Turkish Friendship Dinner ar Waldorf Astoria

29 09 2007

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By Anup Kaphle

The annual Turkish Friendship Dinner attracted everyone from professors to ambassadors to students. The presence of Sen. Hillary Clinton and Turkish prime minister Erdogan definitely drew more people.

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan

29 09 2007

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By Anup Kaphle

Erdogan not only showed concern about billions of dollars being spent on war, but also said that diplomacy is important.





Sen. Clinton at Turkish Cultural Center’s event

29 09 2007

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Sen. Clinton was the star of the event. Not quite understood why the Turkish-Americans loved her so much. She did say that she was the first person in the White House to organize an iftar dinner.





Ahmadinejad comes to Columbia!

24 09 2007

The Iranian president was “welcomed” at Columbia University today. Watch pictures from the day.

By Anup Kaphle





Protests start before Ahmadinejad’s visit to Columbia

23 09 2007

By Anup Kaphle

About 50 people, including local politicians, faculty and students gathered at the university entrance to express their anger and discontent over Columbia University’s decision to invite Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to speak at the World Leaders Forum on Monday.

Click here to see pictures from the day.

Referring to Ahmadinejad as “Madman” and “Hitler-wannabe,” the group also asked New Yorkers to gather at the university to rally against Ahmadinejad on Monday.

“I call on New Yorkers to make the life of Ahmadinejad miserable when he comes here tomorrow,” said Dov Hikind, member of assembly for 48th district. “Let’s give him an experience he will never forget, and maybe never come back again to this great city.” Read the rest of this entry »