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    Azerbaijan is waiting for Turkish explanations on the opening of
    Yerevan-Van flights, the latters not matching Ankara's official stance.

    A report on the opening of direct Yerevan-Van flights threw Baku
    into another fit of hysterics. Azerbaijan seems to believe that any
    Armenia-related step initiated by Russia or Turkey must be coordinated
    with Baku for fear of the "righteous anger" of Ilham Aliyev.

    PanARMENIAN.Net - Current hysterics is the second major one after
    Zurich Protocols. The Protocols were doomed to oblivion form the
    onset, the Yerevan-Van flights, on the other hand, belonging to a
    realm of business, are much more likely to work. Formally, the flights
    were initiated by a private Turkish company Bora Jet. Baku, however,
    suspects that Ankara might actually be behind the private initiative,
    with Turkish President's congratulatory message to Armenian leader
    on the latter's reelection further undermining Azeri authorities'
    trust towards Turkey's policy line.

    The executive secretary of Yeni Azerbaijan ruling party Ali Akhmedov
    stated that Baku is waiting for Turkish explanations over the launch of
    the flight. He further expressed Baku's reluctance to accept a possible
    Turkish-Armenian rapprochement while "Azeri lands remain occupied."

    Azeri president's administration expressed a similar stance, with the
    officials stressing Baku's "sensitivity" to any contacts with Armenia
    or Nagorno Karabakh. "Baku deems such contacts to signal support for
    Armenia," the Head of the Presidential Administration's Department
    on Social Political Issues Ali Hasanov said.

    Turkish Ambassador to Azerbaijan Ismail Alper Coskun reassured Baku,
    noting that the launch of the private company's flight shouldn't cause
    doubts as to the official position of Ankara. However a political
    analyst Mubariz Ahmedoglu, who's known to be close to governmental
    circles, refuted the envoy's version of a "private initiative." "No
    flights in Turkey can be allowed without the official permission of
    the Turkish government, regardless of financials gains. There's no
    need trying to trick Azerbaijan," he said.

    Baku, however, is the only one to blame for the trap it got caught
    into. The flights might well be followed by a resumption of a
    Kars-Gyumri railway connection. Also, the change of power in Georgia
    may alter the regional position of Azerbaijan, which is the main
    cause of concern for he latter. And the "countless oil-brought riches"
    which Baku will soon run out of won't affect the situation. It's hard
    to believe Ilham Aliyev is unaware of the fact, but the inertia of
    thought prompts him to continue dictating conditions.

    Turkey is currently facing an unpleasant situation - with the 100th
    anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in Ottoman Empire to be marked
    in 2 years, Ankara feels constrained to take some steps. Yerevan-Van
    flight is the first step which can be followed by Kars-Gyumri railway
    opening and even cancellation of visa regime. However, one must say,
    Armenian citizens have no problem getting visas at Georgia's Vale or
    Sarpi check points. As for Baku, it may continue its demarches till
    they actually make Ankara sick.

    Karine Ter-Sahakyan / PanARMENIAN News
    Hayastan or Bust.

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    First-ever prosecution for insulting Armenians in Turkey

    16:10 ó 29.06.13

    The Istanbul Prosecutor's Office is prosecuting two Turks for
    `insulting, humiliating and threatening.'

    If found guilty, Yusuf Polat, who called Armenians Levon
    Balc─▒o─?lu and his son Artun Balc─▒o─?lu
    `Armenian Giaours', will be imprisoned as the first Turk legally
    punished for using the word `Armenian' in an offensive sense.

    Armenian News -
    Hayastan or Bust.


    • #3
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      I thought Turkey gave up on the EU membership?
      These types of Turkish propaganda seems foolish in their part at this point in wonder Turks are not happy with Erdogan (51 percent Prime Minister).
      B0zkurt Hunter


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        July 03, 2013 | 13:43

        By Artur Hakobyan

        ANKARA. - Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) member
        Cemil Cicek was reelected Grand National Assembly (parliament) Speaker.

