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Friday, December 31, 2010

Turkey denies report of Cyprus ships deal with EU | Top News | Reuters

"Turkey denies report of Cyprus ships deal with EU
Fri Dec 31, 2010 9:21am EST

By Tulay Karadeniz

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's foreign ministry denied a media report Friday that Ankara had agreed with the European Union to open its ports to Greek Cypriot ships in a deal to advance its EU accession process."

More:Turkey denies report of Cyprus ships deal with EU | Top News | Reuters

EU program changes Spaniard's perception of Turks

"EU program changes Spaniard's perception of Turks

EMIKO JOZUKA
ISTANBUL -Hürriyet Daily News

A lack of contact with a Turkish population in Barcelona led Spaniard Fernando Berges to confess to having a fairly stereotypical image of Turkey before visiting the country and meeting some Turks. "

More:EU program changes Spaniard's perception of Turks - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

21 Years After US, Turkey Finally Bans Asbestos | Green Prophet

"21 Years After US, Turkey Finally Bans Asbestos
Tafline Laylin | December 31st, 2010

Asbestos was once considered the darling of building materials given its extraordinary resistance to heat, its absorbent qualities, and its tensile strength. Commonly used in roofing, tiles, paper production, ceiling and floor tiles, in packaging, and in gadgets, asbestos became popular in the latter half of the nineteenth century."

More:21 Years After US, Turkey Finally Bans Asbestos | Green Prophet

Dutch arrest four over heroin hidden in Turkish sweets < Belgian news | Expatica Belgium

"Dutch arrest four over heroin hidden in Turkish sweets

Dutch prosecutors said Friday they arrested four people after Belgian colleagues seized about 130 kilograms (287 pounds) of heroin hidden under Turkish confectionary in a shipping container."

More:Dutch arrest four over heroin hidden in Turkish sweets < Belgian news | Expatica Belgium

Turkey to open torture museum in Ankara jail

"Turkey to open torture museum in Ankara jail

Ulucanlar Jail in Ankara, the site of 19 hangings and many allegations of torture in its 81-year history, has been turned into a museum, Anatolia news agency reported Tuesday."

More:Turkey to open torture museum in Ankara jail - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Turkey's Forensic Medicine Institute trips up again

"Turkey's Forensic Medicine Institute trips up again

The Forensic Medicine Institute has been implicated in yet another critical mistake, this time granting a “lack of criminal capacity” report to an Ergenekon suspect that was actually based on someone else’s dossier."

More:Turkey's Forensic Medicine Institute trips up again - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Changes to Turkish law create confusion over limits to arrest

"Changes to Turkish law create confusion over limits to arrest

Lawyers for some Ergenekon suspects are confused as to the length their clients can remain incarcerated prior to sentencing, as new legal changes could mean a wait of either four, six or 10 years before conviction, daily Milliyet reported Friday."

More:Changes to Turkish law create confusion over limits to arrest - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Livni in interview to Turkish paper: Ankara must choose a side - Israel News, Ynetnews

"Livni in interview to Turkish paper: Ankara must choose a side

Published: 12.31.10, 13:32 / Israel News

In an interview to Turkish newspaper Habertürk, Opposition Leader Tzipi Livni said Friday that: 'Ankara must choose a side'. Livni said that the region was divided into two camps, one which included Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah: 'Supporting this camp doesn't serve to promote peace. There is no reason for Turkey to support that camp.' "

More:Livni in interview to Turkish paper: Ankara must choose a side - Israel News, Ynetnews

Above The Fray: When Turkey felt betrayed by Israel

"Above The Fray: When Turkey felt betrayed by Israel
By ALON BEN-MEIR
12/31/2010 16:19

Due to the continuing Turkish-Israeli rift that was deepened by the flotilla incident, the time may not be auspicious for Turkey to resume its mediating role."

More:Above The Fray: When Turkey felt betrayed by Israel

Anatolian heroes hungry for more in 2011

"Anatolian heroes hungry for more in 2011

Bursaspor fans celebrate taking home a domestic trophy in 2010. AA photo

If the recent history of Turkish football is anything to go by, it is easy to predict more success for Anatolian teams in 2011 – and more misery for Istanbul’s ailing giants."

More:Anatolian heroes hungry for more in 2011 - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Turkey’s Bagis Denies EU Deal on Cyprus Ports, Anatolia Says - Bloomberg

"Turkey’s Bagis Denies EU Deal on Cyprus Ports, Anatolia Says
By Benjamin Harvey - Dec 31, 2010 2:26 PM GMT+0200

Turkey’s chief European Union negotiator, Egemen Bagis, denied reports that Turkey has agreed with the EU to open its ports to vessels from Cyprus, the state- run Anatolia news agency said."

More:Turkey’s Bagis Denies EU Deal on Cyprus Ports, Anatolia Says - Bloomberg

No Counterpart

"No Counterpart

Turkey's ruling AK Party is seen by many Western politicians as a model for political change among the Islamist parties in the Arab world. It is a view, however, that fails to recognise that the most noteworthy elements of the Turkish experience in dealing with Islamism are hardly likely to be successful in the Arab countries"

More:Qantara.de - No Counterpart

Turkey Flexes Economic, Political Muscle In Iraq : NPR

"Turkey Flexes Economic, Political Muscle In Iraq

by Deborah Amos

December 31, 2010

Turkey is stepping up its role in Iraq, vying with Iran as a regional power. These powerful neighbors use investments and building projects to ensure long-term influence. The competition is heating up as the U.S. prepares to withdraw troops from Iraq by the end of next year."

More:Turkey Flexes Economic, Political Muscle In Iraq : NPR

Turkish Law May Spur Wind Investments of $30 Billion - BusinessWeek

"Turkish Law May Spur Wind Investments of $30 Billion
December 30, 2010, 6:13 PM EST

By Ercan Ersoy and Ali Berat Meric

(Updates with comment from minister in third paragraph.)

Dec. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Turkish legislation guaranteeing prices and incentives for energy from renewable resources may pave the way for $30 billion in wind power investments as the country seeks to meet rising electricity demand"

More:Turkish Law May Spur Wind Investments of $30 Billion - BusinessWeek

Turkish intellectuals view Armenian Patriarchate museum

"Turkish intellectuals view Armenian Patriarchate museum

The Patrik Golod Museum, which is home to 500 artifacts including handwritten bibles, kaftans, scepters and centuries-old patriarch crowns, has a new face thanks to a remodeling project. The museum located in the Turkish Armenian Patriarchate opened its doors Tuesday to Turkish intellectuals "

More:Turkish intellectuals view Armenian Patriarchate museum - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Turkish president seeks to calm Kurdish tensions | Europe | Deutsche Welle | 30.12.2010

"Turkish president seeks to calm Kurdish tensions

The Turkish president is set to travel to the main city of his country's Kurdish minority on Thursday in a bid to defuse tensions over a recent push by Kurds to assert their culture, language and rights."

More:Turkish president seeks to calm Kurdish tensions | Europe | Deutsche Welle | 30.12.2010

WikiLeaks posts document regarding Armenian-Turkish protocols | Armenia News - NEWS.am

"WikiLeaks posts document regarding Armenian-Turkish protocols

December 30, 2010 | 13:45

Switzerland’s capacity for facilitation and mediation, such as Turkish-Armenian rapprochement, generally enjoy strong public support, reads one of the WikiLeaks-published letters sent by U.S. Ambassador Donald Beyer to the Secretary of State."

;MoreWikiLeaks posts document regarding Armenian-Turkish protocols | Armenia News - NEWS.am

Ankara Publishes Calendar Dedicated To Russian-Turkish Relations: Voice of Russia

"Ankara Publishes Calendar Dedicated To Russian-Turkish Relations
Koritsky Anatoly

Dec 30, 2010 15:08 Moscow Time

Russia’s embassy in Turkey has continued a good tradition to celebrate, in a special way, significant dates and events in the history of the Russian-Turkish relations on New Year’s Eve.

A significant date in the history of the Russian-Turkish relations will be marked next year. March 16th, 2011, marks the 90th anniversary of the Treaty of Friendship and Brotherhood Between Russia and Turkey. The past period, which proved to be of great significance for the two countries, has been illustrated by a number of archival documents. The contemporary stage of the Russian-Turkish partnership, which is progressing and for which the foundations were laid down by the Treaty that was signed in 1921, is not forgotten either. And photos picturing President Dmitry Medvedev on a visit to Turkey in May this year offer proof. "

More:Ankara Publishes Calendar Dedicated To Russian-Turkish Relations: Voice of Russia

Turkish Red Crescent provides aid for needy Armenians

"Turkish Red Crescent provides aid for needy Armenians

Needy people in the Kumkapı area of Istanbul, including poor unregistered Armenian immigrants, will receive donations of food and shoes to start the new year thanks to Türk Kızılay (Turkish Red Crescent)."

More:Turkish Red Crescent provides aid for needy Armenians - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Ankara police pretend to shoot movie for undercover operation

"Ankara police pretend to shoot movie for undercover operation

Police in Ankara set up an elaborate movie set in the city’s Çinçin and Hıdırlıktepe neighborhoods and pretended to shoot a movie as part of an undercover operation to apprehend alleged drug dealers, daily Hürriyet reported Thursday."

