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After The Genocide, A Market For Armenian Bones?

A Turkish writer tries to piece together a particular episode that offers a grisly European postscript to the slaugther of the Armenians last century.

1915: Armenian woman kneeling beside dead child
1915: Armenian woman kneeling beside dead child
Baskin Oran

Manuel Kirkyasaryan, an Armenian from the southern Turkish city of Adana, had recorded his memories to tape before dying in Sydney in 1997. His son Stepan recently found the last tape he recorded before his death. We are adding it to the 5th edition of my book M.K. Adlı Cocugun Tehcir Anilari (The Deportation Memories of the Child named M.K.). One particular episode required further research, which I first present from the original recording:

“And we said: this is the desert of Deir ez-Zor; there is more to it. We are going on for now. It was the year 1925. The time is summer. I was at the workshop of the garage of the Topcuyans in Aleppo where I worked.

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Cyber War Chronicles: Meet The Hackers Taking On Russia

The war in Ukraine is not just being fought on the ground. The battle for dominance increasingly happens on the digital field, where a worldwide network of cyber-soldiers conduct attacks to disrupt Russia's war effort, from the outside and inside too.

Cameron Manley

Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, Russian and Ukrainian hackers have been fighting tit for tat on what we can call the "digital front line." To quantify the firepower involved, the number of ransomware attacks on Russian companies has tripled since Feb. 28, according to Kaspersky Lab, a Russian multinational cybersecurity firm that found a direct link between the uptick in online targeting to the breakout of military conflict in Ukraine.

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