Mes: abril 2012

Lugares donde he estado: Atenas desde la Acr贸polis

Atenas desde la Acr贸polis - Fotograf铆a (c) Charles A.R. Byrne
Imagen (c) Charles A.R. Byrne

Atenas desde la Acr贸polis

Atenas es la capital de Grecia y la ciudad m谩s importante del pa铆s, pero sobre todo es la cuna de la civilizaci贸n occidental y el origen de la democracia.
Con tres millones y medio de habitantes, casi un tercio de la poblaci贸n de Grecia vive en Atenas. Su 谩rea metropolitana ocupa una llanura de 427 km2 en la pen铆nsula del 脕tica.
En Atenas hay muchas colinas, las m谩s importantes son: Licabeto, Acr贸polis, Filopappos y Tourkovounia.

Armenian Genocide , April 24聽1915-1923

 

Armenian Genocide , April 24聽1915-1923
1.5 Million slaughtered

First of all聽I鈥檇聽like to聽apologize聽to those whom those pictures might disturb.

Some of you may or may not know how sensitive when i start talking about this event in history that doesn鈥檛 seem to meet many eyes of the people of the world today.
This event as previously stated is known as the 鈥淎rmenian Genocide鈥 which is only聽recognised聽in 21 countries, 43 states in the USA, 3 regions of spain and 2 states in Australia . Sure when you read those numbers you may think wow that鈥檚 a lot when really it鈥檚 only 11.8% of the world. Turkey refuses to recognise it after 97 years.

So lets get straight to the questions many seem to ask .

  1. What is the Armenian Genocide?
    The Armenian Genocide was centrally planned and administered by the Turkish government against the entire Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire. It was carried out during W.W.I between the years 1915 and 1918. The Armenian people were subjected to deportation, expropriation, abduction, torture, massacre, and starvation. The great bulk of the Armenian population was forcibly removed from Armenia and Anatolia to Syria, where the vast majority was sent into the desert to die of thirst and hunger. Large numbers of Armenians were methodically massacred throughout the Ottoman Empire. Women and children were abducted and horribly abused.
  2. How many people died in the Armenian Genocide?
    It is estimated that one and a half million Armenians perished between 1915 and 1923. There were an estimated two million Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire on the eve of W.W.I. Well over a million were deported in 1915. Hundreds of thousands were butchered outright. Many others died of starvation, exhaustion, and epidemics which ravaged the concentration camps.聽聽
  3. Were there any witnesses聽?
    There were lots of foreigners in the Ottoman Empire who witnessed the deportations. Foremost among them were U.S. diplomatic representatives and American missionaries. 聽Also reporting on the atrocities committed against the Armenians were many German eyewitnesses.聽Many Russians saw for themselves the devastation wreaked upon the Armenian communities when the Russian Army occupied parts of Anatolia. Many Arabs in Syria where most of the deportees were sent saw for themselves the appalling condition to which the Armenian survivors had been reduced. Lastly, many Turkish officials were witnesses as participants in the Armenian Genocide.

Key facts:

  • Armenians all over the world commemorate this great tragedy on April 24, because it was on that day in 1915 when 300 Armenian leaders, writers, thinkers and professionals in Constantinople (present day Istanbul) were rounded up, deported and killed. Also on that day in Constantinople, 5,000 of the poorest Armenians were butchered in the streets and in their homes.
  • The Armenian Genocide occurred in a systematic fashion, which proves that it was聽directed by the Young Turk government.
  • Most Armenians in America are children or grandchildren of the survivors, although there are still many survivors amongst us.
  • Some righteous Ottoman officials such as Celal, governor of Aleppo; Mazhar, governor of Ankara; and Reshid, governor of Kastamonu, were dismissed for not complying with the extermination campaign. Any common Turks who protected Armenians were killed.
  • First the Armenians in the army were disarmed, placed into labor battalions, and then killed.

    Then the Armenian political and intellectual leaders were rounded up on April 24, 1915, and then killed.

    Finally, the remaining Armenians were called from their homes, told they would be relocated, and then marched off to concentration camps in the desert between Jerablus and Deir ez-Zor where they would starve and thirst to death in the burning sun.

  • Despite Turkish denial, there is no doubt about the Armenian Genocide. For example,聽German ambassador聽Count von Wolff-Metternich, Turkey鈥檚 ally in World War I, wrote his government in 1916 saying:聽鈥淭he Committee [of Union and Progress] demands the annihilation of the last remnants of the Armenians and the [Ottoman] government must bow to its demands.鈥

Lugares donde he estado: Canal de Corinto

Canal de Corinto - Fotograf铆a (c) Charles A.R. Byrne
Imagen (c) Charles A.R. Byrne

Canal de Corinto

El Canal de Corinto es una v铆a de agua artificial que une el golfo de Corinto con el mar Egeo por el istmo de Corinto, abriendo esta v铆a al transporte mar铆timo y separando el Peloponeso del resto de Grecia. Mide 6,3 km de largo y se construy贸 entre 1881 y 1893. Fue construido por el ingeniero h煤ngaro Esteban T眉rr (1825-1908). Bajo los proyectos de Lesseps, que recog铆an el antiguo trazado de Ner贸n, T眉rr dirigi贸 las obras del canal de Corinto desde 1881. El canal fue inaugurado el 9 de noviembre de 1893.

Bahrein

F贸rmula 1 ha hecho o铆dos sordos a las protestas de la oposici贸n de Bahrein y de varios parlamentarios brit谩nicos. Habr谩 carrera este fin de semana mientras las fuerzas de seguridad reprimen a los que piden democracia en la calle. Todo es dinero y entretenimiento. Ser铆a un gesto exagerado pedir que eso que llaman el circo de la carreras tuviera que suspenderse s贸lo porque el r茅gimen utiliza el espect谩culo para tapar las torturas, la detenci贸n de activistas pac铆ficos y las condenas a los m茅dicos que atend铆an a los heridos por la represi贸n.

Lugares donde he estado: Atardecer en el Egeo desde Egina.

Egina (Grecia) - Fotograf铆a (c) Charles A.R. Byrne
Imagen (c) Charles A.R, Byrne

Atardecer en el Egeo desde Egina (Grecia).

La isla es c茅lebre por su templo de Afea, uno de los tres templos del tri谩ngulo sagrado formado por el Parten贸n, el Templo de Poseid贸n del cabo de Suni贸n, y el templo de Afea. Fue durante mucho tiempo una gran rival de Atenas, tanto en la Antig眉edad como al principio del siglo XIX. Egina fue una de las primeras ciudades mar铆timas y comerciantes de la Grecia Antigua: tuvo la primera marina de Grecia y fue la primera ciudad en acu帽ar moneda. Fue la primera capital (1828-29) de Grecia que luchaba por su independencia y el joven Estado griego hizo acu帽ar all铆 sus primeras monedas. La isla es tambi茅n la principal productora de pistachos de Grecia, y la mayor exportadora a nivel mundial.

North Korean military parade seen from outer space

 

North Korean military parade seen from outer space聽:聽A handout satellite image from DigitalGlobe taken on April 15 and released April 17 shows a military parade winding through the center of Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea鈥檚 Kim Jong Un delivered his first major public speech on April 15 as the impoverished state celebrated the centenary of its founder鈥檚 birth, calling for a push to 鈥渇inal victory鈥 despite a failed rocket launch two days earlier.