War and Peace, and the Importance of Language
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One and a half million Armenians were slaughtered almost 100 years ago.
Yesterday, a committee of Congress labeled it "genocide." Will Turkey
retaliate by withdrawing support for America's war in Iraq? What does
the word "genocide" really mean and why is it so important? Also, is Al Gore's Nobel Peace Prize a a rebuke to President Bush? Will it make Al Gore a presidential candidate once again?
Banner image: Former U.S. vice president Al Gore arrives to speak to reporters during a news conference discussing his Nobel Peace Prize win at the offices of Alliance for Climate Protection offices October 12, 2007 in Palo Alto, California.
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First an Oscar, Now Al Gore Wins the Nobel Peace Prize ()
Al Gore has won this year's Nobel Peace Prize for his international work on global warming. He shares the award with the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The former Vice President vowed to honor the award by working to speed up the world's change in awareness about the urgency of the problem. Alan Zarembo writes for the Los Angeles Times.
- Alan Zarembo: Science Writer, Los Angeles Times
Armenian Genocide Resolution Upsets Turks and White House ()
Starting in 1915, the declining Ottoman Empire killed one and a half million Armenians. For decades, Armenian-Americans have demanded that Congress label that "genocide," and yesterday the House Foreign Relations Committee did so. By using that single word, a committee of Congress has created an international incident with possible consequences for US troops in Iraq. Modern Turkey rejects the description of "genocide" so strongly that uttering it is a crime against the "national identity"--punishable by law. Turkey is now threatening to cut off US supply lines and attack separatists in Iraqi Kurdistan. What does "genocide" mean under international law? Is the Congressional declaration long overdue? Is it worth an ill-timed insult to a contemporary Muslim ally?
- Dana Milbank: National Political Reporter, Washington Post, @Milbank
- Brad Sherman: Congressman (D-CA), @BradSherman
- Ilter Turan: Political Sciencist, Bilgi University
- Rouben Adalian: Director, Armenian National Institute
- Mary Ellen O'Connell: Professor of International Law, Notre Dame Law School
Is Gore's Nobel Win Also a Rebuke to President Bush? ()
The White House said today that President Bush was "happy" for Al Gore that he won the Nobel Peace Prize. But Democratic Presidential Candidate John Edwards said the event shines light on what he called "the most inconvenient truth of all," that "the selection of George Bush as president has endangered the peace and prosperity of the entire planet." When Jimmy Carter won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002, some saw the Nobel Committee disapproving of Bush's plans for war. The Committee denied it then and denies it today. But the award does raise questions about the politics of global warming, including the criticism of Gore's Oscar-winning film, An Inconvenient Truth. Matt Spetalnick is White House correspondent for Reuters News Service.
- Matt Spetalnick: White House Correspondent, Reuters News Service
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