"Hutchinson: The future for natural gas and LNG is bright!"

LNG Allies will be organizing a "Virtual Meet-and-Greet Turkey-U.S. LNG Interests" on June 1st. Turk of America Journalist Ali Cinar interviewed  Fred H. Hutchison President & CEO LNG Allies, (The US LNG Association) on the LNG opportunities between U.S. and Turkey
 
What is your expectation for your upcoming Turkey-U.S. LNG conference?

The event that LNG Allies has arranged with the Turkish Embassy in Washington on June 1 will introduce our members to key energy and trade officials within the Embassy and the Turkish Consulate in Houston, to be briefed by officials in Ankara on the Turkish natural gas market, and for our companies to be able to interact with Turkish counterparts. It is part of a “virtual meet and greet” seminars series we have organized over the past year in markets of interest to the U.S. LNG industry given the difficulty of travel due to Covid.

How do U.S. based LNG companies work with Turkish business? 

Turkey is an important market for U.S. LNG exporters. Over the past 12 months (through March 2021), Turkey was the eighth largest market for U.S. LNG exports globally and the third largest in Europe. LNG Allies and our companies have met regularly with Turkish government officials, regulators, and the Turkish energy industry to share our experiences and encourage closer collaboration. These relationships are strong and getting stronger.

What is your organization expectation from Turkish companies/Turkey?

We expect demand for natural gas in Turkey to continue to increase given Turkish economic growth, as well as government efforts to address climate change and diversify sources of energy supply. The flexibility, reliability, and price competitiveness of U.S. LNG has been appreciated by Turkish companies. So, we anticipate Turkey will be a growth market for our exports. We hope to see Turkish companies sign long-term contracts with U.S. LNG suppliers to further strengthen this relationship.

Where do you see the LNG business in five years?

The future for natural gas and LNG is bright. Even in 2020 — when energy demand dropped globally due to the pandemic — demand for LNG grew by two percent to reach 360 million metric tons (MMT). In five years, global LNG demand is expected to rise to around 420 MMT, and the United States will become the top LNG exporting nation. LNG improves energy security and can provide reliable, low-carbon electricity, generating important baseload power when combined with renewables. While most LNG demand growth will be in Asia, we see opportunities in Europe as well, in particular in Turkey.

Journalist, Ali Cinar

Turkish Airlines launches flights to the city of Newark, USA

THY launched flights to Newark Liberty International Airport located in the state of New Jersey. THY will fly to Newark four times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays until June 13, 2021. Flights will be scheduled every weekday after June 13, 2021.

Newark, the largest city of the State of New Jersey and one of the closest cities to New York City, will be an alternative transportation line for passengers traveling to New York with the flights initiated by Turkish Airlines.

Passengers will buy a round-trip ticket to Newark with prices starting from $655, including all taxes.

Yahya Üstün (THY Press), Abdülkadir Çay (deputy chief human resources officer), Cenk Öcal (THY New York General Manager), and Reyhan Özgür (New York Consul General) participated in the opening ceremony in the terminal and celebrated the new THY destination.

Newark Liberty Airport :

It is located about 24km southwest of Midtown Manhattan and 97 km northeast of Philadelphia, serving both metropolitan areas. Newark Airport was the first major airport in the United States. Newark Airport, along with JFK and LaGuardia Airports, combine to create the largest airport system in the United States, the 2nd largest in the world in terms of passenger traffic, and largest in the world in terms of total flight operations. In 2019, EWR Airport served 46,336,452 passengers. The word “Liberty” wasn’t added to the airport’s name until 2002. It was added to honor the United Airlines Flight 93 that left from Newark on September 11, 2001 and crashed into a field in Pennsylvania after it was hijacked by terrorists.During WW II, the airport was shut down for commercial use and was instead operated by the U.S. Army Air Corps for logistics operations.Newark Airport is the 3rd-largest hub for United Airlines, after Chicago O’Hare and Houston-Intercontinental airports and it also works as a hub for FedEx Express and United Airlines.There are 30 different airlines that service Newark Airport’s three terminals.There are over 65 restaurants, shops, and kiosks inside of airport terminals.

