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  • Cleric: Iranian President Should Punch Obama in the Mouth

    05/02/2014 12:27:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    INN ^ | 5/2/2014, 6:15 AM | Elad Benari
    During a recent sermon in Tehran, an Iranian cleric criticized the United States and said that the Iranian president should “punch the American president in the mouth” if he “talks nonsense.” […] “When our top negotiators enter the room, they should know that when they face the Americans, they face a hostile enemy that cannot be trusted at all. Thank God, our top negotiators have acknowledged this a few times in the past. Just as you confront them during the negotiations, you must confront them on the level of political declarations… If the American president talks nonsense, our president should...
  • Armenian Genocide: 99 Years of Remembrance

    04/25/2014 7:58:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    la fox ^ | Apr 24, 2014 | Araksya Karapetyan
    Wednesday April 24th marks the 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. That day also marks another year that’s gone by where the Turkish government has not recognized the slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians as a genocide. ... The Armenian Genocide was one of the most compelling human rights crises of World War I. Many historians talk about how what happened in 1915 perhaps helped inspire Adolf Hitler, three decades later, to carry out the atrocities of World War II. In a speech where Hitler was preparing to invade Poland, he is quoted saying: “Who, after all, speaks of the annihilation...
  • USC holds Armenian genocide awareness event

    04/25/2014 8:05:42 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Daily Trojan ^ | 4 - 24 - 2014 | Macaul Hodge
    the genocide officially began on April 24, 1915, when over 200 Armenian community leaders were apprehended and later executed in Turkey during the reign of the Ottoman Empire. Over the next eight years, approximately one and a half million Armenians were killed. The political party in power in Turkey during this time, commonly referred to as the Young Turks, carried out the killings. ... Haig Aintablian, president of the Armenian Students’ Association, spoke about his personal experience with the genocide, in which some of his family were victims. “My [great-grandmother] was personally in the Armenian Genocide,” Aintablian said. “I heard...
  • Armenian politicians confident that Turkey will recognize Genocide ( by Muslims )

    04/24/2014 10:59:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    PanARMENIAN ^ | April 24, 2014
    Turkey will have to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide sooner or later, deputy foreign minister Shavarsh Kocharyan said after his visit to Tsitsernakaberd Genocide Memorial ... Parliament speaker Eduard Sharmazanov named the international recognition of the Genocide among key priorities in Armenia's foreign policy. "Unless the international community recognizes and condemns this crime against humanity, they'll always be a risk of repetition of such atrocities in future," .. He further slammed Turkey's denialist policy and urged Ankara to follow Germany's suit in apologizing to Jewish people and recognizing the Holocaust.
  • Christians to EU: Israel is Our Safe Haven

    03/25/2014 5:48:08 AM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies
    Israel Today ^ | March 24, 2014 | Ryan Jones
    Some 150 Israeli Arabic-speaking Christians on Sunday demonstrated outside the European Union mission in Tel Aviv, demanding that the international community stop nitpicking against Israel and start combatting the severe persecution of Christians everywhere else in the Middle East. “Nations, organizations and international missions are quick to raise an accusing finger against Israel at every opportunity,” said Father Gabriel Nadaf, spiritual father of the Israeli Christian Recruitment Forum, which organized the rally. Those same nations and organizations “don’t life a finger against the ethnic cleansing of Christians in the Middle East,” the priest continued. Father Nadaf went on to explain...
  • Armenia backs Crimea’s right to self-determination

    03/24/2014 5:29:30 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 10 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 03-21-2014 | Russia Today
    Armenia has backed Crimea’s choice of joining Russia, supporting the right to self-determination for the peninsula’s population. In response, Ukraine has recalled its ambassador to Armenia. "Armenia's principled position on the right to self-determination remains unchanged and has been repeatedly expressed over the years," Armenia's deputy foreign minister, Shavarsh Kocharyan, told Ukrainian Ambassador Ivan Kukhta, as quoted by the Armenian Foreign Ministry's press service.
  • Ankara warns Moscow it may close Bosphorus for Russian ships

