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Posted 12 January 2018 - 10:48 AM

World’s first monument to Yezidi genocide to be unveiled in Yerevan

13:13, 19.04.2016

YEREVAN. – The world’s first monument devoted to the memory of the
genocide of the Yezidis in August 2014, in Shangal (Sinjar) province
in northern Iraq, will be unveiled in Armenia’s capital city of

Amo Sharoyan, chairman of Armenia’s ‘“Midia-Shangal’ Yezidi National
Union” NGO Board, informed about the aforementioned at a press
conference on Tuesday.

The official unveiling ceremony will take place on Thursday, at Youth
Park (Ring Park) in downtown Yerevan.


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Jan 11 2018
Armenia parliament committee condemns Yezidi genocide
January 11, 2018 - 18:53 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net - The Armenian parliament's standing committee on foreign relations has approved a statement condemning the genocide perpetrated in August 2014 against the Yezidi people living in the north of Iraq.

According to committee chief Armen Ashotyan, such issues are important from humanitarian, legal and political aspects.

"Being a nation that has survived the Genocide, we very well understand the grief of the Yezidi people," Ashotyan said in a Facebook post.

Lawmakers Rustam Makhmudyan and Vahram Baghdasaryan are going to submit an amended version of the statement.

The initiative was earlier backed by a handful of current and former members of the National Assembly.


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Posted 17 January 2018 - 10:34 AM

The Armenian Weekly
Jan 16 2018
Turkish Professor Cengiz Aktar Condemns Turkey’s Denial of the Armenian Genocide, Calls for Reparations

By Harut Sassounian on January 16, 2018 in Harut Sassounian


On Dec. 30, 2017, Cengiz Aktar, a prominent Turkish political scientist, journalist, and writer, published a candid and compassionate article about the Armenian Genocide. Aktar’s article, titled “Confronting past violence with more violence,” is posted on Ahvalnews.com, an independent overseas website beyond the reach of the Turkish government’s oppressive regime.


Cengiz Aktar (Photo: VOA)

Professor Aktar begins his article with a stern warning to Turkish denialists: “Unless we, as a society confront a massive crime in our past like the Armenian Genocide of 1915 and unless we commit due reparations to the descendants of innocent victims, impunity will haunt us, and even more evil will follow. This is a century-old ethical predicament with remarkably deep roots.” Aktar not only demands recognition of the Armenian Genocide, but more significantly, he demands reparations.

Aktar says the denial of the Armenian Genocide by the Turkish government is at the root of all vile events that have occurred in Turkey since 1915: “Considering that genocide is a substantially massive crime than any of the public, individual or collective infractions, or the incessant evils of today, if the public consciousness can stomach genocide, it can easily stomach any lawlessness. And thus, evil begets evil. We as a society have constantly refused to bring up the events of 1915 due to the intensity of the transgressions that followed suit—directly correlated to the impunity of genocide—as well as voluntary or forced dementia.”

Indeed, violence and injustice have become routine in Turkey due to the reluctance of dealing with the mass crimes of the Armenian Genocide: “Collective dementia, collective violence, and collective depravity that were imposed after the transgressions of 1915 became our lifestyle. Now we have unlimited violence and depravity everywhere, inside our homes, barracks, workplaces, hospitals—in every arena, from politics to the media—against everything from humans, to animals, nature, cities, and culture. But lawlessness, impunity, injustice, and indifference are everywhere as well.”

Aktar describes the denial of the Armenian Genocide as an ongoing “curse” upon Turkey that has led to many of today’s evils in Turkish society: “Some kind of schizophrenia that immediately forces one to forget and try to make others forget the violence it just inflicted. This is a collective sickness that transgresses the delusions of banal everyday politics. However, the suppressed memories of the past violence keep themselves alive in the public subconsciousness by creating more violence, testing the confines of our dementia. So much so that while trying to forget an evil, we beget a new one! Maybe this is the curse of a society that refuses to face voluntarily its past violence through involuntary confrontation with daily violence with all its sinister consequences.”

At the end of his graciously humanistic article, Aktar reposts another powerful article he had written just before 2015, on the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide, in Taraf newspaper, which was deleted from the website by the Turkish authorities.

