Friday, August 31, 2007
Along with Gokhan Irmak, Irmak established the "Orhan Irmak Design". In the packaging design category, he says, Turkey is so new; this has both advantages and disadvantages."
More:Turkish designer wins prestigious award
More:Islam's history is not all blood-soaked - Telegraph
The election of Abdullah Gul, an observant Muslim, to the Turkish presidency is a victory for democracy. The military, which has a habit of defending Turkish secularism at the expense of Turkish democracy, tried to block his candidacy last spring. Rather than bow to the generals, the government took the issue to the people, who delivered Gul's party a mandate in July's parliamentary elections, smoothing the way for lawmakers to overwhelmingly approve Gul for the presidency."
More:Turkey's democratic choice - International Herald Tribune
Five Turkish citizens who work for Turkish construction firm ZDM in Afghanistan were taken hostage yesterday. The Turkish firm reportedly had a dispute with a firm owned by Afghan businessman Abdulfettah Zengerzade. Machine engineer Ercan Ketene was among those first taken hostage, but was released and taken to the hospital when a blow to his head resulted in injury. The identities of the other hostages are not yet known. The Turkish Foreign Ministry is working to resolve the dispute and get the hostages freed."
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Uzbekistan wants to be friends with Turkey again and counts on its support - Ferghana.Ru Information agency, Moscow
Uzbek Ambassador to Ankara Ulfat Kadyrov and Commercial Attache Nadyr Khashimov participated in Abroad, program of privately owned Channel-A of the Turkish television on August 30."
More:Uzbekistan wants to be friends with Turkey again and counts on its support - Ferghana.Ru Information agency, Moscow
Real life imitates Gothic, continued: read this gorgeous post about eerie spaces from Bldgblog. It focuses on the recent discovery of Derinkuyu, an entirely underground city found in Turkey through this surreal, Gothic fashion, by:
a man who simply "broke through a wall and discovered behind it a room that he'd never seen, which led to still another, and another...""
More:Infocult: Information, Culture, Policy, Education: Gothic surprise in Turkey
By Humeyra Pamuk ISTANBUL, Aug 31 (Reuters) - Turkish jewellers are diversifying their businesses and investing more in areas such as energy and real estate as sky-rocketing raw material prices and fierce competition put an end to easy profits."
More:ANALYSIS-Low profits force Turkish jewellers to diversify | Reuters
Seven cities in Turkey -- İstanbul, Ankara, İzmir, Bursa, Kocaeli, Sakarya and Gaziantep -- were responsible for imports and exports of over $1 billion in the first half of 2007, according to data from the Undersecretariat for Foreign Trade."
More:FT.com / In depth - The mosque of integration
Özlem Şimşekoğlua and Timo Lajunen
Despite the effectiveness of seat belt use and legislation, seat belt use rate is low in Turkey. The aim of this study was to investigate the motives to use and not to use a seat belt in different traveling conditions in a sample of car drivers and passengers. Interviews were made face to face with 221 interviewees from different age and occupation groups. Frequently reported reasons for using a seat belt were traveling conditions, safety, situational conditions, habit of using a seat belt, and avoiding punishment. Frequently reported reasons for not using a seat belt were situational conditions, not believing in the effectiveness, discomfort and having no habit. Safety was the strongest predictor of reported seat belt use in both low and high risk traveling conditions. Findings suggest that seat belt campaigns should mainly emphasize seat belt's safety impact and aim at habit formation. "
More:ScienceDirect - Accident Analysis & Prevention : Why Turks do not use seat belts? An interview study
Turkish business circles gave their full support to the appointments. They also welcomed the election of Abdullah Gül as the president. Gül, with experience as a foreign minister and minister of state, and with a constructive attitude both at home and abroad, has the necessary attributes to be president, noted Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu of Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodities Exchanges"
More:Business world hails its new leaders - Turkish Daily News Aug 31, 2007
More:Turks Don't Foresee Islamist Government: Angus Reid Global Monitor
Guardian Unlimited | Comment is free | Secular Turks will settle for nothing less than a truly liberal society
More:Guardian Unlimited | Comment is free | Secular Turks will settle for nothing less than a truly liberal society
Outstanding brands of diamond and jewelry display charming collections - Turkish Daily News Aug 31, 2007
Turkey’s and global prominent jewelry brands, companies, manufacturers and dealers meet in Istanbul for the Istanbul Jewelry Show-II. New concepts, collections, themes surround the sector, particularly the diamond sector in Turkey"
More:Outstanding brands of diamond and jewelry display charming collections - Turkish Daily News Aug 31, 2007
ANKARA - Turkey’s government is to ramp up investments in the energy sector in its second term, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Hilmi Guler said Friday."
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Soon the young Turks will be heading home. They are a prevalent but largely unrecognized subculture of San Diego's Embarcadero and Gaslamp Quarter. Most pedal bicycle cabs; others sell T-shirts on the waterfront or work in downtown restaurants."
More:Traveler notes: Turkish students spend their summer driving pedicabs downtown
ANKARA - Turkish Daily News
After forming the new government, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is preparing for a visit to the United States intending to kill two birds with one stone."