    03/18/2014 2:45:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Bsanna News ^ | 2014-03-18
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Moscow about the possible consequences of the conflict with Ukraine and any harassment of Crimean Tatars in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Turkish media reported. “If self-proclaimed Crimean authorities or so-called self-defense fighters commit violence against Crimean Tatars living in the peninsula, Turkey will be forced to close the Bosphorus for passage of Russian ships,” the prime minister of Turkey said in a television program. …
  • Putin’s long game? Meet the Eurasian Union

    03/08/2014 5:12:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | March 9, 2014 | Leon Neyfakh
    What is Vladimir Putin up to? The crisis in Ukraine, brought to a boil when Russia’s president sent troops into the Crimean peninsula, has created almost a cottage industry of guessing at the autocratic leader’s intentions from one day to the next. When it comes to Putin’s long-term strategy, however, there is at least one concrete plan that offers some insight, and one specific date that Russia observers are looking ahead to. That date, Jan. 1, 2015, is expected to mark the birth of an important new organization linking Russia with an as-yet-undetermined constellation of its neighboring countries—an alliance Putin...
  • Syrian Kurds Capture Town from Islamists

    02/22/2014 9:44:06 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 21 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/2/14 | Elad Benari
    A Kurdish group captured a town in Syria from Islamists on Saturday, in a battle in which at least 28 fighters were killed, most of them Islamists, Reuters reported, citing a monitoring group. If the Kurds can keep hold of Tal Brak, on a highway between the cities of Hassaka and Qamishli, it would mark a significant advance in their quest for wider control in the northeast. Online Islamist activists said fighting was still going on, but the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Kurdish People's Protection Units had taken the town. Syrian Kurds have been fighting Islamist...
  • The Ancient Ghost City of Ani

    01/27/2014 7:04:49 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | January 24, 2014 | Alan Taylor
    Situated on the eastern border of Turkey, across the Akhurian River from Armenia, lies the empty, crumbling site of the once-great metropolis of Ani, known as "the city of a thousand and one churches." Founded more than 1,600 years ago, Ani was situated on several trade routes, and grew to become a walled city of more than 100,000 residents by the 11th century.
  • Syrian Kurds Declare Autonomy

    01/22/2014 12:11:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    World Bulletin ^ | 21 January 2014 Tuesday
    Syrian Kurds have expectedly annonunced their autonomy in northern Syria's Qamishli.Syrian Kurds has declared an autonomous state in the northern Syria. The admisntration was named Cizre Canton and will have 20 different ministers. The capital of the government wil be in the city of Qamishli, with Ekrem Heso serving as president. About a month ago, Salih Muslim, the leader of Syria’s most dominant Kurdish party, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), announced that Syrian Kurds are looking to establish three separate autonomous federal states in the country’s north. The two other provinces are excepted to be Kobani and Afrin.
  • November 24th Nuke "deal" with Iran to start to begin to become effective on January 20th

    01/12/2014 10:53:02 AM PST · by DanMiller · 1 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | January 12, 2014 | Dan Miller
    What does it mean? Who knows? When might we learn? Who knows? Acording to a Fox "breaking news" report, Under the deal, Iran agreed to limit its uranium enrichment to 5 percent -- the grade commonly used to power reactors. The deal also commits Iran to stop producing 20 percent enriched uranium -- which is only a technical step away from weapons-grade material -- and to neutralize its 20 percent stockpile. In exchange, economic sanctions Iran faces would be eased for a period of six months. During that time, the world powers -- Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the...
  • Italian Archaeologist: Anatolia - Home To First Civilization On Earth

    06/22/2003 9:14:54 AM PDT · by blam · 58 replies · 5,700+ views
    Beku Today ^ | 6-20-2003
    Italian Archeologist: Anatolia - Home to First Civilization on Earth Prof. Dr. Marcella Frangipane is trying to convince scientists that Anatolia is the source of civilization on earth, and not Mesopotamia, as historians have claimed. 20/06/2003 13:20 After 13 years of work in the Aslantepe Mound Orduzu, Malatya, Frangipane says the archefacts she uncovered prove that the first civilization was established in Anatolia. According to Frangipane, the swords he found in Aslantepe and the palace, are the oldest in the world. These findings contradict everything in history books. Frangipane held a seminar, accompanied by a slide show, entitled 'Anatolia and...
  • Iranian Cleric: ‘Having a Nuclear Bomb is Necessary to Put Down Israel’

