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Posted 25 April 2018 - 01:53 PM

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ԱՄՆ Կոլորադո նահանգի երկպալատանի օրենսդիրն ապրիլի 24-ին և 25-ին նահանգի գլխավոր փողոցներից մեկը միաձայն վերանվանեց «Սարդարապատ Մայրուղի»: Կոլորադոյի պատգամավորներն այս քայլն արեցին ի հիշատակ Մեծ Եղեռնից մազապուրծ եղած անկոտրում հայերի, ովքեր հարյուր տարի առաջ իրենց վերջին շնչով ետ շպրտեցին թուրքական բանակին և հիմնադրեցին անկախ հանրապետություն: Կոլորադոյի Հայ Դատի Գրասենյակի և Կոլորադոյի Հայեր կազմակերպության «Սարդարապատ Մայրուղի» ստեղծելու այս խենթ, բայց հաջողված, նախագիծը սիրով և համերաշխությամբ նվիրում ենք Հայաստանի Հանրապետության մերօրյա հերոսներին` մեր անվախ, ազատատենչ, ու խաղաղասեր ցուցարարներին, ովքեր կերտում են ժողովրդավար և արդար Հայաստան:

Colorado’s Legislature Establishes Sardarapat Armenian Memorial Highway
DENVER, Colorado – On April 24-25, 2018, during the annual legislative commemorations of the Armenian Genocide, the Colorado House of Representatives and the State Senate unanimously passed House Joint Resolution 18-1019 that designates a major state highway in the Centennial State in honor of the heroic May 28, 1918 Sardarapat Battle that paved the way to the establishment of the independent Republic of Armenia.

“We applaud the Colorado legislature’s establishment of the Sardarapat Armenian Memorial Highway ahead of the 100th anniversary of Armenian independence and congratulate our grassroots in Colorado for this newest coup of vibrant Armenian American activism in the Centennial State,” remarked ANCA-Western Region chair Nora Hovsepian, Esq. “As we commemorate the 1.5 million victims of the Armenian Genocide, we also recall the survivors’ great sacrifices to creating the independent Republic of Armenia that saved our ancient civilization from complete eradication. This permanent and unique memorial to the battle that saved the Armenian homeland makes the Sardarapat Armenian Memorial Highway a cause of celebration for Armenians across the world and especially in the Armenian Homeland,” continued Hovsepian.

Championed by the Colorado House Assistant Minority Leader Cole Wist of Centennial and co-primed by fellow Representative Jeff Bridges and State Senators Dominick Moreno and Jack Tate, House Joint Resolution 18-1019 designates the four-mile portion of Arapahoe Road between Interstate 25 and Parker Road – which connects Centennial and Aurora, two cities with large Armenian American populations – as Sardarapat Armenian Memorial Highway “in honor of Armenian Genocide survivors’ valiant contributions in creating the independent Republic of Armenia one hundred years ago.” The Armenian Genocide commemoration and passage of the Sardarapat resolution can we watched at https://youtu.be/uNWpM6P2S1k?t=1m29s (House) and https://youtu.be/8N5I6v52SVQ?t=28m8s (Senate).

Earlier, Rep. Wist broke the news of the upcoming highway resolution to the Armenian community of at the April 22 commemoration at the Colorado State Capitol Armenian Genocide Memorial Garden. U.S. Congressman Mike Coffman and Wyoming State Senator Anthony Bouchard were also speakers at the commemoration, and community member Andy Karsian was master of ceremonies. The video of the Sunday commemoration can be watched at https://www.facebook...56087839041147/. Earlier that week, on April 16, Rep. Wist and ANCA-WR community development coordinator Simon Maghakyan met with the City Council of Centennial to inform them about the upcoming highway. The 15-minute presentation and Q&A can be listened to on http://www.centennia...-and-audio.aspx by clicking on “View Media” of the 04/16/2018 Regular Meeting and fast-forwarding to minute 8:15.

In a statement hailing the legislature’s vote, the joint Sardarapat Armenian Memorial Committee of Armenians of Colorado (AOC) and ANCA-Colorado dedicated the news of the new highway to yesterday’s victory in Armenia. “We wholeheartedly thank the Colorado General Assembly for commemorating the Armenian Genocide through a memorial highway that celebrates the Armenian people’s fearless determination to exist in a free and independent homeland. The timing of the resolution could not have been better. Two days ago, after days of mass peaceful protests and widespread civil disobedience, the freedom loving youth of Armenia compelled the resignation of the country’s Prime Minister after he broke the promise to not serve a third-term and threatened protesters with violence. This week, Armenians in Colorado simultaneously mourn the victims of the Genocide and celebrate the triumph of people-powered democracy in the Armenian Homeland.”

The official unveiling of the Sardarapat Armenian Memorial Highway signs will take place later this spring.

The Armenian National Committee of America-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 ANCA-WR advances the concerns of the Armenian American community on a broad range of issues.

The full text of the resolution is as follows:

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 18-1019 CONCERNING THE DESIGNATION OF A PORTION OF ARAPAHOE ROAD FROM INTERSTATE 25 TO PARKER ROAD IN ARAPAHOE COUNTY AS THE “SARDARAPAT ARMENIAN MEMORIAL HIGHWAY”.

WHEREAS, This year marks the 103rd anniversary of the first genocide of the 20th century, the Armenian genocide, when 1.5 million men, women, and children of Armenian descent were victims of a brutal genocide perpetrated by the Turkish Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1923; and

WHEREAS, Three years after the genocide’s commencement, in May 1918 a group of genocide survivors, alongside Armenian forces, fought the larger Ottoman Turkish army to a standstill at Sardarapat at the foot of Mt. Ararat, a heroic sacrifice that paved the way to the Republic of Armenia; and

WHEREAS, The establishment of the Republic of Armenia through the Battle of Sardarapat enabled the Congressionally-sanctioned Near East Relief, which housed a regional headquarters in Denver, to  optimize its nationwide fundraising that ultimately saved 132,000 Armenian genocide orphans; and

WHEREAS, Sardarapat is considered by many Americans of Armenian descent as the pivotal event in saving the last remnants of their ancient homeland and has been depicted in arts and literature alike, including in the works of American abstractionist Zareh Maranian, formerly of Colorado Springs; and

WHEREAS, The Armenian victory at Sardarapat is a universal inspiration to fight for one’s rights, without reliance on others, even when facing the worst imaginable conditions for survival; and

WHEREAS, In February 1921, the Colorado General Assembly expressed unanimous support for “Armenia, the oldest Christian nation and most martyred of the allies in the World War”; and

WHEREAS, This legislative body has recognized April 24 through numerous joint resolutions such as “Colorado Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide” and authorized the 2015 improvements to the Capitol grounds’ Armenian Genocide Memorial Garden, including the addition of a Khachkar monument; and

WHEREAS, It is the purpose of this Joint Resolution to keep the memory of Sardarapat alive so that Coloradans, whose predecessors generously aided the Armenian relief efforts, can be inspired by the heroic victory against all odds; now, therefore,

Be It Resolved by the House of Representatives of the Seventy-first General Assembly of the State of Colorado, the Senate concurring herein:

(1) That a portion of Arapahoe Road from Interstate 25 to Parker 29 Road in Arapahoe County be named the “Sardarapat Armenian Memorial Highway” in honor of Armenian Genocide survivors’ valiant contributions in creating the independent Republic of Armenia one hundred years ago;

(2) That the Colorado Department of Transportation may accept and expend gifts, grants, donations, and federal funds for the purposes of the initial placement of signs to mark the designated section of Arapahoe Road in Centennial, Colorado, as the “Sardarapat Armenian Memorial Highway”; and

(3) That the Colorado Department of Transportation may explore a cooperative agreement with the appropriate authorities of Arapahoe County for the maintenance of the markings for the “Sardarapat Armenian 7 Memorial Highway”.

