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Genocide and International Law: Does the Genocide Convention Protect All Nations from Genocide?

by Joe David — activist, author, teacher.

Posted: Tuesday, March 04, 2014 at 06:17 PM UT


Genocide and International Law:

Does the Genocide Convention Protect All Nations from Genocide?

Professor Hannibal Travis will present his views,
April 14th 2014, at the National Press Club of Washington

Why have Turkey and the member states of the Arab League often been allowed to escape condemnation for mass murders against their own populations, while other nations are forced to face international consequences for their crimes?

— Professor Hannibal Travis

Why have Turkey and the member states of the Arab League often been allowed to escape condemnation for mass murders against their own populations, while other nations are forced to face international consequences for their crimes? Professor Hannibal Travis, professor at Florida International University of Law, will explore this question among others as he applies his insights to the subject of genocide in the twentieth century on Monday, April 14, 2014, 6:30 p.m., at the National Press Club of Washington, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC.

“Over the past several decades,” Professor Travis said, “the Republic of Turkey has interpreted the Genocide Convention as not applying to its own history and conduct, even as it claims to be preventing acts of genocide against its racial, ethnic and religious allies in the Balkans, China, Cyprus, Palestine, Russia, and Syria. The member states of the Arab League have been doing the same by maintaining a disproportionate focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in order to deflect the attention of the United Nations away from their eradication or forcible assimilation of their own indigenous non-Muslim populations.”

To correct this oversight of justice, Professor Travis believes it is important that we never forget the ethnic and religious cleansing of the period from 1914 through 1945 in the Middle East and Europe, as we attempt to understand and to resist contemporary threats to ethnic and religious tolerance and diversity.

Professor Travis will be a speaker at the book launch of Joe David’s latest book The Infidels (Thames River Press, London). The Infidels is a moving story about an Assyrian family, trapped in northwestern Persia, during World War I, victims of one of the twentieth century’s first major genocides. David will read a passage from his book, which is a fictionalization of his mother’s harrowing experience, while a child, living in Urmia in northwestern Persia.

For more information about the book event and to reserve space, please contact:

Joe David
jdavid < a t > bfat.com | www.bfat.com | 540-428-3175

The National Press Club: http://press.org/events/joe-david-infidels
NPC members: $6.24; non-members: $11.49
Limited space available, RSVP as soon as possible.

Professor Hannibal Travis Professor Hannibal Travis has published widely on genocide and human rights, including book chapters selected for publication by Oxford University Press, Rutgers University Press, Transaction Publishers, the University of Pennsylvania Press, and the University of Uppsala Press, and a monograph containing the first comprehensive history of physical and cultural genocide in the Middle East and North Africa, entitled “Genocide in the Middle East: The Ottoman Empire, Iraq, and Sudan” (Carolina Academic Press, 2010). He is a member of the editorial advisory board of Genocide Studies International, and a former member of the editorial advisory board for Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal, in which he has been published twice. He obtained his law degree from Harvard in 1999.

Joe David Joe David received national attention in the 1980’s for his first book, The Fire Within, because of its successful dramatization of important issues in education. It made the reading list at two universities and received praise for its incisive understanding of the fundamental issues in education. For nearly nine years, he was a frequent radio and television talk show guest in major U.S. cities, where he candidly discussed his views. Over the years, he has written for professional journals, newspapers, magazines, newsletters, and books, including the Annenberg/CPB Math and Science Project, NPR Radio (The Best of Our Knowledge), The Forum (University of West Florida), U.S. Airways, Basic Education (Council for Basic Education), Christian Science Monitor, and much more. He is the author of six books.


 

The Infidels by Joe David

A story about a religious war that occurred 100 years ago

Joe David’s latest book is in the great tradition of novels like Forty Days of Musa Dagh and histories like the Rape of Nanking. It reveals the scars of brutality and inhumanity as history intersects with the ordinary lives of innocent people.
— George Thomas Kurian, Editor
The World Christian Encyclopedia (Oxford University Press, 2001)
The Nelson New Christian Dictionary (Thomas Nelson, 2002)

Readers will be inspired and informed by Joe David's dramatization of the Assyrian genocide and the struggle of civilians to overcome the hardships of the war and its aftermath.
Hannibal Travis, Esq.
Editorial Advisory Board Member, Genocide Studies International
Editorial Board Member, Journal of Assyrian Academic Studies

The Infidels is a story that has been all but lost in the shadow of the Armenian genocide. Now, the memory of the thousands of Assyrians massacred alongside the Armenians is finally being recognized and Joe David’s book helps to bring the innocent victims back into the realm of history.

— Igor A. Kotler
President and Executive Director
Museum of Human Rights, Freedom and Tolerance

I found Joe David’s version of a rarely discussed genocide, the plotted murder of the Assyrians by the Kurds and the Turks during World War I, to be thoroughly engrossing. In writing his novel, David not only demonstrates a significant knowledge of the customs and history of the times, but he also vividly brings to life the past in an exciting and meaningful way.
Anahit Khosroeva, PhD
Senior Researcher, Institute of History
National Academy of Sciences of Armenia

The Great War began with two shots: one aimed at the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Hapsburg throne, and the other aimed at his wife, Sophie. What many thought would be just another Balkan squabble quickly escalated into a major war felt around the world.

As Europe burst into flames and millions of soldiers began battling the forces of nationalism, the Ottoman Turks joined arms with the Germans and extended the conflict to their longtime enemies, the Russians and the Christians. Incited by secular leaders in Constantinople, northwestern Persia became a warzone in which radical religious tribes invaded Christian villages and systematically martyred hundreds of thousands of ‘infidels” who dared to resist conversion.

On a small slice of ancient, isolated land owned by a wealthy Assyrian family, a young Christian girl awakens to the brutal massacre of her race in a war that she is too young to understand. Stripped of her privileged and comfortable existence, pursued by a Muslim governor – a symbol of the rising new world order – and surrounded by hostility and greed, deep-seated hatred and unspeakable horrors, she must somehow come to terms with the nightmare that her life has become.

You will visit the past to grasp the present
– and the horrors to come in the future

The Infidels by Joe David

To be released worldwide April 1st, 2014.

The National Press Club: http://press.org/events/joe-david-infidels

The Infidels by Joe DavidThe Infidels by Joe David

Amazon: Book Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Thames River Press (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1783082003
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783082001
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

Book Description

When clashing religious ideals come to a head, a young girl must somehow come to terms with the brutal massacre of her race and a world filled with hatred and horror.

About the Author

Joe David is a Virginia-based writer and a former freelance journalist, public relations specialist and educator. Two of his five previous works include “Teacher of the Year” (1996) and “The Fire Within” (1981).



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