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Why There Are No Turkish Companies in the New York Times?

Cemil Ozyurt
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Every morning when I’m reading the business pages of the New York Times, my eyes long for a few things to read about a Turkish company. When I’m scanning the news about countries like China, India, Malaysia and Singapore, as well as European countries, I feel sorry that I cannot often see success stories about Turkish companies on these pages.

Advice to Turkish People Who Want to Start a Business in the U.S.

Cemil Ozyurt
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From the title, do not think that I will give you the advice of a guru. My advice depends on my personal observations and experiences. I have advice for people who are interested in the proposition that creating a strong community is possible by increasing the number of successful Turkish businesses.  

We Beg Your Pardon!

Cemil Ozyurt
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Close your eyes for thirty seconds. Imagine that you have gone to work in a country whose name you have only seen on a map. There are hundreds of laborers like you on the plane, and you haven’t got any idea of the country that you are traveling to.

Would You Like to Die in The Land Where You Were Born?

Cemil Ozyurt
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East or west, no matter where you go in the world, chances are you will encounter Turks. Maybe on a calm island in the middle of an ocean, maybe at an ice cream parlor in Japan, during a cab ride in Israel, in a village in Manchuria or on a construction site in Saudi Arabia. I do not even want to include the European countries in these examples.

Abdullah Gul or Oz Bengur?

Cemil Ozyurt
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The vote of 600 thousand Turks in Germany in the last elections has been a serious determining factor for the race between Angela Merkel and Gerhard Schröder. Had the Turkish voters not have supported Schröder, the outcome could have been different for Merkel, who won the race by a narrow margin.

Success and Ethics

Cemil Ozyurt
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Pittsburg, a small city with a population of 340,000, is home to the central offices of seven of the USA’s top 500 companies. The companies create 50 billion dollars worth of business volume in the city. Colorado, which in contrast has a population of 4.5 million, is home to 10 of the biggest companies and these companies create an economic cushion of 72 billion dollars.

Don't Give Them the Upper Hand

Cemil Ozyurt
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The Armenian genocide allegation is one the leading questions that Turks living in US respond to. The claim is that Armenians, between one to two million in number, had been massacred. Responding to this claim with “they were not killed systematically but lost their lives during a war,” became a vicious cycle.

To Those Who Feel Like Leaving

Cemil Ozyurt
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The title is from a much-loved Can Yucel poem, which tells about those of us who always yearn to go somewhere but fail to do so. In a way, it tells how some of us in America feel.

Stop Lobbying, Start Writing a Letter!

Cemil Ozyurt
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“Honorable Senator, in the eve of coming elections, we kindly ask you to reconsider your promises one more time before you make any decisions that would upset Turkish Americans. Your support for the Armenian genocide claims deeply upsets us. We have been America’s best friend and ally. We fought side by side in Korea and during the Gulf War…”

Get Over It!

Cemil Ozyurt
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I don’t know whether it emanates from our educational system or our interest in being superior, but we live in another dimension in Turkey. We consider ourselves to be living in the most beautiful country of the world and repeatedly claim that we have the best landscape, the best beaches, and the best food.
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