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25 Oct
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Proud Week for the Australian Turkish Community

VICTORIA COUNCIL ELECTIONS:
Australian Turkish Advocacy Alliance congratulates Oscar Yildiz for his re-election as councilor in Moreland, Victoria.
Yildiz is the only candidate in the North-West Ward of Moreland who has been elected to Council on primary votes alone.
‘I am blessed to be surrounded by the most selfless, most passionate and committed bunch of people who are my family and my friends,’ said Yildiz in a Facebook post he published to thank to his supporters.

‘Thank you to all of you who have supported me. You have inspired me beyond any measure to continue to devote myself to my community. I love my home city and I am so incredibly proud to be serving it again,’ Oscar said.

Oscar’s endorsement by the wider Moreland community once again proves the success of the Turkish immigration and integration to Australia.

We urge our community to get actively involved in politics at every level to build a better future for our children.

Oscar joins many other Australians with Turkish heritage representing the people of Victoria in politics.

We wish him the best of luck.

TURKISH MOVIES RECEIVE TOP NOMINATIONS

Mustafa Kara’s richly symbolic Northern Turkish tale Kalandar Soğuğu (Turkey, Hungary) and Zeki Demirkubuz’ slow-burn psychological drama Kor (Turkey, Germany) are vying for Best Feature Film in the 10th Asia Pacific Screen Awards, and received three nominations each, according to a press release by the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

Winners in the 10th anniversary edition of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards will be announced on Thursday, 24th of November from the 10th APSA Ceremony in Brisbane, Australia, and via a live webcast to the globe.

REPUBLIC DAY

This week, Australians with Turkish heritage will celebrate the 93rd anniversary of the proclamation of the Turkish Republic in 1923.

There are many events both in Melbourne and Sydney marking this very important National Day for us all.

Australian Turkish Advocacy Alliance invites all our community members to join any of these events and encourage their children to understand the importance of learning their pasts.

Australia’s multiculturalism is its biggest asset. Multiculturalism means raising our kids with pride in their cultural heritage while embracing the values of Australia.

Please take your children to your nearest event this coming weekend.

October 29, 2016

10:00 Melbourne, Federation Square: Flag raising ceremony

11:00 Sydney, Hyde Park: Flower laying to Ataturk memorial (we will then all catch the train to Auburn for the RSL Event)

12:00 Sydney, Auburn Memorial Park: RSL Turk ceremony

19:00 Grand Royal Reception – Alevi Kültür Merkezi (ticketed event)

October 30, 2016

09:00 – 16:00 Sydney, Auburn Athletics Track, Republic Festival, Avustralya Türk Dili ve Kültürü Platformu

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21 Oct
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Turkish Republic Day

Turkish community in Australia will mark the 93rd anniversary of the proclamation of Turkish Republic with various celebrations, activities.

We invite all members of our community and our friends to join these celebrations.

Here is a list of some highlight events:

October 29, 2016
10:00 Melbourne, Federation Square: Flag raising ceremony
12:00 Sydney, Auburn Memorial Park: RSL Turk to host a commemorative ceremony

October 30, 2016
09:00 – 16:00 Sydney, Auburn Athletics Track, Republic Festival

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03 Oct
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New Book Deconstructs the Armenian Campaign

“The Armenian Genocide only exists in the imaginations of some Armenians and in their politicized campaign.”

screen-shot-2016-10-03-at-1-45-08-pmIn his new book, Assistant Professor at The Institute of International and Civil Security (IICS) at Khalifa University, Brendon J Cannon attempts to deconstruct the political recognition campaign for the so-called genocide by the Armenian diaspora. screen-shot-2016-10-03-at-1-44-15-pm

Cannons highlights the fact that the efforts at “Armenian Genocide” recognition have been greatly assisted by many in the West who suffer from occasional maladies associated with historical guilt over the Western excesses such as colonialism, genocide, slavery, ethnic cleansing and two World Wars that shaped the last two centuries.

You can read Cannon’s OpEd about his book on this link.

 

The book, Legislating Reality and Politicizing History – Contextualizing Armenian Claims of Genocide can be purchased from this link.

