Tag: Turkish

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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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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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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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.

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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.

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Las Madres de Plaza de Mayo Refuse to Deny Genocide in Argentina

Madres in 2006 by Roblespepe

April 30 marks the 40th anniversary of the march of the Mothers of the Disappeared. They refuse to allow denial in Argentina.

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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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Suppression of Truth Past and Present: Turkish Journalists Jailed and Killed

feather quill behind jail bars

Truth is often a casualty of those who seek to maintain power. It’s a growing trend to imprison or kill journalists and suspend media agencies.

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The End of the Famous Dogs of Constantinople

dog like the ones in Constantinople

Was the 1910 solution the government found for the infamous dog “problem” in the famous city a forerunner to the Armenian question in the Ottoman Empire?

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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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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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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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