TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON SEPT 15

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

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON SEPT 15

TURKIYE
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WE ARE COMPETING WITH CHINA
Turkish economy reared up as it grew 10.3 percent in Q2. National income per capita broke a record and exceeded 1 trillion Turkish liras (TL). Turkish economy, which broke an OECD record as it grew 11.7 percent in the first quarter of 2010, has not decelerated. The growth figure was two points above projections, and reached 10.3 percent in the Q2. Thus, Turkey has grew in two-digit figures successively for the first time since 2004.

MUSIAD'S SUPPORT TO IRAQ'S DEVELOPMENT
Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi visited the Independent Industrialists' & Businessmen's Association (MUSIAD). MUSIAD's chairman Cihad Vardan said the association would contribute to Iraq.

ZAMAN
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ECHR POINTS OUT ERGENEKON
European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) sentenced Turkey to pay compensation as the case on "denigrating Turkish identity" made Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink a target. In its decision, the court also defined Ergenekon as terrorist organization.

TURKEY WORLD'S THIRD HIGHEST GROWING COUNTRY
Turkey is rapidly recovering after the global economic crisis. Turkish economy grew 10.3 percent in the second quarter (April-May-June) of 2010 when compared to the same period of 2009. TurkStat announced 6-month growth rate as 11 percent. Thus, Turkey became the world's third highest growing country after Singapore and Thailand. Experts said that the figures were higher than the expectations, adding that the growth would exceed year-end five percent target. Economy circles said that these figures showed that Turkey's gross domestic product returned to the pre-crisis figures.

YENI SAFAK
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TURKEY, ONLY RIVALLED BY CHINA IN ECONOMIC GROWTH
Turkey recorded a 10.3% growth rate in Q2 and became one of the two fastest growing countries in the G-20 together with China.
Turkey, which broke the record for OECD Countries with 11.7% in 2004, grew at double digits in the second quarter. Turkey, which recorded a 10.3% growth rate in Q2, grew at double digits two quarters in a row for the first time since 2004.

ECHR FINES TURKEY IN DINK CASE
European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) sentenced Turkey to pay 133,595 Euro in an appeal made to the court for the assassination of journalist Hrant Dink. In an unanimous decision, the court ruled that Turkey violated the right to life, freedom of expression, and right to an effective remedy and investigation.
 

VATAN
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WHY IS HE ALWAYS WINNING?
What is the reason behind Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's election success? Political scientists, sociologists, strategists and journalists are discussing it in the Vatan daily newspaper.
Professor Deniz Ulke Aribogan said Erdogan was criticizing and complaining about the order as if he were a member of the opposition although he was ruling the country. "He is creating a perception that there is a capable power except the government, which is a successful strategy," she said.
Professor Nilufer Narli said pushing the status quo was a significant dynamic in Erdogan's success, and he was so successful in his relations with the nation.
Moreover, Professor Fuat Keyman said Erdogan had seen the changes in the world and transformation in Turkey well, whereas Vatan's columnist Rusen Cakir said Erdogan made best use of global opportunities, and he backed European Union (EU) bid when the opposition remained aloof.

IF ONLY HE COULD SEE THIS DAY
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) did not find Turkish journalist Hrant Dink of Armenian descend guilty in his article which led him to be murdered. The court fined Turkey to pay compensation. Hrant Dink's spouse Rachel burst into tears at the spot where her husband was shot to death. Dink was sentenced to six months in prison on charges of "denigrating Turkish identity" in one of his articles in 2004. He then applied to the ECHR and said, "I will leave this country if I am not acquitted." However, the judgement he had waited for so long came only three and a half years after he was killed. The ECHR said there was not any denigration in the article, and what was criticized was the diaspora.

CUMHURIYET
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BRAINSTORMING IN WASHINGTON
Think-tank organizations in Washington D.C., the White House, U.S Departments of Defense and State and the National Intelligence Council which have been discussing Turkey's foreign policy in detail, are trying to find answers to questions like where Turkey was heading, and if it was a trustworthy partner regarding Israel and Iran.
One of the topics of enthusiasm about Turkey's politics was Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu. Whether CHP makes a strong opposition against Justice and Development (AK) Party with its new leader is discussed in these meetings.