Pro-Palestine and pro-Israel protesters clash in New York

The verbal dispute between supporters of Palestine and those of Israel soon turned into a fight in New York's Times Square. Several protesters, including policemen, were injured, while many demonstrators were taken into custody.

The pro-Israel group supporting Israel and the pro-Palestine group protesting against Israel's attacks in Gaza and East Jerusalem clashed in New York's Times Square.

Pro-Palestine protesters suddenly got involved in the supporters of Israel's demonstration in Times Square. While there were only a handful of supporters of Palestine at the beginning, hundreds of people rushed to the square with Palestinian flags in minutes.

The extreme safety measures of the New York City Police Department failed to prevent the clash between the two groups. While one side was chanting "Free Israel" and the other side "Free Palestine," the tension escalated in the blink of an eye. Insults turned into physical assaults.

"Takbir, Allahu Akbar," cries echoed in Times Square. Black Americans were, in particular, among the supporters of Palestine in addition to Muslim groups. The Jewish community and Indian groups came to the square to support Israel.

The Israeli flag was burned during the incidents. Many protesters were taken into custody after the New York police warned the two groups in order to ease the tension.

Sniffer dogs were also on duty in the square where the police used pepper gas to end the fight. Bike and mounted police officers alongside undercover police officers and helicopters were used to catch the protesters who started to flee the scene after the initial police response. A number of streets, including the 54th street where the Manhattan Police Station is located, were closed, and extensive security measures were taken. There were many injured in the incidents, at least four of them being police officers.

Incidents ended when the group dispersed after Palestine supporters held a mass prayer in Times Square.

Journalist, Ali Cinar

U.S. to attribute more importance to Libya

Over the last weeks, we have seen a significant movement in Libya, although international politics is more focused on Israel-Palestine. The U.S. sent Joey Hood, the Acting Assistant Secretary of State, to Libya, the highest-level official, to visit since 2014. This can be considered a sign that Washington D.C. is more focused on resolving the crisis in Libya. In a high-level statement, Hood denoted that the U.S. aims for a sovereign, stable, and unified Libya, with no foreign interference and capable of combating terrorism. The U.S. Africa Command published a statement regarding the Russian military's existence in Libya.

According to the diplomats from other countries that are involved in the Libya affair, Biden has employed an approach that focused more on Libya since he took office in the White House in January.

It is very important that an agreement is reached on a road map for the elections in December.

The Libyan experts living in Washington D.C. whom I talked to stated that they did not forget Turkey's support; however, they anticipated a crisis between Turkey and Libya as Turkey tends to put all its eggs in one basket. There is a considerable number of people advocating that different powers are acting upon Libya; thus, Turkey should employ broader diplomacy. They also highlighted the great efforts by countries such as Russia, the UAE, and France to get their candidates to be elected.

U.S.-LIBYA RELATIONS :

United States supports an immediate end to Libya’s ongoing conflict through mediation efforts under the United Nations Support Mission in Libya. U.S. is committed to ensuring a stable and prosperous Libya, and in cooperation with the UN and other international partners supports Libya’s democratic transition, including through national elections. U.S. is focused on promoting the ability of Libyans to achieve a unified and inclusive government that can both secure the country and meet the economic and humanitarian needs of the Libyan people.

More Information: https://www.state.gov/u-s-relations-with-libya/

Journalist, Ali Cinar

Why does Wendy Sherman, No. 2 at State Department visit important to Turkey?

Wendy Sherman is the first woman to be assigned as the Deputy Secretary of State who was working for Albright Stonebridge before. An avid admirer of NATO, Sherman worked with Presidents Obama and Clinton. She is one of the pioneers of the Iran nuclear deal and an expert on Syria and Israel. Sherman, who knows Turkey very well, will be in Ankara this Friday for preliminaries prior to the bilateral meeting to be held between Biden and Erdogan during the upcoming NATO summit. Sherman and her Turkish counterparts will prioritize the issues to be discussed and solved, bearing in mind that there are numerous problems on the table which remain without a solution. During the meetings, where the latest developments will be discussed, Sherman will also be seeing NGO delegates. As is always emphasized, such discussions are of great value when it comes to restoring cordial dialogue and bilateral trust between the two countries.

