OIL IN RETURN FOR DWELLING
A new exchange system that has never been seen in the world before will be launched. Turkey will get oil from Venezuela in return for dwellings built by the Housing Development Administration of Turkey (TOKI). Energy & Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz, who visited Venezuela for energy diversity, received a proposal from President Hugo Chavez for enabling Turkey to get oil in return for building dwellings. In Venezuela, a gas tank fills for 1 dollar.
Chavez said, "oil is here, and it is yours. We need 2 million dwellings, and we want to see TOKI here as soon as possible." Yildiz said, "we have been proposed to be given a field producing 200,000 barrels of oil a day."
I SMOKED DUE TO SERBIANS!
An interesting article was published in the New York Times this week. Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said he made something exceptional in his life when he was mediating between Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia. Davutoglu, who faced hard time during negotiations, requested a cigarette from Bosnian leader Haris Silajdzic and started to smoke that cigarette.
SLEDGEHAMMER DOES NOT FIT INTO SACKS
Nine sacks full of documents seized at the Golcuk Fleet Command prove that Balyoz (Sledgehammer) was a military intervention plan. Among the cached documents were the original copies of some documents in the Balyoz CD no 11. Retired general Cetin Dogan had denied those documents saying that they were "unsigned", however the original copies had genuine signatures under them. According to intellectuals who were in the target list of the junta, the new evidence totally ended discussions that Balyoz was fake.
EYES ON NUCLEAR SUMMIT IN ISTANBUL
The nuclear bargaining between Iran and the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany began in Istanbul on Friday. Foreign media is showing great interest in the summit which takes place under Turkey's hostage not mediation. Although Turkish executives do not attend negotiations that will end on Saturday, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is closely monitoring the process.
YES TO MEETING, NO TO CONCESSIONS
Iran's nuclear program was on the agenda of the P5+1 meeting in Istanbul. Iran said that it would not abide by the West's call to stop enrichment. Permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany are attending the nuclear summit at Istanbul's Ciragan Palace. Massoud Zohrevand from the Iranian delegation said during yesterday's meeting that they would not allow for any discussion on "Iran's nuclear rights". A total of 396 journalists, 182 of whom are foreigners, are currently following the Istanbul summit.
"BELGIUM MODEL" FOR CYPRUS
Officials said that the Turkish Cypriot party would propose Greek Cypriots to implement the "Belgium model" in Cyprus during the talks to start in Geneva, Switzerland on January 26. The model envisages a single state. It also requires the division of the island according to language. In that context, Turkish and Greek will be accepted as official languages.
A TURK TO PUT END TO OBESITY
Dr. Umut Ozcan from Harvard University, accompanied by 10 other scholars, has developed the most effective weight-loss medicine ever. Explaining his study that has given hope to millions of obese people in the world, Ozcan said they had discovered an active ingredient that was more effective than any other known obesity medication. Ozcan said the ingredient, whose tests continued at the moment, managed to help extremely obese mice lose significant amount of weight.
DAVUTOGLU IS LIKE ENERGIZER BUNNY
U.S. daily The New York Times wrote that U.S. diplomats called Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu the "Energizer Bunny", referring to his endless energy. The paper also said that Davutoglu was an extraordinary figure who was brilliant, indefatigable, self-aggrandizing and always the hero of his own narratives.
NUCLEAR NEGOTIATION: NO PROGRESS EXPECTED
The new round of negotiations between Iran and the West regarding nuclear crisis began in Istanbul. The West accuses Iran of trying to possess nuclear weapons, whereas Tehran said it was determined not to open its nuclear program to discussion. The U.S. administration said it did not expect any certain progress from Istanbul meeting.
AK PARTY MP RESIGNS
Yusuf Ziya Irbec, an MP from the southern province of Antalya, strongly accused the ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party and resigned from his party. Irbec said there were many lawmakers within the party who were disturbing him, and accused Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of "trying to make Turkism a sub-identity." Some circles say Irbec, together with Murat Basesgioglu, can join the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).
KURDISH TO TEACHERS THROUGH EU FUND
The last point in Kurdish move: Teachers who will be appointed to Bilge village of the southeastern province of Mardin will be taught Kurdish. Bilge village is known as a place where 44 people were massacred, leaving 61 children as orphans. Within the framework of the project, 14 teachers will learn Kurdish in order to communicate well with their students and local people.
Begum Ozdogularli, who has developed the project, said, "I conducted a survey in the region after the massacre, and I presented a project to the European Union (EU). The EU donated 84,000 Euro, and I want to spread the project to other provinces."
