Saturday, February 28, 2009
The frozen relations between Armenia and Turkey are now showing some signs of melting.
By Grenville Byford | NEWSWEEK
It's almost April, so Washington is gearing up for another performance of the "Armenian Genocide Resolution Spectacular," a regular event since 1984. Here's the historical plotline: the Armenian-American lobby gets a few U.S. congressmen to sponsor a resolution recognizing the 1915 massacre of Armenians in what is now Eastern Turkey as a "genocide." Then other members of the House are induced to support it. (Members of the House may not be history buffs, but they understand the importance of stroking a powerful domestic lobby.) Next, the Turkish government says Turkey is too important to be insulted like this. In response, the American administration, recognizing that Turkey is indeed a critical NATO ally whose Incirlik Air Base is vital to the Iraq mission, starts twisting congressional arms to abandon the resolution. Offstage, the Israeli lobby, generally keen to boost Turkish-Israeli relations (though less so this year), works against the resolution. Finally, the House leadership reluctantly shelves the whole thing and the curtain falls."
More:Grenville Byford on Turkish-Armenian Reconcilation | Newsweek International Edition | Newsweek.com
Turkey's leader is in a tough spot after a Kurdish politician dares to speak his native language.
By Owen Matthews | NEWSWEEK
For years, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has positioned himself as a champion of the ethnic Kurds who make up one fifth of Turkey's population. He's spoken Kurdish at election rallies and on television, eased restrictions on the use of the language in public and, with more than a little encouragement from the European Union, pushed through laws that allow education and broadcasting in Kurdish. But last week Erdogan found himself on the spot when an ethnic Kurdish parliamentarian, Ahmet Türk, addressed Parliament in his native language. "Kurds have long been oppressed because they did not know any other language," he said as he switched from Turkish to Kurdish. "I promised myself that I would speak in my mother tongue at an official meeting one day.""
More:A Kurdish Politician Puts Erdogan In A Tough Spot | Newsweek International Edition | Newsweek.com
Italy's Ambassador in Ankara Carlo Marsili expressed support Friday for Turkish membership in the EU."
More:World Bulletin [ Italy says EU is impossible without Turkey ]
By MIKE CORDER – 2 hours ago
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Investigators are examining turbulence as one of the possible causes of the Turkish Airlines crash that killed nine people and injured more than 100 near Amsterdam's main airport, a spokesman said Saturday.
Fred Sanders, a spokesman for the Dutch Safety Authority investigation team, also said the wreckage that has lain in a field since it plunged out of the sky Wednesday could be moved Sunday evening."
More:The Associated Press: Investigators looking at turbulence in Dutch crash
AMSTERDAM: The bodies of nine people killed in the crash of a Turkish Airlines flight in the Netherlands have been formally identified, a Dutch mayor said Friday, and Boeing Co. said three of the four Americans among the dead were its employees."
More:All victims in Netherlands plane crash identified - International Herald Tribune
The European Parliament's rapporteur on Turkey, Ria Oomen-Ruijten, has said Armenian lobbyists have threatened to destroy her career because she has refused to refer to the World War I-era killings of Anatolian Armenians by the Ottoman Empire as 'genocide.'"
More:Turkey rapporteur: I am receiving threats from the Armenians
WASHINGTON - The two largest U.S. Armenian groups have condemned a leading Democratic congresswoman for qualifying what they see as the 'Armenian genocide' as an 'inter-communal war' and a 'historic dispute' between Turkey and Azerbaijan."
More:Armenian lobby targets US lawmaker
ISTANBUL - The Culture and Tourism Minister said he is optimistic for Istanbul tourism in the year ahead. Speaking at an annual Touristic Hotels and Investors Association, or TUROB, luncheon, Minster Ertuğrul Günay said Istanbul is the third most visited city in Europe."
More:Istanbul the place to be
By Tom Cox
For the old Kurdish shepherd, it was just another burning hot day in the rolling plains of eastern Turkey. Following his flock over the arid hillsides, he passed the single mulberry tree, which the locals regarded as 'sacred'. The bells on his sheep tinkled in the stillness. Then he spotted something. Crouching down, he brushed away the dust, and exposed a strange, large, oblong stone."
More:Do these mysterious stones mark the site of the Garden of Eden? | Mail Online
ANKARA - Turkey's decision to increase relations with Africa strengthens rather than contradicts its European vision, a top government adviser says. According to Ahmet Davutoğlu, ’The road to Paris passes through Africa’"
More:Ties with Africa help ties with EU
ANKARA - Longtime allies Turkey and the United States will review their bilateral relations when U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visits Ankara next weekend, the Anatolia news agency reported Friday."
More:Turkey, US set to talk foreign policy
ANKARA - The one-way street system has overwhelmed everyone in Ankara’s Çankaya district and the Republican People’s Party’s candidate for the local elections, Bülent Tanık, says he wants it undone, adding that he will take the issue to the European Court of Human Rights if need be"
More:Social democrat vows end to ’one-way’ traffic
ISTANBUL - Winemaker Doluca believes the government may declare a new and more convenient tax regime for the alcoholic beverages industry. Speaking to Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review, Doluca General Manager Adnan Erem dismisses claims that the ruling Justice and Development Party is pursuing a policy of pushing down wine consumption through high taxes"
More:Winemakers seek tax regime change
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AMSTERDAM: Data from the black box of the crashed Turkish Airlines plane should be analysed by early next week and help pinpoint the likely cause of the Amsterdam accident, investigators said yesterday."
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Friday, February 27, 2009
Suna Erdem in Istanbul
A father is suing the Turkish Education Ministry for forcing his 11-year-old daughter to watch a “racist” and “disturbing” film countering claims that Ottoman Turks committed genocide against Armenians in 1915 with graphic allegations of Armenian atrocities against Turks."
More:Father sues Turkish Education Ministry over Armenian 'genocide' DVD - Times Online
Fri Feb 27, 2009 4:35pm EST
WASHINGTON, Feb 27 (Reuters) - On the surface, U.S.-Turkish relations appear stellar, but peel back a layer and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will find a host of bilateral tensions on her visit there next week."
More:ANALYSIS-Clinton faces plethora of issues with Turkey | Reuters
Encyclopedia of Social Science
Ambassador of the United Kingdom in Ankara, Nick Baird, said Friday 'certain countries do not realize how modern and contemporary Turkey really is'.
In a press conference held at the Chamber of Trade and Industry of the north-eastern province of Trabzon on Friday, Baird said that the U.K. is one of the most strongest supporters of Turkey's accession to the European Union (EU)."
More:Certain Countries Do Not Realize How Modern & Contemporary Turkey Really is, UK Ambassador
Undeterred by Financial Crisis, Turkish Defense Companies Plan to Increase Domestic Arms Production - The Jamestown Foundation
Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 6 Issue: 39
February 27, 2009 02:49 PM Age: 3 hrs
Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Turkey, Military/Security, Home Page
By: Lale Sariibrahimoglu
It is estimated that Turkey has been spending about $5 billion for arms per year and according to a report released by the country's main arms procurement agency, has set a goal to increase the share of the arms produced domestically to 58 percent of the production from 107 military procurement projects. Direct purchases are to account for 16 percent, production with a consortium 2 percent, and joint production 24 percent."
More:Undeterred by Financial Crisis, Turkish Defense Companies Plan to Increase Domestic Arms Production - The Jamestown Foundation
In Ankara, consultations of consular services and the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan took place
February 26-27 in Ankara, consultations of consular services of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic and Turkey were held. This was reported to Trend News on Friday by the press service of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic."
