Tag: Genocide

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh : This handout photo taken and released by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on July 2, 2015 shows former Khmer Rouge head of state Khieu Samphan sitting in the courtroom at the ECCC in Phnom Penh. Two former Khmer Rouge leaders July 2 …

Khieu Samphan: ‘I Have Never Wanted Anything Other Than Social Justice’

“What I want to say today and what I want my countrymen to hear is that as an intellectual I have never wanted anything other than social justice for my country,” 84-year-old Khieu Samphan told a courtroom on Wednesday. “I shall shout loudly that I never wanted to agree to any policy that is against the Cambodian people.”

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Photos: Kurds Assess Ruins of Sinjar After a Year Under ISIS Control

After more than a year under the control of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), Kurdish Peshmerga forces have liberated Sinjar City. As the impromptu street parades end and the local Yazidi population slowly trickles back in, civilians must begin the arduous reconstruction of a city in ruins.

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Stop Trying to Make Cecil the Lion a Planned Parenthood Story

The murder of Cecil, a famous Zimbabwean lion, at the hands of an American dentist on an exotic game hunt has become this summer’s national outrage. Liberals are calling for government intervention to prevent Americans from exotic animal hunting and the mainstream media has carved out hours of time to discuss this injustice.

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A Call to Formally Label ISIS Attacks on Christians, Yezidis as Genocide

They buy and sell the women, using them as slaves. They kidnap children, even infants, and detonate them as bombs. As the Islamic State tightens its grip on Syria and Iraq, the horror of its atrocities reaches unimaginable depths. And what remains of Christianity in the Middle East is dying, massacred through the torture, displacement, and murder of an entire population.

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Yazidi Artist Paints Real-Life Scenes of ISIS Massacres

Yazidi artist Ammar Salim, 31, uses his talent to show the world what the Yazidis suffer under the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/Daesh). His paintings tell the story of the Yazidi massacres. “I want to connect all that happened, to explain about the Yazidi genocide,” he explained to Rudaw.

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Kurds Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide and Their Role In It

The hundredth anniversary of the Armenian genocide caused many world leaders to blink, notably President Barack Obama, who abandoned his old campaign promises–and fiery criticism of the Bush administration–by refusing to acknowledge it. Much of this moral cowardice emanates from Western politicians who wish to curry favor with the Turkish government. The Turks have been trying to erase the genocide from history, shortly after they gave up trying to erase the Armenians from history.

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Calling a Genocide a Genocide

This week the world is marking the gruesome 100th anniversary of events that took lives of some 1.5 million of Turkey’s Armenians. The Ottoman Empire was falling apart, fighting as one of the Axis powers in WW1, fearful of its Christian minorities and their possibly joining the Allied effort led by Czarist Russia to liberate them.

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Turkish Pride in the Armenian Genocide

As if on safari, the hunters proudly display their dead prey. But the circa 1915 photograph depicts an undeniable horror. The hunters flank a dozen or so human bodies, laid out upon a dirt mound. The distinctive hunters’ uniforms identify them as Turkish soldiers of the Ottoman Empire; their victims are Armenian Christians.

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‘Endangered Species’: Christianity at the Brink of Extinction in Turkey

The Christian population of Turkey is evaporating rapidly. The nation, a NATO member since 1952, has experienced a reduction in its Christian population from 20% 100 years ago to only 0.2% today. The latest blow in the community occurred at the Hagia Sophia during Easter holy week.

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ISIS Surrounds the Few Remaining Christian Villages in Syria

The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) charged into eleven of the 35 Christian communities along the Khabur River in Syria in February targeting Tel Tamer, which at the time was protected by Christian fighters and locals determined to defeat the terrorist group. This week, the Islamic State took another shot at conquering it.

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Armenian Community Cheers Pope for Acknowledging Genocide

Pope Francis took a brave leap forward on Sunday, risking backlash from the Turkish government, when he spoke out against the Armenian genocide that took place almost 100 years ago at the hands of Ottoman Turks. Members of California’s over 200,000-strong Armenian community rejoiced at his courage to name and condemn the genocide.

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Bangladesh Executes Top Islamic Official for Genocide, Rape

Bangledeshi authorities executed Jamaat-e-Islami party official Muhammad Kamaruzzaman for crimes against humanity during the country’s war of independence forty years ago. He was hanged two years after he was sentenced to death.

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Kenyan Police Official: Garissa Attack Victims Died ‘Like Cockroaches’

Senior Kenyan police official Pius Masai Mwachi has become the target of national disgust this week after implying that victims of the Garissa University terror attack that left 148 dead had not fought back sufficiently against the Al-Shabaab terrorists storming the campus. “Free yourself as soon as possible. Get out. Don’t just be killed like cockroaches,” he said.

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France: Sarkozy Party Accused of Plagiarizing Assyrian Genocide Bill

The French UMP (Union for a Popular Movement) Party is facing controversy following the discovery that a large part of a bill presented to the French legislature in remembrance of the Armenian genocide was plagiarized from Wikipedia. Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is a member of the UMP.