- 11:04 | In the world China braces for arrival of second typhoon
China was bracing Wednesday for the arrival of a second typhoon in as many weeks, as communities along the country’s southern coast cleared away debris in the wake of the earlier storm that killed 46 people.
- 11:02 | In the world US and European airlines suspend flights to Israel
US and European airlines suspended flights to Israel's Ben Gurion airport after a rocket landed one mile (1.6km) away.
- 11:01 | In the world Millionaire 'Urinated On Sweets in CVS Store'
A New York property tycoon who once killed his neighbour has been arrested for urinating on confectionery at a shop.
- 10:59 | In the world First MH17 dead to be flown to Netherlands from Ukraine
The first bodies recovered from the Malaysia Airlines plane that crashed in Ukraine last week are to be flown to the Netherlands for identification.
- 23:00 | In the world MH17 plane crash: UK experts to retrieve flight data
This follows a request by authorities in the Netherlands, where the Malaysia Airlines plane flew from before crashing in Ukraine.
- 22:37 | In the world Gaza rocket lands near Israel's main airport
A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed near Israel's main airport Tuesday, wounding one Israeli and prompting all U.S. and some European and Canadian airlines to cancel flights to Tel Aviv - a reflection of high anxiety over air travel after the downing of a Malaysian jet over Ukraine.
Source: Associated Press
- 22:30 | Region IAEA worried about slow progress in Iran nuclear probe
The U.N. nuclear watchdog is concerned about Iran's current lack of engagement with an investigation into its suspected atomic bomb research, ahead of a deadline next month for Tehran to step up cooperation, diplomatic sources said on Tuesday.
- 22:22 | Region Turkish police accused of spying on prime minister are arrested
Turkish police raided colleagues' homes on Tuesday, detaining dozens of officers on suspicion of illegally wiretapping government figures including prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Turkey's spy chief.
Source: The Guardian
- 22:15 | In the world Ukraine opens criminal cases against Russian minister
Ukraine has opened criminal cases against Russian Defense Minister Gen. Sergei Shoigu and Russian businessman Konstantin Malofeyev, the Ukrainian Internal Affairs Ministry said in a statement Tuesday.
- 22:06 | In the world Minibus crash in France kills 5 children, 1 adult
French President Francois Hollande issued a statement expressing his sadness and shock at Tuesday's accident in the town of Courteranges.
Source: ABC News
- 21:57 | In the world Obama sends top aides to Germany amid spying flap
Working to stem the fraying of ties with a key European ally, President Barack Obama dispatched his chief of staff to Berlin, a diplomatic gesture reflecting Germany's growing indignation about allegations of American spying on its soil.
Source: Associated Press
- 21:50 | In the world Putin being 'demonised' over MH17, ambassador claims
Russia's top diplomat in Malaysia tells The Telegraph that she does not believe rebels were responsible for shooting down Flight MH17 and claims Vladimir Putin is being unfairly scapegoated over the disaster.
Source: The Telegraph
- 21:37 | In the world Gaza conflict: UN chief Ban urges end to fighting
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged Israel and the Palestinians to "stop fighting" and "start talking" to end the conflict in Gaza.
- 21:30 | In the world EU threatens Russia with more sanctions, but words ring hollow
European Union foreign ministers threatened Russia on Tuesday with harsher sanctions over Ukraine, but tougher talk may not be matched by much action after France's president signaled the disputed delivery of a warship to Moscow would go ahead.
- 19:17 | Region Azerbaijani terrorist is liquidated in Iraq; Syrian fighters state about seizure of car that belongs to SOCAR
An Azerbaijani has been killed in Iraq. He was a member of an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist organization.
- 18:48 | Armenia RA MFA: Georgia is not intended to have visa regime with Armenia
The Georgian Foreign Ministry reports that Georgia is not intended to have visa regime with Armenia.
- 18:46 | Region Another veteran of Karabakh war commits self-immolation in Azerbaijan
Another Karabakh war veteran commits self-immolation in Baku.
- 13:46 | Armenia Alexander Markarov: Armenia-Artsakh economic territory will de-facto be preserved
It is clear that the negotiation process will continue and it is also clear that there cannot be a way out of the conflict in the upcoming future.
- 13:05 | Armenia Karen Grigoryan wins in Barcelona
Armenian GM Karen Grigoryan played excellently at the open in Barcelona, Spain.
