Armenian Genocide Commemoration March

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Today, I marched across San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge to commemorate the 100th centennial of the Armenian Genocide. This march’s purpose is to inform others about the blatant denial of the Genocide by its perpetrators, Turkey, and many other countries and organizations.

My friend walking with the Armenian flag wrapped around his shoulders, billowing in the wind on the Golden Gate Bridge.

My friend walking with the Armenian flag wrapped around his shoulders, billowing in the wind on the Golden Gate Bridge.

The President of the United States, Barack Obama, when running for his 2008 campaign, claimed that he would finally declare this event a “genocide,” however, he did not keep his promise.

Listening to a speech at the vista point. Hundreds of Armenians and others gathered together in solidarity.

Listening to a speech at the vista point. Hundreds of Armenians and others gathered together in solidarity.

As an Armenian-American, I am fully attached and deeply moved by this tragedy. In the years following 1915, 1.5 million Armenians were systematically massacred by the Ottoman Turks. This included deportations, marches through the Syrian desert, starvation, beheadings, crucifixions…much like the crimes of the terrorist organization ISIS today. Armenians were powerful, talented, smart, educated people…but most of all, Christian. The Ottoman Turks were threatened by the Armenians’ strong Christianity and thus killed them all, in order to expunge the world of my race. In addition to Armenians, the Ottoman Turks during this time also targeted Greeks, Assyrians, and Yezidis. Even before the 20th century, similar killings were going on and in the late 1800s, these became known as the Hamidian Massacres. As it is the 100th commemoration of the Genocide, my people are fighting as hard as ever to get Turkey to recognize their crimes. Currently, it is a jail sentence of up to 10 years if one mentions the Armenian Genocide. That needs to change.

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Know Right Now: ISIS Destroys Artifacts at Iraqi Museum

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ISIS released a new video purportedly showing the destruction of several ancient artifacts in a Mosul museum. Watch Know Right Now to find out more.

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Drones overhead have Paris on edge

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Beautiful.

Originally posted on Quartz:

There are mysterious drones flying around Paris landmarks, and no one knows who’s responsible for them. Normally, that wouldn’t be much cause for alarm—and France wouldn’t need to enlist the help of the US Secret Service—but the country has been extra vigilant in the weeks following the terrorist attacks in Paris that left 20 people dead.

Multiple sightings of drones flying by the Eiffel Tower, the US embassy, and other landmarks were reported late Monday night into Tuesday. Drones were spotted again the next night, around the Eiffel Tower and the Place de la Concorde, a famous public square known for its iconic obelisk.

Flying drones during the day in Paris requires a license from the government. Flying them at night is completely illegal.

Now, the Associated Press is reporting that three journalists from Al Jazeera have been arrested for allegedly flying a drone in the Bois de Boulogne woods. The journalists…

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Update: Novels, Nasal-symptons, & Northern California

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Hello everyone! I apologize for being out of touch recently! The past couple of months have been, well, unproductive? I’ve just emerged from my winter hibernation…as much as that you can get in California!

Anyways, I’ve been really inspired the past month, so I’ve sat down and began to construct plot lines for a new novel. This one will involve a young woman’s bildungsroman into the world of freedom, independence, and adventure. Also, it may very well take place in the 19th century [my inner history nut], but that will be decided later.

Also, I’ve been afflicted with the common cold. Say what you will, that I’m just a petty Californian smelling the roses and getting pricked by a thorn, but actually though, this cold is terrible. I haven’t had the energy to get any important work done. Time to work on those scholarships!

In addition, Northern Californian weather has really been perfect the past few weeks. This weekend, I went on a beautiful winter hike while it was about 70 degrees outside. Yesterday, even though I shouldn’t have for the sake of my cold, I took my dog on a wonderful jog through the park.

I hope that I come back next post with something more exciting!

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Spotted / Bay Area / Berkeley / Comal

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So delicious, so cool!

