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 »

Cuba–US Relations and the Perspicacity of Fidel Castro’s Thinking

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In an online interview with an alternative US-based website published on January 7, 2015, I was asked about my take on the seeming rapprochement between the United States and Cuba. With regard to the December 17, 2014 announcement, I responded: “On that December 17, the situation caused me to think of the public statement Fidel Castro made to his followers on January 8, 1959, just eight days after the triumph of the Revolution: ‘This is a decisive moment in our ... Read More »

The 105th caliph?

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It was quite intriguing – or maybe not – when, shortly before the Nov. 1 elections, a staunchly pro-President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan columnist for daily Yeni Akit claimed that Mr. Erdoğan would become the “new [‘ecumenical’] caliph” once he has won the executive presidential powers he much desires. Since then no one has denied Mr. Dilipak, one of Turkey’s Islamist rulers’ Islamist darlings of the press. Hurriyet – BURAK BEKDİL The last Ottoman sultan to have the honor, although it ... Read More »

Who Are Southeast Asia’s ‘Lost’ Generations?

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A look at how the term resonates in countries across the region. The Diplomat – By Mong Palatino The theme of ‘lost generations’ is relevant across Southeast Asia, a region besieged by decades of civil war, foreign invasion, military dictatorship, and economic underdevelopment over the past half century. In Myanmar, the ‘missing’ generation refers to young people who were deprived by the military regime of the right to political participation in the 1990s. The junta shut down many universities after ... Read More »

Henry Kissinger’s genocidal legacy: Vietnam, Cambodia and the birth of American militarism

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Nixon introduced us to permanent, extrajudicial war in Southeast Asia, and it continues today in the Middle East Salon – Greg Grandin, TomDispatch.com This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch. In April 2014, ESPN published a photograph of an unlikely duo: Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and former national security adviser and secretary of state Henry Kissinger at the Yankees-Red Sox season opener. In fleece jackets on a crisp spring day, they were visibly enjoying each other’s company, ... Read More »

Kissinger, the Bombardier: How Diplomacy by Air Power Became an All-American Tradition

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Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com In April 2014, ESPN published a photograph of an unlikely duo: Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and former national security adviser and secretary of state Henry Kissinger at the Yankees-Red Sox season opener. The Huffington Post – Greg Grandin, Professor of History, New York University In fleece jackets on a crisp spring day, they were visibly enjoying each other’s company, looking for all the world like a twenty-first-century geopolitical version of Katherine Hepburn and ... Read More »

‘I’m still there, in my dreams’: Thomas Blatt, survivor of daring escape from Nazi death camp, dies

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Thomas Toivi Blatt was certain he would die on the evening of October 14, 1943. Sarah Kaplan He was 16 years old, orphaned, Jewish, a prisoner of the Nazis at one of their brutal death camps, Sobibor. And he was about to take part in one of the most daring revolts of concentration camp captives, one that nearly every participant knew was doomed. “We had no dreams of liberation,” Blatt later wrote. “We hoped merely to destroy the camp and to die from bullets rather than from gas. ... Read More »

Talking Point: Honouring history’s promise

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IN August, melythina tiakana warrana Aboriginal Corporation was invited to give evidence to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Regional Development to investigate constitutional reform. Mercury – Emma Lee * Our corporation presented a model based on mutual respect. It is grounded in history and country, specifically tebrakunna country, where Robinson and Mannalargenna in 1831 negotiated what was called “the promise” – that if Aboriginal people acknowledged the rights of the settlers to be here, we could hunt, fish and walk ... Read More »

The Servile Fanatic: Niall Ferguson’s Grotesque but Telling New Biography of Henry Kissinger

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Jackson, Polk, and—Kissinger? Tablet – By Todd Gitlin 1. American history does not lack for superintendents of devastation whom the taxidermy of whitewashed history puts on display as illustrious persons for the admiration of schoolchildren. While ghosts prowl the outskirts of national mythology, herds of admirers graze agreeably, ever cowed. Consider Thomas Jefferson, who in 1803 wrote confidentially [1] to the governor of the Indiana Territory that if natives east of the Mississippi persisted in refusing to give up their hunting ways and ... Read More »

Aboriginal site disturbed by Water Corp, Indigenous leader says

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A West Australian Indigenous leader in the state’s Goldfields region says he is frustrated at the lack of respect shown by government agencies to the Aboriginal Heritage Act, after a culturally significant site was disturbed in Leonora. ABC – By Rebecca Curtin Kado Muir said the Water Corporation conducted ground-disturbing works at Tank Hill, a site overlooking the town, without consulting the appropriate traditional owners. The hill, which has a water tank on it, is a culturally significant site for ... 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 »

How Community Colleges Changed the Whole Idea of Education in America

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Community colleges have been at the forefront of nearly every major development in higher education Time – Sean Trainor,  @ess_trainor In January of 2015, President Obama unveiled his “American College Promise” program – a plan to make two years of community college education available free of charge to “everyone who’s willing to work for it.” In offering the proposal, the president did not just venture a partial solution to the student debt crisis. He joined a growing community of thinkers ... Read More »

Balibo Five: Relative of one of the victims calls for AFP to reopen war crimes investigation

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A relative of one of the five Australian-based journalists killed 40 years ago today in the town of Balibo in East Timor is calling for the Australian Federal Police to re-open its war crimes investigation into the deaths. ABC – By Sara Everingham, staff John Milkins, the son of the Channel 7 cameraman Gary Cunningham, said he wanted more information about why the AFP decided to close the investigation last year. “I would be pleased to see it reopened,” he ... 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 »

We can’t forget the lessons of Balibo

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Six journalists were killed and it shouldn’t have been swept under the carpet. The Sydney Morning Herald – Nick Xenophon and Clinton Fernandes * Forty years ago on Friday, five young men met their deaths in a small corner of a foreign field. Gary Cunningham, Brian Peters, Malcolm Rennie, Greg Shackleton, and Anthony Stewart were journalists employed by Channels 7 and 9. They were murdered in cold blood by the Indonesian military on the morning of October 16, 1975, at ... Read More »

Before Jutland: World War I’s Battleship Game of Chess

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The naval war between Germany and Britain was more complex and multifaceted than is commonly understood in public memory of the First World War. The National Interest – Robert Farley * In October 1915, the Battle of Jutland still lay 8 months in the future. American outrage had forced the Kaiseliche Marine (Imperial German Navy) to limit its submarine attacks against British commerce, and Germany would not resume the unrestricted campaign until spring 1917. As they had since August 1914, the ... Read More »