Thursday, July 29, 2010
Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey
To the President of Syria, Mr. and Mrs. Bashar al-Assad
Mr. and Mrs. President Bashar al-Assad:
At the tender age of 17 months my severely ill daughter Sofia, an American
citizen, was abducted by her mother on Monday, July 26, in Istanbul, Turkey,
and taken to Syria.
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I was informed yesterday by Sofia's mother that she will not be coming back
to the United States nor will she allow Sofia to return home.
Sofia has been diagnosed with a severe medical condition that requires
immediate treatment in the United States. It was scheduled to start on July
27, 2010, in New Jersey, the day after her abduction and was supposed to last
until she reaches the age of 3.
Any delay in the urgently needed treatment will result in a life-long
disability for Sofia and make her dependent for the whole of her a... (more)
Since launching our revolutionary Ulitzer platform we have been the butt of a
smear campaign perpetrated by a small number of social media terrorists from
within Adobe's Flex user community.
Ulitzer, Inc. owns www.sys-con.com.
I cannot imagine a Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, Google, or Apple employee publicly
writing "SYS-CON should die!" under his or her corporate credentials, or
leaving reader feedback on a Gartner blog implying "SYS-CON are thieves"
next to his or her corporate credentials especially when the allegation is
false and carries legal consequences.
Naturally we document... (more)
The US State Department on Monday said that it has ordered some non-essential
US embassy officials in Damascus and all embassy dependents to leave Syria
because of the "uncertainty and volatility" in the country.
Fox News: ▸ video ▸ story
As of this morning, and since July 2010, my abducted daughter Sofia Kircaali,
a US citizen, remains in Syria and in harm's way.
Feras Bankosly, M.D.
Last Known Employment Address: Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare Medical
Education: University of Aleppo - Syria
Over the Easter weekend and on Monday, the Syrian government’s crackdown
against proteste... (more)
New Media on Ulitzer
Last week we were accidentally copied in on an internal e-mail from a
software company with a market cap in excess of five billion dollars. As I
read through this long e-mail thread, which included references to our
company, I couldn't help but reflect on the past. I forwarded this e-mail to
their CEO and he acknowledged its receipt. History is repeating itself, I
realized, and I wanted to share my thoughts with our readers and with the CEO
of this software company.
In 1985-86 I worked at IBM as a market research analyst in White Plains, NY,
at the company'... (more)
This 4th of July marked my sixth consecutive visit to the Divan Palmira Hotel
in Bodrum, Turkey. My visit this year prompted me to write this review. The
Divan Palmira Hotel is located in the Golturkbuku region of Bodrum. Two
recent cover stories published last year in The New York Times Travel Section
called this Aegien Sea summer destination The St. Tropez of Turkey.
For those readers who would like to know more about Bodrum, especially the
village of Golturkbuku, there is plenty of well written reading material
(including these two 2006 New York Times travel write-ups). In this ... (more)