World International Affairs A little over 100 years after the Ottoman Turks killed around 1.5 million of the empire’s Armenian citizens, Turkey’s president is tweeting in Armenian. On Friday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan surprised Twitter users with a message in the language of Turkey’s small neighbor Armenia, with whom Ankara has had a tense relationship since World War I. "I was deeply saddened by the death of the Armenian Patriarch of Turkey, the honorable Mesrob Mutafyan. I offer my condolences to his family, relatives, and our Armenian citizens," Erdogan Tweeted on Friday in Armenian, in a message directed at the estimated 60,000 Armenians living in Turkey today. The Tweet was written following the death of the Armenian Patriarch Mesrob Mutafyan, who died on Friday after suffering from early onset dementia for over a decade. His death will pave the way for the election of a replacement, something Turkey’s small but influential Armenian population … [Read more...] about Turkey’s Erdogan Sends Tweet in Armenian for First Time, but Is It About Healing Wounds Or Increasing Power?
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“She was gracious and she was generous, sharing with me the legends, the lore and the mechanics of Dolly, much of which had been lost in time,” Midler added. I will forever be grateful to her for lighting my way to one of the most magical experiences of my performing life, and for the hours I spent in her company. I flat-out adored her and send her fans, her friends and her son, Channing Lowe, my condolences, although as far as I am concerned, she will live forever.” … [Read more...] about Bette Midler remembers ‘one of the great afternoons of my life’ with Carol Channing
Condolence messages for the family of Sgt. Wytasha Carter were sent from Birmingham and beyond on Sunday after the Birmingham police officer was killed in the line of duty early Sunday morning.Birmingham police officer killed in line of dutyCarter, 44, was shot after he was called in for backup and patted down a person suspected of breaking into cars outside the 4 Seasons Bar & Grill nightclub around 2 a.m. Sunday.The suspect armed himself and fired at Carter and an officer who was part of a special detail investigating break-ins. The officer was in critical condition as of Sunday afternoon.The police officer’s death was the first in Birmingham since 2004, when three officers were shot to death in Ensley during an ambush outside a drug house.Reaction came in from around the country -- from police departments from New York to Oregon, elected officials in Alabama and national police organizations.“Sgt. Wytasha Carter laid down his life for the city he served," said … [Read more...] about From Birmingham and beyond, condolences for slain police officer
MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) Gov. Phil Scott: "President Bush served our country proudly as our 41st President, Vice President, Congressman, ambassador to the United Nations, CIA director and more. As many others of that generation did, he enlisted and served bravely in World War II as a member of the U.S. Navy. "I greatly appreciate his leadership, service and his work to inspire others to serve, calling for us to rise and spread 'a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky.' This message remains a powerful reminder of the greatness Americans can achieve. "I'm saddened to hear of his passing, and I send my thoughts and condolences to the Bush family, his friends, colleagues and all who mourn his loss today." Sen. Patrick Leahy: "He was the last President of the Greatest Generation, and he leaves a lasting legacy of true and meaningful public service. While we had our share of differences over policy, his decency, his civility and his humility have never been a more important … [Read more...] about Political leaders share Bush condolences
CLEVELAND, Ohio – After Lance Mason got out of prison for choking and biting and hammering his wife Aisha Fraser in the face, he was hired by City Hall.And Aisha? She drew up a will. “She felt that he would try to kill her,” George Fraser told me, hours before Monday’s vigil for his murdered niece at Woodbury Elementary, where she taught 6th grade. Of all the awful details surrounding her stabbing a 10-minute drive from my house, that’s the one that haunts me most.I imagine two scenes happening at once on a split screen. In the first, Mason strides through the halls of Cleveland government, many months before Shaker Heights police named him as the prime suspect in Aisha’s murder. He has been restored. Not to his former, six-figure glory as a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge but to a position of power, helping minority-owned businesses – including those headed by women – compete for city contracts. I wonder what women working inside the … [Read more...] about Action, not condolences, the way to honor Aisha Fraser: Andrea Simakis