08 November 2014

3501) Book Review: Outlawing Genocide Denial: The Dilemmas of Official Historical Truth by Guenter Lewy

Review By Tom Williams

In “Outlawing Genocide Denial: The Dilemmas of Official Historical Truth” (University of Utah Press) historian and political scientist Guenter Lewy scrutinizes the practice of criminalizing the expression of unpopular, even odious historical interpretations, exemplified by genocide denial. Holocaust denial can be viewed as another form of hatred against the Jews and preventing it can be understood as a form of warding off hate speech. Germany has made it a crime punishable by law. Other European countries have similar laws. While the rationale for such laws seems reasonable, Lewy asks us to carefully consider the dangers that these laws could present. His discussion neither dismisses the ramifications of genocide denial nor justifies it: he instead looks closely at the possible risks of government-enforced interpretations of history. He says that allowing governments to dictate historical truth and how events should be interpreted can be counterproductive in democratic societies which value freedom of speech
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07 November 2014

3500) Historiography By Political Committee And Committed Historians by Andrew Mango

On 18 June 1987, the European Parliament met in Strasbourg to consider 'a political solution to the Armenian question', before turning its attention to the annual report on the European Regional Development Fund (which, the Portuguese rapporteur noted sadly, lacked sufficient resources and could adopt only three of the 17 national projects submitted to it).1 The Armenian debate had been awaited with apprehension by the Turks, with hope by the Armenians (and their tactical allies, the Greeks) and with indifference by almost everyone else. It had not been easy to organize. The ostensible justification for it lay in the campaign of assassination to which Turkish diplomats were subjected by Armenian terrorists. The campaign had started in January 1973 with the murder of the Turkish consul general in Los Angeles. However, it was not until 1981, by which time 19 Turkish diplomatic officials had been murdered, that a group of members of the European Parliament raised the problem in Strasbourg. Their purpose was to punish the victim, Turkey, by delaying the approval of the fourth financial protocol between that country and the European Community . .

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06 November 2014

3499) Armenians Are Urged To Do Their Patriotic Duty - By Each Writing An Article On Wikipedia

National heritage is getting a boost via a flurry of articles on Armenian Wikipedia

The national campaign - One Armenian, One Article - aims to raise the number and quality of articles in the Armenian language and promote the culture, an ad on EU Armenia TV says.

It could even be competing with Georgia and Azerbaijan in the Wikipedia stakes.

It seems Armenian Wikipedia is outstripping its neighbours in page numbers - with more than 390,000 now.

Reporting the number of Wikipedia articles has been on the agenda of Armenian TV and news agencies since the campaign began in March, and it's been noted there are around 102,000 Wikipedia pages in Azerbaijan and almost 84,000 in Georgia.
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05 November 2014

3498) Armenian Architects of Istanbul: Online Exhibition

The main gate of İstanbul’s Dolmabahçe Palace was designed by Armenian architect Garabet Balyan. Photo Mehmet Yaman

The Turkish Museum of Architecture has recently opened an online exhibition of structures in modern Turkey created by Armenian architects during the Ottoman era. The website describes the Armenian contribution to architectural development of Istanbul as follows:

“Armenian architects took on a prominent role in the construction of palace buildings and official buildings in the Ottoman Empire. The staff of the Imperial Architects Office that directed such construction projects always included Armenian architects. Young recruits to this office were trained within a master-apprentice relationship. In other words, the Imperial Architects Office also operated as a kind of school of architecture
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3497) A Hundred Years Of Solitude: How Will The "Armenian Question" Develop In The 21st Century?


This year the world community is preparing to mark the centenary of the First World War (1914-18), one of the bloodiest clashes between the leading empires which radically altered the geopolitical map and the socio-political structure of Eurasia. The bloodiest clashes in this war took place in Asia Minor, the Black Sea region and the South Caucasus, in the struggle for which the countries of Europe and Russia met head-on with Ottoman Turkey. One of the watchwords that Russia and the West used to base their intervention in the region was "to save Christianity".

