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US Experts Raise Concern Over FETO Threat in America

Washington, DC - AA - American experts on Wednesday warned of the threat posed by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) in the country. "I believe that the Gulen movement in the U.S. presents a unique and unusual security threat," said Mark Hall, producer, screenwriter and director of the documentary, "Killing Ed", which probed the financial practices of FETO-linked charter schools in the U.S. Speaking at the panel, "July 15 Coup attempt: Two Years Later", organized by the Turkish Heritage Organization (THO), a Washington-based think tank, Hall said FETO threatens the U.S. mainly by bringing in unqualified employees from other countries, especially from Turkey, as well as through money laundering and forgery of documents, deceiving local and federal authorities.

Ramadan Highlights in New York

By Ali Cinar - Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray opened their Gracie Mansion for the annual Ramadan Iftar dinner. Mayor de Blasio stressed that America “is not meant to be a nation that excludes or discriminates against, or puts down or disrespects the Muslim people”.

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Daron Acemoglu Not Offered A Post in Turkish Government

Turkish journalist Fatih Altayli denies reports that Daron Acemoglu –  a Turkish born economist of Armenian descent –  has been offered a post in Turkey’s new government. According to him, no one from the Turkish government has contacted the world famous economist despite rumors that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been considering to propose him to take the reins of Turkey’s economy in his new cabinet. “Daron Acemoglu does not even know about such a thing,” the Haberturk columnist writes.

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Turkish Airlines Signed An Agreement with American Express

Turkish Airlines signed a significant deal with American Express Global Business Travel (Amex GBT), one of the world's leading agencies for corporate travel. With this agreement, signed by Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, M. İlker Aycı, and Amex GBT’s Board Chairman, Greg O’Hara, within today, Turkish Airlines expands its existing collaboration with AMEX to a global partnership, which was on regional scale between 2014-2017 and including just Europe, North America and Asia / Pacific regions. The global carrier who has added the "South America" region to the new joint service area with Amex GBT, will also become one of the airlines supported by Amex GBT at the top level, within the scope of this expanded agreement.

American Varroc Lighting Acquires Turkish Automotive Firm

Exterior vehicle lighting specialist U.S.-based Varroc Lighting Sytems has acquired Istanbul-based Sa-ba Automotive, a statement confirmed Monday. "Through Sa-ba Automotive, Varroc Lighting gains valuable manufacturing and production capacity with a 10,000-square-meter manufacturing and technology center near Istanbul, and a new plant under construction in Dimitrovgrad, Bulgaria," the statement said. The terms and conditions of the acquisition, however, were not disclosed. It also noted that the 20,000-square-meter Bulgaria plant will give Varroc Lighting expanded and scalable production capacity for its European customers.

What Do Turkey's 2018 Election Results Mean for US?

By Ali Cinar -  The June 24 presidential and parliamentary elections marked the beginning of a new era in Turkey’s administrative system, moving to an executive presidential one, at a time when President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the current government are under criticism from the outside world for taking steps back from democratic gains. If I had to sum up the Turkish election in one word it would be “democracy.” The voter turnout rate was 87 percent and five different political parties passed the 10 percent threshold needed to enter parliament.

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'Captain Marvel' Hires 'Fortnite' Composer Pinar Toprak, the First Woman to Score a Marvel Film

Composer Pinar Toprak is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The composer will be the first woman to score a Marvel Studios film. Toprak will score Captain Marvel, which stars Brie Larson as the powerful Marvel hero. Captain Marvel is Marvel Studios' first female-fronted film, and Toprak will be the first woman to score a feature for the studio. "It’s an incredible honor to be a part of the Marvel Universe," Toprak wrote Thursday on Instagram. "So many thoughts racing through my head. And the main one is gratitude."

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Cano Ozgener, Founder of OZ Arts and CAO Cigars Dies

Cano Ozgener, a successful cigar entrepreneur and founder of contemporary arts center OZ Arts Nashville, died over the weekend. He was 81. The center announced Ozgener's death on its website Monday. According to the post, Ozgener passed away "peacefully at home … surrounded by family," following a "a long battle with cancer." We profiled Ozgener and his son and business partner, Tim, in 2014 for this cover story on the arts center and its potential significance for Nashville's business community. Here's how former Nashville Business Journal reporter E.J. Boyer summarized Cano Ozgener's entrance into the cigar business:

How to Make Turkish-American Relations Great Again?

By Cemil Özyurt - Turkish-American relations are getting worse and it is very difficult to predict how they will be shaped in the near future. We will be facing a new crisis every single day and the tension has been escalating even more when it is hoped to be decreased. The U.S. and Turkey have been through the most depressing period of time since 1950, despite the fact that Turkey was hoping that President Trump would made the relations better after the elections in November 2016. Unfortunately, the situation at the very end is a complete disappointment. The two NATO allies are at odds over a number of issues such as:

Turkey Attracts $2.2B in Investments in First Quarter

Turkey attracted $2.2 billion in investments in the first quarter of 2018, according to Investment Support and Promotion Agency (ISPAT) Chairman Arda Ermut yesterday. Speaking to Anadolu Agency's (AA) Finance Desk in Istanbul, Ermut said Turkey also attracted 1 percent of all foreign direct investments in the world in the last 15 years. "We do not see misperceptions in investors who invest directly in our country," he said.

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