- 12:18 | Armenia First and most important discovery made in Tigranakert
The excavations of Tigranakert in Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh) have resumed recently headed by the Doctor of Historical Sciences, head of archaeological expedition in Tigranakert Hamlet Petrosyan.
- 12:16 | In the world Israeli soldier is missing in Gaza Strip
Israeli soldier is missing in the Gaza Strip and is presumed dead.
- 23:30 | In the world Ukraine forces take control of Donetsk airport
Ukrainian forces have taken full control of Donetsk airport as they continue to fight pro-Russian rebels in the eastern Ukraine city, a Ukrainian military spokesman says.
- 23:08 | In the world Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie will co-star in experimental romance By the Sea
Spokesperson for Universal confirms Jolie to write and direct as well as star alongside Pitt, with shooting scheduled to start in Malta next month.
Source: The Guardian
- 23:00 | In the world MH17 plane crash: Train with bodies leaves Ukraine station
Meanwhile rebels have been involved in heavy fighting in Donetsk, the main city left under their control.
- 22:45 | In the world Protesters denounce Israel at embassy in Cyprus
Several hundred pro-Palestinian protesters have demanded a halt to military action in Gaza during a peaceful protest near the Israeli embassy in the Cypriot capital.
Source: ABC News
- 22:37 | In the world Obama pressures on Russia, Putin in Ukraine crash probe
U.S. President Barack Obama piled pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday to force pro-Russian separatists to stop blocking an international investigation into the shootdown of a passenger jet last week.
- 22:30 | In the world Defiant Putin warns the West not to use MH17 tragedy for 'selfish political ends'
Wearing a dark suit and looking tired and drawn during a rare television address, the Russian president insisted 'all people' in Ukraine had a responsibility to the families of the 298 passengers and crew who died last week.
Source: The Daily Mail
- 22:21 | In the world Gaza conflict: a huge population on the move in a tiny enclave - UN fears humanitarian disaster
The Rohme family now sleep on two mattresses in the bare corridor of a school and are just one example of the increasing number of refugees in Gaza.
Source: The Telegraph
- 22:15 | In the world Typhoon Rammasun kills 18 in China
Strongest typhoon to hit southern China in 41 years leaves death and destruction in its wake as it heads towards Vietnam.
Source: The Guardian
- 22:06 | In the world Isis militants 'seize Iraq monastery and expel monks'
Local residents said monks at the Mar Behnam monastery were allowed to take only the clothes they were wearing.
- 22:00 | In the world Ten killed in air strike north of Baghdad
Ten people were killed, including a mother and three children, in a government air strike on a militant-controlled town north of Baghdad on Monday, hospital sources and witnesses said.
- 15:58 | Region Azerbaijan fires 4,000 shots at NKR frontline positions
Over 4,000 shots were fired at Karabakh’s frontline positions between 13 and 19 July.
Source: NKR Defense Ministry
- 13:23 | Armenia Nalbandian to meet with OSCE MG Co-Chairs in Brussels
The Armenian FM will attend a meeting of Foreign Ministers of the European Union and the Eastern Partnership on July 22 in Brussels.
- 12:13 | Armenia Abrahamyan and Medvedev flew in helicopter and sailed boat
After the ceremonial procedures of their meeting were over, Armenian and Russian Prime Ministers Hovik Abrahamyan and Dmitry Medvedev decided to fly in a helicopter over Sochi.
Source: Chorrord Ishkhanutyun
- 11:44 | Armenia Orinats Yerkir’s rally a failure
It showed that Arthur Baghdasaryan and his party do not enjoy public confidence and the campaign against electricity price increase is not enough for gaining trust.
Source: 168 Hours
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Nerses Nazaryan, former chief of Yerevan police, will replace Hayk Harutyunyan as head of Armenian Justice Ministry’s Criminal Executive Department.
Source: Chorrord Ishkhanutyun
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18 security staff had reported on Friday that they were unable to work due symptoms of the virus, which causes sickness and diarrhoea.
Source: Sky News
- 09:15 | In the world Highway collision in China kills 38
The state-run Xinhua News Agency said the truck rear-ended the bus around 3 a.m. on the Hukun Expressway in Hunan province, with the truck's driver and passenger among the dead.
