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No Monopoly of Misery

Editorial, 11 April 2015

In the early 1930s the Soviet Union launched the systematic elimination of millions of Ukrainians. Some genocide scholars say that as many as 7 million Ukrainians perished. Others, including the Italian consul to the Soviet Union at the time, stated the number was as high as 14 to 15 million.

Why were the Ukrainians killed? They were killed because they resisted the Soviet collectivization (kolkhoz) of their farms.

How were they killed? Through artificial famine, mass execution, and exile to the Siberian labor gulags.

In the first months of 1932 a minority Ukrainians put up a meager armed resistance against collectivization. It was a war of pitchforks against machine guns. The Ukrainian farmers lost. Joseph Stalin declared Ukrainians enemies of the state. Jails appeared practically everywhere. Army units were brought and some soldiers were lodged in homes without permission. Various torture methods were utilized. One of the more ‘popular’ forms was path-threading. Farmers were forced to march, in the snow, from one village to the next and the next and the next…until they collapsed and died. ....Read more >>

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Europe Calls on Turkey to Recognize Genocide of Armenians

Brussels, 15 April 2015

The European Parliament,

  • having regard to the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide of  1948,
  • having regard to its resolution of 18 June 1987 on a political solution to the Armenian question ,
  • having regard to its resolution of 12 March 2015 on the Annual report on human rights and democracy in the World  2013 and the EU policy on the matter ,
  • having regard to the Protocol on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Turkey and the Protocol on Development of Relations between the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Turkey signed in Zurich on 10 October 2009,
  • having regard to the statement made on 12 April 2015 by His Holiness Pope Francis,
  • having regard to Rule 123(2) and (4) of its Rules of Procedure,

EU Parliamentarians observe a minute of silence in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Armenian Genocide ....Read more >>

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Pope Francis: "The First Genocide of the 20th Century"

By Tom Kington, LA Times, 12 April 2015

It wasn’t so much what he said as how he said it.

When Pope Francis used the term “genocide” on Sunday to describe the massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turks 100 years ago, he was not breaking new ground. Pope John Paul II had written the same in 2001, and Francis had made similar references before.

But the timing and setting of the pope’s remarks — a Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica marking the centenary of the killings, with top Armenian religious and political leaders in attendance — drew a strong international response. Armenians worldwide expressed deep gratitude to Francis, while Turkey reacted in anger. ....Read more >>

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Հայրենիքի Ազատագրութեան Բանակին Համոզուած Զինուորները

Ոսկան Մխիթարեան , Լոս Անճելըս, 12 Ապրիլ 2015

Հայրենիքի ազատագրութեան բանակին համոզուած զինուորները՝ եղան հայ ժողովուրդի յեղափոխութեան գաղափարի սերմնացաններէն, որոնք իրենց կեանքի ամբողջական նուիրումով ազատագրական պայքարի դաշտին մէջ ակօսներ բացին, ուր ծիլեր արձակեցին եւ պատրաստուեցան յաջորդող սերունդի յեղափոխականները:

Բոլորիս ծանօթ է որ յեղափոխութիւնը յանկարծակի չպայթեցաւ: Անիկա արդիւնքն էր աւելի քան կէս դարու գաղափարական խմորումին, որուն մէջ կարեւոր դեր ունեցան Ֆրանսական  յեղափոխութենէն  ներշնչուած մեր զարգացած, ուսումնատենչ նոր սերունդի զաւակները: Այդ յեղափոխութեան իտէալներով տոգորուած սերունդը իր արեան գնով պաշտպանեց հայուն իրաւունքն ու պատիւը:

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Plea for Justice

Bernard Nazarian, London UK, 11 April 2015

"Britain is ... the only major European state which is consistently failing to recognise the Armenian Genocide and instead, wittingly or otherwise, is unashamedly supporting Turkey in its denialist, hostile and aggressive confrontation with Armenia."

The three stages in which the Armenian people were uprooted from their millennia old ancestral lands of Western Armenia (today’s Eastern Turkey, or as the Turks are deliberately erroneously and euphemistically calling “Eastern Anatolia”) are generally accepted to be the Hamidian Massacres of 1893-96 when up to 300,000 Armenians are reliably estimated to have been slaughtered; the Adana massacres of 1909 when 30,000 Armenians of Adana and surrounding villages were put to the sword. The last stage of this genocidal destruction of Armenians began in April 1915 and it has two stages: ....Read more >>

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«Ունեցածդ Ամուր Բռնէ»

Դոկտ. Հրայր Ճէպէճեան , Նիկոսիա, 9 Ապրիլ 2015 ...