In his earlier article, Aktar also blamed all the evils occurring in Turkey today due to the curse inflicted upon Turkish society by the victims of the Armenian Genocide: “Who knows, all the evil haunting us, endless mass killings, and our inability to recover from afflictions may be due to a century-old curse and a century-old lie. What do you think? This is perhaps the malediction uttered by Armenians, children, civilian women and men alike who died moaning, and buried without a coffin. It may be the storms created in our souls by the still agonizing specters of all our ill-fated citizens including Greeks and Syriacs and later Alevis and Kurds. Perhaps, the massacres which have not been accounted for since 1915 and the charge which have remained unpaid are now being paid back in different venues by the grandchildren. The curses uttered in return for the lives taken, the lives stolen, the homes plundered, the churches destroyed, the schools confiscated, and the property extorted…. ‘May God make you pay for it for all your offspring to come…’ Are we paying back the price of all the injustice done so far? Does repayment manifest itself in the form of an audacity of not being able to confront with our past sins or in the form of indecency that has become our habit due to our chronic indulgence in unfairness? It seems as if our society has been decaying for a century, with festering all around.”

When Turkish leaders accept the mass crimes committed by their ancestors and make amends for them, as Aktar suggests, Armenia and Turkey can establish normal diplomatic relations, and only then can they put the past behind them.


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Posted 17 January 2018 - 10:38 AM

News.am, Armenia
Jan 16 2018
Turkey woman who recognizes Armenian Genocide is elected main opposition party Istanbul chapter head
09:46, 16.01.2018

Canan Kaftancıoğlu, who has been elected as head of the Istanbul Province Chapter of main parliamentary opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) of Turkey, has been targeted by the pro-government media.

Turkish pro-government media and representatives of the authorities have launched a smear campaign against Kaftancıoğlu, in the press and on social media.

One of the main accusations made against her is that she recognized Armenian Genocide, by means of Twitter, on April 24, 2012, the anniversary day of this tragedy.

“Today in history: Armenian Genocide started,” Canan Kaftancıoğlu had tweeted on that day. “We commemorate our murdered Armenian citizens, at 19:15 at Taksim [Square in Istanbul].”


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Posted 18 January 2018 - 10:15 AM

News.am, Armenia
Jan 17 2018
Turkish politician admits she attended Armenian Genocide event
00:51, 18.01.2018

Leader of Istanbul chapter of the opposition Republican People's Party Canan Kaftancioglu responded to criticism of pro-government media.

The Turkish politician said that Erdogan was afraid that her election would deprive him of votes in Istanbul, and therefore he initiated dirty attacks of the media, Cumhuriyet reported.

Speaking about her support for the leader of the Kurdish party Selahatin Demirtas, Kaftancioglu said it was not a problem and she welcomes Demirtas. As to her tweet about the Armenian Genocide, she stressed that she wrote the word Genocide, and the event was called the march for the Armenian Genocide victims.


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Posted 19 January 2018 - 10:57 AM

News.am, Armenia
Jan 18 2018
Sharmazanov assesses Turkish FM’s announcement on Armenian Genocide cynicism
23:33, 18.01.2018

YEREVAN . - Vice President of the National Assembly of Armenia Eduard Sharmazanov assesses the announcement of the Turkish foreign minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu cynicism. Çavuşoğlu has announced that the issue of the Armenian Genocide is the job of historians and there is no political issue there. “Such an announcement and assessments are nothing but a blatant demonstration of cynicism. Cynicism, as Oscar Wilde would say, speaks about absence of values”, Sharmazanov said.

According to him, the presence of such officials in Turkey’s political elite is the reason why Armenia should continue the struggle for the international recognition of the Armenian Genocide and against Turkish denialism.

“Sooner or later Turkey will recognize the Armenian genocide. Like rightly mentioned the Entente countries in 1915, it was not only a genocide against one nation, but a crime against the humanity. Crimes against humanity must be severely condemned. The first actors of that condemnation must be politicians, but not historians, those who dictate politics in the world”, Sharmazanov concluded.


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Posted 20 January 2018 - 08:54 AM

Pandering for votes again? If Democrats win the next election the same game will be played and ignore the AG. How stupid are we? They fool us time and time again and Armenians fall for it, how smart are we? Don't believe the fake regrets!


Jan 19 2018

"I'm sorry," said Samantha Power, Obama's ambassador to the United Nations. "I'm sorry that we disappointed so many Armenian Americans." | Steven Senne/AP photo

Top Obama aides ‘sorry’ they did not recognize Armenian genocide

Ben Rhodes and Samantha Power, key foreign policy advisers to Obama, say his administration was too worried about offending Turkey.




Two top aides to former President Barack Obama say his administration failed by not officially declaring that the mass slaughter of Armenians roughly 100 years ago constituted genocide — a topic that threatens America’s fragile relationship with Turkey.

