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Remembering 100 Years Ago Today

World War I officially ended on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. Ten million soldiers died. Countless millions of civilians died. Lest we forget.

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Truth and Reconciliation: How To Change a Prejudiced Mind

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

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Truth and Reconciliation: Is It Possible with Turkey?

Handshake with Turkish flag

Is it possible for Turkey to have its own truth and reconciliation commission regarding the genocide of the early 20th century? Maybe yes.

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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.

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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.

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Meet the Newest Canadians: Kamo Mailyan and Mary Hovhannisyan

Newest Canadians Kamo and Mary

Yesterday I was honoured to be guest at the citizenship ceremony of my dear friends. They are officially the newest Canadians.

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My Reaction to The Promise

poster for The Promise

The Promise’s slogan is “Empires fall. Love survives.” That’s an interesting take on a movie set against the background of the Armenian Genocide during the late Ottoman Empire.

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History is Written by the Victors

an open book

Large chunks of history are missing from textbooks and national conversations, because all countries have an Official Version of history. What’s yours?

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April 24: The Importance of Remembrance

forget-me-not symbol of Armenian Genocide

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.

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Azerbaijani Writer Argued for Urgent Reforms in 6 Armenian Vilayets

map of Armenianand Arabian vilayets

Editor-writer Ahmed Aghayev made an eloquent argument for the instigation of reforms in the predominantly-Armenian Ottoman vilayets.

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WWI Labour Battalions: Black Canadians and Armenian Ottomans

Canadas Black Battalion WWI

Neither black Canadians nor Armenian Ottomans were trusted to bear arms in WWI. Could it have had something to do with their racial heritage?

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Australian Nurses in the NER

Australian nurse poster 1914

Did you know that Australians not only participated in the infamous WWI Gallipoli Campaign, but witnessed the genocides, and gave humanitarian aid to the survivors?

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The “Usual Business of Destruction and Murder” in Nicomedia

Nicomedia battle

How world-weary does one have to be to call destruction and murder “the usual business”? The motto of this Scottish nurse seemed to be Keep Calm and Carry On.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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