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Posted 08 March 2017 - 09:57 AM

They shall not perish: Armenian Genocide documentary to premiere in the US in April

This April, public television stations across the United States will premiere They shall not perish: The Story of Near East Relief. The documentary is produced by Shant Mardirossian and award-winning writer/director George Billard, the Broadway World reports.

They Shall Not Perish details the unprecedented humanitarian efforts of thousands of Americans who saved a generation of orphans and refugees after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire during and after World War I.

The one-hour documentary film features the stories of American diplomats, missionaries and relief workers who, as witnesses to the Armenian Genocide, responded to a call to action and mobilized the largest non-governmental international humanitarian movement undertaken by American citizens. Motivated by nothing but a moral sense of duty, these men and women – among them industrialists, ambassadors, teachers, nurses, advertisers and Presidents – helped bring care and comfort to millions of suffering refugees in extremely harrowing circumstances.

Narrated by six-time Emmy award nominated actor Victor Garber, the film is set against a mix of historical footage, archival photographs and utilizes contemporary interviews from leading academic experts such as Taner Akçam, Peter Balakian and Keith David Watenpaugh. In addition, the letters of American officials, relief workers and orphans are brought to life through the voices of leading actors – Michael Aronov, Kathleen Chalfant, Dariush Kashani, Andrea Martin, Ron Rifkin, Tony Shalhoub and Kara Vedder – taking the audience on a journey from the depths of cruelty to the triumphs of survival.

Executive Producer Shant Mardirossian, inspired by his grandparents’ escape and survival during the genocide, says he produced this film “not just to remember those we lost in the genocide, but to shed light on an important chapter of American history when ordinary citizens stood together against a great injustice and saved the lives of 132,000 orphans.” These historic rescue efforts led to the formation of the Near East Relief – known today as the Near East Foundation – an organization that continues to help improve the lives of vulnerable communities and refugees throughout the Middle East and Africa by implementing innovative, community-led economic development initiatives.

With a focus on an often forgotten yet important chapter in American history, They Shall Not Perish challenges the notion of what values a nation should aspire to demonstrate, and raises the question of when and if humanitarian concerns should override strategic national interests. “Today, as we confront an exploding refugee crisis, it’s imperative that we consider the humanitarian consequences when formulating U.S. foreign policy”, says the film’s director, producer and writer George Billard.

Distributed nationally by 3 Roads Communications, They Shall Not Perish premieres on public television stations nationwide beginning April 1, 2017.

The official premiere and discussion with the filmmakers will take place on April 8, 2017 at the Times Center.



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Posted 14 March 2017 - 11:21 AM

Talaat’s instruction to Aleppo Governor: Armenians should stay in exile

Akunq.net has circulated the copy of Ottoman Interior Minister Talaat Pasha’s telegram to Aleppo Governor dated July 15, 1916, as well as the Armenian translation of it.

In the telegram Tallat instructs the Governor to keep all Armenians in the places of exile, to deny them permits allowing to move to other locations. The instruction applies even to Armenians living in Muslim families.

US-based researcher Gevorg Hakobyan has retrieved the document from Ottoman archives, translated and provided it to Akunq.net.





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Posted 14 March 2017 - 11:22 AM

Peace of Art displays Armenian Genocide billboards across Massachusetts
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Peace of Art (www.peaceofart.org) will display a message of peace on electronic billboards on seven locations in Massachusetts, calling on the international community to recognize the first genocide of the 20th century.

Daniel Varoujan Hejinian, Peace of Art president, explained: “April 2017 is the month of remembrance of the Holocaust and all genocides in the world, and on this occasion we are calling on Turkey to recognize the Armenian genocide by honoring the memory of the innocent victims of all genocides. The billboards reflect the historical moment, when His Holiness Karekin II, together with Pope Francis on behalf of the Armenian and Catholic community worldwide, released doves soaring towards Mt. Ararat, sending a message of peace to Turkey to recognize the Armenian genocide.”

Every year since 1996, Hejinian has been displaying the Armenian Genocide commemorative billboards. In 2003 Peace of Art, Inc., began to sponsor the Armenian Genocide Commemorative Billboards. In 2015, Peace of Art, Inc. launched its Armenian Genocide Centennial awareness billboard campaign, “100 Billboards for 100 Years of Genocide,” in the U.S. and Canada to commemorate not only the victims of the Armenian Genocide but also the victims of all genocides.


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Posted 15 March 2017 - 08:33 AM

Cologne approves cross-stone in memory of Armenian Genocide victims
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The municipal authorities of Colonge, Germany, have paved the way for a memorial dedicated to the “victims of the genocide of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire in the years 1915/16,” Express.de reports.

The Armenian Christian community in Cologne, with its more than 5,000 members, is now allowed to erect a “cross-stone”, an artfully carved memorial stone. It is to be erected on the Armenian burial ground of the cemetery Lehmbacher Weg in Cologne-Brück.

The decision was adopted by the main committee by an overwhelming majority of the votes on Monday.

Social Democratic Party of Germany also considers the Armenian community’s plea for a proper place of mourning and commemoration of the genocide, which will be “completely legitimate and appropriate.”

The now approved genocide memorial in Cologne is likely to further aggravate the German-Turkish relationship.


