My great grandmothers name was Ester Melkonyan. She is my hero as she was able to survive the Armenian Genocide; a French solidier, later my great grandfather, saved her and three of her brothers and sisters. One of her sisters didnt make it; she was taken by a Turkish man. To this day, my mother doesnt know whether we have family in Turkey or if she was starved and beaten like the rest of my ancestors. I wear the Forget Me Not flower with Pride. I’ll wear it and never forget.


Antoine Agoudjian, a French artist of Armenian origin, has opened a photography exhibition called “The cry of silence, traces of an Armenian memory” in a part of the old city walls in Amed, North Kurdistan (Bakur)

The #EiffelTower in #Paris , #France is dark #tonight on April 24, 2015 in Memory of #Armenian #Genocide Victims in commemoration of the 100th #Anniversary of the #ArmenianGenocide … The #lights of the #Eiffel #Tower are put out at 22 CET tonight, according to the decision of #ParisMayor #AnneHidalgo #French #humanrights #Armenia #CNN #bbc #FOXNEWS #BarackObama #Obama #USA #US #american #weremember #TurkeyFailed #TurkeyisGuiltyofGenocide #Parisian #LOVE #HUMANITY (at Paris France)

Neglected Historical Fact of the Day: What is a Nation State and why are they silly?

Now you might have heard people call the US nationalistic, which is a term I don’t think is actually accurate.  See, the US, for all of its faults, is not, and has never been a nation state?  

So what is a nation state? Iis based on the political principle that a country exists to serve as the homeland for a “nation” aka one people.  For example, Japan is a Nation state, the country exists on the principle of Japan exists for the Japanese, and this is a nation for the Japanese.  Ergo why the country is called Japan, the language is Japanese and the people are Japanese.   France is a country for the French, the language and the people are French.  See in the US we see nation and country as the same term, but in most parts of the world nation usually means “a people”.  Before Israel came into existence the Jewish Nation was used to refer to the Jewish people regardless of what state they were living in.  The term Romani Nation is used today for the same purpose.  The Nation State is based on the principle of a state existing for those peoples, and an idealized Nation state world is one where every single peoples has their own country.  The Nation State emerged as a response to the Imperial Method of nation, where multiple peoples with nothing in common were bound together by loyalty to a common authority.  The Austrian-Hungarian Empire and the Russian Empire were two examples of this, states where hundreds of different ethnic/racial/religious groups were all serving the same state and bound together by a common allegiance.  Of course in both those example, certain groups (Germans and ‘White’ Russians specifically were favored).  Woodrow Wilson’s “14 points” speech was very much based upon the principle that independent ethnic groups running around deserved their own country where they can live rather than being a minority in a larger empire.  And that sounds nice…until you look at the details.  The greatest problems with the Nation State are 

1) Borders aren’t nice and clean.  

It would be nice to imagine this like some sort of MMO world, where each geographical area was populated by one people, but sadly things aren’t that neat and tidy.  And while a Nation State can almost make sense in Japan, where 98.5% of the population is of the same ethnic back ground, outside islands with a history of isolationism, it doesn’t quite work.  

So Serbia has been oppressed of other Empires for centuries be it the Byzantine, the Ottomans, or Austrians, and when they finally got their own country, tens of thousands of Serbians were still living in Austrian dominations.  So they wanted to get their own nation where all the Slavs lived in peace.  Problem is while the geographical area of Yugoslavia (literally land of the Slavs) has a Slavic majority, there are many ethnic groups who live there who…aren’t Slavic.  Jews, Romani, Germans, Turks, Croatians, Slovenians, and oh yeah…Bosnians.  So when the people of Bosnia, who aren’t Slavic and don’t fit into the Yugoslavian identity attempt to claim some degree of independence, what happens?  Oh wait, a massive genocide.  Good job.  And it isn’t like that was the first Genocide in Yugoslavia, just the first one we cared about.  We had the Croat attempt to wipe out the Slaves, the response genocide, and the mass slaughter/deportation of the German ethnicities after WWII.  

