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CRAG E-Alert - 25 August 2005

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Anatomy of a crime, by Taner Akcam

This is a review article by the Turkish scholar Taner Akcam in the Journal of Genocide Research (Vol 7, # 2, June 2005, pp 255-277).

The Journal is a quarterly publication that uses the three tools of theory, methodology and comparative approach in its research work.

'Anatomy of a crime: The Turkish Historical Society's manipulation of archival documents' represents Akcam's response to a multi-author book entitled 'The Armenians: Expulsion and Migration' published by the Turkish Historical Society in 2004. The book presumed to "refute the claims put forward by the Armenians until today" (p vii).

Akcam's recommended article concludes with the following:

"Now, the Turkish Historical Society and its authors have taken to distorting and altering foreign archival documents in order to bring them in line with the policies of the Turkish regime and its official version of late Ottoman history. [The book] is an intellectual crime, not only against the Turkish academic community, but also against the international community of scholars."

Ealing Gazette Article

Further to our previous d-base e-alerts, CRAG has been informed that the article on the Armenian Genocide in the Ealing Gazette (London) will come out on Friday, 2 September 2005.

The article on the genocide is based in part on interviews, although CRAG is not privy to its contents.

Conference in Istanbul

Reference our previous d-base e-alerts about the cancellation of the Bosphorus conference on the Armenian Genocide in Istanbul last May, and subsequent to the outcry from organisations across the world), the following item was carried by Arminfo & ANN / Groong this week:

The "Armenian Conference" in Turkey cancelled in May 2005 will be held on September 23, at Bosfor University of Istanbul with the same agenda and n the same staff, CNNTurk reports.

It should be noted that on May 25-27 in Istanbul a scientific forum on the topic "Armenians in the period of collapse of the Ottoman Empire" was planned. However, the forum was postponed because of hot counteraction by Turkish nationalists. The forum participants and its organizers - Bosfor University, several pro-governmental and opposition figures were announced "betrayers" and on may 24 the forum was postponed for indefinite period of time. The well-known statement by Justice Minister of Turkey Cemil Cicer played a leading role in the forum's failing. He stated that the "forum of oppositionist intellectuals is a stab in the back of the Turkish people." At the same time, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated in this connection: "Let them speak, we'll see what they will say."

Web-links

Another interesting web-link on the Armenian Genocide that joins all other web-links on the CRAG website is:

http://www.arthistoryclub.com/art_history/Armenian_Genocide

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