It would not be wrong to say that the "Armenian question" played quite an important role in the military-political games of the West and Russia against Ottoman Turkey and the Muslim population of Asia Minor and the South Caucasus. During the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century the European empires and Russia generally made active use of the Armenian factor as an ideological tool to promote their own interests in these regions. To back up their claims these empires created and set in motion a hastily concocted story about ancient Armenian history, declaring its heirs to be the present-day Armenians led by the Armenian Church. On fairly dubious and anti-scientific theses a false conception was created that 1,000 - 2,000 years ago various state formations existed in Asia Minor which were wiped out, and "justice" should now be restored, turning history back a couple of thousand years. This thesis, which is absurd from the point of view of logic, was one of the reasons for the fierce clashes in Asia Minor and in the South Caucasus, as a result of which hundreds of thousands of innocent people were killed.
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04 November 2014

3496) Armenian Terrorism And The Turkish Press (1973 - 1984) / Revanchism As Blind Faith And The Dashnak-Asala Assassinations / Turkish-Armenian Dialogue

1)Armenian Terrorism And The Turkish Press (1973 - 1984)
2)Revanchism As Blind Faith And The Dashnak-Asala Assassinations
3)Turkish-Armenian Dialogue

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03 November 2014

3495) Orbeli's Mystery Unearthed - Azerbaijan Has Found A Mine Planted Under The System Of Armenian Falsifications

When a department head at the Azerbaijani Presidential Administration, Fuad Axundov, said that he had found in the archives of St. Petersburg the book "Inscriptions and Gandzasar and Havotsptuk" by the Russian Soviet historian I. Orbeli, it caused great repercussions in the historical circles of our region. After all, it was a book, the entire edition of which was believed to have been destroyed in 1919, and the author of this work later stopped dealing with this subject and became a prominent scientist in a completely different field. . . .

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02 November 2014

3494) Video: Marc Aryan's Istanbul (Lyrics In English)

Henri Markarian, better known as Marc Aryan, (born in Valence, France on 14 November 1926 - died in Ohain, Belgium on 30 November 1985) was a French and Belgian singer, songwriter, and record producer born as a French citizen, who also acquired Belgian citizenship after a long residency in the country.


Marc Aryan was born to Lebanese Armenian parents. coming from Malatya, Turkey. He studied music and piano in Valence, and started writing his own songs. In 1957, he left Valence to Paris for better musical opportunities. In 1963, he went to Belgium where one of his sisters ran a nightclub in Knokke-le-Zoute on the coast. He tried his songs on the dance routines at the club gaining great favor. Marc Aryan decided to settle permanently in Belgium, first in Waterloo and eventually to Ohain.
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3493) Oleg Kuznetsov: "Armenia - A Tool In Someone Else's Geopolitics"

четверг, 24 июля 2014 г.

... It has been so always, at least for the past 150 years and so will it be now. Armenians have traditionally been used by Atlanticists such as the UK, the USA and France for the purpose of destroying continental empires. Persia is a case in point and so is the Ottoman Empire as well as the USSR.

Interview with well-known Russian historian and political analyst Oleg Kuznetsov

Author: Rizvan HUSEYNOV
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01 November 2014

3492) A Medieval Armenian Source On The History Of The Caucasus As Analyzed By Jean Saint-Martin

пятница, 10 октября 2014 г.

Researcher at the Human Rights Institute, National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan


This article is an attempt to clarify some of the remaining riddles in the history of the Christian peoples of the Central Caucasus using scholarly publications of Eu­ropean students of the Caucasus of the 18th and 19th centuries as the starting point. The author concentrates on the Christian princely families and the ruling Turkic dynasties that figured prominently in medieval Azerbaijan and Armenia; he relies on the very critical comments of European historians of ancient Armenian sources on the history of the Cau­casus. According to European students of the Caucasus who spent much time studying certain medieval Armenian manuscripts that found their way to Europe, at least some of them cannot be treated as reliable historical sources. Today, much of what the European historians wrote at one time has been forgot­ten, giving way to numerous articles and books on the history of the Caucasus that cite historical sources of dubious provenance without taking the trouble to critically analyze them. The author attempts to remind the aca­demic community of what European students of the Caucasus wrote some 200 or even 300 years ago regarding the extremely unreliable Armenian manuscripts.

KEYWORDS: Christianity, Turks, the Caucasus, Azerbaijan, Armenia, historical sources.
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02 October 2014

3491) Dissent Opinions -Counter Remarks On Perincek Switzerland Case & Case of Perinçek Against Switzerland, Turkish-Armenian Dispute: Who Has Something To Hide?

1)Dissent Opinions -Counter Remarks On Perincek Switzerland Case
2)Case of Perinçek Against Switzerland
3)The Turkish-Armenian Dispute: Who Has Something To Hide? . . .

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