Where Yogurt and Corruption are the Menu

Turkish-born billionaire Hamdi Ulukaya is best known for founding the Greek yogurt company, Chobani in Twin Falls, Idaho. This is where two violent attacks committed by Muslim refugees have made limited headlines.

Ulukaya has ties to Bill and Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, billionaire Warren Buffet and possibly the White House. Furthermore he’s the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York – event though he is a Turkish citizen – and has been named Eminent Advocate for the United Nations Refugee Agency.

Many people first heard about the Twin Falls refugee resettlement program when a five-year-old girl was raped by three Muslim boys. More recently, a Muslim an attacked and sexually molested a mentally retarded woman.

The Twin Falls newspaper, the Times-News, which appears to have tried to hide the truth of the assaults, is owned by Lee Enterprises. The company received a $2.1 million loan in 2012 and another $9 million loan in 2013 from a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, which is controlled by Buffett, an HRC supporter.

That same resettlement program is also connected to a drive for cheap labor, which Ulukaya has something to gain from. A major source of revenue for Chobani is the federal school lunch program, which has been pushed throughout the U.S. over the last several years by First Lady Michelle Obama.

Also not being reported is the increase in the number of active tuberculosis cases between 2011 and 2012 in the Twin Falls area. In 2012, the year Chobani opened in the southern Idaho town, the percentage of active TB cases in Idaho that were foreign-born climbed to 80 percent, up from 50 percent in 2011.

But then, TB is an entirely different subject. Exploring this leads back the Center for Disease Control and Prevention which is doggedly investigating so-called Zika virus outbreaks in Florida – but not the spreading of TB in southern Idaho.

Oddly, Chobani isn’t even Greek as the name is actually Turkish for ‘shepherd,’ which defined means “to guide or direct in a particular direction.”

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Where Yogurt and Corruption are the Menu

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