More:Erdoğan prepares for trip to the U.S. with Babacan - Turkish Daily News Aug 31, 2007
More:Unemployment rates higher among women and young population
The Crimean Church at the end of Istiklal Street has deep running ties with Turkey. Its chaplain, Ian Sherwood, and the congregation now give back to the community and immigrants who come here looking for a new home"
More:Christ Church: A part of Istanbul's history - Turkish Daily News Aug 31, 2007
President of the İzmir Chamber of Commerce (İZTO), Ekrem Demirtaş, announced in a written statement yesterday that he sent a letter to the prime ministers of Turkey and Greece calling on them to establish a partnership for a firefighting fleet."
More:A call for Turkish-Greek partnership to combat forest fires - Turkish Daily News Aug 31, 2007
The Kurdish issue is a barrier to peace in Turkey, according to members of the “Turkey Searching for its Peace” initiative. They also criticize the government’s policies on tackling the Kurdish problem, a problem that exists in Turkey for almost 30 years"
More:Peace activists to gather for preservation of Anatolian mosaic - Turkish Daily News Aug 31, 2007
The New Anatolian / Ankara 30 August 2007 Font Size: default medium large Turkish Ambassador in Washington Nabi Sensoy warned that Turkish-American relations will be adversely affected if the U.S. House of Representatives passes a bill recognizing claims that Ottoman Turks committed an act of genocide in 1915 against the Armenians."
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Contra Costa Times/Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Turkey's exotic call: Eurasian flavorings influence culture mix - by Anne Chalfan
Turkey's exotic call: Eurasian flavorings influence culture mix - by Anne Chalfan
The Grand Bazaar boggles the eyes, the ears and the mind, with more than 4,000 shops spread over 61 streets under one roof. It's fascinating and confounding, with pulsating colors and beckoning vendors. Please, have a cup of tea and see our rugs. Lady, you like that purse? I make a good price for you. The Rimskys, who had experienced Grand Bazaar madness on a previous trip, did a little strategic planning prior to this trip and hired the services of the Screaming Shopper, aka Marilyn Hill Henderson. Henderson is a British ex-pat who promises to demystify shopping in Istanbul.
The Rimskys walked into the hotel, grinning and dripping with sweat. Mission accomplished: They had bought three fabulous rugs that were being shipped to their home. And Mary Lou was adorned with a few baubles -- a fabulous gold necklace and earrings. Joe sported a new Izod shirt, with three more tucked in a bag.Turkish people are very friendly and work hard to speak English. Turkey is 99 percent Muslim today, but the nation remains secular, and Turkey is desperate to remain moderate in its quest to join the European Union. Istanbul, despite its milling 16 million, is a fun city with a plummy locale occupying both Europe and Asia. Istanbul straddles the Bosphorus, the inlet that divides the two continents.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Highlights regarding Turkey:
Firstly, two out of the three current candidate countries are at the top of the list of countries that EU citizens mention spontaneously as being set to join the European Union in a near future. Respondents indicate first and foremost that Turkey is expected to be next in line to join the European Union (34%), followed by Croatia (12%). Citizens from the EU15 are more likely to know about Turkey’s membership bid (36% vs. 26% in the new Member States). The candidate status of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is still less well-known (5%).
At national level, the accession process of Turkey is the best known in the Netherlands (66%), Sweden (59%) and Denmark (55%). Slovenes are better informed about the candidate country status of Croatia (72%) and of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (22%). Almost every second Austrian mentions
Croatia when speaking about future enlargement of the European Union (48%).
In general, EU citizens are moderately aware of the countries which are set to join the EU. They spontaneously name two formal candidate countries (Turkey and Croatia) in first and second place as countries set to join the European Union in a near future. However, the candidate status of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is less well known.
For the complete report: The EU's relations with its neighbours
Turkey expects Israel's Support in Regard of US Jews Turkey expects Israel to 'deliver' American Jewish organizations and ensure that the US Congress does not pass a resolution characterizing as genocide the massacre of Armenians during World War I, Turkish Ambassador to Israel Namik Tan told The Jerusalem Post Sunday."
More:JTW News - Turkey expects Israel's Support in Regard of US Jews
The election of Abdullah Gül as president Turkey has been a long slog: five eventful months in which his candidacy first brought millions out onto the streets in protest, then brought down the government - subsequently re-elected in a landslide victory with 46% of the vote - and finally brought the military, historically the most respected and collective organ in the nation, to more or less admit defeat to factional politics."
More:Comment is free: Fears for the future
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Prominent 17th century Turkish traveler Evliya Çelebi included Erzurum in his travel book, describing it as the city where the ‘black cat freezes” in the harsh winter when jumping from rooftop to rooftop."
More:Pentagon probes claims that U.S. weapons ended up in Turkey - On Deadline - USATODAY.com
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The New York Times cleverly pointed out that since the Vatican has been unable to include a reference to “Christianity” in the new European Constitution, it has of course, continued to influence European politics, and the continent’s future, in other ways. Specifically in regard to Turkish membership in the EU, a recent interview with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger included a statement saying that Turkey, a predominantly Muslim secular republic of 70 million people, is “in permanent contrast to Europe,” and that connecting it to Europe would be a mistake. To accentuate his point, he even referred to the historical Ottoman Empire’s incursions into Europe."
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Answering calls for assistance with the fires that have been called an "unprecedented disaster for Greece", Turkey sent a fire fighting plane to the country Monday (August 27th). The assistance was not notable, compared with the significant help already offered by the European countries, but symbolically it was significant."