More:Trend News : In Ankara, consultations of consular services and the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan took place
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More:The East meets the West: from Istanbul to New York
Turkish-Kurdish relations have historically been difficult and fraught with conflict. However, a recent conference in the autonomous province of Kurdistan in northern Iraq indicates a move in the direction of reconciliation. Günter Seufert reports"
More:Qantara.de - Tentative Steps towards Reconciliation in Northern Iraq
02.27.09, 12:10 PM EST
By Daren Butler
ISTANBUL, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Turkey's imports fell by more than 40 percent year-on-year in January while exports fell by a quarter, giving a worrying signal of the extent of the slow-down hitting the ailing emerging economy."
More:UPDATE 2-Turkey exports, imports sink on-year in January - Forbes.com
(CNN) -- The Turkish Airlines plane that crashed this week in Amsterdam fell almost vertically to the ground, making only a short track in the muddy farmer's field where it went down, Dutch investigators said Friday.
That sudden drop indicates the aircraft did not have enough forward speed when it crashed, a spokesman for the Dutch Safety Board said, but the reasons for that are still unclear."
More:Turkish Airlines plane fell 'vertically' to ground - CNN.com
Turkish Pilots Association said plane crash, that killed 9 people in Amsterdam, is a mistake of Dutch airport officials."
More:World Bulletin [ Turkey pilots group: "Plane crash mistake of Dutch airport officials" ]
Friday, 27 Feb 2009 12:07
The dramatic concluding scenes of The International, a new thriller starring Clive Owen, take place in Istanbul."
More:Short breaks to Istanbul, Turkey, following the International – travelbite.co.uk
Some of the survivors of the Turkish Airlines flight which crashed in Amsterdam have returned to Istanbul. Flight TK 1951 came down in light fog while trying to land at Schipol Airport. Nine of the 134 people on board were killed. Investigators have recovered the plane’s flight recorders, which are being analysed in Paris."
More:euronews | Turkish survivors go home as accident probe starts
February 26th, 2009 by Fred Stopsky · No Comments
This reporter has just visited the battle front at Bagozici University where combatants eye one another with hats and head coverings in hand prepared to launch a derby or shawl into the direction of opponents. The university faculty has made clear it will not allow women to enter their sacred classes wearing any hair covering like the chador and even those who try to circumvent rules and regulations by wearing hats are considered to be criminals out to disrupt law and order in the university. School administrators struck a blow for freedom by denying women the right to attend classes wearing a headscarf since it is well known that such head coverings essentially cover up religious strategies to end freedom of speech in universities."
More:Hat And Head Covering Wars Rage In Turkey!
PARIS: A Turkish Airlines jet that crash-landed in a field beside Amsterdam's international airport Wednesday, killing nine people, was carrying passengers from at least 12 countries, including seven Americans and three Britons, officials said Thursday."
More:At least 12 nations represented on crashed Turkish Airlines plane - International Herald Tribune
Stalled engines were identified yesterday as the likely cause of the crash that killed nine people when a Turkish Airlines flight plummeted into a field on its approach to Schiphol airport.
The chief investigator, Pieter van Vollenhoven, said that the Boeing 737-800 had fallen suddenly from the sky, suggesting that both engines had stalled as the aircraft slowed on its descent to the runway south of Amsterdam. "
More:Engines stalled before Turkish Boeing plunged into Schiphol field - Times Online
Thursday, February 26, 2009
(EuroActiv.com) -- An ethnic Kurdish politician defied Turkish law earlier this week by giving a speech in his native Kurdish in parliament. The live broadcast was immediately cut off, but the incident sparked a flurry of reactions, highlighting limits to ethnic tolerance in the EU candidate country."
More:Robert Steven Duncan: Politician Tests Ethnic Tolerance In Turkey
February 26, 2009 by TMO
....Finally, Zeyno Baran. Yes that is right. Who is she? Baran is “a prominent Turkish American scholar on issues ranging from US-Turkey relations to Islamist ideology to energy security in Europe and Asia,” according to wikipedia, which also states that “One of Baran’s key areas of specialization is countering the spread of radical Turkish Islamist ideology in Europe and Eurasia.” She works against the build-up in a society of parallel cultures (Muslim and non-Muslim)."
More:Kerry to Engage Muslims? : Muslim Media Network
ANKARA - Incidents of disproportionate use of force by security forces in Turkey have decreased over the few last years, according to State Minister and Chief Negotiator for European Union Egemen Bağış."
More:’Don’t compare EU cop with Turk cop’
ANKARA - The ruling of the Swiss-based arbitration case over a gas price dispute between Iran and Turkey obliges Iran to pay $760 million to Turkey. Turkish Energy Ministry had conducted negotiations with Tehran, asking for a price reduction in natural gas but was rejected prior to arbitration"
More:Turkey prevails in Iran arbitration
MOSCOW, February 26 (Itar-Tass) - Gazprom has increased days gas supplies to Turkey by 25.4 million cubic meters.
Gazprom press service said that on February 11-25 the volume of gas exports to Turkey through the Blue Stream gas pipeline had grown from 20 to 29 million cubic meters, as well as Russia's gas export through the western route via Ukraine, Moldova and Bulgaria - from 20 to 29 million cubic meters."
ISTANBUL - Istanbul’s Bayrampaşa district, which hosts the city’s notorious prison, will undergo renovations in 35 different projects. Yet this renovation begins by removing the old skeletons. During the celebration to promote the projects the most important part of the prison, it’s 400 meter long walls will be demolished to supply a wider street for cars"
More:Jailhouse parts with its walls
Published: 26 Feb 09 11:32 CET
A Turkish immigrant who has lived in Germany for some 20 years will be denied citizenship in Germany because he is illiterate, according to a Baden-Württemberg court ruling released on Thursday."
MoreIlliterate Turkish man denied German citizenship - The Local
Holland has identified those killed in a plane crash at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport on Wednesday as five Turks and four Americans."
More:Turkish Airlines crash: nationalities of dead identified - Telegraph
BY FERAI TINC
HURRIYET- Something interesting has happened. After US President Barack Obama replied to a letter of congratulations from Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Mehmet Ali Talat, Senator Richard Durbin arrived in the region. Durbin is a Democrat, and an Illinois senator, like Obama was until recently, which means he's from circles close to Obama. He came to the region to hold contacts in Cyprus, Athens, Ankara and Istanbul. The Obama administration's first contact with Turkey is starting with the Cyprus issue."
More:The U.S. Might Play A Role On The Cyprus Issue
ANKARA - The head of NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO-PA) Italian Delegation met with the chairperson of NATO-PA Turkish Group in capital Ankara on Thursday."
More:Nato-pa Italian Delegation Holds Talks At Turkish Parliament
4th critically injured in Amsterdam
By JAMES WALLACE
P-I AEROSPACE REPORTER
It appears that three employees of The Boeing Co. were among those killed in the Turkish Airlines crash in Amsterdam, as they returned from a business trip to Ankara, Turkey. A fourth employee was critically injured."
More:3 Boeing engineers believed dead in jet crash
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Thu, 26 Feb 2009 18:07:04 GMT
Turkey has promised to assist the United States in evacuating oil-rich Iraq if Washington sends Ankara an official request for help."
More:Press TV - Turkey offers to help US in Iraq pullout
ISTANBUL, Feb 26, 2009 (AFP) - Turkish Airlines and the government faced a welter of criticism Thursday for their 'amateurish' response to a deadly plane crash near Amsterdam, as papers ridiculed their initial denial of fatalities."
More:Turkish Airlines under fire for crash response
FIRST PERSON - I live in the city of Zwanenburg and was kilometers away from the crash-site doing my run loop. I heard a strange noise and looked towards it."
More:EYEWITNESS - Turkish pilots save lives on board and on the ground
By Zerin Elci
ANKARA, Feb 26 (Reuters) - U.S. special envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell said on Thursday Turkey will play a "key role" in President Barack Obama's efforts to achieve peace in the Middle East."
