New York Will Begin Phased Reopening Of Public Schools On December 7th

Public schools will begin to open on December 7 in New York, the biggest city in the U.S.

The Primary schools will open first, but NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said that children whose parents had consented to the test would go to school. The schools in New York had closed around two weeks ago, following the increase in cases throughout the city.

Mayor De Blasio said that this was a new approach and that they had a lot of evidence as to how schools could be safe.

Michael Mulgrew, the president of the United Federation of Teachers, said that they would support de Blasio's approach as long as mandatory testing was in place.Approximately 1.1 million students are being taught in public schools in the city of New York.

Some New Yorkers had criticized the fact that gyms remained open while schools were closed. Kindergardens will also open together with primary schools on December 7. The education of special needs children, on the other hand, will begin on December 10. Secondary schools and high schools will open at a later date.

Mayor De Blasio said that students would need to sign a document stating that they would take coronavirus tests in order to be able to attend when schools opened. These tests will be done every week, but it will only be possible to test 1/5th of the students in one week.

In his press conference, Mayor De Blasio said that the governor had the authority to overrule the decision of the city depending on the number of cases. During this new period, the results of the tests at the schools will be monitored, and a class or the whole school will have the possibility of being closed down based on the number of cases.

More than 4 million new cases were reported in the U.S. during November. More than 35,000 people lost their lives during this month.

Despite the increase in the number of cases in New York, it is one of the states with the lowest number of positive test results. The positive test results are currently at 3%.

"NATO2030: United for a New Era”

Secretary General Stoltenberg appointed an independent Reflection Group co-chaired by Thomas de Maizière and A. Wess Mitchell and consisting of John Bew, Greta Bossenmaier, Anja Dalgaard-Nielsen, Marta Dassù, Anna Fotyga, Tacan Ildem, Hubert Védrine, and Herna Verhagen. 
The Secretary General tasked the Group with providing recommendations in three areas: 
1) Reinforcing Allied unity, solidarity, and cohesion, including to cement the centrality of the transatlantic bond; 
2) Increasing political consultation and coordination between Allies in NATO; and
 3) Strengthening NATO’s political role and relevant instruments to address current and future threats and challenges to Alliance security emanating from all strategic directions
Turkish Diplomat Taclan tweeted the following statement "Honour & pleasure for me to take part in this important work.The report entitled “#NATO2030: United for a New Era” is a product of a long but enriching experience. I will cherish our thorough and painstaking deliberations among the members of the Experts Group with each of  whom my engagement will remain as a memorable souvenir."

Who is Tacan Ildem?

Former Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy

Ambassador Ildem is a senior Turkish diplomat. Since the start of his career in 1978, he has held positions involving multilateral and bilateral affairs. Before assuming his current responsibilities, Ambassador Ildem served as Permanent Representative of Turkey to the OSCE in Vienna from 2011 until 2016. During his term in Vienna he performed the duties as the Chairperson of the OSCE Security Committee and as the Coordinator for Conflict Cycle for the Helsinki +40 process.
Previously Ambassador Ildem was Director General for International Security Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in Ankara (2009-2011), Turkey’s Permanent Representative to NATO (2006-2009) and Ambassador of Turkey to the Kingdom of the Netherlands (2003-2006). His earlier assignments include Chief of Cabinet and Principal Foreign Policy Advisor to the President of the Republic of Turkey (2000-2003) when he also acted as the Presidential Spokesperson; Special Advisor to the Undersecretary of the MFA; Head of the NATO and Western European Union Department; Minister-Counsellor and Deputy Chief of Mission at the Turkish Embassy in Athens; Head of the NATO Military Affairs Department at the MFA; Political Counsellor and Spokesperson at the Turkish Embassy in Washington D.C.; and First Secretary at the Permanent Mission to NATO as well as at the Turkish Embassy in New Delhi.

Through these roles Ambassador Ildem has accumulated extensive experience in the international security domain with particular involvement in transatlantic relations. He has taken part in a number of key NATO initiatives, including the development of the 2010 Strategic Concept.

Ambassador Ildem was born in 1956 and is a graduate of Ankara University Political Science Faculty with a specialisation in international relations.

President-Elect Biden: "I'm going to shut down the virus, not the economy."

Joe Biden, who has been elected president according to unofficial results following the November 3 elections in the U.S., has criticized Trump administration officials once again for failing to share information concerning the vaccination distribution processes with his team. Biden has warned that failure to share this information could lead to more lives being lost. During his teleconference call with governors, Biden stated that the country's mask mandate was being discussed. Biden also said that he would be announcing his Secretary of the Treasury immediately after Thanksgiving Day.

