US assures Turkey about “Armenian genocide” bill

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ANKARA, April 15 (Xinhua) — Speaker of the United States House of Representatives John A. Boehner Tuesday gave assurance to Turkey that the Congress will not get involved in any “Armenian genocide” bill. “The issue about Armenians comes up to the agenda (of Congress) from time to time. Don’t worry. Our Congress will not get involved in this issue, we ... Read More »

Robert Fisk: Has Recep Tayyip Erdogan gone from model Middle East ‘strongman’ to tin-pot dictator?


Recep Tayyip Erdogan (centre) greeted by MPs from his Justice and Development (AKP) Party; his government shut down social media over a corruption scandal before recent elections Once a cuddly ally of Barack Obama, the Turkish Prime Minister has shown himself to be increasingly authoritarian Recep Tayyip Erdogan used to be one of Barack Obama’s cuddliest allies. Religious but secular, ... Read More »

Rwanda genocide: 20th anniversary brings a nation together to mourn

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Rwandans pack sports stadium two decades after the beginning of 100-day slaughter that led to more than a million deaths – Jump to comments Sorrowful wails and sobs resounded as thousands of Rwandans packed the country’s main sports stadium to mark the 20th anniversary of the beginning of a devastating 100-day genocide. President Paul Kagame and Ban Ki-moon, the UN ... Read More »

The 1915 Armenian genocide: Finding a fit testament to a timeless crime


The very last Armenian survivors of the 1915 genocide – in which a million and a half Christians were slaughtered by the Ottoman Turks – are dying, and Armenians are now facing the same fearful dilemma that Jews around the world will confront in scarcely three decades’ time: how to keep the memory of their holocausts alive when the last ... Read More »

Julie Bishop Betrays Tamil Victims

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By failing to support a UNHRC investigation into Sri Lankan war crimes, Australia has sided with injustice, writes Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Last night, while we slept, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) voted to initiate its own independent investigation into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka. On hearing the UNHRC decision Foreign Minister ... Read More »

The Limits Of Political Common Sense


A new film that explores Hannah Arendt’s experience at the 1960 trial of top Nazi Adolf Eichmann should prompt us to revisit her work on the nature of evil, writes Janna Thompson In Margarethe von Trotta’s film, recently released in Australia, Hannah Arendt is portrayed as a philosopher who tells truths that no one wants to hear. The cost is ... Read More »

Poet confesses ‘insufferable shame of being a Turk’

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Paper Boats of Poetry website published an article “The Insufferable Shame of Being a Turk” by Turkish poet Serkan Engin. “I am a socialist Laz poet from Turkey. My mother is Turkish so my mother tongue is Turkish, but I prefer to consider myself as a “Laz” like my father’s ancestors, because I am ashamed of my Turkish ancestors from ... Read More »

Central African ‘Amazon’ warriors defend island haven


People gather near the river Oubangui, a natural border between Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo, in Bangui. Image by: LUC GNAGO / REUTERS Yollande Bravo wasted no time before joining a vigilante group after her brother was killed three months ago in the Central African Republic’s brutal inter-religious conflict. She is among eight women who have shaved ... Read More »