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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Tonight on PBS: Journey to Planet Earth & Armenian Genocide

"We are in effect, outgrowing the Earth. We need another planet but there's no other habitable planet that we can go to."
-Lester Brown, Earth Policy Institute

"I think that the Earth has been sending us distress signals and the distress signals have to do with the pressures of human population and the pressures of the human economy on the ecosystems."
-Eugene Linden, Author/Journalist

This should be good. Check it out:
Nearly half the world's wildlife species may become extinct over the next fifty years. Climate change, the illegal wildlife trade, the spread of disease, and the destruction of critical habitat are pushing species to the brink. Join host Matt Damon as Journey to Planet Earth investigates what scientists call "the sixth great extinction of the world's animals" and what we are doing to stop it.
It'll be followed by a documentary about the Armenian Genocide:
This documentary covers an event in history in which as many as 1.5 million innocent Armenians were murdered at the hands of the Ottoman Turks and Kurds. This event took place under cover of the war in the area that today is considered Eastern Turkey and continues to be denied by the Turkish government.
The politically active band System of a Down is traveling to DC on April 24 for a three-day campaign to urge Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert and other Congressional leaders to end their complicity in Turkey's ongoing denial of the Armenian Genocide:
The members of System of a Down -- Serj Tankian, Daron Malakian, John Dolmayan and Shavo Odadjian -- who are of Armenian descent, all personally lost family members and family history to the Armenian Genocide. "Because so much of my family history was lost in the Armenian Genocide," said Malakian, "my grandfather, who was very young at the time, doesn't know his true age. How many people can say they don't know how old they are?" Tankian, Dolmayan and Odadjian all identify their grandparents' memories as the only links they have to their respective family heritages, as most of their families were obliterated during the Armenian Genocide.

"It's important for people to be aware of the Armenian Genocide," explained Tankian, "and that those actions continue to be covered up by the Turkish government, the U.S. State Department, Turkey's allies in the defense and oil industries, and by our present U.S. Administration. Had the Armenian Genocide been acknowledged as a Crime Against Humanity as it was, Hitler might not have thought he could get away with the Jewish Holocaust. History does and will repeat itself, unless we stop that cycle."

2 Comments:

At 4/18/2006 12:30 PM, Anonymous truthseeker said...

Not sure it's a nice transition from one topic to the next, but sounds interesting.

 
At 4/18/2006 10:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watched. Now I'm depressed.

 

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