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  • Յիշատակելի 50ամեակին Առիթով By Hamazaspian Zara
    20 hours 22 min ago

    Շնորհալություն հեղինակին հոյակապ հոդվածի համար: Դուք անչափ հաճելի և հուզական պահեր պարգևեցիք մեր ամբողջ ընտանիքին:  Իրավ երբ ամենասիրելի և հարազատ մարդու կատարած աշխատանքը հիշվում է նման խոսքերով և գիտակցում ես, որ իր գործը այսքան տարի անց դեռ վառ է մարդկանց հիշողության մեջ, կարող ես միայն երջանիկ լինել: Կրկին անգամ ուզում եմ հայտնել շնորհակալություն այսպիսի բարձր արժեվորման համար:

  • Ethiopian Armenians in their own Words By Marta
    6 days 13 hours ago

    I don't know if someone has answered your question, but I have just finished a book in Italian about Babitcheff's nephew, Martha Nasibu ("Memorie di una Principessa Etiope"--Memories of an Ethiopian Princess). He was Russian and remained in Ethiopia after the Russian Revolution to escape the massacre of the aristocracy. In the book it does not say that he was Armenian. Babitcheff became Fitawrari before the Italian occupation because he had proved his loyalty to the emperor. His daughter married Nasibu Emmanual, army commander and mayor of Addis Ababa. He died because of Italian illegal gas weapons.

    Hope this helped.

  • Of Insulting Junkets and Brazen Denialism By Gaytzag Palandjian
    1 week 6 days ago

    But you forget, Voghnahar, that there are those among us who feel elated if the president.of the vicious ex-Ottoman-Kemalists stained  grandson of the above inwardly laughs at these "paremid¨, not to say "barzamid¨ people. May be I´m wrong and they're there for the above reason only. Next Erdogan will ask such people to interview him re reconcilliation or to open another church, say, in Kars or the like.

  • Protest Against Turkey's Attack on Kessab By Elias Katudjian
    1 week 6 days ago

    From here--São Paulo, Brazil--I want to confirme that I will be present, in spirit, by your side at the demonstration.     

  • Յիշատակելի 50ամեակին Առիթով By Hovsep Artinian
    1 week 6 days ago

    Սփիւռքահայութեան Կոմիտէն երբ հիմնուած է, այդ ժամանակ Հայաստանի Կենտկոմի Ա. քարտուղարը Կարէն Տեմիրճեանը չէր,  այլ Եաքով Զարուպեանը, որմէ ետք Անտոն Քոչինեանը եկաւ այդ պաշտօնին, անկէ յետոյ եկաւ Տեմիրճեանը, այս կէտը պէտք է ուղղել յօդուածին մէջ:
     

  • Հիմնաւորուա՞ծ Են Արտագաղթին Դրդապատճառները By Anonymous
    2 weeks 5 hours ago

    I'm eyewitness to what is going in Armenia. I have also a lot of contacts with people who are in business there. The authorities or their relatives have occupied all crucial positions of transportation of basic materials and goods in and out of country. Because of this, the market is not honest and the businesses of ordinary people are collapsing or are getting swallowed by the businesses of corrupt people. I'm talking about the monopolistic, protected- or owned-by-government businesses.

    Now fish producers can not sell their fish and have to give it to the monopolist for half the price of their cost. Why? Because they have to pay bribes, plus their living costs, transport, banks, taxes. For example, the fish food for all of Armenia is imported by the brother of a man in high position in parliament. Because of bribes and other obstacles, it's impossible for someone else to import the same products. Finally, corrupt government agents are attacking "unfriendly" businesses by illegal taxation and fines. Consider the case of  "Parizian Surj" on Abovian Street.
    P.S. I would like to stay anonymous.

  • Year-End Musing By Hagop
    2 weeks 11 hours ago

    I think the slogan came during the 55th anniversary. I was his student at the time at Hovagimian and Jack Chelebian was my classmate. We cracked jokes about it with Kersam. He explained to us how the Jews repeated "Next year in Jerusalem" for two thousand years and he said that was his inspiration. It wasn't only Van, but Moush and many other cities.

    At the time, 'Yerdasart Hye''s humor section was planning to send Kersam 1kg fish from Lake Van.

    I remember so many other discussions with him that would not be appropriate to post in public. I always cherished his knowledge, sincerity, although I never became a member of RAG, but because of him RAG had its glorious days.

  • Of Insulting Junkets and Brazen Denialism By Voghnahar
    2 weeks 11 hours ago

    Even the most trusting, forgiving or uninformed Armenian should be able to see that Turkey's overtures are not genuine.

  • Protest Against Turkey's Attack on Kessab By Manouk Djoukhadjian
    2 weeks 1 day ago

    How long can you remain inactive and condone the ugly and  inhumane conditions with Turkey....is self-interest all that counts in our lives?

  • Destination 2015 By Gaytzag Palandjian
    2 weeks 1 day ago

    What? Did you think they had changed?
    You are "paremid,  not to say "barzamid"... not  you, of course, but those who think Turkey has   changed.

  • Destination 2015 By Gaytzag Palandjian
    2 weeks 1 day ago

    Հիրաւի  տարօրինակ  ժողովուրդ  ենք: Անդին Արցախ ունինք ազատագրուած, չենք երթար ամրանալու  այնտեղ կամ առնուազն  ամառները անցնելու  այնտեղ...ելեր ենք Քեսապ կու լանք-կ՚ողբանք: Արդեօք չէի՞նք գիտեր  վտանգաւոր սահմանագլուխ է...գէթ  զինուէինք  ծածուկ...։ Նոյնպէս Ասատ պապային քառասուն հազար «ճափոնացիներու  թէ ֆինլանդացիներու գլուխ կերած մարդուն» մասին չէինք գիտեր... Ասիկա  ինծի պատմող նոյն ինք քեսապցի եւ  սիրիահայեր  են  եւ  կը խորհին  որդին աւելի բարի պիտի ըլլայ: Ասոնք զիրար ջարդողներ  են, ցաւոք...բայց  այս իրենց  ձգենք, ինչ կ՚ուզեն ընեն։

    Հարկ  էր երեք չորս տնուորներէն մէկը  զէնք ունենար  տանը....երբ այդ մոլեռանդները ներս փորձել  ուզէին...ըսենք հայուն  խելքը  կ՚ըսեն  միշտ  ուշ  կու գայ....Ցաւալի. ԲԱՒ Է  ԵՐԱԶԵԼ։ ԱՄՕԹ Է,  ԻՐԱՏԵՍ ԸԼԼԱՆՔ:
     
    Հայտէ  պատրաստւինք  Կիլիկիա  պիտի ազատենք...այն ալ եօթանասուն տարի լաւ  կերած խմած զինուած թուրք  ույժերու  դէմ ...: Մէյ մը  սա  Արցախը  պահենք...
  • Destination 2015 By Լուսին
    2 weeks 1 day ago

    Ճիշդ ես, Նշան:
    Մենք մեզի պէտք է փրկենք:

  • Protest Against Turkey's Attack on Kessab By Vahakn
    2 weeks 1 day ago

    I hope Southern Ontario Armenians don't sit in their living rooms on April 3 to watch fellow Armenians demonstrate in front of the Turkish Consulate in Toronto. I hope they get off their comfortable armchairs and take part in the public outcry. No excuses. We all work. We all are busy... Kessab Armenians need us to be there at the demonstration.

  • Destination 2015 By Dano
    2 weeks 1 day ago
    Same old Turkey. 
  • Of Insulting Junkets and Brazen Denialism By Perouz
    2 weeks 1 day ago

    In a March 31, 2014 article in the National Post titled; "Concern over drug industry influence," it states that "Canada’s largest medical regulator would bar doctors from accepting almost any gift from a pharmaceutical company under a proposed new ethics policy, part of a growing movement to reform the intimate and controversial relationship between industry and physicians."

    We need similar action in regards to politicians at every level of government. No politician should be able to accept free gifts, most certainly not free trips. I will be sending this to my MP along with the link for this Keghart article.

  • Crimea Russia’s Artsakh By Meguerditch H. Bouldoukian
    2 weeks 1 day ago

    Congratulations for this cartésian article on the above subject.
    When Crimea was offered in 1954 by Nikita Khruschev to Ukraine, there was no such hullabaloo in the international political arena. When Nakhichevan was offered, by Joseph Stalin, to the Azeris, Armenians did not raise the same noise or make similar threats and no international political action was taken. Furthermore, Cilician independent Armenia was sold by the French to the new republic of Turkey and the Diaspora of Armenians was created, nobody cared for the Syrian Desert driven Armenian orphans, mostly from the former Cilician Roupinian Kingdom.

  • Destination 2015 By Nishan Basmajian
    2 weeks 1 day ago

    Սիրելի Լուսին,
    Սբ. Ստեփանոս եկեղեցւոյ առաջին արարողութեան ներկայ էի , հաւանաբար դուն ալ այնտեղ էիր:  Բախտն ունեցայ 2011ի աւարտին այնտեղ պատարագի մասնակցիլ որպէս սարկաւագ եւ դասախօսել սարկաւագի կոչումին մասին: Յուսով եմ, որ օր մը քու զաւակներուդ դուն նուէր կ'ընես Քեսապ երթալ ՝ եկեղեցիներ նորոգելու համար: Իրագործելի բազմաթիւ ծրագիրներ պիտի ըլլան երբ եւ եթէ ազատագրուի Քեսապը:

  • Կղերապետական, Մենատիրական Ախորժակներ ... By Ոսկան Մխիթարեան
    2 weeks 1 day ago

    Կրկին անգամ հաստատելու համար վերեւ արձանագրուածները, կը մէջբերեմ Ամենայն Հայոց Հայրապետութեան կայքէջէն կարեւոր պարբերութիւն մը, փաստելու համար որ նման կանոնական խախտումներ  արդիւնքն են մենատիրական եւ կղերապետական անկաշկանդ ախորժակներու:

    Ամենայն Հայոց Կաթողիկոսի ընտրութիւնները
    «Հայտնի է, որ Հայ Եկեղեցու կաթողիկոսական ընտրություններին մասնակցել են թե՛ հոգեւորականները, թե՛ աշխարհականները: Կաթողիկոսը միշտ համարվել է «ազգընտիր», ուստի 1925թ., անհանգստացած Գեւորգ Ե. Կաթողիկոսի առողջական վիճակով, Գերագույն Հոգեւոր Խորհուրդը փորձում է սովետ-միության կարգավորումից առաջ գործող եւ նույն սովետ-միության կողմից անվավեր ճանաչած «Պոլոժենիան» փոխարինել կաթողիկոսական ընտրությունների նոր կանոնակարգով: 1925թ.-ի հոկտեմբերի 22-ին Գեւորգ Ե. Կաթողիկոսի կողմից հաստատված առաջիկա կաթողիկոսական ընտրությունների համար կազմված նոր կանոնակարգը պատմության մեջ առաջին անգամ կոչվում է Ազգային եկեղեցական ժողով: Այս կանոնադրությունը վերանայվել ու վերահաստատվել է 1945 թվականին գումարված Ազգային Եկեղեցական Ժողովի երրորդ նիստում: Ազգային Եկեղեցական Ժողովի իրավասություններն են`
         

    1. Ընտրել Ամենայն Հայոց Կաթողիկոսին,
    2. Ընտրել Մայր Աթոռ Սուրբ Էջմիածնի Գերագույն Հոգեւոր Խորհրդի անդամներին,
    3. Հաստատել Ազգային Եկեղեցական սահմանադրությունը,
    4. Քննարկել եւ որոշումներ կայացնել այլ կանոնական եւ ընդհանուր հարցերի վերաբերյալ,
    5. Կարգավորել եկեղեցական տնտեսությունը»:

  • Year-End Musing By Antranik Boghossian
    2 weeks 2 days ago

    I was searching the web for information on Kersam Aharonian and came across this article on Keghart by Vahe Apelian. I really enjoyed reading it. I never had a chance to meet Vahe even thought I had heard about him while I was studying pharmacy at American University of Beirut.

    Back to Kersam Aharonian; he was a great historian,  he was my teacher at Hovagimian-Manougian (1971-72). I still remember his remarks re USSR and how fortunate we were as Armenians to be part of this union. [He opined that] two republics in the union, Armenia  and Siberia were benefiting the  most; both regions would greatly suffer upon the breakdown of  USSR.

    I deeply believe that he was right.

  • "The Antiochians" By Vahe H. Apelian
    2 weeks 2 days ago

    The Armenian media is inundated with reports, write-ups and articles about Kessab and Kessabtsis for understandable reasons.

    It should be noted that it was Keghart.com, more than any other medium, that made room for articles about Kessab. For the past at least six years articles about Kessabtsis, their history, language, customs and events along with Kessab landmarks have appeared on the pages of Keghart.com, enabling readers to read and learn about this cherished remnant of the historic Armenian Cilicia.

    As I glance over some of these articles, I see that they have had readers numbering in the thousands. Undoubtedly, Keghart.com’s unique feature of archiving its articles and making their search easy contributed to this large number of readers--by the standards of Armenian readership.

    Dr. Dikran Abrahamian, as the founder and thrust of the site, and Vako Nicolian whose brainchild Keghart.com  is as we see and experience it, merit a well-deserved kudos.

  • Of Insulting Junkets and Brazen Denialism By Perouz
    2 weeks 2 days ago

    You are, of course, absolutely correct that  "...our executive and legislative leaders should not participate in propaganda trips organized by a government which is renowned as the prime abuser of the civil and human rights of its citizens and minorities."

    I am not clear if Andrew Scheer was on Turkey's free frequent-flyer lokhum and shish kebab flight or on the Canadian taxpayers' dime. I think we all need to write a letter to our MPs and to Mr. Scheer for clarification. If the Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons thinks that "Turkey’s call for a 'Joint History Commission' with Armenia to address the 1915 events is positive", I think we should ask him if he has ever heard of the International Association of Genocide Scholars? It might be a good idea to forward him a copy of their Nov 3, 2009 open letter. We need to make certain that Mr. Scheer is aware that the Government of Canada and 21 other countries have acknowledged the Genocide. Somehow, he has been left out of the conversation.

  • Crimea Russia’s Artsakh By Nicolai Romashuk Hairabedian
    2 weeks 2 days ago

    Dear Editor,

    Re your article ("Crimea Russia's Artsakh")... it is a topic that we hear and worry about daily.

    Thinking person understands that these dangerous games, which are organized by the same imperialist and criminal gangsters of the United States and the Western countries, must stop. The world population is becoming nervous and scared and can do nothing to stop the push, knowing the bloody history of the Indians by the American imperialists, the colonization of the Malvinas by England, the NATO bombardments to create a "Western puppet" in Kosovo, encouraging the "pussy riots" to disgrace the Christian Church, using gay organizations to spoil the Olympic Games, leading the world population to atheism and satanic principles, bribing the Greek, Spanish, Portuguese governments not to leave the European Union, supporting criminals like Tymeshenko, denying the Genocide of Armenians for nine-nine years... shall I continue? Thanks to our strong President Serj Sarkisian we can sleep, knowing that Artsakh is safe.

    Crimea was given to Ukraine by Khruschev, a Ukrainian. His grandaughter is living in the United States. The Russian people accepted giving away Crimea because they looked to Ukraine as their younger brother. The Russian people also accepted, at  the end of the Cold War, that the political leaders of the United States and the West had become more civilized. Unfortunately, they learned that it was the opposite, that they were being cheated, day by day.

    It's up to the people of Artsakh to decide their future: an independent Artsakh or joining  Armenia. An independent Artsakh means two free Armenian republics, which the Turks will never recognize. But how come world political leaders and Armenian political leaders recognize two independent Turkish republics? Turkey and Azerbaijan.

    I want to assure you that from now on the games are over. The  "New World Order" will be shaped according to justice and not according to the wishes of the United States and the Western powers or we must prepare to face World War III.

    Nicolai Romashuk Hairabedian

     

  • Crimea Russia’s Artsakh By Darwin Jamgochian
    2 weeks 2 days ago

    The word is Russian threatened countries at the UN re Crimea status. According to diplomats, the Russian threats were not specific. But diplomats have said that it was clear to the recipients of the warnings not to support the resolution and that retaliatory measures could include steps such as expelling migrant workers from Russia, halting natural gas supplies or banning certain imports to Russia so as to cause economic harm.

    Isn't that a description of Armenia?

  • Crimea Russia’s Artsakh By Urardatsy
    2 weeks 2 days ago

    Congratulations for your extremely well-written article and profound analysis. However, I would like to bring the following to your attention. In 2008 when Russia invaded Georgia and declared the independence of Abkhazia and Southern Ossetia, it could have easily done the same thing and declared the independence of Javakh, too. But Russia did not do so in despite the fact that she was extremely angry with Georgia for "going to bed with the West". So now the scenario that Russia would recognize the independence of Artsakh if Azerbaijan "goes to bed with the West" begs the following question: "What makes us sure that Russia would react in this manner if under exactly similar conditions did not do so back in 2008?"

  • Of Insulting Junkets and Brazen Denialism By Mesrob
    2 weeks 2 days ago

    In recent years Ankara has increased its pressure on the Canadian government to reverse its recognition of the Genocide or at least soft-peddle it on the occasion of the Genocide's 100th commemoration next year.

    As the article says, one of the ways Turkey is attempting to make the Canadian government change its mind is by "buying" venal politicians and sending them on familiarization (read all-expense paid junkets) trips to Turkey. Among the gifts politicians receive on these trips are "scholarly" books which not only deny the Genocide but also blame Armenians for attempting to split apart the Ottoman Empire. As expected, upon their return from their exotic trip, some or many politicians would know only the Turkish version of their trip sponsors.

    What is the Canadian-Armenian lobby doing? It seems to be sleeping on the job. Rather than support PM Harper's government for recognizing the Genocide, it inexplicably courts the rival Liberal Party which is led by Turcophile Justin Trudeau. 

    "Our" lobby takes Canada's Parliament for granted and doesn't seem to know that almost 90% of the current MPs were not in Parliament in 2004 when Canada recognized the Genocide.

    We all expect Turkey to come up with an unpleasant surprise next year. Is our Canadian lobby ready for such an eventuality? The past doesn't inspire confidence.

     

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By Freedom
    2 weeks 4 days ago

    In response to what you said ("If you are religious you believe that God gave this land to the Jews"), the Zionist slogan: "A land without a people for a people without a land" states that they view Palestine as a land without people and identified themselves as people without a land. Therefore, according to the Zionist movement quote, you cannot say that Palestine belongs to the Jews because they don't have a land. 

  • Petition for Canadian Representation in Armenia By Թօփալեան Զարեհ
    2 weeks 5 days ago

    Զարմանալի եւ մանաւանդ անհասկնալի է Գանատական պետական ներկայացուցչութեան բացակայութիւնը Հայաստանէն։

  • Petition for Canadian Representation in Armenia By Stephen T. Dulgarian
    2 weeks 6 days ago

    I can't believe that the Canadian government does not have a representative in Armenia. We hope this will change since there are hundreds of thousands of Armenians living in Canada. A Canadian diplomatic representative will understand the hardships and threats from neighboring countries to the Armenian nation down the centuries. We hope a Canadian representative will be sent to Armenia shortly.

  • Veradarz ("Return to Armenia") TV Program By Vigen Ohannian
    3 weeks 2 days ago

    I appreciate your interview with Stepan Topchyan regarding Zori Balayan's letter to Putin. The subject is very important to every Armenian. Thank you very much. I was particularly impressed by the intellectual outlook of Topchyan regarding Armenian issues. I am very interested in knowing more about Topchyan's work. Would you be kind enough to provide me with his email address so that I may contact him? Thanks again for the informative TV program,

    Vigen Ohanian

  • Ethiopian Armenians in their own Words By Oretta
    3 weeks 2 days ago

    Thanks for this article.

    I'm interested in meeting up with Armenians who used to live in Ethiopia. I live in Toronto, Canada.

  • Petition for Canadian Representation in Armenia By Gaytzag Palandjian
    3 weeks 2 days ago

    Surprising Ms.Aline Dedeyan, but bravo. Coming from an Armenian lady this call for an Armenian Diaspora spokesman at that august institution. Kudos to Mr. Nazarian who really "gave" it to the adversary´s envoy (Turkey) at the U.N. Your observation is very much in place.

    I may be one--hopefully not the only one--who has been advocating for a representative body. Rather my version or a Supreme Council of the Armenian Diaspora. And how do you that? Through PCA´s (professional Colleagues Associations) which I have advocated for a number of years. Our Armenian and English language weeklies they never publish  them.

    We need a Supreme Council with central bodies in townships, plus through a chrystalization. In five  departments where we have five main communities: North and.South America, the European Union, the Russian Federation, and the Middle East. The legal-political body would be in Strasbourg, France; the executive in NY (near UN bodies and the RoA representatives; the economic in Geneva; the social services and future repatriation organizing in Moscow, and the spiritual in St. Echmiadzin, in conjunction with the Great House of Cilicia. All in constant contact with the central councils of all countries.

    The "Sahmanatrutyun"/Constitution, drawn up under the harsh Ottoman rule (managed by the clergy and the amiras) is not compatible with the dynamic new Diaspora of today.
     

  • Of Insulting Junkets and Brazen Denialism By Vahe
    3 weeks 3 days ago
    On March 18 the Kessabtsis celebrated Syrian Teachers’ Day and were preparing to celebrate Mothers’ Day, which falls on the first day of spring, when their villages were attacked by extremists from Turkey. As a consequence, within hours the inhabitants of the 12 villages of Kessab abandoned their houses and fled to safety to Lattakia. This is the first time that Kessabtsis have been forced to abandon their homes since the Genocide in 1915.
     
    Please write to the U.S. State Department and or forward your comment to the White House and request them to ask Turkey to stop giving safe passage to extremists determined to harm the peaceful inhabitants of Kessab.
     

     

  • Petition for Canadian Representation in Armenia By Aline Dedeyan
    3 weeks 4 days ago

    Most important is the representation of all Diaspora Armenians--Canadian and other--to United Nations meetings along with the official Armenian delegation in the form of an NGO (Non-Governmental Organization), with a consultative status, entitled to take the floor, submit reports and documents and expose the Armenian Cause at all  important meetings of the international community. In particular, Council of Human rights and related institutions and bodies, including the high-level  General Assembly and Security Council (on 29 January Ambassador Nazarian did it). The entire geopolitics of Turkey and Azerbaijan are clearly stated within the international community, which is the only legal resort to express and resolve conflicts. Hateful language and false accusations are recurrent from the adversarial parties. Diaspora Armenian must participate to these military but very serious confrontations. Armenia is in a downfall situation.

    Aline Dedeyan

    Geneva

  • No More Games By Voghnahar
    3 weeks 6 days ago

    Thank you for your thoughtful and incisive analysis, Keghart.

    Yes, in terms of instability, "Turkey is changing." That is to say, not in the evolutionary way that is implied when the statement is parroted by the Turkish diplomatic and media elite.  

    What about "changing" the inherently two-faced nature of official "Turkishness," best evidenced by the campaign to force freedom of speech about Genocide denial when abroad but punish freedom of speech about the factuality of the Genocide at home?

  • Zartir Vortyag (Զարթիր Որդեակ) By GaroK
    4 weeks 3 hours ago

    Vahe, from your experience of "Asdouds sheneferi", I conclude that 'Zartir Vortyag' is somehow embedded in all Kessabtsis and that the song is a 'stamp' without which a Kessabtsi will  not be commissioned to be married.

    So after  37 years.....once again..."Asdouds sheneferi".

  • Christian-Right--a Rising Power in Canada By Perouz
    4 weeks 11 hours ago

    Varant:
    Of course, non-Armenians are always welcome to Armenian sites. Of course, we want them to read about Armenian life and Armenian issues throughout the world. However, if Armenians or non-Armenians want to read up to date, reliable, general, Canadian news, I suggest they try the Globe and Mail or the National Post. This article is proof that Keghart is not able to deliver in that sphere.

  • Is Putin Crazy? Is He Hitler By GT
    4 weeks 1 day ago

    Whether Putin's Russia may have its justified reasons to push into Ukraine or not does not matter, but it is done in a very wrong manner and is pregnant with bad consequences. However, my comment is not about Putin or his push. Armenians actually play an important role in Putin's politics. S. Kurginyan in ideology is a less famous Dzhirinovksi and A. Gabrelyanov with M. Simonian are mouthpieces of Putin's propaganda machine.

    That reminds me of eagerness with which Armenians embraced the Young Turks party. Their service to the tsar looks ridiculous and of NO benefit to Armenian state or nation. Russia probably will not massacre Armenians in gratitude, as Turks did, but they will absorb and dissolve the country. This time it would be final, because in communist Russia there was at least this false premise of  "дружба народов" (friendship of peoples) and the fever of nation building. They created states which did not exist and after Soviet Union crumbled they discovered with surprise that these countries have aspirations for independence and sovereignty. Putin certainly is not going to commit the same error. 

  • Christian-Right--a Rising Power in Canada By Varant
    4 weeks 2 days ago
    Hello Perouz, I've been reading Keghart for several years and I don't find it specifically dedicated to Armenians only.  I enjoy reading human rights related articles in keghart from foreign sources.
     
    As the slogan says: "...non-partisan website devoted to community activities, human rights and democracy".
     
    It doesn't have to be only Armenian, which is a good thing and I have seen a lot of comments by foreigners as well.  We need to open-up to non-Armenians so they will know our cause and history.
    Even our telethons should be targeting non-Armenians...
  • Aleppo Students in Wartime By Kevork Parseghian
    4 weeks 2 days ago
    My heart and prayers go out to our Armenian students in Aleppo. I attendant Sahakian Primary School and am very familiar with Karen Jeppe Armenian Secondary School. I have fond memories of my Aleppo school days.

    Kevork Parseghian, Portland, U.S.
  • Christian-Right--a Rising Power in Canada By Perouz
    4 weeks 2 days ago

    Mesrob, this vitriolic attack on the Government of Canada and its Prime Minister did not warrant an initial publication in Keghart.com, let alone reprint. It has absolutely nothing to do with issues that relate to Armenians anywhere. Keghart.com goes into mailboxes internationally, and much of what this woman has written is personal opinion disguised as fact, which may be trusted by readers outside of Canada because of its publication in a respected site like Keghart.com.

    To the nonsense quote "...evangelicals want to see Canada declared a Christian nation,’’ she responds by saying, "Don’t think it can’t happen." What is the purpose of publishing this ridiculous statement and her equally nonsensical response in an Armenian news site? Canada, of course, has long held separation of religion and state. 

    April 24 is approaching, and this Prime Minister, whom she so fiercely denigrates, will again stand up and voluntarily use the Genocide word. When Turks have attempted to block Armenian Genocide acknowledgment, Genocide studies in schools, false burials, etc., both Liberal and Conservative Members of Parliament have listened to me with respect and documented my concerns. Over many years, I have spoken with politicians in every political party, and  in municipal, provincial, and federal levels of government. Not only have they always spoken and written the Genocide word without any hesitation, not one of them has ever said one word to me about their religious beliefs or asked me about mine.

    Citizenship in this country, which allows everyone to believe, or to not believe, with equal rights, is desired by hundreds of thousands of people of many differing faiths, and by those of no religious faith, who have applied for entry. This country gave my parents shelter when our people were being butchered.  It did not ask them what they believed. It asked them what they feared.

  • Christian-Right--a Rising Power in Canada By Vahe
    4 weeks 2 days ago

    It's worth to note that Keghart.com, for all I know, is the first and only Armenian site that archives its articles and enables one for easy search. It is a unique feature indeed and a tribute to the foresightedness of its founders.

  • Christian-Right--a Rising Power in Canada By Mesrob
    4 weeks 2 days ago

    Take it easy, Perouz. The article you mention appeared in Keghart FOUR years ago. Perhaps your comment indicates that even Keghart's old issues are read years later.

  • Is Putin Crazy? Is He Hitler By Vazken
    4 weeks 3 days ago
    Hi Kenell, so what you are saying - it's ok if US invades countries in remote regions of the world, just for its own financial interests, but it's not OK if any other country does the same for lesser reasons.  Like Armenia takes back Karabagh and Russia takes back Crimea.  Those two regions belonged to the respective countries throughout history.  Did Iraq, Egypt, Syria, Afghanistan, etc. belong to the US in any specific time?  of course not!
     
    What's next for US invasions, Iran, Pakistan, Armenia???  of course you will be ok with all these illegal and criminal invasion of the 'west', perhaps it aligns with your ideology, but god forgive if any other nation protects its sovereignty!!
     
    People have to look at the issues with common sense and open mind, putting aside their political party affiliations...


     

  • Christian-Right--a Rising Power in Canada By Perouz
    4 weeks 3 days ago

    Why was this article published in Keghart? What does it have to do with Armenian news? If Keghart is going to reprint irrelevant articles from Canadian newspapers, I suggest they at least go up-scale and reprint from the National Post or the Globe and Mail.

  • Is Putin Crazy? Is He Hitler By Kenell Touryan
    4 weeks 3 days ago

    This is another article from an author who is ready and willing to blame the US for any and all of its foreign policies. It has little to do with the title he proposes.

    Putin is a stealth Stalin who is now the god of the Big Brother Russia. His aim, from the very first day he became the leader of Russia, was to re-create the Soviet Union under the rubric of a new Union to counter EU. His next 'occupation' will be Eastern Ukraine, then Moldova and then the Caucasus?

    The US and the West are powerless to stop Putin's escapades.

  • West's Betrayal of Ukraine Like Armenia's By Nader Rastegar
    4 weeks 3 days ago

    I am a fan of Robert Fisk!  He is the sort of hard-hitting investigative journalist who is beholden to nothing but the facts - i.e. the simple truth. Mr. Fisk is in the pay of an honest day's work. I have no doubt the Azerbaijani Republic's deluded dictator would lavish untold millions on Mr. Fisk if only he would sell his conscience. Conscience. That allows us to live and let others live as well. Prosper and let others prosper too.

     

  • Petition for Canadian Representation in Armenia By Menzildjian
    4 weeks 3 days ago

    Demande pleinement justifiée au regard de l'engagement de la communauté arménienne du Canada.

  • No More Games By GT
    4 weeks 3 days ago

    ”Of course there was a Genocide, but let us not forget that, indeed, the Russians wanted to dismantle  the Ottoman Empire and Armenians were on Russians side," says Turkey.

    Russians wanted to dismantle the Ottoman Empire, and the Armenians sided with the Russians. But that does not justify, by any means, the massacring of the old, the young, and women. But we, Armenians have to realize that Russians had their own interest: they were not there to protect Armenians, and they betrayed their allies--the Armenians. Those people today who like to think that the world is black and white and that Russians are guarantors of our safety should think twice. The Russians are certainly not guarantors of our freedom and independence. As for safety, they will betray again when it's in their  interest.

  • Armenia's Silence re Crimean Crisis By Paul Manoukian
    4 weeks 3 days ago

    The Armenian silence is 100 % correct. The West and Zionism having not succeeded to divert and ruin Russia through the Syrian route is now having a go at Ukraine. Whenever you see Bernard Henri Levy, you have the hand of Zionism. In France his job is to numb the Armenians into believing that Jewish intellectuals including himself are on their side. The Armenians have swallowed that ruse. Russia, albeit corrupt (like the West anyway), is still on the right side of morality.

  • British Response to the Genocide of Armenians By Perouz
    4 weeks 4 days ago

    The book, "Treatment of the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire" is available at university libraries. It is also available on line on Scholars Portal.

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  • Petition for Canadian Representation in Armenia By Antoine S. Terjanian
    4 weeks 4 days ago

    This comment is to supplement the one by my colleague, Mr. Serge Markar - ov, a young and patriotic Canadian-Armenian.

    One can't help notice that a large proportion of  those who signed this petition are Canadians of various ethnic origins.  We are particularly proud of this. These signatures represent Canadians who know about Armenia, its history and the Armenian culture, and who care about helping  Armenia develop and become stable, to achieve its potential in peace, democracy and social justice. 

    These Canadians are joining their fellow Canadians of Armenian origin in urging our Federal Government to take action.

    Please note that we (the small coordinating group) have not asked Change.org to collect money on our behalf nor have we authorized them to collect money from our sympathizers “to promote this petition”. While we are happy to have support in promoting the petition, we are not requesting financial support.

    In closing, this is a common/shared unaffiliated petition 'owned' by all of you who joined it by signing/ promoting it.  Thank you very much! Your support makes a difference!

  • Is Putin Crazy? Is He Hitler By Serj
    4 weeks 4 days ago

    Why Putin is pushing into Crimea? The answer is so simple but the West does not mention it. Crimea has been Russian since the day Catherine the Great took it from Turks more 200 years ago. It stayed Russian until the fat slob Khruschev gave it, as a good will gesture (?) to Ukraine, just like Stalin gave Karabagh to Azerbaijan as a good will gesture to the Turks.

  • Petition for Canadian Representation in Armenia By Serge Markar-ov
    4 weeks 4 days ago

    Thank you for promoting this petition on Keghart.com

    Canadians concerned for Armenia is a small group of dedicated individuals, both non-partisan and non-denominational. Not that we are against any party or religious groupings: to the contrary, we are with them and we are eager to collaborate with everyone to help build our homeland and encourage it to continue on a stable democratic and economic path.

    We think this is an opportune time to reach out to our Federal Government, before a federal election in 2015.

    As a small, non-partisan group, we are eager to move in a spirit of collaboration with every individual and organization that wishes to help Armenia. We think that the objective of this petition is a good way to start. By asking our government to foster a more formal Canada-Armenia relations, Armenia will become part of the 'lingo' in our foreign service bureaucracy. It is about time the Canadian Government recognized the 100,000+ Canadian Armenians who pay taxes in this country. We recognize this is only a start but we think that in the long run a more formal link will help us move forward for more substantive objectives.

    We encourage all Canadians to sign this petition and to ensure that all their Canadian family members and friends who have an email address sign it as well. It only takes 30 seconds.

    Serge-
    On behalf of Canadians Concerned For Armenia
    [email protected]

  • British Response to the Genocide of Armenians By Vahakn
    4 weeks 4 days ago

    Thank you for this enlightening article. There are great many lessons in it about how international politics operates. I look forward to reading the unabridged version. I encourage all Armenians--especially political and party leaders--to read it, too.

  • Petition for Canadian Representation in Armenia By Heros Ghookassian
    4 weeks 4 days ago

    It would be a relief to know, while traveling to Armenia, that as a Canadian citizen we have a representative in time of need.

  • Genocide-Denying Judge-to-be Defeated By Pat
    5 weeks 4 hours ago

    Such powerful statements, Boyajian! The ADL and Berman have been exposed. We express gratitude to Councilors Devaney, Jubinville, Caissie and Cipollini and all citizens who spoke out and persisted. Bravo!

  • Is Putin Crazy? Is He Hitler By Vazken
    5 weeks 1 day ago
    I think Putin is one of the smartest politicians of the century.  His recent acts were planned with a weapon in-hand - Syria.
     
    Sooner or later Putin will invade Crimea and if the west will give him too much trouble, he will trade Syria for their silence.  i.e.: he will let US get into Syria in return for Russia getting into Crimea.
    We have to wait and see.
  • Over-the-Top Ambitions By Gaytzag Palandjian
    5 weeks 2 days ago

    Hold it there, mister Vahakn. The pizza delivery at the Oscars that has caught your attention was in the "California Courier". You did not turn the page in the same issue to read what the real accomplishments of Armenians: Ukraine's new minister of interior, by a majority vote, is Armenian Arsen Avakov, and about British-Armenian actor Andy Serkes (Gollum). 

    Your efforts to downgrade Armenians and stir up disagreement among us was met with the proper  response in the "Armenian Weekly" where you also write.

    We feel proud in being informed of  the achievements of our countrymen.

    Gaydzag Palandjian

  • The Stonewalling Catholicos By Sam Terian
    5 weeks 3 days ago

    I changed my Turkish given name into Terian which is all-Armenian. Your comment shows how petty and shallow some people are,

  • Is Putin Crazy? Is He Hitler By Vahe
    5 weeks 4 days ago

    The unfolding of events indicate that Kiev’s interest is and has always been in the real estate that is Crimea and not the welfare of ethnic Russian-Ukrainian nationals. From all indications, Kiev would be content if the ethnic Russian-Ukrainian nationals are banished to the farthest corners of Siberia or Africa as long as the Crimea is part of the greater real estate that ethnic Ukrainians consider Ukraine.

    Post Soviet Ukraine had over 20 years to initiate its own version of “civil rights” movement to contain or moderate the ethnic mistrust if not outright hostility prevalent in the region. Instead the ethnic Ukrainian officials chose to drumbeat the antiquated and unproductive slogans of Ukraine for  (ethnic) Ukrainians.

    Kiev has pushed ethnic Russian-Ukrainian nationals to Mother Russia. It’s a done deal and would have been so with or without Putin at the helm.

  • The Stonewalling Catholicos By Nicolai Romashuk Hairabedian
    5 weeks 4 days ago

    Dear Mr. Sam,

    Please take a look in the mirror. You have even renounced your name under which you were baptized. What follows next?

    Nicolai Romashuk Hairabedian

  • The Stonewalling Catholicos By Nicolai Romashuk Hairabedian
    5 weeks 4 days ago

    Յարգելի պարոն Պողոս Միքաելեան,

    Շատ շատ շնորհակալութիւն ձեր գրած օրինակին համար, ապա թէ ոչ, ամբողջ կեանքիս ընթացքին պիտի հաւատայի թէ, մարդը կապիկից է առաջացեր:


    Նիքօլա Րօմաշուք Հայրապետեան

  • The Stonewalling Catholicos By Nicolai Romashuk Hairabedian
    5 weeks 4 days ago

    Dear Sam,

    According to the Holy Bible, you are the one who is committing a sin by slandering our spiritual leader, without having any proof. I am ashamed for you and for people like you who call themselves Armenians.
     
    When they were crucifying our Lord Jesus Christ, He said, "Father forgive them, because they don't know what they are doing".

    Do you know Mr. Sam that when I decided to write comments to defend our president or our spiritual leader, I never expected that the Armenian Diaspora consisted of so many neo-Nazis and gangsters.
     
    Nicolai Romashuk Hairabedian

     

  • Over-the-Top Ambitions By Vahakn
    5 weeks 4 days ago

    I am appalled by the ridiculous publicity that Armenian media gave to the guy who delivered pizzas to some of the Oscar attendees. One report was 20 paragraphs.

    Why the servile and cringe-making coverage? Because the pizza guy  happens to be Armenian! WOW! Stop the presses. An Armenian hits the big time; we have made it to the top: an Armenian puts cheese and  tomato paste on dough and becomes an Armenian hero when he delivers his humble pie to the Hollywood "elite".

    Why the wall-to-wall coverage in Armenian media outlets for such an insignificant occurrence? Are we so insignificant and desperate for recognition? What's next? Goldie Hawn's seamstress is half-Armenian?  

  • Khojali "Genocide" Baku Fabrication By Pedro
    5 weeks 4 days ago

    That's fascinating, Samir. While we are on the subject of deportations, please tell me what you make of the number of Armenians, from Azerbaijan and its enclave in Nakhichevan, who had to flee Azerbaijan after the Sumgayit, Maragha, Kirovabad and Baku progroms?

    While we're on the subject, Samir, please tell me about the territorial demands of Azerbaijan, such as the desire to annex Iranian Azarbaijan, Iraq and other areas as postulated by the top members of the Azerbaijan government? Or perhaps the pan-Turkism spread by prominent parties in Azerbaijan.

    Please answer me. Is your criticism directed only at Armenians and your fairness selectively, favoring Turks? 
     

  • For Russia, Criticism is Hypocrisy By Nicolai Romashuk Hairabedian
    5 weeks 5 days ago

    I agree with the analysis of Thomas Walkom about the crisis in Crimea. Like many other people I hope, of course, that the present situation will not escalate any further.

    A pessimist will also try to look to the darker side of the problem. That is, if a war breaks out and the United States and NATO military forces interfere. That will not come as a surprise, of course. With their aggressive and dangerous war games, the United States and its allies have been trying to force World War III for many years and have been looking for problems with Russia or its allies such as Syria, Venezuella, Iran, North Korea, etc.

    The United States and its allies have only one unanswered question: on which part of the world are they going to fight World War III?  The Middle East? South America? The former Soviet Union + Iran?

    Now that the United States and its allies have the mentioned parts of the world on fire, it will not take long to arrive to a final decision. 

    Nicolai Romashuk Hairabedian
     

  • The Stonewalling Catholicos By Sam
    5 weeks 5 days ago

    Nicolai writes like a lawyer hired to protect the Al Capones of the Church. Are you, sir, being compensated and, like them, have no scruples? It's obvious that you had no Christian upbringing and never read the Bible. What makes it worse is that you were born in Jerusalem.

  • Over-the-Top Ambitions By Sam
    5 weeks 5 days ago

    My observations between this two groups is this: Jews are liberal in their thinking and lifestyle;  Armenians are conservative. Maybe we should use the word "amot" less frequently and not chastise our liberal youth.

  • The Stonewalling Catholicos By Sam
    5 weeks 5 days ago

    After reading Nikolai's comments, I would say that he lacks religious or moral values. Too bad he was born in Jerusalem. He finds nothing wrong with the lifestyle of the corrupt groups who take advantage of  honest and decent citizens.

    You, sir, are not part of the solution but part of the problem.

  • For Russia, Criticism is Hypocrisy By Sam
    5 weeks 5 days ago

    The end of the Cold War did not agree with American industrial concerns. It was not to their benefit to have a weaker enemy to throw darts at. 

  • For Russia, Criticism is Hypocrisy By Vahe
    5 weeks 5 days ago

    It is not hard for any party who is cursorily interested in the Ukrainian crisis to know that there is a deep-seated anti-Russian sentiment in Ukraine, whether justifiable or not.

    Ukraine’s popular outreach to the West, with whom it has not had sustentative trade and cultural ties since the Soviets took over the country, and the outright rejection of their neighbor in the East was a reflection of a misguided policy by Ukrainian leaders. They played on the anti-Russian sentiments of the populace for short-term popular gains at the election booths instead of containing and moderating it for the long term welfare of the country.

    There is no justification for the Ukraine president’s extraordinarily lavish lifestyle. That would have been contained sooner or later, but the genie that the Ukrainian leadership set forth will take much to contain, if ever.

    The blame for the Ukraine crisis squarely lies on the short-sighted Ukrainian leadership

  • The Stonewalling Catholicos By Nicolai Romashuk Hairabedian
    5 weeks 5 days ago

    Dear Garabed,

    The Church is not a charity organization. The first task of the Church is to prepare seminarians, priests, and bishops to preach Christianity and explain to their flocks about the saints, holidays, about the traditions of the Armenian Apostolic Church, to bless baptism, marriages, funerals, etc. To do all this, the Church needs good transport, good cars... to serve the flock and travel zig-zag from one village to the other.

    If you know Armenia, you should know that Armenia is a mountainous country and is poor. At the moment it has no oil fields, no diamond mines; imports are higher than exports. It's near bankrupt. Thanks to Russia and Iran the inhabitants are surviving the winter months. Please let's look around and see what's going on in Ukraine, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus, etc.

    When I was young, I read in the Bible: "Increase, multiply and fill the world". Please take a good look at the "Last Supper" and analyse who is sitting on His right.

    It's certain that the sectarians are doing their utmost to ruin our Church, language, and homeland. Take a look, for example at the Jehovah's Witnesses. Do you think they are publishing and spreading  their message in all the languages of the world for free? Who is financing them? Big Brother, of course, a great number of visible and invisible professionals and trained sectarians, are struggling 24 hours a day on payroll to ruin our Church and  steal and brainwash our flock, our political leaders. They have a thirst for power are on a black mission.

    It's not fair to blame the spiritual leader of Armenians. We must search deeper into the Diaspora political leaders, brother murderers and gangsters. They are the only people who must be blamed and sentenced for their catastrophic mistakes.

    Yours faithfully,

    Nicolai Romashuk Hairabedian

  • Joseph Berman Unqualified for Superior Court By Voghnahar
    5 weeks 5 days ago

    Governor Patrick called a vote today on the Berman nomination, and councilors were deadlocked in a 4-4 vote. Thus, Berman did not get elected. Congratulations to all conscientious citizen activists, Armenian and otherwise, who brought to light the unsuitability of the Governor's chosen nominee.

  • Joseph Berman Unqualified for Superior Court By Berje melkonian
    6 weeks 2 hours ago

    I think Dagdigian 's analysis is fully correct. I totally agree.

  • The Stonewalling Catholicos By Garabed
    6 weeks 3 hours ago

    Nicolai,

    At least I am not moralizing Karekin II's conduct, should it be true, whether he has one or many progenies from one or multiple women but simply holding him accountable for the contract he took out of his free will and without duress,  that of poverty and celibacy to best attend to the needs of the flock entrusted to him without being burdened by personal responsibilities and distractions . He seems to have broken his contract and it's natural that those who forfeit their contract bear the responsibility of their act and its consequences.  That is normal course of business conduct.  Would you not agree?

     

  • Russia, Our Best Friend By Nicolai Romashuk Hairabedian
    6 weeks 4 hours ago

    Yes, you are totally right about Nzhdeh's anti-Soviet activities. Armenia was a member of the Soviet Union. So I am very sorry to inform you that his anti-Soviet activities were also aimed against...

    If you hate information which comes from Soviet Armenia sources, of course you are free to examine the sources which please you. But please never insist on that yogurt is black.

    I agree with you 100%.

    Nicolai Romashuk Hairabedian

  • Joseph Berman Unqualified for Superior Court By Mike D
    6 weeks 4 hours ago

    Joseph Berman does not deserve to be a Superior court judge in Massachusetts or in any other state.  He does not and did not show good judgment when as a leader in the Anti Defamation League, just a few years ago, he advocated and supported "not to recognize" the genocide that happened against the Armenian people, a population in Turkey where more that 1 ½ million Armenian people were killed in many brutal ways. I listened to many of those ways in stories told of relatives by relatives and older Armenians in church and cultural gatherings. My father, even in his memoirs, written about 30 years ago mentions life, and the exodus, as seen by a 10 year old.  The torture, the marches across the desert, and the cruel torture and rivers running of red “Red” should be recognized by the ADL. Least we forget again and again that it was Hitler who followed suite by his learning’s from Turkey. “After all, who remembers the extermination of the Armenians” a quote similar to this. Armenians first came to Massachusetts early in the 20th century, building its first church in Worcester. Berman and the ADL should formally recognize the Armenian Genocide. Govornor Patrick should also recognize this.  

    Thank you (A Mass Viet Nam era veteran) 

  • The Stonewalling Catholicos By Nicolai Romashuk Hairabedian
    6 weeks 4 hours ago

    Dear Mr. Hagop Tarian,

    "Only the sun shines for free". Just for your general knowledge, please try to take a look at the Church that the so called oligarch Gagig Dzaroogian has built in Abovian last year. I am very jealous of him. Please help me to disgrace him so that he will never dare build another church, because we do not deserve it.
       
    Nicolai Romashuk Hairabedian

  • The Stonewalling Catholicos By Nicolai Romashuk Hairabedian
    6 weeks 5 hours ago

    Yes, Mr. Mihran, If you are appointed judge and replace God, you will have the right to sentence. 

                                          "IF".

    Nicolai Romashuk Hairabedian

  • The Stonewalling Catholicos By Nicolai Romashuk Hairabedian
    6 weeks 9 hours ago

    Dear Perouz,

    Who Knows? Maybe they have the same daddy. What's wrong with that?

    Nicolai Romashuk Hairabedian

  • Zartir Vortyag (Զարթիր Որդեակ) By Jack Chelebian
    6 weeks 9 hours ago

    Very interesting article and the pictures grace it well, they bring back memories. Thanks for sharing.

  • Russia, Our Best Friend By TToudjian
    6 weeks 12 hours ago

    100% factual? You're stating everything already. Are you kidding?

  • The Stonewalling Catholicos By Perouz
    6 weeks 1 day ago

    I am grateful to Keghart for the publication of this article. Like you, I singled out the wonderful line: "Traditional family values are in retreat…" Do his two daughters have the same mommy? Somehow, I thought "traditional" Armenian "family values" meant you got married, had babies, and slept in the same bed every night.