Հայ Աւետարանական եկեղեցւոյ հովանաւորած Ջանից երիտասարդաց ընկերակցութիւնը եղած է բազմաթիւ երիտասարդներու հոգեւոր եւ ազգային ինքնութիւններու կազմաւորման կռուան:

Շաբաթական դրութեամբ կազմակերպուող յայտագիրներուն առընթեր` առիթ կ՛ունենայինք ամրան շրջանին մասնակցելու համագումարներու, որոնք տակաւին կը շարունակուին Պէյրութի եւ Քեսապի ՔՉԱԿ կեդրոններուն մէջ: Կար ժամանակ, երբ համագումարները կ՛ըլային միացեալ. Սուրիայէն, Լիբանանէն եւ տարածաշրջանային այլ երկիրներէ երիտասարդներ քով-քովի գալով` մէկ շաբթուան ընթացքին կը լիցքաւորուէինք հոգեւոր, ազգային ու ընկերային դասաւանդութիւններով: Այդ երիտասարդական «աղմուկին» ու տակաւին «անհանդարտ» տրամադրութիւններուն մէջ իրարու կը ծանօթանայինք աւելի եւս: Հայեր էինք` տարբեր երկիրներէ եկած. այդ համագումարները կը նպաստէին, որ արժէքներ սերմանուին մեր հոգիներուն եւ միտքերուն մէջ: ....Read more >>

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Armenians, Assyrians, Greeks, Kurds Know Turkey's True Face

Siranush Ghazanchyan, Gagrule, 6 April 2015

In a lengthy interview last week with Agence France Presse (AFP) on the tragic situation in Syria, Pres. Bashar al-Assad made an unexpected reference to the massacres of 1.5 million Armenians. This is the first time that any Syrian head of state has acknowledged the Armenian mass murders and identified the perpetrator as Ottoman Turkey. Report armradio.am

During the interview, Pres. Assad compared the Armenian Genocide of 1915 to the brutal killings of civilians by foreign fighters nowadays in Syria: “The degree of savagery and inhumanity that the terrorists have reached reminds us of what happened in the Middle Ages in Europe over 500 years ago. In more recent modern times, it reminds us of the massacres perpetrated by the Ottomans against the Armenians when they killed a million and a half Armenians and half a million Orthodox Syriacs in Syria and in Turkish territory.” ....Read more >>

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"They Genocided Us"

Phaedra Behrent, 4 April 2015

On YouTube I came across a 25 minute excerpt from Ravished Armenia, all that has survived of an invaluable old film (made in 1919), the more priceless, because it seems to have shared the fate of its own subject matter … an incredible event, albeit a tragic one, as if the film itself was … genocided by the Turkish genociders. I watched it in absolute horror. Greed for power makes monsters of men.

I shall never understand how people can treat other people this way. I feel so inconsolably sad. How can politicians and armies be so brain-washed that they can look at a person and consider them worthless?

How can anybody possibly even begin to justify the extreme atrocities that the Armenians were forced to endure. ....Read more >>

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The Turkish Oskar Schindler

Mehmet Celal Bey, the Forgotten Hero

"Turkey has been trying to avoid history surrounding the Armenian genocide. That's why you've probably never heard of this guy - the Turkish Oscar Schindler." Glenn Beck

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Citizenship Judge Babikian Receives RoA Medal

Canadian Citizenship Judge Aris Babikian of Toronto was granted, on April 3, the Gold Medal of the Ministry Of Diaspora of the Republic of Armenia for outstanding service to Canadian civil society, to the Canadian Armenian community, and for enhancing Canada Armenia bilateral relations. 
 
Addressing the Yerevan gathering, Minister of Diaspora Hranoush Hagopian said: "We are proud to have in Canada a compatriot like you. We understand that it is not easy to reach such high position in far away lands. We are grateful that you have devoted your entire life and energy to the Armenian people, preserving the Armenian identity and by your professionalism and consummate work you are enhancing Armenia's image in the Diaspora."
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Missionary Who Saved 3,000 Orphans

By Kamo Mailyan and Wendy Elliott, Canada, 2 April 2015

“We’re very proud of my great aunt Susan,” said Nancy Moore of Toronto. “She saved thousands of Armenian and Greek children from massacre, but few people even know her name.” On the eve of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, Nancy and her husband Eric are eager to change that. From archival papers at Harvard University, Ohio’s Oberlin College, the Rockefeller Archive Center, and their collection of personal letters, they have pieced together the remarkable story of Susan Wealthy Orvis.

