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Harut Sassounian
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Harut Sassounian is the publisher of The California Courier, a weekly newspaper based in Glendale, California. His editorials dealing with political analysis on international affairs are reprinted in scores of U.S. and overseas publications.

He is the Founder and President of the United Armenian Fund, a coalition of the five largest Armenian-American charitable and religious organizations. The U.A.F. has supplied $700 million of humanitarian assistance to Armenia on board 161 airlifts and 2,200 sea containers since the 1988 earthquake.

As the former Senior Vice President of Kirk Kerkorian’s Lincy Foundation, he oversaw the implementation of $242 million of infrastructure-related projects in Armenia, including the construction of 3,674 apartments, bridges, tunnels, highways, and city streets, and the renovation of 26 schools and 34 cultural institutions, as well as providing $20 million of loans to small and medium-size businesses.

He was employed by Procter & Gamble in Geneva, Switzerland, as an international marketing executive from 1978 to 1982.

He served for 10 years as a non-governmental delegate on human rights at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. He played a leading role in the recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the UN Sub-commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities in 1985.

He has a Master's Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

His most recent book, “The Armenian Genocide: The World Speaks Out, 1915-2005, Documents & Declarations,” was published in April, 2005. The Arabic translation of his book was published in Lebanon and Egypt. French, Spanish, Russian, Armenian, and Turkish translations are pending.

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By Recalling Its Ambassador from the Vatican, Turkey Helped Publicize Pope's Affirmation of Armenian Genocide

(7) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 1:31 PM

Given the candidness of Pope Francis, it was not surprising that he clearly acknowledged the Armenian Genocide during the Pontifical Divine Liturgy at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican on April 12.

The only person who was clueless about the Pope's true intentions was Mehmet Pacaci, Turkey's ambassador to the...

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Ten Reasons Why Obama Should Travel to Armenia on April 24

(122) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 11:11 AM

Armenia's President Serzh Sargsyan has invited several world leaders to Yerevan on April 24 to commemorate the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide.

The Presidents of France, Russia, Poland, Cyprus and Belarus have already accepted Pres. Sargsyan's invitation. The White House has yet to make a public statement...

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Amal Clooney to Represent Armenia in European Court

(6) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 7:53 AM

Here is a surprising news item being disclosed in this column -- Amal Ramzi Alamuddin, wife of prominent actor and human rights activist George Clooney, will be one of the attorneys representing Armenia next month at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

Some readers may wonder...

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Why the UN Rejected Turkey's Bid for a Security Council Seat?

(1) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 2:54 PM

The Turkish government got a big slap in the face this month when the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly voted to turn down its application for a Security Council seat. In effect, the international community was rejecting Turkey's hostile policies both at home and abroad.

Turkey's new Foreign...

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Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Tells Women not to Laugh in Public

(5) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 10:01 AM

Turkish Deputy Prime Minster Bulent Arinc is the latest government official to put his foot in his mouth.

In a speech last week, this high-ranking official preached his perverted version of morality to Turkish women by telling them not to laugh in public! "A woman will know...

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Root Cause of Anti-American Protests: Bad Movie or Bad Policy?

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 1:02 PM

An amateurish U.S. film mocking the Prophet Muhammad and denigrating Islam unleashed massive and violent anti-American protests throughout the world last week.

The angry demonstrations turned deadly when unknown assailants attacked the American Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, killing U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three staff members....

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Obama's Lack of Credibility Undermines His Initiative on Genocide Prevention

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2011 | 10:33 PM

If President Obama ends up being a one-term president, he has no one to blame but himself. While it is true that he inherited the Bush administration's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and a devastated economy, he has not only failed to lead the nation out of its quagmire, but...

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Obama's Recess Appointment of Ambassadors to Baku and Ankara Must Be Challenged

(1) Comments | Posted February 11, 2011 | 9:11 PM

Pres. Obama's unilateral appointments of Matthew Bryza as Ambassador to Azerbaijan and Frank Ricciardone as Ambassador to Turkey must be strongly challenged. He took advantage of an archaic loophole to circumvent the Senate's constitutional mandate during the new year holidays to make these "recess appointments" on December 29.

While Pres....

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Armenians Sue Turkey Claiming U.S. Air Base Land

(2) Comments | Posted December 23, 2010 | 10:35 AM

Over the years, Armenian-Americans have gradually shifted their attention from demanding recognition of the Armenian Genocide to pursuing various legal remedies for the massive losses they suffered between 1915 and 1923.

