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Posted 18 July 2019 - 03:12 PM

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aner Akçam unearths evidence of Ottoman decision to ‘annihilate’ Armenians
Historian: Ottoman governors ‘spoke openly’ of how to exterminate population

 

 

Letters referring to a decision to “annihilate” all Armenians have been authenticated as the work of Bahaettin Şakir, one of the architects of the Armenian Genocide, according to a new study by Clark University history professor Taner Akçam. His paper, “When was the Decision to Annihilate the Armenians Taken?” appears in the Journal of Genocide Research.

Akçam writes that the signatures on the two letters, dated March 3 and April 7, 1915, match those of Şakir on other documents. Akçam also says he has unearthed new documents from the Ottoman Archives showing initial decisions to exterminate groups of Armenians were taken by a local branch of the paramilitary organization, Teşkilat-ı Mahsusa (Special Organization), led by provincial governors in December 1914.

The first letter studied by Akçam states that the Committee of Union and Progress (CUP) “has decided to annihilate all of Armenians living within Turkey, not to allow a single one to remain, and has given the government broad authority in this regard.” The second letter reiterates this message. Previously, the authenticity of these letters was questioned but, according to Akçam, signature comparison indicates they were authored by Şakir — who, as head of the Teşkilat-ı Mahsusa, helped to plan and carry out the genocide.

The Armenian Genocide, the Ottoman government’s systematic extermination of 1.5 million Armenians, was carried out during and after World War I. While present-day Turkey accepts that many Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire were killed in clashes with Ottoman forces during the war, it continues to contest the 1.5 million figure and denies that the killings were systematically orchestrated and constitute a genocide. This denial — which continues despite a recent United Nations Joint Allegation Letter demanding that the Turkish government investigate the treatment of Armenians from 1915 to 1923, establish the truth, and make reparations — has hinged on the patchy archival record.

“These letters indicate there was an actual, conscious decision taken to annihilate the empire’s Armenian population, and that it was taken before March 3, 1915,” says Akçam. “Moreover, there were other related decisions that preceded this final one, as a series of documents we discovered in the Ottoman Archives shows.”

These documents suggest that initial decisions to eliminate groups of Armenians were not taken by the Central Committee of the CUP and/or by the central government, but by governors in the provinces of Van and Bitlis.

“In their communications — both with Istanbul and with one another — the governors did not see the need to use vague language or euphemisms in referring to the annihilation of the Armenians, but spoke of it openly, even offering a number of tangible ideas regarding how such an extermination could or should be carried out,” Akçam says.

Policy decisions regarding the elimination of Armenians, while initially made at the regional level, would eventually serve to pressure the central government in Istanbul to adopt a more radical overall policy, he concludes.

Akçam is professor of history at Clark and holds the Robert Aram and Marianne Kaloosdian and Stephen and Marian Mugar Endowed Chair of Armenian Genocide Studies. One of the first Turkish intellectuals to acknowledge and openly discuss the Armenian Genocide, The New York Times referred to him as “The Sherlock Holmes of the Armenian Genocide.” His 2018 book, “Killing Orders: Talat *****’s Telegrams and the Armenian Genocide,” includes a document — a “smoking gun” — that points to the Ottoman government’s central role in planning the elimination of its Armenian population. A previous work, “The Young Turks’ Crime Against Humanity: The Armenian Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in the Ottoman Empire,” was co-winner of the Middle East Studies Association’s Albert Hourani Book Award and named one of the “Best Books on the Middle East” by ForeignAffairs.com.

Among his many honors, Akçam received the 2018 Outstanding Upstander Award from the World Without Genocide organization; the Hrant Dink Spirit of Freedom and Justice Medal from the Organization of Istanbul Armenians and the Hrant Dink Freedom Award from the Armenian Bar Association (both in 2015); and the Heroes of Justice and Truth award at the Armenian Genocide Centennial commemoration in May 2015.



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Posted 18 July 2019 - 03:32 PM

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1915 letters ordering to “annihilate” all Armenians unearthed

 

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(Courthouse News) – For nearly a century, scholars may have been overlooking key pieces of evidence detailing the decision of the Ottoman Empire to exterminate millions of Armenians during and after World War I.

Research published Wednesday in the Journal of Genocide Research by Turkish scholar Taner Akçam authenticates the signature of Bahaettin Şakir, an influential member of the Young Turks who formed the Central Committee of Union and Progress responsible for carrying out the killings. In his letter dated March 3, 1915, Sakir confirmed Istanbul had sanctioned the annihilation of the Armenian people – more than a month before April 24, which many historians recognize as the start of the genocide.

“These letters indicate there was an actual, conscious decision taken to annihilate the empire’s Armenian population and that it was taken before March 3, 1915,” Akçam said in a statement. “Moreover, there were other related decisions which preceded this final one, as a series of documents we discovered in the Ottoman Archives shows.”

