TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JAN 14

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on January 14, 2011. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JAN 14

TURKIYE
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ERDOGAN TO AL-JAZEERA: ISRAEL'S WORST GOVERNMENT
In an interview with Al-Jazeera, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent harsh messages to Israel. Describing the "Netanyahu government" as the worst government in Israel's history, Erdogan said the country should get rid of Foreign Minister Avigdor Liebermann as well. The prime minister also noted that he would not renew agreements with Israel unless Turkey received an apology and compensation in concern with the Mavi Marmara attack.

IZMIR WANTS "FREAKISH" MONUMENT
The monument in eastern province of Kars, which was recently called "freakish" by Prime Minister Erdogan, is likely to be sent to Aegean province of Izmir. Izmir's Karsiyaka municipality, administered by a mayor from Republican People's Party (CHP), sent an official letter to authorities demanding the monument. The municipality said it was thinking of erecting a monument in Karsiyaka town center.

ZAMAN
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MAIN OPPOSITION LEADER SUPPORTING LIMITS ON TOBACCO, ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
Leader of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Kemal Kilicdaroglu, expressed support on Thursday for a by-law in Turkey that limits sales of tobacco and alcoholic beverages. "It is a good thing to keep young people away from drinking and bad habits," he said. Kilicdaroglu said such limitations were implemented in every part of the world, however, he warned that those measures should not become tools to limit life styles.

COURT HEARING IN SOUTHEAST TURKEY SEES ANOTHER SETBACK OVER PLEAD IN KURDISH
Another trial of the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), the alleged urban extension of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), saw tensions heightened when suspects demanded to defend themselves in their mother tongue, Kurdish. The judge rejected the suspects' demand saying he did not understand Kurdish, warning that he would append it to records as "an unidentified language."

YENI SAFAK
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AL-HARIRI IN ANKARA FOR SOLUTION
Turkey took action to prevent a clash in Lebanon which was dragged into a political chaos after Hezbollah wing withdrew from government that can deeply shake the Middle East. Following the busy phone conversations between Ankara and Beirut, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri arrived in Ankara late on Thursday. Al-Hariri will meet with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan today.

THEY USED CHILDREN AGAIN
Peace & Democracy Party (BDP) turned KCK (city extension of PKK terrorist organization) hearing in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir into a show. Meanwhile, terrorist organization put the children on front lines and had them threw stones to police. Petrol bombs thrown by protestors hit a citizen. Diyarbakir Mayor Osman Baydemir felt faint while helping the protestors who entered the municipality building.

UNIVERSITY PARDON GOES BEFORE 1980
Pardon for university students, which was expected by thousands of people, was adopted at the commission in Parliament. Students who were discharged from universities before 1980 were also included in the pardoning with a motion.
 

VATAN
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WEARING HEADSCARF IN PUBLIC PLACES IS A RIGHT
"Wearing headscarf in public places is a right; it will happen sooner or later". This is the answer of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the questions of reporters about headscarf issue in public places during his visit to Qatar. Erdogan also showed Constitutional Court as an address.

MHP REJECTS UNIVERSITY PARDON FOR OCALAN
Parliamentary Planning & Budget Commission unanimously adopted the most comprehensive pardoning for university students in the history of Republic. Students, who were discharged from universities due to any reason after September 12, 1980, will be able to return to their university education as of 2011-2012 education year. On the last minute, Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) gave a motion to exclude head of PKK terrorist organization Abdullah Ocalan --who was dismissed from Ankara Siyasal University in 1986-- from this pardon. Ocalan will not benefit from this pardon.

CUMHURIYET
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WHAT WILL THE MINISTER DO NOW?
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated that he had used the word "freakish" (about the Humanity Monument in the eastern province of Kars). By this latest statement, Erdogan disproved Turkish Culture Minister Ertugrul Gunay's remarks trying to deny the premier's "freakish" description.
Upon such development, Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu said, "My opinion on the matter is clear, but I wonder what Mr. Gunay will do now". In reply to Kilicdaroglu, Gunay said he would not communicate via the media.

SYSTEM IS ABOUT TO COLLAPSE
Metin Feyzioglu, head of Ankara Bar Association, commented on the debate over high jurisdiction in Turkey. Describing the latest developments in the country as an "earthquake", Feyzioglu said establishing courts of appeal and increasing the number of chambers at the Supreme Court of Appeals would destroy the unity in jurisprudence. "The system is about to collapse," he said.

