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Turkey's Biggest Trump Card in the 21st Century

By Cemil Ozyurt - Countries that have taken steps toward development or that are developing have certain characteristics that differentiate them from other countries.  Japan is a country of islands with limited natural resources, and Korea a peninsula with the same lack of resources, and they have developed their strengths in technology. Italy has its fashion and design, Germany its heavy industry and engineering, Saudi Arabia its oil, Turkmenistan its natural gas, and the USA its production and consumption power.  These countries stand out.

EU's Greatest Problem: Greece

By Prof. Dr. Faruk Sen- Having received EU membership in the year 1982 with the help of then President of France Valery Giscard d’Esteing, Greece lived through a serious golden age between the years 1981 and 2005.  Along with the regional and social development funds, the EU also gave agricultural funds in the amount of 104 billion euro to Greece during these years.  While Turkey was borrowing from the IMF and other international institutions, Greece stood firmly on its feet with these grants.  With the help of the EU, living standards in Greece were in much better condition in comparison to those in Germany, France, and England.

Energy Diplomacy of Turkey: Cooperation with East and West

By Assistant Prof. Goknur Akcadag* - The multi-dimensional strategies of Turkey, firmly avoiding to confront with both Western and Eastern countries, especially reveals itself in the energy policies.  Assessing all the different aspects one may suggest that Turkey takes steps among the USA, Russia and EU within a balanced policy looking after her own interests as the energy policies builds up in parallel to the political approaches in the short and long run determining the power balance thus the signed agreements are of international importance politically.

Discovering Sephardic Heritage in Turkey

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Rita with his husband in front of Blue Mosque.

By Dr. Rita Rosenthal*
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What is it like to be a Sephardic Jew, whose parents originally immigrated to the United States of America from Istanbul, growing up in Brooklyn New York?  I was part of a huge, warm, gracious, close, extended family.  Members prepared wonderful unique foods, lived nearby, saw each other all the time and spoke a strange language. 

The United Colors of Turkey and The Mosaics that Have Spread from Anatolia to the World

Cemil Ozyurt
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The Anatolian territory, which has been located on the migration lines for centuries, has hosted millions of immigrants. Jews who fled from Spain to İstanbul in 1492, refugees from the Caucasus who came to various Anatolian cities as a result of the Crimean War of the 1850s and the Ottoman-Russian War in 1870s, victims of Balkan Wars who moved from Bulgaria and Greece… The paths of all refuges crossed in Anatolia.

Discovering Sephardic Heritage in Turkey

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Rita with his husband in front of Blue Mosque.

By Dr. Rita Rosenthal*

What is it like to be a Sephardic Jew, whose parents originally immigrated to the United States of America from Istanbul, growing up in Brooklyn New York?  I was part of a huge, warm, gracious, close, extended family.  Members prepared wonderful unique foods, lived nearby, saw each other all the time and spoke a strange language.  Although the words sounded like Spanish, it was not the language of New York’s Puerto Rican community.

Ottoman Jews in the Context of Geographical Distribution, Population & Housing

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By Assistant Prof.Göknur Akçadağ*

“…dwell in the best of the land, each beneath his wine and his fig tree, with silver and with gold, with wealth and with cattle...".
A letter – original held at National Bibliothek in Paris -  sent by Rabbi Yitzhak Sarfati who migrated to Turkey in the first part of 15th century to Jewish communities in Germany and Hungary inviting his co-religionists to leave the torments they were enduring in Christendom and to seek safety and prosperity in Turkey. His few words in his letter tell us a lot.

Governor Paterson Welcomes Turkish Investors

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Governor Paterson with Cemil Ozyurt.

From the Editor - Cemil Özyurt
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Since David Paterson became governor, New York State has faced enormous political challenges, from the state’s budget gap of more than $4 billion to the state’s worst fiscal crisis since the mid-1970s.   
In his first speech as Governor, on March 17, 2008, one of the crucial issues on which Governor Paterson led the charge for New York’s future was the putting forth of a statewide renewable energy strategy to harness the power of the sun and wind.

Get 'er Done, Terry!

Ali Gunertem –
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Terry McAuliffe and I go back a long way. In 1991, my travel agency, AIM Travel, serviced Terry’s law firm McAuliffe-Kelly-Rafaelli’s travel needs. I was in Terry’s office at least three times a week, delivering airline tickets. In 1995, Terry was with President Clinton’s team, helping him to get reelected. I was there again with my cousin Sahir Erozan to raise money and host events at our family restaurant, called Cities, in Washington, D.C. We have done fund raisers, presidential dinners, inauguration parties and Terry did not miss any of them. They were his events!
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