Bahaettin Şakir made no efforts to hide behind euphemisms, writing in his letter that the Committee of Union and Progress “has decided to annihilate all of Armenians living within Turkey, not to allow a single one to remain, and has given the government broad authority in this regard. On the question of how this killing and massacring will be carried out, the [central] government will give the necessary instructions to the provincial governors and army commanders.”

The letters were first presented among other handwritten documents by journalist Aram Andonian in 1921.

But objections raised by the Turkey Historical Society in 1983 questioning their authenticity were widely accepted until recently. To this day, the modern Turkish government declines to use the word genocide, instead describing the dead as “victims of a civil war” killed in order to protect the empire’s borders.

In the United States, 49 out of 50 states recognize the Armenian Holocaust even as Congress has killed two resolutions to adopt that as the official foreign policy. U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., most recently sponsored a new House resolution “Affirming the U.S. record on the Armenian Genocide” which has languished in the House Committee on Foreign Affairs since its introduction in April.

However politicians chose to recall history, most historians maintain the systematic killing of the Armenian people falls under the dictionary definition of genocide. The question among scholars is instead whether the killings were premeditated or gradually radicalized. In his work, Akçam argues that governors in Erzurum, Van, and Bitlis likely pushed the central government toward radicalization.

Throughout December 1914, mass murders were being carried out in individual provinces, with men the initial target. Akçam wrote, “For example, 11 identified Armenians in Başkale were arrested on the pretext that they had to be brought to Van and were murdered on the way there. In some villages, the entire male population above the age of 10 was killed. The same method was used in the counties of Özalp and Saray.”

The regional efforts to wipe out Armenians eventually informed national policy in Turkey, according to Akçam.

“The more radical policy decisions regarding the Armenians, while initially made at the regional level, would eventually serve to pressure the central government in Istanbul to adopt a more radical overall policy,” Akçam explained. “In short, the ‘radicalization’ of policy vis-à-vis the Armenian population was first experienced in the periphery and only later adopted and expanded by Istanbul.”

The authentication of the Bahaettin Şakir letters, Akçam says, provides documentation that the attacks later carried out in April 2015 were approved in advance by the central government.



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Posted 25 July 2019 - 07:58 AM

UPI - United Press Int'l
July 24 2019
 
 
Historian unearths evidence that Istanbul directed Armenian genocide
 
New documents suggest the Armenian genocide was both sanctioned and assisted by leaders of the Ottoman Empire in Istanbul.
 
By Brooks Hays
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July 23 (UPI) -- Between 1914 and 1923, during and after World War I, hundreds of thousands of Armenians living in Turkey were systematically rounded up and murdered. Thousands more were forced to flee their homes. Some estimates put the death toll at more than 1.5 million.
 
Now, researchers say newly discovered documents suggest the Armenian genocide was both sanctioned and assisted by leaders of the Ottoman Empire in Istanbul.
 

The fact that the Armenian genocide happened is well-accepted within academic circles. However, the Turkish government has continued to deny the culpability of their predecessors.

"The Armenian diaspora is trying to instill hatred against Turkey through a worldwide campaign on genocide claims ahead of the centennial anniversary of 1915," Turkey's president, Recep Erdogan, said in 2015. "If we examine what our nation had to go through over the past 100 to 150 years, we would find far more suffering than what the Armenians went through."

Erdogan's sentiments aren't without the support of the vast majority of the Turkish population. As the New York Times reported in 2015, a poll conducted by the Center for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies, an Istanbul research organization, fewer than one in ten Turks believe the government should label the atrocities genocide and apologize.

"Turkish government officials continue to use the same argument, the argument that the Ottoman government never had the intent," Taner Akçam, an Armenian genocide expert and history professor at Clark University in Massachusetts, told UPI. "They accept that there were casualties and some massacres, but they claim the Ottoman government was not able to control the remote areas and that some Kurdish tribes or bandits or some other group, they committed these kinds of crimes."

What was missing, Akçam said, was a "smoking gun" linking the atrocities to the Ottoman government. That's exactly what Akçam found.

"This new evidence is a major blow against Turkish denialist arguments," Akçam said.

His discovery suggests the genocide was indeed carried out on periphery, not by rogue agents and bandits, but by provincial governors. These governors were in communication with and assisted by leaders in Istanbul.

"This shows the radicalization process started in the provinces," Akçam told UPI.

The evidence, a series of telegrams transcribed, decoded and signed by Turkish officials, was discovered among a slate of new documents released into the Ottoman archive, a collection of historical documents in Istanbul, organized by the government and made available to researchers.