- 09:10 | In the world Russian, Iranian presidents discuss nuclear negotiations by phone
In Friday’s phone conversation, Putin and Rouhani also discussed the situation in Iraq and the escalation of Israeli-Palestinian tensions in the Gaza strip.
Source: RIA Novosti
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The ultimatum cited a historic contract known as "dhimma," under which non-Muslims in Islamic societies who refuse to convert are offered protection if they pay a fee, called a "jizya."
- 08:56 | In the world Gaza conflict: Obama warns Israel amid rising death toll
Speaking to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday, he underlined his support for Israel's right to defend itself against Palestinian militants.
- 08:52 | In the world MH17 plane crash: Ukraine rebels 'limit investigation'
A team of international observers say pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine have limited their access to the wreckage of a Malaysia Airlines plane.
- 18:46 | Region Smbat Tsakanyan kidnapped by Azerbaijani saboteurs – NKR Prosecutor’s Office
He was kidnapped by Azerbaijani citizens Shahbaz Jalal Ogli Guliyev, 46, Dilham Gardashkhan Ogli Askerov, 54, and a third member of the commando group who was eliminated while showing resistance.
Source: NKR Prosecutor’s Office
- 17:43 | In the world Silvio Berlusconi sex conviction overturned
Italian former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has won an appeal against his conviction for paying for sex with an underage prostitute.
- 15:58 | Armenia Iranian envoy: Time frames of Hassan Rouhani’s visit to Armenia not specified
“Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will definitely pay a visit to Armenia, but the time frames of the visit have not been specified yet,” Iranian Ambassador to Armenia Mohammad Reisi told reporters.
- 15:56 | Armenia Mohammad Reisi: Iran opposed to deployment of external forces in region
Iran is in favor of peaceful settlement of any conflict, Iranian Ambassador to Armenia Mohammad Reisi told a press conference Friday.
- 11:57 | Armenia Aghvan Hovsepyan appointed head of Investigative Committee
Prior to this appointment, Mr Hovsepyan served as Prosecutor General of Armenia.
Source: presidential press service
- 11:56 | Armenia Azerbaijani saboteurs had Euros and gold
According to some reports, one of the saboteurs had an Armenian passport which he got at the police department of Stepanakert in 2007.
- 11:30 | Armenia Sanctions against Russia to affect Armenian economy
The sanctions will inevitably affect Armenia’s economy, especially as Rosneft and Gazprombank are on the U.S. blacklist.
- 09:08 | In the world North Korea threatens to boycott Asian Games
The North's plan to send athletes and cheerleaders to the games is among a set of measures it recently proposed to ease tension between the rivals.
- 09:02 | In the world Militants kill 8 security personnel in NW Pakistan
A group of militants attacked a security checkpoint in a troubled northwestern tribal region before dawn Friday, sparking a shootout in which eight security forces and four militants were killed.
- 08:54 | In the world Super typhoon Rammasun bears down on southern China
The storm, which was downgraded as it passed over the Philippines, gained strength again over the South China Sea.
- 08:49 | In the world French high-speed TGV train crashes near Denguin
A high-speed TGV train on the Pau-Bayonne line was transporting 178 people when it crashed into a regional TER train carrying 70 passengers.
- 08:44 | In the world Israel starts Gaza ground offensive
Hamas said Israel would pay a high price for the ground offensive.
- 08:40 | In the world Malaysia PM Najib: Deep shock over Ukraine plane crash
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10:55 17/02/2014 » Society
Scholars call for reexamination of ECHR judgment on Genocide denial case
Concerned genocide scholars issued an open letter highlighting ”historical and conceptual inaccuracies” in the European Court’s decision on Dogu Perinçek v. Switzerland, and called on the government of Switzerland to request a reexamination of the Court’s judgment, The Armenian Weekly reports.
Below is the full text of the letter, released on Feb. 14.
An Open Letter to:
Madame la Conseillère fédérale
Cheffe du Département fédéral de justice et police (DFJP)
Palais fédéral ouest
After having read the European Court’s decision on Dogu Perinçek v. Switzerland (ECHR. 370, 230, 17 December, 2013) we, as concerned genocide scholars, believe it imperative to respond to historical and conceptual inaccuracies that are articulated in the decision, and we believe those inaccuracies have serious ethical and social significance.
We do not take issue with the notion of freedom of expression, something that scholars agree is most often an essential part of open, democratic society. We are, however, concerned about elements of the Court’s reasoning that are at odds with the facts about the historical record on the Armenian genocide of 1915 and at odds with an ethical understanding of denialism.