        But it was solely during the third-round of voting that Cicek was
        reelected to this post, Hurriyet daily of Turkey reports.

        To note, Cemil Cicek is known for his anti-Armenian stance. He
        was Turkey's justice minister when a lawsuit was filed against
        Hrant Dink-the founder and chief editor of Istanbul's Agos Armenian
        bilingual weekly, who was gunned down in 2007 in front of his office
        building-under the Turkish Criminal Code's infamous Article 301,
        that is, for explicitly insulting the Turkish identity.

        Also, Cicek had expressed his fear of the Armenians in 2009. As a
        result of the local government elections in that year, a Kurd was
        elected mayor of Igdir city-which borders Armenia-for the first time
        after the rule of Azerbaijani mayors in this city for 85 consecutive
        years. In this respect, Cemil Cicek had said: "The Kurds have
        established at the border with Armenia."

        News from Armenia -
        Hayastan or Bust.


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          [ Part 2.2: "Attached Text" ]

          YEREVAN, AUGUST 16, ARMENPRESS: The State Railways of Turkey continue the supervision, care and maintenance works of the railway from Erzurum to the Republ...

          13:14, 16 August, 2013

          YEREVAN, AUGUST 16, ARMENPRESS: The State Railways of Turkey continue
          the supervision, care and maintenance works of the railway from
          Erzurum to the Republic of Armenia, which have been started since
          May. This was reported by the Turkish Haberler News Agency, as reported
          by Armenpress.

          The director of the Erzurum Department of the Turkish Railways told
          the journalists that the works being carried out on the railway with
          the length of 1317 kilometers have already reached Kars. "We plan to
          finish the renovation works of the railway up to the Armenian border
          by the end of the year of 2013", - said the representative of the
          Turkish Railways, noting that the works are being implemented on
          the highest level.
          Hayastan or Bust.


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            Agence France Presse
            September 16, 2013 Monday 6:10 PM GMT

            ISTANBUL, Sept 16 2013

            The man accused of instigating the 2007 murder of ethnic Armenian
            journalist Hrant Dink in Turkey, along with 18 other suspects, will
            go back to court on Tuesday after an earlier verdict was overturned.

            A hearing on the retrial will take place at a high criminal court in
            Istanbul where a large crowd is expected to gather to pay tribute
            and demand justice for Dink, who was a leading member of Turkey's
            tiny Armenian community, Garo Paylan of the Association of Friends
            of Hrant Dink told AFP.

            Dink, 52, was shot dead in broad daylight outside the offices of his
            bilingual weekly newspaper Agos, sending shock waves across Turkey
            and triggering a wider scandal after reports that state security
            forces had known of the murder plot, but failed to act.

            An Istanbul court in 2011 had sentenced Dink's self-confessed killer
            Ogun Samast, who was tried separately as he was juvenile at the time,
            to 23 years in jail.

            A year later, the court sentenced the so-called mastermind of the
            murder, Yasin Hayal, to life imprisonment for inciting the killing
            but acquitted 18 other defendants, ruling that there was no conspiracy.

            In May, Turkey's appeals court partially overturned the 2012 verdict.

            It upheld the conviction for Hayal but ordered a retrial to look into
            whether Hayal and the other 18 acquitted defendants belonged to a
            criminal network.

            >From the onset, Dink's lawyers had demanded a new investigation
            and a retrial to determine if there was a conspiracy behind the
            journalist's killing.

            The appeals court in May acknowledged that there was a conspiracy
            behind the murder but stopped short of launching a deeper investigation
            into the potential involvement of Turkey's powerful institutions.

            Dink's lawyers and human rights defenders believe that those behind
            the murder were protected by the state because Dink had received
            threats for a long time before he was killed, often writing about
            them in his columns published in Agos.