RADIKAL
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ISRAELI FM ON SIGHT OF STRONG BACKLASH FROM TURKISH PREMIER
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan fired the harshest salvo of his criticisms ever against Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Leiberman, who had described as "arrogant" a demand from Turkey for apology over a deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship. "He is the one with an unmitigated arrogance. He is a problem at the head of Israel. Israelis must rid themselves (of Avigdor Lieberman)," Erdogan told an interview broadcast on Al-Jazeera Wednesday night.

MAN WHO ESCAPED FROM HEZBOLLAH TERROR RELIVING PAST FEARS
Bengi Yildiz _now a deputy from the Peace and Democracy Party in Turkey_ who escaped twenty years ago from violent armed attacks of the Turkish Hezbollah in southeast Turkey says he fears that "the dark days of the past will come again." Yildiz's concern is mainly due to a recent amendment in Turkey's criminal procedures law which set free the masterminds of the Turkish Hezbollah who have been behind bars since 1998. Yildiz says Hezbollah killed five of his friends execution style and he narrowly escaped a similar death by fleeing to Istanbul back then. "Those days are very much difficult to define. You were chased and shot dead in the back of your neck," Yildiz says.
 

HURRIYET
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LEBANESE PREMIER PAYS UNEXPECTED VISIT TO TURKEY
Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri arrived in the Turkish capital Ankara on an unexpected visit after he was forced to leave his office when Hezbollah withdrew its support coupled by the resignation of eleven of his cabinet ministers. Al-Hariri is set to meet Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday. The Turkish premier is expected to offer his Lebanese counterpart to hold a conference between Turkey, the United States, France, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Saudi Arabia.

TURKEY'S TOP JUDGES CRITICAL OF PLANNED POWER BOOST FOR CONSTITUTIONAL COURT
Two top judges in Turkey on Thursday expressed opposition to a proposed amendment that would give the Constitutional Court to override rulings of the country's top appeals and administrative courts. Chief of the Supreme Court of Appeals Hasan Gerceker said the amendment would grant the Constitutional Court a super authority of appeals. "As far as I know, even the European Court of Human Rights does not possess such an authority," he said. Separately, the top judge of Turkey's Council of State Mustafa Birden said the amendment would "make a mess of the entire justice system which would hurt the country with consequences hard to mend." Birden also said the amendment would violate the Constitution.

MILLIYET
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'GOLDEN' NAME OF COMMERCIALS PASSES AWAY
Eli Aciman, renown name of commercials in Turkey, passed away. Born in 1919, Aciman was also the founder of Manajans, one of the first advertising agencies. Aciman was awarded with gold medal by European Advertising Agencies Association in 1990. He trained most important names of advertising sector.

EYES TURNED TO 2.5 MILLION VOTES ABROAD
The government took action for 2.5 million votes of Turks, who are living abroad, prior to the general elections. State Minister Faruk Celik, who is responsible from Turks living abroad, will meet with German officials on January 25, and he will try to convince them to put ballot boxes in embassies and consulates or to cast votes in electronic environment.

HEZBOLLAH ISSUE IN A JAM
Chief Public Prosecutor's Office in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir sent the files of Hezbollah members --who got lost after they were released-- to Supreme Court of Appeals for their arrest again. However, Supreme Court of Appeals' President Hasan Gerceker said, "we have the authority to decide on release but not to arrest."

SABAH
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BALYOZ DOCUMENTS AT GOLCUK BASE
Copies of the "Balyoz" military coup plan and several other new evidences, which were seized at the searches conducted at Turkish Naval Forces facilities, have been sent to the court. The documents and CDs consisting of information on a 2003-dated coup plan were found under the floor of an office at Turkish Navy's provincial intelligence department. The evidence will be distributed to attorneys next week.

CALIK TO BUILD BIGGEST POWER PLANT IN IRAQ
Iraq's biggest power plant will be built by Turkey's Calik Holding. Construction of the plant will cost nearly 445.5 million USD. The agreement on the power plant was signed by Calik Holding's chairman Ahmet Calik and Iraq's Deputy Electricity Minister Salam Kazzaz yesterday.

SURPRISING VISIT FROM AL-HARIRI
Sa'ad al-Din al-Hariri , the prime minister of the recently collapsed coalition government in Lebanon, arrived in the Turkish capital city at midnight yesterday. As part of his visit, al-Hariri is expected to meet with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan today and ask for support.
 

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