Tag: Genocide

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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May 19: Remembrance of Pontic Greeks

map of Turkey with Pontus region

May 19 is the day of remembrance for the Pontic Greeks of northern Turkey who were almost entirely wiped out during the Greco-Turkish War (1919-22).

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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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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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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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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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Recovery from Sex Slavery in 1917 and 2017

recovery from sex slavery

Aurora Mardiganian and Farida Khalaf were kidnapped during genocide, and taken into slavery in 1917 and 2017 respectively. Could they ever really recover from physical, emotional and sexual abuse?

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We Talk Lazy Talk: The Dangers of Generalization

ABCFM missions in Turkey

Our choice of language affects our relationships, for better or worse. Examine the specifics and generalizations used about Turks, Russians, Armenians, and Americans in Erzroom.

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Glossary on Genocidal Period of Ottoman Empire

Where in the World? plus map of Near East for glossory

Is the term Syrian or Assyrian? Why did the Armenian genocide did not occur in Armenia, nor the Greek genocide in Greece? Confused? Check out this brief glossary.

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Boycott: 1914 Anti-Christian Ottoman vs. 2016 Anti-Muslim American

Charles Boycott superimposed on a photo of an eviction in Ireland circa 1880

What are the consequences of a boycott against products based on religion? Is it a positive protest or can it lead to something more sinister?

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Welcome to my “Grit and Grace” Blog

13 Near East Relief Workers at Talas, Turkey, circa 1920.

Why should we care about the destruction of an evil empire and the great humanitarian efforts of a hundred years ago? Read my blog regularly to find out.

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