The newly discovered letters feature the first unambiguous use of the terms "extermination" and "annihilation" by Ottoman officials, both among the provinces and in Istanbul. Analysis of the signatures confirmed several of the transcribed telegrams were authored by Bahaettin Şakir, head of the para-military Special Organization and one of the architects of the Armenian Genocide.

Though the plan to exterminate all of the Armenians living in Turkey began as a provincial idea, the new evidence suggests Istanbul was eventually convinced to back the genocidal approach.

In addition to the documents retrieved from the Ottoman archive in Istanbul, Akçam also discovered similar letters -- transcribed telegrams -- that were used as evidence in tribunals organized by the postwar Ottoman government.

"There were 63 different trials and more than 200 defendants," Akçam said. "The materials from these court procedures went missing. Government officials never made these court proceedings available to researchers."

Researchers only knew about these tribunals from reports written by daily newspapers in Istanbul. A few of the verdicts were also published by the Ottoman government. But some of the documents from these tribunals ended up in the private archive of a Catholic priest in Armenia.

Among the tribunal documents, Akçam found transcribed telegrams using the same coding system -- a series of Arabic letters and numerals to represent words and suffixes -- found among the letters unearthed from the Ottoman archive.

"I went to the Ottoman archive, I discovered that this four digit coding system was the same for both sets of telegrams," he said. "The authenticity cannot be disputed, this was the major discovery."

The transcribed telegrams provided further evidence of communication between those carrying out the genocide in the provinces and military and political officials in Istanbul, including messages that Akçam characterized as "killing orders."

As to why these revealing documents were publicly released by a government intent on denying its predecessors culpability, Akçam guesses officials simply didn't read them thoroughly. The documents in the archives were summarized by officials before being released, and the summaries of the newly discovered telegraphs mention nothing of the details relating the Armenian genocide.

Akçam said his discoveries, summarized in the Journal of Genocide Research, will further solidify the truth of the Armenian genocide. It's a truth he hopes will soon be accepted by the Turkish government.

According to Akçam, the genocide has implications for the political situation in modern Turkey.

"Turks and the Turkish government has the same problems today with Kurds as the Ottomans had with Armenians in the past," he said. "Armenians were making demands for legal and social equality. The Kurds are making similar demands today."

As a result, Akçam said, the Kurds have been labeled as a security threat and the Turkish government has attempted to suppress these democratic demands.

"Without acknowledging historical wrongdoings, Turkey cannot establish a democratic future," Akçam said.

According to the historian, reconciling with the record of the Armenian genocide is essential for improved relations between Turkey and its neighbors.

"Speaking regionally, if you continue this policy of denialism, this means you have the potential to repeat the same policy against your neighbors," Akçam said. "This is why many of Turkey's neighbors consider the Turkish government a security threat. Without reconciling history, peace will not be achievable in the region." 

 


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Posted 30 July 2019 - 07:49 AM

CBS Minnesota
July 28 2019
 
 
Finding Minnesota: Stories From Armenian Genocide At Museum Of Russian Art
July 28, 2019 at 10:10 pm
 
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — After the Armenian genocide a century ago, many refugees settled in the Twin Cities. Now their stories of survival are finally being told at the Museum of Russian Art, in an exhibit that is sure to educate and inspire.

“The first survivor of the Armenian genocide arrived in Minnesota in 1919,” Fr. Tadeos Barseghyan, of St. Sahag Armenian Church in St. Paul, said.

Just over 100 years ago, our state and country were engaged in World War I. And while brave Minnesotans rushed to the front lines, people in other parts of the world were fleeing oppression and persecution.

“1.5 million people died in the Armenian genocide as a result of violence against Armenian people who were ethnically different, who were a Christian minority living in a Turkish empire,” Barseghyan said.

Today, about 1,000 people of Armenian descent live in the Twin Cities. They are all descendants of genocide survivors who made it through death marches and slavery, while many of their loved ones did not.

“The wounds are so deep that even 100 years later they have not fully healed,” photographer Artyom Tanoyin said.

As a way to help heal those wounds, Tanoyin began to photograph descendants and tell their stories.

“I started taking photos of my kids and I ended up doing this,” Tanoyin said.

It’s a labor of love that’s now on display at the Russian Museum of Art. The exhibit is called the “Treasures of Memory and Hope.”

Tanoyin teaches a class about the genocide at the University of Minnesota, and his grandmother and grandfather were the only survivors from their respective families. They met in the Armenian city of Gyumri as kids.

“The city was known as the city of orphans. At one point that orphanage housed 40,000 orphans and my grandparents were two of those,” Tanoyin said.

One of the people featured in the exhibit is Caroline Ylitalo.

“My grandmother was actually enslaved until my grandfather bought her from her own for two gold coins,” Ylitalo said.

She came to the U.S. with just a brush and a comb.

“She used to refer to them as, ‘This is all I have left from my old life,'” Ylitalo said.

