Conference on Genocide to Be Held in Ankara on April 24

ANKARA, Turkey—On April 24-25, a symposium on the Armenian Genocide, titled “1915 within its pre and post-historical periods: Denial and Confrontation,” will be held in Ankara. Organized by the Ankara Freedom to Thought Initiative (AFTI), the symposium will not only address the history, but explore issues like the confiscation of Armenian property and reparations.

Confirmed participants include Ragip Zarakolu (publisher), Recep Marasli (author of The Armenian National Democratic Movement and 1915 Genocide), Sait Cetinoglu (activist and writer), Dr. David Gaunt (genocide scholar, author of Massacres, Resistance, Protectors: Muslim-Christian Relations in Eastern Anatolia During World War I), Dr. Henry Theriault (professor of Philosophy, Worcester State University), and Khatchig Mouradian (Doctoral student in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University; editor, the Armenian Weekly).

Dedicated to the memory of Hrant Dink, the symposium will comprise of four sessions: a) the Armenian Genocide from a historical perspective, b) official ideological denial from the Committee of Union and Progress (CUP) to Kemalism, c) Turkification of the Economy and the issue of the confiscated Armenian Property, and d) what needs to be done and how?

Asbarez will provide in depth coverage of the conference.

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6 Comments

  1. Abbe said:

    Sounds good to me !
    People should really start to think with their own brains and not be controlled by the regime (as I like to call the Turkish Government).
    And if change is ever going to happend it must happend something in Turkey !

  2. Vazken said:

    The whole era of this topic is full of Turkish Savagery and Crime of GENOCIDE!; will they agree to wave the article 301?

  3. Gaidzag said:

    The date of the meeting is disrespectful to the memory of the victims and the Armenian people. The people who would go to that meeting from the Armenian side, are traitors and deserve no respect from any human being.
    The Turks are Turks.

  4. Lusik said:

    We all are manipulated. By Turkey sponsoring some events which trigger responses – no matter positive or negative.

    Do you want us to think that Turks coming to this government sponsored meeting are the ones to open up Turkish mind?

    Don't you see that single Armenian – poor doctoral student, found in the USA is a “hostage” of this summit?

    Don't you understand that this meeting is an empty shell, with a single purpose of claiming to the waiting world the wanted message “Although not ratified, the Protocols are functioning already!”

    When we will stop contributing to the message “The dialog actually is happening”?

  5. Lusik said:

    We are manipulated: Turkey is sponsoring some events to trigger responses – no matter positive or negative.

    Should we expect that Turks (and one Armenian) coming to this government sponsored meeting are the ones to open up Turkish mind?

    Should we pass unnoticed that a single Armenian – poor doctoral student, found in the USA is a “hostage” of this summit?

    Should we ignore that this meeting is an empty shell, with a single purpose of claiming to the waiting world the wanted message “Although not ratified, the Protocols are functioning already!”

    When we will stop contributing to the message “The dialog actually is happening”?

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