The silk wedding dress is deep in the ancient chest; she has difficulty finding it. She sings, holding up her 101-year-old withered hands with ease and makes some moves showing how she danced at her wedding.
During the event devoted to Battle of Gallipoli (1915-16) held in Istanbul Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey is ready to open its archives, specifically military archives related to 1915 events.
Despite the denial policy of the Turkish government, events devoted to the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide will be held in a number of cities in Turkey; the events are coordinated by “The main platform to commemorate the Armenian Genocide” formed by several organizations.
Selahattin Sevi, the editor of photo department of the Turkish Zaman daily, arrived in Armenia to cover how Armenians commemorate on April 24 their forebears who fell victim to mass killings and deportations in Ottoman Turkey a century ago.
The two-day International Social and Political Global Forum against the Crime of Genocide is closing today. As many as 600 delegates from around five dozen countries have participated in the event; in their speeches they singled out the fight against genocides, their recognition and prevention.
While more Google searches have been made for Armenia and the Armenian Genocide in recent weeks and days in view of the approaching Centennial of the Ottoman-era massacres, an information security specialist in Yerevan says such interest also brings danger in its wake in the form of possible hacker attacks on Armenian websites.
Migrants from Armenia who live in Istanbul’s mostly Armenian-populated districts of Kumkapi, Samattya, Ferikoy-Kurtuluş, send their children to the school named after Hrant Dink, a Turkish-Armenian journalist and scholar assassinated by a Turkish nationalist in 2007. This school has become the axis for the Armenians gathering around it not only for the children but their parents as well.
The angry reactions of Turkey’s leaders to the Armenian genocide recognitions by Pope Francis and the European Parliament ahead of the centennial of Ottoman-era massacres have again created a sense of unease among the country’s ethnic Armenian community.
Lawyers of the five arrested members of the radical opposition Founding Parliament group believe their clients are being subjected to political persecution. They say the legal grounds for their detentions and subsequent arrests of the activists are too poor.
Managers of taxi services demand that the government reconsider the new licensing order, allowing them to keep the yellow license plates for taxi service cars to be distinguished from private taxis. Otherwise, they say, they will join individual taxi drivers and will start protests from May 1.