These days, Ylitalo keeps those family treasures close, as a reminder of the sacrifices her grandmother made so she could have a better life in Minnesota.

“My grandmother used to say they can take everything from you except what’s in your mind,” Ylitalo said. “So going from grandmother who was a slave to having a degree from one of the top universities in the world. It’s a testament to the resilience of the human soul.”

Something they hope people of all backgrounds and creeds can learn from.

“We hope that when people read all these stories they’ll be inspired, they’ll have courage and hope to continue going and living and creating a new life for themselves and their families,” Barseghyan said.

The Treasures of Memory and Hope exhibit will be on display at the Museum of Russian Art through Tuesday. Then it will travel to the University of Minnesota in September.

 

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Posted 06 August 2019 - 08:09 AM

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Aug 5 2019
 
 
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PanARMENIAN.Net - Armenian Genocide survivor Assana Sarkissian has died in Rosario, Argentina, El Ciudadano reveals.

She would have turned 98 on August 4.

Born in 1921 in the province of Diyarbakir (in present-day Turkey), she managed to survive the heinous systematic plan of extermination that the Ottoman Empire masterminded against the Armenian people.

And now, Sarkissian is no more, says Professor Delfina Demirdjian, a member of the Armenian community of Argentina.

"After crossing rivers and mountains to save her life, after crossing the ocean, creating a large family with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, after surviving everything, she's gone," says Demirdjian.

"Her life will always be a symbol of resilience for us."

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Posted 06 August 2019 - 06:18 PM

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Արգենտինայի Ռոսարիո քաղաքում մահացել է Հայոց ցեղասպությունից փրկված վերջին բնակչուհին՝ Ասանա Սարգսյանը, որը օգոստոսի 4-ին կդառնար 98 տարեկան: Այս մասին հայտնում է Diario Armenia պարբերականը:

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Posted 09 August 2019 - 08:45 AM

Panorama, Armenia
Aug 8 2019
 
 
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Politics 16:37 08/08/2019 Armenia
Turkey angered by Armenian Genocide reflection in Netflix series

A reflection on the Armenian Genocide by one of the episodes of Netflix's science fiction series 'Another Life' has angered Tukey.

In the episode, one of the characters in the series speaks of her Armenian origin and tells that her grandmother crossed deserts with her children to survive the Armenian Genocide, Ermenihaber reports.

The Turkish Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTUK) has accused the company of openly propagating the Armenian Genocide topic. 

The council was also upset by the fact that Netflix has so far failed to provide any clarification or explanation on the issue raised by them. 

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Posted 14 September 2019 - 07:03 AM

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Sept 13 2019
 
 
Last Armenian Genocide survivors in Massachusetts dies aged 109
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Asdghig “Starrie” Alemian, one of the last Armenian Genocide survivors in Massachusetts and a strong presence at every Genocide commemoration at the State House, died on September 5, 2019 at the age of 109.

She was a survivor of the Armenian Genocide, which took the lives of her parents and brothers, leaving her orphaned at age 5. She lived in an orphanage in Syria until 12 years old when her uncle Garabed Tetezian assisted her and her sister Anna in coming to the United States, the Armenian Mirror Spectator reported.

Starrie worked alongside her husband in running Alemian’s Delicatessen for more than 30 years.

Beginning in the 1980s, Alemian was honored yearly at the State House for Armenian Martyrs Day.

 

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Posted 14 September 2019 - 10:48 AM

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Posted 18 September 2019 - 11:06 AM

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Posted 18 September 2019 - 11:07 AM

Charity fund wants to mark 105th anniversary of Armenian Genocide with 105 grand piano concert

 

YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 17, ARMENPRESS. On the occasion of the upcoming 105th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide on April 24th, 2020, the Chime of the Century Charity Foundation is planning to organize a mass concert at the commemoration event in the Tsitsernakaberd memorial involving 105 musicians.

A symbolic number of 105 grand pianos will be brought to the Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Museum, where 105 musicians from different countries will play Armenian composers’ music accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra, according to the plan.

After getting to know the 105 Grand Piano project, Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute Director Harutyun Marutyan contacted the project’s initiator Arthur Hovhannisyan and said that he welcomes any reasonable initiative which is aimed at voicing about the Armenian Genocide.

The museum said it has no objections to the project – if the latter gets final approval and funding – with only one condition – that the temporary placement of the grand pianos will not damage the green zone or any part of the memorial’s territory.

If the project is approved, after the concert the grand pianos will be donated on April 25th to music schools of different cities and villages in Armenia at the recommendation of the Chime of the Century Foundation and agreement of the philanthropists.

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Posted 16 October 2019 - 09:39 AM

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YEREVAN, OCTOBER 15, ARMENPRESS. Soon a legislative initiative on officially recognizing the Armenian Genocide will be introduced in the Parliament of Moldova, Accent TV reported.

