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Archaeologists Explore Site on Syria-Turkey Border

Image Few archaeological sites seem as entwined with conflict, ancient and modern, as the city of Karkemish. The scene of a battle mentioned in the Bible, it lies smack on the border between Turkey and Syria, where civil war rages today. Twenty-first century Turkish sentries occupy an acropolis dating back more than 5,000 years, and the ruins were recently demined. Visible from crumbling, earthen ramparts, a Syrian rebel flag flies in a town that regime forces fled just months ago. A Turkish-Italian team is conducting the most extensive excavations there in nearly a century, building on the work of British Museum teams that included T.E. Lawrence, the adventurer known as Lawrence of Arabia. The plan is to open the site along the Euphrates river to tourists in late 2014.

Turkish Cypriot Day Big Success on Capitol Hill

Turkish Cypriot Day Hosts, ATAA Gunay Evinch, NCCS Bahri Aliriza FTAA Gizem Salcigil White, MATA Orhan Suleiman
The Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA) lead a coalition of leading Turkish American organizations to host the inaugural Capitol Hill Turkish Cypriot Day, on October 2, 2012.  Over 200 Member and committee staffers from over 50 Congressional Offices, as well as experts from Congressional Research Services (CRS), attended the all-day drop-in event that featured Turkish Cypriot cuisine, Turkish Coffee, Turkish Delights, Turkish Cypriot music, and displays of Turkish Cypriot art and history.

Book Review: Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

Image Somewhere in Beijing there must be an incinerator for burning reports from outsiders telling China’s leaders what to do. In February the World Bank, in cooperation with an arm of the Chinese government, issued a report called China 2030 that included this gem: “Where contract disputes arise … the disputants should have access not only to legal recourse but also to a transparent and effective judicial system that imparts justice without fear or favor.” It’s hard to imagine President Hu Jintao slapping his forehead in wonderment upon reading this: “But of course! Why didn’t we think of that? Stop the theft of intellectual property at once!”

As silly as it is, the “ignorance hypothesis”—the assumption that people in power would do right by their citizens if only they knew better—“still rules supreme among most economists and in Western policy-making circles,” Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist Daron Acemoglu and Harvard University political scientist James Robinson write in their new book, Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty. Nations fail, the authors argue, because “those who have power make choices that create poverty. They get it wrong not by mistake or ignorance but on purpose.” For the brutal few, hanging on to power and wealth outweighs all else.

'Classified Woman': Sibel Edmonds Finally Wins

Image By David Swanson -  Sibel Edmonds' new book,"Classified Woman: The Sibel Edmonds Story" (352 pages, $21.95 trade paperback, available from Amazon.com in print and Kindle editions) is like an FBI file on the FBI, only without the incompetence. The experiences she recounts resemble K.'s trip to the castle, as told by Franz Kafka, only without the pleasantness and humanity. I've read a million reviews of nonfiction books about our government that referred to them as "page-turners" and "gripping dramas," but I had never read a book that actually fit that description until now.

Local Turkish Group Holds 3rd Annual Turkish Festival

A Tulsa-area non-profit group hosted a Turkish festival on Saturday. The Tulsa area is home to between 400 and 500 Turkish people, according to Raindrop Turkish House.  Most are Turkish-Americans with American citizenship, around 300, and the rest are Turkish ex-patriots. The Turkish-American community in Tulsa held its third annual Raindrop Turkish Festival on Saturday, which included the grand opening of its new building in the 4400 block of West Houston in Broken Arrow.

Lincoln Center to Present Panorama of Turkish Cinema

Nuri Bilge Ceylan?s 2006 drama ?Climates? is among 29 movies to be featured from April 27-May 10 by the Film Society of Lincoln Center in the program ?The Space Between: A Panorama of Cinema in Turkey.?
A selection of the best examples of Turkish cinema -- spanning the heyday of Yeşilçam in the 1960s to the present day, when a thriving Turkish movie industry is making a name for itself overseas -- will be presented in New York City in a screening program that kicks off this weekend at Lincoln Center. Titled “The Space Between: A Panorama of Cinema in Turkey,” the program will get under way April 27 and run for two weeks, until May 10, presenting 29 films from Turkish filmmakers in what is billed by its organizers as the “most comprehensive showcase of Turkish films in the US to date.”

32nd National Turkish-American Congress Begins

Image Participants said that Turkish American society needed at least two deputies, one Democrat and one Republican, at the Congress, which would positively affect Turkish-U.S. relations. The 32nd National Turkish-American Congress began in Washington on Thursday.      

Turkish American Cultural Center Opens in Lakewood, Ohio

Image By Colin McEwen (patch.com) - The property, once the home of the Pentecost Evangelical Lutheran Church, was bustling with activity on Sunday afternoon. Hundreds attended the grand opening of the new Turkish American Cultural Center at 13303 Madison Avenue. Ersin Isbilir, the acting director of the new, told Lakewood Patch that Lakewood is a perfect for the new facility. He estimates that there are between 200 and 300 people of Turkish descent living in Lakewood, but added that the west side of Cleveland also boasts a large Turkish population.

Dr. Oz Spurs Health Sales in Local Stores

Image Within 10 minutes of a “Dr. Oz” episode, the phone at Staple & Spice Market in Rapid City often starts ringing. “It is crazy,” said manager Kayla Raterman. “He’s bringing great business our way.” Those phone calls are part of the so-called Oz effect: the reaction people have to the popular CBS medical program, “The Dr. Oz Show.” If Oz recommends it, people tend to buy it.
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