Search Results for "genocide" : 14

by / on May 2, 2007 at 9:33 pm / in Issue, Main Menu, Middle East, World

How (Not) to Conclude the Debate on the Armenian Genocide

…issue, said: “If the French cabinet approves this law, I swear I will go over there and say ‘No, it wasn’t genocide.’ Then I will come back here and say ‘Yes, it was genocide’ and I’ll just wait and see which country arrests me first.” Three months later, Dink was assassinated in Istanbul. That a figure as conciliatory as Dink could be targeted by fanatic nationalists shocked the country. Thousands marched at his funeral with banners procla…

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by / on October 31, 2010 at 8:21 pm / in Issue, Main Menu, Middle East, World

Public Enemies

by Three years ago, 17-year-old Ogün Samast entered the upscale Sisli district of Istanbul, Turkey, wearing a white beret and carrying a gun. He turned onto the street of Sebat Sokak, reached the publishing house of the bilingual Turkish-Armenian newspaper Agos, and waited. Moments later, when the newspaper’s editor-in-chief Hrant Dink stepped out, Samast shot him dead in broad daylight. Dink’s assassination on January 19, 2007, was bu…

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by / on April 8, 2012 at 1:35 pm / in Domestic, Opinion, World

Revisiting Bosnia

…it, as evidenced by my use so far of three different commonly used names for the same event; war, conflict, and genocide. Often, American knowledge of the crisis focuses around the Clinton administration’s response to it, coming after criticism of the administration’s lack of intervention in the Rwandan genocide. Perhaps the reason why Bosnia is not a more prominent topic, besides its occasional presence in discussions of intervention in Syria,…

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by / on April 2, 2008 at 4:29 am / in Africa, Issue, Main Menu, World

How We Don’t Look at Kenya

by Western media coverage of the conflict in Kenya has been enormous, especially for a story coming out of Africa. The reportage has been a staple of the Economist and the New York Times since the beginning of the year, and even the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette has run the AP’s dispatches from Nairobi. Yet for all its breadth, the coverage has been dangerously lacking in depth. The media’s principal crime has been to recycle plot lines fr…

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by / on May 2, 2007 at 8:28 pm / in Issue, Main Menu, Organizations, World

The Neuer Affair

by In the past few weeks, Hillel Neuer, the executive director of the watchdog organization UNWatch, has become the persona non grata at the recently overhauled UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. At the Council’s fourth session in late March, Neuer delivered a speech that so infuriated Council President Luis Alfonso de Alba that it was stricken from the official UN record. What could Neuer have said to provoke such censure? Beginning h…

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by / on December 2, 2007 at 5:13 am / in Culture, Film Review, Issue, World

Films in Brief: Terror’s Advocate

…Advocate opens with Vergès sitting in his office casually talking about the “exaggeration” that is the Cambodian genocide. Sure, people were murdered, he explains, but not in the magnitude that we are so inclined to believe. This, Schroeder argues, is Jacques Vergès. So how did Jacques Vergès, a French lawyer who once fought in de Gaulle’s resistance, come to defend Pol Pot, the man who orchestrated the Cambodian genocide? Through a series of int…

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by / on December 2, 2007 at 5:04 am / in Europe, Issue, Main Menu, World

Reading Letters

by The US Congress recently attempted to pass a law officially recognizing Turkish genocide of Armenians. Backed by more than half the members of the House, the bill called upon the Turkish government to acknowledge the Ottoman Empire’s role in committing atrocities against its Armenian population from 1915 to 1924. Yet the motion was ultimately quashed. As a New York Times editorial put it, “Historical truths must be established throu…

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by / on August 2, 2012 at 11:44 am / in Opinion, World

No Longer a Family Affair

by It’s not news that our hands have been tied in Syria because of the UN Security Council’s inability to resolve the matter. The UN’s inability to ameliorate the situation has spurred individual stakeholders to meddle in Syria and push their own, often conflicting interests. The prolongation of the revolution into a year-and-a-half long civil war has necessitated that Syrian forces organize from outside the country, and for other sta…

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by / on January 6, 2014 at 4:23 pm / in Asia, Fall 2013, World

The Raucous Caucasus

by Deep within the mountainous South Caucasus, there is a regional powder keg. For the last 20 years, Armenia and Azerbaijan have been trapped in a struggle over the province of Nagorno-Karabakh (NK), an originally Azerbaijani-controlled, but ethnically Armenian region that, following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, declared independence. Sandwiched between oil pipelines and competing interests from Russia, Iran, Turkey, and the…

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by / on June 17, 2012 at 7:06 am / in Opinion, World

The World’s New Powder Keg

by Earlier this month, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made her first trip to the South Caucasus since assuming office. On the day of her arrival in Yerevan, Armenia’s capital, fighting broke out on the country’s border with Azerbaijan leaving dead eight soldiers. Coincidence? Clearly not. The outbreak of violence was a blatant attempt to draw attention to an issue that has long since gone dormant in the West’s popular memory. Natu…

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