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Friday  January  30, 2009

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 Wednesday January  28, 2009

 

 

 

 Tuesday January  27, 2009

 

Grigor Minasyan (L) and Sergei Hagopjanyan (R) were ambushed and arrested last Wednesday by Georgian Special Interior Ministery forces.

 

 

 Monday January  26, 2009

 

The late Ghazaros Kademian participating in April 24 protests at the Turkish Consulate in Los Angeles in 2008.

 

 

 

 Thursday January  22,  2009

ANI Church of Saint Gregory

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January 19, 2008

PRESS RELEASE

ARF Central Committee of Western USA

Office of Public Relations

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Suite 307

Glendale, CA 91206

Tel: (818) 243-7059

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Hovig Mekhitarian-keynote speaker-ARF Lebanon CC

 

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Armenian National Committee of America
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    January 9, 2009

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New Consul General to LA Named

 

 

LOS ANGELES--With the tour of duty of Armenia's current Consul General to Los Angeles Armen Liloyan nearing its end, Asbarez has learned from reliable sources that President Serzh Sarkisian has signed an order appointing Grigor Hovannisyan to fill the post.

Prior to assuming this post, Havannisyan served as the founding director of the Shushi Revival Fund, which was established by Yerevan Mayor Yervand Zakharian.

Hovannisyan will begin his tour on February 1.

The ARF Western US Central Committee is planning a reception in Liloyan's honor Wednesday evening.

 

 

 
   

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Sudan Turns to Turkey for Help Dodging Genocide Charges

ANKARA (Hurriyet)--Sudan appealed to Turkey Tuesday for support in a bid to save Sudan's leader from being arrested by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the crime of genocide.

The ICC issued a warrant for the arrest of Sudan's president Monday on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity in the country's Darfur region. The warrant had been requested by the chief prosecutor of the ICC in July, 2008.

Sudanese Vice-President Ali Osman Mohammed Taha paid an official visit to Ankara Tuesday and met Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for talks on how to avoid the warrant.

During the meeting Taha asked Erdogan to block any possible attempts against Al-Bashir that might come to the agenda of the United Nations Security Council. Turkey was elected in October as a non-permanent member of the Council for two years.
 
The ICC was established by the Rome Statute signed in 1998 by more than 130 countries, of which 106 have ratified the convention setting up the court.

The U.N. Security Council in 2005 asked the ICC to investigate the genocide in Darfur with the support of the United States, China and Russia -- three of the five U.N. Security Council permanent members with veto power -- despite their rejection of the court. The other two permanent members -- France and Britain -- have ratified the convention.

The UN estimates the up to 300,000 people have been killed and 2.7 million forced to flee their homes as a result of the genocide perpetrated by the Sudanese Leader.

Sudan says 10,000 people have died and denies charges that its soldiers and allied militiamen committed war crimes and genocide there.

 

 

 

 


 

February 4, 2009

Mel Gibson Not Filming Armenian Genocide Documentary

HOLLYWOOD (Hollyscoop)--There are several reports and rumors circulating the internet that movie mogul Mel Gibson is planning on shooting a documentary about the Armenian Genocide.

The documentary, "The Forty Days of Musa Dagh," was going to address the genocide that took approximately 1.2 million Armenians lives during WWI.

To this day, the Turkish government has done everything it can to sweep the facts about the Armenian genocide under the rug. And apparently Mel was ready to address them on the big screen.

According to the reports, actor Sylvester Stallone was also set to partake in the movie, but declined the role after he received 3,000 e-mails from the ASIMED organization.

Hollyscoop contacted Mel Gibson's rep Alan Nierob to get confirmation on the project, but he assured us there is "No truth to it whatsoever."

So what's next for Mel? He's going to play a homicide detective who investigates the death of his activist daughter in his next flick, 'The Edge of Darkness'.

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

February 4, 2009

Jews Check Armenian Genocide Stance

WASHINGTON (Jerusalem Post)--An official with a leading American Jewish organization told the The Jerusalem Post on Monday that a deterioration in Israel-Turkey relations might prompt his group and others to reconsider Armenian efforts to win US recognition for the Armenian Genocide.

A bill that would ensure such recognition by the US, which was backed by Rep. Adam Schiff failed to make it to a Congressional vote in 2007. However, it sparked a row in the American Jewish community between those who sided with Turkey in an effort to protect Israel's political interests, and those who argued that Jews were particularly responsible for helping other groups block the public denial of genocide.

"No Jew or Israeli in his right mind will insult Turkey," the official told the Post. "But next time... they might not come to Turkey's aid or equivocate quite so much on the issue."

The Bush administration opposed the bill out of concern for what it would do to US-Turkey relations.

The current blowup between Israel and Turkey comes amid expectations that the Obama administration will name academic and writer Samantha Power, an expert on genocide, to a key National Security Council post dealing with multilateral institutions. Power has been outspoken in labeling the Turkish massacre of Armenians genocide, albeit from outside the government.

One Washington-based Jewish community leader said Jewish organizations were unlikely to reorient their views and begin backing legislation to recognize the Armenian genocide, arguing that this would only make a delicate situation far worse.

"If organizations aren't backing Armenian genocide resolutions because of the Turkish-Israeli relationship and their concern about the Turkish Jewish community, I don't think they would change now," he said. "Those same concerns remain, and those same pressures remain."

Anti-Defamation League head Abraham Foxman -- whose opposition to the Armenian genocide legislation in 2007 provoked widespread criticism -- told the Post that as long as Israel maintained its diplomatic ties with Turkey, he saw no immediate reason to change his position on any future genocide resolutions.

"This is not a punishment or a reward issue -- we don't change our position on what's right or wrong based on what people say," Foxman said. "The interests between Israel and Turkey continue."

Foxman also noted that he knew of Jewish friends who had cancelled trips to Turkey over Erdogan's comments, but described the Erdogan flap as a disagreement between "friends."

"There have been some very inappropriate harsh statements by the leadership, especially by the prime minister, which we think are inappropriate," he said, "but they have not changed the basic relationship [with Israel]."
 


February 4, 2009

UCLA to Host 7th Annual Graduate Student Colloquium in Armenian Studies

LOS ANGELES--The Armenian Graduate Students Association at UCLA will have its seventh annual Graduate Student Colloquium in Armenian Studies at UCLA on Friday, February 20. This day-long academic event is open to the public and will begin at 9:30 AM and be held in UCLA's famous Royce Hall, room 314.

This year, the organizing committee has set out to continue the fine tradition that began in 2003 with the launching of the first-ever international colloquium in Armenian Studies developed specifically for graduate students by graduate students. It provides an opportunity for students to actively and significantly contribute to the academic environment on campus.

UCLA, a premier institution for the growing field of Armenology and a leader in interdisciplinary studies, is hosting this event to further foster the development of Armenian Studies, facilitate interaction between graduate students and faculty from various institutions, provide a medium for the exchange of ideas, and contribute to the professional and academic advancement of graduate students.

Studies from multiple fields will be presented, including history, education, archeology, sociology, musicology, theology, anthropology and art history. Presenters are graduate students coming from universities and countries all around the world, including UCLA California State University Fresno, University of Montana-Missoula, Florida International University, The University of Chicago, Columbia University, University of Michigan, New School for Social Research, and multiple institutes within the Republic of Armenia.

The colloquium is made possible, in part, by the financial contributions of a number of departments, programs, and centers at UCLA including the Center for Near-Eastern Studies, the Center for Indo-European Studies, as well as the Graduate Division of the UCLA administration. The committee also received financial support from the Campus Programs Committee of the Program Activities Board.

The event is free of charge and open to the public. The event will begin at 9:30 with a breakfast. The organizers are also providing lunch and a closing reception dinner.

Below is a schedule of topics to be presented at the colloquium:

 

Session 1

10:15 - 10:35
Hasmik Hovhannisyan -- Archaeology and Ethnography, National Academy of Sciences (Armenia) "The Currency and Diffusion of Byzantine Anonymous Folles in Armenia According to Coin Finds"

10:35 - 10:55
Hazel Antaramian-Hofman -- Art and Design, California State University of Fresno (USA) The Visual Identification and the Tracing of the Cultural Provenance of the Textile Motifs found in the Eleventh-Century Miniature Portrait Painting of King Gagik-Abas and his Family

10:55 - 11:15
Dianna Mirijanyan -- Archeology and Anthropology, National Academy of Sciences (Armenian) Armenian Construction Ceramic in Western and Eastern Building Cultural Context"

11:15 - 11:35   
Discussion
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Session 2

11:50 's 12:10
Arda J. Melkonian -- Education & Information Studies, UCLA (USA) "Code-Switching Practices in an Armenian Private School"

12:10 - 12:30
Doris K. Melkonian -- Education & Information Studies, UCLA (USA) "How Gender is Played Out in an Armenian Private School"

12:30 - 12:50
Sossi Essajanian -- Anthropology, New School for Social Research (USA) "Educating the Future Citizens: Considering Nagorno-Karabagh's Education System"

12:50 - 1:10
Discussion
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Session 3

2:30 - 2:50
Jeremy Johnson -- Anthropology and History, The University of Michigan
Reading New Woman Aloud: Literacy and Gender(ed) Performances in Early Soviet Armenia

2:50 's 3:10
Diana K. Ter-Ghazaryan -- International Relations, Florida International University (USA) 'For the Benefit of Yerevan's Residents': Post-Soviet Transformations and National Identity in Armenia's Capital"

3:10 - 3:30
Milena Oganesyan -- Anthropology, University of Montana-Missoula (USA) "St. Norashen Church: A Perspective from Inside"

3:30 - 3:50
Hamlet Melkumyan -- Cultural Anthropology and Cultural Studies, Yerevan State University (Armenia) "Presenting and Re-shaping Armenian Traditional Cultures in the Yerevan Vernisage"

3:50 's 4:10
Discussion
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Session 4

4: 20 - 4:40
Melissa Bilal -- The University of Chicago, Ethnomusicology (USA) "Teotig's Amenun Daretsuyts%u015 and its Kegharvesdagan Pages"

4:40 - 5:00
Tsolin Nalbantian -- Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University (USA) "Competing Sites in the Development of a Nation: The Armenian Press in Lebanon (1946-1956) in Armenia's Capital"

5:00 - 5:15
Discussion

5:15 's 5:30
Guest Speaker


February 2, 2009

$5 Million Raised for ARF Political Activities at Dubai Gala

DUBAI (ARF Press Service)--An unprecedented $5 million dollars was raised over the weekend at a gala benefit for the Armenian Revolutionary Federation's political activities throughout the world. The benefit gala, held Saturday at the Festival City Intercontinental Hotel in Dubai was attended by hundreds of benefactors and presided over by His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia.

The event's contributions surpassed previous such gatherings held in Geneva in 2001 and in Paris in 2005.

The global economic crisis did not deter benefactors from stepping forward this year and recognizing the important work of the ARF's international political offices in the last four years. The money raised will greatly elevate the work of Hai Tahd in meeting the challenges facing Armenia's foreign policy priorities.

Presided over by Catholicos Aram I, a large number of businesspeople and ARF members and supporters from Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Armenia came together to reaffirm their commitment to the political activities of the ARF. More than 250 donors took part in the event.

Members from the ARF's ministerial rank in Armenia, Arsen Hamabrtsoumian, Aramayis Grigorian and Spartak Seyranian were joined at the event by their counterpart in Lebanon Andre Tabourian. Members from the ARF's Armenian parliamentary bloc and the ARF's Lebanon member of parliament, Hagop Pakradouni were also at the gala. Also present were Armenia's Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates Vahagn Melikyan, Armenian Relief Society Central Executive chairwoman Vicky Marashlian, as well as the majority of the ARF Bureau and directors of Hai Tahd offices in Europe, the Middle East and Moscow.