    01/06/2014 11:03:24 AM PST · by ColdOne · 25 replies ^ | 1/6/14 | Adam Kredo
    A top Iranian lawmaker and cleric said that the country’s uranium enrichment program could allow it to build a nuclear weapon “in two weeks” in order to “put down Israel,” according to multiple reports in the Farsi language press. Iranian lawmaker and cleric Muhammad Nabavian said on Friday that Iran would be able to build a nuclear bomb in “two weeks” if it gets “access to 270 kilograms of 20 percent [enriched uranium], 10 tons of 5 percent, and 20 thousand centrifuges,” according to reports on Iran’s Radio Farda and in Fararu. “We are not looking for a nuclear bomb,...
  • Erdogan criticizes, undermines huge corruption investigation

    12/27/2013 6:51:36 PM PST · by LSUfan · 7 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | 25 Dec 2013 | Unattributed
    One of Turkey’s largest-ever corruption investigations is underway. A public bank CEO, an Iranian businessman and the sons of the freshly resigned interior and economy ministers are among the 24 suspects arrested so far, pending trial. The Iranian businessman allegedly circumvented sanctions against Iran and sent millions of dollars to the country via Halkbank by bribing the CEO as well as the ministers through their sons. /// In a series of daily speeches after the operation began, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan blasted the probe and the investigators. He branded the probe a “dirty operation” and the policemen in charge...
  • The End of Erdogan? (Turkey)

    12/22/2013 11:34:46 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 46 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | DECEMBER 20, 2013 | John Hannah
    There's a very big story developing in Turkey that all foreign policy mavens should be watching closely. Exactly how big remains to be seen, but the stakes are huge. At issue: Will the decade-long domination of Turkish politics by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamist-leaning Justice and Development Party (AKP) continue? Or is the Erdogan era about to come crashing down, fatally weakened by scandal, infighting, and authoritarian overreach? Early Tuesday morning, police in Istanbul and Ankara carried out a wave of stunning arrests that included powerful businessmen, the sons of three cabinet ministers, and the head of...
  • Turkish FM: 1915 Armenian deportation inhumane

    12/14/2013 4:36:10 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    Hurriyet ^ | December 13, 2013 | Cansu Camlibel
    The “deportation” of Armenians in 1915 was inhumane, and Turkey has never supported the move, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said yesterday as he made a landmark visit to the country’s long-time foe, Armenia. Accompanied by Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioğlu, Davutoğlu visited Yerevan for the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) group meeting. The top diplomat met with his Armenian counterpart, Edward Nalbandian, on the sidelines of the summit. “We are very pleased with the meeting with Nalbandian; it was candid. The primary aim is to build an environment of dialogue on a strong basis,” Davutoğlu said after the meeting, while...
  • EU puts Turks on 10-year timeline

    10/06/2004 10:25:30 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 15 replies · 293+ views
    The Australian ^ | October 06 2004 | Nicolas Rothwell
    AFTER 40 years of hesitation and seven hard years of reform and lobbying, Turkey is basking today in the most qualified of invitations to begin the process of joining Europe - a continent whose eastern half the Ottoman empire controlled for centuries. A European Commission report released yesterday, which paves the way for a deciding vote by the 25-member European Union at its December summit, was heavily qualified, and Turkish leaders were muted in their expressions of delight at their initial success. Presenting the decision to the European parliament last night, commission president Romano Prodi said it was a "qualified...
  • Burbank Lawmaker Calls For Public Display Of Controversial Armenian Rug

    11/11/2013 6:22:58 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    CBS/AP ^ | November 11, 2013 12:58 PM
    A San Fernando Valley lawmaker wants the White House to put a rug woven by Armenian orphans and given to President Calvin Coolidge nearly a century ago on public display. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) is among a bipartisan group of U.S. Congress members calling on President Obama to reverse the White House’s decision to back out of lending the rug out for a Dec. 16 exhibition at the Smithsonian Institute. The Armenian orphan rug, which measures 11′ 7″ x 18′ 5″ and is comprised of 4.4 million individual knots, reportedly took girls in the Ghazir Orphanage of Near East Relief...
  • Begging for US military in Baghdad?

