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Saturday, June 22, 3 pm, Human Rights Book Discussion

Armenian genocideJoin us at the Meraki Cafe, 1735 Adams Ave, for a discussion of The Burning Tigris: the Armenian Genocide and America’s Response by Peter Balakian.  Now faded from memory in the shadow of the Holocaust, the Turkish slaughter of more than a million Armenians in 1915–1916 was a virtual template for the 20th-century horrors that followed, and much of what Balakian describes so powerfully is now chillingly familiar: inhuman brutality; mass deportations of helpless civilians (often in overcrowded railroad boxcars); headlines screaming of “systematic race extermination”; activists and intellectuals calling for intervention; and, most devastatingly, the lack of political will in the West to intervene to stop the slaughter.