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A Conduit for People who Love Malcolm All Over the World

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Sisters Malaak Shabazz (left) and Ilyasah Shabazz keep their parents? spirit alive through the Center. (Photo by Robin Elisabeth Kilmer/Manhattan Times)
Nearly five decades after the assassination of Malcolm X at the Audubon Ballroom in Washington Heights, a portion of the building is now dedicated to preserving the legacy of the African-American icon, reports Robin Elisabeth Kilmer for Manhattan Times. While the legacy of Malcolm X and the Ballroom, located at 3940 Broadway at 165th Street, are forever intertwined, the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center with its mostly volunteer staff – led by interim executive director Mark Harding – strives to establish its own identity, distinct from the Audubon. Last year, over 30,000 visited the Center, said Harding, 10,000 more than 2011. “We are a conduit for people who love Malcolm all over the world,” said Harding. “We’re the custodians of this place of martyrdom.”

Why Oxford University Couldn't Survive Without Philanthropy

Image You shouldn’t need a first in maths from Oxford to figure out that your ancient, inadequately subsidised alma mater urgently requires the support of private donors — and that your money is as good as (almost) anyone’s, says Josh Spero. It started with the Led Zeppelin concert.’ Unlikelier sentences have been spoken, but probably not in Oxford. Professor Nick Rawlins is sitting in his office overlooking Wellington Square talking about the recently announced £26 million gift to the university by Mica Ertegun, the widow of Ahmet Ertegun, Atlantic Records founder and promoter of the Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin and the Zep. The money will endow 35 scholarships for humanities graduates at a time when the sciences, seen as more practical or valuable, receive more philanthropic funding. £1 million from the concert at the O2 was donated to Oxford by the band and ‘that got Mica Ertegun thinking she’d like to come to Oxford. She came to Oxford and she fell in love, not just with the buildings but with the people.’ It must be rare for donors to walk through the door. ‘There are several days when no multimillionaire comes to ask me if they can help,’ he laughs.

Envoy Calls on Turkish Scientists in USA to Share Experiences with Youth

Image Turkish Ambassador Tan calls on Turkish scientists in USA to share experiences with Turkish youth. Turkish Ambassador in Washington Namik Tan on Saturday made a call on Turkish scientists living in the United States to share their experiences and success with Turkish youth in Turkey.

Ermeni Yalanlarina Son Mitingi

Image Ali Cinar- New York - Amerika’nın en aktif dernekleri arasında olan Young Turks-Genç Türkler Derneği’nin düzenleyeceği “Ermeni Yalanlarına Son ve Şehitlerimizi Anma”Mitingi, 24 Nisan 2010 Cumartesi günü 12.00 pm ile 5.00 pm arasında yapılacağı açıklandı.

Her yıl olduğu gibi Times Square meydanına yakın, 42ci sokak ve 7ci cadde arasında yapılacağını belirten Genç Türkler Derneği’nin Kurucu Başkanı Tulga Tekman, büyük bir katılımla programı yapacaklarını belirtti.

City Tech Professor Mushabac Named 2011 Scholar on NYCCT Campus for her Sephardic Short Story: Pasha

ImageNewswise — Brooklyn, NY -- Writer, historian and playwright Jane Mushabac has been named the 2011 Scholar on Campus at New York City College of Technology (City Tech).

She will perform and discuss her Sephardic short story “Pasha: Ruminations of David Aroughetti” on Monday, April 11, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., in City Tech's Atrium Amphitheater, 300 Jay Street in Downtown Brooklyn. The public is invited to this free event.

Dr. Mushabac, associate professor of English, specializes in American literature, New York City history and Judeo-Spanish Ottoman-American culture. She wrote “Pasha” under the pen name Shalach Manot (which refers to the gifts of food given on the holiday of Purim to friends and family). It’s about a Turkish Jew in the deteriorating Ottoman Empire in the early 1900s who talks tough like a pasha, but it’s ironic because he has neither status nor money.

Dr. Mushabac wrote the story in Judeo-Spanish -- Ladino -- and translated it into English for publication in the Jewish journal Midstream. Ladino is the language spoken by Spanish Jews for well over 500 years, since their 1492 expulsion from Spain and migration to the Ottoman Empire. “The language includes many Turkish and Hebrew words,” she explains. This July, Sephardic Horizons, founded last year, will publish the original Ladino version of “Pasha.”

Father of Teen Killed in Gaza Flotilla Raid Seeks American Justice

Image Professor Ahmet Doğan, whose 19-year-old son Furkan was killed aboard during the Israeli army raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla from Turkey in May, is in Washington in an attempt to convince American officials to open an investigation into the raid.

Furkan was an American citizen who was born in the U.S. His father will be meeting with Congress members Tuesday and on Wednesday speak with members of the State Department and the Ministry of Justice.

The Mavi Marmara was part of six-boat flotilla that was heading for Gaza from Turkey. Israeli naval troops boarded the boat on May 31, 2010. The activists on board the boat resisted, and nine people were killed.

The Sephardi Diaspora

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Randall C. Belinfante

By Randall C. Belinfante*

The exodus of the Jews from Spain began not in 1492, as many believe, but in 1391, when serious anti-Jewish riots broke out in Toledo and Seville.  In striving to convert the entire nation to the Catholic Christian faith, the Spanish leaders forced thousands of Jews to convert.  Many others fled the country.  Those that had converted came to be known as New Christians or Marranos (meaning “pig”). It was this group that was to become a target of the Inquisition, an organization charged with ensuring adherence to orthodox practice among Catholics but which also set about preventing people from backsliding into their “heathen” faiths.

"Taking Refuge under the Crescent and Star"

The racist ideologies that began to take hold in Europe in the pre-World War II period led to the fight of many scientists and artists. Professor Faruk Şen has now searched the memoirs of those intellectuals who sought refuge in Turkey, perused government documents and held interviews with living witnesses of the period and has compiled this research into a book that he calls “Ay – Yıldız Altında Sürgün” (“Taking Refuge under the Crescent and Star”), published by Günizi Publishing.

Brain Drain -Is a Problem or an Advantage?

Ayşe Önal Zamboğlu-
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Brain drain has been a hot topic of discussion for many years in Turkey. Many have studied it sociologically and discussed it from different angles.  Was it the economical crisis or uncertainty that drove young people abroad, or the quality of graduate schools abroad, or the wide array of opportunities in various technical fields?

Father-Figure of the Turkish Students in Boston

Mustafa Oğuz Aykaç – Boston
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The number of Turkish students at Northeastern University is about 150, which is the fourth largest international student population at this institution. Boston particularly is regarded as an academic city with all its famous universities – Harvard, MIT Boston College, and Northeastern.
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