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Armenian Genocide

Denial of the Armenian Genocide Is Brutalizing the World

Stefan Ihrig | Posted 04.17.2015 | World
Stefan Ihrig

JERUSALEM -- That the acknowledgment of the genocide by the pope and Kim Kardashian's trip to Armenia were so newsworthy and were hailed as such a great "PR disaster for Turkey" shows that something went terribly wrong over the course of the last century.

Armenian Genocide Recognition: An Open Letter to President Barack Obama

Marie Ohanesian Nardin | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics
Marie Ohanesian Nardin

Because of destiny, and an astute decision on my great grandfather's part, my grandfather and his brother survived. Only because of that decision am I here today. Therefore, it's my duty as an Armenian and as an American to tell you this story.

European Parliament Votes To Call 1915 Armenian Killings Genocide

Reuters | Adrian Croft and Ayla Jean Yackley | Posted 04.15.2015 | World

BRUSSELS/ISTANBUL, April 15 (Reuters) - The European Parliament backed a motion on Wednesday calling the massacre a century ago of up to 1.5 million A...

President Obama and the Recognition of the Armenian Genocide

Luna Atamian | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Luna Atamian

April 24, 2015 will mark the 100-year anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. With President Obama's second term coming to a close, let's hope that he will take this unique opportunity to recognize it.

The Conflict Around the 'G Word'

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 04.14.2015 | World
Arzu Kaya Uranli

As a Turkish American, I whole-heartedly believe that rather than lobbying the U.S. Congress at this time of year to stop using the "G word," we should be offering different solutions and creating a new commemoration day.

The United States Should Remember Raphael Lemkin's Words and Formally Recognize the Armenian Genocide

H. A. Goodman | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

If the man who coined the term "genocide" is on tape stating verbatim that it happened "to the Armenians," why on Earth can't the United States formally recognize the Armenian Genocide?

Turkey Objects To Pope Francis Use Of Word 'Genocide' To Describe Armenian Killing

AP | Posted 04.12.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday called the slaughter of Armenians by Ottoman Turks "the first genocide of the 20th century" and urged the...

Acknowledging the Armenian Genocide

James Zogby | Posted 04.11.2015 | World
James Zogby

It is wrong to say to just "get over it" to victim nations. For there to be reconciliation, there must be acknowledgment and justice. Just as we demand that Israel acknowledge and make recompense for its "original sin," we can want no less for the Armenian people.

Ten Reasons Why Obama Should Travel to Armenia on April 24

Harut Sassounian | Posted 03.30.2015 | World
Harut Sassounian

Armenia's President Serzh Sargsyan has invited several world leaders to Yerevan on April 24 to commemorate the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide. Here are 10 reasons why Air Force One should make an auspicious landing in Yerevan's Zvartnots International Airport on April 24.

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 04.11.2015 | 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 03.30.2015 | 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.