More:Ankara police pretend to shoot movie for undercover operation - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Ten al-Qaeda suspects detained in Turkey

"Ten al-Qaeda suspects detained in Turkey

Police have detained 10 people suspected of links to the al-Qaeda terror network and accused of preparing to stage an attack before New Year's Eve, Anatolia news agency said Thursday."

More:Ten al-Qaeda suspects detained in Turkey - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Turkish actress supports protest against hydroelectric plant

"Turkish actress supports protest against hydroelectric plant

A popular actress on Thursday visited residents of the Black Sea district of Cide who have been canvassing in front of an energy company building in Istanbul for more than 20 days to protest the construction of a hydroelectric power plant in their town."

More:Turkish actress supports protest against hydroelectric plant - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Obama 'recess appoints' Ricciardone as envoy to Ankara

"Obama 'recess appoints' Ricciardone as envoy to Ankara

U.S. President Barack Obama late Wednesday bypassed the Senate and installed Frank Ricciardone as the new ambassador to Ankara, using a rarely exercised mechanism called a "recess appointment" to end five months without representation in Turkey."

More:Obama 'recess appoints' Ricciardone as envoy to Ankara - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Turkish Parliament Approves Renewable Energy Law - BusinessWeek

"Turkish Parliament Approves Renewable Energy Law
December 30, 2010, 3:10 AM EST

By Ali Berat Meric

Dec. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Turkey’s parliament approved legislation setting guaranteed prices for energy from renewable resources, deputy parliament speaker Nevzat Pakdil said."

More:Turkish Parliament Approves Renewable Energy Law - BusinessWeek

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Saudi contemporary art in Istanbul

"Saudi contemporary art in Istanbul

By GEOFFREY KING

Published: Dec 29, 2010 19:11 Updated: Dec 29, 2010 23:59

The Edge of Arabia Istanbul: Transition is the latest international exhibition by Saudi Arabian artists. It has been among the contributions to Istanbul’s year as European Capital of Culture 2010. The organizers of Edge of Arabia Istanbulwere perceptive in recognizing that this year, Istanbul has been the right place to be. The Islamic city has a thriving vitality that makes it a real European culture capital and it has been an apt setting for exhibiting the work of Saudi Arabia’s barrier-pushing, individualistic artists."

More:Saudi contemporary art in Istanbul - Arab News

Governor Imposes State of Emergency in Istanbul University - Bianet

"Governor Imposes State of Emergency in Istanbul University

Upon request by local police court grants the Istanbul police a one-year search warrant. The decision authorizes the police search any student at the campus and in its surroundings. Students and academics react against the decision. He is not informed of the decision says rector Prof. Söylet."

More:English :: Governor Imposes State of Emergency in Istanbul University - Bianet

Turkish President Visits Kurds | Europe | English

"Turkish President Visits Kurds

Dorian Jones | Instanbul 29 December 2010

The two-day visit by President Abdullah Gul to the Kurdish city of Diyarbakir appears to have been hastily arranged. It comes as political tensions in the country are rising over an initiative for greater Kurdish rights, launched jointly by the country's main Kurdish party together with a number of NGOs and leading Kurdish figures. "

More:VOA | Turkish President Visits Kurds | Europe | English

Prosecutor to launch investigation into Istanbul police after student beatings

"Prosecutor to launch investigation into Istanbul police after student beatings
A Turkish prosecutor is seeking to launch an investigation into Istanbul and Beyoğlu police chiefs after a 19-year-old student miscarried following a severe beating by law enforcement officers at a protest in early December, daily Radikal reported Wednesday."

More:Prosecutor to launch investigation into Istanbul police after student beatings - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Turkish business board forms councils for expansion

"Turkish business board forms councils for expansion

Turkey’s Foreign Economic Relations Board, or DEİK, is preparing to form new business councils with 13 countries in Africa, South America and Asia, according to an announcement at the board’s general congress held in Istanbul on Tuesday."

More:Turkish business board forms councils for expansion - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Turkcell-reached 2010 33 pct EBITDA margin target | Reuters

"Turkcell-reached 2010 33 pct EBITDA margin target

ANKARA | Wed Dec 29, 2010 3:15am EST

ANKARA Dec 29 (Reuters) - Turkey's leading mobile phone company Turkcell (TCELL.IS) will reach its 2010 EBITDA margin target of 33 percent, its deputy chief executive said, after a another year of tough competition and sweeping regulatory change."

More:Turkcell-reached 2010 33 pct EBITDA margin target | Reuters

Increasing Number of Greeks Flee to Turkey For a Better Life | Europe | English

"Increasing Number of Greeks Flee to Turkey For a Better Life

Dorian Jones | Istanbul 28 December 2010
Turkey's population skews young, with a large, able workforce, Istanbul, 12 June 2010
Photo: VOA - E. Arrott

Development might seem remarkable considering that Greece and Turkey have been rivals and almost on the brink of war at various times"

More:VOA | Increasing Number of Greeks Flee to Turkey For a Better Life | Europe | English

Leading News Resource of Pakistan - Shahbaz appreciates Turkey’s help for flood victims

"Shahbaz appreciates Turkey’s help for flood victims

* Punjab CM says relations between people of Turkey and Pakistan are fragrant with selfless love and brotherhood

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif called on Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Tuesday and discussed matters of mutual interest. Later, members of the Punjab Assembly Mian Mohsin Latif, Khawaja Salman Rafique and Khawaja Ahmed Hassaan along with Ambassador of Pakistan in Turkey Tariq Azizuddin also joined the meeting. "

More:Daily Times - Leading News Resource of Pakistan - Shahbaz appreciates Turkey’s help for flood victims

Turkey revolts, it will produce nuclear fuel

"Turkey revolts, it will produce nuclear fuel

MEHMET ALİ BİRAND

I noticed something very important during Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu’s press conference, in which he did some accounting for 2010. Maybe you already know and you’ll tell me “Well, good morning buddy.” Excuse me but I have just now noticed it and am about to tell those of you who have not noticed it yet."

More:Turkey revolts, it will produce nuclear fuel - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Turkish FM: Nagorno-Karabakh conflict must be resolved to normalize Turkey-Armenia relations | Nagorno-karabakh conflict |

"Turkish FM: Nagorno-Karabakh conflict must be resolved to normalize Turkey-Armenia relations
29.12.2010 10:34

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict must be resolved for the normalization of the Turkey-Armenia relations, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in an interview with TRT."

More:Turkish FM: Nagorno-Karabakh conflict must be resolved to normalize Turkey-Armenia relations | Nagorno-karabakh conflict |

Turkey To Become World's Influential Wise Country In 2011, Turkish FM

"Turkey To Become World's Influential Wise Country In 2011, Turkish FM

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

ANKARA (A.A) - The Turkish foreign minister said on Tuesday that Turkey would become an influential and wise country whose principles, values and suggestions would be seriously taken into account in 2011. "

More:Turkey To Become World's Influential Wise Country In 2011, Turkish FM

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

PressTV - 2 PKK militants killed in clashes in Turkey

"2 PKK militants killed in clashes in Turkey

Two militants of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) have been killed and a third has been injured in violent clashes with Turkish security forces, officials say.

“Two terrorists were captured dead, and one was wounded,” the local sub-governor, Senol Kaya, told the Anatolia news agency on Tuesday.

The clashes began late on Monday when the security forces confronted a group of PKK militants near the town of Dargecit."

More:PressTV - 2 PKK militants killed in clashes in Turkey

Turks protest Ankara gov't outside TA embassy

"Turks protest Ankara gov't outside TA embassy
By JPOST.COM STAFF
12/28/2010 14:44

Employees of Turkish construction company active in Israel will be illegal if their government does not renew trade agreement with J'lem."

More:Turks protest Ankara gov't outside TA embassy

Obama may have to re-nominate his Ankara pick

"Obama may have to re-nominate his Ankara pick

ÜMİT ENGİNSOY
ANKARA- Hürriyet Daily News
The US president may bypass the Senate and unilaterally install Frank Ricciardone as ambassador to Ankara prior to the Senate’s return from recess Jan. 3, because a re-nomination in a newly convened Senate could be too time-consuming, sources say. The US has not had an ambassador in Ankara for the more than five months since previous envoy James Jeffrey left the Turkish capital in July to become US ambassador to Baghdad"

More:Obama may have to re-nominate his Ankara pick - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Turkey's electricity market promising

"Turkey's electricity market promising

Turkey’s fast-growing electricity market is promising for investors as the country readies to privatize production facilities, according to data compiled by Anatolia news agency."

More:Turkey's electricity market promising - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Secrets of Istanbul to be revealed in new documentary

"Secrets of Istanbul to be revealed in new documentary

“Secrets of Istanbul,” a new documentary produced within the scope of the Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture events, offers a selection of legends and interesting stories of this unique city of the world with thousands years of history."

More:Secrets of Istanbul to be revealed in new documentary - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Turkish Bond Yields Extend Record Low on Bank Purchases - Bloomberg

"Turkish Bond Yields Extend Record Low on Bank Purchases
By Selcuk Gokoluk - Dec 28, 2010 2:04 PM GMT+0100

Turkish bond yields extended a record low by declining for a fifth day, the longest streak in six months, due to typical year-end buying by banks.

Yields on two-year benchmark bonds fell 7 basis points to 7.12 percent in Istanbul at 2:42 p.m., after declining to an intra-day low of 7.10 percent, according to RBS Istanbul Benchmark Bond Index."