"It was a mistake," said Ben Rhodes, who served as a deputy national security adviser in the Obama administration. "We should have recognized the Armenian genocide."

"I'm sorry," added Samantha Power, Obama's ambassador to the United Nations. "I'm sorry that we disappointed so many Armenian Americans."

The two shared their regrets earlier this week in response to an audience question during an episode of Pod Save the World, a podcast hosted by Tommy Vietor, another former Obama aide. Their statements were unusually frank given the sensitivity of an issue that has bedeviled U.S. presidents for years.

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Historians mark 1915 as the start of the yearslong slaughter of some 1.5 million Armenians. The genocide took place during the breakup of the Ottoman Empire, primarily in what is modern-day Turkey, during and after World War I.

Turkish leaders detest the notion that their country's founding fathers may have committed genocide, arguing that there was no organized campaign to murder Armenians. Most major U.S. and Europeans historians disagree with that, although their opinion is not unanimous.

Turkish leaders have warned for years that official U.S. recognition of an Armenian genocide would inflict grave harm on their relationship with Washington, potentially including ending U.S. access to a military base in southern Turkey. Several European countries have formally recognized the massacre as a genocide, usually drawing diplomatic retaliation from Turkey.




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Posted 27 January 2018 - 08:42 AM

Wall Street Journal
Jan 26 2018
Will Trump Tell the Truth About the Armenian Genocide? He recognized the reality that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Such daring is needed again.
By Robert M. Morgenthau               
Jan. 25, 2018 7:11 p.m. ET
  BN-XD678_MORGEN_GR_20180124145224.jpgThe eternal flame at the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Complex in Yerevan, Armenia. Photo: Getty Images 

As Hitler launched his invasion of Poland in 1939, he instructed his commanders “to send to death mercilessly and without compassion, men, women and children of Polish derivation and language.” He assured his staff the world would raise little objection: “Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?”

That was a reference to the systematic destruction of the Armenian population by the Ottoman Turks beginning in 1915. World powers had offered little resistance to the slaughter as it occurred. Later, Turkey’s insistent denials made it the “forgotten genocide.”

Turkey, ostensibly an American ally, still refuses to confront its history. The U.S. government also has failed to give the annihilation of the Armenians its due. American administrations have bowed to Turkish pressure and failed to affirm consistently a simple fact: The slaughter of the Armenians was not a mere misfortune of history but a systematic genocide.


Such reticence wasn’t necessarily surprising, given diplomats’ cautious and equivocating nature. But President Trump, in recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, seems to be signaling a new age. In 1995, Congress enacted legislation directing the State Department to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the U.S. Embassy there. Candidates Bill Clinton and George W. Bush promised to move the embassy, and Barack Obama said in 2008 that “Jerusalem will be the capital of Israel.” Once elected president, all three reneged on their pledges. Now, at last, America’s Jerusalem policy is consistent with its principles and with historical fact.

That makes me optimistic that America may similarly acknowledge the historical truth of the Armenian genocide. The facts are compelling. For millennia, Armenians lived in the shadow of Mount Ararat, in what is now eastern Turkey. For much of its history, this Christian minority lived in peace with its Muslim neighbors. But as the Ottoman Empire began to disintegrate in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Armenians became targets of oppression. As World War I loomed, the Turks saw the opportunity to settle their “Armenian question.”

First they arrested and executed community leaders and intellectuals. Then they drove the remaining civilians out of their homes in long “death marches” to the Syrian desert. As many as 1.5 million Armenians were murdered.

For me, this chronicle is not confined to history books. My paternal grandfather, Henry Morgenthau, was President Wilson’s ambassador to the Ottoman Empire as the horror began to unfold. He quickly understood that this was slaughter on a scale the modern world had never seen. He protested to Turkish leaders, who replied that the Armenians were not American citizens and thus none of the ambassador’s concern. Besides, they said, Ambassador Morgenthau was Jewish, and the Armenians were Christian.

The Turks even threatened to pressure Washington to recall him. My grandfather’s reply was eloquent: “I could think of no greater honor than to be recalled because I, a Jew, have done everything in my power to save the lives of hundreds of thousands of Christians.”


The Turks refused to relent, and my grandfather turned to his own government. He sent Washington a diplomatic cable reading: “A campaign of race extermination is in progress.” The State Department, then preoccupied with World War I, responded with indifference. Ultimately my grandfather decided to appeal to the world’s conscience through a series of speeches.