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Posted 15 March 2017 - 08:37 AM

In the State of Massachusetts billboards call on the United States to recognize the genocide of the Armenians





The Peace of Art, Inc., of the State of Massachusetts, USA, has placed  billboards in various state cities asking Washington to acknowledge the genocide of the Armenians. The announcements of these billboards dedicated to the commemoration of the 102nd anniversary of the Armenian genocide will remain in place from 10 March to 30 April. This operation is led by Varoujan Khedjinian the boss of "Peace of Art, Inc.". The latter affirms "April 2017 is the month of the genocide and a month of memory for all the genocides of the planet. We call on Turkey to recognize the genocide of the Armenians and respect the memory of the innocent victims of genocide. "

Krikor Amirzayan


Wednesday 15 March 2017, 
Krikor Amirzayan © armenews.com

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Posted 17 March 2017 - 10:42 AM

‘Orphans of the Genocide’ wins Best Documentary at Canada International Film Festival

By horizon_admin - March 16, 2017 


“Orphans of the Genocide,” a documentary chronicling the plight of the Armenian orphans of the Armenian Genocide won the best documentary award at Canada International Film Festival held in Vancouver.

“Orphans of the Genocide” weaves historical archives with interviews and memoirs of Armenian orphans to establish irrevocable proof of the Armenian Genocide. An emotional, visual journey through never-before-seen archival footage and memoirs of orphans who lived through the last century’s first, fully documented, and least recognized genocide features insightful interviews with such prominent figures and scholars as British journalist Robert Fisk; Clark University’s director of the Strassler Family Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Prof. Debora Dwork; and Armenian-American Dr. Jack Kevorkian, among others.

“Orphans of the Genocide” is a documentary directed by Bared Maronian. The documentary includes a feature interview by Maurice Missak Kelechian, whose findings unveiled the secrets of an orphanage in Antoura near Beirut, Lebanon, where 1,000 Armenian Genocide Orphans were being turkified.

Canada International Film Festival recognizes the very best of world cinema from over 90 countries around the world. This year’s festival program included a wide variety of North American and International Feature Films to thought-provoking Shorts, Documentaries, Music Videos, Animations, Experimental Films, Student Films, a Screenplay Competition, and more.


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Posted 19 March 2017 - 09:46 AM

Nilda Garre: We are waiting for bill criminalizing Armenian Genocide denial to be considered in Argentina parliament

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YEREVAN. – The deputy of the Argentine Parliament Nilda Garre has submitted a bill on the criminalization of genocides’ denial, which also includes a denial of the Armenian Genocide. The deputy told the Armenian News-NEWS.am when the parliament of Argentina will discuss the draft and what are the prospects of its adoption.

You are the author of the bill on criminalization of the denial of genocides and crimes against humanity, including the Armenian Genocide. When will the bill be submitted? And, what are the prospects of its adoption in the parliament?

The bill I authored arose because of the negation position, which, unfortunately, have been manifested by civil servants in regard to the systematic nature of crimes against humanity committed during the last military-civic dictatorship. Thus, it includes not only the crimes against humanity committed during the dictatorship in Argentina but also genocides recognized by Argentina, such as the Holocaust and the Armenian Genocide.

In this regard, it is important to recall that in 2006, the Argentine Congress passed the Law 26199 on recognizing the genocide of Armenians. The bill has already come into circulation, and we are waiting for the Committee on Criminal Legislation of the Chamber of Deputies to discuss it.

The countries that have already adopted such bills or are going to adopt are accused of violating the right to freedom of _expression_. Does your bill take into account these concerns?

When drafting the bill, we got familiarized with the experience of legislative regulations of this issue in other countries. We got convinced, that many people do not question the freedom of speech. It can be observed in such countries as Germany, Austria, or France. We should not overlook the traumas of the rejection that affect the victims of genocide and their relatives. The point here is not to deny the importance of protecting the freedom of _expression_. Let's not forget, that we are talking about the most serious crimes that a humanity can ever commit.

Why do countries like Turkey still deny the crime they committed?

I already asked this question. It's not me who should interpret Turkey's decisions. In return, I prefer to take an advantage of the experience and traditions of the countries that have criticized their past and recognized it, like Germany. I can also say that I want Argentina to take a full responsibility for its history - for everything good and bad. Countries that do not do this, risk to repeat the worst episodes of their past.


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Posted 19 March 2017 - 09:56 AM

The Egyptian magazine "Al Lataif Al Musawara" evoked in August 1918 the extermination of 2 million Armenians





The Egyptian photographic magazine "Al Lataif Al Musawara" of August 1918 reviews the massacre of the Armenians by the Turks. On his "Al Lataif Al Musawara" photographs in support testifies about the latest events and horrors of the massacres of the Armenian populations of Turkey and evokes the massacres "that cost the lives of nearly two million innocent. One more document in the thick back of testimonies of first hand on what will be called three decades later by the word genocide.

Krikor Amirzayan

Sunday 19 March 2017,
Krikor Amirzayan © armenews.com

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Posted 28 March 2017 - 08:31 AM

It must be April again, same old, same old empty talk and no action! We are so gullible.


Adam Schiff: America must speak strongly about the fact of Armenian Genocide

America must speak strongly and plainly about the facts of the Armenian Genocide and denounce all crimes against humanity, Represntative Adam Schiff (D-CA) says.

“Over a century ago, 1.5 million Armenians were killed by the Ottoman Empire in the first Genocide of the 20th century. America must speak strongly and plainly about the facts of the Armenian Genocide and denounce all crimes against humanity, if we are to live up to our moral and historic responsibility,” Rep. Schiff said in a Facebok post.

“We cannot take a principled stand against modern day genocides like those carried out by ISIS against religious minorities in Iraq and Syria if we are to pick and choose which horrors to recognize, or shrink from our responsibility because it might alienate friend or foe,” he added.

U.S. Representatives David Trott (R-MI) and Adam Schiff (D-CA) last week joined with their Congressional Armenian Caucus colleagues in introducing a bipartisan anti-genocide resolution calling on the United States to apply the lessons of the Armenian Genocide in seeking to prevent modern day atrocities across the Middle East.