    11/03/2013 1:18:40 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | November 3, 2013 | Brendan Bordelon
    Are things so bad in Iraq that the government in Baghdad would like U.S. troops to return? Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki appealed to President Obama for the U.S. military’s assistance on Friday, after his country suffered its most violent month in over five years. Just under 1,000 people — overwhelmingly civilians — were killed in sectarian violence across Iraq in the last 31 days, making October the deadliest month since the height of the Iraq War in April 2008. The majority died via that hallmark of the Iraqi insurgency, the car bomb. It’s the high-water mark for a rising...
  • Armenian-Italian expeditionists save exceptional frescos in Kobayr Monastery

    11/03/2013 12:32:00 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Armenpress ^ | October 21, 2013 | unattributed
    The group of the Armenian and Italian expeditionists launched activities in the Kobayr Monastery of Lori to save the fabulous frescos from the devastating rainwater. The Scientific Worker of the Archeology and Ethnology Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia Arthur Petrosyan stated this in a conversation with “Armenpress”. Italian expert Stephano Volta underscored that the ongoing activities are of a certain importance as there is an imminent danger of losing exquisite frescos. Kobayr is a 12th-century Armenian monastery located in the village Kober within Lori marz, Armenia. The monastery was built on a shelf...
  • Syria Kurds Rout Jihadists on Iraq Border: Activists

    10/27/2013 3:51:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Arab News ^ | Saturday 26 October 2013
    Syrian Kurds drove jihadists from an Iraq border crossing in fierce clashes on Saturday, activists said, as the UN-Arab League envoy took his regional peace mission to regime ally Iran. Fighters from both sides were killed in the border clashes, which came a day after Syria’s regime and its opponents traded blame for a car bomb attack on a mosque that left dozens dead. The Kurds “took control of the Al-Yaarubia border crossing with Iraq at dawn after clashes with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the Al-Nusra Front and other rebels,” the Syrian Observatory for Human...
  • Obama stops Smithsonian from displaying Armenian Genocide-era artwork for fear of irking Turks

    10/26/2013 5:25:16 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 10/26/2013 | Robert Spencer
    Turkey's ongoing denial of the Armenian Genocide is consistent with an unbroken Islamic supremacist pattern: never, ever admit wrongdoing; never, ever take responsibility for actions that cause harm; never, ever acknowledge that jihad actions (such as the Armenian Genocide) cause immeasurable suffering to human beings; always, always instead blame the kuffar who have the temerity to point out the wrongdoing.And Obama, who counts Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a friend, falls right in line."Armenian ‘orphan rug’ is in White House storage, as unseen as genocide is neglected," by Philip Kennicott for the Washington Post, October 21 (thanks to AINA):The rug...
  • Google: We Did Not Erase Maps of Georgia

    08/13/2008 7:33:46 PM PDT · by Andy from Beaverton · 15 replies · 122+ views
    My colleague John Markoff wrote earlier Tuesday about the barrage of cyber-attacks on Georgia’s technology infrastructure. Others have covered the story as well. But not all stories appear to be accurate. Several reports suggest that data from Georgia and the neighboring countries of Armenia and Azerbaijan has been stripped from Google Maps. One story says that “the relevant maps went blank as soon as fighting broke out,” according to the Azerbaijan Press Agency.
  • Google has erased all the cities and roads in Georgia!?!

