Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's recent visit to Serbia marked a new era between the two countries. Accordingly, Turkish businessmen signed a number of deals in Serbia worth of nearly 1 billion USD. Turkish contractors will build the infrastructure of Serbia.
NIGHTMARE IN GEBZE
A fire, which broke out in a hardboard factory in Gebze town of the northwestern province of Kocaeli two days ago, turned into a nightmare. It has destroyed 65 thousand tons of log. A fire-fighter was injured in the fire while trying to contain it.
U.S. WISHES TO IMPROVE TARNISHED IMAGE WITH HELP OF TURKISH ENGINEERS
The United States began to utilize scientific diplomacy in order to improve its tarnished image in the Islamic world. With this goal in mind, the Director of National Science Foundation, a foundation working under the Barack Obama administration, Prof. Dr. Semahat Demir continues to work with Turkish universities on joint projects. Dr. Demir said that the Obama administration supported scientific developments in Muslim countries. Prof. Dr. Siddika Demir Velipasaoglu, an engineer and a sister of Dr. Semahat Demir, said that "scientific ambassadors will facilitate the dialogue that politicians could not establish".
WE HAVE POLITICAL UNITY BUT NO ECONOMIC PARTNERSIP WITH U.S., CAGLAYAN SAYS
State Minister Zafer Caglayan said that Turkey and the United States had political and military partnership but no economic partnership. Caglayan and a large group of Turkish businesspeople are in the U.S. to promote Turkish products. They began their talks in Chicago. "We have political and military partnership with the U.S. but no economic one. The U.S. does not know what Turkey can offer. The U.S. must get to know Turkey," Caglayan said.
U.S. PRESIDENT OBAMA ADOPTS TURKEY'S HEALTH SYSTEM
Turkey Director of Sanofi-Aventis, Olivier Guilleume, said that U.S. President Barack Obama looked at the Turkish model while making reforms in the health sector. "President Obama adopted Turkey's health system for the U.S.," Guilleume stressed.
TURKEY CREATES JOBS AS MUCH AS EUROPE
Minister of Finance Mehmet Simsek said that, in the past year, Turkey created 1.8 million jobs. "This figure is equal to the total number of jobs created in Europe in the past year", Simsek said.
TURKISH BUSINESSPEOPLE LAND IN UNITED STATES
Turkish businesspeople will land in six states of the United States to strengthen commercial relations between Turkey and the U.S.. State Minister Zafer Caglayan said that "Turkish exports to the U.S. are worth 3.2 billion USD. We have to increase this figure. We have determined the states that offer great potential. There are important projects waiting in areas inhabited by American Indians. Our aim is to have a trade volume with the U.S. that is around 20 billion USD."
ISTANBUL MUNICIPALITY TO ERECT CHARGING STATIONS FOR ELECTRICAL CARS
Istanbul Municipality will erect charging stations for electrical cars that would go into service in 2011. Istanbul Municipality and Renault will sign a cooperation agreement which will facilitate the erection of charging stations in all corners of Istanbul.
Former CIA agent in Iran, Reza Kahlili, claimed in his new book, "A Time to Betray: The Astonishing Double Life of a CIA Agent Inside the Revolutionary Guards of Iran", that Iranian agents assassinated secular writers in Turkey. Kahlili said that although he had not been in Turkey, he was aware of many operations. He claimed that the unit, called "Branch 5000", was very active in Turkey.
GREAT RACE BETWEEN TWO CONTINENTS
Istanbul hosted the 22nd Bogazici (Bosphorus) Intercontinental Swimming, Rowing and Canoeing Races. Hasan Emre Musluoglu was the winner of the men's swimming race while Mariya Zlatkova came on the first place in women's.
CALL FOR "ETHNIC CLEANSING" IN LAWS
Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV) said in a report that the Constitution and 17 laws should be amended for a solution to the Kurdish problem. "Articles referring to or underlining the Turkish ethnic identity exclude those who do not have the Turkish ethnic identity," the foundation said. The foundation proposed to use expression of "citizens of the Republic of Turkey" instead of "Turkish nation".
FESTIVAL OF BOGAZICI
The 22nd Bogazici (Bosphorus) Intercontinental Swimming, Rowing and Canoeing Races were held on Sunday. 746 people including nearly 200 foreigners joined the races. Hasan Emre Musluoglu of Turkey was the winner of the race with a time of 41:20. He was followed by another Turkish citizen, Deniz Turan, with 43:46. Gabriel Moldoveanu of Romania finished the race as third at 44:46.
"TURKEY'S AXIS DID NOT SHIFT"
U.S. Senator John McCain, who was the rival of President Barack Obama in presidential election in 2008, told daily Hurriyet that American politicians could not understand Turkey's importance. I do not think that there was a shift in Turkey's axis since Turkey was a bridge between the East and the West, he said. McCain said that Turkey had a bilateral role to play since many of its aspects belonged to a European country while many others belonged to an eastern country.
LAND-MINE GOES OFF, INJURING A LIEUTENANT
A road-side land-mine went off in Yuksekova town of the southeastern province of Hakkari at around 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Lieutenant Ibrahim Baris Yurtsever was seriously injured in the blast. He was rushed to a hospital in the neighboring province of Van. He is in stable condition now.
"RUSSIA WILL GRANT PERMISSION IN 2010 SO WE CAN BUY A BANK"
Deputy Director General of Turkey's Is Bankasi, Aykut Demiray, said that Russia would grant a permission in 2010 so that Is Bankasi could buy a bank in Russia. "We want to contribute to our strength by investing in our neighborhood. We will buy a bank in Russia by the end of 2010," Demiray said.
MINISTERS TO BE TRIED AS WELL, KILICDAROGLU SAYS
Chairman of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Kemal Kilicdaroglu, said that they would make an amendment to Article 100 of the Turkish Constitution so that ministers could be tried in a court of law. Both rightists and leftists would embrace the new Constitution as their own Constitution, Kilicdaroglu said.
"NO POLITICIAN CAN APPEASE THESE CRIES"
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with representatives of women's associations and informed them on government's democratic move. "Motherhood does not have any ideology or policy. There is not a single political and influential word to appease a mother's cries. Voice of women has the power to put an end to bloodshed," he said.
TURKISH HACKERS HIT ISRAEL
Israeli magazine, the Marker, wrote that Turkish hackers hacked e-mails of 32 thousand Israeli people. According to the Marker, Turkish hackers also decoded passwords of the Israeli state.
ReutersGüncelleme Tarihi: 19 Temmuz 2010, 09:27