More:Turkey extends hand of friendship to fire-ravaged Greece (SETimes.com)
More:VOA News - Turkey's New President Presides Over Military Victory Ceremony
ANKARA (Reuters) - The head of Turkey's powerful armed forces sought to play down accusations on Thursday that he was giving the newly-elected President Abdullah Gul the cold shoulder because of his past in political Islam."
More:Turkish army chief seeks to play down Gul tensions | International | Reuters
More:World Politics Review | The European Union Still Eludes a Turkey Culturally Apart
More:Turkish politics | The next battle | Economist.com
ANKARA, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- Following is the line-up of Turkey's 60th government led by Prime Minister-designate Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which was approved by Turkey's newly-elected President Abdullah Gul on Wednesday:"
More:Line-up of Turkey's new cabinet led Erdogan
Yesterday’s post about working holidays and finding jobs abroad has proved so popular that I figured it wouldn’t be the worst idea to put together something similar today."
More:Working Abroad: How to find a job in Turkey « THE LABOR PARTY
Two days into his presidency, Europe seems willing to give Abdullah Gül a chance. His distracted detractors continue to remind us that he is a devout Muslim, he worked in the Saudi banking sector for a few years, belongs to a party that once described democracy as a train leading to an Islamist state, and has a wife who wears a headscarf. But during his years as Turkey's foreign minister, he has won the trust and respect of Europe's diplomatic community. Over the past five years he has worked tirelessly to push forward the EU reform agenda, and one of his first acts as president was to call for this programme (which slowed during the tumultuous run-up to July's general election) to be pursued with renewed vigour."
More:Comment is free: Turkey's about turn
More:An Islamic Turkey: Why Not? - News Bloggers
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A ghoul in Islamic folklore is a demon that eats buried bodies, abducts children, and attacks unwary travelers. The new president of Turkey, Abdullah Gul, may not be that kind of monster, but he is a determined Islamist who will instead abduct Turkey's secularism, bury its democracy, and attack fellow travelers next door in Europe."
More:Turkey's New President: Gul or Ghoul? - August 30, 2007 - The New York Sun
Aug 30, 2007 04:30 AM
The election of Abdullah Gul as Turkey's first "Islamist" president over the objections of the "secularist" military is more than a triumph of democracy.
Combined with last month's sweeping victory of the ruling party, it represents a historic development with domestic and international implications."
More:TheStar.com - columnists - Turkey's archaic authoritarian model crumbling
The nature of the relationship between church and state was enshrined in the modern constitutions of both Ireland and Turkey. And the issue of secularism still carries a very potent political charge here in Turkey as indeed it does in Ireland.
More:Secularism at home, secularism in the world - Turkish Daily News Aug 30, 2007
More:The Georgetown Voice | Tea Time with the Turkish Police - August 30, 2007
Written by The Media Line Staff Published Thursday, August 30, 2007
Turkish businessmen are trying to establish a Turkish lobby in European countries in an attempt to further boost the country's economy, the Turkish daily The New Anatolian reported. The businessmen are carrying out economic and cultural cooperation ventures together with European mayors, politicians and businessmen, especially in Germany, Belgium and Poland, chairman of the European-Turkish Business Council, Aziz Sahin, said Wednesday at a press conference."
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The Turkish capital has expressed its deep sadness and concern over weekend bombings that killed at least 42 people in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad, reiterating the vital importance it has attached to international cooperation against terrorism."
More:The missing player in Gulf security - The Boston Globe
More:US Must Not Neglect Turkey(The Korea Times)
By DAVID S. CLOUD and ERIC SCHMITT
Published: August 30, 2007
WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 — Weapons that were originally given to Iraqi security forces by the American military have been recovered over the past year by the authorities in Turkey after being used in violent crimes in that country, Pentagon officials said Wednesday."
More:U.S. Weapons, Given to Iraqis, Move to Turkey - New York Times
Have Your Say - Is Gul the right choice as Turkish president? - send BBC your feedback
Abdullah Gul has been elected president of Turkey - the first politician with an Islamist background to become Turkish head of state. Mr Gul took his oath at a ceremony in parliament, pledging loyalty to democracy and to the secular Republic. The European Union welcomed Mr Gul's election, calling it a positive step in the country's campaign to join the bloc. What is your reaction to Mr Gul's election as president? Is he the right man for the job? How do you think Turkey's secular opposition and the army will react?
Eurasia festival to offer Turkey award-winning movie premieres
As drought-weary Turkey hopes to welcome cool and rainy days with the arrival of autumn, moviegoers and art lovers also have high hopes that the new season will help them shake off dreary summer days with festivals, major exhibitions and theater and opera performances. The Altın Portakal (Golden Orange) Film Festival, one of Turkey's major film festivals that has been running for more than four decades, will do just that in the holiday hotspot of Antalya when it gets under way in October.
In its 44th year, the Antalya Film Festival -- which covers the Golden Orange and the newly launched sister event, the Eurasia International Film Festival -- is getting ready to salute film buffs with an extensive selection of European and Asian movies and a number of gleaming guests, including movie stars and film professionals from around the globe. Organized by the Turkish Foundation of Cinema and Audiovisual Culture (TÜRSAK) in collaboration with the Antalya Foundation for Culture and Art (AKSAV), both festivals and the Eurasia Film Market will take place Oct. 19-28.