According to the report the announcement was made by Moldovan lawmaker Gaik Vartanean at a meeting of the parliamentary commission on foreign policy and European integration. According to Accent TV this is the first time ever that an Armenian Genocide recognition initiative is being announced in the Moldovan parliament.

Vartanean is also the head of the local Armenian community.

He spoke today at a confirmation hearing of ambassadors, and asked a question to Dmitry Kroitor, nominated as a candidate for the post of the Moldovan ambassador to Turkey.

“Given the fact that soon a legislative initiative will be introduced in the Moldovan parliament to recognize the Armenian Genocide and Moldova may join most countries of the European Union, as well as the Russian Federation, which have already recognized this fact, this may entail negative reaction from the Turkish government”, he said as quoted by Accent Tv.

He asked the question in the context of a previous question regarding the candidate’s attitude to Turkey’s offensive in Syria, according to Accent Tv.

The lawmaker also mentioned that one of the key points of disagreements between Turkey and the EU is Turkey’s denial of the Armenian Genocide.

In 2015, the European Parliament adopted a resolution reaffirming its 1987 resolution according to which the massacres of Armenians in 1915-1917 by the Ottoman Empire was recognized as genocide in conformity with the UN 1948 convention.

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Posted 25 October 2019 - 09:30 AM

Election must be around the corner, the usual suspects are at it again to get votes. Nothing will come out of this just like before and before that. The unethical game of posturing is at play again!

 

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Oct 24 2019
 
 
 
Long-delayed resolution condemning Armenian genocide may finally reach House floor
By Zack Budryk - 10/24/19 11:51 AM EDT
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The House is likely to take up a long-unsuccessful resolution to condemn the 1915-1917 Armenian genocide after House Democrats set it up to clear a key committee hurdle next week, according to Yahoo News.

The House Rules Committee is expected to take up the resolution as early as next week before it reaches the chamber floor, according to Yahoo.

“I’m proud that the Rules Committee will be considering this resolution next week,” Committee Chairman Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) told Yahoo News. “Not acknowledging the genocide is a stain on our human rights record and sends the exact wrong message to human rights abusers around the world.”

McGovern’s district in the Worcester area includes the oldest Armenian American community in the U.S.

The resolution has failed to gain traction in the House for years due in large part to sensitivity around the issue in Turkey, a key U.S. ally. Now, however, the measure has added momentum amid widespread anger at Turkey’s incursion into northeastern Syria following the U.S. withdrawal from the region.

The Ottoman Turkish government systematically killed about 1.5 million Armenians during the genocide, and before the Holocaust Adolf Hitler reportedly argued that the genocide of German Jews would go unpunished, saying “Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?"

Turkey does not recognize the killings as acts of genocide and has for years lobbied against their recognition as such. Congress has passed resolutions condemning the genocide, but it has been several decades since one passed. Ronald Reagan is the only president to have acknowledged the genocide.

“With the president caving in to [President Recep Tayyip] Erdoğan, it’s up to Congress to speak out for America,” Aram Hamparian, the executive director of the Armenian National Committee of America, told Yahoo News, adding that the resolution would show Turkey “that Washington won’t be bullied, U.S. policy can’t be hijacked, and American principles are not for sale.”

Bryan Ardouny, executive director of the Armenian Assembly of America, said in a statement to The Hill that the assembly "greatly appreciates the efforts of Armenian Caucus leadership and welcomes the decision to bring H.Res. 296 to the House floor."

"This bipartisan resolution affirms the Armenian Genocide and America’s unprecedented humanitarian relief to help save the survivors of the first genocide of the twentieth century,” Ardouny said. “We urge all Members to support this important human rights measure, and send a strong message that the days of genocide denial are over."

 

 


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Posted 29 October 2019 - 09:45 AM

The vote is today! Even if it passes it will not make me happy, because they played with our pain far too long to deserve a thank you!

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Oct 28 2019
 
 
U.S. House of Representatives to Cast Landmark Vote Overriding Turkey’s Veto on U.S. Recognition of Armenian Genocide
 
 
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Bipartisan Measure (H.Res.296) Gains Momentum Following Turkey’s Invasion of Northern Syria

WASHINGTON, DC, Oct. 28, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- For the first time in more than 30 years, the U.S. House of Representatives is set to hold an up-or-down vote on the Armenian Genocide Resolution (H.Res.296) on Tuesday, October 29th. The bipartisan measure -- strongly supported by the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) -- would lock in U.S. acknowledgment of the Armenian Genocide and strike a powerful blow against the gag-rule that Turkey has long enforced against honest American remembrance of this crime.

According to ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian, “This vote sends a clear message to Erdogan that America will no longer turn a blind eye to Ankara’s atrocities. This is especially timely today, as Turkey commits new crimes against our Kurdish allies and at-risk Christian and Yezidi civilians across northern Syria.”

