Two large posters above the Hilton Conference Hall in Istanbul simply stated ‘’Meeting Istanbul: Present and Future.’’ Only once inside, one knew that the conference was about the ‘’Rums of Istanbul. (The Redhouse dictionary gives – Greeks who hold Turkish citizenship as the meaning of Rum, which also means...
Istanbul officially received its mandate as the European Capital of Culture on December 10, 2009. The activities scheduled for 2010 will begin on Saturday, January 16, 2010, at Sutluce Conference Centre in Istanbul. Over 450 Projects will be realized throughout the year, including the U2 Istanbul Conference on 6...
An Opera Concert Staged at the Ishak Pasha Palace, Dogubeyazit, Agri, Anatolia, July 4, 1999, based on a Book by Yasar Kemal, Opera by Cetin Isikozlu When I saw the newspaper advertisement for an opera at the famous Ishak Pasha Palace in Dogubeyazit, I made reservations to fly to Agri...
July 7 Friday was a beautiful day in Istanbul and the Dolmabahce Palace was readied to welcome over 1000 guests for the celebration of the 150th anniversary of its opening in 1856. The event, sponsored by Ericson and Sabah newspaper, was hosted by the Speaker of the Grand National...
In 1897, 8 years old girl named Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the Editorial writer Francis P. Church of the New York Sun, asking him if there was really a Santa Claus. Church’s reply, “Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” became a classic. He went on to...
Name of "EUROPE" in Chinese is known as "OUZHOU", that is, "OGUZÖY" in Turkish meaning "HOME OF OGUZ" by Polat Kaya The name in Chinese for Europe is given as "OUZHOU". Source: "Oxford Beginner's Chinese Dictionary". .  Also, search in online Chinese-English Dictionary: http://www.mandarintools.com/worddict.html This knowledge is extremely significant because "OUZHOU" is from the Turkish expression...
At no time of the year are the Americans more mindful of their heritage as one nation raised above all kinds of ethnic, racial and religious divisiveness than at Thanksgiving. There is something humble and even soothing about Thanksgiving. Its focus is on goodness, family, and being together, rather than...
This month the Turkish nation commemorates the 71st anniversary of Ataturk’s passing. On this occasion, rather than lamenting his loss let us take stock of where we stand and how we have fared in following his steps.   Ataturk’s emergence was not accidental created by the circumstances of a one-time event...
Turkish Library and Museum in America (TLM) In search of Ideas in Service to Turkish Nation and Turks in the World..   Date: 24th March 2011   TURKISH LIBRARY AND MUSEUM IN AMERICA FOR PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP (TLM)” First Project meeting will be held at ANEMON GALATA HOTEL, Istanbul The project “Turkish...
A Commentary by Yuksel Oktay, PE, March 21, 2011 The three-day conference which officially started on Thursday, March 17, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, some participants coming on Wednesday night March 16, ended on Saturday afternoon, March 19, where many excellent presentations were made and new leaders were introduced. The...