Genocide

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 ... 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Federal prosecutors indicted last week former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert for: 1) Lying to the FBI on why he had withdrawn nearly $1.7 million from various banks in the last four years, 2) Evading the reporting requirements of banks for large cash transactions.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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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, ... 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 ... 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 – william.armstrong@hdn.com.tr 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, ... Read More »

ISIS’ Role Model: Pol Pot’s ‘Genocidal’ Khmer Rouge

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In an excellent exploratory piece by Graeme Woods in The Atlantic this month, he notes in passing the similarities between ISIS and the Khmer Rouge. It’s a worthy comparison – further highlighted by ISIS’ destruction of antiquities as reported last week – and something that merits a deeper look. The National Interest – Elliot Brennan In the 1960s and 70s, communism was ... Read More »