 

22 Sep
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5 Wrongs In Kim Kardashian’s New York Times Ad

 

screen-shot-2016-09-20-at-9-46-33-amKim Kardashian, the US celebrity who has been described as perhaps the world’s most famous Armenian, has taken out a full-page ad in the New York Times urging the tragic events of 1915 in the Ottoman Empire to be officially called genocide.

The ad in Saturday’s edition and titled “Genocidal Denial Cannot be Allowed”, was in response to an ad in the Wall Street Journal in April by the Turkic Forum rejecting the use of the term genocide.

There are five things wrong with the ad, which bears her signature:

 

1. “Advocating the denial of a genocide by the country responsible for it …”

Countries do not commit genocide. Individuals bear responsibility. That is why the wholesale accusation against the Ottomans, the Turkish Republic and the Turkish people is wrong.

Genocide is a precisely defined legal term. Only competent courts, such as the United Nations’ ICTY, can deliver a verdict on this.

There has been no such verdict against the Ottomans, the Turkish government OR any individuals in relation to Armenian claims during the past 101 years. So, technically, it is not genocide. Australia, along with the US and more than 100 others, is one of the nations around the world that do not formally accept the use of the word genocide in relation to the evens of 1915.

Historically as well, it is an ongoing debate. Again, among historians there is no consensus on whether or not to label the tragic events of 1915 as genocide.

Some Armenians, including Kim Kardashian, want a guilty verdict without trial against a whole nation.

2. “Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?”

Karekin Nezhdeh, an Armenian general founded Armenian Tseghagron, a racist organization through which Armenian young people flowed to the infamous Nazi SS and other elite German military forces

Karekin Nezhdeh, an Armenian general founded Armenian Tseghagron, a racist organization through which Armenian young people flowed to the infamous Nazi SS and other elite German military forces

The remark is attributed to Adolf Hitler in 1939. Hitler did not utter these words. This is a classic example of  fabricating history by some  Armenians.

There is no proof that Hitler ever made such a statement. The attributed quote appears only in one of the three documents from Hitler’s 1939 Obersalzberg Speech. The Nuremberg tribunal deemed the document with the attributed quote to be a forgery and dismissed from the evidence, as the source of the paper was unknown and it differed substantially with the other two copies.

Please see further information specific to Hitler’s alleged quote on this link.

3. “When we allow ourselves to be silenced by money, by fear and by power …”

This statement elaborately sums up the Armenian Diaspora’s modus operandi, as shown by Kim’s expensive full-page ad.

There is also the case of Armenian terror groups that promoted fear for decades.

From the 1970s to the mid-1980s, Armenian terror groups carried out numerous TERRORIST attacks around the world, including more than a dozen on the US soil and two in Australia.

In the wave of these TERROR attacks around the world, at least 46 people were killed and 300 injured. Car bombs, explosive devices and guns were used to silence Turkish voices and scholars who questioned their version of history.

They sought “revenge” on people who were born years after the tragic events. Both the Justice Command for the Armenian Genocide (JCAG) and the Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia (ASALA) received widespread support from some members of the Armenian diaspora in the US and elsewhere according to widely cited intelligence reports.

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To “silence” the late Professor Stanford Shaw, who was a known critic of the Armenian version of history at University of California, unknown assailants bombed his home.

In fact, it is Turkey who wants this tragic chapter of history to be researched and debated openly. It is the Armenian diaspora who wants to silence anyone opposing their version.

 

Follow this link to learn more about the Armenian terror groups in CIA reports.

 

 

4. “Many historians believe if Turkey had been held responsible … the Holocaust may not have happened”

The most serious legal attempt to punish those who perpetuated the alleged crimes was the Malta Tribunals and the cases there collapsed due to lack of evidence.

Special trials were set-up by the British in Malta in 1921. They wanted to convict Ottoman war prisoners of crimes against humanity. But the British prosecutors concluded that there was not enough evidence to prosecute any of the POWs. Subsequently, they were all released.

We believe drawing similarities between the tragic events of the 1915 and the Holocaust shows the utmost disrespect to the survivors of the Nazi regime.

We believe unless all parties acknowledge and take responsibility for their part in the suffering of innocents, the world will continue to see more atrocities such as the ones in Syria, the Azerbaijani city of Khojaly, Sudan, Bosnia and the Congo.

5. “Money talks, and right now it’s talking crap”

Kim Kardashian, thank you for your brutal honesty and introspect!