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Posted 30 March 2017 - 10:57 AM

Pro-Turkish Journalist Stephen Kinzer’s Assault on the Armenian Genocide and Armenians
March 29, 2017

David Boyajian

By David Boyajian 

Recent years have witnessed an increasing number of writers who blatantly favor Turkey and/or Azerbaijan and are hostile to Armenians. Some enlistees in this pro-Turkic brigade include Justin Amler, Richard Falk, Alexander Murinson, and Brenda Schaffer.

Another such enlistee is American journalist Stephen A. Kinzer.

Throughout his career, Kinzer has not only diminished the factuality of the Armenian genocide committed by Turkey from 1915-23 but also misrepresented the Armenian people and their homeland.

He spoke at the Watertown, Massachusetts Library on February 21, 2017.  His presentation, titled “U.S. Foreign Policy: Intervention or Restraint? What can we expect from President Trump?”, focused on his new book The True FlagTheodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire.

His previous books include Crescent & Star: Turkey between Two Worlds (2001), Reset Middle East: Old Friends and New Allies: Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Israel, and Iran (2010), and A Thousand Hills: Rwanda’s Rebirth and the Man Who Dreamed It (2008) about the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Kinzer himself is descended from Dutch Jews who perished in the Holocaust.

Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice and the Environment and the Cambridge-based Massachusetts Peace Action sponsored his talk.

I attended and questioned him. More on that later.

Kinzer was NY Times bureau chief in Istanbul from 1996 to 2000, and currently writes for The Boston Globe.

Once termed “Turkey’s Goodwill Ambassador to the US,” he’s a Turkophile. Kemal Ataturk, says Kinzer, would have made a great United Nations leader today. At times Kinzer has, as its friend, criticized Turkey.

He has conceded that in the 1915 period — though not in the 1919-23 Ataturk period — Turkey committed massacres and atrocities against Armenians.  He thinks Turkey should acknowledge these. However, he repeatedly explains away the murders, never recognizes them as ‘genocide,’ doesn’t cite the voluminous evidence for that genocide, and often misrepresents Armenians and Armenia. He has visited the latter and eastern Turkey/Western Armenia.

Kinzer has written many thousands of words about 1915, Armenians, and Turkey. We have space to expose only a fraction of his countless distortions.

Diminishing the Genocide
“There are troublesome questions,” Kinzer has written, “about the fate of Ottoman Armenians” in 1915.  These events are, in his words, “debatable,” “hotly debated,” and “still unclear.”

Kinzer never acknowledges that the vast majority of non-Armenian specialist historians long ago concluded that Turkey committed genocide.

He writes about an “orgy of ethnic violence” in 1915. Translation: Armenians were about as guilty as Turks.

Moreover, the “Ottoman atrocity” must be placed “in the context of other 20th massacres.” Kinzer probably makes meaningless assertions like that to obfuscate the real issues.

Ottoman authorities “ordered the expulsion of Armenians from eastern Anatolia.”  Kinzer doesn’t mention that central and western “Anatolia” and Istanbul were also the sites of Armenian “expulsions” and mass murders.

Kinzer considers 1915 “highly emotional for Turks and Armenians.” Translation: The victimizer nation’s anger is as appropriate as that of its victims.

Genocide Resolutions
The US House is “foolish,” wrote Kinzer in 2010, to consider an Armenian genocide resolution.  It would “harm US-Turkey ties.” He won’t admit that three successful House resolutions (1975/84/96) on the Armenian genocide haven’t harmed US interests.

Congress “has neither the capacity nor moral authority” to judge 1915.  “Among all killers of the 20th century,” the resolution “[singles out] Turks for censure.”  Congress must first “investigate other modern slaughters — [such as] the one perpetrated by the British in Kenya during the 1950s?”

Yet, one or both houses of Congress have officially recognized the ‘genocides’ in Bosnia, Cambodia, Darfur, Rwanda, Ukraine, the present Christian ones in Syria and Iraq, and have approved considerable Holocaust legislation. Indeed, the “Uncompensated [Holocaust] Survivors Today Act” was just recently introduced in Congress.

I can find no evidence that Kinzer opposed any of that legislation.

Kinzer says no president has ever termed the Armenian episode “genocide.” Actually, President Reagan did so in 1981 in Proclamation 4838.

Countless principled Jews have been in the forefront of those who have researched 1915 and acknowledged the Armenian genocide. Sadly, though, some Jews and Jewish organizations — notably the ADL, AJC, AIPAC, and JINSA – have a self-inflicted syndrome I call Holocaust Hypocrisy.

Holocaust Hypocrisy
Kinzer dedicated his book Reset to his Jewish grandparents, Abraham Ricardo and Jeanette De Jongh Ricardo, who died in Nazi Germany’s Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945.

Naturally, Kinzer approves of the US Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC.  It “documents an effort to destroy an entire people … the story it presents is beyond dispute.” He disapproves, however, of the proposed Armenian Genocide Museum in DC because “the [Armenian] events of 1915 are still a matter of intense debate.”

The title of Kinzer’s 1998 article, “Armenia Never Forgets, Maybe it Should,” perfectly expresses his belief that Armenians should put aside their past, especially their genocide.  Yet the Armenian genocide and Holocaust are separated by no more than 18 years.

Kinzer, you see, allows himself to dredge up the past — German concentration camps, the Holocaust, Kenya, Rwanda, America’s sins going back to the 19th century, and more.  Armenians, on the other hand, should simply “forget” and patch things up with Turkey.  You decide if that’s Holocaust Hypocrisy.

Employing a well-known Turkish tactic, Kinzer also attempts to split Armenia from the Armenian diaspora.  In so doing, he contradicts himself.