More:Turkish Bond Yields Extend Record Low on Bank Purchases - Bloomberg

Istanbul to host international gastronomy festival

"Istanbul to host international gastronomy festival
The ninth International Istanbul Gastronomy Festival will take place between Feb. 17 and 20, 2011, in Istanbul’s Beylikdüzü district."

More:Istanbul to host international gastronomy festival - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Turkey's Honorary Consul Positive About Georgia Ties in 2011

"Turkey's Honorary Consul Positive About Georgia Ties in 2011
Atlanta - 12.28.10

Mona Diamond was appointed the Turkish honorary consul general for the state of Georgia in 2005. In the same year, she became the chairman of the American Turkish Friendship Council, a not-for-profit organization for the promotion of close relations between the United States and Turkey."

More:Turkey's Honorary Consul Positive About Georgia Ties in 2011

Turkish government steps up criticism of Southeast autonomy - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

"Turkish government steps up criticism of Southeast autonomy

The political parties Tuesday continued to quarrel over the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party, or BDP’s, demand for democratic autonomy."

More:Turkish government steps up criticism of Southeast autonomy - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Turkey declares 2011 the 'year of northern Cyprus'

"Turkey declares 2011 the 'year of northern Cyprus'

Turkey has declared 2011 the year of northern Cyprus in a move to promote the Turkish part of the divided island in the Eastern Mediterranean as an attractive tourism spot."

More:Turkey declares 2011 the 'year of northern Cyprus' - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Cyprus’ division not to the interest of Cypriots, Stephanou says

"Cyprus’ division not to the interest of Cypriots, Stephanou says

December 28, 2010

The prolongation of the de facto division of Cyprus is in the interest of Turkey and not of the people of Cyprus, Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou said Monday.

Inaugurating an exhibition of the Press and Information Office in Nicosia, on behalf of President of the Republic Demetris Christofias, to mark the end of a series of events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Republic of Cyprus, Stephanou said that the communities comprising the people of Cyprus have survived through tragedies and calamities, but have not reached their goal yet."

More:Financialmirror.com News - Cyprus’ division not to the interest of Cypriots, Stephanou says

Israel's Lieberman tweaks Turkey. Is he flanking Netanyahu? - CSMonitor.com

"Israel's Lieberman tweaks Turkey. Is he flanking Netanyahu?

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman criticized Turkey in an apparent attempt to outflank Prime Minister Netanyahu on the right and pick up support from hardline nationalists disillusioned with the peace process. "

More:Israel's Lieberman tweaks Turkey. Is he flanking Netanyahu? - CSMonitor.com

'Water fairy' returns to Turkish capital after 18-year exile

"'Water fairy' returns to Turkish capital after 18-year exile
An Italian sculpture of a water fairy, once a landmark of Ankara, has found a new home at a modern art museum in the city after spending 18 years abandoned and forgotten in a municipal storage yard."

More:'Water fairy' returns to Turkish capital after 18-year exile - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Monday, December 27, 2010

Landmark Istanbul hotel threatened by stall on restoratioN

"Landmark Istanbul hotel threatened by stall on restoration

VERCİHAN ZİFLİOĞLU
ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News
The Tokatlıyan Pera Hotel, an Istanbul landmark on İstiklal Avenue, is in urgent need of repair but the building’s owners, the Beyoğlu Üç Horan Armenian Church Foundation, have reportedly refused to permit any refurbishment. ‘The Tokatlıyan is the history of Istanbul. Destroying this building means betraying history,’ says an architectural history expert"

mORE:Landmark Istanbul hotel threatened by stall on restoration - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Lack of marathon course scuttles Atatürk race, Turkish military says

"Lack of marathon course scuttles Atatürk race, Turkish military says

No annual run marking the 91st anniversary of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s arrival in Ankara was held this year because the local municipality failed to provide a route for the race, the General Staff said Monday."

More:Lack of marathon course scuttles Atatürk race, Turkish military says - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Turkish singer refuted media reports, she did not condemn Armenians | Armenia News - NEWS.am

"Turkish singer refuted media reports, she did not condemn Armenians

December 27, 2010 | 16:16

Turkish singer Sinem Saniye residing in U.S. refuted information spread by Turkish media outlets according to which she allegedly said her concert during NBA match was canceled due to efforts made by the Armenian Diaspora."

More:Turkish singer refuted media reports, she did not condemn Armenians | Armenia News - NEWS.am

Turkish Stocks Snap Longest Rally in Two Months on China Rates - Bloomberg

"Turkish Stocks Snap Longest Rally in Two Months on China Rates
By Selcuk Gokoluk - Dec 27, 2010 12:25 PM GMT+0100

Turkish stocks dropped, snapping the longest winning streak in more than two months, as China’s interest-rate increase spurred concern policy makers may speed up measures to slow the economy. Bonds and the lira fell. "

More:Turkish Stocks Snap Longest Rally in Two Months on China Rates - Bloomberg

Alevi house of worship attacked in Istanbul

"Alevi house of worship attacked in Istanbul

A group of around 100 people attacked a cemevi, a house of worship for the liberal Alevi sect of Islam, along with some nearby vehicles and houses in the Başakşehir district of Istanbul late Sunday night."

More:Alevi house of worship attacked in Istanbul - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Nestlé takes majority stake in Turkish food firm

"Nestlé takes majority stake in Turkish food firm

Agence France-Presse December 27, 2010 10:08 AM

GENEVA - Swiss food conglomerate Nestlé said Monday it had acquired a majority stake in Turkish confectionery brands Dogan and Balaban Gida as it seeks to expand in the low-income segment of the market."

More:Nestlé takes majority stake in Turkish food firm

Turkish court rejects request in coup trial

"Turkish court rejects request in coup trial
08:35 PM Dec 27, 2010
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - A Turkish court has rejected demands from lawyers that three judges hearing the case against more than 200 current and former military officers accused of plotting to overthrow the government be replaced for alleged bias."

More:TODAYonline | Breaking News | Turkish court rejects request in coup trial

Minimum wage in Turkey is below the poverty line

"Minimum wage in Turkey is below the poverty line

Even when everyone in a family of four earns the minimum wage or less in Turkey, their combined family income remains below the poverty line, according to a recent survey by Sosyal-İş Labor Union, CNN Türk reported on its website Sunday."

More:Minimum wage in Turkey is below the poverty line - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Report: Ship hits rocks off Turkey's Aegean coast - Taiwan News Online

"Report: Ship hits rocks off Turkey's Aegean coast
Associated Press

Turkish media reports say a freighter has hit rocks off the Aegean coast and rough seas are hampering rescue efforts to evacuate the 12 crew members."

More:Report: Ship hits rocks off Turkey's Aegean coast - Taiwan News Online

Turkey to retrofit all it's F-16 with indegenous mission computers

"Subject: Turkey to retrofit all it's F-16 with indegenous mission computers
TAI_New 12/26/2010 9:52:01 AM
After hints that the US can disable Turkish F-16?s by executing hidden segments of software not revealed to Turkish authorities in the critical mission computers of the F-16, the Turkish Air Force has given orders for the removal and replacement of all US made or foreign originated mission computers on it?s F-16 aircraft with the indigenous ASELSAN designed, developed and produced mission computers. It is said that the new mission computers also allow Turkish weapons to be used on the Turkish vipers. "

More:Turkey to retrofit all it's F-16 with indegenous mission computers

Istanbul`s Grand Bazaar turns 550

"Istanbul's Grand Bazaar turns 550
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Istanbul, Dec 27 (IANS) Over 3,000 people gathered Sunday in Istanbul's historic Grand Bazaar to celebrate its 550th anniversary. "

More:Istanbul`s Grand Bazaar turns 550

Visa Free Europe, a Utopia for Turkey?

"Visa Free Europe, a Utopia for Turkey?

Sunday, 26 December 2010

By Lisa Schaefer (JTW)

Journal of Turkish Weekly conducted an exclusive interview with Ceren Mutus, USAK expert on Turkey-EU relations, on visa free travel."

More:[JTW Interview]: Visa Free Europe, a Utopia for Turkey?

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu in Istanbul

"Lady Mary Wortley Montagu in Istanbul
Sunday December 26, 2010

Grandeur: Anachronisms aside, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu was impressed with the beautiful asymmetry of Istanbul when she visited in 1718.

Amazing what one may find at a Dollar Store in the middle of a Floridian wasteland. The other day I was with my son and the rest of my family in a neighborhood Dollar Store to pick him out a couple of items I've already forgotten about, principally because I was slightly stunned, first, to see books sold in the store (an arresting moment in a state with sprawls of real estate where books, like bookstores, are a rarity), and second, to see, alongside the requisite slews of inspirational, diet-ridden and Harlequinic claptrap, an Everyman's Library edition of--no kidding---Mary Wortley Montagu's Letters. I opened the volume at random, and there and then I was transported to Constantinople (present-day Istanbul), three centuries ago, where Lady Montagu happened to be visiting:"

More:Lady Mary Wortley Montagu in Istanbul

Afghanistan's Karzai welcomes Taliban setting up office in Turkey

"Afghanistan's Karzai welcomes Taliban setting up office in Turkey

SEVİL KÜÇÜKKOŞUM
ANKARA - Hürriyet Daily News
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has supported the idea of Turkey becoming a venue for reconciliation talks with the Taliban, which he says could even open a representation office in Turkey. Turkish officials, however, stress that Ankara is focused on the reconciliation talks between Afghan groups and that the opening of such an office has not yet come onto the agenda of talks with the Afghan government"

More:Afghanistan's Karzai welcomes Taliban setting up office in Turkey - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Turkey wants peace with Israel, but insists on apology | Reuters

"Turkey wants peace with Israel, but insists on apology

ANKARA | Sun Dec 26, 2010 2:01pm GMT

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's Foreign Minister has said Turkey wants to repair ties with Israel but insisted the Jewish state must first apologise and offer compensation for its deadly raid on a Gaza-bound ship."