In a written statement by the U.S. Department of State, it is noted that Sherman will visit Brussels, Ankara, Jakarta, Phnom Penh, Bangkok, and Honolulu between May 25 and June 4.

It is also stated that Sherman will meet the representative of Belgium, the E.U., and NATO in Brussels and preside over the first U.S.-E.U. dialogue conference regarding China with Stefano Sannino, the Secretary-General of the E.U. External Action Service.

The press release noted: "Deputy Secretary Sherman will underscore the importance of the U.S.-Turkey relationship as we work together with our NATO Ally to confront mutual challenges, and discuss areas of concern."

Who is Wendy Sherman?

Wendy R. Sherman was confirmed by the Senate on April 13, 2021 and sworn in as the 21st and first female Deputy Secretary of State on April 14, 2021.

Prior to assuming this position, Deputy Secretary Sherman was professor of the practice of public leadership and director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. She was also a Senior Fellow at the School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and a Senior Counselor at Albright Stonebridge Group.

From 2011 – 2015, Deputy Secretary Sherman served as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, where she traveled to 54 countries and led the U.S. negotiating team that reached agreement on a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action between the P5+1, the European Union, and Iran for which, among other diplomatic accomplishments, she was awarded the National Security Medal by President Barack Obama.

She previously served at the State Department as Counselor under Secretary Madeleine Albright, as Special Advisor to President Clinton and Policy Coordinator on North Korea, and as Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs under Secretary Warren Christopher.

She also previously served on the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, was Chair of the Board of Directors of Oxfam America, and served on the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Policy Board and Congressional Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation and Terrorism.

Deputy Secretary Sherman attended Smith College, and received a B.A. cum laude from Boston University and a Master’s degree in Social Work, Phi Kappa Phi, from the University of Maryland.

She is married to Bruce Stokes and has a daughter, Sarah, and two grandsons.

Journalist, Ali Cinar

Changing Face of Islam in Germany: Turkish Groups No Longer A Majority

People of Turkish origin no longer make up the majority of Muslims in Germany, a major new report found. The survey of Islamic life in Germany, last carried out in 2016, showed migrants from the Middle East putting their stamp on Germany’s population – one in six of the country’s Muslims now have roots in Syria, Iraq or Lebanon. There are now between 5.3 and 5.6 million Muslims living in Germany, from a population of 83.1 million. The study played down fears of a “parallel society” raised by migrant-sceptic politicians. It found that nearly half of Muslims are German citizens, and most have close friends without any migrant background. More than 80 per cent of Muslims in Germany said they were religious, the study found, but their level of integration hardly differed from other migrant groups. 

A Message from Turkish Consul General of Los Angeles:

After President Joe Biden recognized the so-called Armenian genocide, Turk of America started to receive unbelievably disturbing rumors for the last week, such as that some Armenian groups in California created social media profiles calling for exposing the addresses of Turkish people and symbolically executing an Azerbaijani mannequin in the middle of the street.

Turkish Consul General of Los Angeles Can Oğuz, a beloved and hardworking diplomat of the Turkish-American community, sent a message to Turk of America Journalist Ali Cinar:

"The radical sections of the diaspora in Los Angeles, where the largest Armenian population outside of Armenia lives in the world, unfortunately, is very hostile towards Turkey and the Turkish society here.

These radical circles, and in particular, diaspora organizations affiliated with Dashnaksutyun, wield their influence in Los Angeles to forcefully suppress every attempt favoring Turkey. Local politicians also support these groups and even play a provocative role in these matters over petty political goals.

This situation is met with concern in the Turkish American community. Unfortunately, the painful memories of the martyrdom of our three diplomats in the past in Los Angeles and the threats against Turkish society at that time still have their effect.

On the other hand, our citizens, who are one of the successful diaspora communities of Los Angeles and whose number is increasing, are further improving their efforts to prevent initiatives targeting them and to ensure that the Turkish society is evaluated on an equal basis with other diaspora groups.

