--BARDAKOGLU AND CARDINAL'S CONFLICT ON GLOBAL CRISIS
Professor Ali Bardakoglu, head of the Religious Affairs Directorate, and Austrian Cardinal of the Catholic Church Christoph Schonborn, could not agree on the reasons for the recent global economic crisis. Replying to a question after his meeting with Schonborn, Bardakoglu said that the global crisis was the "reflection of what people had done with their own hands". Contrary to Bardakoglu's remarks, Schonborn said that the crisis could be seen as "a punishment by God".
--I DO NOT SUPPORT EU MEMBERSHIP ANYMORE, YASAR KEMAL
In an interview with German daily, Neue Osnabrucker, prominent Turkish writer Yasar Kemal said that he could no longer understand EU membership. "I do not believe that the EU would contribute to world peace. I am disappointed," he said. Kemal also said that he could not stand the expression "moderate Islam". "There is no such thing, it is an expression made up by
--NEW ID CARD WITH CHIP
Residents of the north-western
--U.S. PIZZA GIANT PAPA JOHN'S TO GROW DESPITE CRISIS
U.S. pizza giant Papa John's entered the Turkish market in August. The company plans to open 50 branches in
--FIRST RELIEF IN MARKETS
Global measures boomed world markets, and
World markets boomed on Monday, the U.S. Dow Jones index was up 11.01 percent and made a historic rise. The managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said the peak of the crisis might have been left behind. The Turkish government has launched initiatives to bring deposits abroad back to
--WHAT ABOUT DENIZ FENERI?
Ankara Chief Prosecutor's Office launched an investigation into Muzaffer Eryilmaz, the mayor of
However, there are not any concrete developments in the Deniz Feneri charity scandal. The first denouncement regarding the charity case was made on Sept. 8.
--"ALL REGIONAL COUNTRIES SHOULD FIGHT AGAINST PKK"
Esfendiar Rahim Mashaie, the deputy of Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadi-Nejad, spoke to Vatan daily in
--"THE ONLY LOSER WILL BE THE PKK"
Firyad Rawanduzi, a Kurdish MP in the Iraqi parliament and editor-in-chief of the Al-Ittihad newspaper, said that a new era had begun with the "wise diplomacy" that was launched between Turkish Premier Tayyip Erdogan and Iraqi President Jalal Talabani. Rawanduzi said, "The PKK, which could not perceive it, made a misjudgment and staged the attack that was condemned in a way that has never been seen before. The only loser will be the PKK in this new era."
--FIRST CONTACT WITH BARZANI
--PKK'S CAVES AND SHELTERS BOMBED
The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) continue with its wide-scale operation targeting the terrorist organization PKK. While one terrorist surrendered to Turkish security forces in the eastern
--HAD STRUCTURAL REFORMS BEEN MADE, WE WOULD HAVE BEEN IN A BETTER POSITION, NGO CHAIRMAN
Chairman of the Turkish Exporters' Assembly (TIM), Mehmet Buyukeksi, said that "had structural reforms been made in
--ERDOGAN CRITICIZES THOSE WHO WARNED AGAINST CRISIS
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan criticized those who warned against an economic crisis in
--TURKEY WILL OVERCOME CRISIS MILDLY
Professor Nouriel Roubini, a lecturer at the New York University, of Jewish descent, born in Istanbul, analyzed the Turkish economy, and said he expected some Europe-oriented fluctuations in Turkey due to the global crisis. Roubini said, "I see the current deficit as an important factor in
Roubini also said, "Growth can be sustained when compared with previous terms.
--LAST MESSAGE TO BARZANI
The Turkish delegation that went to