Bangladesh executes two opposition leaders for 1971 war crimes

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Bangladesh executed two opposition leaders on Nov. 22 for war crimes committed during the 1971 war to break away from Pakistan, a senior police official said, in a move likely to draw an angry reaction from supporters. Hurriyet DHAKA  – ReutersIslamist opposition leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, a former legislator from former premier Khaleda Zia’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), were hanged shortly after President Abdul Hamid rejected their appeals late on Nov. 21 for clemency. “Both ... Read More »

Cork hosts photographic exhibition commemorating Armenian genocide

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Exhibition put together by Armenian community in Ireland The Irish Times – Barry Roche It was described by US President Theodore Roosevelt as “the greatest crime of the war” and now the Armenian genocide which began in 1915 has been commemorated with a special exhibition of photographs at Cork City Library. “The Iconic Images of the Armenian Genocide” – officially opened by Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Chris O’Leary – features a series of old photographs which depict the genocide ... Read More »

The Armenian Genocide and Beyond: The Road to Deir al-Zor

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The Armenian genocide consisted of far more than the bloodletting of 1915-1916. The National Interest – Benny Morris Eugene Rogan, The Fall of the Ottomans: the Great War in the Middle East (New York: Basic Books, 2015), 442 pp., $32.00. Ronald Grigor Suny, “They Can Live in the Desert but Nowhere Else”: a History of the Armenian Genocide (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2015), 520 pp., $35.00. Thomas de Waal, Great Catastrophe: Armenians and Turks in the Shadow of Genocide ... Read More »

Is Germany showing too much deference toward Turkey over Armenia?

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Was the massacre of Armenians 100 years ago genocide? The German parliament is hesitant to say it was. Is this because they don’t want to anger Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan? Deutsche Welle – Author: Jens Thurau / js That would be really be a serious case of political pragmatism: according to advance reports from this Saturday’s edition of the Hamburg-based news magazine, “Der Spiegel” (17/10/2015), the German government is going out of its way to win over Turkey. The ... Read More »

Euro court rules in favor of Turkish politician in ‘Armenian genocide denial’ case

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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg ruled on Oct. 15 that Switzerland violated Turkish politician Doğu Perinçek’s right to freedom of speech. Hurriyet – STRASBOURG The case concerned a fine imposed on Perinçek for a speech he gave in the country in which he denied that the mass deportation of Armenians in Anatolia in 1915 amounted to genocide. In its ruling, the 17-judge ECHR Grand Chamber “concluded that it had not been necessary, in a democratic society, ... Read More »

What South Africa leaving the International Criminal Court would mean

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The call by South Africa’s governing party to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) has implications for the rest of the continent. But it is not going to happen any time soon. By Milton Nkosi, BBC News, Johannesburg When South Africa joined the ICC in 1998 the country had just emerged from the scourge of apartheid. South Africans were fresh victims of gross human rights violations and had hoped that the rest of the world would join the ICC. ... Read More »

From Armenian Genocide To Kurdish Rebels, Turkey Is A Nation In Denial

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Turkish political leaders and ordinary citizens are blind as ever to why Kurds continue to fight for freedom. It recalls another open chapter in the nation’s troubled history. Umit Kivanc (2015-09-10) Worldcrunch -OpEd- ISTANBUL — One of the most distinguishable qualities of Turkey’s Sunni Muslim majority is their penchant for jumping. Jumping one step forward from where they’re supposed to be, jumping one paragraph below the one they should actually read, jumping just clear of the matter they should consider ... Read More »

Belgian PM recognizes 1915 killing of Ottoman Armenians as ‘genocide’

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Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has recognized on the behalf of the Belgian government the killing of Ottoman Armenians in eastern Anatolia from 1915 as “genocide,” Belgian media reported on June 18. Hurriyet – BRUSSELS – Anadolu Agency Belgian newspaper Le Soir reported June 18 that Michel, the youngest prime minister in Belgium’s history, stated in parliament that the killings perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire between 1915 to 1917 “must be viewed as a genocide.” This comes a few months ... Read More »