Or how about Iraqi Arab nationalism, which doesn’t exactly have a place for the Kurds in their world.  Hey look, another genocide.  

Or to chose a non Genocidal example, how about the treatment of the Ainu in Japan?  

2) Nationalism is based upon principles of of reclaiming lands of importance.  Again, at first glance this makes sense, after all if a group of people are denied a country, wouldn’t it make sense to let them own places of historical importance to them?  Yeah, makes sense until you look at the details.  After all nobody can deny that A) The Jews have been oppressed throughout history B) Israel is the traditional homeland of the Jews.  Ok makes sense…except in the 1800 years since the jews were forced from their homeland, other people came to live in that region, and for the Jews to come live there, they would need to drive the people who have been living there out of the area.  Yeah, it becomes a little difficult to play the part of the victimized people (even if said victimization was entirely true) if you are driving people out of a land they have lived in for centuries at gun point.  This is a problem that comes up again in the Yugoslavian genocide, after all a great deal of Bosnian is located on lands of extreme historical importance to the Serbs…but the Bosnians have been living there for centuries, and how can you get them to leave?   Oh bullets?  That works I suppose.  This is not even getting into places like Mecca that are sacred to multiple groups.  

3) Turns out, a common origin does not relate to a common view.  See the “Nation” part of Nation state can refer to ethnicity, language, culture, religion or race.  And while it is nice to believe that all French people have some sort of common ground that means they can understand each other on a deeper level…that isn’t actually true.  Lets look at Japan for example, 98.5 a single ethnic group and yet you have extremely contentious political battles, with people fighting constantly.  I mean why would speaking Japanese and being of Yamoto descent mean that you agree on economic policy, views on the military, religious views, or apologizing for the Rape of Nanking which Japan still hasn’t done yet…oh wait sorry got off topic there.  

4) Immigration.  See the US is not a Nation states, and while we go through periods of being cruel to immigrants, which you can see with our racist treatment of hispanics in this country.  But in the US this goes through phases, for awhile we were racist against the Irish and now they are entirely accepted into the country, same with Italians, Pols, Swedes etc.  Eventually once enough Hispanics come to the country we will start to accept them as Americans, starting with the light skinned ones of course, and we will find some other group to hate.   This isn’t true of Nation states, as you will notice from the anti immigration movements in Europe.  If your country is based upon the principle of one country for one ethnic group, there isn’t very much room for ethnic minorities coming in, after all if France is for you know..the French what do you do with the Africans and Middle Easterners coming into the country?   It doesn’t matter if they speak the language (which many of them do as a first language) You can’t make an Arab or a Berber French.  And don’t even get me started on Jews and Romani.  The nation state is all about uniformity, and when people can’t conform to the majority ideal (aka ethnic minorities) they will be persecuted.  You want another example?  How about the treatment of Korean immigrants in Japan?  Doesn’t matter if they have lived there for generations, doesn’t matter if they speak the language, doesn’t matter if they are completely assimilated, according to many they can never be “real” japanese.  

Or how about how Ireland is oppressed for centuries by the English, and when most of the Island gets independent, what do they do?  Go around and oppress Turkish migrants.  

5) National Languages are stupid?

You know why learning french is frustrating in the US?  France has a National Language council who try to determine what is “real” french” vs. “wrong frencH” and they stick to this version no matter how archaic it is.  NOt to mention the inherent problem of telling the many African countries that have French as a first language that their french is wrong?  Also why do you need to speak a language to be part of a country?    If I’m born in the US, and I only speak Spanish, I’m American, why can’t it be the same in Japan.  Oh wait because we can’t have the pureblood diluted with filthy immigrants.  And most nation states don’t care if you speak their language as a second language, you still aren’t “really” a member of the group, just ask the Jews or Romani.  

6) Nation states by their very nation are sensitive about criticism. 

