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Truth and Reconciliation: My Impressions of Apartheid South Africa

White-Black Handshake and flag of RSA

Living during apartheid was like time travelling back to the 1950’s segregated southern USA… but with an Afrikaans accent.

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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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Canada’s Sesquicentennial: A Celebration of Survival and Hope

Canada Day 2017

Canada has survived 150 years. Let us celebrate the end of our growing pains, hope for maturity and take action toward reconciliation.

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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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Assumption-based Fear of Violence

fear with eagle talons

Violence is legitimate cause for fear, but what if the reports of crime aren’t legitimate or are exaggerated or assumed? e.g., villages in Turkey 1909 and my Mom in Canada 1999.

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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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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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The Terrible Heartbreak of War: Syria April 2017 and Vimy April 1917

Mother Canada at Vimy

War never occurs without heartbreak. In April 2017 it was the terrible gas attack on civilians in Syria. In April 1917 it was the sacrifice of Canadian soldiers at Vimy.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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Humanitarian Aid – British Style

Humanitarian Aid with Union Jack showing

Substantial humanitarian aid in the Ottoman Empire came from the British Empire: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India and other countries.

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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.

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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?

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