Be It Further Resolved, That copies of this Joint Resolution be sent to the Transportation Commission of Colorado, the Office of Transportation Safety within the Colorado Department of Transportation, the joint Sardarapat Memorial Committee of the Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region’s Colorado Office, and Armenians of Colorado, Inc.

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 01:54 PM



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Posted 27 April 2018 - 10:55 AM

Now Donald, just say the words "Armenian Genocide" you see it wasn't difficult. Is Donald scared of ErDOGan?

 

 
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Statement by President Donald J. Trump on Armenian Remembrance Day:

“Today we commemorate the Meds Yeghern, one of the worst mass atrocities of the 20th century, when one and a half million Armenians were deported, massacred, or marched to their deaths in the final years of the Ottoman Empire.  We recall the horrific events of 1915 and grieve for the lives lost and the many who suffered.

We also take this moment to recognize the courage of those individuals who sought to end the violence, and those who contributed to aiding survivors and rebuilding communities, including the U.S. Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, Henry Morgenthau, who sought to end the violence and later raised funds through the Near East Relief to help the Armenian people. We note with deep respect the resilience of the Armenian people, so many of whom built new lives in the United States and have made countless contributions to our country.

As we honor the memory of those who suffered, we also reflect on our commitment to ensure that such atrocities are not repeated.  We underscore the importance of acknowledging and reckoning with painful elements of the past as a necessary step towards creating a more tolerant future.

On this solemn day, we stand with the Armenian people throughout the world in honoring the memory of those lost and commit to work together to build a better future.”

 

 
 


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Posted 27 April 2018 - 11:08 AM

Breitbart News
April 26 2018
 
 
Teenagers with Armenian Flag Shot at on Anniversary of Armenian Genocide
 
Two Armenian-American teenagers were allegedly shot at on Tuesday evening — the 103-year anniversary of the Armenian genocide — while driving on the 14 Freeway in Santa Clarita in what the driver claims was a hate crime.

Harry Nalbandyan, 19, said he and his 17-year-old sister Christina were on their way home from their uncle’s birthday party around 11:30 p.m. when the driver of a silver Honda CRV came up behind their car, flashed its headlights, rolled down his window and started shooting at them.

According to the local CBS affiliate in Los Angeles, their truck was hit at least eight times by 45-caliber rounds that were lodged in the car’s seat and head rest.

 

“We’re lucky we’re live,” Harry told CBS. “He kept shooting. This guy just wanted to finish it off; get one of us killed.”

He said he believes they were targeted because of a large Armenian flag he had draped on the back of his truck to mark the 103-year anniversary of the Armenian genocide, when 1.5 million Armenians were killed by Ottoman Turks in 1915.

Tens of thousands of people marched through the streets of Hollywood and Los Angeles on Tuesday to commemorate the anniversary of the genocide.

The U.S. has not formally recognized the Armenian genocide, largely in deference to Turkey’s status as a NATO ally.

President Donald Trump’s statement on the anniversary carefully avoided the term “genocide”: “Today we commemorate the Meds Yeghern, one of the worst mass atrocities of the 20th century, when one and a half million Armenians were deported, massacred, or marched to their deaths in the final years of the Ottoman Empire.  We recall the horrific events of 1915 and grieve for the lives lost and the many who suffered.”

 

CBS said the suspect in the alleged shooting is described as a man in his 20s to 30s with short, curly hair.

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Posted 27 April 2018 - 11:20 AM

BBC Monitoring Middle East - Political
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April 25, 2018 Wednesday


Kurds condemn Armenian genocide', remember victims


By BBC Monitoring

Kurds in Iraq, Syria and Turkey have held commemoration rallies and
public meetings marking the anniversary of the 2015 Armenian
"genocide".

Kurdish media outlets have covered these events and run special
programmes remembering the victims.

"A delegation of the Kurdish-Armenian Friendship Association went to
Armenia to take part in the official commemoration of the Armenian
Genocide, which is officially remembered on 24 April," the official
website of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) said.

The Syrian Kurdish Ronahi TV said that Syrian Kurdish officials had
also gone to Armenia to take part in the rememberance events.

Turkish-Kurdish media outlets also ran reports remembering the
Armenian vitcims of what they described as "genocide".

Kurdish media reports highlighted that a "few" Kurdish tribes had
taken part in the Turkish campaign against the Armenians.

The Kurdistan Communities Union, better known by its Kurdish
abbreviation KCK, a united front of political parties led by Turkey's
rebel Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), commemorated the victims in an
official statement released on 24 April.

The PKK recognises the Armenian genocide and has publicly apologised
for Kurdish involvement in the Turkish-led campaign, which is
estimated to have killed 1.5 million Armenians.

Source: BBC Monitoring in Kurdish 1239 gmt 25 Apr 18



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Posted 01 May 2018 - 09:07 AM

The Panther, Chapman University
April 30 2018
 
 
Opinion | Remember the Armenian genocide
04/29/2018
 
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Gracie Fleischman, Opinions Editor

Tuesday, April 24 was the 103rd anniversary of the 1915 Armenian genocide. Thousands rallied all over the world in marches and peaceful protests to honor their ancestors, who perished at the hands of the Turkish government many decades ago.

Meanwhile, at Chapman, there was zero recognition of the lives that were lost. It’s not known how many students at our university are Armenian, and the number of Armenians in the U.S. is also unknown, although it’s estimated to be anywhere between 500,000 to 2 million. But the genocide is important no matter the number, and we need to stay educated on horrific past events, because, although cliche, we could be doomed to repeat them.

Why did the administration fail to put together events to commemorate the genocide when there are countless held every year for the Holocaust?

I’m of Jewish descent, and I’ve grown up learning about the atrocities that Nazi Germany inflicted upon the Jews, people of color, disabled people, the LGBTQIA+ community and the European Roma people, also known as Gypsies.

[Related: More than 100 attend panel discussion about Armenian genocide]

But, I never learned about the Armenian genocide, which is shameful. At least 664,000 people, and possibly as many as 1.2 million, died during the genocide.

Armenians were ripped from their homes and forcibly marched through the desert by the Ottoman Empire’s military, leaving behind destroyed towns and cities.

Many young children, women and elderly people were abducted and raped, while “fighting-age” men were sent to work camps. Before they could reach the holding camps, many Armenians were killed or died of starvation and dehydration. Many committed suicide.

[Related: Armenian protesters disrupt Republic of Turkey event on campus]

Recognition of the genocide has been an issue for decades. Even the U.S. under the Obama administration failed, mostly because Turkish leaders have warned that, if the U.S. officially recognizes the genocide, it would lead to poor relations between the two countries. They even threatened to cut off U.S. access to a military base in Turkey. Samantha Power, Obama’s ambassador to the U.N., said, “I’m sorry we disappointed so many Armenian Americans.”

Although it can be difficult to bring up issues of the past, it’s important to remember events like the Armenian genocide and talk about them, so they never happen again. Preventing further unnecessary lost lives due to differences of race, ethnicity, religion or sexuality is crucial.

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Posted 03 May 2018 - 11:43 AM

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How the Hatred of Jews Justified both the Armenian Genocide and the Holocaust
MONTREAL/TORONTO – April 26/27, 2018: The Zoryan Institute, in participation with AGBU and Hamazkayin, welcomed Prof. Stefan Ihrig of Haifa University, for a book tour in Montreal and Toronto.

