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GOOD MORNING--TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON NOV 8

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in the Turkish press on Nov. 8, 2008. Hurriyet Daily News Online does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

HURRIYET
-- MINISTER OF SEPT 12 COUP SHOULD HAVE APOLOGIZED
The commander of the military coup held in September 12, 1980 and the seventh president Kenan Evren said: "I cannot say there were no torture practices in Sept. 12 term, it happened. Then justice minister should have apologized just us existing minister did."

-- YOU HURT THE CHILDREN
Commenting on a British TV channel's documentary on orphanages in Turkey during his talks with British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, Turkey's Foreign Minister Ali Babacan said that Sarah Ferguson, the Dutchess of York, made public the handicapped lives of the children at orphanages without their consent. Babacan said that it was a stance against human rights and the children were hurt. Miliband said Ferguson had no ties neither with the British government nor with the royal family. Miliband said that British officials did not support the disclosure of the lives of the children without their or the caretakers' consent.

-- DELICATE MANEUVER FOR MESSAGE TO OBAMA
Ankara is getting prepared to send a message with a "delicate maneuver" to the newly elected U.S. President Barack Obama, who clearly expressed support for Armenian allegations, and Vice President Joe Biden, who is known for his closeness to the Armenian diaspora. Turkish President Abdullah Gul will pay his first important visit to Israel in 2009 and he will visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum.
       

MILLIYET
-- SECOND MAN EARTHQUAKE IN AKP
Deputy chairman of Justice and Development (AK) Party Dengir Mir Mehmet Firat resigned from his position. Firat, who has allegedly resigned due to his disagreement with Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the "Southeast issue", denied such allegations. Upon Firat's resignation, Abdulkadir Aksu became the new deputy chairman of AKP.      

-- "DOUBLE STANDARD" TO TURKEY
Delivering a speech at the French parliament, European Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn pointed to the "double standard" implemented against Turkey in its EU negotiation process. Rehn said that EU suspended eight chapters due to Cyprus issue and France and several other countries caused the suspension of various chapters in Turkey's negotiation process. Rehn said that approximately two chapters could be opened to negotiation each term, adding that such figure was quite low.

SABAH
-- SHE IS RETURNING TO MEVLANA
Mevlana-lover French female professor's body will be brought from the French capital of Paris to the Turkish central city of Konya nine years later. Professor Eva de Vitray Meyerovitch became a Muslim after she learned about Mevlana Jalal ad-Din Rumi and named herself "Havva" (Eve in Arabic). In a conference in Konya in 1998, the professor said, "bury me in Konya so that I will
lie under the shadow of Mevlana's spiritualism till the doomsday." Meyerovitch
died a year later at the age of 90. She was buried in Paris upon the demand of her family. Konya Municipality tried to convince her family to bury the professor in Konya for five years. Her family gave the permission two months ago. The bones of the French professor will be brought to Ucler Cemetery near Mevlana's tomb during the Sebi Arus (the night Mevlana departed his earthly life and was finally united in love with the Divine) ceremonies on December 17.

-- FROM ORPHANAGE TO FIGHT AGAINST DUCHESS
Recep Dogan, the legal counsel of the Children's Protection Agency of Turkey, was a person who also grew up in orphanages. After he graduated from the Faculty of Law and became a lawyer, he went to Britain to get a doctorate. Lawyer Dogan has launched a legal action against the undercover video footage of Duchess Ferguson in Britain. Ismail Baris, the director of the Children's Protection Agency, said the agency would sue Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York.

VATAN
-- WE TALK ON CELL-PHONES 7 TIMES A DAY
According to a survey conducted by Ericsson Consumer Lab, 97 out of 100 people in Turkey use their cell-phones once a day. The survey also reveals that 26 of every 100 people send 10 text messages everyday. Turkish people talk on their cell-phones approximately 7 times a day, the survey says.

-- MTV SELECTS TURKISH SINGER EUROPE'S BEST
15th MTV European Music Awards was held in the British city of Liverpool. Nearly 10,000 guests attended the award ceremony at Echo Arena, while approximately 30 million people watched the show on TV. Turkish singer Emre Aydin was selected the "Best Artist of Europe" at the ceremony.

CUMHURIYET
-- WILSON: POLICIES WILL NOT CHANGE
U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Ross Wilson said that almost 95 percent of U.S. policies were maintained although the administration changed in the United States. Wilson said foreign policies of countries depended on national interests, and added that many issues, including issues related with Turkey, were based on consensus.

-- U.S.-TURKEY TALKS ON UNMANNED AIRCRAFT
Turkey, which has been countering terrorism for a long time, wants to make use of all technological capabilities. Ankara is holding talks with the United States to purchase unmanned aircraft that can not only make surveillance flights but also are capable of hitting terrorists whenever they see them.   

RADIKAL
-- DENGIR FIRAT QUAKE
Dengir Mir Mehmet Firat, the deputy chairman of the ruling AKP, left the party administration. It is claimed that Firat,  who was not convincing when responding to fictitious export allegations of the Republican People's Party (CHP) MP Kemal Kilicdaroglu, tried to be active in party organizations in recent days and therefore, he drew reactions of the party members. Firat said he resigned due to health reasons. Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan replaced Firat by Abdulkadir Aksu in the central decision and executive board meeting of his party on Friday.

YENI SAFAK
-- IMF RUINED US IN 2001
Zekeriya Temizel, the former head of the Banking Regulation & Supervision Agency (BDDK)--the black box of the economic crisis in 2001, said, "our banks bankrupted because of the policies and methods of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The country was pushed under risk." Temizel said that there was no difference between the economic crisis of 2001 and the current crisis. Temizel also said that there was no finance law in Turkey till 1999 and markets were
 managed without a system for five years. "In the law adopted, we wanted to include an expression saying that banks shall be ensured liquidity and banks in difficult condition shall be transferred to the fund. This expression was erased from the law with IMF's pressure," Temizel also said.
Temizel said, "after the constitution row between the prime minister and president, foreign capital was withdrawn from Turkey. We could not immediately implement the floating exchange rate regime, proposed by the IMF, since the prime minister was abroad. And the following day was a disaster. Interest rates climbed to 2,000 percent and markets collapsed. We were not let to save even strong banks. Now, they are saving giant banks with the method that was restricted for us."    

-- DUTCHESS OF YORK CAUSED ROW IN BRITAIN
ITV channel in Britain broadcast the video footage said to "be taken in Zeytinburnu and Saray orphanages in Turkey." The undercover footage was broadcast with the slogan, "the forgotten children of Europe." The program asked if Britain would continue Turkey's road to European Union (EU) membership unless Turkey corrected the conditions. The Daily Telegraph criticized Sarah Ferguson, the Dutchess of York who was with the undercover journalists who shot the video. The newspaper wrote that the dutchess was misusing her own daughter to pay her 4 million British pound debt. 

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