04 Mar

Soft power, Samantha Power and soft intellectuals

by Tal Buenos (*)

Power considerations explain the lingering genocide accusation campaign against Turkey. In international relations, power means the ability to get another state to do what it otherwise would not do. From the perspective of the U.S., how does it try to get Turkey to do things that Turkey would otherwise not do? The fact that the U.S. and Turkey have been enjoying mutually beneficial military and economic cooperation has two clear meanings. One, it would not be rational for the U.S. to threaten Turkey through military action or economic sanctions and two, there is a strong incentive for the U.S. to find ways to maintain this high level of cooperation either through obvious rewards or through a semblance of them.


16 Feb

16.02.2015 – SMH Article about Multicultural NSW Guidelines on February 16th 2015

MEDIA RELEASE : SMH Article about Multicultural NSW Guidelines
on February 16th 2015

February 16th, 2015

As the Australian Turkish Advocacy Alliance (“ATA-A”) We strongly oppose the assertions by the Sydney Morning Herald made on Monday Feb 16, 2015. ATA-A was founded by many Australian Turkish associations as an umbrella organisation in 2013 to advocate on behalf of the interests of the Australian Turkish community. One of our many roles is to advocate against turning foreign historical conflicts into a political football in Australia. (more…)

05 Feb

Who is responsible for the closing of Turkish-Armenian border ?

by Maxime Gauin

A growing campaign, inside and outside Turkey, is advocating the opening of the Turkish-Armenian border, without asking anything of Armenia, as if the Turkish government was the only, or at least the main, actor responsible for the current situation. To understand the real causes of blockade, we can begin with two recent events. This, month, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan invited his Armenian counterpart to the centennial of the Çanakkale (Gallipoli) battle. Mr. Serge Sarkisian answered negatively. After all, he had the right to refuse, but his letter was unsophisticated and aggressive. He stressed the Armenian sufferings only.


03 Feb

03.02.2015 – Great news for multiculturalism and harmony!


February 3rd, 2015

Great news for multiculturalism and harmony

Multicultural NSW (CRC) Adopts guidelines on Recognition of Historical Events

Multicultural NSW (formerly known as Community Relations Commission) has recently adopted a new set of guidelines for local and state governments about “Recognition of Historical Events” . Click here for a PDF of full guidelines..

While expressing the importance of the “respect the right of free speech and expression of opinion” Multicultural NSW also asks the local and state governments to “consider the impact of their decision to community harmony” and “ensure it does not contribute to victimisation of any individual group” and “it is consistent with the foreign policy positions, as determined by the Commonwealth Government” when “recognising an historical event”.