International media coverage of the Armenian Genocide 107th anniversary
Armenian Genocide 107th anniversary
What happened in Armenia in 1915?
- Sunday marked the 107th anniversary of the Armenian genocide memorial
- The anniversary didn’t get much coverage across the UK national newspapers or sites – (The Daily Mail and The Times being two of the most prominent to mention the genocide.)
- The US president acknowledged the genocide, which has been criticised by Turkey’s leader Erdogan.
- Turkey objects to the notion of ‘ Armenian genocide ‘ because it says the world doesn’t account for the 2.5 million Muslims that were killed, which includes about 800,000 Armenian refugees in the war that were protected by the Ottomans.
- In total, over 5 million people lost their lives in this conflict, inc Russians, Greeks, Turkish, Armenians and Azerbaijanis.
Armenian news bias
The Independent says workers should “think and reflect” before asking for pay rises, £575,000-a-year Bank of England chief Andrew Bailey told MPs on Monday.
Daily Express says BRITAIN faces “apocalyptic” food bill rises due to the war in Ukraine, the head of the Bank of England warned yesterday.
The Financial Times says Mr Bailey deflected the blame for the soaring cost of living onto global “shocks”, including Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The Guardian says the Bank of England governor has warned that “apocalyptic” food prices caused by Russia’s invasion could have a disastrous impact on the world’s poor.
For centuries the great mountain plateau of Eastern Anatolia—in present-day eastern Turkey—was inhabited primarily by Christian Armenians who shared the area with Muslim Kurds, living peacefully and together.
At the beginning of the 20th century, there were about 2.5 million Armenians living in Eastern Anatolia. About 3 million Armenians also lived beyond the eastern border of the Ottoman Empire, in territory held by Russia.
In a fight for independence supported by Russia, the Caucasian community rebelled against Ottoman rule and began to strive for independence.
Anti-Armenian feelings erupted into mass violence several times in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. When, in 1894, the Armenians in the Sasun region refused to pay an oppressive tax, Ottoman troops and Kurdish tribesmen killed thousands of Armenians in the region.
Another series of mass killings began in the fall of 1895 when Ottoman authorities’ suppression of an Armenian demonstration in Istanbul became a massacre. In all, hundreds of thousands of Armenians were killed in massacres between 1894 and 1896, which later came to be known as the Hamidian massacres. Some 20,000 more Armenians were killed in urban riots and pogroms in Adana and Hadjin in 1909.
Antipathy toward Christians increased when the Ottoman Empire suffered a defeat in the First Balkan War (1912–13), resulting in the loss of nearly all its remaining territory in Europe.
In 1914 the European powers imposed a major reform on the Ottomans that required supervision by inspectors in the east. The Young Turks took that arrangement as further proof of the Armenians’ collusion with Europe to undermine the sovereignty of the Ottoman Empire.
Armenians in the Ottoman Empire fought alongside the Ottomans, while Armenian volunteer units made up of Russian subjects fought on the Russian side.
In the areas where Ottoman and Russian troops faced each other, there were massacres of both Christians and Muslims.