If the basis of your nation is “We need a country for our own special culture” it can be very hard for them to admit to fault.  I mean, lets look at how Japan has handled their warcrimes during WWII, do you see any apology forthcoming towards the Rape of Nanking, unit 731, the comfort women or the many other things Japan did during their time.  Nation states by there very nature are about glorifying and promoting the Nation as something worth building a state about…it is not really about accepting that they did bad things.  Look at the way France, or Belgium or Spain or Italy have handled their colonial atrocities, they aren’t exactly forthcoming about the way they treated the countries whose people are immigrating into their borders.  Getting nationalists to admit fault with their country is like pulling teeth.  

7) The Nation is a myth

WTF is “French Culture”?  Go to different parts of France you will get a different answer, or different time periods or different sub cultures.  Is Catholicism french?  Because you have French Protestants who have lived in the country since Martin Luther’s day.  Is electro music french?  Is a certain accent french?  Hair style?  Mistresses?  Favorite food?  It is totally unclear.  

Before people say I am making the US look too good, I will get into a Civic State next time.  

#CharlesAznavour … #Armenians not only survived, Armenians #sing … The #Armenian sings the #song on his #heart and #soul all over the #world … #TurkeyFailed #TurkeyisGuiltyofGenocide #Aznavour #Paris #France #theking #French #chanson #actor #producer #filmmaker #film #movie #singer #celebrity #live #life #LOVE #armenianculture #instalove #music #frenchsong (at Paris France)

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A century on, 103-year-old Armenian recalls rescue from mass killings

YEREVAN, April 22, 2015:

Now 103 years old, Silvard Atajyan remembers vividly when French soldiers saved her, her sister and their parents from the mass killings by Ottoman Turks that 100 years on has stoked tempers once again.

First taken to Egypt from territory in what is now Turkey, she eventually made it to the Armenian capital of Yerevan, where she and tens of thousands will this week mark the anniversary of the World War One killings of up to 1.5 million Armenians.

The events are overshadowed by renewed debate over whether the killings constitute genocide, as argued by Armenia, many Western scholars and some Western governments. This month Pope Francis also used the word to describe the 1915 massacres.

Turkey denies that the killings, which took place at a time when Ottoman Turkish troops were battling Russian forces, constituted genocide. It says there was no organised campaign to wipe out Armenians and no evidence of any such orders from the Ottoman authorities.

For Atajyan, it will be a time to remember her aunt, uncle and cousins who were killed, although she does not want to linger over sad memories.

“I don’t want to talk about my bad memories, although I’ve buried my parents, my six sisters and brothers and my husband,” said Atajyan, who turned 103 in April.

With her eyes filling with tears, she says she will now concentrate on the future, her grandchildren and her great grandchildren, rather than get sucked into a debate which has raged for decades.

“I’m a happy person after all as I have four children, seven grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren,” said Atajyan, who lives with her son in a house in Yerevan. Her granddaughter and great-grandson live next door.

Torch-lit march

Dozens of government delegations, including the Presidents of France, Russia, Serbia and Cyprus, are expected to take part in the commemorations, which have prompted frenzied preparations across Yerevan.

The Armenian Apostolic Church will on Thursday canonise victims and the main events the next day will begin with guests going to a hilltop memorial and end with a torch-lit march.

Armenia, a former Soviet republic of 3.2 million people, wants other countries to recognise the mass killings as genocide. The debate has long soured its relations with Turkey.

In February, Armenia withdrew landmark peace accords with Turkey from Parliament, setting back US-backed efforts to bury a century of hostility between the neighbours.

While the European Parliament, France and others call the killings genocide, other countries, including the United States have refrained from doing so.

“We are glad to see that more countries and even the Pope recognise Armenian genocide. It should be done so that it is never repeated,” said Susana Karapetyan, a 32-year-old resident of Yerevan.

