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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.

Searching for Noah's Ark

Ali Çınar – Connecticut
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Like the lost continent Atlantis and Mu, or the Ark of the Covenant or the Holy Grail, Noah’s Ark is undoubtedly on the list of missing treasures of the world. To date, many scientists have searched for the Ark, which is claimed to be atop Turkey’s highest mountain, Mount Ağrı, yet none of them have come up with any conclusive findings.

The Future of Tourism and Turkey

Muzaffer S. Uysal
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Today, tourism, with its complex social, economic and physical impact, has become an international phenomenon, and is one of the largest and most rapidly growing industries in the international market. Now, tourism is a very competitive business. It is no longer a supply driven sector but a demand driven market.
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