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Abdullah Gul or Oz Bengur?

Cemil Ozyurt
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The vote of 600 thousand Turks in Germany in the last elections has been a serious determining factor for the race between Angela Merkel and Gerhard Schröder. Had the Turkish voters not have supported Schröder, the outcome could have been different for Merkel, who won the race by a narrow margin.

Success and Ethics

Cemil Ozyurt
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Pittsburg, a small city with a population of 340,000, is home to the central offices of seven of the USA’s top 500 companies. The companies create 50 billion dollars worth of business volume in the city. Colorado, which in contrast has a population of 4.5 million, is home to 10 of the biggest companies and these companies create an economic cushion of 72 billion dollars.

Don't Give Them the Upper Hand

Cemil Ozyurt
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The Armenian genocide allegation is one the leading questions that Turks living in US respond to. The claim is that Armenians, between one to two million in number, had been massacred. Responding to this claim with “they were not killed systematically but lost their lives during a war,” became a vicious cycle.

To Those Who Feel Like Leaving

Cemil Ozyurt
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The title is from a much-loved Can Yucel poem, which tells about those of us who always yearn to go somewhere but fail to do so. In a way, it tells how some of us in America feel.

Stop Lobbying, Start Writing a Letter!

Cemil Ozyurt
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“Honorable Senator, in the eve of coming elections, we kindly ask you to reconsider your promises one more time before you make any decisions that would upset Turkish Americans. Your support for the Armenian genocide claims deeply upsets us. We have been America’s best friend and ally. We fought side by side in Korea and during the Gulf War…”

Get Over It!

Cemil Ozyurt
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I don’t know whether it emanates from our educational system or our interest in being superior, but we live in another dimension in Turkey. We consider ourselves to be living in the most beautiful country of the world and repeatedly claim that we have the best landscape, the best beaches, and the best food.

The Anatolian "Melting Pot"

Cemil Ozyurt
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There’s an old lady in our neighborhood. She’s probably around eighty. Every time I pass in front of their door, I ask her how she is. I can see her happiness when she hears me speak Turkish. She seems to have a craving for a passerby or an acquaintance saying hello.

Good Old 'Foreign Forces'

Cemil Ozyurt
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When I was an elementary school student, politicians, ordinary citizens and academicians, whose opinions were asked on state television, would all talk about theories in which “foreign forces” were involved.  Every time I heard this argument, I used to visualize men behind masks, holding automatic guns, conspiring to weaken our beautiful country!

Charge for Gold...

By Cemil Ozyurt

It has been three years since we have published and sent our first issue of Turk of America to our readers. During this period, we have traveled thousands of kilometers in order to introduce you to different names and faces from different fields of work.  
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