Dr. Şükrü M. ELEKDAĞ 02.06.2016

    Milliyet, 22.05.2016 Almanya kendisine suç ortağı yaratıyor   20. yüzyılın en büyük soykırımını yapan Almanya kendine suç ortağı arıyor ve dost Türk milletini suçlayarak kendi kirli tarihini aklamak istiyor. Alman devlet politikasının hedefi: Türklerin Ermenilere soykırım yaptığını dünyaya kabul ettirmek...   Alman Bild gazetesi 15 Mayıs tarihli nüshasında, Hıristiyan Birlik Partileri (CDU/CSU), Sosyal Demokrat Parti (SPD) ve Yeşiller Partisi tarafından ortaklaşa hazırlanan ve 1915 olaylarının “soykırım” olarak nitelenmesini öngören bir karar tasarısının, Federal Meclis’in (Bundesgtag) 2 Haziran tarihli oturumunda kabul edileceğini bildirdi. Bu haberin ardından Alman basınında yer alan bilgi ve açıklamalar, tasarının kabul edileceğine kesin gözüyle bakıldığını gösteriyor. Dışişleri Bakanı Frank Walter Steinmeier’in Der ...

    Hakan YAVUZ 25.05.2016

    As a term, genocide offers the best possible center for memories to be unified, homogenized and activated with the clear sense of the enemy who tried to destroy the collective self. The perpetrator and enemy in this case are the Turks, and as a result, the political memory of the Armenian diaspora is rooted in a strong narrative of collective victimhood On May 19-20, Helsinki will be the site of a new conference featuring presentations on the abuse of history in international conflicts. Organized by the newly constituted Historians without Borders, the first meeting will focus on several cases such as ...

     
    Nematollah MOZAFFARPOUR 25.05.2016

    IranReview.org  20.05.2016   Developments in the Middle East as well as intraregional coalitions and alliances have a mostly ideological nature. In other words, regional strategies are inspired by ideas and identities. Bobby S. Sayyid, the author of “A Fundamental Fear: Eurocentrism and the Emergence of Islamism,” believes that at present four worldviews and narrations; that is, the Western one as well as Iran's revolutionary worldview, Arab Sultanism, and Turkish Kemalism [with the latter being promoted by Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP)] are in confrontation and interaction in the region. He says that while sultanate regimes are on decline, other worldviews are not ...

    Maxime GAUIN 25.05.2016

    OP-ED, Daily Sabah, 21 May 2016   Without any qualifications or prior knowledge, celebrities such as George Clooney, seen here in Armenia, find it appropriate to pontificate about what really happened in 1915 rather than leave the matter to the historians. So-called 'Armenian genocide' claims infuriated those who think that the history of Turks and Armenians must be decided by people who aren't even capable of placing eastern Turkish cities Erzurum and Bitlis on a map. The commemorations in Yerevan, of the "Armenian genocide," last month confirmed the difficult situation of the Armenian government. Indeed, after its defeat in front of the European Court ...

     
    Arto KHACHIKIAN 02.05.2016

    Hetq, 29 April 2016   The escalation of early April and the clear and present danger to Armenia’s survival that it underlined raise a number of important questions for the Armenian leaders, opinion makers and members of the general public both in Armenia and in the Diaspora. These questions will need to be answered in a very short order. The situation is very simple and no further analysis or discussion is required. The questions are as follows. Will Armenians be able to mobilize the necessary resources to strengthen their defenses and procure modern armaments for the Army, or will young recruits continue to pay ...

    Metin KUŞTALOĞLU 29.04.2016

    Emekli Büyükelçi  Metin Kuştaloğlu’nun 25 Nisan 2016 Pazartesi günü İzmir-Karşıyaka’da Şehit Diplomatlar Anıtında düzenlenen anma töreninde yaptığı konuşmanın metni: “Sayın Belediye Başkanı, sayın meslektaşlarım, sayın hanımefendiler, beyefendiler, Grubumuzun en yaşlı üyesi olduğum için Dışişleri Bakanlığı teamülüne uygun olarak sizlere hitap etme şerefi bana verildi. Doğma, büyüme Karşıyakalı olduğum için de bu vesileyle kendimi şanslı addediyor, memnuniyet duyuyorum. Sayın Başkan, buraya yapmayı düşündüğümüz bu ziyareti  onaylıyarak gösterdiğiniz nezaket, yardım ve misafirperverlik için size müteşekkir olduğumuzu tekrar belirtmek isterim. Dışişleri Bakanlığı temsilcilerinin görevlerini yaparken karşılaştıkları çetin güçlükler yurt içinde pek bilinmez. Büyükelçiliklerde misyon şefinden en kıdemsiz katibe, konsolosluklarda  tüm kadroya kadar  her görevli, sabır ve anlayışla, ...

