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Why Are Armenians in Turkey Protesting in Front of an Arts Museum?

This tourist attraction was once the site of a horrific tragedy.

Images of the Armenian intellectuals detained and deported from Istanbul on April 24, 1915. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

To commemorate the centennial anniversary of the Armenian genocide—a horrific event that took the lives of an estimated 1.5 million people—more than 100 Armenians in Turkey organized a demonstration in front of the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art in Istanbul. Assembled in front of the building, many held signs that read, “recognize the genocide” or carried red carnations in their hands.

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Naming the Worst Thing Imaginable

The documentary Watchers of the Sky forces viewers to confront genocide via the term’s dedicated, undaunted inventor.

The word by which we call a thing has power. Kill one man, for example, and 12 jurors may call you a murderer. Kill a million, and your countrymen may call you a leader. Thanks to the tireless crusade of Raphael Lemkin, a Polish Holocaust refugee, the world at large has another word for these mass killings: genocide.

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19 Years After the Rwandan Genocide, Educating Women Is Key to Rebuilding

Nineteen years after the genocide against Tutsis, Rwanda is fighting to live by educating young women.


This month marks 19 years since the 1994 Rwandan genocide that killed an estimated 1 million people in 100 days, devastating the country and its people. While remembrance events are held globally throughout the month of April, it is in our land-locked East African country where tributes are felt at the deepest, most profound level.

As a native Rwandan and as the country director for the Akilah Institute for Women, Rwanda's first-ever women's college that's investing in the education of the most promising future professionals and leaders of East Africa, I know the importance of ensuring our students reflect on this tragic part of our history.

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AYM ’09: A STAND Against Genocide

Interviews from the Alliance of Youth Movements summit: Daniel Teweles. STAND, the student-led arm of the Genocide Intervention...

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