Historical

Jewish outrage as ship named after SS war criminal arrives in Europe

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As Holocaust day nears, anger erupts at arrival in Rotterdam of the Pieter Schelte, the world’s largest vessel The Observer – Ed Vulliamy Leaders of Jewish communities and Holocaust memorial groups in Britain and the Netherlands have reacted with rage and despair at the arrival in Rotterdam of the world’s biggest ship, the Pieter Schelte, named after a Dutch officer in the Waffen-SS. ... Read More »

Lego Pompeii creates less pomp and more yay in the museum

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Lego Pompeii was painstakingly recreated from more than 190,000 individual blocks across 470 hours for Sydney University’s Nicholson Museum – it’s the largest model of the ancient city ever constructed out of Lego blocks. The Conversation – Craig Barker There is a mix of ancient and modern elements within the model’s narrative; displaying Pompeii as it was at the moment ... Read More »

The Gallipoli centenary is a shameful attempt to hide the Armenian Holocaust

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As world leaders plan to commemorate the First World War battle for Gallipoli, another horrific anniversary risks being overlooked. The Independent – ROBERT FISK When world leaders, including Prince Charles and the Australian and New Zealand prime ministers, gather at Gallipoli to commemorate the First World War battle at the invitation of the Turkish government in April, the ghosts of one ... Read More »

Armenia’s Sargsyan rejects invitation to Gallipoli centenary

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Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan has rebuffed an invitation by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to ceremonies marking the centenary of the Battle of Gallipoli in Çanakkale in late April, which coincides with the Armenian remembrance day. Hurriyet With plans to hold massive ceremonies to mark the centenary of the Battle of Gallipoli on April 23 and 24, Erdoğan had sent ... Read More »

The end of “Secular Turkey” or Ottomans re-emergent?

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Dr. Can Erimtan is an independent scholar residing in İstanbul, with a wide interest in the politics, history and culture of the Balkans and the Greater Middle East. He tweets at @theerimtanangle ( RT ) On the international scene Turkey is playing a high stakes game, trying to transform itself into an international energy hub as vividly illustrated by the recent ... Read More »

Amal Clooney takes on Armenia genocide case in European court

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Amal Clooney to take on next high profile case after Elgin Marbles – the denial of the Armenian genocide by Turks in 1915 Τhe Telegraph – By Nick Squires, Rome After weighing into the Elgin Marbles controversy and theimprisonment of journalists in Egypt, Amal Clooney is to step into another high-profile case – the Armenian genocide. A century on from the 1915 ... Read More »

Geoffrey Robertson Puts the Case against Turkey for Genocide

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SYDNEY—On April 24, 1915, the day before the Anzacs landed at Gallipoli, the Turkish government in Constantinople rounded up hundreds of Armenian artists, intellectuals, academics, priests and community leaders and killed most of them. Asbarez – By LOUIS NOWRA – From The Australian At the time there were 15 million Turkish Muslims and about two million Christian Armenians in Turkey (or ... Read More »

Los Conquistadores Griegos

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“We came to serve God and to get rich, as all men wish to do.” – Bernal Diaz del Castillo When asked by a priest as to his motivation for conquering the Inca Empire, and when he intended to begin the work of converting his vanquished subjects to Roman Catholicism, the infamous Spanish conquistador, Francisco Pizarro is said to have ... Read More »

Archaeologists find possible site of Jesus’s trial in Jerusalem

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JERUSALEM — It started 15 years ago with plans to expand the Tower of David Museum. But the story took a strange turn when archaeologists started peeling away layers under the floor in an old abandoned building adjacent to the museum in Jerusalem’s Old City. The Washington Post – By Ruth Eglash They knew it had been used as a prison ... Read More »