Armenia vs. Diasporans
In Crescent and Star, Kinzer says Armenia’s citizens “want to rebuild their country’s relationship with Turkey and … look toward a better future for both peoples.”

In contrast, the genocide acknowledgment campaign “is waged not from Armenia itself but from Armenian communities abroad.” Diasporan Armenians are “anti-Turkish”, and some are “more nationalistic than most Armenians in Armenia.” They are motivated by “a long-delayed revenge” for the genocide, he claims.

His readers wrongly conclude that Diasporans are fanatics while Armenia is relatively non-nationalistic and cares little about the genocide.

Elsewhere, though, Kinzer declares that it’s Armenia which clings to “ethnocentric nationalism.” And “national thinking is the dominant and almost all-inclusive ideology” there.

Armenia, he claims, views the world through the “prism” of the genocide even though Kinzer had alleged that it was Diasporans who were genocide-obsessed.

“1915 has cut into the Armenian psyche” and “plays an emotional role” in keeping Armenia and Turkey “apart.”  Yet Kinzer previously asserted that Armenia was eager to rebuild its “relationship with Turkey.”

Nationalism in Armenia, contends Kinzer, is quite “out of fashion” in the modern world.  He doesn’t tell his readers that every one of Armenia’s neighbors — Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Russia, and Turkey (Kinzer’s favorite) — is also highly nationalistic.

As you’d expect, Kinzer is also pro-Azerbaijani while giving short shrift to Armenian Artsakh/Karabakh.

In “Armenians, Bitter over Enclave, Let the Oil Boom Pass By” (NY Times, Dec. 6, 1998), Kinzer says — sneeringly, in my opinion — that Armenians could have prospered had they simply agreed to Baku’s proposal of an oil or gas ‘peace pipeline’ and placed Artsakh/Karabakh back under Azerbaijan, supposedly as an “autonomous” region.

Kinzer does acknowledge that Armenians would never trade Artsakh for oil.  But there is scant evidence that Baku and Ankara would ever have allowed their oil and gas pipelines to cross Armenia. Even had they been so inclined, they would probably have demanded a raft of concessions that Armenia could never agree to.

In other of Kinzer’s writings that continually tout Azerbaijan, I can find only a few short references to Azerbaijan as an autocracy whereas its repression of Artsakh goes unmentioned.

Kinzer’s Answers
I asked Kinzer two questions after his Watertown presentation.

  1. Some Jewish American lobbying organizations — ADL, AJC, AIPAC, and JINSA — and Israel have long colluded with Turkey to defeat Congressional resolutions on the Armenian genocide yet have successfully pushed Congress to enact Holocaust legislation. Do you consider this hypocritical?

Appearing uncomfortable, Kinzer avoided the question.  What Jewish groups do, he replied, is not his “business.” Yet his writings have criticized “pro-Israel lobbies” and AIPAC.  Maybe Kinzer approves of the Jewish lobby’s Holocaust Hypocrisy but hesitated to admit it publicly?

  1. Your writings express doubt about the Armenian genocide though it’s been widely recognized by scholars, countries, and more. You also believe Congress shouldn’t recognize that genocide. Do you still feel that way?

Kinzer replied that he recognizes the Armenian genocide.  That’s inconsistent with his writings but didn’t totally surprise me. His audience was, after all, compromised of politically progressive activists in a town with a sizeable Armenian community.  Watertown had also thrown out the ADL in 2007 because it wouldn’t acknowledge the Armenian genocide and opposed its recognition by Congress.  In any case, Kinzer’s acknowledgement is now a matter of public record. Kinzer added that he still opposes Armenian genocide resolutions.

The lesson here is that Armenians must continually fight to ensure that their genocide and other issues are treated fairly and factually by journalists and media. And Armenians shouldn’t shy away from confronting those who assault their rights and history.

The author is a freelance journalist based in Massachusetts.  Many of his articles are archived at www.armeniapedia.org/wiki/David_Boyajian.


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Posted 08 April 2017 - 12:23 PM


Politics 15:07 08/04/2017 Region
Cyprus Parliament calls for Armenian Genocide recognition

Ahead of the 102nd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the Parliament of Cyprus has called on the international community to recognize the Armenian Genocide, Ermenihaber reports citing Kibrispostasi news agency.

At the beginning of the Parliament session, Speaker Demetris Syllouris delivered a speech noting that Turkey has implemented a policy of ethnic cleansing against the Armenian people, and although 100 years have passed since the committal of the Armenian Genocide, Turkey continues to deny it.

Syllouris noted that Cyprus was among the first states in the world to recognize and condemn the Armenian Genocide, and in 1990, the Parliament of Cyprus declared April 24 as Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day. The Parliament has also adopted the law on the criminalization of the genocide denial and the war crimes against the humanity.

Armenian MP Vartkes Mahdessian also delivered a speech at the Parliament, noting that the perpetrators of the Armenian Genocide still remain unpunished.

“More than one hundred year has passed. We do not seek vengeance, we seek justice. We want the historical facts over this tragedy to be unanimously accepted,” he added.


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Posted 09 April 2017 - 10:08 AM

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SYDNEY & MELBOURNE: The Armenian Genocide Commemorative Committee has announced that Executive Director of the Armenian Legal Centre for Justice & Human Rights, Kate Nahapetian will be the international keynote guest for Australia's 102nd anniversary events to be held in remembrance of the Armenian Genocide.


Nahapetian is the Executive Director of the Armenian Legal Center for Justice and Human Rights (Washington D.C.), leading Armenian legal efforts for justice and reparations for the Armenian Genocide, as well as the rights to self-determination for the Armenians of the Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh).