In this context, our Consulate General provides them with the necessary moral support and shows on every occasion that the Republic of Turkey always stands by its citizens with all the means available."

What does the Turkish-American Community Leaders Think After April 24th?

After President Biden used the phrase so-called "Armenian genocide" on April 24,Turk of American team wanted to listen to the words of Turkish associations in the U.S. and their views about the future. The impact of the pandemic and, by extension, the political polarization in Turkey towards the U.S. conflicts with the associations, and the increasing apathy towards national issues are among the concerning issues. Of course, some associations work and strive to provide togetherness. Here are the opinions of 6 Turkish-American Association Presidents found across the various states of the U.S.:

Fuat Ornarli,President of Turkish-American Chamber of Commerce-Florida

- Society, especially the young people, show no interest in national issues. Turkish diaspora needs to agree upon the common reasons.

- We help our citizens in 13 different categories on the platform called "Turkish Advocacy" of ATAA.

- We have a Turkish Anti-Defamation Alliance, of which I am one of the founders, to defend our Turkish students or their parents who face Armenian abuse.

Hikmet Aslan, President of Souther New England Turkish-American Cultural Association,Connecticut

- Our diaspora is in bad shape. We cannot provide integrity.

- Apart from the self-indulgence of our citizens, the pandemic has affected us too. Our activities are at a halted point.

- The consequences of Biden's support for the Armenians will affect us badly, especially in the field of education.

Vildan Gorener,President of Turkish American Cultural Alliance, Chicago

- I think the region we call the Turkish-U.S. diaspora is very small; first of all, I believe that diaspora in its literal meaning is not a correct definition for Turks living in the U.S. We came here voluntarily by choosing to live here; we did not get exiled from our homeland, and we were not forced to come here.

- I find the current situation deeply saddening. There are so many divisions that the union is very small; people are reluctant to say hello and meet another Turkish person, let alone gather under one roof. Turkey is, unfortunately, the responsible actor for the fact that society is divided into such fractions.

-It is an association that acts under the roof of ATAA in situations that affect the whole of the U.S. while continuing our activities locally. It is not a socially affiliated association but a cultural association. This is also true for all ATAA-affiliated associations. We are in a union of more than 50 associations in North America, and the effect of the pandemic in the consolidation of this union is undeniable. 


- There are many that I can list for the future of Turkish society in the U.S. Still, the most important thing to do is to teach the principles of Atatürk, devotion to one's nation, and the Turkish language to the new generation. We feel the lack of it today. We have little power to speak against the use of history for political reasons. We have difficulty continuing the labor of the previous generation. Although the number of generations that will take over the flag seems to be increasing, the number of volunteers who care is getting smaller and smaller. 
 


- The pandemic has greatly affected our association socially, and we came to a grinding halt. We could not maintain an active and online relationship with our members like everyone else during this period. However, it is safe to say that we have taken advantage of this situation by dealing with the renovation of our headquarters. Of course, we are very sorry that we could not organize our famous Chicago Turkish Festival, which was visited by thousands of people from the balls for 300-400 people and children's festivities for 500-600 people. Health comes first.

- With the news of the pandemic, we immediately

closed our Atatürk school and Turkish lessons for adults, then we started to continue on the internet, but our building is still not open to the public. The pandemic has seriously affected some of our members. As everywhere else, there were those who lost their jobs and had to close their workplaces, and some even returned to Turkey. Unfortunately, as everywhere, we also have people who have lost their lives because of the virus.

Hale Hancock, President Turkish Society Texas

- Turks living in the United States are divided. In the previous years, there were groups that were devoted to the republic under the ideology of Atatürk, and these groups were doing great work on issues concerning Turkey and standing firmly against its enemies. Then, new political groups were born from the religious ones, and the government made choices among the groups, which has led to the division of the diaspora's power.

- Turkish government, regardless of which party they belong to, should treat Turks living abroad equally, not prefer one over the other, so that they can unite when the interests of our country are at stake. In the past years, when the Armenian genocide law draft came to the congress, Turks were on full alert and did not allow the bill to pass. When the law draft came in this year, there was not the same energetic work because there was no encouraging and unifying effort by our government.