Forbes.com: US Army to Examine Iraq Contracts - intended for Iraqi security forces ended up being used for murders and other violent crimes in Turkey.
US Army to Examine Iraq Contracts - intended for Iraqi security forces ended up being used for murders and other violent crimes in Turkey.
Among the contracts to be reviewed by the Army are awards to former Halliburton subsidiary KBR, which has received billions of dollars since 2001 to be a major provider of food and shelter services to U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Democrats in the US Congress have claimed that KBR, formerly known as Kellogg Brown and Root, benefited from ties to Vice President Dick Cheney, who once led Halliburton Co., the Houston-based oil services conglomerate, and congressional Republicans.Democrats in Congress have claimed that KBR, formerly known as Kellogg, Brown and Root, benefited from ties to Vice President Dick Cheney, who once led Halliburton Co., the Houston-based oil services conglomerate, and congressional Republicans.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
France wants some parts of Turkey's accession talks with the European Union to go ahead before others, with those that assume Ankara will join the bloc waiting until later, a government spokesman said on Wednesday. In a speech on Monday setting out his foreign policy goals, President Nicolas Sarkozy said France would not oppose continued talks with Ankara as long as one possible outcome was the offer of an association with the EU rather than membership. France has said in the past it has a problem with five of the 35 areas, or 'chapters,' into which negotiations are divided, arguing that they assume an outcome of full membership."
More:"Armenian Genocide Crisis Tests Tight Ties Between Turkey and Israel - Forward.com"
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REUTERS) ANKARA -- Ex-Islamist Abdullah Gul's first encounter as president with the staunchly-secularist Turkish army got off to a shaky start Wednesday, when the top brass broke with tradition and failed to salute him at a military ceremony here, one day after his turbulent election to the post."
More:Gul receives cold reception from Turkey military - Region - Middle East Times
ANKARA, Turkey (Reuters) -- New Turkish President Abdullah Gul approved a pro-EU reformist cabinet on Wednesday which reflected Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's aim to push ahead with stalled political and economic reforms needed to join the bloc."
More:Turkey's new president approves pro-EU cabinet - CNN.com
More:Oktay Eksi: The first day - Hürriyet
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More:Turkey's politics | Sliding from the secular | Economist.com
The walls of Diyarbakır, surrounding the city with 82 towers, are accepted as the longest of such structures after the Great Wall of China. The exact dates of their construction are unknown; however, it is known that the city was strategically strengthened by encircling it with these barriers during the reign of Roman Emperor Constantinus II in A.D. 349. The city walls are composed of two main parts known as the 'Outer Fortress' and 'Inner Fortress.' The Outer Fortress is more than five kilometers in length and has four doors -- Dağ Gate in the north, Urfa Gate in the west, Mardin Gate in the south and Yeni Gate in the east. The Inner Fortress is encircled by a separate wall in the northeast corner of the Outer Fortress. Artuklu Palace was discovered during an excavation of a hill called Virantepe in the Inner Fortress."
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Turkish Daily News - Istanbul
Several growing Turkish companies will participate in the Inaugural Annual Meeting of the New Champions, organized by The World Economic Forum in Dalian, China, on 5-8 September. Also the Premier of China Wen Jiabao will attend the meeting. The event will focus on the role new and fast-emerging multinational companies, the New Champions, are playing in changing global business landscape. More than 1,500 participants from over 80 countries are expected to take part in the so-called �Summer Davos�, named after the high profile meetings The World Economic Forum hosts each year in Switzerland for business leaders, national political leaders, intellectuals and journalists. "
More:Turkish companies to attend 'Summer Davos' in China - Turkish Daily News Aug 29, 2007
ISTANBUL - Turkish Daily News
When in Rome do as the Romans do, so the saying goes. Foreign residents in Turkey have chosen to adapt this old adage to their real estate purchases. Turkey's Ministry of Finance has uncovered serious tax evasion infractions involving real estate purchases in several of Turkey's prominent vacation regions. These violations, typically in the form of property undervaluing, totaled nearly 60 percent of all real estate transactions, and approximately YTL 52.1 million in tax revenues were lost as a result, according to a piece published by the Anatolia News Agency. "
More:Foreign tax evaders nothing next to Turks - Turkish Daily News Aug 29, 2007
European papers commented on Turkey's new president Abdullah Gül on Wednesday. It remains to be seen whether he will bring Turkey closer to the EU while alleviating the Turkish military's doubts about him, they said."
More:European Press Review: Gül Should Get A Fair Chance | Europe | Deutsche Welle | 29.08.2007
The New Anatolian / Ankara 29 August 2007 Font Size: default medium large Historical artifacts dating back to 500,000 years ago, were unearthed in Karain Cave of Mediterranean city of Antalya, it was reported on Wednesday. Orhan Duzgun, Ministry of Culture and Tourism's Director General for Cultural Assets and Museums, told A.A that 500,000-year-old obsidian stones and jewelry were discovered during the excavations conducted in Karain Cave."
More:The New Anatolian
BEIRUT, Aug 29-The ruling Turkish Justice and Development Party (AKP) will put a series of political reforms high on its agenda under the newly-elected President Abdullah Gul, among them distancing itself from secular principles set by Mustafa Kamal Ataturk, an expert said Wednesday."
