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Trump's Trade Step Shows U.S. Can Hit Turkey Where It Hurts

President Donald Trump’s decision to strip some Turkish exporters of their preferential trade status is taken from a playbook that’s been effective in the past. American officials are pressing Ankara to abandon its longstanding agreement to buy a Russian air defense system. The last time Washington ratcheted up pressure on its NATO ally to force it to yield on a key issue -- and release a long-held American pastor -- it drove the Turkish economy to the brink of collapse, and it’s not fully recovered. Monday’s trade move “is a political step aimed at preventing Turkey from purchasing S-400 missiles from Russia,” Ilter Turan, a professor of international relations at Istanbul’s Bilgi University, said by phone on Tuesday. “The U.S. is clamping down on Turkey’s potential to increase its exports to the U.S. market, knowing that it will hurt the country’s economy.”

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Rep. Wild Invites Lehigh Valley Business Owner to State of the Union

Pennsylvania's 7th District representative invited a Lehigh Valley small-business owner to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address Tuesday night. Rep. Susan Wild invited Murat Guzel, who owns a health foods company, to the president's speech, Wild's communications director Zoe Wilson-Meyer said. Guzel immigrated from Turkey three decades ago and works with the state's elected, appointed and non-profit leaders on mentoring and empowerment programs for girls, Wilson-Meyer said.

Interfaith Leaders Gather at NYC

By Ali Cinar -  The annual Interfaith Breakfast brought together faith leaders from across New York City and aimed at helping our city's most underserved residents. NYPL President Tony Marx made the first opening remarks at the breakfast. NYPD Commissioner and many NYPD Officials James P. O'Neill  also attended the program to suppport the Clergy Leaders.

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NYPD Holds a Special Holiday Party

By Ali Cinar - Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill, First Deputy Commissioner Benjamin Tucker and Chief of Department Terrence Monahan’s Holiday Party and many NYPD Officers enjoyed the Holiday Party that was held on Russo's on the Bay. NYPD Middle East & Turkic Society Members were also present at the Holiday Party. The members were great to see so many colleagues come together to support the great leadership that they have at the NYPD.

TASC Responds to Armenian Weekly and Boston Globe Misinformation

The Turkish American National Steering Committee (TASC) commenced a new program "TASC Media Watch", following misinformed writings by the Boston Globe regarding the extradition of FETO leader, Fethullah Gulen, and by the Armenian Weekly promoting the censorship of free speech that questions the Armenian allegation of genocide.

Turkish FM Says FBI Targeting FETÖ in the US

The FBI has launched nationwide operations against FETÖ, the terror group behind the 2016 defeated coup in Turkey, said Turkey’s foreign minister on Monday. Speaking to lawmakers in parliament, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said that FBI started to see the true nature of the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ). "There is a serious investigation into FETÖ launched by the FBI in 15 states," said Çavuşoğlu. "Moreover, arrests started in some states, including New Jersey."

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Mayor de Blasio: "We Stand With You. We Will not Let Anyone Harm You."

By Ali Cinar- NYC - NYC Mayor de Blasio was with the Faith Leaders from across New York City to stand the against hate in all of its forms. Mayor made the following remarks during a press conference at the Upper East Side’s Temple Emanu-el.  “We will defend with our lives the synagogues of this city and the community of this city. We stand with you. We will not let anyone harm you. The NYPD “will be present in force to protect Jewish community institutions. New Yorkers don't look away from hatred and try to pretend that it doesn't exist. We confront it and we confront it together. Our hearts, our prayers and our solidarity go out to the people of Pittsburgh "

Businessman Güzel Wrote for Washington Times: How U.S.-Turkey Relations Grow Stronger

By Murat Güzel - In the aftermath of the NATO Summit in Brussels, I have reflected on the importance of strong trans-Atlantic bonds and how this critical alliance has paved the way for economic growth which has benefitted both sides of the Atlantic. In an unstable world, we need strong trade alliances like the U.S.-Turkey one. We need a robust NATO as well. This week also marks the tragic anniversary of the darkest chapter in Turkey’s recent history, the July 15 failed coup. I am not a politician or an expert on international relations. I am a first-generation Turkish American who has built a multinational business. I am a “commercial” diplomat.

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.

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