The Armenian Genocide was part of a systematic WWI-era campaign by Ottoman Turkey that, killed over 2.5 million Armenians, Greeks, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Syriacs, Arameans, Maronites and other Christians, between 1915 and 1923, exiling these nations from their Biblical-era homelands. This measure (H.Res.296) would establish, as a matter of U.S. policy, 1) the rejection of Armenian Genocide denial, 2) ongoing official U.S. government recognition and remembrance of this crime, and 3) support for education about the Armenian Genocide in order to help prevent modern-day atrocities. 

“H.Res.296 represents a firewall against foreign interference. Its passage will help wall off U.S. human rights policy from outside influence by human rights abusing countries. No nation deserves a gag-rule on U.S. genocide policy. It’s clearly time to end the longest-lasting foreign veto in American history,” stated the ANCA’s Hamparian.

Led by House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Florida Republican Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) - the Armenian Genocide Resolution has been gaining momentum in the past week, particularly following Turkey's invasion of northern Syria. The measure currently has 130 co-sponsors, including House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Eliot Engel (D-NY), House Rules Committee Chair Jim McGovern (D-MA), and House Intelligence Committee Ranking Republican Devin Nunes (R-CA). 

A similar version in the Senate (S.Res.150) - led by Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) - has 18 co-sponsors and continues to attract growing support.

The U.S. House will also vote on H.R.4695, the Protect Against Conflict by Turkey Act, that would impose harsh sanctions on Turkey over its recent invasion of northern Syria. The Armenian National Committee of America strongly supports passage of that measure as well.

The leadership of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues, Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Gus Bilirakis, Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Rep. Peter King (R-NY), and Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) welcomed the pending vote. “Too many Americans are unaware of the first genocide of the 20th century, as well as the massive humanitarian response led by the United States which saved countless lives. At a time when Turkey has launched a campaign into Northern Syria, which has killed hundreds and displaced hundreds of thousands of civilians, it is all the more important that the House speak clearly and directly about crimes against humanity, whether they occurred a century ago or in the present day. All Members of the House can go on record to state clearly the historic fact of the genocide, joining 49 U.S. states and many of our closest allies that have already taken this important step.”

Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA), who is one of three Armenian Americans in Congress, along with Rep. Jackie Speier and Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-NY), told Congressional colleagues of her own family’s loss during the Genocide. “Members of my own family were among those murdered. My mother escaped with my grandmother from Armenia, and my father, an Assyrian Christian, was driven from the Middle East. Both carried the terror of the atrocities of the Ottoman Turks for a lifetime,” said Rep. Eshoo.

The ANCA, over the course of many decades, has pushed back against Turkey’s heavy-handed denial, striving to put America on the right side of the Armenian Genocide. During the current session of Congress, the ANCA worked closely with House and Senate leaders to secure votes on H.Res.296 and S.Res.150 since they were introduced in April, 2019. Thousands of letters and phone calls have already been sent to Congress by Armenian American advocates through the ANCA online portal – anca.org/genocide.

To learn more, visit: www.anca.org/endthegagrule.

 

Editor’s Notes:

Armenian National Committee of America Executive Director Aram Hamparian is available for comment and interviews. Please contact Elizabeth@anca.org or call 202-775-1918 office / 703-585-8254 cell.

-- For the complete text of H.Res.296 and a current list of cosponsors, visit: https://anca.org/ass...Res296_Text.pdf

-- For the facts regarding the Armenian Genocide and H.Res.296, visit: https://anca.org/ass...96_TheFacts.pdf

-- For a Myths and Facts primer on U.S. affirmation of the Armenian Genocide, visit: www.anca.org/MythsAndFacts

-- For 12 key points on the Armenian Genocide and a broader toolkit of resources, visit: www.anca.org/endthegagrule

Photo Captions:

America We Thank You: “Orphan City” - 30,000 Armenian orphans in Near East Relief’s largest orphanage in Alexandropol (current day Gyumri, Armenia) thank the United States for its life-saving generosity. (Photo: 1923)  From 1916-1930, the Congressionally-mandated Near East Relief provided the equivalent of over $2.5 billion in humanitarian assistance to victims of the Armenian Genocide.  Source: https://commons.wiki...i,_Armenia).jpg

End Turkey’s Gag Rule: The ANCA is supporting passage of the Armenian Genocide Resolution (H.Res.296), scheduled to be taken up by the U.S. House on Tuesday, October 29th.  For more information about the resolution, visit: https://anca.org/endthegagrule

For additional information or photos, please contact Elizabeth Chouldjian at elizabeth@anca.org or call 202-775-1918 office / 703-585-8254 cell.

