Most news reports and commentary on the adoption by the French Senate of the Bill criminalizing the denial of the Armenian genocide in Turkey in 1915 seem to miss the main aim the French legislators intended for it to achieve. I will argue in this Article that France’s decision should be seen as a giant step forward in the protection human rights, international law and order, historical and scientific integrity. Continue reading “Guest Post: Addressing the Denial”
General Assembly resolution 260 (III) of 9 December 1948 (Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide) states, that (a) Genocide, (b) Conspiracy to commit genocide, (c) Direct and public incitement to commit genocide, (d) Attempt to commit genocide and (e) Complicity in genocide are all acts, which shall be punishable. Continue reading “Denial and Freedom of Speech”
As the French parliament passed a bill criminalizing the denial of the Armenian Genocide, a Turkish guy’s hillariously failed attempt to post pro-Turkey messages in an Armenian group in Facebook have grabbed the attention of Armenian social networks and blogs. Continue reading “Turkish guy makes a fool of Turkey as France steps closer to criminalizing Genocide denial”
Here’s a rather simplistic video dispatch by STRATFOR, a US based company which provides “analysis and insights into political, economic, and military developments”. Continue reading “The Significance of the Caucasus”
Lost & Found in Armenia is the story of Bill (Jamie Kennedy), an American tourist who vacations to Turkey to get his mind off a bad break up. Continue reading “Lost & Found in Armenia (Movie Trailer)”
The United States welcomed the ruling by Armenia’s Constitutional Court late on Friday, effectively dismissing Turkey’s claims that it runs counter to the Turkish-Armenian fence-mending agreements, RFE/RL reports.
Turkey had been inventing all sorts of non-existing ‘preconditions, limitations’ in Armenian Constitutional Court’s ruling on the Armenia-Turkey normalization protocols, in an attempt to back away from the rapprochement process while laying the blame on Armenia. UPDATED
Continue reading “U.S. Praises Armenian Constitutional Court Ruling despite Turkey's claims”
Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian had a phone conversation with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu. Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Burak Ozugergin said that Armenian FM expressed his concern over the statement issued by Turkish Foreign Ministry, News.am reports citing Turkish media. Continue reading “Armenia, Turkey 'undo' normalization one step at a time”
The Consitutional Court issued a verdict on January 12, giving its approval to the Armenian-Turkish protocols on normalizing bilateral relations, and dismissing claims by Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutiun), that some provisions contained in the protocols are unconstitutional. Continue reading “Constitutional Court gives a green light to Armenian-Turkish protocols”
The Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) rallied more than a thousand supporters in Yerevan on Monday to demand that Armenia’s Constitutional Court invalidate the fence-mending agreements with Turkey, RFE/RL reports. The whole rally seems like a big and colorful show, because very few people would consider the Constitutional Court an independent branch of the state capable of making decisions without the direct instructions from the President’s administration, or Dashnakstutyun, a true and independent opposition force, capable of impacting the government’s agenda. Continue reading “Dashnaktsutyun stage a rally in protest of Armenian-Turkish protocols”
Mussolini’s mistress, Clara Petacci, recorded intimate details of her affair with Il Duce in her journal. Her newly published diary reveals Mussolini as a sex-addicted anti-Semite who found Hitler “very likeable” — and who occasionally suffered from impotence.
Petacci’s recollections are of special interest to Armenians, because of this quote below:
Mussolini, while flipping through French newspapers, suddenly got into a bad mood. “These disgusting Jews, they should all be destroyed,” he said. “I will create a bloodbath the way the Turks once did. I will isolate them and imprison them. They will come to know the steel fist of Mussolini. It is time that the Italians realize that can no longer exploited by these snakes.”
Those diaries were published for the first time last week, to the considerable consternation of one of Mussolini’s descendents. “This woman would be convicted of stalking today,” says Alessandra Mussolini, Il Duce’s granddaughter. She insists that “not a word” of what Petacci wrote about her grandfather is true. Meanwhile, some extracts from the diaries, containing also the quote above, are avaliable here. Continue reading “Sex Diaries Recall Mussolini's understanding of the Armenian Genocide”