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  1. Chris Fillebrown
    April 29, 2015 @ 10:54 am

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  2. Andy
    April 29, 2015 @ 2:36 pm

    Great piece of writing!

    Kanye West falling over in a fountain was pretty funny though.

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  3. Liz
    April 29, 2015 @ 3:13 pm

    A very moving piece, Tom.

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  4. John Rawlins
    April 29, 2015 @ 6:01 pm

    I get the impression that the Turks are slowly coming round to admitting responsibility for genocide. I was in Istanbul last week and witnessed a dignified and peaceful protest by Armenians in a busy shopping street. Turkish shoppers seemed indifferent to the protesters but I did not see any signs of hostility or rejection. The police were nearby (with a discreetly parked water cannon on hand) but were clearly keeping a low profile and leaving the protesters plenty of space.

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  5. Laura4NYC
    April 30, 2015 @ 2:06 pm

    Halfway across the globe, Times Square in NY was packed with American-Armenians commemorating the genocide 100 years later.

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  6. Hilary
    May 1, 2015 @ 9:24 am

    Very nice post Tom. When you own the consensus on truth(the mainstream media), you can either keep things secret to protect your own interests or publish just enough to give people the impression that there is a semblance of truth coming out of it. I’ve never heard of the Armenian genocide, which is very sad seen as we are supposed to now be living in the ‘global village’ so to speak. Selective history. If you hadn’t followed up your true instincts and got on your bike to Armenia 8 years ago you may never have known about it. This is why this kind of travel is the purest. I learnt far more real history from bike trips than was ever forced fed me.
    5 Winters ago I cycled 700 miles to the Orkney and Shetland Islands and didn’t learn about the sinking of HMS Royal Oak (loss of 834 men) by a German U-boat which torpedoed it whilst it was at Anchor. Of course this was revenge for the scuttling of German WWI ships in Scapa flow. So yes, something is very wrong in our perspective. It must be some type of infowar.
    RIP to the victims of the Armenian Genocide.

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  7. Hugh
    May 3, 2015 @ 9:11 am

    Where were you taught about the Jewish Holocaust? How many were you told lost their lives in that ‘Holocaust’. Just interested. As an Englishman state educated the terms Jewish Holocaust or Holocaust were never used. The term is principally an American one, and refers usually to 6 million dead.

    I was taught about atrocities and mass murder , extermination was the usual term used to describe and educate that some 11 million people from all walks of life, racial groupings & political thinking were exterminated not by the Nazis but by the Germans.
    It seems to be almost political correctness to suggest otherwise, but it was the ordinary electorate that lead Hitler to power, on a wave of similar thinking.

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  8. Rob Lewis
    June 27, 2015 @ 12:05 pm

    Thank you for that Tom. Very thought-provoking. Of course I have read a lot about the genocide in my 15 years in Turkey, especially recently, but have yet to see analysis like yours about the role of us, the “outsiders”. I am married to a Turk, I have kids here, 13 and 6 years old. We struggle to understand where we stand on issues, what our identity is. However, I strongly believe that as newcomers to the situation, we have a stake in what happened and in the quest for the truth (or truths). We are entitled to our opinions, which are perfectly valid.

    As one of the posts above points out, reasonable Turks have been coming round to accepting that a systematic attempt was made to wipe out a proportion of the population of the Ottoman Empire – the Armenians – in 1915. Most will mention that there had been atrocities carried out by Armenians in the 30 years before that, but the point made by both Turks, and by “outsiders”, foreign journalists, teachers, intellectuals, etc. is that all nations must accept their responsibility for what was perpetrated by their ancestors, in order to move on, to turn the page. I desperately wanted to hear a full and unconditional apology this year, to coincide with the 100th anniversary, but it was not forthcoming. I live in hope.

    Rob Lewis

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