The decision asserts that: 1) “genocide as a precisely defined legal concept was not easy to prove”; 2) “the Court doubted that there could be a general consensus as to the events such as those at issue, given that the historical research was by definition open to discussion and a matter of debate, without necessarily giving rise to a final conclusion or to the assertion of objective and absolute truths”; the court uses the phrase “heated debate” in referring to the current political context surrounding the Armenian genocide.
First, it is the overwhelming conclusion of scholars who study genocide (hundreds of independent scholars, who have no affiliations with governments, and whose work spans many countries and nationalities and the course of decades) that the Ottoman mass killings of Armenians conforms to all the aspects of Article 2 of the U.N. CPPC definition of genocide.
In 1997, the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS), the major body of scholars who study genocide, passed a resolution unanimously recognizing the Ottoman massacres of Armenians as genocide. The International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) prepared an analysis for the Turkish Armenian Reconciliation Commission (TARC) in 2003, stating that “the Events [of 1915] include all of the elements of the crime of genocide as defined in the Convention (UNCPPCG).
In 2000, 100 leading Holocaust scholars signed a petition in The New York Times affirming the events of 1915 were genocide and urging worldwide recognition. An Open Letter from the IAGS to Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, in June, 2005, enjoined the Turkish government to own up to “the unambiguous historical record on the Armenian genocide.” The only three histories of genocide in the 20th century that genocide-studies theorists (such as William Schabas) agree on are the cases of the Armenians in Turkey, in 1915; the Jews in Europe, in 1940–45; and the Tutsis in Rwanda, in 1994. The destruction of the Armenians was central to Raphael Lemkin’s creation of the concept of genocide as a crime in international law, and it was Lemkin who coined and first used the term Armenian Genocide in 1944.
The idea put forth by the Court that crimes of genocide may only apply to the events in Rwanda and at Srebrenica because they were tried at the ICC is incomplete. Crimes of genocide have been assessed as historical events by scholars for decades now, and both the crimes committed against the Armenians by the Ottoman Turks in 1915 and those committed against the Jews of Europe by the Nazis in the 1940s were deemed genocide by Lemkin. As legal scholars have noted, crimes of genocide can be tried retroactively, and William Schabas has pointed out that in the Eichmann trial in Jerusalem, in 1961, the word genocide was used retroactively to designate crimes committed against the Jews.
Further, under Article 10, “the Court clearly distinguished the present case from those concerning the negation of the crimes of the Holocaust. . . . because the acts that they had called into question had been found by an international court to be clearly established.” We would note that the perpetrators of the Holocaust were prosecuted at the Nuremberg Trials (1945–46), not for the crime of genocide, but for “crimes against humanity,” even though Raphael Lemkin had previously created the term “genocide.” The Armenian case, contrary to the Court’s assertion, does have a clear legal basis for its authenticity. First, “crimes against humanity” was the very phrase coined by France, the United Kingdom, and Russia in their 1915 joint declaration in response to the massacres of the Armenians by the Ottoman Turkish government. After WWI, the Ottoman government convened military tribunals (1919–20) to try 200 high-level members of the military and government for premeditated mass murder of the Armenian population. The ICTJ decision of 2006 also affirms such a legal basis.
The Court also decided, on the basis of Article 17 (prohibition of abuse of rights), that “The rejection of the legal characterization as ‘genocide’ of the 1915 events was not such as to incite hatred against the Armenian people.” Yet the ECtHR states (para 19) that “the negation of the Holocaust is today the principal motor of anti-Semitism.” We would note similarly that the denialism of the Armenian genocide in Turkey resulted in the assassination of Armenian Turkish journalist Hrant Dink, and has resulted in violence to others in Turkey.
In referring to the Armenian genocide as “an international lie,” Mr. Perençik reveals a level of extremism that belies all sense of judgment. We believe that the Court makes a misstep when it privileges Turkey’s denialism (a country with one of the worst records on intellectual freedom and human rights over the past decades) as a “heated debate.” As the IAGS has written in an Open Letter on denialism and the Armenian genocide (October, 2006), “scholars who deny the facts of genocide in the face of the overwhelming scholarly evidence are not engaging in historical debate, but have another agenda. In the case of the Armenian Genocide, the agenda is to absolve Turkey of responsibility for the planned extermination of the Armenians—an agenda consistent with every Turkish ruling party since the time of the Genocide in 1915. Scholars who dispute that what happened to the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire in 1915 constitutes genocide blatantly ignore the overwhelming historical and scholarly evidence.”