More:US envoy to Middle East says Turkey key peace partner | Reuters
Thursday February 26, 2009
The U.S. State Department released its 2008 Human Rights Report on Turkey Thursday. Don't be caught reading it in Turkey, or spreading it around there: you might be charged with 'insulting Turkish identity'--an actual, actionable crime in that paradox of a nation."
More:U.S. Slams Turkey's Human Rights
MP Canan Aritman: No government in Turkey has a right and authority to aggrieve our Azerbaijani brothers
[ 26 Feb 2009 17:26 ]
Ankara – APA. One more parliamentarian made a speech in Turkish parliament on the anniversary of Khojaly genocide, APA reports."
More:APA - MP Canan Aritman: No government in Turkey has a right and authority to aggrieve our Azerbaijani brothers
Europe Minister Caroline Flint spoke about the importance of the Cyprus settlement to the UK in the during the Keith Kyle Memorial Lecture on British-Cypriot Relations at the London School of Economics on Wednesday 25 February."
More:UK: Cyprus settlement: who benefits?
Published: Thursday 26 February 2009 15:02 UTC
Last updated: Thursday 26 February 2009 15:07 UTC
The official death toll of the Turkish Airlines plane crash near Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport remains at nine. This was confirmed at a press conference held by the mayor municipality in which the crash took place. Three of the dead, members of the Turkish crew, remain unidentified. Of those on board the plane, 63 are still being treated in hospital. Six of them are said to be in a critical condition."
More:International news - Radio Netherlands Worldwide - English
February 26, 2009: 09:46 AM ET
ISTANBUL (AFP)--A Turkish Airlines (THYAO.IS) jet which crashed near Amsterdam, killing nine people, underwent repairs for two malfunctions in the week before the accident, the CNN-Turk news channel reported Thursday."
More:Crashed Turkish Jet Malfunctioned Twice In A Week - Report
25.02.2009 15:30 GMT+04:00
/PanARMENIAN.Net/ Turkey will not join the Eastern Partnership, a Turkish official said.
“The talks with the EU are held for Turkey’s full-fledged membership in the Union. So, we can’t accept an offer which conflicts with the EU previous decisions,” said Yasar Yakis, ex-Foreign Minister and chairman of Turkey-EU parliamentary commission, Trend Azeri news agency reports."
More:Armenian News - PanARMENIAN.Net | Armenian News Agency - Turkey rejects joining Eastern Partnership
Corio in talks for purchasing malls in Turkey | Industries | Financial Services & Real Estate | Reuters
ANKARA, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Dutch property group Corio NV (COR.AS) has started talks to buy six shopping malls in Istanbul, Antalya and Izmir, Sabah newspaper reported on Thursday."
More:Corio in talks for purchasing malls in Turkey | Industries | Financial Services & Real Estate | Reuters
By Barak Ravid
Turkish President Abdullah Gul is interested in making an official visit to Israel in the coming months to put an end to the crisis in relations between his country and Israel. If he does come, Gul is expected to be here during the second half of the year."
More:Turkey president plans to visit Israel to ease tensions - Haaretz - Israel News
ISTANBUL - A survey of 1,000 people in London by EasyJet Airlines reveals that Istanbul, besides being over-populated and bustling around the clock, has a high rate of stressful living. Although the infrastructure of Istanbul is not strong enough for more people, the population keeps growing"
More:Stress proves price of urban lifestyles
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan expressed his sympathies to all the passengers and he wished a speedy recovery for the all those injured and God’s blessing to the survivors and patience for families, Anatolia news agency reported yesterday."
More:Official reactions to plane crash
ANKARA - Turkey's chief negotiator for European Union talks, Egemen Bağış, said Turkey believed U.S. support for the country’s EU bid would continue during the Obama administration, at a meeting with the U.S. Ambassador to Ankara James Jeffrey yesterday."
More:Turkey expects US support for EU bid
BODRUM - It is already Turkey’s most popular holiday spot, but Bodrum continues to improve in other aspects, such as local administration."
More:8 countries meet at Bodrum summit
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (CNN) -- Investigators are trying to determine what caused the crash of an airplane with a good safety record, flown by a well-respected airline, at one of the world's most modern airports."
More:Flight recorders found at Dutch crash site - CNN.com
ANKARA - Police Special Operations Chief Behçet Oktay killed himself in his car yesterday. The exact reason for the suicide is unknown, but there were reports that he was upset about a new appointment to his post."
More:Police suicide unexplained
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Armenian Diaspora has been carrying ‘genocide’ campaigns against Turkey for decades. They argue that these campaigns’ main aim is to persuade Turkey to recognise the Armenian allegations. As a matter of fact that the Armenian Diaspora by following such a way is trying to take revenge from Turkey more than imposing anything on it."
More:Can Armenian Diaspora Persuade Turkey to Recognise Armenian Allegations?
Emergency services around Turkish Airlines plane after crash (Photo by Londonperspectives.com)Turkish Prime Minister Tayyib Erdoğan confirmed that three pilots were among nine killed in a Turkish Airlines jet crash at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport Wednesday."
More:Turkish PM confirms three pilots among nine dead in plane crash | LondonPerspectives.com
ANKARA - The Turkish Foreign Ministry approaches with caution the European Union's decision to include Turkey on its Eastern Partnership with ex-Soviet countries. Turkey must not think that the European Union is trying to push the country to its periphery, according to one expert"
More:New dimension to EU-Turkey ties
ISTANBUL - Turkey’s rapidly growing energy demand attracts the attention of global players. Despite the crisis, Proparco, a subsidiary of French Development Agency, provides a 50 million euro-loan for renewable energy projects in Turkey"
More:Turkey's Garanti eyes energy
Wed Feb 25, 2009 11:31am IST
ANKARA, Feb 25 (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has rejected three IMF demands, including giving the country's tax administration autonomous status, Sabah newspaper said on Wednesday."
More:Turkish PM rejects IMF demand on tax administration | Reuters
Trend News : Turkey not to participate in EU Eastern Partnership program: co-chairman of Turkey-EU joint parliamentary commission
25.02.09 11:09 Turkey not to participate in EU Eastern Partnership program: co-chairman of Turkey-EU joint parliamentary commission
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 24 / Trend News B. Hasanov /
The invitation of Turkey to the EU’s Eastern Partnership voiced by Karel Schwarzenberg Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic presiding in the EU was protested in Ankara."
More:Trend News : Turkey not to participate in EU Eastern Partnership program: co-chairman of Turkey-EU joint parliamentary commission
The head of Turkish Special Forces fatally shot himself after allegations linked him to the controversial Ergenekon case, news agencies reported early on Wednesday."
More:Head of Turkish special unit commits suicide after allegations
Turkey's Foreign Minister Ali Babacan and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed willingness to cooperate with each other during a phone conversation on Tuesday."
More:Turkish, U.S. top diplomats express commitment for cooperation
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) today announced it recently completed live public demonstrations of its upcoming six-core 45nm AMD Opteron™ processor, codenamed “Istanbul.” Scheduled to launch in the second half of this year, “Istanbul” is expected to be the only x86 six-core processor available for two- and four-socket systems and higher."
More:AMD Demos Upcoming Six-core “Istanbul” Server Processor
With the British economy in turmoil and the pound falling badly against the euro and the US dollar, UK holidaymakers are starting to look outside the eurozone for cheap, local holidays.
Switzerland, Norway and Croatia are all non-eurozone countries expecting a rise in tourism, but perhaps one of the most popular destinations expected in 2009 is Turkey, which is preparing itself for its biggest influx of tourists since 2004 when the country hosted the Eurovision Song Contest."
