TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JAN 20

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

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JAN 20

TURKIYE
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NOBODY SHOULD FEEL HIMSELF/HERSELF WEIRD
President Abdullah Gul gave a message to 81 governors he received at the Cankaya Presidential Residence. Gul said, "none of our citizens should feel himself/herself weird or gloomy in his/her motherland. Embrace everybody without making discrimination, and be fair."

CHECK IS A PAIN
"Dud check" sunk bosses who were hit by economic crisis. Industrialists and tradesmen could not pay their debts due to the economic crisis in 2001, and got debts from money lenders. They healed their wounds in time, however, thousands of people were sentenced to imprisonment on charges of "giving dud checks". 167,000 people were tried, 30,000 of them are in prison.

ZAMAN
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WE WILL SAY WAR GAME IF WE ARE CAUGHT
Nine sacks of documents found in Golcuk Fleet Command revealed that junta concluded all its preparations. The documents which were included in the Balyoz (Sledgehammer) case, said Asparuk, Air Forces Commander of the time, would be arrested and retired. It was also told in the documents that in case preparations were learned, the commander would be told that this was a war game.

MILITARY VEHICLE OVERTURNS: 2 DEAD, 16 INJURED
A military vehicle overturned in southeastern province of Adiyaman killing the two privates Ozgur Guven and Ismail Saygili. It was stated that there was only one month for discharge Saygili and Guven.

YENI SAFAK
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NYT: USA DESPERATE, TURKEY SUPER POWER
New York Times wrote that the United States was watching the crises in Lebanon, Tunisia and Iraq desperately. The article said that Turkey was rising as a regional power, adding that Turkey, with the new initiatives it launched, neutralized Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United States.

LAST LION ZAPATA
Galatasaray (Lion) soccer club signed a contract with Colombian goalkeeper of Steaua Bucuresti, Robinson Zapata Montano. 32-year old Zapata is expected to sign his contract with the club today.

HABERAL RAID IN HOSPITAL
Police made a search in Cardiology Institute where Prof. Mehmet Haberal, suspect under arrest of Ergenekon case, had been under treatment. The search continued till late hours of the night under the supervision of the prosecutor. Some documents in Haberal's room and data processing department were confiscated.

VATAN
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INVESTIGATION ON CONGRESS MEMBERS OF GALATASARAY
Prosecutor's office launched an investigation regarding the protest against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan during the inauguration of Galatasaray soccer club's new stadium Turk Telekom Arena. Police is examining the video recordings. Congress members of Galatasaray were also included in the investigation, and their addresses and telephone numbers were asked from the club. Members had 13,000 tickets, and police will find who were invited to the inauguration with these tickets.

LAWSUIT FILED IN COUNCIL OF STATE REGARDING BAN ON ALCOHOL
Ankara Bar filed a lawsuit in Council of State and asked for the cancellation of the new regulation on alcoholic beverages. The bar claimed in the lawsuit petition that the aim of the regulation is to force a single-type life standard. It said, "the duty of the state is to protect youth against alcohol addiction, not against alcohol."

FOR HRANT, FOR JUSTICE
Armenian journalist Hrant Dink was commemorated on the fourth year of his assassination in front of the Agos newspaper building. His wife Rakel Dink left a bouquet of flowers on the pavement Dink was shot. Thousands of people, who gathered in front of Agos, carried banners as "Hrant is not here for four years".

CUMHURIYET
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LET US NOT LIVE WITH SHAME
Journalist Hrant Dink who was killed in an armed attack four years ago at a time when he was followed by the security forces and suicide reports were made, was commemorated at a ceremony held in front of Agos newspaper.
Nukhet Ipekci, daughter of journalist Abdi Ipekci, made an address at the ceremony in front of placards written, "Hrant is not here for four years", "there is no justice for four years". Ipekci said, "let us not allow next generations experience such a shame".

UNEXPECTED VISIT TO HABERAL'S ROOM
An unexpected visit was made for the second time to room of suspect Prof. Mehmet Haberal of the Ergenekon case who is under treatment in Istanbul University Cardiology Institute.
Around 30 policemen carried out a search in room of Haberal and data processing unit. Prosecutors, Justice Ministry inspectors and lawyer of Haberal also attended the search.

