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#1741 Yervant1

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Posted 16 October 2018 - 10:20 AM

Ahval News
Oct 15 2018
 
 
Turkey pays the price for denying the Armenian genocide
2018-10-15

Turkey’s release of American evangelical pastor Andrew Brunson after a u-turn by the Ankara government provides another example of Turkish society’s high tolerance for hypocrisy and fabrication by the media and political leaders.

However, this pattern of denial of wrongdoing by the Turkish state and state-controlled media goes all the way back to the cover-up of the Armenian genocide in eastern Anatolia in 1915. The planning, execution, cover-up, and continued denial of this grave crime has set the tone for the rhetoric of the Turkish state and its media organs when faced with issues such as the Kurdish question, the disappearance of activists and intellectuals, and bombings and assassinations.

The auditorium at McGill University, nestled in the foothills of Mt. Royal in Montreal, was filled to the brim last week. The crowd mostly consisted of young members of the Armenian community. They have assembled to hear Turkish academic Taner Akçam, in Montreal to present his book “Killing Orders: Talat Pasha’s Telegrams and the Armenian Genocide”.

Talat Pasha was one of a triumvirate that ruled the Ottoman Empire during World War One and ordered the mass killing and deportations of Armenian in Anatolia.

The subject at hand was not whether or not what the Armenians went through constitutes genocide. Anyone who has kept a close eye on Turkey over the last ten years knows that one does not have to do archival research day in and day out as Akçam has in order to prove that it was.

That is because the murders and crimes of today that we see covered up by the state, committed before the public’s very eyes, bear witness as a poor imitation of what was done to the Armenians. We see false testimony produced in order to ensure the continuity of the state, and this very same testimony retracted when international pressure mounts. We are not the only ones who can see this. As the Brunson case shows, the United States and the rest of the world are watching.

It is enough to look at the actions of those with such a blatantly dishonest mentality. It is no longer necessary to search the archives to understand what was done in 1915.

It is enough to look to those who killed university student Kemal Kurkut in the middle of the street in Diyarbakır in 2017; or Uğur Kurt, who was killed while attending a funeral in Istanbul in 2014; the 33 youths killed in the bombing at Suruç in 2015; or the 109 people murdered in Ankara that same year.

It is enough to remember the Armenian politicians and intellectuals rounded up on April 24, 1915, and murdered that July on Talat Pasha’s orders, or to look to the Kurdish politicians and intellectuals in prison over a century later.

The only difference is that today’s world will not allow a final solution like genocide, at least it is hard right under Europe’s nose and the price is steep.

Returning to Akçam’s book and his presentation.

The Armenian genocide is a fact that has been officially accepted by many countries, but Turkey remains in denial. Those who say that Turkey’s judicial system is independent are the same people who deny the Armenian genocide.

Turkish society has no laymen’s view of the Armenian genocide; the official view is accepted without question. The official view is simple and can be summarised as: The independent Turkish judiciary has set Brunson free, no one can pressure Turkey, and those who fight for the nation are honourable. For that reason, there was no organised plan to kill Armenians. Their deaths were merely the coincidental results of wartime.

Those who create and expound this official view call any proof fabricated, while at the same time fabricating their own evidence. One of the most important pieces of evidence is that published by Aram Andonian in 1921. It is an official telegraph from the memoirs of Naim Efendi, an Ottoman civil servant.

Turkey’s government and those in academia who support them have claimed for years that this memoir was falsified or produced by Armenians.

Akçam’s meticulous research proves there was indeed an Ottoman bureaucrat named Naim Efendi and provides the relevant sources. It also proves that Naim Efendi wrote and published his memoir. Through his research, Akçam offers positive proof that in 1915, while Talat Pasha was planning the Armenian Genocide, he had also begun to try to cover up its traces.

Akçam presents Ottoman documents that show those who have offered critiques of the documents as false, or wrote their theses on the cryptographic techniques therein were wrong or purely speculative. Akçam has done this with documents from the many volumes found in the archives of the military general staff.

Those who stand against the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) cannot see that the lawlessness they are experiencing in Turkey today has its roots in the Armenian genocide. They do not seem to understand that true democracy and rule of law cannot be founded on lies and denial.

They take delight in the fact that the Brunson case showed the supposedly independent judiciary was not independent and that Erdoğan was unable to stand up to the United States. They are enraged by the lies that the pro-government media publishes today, but they never consider that these newspapers, which have always been connected to the government, have told even graver lies; beginning with the Armenian genocide, continuing with the Kurdish question, all the way up to the July 2016 coup attempt.