More:Currency differences make Turkey an ideal holiday destination
Turkish assets make slim gains after US rally | Industries | Financial Services & Real Estate | Reuters
ISTANBUL, Feb 25 (Reuters) - Turkish shares and the lira gained slightly on Wednesday, in line with global markets and in response to a rally in U.S. stocks on signals the nationalisation of big banks was not at hand."
More:Turkish assets make slim gains after US rally | Industries | Financial Services & Real Estate | Reuters
Israeli relations and in the ongoing projects carried out by the two countries, Turkey’s undersecretary for the defense industry said on Monday.
Recent media reports suggested some military projects between Israel and its main regional ally Turkey could be cancelled after ties between the two countries became strained over the latest Gaza operation."
More:No Problems In Ongoing Turkish-Israeli Military Cooperation: Official | News Updated Frequently
Posted by Susanne Fowler in Something Different, Istanbul
Turkey is a multicultural country for sure, but here’s a bit of culture you might not expect: an Ingmar Bergman film festival."
More:Globespotters » Travel Blog » International Herald Tribune » Blog Archive » A Taste of Bergman in Istanbul
Wed, 25 Feb 2009 18:35:24 GMT
An Israeli official says Tel Aviv has placed great importance on its relations with Ankara, hoping the recent row would soon come to an end."
More:Press TV - Israel has high hopes for Turkey
By Andrea Rothman and Jeroen Molenaar
Feb. 25 (Bloomberg) -- The crash involving a Turkish Airlines Boeing Co. 737 plane in Amsterdam today was the carrier’s fourth fatal incident in 15 years, according to the Ascend Online Fleets database."
2 hours ago
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish news agencies are reporting that U.S. Middle East special envoy George Mitchell has met with the president of Turkey as part of his quest for peace in the region."
More:The Associated Press: US special envoy meets with president of Turkey
Published: Wednesday 25 February 2009 17:56 UTC
Last updated: Wednesday 25 February 2009 17:59 UTC
Nine people have died in the Turkish Airlines plane crash, which happened near Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. The dead include three crew members. More than 80 of the 134 people on board have been admitted to 11 hospitals in the surrounding area with injuries. Six of them are in a critical condition. Another 25 are severely injured, according to the authorities."
More:International news - Radio Netherlands Worldwide - English
Dutch PM Balkenende and Deputy Justice Minister Nebahat Albayrak visit victims Turkish Airline crash
PM Balkenende and Dutch Deputy Justice Minister Nebahat Albayrak - who has joint Dutch/Turkish nationality - visited the hospital were victims were being treated late Wednesday evening. Residents who rushed to the crash site to offer help before the ambulances arrived, said that among the survivors were Dutch, Turkish and US nationals. Queen Beatrix expressed her "great empathy" with the passengers and victims' families, according to the Royal Information Service, while Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende was being kept up to date with details of the crash. Balkenende said his thoughts were with the families of the passengers. He added he spoke by phone with Turkish primes minister Tayyip Erdogan and gave him his condolences. Among the 80 injured, six were in a critical condition and may not survive, the head of the emergency team told reporters. The condition of a further 25 passengers was described as "serious", 24 passengers sustained light injuries, while the condition of 31 passengers still had to be established.
The plane was built in 2002 and its last technical inspection was in December 2008. According to the European Commission, Turkish Airlines underwent 100 ramp inspections in 2008, where "the results for safety and security have always been good." The last major air crash in the Netherlands was on October 4, 1992, when an El Al cargo Boeing 747F 4X-AXG hit several high rise buildings south Amsterdam's Bijlmer area, killing 43 people.
The EU-Turkey-Cyprus Triangle: "Setting the Stage" - by Hugh Pope
Turkey has been converging formally with the European Union and its predecessors since it signed an association agreement in 1963, the same year the dispute between Greek Cypriots, Turkish Cypriots, Turkey and Greece over Cyprus became both a cause and symptom of ups and downs in the EU-Turkey relationship. On the Mediterranean island, armed conflict has been minimal since the 1974 Turkish invasion and occupation of the northern third, and Turkey and Greece have smoothed over their differences since a 1999 rapprochement. But the 2004 entry of the Republic of Cyprus into the EU as a divided country imported this frozen conflict into the heart of Europe, and created an unbreakable triangle between the EU, Turkey and Cyprus.
At least nine people have been killed and 50 others injured when a Turkish Airlines plane crashed while attempting to land in the Netherlands, Dutch officials have said. The crash occurred when flight TK1951 from Istanbul to Amsterdam, which was carrying 135 people, missed the runway at the capital's Schipol Airport. "Of the 50 people injured, 25 were seriously injured," Michel Bezuijen, mayor of the Haarlemmermeer municipality, where the airport is located, said.
The plane split into three parts after it hit the ground around 3km short of the runway and the cause of the crash is still unclear.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA Associated Press Writer © 2009 The Associated Press
Feb. 24, 2009, 2:24PM
ISTANBUL — A politician stirred the debate about minority rights in Turkey when he spoke Kurdish in Parliament on Tuesday, violating laws that bar the language in official settings."
More:Turkish politician defies law with Kurdish speech | World news | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle
Turkish prime minister tells Guardian of Tehran's request for intercession with Bush administration
Iran has asked Turkey to help it resolve its 30-year dispute with the US as a possible prelude to re-establishing ties, the Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has told the Guardian."
More:Erdogan: Iran sought Turkey's help to mend links with US | World news | guardian.co.uk
www.chinaview.cn 2009-02-25 03:22:04
NICOSIA, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) -- Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat has donated 50,000 U.S. dollars to the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) for its project on the exhumation, identification and return of remains of Cypriot victims."
More:Turkish Cypriot leader donates to missing persons project_English_Xinhua
By ETGAR LEFKOVITS
A new Turkish television miniseries being broadcast throughout the Arab world depicts Israel supporting the Turkish mafia to spread prostitution and drugs throughout the country.
The new Turkish anti-Israel...
The series comes a month after relations between Israel and Turkey hit a nadir after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has been a leading and vitriolic critic of Israel's recent military offensive against Hamas in Gaza, stormed out of a panel discussion with President Shimon Peres at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. "
More:Turkish anti-Israel mini-series aired | International | Jerusalem Post
Filmmakers and critics reflect upon the factors forming two generations of critically acclaimed independent cinema
By Jim Quilty
Daily Star staff
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
BEIRUT: In the last decade or so, a handful of Turkish filmmakers have made that country's cinema among the most admired in the world - witness 'Three Monkeys,' which won Nuri Belge Ceylan the award for best director at Cannes last year. Commercial film distribution being what it is, though, the selection available to Beirut residents, for instance, is eclectic but limited"
More:The Daily Star - Arts & Culture - The other side of the Turkish film revolution
How the Turkish PM became a dominant force despite the suspicions of the military and secularists
* Mark Tran
* guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 24 February 2009 18.00 GMT
When Recep Tayyip Erdogan became prime minister of Turkey in 2003, few would have wagered that he would become such a dominant political force."
More:The rise of Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan | World news | guardian.co.uk
The signs may be pointing towards 'yes', but more info needs to be collected. Turkish filmmaking in the past has been known more for making knock offs of U.S. films, but some films that have come out of Turkey lately have been anything but derivative."
More:Lost Highway Times: A Renaissance in Turkish films?
ANKARA, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) -- Turkish State Minister and Chief Negotiator for EU Talks Egemen Bagis said Tuesday that the government wants to improve relations with all neighbors including Armenia."
More:Turkey vows to improve relations with Armenia_English_Xinhua
ISTANBUL, Feb 24 (Reuters) - The Turkish lira weakened on Tuesday due to worsening global economic sentiment while equities traded flat outperforming emerging market peers due to stronger banking stocks."
