Tag: American

Truth and Reconciliation: How To Change a Prejudiced Mind

handshake with rainbow background

Reconciliation is only possible with understanding and some sort of empathy. And there’s one key ingredient to open that doorway.

Posted in Politics Tagged with: , , , , ,

Being in a Siege: Marash 1920 and Mosul 2017

Mosul 2017

What is it like to be in a siege? We have an inkling of what civilians in Mosul today are experiencing, thanks to diaries and reports of relief workers almost 100 years ago.

Posted in Violence Tagged with: , , , , , , ,

Kindergarten: Germany’s Gift to the World

kindergarten: children in a garden with a teacher

The idea of children as plants to be nurtured and teachers as gardeners turns out to be an old idea, but one that spread quickly and firmly around the world.

Posted in Humanitarianism Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Turkey and the United States: A Delicately Balanced Political Dance

American flags of 1917 and 2017, and 4 leaders

Turkey and the USA have a long history of a delicately balanced political dance, but there’s one safe prediction for today.

Posted in Politics Tagged with: , ,

Patriotism, Nationalism and Isolationism Then and Now

isolationism graphics

There was, and still is, a “lamentable lack of understanding” of attitudes to one’s own country, sometimes at the expense of good relations with others.

Posted in Politics Tagged with: , , ,

Drain the Swamp: The Strange Case of US High Commissioner Mark Bristol

US High Commissioner Mark L. Bristol

This officious guy was a high ranking representative of the United States of America. Does he remind you of any other officious official today?

Posted in Politics Tagged with: , , , , , , ,

They Didn’t Call it PTSD a Hundred Years Ago

PTSD missionaries and NER workers

We associate post-traumatic stress disorder with soliders, but health care professionals and humanitarian aid workers experience it, too. Now and 100 years ago.

Posted in Humanitarianism Tagged with: , , ,

Mr. Kardashian’s Bowling Green Massacre

Vahan Cardashian's Bowling Green Massacre

A fact used to be something known to exist or to have happened, right? Not so fast. In the 1920s there were also true facts, actual facts, alternative facts, and real whoppers.

Posted in Politics Tagged with: , , , , , ,

The Gospel of Gentility

The Gospel of Gentility - 4 women missionaries of Talas, Turky

Do you think of missionaries of old as “somber-garbed, psalm-singing, nasal-voiced, narrow-minded proselytizers?” If so, you’d be as wrong as I was.

Posted in Religion Tagged with: , , , ,

Humanitarian Aid – American Style

US flag, coin and boater hat illustrating American humanitarian aid

International humanitarian aid is more than a hundred years old. It started in and around the Ottoman Empire. This is a brief account of how it began – in grand American style.

Posted in Humanitarianism Tagged with: , ,

Silence Like a Cancer Grows

The Sound of Silence

Paul Simon’s powerful song “The Sound of Silence” is relevant to any time in history. But especially today, we need reminding that silence, like a cancer, grows into ugliness.

Posted in Politics Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,

Murders in Canadian Mosque 2017 and Ottoman Church 1915

Terrorism on mosque in Quebec, Canada

Are the anti-Christian sentiments and violence in 1915 being repeated in reverse in 2017? Do you think it’s impossible for genocide to happen in North America?

Posted in Religion Tagged with: , , , , , , , , ,

Do You Recognize Any of These Missionaries and Relief Workers?

Missionaries and relief workers in Talas, Turkey circa 1919

I know the two women on the left, but need help identifying the other American and Canadian missionaries and NER relief workers in Talas and Cesarea, Turkey 1919.

Posted in Humanitarianism Tagged with: , , ,

Highly Educated American & Canadian Missionaries

university students in classroom 1919

ABCFM missionaries were very well educated, some with two or three university or college degrees. Check it out: 177 people, 68 institutions, 239 degrees.

Posted in Religion Tagged with: , , ,

Donald Trump and Mehmed Talat: Separated at Birth?

Donald Trump and Mehmed Talat - Separated at Birth?

Though born a century apart, with many differences, the similarities between Trump and Talat are scary. So we have to ask: Could they have been separated at birth?

Posted in Politics Tagged with: , , ,

The Ruthless Exploitation of Aurora Mardiganian

Ruthless Exploitation of Aurora Mardiganian

Young, innocent Aurora Mardiganian had finally escaped her abusers. Now she was ripe for exploitation by Hollywood, Madison Ave and wartime propaganda.

Posted in Politics Tagged with: , , ,