A lawyer by profession, Nahapetian has worked for the U.S. Department of Justice, then-Senator (later Vice-President) Joseph Biden, the Carnegie Endowment for International, and Mental Disability Rights International, and the Armenian National Committee of America.

"The Armenian world has become focused on shifting the narrative on the Genocide, from one about recognition to one about reparations," said Hratch Loussikian of the Armenian Genocide Commemorative Committee. "Ms Nahapetian is a guest who fights on the frontlines in this new battle for justice, and we felt our community and guests would greatly benefit from what she has to share."

Nahapetian will present her unique insight at the National Commemoration Evening of the Armenian Genocide in Sydney on April 24th, as well as the same event in Melbourne on April 23rd.

The list of events announced by the Armenian Genocide Commemorative Committee for 2017 are as follows (NOTE: this list will be updated as details of further events are confirmed):


From Hyde Park, Sydney at 2pm

Keynote by Kate Nahapetian


The Concourse, Chatswood at 7:30pm (Doors open at 7pm)


Meadowbank Memorial, Bank Street, Meadowbank

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Posted 12 April 2017 - 11:42 AM

Orange County Declares April 24 Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day
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Chairperson of the Orange County Board of Supervisors Michelle Steel holds proclamation designating April 24th as Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day with representatives of OC Armenian community

SANTA ANA,​ ​Calif.​—For​ ​the​ ​second​ ​consecutive​ ​year​ ​the​ ​Orange​ ​County​ ​Board​ ​of​ ​Supervisors​ ​issued​ ​a proclamation​ ​designating​ ​April​ ​24​​​ ​as​ ​Armenian​ ​Genocide​ ​Remembrance​ ​Day,​ ​commemorating​ ​those who​ ​perished​ ​during​ ​the​ ​first​ ​Genocide​ ​of​ ​the​ ​twentieth​ ​century.

Representatives​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Armenian​ ​American​ ​community​ ​of​ ​Orange​ ​County​ ​were​ ​in​ ​attendance.

Chairwoman​ ​Michelle​ ​Steel​ ​opened​ ​the​ ​program​ ​by​ ​stating​ ​that​ ​this​ ​year​ ​marks​ ​the​ ​102​nd​​ ​anniversary​ ​of the​ ​Armenian​ ​Genocide​ ​that​ ​took​ ​the​ ​lives​ ​of​ ​one​ ​and​ ​a​ ​half​ ​million​ ​Armenians.​ ​She​ ​stated​ ​“Not​ ​only were​ ​Armenians​ ​massacred​ ​within​ ​their​ ​historic​ ​homeland​ ​but​ ​their​ ​lands​ ​and​ ​property​ ​were​ ​stolen.” The​ ​Chairwoman​ ​explained​ ​that​ ​Orange​ ​County​ ​continues​ ​to​ ​do​ ​its​ ​part​ ​in​ ​honoring​ ​the​ ​victims​ ​of​ ​this tragedy​ ​to​ ​ensure​ ​it​ ​is​ ​not​ ​forgotten​ ​or​ ​repeated.

Reverend​ ​Fathers​ ​Moushegh​ ​Tshajian​ ​from​ ​St.​ ​Mary​ ​Armenian​ ​Church​ ​in​ ​Costa​ ​Mesa​ ​and​ ​Karekin Bedourian​ ​from​ ​Forty​ ​Martyrs​ ​Armenian​ ​Church​ ​in​ ​Santa​ ​Ana​ ​took​ ​the​ ​podium​ ​and​ ​addressed​ ​the​ ​crowd. They​ ​thanked​ ​Chairwoman​ ​Steel​ ​and​ ​the​ ​County​ ​Board​ ​of​ ​Supervisors​ ​for​ ​their​ ​commitment​ ​to accurately​ ​remembering​ ​the​ ​past​ ​and​ ​honoring​ ​the​ ​victims​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Armenian​ ​Genocide,​ ​then​ ​together lead​ ​with​ ​the​ ​prayer.


Representatives of the Orange County Armenian community

Honorable​ ​Gassia​ ​Apkarian,​ ​Orange​ ​County​ ​Superior​ ​Court​ ​Judge,​ ​passed​ ​out​ ​pins​ ​with​ ​the​ ​U.S.​ ​and Armenian​ ​flags​ ​then​ ​thanked​ ​the​ ​Board​ ​of​ ​Supervisors​ ​for​ ​upholding​ ​justice,​ ​setting​ ​the​ ​historical​ ​record straight​ ​and​ ​not​ ​playing​ ​politics​ ​with​ ​historical​ ​facts.​ ​Alexander​ ​Gonzalez,​ ​District​ ​Director​ ​for​ ​Congressman Dana​ ​Rohrabacher​ ​also​ ​stressed​ ​the​ ​importance​ ​making​ ​sure​ ​such​ ​atrocities​ ​are​ ​not​ ​committed​ ​in​ ​the future​ ​and​ ​pointed​ ​to​ ​Congressman​ ​Rohrabacher’s​ ​reintroduction​ ​of​ ​the​ ​House​ ​Resolution​ ​calling​ ​for​ ​the defense​ ​of​ ​Christians​ ​and​ ​Yezidis​ ​in​ ​the​ ​region.

