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Model Citizens of the State: The Jews of Turkey During the Multi-Party Period

This groundbreaking book by Jewish-Turkish scholar, Rifat Bali, provides an exposé of the treatment of the Jewish community in Turkey from 1950 to the present, their fight against anti-Semitism, the struggle for their constitutional rights, and the attitude of the Turkish state and society towards these problems. In documenting the Turkish state’s manipulation of its vulnerable Jewish minority and their acquiescence, this book serves as a valuable case study of how Realpolitik in domestic politics and foreign relations distorts the truth and how coercion by the powerful contributes to the violation of collective human rights. It will be of interest to academics and students of non-Muslim minorities in Turkey, political lobbyists in America, Israeli policy-makers, as well as to the Jewish, Greek and Armenian communities around the world.

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University of St Thomas Journal of Law and Public Policy, Volume IV, Number 2

The University of St. Thomas Journal of Law and Public Policy has just released its latest issue (Vol. IV, Number 2, Spring 2010), which is dedicated to the proceedings of a conference on “The Armenian Genocide within the Framework of National and International Law,” held at the university in February of this year. Appearing during the 95th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, this volume opens with words from the prayer of Pope John Paul II at the Memorial at Tzitzernagaberd in 2001: Listen, O Lord, to the lament that rises from this place, to the call of the dead from the depths of the Metz Yeghern, the cry of innocent blood that pleads like the blood of Abel, like Rachel weeping for her children because they are no more. Legal studies related to the Armenian Genocide are rare, but this is the first issue of a law journal devoted entirely to the subject. As the Table of Contents on the cover indicates, the papers are on a wide range of topics, from the failure of reforms in the Ottoman Empire in the 19th century to the ability of the State of Massachusetts to teach the Armenian Genocide today. As Editor-in-Chief John Sandy notes in his introduction, the Armenian Genocide is not only the first genocide of the 20th century, it is also the prototype for how subsequent genocides worked. He goes on to observe that “The immense cost of the destruction, the mass movement of refugees and the clean-up after genocide will fall to the countries most prepared to provide aid. It is therefore in their national interest, as well as that of the rest of the world, to create an effective international legal regime for the prevention and punishment of genocide. In devoting the current issue to the Armenian Genocide, we hope to understand genocide in general, and to stimulate greater interest in genocide and the law. Most importantly, through scholarship, we hope to give voice to the voiceless.” The conference was jointly organized and sponsored by the Journal and the International Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (IIGHRS) (A Division of the Zoryan Institute), with the participation of the Cafesjian Family Foundation and the Minneapolis Foundation.

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Studies in Comparative Genocide

Many of the world's leading authorities in history, sociology, political science and psychology shed new light on the major genocides of the 20th century in this book from Macmillan Press of London. The volume covers the genocides of the Armenians, Bosnians, Gypsies, Jews, Rwandans, and Ukrainians, and also topics of genocide denial and prevention. 

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