  • Over-the-Top Ambitions By Mesrob
    6 weeks 1 day ago

    Thank you for the article. I agree with it and would like to add another example of the vast gap between Armenian and Jewish influence, power, wealth. Every year billions of dollars are donated by Diaspora Jews to Israel. What does the Armenian Diaspora send to Armenia per annum? A measly $22 million, almost half from the Russian Diaspora.
    These Armenian "frogs" should think before they talk.

  • The Stonewalling Catholicos By Boghos Michaelian
    6 weeks 1 day ago

    To Mr. Romashuk Hairabedian:

    Ագռաւը որքայն ալ լոգնայ կարապ չի դառնար։

  • Joseph Berman Unqualified for Superior Court By AA
    6 weeks 1 day ago

    I agree with Mr Dagdigian's insightful analysis. 

  • The Stonewalling Catholicos By Hagop Tarian
    6 weeks 1 day ago

    You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.
    Leave them; (Mr. Hairabedian) they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit."
    This is what we have been told by the man only he who claimed that has seen God His father alone.
    I left them alone in their pit with their girlfriends with their Bentleys with their offshore accounts with their custom made homes and gifts in envelopes demanded by them every service they perform (marriage, death and baptism).
    But I am not alone Baron Nicolai Romashuk. The one who had no pillow to put his head on it in this earth, with me. Four thousand and five hundred earthquake survivors are with me while your rich person who is on the list of the Wealthiest 500 was busy to build a cathedral for them in Moscow.
    And here is a last warning for them by who they use his name in vain every day.
    "If anyone causes one of these little ones--those who believe in me--to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.”
    Time is approaching fast.
    Շնորհավոր Բարեկենդան

    Hagop Tarian

  • The Stonewalling Catholicos By Nicolai Romashuk Hairabedian
    6 weeks 2 days ago

    Եթէ այդքան վստահ էք ձեր ըրած զրպարտութիւններուն համար ինչ՞ու դատարան չէք դիմեր:

    Ոչխարամիտ Վեհափառներու շրջանին, բազմաթիվ Էջմիածնական թեմեր յափշտակուեցան. ո՞ր աւազակապետներուն մասին է ձեր խօսքը:

  • Russia, Our Best Friend By Perouz
    6 weeks 2 days ago

    Tak Toudjian's sage comment regarding publication of this article is well said, particularly in view of Nicolai Romashuk Hairabedian's continuing hysterical and unbalanced ranting. Who reads Soviet encyclopedias if they are looking for factual information? As for Nzhdeh, he was arrested in Bulgaria for his anti-Soviet activities and was exiled to Siberia where he died. Nicolai should take off her army boots, toss out the Bolshevik encyclopedias, and have a little chat with Gaydzag. 

  • Armenian Scholarship Gets Short Shrift By Rouben Galichian
    6 weeks 2 days ago

    I feel that Dr Nersessian's comments on my claims that Georgia, as it stands today, came into being almost 2,000 years after Armenia and Iran (Persia), needs an explanatory reply. I confirm that my claim is a valid one, for which I have the following reasoning.

    When reading the texts of my book, Dr Nersessian has not paid enough attention to the details of my comments, where I always state that "Georgia as a conglomeration of the countries of Colchis, Iberia, Mengrelia, Iimeretia and Kakhetia appeared on the maps only during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries". I have said this and stand by it.

    This is proven even by the sample map offered as evidence by Dr. Nersessian. This map shows Colchis (Abkhazia) as a separate country from Iberia (Virq-Վիրք), from which the Armenian name Vrastan-Վրաստան derives. However, the Georgia-Վրաստան of today includes all the territories of Colchis, Imeretia, Mengrelia, Kakhetia and Iberia and the name is not applied to the historic Iberia only.

    When referring to the maps of Ptolemy, Dr. Nersessian conveniently forgets to mention that in all of these maps depicting the South Caucasus, presented as Asiae tabula tertia (The third map of Asia), Ptolemy, in addition to Iberia and Albania, always includes the name of the country of Colchis as one separate from Iberia.


    Early medieval maps do show Iberia as a country, but this refers to only a small part of present-day Georgia. The first maps where the name Georgia is given to the territory of the modern country is after Queen Tamar's reign, when she managed to unify the different regional kingdoms under the name of Georgia. First European maps that show this name date from the thirteenth and fourteen centuries only. That is, almost 2,000 years after Armenia and Persia.

    Yours,
    Rouben Galichian

    Addendum by Keghart.com

    The map appearing in the article was provided as an illustration by Keghart.com editors and not Rev. Doc. Nersessian, unbeknownst to both parties to this discussion.- Edit.

  • The Stonewalling Catholicos By Mihran
    6 weeks 2 days ago

    Even if a tiny percentage of the accusations/allegations are justified, Catholicos Karekin II should do the right thing and resign. He has accumulated enough wealth to keep him and his offspring in the clover for a long time.

    Armenians expect nothing less than a clearing of the temple, just like 12-year-old Jesus who tossed the usurers and other vermin from the temple.

    In the Middle Ages there was the acronym "saligia" which represented the Seven Deadly Sins: Superbia (pride), Avaritia (greed), Luxuria (lust), Invidia (envy), Gula (gluttony), Ira (wrath), and Acedia (sloth). It seems, if the allegations are accurate, Catholicos K II has committed all the sins found in saligia, except perhaps gula. It's hard to tell what's behind the black robe.

  • Joseph Berman Unqualified for Superior Court By Don
    6 weeks 2 days ago

    Thanks for informing me and others about this issue. I did not know about this. Why have Armenian-American organizations not told us about this issue?

    I want to help. I have just emailed all four councilors to ask them to please NOT confirm this person, Joe Berman.

    The man should not be a judge. Not only is he NOT qualified, but we also don't need a judge who will make decisions in favor of Turks.

  • The Stonewalling Catholicos By Nicolai Romashuk Hairabedian
    6 weeks 2 days ago

    Your article "The Stonewalling Catholicos" is disgusting and very shameful. You also criticized our president and the oligarchs. You don't know them; you never talked to them; you don't know how they think, how they behave, why they act and behave the way they do. Your accusations are based on untruths and hatred. You are not the only one. I wonder who gave you the right to interfere in the internal affairs of Echmiadzin. Who gave you the right to decide what kind of cars they drive, what do they eat, what do they drink, that's none of your business.
     
    If our clergymen have decided to study theology, does that mean that they have to drive the cheapest cars, eat rubbish, have no girlfriends? They could have studied business and become billionaires and led a luxurious life but thy chose to study theology. The choice is theirs. Why are you jealous of our clergymen and oligarchs? Our clergymen are made of flesh and blood, just like you.

    Remember that to make good money or become a rich man, you must have talent, and that talent is a gift from God. In other places they describe an oligarch as a rich person who is on the list of the Wealthiest 500, etc. When I hear baseless accusations toward our leaders, I feel sorry for Armenians who think in such a primitive manner. From the beginning of history people have been divided into different classes... working class, nobles, the clergy, etc.

    I am shocked that my people are on their way to the abyss because of the miserable way they think. I can only pray and cry because this is so hopeless, I am afraid that even God will have a tough time to put my people on the right path and grant them their wisdom of the 5th century back.

    Yours faithfully,
    Nicolai Romashuk Hairabedian
     

  • Zartir Vortyag (Զարթիր Որդեակ) By Vahe Apelian
    6 weeks 2 days ago

    Garo, your interpretation has merit, as well.

    I got married in New Jersey in 1977. I was new to the country and by myself, having left behind a way of life I knew. Henry and Virginia Apelian were my godparents. They came to pick me. Right before we left my apartment, Henry suddenly stopped, took off my jacket, hovered it three times over my head and congratulated me in Kessabi dialect, saying "Asdouds sheneferi" and off we drove to church. Whenever I think of my wedding, it’s that watershed moment that stands out the most, ushering me from being single to a married man with new responsibilities.

  • The Stonewalling Catholicos By Արմենակ
    6 weeks 2 days ago

    Մե՜ղք Հայաստաեայց առաքելական եկեղեցիին, որ այսպիսի ապականած հոգիով ու մտքով աւազակապետ մը բերած  Լուսաւորիչի գահին բազմեցուցած են:

  • Zartir Vortyag (Զարթիր Որդեակ) By GaroK
    6 weeks 2 days ago

    The patriotic song "Zartir Vortyag"   was and is very well known and popular...but Vahe gave it a new color and a new dimension; besides its rhythmic tempo, the author painted it with history, giving the song a new meaning...not only of preparation for a wedding, but preparation for sacrifice.

    The song tune and words maybe melancholic for a wedding...but it can be envisaged as leaving the comfort of the "father's house" and  preparing to go and defend and hold the "new territory", the bride and a new family!

    I  cannot imagine any Kessabtsi wedding without this ceremonial song....I still remember it sung 36 years ago at my pre-wedding celebration.

  • Russia, Our Best Friend By Ara
    6 weeks 3 days ago

    Isn't the identity and very survival of Armenia fundamentally based on the sum total of its intimate relations with a morass of regional and global interests? In the words of "Arevagal":  "Turks, Persians, Azeris, Georgians, Islamists, Western energy interests and Russians"?  Perhaps Armenia never could be Armenia if it were located remotely on the North Pole or a South Pacific island.

    Armenia has always been surrounded by benevolent tyrants, monsters and wolves in sheep's clothing, but there is none worse than the enemy within.

    The day when Armenia makes peace with this existential truth and learns the absurd art of making friends carefully in high places, is the day of victory when it has an invaluable lesson for all of humanity.

  • Joseph Berman Unqualified for Superior Court By Voghnahar
    6 weeks 3 days ago

    A vote may take place as soon as this Wednesday, March 5. To express your concerns to the Governor's Councilors, you may send your emails to:         

    Ms. Marilyn Devaney = [email protected]

    Mr. Robert Jubinville = [email protected]

    Ms. Jennie Caissie = [email protected]

    Mr. Oliver Cipollini = [email protected]
     

  • Russia, Our Best Friend By Nicolai Romashuk Hairabedian
    6 weeks 4 days ago

    Dear Gaytzag,

    I am sorry to tell you that Melineh's comment is based on 100% facts. It's very sad to see that some of our compatriots who are writing comments on the topic "Russia, Our Best friend" signed by Nerses are [.......] in need of urgent help.  

    Of course by writing a comment I have no intention to hurt anybody. Unfortunately I tried in vain to wake up some of these people above to be careful with their comments, because it's in English and non-Armenians can read it them too...

    Please, if you want to know the absolute truth, just keep in touch with any Armenian political leader; they all will tell you the truth, they will admit that at the time of world war II, some of the above mentioned heroes were fighting against the Soviet Union while Armenia was part of it. Please, for God's sake, read about Njteh in the Armenian Soviet Encyclopedia volume 8, for your own knowledge, only then you will fully agree with me that some of these people above, they are not only ... and in need of urgent help, they are also extremely dangerous.

    I am proud to declare that I don't belong to any political party, I am Charentsagan, "Armenian People, Your ONLY Salvation Is In Your National Unity".

    "Voghpam Zkez Hay Joghovoort Vor Takavort Manoog E".
     
    Yours Faithfully,

    Nicolai Romashuk Hairabedian
      

  • Russia, Our Best Friend By Nicolai Romashuk Hairabedian
    7 weeks 3 hours ago

    Dear Mr. Toudjian,

    Do you mean you are against articles like the one signed by Nerses Amirian which are based 100% on facts or are you against people who, because of their wrong political ideologies, write comments which are full of lies and blame others for twisting the facts because of their poor knowledge?  I am a supporter of articles and comments which are based on documented truths, for the benefit of our nation.


    Nicolai Romashuk Hairabedian

  • Russia, Our Best Friend By Gaytzag Palandjian
    7 weeks 6 hours ago

    Vahe,

    You are wasting your breath here. People like Melineh have been brainwashed or have no knowledge of  history. And people like X are grinding their very old and rusty axe to make you believe that Russia is our savior. They don´t have any idea of our heroes such as Dro, Antranik, amd Njdeh, to name a few. Freedom is not free. We have to thank the lst Republic and then the 2nd and now this one. After 250,000 Armenian casualties in the Hairenagan  Baderazm (Fatherland War) we should  remember that our fatherland is A R M E N I A, not the ex- Soviet Union. What did we get from them?

    This new neighbor, reborn as Russia, is rich and is competing with the West to show off that Russia can surpass in the game of capitalism and lavishly build what she likes while muzhiks-farmers, who live 60-70 kms from Moscow, lead a life of abject poverty. Russia is also striking deals with Turkey at $7 billion a year and promising to give Turkey a loan of $20 billion and technical aid to erect nuclear power plants there...and is not renewing our Medzamor.

    When the Azeris were slaughtering Armenians in Sumgait and in Baku instead of dispatching a few  Antonov-carrying soldiers to stop the killings, Garbachev took seven days to do so.

    All ex -Soviet factories in Armenia remain idle, waiting for Russians to restart them. Instead, Moscow bestow medals to the few WWII veterans.

    I wrote here a few weeks ago that a family of American benefactors (not of Armenian origin but Mormons from Utah) gave $20 million to Armenia. I made an error. The exact donation is $53  million. The USA has, in 22 years given, the RoA non-returnable aid of over $2 billion. How much has  Russia given to us?

    War will not break out in the southern Caucasus until the Baku oil wells dry up. Then the oil companies will pack up and go home.

    There are plenty of Turkish agents, including among Armenians, who spread propaganda just as Mr. X and others are doing because they want Uncle Sam to go on being their ally, not tiny Armenia or Iran, the noble country and our good old neighbor.

    Shad  parev  hasgtsoghin

  • Russia, Our Best Friend By Nicolai Romashuk Hairabedian
    7 weeks 2 days ago

    Dear Vahe,
    When the whole world was in war against Hitler, on whose side was Dro//Tro? Read history and learn; if Hitler had won the war, Armenia wouldn't have existed now. Hitler and Turkey were allies for decades.

    Nicolai Romashuk Hairabedian
     

  • Russia, Our Best Friend By Nicolai Romashuk Hairabedian
    7 weeks 2 days ago

    Turkish agents have started to undulate.

    Nicolai Romashuk Hairabedian

  • Russia, Our Best Friend By Tak Toudjian
    7 weeks 2 days ago

    This article reminds me of the TV program "Pari Louys" (host Stepan Partamian). Just irritate people to write comments. I'm irritated by the shortcomings and wishful thoughts in this article, to say the least.

  • Let’s Not Don Hair Shirts By Avram
    7 weeks 3 days ago

    Armenia is the homeland of the Ashkenazim, the smartest people in the world. As the old saying goes... it takes four Greeks to outwit a Jew and two Jews to outwit an Armenian in business.

  • Announcing Formation of "The Armenian Observatory" By Tex
    7 weeks 3 days ago

    An outstanding share. I just forwarded this to a co-worker who had been conducting a homework on it. Thanks for spending time to discuss this matter on your web page. Please stop by my web page.

  • Russia, Our Best Friend By Perouz
    7 weeks 4 days ago

    Gaydzag,

    Thank you for your rational reply. It helps to counter the paranoid, hysterical words of Nicolai Romashuk Hairabedian who does not seem to know that the Republic of Armenia is an independent country and not a satellite of Russia.

  • Armenian Evangelical Schools in Lebanon By Հրայր Տաղլեան
    7 weeks 4 days ago

    Բարեւ,

    Իմ անունս Հրայր Տաղլեան է

    Նախնական կրթութիւնս ստացած եմ Մ. Եւ Հ. Արսլանեան Ճեմարանէն ներս որմէ ետք ընդունուած եմ Մեծի Տանն Կիլիկիոյ Կաթողիկոսութեան Դպրեվանքը, ուր ուսանած եմ 10 տարի, ստանալով Աստուածաբանական եւ Հայագիտական ուսում, սակայն տարիներ ետք չուզելով շարունակել կուսակրօն եւ կամ ամուսնացեալ քահանայական կեանքը, դուրս եկայ դպրեվանքէն նետուելու համար աշխարհային կեանքի փոթորիկներուն:

    Այժմ որպէս նորավարտ աշակերտ հայ Մշակութային կեդրոններէ ներս կը փորձեմ գործի դիմում մը կատարել, նկատի ունենալով որ ունիմ լաւապէս Հայերէնի, կրօնի, ու համակարգչային կարողութիւններ: Ես աշխատակցած եմ զանազան թերթերու մէջ որպէս գրող սակայն միշտ ալ գրած եմ գրչանունով, մասնակցած եմ շատ մը շարադրական ու գրական մրցանքներու եւ տիրացած առաջին դիրքին ինչպէս նաեւ շատ անգամներ երկրորդ կամ երրորդ դիրքերը: Ունիմ լաւապէս Հայերէն մեքենագրելու կարողութիւն, համակարգիչով նկարներ ու յայտարարութիւններ պատրաստելու կարողութիւններ եւ այլ զանազան գիտութիւններ: Առ այդ, այս նամակս ընդունեցէք որպէս դիմումնագիր՝ որպէս գրաշար, գարտուղար եւ կամ այլ բաժնի գործիչ եւ կը խնդրեմ երկու պարագաներուն ալ՝ մերժուիլ եւ կամ ընդունիլ տեղեակ պահէք զիս զանգելով 76 113 107, եւ ինչու չէ եթէ կ'ուզէք անձամբ տեսնուինք խօսելու եւ իրար աւելի լաւ հասկնալու համար:

    Շնորհակալութիւն:

  • Saroyan’s Popular But Nonsensical Quote By Edward A. Kazanjian
    7 weeks 5 days ago

    This supposed quote from Saroyan is an adaptation of his words on the last page of his book entitled "Inhale Exhale".

    I would like to know who created the poster and has profited from  the supposed quote.

    The quote never mentions "a new Armenia"


     

  • Ethiopian Armenians in their own Words By Paul
    7 weeks 6 days ago

    He taught my family the goldsmith trade. My family includes Teklu Desta, Paulos Baraki, Asfaw Ghiwot. He also had a big impact on the industry. As you can see, the names mentioned are very popular in Ethiopia. I want to say 'thank you' on behalf of the Ethiopian goldsmith association.

  • Important Turkish Voice By Mihran
    8 weeks 5 hours ago

    Never trust a Turk. I am in full agreement with Tsakoug, Gerard, and Gaytzag. Not much left for me to say.

  • Important Turkish Voice By Vahe
    8 weeks 15 hours ago

    Cemal, Akcam, Zarakolu, Cetin, Gunaysu, all Turks, are revelations I would have never dreamt would be a reality in my lifetime.

    It is also evident that they challenge us, not by design nor by intent but by their realities as Turks, to a new and more pragmatic paradigm. We will need to meet the Turks if not half the way but some of the way, in any event more of the way than we were ever prepared to do.

  • Russia, Our Best Friend By Nicolai Romashuk Hairabedian
    8 weeks 1 day ago

    Dear GT,

    Of course Russia is a superpower and a defender of human rights. Russia created, defended and recognized homelands for weak nations such as Abkhazia and Ossetia, while the Americans encouraged Georgia's Saakashvilli to attack these territories and expand its imperialism.

    You are correct when you say that "Russian territory is full of natural resources". That is exactly the reason for American imperialism. How can America become the owner of these natural resources? Never forget that the Russians saved the world from the imperialist Nazis by offering more than 20 million victims. That's the reason why they can't produce much: they lost generations during the Second World War. Why do you think today more Armenians live in Russia? To produce for America and Europe. The imperialists want it all. How can they achieve that? By spreading false propaganda about human rights in Russia. When Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States, the Soviet Union offered gas to the United States. Jimmy Carter's answer was: "We don't need Red gas". 

    Of course, gays must have all the rights to live and practice love as they prefer, but one goes too far when one puts strong pressure on every human being to become gay.

    When you compare Russia to a third world country, you commit an error. If you just knew the debt America owes China, you wouldn't have tried to insult Russia.
       
    America wanted to get rid of Saddam Hussein so it even banned the export of baby milk to Iraq. Just to get rid of one person, millions lost their lives and it continues: the same mess with Bin Laden. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in Afghanistan because people of Afghanistan must live like the Americans want them to.

    It's really surprising to hear you compare Armenia with Israel. "Unfriendly and tough neighborhood"?
    Please take a look at the map of Israel and see who are these friendly neighbors of Israel. Armenia has at least good neighbors such as Iran and Georgia.

    Russia will only fall due to the imperialist powers and betrayers.

    May God Bless Russia for ever and ever and give Russians more Olympic medals, because they deserve it.

    Nicolai Romashuk Hairabedian

     

  • Important Turkish Voice By Tsakoug
    8 weeks 2 days ago

    Thank you, Keghart, for this editorial. It would be incomplete for an Armenian to look at the overtures made by Jemal Pasha's grandson and not see that there are vested interests at stake. Fixtures like him, Akcam and others may be willing to talk about what happened to the "giavours" in Western Armenia, but there is also a fair amount of stonewalling and gate-keeping going on, especially when it comes to the return of a confiscated country--homes, properties, stolen wealth and all.

    By far the most effective form of transformation in Turkish society will be led by informed Turkish individuals who can better influence and liberate Turks from the false narrative and bigoted values advanced by their state and educational system. It is not up to a victimized group to play psychiatrist or social worker with the unrepentant, and especially with those who are violence-prone.

  • Russia, Our Best Friend By Vahe
    8 weeks 2 days ago

    Melineh,

    I found your earnest prayer request to God uncalled for.

    I would rather you pray that may God keep Russian interests in Armenia to the benefit of both. Let us be mindful that there was no Armenian Diaspora in the West of any significance when it was the Armenians in the Caucasus who referred to the Russian policy as having 'Armenia without Armenians'. They pitted themselves against the policy and had a Russian governor of Caucasus assassinated by Dro/Tro, first minister of defense.

  • Russia, Our Best Friend By gaytzag palandjian
    8 weeks 3 days ago

    Why one-sided Armenian thinking of only one Messiah? We shall be friends with Mother Russia, but also with Iran, the U.S., China, et al. Why friendship and business with only one partner?

    We are not against doing business with Russia or Japan or any other country. Only Turkish agents among us would instigate us to side with one or the other. We are to be  like Switzerland, if you ask me.We  welcome all foreign capital to the RoA.

     

  • Russia, Our Best Friend By Gaytzag Palandjian
    8 weeks 3 days ago

    "Ojala" means "Inshallah". God willing, dear Harutik.

    Pray tell me how come:

    1. After de-Bolshevikation (the demise of the Soviet Union) you and others talk of  the Russian Empire?

    2. Since reverting into a free market economy (a wild one like that of the RoA), Russia has not reopened or helped the RoA to reopen more than a dozen ex-Soviet factories in Armenia.

    3. Russia will not write off the $120 million debt that Armenia owed it for Nairit and another factory (don´t recall which) instead taking over same.

    4. Russia never aided Armenia in the latter's hour of  fear and distress. When in Sumgait and in Baku the Azeris were slaughtering peaceful Armenians...Armenians who had helped the Axe Killer people start the Baku oil industry. Five Armenian families  commenced oil prospecting and mining in Baku.

    5.What Russians endowed the breasts of the very few of our surviving WWII veterans was scrap worth (not even gold) medals. Russia should open those factories and bestow the shares to the heirs of those who gave their lives during WWII (some 200,000 Armenian soldiers, officers and generals marshals).

    So who are your kidding?

    Far away Uncle Sam has in 22 years pumped over $2 billion into Armenia as aid, plus technical know-how through Armenian-American or American-American individuals, such as the Huntsman Family of  Utah. That family gave $20 million.

    Shall I go  on?

    While they profess to be our allies, whether during tsarist time or now, they are often the bosom bodies of the country that threatens to swarm into Yerevan. Oh, yes, some 10,000  or so Russian soldiers will save Armenia from a 500,000-strong  Turkish army.

    Again, who do you kid?

    In Kars (1920) instead of handing over a huge cache of arms and ammunitions to Armenia, one bribed Russian officer gave it all to the Kemalist  army. Then Lenin thought Kemal would be his Bolshevik-Communist ally and gave him plenty of gold.

    After four years of negotiations to help Armenia join the EU, Armenia was forcued to make a U-turn. Please try to grasp the importance of  EU  partnership for Armenia.

    One more  thing: the U.S. is also there for the taking, as Turkey´s position is weakening in the area and U.S. needs better  allies such as Iran. 

  • Russia, Our Best Friend By Arevagal
    8 weeks 4 days ago

    The geo-strategic equation is simple: no Russia in the south Caucasus means no Armenia in the south Caucasus. To put it in other words: the Caucasus is like a table where Turks, Persians, Azeris, Georgians, Islamists, Western energy interests, Russians and Armenians sit. Imagine this table without its Russian occupant. In other words, imagine the plight of Armenia in a Turkic-Islamic dominated political landscape without having the Russian bear to rely on.

    We have an Armenia largely thanks to the presence of the Russians in the Caucasus. Had the tsar not come down to the south Caucasus some two-hundred-years ago, Armenians would still be living much like Kurds in eastern Turkey and in northern Iran. For better or worse, Armenia is wed to Russia for the foreseeable future.

    Armenia has an ally which is one of the world's wealthiest and most powerful nations. Now and for the foreseeable future, Russia's and Armenia's national interests will converge because for Moscow, Islamists, Turks, Azeris and Western oil interests pose an existential threat. Let's put an end to our corrosive worship of the Anglo-American-Jewish order and wake up and see Russia as a historic opportunity for Armenia. God bless Russia. God bless Armenia. And may God help us preserve Russo-Armenian alliance from all enemies foreign and domestic.

  • Russia, Our Best Friend By LG
    8 weeks 4 days ago

    Great article. Thanks!

  • Russia, Our Best Friend By Melineh
    8 weeks 4 days ago

    I agree 100% with Mr. Amirian. Armenia will not survive without Russia's protection. So far, Armenia has been far from the reach of the U.S. because of Putin. God, please keep the U.S. away from our homeland. 

    Melineh.

  • Russia, Our Best Friend By GT
    8 weeks 4 days ago

    Dear Nikolai,

    Russia is an Empire, but not a superpower. Its only power is the immense territory full of natural resources. They produce nothing. Their economy is weak and is on the verge of collapse. A small decrease in oil prices will crush Russia and wreak havoc. During the Soviet period they were dedicating wealth acquired from the sale of natural resources to the production of weapons and maintaining a menacing army and thus were a superpower. Now that wealth is being stolen by Putin and a handful of oligarchs who keep their wealth in the banks of the "imperialists, who threaten their borders" or invest in companies which do produce other things than weapons. The educational system built by the Communists crumbled and no money is invested in research and development. Today Russia is a third-world country, lagging behind China, Brazil and India. 

    As for Armenia's future, there are two scenarios for a small country like Armenia to survive in such unfriendly and tough neighborhood. First is the Israeli model, but Russia is not the U.S. and Armenia is not Israel. The support provided by Russia is different. Russians will never let Armenia grow strong. The corruption, autocracy, oligarchy, mismanagement in Russia is automatically exported, adopted and maintained in Armenia. Armenia can not conduct any foreign policy while Russians are out masters. We have no say in what happens in Syria; we are not allowed to cooperate with Iran, we will sit under Russian umbrella and watch as Kurds gain independence and build a state on territories which you like to call Armenian. If the U.S. fails, Israel will have other supporter; it might be even Russia. But if Russia fails, as it does every now and then, Armenia will not have any protection. The Genocide was provoked by Russians and their inability to "protect" us.

    The alternative is to establish peace with neighbors and get rid of Russian corrupt dominance. But till people like you keep dogmas alive (that Turks are our eternal enemies and Russians are our eternal friends) that would not happen. 

  • Russia, Our Best Friend By T.K.
    8 weeks 4 days ago

    Thank you, Nerses. I agree with your assessment and hope Diaspora Armenians will read and start thinking about all you have said. It is important to keep brotherly relations with Russians. We cannot repeat the mistakes of the past and trust wrong causes. 


    T.K.

  • Russia, Our Best Friend By Harutik
    8 weeks 4 days ago

    Bravo Nerses. Finally, a Diasporan Armenian with honest intellect, genuine patriotism and a deep understanding of geopolitics. Excluding the non-Russian Bolshevik period in the region, Russian-Armenian relations have always been based on converging interests and brotherly relations. For the past two-hundred years Russia's factor in the Caucasus has been the number one reason why we have an Armenia today.

    As long as Turks, Azeris, Persians, Islamists and Western interests threaten the south Caucasus, Russia will continue protecting Armenia as if it's part of Russia. With its strategic alliance, invincible military, vast landmass, immense natural wealth and an emerging middle class, Russia is a historic opportunity Armenia has not had in well over one-thousand years.

    It's time to wake up from our Diasporan illusions, EUrotic fantasies and American dreams, and recognize this opportunity and exploit it to its fullest potential.

    Thank you for your wonderful article, but be ready to be ridiculed and attacked by a multitude of hysterical russophobes, intellectual midgets and self-hating peasantry.

  • Ժամանակն է Ձերբազատուելու By Ominac
    8 weeks 5 days ago

    Դեռ ես մէկը պիտի տեսնեմ որ Հրանդ Տինգի քաղաքականութիւնը կամ հոգեբանութիւնը հասկնայ։  Քիչ մը երթաս Արձախ եւ մնաս իրենց մէջ, քիչ մը յաղթող ժողովուրդի հոգեբանութիւնը վայլես, կրնայ ըլլալ Արեւմտեան Հայաստանի անկախութիւն երբ լսես այլեւս չէս ժպտիր։

    Ո՞ր ժողովուրդը ժպտալով, մշակոյթային յարաբերութիւններ մշակելով ոճրագործին հետ, արդարութիւն առած է։ Աւելի շուտ արդարութիւն առնելը ո՞րն է։  Ինչպէս առինք Արձախը այնպէս ալ կառնենք Արեւմտեան Հայաստանը։ Կրնայ ըլլալ հիմա երազ կերեւի, բայց արձախի անկախութիւնն ալ երազ էր։ Պատմութիւնը  երկար է։
     

  • Russia, Our Best Friend By Nicolai Romashuk
    8 weeks 5 days ago

    Dear Garo,

    It's not that Russia that needs "a foothold on Armenian territory". It's the expansion of the imperialism near to the Russian borders, which is endangering the security of Russia and it's allies, creating instability and undermining peace in the region.

    I am almost sure that Russia is the only superpower which will defend Armenia's independence and security for any price. Can you imagine Armenia's future without the support of Russia?

    This is not a game of words. This means playing with fire. Just imagine if we surrendered to the allies of the Turks (the Americans and the western Europeans) how our future would look like. I will pray that this will never happen.

    "The friend of our enemy is our enemy". Haven't you heard that saying?

    May God bless Russia and the Armenian people.

    Yours faithfully,
    Nicolai Romashuk Hairabedian

  • Important Turkish Voice By Marie
    8 weeks 5 days ago

    I do not think that it is fair to put Hasan Cemal, Ayse Gunaysu, and Taner Akcam in the same basket. Gunaysu has never said or written anything that Armenians could criticize. She is often more radical, rigorous and demanding, more ethical than many Armenians. Akçam does not advise Armenians to share the suffering of Turks during WWI and does not support the "mutual suffering" tune. Neither of them has called Cemal Pasha's murderers a "gang". And they DO preach--or rather, teach--in Turkey. They write in Turkish for a Turkish public. Let us not not forget Ragip Zarakolu who is a Turk and who publishes Turkish translations of English, German or French books about the Genocide in order to educate Turks, and who has dearly paid for his work and courage. 

  • In Praise of the Gasli Tree By Stepan Apelian (LaurApel)
    8 weeks 5 days ago

    Vahe, I enjoyed reading the article. You did a great job. What I missed to do about the Gasli you did.

    All the given explanations are authentic and fulfilling.

    Onbashi (Stepan Panossian ) has written a poem, carved on flat stone under the Gasli tree of his parents' house yard. It praises that same tree with moving words. I am not sure if it is written in that book.

  • Russia, Our Best Friend By Nicolai Romashuk
    8 weeks 5 days ago

    Dear Mr. Amirian,

    I am very glad to see that there are still Armenians, like you, who care about our homeland and our people, are honest and far from sectarian communities.

    I would like to thank you for your intelligent and wise analysis of Armenia and our real friend Russia. Even a child knows that without Russia Armenia will be swallowed by our enemies and the imperialists.

    Thank you, Mr. Amirian. Armenian sectarians do nothing more than nod "yes" against Armenian rights. Remember the people of the Soviet Union? After offering more than 20 million victims during the Second World War, they began to win the most Olympic medals. Yuri Gagarin was the first astronaut in orbit. In folk dance, chess championships, classical music, ballet and orchestras, the most popular authors came from the Soviet Union. The United States and the West couldn't take it anymore. They had to bribe many of these Soviet musicians and chess players not to return to the Soviet Union after triumphal performances in the United States or in other Western countries. It's a chain with no end. The United States and the Western countries did everything in their power to destroy the Soviet Union.

    Look now at the poverty in the United States and in Southern Europe. If, for example, tomorrow the Greek people start to demonstrate against their impoverished condition, Europe will lend Greece billions of Euros knowing that Greece can never pay these billions back. These same imperialists destroyed the Soviet Union to create the European Union, which at the end will be a big failure. The United States and the Western countries also successfully bribed the Armenian leaders to destroy the Soviet Union, the capital of civilization. And even after 99 long years they refuse to recognize the Armenian Genocide. Nowadays we need strong political leaders with the courage of politicians such as Angela Merkel to crucify these so-called leaders of justice, freedom of speech, and human rights.

    If the survivors of the Armenian Genocide couldn't witness justice, their children and grandchildren will not either because of the above betrayers. Let the United States and the Western countries GO TO HELL.

    The Armenian people are badly in need of  intellectuals like you, Mr. Amirian. People who know the difference between friend and enemy, what's good and what's bad, and how to appreciate our Russia friends.

    Thank you Russian people. Thank you Jesus that we still have Armenians like Mr. Nerses Amirian.

    Yours faithfully,

    Nicolai Romashuk Hairabedian   
     

  • Historic Reception in Romania By Meguerditch H. Bouldoukian
    8 weeks 5 days ago

    Congratulations, Hamo. I hope to see you meet other prominent personalities of Kurdistan, after our first visit to Ambassador Omer Birzinji. His stay in Lebanon was too short.

  • Festival of Falsehoods By Serj
    8 weeks 5 days ago

    Vahakn,

    You are right on the dot. According to the Turkish  "SUN "  theory, everything and everybody has a Turkish origin.

  • What the Turks Can Do for 2015 By Dedeyan Aline
    8 weeks 5 days ago

    Dear Raffi Bedrossian,

    Your article and thoughts are wonderfully embedded in optimism and hope concerning the Genocide of Armenians. However, present-day reality is as far as it could be from your anticipations. The Erdogan government, with its Azeri ally, will in no way recognize the Genocide and the status of Nagorno-Karabakh.  Instead, you will see negationist propaganda all over the international community and parts of the world where Diaspora Armenians are strong and institutionalized. The goodwill of some innocent parliamentarians cannot turn into the official political stand of states. I wish Toronto would keep abreast of the Council of Human Rights and General Assembly meetings, reports and resolutions of the UN and finally consider taking steps to appeal to the International lawyers and courts.
     

    Alin Dedeyan

    UN/Geneve

  • Important Turkish Voice By Garabedian Marcel Krikor
    8 weeks 5 days ago

    C'est courageux de la Part de Mr Cemal de reconnaitre les crimes qui sont dus sur ordres de son geniteur mais connaissant les fouberies a la Turque de son pays je me demande si cela n'est pas fait pour faire dispersion dans le milieu Armenien ? Et pourquoi avoir attendu presque 1 siecle pour denoncer les crimes de son pays envers les Armeniens?

    Moi pour etre convaincu j'aimerais qu'il y est beaucoup de gens comme Mr Cemal qui proclameraient que la justice soit faite sur ce genocide et de dedommager  les descendants des rescapes du genocide et que leurs territoires leurs soient restitués ; Cette evalution resterait a l'appreciation d'experts Armeniens pour chiffrer les montants des dedommageants de chaque Armenien du monde entier ayant etes victimes du genocide ; Deja il faudrait que la Turquie reconnaisse son genocide elle ne peut pas trainer derriere elle pendant des siecles les cadavres de 1 500 000 victimes.

    Je pense qu'acctuellement en Turquie la nouvelle genération qui a poursuivis de longues etudes sur le passé de leurs pays, doivent aussi vouloir se defaire de ce boulet qui traine leurs pays dans la boue vis a vis des pays civilisés ; Moi pour mon compte personnel j'ouvre mes bras aux ames de bonnes volontés Turques pour retrouver l'amitié et l'enttente de nos 2 pays comme elle se trouvé avant 1915;ma bouteille est jeté a la mer voyons voir si elle echouera vers le bosphore entre des mains de justice et de paix.

  • Important Turkish Voice By Gaytzag Palandjian
    8 weeks 5 days ago

    Of course Cemal (Jemal Pasha´s grandson) would not pronounce "Western Armenia". He mentions Anadolu or East Turkey. Understand this, please. While he pities us and expresses solace, etc., he cannot give up his being a Turk. That's what he is. You should understand that.

    Before anything and all the rhetoric, he, Taner Akcam or Ayse Gunaysu should preach in Turkey about what Turkey did to us, since we  know better than them what their countrymen did do us. Tell them very politely. Like Hrant Dink did, sacrificing his life for the unrelenting countrymen of theirs.
     

    Hasgtsoghin shad parev.

  • Ժամանակն է Ձերբազատուելու By Gaytzag Palandjian
    8 weeks 5 days ago

    I wish I had the time to write back to him in Armenian. English is quick; Armenian is the language, according to a friend, now for poetry, alas.

    So here it goes. You plus a dozen or more publications and writers always write about our shortcomings and that we should get rid of these. You do not  tell us what  to do. I do. Yet this site and other Armenian newspapers or sites do not publish my words, except perhaps the "Armenian Weekly" but with reservations.

    Time to show us what to do. Like I do.

    Ask Mr. Abrahamian, owner/editor of this site, who does not publish my guidelines, in which I write as WE. Meaning including me. I am ready to sacrifice myself for the objective; not just show what to do.  

  • Thugs, Police at Calcutta Church Elections By Max Galstaun
    8 weeks 5 days ago

    People take to the net with fake names (for example Dr. Debnat?) to write rubbish about real people. What a sad world we live in when lunatics are able to write a few sentences!

    Since the whole world knows my names, what is the problem? And, of course, "Debnat" the blackmailer (he has tried to blackmail me with false statements to make me shut up) has no evidence about this "making false cases" assertion. 

    C'mon Susan, Sunil, and the cohort of priests: stop using the net to show the world you are a bunch of cowards.  

  • Important Turkish Voice By Gerard Paraghamian
    8 weeks 5 days ago

    Never trust a Turk or his words. I have been to Turkey. I'll never forget the diabolic look in their eyes.

  • Russia, Our Best Friend By GT
    8 weeks 5 days ago

    Dear Nerses,

    I am sorry to tell you that your article is full of emotional statements which are far from being politically accurate. There is no such thing as friendship of nations or Christian solidarity or whatever you want to see in Russia and Armenia relations. As long as our interests coincide, Armenia is "protected". In fact, Russia need a foothold on Armenian territory to advance its geopolitical agenda. When it fails, Moscow will abandon Armenia, as it did at the beginning of the 20th century. 

  • Changing RoA's Name By Samuel Amadouni
    8 weeks 5 days ago
    It's unacceptable that almost 1,000 people have viewed this poll, yet only a few of them actually voted. Is it an Armenian thing to 'hide behind a curtain' and just watch others or are you scared to express your opinion?  
    Voting is anonymous, nobody will know who you are or what you voted for.
    Have your say people!!
  • Changing RoA's Name By Gaytzag Palandjian
    8 weeks 6 days ago

    Saro, it is another matter if the movement already begun in Paris (Western Armenian Parliament or National Parliament) considers  the name "Western Armenian Supreme Council", as I suggested to its founding members. They later changed it to Western Armenian  National Council. Much better indeed.

    We do have  a  parliament in the Republic  of Armenia. However, those who are remnants of the Genocide  are  the children and grandchildren of those who survived.

    I am all for it since  it is certainly more representative of its nature and the heirs of those who survived can now join and have their say in an important mission, which we all know is DEMAND  OF JUSTICE.

    I trust  many will by and by adhere to it. It certainly behooves all of our establishments to consider the said suggestion . The WANC  ought to review this.  I ¨suggest¨ its admissibility  of dual  membership in its  rank and file, thus  gaining  momentum to forge  ahead.

  • Changing RoA's Name By Saro
    8 weeks 6 days ago
    Changing the name of the Republic of Armenia to Eastern Armenia would be ridiculous because if there is an Eastern Armenian then where is Western Armenia? You and I know where it is, but internationally it will look weird and perhaps unacceptable.
    It's not professional and politically correct to send subliminal messages like that.
  • Հայաստանեաց Եկեղեցին Պատանդ Է - 9 By Vosgan Mekhitarian
    8 weeks 6 days ago

    The Anglican Church passed a motion favoring women's ordination in 1975, but it was till 1992 that the vote to permit the ordination of women was passed. On March12, 1994, the first 32 women were ordained as Church of England priests. However, to pass the measure, a compromise was struck with those members of the Church opposed to the ministry of women. Parishes opposed could choose to be ministered by a male alternative.

    Today women make up a third of the Anglican clergy in England. To many of the defeated lobbyists, the latest vote on women bishops leaves the Church open to ridicule, as they claim it puts the Church at odds with wider society in terms of equal opportunity for women.

    Ireland and Scotland both allow female bishops, though none have been elected yet. Wales, like England, allows women to be deacons and priests but not bishops.The first female bishop ordained in the Anglican Communion was Barbara Harris in 1989. Her ordination as Suffragan Bishop for Massachusetts, in the U.S, caused outrage among conservative Episcopalians (another name for Anglicans) but since then over a dozen women have been elected to the episcopate in America.

    In 2006 the Episcopalian Church in the United States became the first province of the Anglican Communion to elect a woman in the role of Primate, the Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori. The Church's position on female ordination has seen as both a religious matter and a wider statement on the rights of women in society.
     

  • Khojali "Genocide" Baku Fabrication By Armen
    8 weeks 6 days ago

    Dear Samir,

    Obviously, you are not very good at math. I understand that you have bitter feelings, but please try to use simple logic which will help you see clearly how the "truth" which you know is distorted and which disseminates ONLY hatred.

    Who is going to benefit from this hatred, you might ask? and since you are asking questions "why would anyone want to kill his own people?". 

    I have another question, but let's start from clarifying a simple one. You claim that NKR's 20-25% of population was expelled. You say "the obvious fact is that 500,000 to one-million people were expelled" and it's juxtaposed in such a way with the next sentence that it gives the impression of people expelled from Nagorno-Karabagh. If this 500,000 to one million people were 20-25% of the population then what was the total population of NKR before the war? I leave the answer to this question to you to find out from your sources. In the age of Internet it's not hard to find unbiased information, unless you have a hidden agenda.

    In all cases, I assure you that the numbers are not important for us. Each Azeri, Armenian, Turk, Kurd or Talish is a human being and equally valued. Each person killed on the basis of nationality is equally tragic for us. Please keep in mind that we are mourning for the loss of each life because each casualty is pushing us further apart from understanding one other.   

    At any rate the population of NKR, with its neighboring regions, did not exceed 200,000. More than 75% were Armenian.  

     

     

  • Festival of Falsehoods By Aharon Shekerdemian
    8 weeks 6 days ago

    Dear  Colleague, 

    Allow  me to introduce myself. My  name is Aharon Shekerdemian. My father was a survivor of the Genocide of the Armenians. For many years I was editor-in-chief of the "Ararad" Armenian-language daily in Beirut. After my resignation from that newspaper last August, I established the trilingual "yerepouni-news.com" website.

    As a journalist I follow the news from Turkey. Yesterday, on «Hurriyet»  daily,  I read your "Armenian Diaspora and the Memory of 205 Ottoman Turks in Canada".  There is nothing wrong with commemorating the memory of  people. The problem is Turkey's denial of the Genocide of Armenians. As long as the Turkish government denies the culpability of its predecessor government (the  Ottoman Empire) and refuses to compensate to the heirs of the victims, the Armenians and their friends will continue their commemorations and seek global public support for their just cause. One must not forget the past: to  forget the past is to invite the repetition of past wrongs.

    Dear Colleague, the evidence for the reality of the Genocide is too extensive to compress in a short statement. The vast evidence is overwhelming. Needless to say, we have the testimony of the survivors and the evidence provided by non-Armenian missionaries who witnessed the Genocide in historic Armenia. American diplomats scattered throughout the area where the  Genocide was committed and German consular officials and military attaches (advisors to the Turkish army and  navy) provided documentary evidence [of the Ottoman crime], as well as the archives of Austrian and German governments (allies of the Ottoman  Empire), documents in the Russian, British, French government archives and US State Department.

    Finally, we have the records of the Turkish War Crime Trials, published recently. These records include the court-martial of the leading perpetrators of the Genocide, the evidence and verdicts, as well as a plethora of documentary proof in Turkish government archives and the memoirs of the leading executioners of the Genocide.

    To cap it, consider the "Black Book of Talaat Pasha". The pasha was the Ottoman minister of interior and one of the chief perpatrators of the Genocide. In his diary he kept a minute record of  the progress of the Genocide and the expulsion of the Armenians. What more evidence could you possibly ask? All credible scholars recognize the Genocide. The International  Association of Genocide Scholars passed a resolution a few  years ago reaffirming the reality of the Genocide and called on the governments of the world to acknowledge it. It would be very interesting to hear why Mr. Davutoglu calls Diaspora Armenians "Anatolian diaspora".

    Is it Turkish pride that motivates Turks to continue to deny the Genocide? To admit the  Genocide is to admit that their ancestors committed a wicked deed. It's to concede that the state and the people profited from the vast wealth taken from the Armenian victims and that the mythology maintained by the Turkish government, since 1923, is false. The present-day government in Ankara is the successor government to the Ottoman state and accordingly bears responsibility.

    Dear  Colleague, the real problem is whether Turkey is ready to come to terms with its past. It  would also wake up world opinion which is interested in justice for the victims of injustice and their progeny. There is no question that when a genocide  goes unpunished, it  makes future   perpetrators discount the possibility of being punished for their crimes. Thus genocides will be repeated. I wonder whether post-Genocide perpetrators of such crimes would have occurred if  the executors of the 20th century's first genocide had received their just punishment. Besides, many Turks believe that there was a Genocide of Armenians, and many are very sorry for it. Many Turks are demanding recognition as a first step toward bringing real democracy to  Turkey. Many Turks believe that Armenian Genocide recognition is the first step for an open, multicultural, free and democratic society in Turkey.

    Regards,

    Aharon  Shekerdemian

  • Vasily Grossman's Memoirs of Armenia By Phaedra Behrent, London
    9 weeks 14 hours ago

    An enticing book-review which inspired me to order the said book instantly. Professor Pilikian expertly quotes parts of the book that hook the reader and make you want to read more. I wanted to know how Mr Grossman discovered himself as well as the ordinary Armenians. I wanted to get to know Arutyun and what had happened to him to make him appear so full of sadness. Professor Pilikian informs the reader that this book may inspire one to contemplate how it feels to be a person, a human being, and how reading Grossman's book will help one to connect with the first people on earth, the Armenians. How can anybody resist reading the book-in-review, after that overwhelming statement.

    I look forward to reading my own copy now of An Armenian Sketchbook.

  • Festival of Falsehoods By Perouz
    9 weeks 1 day ago

    The Genocide of Armenians is recognized by twenty-one one countries, and a consensus by the International Association of Genocide Scholars was available long ago. The Turkish archives have been searched and documented by courageous writers like Taner Akcam. Information is available in university libraries and lectures around the world. My family history has been published by an M.A. student in Israel. Marsha Skrypuch and many others have written children's story books about the Genocide. So we can accurately say that one-hundred-years of Armenian Genocide research and documentation is easily available to everyone at any age or educational level.

    Please, let us stop talking about "dialogue" with the perpetrators. It is highly offensive to all of us whose butchered families were discarded like garbage on mountain roads or in deserts. There is nothing left to talk about. The talking is long done. Vahakn's clever response  to this article shows how ridiculous Turkish claims have become. The chatter for more chatter is a delay tactic used by the perpetrator. There is now a need for a stronger demand for justice.
     