Anahid​ ​Arakelian,​ ​ANCA​ ​Orange​ ​County​ ​chapter​ ​addressed​ ​the​ ​crowd​ ​and​ ​also​ ​thanked​ ​Chairwoman Steel​ ​and​ ​the​ ​entire​ ​Board​ ​of​ ​Supervisors.​ ​She​ ​gave​ ​a​ ​historical​ ​account​ ​of​ ​how​ ​a​ ​few​ ​of​ ​her​ grandparents escaped​ ​the​ ​devastation,​ ​survived,​ ​then​ ​eventually​ ​moved​ ​to​ ​the​ ​United​ ​States​ ​where​ ​many​ ​survivors relocated​ ​and​ ​contributed​ ​on​ ​multiple​ ​levels,​ ​such​ ​as​ ​Calvin​ ​K.​ ​Kazandjian​ ​founder​ ​of​ ​Almond​ ​Joy​ ​and Mounds​ ​candy​ ​bars,​ ​MRI​ ​inventor​ ​Raymond​ ​Vahan​ ​Damadian,​ ​and​ ​Kirk​ ​Kerkorian.​ ​Arakelian​ ​urged​ ​those in​ ​attendance​ ​to​ ​see​ ​The​ ​Promise​ ​on​ ​April​ ​21​st​,​ ​a​ ​powerful​ ​film​ ​about​ ​the​ ​Armenian​ ​Genocide.​ ​She highlighted​ ​the​ ​freedoms​ ​we​ ​sometimes​ ​take​ ​for​ ​granted​ ​in​ ​the​ ​U.S.​ ​and​ ​the​ ​need​ ​to​ ​make​ ​sure​ ​such tragedies​ ​are​ ​not​ ​repeated​ ​in​ ​the​ ​future.​ ​Anahid​ ​closed​ ​by​ ​once​ ​again​ ​thanking​ ​the​ ​County​ ​of​ ​Orange​ ​and urging​ ​those​ ​in​ ​attendance​ ​to​ ​follow​ ​events​ ​at​ ​home​ ​and​ ​abroad,​ ​and​ ​highlighted​ ​the​ ​situation​ ​in​ ​Artsakh and​ ​the​ ​current​ ​struggle​ ​for​ ​liberation​ ​and​ ​basic​ ​human​ ​rights​ ​taking​ ​place​ ​there.

Community​ ​members​ ​gathered​ ​for​ ​a​ ​photo​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Board​ ​of​ ​Supervisors​ ​and​ ​this​ ​year’s​ ​proclamation, and​ ​then​ ​again​ ​with​ ​David​ ​Gonzalez​ ​from​ ​Congressman​ ​Rohrabacher’s​ ​office.


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Posted 13 April 2017 - 09:41 AM

Same old try, same old result NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!! Go ahead fool the Armenians one more time, see you all next year again!

 Congressional Documents and Publications

April 11, 2017
Chairman Royce, 83 Members of Congress Encourage White House to Commemorate Armenian Genocide Press Release  04.11.17
Media Contact 202-225-5021

Washington, D.C. – Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and 83 other members of the U.S. House yesterday wrote President Trump encouraging him to commemorate the Armenian Genocide on April 24th.

Full text of the letter is below and a signed copy is available for download here.

April 10, 2017

President Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W.
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

We are writing to encourage you to properly commemorate the Armenian Genocide on April 24th.

In leading an honest and accurate American remembrance of this known case of genocide, you will stand with President Reagan, who recognized the Armenian Genocide in 1981, and the Eisenhower Administration, which did the same in a 1951 submission to the International Court of Justice. The House of Representatives has also commemorated the Armenian Genocide, through HJR148 in 1975 and HJR247 in 1984.

Armenia remains deeply committed to expanding the bonds of friendship that have long connected the American and Armenian peoples. Among the proudest chapters in our shared history is America’s remarkable record of protesting the Genocide and in caring for the survivors of this crime. The United States Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire in 1915, Henry Morgenthau, helped to chronicle the brutal extermination of the Armenian people through a campaign of mass murder and violent expulsion.

In the years after the genocide, Ambassador Morgenthau and other concerned Americans launched the Near East Relief, a Congressionally chartered humanitarian organization, which raised $116 million (over $2.5 billion in 2017 dollars) to aid the victims of the Ottoman Empire’s mass murder of millions of Armenians, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Greeks, Pontians, Syriacs, and other persecuted peoples. The generosity of the American people saved countless lives and helped to ensure the continued survival of the Armenian culture.

The Armenian Genocide continues to stand as an important reminder that crimes against humanity must not go without recognition and condemnation. Through recognition of the Armenian Genocide we pay tribute to the perseverance and determination of those who survived, as well as to the Americans of Armenian descent who have helped strengthen our country. It is our duty to honor those contributions with an honest statement of history recognizing the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians as the 20th century’s first genocide. By commemorating the Armenian Genocide, we renew our commitment to prevent future atrocities.

In that spirit of honoring the victims and redoubling our commitment to prevent genocide, we ask you to appropriately mark April 24th as a day of American remembrance of the Armenian Genocide.

Thank you for taking our views into consideration.



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Posted 13 April 2017 - 10:02 AM

Akhalkalaki Deputies want to recognize Armenian Genocide in Ottoman  Empire 
Thursday, April 13 2017 16:32
Marianna Mkrtchyan


ArmInfo.An initiative group of Deputies of Akhalkalaki Municipality came up with an initiative to recognize the Armenian Genocide in Ottoman Empire. In this context  they ask the Chairman of the Council to arrange a meeting. 


"We, the members of Council of Akharkalaki, inform that 24 April  2017, all the Armenians of the wolrd and the democratic forces  commemorate the 102nd anniversary of tragic events for the Armenian  nation the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire. This crime is  recognized and condemned by many developed states, international  organizations, separate regions and cities of various states.


We consider that for the restoration of historical justice, the  Akhalkalaki Council of the Municipality have to recognize and condemn  the mentioned crime. According to Art. 26 of the  Self-government  Code, we ask to convene a meeting with the agenda: on recognition and  condemnation of the Armenian Genocide in Ottoman Empire", the  statement of the Deputies reads, the Georgia-online reports. 