Eventually a massive aid campaign helped resettle the scattered survivors. But the genocide had exacted an unfathomable toll on the Armenian people—and on my grandfather’s spirits. He returned to the U.S. determined to spend his days helping the survivors, sometimes appearing at Ellis Island as “Uncle Henry” to sponsor refugees who had no one to meet them. And he did something else. He taught his children and his grandchildren the history he had witnessed. The lesson he drew was clear: When principle succumbs to expediency, the inevitable result is tragedy.

That prophecy was realized when Hitler invaded Poland, emboldened by the world’s amnesia about the Armenians. It is high time for America to emerge from that amnesia.

Every April, the president issues a proclamation recognizing the atrocity that was inflicted on the Armenian people. But bowing to Turkish pressure, that proclamation has never contained the word “genocide.” That must change.

I do not underestimate the concerns of those who say the wrath of Turkey may work against U.S. interests—as I do not dismiss those who say moving the embassy to Jerusalem may complicate peace negotiations. But a just and lasting world order cannot be built on falsehoods and equivocations. Let President Trump demonstrate that commitment once more by declaring the truth of the Armenian genocide. This would send clear message to the thugs in power around the world: Your criminal acts will not go unnoticed.

Mr. Morgenthau, a former Manhattan district attorney (1975-2009), is of counsel at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.


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Posted 31 January 2018 - 11:13 AM

CTK National News Wire, Czech Rep.

January 29, 2018 Monday 4:23 PM (Central European Time)

Slovak parliament head says massacre of Armenians was genocide

Bratislava, Jan 29 (CTK) - Armenians have an experience with genocide, were a target of attacks and suffered a lot in their position of an island of Christianity, Slovak parliament chairman Andrej Danko said after meeting his Armenian counterpart Ara Babloyan today.

"I do not conceal it that I am one of the people in Slovakia who feel huge respect for the values of Christianity and mainly for the suffering of some of those who fought against Islamisation. It is Armenians, an island of Christianity, who suffered a lot. Millions of Armenians were a target of attacks, suffering and misery," Danko told journalists.

"Who else but Armenians has experience with genocide," he asked.

Babloyan said a large part of the Armenian nation was massacred in the genocide in 1915. He and Danko laid wreaths at the monument of the Armenian genocide victims in Bratislava.

Turkey dismisses the 100-years old massacre of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire having been a genocide. It criticises the countries which speak of a genocide in this connection.

Danko, who heads the Slovak National Party (SNS), said the current Slovakia, too, was afflicted by the Ottoman Empire's expansivity.

"In our literature and history, our ancestors described our nation's suffering. Maybe this is also why our people understand the position of the Armenians," Danko said.

He said he is proud of the Slovak parliament having condemned the massacre of Armenians several years ago.

"I am very glad that the EU and all advanced countries joined in condemning the Armenian genocide and called on Turkey to cope with its history," he said.

In 2004, the Slovak parliament passed a resolution calling the genocide of Armenians a crime against humanity.

Three years ago, the EP approved a resolution saying that the recognition of the Armenian genocide by Turkey would open the path to reconciliation.

Turkey says the massacre was not the Ottoman Empire's intention but a civil war event whose victims also included Turks.


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Posted 01 February 2018 - 10:55 AM

We'll see if it's said in vacuum or not! 

News.am, Armenia

Jan 31 2018
Macron: Armenian Genocide Day should be put on France memorable days’ calendar
15:47, 31.01.2018

Armenian Genocide Day should be put on the calendar of memorable days of France.

French President Emmanuel Macron stated the aforesaid at the annual reception of the Coordination Council of Armenian Organizations in France, and noted that the relevant decision shall be made in the coming months.

“This is the pledge I have given during the [French presidential] election campaign, and now I confirm it,” said Macron. “We must fight against the denial of Armenian Genocide. The bill on criminalization of genocide denial will soon be submitted again for [parliamentary] debates and to the voting. This fight allows us to look in the eyes of today’s reality and current tragedies.”

And reflecting on relations with Turkey, the French president said he will try to engage Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the regular respective discourse.

“I told him everything as it is,” added Emmanuel Macron. “France’s message is not words said in a vacuum.”




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Posted 02 February 2018 - 11:36 AM

Pan Armenian, Armenia
Feb 1 2018
Turkey reacts to Macron’s Armenian Genocide remarks
February 1, 2018 - 16:16 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net - Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has reacted to French president Emanuel Macron's remarks about designating a special day in the French national calendar for the commemoration of the Armenian Genocide.

