DÜNYA’DA ULUSALLAŞMANIN ÖNCÜSÜ: ÇANAKKALE – GELİBOLU 1915 – 2015

Bu yazı, Amerika’da Çanakkale Savaşı’nın 100.ncü yıldönümünde büyük bir Çanakkale sergisi açılması ideallerinde iken rahmetli olan Yüksel Oktay’a (1937 – 2012) ithaf edilmiştir.

“İngiltere ve Fransa ile Osmanlı ve Alman orduları arasında geçen ve iki taraftan toplam 500,000’den fazla insanın “kaybına” (ölüm, firar, esir, sakatlanma ve hastalıklar) neden olan savaşın ardından İtilaf Devletleri Çanakkale Boğazı’nı geçememiş, İstanbul’u işgal edememiştir. Pek çok tarihçi, Rusya’da zorda kalan çarlık rejiminin devrilmesinde ve I. Dünya Savaşı’nın 2 yıl uzamasında, bu olayın önemli bir payı olduğu görüşündedirler.” (Çanakkalesavası.gen.tr)

Alı N. AKANSU, ÇANAKKALE 1915 * 2015

Prof. Ali N. Akansu programın amacını, açılış konuşmasında açıkladı ve program akışını baştan sona sundu.

Dr. Sebahattin Devecioğlu, Birleşmiş Milletler – Kamu Bilgi Birimi’nde
The Light Millennium”un (STK) Temsilcisi tarafından ve
Bircan Ünver, The Light Millennium & IşıkBinyılı.Org katkısıyla yazılmıştır.

[25 Mart 2015, New York] Çanakkale – Gelibolu Zaferi‘nin 100. Yıl dönümünün Anılması nedeniyle,  21 Mart 2015 tarihinde New York’taki  “CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice” de, Amerika’daki 19 Türk-Amerikan derneklerinin işbirliğiyle, Türk-Amerikan dernekleri tarafından, özellikle de Türk-Amerikan toplumunu bir araya getirmiş olan “Çanakkale 1915 – 2015: Savaş Alanından Türkiye Cumhuriyeti’ne Tarihi Bir Yolculuk” adlı bir anma programı başarıyla sunulmuştur. [Read more…]

Çanakkale 1915

Hasan Bülent PAKSOY, DPhil

Çanakkale’yi savaşarak geçemeyen İngiliz ve Fransızlar, Almanların yanında savaşan Osmanlı’yı da yenik sayarak Kasım 1918 de Çanakkale’yi vuruşmadan geçip İstanbul Boğazı’na demir attı. Orduları İstanbul’u büyük törenler ile işgal ettiler.

Hasan Bülent PaksoyHasan Bülent Paksoy, kapsamlı sunumunu Skype üzerinden yaptı ve soruları yanıtladı.

Aşağıdakı bildiri, Çanakkale Savaşlarının 100.cü yıldönümü nedeni ile New York şehrinde ATAA-FTAA öncülüğünde birleşen Toplum’a 21 Mart 2015 günü Profesör Hasan Bülent Paksoy tarafından sunulmuştur.

Tarih’i değiştirebilen olayların sonuçlarını önceden kestirmek güçtür. Savaş alanlarında olup-kaybedilen toplum üyelerinin ve gelecek kuşaklarının, toplum’a ileride ne gibi kayıplar getireceği de bilinemez. Dünya değiştirici düşünceler yaratabilecek tür bilim adamı,[i] mühendis vb nin savaş yolu ile kaybedilmesi kesinlikle o toplumun zararınadır. Bu nedenler ile, yalnız bir savaş’ın ayrıntılarının dökümünü yapmak yetmez; konu dünya üzerindeki konumuna oturtulmalıdır. Bu bakımdan, bir teğmenin ya da generalin anı defteri içeriği yerine, savaş’a katılan toplumlar içindeki en üst düzey politikacıların karşılıklı olarak birbirleri ile yaptıkları yarışmalarda hangi amaçlara ulaşmaya çalıştıkları üzerinde durulmalıdır.  [Read more…]

The Light Millennium’s Special Event: CONCEPTUAL DIVERSITY Water, Conservation, Timing, Poetry…

Welcome to the Annual Meeting of The Light Millennium’s Special Event:
CONCEPTUAL DIVERSITY Water, Conservation, Timing, Poetry…

DATE: Friday, November 21, 2014 – VENUE: Julie Mardin Photography Studio, NY.
PROGRAM – TIME: 6:30p.m. – (Refreshments: 6:00-6:30pm.)