5.3% ANNUAL GROWTH
Turkstat announced that Turkey's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew 10.3% year-on-year in Q2. The growth rate in the last twelve months was 5.3%. Professor Aziz Konukman said the economy was dependent on foreign capital like an opium addict. He said the growth rate would enter a declining trend in the second half of the year.

RADIKAL
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TWO FACES OF EASTERN TURKEY
Three of nine PKK terrorists --who died in the clash with soldiers in the southeastern province of Hakkari on September 6-- were buried in Idil town of the southeastern province of Sirnak yesterday with a ceremony participated by 50,000 people. Many people attended the funeral ceremonies of PKK terrorists which took place in Hakkari as well as Silopi and Cizre towns of Sirnak.
On the other hand, a dinner was hosted and a farewell ceremony was held for 600 youths who would go to military service from Silopi yesterday, and 10,000 people attended the ceremony. Brigadier General Atilla Sirin expressed wish that soldiers would complete their military service without problem and return to their families.

"TIMSAH" (THE ALLIGATORS) DISAPPOINTED IN FIRST GAME
Bursaspor, nicknamed "Timsah" (The Alligators) --champion of Turkish soccer league last season-- could not display a successful performance in the UEFA Champions League game they had played for the first time in their history. Spain's Valencia defeated Bursaspor 4-0 in Bursa.
 

HURRIYET
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DEMOCRATIC INITIATIVE 12, ERDOGAN 63
A survey A&G carried out for Hurriyet daily newspaper regarding the referendum indicated that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was more effective for the citizens living in the Southeastern Anatolia Region than the Kurdish initiative.
The majority of people who voted in favor of constitutional amendments in the Southeast (63.3 percent) said they said "yes" for Erdogan. Those who said, "the democratic initiative would be a beginning of the solution of Kurdish issue" remained at 11.9 percent.
According to the survey, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) had the most loss. Almost 29 percent of MHP voters cast "yes" in the referendum.
Another striking development was that almost five of every 100 CHP supporters cast "yes". The Justice & Development (AK) Party's loss in ballot boxes was only 1.8 percent.

ROAD ACCIDENT IN BURSA
Bursaspor, Turkey's only representative in the Champions League, had a road accident in their first match last night. Bursaspor were defeated by Valencia of Spain 4-0. Former Galatasaray player Mehmet Topal, who now plays for Valencia, played during the entire match against Bursaspor.

MILLIYET
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TURKEY CATCHES CHINA, RETURNS PRE-CRISIS PERIOD
Turkish economy, for the first time since 2004, recorded a double-digit growth rate in two successive quarters. Turkey grew 10.3 percent in the second quarter, and also kept up with China which is on the top in the first quarter. Thus, the economic growth reached 268.4 billion USD, and returned to the figures of the period before global economic crisis which broke out with the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers. German Die Welt newspaper wrote, "Turkey left behind the Mediterranean countries".

SHAME AND PRIDE
European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) sentenced Turkey to pay compensation as it could not prevent assassination of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink and not conduct the investigation afterwards properly.
On the other hand, Millyet's correspondent Nedim Sener --who is on trial for 32-years of imprisonment due to the book he wrote about the negligence regarding the assassination of Dink-- was decorated with World Press Freedom Hero award by International Press Institute.

SABAH
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ENVIABLE RECORD
The Turkish economy grew at 10.3% in the second quarter where as the European economies had to contend with growth rates around 1%. In the April-June period the Turkish economy exceeded the 1 trillion TL threshold. Turkey and China became the fastest growing economies of the G-20, the league of the developed. Turkey's growth rate has been five times higher then that of the EU average. Income per capita rose to USD 9,443.
The economy grew at double digit rates in two quarters in a row for the first time in a long time. The construction sector grew at record 21.9% in the said period. The private sector investments rose 32% in Q2.

INEXPERIENCED BURSASPOR BECAME THE PREY
The last champion of the Turkish major soccer league, Bursaspor made a bad start in its first champions league quest. Bursaspor, who hosted Valencia --one of the oldest soccer clubs of the last world champion Spain-- in Group C, could not make a resistance against its opponent. Bursaspor was devastated by goals by Tino Costa, Aduriz, Pablo and Soldado.
 

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