Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Genocide-denial tearing Turkey apart (video)

Journeyman Pictures, April 17, 2015; Pfc. Sandoval, Seth Auberon (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

Century of genocide denial tearing Turkey apart
Facing up to the Past (2006): Novelist Orhan Pamuk threatened under Turkey's dubious Article 301 for daring to speak out about the Armenian Genocide. For downloads and more information visit

Ankara’s handling of calls to recognize the Armenian Genocide reveals the deep strains tearing at Turkish society (the former Ottoman Empire, which actually carried out the atrocities with Turkey merely covering up and denying the acts of their predecessors and ancestors). When author Orhan Pamuk acknowledged the massacre, he provoked an outcry.

Many fear that if Turkey recognizes the mass killings, it will be forced to pay out billions in reparations. But with the EU pressuring Ankara to allow greater freedom of speech, Turkey may soon have to face a public debate on its past.
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