Prof. Stefan Ihrig’s core research focused on documenting the relationship between Germany and Turkey during the periods of WWI and WWII. The roots of Nazi ideology have been explained in Ihrig’s recent books “Atatürk in the Nazi Imagination” (2014) and “Justifying Genocide: Germany and the Armenians from Bismarck to Hitler” (2016). 99805063-efc8-4c66-8108-e79694ea7d69.jpg Photo: Prof. Stefan Ihrig, 2018 Through Prof. Ihrig’s research, we learn about the close ties between Germany and the Ottoman Empire as early as 1890, as German Chancellor Bismarck and subsequently Kaiser Wilhelm II’s foreign policy focused on creating close relations with a stable Ottoman Empire. His books explain how geopolitics, empire building and military objectives caused Germany to turn a blind eye towards the massacres of Armenians in 1895 Ottoman Turkey,by simply making Armenians a racial problem. and labelling them as “the Jews of the Orient”, despite the fact that both Germans and Armenians are Christian. 7c38179a-3a5d-4f5e-bfa6-6767f9c406c7.jpg Through Prof. Ihrig’s research, we learn about the close ties between Germany and the Ottoman Empire as early as 1890, as German Chancellor Bismarck and subsequently Kaiser Wilhelm II’s foreign policy focused on creating close relations with a stable Ottoman Empire. His books explain how geopolitics, empire building and military objectives caused Germany to turn a blind eye towards the massacres of Armenians in 1895 Ottoman Turkey,by simply making Armenians a racial problem. and labelling them as “the Jews of the Orient”, despite the fact that both Germans and Armenians are Christian. 5953478b-0c20-4517-b8de-5b59fcf36a18.jpg Photo: Prof. Stefan Ihrig at book talk Prof. Stefan Ihrig reveals in his first book that “many Germans before World War I sympathized with the Ottomans’ longstanding repression of the Armenians and would go on to defend vigorously the Turks’ wartime program of extermination. (…)” Focused on documenting the 1919-1923 timeframe, Ihrig describes this period as crucial for Germany and Turkey’s relationship. A  great debate on the Armenian Genocide was taking place in Germany as “German nationalists first denied and then justified genocide. The Nazis too came to see genocide as justifiable (…)”. e0d0ed07-1e79-490c-82e2-b071712d8fd9.jpg            e879a667-3d6a-49fe-a730-98e4bc9e5d19.jpg Prof. Ihrig’s research clarifies how the Armenian Genocide laid the foundation for the Holocaust to happen. According to his research, Germany knew everything about the genocide. The Armenian Genocide had been one of the most important topics of public debate in Germany in the 1920’s. The debate included questions about its intent, means, motivation, discourses, propaganda, economic aspects and retribution. In Berlin, many of the largest newspaper had three editions a day, and each would mention the Armenian Genocide.  6b7a37d8-14d1-4e0a-9b8c-9c7a528feec3.jpg Franz Werfel’s famous book “The Forty days of Musa Dagh” came in 1933, and was intended as a message to the Jews of Europe. He was reflecting on what he knew about the Armenian Genocide and how it was justified by the Germans by labeling Armenians “the Jews of the Orient." “Turkish denialism has made this topic difficult for most people. And as a result, the Armenian Genocide has been very distant from human consciousness, so distant that something more negative than the lack of recognition is happening. I think we, as Humanity, are missing out on the major chance to understand the world we live in today. Our story of the 20th century is very much incomplete.”

“The Armenian Genocide is very marginal in the History of the time. I mean this at an empirical level; if you pick up a book on World War I, the Armenian Genocide is not very central to the narrative, and I think it should be.”

 
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Prof. Ihrig concluded his presentation by stating that: “In order to move forward, (…) it is important to give you a perspective about the integration of the Armenian Genocide into European and World History. It is perhaps a reintegration, but I believe this is something we have to work on.”
Events such as this contribute to our knowledge by explaining the forces and factors that shape our reality, especially when dealing with the universal trauma of genocide. Prof. Ihrig’s books are of utmost importance in understanding how Germany was indifferent to the fate of the Armenians yet could have turned the tide of the Armenian Genocide during WWI. They also show how the Nazi were inspired by the success of the Armenian Genocide and its denial, as well as the boldness of Mustapha Kemal after WWI, in developing their own plans to annihilate the Jews during WWII.

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Posted 07 May 2018 - 07:47 AM

Gatestone Institute
May 6 2018
 
 
Armenian Genocide: Turkey Cracks Down
     
  • The Christian genocide in Ottoman Turkey lasted for 10 years -- from 1913 to 1923 -- and targeted Armenian, Greek, Assyrian and other Christians. It resulted in the annihilation of around three million people. Sadly, Turkish aggression against the remaining Armenians continues.

  • According to Turkish myth, it was actually the "treacherous" Armenians who persecuted Turks; and the Turks were acting in self-defense to rid themselves of murderous Armenians. A widespread Turkish claim is, "They deserved it."

  • The lies and state propaganda, which hold the victims responsible for their own annihilation, are what enable the ongoing Turkish persecution of the country's remaining Armenians, including the conversion of their churches into mosques and the digging up of Armenian graves and churches by treasure-hunters who search for gold.

The annual Armenian Genocide commemorative event that the Istanbul branch of Turkey's Human Rights Association (IHD) and the European Grassroots Antiracist Movement (EGAM) planned to hold on April 24 -- which they have been holding every year since 2005 -- was blocked by police, who seized the placards and banners about the genocide and carried out criminal record checks on participants. Three human rights activists were detained and then released.

In an exclusive interview with Gatestone, Ayşe Günaysu, an activist with the IHD's Commission Against Racism and Discrimination, said that "on their way to police station, the detainees were made to listen to racist songs containing hostile words concerning Armenians."

The annual event commemorates the April 24, 1915 round-up, imprisonment and eventual slaughter of more than 200 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Istanbul by Ottoman authorities -- and the unfolding of the Armenian Genocide. The victims were brought to a prison, now a building that houses the Museum of Turkish Islamic Art (Türk İslam Eserleri Müzesi). The Armenians were then taken to the Haydarpaşa railway station, where they were transported to Anatolia for their ultimate extermination. According to Günaysu:

"During our commemorations, we showed the crime scenes. We exposed the museum of Turkish Islamic Art and the Haydarpaşa railway station as crime venues. We read out loud and then recorded the names of more than 2,000 Armenian cities, towns and villages destroyed during the genocide. We wrote down their names and exhibited them on show boards. So, we not only commemorated the deaths, but also tried to share the truth about the genocide with the people of Turkey."

Since 2010, the IHD has gathered at Haydarpaşa railway station for the commemoration. This year, there were plans to hold the event at the Sultanahmet square. Günaysu said:

"We do not ask for the permission of the office of the governor of Istanbul to commemorate the genocide. We only call them on the phone and inform them of the hour and venue of the event. Our banners read 'Genocide! Recognize! Beg Forgiveness! Compensate!' in English and Turkish. The police told us we could hold the event on condition that we do not use the word 'genocide.' But we said we would not engage in self-censorship and gathered at the square of Sultanahmet to commemorate the genocide victims. We had also prepared a genocide commemoration press release, but we could not read it out or distribute it to the press due to police intervention. The police also seized our banners and the photos of the Armenian intellectuals arrested on April 24, 1915."

The IHD press release, which the police prevented from being distributed, read, in part:

"At the root of all evils in this country lies the genocide committed against the Christian peoples of Asia Minor and Northern Mesopotamia, against Armenians, Assyrians and Greeks.

"Now, we once more bow with respect before the memory of the Armenian, Assyrian/Syriac and Greek victims of the genocide. And we, the descendants of the genocide perpetrators, repeat our feeling of shame for not being able to prevent the continuation of the genocide through its denial and successive waves of destruction through generations."