            Every year since Dink's murder on January 19, 2007, thousands have
            gathered in front of the Agos offices on that date to remember the
            journalist, whose life-long campaign for reconciliation between Turks
            and Armenians won him as many enemies as admirers.
            Hayastan or Bust.


            • #7
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              Islamized Armenians: Coming to Grips With a New Reality

              Hrant Gadarigian

              21:50, November 3, 2013

              3 Day Istanbul Conference seen as a first step in opening a much
              needed discussion

              Over the centuries, untold numbers of Christian Armenians have
              converted to Islam. The vast majority have done so under various
              degrees of pressure and given the exigencies of the time.

              While relatively subtle on occasion, the imperative to convert to a
              religion mostly regarded as the faith of the `enemy' was often
              clear-cut - convert or perish.

              Over the past decade or so, a new sub-grouping of Armenians, either
              called Islamized of Muslim Armenians, has come to the fore.

              While the existence of such Armenians is not new per say, the issue of
              who they exactly are in terms of overall Armenian identity has been
              gaining greater exposure, both in Armenian circles and in Turkey.

              One such attempt to grapple with this issue is the conference now
              taking place in Istanbulthat I've been attending.

              Entitled, `Islamized (Islamicized) Armenians' and organized by the
              Hrant Dink Foundation, the conference began yesterday and will end

              The scope of the conference is immense and has attracted a number of
              prominent scholars and heretofore unknown speakers commenting and
              analyzing the centuries-old conversion process of Armenians in the
              Ottoman Empire, with a special focus on the 1915 Genocide and its

              Bogazici University's Albert Long Hall was packed the other day when
              the conference kicked off.

              I would estimate that there were at least 700 people in the hall to
              listen to what speakers like Taner Akcam, Ayse Gul Altinay, Hranush
              Kharatyan, Laurence Ritter and Anoush Suni, and Adnan Celik, amongst
              others, had to say on the subject.

              Rakel Dink, representing the Hrant Dink Foundation, welcomed speakers
              and audience alike, stressing that the conference was merely an
              initial step in discussing both the history, and more importantly, the
              present reality of Islamized Armenians.

              Religion, identity, memory, ethnicity, are just a few of the
              intertwined topics that the speakers touched in their presentations.

              Naturally, I cannot delve into all the subjects that the 30 speakers
              will raise over the course of three days, but I can give readers a
              concise overview.

              After an opening conversation amongst Fethiye Cetin, Nabahat Akkoc and
              Sibel Asna, the first day saw three separate panels exploring such
              topics as: Burden of History, politics of Naming; The Recent and
              Distant History of the Islamization; and Islamized in 1915.

              Avedis Hadjian, an independent journalist based in New York, spoke
              about Constantinople Patriarch Shnork Kaloustian's `Four categories of
              Anatolian Armenians and Today's Muslim Armenians.'

              It was interesting to hear that some 40 years ago, Kaloustian had come
              up with different classifications of Armenians who had converted based
              on when the conversion had taken place, whether it was a conscious
              decision or not, and whether they had converted back to Christianity
              when conditions allowed them to do so.

              Hadjian, who has been touring Western Armenia for the past two years,
              is in the process of writing a book entitled `A Secret Nation' that
              will present his findings regarding Islamized Armenians he has come
              into contact with.

              The author, a native of Aleppo who then moved to Argentine at an early
              age, says his work is a journalistic investigation into the lives of
              these people and will serve as an introduction for a wider audience.

              `My purpose is not to proselytize or to make judgmental declarations.
              We must first come to recognize one another without preconditions or
              preconceived notions. This conference is a step in the right
              direction,' Hadjian says, adding that the book should be out in a few
              months. The first edition will be in Turkish and then translated into

              Hadjian added that tragically, the Armenian diaspora lacks the
              facilities to engage this new group of Armenians given that the
              Church, as a religious organization, cannot by its nature initiate a
              dialogue with individuals who profess another religion.

