Archive for March, 2012

French and Turkish Disagreement Over Armenian Genocide

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

When researching the Armenian Genocide debate about whether a genocide took place or not, I found this BBC new article from 2001 by Chris Morris. The article talks about a “political storm” surrounding France and Turkey because the French had passed a bill declaring that genocide had occurred, along with the mass murders of the Armenian people in the Ottoman Empire in 1915. The effects that have occurred due to this bill having been passed include the withdrawal of the Turkish Ambassador from France and demontrations in Turkey for a boycott on French goods. However, French politicians have argued that the bill has not been passed in the National Assembly to condemn modern Turkey.

The article goes on to talk about the National Pride within Turkey and the archive dispute, where historians and researchers are not allowed full access to Ottoman records and archives concerning the matter. Moreover, the article mentions the ongoing argument over how many Armenians died in 1915. The Armenians argue that 1.5 million Armenians died in the genocide whereas, the Turks argue that there was no genocide and that 300, 000 Armenians died.

To read the full article:

Sultan Abdulhamid II

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

I was searching for a photo Sultan Abdulhamid II and recognized he was wearing a Fez on his head. Compared to the headpiece of the Qizilbash, it is similar. Perhaps it has a historical purpose or perhaps it is just a coincidence.

Sultan Abdulhamid II


History of Republic of Turkey since 1920: Atatürk’s reforms

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Click here to view the embedded video.

This is a video about Ataturk’s reforms.

Ataturk- Biography and Reforms

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

This website offers a biography of Ataturk’s life and talks about his reforms.

Denial of Armenian Genocide

Monday, March 19th, 2012

When looking for images for the Armenian Genocide, I came across an image that led me to an “Armenian Genocide Ballyhoo: Angels of 1915″ blog with a post about Fake Illustrations used in the Armenian Genocide Allegations and Armenian Lie posters.

Some of these images include:


In the Fake Illustrations of the Armenian Genocide Allegations post, Yorum Gonder claims that the Armenians use fake photographs and pictures in unofficial websites to support their allegations of a “so-called genocide”, where they  “twist” people’s emotions and realities to support their “unlawful cause.”

The post is accessible here:

Meanwhile, another post on the same blog is about Yusuf Halacoglu responding to the historian Taner Akcam. Here the post looks at and claims that the original documents that Akcam used in his book, “Armenian Issued is Resolved,” are “cherry-picked”  and “distorted” to support his interpretation. Halacoglu claims that Akcam ignores evidence in the original documents to support the denial of the Armenian Genocide thus, Akcam is “trying to condition” the readers to support his “baseless” claims.

The post goes on to say that “I would also like to comment on some of the criticisms of Taner Akçam in relation to some of the issues that were included in my book called ‘Facts on the Relocation of Armenians’.” In fact, a short video is posted to express some of the criticisms and makes fun of Taner Akcam’s and Peter Balakian’s argument that the genocide did occur, in their appearance on a television show.


(Video Credit:  Armenian Genocide Ballyhoo by TruckerPhobia)

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Last Viewed: 27th March 2012


1979 Newspapers Addressing the Kurdish Issue

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

I stumbled upon this website while conducting research for my Human Rights and Islam class. It is a collection of newspaper articles from Iranian newspapers released in 1979 addressing the issue of Kurdistan. In one of the articles, Ayatollah Khomeini’s orders to kill the Kurds are explicitly stated. Khomeini named Mr. Hojjat-o-Islam Kermani as his envoy to Kurdistan, and talked about the Kurds by saying, “they must be crushed.” The possibility of a ceasefire is also talked about in this specific article due to the talks that were taken place at the time in Tehran between the new government and the Kurds. The Kurds agreed to lay their weapons down if the Islamic government halted advances on Kurdish territory. Newspapers also began circulating pictures of Kurds standing in front of Islamic gunmen in Iran.

This newspaper article discusses how one of the reasons for the executions and capturing of Kurdish towns from the Islamic government was due to the fact that Ayatollah Khomeini saw them as being communist. He is quoted as saying, “We are not facing a Kurdish question, but a Communist one” in describing the events taking place in Kurdistan. Some of the reasons behind this mentality stemmed from the fact that many Kurds had Russian-made rifles and were reported to have connections with Russia.

Another article, although not specific to the Kurdish issue, discusses the decision of newly formed Islamic government to invest authority in Ayatollah Khomeini, following Article 5 of their new constitution. This article gives the Supreme Leader absolute religious authority and “uncontested support in dealing with state matters.”

The articles listed at the end are all in Farsi.

Decision on whether or not to continue aid to Egypt

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Suspect in Afghan murders flown to Kuwait

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Obama and Cameron working together on Afghanistan

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Debate about Obama’s plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan

Thursday, March 15th, 2012