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· December, 2008

Stories about Turkey from December, 2008

Turkey: Anti-Israel Protests

  28 December 2008

Erkan's Field Diary posts photos of the anti-Israel protest in Istanbul's Taksim Square in response to recent attacks on Palestinians.

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Turkey: Apology Shakes Apologia over Armenian Genocide

  28 December 2008

Challenging 90 years of institutionalized denial of the massacre and deportation of the Ottoman Empire's indigenous Armenian community during WWI, tens of thousands of Turkish intellectuals, academics, writers, journalists and dissidents have apologized online for the "Great Catastrophe."

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Caucasus: 2008 Blog Review

  25 December 2008

Last year ended with a state of emergency declared in Georgia, but few could imagine that the events of 2008 would eclipse those of 2007. Three presidential elections, a war, and yet another state of emergency defined the South Caucasus this year, and bloggers were there to document events from...

Turkey: An Online Apology to Armenia Campaign

  22 December 2008

According to Istanbul Calling, a new online campaign allowing Turks “to sign onto an apology for the “great catastrophe” that the Armenians suffered during World War I” has been launched by Turkish academics and intellectuals. “The apology, now signed by more than 15,000, studiously avoids the “G” word, but it...

Turkey: Campaign for a Joint-Commission on the Armenian Question

  22 December 2008

Talk Turkey urges individuals to join his new campaign to demand that “Turkey and Armenia form a joint-commission to research and investigate the facts of genocide and other claims; without any pre-existing conditions, and reservations, and that both sides promise and resolve to end this matter once and for all.”

Armenia-Turkey: Apology Row

  22 December 2008

Talk Turkey is unimpressed by various online petitions established to apologize or not apologize for the massacre and deportation of Armenians living in the then Ottoman Empire. Known to most as the Armenian Genocide, the blog says it instead favors a joint Armenian-Turkish commission to investigate the circumstances of the...

Kurdistance: Similarities with the Lakota Sioux

  16 December 2008

Kurdish blogger Rasti compares the recent declaration of the Lakota Sioux (a native American people) to withdraw from all treaty obligations with the United States to the forced assimilation and cultural genocide of the Kurdish people.

Turkey: Dario Moreno

  16 December 2008

Mavi Boncuk posts a profile of musician Dario Moreno, most noted for his career in France, he was actually a Turk with Jewish origins.

Cyprus: Banning Turkish Placenames in GPS Systems

  15 December 2008

The Cyprus government is currently attempting to ban GPS systems that use Turkish place names in the Turkish-occupied Northern Cyprus, Homeboy Media News reports: The Ministry of Education and Culture meanwhile has come up with some additional reasoning for the campaign to ban the GPS receivers. In its feedback, the...

Turkey: All About Barbarossa

  12 December 2008

With news of pirates grabbing news headlines, Talk Turkey gives us a valuable lesson in history in this post on Ottoman era admiral Barbarossa (Redbeard) and asks: “Will the next wars be fought on the high seas again?”

Middle East: Snapshots of Eid

  11 December 2008

For millions of Muslims around the world, Eid Al Adha was a time for celebrations, family gatherings and reflections on the occasion. Here's a snapshot of reactions from bloggers in Tunisia, Kuwait, Egypt and Turkey.

Armenia: CNN Genocide Coverage Controversy

  7 December 2008

Too short for Armenians and too long for the Turkish government, a two-hour CNN documentary by Christiane Amanpour on genocide includes a 45-second mention of the WWI extermination of Ottoman Empire's indigenous Armenian population. Premiered on December 4, 2008, Scream Bloody Murder has made many Armenian bloggers angry.

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