More:Turkey wants peace with Israel, but insists on apology | Reuters

Turkey seeks apology, fresh start with Israel - Yahoo! News

"Turkey seeks apology, fresh start with Israel
AFP

ISTANBUL (AFP) – Turkey wants to turn the page on a year of difficult relations with Israel but the Jewish state must apologise for the deadly assault on a Gaza-bound aid ship, the foreign minister said Saturday."

More:Turkey seeks apology, fresh start with Israel - Yahoo! News

GCC Chief Visits Turkey Next Monday

"GCC Chief Visits Turkey Next Monday Sunday, 26 December 2010 07:54

Ankara - Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Abdurrahman bin Hamad Al-Attiyah will pay an official visit to Turkey next Monday where he will meet with senior Turkish officials to discuss joint cooperation."

More:GCC Chief Visits Turkey Next Monday

Turkey seeks to thaw tensions

"Turkey seeks to thaw tensions
Pro-Kurdish and pro-Islamic students shout slogans against the ban on Islamic-style head scarves and the ban on teaching the Kurdish language at Turkish universities during a protest Saturday in Ankara.

By Selcan Hacaoglu
Sunday, December 26, 2010

ANKARA, TURKEY - Turkey's foreign minister said Saturday that his country wants improved ties with Israel but added that Israel must apologize and offer compensation for its deadly raid on a Gaza Strip-bound aid flotilla."

More:Turkey seeks to thaw tensions

Lobby: ‘Turkey turning into Islamic state’ | Rehmat's World

"Lobby: ‘Turkey turning into Islamic state’
Posted on December 26, 2010

“Those who argue that Turkey will become an Islamic state under the rule of the AKP point to increasing religiosity in Turkey. Religion is on the rise globally and Turkey is not an exception. Studies conducted by prominent scholars suggest that the percentage of Turks who consider themselves “very religious” rose considerably but support for a sharia-based government has declined sharply in the last decade,” says Dr. Gonul Toi, executive director of the Center for Turkish Studies at the Middle East Institute, a Washington DC-based pro-Israel Zionist think tank. "

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Israeli to build housing for Turkey's middle class - Israel Business, Ynetnews

"Israeli to build housing for Turkey's middle class

While Turkey drafts bill that will prevent Israelis from buying land there, mega-developer Yossi Avrahami builds major housing project in Izmir"

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Turkish deputy PM back's Central Bank policy

"Turkish deputy PM back's Central Bank policy

Ali Babacan, Deputy Prime Minister and State Minister responsible for the economy, has come out in support of the Turkish Central Bank’s latest moves to cool the economy, saying the bank was practicing “authentic policies.”"

More:Turkish deputy PM back's Central Bank policy - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Turkey wants peace with Israel: minister - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

"Turkey wants peace with Israel: minister

Turkey says it intends to rebuild its relationship with Israel, which has become severely strained over the past year.

Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu says he wants reconciliation.

He says Turkey has every intention of making peace with Israel.

However, Mr Davutoglu went on to say that Ankara Province still wants an apology and compensation from Israel for the deaths of nine Turks who were killed this year when Israeli commandos stormed an aid ship bound for Gaza. "

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

New record stores in Istanbul keep old music format spinning

"New record stores in Istanbul keep old music format spinning

Far from becoming obsolete in a digital era, as many expected, the record format for music has remained popular enough for brand-new stores to be opened in Istanbul specializing in new and used vinyl."

More:New record stores in Istanbul keep old music format spinning - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

AFP: Turkey seeks apology, fresh start with Israel

"Turkey seeks apology, fresh start with Israel

(AFP) – 1 hour ago

ISTANBUL — Turkey wants to turn the page on a year of difficult relations with Israel but the Jewish state must apologise for the deadly assault on a Gaza-bound aid ship, the foreign minister said Saturday."

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Afghan leader OK with Taliban in Turkey - UPI.com

"Afghan leader OK with Taliban in Turkey
Published: Dec. 25, 2010 at 8:57 AM

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he supports efforts by the militant Muslim Taliban party to open an office in Istanbul."

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Turkish FM: We want to make peace with Israel

"Turkish FM: We want to make peace with Israel
By ASSOCIATED PRESS AND JPOST.COM STAFF
12/25/2010 19:15

Speaking on the eve of the return of the 'Mavi Marmara' to Istanbul, Davutoglu says Ankara intends to reconcile with Israel, but accuses Jerusalem gov't. of not reciprocating Turkish overtures."

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Criminal probe launched into 1963 and 1974 murders - Cyprus Mail

"Criminal probe launched into 1963 and 1974 murders
By Stefanos Evripidou Published on December 25, 2010

POLICE have launched criminal investigations into the murders of Greek and Turkish Cypriots dating from 1963 and 1974, it was reported in Politis yesterday."

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Eastday-Gaza flotilla flagship to return to Istanbul

"Gaza flotilla flagship to return to Istanbul
2010-12-25 10:32

ISTANBUL, Dec. 24 -- The Mavi Marmara, the flagship of the ill-fated Gaza flotilla attacked by Israel this summer, will return to Istanbul on Sunday.

'This ship was a symbol of conscience, now it is a symbol of freedom,' Bulent Yildirim, president of IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation which organized the flotilla, briefed a press conference here on Friday about the ship's arrival. "

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CHP's new female staff target change in the party

"CHP's new female staff target change in the party

GÖKSEL BOZKURT
ANKARA - Hürriyet Daily News
A woman waves the flag of the opposition Republican People's Party, at the congress of the party where 21 women, most new to politics, were elected to top positions. AFP photo

The women members elected to the Republican People's Party, or the CHP, Party Assembly symbolize the change the party is undergoing. Following the recent election, the 80-member assembly now includes a total of 21 females. With only a minority of them coming from existing party ranks, the majority are new party members. They vary from businesswomen to sociologists and the youngest is only 26 years old."

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ECO Summit wraps up in Istanbul

"ECO Summit wraps up in Istanbul
Fri Dec 24, 2010 11:17AM

Boosting intra regional trade and cooperation on energy, transportation and finance among member countries were the key issues discussed at the eleventh Summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization, held in Istanbul.

Turkish President Abdullah Gul said in his opening speech at the summit, that his country is working to achieve regional dialogue and cooperation mechanisms, which are crucial for increasing stability. "

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Turkey plans to increase influence in Southeast Asia

"Turkey plans to increase influence in Southeast Asia
ISTANBUL, Dec 24, 2010 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Turkish foreign minister announced here on Friday that Turkey is ready to make serious efforts to increase its influence in Southeast Asia in the coming years."

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Tanzanian farmers challenged to export products to Turkey

"Tanzanian farmers challenged to export products to Turkey
By Angel Navuri
25th December 2010

There is a ready market for Tanzanian cotton in the country. Mangoes and passion fruits which Tanzania has in plentiful supply also do not grow in Turkey and this provides a unique export opportunity. Turkey also wants to cultivate cotton in Tanzania for export to feed its ever expanding textile industry. "

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‘Classical Ottoman Music and Armenians’ book published in Istanbul - PanARMENIAN.Net

"‘Classical Ottoman Music and Armenians’ book published in Istanbul
December 24, 2010 - 13:48 AMT 09:48 GMT

PanARMENIAN.Net - Titled ‘Classical Ottoman Music and Armenians’, Aram Kerovpyan’s book encourages the youth to learn about the beauty of the past."

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Deal close on Turkish N-plant : Business : DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE (The Daily Yomiuri)

"Deal close on Turkish N-plant

The Yomiuri Shimbun

In a potential come-from-behind victory over South Korean rivals, a Japanese company is virtually certain to be awarded a major contract for a nuclear power plant project in Turkey, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.

In an exclusive interview with the Yomiuri on Thursday, visiting Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz said, 'We are negotiating only with Japan on the project.'"

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Friday, December 24, 2010

Elmira Bayrasli: Turkey's Answer to the Armenian Question

"BIO Become a Fan

Turkey dodged yet another bullet in the U.S. House Representatives yesterday when a resolution 'recognizing' the Armenian 'genocide' failed to reach the floor for a vote. Had Resolution 252 gone before legislators, it, in all likelihood, would have passed. That is exactly what the powerful Armenian-American lobby is determined to make happen. And that is a reality Ankara must either be prepared to accept or prevent by normalizing relations with Armenia."

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Russian high-tech to strengthen the Turkish economy: Voice of Russia

"Russian high-tech to strengthen the Turkish economy
Tags: nuclear plant, Russia, Russian-Turkish relations, Commentary, Sci-Tech, World
Bestuzhev Igor

Dec 24, 2010 12:03 Moscow Time

At present, Russia is exporting not only energy resources to Turkey but also advanced technology and sophisticated equipment, says Russian economist Natalya Ulchenko."

