Turkey to return some confiscated Christian properties

VatopaidiFriend: Our friend that sent us the following article, also sent the following comment «I fear it is too early to «celebrate» the issue of this decree/law. We must wait and study in detail the particular provisions of this decree/law and observe how effectively and impartially it will be applied by the Turkish authorities which have a long and dreadful history of state discrimination against non-Muslims (Christians, Jews and other minorities…) to the point of their physical and cultural extinction and annihilation. I fear that the deadline of 12 months may be a «legal way» to confiscate the properties definitely and under the cover «legality.» Timeo Turcos et dona ferentes!»

PanARMENIAN.Net – Fearing mounting losses at the European Court of Human Rights and recent adoption of Congressional legislation calling attention to its repression of Christian communities, the Turkish government issued a decree this weekend which would return Christian and Jewish religious properties confiscated after 1936, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

«Erdogan’s decree, clearly prompted by increased Congressional scrutiny of Turkey’s repression of its Christian minority and successive losses at the European Court of Human Rights, would return less than one percent of the churches and church properties confiscated during the Armenian Genocide and the decades that followed it,» said ANCA Chairman Ken Hachikian. «Ninety six years after the genocide perpetrated against the Armenians, Greeks, and Syriacs, this decree is a smokescreen to evade the much broader consequences of those brutal acts. The ANCA will expand its outreach to Congress and the Administration to ensure that the Turkish Government comes to terms with its brutal past, respects the religious freedom of surviving Christian communities and returns the fruits of its crime.”

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Cyprus: USCIRF Concerned Over Demolition of 200-Year-Old Church in Northern Cyprus

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) expressed its concern over the demolition of the 200-year-old Greek Orthodox Chapel of Saint Thekla in the village of Vokolida, in the area of the Republic of Cyprus under the control of the Turkish troops and administered by Turkish Cypriot authorities.  The church was demolished on May 2, 2011. USCIRF calls on local Turkish Cypriot authorities to commit to rebuild the church. Read more… Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

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The holy martyrs of Lazeti

Lazeti is a region in southern Kolkheti (Colchis), the ancient kingdom located in what is now southwestern Georgia and northeastern Turkey. In ancient times, Lazeti was a center of Georgian culture. The holy Apostle Andrew began the conversion of the Georgian nation from this very region.

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Assyrian, Greek, Armenian Genocide Anniversary Commemorated Publicly in Turkey

(AINA) — Just few years ago only a handful of people in Istanbul rallied publicly on April 24 to remember thegenocide perpetrated during the Ottoman reign against Armenians, Assyrians and Greeks. This year’s commemorations took place in five other cities, Ankara, Bodrum, Izmir, Bursa, and Diyarbakir. At Izmir, Assyrian victims were commemorated, too. These protests are highly courageous considering the machinery of denial still at work in official Turkey. An increasing number of Turkish intellectuals refuse to accept the denial policy of their government.

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Greece, Armenia ‘butchered’ by Turkey, says Greek president

Greece and Armenia were “butchered” by Turkey in their past, the Greek president told his Armenian counterpart yesterday as he bemoaned a costly arms race with Ankara that helped create Greece’s vast debts.

“We were butchered by the same barbarian,” President Karolos Papoulias told his counterpart Serzh Sdargsyan who began a three-day visit.

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Greek community in Turkey fears for its survival

Valendi Mihailidis (r) is the only pupil at Kadikoy Greek Primary School

By Jonathan Head

This week members of the Greek Orthodox Church celebrated one of the most important dates in their calendar, the Feast of Epiphany, with young men competing to retrieve crosses thrown by priests into rivers and seas around the world.

The most important ceremony takes place in Turkey’s biggest city, Istanbul, where the spiritual head of the Orthodox Church, Patriarch Bartholomew, throws a cross into the Golden Horn.

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Wikileaks before Wikileaks or the Revelations of a British Spy on Ataturk

BY ARA PAPIAN

Head of the Modus Vivendi Centre

Turkish commentators cannot understand why a photograph of Ataturk was included in a drawer filled with incriminating documents. Some believe that it might have something to do with his involvement in the genocide of the Armenians and Greeks.

The world has many things to say about Wikileaks nowadays, because Wikileaks has much to say about the world. Numerous cables notwithstanding, the following is of note: a picture of Kemal Atatürk came up in a desktop wallpaper available for download from the website portraying various scandals…

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