Yüksel Oktay

The Week That Was: 14-20 November 2011. Energy Symposiums, Business Conferences and the World Turkish Entrepreneurs Convention in İstanbul.

The week started with the Eurasia Waste Technologies Symposium at the Haliç Coference Center on 14 November Monday and lasted for 3 days. The main topic was the management of waste in Turkey landfills across the country for storing the municipal wastes, (close to 2,000 of which 59 is controlled) which, according to one speaker […]

”America’s Amateur Ambassadors”

A commentary on ”America’s Amateur Ambassadors” dated June 19, 2006, sent to Internatıonal Herald Tribune, June 19, 2006 Dear Editor, Thomas J. Raleigh’s “Diplomacy” arcticle, “America’s Amateur Ambassadors” (June 16, 2006) is right on the punch referring to the undesired consequences of the role of the US Ambassadors and the results of the “Pew Research […]

Baksı Museum and Library at Bayraktar Village, Bayburt

Baksı Museum and Library at Bayraktar Village, Bayburt Coruh river which originates in Mescit Mountain near Bayburt, first flows west, than north and finally eastwards and empties into the Black Sea in Georgia. It is a beatiful river with huge canyons and areas where rafting is a hobby not only for the local people but […]

ANATOLIAN FIRE, The Greatest Show on Earth

ANATOLIAN FIRE, The Greatest Show on Earth The Fire of Anatolia, Anadolu Atesi, is a Turkish dance group consisting of 120 dances, several choreographers and technicians, who first came to the Turkish scene in 1999. The group was than known as the “Sultans of the Dance” and had its first performance under the direction of […]

Hiroshima Anniversary Commemoration at Toy Museum, Istanbul

Augus 6, 2010 Hiroshima Anniversary Commemoration at Toy Museum, Istanbul The beautiful Toy Muesum in Goztepe, Istanbul, was the host of a commemoration of the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima that took place on August 6, 1945. The creater of the Toy Museum, Sunay Akin, welcomed the Minister of Culture and Tourism and others together with […]

Book Review – The Next 100 Years

Review of a strange book,” The Next 100 Years” By George Friedman, Chief intelligence officer and founder of Strategic Forecasting, Inc. (STRATFORD), Published by Doubleday, 2009. The colorful cover of the book has a globe with four arrows, one of them pointing to Turkey with the following boxed statement: 2050: Global War Between U.S., Turkey, […]

Book Review – BASTARD OF ISTANBUL (Baba ve Pic)

Book Review BASTARD OF ISTANBUL A novel by Elif Safak, Metis Publications, March 2006, Published in Turkish as ‘’Baba ve Pic’’ It probably seems odd that the review of a Turkish book, ‘’Baba ve Pic’’ is presented in English. One of the reasons is the book was first written in English and translated into English […]

Book Review – The Hittite by Ben Bova

Book Review – The Hittite by Ben Bova A Forge Book, 317 Pages, April 2010 Published by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC 175 5th Avenue, NY, NY 10010 The Hittites were an ancient Anatolian people who spoke an Anatolian dialect of Indo-European language. They established a kingdom centered at Hattusa in north-central Anatolia around 18th century […]

Bir kitap yorumu – ‘Bir Baskadir Benim Meslegim”

Bir Baskadir Benim Meslegim, Mete Akyol Agustos 2008, Istanbul, Bilgi Yayinevi, 400 sayfa Sayin gazeteci ve yazar Mete Akyol’un bu yeni kitabı, senelerce uzakdan takip ettigim Turkiye’yi, bilhassa 1957-1975 arasi yillarda meydana gelmis olan pek cok enterasan olayları, çok sade ve güzel bir dille anlatıyor.. Torununa atfetmis oldugu bu kitapda, bir cok guzel hatiralar var, […]

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