Hello there !
As I read the CollectifVan
news last days, still astonished of what I see day after day; thought it really deserved a little sum up, so here it is !Fisk’s article suites…
Yes it had some: bad and good ones, but it had suites, at least in press !
An expected counter-attack from a Turkish journalist of the Turkish Daily News http://www.turkishdailynews.com.tr/article.php?enewsid=82592
Where the journalist talks about distortion of truth… But as it is Fisk he’s criticizing, he just politely regrets to see that Fisk is a “sympathetic researcher”, who would be kindly inventing a reality he sympathizes with… Of course, Turks are very well placed to know what this invented reality is all about.
The good suite now : simply another UK’s big article that again reminded the Armenian genocide, in the Daily Mail this time. It “just” reminds precisely about the horrors committed, and probably won’t learn you much if you’re Armenian. But this had surely shocked more persons about it, and how it is now outrageously denied by turkey’s officials.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/worldnews.html?in_article_id=479143&in_page
Simply repeating : definitely no longer forgotten !
And just to push again open doors, a historic document has been released by the French “history department of Defense” recently. I’ll let you judge if the translation is correct : that’s simply a historical information article, based on one precious document of the French Army’s archives/files : the letter of Dikran Antreassian asking for the rescue of the Armenians of Mussa Dagh’s famous episode, letter dated august 8th 1915.http://www.servicehistorique.sga.defense.gouv.fr/07autredossiers/armenie/central_armenie.htm
It makes thrill to read those peculiar lines… Originally wrote in English, but I didn’t find the English version, there’s only a photo of the letter, and its French translation, sorry !
Anyway, more than the letter itself, the Defense department shows and explain quite exhaustively the military situation of those times. That’s crystal clear, totally official… and for once it’s true !About Turkey’s September birthdays now
, I’m warning you : there’s nothing Turkey can be proud of !September 6th and 7th 1955
is another brutal event in Turkey’s big history, pogroms that could be called “Turkey’s crystal night
I never knew about these facts before 2005, when I first heard about it, and only because it was the 50th anniversary of the date (never underestimate the power of perfect numbers!). http://www.todayszaman.com/tz-web/detaylar.do?load=detay&link=121530
This article of the Today’s Zaman (in English) will explain you what it’s all about if you’re not aware, and it also shows present echoes of that event.
In quick : it was another coup
for “purifying” Turkish nation.
At first sight it was a spontaneous movement of suddenly enraged people, after the fake news that Atatürk’s house had been bombed. And guess who it was directed against ? Non-Muslims populations and all their goods, mostly the Greeks of that time, but as usual other Christians community, amongst who, the Armenians.
In fact, it appeared later that all had been consciously planned (the fake new, the “spontaneous rage of the breakers”, and how only Christians have been targeted).
I wondered what happened to my family at that time, cause it’s not so long ago and they were living there too. Apparently, the rescue of the people was mostly due to Turkish neighbours or friends, that simply said to the enraged ones “No you’re wrong, it’s not an Armenian family, or shop, there’s no Armenians living here” or “No Greek here”... Human qualities also rule the world ! Except that for churches and Greeks it has been less efficient…Still in September, 12th 1980
this time, the black coup d’état
of Turkish Army, that instituted today’s pseudo “laic-democratic-modern” Turkish Constitution, which is in fact, the official supreme rule mostly devoted to muslim-nationalist & military visions of Turkey. http://istanbuldakitom.blogspot.com/2007/09/prcieuses-archives_11.htmlhttp://istanbuldakitom.blogspot.com/2007/09/lagenda-secret-de-lakp-bis.html
Here again i’m linking to a french blog about Turkey i mentioned before. But it’s really interesting : it simply shows, again based on public archives (of the Info-Türk
Belgium magazine), how nationalism, religious fanatism, and only-one-way-of-politically-thinking is been hammered in this country since decades, in Army of course, all schools, and even in prisons, for political prisoners !
The funny thing pointed by the blog, is that it’s now the moderate-Islamist party who recently gained Turkish elections, that is talking about changing this constitution. Them, who (because of their religious aspects) are vigourously pointed as a big threaten for “laïcity, democracy” … made in –MILITARIAN-Turkey
of course !
The world is upside down, and it’s not Diana Ross’s love that is in action there, or maybe I missed something ?
Ok, now you’ll say I’m obsessed by Turkey, and maybe you’ll be right, but it’s all because I learnt these important “details” only recently. Things that my family experienced before arriving here but never judged useful to talk about (it was like that, that’s all). But these are still important things because it’s basically explaining much more concretely why I’m today in France – since 1980 (oh coincidence!?!) - , and not where I’m from.
Those events suddenly explained lots of little things, so that’s my curiosity; hope it also had enlightened some of your lanterns ! ;o)
Apart from that : big sun those days, cold but clear weather (crystal clear again!), and no big news about Armenians here.
The Official Year of Armenia slowly finishes with the last expositions taking place here and there in France's armenian agenda
(but not in Paris :o(( ), and normal rhythm will come back soon… but probably things would have been boosted after this crazy year.
Lori, about Armenian hospitality, I agree with you : in its unique pure and absolute meaning, well it’s definitely not what you’ll mostly find in Erevan, but it also exists there (si si si! I promise, and more often when you’re patient !!!). In Erevan I liked to think more about it as “Armenian intensity”, sounds much more deep & serious suddenly, huh ?! Anyway, the hidden hospitality can also be a part of our charm ;o)
Enough, ciao !