More:BBC NEWS | Europe | Turkish leader to review cabinet
Turkey today passed a political landmark when, for the first time in its history, a politician rooted in political Islam was elected President. Bringing four months of government turmoil to an end, Abdullah Gul won the post on the third round of balloting by the nation's parliament."
More:Is Turkey Facing an "Islamist" Future? - TIME
European Union term president Portugal is too open to pressure from the Greek side over the Cyprus issue, something that 'indicates that the EU can no longer play a positive role in the solution of the Cyprus issue,' according to a statement made by Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC) presidential spokesperson Hasan Erçakıca on Tuesday. Erçakıca's statement came in response to a journalist's question during a weekly press conference as to Portuguese Foreign Minister Luis Amado's recent contacts with Greek Cyprus. Amado did not visit the KKTC. 'This was an attitude revealing negative meanings,' Erçakıca said."
More:BBC NEWS | World | Europe | Viewpoint: Turkey's soul unveiled
After a third round of votes, and amid opposition from the Turkish military, the parliament elected Abdullah Gül, a moderate islamist, as the country's new president. The Commission said it hoped the election would give "renewed impetus" to the country's EU accession process."
More:EurActiv.com - EU hails new Turkish president | EU - European Information on Elections
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
EAST LANSING: The election of Abdullah Gül as president of Turkey – a foregone conclusion since the landslide victory of Prime Minister Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) in July – marks a turning point in the country’s history. If allowed to carry on the mandate with which the party won 46.5 percent of the vote in July elections, the AKP could further democratize the country, bringing about economic liberalization and international integration."
More:Party With Islamist Roots Set to Modernize Turkey
28 August 2007 | 20:28 | FOCUS News Agency Ankara. Abdullah Gul was sworn in as the 11th President of Turkey after he was elected by 339 votes, the Turkish daily Hurriyet announces in its online edition. In his speech at the Turkish Parliament at 6 pm local time, Gul said he would hug his compatriots without making difference among them. He added that today Turkey showed itself and the world how mature the democracy in the country was."
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Victory for democracy marks a break with Ataturk’s vision | Bronwen Maddox: World Briefing - Times Online
More:Victory for democracy marks a break with Ataturk’s vision | Bronwen Maddox: World Briefing - Times Online
Reuters Tuesday, August 28, 2007; 8:07 PM HOSKOY, Turkey (Reuters) - As harvest arrives, Cem Cetintas tends lovingly to his vines, hoping they yield wine popular with foreign palates to boost his exports in the face of a harsh climate in the Turkish market."
More:Turkish winemakers look beyond tough home market - washingtonpost.com
A few snapshots from recent history reveal how Turkish opinion of the United States has profoundly changed over the years."
More:Turkish Weekly Opinion - How to Salvage U.S. Prestige in Turkey and the Middle East?
More:Turkish politics travels in many jagged lines
NEW YORK (JTA) -- The Anti-Defamation League's reversal last week of its position on the Armenian genocide has set off a flurry of diplomatic activity in Turkey and Israel.
Officials in Ankara and Jerusalem, in coordination with American Jewish leaders, were working this week to contain the fallout from the ADL's statement, which recognized the World War I massacres of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as "tantamount to genocide.""
More:JTA Forum: Article Comments: Turkey: Genocide flap could hurt Israel
More:Back to the Brink in Turkey? - Yahoo! News
In the run-up to the Turkish presidency election nothing inflamed passions quite as much as the debate over a simple item of clothing. Foreign Minister Abdullah Gül's wife has been a high profile campaigner for a woman's right to wear the hijab, the Islamic headscarf. Hayrunnisa Gül will become Turkey's first first lady to wear the hijab since 1925. The prospect has caused a storm between those who see the scarf as a symbol of political Islam and others who view it as an order from God. 'The inside of Abdullah Gul's head is covered,' said one woman in a Turkish street. 'I'm not bothered that his wife covers her head. But imagine a reception everyone's dressed in the modern way and...well I wouldn't be happy to see her dressed like a Saudi woman.'"
More:EuroNewsEuroNews : All eyes on Turkish first lady in headscarf debate
EurActiv.com - Turkey and Europe: the way ahead | EU - European Information on Enlargement & Neighbours
More:EurActiv.com - Turkey and Europe: the way ahead | EU - European Information on Enlargement & Neighbours
Gül Elected President in Ankara: A Test of Turkey's Maturity - International - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News
More:Gül Elected President in Ankara: A Test of Turkey's Maturity - International - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News
More:European Commission Congratulates President Gul Over His Election
AP 2007-08-28 16:54:58 - LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) - A German federal court on Tuesday ordered a retrial for two brothers acquitted of fatally shooting their sister in what prosecutors have described as an «honor killing» meant to punish the Turkish-German woman for her Western lifestyle. A Berlin court last year acquitted the two _ Mutlu Surucu and Alpaslan Surucu, both in their mid-20s _ of murder, citing lack of sufficient evidence of their involvement in the 2005 killing of Hatan Surucu, 23."
More:German court orders retrial of 2 brothers in 'honor killing' case
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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- A devout Muslim with a background in political Islam won the Turkish presidency on Tuesday, in a major triumph for the Islamic-rooted government after months of confrontation with the secular establishment.
Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul received a majority of 339 votes in a parliamentary ballot and took the oath of office, pledging impartiality and loyalty to Turkey's historic separation of religion and politics."
More:Gul Wins Vote for Turkish Presidency - New York Times
AP 2007-08-28 16:57:58 - BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) - The European Union welcomed Abdullah Gul's election as Turkey's new president Tuesday, hoping it will lead to further economic and political reforms needed for the country to move closer to the bloc. Recent parliamentary elections and Tuesday's parliamentary vote electing Gul as Turkey's new head of state «represents a considerable achievement"
More:EU chief welcomes election of Gul as Turkish president; hopes for more reform
More:Turkey's Gul from Islamist minister to president - Israel News, Ynetnews
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Deniz Baykal is perhaps the worse leader in the history of the CHP: instead of learning this lesson, and to accept its consequences, he chooses to pursue the exact same strategy he pursued months ago"
More:Time for a change at the CHP - Turkish Daily News Aug 28, 2007
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Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, a former Islamist, has been elected president in a parliamentary vote."
More:BBC NEWS | Europe | Turkish MPs elect Gul president
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Friday called on Armenia to accept a Turkish proposal to establish a joint commission to study the 1915-1916 incidents, in a move to balance their recent decision on the recognition of Armenian genocide after pressure from Israel. “We must encourage steps to create an atmosphere in which Armenia will respond favorably to the several recent overtures of Turkey to convene a joint commission to assist the parties in achieving a resolution of their profound differences,” said the ADL, in a written statement issued by Glen S. Lewy, the ADL's national chair and Abraham H. Foxman, the ADL's national director."
More:Call by Peres softens ADL's stance on Armenian genocide - Turkish Daily News Aug 25, 2007
İZMİR- Turkish Daily News
From the time of the Selçuk Turks in the late 11th century, ceramics and pottery have had a significant cultural and artistic place within the Turkish psyche. In the late 16th century under the support and patronage of the Ottoman Sultans the industry began to flourish. As the Ottoman Empire began to decline so did the practice, however the Ephesus Ceramic Production Center in Selçuk has kept the tradition alive and well. "
More:İznik Ceramics: An unchanged practice through the ages - Turkish Daily News Aug 28, 2007
More:Poll says most Turks unbothered by first lady with headscarf - Women - Middle East Times
The European Commission has welcomed French President Nicolas Sarkozy's softer line on Turkey after he pledged not to block its membership talks with the European Union. At a conference of French ambassadors in Paris, President Sarkozy said France would not oppose the opening of new chapters for negotiation between the European Union and Turkey."
More:EU welcomes Sarkozy's concession to Turkey
The Sarajevo Film Festival, which was launched near the end of the 1992-95 war, awards a Turkish film, "A Man's Fear of God" (Takva) by director Özer Kızıltan"
More:Turkish film wins Sarajevo Film Festival award - Turkish Daily News Aug 28, 2007
More:New Turkish constitution to be sent to parliament before year’s end: Firat
SHARANSH, Iraq (AFP) - A Christian Iraqi, 43-year-old Emmanuel was born and raised in Baghdad where he lived and managed a liquor store that has been in the family for decades, until he received death threats from Islamist insurgents."
More:Tensions on Iraq-Turkey border send residents packing
Vivek Oberoi is working hard for his role in director Apoorva Lakhia’s next film Mission Istanbul .
The film, as its title suggests, is set in Turkey and deals with the burning issue of international terrorism. Vivek Oberoi plays a Turkish character named Rizwan.
More:Vivek Oberoi to learn Turkish for 'Mission Istanbul'? : Bollywood News : ApunKaChoice.Com
More:As Turkey's world turns -- The Washington Times, America's Newspaper
By SABRINA TAVERNISE and SEBNEM ARSU
Published: August 28, 2007
After being shut out of the presidency last spring, Abdullah Gul, a religious man in the assiduously secular realm of Turkish politics, allowed himself a little soul-searching.
“Has the government limited women’s rights?” Mr. Gul, 56, asked a panel of newspaper editors on national television, hoping to persuade Turkey’s establishment that it had nothing to fear from his candidacy. "
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Turkey’s struggle with drought in some regions and floods in others continued as heavy rainfall in the country’s Marmara region caused flooding in many cities yesterday. Dozens of houses and workplaces were flooded, vehicles were damaged as they were dragged away by the floodwaters and traffic flow was paralyzed."
Monday, August 27, 2007
Eggplant is one of the most popular vegetables, which is used in many different ways in most cuisines. The most popular eggplant recipes in Turkish cuisine are fried eggplants and eggplant salad even though there are hundreds of ways to cook the vegetable. Eggplant is hard to cook because it takes a long time. Ready roasted eggplant has recently took its place on market shelves, so it is now easy for the fans of the vegetable to prepare it. "
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Brussels welcomes softer French line on Turkey — EUbusiness - EU business, legal and financial news and information - EUbusiness.com
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Turkey's powerful armed forces chief has warned that 'centres of evil' are trying to undermine the secular state. Gen Yasar Buyukanit did not name those who were 'trying to corrode the secular nature of the Turkish Republic'."
