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Archaeologists Explore Site on Syria-Turkey Border PDF Print E-mail
2012-11-12 19:29:19
Image Few archaeological sites seem as entwined with conflict, ancient and modern, as the city of Karkemish. The scene of a battle mentioned in the Bible, it lies smack on the border between Turkey and Syria, where civil war rages today. Twenty-first century Turkish sentries occupy an acropolis dating back more than 5,000 years, and the ruins were recently demined. Visible from crumbling, earthen ramparts, a Syrian rebel flag flies in a town that regime forces fled just months ago. A Turkish-Italian team is conducting the most extensive excavations there in nearly a century, building on the work of British Museum teams that included T.E. Lawrence, the adventurer known as Lawrence of Arabia. The plan is to open the site along the Euphrates river to tourists in late 2014.
Last Updated ( 2012-11-12 19:30:32 )
 
Turkish Cypriot Day Big Success on Capitol Hill PDF Print E-mail
2012-10-05 08:58:27
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Turkish Cypriot Day Hosts, ATAA Gunay Evinch, NCCS Bahri Aliriza FTAA Gizem Salcigil White, MATA Orhan Suleiman
The Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA) lead a coalition of leading Turkish American organizations to host the inaugural Capitol Hill Turkish Cypriot Day, on October 2, 2012.  Over 200 Member and committee staffers from over 50 Congressional Offices, as well as experts from Congressional Research Services (CRS), attended the all-day drop-in event that featured Turkish Cypriot cuisine, Turkish Coffee, Turkish Delights, Turkish Cypriot music, and displays of Turkish Cypriot art and history.
 
Last Updated ( 2012-10-05 09:00:28 )
 
Betting on Turkish Food at Chit Chat Café PDF Print E-mail
2012-05-02 01:59:57
Image Port Jefferson Station, NY - By Lon Cohen - portjefferson.com - Semiral “Sam” Catalbas says it’s easy to guess why she’s opening Chit Chat Café, a Turkish-American café and grocery store on Route 112 in Port Jefferson Station. “Because I’m Turkish,” she says with a smile, her accent clearly coming through her words. The Port Jefferson Station resident, who said that her husband owns a gas station, is originally from the cosmopolitan city of Istanbul in Turkey but has lived in the United States for the past 10 years. Catalbas partnered with her cousin, Gilly Akcay, who is also the landlord, to open the new café.
Last Updated ( 2012-05-02 02:00:36 )
 
Book Review: Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty PDF Print E-mail
2012-05-01 22:40:41
Image Somewhere in Beijing there must be an incinerator for burning reports from outsiders telling China’s leaders what to do. In February the World Bank, in cooperation with an arm of the Chinese government, issued a report called China 2030 that included this gem: “Where contract disputes arise … the disputants should have access not only to legal recourse but also to a transparent and effective judicial system that imparts justice without fear or favor.” It’s hard to imagine President Hu Jintao slapping his forehead in wonderment upon reading this: “But of course! Why didn’t we think of that? Stop the theft of intellectual property at once!”

As silly as it is, the “ignorance hypothesis”—the assumption that people in power would do right by their citizens if only they knew better—“still rules supreme among most economists and in Western policy-making circles,” Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist Daron Acemoglu and Harvard University political scientist James Robinson write in their new book, Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty. Nations fail, the authors argue, because “those who have power make choices that create poverty. They get it wrong not by mistake or ignorance but on purpose.” For the brutal few, hanging on to power and wealth outweighs all else.
Last Updated ( 2012-05-01 22:43:46 )
 
'Classified Woman': Sibel Edmonds Finally Wins PDF Print E-mail
2012-04-30 19:46:55
Image By David Swanson -  Sibel Edmonds' new book,"Classified Woman: The Sibel Edmonds Story" (352 pages, $21.95 trade paperback, available from Amazon.com in print and Kindle editions) is like an FBI file on the FBI, only without the incompetence. The experiences she recounts resemble K.'s trip to the castle, as told by Franz Kafka, only without the pleasantness and humanity. I've read a million reviews of nonfiction books about our government that referred to them as "page-turners" and "gripping dramas," but I had never read a book that actually fit that description until now.
Last Updated ( 2012-05-01 18:42:45 )
 
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