pts
      1. Besiktas 12
      1. Istanbulspor 9
      3. Galatasaray 7
      4. Rizespor 7
      5. Fenerbahce 6
      6. Malatyaspor 6
      7. Konyaspor 5
      8. Denizlispor 4
      9. Trabzonspor 4
      10. Elazigspor 4
      11. G.Birligi 3
      12. Diyarbakirspor 3
      12. Ankaragücü 3
      14. Samsunspor 3
      15. Bursaspor 2
      16. Gaziantepspor 1
      17. Adanaspor 0
      18. Sebatspor 0

      *UEFA Champion's League

      Qualifying Round 3
      Galatasaray SK IstanbulTUR 3-0 BUL PFK CSKA Sofija
      (Galatasaray advances)

      * Turkish sprinter Elvan Abeylegesses stellar showing in second heat
      competition at Paris World Championships yesterday has put her in the
      running for the finals. Abeylegesse ran the 5,000-meter heat in 14
      minutes, 54.95 seconds, a personal best for her.

      * Famed Turkish runner Sureyya Ayhan scored another win at the World
      Championships in Paris, where her 4:08.12 time in the 1,500-meter
      preliminaries put her at the front of the pack. On Friday, Ayhan is due to
      run in the semifinals.

      * With a 76-64 loss to Italy in the final match, Turkey took the number
      two spot on Sunday on the last day of Efes Pilsen World Cup II competition
      at Istanbuls Abdi Ipekci Arena.
      Turkey toppled Serbia-Montenegro on Friday with a 90-88 win, thus
      giving the former Yugoslavian basketball giants third place in the


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      *** TAAC East Bay Chapter presents:

      2003 Annual Picnic & Potluck

      A day of meeting new friends, enjoying the old ones, and having fun
      with everyone!

      Sunday, August 24th
      12:00PM - 5:00PM

      Please bring a dish according to the first letter of your last name:
      A-G: Appetizer
      H-P: Side dish
      R-Z: Dessert

      BBQ 1:00PM-3:00PM
      Hamburgers, hotdogs, soft drinks, and water will be offered for sale.

      750 Grayson Road
      Pleasant Hill, CA

      Don't forget blankets, lawn chairs, balls, frisbees and your kids

      For more information, please contact Figen Copur,
      president of TAAC East Bay chapter, at fcopur@...

      *** Halil Karaduman and Necati Celik

      TAAC is proud to announce that
      Halil Karaduman and Necati Celik,
      two superb musicians of Turkey, will be here in August.
      They will have a concert in the South Bay at the end of August.
      It is so rare for us to hear authentic Turkish music performed by
      truly exceptional musicians here.


      When: August 31, 2003 Sunday @ 4 pm
      (Music will start at 4:30 and the concert will be over by 7 pm)

      Admission: $15 per person
      (Please no children who may not be able to sit through a

      All proceeds will go to the musicians!

      To secure a space, please call:
      or e-mail
      and RSVP.

      Space is limited!

      There will be appetizers/drinks served with no additional charge.

      Hope to see you all at the concert.

      Gunsu Temirer

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