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Armenian Genocide

Ararat-Eskijian Museum: A Treasure of the Armenian Diaspora in Los Angeles

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

Located on a sprawling campus, which includes the Ararat Home, a retirement community, an assisted living facility, a church and even a banquet hall, the museum has a fine collection of artifacts not only of the Armenian genocide but also of the history of the Armenian people.

100 Years of Denial

Stephan Pechdimaldji | Posted 03.18.2015 | Impact
Stephan Pechdimaldji

I grew up hearing stories of how my grandparents survived the Armenian Genocide. Of how my grandfather hid in a haystack for more than forty days while his father and brother were taken away, never to be seen or heard from again.

Erdogan's New Turkey: Goodbye Atatürk, Hello Atatürk

Stefan Ihrig | Posted 03.11.2015 | World
Stefan Ihrig

The recently -- and Putinesquely -- elected President Erdoğan likes to refer to his state as the "new Turkey," just as Atatürk and his Nazi admirers did. That by itself may not mean much, but the label signifies the same: a Turkey that radically breaks with what was before. Erdoğan can run and scream all he wants; he is Atatürk's kid.

Induce Memory to Serve Us

Elie Wiesel | Posted 03.10.2015 | World
Elie Wiesel

Forgetting man's past atrocities or ignoring those happening, now, today, in too many places around the world, is both callous and short-sighted. That is bad enough. But it's equally hazardous to ignore the astonishing and perilous acts of human courage that negate, undo, reverse the violence and uphold our rights and dignity as humans.

Sacred Justice

Marian Mesrobian MacCurdy | Posted 02.10.2015 | World
Marian Mesrobian MacCurdy

The year 2015 is the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in which over a million Armenians were murdered by the Ottoman Turks.

Meline Toumani, the Armenian Genocide and the Politics of Appeasement

Christopher Atamian | Posted 02.16.2015 | Books
Christopher Atamian

Meline Toumani's puzzling and sometimes maddening first book There Was and There Was Not: A Journey Through Hate and Possibility in Turkey, Armenia and Beyond purports to analyze the hatred still separating Armenians and Turks on the eve of the one hundredth commemoration of the Armenian Gencocide.

One Hundred Years of Solitude: The Armenian Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing, 2015

Christopher Atamian | Posted 03.09.2015 | World
Christopher Atamian

It has been nearly one hundred years since April 24, 1915 -- the infamous day when Armenian intellectuals of the Ottoman Empire were rounded up in the dead of night and sent to be executed in inland concentration camps in Ayash and Chankari.

Amal Clooney to Represent Armenia in European Court

Harut Sassounian | Posted 02.28.2015 | World
Harut Sassounian

With such impeccable credentials, Mrs. Clooney will be a great asset to Armenia's legal team in Strasbourg, in the appeal of Perincek vs. Switzerland before the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights on January 28.

Symbol Of Armenian Century-Old Suffering Gets Brief Display At White House

AP | BY KEVIN FREKING | Posted 01.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — To Armenian-Americans, the display Tuesday of a hand-woven rug at the White House Visitor's Center represented a hard-fought victo...

Never Forget, and Never Again

Paul Benjamin | Posted 12.24.2014 | World
Paul Benjamin

The total population of Assyrians living in countries outside their native and indigenous homelands of Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey outnumber those living in the original homelands by five to one. This is not by choice; rather, it is driven by ethnic persecution.

Is Turkey Drifting Between ISIS & Putin?

Andreas Akaras | Posted 11.29.2014 | World
Andreas Akaras

Until Turkish mainstream political parties fully embrace democratic values, Turkey's future becomes an uncertain one. Turkey may find itself going down the path of Russian style expansionism, or falling prey to religious extremism.

Genocide Education: California Senate Bill 1380

Mike Spradley | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Mike Spradley

In my own family I assumed I'd heard all the tales of heroism or of those who became part of American and global history. With deep regret I missed t...

As Conflict Escalates, Dictator Ilham Aliyev Needs to Be Stopped

Christopher Atamian | Posted 10.12.2014 | Politics
Christopher Atamian

The United States and Russia should accelerate their efforts in this direction before it is too late. Let's put an end to historical or territorial recriminations. Both Azerbaijan and Armenia have enough territory to survive and prosper. And without each other, neither country will reach its true potential -- economic or otherwise.