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For Some Iraqi Christians - Shelter in Istanbul - NYTimes.com

"For Some Iraqi Christians – Shelter in Istanbul
By SEBNEM ARSU

ISTANBUL – A small community of Iraqi Christians is spending this Christmas Eve in a small basement chapel at a community center in Istanbul, straining its 150-person capacity.

As many as half the estimated 1 million members of the Baghdad-based Chaldean Assyrian Church, facing threats and discrimination at home, have fled Iraq since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, seeking refuge in neighboring Jordan, Syria, Turkey and beyond. Around 3,000 have settled in Istanbul and its environs."

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Customs clampdown turns Turkish Cypriot shoppers off Greek Cypriot south of divided island | Markets | Market News | Canadian Business Online

"Customs clampdown turns Turkish Cypriot shoppers off Greek Cypriot south of divided island
By Menelaos Hadjicostis

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) - There will be less cheer in some Turkish Cypriot households this holiday season as the grinch appeared in an unlikely guise — toy-snatching customs agents on the ethnically split island enforcing a clampdown on shopping from the Greek Cypriot south."

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Hugo Almeida joins Besiktas from Werder Bremen - USATODAY.com

"Hugo Almeida joins Besiktas from Werder Bremen

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Besiktas has signed Portugual striker Hugo Almeida from Werder Bremen on a three-and-a-half year contract.

In a statement posted on its website Friday, Besiktas said it will pay Werder Bremen a transfer fee of —2 million ($2.6 million). Almeida will earn —1.65 million for this season and —2.5 million for each of the following three seasons."

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Turkish telecoms regulator says overhaul near end | Reuters

"Turkish telecoms regulator says overhaul near end

By Ozge Ozbilgin

ANKARA, Dec 24 (Reuters) - Turkey's telecoms regulator, whose sweeping changes in recent years helped trigger a bitter price war, said its regulatory overhaul was near completion and inspections would dominate in 2011. "

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Alleged drug baron captured in northern Cyprus - Taiwan News Online

"Alleged drug baron captured in northern Cyprus
By SELCAN HACAOGLU
Associated Press

An alleged drug baron went on trial in northern Cyprus, nearly two months after a failed attempt to cross into the Greek Cypriot side, Turkish Cypriot police said Friday.

Hakan Ayik, also wanted in Australia, faces charges of entering a restricted military zone, police spokesman Ahmet Kayiplar said by telephone."

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Japan, Turkey sign memorandum on nuclear cooperation | www.bullfax.com

"Japan, Turkey sign memorandum on nuclear cooperation
Fri, 12/24/2010 - 00:27 EDT story from blade in

Japan and Turkey signed a memorandum on civil nuclear cooperation Friday, a step toward a possible 20-billion-dollar deal for Japanese companies to build a nuclear plant in Turkey, an official said.The non-binding agreement was reached in Tokyo between Japanese Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Akihiro Ohata and Turkey's visiting Energy Minister Taner Yildiz."

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Seven detained in Istanbul police operation

"Seven detained in Istanbul police operation

Seven people alleged to have links to a terror organization were detained following a police operation in Istanbul’s central district of Şişli early Friday, news agencies reported.

Around 04.00 a.m., a police department anti-terror unit raided a flat on Abide-i Hürriyet Avenue with support from a helicopter unit, while a medical team was stationed nearby in case conflict erupted. The detainees were captured in the office of a journal that allegedly maintains links with the illegal Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front, or DHKP-C, Anatolia news agency reported."

More:Seven detained in Istanbul police operation - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Xinhua: Turkey’s new foreign policy vision | Armenia News - NEWS.am

"Xinhua: Turkey’s new foreign policy vision

December 24, 2010 | 04:30

NEWS.am posts the article “Turkey`s new foreign policy vision” by Xinhua news agency.

“West or East, this is a question Turkey is often being asked today."

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Turkey builds on regional ties - latimes.com

"Turkey builds on regional ties
As it takes over leadership of a regional economic bloc, analysts say Ankara's star is shining: balancing warm and commercially beneficial ties with Syria and Iran on one hand while remaining a NATO member and ally of Israel on the other."

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Cappadocia Wines

"Cappadocia Wines

Cappadocia is surreal. It has a landscape that looks as if it were a scene out of a sci-fi movie with Salvador Dali as the art director and Gaudi as the architect. It is hard to believe that this natural wonder has existed for centuries and was all created by natural occurrences of volcanic eruptions, the erosion of the Kizilirmak River and the strong winds that have blown through this Central Anatolian region thousands of years."

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Ottoman Architecture Not Just From Armenians And Greeks, Says Historian

"Ottoman Architecture Not Just From Armenians And Greeks, Says Historian
Friday, 24 December 2010 04:55

Two recent exhibitions on Istanbul's Armenian and Greek architects have caused a debate among experts on Ottoman architecture. While some say there is an attempt to show that Istanbul’s recent architectural heritage belongs to Armenians and Greeks only, others think that such a prejudiced approach goes against academic objectivity"

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Turkey welcomes U.S. stance on Armenian resolution - FOCUS Information Agency

"Turkey welcomes U.S. stance on Armenian resolution
24 December 2010 | 00:00 | FOCUS News Agency
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Istanbul. Turkish President Abdullah Gul on Thursday welcomed the U.S. stance by executives who prevented the resolution on the Armenian allegations regarding the incidents of 1915 from being included in the official daily agenda of the U.S. House of Representatives, Xinhua informed.
Gul said at a press conference in Istanbul, 'the U.S. administration, mainly President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, did their best on the matter. We appreciate them.'"

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Media Union of Turkic-speaking countries to be established | Society |

"Media Union of Turkic-speaking countries to be established
24.12.2010 10:56

Media Union of Turkic-speaking countries to be established

Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 24 / Trend K.Zarbaliyeva /

A media union of Turkic-speaking countries will be created, Azerbaijani Press Council Chairman Aflatun Amashov, who participated in the media forum of Turkic-speaking countries held in Ankara on Dec.21-22, said. "

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Our View: Turkey scores big off of Greek Cypriot hooliganism - Cyprus Mail

"Our View: Turkey scores big off of Greek Cypriot hooliganism
Published on December 24, 2010

TUESDAY night’s incident at a Nicosia stadium where APOEL hooligans attacked Turkish team Pinar Karasiyaka during a FIBA Eurochallenge basketball game could not have come at a worse time, or become so blown out of proportion politically."

More:Our View: Turkey scores big off of Greek Cypriot hooliganism - Cyprus Mail

Scramble to limit political damage

"Scramble to limit political damage
By George Psyllides Published on December 24, 2010

THE government yesterday scrambled to launch a damage limitation exercise following the violence against a Turkish basketball team by a faction of APOEL hooligans, which has handed Turkey the PR coup of the year."

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Istanbul City Hall Restores Famous Bulgarian Iron Church: Istanbul City Hall Restores Famous Bulgarian Iron Church

"Istanbul City Hall Restores Famous Bulgarian Iron Church
Culture | December 24, 2010, Friday

The Istanbul City Hall is to restore the Bulgarian 'St. Stefan' church, the Bulgarian news agency BTA reports Friday, citing Turkish media.

The works are to being as soon as possible while 60% of the funds will come from Turkey's Regions Directorate and the rest will be financed by the City Hall."

More:Istanbul City Hall Restores Famous Bulgarian Iron Church: Istanbul City Hall Restores Famous Bulgarian Iron Church - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

A new tango is starting in Turkey-US relations

"A new tango is starting in Turkey-US relations

MEHMET ALİ BİRAND

Relations between Turkey and the United States are currently being fine-tuned. The dangerous course has been replaced with a calmer process, a mutually new attempt and opportunity to put relations back on track."

More:A new tango is starting in Turkey-US relations - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Mass Arrests in Turkey’s Ergenekon Case | Socionomics Institute

"Mass Arrests in Turkey’s Ergenekon Case

Originally published in the Sept. 2010 Socionomist
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[Ed.: This month’s From the Field submission is a letter from subscriber Cenk Sener of Turkey. In 2001, reports say, evidence emerged of an upcoming Turkish coup d'état attempt. The newly elected government took little action regarding the plot for over half a decade. Then in 2007 it suddenly launched a massive investigation and began making arrests. Many in Turkey and elsewhere believe the plot to be an invention or an exaggeration by the Turkish government and an excuse to jail dissidents.]

To The Editor,

I’m Cenk Sener, a Turkish expat living in Ukraine, a devoted Elliottician and a subscriber to The Socionomist for some time. First, I want to state that I enjoyed Alan Hall’s recent article about authoritarianism in the April and May issues. It sparked an idea that I want to share with you."

More:Mass Arrests in Turkey’s Ergenekon Case | Socionomics Institute

Turkey tapped to lead trade organization - Sacramento Living - Sacramento Food and Wine, Home, Health | Sacramento Bee

"Turkey tapped to lead trade organization
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By BORZOU DARAGAHI
Los Angeles Times
Published: Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010 - 12:00 am
Last Modified: Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010 - 2:52 pm

BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Turkey

BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Turkey took over the rotating leadership of a trade organization that includes Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Central Asian states on Thursday in a post that highlights the country's increasing economic and political clout."

