Category Archives: Armenian genocide

Armenian Genocide: Turkey Cracks Down

The annual Armenian Genocide commemorative event that the Istanbul branch of Turkey’s Human Rights Association (IHD) and the European Grassroots Antiracist Movement (EGAM) planned to hold on April 24 — which they have been holding every year since 2005 — was blocked by police, who seized the placards and banners about the genocide and carried out criminal record checks on participants. Three human rights activists were detained and then released.

In an exclusive interview with Gatestone, Ayşe Günaysu, an activist with the IHD’s Commission Against Racism and Discrimination, said that “on their way to police station, the detainees were made to listen to racist songs containing hostile words concerning Armenians.”


‘Sherlock Holmes of Armenian Genocide’ Uncovers Lost Evidence

Muslim Turks committed the Armenian genocide.

For more than a century, Turkey has denied any role in organizing the killing of Armenians in what historians have long accepted as a genocide that started in 1915, as World War I spread across continents. The Turkish narrative of denial has hinged on the argument that the original documents from postwar military tribunals that convicted the genocide’s planners were nowhere to be found.

Now, Taner Akcam, a Turkish historian at Clark University in Worcester, Mass., who has studied the genocide for decades by piecing together documents from around the world to establish state complicity in the killings, says he has unearthed an original telegram from the trials, in an archive held by the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem.


Covering Up The Armenian Genocide

Turkish official teasing starved Armenian children by showing bread during the Armenian Genocide.

U.S. President-Elect Donald J. Trump was recently called on to “guarantee” to Turkey that the Armenian genocide will not be properly acknowledged by the U.S. Congress, in a set of proposals regarding “U.S. Policy on Turkey”.

“The United States can quietly guarantee Turkey that the Armenian Genocide resolution in Congress will not pass. This has always been critical in the relationship, and most Turks care deeply about the issue,” reads a part of the paper issued by The Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP), and authored by former U.S. ambassador to Ankara James F. Jeffrey and Turkish scholar Dr. Soner Cagaptay.

In the meantime, an Armenian protestant church in the Turkish city of Elazig (historic Kharpert/Harput) has been turned into a parking lot, the Dicle News Agency (DIHA) reported.


Kim Kardashian buys full-page New York Times ad blasting Wall Street Journal for denying Armenian genocide


Kim Kardashian took out a full-page ad in the New York Times this week in response to the Wall Street Journal recently publishing an ad denying the Armenian genocide. Kardashian’s full-pager came via the Armenian Educational Foundation, a non-profit group that offers eduction to Armenian students around the world,

“Money talks and right now it’s talking crap. My family and I are no strangers to BS in the press,” Kardashian writes in the letter. “We’ve learned to brush it off. Lies make good headlines, good headlines make great covers, great covers sell magazines. But when I heard about this full-page ad that ran in the Wall Street Journal denying the Armenian genocide, I couldn’t just brush it off.

h/t bargogx1


Turkey Attacks Germany Over Armenian Genocide

At least Germany acknowledged its past crimes, Turkey:

Germany’s parliament voted on Thursday to recognize the 1915 massacre of 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman forces as genocide, to the undisguised fury of the Turkish government, which recalled its ambassador in protest. …

In particularly inflammatory remarks, the justice minister Bekir Bozdag accused Germany of hypocrisy. “First you burn the Jews in ovens and then you come and accuse the Turkish people of genocide,” he said. “Look back first at your own history … in our history, there is nothing that we can be ashamed of.” German MPs had defied earlier Turkish threats, voting to recognise the genocide by what Norbert Lammert, the speaker of the Bundestag, described as a “remarkable majority.” Only one MP voted against the resolution and only one of those present in the house abstained.

Angela Merkel chose to stay away to avoid provoking further tension with Turkey, pleading other engagements.



Bundestag passes Armenia ‘genocide’ resolution unanimously, Turkey recalls ambassador

Germany’s Bundestag passed a resolution qualifying the Ottoman era Armenian killings as ‘genocide’. The lower house of parliament voted almost unanimously, with one vote against the motion and one abstention. House speaker Norbert Lammert spoke of a “remarkable majority.”


Armenians Are Impossible: Interview with Lawrence of Arabia in 1919


I gathered that he had some inex­pressible sympathy or—let me rather say—some knowledge or experience of the Armenians that gave him a human understanding for the Turks (and all the other near neighbors of the Armenians), who are forever trying to kill off this orphan race. He seemed to think that was the only thing to do to the Armenians. He didn’t say so. You may observe that I do not quote this au­thority very freely.

