10 December 2014

3511) Protesting Biased & Unbalanced Geoffrey Robertson QC Interview on ABC Australia

Protesting the biased and unbalanced ABC Australia in at least four programs - "Drum" , “Lateline” , “Q&A” and ABC News Radio on  Geoffrey Robertson QC interview.

In all of the programs, Mr Geoffrey Robertson QC, in Australia, funded by the Armenian Lobby, to promote his new book "An Inconvenient Genocide", was given free reign to advertise his publication apparently free of charge on the national broadcaster. . .

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07 December 2014

3510) "Genocide Denier Attacks Shark in Australia"

I am not a big-time barrister in London, I am not even a recording artist. This is not a gig for me. I am committed to studying facts. I am finding them.

This is my first time here in Australia.

Upon arrival yesterday, I heard some stories about sharks.

Considering the media here, I imagined how interesting it would be for a headline to read “Genocide denier attacks shark,” and

in the story the “genocide denier” would be quoted as saying “what shark?”

Israeli scholar of international politics, Tal Buenos, has taken aim at celebrity barrister, Geoffrey Robertson QC, and other media personalities who have jumped on the genocide “recognition” bandwagon.

Tal, in a recent speech over lunch to NSW Parliamentarians, in the Parliament House, called into question the accusation of genocide and denial against Turks. In a wide ranging, and well researched presentation, Tal also debunked the comparisons made between the Armenian experience and the Holocaust, and pointed at the politicisation of history that is inherent to such comparison.

The term “denier” is part of an attempt to silence any dissent on this topic, and to delegitimise any scholarly work on the topic that does not conform to the established orthodoxy. Tal drew a clear distinction between those who question whether the events of 1915-1916 could be called a genocide, and the very real menace of Holocaust denialism. Unlike Holocaust deniers – denialists in the true sense of the word – the Turkish Government is not denying the factual events.

Tal studies how the term genocide – its origin and current misuse – is tied with political purpose. Contrary to accepted wisdom, he asserts that promoting the events of 1915-1916 as a case of genocide is in fact a political game, aimed at keeping pressure on the Turkish Government.

Tal also canvassed the material facts of the events themselves. He presented a fresh, original view of what has become, at times, a tired and sterile debate.

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01 December 2014

3509) Turkish Woman's Search Gives Voice To Islamized Armenians

Turkish Armenian lawyer and author Fethiye Cetin takes part in a discussion at the Frankfurt Book Fair on Oct. 15, 2008. (photo by JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images) Turkish woman's search gives voice to Islamized Armenians

After reading about Fethiye Cetin for over a decade and reading her books, I had envisioned a bitter and brittle woman, one maybe even a little jaded with age, given all the hardships she has endured in her personal and professional life. To my surprise, Cetin is quite the opposite. She has a witty smile. She speaks on the most horrendous issues in a rather soft, caring voice and with deep compassion. Cetin’s gracious and calm attitude is a rarity in the Turkish political scene. After the interview, I learned that my observations were shared by almost everyone who had met her in Los Angeles or Turkey. . .

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3508) Being an Armenian Today in Istanbul

Little Vercihan Ziflioğlu with her parents and brother in France, Valance in 1980.


I asked three Armenians I know what it’s like to live in Istanbul today as an Armenian. What are the pressures and fears they feel? Do they feel the need at times to change their names, for instance? Here is what they said
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3507) An Inconvenient Genocide' by Geoffrey Robertson Q.C / International Law: No Genocide by Kirlikovali/ Open Letter and call to ABC TV programmers by Sukru Server Aya

Updated th Dec 2014
Geoffrey Robertson Launches Book on Armenian Genocide

'An Inconvenient Genocide' by Geoffrey Robertson Q.C.

CANBERRA, Australia—The Armenian National Committee of Australia (ANC Australia) reports that leading human rights lawyer, Geoffrey Robertson QC, will be launching his latest publication at the National Press Club in Canberra.

“An Inconvenient Genocide: Who Now Remembers the Armenians,” published by Random House, is a groundbreaking publication where Geoffrey Robertson presents a compelling argument based on fact, evidence and his knowledge and expertise of international law, proving beyond reasonable doubt that the horrific events that occurred in 1915 do indeed constitute genocide.