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The same film, over and over again

"The same film, over and over again

SEMİH İDİZ

The Armenian community of North America is disappointed again. This time the object of its ire is outgoing U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Armenian-Americans clearly feel a “golden opportunity” was allowed to slip by, thus preventing them once more from “catching Turkey.”"

More:The same film, over and over again - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

AFP: Greek Cypriot basketball fans attack Turkish side

"Greek Cypriot basketball fans attack Turkish side

By Charlie Charalambous (AFP) – 1 day ago

NICOSIA — Cyprus police said Wednesday their timely intervention prevented Greek Cypriot fans from harming players from a Turkish basketball team after a Eurochallenge cup game in the capital turned ugly."

More:AFP: Greek Cypriot basketball fans attack Turkish side

Istanbul's Historical Peninsula to be closed to traffic

"Istanbul's Historical Peninsula to be closed to traffic

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality’s transportation unit will close 90 streets on the city’s historical peninsula to traffic beginning Jan. 1, 2011."

More:Istanbul's Historical Peninsula to be closed to traffic - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

WikiLeaks: US encouraged pope to open up towards Islam and Turkey - Monsters and Critics

"WikiLeaks: US encouraged pope to open up towards Islam and Turkey

Dec 23, 2010, 11:48 GMT

Madrid - The United States initially saw Pope Benedict XVI as a 'eurocentric' pontiff who was 'unlikely to cut a prominent figure on the world stage,' according to WikiLeaks documents published Thursday. "

;moreWikiLeaks: US encouraged pope to open up towards Islam and Turkey - Monsters and Critics

‘Towards an Israeli-Turkish War’

"‘Towards an Israeli-Turkish War’

Thursday, 23 December 2010

By Gizem YELDAN (JTW)

ANKARA - Greek Cypriot Government and Israel signed an agreement aiming at facilitating the search for mineral deposits in the east Mediterranean, where huge natural gas reserves have been discovered by a US firm last week. However, the agreement disregards the rights and jurisdiction of Turkish Cypriot State (TRNC)."

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Turkey seeks response to Greek Cyprus hooliganism

"Turkey seeks response to Greek Cyprus hooliganism

FULYA ÖZERKAN
ANKARA - Hürriyet Daily News
Turkey is readying to use legal and political channels to respond to attacks against Turkish basketball players during a match in Greek Cyprus. 'Our first priority was to ensure the players' safe return after the attack. That was done and the next step will be to bring the issue onto the international agenda,' a diplomatic source says"

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Trials merged in alleged Turkish coup plot Ergenekon

"Trials merged in alleged Turkish coup plot Ergenekon

One of the separate cases in the overall Ergenekon investigation has been merged with the main trial while the main investigating prosecutor into the “Balyoz” (Sledgehammer) trial has become that case’s courtroom prosecutor."

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Iraqi president meets with Turkey's Kurdish leaders on Kurdish issue - People's Daily Online

"Iraqi president meets with Turkey's Kurdish leaders on Kurdish issue
21:31, December 23, 2010

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani Thursday met here with Turkey's prominent Kurdish figures on the sidelines of the 11th summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), in a bid to find a peaceful solution to the Kurdish problem."

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Turkish government convenes terror summit in Ankara

"Turkish government convenes terror summit in Ankara

The Turkish government convened a high-level terror summit Thursday in the wake of continued debate over pro-Kurdish groups’ proposal of “democratic autonomy” and campaign to promote the use of Kurdish language in every facet of life."

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New book commemorates Armenian composers of Turkish classical music

"New book commemorates Armenian composers of Turkish classical music

A comprehensive book portraying the history of Turkish Classical Music has been released in collaboration with the Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Agency and Istanbul Armenians. Titled ‘Classical Ottoman Music and Armenians,’ the book’s Istanbul-born writer, Aram Kerovpyan, encourages today’s youth to learn about the beauty of the past"

More:New book commemorates Armenian composers of Turkish classical music - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Turkish court releases man on trial for plotting murders (SETimes.com)

"Turkish court releases man on trial for plotting murders

23/12/2010

ANKARA, Turkey -- A court has released a man accused of planning to kill Jewish rabbis and Patriarch Bartholomew, the leader of the world's Orthodox leaders, local media reported on Wednesday (December 22nd). After the first hearing Wednesday, Ismet Recber was released pending the outcome of the trial. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison. He denies all charges."

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Istanbul’s powder keg

"Istanbul’s powder keg

Money is rapidly transforming this megalopolis, but change is creating dangerous tensions between the old and the new, and bringing radicals out onto the streets"

More:Istanbul’s powder keg - World - Macleans.ca

Defendent injured in Turkish courtroom shooting

"Defendent injured in Turkish courtroom shooting

A murder suspect was shot Thursday during his trial at a courtroom in the Anatolian Istanbul district of Kadıköy.

Mehmet Emin Soylu, who was being tried under arrest for murder, reportedly lost an eye due to shooting. Hasan Gököz, who allegedly fired the shots at Soylu, was detained by police in the courthouse."

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The souring of Turkey's European dream | Orhan Pamuk | Comment is free | The Guardian

"The souring of Turkey's European dream

In the first of My Europe, a series in which writers look beyond the financial crisis, Orhan Pamuk laments a growing callousness to migrants and minorities"

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WikiLeaks Source Turkish Ambassador in Ashgabat Recalled to Ankara | EurasiaNet.org

"WikiLeaks Source Turkish Ambassador in Ashgabat Recalled to Ankara
December 23, 2010 - 3:35am, by Catherine A. Fitzpatrick

Ambassador Huseyin Bichakli (Hüseyin Avni Bıçaklı), the Turkish envoy to Ashgabat, who was revealed by WikiLeaks to have reportedly served as a source to the U.S. Embassy about concerns of uranium transfer to Iran, appears to have been recalled to Ankara. Ambassador Sevki Mutevellioglu has been appointed as the new Turkish ambassador to Turkmenistan."

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The Future is Being Written Right Now - by Daniel Taylor

The world, it seams, is reaching a critical juncture in history. Current trends are pointing towards dramatic changes in government and society. Long standing institutions are scrambling to stay afloat as new rivals challenge old ideas. Meanwhile, the global elite, foreseeing these changes, is fighting to retain control over a global system that is being torn apart by economic meltdown and a global political awakening. As top global strategists like Zbigniew Brzezinski have admitted, cracks are forming in the many bases of establishment control. "Today, it is infinitely easier to kill a million people than to control a million people. It is easier to kill than to control."

Looking at Europe where the EU, an admitted brainchild of the Bilderberg Group, is a globalist pet project that was to be a model for global governance. Today however, the EU is suffering an economic meltdown and discord that is bringing a backlash against the collectivist ideology behind the union. Global and regional governance faces an additional problem, specifically the fact that without the perception of an outside threat the coherence of the system falls apart. Pascal Lamy, Director General of the World Trade Organization and frequent attendee of Bilderberg meetings, stated in a November 2009 speech that, “The anthropological dimension of supranationality has probably been underestimated. Once the imminence of the menace of a new war has disappeared from our horizon, it is as if the glue that holds Europe together as a community will also disappear. As if there were no common myths, dreams and aspirations.” Lamay further stated that “…We are witnessing a growing distance between European public opinions and the European project.”

The Internet: Blogger Andrew Steele writes, concerning a recent incident involving Congressman Bob Etheridge of North Carolina, “Because cameras are more widely available to the average consumer and because of the popularity of user fed sites like YouTube, citizen journalists have become abundant in America over the past decade.” Steele continues, “This phenomenon has weakened the controlled media’s power to influence and shape reality, as well as the power of politicians to control their exposure through that media.”

The current consensus among the intelligentsia in government – Obama regulatory Czar Cass Sunstein for example – is that information must be filtered in the new media age. “Conspiracy theories” are becoming too prolific, and an intellectual elite must guide society toward “right ways” of thinking. This type of social engineering is the driving philosophy behind many of the current initiatives coming from the Obama White House.

While the mainstream media will attempt to hold its position and stifle the growing juggernaut of alternative media, its growth has proven too explosive to be contained. Bloggers and alternative news websites continue to break stories of significance across all spectrums of society. An example; BP’s recent attempt to use photoshopped images to give an exaggerated impression of its oil cleanup efforts was exposed by a blogger. Note EU-Digest: more recently the Wikileaks and the Julian Assange arrest are another proof of this clamp down on the freedom of expression.

For more: The Future is Being Written Right Now | Old-Thinker News

Electricity supplies cut to top Turkish hotel - Yahoo! News

"Electricity supplies cut to top Turkish hotel

– Wed Dec 22, 12:52 pm ET

ANKARA, Turkey – A Turkish regional electricity company has cut supplies to one of the world's top luxury hotels over unpaid bills, say local media.

The Mardan Palace, owned by a Russian businessman and voted the leading luxury hotel by the World Travel Awards in 2010, has three weeks to pay off nearly 4 million Turkish Lira (US $2.6 million) in debts or face being referred to a bailiff court, Aksam newspaper reported Wednesday."

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Turkey’s plans - Arab News

"Turkey’s plans

If Ankara genuinely wants to produce a fighter aircraft, it needs to think hard about collaborating with other countries.

Turkey has the ninth largest standing army in the word and, within NATO, an air force third only to that of the US and the UK. Keeping that air force up to date is of major importance to any government in Ankara. Thirteen years ago, a $45-billion plan was launched to modernize it. The program includes more F16s, which Turkey builds itself, as well as 100 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters. Like Saudi Arabia, Turkey also looked at acquiring Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft. But now Turkish Defense Minister Vecdi Gönül says that a Eurofighter purchase is “off the agenda”."