Sadly, Turkish aggression against the remaining Armenians continues. On December 28, 2012, an 85-year-old Armenian woman named Maritsa Küçük was beaten and stabbed to death in her home in the neighborhood of Samatya, one of the largest Armenian communities in Istanbul.

Günaysu said that "during the police intervention and detentions at the genocide commemoration in Sultanahmet,

Küçük's daughter, Baydzar Midilli, screamed: 'My mother is a genocide victim, yet you still say there is no genocide?!' As members of the police department started walking towards her, apparently to detain her for protesting, Eren Keskin, a human rights lawyer, stopped them and told them that Midilli's mother was murdered for being an Armenian. A police chief then prevented the officers from arresting her."

On April 24, 2011 -- the 96th anniversary of the genocide -- Sevag Balıkçı, an Armenian doing his compulsory military service in the Turkish army, was shot to death by a Turkish nationalist. His killer has yet to be brought to justice. During last month's commemoration, seven years after his murder, Balıkçı's family and friends stood by his graveside in Istanbul to pay tribute to him. According to Günaysu, police officers told those gathered at the grave that they were not allowed in their speeches to mention the word "genocide":

"There were a lot of armed police officers at the cemetery. While people were praying, the police were about to intervene. Two activists asked the police to respect those praying and mourning. Fortunately, the police listened, and moved a slight distance away from the congregation."

The Christian genocide in Ottoman Turkey lasted for 10 years -- from 1913 to 1923 -- and targeted Armenian, Greek, Assyrian and other Christians. It resulted in the annihilation of around three million people. Although a century has passed since then, it is still a bleeding wound for the victims and their descendants. The online newspaper Artı Gerçek recently reported that the bones of victims are still visible in a lake in in eastern Turkey.

 

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Armenian civilians, escorted by Ottoman soldiers, marched through Harput to a prison in nearby Mezireh (present-day Elazig), April 1915. (Image source: American Red Cross/Wikimedia Commons)

 

Locals named the lake "Gvalé Arminu" (the "Armenian lake") after the massacre of more than 1,000 men, women and children that took place there 103 years ago. According to the report, only two children, hidden by villagers, survived. Even the bones that are revealed when the lake dries up in the summer have not led to an investigation by Turkish government, which continues to deny the genocide and attempts aggressively to silence those who try to speak out about it.

On April 24, the government-funded Anadolu Agency (AA) ran a story headlined: "The source of Income of Armenian Lobbies: the Genocide Industry," alleging that the Armenian diaspora and the republic of Armenia make false claims about "the Armenian genocide lie" for financial gain.

On the same day, the AA ran a separate story: "Turks recall escaping from Armenian oppression." According to Turkish myth, it was actually the "treacherous" Armenians who persecuted Turks; and the Turks were acting in self-defense to rid themselves of murderous Armenians. A widespread Turkish claim is, "They deserved it".

The lies and state propaganda, which hold the victims responsible for their own annihilation, are what enable the ongoing Turkish persecution of the country's remaining Armenians, including the conversion of their churches into mosques and the digging up of Armenian graves and churches by treasure-hunters who search for gold.

The Turkish government must stop.

Uzay Bulut is a journalist from Turkey and a fellow with the news and public policy group Haym Salomon Center. She is presently based in Washington D.C.

 

 

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Posted 12 May 2018 - 10:40 AM

Public Radio of Armenia
May 11 2018
 
 
Turkish Parliament rejects Armenian Genocide recognition bill
 
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A draft law submitted by Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Istanbul MP Garo Paylan to the Grand National Assembly of Turkey for the “Recognition of Armenian Genocide”, “Removal of the Names of Genocide Perpetrators from Public Places” and “Amendment to Turkish Citizenship Law” has been rejected by the Parliament Speaker’s Office, Bianet reports.

In the rejection letter signed by Parliament Speaker Ismail Kahraman, the draft law submitted by Garo Paylan has been described as “rude and hurtful” and the statements of Paylan have been referred to as “insult to your own country” and “against our national consciousness and history.”

In the letter, it has been stated, “The statements in the draft  law have been considered to be hurtful as per the Article No. 67 of the Internal Regulation on the grounds that they accuse the Republic of Turkey as well as the history and shared past of the Turkish Nation and they charge the Turkish Nation with committing a crime of genocide.”

On April 20, 2018, (HDP) Chair Garo Paylan submitted a bill to the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, requesting the recognition of Armenian Genocide, removal of the names of genocide perpetrators from public places and an amendment to the Turkish Citizenship Law.

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More hypocrisy!!!!!

Public Radio of Armenia

May 23 2018
 
 
Pompeo says will review the issue of Armenian Genocide recognition
 
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In a sign of changing times, the new US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo did not rule out recognition of the Armenian Genocide, promising, instead, to review the issue.

As Pompeo testified before the House of Representatives, Representative David Cicilline directly asked whether he, as Secretary of State would do what many others have not and recognize the genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire against its Armenian citizens during World War One.

“I can’t answer that,” Pompeo said. “I don’t know the answer, I’ll review the issue,” he added.

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Posted 25 May 2018 - 09:26 AM

The Independent, UK
May 24 2018
 
 
Whether Armenia, the Nazis or Isis – if you're going to commit genocide, you can’t do it without the help of local people

This is not something new – but it is something we too often forget

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How do you organise a successful genocide – in Turkish Armenia a century ago, in Nazi-occupied Europe in the 1940s, or in the Middle East today? A remarkable investigation by a young Harvard scholar – focusing on the slaughter of Armenians in a single Turkish Ottoman city 103 years ago – suggests the answer is simple: a genocidal government must have the local support of every branch of respectable society: tax officials, judges, magistrates, junior police officers, clergymen, lawyers, bankers and, most painfully, the neighbours of the victims.

Umit Kurt’s detailed paper on the slaughter of the Armenians of Antep in southern Turkey in 1915, which appears in the latest edition of the Journal of Genocide Research, concentrates on the dispossession, rape and murder of just 20,000 of the one and a half million Armenian Christians slaughtered by the Ottoman Turks in the first holocaust of the 20th century. It not only details the series of carefully prepared deportations from Antep and the pathetic hopes of those who were temporarily spared – a story tragically familiar to so many stories of the Jewish ghettoes of Eastern Europe – but lists the property and possessions which the city authorities and peasants sought to lo ot from those they sent to their deaths.

The local perpetrators thus seized farms, pistachio groves, orchards, vineyards, coffee houses, shops, watermills, church property, schools and a library. Officially this was called “expropriation” or “confiscation”, but as Umit Kurt points out, “huge numbers of people were bound together in a circle of profit that was at the same time a circle of complicity”. The author, born in modern-day Gaziantep in Turkey – the original Antep – is of Kurdish-Arab origin, and his spare, dry prose makes his 21-page thesis all the more frightening.

He draws no parallels between the Armenian holocaust – a phrase the Israelis themselves use of the Armenians – and the Jewish holocaust nor the current genocidal outrages in the modern Middle East. But no one can read Umit Kurt’s words without being reminded of the armies of ghosts who haunt later history; the collaborators of Nazi-occupied France, of the Polish collaborators of the Nazis in Warsaw and Krakow and of the tens of thousands of Sunni Muslim civilians who allowed Isis to enslave Yazidi women and destroy the Christians of Nineveh. These victims, too, found themselves dispossessed by their neighbours, their homes looted and their property sold off by the officials who should have protected them as they faced their own extermination.