    08/11/2008 8:58:40 PM PDT · by fontoon · 20 replies · 111+ views
    Not that the Russians would use Google for their navigation, but It seems odd that their are no cities on Google maps.
  • 93 Years of Silence: Armenian Chrstian Genocide Remembrance Day

    04/24/2008 6:25:47 AM PDT · by eleni121 · 41 replies · 164+ views
    April 24.NET ^ | 4/24/08 | staff
    This year commemorates the 93rd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. In 1915, the ottoman empire under the auspices of the young turks carried out the first genocide of the 20th century and set a precedent for all future genocides. One and a half million Armenians were systematically massacred as they were evicted from their homes onto the merciless deserts of eastern turkey and into the darkness of the Black Sea.
  • Recognizing the Armenian Genocide

    10/17/2007 5:13:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies · 106+ views ^ | October 17, 2007 | Austin Bay
    It's an old phenomenon: When the dispossessed get clout, the past becomes a battleground. Often the stakes in the present are extraordinarily high. An exemplary skirmish over very bad history is taking place in the U.S. Congress -- in this case, the World War I slaughter of Armenians by Ottoman Turkey. Whether or not the Ottomans' mass deportation and murder of Armenians in 1915 and 1916 reaches the formulaic, industrial magnitude of the Nazis' genocide or Stalin's decimation of Ukraine is a debating point for lawyers and apologists. The Ottoman "Young Turk" government took a systematic approach that stinks of...
  • Turkey blames US Jews for genocide bill

    10/24/2007 11:42:45 AM PDT · by SJackson · 49 replies · 45+ views
    JTA /Jerusalem Post ^ | YIGAL SCHLEIFER
    When a US Congressional committee approved a resolution recognizing the World War I-era massacre of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire as genocide, Turkey's reaction was swift and harsh: Blame the Jews. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: AP In an interview with the liberal Islamic Zaman newspaper on the eve of the resolution's approval October 10 by the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan said he had told American Jewish leaders that a genocide bill would strengthen the public perception in Turkey that "Armenian and Jewish lobbies unite forces against Turks." Babacan added, "We...
  • Congress' New Role: Undermining U.S. Foreign Policy

    10/18/2007 4:08:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies · 39+ views ^ | October 18, 2007 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The president establishes American foreign policy and is commander in chief. At least that’s what the Constitution states. Then Congress oversees the president’s policies by either granting or withholding money to carry them out — in addition to approving treaties and authorizing war. Apparently, the founding fathers were worried about dozens of renegade congressional leaders and committees speaking on behalf of the United States and opportunistically freelancing with foreign leaders. In our past, self-appointed moralists — from Charles Lindbergh and Joe Kennedy to Jimmy Carter and Jesse Jackson — have, from time to time, tried to engage in diplomacy directly...
  • WaPo: Genocide, Schmenocide. Why Can’t “Rich” Armenians Just Shut Up, Already?

    03/14/2007 8:12:13 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 10 replies · 693+ views
    The Stiletto ^ | March 14, 2007 | The Stiletto
    The Stiletto had a lot on her plate these past few days – the Libby case, global warming, Ann Coulter, the appeals court ruling that gun ownership does not require militia membership – so this irrational and insensitive WaPo op-ed piece on H.R. 106 by columnist Jackson Diehl got back burnered. If revenge is a dish best eaten cold, The Stiletto is now ready to dig in.A nonbinding resolution, H.R. 106, was introduced by Adam Schiff (D-CA) on January 30, 2007 ("Affitrmation of the United States Record on the Armenian Genocide Resolution"). The resolution: calls upon the President to ensure...

    10/10/2007 2:57:39 PM PDT · by processing please hold · 128 replies · 1,973+ views
    Fox News ^ | October 10, 2007
    No story-just title
  • PLAYING POLITICS WITH GENOCIDE--Dems " devious attempt to impede our war effort in Iraq"

    10/16/2007 8:13:03 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 39 replies · 35+ views
    New York Post ^ | October 14, 2007 | RALPH PETERS
    ... Make no mistake: I'm on the Armenian side in the court of history. ... ...It's not the wording - but the timing. Legislation similar to this has come up repeatedly in Congress, yet it's always been defeated - in 2000, because of pressure from the Clinton administration. But if the resolution passes the House and Senate now, the Turks plan to evict us from Incirlik airbase in southeastern Turkey, to halt our military over-flight privileges and to shut down the supply routes into northern Iraq. That's what the Democrats are aiming at. This resolution isn't about justice for the...
  • Turkey’s Top General: "The US Shot Itself in the Foot"