Shahe Barsoumian, a Master of Ceremonies and a member of the organizing committee, welcomed the guest and those who were unable to attend for their continued support and generosity. He discussed the various the activities of the ARF's political offices around the world, underscoring the positive impact of their work on Armenia's standing in the world.

Representing the UAE and Dubai region, Hrair Soghomonian welcomed those gathered and throughout the evening recognized the donors who had generously contributed to the event.

Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian's message was read by Armenia's Education Minister Spartak Seyranian.

New components are continually being added to the concept of %u218Hai Tahd', said Sarkisian in his message, adding that international recognition of the Armenian Genocide and the just resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict are being supplemented by new challenges. We need to assist in the strengthening of our homeland.

The second Master of Ceremonies, ARF Bureau member and chairman of the ARF parliamentary bloc, Vahan Hovannesian, presented the gathered guests with a list of donors.

With a message to believe, work and triumph, ARF Bureau chairman Hrant Markarian addressed the gathering, expressing gratitude to the generous benefactors gathered at the event on behalf of the organization.

Markarian said the network of Hai Tahd offices are effectively second embassies in Washington, Brussels, Moscow, Beirut and Tbilisi. They coordinate and marshal the efforts of Armenians and our friends toward elevating Armenia's political stature internationally, securing economic assistance to Armenia, defending rights of the people of Nagorno-Karabakh, the realization of the international recognition and condemnation of the Armenian Genocide and to counter Turkish and Azeri anti-Armenian propaganda.

Markarian added that defense of the Armenian Cause was, for decades, an undertaking and priority of the Diaspora. He welcomed that Armenia and its population have now joined the fight for justice, making Hai Tahd a truly pan-Armenian reality.

At the conclusion of the event, Catholicos Aram I addressed the gathering highlighted the pan-Armenian nature of Hai Tahd, commending the current Armenian leadership for elevating the Armenian Cause within the country's foreign policy priorities. He called the event not merely a fundraiser but rather an opportunity to renew the commitment toward the successful fruition of national aspirations.

Renowned and popular singer Rouben Hakhverdian entertained the guests during the banquet.

A DVD chronicling the ARF's political activities in Europe, Russia and the CIS, the Middle, and within international bodies was distributed to the guests and donors.

 


 

February 2, 2009

Major American-Jewish Organizations May no Longer Back Turkey in Congress

BY HARUT SASSOUNIAN

There are serious indications that Israel and American-Jewish organizations are no longer willing to support Turkey's lobbying efforts to block a congressional resolution on the Armenian Genocide.

The dispute between the two strategic allies began with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan harshly denouncing Israel's incursion into Gaza and accusing the Jewish state of committing crimes against humanity. He suggested that Israel be barred from the United Nations as mass demonstrations were held throughout Turkey with banners that read: "Gaza will be a grave for Israel" and "Put Israel on trial for war crimes." Israel's Consul General in Istanbul, Mordehai Amihai, told Milliyet that the consulate received hundreds of anti-Semitic e-mails every day during the fighting in Gaza.

Initially, Israeli officials expressed their displeasure through diplomatic channels. But as the anti-Israel rhetoric intensified, Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister publicly warned Turkey that Tel Aviv might retaliate by acknowledging the Armenian Genocide. Last week, Israel's Prime Minister Olmert invited the leaders of France, Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Czech Republic to dinner in Jerusalem after their summit meeting in nearby Egypt. Significantly, Turkey's President Abdullah Gul, who also had attended the summit, was excluded from the dinner.

American-Jewish organizations, which had for years supported Turkey's denialist agenda on the Armenian Genocide in the U.S. Congress, were highly incensed by the Turkish condemnations of Israel. The American Jewish Committee sent a letter to Erdogan on January 8, to express its "grave concern over recent official statements" by Turkey's Prime Minister and Foreign Minister. On January 21, a second letter was sent to Erdogan, this time signed by five leading American-Jewish organizations, expressing their "profound concern over the current wave of anti-Semitic manifestations in Turkey."

In their joint letter, the American Jewish Committee, Anti-Defamation League, B'nai B'rith International, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs complained about "gravely distressing" recent incidents: "Protestors besieging the Israeli Consulate in Istanbul have expressed their hatred of Jews. Billboards around Istanbul are full of anti-Jewish propaganda posters. The door of a Jewish-owned shop near Istanbul University was covered with a poster that said, 'Do not buy from here, since this shop is owned by a Jew.' The defacing of an Izmir synagogue has brought about the temporary closure of all but one of that city's synagogues." The American-Jewish groups also stated that the Jewish community in Turkey feels "besieged and threatened. A connection is clearly perceived between the inflammatory denunciation of Israel by Turkish officials and the rise of anti-Semitism."

Ironically, Abraham Foxman, ADL's National Director, who is now complaining to Prime Minister Erdogan about anti-Semitism in Turkey, had presented a prestigious award to him in 2005. Foxman conveniently overlooked the fact that four days before he gave that award to Erdogan, the Middle East Media Research Institute, based on a report from Hurriyet, revealed that Erdogan in 1974 had written, directed and played the lead role in a play called "Maskomya," an acronym for the triple "evils" of Masons, Komunists (Communists), and Yahudis (Jews).

Having given Erdogan one of ADL's highest awards, Foxman must have been shocked by the Turkish Prime Minister's recent criticisms of Israel. Foxman told Milliyet last week: "Turkey was our friend. We were friends. I still can't believe it. I am very sad and confused. The Jews in Turkey are threatened;. They feel encircled;. The Prime Minister spoke very harshly. We were friends. How did we come to this situation?" Jacob Isaacson, an official of the American Jewish Committee, was also unhappy with the Turkish reaction. "Once you start poisoning the well, you do not know where it leads," he said. Moreover, an unnamed American-Jewish leader was quoted as saying: "This time, we are going to face great difficulty. In the past, we defended the Turkish position, not only because Turkey was right, but also because we were friends." Yet another American-Jewish official, washing his hands from further involvement in Turkey's lobbying efforts on the Armenian Genocide, told Milliyet: "Count us completely out of this problem. We don't believe Congress should deal with it. Let Armenia and Turkey resolve it between them."

In another indication of diminishing support for Turkey among Jewish circles, Prof. Benjamin Yafet advised this writer that he had "very reliable information that all major American Jewish organizations are now fed up with Turkey and are ready to support the Armenian Genocide resolution."

It appears that this time around Israel and American-Jewish organizations will not be as forgiving as they have been in the past, in the face of persistent and vicious anti-Semitic attacks emanating from Turkey. After the loss of lobbying support from American-Jews, Pres. Obama's election, and Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress, Turkey is expected to have great difficulty in the coming months to block a renewed attempt to pass a congressional resolution on the Armenian Genocide. Faruk Logoglu, Turkey's former Ambassador to Washington, should know! He told Milliyet: "The Jewish lobby is the strongest in the United States and the only one supporting Turkey. Therefore, the letter of disappointment sent to Erdogan [by 5 Jewish groups] is of great importance."

To listen to this writer's hour-long interview with radio KZSU Stanford on this subject, please go to:
http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/31347.


 


 

February 2, 2009

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۹ ۳óݳ ѳ ٳ, , ѳû ٿ ѳ ٻ ݹѳ ۳óݳ ݻ: ϳٳ , ٻͳѳ: -, ݹѳ ͳۻ, ϳ ݻ:

ǰ ϳݻ,

ػ ѳ ˳ , Ȼݳ Գ񳵳 ϳ ݻ: ػ ѳ ˳ ` г ճ ݳϳݳ ׳ݳ , ϳݷ ѳû ݻ:

ػ ѳ ˳ ` г۳ г ݳ , Ż, : г۳ ѳ ݳ ˳:

ѳ ۹ ѳ, ۹ ˳

ѳϳ:


 

January 30, 2009

ƺ вܸ ؾ ں

ϳ ݻݳ ˳ ٿ ۻ ݳû ųٳݳϳ  ݳ ٻݻ ѳ ߳ݳϻ ͳ ݳ˳٫ ڸ ﻳ ٻϳ λݳϳ ˳ 뻳 ٻͳ ǻ ٳû ϳٳϻ Ż ׳ϻ-ѳ ݻ ߳ 28- ۻ ų 730-ݫ ɻݹ dz ׳߳٣ ٳ ݻϳ ۳ݻ ᷻ ݻ ٳݻǫ г ڳݳٵǫڸ ջ ϳٳϻݻǪ -ǫ -ǫ гٳǫ ݳ ճϳݫ ѳϳϳ ѳݳϳ ݻ ѳϳϳ ݻ ٳ ݻϳ۳ݻ

 

ٳ ϳ ѳݹ ڸ ﻳ ٻϳ λݳϳ ݹ ij 볷 ѳ ݹ񳹳ݳ ˳ 뻳 û ݷݳѳ ݿû ѻ ݳ λݳϳ ݻϳ۳ ƽɻݫ ٿ ۻ ͳɳ dzݳϳ ͳ ߻ ѳٻ ݳû  ݳϳ ɳ ϳݻǫ ˳ ݻ ٻ ۻɻ ѳٳ ۳ ճϳ ϳ ݻ ϳճ ųݳݳɣ ƽɻ ۳ ݳϳ ٳݻ ϻݻǫ ǻ ٳû ˳ ݫ ۳ݻ ݳ ѳ û ǹ ͳۻ ۳ݳûٵ ߳ݳ ݿ ѳ٣ ѻ ݳ ˳ ۳ݻ ڸ ݳ ݻϳ۳ ͳû ߳ٻɪ ǵ ߳ ϳ ѳٳͳûݫ ݻ ͳ ˳ û ڸ ﻳ ٻϳ λݳϳ

ǻ ٳݻ ۳ݻ ݳ û ߻ س뻳 г γϿ ѳٳ ᷻ ۻ ٻϳ ѳ ݳϳ û ᷻ س뻳 ڸ г ۳ݳٵ ݳ Ƿ ݻ гٳ ݳ û ݳ Ƿ 廳 - ݳ û ݳǪ ٳ 뻳 - ݳ û ݳ ݻ г۳ݻ ϻջ ٻϳ ﻳ û ˳ϳ ݳ ὿ ٻ 񿽦 û ٵ ϻ г۳ݦ ѳٳѳϳϳ ݳ ٳݳ ݳǪ سdz ݻ ϳ ϳ û ݳ û ʳ ۻ г ͳϳ ݹѳ û ٳݳ ޳ѵ γdz ѳ ݻ г-ٻϻ ݻ ݻ ݳ˳ û г ϻ ߳óû ٵ

ѻ Ż ݻ ˳ ٿ ۻ ѳϳ ۳ݻ ϳٳϻ ѳݹû ѳٳ ٻͳ ݳѳ ڸݳû ѳݳ ݿ ﻳ ٻϳ ݻ٫ ߻ ٻ ûٵ ϳûٵ ѳٳͳ ڸ ﻳ ٻϳ λݳϳ ѻ ѳϳϳ ٳ߻ ٳݫ ٿ ۻ ó ٳݻ ػ ͳۻ ѳ ѳٳݫ ѳٳٵ ϳ ݻ ߳ѻ ݻ ϳݷݻ ѳݦ- ߻ ˳ ɳݻ ѳٳٵ ѳϳϳ ϳݻ ݻϳ۳ݻ ٳ ٻ ݻϳ 峷 ɳϳ

ٳ ݻϳݻ ٵݳ ٻ ˳ ѻ ٳû ۳ ϳݳ ׳ݳѣ  

ۻ ų 10-ݣ  

   


 

January 27, 2009

 

Mayor Villaraigosa Remembers Genocide Survivor Kademian


LOS ANGELES--In a statement released Tuesday, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa honored the memory of Ghazaros Kademian, one of the oldest remaining survivors of the Armenian Genocide and a longtime ANCA supporter.  