  • Festival of Falsehoods By Dikran
    9 weeks 1 day ago

    Dear Ms. Barçın Yinanç,

    Allow me to say that the content of your article is way off the truth. I think a good way to initiate "this dialogue" that you mention at the end of your article between Turkey and Armenians is to examine history in an objective way and not be carried by falsehoods that The Ittihad ve Terakki (CUP) leaders and subsequently Kemalist administrations perpetuated.

    Please check the response to your article of the author Marsha Skrypuch who is not an Armenian. Listen to the enlightened Turkish intellectuals including Cemal Pasha's grandson who recently was in Toronto participating in the commemoration of Hrant Dink's assassination's 7th anniversary.

    You may find many articles related to the subjects that you might be interested in  on www.keghart.com website.

    Respectfully,
    Dikran Abrahamian MD

  • Festival of Falsehoods By Allen Seager
    9 weeks 2 days ago

    Don't know exactly where you are coming from on this issue but thanks for your interest in the legend (maybe-??-- cultivated by the present-day Turkish state) that significant numbers of travellers or immigrants from the old Ottoman Empire had found their way to Western Canada by 1914, so became snared into the Canadian government's wartime internment operations, and so played a role in building the National Parks under wartime labour regimes. 

    The ethnic diversity (and also differential treatment) of individuals classed as "Austrians" is by now well-known--my own PHd research, among other sources--has established that literally no Austrians were actually embroiled in Canada's internment operations in Western Canada. Same seems to have been true (in spades) of the "Turks"--wholly imagined participants in, let alone victims of, Western Canada's early development saga.  That said, it is important to note that a slender thread of immigration to Eastern Canada had been established, and that anyone living or travelling under Ottoman documents--for eg,  Armenians--was closely scrutinized. What (if any) security-related criteria were used in managing this group?

    Please send us relevant links.

    AS

  • Festival of Falsehoods By Vahakn
    9 weeks 2 days ago

    I am glad to see someone has finally revealed that the Turkish internees of WWI built Canada's Banff National Park. 

    When, oh, when will someone reveal that Niagara Falls was dug up by Turkish internees and that the Bay of Fundy was dug up by Turkish explorers who "discovered" Canada long before the arrival of the Vikings?

    For all I know, "Canada" might be an ancient Turkish word for fantasy.

  • Depopulation Crisis in Armenia By Serj
    9 weeks 4 days ago

    Hayorti, you are sooooo right. What did this research accomplish? Did it give us a new insight? Did it teach us something that we did not know?

  • Festival of Falsehoods By Perouz
    9 weeks 4 days ago

    Reply to Barcin Yinanc:

    "The response of the local municipality to the wish to mark the place with a plaque was positive at first, yet local authorities appear to be hesitating in backing this purely humanitarian initiative."

    My family of 32 women and children were butchered in a caravan of 970 that ended in Diyarbakir. I have a map drawn by a man whose area of expertise is mountain cartography. This map clearly shows the mountain roads, the desert areas, and wild forest this caravan of small children, women, and elderly were forced to travel on. I know which villages were exiled together in this one caravan. I know the names of many of the murdered. I know where women were held all night and gang-raped and then butchered in the morning; their bodies thrown on the side of mountain roads like used toilet paper.

    Since Turkey is so interested in putting up plaques, let's first start with at least a plaque marking this one caravan route, and then move on to the others. I challenge Turkey to engage in "this purely humanitarian initiative," that you are whining about for the Alevis. Don't run around the world looking for places to put up plaques. I can help you. I have a standing offer—I'll show Turkey the road where the bodies from this one caravan of 970 of their own helpless citizens were left. I'll give Turkey a list of names to put on the plaque. No lokum, no dolma, free of charge, anytime.

    Reply to Marsha Skrypuch's comment:                                                                                               

    People who are alive today did not commit it [the Genocide of Armenians], but because of their continual denial there can never be healing between Turks and Armenians.

    Volumes of research are available on the continuing effects of genocide. Consensus was reached long ago by eminent scholars that denial perpetuates the genocide. The summation of research is too lengthy to go into here, but is readily available, and Turkish scholars are well aware of it. Some, like Taner Akcam have contributed to the massive research. The young woman writing this article is just a wanna-be journalist mouthing the official party line. If she says anything differently, she loses her entry-level job. She has no supportive evidence, so is not able to formulate a cohesive argument in defense of the party line.

    Acknowledgment is just a start. The Genocide does not begin to end until we have justice. And justice is much more than a whimpered "sorry."

    Are Turks who are alive today complicit? Yes. Because they continue to eat the proceeds of the confiscated wealth of the Armenians; because they continue to live on confiscated lands; because a civilized world does not accept the denial of the brutal murder of almost two million of your own subjects.

    I remain ready to help with the installation of as many plaques on mountain roads and in deserts as the Turks are willing to put up.

  • Festival of Falsehoods By Nicolai Romashuk
    9 weeks 4 days ago

    I can only say to Marsha Skrypuch that I am very grateful for her perfect, correct and complete explanation.

    THANK YOU.

    Thank you and God bless you.

    P.S.
    Regarding the word "Genocide", I see it as a synonym to "the murder of a nation".
    Before Rafael Lemkin coined the word "genocide" in 1943, authorities used synonyms such as the "murder of the Armenian Nation" or the "murder of the Armenian Race", etc. instead of Armenian Genocide.

    Nicolai Romashuk Hairabedian

    The Netherlands

  • Festival of Falsehoods By Harry Mardirossian
    9 weeks 4 days ago

    Dear Marsha,

    I am impressed with the degree of detail you have provided for the rebuttal 
    of Barcin Yinanc's article.

    As a son of Genocide survivors, the minimum I expect after a period of almost two lifetimes of denial is humane sincerity.

    All members of the Turkish government are rigorously trained to take advantage of any opportunity available to them, in particular in the media, repeating the ridiculous lies in this revolutionized  information age.

    Thus, at this juncture, as a minimum gesture, the Turkish government must stop its traditional stance and impose a moratorium on its denial machine during the 440 days and 16 hours to the Centennial countdown before any trust is developed between them and the world of truth.

  • Depopulation Crisis in Armenia By Nicolai Romashuk
    10 weeks 5 hours ago

    Dear Varujan,

    It's a tragedy to see how Armenians wait for a chance to throw mud on their president, spiritual leaders or other national leaders. When the fox can't reach the grape, it says the grape is sour. Most people know it is a big lie that our president paid $180,000 for health spa treatment in South Korea. It is not the only slander addressed toward our president. There are many people who are jealous of him. Thus you can see the resulting back-biting.

    One of the Ten Commandments says, "You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor." Another commandment says, "You shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor."
    Please keep silent: "speech is silver; silence is golden," says the proverb.

    Let's say that the parrots are repeating the truth. In that case, it would mean that every inhabitant of Armenia paid one dollar for the healthcare of our strong president. If you think that a good and a strong president does not deserve that, the choice is yours. Incidentally, what happened in South Korea is not our business.

    Yours faithfully,

    Nicolai Romashuk Hairabedian 
     

  • The First Volley By Mesrob
    10 weeks 1 day ago

    Thank you for the editorial. Turkey has already tossed the second volley: Osman Mayatebek, the grandson of Enver Pasha, recently repeated Akyol's words in the "Hurriyet" newspaper.

  • Depopulation Crisis in Armenia By Varujan
    10 weeks 1 day ago

    Looks like our "strong president" will now be even stronger after the $180,000 health spa treatment he received in South Korea. Starving Armenians who one way or another paid for this trip are actually extremely proud. I suggest, we in the Diaspora, should create a special fund. Our presidents (apparently Arkadi was there, too) and all high-ranking officials who have contributed so much to Armenia over the last 20 years, should be able to go to South Korea every year to become stronger. And for Volodya Avetisyan, who is in jail with cooked-up charges for trying to fight for the rights of homeless azatamartiks, tough luck. 

  • Depopulation Crisis in Armenia By Nicolai Romashuk
    10 weeks 4 days ago

    I would like to thank the Kololian Foundation of Toronto for sponsoring the research about the "Depopulation Crisis in Armenia". It's done professionally and gives a clear explanation about the reasons for the depopulation of our homeland.

    If we look into the mirror we will realize that we are all immigrants or the children and grandchildren of immigrants. If we ask the mirror, "Why did our ancestors or we emigrate, the answer will be "for a bright future" for ourselves and for our children, to give them a better future.

    Our homeland, Armenia, is economically not strong enough to support its population and provide all its citizens with well-paying jobs. The people are aware of the problems; so it's normal that they try to find a way out of the difficult situation and emigrate. The result of emigration is depopulation, right?

    Let's accept that today we have too many enemies, next to the Turkish and Azeri authorities our major enemies are the Christian superpowers who have sold their soul to the devil. The countries which are supporting us are our Communist friends (China for example) and our Christian friends (Russia for example).

    Corruption and oligarchs are present in every country, under different names. Take a look at the fall of the banks in the U.S, Greece, Spain, Cyprus, Portugal, The Netherlands, etc. Billions and trillions disappeared like vapor. Various Black Mondays have bankrupted countless businesses; businessmen have lost everything. God Bless them.

    My dear Armenian compatriots, I give up. I don't trust these so-called Christian superpower imperialists. I am very upset, demoralized, and hurt. Let's wake up; let's leave everything behind because all belongs to our LORD JESUS CHRIST.

    LET'S GO HOME. LET'S GO TO ARMENIA WHERE LIFE RESTARTED AFTER THE FLOOD. LET'S GO TO OUR SWEET ARMENIA.

    Before it's too late... as long as we have a strong president such as Serge Sargsyan, and true friends such as China and Russia.

    LET'S GO TO DZIDZERNAGAPERT, WHERE THE SOUL OF OUR GENOCIDE VICTIMS ARE WAITING FOR US. I AM SURE THAT THEY WILL WELCOME US WITH ROSES AND CLOVES, INCENSE, AND CANDLES.

    "IT'S BETTER TO DIE FREE RATHER THAN TO LIVE BOWED".

    LET'S  LEAVE THOSE WHO BETRAYED US BEHIND.

    LET'S GO HOME.


    Yours faithfully,

    Nicolai Romashuk Hairabedian
    The Netherlands

     

  • Think Tanks and Septic Tanks By Keghart
    10 weeks 4 days ago

    Erratum: The Zoryan Institute is the brain-child of Jirair Libaridian, who realized it with co-founders Garbis Kortian and Greg Sarkissian. Mr. Sarkissian has been a staunch financial supporter from the beginning, and has served for many years as the institute's president.--Editor

  • Ցեղասպանության Զոհերու Սրբացման Հարցը By Vahe
    10 weeks 4 days ago

    I find it very odd that the Armenian Apostolic Church entertains the notion of sanctifying the Armenian Genocide victims; in short, declaring them saints, instead of the Church outright calling the perpetrators of their killing as evil.

    I believe their sanctification will demean the reality that these ordinary men and women were outright victims of a state's heinous crime--unprecedented in its brutality and intent--not only to kill a segment of its law-abiding citizens but also usurp all they owned by the sweat of their labors.

  • Ցեղասպանության Զոհերու Սրբացման Հարցը By Վահէ
    10 weeks 4 days ago

    Հայոց ցեղասպանութեան ցոհերը սրբացնելու մտայնութիւնը ոչ թէ միայն կը զարմացնէ զիս, այլ կը մտահոգէ քանի որ անոնց «սրբւթիւնը» իրենց անմեղ զոհեր ըլլալու իրողութիւնը պիտի նուացեգնէ, որքան որ ալ տարօրինակ է վայրաքաբար սպաննուած սովորական մարդոց ջանալ սրբացնել փոխանակ անոնց սպաննողները եկեղեցին ոճրագործներ հռչակելու:

     

  • Genius With Words By Daniel Sagherian
    10 weeks 5 days ago

    The Pangalti Armenian Cemetery is on the European side too (so is Taksim, Gezi Park...)! The Iskudar Cemetery is on the Asian side of Istanbul!

  • Famous Armenians…Insufficiently Verified By Armin
    10 weeks 5 days ago

    Thank YOU very much for this information; it has been very useful .

  • The First Volley By Stepan
    10 weeks 5 days ago

    The commentary is an excellent message for all Armenians. It is our responsibility, as the inheritors of the Armenian nation, to remain informed and to use this knowledge for the interests of the Armenian people. We must counter lies with energy, intelligence and long term commitment. The truth will prevail if each of us does our part. None of,us can contribute with emotion.... Educate yourself and be active.

  • Խառնիճաղանճ՝ Խօսակցական Լեզուին Մէջ By Յարութ Մարտիրոսեան
    10 weeks 5 days ago

    Այս ակնարկը տեղին է, սակայն ժամանակի տեսակէտով նահանջի այս տեղատուութեան մէջ արդէն վնասները անվերադառնալի  կը մնան: Արեւմտահայերէնի պարագային ափսոս, որ անոր ապահովումը ու աճը պայմանաւորուած է մեր գաղութերու քաղաքական կայունութենէն՝ ուր որ ալ ըլլան անոնք:

    Ինծի համար առաւել մտահոգիչը արեւելահայերէնն է, որ ԻԲՐԵՒ ԹԷ ապահովուած է պետականութեամբ եւ սահմանադրական օրէնքով, սակայն առանց բացառութեան մեր Ոսկեղնիկը այնքան խառնուած է օտարութեամբ որ ահազանգային վիճակին ի տես անտարբերութեան քունը համակած է մեր լրատուական տպագրական եւ խօսակցական բոլոր արտայայտութիւնները:

    Նախագահ, վարչապետ, նախարարներ՝ յատկապէս Գիտութեան եւ Մշակոյթի մարզպետներ, քաղաքապետներ, բանակայիններ, արուեստագէտներ, գրագէտներ, լրատուներ, հարցազրոյց  վարողներ, համալսարանի դասախօսներ, վարակուած են յունալատին  ռուսացած  բառապաշարով այն աստիճան՝ որ նոյնիսկ անգլերէնի եւ ֆրանսերէնի գիտութիւնը հասկնալի չի դարձներ այս տարօրինակուած լեզուն ունկնդրողին:

    Որքան որ մեր պետականութեան սահմանային վտանգները պէտք ունին մեր Հայոց Բանակին պաշտպանութեան, մեր Ոսկեղնիկը  նոյնքան կարիքը ունի պետական լեզուական բանակին Զինուած Ուժերուն:

    Յարութ Մարտիրոսեան,  [email protected]

     

  • The First Volley By Hayorti
    10 weeks 5 days ago

    These are effective counter-punches to Turkish government lies regarding the Genocide. I hope Armenians take these facts into heart and use them, especially in the media, when Turkey leashes across the globe this and next year its denialist falsehoods.

  • Ցեղասպանության Զոհերու Սրբացման Հարցը By VTiger
    10 weeks 5 days ago

    Father Khrimian's birth date is 1820 and not 1892.
    Father Mouratpekian's birth date does not make sense.

  • Depopulation Crisis in Armenia By Hagop Nalbandian
    10 weeks 6 days ago

    Armenians are among the brightest people on the planet and do have answers to their problems.

    Technology is the perfect solution to Armenia's problems. It is not surprising that I have heard the proposal to "Singaporize Armenia" repeatedly, from professional economists and lay folk alike. As I said, Armenians tend to be bright.

    The "problem" is that the IT industry in Armenia is making double digits growth gains. That is a "problem" for whom exactly? Well, the ones who panic, the Jrrr Meliks who do not yet know how to milk such an industry and monopolize that as well. Hence the "surcharge" on IT companies of late.

    Who are these people exactly?  Zangi or Zrangi?
     

  • Depopulation Crisis in Armenia By Hagop Nalbandian
    10 weeks 6 days ago

    Let's face it: the fish smells from the top. Armenians also have a tendency to self-flagellate. 

    Let President Sargsyan look into the mirror and see the grim in himself. How well has he carried himself so far? How bright and sprite has he been in trying to enforce at least a semblance of civic order? The fact is that we keep on hearing the same tired song of "oligarch, corruption, protection rackets" and so on.

    The groundwork of domestic treason and civic suicide--laid down by Ter Petrossyan--is something that Sargsyan and entourage have felt very comfortable in, like good leather shoes with holes in the sole. 

    Let Sargsyan keep on uttering the words he does, and perhaps he can start living by those words once he sees what a sham his administration is and those of his predecessors have been.

  • Depopulation Crisis in Armenia By Hagop Nalbandian
    10 weeks 6 days ago

    Serzh Sargsyan is absolutely correct. However, he also displays the same attitude. A leader should attempt to build something for posterity. If he is capable of making such an astute and observant comment, perhaps he can stop seeing the Armenian state and nation as sinking ships to be sold, plundered and abandoned at the first sign of a water leak. He and his two predecessors, and their respective entourages of "Jrr Meliks" (refer to Mkhitar Sparapet) have been nothing but utter disappointments! 

  • Depopulation Crisis in Armenia By Vahakn
    10 weeks 6 days ago

    Thank you for your eloquent letter and for your passion for Armenia.

    However, an attitude doesn't come out of nowhere. The citizens of Armenia didn't one day all drink some water which overnight made them grim

    Despite what the president says, the grim attitude is a result of a bad economic situation, corruption (private and public), and government bureaucracy. Most people wouldn't be too eager to leave their homeland if there was the prospect of a decent life.

  • Depopulation Crisis in Armenia By Hagop Nalbandian
    10 weeks 6 days ago

    This posting caught my attention and especially the top quotes in the Report in question.  The most poignant one was uttered by the Republic of Armenia's President Sargssyan himself:

    "The greatest problem of our country is not with the people, is not with the corruption, and nor with the criminals; our country’s greatest problem is the grim attitude. This grim attitude must go. Help us to get rid of that attitude. It’s not the sole responsibility of the authorities. Emigration is predominantly the authorities’ problem but not solely, because people leave Armenia not, as it is often said, because of the shortage of justice or jobs. The core reason for emigration is this grim
    atmosphere, people don’t see light in the end of the tunnel, they have no hopes... What can I do, if there is no civil activity? Please help, I urge you all, let’s change this atmosphere..."

    Serzh Sargsyan, President of Armenia, March 2013"

    The President is absolutely on the mark with this comment, absolutely.  99% of the problem is the deafening loud defeatism and fatalism among ARmenians, and I would love to exterminate its source with whatever ideological memetic pesticide is available.

    It is precisely the attitude that is the problem.  I have heard time and again the reluctance, the actual reluctance to participate in commerce due to the charity being there, for example.  Indeed, I can imagine a small economy with monopolism can be stifling to entrepreneurship, but, truly, I have heard of situations where labor shortages were the case due to the reluctance to work! 

    Armenia has become a country where the interior decor of an individual unit in apartment building is simply impeccable and fresh, but the exterior of the building is reminiscent of an 1800 dilapidated Ottoman village.

  • Hrant Dink--Rational, Far-sighted Thinker By Mesrob
    11 weeks 1 day ago

    To capitalize on Hrant Dink's assassination for political gain is naive and weak political and tactical strategy. Once again we are diverted from the real issues and once again we are given mental and psychological purgatory.

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By Joseph
    11 weeks 1 day ago

    George,

    First of all God does not 'give' land. You are born into it. Secondly, the Jewish Kingdoms that ruled for thousand years took the land by force after wandering in the desert for 40 years (Exodus). It is sad but the truth is that the Israelites are a Homeless people due to their enslavement in Egypt where their whole Nation was born after Joseph invited his father and his brothers to come and live with him in Egypt. They multiplied exponentially, but when a cruel Pharaoh enslaved them, they eventually broke free with the guidance of Moses. They were promised a land, a land which was already inhabited. George how would it feel if God promised another family your house? I do not take sides in this matter, I am from Africa and we have a mountain of problems of our own. But facts are just facts. The Israelis have a right to Palestine just as the Palestinians, it just so happens that the Israelis left after the split (Abraham's two sons Ishmael and Isaac). Jacob who later became Israel after wrestling an angel  is from the line of Isaac. But any how all I am saying is that it is wrong how Isaac is treating Ishmael. They can coexist, but sadly, one brother wants to dominate.

  • «...Մեղսակից Ենք Մենք Բոլորս...» By Nicolai Romashuk
    11 weeks 3 days ago

    Dear Mr. Gaytzag Palandjian,

    On the first place I deeply regret that you have decided not to write to me any more. I thought may be you could learn something as a result of our two way correspondence. I feel very sorry for you.

    For your information, I want to tell you three last things: a Dutchman, named Henk Sleebos--sorry for the dictation--lived somewhere in The Netherlands called Sint Pakras; in English it means Saint Pakras. He had a lot of influence on the atomic industry in The Netherlands, he was also the 15% share holder of the Turkish atomic industry "Gunuz Sire". Because of the logistic help of this Turkish atomic industry and the Dutch industrial of the Urenco and the share holder of "Gunuz Sire" Henk Sleebos, Pakistan completed its atomic bomb dreams..

    On the second place, I was glad to hear that you have seen the film "Dr. Zhivago". If you have not yet been in Hollywood, I will pray for you, that one day you will have the chance to pay a visit to the Hollywood film industries and that all your dreams will become true and you will come to know that Stalin was not from a Russian origin. The Russian people are much too much civilized to commit big crimes, the Indians tell you more about history.

    By this occasion, the last thing that I want to tell you is, if you are insisting that I mentioned a book about 109 Armenian heroes, my advice to you is that you are in need of urgent help, Dr. Phil?

    God Bless You.

    Nicolai Romashuk Hairabedian

     

  • «Նահանջը Առանց Երգի» Վէպի Թարգմանութեան Առիթով By Astrid Arsenian
    11 weeks 3 days ago

    Look at ancient maps and you will see there was no Azerbaijan; no other lands other than Great Armenia in that region.

    In 1915 my two huge Ehramjian families and other near-families were violently killed. All their lives they had dreamt of living free of Turkish slavery.

    Turks committed genocide against my people because they saw the dawning of freedom all over the world.  Turks believed Armenians should stay slaves or be killed.

    Because of the Genocide of 1915 to this day I and my family are suffering. We are being "genocided" every second of our lives.

    Armenia, Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh) and Western Armenia are not Turkish. They belong to Armenians.

    We are going to get our lands back through peace. Remember my Words. They are the words of Jesus.

    But first of all it is respect which every massacred, raped, beaten, burned Christian Armenian is entitled to.

    Remember the Treaty of Lausanne? Unfortunately, my uncle Haykaz Ehramjian was killed in 1941 and is an unknown soldier, but Jews of today deny my pain and don't recognize the Genocide of Armenians.

    The Lord will take His revenge. This is what I pray for.

  • «...Մեղսակից Ենք Մենք Բոլորս...» By Gaytzag Palandjian
    11 weeks 5 days ago

    Me siding with the Nazis? Are you joking?

    Yes, indeed the Soviet Union lost 20 million people in WWII. Part of it was by Stalin who banished many millions to work and die in the goulags--remember "Dr. Zhivago"?

    It is a myth that Russia has helped Armenia. Pray tell as to my first post...when in Kars, they abandoned  us. In Nagorno-Karapagh they sided with the Omon forces of Axerbeijan. Recently they were arming the latter more than did Armenia. To Armenia a few hundred million dollars in arms, to Axerbeijan billions worth of military hardware. For what? To fight back Russia?

    You mentioned a book re the 109 Armenian heroes who fought in the Soviet army. I was assigned by the president of the French Resistance of Armenian origin to have the book translated into  Armenian, which I partially did through the French Lycee in Yerevan. I was invited to assist at Mont Valerien on the 40th Anniversary of  Fusilation of Misak Manouchian and his famous group ¨L´afiche Rouge¨.

    This will be my last post to you since you twist everything and then near dub me a Nazi or a sympathizer.

    Adios!

  • Saroyan’s Popular But Nonsensical Quote By Vahe
    11 weeks 5 days ago

    Harut,

    In fairness to William Saroyan, he has never advocated creating a new Armenia, at least not in his actual poster relevant quote.

    His has been enjoyment in the company of an Armenian friend as the two mock the big ideas of the world in a beer parlor, surely as they sip a cold beer.

  • «...Մեղսակից Ենք Մենք Բոլորս...» By Nicolai Romashuk
    11 weeks 5 days ago

    Dear Mr. Gaytzag Palandjian,

    1. Most of the foreign fighters who fought against our army were getting paid for it.
    2.  Urenco and Stork companies have joint venture uranium-enrichment factories in Turkey. Turkey has delivered to Pakistan such nuclear technology as aluminum castings, dynamos, etc. The name of the Turkish company is E.T.I. The major Pakistani figure responsible for the development of Pakistan's atomic bomb is A.Q. Khan.
    3. "Business as usual". Yes, the Azeris will never be able to use these weapons because they don't have the know-how. The Russians have repeatedly said that the Artsakh problem must be solved through peaceful means.
    4. I hope you will also cherish Armenia's Medzamor nuclear power plant, the National Library and many other valuable  constructions such as the Yerevan Square.
    5. With a lot of respect to Vartan Oskanian, politics is politics. When a woman loves two men and says to both that she loves them, you can call it politics, betrayal or anything you like. We were raised with the saying "a good neighbor is much desirable to a friend who lives far away".
    6. Armenia's mines. Allow me to remind you of the blood diamonds, slavery, etc.
    7. I said that very few foreign presidents have laid wreaths at Dzidzernagapert. We do respect Hillary Clinton for laying a wreath and for showing  respect to the victims of the Armenian Genocide.  Let's not forget that it a was personal gesture and not an official decision on behalf of the American government. Besides, she was not a US president. I hope that one day she will become president. Vladimir Putin was and is the president of the Russian Federation.

    Of course, we are very thankful to the American government for its financial support of our country, but by not recognizing the Armenian  Genocide it is also responsible for the poverty in Armenia. I disagree with you strongly for not being thankful to the Russians and the Soviet Union for their granting many years of peace to us .

    The Soviet Union lost more than 20 million of its citizens in WWII when Armenia was part of the Soviet Union. Upon my request and with the permission of our President Serzh Sarkissian, Suzanne Shahinian directed a documentary about WWII Armenian military casualties. Unfortunately,  may be you are siding with the Nazis.

    Nicolai Romashuk Hairabedian

     

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By Dave Makkar
    11 weeks 6 days ago

    India, which used to be called Bharat according to Biblical times, used to comprise Afghanistan, Burma (Mynmar) Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Tibet (China). So according to butcher Zionists occupying Palestine, Hindus of India around the world must reclaim these countries to make one Bharat. Hindus must butcher all those who do not agree with them.

    Shame on America and all those brain paralyzed racists around the world who call Jews the Chosen People of God. How come the enemy of humanity can be the chosen people of world? These so-called chosen people of God have converted America into a Zionist colony which is much bigger than Palestine. What more do they need now?

    Mahatma Gandhi (Nov. 1938) rejected the claims of Zionist for a Jewish homeland in Palestine. Gandhi asserted: "My sympathy does not blind me to the requirements of justice. The cry for the national home for the Jews does not make much appeal to me. The sanction for it is sought in the Bible and in the tenacity with which the Jews have hankered after their return to Palestine. Why should they not, like other peoples of the earth, make that country their home where they are born and where they earn their livelihood?"

    Gandhi thus questioned the very foundational logic of political Zionism. He  rejected the idea of a Jewish State in the Promised Land by pointing out that the "Palestine of the Biblical conception is not a geographical tract."

  • Saroyan’s Popular But Nonsensical Quote By Harut Der-Tavitian
    11 weeks 6 days ago

    For many years I have displayed Saroyan's quote in my office, along with photos of Ararat, David of Sassoun, the St. Cross Church of Aghtamar, Sardarabad and a few others. I don't intend to tuck it away, despite having some reservations. First of all, we should not forget that the quote dates back to 1936, when we were still coming out of misery. So, from that background, we have come a long way and that's one point I bring to the attention of those who inquire about the plaque. The major reservation I have, however, is with the last sentence, "For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a new Armenia". Until a few years ago, I took it as a complement, an expression of nationalism. However, in view of Armenia's depopulation, I realized that we have been deceiving ourselves. We have been creating so many illusionary Armenias around the world that we are on the verge of losing the real one. Saroyan's quote should be reinterpreted as a call for action to strengthen age-old Armenia, in the spirit of David of Sassoun and Sardarabad.
     

  • Hrant Dink--Rational, Far-sighted Thinker By Garabed
    12 weeks 2 hours ago

    It’s time that we see more such articles analyzing in depth what Hrant Dink stood for along with eulogizing him. Undoubtedly he was a unique, charismatic and genuinely likeable individual. He reached unimaginable social heights for someone who came from an Armenian orphanage where he met the love of his life. He may be the only Armenian “orphan” whom Armenians and many Turks revered as a grown-up person.

    His views about Armenian-Turkish relations are not publically known well, nor seriously discussed. Admitting that I don't know him well, the following are my views of the man: I remain under the impression that he advocated outright and unconditional dialogue with Turks. He was someone who did not see any contradiction between being a good Armenian by birth and upbringing and a good Turk by citizenship. Past Turkish atrocities did not cloud his views of present-day Turkish society. He advocated coming to terms with Turkish history as a good Turkish citizen as much as an Armenian. He positioned himself against the infamous Turkish article 301 as a Turk as much as an Armenian. He appreciated the good in both.

    In upholding his memory, I remain under the impression that we are more content to perpetuate the memory of the horrid reality of his assassination as the modern-day 1,500,001th Genocide Victim more than analyzing the merits of what he stood for.

  • State Governance By Ted
    12 weeks 1 day ago

    Maybe the question posed should be whether civic groups "should" make a difference rather than "can" civic groups make a difference. Some groups like Armenian Technological Group have been very positive. Others, through their own agendas, have been extremely divisive. Self-restraint needs to be exercised by certain groups.

  • Saroyan’s Popular But Nonsensical Quote By Vahe
    12 weeks 3 days ago

    I purchased the plaque inscribed with the Saroyan quote well over a decade ago, but the merit of that inscription remains a lingering thought. I take the liberty of sharing it with Keghart readers.

    I read Saroyan’s original text for the very first time thanks to C.K. Garabed’s comment. It is obvious that the inscription on the plaque is not only sanitized but also altered. I also read Zaven Khanjian’s article for the very first time.

    It is hard to accept that Saroyan alleges “the productive meeting of two Armenians did not hinge on the chronological proximity of an event like the Genocide”. His quote is dated twenty years (1935) after the Genocide and on the eve of what would be another catastrophic event--the Second World War. Saroyan references Genocide outright and hypothesizes “Let us say that it is again 1915. There is war in the world”.

  • «...Մեղսակից Ենք Մենք Բոլորս...» By Gaytzag Palandjian
    12 weeks 4 days ago

    Mr. Romashuk,
    I will reply one by one to your  queries and/or defensive utterances.
    1.Your reference to my Russian soldiers fighting alongside Omon Turk-Tatar forces is absurd. Russian soldiers (Soviet then) were not mercenaries.The latter were Afghan Mujaheeds, Chechens and some such.
    2. I quote your ¨Turkey helps other countries with nuclear technology¨. You must be either dreaming or sending best wishes to Turkey. Turkey has  nuclear technology?
    3.¨Business as usual¨ (your words for Russia). If so, you are confirming what I wrote.
    4. Arpa Sevan and Dzidzernakapert neglected by me plus a dozen intellectuals, you said. I cherish them all.
    5.As to former Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian, he initiated the complementarian (so to speak) diplomacy to steer Armenia away from siding with one or the other powers.

    6.The Minerals  that Armenia ,in extension the Armenian people posess ,will be  mined and made use  of by more competent leaders,soon,hopefully.
    7.As to laying wreaths at the Tzitzernakapert  Monument to our martyrs mutilated and butchered by genocide state,many Western leaders and Eastern ones  have also done so. Some do it without pomp(like FM-read,secretary  of state Hillary Clinton-and many others.Time is nearing when both U.K. and USA will officially recognize  the Armenian Genocide ,do  not worry about  that. BTW. America,i.e.,USA, has so far  given as  aid to RA  over TWO billion dollars,what  has the ex-soviet  union  country  Russia given,other than taking over  huge factory in Armenia , because latter  owed a paltry  120 million dollars to Russia.
    Near forgot  ,the Ten or I hear it may exceed to become   TWENTY  billion dollars  CREDIT  that pres.Putin  has decided to extend to Turkey is money  in equipment(same  thing)plus  technology and trained  technicians to set that  up.Turks familiar  with nuclear Technology??? this indeed  is very QUESTIONALBE.I let  others explain to you  how  far advanced  Turks are  in technologies....
    The Rug (orphans) to be  displayed and/or Soghanalian affair.
    These are  small change.Think of over 200,000 Armenian  soldiers who gave their lives in defense of the Hairenakan(patriotic) WWII,plus  some more in other allied  forces.

  • Saroyan’s Popular But Nonsensical Quote By Sam
    12 weeks 5 days ago
    In the Armenian Reporter link mentioned above, there is the following paragraph that says a lot:

    "....Was the poster wording not quite a faithful reproduction of the original? Yes. But was the spirit of Saroyan's idea compromised by the poster version? Not at all. It is clear to me that whereas it was indisputably wrong to tweak Saroyan's original text, it was done only with the intention of making it even more powerful by the inclusion of the word "Armenia," and also securing non-time-specific resonance to the author's image. Within this context, Nakashian had thought that mention of the beer parlor was not a critical component of the image, and that the productive meeting of two Armenians did not hinge on the chronological proximity of an event like the Genocide."
  • «...Մեղսակից Ենք Մենք Բոլորս...» By Nicolai Romashuk Hairabedian
    12 weeks 5 days ago

    Dear Sir,

    I read your comment with a lot of tears in my eyes. The mines you mentioned will not make our country independent. In Africa they also have diamond mines but many call them "blood diamonds". Some Arab countries have huge oil fields but not the technology to become free and independent. We don't have the technology either. It's baseless to say that Russia helped the Tatar-Azeris to fight our freedom fighters. These troops were fighting our freedom fighters for money. It's true that Russia sold arms for billions of dollars to Azerbaijan. That's business as usual.

    The Azeris will never be able to use these weapons because of their lack of know-how. Regarding Turkey, please take into consideration that Turkey is helping other countries with nuclear technology. Pakistan is one example. Besides, if the Russians do not build it, the French or other powers will be glad to build a nuclear power plant for Turkey. The Russians can't afford to let other powers steal the cheese from their bread.

    I felt also very sorry seeing you compare the Bolsheviks with the Soviet Union. Why are you trying to neglect the Dsidsernagapert, Arpa Sevan and all our intellectuals like Mikoyans, Lazarians, Viktor Hampartsumian, Aram Khachaturian, Tatoul Altunian etc. Can't you see that a century after the Armenian Genocide, the United States and the other "Christian" super-powers not only do not recognize the Armenian Genocide but they are not even allowing the display of the rugs knitted by our orphans of the Genocide.

    You also mentioned also Vartan Oskanian. I respect all our politicians, but the first Armenian refugees who fled Armenia and whom I welcomed in Europe fled Armenia at the time of Ter Petrossian, Raffi Hovhannisian, Vartan Oskanian, etc. One person who possibly could have stopped the immigration from Armenia, Vazken Sarksian, we killed him with our hands. We can´t blame the Turks or the Azeris for that.

    I agree with you that Gorbachev was late to reach the Armenians in need in Sumgait and Baku. If it was miscalculation or purposely done, it´s up to God to judge him.

    If you have the chance to read Melkon Gurjian´s "Bantookhdi Gyanken", grab it with both hands. You will then come to know more about Armenia before the Soviet Union.

    When the Armenian-American arms dealer--the late Soghanalian--sold tanks to Saddam Hussein to confront the Americans, the US asked Soghanalian why did he sell the tanks. His answer was: "If I hadn´t done it, then someone else would have done it."

    How many foreign presidents have you seen placing a wreath the Dzidzernagapert Monument in memoriam of the Armenian Genocide cictims? President Putin DID IT. He has the guts.

    Nicolai Romashuk Hairabedian 

  • European Court of Human Rights' Rogue Decision By Vahe
    12 weeks 5 days ago

    As a matter of principle, I am opposed to holding individuals who deny the Armenian Genocide or the Holocaust or those who believe in creationism as criminals. The crime is not in their utterances but in the tolerance of the public.  

    People who should be held at bay are those who oppose educating students or the public about historical facts. Laws should safeguard freedom of education and no legislation should be passed that entails wasting precious resources by persecuting misguided individuals.

  • Two Solitudes, Two Narratives By Garabed
    12 weeks 6 days ago

    If we were to take Newton’s third law that for every action there is an opposite and equal reaction, then it is the Turkish reaction that is the measure of the Armenian effectiveness. The former is substantial given the tremendous amount of monies and efforts the Turks spend supporting revision, if not outright denial of the Armenian Genocide.

  • «...Մեղսակից Ենք Մենք Բոլորս...» By Gaytzag Palandjian
    12 weeks 6 days ago

    You err Mr.Nicolai Rumashuk. Firstly, Armenia is rich in minerals: gold, bronze, molibdenum, etc.     
    Armenia does not have to be dependent on Mother Russia, to whom, you believe, we should bend over. Russia has betrayed Armenia a number of times.

    1. At Kars in 1917. They may say it was because of the Red Revolution etc. which has nothing to do with leaving the huge arms/munitions cache to Turks via an incompetent Russian officer, whom the Turks bribed. Also when Lenin thought/imagined that he could bribe the Turks with  gold and arms turning Mustafa Kemal's Turkey into a Soviet republic. He forgot ally Armenia.
    2. When Azeri Tatar-Turks butchered Armenians in Sumgait and Baku, Garbachov could have sent over huge Antonovs with Russian troops within 24  hours. But he delayed it intentionally for a whole week.
    3. Russia lent its troops to the OMON Tatar-Azeris to fight our freedom fighters.
    4. Russia recently sold $2 to $3 billion worth of modern armament to Axerbaijan.
    5. Russia recently promised to lend to Turkey $10 billion and technicians to build nuclear power stations in Turkey. It could have advanced the money to us to re-open dozen factories that were abandoned when the Soviet Union collapsed. Instead it pompously bestowed medals (not even gold) on the chests of a few Armenian veterans who fought in the Hairenakan War. That was the appreciation we got ... medals  only.
    Armenia can obtain gas from Iran. It was announced by an Iranian delegation which was in Armenia when Serge Sarksyan signed the deal with Putin.
    Armenia can copy the governance style of Switzerland. One of the Swiss laws orders that citizens who undergo training  in the army return home with their weapon ... just  in case some Hitler invades the country.
    One more thing. After four years of hard negotiations with the EU, the U-turn of  Sarksyan will not be easily swallowed. Armenia should follow the "complementarian" diplomacy that former minister  Vartan Oskanian set forth so as to be a sovereign  country.
    By the way, Zori Balayan should consider that whenever our kings have allied with a protagonist in the duel of empires, we  have  lost. We must be well-armed and depend on our own human and material resources. We need to re-organize in Diaspora and through our magnates form the nucleus of a national investment trust fund and start repatriation to the RoA and Artsakh NOW.

  • Canadian Turks Should Condemn, Not Condone, Genocide Denial By Gary
    13 weeks 23 hours ago

    Despite overwhelming documentation by international scholars, the Turkish denial machine continues to deploy falsehoods, innuendo, unsubstantiated accusations and revisionist historical discourse to promote its unique version of history. It has borrowed the methods of the old tobacco lobby which claimed there was lack of scientific consensus on smoking, and has even hired some of the same American lobbying firms. 

    Genocide denial plays upon our innate sense of fairness. It manipulates the lofty premise that every story has two sides that deserve equal hearing. Genocide denial succeeds by casting just enough confusion in the minds of well-intentioned third parties to cause some doubt about the reality of the Genocide. The deniers do not have to prove their allegations, only plant doubt, and then leave it to others to prove or disprove the facts, which most third parties do not have the expertise, time or patience to pursue.

    The importance of not succumbing to genocide denial is not only to preserve the memory of historical events, but also because truth is a way of paying our respects to the victims. Denial robs us of a portion of our humanity. Moreover, if genocides can be perpetrated and successfully denied, tyrants of the world will draw their own conclusions, as the notorious statement by Adolf Hitler in 1939 proves. Trying to justify his plans to invade Poland and annihilate the Polish people, the Nazi dictator said: “Who today remembers the annihilation of the Armenians?” Finally, genocides that are denied tend to be forgotten, thus cutting us from knowledge that might help prevent future atrocities. For this reason, denial of the Armenian Genocide is not just an Armenian issue. It is an issue for all of humanity. It is an attack on all history and on the way we transmit the past to the future.

    Kudos to Mr. Sassounian for exposing another Turkish denial scheme. 

  • «...Մեղսակից Ենք Մենք Բոլորս...» By Nicolai Romashuk Hairabedian
    13 weeks 1 day ago

    Ինձ թվում է թէ մենք չենք հասկանում ոչ մեր պատվարժան Նախագահ պարոն Սերժ Սարգսյանին եւ ոչ ալ մեր մտավորական եւ հարգարժան պարոն Զօրի Բալայանին::

    Անկախ պետություն, նշանակում է, ըլլալ անկախ տնտեսապես, եւ ըլլալ անկախ ռազմական ուժով:

    Ինչպես տեսնում էք մեր ներկա Հայրենիքին վիճակը, եթէ կույր չեք, պետք է որ ի վիճակի լինեք տեսնելու որ, մեր երկիրը, մեր Հայրենիքը, դժբախտաբար ի վիճակի չէ իր բնակիչներուն,
    կերակրելու եւ ոչ ալ գործով ապահովելու, այս մէկը նշանակում է որ մեր Հայրենիքը տնտեսապես մեղմ ասած կախյալ է անկախ երկիրներու նյութական եւ տնտեսական օգնությունից:

    Պատերազմի ընթացքին, մեր Հայրենիքը, կախյալ է անկախ պետություններու ռազմամթերքի հայթաթումից որ անվճառ չէ, եւ ոչ ալ նվեր, այս ալ նշանակում է թէ, անկախ պետությունները կարող են մերժել մեզի զենք վաճառելը, այդ պարագային պէտք է որ անձնատւր լինենք թշնամուն, մեր կնոջ եւ երեխեքի հետ միասին եւ կամ ալ հավիտյանս հավիտենից պարտքերու տակ չոքինք:

    Ին՞չ մեղք ունի հոս մեր պատվարժան Նախագահ պարոն Սերժ Սարգսյանը, մեր հարգելի մտավորական պարոն Զօրի Բալայանը եւ կամ Ծիծեռնակաբերդում մեր անմեղ զոհերուն
    հիշատակը հարգող հզօր եւ պատվարժան պարոն Փութինը:

    «Ողբամ զքեզ Հայ ժողովուրդ որ տակավին դավաճաններու ես ծնունդ տալիս»:

    Նիքօլա Րօմաշուք Հայրապետեան

  • Գառզու՝ Կյանքն Ու Ստեղծագործությունը By Անի
    13 weeks 1 day ago

    Բավականաչափ տեղեկություն  ստացա, սակայն կ'ուզենայի ճշդել մատուռ-թանգարանի քաղաքը, դա Մանոսկում է այլ ոչ թե Մասոնքում:

  • Saroyan’s Popular But Nonsensical Quote By D. Krikorian
    13 weeks 1 day ago

    Interesting points, Vahe. Well done. I believe your interpretation has merit.
    -David

  • Saroyan’s Popular But Nonsensical Quote By Nareg Seferian
    13 weeks 1 day ago


    See "How I came to know Saroyan: The story of a poster", by Zaven Khanjian in The Armenian Reporter, Nov. 1, 2008.

  • Canadian Turks Should Condemn, Not Condone, Genocide Denial By Hayorti
    13 weeks 2 days ago

    There's no shred of evidence from any authority that Turkish-Canadian high school students have been bullied or have become objects of hate or ridicule in Canada because of the Toronto District School Board's Genocide curriculum. Raising fear that mentioning the Genocide of Armenians would result in the persecution of Turkish students is a red-herring intended to instill fear among Canadians. 

    To follow the Turkish Federation's logic, Western history books should not mention that the Ottoman armies twice threatened to conquer Austria and eventually Western Europe. And perhaps while they are at it, French, British, American history books should not mention that the Turks fought against them during the First World War.

    The Turkish-Canadian Federation's fabrication of fears is an old ruse. Realizing how important multiculturalism to the fabric of Canada, the Turkish lobby never fails to raise false fears that this or that, including the Genocide curriculum, would be threat to Canadian multiculturalism. The Turkish strategy underestimates the knowledge and intelligence of Canadians.

  • Canadian Turks Should Condemn, Not Condone, Genocide Denial By Mesrob
    13 weeks 2 days ago

    Instead of condemning the curriculum, the Turkish Federation in Canada should pressure the Turkish Government to revise its racist educational system which incites hatred against Armenian in Turkey. Turkish school curriculum uses hostile language against Armenians to deny the Genocide and sow further seeds of hatred in a society where it's an insult to be called Armenian.

    How can Turkey be accepted in civilized society when for more than a century it has filled the hearts and minds of Turkish students with falsehood and hatred?

  • Canadian Turks Should Condemn, Not Condone, Genocide Denial By Vahakn
    13 weeks 2 days ago

    My understanding is that the curriculum is creating a healthy dialogue between Armenian and Turkish students to discuss the issue and create friendships in contrast to what the Turkish Federation is claiming. The curriculum is healing the long-held wounds rather than aggravating them.

  • Saroyan’s Popular But Nonsensical Quote By C.K. Garabed
    13 weeks 2 days ago

    For a comprehensive review of the poster (s), see:commentary in "The Armenian Weekly", Aug. 8, 2009, Mincing Words by C. K. Garabed.
     

  • The Bird's Nest in Byblos (Video clip) By Krikor Ajemian
    13 weeks 4 days ago

    My mother, Shnorhig/Grace Satamian Ajemian, was raised at Birds Nest in Byblos, Lebanon. I have  family photos of "Mama" Mary Jacobson.

  • Ամանորեայ Մեր Խօսքը By Վահէ
    13 weeks 5 days ago

    Արմենակին աշակերտը եղած եմ տասնեակ մը տարիներ առաջ, բայց ոչ հայագիտութեան այլ քիմիագիտութեան: Այդ օրերէն ի վեր անյագ ընթերցող մը մնացած եմ Արեւմտահայերէնով եւ Արեւելահայերէնով: Մայրս իմ տկար ուղղագրութիւնս կը վերագրէր այդ իրողութեանը, ինչպէս այս քանի մը տողերը շատ հաւանաբար ցոյց տան:

    Լեզուագէտ չեմ, բայց հետեւեալը նկատողութեան կը յանձնեմ նախկին ուսուցչիս:

    Վերնագիրերը նախադասութիւններ չեն: Հոն չկան բայեր եւ ոչ ալ կը վերջանան վերջակէտով մը: Հետեւաբար վերնագիրերը զուրկ են քերականական օրէնքներէն որոշ չափով:

    Վերնագիրերը բառերու շարան մըն են, ինչպէս է պարագան այս նկատողութեանը: Վերնագիրերը ընթերցողը կը կարդայ հետեւողութեամբ: Հետեւաբար իւրաքանչիւր բառ պատշաճ է որ գլխագիրով մը սկսի, ինպէս է պարագան բառարանի մը բառերու սկզբնատառ վերնագրին:

    Այսպէս, չեմ բաժներ Արմենակին այս նկատողութիւնը, ոչ ալ կը ժխտեմ քերականական հիմքերու վրայ: Իմ նախընտրութիւնս է տեսնել վերնագրին սկսբնատառերը գլխագիրով ներկայացուած: Եթէ Հայաստանցի մեր հայրենակիցները այդ սովորութիւնը չեն որդեգրած, այդպէս թող ըլլայ իրենց համար այնքան ատեն որ «հայացուցած» օտար բառեր չեն անոնք:

    Գալով Արմենակին Պարոյր Աղպաշանեանին  նկատողութեանը, այդ Կը բաժնեմ ամբողջութեամբ:

  • Together Against Genocide Denial By Mardehros
    14 weeks 5 hours ago

    I strongly believe that the Holocaust needs to be included in the discussion of denial. It will change the entire approach for the better. No one can fight the issue better than Jewish people. It will improve the perspective for the issue.