    The US shot itself in the foot, commented the Chief of General Staff General Yaşar Büyükanıt after a US congressional vote branding the killing of Armenians in 1915-17 as genocide, Milliyet reported yesterday. In an interview with the daily, Büyükanıt said if the non-binding resolution that passed in a House committee last week was to be adopted in the House too, Turkish-US military ties would “never be the same again.” The general expressed the opinion that world parliaments had no business in judging history. He said, “The US is a very important ally of ours, but an ally does not...
  • Democrats split on genocide resolution

    10/16/2007 1:49:26 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 103 replies · 114+ views
    The Hill ^ | October 16, 2007 | Jim Snyder
    October 16, 2007 Democrats are split on the value of bringing a controversial Armenian genocide resolution to a floor vote. Five House Democrats plan to hold a news conference Wednesday to urge their leadership not to bring the resolution to the floor, although the measure passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee last week with strong Democratic support. Reps. Alcee Hastings of Florida, John Murtha of Pennsylvania, Robert Wexler of Florida and Steve Cohen and John Tanner, both of Tennessee, will participate in the news conference. They plan to urge House leadership to “reconsider its decision” to bring the Armenian genocide...
  • Turkey recalls ambassador over genocide resolution

    10/11/2007 3:46:18 PM PDT · by SJackson · 110 replies · 1,097+ views
    CNN ^ | 10-11-07
    SHINGTON (CNN) -- Turkey recalled its ambassador to the United States in response to a House resolution that uses the word "genocide" in reference to what it calls the Turkish massacre of Armenians during World War I, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said Thursday. The House Committee on Foreign Affairs passed the measure 27-21 Wednesday, even though President Bush and key administration figures lobbied hard against it. The full House is expected to vote on it, possibly Friday. A top Turkish official warned Thursday that consequences "won't be pleasant" if the full House approves the resolution. "Yesterday some in Congress wanted...
  • Name Calling: Turkey is Washington's purest test of realism v. idealism.

    04/25/2007 9:35:20 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies · 297+ views
    The New Republic ^ | 25 April 2007 | Christopher Beam
    In recent years, President Bush has had no trouble using the word "genocide"--first in reference to Saddam, then to the killings in Darfur. The word connotes a moral imperative to intervene, perhaps because of its reductio ad Hitlerum quality--how can you stand idly by during a genocide? But, when discussing the million-plus Armenians killed in Turkey between 1915 and 1923, President Bush, like President Clinton before him, has avoided the word entirely. That's because, unlike other questions of who killed whom that the United States has answered over last decades (Iraq, twice in the Balkans, Rwanda, Sudan), there is a...
  • Administration, Congress at Odds Over Armenian Genocide Bill

    10/08/2007 7:41:55 AM PDT · by SJackson · 11 replies · 337+ views ^ | October 08, 2007 | Patrick Goodenough
    ( - Despite efforts by the Bush administration to kill it, a bill before a congressional committee this week is threatening to unsettle U.S. ties with an important ally. The ripple effect may impact Iraq and Israel. The legislation calls on the administration to refer to the killing of hundreds of thousands of Armenians during the closing years of the Ottoman Empire as "genocide." It is the latest in a decades-long effort to change official U.S. policy. Support for and opposition to the non-binding resolution, which goes before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday, crosses party lines. Sponsors include...
  • MSNBC conducting a poll about the Armenian Genocide.