This program is dedicated to: Inspiring Early Generation of Turkish Women in the United States of America
Tonight’s program is dedicated a very important early generation of Turkish-American women who have been an inspiration to the Turkish-American community. They affected the role of women in society with their knowledge and performed and lived through as if they were appointed as Honorary Ambassadors in between Turkish and American community. They served both in Turkey and U.S as honorary cultural ambassadors, who presented a bright face of Turkey to the world and set an example with their lives. With that, we want to dedicate this program to the following names and commemorate four of those who inspired and guided Turkish women living in the US tonight.

ALİYE AK AYDAGÜL

Aliye Ak AydagulWas born on 18th of August 1936 (nineteen thirty six) and died on 10th of November 2004 (two thousand four) at the age of 68 (sixty eight). She was the founder and producer of VOICE OF ANATOLIA (VOA, Turkish) very first Turkish weekly series which focused both on local Turkish-American news, presented Turkish culture, tradition, along with interviews with diplomats, politicians, authors, artists and professionals of various fields both from Turkey and the U.S. Aliye Ak received her certification from Queens Public TV in December of 1988. By the time she received the Sue Blank Spirit Award in 1993 she had produced over two hundred programs Queens Public Access (QPTV) and cable TV also a radio broadcast for about 15 years. Through her commitment to the Queens Community she inspired others to pick up the camera to tell their own stories. Further, Daughters of Ataturk International commemorated late Ak’s contributions to the Turkish-American community via “Ustun Kadinlar” award (Distinguished Woman Award) in 2005. [*] [Read more…]

A medal to Amir Dost Mohammad Khan ruler of Afghanistan (1826-1863)

Sultan Abdul Aziz (1861-1876) ruler of the Ottoman Empire awarded the medal to Amir Dost Mohammad Khan ruler of Afghanistan (1826-1863) in recognition and appreciation for the assistance given by the Afghan ruler  during and after the Crimean war.

Ahmad Beh was the emissary of the Ottoman Empire who delivered the medal on behalf of the Turkish Sultan.

DESCRIPTION

  1. 20 Emeralds.
  2. 376 Diamonds of different sizes.
  3. 47 Diamonds in each leaf and there are eight leafs.
  4. The inscription in the centre of the medallion is 14 carat gold.

INHERITANCE

  1. Amir (King) Dost Mohammad Khan. (1826-1863)
  2. Amir (King) Sher Ali Khan. (1863-1879)
  3. Amir (King) Yaqub Khan (1879- abdicated and lived in exile)
  4. Nisar Ahmed Khan  (1921-1990)
  5. Imran Ahmed Khan  (Present) 1990-to date

Noah’s Pudding or Ashure by Ayhan Ozer

Ashure is an authentic and unique dessert widely known in the Middle East, and made by the Christians, Jews and the Muslims alike. It is also called “Noah’s Pudding” a reference to the legend of Noah’s Ark. Traditionally; it is made on the 10thof the Islamic month of Muharrem. In Arabic “Ashar” means Tithe, a tenth part of something; so it may have acquired its name from this connection.

Noah’s miraculous journey on a boat is a shared belief by the three monotheistic religions. Legend has it that thousands of years ago societies showed sign of corruption.  Persistent problems of violence, injustice, oppression, crime, immorality vexed and exasperated people. Prophet Noah, a wise man, with an unwavering belief to one God, urged his people to amend their evil and wicked ways. Yet, people refused to listen to his injunctions, even made fun of him, and scoffed at him. [Read more…]

Hiroshima Anniversary Commemoration at Toy Museum, Istanbul

Atomic bombing of Japan

Atomic bombing of Japan

While attending Tarsus American High School in the early 50s, one of our teachers Frank Stone would hold debates on various subjects. One of these was on “Whether US was justified in using atom bomb to end the World War II.” Two groups would be picked, but our teacher knowing my views on the subject, including the belief that this was a crime against humanity, would not allow me to participate in the debate. Since than, I have kept my interest on the subject and attended many commemorations in the US, Japan and Turkey.