Hastert Should also be Investigated On Turkish Bribery Accusations

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BY HARUT SASSOUNIAN, PUBLISHER, THE CALIFORNIA COURIER Federal prosecutors indicted last week former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert for: 1) Lying to the FBI on why he had withdrawn nearly $1.7 million from various banks in the last four years, 2) Evading the reporting requirements of banks for large cash transactions. Each count carries a maximum penalty of five-years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The indictment charges that in 2010 Hastert secretly met one of his former students and ... Read More »

Der türkische Führer

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Adolf Hitler, when planning the Holocaust, is said to have rationalized his acts by stating: “Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?” Dean Kalimniou While evidence for this quote is scant, it cannot be doubted that the Nazi’s fascination with cleansing ethnic or religious minorities was stimulated in part by the example of Kemal Ataturk with the early Nazi’s and other right wing ideologues paralleling The fate of Turkey with that of Germany. In a chilling ... Read More »

Luxembourg envoy defends ‘genocide’ resolution with democracy

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Hurriyet – Luxembourg Ambassador to Ankara Arlette Conzemius has defended the Luxembourg parliament’s move to recognize the mass killings of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire in 1915 as genocide by underlining the existence of the democratic system in her country. “There is a democratic system in our parliament and our lawmakers are free to express their opinions as their democratic right,” Conzemius told reporters in the eastern province of Erzurum May 8. Turkey condemned Luxembourg and withdrew its ambassador in ... Read More »

Russia knows genocide well, Turkey fires back

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Hurriyet – Turkey said on April 24 that it rejected and condemnedRussian President Vladimir Putin calling the 1915 mass killings of Ottoman Armenians a “genocide.” “Taking into account the mass atrocities and exiles in Caucasus, in the Central Asia and Eastern Europecommitted by Russia for a century; collective punishment methods such as Holodomor as well as inhumane practices especially against Turkish and Muslim people in Russia’s own history, we consider that Russia is best-suited to know what exactly “genocide” and ... Read More »

What Armenian genocide? “The Water Diviner,” Russell Crowe’s disgraceful Turkish fantasy

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The star’s directing debut might just be a sentimental throwaway — if it didn’t whitewash a major historical crime. Salon – ANDREW O’HEHIR So “The Water Diviner” is a saga of war and fatherhood and beautiful scenery and implausibly hot young Turkish widows. It’s a standard-issue Hollywood blend of Orientalism and sentimentality, roughly two parts romantic adventure, two parts family weeper and one part “war is hell” odyssey. It could have been made in 1985, or even 1965, with no more ... Read More »

The Allies at Gallipoli: Defeat in 1915, Disgrace in 2015

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The Turkish government does not mourn the Allied dead any more than it cares about the victims of its genocides. Foreign Policy Journal – by David Boyajian April 25 will mark 100 years since the Allies—the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and France—made their ill-fated landing on Turkey’s Gallipoli peninsula during WWI. Having barely gotten off the beaches after months of fighting, the Allies withdrew in defeat, leaving over44,000 dead and 97,000 wounded. As in recent years, thousands will flock from the ... Read More »

Remembering the Forgotten Genocide

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Syndicated News Barnabas Aid AINA – In 1900 Christians constituted around 32% of Ottoman Turkey’s population. Just 27 years later the figure was down to about 1.8%. In early 1915, a fatwa was issued against non-Muslims in the Ottoman Empire. Muslims were called to fight the Christian minorities with whom they had been living as neighbours, albeit not on equal or necessarily peaceful terms. Many refused to take part, but those who did inflicted colossal suffering and destruction on the Armenian, ... Read More »

Turkey, Armenia and beyond

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In 2003-04, the late Turkish Armenian journalist Hrant Dink wrote a series of articles on the psychology of the Armenian diaspora. Hurriyet – William Armstrong – The series, titled “On Armenian Identity,” caused a stir by suggesting that diaspora Armenians were blinded by such hatred that it had become like “poison in their blood.” Rather than waiting for Turkey to change, Dink argued, they should rid themselves of feelings of hate toward Turks, put aside counterproductive genocide recognition campaigns, and focus ... Read More »