January 16th, 2015
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The Turkic American Alliance and its six member federations condemn in the strongest terms the terrorist attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo. Such horrific actions represent an assault on democratic values and can never be justified no matter the underlying reason. Even against insults, the befitting response must be legal and civil.
Our thoughts are with the people of France and our prayers with the families of the deceased and injured. We must all honor the victims by hardening our commitment to spreading peace, tolerance and mutual respect.
January 7th, 2015
On January 7, 2015 TAA held a reception at to welcome the 114th Congress at our TAA headquarters. Over 30 congressional staff were in attendance, including Mahmut Yeter, Executive Director of Mid Atlantic Federation of Turkic American Associations (MAFTAA); Suleyman Turhanogullari, President of Turkic American Federation of Midwest (TAFM); Ozkur Yildiz, President of West American Turkic Council (WATC); Bilal Eksili, President of Turquoise Council of Americans and Eurasians (TCAE) and Cemil Teber, President of Turkic American Federation of Southeast (TAFS). Also present were representatives from TAA’s member organizations across the United States.
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January 6th, 2015
Ekrem Dumanli, editor in chief of the Zaman Daily newspaper in Turkey published a column in The Washington Post, detailing the witch-hunt against the Turkish media.
Below is the op-ed article, as published by The Washington Post website on January 1st, 2015.
Ekrem Dumanli: Turkey's witch hunt against the media.
When I first appeared in court after last month’s raid on my newspaper in Istanbul and 80 hours of detention, I asked the judge: “Two columns and a news report: Is ...
December 16th, 2014
On December 16, 2014, Hon. Nowelu Nuti, Deputy Chief of Mission of the South African Embassy in Washington D.C. visited TAA headquarters. She was accompanied by Letlhogonolo Desmond Moreki, First Secretary; Ndumiso Mngadi, Third Secretary and Joe Erasmus, First Secretary (Political). During the meeting, TAA President Dr. Taban shared the mission and goals of the organization its current projects and opportunities for collaboration.
December 15th, 2014
The Turkic American Alliance and its six Member Federations strongly condemn detentions of Ekrem Dumanli, editor-in-chief of Zaman Daily, Hidayet Karaca, chief executive of Samanyolu Media Group, and dozens of others, on phony charges, as a blatant breach of press freedom and rule of law. This development is a huge blow to Turkey's already waning image as a progressing Muslim democracy compatible with Western values. Similar actions aimed to suppress the dissent in Turkey at the anniversary of the corruption scandal in December 2013, are expected to continue in the following days.
Due to increasingly reckless anti-democratic policies of the ruling Justice and Development Par ...
December 10th, 2014
On December 10, 2014, the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the United States, with the support of the Council for Turkic American Associations (CTAA) held its 2nd U.S.-Kazakhstan Convention, at the Willard Intercontinental in Washington D.C. to strengthen bilateral ties and assist in fostering strategic regional and global partnerships.
This year’s convention theme was “Working Together For a Secure Future” brought together over prominent political leaders, ministers, policy experts, and individuals from government and private sector organizations in U.S. and Kazakhstan. the Breakfast and Opening Ceremony was attended by Hon. Kairat Umarov, Kazakhstan Ambassador to the U.S a ...
December 10th, 2014
On December 10, 2014, representatives from the National Conference of State Legislators and 15 state legislators across the U.S. attended a reception at the TAA headquarters along with TAA member federation presidents -- Mahmut Yeter, Executive Director of Mid Atlantic Federation of Turkic American Associations (MAFTAA); Suleyman Turhanogullari, President of Turkic American Federation of Midwest (TAFM) and Ozkur Yildiz, President of West American Turkic Council (WATC). The visiting delegation was in Washington D.C. to attend the NCSL Winter Forum. Dr. Faruk Taban, TAA President welcomed the group and discussed TAA’s current programs and upcoming initiatives, including the 5th Annual Turk ...
December 10th, 2014
On December 10, 2014, Ozkur Yildiz, President of West American Turkic Council (WATC) and Lamija Silajdzic, Program Assistant at Turkic American Alliance (TAA) visited Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) at his offices in Washington D.C. to present an Ebru Water Marble artwork in his name, written in calligraphy, in appreciation for his support to the Turkic American Community in the State of Washington.