As noted genocide scholar Deborah Lipstadt has written: “Denial of genocide whether that of the Turks against the Armenians, or the Nazis against the Jews is not an act of historical reinterpretation . . . . The deniers aim at convincing innocent third parties that there is another side of the story . . . when there is no other side.” We believe that the Court’s decision and reasoning contributes to denialism and this has a corrosive impact on efforts for truth and reconciliation, and ethics.
We believe it important that the government of Switzerland request a reexamination of the Court’s judgment in this case.
Taner Akçam, Kaloosdian/Mugar Professor, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University
Margaret Lavinia Anderson; Professor of the Graduate School (Current); Professor of History emerita; University of California – Berkley
Joyce Apsel, Master Teacher of Humanities, New York University; Past President, International Association of Genocide Scholars
Yair Auron, head, Department of Sociology, Political Science and Communication, The Open University of Israel
Peter Balakian, Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor of the Humanities, Colgate University
Annette Becker, Professor of History, University of Paris, Ouest Nanterre La Defense; senior member, Institut Universitaire de France
Matthias Bjornlund, archival historian; Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS), Copenhagen
Donald Bloxham, Professor of Modern History, University of Edinburgh
Hamit Bozarslan, Director, EHESS, Paris
Cathy Caruth, Frank H. T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters, Cornell University
Frank Chalk, Professor of History; Director, Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies
Israel Charny, Past President International Association of Genocide Scholars; Director, Institute on the Holocaust and Genocide, Jerusalem
Deborah Dwork, Rose Professor of History; Director of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University
Helen Fein, Independent Scholar; former executive director of Institute for the Study of Genocide (New York)
Marcelo Flores, Professor of Comparative History; director, The European Master in Human Rights and Genocide Studies, University of Siena
Donna-Lee Frieze, Prins Senior Fellow, Center For Jewish History, New York City; Visiting Fellow, Alfred Deakin Research Institute, Deakin University, Melbourne.
Wolfgang Gust, Independent Scholar, Director armenocide.com.de Hamburg
Herbert Hirsch, Professor of Political Science, Virginia Commonwealth University; co-editor, Genocide Studies International
Marianne Hirsch, William Peterfield Trent Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Professor in the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality; Columbia University
Tessa Hofmann, Prof. h.c. Dr. phil, Frie Universitat Berlin, Institute for East European Studies
Richard Hovanissian, Professor Emeritus, Armenian and Near Eastern History at the University of California, Los Angeles; Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Chapman University and the University of California, Irvine
Raymond Kevorkian, Historian, University of Paris-VIII-Saint Denis
Hans-Lukas Kieser, Professor of Modern History, University of Zurich
Mark Levene, Reader in Comparative History, University of Southampton, UK
Robert Jay Lifton, MD; Distinguished Professor Emeritus, The City University of New York
Deborah Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies, Emory University
Wendy Lower, John K. Roth Professor of History, Claremont McKenna College
Robert Melson, Professor Emeritus, Purdue University; Past President, International Association of Genocide Scholars
Donald E. Miller, Professor of Religion; Director, Center for Religion and Civic Culture, University of Southern California
A. Dirk Moses, Professor of Global and Colonial History, European University Institute, Florence and Senior Editor, Journal of Genocide Research.
James R. Russell, Mashtots Professor of Armenian Studies, Harvard University
Roger W. Smith, Professor Emeritus of Government, College of William and Mary; Past President, International Association of Genocide Scholars
Leo Spitzer, K.T. Vernon Professor of History Emeritus, Dartmouth College
Gregory Stanton, Research Professor in Genocide Studies and Prevention, George Mason University; Past President, International Association of Genocide Scholars
Yves Ternon, Historian of modern genocide, independent scholar, France
Henry C. Theriault, Professor of Philosophy, Worcester State University; Co-Editor-in-Chief, Genocide Studies and Prevention
Eric D. Weitz, Dean of Humanities and Arts and Professor of History, The City College of New York/Graduate Center
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11:04 23/07/2014 » Society
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11:02 23/07/2014 » Society
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