Monday January 20, 2020

German Parliament recognizes Armenian massacre of 1915 as ‘Genocide’

Turkey has had a history of violently rebutting any country deciding to recognize the Armenian crisis as a genocide

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Grand National Assembly of Turkey. Establishment of the national Parliament. Image source: Wikipedia
  • Raphael Lemkin, a Polish Lawyer, coined the term ‘Genocide’, and believes the first genocide was that of the Armenians by the Ottoman authorities
  • The Ottomans’ ruling Committee of Union and Progress planned to forcibly relocate the Armenians to the Arab parts of the Empire
  • This controversy dates all the way back to the First World War

German parliament passed an overwhelming resolution on Thursday June 2 to recognize the atrocities and mass killings meted out to Armenians in 1915 as Genocide. The resolution has further stirred up the already volatile atmosphere between Turkey and the European Union regarding how to handle the refugee crisis.

Turkey has had a history of violently rebutting any country deciding to recognize the Armenian crisis as a genocide. It withdrew its envoys from the Vatican and Austria after the Pope and Austrian lawmakers first used the word. Along similar lines, Turkey has now withdrawn its ambassador to Germany. United States of America and Israel have not yet made use of the term, only to protect the Turkish sentiment.

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This controversy dates all the way back to the First World War. Just a few years before the onset the war, the Young Turks seized power of the then powerful Ottoman Empire, which spanned North Africa, parts of Europe and the Middle East. The new rulers, who had pledged their allegiance to Germany and the Austro-Hungarian Empire believed they could conquer the Russian army and thus greatly weaken the Allied Forces, Britain, France and Russia.

Secularism in Turkey. Image source: Wikipedia
Secularism in Turkey. Image source: Wikipedia

Things didn’t play out to the best of their interests, and they lost to Russia. This loss created a distrust towards the Armenians. Historian Eugene Rogan tells NPR, “What happened was a small number of [Armenian] militants who did cross over to the Russian side, who did actively try and recruit Armenians to support the Russian cause, made life extremely dangerous for the majority of Armenian civilians who basically had no fight with anyone, did not wish to be drawn into any war and found themselves under tremendous pressure; soldiers who, suspected by their Turkish comrades, begin to get shot down.”

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The Ottomans’ ruling Committee of Union and Progress planned to forcibly relocate the Armenians to the Arab parts of the Empire, but things didn’t just end there. In the first of the killings, some 250 intellectuals and senior counselors of the Armenian community were rounded up and eventually murdered. This was the onset of a frenzy that ended in the death of 1.5 million Armenians.

Raphael Lemkin, a Polish Lawyer, coined the term ‘Genocide’, and believes the first genocide was that of the Armenians by the Ottoman authorities. It is natural for Turkey, which rose from the Ottoman Empire, to find it difficult admitting that the Armenian killings were indeed a genocide, but German Parliament speaker Norbert Lammert said, Turkey’s current government is not responsible for what happened 100 years ago, ‘but it shares responsibility for what happens with it in the future.’ It was important for Germany to acknowledge the massacre of Armenians since it shared responsibilities for the occurrence of the disaster as an ally to the then Ottoman Empire.

-by Saurabh Bodas, an intern at NewsGram. Twitter: @saurabhbodas96

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These three casinos are probably the best worldwide, so they must sit at the top of the list when planning a trip abroad. Pixabay

Three of the world’s best land based casinos. Online casinos have pretty much won the battle with their land-based counterparts, but the latter continue to thrive in certain places. Major gambling hubs continue to attract people from all over the world, with cities such as Las Vegas, Macau and Monte Carlo being shining examples. Not surprisingly, some of the world’s best land-based casinos can be found in these cities, with some exceptions. These three casinos are probably the best worldwide, so they must sit at the top of the list when planning a trip abroad.

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Sin City is famous for its amazing casinos and it is the undisputed leader in the world of land-based gambling. (Representational Image). Pixabay

Aria Casino in Las Vegas

Sin City is famous for its amazing casinos and it is the undisputed leader in the world of land-based gambling. There are dozens of amazing casinos scattered across The Strip and citywide, with new ones opening their doors every year. The Aria Casino which is similar to Conquer Casino Canada and resort stands out from the crowd as the biggest, most beautiful and the most expensive casino ever built. It is a huge place where players are guaranteed to find the most amazing games, exceptional entertainment and some of the best restaurants in the city. Their casino is one of the few that have natural light, something that is truly a rarity in this, otherwise, glowing city. Even though it is the newest casino in town, it already attracts huge crowds and it is expected to be the most popular casino in Las Vegas for many years to come.

Casino Baden-Baden in Germany

Germany is not the first country that comes to mind when people think about gambling, even though there are a couple of cool casinos nationwide. One particular place stands out from the crowd, the amazing casino of Baden Baden.

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Germany is not the first country that comes to mind when people think about gambling, even though there are a couple of cool casinos nationwide. (Representational Image). Pixabay

It was built centuries ago and it is inspired by the Palace of Versailles near Paris, so players can expect the utmost luxury. In the 19th century, it acted as a magnet for rich people from all over Europe, especially members of the French aristocracy. This casino is dripping in gold and it crosses the threshold separating casinos from art galleries and museums. Casual outfits are not accepted, but given the sheer luxury of this place, visitors are encouraged to put their best clothes on.

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