Turkish Press Review of Turkiye, Zaman, Yeni Safak, Vatan, Cumhuriyet, Radikal, Hurriyet, Milliyet, Sabah
Addressing the people in southeastern city of Sanliurfa, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his Justice & Development (AK) Party was the "center party" and said, "our target is not the strong state but the strong nation. AK Party is not the party of a specific class but the party of 70 million people."
U.S. General J. H. Pittard, assigned in north of Iraq, said, in case Turkey enters north of Iraq, "we can not accept to clash with a NATO ally. To this end, either Barzani should take steps and fight against PKK or should accept the consequences."
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is also the chairman of the ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party, gave important messages during the election campaign rally of his party in southeastern city of Sanliurfa. Erdogan noted that political parties should pursue policies embracing all Turkish people. Premier Erdogan underlined that they made important investments in the areas of health and education in eastern cities of Bingol and Mus.
British daily Sunday Times said that the smart money is looking further afield to 'frontier' markets such as Vietnam and Turkey. It stated that savvy investors are looking to exotic 'frontier' countries for high returns, noting that the smart money is shifting to up-and-coming countries such as Egypt, Turkey and Mexico, which offer equally compelling growth rates but are not so overheated.
The Economist magazine said that Turkish Airlines (THY) has become one of the most successful airlines of Europe in a short period of time. It underlined that THY would become one of the largest global airline companies soon.
The news that an assassination would be launched against former Justice Minister Hikmet Sami Turk created panic. Somebody knocked the door of Turk who returned from an invitation. He opened the door but could not see anybody but a piece of paper written "you will die" on it. Bodyguard of the housing complex phoned Turk and said he tried to stop an armed man but he escaped. Police examined the finger prints on the paper and realized that the finger prints belonged to the bodyguard. The bodyguard said he wanted to be a hero creating the impression that he prevented the assassination. PICTURE OF DROUGHT 40 percent of the grains in Konya Plain broiled in the field as it did not rain. For the first time, production of wheat will be below the consumption. The farmers, who could not water the fields, said, "this area should immediately be declared as 'disaster area'.
According to the Washington Post, U.S. military started to understand that Turkey is serious. Gen. Pittard, who was interviewed by the Washington Post, said that Turkish military existence along the Iraqi border concerns Kurdish and American officials, noting that Kurdish administration in north of Iraq will either help overpower terrorist organization PKK or accept the consequences. A high level Iraqi official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the USA should pinch Barzani to take a fiercer attitude against PKK.
1,640,000 young people sweated in the university examination --that lasted 3 hour 15 minutes-- because of concerns about their future. Results will be made public in the last week of July.
Chinese Minister of Commerce Bo Xilai who attended the inauguration of Turkish-Chinese Business Forum in Istanbul made promising statements in regard to the commercial relations between Turkey and China. Bo indicated, "we will draw more products from Turkey to the Chinese market. We will try to buy more Turkish goods. We want to build a more balanced trade. Currently, we have 1 trillion USD of reserve. According to experts, a reserve of 500 billion USD is enough. When the value of the USD drops, our reserve also loses value. We can buy more goods from Turkey. You should make a list of goods you can sell."
University entrance exam (OSS) was held in Turkey on Sunday. 1,640,259 students took the exam. The results will be announced between July 15th and 20th.
Turkish Foreign Minister & Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Gul has indicated that the meeting that was held in the Hudson Institute (a think-tank in Washington D.C.) should not be taken seriously. In regard to claims that Gen. Suha Tanyeri, director of the General Staff's Strategic Research and Study Center (SAREM) and Gen. Bertan Nogaylaroglu, Turkey's defense attaché in Washington D.C. attended the meeting in which a disaster scenario about Turkey was discussed, Gul said that military officials should have left the meeting.
Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is also the chairman of the ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party said that Turkish people would decide who would be the president, prime minister and parliament speaker. During the election campaign rally of his party in southeastern city of Sanliurfa, Erdogan stated, "the ballot box for presidential election will be put before our nation sooner or later."
67 orphans from 17 Muslim countries attended the 3rd International Children Meeting organized by Human Rights and Freedoms Humanitarian Relief Foundation. Around 5,000 people watched the festival. Orphans from Palestine, Lebanon, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Jordan and Ethiopia attended the festival.
State Minister Kursad Tuzmen said for the first time in Turkey's history, the exports to China will exceed 1 billion USD. Speaking at Turkish-Chinese Business Forum, Tuzmen said, "reduce the customs tariffs that we can sell goods to you."
Chairman of Ankara's Chamber of Commerce Sinan Aygun, who exerted great efforts for the unification of True Path Party (DYP) and Motherland (Anavatan) Party, told Sabah about what happened at the backstage of his withdrawal from candidacy: "I proposed to both of them, Mehmet Agar and Erkan Mumcu. I am offended with them. They did not inform me about the unification. Nevertheless, I was together with them. When tables were turned, I called Agar but he did not call me back. And then I resigned."
A survey conducted in 80 provinces with 11,570 couples revealed that only one of 40 marriages in Turkey was a Turkish-Kurdish marriage. This rate equals to 2.4 percent. The rate was 1.8 percent in 1976. Middle East Technical University (ODTU) professor Ayse Gunduz says, "this kind of (Turkish-Kurdish) marriage increase as education level increases. In most of these marriages, well-educated Kurdish man is married to low-educated Turkish woman."
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