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Book on Armenian Genocide becomes bestseller in Turkey

The prominent Turkish journalist Hasan Cemal’s recent book titled “1915: Armenian Genocide,” which was published last month, has become a bestseller in Turkey, Today’s Zaman daily’s columnist writes in his article.

The daily stresses that the author of this controversial book is the grandson of Cemal Pasha, a key figure in the Young Turk government. In his book, Hasan Cemal not only presented factual data on the tragedy, but, also, he spoke about how his personal views have changed and how he turned from a genocide denier to a recognizer.

“The book starts with the first column Hasan Cemal wrote on the topic on Feb. 18, 1985, largely loyal to the official view of Ankara, which maintains that the question has to do with ‘reciprocal massacres’ between Armenians and Muslims, and ends with the talk he gave at the University of California, Los Angeles on March 31, 2011, in which he recognized the ‘Armenian genocide,’” the columnist writes.

The book also quotes passages from Cemal Pasha’s memoirs published in Germany in 1919, in which Cemal Pasha—who is considered to be one of the organizers of the genocide—specifically claimed that, “The real blame [for the Genocide] is with the Russian policy which rascally incited them to attack each other [that is, the Armenians and the Turks].

Pointing to the fact that so far no prosecutions were launched in Turkey against the book’s author, or its publisher, Today’s Zaman states: “Turkey is moving on to leave no taboos unbroken on the other.”

“The late Hrant Dink, a prominent Turkish-Armenian journalist, who fell victim to a racist plot in 2007, said, ‘Neither denial nor recognition first, but cognition.’ I believe those words are still relevant,” Today’s Zaman’s columnist concluded in his article.


Source: http://news.am/eng/news/126656.html


Scholarship program of the Berlin House of Representatives

The Study Foundation of the Berlin House of Representatives sponsors a scholarship program for young scholars of all fields. The program is directed to applicants from the USA, Great Britain, France and the former Soviet Union. Applicants should be working on research projects that require a 12 months stay in Berlin.
Undergraduates and graduates receive 770 EUR, postdocs 1,300 EUR per month. The scholarship includes travel costs to and from Berlin and free lodging in the International Study Center Berlin. The maximum age is 35 for postdocs and 25 years for undergraduates.

The application deadline is December 15, 2012. The scholarship will begin on October 1, 2013 and end on September 30, 2014.

Studienstiftung des Abgeordnetenhauses von Berlin
Niederkirchnerstr. 5
D-10111 Berlin
Tel. 0049 30 23252005
Fax: 0049 30 23252008
Email: studienstiftung@parlament-berlin.de
Email: studienstiftung@parlament-berlin.de
Visit the website at http://www.parlament-berlin.de (Quicklink: Studienstiftung)

Father of PET

Michel M. Ter-Pogossian (1925 – June 19, 1996) was an Armenian-American physicist who is one of the fathers of positron emission tomography (PET), the first functional brain imaging technology. PET could effectively be used to evaluate what areas of the brain were active during various mental processes versus looking at the structure of the brain through conventional CT.

Ter-Pogossian was born in Berlin, the only child of Armenian parents who had settled in Germany after escaping the Armenian Genocide during World War I. The family moved to France when Michel was a young child. He earned degrees in science from the University of Paris and from the Institute of Radium. In 1946, he emigrated to the United States to attend Washington University of St. Louis; he later joined the faculty of Washington University School of Medicine. He was married and had three children and five grandchildren.

PET scanning is one of the most promising techniques for cancer detection and has applications in monitoring heart disease. The development of new radioligands may allow more uses of positron emission tomography for other areas in medicine.

The technique uses the injection of ultrashort acting radioactive substances commonly bound to water or deoxyglucose. The deoxyglucose method directly measures brain metabolism whereas the radioactively labelled water is effective at measuring brain blood flow.

Germany’s Strongest Man

Born in Iran to Armenian parents, Patrik Baboumian always knew he wanted to become an international strongman. One of his fondest memories with his father, now deceased, was watching the Incredible Hulk rip off his shirt and magically transform into a green robust monster. At the age of seven, the hopeful athlete moved with his mother and grandmother to Germany, where he began to cultivate his skill for strength.

Patrik Baboumian 2 300x156 Big Armenian Heart: An Interview with the ‘Strongest Man of Germany’


Shortly after breaking the German heavyweight loglift record last year, Patrik Baboumian achieved the title of Germany’s “Strongest Man.” The current world log lift record-holder in the 105k-category (165 kg), Baboumian has plans to triumph in the World’s Strongest Man competition this month.

Source and interview: http://www.armenianweekly.com/2012/08/29/the-strongest-man-of-germany/

The Berd Bears

A Berd Bear (pronounced: Baird Bear) is a one-of-a-kind, 100% handmade teddy bear crafted through an ancient technique that was initially introduced to the region of Berd, Armenia by a German nun.  A woman in Berd recognized that the bears were unlike any other and recruited some pioneers to join her. The craftswomen then united with toy-expert and Norwegian Consul Timothy Straight, and together they re-designed a modern classic.

the women of Berd are mostly mothers who aside from this project and their craft have limited options for income, particularly due to closed borders and barren industry.  They are also artisans who finally have the opportunity to put their world-class craftmanship to work and are empowered by the camaraderie that comes with being part of a creative community, in a town that previously held no place for one.

Each bear takes over 20 hours to make, is 100% handmade, and no two are the same. They also measure a substantial 15 inches (38 centimeters) tall, and the joints rotate a full 360 degrees for unconstrained imagination.  Old world meets new.

Info from http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/525757888/berd-bears-old-world-meets-new

More about Sister Hanna and her unlikely move to the town of Berd: http://archive.hetq.am/eng/society/0407-hanna.html