Turkish genealogy database fascinates, frightens Turks

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During the days when Turkey still hoped to join the European Union, its people were becoming willing to question their ethnic and religious ancestry.

Since then, the country has reverted to a time when people were disgraced and denigrated, with the government’s blessings, as “crypto-Armenians.”

Tr half moon etc 1aa image by Hugo Goodridge Al MonitorHrant Dink was the editor of the Armenian-language newspaper Agos in 2004 when he wrote that Sabiha Gokcen, the first female military pilot of the Turkish Republic, was of Armenian parentage.

Because of this and other articles he penned, Dink found himself the subject of investigation by the Justice Ministry.

He was assassinated in 2007 for…

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