TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON FEB 20

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on February 20, 2011. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON FEB 20

TURKIYE
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FROM SHOW TO HORROR
Demonstrators initiated by a small group in Libya on Tuesday have escalated, and the death toll reached almost 100.

STABILITY SAVED US FROM CRISIS
Tuncay Ozilhan, who was the chairman of the Turkish Industrialists' & Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD) during the economic crisis of 2001, said, "we almost ran out of resources in 2001, however significant decisions were made and implemented after the crisis. Political stability ensured by one-party government helped us get out of crisis quicker than expected."

ZAMAN
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CHP'S PROJECTS ARE PROPOSALS OF IMF
Turkish State Minister & Deputy Premier Ali Babacan commented on opposition's policies on economy during his visit to the French capital of Paris. Babacan said that projects of Republican People's Party (CHP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) were unrealistic. The minister said policies of a political party that wanted to become the ruler should not be that "empty". "This means they do not believe that they could become the ruling party," he said.

ALL HANDICAPPED STUDENTS TO GO TO SCHOOL WITHIN A YEAR
Problems of handicapped students, who have been rejected by schools due to lack of classes up until now, will be solved soon. Turkey's national education ministry will open 20 schools and private classes for 20,000 handicapped students. Students will be chosen one by one and their education will be monitored via e-school system. The study is expected to be completed within a year.

YENI SAFAK
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GUL SAVES TWO GERMAN JOURNALISTS
During his visit to Iran, Turkish President Abdullah Gul mediated for the release of two German journalists who had been detained on the charge of espionage. Thanks to Gul's stepping in, Iran released German journalists Jens Koch and Marcus Hellwig.

GANG ACHIEVES GOAL IN SIVAS
The deep-state organization Ergenekon, to which Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu wants to become a member, achieved its goal in the incidents of Sivas. The information collected within the scope of Ergenekon inquiry have revealed that the incidents, during which 37 people had died, had been designed by a deep-state structure.

VATAN
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"BALYOZ" COMPLAINT TO ATATURK
Wifes of the commanders detained as part of the Balyoz (Sladgehammer) case marched to Ataturk's Mauseloum Anitkabir accompanied by 15,000 citizens. The crowd walked to Anitkabir singing a military song. Sevil Ornek, wife of the former Naval Forces Commander Ozden Ornek, asked Turkish commanders to show their support.

WE WILL DRAG DOWN THEIR MASKS
Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu was greeted by the governor upon his arrival in eastern province of Van, where CHP's former head Deniz Baykal was protested last year. During his chat with citizens, Kilicdaroglu said, "if the rulership turns into oppression, a society of fear will rise. Whatever pressure or violence they display, we will drag down their masks in June".

CUMHURIYET
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OFFICERS' SPOUSES COMPLAINED TO ATATURK ABOUT BALYOZ
Spouses and relatives of officers, including retired generals and admirals who were arrested within the scope of Balyoz (Sledgehammer) investigation, visited Anitkabir, the Mausoleum of Great Leader Ataturk, and complained to Ataturk about the "Balyoz" arrests. Thousands of people chanted songs and slogans. Retired general Cetin Dogan's spouse Nilgun Dogan said, "we are proud and happy. Seeing such a support is a very good feeling."

OFFICERS ASKED TO STAND FIRM
Chief of General Staff Gen. Isik Kosaner visited Hasdal Military Prison the previous day, and the commanders who are kept in the prison for the Balyoz (Sledgehammer) case said, "February 11 (when the court sent them to prison) is a milestone from now on. There is a significant intrigue, and we will illuminate it." Kosaner's "we stand by you" instead of "we are backing you" messages boosted commander's morale.

RADIKAL
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WOMEN'S NAME ON GRAVE STONES
Radikal daily newspaper carried out a survey on violence against women in Turkey. Women are murdered every one day. Sakine, Ipek, Arzu, Remziye, Adile. Some of them were at the age of 18, and some of them were at the age of 42 like Ayse Pasali. Some of them were wearing headscarves, some of them mini skirts. Their common feature was being killed for "honor". Their murderers were their husbands, fathers or brothers. More than 20 women have been victims of such murders since the beginning of this year.

ULTRANATIONALISTS CAN SOLVE KURDISH PROBLEM
Ultranationalist Musa Serdar Celebi said, "only the ultranationalists can solve the Kurdish problem. If separation concerns are eliminated, there can be bilingual nameplates and a flag peculiar to the region. I want to see Ocalan's leadership."

HURRIYET
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JET EVACUATION FROM LIBYA
Protestors rebelling to Muammar al-Gaddafi also attacked Turkish companies in Banghazi and Darnah. Turkey sent two planes to Libya in the first place to evacuate Turks from this country. Armed attacks were staged against construction sites of Turkish companies, and houses of Turks were invaded and plundered. Turkey's Ambassador to Libya Levent Sahinkaya submitted a note to Libyan authorities to ensure life and property security of Turks. Al-Gaddafi designated his two sons to quell the revolt during which 84 people have died.

A COALITION WILL DETERIORATE INDICATORS
Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan spoke on his way to Paris, France and commented on upcoming general elections. Babacan said, "if elections point to a coalition government, this will deteriorate main indicators."

BALYOZ MARCH
Families of officers arrested within the scope of Balyoz (Sledgehammer) case and thousands of people supporting them were at Anitkabir, the Mausoleum of Great Leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, on Saturday. The group walked towards the Mausoleum singing Military College Song. Nilgun Dogan, the spouse of former First Army Commander Gen. Cetin Dogan, also attended the demonstration.

MILLIYET
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BEWARE OF REGIME WITH MUBARAK MASK
In an interview with Milliyet daily columnist Hasan Cemal, Nobel Prize winner Mohammad el-Baradei, whose name is being mentioned as a candidate for the post of Egypt's new president, said that efforts started behind the scenes to set up a "Mubarak regime without Mubarak". El-Baradei noted that "change" knocked on Egypt's door at last and such movement could not be stopped from now on.

ESCAPE FROM LIBYA
Nearly 1,000 of the 6,000 Turks living in the Libyan city of Banghazi demanded to return to Turkey due to the growing riots in the country. Libya, which has been ruled by Muammar al-Gaddafi's iron fist for 41 years, is now going through chaos. As the country is like a closed box, no healthy information can be obtained regarding the latest developments. Sources claim that nearly 200 people have died in the clashes in five Libyan cities so far.

SABAH
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RTUK BRAKE ON OBESITY
The new Supreme Board of Radio and Television (RTUK) law has hampered carbonated and sugared beverages to protect children. RTUK Chairman Prof. Dr. Davut Dursun spoke to Sabah daily newspaper about the new RTUK law, adopted at parliament and presented to the president for approval. Dursun said, "the new law obstructs advertisement of carbonated, sugared and salty beverages for the first time in Turkey. Generally, TV channels cannot advertise products that can cause obesity among our children."

LIBYA, BLOODSHED
Protests in Banghazi turned into a massacre. 84 people died in three days. The first group of Turks comprised of 90 people returned home from Libya.

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