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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

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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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Posted Today, 10:07 AM

More hypocrisy!!!!!

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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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