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Obama Urged to Encourage Turkey to Acknowledge Armenian Genocide

Jun-14-2012 at 07:52 AM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

The Young Turks' Crime against Humanity: The Armenian Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in the Ottoman Empire
by Taner Akçam
Obama Urged to Encourage Turkey
to Acknowledge Armenian Genocide

by PR Newswire, June 12, 2012.

Taner Akcam Speaks at Christian Solidarity International (CSI) Event on the Future of Religious Minorities in the Middle East

WASHINGTON and ZURICH, June 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Taner Akcam, Professor of History at Clark University, has urged President Obama and his European allies to encourage "Turkey to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide, and to follow the post-Holocaust example of Germany by making appropriate compensation for lives and property."

Dr. Akcam made this plea last week while contributing to CSI's spring 2012 conference series on The Future of Religious Minorities in the Middle East. (See www.formime.ch for videos of Akcam's lectures in English and Turkish.)

Akcam said Turkey's willingness to recognize the Genocide, in which approximately 1.5 million Christians – mainly Armenians and Assyrians – perished, and to provide compensation, is a litmus test of its fitness to fulfill its aspiration for Great Power status and leadership in shaping the destiny of the Middle East. Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu calls for the "reintegration" of territories in Syria, Greece, Bulgaria, and Georgia with Turkey – a policy often referred to by political commentators as New Ottomanism. (Davutoglu, "Vision 2023: Turkey's Foreign Policy Objectives," London, November 22, 2011.)

Launching his new book, The Young Turks' Crime against Humanity: The Armenian Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in the Ottoman Empire, (Princeton, 2012), Akcam noted that "under the Islamic law of the Ottoman Empire, Christians were not allowed to become fully equal," and that "it was, in fact, impossible for equality to be realized under the Islamic law of the Empire." The Turkish Republic, Akcam maintains, has to break decisively from the tradition of Turkish and Islamic supremacism if it is going to gain the confidence of non-Muslim minorities and non-Turkish communities and become a source of regional democratic stability, rather than repression.

Turkey's Islamist Prime Minister, Recep Tayyib Erdogan, persists in denying the Genocide process, which has reduced the country's Christian population from approximately 30% in 1914 to less than 1% today. He has furthermore sought to use religion as a last line of defense with the claim that "it is not possible for a Muslim to commit genocide."

Taner Akcam is the first scholar of Turkish origin to publicly acknowledge the massacres, forced deportations and assimilation of Turkey's Christians during World War I as Genocide. His latest book, based on the Ottoman Archives in Istanbul, demonstrates that the Genocide was premeditated, planned and executed on orders from the Turkish Government, and aimed at creating "ethno-religious homogenization."

Dr. John Eibner, the CEO of CSI-USA, observed that Prof. Akcam's research was "a chilling reminder of the consequences of ethnic and religious supremacism." Eibner called on Christians to "join others of good will to stand in solidarity with all endangered religious minorities of the Middle East that face violence from Islamic supremacist governments and movements today."

CSI has issued a Genocide Warning for endangered religious minorities in the Islamic Middle East, and has called on President Barack Obama to make their survival a priority as the United States responds to the Middle East's ongoing political turmoil.

Contact Information:

Christian Solidarity International (CSI)
Joel Veldkamp
515-421-7258
joel < a t> csi-usa.org
http://www.csi-int.org

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1. RE: Obama Urged to Encourage Turkey to Acknowledge Armenian Genocide

Jun-14-2012 at 07:52 AM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

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Obama Urged to Encourage Turkey to Acknowledge Armenian Genocide
http://www.atour.com/~aahgn/news/20120613a.html

The Young Turks' Crime against Humanity
http://www.atour.com/library/government/20120613a.html

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2. Taner Akçam - The Young Turks' Crime against Humanity (video)

Jun-14-2012 at 09:27 AM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

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YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xf5igXFiRDA

Taner Akçam — Kaloosdian and Mugar Chair in Armenian Genocide Studies, Clark University

The Young Turks' Crime against Humanity:
The Armenian Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in the Ottoman Empire
http://www.atour.com/library/government/20120613a.html

Zurich, June 6, 2012

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3. Taner Akçam - Tarihle Yüzleṣme ve Gv üçlükleri (Turkish Lecture) - Zürich, June 9, 2012

Jun-14-2012 at 09:31 AM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

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Taner Akçam - Tarihle Yüzleṣme ve Gv üçlükleri (Turkish Lecture) - Zürich, June 9, 2012.

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Assyria \ã-'sir-é-ä\ n (1998)   1:  an ancient empire of Ashur   2:  a democratic state in Bet-Nahren, Assyria (northern Iraq, northwestern Iran, southeastern Turkey and eastern Syria.)   3:  a democratic state that fosters the social and political rights to all of its inhabitants irrespective of their religion, race, or gender   4:  a democratic state that believes in the freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture in faithfulness to the principles of the United Nations Charter — Atour synonym

Ethnicity, Religion, Language
» Israeli, Jewish, Hebrew
» Assyrian, Christian, Aramaic
» Saudi Arabian, Muslim, Arabic
Assyrian \ã-'sir-é-an\ adj or n (1998)   1:  descendants of the ancient empire of Ashur   2:  the Assyrians, although representing but one single nation as the direct heirs of the ancient Assyrian Empire, are now doctrinally divided, inter sese, into five principle ecclesiastically designated religious sects with their corresponding hierarchies and distinct church governments, namely, Church of the East, Chaldean, Maronite, Syriac Orthodox and Syriac Catholic.  These formal divisions had their origin in the 5th century of the Christian Era.  No one can coherently understand the Assyrians as a whole until he can distinguish that which is religion or church from that which is nation -- a matter which is particularly difficult for the people from the western world to understand; for in the East, by force of circumstances beyond their control, religion has been made, from time immemorial, virtually into a criterion of nationality.   3:  the Assyrians have been referred to as Aramaean, Aramaye, Ashuraya, Ashureen, Ashuri, Ashuroyo, Assyrio-Chaldean, Aturaya, Chaldean, Chaldo, ChaldoAssyrian, ChaldoAssyrio, Jacobite, Kaldany, Kaldu, Kasdu, Malabar, Maronite, Maronaya, Nestorian, Nestornaye, Oromoye, Suraya, Syriac, Syrian, Syriani, Suryoye, Suryoyo and Telkeffee. — Assyrianism verb

Aramaic \ar-é-'máik\ n (1998)   1:  a Semitic language which became the lingua franca of the Middle East during the ancient Assyrian empire.   2:  has been referred to as Neo-Aramaic, Neo-Syriac, Classical Syriac, Syriac, Suryoyo, Swadaya and Turoyo.

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