One of the most powerful of Kurt’s arguments is that a central government cannot succeed in exterminating a minority of its people without the support of their fellow citizens: the Ottomans needed the Muslims of Antep to carry out the deportation orders in 1915 – rewarded with the property of those they were helping to liquidate – just as the local people needed the central authority to legitimise what we would today call war crimes.

Umit Kurt is one of the few academics to recognise the growing economic power of the Ottoman Armenians in the decades before the genocide; “the Muslim community’s envy and resentment,” he writes, “played a central role in the hatemongering atmosphere”. So, too, did repeated Ottoman claims that the Armenians were helping Turkey’s Allied enemies – the same “stab in the back” betrayal routine which Hitler used to rally the Nazis against communists and Jews in the Weimar Republic. In the Middle East today, it is the “infidels” – the “Crusader” (ie pro-Western) Christians – who have been fleeing for their lives for supposedly betraying Islam.

You would have to have the proverbial heart of stone not to be moved by the story of the Antep Armenians in the spring of 1915. Although initially harassed by the murderous Ottoman “Special Organisation” – Teskilat-i Mahsusa, the nearest equivalent to the Nazi Einsatzgruppen of the 1940s – and subject to temporary arrest, the Armenians of Antep were, at first, left alone. But they saw Armenian transports from other towns passing through Antep, the first containing 300 women and children, “injured, their wounds infected and their clothes in tatters”. For two more months, deportation convoys moved through the town and into a wilderness of suffering. “Armenian girls and boys had been kidnapped; women’s belongings and money had been plundered; they had been raped publicly with the active complicity of gendarmeries and government officials.”

Like the Jews of Europe who were initially left untouched by the genocide of their co-religionists, the Antep Armenians could not believe their possible fate. “In spite of everything that was happening around us…” one eyewitness wrote, “the number of those who buried their heads in the sand like an ostrich was not small. These people convinced themselves that they were happy, and they were trying to deceive themselves into believing that a similar deportation was not possible for Aintab [sic] and that nothing bad would happen to them.”

Like brave Polish families and the few Oskar Schindlers of Nazi Germany, a few courageous Turks opposed the Armenian genocide. Celal Bey, the governor of Aleppo – 61 miles from Antep – refused to deport Armenians. But he was dismissed. And the Christian Armenians of Antep were doomed.

On 30 July, 50 Armenian families were ordered to leave in 24 hours. First, only Orthodox Christians were sent away, leaving all their valuables behind. A survivor recalls that “our neighbours, the Turks, were singing from their homes, we could hear them…‘The dog is on its way’…” A week later, another 50 families were deported, only to be attacked by militia bandits led by the manager of the local Agricultural Bank. Inside Antep, women were raped and sent to local “harems”. A local village head (“mukhtar”) threw six Armenian children from a mountain to their deaths. The convoys grew larger – 1,500 Armenians from Antep on 13 August, for example – and sent, by train or on foot, to Aleppo and Deir ez-Zour. Then came the turn of Catholic Armenians.

A pitiful account survives of a thanksgiving service held by Protestants – the only Armenians to escape liquidation so far – in which one of their leaders miserably pleaded with his people to do nothing which might annoy the Turkish authorities. “Let no one take into his home a child or anyone else who has been told to go, whether they be of those passing through the city as refugees or from among our own friends and relatives in the town.” No good Samaritans there. But of course, the Protestants, too, were deported. Of 600 Protestant families, almost 200 had been annihilated at Deir ez-Zour by January 1916.

The local Antep police chief was promoted for his enthusiasm. In the so-called “deportation committees” who decided the Armenians’ fate could be found Antep’s local member of parliament and his brother, a variety of local officials, the president of the municipality, two officials in the finance department, two judges, a magistrate, the first secretary of Antep’s court, a former mufti, two imams, two ulema, two village sheiks, the secretary of a religious charity, a doctor, a lawyer and the director of an orphanage. “No member of these local worthies,” writes Umit Kurt, “did anything to protest the deportations, hide the vulnerable, or stop the convoys.” Of Antep’s 32,000 Armenians, 20,000 perished in the genocide.

But truly the ghosts survive.

By chance this week, I was finishing Martin Winstone’s shocking history of Nazi rule in the occupied “general government” of Poland, The Dark Heart of Hitler’s Europe, and discovered that the Jews – and Poles – of Warsaw, Krakow and Lublin often went through exactly the same process of false hope, collaboration and annihilation as the Armenians of Antep.

While most Poles behaved with courage, dignity and heroism, a minority of gentiles – and this is why the current government of Poland is threatening to punish anyone who talks of Polish collaboration with the Nazis – “participated directly in the murder process”, according to Winstone. They included the Polish “blue” police – ordinary cops in their usual blue uniforms – but also local peasants in the Lublin area, many of whom robbed their victims before beating them to death. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of fugitive Jews fell victim to perpetrators “who were village heads, members of the village guards formed during the occupation, or blue policemen acting unofficially”. When 50 Jews were discovered hiding in Szczebrzeszyn, a “crowd looked on”. A powerful factor in the murder and denunciation of Jews, the author concludes, was “a lust for Jewish property”.

And today, in the Middle East, we know all too well this familiar pattern of local villainy turned against neighbours, Christian girls in Nineveh seized by Islamists, Yazidi families torn apart and their homes looted by local Sunni militias. When Isis fled the town of Hafter, east of Aleppo, I found the documents of the local Isis courts; they proved that Syrian civilians had betrayed their cousins to the Egyptian judges of the Islamist courts, that neighbours had sought financial reward by denouncing those who had lived beside them for decades. In Bosnia in the 1990s, as we know, Serb neighbours slaughtered their Muslim compatriots, raped their women and seized their homes.

No, this is not something new – but it is something we too often forget. When my own father was asked by the British government in 1940 to name those in Maidstone, Kent, who might collaborate with the Nazis after an invasion, he put one of his best friends, a local businessman, on his list of those who would assist the Germans. Ethnic cleansing, genocide, mass sectarian atrocities might be directed from Constantinople, Berlin, Belgrade or Mosul. But war criminals need their people to complete their projects or – to use an old German _expression_ – “to help to give the wheel a push”.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted 30 May 2018 - 08:55 AM

PanArmenian, Armenia
May 29 2018
 
 
How New Zealand soldiers fought to stop plight of Armenians
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PanARMENIAN.Net - Maria Armoudian, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Auckland, and James Robin, a critic and columnist, tell the story of the intervention of a soldier from New Zealand in the plight of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire in World War 1 and of Dunedin’s post-war response to the Armenians’ distress.

Published on the Otago Daily Times, the article reads:

It was August 1918, somewhere in northwestern Iran. A tiny squad of soldiers encountered the most desperate and miserable sight: 60,000 Armenian and Assyrian refugees, staggering slowly along a trail, pale, dirty, and hungry, all their belongings strapped to their backs.

They were from the city of Urmia, fleeing the advance of Ottoman Turkish troops, fleeing an annihilation planned and carried out by the Ottoman Turkish government.

During World War 1, the government of the Ottoman Empire - the very regime Anzac soldiers had fought to defeat at Gallipoli - carried out a vicious campaign of extermination against the Empire's Christians, Armenians and Assyrians among them. The flight of Urmia is part of the final phase of what would later be called the Armenian Genocide.

Two men from New Zealand were among those who witnessed its awful consequences and risked their lives to save its victims.

One was Robert Nicol, a decorated Gallipoli veteran from Lower Hutt, and the other was Alexander Nimmo, formerly a farmer from Mosgiel. They had been both called up to serve in an elite unit known as Dunsterforce.

Their task had been to secure the oil fields of Baku, in modern Azerbaijan, but a small detachment including Nicol and Nimmo, under the leadership of Australian captain Stanley Savige, were sent by their commander to see if they could defend the city of Urmia.