- During the pandemic, TURKSOTX, like many other organizations, could not perform most of its activities. We could not celebrate our Republic Day, which we celebrate under every circumstance. Our incomes have decreased, and we had to postpone a majority of our activities. We missed being together with our friends so much.

-However, many low-income families have rushed to food banks after they have lost their income during the pandemic. TURKSOTX also carried out a "Food Drive" for the benefit of the North Texas Food Bank with the awareness of community responsibility and provided a ton of food and hygiene items from its donors and gave them to the food bank.

Sitki Kazanci,President of American Turkish Association of Washington DC

-We need to work harder together for the situation with the Turkish diaspora.

-The plans should be made to create the "Turkey" brand. We have to work regularly until a positive image is achieved.

-We are a local but active association. During the pandemic period, we reached a wider audience thanks to our webinars and online meetings.

We introduced our culture on the online platform within the framework of the Turk Festival, Turkish culture heritage month. We promoted our culinary culture, famous chefs, and dishes through our Turkish Gastronomy events. We celebrated our religious and national holidays all together online.

Nilay Senel-NylundPresident, ATASC(Association of Turkish Americans of Southern California)

- The Turkish diaspora once again came face to face with plain facts. I think this will create positive results and lead to the start of more permanent work.

- In terms of American society, the events before and after those of 1915 should be explained very well and also the fact that we are victimized here, subjected to racism and discrimination. We should be politically active and work with other ethnic groups.

- We have already been struggling with the oppression and threats made by the Armenian lobby and ultranationalist groups in CA for years, and at the same time, we face discrimination and accusations by local politicians. Considering that the oppression will systematically increase, we will continue to educate our society, establish close relations with other ethnic groups, and carry out our ongoing efforts in a more determined and expedited manner.

Journalist, Ali Cinar

President Biden: "America is Rising Anew"

The U.S. President Joe Biden has addressed a joint session in Congress for the first time since taking office. President Biden declared that "America is rising anew" in his speech, in which he highlighted his economic plans.

The U.S. President has started his speech by saying, "It has been 100 days since I inherited a nation in crisis. I can tell you this after 100 days: America is advancing again by turning peril into possibility, crisis into opportunity, setbacks into strengths."

Highlighting the process made regarding the fight with the pandemic since his taking office, Joe Biden said, "Less than 1% of the seniors were fully vaccinated when I was sworn in. Approximately 70% of the seniors are vaccinated after 100 days." He also called for those who have not been vaccinated so far to get the vaccine.

-He explained the details of the family support plan.
-"Middle class" emphasis: "It is time for the wealthiest 1% of the American population to begin to pay their fair share."
-"We must prove America's adversaries wrong." said President Biden. He also stated that they have to prove the U.S. democracy works, solves the public's problems, and gives results.
-George Floyd and the police reform message
"We must work together to eliminate systemic racism in the criminal justice system and to restore the trust between the police and the people they serve," he said.

A message for China

Relations with China were also on the agenda of U.S. President Biden. He said that he clearly stated in his talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping that they do not want conflict with China and they will defend America's interests across the board.

"We can end cancer."
President Biden underlined that America should lead the world in the field of health and science. "I can think of no more worthy investment," said Biden. "Let's end cancer. It is within our power," he stated.

"Gun violence is an epidemic in America."


"I know how hard it is to make progress on this issue. I will do everything in my power to protect the American people from this epidemic of gun violence. But it's time for Congress to act as well." he said.

A first in American history

Behind the President of the U.S. for the first time sat two senior female government officials, Vice President Kamala Harris and the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

About 200 people watched President's speech due to the pandemic.
 
Polls after the President Speech:
 
CBS News-YouGov: 85% of viewers said they approved of Biden’s speech
 
A CNN-SSRS : 78% of respondents had a very or somewhat positive reaction to Biden’s speech
 
President Biden's first Congressional speech  drew 26.9 million viewers, according to figures from ratings company Nielsen. 45th President Trump's first speech at Congress had 47.7 million viewers in 2017.
 

Journalist, Ali Cinar

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