              Another speaker whom I caught up with was Vahe Tachian, an historian
              and chief editor of the website Houshamadyan.

              Tachjian spoke at this morning's panel entitled `Islamized in 1915:
              History and Bearing Witness'.

              His focus was on how many Armenian women during the Genocide entered
              into mixed marriages and prostitution as a means of survival. Tachjian
              talked about attempts to reintegrate these women into post-Ottoman
              Armenian communities and how many were ostracized and shunned by the
              dominant Armenian society and organizations.

              `Many of these women could never return to the larger Armenian fold,
              especially if they had children with Muslim men,' Tachjian noted,
              adding that the fact that so many `converted' Armenians were present
              at the conference underscored the need for a platform on this issue
              that has now taken on a greater sense of urgency.

              `These individuals, naturally, are interested to hear what the wider
              world, especially Armenians, have to say on the subject. We must
              approach this issue on a human level and shy away from making snap
              judgments as to whether these people are Armenian or not,' Tachjian

              During our conversation, Rakel Dink walked by and hearing the word
              `judgment', noted that identity is a concept that is not merely based
              on religion and that all of us have a duty to build bridges between
              these newly discovered Armenians and the traditional communities.

              I also had the chance to briefly speak with Hilmar Kaiser, a German
              historian, whose presentation dealt with the assimilation of Armenian
              deportees between 1915 and 1917.

              In his presentation, Kaiser noted that the CUP (Committee of Union and
              Progress), was split on the issue of converting Armenians to Islam.
              One grouping tolerated such conversions, which physically `saved' many
              Armenians from certain death, while others in the CUP saw it as
              presenting a future danger to the state.

              During my conversation with Kaiser, the historian noted that this
              conference an earlier one in Diyarbekir has returned the Armenian
              debate back to Turkey where it naturally belongs.

              `We are witnessing the reemergence of the Armenian community of
              Constantinople as the intellectual powerhouse that it once was.
              Armenian intellectualism is returning to the very place that it was
              cut down in 1915. And the Turkish colleagues are back. Thus the logic
              of the killers is denied,' Kaiser argued.

              He also pulled no punches in criticizing the academic work carried out
              in Armenia for the past twenty years, labeling it as not only
              academically inferior but also damaging giving its nationalist, even
              racist overtones. Luckily, Kaiser noted, there is a new generation of
              academics coming of age in Armenia who are raising the bar when it
              comes to academic scholarship, pointing to the presence of two young
              scholars from Armenia as panelists.

              Kaiser then turned his criticism to Armenian academics in the States
              who, he argues, haven't produced anything new in the past forty years.

              `Tell me one publication on the extermination, as I call it since I
              don't like the term genocide anymore, which has been published in the
              last ten years in the U.S. What comes to mind? You really have to
              scratch your head. And this is after millions of dollars and
              university chairs. It's basically a declaration of intellectual
              bankruptcy. They are stuck in their own mental prison,' Kaiser said.

              I last spoke with Raymond Kevorkian, the prominent Genocide scholar
              based in Paris, who moderated yesterday's `Islamized in 1915' panel.

              An old friend, I had no problem convincing Raymond to share his
              thoughts on the issue.

              `This is an issue that will only grow in significance in the future.
              And it is an issue that blows away the Turkish state's decades old
              argument of a homogenous populace. As such, the issue of Islamized
              Armenians should be seen as an integral part of the overall internal
              Turkish process now going on in various ethnic communities regarding a
              search for identity, and that there are actually several Turkish
              identities,' Kevorkian said.

              He stressed that the entire issue demands greater research on a social
              level and that the anecdotal studies carried out to date aren't

              `The diaspora must come to grips with the fact that the bulk of these
              converted Armenians will remain as they are. So how do we relate to
              them and, in particular, how shall we relate to those who display a
              willingness to come into contact with traditional Armenian communities
              and structures,' Kevorkian added.