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08/26/2007 Turkey is pressing Israel to help reverse the Anti-Defamation League’s new position on the Armenian genocide. Turkey’s foreign minister, Abdullah Gul, reportedly told Israel’s ambassador in Ankara, Pinhas Avivi, that Israel could have done more to prevent the ADL’s shift, Ha’aretz reported."
The notion that democracy and Islam are fundamentally incompatible is about to get a resounding rebuke, just at the moment it is threatening to congeal as conventional wisdom in Washington. Barring a last-minute surprise -- such as a military coup -- a liberal and pro-Western politician named Abdullah Gul will be elected president of Turkey by the country's parliament tomorrow. Gul speaks fluent English and has been a steady if somewhat quiet friend of the United States during more than four years as foreign minister. He also identifies himself as a religious Muslim in a country with an 85-year history of militant secularism. His wife wears a headscarf, which is banned from public offices, universities and -- until now -- the president's Cankaya Palace in Ankara."
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A new German law requires that a Turkish woman seeking to join her spouse in Germany must first prove knowledge of how to speak the German language. According to Claudia Roth of the German Green Party: “A Turkish woman has to demonstrate a basic knowledge of German to join hr partner in Germany but an American manager or a Japanese banker does not.” She called for putting aside the new law."
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The Mediterranean Association of Tourist Hoteliers (AKTOB) expects the reduction of the value added tax (VAT), to be adopted in 2008, to boost the Turkish tourism industry. Beginning in 2008, the VAT rate for the sector will be cut down from 18 to 8 percent."
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Great Hotels of the World (GHOTW; http://www.ghotw.com), representing some of the world’s finest independent hotels, is delighted to announce that the 5* Mövenpick Resort Bodrum in Turkey, has now officially opened."
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Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat is due to meet his Greek Cypriot counterpart Tassos Papadopoulos on September 5, under the auspices of the United Nations (UN) in order to see if a breakthrough might be possible in the stalemated Cyprus talks. "
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Marriott has opened the 238-room Istanbul Marriott Hotel Asia, the first of its upscale Marriott Hotels & Resorts brand in Turkey under a franchise agreement with the Buyukhanli Group."
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Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbaş disclosed plans to change the face of Istanbul's busy Taksim Square. The project includes a Republic Museum."
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Bomb threat temporarily grounds Istanbul-bound jet in Swedish capital - International Herald Tribune
STOCKHOLM, Sweden: An Istanbul-bound passenger jet was grounded overnight at Stockholm's airport due to a bomb threat, but took off early Monday after police searched the plane and found nothing suspicious, officials said.
Passengers had not yet boarded the Viking Airlines plane when the bomb threat came in, but the flight crew was evacuated, Arlanda airport spokeswoman Karin Magnusson said."
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In July, Turkey signed a preliminary agreement with Iran to develop three gas projects in the giant South Pars gas field and build two pipelines to ship an estimated 30 billion cubic meters of Iranian and Turkmen gas to Turkey for resale to Europe."
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Ambassador Namig Tan: Approach towards Israel is changing in Turkey after Anti-Defamation League’s statement
[ 27 Aug 2007 11:59 ] “The strategic cooperation between Turkey and Israel is very important both regionally globally,” Turkish ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Israel Namig Tan told APA’s Israel bureau. Turkish ambassador characterized Turkey and Israel as democratic and secular states in the Middle East."
Turkey has blocked Nato from sharing intelligence with the EU because Cyprus and Malta, which are in the EU but not Nato, do not belong to the alliance’s Partnership for Peace Programme, so they have no security clearance. “Turkey will discuss intelligence issues – and this includes Afghanistan – with the EU only if Cyprus and Malta are excluded. But the EU wants to negotiate as a bloc,” a Nato diplomat has been reported as saying."
PARIS (Reuters) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Monday he wants a close association between Turkey and the European Union rather than membership but would not oppose opening new chapters that could lead to either of these aims."
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Sunday, August 26, 2007
Turkey expects Israel to 'deliver' American Jewish organizations and ensure that the US Congress does not pass a resolution characterizing as genocide the massacre of Armenians during World War I, Turkish Ambassador to Israel Namik Tan told The Jerusalem Post Sunday."
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While the EU has generally applauded the recent elections in Turkey as a victory for democracy, many within Turkey are convinced otherwise. The elections were won by the AKP, a religious party, which took 65 percent of the parliamentary seats with 25 percent of the vote. All electoral systems are overly generous to the party with the largest (plurality) vote. The high threshold of ten percent in the Turkish system is particularly so. Apart from questions of the degree to which the results reflect the popular will; however, the elections have raised fears that Turkey may be jettisoning its secular constitutional system."
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who chose a shining light bulb as his party's symbol, is struggling to keep the power on. Turkey's largely state-owned electricity industry had trouble coping with high demand in the record temperatures of July and August. Now that Erdogan has won re-election to a second five-year term, he can proceed with plans to privatize the power companies."
ANKARA – Turkish Daily News
As nearby Greece continued yesterday to face walls of flame killing scores in the country's worst series of forest fires in history, aid from across the Aegean was largely symbolic despite a legacy of mutual assistance borne of the 1999 Turkish earthquake to which Athens was the first responder."