Kademian passed away on January 24 at his home in Glendale, California. Born in Zeitoun in 1907, he lived a life full of faith and dedication.

Villaraigosa recalled the remarkable his remarkable life and stressed the importance of recognition of the Armenian Genocide.
 
Ghazaros Kademian's story is one of survival and strength, courage and conviction, passion and purpose, the LA Mayor said. He emerged from one of the darkest chapters of human history and worked to shed light on the tragedy of the Armenian genocide.

We were all blessed by his spirit, commitment, dedication and service, Villaraigosa said, adding that he hoped he hoped Kademian's passing would serve as a reminder of our collective obligation to honor the memory of those who perished and recognize the facts of past atrocities.

During his tenure in the State Assembly and as Los Angeles Mayor, Villaraigosa has repeatedly demonstrated his steadfast support for the Armenian community and has been a consistent supporter of Armenian Genocide recognition resolutions.

"As Ghazaros looks down upon each of us, may his life and legacy inspire us all to continue exposing

 

 

 

 

 


January 27, 2009

Javakhk Leaders Charged with Spying, 'Militant' Actions

TBILISI, JAVAKHK (A-Info)--A Tbilisi court Saturday charged two Javakhk Armenian community leaders Grigor Minasyan and Sergei Hagopjanyan with alleged involvement in organizing "armed groups" and spying. The two are to remain in custody for two months pending a trial.
 
Minasyan and Hagopjanyan were arrested last Wednesday, when Georgian Special Interior Ministery forces, backed up by Tbilisi police, ambushed the two and remanded them to custody in the capital.
 
Minasyan, who is the director of Armenian Youth Center, was stopped on the way from Akhalkalak to Akhaltskha. During the arrest police from Tbilisi, who had traveled all the way to Akhalkalak handcuffed Minasyan and videotaped the entire process.
 
Hagopjanyan, who is the director of the "Charles Aznavour" Benevolent Organization was attending a funeral at the time of his arrest.
 
The two have retained counsel and were present in court, along with their relatives Saturday.
 
The incident has left the Javakhk Armenian community stunned. The community believes that this is a direct effort by Georgian authorities to destabilize the Armenian community, adding that this was not the first attempt by Tbilisi to baselessly arrest Armenian community leaders.
 
The "Virk" political party issued an announcement severely criticizing the Georgian government for what it called "obviously anti-Armenian" attacks. The announcement explained that the Georgian authorities were baselessly targeting those forces in the community who are active politically and did not refrain from raising issues critical to the Armenians of Georgia and Javakhk, specifically.
 
"We call on--and, why not, warn--the Georgian authorities to not pull the Armenians of Javakhk in their dirty and divisive games," said the announcement, which went on to demand the immediate release of the two leaders.
 
The community has been gathered at the Armenian Youth Center to hear leaders and come together in the face of this attempt at destabilizing the community. A special Mass was also said at the church in Akhalkalak.
 
On Wednesday Tbilisi police raided their residences but found nothing. The two were moved to a prison facility in Tbilisi. The Council of Armenian Organizations immediately retained counsel and has reported the incident to Georgia's Human Rights Defense Committee.
 
Prior to the arrests the same group of interior ministry forces raided the Akhalkalak Youth Center, where young children were at dance practice. The law enforcement agents confiscated cell phones from instructors and students and placed the center under lockdown. The children were forced to stay in the center for three hours, during which the Special Forces confiscated the center's computer hard drives and several books from the library and took photos of the library and its contents.

 


January 26, 2009

Genocide Survivor, ANCA Activist Passes Away

 

LOS ANGELES--Ghazaros Kademian, a longtime ANCA supporter and one of the oldest remaining survivors of the Armenian Genocide passed away on January 24 at his home in Glendale, California. Kademian, who was born in the historic city of Zeitoun in 1907, lived a life full of faith and dedication.
 
Over the past several years he had become a regular attendee at community events organized by the Armenian National Committee, the Armenian Youth Federation and Homenetmen.
 


"Sadly, this past weekend our beloved Ghazaros was called home," stated Armenian National Committee Western Region (ANC-WR) Chairman Vicken Sonentz-Papazian. "The story of the Armenian nation in the 20th and 21st century is encapsulated in the tragedy, struggle and rebirth of Ghazaros Kademian.  While we bid farewell to our dear friend and colleague we are inspired by his indomitable will and remain forever indebted to the countless sacrifices he made in securing our future," he added.  
 
At the 2007 ANC-WR Annual Banquet Mr. Kademian was saluted by U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, who hailed him as a symbol of the Armenian will to survive and persevere. Mr. Kademian attended several Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) events including the annual protests at the Turkish Consulate on April 24th as well as a hunger strike "Fast for Remembrance" in January of 2006.
 
"The life of Ghazaros Kademian serves as motivation for us to continue our work towards Genocide recognition," expressed AYF WR Chairman Vache Thomassian. "As time passes, fewer and fewer survivors of the Armenian Genocide remain but their memory will inspire future generations to seek justice for the Armenian Cause," he added.
 
The very last letter written by Kademian was penned to the Turkish Government in anticipation of an AYF protest held at the Turkish Consulate on April 24, 2008. Kademian wrote "I pray that the Lord gives you (Turkish government) the wisdom to stop killing your own people, to listen to your own intellectuals, and stop killing them in the middle of your cities. Hopefully I will not wait long, and your government accepts its unjust actions and proceeds to remedy its mistakes. Ninety three years. No more tears."
 
"Ghazaros Kademian was and will remain an iconic Armenian hero. He represented our tragic past, our resurrection as a people and our common journey for justice," stated ANC-WR Board Member Raffi Hamparian.  "His life was touched by genocide, but also by faith and family. His death reminds us all of the need to continue his support for the Armenian Cause.  As Oliver Wendell Holmes once wrote, 'At the grave of a hero we end, not with sorrow at the inevitable loss but with contagion of his courage and with a kind of desperate joy we go back to the fight'," added Hamparian.
 
To mark his 100th birthday last year Mr. Kademian insisted on making a very generous donation to the ANC-WR to support the organization's education and outreach efforts. Kademian miraculously survived the Armenian Genocide of 1915 and found a new home in Baghdad, Iraq. While in this newfound country, he helped the Armenian community by being an advisor and leader. A strong survivor of the genocide, Ghazaros and his wife Azadouhi raised three wonderful children; Ohannes Kademian, Asdghig Kaladjian, and Anahid Kademian.
 
On May 18, 2005 as a part of the Congressional Record, Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA-29) honored Kademian noting that, "The courage of survivors like Ghazaros Kademian reminds all mankind of the extraordinary strength and determination of the Armenian people who endured the unspeakable atrocities perpetrated against them by the Ottoman Empire; ;It is our sacred obligation to honor the memory of the one and a half million men, women, and children systematically murdered during the Armenian Genocide; ;The story of Ghazaros Kademian's family is terrible and tragic, but not uncommon. It is our responsibility to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide and collectively demand reaffirmation of this crime against humanity."
 
In lieu of flowers, the Kademian family is encouraging community members to provide tax-deductible donations to the ANC-WR at 104 North Belmont Street, Glendale, CA 91206.  For more information please call the ANC-WR offices at (818) 500-1918.
 
The Armenian National Committee - Western Region is the largest and most influential Armenian American grassroots advocacy organization in the Western United States. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout the Western United States and affiliated organizations around the country, the ANC-WR advances the concerns of the Armenian American community on a broad range of issues.


 


January 26, 2009

Angered by Turkish Criticism over Gaza, Israel May Recognize Armenian Genocide

BY HARUT SASSOUNIAN

Enraged by the abrasive tone of Turkey's condemnation of Israel's attack on Gaza, Israeli officials and Turkish analysts are now raising the possibility that Tel Aviv may retaliate either by recognizing the Armenian Genocide or refusing to help Turkey to lobby against a congressional resolution on the genocide.

This unexpected turn of events was in response to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan's continued harsh criticisms, accusing Israel of "perpetrating inhuman actions which would bring it to self-destruction. Allah will sooner or later punish those who transgress the rights of innocents." Erdogan qualified Israel's attack on Gaza as "savagery" and a "crime against humanity." He also refused to take calls from Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and rejected a request by Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni to visit Ankara.

Israel initially downplayed the hostile comments emanating from Turkey. The Jerusalem-based DEBKA file reported that "a deep crisis in Turkish-Israel relations appears to be the first strategic casualty of Israel's offensive to suppress Hamas' rocket campaign." An Israeli Foreign Ministry official told Turkey's ambassador to Israel that such harsh words were "unacceptable" among friendly nations. Another Israeli official added: "It would be necessary to evaluate the damage to the relationship that these [Erdogan's] comments have caused."

In a January 5 editorial, the Jerusalem Post escalated the level of Israeli displeasure by questioning Turkey's credibility on passing judgment on other countries: "On balance, we're not convinced that Turkey has earned the right to lecture Israelis about human rights. While world attention focuses on Gaza, Turkish jets have bombed Kurdish positions in northern Iraq. Over the years, tens of thousands of people have been killed as the radical PKK pursues its campaign for autonomy from Turkey. Kurdish civilians in Iraq complain regularly that Ankara's air force has struck civilian areas where there is no PKK activity. The next Israeli government should weigh whether Israel can accept as a mediator a country that speaks, albeit elliptically, of our destruction. Meanwhile, if Turkey persists in its one-sided, anti-Israel rhetoric, the Foreign Ministry might consider recalling our ambassador in Ankara for consultations."

Finally, Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister, Majalli Whbee angrily lashed back at the Prime Minister of Turkey. Several Turkish media outlets quoted Whbee as stating: "Erdogan says that genocide is taking place in Gaza. We [Israel] will then recognize the Armenian related events as genocide." Whbee, a member of the Israeli Knesset and a close confidante of Prime Minister Olmert, issued the following warning to Turkey: "We, as Israel, hope that Prime Minister Erdogan's statements will not damage our relations. But, if Turkey does not behave fairly, this will have its consequences."

While it is unlikely that Israel would reverse its long-standing refusal to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide, it may decide not to accommodate future Turkish requests to have American Jewish organizations to lobby against a congressional resolution on the Armenian Genocide.

Commentator Yigal Schleifer explained in his Eurasia Net article that Erdogan may "find himself walking a tightrope when it comes to distancing Turkey from Israel. Ankara has long depended on Israel to act as a conduit to Washington and to American Jewish organizations who have frequently acted as a kind of surrogate lobby for Turkey in Washington. In the past, Jewish organizations have been instrumental in helping Turkey block efforts to introduce resolutions in Congress recognizing the Armenian genocide of 1915. 'There is real anger with Erdogan on Capitol Hill and among people who follow Turkey in Washington,' says a Washington-based consultant who closely monitors Turkish affairs. 'Nobody is threatening anything right now, or knows if there are going to be repercussions, but this is going to have an effect.' Adds the consultant: 'There is a sense that Erdogan has used up a lot of good will.'"

The Turkish newspaper, Hurriyet, in a January 9 editorial, tried to downplay the consequences of the Turkish anger at Israel, by stating that the latter hopes "the Jewish lobby in the United States; will ensure, through its clout on issues such as preventing Armenian genocide bills, that Turkey falls in line;. It is suggested that if Turkey does not fall in line, that same lobby will punish her by refusing to help on this score, or even by ensuring that such bills pass."