              Summing up the challenge that these converted Armenians now pose to
              the greater Armenian community, Kevorkian said, `We face a new reality
              today. A significant segment of us had disappeared and are now
              resurfacing, but in a new form.'

              When I asked my friend, if we are able, and willingly, to come to
              grips with this new reality, he responded, `We have to come up with an
              answer, better yet, a set of answers. This conference is a preliminary
              step in the search for answers, and I have no doubt that the search
              will continue.

              Over the centuries, untold numbers of Christian Armenians have converted to Islam. The vast majority have done so under various degrees of pressure and given the exigencies of the time.
              Hayastan or Bust.


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                Turkey giving Armenian Churches to Georgia.
                “The architecture of Tayk is the exact reflection of the Ararat valley’s architecture, with one of the monasteries repeating with precision the Echmiadzin monastery’s plan. These are ...
                Hayastan or Bust.


                • #9
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                  Turkish intellectuals slam textbooks spreading 'hatred towards Armenians'

                  September 27, 2014 - 12:06 AMT

                  PanARMENIAN.Net - A group of academics, journalists, artists and
                  intellectuals have released a statement condemning in the harshest
                  terms what they define as expressions that include "open hatred and
                  hostility" towards Armenians in Turkish schoolbooks, which were
                  recently exposed by the newspapers Agos and Taraf.

                  The two newspapers recently published reports on hateful remarks
                  targeting Armenians in the textbooks used in history classes,
                  according to Today's Zaman.

                  A letter accompanying the text of the condemnation, written by
                  historian Taner Akšam, notes that including such expressions as lesson
                  material to teach children is a disgrace.

                  "Standing with integrity in the face of history is the prerequisite
                  for establishing the future on the foundations of friendship and
                  peace. I do hope that this signature campaign will be taken as a
                  scream from all of us for the publication of textbooks that we would
                  like to see," Akšam noted.

                  "The revolutions history and history textbooks should be collected
                  immediately, with an apology issued to everyone and particularly to
                  Armenian students. This is where the path to Turkish-Armenian peace
                  lies, at this time when we are approaching 2015," the statement reads.
                  Hayastan or Bust.


                  • #10
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                    Bovine diplomacy brings Turkey and Armenia one step closer

                    A cow that fled across the Arpašay/Akhurian River from Turkey to Armenia required authorities resort to back-channel diplomacy for its return since neither country has official diplomatic relations with one another, resulting in one very roundabout bovine swap.

                    Bovine diplomacy brings Turkey and Armenia one step closer

                    The incident occurred on June 29th at the Arpašay district of Turkey’s northwestern border province of Kars, when a cow left her herd and fled across the Arpašay/Akhurian River between Turkey and Armenia after her Turkish cowherd beat her with a stick as she was grazing. Leaping into the river, the cow was initially caught in the water’s strong currents and struggled quite a bit. She was eventually rescued by Armenian border troops who brought her over to the Armenian side.

                    When the owner, Engin Karadağ, was told of this incident by the cowherd later that evening, he got in touch with the nearby Digor District Governor’s office. Digor District Governor İsa Bolat in turn got in touch with Armenian officials at the border on July 2nd requesting the cow to be returned.

                    The diplomatic contact was fruitful and the Armenian side agreed to return the animal. However since neither country maintains diplomatic relations with one another, citizens of one can’t access the other, making the exchange anything but straightforward.

                    Armenian troops brought the cow to the banks of the river with a rope tied around its neck, but the cow refused to cross of its own volition. Instead, the Armenians decided to toss the rope towards the Turkish bank of the river and the cow’s owner climbed into the water and pulled her back to his side.

                    “The district governor managed to negotiate the return of my cow, and after 3 days I finally got her back,” Karadağ told reporters afterwards, “I’m very happy that I got my cow back.”
                    Hayastan or Bust.