President-Elect Biden, who stated that the governors who had participated in the meeting had presented a joint resolve, said, "They have shown that we are all Americans, before all else." Biden stated that it was necessary to fight against the coronavirus, which has caused the loss of 250,000 lives, in unity, as "one country" and listed the matters planned within the scope of the coordination activities.

First, Biden stated that the states, cities, and local communities need to receive economic support from the federal government and that businesses, schools, and working families needed to benefit from that support.

Second, Biden pointed toward the need to find ways to distribute a safe vaccine to everyone equally and emphasized that distributing 330 million vaccines would take a great deal of time and require resources and cooperation. Biden said, "There is no need to raise false hopes," and also stated that campaigns were being planned in order to inform the public in the correct manner.

In addition,Biden stated that he would call upon the National Guard to help the governors with the distribution activities, but there would be a cost involved with this. He said that the cost of sending the National Guard to the states would need to be met.

National Mask Mandate to Fight Covid-19

President-Elect Biden stated that a national mask mandate was one of the matters discussed on the agenda, and said that this needed to be seen as an act of patriotism rather than a political stance.

Biden, who stated that it was possible to accomplish all of these, said, "We need to come together as a country to be able to cope with the problems."

On the other hand, during the Q&A session of the event, Biden said that he would be announcing his nominee for the Secretary of the Treasury immediately after Thanksgiving and that this person would be one who would be accepted by both the moderate and progressivist sections of the Democrat Party.

Biden stated that the U.S. would immediately rejoin the World Health Organization and the Paris Agreement, which President Trump had withdrawn the U.S. from, and responded to a question as to whether he was considering economic sanctions against China by saying that the objective was not to punish China but to show it that it needs to play by the rules.

President-Elect Biden stated that there was no excuse for the Trump administration not to share the data related to the coronavirus vaccine distribution activities, and said that it would take months for the work once they took over and that this would mean more deaths.

Biden, who stated that they had discussed the urgent needs of the states with the governors and that action needed to be taken straight away to meet these needs, said that the National Defense Production Act could be put into action for this.

 "I'm going to shut down the virus, not the economy."

When he was asked whether he would shut down the country completely in the fight against the virus, Biden said, "I'm going to shut down the virus, not the economy." Biden, who said, "Let me say once again that there will be no shut down at a national level," continued as follows: "That would not be productive. Every city and every community is different. The measure which will be taken here will also be different.

Biden pointed out that blacks, Asians, Native Americans, and those of Latin roots are the groups that mostly suffer the worst and pick themselves up the latest during crises, and said, "We will reverse this."

The Democrat Party candidate Joe Biden, who has won the U.S. presidential elections according to the unofficial results, continues to determine the team he is going to work with at the White House. 

The campaign team of Biden has announced the individuals appointed to four positions, including the directorates of legislative affairs and the presidential personnel office.

Cathy Russell,White House Office of Presidential Personnel 

Louisa Terrell,Director of the White House Office of Legislative Affair 

Carlos Elizondo,Social secretary for upcoming First Lady Biden 

Mala Adaga,Policy Director for upcoming  First Lady Biden 

2020 Election Results for Candidates from the Turkish American Community : Four Winners!

The Turkish American community witnessed the highest number of candidates running for public office in 2020 with 13 members of the community declaring their candidacy for federal, state, and local positions. California led in the most candidates with five followed by New Jersey with two. The following six states had one candidate each—Arizona, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

The scoreboard for the year was four wins and nine losses. Here are the winners:

Aycha Sirvanci Sawa was elected on April 7 as Milwaukee’s City Comptroller (nonpartisan position) in Wisconsin. She is the first Turkish American elected as a chief financial officer for a major American city and the second woman elected to a city office in Milwaukee.

Tayfun Selen (R), was reelected on November 3 as a Freeholder (County Commissioner) of the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders (County Commissioners) in New Jersey.

Ben Bartlett, spouse of Yelda Mesbah Bartlett, was reelected on November 3 as Council member (nonpartisan position) of the Berkeley City Council in California.

Leah Ersoylu, spouse of Sarp Ersoylu, was elected on November 3 as Trustee (nonpartisan position) of the Newport Mesa United School District in Orange County, California.

Our thanks and appreciation to the following candidates who were courageous to run for public office and gave a good fight but did not win their elections. We applaud their efforts and strongly encourage them to consider running for public office again.

Aylin Acikalin (D), candidate for Judge of New Orleans First City Court in Louisiana.

John Alpay, ran for Councilmember (nonpartisan position) of the San Jan Capistrano City Council in California.

Onur Arugaslan, ran for Trustee (nonpartisan position) of the Mattawan Consolidated Schools Board of Education in Michigan.