In response, Cavusoglu slammed the French president’s statement and advised him against making comments that damage diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Cavusoglu also stated that Macron is in no position to “teach a lesson” to Turkey over its latest offensive in Afrin, as "France invaded Algeria in the mid-1900s."

Macron, who will visit Armenia for La Francophonie summit in October, was the guest of honor at the dinner hosted by French-Armenian songwriter and jazz musician André Manoukian, which brought together 500 representatives of the Armenian community.


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Posted 03 February 2018 - 10:39 AM

News.am, Armenia
Feb 2 2018
FM: Turkey cannot but realize that Armenian Genocide recognition process is irreversible
20:41, 02.02.2018







Turkey cannot but realize that the recognition process of the Armenian Genocide is irreversible. It is obvious that the century-long denialist policy failed. However, Turkey continues to stick to the stereotypes, Armenian FM Edward Nalbandian said in response to the inquiry of Radio Liberty about the statement of Foreign Minister of Turkey, who qualified as populism the recent remarks on the Armenian Genocide made in the speech of the President of France.

"Ankara does not shy away to distort not just the historic facts but the current realities, including by misrepresenting the rulings of the European Court of Human Rights.

In an open letter addressed to the Prime Minister of Turkey the International Association of Genocide Scholars has rightly stated that the Armenian Genocide is abundantly documented by thousands of official records of the United States and other nations around the world including the Ottoman Turkey’s wartime allies Germany, Austria and Hungary, by eyewitness accounts of diplomats and missionaries, by the testimony of survivors, by the decades of historical and legal scholarships, and even by Ottoman court-martial records," Nalbandian stressed.

At the same time he noted that Germany and Austria have not only recognized the Armenian Genocide as many other countries had done but also acknowledged their part of responsibility, as Turkey’s allies of the time.

"The international community has emphasised on numerous occasions that the denial of Genocide creates a breeding ground for the repetition of crimes against humanity. Instead of labeling as populists those who have recognized the Armenian Genocide, Ankara needs to abandon threatening populism of its denialist policy and candidly face its own past," the FM emphasized.


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Posted 03 February 2018 - 10:46 AM

Armenpress News Agency , Armenia
February 1, 2018 Thursday

French president Macron's Armenian Genocide remarks make headlines in
Turkish press

YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 1, ARMENPRESS. The recent participation of French
President Emmanuel Macron in the annual gala dinner of the
Coordination Council of Armenian Organizations of France, and the
president’s statements about the Armenian Genocide and the Nagorno
Karabakh conflict, have appeared under the spotlight of Turkish media.

Turkish media alarmingly reported that Macron “has opened the Armenian
Genocide folder”.

Millyet, one of the most-read Turkish newspaper, said that Macron
participated in the dinner which was attended by famous people of the
Armenian lobby. “As he had promised during his election campaign,
Macron said that he will include the commemoration day of the
so-called Armenian Genocide in the calendar. He listened to the
demands of the Armenian lobby”, the newspaper said.

Sabah newspaper published the news with a headline saying “Macron’s
Second Arrogant Speech” – reminding that the French president had
recently expressed discontent over the Turkish military operations in
Syria’s Afrin. “He continued his provocative conduct by bringing the
events of 1915 to the agenda this time”, the newspaper said.

Another newspaper, Star, quoted Macron’s speech, when he had said:
“The fight for the recognition of the Armenian Genocide and justice is
the fight of all of us. We are joining this fight by supporting the
initiative of including the commemoration day of the genocide in the

Haber7 wrote : “French President Emmanuel Macron, who has angered
Ankara, who had said about the Olive Branch operation that it
shouldn’t turn into an operation of occupying northern Syria, has
announced that an Armenian Genocide commemoration day will be declared
in France.

The Turkish NTV has quoted Macron and saying that “Armenian claims can
once again be brought to the parliament”. “President of France
Emmanuel Macron has said that the French Parliament can once again
include the 1915 events in its agenda during the coming months”, the
newspaper said.

Aksam news agency also mentioned Macron’s Armenian Genocide remarks,
and also reported that the ethnic Armenian MP of Turkey Garo Paylan
also attended the dinner.

Turkish news agency Ihlas published the news headlined Scandalous
decision in France, mentioning that the Armenian Genocide
commemoration day can officially be included in the French national

The nationalist Yenicag newspaper said “Macron continues anti-Turkish
initiatives”. The newspaper also addressed the French President’s
remarks about Nagorno Karabakh.