More:Turkish assets outperform EM peers, led by banks | Reuters
The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) is organising an event entitled 'ERC Turkey Conference: the first ERC grant laureates and referees sharing their experiences' on 13 March in Istanbul, Turkey."
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24 February 2009
ANKARA - US Middle East envoy George Mitchell will hold talks with Turkish officials in Ankara this week as part of a regional tour, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Tuesday.
Mitchell is expected in the Turkish capital late Wednesday ahead of planned talks Thursday with President Abdullah Gul, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and foreign ministry officials, Burak Ozugergin told a news conference here.The US envoy will be in Turkey as part of his second visit to the Middle East during which he will meet Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Friday."
More:Khaleej Times Online - US Middle East envoy expected in Turkey
2009-02-24 13:11:03 -
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - The leader of a Kurdish party accused of links to rebels addressed lawmakers in Turkey's parliament in the Kurdish language on Tuesday, openly defying Turkey's laws.
Ahmet Turk's speech in Kurdish could be used by a prosecutor as evidence to shut down the party on charges of alleged ties to Kurdish"
More:Politician defies law, speaks Kurdish in Turkey
Tue, 24 Feb 2009 10:44:37 GMT
Turkey says it is ready to help initiate talks between the US and Iran as President Barack Obama has pledged direct diplomacy with Tehran."
More:Press TV - Turkey ready to be Iran-US go-between
By Fazile Zahir
FETHIYE, Turkey - Unlike most competing nations, Turkey throws itself wholeheartedly into the annual kitsch extravaganza that is the Eurovision song contest, and here there is none of the tongue-in-cheek lampooning of contestants or their songs that is popular in nations like Britain."
More:Asia Times Online :: Middle East News, Iraq, Iran current affairs
Turkey says to compete for EU 'destination of excellence' of 2009
Tuesday, 24 February 2009 12:10
Turkish culture and tourism ministry officials will present a province, town or region of Turkey as a candidate for European Commission's 'European Destinations of Excellence' competition."
More:World Bulletin [ Turkey says to compete for EU "destination of excellence" of 2009 ]
Last week, the Turkish ministry of Finance fined the Doğan media group 826 million Turkish Liras ($490 million), the result of the state's investigation into the company's taxes. The fine, which is the largest ever assessed a company in Turkey, is larger than the company's entire estimated value. The company has vowed to appeal the ruling, which will cripple the media group if allowed to stand."
More:Jim Meyer's Blog: Turkish Politics and the News: A Putinesque Muzzling of the Media
MARMARİS - With the world under the water of an economic crisis, the upcoming holiday season is looking bleak. Hoping to receive some good news for a better summer season in the following days, some in the tourism industry say the present situation is 'unexcited' and 'desperate.'"
More:A Seaside View: Forecast for the tourist season
ANKARA - An exhibition titled 'Bridges,' put on by Turkish painter Hatice Kumbaracı Gürsöz and Greek painter Sophia Kalogeropoulou, aims to create a bridge between Turkey and Greece through art. It features products of culture from both sides of the Aegean See"
More:’Bridges’ to strengthen Turkish-Greek friendship
ISTANBUL - An exhibition called ’Ergenekon TC’ has recently opened in Istanbul. But not everyone can see it. Because the address of the exhibition is being kept hidden for security reasons. Special permission from the artists is required to visit it"
More:Conceptual art supplies a mysterious exhibition
A Turkish court reaffirmed earlier rulings on Tuesday that religious lessons are not compulsory in schools regardless of faith, Anatolian Agency reported."
More:Turkish court reaffirms religious lessons not compulsory in schools
Turkey's European Union (EU) membership was of 'key importance', Greece's Foreign Minister Theodora Bakoyianni said on Monday."
More:Greek foreign minister expresses support for Turkey's EU bid
DİDİM - Three of Turkey's popular holiday spots gain international acclaim, as they are added to a list of the best. According to a survey conducted by Thomson, one of England’s prominent travel agencies, Marmaris, İçmeler and Didim are among the world’s best holiday places"
More:Turkey enters the list of top 10 holiday hot spots
Members of the Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD) would pay a visit to the Czech Republic, current holders of the European Union’s (EU) rotating presidency, the association said on Tuesday."
More:Turkey's TUSIAD to visit EU president Czech Republic
ISTANBUL - Turkey’s biggest media group renewed its defense yesterday against a record-breaking tax levy. The group’s owner, in an interview with a leading U.S. newspaper, accused the government of 'seeking to create a calm and silent Turkey.'"
More:Turkey's Doğan can ’weather storm’
Monday, February 23, 2009
Istanbul/Brussels, 23 February 2009: The International Crisis is pleased to announce the launch of a new frequently updated webpage covering the nexus of issues surrounding Cyprus, Turkey and the European Union: “Solving the EU-Turkey-Cyprus Triangle”."
More:International Crisis Group - EU-Turkey-Cyprus Triangle launch
Mount Qindil, 23 Feb. (AKI) – The administration of US president Barack Obama should review its foreign policies in the Middle East, in particular in relation to the Kurdish separatist movement, a key leader said on Monday. Ramzi Kartal, one of the founders of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) called for the change in an interview with Adnkronos International (AKI)."
More:Iraq: US must review Kurd policies, says leader - Adnkronos Politics
Russia, Turkey may be invited to EU partnership talks — EUbusiness.com - business, legal and economic news and information from the European Union
23 February 2009, 20:50 CET
(BRUSSELS) - EU ministers agreed Monday that Russia and Turkey could take part in some meetings of the bloc's planned 'Eastern Partnership,' aimed at boosting ties with six former Soviet states."
More:Russia, Turkey may be invited to EU partnership talks — EUbusiness.com - business, legal and economic news and information from the European Union
ISTANBUL - The National Basketball Association (NBA), North America's premier professional men's basketball league, has opened an office in Istanbul."
More:The National Basketball Association (NBA) Opens Office in Istanbul
Since becoming the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama has followed a different path in several policy issues, including foreign relations. One of the most prominent aspects of Obama’s foreign policy is that he and his State Department team are open to dialogue and they approach the issues with an understanding of the positions of the concerned parties. This perspective enables them to communicate with the countries which may have conflicting positions in different issues."
More:Obama’s Foreign Policy Approach and Turkey
Featuring Soner Cagaptay, Mark Parris, and Ian Lesser
February 23, 2009
On February 18, 2009, Soner Cagaptay, Mark Parris, and Ian Lesser addressed a Policy Forum luncheon hosted by The Washington Institute's Turkish Research Program to review Dr. Cagaptay's recent four-month sabbatical in Turkey and to discuss the Obama administration's policy toward Turkey. Dr. Cagaptay is a senior fellow and director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute. Ambassador Mark Parris is the former U.S. ambassador to Turkey, and currently is counselor to the Turkey Project at the Brookings Institution. Ian Lesser is a senior transatlantic fellow at the German Marshall Fund, focusing on Turkey and the U.S.-Turkey-EU triangle. The following is a rapporteur's summary of their remarks."
More: Washington Institute-PolicyWatch
Published: Monday 23 February 2009
Leading Turkish media group Dogan disputed the reasoning behind a fine and tax charge of nearly $500 million imposed by the government, highlighting the difficult situation faced by media in the largest EU candidate country."
More:EurActiv.com - Turkish media group under government attack | EU - European Information on Enlargement & Neighbours
The long-awaited file of the Turkey-linked Deniz Feneri (Lighthouse) e.V. charity corruption case in Germany is to be in Ankara on Monday evening, the justice minister said."
