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More than 700 Islamophobic, Racist Incidents Reported in A Week in US, Report Says

Image Following a divisive presidential election campaign, more than 700 Islamophobic and racist harassment or intimidation events were reported. The Southern Poverty Law Center has published research on hate crimes covering a week after Trump was elected as U.S. president. The report also noted that there were numerous verbal harassment or intimidation cases targeting Muslims, politicians, Jews and some other ethnic and religious backgrounds. The U.S. Justice Department has investigated whether recent reports of intimidation and harassment, including in schools and at churches, violate federal hate crime and other civil rights laws.

Why Would Trump Win the Elections in Turkey?

Image By Markar Esayan * - The U.S., the world's greatest economic, political and military power, elected Donald Trump as its 45th president. In a world rife with serious problems, the U.S. is among the countries with one of the best-functioning democracies. This country has elected its president through a time-tested but seemingly complicated electoral system in a transparent manner. Trump's rival and the odds-on favorite Hillary Clinton, while barely hiding her disappointment, called Trump to wish him success and even offered to work with him. On the other hand, Trump expressed a willingness to cooperate with President Barack Obama.

Turkey's Disillusionment with the U.S.

Image Steve Kroft\ CBS - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey speaks with 60 Minutes' Steve Kroft about tensions and anti-Americanism in his country, a NATO ally vital to projecting U.S. military power. When Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, he’ll be forced to deal with a lot of complicated international issues, especially Turkey. It is an indispensable but angry NATO ally right now, led by an assertive, strong-minded president who you will hear from shortly, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. He’s been making noises lately about perhaps going his own way in the Middle East, and is being courted by Russia. If it sounds Byzantine, it should be noted that the word was coined to describe the complicated history and politics of this land. With war raging on two of its borders and inundated with refugees, Turkey is right in the middle of things, as it has been for the past 2,000 years.

What Is EB-5 Program and How Can An Investor Apply?

Image USCIS administers the EB-5 program, created by Congress in 1990 to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment by foreign investors. Under a pilot program enacted in 1992, and regularly reauthorized since then, investors may also qualify for EB-5 visas by investing through regional centers designated by USCIS based on proposals for promoting economic growth. Metin Caglar of Caglar Law Firm, P.C. answered TURKOFAMERICA's questions.

Mike Sarimsakci's Alterra Announces Jefferson Arms Plan for 239 Apartments, Marriott Hotel, Retail

Image Announcing its plans to redevelop the long-vacant Jefferson Arms in downtown St. Louis, Alterra International says it will transform the historic building into 239 apartments, a 198-room Marriott Hotel, banquet facility, and nearly 20,000sf of retail space. Ahead of the hearing, Alterra has created a Jefferson Arms building project website. While the developer is expected to pitch the plan to the City of St. Louis and seek Tax Increment Financing for the project. The project is on this week’s TIF Commission agenda, though the link sends one to The Armory District agenda item.

Karasu to Step Down as Department chair at Albert Einstein College

Image T. Byram Karasu, MD, who graduated from the Yale School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, in 1969, will step down from his position as Silverman Professor and the University Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center on December 31. Karasu has served in the position for 23 years. He is a widely renowned psychiatrist, educator, author, and master psychotherapist with extensive experience in the treatment of depression and personality disorders. Since 1996, he remains on the “Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors” guide.

Presidential Election 2016 Results

Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her husband former U.S. president Bill Clinton depart after voting in the U.S. presidential election at the Grafflin Elementary School in Chappaqua, New York, U.S., November 8, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar
CBS - 11:13 a.m. ET Hillary Clinton wins the vote on the U.S. island of Guam, reports the Pacific Daily News.  The U.S. citizens in Guam casting ballots totaled 32,071. Clinton received 71.63 percent of the vote, while Trump received 24.16 percent. Socialist candidate Emidio Soltysik, the only third-party candidate on the ballot, took in 4.22 percent of the vote. Guam, 15 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time, frequently calls itself “Where America’s Day Begins.” For the last several years (since 1980), Guam residents have correctly chosen the winner of each presidential race. The island’s voting record was upset in 1996, however, when a typhoon hit Guam on the nation’s voting day.  Votes from Guam, however, don’t count, as the island has no representation in the Electoral College.

Turkey, US to Work Together on Long-term Plan to Seize Raqqa

Army Gen. Hulusi Akar met with the Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford in Ankara on Nov. 6, 2016. (IHA Photo)
Turkey and the U.S. agreed to work on a plan to seize and hold the Syrian city of Raqqa, the so-called capital of the Daesh terrorist group, the Pentagon reported Monday. The Pentagon has yet to release details but the Defense Department News quoted Gen. Joseph Dunford as saying, "The coalition and Turkey will work together on the long-term plan for seizing, holding and governing Raqqa". The Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman made the comment Sunday following a meeting in Ankara with Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar.

New Charge Against Turkish Businessman in US Sanctions Case

Image NEW YORK –  Prosecutors have added new allegations against a well-known Turkish businessman facing trial in the United States. Prosecutors announced Monday that Mohammad Zarrab is charged with conducting financial transactions for an Iranian airline — Mahan Air — sanctioned for supporting terrorist groups. The 33-year-old Zarrab has pleaded not guilty to charges he helped Iran evade U.S. sanctions. He was arrested in Miami in March. His lawyer did not immediately comment on the new allegation. Zarrab, who is held without bail, is scheduled to go on trial in January.

Turkish Immigrant, Greek Yogurt, American Success

The picture that accompanied a New York Times article about the founder of Chobani yogurt showed him with a giant American flag in the background. That was fitting, because Hamdi Ulukaya epitomizes the American success story - immigrating here, working hard, overcoming adversity, building a successful business and now giving back by helping others.
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