When they heard of Urmia's evacuation, Savige called for volunteers. Nicol, Nimmo, and a handful of others raised their hands. Nobody forced them to defend a desperate people. They chose to do so anyway.

On August 6, 1918, with the refugee column stretching kilometres into the distance, the small band of comrades in arms finally encountered the Ottoman soldiers who had been pursuing the weak and dispossessed.

Savige ordered Nicol and Nimmo to spring a surprise attack using a Lewis machine gun. A fierce battle ensued, the Allied soldiers horribly outnumbered.

Ottoman rifles aimed for the mules which carried their vital supplies. Nicol, seeing the donkeys topple over, decided to rescue their gear. He passed the machine gun to his fellow New Zealander, Nimmo, and set out into the open where he was hit and killed.

His last words were to a fellow New Zealander in the heat of battle on the other side of the world, far from home, while fighting for a defenceless people.

Nimmo survived, and his courage that day earned him a Distinguished Conduct Medal. He was one of a few Otago residents who responded in their own ways to the humanitarian crisis.

After the war, a vast international relief effort got under way. New Zealanders opened their hearts - and wallets - in great numbers. Otago residents took up the plea for aid and solidarity with vigour, working and donating perhaps more than any other region in New Zealand.

In 1922, an American organiser named Loyal Lincoln Wirt toured Australasia, representing the largest Armenian aid organisation, Near East Relief. Wirt succeeded in setting up relief committees in every major town and city - including in New Zealand.

Wirt gave three lectures in Dunedin in late July 1922. The Otago Daily Times reported that Near East Relief was caring ``for no fewer than 110,000 children in 229 orphanages. Nevertheless, there are outside their gates some 200,000 other children, half-naked, sleeping on the ground, living on grass and roots because there are not sufficient funds available to provide for them.''

As a result of his efforts, within days, an Otago Armenian relief committee was formed, with Mayor J.S. Douglas chairing the first meeting. The committee campaigned hard ``on behalf of the sorely-persecuted and starving Christian people of Armenia,'' regularly running prominent advertisements in the Otago Daily Times, hosting lectures, and organising donation cans for churches.

Many women were moved by the plight of their Armenian sisters and become passionately involved, holding street collections, sometimes in the bucketing rain. By January 1923, the Fund has raised 3441 (more than $40,000 in today's money) and a sizeable quantity of goods like clothes, blankets, raw leather, and canned food.

When combined with the rest of New Zealand's contributions, the goods were shipped off to the Australasian Orphanage for Armenian children at Antelias in Lebanon, which was run by a Christchurch couple, John and Lydia Knudsen.

The story of Alexander Nimmo's courage, and the generosity of Otago's people, is but one of many powerful examples of New Zealand's connection to the Armenian Genocide.

This story has largely slipped from New Zealanders' memory because of modern Turkey's vociferous campaign to deny the Armenian Genocide.

But the deep and profound bonds formed through Nimmo and Robert Nicol's sacrifice, and New Zealand citizens' solidarity during those desperate years remains alive in spirit and memory.

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Posted 30 May 2018 - 08:59 AM

Otago Daily Times, New Zealand
May 29 2018
 
 
Otago soldier fought to stop atrocity
 
 
 

 

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Armenian civilians are marched by armed soldiers to an Ottoman Empire prison in April 1915. PHOTO: AMERICAN RED CROSS
Maria Armoudian and James Robins tell the story of an Otago soldier’s intervention in the plight of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire in World War 1 and of Dunedin’s post-war response to the Armenians’ distress.

 

It was August 1918, somewhere in northwestern Iran. A tiny squad of soldiers encountered the most desperate and miserable sight: 60,000 Armenian and Assyrian refugees, staggering slowly along a trail, pale, dirty, and hungry, all their belongings strapped to their backs.

 

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Alexander Nimmo, from The Grange, East Taieri, received the Distinguished Conduct Medal for battling to save Armenians in World War 1. He survived the war and later farmed at Rocklands Station near Middlemarch and on farms near Palmerston. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

 

They were from the city of Urmia, fleeing the advance of Ottoman Turkish troops, fleeing an annihilation planned and carried out by the Ottoman Turkish government.

During World War 1, the government of the Ottoman Empire - the very regime Anzac soldiers had fought to defeat at Gallipoli - carried out a vicious campaign of extermination against the Empire's Christians, Armenians and Assyrians among them. The flight of Urmia is part of the final phase of what would later be called the Armenian Genocide.

Two men from New Zealand were among those who witnessed its awful consequences and risked their lives to save its victims.

One was Robert Nicol, a decorated Gallipoli veteran from Lower Hutt, and the other was Alexander Nimmo, formerly a farmer from Mosgiel. They had been both called up to serve in an elite unit known as Dunsterforce.

Their task had been to secure the oil fields of Baku, in modern Azerbaijan, but a small detachment including Nicol and Nimmo, under the leadership of Australian captain Stanley Savige, were sent by their commander to see if they could defend the city of Urmia.

When they heard of Urmia's evacuation, Savige called for volunteers. Nicol, Nimmo, and a handful of others raised their hands. Nobody forced them to defend a desperate people. They chose to do so anyway.

On August 6, 1918, with the refugee column stretching kilometres into the distance, the small band of comrades in arms finally encountered the Ottoman soldiers who had been pursuing the weak and dispossessed.

Savige ordered Nicol and Nimmo to spring a surprise attack using a Lewis machine gun. A fierce battle ensued, the Allied soldiers horribly outnumbered.

Ottoman rifles aimed for the mules which carried their vital supplies. Nicol, seeing the donkeys topple over, decided to rescue their gear. He passed the machine gun to his fellow New Zealander, Nimmo, and set out into the open where he was hit and killed.

His last words were to a fellow New Zealander in the heat of battle on the other side of the world, far from home, while fighting for a defenceless people.

 

Nimmo survived, and his courage that day earned him a Distinguished Conduct Medal. He was one of a few Otago residents who responded in their own ways to the humanitarian crisis.

 

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Robert Nicol
 
After the war, a vast international relief effort got under way. New Zealanders opened their hearts - and wallets - in great numbers. Otago residents took up the plea for aid and solidarity with vigour, working and donating perhaps more than any other region in New Zealand.

 

In 1922, an American organiser named Loyal Lincoln Wirt toured Australasia, representing the largest Armenian aid organisation, Near East Relief. Wirt succeeded in setting up relief committees in every major town and city - including in New Zealand.

Wirt gave three lectures in Dunedin in late July 1922. The Otago Daily Times reported that Near East Relief was caring ``for no fewer than 110,000 children in 229 orphanages. Nevertheless, there are outside their gates some 200,000 other children, half-naked, sleeping on the ground, living on grass and roots because there are not sufficient funds available to provide for them.''

As a result of his efforts, within days, an Otago Armenian relief committee was formed, with Mayor J.S. Douglas chairing the first meeting. The committee campaigned hard ``on behalf of the sorely-persecuted and starving Christian people of Armenia,'' regularly running prominent advertisements in the Otago Daily Times, hosting lectures, and organising donation cans for churches.

Many women were moved by the plight of their Armenian sisters and become passionately involved, holding street collections, sometimes in the bucketing rain. By January 1923, the Fund has raised 3441 (more than $40,000 in today's money) and a sizeable quantity of goods like clothes, blankets, raw leather, and canned food.

When combined with the rest of New Zealand's contributions, the goods were shipped off to the Australasian Orphanage for Armenian children at Antelias in Lebanon, which was run by a Christchurch couple, John and Lydia Knudsen.

