Turkish Press Review

Turkish Press Review of Hurriyet, Milliyet, Sabah, Vatan, Cumhuriyet, Radikal, Turkiye, Zaman, Yeni Safak

Turkish Press Review
Turkish Press Review of Hurriyet, Milliyet, Sabah, Vatan, Cumhuriyet, Radikal, Turkiye, Zaman, Yeni Safak


Koc Holding, which plans to focus on 4 main sectors as automotive, energy, financial services and white goods, decided to sell Migros. The sale is planned to be completed within 6-9 months.

The Chief Prosecutor's Office in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir launched an investigation against Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) leader Massoud Barzani for allegedly extending support to the terrorist organization PKK. Under the investigation, Barzani and his family's assets in Turkey will be examined.


President Ahmet Necdet Sezer vetoed the draft law which lowers the deadline for the referendum to be held for the constitutional amendment package, from 120 to 45 days. While vetoing the draft law, Sezer stated, "the uncertainties in the law do not conform with the public order and are not compatible with the rule of law". Sezer also filed a lawsuit at the Constitutional Court for invalidation of the constitutional amendment package.

The desertification scenes in Turkey gained a horrifying dimension lately. While "Yarisli Lake" located at southwestern city of Burdur, which was previously home to many passage birds such as flamingos, totally disappeared, the water level at the famous "Van Lake" located in eastern Anatolian region, decreased immensely as well. According to experts, such decrease threatens the natural life in Van Lake.


While commenting on the nightmare scenarios, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "those are nonsense things." Tulay Tugcu, who was a possible target of assassination in the scenarios, said "I am sad that someone who devoted his/her life to law underwent unlawfulness." Zeyno Baran, from the Hudson Institute that kept its silence days long for the controversial scenarios, denied the claims.

Koc Holding mandated JP Morgan for the sale of Migros --Koc's retail chain-- that has a market value of 2.8 billion USD.

German Greens Party Co-Chairperson Claudia Roth: "Dismantle that 'Welcome to Asia' sign on Bosphorus Bridge. Because, in this way, those who say 'Turkey doesn't belong to Europe' will be granted that right."


Heat wave which will come from Africa will burn the country as of Friday. The temperatures will rise 6 degrees in the weekend. Istanbul will be 39 degrees, Izmir 43, and Ankara 37 degrees. NO

A total of 42.5 million electors will cast their votes to elect 550 deputies on July 22nd. There will be 77,000 electors for one candidate. However, vote of each electors does not have the same value. 105,717 votes are required to be elected deputy from Istanbul. This figure is only 26,688 in northeastern city of Bayburt. Thus, 4 votes of people in Istanbul are equal to one vote of people in Bayburt.


Justice & Development (AK) Party and some media corporations that did not react to the map --published in U.S. Armed Forces magazine-- which divided up Turkey, clung the Turkey scenarios of the Hudson Institute to attrit the military as if it was a real plan. On one hand, it was said that "the scenario should not be taken seriously", on the other hand it is being kept high on the agenda.

PM Recep Tayip Erdogan invited Iraqi Premier Al-Maliki who accused MIT (Turkish National Intelligence Organization) of plotting against him and reached a secret agreement with Kurdish groups. However, Al-Maliki did not respond to this invitation and looked into the attitude of Kurdish groups.

Over season temperatures will rise 5-6 degrees more at the weekend because of heat wave coming from Africa. Meteorologists say that children and elderly people should stay at home.


The "Hudson Scenarios" are still being discussed. Tulay Tugcu, the retired chief judge of the Turkish Constitutional Court, stated that she was expecting an explanation from the military officials who participated in the meeting held at Hudson Institute. "It saddened me that a person who devoted her life to law, is subject to an unlawfulness," Tugcu said.

Koc Holding's CEO Bulent Bulgurlu, who has announced that they were planning to sell 52 percent of the shares of renowned supermarket chain Migros, indicated that the company would focus on 4 main sectors from now on. Koc Holding will mainly carry out activities in durable consumer goods, automotive, financial services and energy sectors, Bulgurlu said. Meanwhile, JP Morgan was appointed to assess all the strategical alternatives including the sale, it was reported.


There is a noteworthy activity in Mount Kandil, terrorists' nest, while Turkish military continues its preparations for a possible military operation into the north of Iraq. Terrorists are decamping and running into Iran. Terrorists, who got behind, are not staying more than one night in a camp.

PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Arab leaders to invest in poor people instead of giant buildings. Erdogan gave important messages at the "11th General Conference of the Islamic Capitals and Cities (OICC)".

"The criteria of civilization should not have been solely material, capital, competition or high skyscrapers; but it should have been based on the development of human values and virtues," he said. "We all have to cooperate from Istanbul to Cairo, from Ramallah to Beirut," he added.


Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who was recently invited to Turkey by Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan in order to discuss the steps to be taken against the terrorist organization PKK, replied positively. Upon Turkey's reiteration of its sensitivities on the issue and its demand for "urgent steps" to be taken, Al-Maliki underscored that "they were insistent to ban the terrorist organization's activities in the region (north of Iraq)".

Istanbul is getting prepared to host an important organization in July. Chairmen of chambers and stock exchanges of 140 countries, as well as representatives of big companies that lead world's economy, are expected to gather in Istanbul. Many important participants such as former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, 2006 Nobel Laureate and chairman of the Bangladeshi Grameen Bank Muhammad Yunus and Coca-Cola Company's CEO Muhtar Kent will attend the meeting which will be held within the framework of the "World Chambers Congress".


Petty officer Sevda Top (27) who has been in French army for 9 years has become one of the close bodyguards of French President Sarkozy. Sevda Top --one of the 25 women soldiers at Elysee Palace-- achieved to join the close protection team which is entirely comprised of men.

President Ahmet Necdet Sezer sent the package, which foresees election of president by popular vote, to referendum; and he vetoed the law which lowers the referendum deadline. Sezer also applied to cancel Constitutional amendment package

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