More:German charity fraud case file to be delivered to Turkey this evening
Turkey assets rebound on improved global sentiment | Industries | Financial Services & Real Estate | Reuters
ISTANBUL, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Turkish assets rose on Monday in line with other emerging markets as relief the U.S. government could raise its stake in Citigroup (C.N) rather than opt for full nationalisation revived investor risk appetite."
More:Turkey assets rebound on improved global sentiment | Industries | Financial Services & Real Estate | Reuters
The owner of Turkey's largest media group, Aydin Dogan, accused Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan of seeking to muzzle criticism and create a 'calm and silent country,' the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday."
More:Aydin Dogan says PM seeks to create "calm and silent Turkey"
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ISTANBUL (AFP) — Turkish club Galatasary announced on its website on Monday that German coach Michael Skibbe had been sacked following a poor run of results."
More:AFP: Skibbe sacked by Galatasaray
ANKARA - A new system is being set up for electricity distribution, launching a new period focusing on consumers, said the Turkish energy watchdog chief."
More:New system in electricity distribution in Turkey
ISTANBUL - A huge gathering was organized last month in Istanbul by the Felicity Party, or SP, against the Israeli military operation in Gaza, which according to some political commentators played a key role in the Turkish prime minister’s subsequent harsh criticism of Israel."
More:A new face with old political roots
Posted on February 22, 2009 by dandelionsalad
translated and abridged by Cem Ertür
22 February, 2009
1) Turkey prepares to assume a more significant role in Afghanistan
2) Turkey’s Foreign Minister (now President) Abdullah Gül’s speech at the FPA World Leadership Forum 2003"
More:Turkey prepares to assume a more significant role in Afghanistan « Dandelion Salad
'The Armenian diaspora is totally indifferent to Armenia's Desire to Normalize Relations with Turkey'
* Suat Kiniklioglu, deputy chairman for external affairs for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), has said Turkey and Armenia are within reach of a major breakthrough, thus an Armenian resolution at the US Congress at this time would be 'extremely detrimental' to these unprecedented efforts for normalization."
More:'The Armenian diaspora is totally indifferent to Armenia's Desire to Normalize Relations with Turkey'
By Zvi Bar'el
Tags: Turkey, Gaza, Israel news
'You have to understand the historical aspect of our relations. We the Turks still have an Ottoman view of the region, whereby it's more natural for us to have ties with Israel than with the Arab countries,' a member of the Turkish National Security Council told Haaretz last week, as the relationship between the two countries continued to deteriorate."
More:Why we need Turkey - Haaretz - Israel News
Afro-Turks Love Obama
Turkish citizens with African ancestors who came to Anatolia to work on tobacco and cotton plantations in the last years of the Ottoman Empire gathered over the weekend to celebrate the presidential inauguration of Barack Obama."
More:Afro-Turks (Turks of African Descent) Love Obama - Rasta Livewire
Ron Coody - 2/23/2009
Israel and Turkey seem caught together in a society of mutual shame. They have related on friendly terms for decades, under the influence of Kemalism. For Turks who value their Ottoman heritage, Turkey ’s lost control of Palestine and Jerusalem to the British in the early 20th century still brings pangs of discontent. Not only was the Ottoman Empire the peak of Turkish power in the last half millennium, it was also the protector of the three holiest sites of Islam. But the modern secular republic of Turkey has accepted Israel ’s statehood and legitimacy."
More:Global Politician - A Struggle of Honor and Shame
Marmaray tunnel construction works.
23 Feb 2009
TURKEY: Five years after the start of construction in Istanbul, work on the long-planned Marmaray link between Europe and Asia is well underway. The project is due for completion in 2011, with trains expected to start running the following year."
More:Railway Gazette: Rails under the Bosporus
Turkish journalist: Turkey should not open borders with Armenia unless Nagorno Karabakh conflict is solved
[ 23 Feb 2009 10:25 ]
Baku. Nazakat Mashadialigizi – APA. At the invitation of editor-in-chief of Zaman-Azerbaijan newspaper Enes Cansever, representatives of Turkish media arrived in Azerbaijan on the occasion of the 17th anniversary of Khojaly tragedy."
More:APA - Turkish journalist: Turkey should not open borders with Armenia unless Nagorno Karabakh conflict is solved
WASHINGTON - The largest U.S. Armenian group has launched a campaign to urge the administration in Washington and Congress to formally recognize Armenians' claims of 'genocide', by using Ankara's developing ties with Sudan."
More:Armenians use Turkey-Sudan tie for recognition
By STAFF REPORTER
Cyprus House President Marios Garoyian has accused Turkey of arrogance and of having a “continued provocative attitude towards Cyprus”."
More: Famagusta Gazette
The Arbil-based joint command center established by Turkey, Iraq and the U.S. to fight against the PKK has launched operations against the terror organization, sources told hurriyet.com.tr."
More:Iraq-based joint command center in fight agianst PKK starts operations
For decades Turkish foreign policy was informed by a 'siege mentality' that saw Turkey as surrounded by enemy nations with territorial ambitions over the country. The geopolitical position of Turkey was exaggerated to explain why foreign enemies had their eyes on it. This laid the ground for a perception of the external world in adversarial terms. The foreign policy elite believed that Turkey was located in a region where everyone was at war with everyone else, as in a Hobbesian state of nature."
More:Ihsan Dagi: The liberal turn in Turkish foreign policy
Sunday, February 22, 2009
According to the Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger published by UNESCO prior to 21 February, International Mother Language Day, 15 languages are endangered in Turkey, and Turkey is doing nothing to save them.
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21 February, International Mother Language Day, has been marked with the publication of a new edition of the 'Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger'. The United Nations’ Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has published an interactive digital Atlas based on information collected by over 30 linguists."
More:Bianet :: UNESCO: 15 Languages Endangered in Turkey
The Minister for Trade, Simon Crean, will host the Sixth Australia-Turkey Joint Economic Committee for Trade, Economic and Technical Cooperation in Canberra on Monday 23 February 2009. The Turkish delegation will be led by HE Mr Mehmet Şimşek, Minister of State responsible for the economy."
More:Australia talks about Growing Trade with Turkey
National News | 2009-02-22
Abdulakadir Aygan is a 50 year old Kurdish man from Turkey who got asylum in Sweden four years ago. He has admitted involement in 36 murders which were 'ordered' by politicians."
More:Stockholm News: Turkey wants Sweden to hand over refugee
Written by Beatrice Gachenge
February 23, 2009: Turkey plans to deepen its trade relations with Africa by opening 15 embassies on the continent in the next two years.
This is expected to boost communication between investors on business opportunities, according to Mr Timur Tidgemir, the head of Africa department at the Turkish Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists."
More:Business Daily Africa - the international window into East African business opportunities - Turkey eyes Africa for more business
Writer: Makki Marseilles
Date: 22 February 2009
A dozen sixth year postgraduate students from Queen's University Belfast' school of planning, architecture and civil engineering are designing 'gluing schemes' aimed at bringing together the Greek and Turkish communities in the Cyprus capital of Nicosia."
MoreŞUniversity World News - CYPRUS: Belfast students aim to unite divided Nicosia
U.S. President Baracak Obama will refrain from naming the 1915 incident as 'genocide' since his country will need Turkey's support for Afghanistan policy, the latest key factor in U.S. foreign policy, an Armenian expert claimed on Saturday."
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Written by The Media Line Staff
Published Sunday, February 22, 2009
The Turkish ambassador to the U.S., Nabi Sensoy, told a group of American reporters on Friday that he hoped the new U.S. administration would recognize the importance of the so-called Armenian issue to Turkey and the negative effects that a recognition of Armenian claims might have for Turkish-U.S. relations, the Turkish daily Hurriyet reported."
More:The Media Line
Turkey was willing to boost political and economic relations with Africa, Turkish President Abdullah Gul said on Saturday.
