In order to understand how genocide happens and therefore, how to avoid it, one must understand how integral it is to nationalism, and especially the martial nationalism that existed in the Middle East after the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire.
The Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya) is among Turkey’s most famous and fascinating monuments. This ‘church of divine wisdom’ was inaugurated by Emperor Justinian on 26 December 537 it was the seat of the Patriarchate of Constantinople and a principal setting for Byzantine imperial ceremonies, such as coronations.
“The time to buy is when the blood runs in the streets.” This phrase by Nathan Mayer Rothschild, a historic English banker at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries, always comes to mind whenever a moment of serious economic crisis has to be faced.
Since ancient times Egyptians depend on the Nile as demands for water is rapidly increasing in response to growing population, industrialization, food production and employment generation. The Greek historian Herodotus wrote, “Egypt is the gift of Nile”.