…A perfect massacre of the Armenians, he reasoned, might make a scandal, if the British did it, and, he explained, though the Empire had withstood some such shocks and must, of course, withstand others, too many more just now might jar it. And the Empire should not be jarred, unnecessarily, just now.


Genocide, Islam and Weaponized Empathy


My grandfather told me stories of Armenia (Armenians, then, lived throughout Anatolia), which he remembered only dimly. For he had been only a few years old when my family escaped, just ahead of the genocide in the dying Ottoman Empire. Mostly, he remembered it through the stories told in the Armenian exile community. Entire villages were erased, all the inhabitants slaughtered, the buildings burnt to the ground, the movable wealth stolen and melted down. Nothing of them remained.

…On my grandfather’s knee, I heard the stories of Armenian survivors. In particular, one woman stands out. She was a child when the Turks came for her family, but she was comely and pretty. Her parents and brothers were killed and she was sold as a slave for a wealthy Turk’s harem. Her story of survival and escape was terrifying to me as a child, and it instilled a sense of resolve where Islam was concerned that has not abated to this day.

…But back to the central point, why, then, if America sheltered my family, must the West turn back the refugees of Syria, of Somalia, of Libya? Because they bring the source of infection with them.

…There are good Muslims in the world, and I want to make this clear. My own family lived only because an Ottoman official warned my great-grandfather that genocide was coming. This man, whose name I cannot remember — something that genuinely pains me, for my grandfather died when I was young and his stories are almost dream-like to me, now — paid for the ticket to America for my family, for English language lessons, and everything else needed to escape before it was too late.

I hope that I will meet this good and righteous man in the life to come. I hope God saw fit to accept him into His kingdom…

h/t Bookworm Room


Turkey condemns Luxembourg over genocide bid, withdraws envoy

A protest against Turkey in Lebanon, where there is are a significant number of Armenians, many arriving during the killing

Turkish Ambassador to Luxembourg Levent Şahinkaya has been withdrawn over Luxembourg’s recognition of the mass killings of Armenians during the World War I as genocide.

Turkey has strongly condemned Luxembourg for recognizing the mass killings of Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire during World War I as genocide and has pulled back its ambassador in protest against the European country.

“We condemn and strongly refute the decision taken by the Luxembourgish parliament by distorting historical facts and law,” read a Foreign Ministry statement issued on May 7, a day after the Luxembourg parliament adopted the resolution. A number of countries, including Austria, the Vatican and Russia, have recently described the events of 1915 as genocide, on the centennial of the mass killings of Armenians…

But Turkey is even more petty than that. Environmentalists are not popular with the ruling AK Party in Ankara. Yet I came upon this today:

Turkey’s energy minister calls on environmentalists to march against outdated nuke plant in Armenia:

Energy Minister Taner Yıldız has called on environmentalists in Turkey to march together against a nuclear power plant in Armenia near the Turkish border, the life of which has been extended by 10 years although its original closing date was set for next year.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 21st International Energy and Environment Fair and Conference in Istanbul on May 6, Yıldız said that if environmentalists in Turkey are “sincere” about the projects within the country, they should show the same sensitivity to the Metsamor nuclear power plant in Armenia, which is 16 km away from the Turkish border and the province of Iğdır.

It is true that the plant is old and in an earthquake-prone area. It was built in the 1970s in the Soviet era.

Yet, because Turkey flatly refuses any commerce with Armenia, the landlocked country is very poor and restricted in what their options are.

Prior to the genocide, Armenians occupied a much larger area, especially in eastern Turkey (and no doubt that sealed their fate).

If Turkey was even semi-decent, they would admit the genocide and re-open trade relations. Armenia might then be capable of affording an alternative to the old nuke plant.

Just take a look at the control room to see how old it is:

111512_0Control room of the Metsamor nuclear power station.



Turkish PR leaves something to be desired: Turkey’s top religious body publishes Armenian translation of Quran

How touching! The Koran in Armenian.

Turkey’s top religious body, the Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet), has published a translation of the Quran in Armenian.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency on May 6, Diyanet Director-General for Religious Publications Dr. Yüksel Salman said 4,000 copies of the Quran, translated into the western and eastern Armenian dialects, would be distributed to libraries and NGOs in Turkey for free. Its sale will begin later.

Salman said the Diyanet’s publication of the Quran in Armenian on the 100th anniversary of the mass killings of Ottoman Armenians was a “total coincidence.”

“This project began four years ago. Its translation was completed in two-and-a-half years and editing took up the rest of the time,” he said, adding that the Quran delivers the message that “killing one person is equal to killing all of humanity”…

And he is lying about the Koran, too. No excuse for such a senior figure.



And there’s more: Demolition of Istanbul Armenian orphanage pauses, amid outcry