When Erdoğan says that Turkey is a state ruled by law and that the judiciary is independent, they laugh. But when he says his ancestors never committed genocide and the Armenian genocide never happened, they applaud.

I don’t know what name psychology would call this phenomenon, but it is clearly not a healthy state of mind. Not confronting the truth corrodes democracy, the law and morality.

It is enough to look at the German government and society, which confronted the Holocaust, with Turkey, which was founded on denial, to see the consequences.

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Posted 25 October 2018 - 09:11 AM

MediaMax, Armenia
Oct 24 2018
 
 
Armenian president is ready to dialogue with Erdogan
 
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Yerevan/Mediamax/. Armenian President Armen Sarkissian is ready to dialogue with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, he said in the interview to Swiss public television channel RTS.
 
Citing his Christian beliefs, Armen Sarkissian said that forgiveness is possible, but “recognition must come first”.
 
According to the Armenian President, the recognition will have a broader historical scope because the Armenian Genocide was “the first genocide of the 20th century”.
 
“Firstly, I would tell Mr. Erdogan: “Good morning, Mr. President. I believe we have an issue to discuss together. You are the President of Turkey and I am the President of Armenia. My family, my ancestors were from Erzrum, Van and Bitlis. My family has long history. Why don’t we talk about the relations between Turkey and Armenia and about our personal stories? We have to discuss not only the past, but also the future - the future of your children and mine, your grandchildren and mine, and our nations,” said Armen Sarkissian.
 

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Posted 26 October 2018 - 10:39 AM

The Exponent: University of Wisconsin - Platteville
October 24, 2018 Wednesday
 
 
History Club lecture series: The Armenian genocide
 
by: Alan Russell
 
 
The second lecture in the History Club's series on genocide was held on Wednesday, October 17th, detailing the Armenian genocide and the importance of its remembrance. Dr. Adam Stanley, professor and chair of the history department, described the events of the Armenian genocide, as well as the amnesia and silence that followed it.
 
Stanley began by describing the events that took place leading up to the Armenian genocide.  The Ottoman Empire held all of modern day Turkey, as well as much of the northern coast of the Arabian Peninsula.  Furthermore, a triumvirate of senior Ottoman officials nicknamed the "three pashas" effectively ruled the empire, and the events that would lead to WWI were unfolding.
 
The pashas were Turkish nationalists that had grand ideas for the future of the Ottoman Empire. These ideas pointedly did not include Armenians.  There had already been a build-up of aggression against Armenians from Turkish nationals, so the pashas had no trouble convincing the public that Armenians were to blame for economic strife within the Empire.
 
This aggression came to a head when the pashas ordered that all able-bodied Armenian men be rounded up and killed, in an attempt to minimize the resistance to the genocide that was about to take place.  The Ottoman government later rounded up the remaining Armenians in the Empire, and forced them on what historians are now calling death marches.
 
Needless to say, a vast number of Armenian people died, and because of the attention to western Europe during and before WWI, those that knew about the genocide taking place were either unable or unwilling to stop it.  Armin Wegner, a German soldier that witnessed the genocide as it was happening, lobbied his government to step in, but they refused.  So, in an effort to see some justice for the Armenian people, he documented the events by taking photos of the atrocities, at great personal risk.  Other foreigners tried to help as well.  One man even publishing a book about it while it was still taking place, but no one was able to successfully prevent the slaughtering of a people.
 
Stanley then spoke about how these mass killings were immediately, almost enigmatically, forgotten by history.  Turks denied that it took place, and Armenians never spoke out about it, either in fear of punishment or to allow themselves to move on.
 
Stanley argued that this mass "amnesia" caused another problem, beyond the atrocities that took place.
 
"When something like this can be so easily forgotten, who can stop someone else from doing the same thing?" Stanley said.
 
The point of his argument is that someone else did do the same thing, during WWII.  The Third Reich enlisted this idea that horrible acts can easily be lost to history, with Adolf Hitler even referring to the Armenian genocide when discussing his invasion of Poland.
 
That idea subsequently backfired, as the Holocaust became globally remembered, even as many events like the Armenian genocide are forgotten.  But the point made then still stands today.
 
"Many of these events are forgotten.  The Holocaust is the exception; remembering something is the anomaly," Stanley said.
 
The History club will continue their lecture series with another speaker on Wednesday, November 14th, in Doudna Hall.
 





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