Turkish columnist Barcin Yinanc described in Hurriyet the absurd situation Turkish leaders will find themselves in a couple of months: "When April comes, I can imagine the [Turkish] government instructing its Ambassador to Israel to mobilize the Israeli government to stop the Armenian initiatives in the U.S. Congress. I can hear some Israelis telling the Turkish Ambassador to go talk to Hamas to lobby the Congress. Erdogan's harsh statements against Israel have certainly not gone unnoticed in Israel;. I am sure the Israeli government as well as the Jewish lobby in America will not forget these statements."

Turkish leaders may wish to remember that the last time they irritated a prominent Jewish-American congressman, he retaliated by supporting congressional action on the Armenian Genocide. Cong. Tom Lantos, a Holocaust survivor and a staunch opponent of the recognition of the Armenian Genocide, surprised everyone in 2005 when he voted in favor of a congressional resolution on the Armenian Genocide in the House International Relations Committee. Lantos disclosed that he was backing the Armenian resolution in order to teach the Turks a lesson for not supporting the U.S. on the eve of the Iraqi War.

In the coming days, Turkey's relations with Israel may further deteriorate as Turkish politicians, journalists, and leaders of non-governmental organizations urge Erdogan to go beyond mere words and expel Israel's Ambassador from Ankara, recall Turkey's Ambassador from Tel Aviv, cancel all military and economic agreements with Israel, and ban over flights by Israeli pilots in Turkish airspace. Erdogan may resort to such punitive actions in order to appease widespread anti-Israel anger by large segments of the Turkish public prior to local elections which are critical for his ruling political party.
 


January 26, 2009

Israel, Turkey and the Politics of Genocide

President Obama - I love saying those words - has momentarily united the world. Almost. Among the exceptions, though barely noticed by the mainstream media, is the estrangement of Turkey and Israel, previously staunch allies in the turbulent Middle East.

At first blush, this alliance may seem counterintuitive, but in fact it makes good strategic sense for both countries. Israel gets a warm working relationship with one of the largest Muslim countries in the world, while enriching Israel's all-important industrial-military complex. Less than two months ago, for instance, came the news of a deal worth $140-million to Israeli firms to upgrade Turkey's air force. In the hard-boiled, realpolitik terms that determine Israel's strategies, it's a no-brainer. Almost.

In return, Turkey gets military, economic and diplomatic benefits. But it also gets something less tangible, something that matters deeply for reasons hard for outsiders to grasp. As part of the Faustian bargain between the two countries, a succession of Israeli governments of all stripes has adamantly refused to recognize that in 1915 the Turkish government was responsible for launching a genocide against its Armenian minority. Some 1.5-million Armenian women, men and children were successfully killed.

I should make clear that this Israeli position is not held casually. On the contrary. Over the years Israelis, with a few notably courageous exceptions, have actually worked against attempts to safeguard the memory of the Armenian genocide. (The bible on this issue is the excellent book by an Israeli, Yair Auron, called The Banality of Denial: Israel and the Armenian Genocide, 2003.)

For many, this may well be a pretty esoteric sidebar to the world's many crises. But readers need to understand that every Turkish government for almost a century now has passionately denied that a genocide took place at all. Yet the vast majority of disinterested scholars of genocide have publicly affirmed that it was indeed a genocide, one of the small number in the 20th century (with the Holocaust and Rwanda) that have incontestably met the definition set down in the UN's 1948 Genocide Convention.

For Armenians in the Western world, even after 94 years, nothing is more important than persuading other governments to recognize this. For Turkish authorities, even after 94 years, nothing is more important than preventing that recognition. In that pursuit, Israel has been perhaps Turkey's most powerful ally. After all, if the keepers of the memory of the Holocaust don't acknowledge 1915, why should anyone else?

But the Israeli-Turkish bargain goes well beyond Israel. Not only is Israel, of all the unlikely states in the world, a genocide denier, but also many established Jewish organizations in other countries, especially the United States, have followed suit. In the United States, those who argue that denying the Holocaust is psychologically tantamount to a second holocaust have taken the lead in pressuring presidents and Congress against recognizing the reality of 1915. Resolutions calling for recognition are regularly pushed by American-Armenians and their many supporters. Jewish groups regularly lead the opposition. Some believe that members of these groups in fact understand perfectly well the rights and wrongs of the case. But a mindset that backs any and all Israeli government initiatives trumps all else. And successfully. Repeated attempts in Congress to pass this resolution has failed, even though the list of nations that now recognizes the Armenian genocide has grown steadily and, thanks to Stephen Harper, now includes Canada.

It is this rather unseemly, if not unholy, Israeli-Turkish deal that has been among the many victims of the latest Israeli attack on Gaza. Whether the Israelis anticipated it or not, the Turkish government turned against its erstwhile ally with a vengeance, pulling few punches. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan accused Israel of "perpetrating inhuman actions which would bring it to self-destruction. Allah will sooner or later punish those who transgress the rights of innocents." Mr. Erdogan described Israel's attack on Gaza as "savagery" and a "crime against humanity."

Israel formally described this language as "unacceptable" and certain Israeli media outlets have raised the stakes. The Jerusalem Post editorialized that given Turkey's record of killing tens of thousands of Kurds in northern Iraq, "we're not convinced that Turkey has earned the right to lecture Israelis about human rights." Israel's deputy foreign minister was even more pointed: "Erdogan says that genocide is taking place in Gaza. We [Israel] will then recognize the Armenian-related events as genocide." Suddenly, genocide turns into a geopolitical pawn.

It isn't easy to choose a winner in the cynicism stakes here. Here's what one Turkish columnist, Barcin Yinanc, shrewdly wrote: "When April comes, I can imagine the [Turkish] government instructing its Ambassador to Israel to mobilize the Israeli government to stop the Armenian initiatives in the U.S. Congress. I can hear some Israelis telling the Turkish Ambassador to go talk to Hamas to lobby the Congress."

I'm guessing some readers work on the naive assumption that an event is deemed genocidal based on the facts of the case. Silly you. In the real world, you call it genocide if it bolsters your interests. If it doesn't, it's not. It's actually the same story as with preventing genocide.

What happens now? Candidate Obama twice pledged that he would recognize the Armenian claim of genocide. But so had candidate George W. Bush eight years earlier, until he was elected and faced the Turkish/Jewish lobby. Armenian-Americans and their backers are already pressing Mr. Obama to fulfill his pledge. With the Turkish-Israeli alliance deeply strained, the position of the leading Jewish organizations is very much in question this time. Whatever the outcome, be sure that politics, not genocide, will be the decisive factor.

 

 


January 26, 2009

Western US ARF Family Loses Two of Its Own

GLENDALE--The Western US Armenian Revolutionary Federation lost two of its active leaders when long-time activist and former Central Committee member Megerdich Megerdichian passed away Thursday after suffering a heart attack.

On Friday morning, the Western US lost another former Central Committee member Hrair Der Grigorian who passed away after a long illness.
 
On behalf of all ARF members, the ARF Western US Central Committee offers its deepest condolences to the Megerdichian and Der-Grigorian families.

 

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January 23, 2008

Inauguration Dispatch: Call for Unity and Promise of Accountability

BY ARA KHACHATOURIAN

President Barack Obama's message of national unity and participation and his promise of a more transparent and accountable presidency clearly set the tone for the way the 44th president will be conducting business with a pledge to be honest with the American people. A refreshing message at a time when the country is facing immense challenges both at home and abroad as a direct result of veiled agendas and shady back room politics.

When he took office under sunny skies over the nation's capital, our 44th president inherited not only a shattered economy and a world in peril, he also heads into the White House with pledges he has made on how to confront these challenges and others that would make the world a more just place in which to live.

As such began a day of unparalleled enthusiasm and emotional excitement, as history was made. The long journey, which began almost two years ago, entered its new phase with a unique sense of accomplishment and myriad potential.

I, along with a group of Armenian National Committee of America activists, "Armenians for Obama" campaigners and community members, began our day at 5 a.m. when we left the ANCA headquarters near Dupont Circle and began our trek--on foot--to Capitol Hill. The brutally cold weather did not deter us in any way to walk for two hours and wait in line for another three to enter our designated inauguration areas.

As we approached the Hill, we saw thousands upon thousands of other people who had made the journey to be a part of history and witness first-hand a changing of a guard in the traditional seamless manner, yet this time filled with immense hope, optimism and a renewed sense of national pride.

Looking back from the Hill and on Jumbotrons around the area one could only see people. A sea of people whose convergence began on the Hill and stretched along the Mall to the Washington monument, Throngs upon throngs of people carpeted the vast area and its adjacent streets and when Obama uttered the final words of his oath: "so help me God," it was as if the entire city exploded in unison. Coupled with the cannon salute, and the unstoppable cheers from the crowd, so began the new presidency.

We too look ahead with optimism and should foster Obama's calls for unity, service and accountability in our everyday lives.

A poignant footnote: Once all was said and done, an African-American man who was standing in front of me throughout the inauguration turned around, put his arm around me and said, "It's a new day." He then walked away. Another cheerful roar from the crowd directed our attention to the sky, where President George W. Bush and his family were leaving Washington aboard the presidential helicopter.

 

 

 


 

January 21, 2008

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January 21, 2008

Armenia Marks Dink Murder Anniversary

 

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)--Thousands in Yerevan marked on Monday the second anniversary of the murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, whose life was cut short on January 19, 2007 by an ultranationalist gunman working on behalf of a secret underground circle now under investigation in Turkey.

Armenia's Diaspora Minister Hranush Hakobian led procession to the memorial, held at the Dzidzernagapert Genocide Memorial Monument.

"Today the mankind of the world, including the Armenians of the Diaspora, mourn over Hrant Dink's martyr. He lived his life as a peculiar symbol, a symbol of independence, freedom, democracy, tolerance. All this was not forgiven by extremists," Hakobian told reporters after the funeral."With his death he helped expand the struggle for democracy and freedom [in Turkey]."

A march through Yerevan to Dzidzernagapert was also organized to commemorate the life and murder of the Agos editor.
 

 

 

 

 


 

January 21, 2008

Turkey Again Warns US Over Genocide Recognition

ANKARA (Combined Sources)--In yet another attempt to dissuade the United States from issuing an official recognition of the Armenian Genocide, Turkey's foreign minister has warned Barack Obama's incoming administration on the eve of his historic inauguration that any U.S. recognition of the genocide could derail reconciliation efforts between the two neighbors, reported AFP.

"It would not be very rational for a third country to take a position on this issue... A wrong step by the United States will harm the process," the Anatolia news agency quoted Ali Babacan as saying late Friday.

Turkey has "never been closer" to normalizing ties with Armenia, its eastern neighbor, and a breakthrough could be secured in 2009, the minister said.

But according to Armenian Revolutionary Federation Political Director Kiro Manoyan, the opposite is true.  "The recognition of the Genocide by the U.S. can contribute to the improvement of the Armenian-Turkish relations, not hurt them," he said, speaking to reporters in Yerevan on Monday.

Despite Babacan's claims that Turkish-Armenian relations are thawing, Ankara continues to derail grassroots attempts at reconciliation between the two peoples, maintaining instead a series of preconditions for establishing diplomatic ties with Yerevan. According to Turkey, relations can only be established once Armenia agrees to a historical commission on the Armenian genocide and makes major concessions to Azerbaijan in the Karabakh peace talks. Both Turkey and Azerbaijan severed ties with Armenia in 1993, closing borders and imposing an economic blockade on Yerevan in a bid to force Armenia to drop support for the self-determination of the people of Karabakh and end its campaign for international recognition of the Armenian Genocide.