TURKISH-MADE MIRACLE MUSCLE
Prof. Dr. Gunhan Gurman, the head of Ankara University's Stem Cell Institute announced that Prof. Dr. Alp Can and his team achieved a great project and produced muscle from stem cell for the first time in the world.
Turkish scientists managed to produce a new disease-resistant muscle cell by transferring genes to stem cells they got from a naval cord and by synthesising deficient muscle protein.
The study was published in one of the most esteemed scientific magazines in the world in September 2010.
Prof. Gurman said, "the only remedy to the myolysis (destruction or disintegration of muscle tissue) is producing a new muscle from stem cell. This method will treat paralyzed people."
PRESIDENT INTERVENES IN JUDICIARY-GVT CRISIS
When the tension between the government and judiciary escalated due to the individual application right to the Constitutional Court following the release of members of terrorist organization Hizbullah, Supreme Court's President Hasan Gerceker visited the pillars of the state on Friday.
Gerceker had meetings with President Abdullah Gul and Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin. During the meeting, Gerceker told about the chaos the judiciary faced when the article 102 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CMK) entered into force on December 31, 2010. Gerceker said, "Hizbullah releases were a legal obligation."
WE CAN MANUFACTURE LOCAL-MADE CAR NOW
Following Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's call to the business world to manufacture a Turkish-made automobile at the recent general assembly of Turkish Industrialists' & Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD), Mustafa Koc and Tuncay Ozilhan, producer and exporter from the Turkish automotive industry, said that it was almost impossible to do such a thing. However, Ali Kibar, CEO of Hyundai's producer in Turkey Kibar Holding, said that such proposal could be brought to life immediately with the support of the state.
CHP'S CALL FOR SOUTHEAST TURKEY
It was reported that Sezgin Tanrikulu from Republican People's Party (CHP) would make a call in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir today for the establishment of a "Facts Committee". The committee, which is envisaged to be given super authorities, aims at examining all terrorist acts in a detailed way, sources said.
CRITICAL SUMMIT AT BOSPHORUS
The second round of talks on Iran's nuclear program between Iran and five permanent members of UN Security Council and Germany (P5+1) began at Istanbul's Ciragan Palace yesterday. Prior to the gathering, Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmet Davutoglu told the heads of the delegations participating in the summit two Nasreddin Hodja jokes and called on the parties to compromise.
27 INAUGURATIONS WITH A SINGLE BUTTON
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended the inauguration ceremony of 27 facilities in eastern province of Ardahan. Speaking at the ceremony, Erdogan said, "we work, some others talk". Addressing the citizens, Erdogan also said, "beware of who works and who tries to defame others".
Jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan has invited on his followers to attend a conference on disarmament, a crucial step in Turkey's drive to end a 30-year insurgency with Kurdish militants, in the forthcoming spring.
Turkish President Erdogan has lately been pushing for a presidential system to replace the current parliamentary one.
The €920 million program aims to provide in Turkey a high level of quality and sustainable employment; and will guarantee decent social protection.
Thomas Melia, US deputy assistant secretary of state, expressed concern about additional authority given to police in new security draft bill.
Akyurek was charged with negligence on the job at the time of the Turkish-Armenian journalist's murder.
Central Bank Governor Erdem Basci appeared to dismiss any suggestion that he might resign, saying that public duty should be performed for the full period in which it is assigned
The new 6.5 km undersea tunnel will reduce travel time between the two sides of Istanbul via metro and highway lines to 14 minutes.
Turkey has chosen a Chinese company as the preferred bidder for the $3.4 billion project but is also pressing ahead with talks with U.S. and European firms as questions remain about the Chinese proposal
Police detained a man, believed to be mentally unstable, for questioning
Friday's dailies mostly cover the Taliban bomb attack on a Turkish convoy in Afghanistan and Turkish football team Besiktas which dramatically beat Liverpool 5-4 on penalties in the UEFA Europa League.
UN high commissioner for refugees says 3.8 million Syrian refugees are registered in neighboring countries.
Turkish defense contractor Aselsan and French defense contractor Thales on Thursday agreed to install Thales-made Lightweight Multi-role Missiles on Turkish Aselsan's launch-pad
Babacan met PM late on Wednesday, triggering speculation but officials dismiss talk of resignation
A mosque was torched Wednesday near the southern city of Bethlehem.
Premier Davutoglu says such attacks will never discourage Turkey from contributing to maintaining peace and stability in Afghanistan.