    10/12/2007 2:17:42 PM PDT · by Matchett-PI · 67 replies · 1,541+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 10-12-07 | MSNBC
    The question is: Should the United States formally recognize the World War I-era killing of Armenians as genocide? To vote, go to:
  • Unfit for Command

    10/16/2007 10:09:34 AM PDT · by duckln · 10 replies · 45+ views ^ | 10/16/2007 | Patrick J. Buchanan8
    Observing Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a Democratic House imperil a U.S.-Turkish alliance of 60 years -- by formally charging Turkey with genocide in a 1915 massacre of the Armenians -- the question comes to mind: Does this generation have the maturity to lead America? About the horrors visited on Armenians in 1915, that year of Turkish triumph over the Royal Navy in the Dardanelles, which led to the ouster of First Lord Winston Churchill, and of victory over the British-French-ANZAC invasion force on Gallipoli, there is no doubt. Between 1915 and 1923, as modern Turkey was being torn out of...
  • Grandstanding Has Consequences, It’s amateur hour in Congress.

    10/15/2007 1:27:52 PM PDT · by Dane · 41 replies · 23+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 19.15.07 | Micahel Rubin
    October 15, 2007 11:45 AM Grandstanding Has Consequences It’s amateur hour in Congress. By Michael Rubin Last week, a congressional committee passed a resolution condemning the Armenian genocide. There is no doubt that up to a million Armenians died during World War I, although historians still debate whether their deaths constitute deliberate genocide or are collateral casualties of war. House Democrats brought the resolution to a vote despite entreaties from the White House to postpone it. For Congress, though, the resolution was less about rectifying history than grandstanding. House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Tom Lantos (D., Cal.) called a vote....
  • An Egregiously Reckless Resolution

    10/15/2007 1:35:49 PM PDT · by lancer256 · 16 replies · 83+ views ^ | 10/15/07 | david limbaugh
    Why, now, of all possible critical moments, are congressional Democrats insisting on passing a resolution guaranteed to offend Turkey, our vital ally in the Iraq War, by denouncing the Ottoman Empire's century-old massacre of Armenians as a "genocide"? Nancy Pelosi and her cohorts have been warned that Turkey will be deeply offended by the move and may even take punitive action against us by withdrawing their permission for us to use Incirlik Air Base, through which well more than half of our air cargo passes in route to supply our troops in Iraq. Human Events editor Jed Babbin reports that...
  • The Nancy Pelosi Invasion

    10/17/2007 9:58:57 AM PDT · by jdm · 34 replies · 474+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | October 17, 2007 | Ed Morrissey
    The Turkish Parliament authorized their government to invade northern Iraq any time during the next year in order to quell the terrorist attacks in the Kurdish regions of southern Turkey. The overwhelming vote to authorize the invasion demonstrates the declining influence of the US with its NATO partner and Middle East ally, a situation exacerbated by the Congressional effort to censure Turkey over a genocide from a century ago: The Turkish parliament Wednesday authorized cross-border military operations into northern Iraq to combat Kurdish separatist rebels as world leaders implored Turkey to delay any action. In the hours before the parliament...
  • Support Wanes in House for Genocide Vote [Turkey]

    10/16/2007 9:13:52 PM PDT · by advance_copy · 42 replies · 82+ views
    New York Times ^ | 10/17/07 | Carl Hurlse
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 — Worried about antagonizing Turkish leaders, House members from both parties have begun to withdraw their support from a resolution backed by the Democratic leadership that would condemn as genocide the mass killings of Armenians nearly a century ago. Almost a dozen lawmakers had shifted against the measure in a 24-hour period ending Tuesday night, accelerating a sudden exodus that has cast deep doubt over the measure’s prospects. Some made clear that they were heeding warnings from the White House, which has called the measure dangerously provocative, and from the Turkish government, which has said House passage...
  • Secretary of State Pelosi (Soros Alert)

    10/16/2007 2:16:50 AM PDT · by The Raven · 17 replies · 201+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | Oct 16, 2007 | editorial
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, famous for donning a head scarf earlier this year to commune for peace with the Syrians, has now concluded that this is the perfect moment to pass a Congressional resolution condemning Turkey for the Armenian genocide of 1915. Problem is, Turkey in 2007 has it within its power to damage the growing success of the U.S. effort in Iraq. We would like to assume this is not Speaker Pelosi's goal. ... If Nancy Pelosi and Tom Lantos want to take down U.S. policy in Iraq to tag George Bush with the failure, they should have the...
  • The Armenian Case