Starting in 1902 Orvis traveled the world as a missionary for the American Congregational Church, and later the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. At the start of World War I, she was asked to go to Caesarea (now Kayseri), Turkey by the Near East Relief Orphanages. Within a year, she was in Tiflis, Russia (now Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia). “In the Turkish Empire we were going to try to help the Christian people who had escaped massacre and death by deportation, and had taken refuge in Russia,” she wrote in Through Russia in 1917. “The number of these Armenian refugees was several hundred thousand... In Tiflis only we provided 15,000 orphans with clothing. Other missionaries were unable to arrive on the account of Kurds around the foot of Mount Ararat. They were at Igdir, where there was more trouble than at other places.” ....Read more >>

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"Zartonk" (Awakening)

Vahe H. Apelian, Ohio, 2 April 2015

"Zartonk" (Awakening) remains a memorable novel for many of my generation born and raised in the Middle Eastern Armenian Diaspora. It is not uncommon to hear people claim to have read the novel more than once during their pre-teen years. I was no exception. By the time I stepped into my teens, I had read all the volumes of the novel at least once and parts of it many times more.
 

The historical novel, by Malkhas, was first published in Boston in 1933. It has been reprinted several times since.
 
Recently I read that the Sardarabad Bookstore in Glendale (California) and the Sosé and Allen’s Legacy Foundation have spearheaded a project to publish Zartonk in English.
 
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The Allies at Gallipoli: Defeat in 1915, Disgrace in 2015

By David Boyajian, Massachusetts, 1 April 2015

April 25 will mark 100 years since the Allies – the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and France – made their ill-fated landing on Turkey’s Gallipoli peninsula during WW1. Having barely gotten off the beaches after months of fighting, the Allies withdrew in defeat leaving over 44,000 dead and 97,000 wounded.

As in recent years, thousands will flock from the Allied countries and elsewhere to Gallipoli for the Turkish-led April 24-25 commemorations. Numerous world dignitaries, including Australia’s and New Zealand’s prime ministers and Prince Charles, will also attend.

In April, the UK, Australia, and NZ hold Gallipoli remembrances on their own soil and elsewhere.  And throughout the year, their citizens visit Gallipoli to pay tribute to the UK’s 21 thousand, Australia and NZ’s 11 thousand, and France’s 10 thousand dead.   This is proper and honorable. ....Read more >>

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Fools, Clowns, and ‘Geniuses’

By Jirair Tutunjian, Toronto, 31 March 2015

Keghart.com contributor Keith Garebian’s new book is titled “Accidental Genius”. Alternate titles could have been “Ship of Vociferous Fools”, “Caravan of Unintentionally Funny Clowns” or “Have Mouth, Will Shout”.

An award-winning author, who has written 3 books of literary criticism, 9 books on theatre, a memoir, and 6 books of poetry , and who reviews theatre, dance, books, and film for some of Canada’s most prestigious publications, Garebian takes on the clownish yet influential noisemakers of the United States: the motor-mouths whose favorite perch is often the Fox-TV network; the irascible talk-show hosts, haranguing and inane TV evangelists, brain-dead politicians, redundant political pundits, and several idiotic actors who should stick to their scripts rather than express “deep thoughts” about the human condition. ....Read more >>

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2015: Where Have We Come? Where Are We Going?

By Lucine Kasbarian, New Jersey, March 2015

This article is an edited version of a presentation given by Kasbarian before New Jersey Armenian-Americans in March 2015.

I don’t think it’s necessary to tell you “Were we have come.” Suffice to say that the “Diaspora Experiment” – to resurrect Armenia in exile following the Genocide -- was not just a success, it was a miracle.

Our parents and grandparents believed that through sincerity, truthfulness and activism, we could educate the world to achieve our dreams of a just resolution to the Armenian Cause. Our survivor elders were genuinely grateful to the First World and other nations who took them in – the United States perhaps being chief among them. But how much did our grandparents really know about America’s and some other countries’ complicity in abandoning the Armenians, even 100 years ago? ....Read more >>

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Turks Celebrate Gallipoli; Lebanese Recall Starvation

Jean Aziz, Almonitor, 30 March 2015

A latent conflict between Turkey and Armenia has erupted in Beirut over the commemoration of the Armenian Genocide Centennial, particularly in terms of the Lebanese authorities’ stance regarding the celebrations that will be held to mark the occasion.

Lebanon counts a large Armenian community that may be the most prominent among the Armenian diaspora. There are nearly 150,000 Lebanese Armenians, who have an active economic presence in Lebanon, in addition to their participation in the Lebanese political and constitutional system. They have a permanent ministerial share of one or two ministers, depending on the size of the Cabinet, as well as six parliament seats, four of which are in Beirut, where the majority of the Lebanese Armenians live. ....Read more >>

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Unprecedented First Steps on a Long Journey

Special Keghart.com Report, 30 March 2015

After nearly four years of intensive work by international law experts, historians, scholars and other specialists from around the globe, the National Congress of Western Armenians (NCWA) released, during the Fourth Congress of Western Armenians, in Paris on March 29, an eight-point memorandum which called upon the authorities and the people of Turkey to act upon “our [Armenian] rightful and fair aspirations and accomplish a wide-ranging list of demands.”