Turkey eager to boost relations with African countries: President Gul
Speaking at a joint news conference with Kenya's Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Gul said he was pleased to be the first Turkish president visiting Kenya."
More:Turkey eager to boost relations with African countries: President Gul
The Turkish question is, of course, complex. Turkey’s geography is predominantly Asian, Turkey’s emotions are increasingly Middle Eastern, i.e., Muslim on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and yet Turkey’s elites remain resolutely pro-Western and pro-European"
More:Narrator: VIEW: Who lost Turkey? —Dominique Moisi
22. February 2009. | 09:03
The 33rd meeting of the Southeast European Railways Group held in Ankara under the chairmanship of Turkish State Railways Director-General Suleyman Karaman."
More:Executives of southeast European railway companies convenes in Ankara :: emportal :: SEE news
Calling all Foodies in Turkey! Do you love Turkish food but fail to deliver when your guests arrive? The solution has arrived just for you in Istanbul.
Food engineer, Dr. Teslime Mahmutoglu, now gives culinary courses on a recurring basis on the Asian side of Istanbul. Teslime, a graduate of Middle East Technical University in Food Engineering, lives as an expat in Warsaw, Poland, working for an international food certification company."
More:Turkey & My Foreign Perspectives with Bea Vanni: Foodies: Prepare to Cook Turkish!
The recently passed US stimulus plan, which contained worrisome 'Buy American' provisions, despite having been watered down before its final passage, has provoked waves of fear around the world that the free trade which has come to characterize the globalized world may be coming to an abrupt end as successive countries implement beggar-thy-neighbor policies, and neighbors respond with tit-for-tat actions."
More:Experts say protectionism unlikely in Turkey despite EU, US policies
Saturday, February 21, 2009
By Anat Lapidot-Firilla
Tags: Gaza, Erdogan, Turkey, Israel
There are many different theories about Turkey's increasingly harsh criticism of Israel and its treatment of the Palestinians. Some have suggested that the hostility is grounded in the internal struggle between Turkey's secular military and the country's Islamist ruling party. By this logic, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's attacks on Israel are meant to embarrass the army, which has extensive links with Israel's military establishment. Others view Turkey's vocal support for Hamas as indicative of an explicit decision on the part of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to pull the country out of its alliance with the West - while drawing closer to Iran."
More:What is behind Turkey's antagonism toward Israel? - Haaretz - Israel News
Turkey hopes the new Washington administration will understand the importance of the country before it takes a step to recognize the Armenian claims regarding the 1915 incident, the Turkish ambassador to the U.S. said."
More:Turkey-US relations to improve if no wrong steps on Armenian issue
By William Orwell on February 20, 2009
If you research about culture of Turkey, it is begins thousands years ago. Many varieties of civilization has been living in Turkey. Therefore possible to see different cultures in Turkey."
More:Culture Tourism in Turkey | Aneez News Portal
Turkish Ambassador in Washington said Armenian issue was highly sensitive one which risked serious damage to the relations between the two countries."
More:World Bulletin [ Armenian issue could harm Turkish-US relations, says envoy ]
Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat on Saturday attended the funeral of Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias's father-in-law in the southern side of the divided island."
More:Death brings Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders together
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (AFP) — Turkish premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday launched a campaign to wrest control of the country's biggest Kurdish-dominated city in local elections next month, pledging better hospitals, cheap housing and more investment.
Security was tight for Erdogan's visit to Diyarbakir, the regional capital of the mainly Kurdish southeast, which the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is seeking to win from the Democratic Society Party (DTP), the country's main Kurdish party, in the March 29 elections."
More:AFP: Turkish PM woos Kurds ahead of vote
By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA
Turkey's prime minister on Saturday sought the support of Kurds in local elections, insisting his party represented stability for their region.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan was in Diyarbakir, the largest city in the Kurdish-dominated southeast, to give details of his government's reforms granting more cultural rights to Kurds and economic initiatives to improve the battered region."
More:Turkish premier visits Kurdish-dominated southeast - Taiwan News Online
Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek, February 21/corr. Trend News R. Mashadihasanly / Water, even more important than oil. Turkish Energy Minister Hilmi Guler told in his statement during his visit to Bishkek.
According to the minister, oil prices are rapidly changing the dynamics.
“The price of oil still fluctuate. And the price of water is getting to take priority in human life. We need to know the price of water”, - he said."
More:Trend News : Water, even more important than oil - Energy Minister of Turkey
By JANE AND MICHAEL STERN
Published: February 19, 2009
“Hippies were the fireworks of freedom,” an Istanbul journalist declares at the beginning of “Magic Bus,” Rory MacLean’s retracing of the eastward path traveled by enlightenment-hungry pilgrims in the 1960s and ’70s. With aspiritual craving kindled by a pantheon of idiosyncratic gurus that included Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Timothy Leary, Bob Dylan and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, these so-called Intrepids had little money but plenty of time — and a yen to sip tea and smoke dope with the locals. Their goal wasn’t to observe other cultures but to absorb them and be transformed. "
More:Book Review - 'Magic Bus - On the Hippie Trail From Istanbul to India,' by Rory MacLean - Review - NYTimes.com
By Sue Loughlin
CAYUGA — In Tanzania, about 10 percent of the population has access to electricity, and even then, there are frequent disruptions, says Lwaga Kibona, who lives in the east African country of about 40 million."
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The Turkish question is, of course, complex. Turkey’s geography is predominantly Asian, Turkey’s emotions are increasingly Middle Eastern, i.e., Muslim on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and yet Turkey’s elites remain resolutely pro-Western and pro-European
“Who lost Turkey?” That question, often raised in the past, has been heating up in the aftermath of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s emotional outburst during the recent World Economic Forum 2009 in Davos, when he abruptly left a panel he was sharing with Israeli President Shimon Peres. And the Turkish question matters greatly, because it touches on some of the most unstable and unsettling of the world’s diplomatic disputes."
More:Daily Times - Leading News Resource of Pakistan - VIEW: Who lost Turkey? —Dominique Moisi
The Native American Navajo tribe is known for its exquisite rugs; bold geometric creations that rival the best kilims of Turkey and tribal rugs of the Caucasus. As the first Americans, they forged the original melting pot."
More:Navajo rugs and the economic crisis
ANKARA - Turkey expects a German court to take into consideration the European Court of Justice, or ECJ’s ruling about two Turkish truck drivers, whose access to Germany to provide a service was denied without a visa."
More:German court expected to respect EU visa ruling
ISTANBUL - Masks and wild costumes aren’t just for Halloween anymore. It’s carnival time. Though Turkish people do not traditionally celebrate carnival, similar costume balls are part of the entertainment culture especially in Istanbul. There are even few shops in Istanbul offering out of the ordinary attire"
More:Dressing up for carnival in Istanbul
ANKARA - A prominent Turkish businessman of Jewish origins Jak Kamhi went to Tel-Aviv last week to ease tension between Turkey and Israel, daily Hürriyet reported. The tension started with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s harsh criticism of Israel’s attacks on Gaza during a panel in Davos summit."
More:Businessman in Israel to calm stormy waters
ANKARA - Turkey is not yet party to the International Criminal Court, or ICC. As Turkey gets the non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council, pressure grows on the government to ratify the Rome Statute, which established the world's first permanent war crimes tribunal"
More:Turkey pressed on Criminal Court
NICOSIA - A law to pardon students came into force in Turkish Cyprus when it was published Feb. 18 in the official gazette. With this law, university students will be pardoned for the first time in Turkish Cyprus."