About the Armenian Genocide:

The Armenian Genocide was the centrally planned and systematically executed slaughter of the Armenian people, carried out by the Ottoman Turkish Government from 1915-1923. The Greek and Assyrian / Chaldean / Syriac communities suffered the same fate, with over 2.5 million Christians killed in that time period. April 24th is the international day of commemoration of the Armenian Genocide.

The United States embarked on an unprecedented international humanitarian campaign, mandated by Congress in 1916 through the establishment of Near East Relief, saving over 130,000 orphans and some 1 million survivors of the Armenian Genocide by providing assistance valued at over $2.5 billion in current dollars.  For more information about the U.S. humanitarian response, please visit: http://www.americawethankyou.org.

The U.S. first recognized the Armenian Genocide in 1951 through a filing which was included in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Report titled: “Reservations to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.” The specific reference to the Armenian Genocide appears on page 25 of the ICJ Report: “The Genocide Convention resulted from the inhuman and barbarous practices which prevailed in certain countries prior to and during World War II, when entire religious, racial and national minority groups were threatened with and subjected to deliberate extermination. The practice of genocide has occurred throughout human history. The Roman persecution of the Christians, the Turkish massacres of Armenians, the extermination of millions of Jews and Poles by the Nazis are outstanding examples of the crime of genocide.”

President Ronald Reagan reaffirmed the Armenian Genocide in 1981. The U.S. House of Representatives adopted legislation on the Armenian Genocide in 1975, 1984 and 1996. Forty-nine U.S. states have recognized the Armenian Genocide through resolution or proclamation. 

For more information about U.S. affirmation of the Armenian Genocide, visit: https://anca.org/arm.../united-states/

About the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA):

The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) is the largest and most influential Armenian American grassroots political organization. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout the United States and affiliated organizations around the world, the ANCA actively advances the concerns of the Armenian American community on a broad range of issues. For more information, visit www.anca.org.

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Posted 29 October 2019 - 09:48 AM

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Oct 28 2019
 
 
Rep. Jim McGovern: Recognizing Armenian Genocide important from human rights perspective
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Recognizing the Armenian Genocide is important from a human rights perspective, Chairman of the House Rules Committee Jim McGovern said in an interview to NPR

Asked by NPR’s Michel Martin, why does recognizing the Armenian Genocide matter, he said: “Well, this matters because it's the first time that the House of Representatives has unequivocally stated the facts of what happened in Armenia and called it a genocide.”

“You know, for a long time, various administrations have used euphemisms to describe what happened in Armenia. I mean, they call it a mass atrocity or something like that. But this calls it what it is. It is a genocide, and it is the right thing for us to do,” he said.

The congressman also noted that “when you don't acknowledge what has happened - and in this case, a genocide - it paves the way for other authoritarian leaders, other dictators to - you know, to also commit genocide. So this is something important to do from a human rights perspective.”

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Posted 29 October 2019 - 09:50 AM

I guess to some it will never be a good time, what the hack we can wait for another hundred years what's the rush it's only Armenian lives who cares!!!!!!

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Oct 28 2019
 
 
Is the U.S. going to recognize the Armenian genocide? Amid a spat with Turkey, the momentum appears to be on the side of those seeking formal American recognition. But some supporters wonder if this is the right time.
Joshua Kucera Oct 28, 2019 
           
   The genocide memorial in Yerevan (David Trilling)

After a decades-long campaign to get the U.S. to formally recognize the Armenian genocide, is this finally the moment?

The U.S. House of Representatives has scheduled a vote for this week on a resolution to formally acknowledge the genocide, fast-tracked as a result of Turkey’s military operation in northern Syria. It will be the first such vote in more than 30 years, and appears more likely to succeed than any previous effort.

While it is nearly universally acknowledged that the Ottoman Empire committed a genocide against Armenians starting in 1915, Turkey has vigorously opposed labeling the events as such. During the Cold War, Ankara was one of the U.S.’s closest allies and it has in the past been able to use its clout in Washington to block any attempts at formal genocide recognition.

But U.S.-Turkey ties have degraded badly in recent years, and have hit a nadir in recent weeks as Turkey has undertaken a military operation in northern Syria against the U.S.’s erstwhile Kurdish allies there.

Analysts and activists in Washington believe that Turkey’s influence there is no longer strong enough to withstand this latest drive for genocide recognition.

“Ankara has seen its base of advocates and apologists on Capitol Hill steadily erode over the past two decades,” Aram Hamparian, executive director of the Armenian National Committee of America, one of the leading Armenian-American lobbying groups, told Eurasianet. “You can draw a line from Turkey’s refusal to allow a northern front in the 2003 Iraq war to [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan’s assault against peaceful American protesters at Sheridan Circle in 2017, his recent S-400 purchase, and the current bipartisan outrage over the attack on America’s Kurdish allies in Syria.”