The two-day gathering, at the Hotel Meridien Etoile, was attended by Raffi Hovanissian, head of Heritage party and the first foreign minister of independent Armenia; Souren Haroutiunyan, the last president of the Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic ; Shirag Torossyan, MP and senior member of the ruling Republican Party; MPs from Armenia, Georgia, Lebanon, and Iraqi Kurdistan; Syriac-Assyrian and Dersim community representatives; a leading Zaza political activist-musician from Germany; delegates representing 27 compatriotic associations in Armenia, in addition to more than 100 delegates from Argentine, Armenia, Austria, Canada, Georgia, Germany, Israel/Palestine Authority, Lebanon, Syria, Switzerland, the Russian Federation, and the United States. ....Read more >>

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ՍԴՀԿ-ի Ողջոյնի Խօսքը` Արեւմտահայոց 4-րդ Համագումարին

ՍԴՀԿ Կեդրոնական Վարչութիւնը իր ողջոյնի խօսքը յղեց Արեւմտահայոց Ազգային 4-րդ Համագումարին: Ստորեւ կը հրապարակենք Կուսակցութեան յղած ողջոյնի խօսքը:

Արեւմտահայ Ազգային 4-րդ Համագումարի
Նախագահութիւն և մասնակիցներ,

Յարգելի բարեկամներ,

Կ’ողջունենք Արեւմտահայ Ազգային 4-րդ Համագումարը եւ անոր աշխատանքներուն կը մաղթենք յաջողութիւն:

ՍԴ Հնչակեան Կուսակցութիւնը, որ արեւմտահայ դատի պաշտպանութեան  ճամբուն վրայ իր ետին արդէն ունի 128 տարիներու պայքարի ճամբայ մը, կը հաւատայ որ Հայկական Դատը ամբողջ հայութեան դատն է եւ իւրաքանչիւր հայ, անհատաբար թէ կազմակերպութեան մը ընդմէջէն իրաւունքը ունի իր մասնակցութիւնը բերելու Հայ Դատի արդարացի լուծման: Այդ ոչ ոքի սեփականութիւնը չէ: Այս համոզումը ամրագրուած է Կուսակցութեանս  համագումարներու համապատասխան որոշումներով: Այս իմաստով, մեր կողմէ ողջունելի է որեւէ ազնիւ եւ անշահախնդիր նախաձեռնութիւն որ կը միտի նպաստել Հայ Դատի արդարացի լուծման:

Ձեզ կը մաղթենք յաջողութիւն եւ ապագայի համագործակցութիւն:

ՍԴ Հնչակեան Կուսակցութեան
Կեդրոնական Վարչութիւն

28 Մարտ 2015

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History Made in Paris on March 28, 2015

Hamo Moskofian, Paris-Beirut, 30 March 2015

It took months of intensive and often secret contacts in a dozen cities in Iraqi Kurdistan, Germany and in Belgium to realise the international “Mission Impossible” which became successful in the last minute, thanks mostly to the intervention of His Excellency President Masoud Barzani of Iraqi Kurdistan, the son of legendary Kurdish leader Mustafa Barzani.

Yerwant Amenian, Raffi Hovanissian, Mikail Aslan, Ali Halo, Souren Seraydarian, Shabo Akgul


And what was the mission? To bring Iraqi Kurdistan MPs Yerwant Amenian and Ali Halo to Paris to attend the historic Fourth Congress of of Western Armenians held in the French capital March 28-29. The mission was capped with victory (obtaining entry visas to France for the two Kurdistan politicians) when the Iraqi Kurdistan government intervened directly to facilitate the process. ....Read more >>

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Memorandum to Government and People of Turkey

4TH CONGRESS OF WESTERN ARMENIANS

We, delegates of Western Armenian patriotic union associations, members of Armenian Diaspora communities, in the presence of observers from political parties have participated, as descendants of Armenians of the Ottoman Empire, in the 4th Congress of Western Armenians, held in Paris on 28 and 29 March, 2015.

The 4th Congress of Western Armenians addressed the historical, political and legal issues of the civilizational disaster that we continue to suffer from due to the consequences of losing our homeland, which our people inhabited for thousands of years.

Based on the conclusions adopted by the Congress, we hereby declare: ....Read more >>

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