  • Բոլո՛րը Ուշացած Են, Բայց, Մինչեւ Ե՞րբ... By Արմենակ
    14 weeks 1 day ago

    Պարոյր Աղպաշեան կը նմանի այն ուղևորին, որ գիշեր ատեն փապուղի կը մտնէ և  զարմացած կը դժգոհի, թէ ոչինչ կ'երևի, և  ոչինչ կը տեսնէ, բայց և այնպէս մոմ մը վառելու մասին չի մտածեր: Յիշեալ բոլոր ախտաճանաչումները օրը-օրին եղած են, անիւի գիւտը կատարողի հովեր առնելու պէտք չկայ: Ազգը հիմա լուսաւորիչներու կը կարօտի, թէկուզ մէկ մոմի սահմաններուն մէջ. Աղպաշեան այդ մոմը ունի՞, կրնա՞յ վառել: Լաւ կ'ընէ, եթէ մեր ցաւերէն միայն մէկ հատին՝ թէկուզ ամենահամեստին,  ծրագրեալ դարմանումը առաջարկէ: Եւ ...  կանխայայտ շնորհակալութիւն:

  • Ամանորեայ Մեր Խօսքը By Արմենակ
    14 weeks 1 day ago

    Յարգելի՛ տնօրէնութիւն «Գեղարդ»-ի

    Ձեր կայքը կը հաւնիմ, ինչպէս նաև ձեր տեսակէտները կը յարգեմ:  Ես ուղղագրական հարցերով շատ կը զբաղիմ, առ այս շատ խորթ կը գտնենմ խորագրերու բոլոր բառերը գլխագրելու ձեր սկզբունքը, օրինակ՝  «Հայ Մամուլի Դերը, Տեղը և Առաքելութիւնը» և նմանները, ինչ որ հայերէնի ուղղագրական սկզբունքներուն բոլորովին հակառակ երևոյթ է, այլ հարց թէ համաճարակի մը պէս տարածուած է ան  մեր հրապարակագրութեան մէջ...բայց բոլորովին տգիտութեան պատճառով և հետևողութեամբ ամերիկեան կարգ մը թերթերու:

    Չէ՞ք գտներ, թէ աւելի ազնիւ է գրել՝ «Հայ մամուլի դերը, տեղը և առաքելութիւնը», ինչպէս շատ կոկիկ ու հայեցի ոճով կ'ընեն զայն արևելահայերը, որոնք Ամերիկա  հաստատուելով՝ ամերիկեան թոյնէն չեն խաթարուած: Խորագիրի հանգամանքը յարգելու  համար՝ կարելի է անոր տառերը քիչ մը խոշոր ընտրել. օրինակ՝ 12-ի փոխարէն՝ 14: Փորձեցէ՛ք և պիտի տեսնէք, թէ որքա՜ն վայելուչ է ան, մանաւանդ՝ հայեցի է: Կրնա՞մ այս մասին ձեր տեսակէտը ունենալ և ակնկալել փոփոխութիւն մը:

  • The Armenian Psyche By Vahakn
    14 weeks 1 day ago

    Re "Armenian Psyche", "A people constantly subjected to revisions of its identity ends up by losing it or becoming schizophrenic." --Emilio Gentile, Italian historian.

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By Mesrob
    14 weeks 2 days ago

    Zionists and pro-Zionists have, for decades, claimed that they converted the desert (Palestine) into garden (Israel). While this is a falsehood (long before the European Zionists showed up, Palestinian Arabs had industries and even exported fruits to Europe: the iconic Jaffa orange was an Arab export), I would like to address the desert/garden metaphor.

    To claim that Zionists turned the desert into a garden thus Zionism is a good idea is like saying that a stranger has the right to grab your house because he can decorate your house more elegantly than you can.  

    There are numerous other myths ("Palestine was promised by God to the Jews", the Israeli fight against the Arabs is a "David and Goliath" encounter, etc.) which Zionists have peddled to the world and especially to the West. Unfortunately, their propaganda has been successful, although people everywhere are finally waking up to the Zionist lies.

    One big satisfaction: Thanks to US support, Israel has been able to vanquish the Palestinians on the battlefield. However, Israel will lose the demographic battle as Palestinians become the majority soon not only in the West Bank but in all of occupied Palestine. Unlike 1948 and 1967, Palestinians will stay on the ground no matter the Israeli provocation. All the Israeli nuclear bombs will not make a difference in this silent battle. The revenge of the womb.

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By Sam
    14 weeks 2 days ago
    Hey Maurice, having built extravagant so-called "Metropolis" doesn't give them the right to commit genocide and holocaust on Palestinians.

    They were able to build that metropolis due to the illegal accession of foreign aid from numerous countries by extortion, bribery and more.

    Give the same amount of aid to the Palestinians and they will build a similar metropolis, if not better, but at least they will not do harm to other nations...
  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By Hagop
    14 weeks 3 days ago

    Dear George, My name is Hagop. The Hebrew word for it is Yaakov. That is, before Adonai changed the name of my forefathers to Israel. I strongly believe I have exact resemblance to the Israelites who settled in the Armenian Highlands some 2,000 years ago to spread a movement started by Yeshua Ha-Mashiach. However, most modern Ashkenazi Jews who settled in the land of our King David do not have any resemblance to my features, neither do Sephardic Jews who have been living on the land for over 3,000 years peacefully. Our father Abraham left his father's southern Iraqi home (now located in Kuwait). Is it worth exploring it further? If you read the Torah carefully, you will see that God promised Abraham that he would be the father of many nations. Likewise God asked Moses to destroy the disobedient nations which were grudgingly following him to the Promised Land.

    If you were religious, it is worth taking the complete texts written in the Torah and not just one or the other. Interestingly, in Genesis 49:10, the rule of Judah would end when Shiloh arrives. This clearly means that the land no longer will be ruled by Judah after the arrival of Messiah. We, the new Israelites (or Christians), do not believe in physical kingdom anymore, because the promised Messiah, the son of David, the Redeemer made it clear that his kingdom is not of this earth. We, the sons of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the heirs of David, who believes in the kingdom of God, have been promised a heavenly kingdom and not on earth. I find it ironic when the Ashkenazis, who have no genetic link to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, have claims to land that was not promised to them. Respectfully, Hagop (Yaakov)

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By Tim
    14 weeks 6 days ago

    I'm English, which means I'm Anglo Saxon. So there's a good chance I come from Saxony in Germany at some point in my past. This was, though, maybe 1,200 years ago. Now this is more recent than when the Jews left Israel of course. So... maybe I can go back to Germany, kick out Germans and make them refugees, imprison and torture some more and call all who resist terrorists.
     

  • The Myth of Turkish Secularism By Gaytzag Palandjian
    14 weeks 6 days ago

    David Boyajian's description is informative. If it did not please Bulig, that is his/her viewpoint.

    According to a highly-educated Iranian, Turkey is a ¨paper tiger¨. Unfortunately, on this side of the ocean few know of the atrocities its predecessors committed against its subjects, the Ermenis. It will be a long time before this myth of it being a secular state is exposed to the world. The minorities there are silent. A very few have been courageous enough to stand up, but then they are cut down by the harsh regime.

    Best for people like Bulig would be to try to educate their people to be like the neighboring Iran. While Iran is not a secular state, it respects all, or near all religions, except for the Bahai. The day Iran dismantles at least part of its religious/state stance and opts for a more liberal secular state, the competitiveness of  some of its neighbors will sink to the bottom of ocean.

  • The Armenian Psyche By Vahe
    15 weeks 1 hour ago

    Shahe, I rephrase a comment I have made earlier.

    The Nov. 8, 2010 issue of "Newsweek" magazine carried an article titled “Sins of Grandfathers”. The crux of the article is the following: “The life experiences of grandparents and even great-great-grandparents alter their eggs and sperm so indelibly that the changes are passed on to their children, grandchildren and beyond”.

    This finding then lets me believe that the descendants of the genocide survivors carry genes that have been shaped by the common experiences. In some sense then they are brothers and sisters and hence exhibit a common personality trait.
     

  • Syrian Armenians By Susan
    15 weeks 5 hours ago

    You are asking if the Armenian community is doing enough to the Syrian Armenians. Well, I am curious to know the reason you are asking this question. So all the Armenians organizations, church, parties and charitable communities have joined effort to help and it is the first phenomena in the Armenian history and you still have a question mark in your mind. I think this is great. It shows progress.

    I think you are right. [.....]Your subconscious got it correct and it is for that reason that you are posing the question. Good for you!!!
     

  • The Myth of Turkish Secularism By Vahe
    15 weeks 1 day ago

    I found David Boyajian's article very informative. For one, I never knew that a "ministry" called Diyanet with such a budget and such an outreach existed in Turkey and could possibly exist for any form of government claiming to be secular.

  • The Armenian Psyche By Gaytzag Palandjian
    15 weeks 1 day ago

    Many have evaluated the residue of the Genocide trauma. You could have saved your breath. I suggest that you write about our genetic traits which are far more important. A few dare comment upon it. Not me: I have stressed the importance of bringing these to light and of making an effort to overcome them, ASAP. These are: jealousy and uncooperative attitude. Each of us (according to my kin) is "ishkhan-ishkhanouhi" (prince-princess)!
    Do not worry about Type A. Worry about the above  two traits.
    Best to the "hasgtsoghin".

  • The Armenian Psyche By Shahe Boghossian
    15 weeks 4 days ago

    While the Type A personality is genetic to our psyche, we have to add the fact that the trauma of the Genocide has pulled us all towards Type A as well.

    We should never forget that trauma can be trans-generational as well. We are still feeling the trauma of the Genocide as third-generation Armenians. This trauma is pulling us more toward Type A.

  • Բոլո՛րը Ուշացած Են, Բայց, Մինչեւ Ե՞րբ... By Vosgan Mekhitarian
    15 weeks 4 days ago

    Իրապաշտ վերլուծումներու պակասը մեր ազգային-հասարակական կեանքին մէջ կու գայ լեցնելու Պարոյր Աղպաշեան իր յանդուգն, արդար եւ իրաւ  յօդուածներով: 

  • Humanitarian Petition to Armenia's Authorities By Sebastian
    15 weeks 4 days ago
    I visited many web sites but the audio quality for audio songs present at this web page is really superb.
  • Humanitarian Petition to Armenia's Authorities By Dorthy
    15 weeks 4 days ago

    Pretty great post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wished to say that I have truly loved browsing your blog posts. In any case I will be subscribing for your rss feed and I'm hoping you write once more very soon!

  • Syrian Armenians By Armen
    15 weeks 5 days ago

    When you ask "are we doing enough?", who is the "we" referred to? The community, Canadian- Armenians, Diaspora Armenians, etc.?

  • The Myth of Turkish Secularism By Bulig
    15 weeks 5 days ago

    It's a funny article: a journalist who is keen on the number of mosques [in Turkey], and secularism. But he forgot that a nation and a government are two different things. Our government can be secular but most of Turks and Kurds (on the right or left ), whether practicing or not, feel Muslim and mostly Sunni. A secular government should provide  things to its people. As in everywhere, the majority is dominant in defining things. I wonder if the number of mosques in Turkey are comparable to the number of churches in England, France or Spain. I think they have even more.

    As a non-practicing Muslim, I want a mosque around. Why does that bother you--non-Muslim or non-Sunni? If the problem is equality, the equality should not be in the number. The number should match the population size and needs. İf there are 10,000 Armenians, do you want 10,000 Orthodox [Apostolic] Armenian churches? Is it really a need to feed the superior feelings? All minorities (except the Alevis ) have sufficient number of places for the purpose.  Of course, we may need to define what is the ''purpose'' for you (especially for those from outside Turkey).

    Things are improving in Turkey. We know that we have many things to overcome but so far there is not a single country which we can say is a good example to follow. Your criticism is fine but while doing so please put your Islamophobia aside and take your Christianized shirt off. Then you may understand or criticize things with objectivity. Have a nice Xmas.

    Best regards,
    Bulig
     

  • Historian Krikorian No Longer with us By Sherita
    15 weeks 5 days ago

    Hi, My name is Kavin. This is my first occasion for commenting anywhere. When I read this article, I thought I should let you know that historian Krikorian is no longer with us and to tell you that yours is a good post.

  • The Armenian Psyche By Vahe
    15 weeks 6 days ago

    We had personality test once. Mine was A; now I know why. My boss’ was B and I knew why he was the boss. His 11th commandment hanging on the wall of his office read: “Blessed are those who are flexible for they shall not break!”

  • The Myth of Turkish Secularism By Roupen Dekmezian, Houston
    15 weeks 6 days ago

    Mr. Boyajian, superb article and quite revealing. This is how we can dismantle the myth of Turkey as seen by many Western countries.

    I figure the very recent events in Turkey involving the "moderate" cleric Gulen, who is at least partly financed by the CIA (skimpy information on this), may unravel the religious order in Turkey and upset the balance of power because of Erdogan's defiant stance toward the US and Israel.

  • The Armenian Psyche By Effie Karadjian
    15 weeks 6 days ago

    Wow, bang on! A well-written, concise and objective analysis of our collective psyche. Will share.

  • Katia Peltekian Book Launch in London By Laurice
    15 weeks 6 days ago

    Katia, some people thought differently. Thanks for the true position of the British. This book of yours surely clears all misunderstandings.
     

  • The Armenian Psyche By Jack Chelebian
    16 weeks 4 hours ago
    Well said! A succinct & cogent stab at a complex topic. Jack Chelebian, M.D.
  • Հայց. Եկեղեցին Պատանդ է By Kenell Touryan
    16 weeks 6 hours ago

    Ոսկան Մխիթարեանի յօդուածը՝ ցաւոք սրտի իրատես և տխուր պատկեր մը ներկայացնէ մեր Եկեղեցւոյ առաջնորդներուն: Մենք մեզ կը կոչենք Քրիստոնեայ միայն անունով և կուրանանք անոր էական իմաստը և բուն կորիզը, որ է Ինքը Քրիստոս, Աստծոյ Միածին որդին:

    Ինչպէս կարելի է բաղդատել մեր փառասիրութիւն փնտռող եկեղեցականները, սիրոյ, խոնարհութեան և սրբութեան ռահվիրայ Յիսուս Քրիստոսի հետ, որ ինքզինք զոհեց որ մենք ունենանք  կեանք և աւելի կեանք:

    Չի մոռնանք որ Քրիստոսը դատապարտողները՝ այդ ժամանակուայ կրօնականներն էին և ոչ հասարակութիւնը: Ցաւոք սրտի նոյն վիճակը կը ներկայացնեն շատ մը Հայ եկեղեցականներ իրենց երկբայելի կենցաղով:

    Աստուածավախ առաջնորդը ծառայող է, ոչ թէ պատիւ կամ փառք ցանկացող անհատ:

     

  • Together Against Genocide Denial By Astgik Ehramjian
    16 weeks 7 hours ago

    There is a law which is forced by Islamic religious leaders to forbid everything that is born out of hate. But I am constantly forced to hate because of the denials of the massacres and the genocide of my family and relatives.

    The deniers of my grandparents' families' slayings, robbing, executions and all the misery and hell is already gone to those who organized it. Suspects? Read the Bible, specially the Old Testament. Every cent that is robbed from my slain families is bloody. Those who use it are bloody. The blood of the
    elders, the women, the young, the newborn is and will stay on those who organized and executed the Genocide of Armenians.

    On this day of the birth of the King of The World, I ask the Lord that His true judgment be born. Amen.
    Great is God. Our hope is only on Him. May He Win. Amen.

  • Katia Peltekian Book Launch in London By Perouz Seferian
    16 weeks 8 hours ago

    There was snow mixed with rain on Oct. 27, 1920. The fields of Ardahan were covered by fog. Roupen Toytoyian's First Battalion at Yazmoudj received 50 woolen coats and ten jackets from Britain. Each of Roupen's resistance fighters received two sets of underwear, one pair of socks, and one pair of shoes. The 50 woolen coats were given to his men on the front line. My father was one of them. When they were relieved of their front line duty and sent to the rear, they  took off their wet coats and handed them to the soldiers taking their place. Although the coats were wet, the shivering men were grateful to receive them. 
      
    Katia Peltekian's research showing British support of Armenians is substantiated by this primary source documentation written in October, 1920.  Katia's new book sounds like a must-read.

  • Elixir in Exile By John Malool
    16 weeks 2 days ago

    Thank you for remembering this book. It is one of several that were written by Dikran Spear, who was my grandfather.

    He wrote a total of 7 books, all about some aspect of Armenian history. Several were about his beloved Amida (Dikranagerd). His most controversial book was written about the Armenian Church

  • Russophobes, Russophiles, and Nonsense By Shahe Boghossian
    16 weeks 2 days ago

    Perfect analysis.

    Three presidents and indeed very bad presidents who have squandered the riches of the country and left it desolate.

    In fact, we were in much better cohesion during the peak of Artsakh war. Russia is playing a good game and has almost full control over the situation and in fact does not want peace anymore. As Russia is selling weapons to both sides and is instigating both sides.

    The situation is destined to get worse over time and I would like to see the pigs in Yerevan what will be their position when the population hits 1.5 million.

    However, it seems yet again that the politicians in Yerevan are passive to the events that surround them and do not want to move a muscle to shake the decisions around them.

    Two things might alter the course, War with Azebaijan and the creation of Kurdistan.

    War, unfortunately has united us more than anyone or anything else. War can possibly bring a new elite that will counteract the power of the oligarchs in yerevan and overthrow them. The next war will be bloody and will be demanding; however, it will rebalance a lot of cards on the table and might even change things for russia if we fight it wisely. The war will create new heroes who will ask for concessions from yerevan in compromise for stability.

    This will be good as the so cold opposition is nothing but another corrupt state. Having said that the risk of a military coup is not far from impossible but will be a reality in the next 5 years coming.

    Our second exit strategy will be the creation of the Kurdish state right next to us. This will open routes to the south and create more job opportunities and more room to breathe. However, yet again the armenians are sitting like idiots waiting with no initiatives to help the kurds. (yes help the kurds despite all the massacres they have committed)

    It has been a disastrous campaign by the yerevantsis in trying to attract armenian capital, expertise or any form of diaspora assistance. In recent years we are hearing that even Hayastan All Armenian Fund is not even impregnable.

    This lack of trust and lack of respect will eventually boil down to a very nasty civil war that will see so much bloodshed that we might not even exist anymore as a state if things do not change in the forthcoming three to five years. In recent years we have not been able to populate the areas that we annexed back from the turks due to corruption and lack of insight.

    Having said all that, if the Yerevantsis are relying too much on Russia, they have to think twice, as there is no appetite for war in any russian camp or brigade as the russians are relying on us as much as we are relying on them to keep the peace and keep the war zones calm and reasonably quiet.

    We as diasporans are destined at the moment to help the relocated syrians as they are the ONLY injection of hope to that God Forsaken land, maybe, only maybe, the pigs (oligarchs of yerevan) might learn a few things and start assesing the situation more pragmatically.

    May God Help The Armenians

  • Հայց. Եկեղեցին Պատանդ է By Վահէ
    16 weeks 3 days ago

    Ոսկան Մխիթարեանի յօդուածաշարքին հետեւած եմ  որոշ վերապահութիւններով: Բայց  ամբողջութեամբ կը բաժնեմ իր այս յօդուածը, հաւանաբար յօդուածաշարքին վերջինը:

    Քանի մը օր առաջ լրացուցի Արա Ակինեանի «ՀԱՅՐԻԿ ՀԱՅՐԻԿ» գիրքին ընթերցանութիւնը: Հետեւալ նախադասութիւնով պիտի եզրակացնէի իր այս յօդուածը – “Ժամանակն է որ եկեղեցականը աշխուժացնէ իր հոգեւոր առաքելութիւնը եւ զայն կենսագործէ իր ժողովուրդի ամէնօրեայ կեանքին մէջ, եթէ մտահոգ է իր ժողովուրդի ապագայով:"

  • Catholicos Karekin II Stands Accused By Darwin Jamgochian
    16 weeks 6 days ago

    Love it or leave it!

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By George
    16 weeks 6 days ago

    Omar, I suggest that instead of making absurd statements you study the history of Palestine. You will then find that for almost one thousand years--which is not a short time--generations of Jewish tribes and Jewish kingdoms lived in ancient Israel--from Judea to Samaria. These are not inventions; these are historical facts, and not even your anger or hatred can erase history. I am sure you would not want me to deny the historical rights of Palestinian Arabs to this land, would you? We must all embrace each other's right to this land. It's only after that can we begin to negotiate a just solution.

  • Meeting the Armenian MP of Iraqi Kurdistan By Dr. Nejdi Gregorian
    17 weeks 1 day ago

    I am looking for the family of Varoujan Kegham Sahagian from the Al Ghadeer district of Baghdad. If you have any idea about their whereabouts, please contact me. Thank you.

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By Omar
    17 weeks 1 day ago

    What are you talking about? The Jews had no ancestral home or land. From the time of Moses, when God promised Jews the land, they sat back and told Moses: "You go fight this battle with your Lord," and that land is what you now call Israel. That is when the Jews were banished to the desert for 40 years. So what land are you talking about? Israel is an apartheid state and the Israelis commit gross crimes against the Palestinians every day. You sit in your home, in the so-called mighty USA...what do you know of the Middle East other than the propaganda that you read and watch on TV.

  • Catholicos Karekin II Stands Accused By John Hancock
    17 weeks 1 day ago

    It is obvious that you have cowardly nature. You have discussed issues and dictate to people as if you are God. You may not have freedom over there; where I live it is a free country!

  • Catholicos Karekin II Stands Accused By John Hancock
    17 weeks 1 day ago

    "You are either with us or against us" is obviously Satan's words. Whoever typed this article is a self-declared Protestant because protestant means protester against the Catholic Church. He or she is  protesting against their own original Fathers of the Church, without going into theological issues. Shame on them. They are supposed to kiss his hand if they are not foreign entities of the Armenian Church.

    "Let who is without sin cast the first stone."

     

  • Thugs, Police at Calcutta Church Elections By Glen
    17 weeks 1 day ago

    Reading these articles make me wonder why and how can such extreme measures be taken for an election of a community that is trying to survive. I know a little of the Armenians in Asia and have always had high regard for the community. Some people who seem to be in control are using their powers incoherently. There is a definite requirement of measures to be taken to control and safeguard the community and its people. I would like to read more of its glorious past and hope that the community incorporates appropriate measures for a better future. Let those who are eligible vote in a balanced and fresh election. It would be a suitable solution to this ugly strife. 

  • Kolkata Church Committee Elections By Glen
    17 weeks 1 day ago

    This kind of behavior seems to be a trend when people are in absolute control. There are always a few bad apples that will rot the others. There is always some group which would jeopardize the fate of a community that has been glorious for centuries. I always have felt that the Armenians of India were a source for the birth of the Armenian Diaspora in Asia. I hope to read about a good, fair, and balanced election in the near future. There has to be a way to get the whole community together on this issue. Let the Armenians not lose what has been built by their forefathers. Good luck.

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By Rachely
    17 weeks 2 days ago

    The same people who gave you your country, Mr. Jordanian, gave Israel their country. Why was it OK for Jordan and the rest of the Arab countries in the Middle East to have  artificially created borders, and not for Israel? At least Israel has historical claims to the land of Israel, aka Palestine. The Palestinian people are Syrian and Jordanian by origin, only your countries didn't want to recognize that and let them  rot in refugee camps for 65 years and on. Look at the refugee camps in the Arab countries. Their condition is way worse than the condition of the Arabs in the disputed territories. Thanks to none other but Israel.

    Indeed, 40% of Palestinians support suicide bombing. Why not? Their "peaceful" leaders (like Abbas) glorify them and call them "shahids".

    Israel was not created because of the Holocaust. Jews always prayed to come back to their homeland. If the Arabs had agreed, there would have been peace long ago. In 1967 Israel was ready to return all the land, but the "peaceful" Arab leaders said the infamous "three no"s in Khartoum: No to peace; no to negotiation; and no recognition of Israel. What was Israel to do? In the meantime, the terrorists keep harming civilians in Israel and not vice-versa.

     

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By Rachely
    17 weeks 2 days ago

    There is a problem right in your first sentence: "The right of return is about MILLIONS of PEACEFUL people...". Only a few hundred thousand murderous people leaving the country because they were promised by their Arab "brothers" that they can leave, and their brothers would come and slaughter the Israelis for them. Yes, there were some atrocities by the Israeli Defense Forces against some villages, but it was a war which Israel did not ask for: they accepted the partition plans, the Arabs didn't. 

    At the same time that 700,0000 Arabs left Israel, about 800,0000 Jews were expelled from the Arab countries. Israel embraced these homeless Jews, and integrated them into society. The Arabs, on the other hand, left their "brother" Arabs in camps with no rights, no land and no hope.

    The Arabs are neither peaceful nor innocent. They only have oil dollars to fund their propaganda machines to which you are a victim. Go, do your homework.

     

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By Scientist
    17 weeks 2 days ago

    This land belonged to the Canaanites until the Israelites invaded and ironically committed genocide, occupying this foreign land for a short period. It's even in the Torah!

    So, you're wrong. Jews are not natives of this region and never were. 

  • Russophobes, Russophiles, and Nonsense By Gaytzag Palandjian
    17 weeks 3 days ago

    The editorial raises many points. Answering all, one by one, requires space. I wrote about it in Armenian and emailed to over a hundred friends and foes. Here's my response in precis:

    1- Armenia should have the right--as we proclaim it--to be an independent state/nation to form part of with CU and EU. Even with two more like the U.S and Iran.

    2- To achieve the above (we know we are not that powerful and are sandwiched between Turkey and little brother Axerbeijan). Thence, it behooves the RoA to affect a diplomatic/politically motivated  change in structures. I have suggested that the National Assembly pass a law for the creation of a higher chamber, namely, a ¨s e n a t e¨ of people such as Baruyr Hairikian and a dozen more from the opposition camp.

    3- Change the constitution. Amend it to have a vice-president. Let the majority elect one or have the post rotate  annually among able and patriotic people.

    4- Change the structure of the government.                                                                                                

    5- Pass law so that people who have served in the army for two years return every year to military barracks for a month of new training (new arms knowledge, etc.) and carry home a rifle of the latest production (like the Swiss do). This curbs the fear among those weaklings so that even if Turkey and Axerbeijan raided us, we can fight door-to-door, causing as many Turkbeijani deaths, before being killed. Some ignore that we have military pacts with Greece and Iran. I hope we strike one with Georgia, too.

    So all is not that dark and lost. Get a move on the Diaspora to re-organize and be a "Li irav"(full-fledged) partner to the RoA/Artsakh.

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By Andrew
    17 weeks 4 days ago

    Does this then give my people the right, George, to return to our ancestral home in Denmark and expel the Danes?

     

  • Queen Melisende and Her Three Sisters By Mihran
    17 weeks 4 days ago

    A remarkable story. Thank you Jirair for writing about it.

    Mihran

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By George
    17 weeks 4 days ago

    I am not sure what planet some of you are living on but on earth there was an ancient Jewish homeland where Israel stands today. Zionism is not a dirty word but the Jewish "Jihad" for thousands of years to return to our ancestral home. Jewish kingdoms ruled this homeland for almost a thousand years and if you are religious you believe that God gave this land to the Jews. I do not necessarily agree with that but I cannot deny the fact that this land is where my ancestors are from. This is what makes Israel different from South Africa where a bunch of Dutch people settled and displaced the locals. Jews have returned to their ancestral home where there were no Arabs at all. Ironically, the current Palestinians may be related to these Jews of old. No person with a conscience can deny Palestinian rights but no person aware if history can deny Jewish rights to this land. We need to start the conversation by understanding Zionism and its historical evolution.

  • Kolkata Church Committee Elections By Simon
    17 weeks 4 days ago

    It's with great interest that I read the articles here and in Hetq.am. I feel awful seeing how things have changed in the Armenian community in Kolkata. The once-prosperous community is in great danger of losing its ownership of assets and funds. There has to be a realistic approach to this burning issue. Things have to be looked into and discrepancies dealt with a firm hand. I am surprised by the situation's escalation to this level, and now it seems a joint effort and outside intervention is required to see a fair resolution to this issue. I would be pleased to see fresh elections and according to the Scheme to which the community and all parties would adhere. I would like to see this issue resolved with both parties coming together for a better future of the Armenians living in India. 

    P.S. I am in agreement with 'Old Timer' that this issue is not about Mr Galstaun or Mr Khatchaturian. It is about the welfare of the  community of Kolkata and India.

  • Queen Melisende and Her Three Sisters By Sam
    17 weeks 5 days ago

    On the popular quiz show, "Jeopardy", they showed a map of Eurasia with a little blimp of Armenia. The question was: "what country ruled this area (showing the Middle East), Israel, Syria,  and Lebanon two-thousand years ago and now represents this country?" Of course, nobody guessed; what a sad scenario. Had we not been victim to the sword, we could have surpassed in size and population any of our neighbors. Sorry, Medzn Dikran, we failed you.
    Sam

  • Russophobes, Russophiles, and Nonsense By Berge Minassian
    17 weeks 5 days ago

    The editorial hit the nail on the head. We must figure out a way to govern ourselves well AND be a strong Russian ally. Those who consider those two mutually exclusive are accepting the current situation, which is fatal.


     

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By Samantha S.
    17 weeks 5 days ago

    I'm not comparing the people who died in the Holocaust to people who died in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. I'm saying that Israel has no right to do any of the things they are doing to the Palestinian people, especially considering the fact that they have gone through something worse.

    What a coincidence! A Jewish newspaper published that poll.

    Why should Palestinians fully recognize the state of Israel? You make it out to be as if Israelis have done nothing to harm the Palestinians. Yes, Palestinians have harmed Israelis, but this is incomparable to what Israel has done to Palestine.

    http://www.peterloud.co.uk/palestine/

    Jordan is not where most Palestinians are from. Jordan is where many Palestinians are now. And for the record, I'm pretty sure it's every Israeli textbook that teaches children to hate Arabs, Muslims and Palestinians. It's the contrary to what you're saying. If the Palestinians did not start to resist, all Palestinian heritage would be called Israeli (How's the hummus? And the Palestinian, excuse me, Israeli embroidery?). If Israel put down its weapons and resorted to civilized conversation we wouldn't be in this mess. Israel should never have been created. Not because I'm anti-Jew, but because I don't see the point of it. Jews should be allowed to live freely and peacefully wherever they so choose, but that does not make it a good enough reason to give away land in order for there to be a strictly Jewish state.

    I want to congratulate you. You're dealing with a teenager who's angry at people like you. I'm done with people who insist they're right and their view is the only view. I've had it. Let's just say you win, because I'm done with this nonsense. I wish you all the best in life, and hope you never have to deal with "inaccurate information" again. I'm sure you're going to go back to your comfortable house or apartment and live your comfortable life. All of our fates lie in God's hands, and I can only hope He has mercy on the people who suffer.
     

  • Queen Melisende and Her Three Sisters By Sam
    17 weeks 5 days ago

    Reading Jirair is like living the period in living color.

    The Arabs looked at the Crusaders as invaders who were more barbarians than civilized nations. The Armenians were able to get along with both the Muslim Arabs and the Christian armies of Europe and as a result many of our womenfolk were willingly or not forced into marrying those barbarians so would it be safe to say that half of Europe has mixed Armenian blood?

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By Eric
    17 weeks 5 days ago

    Palestine did belong to the "Palestinians", but the majority of those Palestinians are not the Palestinians of today. Quick history lesson for you: In the 1930s there were 750,000 Muslims in Palestine. Now there are over 15 million registered Palestinians in the world (of which 13.5 million plus are Muslim). Please explain (and document) how exactly the Muslim Arab population grew that much in 65 years? It is literally impossible, especially if you are familiar with the birth rate formula. Even if you triple the max birth rate, you come nowhere near 15 million. Which means there was mass emigration to Palestine by Arabs, as well.

    You make it out as if none of the land belonged to the Jews, whereas this is historically false. Jews owned a lot of land in Palestine.

    You also wrote: "Since Israel's creation, Palestinians have been living in hell. I know people who were separated from their families and have not seen them since 1948. I have friends who wait 15 hours at the border to go back to their homeland for just a day. So to say that the majority of Palestinians do not want peace makes absolutely no sense." What does waiting for 15 hours in line have to do with "not wanting peace and it making no sense"? You are using emotions and not facts.

    Go to: www dot jpost dot com / Middle-East/Poll-40-percent-of-Palestinians-support-suicide-bombing-311779

    And it does matter what religion they want as law. Religion should be separated from politics. Otherwise, you have countries like Iran and Syria which either severely limit or completely forbid the practice of other religions. Please tell me you are not serious. And yes, it does seem idiotic for people to support something that gives them a bad name as you suggested, but these are uneducated, socio-economically poor, and fanatical Islamists. This is nothing new.

    Also your comparing of the Palestinian situation with the Holocaust is borderline anti-Semitic (hidden by an anti Zionistic label) and downright disturbing. Let me break this down for you:

    1939-1945:  Six-million Jews were murdered because they were Jewish.
    2000-2013: According to "If Americans Knew", an extremely anti-Israel group, 6,500 Palestinians were killed, including terrorists and not including the Palestinians who were used by their own people as human shield, something Hamas openly brags about. This number could account for more than 50% of the total deaths. Since that is the case, let's get this straight: you are comparing the death of 6,000,000 innocent civilians over six years to the death of 2,000 innocent civilians over 13 years. This doesn't make right what Israel did. However, war sucks. People die. There is always collateral damage. You won't find one war without it. But don't compare 2,000 to 6,000,000.

    As a suggestion to the Palestinian people: recognize fully the state of Israel as a Jewish state, renounce violence and stop preaching hate in your text books. If Palestinians put down their weapons there would be peace tomorrow. If Israel put down its weapons there'd be no more Israel today. So don't give me this cute story that Palestinians want peace. It's a fairytale to make you feel good about some very bad people.

    And lastly, I live in Israel. I work with Palestinians. It says you are from Jordan (which is ironically where 80% of Palestinians are originally from). I see what happens on a daily basis. I'm not saying the situation in Gaza is comparable to Beverly Hills, but there certainly isn't a crisis (for now). When they stop firing rockets and building terror tunnels, their lives will get much better. But that will never happen since, you know the claim: "From the river to the sea".

  • Dispute in Sydney's Armenian Catholic Community By Xunsap'ha
    17 weeks 5 days ago

    The Armenian nation has survived through the centuries because of God's grace and that despite all the self-destructive efforts by its so-called leaders--religious and secular. The many cases of խայտառակութիւն we read about today by գող, աւազակ, աննկարագիր [people], who have usurped the ruling positions of the nation, stand as glaring testimony of miscreants who have misruled our nation through the centuries. It is a mistake to consider various այլազգ as enemies, when our so-called առաջնորդs and ղեկավարs exist for the sole purpose of feathering their nests at the expense of the nation and the country.

  • Triumphant Israel (Vahan) Pilikian By Robert KachadourianType Your Name Here
    17 weeks 6 days ago

    I've got my father's memoirs. It was a catalyst for the J. Michael Hagopian's award-winning documentary 'Voices From the Lake'. How this came about is another story. I've got it in Armenian and English. It's very similar to the Pilikian story. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

  • Thugs, Police at Calcutta Church Elections By Max Galstaun/Khatchaturian
    17 weeks 6 days ago

    People with fake names are calling me names. What is this world coming to when idiots are let loose by the mad clergymen of Armenia. These clergymen cannot find real or educated people to fight for them because every person in the world, besides them, knows that they are a bunch of crooks who cannot be defended.
    ....
    Let's hope some more fakes will delight us with their clergymen's nonsense.

    If  you want to know more about my name, the Armenian Church Committee has copies of my passport, and the expensive and crooked lawyers hired by the church committee still write to me as "Maxwell Patrick Galstaun". Can I force anyone to call me by any particular name when my opponents themselves use names as they wish? Even the church committee admits the name I am  known by.  One expensive lawyer sent a court document to Max Galstaun address: "Camping on the pavement", yet the crooked Khaitan company was writing to my proper address at Kalyani, West Bengal (outside Kolkata). Was I camping on the pavement?

    This is what happens when the church committee does not talk to Armenians but employs these ... crooked lawyers, Ginodia, Khaitan, and others.

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By Marvin
    17 weeks 6 days ago

    "Palestine belonged to the Palestinians until the unfortunate circumstances involving the Sykes-Picot Agreement and the Balfour Declaration, as well as several other events, which suddenly gave away Palestinian territory to make way for the new state of Israel...."

    Really?
    Palestine belonged to the "Palestinians"? Did you ever hear of the Ottoman Empire?
    And just who were those "Palestinians"? 
    Anyone living in Palestine was Palestinian, including many Jews. Look up any contemporary pre-1948 references and you will find that Jews living in Palestine were called Palestinians. (Palestinian Arabs, were usually referred to as "Arabs").
    And by the way, who did Jordan belong to?
    I'm sure you must know that your country was also called part of Palestine before 1922.
    The Ottomans lost WWI and their lands were divvied up by the victors.
    The League of Nations unanimously adopted the Balfour Declaration and gave the British administrative authority over Palestine with the view of establishing a Jewish homeland. The Arabs didn't' like it. Violence, rioting and pogroms against Jews ensued. So the Brits sliced off all of Palestine east of the Jordan River (the larger part of the territory) forbidding Jews to live there, and established the Kingdom of Trans-Jordan for the Hashemites from the Arabian Peninsula. This in reward for their support in fighting the Turks. Surely you must know your country's history.

    And how is that different from Jews coming from elsewhere into the western part of Palestine? Didn't the British "suddenly give away Palestinian territory" to make way for the new "kingdom" of Trans-Jordan?

  • «Հայ Սեղանաւորներ» By Mesrob
    17 weeks 6 days ago

    While it's true that there were influential and wealthy Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, one should be aware that they were a tiny minority. Most Armenians in the Ottoman Empire eked a living under unjust taxation and societal/governmental oppression as "Gavoors" and as "Rayas".

    While Armenians can be proud of the achievements of some business- savvy Ottoman Armenians, they should realize that Turkish government propaganda exploits Armenian successes as proof that Armenians were not persecuted...that Armenians planned to stab the Ottoman Empire in the back and create an independent Armenia on "Turkish" soil.

    And then, of course, there's the phrase "Court Jew". During their 2,000-plus years in Europe, some Jews gained favor with the kings or the ruling classes because of their wealth or talent. For that reason they were called "Court Jews". Their status and wealth was of little benefit to the Jewish people. In the Ottoman Empire we had our version of Court Jews.

  • «Հայ Սեղանաւորներ» By Vahe
    18 weeks 1 hour ago

    A quote from  "Goodell Among Armenians" -11 October, 2013

    "The Armenians were an enterprising people, and the great wealth of the bankers, who were nearly all Armenians, made them very influential throughout the empire, even with the Turkish officials, who were largely dependent upon them for pecuniary advances and assistance. The various connections of this people with different parts of the country, and the influence which they were in a position to exert, in promoting the spread of the Gospel in Turkey, made it exceedingly desirable that they should embrace the truth.""

  • Սա Ի՞նչ Թարախ Է, Որ Չի Պայթում By Վրէժ-Արմէն Արթինեան
    18 weeks 2 hours ago

    Այո, սիրելի Արծուի, միշտ այդպէս է եղած, յոյսը կտրողն ալ մենք ենք եղած, յոյսը բերողն ալ։ Եթէ կը յաղթենք՝ մեր ուժերով կը յաղթենք, եթէ կը պարտուինք՝ դարձեալ մեր ուժերով։  ՎԱԱ
     

  • Triumphant Israel (Vahan) Pilikian By Tsolak Abdalian, Architect-Town Planner
    18 weeks 2 hours ago

    I first met Israel Vahan Pilikian as a teenage boy in Beirut, and I was struck by his warm eyes and smiling face. I saw in him the force of a man with great determination, perseverance and tenaciousness, an no sign of complaint or grievance.  

    In spite of all his sufferings and misfortune, he had impressed me as a person having immense patience, serenity, purposefulness and assiduity with which he cared for his family, and nurtured his children.  A great father, a heroic man and a courageous survivor of Armenian Genocide.

  • Dispute in Sydney's Armenian Catholic Community By Paul N.
    18 weeks 2 hours ago

    Where is His Beatitude Patriarch Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni (Taza) of the Armenian Catholics? Why does he not a move a finger or say a word? Is this Armenian Catholic Community in Australia not under his spiritual jurisdiction? Is it only during receiving homage and great honors that our spiritual leaders show up? How about when there is trouble and danger, such as closing an Armenian school and depriving Armenian children from learning their maternal tongue?

    I am seriously starting to suspect that this nation, which against all odds survived for millennia, will only be annihilated not because of Turks and Azeris but as a result of Armenian leaders' decisions both in Armenia and abroad.

    Great job, guys; keep up the good work.

  • Mandela's Legacy is Indestructible By Serj
    18 weeks 3 hours ago

    Frankly I am tired of hearing about Mandela. As a person who has lived "Mandela times" and heard about his activities before he became the president of South Africa, I would like to remind those that ;

    He was not put in prison  because of his political activism,. He was put in jail because of murder.

    How many of you do you remember when he was calling his ANC ( African National Congress) to kill all whites? Have you not seen placards saying "KILL ALL THE WHITES"  during meetings?
    Have you not read about ANC 's activities comparable to Jomo Kenyatta's MAU MAU  bands?

    Mandela was at the right place at the right time. The apartheid was coming off its seams anyway at that time.

    This is a superlative political correctness....

  • Kolkata Church Committee Elections By Robert
    18 weeks 8 hours ago

    This is an absolute disgrace and the clergy to be involved is something out of this world. This should never have come to this level. The Indian government should now step in and sort out the ugly mess. 
    A complete audit of the finances should take place followed by new elections with those that have been in the driving seat "EXCLUDED". As it appears democracy in this instance does not exist. I use the word "Democracy" with certain reservation hence the exclusion zone for those who have suppressed others.

    Why has this ever happened? Why are the Armenians of Calcutta subjected to this type of "democracy" in the affairs of the CHURCH - Diabolical? an absolute disgrace. Is this the same Calcutta where I was brought up to respect the CHURCH, the members of the community? has something happened to the Armenian community?

    I beg the Indian government to step in and take positive steps to bring some sanity and accountability to our once very respectable Armenian community. Until then "AMOTH".

  • Պուրճ Համուտէն Սկսած Կեանք By keghart.com
    18 weeks 10 hours ago

    We made the font larger, hopefully it is better readable now.

    Alternatively, you can always press Ctrl & [+] (Ctrl key and the '+' key together) to Zoom and make the fonts appear larger.  Ctrl & [-] will make it smaller.

    For Apple computers Command-Option-Plus [+] key combination will do the same.

    The Unicode (foreign) characters currently don't work with the font magnification option at the top of the article (A+/A- buttons).

  • Queen Melisende and Her Three Sisters By Vahakn
    18 weeks 10 hours ago

    It's remarkable that the first three Crusader queens of Jerusalem were Armenian or partly Armenian: Arda, Morphia, Melisende.

    The Crusaders married Armenian royalty for three main reasons:

    1. To build an alliance with the most reliable and most powerful Middle Eastern Christian minority;
    2. To obtain ample dowry from the Armenian princely parents of the Armenian ladies;
    3. In the early Crusader years, few European noble women would consider settling in the Middle East. At the time, most European women who accompanied the Crusaders were camp followers and prostitutes.

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By Samantha
    18 weeks 11 hours ago

    Palestine belonged to the Palestinians until the unfortunate circumstances involving the Sykes-Picot Agreement and the Balfour Declaration, as well as several other events, which suddenly gave away Palestinian territory to make way for the new state of Israel. Studies prove that there has been a Zionist plan since the early 20th century (approximately 1917) which said that the state of Israel would be introduced through several stages, one of which was the mass migration of Jews to Palestine.

    Since Israel's creation, Palestinians have been living in hell. I know people who were separated from their families, and have not seen them since 1948. I have friends who wait 15 hours at the border to go back to their homeland for just a day. So to say that the majority of Palestinians do not want peace makes absolutely no sense.

    It shouldn't matter what kind of law they want (other than the fact that I've searched the internet and have found absolutely no evidence of such a survey) as long as they want to have their own law. I also highly doubt that 40% encourage suicide bombings. Extremists have given Arabs and Muslims a bad reputation because of their so-called suicide bombs for "Jihad" or whatever it is they do. Doesn't it seem idiotic for people to support something that gives them a bad reputation? Only 6% of terrorist acts carried out on US soil between 1980-2005 were categorized as being by extreme Islamists. A percentage from the same study you might find shocking is that 7% were carried out by Jewish extremists. I speak from experience: most Muslims abhor violent behavior. I have never ever heard of any religion condoning violent acts, and Islam clearly states that it is a religion of peace.

    The most common argument that seems to support the Israeli side is what they went through during the Holocaust. I'm not saying this to be heartless, but so many other people have experienced ethnic cleansing and mass murders or executions. To make matters worse, while Jews who have gone through the Holocaust, Israel, and to a greater extent Zionism, are subjecting the Palestinians to horrors similar to what they had gone through. This is inhumane. Not to mention the mass graves filled with children's bodies that were recently found.

    You say that Palestinians do not want to live in peace? Peace is the least of what they deserve. You say that they support forms of terrorism. They have seen and been through far more terrible situations than most people ever will. You think that they would support laws that severally limit or deny forms of freedom? Freedom is one of the things they most want.

    Don't come here and give statistics that by every logical explanation are proven to be wrong. You don't know anything. Don't speak for the Palestinians when you probably have not even spoken to one. And definitely do not tell me or anyone else that they do not want to live in peace. The last thing my friend's grandmother said was that she only wished she could have lived to see Palestine free and at peace once more. It's a shame that her grandchildren will probably not live to see her dream come true.

  • Պուրճ Համուտէն Սկսած Կեանք By Vatché P.
    18 weeks 12 hours ago

    Even with the largest on-board font magnification, the type set was still far too small for a comfortable read. I have noticed this with a few Armenian articles lately. Might Keghart do something about it?
     

  • Russophobes, Russophiles, and Nonsense By Migo
    18 weeks 12 hours ago

    If Ukraine, physically attached to Europe with borders open on all sides and with far bigger resources than Armenia had to pull out of the EU, pragmatically how can we not align with the North? Whether we like it or not.

  • Սա Ի՞նչ Թարախ Է, Որ Չի Պայթում By Իւրնէշլեան Արմէն
    18 weeks 13 hours ago

    Արուեստագէտ հոգիի տէր Արծուիին բեռնէն այս ճշմարտութիւնները աւելի ճշմարիտ կը հնչեն, դառնութիւնները աւելի լեղի են, իսկ թարախը՝ (Աստուած ներէ ինծի) քաղցկեղի պիտի վերածուի։ Երբ «քաղաքագէտներ» կ՚ըսեն այս բոլորը, ինքնապաշտպանութեան թէ ինքնախաբէութեան մղումով կը հակուիս չհաւատալու։ Բայց երբ արուեստագէտը կ՚ըսէ, կը զգաս ցաւին (եւ անոր դրդապատճառին) իսկական խորքը։

  • Russophobes, Russophiles, and Nonsense By Harry Mardirossian
    18 weeks 14 hours ago

    The future of Armenian history can be seen through the binoculars of its past. Nowadays we easily conclude that we have had a little surge in our path for which we were not fully prepared. The same history has its iconic figures of betrayer Vasak Siunis at every interval.  This extreme sense of waiting something bad to happen is perhaps ingrained in our character as a result of the harsh geography Armenia occupies. During every crisis, the spirit of the nation has awakened and rebutted against all odds. Just to name a few: Avarayr; Sartarabad; Gharakilise; Artsakh and other vivid examples.

    At the present, the question seems to be: "When will we press our parachute trigger?"

    We, Armenians, must come out of this futile cycle if we want to be reckoned.  

     

  • Ինչո՞ւ Սփիւռքը Կը մղուի...«Կենսաթոշակ»ի By Jerar
    18 weeks 16 hours ago

    Every Armenian should read this article.

  • Triumphant Israel (Vahan) Pilikian By GaroK
    18 weeks 1 day ago

    Such a priceless document in Dr. Apelian's possession. An eye witness, a young boy on his walk to "via Doloroso", yet a survivor and an achiever.....

    A very  well descriptive narrative by Dr. Apelian, that brings a valuable relic to life.