Robertson is a leading human rights lawyer and a UN war-crimes judge. He has been Counsel in many notable Old Bailey trials, has defended hundreds of people facing death sentences in the Caribbean, and has won landmark rulings on civil liberty from the highest courts in Britain, Europe and the Commonwealth. Robertson is the Head of Doughty Street Chambers, a Master of the Middle Temple, a Recorder and visiting professor at Queen Mary College, University of London.

This event, which is being held at one of the most prestigious events in Australia, coincides with the start of ANC Australia’s Advocacy Week in Canberra.

Robertson’s research and publications on the Armenian Genocide have been instrumental in shifting the denialist policy, which had been adopted for many years by the United Kingdom.

Executive Director of the Armenian National Committee of Australia, Vache Kahramanian remarked: “The launch of Mr. Robertson’s latest publication will go a long way in altering the position adopted by the Australian Government on the Armenian Genocide.”

The Armenian National Committee of Australia has been working with Geoffrey Robertson’s international team on the promotion of his latest publication.

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3506) Common Cause Versus Rome: Alliance Between Mithradates VI of Pontus and Tigranes II of Armenia, 94-66 BCE

Adrienne MAYOR Stanford University, Research Scholar, Classics and History of Science, Stanford, California

Armenia, the rich mountain kingdom of eastern Anatolia, was isolated from neighboring lands, in part by its insular character and in part by its geography of high plateaus and mountain ranges (400 to over 4,000 meters, 1,300 to 13,000 feet). Rugged terrain and mountain passes guarded entry points from each direction. Around 190 BCE, the founding king Artaxias of Armenia began to acquire land from the Medes, Iberians, and Syrians and had confrontations with Pontus and Cappadocia, followed by the treaty of 181 BCE that favored Anatolian kings over Pharnaces of Pontus, Mithradates VI Eupator’s grandfather, who had asserted control over Cappadocia. Beginning in 120 BCE, Parthia controlled Armenia as a vassal country.
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3505) Controversy Between Turks and Armenians in the Late Ottoman Period

Armand SAG

Senior researcher at the Institute for Turkish Studies, Utrecht, the Netherlands

When speaking of the Armenian-Turkish relations, one cannot ignore the burning question of the events in the late Ottoman period. Along with the controversy, it also has a long background of literature that has tried to describe the events from 1895 to 1917. To understand these events, one must first look at the literature and categorize it accordingly.
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3504) History in the Trench: Ottoman Special Organization –Teskilat-i Mahsusa Literature

Polat Safi

The Committee of Union and Progress (CUP, _Ittihad ve Terakki Cemiyeti) was a heterogenic mass party that established subsidiary organizations in an effort to extend its own reach and influence. The Special Organization (SO, Tes Mahsusa) was one of the most important products of this endeavour. The SO emerged primarily out of the experience of the CUP in the Tripolitanian and Balkan wars. As an early type of unconventional warfare organization, the SO, which officially existed from 13 November 1913 to 30 October 1918,1 Ottoman history. Its operations included the recruitment, training, and supervision of armed groups tasked with conducting asymmetric warfare to weaken enemy morale and fighting strength. The SO also engaged in small-scale intelligence activity aimed both at strengthening solidarity among Muslims and revealing internal and external threats to Ottoman interests
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3503) Book Review :Ottoman Road to War in 1914: Ottoman Empire and the WWI

by Alexander M. Shelby

The Ottoman Road to War in 1914: The Ottoman Empire and the First World War I

By Mustafa Aksakal. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. ISBN 978- 0-52188060-2. List of abbreviations. Glossary. Maps. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Pp. xv, 216. $99.00.

In this short, well researched volume, Mustafa Aksakal, assistant professor at the American University, explores why the Ottoman Empire entered the First World War in 1914. Aksakal asserts that literature dealing with the Ottoman participation in the Great War exclusively blames the Ottoman war minister, Ismail Enver Pasha, depicting him as the hawkish omnipotent leader who single-hand-

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