Wednesday, February 03, 2010


"I believe that the ideology of the perpatrators of the Armenian Genocide, the Committee of Union and Progress, and its special organization Teskilat-i Mahsusa, are the “founding ideology” of the Turkish Republic."
~ Eren Keskin.

For those of you in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, there will be a free conference on the Armenian Genocide this Friday, 5 February 2010, at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. It will run all day, from 0900 in the morning until 1700 in the evening.

There's more information at The Armenian Reporter.

Among the speakers will be Eren Keskin, who I have written about previously and it would be a great treat to be able to hear her speak.

Word is also that the Turkish embassy and the Turkish American Legal Defense Fund (TALDF) will have representatives present at the conference. Rastî readers will remember that the TALDF represented Jean Schmidt in the Krikorian case, for which Sibel Edmonds was deposed last summer.

If you can go, please go and show your support for a legitimate and open discussion of the Armenian Genocide, to support the Armenian community in the face of the Turkish government and its lobbyist watchdogs, and to hear Eren Keskin. Then let me know how everything went by posting something in comments.

UPDATE: Unfortunately, due to visa issues, Comrade Eren will be unable to attend the conference at the University of St. Thomas in person but she will participate by video link. If you're wondering what Comrade Eren will have to say, please check out her current column at The Armenian Weekly:

Yes, in Turkey, all together, the genocide committed against the Armenian nation has been “swept under the carpet.”

Everybody has a share in that. And everybody is guilty.

Those who don’t explicitly say “genocide,” those who are still ambivalent, who remain silent, who are afraid, I want to remind you of the words of Dr. Nazim in a secret meeting of the CUP in the beginning of 1915: “…Armenians are like a deadly wound. This wound is first thought to be harmless. But if it is not treated by a doctor in time, it definitely kills. We must act immediately. If we act as in 1909, it will do more harm than good. It will awaken the other groups we have decided to eliminate, the Arabs and the Kurds, and the danger will become threefold…

Apparently the TALDF has exchanged "words" with the law school and were rebuffed by the school (Bravo for UST!), so now TALDF claims that it will bring protestors. If you're in the area and you have a Kurdish flag (or a picture of Önder Apo), take it along and wave it at the TALDF.



Anonymous said...

Eren Keskin is a human being who is blessed with a virtue that is almost oxymoronic in modern America - Moral Courage. With all the timidity and lies from offical sources, Ms Keskin is outright inspirational!
A note of caution, however. Sometimes these "Turkish Representatives" are little better than borish, loud Thugs! JB

Mizgîn said...

Let us see what happens, JB. It will definitely be interesting outside the conference if TALDF ships in a bunch of protestors.

It would be hilarious if the ATAA's Kirlikovali showed up.

Renegade Eye said...

I'll be there.

Renegade Eye said...

There were no protesters there.

Eren's paper was read at the conference. She answered questions with a Skype type setup. She was the most interesting of the speakers. The others were strictly legal speakers for the most part.

The school will be reprinting the speeches. It will be online, and I'll have a magazine with them.

Turkey says they are not responsible, because The Republic of Turkey, is not the Ottoman Empire. Eren says Turkey accepted its debt, and the country follows the ideas of the Young Turks, it is responsible.

Anonymous said...

Renegade, thanks for the news.

I have a few points to raise.

1. If Turkey was not responsible then why have then been spending so much effort and money into denying the genocide?

2. Say they are not responsible for the Armenian genocide. How about the mass killings during the republic? Dersim genocide (against Kurds) was basically admitted indirectly during a fight in the Turkish parliament. What are they to say about that?

I am curious to see what next.


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