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By Long Walk to Freedom
    18 weeks 1 day ago

    The Right of Return is about millions of peaceful indigenous people (the Palestinians) that were massacred and/or terrorized of their native lands by the world's original terrorists of Ashkenazi origin, i.e. Ben Gurion and Begin leading their murderous gangs, Irgun or the Stern Gang. It's ironic that a fascist Israeli regime justifies its genocidal apartheid system  via its collective victim consciousness. Its pathetic that Israeli shills perpetuate the Zionist false flags such as 911 aka the "war on terror" hoax to mislead or insult our intelligence with lies and deceit. Nelson Mandela's succinct and bold letter above clearly demonstrates his grasp of the long term Israeli strategy of apartheid and genocide against the Palestinian people. It's amazing that while so many countries (and their leaders) honor Mandela as a great humanitarian leader, Israel's arrogant and paranoid leader, "Bibi" can't "afford" the trip to honor him. What a symbolically arrogant statement on behalf of the Israeli apartheid government and state. The apartheid Israeli state should be sanctioned and exposed, just as apartheid South Africa was.

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By Cassandra Pollock
    18 weeks 1 day ago

    I have several South African friends; two of them are white South African. They agree with the statement in my subject line. It's funny that almost all whites who call Nelson Mandela terrorist are Holocaust-deniers and racists. They are not from South Africa and most have never been to South Africa. And here you are from Australia which was colonized as a prison for the undesirables of the British Empire.

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By Cassandra Pollock
    18 weeks 1 day ago

    It was around 15 years ago or so ago that I was at a gathering among friends here in Canada. Around that time there had been relative calm between the Palestinians and Jews and the world seemed optimistic that a resolution could be found in a reasonably short time. It had been one the longest cease fires in my lifetime. At the gathering one of our friends was a Palestinian student from Bethlehem. We had the CNN. Then suddenly we heard a wail from our friend: he was screaming: "That's my house, that's my neighbor. I know him, I know him." He had just watched his friend lethally gunned down in front of his house in Bethlehem.

    When he calmed down, we began to talk. It was surreal for all of us even though we could not fully understand what our friend had just experienced. Eventually I said to him that I did not understand why they were fighting, after all Palestinians and Jews have lived in Palestine for thousands of years and 2000 or more years ago it was as culturally and ethnically as diverse as North America is today. So why even fight about whose land it is when it was always the home of Palestinians and Jews and many others? He said that growing up he always had Palestinian and Jewish friends; they worked together, went out together, and there was no animosity between them.

    He then remembered a particular incident. He said a Palestinian was murdered by a Jew. The Jewish person, who had committed the crime, was arrested and put on trial. But the Jewish courts, run by the Jewish state, acquitted him. The angry family of the victim decided to retaliate against the Jewish family of the murderer. They murdered a member of the murderer's family and so it went back and forth as tensions grew. The governments, instead of attempting to calm the tensions, used the growing unrest to further their own agenda of greed. Now even if the Jewish and Palestinian people want peace it would not matter because their governments would continue to find ways to fuel unrest to serve their greed which benefits neither Jews nor Palestinians.

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By Jimmy
    18 weeks 1 day ago

    This memo is an admitted fake - stop trying to get mileage out of something that was completely contrary to Mandela's beliefs.

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By Cassandra Pollock
    18 weeks 1 day ago

    The unfortunate thing is that Israel was created by European Jews who had lived in Europe for generations and then suddenly decided to return to the place their ancestors had left. Then they proceeded to persecute the Palestinians who had been living peacefully among Jews who had never left in the first place.

    My grandparents left Germany and came to Canada where I was born. The European Jews would be essentially the same as me if I were to go back to Germany. I then would have told Germans, who were born in Germany, that it wasn't their country anymore. And what is worse is that some of these Israeli Jews are the ones who are descendants of Jews who fled Germany and went back to Israel and are now doing to the Palestinians, who have lived there forever, what Hitler's SS did to them. Do you see the hypocrisy here? It's outrageous. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is a racist war monger. Many Jewish citizens don't even like him because he is trying to start a war and that's just plain sick.

  • Thugs, Police at Calcutta Church Elections By Max Galstaun
    18 weeks 1 day ago

    I am Max Galstaun. I legally changed my name to Khatchaturian. An elder of the Armenian community, the well-known Hrant Catchatoor, suggested that I take the name (the cross-bearer) because a few elders at the time knew that a fighter like me was needed to preserve and protect the Calcutta Armenian Community. There is nothing illegal in calling yourself whatever you want...

    I am not baptized in the Armenian Church. The 22 trusts, which are managed by the Armenian Church Committee, do not mention the words baptized or baptism. These trusts concern all Calcutta Armenians, because the legacies are for Calcutta Armenians, not baptized Calcutta Armenians.

    Have I filed cases against schools? I have. Is it illegal to go to court? Maybe in Armenia, where you go to some thugs for justice, but we live in a civilized country called India, where they have courts, barristers, and lawyers.

    Instead of ... asking whether Max has cheated someone, he should have written "Max has cheated........" 

    But what does one expect from a person who cannot give his name when he attacks Max Galstaun, who is well known for campaigns on a number of issues? The murder of Rizwanur Rahman in Calcutta is one such campaign. There are other campaigns. I am proud of my name....

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By Eric
    18 weeks 1 day ago

    Under current circumstances, the Palestinians would like to live in peace. Why? Because they are living the alternative. They do not think that they would become the majority. But it is. And this is the problem.

    Did you know that well over 80% of the Palestinian inhabitants want Sha'ariah law in the West Bank (recent survey)? Another survey said 40% of Palestinians support and encourage suicide bombings. So for you to say "most" want peace is ridiculous. What kind of peace are you referring to? The 40% that support suicide bombings or the 80% that want Sha'ariah law imposed that either severely limits or completely denies the practice of other religions?

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By HWSHY
    18 weeks 1 day ago

    OK, so this letter is false and Mandela was not against Zionism. So lets heave things in the other direction and look at something real: the extensive and disproportionate role of people of Jewish extract towards change in South Africa. As an example: all five of the white defendants in Mandela's trial were Jewish!

    Here are some who contributed significantly towards change in South Africa: Lazar Sidelsky, Helen Suzman, Arthur Goldreich, Albie Sachs, Ruth First, Joe Slovo, Ronnie Kasrils, Harry Schwarz, James Kantor, Nadine Gordimer, Rowley Arenstein, Percy Amoils, Harold Wolpe, Ronald Segal, Denis Goldberg, Bob Hepple, Hilliard Festenstein, Isie Maisels, Wolfie Kodesh, Tony Bloom, Mendel Kaplan, Norman Bernhard, Rusty Bernstein, Solly Sachs, Ray Alexander, Ron Shapiro, Lionel Phillips, Donna Wurtzel, Arnold Beasserabie, Jock Isacowitz, Sailor Malan, Kane Berman, Abner Weiss, Bertha Beinashowitz, Bertha Egnos, Cyril Green, Alf Herbert, Fonda Dubb, Rabbi Duchinsky, Rabbi Rabinowitz, Rabbi Kossowsky, Rabbi Bernard, Ian Bernhardt, Raymond Suttner, Ady Assabi, Ray Simons, Sydney Kentridge, Phillip Tobias, Jules Browde, Selma Browde, Bernard Friedman, Harold Hanson, Richard Goldstone, Robin Cranko, Gaby Shapiro, Gill Marcus, Andrew Feinstein, Saul Solomon, Wolfie Kodish, Nat Levy, Hilda Bernstein, Dennis Gamsy, Max Gluckman, Lee Harris, Hermann Kallenbach, Felicia Geffen, Jane Alexander, Tony Leon, Helen Zille, Barney Simon, Jonathan Shapiro, Nik Rabinowitz, Harold Rubin, Manfred Mann, Joel Joffe, Arthur Chaskalson, Benjamin Pogrund, Ray Simons, Harry Bloom, Abraham Adelstein, Tikvah Alper, Max Sterne, Louis Babrow, Esther Barsel, Hymie Barsel, Ina Perlman, Harry Oppenheimer, Oxford Synagogue, Temple Israel, Dan Heymann, Bright Blue, Johnny Clegg, Pieter Dirk-Uys.

    Jews comprised 0.6% of the total population of South Africa.

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By Tarak Kauff
    18 weeks 1 day ago

    It is this kind of fear and siege mentality, not based on reality--that the Israeli government uses--among other fabrications to keep people supporting injustice, apartheid and racism. I just returned from Palestine. What they want is simply to be able to live in peace and not under occupation which is terror, humiliation and economic strangulation. They don't, for the most part, even hate the Jews; they just want peace, real peace with justice for everyone - all human beings. Israel is literally, but relatively slowly, driving Palestinians off their own land by making life intolerable. 

  • Յակոբ Օշական Աննման Վարպետը By Vahe
    18 weeks 1 day ago

    Յակոբ Օշականի կեանքին վերջին շաբթուան նկարագրութիւնը պատմութեան համար անմահացուցած է Անդրանիկ  Ծառուկեանը իր «Մեծերը եւ Միւսները» գիրքին մէջ: Հետեւաբար այս մահազդին կապակցութեամբ Ծառուկեանն է որ կը տեսնեմ:

    Կ՛առաջարկեմ Ծառուկեանի այդ գրութիւնը ներկայացնէք յաջորդ Թիւին մէջ որպէս մահազդին  հետեւողական հետազօտւթիւն:

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By HWSHY
    18 weeks 1 day ago

    Please Google each of these names together with Mandela:

    Lazar Sidelsky, Helen Suzman, Arthur Goldreich, Albie Sachs, Ruth First, Joe Slovo, Ronnie Kasrils, Harry Schwarz, Nicky Oppenheimer, James Kantor, Nadine Gordimer, Rowley Arenstein, Percy Amoils, Harold Wolpe, Ronald Segal, Denis Goldberg, Norman Bernhard, Rusty Bernstein, Solly Sachs, Ray Alexander, Raymond Suttner, Ady Assabi, Ray Simons, Sydney Kentridge, Wolfie Kodish, Nat Levy, Hilda Bernstein, Joel Joffe, Arthur Chaskalson, Ray Simons, Ina Perlman, Harry Oppenheimer, Oxford Synagogue, Temple Israel, Dan Heymann, Bright Blue, Johnny Clegg, Nik Rabinowitz.

    All five of the white defendants in Mandela's trial were Jewish. Before your anti-s gets into full swing.

  • Let's Welcome Islamicized Armenians By Aren
    18 weeks 2 days ago

    It's rumored that Sabiha Gokcen, as a pilot, was sent with a squadron to bombard Dersim in late 1930s. However, she returned without dropping a bomb. Dersim was known to harbor Armenians.

    It is speculated that Sabiha knew who she was, the daughter of an Armenian,  and because of it she refrained from completing the task.

    Is this a made up story following Hrant Dink's "discovery" of  Sabiha's identity? Are there any documents verifying whether she indeed was in the squadron, and she "refused" to participate in the bombardment?

    Could any reader shed some light on this matter?

    Thankfully,

    Aren

  • Are Contemporary Turks Armenian? By TurcoBosnian
    18 weeks 2 days ago

    Even though there may have been cases of forced marriages of Armenian women, I think the main cause of the similarities in the gene pool is the voluntary conversion to Islam under the Ottomans; the way it happened with other Christian subjects of the empire: Greeks, Serbs, Croats, Albanians, Bulgars, Georgians etc. We have to keep in mind that back in those times converting to Islam (becoming a Turk) was advantageous, similar to everyone coming to America with hopes of getting American passport.
     

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By Norma Dosky
    18 weeks 2 days ago

    My comment to Maurice is short and to the point.  Catholic Spain slaughtered Jews and the Arabs. Palestine opened its door to provide them protection. They are both Semitic people and ultimately will join together and create a wonderful economic system in the Middle East that both Moses and Mohammed will be proud of.

    So--lets get started to make this happen!!!

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By Mus
    18 weeks 2 days ago

    I would rather live and die in a shit hole of a country if the alternative is living under occupation from a terrorist invader. You can shove your hospitals and schools and everything you think is a substitute for freedom on one's own land.

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By Cora
    18 weeks 2 days ago

    What the "right of return" really means is the slaughter of the Jews. Mandela's comments show he does not understand the Israeli situation. Returning to the 1948 or 1967 borders means planes flying into Israeli high rises, causing thousands of deaths, and starting a huge war. What a shame when leaders make claims without really getting the situation.

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By Jerry N. Wesner
    18 weeks 2 days ago

    NM, perhaps you were not around when Israel was being created. Or perhaps you don't know of the actions of some of the statesmen who founded Israel. In fact, they were terrorists against Islamic people who owned land and houses which had, according to the Israelis, been given to the Jews by God. That someone else bought the land and built the houses didn't matter. Soon-to-be Israelis performed actions such as car bombing, destruction of property, and the killing of Muslims to bring about God's will--the creation of the state of Israel. In wars like these no side has totally clean hands. But Israel's stealing of the land from the owners has been little different from Nazi actions against German Jews.

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By Joe
    18 weeks 2 days ago
    LOL

    First of all, many Jews arrived because of the Israeli initiative. It has been noted that Jews in the Arab world had much better lives than their lives in Israel, as described by an Mizharim. My parents told me about their life in Tunisia. It was much better to live even in Yemen than in Israel. My parents went to Israel because they were Zionists. They  arrived on their free will. They were not "refugees" as you describe. Palestinian refugees didn't want to leave Palestine. Some 700,000 were kicked out of their homes. Jews from Arab countries arrived on their own free will as described by them. Most of them lived comfortably under Arab rule until they became hardcore Zionists.

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By Brian
    18 weeks 2 days ago

    Now that's fiction. Read his trial speech to learn why.

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By Gary
    18 weeks 2 days ago

    Just a reminder who NM really was.. He was jailed / imprisoned, not for a stand against apartheid, but for high treason. He was directly and / or indirectly involved in acts of terrorism / bombings / murdering of innocent people in South Africa (SA), by bombing soft - very soft - targets such as eat-outs.

    The mainstream media chose and chooses to portray him as a leader, hero, etc, yet he was a terrorist (and no more), from the same "stock" as modern terrorists are. Listening to current radio and TV casts, I'm thinking "I do not know this man" who the media has given "saint-status". It seems as though the whole world knew NM a great deal better than South Africans who live or lived in SA - it is as though the informed listener and viewer is hearing a bunch of fools "talking him up".

    Since the take over of the ANC in SA in 1994, it is estimated that one hundred folks are murdered in SA EACH DAY. That - to all of the media - who think they know something - equates to 36,000 per year 360,000 per decade, 720,000 murders over two decades (i.e closing in on one million)! Start investigating ALL facts for a change / for once and for all, mainstream media!

  • Thugs, Police at Calcutta Church Elections By Avak
    18 weeks 2 days ago

    Dear Armenians of India,

    You have a legacy. Please don't let things mar what we all stand for as people.

    Armenia needs each and everyone of you to do everything you can to uphold our rich heritage and not be splintered by a few who through greed manipulate others to bring down what we have fought for years before.

    Remember our genocide, we lost lands, our people and our  artists, poets and many of scholars.

    We need all of you to put all matters as trivial as those you perceive as not your best interest and look for the big picture. If you can't do that, then you will open the gates and invite our enemies in. We need each and every Armenian to look up and be counted as one that has no personal gain, rather the best they can do for our people and homeland.

    Let not there ever be a smile on the faces of our enemies who proclaim, "Look at those poor souls, how can they stand against us when they can't even stand together?"

    Think people! Please think before you do what you are doing!

     

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By Thomas W. Adams
    18 weeks 3 days ago

    Greetings.

    Israel continues to commit unlawful punishment and crimes against Humanity upon the Palestinian Peoples.

    It matters not, to me, what religion law breakers profess to follow; oppression, apartheid, occupation, theft of land, destruction of property, denial of Human Rights, murder, all of these are criminal acts deserving International sanction and punishment.

    The United States of America is obviously not using its power to resolve this decade’s long criminal occupation, instead, choosing to support Israel and this criminal enterprise.

    Thus the U.S.A. is also criminally culpable; AS ARE Nations such as my own, Australia, cravenly following the U.S.\Israeli cowardly unethical directive, for a Government that speaks for us people.

    Religion is irrelevant; these criminal acts originate in the decisions and actions of the Israeli and American Governments.

    World opinion is near unanimous on this point; Israel and the U.S.A. are criminally culpable in the occupation and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian Peoples from the land which is their birthright. The Palestinian Peoples are an integral part of the great Diaspora of “Semites”; they have a claim to the land that none of the incoming immigrants can match.

    I call upon members of the United Nations Security Council together with The General Assembly, to re-affirm the many past resolutions condemning Israel, and to institute lawful effective procedures, by force if necessary, to remove all settlers from land internationally recognised as the State of Palestine.

    Such action would help restore the U.N.’s ethical and moral reason to exist, and remind all members to read again their responsibilities to the Founding Charter. The Palestinian question is deserving of resolution, not just lip-service.

    Further, that the United Nations creates a peace keeping force to stay with Palestine until Palestine is peacefully established,

    Regards.

    Thomas W. Adams

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By Chango
    18 weeks 3 days ago

    Israel is a "beautiful democracy"? when has a democracy been so beautiful? One should be ashamed promoting the atrocities in Palestine which is the biggest concentration camp in the world and you say Israel is a "beautiful democracy". Democracy to those Khazar Jews that came from the Caspian Sea to destroy the Palestinian people's lives thanks in large to the Rothchild Banking Empire from London. Read your history about these fake Jews.

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By Chango
    18 weeks 3 days ago

    Mr. Maurice you are entitled to your own opinion but not to your own facts. Listen do some research concerning the Khazars Empire and you will see that 90% of the so called Jews you see today were converted to Judaism some 500 years ago. Eventually they made their infamous invasion of the land of Palestine and started committing these atrocities, thanks in part to the British and the Rothschild Banking Empire.  One should be ashamed defending the biggest concentration camp in the world which is Palestine. Commerce, electricity, water sewage fishing and practically the whole infrastructure in Palestine is controlled by Israel.

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By Cassandra Pollock
    18 weeks 3 days ago

    Yes, because his opinion was a statement of his racism

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By SilentJoe
    18 weeks 3 days ago

    Jews being against Apartheid? Get your facts straight, bro.

    By the mid-'70s, an economic and military alliance between Israel and South Africa was on the ascendancy. In 1975 the Israel–South Africa Agreement was signed, and increasing economic co-operation between Israel and South Africa was reported, including the construction of a major new railway in Israel and the building of a desalination plant in South Africa.[18] In April 1976 South African Prime Minister John Vorster was invited to make a state visit, meeting Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.[16] [19] Later in 1976, the Fifth Conference of Non-Aligned Nations in Colombo, Sri Lanka, adopted a resolution calling for an oil embargo against France and Israel because of their arms sales to South Africa.[18] In 1977, South African Foreign Minister Pik Botha visited Israel to discuss South African issues with Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan.

    The South African government's yearbook of 1976 says: "Israel and South Africa have one thing above all else in common: they are both situated in a predominantly hostile world inhabited by dark peoples." 
    From the mid 1970s, the two countries were allegedly involved in joint nuclear-weapons development and testing. According to Seymour Hersh, for example, the 1979 Vela incident, was the third joint Israeli-South African nuclear test in the Indian Ocean.[21] Richard Rhodes concludes the incident was an Israeli nuclear test, conducted in cooperation with South Africa, and that the US administration deliberately obscured this fact to avoid complicating relations with Israel.

    The Israeli interest in South Africa sprang in part from the presence of about 110,000 Jews in South Africa, a figure which included more than 15,000 Israeli citizens.

    During Operation Protea in 1981, the South African Defence Force made military history, as arguably the first user of modern drone technology, when it operated the Israeli IAI Scout drones in combat against Angola. They would only be used in combat by the Israel Defense Forces a year later during the 1982 Lebanon War and Operation Mole Cricket 19.

    In 1981, Israeli Defence Minister Ariel Sharon visited South African forces in Namibia for 10 days, later saying that South Africa needed more weapons to fight Soviet infiltration in the region.

    In 1984, Pik Botha again visited Israel but this time only for an unofficial meeting with Israeli Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir.

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By Mike Dean
    18 weeks 3 days ago

    Maurice, Israel is a sham democracy because it is for Jews only. You forget that Hamas was elected in free and fair elections so it makes a lie of what you claim. You may be interested that Israel and the US attempted a coup to overthrow Hamas which failed (read Chomsky) and this caused the savage attack on Gaza on 2008/2009 in which 1,400 people died and chemical phosphorous bombs were used on civilians which is considered a war crime.

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By Me
    18 weeks 3 days ago

    Wait. So by stating his opinion he becomes a racist? Isn't that his right in this country? But you don't agree so you have to be nasty? Nice.

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By Rosemerry
    18 weeks 4 days ago

    Maurice, have you read or seen films on the history of Palestine before Israel "made the desert bloom"? It was a cultured and prosperous region, whose hundreds of villages were razed by the invading Zionist forces.

    Even now, with the terrible occupation, education is effective and valued; restrictions on Palestinian imports and exports, especially, of course, in Gaza, make social and economic advancement impossible, but blaming the occupied ones is unfair. Read a bit of history and articles on the present situation by less biased observers than you probably select.

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By Chango
    18 weeks 4 days ago

    Maurice, what a racist and sad person you are. Just the same jingo that promotes hate and anger. One on one you're a coward.

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By Joe
    18 weeks 4 days ago

    The Jews could have made it into something better than a metropolis, but nothing beats freedom. Would you switch your freedom for a metropolis? I don't think so. And you guys are so great at changing the subject. This isn't about how the country's appearance before and after. This is about freedom and human rights.

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By Adam A
    18 weeks 4 days ago

    It's their land to do with what they want. If its turned into a wasteland then so be it. 

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By Zack
    18 weeks 4 days ago

    He clearly states the Palestinian right of return to the Promised Land but he and the U.N. do NOT mention the right of return or compensation to Jews expelled from Arab countries--850,000. All absorbed in Israel. No Arab country accepted the integration of 'Palestinian' Arab brothers into their countries. A point of fact: there is no such people as Palestinian. They are not mentioned in the Koran or the Talmud. Arabs are unable to pronounce the word Palestine.

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By Joe Beatt
    18 weeks 4 days ago

    The memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine was not written by Mandela but by a Dutch politician called Arjan El Fassed. Mandela never said anything like this. For the sake of the truth remove this hoax from your website.
     

  • Հայրենիքը Ձեր Օգնության Կարիքն Ունի By Astgik Ehramjian
    19 weeks 1 day ago

    Այս յօդուածը հաստատ թուրքի գրած է:

    Ես իմ լուման դրել եմ Համահայկական Հիմնադրամում եւ հաւատում եմ, որ ամէն հայ քրիստոնեայ, որ հոգին սատանային չի վաճառել, նոյնը կ'անի:

    Եթէ հաշուի առնենք, թէ ինչ աշխարհագրական բարդ պայմաններում է գտնւում Հայաստանը եւ թէ որքան ներքին ու արտաքին թշնամիներ ունի, որոնք կ'ուզեն այդ հողը վերցնել, կը հասկանաք որ թուրքի գրած այս յօդուածը մի քայլ միայն հեռու է Հայաստանը կործանելու ջանքից:

    Աստուած օրհնի իր նուիրեալ ազգին եւ իր եկեղեցու շուրջ հաւաքի ու պահի նրան: Թող հալուեն թշնամու նետերը եւ չար մտքերը: Անէ՛ծք թուրքին եւ իր բոլոր պաշտպաններին:

    STOP RUINING PRESENT ARMENIA AND ARTSAKH.
    WE HAVE GREAT GOVERNMENT AND GREAT CHRISTIAN PEOPLE, ALSO GREAT DIASPORA.

     

     

  • Judicial Nomination Exhumes ADL Fiasco By Joseph Dagdigian
    19 weeks 3 days ago

    Mr. Berman's failure to unambiguously acknowledge the Armenian Genocide will have no effect on international Genocide recognition. Serious scholars recognize the Armenian Genocide. This is no longer a historical  issue, rather it is an issue of political will to accept the facts. Mr. Berman has demonstrated that that the Turkish lobby and the ADL's untenable position trump the objective truth. This completely disqualifies Mr. Berman from any judicial position whatsoever.

  • Հայրենիքը Ձեր Օգնության Կարիքն Ունի By Vatché P.
    19 weeks 3 days ago

    Dear Harry,

    Here is the result of a modest effort re those Armenian words:
    Anomaly :  զարտողութիւն
    Blackmail: սեւ բաժ,  շանթաժ
    Inertia:  թուլութիւն  անշարժութիւն
    Dynamism: ուժականութիւն
    Resource: աղբիւր  
    Boycott:  խեցեվճրել    պոյքոթել
    Ethos: բարք  ցեղի
    Legitimacy:  օրինականութիւն,  վաւերականութիւն
    Lobbyism  բանակցում

    Taken from "English-Armenian  Mesrob Kouyoumdjian Comprehensive Dictionary" (Donuigian Press), Beirut, Lebanon.

    Once again, a Western Armenian dictionary.

    Surely our linguists in Armenia can find these equivalent words in Armenian, too.
     

  • Հայրենիքը Ձեր Օգնության Կարիքն Ունի By Միհրան Չոլաքեան
    19 weeks 3 days ago

    Սիրելիներ,

    Նախ եւ առաջ համաձայն եմ որ մեր հայրենիքն ու մեր հայրենակիցները մեծապէս կարիքն ունին օգնութեան, եւ սակայն այդ կարիքը իրականցնելու համար նախ իմ փափաքս է որ այդ սկսի մեր հայրենիքի օլիկարքներէն , որոնք անընդհատ կը փորձեն շահատակել ու կողոպտել մեր խեղճ ժողովուրդը..

    Անգործութիւնն ու աղքատութիւնը գլուխն առած կ'երթան ու կ'երթան:

    Իսկ գալով մեր լեզուին, այդ ալ է ցաւալի: Արդեօք պիտի գա՞յ այն օրը որ վերադառնանք մեր սքանչելի, կատարեալ մայր մեսրոպեան լեզուին:


     

  • Հայրենիքը Ձեր Օգնության Կարիքն Ունի By Vahe
    19 weeks 3 days ago

    Blackmail = Խաբանել, սպառնալիք, Հակադրել
    Resource = նիւթական աղբիւր, միջոց
    Anomaly = Զարտուղի, Արտարոց, Անբնական
    Inertia = Կռաւորական, Նախաձեռնութեան պակաս, աննախանձադիր
    Dynamic = Ուժէղ, նախաձեռնող, աշխոյժ
    Boycott = Խաչաձեւել, չի մասնակգիլ, չօժանդակել
    Legitimacy = Օրինականութիւն, Վաւիրականութիւն
    Ethos = Բարք, ուրոյն, ինքնատիպ,
    Lobbyism = քաղաքական արշաւ, ի նպաստ աշխատանք

  • Հայրենիքը Ձեր Օգնության Կարիքն Ունի By Harry Mardirossian
    19 weeks 3 days ago

    Սիրելի Նորիկ,

    Ոչ մէկ նորութիւն կը կարդամ այս տողերուն մէջ: Լուծումն եւ Մեսիան է որ ամեն մարդ կը սպասէ:   Ախտաճանաչումը առանց լուծումի նման է հոգեվարքի մէջ մարդը նկարելու առանց անոր բուժում տալու:

    Իսկ ինչ կը վերաբերի գրութեանդ լեզուին, ադկից արդէն շա՛տ մը բառեր արտագաղթած են եւ բնակեցուած օտար բառերով:

    Ի սէ՜ր Մեծասքանչին շնորհակալ կ՝ըլլամ եթէ ետ տուն վերադառցնես  հայերենէդ արտագաղթած բոլոր բառերը, որպէսզի մեր նման հայ մահկանացուներս կարենանք աւելի լաւ հասկնալ գրութիւնդ:

    Կանխիկ շնորհակալութեամբ՝

    Յարութ Մարտիրոսեան

  • Էրտողանի Վերաբերմունքը 1915-ի Նկատմամբ By Daniel Sagherian
    19 weeks 3 days ago

    Our sole common denominator is the conviction that the survival of our race be our utmost goal. With an Armenia, or without; whole, or partial; all-inclusive, or a mere concentration; independent, or attached; of this religion, or of that... Above  else, if this is what will guide us, all rest will be details-and the devil will not be in the details, 'cause we collectively have only one target. And the biggest revenge of ours, the sole source of our sufferings, the capital response to all perpetrators, will be our survival... Forget not that we live concentrated in that part of the world, but we are spread all over the world; that we are Apostolic,  of several Sees, but we are Catholic, Protestant, Sunni, Alevi, Atheist too; that we are Socialists, but Capitalists, Communists, Anarchists...too! And our forefathers perished, throughout history, to survive as a race, no matter what section of the above they belonged to. LET HATRED TO EACH OTHER BE OUT OF OUR HEARTS!!!
      

  • Հայրենիքը Ձեր Օգնության Կարիքն Ունի By Harry Mardirossian
    19 weeks 3 days ago

    Սիրելի Վահէ

    Այդ բառերուն համարժեք հայերէն իմաստները եթէ իրեն տաս նկատողութիւնդ կ՝ամբողջանայ: Այլապէս միշտ կը մնանք մենք եւ իրենք:

     

  • Էրտողանի Վերաբերմունքը 1915-ի Նկատմամբ By Diran Harmandayan
    19 weeks 3 days ago

    Good analysis, these trends of thinking will relieve the pressure of responsibility from the population and bear it on the state, which regardless of the changes in the leadership remains sustained and will eventually still hinder the outright recognition of the responsibility for genocide.

  • Եղծում եւ Ազգասիրութիւն By Astgik Ehramjian
    19 weeks 3 days ago

    Ի հարկե ամեն Հայ Քրսիտոնյա պիտի գիտակցի, որ միայն և միայն սատնան է ուզում պառակտել, առանձնացնել հայ ազգին Հայաստանում, Արցախում և Սփյուռքում: Ամեն գիտակից Հայ պիտի ասի կորի ստանա ինձ իմ ազգի դեմ չես լարի: Ամեն Հայ սիրով և առանձ նախանձի թող լինի իր եղբոր և քրոջ հետ, բաց և ազնիվ: Ի միջի այլոց,  ով Հայ առաքելական Եկեղեցուն կպնում է մահ է ստանում: Ամեն:

  • Էրտողանի Վերաբերմունքը 1915-ի Նկատմամբ By Astgik Ehramjian
    19 weeks 3 days ago

    This comment is edited and brought down to a reasonable size. Ed.

    Իմ կարծիքով Դուք շատ փափուկ եք վերաբերվում այն հարցին, որ իմ ողջ երկու հսկա գերդաստանը կոտորվել է 1915 թվականին: Ի մանկուց որբ տատիկիս պատմություններն իր որբ ընկերուհիների հետ լսելիս և նրանց ծածուկ  լացը և խոսելու վախը ատել եմ և վրեժխնդիր եմ եղել: եթե մեկը կա, որ կցանկանա ինձ համոզել, թե չարի գործը և չարը ատելը լավ չի, դա միայն սատանան է:

    Միլիոնավոր մարդիկ, առավել ևս ողջ իմ ընկերական շրջապատը, առավել ևս հայ ազգի մեծամասնությունը կրում է կոտորածի դաժան և քայքայիչ ազդեցությունները: Չարը և չարի գործը անիծված է: Ոչ ոք իրվաունք չունի դիտավորյալ, շահի համար, կամ հավատքի համար, մյուսին սպանի: Այդ կյանքը Աստված է տվել մեզ: Աստծո՝ մեկ ուրիշին տվածը վերցնել նշանակում է գողանալ, իսկ եթե դա կյանքն է, նշանակում է մարդասպան:

    Էրդողանը ընդունի թե չընդունի 1915 դաժան և զարհուրելի ցեղասպանության ճշմարտությունը, ասի թե չասի ներեղություն, իսկ ես սա գրեմ, թե չգրեմ, միևնույն է՝ Աստված իր ազգի և ապագա կյանքերը վերցնելու է:

    Ես չեմ հավատում էրդողանին, այլ հավատում եմ, որ ամեն հանցանք իր պատիժը ստանալու է, թեկուզ 2000 տարվա:

    Պիտի զղջա, ներում խնդրի, հատուցի, ապա նոր քավություն ստանա։

  • Հայրենիքը Ձեր Օգնության Կարիքն Ունի By Vatché P.
    19 weeks 3 days ago

    Vahé, I totally agree with your comments about the article and the foreign words being 'armenianized' by the so-called, modern, Eastern Armenian.

    What is the matter with this nation? Why do they insist to include such foreign words, almost as though they were Armenian words themselves, and expect us in the Diaspora to keep our language alive?

    We HAVE kept the Western Armenian language at its highest level, against all odds. And, if we pronounce the two K's (գ ք) or  the two T's (թ դ) all sounding the same, it is a far cry from bastardizing a language with such foreign words! Just because Armenia is the motherland, it does not mean that the Armenian language coming from there is the purest of the pure or what comes from there is the Gospel truth.

    I used to love Eastern Armenian literature, but I am beginning to realize that the contemporary Armenian in Armenia is hardly Armenian.
     

  • Former Soviet States: Battleground For Global Domination By David Otto
    19 weeks 3 days ago

    Aloha, just want to let you know that I an here and feel like I will always keep an ear out on Oahu. Hawaii. Sorry but I feel Turkey owes Armenians an apology for what the Ottomans did. Don't know the goals of these folks...Maybe Turkey is punished...will hear later

  • Ethiopian Armenians in their own Words By Ethiopian
    19 weeks 3 days ago

    Great to read such an uplifting article. Thank you.

    I personally know Garbis; he is a really honourable man.

    My Ethiopian grandmother always talked about a certain white man who settled in Addis Ababa a long time ago. His last name was Babich or Babicheff or Babichev. And his first name was either Moses or Mussie or Moshe. These names sound like Russian, rather than Armenian, but I am not sure.

    Does any one know this man? Was he Armenian? Apparently, he was appointed as "Fitawrari" by Emperor Haile Selassie during the Italian occupation, if I recall the story told by my grandmother.

    Please post your comments below as I am really eager to learn about this man and his family. I regret for not paying attention to my grandmother when she was talking about all the history, but unfortunately, she passed away in Addis in 2010 at the age of 105.

    We should be thankful that there is a nation called Ethiopia that accommodates Islam, Christian, Jews, Pagans and Atheists.

    May God bless Ethiopia.
     

  • Մտքերի Բախում Գերմանահայոց Կենդ. Խորհրդում By Astgik Ehramjian
    19 weeks 4 days ago

    Սա սատանայի գործն է:-հայը հայի դեմ լարելը, սիրտը կասկած և նախանձ մտցնելը, կիսատ ճշմարտություն ասելը:

    1. Ոչ Մի Հայ երբեք չի ցանկացել և չի ցանկանա դեմ լինել մի այլ Հայի, այլ միայն թուրքի, մինչև որ չվերադարձնի իրենից հափշտակված հողերն ու փողերը, բայց ամենից առաջ սրբացնի իր կոտորած սուրբ բալիկների, կանանց, ծերերի, երիտասարդների հիշատակը ։ 


    Սատանան ուզում է ջնջել սրբերի հիշատակը, ասել գենոցիդ չի եղել: Անգլերեն չի ուզում ասել գենոցիդ բառը, որ ողջ աշխարհը չիմանա, այլ ասում է հայերեն, այն ինչ մենք լավ գիտենք, իսկ մյուս ազգերը հայերեն գիտե՞ն:

    Դե, թող այդպէս էլ լինի։ Տէր Աստված, գալդ բարին լինի և ողջ աշխարհը թող հայերեն խոսա։ Ամեն։

    2. Սատանան գիտի ոնց խառնի Հայ ժողովրդի մոտիկ հաղթանակը, որը Հիսուսի հաղթանակն է նաև:

    3.Սատանային չի հաջողվելու հայերին հաղթել, քանզի սատանային չի հաջողվելու Հիսուսին հաղթելը, մենք հայերով ավելի ենք միավորվելու, այո, խոնարհվելու ենք Աստծո առջև, բայց ոչ թե թշնամու:

    4.Այն ինչ տեր Հիսուս ասում էր ծածուկ, հիմա ասում է ազդարարելով.
    - Գալիս եմ, ուղղվեք, պատրաստ եղեք, միացե՛ք։

    Եկ, Աստված իմ։
    Աստծո շնորհները ձեզ հետ։ Ամուր կացե՛ք։
  • United Action Leads to Victory By Vahakn
    19 weeks 5 days ago

    Readers who have been following the Toronto Turkish consul-general's designs to put a phony "Turkish" monument at the Brantford Mount Hope Cemetery to honor WWI "Turkish" internees, would be interested to know that Andrea Malysh, program manager of Canadian WWI Internment Recognition Fund, has asked the Township of Kapuskasing in the province of Ontario to remove Turkish symbols on the grave of Alex Hassan, a Muslim internee who died in the northern Ontario camp during WWI. The Turkish symbols had been placed there through the efforts of the Turkish Government. As well, Brantford history researcher William Darfler, the discoverer of the "Muslim" internees buried at the the Brantford cemetery, has  informed Ms. Malysh that he has no hard evidence regarding the identity of the people buried in the "Muslim Corner" of the Brantford cemetery.

    "Amen" to Turkish Government's failed diplomatic efforts to impose false historic Turkish presence in Canada. As one of Keghart's editorial pointed out a few months ago, Diaspora Armenians should be on guard re future Turkish Government plans to promote similar falsehoods around the globe.

  • Vasily Grossman's Memoirs of Armenia By Dikran
    19 weeks 5 days ago

    Indeed, the "mountains are being reduced to skeletons" in Armenia [by mining industry], people are abandoning the ancestral land, Armenia is becoming a poisonous desert, see the video below:

    «Հանքարդյունաբերությունը սպառնալիք է Սյունիքի համար»

    Happy Holiday Season to All,
    Anahid Shirinian

    NJ USA
     

  • United Action Leads to Victory By Astgik Ehramjian
    19 weeks 6 days ago

    The incident [Brantford Cemetery monument) is a great scandal. What happened is a warning to everyone to be on guard re Turkish designs, and to take the appropriate action.

    Not only Armenians but also other nationalities which were slain in Western Armenia (1915) by the  Turks. The survivors, who flew to foreign countries, have often been ignored. In Holland we have a great number of Armenians whose parents fled Turkish persecutions in Western Armenia during the Genocide in 1915. They have to be made aware of Turkish policies and act accordingly. Otherwise, tomorrow they will be considered Turks because they carry Turkish names or surnames as in Antoine de Saint Exupery's "The Little Prince" story. The astrologer in that story is a famous Armenian but because he lives on his land, which is conquered by the Turks, Exupery calls him a Turk.

    The wolf wants to wear sheep's clothing to continue to cheat the world and anyone who helps him will also be eaten.

    This is another way of Turkish cheating and saying: "We are good and innocent". Lies. The blood of my family is on their hands. Amen.

    "Thank you" to Dikran and to others associated with Keghart.com for everything you do for us and for encouraging us to get involved, to become aware and be more dedicated to building better future for our children. May Lord Jesus help us in our victory.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, to your families, and to all people waking up to fight for victory against the Turkish state. May we be good and stay good until the end. Much love and God bless.

     

  • Political Apathy: Myth or Reality? (Video) By Gaytzag Palandjian
    19 weeks 6 days ago

    Kudos to Keghart's  initiative  in this respect, supporting participation in activities at local, provincial and state levels. It's time Armenians entered and advocated --aside from the perennial Genocide  issue-other  international  matters, such as  now the need for curbing inappropriate siding  with great Turkey. More attention to Iran ought to be in place. An old time, if not ally, a noble people´s country that has been lenient to Armenians  and their cause; a good neighbour  of Armenia  now. Looks like the tide  is changing. Hopefully rapprochement with Iran by U.S. and in extension its immediate allies will succeed  gradually, if  not at once.

    Thanks again for inviting-encouraging Armenians world-wide to immerse themselves  in local politics  in  the countries  they live  in. 

  • Մտքերի Բախում Գերմանահայոց Կենդ. Խորհրդում By Ishkhan Babajanian MD
    19 weeks 6 days ago

    Bravo, Mr . Gaytzag  Polandjian I agree  100% with your Healthy Thoughts.
    Ishkhan  Babajanian

  • Political Apathy: Myth or Reality? (Video) By Boghos Mardirossian
    19 weeks 6 days ago

    Thank you Keghart for organizing such a wonderful and very important event.

  • United Action Leads to Victory By Lucine
    20 weeks 1 hour ago

    Congratulations to our Armenian and Alevi activists and thank you for a spot-on editorial.

  • United Action Leads to Victory By Tom and Alvart Siraki
    20 weeks 1 hour ago

    Congratulations and kudos to the dedicated Armenian and Alevi activists who  spared no effort to STOP the  erection of a Turkish monument in Brantford. 

  • Origin of Two Human Rights Concepts By Perouz Seferian
    20 weeks 3 hours ago

    "Those who survived endured great hardships and were scattered in a global diaspora." Thank you, Alan, for this acknowledgment of the ongoing suffering of those who survived. For many, their entire lives were marked with the torment of remembering the sight of family members being butchered. They lost the generations that had come before them and the little children that followed them. Many from small rural villages found themselves living in poverty in large cities with streetcars instead of donkeys, a different language, and different customs. And, always, the terrible burden of their grief for their lost family and home and way of life followed them.

  • Vardan Pedrosyan Petition Continues By Shake Toumayan
    20 weeks 10 hours ago

    Without justice there is no civil society.

  • Մտքերի Բախում Գերմանահայոց Կենդ. Խորհրդում By Gaytzag Palandjian
    20 weeks 11 hours ago

    Յոյսով էի կարդալ Մտերիմ բախում Գերմանահայոց  մէջ....
    Աչքի  խաղի մասին է խօսքս: Ցաւոք,  երբ երկրորդ անգամ կարդացի դա -Մտքերի Բախում էր - համեմատաբար  Նոր Գաղութ  է  Գերմանիայինը  մեր...Ճիշդ  այդ է պատճառը որ մեր ժողովուրդը տկարանայ:

    Ի սէր  Հայութեան Ամբողջականութեան զիրար Յարգեցէք, եթէ պէտք է անպայման ոեւէ  կազմակերպութեան մաս կազմել, հիմնեցէք (Մասնագիտութեանց բնագավառներու, Կոլէկաներու) ընկերակցութիւններ, ապա քիչ քիչ դէպի Միջ-Մասնագիտ. Կէտրոնական Մարմին: Հրաւիրեցէք դուք ոչ կուսակցականներդ վերջիններին՝ մաս կազմելու  ձեզ  հետ -երբ արդէն  Ձերը...Քանակ  եւ  որակ կը ներկայացնէ կազմուելիք Կեդրոնական  մարմին-խորհուրդների  մէջ: Բաւ է  միջկուսակցական թայֆայականութիւնը հին դարուց յիշատակ մնացած՝ նրանց  գերակայութիւնը  Հայութեան  մէջ ամէնուր:

     

  • Judicial Nomination Exhumes ADL Fiasco By Boghos
    20 weeks 12 hours ago

    In his explanations as to why he did not do more to overturn a shameful ADL policy, Joseph Berman (a high-ranking ADL official) comes across as disingenuous.

    The ADL, a purportedly anti-bias group, has a clear bias when it comes to the Armenian Genocide. Along with other Jewish lobbying groups, the ADL campaigns against Armenian Genocide recognition in the halls of the US Congress. In fact, many Massachusetts cities and towns pulled out of “No Place for Hate”—the ADL’s purported anti-bias program—after the ADL’s infamous “tantamount” statement because these municipalities believed that the ADL’s statement was dishonest.

    Who ever heard of a human rights organization which lobbies against genocide recognition? Citizens don’t need a judge who very well could arbitrate in favor of ADL biases. Why should anyone take it on good faith that Mr. Berman would make an impartial judge, given his checkered background?

  • Vardan Pedrosyan Petition Continues By Irena Varjabedian
    20 weeks 2 days ago

    Vardan shouldn't go back to the prison hospital. He is detained unjustly.

  • Orphans of the Genocide (video-clip) By Barkef Kloian
    20 weeks 3 days ago

    I was taken to another place and time as I watched and listened. The haunting faces and the beautiful music put me to where my grandmother held onto her child, dying in her arms. To where my mother was born at the Bird's Nest orphanage. That was in 1916.

  • Vardan Pedrosyan Petition Continues By Vardan From Iran
    20 weeks 4 days ago

    To the authorities in Armenia: Please have mercy on this talented human being. He needs proper care and attention. Please be fair.

  • Vardan Pedrosyan Petition Continues By Melineh
    20 weeks 4 days ago
    Please let Vardan Petrosyan have the proper medical care.
  • Vardan Pedrosyan Petition Continues By Aram Adamyan
    20 weeks 4 days ago

    First of all, may the souls of the two young boys killed in the car crash rest in peace. 

    This is not only about Vardan Petrosyan. This is much more than that. It could be anyone of us. Vardan, just caught in this horrible accident, serves as an example to reveal the true value of human dignity and human beings in general to our police and justice system. There is no threat that Vardan will escape from justice, yet he is still refused to be set free until the court's decision on his level of responsibility of what happened, despite much needed medical help. Let us hope that Vardan's celebrity will help to revisit the value of human dignity in the justice system of a country that presents itself as the first Christian nation. 

  • Vardan Pedrosyan Petition Continues By Janet Galoustian
    20 weeks 4 days ago

    Provide proper care to Vardan and be fair in your investigation. Enough corruption!

  • Vardan Pedrosyan Petition Continues By Berge Panossian
    20 weeks 4 days ago

    I am adding my signature to the petition to demand that Vardan be not returned to the prison hospital.

  • Vardan Pedrosyan Petition Continues By J. Frendian
    20 weeks 4 days ago

    Stop discrimination and treat Vardan humanely.

  • Vardan Pedrosyan Petition Continues By Gerard Paraghamian
    20 weeks 4 days ago

    Why are things so rough in Armenia?  We need to get in line with all the democracies of the world. How can we help him?

    We need to treat people fairly starting with Vardan.

  • Thugs, Police at Calcutta Church Elections By Herosoohi
    20 weeks 4 days ago

    I will be coming to Calcutta in January to pay homage to my father's Armenian College era .I am the daughter of Minas Daniel Samel (also Minas Samuel David) who moved to Calcutta at the age of nine with my grandmother and remained there till 1927 when he returned to Iran. We migrated to Australia in 1968 and have lived here since.

    My father passed away 20 years ago. I have always wished to pay pilgrimage to his only college which is also proudly Armenian. I am hoping that I will be able to collect manuscripts and archives regarding my father and get to know the present Armenian community well. I was looking forward to this but when I read the problems within the community and church, I became very upset and disappointed.

    I know David Alexander, his mother (Arpenik) and other Indian-Armenians who live in Australia and elsewhere. I appreciate your actions as to a fair share of Armenian life and rights for the community in India. I wish you well and hope to meet you there on or about January 18. I will be staying three nights at the Kenilworth Hotel. It is owned by an Armenian and very close to the Armenian church and college, I believe. Many regards and cheers for your efforts.

    Mrs. Herosoohi Vesmadian

  • Vardan Pedrosyan Petition Continues By Sebouh Boyajian
    20 weeks 4 days ago

    Treat Vartan Bedrosyan humanely.

  • Vardan Pedrosyan Petition Continues By Armineh Johannes
    20 weeks 4 days ago

    To the authorities in Armenia: Please have mercy on this talented human being. He needs proper care and attention. Please be fair.

  • Vardan Pedrosyan Petition Continues By Sona Mardanyan
    20 weeks 4 days ago

    I am adding my signature to the petition to demand that Vardan should not return to prison hospital.

    S.Mardanyan

  • Vardan Pedrosyan Petition Continues By Herosoohi
    20 weeks 4 days ago
    Be fair to our fellow Armenians - For once try to do the right thing.
  • Our Best Option…For Now By C.K. Garabed
    20 weeks 4 days ago

    There is a concept lurking out in space waiting for someone to latch on to it.
     
    It is one that involves today’s dispersed Western Armenians (who have fading hopes for future ties to the Republic of Armenia), and the Kurds of Turkey.
     
    What do they have in common?
     