Alp Basaran (D), candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, New Jersey 9th congressional district.

Zarina Kiziloglu, spouse of Kursad Kiziloglu, ran for Councilmember (nonpartisan position) of the Pleasanton City Council in California.

Ajlan Kurdoglu (D), candidate for the Arizona State Senate in Legislative District 17.

Sezin Palmer, ran for Board Member (nonpartisan position) of the Howard County Public Schools Board of Education District 4 in Maryland.

Ceylan Rowe (D), candidate for the Massachusetts House of Representatives, 12th Worcester District.

Cenk Uygur (D), candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, California 25th congressional district. 

* Derya Taskin is  selected for  State of NJ electoral college delegate from Democratic Party.

Reference: Ten Thousand Turks Campaign

NYC Mayor: Schools could close by Monday as coronavirus cases spike

In New York City, where most people died due to Coronavirus in the U.S., the increasing number of cases in recent days prompted the authorities to take new measures.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio stated that mandatory face mask rule came into effect in nine different districts as of September 29th, and those who do not comply with the mandatory use of face-mask in the designated areas will be fined up to $1,000. Mayor de Blasio said that those who are not wearing a mask would first of all be warned by the NYPD Officers and that those who continued to resist would be fined.

In addition, the bars, restaurants, and gyms are to close at 10 PM. Gatherings in New York will be limited to no more than ten people.

NYC Mayor De Blasio warned that if the infection rate hit 3%, schools would close. The city had measured the rate at 2.8% as of Friday, a bump from Thursday’s 2.6%. Mayor Bill de Blasio shared the current Covid-19 situation in NYC:

-121 patients admitted to the hospital 

-916 new cases 

-The infection rate 7-day average is 2.83% 

New York City has 1.1 Million students and about 300,000 are  in classrooms — than virtually any city in the country. Mayor also said that” We NEED to get this virus under control.”

Biden's A Team and Covid-19 Challenge

Joe Biden, President-elect of the United States, is continuing his preparations to take over the federal government following the inauguration ceremony on January 20. Biden came together with his advisors for the transition period within this framework. In his announcement this week, Biden said that he might announce necessary individual appointments before the Thanksgiving holiday on November 26. President-Elect Biden Names Ron Klain as White House Chief of Staff. Mr.Klain has worked for Vice Presidents Al Gore and Joe Biden in the past. He was also Ebola Response Coordinator during President Obama's term. 

Biden said, "The fact that they are not willing to accept that we have won does not affect our plans or the things we need to do by January 20."

New Covid-19 Task Force:

Joe Biden's 13-member COVID Taskforce co-chaired by Dr. Vivek Murthy, the former Surgeon General of the United States, Dr. David Kessler, the former Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, the associate dean of Yale School of Medicine. There is a seven-stage plan to fight the Coronavirus, as set out on the website established by Joe Biden and Kamala Harris for the transition period. Biden, who said, "Science should guide the vaccination process," called on Americans to wear masks.

Some Republican Senators Support President-Elect Biden

There is a disagreement between Republicans and President Donald Trump about blocking President-elect Joe Biden's access to the intelligence briefing. Although some Republican senators are unwilling to recognize Joe Biden as the winner of the election yet, they admit that Biden is entitled to access the intelligence briefings.

Congrats Message to Joe Biden: Collins, Murkowski, Romney, Sasse 

Who said President-Elect Biden should get Intel Briefings during the transition: Graham, Rubio, Grassley, Lankford, Thune, Portman, Rounds, Hawley, Cornyn

While President Trump alleged that there were widespread election irregularities without providing any evidence, Republican officials and the majority of Congress members, in their public statements, supported Trump's election campaign to challenge the election results by filing lawsuits in some states.

First Statement on Turkey from Biden's Advisor: 

Michael Carpenter, the foreign policy advisor to Joe Biden, spoke  at a virtual diplomatic conference organized in Greece, and he said, "We are not seeking to drive Turkey into a corner or crumple its economy through sanctions." Carpenter, who reminded that the Turkish Lira is the currency which has lost the most value among the currencies among the developing countries in particular in the last couple of years, said that the fact that Turkey is obligated to the conditions of the free market and free trade is an important "starting point" for the U.S. and the EU. However, the U.S. bureaucrat, who stated that pressuring Turkey with economic sanctions was not the correct method, argued that NATO members needed to establish a "common front."

New York Police Department Vision for Fair and Effective Discipline

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea announced that the NYPD has now substantially implemented the suggestions of an non-partisan blue-ribbon panel of former prosecutors and judges for improving the NYPD's internal disciplinary system.

