Bulgaria's Ruse Recognizes Ottoman Genocide over Bulgarians and Armenians

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Bulgaria??™s Ruse Recognizes Ottoman Genocide over Bulgarians and Armenians: Bulgaria's Ruse Recognizes Ottoman Genocide over Bulgarians and Armenians The Bulgarian city of Ruse recognized officially the Ottoman genocide over Bulgarians and Armenians on Thursday. Photo by vwt.d2g.com:8081/

The Municipal Council of the northern Bulgarian city of Ruse approved Thursday a declaration denouncing the genocide carried out by the Ottoman Empire and later its Young Turks' government against its Armenian and Bulgarian population.

"With the adoption of this declaration, the city counselors proved their responsibility and their compassion to the universal human values, and demonstrated their civic consciousness and morals", announced the representatives of the nationalist Ataka party, which initiated the voting of the declaration.

Ataka expressed its hope that similar declarations would be adopted by the city and town councils around the country. These declarations should be treated as a kind of referendum, with whose decisions the Bulgarian government and parliament would have to comply.

The city of Burgas already approved a declaration recognizing the Armenian genocide at the end of February. This lead to a harsh reaction on part of the Turkish city of Edirne, which terminated all common projects, and severed all connections between the two cities.
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WickedWitch - 23 Apr 2008 // 20:41:25


BSG is a very finely-crafted allegory of modern politics (io9.com actually had a post on how that is why they have included so many familiar everyday objects in a show supposed to take place millions of years in the future). In fact, see "The Ties That Bind" and try not to think of US politics. The good thing is, those people are dealing with stuff we're dealing with (relatively) but they are so far removed that we can explore the interplay of their decisions without having anything personal at stake.

I don't know, Bradbury has always reminded me more of Doctor Who than BSG. But maybe you're thinking of a book I'm not thinking of right now.

And the musical score is gorgeous. I actually have "Are You Alive" on my cell right now (I normally hate classical/ish music on phones but fellow fans appreciate the joke - also got the Dradis as an SMS sound).

All in all, now that the Wire's over - best, smartest show on TV.

Mitko Pitko - 23 Apr 2008 // 05:32:30

Manichka, why don't you ask the Armenian Genocide Survivors and the relatives of the 1,500,000 slauthered by the Turks in 1915 people whether this was true?
Or go to the church in BATAK and see the blood stains on the walls up to the ceiling when the Turks slaughtered the Bulgarinas in 1876? Or did sombedy painted the walls...

JKS - 21 Apr 2008 // 18:16:07


I think BSG is one of the best shows I have watched in along time. It reminds me of the sci-fi I used to read in high school by Ray Bradbury. It has the perfect combination of social commentary combined with current affairs. I really like how they throw in the spiritual issues as well. I was pleasantly surprised by the addition of Dylan’s “All along the Watchtower” in the season finale of season 3. I have listened to that song a thousand times but I didn’t recognize it till they brought it together at the very end.

I think Mandalin was joking but BSG actually deals with a lot of the issues in the Balkans like ethnic cleansing, foreign occupation, resurgences, etc…

WickedWitch - 20 Apr 2008 // 22:27:08


I just watched "Ties That Bind" - the latest episode out there - the third episode in season four. My impatience is reaching a fever pitch because I so want to know who the last Cylon is and what happens but I don't want the series to end (and Caprica's just not going to be the same). Also, the episodes are getting better one after the other this season; it's breathtaking.

I've gotten to introducing people to the show and enjoying the novelty vicariously through them. :-)

JKS - 20 Apr 2008 // 19:23:48

Hey WW,
what episode have you gotten to? I just finished season 3, pretty intense...

WickedWitch - 20 Apr 2008 // 02:54:06

Hey, you leave Battlestar Galactica out of your little troll excursions or I'll fill this forum chock-full of spoilers about every season plus the last. Then I'll throw you out of the airlock. Fiction, my arse.

Buddy - 20 Apr 2008 // 00:24:17

Do you why it is from Steal, because prior to that all christians churches where burned, and the last big bulgarian church was built from steal so that it could never be burned out and eradicated from the face from Konstantinipol. So now, your little brain, will probably understand why it is from steal!

Lotus - 19 Apr 2008 // 16:53:58

Proud of you!

Pisna Mi - 19 Apr 2008 // 16:04:08

yep, dats 500 years of brutal turkish oppression. Then we got f*ked over by the western powers after the russo-turkish wars in the treaty of Berlin. Followed by an unfortunate spate of revanchism that resulted in the balkan wars. Then we decided to join the wrong sides in BOTH world wars, followed by the instatement of a stupid communist regime and now we stand oppressing ourselves in a mafia-state despite sumhow, being part of the EU. And u tell me about a democratic state. How i wish it was so but history tells a different story.

Buddy - 19 Apr 2008 // 15:43:05

For you, I am, Sir!!! Not Hey or Raya, or Slave, or infidel- gyaur! I dont like the wordings you use like an yanitschar and be reminded,SIR,when you would like to adress me on the web, I am Sir for you, or you and many like you will get to know the power of, where ever you might be, the RULE of LAW!

DP - 18 Apr 2008 // 22:38:47

Thanks JKS!

Didn’t even think about this church. The point is that this church is not a testament of the religious tolerance of the Turks but a product of prolonged negotiations between the representatives of the Bulgarian minority and the Porta in the late period of existence of the Ottoman empire—during the time it became known as “The Sick Man of Europe.” I couldn’t believe that kardjali would be misrepresenting the capitulation of the week, on the verge of disintegration Ottoman Empire, as a magnanimous gesture of generosity on the part of some emir.

As a matter of fact I was thinking of the glorious church, St.Sofia Orthodox Church, converted into a mosque by the Ottoman conquerors.

JKS - 18 Apr 2008 // 21:36:56

I think he is talking about this one DP,


DP - 18 Apr 2008 // 20:14:40

"howmany bulgarian knows why ottman emire build a bulgaian church (made from steel by austrian architect/artist ) in the heart of istanbul ?"

And do you know what you are talking about kardjali? Was that church in question build by the Ottomans or by the Byzantines? Have you heard of Constantinople pal?

mandalin - 18 Apr 2008 // 19:58:19

dont use bad words "kardjalifcuker". be polite !!

kardjalifcuker - 18 Apr 2008 // 19:54:12

hate will bring blood ...Bulgarians dont know history they dont know even their own histrory before and after ottoman empire .a giant ottoman emire can kill all the bulgarians and armenians in 1 week .their little brain cant see that ...
they create only hate and this will comeback as a blood to their children.

howmany bulgarian knows why ottman emire build a bulgaian church (made from steel by austrian architect/artist ) in the heart of istanbul ?

anyway golden saddle wont make a donkey horse :))) soon EU will see that :)))

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