    For one thing, they both lay claim to the same territory in the Yergir, today called Eastern Anatolia. For another, they belong to the same language group, Indo-European. Also, they share (in retrospect, at least) a similar cultural background. Finally, they harbor the same aspirations for a future state.
     
    Thus, in making common cause against the Turkish government, they can team up, and even contemplate the unthinkable, a country called Hai-Kurdistan.
     
    If they can, by joining together, secede from Turkey, they can always settle their differences later.
     
    A shocking idea?
     
    Of course!
     
    C.K. Garabed

    USA

  • Let's Welcome Islamicized Armenians By Vahe
    20 weeks 5 days ago

    I raise this issue to better understand the plight of Islamized Armenians in Turkey and I invite the knowledgeable to comment.

    For all I know the "Millet" (community) system that prevailed in the Ottoman Empire, and may still be a basis for community representation in Turkey, was based on religious affiliation, not ethnic grouping.

    Up the to the schisms that came about in the Armenian Apostolic Church that gave birth to the Armenian Catholic and Evangelical communities, the Apostolic Church represented all the Armenians for until then one was not an Armenian if she or he was not baptized in the Armenian Apostolic Church and anointed with Holy Muron. Let us be mindful that by the order of the King Trdat all his subjects were baptized Christians without exception. Since then, being Armenian and being Christian (albeit Apostolic for most of the time) became one and the same. In Kessabtsi dialect that may be the last remnant of naturally evolved Armenian dialect, Armenian Apostolic adherents are referred to “Armana’ for Armenian, while Armenian Catholics are called Catoula, and Armenian Evangelicals are called Pourtoustan meaning Protestants.

    The Patriarchate in Istanbul, for centuries, overshadowed the twin Catholicosates for it represented the Armenians at the Sultan’s Sublime Porte and the majority of the Armenians fell under its jurisdiction. It is there that our National Constitution came about. It may still be that it represents only the Armenian Apostolic adherents by law or by deep-rooted customs. I am not sure which.  In the United States, out of Church rules certainly, the Armenian Apostolic Church would not marry until the odar (non-Armenian) groom is anointed with Holy Muron before hand.

    I am not sure whether Sunni Muslims, irrespective whether they are Kurds or Turks or Islamized Armenians, constitute a separate "Millet", so to speak; or whether in their case there is more than religious affiliation. It behooves us to know so as to have a better understanding of the plight of the Islamized Armenians and, of course, I am not referring to their social stigmatization that no laws can correct.
     

  • Let's Welcome Islamicized Armenians By Serj
    20 weeks 6 days ago

    That is a possibility but only if they renounce Islam. Just saying that they are Armenians is not enough. We all know the fanaticism of the average Muslim. Do we need among us people who believe Islam's anti-Christian tenets?

    I do not see any advantages in accepting Muslim Armenians among us. Is it to increase our numbers? Old adage says: "Quality, not quantity".

    For many years we have discussed who is an Armenian. Well...basically those who say they are Armenian and follow Armenian traditions. To do this is to renounce Islam. How many of them are willing to give up Islam and follow our traditions?

    I am reminded of California painter Kero Antoyan. When he found out that his brother's children lived in Anatolia he went there to find them. He was welcomed as a long-lost hero. He took them to Istanbul to the "Badriarkaran". When they saw the cross on the door, they turned back and run away saying: "We do not want to become Gavurs." But you may send us money. WOW. This might be the attitude of most Islamized Armenians.

    How about the Hemshen Armenians? They are Muslim. How many have accepted that they were Armenians before, despite the fact that they speak an Armenian patois?

  • Fragmented, Fractious, Suicidal Islets By Gaytzag Palandjian
    20 weeks 6 days ago

    Dr. Berge Minassian,

    I trust you remember me from the old days on USC.EDU when we debated  many an issue. A few times I have quoted here Ara Baliozian´s BBB´s (bishops, benefactors and bosses) on the Diaspora scene. These will go on for quite a while in that same fashion. But we can aspire and work toward a new statute for the Armenian Diaspora (s) alongside these, until they retire.

    On to the other issues;  The point I wish to make is a bit delicate, as I know there are Turks following Armenian websites.

    1. We need St. Etchmiadzin and the Great House of Cilicia to keep those Armenian-dense communities well organized around them or at least be there. Why? Because those communities are the remnants/heirs of the Armenian Genocide, evicted from millennia-old habitat and waiting to return to their  homes: a political card that Turkey knows very well. Pity the Syrian is undergoing a drastic change. Hopefully, it will change for better, once the civil war stops. But Armenians are still there in Lebanon, Jordan and in other Arab countries.

    2. Not only you but others incorrectly ascribe that the Churches are not unified. When Catholicos Vazgen I and Catholicos Karekin I met in Brussels long ago, they declared "we are together." Thence be it known that the differences also occurred because of the Cold War and prior to that World War I when Armenians were on both sides and had to cope with both...I hope you understand. We had to show our loyalty to both. Take care.

  • Dubious Mettle of the Medals By Mihran
    21 weeks 1 day ago

    It's now time for Mr. Azadian to give his state medal/s back, if his editorial is to mean something.

    It's during the rule of Serzh Sarkissian that 10 innocent Armenians were gunned down during the election in the streets of Yerevan to help him stay in power, not to mention the rigged elections and rampant corruption to date.

  • Անկախ Մամուլի Խօսք՝ Թերե՜ւս... By Վահէ
    21 weeks 1 day ago

    Ազատ խօսքի եւ միտքի մամուլը անգլուխ չի կրնար ըլլալ քանի որ ան արդէն գլուխ չունի:

    Ազատ խօսքի եւ միտքի մամուլը հաւաքական արտահայտութիւն է: Հոն կ՛իշխէ  «խաւարամտութեան, կարճատեսութեան, կրաւորականութեան ու պատեհապաշտութեան անյարիրութեան ոգի մը» երբ անոբ շուրջ համախմբուած հաւաքականութիւնը ինքն իսկ խաւարամիտ, կարճատես, կրաւորական ու պատեհապաշտ եւ անյարիր ոգի մը ունի:

    Ազատ խօսքի եւ միտքի մամուլը չի դաստիարակէր եթէ նոյնիսկ իր տեսութիւնները ունի: Անկասկած որ նման մամուլ մը ունենալը եւ հրատարակելը եւ զայն պահելը ու հրապարակելը չափանիշներն են իր շուրջ համախմբուած հաւաքանութեան կենսունակութեան: Անշուշտ որ կը դադրին  չափանիշներ ըլլալէ երբ այդ հրատարակութիւնը խօսնակն է միայն իր տեսութիւնները արտայայտող հաւաքականութեան մը եւ հետեւսբար դադրած է մամուլ ըլլալէ եւ դարձած է պաշտօնախօս:

  • Thugs, Police at Calcutta Church Elections By Hamo Moskofian
    21 weeks 1 day ago

    Dear Karen,

    I was shocked about the news concerning the Culcutta Armenian Church election. The Holy Nazaret, where Joseph Emin, the famous Armenian, who fought for the independence of Armenia, is buried.

    You mentioned the passionate words of the daughter of Charles Sarkies (Chacha) whom I met 10 years ago while visiting India upon the invitation of the Foreign Ministry of India and through its marvelous former Ambassador Bal Anand. Mr. Sarkies was a true defender of the Armenian churches, the elders' sanctuary, the Armenian Philanthropic College, and the Armenian cemetery built by the famous Sir Khachig Paul Chater. The community's hundreds of millions worth of assets helped the reconstruction of Nor Nakhichevan in southern Russia through the efforts of the famous Armenian revolutionary Mikael Nalbandyan at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries and through the British Imperial Court in India.

    I send my warmest greetings to the unforgettable Sonia John, an Armenian who went to India as a child and was the director of the famous Women's College in Culcutta, a brave defender of  Armenian rights and the billions of dollars of the community's assets some of which were returned by Indira Gandhi during her historic visit to Moscow and to Armenia in 1976.

    Unfortunately, the mafioso-minded "independent" Armenia statesmen and clergy aim at robbing the riches of the Armenians of India, accumulated since the days of Mogul Emperor Akbar the Great whose beloved wife was Mariam Zamani Begum, an Armenian beauty from Meghri. We must thank the Indian government which had blocked many of these treacherous efforts and announce our solidarity with our brave brothers and sisters of the Armenians of India.

    Respectfully,
    Hamo Moskofian

  • Հայրենիքը Ձեր Օգնության Կարիքն Ունի By Vahe Apelian
    21 weeks 2 days ago

    I second the proposal raised in this article and call the Diaspora to boycott this upcoming Thanksgiving Telethon that will be the 16th. Instead, it is fair and right that we allocate our hard-earned pennies this time around towards the needs of the Middle Eastern Armenian communities, especially that of Syria. For the past almost 100 years these Armenian communities laid the foundation of the Armenian Diaspora we know today.

    The very existence of the proud and generous Armenian community in Syria is being tested. The demise of our Middle Eastern communities is hastening the inevitable and eventual demise of the Western Armenian Diaspora. Helping our brethren in Syria is helping us in the Western Hemisphere to continue to have a vibrant Diaspora to help Armenia and Artsakh.

    This year’s telethon call in view of what is happening to our communities in Middle East and especially in Syria was a misplaced call.

  • Հայրենիքը Ձեր Օգնության Կարիքն Ունի By Vahe
    21 weeks 2 days ago

    Կ՛ուզեմ անդրադառնալ այս յօդուածի լեզուին: Փառք Աստուծոյ որ իմ ուսուցիչներուս ջամբած հայերէնով չի մնացի, այլ անգլերէն եւ Ֆրանսերէն ալ սորվեցայ. այլապէս հետեւեալ բառերուն իմաստը պիտի չի կարենայի հասկնալ: Հաւանաբար ինծի նման այլ  ընթերցողներ եւս կան: Հետեւաբար իրենց նկատողութեան կը յանձնեմ հետեւեալ «հայերէն» բառերը:- շանտաժով (chantage, i.e. blackmail) – ռեսուրսները (resources)– անոմալ (anomaly) – իներցիոն (inertia) – դինամիկայով (dynamism) – բոյկոտ (boycott)– լեգիտիմության (legitimacy)– էթնոսի (ethos) – լոբբիստական (Lobbyism):

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By GM
    21 weeks 2 days ago

    Maybe you don't read much. Columnists do stuff like that ALL THE TIME. The author made that clear when he published it. Do your research.

  • Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman About Israel & Palestine By GM
    21 weeks 2 days ago

    Nope. Wrong. 100%

  • Անկախ Մամուլի Խօսք՝ Թերե՜ւս... By Ոսկան Մխիթարեան
    21 weeks 2 days ago

    Ներկայիս, մամուլ ունենալը եւ հրատարակելը բնաւ ալ չափանիշ չէ, ոչ ալ զայն պահելը ու հրապարակելը, եթէ ան պիտի մնայ անտէր, անգլուխ, անղեկ, անառաջնորդ, ուր կ'իշխէ խաւարամտութեան, կարճատեսութեան, կրաւորականութեան ու պատեհապաշտութեան անյարիրութեան ոգի մը, հետեւաբար, անյետաձգելիօրէն պայման է որ ան վերանորոգուի, բարեկարգուի, արհեստավարժուի եւ արդիականանայ՝ իր ԲՈՎԱՆԴԱԿ առումներով, այլապէս ամլութեան ու չորացումի սպառնալիքները անխուսափելի են։

    Ասկէ աւելի լուրջ յօդուած կարելի չէր գտնել հայ մամուլին ողբերգական վիճակը նկարագրող:

    ԱՄԷՆ:

  • Remembrance Day and the Armenians By Unus Ali
    21 weeks 3 days ago

    Remembrance Day, as we know it, has come and gone for another year. Were the Armenians recognized sufficiently for the sacrifices they made for the worthy cause and in proportion to the population size of Armenia, as noted in the above article? I would say "not so."

    It is not too late to rightfully honor and pay tribute to those Armenians who fought for the cause of freedom which we all enjoy today. I do not know the true extent of the sacrifices those persons made. More, much more could be done by western societies to give due regard to those Armenians whose sacrifice was the ultimate sacrifice. Keghart's voice is not a "voice in the wilderness" but one which pleads for equality, fairness and acknowledgment of the Armenians ongoing struggle to find "an equal place in a just society." This time has come.

  • Catholicos Karekin II Stands Accused By Chekijian
    21 weeks 3 days ago

    Just read on CivilNet.am that there might be as many Islamized Armenians in Turkey as the total population of Armenia.

    Since there may be as twice as many Armenians in the Diaspora, tells me that the focus of the Church should be in an outreach to the potential five million or so of people of recent Armenian ancestry who have apparently assimilated, rather than the continued bickering and distractions by our esteemed church "leaders" to a diminishing constituency of the disheartened.

    Time for the church leaders to rise to the occasion.

  • Fragmented, Fractious, Suicidal Islets By Mesrob
    21 weeks 4 days ago

    Thank you for this editorial. But you forgot another annual event where there's division and rivalry... two seeks ago the Toronto Armenian Centre (Antilias See) held it's annual bazaar. In a week or so, the AGBU will hold its bazaar.

  • Reporting the Genocide in the UK Press By Katia
    21 weeks 4 days ago

    Thank you, Lilit. Yes, I will keep one set aside for you.
    Hope to meet you in person.
    Katia

  • Fragmented, Fractious, Suicidal Islets By Thomas G.
    21 weeks 4 days ago

    I loved this editorial. I thank you very much for your sincerity.
    Lately, Armenians are waking up and recognizing this tragic vice of theirs called division. This is the oldest story pertaining to Armenian history. One need only open a Hayots Batmutyun (History of the  Armenians) textbook to realize that Armenians were always divided: King Pap against the Armenian catholicos; the nakharars against the king...the role of a few traitors during the Battle of Avarayr. In fact, the nakharars were always divided among themselves, with some supporting the Persian king, so on and so forth.
    Even though it is a positive thing that Armenians are realizing the perils of division, I doubt that we will ever be united. Division seems to be in our very genes. Sorry if this offends anyone, but it seems to me that this is fact.

  • Apostolic Church Held Hostage - III By Vahe
    21 weeks 4 days ago

    I respectfully differ with Vosgan Mekhitarian while agreeing that reporters should safeguard the confidentiality of their sources. By reporters I do not mean anyone who verbalizes on issues. When Mekhitarian labels the Catholicos of Cilician See, Aram I, a megalomaniacal psychopath, Mekhitarian compromises his credibility. While I defer to his privilege to use such language, I cannot accept his allegations made within that context without substantiation. 

    Those who witnessed Catholicos Aram I verbally abuse young seminarians, the sons of families we may know, should have the courage to come forth, much like Archbishop Norvan Zakarian and Patriarch Nourhan Manougian who made their grievances publicly known.

    In the least, Mekhitarian, if not naming his sources, should detail the circumstances under which the abuse took place. We simply cannot afford to be passive readers when allegations are made pertaining to an adult verbally abusing the young placed in trust of an institution.

  • Turner - Aivazovsky: An Auspicious Encounter By Rip Bulkeley
    21 weeks 4 days ago

    I agree with much of these comments about Aivazovsky's ethnicity. However, the tour guide was also right, because there are two words for "Russian" in Russian and English does not translate the distinction which they make between ethnicity (Russkii) and citizenship (Rossiiskii). There is more than one kind of ignorance here, in other words. Aivazovsky was born in Ukraine, which made him a subject of the Russian Empire. (I don't like to use the word "citizen" because subjects of the Empire had so few civil rights.) But, of course, he was also ethnically Armenian and a Ukrainian provincial. Lastly, we should not forget that he voluntarily chose to identify himself with and to work very closely with one of the major institutions of Russian state power, to wit the Imperial Navy.

  • Thugs, Police at Calcutta Church Elections By Margaret S-K
    21 weeks 4 days ago

    Tahnks David. All I ask is for your prayers and that of others. This sick, low-life and corrupt Armenian church committee has now exceeded its boundary. I will prevail. I will flush out all the dirt on this committee, particularly its two wardens, Susan Reuben and Sunil Sobti who have siphoned crores upon crores of rupees.

    They have amended the Church Scheme (Constitution) without the knowledge, consultation or approval of the Armenian community of Kolkata. Two clauses that they have deleted enables these two wardens stay in this capacity forever. That is why they are blocking, barring, intimidating, and threatening persons such as myself, so that they and their cronies can keep getting re-elected and reign supreme, continuing to bribe, and steal from the Armenian church funds.

    These are the same two people who take communion so as to show to the school children how good and holy they are. I will be relentless. Please share this and all links you come across with all Armenians, everywhere. It is time all Armenians knew what this lot is about. Send me an email privately.

    Margaret

  • Apostolic Church Held Hostage - III By Vosgan Mekhitarian
    21 weeks 4 days ago

    Mr. Vahe,
    The accounts I have  made in my article are verified. I have recorded and documented the statements made by clergymen who were subjected to insults, threats and humiliation. 

     

  • Thugs, Police at Calcutta Church Elections By Dr. debNAT
    21 weeks 4 days ago

    Max Khachaturian is Max Galstaun. He is not baptized in the Armenian Church. Who is he trying to fool? He is well-known for filing cases against religious institutions to make a living.

    Max, stop making a fool of yourself.

  • Thugs, Police at Calcutta Church Elections By DR Arathoon
    21 weeks 5 days ago

    Dear cousin Margaret , if you are reading this please take care of your self and Sonia Johns...keep out of harms way.  Please write me on your return home. I have forwarded this article to cousins Armen and Lydia.
    Yours, David

  • Քաղաքացիութիւն՝ Շնորհողի ու Շնորհուողի Կարգով By Artemis
    21 weeks 5 days ago

    Պարույր ջան մեծ հաճույքով կը կարդամ հոդվածներդ, որոնց մեջ միշտ կա ուսանելի և լուրջ հայրենասիրական զգացմունքների ամբողջական մի հույլ որը իսկապես հոգեվիճակ է ոչ միայն Սփիւռքահայի այլ ավելի շատ Հայաստանում ապրող հայի համար: Ողջունում և ջերմագին բարեվներս. միշտ թող գրիչդ հատու լինի, ինչպես նշդարը հիվանդի համար;

  • Apostolic Church Held Hostage - III By Berge Minassian
    21 weeks 5 days ago

    Would such behavior by K2 go with impunity in a TRULY democratic Armenia? Not for a fraction of a second. K2 is part of the oligarchic mafia ruling the country and protected by its rackets. Why are we surprised? It is time to stop being surprised and do something about this. THE OLIGARCHIC SYSTEM MUST BE REPLACED BY THE DEMOCRATIC SYSTEM. Otherwise, "bye-bye Armenia" through bursts and spouts of agony such as described in this article. Our duty is to organize in the Diaspora and support the civic movements (Nakhakhorhrdaran movement) organizing to replace the oligarchic regime with proper democratic governance. All else is just talk, talk, talk.

  • Reporting the Genocide in the UK Press By Lilit
    21 weeks 5 days ago

    Dear Katia,
    The work you've done is amazing! I will certainly attend your book's presentation in London on Nov. 22. Can I please ask you to keep one set aside for me?
    Many thanks,
    Lilit

     

  • Fragmented, Fractious, Suicidal Islets By Berge Minassian
    21 weeks 5 days ago

    The reason these problems exist is because there is no democracy in the Diaspora. There cannot be a real democracy in the Diaspora because the Diaspora is not a geographic country where a constitution can guarantee democracy. Therefore, the Diaspora will continue this road of suicide. The only hope is that Armenia itself survives. THEN, with proper democracy in Armenia, much can be imposed on the Diasporan leadership (e.g. church unification, to name only one) that will unify the Diaspora. Ironically, Armenia's survival and thriving needs help and support from the Diaspora for the civic movements that are working to establish democracy in Armenia.

    So, Armenians in the Diaspora who care about the Diaspora's survival should focus on finding each other, coming together, helping the civic movements in Armenia transform Armenia, for it in turn to save the Diaspora.

  • Diaspora Media By Sevan
    21 weeks 5 days ago

    The media could do better, of course. But I think that we should recognize the good part in all of this: I don't think any other ethnic group of our size has as much good media as we do.

  • Diaspora Media By Telo
    21 weeks 6 days ago

    I voted "I don't know" because I am torn. Some outlets are doing an excellent job, but a partisan orientation can prevent many from reporting on topics that may displease or harm the organizations/political groups who fund them and/or with whom they have relationships.  Few Diaspora media outlets are independent. Keghart, thankfully, is one.  For the most part, we take the Armenian press for granted. Editors are underpaid or unpaid, as are most of the writers. This does not bode well for professionalism or longevity in a very important sector. 

  • Thugs, Police at Calcutta Church Elections By Ano
    21 weeks 6 days ago

    Max Khachadourian???

    How did he change his name? He is Max Galstaun. He is not baptised in the Armenian Church. Who is he trying to cheat? He is well known in filing cases against churches/schools in Calcutta...He does this for a living.

    Leave the Armenian Church alone Mr. Max Galstaun.

    Wonder how many he cheated in UK.

  • Apostolic Church Held Hostage - III By Vahe
    21 weeks 6 days ago

    All views expressed are those of the respective authors, rightfully state the editors of keghart.com. They also understandably edit spelling and grammatical errors and for libelous and offensive languages. I believe the editors at times should challenge authors as well as to the source of the allegation they cite in their articles.

    I make the recommendation in reference to Vosgan Mekhitarian’s article posted above. It is his prerogative to label Catholicos Aram I as a megalomaniacal psychopath. However when he asserts that the Catholicos verbally abuses young seminarians it becomes imperative, I believe, for the editors to demand substantiating his claim to present to the readership worldwide. It is too serious an allegation to accept at face value or be content with ‘unnamed sources’ cited in tabloids.

  • Apostolic Church Held Hostage - III By LG
    21 weeks 6 days ago

    The use of the words 'democracy' and 'democratic' to describe an Apostolic church leads one to believe that the author of the article isn't very knowledgeable about the organizational structure of Apostolic churches.  Moreover, the author dismisses out of hand the damage 70 years of official state sponsored atheism have wrought upon Christians and other believers in the former USSR.

  • Remembrance Day and the Armenians By Perouz Seferian
    21 weeks 6 days ago

    Yes, Canadian-Armenians served in Afghanistan with great valour and distinction. My grandson, Misak Maguire, served in two missions in Afghanistan.

    In 1915, Misak Sarkisian, a relative of my grandmother, joined the Canadian Army in Guelph, Ontario. He trained in Canada and was sent for officer training in Tiflis (Tbilisi), passed his exams, and became a sergeant-major. His cousin, Aram Manougian (not the Pasha Aram Manougian), also joined the Canadian Army in 1915 and was sent for officer training in Tiflis. Their Canadian regiment numbers indicate that both these men enlisted in Guelph, Ontario. They were in the 34th Battalion.

    Misak was my father’s hero. My father was with him when he died on the battlefield on February 19, 1918, the tenth day of Garin’s defense. He was commander of the Kugvir forces. My father was inconsolable. General Torkom stood at attention and saluted as Misak’s body was brought in for the highest honours. General Torkom made the eulogy and sang:

    "Death is once everywhere,
    Man will die but once,
    Envy to him who dies
    For the freedom of his people."

    Torkom said: "All those who die for the love of their fatherland and its people are immortal. You will light the dark roads of the coming generations.”

    Soghomon Tehlirian was sent to replace Misak on the battlefield.
     

  • Թուղթ Առ Բարձրեալն Աստուած By Hovig Nersessian
    21 weeks 6 days ago

    My very dearest cousin Khachadour,
    When I received Keghart's latest edition and read your great and impressive article about my dearest uncle Vahan/Israel, it made me recall the great and happy days we lived together in Lebanon with our parents. Days that we can never forget.
    Dear Khachadour, please extend my love to all your family, and let me hear your news which would help me return to my unforgettable past so as to revive my present. I miss you all dear Khachadour. I will plan visiting you soon.
    My great love and regards to Keghart, too, for being the best link to my great past.
    All the best, dears,
    Hovig 

  • Thugs, Police at Calcutta Church Elections By Arav
    22 weeks 12 hours ago

    It is a shameful event in the history of the Armenians of India. The Armenian Indian community should come together to solve such big issues of concern. How shameful to bring and involve thugs and police in the grounds of the church. It is a sacred place and should be kept like that. I would like to hear about a fair election where every Armenian Indian can have a say. It is a community affair. The clergy and the teachers (from elsewhere) what are they doing in the affairs of the Armenian-Indians? They should not be involved in this matter in all ways of the word.

    Faithfully,

    Arav

  • Reporting the Genocide in the UK Press By Katia
    22 weeks 13 hours ago

    I will be in London on Nov 22nd to present my book.
    Place: Armenian House (Hye Doon)
              25 Cheniston Gardens
              London W8 6TG
    Date:  Friday, Nov 22, 2013
    Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    I am bringing a very limited number of books with me, so please let me know if I should keep one set aside for you. It is 75 British pounds for both volumes.

    Thank you.
    Katia

  • Unbearable Bear Hug By Shahe Boghossian
    22 weeks 3 days ago

    I agree with your analysis but I fear for the elitism of the Armenians in Armenia. Let us remind ourselves that Armenians in the Middle East know three languages and use them effectively. We speak Armenian. We speak Arabic in public (equate that to Russian, if you want), plus English or French as taught in school.

    So the education ministry in RoA has to find the balance and the diplomacy to make sure that Russian or any other language do NOT breach our language. If executed skillfully, there is no fear for our language. But as said, if the Armenians of Armenia feel that Russian is the posh/elite language then our language will be in jeopardy. Controversially, we should fund free Armenian courses to foreigners.

  • «Երբ Չի Մնում Ելք Ու Ճար» By Նուարդ Պարսամեան Ադամեան
    22 weeks 4 days ago

    Ի՞նչպէս զարգացնել հայուն մէջ այն միասնական ոգին, որ այլեւս  քիչ մտածէ ՛՛ելք ու ճար՛՛ի մասին եւ ունենայ տեսադաշտը «ճար»ի:

    Ճիշդ էք. Հայուն՝  լինել-չլինելու գրաւականը միշտ իր հաւաքական ուժին մէջ եղած է: Պատմութիւնը յաճախ վկայած է այս:

    Ունեցած ենք, նաեւ ռազմավարութիւն ունեցող ղեկավարներ, որոնք ստեղծագործ աշխատանք տարած են երկար ժամանակ: Սակայն,  տկարի հոգեբանութիւնը բոյն գտած  հայուն տեսլականին մէջ, քաջալերած է օտար պետութիւնները  իրենց գերակայութիւնը զգացնել. աշխատած են պառակտել, ջլատել հայուն միասնակամ մտածելակերպը, գործելակերպը: Այս ալ միշտ տեսած ենք մեր պատմութեան էջերուն մէջ:

    Ելքը ի՞նչն է:

  • Sex Traffic in Armenia By Vinod
    22 weeks 6 days ago

    Hello guys ... this is happening a lot, specially in middle east, the places you mentioned. The girls are taken and told that they would be given jobs; instead they are forced into prostitution, do all the dirty things and each girl's life is wasted.

    Every mom in this world, when she gives birth to a baby no matter it is a boy or a girl.... she only thinks that her son or daughter should get a good spouse for life-time. Today, because of job problems everywhere and families having inadequate incomes, women are forced against their will. I think they should work decent jobs, wear no matter how poor the clothes look and not think much about money....

    Thank you.
    Vinod

  • Unbearable Bear Hug By Elias Katudjian
    22 weeks 6 days ago

    The "eternal return", as said Nietzsche. Nothing new under the sun.  

    Brazil

  • Depopulation Crisis in Armenia By Hayorti
    23 weeks 4 hours ago

    Excuse me, but I must be missing something here.

    Even Armenians, who have not been to Armenia, know that the country's depopulation is caused by lack of opportunities, by corruption, by the absence of the rule of law, by the oligarchs, by the lack of credible opposition, by the blockade. We have heard these accurate reports countless times in the past decade.

    Yet a well-meaning organization (Kololian Foundation) went and hired FOUR academic groups which spent a WHOLE YEAR and, I assume, considerable amount of money, to tell us that these well-known shortcomings of Armenia have to be looked into and RESEARCHED EVEN MORE... while everyday more and more Armenians are forced to leave their homeland. The word "redundant" comes to mind to describe the "research".

    So I am scratching my head... what was the point of the Kololian-sponsored year-long research? Aren't the eggheads in their ivory towers unaware of the problems, although they live in Armenia? Was this some sort of job-creation for the academic set?

    What Armenia needs is not recommendations for further study. We know the problems. What we need is a way and means to solve these existential challenges.

    The research reminds me of the last scene of the first Indiana Jones movie where important papers were stored in vast government archives never to see the light of day.

  • Reporting the Genocide in the UK Press By Gaytzag Palandjian
    23 weeks 13 hours ago

    For the record, 25 years ago Canadian-Armenian writer-philosopher Ara Baliozian wrote his (now) famous BBBs, referring to contemporary Diaspora Armenian bishops, benefactors and bosses. It's high time we adopted a NEW STATUTE and shed the 160-year-old ¨Sahmantrutyun¨. The latter is not compatible with the dynamic Diaspora of today. If we continue to carry on as is, the new generation will eventually abandon their "Armenity" and assimilate into other cultures.

  • Meeting the Armenian MP of Iraqi Kurdistan By Hamo Moskofian
    23 weeks 13 hours ago

    Thank you for your inspiring and encouraging comments! We can find your "lost" relatives in Zakho, Dhok and Erbil if you provide some details or come for a real "pilgrimage" to Kurdistan, Iraq. It's a completely safe state. We have hundreds of powerful friends to help us, thanks to Keghart.com, Tidag, RAG Mamoul, and AZG which have printed my articles, thus shedding a bright light on the reality of life today and not dwelling on the past suffering because of the memories of the dark history. With journalists like me, or friends like Jirair Tutunjian, Dr. Dikran Abrahamian, Dr. Sam Racoubian, and Dr. Minas Kojayian supporting my every move to the "unknown" to illuminate the unknown era, we can realise miracles together with mass support.
    Hamo Moskofian

  • Meeting the Armenian MP of Iraqi Kurdistan By Vahe
    23 weeks 15 hours ago

    This report was another enlightening news from Hamo Moskofian, our Diaspora-wide roaming reporter.  It also refreshed memories in me of bygone days having known Levon Pasha while he stayed in Beirut at Hotel Lux.

  • Meeting the Armenian MP of Iraqi Kurdistan By Valeria Olunina
    23 weeks 19 hours ago

    Dear Hamo,

    It's very important mission to publish articles about optimism and the beauty of Iraq. I am proud to study the Armenian culture.

  • Unsustainable European Policy Towards S. Caucasus By Vahagn Avedian
    23 weeks 20 hours ago
    Dear Mr. Chorbajian,

    Thank you for the kind words regarding the article. Where in the Madrid Principles did you read  any remark privileging Azerbaijan's territorial integrity? The basic principles are the following:

    - Evacuation and demilitarization of the territories surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh;
    - an interim status for Nagorno-Karabakh providing guarantees for security and self-governance;
    - a corridor linking Armenia to Nagorno-Karabakh;
    - future determination of the final legal status of Nagorno-Karabakh through a legally binding expression of will;
    - the right of all internally displaced persons and refugees to return to their former places of residence; and
    - international security guarantees that would include a peacekeeping operation.

    In its official statement the OSCE Minsk Group has stated: "The Basic Principles reflect a reasonable compromise based on the Helsinki Final Act principles of Non-Use of Force, Territorial Integrity, and the Equal Rights and Self-Determination of Peoples." The key word of the diplomatic language here is the "compromise", explicitly proposing "the expression of will" while no reference is made to the "territorial integrity", even though one could say that "returning the territories surrounding NK" would constitute a partial restoration of Azerbaijan's territorial integrity" after all.

    Although, the Madrid Principles are far from being perfect or concrete when it comes to some vagueness left for their interpretation, they do, in my opinion, present the only viable solution. Azerbaijan gets back control over the territories surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh (with the exception for Lachin and Kelbajar, i.e. "a corridor linking Armenia to NK", where the exact delimitation of that "corridor" is still to be decided) while a referendum (the "binding expression of will") is going to determine the future status of Karabakh. All former residents should, of course, be allowed to return to their homes and those Azeris on the territory of Karabakh allowed participation in the referendum.

    Since around 80% Armenian majority of the NK population (provided that the pre-war population ratio is considered as the basis for the referendum) is unlikely to vote for anything but the same result as in the referendum of December 10, 1991, the consequence of this "expression of will" is hardly any secret to anyone. Therein lies the rub: while refusing to set a definite date for the "future expression of will", Azerbaijan insists on inserting the amendment "within the borders of Azerbaijan" just after "...final legal status of Nagorno-Karabakh" (to uphold the territorial integrity of the Azerbaijan), while Armenia, referring to the existing wording of the terms, refuses to include "half a dozen changes" (to use Nalbandian's own words) into the existing document and insists on an explicitly mentioned deadline to avoid a "Cypernification" of the conflict when Azerbaijan would force the postponing of the referendum indefinitely, e.g. in the pretext that not every former NK Azeri resident is in place to cast his/her vote.

    However, as I have stated in the article, a return of Karabakh to Azerbaijan control (i.e. maintaining Azeri territorial integrity), especially in the light of the prevailing politics and the sentiments in Baku towards their own Azeri citizens, but especially towards Armenians, would be senseless, since it would be doomed to fail as it would not only reset the whole question to the 1988 mode, but put it in a much worse atmosphere due to the events of the past 20 years. The "expression of will" (unless it's not the same kind of "free will" which Armenia had to express when choosing the Customs Union over the EU) can not be other than the reiteration of the same goal the Karabakh population have had during the last 20 years and as stated in their December 10, 1991 referendum. And, unless there are no changes or amendments to the existing Madrid Principles, there is no mention of curbing the implementation of "Equal Rights and Self-Determination of Peoples" for the sake of "Territorial Integrity" when it comes to the existing proposal for a peaceful solution to the Karabakh Conflict.

    Sweden

     
  • «Հալէպ Կը Ծնին, Պէյրութ Կ'ապրին Եւ Ամերիկա Կը Մեռնին» By Նուարդ Պարսամեան Ադամեան
    23 weeks 1 day ago

    Մինչեւ ե՞րբ պիտի ապրինք ՛՛Հայուն գոյապայքարի մէկ մեծ մարտահրաւէրն է այս՛՛ դրոյթը: Անշուշտ անյայտ է այնքան ատեն, որ զօրաւոր, համապարփակող երազուած հայրենիքը չունինք:

    Շատ սահուն, յստակ եւ հայու ճշմարիտ կեանքը ցոլացնող հայելի, հաղորդագրութիւն եւ հաղորդակցութիւն մըն է այս գրութիւնը:

    Կը մաղթեմ անսպառ գրիչ եւ ՛՛կանաչ ճանապարհ՛՛, ինչպէս կ'ըսէ hայաստանցին:

  • Reporting the Genocide in the UK Press By Mihran
    23 weeks 1 day ago

    Our so-called organizations, institutions or benefactors are sadly interested only in good returns for their money or in receiving state medals.

  • Unbearable Bear Hug By Shahe Kaloustian
    23 weeks 1 day ago

    For seventy five years Armenians in the West, seeing a regime not to their liking, day in day out, relentlessly criticized the situation in which Soviet Armenia found itself. And despite its centuries of suffering and non-existence as a sovereign state, Armenians failed to learn that the Soviet regime was an intensive course in governance for Armenia.

    Having a wider and more mature vision of the future, based on Armenian historical records should be encouraged. Following the short period of independence, after the collapse of the Soviet regime, Serge Sarkissian's diplomatic genius should be considered high on the agenda.

    Anybody who speaks one negative word about our present republic should not dare talk about preserving our Armenian heritage, simply because it is destructive. Constructive attitude and means to improve the situation, plus a positive way of expressing their vision should be the motto of all Armenians in the world who are truly concerned with our culture. Deserters are those who emigrate for good, renounce their Armenian citizenship and are dependent on others for their comfort. They do not represent the true spirit of the Armenians. To build a  strong political framework requires, vision, perseverance, sacrifice and suffering over time. It cannot be created within one generation and with negative criticism or through bloodshed.

    After decades of a tough journey, Yerevan is now the third Caucasus Silicon Valley in the world with over thousand young Armenians preparing the grounds for many generations to come. It has taken vision and sacrifice to reach this level of respect.

  • Meeting the Armenian MP of Iraqi Kurdistan By Joseph M. Hovsepian
    23 weeks 1 day ago

    My father, an orphan at the Araratian Orphanage, found his aunt (Horakuyr) at the Kurdish-Iraqi village of Zakho. The orphanage then moved to Mosul, later to Baghdad and finally to Palestine. In the 1940s, my father's cousin--Khanemeh--went to Zakho and met many former Sghertsis, among them my father's cousins Gro Krikorian and Shahinian. Unfortunately, they only knew Kurdish and some Arabic. Their children went to Armenian schools and were named Vartan, Andranik, Serop, etc. After Israel occupied Palestine, and we ended up in the United States, we lost our contact with them. 
     

  • Reporting the Genocide in the UK Press By Dikran Salbashian
    23 weeks 1 day ago

    It is a pity to read that Katia Peltekian has singularly undertook such a monumental task for no reason other than her love of our nation and its leading cause. But the question remains unanswered: where are the Armenian benefactors, organizations or even institutions of higher learning? Surely, there is someone out there who can fund such an effort to document the Turkish atrocities? Or are we just content to gather once a year on April 24, shed a few tears and go on with our lives? It is no secret that  our opponents are sparing no effort to deceive the world opinion.

  • Unbearable Bear Hug By Kenell Touryan
    23 weeks 1 day ago

    Under the Soviet system, Armenians had a nice anecdote: A Russian and an Armenian are marooned on a desolate island. They find a single loaf of bread. The Russian says to his  Armenian friend, 'let's divide it as brothers'. No says the Armenian, 'we will divide 50/50!"
     
    This anecdote says a lot of what happened to Armenia under the Soviet System, and could happen again if the RoA is not careful! 

    1-However, Russia is a huge, rich country and many Armenians go to Russia in search of work; Armenia needs Russia's favor.

    2-In addition, Russia is fearful of Turkey's not- so- subtle effort of creating a new Pan Turkic Empire with the Turkic countries of the former USSR.

    3-The USA has a solid presence in Armenia but as an ally of Turkey, will not move a finger to help us when the chips are down and we are attacked by enemies (e.g.Azerbaijan). One positive side, the US is afraid of Iran. With Armenia in good terms with Iran, we can be politically useful to the US!

    The RoA must be astute and infinitely wise to play on this 'delicate thin wire' of accommodation, between these two countries, to gain the best for itself.

    Good luck RoA!
     

  • Depopulation Crisis in Armenia By Berge Jololian
    23 weeks 1 day ago

    As an individual and a small contributor, who is concerned with "educational systems", I visit southern Armenia three times every year to equip selected village schools with technology for education. Classrooms are equipped with new computers, WiFi-internet, screen projectors, printer/copier - in brief, technology for education in remote village schools - to students who previously had little, if any, experience with technology. 

    The program has increased computer literacy among the students, enrich their educational opportunity, providing them with better skills for a brighter future, advanced studies, and future employment with economic viability.

    Technology for education is a vehicle to learn skills and concepts beyond the technology itself, it is a way of allowing students to immensely expand their skills that they need to be successful, and to take control of their education early in life.

    I would like to encourage every Armenian living outside the country, to re-connect with people in  Armenia - for each person within their field of expertise and profession. For example, if I was a medical doctor, I would connect with doctors and hospitals in villages - understand their needs and discover where and how to make a difference. However, I happen to be a computer science professional with interest in education, so I connect village schools with technology and teach the students/teachers how to use and include technology in education.

    There needs to be direct people-to-people assistance; no overhead expenses, no delays, no bureaucracies, no politics - only immediate results.Take ownership and make a difference.

  • Meeting the Armenian MP of Iraqi Kurdistan By Gaytzag Palandjian
    23 weeks 1 day ago

    Encouraging,inspiring and mind-provoking reporting. Thanks. It is apparent that there is goodwill on the part of the Kurds towards us, Armenians, and that there will be more rapprochement between the two of our peoples from now on.

    Next, I trust same will be established with the Hemshentsi and Dersim´s Alevi Islams. The latter two segments of our brethren/sisters are also by and by emerging from under a fascist regime, having been  long silenced. This, after Hrant Dink´s murder.

    We need  journalists without frontiers, such as Mr. Moskofian.

    Kudos to him and company.

  • Armenians & Kurds By Kenell Touryan
    23 weeks 1 day ago

    I would like to say a few words about Armenian/Kurdish relations.

    1-Kurds are Indo-European (descendants of the ancient Medes).
    2-The Arabs have a saying:" Your enemy's enemy is my friend."
    3-Better yet, a good friend of mine, a Yezidi-Kurd leader who lives in the Kurdish village of Amri Taza, Armenia, visited the Kurdish community in Van two years ago. Over 150 Kurdish leaders from the greater Van region came to see him and apologized for what their grand parents had done to the Eastern Turkey Armenians during the Genocide in 1915. They claimed the Turks forced them to do it. Some even asked for forgiveness!
    4-The manner in which present-day Turkey has treated the Kurds (destroying entire villages in Eastern Turkey), amounts to a mini-genocide itself!

    It is time we, Armenians, take Kurds seriously and see if we can enlist them as allies against Turkey's denial of the Armenian Genocide.

  • Armenians & Kurds By Sevan
    23 weeks 1 day ago

    Some notes of caution about the Kurds: They have sided with their co-religionists, the Turks, against Armenians in the past. That's a lesson. 

    Kurds were brought into the north by the sultans to dilute the Armenian population in the latter's historic lands. I think the Turks would rather see the Kurds continue to occupy that land rather than the Armenians. 

    My understanding is also that Kurds have not treated Christian Syriacs well in norther Iraq. That's another lesson. 

    Armenians must learn more about Kurdish history and culture, and the past interactions, positive and negative, between Kurds and Armenians.

  • Unsustainable European Policy Towards S. Caucasus By Levon Chorbajian
    23 weeks 1 day ago

    Can Vahagn Avedian explain how he can write in his otherwise excellent article: "...there is no peaceful and viable solution to the conflict other than the implementation of the Madrid Principles" when those principles privilege the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan?

  • Reporting the Genocide in the UK Press By Katia
    23 weeks 1 day ago

    Dear Viken,

    Thank you very much for your kind words. I am sure there are many young Armenian "Gems" out there, but they need a lot of encouragement and, at least, moral support. My parents have been supporting all my "crazy" projects and advising me all my life not to wait for others if I want something to be done! My only heartache is that my Dad did not see the final product after 12 years of encouraging me; our daily discussions regarding interesting finds were highlights of my days. He passed away the beginning of this year. He was our role model!

    Thank you again.
    Paregamoren,
    Katia

     

  • Reporting the Genocide in the UK Press By Katia
    23 weeks 1 day ago

    Dear Vatche:

    Since I am neither a company, nor have salesmen working for me or a distributor, I am trying to find the best way (i.e. cheapest way) to ship these books from Lebanon where they were printed. I am sure no one would be willing to pay $80 for shipping just one book. Until now, that is the best price I've got after checking with 8-10 courier companies + Liban Post. I apologize that I am taking my time in doing this. 
    However, I will be in London between Nov. 21-23 to present the book. I'll keep you posted if you're interested.

    Again, my apologies.
    Katia

  • Unbearable Bear Hug By Vahe
    23 weeks 2 days ago

    There is a lot of doom and gloom and the lack of healthy dose of realism in this editorial. It presents a misguided view of a relationship between two states as if it was a love affair between two friends. Let us be reminded of Hawaii and more recently of Tibet to portray what a powerful partner can do with impunity to a country.

    Thanks to our resilience, our culture thrived even at the height of communist reign. There is no reason why it should not continue provided Armenians, as citizens of the country, chose to do so in spite of or maybe because of all the cultural, touristic, educational ties with Russia. After all, the average Russian is not interested in hearing and attending a Russian cultural event rendered by a non-Russian! As far as knowing Russian is concerned, of course it will give an Armenian an economic competitive advantage, as it always has and will always do.

    The Russian lyceums in Armenia are no reason for Armenians there not uphold their centuries-old rich cultural heritage and enrich it further and cleanse the Armenian language of foreign words that have rendered sentences incomprehensible at times for many of us who still can read with our God-sent alphabet.

  • Unbearable Bear Hug By Gaytzag Palandjian
    23 weeks 3 days ago

    Picking  up where you left off in the above editorial, which I approve, one would imagine Russification had somehow stopped in the RoA after the Soviet Union plunged into the abyss. But no, it looks like there is tremendous effort (as described above) to place it back on the ¨to do list¨of President Putin. One thing that has been disturbing my mind is the recent paying back of a loan  to ex-Soviet Russia of some 500-million Euros, and that with 700-million Euros borrowed from the EU.

    The fact is, as you have well defined, The ASSR (Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic), the smallest in USSR, had nearly 250,000 soldiers and officers fighting in the ¨Hairenagan Baderazm¨ of World War II. Only 50,000 of whom survived.

    And some people, like me, dare to insist on the following: the Soviets left factories that now stand idle in the RoA. They (the Russians) should have restarted these as compensation for the blood shed by us, Armenians, for the said Fatherland War. Then again--you have omitted--Armenia after the war, owed some $120- million to Mother Russia (ex-Soviet), instead of having it written off as a very small token of appreciation to the Armenians who VOLUNTARILY gave their lives (200,000). Actually, it is All's Quiet on the Western Front: the factory loan of the said factory (I believe it's the Nairit) could have issued shares to the few veterans living or to the heirs of those martyred.

    I wonder, why these important matters are not seriously considered by the authorities in the RoA. Is it  because of fear that the demagogue Aliyev threatens war? The Western oil companies, pumping the precious stuff out via Turkey (paying $1.6 billion transit duty), would never wish war. Secondly, if war did break out, can the RoA rely on the premise that Russia (which in the Karapagh War helped the Omon Azeri forces, against our freedom fighters) would this time side with us? The threats by Aliyev should not be taken seriously. Armenia now has smaller but stout and sincere allies and neighbors: the Kurds (most of them), the Greeks and Iran plus Georgia.

    Our tiny republic (s) ought to rely on their own devices and their, so far, not organized Diaspora(s). It's time to organize the latter.

     

  • Fall Livened by Four Social and Cultural Events By Adom K.
    23 weeks 3 days ago

    I am taking this opportunity to acknowledge and compliment Dr. Dikran Abrahamian, Mr. Jirair Tutunjian and the AGBU for the very interesting book launch by Dr. Minas Kojayan last Monday.


    Mr. Tutunjian's detailed introduction to "Along the Paths of an Anguished Past" was naturally very interesting, eloquent and well presented. However, I look forward to the English edition of this fascinating book once it goes into publication in the near future.

    Dr. Kojayan has taken a very novel and unique approach to write about Armenia's past by visiting historic Armenia and expressing his feelings, thoughts, poetry and dreams about its history and all the towns and cities that we have heard of, from our grandparents.

    The turnout at this event was good. However, as usual the youth were not well represented, which is a great pity.

    I have the impression that Keghart.com is fast becoming a successful organization in this new millennium. To present such 'cultural weekends' at the AGBU, Keghart.com is combining modern technology with actual gatherings as a vibrant, active, academic and cultural forum.

    All the best,

    Adom K

  • “I Plead Guilty” By Gaytzag Palandjian
    23 weeks 3 days ago

    Unedited except for spelling.

    I simply stopped reading above  long post. Funny. When I advocate  my scheme  of  IT IS TIME TO RE ORGANIZE THE DIASPORA and set forth  the necessary (suggested) steps FWD, the editors  of this prestigious site do not publish  it. Mind you, mine is  modest ¨suggestions¨, whereas these are self-promoting, downgrading others' viewpoints, posts. Nada  mas (nothing  more)..

    Armenians first  of all, we  have to say goodbye to ages old two traits. 1- Envy, 2-non-cooperativeness. Voila!!!!

    Now, Dr. Abrahamian, Can I explain my Scheme-Projections ...in a space half the size of  the above post  please??

    For  that  is  what (so far left aside)  many would like in order to be able to join, have a say and muster clout as a well organized Diaspora.