NYPD Commissioner Shea "We ask for the public's trust – and the public must know we are worthy of it. Policing is a privilege and demands the community's trust in knowing that NYPD officers are living up to the NYPD's high standards for integrity, fairness, compassion, and effectiveness in keeping the peace, protecting life and property and maintaining order" 

What has been done under Commissioner Shea?

-Wielded his authority as the final arbiter of discipline in clear and decisive ways. 

-Enacted a new false-statement enforcement policy. 

-Overseen the monthly publication of the NYPD's trial-room calendar. 

-imposed punishments swiftly and often more punitively than is recommended. 

What is "Blue Ribbon"?

An independent panel found an effective and fair NYPD disciplinary system and implementing its recommendations, and the NYPD is improving it every day in every way. 

NYC and Obama Foundation Partnership

NY Mayor Bill de Blasio has made a statement that the Obama Foundation is helping the City for police reform.  Mayor Blasio has said “We want it to be clear that when certain actions are taken, when certain mistakes are made, there will be accountability,”It is well known that Mayor Blasio criticizes NYPD frequently and his remarks are not welcomed by many NYPD Officers

NYPD also published the Disciplinary System Penalty Guidelines (Draft for public)

Biden's First Message: "I pledged to be a President who will not seek to divide, but unify!"


Becoming the President-elect by leading the election with 279 Electoral Votes according to the unofficial results, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, the Vice President-elect, delivered their first speech in Delaware.Historic Speech by Kamala Harris

For the speech, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris first took the stage. Kamala Harris began her speech with a tribute to the words of John Lewis, a late congressman and a civil rights leader who recently passed away: "Democracy is not a state; it is an act." "What he meant was that America's democracy is not guaranteed and that we need to fight for democracy in order for it to be strong," continued Harris, in her speech in Wilmington, Delaware. Harris added, "Protecting our democracy takes struggle, it takes patience and sacrifice, but there are joy and progress in the fight for democracy."

Biden: "I pledged to be a President who will not seek to divide, but unify!"

Democrat Joe Biden, the President-elect according to the unofficial results of the November 3 U.S. Presidential Election, in his 17 minutes victory speech, stated that he would be a President of all Americans and not seek to divide, but unify. Biden continued, stating that the people delivered them a clear, convincing victory, and their work will begin by getting COVID-19 under control.

His Speech Higlights:

 "A victory for the Americans," 

 "Priority one: The pandemic"

 "I'll spare no effort to turn the pandemic around,"

 "I'll work as hard for those who didn't vote for me — as those who did," 

"We have won with 74 million," 

"A victory for 'We, the People.'"

"Seeking ‘the confidence of the whole people."

He also stated the following ’“We cannot repair the economy, restore our vitality or relish life’s most precious moments hugging a grandchild, birthdays, weddings, graduations, all the moments that matter most to us until we get this virus under control,

Journalist Ali Cinar-Chase Center,Wilmington,Deleware

World leaders congratulated in no time upon the announcement of the projected final results of the U.S. Presidential election, which was closely contested and followed globally. 

EU: "We are ready to work together with the new President." 

Canada President Trudeau: "We are looking forward to working together."

France President Macron: "Let's work together."

Germany Chancellor Merkel: "Nothing can replace our Trans-Atlantic friendship." 

UK Prime Minister Johnson: "Historic success."

Spain Prime Minister Sanchez: "We wish you good luck and all the best."

The U.S. celebrates the election of Democrat Joe Biden as the President. After Biden was pronounced as 46th President of the U.S. according to the unofficial results, people across the country began celebrating. Hundreds of people gathering in front of the White House are cheering with Biden-Harris signs and American flags.

 Thousands gathering in major cities such as Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, Miami, San Francisco, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Boston are celebrating Biden's victory.

President-Elect Biden may not be able to identify his senior team members who will be in his cabinet for weeks. But with a message to the presidential race, Biden has been delivering a message of pleasure to the most Americans since Tuesday's election. This has led to comments that he could appoint some Republican names to important posts. Most of the former Republican officials congratulated Biden for his victory. 

This was an election of firsts

After officially being declared as the President-elect, Joe Biden will be the 2nd Catholic President, the President-elect with the most number of votes cast ever, and the oldest elected president. Kamala Harris, the first woman Vice President, stands exceptional as she is from a migrant family of Jamaican and Indian origins. Voters also have broken a record with 65 million mail-in ballots cast. Additionally, Mark Kelley is the first Democrat Senator elected in Arizona in 70 years.