BirGun newspaper mentioned MP Paylan’s urge to Macron, where the
ethnic Armenian lawmaker called on the French President to be vigilant
about the developments in Afrin. The article was headlines HDP Party
Member Paylan meets with French President Macron.

The German Deutsche Welle and Russian Sputnik news agencies have also
covered the annual dinner in Paris.

Deutsche Welle headlined the article “Macron Opens the Armenian
Folder”, and mentioned that the Turkish-French relations can once
again suffer a crisis because of the Armenian Genocide issue. The
German newspaper said Macron greeted Paylan, and said that people like
him, who struggle for human rights, must receive support.

Macron’s remarks at the Armenian dinner in Paris made headlines in
dozens of others Turkish newspapers.

Araks Kasyan

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Posted 08 February 2018 - 10:37 AM

Sir you need only one reason in order to recognize the Armenian Genocide, because it happened. Please don't use it as a tool, it's been far too long and this line of thinking is not going to get you any points. Not at least from Armenians anymore, enough is enough either do the right thing or shut the hell up. 


Feb 7 2018
U.S. should answer Turkish threats by recognising Armenian genocide – congressman
A U.S. Congressman has called for a resolution to be passed recognising the Armenian genocide in reaction to what he says were Turkish threats to U.S. troops in Syria.
“Turkey essentially is telling the United States that we should end our support to Kurdish YPG fighters or risk being targeted by Turkey. In fact they had some pretty specific remarks, threats to U.S. troops and our policy there,” Ted Lieu, a Democratic Party representative for California, said.
“We all understand that the Armenian Genocide happened, it is a historical fact, and the only reason that that resolution has not been passed is that we want to keep our relations with Turkey,” he said.
“Is it now time to pass that resolution and tell Turkey that look, if you are going to take these actions against us, we are going to tell the truth and do some things you just might not like?"
The comments came during a Congress sub-committee hearing on the way forward for Syria in which Turkey was heavily criticised for its ongoing operation against the Kurdish-held Syrian enclave of Afrin.
"Our NATO ally Turkey, who notoriously failed to stem the flow of foreign fighters and cash and weapons across its border for years, is now engaged in operations against U.S.-backed Kurdish and Arab forces in Syria’s northwest, forces that have been essential in our fight against ISIS,” chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said during her opening remarks.
Congressman David Cicilline described Operation Olive Branch as "the brutal attack that is underway against the Kurdish people of Afrin,” saying that there had been “a devastating impact on civilians” as a result of the military campaign.
“We cannot stand by on the sidelines as these atrocities continue,” Cicilline said, urging the United States to “convey to our NATO ally Turkey that they must abide by international norms and conventions, which require that they protect civilians and allow humanitarian and medical assistance."
Cicilline added that he had introduced pictures of children killed by Turkish airstrikes into the official record.
“What is Turkey trying to achieve?” he asked Syria expert Mara Karlin.
“Why is the administration allowing an offensive against some troops that we have trained and have been so helpful in our fight against ISIS, what is the impact of this on our allies’ ability to make progress against ISIS, and shouldn’t we be doing more to protect Kurdish civilians, particularly since they have been such great partners with us in the fight against terrorism?”
The Armenian genocide originated with a 1915 order to move the Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire en masse to Syria at a time when the Ottomans believed that Armenian militants might sabotage the Ottoman effort during World War One.
Effective death-marches through harsh terrain dotted with bandits were often the result, leading to hundreds of thousands of casualties.
Turkey officially rejects the labelling of the event as genocide.


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 10:46 AM

PanArmenian, Armenia
Feb 13 2018
“Stain of denial” campaign raises awareness of Armenian Genocide
February 13, 2018 - 14:17 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net - CSUN Armenian Students Association along with Armenian fraternity AEO, took to Matador Walk on Monday, February 12 in a silent demonstration to raise awareness for the Armenian Genocide that began in 1915, which resulted in the deaths of 1.5 million Armenians, The Sundial reports.

The demonstrations are organized and performed nationwide by ASA chapters including CSUN, UCLA, UC Irvine, Cal Poly Pomona, and Yale, as well as universities in Australia and Europe.

The annual protest is called “stain of denial” according to Araz Maleky, president of the Armenian Student Association chapter at CSUN.

“Stain of denial is held on the same day everywhere on other campuses nationally,” Maleky says. They have done this protest on campus for about 3-4 years.

“The genocide didn’t happen in one day so what we’re trying to do is shine a light on the fact that it’s not just one day we should be commemorating,” Maleky said. “We want to bring awareness.”