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I have such great memories of my trip to Oaxaca and all the amazing markets and restaurants I visited. I especially remember LOTS of mole and mezcal tastings throughout this region. It was, by far, one of my top foodie adventures. So when my friend mentioned the food and drinks at Comal, I knew I had to visit. The menu is a modern, but excellent spin of Mexican cuisine, especially those of the Oaxacan regions. And the mezcal blended cocktails had that smoky flavor that I really love. I actually stopped by twice in that same week: once for drinks and apps, then again for dinner. My two favorite things so far have been the albondigas en adobo (meatballs served with tortillas) and the Palomaesque (mezcal and grapefruit cocktail). I’ll be giving the mezcal flights a try next time.

Comal
2020 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
tel: 510 926…

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Walking Tour #2: Exploring the other side of Le Marais

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We continued our second walking tour on the other side of The Marais with our professor Olivier. We saw many Hotels Particuliers again and lots of beautiful buildings that are in abundance in this area. This tour was my favourite so far simply because of the beautiful buildings of different colours and so many lovely balconies & windows too! The flowers in the market also made my day much brighter.

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Your college major is a pretty good indication of how smart you are

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Do students who choose to major in different fields have different academic aptitudes? This question is worth investigating for many reasons, including an understanding of what fields top students choose to pursue, the diversity of talent across various fields, and how this might reflect upon the majors and occupations a culture values.

In order to explore this, I used five different measures of US students’ academic aptitude, which span 1946 to 2014, and discovered that the rank order of cognitive skills of various majors and degree holders has remained remarkably constant for the last seven decades.

An important caveat: The data presented looks only at group averages and does not speak to the aptitude of specific individuals. Obviously there are people with high academic aptitude in every major and there can be larger aptitude differences between entire schools—for example the University of Chicago and a local community college—than between majors within a…

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Stunning 2200-Year-Old Mosaics Discovered in Ancient Greek City

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Three new mosaics were recently discovered in the ancient Greek city of Zeugma, which is located in the present-day province of Gaziantep in southern Turkey. The incredibly well-preserved mosaics date back to 2nd century BC.

Zeugma was considered one of the most important centers of the Eastern Roman Empire and the ancient city has provided a treasure trove of discoveries with 2000-3000 houses in remarkably good condition. Excavations at Zeugma started in 2007 and continue to this day.

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Up until 2000 the ancient city was completely submerged underwater until a project to excavate the area received funding from a number of sources. There are still many areas of Zeugma?a city once home to nearly 80,000 inhabitants?left to excavate, including 25 houses still underwater. It’s exciting to think of what other discoveries remain to be found.

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Hurriyet Daily News: New mosaics unearthed in…

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Watch Amal Clooney Eloquently Argue Her Case in Armenian Genocide Hearing

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Thank you Mrs. Clooney, for defending humanity.

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Amal Clooney laid her case before the European Court of Human Rights on Wednesday against a Turkish politician who denied the 1915 Armenian genocide.

The international human rights lawyer is representing Armenia in a case against Dogu Perincek, the chairman of the Turkish Workers’ Party, who was convicted in Switzerland in 2005 for calling the Armenian genocide an “international lie.”

The Strasbourg-based ECHR later agreed with Perincek that the conviction violated his freedom of expression, and now Switzerland is appealing, with Armenia’s backing as a third party.

“The most important error” made in the earlier ECHR ruling, Clooney said, “is that it cast doubt on the reality of the Armenian genocide that the people suffered 100 years ago.” In her remarks, Clooney noted Turkey’s “disgraceful” record on freedom of expression.

An estimated 1.5 million Armenians were killed by Ottoman Turks in what historians widely consider to be the first genocide…

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Disney Sails Into Theaters With Animated ‘Moana’ in 2016

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After hitting the ice with “Frozen,” Walt Disney Animation Studios is taking to the high seas with “Moana,” an animated comedy adventure that will sail into theaters in late 2016.

The film, directed by Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess and the Frog”), revolves around a spirited teenager on an impossible mission to fulfill her ancestors’ quest. Disney introduced concept art for the film on Monday.

“John and I have partnered on so many films—from ‘The Little Mermaid’ to ‘Aladdin’ to ‘The Princess and the Frog,’” said Clements. “Creating ‘Moana’ is one of the great thrills of our career. It’s a big adventure set in this beautiful world of Oceania.”

In the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, Moana sets sail in search of a fabled island, and teams with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, she encounters enormous sea creatures, underworlds and ancient folklore.

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