Amerikali Turk


Mark Meirowitz

10 Kasım

November 11, 2013 9:41 AM

On Sunday evening, November 10th, I attended a wonderful program at Turkevi in Manhattan, organized by the Federation of Turkish American Associations (TADF-headed by Ali Cinar) and other Turkish-American organizations to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the passing of one of the world's great visionaries, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.   The evening's program was profound as well as enjoyable, with meaningful remarks as well as wonderful songs and the showing of a documentary about Atatürk.…

Türkiye Nereye Gidiyor? (Where is Turkey Going?)

June 09, 2013 9:52 PM

Türkiye Nereye Gidiyor? (Where is Turkey Going?): Some Reflections About The Recent Events in Turkey   The recent events in Turkey have been disquieting and worrisome. Turkey unfortunately now looks like a country in chaos. Turkey's image around the world going forward will be more about the "Lady in Red" than the glorious Dolmabahce and Topkapi Palaces.  The main question is: Where in Turkey Headed? (Türkiye Nereye Gidiyor?)  Some major points (and questions): 1. Will the…

Trouble Brewing for Turkey in US House of Representatives

November 29, 2012 10:13 AM

There is potentially big news with impact for Turkey as a result of the announcement that Congressman Ed Royce will replace Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen as Chair of the US House of Representartives Committee on Foreign Affairs. This is the committee that passed the Armenian "genocide" resolution in 2010 (the bill died in the "lame duck" session of the House at the end of 2010 and was never passed by the full House). Under Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen (and Republican control of the House), the…

The Impact of the 2012 US Elections on Turkey

November 22, 2012 8:12 PM

The Obama presidential victory was very positive for Turkey. President Obama has had a close personal relationship with Prime Minister Erdogan, and the US and Turkey have been close allies working together on regional and international issues, including the crisis in Syria and in the Middle East as a whole. The relationship between the US and Turkey is one of the most important American bilateral ties with a foreign power.   The fact that the Republicans have maintained control of the House…

Did Turkey Gain Anything Significant From Its Policy on Gaza?

November 22, 2012 1:47 PM

In my view, Turkey did not gain anything significant from its strong support of Hamas during the recent Gaza crisis. On the contrary, Turkey, regretfully, may have lost some of its stature and prominence to Egypt, which emerged as pivotal in arranging the cease fire between Israel and Hamas and as a major regional player. Secretary of State Clinton praised Egypt's efforts in forging a cease fire between Hamas and Israel and called Egypt a cornerstone of regional peace and stability.   By siding…

A Visit to Northern Cyprus, a Place That Does Not Exist

November 17, 2012 11:11 PM

Just this past week, on November 15, 2012, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) marked the 29th anniversary of the establishment of the republic.   Last summer, I had the opportunity to visit the TRNC, a place which apparently does not exist, as it is not recognized by any country other than Turkey, and is under international embargo. Since planes can not fly there directly, the only way to fly there is via Turkey. The TRNC is an international pariah.   Yet, I can attest to the…

On Veterans' Day, Recalling the Heroism of the Turkish Brigade in the Korean War

November 12, 2012 12:28 PM

On this Veterans' Day 2012, we should take a moment to remember the heroism and gallantry of the Turkish Brigade which fought side by side with American soldiers in the Korean War.   Some time ago, I attended a conference on US-Turkish Relations in Manhattan. After the presentations, during the question-and-answer session, an elderly Korean gentleman stood up and said that he did not have a question. He just wanted to thank the Turkish people for having sent troops to his country to save his…

Actions on Turkey Regarding Armenia

December 29, 2011 5:51 PM

The Honorable Reuven Rivlin, Speaker of the Knesset Jerusalem, Israel Dear Speaker Rivlin, I would like to take this opportunity to express my opposition to the actions of the Israel Knesset in respect of the issue of the events in Armenia. As the son of parents who were in Auschwitz, I firmly believe in the idea that the Jewish Holocaust was unique among atrocities in history and was a true genocide, with the intention of the Nazis to wipe out every Jew on the face of the earth. As for the events…

Some Observations About the French and Genocide

December 29, 2011 5:19 PM

Those of us who know history stare in utter amazement at the actions of the French National Assembly in criminalizing the denial of the events in Armenia in 1915 (by imposing a hefty fine and imprisonment should anyone in France deny that these events in Armenia constituted "genocide"). The French actions illustrate the fact that it is quite convenient to point fingers at others, so as to deflect attention to one's own actions. It is not even 70 years ago when the French Vichy government was complicit…