the-hero-of-ages:

Questions about the Armenian Genocide that I wish were frequently asked
1. What is the Armenian Genocide?
The Armenian Genocide was the systematic deportation and massacre of 1.5 million of the 2 million Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire.
2. Why is April 24th the anniversary?
On April 24th, 1915, Turkish officials rounded up hundreds of Armenian community leaders and executed them. They would be the first of many Armenians to be murdered in the coming years.
3. I heard Armenians made this all up. How can we be so sure there actually was a genocide?
The evidence is so overwhelming to a point where the only historians to make claims that there was no genocide were found to have gotten huge research grants from the Turkish government. The Armenian Genocide is historical fact. This isn’t a debate.
4. What was “systematic” about the Genocide?
The Young Turks had a plan from the beginning and they executed that plan just as it was drawn up. First they drafted the Armenian male population between the ages of 20-45 into their army. Then they “requested” the Armenian population to turn their guns over to the government to help in the war effort.(The genocide took place during World War 1)  At this point, Armenian soldiers in the Turkish Army are deprived of their uniforms and arms. And then the events on April 24th, 1915 that I described earlier transpired. After that, the army began killing at will. Armenian homes had no means of defense. Mass deportations ended in mass graves.
5. Who or what are the Young Turks?
The Young Turks was a Turkish Nationalist Reform Party. It was led by Talaat Pasha, Enver Pasha, and Djemal Pasha. These three together were known as a dictatorial triumvirate.
6. Why won’t the United States recognize the genocide?
This may seem so small and so simple but it’s the truth… Army bases. The US doesn’t want to lose Turkey as an ally because they’d lose a critical/strategic safe zone in the middle east if they did. You could also argue they just don’t want to stir up trouble in a region of the world where more trouble doesn’t need stirring up.
This is just a quick little summary. If anyone has anymore questions regarding the Genocide please ask me! I will answer everything to the best of my knowledge!

Posted April 24, 2014 · 2:51am

the-hero-of-ages:

Questions about the Armenian Genocide that I wish were frequently asked

1. What is the Armenian Genocide?

The Armenian Genocide was the systematic deportation and massacre of 1.5 million of the 2 million Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire.

2. Why is April 24th the anniversary?

On April 24th, 1915, Turkish officials rounded up hundreds of Armenian community leaders and executed them. They would be the first of many Armenians to be murdered in the coming years.

3. I heard Armenians made this all up. How can we be so sure there actually was a genocide?

The evidence is so overwhelming to a point where the only historians to make claims that there was no genocide were found to have gotten huge research grants from the Turkish government. The Armenian Genocide is historical fact. This isn’t a debate.

4. What was “systematic” about the Genocide?

The Young Turks had a plan from the beginning and they executed that plan just as it was drawn up. First they drafted the Armenian male population between the ages of 20-45 into their army. Then they “requested” the Armenian population to turn their guns over to the government to help in the war effort.(The genocide took place during World War 1)  At this point, Armenian soldiers in the Turkish Army are deprived of their uniforms and arms. And then the events on April 24th, 1915 that I described earlier transpired. After that, the army began killing at will. Armenian homes had no means of defense. Mass deportations ended in mass graves.

5. Who or what are the Young Turks?

The Young Turks was a Turkish Nationalist Reform Party. It was led by Talaat Pasha, Enver Pasha, and Djemal Pasha. These three together were known as a dictatorial triumvirate.

6. Why won’t the United States recognize the genocide?

This may seem so small and so simple but it’s the truth… Army bases. The US doesn’t want to lose Turkey as an ally because they’d lose a critical/strategic safe zone in the middle east if they did. You could also argue they just don’t want to stir up trouble in a region of the world where more trouble doesn’t need stirring up.

This is just a quick little summary. If anyone has anymore questions regarding the Genocide please ask me! I will answer everything to the best of my knowledge!

mpdrolet:


From Distant, 2009
Zoltán Jókay

Posted April 23, 2014 · 3:46pm

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From Distant, 2009

Zoltán Jókay

There are years that ask questions and years that answer.
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God (via observando)

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fdance:

YAAAASSSS! Thanks @rvamag for featuring the Richmond Dance Festival!!!! We love you! #rdf #rva #dancedancedance #rvamag

Posted April 23, 2014 · 1:59pm

fdance:

YAAAASSSS! Thanks @rvamag for featuring the Richmond Dance Festival!!!! We love you! #rdf #rva #dancedancedance #rvamag

dealingwiththehumanform:

Persona directed by Ingmar Bergman (1966)
photograph by Vivian Maier (1956)

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City of Kentwood, Grand Rapids, Michigan
 Chad Ress

Posted April 22, 2014 · 9:31pm

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City of Kentwood, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Chad Ress

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unsuspectingvisitors:

The New Town - Andrew Hammerand
Full installation on view:MFA Thesis 2014 Massachusetts College of Art & Design Bakalar & Paine Galleries, Boston, MA Exhibition: April 23 2014 - May 5 2014 Reception: April 24 2014, 5-8pm

Posted April 21, 2014 · 12:30pm

unsuspectingvisitors:

The New Town - Andrew Hammerand

Full installation on view:
MFA Thesis 2014
Massachusetts College of Art & Design
Bakalar & Paine Galleries, Boston, MA
Exhibition: April 23 2014 - May 5 2014
Reception: April 24 2014, 5-8pm

Always be kinder than you feel.
Unknown (via theriverjordyn)

(Source: thedailypozitive, via beboldbealive)

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From From Where They Came
Katherine Turczan

Posted April 20, 2014 · 10:06pm

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From From Where They Came

Katherine Turczan