The story of Alexander Nimmo's courage, and the generosity of Otago's people, is but one of many powerful examples of New Zealand's connection to the Armenian Genocide.

This story has largely slipped from New Zealanders' memory because of modern Turkey's vociferous campaign to deny the Armenian Genocide.

But the deep and profound bonds formed through Nimmo and Robert Nicol's sacrifice, and New Zealand citizens' solidarity during those desperate years remains alive in spirit and memory. We must continue to honour that memory, no matter what our powerful friends say.

 • Dr Maria Armoudian is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Auckland. Both Dr Armoudian's grandfathers were among the Armenian survivors. Those who would have been her great aunts and great uncles died.

 • James Robins is a critic and columnist who is working on a book detailing the connections between Anzac and the Armenian Genocide.

 • Armenians say the number of deaths was 1.5 million. Turkey accepts there were atrocities but denies systematic ``genocide''. It instead claims that about 300,000 Armen

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Posted 31 May 2018 - 10:15 AM

AINA - Assyrian International News Agency
May 30 2018
 
 
Armenians, Assyrians, Greeks Slam Genocide Denial
 
Posted 2018-05-29 21:28 GMT

The leading public affairs committees of the Armenian-Australian, Greek-Australian and Assyrian-Australian communities have slammed SBS (Special Broadcasting Service) CEO, Michael Ebeid after he answered Senator Kristina Keneally's probing questions at Senate Estimates, by committing to his Editorial Policy that appeases denial of the Armenian Genocide, which was the systematic attempt by Ottoman Turkey to rid the world of its Armenian, Greek and Assyrian inhabitants during and after World War I.

The Armenian National Committee of Australia (ANC-AU), the Australian Hellenic Council - NSW (AHC) and the Assyrian Universal Alliance - Australian Chapter (AUA) have released a joint statement as descendants of survivors of the 1915 Genocide, targeting the "flippant" responses given by a "stubborn" Ebeid, who continuously downplayed the overwhelming scholarly evidence that proves the genocide as indisputable fact. He also ignored the academic criticism of his earlier defence of this policy.

 

Following these earlier responses under Senate Estimates questioning by then-Senator Scott Ludlam, Ebeid had received a letter of protest from the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS - the leading world association of recognised genocide scholars), as well a statement signed by a group of 43 Australian-based experts in genocide and human rights, who urged SBS to recognise the Armenian Genocide and report on the events without qualifiers or euphemisms, as per the network's policy when referring to the Jewish Holocaust.

 

Despite this protest from unimpeachable scholars on genocide, Ebeid responded to Keneally's reference to the letter and statement by stating: "... I have seen that and I have seen that it's been signed by 43 scholars and historians. And I can assure you that I could probably find another 80 scholars and historians that would deny that it was called a genocide."

The joint statement from the ANC-AU, AHC and AUA reads: "With this irresponsible and offensive statement, Mr. Ebeid has questioned the credibility of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, which includes luminaries such as Israel Charny and Roger Smith, while by specifically attacking the statement of the 43 signatories of the Australian statement, he has suggested the likes of Professor The Hon. Gareth Evans, Professor Colin Tatz and Professor Peter Stanley are simply representatives of one side of a two-sided argument on genocide."

"This is simply unacceptable and downright offensive to the the many thousands of the descendants of these crimes against humanity living in Australia. If Mr. Ebeid feels assured that he can find 80 equally credible scholars to those aforementioned, who deny the Armenian Genocide, we would like to see him produce that list. As the CEO of a public broadcaster, it is in the public interest for our leading public.

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Posted 01 June 2018 - 09:49 AM

Public Radio of Armenia
May 31 2018
 
 
Istanbul Prosecutor rules using the term “Armenian Genocide” not a crime
 
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The Istanbul Prosecutor’s Office has ruled that the term “Armenian Genocide” falls within the limits of freedom of speech and thought, Ermenihaber.am reports.

The Prosecutor’s Office dropped the case against three participants of the Armenian Genocide commemoration event in Istanbul on April 24, who had been detained and subsequently released for holding genocide posters and photos of victims.

An investigation was then launched against them for “inciting hatred and enmity among the people.”

When announcing the decision, the Prosecutor said there are no enough grounds for launching criminal proceedings and referred to the rulings of the European Court of Human Rights, noting that “the term Armenian Genocide falls within the limits of freedom of speech and thought.”

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Posted 05 June 2018 - 09:51 AM

News.am, Armenia
June 4 2018
 
 
Tom Catena and his wife visit Armenian Genocide Memorial
15:57, 04.06.2018
 

YEREVAN. – Laureate of Aurora Prize 2017 Tom Catena and his wife Nasima visited Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan on Monday.

While placing a wreath at the genocide monument, Catena’s wife burst into tears.

Nasima was deeply touched by the memorial, Tom Catena told reporters adding that when there is a lot of pain in you, you are trying to suppress it, but being here, you immediately remember your own history.

Tom Catena and his wife planted a tree on Memory Alley and visited the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute. 

Katena told Armenian News- NEWS.am he was deeply impressed by a photo of an Armenian boy showing his hands with traces of nails. He was crucified, but survived. 

Doctor Tom Catena arrived in Sudan as a Catholic missionary from Amsterdam, New York. He has since saved thousands of lives as the sole surgeon permanently based in Sudan’s war-ravaged Nuba Mountains where humanitarian aid is restricted. It is for this service that he received the Aurora Prize, granted by the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative, created on behalf of the survivors of the Armenian Genocide and in gratitude to their saviors.              

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Posted 05 June 2018 - 09:53 AM

ARKA, Armenia
June 4 2018
 
 
Postage stamp dedicated to Dr. Tom Catena cancelled in Armenia
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YEREVAN, June 4. /ARKA/. A postage stamp dedicated to doctor Tom Catena was cancelled today in the Armenian capital Yerevan. Doctor Tom Catena is a Catholic missionary from New York, the only doctor based in Sudan’s war-ravaged Nuba Mountains, who has saved thousands of lives in an area  where humanitarian aid is restricted. 

He was granted the Aurora Prize in 2017, awarded by the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative on behalf of the survivors of the Armenian Genocide. 

The cancellation  ceremony was attended by Minister of Transport, Communications and Information Technology Ashot Hakobyan, US Ambassador to Armenia Richard Mills and CEO of Armenia’s national postal operator HayPost Trust Management Juan Pablo Gechidjian.

This is the second postage stamp, created by Armenia’s national postal operator  in conjunction with the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative.  The first stamp was dedicated to Marguerite Barankits, the first recipient of the Aurora Prize.

The head of the HayPost stamp department Margarita Hakobyan said that the postage stamp featuring Tom Catena will become part of the fundraising campaign of the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative. She said a charity coupon worth 150 drams will be attached to every postage stamp worth 350 drams. Thus, the cost of a stamp will make 500 drams, which is about one US dollar. HayPost will deduct 150 drams from this amount for  the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative to support it.

Tom Catena, in turn, said that in his childhood he had a large collection of stamps, but he could not think that he himself would one day appear on a stamp.

"When I told my wife, with whom I live in the Sudan Mountains, that my face will be on the stamp, she  did not understand what I was  talking about. She never saw postage stamps, she did not know what it is, in those parts there are  no mail services at all," Catena said.

Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity is an annual international humanitarian award, which is initiated to recognize and express gratitude to those courageous individuals or organizations that impact on preserving human life and advancing humanitarian causes. It is awarded on behalf of the survivors of the Armenian Genocide and in gratitude to their saviors. 

The Aurora Prize ceremonies take place annually in Yerevan starting from 24 April 2016. The laureate of the prize receives $100,000 grant as well as the opportunity to nominate organizations that inspired his or her work for a US $1,000,000 award.

