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Harika Avcı (Harika Avci)
Turkish actress, model,
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Harika Avcı -- actress, model, sometime singer
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Mehmet Okur
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NBA Pro Basketball Player
'Memo' (Mehmet Bey's nickname) began his NBA career in 2002 as a 6'11" Forward for the Detroit Pistons -- and played an instrumental role in that team's 2004 NBA Championship Season. He currently stars for the Utah Jazz -- who he joined as a free agent on 7/27/04.
Career highlights: 33 points at Chicago Bulls (11/12/05); 27 points twice (3/22/05, 1/14/04); 18 rebounds on 11/23/03
Abdullah Öcalan

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  • Founder/leader of the PKK -- a Kurdish Terrorist organization
  • From the time he formed the PKK in the 1980's, the group was responsible for nearly 40,000 deaths in Turkey.
  • He was always championed in France by his rumored lover, the wife of Francois Mitterand.
  • Captured in Kenya in 2000, he was tried and convicted in 2001, and is now incarcerated in Imralı prison, near Istanbul.
  • In the news: 1 March 2004...If he were ever pardoned for his crimes and released from prison, he'd be out of the frying pan and into the fire. Because he shirked his Turkish military obligation as a young man, he'd have to serve it out in full. (See photo-story at left.) If that ever happened, we have a feeling he'd wish he were back in prison. Because, included among the aforementioned 40,000 dead are thousands of Turkish military men. And their memory will be ingrained in the Turkish psyche for a very long time to come...
  • Nilüfer Öz
    Exotic Dancer; Oryantal (oriental belly dancer); Turkish Belly Dancer"Lilly" was a dancer from the 80s who was once linked to Ibrahim Tatlıses...
    Continue reading at "Nilüfer Öz and Ibo"...»
    Tuğba Özay

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    Sexy and
    cocksure (?) fashion model

    Prosecutor seeks
    8-year jail term...

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    Before the fall from grace...
    Showin' Off
    CHP Party Conferance

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    In custody for
    Harbouring a known criminal!
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    Tuğba stops traffic (2003)

    Tuğba's first frikik (2002)

  • In the news: August-September 2007... Has Tuğba finally gotten too big for her thong-britches? Coming soon...
  • In the news: 10 July 2005... Ouch! In the aftermath of her being arrested together with fugitive boyfriend Kürşat Yılmaz (see full story below), Tuğba hanım was arraigned yesterday at a pre-trial hearing. And the state prosecutor's office revealed that it is seeking an 8 year jail term for the sexy model -- for harbouring a known criminal. Tugba's reply to the charge? "I didn't know that Kürşat bey was on the run." Mebbe so, mebbe not. Guess the court will decide that... (See photo-article at left.)

  • In the news: May-June 2005..."Show me the money -- and keep your nose out of my private life!"

    Özay declared herself a 'Trademark' in 2002 -- and, despite sometimes suffering unflattering press coverage, she's been in steady demand on the fashion runways ever since.

    Always doing things 'her way', she's felt equally at ease appearing nearly naked in haute couture fashion shows or draped head-to-toe in orthodox religious garb for Islamic shows. As long as there's been money on offer, she's been there to snap it up -- pretty much marching to her own lucrative drummer, perhaps a little arrogantly. But, getting away with it...

    Oh... there was that one run-in with Custom's Police at İzmir Airport in 2003, when she flew into a rage and got arrested for it. But, afterwards, when she showed contriteness at the court hearing, she was let off with just a slap on the wrist. And, since then, she's bullied on without a serious reputational blemish, no matter how close to the wind she's sailed...

    But that may have all changed during the wee small hours of Sunday, 29 May 2005... Acting on an anonymous tip, police raided a private home that night in the Üsküdar district of İstanbul -- in search of the notorious gangland fugitive Kürşat Yılmaz. And they nabbed him all right, but that's not the end of the story... Because, it turned out that the house belonged to Tuğba hanım -- who was there at the time, alone with Yılmaz, locked in less-than decorous embrace. So police also took her into custody, for harboring a known criminal. (See left.)

    Held for questioning overnight, Özay was not in a good mood upon her release. "My private life belongs to only me. I don't have to explain myself to anybody," she barked at reporters.

