"Hrant Dink became the 1,500,001st victim of the Armenian genocide yesterday. An educated and generous journalist and academic - editor of the weekly Turkish-Armenian newspaper Agos - he tried to create a dialogue between the two nations to reach a common narrative of the 20th century's first holocaust. And he paid the price: two bullets shot into his head and two into his body by an assassin in the streets of Istanbul yesterday afternoon.* AP:
It was not only a frightful blow to Turkey's surviving Armenian community but a shattering reversal to Turkey's hope of joining the European Union, a visionary proposal already endangered by the country's broken relations with Cyprus and its refusal to acknowledge the genocide for what it was: the deliberate mass killing of an entire race of Christian people - 1,500,000 in all - by the country's Ottoman Turkish government in 1915. Winston Churchill was among the first to call it a holocaust but to this day, the Turkish authorities deny such a definition, ignoring documents which Turkey's own historians have unearthed to prove the government's genocidal intent."
"French customs officials at an English Channel ferry crossing seized 365 kilograms (804 pounds) of heroin stashed inside a truck — the second largest seizure of the drug in France, judicial officials said Thursday.oops. someone forgot to pay the piper. it may or may not surprise yuo that this story didn't get any media coverage. According to News.Google, there are only 6 articles - 2 in China, one in Romania, one in Japan, and the IHT carried an AP article....
The heroin, worth an estimated €10 million (US$13 million), was seized Tuesday night in the town of Loon-Plage, near the northern French city of Dunkerque, officials said.
The Turkish-registered vehicle, headed to an unknown destination in Britain, was driven by a 54-year-old Turkish man, they added.
Authorities said it was the second largest heroin bust in French history. "
"Marc Grossman resigned (from the Board) effective today. DynCorp International has engaged the Cohen Group, of which Mr. Grossman is a vice-chairman, as a consultant."hmmmmm. a conflict of interest? or something else? Ralston has no trouble being on the board of lockheed, another Cohen Group client.