Babacan's remarks are the latest in a string of demands on Washington to stay quiet on the human rights issue. The warning comes a week after news broke that a group of Turkish intellectuals may get jail sentences initiating an online apology for what they called the Great Catastrophe of 1915.

The group under investigation is being charged with Insulting the Turkish Republic under article 301 of the Turkish penal code. The apology campaign, which began in early December, garnering over 26,000 signatures in support of the initiative and sparked a long overdue discussion in Turkey about the Armenian Genocide, a topic still considered taboo.

Babacan, along with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, slammed the initiative as baseless, and issued stern warnings that the grassroots apology to Turkey's neighbors could derail attempts at reconciliation with Armenia.

Obama, who takes office Tuesday, pledged during his election campaign to reaffirm the US record on the genocide. Washington has traditionally condemned the massacres, but has so far refrained from terming them genocide due to concern about straining relations with Turkey, a NATO member and ally in the Middle East. 

 


January 20, 2008

Martin Luther King's Dream: An Armenian Dream Too

BY ALLEN YEKIKAN

In 1963, Bethel Bilezikian marched for civil rights at a rally in Boston, Mass., led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Later that year, on August 28, hundreds of thousands of civil rights activists marched from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC to hear King deliver his historic "I Have a Dream" speech. This unprecedented political action paved the way for the Civil Rights Act (1964) and the National Voting Rights Act (1965).

Bilezikian could not help but appreciate the historic moment in which she lived. African-Americans across the country were standing up for their rights, marching against centuries of inequality and oppression. Their struggle for freedom and civil rights was the same struggle Armenians throughout the Ottoman Empire waged as they marched for their own civil rights in the streets of Istanbul less than a century earlier.

King had a dream. Armenians share that dream. Almost a century earlier, ordinary Armenians, no older than today's university graduate, were inspired by the dreams of the literary titans of their day to spark a similar movement for civil rights.

Driven to change the bleak reality facing the Armenian people, this generation struggled for freedom in the Ottoman Empire, organizing mass demonstrations in the Constantinople to raise awareness of their plight and demand a better future. In the face of massacres and genocide, they banded together to defend their freedom and way of life. Against all odds, they established a democratic republic in 1918 that would provide all Armenian's an equal opportunity, free from subjugation.

The historic significance of this day should not be lost on Armenians, who throughout their history have been divided between empires, ravaged by wars and forced into centuries of subjugation. Today, we continue to struggle for the equality of our nation among the countries of the world. In America, we fight in the halls of congress for Armenia's equal right to survival and the just recognition of Turkey's crime against our people. While in Armenia, we tirelessly work to establish a democracy worthy of our people.
 
We must also be conscious of the plight of others. We may live in comfort today, but it was not long ago that Armenians were robbed of their ancestry and marched to their death  or treated as second class citizens barred from owning property in Fresno.

 


January 20, 2008

Armenian Americans Congratulate Obama On Inauguration

WASHINGTON--Armenian American advocacy, civic, religious, charitable, and educational organizations joined together Saturday in congratulating President-Elect Barack Obama on his inauguration and outlining the community's expectations of the incoming Obama-Biden Administration.

The text of the January 17th letter, delivered Monday to the Presidential Transition Office, and a listing of the signatories is provided below.

January 17, 2009
The Honorable Barack Obama
The President-elect
Office of the President-elect
Washington, D.C. 

Dear Mr. President-Elect:


We are writing, as the collective leadership of Armenian American advocacy, civic, religious, charitable, and educational organizations, to congratulate you on your historic election as President of the United States and to warmly welcome your inauguration to this high office.  On behalf of some two million Americans of Armenian heritage, we look forward to working with you and your Administration to end the cycle of genocide, strengthen U.S.-Armenia relations, contribute to Armenia's economic growth, and work toward a fair and sustainable regional peace.

We have, as a community, long admired your principled commitment to ending genocide, including, of course, the need for urgent efforts to stop the ongoing slaughter in Darfur.  As a vital part of the growing genocide-prevention movement, our community looks forward to working with you from the first day of your Administration to end the Darfur Genocide and to help bring peace to this troubled land.

As a community, we have been proud that you have stood with us as we have worked toward Congressional commemoration, Presidential recognition, and Turkish acknowledgement of the Armenian Genocide. As you have stated so eloquently and repeatedly, the facts of this crime are undeniable.  The Armenian Genocide is not an allegation, as the Turkish government shamefully contends, but rather a widely documented mass crime supported by an overwhelming body of evidence.  Confronting this denial represents an obligation for America and the entire international community.  Our nation's commitment to the principles of the Genocide Convention, which just last year marked its 60th anniversary, is rooted in America's values and cannot be sincerely upheld in our relations with the rest of the world without an outright recognition of the Armenian Genocide.

Our government must clearly and unequivocally condemn the 1915 crime of race extermination by Ottoman Turkey that, during the course of eight years, killed one and a half million Armenians, emptied vast areas of the Armenian homeland, and inflicted grave material harm to every aspect of the Armenian people's cultural heritage, depriving it, to this day, of its right to exist on its native soil.  Sadly, the inevitable consequence of Turkey's refusal to acknowledge this crime has been its inability to adapt to the changing realities in the region.  Rather than being a factor for peace, Turkey has actively contributed to increased tension in the South Caucasus.  Instead of demonstrating a willingness to honestly confront the past in the spirit of truth and justice, its leaders have sought to pressure other governments to underwrite Turkey's historic guilt.  The United States should neither be a hostage to Turkey's fears, nor a victim of its moral failings.  For its part, Armenia, which supports international recognition of the Armenian Genocide as a core element of its foreign policy, has called for the normalization of relations with Turkey without any preconditions.

As you have stated on several occasions, America deserves a leader who speaks truthfully about the Armenian Genocide and responds forcefully to all genocides.  The clarity of your promise is particularly welcome in light of the unfortunate practice of past U.S. Presidents to use, under Turkey's pressure, evasive and euphemistic terminology rather than directly acknowledging the Armenian Genocide.  The term, Armenian Genocide, is the only one that can meaningfully be used to characterize the crime committed by Ottoman Turkey.  We look forward, in the coming weeks, to your firm and principled leadership in clearly and unambiguously ending the sad chapter of the U.S. Executive Branch's capitulation to pressure from Turkey.

We are particularly encouraged, in this regard, that you will be joined in your Administration by supporters of Armenian Genocide recognition, among them Vice President-elect Joe Biden, a 35-year champion of this human rights issue, and Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton, who, in January of last year, so eloquently stated that, "our common morality and our nation's credibility as a voice for human rights challenge us to ensure that the Armenian Genocide be recognized and remembered by Congress and the President of the United States."  Others in your Administration, including incoming Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, and CIA Director Leon Panetta have also supported Congressional recognition of the Armenian Genocide.  We are also pleased to see that the Congress will be led by two of the most longstanding advocates of the Armenian Genocide Resolution, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, both of whom have repeatedly called for full U.S. recognition of this crime against humanity.  We look forward to your leadership with these officials and others in Congress, among them Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman, John Kerry, and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman, Howard Berman, to help bring about Congressional recognition of the Armenian Genocide.

We look forward to continuing, over the next four years, the active engagement that we established with you and your leadership team during your service in the U.S. Senate, and more recently during your campaign for the Presidency.  Among the issues that will, of course, remain as high priorities on our common agenda will be those that contribute to the growth of U.S.-Armenia relations, Armenia's economic development, and Armenia and Nagorno Karabagh's security.  We welcome your commitment to expanding bilateral commercial, political, military, and cultural relations, and are eager to work with you to increase U.S.-Armenia trade and investment levels and to expand our development assistance programs, through the FREEDOM Support Act, the Millennium Challenge Account, and other avenues.  We place, as well, a very high priority on U.S. leadership in lifting the Turkish and Azerbaijani economic blockades of Armenia and in ending the exclusion of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabagh from regional commercial and infrastructure projects.

In terms of ensuring a durable regional peace, we echo your call for a Nagorno Karabagh settlement that respects democracy and self-determination and encourage you to ensure that these principles serve as the pillars of any agreement.  As you know, a vital key to peace, in Nagorno Karabagh and around the world, is direct dialogue.  For this reason, we encourage elimination of all artificial barriers to U.S.-Nagorno Karabagh contacts, communication, and other means of increasing our level of mutual understanding.  With Azerbaijan's President once again threatening war, as recently as in his New Year's message, it is more important than ever for the United States to strengthen the current ceasefire, to work through the OSCE process to secure the commitment of all parties to the disavowal of force, and, as a matter of high priority for our government, to take concrete steps to prevent a renewed war in the South Caucasus.  Our ability to advance these and our nation's many other interests in this strategically pivotal region would be substantially enhanced by a concerted effort on the part of our government to expand U.S.-Armenia relations.

Working with you and your White House, Department of State, and Pentagon staffs on all of these issues, we will, as you stated in your remarks this past January 19th, "build, in new and exciting ways, upon the enduring ties and shared values that have bound together the American and Armenian peoples for more than a century."

Thank you for your consideration of the priorities we have raised in this letter and for your years of friendship with the Armenian American community.  The enthusiastic and broad-based support the Obama-Biden ticket received from Armenian Americans during the campaign, including endorsements from all our leading civic groups and newspapers, reflects our community's confidence in your leadership and ardent support for the real change that you have pledged in how our government acts on all these issues.

We join together in warmly welcoming your victory and look forward to working with your Administration.  In this spirit, we stand ready to meet with you to discuss these issues in greater detail and also to address the challenges facing our nation both at home and abroad. 

Sincerely, 
Apostolic Exarchate for Armenian Catholics
Armenian Bar Association
Armenian Evangelical Union of North America
Armenian General Benevolent Union
Armenian International Women's Association
Armenian Missionary Association of America
Armenian National Committee of America
Armenian Relief Society
Armenian Rights Council of America
Armenian Youth Federation
Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern U.S.)
Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Western U.S.)
Hamazkayin Armenian Cultural & Education Association
Homenetmen Armenian General Athletic Union
Knights of Vartan
Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church (Eastern U.S.)
Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church (Western U.S.)
Tekeyan Cultural Association, Inc.
United Armenian Fund
U.S.-Armenia Public Affairs Committee

 


 

January 19, 2008

Thousands Attend ARF Day Celebration

 

More than 1500 community members gathered at the Glendale High School Auditorium Sunday to take part in the Armenian Revolutionary Federation anniversary celebration, which provided a wide accounting for activities of the party in the previous year and highlighted upcoming programs.

 

Among the attendees were ARF Bureau member Dr. Viken Hovsepian, leader of the "Heritage" party of Armenia Raffi Hovannisian, Armenia's Consul General to Los Angeles Armen Liloyan, Western Prelate Arch. Moushegh Mardirossian, Western Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, the leader of the Armenian Catholic community Father Antoine Saroyan, reverend Joe Matossian, as well as representatives of the Armenian Relief Society and Homenetmen Central and Regional executives, and the representative of the Hamazkayin Regional Executive.

 

The Homenetmen Glendale Ararat Chapter scouts led flag procession and following the singing of the US and Armenian national anthems, the program, which was themed "From Generation to Generation" featured video presentations and speeches. Masters of Ceremonies Sipan Parseghian and Talar Derderian walked the audience through the multi-faceted program.

 

Remarks were presented by ARF Western US Central Committee chairman Avedik Izmirlian, ARF Shant Student Association representative Armen Aboulian, followed by keynote speaker the chairman of the ARF Lebanon Central Committee Hovig Mkhitarian.