    10/17/2007 9:53:46 PM PDT · by jdm · 17 replies · 116+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | October 17, 2007 | Ed Morrissey
    Over the last few days, I have criticized Congress for inexplicably deciding to enrage a key ally in the war on terror -- the nation through which our lines of communication pass to our troops in Iraq -- for a genocide that occurred almost a century ago. Putting Congressional idiocy aside for a moment, the fact is that the Armenians did suffer a terrible genocide by the Ottomans during World War I. Perhaps the best thoughts on this event unsurprisingly come from one of my best friends in the blogosphere, King Banaian at SCSU Scholars: That said, I have not...
  • Turkey assails U.S. vote on genocide (Pelosi's mob agenda....Iraq)

    10/11/2007 11:19:05 AM PDT · by yoe · 50 replies · 971+ views
    IHT ^ | October 11, 2007 | Sebnem Arsu and Steven Lee Myers
    Turkey reacted angrily Thursday to a U.S. congressional committee's vote to condemn the mass killings of Armenians in Turkey in World War I as an act of genocide, calling the decision "unacceptable." In a rare and uncharacteristically strong condemnation, President Abdullah Gul criticized the vote by the House Foreign Relations Committee and warned that the decision would damage Turkey's relations with the United States. "Unfortunately, some politicians in the United States have once more dismissed calls for common sense, and made an attempt to sacrifice big issues for minor domestic political games," Gul said in a statement to the semiofficial...
  • Democrats put heat on Pelosi over genocide bill

    10/18/2007 7:24:27 AM PDT · by yoe · 13 replies · 37+ views
    L.A.Times ^ | October 18, 2007 | Richard Simon
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi came under increasing pressure from members of her Democratic caucus Wednesday not to bring a resolution officially recognizing the Armenian genocide to a vote. The San Francisco Democrat, who had promised to bring the long-debated resolution to the floor, sounded uncertain about its fate as support waned in the face of angry denunciations from Turkey and fears that the symbolic resolution could disrupt U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. "Whether it will come up or not, or what the action will be, remains to be seen," she said. The Bush administration and the Turkish government...
  • Support Wanes For Armenian Genocide Bill

    10/17/2007 6:33:18 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 19 replies · 60+ views
    Washington Post ^ | October 17, 2007 | Elizabeth Williamson
    Chances for a U.S. resolution calling the mass killings of Armenians that began in 1915 genocide eroded dramatically last night, as sponsors dropped off in droves and senior Democrats urged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to abandon her support. The number of lawmakers supporting the bill has slipped below a majority... Legislators cited those objections, along with warnings from the Turkish government and from Gen. David H. Petraeus...that the resolution would cause Turkey to scale back its assistance in the Iraq war... The House Foreign Affairs Committee passed the nonbinding resolution on a 27 to 21 bipartisan vote last week,...
  • House Delays Vote on Armenian Genocide

    10/25/2007 2:20:31 PM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies · 27+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 10/25/7 | ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON, (AP) -- House sponsors of a resolution that would label the 1915 killing of Armenians a genocide have asked Speaker Nancy Pelosi to delay a vote on the measure because they feared it would fail. Support for the resolution deteriorated this month, after Turkey recalled its U.S. ambassador in protest and several lawmakers said they feared it would cripple U.S.-Turkey relations. "We believe that a large majority of our colleagues want to support a resolution recognizing the genocide on the House floor and they will do so, provided the timing is more favorable,"
  • Pelosi Stumbling as House Leader

    10/21/2007 12:02:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 90 replies · 111+ views
    NewsMax ^ | October 21, 2007
    WASHINGTON -- Democrat Nancy Pelosi's pledge of a new direction took a detour when she fumbled an Armenian genocide resolution and raised questions about her leadership as the highest ranking member of the U.S. Congress. Pelosi, 67, speaker of the House of Representatives and next in line to the presidency after the vice president, swore she would push the controversial resolution to a vote, then blinked when some fellow Democrats withdrew their support in the face of furious reaction from Turkey. President George W. Bush warned the symbolic resolution to affirm the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as...