  • Full Name: Tsveta Zelenka
  • Nickname(s): Captain
  • Birthday: 10th of december
  • Nationality: French
  • Origins/Heritage: Armenians roots from his Mom, Romani roots from his Dad.
  • Sex: Dmab
  • Gender: Male
  • Preferred Pronoun(s): He/his
  • Romantic Orientation: Homoromatic
  • Sexual Orientation: Homosexual
  • Religion: Christian background, but he’s not religious.
  • Parents: Nadezhda & Lovrenko Zelenka
  • Siblings: Lyuben
  • Birth Order: 2nd and youngest.
  • Family: Peter, Louise, Mathis, Lavrenti, Leszlek, his team.
  • Main Ships: Tsveter (Peter, endgame), Lavrenta (Lavrenti, his soulmate, platonic in most AUs), Leszlenta (Lavrenti and Leszlek, engame in some AUs), Tsvethis (Mathis, usually more a series of one night stands + one of his best bros)
  • Children: /
  • Closest Friends: Lavrenti, Peter, Leszlek, Mathis
  • Rivals: Mathis
  • Enemies: Jean-Kevin, Mathis’ dad, Peter’s mom.
Physical Traits
  • Eye Color(s): Green
  • Hair Color(s): Brown with auburnish undertones.
  • Skin tone: 5D (ref here)
  • Weight: 87 kg (mostly muscles though)
  • Height: 165 cm
  • Body Build: Very muscular even though he’s quite short.
  • Notable Physical Traits: Lots of freckles, scars from when he was a kid and ran into trees, a broken tooth on the side of his mouth, a protesis down from his knew on the right leg.
  • Clothing Style: Mostly casual when he’s not training. When he is, it’s training clothes. The rest of the time, he could be a fashion disaster if people around him didn’t make sure all the items in his wardrobe more o r less match each other.
  • Possible faceclaim: /
Phobias and Diseases
  • Phobia(s): /
  • Mental Disease(s): /
  • When and how was this diagnosed?: / 
  • Physical Disease(s): He lost his right leg up to the knee.
  • When was this diagnosed and/or how did it happen?: Depends on the universe but generally in a car accident, when he is almost thirty.
  • Usual Mood/Expression: Goofy smile.
  • Five Prominent Traits: Sportive, nice, energic, goofy, empathetic.
  • Anything else you want to add: In the versions with powers, he has endless stamina, which makes it really hard for him to sleep so he picks up weird hobbies to keep himself occupied and then makes a detailed report to his friends in the morning.
  • Major life events: His father’s death before he was born, managing to graduate from high school even though he’s not really smart in an academical way, getting into professional sports, winning an olympic medal as the captain of the team, losing his leg, romantic relationships in general.
  • Education: Graduated from high school with a sportive option, then a sports school.
  • Occupation: Professional handball player, then coach for the youngest teams.
  • Skills: Handball, sports in general, making people smile, good with kids, tells some funny puns
  • Hobbies: sports, cuddling with his boyfriends, hanging out with his friends, he takes online classes when he can’t sleep because he still has too much energy left, taking dumb selfies + pictures of everyting around him.

Before everybody starts to unfollow me I just want to say that I’m sorry for all the people who had lost their ancestors at the war.
I’m from TURKEY but my grandparents are from Thesseloniki which is in Greece.
And if you ever look at the map and know where Turkey is, its easier to understand me.
While World War 1, Turkey which is then Ottoman Empire had many battlefront.
West, there were Greek, British, Anzac; East, Armenian, French…
At that time we didnt even have that force, food, not even have proper cloths..
The every next day that Turks said they were in the World War 1, the very next day Ottoman Armenians revolt against just like Greeks.
So war is war so many people had died from each side today just like Armenians also we are remembrace our lost too. I could be wrong about the history of your sides but as you have believes and things that you thinkmis true also I have. War is in itself a massacre. And in my opinion after 100 years of insisting to make us accept things that we dont, is just disregard to your and our ancestors.
We should be respectul to one each other that they havent died in vain.