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Challenges on Turkey-U.S. Relationship

By Ali Cinar - Lately, the relationship between the U.S. and Turkey has taken a severe downfall. During the General Assembly of the United Nations, President Trump met with six world leaders while President Erdogan met with 14. However, other than a brief conversation at the United Nations corridor, the two leaders did not hold a formal meeting. Though there was much hope an improvement of relations would come with the presidency of Donald Trump, it has not occurred. Past disagreement between Turkey’s leadership and President Obama over the so-called Parallel State Structure in Turkey, an arm of the FETO as well as the Kurdistan Workers Party(PKK) seems to have spilled over into the administration of Donald Trump.

Bitcoin Cash Devcon Gets Commended By Cornell Professor Emin Gün Sirer

Emin Gün Sirer is a renowned computer scientist who is Turkish-American. He is currently a professor at Cornell University who has made a lot of contributions to the development of the cryptocurrency industry, computer networking and operating systems. Speaking about the debate regarding cryptocurrency as a medium of exchange or a store of value at the San Francisco Blockchain Week, he declared his support for Bitcoin Cash.

Seattle Turkish Film Festival Starts on November 9th

Turkish American Cultural Association of Washington (TACAWA) has curated contemporary Turkish films and presenting them since 2012. This year, TACAWA has selected 11 featured films and top ten finalist films of its short film competition to whet auidence’ appetite. 6th Seattle Turkish Film Festival will be opened with the gala at Gordon Biersch on November 9, Friday at 6:30 pm. Ayta Sozeri, the actress of our opening film "In the Family / Aile Arasinda", will be at the opening gala and she will answer questions after the film followed by the gala.

New Troy Museum Opens in Turkey During the "Year of Troy 2018"

NEW YORK (October 22, 2018) – The Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism announced the opening of the Troy Museum as part of the 2018 “Year of Troy” celebrations, marking 20 years since the archeological site was officially recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the world’s most important contemporary museums and selected from more than 150 projects by an internationally respected jury in the National Architectural Design Competition, the Troy Museum officially opened this month. One of many initiatives undertaken to commemorate the “Year of Troy,” the museum is expected to draw one million tourists in its first year alone.

"Eksi Bir" Is Announced as Grand Prix for Best Feature Film at Chelsea Film Festival

Chelsea, NY — The Chelsea Film Festival closed its 6th Annual Edition on Sunday, October 21 after having presented 87 Films from 21 countries at AMC Loews Theatre 34th St. The list of winners were announced by the 2018 Jury Members (Laura Gómez/Jury President and Adam Mirels) on Sunday, October 21st at AMC Loews Theatre 34th St. at 9.30pm.

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TURYAK Awards Three Turkish-American Activists

Three long time Turkish American activists  have been awarded  TURYAK  Exemplary Senior Citizen Award. TURYAK stands  Turk  Yaslilik Konseyi  which translates into Turkish Senior Citizens Council. Established in 2003, TURYAK is a member of International Federation on Aging. TURYAK gives awards to outstanding senior citizens  in Turkey and also in U.S., Germany, England and Australia where there is sizable Turkish immigrant presence. Oya Bain TASC Secretary General, is a retired biochemist  who held leadership positions in  clinical pathology laboratories. She retired from Georgetown University Hospital as the technical director of the Clinical Pathology Department of Laboratory Medicine.

U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Turkish Company for Trade With North Korea

WASHINGTON — The United States imposed sanctions on Thursday against a Turkish company and two of its officers for doing business with North Korea, sending a tough signal to Pyongyang ahead of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s expected visit there this weekend. The Treasury Department accused S.I.A. Falcon International Group of being involved in trading weapons and luxury goods with North Korea, defying sanctions imposed by both the United States and the United Nations. “The international community must not stand idly by as U.N. sanctions are being circumvented,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a press statement.

Vamik Volkan Says Psychological Borders Become Physical Ones

Actual walls made of brick or stone, such as the one President Trump would like to build between the U.S. and Mexico, are built as physical borders to protect a large-group identity psychologically, a professor said Wednesday. “So America, the great, will be psychologically protected,” said  Dr. Vamik Volkan, emeritus professor of Psychiatry at UVa. Volkan, author of more than 50 books and a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, spoke Wednesday night at Waynesboro Public Library on "The Psychology of Immigrants and Refugees.” Sherry Von Oeyen of Staunton, who attended with her husband Bob,  said she felt she learned something from Volkan’s talk about immigrants and refugees, and she does not want the U.S. to build walls.

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Atlantic Beach Man Guilty of Grand Theft Involving Three Women, Losses top $100,000

A jury found Friend Rizkkhalil, 51, of Atlantic Beach, guilty on three counts of grand theft involving three woman and more than $100,000. Rizkkhalil now faces up to 35 years in a Florida state prison. A sentencing hearing is scheduled before Judge Mark Borello the week of Nov. 13. Each count represents a different victim of Rizkkhalil’s crimes. From October 2016 to Jun 2017, Rizkkhalil posed as a Turkish businessman named Murat Karanan as he conned a female victim out of approximately $8,400. He did so by convincing her to invest in an import-export business that did not actually exist.

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TCA President Meets with Members of Congress

In September, TCA President G. Lincoln McCurdy met with several members of Congress to convey the importance of engaging with the Turkish American community and encouraging Turkish Americans to be more involved in the political arena. Between September 28-29, McCurdy met with Congresswoman Annie Kuster (D-NH/2nd) at an event in Whitfield, New Hampshire. Congressman Richard Neal (D-MA/1st), who is the Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee, also attended the event.

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