More:A deafening Turkish silence as Greece burns - Turkish Daily News Aug 27, 2007
Turkey to take action to protect interests in Iraq, US report says - Turkish Daily News Aug 25, 2007
Risk of Turkish incursion into Iraq remains in place, according to National Intelligence Estimate
WASHINGTON - Turkish Daily News
Turkey will likely resort to a number of measures to protect its interests in Iraq, while there remains a risk of a unilateral Turkish military incursion into northern Iraq to fight the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), a top U.S. intelligence report stated Thursday."
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ISTANBUL, Turkey: Unlike last year, Turkish authorities did not venture into politics during the ceremony after Sunday's Grand Prix — Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Ali Sahin presented the trophy to Ferrari's Felipe Massa."
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Assuming that the New York-based Anti-Defamation League (ADL) -- which has provoked deep disappointment in Turkey due to a change in their approach to the Armenian issue -- represents the entire Jewish community based in the United States would be misleading, a prominent figure of the Turkish Jewish society warned on Friday."
One of my sisters didn't finish university, got married, had daughters and now works as a secretary; the other finished university and is a high school English teacher. My elder brother--he's twelve years older--was a driver but has stopped work now, he is pensioned.
In Turkey women share the same problems of oppression as women anywhere, but their position is changing as a result of industrialization. Old attitudes have begun to change. Before the 1960s there were different attitudes towards women. In big cities women can go to school and do whatever they want, but it's not the same everywhere. Women can also vote in all parts of Turkey; they have the right to vote and to be elected, which is before in some European countries. Because in the war of independence women fought along with men, when the new country was established (it was the Ottoman Empire before) Ataturk gave women all these rights--yet there are many barriers. There are laws. For example, if a man doesn't sign that his wife can work, she can't work; it has to be written on paper. But the situation doesn't arise in the first place, since women, being oppressed, anyway ask their husbands. After the industrialization of the 1960s many women went into the workplace. Their labour was needed because it's cheap and a woman generally isn't a danger for a boss. In the textile industry especially, most of the workforce is female. In the women's organization I worked in an area that has the country's highest population of women workers. It was in Bursa, where there are many textile factories, 90 per cent staffed by women; only the managers were men. Our organization lasted four years before it was banned, but during those years it expanded very quickly. "
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anjapartanen: Arzu Toker:'.. thousands of modern Turkish women in Germany who pretend to be Spaniards or Italians and are ashamed to say they are Turk
Islam in Europe: An Interview With Arzu Toker on the Cologne Mosque
The plans of an Islamic association to build an imposing "Central Mosque" in Cologne are the subject of ongoing controversy in Germany. The mosque design features a giant 35 meter high dome flanked by two 55 meter high minarets. Much of the initial public opposition to the mosque project was organized by "Pro Cologne": a political movement that local authorities have classified as "right-wing extremist" -- a common euphemism in Germany for neo-Nazi groups. Last May, however, the controversy over the Cologne mosque project took on a new dimension when the renowned German journalist and historian of the Third Reich, Ralph Giordano, joined the ranks of the mosque critics. Giordano argued that the mosque project sent the "wrong signal" and claimed that the integration of Muslims in Germany had "failed." As proof for his claim, he pointed to the presence of fully veiled women on the streets of Cologne, whom he described as resembling "human penguins." "I do not want to see women wearing burqas on German streets!" Giordano exclaimed."
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Turkey at odds over prospect of presidential first lady clad in Islamic dress - International Herald Tribune
ANKARA, Turkey: Turkey's secular establishment and its Islamic-leaning government have long quarreled fiercely over weighty issues such as the appointment of Islamic-minded officials and the role of the military in politics."
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This entry was posted on 8/26/2007 4:38 AM and is filed under Ummah News Links. Israel has not changed its position on the killing of 1.5 million Armenians during World War I, President Shimon Peres assured the Turkish prime minister last week. On Tuesday, the Anti-Defamation League announced that it considered the massacres to be genocide. It apologized for putting the Turkish people in a 'difficult position' in a letter this weekend, the Turkish media reported."
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Sir, - David Harris's "Armenians, Turks and Jews - protecting historical truth through dialogue" (August 23) was such a warm and humane piece, the temptation to respond was irresistible."
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THE Mediterranean Association of Tourist Hoteliers (AKTOB) expects the reduction of the value added tax (VAT), to be adopted in 2008, to boost the Turkish tourism industry."
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ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Brazilian Rubens Barrichello joined team mate Jenson Button at the back of the Turkish Grand Prix starting grid on Sunday after Honda also changed the engine of his car."
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Saturday, August 25, 2007
Expulsion for Yıldırım in Holland
The deputy of Holland's Socialist Party, Düzgün Yıldırm, who is of Turkish origins and who receives death threats from ultra rightist groups, is being expelled from his party, reported the NTV news channel on Friday.
Yıldırım has been under pressure by his own party to resign for a period of time. He will continue his role as a senator, he said, adding that he might establish a new party. "
Expulsion for Yıldırım in Holland - Turkish Daily News Aug 25, 2007
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'We have difficulty in understanding why the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), one of the most important Jewish organizations in the USA, has changed stance and decided to acknowledge Armenian allegations regarding 1915 incidents,' Turkish Jewish Community announced on Wednesday."
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By Soner Cagaptay
Sept. 3, 2007 issue - This fall, I plan to teach a course on Turkish secularism at Georgetown University. The class was originally listed as current politics. But given the direction in which Turkey's headed, it could well become a history course instead. For after some 80 years, Turkish secularism is withering away."
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