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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.

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.

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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Turkish Doctors in the United States

According to author Marc Angel’s book, La America: The Sephardic Experience in the United States, Jack David Hananiah was the first Sephardic Jew in New York to become a dentist. The date on which Hananiah received a dentist’s diploma was June 8, 1917. Hananiah was not only a Sephardic Jew, but he was also a Turkish-born citizen of the Ottoman Empire. He was born in Smyrna (Izmir), an ancient city in Western Turkey. Unfortunately, later he was murdered in his office by a former patient. His brother Ely also became a dentist.  

President Obama - A New Beginning for America

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Osman Bengur.

By Osman Bengur
Baltimore, Maryland
With the election of Barack Obama as the next President of the United States, one could almost hear a collective sigh of relief emanating from around the world. It was as if the darkness that had come over the world for the past eight years was finally about to be lifted.
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