November 14th, 2014
On the weekend of November 14th-16th, staff from the Turkic American Alliance (TAA), its board members, representatives and student leaders from across the U.S. attended the Clinton Presidential Center’s 10th Year Celebration event in Little Rock, Arkansas, to show support from the Turkic community.
The 3-day event was aimed at celebrating and reflecting on the impact of the Center on the local community since its inception in 2004, and honoring its commitment to service and empowering people across the globe. Dr. Faruk Taban, the President of the Turkic American Alliance and Bilal Eksili, President of Turquoise Council of Americans and Eurasians (TCAE), met with former U.S. President B ...
November 5th, 2014
On November 5th, TAA attended the World Affairs Council of America (WACA) Conference. This year’s theme, America and the World 2015, brought together leaders from its WACA’s national networks, business and civic communities, including leading policy makers and experts to discuss and engage on critical issues in the global arena.
Among the topics key covered were education, cybersecurity, youth, jobs, social unrest, Africa’s transformation, the future of energy and the changing dynamics of China, Asia and the U.S.
The World Affairs Council of America is the largest nonpartisan, non-profit grassroots organization in the U.S. dedicated to fostering grassroots understanding ...
September 25th, 2014
The Turkic American Alliance held its 2nd Annual Kyrgyz American Convention in Bishkek, the capital of the Kyrgyz Republic, on September 25th, 2014. The premier event was attended by over 200 guests and attracted a prominent delegation of government officials, legislators, leading businesspersons, academics and experts from the U.S. and the Kyrgyz Republic. In particular, 33 individuals from the United States attended, including 12 state legislators from 5 different states, in addition to high-level government officials from the Kyrgyz Republic, including H.E. Tayirbek Sarpashev, the Vice Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic; H.E. Temir Sariev, Minister of Economic Affairs; the Hon. Dr. Kan ...
July 11th, 2014
On July 11th and July 12th, 2014, Dr. Faruk Taban, the President of the Turkic American Alliance, attended the National Governors Association Summer Meeting, which has held this year in Nashville, Tennessee.
Dr. Taban attended the Opening Session, for which the Vice President of the United States Joe Biden, delivered the keynote remarks. Dr. Taban also attended the Education and Workforce Committee, chaired by Governor Steven Beshear of Kentucky, the Natural Resources Committee, chaired by Governor Jack Dalrymple of North Dakota, in addition to receptions at the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium.
The NGA Summer Meeting was a great success. TAA looks forward t ...
June 23rd, 2014
On June 23rd, New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan led a group of seven state businesses and state staff on a trade mission to Turkey in order to promote international trade and explore opportunities in emerging sectors in the country. The trip also aimed to help strengthen and increase U.S.-Turkey trade overall through dialogue and partnerships. The mission was organized in partnership with the Turkish Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists of Turkey (TUSKON) and the Turkish Cultural Center in Manchester, New Hampshire. Also joining Governor Hassan on the trip was State Commissioner at the Department of Resources Economic of Development, Jeffrey Rose.
The delegation traveled to ...
June 20th, 2014
Along with Andrew O’Brien, Special Representative of Global Partnerships at the U.S. State Department, and Shelly Pitterman, Regional Representative for USA and the Caribbean and the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Dr. Taban introduced the Turkic American Alliance to ...
The President of the Turkic American Alliance, Dr. Faruk Taban, spoke before the International Relations Standing Committee during the United States Conference of Mayors 82nd Annual Meeting, which was held this year in Dallas, Texas, from June 20th to June 23rd.
April 10th, 2014
For the 4th Annual Turkic American Convention, there was a strong presence from the United States Senate. Four prominent U.S. Senators attended, stopped by, and delivered remarks on April 8th at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium and on April 9th at the Willard InterContinental Hotel.
On April 8th, Senator Joe Donnelly (IL) attended the TAC Welcome Reception, which kicked off the Fourth Annual Turkic American Convention. The Senator spoke with Dr. Faruk Taban, President of the Turkic American Alliance (TAA) on various topics including general information about TAA and its latest activities. Dr. Taban also informed the Senator about a possible trip to Turkey and potential business opportuniti ...