They filed several lawsuits recently in U.S. Federal Courts against Western insurance companies and banks. In July, Armenian-American attorneys...

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U.S. Court of Appeals Ruling: Major Setback for German Companies and Turkish Denialists

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2010 | 10:52 AM

In a stunning development, a federal appeals court handed last week a major setback to German companies and Turkish denialists of the Armenian Genocide. It reversed its earlier ruling and decided that a California law extending the deadline for lawsuits against life insurance companies was constitutional, after all!

The...

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Apology for Vilifying One Man, Yet No Apology for Killing 1.5 Million

(4) Comments | Posted October 11, 2010 | 4:06 PM

In 2008, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an Alabama-based non-profit civil rights organization, published an article titled, "State of Denial: Turkey Spends Millions to Cover Up Armenian Genocide." It was a hard-hitting exposé of the Turkish government's elaborate and sinister efforts to pressure U.S. politicians and entice academics to...

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Obama Can Now Replace Bryza With a New Nominee as Ambassador to Azerbaijan

(2) Comments | Posted October 1, 2010 | 4:25 AM

A funny thing happened to Matthew Bryza on the way to Baku. He had rented out his Washington home and packed up his suitcase, after being assured by top White House and State Department officials that he was going to be the next U.S. ambassador to Azerbaijan. He...

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Senate Should Reject Bryza as Ambassador to Azerbaijan

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2010 | 11:46 AM

At the request of Sen. Barbara Boxer, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee had postponed from early August to mid-September its vote on Matt Bryza, nominee for U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan. Senators Boxer, Harry Reid, and Robert Menendez were satisfied neither with Bryza's answers during the confirmation hearing nor with his...

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Senators Block Ambassadors to Azerbaijan and Turkey

(17) Comments | Posted August 10, 2010 | 6:05 PM

In a major embarrassment for the Obama Administration, Senators took an unprecedented action last week, blocking the President's ambassadorial nominees for both Azerbaijan and Turkey!

The Administration showed a total lack of experience and poor judgment by ignoring warnings that Matthew Bryza and Francis Ricciardone, the nominees for Baku and...

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Armenian-Americans File Multi-Billion Dollar Lawsuit Against Turkey

(4) Comments | Posted August 4, 2010 | 1:50 PM

After struggling for decades to get the Armenian Genocide recognized, and having taken legal action against western banks and insurance companies, Armenian-Americans filed their first lawsuit against the Republic of Turkey last week, seeking compensation for confiscated properties and belongings, and loss of income as a consequence of the Genocide...

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No Change in Policy as Obama Picks Bush Era Diplomat as Envoy to Azerbaijan

(4) Comments | Posted July 27, 2010 | 4:44 PM

Barack Obama ran for the Presidency on a platform of "change" and promised to bring a fresh approach to domestic and foreign policy issues. After the election, however, he disappointed his supporters by continuing many of his predecessor's policies.

One example of Pres. Obama's failure to break...

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Erdogan: Fake Friend of Palestinians

(31) Comments | Posted June 22, 2010 | 7:18 PM

In the past week the world witnessed an amazing performance by a government leader that even the most accomplished Hollywood actor could not match!

Turkey's Prime Minister deserves an Oscar for presenting himself as a great humanitarian and protector of Palestinians. The people of Gaza are certainly oppressed and deprived,...

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Senate Should Scrutinize Matt Bryza as Nominee for Ambassador to Azerbaijan

(1) Comments | Posted June 7, 2010 | 12:13 PM

After a lengthy delay, Azerbaijan consented last week to the appointment of Matthew Bryza as U.S. Ambassador to Baku, The White House followed suit by making an official announcement this week.

It is noteworthy that there has not been an American Ambassador in Azerbaijan since last July. Surprisingly, there has...

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Turkey's Borders and The Armenian Genocide Resolution

(21) Comments | Posted February 11, 2010 | 9:42 AM

Oh, what a tangled web we weave: when first we practice to deceive!
This excerpt, taken from Walter Scott's epic poem, "The Marmion," aptly describes the web of deceit weaved by Turkey's leaders in seeking to create the false impression of wanting to normalize relations with Armenia.

Under the guise...

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60 Minutes Exposes Turkey's Oppression of Minority Rights

(7) Comments | Posted December 23, 2009 | 3:55 PM

CBS' 60 Minutes recently featured a devastating exposé on the violation of Greek minorities' rights in Turkey.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of the Greek Orthodox Church, headquartered in Istanbul, courageously criticized the Turkish government for treating him as a "second-class citizen." He went on to state that he felt like he...

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