06 May

Reflections from Gallipoli

Beneath is a piece written by Ms Bianca Hambly, an Australian university graduate, following her visit to Gallipoli for ANZAC Day 2018 ceremonies.

“I was really proud to be a young Australian at Anzac Cove. I am proud of the way those boys went to battle, many of them still children in so many ways. However, what I am most proud of is the way that their story has been allowed to live on through the kindness and generosity of the Turkish government. Mustafa Ataturk has demonstrated to the world, decades before his time, the way that old enemies can become new and lasting friends. I believe that Ataturk showed the world that it is possible to put aside old differences and old wounds and set up a relationship that has not only spanned the globe but the decades.

When I was standing on the cove, looking out over the terrain, I felt a peace. I hope that it was a peace that those boys feel. I know that so much of that comes from the respect that the Turkish people have shown to our soldiers. The way that the country has supported and commemorated our sacrifice alongside theres, really is a testament to the solid and positive leadership that Ataturk showed so many years ago. In my mind, Ataturk revolutionised modern politics and demonstrated to the world that being progressive doesn’t have to have a particular long term outcome in mind.

I believe that there are so many lessons that would have learned from this man, given the chance. I learned about Ataturk only during my time away and I am so glad that I did. He has demonstrated to me that with only a few short years, it is positive to reshape modern politics. I am really humbled that the Turkish people have been so open towards us and allow us to descend on their country every year. I am grateful that they protect our soldiers and help our legacy as well as their own to continue. I hope that this demonstration of good will, mutual respect and political progressiveness can be built upon and actually be used as an example of how to move political relationships to where they should be.”

07 Mar

YPG/SDF Not Allowing Civilians Flee Afrin

The Spokesman for the U.N. Secretary‑General, Stéphane Dujarric confirms that the YPG/SDF are not allowing civilians to flee Afrin as Turkish forces continue to advance towards the terrorist controlled district.

At his daily news conference on 5 March Stéphane Dujarric said:

“There’s now been just over 5,000 people who have exited Afrin, but we understand that the local authorities are still blocking anyone from exiting the district.”

Watch Dujarric here:


07 Mar

Morgenthau’s Hate and Lies Still Haunt History

The letter below was sent on February 9, 2018 to Wall Street Journal (WSJ) which published an earlier article by R.M.Morgenthau, grandson of Henry Morgenthau, former U.S. Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire.
Since 1915 Ambassador Morgenthau did more than anybody to propagate falsehoods about the Turkish Armenian conflict of 1915. Much recent research has shown that Henry Morgenthau’s claims were based on inaccurate information, that the claims were not actual facts but more of propaganda nature. In short these claims were negated and are not used in serious research about the conflict of 1915.
February 8, 2018
To the Editor:
With all due respect to the retired Robert Morris Morgenthau who served previously as District Attorney in Manhattan, his article “Will Trump Tell the Truth About the Armenian Genocide?” (Jan. 25, 2018) is disturbing. If Trump tells the truth, he will have to disagree with Mr. Morgenthau.
The reports of his grandfather, Henry Morgenthau, US Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, (1913-16) regarding the Ottoman – Armenian conflict (1885-1919) are highly skeptical, as he relied on two Embassy subcontractors, Arshag Schmavonian and Hagop Andonian, who were members of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF), which was at war against the Ottoman Empire. Neither Morgenthau nor his Armenian staff witnessed the events they reported. Worse, Morgenthau referred to people of Turkish and Muslim heritage “an inferior race.” The truth is that ignorance and prejudice define Ambassador Morgenthau’s perspective on the Ottoman – Armenian conflict.
Former DA Morgenthau seems to carry that bias in his own perspective, relying on Adolph Hitler as his expert witness. The infamous Hitler quote, “…who talks of the extermination of the Armenians?”, on which Robert Morgenthau relies, was rejected by the Nuremburg Tribunal in November 1945 as unreliable. The false quote was first mentioned in an article in the Times of London on November 24, 1945, “Nazi Germany’s Road to War,” regarding a conversation between Hitler and his Commanders-in-chief on August 22, 1939, prior to the invasion of Poland. Multiple versions of this fateful speech were reported, but only one contained the incendiary quote, which sadly has gained traction, driven by ignorance and prejudice.
Unsurprisingly, former DA Morgenthau ignored legal precedents. In 2015, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the Armenian allegation of genocide has not been legally proven. In 2016, the French Constitutional Council decided the same. In 2012, the US Supreme Court let stand an 11-0 en banc decision of the 9th Circuit that it is US foreign policy not to characterize the Armenian case as genocide. As far back as 1920, the British-led Malta Tribunals dropped charges against 144 Ottoman Officials because there was absolutely no evidence in the British, French and U.S. diplomatic and intelligence archives of an Ottoman policy of persecution and extermination against Armenians.
Indeed, former DA Morgenthau does not appear too concerned with the rule of law, or he would have also not ignored the United Nations, which promulgated the 1948 United Nations Convention on Genocide. The UN rejected the Armenian case as genocide in 1985, and restated that position in 2000, 2007 and 2015.
It takes the Robert Morgenthaus of the world to underscore, not the Armenian tragedy, but the tragedy of prejudice and ignorance in understanding history and ourselves.
Sevgin Oktay, President                                                                                 
Turkish Anti-Defamation Alliance                               
P.O. Box 2586                                                                                      
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603-2397
Dr. Halil Mutlu, Co-Chair
Turkish American National Steering Committee
Washington Turkish House
David Saltzman, Counsel
Turkish American Legal Defense Fund
Turkish Coalition of America

06 Mar

Hidden Threat: PKK

The PKK, a designated terrorist organisation, enjoys a wide support in Australia. The terrorist group raises funds through extortion, drug trafficking and human smuggling in Europe. They run training camps in remote locations and send under-age recruits to Iraq and Syria. Most often they use shell organisations such as Nev-Dam in Germany.

The PKK tactically do not engage in terrorist activities against western countries, but there is no guarantee that that may change anytime soon.

Watch this excerpt from TRT World’s Hidden Threat, an extensive investigative piece which looks at the deep rooted criminal operation network of PKK in Europe.