Akhalkalaki Municipality is a Municipality in Georgia, part of the  Samtskhe-Javakheti region. It is located in the south of Georgia, on  the territory of the historical region of Javakhetia. The  administrative center is Akhalkalaki. 94.30% of the municipality's  population is Armenians. 


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Posted 15 April 2017 - 07:14 AM

Society 20:28 14/04/2017 Armenia
German representative at Eurovision 2017 pays tribute to Armenian Genocide victims

Ahead of the 102nd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, German representative of Eurovision 2017 Song Contest Levina has visited Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex, accompanied by Armenian contestant of the contest Artsvik.

As the Public Relations Department of the Public TV Company of Armenia told Panorama.am, the German delegate has laid flowers at the eternal flame of the memorial complex, paying tribute to the innocent victims of the Armenian Genocide with a minute of silence.

The source notes that Levina arrived in Armenia on 13 April and already managed to pay a visit to Komitas Museum-Institute where she got acquainted with the temporary exhibition titled “Sound and Silence. The Musician and Musical Instruments through the Centuries” opened at the museum recently. She also played the kanon and listed to the Armenian instrumental folk performances.

The German representative also met with Eurovision fans and gave interviews to the Armenian media outlets.


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Posted 15 April 2017 - 07:17 AM

The Desert Sun

April 14 2017
Reflecting on the officially unrecognized Armenian genocide
Hovak Najarian, Special to The Desert Sun                 


In the 15th Century, Ottoman Turks conquered Constantinople, invaded Asia Minor, and formed an empire that extended into Eastern Europe. For the next four hundred years, Armenians in their ancestral homeland were subjects of the Ottomans and their fate was in question. They differed from the Turks in ethnicity, culture, language and religion. Under Turkish rule, there was an underlying intolerance of non-Islamic faiths. Human rights were not known. Despite oppression, Armenians tried to live in peace.

The early part of the 20th Century the Ottoman Empire was diminished as occupied nations fought Turkish domination and regained independence. With the collapse of their empire, Ottoman leaders were concerned that Armenians also would seek independence. Ethnic cleansing was decided upon as the method by which they would be eliminated.

In 1915, while the world was preoccupied with World War I, more than 1.5 million (80 percent of the population) defenseless Armenians died. Young men were rounded up and killed; old men, women and children were taken from their homes, and with only the possessions they could carry, were ordered to march on foot into the Syrian Desert. Thousands were taken to remote areas and murdered. They were shot, bludgeoned, axed, and hanged. Others walked until they died from exhaustion, starvation, or dehydration. Along the way they were robbed, raped, beaten and left dead by the roadside.

ANOTHER VOICE: Making the case for recognition

Members of my father’s family died in the massacres. My grandmother survived but later died of starvation. Today, there are very few Armenians in the region where they had been living for over 3,000 years.

There was outrage when news of the genocide reached the outside world but surviving Armenians often were too pained to talk about it. World interest faded and when Hitler was planning the Jewish Holocaust he was asked if he was concerned about world opinion. He said, “No, who now remembers the Armenians?” Unlike Germany’s acknowledgement of the Holocaust, however, the Turkish government continues in its campaign of denial.

When Turkish revisionism is accepted innocently it is unfortunate, but it is unconscionable when the truth is known yet denied in order to ensure a U.S. military presence in Turkey. To appease Turkey, The United States government, despite documentation, refers to the genocide as simply a “tragic event.”


In 1915, Henry Morgenthau, U.S. Ambassador to Turkey reported, “…deportation and excesses against peaceful Armenians is increasing and from harrowing reports of eye witnesses it appears that a campaign of race extermination is in progress under the pretext of reprisal against rebellion.”

On April 24th each year, Armenians pause to remember the ones who died. Their beloved homeland was taken and a calculated attempt was made to exterminate them. Injustice and pain continues now in the form of denials. Denial by the self-serving Turkish government may be expected but the United States government’s policy to support that denial for political/military reasons is painfully disappointing. It is in glaring contrast to the America that opened compassionately its doors of hope and gave refuge to survivors of one of the most inhumane episodes in mankind’s history.

Hovak Najarian lives in La Quinta. Email him at hnajarian@verizon.net.



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Posted 15 April 2017 - 07:21 AM

Italy's Padua to host Armenian Genocide commemoration event
00:04, 15.04.2017


An event commemorating the Armenian Genocide will be held at Palazzo Moroni complex in Italy’s Padua city on April 24.

On the same day, Armenian liturgy will be served in the Basilica of St. Anthony, Padova Oggi reports.

Padua administration and Italarmenia association are the event organizers.

Extraordinary Commissioner for Padua, Paolo De Biagi, and President of Italarmenia association, Aram Giacomelli, will speak at the event.

The speeches will be followed by the performance of Armenian music.

The Armenian liturgy will be served by Mekhitarist Congregation of Venice.

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 08:56 AM

It is President Erdogan's Turkey, not humane Germany, that is guilty of 'Nazi practices'

While Merkel’s Germany has constantly expressed its remorse for the Jewish Holocaust, Erdogan will not even admit to the Armenian Holocaust – and Turks who have mentioned this terrible precedent in genocide have been threatened with imprisonment

Robert Fisk 
Wednesday 22 March 2017 13:30 GMT

There was something especially obscene about Turkish president Erdogan’s comparison of Angela Merkel’s Germany with the Nazis. “Nazi practices” were going on in Germany, he said, after Berlin banned Turkish political demonstrations – something which Erdogan does regularly. It’s not just that Germany daily repents its destruction of Europe’s Jews in the Second World War. Nor that Merkel’s extraordinary and humane – and, for her, politically damaging — decision to allow the Middle East’s refugees to enter her country was the greatest act of contrition for Hitler’s crimes. It’s that Erdogan’s own nation stayed heroically neutral in World War Two.