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Aegeans' pain remembered in new Istanbul museum

"Aegeans' pain remembered in new Istanbul museum

A visitor looks at pictures of people who were forced to leave their homes as a result of the compulsory exchange of populations nearly a century ago. DAILY NEWS photo, Hasan ALTINIŞIK

Kitchen utensils, photographs and pieces of lacework are among the everyday items displayed in a new museum to tell the story of how thousands of ordinary lives were turned upside down in 1923."

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Istanbul’s cultural heritage goes online

"Istanbul’s cultural heritage goes online

The cultural valuables of Istanbul are now accessible thanks to a website project. The first of its type in Turkey, the website presents 200 years of history. 'From now on, everyone will be able to reach all kinds of information about Istanbul in a virtual environment. They can develop projects on Istanbul and reveal the city’s culture, cultural industry and tourism policies,' said Istanbul Culture and Tourism Director Ahmet Emre Bilgili"

More:Istanbul’s cultural heritage goes online - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

World travel from the comfort of Historic Downtown

"World travel from the comfort of Historic Downtown
By Andrew Snyder, asnyder@acnpapers.com
Published: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 5:17 PM CST
Mehmet Celik traveled a long way to get to North Texas.

Born in Turkey, he got his start by opening one of the first Internet cafes in the country's largest city, Istanbul. Tourists staying at local hotels would come to check their email and buy a souvenir from the gift shop, and it was a profitable business. When Celik sold it and moved to the United States, the money earned helped him open Another Time and Place in Dallas."

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Armenian genocide resolution dies in US House - Monsters and Critics

"Armenian genocide resolution dies in US House

Dec 22, 2010, 22:49 GMT

Washington - A US House of Representatives resolution declaring that the World War I-era slayings of more than 1 million Armenians by the Ottomans was genocide appears to have died after it failed to reach a vote on Thursday. "

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Iran’s New Foreign Minister Appears in Istanbul - NYTimes.com

"Iran’s New Foreign Minister Appears in Istanbul
By SEBNEM ARSU
Published: December 23, 2010

Ali Akbar Salehi made his first international appearance as Iran’s foreign minister on Wednesday at an economic summit meeting in Istanbul. Mr. Salehi, a former head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Council, was named to replace Manouchehr Mottaki last week in a surprise move by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, who also attended the Istanbul meeting. Mr. Salehi reiterated his trust in Turkey’s diplomatic efforts to help find a resolution in coming talks over Iran’s nuclear program between Iranian officials and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council — the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China, as well as Germany. Turkey is hosting the meeting. When Mr. Salehi was named to the new post, some Iran observers speculated that Mr. Ahmadinejad might try to replace him with a permanent candidate from his inner circle. "

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BBC HD announces new distribution deals in Turkey | Media News International

"BBC HD announces new distribution deals in Turkey

BBC HD became part of the offering for Turkey's first IPTV platform TTNET's IPtivibu on 14 October 2010 and has just launched as part of the Family package on DTH operator D-Smart, the largest digital platform for HD content in Turkey.

Ian McDonough, SVP and General Manager EMEA, BBC Worldwide Channels, said: 'I am delighted that BBC HD is now available to a wider Turkish audience through these new agreements with TTNET and D Smart. This is a fantastic achievement for our young business here, with the channel making its Turkish debut just six months ago and is now available through three major operators. BBC HD offers viewers unbeatable picture and sound quality, giving a true home-cinema experience.'"

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Istanbul to host Turkmen-Turkish talks on economic cooperation | Economy & Business news |

"Istanbul to host Turkmen-Turkish talks on economic cooperation
23.12.2010 10:38

Istanbul to host Turkmen-Turkish talks on economic cooperation

Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Dec.23 / Trend H. Hasanov /

The bilateral Turkmen-Turkish talks on economic cooperation will be held within the same dates fixed for the summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) in Istanbul (Turkey), an official Turkmen source said. "

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Israeli lobby winks at Ankara

"Israeli lobby winks at Ankara

Ankara has been very anxious since the beginning of the week. The Israeli lobby is acting to score a last-minute goal inside Turkey’s goalpost. Without waiting for its traditional burst in April, it has tried to convince its supporters to pass the “genocide bill” during the change of duty in the U.S. Congress. The situation was unclear while I was writing this column."

More:Israeli lobby winks at Ankara - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Turkey's Datça cemetery 'proof of tolerance'

"Turkey's Datça cemetery 'proof of tolerance'

A multi-confessional cemetery in Datça provides evidence that people of different religions can live and be buried together, a prominent resident of the southern town has said in response to a controversy over graves in nearby Bodrum."

More:Turkey's Datça cemetery 'proof of tolerance' - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Dr. Oz devises 11-week weight-loss challenge

"Dr. Oz devises 11-week weight-loss challenge

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- Weight gain tends to happen to Americans over the holidays, Dr. Mehmet Oz said Monday, two weeks before launching the "11 Weeks to Move It and Lose It" fitness campaign connected to his health information-based TV program.

Oz -- the Emmy Award-winning host of "The Dr. Oz Show" (airing at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. on KTVK, Channel 3 ) -- announced what he called a "revolutionary" approach that will include a team of 11 experts to help participants reach their weight-loss goal, all via his website, doctoroz.com."

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'EU should value Turkey's strategic role'

"'EU should value Turkey's strategic role'

Wed 22 December 2010 13:05 GMT | 14:5 Local Time
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Herman Van Rompuy
European Council President Herman Van Rompuy says EU should value Turkey's strategic role."

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Mevlana's Masnavi Translated Into Dutch

"Mevlana's Masnavi Translated Into Dutch

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

KONYA (A.A) - Masnavi, written by 13th century philosopher and mystic of Islam Mevlana Jalal-ad-din Rumi, has been translated into Dutch."

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Turkish man goes on trial for plot to kill rabbis

"Turkish man goes on trial for plot to kill rabbis

The Associated Press
Wednesday, December 22, 2010; 9:51 AM

ANKARA, Turkey -- A Turkish news agency says a court has released a man whom prosecutors accuse of plotting to murder Jewish rabbis and the Istanbul-based leader of the world's Orthodox Christians. "

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Turkish banks say policy moves hurt profitability | Reuters

"Turkish banks say policy moves hurt profitability

ISTANBUL, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Turkey's banks, whose margins are under pressure, warned higher reserve ratios and new mortgage rules would hurt their profits, and could even deter crucial foreign investors."

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Metro on Istanbul's Anatolian side to have cars 'without conductors'

"Metro on Istanbul's Anatolian side to have cars 'without conductors'

Istanbul will receive its first fully computerized metro trains in 2011, according to Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbaş"

More:Metro on Istanbul's Anatolian side to have cars 'without conductors' - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Cyprus president comdemns attack on Turkish team - USATODAY.com

"Cyprus president comdemns attack on Turkish team

By Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press
NICOSIA, Cyprus — Cyprus' president on Wednesday denounced fans of Greek Cypriot team APOEL who attacked Turkish team Pinar Karsiyaka after a professional men's basketball match, nearly provoking a diplomatic incident between the rival neighbors."

More:Cyprus president comdemns attack on Turkish team - USATODAY.com

Austrian energy group OMV seals takeover of Turkish Petrol Ofisi - Monsters and Critics

"Austrian energy group OMV seals takeover of Turkish Petrol Ofisi

Dec 22, 2010, 16:35 GMT

Vienna - The Austrian oil and gas firm OMV closed a deal Wednesday to take over the Turkish petrol seller Petrol Ofisi for 1.39 billion dollars, the Vienna-based company said. "

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A traveler for modern times: Wilco Van Herpen

"A traveler for modern times: Wilco Van Herpen
22 December 2010, Wednesday / HEMRA KÖSE , İSTANBUL

Even though there are almost no Turkish cities which Wilco Wilco Van Herpen hasn’t been to, he says that he really hasn’t seen the country.
A Dutch journalist and chef, Wilco Van Herpen is traveling from one end of Anatolia to another in his camper. You might look one moment and see he's in Cappadocia, and then again, he's suddenly in Alaçatı, calling out to his viewers. This wild man, with his sweet Turkish, his specially cooked foods and his jokes keep people tuned to his shows."

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Leftist 'moral police' busted by actual cops in Istanbul

"Leftist 'moral police' busted by actual cops in Istanbul

Thirteen people have been detained in Istanbul on accusations of membership in an illegal leftist organization and acting as “moral police” by attacking prostitutes, drug dealers and Internet cafe owners who allow access to porn sites."

More:Leftist 'moral police' busted by actual cops in Istanbul - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

'Begin dialogue over Kurdish issue,' Irish politician urges Turkey

"'Begin dialogue over Kurdish issue,' Irish politician urges Turkey

A conflict can only end with victory for one side or dialogue between the two, a process Turkey should begin with its Kurdish population, according to an Irish politician who participated in that country’s peace talks."

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Istanbul's Grand Bazaar to celebrate its 550th anniversary

"Istanbul's Grand Bazaar to celebrate its 550th anniversary

The 550th birthday of the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul’s historical trade district Fatih will be celebrated with a ceremony on Sunday during which the pianist Tuluyhan Uğurlu will give a concert featuring music from his album “Forever Istanbul.”"