 

The cultural portion of the program featured performances by singers Anna Armenakian, Avo Ashjian, Nersig and Arapo Ispirian.

 


 

January 19, 2008

 

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January 16, 2009

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January 16, 2009

Building a Legacy of Service

BY ALLEN YEKIKAN

A.R.F. Western US Chairman Avedik Izmirlian Speaking at this year's A.R.F. Day Celebration in Glendale.

 

 

118 years ago, three young Armenians came together to plan a revolution.  This was not merely a revolution of politics, but also of ideas.  Until the late 19th century, the thought that Armenians could take charge of their own national fate seemed as distant as the last Armenian kingdom.  Working together and inspired by their times, contemporary political thought, and the notion that the success of the nation lied not in the hands of one leader, but the voice of the organized masses, they changed the course of Armenian history forever.

Over a 1,000 people gathered at Glendale High School's auditorium on Sunday, January 11th to recall the founding of that revolution, a political party called the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF).  Over the last century the ARF has grown from its humble roots in both size and geography over the past century in its effort to earn the respect of the people and the right to represent them in the service of the Armenian nation.
 


Founded in Tbilisi, Georgia in 1890, the ARF was "born from the need of the Armenian people to revolt against centuries of oppression, exclaimed Aram Kaloustian, a member of the ARF's Western US Central Committee.   This oppression came from both within and outside of the community.  It was the harsh rule of the Sulanate or the Tsarist regime and the antiquated Armenian societal constructs which discouraged the individual's ambition to take charge of his or her own civic life.

Its founding ideals of self-determination and social justice reflected the romantic spirit of the European Enlightenment spreading throughout the Armenian world. While its founders, Christapor Mikaelian, Stepan Zorian, and Simon Zavarian were part of a generation of youth educated abroad in a time of national revival, dreaming of a brighter, freer future.

This generation observed a people divided between empires, ravaged by wars and plagued by centuries of paralysis and despair. The bleak reality facing the nation, long ignored by those in the position to affect change had grown intolerable for them.

The ARF Dashnaktsutyun, Kaloustian explained, was this generations attempt to change that which had seemed unchangeable, to consider something new, something different, something better for the Armenian people.

These ordinary people, no older than today's university graduate, were inspired by the literary titans of their day to became revolutionary heroes, fighting for the liberation of a people whose history had been derailed, relegated to the footnotes of dominating powers.

At first the ARF was a confederation of smaller groups and organizations united by common concerns and principles. It soon became the standard bearer of the Armenian Cause, at the forefront of the struggle for civil rights in the Ottoman Empire, organizing self-defense units during the Armenian Genocide, as well as founding an independent democratic republic that would provide a distinct homeland to balance and compliment the Armenian people's worldwide dispersion.

After the genocide and the collapse of the first Armenian Republic in 1921, The ARF turned its attention to national revival.  It built an international infrastructure to support the development of Armenian communities in exile.  As communities matured and evolved, new generations joined the ARF to serve the Armenian people with a vision to thrive in their adopted countries, not merely survive.

An Armenian Red Cross

The building blocks for this enormous project had been laid by the ARF in the early 1900s, in places like the United States, where Armenians had come at the turn of the century seeking refuge from Turkish massacres and repression.

The Hamidian Massacres of the mid 1890s had left over a hundred thousand dead in the Armenian provinces, triggering a mass exodus of Armenian refugees to America. In 1910, Khachatour Maloumian (Stepan Agnouni), a member of the ARF's governing Bureau, set out to create a relief society in New York to help the growing refugee population cope with the realities of immigrant life in the United States.

As the ARF's Red Cross, the Armenian Relief Society provided the nascent community with social support. That most of the newcomers were poor and working as unskilled factory and mill workers made the establishment of a social safety net for the community all the more essential.

In 1915, the ARS opened its second chapter in Fresno, followed by another in Hollywood in 1918. After the Genocide, ARS chapters began to emerge wherever Armenians resettled, establishing orphanages and schools and providing social services to Armenian refugees in the Middle East, Iran, the Americas, and other communities where the ARF had an established presence.

Today, the ARS has 223 chapters throughout the world with over 16,000 members. The Western United States alone has 26 chapters, 16 Saturday schools, 5 social service offices, 2 after school Armenian academies and one Psychological Counseling Center.

After Armenia gained independence in 1991, the ARS set up offices throughout the homeland, running schools and orphanages throughout Armenia and Karabakh. The primary mission of the ARS now, just as it was a century ago, is the preservation of our communal health and social welfare, according to Rima Poghosian who serves on the Western ARS's Central Executive. Through its social services, she explained, the ARS works to ensure the needs of the community are met in order to provide the foundation for a strong and growing diaspora.

Elevate Yourself and Others With You

A similar vision inspired the creation of the Armenian General Athletic and Scouting Union, better known as Homenetmen in Constantinople. By the turn of the century the capital city of the Ottoman Empire had become a politicized hotbed of Armenian activity focused on national unity.

In 1911, Shavarsh Krissian, a prominent coach and member of the ARF in Constantinople, wrote of the need to promote community unity through the cooperation of its athletics organizations. Though the Genocide cut Krissian's life short and halted his plans for unifying Armenian athletics, his dream lived on. At the end of World War I, a new group of Armenians set out to continue Krissian's work, establishing Homenetmen in 1918.

With strong mind, strong body as its creed, Homenetmen set out to inspire the national spirit of a new generation of Armenian youth, scattered and scarred by the genocide. Since its establishment, it has played an essential role in shaping the discipline and leadership capabilities of generations of Armenian youth. Through its scouting, athletics and principles of sportsmanship, Homenetmen sought to instill in youth an awareness of national duty, fraternity, and patriotism.

Today, Homenetmen has over 25,000 members internationally, with approximately 8,000 members in the Western U.S. alone. The organization serves our community, serves everybody at every age level, whether you're seven years old or 90 years old, there's something for you in Homenetmen, stressed its Western US Chairman Steve Artinian. And everything that we do, all promotes one thing, becoming a better Armenian.

Preserving the Soul of a Nation

The essence of a people can be seen in its culture--such as its literature, art, and music. The Genocide put an abrupt and brutal end to an era of cultural revival for the Armenian people, while the collapse of the first Armenian Republic made refugees out of the Armenian people.

In 1928 the ARF in Cairo set out to establish an organization that would work to undo the damage of the genocide and preserve the cultural existence of the Armenian people as they sought to reconstitute their world.

The Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society was established on May 28 that year to to preserve and grow the cultural wealth of the Armenian people in the Diaspora, according to Anita Hawatian, a member of the Hamazkayin Regional Executive in the Western US.
 
In the years that followed, Hamazkayin chapters began to form throughout the Middle East, Europe, the United States, Canada, South America, Australia, and after 1991, the Republic of Armenia.

For more than 80 years now the organization has given generations of Armenians in the Diaspora an opportunity to experience the rich heritage of Armenian culture. Its schools preserved and developed the Armenian literary tradition, while local dance groups refined and modernized the traditional dances of the Armenian villages.

Today, Hamazkayin has chapters worldwide in Canada, USA, Buenos Aires, England, France, Greece, Lebanon, Syria, Australia and Armenia, said Hawatian. This organization, founded by a generation of refugees, has over the decades established schools (Jemarans) in Aleppo, Beirut, Marseilles, and Australia. It also has a college for Armenian studies still functioning in Aleppo. The graduates of which are writing our Armenian books and newspapers and teaching in Armenian schools throughout the Diaspora.

In its formative years, Hamazkayin established the Kaspar Ipekian Theatrical group to perform Armenian theatrical pieces. Thirty years later it began publishing what is even today an internationally renowned monthly cultural magazine, called Pakin.

A generation saw the importance of reorganization and unity in order to survive in foreign lands with language and culture intact, she added.

Fighting in the Halls of Congress

While the ARF were rallying volunteers to hold off the advancing Turkish armies intent on completing the genocide of the Armenian people at Sardarabad, an Armenian lawyer was recruiting American public support for the Armenian cause, fighting for congressional support for the independence of Armenia. Working alongside Armenia's ambassador, Armen Garo, Vahan Cardashian rallied countless prominent American officials and public figures in support of the American Committee for the Independence of Armenia. The ACIA's efforts led to an official recognition of the Armenian Republic by the United States in 1919 and secured President Woodrow Wilson's support for a viable Armenian state as outlined in the Treaty of Sevres.
 
Cardashian dedicated his life to the Armenian Cause. Although he was ultimately unable to prevent US collaboration with Kemalist Turkey, his sacrifices paved the way for the future efforts of Armenian advocacy in the United States.

In the late 1960s, the ARF set out to build on Cardashian's legacy, establishing the Armenian National Committee of America to harness the budding influence of the maturing Armenian-American community. As a vital component of the ARF family, the ANCA relies on grassroots empowerment to represent, defend and promote the interests of the Armenian American community in the United States, explained Antranig Kzirian, the Executive Director of the ANCA Western Region.  

Relying on the strength of local chapters, he added, the ANCA works today to secure justice for the Armenian Genocide, insure the survival of the Republic of Armenia, protect the right to self-determination for Artsakh, and ensure that our Diaspora institutions--our schools, our community centers, our churches--all improve and grow as vital components of the Armenian nation.

Today, the ANCA oversees a network of more than 50 chapters throughout the United States all working, individually and in coordination, to promote Armenian issues in local, state, and federal government. The ARF has also fostered the growth of an international network of ANC's throughout South America, Europe, and the Middle East. Each ANC works to consolidate the political capital of the diaspora in support of the small and currently landlocked Republic of Armenia.

Meanwhile, the ARF works on the same goals inside Armenia. Participating in politics as an active political party to "strengthen Armenian statehood and establish a socially just and democratic system of government in the country," said Avedik Izmirlian, the chairman of the Western US Central Committee, commenting on the importance of being able to help Armenia from both within and without the country.

A Youth Movement to Drive the Cause

The ARF and the subsequent community organizations it established would not have come into being if it were not for the dedication of countless young Armenians determined to serve and work for the community's wellbeing. The significance of this fact was not lost on the ARF as it grappled with the looming threat of assimilation in the United States.

Joining the collection of Armenian youth groups that had emerged in America by the early 1930s, the ARF sought to create a sustainable movement that could inspire, earn the respect, and recruit the next generation of its leaders.  What was needed was an entity that could consistently organize young Armenians and educate them regarding the merits of the ARF ideology.

It was from of this need that the ARF commissioned General Garegin Njdeh to tour the Armenian communities of the United States and create a national youth organization, the Armenian Youth Federation. By consolidating smaller groups and setting up new AYF chapters where none existed, Garegin Njdeh, ensured that Armenian-American youth would be able to learn tenants and apply the policies of the ARF throughout the community at its forefront, leading it on many levels, said Vache Thomassian, the chairman of the Armenian Youth Federation's Western Region.

Established in 1933, the AYF today boasts 31 chapters throughout the United States and dozens more spread throughout the world. It organizes young people to develop and promote ARF policies through political activism, working for genocide recognition and restitution, and working within the channels of our federal, local and state government, Thomassian explained.

There are also many community building activities and programs run annually by the AYF, Thomassian said, noting, among others, a beautification campaign to clean up the streets of Little Armenia, and a summer camp where over 600 Armenian youth spend the week making life long friendships.

As an educational organization, it organizes community lectures and discussions on a wide range of topics aimed at raising the awareness of not only the ARF and its approach to addressing the Armenian Cause, but also the greater human cause. It also publishes a quarterly magazine produced entirely by young Armenians.

