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Turkish Lawyers File FETO Indictment Against US Figures

Image A group of Turkish lawyers on Friday filed legal papers accusing 17 U.S.-based individuals -- including top officials, politicians and academics -- of supporting the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO). Lawyers submitted files to Istanbul’s chief public prosecutor against a number of people -- some American nationals as well as Turkish nationals in the U.S. -- for alleged links to FETO. According to Turkey’s government, FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 249 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

Murat Agirnasli Files $149M Offering Plan for 570 Broome Street Condos

Rendering for 570 Broome (Credit: builtd and 6sqft)
Turkish-American developer Murat Agirnasli and partners filed an offering plan for a 54-unit condominium at 570 Broome Street, New York State Attorney General’s office records show. The target sellout for the apartments is $149.2 million, for an average of $2.76 million per condo. Agirnasli filed preliminary construction plans in 2014, planning a mere 185-foot-tall, 30-unit building. The developer will now build a 287-foot structure, however, after buying $3.5 million in air rights.

Chobani's Billionaire Founder On Creating Jobs in America

Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya CBS News
Hamdi Ulukaya built the best-selling yogurt brand in the U.S. after coming here 23 years ago. Today, 70% of Chobani employees are American born, 30% are immigrants and refugees. The following is a script from “Chief of Chobani,” which aired on April 9, 2017. Steve Kroft is the correspondent. Michael Rey and Oriana Zill Granados, producers. At a time when Americans are debating whether immigration and refugees are a good thing or a bad thing for the country, it is sometimes noted that Tesla, Google, eBay, and Pepsi Cola are all either founded by or currently run by immigrants, and, in one case, a refugee. It’s a reminder that foreigners don’t always take jobs from Americans, sometimes they create them. And of all the success stories none seems more relevant to the current debate than the tale of Hamdi Ulukaya, who came here from Turkey 23 years ago on a student visa with almost no money. Today, he is a billionaire who has changed American tastes with his Chobani yogurt, resurrected the economy in two communities, and drawn praise and some hostile fire for the way he’s done it.

Arab Americans Honor Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya

Image On Thursday, April 27, 2017, the Arab American community will honor Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya for his commitment to service and empowering others. The Award for Individual Achievement will be presented during the 19th annual Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards in Washington, DC. An immigrant, Ulukaya established his Greek yogurt company “Chobani” in 2005. In less than a decade, he grew the company’s worth to more than $1 billion. After witnessing the worsening refugee crisis around the globe, he established the Tent Foundation—his personal philanthropy that seeks to improve the lives and livelihoods of the world’s 65 million refugees and displaced people and help them realize their full potential.

Nashville Family's American Dream Is Launching Dreams of Others

Oz Arts Nashville
Drive down Cockrill Bend Circle in west Nashville's industrial area, and you'll land in a land far away--at Oz Arts Nashville. The former cigar warehouse-turned-arts-center is where live performances, art exhibits, fashion shows and fundraisers are opening minds and creating conversation in Music City. "Presenting artists that are making commentary on those things (current events) is powerful," said Tim Ozgener, president and CEO of Oz Arts Nashville. "It's the audience seeing it, and then letting themselves think about things. And I find that a lot of times, it's more powerful than watching talking heads on a cable network, for example."

Emily Cox to Pursue Pissarro at Oxford as UVA's First Ertegun Scholar

Emily Cox is UVA?s first participant in the Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Programme in the Humanities. (Photo by Dan Addison, University Communications)
After she graduates next month from the University of Virginia in just three years, art history major Emily Cox will continue her studies at the University of Oxford in England as UVA’s first participant in the Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Programme in the Humanities. Cox, of Fairfax, a distinguished major in art history, is specializing in fin-de-siècle political art – particularly the work of Camille Pissarro, and his use of light and liminal spaces in  “Turpitudes sociales” (1889), a collection of pen and ink drawings showing what Pissarro thought were the horrors of the capitalist society,  and the nighttime scene, “The Boulevard Montmartre at Night” (1897) as keys to understanding Pissarro’s politics.

Chobani Founder to Be Featured on "60 Minutes"

Image TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KLIX) – Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya and his famous yogurt company will be profiled on the popular CBS television news program “60 Minutes.” The Greek yogurt giant will be featured on the program this Sunday, April 9, according to the TV network. Ulukaya opened his Twin Falls manufacturing plant in 2012 – he has another one in New York – and in recent months it has been the topic of some controversy by alternative media because it is partly staffed by refugees.

General Carlton D. Everhart II: "Incirlik Base Is Critically Important"

Image Ali Cinar-New York  - The Air Mobility Command originated on 29 May 1941 when the Army created the Air Corps Ferrying Command (ACFC) to fly American-built aircraft to Great Britain. For more than 76 years, this unit has restructured few times but Mobility Airmen have been critical to growing global reach and operational agility for the joint warfighter. The Headquarters Air Mobility Command has consolidated with Headquarters Military Airlift Command last October. AMC is currently headquartered at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, east of St. Louis, Missouri.

Halkbank Executive Detained and Charged in US

Image American prosecutors have charged a senior executive at state bank Halbank with participating in a multi-year scheme to violate US sanctions against Iran. Halkbank confirmed on Wednesday that Mehmet Hakan Atilla, its deputy general manager, had been detained in the United States and said it and the Turkish government were working on the issue. Atilla is accused of conspiring with wealthy Turkish gold trader Reza Zarrab to conduct hundreds of millions of dollars of illegal transactions through US banks on behalf of Iran's government and other entities in that country.
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