  • How Many Churches Are One Too Many? By Garabed
    23 weeks 6 days ago

    I live in Bible Belt U.S.A. Within a radius of 3 miles from our house, there are five churches. They do not attract much attention. Their structures are not as imposing as the structures of the Armenian Apostolic churches, which may be more of a reason for us to consider them waste of resources instead of assessing whether they are adequate to shepherd the people on the principles of Christian faith their ancestors adopted as their national religion.

    I am hesitant to second the popular sentiments that we place undue emphasis on building churches when there are nascent Armenian communities in the Midwest that do not have a church because they do not have the critical mass to afford a sanctuary and a priest, let alone a choir. Even in Armenia and Karabagh, outside noted cities, many villages do not have a church, I am told.

    The Armenian Apostolic churches tend to cluster in areas where there are large Armenian communities and the Church, as an institution, lacks Christian outreach or is unable to do so because of its elaborate liturgy.

  • Armenian Schools in U.S.A By Կարապետ
    23 weeks 6 days ago

     Սովորեք հայերեն գրել, չհուդներին հացկատակ չլինել, Հայի համար սրտախառնոց չլինել:

  • Our Best Option…For Now By Shahe Boghossian
    24 weeks 7 hours ago

    Dear GT,

    I like your explanation of political voyeurism. I also would like to laugh at the watch-and-wait attitude we, Armenians, have. In the last decade we had the opportunity to change our fate and control a few more meters in the Caucasus, but then again there is a reason why fortune favors the brave and that is why sitting on the fence will end nowhere. It's a shame that there are no more gutsy people like you.

    Regards.

  • Argentine-Armenian Artist Juan Yelanguezian By Beatriz Borgeaud
    24 weeks 1 day ago

    Gracias Juan me transporta a ese mundo de tus ancestros y me emociona tu modo de transmitir

    GRACIAS

  • Reporting the Genocide in the UK Press By Vatché P.
    24 weeks 1 day ago
    There is no trace of this book at Amazon UK......
    Any ideas?
  • Our Best Option…For Now By Gaytzag Palandjian
    24 weeks 1 day ago

    Dear GT,

    For God´s sake, I did not write that sitting pretty is the option. Far from it. I suggested--like Dr. Astarjian has initiated--establish rapport, etc.

  • How Many Churches Are One Too Many? By Gaytzag Palandjian
    24 weeks 1 day ago

    Dear Adom,

    How correct you are. It's true that we do not need consecrate more churches in the Diaspora, except, if I may say so, in newly-burgeoning areas which are (unfortunately) beginning to pop up in the Russian Federation.

    As to those in the RoA, I recently read that an Arab Emirate sheik has pledged $5 million for the restoration and repairs  of  St. Haghartzin Monastery in Armenia. For half-a-dozen years I have advocated the organization on the saint's days kermess ("donavajar") fairs and invite neighboring villagers to bring their food and other products to sell there, paying a fee to place their stalls. From the ensuing revenues the monastery or church would be repaired while these fairs would draw tourists-- spiritual tourism, if you will.

    Gaydzag Palandjian

  • Our Best Option…For Now By Hayorti
    24 weeks 1 day ago

    I hope Dr. Henry Astarjian reads your comment and offers advice as to how we can approach the Kurds of Western Armenia without Ankara's interference.

  • Famous Armenians…Insufficiently Verified By Mesrob
    24 weeks 1 day ago

    Thank you for the article. It's an antidote to the tendency of some Armenians who like to appropriate the great personalities of others and christen them Armenian. The article also provides data which researchers can use to establish--one way or another--the identity of these greats. I would love to know that Casanova, Duse, etc. were Armenian. We can then look into the roots of Don Juan de Marana.

  • How Many Churches Are One Too Many? By Vahakn
    24 weeks 1 day ago

    Church/Yegeghetsi originally meant a gathering of people. The buildings came later... and then there were/are the costly and ornate buildings. It seems bigger the church and more ridiculously decorated, wealthier is the community and more powerful is its priest.

    Our churches have become like theatres. The star of the theatre is the priest who performs the drama (Holy Mass) on the stage/altar, dressed in jewels, silks, ornate vests, the "chataltag" on his head, carrying mace and other symbols of power. Years ago I tried to count the number of the crucifixes (in painting, in carvings, woven, as objects, on vestments, on the altar curtain, etc.) as I faced the altar. After reaching number 44 I stopped counting. How many crosses do we need to face to realize we are in a church?

    Who pays for this glitzy theatrical production? Wasn't Christ a symbol of meekness and simplicity? Why does the man, who dramatizes His life on the altar, dress up like some fantasy figure with expensive cape and all?

  • How Many Churches Are One Too Many? By Ted
    24 weeks 2 days ago

    Raffi, 

    You are right, excessive church building is a monumental waste of resources.

    Just as an aside, Armenia historically built churches one bell apart as a defensive mechanism (one bell distance to warn of oncoming danger). However, pragmatism turned into tradition, which turned into cultural necessity.

    How many more Armenian traditions were initially born of pragmatism, but remain entrenched within our psyche, despite their usefulness being long gone?

  • Alan Whitehorn Interviewed by "Aysor" By Lazut
    24 weeks 2 days ago

    I too am a Hemşin (Hemshin) like Bulig is.
    I agree completely with her on everything she says.
    I am a 100% Turk by  blood/culture.
    I do not see any similarity between us and Armenians.

    The speculations on Hemşinli people done by some Armenians such as Simonyan can not be considered seriously since can't go beyond claims without scientific academic proofs.

  • Orphans of the Genocide (video-clip) By Seta Ghougasian
    24 weeks 2 days ago

    Is this video available for purchase? If so, where? Thank you.

  • How Many Churches Are One Too Many? By Adom K.
    24 weeks 3 days ago

    Raffi Bedrosyan is not only to be applauded for his analytical penmanship, but also for his dedicated and unrelenting fundraising for Armenia, Karabagh as well as for Church restoration in historic Armenia.

    Armenians should focus on schools, youth programmes, senior's homes and cultural centers and not on Churches whether in Armenia, Karabagh or in the Diaspora.

    The existing Churches around the world will serve local communities adequately for generations, without the need to build and consecrate yet another one!

  • How Many Churches Are One Too Many? By Vahakn Aznavour
    24 weeks 3 days ago

    Good point, well written and well said Raffi.  I am sure the reason is the location on the globe the Armenians have called homeland for thousands of years and their unfortunate history.  Now that they are concentrated in several countries outside of their motherland (some with still unfortunate histories and developments), and economically are becoming successful, lets hope that they will allocate their energy and resources to build bigger and more successful enterprises. As a result schools, community centers and churches will not be places of improvised nurturing activities, but the necessary byproduct of contributors to a strong flourishing culture, the way they were prior to 1900's.

  • How Many Churches Are One Too Many? By Kenell Touryan
    24 weeks 3 days ago

    Thank you Raffi for a timely essay on the manner Armenians waste their  precious dollars building one church after another. I am  a committed Christian and proud of our Christian heritage and proud of our unique church architecture.
    But enough is enough!
    1-Scripture (Աստուածաշունչ) repeatedly states that God who created the heavens and the earth DOES NOT LIVE in temples built by hands!
    2-The true church is the LIVING church made up of all those who call on His name and are children of God, from every nation, including Armenia.
    3-We are saved by GRACE through faith and not by works. Building a church may be a pious thing to do , but it does not take the place of true faith in Christ and is no guarantee of entrance into 'heavens door"
    4-Other than famous churches, like Echmiadzin, and during the big holidays, such as Easter, most Armenian Apostolic churches are empty, most Sundays!
    5- Raffi is absolutely right. God expects us to feed the hungry, give a cold cup of water to the thirsty, visit the downtrodden...Mathew 25: 34
    6-Unfortunately, we have seen recently that some of the money given to the Apostolic Church ends up in the pockets of corrupt clergy.

  • Reporting the Genocide in the UK Press By Haroutune Iakahadian
    24 weeks 3 days ago

    The work carried out by Katia Peltekian is valuable. It testifies or reminds those poor minded stubborn politicians of THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE.

    Both works are monuments of testimony presented by foreigners about the Genocide.

    I wish Miss Peltekian further successful achievements which at the end serve The Armenian Question.

  • Reporting the Genocide in the UK Press By Vatché Papazian
    24 weeks 3 days ago

    'Commendable' is not enough to describe Peltekian's work.

    And to think that no external funding has been offered to this remarkable author... This brings me to the other article in this same issue.... about benefactors offering their money to church-building.

    Food for thought.

    If one of those benefactors is reading this, may be he/she can fund Ms Peltekian's next project.
     

  • Our Best Option…For Now By GT
    24 weeks 3 days ago

    Dear Mr. Palandjian,

    if I understand correctly you suggest we sit and wait to see what will Kurdish do and what they will achieve.  Kind of political voyeurism. Do you think if they are victorious they are going to come and ask you to join them in the victory?  And share a piece of the victim?  I don't think so. We are not significant regional player. If we do nothing but watch, we reduce our insignificance to zero. 

    By having a few individuals working for them or even occupying a leading positions in their ranks does not change anything. It is like having an Armenian individual as the emperor of Eastern Roman Empire or the Russian foreign minister. These individuals work for themselves and the state they represent, not for the benefit of Armenia. What Armenia needs to do is to work with Kurdish political structures on the government level or the official Diaspora representation level (even if it is done clandestine). Then Armenia as a country may anticipate a reward from geopolitical changes in the region. And it is not early, it is actually getting late. 

     

  • How Many Churches Are One Too Many? By Vatché Papazian
    24 weeks 3 days ago

    I couldn't agree more!

    Donations by these benefactors to build more churches is probably benefiting them towards their income tax relief.  That is fine, but they can still get that 'relief' if the same money was spent on building schools, hospitals, cultural centres and, why not, feeding the poor and the destitute (Armenians).

    What is this obsession with us in building churches?

    Look at "Kohar" and the contribution it has made towards Armenian culture. Are the benefactors making any commercial gains? If they are, GOOD for them as they truly deserve it!

    Are there some concealed 'forces' that those benefactors are being cajoled to donate their money towards one purpose and one purpose only?

    ......yet to be seen.

  • Our Best Option…For Now By Varouj
    24 weeks 4 days ago

    I couldn't agree with you more.

  • Reporting the Genocide in the UK Press By Viken L. Attarian
    24 weeks 4 days ago

    The truth is that there is one and only one Katia Peltekian whose personal efforts sometime equal and largely surpass the contributions of whole organizations.

    It is also a sad truth that there is only one Katia Peltekian.  Why can't our institutions inspire and create more people like her?

    One can only bow in awe of her pure professionalism and sheer relentless personal dedication to an idea.

    She doesn't need to be a motivational speaker.  She is motivating by her actions.

    Like any true leader, she leads by example.

    No comment necessary.  Really.

    Paregamoren

    Viken L. Attarian
    Mount Royal, Quebec

  • Our Best Option…For Now By Vahakn
    24 weeks 4 days ago

    I agree with your suggestion that Armenians should get close to the Kurds, especially those who live in Western Armenia. My fear is that when Armenians begin to develop serious ties to the Kurds, Ankara would ban Armenian organizations and activists from visiting Western Armenia.

  • Reporting the Genocide in the UK Press By Editor
    24 weeks 4 days ago

    I concur with Mihran. The Katia Peltekian book is a work of amazing dedication to Armenians. I hope Armenians buy it in large numbers and distribute it to Armenians, odars, and to odar organizations. I wish Armenians in other countries--France, Hollands, Denmark, Germany, Austria...--would publish similar books.

  • Reporting the Genocide in the UK Press By Mihran
    24 weeks 5 days ago

    This valuable research carried out by Katia should be fully utilised by our scholars and diplomats alike for our just cause.

    Katia should be congratulated for her pain staking hours of work not to mention the enormous expense incurred by her during this process.

    Bravo Katia.

  • Our Best Option…For Now By Shahe Boghossian
    24 weeks 5 days ago

    Dear Mr Palandjian, point taken. We cannot achieve anything by haste, and the Kurds were at our throats during the pogroms. I agree that it is way too premature to run to Dikranagerd and feel safe in its streets just because the mayor has recognized the Genocide. I agree: nothing has changed.

    But let me ask you, for how long are we going to sit on the fence and allow time to pass by? There are doubts being raised about NKR--raised by no one but our "allies". There is a reason why they say "fortune favors the brave". We were fortunate, for once, in our long history to secure NKR, but are  threatened to lose it if we do not comply with the rules of "the game".

    My friend, we have been simple bricks in "the game" for the last 150 years, not even pawns. So I ask: Why don't we play the same game they play and why don't we create the initiative and create close allies around us?

    Not to confuse the matter, why cannot we group the Assyrians, the Hamshens, the Syriacs, the Chaldeans, even the Kurds and a lot of other groups under our auspices? Sounds funny? I don't see it that way. We have the finances and the resources to jockey and bring them close to us, but yet again it is the leadership that is quite confused and disoriented.

    This problem has become more acute in the last few years as promises were made to us to join the EU, Schengen, etc. It is nice to have Baroness Ashton (EU Commissioner) at your side and give you advice and direction. However, this comes at a cost: abandon NKR. Alternatively, if the EU is so keen on allowing Armenians into Europe, a solid answer would be to dismantle the Turkish blockade, allow the export of Armenian products through Turkey, and ultimately through Trabizond. Now the question is: are there any guarantees? Definitely not.

    On a final note, our diplomats: no offence if you know anyone of them, they even do not know our history. (They know soviet history real well-thumbs up!!!)

     

  • Our Best Option…For Now By Gaytzag Palandjian
    24 weeks 6 days ago

    Mr. Boghossian, we cannot afford to anticipate the Kurds and "extend our hand¨. Nay, you talk of recognition of Northern Kurdistan by the RoA and you denigrate the RoA diplomats as ¨novices¨. You seem to forget that the Republic of Armenia has been officially admitted to the EU parliament. In fact, it's the president for this term, and you wish to teach them diplomacy?

    Dr. Astarjian has the right approach...just feel their [Kurdish] pulse, initiate dialogue, etc. but not outright, as you write.

    First and foremost they have to show real friendship. They have to offer to make amends to us. Then they have to negotiate with the likes of Dr. Astarjian as to what our side is asking to accredit them as our future good neighbors. Never live among  them, as some Dikranagert fans are being cajoled into doing. I am referring to that city's invitation to us to go  and live with them.

    We can be good neighbors if they wish us to help them with science, general knowledge, etc. They can hire Armenian experts in any profession to help them on the path to progress. Other than that it would be "paremid" (kindly-minded), not to say "barzamid" (simple-minded). Thence, please read history and find out what  transpired between them and us when the Ottoman and Young Turk governments incited them to massacre us and promised the loot to them.

    Easy, Mr. Boghossian, we cannot achieve anything by haste.

  • Our Best Option…For Now By Shahe Boghossian
    25 weeks 18 hours ago

    For the past two years we have seen a hefty collection of Yerevan-based novices polishing cutlery and sending appeasement gestures to Europe. When the solution is right in front of your eyes, you do not look for distant lands to give you some kind of recognition. What is Europe but a bankrupt group of bureaucrats? When did Europe ever assist us?

    What Dr. Astarjian mentioned is the exact solution. A president with reason or with guts would ideally start by throwing sand in the eyes of the enemy so that the political game play is at least balanced. Thus the first step would be the recognition of the state of Northern Kurdish Iraq rather than jockey around Strasbourg with Yerevantsi novices. That is the ideal platform, but who is listening? After our face-to- face meeting with the Armenian diplomats in Europe.....may God almighty help us! They still need a millennium of breastfeeding.

  • Are the Kurds Our Allies? By GT
    25 weeks 1 day ago

    Dear Gaytzag,

    I do not know what you mean by "our hand". There is no such thing as our hand. We are a complex and diverse nation separated by our place of residence, political leanings and personal identities. Neither are Kurds a homogeneous crowd; after all, the problems of Kurds for long time was that they fought one another and as a result missed good opportunities to establish their own country. So forget about a nice hand-shaking ceremony.

    I am not politician or political scientist. All I am saying is that a lot of people, who assume leadership in Diaspora and demand reparations from Turkey, do not recognize that Western Armenia is in the hands of the Kurds. These same Armenians like to write letters and make appeals to the presidents of USA or France for justice, but totally ignore the reality on the ground. Even if Turkey accepts the fact of the Genocide and decides to return "Armenian lands", she would not be able to do it. Or even if we theorize further and assume that it is done diplomatically, you would get a land populated by Kurds who exceeds in numbers the total population of Armenians around the world. None of these scenarios is going to take place but it is necessary to consider the realities when planning. I am not saying we should not ask Turkey to accept the Genocide or not seek reparations, but I would like to see a little bit more intelligent and pragmatic approach.

    Here is why we should establish friendly political and socio-economic relations with Kurds: The Republic of Armenia is totally dominated by Russia. While Russia is the master, Armenia will never become a normal and thriving state. The best hope is having a friendly country to the West with access to the sea and direct link to Europe and the Middle East. So far Turkey has proven that it will not be such a country. As I mentioned in my previous post, the probability of Kurdish uprising and establishing an independent state is quite high. It is a long, probably bloody process as a result of which a young, unprepared, undereducated country with a great economic potential MAY surface as a neighbor. It will be to our best benefit to have a partner than an enemy there. This is a totally hypothetical scenario but in my opinion one of the best possibilities existing  in the region.

     

  • “Birthplace of My Soul…” By Elias Katudjian
    25 weeks 1 day ago

    There is something wrong in the Kingdom of Denmark...

     

  • Reporting the Genocide in the UK Press By Editor
    25 weeks 2 days ago

    Katia Peltekian has informed us that her book will be available in North America early next year.--Editor

  • Are the Kurds Our Allies? By Gaytzag Palandjian
    25 weeks 2 days ago

    Senor GT of Mexico,

    I agree with Dr. Henry Astarjian. Your assumption as to what we should anticipate in making friends with the Kurds is a bit over-charged... so to say "No deberiamos adelantarnos". We should first feel their pulse. We ought not sit idle but neither should we run ahead of them extending our hand for friendship, the word you use.

    However, to establish rapport with them is essential. It will be beneficial to us in the long run. I´m certain Dr. Astarjian knows how to approach and handle them. I wish, though, that others would join  him, especially those who beat their breasts as our BBBs (Bishops, Benefactors, and Bosses).

    It's time to change this old (170- years-old) "Sahmanatrutyun" of ours which was created in Constantinople by our clergy and the amiras. We need a new statute for the Armenian Diaspora, in tandem with contemporary needs and attitudes. In the new "Sahmanatrutyun" we should elect people for their merits, and from all professional groups, rather than by lobbyists, read power-brokers.
    Then only can we obtain real leadership from all walks of life. These elected representatives would delegate the appropriate people not only to establish rapport with the Kurds but also negotiate with them re our preconditions/demands in reference to the ¨wrongs¨ they've committed against us.

    The re-organization of the whole Armenian Diaspora is therefore more urgent than taking steps individually or by this or that faction.

  • Blunders All Around By Vahe Apelian
    25 weeks 2 days ago

    Vahakn,

    Armenag’s criticism is directed, I believe, to people like me. I am a former student of his at St. Nshan Armenian School in Lebanon, where he taught us science. He later quit teaching and studied dentistry. He is known for his love of the Armenian language and is adamant of its use among Armenians.

    Not a single day passes that I do not read in Armenian, yet I have difficulty typing in Armenian. I have downloaded virtual Armenian keyboards, but typing them takes inordinately long time. They also do not have spell check. The most I have posted in Armenian is a short paragraph, after much effort.

    Then there is the issue of communicating with you--Vahakn--our much beloved sons and daughters who do not read and write in Armenian for reasons you articulate so well.

    As to Armenag and others likes him, who safeguard and have always safeguarded our language pure and unadulterated, we will always remain grateful for they give us a sense of security by doing what we cannot. But վայ մեզի: damned we are if you give up on communicating in this medium in English, because we have difficulty doing so in Armenian.

  • Are the Kurds Our Allies? By Mesrob
    25 weeks 3 days ago

    Dr. Astarjian is an original thinker. His knowledge and commitment should be utilized by our organizations--especially political parties--in their efforts to build strong links with Kurdish political parties and liberation groups--in Western Armenia and Europe where there are strong Kurdish groups, especially in Germany. 

  • Blunders All Around By Vahakn
    25 weeks 3 days ago

    Parev Armenag,

    You are wrong and unfair when you accuse people who comment in English as being less Armenians. Some of us, living far away from Armenia, and without the benefit of your Armenian education in an Armenian school in Lebanon, can't write in Armenian or don't have adequate command of it. Despite living in foreign lands, and very far from Armenia, we maintain our commitment to Armenia and the Armenian nation.

    Saroyan, Yousuf Karsh, Nubar Gulbenkian and many other couldn't write in Armenian, but they were Armenians who contributed to our nation. Consider yourself privileged that you can read/write in Armenian, and please don't make unfriendly and unreasonable accusations.   

  • Blunders All Around By Արմենակ
    25 weeks 3 days ago

    Չեմ հասկնար, թէ ինչո՞ւ այստեղ արտայայտուողները միայն անգլերէն կը գրեն: Անգլիացիները հայերէն կը գրե՞ն. անշուշտ՝ ո՛չ. ուրեմն, ինչպէ՞ս հաւատամ ձեր անկեղծութեան, երբ ձեր մայրենի լեզուն յարգել չէք ուզեր:

     

  • Reporting the Genocide in the UK Press By Igor Bakhtamian
    25 weeks 3 days ago

    Dear Katia, as a regular reader of your articles in Groong.  I am very much impressed and amazed by your monumental decades of efforts in compiling and publishing all the news regarding the Ottoman massacres of the Armenians in the 19th and 20th centuries in the British newspapers and publications. 

    Your efforts are indeed commendable.

    I need to know how can I acquire one ?                                                    

    IB.
     

  • Reporting the Genocide in the UK Press By Hayorti
    25 weeks 4 days ago

    This is a remarkable research project. Congratulations to Katia Peltekian. I hope her findings are utilized as we commemorate, in less than two years, the centennial of the Genocide and the theft of our lands by Turkey. Please let us know how/where we can purchase the book.

  • “Birthplace of My Soul…” By Onjig Dicranakertsi
    25 weeks 4 days ago

    Such vocal enemies of our Church and our Vehapar are enemies of the Armenian people! If they are disappointed in us or in themselves, let them pray, if they know our God. If they have no faith in our God, the Armenian people or our Church, let them examine themselves. Do they love our God? Do they love our Church? Do they love us? They give us ugly looks. What would they be satisfied with?

    Do they want the crucifixion of Vehapar? The disbanding of our Church or that the Armenian people become more like them? Have these and those like them ever done anything for the Armenian people?

  • “Birthplace of My Soul…” By Gaytzag Palandjian
    25 weeks 4 days ago

    I personally believe  that  Antelias  should exist  until such time when our CASE/Cause becomes  clearly resolved--the Armenian genocide universally accepted and great Turkey brought to justice. Only then  can Etchmiadzin and Antelias join. Antelias  would probably move all its  power to St. Etchmiadzin.

    Definitely  not yet.

  • Blunders All Around By Gaytzag Palandjian
    25 weeks 5 days ago

    ... վստահ եղիր,  շատ  շատեր, ես ներառեալ,  օգնած ենք եւ կ'օգնենք Հայրենիքին:

    Հայերէն լեզուն, ցաւօք, որոշ չափով քիչ  կը գործածուի, սակայն մեր առաւելութիւններէն մին՝ մի քանի լեզուներ  գրել-կարդալ գիտնալն  է: Դուն քանի՞սը  գիտես ...

    Տարիներ  առաջ Փարիզի Յառաջ օրաթերթը կը գրէր  թէ  հարիւր քսան Թուրք  սպաներ Անգարայի  Հայագիտական ամբիօնին մէջ Հայերէն  կը սորվէին ......հասկնալի է անշուշտ ուր  պիտի  ղրկէին եւ կը ղրկեն  նման հայալեզու գործակալներ  եւ  ինչ առաքելութեամբ...

    ... ամօթ  քեզ եթէ Հայ ես: կը կասկածիմ մեկնելով արտայայտութիւններէդ: Միայն հայախօս թուրք-թաթարը այդպիսի  լեզու կը գործածէ  մեր  մէջ անհանգստութիւն-ահհամաձայնութիւն  ստեղծելու համար:


    Կայծակ  Փալանճեան

  • “Birthplace of My Soul…” By Raffi
    25 weeks 6 days ago

    Finally, good questions are asked in an article talking about the Armenian Apostolic Church.

    Going back to the questions, can someone answer the questions mentioned in the article? Or can the editorial answer its own questions?

    One of the convincing analysis about the Etchmiadzin and Antelias division is that when the ARF was ousted from Armenia, it was allowed to be the main governor of the Diaspora and the Antelias (Cilicia) Church to become the Diaspora Church.

  • Հայաստանեաց Եկեղեցին Պատանդ Է - 1 By Garabed
    26 weeks 2 hours ago

    I am a lay Armenian and therefore I may not have the broad vision to understand what the unity of the Armenian Apostolic Church means. That may be why I have, thus far, not understood what that unity means. Should Catholicos Aram I abdicate and the Cilician Catholicosate close its doors and come under the jurisdiction of Etchmiadzin and this “one Nation, one People, one Church” ceases to be a puzzle it was once because there are no two heads anymore, just one. Will that time or day we shout “Oh mighty God, one Nation, one People, one Church at last”?

    I do not know how the readers feel about that possible, if not yet probable, scenario. I, for one, would be lamenting the loss of the institution that was born out of necessity and served the Armenian Nation for hundreds of years. You guessed it, I will lament the loss of the Catholicosate of Cilicia and as far as my spirituality is concerned, the ONE CHURCH will not make any more dent.

  • Վահէ-Վահեանի Աւանդը By Երուանդ
    26 weeks 4 hours ago

    Հետաքրքրական և լուսաբանիչ (ու զուարճախառն) ներկայացում մըն է Վ. Ադդարեանի ելոյթը: Արժէ որ աւելի լայն ունկնդիրներ ունենայ:

  • Ardak and Miro By Gaytzag Palandjian
    26 weeks 6 hours ago

    I know Berge Minassian from back 15 years ago when we used to discuss Armenian issues on a site that was owned and directed by a strong and good young  man named Asbed Bedrossian.

    I do admire  this nice  piece  of essay by Berge. But please, give me a chance to opine. If Berge has been to RoA a couple  times and describes the situation in a very moving fashion, I have been there over a dozens times as of the 1980s. During those trips I came to know leading political and cultural personalities.

    Armenia  is going through a negative transitional period. Not only the RoA, but the rest of the 14  ex-Soviet  republics. Also most of the 14 have similar scenarios of corruption, etc. To immediately hang on or follow this of that movement, without closely scrutinizing them, is illogical and dangerous. In Yerevan, a few months ago, I dropped by at the newly-organized Nakhakhorhrdaran Berge speaks of. The only person I came across whom I knew was Sefilyan, an ex-freedom fighter. We exchanged a few words. I left when I found out they were to have a meeting to elect a board. I found out that the gentleman who started the idea--in addition to Ms. Kharatian, Sefilyan and Garegin Chukazsyan--is Marashlyan who only a couple of years ago was deputy to Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakopian. My question is this: how come he left at his free will such a good senior position? Was he directed by the authorities to resign and to concoct up Nakhakhorhdaran with the above people? I do not trust people who, all of a sudden, make a U-turn.

    God bless those who wish to bring about change in Armenia, but through evolution, not revolution.

  • Ardak and Miro By Viken L. Attarian
    26 weeks 9 hours ago

    Dr. Minassian's piece should be compulsory reading in every single Armenian school, church, community center or any other place of gathering in the Diasporas.

    We are in the process of self-effacement.  No sultans required.

    Զարթի՛ր Լաօ՛:

  • Lessons For Armenia From "The Art of War" By Viken L. Attarian
    26 weeks 23 hours ago

    This is not the first piece by this young thinker. Ted Tourian is certainly emerging as someone who thinks things through, analyzes, but most importantly, possesses the knowledge and the ability to skillfully synthesize from a very high to a very detailed level. Impressive indeed. 

    I would not be surprised if, within a year or two, we would be looking at a published set of his series of articles. I certainly look forward to it. But mostly, I look forward to the time when his ideas will be put into practice by anyone in a position of power who cares enough to do the right thing. Tomorrow may be too late.

    Paregamoren,

    Viken L. Attarian

  • Are the Kurds Our Allies? By GT
    26 weeks 1 day ago

    Dear Dr.  Astarjian, 


    I was glad to read this article. I have spoken about cooperating with the Kurds with many people who seem to be very concerned about the future of Armenia, and particularly of Western Armenia. Most people fail to recognize the reality. They keep repeating that the Kurds participated in the murder of Armenians therefore they are our enemies. This is true, but because ordinary Germans participated in atrocities masterminded by the Nazis, does not mean the whole world should turn its back to the German nation. 

    The fact is that there are many more Kurds than Armenians. The Kurds live on the territories which some of our compatriots still naively consider ours. Kurds are armed and they are on the rise. They have already gained independence in Iraq; Syria is next. What will happen after that? Everyone knows...Turkey.

    The Kurds are on the rise, but they are not very strong; they need all types of support, international lobbying, education, and military training. We must think of ways of providing help and cooperation if we want to share a bit of the victory when they achieve it. Even if it is not in the form of territory, it would be very beneficial to have a friendly neighbor than an artificially-created enemy. They are not only numerous, and therefore powerful, they also possess gas and oil. The cooperation may need discretion in some issues and normal human friendship in others. But it should be done. Now.

  • “Birthplace of My Soul…” By N. Romashuk
    26 weeks 4 days ago

    Do you know that no one is allowed to interfere in the internal affairs of Etchmiadzin?
    Do you know that the critical writings about Catholicos Karekin II are baseless and have no proof?
    Do you know that Karekin II, the spiritual leader of all the Armenians, is a human being?
    Do you know that the author of the above article has never donated a penny to the Holy Etchmiadzin?
    Do you know that the only sources and organizations throwing mud at Karekin II are the Armenian political parties?

    This has been going on for many decades. Their only goal is to destroy the Armenian Nation. They succeeded in dividing the Armenian Nation a long time ago, although they did nothing useful in Armenian history. They caused damage and bloodshed to the Armenian people but are still not satisfied. For years they cried for a free Armenia but still live in the Diaspora. They have achieved nothing other than destroy our nation.

    Do you know now who are the enemies of our Church and our Nation?

    Nicolai Romashuk

    Last month Mr. Romashuk successfully lobbied the Amsterdam municipality to name a bridge in that city "Armenian Bridge". His mother was Armenian--Editor. 

  • “Birthplace of My Soul…” By Ominac
    26 weeks 5 days ago

    How many more articles do we need before figuring out what we should do to throw this guy out?

  • Blunders All Around By Արմենակ
    26 weeks 5 days ago

    Դուք պարզապէս զզուելի էք ձեր ստոր վերլուծումներուն մէջ. ոչ մէկդ Հայաստան կ'ապրիք և օգտկար էք ձեր հայրենիքին և ոչ մէկդ ձանձրոյթը ստանձպած էք ՀԱՅԵՐԷՆ գրելու: Այս պայմաններուն մէջ անշուշտ ամէն բան ՍԵՒ պիտի տեսնէք, որպէսզի արդարացնէք ձեր ստոր դիրքերը:

  • “Birthplace of My Soul…” By Hagop
    26 weeks 6 days ago

    There is one essential point with regard to sanctification of the victims of the Genocide. Martyrdom is a Christian duty; the first Christian martyr was St. Stefan/Stepanos. However, the massacres of Armenians--instigated by Sultan Abdul Hamid II and later the Genocide by Young Turks--were purely against non-Turkic or non-Islamic minorities, including the Kurds and the Alevis. It was a political decision, even though Turkish masses were mobilized in the name of Islam. Calling the victims of Genocide martyrs is a cardinal mistake and can serve no one but harm the Armenian Cause. Unlike Islam, Christian martyrs are not politically motivated. Martyrdom in Christianity is self-sacrifice for the sake of Christ, with no expectation in return.

    It is pointless and useless to call those who perished during the Genocide saints, when the majority of Armenians are starving from lack of spirituality within the Church. We have enough relics (gold-plated bones of various saints), kissed by all, although it is idolatry. Are we going to add another 1.5 million gold-plated Genocide relics to be sold for profit?
    Respectfully,
    Hagop

  • Blunders All Around By Gaytzag Palandjian
    27 weeks 2 days ago

    If President Serge Sarkissian got lower gas prices and special customs duties for Armenian goods  exported to Russia, then he is smart. Otherwise, if as  many opine here, he was coerced into the deal. Armenia and its huge, slumbering Diaspora should be alerted if the latter has occurred. If he has, we have to find  new way out. In November, in Vilnius, Lithuania, Armenia may still have a chance to sort things out with the EU, bringing as many excuses as possible for having made that sudden U-turn...and then wheel and deal.

    The latest fiasco of Sarkissian occurred at the European Parliament right after he delivered his speech and Q and A began. The Azeri delegate shot at him his venomous question about occupying 20% of Axerbaijan and then whether Armenia had territorial demands from Turkey. To which, nonchalantly, and perhaps not prepared, he answered ¨NO, ARMENIA DOES NOT HAVE ANY TERRITORIAL CLAIMS FROM TURKEY." I thought what an error! He could have countered with "Are you here as an Axeri delegate or as that of Turkey?¨ or ¨Do you have territorial claims from Iran Aderpatakan province?"
     

    Gaydzag Palandjian

  • Blunders All Around By Shahe Boghossian
    27 weeks 2 days ago

    With all due respect, Mr. President, now that we have a new ambassador in the UK, I can perfectly understand your position. In retrospect, I would like to ask you which group of idiots gave you that stupid advice? Was it the physicist-ambassador of ours?

    There is nobody to blame but yourself for this fiasco. You have alienated yourself and have driven us to shame. We DO NOT like the Russians a lot, but we tried and tested other alternatives. To refresh your memory: the Franks in the Siege of Urfa; the French in Cappadocia and in Cilicia, and other promises, and the lip service you have just received from a delightful bundle of Sarkozites and Masonites.

    There is nobody to blame Mr. President but you and your corrupt circles. You have driven the population to madness, and have no sense of direction. Indeed, Putin is the president of Armenia and not you. So for goodness sake, explain to us what are trying to sell in the EU? Apricots of Armenian corruption?

    Levon was a novice. We can understand that. But at least he put forward the All Armenian Fund.
    Robert Kocharian was a murderer and pure Putin Puppy, but at least he provided stability. You, my friend, are not very smart. You are a "hayvan". You have driven the country to such extremes that the damage that you are inflicting is irreparable.

    Mr, President, please, for the love of God and our country, stop experimenting.

    May God help us from our leaders.

  • Նամակ` Հ. Ա. Ս. Եկեղեցւոյ Եպիսկոպոսաց Ժողովին By Hagop
    27 weeks 4 days ago

    Dear Mr. Sahagian,

    First, our Bishop Bagrad did not lose the election, since it was fraud and unchristian. We lost him, he did not lose us, and now with his new appointment to a much needed position that no other clergy could have accomplished but him.

    The issues of the church are much deeper and it is not as simplistic as just appointing two vartabeds. The church is overdue with a much needed reform and I do not see it coming. The latest speech by Aram I in Etchmiadzin emphasizes that with his rejection to any compromise on any level. If you watch the footage, he says “reform is needed” but then he is not willing to give up on traditions.

    Celibacy for instance is not biblical and it is just 10th century tradition, when St. Paul assumes that a “bishop should be a husband of one wife”. Likewise church hierarchy is categorically against the teachings of Jesus Christ as instructed at the Sermon on the Mount. These are the tips of the iceberg. If fundamental issues are untouched, why would anyone waste their time? Our demographic is changing; the compliant older generation has already passed away, the new generation has no patience with brick walls that resist change, likes of Aram I.

    There is also a factor of greed. The compensation of priests is significantly unfair, when parish priests in Canada have complete different level of compensation.

    What can be done… I think the church needs the people not the other way round. People, especially the youth, are hungry for Christian teachings, but most get very disappointed when they get involved with the church. But there is hope; there are priests like Der Hamparsoum Tanielian with his website and Der Myron Sarkissian. These priests do not necessarily need brick walled churches, nor can they be manipulated by the Diocese councils. Low key priests like the above will reach out to our people even if our youth do not step in to the traditional church premises.

    Respectfully,
    Hagop

  • Blunders All Around By Ominac
    27 weeks 5 days ago

    Five fraudulent elections later, you are still blaming Serge Sarkissian? If you do something five times, I say you are enjoying it. Although the country faces many issues, following several fraudulent elections, only a handful of people protest the most recent fraudulent elections? The rest all go their way as if nothing had happened.

    When will Armenians take responsibility for their fate? We are blaming Sarkissian, Putin, the EU. When will we assume responsibility and state that we made a mistake when we didn't protest and close down everything to stop the fraudulent elections from being considered as legitimate.

    With our behavioral patterns, I'll bet there is a long queue of oligarchs, waiting in line to cheat us. I do agree with Sarkissian's decision to join the Customs Union. Obviously, he thinks and acts like a dictator, but wasn't it also media's responsibility to bring to fore the Customs Union issue and inform the nation about its pluses and minuses?

    If this president is the bad guy, where were all the good guys? I suspect they were all waiting on the sidelines to make noise after a decision was made. In the coming years Sarkissian will make a lot of other decisions which we will protest. This is what happens when we let fraudulent elections pass us by. Now we are suffering the consequences.

  • Նամակ` Հ. Ա. Ս. Եկեղեցւոյ Եպիսկոպոսաց Ժողովին By Sarkis H Sahagian
    27 weeks 5 days ago



    Five months after Bishop Bagrat Galstanian's departure, it’s high time to ask ourselves whether our Church in Canada is in a better state now than when he led the diocese. Who benefited from his departure? What did we accomplish? Did we learn anything from the sorry experience?

    The fact is that five months after Bishop Galstanian returned to Echmiadzin we are in a limbo-- waiting to hear what happened and why. We still don’t know why he was not re-elected. Was it because he didn’t know how to lobby? Is it because he didn’t visit the Saturday school? Was it because he submitted his name to the Jerusalem patriarchal elections? Were there personal reasons?

    We need answers before his successor is elected. We cannot wait until mid-2014 to elect a new primate. What’s the logic in leaving everything on hold while waiting for new elections? If the new candidate requires the green light from the establishment, let Echmiazin find the right candidate who has the same qualifications as Bishop Galstanian.

    It’s important that a new primate is appointed as soon as possible for the Canadian Diocese of the Echmiadzin See. Our Church faces too many challenges to wait another eight months for a new election. Besides, the approaching 100th anniversary of the Genocide requires a great deal of work within the community and society in general, including local and provincial governments.

    Rather than dawdle further, we should hold an open debate under the supervision of His Eminence Archbishop Nathan Hovhannisian and the Diocese Council. This would provide closure to what happened and provide a blueprint for the future.

    To start with, the Dioceses Council should appoint two clergymen—(Vartabeds) from Echmiadzin--to be sent to Ontario and to Quebec. They would report directly to the Primate. The clergymen would engage the young generation (ages 16 to 30) and bring them into the Church and the community fold. Their mandate would also include increasing paying parish members and to attract all who have stayed away—for whatever reasons--from church and community life.

    A budget must be allocated to launch a TV program, a publication or a website to disseminate news about church and community activities. These media activities would be funded by advertising. Our community leaders must get closer to community members. The existing committees should be evaluated and validated so as to ensure they are productive. This would be done by the newly-appointed clergymen (Vartabeds) and the parish priest.

    I believe this vision will enable us to recover, and to engage the younger generation in church and community life. Otherwise, we will not be able to maintain the Echmiadzin See Diocese in Canada beyond the next 10 years. In the past ten years the Armenian community has doubled but this is not reflected in our churches or in the community. A strong vision and action is required to make us stronger.

    Echmiazin was the beginning. It is our present and should be our bright future.

    Sarkis H Sahagian
    Toronto
    (Mr. Sahagian was a member of the HTAC parish council from 2005 to 2009.)
     

  • Free Journalist Nikol Pashinyan By Sylva Portoian
    28 weeks 2 days ago

    We don't carry the Seljuk's genes
    They call us honest, dedicated Armenians.
    We don't jail tongues,
    Nor their pens
    Freedom was born with our faith.

    If we jail them
    We belong to another devil race
    Many of them around.
    Let us be different...remain honest.
     
    If we believe in God
    God never sent medals 
    To chain our honest humanitarian hands 
    It is not enough
    That we suffered so many genocides...

    Sylva, MD

     

  • A Monument to My Darling Vahram By Sylva Portoian
    28 weeks 2 days ago

    Tragedies can never end.
    Part of our life.
    We see it every moment.
    For us and for others.
    They are named tragedies.
    How can we avoid them?
    How can we close our eyes?
    Close our ears.
    How can we shut our beating hearts?
    How can we fly away from daily tragedies?
    Can anyone give some advice?

    Sylva, MD
     
     

  • Blunders All Around By Michael Tcholakian
    28 weeks 2 days ago

    Guys, I don`t think so. It's politics that everyone is playing. Serge can`t do anything without his oligarchs' approval. As you've said, we have no choice. As we all know, everyone looks after his needs. Who cares about Armenia? We have nothing to give back. Why don`t we learn anything from history? We should think in smarter ways.

    Most of the comments are very useful and true. Good luck.

  • Քերրի՛՝Քեռի՞ ես Թէ՞… Գերի By Միհրան Չոլաքեան
    28 weeks 2 days ago

    Սքանչելի է սիրելի ընկեր Աղպաշեան,

    Շատ ցաւալի վիճակ ու քաղաքականութիւն: Տեսնենք ուր պիտի հասնի Այս Ամերիկան:

  • Are Contemporary Turks Armenian? By Carl Georgian
    28 weeks 3 days ago

    Well said, Elias.

    Carl

  • Are Contemporary Turks Armenian? By Elias Katudjian
    28 weeks 4 days ago

    Excuse me, but I think that this matter is like the discussion about the gender of angels. An Armenian is an Armenian in his heart, and not in his/her DNA. 

    São Paulo

  • Are Contemporary Turks Armenian? By Harry
    28 weeks 4 days ago

    Let's look at the reality: Whether under Communism, Ottomanism, Fascism, or in capitalism, minorities are always forced to stick together, due to discrimination from the top or solidarity from the bottom.

    As discrimination eases, ethnicity begins slowly to dissipate, unless you have a strong program to groom the youth in their culture, encourage their growth socially, morally, culturally, educationally and financially.

  • Blunders All Around By Darwin Jamgochian
    28 weeks 5 days ago

    Russia's affinity toward Armenia goes back centuries. From Peter the Great and Catherine right up until the revolution that ended the rule of the Romanovs, Armenia's cause was backed by Mother Russia. Had the Russian Revolution not occurred, Armenia's western lands would have been brought into the fold. Just who chased the Persians out of Armenia? Was Russian concern always humanitarian? Not necessarily, but it was Russia and only Russia that stood up for the Armenians.

    So you may ask just what has the west brought to the table? Not even a hamburger, croissant, or even a bratwurst.

    Can we count on Secretary Clinton's effort to get Armenia to sign the Turkish protocols a step in the right direction? I guess it depends on whose interests were at stake.

  • Blunders All Around By Hrair Keleshian
    28 weeks 5 days ago

    I am surprised that centuries of history have not taught us (Armenians) that big powers, including the wannabe big powers, have their own agendas. No world power will protect or help Armenia if it is not in their national interest. It is for Armenians to align with the least dangerous entity.

  • Blunders All Around By VTiger
    28 weeks 5 days ago

    There are more Armenians in Russia than in Armenia. So who's more president of Armenians, Putin or Sarkissian? For me a known devil is better than an unknown angel.

  • «Տղա՛ք, Պիտի Վազենք» By Laurice
    28 weeks 5 days ago

    Indeed, a real teacher in the true sense. We miss him.

     

  • Նամակ` Հ. Ա. Ս. Եկեղեցւոյ Եպիսկոպոսաց Ժողովին By Zaven Darakjian
    28 weeks 5 days ago

    Sadly, as said in the above fourth paragraph, "Hay martoun srdin mech pan me godervetsav." That is my situation now. Parepakhdapar, arachnortnere goukan ou gertan, payts Hay Yegeghetsin guh mna.

  • Blunders All Around By Vicken
    28 weeks 5 days ago

    Of course Sarkissian and his gang knew what they were doing (assuming otherwise would mean that we are really in deep trouble, that is deeper than one would ever imagine). One would assume they were trying to get the best of both worlds or that they were trying to "pressure" Russia for better deals or concessions. However, something (s) went wrong and it seems that we got the worst of both worlds. We could not leverage Armenia's geopolitical situation to gain something from either side. My guess is we are not astute politicians and negotiators (probably have never been). What do you expect from a bunch who thinks about its pockets.

  • Blunders All Around By Danny
    28 weeks 5 days ago

    Are we getting married, in love, or are we in a dependence relationship? Armenia has more than 1,001 reasons to be dependent on Russia. The price we pay, again and again, is in BEING TAKEN FOR GRANTED. Russia, as always, needs to do nothing to appease Armenia and Armenians. We simply have no other choice, for which Russia owes nothing to Armenians. BTW, it's the same for the West: Corporate West needs millions upon millions of Turkish/Azeri/Moslem consumers. Once and for all, let's realize: We are too little to be needed as economic markets. Let's stop building castles in the air. Reality sucks, whether you are the first to adopt Christianity, or never had. But it never ceases to be the reality.

  • Նամակ` Հ. Ա. Ս. Եկեղեցւոյ Եպիսկոպոսաց Ժողովին (2) By Garabed
    28 weeks 5 days ago

    I found this letter addressed to the  highest ranking ecclesiastical fathers who are meeting for a conclave  too long. I am inclined to believe that a shorter and equally, if not more effective, letter could have summarized the issues and concerns.

  • Are Contemporary Turks Armenian? By Maria Cristina Koutoudjian
    28 weeks 5 days ago

    Considering that King Tigran Medz ruled the lands stretching to the Caspian Sea, why can't the people of Azerbaijan have Armenian roots? I suggest a study about Azeri descent. Where have the former Armenians in those lands gone? This is a matter that's often on my mind.

    São Paulo

  • Blunders All Around By Darwin Jamgochian
    28 weeks 5 days ago

    As the article states, all that Armenia received from the Europeans, and friends, was lip service. Now for all those that badge Armenians as naive, I would like to cite an old adage: "Put up or shut up." Did anyone expect more from the west? Maybe an apology from the Hungarians or a trickle from the BTC pipeline? Nah!

    So who's being naive?

  • Neglect, Mismanagement at Historic Yerevan Site By Hovsep Dagdigian
    28 weeks 6 days ago

    The letters distributed to me and others by Mr. Gyurjyan, Erebuni's director, contain numerous misleading statements and insinuations. For example he is highly critical of Mr. Tshagharyan for not installing rest rooms and water at the Shengavit site while providing NO financing for the purchase of the materials needed. In fact Mr Tshagharyan WAS working to renovate a building to serve as a restroom and dug most of the trench to connect to water and sewage lines. Had Gyurjyan not made it impossible for Mr. Tshagharyan, with CYSCA support, to continue his work the restrooms might be available by now, financed with CYSCA's purchase of materials. This is only one of  the misleading statements being made about this issue and Mr. Tshagharyan. I could go on...

    Rather than make counter accusations, it would be better to spend time, effort, and funds on preserving Shengavit for the world to see. Believe me, I take no pleasure in disseminating unpleasant news about our Armenia. But if you can't identify problems you can't fix them. If Erebuni management properly protected and preserved the Shengavit site I'd report on that too with a great deal of joy.

  • Blunders All Around By Vahe
    28 weeks 6 days ago

    Did Russia need to pull all the leverages it has to bring Armenia-a geographically deadlocked, economically insignificant, dare not invade a country without Russian blessing--into the Eurasian fold? Or did Russia consent Armenia joining Eurasian front because there was the possibility of the other alternative, the EU?

    I have difficulty accepting that President Serge Sarkissian does not know what the rest of us know. The oligarchs who run the country do not really care much for the masses in Armenia, but they have proven to be astute foreign policy players. Could this have been not a blunder but a calculated venture to secure the best possible terms?