Americans and some others defend the dropping of atomic bomb at Hiroshima and later at Nakasaki stating that it ended the second world war although many believe Japan was ready to surrender before the horrible act, probably the worst in the history of mankind. Over 250,000 people at Hiroshima and 150,000 at Nakasaki, including many children, died and many villages and towns disappeared. Many children were affected after the bombing. [Read more…]

Anatolia in Armenia – A Documentary called “Nor Anadolu – New Anadolu”

A two page article, complete with a large photograph of Yerevan (Erivan) with Mount Agri (Ararat) in the background tells the story of a documentary on cities established in Armenia with Turkish names – Arapgir, Maras, Malatya, Van. The article, written by Alpugra Bahadir Gultekin in Radikal newspaper (July 27, 2011), states that GPOT and Canfilm working with Internews Armenia has produced documentaries to further the dialog between the Turks and the Armenians.

 

Burak Pekgezer, an Armenian Turk and 5 other Turkish directors, has toured Armenia and produced 6 documentary films, starting in Yerevan. Burak Pekgezer’s documentary, “Nor Anadolu – New Anadolu” tells the story of three different characters and stories. The documentary opens with a panoramic photograph of Yerevan, one of the oldest cities of the world, a peer of Rome and Carthagenos in Tunusia, believed to be found in 782 BC (1). Names of some of the districts in modern Yerevan include Malatya, Maras, Antep, places where Armenians migrated from during and after the First World War.

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Architect Sinan and Selimiye Mosque in the World Heritage List

Selimiye Camii, Edirne

Selimiye Camii, Edirne

UNESCO added Selimiye Mosque and its social complex in the Thracian province of Edirne to its World Heritage List on June 27, 2011, the 10th from Turkey. This magnificent structure was built by Sinan, a famous Turkish architect, when he was 90 years old after being commissioned by Ottoman Sultan Selim II. Selimiye Mosque is one of the most important works of Ottoman Turkish architecture and was called a “masterpiece” by Sinan.

Achitect Sinan was a Turk with Armenian heritage, just like Frank Lloyd Wright was American, whose parents on her mother’s side were from Wales. In fact, Frank Lloyd Wright, considered the greatest American Architect, declared that Sinan was the greatest Architect of all times. Sinan was born in village of Agirnas near Kayseri in 1490. Quite by coincidence, Wright died on April 9, 1959, on the same day that Sinan died in 1588. [Read more…]

National World war I Museum at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri

National World war I Museum at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri is the only museum in America dedicated to the memory of millions who died, including over five million Turks, both before, during and after the tragic war, and to the veterans from around the World (1).

One of the mightiest empires of all times, the 600 year old Ottoman Empire, came to an end in 1922 and the Republic of Turkey was proclaimed on October 29, 1923. Close to 30 new states were established on the  territories that were once part of the Empire that spanned three continents following the WW I.

There is a great deal to explore and experience at the WW I Museum, housed in a semicircular building both below ground level and street level. The visitors enter the building after walking over a glass bridge and a poppy field and watch a 15 minute film on the causes of the war. Although the 28 June 1914 of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria is stated to be the reason, the guide questions this theory as he leads the group into the building and invites everyone to watch another movie on the other side. [Read more…]

Turkish Library and Museum Report 2

TLM’s second progress report has been published. This report is in Turkish. You can download it from here –> http://www.turkishlibrary.us/downloads . You can also read the report below. An English version will follow.

1. GİRİŞ:

Türk Kütüphanesi ve Müzesi – Dostluk ve Barış İçin – TKM projesi, Amerika’da ve dünya çapında öngörülen kapasitede bir kurum olarak, tam kapasite 2015’te dünyaya kapılarını “resmen” açması planlanmışdır.

20. yüzyılın başlarından itibaren pek çok ülkede yayınlar, filmler, tiyatro oyunları, sempozyumlar ve üniversitelerde yapılan konuşmalarla gittikçe büyüyen bir Türk karşıtı propaganda olduğu bilinmektedir. Bu durum New York’ta bir Kütüphane ve Müze kurulmasının ilk kez teklif edildiği 28 Ocak 2011 tarihinde Adana’daki Çukurova Üniversitesi’nde yapılan sempozyumda ele alınmıştır. Bu Bildirinin amacı hem Türkiye ve Amerika Birleşik Devletleri’ndeki ve hem de diğer ülkelerdeki tüm üniversiteler, medya organları, özel sektör şirketleri, kentsel kurumlar ve bireyleri bu inisiyatifi desteklemeye ve geçici olarak yapılması planlanmış olan toplantılarda önerilerin görüşülmesi için davet etmektir. Aynı zamanda yabancı ülkelerinde katkıda bulunmalari sağlanacaktır. [Read more…]