Most of #Australia ignored a genuine outrage last year, the assault by #Turkish-backed #Azerbaijan on the independent, largely #Armenian-populated Republic of #Artsakh, which began on September 27 and concluded only on November 10 with a Russian-brokered ceasefire, which gave the opportunistic Vladimir Putin his long-coveted Russian boots on Southern Caucasus ground in the form of […]
Many #Australians uncritically hail the sacrifice at #Gallipoli as the blooding of a nation. Mainstream media enhances the narrative with digital sound and fury to elevate the Homeric myth in hearts – as war poet Wilfred Owen observed – ‘ardent for some desperate glory’. And somehow, our sons are their sons, lying in #Turkish soil. […]
When Australians went to war for the first time in 1915, they laid over in Egypt for training while waiting to be deployed to Gallipoli, and later the Western Front. Some of them came into contact with the #Armenian colony in Cairo, but a number of #Armenian prisoners at Gallipoli were put to work as […]
I remember … I demand … When accompanied by the purple forget-me-not, these words sum up the Armenian experience of #Genocide. The as-yet-unacknowledged mass murder of 1.5 million #Armenians is a racial memory cemented into the collective national DNA of all living homeland and Diasporan #Armenians. The #Genocide memorial in Yerevan on the hill known […]
‘We have to read the books that ask more of us than we are willing to give,’ said Franz Kafka, the remarkable Czech-German writer who lived around a century ago.