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Armenian Genocide

Never Forget, and Never Again

Paul Benjamin | Posted 10.27.2014 | 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 09.29.2014 | 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 09.17.2014 | 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?

Barev, Armenia!

Betty Londergan | Posted 11.27.2012 | Impact
Betty Londergan

When I told people I was going to Armenia with Heifer International, the most frequent response was, "Wow, um.. where is that?"

Facing Turkey's Past: Struma and 1915

Yavuz Baydar | Posted 11.18.2012 | World
Yavuz Baydar

The Struma disaster, a hidden episode in the republic's history, is the subject of a new book written by Halit Kakınç, and its preface is written by, yes, Alaton himself.

In Memoriam: Aris Sevag -- Making a Great City Greater

Christopher Atamian | Posted 07.18.2012 | New York
Christopher Atamian

Over the years, Aris Sevag was the most humble of voices as he penned numerous articles, translations, commentaries and essays -- many devoted specifically to the lives of Armenian-Americans.

Surviving the Armenian Genocide: My Grandfather's Story

Courtney Cachet | Posted 04.26.2012 | Impact
Courtney Cachet

We know them and we know what you did. One such person was my grandfather, whom I knew as Marcel Cachat. Let me tell you about his life as it was told to me by him.

Obama Stops Short Of Calling Armenian Massacre A 'Genocide'

AP | Posted 04.24.2012 | Los Angeles

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is marking the anniversary of the massacre of Armenians in Turkey nearly a century ago by calling it a "one of th...

'Never Before' vs. 'Never Again': The Unrecognized Armenian Genocide

Sumit Galhotra | Posted 06.24.2012 | Religion
Sumit Galhotra

Each year on April 24, Nalbandian and hundreds of other Armenians living in Israel gather at the St. James cathedral to commemorate the Armenian genocide. Currently, however, only 21 countries recognize the genocide.

April 24th: Remembering the Armenian Dead

Christopher Atamian | Posted 06.24.2012 | World
Christopher Atamian

Turkey can delay, it can hem and haw and try to dissimulate, but the reality is that Armenians -- and their Greek and Assyrian counterparts -- have truth on their side; and as we have seen before in the course of human history, truth has a strange way of winning out, eventually.

Sarbanes Calls on United States Government to Formally Recognize Armenian Genocide

Rep. John Sarbanes | Posted 06.24.2012 | Politics
Rep. John Sarbanes

On April 24, 1915, Ottoman Turkish authorities unleashed a genocide against the Armenian people. To view my statement on the floor of the House of Rep...

Exposing The Truth On Armenian Genocide Commemoration Day

Mikaela Luttrell-Rowland | Posted 04.24.2012 | Impact
Mikaela Luttrell-Rowland

During the Armenian genocide in 1915, an unknown number of young Armenians survived because they were adopted as daughters and sons of Muslim families...