     
    Umut UZER 28.04.2016

    ŞALOM, 27 Nisan 2016 Holokost’un tarihi bir gerçek olduğundan şüphe duymayan birçok Türk aydınının Ermeni soykırım iddialarına şüpheyle bakmalarının sebebi nedir acaba? Sanırım bu durumun başlıca nedenlerinden biri, Balkan Savaşları, I. Dünya Savaşı ve Kurtuluş Savaşı esnasında ölen Türklerin ısrarla göz ardı ediliyor olmasıdır. Bir başka sebep ise intikam amacıyla cinayete kurban giden devlet adamlarına ve diplomatlara karşı en küçük bir acıma hissi ya da pişmanlık ifadesinin zikredilmemiş olmasıdır. Burada üçüncü bir sebepten bahsedeceksek, o da sanırım Ermenilerin I. Dünya Savaşı’na ilişkin tarih anlatılarının son derece ırkçı kaynaklara dayanmasıdır. Hâlâ Büyükelçi Morgenthau’nun anıları temel kaynak olarak gösterilirken ve bu kaynakta Türkler vahşi, barbar ve ...

    Tal BUENOS 25.04.2016

    Daily Sabah, 25 April 2016   As the common use of the word 'genocide' became a feature in the cultural environment of New York, it was natural for some Armenian-Americans to characterize the Armenian suffering in World War I as genocide. Genocide obsession might seem like an inherent part of Armenian national memory. Currently, most Armenians are convinced that it is disrespectful or even dishonest to remember what happened to their ancestors in the final period of the Ottoman Empire without placing genocide at the center of one's thoughts and expressions. In genocide discourse, sentences are being crafted as if genocide is the memory itself. The ...

     
    Tal BUENOS 19.04.2016

    Daily Sabah, 30 March 2016, OP-ED   The truth would come out if only the genocide debate was to be led by historians who back their claims with fact-based evidence rather than some French politicians who see any possible genocide case as a political tool for their various interests Parliamentary laws are not empowered to determine which acts constitute the crime that is known as genocide. The U.N. Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (CPPCG) declares in Article 6 that the charge of genocide has legal effect only when tried by a competent tribunal. French politicians have ignored ...

    Dr. Pat WALSH 21.03.2016

    In his Irish Times (20/2/16) book review of ‘Justifying Genocide: Germany and the Armenians from Bismarck to Hitler’ by Stefan Ihrig, Lawrence Douglas states: “Ihrig brilliantly lays bare the ‘confluence’ between German anti-Semitic and anti-Armenian stereotypes. Jews and Armenians were treated as ‘Semitic cousins’, with the latter playing the role of ‘quasi-‘ or even ‘über-Jews’.” The Nazi extermination of the Jews is the ultimate analogy drawn to demonise Ottoman Turkey in relation to the Armenians. The comparison is historically absurd and no historian worthy of the name would make such an analogy. But academia these days is heavily populated by those who ...

     
    Dr. Pat WALSH 21.03.2016

    The Irish Times (20/2/16) has a book review of Stefan Ihrig’s ‘Justifying Genocide: Germany and the Armenians from Bismarck to Hitler.’ Its reviewer is a Law Professor from the U.S. Perhaps in this year of 1916 commemoration a book and a review vilifying “our gallant allies” of Germany and Turkey is called for by the paper who called for the execution of our patriots. Nothing better than muddying the waters when you can no longer poison them! Lawrence Douglas, the Irish Times reviewer starts off with the usual rubbish: “On the eve of the Nazi invasion of Poland that began the Second ...

    Numan HAZAR 18.03.2016

    The 21st Meeting of the ECO Council of Ministers was held in Tehran on 26 November 2013. Foreign Ministers of Afghanistan , Azerbaijan, Iran, the Kyrgiz Republic, Turkey and Adviser to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on National Security and Foreign Affairs , Minister of Economy of Turkmenistan, Deputy Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan and Ambassadors of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan represented their respective countries in the meeting. The Council of Ministers’ Meeting was preceded by the Senior Official Meeting on 24-25 November 2013. The Council of Ministers represents the highest decision making body of ECO and is composed of the Ministers of ...

