The value of facing up to past wrongs -

There is an interesting piece over at Webdiary by Orville Schell on efforts by Tsuneo Watanabe, the Editor-in-Chief of Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan’s largest newspaper, to more fully and honestly detail and acknowledge the reality of Japanese responsibility for aggression and atrocities in World War II and towards China in the Sino-Japanese war. “Watanabe, who is […]

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Anzac Day

I think it is a pity that Remembrance Day has become less significant in recent times, as to me it seems more effective as a recognition of the universal truth of the tragedy and loss of war, without being as coloured by the excessive nationalism that can occur with Anzac Day.

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Dana Vale makes the Turkish media

I heard about Dana Vale’s suggestion that a part of Mornington Peninsula in Victoria be used to recreate the Anzac landing site on the day we left to drive to Gallipoli. I had got a fairly scathing email from some war veterans about it, and it was the subject of a bit of comment amongst […]

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Back to Istanbul

After leaving Çanakkale and Troy, we caught the ferry back across the Dardanelles and drove back to Istanbul. Our drivers had been going all day and as it’s Ramadan at the moment, they had been fasting since dawn, so at sunset they pulled into the equivalent of a roadhouse to have a meal. Not surprisingly, […]

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Çanakkale

Çanakkale is a smallish town of around 75 000 people, which is also the administrative centre of the province of the same name. The province includes the Gallipoli Peninsula on the other side of the Dardanelles (and also on another continent). We stayed in a hotel on the banks of the Strait, close to its […]

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Gallipoli

On Wednesday, we drove to Gallipoli, which is about 330 kilometres from Istanbul – about a five hour drive. The highway is fine in parts and not so good in others. If you’re feeling the pinch from the increased price of petrol in Australia, it is over $2.70 a litre in Turkey – although many […]

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Ankara

The Ankara leg of our visit was a little bit afflicted for me by jet lag. Four flights and 28 hours after I checked in at Brisbane airport, I arrived at the hotel in Ankara, along with the rest of the delegation, about 11am. Ankara is a large sprawling city of several million people. Attractive […]

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Visiting Turkey

By virtue of its geography, Turkey tends to often be involved in a range of issues of wider international significance. However, at the moment, it seems to be pivotal in an even greater number of issues than usual, which makes it a particularly interesting time to visit. It is only a couple of weeks since […]

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