Even though the Brits helped to train Turkish pilots in 1940, Ismet Inonu, Erdogan’s more diplomatic predecessor at the time, actually sent Turkish officers to occupied Europe as guests of the Nazi Reich to tour the Eastern Front and the Atlantic Wall opposite Britain – a happy trip during which, so the Turkish visitors later reported, they were treated with much respect and given unexpected access to Wehrmacht military planners. Thank heavens Turkey still has historians to expose such little nuggets of history, if they are not locked up today in Erdogan’s prisons.

The Nazis, whom Erdogan pretends to hate so much, rather liked Turkey. Not only did Turkey stay neutral in the war, but the Nazi newspaper Volkischer Beobachter and other Reich dailies had, since the early 1930s, devotedly praised the "Turkified" state which had emerged from the ruins of the First World War. This was a thinly-layered reference to Ottoman Turkey’s "racial purity" after the genocide of one and a half million of its minority Christians in 1915 – a holocaust which deeply influenced Hitler in his own decision to destroy the Jews of Europe. 

In several newspaper interviews before the war, Hitler referred to Europe’s own forgetfulness of the Armenian massacres. He even asked who “now remembers” them, in a meeting with his generals before invading Poland in 1939 – an open invitation to kill Jews, who then constituted 30 per cent of the population of Warsaw alone.

Several of Hitler’s diplomats and Wehrmacht officers had earlier been advisers to the Ottoman Turks and actually witnessed the Armenian killings in 1915. They later turned up in the occupied Soviet Union as German officers after June of 1941, where the Einsatzgruppen murdered Jews by the tens of thousands. 

And while Merkel’s Germany has constantly expressed its remorse for the Jewish Holocaust, Erdogan will not even admit to Turkey’s Holocaust of its Armenian citizens in 1915. Modern day Turks who have mentioned this terrible precedent in genocide have been threatened with imprisonment by the Turkish state. Even today, the great Armenian cathedral of Gaziantep is used as a mosque – I saw part of its "Islamic" restoration a few weeks ago – yet Merkel’s Germany has restored the Jewish synagogues which the Nazis destroyed on Kristallnacht in November 1938.

Quite coincidentally, a remarkable book is to be published in the United States this summer with the hitherto unheard story of a young Armenian who served in the Turkish army while its soldiers were slaughtering his own people – indeed, his own family. Forced into Genocide is Yervant Alexanian’s own frightful account of his people’s suffering, with unimpeachable documentation – in vast enough amounts to prevent the usual Turkish ‘genocide deniers’ (twins of the European ‘deniers’ of the Jewish Holocaust) of denouncing the book as a forgery. It has a generous foreward by Israel Charny, Israel’s own principal genocide scholar, and is edited by Adrianne Alexanian, the daughter of Yervant, who died in 1983.

It is a story which Erdogan should be reading – and publicising – right now, for it involves more “Nazi practices” than the new Sultan of Istanbul would ever want to acknowledge. Yervant, who would survive to emigrate to the US and later campaign in a series of letters to American congressmen at Turkey’s refusal to acknowledge the assassination of his people.

His own story, told in his own words, is both heroic and deeply moving. Armenians were weeded out of the Turkish army and themselves butchered in 1915, but a few survived in the ranks, with the help of friends and occasionally by honourable Turkish officers. Even Yervant eventually had to convert to Islam to survive. The book contains all his military documentation, but what ultimately enabled him to survive was his ability to play the bugle. He was the only man in his Turkish army unit who could play the instrument. There is even a photograph of Yervant in full Turkish Ottoman uniform holding his precious bugle. But it is his account of the Armenian Holocaust which should shame Sultan Erdogan.

His family agreed that if he could survive by avoiding the death march on which the Turks were to send them, he should stay behind alone in the Turkish city of Sipas. Here is his description of the last day: 

“The worst day of my life was 3 July 1915 when I watched 51 members of my family disappear over the hill. I remember it as if it was yesterday – after spending the night on the banks of the Halys River, the grisly caravan that included my family was woken and driven up the Kartashlar Yokush Hill. They were scaling the Armenian Golgotha. I stood there and watched my mother and entire extended family climb over that hill never to be seen again. In total, I lost 51 members of my family that day.”

Most of the Armenian men of Yervant’s city of Sipas were executed by rifle or, Isis-style, with knives. The women and children were driven into the deserts to be raped and murdered.


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Posted 17 April 2017 - 08:50 AM

The Fresno Bee, CA
Apirl 15 2017
Trump urged to recognize Armenian genocide

A big thank you goes out to Reps. Jim Costa, Jeff Denham, Devin Nunes and David Valadao for joining numerous other representatives to urge President Trump to properly recognize the Armenian genocide.

Given the bitter climate of partisan politics these days, it is refreshing that Valley Democrats and Republicans can stand together for this worthy cause. The issue is one that concerns more than just Armenians and Turks.

During the genocide (1915-23), which left 1.5 million murdered at the hands of the Ottoman Turkish government, America stepped in to provide $116 million ($2.5 billion in 2017 dollars) of relief, saving countless lives from starvation and further violence. Afterward, many Armenians immigrated to the U.S., where they embraced the liberty and opportunities afforded by their new home.

Proper recognition thus includes acknowledgment of not only this crime against humanity according to the U.N. Convention on the Prevention of Genocide but the great humanitarian role played by the U.S.

Our Valley legislators are to be commended by Armenians and Americans alike for their moral stand.


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