Maleky got involved two years ago when she joined the state of denial protest on campus. “Everyone was very friendly, it became a cultural boost, I started to love my culture even more,” Maleky says.


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Posted 17 February 2018 - 08:35 AM

Netherlands recognize the AG all over again.

NL Times, The Netherlands

Feb 16 2018
By Janene Pieters on February 16, 2018 - 07:48

A majority in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, approved two motions regarding the Armenian genocide of 1915 on Thursday. One states that the Tweede Kamer "recognizes the Armenian genocide", the other that a Dutch Minister or State Secretary should attend the commemoration of this genocide in Armenia in April. This decision is expected to further sour the relationship between Turkey and the Netherlands, ANP reports.

Both motions were submitted by ChristenUnie parliamentarian Joel Voordewind. All four coalition parties supported the motions. 




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Posted 17 February 2018 - 08:37 AM

Sputnik International, Russia
Feb 16 2018
Dutch Lawmakers Recognize Armenian Genocide, Foreign Ministry to Await Debate
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The Dutch lower house of parliament has issued resolutions recognizing the Armenian Genocide and ordering a government minister to attend a commemorative ceremony in Armenia in the spring.

The motions, put forth by Christian Union lawmaker Joel Voordewind, received support from all four member parties of the Netherlands' coalition government. Together, they declare that the Dutch parliament "recognizes the Armenian genocide," and that a minister of the government or a state secretary should attend commemoration ceremonies in Yerevan, Armenia each April.

"We cannot deny history out of fear of sanctions," Voordewind said, speaking to Dutch media. "Our country houses the capital of international law after all, so we must not be afraid to do the right thing here too," he added.


Thursday's decision is expected to further sour already tense relations between Amsterdam and Ankara, which deteriorated sharply after Dutch authorities banned a Turkish government minister from attending a demonstration ahead of a referendum which gave Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan more power last year. Last week, the Netherlands withdrew its ambassador from Turkey.


Commenting on the resolutions, Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Sigrid Kaag said that she appreciated the parliament's "enthusiasm," but added that she would not comment on the government's position on the issue until after a debate in parliament next week.

An estimated 1.5 million ethnic Armenians were killed within the territories of the Ottoman Empire and its successor, the Republic of Turkey, between 1915 and 1923. Hundreds of thousands more were forced out of the country. Turkey has disputed the figures, and denies that a genocide took place, blaming deaths on wartime fighting. Over two dozen states, including Russia, have recognized the massacre of the Armenians as a genocide.


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Posted 17 February 2018 - 08:52 AM

Armenpress News Agency , Armenia
February 15, 2018 Thursday

Turkish historian uses research of transliterated letters to prove
false historiography on Armenians

YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 15, ARMENPRESS. As result of studying transliterated
(written Turkish in Armenian letters) letters, Turkish historian Sukru
Ilicak showed that the official Turkish historiography doesn’t
whatsoever reflect the true picture about Armenians who lived in the
Ottoman Empire, Gazeteduvarreports.

Ilicak carried out scientific research of family letters belonging to
the Armenian Kojayan family from Kayseri. The letters were written in
Turkish, but in Armenian letters – transliterated.

“The official Turkish historiography depicts Armenians as some kind of
monsters with weapons in their hands who gave an oath to kill Turks,
who were uprising against the state. The official historiography says
that Armenians are guilty for what happened to them. The study of
these letters however, shows that this is false and that Armenians are
real people of the real life, they also get ill, love, hate, get
concerned over collecting food supply for the winter, make efforts for
giving their children education and repaying debts”, the historian

Harutyun Kojayan and his son Karapet departed to the United States in
1912-1913 to work and later return home again. The Kojayans maintained
correspondence with their family members back in their village. In
1915 the correspondence stopped, and it wasn’t until 1918 when they
received a letter again, notifying that their entire family has been

The letters were discovered when the US-based descendants of the
Kojayan family began to be interested in their roots. The letters were
studied scientifically.

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Posted 18 February 2018 - 11:56 AM

Sputnik, Russia
Feb 17 2018
Summons Dutch Diplomat Over Parl't Plans to Recognize Armenian Genocide
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ANKARA (Sputnik) - The Turkish Foreign Ministry has summoned the Dutch charge d’affaires following reports about the Dutch parliament planning to recognize the Armenian genocide, the ministry's spokesman Hami Aksoy said Saturday.

On Thursday, the Dutch parliament approved two motions to consider recognizing the Armenian genocide and send a minister or state secretary to the commemoration event of the genocide that will take place in the Armenian capital of Yerevan in April. The motions were proposed by Christian Union lawmaker Joel Voordewind.

