Our advice: avoid turducken.
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On which Allied forces begin the assault on the Gallipoli Peninsula which First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill, believes will knock Turkey from the war and lay bare the soft underbelly of the Central Powers.
An elderly Georgian woman is facing legal action after accidentally terminating internet service to Armenia. This is an especially hard blow for the tiny temporary country, which is said to be struggling to find its feet and constantly on guard against neighbor and historical enemy Turkey, which tends to erase Armenia from the map every couple of generations.
The elderly prankster says she was digging for copper when she inadvertently stripped the data-carrying line, causing the data outage in Armenia, as well as in some parts of Georgia and Azerbaijan. Although authorities fixed the problem within a few hours, the incident was said to be a tremendous inconvenience for the dozen or so Armenians familiar with the internet.
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On a day which, barring one regrettable action, would have ranked among the best in his life, Tevfik Altin’s world quite suddenly turned to shit. By the time the sun had set, this Turkish newlywed found that he was not only a patricide, but also whatever a person who kills his aunt is called.
Things turned sour when Altin chose–in retrospect, perhaps unwisely–to participate in the celebratory local custom of firing an AK-47 into the air. Altin, clearly a Turk above all others, somehow managed to slay his father and two aunts. He also injured six other people, three of whom were children.
Police promptly arrived on the scene and took that turkey into custody.
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Despite pleas from the Obama Administration, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs has voted to label Turkey’s 1915 pogrom against Armenians as a genocide.
From a strategic standpoint, this is madness. The Turks have already made clear their feelings on the issue, and to persist in this course risks alienating our closest Muslim ally (Turkey, it should be noted, is a model among predominately Muslim nations for its staunchly secular government). Moreover, the raising of this issue now risks undermining recent overtures between Turkey and Armenia.
Conversely, Turkey’s argument is that the 1915 massacres did not constitute a genocide, claiming that the death statistics have been exaggerated. While that is indeed very likely, it is a specious argument. A genocide is both a deliberate and a systematic elimination of a people. It is a crime of intent, and the relative size of the body count doesn’t matter.
Turkey Shoot Here: Turkey recalls ambassador after US vote on Armenia ‘genocide’ – Times Online.