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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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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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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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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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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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How To Make Bulgur in 7 Easy Steps

How To Make Bulgur

It’s the basis of tabbouleh, but do you know how to make bulgur? Here’s the recipe: First, get a bunch of orphans. Then add bushels of wheat…

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Real or Fake News Against Greek Merchants?

Real or Fake News Against Greek Merchants?

In 1913-14 a series of pamphlets circulated in Constantinople detailing the treasonous actions of mainly Greek merchants. Could this be an example of fake news, Ottoman-style?

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Whirling Dervish Sheikh Saved Christians in Konia

Whirling Dervishes by Augustus Hoppin, 1874

The Whirling Dervishes were Sufi Muslims specific to the Konia region. In 1909 the well-respected sheikh of the order saved Armenians and Greeks from massacre.

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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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On the Ground: Siege of Aleppo like Bombardment of Marash

Trench Warfare in Turkey circa 1920 with Red Cross symbol

The diary of a Red Cross nurse gives us a glimpse into what the siege of a city must feel like. Aleppo falls today as Marash did in 1920.

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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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