"The Turkish Foreign Ministry has summoned the charge d’affaires of the Netherlands in connection with reports about the Dutch parliament's plans to support Armenia's claims regarding the events of 1915," Aksoy's statement read.

The Dutch move came amid the ongoing deterioration of Dutch-Turkish relations. In 2017, Dutch authorities refused entry to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Family and Social Affairs Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya, who were going to participate in the Turkish rallies for the referendum on amendments to the Turkish constitution. Earlier this month, the Netherlands decided to formally withdraw its ambassador from Ankara, who has been denied access to the country since March.

TWEET: Background: Turkey will not be happy with recognition of Armenian genocide

The sensitive issue of the Armenian genocide has been debated for a long time. According to the Armenian side, around 1.2 million Armenians were intentionally killed or starved to death by the Ottoman Empire during and after World War I. Ankara has repeatedly denied accusations of committing mass murder of Armenians, claiming that the victims of the tragedy were both Turks and Armenians.

Among the 29 countries which recognize the Armenian genocide, are Russia, France, Germany and others.


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Posted 18 February 2018 - 12:09 PM

Express Newsline
Feb 17 2018
Dutch parliament poised to formally recognise Armenian genocide
February 17, 2018 in Industry
Voordewind is expected to submit a motion on the issue to parliament next week, but is already guaranteed the support of a majority of MPs, now the coalition has thrown its weight behind the plan.
Together, they declare that the Dutch parliament "recognizes the Armenian genocide", and that a minister of the government or a state secretary should attend commemoration ceremonies in Yerevan, Armenia each April. But a majority in parliament believes it is time for that to change.
Thursday's decision is expected to further sour already tense relations between Amsterdam and Ankara, which deteriorated sharply after Dutch authorities banned a Turkish government minister from attending a demonstration ahead of a referendum which gave Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan more power past year.
"We can not deny history out of fear of sanctions". "It can be important what a thing is called, but we will decide that in the debate with the Kamer", she said to NOS. Recently talks to fix this relationship broke down, and the Netherlands officially recalled the Dutch ambassador to the country.
Kaag would not say whether a member of the government will attend the commemoration in April.
The lower house of the Dutch parliament, Tweede Kamer, approved a motion on Friday to recognize the mass killings of Armenians during World War One as Genocide, nltimes reports.
The Dutch government now refers to the issue as "the question of Armenian genocide" and will continue to do so, RTL said. But sources in The Hague told NOS that someone will be there. "But in the past the Germans had to deal with this issue in the same way", the Netherlands defense minister Ank Bijleveld was quoted as saying.

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Posted 18 February 2018 - 12:26 PM

PanArmenian, Armenia
Feb 17 2018
California math professor making film about Armenian Genocide survivor
February 17, 2018 - 11:19 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net - A California resident, Barbara Erysian tells the story of how her grandmother survived the Armenian Genocide in a new movie, The Press Tribune reports.

Erysian doesn’t remember the first time she heard the story , but the details — a man buried alive, children orphaned and starving, a global migration to escape the extermination of 1.5 million fellow Armenians — never left her.

A Granite Bay resident, she heard the story from her grandmother Alice Zerahian many times growing up. It was autobiographical, and always ended with a plea: “Tell your children. Tell your children’s children. Never forget.”

Now 55, Erysian knows she is descended from a survivor of the Armenian Genocide, in which the Ottoman Empire targeted a religious minority for annihilation by executions, death marches and other brutal tactics between 1914 and 1923. Taking her grandmother’s plea to heart, she has launched into a years-long process of turning Alice Zerahian’s story into a movie.

Zerahian immigrated from Armenia to Massachusetts in the early 1920s and then moved to Fresno, where Erysian remembers spending time with her on holidays and week-long summer visits. As a math professor at Sierra College since 2004, Erysian hadn’t had much occasion to revisit her grandmother’s story until she saw TV reports of ISIS activity in 2013, and it stirred something in her memory.

“I felt that people should know somehow, and understand, this persecution is not a new thing — that this has been going on in that region for a very long time,” she said. “As a child I did not even understand what (my grandmother) was telling me, but she would tell me the story repeatedly, and it laid on my heart. Four years ago, I just realized that (sharing it) was something I needed to do.”

Some three dozen countries, hundreds of local government bodies and international organizations have so far recognized the killings of 1.5 million Armenians in the Ottoman Empire as Genocide.

Turkey denies to this day.


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