TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON DEC 21

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on December 21, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON DEC 21


TURKIYE
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SPACE FARM!
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has assigned the project of the millenium to a Turk. Dr. Murat Kacira and his team will grow vegetables in space. NASA's top-secret project on "extra-terrestrial agriculture centers" is being conducted by University of Arizona. The project envisages the construction of "cyber greenhouses". Murat Kacira, who has specialized in soilless vegetable and fruit production, is among the directors of the project.

I AM NOT THE MASTER, I AM A SERVANT
Speaking at the general assembly of Turkish Hotels Federation, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said investments increasingly continued in Turkey. "I am not keen on getting applause, serving is my only concern. I am not the master of this nation, I am a servant," Erdogan said.

ZAMAN
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WARNING LETTER TO OBAMA
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned the U.S. President Barack Obama about an Armenian resolution that may be brought to the floor of the U.S. House of Representaives on Tuesday. Erdogan told in his letter to Obama that the Turkish nation would protect its honor in the face of slanders.

CHILDREN'S RIGHTS BUREAU ESTABLISHED IN ISTANBUL
Turkey is beginning to reap the fruits of a Constitutional referendum on September 12. The Education Department of Istanbul has established a "Children's Rights Bureau" in order to protect children and conduct 'positive discrimination'. All children under the age of 18 can apply at the Bureau and file complaints.

YENI SAFAK
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U.S. DOLLAR AT FIVE-MONTH HIGH AGAINST TURKISH CURRENCY
U.S. dollar on Monday hit a five-month high against Turkish lira after the Turkish Central Bank has taken measures to limit inflow of hot money into the country. One U.S. dollar was traded over 1.55 TL at the free market. Turkey's main stock exchange, the IMKB, saw a three-month lost, dropping below 63,000.

FENERBAHCE'S LEGENDARY STRIKER BROUGHT TO ISTANBUL FOR MEDICAL CARE
Legendary striker of Turkey's Fenerbahce soccer team, Lefter Kucukandonyadis -- a.k.a. the Professor -- was brought to Turkey for medical care after he was hospitalized in Athens for a heart condition. An ambulance plane brought Lefter back to Istanbul on an order by Fenerbahce's President Aziz Yildirim. Lefter will receive medical treatment at Istanbul's Memorial Hospital.
 

VATAN
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THEY WILL BEAR THE CONSEQUENCES
Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin reacted harshly to the demands voiced in southeastern Diyarbakir province at the weekend which suggested the foundation of "a Democratic Autonomous Kurdistan with a separate flag, own defense forces and economy".
Commenting on the autonomy draft model prepared by Democratic Society Congress, Sahin said, "There is a single organ that takes the decisions concerning Turkey and that is the Turkish parliament. We do not recognize any other congress or assembly".
Sahin also said that those who were chasing such a dream should assess the situation one more time, otherwise, they would have to bear the consequences.

REUTERS: EGYPT LOSES LEADERSHIP TO TURKEY
British news agency Reuters released a piece on why Egypt's influence in its region was in decline. The agency said Turkey was the only reason for such development. The article written by Middle East expert Amir Hamzavi said that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak did not have the necessary vision and he got older. According to the article, Turkey is the new rising star in the region.

CUMHURIYET
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HISTORIC GESTURE TO GREECE
Turkey has taken the step to end dogfight with Greece over the Aegean. Turkey sent an invitation to Greece to participate in an air exercise to be conducted in central Anatolian province of Konya between June 13 and 24 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Turkish Air Forces. Greece is expected to attend the military exercise with C-47 and Mirage 2000 jets. The air exercise is expected to be a step to end the disagreement between Turkey and Greece in the Aegean.

ERDOGAN SENDS OBAMA LETTER REGARDING ARMENIAN RESOLUTION
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sent a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama about an Armenian resolution that may be brought to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives and that describes the events of 1915 as "genocide". In his letter, Erdogan said that, if the U.S. House of Representatives accepted such a resolution, this would have a devastating affect on Turkish-U.S. relations.