Armenia and Its Russian-Imperialism Problem

Christopher Atamian | Posted 10.08.2014 | World
Christopher Atamian

Earlier this summer, a minor kerfuffle over an exhibition of artworks by famed Armenian filmmaker Sergei Parajanov (1924-1990) underscored a more serious problem facing Armenian culture and Armenia in general -- and, by extension, many of the former Soviet republics.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Tells Women not to Laugh in Public

Harut Sassounian | Posted 10.08.2014 | World
Harut Sassounian

Rather than being worried about women's laughter, Deputy Prime Minister Arinc and Prime Minister Erdogan should be more concerned about their government's increasing slide into authoritarian rule.

Alan Semerdjian's In the Architecture of Bone

Christopher Atamian | Posted 08.25.2014 | Books
Christopher Atamian

On the eve of the 100th commemoration fo the Armenian Genocide of 1915, I was happy to revisit ALan Semerdjian's fascinating 2009 book of poetry In the Architecture of Bone.

The Conquest of Constantinople, Hagia Sofia and Turkey -- EU

Constantine Tzanos | Posted 08.25.2014 | World
Constantine Tzanos

Why a people would celebrate today, and with such a passion, an event like the conquest of Constantinople which not only by itself was a great human catastrophe, but it was also the precursor to many such catastrophes up to the very recent past?

Must See Yerevan

Jared S. Baumeister | Posted 07.06.2014 | Travel
Jared S. Baumeister

While you are unlikely to confuse Yerevan with Paris, Tamanyan's plans were successful in making Yerevan a city that is quite distinct from many of the grey, monolithic ex-Soviet cities that litter the territory of the former USSR.

Hunger Is Not New to Armenia

Kristy Khachigian | Posted 05.31.2014 | Impact
Kristy Khachigian

For so many in today's modern societies, it's impossible to imagine what it's like to be hungry -- I mean really hungry -- compounded with neverending pain and suffering. Not being able to feed your own children, like many face in Armenia, is burdening with feelings of great stress and failure.

Another Critical Barrier Down Between Turks and Armenians

Yavuz Baydar | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Yavuz Baydar

As the social awakening in Turkey proceeds below the surface about the crimes of humanity at the end of the Ottoman Empire, with the immense tragedy that brutally wiped out massive proportions of its Armenian subjects from Anatolia, so do the activities to help raise the awareness.

"Comfort Women" Statue Memorializes Local and Global Human Rights Issues

Linda Constant | Posted 10.01.2013 | Impact
Linda Constant

The more we opt to invest in a transparent discourse about subjects that may make us feel uncomfortable, the less likely that underreported crimes against humanity will be swept under the social and legal rugs of history.

Talking Turkey: Gezi Park, Sevan Nišanyan and Old Armenian Ladies

Christopher Atamian | Posted 09.29.2013 | World
Christopher Atamian

Turkey has recently taken two steps forward and he would take it three steps back into religious intolerance and obscurantism. It's time for Erdogan to go, if you ask me, just the was it was time for Morsi to take a hike as well.

The Islamic Menace of Turkey

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 08.13.2013 | World
Evaggelos Vallianatos

The current protests in Turkey may have a beneficial effect in diminishing the Islamic fervor of the Turkish government. But judging Turkey just on its recent history, the expectations for a more civilized Turkey may be premature.

Time In The Wilderness: Remembering The Armenians

Rev. Michelle L. Torigian | Posted 06.24.2013 | Religion
Rev. Michelle L. Torigian

To those who have survived traumas and those of us who love them, let us strive to keep stories alive. Let us make sure that our fellow Armenians and fellow humans never find this wilderness again.

Assaulting Armenians in Turkey: This Time It's Old Ladies

Christopher Atamian | Posted 01.31.2013 | World
Christopher Atamian

What kind of a coward attacks eighty- and ninety-year-old women on their way to church, stabbing them to death in one case and beating another senseless in the other?