Category: Germany

Analysis: The Sick Man on the Bosporus

Analysis: The Sick Man on the Bosporus

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Special to the Mirror-Spectator BERLIN — In the late 19th century, the cliché phrase making the rounds of the imperial palaces in Europe, was that the Ottoman Empire, a creature in which they all had their vested interests, was the sick man of Europe. The means the Great Powers devised to cure […]

AKP in Campaign Frenzy: Crossing the Red Lines

AKP in Campaign Frenzy: Crossing the Red Lines

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Special to the Mirror-Spectator BERLIN — Few could have imagined the depth to which relations between Germany and Turkey have sunk over the past weeks. No matter how accustomed one has become with outrageous statements issuing from Ankara, who could have predicted that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would accuse the government […]

In Praise of Folly

In Praise of Folly

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Special to the Mirror-Spectator ROSENMONTAG, Germany — If it were not so tragic, it would be comical. That might be one way of reflecting on current political developments. But then, perhaps the best way to deal with the tragic, as Shakespeare has taught us, is to turn to comedy: to use it, […]

Turkish Diplomats Seek Asylum in Germany

Turkish Diplomats Seek Asylum in Germany

BERLIN (Public Radio of Armenia) — Germany says it has received 136 asylum requests from Turks holding diplomatic passports since the July coup attempt against the Turkish president, the BBC reports. The figure is a total for the period August 2016 to January 2017, German media report. Turkey has urged Germany not to grant asylum to any military […]

Architecture as Witness to Genocide

Architecture as Witness to Genocide

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Special to the Mirror-Spectator CONSTANCE, Germany — For almost a decade, a photographic exhibition on the “Nakba,” the expulsion of the Palestinians from their lands in 1947-48, has been travelling around Germany, and in virtually every site, the organizers from the Association of Refugee Children in Lebanon have run up against opposition. […]

Programs Featuring Cem Ozdemir Draw More than 1,000 in Canada

Programs Featuring Cem Ozdemir Draw More than 1,000 in Canada

MONTREAL and TORONTO — Altogether more than 1,200 people attended events in Montreal and Toronto commemorating the centennial of the assassination of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, and featuring Cem Ozdemir, the co-chair of the Green Party in Germany, and a member of parliament there who was the main force behind the resolution which that body […]

Liman von Sanders: A Matter of Honor

Liman von Sanders: A Matter of Honor

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Special to the Mirror-Spectator DARMSTADT, Germany — What constitutes honor? This is not an abstract question, but a very practical one in connection with a controversy that has recently erupted in Germany. The case involves the designation of “graves of honor” in a historic cemetery in the city of Darmstadt, not far […]

Decade after Dink: Cem Ozdemir to Headline Program Honoring Late Journalist

Decade after Dink: Cem Ozdemir to Headline Program Honoring Late Journalist

By Alin K. Gregorian Mirror-Spectator Staff TORONTO — It is hard to believe that 10 years have passed since Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink was assassinated in cold blood in Istanbul, outside the offices of Agos, the bilingual weekly newspaper he co-founded and for which he served as editor-in-chief. In the decade since January 19, 2007, […]