    Not everyone agreed with her on that point, though... Because the very next day, she was summarily stripped of her 'duties' as CHP political party spokesperson -- which she'd so proudly numbered among her non-modeling achievements. (See her Showin' Off with CHP Party Chairman Deniz Baykal in happier times, at upper left.)

    Will her modeling career too be affected by this latest scandal? Or, is it really true that "there's no such thing as bad publicity"? Özay is about to find out.

  • Hilmi Özkök

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  • In the news: 17 March 2004...General Özkök accepts responsibility for flap over intelligence data base. Mehmet Ağar griped publicly last week about the rumored fişleme (intelligence data base preparation) -- and this week Chairman of the Joint Chiefs dismissed it as an 'internal matter' involving misinterpreted procedures and a few overzealous junior officers for whom he took the blame, saying 'I'm in command. If there's been an imperfection, it's mine.' (See photo-article at left.) And, we guess that puts an end to the story.
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  • Berna Öztürk
    Turkey's most sought after professional Disk Jockey (in 2005). Berna is the sister of Bilge Öztürk (who is Tarkan's long-time live-in lover.)
    Although Tarkan and Bilge Öztürk are unmarried, they've been together for such a long, that the Turkish Press have 'labelled' Berna as Tarkan's baldız (an appellation usually reserved for a sister-in-law, on one's wife's side).
    In the News: 29 January 2006 -- "I laugh at the Lesbian stories that are fabricated about me..." Berna Hanım (who was seen in her DJ booth during a recent gig in Holland openly lip-kissing a girlfriend) says she finds comic the claims that she's gay. "I kiss on the lips any person I love or like alot." Öztürk (who is tired of being referred to as Tarkan's baldız) said, "I want to be known by my own name. I'm an unreserved person, and lip-kissing is just a demonstration of affection for me. It doesn't matter whether it's a man or a women...If I like 'em, I kiss 'em on the lips. Outside of Istanbul, everybody likes me, and I hear compliments from everyone. I don't get the same reception from people in Istanbul." That's problee 'cause they've seen and heard it all before, Berna Hanım... Gözcü Gazetesi, 29 Jan 2006 (See photo-article at left.)
    Bilge Öztürk Tarkan's long-time live-in lover -- is Berna Öztürk's sister
    When he can't trust anyone else...
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    Turkish celebrity news-byte:
    Tarkan sez, "İyi ki Bilge var. Bilge and I aren't thinking of marriage right now, we're happy the way we are. But when fame overwhelms me and I can't trust anyone else, thank God for Bilge. She loves me for who I am."Gözcü Gazetesi, 8 Aug 2005
    Yaşar Nuri Öztürk

    Moderate Muslim Spokesperson
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    Islamic scholar, religious interpreter and reformer; author; news-media commentator; political party leader
  • In the news: February-March 2005... Considered as a 'black sheep' by fundamentalist Muslims and as an Islamic Martin Luther by moderate co-religionists, Öztürk's pronouncements against strict interpretations of Islam make headlines just about every time he opens his mouth in-country, or out. Last week in the German magazine 'Welt am Sonntag' he had harsh words for the Turkish ruling party (AKP) and its overzealous religious agenda. But he also had criticism for the opposition CHP (of which he was once a member) because of its lack of attention to religious constituents -- which costs the CHP dearly, in lost votes at election time. In the magazine's lead article (entitled 'Turkish Martin Luther criticizes Erdoğan's political philosophy'), Öztürk touted his own newly-formed HYP political party and its slogan, "Peace between reason and religion". But he also confused his secular followers somewhat, by suggesting the need for a more 'generous' attitude (on the part of secularists everywhere) concerning headcoverings for Islamic women and facial hair for military men -- which seemed to contradict his rigorously secular statements on these subjects, in the past. Is HYP party-leader Öztürk set on widening his religious constituency -- even if it means adulterating the principles that enabled him to capture the secular constituency he now enjoys? Will gains in religious constituents be cancelled by losses among secularists? Hürriyet Gazetesi, 21 February 2005 (See mini-article at left.)
  • His earlier uneqivocal secular view on the subject of women's headcoverings (türban) -- see published comments of the reforming Öztürk (together with Koranic scholar-colleagues Hüseyin Hatemi and Zekeriya Beyaz) from October 2001...
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