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Turks View U.S. As Number One Threat: Survey

ANKARA, July 25 (Xinhua) -- Turkish people perceive the United States as the number one country that poses threat to Turkey, while regarding Azerbaijan as Turkey's closest friend, according to local research. About 66.5 percent of Turkish people think that the U.S. is the "biggest threat" among foreign countries, the research, conducted by Center for Turkey Studies in Kadir Has University on June, said. Israel follows with 37. 4 percent and EU member states come in the third row with 24 percent, according to the survey.

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Foreign Buyers Are Snapping Up More American Real Estate Than Ever

One market’s loss, is another market’s gain. Countries like Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand are starting to see foreign buying tapering. However, the United States is starting to see a surge in foreign buying according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). These numbers are showing explosive growth in both the transactions, and dollar volume.

The Number of Turkish People with Anti-American Sentiments Has Increased by 28 Percent

The number of Turkish people with anti-American sentiments has increased by 28 percent in just three years, a BBC poll showed on Wednesday. Experts have claimed that the U.S.'s stance on the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) and the PKK's Syrian affiliate, the People's Protection Units (YPG), in particular have been the triggering factors for the increasing bad feeling. According to the poll conducted by GlobalScan and the Program for Public Consultation (PPC) for the British broadcaster, the ratio of Turks that view the United States negatively stands at 64 percent, compared to 36 percent in 2014.

Coca-Cola Explores Energy Drink Bolt-On

Image On Monday, April 30, the Wall Street Journal broke a story reporting that Coca-Cola (KO) was in discussions to purchase energy drinks company Monster (MNST). Monster's share price swelled 20% on the news - its market cap popping up $2 billion to roughly $13 billion - but Coca-Cola ultimately decided to walk away from the deal. Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent said late Monday that, "at this time," the company is not in talks to buy Monster. Monster's share price fell back to its pre-news market cap of around $11 billion.

Outward Direct Investments Nearing $24bn

Image Almost 3,500 Turkish companies are currently operating in 103 countries. Nearing $24bn, Turkish outward direct investments intensify in energy, banking, communications, manufacturing and commerce. According to a study from the Ankara Trade Chamber based on Treasury and Central Bank data, outward direct investments, at a mere $3.7bn by 2001, shot up to $23.6bn as of September 2010. Therefore, near $20bn of the Turkish investment abroad has been made in the past decade.

An Over 100-Year-Old History of Turkish Sephardic Jews in Seattle

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Temple de Hirsch exterior, 15th Avenue and E. Union St., Seattle, ca. 1908-1914. (Photo: University of Washington Libraries. Special Collections Division)

According to the M.A. thesis of Albert Adatto, a student of University of Washington in 1939, (“Sephardim and the Seattle Sephardic Community”), the first two Sephardic Jews Jack Policar (d. 1961) and Solomo Calvo (d. 1964), arrived in Seattle from the island of Marmara, Turkey in 1902. The first Turkish Jew to arrive in Seattle is thought to have been David Levy in 1900. In 1904, they met Nissim Alhadeff, who had arrived that year from the Isle of Rhodes, between Greece and Turkey, in a Seattle Greek Café.

Sephardic Jews from Turkey and Former Ottoman Lands in the United States

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A news about Turkish Jews immigrants in New York in 1912. (Source: New York Times June 4, 1912)

By Selin Senol
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On March 4, 1992, Turkish Jews celebrated at the Neve Salom Synagogue in Istanbul the 500th anniversary of their ancestral acceptance in Ottoman Turkey under Sultan Beyazit II, after the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Sephardic Jews (who refused to convert to Christianity) by Spain in 1492. Hearing about the eviction, the Sultan issued a welcoming decree for the Jews, purportedly commenting that the Spanish King must have ‘lost his mind’ for expelling his ‘best’ and ‘wealthiest’ subjects.

Edirne and Its Jewish Community at the Turn of the 19th Century

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Edirne (Adrianople) is a city in the Balkans in the Turkish Republic, located at the confluence of the Meriç River and its two principal tributaries, the Tunca and the Varda. The town had a population of 99,000 in 1901, consisting of 40,000 Turks, 6,000 Albanians, 30,000 Greeks, 10,000 Bulgarians, 9,000 Jews and 4,000 Armenians.
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