The AYF has also been active in Armenia.  In the late 1980s and early 1990s, as Armenia fought for independence, the AYF raised money in the United States to supply much-needed funds to the people in Armenia and Karabakh. Many of its members even traveled to Karabakh to fight alongside the heroes of the liberation movement. In 1994, the AYF's Western Region set out to create a program that would build bridges between Armenians in the Diaspora and the homeland, sending youth to Armenia and Karabakh in the summers to help rebuild schools, camps, and churches, devastated by the war and difficult years after independence.

Youth Corps has provides a way for Diasporan Armenians to connect with our homeland, to work and see our country and live as actual residents, Thomassian said. In 2008, the Youth Corps established a summer camp in the Gyumri earthquake recovery zone, where program participants served as counselors for underprivileged children.

The AYF also works with the ARF Student Associations to promote the ARF and provide Armenian student groups wherever they exist, with support through a continuity of work through its experience, resources and leadership, he added.

As the numbers of Armenians in the halls of higher education swelled with the survivors of the Armenian Genocide and their descendents, Armenian student groups began organizing throughout the United States. AYF members helped establish many of the nation's Armenian Student Associations (ASA). Today, the ARF Shant Student Association works in close collaboration with the ASAs to advance Armenian issues through America's university system, where the Turkish government has been waging a fierce battle to erase the history of the Armenian Genocide and win over a new generation of American leadership.

The young men and women, who once held guns to defend their land and people, are now a generation of educated students whose weapon of choice is knowledge. That generation is the ARF Shant Student Association (SSA), exclaimed Caspar Jivalagian, one of its members. The SSA works in close collaboration with the ASA's to address Armenian issues.

Organizing leadership seminars, youth rallies, and forums on various topics, the SSA plays an integral role in equipping new young and educated generations of Armenians with the ARF perspective and the tools necessary to become activists for a better future within their campus communities, local communities, and Armenia.

23, 24, and 31. Those were the ages of the founders of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation," Thomassian aptly noted.

 

 


January 14, 2009

MENENDEZ URGES CLINTON TO REAFFIRM ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

Asks Secretary of State-Designate to Continue Record of Armenian Genocide Recognition

During Confirmation Hearing Viewed by Tens of Millions

 

 

 

WASHINGTON, DC - Speaking today during the nationally televised Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing for the incoming Secretary of State, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) praised Hillary Clinton's long record of support for Armenian Genocide recognition and urged her to continue her principled stand on this core human rights issue as the nation's top diplomat, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

 

 


"We want to thank Bob Menendez for raising the need for U.S. recognition of the Armenian Genocide today during Sen. Clinton's confirmation hearing, which was watched intently by tens of millions across the United States and around the world," said Aram Hamparian, Executive Director of the ANCA. "His comments, which cited both the Secretary of State-Designates longstanding support for the Armenian Genocide Resolution and President Obama's pledge to properly recognize the Armenian Genocide as President, reflect the fact that the incoming Administration includes an unprecedented number of officials with substantial track records of fighting for the proper acknowledgement and commemoration of this crime against humanity."

During Senate Foreign Relations Committee questioning, Sen. Menendez stated:

 

"I hope that the support that you gave while you were a Senator to the question of the Armenian Genocide, that the President-Elect has himself supported, recognition of that. You know, if we are to say never again, part of that is ultimately the recognition of what has happened so that we can move forward. And I hope that you will be an advocate of having us get off of where we have been and move forward to a recognition of that part of history that is universally recognized so that we can move forward in that respect."

"And I also hope in a part of the world that's very important to me, on the question of reunification of Cyprus, that we have honest brokers at the State Department, at the end of the day. One that recognizes that if Greek and Turkish Cypriots could work with each other, they would seek a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation that could move forward and reunify the island and end the incredible militarization of the island - the most militarized part of the world per capita. So, I hope that you will look at those issues. I know the positions you've taken as a Senator and I applaud them. I hope that they won't change drastically as you move to Secretary of State."

 

Secretary of State Designate Clinton responded:
 

"Senator, we will be looking very closely at those and other challenging issues with the eye of moving forward and being effective in responding to these very legitimate concerns."


President-elect Obama and Vice-President-elect Biden have actively, repeatedly, and energetically called for U.S. reaffirmation of the Armenian Genocide during their terms in the Senate. Of President-elect Obama's cabinet level nominees to date, at least four, including Secretary of State Designate Hillary Clinton, have championed this human rights issue.

Excerpts of statements by key Obama Administration officials regarding Armenian Genocide affirmation are provided below.


** President-elect Barack Obama: "The Armenian Genocide is not an allegation, a personal opinion, or a point of view, but rather a widely documented fact supported by an overwhelming body of historical evidence. The facts are undeniable... America deserves a leader who speaks truthfully about the Armenian Genocide and responds forcefully to all genocides. I intend to be that President." (1/19/08)

** Vice President-elect Joe Biden: "Recognition by the United States of the Armenian Genocide is not the final goal. The real goal is the recognition of Turkey - of the Turkish Government - of the Armenian Genocide and the establishment of a common Turkish-Armenian understanding of the events and tragedy that took place," stated Sen. Biden. The real goal is the recognition of Turkey, of the Turkish Government, of the Armenian Genocide and the establishment of a common Turkish-Armenian understanding of the events and tragedy that took place." (7/29/08)

** Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton: "I believe the horrible events perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire against Armenians constitute a clear case of genocide. I have twice written to President Bush calling on him to refer to the Armenian Genocide in his annual commemorative statement and, as President, I will recognize the Armenian Genocide. Our common morality and our nation's credibility as a voice for human rights challenge us to ensure that the Armenian Genocide be recognized and remembered by the Congress and the President of the United States. (1/24/08)

** CIA Director-designate Leon Panetta: "April 24, 1915, signified the beginning of a systematic attempt by the Ottoman regime to deport and exterminate Armenians from the Anatolian Peninsula. Over the next 8 years, 1 1/2 million Armenian people were murdered by minions of the Ottoman Empire. Those who were spared were driven from their homes. It is for those victims, and it is for all oppressed peoples today, those who have died and those who survived, that we take time to reflect on the Armenian genocide and its implications for all of us today." (4/29/92)

** Interior Secretary-designate Ken Salazar: Cosponsor of Armenian Genocide Resolution S.Res.106. (4/16/07)

** Labor Secretary-designate Hilda Solis: Cosponsor of Armenian Genocide Resolution H.Res.106. (1/31/07)

** Transportation Secretary-designate Ray LaHood: Cosponsor of Armenian Genocide Resolution H.Res.106. (8/27/07)

In addition to Administration officials, the U.S. Congress is today led by among the most energetic and vocal advocates of American recognition of the Armenian Genocide:

** Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi: "A grave injustice was committed and the fact that our nation is not officially recognizing these crimes as genocide is a disappointment." (12/12/08)

** Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: "It truly saddens me that after 93 years, the U.S. has failed to acknowledge the Armenian genocide for what it was." (4/24/08)

** House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman: "Genocide is a very powerful word, and should be reserved for only the most horrific examples of mass killing motivated by a desire to destroy an entire people. Without a doubt, this term is appropriate to describe the unimaginable atrocities suffered by the Armenian people from 1915 to 1918." (4/27/06)

** Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry: "Acknowledging when genocide has occurred is not simply a theoretical or legal exercise. It is key to preventing genocide from happening again. That's why, in my view, we must change U.S. policy to reflect the true nature of the tragic events that were perpetrated against the Armenians by calling them what they were: genocide." (6/19/08)
 

 


 

 

 

January 13, 2009

Thousands Attend A.R.F. Day Celebration

           

GLENDALE--More than 1,500 community members gathered at the Glendale High School Auditorium Sunday to take part in the Armenian Revolutionary Federation's 118th anniversary celebration, which provided a wide accounting for activities of the party in the previous year and highlighted upcoming programs.
 
Among the attendees were A.R.F. Bureau member Dr. Viken Hovsepian, leader of the "Heritage" party of Armenia Raffi Hovannisian, Armenia's Consul General to Los Angeles Armen Liloyan, Western Prelate Arch. Moushegh Mardirossian, Western Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, the leader of the Armenian Catholic community Father Antoine Saroyan, as well as representatives of the Armenian Relief Society and Homenetmen Central and Regional executives, and the representative of the Hamazkayin Regional Executive.
 
The Homenetmen Glendale Ararat Chapter scouts led flag procession and following the singing of the US and Armenian national anthems, the program, which was themed "From Generation to Generation" featured video presentations and speeches. Masters of Ceremonies Sipan Parseghian and Talar Derderian walked the audience through the multi-faceted program.
 
Remarks were presented by A.R.F. Western US Central Committee chairman Avedik Izmirlian, A.R.F. Shant Student Association representative Armen Aboulian, followed by the keynote speaker, the chairman of the A.R.F. Lebanon Central Committee Hovig Mkhitarian.
 
The cultural portion of the program featured performances by singers Anna Armenakian, Avo Ashjian and Nersig Ispirian.
 


 

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January 9, 2009

Turkish Prosecutor Investigates Armenian Apology Campaign

 

ISTANBUL (Combined Sources)--A group of Turkish intellectuals who initiated an online apology for what they called the Great Catastrophe of 1915 may get jail sentences for 'insulting the Turkish people', Reuters reported.

A Turkish prosecutor has opened an investigation that could lead to criminal charges against the authors of the online petition. The state prosecutor in Ankara is probing whether the group of intellectuals who offered the apology violated Article 301 of the Turkish penal code, which criminalizes "insulting the Turkish people," Anatolian reported.

The group under investigation set up the online apology in December, garnering over 26,000 signatures in support of the initiative and sparking a long overdue discussion in Turkey about the Armenian Genocide, a topic still considered taboo in Turkey.

Turkey, a European Union applicant, has promised to expand political freedoms, such as free speech, and improve minority rights to meet the bloc's human rights criteria for membership. Turkey changed Article 301 last year in response to E.U. criticism and the law requires the Justice Minister to approve any court case, but conviction still carries a jail sentence.

The group of writers, academics and other intellectuals set up a petition at www.ozurdiliyoruz.com (We Are Sorry) that offered Armenians a personal apology and called for the Turkish government to acknowledge the killings. The statement stopped short of referring to the killings as genocide, a term strongly opposed in Ankara, but the army and Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan slammed those involved.

Foreign Minister Ali Babacan said last month that the online petition could undermine efforts to improve relations with neighboring Armenia, with which Turkey has no diplomatic ties. President Abdullah Gul, in early January, followed suit, warning the campaign could have a negative effect on Turkish-Armenian reconciliation. The two sides launched talks last year on normalizing relations.

Turkey in the past has prosecuted academics and authors, including Nobel Prize-winning writer Orhan Pamuk, for remarks criticizing the official stance on the Armenian issue. In January 2007, Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, who had similarly been prosecuted under Article 301, was gunned down by a nationalist teenager for advocating a more honest discussion about the genocide.


Relates Articles:

Ankara Interested in Make-Up, not Plastic Surgery
The Genie Is out of the Bottle

Armenian Apology Causes Brawl in Turkish Parliament

ANCA Hails Effort to Confront Armenian Genocide in Turkey's Parliament

Turkey's Stranglehold on Genocide Weakening, Says Safrastyan

Apology to Armenians Confronts Turkey's Genocide Taboo

 


 

January 9, 2009

Turk Gives Away Family Land as Genocide Reparation

 

Encouraged by the recent apology to Armenians by thousands of Turkish intellectuals and dissidents, a Turkish citizen has done the unprecedented: Berzan Boti (not his real name) of Siirt is giving all the land he inherited to an Assyrian organization. Along with Armenians, indigenous Assyrians were also victims of the WWI genocide at the hands of Ottoman Empires government during WWI:

 

Botis letter to Sabri Atman,  founder and director of the Assyrian Seyfo Center in Europe who will now be responsible for the returned land (south of the Lake Van), states:

 

When I found out that the properties that I and my brothers inherited from our father wasnt our own, but properties taken from the murdered Assyrians in 1915 I felt an indescribable feeling of guilt and shame. Ive been thinking long and hard before I have come to this decision. I tried to put myself in their position. I have personally apologized to every Assyrian and Armenian Ive meet. But this does not get rid of the crime our ancestors committed. Even if I am personally not responsible for what happened in 1915, I felt as I had to do more than just to apologize. Finally, I came to the decision to give back all properties that I inherited from my forefathers to Seyfo Center, who struggles for a confession of the Seyfo genocide in 1915.