RADIKAL
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EITHER BALLOT BOX OR POSITION
A surprising news for representatives of business world who think of running for MP in the general elections due on June 12: The head of any business organization who cannot be elected in the general elections cannot return back to his office after the elections.

NEITHER OF US ARE UNSOLVED
Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink was commemorated at the time of his death and at the spot of his assassination on the fourth anniversary of his demise. Nukhet Ipekci, the daughter of journalist Abdi Ipekci who was murdered in 1979, spoke in the commemoration ceremony and said, "we have got rid of unsolved, we now have a name. However, we do not know who will illuminate these murders? Where are you?"

ACCORDING TO PROSECUTOR, SLEDGEHAMMER HIT
According to two documents seized in Golcuk town, Balyoz (Sledgehammer) action plan did not remain as a seminar but was put into implementation. The document dated December 25, 2002, resembles the speech retired general Cetin Dogan made at the seminar.
Another document dated March 3, 2003, Dogan receives information about the implementation of the Balyoz action plan. Prosecutors think Dogan, himself, monitored the plan.
 

HURRIYET
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NIGHT SUMMIT WITH NASRALLAH
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu began mediation talks in Beirut where he visited to solve the political crisis in Lebanon. Davutoglu met with Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Hezbollah, in an address which was kept hidden. Davutoglu and Qatar's Premier & Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassem Bin Jabor al-Thani secretly left the hotel they were staying early in the morning to hold a tete-a-tete meeting with Shiite leader Nasrallah. Hezbollah released a statement and photos to the press about the meeting. Turkish Foreign Ministry also confirmed the meeting which lasted for three hours. Nasrallah owns the largest armed force in Lebanon, and it withdrew its 11 ministers and overthrew the Lebanese government. Nasrallah is hiding as he is an open target of Israel.

U.S. AMBASSADOR TO BE IN ANKARA TODAY
The new ambassador of the United States to Turkey Francis Ricciardone will begin his term in office in Ankara today. The appointment of Ricciardone was kept waited in U.S. Senate for five months.

MILLIYET
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DIPLOMACY IN SHELTER
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu became part of the activities to resolve the government crisis in Lebanon and met with Hezbollah leader Nasrallah, considered as terrorist by the United States at a place that is hidden as secret.
Davutoglu and Qatar's Premier & Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassem Bin Jabor al-Thani met with Hezbollah leader Nasrallah for three hours in Lebanon. The place of the meeting, which took place early in the morning, was hidden like a secret as Hezbollah was considered as terrorist by the United States and Israel.
Hezbollah leader has been hiding himself out in shelters for years. He addresses people through video.

WEARING HEADSCRAF IN EXAMINATIONS IS REJECTED
Council of State made a decision preventing wearing of headscarf in examinations carried out by Student Selection and Placement Center (OSYM). Justice & Development (AK) party strongly reacted.
Council of State assessed an objection regarding Academic Personnel and Postgraduate Education Exam (ALES) made on December 19. Chamber 8 of the Council of State unanimously decided for stay of execution regarding the article on dressing paving ways for headscarf. The decision made references to the decisions of European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and Constitutional Court that headscarf is against secularism.
It was stated that headscarf weakened security of the exam. The examination will not be cancelled but the decision may be an example to other exams.

SABAH
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AK PARTY: 46.4 P.C., CHP:24:3 P.C.
According to GENAR's survey, the ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party will double the votes of main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) if a general election is held today. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan came the most favorite leader with 48.1 percent. CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu was the second most favorite leader with 23.2 percent, and Devlet Bahceli, the chairman of the other opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), got only 12 percent support in the favorite leaders survey. 53.4 percent of Turkish nation supports a new constitution, and Sabah media group topped the mostly-read newspapers.

SCHENGEN PLUNDER
Embassies and consulates of European Union (EU) member states have made Schengen visa a source of income. Countries that consider Turkish people's touristic visits to other countries raised visa fees to 400-600 Turkish liras-TL (260-390 USD) relatively. The visa fee, thus, is equal to the money spent on a two-three day trip.

THOUSANDS WALK FOR HRANT
Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink was commemorated in a ceremony in front of Agos newspaper's office in Istanbul on the fourth anniversary of his assassination. Thousands of people gathered together at the spot where Dink was killed, and chanted slogans as, "we are all Hrant, justice for Hrant, and there is no justice for four years." Those who attended the ceremony later walked to Taksim Square.
 

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