This year’s nominees are Franciscan friar Father Tomás González Castillo, the founder of La 72 shelter from Mexico, Sunitha Krishnan, a strong human rights advocate from India and U Kyaw Hla Aung, an attorney seeking justice for the millions of Rohingya Muslims subject to persecution in Myanmar. -0-

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Posted 09 June 2018 - 09:47 AM

Samantha you had your chance and blew it! Yeah!!!! it must be recognized but not with your administration, let the other party do it not us. 

News.am, Armenia

June 8 2018
 
 
                  
 
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YEREVAN. –  In fact, there is no excuse for not recognizing the Armenian Genocide, former U.S. ambassador to UN Samantha Power said during a discussion in Yerevan.

According to her, going into the White House, Obama made it clear that his views have not changed. However, then he considered that the process of normalization of the Armenian-Turkish relations is at an important and fragile stage. Then when it was the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, Turkey granted access to the base for the fight against ISIS.

"However, this is no excuse for that," she said, adding that there will always be a number of circumstances not to recognize it.

Speaking about the reasons why the US does not recognize the Armenian Genocide, Power noted that Turkey is a big and strong ally, and Erdogan's threats could be taken seriously.

However, just 20 years ago it was impossible to imagine that many countries, such as Germany could recognize the Genocide, or the Pope, so it is possible that new generations in the US will act differently.

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Posted 23 June 2018 - 08:52 AM

Public Radio of Armenia
June 22 2018
 
 
Taner Akcam: Armenian Genocide denial can only be defeated politically
 
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Turkish historian Taner Akcam, who has been studying the Armenian Genocide for decades, says he came across the topic by coincidence.

“When I was studying at Hamburg Institute of Social Research, my first topic was history of torture in the Ottoman Empire. This is how I started reading about the Abdul Hamid period massacre and other events related to the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, Mr. Akcam said in an interview with Public Radio of Armenia.

“When I was reading I was not even aware there were Armenians living in Turkey.  During that period, when I was researching on the history of torture, our institute launched a big project on Nuremberg Tribunals, on whether Nuremberg could be taken as a standard for all macro-crimes. My project was almost coming to an end, and I was looking for another topic to research, and I thought I might maybe do something on the trials in Istanbul, because I knew there was a relation between Istanbul military tribunals and Holocaust. I made the proposal without knowing how complicated the topic is.  The institute accepted my proposal. And so I started working on Armenian genocide and it never ended,” he said.

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When in Turkey, as any common Turk and as a progressive leftist young university student, Taner Akcam knew there happened something in the past – Turks killed Armenians, Armenians killed Turks, but thought it was way back and there are more important problems to solve.

“Another important perception I had was that Turkey was actually established in a fight against great power, imperialist power, and mainly Armenians and the Greeks were with these colonialists to partition our country. So this was my mindset. Over the years during my research I changed this perception, although this was difficult. This is what I have been writing since then, that Turkey actually should face own history and acknowledge these wrongdoing,” Taner Akcam said.

Mr. Akcam does not see a perspective for Turkey to recognize the Armenian Genocide any time soon.

“Turkey is now in its winter again. Turkey is back up to its traditional policies, this is the original setup of the Turkish Republic, to deny the Armenian Genocide. There was an opening between 2002 and 2012, but after that Turkey went back to its traditional policies, because the ruling Justice and Democracy Party (AKP) and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan started to ally themselves with the traditional force in Turkey – the bureaucracy and the military, who established the Turkish republic and who are the core of the denialist policy,” the historian said.

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He does not expect anything to change in Turkey regarding the Armenian genocide after the elections expected on June 24. According to him, only a small Kurdish party with about 10 percent support recognizes this as a fact, while the remaining political parties vehemently deny the Armenian Genocide. “Even if the opposition comes to power, they won’t change this traditional denialist policy.”

As for international recognition of the Armenian Genocide, Mr. Akcam says only recognition by the United States could make a change.

“All other countries might have some moral impact or affect the international politics, but could hardly have any impact with regard to recognition. Why United States is different? Because if the US characterizes the events of 1915 as crimes against humanity or genocide, then legally all Armenians or all other parties can file lawsuits against Turkey in the United States, which can end with a big loss of Turkish assets in the US and even a kind of an embargo against Turkey. Legally, the American government would have to do that. This is the reason why the American government denies the recognition of the Armenian Genocide,” Mr. Akcam stated.

Taner Akcam destroys all Turkish arguments with his studies, as he presents original documents, but says that “denialism has nothing to do with academic work.”

“My recent publication was an important blow to this Turkish denialist policy. They might not continue their traditional arguments to deny the Armenian Genocide, but they will find new ways, new policies, I have no doubt about it. Denial can only be defeated politically, not academically,” he said.

In his groundbreaking new book, “Killing Orders: Talat Pasha’s Telegrams and the Armenian Genocide,” published in March Taner Akcam destroys the Turkish government’s denial strategy. The book represents an earthquake in genocide studies, particularly in the field of Armenian Genocide research.

A unique feature of the Armenian Genocide has been the long-standing efforts of successive Turkish governments to deny its historicity and to hide the documentary evidence surrounding it.

This book provides a major clarification of the often blurred lines between facts and truth in regard to these events. The authenticity of the killing orders signed by Ottoman Interior Minister Talat Pasha and the memoirs of the Ottoman bureaucrat Naim Efendi have been two of the most contested topics in this regard.

The denialist school has long argued that these documents and memoirs were all forgeries, produced by Armenians to further their claims. Taner Akcam provides the evidence to refute the basis of these claims and demonstrates clearly why the documents can be trusted as authentic, revealing the genocidal intent of the Ottoman-Turkish government towards its Armenian population.

The book includes the “smoking gun of the Armenian Genocide” – an original telegram sent from Ezrum by Behaeddin Shakir to Kharberd Governor Sabit Bey.

Are the Armenians who were deported from there being liquidated? Are the troublesome individuals whom you have reported as having been exiled and expelled being exterminated or merely being sent off and deported? Please report back honestly,” the telegram reads.

Taner Akcam said in an earlier interview with Public Radio of Armenia that the uncovered telegram will force the Turkish government seek new ways of denying the Armenian Genocide.

The historian is now working on Jerusalem Patriarchate archives and has been working on a book project related to Armenian orphans in Aleppo in 1920-1921, as well as on Cemal Pasha. He is not confident which study will be completed and published first.

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Posted 24 June 2018 - 08:08 AM

PanArmenian, Armenia
June 23 2018
 
 
Armenian Genocide Memorial Cross vandalized in San Francisco
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PanARMENIAN.Net - San Francisco's Mt. Davidson Memorial Cross - one of the oldest landmarks in the city and a memorial to the 1.5 million victims of the Armenian Genocide - was recently vandalized, SFGate reports.

As the conversation around the treatment of migrant children at the border gets more heated, hostility toward the immigration-enforcement arm of the U.S. government has become visible.

Someone appears to have spray-painted a message of solidarity with immigrant families on the cross.

"No more violence. This blessing is for the families in detention centers, for the families experiencing U.S. funded wars. Blessings for the queers," the red lettering reads.

A visitor to the park, Toby Morgan, photographed the graffiti.

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The enormous concrete cross, which has stood atop San Francisco's highest hill since 1934, was erected to commemorate all those who were killed in the Genocide under the Ottoman Empire.

A representative from the Council of Armenian American Organizations of Northern California said they are "saddened" by the incident and have reached out to law enforcement.

"We are notifying the police and will have it painted today," a representative said Friday. "We understand peoples need for self-_expression_, vandalism such as this is never appropriate."

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