Tag: Ottoman

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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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 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 USA have a long history of a delicately balanced political dance, but there’s one safe prediction for today.

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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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We think of capitulation as surrender, but in 16th-20th centuries it meant something different to the Sultans, and something crazy but wonderful for foreigners.

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

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The Whittall’s home was known in Constantinople as a refuge for Armenians and Greeks, but the lady also saved a famous Turkish general during the Sultan’s counter-coup.

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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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These brief tales show some consequences of corruption and nepotism: bad and dangerous advice to a leader, and damage to the education system and democratic reforms.

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Despite claims in most newspapers of “bad administration” and a “despotic attitude,” the Committee of Union & Progress turned joy into condemnation, and seized total power in 4 short years.

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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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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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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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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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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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