TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON AUGUST 15

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on August 15, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON AUGUST 15

 

TURKIYE
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PKK OPERATIVE TOGUC RELEASED
A senior operative of the terrorist organization PKK, wanted by Turkey was released on probation by an Italian court on Saturday.
Nizamettin Toguc will be forced to stay within jurisdiction in a residence outside Padova and will report to the local police within set intervals until the court reaches a verdict.
Following the closure of Democracy Party, Toguc fled to Europe to escape arrest and became a Dutch citizen.

OPEN A NEW PAGE
Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan who addressed the citizens in Sakarya Kent Square said, "we are saving the judiciary from being the back yard of certain circles. September 12 will be a milestone. Let's say 'yes' all together and open a new page. Don't forget every 'yes' is an invitation to democracy.
Erdogan who emphasized that they gave an end to labelling people with the constitutional amendment package said no one would be blacklisted because they worshipped or because their wives wore headscarves.

ZAMAN
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SUPER LEAGUE BEGINS
2010-2011 season of Super League started on Saturday with games between Sivas-Galatasaray and Besiktas-Bucaspor. Sivasspor defeated Galatasaray 2-1. Besiktas defeated Bucaspor 1-0 in Izmir.

SUPREME ELECTION BOARD MAKES AN URGENT DECISION AFTER DEMAND BY OPPOSITION
After applications of two political parties, the Supreme Election Board, YSK, made a quick decision on Saturday on stamps that will be used in the referendum. The board announced that 'choice' stamps would be used rather than the 'yes' stamp in the referendum.

YENI SAFAK
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DERSIM QUESTION TO CHP
In his address to tens of thousands of people in Sakarya, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan asked "who bombed villages of Dersim?" Erdogan said when Dersim was bombed, Inonu was the head of Republican People's Party (CHP), noting that in other words CHP bombed Dersim.

ERTOSUN'S CONFESSION ON INTERNET
A voice recording allegedly belonging to Ali Suat Ertosun, a member of the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK), showed that the board is working as a political party. Ertosun allegedly said they intervened in some cases in voice recording which was broadcast on a website.
 

VATAN
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YSK BACKTRACKS, CHANGES REFERENDUM STAMP
Supreme Election Board (YSK) said the 'Choice' stamp would be used rather than the 'Yes' stamp in the referendum. YSK said, "number of 'Choice' stamps are 40,000 short of number of voters. 'Yes' stamps will only to make up for that."

PENSIONS TO BE DELIVERED TO HOMES OF THE RETIRED
Social Security Organization signed a protocol that would make lives of retired people easier. Those who transfer their pension accounts to the PTT, can have their pensions delivered at their homes if they desire. Retired workers or civil servants or Bag-Kur pensioners must transfer their pensions to PTT. SGK gave an end to the practice requiring pensioners to present documents proving they are alive.

CUMHURIYET
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'CRITICAL' REPORT ON TURKEY
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) which audits the Department of State, said in a report on Turkey posted as "not classified but sensitive" on its website that a new level of dynamism was observed in Turkey's domestic and regional policies. He said understanding the underlying causes of this new dynamism was critical for Washington's success.
OIG's 110 pages report said the fundamental question was whether Turkey using its Islamic character set its eye on the East which would conveniently bring added value or whether it started distancing itself from the west oriented approach, and if so to that extent.

PKK OPERATIVE TOGUS RELEASED
Nizamettin Toguc (58), senior operative of the terrorist organization PKK, wanted by Turkey was released in Italy on probation on Saturday.
Until judges reach a verdict on Turkey's appeal for extradition, the Venice Court of Appeals, to release Togus forcing him instead to stay in set address and report to the local police within set intervals.

RADIKAL
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HISTORIC MASS TO BE HELD TODAY
Russian, Georgian and Greek tourists rushed to the northeastern province of Trabzon for a historic mass that will take place in Sumela Monastery for the first time after 88 years. Nearly 3,000 people will attend the mass in the monastery at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

SOCIAL AID MAKES PEOPLE LAZY
The Prime Ministry conducted a research on effects of social assistance for the people. According to a report prepared by the ministry, social aids make people lazy. The report said, "those who get assistance feel grateful to the government, but when they cannot receive, they curse it."
 

HURRIYET
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ARINC: "WE WILL REACH %60 IN REFERENDUM"
Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc told Hurriyet that 60 percent of votes would be 'yes' in the referendum on the constitutional amendment package that will be held on September 12. "It can be 60 percent or 58 percent. No matter what the result will be, there is a potential in Turkey that 60 percent of people will say 'yes' to the package," he said.

ITALY RELEASES PKK KINGPIN TOGUC
Nizamettin Toguc, a kingpin of terrorist organization PKK, wanted by Turkey, was released on probation by a Venice court on Saturday. Toguc was serving at Padova Prison for one month. The Venice court decided that Toguc, 58, will serve his time in mandatory house residence instead of being kept in jail during the evaluation period of extradition demand of Turkey.

MILLIYET
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DERSIM BOMB
In his address at a rally in Adapazari, Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the opposition constantly cursed in rallies. Referring to the early years of the Turkish Republic, he slammed Republican People's Party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu:
"Where is the Main Opposition Leader from? He is from Dersim. Who bombed Dersim? It was the then President Ismet Inonu's order. In other words CHP bombed Dersim," said Erdogan.

WHO DID YOU RENT THE VILLA FROM?
Republican People's Party took the "villa with pool" debate a step further.
Kilicdaroglu said, "Mr. Erdogan says he rented the villa with the swimming pool. I am asking who did you rent it from, and for how much? Open the house and let us see it. You set your eye on my co-op house. Who can say anything against money earned with sweat?"
Kilicdaroglu who also delved into the immunity issue, said, "if you are brave enough, I will come and kiss you in the forehead."

SABAH
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NGOs EVALUATES PKK'S DECISION ON CEASEFIRE
Nongovernmental organizations, businessmen and party representatives in eastern and southeastern regions consider that terrorist organization PKK's ceasefire decision will contribute to the referendum process. They said that they did not expect a serious boycott in the eastern part of the country. The decision of PKK would contribute to 'yes' votes in the referendum, they said. The government should make good use of this process, NGOs said.

OCALAN ORDERS, DIRECTOR DISMISSED
Danish police reached voice records which verified links between Roj TV and terrorist organization PKK. Manouchehr Zonoozi, former director of Roj TV, left TV two years ago. Voice records showed that Zonoozi was forced to resign with an order of Abdullah Ocalan in 2008.

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