An anti-Turkey coalition among U.S. lawmakers has been growing, Hamparian said, which he described as “hawks, legislators who prioritize international religious freedom, the U.S.-Israel alliance, basic human rights, and many other priorities.”

Turkey “likely has made enough enemies” for the resolution to pass, said Alan Makovsky, a senior fellow at the Washington think tank Center for American Progress who studies Turkey. “Traditionally, the administration lobbies against it, warning that it would seriously corrode U.S.-Turkish relations. Given the current deterioration of bilateral relations … I doubt the administration would try to make that argument. Were it inclined to do so, it would likely fall on deaf ears in Congress,” Makovsky told Eurasianet.

“This would seem to be the opportune time” for the House to pass a genocide recognition resolution, Makovsky added.

There could also be action from the White House: President Trump’s advisers gave him a range of options to respond to Turkey’s military actions, one of which was that he could recognize the Armenian genocide, a White House adviser told Newsweek.

Although many of the House bill’s sponsors are longtime advocates of genocide recognition, some have promoted the issue now as a means of punishing Turkey for its operation in Syria.

“Now would be a good time for the United States to recognize the Armenian Genocide,” tweeted Ted Lieu, a Democratic representative from California, on October 14. “For too long, presidents like @realDonaldTrump were too afraid to acknowledge this historical truth out of respect for Turkey. Turkey no longer deserves our respect or our assistance.”

"I'm sure the government of Turkey is not happy with [plans to vote on an Armenian genocide resolution], but then again we're not happy with the government of Turkey," said Eliot Engel, a Democratic representative from New York and chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

The motives behind the current push have rubbed some the wrong way. “First you instrumentalize the victims. Then you instrumentalize their tragedy. Thanks, but no thanks,” tweeted Artyom Tonoyan, a scholar at the University of Minnesota who otherwise supports the genocide recognition, in response to Lieu’s tweet.

John Evans, who was effectively fired from his job as U.S. ambassador to Armenia after calling the events of 1915 a genocide, has since become one of the U.S.’s leading advocates for formal U.S. government recognition.

But now may not be the right time, he said.

“Although it is high time the Armenian Genocide was universally recognized, to do so as a way of lashing out at Turkey seems to be inadvisable,” Evans, who made his controversial comments in 2005 and was subsequently prematurely recalled from his position in Yerevan, told Eurasianet. “Both because it instrumentalizes, or misuses, a serious issue; and because it is likely to cause a major backlash among the Turks, who are literally on the warpath just now.”

It’s not clear what Turkey’s reaction would be to the resolution’s passage. In 2010, the House Foreign Affairs Committee narrowly approved a similar resolution and Turkey withdrew its ambassador from Washington in protest. The resolution was never brought up for a vote in the full House.

A letter to members of Congress dated October 25 that appeared to be from Turkey’s ambassador in Washington opposing the resolution has been circulated by Armenian groups (the Turkish embassy did not immediately respond to queries from Eurasianet about its authenticity). The letter complained that the resolution “solely reflects the biased Armenian narrative” and that it “would not be helpful to promote an atmosphere of reconciliation between Turkey and Armenia.”

The letter detailed the close economic ties between Turkey and the U.S., but it did not lay out any potential response to the resolution passing.

The letter also claimed that “Turkey has made important efforts in addressing its history and in seeking a common ground with Armenia.” Under Erdoğan, Turkey has in fact made several steps toward a more honest reckoning with what happened in 1915, though that momentum has stalled or reversed as part of a broader crackdown in the country. And a full recognition of the genocide remains a distant prospect at best.

Several other countries around the world have passed genocide recognition resolutions, and Turkey has tended to view them as part of an anti-Turkey campaign rather than honest historical assessments. Many Armenians in Turkey believe the foreign resolutions do little to help the cause of Turkey’s own reckoning with its history.

“Decisions in European parliaments did not help Turkey acknowledge [the genocide],” said Yetvart Danzikyan, the editor of the Istanbul Armenian newspaper Agos. “So I don’t think this effort [in the U.S.] will help Turkey acknowledge. On the contrary, Turkey has always reacted against efforts like this,” Danzikyan told Eurasianet.

“I have always maintained that the important thing is for the Turks themselves to come to terms with their history, not for others to do so,” said Evans, the former U.S. ambassador.

 

Joshua Kucera is the Turkey/Caucasus editor at Eurasianet, and author of The Bug Pit.

 
 

 



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Posted 29 October 2019 - 01:18 PM

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Posted 29 October 2019 - 01:37 PM

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Posted 29 October 2019 - 03:08 PM

The voting is on and it's looking very good, bipartisan so far over 51 for yes and 0 for against! 9 minutes to go.



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Posted 29 October 2019 - 03:14 PM

134 for yes, 4 for against.


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