- The youngest member of the House of Representatives, at 25 years old: Madison Cawthorne

- First Transgender member to be elected to the State Senate: Sarah McBride

- First member of Congress who identifies as gay: Richie Torres

- The first black woman elected by Missouri to the House of Representatives: Cory Bush

The elections in the U.S. were not just at the Presidential and Federal levels; there were also elections for the local administrations, and four Turks ran for election. While Ajlan Kurdoğlu, who was in the running to become the State Senator of Arizona, received 49% of the votes, his opponent received 51%. In New Jersey, Republican Tayfun Selen is running for Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders again, and nothing is official yet. However, he is likely to be elected. On the other hand, in Michigan, Onur Arugaslan, who ran for the Trustee and Member of the Board of Education for Mattawan Consolidated Schools, and John Alpay for San Juan Capistrano City Council, in Orange County in California, lost the elections. Therefore, the number of the members of the Congressional Caucus on Turkey and Turkish Americans, which was 110 previously, is now below 100 due to members either retiring in 2021–2022 or losing the election.

Why are election results taking so long?

The 2020 U.S. presidential election held on November 3 holds the record for the most votes ever cast in a presidential election, which has resulted in a longer vote-counting process. There have been three different types of voters: those who voted early, those who voted on the election day, and those who voted by mail. Mail-in ballots, in particular, take longer, and most states accept even the ballots mailed in on the election day for a couple more days. Voting on the election day took longer as well due to the COVID-19 measures, where the poll workers had to ensure social distancing. It is important to remind you that there were 91,530 new coronavirus cases in the U.S. on the day of the election.

Biden is close to victory 

Leading in North Carolina and Nevada, Joe Biden, the 2020 presidential candidate of the Democratic Party, can be considered close to victory. In fact, seeing President Trump leading in the swing states, including Florida, after people started counting votes on election night, created a feeling that he was going to win. However, claiming victory on election night itself was his biggest mistake. Joe Biden's calm and cautious manner signaling "hope" gained the appreciation of the public. Currently, with the majority of electoral votes in his favor, Joe Biden's campaign has put together a White House transition team and is working on the prospective names to take office with him.

Silence in the White House

Over the last three days, I have been following the election process at the White House for long hours. President Trump seems dispirited, and he will, in every respect, fight before transferring power. When we speak to the officials in the White House from time to time, they say that they are keeping their spirits up and that the election is not over yet. In fact, I keep recalling the moment Trump's family members were entering the room during his victory speech on the night of the election. They were speaking to everyone with the confidence that it was all over. Trump has not made any public appearances since the election night but continues to send out harsh messages through social media. When the pointer suddenly turned toward Biden on November 4, many journalists made their way to Biden's headquarters in Delaware. All of a sudden, the White House fell into silence.

Biden Edges Close to 270 Electoral Votes

The Democrat Party presidential candidate Joe Biden has voiced his belief that he will win the November 3rd presidential elections. He stated that it could be clearly seen that they had gained a majority in a sufficient number of states to prevail.

In his speech in Delaware, Biden said, "It is clear, after a long night of counting the votes, that we are winning a sufficient number of states to reach 270 electoral committee delegates needed in order to win the presidency. I'm not declaring that I've won, but I do believe that we will be the ones who won once the vote count has been completed."

Biden, who emphasized that it would be the American people who would decide who the next president of the United States would be, underlined the necessity to count every single vote.

He said that when the election process was completed, it would be time to leave the harsh rhetoric of the campaign behind, reduce the tension, and for "everyone to listen to each other." He said, "We are not enemies."

Biden, who emphasized that he would carry out his duties as the president of the U.S. if he officially won the elections, despite carrying out his campaign as a Democrat, said that the presidency was not a partisan institution and that it represented everyone. He said, "I will work in the same way for those who didn't vote for me too."

Biden said, "This will not just be my or our victory; it will be a victory for the American people and for democracy." He gave a message of unity with reference to the colors of both the Republican and the Democrat Party, saying, "Not just the red or blue states; only the United States of America."

Biden said that he was very optimistic about the results from Pennsylvania, one of the states where it is too close to call. He believed that the vast majority of the mail-in ballots used here had been cast for him.

With reference to the statement "We the people" of the American Constitution, Biden said, "The American people will not be bullied in any way, they cannot be silenced, and they cannot be forced into submitting to defeat."

The states had widened the scope of mail-in ballots, and early voting preferences for voters who did not want to wait in long queues at the ballot boxes due to the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. Over 100 million votes had already been cast prior to the day of the election as a result. However, with mail-in ballots reaching record levels this year, it was forecasted that the election results would be delayed. Under these circumstances, the Democrats were saying that the Republican candidate Donald Trump would question the reliability of the elections and voicing concerns that he could take them to the Supreme Court.

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