More:Pardon for students in Turkish Cyprus
Friday, February 20, 2009
Greek Turkish friendship through music: Oral Transmission Techniques in the Kaba Zurna Repertoire of Anatolian Zeybek Music
Zeybek melodies, which come from the western part of Turkey, are significant elements in the Turkish folk music repertoire of that region. These melodies are mainly played on a combination of davul (drum) and kaba zurna (shawm) instruments, especially by musicians in the Aydin-Germencik and Mugla-Milas areas in that region."
More:Greek Turkish friendship through music: Oral Transmission Techniques in the Kaba Zurna Repertoire of Anatolian Zeybek Music
Last update: 2:33 p.m. EST Feb. 20, 2009
ANKARA, Turkey, Feb 20, 2009 (UPI via COMTEX) -- A prosecutor in a Kurdish-majority province in Turkey is investigating claims that police tortured and killed detainees and dumped bodies in wells."
More:Prosecutor in Turkey looks for bodies - MarketWatch
Fri Feb 20, 2009 4:25pm GMT
By Ibon Villelabeitia
ANKARA, Feb 20 (Reuters) - The strategic relationship between Israel and Turkey will not suffer in the long term despite a rift over Israel's war in Gaza but the two allies must take steps to restore confidence, Israel's envoy to Turkey said.
Turkey's fierce censure of Israel's campaign, which ended in a Jan. 18 truce, has soured ties between the two key U.S. Middle East allies, which have close military cooperation."
More:Israel-Turkish ties to overcome Gaza rift:Israeli envoy | Reuters
updated 7:15 p.m. ET Feb. 19, 2009
ISTANBUL - By Ayla Jean Yackley
Mihail Vasiliadis's friends warned the teenager to leave work early and go home to his family on September 6, 1955.
Within hours, mobs were attacking thousands of shops, churches and homes throughout Istanbul in a rampage against ethnic Greeks that eventually led thousands to leave Turkey."
More:Film casts light on dark chapter of Turkish past - - MSNBC.com
Four in 10 women are beaten by their husbands, according to a recent study. Only a handful speak out.
By Nichole Sobecki
Published: February 20, 2009 09:54 ET
Updated: February 20, 2009 11:06 ET
ISTANBUL — A woman in the studio audience stands up and, with the spotlight highlighting her covered head, announces to the crowd that her husband abuses her but that she doesn't know how to react and still be a good Muslim."
More:Turkey's shocking domestic violence statistics | GlobalPost
Detractors of Turkey's prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, insist that his Justice and Development Party is really a Trojan horse for an Islamist agenda."
More:Choosing where to stand - International Herald Tribune
Oxford Analytica, 02.20.09, 06:00 AM EST
Other global regions gain importance as trading partners, but financial relations with the West remain strong."
More:Turkish Trade Shifts From Europe - Forbes.com
The unfair tax levy imposed on Turkey's largest media group, Dogan Holding, came after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's ongoing assault and boycott campaign targeting the group at party meetings or political rallies."
More:Turkish PM Erdogan consciously increases tension with media
Prosecutors in Turkey's controversial Ergenekon case are expected to deliver the long-awaited additional indictment next week, broadcaster CNNTurk reported on Friday."
More:Second indictment in Turkey's Ergenekon case expected next week
Fri Feb 20, 2009 5:05pm IST
ANKARA (Reuters) - The Israeli military has expressed regret for comments made by a general last week that strained ties between close allies Turkey and Israel, Turkey's military said on Friday."
More:Israel regrets commander's comments - Turk military | World | Reuters
Erdogan, who plans to campaign in some 60 cities, will visit Diyarbakir on Saturday.
Mehmet Ali owns a small cheese and olive shop in the old city of Diyarbakir. He has 11 grown-up children, all of them unemployed.
A stocky Kurd in his late 50s, Ali said he had not made up his mind who to vote for when Turkey holds municipal elections on March 29, but he was clear about his priorities."
More:Turkey`s Kurdish Southeast Is Key Election Battle - World - Javno
ZAGREB/ISTANBUL, Feb 20. (Hina). The Croatian-Turkish Business Council held its 11th session in Istanbul on Thursday to discuss possibilities of advancing economic cooperation, notably in infrastructure projects, railway modernisation, transport infrastructure, energy, tourism and other sectors."
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Turk lira weaker after surprise rate cut, banks fall | Industries | Financial Services & Real Estate | Reuters
ISTANBUL, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Turkish stocks fell lower, led by financials, on fears of U.S. bank nationalisations, while the lira slumped on Friday and bonds yields fell the day after a surprise 150 basis point central bank rate cut."
More:Turk lira weaker after surprise rate cut, banks fall | Industries | Financial Services & Real Estate | Reuters
ANKARA - As concerns run high over possible support from U.S Jewish groups for a resolution on the so-called Armenian genocide, an American Jewish senator has deemed the government’s 'courageous' policy for normalizing ties with Armenia as praiseworthy."
More:Senator backs detente
ISTANBUL - Sabancı Holding, Turkey’s second-biggest industrial group, will spend $8 billion on power stations and other energy investments in the country with Austria’s Verbund by 2015, Sabancı said in a filing with the Istanbul Stock Exchange late Wednesday."
More:Sabancı to spend $8 bln on Turkish energy
February 19, 2009
By Abbas Djavadi
U.S. President Barack Obama recently called his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul along with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to affirm the new U.S. administration's support for Turkey's 'leading role' in the Middle East, Afghanistan, and the Caucasus."
More:U.S. Supports Greater Regional Role For Turkey - Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty © 2009
DETRACTORS of Turkey's prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, insist that his Justice and Development Party is really a Trojan horse for an Islamist agenda. As validation, they point to Erdogan's recent spat with Israeli President Shimon Peres at the Davos World Economic Forum and his support for Hamas."
More:Turkey's strained ties to the West - The Boston Globe
Analysts at a Washington panel discussion Wednesday said the new U.S. administration should establish close relations with Turkey, encourage democracy and the country's European orientations."
More:Analysts Say Obama Should Keep Having Close Relations with Turkey
Seventeen PKK terrorists were killed in clashes that erupted within the terror organization, Anatolian Agency reported on Friday."
More:Seventeen PKK terrorists killed in a internal power struggle
İZMİR - Foreigners, who bought houses in tourism areas in the West, such as Marmaris, Bodrum or Didim, have begun to sell their villas as they can no longer repay their mortgage debts, according to a report by a local newspaper."
More:Foreigners sell homes due to mortgage crisis
A decree by the European Court of Justice may mean that business trips from Turkey to EU member states will not require visa in future.
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The European Court of Justice decreed yesterday (19 February) that citizens of Turkey who worked in businesses founded in Turkey did not need visa to enter EU member states if they were entering while carrying out a service."
More:Bianet :: EU Court Says Visa Not Necessary for Turkish Business
By Akiva Eldar
Tags: Israel News, Turkey
A Turkish initiative to build an Israeli-Palestinian medical compound on the Israeli side of the Jalameh crossing won the blessing of the Turkish military as well as the support of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, President Shimon Peres and Defense Minister Ehud Barak. The Israeli defense establishment, evidently the final arbiter in such matters, is to blame for the project's premature demise, although final responsibility for the decision lies with the prime minister and defense minister."
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Posted by: Madeline Chambers
(Photo: Carnival revelers parade in Düsseldorf, 4 Feb 2008/Ina Fassbender)
Germany’s pre-Lenten carnival festivities got underway on Thursday with an official Turkish carnival association is joining in the fun this year for the first time.
Long sidelined from the usually raucous celebrations, an annual highpoint in Catholic areas such as the Rhineland, Bavaria and Black Forest, residents of Turkish origin in the city of Dortmund have created their own “Guild of Fools”. That means they can have their own float in Monday’s big procession, a troupe of dancers and a symbolic “prince and princess couple”."
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