RADIKAL
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PARLIAMENT SPEAKER SEVERLY CRITICIZES CALL FOR AUTONOMY FOR TURKEY'S KURDS, USE OF KURDISH AS SECOND LANGUAGE
Turkish Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin on Monday responded harshly to a call by Democratic Society Congress to launch a debate over autonomy for Turkey's Kurds as well as use of Kurdish in public places and in education at schools as a second language. "We do not recognize any other congress or parliament. And those who seek such things will endure the consequences," Sahin said.

SCHOLARS, AUTHORS FILE PETITION AGAINST TURKISH GENERAL STAFF OVER STATEMENT ON BILINGUAL DEBATE
A group of scholars and columnists on Monday filed a petition seeking prosecution against the Turkish General Staff over a written statement it issued last Friday on a debate over the use of Kurdish in public places as second language alongside Turkish. Authors including Ahmet Insel, Ali Bayramoglu and Baskin Oran appealed for probe against the top military body which has said that it was "concerned" by the debate.
 

HURRIYET
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DANISH TENNIS PLAYER IN ISTANBUL FOR TURKEY FLAG CARRIER PROMOTION
World's number 1 in women's tennis, Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki, on Monday arrived in Istanbul as part of a deal with Turkey's flag air carrier, the Turkish Airlines, for the promotion of the airlines' business class flights. "For me, Istanbul has a special place. This city has brought me good luck. The championship I won here has been a turning point for my tennis career," Wozniacki told reporters. The Danish player has won her first international title in Istanbul.

ERDOGAN WARNS U.S. PRESIDENT OVER ARMENIAN RESOLUTION
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday sent a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama, making a terse warning that a House voting of a resolution which describes the incidents of 1915 back in the Ottoman Empire as "genocide" would inflict a huge damage to relations between Ankara and Washington. "If the resolution comes to the House floor, relations will take on a hard era that would be very difficult to mend," Erdogan told Obama. The House of Representatives might vote the controversial resolution today. The resolution was approved by the Foreign Relations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 23 against 22 last March. "We are expecting that you will step in and intervene in the Congress," Erdogan told Obama.

MILLIYET
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DISCUSSION ON TWO FLAGS & TWO LANGUAGES
Turkish Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin commented on Democratic Society Congress' (DTK) demands such as "Autonomous Kurdistan and Kurdish language in public spaces".
"Turkey's problems are discussed and solved at the Turkish parliament. We do not recognize any other congress. Those who make these suggestions will bear the consequences," Sahin said.
Regarding Sahin's remarks, Democratic Society Party (DTP) chairperson Nurettin Demirtas noted that the parliament speaker resembled Turkey's former president Kenan Evren.

ERDOGAN'S CRITICISM ABOUT HOTELS
Speaking at the general assembly of Turkish Hotels Federation, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said a 81-km highway had been constructed between eastern provinces of Mus and Bitlis. "We have dug through mountains, but there is not a single hotel in the region," he said.
Commenting on the hotel operators' demand for a law, the premier said, "First you should take the necessary steps, and then we will see. Economy is risky. You should take that risk. Some of you might not have seen Mus yet. Wouldn't a 4-star hotel look good in Mus? Sure it will".

LAST-MINUTE LETTER TO OBAMA
Prime Minister Erdogan sent a 2.5-page letter to U.S. President Barack Obama in order to prevent the Armenian resolution from being sent to the U.S. House of Representatives again. In his letter, Erdogan emphasized his concern over the potential harm the resolution might do to Turkish-U.S. relations, a statement from the press office of the Turkish prime ministry said.

SABAH
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TWO YEARS OF WORK CREATE FASTEST CAR OPERATING WITH SOLAR ENERGY
Turkish small and medium scale businesses have gone a step further in the debates over electric cars. Ezinc A.S., a company from the central Anatolian province of Kayseri, produced Europe's fastest car operating with solar energy after two years of intensive work. The car can move as fast as 110 kilometers per hour.

A DREAM TO COME TRUE
Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) have their eyes on space. The Commander of Turkish Air Forces, General Hasan Aksay, said that "the Turkish Air Forces would have an independent space power in the 2020s".
 

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