     
    Tal BUENOS 18.02.2016

    Daily Sabah, February 17, 2016   The so-called opposition of Armenians today to the Turks, which is, in fact, quite contrary to the traditional brotherhood established in Anatolia in the Ottoman times, is an Anglo-American success Before the advent of the word "genocide," Anglo-American literature on international law described the action of a government that revokes the official status of its subjects as denationalization. It meant that whoever betrayed the allegiance to the nation was rendered stateless. After World War II, the term "denationalization" took on different meanings. It has been used in reference to the procedure in which a state ceases to own ...

    Haluk ŞAHİN 27.01.2016

    Hurriyet Daily News, 27 January 2016 Forty-three years ago on Jan. 27, 1973, two Turkish diplomats were assassinated by an elderly Santa Barbara resident of Armenian origin by the name of Gourgen Yanikian in a cottage at what was then the Biltmore Hotel.  Nowadays, few people remember it and those who do are probably unaware of the fact that this local crime turned out to be one of the most significant assassinations of the 20th century. It signaled the beginning of a wave of terrorist attacks against Turkish targets lasting almost 20 years and caused at least 90 deaths and hundreds of ...

     
    Tal BUENOS 24.12.2015

    Daily Sabah, 21 Aralık 2015    Osmanlı İmparatorluğunun değişik kültürlerin biraraya gelmesinden oluşan sosyal yapısı,Ermenilerin kimliğini değiştirmek ve imparatorluktaki değişik kültürlerin arasına nifak ve gerginlik sokmak isteyen Protestan Amerikan Misyonerlerinin gayretleri sonucu 19. asırda çökmeye başladı. Ermeniler, Osmanlı İmparatorluğu’nun azınlık halk gruplarından biri olarak, asırlarca barış içinde yaşadılar. Müslüman olmayan bir azınlık olarak Osmanlı toplumundaki yeri, dinsel yönden düşük görülmüşse de, aslında saygın ve kıymetli bir halk grubu olarak imparatorluktaki yerleri gayet önemli idi. İstanbul’un ileri gelen politik liderleri olarak lokal idarelerde işgal ettikleri mevkilerle oldukça tanınmış ve etkin durumları vardı. Yahudi azınlığın o zamanlar yaşadıkları ve geçirdikleri tecrübelerin de gösterdiği gibi, Avrupa’da Hristiyan ...

    Tal BUENOS 21.12.2015

    Daily Sabah, December 21, 2015   The multicultural structure of the Ottoman Empire began to collapse in the 19th century with the actions of Protestant American missionaries who worked to alter Armenian identity and create enmity between the different ethnicities in the empire. For centuries the Armenian people lived peacefully as subjects of the Ottoman Empire. As a religious minority, there was a clear lower status inherent in their non-Muslim identity, but their presence in Ottoman society was valued and respected. They consistently enjoyed local governance as well as influence among Constantinople's political elite. As the Jewish experience throughout that time attests, life ...

     
    AVİM 19.11.2015

    ECHR GRAND CHAMBER VERDICT OF OCTOBER 15, 2015:  PROS & CONS* A comprehensive evaluation by Ergϋn KIRLIKOVALI, November 16, 2015   Abstract:  On October 15, 2015, Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR or "the Court") delivered its judgment in the case of Perinçek v. Switzerland,[1] application no. 27510/08 (“the verdict"). By a majority, 17 judges held that there had been a violation of Article 10 (freedom of expression) of the European Convention on Human Rights,[2] perpetrated by Switzerland. By its criminal conviction of a Turkish politician (Perinçek) for publicly expressing his views on Swiss soil, regarding the "Turkish-Armenian Conflict," Switzerland ...

    Vugar SEİDOV 11.11.2015

    Reading between the lines in the ECHR Grand Chamber's ruling, one can notice that, despite the judges diplomatically declaring that they were not going to touch upon the issue of "genocide" (well, the lower chamber declared the same, but still made critically important statements on the issue), they, in fact, expressed their opinion. They did this indirectly and delicately, though, but they still did.   First, the decision reads: "...there was no international law obligation for Switzerland to criminalise such statements". Obviously, by "such" the Court means statements specifically rejecting the "Armenian genocide". At the same time, Article 261 bis §4 of the Swiss ...

     
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