More:Istanbul's Grand Bazaar to celebrate its 550th anniversary - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Tango passion a la Turca

"Tango passion a la Turca

For many people tango and Istanbul might not be an unlikely combination. But in truth tango has a long tradition here. As a musical style, it has been a well-known phenomenon in the city since the foundation of the Turkish Republic. Tango has long been a big hit in dancehalls and nightclubs where people could dance the night away. Today, every night hundreds of dancers put on their tango shoes and pay a visit to one of the many milongas around the city"

More:Tango passion a la Turca - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

‘Breakdancing’ breaking onto Istanbul's cultural scene

"‘Breakdancing’ breaking onto Istanbul's cultural scene

Istanbul's historical Sirkeci Train Station hosts the city's first-ever Red Bull Breakings event over the weekend, welcoming dancing crews from all over Turkey. One of the pioneers of the country’s ‘breakdancing’ scene, b-boy Murat Joker, says hip-hop-related culture in Turkey has made huge advances since emerging in the early 1990s"

More:‘Breakdancing’ breaking onto Istanbul's cultural scene - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Semih Erden's guide to Boston

"Semih Erden's guide to Boston

December 20, 2010, 11:52 pm

By Jessica Camerato
CSNNE.com

The past few months have been a series of transitions in Semih Erden’s basketball career.

First there was the transition to the NBA, as Erden left the Turkish game to play American ball.

There was the transition to the Celtics, where Erden worked to learn their defensive-minded, team-first system."

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Istanbul, a world city with a ‘junk’ rating

"Istanbul, a world city with a ‘junk’ rating

Several European cities including Istanbul are facing funding shortfalls and credit downgrades from an internationally recognized credit rating agency, the United Kingdom’s Guardian newspaper reported on its web site."

More:Istanbul, a world city with a ‘junk’ rating - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Former European champion Samil Sam in critical condition - Monsters and Critics

"Former European champion Samil Sam in critical condition

Dec 21, 2010, 9:58 GMT

Hamburg - Former two-time European heavyweight champion Sinan Samil Sam is in intensive care in a hospital in Istanbul after suffering liver failure, his Hamburg-based promoters said Tuesday. "

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Cirque du Soleil coming to dazzle Istanbul

"Cirque du Soleil coming to dazzle Istanbul

World-famous Canadian circus company Cirque du Soleil will come to Istanbul for 10 shows in February to perform 'Saltimbanco, one of the company’s most famous and longest running productions. With a cast of 50 high-caliber artists hailing from 20 different countries, the show features breathtaking acrobatics and unbelievable athleticism"

More:Cirque du Soleil coming to dazzle Istanbul - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

In secular Turkey, revival of ‘radicals’

"In secular Turkey, revival of ‘radicals’
SUJAN DUTTA

Bazargan (Iran) to Diyarbakir (Turkey), Dec. 20: “I love al Qaida. I love Taliban.”

The words ring out of a Kurdish school student from a Diyarbakir suburb. Inside the bus that he has just boarded there is a stunned silence. But his unsolicited proclamation echoes as if it is bouncing off the snow-covered mountains of Chandir Dagi through which we are driving."

More:The Telegraph - Calcutta (Kolkata) | Nation | In secular Turkey, revival of ‘radicals’

Tough year ahead for Turkish foreign policy

"Tough year ahead for Turkish foreign policy

SEMİH İDİZ

All indications suggest that 2011 will be a year in which Turkish foreign policy will face serious challenges.

Gone are the heady days when the Justice and Development Party, or AKP, administration was said to be forging ahead with proactive steps designed not just to bring peace and stability to the region but also to place Turkey on the map as an influential player that can arbitrate serious international disputes."

More:Tough year ahead for Turkish foreign policy - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Prostitution ring 'used yacht owned by founder of Turkey' - Scotsman.com News

"Prostitution ring 'used yacht owned by founder of Turkey'
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Published Date: 21 December 2010
By SELCAN HACAOGLU
in ANKARA
The late founder of modern Turkey met Cabinet ministers and hosted foreign envoys aboard the MV Savarona, one of the world's largest yachts, shortly before his death in 1938."

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Links between murders in Turkey and ‘masterminds’ expected

"Links between murders in Turkey and ‘masterminds’ expected
Witnesses previously barred will be allowed to testify
By: Will Morris
Compass Direct News
Tuesday, 21 December 2010, 9:55 (EST)

ISTANBUL – Attorneys prosecuting the murder of three Christians in southeastern Turkey are making progress linking the knifemen who slayed them to the masterminds who put them up to it, an attorney representing the family of one of the victims said Friday (Dec.17)."

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I'm a Turk's secret girlfriend

"I'm a Turk's secret girlfriend
He promised I'd meet his family, but it never happened
By Cary Tennis

Dear Cary,

I'm a 26-year-old American woman living in France. I've been in love with a 'perfect on paper' Turkish man (who's 31) for three years. We met in the U.S. shortly before I graduated from college, while he was working abroad. We stayed together somewhat happily through moving to different cities five times, several changes in jobs and varying distances. We've been living in the same city for a year."

More:I'm a Turk's secret girlfriend - Family - Salon.com

Turkey’s Role and Priorities in Enhancement of Security of Oil and Gas Supplies « RFF Library Blog

"Turkey’s Role and Priorities in Enhancement of Security of Oil and Gas Supplies
Posted on December 20, 2010 by clotworthy

[Website] Geographically located in close proximity to hydrocarbon-rich regions, Turkey forms a natural energy corridor between important source countries and big consumer markets, and stands as a key country in ensuring global energy security through diversification of supply sources and routes."

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Political Heavyweights Linked with Gulen Movement

"Political Heavyweights Linked with Gulen Movement

AMSTERDAM, 21/12/10 - Alexander Rinnooy Kan and Agnes Jongerius have resigned from an advisory council of a Turkish organisation following media reports showing that it has links with the controversial Fethullah Gulen movement."

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Caroline Wozniacki named face of Turkish Airlines' Business Class

"Caroline Wozniacki named face of Turkish Airlines' Business Class

Women’s tennis’ top-ranked player, Caroline Wozniacki, has been named the latest high-profile sponsorship signing for Turkish Airlines."

More:Caroline Wozniacki named face of Turkish Airlines' Business Class - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Understanding Power and the Judges

"Understanding Power and the Judges

BBC World Service producer Lucy Bailey describes her eventful trip to Turkey to make the second part of a series examining the role of judges across the world.

In Turkey, judges and the judicial system have been a hot topic for some time, as the government pushes through its reforms to modernise and democratise to make Turkey more attractive to the EU. Opponents say the plan is an attack on the independence of Turkey's judges."

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Turkey to design, produce its own fighter jet - Arab News

"Turkey to design, produce its own fighter jet

By ARIEH O’SULLIVAN | THE MEDIA LINE

Published: Dec 20, 2010 21:35 Updated: Dec 20, 2010 21:35

ANKARA: Turkey has tossed aside plans to purchase the Eurofighter Typhoon and is pursuing an ambitious endeavor to design and produce its own fighter jet instead. The decision, announced by Turkish Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul, is seen as not only an industrial move, but one aimed at boosting national pride with its “Made in Turkey” fighter."

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10 on trial over yacht sex scandal

"10 on trial over yacht sex scandal

A Kazakh businessman has denied charges that he financed a sex party on one of the world's largest yachts, which was once used by Turkey's founder, according to news reports."

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Olive Oil Campaigns in India | Olive Oil Times

"Olive Oil Campaigns in India

Posted on December 20 2010 | Categorized in: Asia
Olive Oil Campaigns in India

By Gita Narrayani

Turkey: Turkish producers wish to market their olive oil under their own labels, since Anatolia in central Turkey is considered to be the ancient homeland of the olive tree. Looking at India as a market with potential, the Turkish Olive and Olive Oil Promotion Group with 450 members has initiated a marketing project for Turkish olive oil in 2007."

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Turkey : clashes between pro-Kurdish protesters and police | euronews, no comment

"Turkey : clashes between pro-Kurdish protesters and police

Riot police has used tear gas and water cannon to disperse pro-Kurdish protesters in in the Turkish south-eastern province of Diyarbakir. Protesters clashed with police during two separate demonstrations organized by the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP)."

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President to lead Pakistan delegation to 11th ECO Summit in Istanbul

"President to lead Pakistan delegation to 11th ECO Summit in Istanbul
ISLAMABAD, Dec 20 (APP): The 11th Heads of State and Government Summit of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) is being held in Istanbul on December 22 and 23. President Asif Ali Zardari will lead the Pakistan delegation to the summit. Prior to the Summit, the senior officials meeting will be held on December 20 and 21 while 19th Council of Ministers Meeting will be held on December 22. Along with the Heads of State and Government of member states, representatives from ECO Secretariat, ECO subsidiary organs and a number of international organizations are expected to attend the meetings."

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Istanbul Stock Exchange launches new markets, arrangements in bonds, bills market - Banking Business Review

"Istanbul Stock Exchange launches new markets, arrangements in bonds, bills market
BBR Staff Writer Published 20 December 2010

Istanbul Stock Exchange (ISE) has launched new sub-markets and a series of new arrangements for the ISE Bonds and Bills Market and the ISE Foreign Securities Market."

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