 

 

 


 

Thursday December 8, 2009

ANCA Welcomes 111th Congress

WASHINGTON--As Armenians around the world celebrated Christmas Tuesday, Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) staff and activists spread good cheer on Capitol Hill, participating in the Congressional swearing-in ceremony kicking off the 111th Congress.

With a new Congress beginning its legislative session, it was a great day to be on Capitol Hill, to reconnect with seasoned supporters and to meet with Members of the freshman class, said ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian. In the upcoming weeks, we look forward to expanding on these meetings here in Washington, DC and around the country as we pursue a proactive agenda in 2009.

ANCA Legislative Affairs Director Raffi Karakashian, Legislative Team Member Garo Manjikian and activists from California, Rhode Island, Michigan, Nevada and New Jersey spoke with a range of Senators and Representatives on the upcoming legislative agenda--focusing on Armenian Genocide reaffirmation efforts, self-determination for Nagorno Karabakh and efforts to strengthen the U.S.-Armenia relationship.

In all, the ANCA team met with elected officials and staff from over 25 Congressional offices including Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA), Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), as well as House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Congressional Armenian Caucus Co-Chairs Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) and a range of freshman Representatives including Duncan Hunter (R-CA), Jared Polis (D-CO), Gary Peters (D-MI), and Paul Tonko (D-NY).

In total, 94% of ANCA endorsed candidates were elected to the 111th Congress, with 201 of 211 securing decisive wins in the November 2008 elections. Among those winning in tight House races, with Armenian American support, were Armenian Genocide Resolution supporters Mike McCaul (R-TX), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), Tim Walz (D-MD) and Florida Representatives Lincoln Diaz Balart (R-FL), Mario Diaz Balart (R-FL) and Ron Klein (D-FL). Armenian American Congresswomen Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Jackie Speier (D-CA) won their reelection bids overwhelming with 70% and 75% respectively. ANC OH chairman Dave Krikorian (OH-2) garnered an impressive 18% in his independent Congressional bid, laying a solid foundation for future electoral campaigns.

In the Senate, 12 of 15 ANCA endorsed candidates won their election bids, including Armenian Genocide Resolution lead sponsor Richard Durbin (D-IL), John Kerry (D-MA), Jack Reed (D-RI), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Carl Levin (D-MI) as well as Mark Udall (D-CO) and Tom Udall (D-NM), who moved from the House to the Senate.
 

 


 

 

Thursday December 8, 2009

Garen Yegparian Kicks-off Burbank City Council Campaign

BURBANK, CA--In what was described by one attendee as, "the largest kick-off in Burbank this campaign season," over 75 people helped launch Garen Yegparian's Burbank City Council campaign on Saturday, in anticipation of the February 24, 2009 Burbank Primary Election.

The event was held at the Burbank home of Lynne & David Gerred, where Assemblyman Paul Krekorian introduced Yegparian as Burbank residents, elected officials, and appointed Board and Commission members looked on.

"Garen Yegparian is the kind of person who has the background and experience to ask the right questions as a councilman," Assemblyman Paul Krekorian said. "And, in these tough economic times, we need that kind of person representing us on the Burbank City Council."

Krekorian, is a Burbank resident and served on the Burbank School Board before being elected to serve Burbankians in Sacramento. Two of Krekorian's former colleagues, were also in attendance, Burbank School Board Memebers Dave Kemp and Larry Applebaum.

Other notables at the "Garen for Council Kick-Off", included: Former Burbank City Councilman Tim Murphy, Burbank Police Commissioner Hagop Hergelian, Burbank Library Board Member Lee Paysinger, Burbank Civic Pride Committee Member Robert Idavia, Burbank Art-in-Public-Places Committee Member Alice Asmar, Burbank Child Care Committee Member Armineh Hacobian, BWP Commissioner Bob Olson, Landlord-Tentant Commissioner Molly Shore, Burbank Verterns Commemorative Committee Member Mickey DePalo, Sierra Club leader Delphine Trowbridge, Los Angeles Environmental Affairs Commissioner Maria Armoudian , Board of Trustees Member Dr. Hagop Der Mgrdichian of St. Mary's Armenian Apostolic Church, and South Pasadena Councilman Michael A. Cacciotti.

"We had a great kick-off today! The size and diversity of today's crowd indicates the broad range of support that I have in my run for City Council," Yegparian said. "I will have an open-door policy and will listen to all segments of our City.

"I look forward to working with and representing all of the people of Burbank," he added.
 
The Burbank Election is conducted by all-mail ballots. Every registered voter in Burbank will receive a ballot the first week of February and must return it by February 24, the day the votes are counted.
 

 


 

Thursday December 8, 2009

 

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 г ѻݳ , ÿ ..ݳ ۳ ӻ ӷ ϳ ٳճ ٿ, , ǵ ﻳ ݻϳ۳, ݿݣ ӻݳϿ ϳٳϻϳ ˳ݳ ͻ ѳ, ϳٳϻ ݻ ݻ ѳٳ ϳٿ ݳųϳ ٳݳٳϳ ٵ ݿ ų, ó ͳûٵ ߳ ٳ ѳٳݻ, ٵ ڸ ǰ. ݪ ۳ݳ ۳񳵻 ٳϻݳϳ ۻճ˳ϳݻ
 ٳ ܻ뻳 , ÿ ݳû . ݹѳ ߳ ϳ ˳ ٳ ٿ, ϳ ճϳ ݳݻ ۳ϳ ӷ ϻ볷ٳ ѳٳ, ݻ . ۿɻ, ݿ ٳϳ ߳Ϧ ûݪ , ѳݻ ճݹ ϳݻ ˳ûٵ ߳Ϧ ݳ , ϳ뻳 ˳ݻ ͳ߳ . ۿɻ ͳۿ ٵ˳ ٳݦ ˳
 . ۿɻ ߳Ϧ û ѳٳ ݳ ˳ ѳ۳ݻ, , , ݳ , ǻ dz ݻ
 1900 ǽ ٿ, . ۿɻ ݳ˳ӻûٵ, ݿ ٻdz ѳݹ ٵûٵ ǻ dzǣ û ˳ ѳ۳ ϳݻ ۿ ѳݿ -ػ, ϳ ˳ ͳóݻ г ݻݣ γ , ٻdz û ݳ ϻݪ ѳ۳ ݿûݣ
 г ѻݳ , ÿ ݳû . ݹѳ ݻݳ dz ٿ, 1904 31, س ݻϳ ݪ . ۿɻ, , س س, ϻ ݻ ݻϳ ݳ ٻdz û ٵ ǻ dz ϳ ѳ ݻݳ ϳû ۳ӳ ٳϳɻ 鳽ٳϳ ݻ
 , ݳû ݻ 1904 , ϳ ۳ӳ ѳ ɻ ߳ ٳݳûٵ ݻ ó ݳѳ ˳ݿ 껵 ϳɿ ݻ, ѻݳ ۳ݷ ϳû, ÿ ϳ ۳ ӻ ӷ ѳ۹ϳ ݻ dz, Ż ٻ ݹѳ dz ٵûݣ
  ڸ . ݹѳ ߿ ٳѳ óϻ ó г . ٿ ۿɻ ջϳûٵ ٳѳ ŵﳵ ӳ ݳϳ ׳ݻ ó ٳѿݣ سѳ ݳ˳ϳ ˳ݻ ó ݳѳ , ˳ݻ ٻ ׳ ˳ݳ û ճ ϻݻݣ
  , ÿ ٳ ܻ뻳 ..ݳû ݦ ѳ ݳ ݻϳ۳ݳ ǵ ѳ ɻ ѳ, ϳ dz ϳɳ ݿ ѳ ϻջϳ ϳݻ ׳, ݳ ݳ 鳽ٳ׳ϳ ѳϳѳ ճϳ ϳ ݳû ٣
 ﳷɿ ϳ ٿ ݳ ѳ ϻջϳ ϳݻ, ݳ ۳ӳ Ϳ ϳ óóݻ ۣ г-óóϳ ݻ ݿ ׳ݻ , óóݻ ѳ ѳ ϳ ߳ó ŷ ׳, ݳû ݿûݪ гϳϳ г ݳ ϳ ݻ ߳ѳû ϳݣ , , óóݻ ѳۻ ݳϳ ճϳ ۳ ջ ûٵ ܻ뻳 , ÿ ݳ óóݻ ۳óݳݻ ϻ ݳѻûݿ ɳѳ ٻ ѳ ٿ ݳû
  ܻ뻳 ݳ, ÿ ݳû . ݹѳ ݻݳ ǻݳ ٿ, 1907 22 س 4 ۳ϳ߳ϳ ߳ݳ ûٵ, ճϳ ߳ݻ ݿûݪ ѻ ݷݣ
 , ѳ ٳ ܻ뻳 ..ݳû ݦ (1898-1908) . ѳ ϳ ݻ ٳϳ ߳ , ߳ ۳ ݻ , ݻ 峷...

 

 


 

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ڳϳ ۻ ݻݳ ݳû ݳϳ, ݻϳ ɳ ݻ ݳϿ:
 ٵ ٳ ϳݻ . 賽 ݻݪ ӻ ݳ ѳٳ ݳϳ ٻݳ ݳû ߳ݳû:
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 ..ݳû ɳ ݹ񳹳 ݳϳ ݳû ջ ѳٳ ѳٳ ۹ dzݳ ݳ ݳû ݻ ݳû ճϳ ŷûٵ, ۳ϳ ݻ ûٵ, ϳû ѳ ݳϳ ǽݻ, ٳ ٳݻ, , û ٳ ϳݷݳͪ ݹ񳹳ݳ ɿ ٻ ųݷ , ߳ϻ ۹ ɻ 峷ݣ
  ݳû ߳ϻ. ۹ , ݳû ݳϳ ٿ ݿ ۹ ϳû ϳݷݻݿ ٻ
 ݳû ճϳ ٳ ݳ ﳹ ݹ񳹳ݳ ϳٳϻû ϻ ϳݣ ݳϳ ۳ϳݻ ѳ ٻ ٿ ݳû ׳ݳ ѳٳ. -ѳݳϳ, ڻճ˳ϳ-ﳷϳ, ϻϳ-ϳ:
  ٳͳ Ͽ ѳ ݳû ٳݪ ǽ ճϳ ŷûٵ ϳݷ ٻ ٳ ۳ϳ ݹ񳹳ݳ ٻ ˻׳ ϳû ٿ ϳٳϻû ѽ ϳݣ ݳ, ٻ ˻û ݳ ó ϳٳϻû ϳ ۳ϳݻ
 , ٻ ϳ ٻ ѻ ųٳݳݻ ߳ϳ ݳû ݹ񳹳ݳ, ݳû 峷 ߳ ųϳ ˳ ٻ ݳ ˳ݷ ϳ ߳ϳͪ ݹ񳹳ݳ, ݳû ӻϻ: