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Turkey's Syrian Refugees Carve Out Their Own Opportunities

Gaziantep, Turkey - A group of Syrian children already well versed in the language of despair now have a chance to learn a vocabulary of hope at the Excellence Education Centre in Turkey's Gaziantep. In a bright and colourful classroom, the kids enthusiastically recite some of the Turkish phrases they'll need in their new homeland from a curriculum designed by the centre's owner, Asmaa Joha. "When I would look into the eyes of Syrian children, I was feeling afraid," explains Asmaa. "I wondered how they would feel when they got older, and if I had done my duty and served them well as a teacher."

President Erdogan Tells BBC: EU Wastes Turkey's Time

Turkey will find it "comforting" if the EU says it cannot be accepted as a member, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told the BBC. Speaking to HARDtalk's Zeinab Badawi, he said Turkey was "able to stand on its own two feet". He also denied the country had jailed 150 journalists, saying only two people with press cards were in prison. Meanwhile, Turkey extended the detention of the local director of Amnesty International and nine others. Idil Eser was detained on 5 July during a digital security and information management workshop, along with seven other rights activists and two foreign trainers. The 10 are accused of being members of an "armed terrorist organisation" - although Amnesty says it is unclear which one. Their detention has raised alarm internationally, increasing fears that freedom of expression is being suppressed under President Erdogan.

The American Turkish Society Celebrates Turkcell's Ten Years on the NYSE

Image New York, NY– The American Turkish Society will award its annual Corporate Partnership Award to Duncan L. Niederauer, CEO of NYSE Euronext, and Süreyya Ciliv, CEO of Turkcell, at its 2011 Gala Dinner on October 20th at The Plaza in New York. The Gala will celebrate Turkcell’s ten years on the New York Stock Exchange.

Mustafa V. Koç, Chairman of Koç Holding and Joseph R. Perella, Chairman and CEO of Perella Weinberg Partners support the event as Dinner Committee Co-chairs and will present the honorees their awards at the event. Mica Ertegün serves as Honorary Chairwoman in support of the organization where her late husband, Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegün served as Chairman for many years. The other supporters of the event include top companies from both Turkey and the United States.
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