  • Response to E. Azadian’s ‘Anarchy in the Hierarchy’ By Sam
    28 weeks 6 days ago

    This is the first time that the Church and its leaders are being openly discussed in the open media.
    Is this a sign that we are being more democratic and are shedding our old "a la Turka" ways or that the opposition is smarter, sincere and, I may add, BRAVE?

  • Blunders All Around By Kenell Touryan
    29 weeks 12 hours ago

    This is a well-written and thoughtful article.

    The impossible situation Armenia is facing is that it is between a rock and a hard place. Blockaded by two enemy states (Azerbaijan and Turkey), a less-than-friendly Georgia to the north and a pariah Iran to the south, there isn't much room for Armenia to maneuver.
     

  • Ancient Passageway Named "The Armenian Bridge" By Nicolai Romashuk
    29 weeks 12 hours ago

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    The "Armenian Bridge" is in the heart of Amsterdam. If you take any metro (subway), from the Central Station of Amsterdam, it's one stop (two minutes) away. Look for the NIEUW MARKT sign. At one time, when it was busy with Armenian merchants, NIEUW MARKT was called the "Eastern Market" ("Ooster Markt" in Dutch).

    The Armenian church was built in 1714 on the Kromboomssloot, house number 22. It still stands. The "Armenian Bridge" is in between the two side streets of Kromboomsloot 22 (between the Keizer Street and the Korte Keizer Street). In a few months, the "Armenian Bridge" will bear the the ARMEENSEBRUG sign. You will be able to trace it with Google Earth and navigate.

    Nicolai

    Location of the Armenian Church and the Bridge

  • "Demystifying The Armenian Diaspora" By Saaten Maagar
    29 weeks 14 hours ago

    It is hard to understand the attitude of Mr. Setrakian, when the largest donation to the AGBU, the Melkonian Fund (over $4.5 million in 1923) has so badly been mismanaged by the organization. Where the recorded actual intent of the donor was to build a school that should stay open for generations, even if the AGBU were not in existence (this was written and mentioned in the donor's will). But by legal maneuverings, lawyer Setrakian managed to close the school after the AGBU purposely mismanaged it for years so as to justify this act. How can the AGBU still expect to get donations when they do not abide by the intent of the donors' wishes? I guess when a so-called leader can not communicate in his mother tongue but preaches "Azkabahbanoom", one has to justify his shortcomings and find an excuse for them.

  • What is your attitude towards the Armenian Apostolic church in general? By Ara Jeknavorian
    29 weeks 1 day ago

    "The Armenian Church is the birthplace of my soul". These immortal words aptly express what the Armenian Church means to me. Our Church and Armenian Orthodox faith have nourished and sustained our people for centuries. Our focus should always be on the meaning of the expression, "Etch-mia-dzin", and the vision of our most revered Saint Gregory the Illuminator. While our Church like many, many other institutions has faced many difficult challenges, let us never forget the essential role of the Church in our everyday lives, and the life of the Armenian people. 

  • Are Contemporary Turks Armenian? By Serj
    29 weeks 1 day ago

    This is nothing new. The problem of Armenian-Turkish marriages has existed for a long time.

    At a conference on Armenian issues, at the University of California at Los Angeles, Osheen Keshishian, the editor of the "Armenian Observer" referred to this when he spoke about the Armenian press in the Ottoman Empire. Some Armenian newspapers in Izmir had editorials about the dangers of marrying Turks. Those editorials were dated from the early 1800s. Imagine that...Obviously, this problem has existed since the Mongols came to Anatolia. First by rape and then by force and later by free will...How sad.

  • Ancient Passageway Named "The Armenian Bridge" By Ottho Heldring
    29 weeks 1 day ago

    As far as I can see the article does not mention the location of the bridge or what the bridge used to be called ... it would be interesting to know this.  

  • Blunders All Around By Garbis Korajian
    29 weeks 1 day ago

    In the old poetic English adage, "birds of a feather fly together", means birds which have the same kind of feathers congregate with birds of their own species. So, why are we so surprised [by Serge Sarkissian's decision]? Besides socio-economic factors and historical realities bringing us closer to our Russian brothers in the north, we, Armenians, are more similar to Russians than to Europeans. Armenia is a mismanaged nation with rampant corruption and a dictatorial state run by oligarchs as in Russia. Wouldn't anyone assume that we can form a closer bond with our Russian friends than our Western distant friends, with no similarity to Armenians in every respect?

    In retrospect, as many say in Armenia, "Armenians in Armenia lived better during the Soviet era than today"...think about that.

  • Are Contemporary Turks Armenian? By Gerard Momjian
    29 weeks 1 day ago

    For the record, the statement "Napoleon Bonaparte ... looted Mona Lisa" in the "Are Contemporary Turks Armenian?" article is incorrect. The Mona Lisa was taken to France by the artist, Leonardo Da Vinci, when he went to work for the French King Francois I (or Francis I). It was given to the king by Da Vinci or acquired by the king and thus became the property of France.

  • Response to E. Azadian’s ‘Anarchy in the Hierarchy’ By Hagop
    29 weeks 2 days ago

    A question to Rev. Dr. Nersessian: Biblically speaking, what are the jurisdictions of judging an ordained clergy? Every clergyman has shortcomings; it doesn’t matter to what extent. I am not here to justify any of those personal failures. However, what are the appropriate parameters for making them accountable for their conduct? Let me put the words in laymen’s terms: if a clergyman deviates from the essential doctrines but keeps a good personal conduct, while another clergy teaches the essential doctrines and may have shortcomings in his personal life, what is the position of the Church with the above two cases?

    Deviation from essential doctrines can mean subscribing to ideas and affiliation of a clergyman to organizations that contradict the essential doctrines of Christianity. Membership to any humanistic organization that questions Christian beliefs is a cardinal sin, likewise membership to revolutionary movements that promote violence is unchristian. Since our Church does not consider anyone infallible, what does an individual like me do if he finds himself helpless and alone?

    Respectfully,
    Hagop

  • Are Contemporary Turks Armenian? By Armen K.
    29 weeks 2 days ago

    The last part of the article is worth close attention. I have been following the various scientific studies that have concentrated on the commonalities of Turkish and Armenian’s genetics. As mentioned in the article, the Ottoman Turks have over the years believed in eugenics just like Hitler’s Germany.

    Hitler's Germany and many other countries and nations have believed that they either kept their race clean by avoiding intermarrying other races or improving their races by marrying races that were perceived to be smarter, stronger, and better fighters. Currently, it is not politically correct to even mention the word eugenics. But it has been practiced.

    The Ottomans believed that by intermarrying Serbs, Armenians and other nations they could improve their gene pool. Armenians referred to it as cleaning the Turkish race. We talk about Turks stealing Armenian women and think it was just for pleasure. However, these women bore children and contributed to the Turkish gene pool. If Turks thought that intermarriage to Armenian women would hurt their race, they would have never done it. Thus it is no surprise that scientists now find a large amount of similarities between Turkish genes and Armenian genes. However, if the study was to be performed correctly, it should have measured the similarities between predominant Armenian genes and the pure Turkish genes, which is still not discussed or explored. The emphasis has been how similar Turks are to Armenians. It does not take a multi-million dollar study to prove that. History shows that Turks have stolen our women and married them and have had children with them.

    The last part of the article talks about the political ramifications of these studies with the Turkish desire to legitimizes Turkish occupation of Armenian lands. It does so by depicting Turks as lost Armenians who have a legitimate right to be on the Armenian lands. The Armenian scientists have to be careful since they are on a very slippery slope with their studies. They are not adding any value to the Armenian cause. They are weakening the Armenian cause.

  • Response to E. Azadian’s ‘Anarchy in the Hierarchy’ By Bedros Zerdelian
    29 weeks 2 days ago

    Rev. Dr. Nersessian, this is a very informative article. Any person doing something wrong has to pay for it sooner or later.

  • Response to E. Azadian’s ‘Anarchy in the Hierarchy’ By Melek
    29 weeks 2 days ago

    I agree wholeheartedly with the comments, and say "bravo" to those criticizing Mr. Azadian's article. It was inappropriate. It also continues to pander to those who are bent on defending a catholicos who has shown himself to be self-serving and greedy, siphoning off millions of dollars from the dioceses in America and elsewhere. Benefactors everywhere are handing over their money to endear themselves to the "big man", while their own dioceses everywhere struggle along and our own faithful stray.

    The primates are the facilitators of all this, partly fearing retribution and the loss of their primacies, if they don't toe the line. We are losing--or have lost--our beloved Church. The late beloved Jerusalem Patriarch Torkom was left to fend for himself under difficult circumstances for years, and I fear the newly-elected, also courageous Patriarch Nourhan and the Jerusalem Brotherhood will not receive the financial and moral support so necessary and vital to Jerusalem, while the catholicos swims in millions of dollars. Wake up everyone!

  • Response to E. Azadian’s ‘Anarchy in the Hierarchy’ By Thomas G.
    29 weeks 2 days ago

    As I congratulate Der Hyre Nersessian for his courage, I cannot help but be concerned in his wellbeing regarding a backlash from a Catholicos who was instrumental in the election and installation of the current Armenian Bishop of Great Britain.

  • Are Contemporary Turks Armenian? By Thomas G.
    29 weeks 2 days ago

    Re your comment: "Unless coerced, Armenians—with few exceptions—don’t marry Muslim Turks",
    I would like to state that during one of his visits to the US, in the late 1990s, Archbishop Mesrob Mutafyan, Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople, said that 40% of the Armenian marriages in Turkey are with Turks. Talk about White Genocide!

  • Blunders All Around By Thomas G.
    29 weeks 2 days ago

    That was very naive of the Armenian President and Government to play tricks against Russia. The fact remains, as the article clearly demonstrates, Armenia needs Russia and cannot survive without it. If I know that, and you know that, and any high school student in Armenia knows that, how come the Armenian Government did not realize that? This was a lesson to Armenia to stick to the nation that is defending Armenia's borders with Turkey.

  • What is your attitude towards the Armenian Apostolic church in general? By Aghtamar
    29 weeks 3 days ago

    Wrong. Our Holy church should not be confounded by one Catholicos, and the church is not his own property to do with it what he pleases. He is just the servant of the people. Let him take some lessons in humility from the present Pope. Just because he is the Catholicos does not mean that he can do everything, rule like a dictator, override the synod and the council of bishops, intimidate and humiliate and fire even the best of archbishops. He is accountable and not without sin.

    We do not support such a corrupt head of the church. With his presence the church is doomed. Already there are lots of parishioners who are disillusioned and don't want him to represent them. He should go; the sooner the better. Otherwise, the followers will dwindle and go to other churches, and then it will be real catastrophe. Once the church goes, the state will follow.

  • Anarchy in the Hierarchy By Mihran
    29 weeks 3 days ago

    Mr Azadian's article is very short sighted and avoids talking about the allegations leveled against K2.

    Karekin II hasn't got an ounce of spiritual morality left in him; he is just an oligarch put there by certain influential Diaspora individuals in cahoots with the oligarchs in Armenia. They have done a disservice to our nation by enthroning him through methods which were not clean.

    He has ruined what the church should stand for. Now it's all about business and nothing but business as he and his inner circle of bishops are all involved in all types of money spinning schemes for their personal wealth. One of his bishops, as everybody knows, drives a Bentley, not to mention Karekin II's children.

  • Response to E. Azadian’s ‘Anarchy in the Hierarchy’ By Mihran
    29 weeks 3 days ago

    I am in full agreement with all the serious points made by Rev. Dr.  V. Nerses Nersessian, in response to Edmond Azadian's "Anarchy in the Hierarchy".

    Mr. Azadian's article is short-sighted, to put it mildly, and misses the fundamental point about Catholicos Karekin.

    "The only unifying institution, based on moral foundations, is being governed by Catholicos Karekin II, and not  by the Episcopal Synod, according to the long-held canons of the Church. The hierarchy of the Church is not the soul of the Armenian people. The soul of the Armenian nation is its Church, Holy, Apostolic and Orthodox, upon which the hierarchies of Holy Etchmiadzin, Cilicia/Antelias, Jerusalem and Constantinople/Istanbul were founded, to protect and preserve 'without blemish in spiritual love and one accord'."

    Karekin II has lost all respect. He commands no trust in the Armenian nation. I don't want to spell out all his sins as the list is so long.

    He hasn't got an ounce of spiritual morality left in him. He is just an oligarch put there by certain influential Diaspora individuals. The latter have done disservice to our nation by pushing him to that position through methods which were not clean.

    He has ruined what the Church should stand for. It's now all about business and nothing but business. He and his inner circle of bishops are all involved in all types of money-spinning schemes for their personal wealth. One of his bishops drives a Bentley... not to mention Karekin II's children.

    People are sick and tired of seeing him, let alone hear him. The sooner he is defrocked the better for the health of our Church.

  • Response to E. Azadian’s ‘Anarchy in the Hierarchy’ By Hayorti
    29 weeks 3 days ago

    Mr. Azadian took his time to respond to the accusations leveled at his friend KII. And when he wrote his rebuttal to the long list of catholicos' offenses, it was anti-climatic. He conveniently by-passed the accusations and talked about the Church conflicts of the '50s. In other words, if one criticizes the deplorable man in Etchmiadzin, one must be Tashnag or an agent of Tashnags. What a nice Catch-22! KII can get away with murder, but if he is accused, it's the accuser's motives that become the rebuttal. Nice job, Rev. Dr. Nersessian.

  • Are Contemporary Turks Armenian? By John
    29 weeks 3 days ago

    The answer is "NO". The gene pool of modern Turks is a hodgepodge of genes they acquired over the centuries from the population in the occupied territories. I like to remind readers that for a considerable period of time, the Black Sea was a Turkish lake because all the lands surrounding it were under Ottoman rule. However, it is highly possible that the frequency of Armenian genes may be higher than that of other occupied people. This is because we have suffered the longest period under their rule.

    The science that you have referred to is solid. But as you mention, the modern Turk is not an Armenian but as you say ''an Armenian is as Armenian does'' (actions). 

  • Response to E. Azadian’s ‘Anarchy in the Hierarchy’ By John
    29 weeks 3 days ago

    Dr. and Rev. Nerses Nersessian should be congratulated for his informative response and for bringing the truth and reality to the forefront. As for the catholicos in Armenia, he lacks vision and political etiquette. The time has come for him to resign before irreversible damage is done all over the Diaspora and the few Armenians remaining are assimilated into foreign cultures and religions.

  • Neglect, Mismanagement at Historic Yerevan Site By EREBUNI Historical and Archaeological museum-reserv
    29 weeks 3 days ago

    Պարոն Դաղդիկյանը այս հոդվածը 2-րդ անգամ հրապարակելու փոխարեն, լավ կլիներ քաջություն ունենար և պատասխաներ  իրեն ուղղված բոլոր պաշտոնական նամակներին: Այդ նամակները պատրաստ ենք տրամադրել նաև Ձեզ` պարոն Աբրահամյան:
    Հոդվածում հրապարակված լուսանկարները  ցույց չեն չենչեն տալիս այն, ինչին  պարոն Դաղդիկյանն այդպես համառորեն հավատում է:

    <<Էրեբունի>> արգելոց-թանգարան

  • What is your attitude towards the Armenian Apostolic church in general? By Haroutune Keoroghlanyan
    29 weeks 3 days ago

    The Armenian Apostolic Church is one of very few institutions, anywhere in the world, that has survived the better part two thousand years. Please refrain from making cheap comments about it. It is the Almighty's greatest gift to our people. Altogether now: let us pause, take a deep breath, and then thank Him.

    His loving guidance is more than just obvious to those of us who feel it in our bones. Our Church has survived impossible odds. He sent us two apostles, kept the light alive all the way to Gregory the Illuminator and King Drtad, all the way to demons like Hazgerd of Persia, Abdul Hamid II of the Ottoman Empire,  Lenin, Stalin, and Beria...

    We have had our share of great leaders and leaders who were not so great. Please understand that nothing happens outside His will.

    His Holiness Karekin II is obviously the catholicos we need now. Collectively we are proud that ours is the first Christian nation in the world. Let us remember our daily "Hyre Mer" and really mean it when we recite "Thy will be done". The rest is all "esee- esav".

    As members of our Church, working on our immortal soul, ought to be our foremost duty. Individually we will answer for all of our sins, the Karekins of this world will be judged the same way as you and I, and if found wanting, would fetch the same as yesterday's paper would.

     

  • Syrian-Armenian Exit Strategy By Ted
    29 weeks 6 days ago

    The clear and present danger for Armenians in Syria is now Turkey openly joining the fighting. If [and when] Turkey does start an offensive, and Armenians are forced to evacuate Aleppo, can the Lebanese Armenian infrastructure absorb those refugees?

    I'd like to draw the readers' attention to Safratyan's analysis of the grave situation.

    18/09/2013
    Safrastyan: Armenian community of Aleppo is in danger

    The outcome of Syria’s crisis is not yet visible and there is a real danger of military action against Syria, Ruben Safrastyan, Turkish studies expert, Director of the Oriental Studies Institute of the Armenian National Academy of Sciences, said at the Moscow-Tbilisi-Yerevan spacebridge in Yerevan.

    “Turkey may strike Syria. From the very beginning of the conflict in Syria, Turkey actively supported the Syrian opposition,” he said.

    Turkey has deployed a great number of offensive weapons near its border with Syria, so the danger of Turkey’s strike against Syria is topical, Safrastyan added.

    According to the expert, there are 7,000 Syrian Armenian refugees in Armenia and the Armenian community of Syria, including Aleppo, is in great danger.

    “The Armenian community of Aleppo will suffer big losses and will be forced to leave the city in case of Turkish attack,” Safrastyan concluded.

  • Vahé-Vahian – Great Poet of W. Armenian Literature By Vatche G. Gureghian
    29 weeks 6 days ago

    Hi,

    My family moved from Beirut, Lebanon to the United States in 1976.  We lived in Wat-Wat/Zarif area of Beirut where Vahe Vahian also resided.  My father was friends with Vahe Vahian.  I remember visiting his modest apartment on several occasions with my father.  I remember him as a kind man, who spoke with a soft voice and seemingly very humble. 

    I was too young to understand what he and my father would discuss, but I knew Vahe Vahian was an important person because his poems were in my Armenian text book we used in school, along with his portrait - and that alone made him an important person to me at that time. 

    It's inspiring to read about Vahe Vahian's legacy, and just what a literary giant he was.

  • The Wobbling Pillar By Vahe
    29 weeks 6 days ago

    One of the most horrible and life-long torments is being turned down from school because of lack of money. Thankfully, I was spared that trauma in my formative years, but as an adult I have been privy to its lasting impression on the few who were sent home or were refused enrollment because their parents could not afford the tuition.

    It is not hard to imagine that the situation unfolding with the Syrian-Armenian refugees in Beirut is not one of balancing the books, but of their lives. All of us have an obligation to the impressionable Armenian young boys and girls to help them ease the added trauma to an already traumatizing experience of being dislocated.

  • The Wobbling Pillar By Siamanto
    29 weeks 6 days ago
    Parev Boghos,
     
    I agree with you. We are saying the same thing in different ways, I guess. Here's another thought: there have been several funds collected to help Syrians, yet I have to see how they have been disbursed.

    I have an idea. Keghart.com can create an online donation form to help Syrian-Armenian students who need financial support. However, the donations to the school have to be controlled, based on specific criteria they have to fulfill.
     
    Online donations might be more transparent than any other fund, because when you donate you can see the amount go up and then the list of schools which received that money. Of course this needs detailed study. But hopefully Keghart.com will start something new in the Armenian community which would help Armenians, starting with the schools.
  • The Wobbling Pillar By Mesrob
    29 weeks 6 days ago

    I find Mr. Mardirossian's letter re the "failure" of Lebanese-Armenian organizations to assist Syrian-Armenian students with their tuition in Lebanese-Armenian schools most unhelpful.

    1. He says that he knows there are ways to balance the books of the subsidized Lebanese-Armenian schools but does not tell us what those ways are. He passes the buck by saying that he knows there are Armenian financial experts who know how to do the work.

    2. He assumes--without providing data--that Armenian religious and political leaders have the financial means to help the Syrian-Armenian students, but are not doing so.

    3. He wants to shame religious and political leaders, he says, by shedding light on the issue, but expects others to provide concrete financial help.

    Most unhelpful, Mr. Mardirossian. There's a graphic, if slightly rude phrase, in North America: "Put your money where your mouth is."

  • The Wobbling Pillar By Boghos Mardirossian
    30 weeks 12 hours ago

    Hi Siamanto from Lebanon. We all know all Armenian schools in the Diaspora are sponsored or backed by certain Armenian political and religious organizations. So I blame them.

    There are many ways to balance the financial budget rather than always mourn for the shortage. In this short comment I will not write how that could happen: we have sufficient number of Armenian financial experts who can do that.

    The issue of low salary for teachers of some Armenian schools is a very old one for which I have sympathies, but let's not mix the two separate issues of helping Syrian Armenian children get free education--for at least the first few years--and teachers' salaries, when the Kuwait government and specially the World Islamic Fund, headquartered in Kuwait, has already delivered money for Syrian refugees in all parts of the world.

    I would like to shame our religious and political leaders who cannot provide financial support for those families and children. For what more severe days are they keeping their financial resources? This is a very sad day in the history of the Diaspora. Enough is enough, pretending nothing has happened.

    For me there is no difference between Iraqi-Armenians and Syrian-Armenians. I am Lebanese-Armenian and I am sick and tired of people who differentiate between Syrian and Lebanese or Hayasdan Armenian and Artsakh Armenian. We are all Armenians, and before that we are human beings. Refugees--from whatever ethnic and religious background they may be--they are human beings. Let us extend our hands to them. I can help them when I raise this issue publicly; and everybody can extend a little assistance which will not hurt us at all.  

  • «Տղա՛ք, Պիտի Վազենք» By վահէ
    30 weeks 18 hours ago

    Հրայր, գրիչդ դալար։ 

  • Ethiopian Armenians in their own Words By Avakian
    30 weeks 1 day ago

    Baron Saro, I would love to hear more of your grandfather's story. I am the granddaughter of Genocide survivors and am writing about the forty orphans for an American website. I'm especially looking for stories on [Haile Sellassie's, born Tafari Makonnen] coronation and their [the adopted orphans'] refusal to play the national anthem of Turkey, as well as those who stayed behind in Jerusalem.

    Many thanks. 

    You can contact me at ava.thefirstATyahoo.com

  • Real Turkish Heroes of 1915 By Nehran
    30 weeks 1 day ago

    As I read the comments, I can't help but think what will the Iraqis say, in one-hundred years about the invasion of their country by the Americans. I am not sure if just a confession of the past misdeeds would be enough. Someone has to pay the price one way or the other--or may be offering the other cheek? In the case of the Turks, judging by their history it would be wrong to give them a second option. It's also true for the Americans.

    Neighbor from Iran
     

  • Քերրի՛՝Քեռի՞ ես Թէ՞… Գերի By Vahe
    30 weeks 2 days ago

    This article reminded me of the following: Decades ago the aspiring freedom fighter Roupen Minassian had his first exposure to reality under the command of Nicol Touman, the legendary freedom fighter who committed suicide at the age of 47 when he found out that he could no longer be given command because of his poor health. Should one see their group picture, he would note a young man at the far right of the group posed, as if tossing a hand grenade. It’s young Roupen living out to his fantasy but also on his way to learn the realities of the fight for freedom, which he would recount in his four-volume memoirs “The Memoires of a Freedom Fighter”.

    Once Roupen was riding his horse along with Touman and “lecturing” Nicol on social inequalities, of peoples' rights, etc. After hearing the young man for some time, the battle-hardened Touman offered him his simple philosophy with the following analogy that rhymes well in Armenian. He said the world is much like the blubber of a sheep’s behind –tmag--and men are the knives--tanag.Those who can cut the tmag with their tanag can have their share.

    Since he was elected president, we have been chastising Obama for not keeping his promise to recognize the Genocide of Armenians in plain English. Baruyr Aghbashian appears to have added Obama's Secretary of State, John Kerry, on the bashing list. In the article Baruyr has played on the sound of the secretary’s name, in Armenian, to ridicule the supposedly pro-Armenian Kerry from Massachusetts who turns out to be not that pro, after all, when he starts playing a different ball game in a much bigger league. 

    It’s futile for us to fill the pages of our Armenian mass media with such lamentation, whether it's  regarding Obama or Kerry. If anything, our grievances should be directed to them wherever they can be effective, but not in our mass media and to us. Our influence has taken us thus far with Kerry or Obama, but not far enough for the moment.

    Our mass media should be the forum for us to find ways and means to go on with our communal life, attend to our diverse and challenging needs, and explore ways and means to be lawfully more effective on the world stage. As sad as it is, if we are to depend on the sentimental good will of others, we will continue to be disappointed.

    Why would we have expected Kerry to be a Քեռի (uncle) to us?

  • World Losing Faith and Hope in Obama By Elias Katudjian
    30 weeks 2 days ago

    And more! Dilma Roussef, the President of Brazil, I hope, will cancel her visit to Obama, because of the activities of US National Security Agency: spying on her, the brazilian government and our citizens. What a shame !



         

  • Our Last Name is Gavoor By Jeff
    30 weeks 2 days ago

    Sir...you have a tremendous amount of arrogance to come on to an Armenian blog and question the validity of the genocide that you and I both know happened.  We don't just think that it was a genocide sir, it was a genocide. The majority of historians who are experts on such subjects agree that any situation in which that many people were brutally killed is a genocide. That's the end of it. The Sisak mentioned in the above information was my grandfather and I can tell you that our family was not simply full of imagination, if that story was one that was passed down from Ruben and Arum and their brother,then it did happen.

  • The Wobbling Pillar By Serj
    30 weeks 3 days ago

    Our whole nation is in dire need of a renaissance, if possible.

    If you add a couple of more students free of charge, how will teachers' expense be affected? Our schools are functioning with bare minimum, so are the teachers.....so add a few more students...so what?

    You say that the Armenian government should take care of these schools.....Frankly Siamanto, what planet are you living in?

    The Armenian government can not take care of their own, they are busy filling their pockets.

    How about the Holy See?

    In you last paragraph you are 1000% right... They built a 15 million dollar Diocese in Los Angeles, and they are asking for more and more...

    Because of this money hungry men of cloak, havoc is created among Armenians..Problems in Geneva, in Paris, in Nice....all because of who would control the money...SHAME...

  • The Wobbling Pillar By Siamanto
    30 weeks 5 days ago

    Before shaming the schools, please take into consideration that all the Armenian schools in Beirut are already struggling with their budgets and the teachers are working at minimum wages. If they start offering free education to Syrian-Armenian students, it would not be fair for the poor families in Lebanon, then the Iraqi-Armenians, then Armenians from Egypt, etc.

    We shouldn't expect teachers to work for free. After all, they also have families, and bills to pay.

    It's an unfortunate situation, but "shaming" the schools is not the way to go. Instead, we should shame the Armenian government which is not supporting the Diaspora Armenians in need. A government is supposed to help schools, churches, the, economy and more...whatever the need is in our case.

    Armenians are spending millions of dollars building extravagant churches in America while Armenian students are unable to get an education elsewhere...shame on our communities, political parties, government, but not the schools.

  • Ո՛չ պատերազմին... We Say NO to War...Why Syria? By Michael tcholakian
    30 weeks 5 days ago

    No war, no attempt  to remove Assad for the sake of gas resources to Turkey. We all know why the US is proposing to strike Syria. It's to control its interests in Middle East and help its allies, specially Turkey and Israel. No war, no boots, no any form of intervention. They should learn from the Iraq invasion.

  • The Wobbling Pillar By Boghos Mardirossian
    30 weeks 5 days ago
    Thank You Kuwait and shame on certain Armenian schools in Lebanon who charge money for Syrian Armenians who lost everything and became refugees in Lebanon and other parts of  the world.
     
    Big shame to our church and political parties who run those schools in Diaspora to force Syrian Armenians to pay school registration and education fee for their children who attend Armenian schools in Lebanon. Why Syrian Armenians in Lebanon should pay those school fees? Shame on those.

    Are we going to learn charity and help the needy people from others?? Where are  so called the real Armenian "Christian" values??

    Money and Money, that's what some of Armenian clerics and so called some "politicians" are concerned about and do not care about the poor and refugee Armenians.

    I have heard from a direct source that an Armenian school in Lebanon is charging $400 from one of the Syrian Armenian Families. Shame on that school trustee board and shame on any political and religious organization that runs and supervises that school. Whoever wants the name of that school I can provide.
     
    Thank you Kuwait government and Islamic fund.
     
    شكرا الكويت وعار على بعض المدارس الأرمنية
    في لبنان الذين يتقاضون المال لالأرمن
    السوريين الذين فقدوا كل شيء، وأصبح اللجوء
    في لبنان وجزء آخر من العالم. .
    عار كبير لكنيستنا والأحزاب السياسية الذين
    يديرون تلك المدارس في الشتات لإجبار
    الأرمن السوري لدفع رسوم التسجيل في
    المدارس والتعليم لأطفالهم الذين يحضرون
    المدارس الأرمنية في لبنان.
    لماذا الأرمن السوري في لبنان ينبغي أن تدفع
    تلك الرسوم المدرسية. عار على هؤلاء.
    نحن ذاهبون لمعرفة الخيرية ومساعدة
    المحتاجين من الآخرين؟ حيث هو ما يسمى القيم
    الحقيقية الأرمنية "مسيحي"؟ المال
    والمال ما بعض الأرمن "رجال الدين"،
    ودعا ذلك بعض "السياسيين" نشعر بالقلق
    ولا يهتمون الفقراء والأرمن اللاجئين.
    لقد سمعت من مصدر مباشر ان بعض المدارس
    أرمينيا في لبنان يتقاضون 400 دولار لأحد
    أفراد العائلة الأرمينية السورية. عار على
    أن مجلس أمناء المدرسة والعار على أي تنظيم
    سياسي وديني الذي يدير ويشرف تلك المدرسة.
    الذي يريد من أي وقت مضى اسم تلك المدرسة أنا
    يمكن أن تقدم. شكرا حكومة الكويت والصندوق
    الإسلامي.
  • Խարխափումի կամ Բարեկարգումի Ընդմէջէն By Յովիկ
    30 weeks 6 days ago

    Սիրելիդ իմ Պարոն Աղպաշեան. միթէ դեռ այն միամիտ յոյսը կը փայփայէք, որ ներկայ իրավիճակին մէջ Ձեր ներկայացուցած այդ հրաշալի առաջարկները իրագործելի՞ են Հայաստանի մէջ...Սփիւռքի ու Մշակոյթի ներկայ նախարարաց պարագայի՞ն, դեռեւս իշխող (քսա՜ն տարի անցաւ...) կոմսոմոլիստական ու սովետական մտածողութիւնը պահպանած ըլլալու պարագայի՞ն...Քաւ լիցի: Ես, չեմ հաւատար: Եթէ Դուք կը հաւատաք՝ պրավօ...

  • Canada : un monument trompeur érigé par la Turquie By Mihran Djiknavorian
    31 weeks 3 min ago

    Il est temps que le gouvernement Turque reconnaisse leur crime  et présente leurs excuses à la communauté Arménienne, et aux décendants des victimes qui sont encore vivant. 

  • Pre-Parliament's Manifesto By Varvara Gasparyan
    31 weeks 4 hours ago

    We do not need make comparisons with the Marxist definition of a colonial country, since the title is “Manifesto”. The title could be different, but the reality of Armenia's political system is that of a colonized country.

    Why are Diaspora Armenians trying to avoid seeing and acknowledging what is going on in Armenia? Why avoid of the word “colonial”?

    Let us analyze the situation and understand how is a colonial system different from the current political regime in Armenia.

    1. Armenia has a friendly neighboring country, Iran, which in goodwill, is offering gas and oil at lower than standard prices. However, Armenia has to buy these resources from Russia, via Georgia, which “sometimes” experience delivery problems. Russia forces Armenian leaders to buy gas and oil from Russia to keep Armenia subject to Moscow.

    2. Armenia was offered--by Iran--a jointly-financed special gas pipeline from Iran to Armenia. Iran also offered financial aid for its construction. Russia did not allow the laying of the pipeline. Incidentally, the pipeline would have been of larger than standard size.

    3. Iran offered to invest in the building of a railway between the two countries, with the possibility of expanding it to the Persian Gulf. Russians did not allow the railway because Armenia could gain many benefits from it and stop being a vassal to Brother Russia.

    4. Iran offered Armenia the building of a huge oil refinery on the boarder of the two countries. The huge plant would have expanded the business association between Armenia and Iran. Russia was against the idea. Because of Russia's rejection, Armenia lost not only the economic benefits but also thousands of jobs.

    5. Armenia has a good army with dedicated soldiers. The world acknowledged that fact. However, Armenian soldiers are not allowed to protect their homeland. As a colonial country, Armenia's borders have to be defended by Russian soldiers. Why has an independent country given its border defense to former Soviet soldiers? Can't Armenian soldiers defend Armenia's borders? They can but Russia does not want to give up the borders of such an important region to it native people. Russian does not allow Armenians to be involved in such important matters as the defense of the country's borders.

    6. Russians have expressed their huge displeasure that the Russian language is being forced out of Armenia. There was a time in Armenia when even dissertations had to be written in Russian. Russians were unhappy that we wanted to keep our Armenian language and thus forced their language on Armenia.

    7. There is little left in Armenia that could be done without the Russians. Most of the huge plants, railways, and other strategically-important assets are in Russian hands. That is why colonial Armenia's leaders have to go to Moscow to ask the permission on how to resolve important question related to Armenia. Now they have to get Tsar Putin's permission. There were Soviet Tsars before Putin, and before that Russian Tsars. Not much has changed since Armenia became "independent". Is Armenia independent?

    Varvara Gasparyan

  • Ancient Passageway Named "The Armenian Bridge" By Astgik
    31 weeks 11 hours ago

    God Zegen U en familie en  Dank U.

    Astgik, Hrant

    Krommenie
    Nederland

    Google Translation:

    God Bless You and family Thank you

     

  • Ո՞ւր Են Եպիսկոպոսները By Աստղիկ
    31 weeks 11 hours ago

    Նախ ամեն հայ, որ իր երկիրը երեք մասի բաժանված կտեսնի, պետք է փոխե իր միտքը:

    Ինչպես Սուրբ Երրորդությունը մեկ է՝ Հայր, Որդի և Սուրբ Հոգի, այնպես էլ մեկ է Հայաստանը, Արցախը, Ողջ Սփյուռքը:

    Մեկ է մեր Հայ Առաքելական Եկեղեցին և մեկ է մեր Հայ Առաքելական Եկեղեցու թշնամին, որ ամեն կերպ կցանկանա պառակտել Հային՝ ընտրելով իր ամենազորեղ ուժը՝աղոթքից հեռացնել հային, գցել բամբասանքի, իրար հետ վիճելու, անհավատության, կասկածի, տարակուսանքի պատերազմի մեջ՝ իրար դեմ դարձնելու այն, ինչ Տեր Հիսուս մեկ է դարձրել:

    Իմ կոչը հետևյալն է - Աղոթել  Հայ Առաքելական Եկեղեցու և Հայ Քրիստոնյա Ազգի Միասնության, Համերաշխության, Բարիշածության, Սիրո, Մտերմության համար ամեն  Աստծո օր, չկասկածել Աստծոն՝ Հիսուս Քրիստոսին:

    Տեր Հիսուս դեռ ոչ ոքի չի մերժել: Սուրբ Մարիամը իր բարեխոսությունը դեռ ոչ ոքի չի մերժել:

    Այս պատճառով ես ճչում եմ.

    Տեր Հիսուս խնդրում եմ իմ Հայ Առաքելական Սուրբ Եկեղեցին Միասնական, Անսասան, Ամուր, Զորեղ, Լուսավորող և  մեծ Սիրով լի դարձրու և վարձկաններին անգամ դարձի բեր, իսկ իրական սրտացավերին ամրապնդիր, որ մեզ ճիշտ աղոթք սովորեցնեն և մեր կյանքը նվիրենք ազնիվ աղոթքի և ոչ թե կործանիչ բամբասանքի և վեճի (սա սատանայի երազանքն է):

    Ամեն Հոդվածից հետո գրեք ձեր աղոթքը, որ պարզ լինի ինչ եք ուզում:

    Մեծ Սիրով . Հարգանքով՝ Աստղիկ
     

  • Հայաստան Եւ Պասքեթպոլը By Յովիկ
    31 weeks 12 hours ago

    Սիրելի Մինաս,

    Ջերմ ոգեւորութիւնդ զիս եւս վարակեց: Բարի յաջողութիւններ տղոց: Good Luck!

     

     Մինաս Բարի յաջողութիւններ տղոց

  • Commemoration & non-Armenians By Abraham Der Krikorian
    31 weeks 17 hours ago

    From what I can see, we are not ready. It takes years of detailed preparation and I am not certain the resources to do this have been made available or are available, given all the other pressing needs to try to attend to the needs of the majority of the citizens of the 'republic' of Armenia. To add to the problems, we are now faced with the disaster in Syria. We hope to God that we can make a dent but, I for one, am not expecting miracles. 

    I may seem to be self-serving when I draw attention to the fact that very few have bothered to watch even a bit of my four lectures on YouTube. Admittedly, these are lengthy, but I have been complimented for my attempts to paint a broad picture and to make comparisons with other genocides and atrocities. They were non-scripted and spontaneous. I know for a fact that the vast majority of those who viewed them are non-Armenians. 

  • Pre-Parliament's Manifesto By David Grigorian
    31 weeks 1 day ago

    Վարձքներդ կատար, տղերք։ Ձեզ հետ ենք։  Հա՛մ Տեր Զորում հանգչող մեր զոհերը, հա՛մ էլ մեր զավակները ավելին են արժանի քան այն խայտառակ իշխանությունը որ ունենք հիմա։ Նահանջի ճանապարհ չկա։ Միայն առաջ...

  • Ո՛չ պատերազմին... We Say NO to War...Why Syria? By Maro Shirvanian-Badiguian
    31 weeks 1 day ago

    I agree with Arsineh Attarian's suggestion to use this letter as a petition and send it to people all over the world.

  • Ո՛չ պատերազմին... We Say NO to War...Why Syria? By Herosoohi Vesmadian
    31 weeks 1 day ago

    Then what are we waiting for? Have we not lost enough Armenians because of global games by US, Turkey, and Israel. Why don't we strike at these nations before they destroy the world? The hell with them.
     

  • Ո՛չ պատերազմին... We Say NO to War...Why Syria? By Sam RAcoubian
    31 weeks 1 day ago

    In the past two years 100,000 Syrians have been slaughtered and nobody in the west was angry about it. Why the uproar about the chemical bomb which killed 1,400? What's the difference whether somebody dies of gas or bomb or by a butcher's knife?  Bloodthirsty gangs, from 81 countries, are fighting against the regime and the citizens. The west and Gulf states money is helping them to topple the regime.
    Instead of sweeping their tears, why does the West and Russia don't force the sides to sit in Geneva or elsewhere to stop the war?

    Is it wise to burn the whole country and perhaps the region against the will of people everywhere? Who in the US is forcing Obama to go wild? Is it fun (like fireworks) to bomb a country just because it has used forbidden chemical weapons? May be it's all right since the Qataris and the Saudis are paying the expenses.

    Is this the way to occupy the globe? What is the use of an occupied globe when it will turn out like the New Middle East--all in blood?

  • Ո՛չ պատերազմին... We Say NO to War...Why Syria? By Ruzanna
    31 weeks 1 day ago

    NO war in Syria; NO war anywhere.

  • Anarchy in the Hierarchy By Vahe
    31 weeks 2 days ago

    Instead of letting and expecting, if not urging, the catholicos to respond to the allegations raised,  Edmond Azadian has taken to his defense and by doing so he has further undermined the catholicos of ALL Armenians who is expected to be above the  temporal partisanship of his flock.

    The longer the catholicos stays silent, the more his flock will regard these allegations as facts and grudgingly resign to accept that the Armenian Apostolic Church has become a corrupt and a corrupting institution under his watch.

    Instead of uniting his flock– the Armenian Nation--the catholicos’ silence and indifference further fragments it as laity fills in the void with their partisan editorials, as amply shown by the attached.

  • Canada : un monument trompeur érigé par la Turquie By Vahe
    31 weeks 2 days ago

    I bring to the attention, especially to those who live in LA, an upcoming lecture at the Eskijian Museum regarding the seizure of Armenian properties because of the Genocide.

    Here is a synopsis of the lecture that, in my view, adds a new dimension to the Genocide of Armenians.

    "Ümit Kurt, Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History at Clark University in Worcester, MA, will present a lecture entitled “The Emergence of the New Wealthy Class Between 1915-1922: The Seizure of Armenian Property by Local Elites in Aintab,” and the documentary “My Father’s Aintab”.

    On Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at 4 p.m. at the Ararat-Eskijian Museum, Hasmik Mgrdichian Gallery, 15105 Mission Hills Road, Mission Hills, CA. The lecture is sponsored by the Ararat-Eskijian Museum and the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR).  A reception will follow the lecture.

    The processes of genocide and deportation directed at Aintab Armenians were put into practice by local notables and provincial elites themselves, and these local actors actually prospered and became a new wealthy social class through the acquisition of Armenian property and wealth. In this respect, Ümit Kurt argues that the Committee of Union and Progress’ (CUP) genocide and deportation decree had a certain social background, effective power, and control and support mechanism(s) at the local levels. Therefore, what took place at the local areas or periphery deserves to be examined.

    By zooming in on Aintab, Kurt sheds light on the origins of the property and wealth of local and provincial elites/notables in Aintab and how massacred and deported Armenians’ properties in Aintab changed hands. To date no comprehensive research has been done which examines, in detail, the expropriation of Ottoman Armenians in general and in Aintab in particular as a component of the Genocide.

    Ümit Kurt, a native of Aintab, holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Middle East Technical University in Political Science and Public Administration and a Master’s from Sabancı University in the department of European Studies. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History at Clark University and an instructor at Sabancı University. He is the author of numerous articles and several books, including most recently "Kanunların Ruhu: Emval-i Metruke Kanunlarında Soykırımın İzlerini Aramak" (The Spirit of Laws: Seeking for the Traces of Armenian Genocide in the Laws of Abandoned Property, 2012), with Taner Akçam. His main area of interest is the confiscation of the Armenian properties and the role of local elites/notables in Aintab during the Genocide of Armenians.

    For more information contact the Ararat-Eskijian Museum at 818-838-4862 or
    ararat-eskijian-museumATnetzero.net or NAASR at 617-489-1610 or hqATnaasr.org."
     

  • Canada : un monument trompeur érigé par la Turquie By Vagharshak Sevulyan
    31 weeks 2 days ago

    Beside killing 1.5 million of Armenians in Anatolia, Turks stole our property and valuable belongings. These should be returned to the victims' relatives.
    My Best Regards

  • Ո՛չ պատերազմին... We Say NO to War...Why Syria? By Bedros Zerdelian
    31 weeks 3 days ago

    Don't make war; don't invite the devil.
    Invite the angels for PEACE.
    Attacking Syria will be a disaster.
    Our Lord JESUS CHRIST's message is and will be always PEACE.

  • Ո՛չ պատերազմին... We Say NO to War...Why Syria? By Arsineh Attarian
    31 weeks 4 days ago

    I would like to suggest this letter be used as a petition and sent to Armenians around the world. This is very important. The American Orthodox Church archbishop had sent a similar petition to all the Syrians in America and Canada, asking his parishes to sign and send it to their MPs. We, as Armenians, should do the same. We should make our voice heard all over the Diaspora. Now is the time. If we do not want to witness a new massacre of our sisters and brothers in Aleppo, Damascus and all over Syria and the Middle East.
     

  • The Urgent Directive By Gaytzag Palandjian
    31 weeks 4 days ago

    The Spanish phrase "cabeza de Turco" means Turkish  hard-headedness. It was coined when, 400 years ago, the head of the Spanish Armada in the Mediterranean, warned the Turkish warships to surrender or be destroyed. The Turks did  not give in, so the captain of one of the Spanish ships said "cabeza de Turco" and then gave it to the Turks.

  • Anarchy in the Hierarchy By Mesrob
    31 weeks 4 days ago

    Mr. Azadian says there's anarchy in the [Church] heirarchy. If exposing KII's long line of misdeeds is anarchy, it sure is an improvement over his long, dictatorial, and corrupt regime--just like that of his friend's--Serge Sarkissyan's or the open-ended reign of Azadian himself.

    But anarchy is a misnomer here. The archbishop in France was pushed into resignation by KII. The archbishop merely revealed his communication/relationship with the covetous catholicos. The Jerusalem Patriarch also expressed his indignation at the way KII runs around knocking heads off, whenever he likes. I believe the original Keghart editorial said that KII had dismissed about 160 clergymen and deacons since he was fraudulently elected in 1999.

    It's interesting that rather than address the long list of charges--starting with the fraudulent elections--KII faces, Azadian and other misguided KII supporters cop out and say the charges the catholicos faces don't deserve a challenge. What deserves a challenge? If KII celebrates the birthday of his offspring in a high-end Yerevan restaurant, would then perhaps Mr. Azadian admit that the man has to go?

  • PETITION - Stop the Fake Monument By Gerard Paraghamian
    31 weeks 4 days ago

    We must ALL meet there. It's not far. Let's organize in force this time. Let's go.  Let's show solidarity. It's enough with all these lying Turks. If we oppose them,  they will think twice next time.
    Let's provoke them. Let's be together.

  • Canada : un monument trompeur érigé par la Turquie By Andre Tchaderjian
    31 weeks 4 days ago

    Yes stop that monument. It's a shame and blasphemy towards 1.5 millions massacred by the Ottoman Turks in 1915.
    Andre Tchaderjian
    Mississauga,ON

  • Alan Whitehorn Interviewed by "Aysor" By Bulig
    31 weeks 6 days ago

    The editors of Keghart spend considerable time in editing illegible comments with spelling and grammatical errors. At times they try to guess what is said.

    Keghart.com takes pride in not misrepresenting. Take note that this is Bulig's last entry that will be allowed to be posted for a variety of reasons. No editing has been attempted.

    Publisher

    ==================

    Dear Keghart editors.
    I will be appreciate do not make correction according to your own wording as you are totally missleading and giving false info whereas I dont mean..
    Here is the correction from my previous post as you indicate something extra whch was not true at all..
    My grandfather survived because he could speak a language which was NOT turkish but Hemsinian ,close to armenian!!!..

    You are doing it time to time till now I did not care but now you are actually talking behalf of me .. I appreciate if you be objective...and only do the grammatical correction !!!!.

    Thank you!!!


    Bulig
     

  • Alan Whitehorn Interviewed by "Aysor" By Zohrab
    32 weeks 12 hours ago

    Dear Bulig "Palig" 

    When you say "Turks" or "Turkish" do you mean the people and the language living in the artificial state of "Turkey" or Turkmenistan? If your answer is the first state then all Armenians should return to the so- called state and repossess their lands and belongings because most of our grandparents were from that state and spoke the language. Religion is irrelevant. It has nothing to do with genes.  And language will evolve.

    PS. There is no pure nation in the world. If you call yourself Hemsin, then I am Mousadaghtsi and a  proud Armenian

  • Anarchy in the Hierarchy By Hagop
    32 weeks 12 hours ago

    Since 301 Christianity has been in constant decline in Armenia. After King Drtad’s conversion to Christianity, almost all the Zoroastrian priests assumed new roles by changing their clothes and joining the new state religion. Likewise in the Byzantine Empire. Christianity is a life lived and is not a lifestyle imposed on others. The understanding of Christian life compared with the laws and ceremonial traditions of the current churches are contrary to the teachings of Christ. One has to be brave enough to read all the words of the Lord word by word.

    The hierarchy within the Church is a complete deviation of Matthew 23, where Christ instructs: “And do not call anyone on earth 'father,' for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.”

    Christianity calls for evangelism, yet the Armenian Church failed again and again. If the Church had taken on her to evangelize the Persians, the Battle of Avarair would not have been necessary. Likewise, if the Church had been responsible some 1,000 years ago and evangelized the invading Turks, Tatars, these invaders would have accepted Christianity rather than Islam. But that's history.

    The Church has lost its legitimacy, because people are able to communicate more, to read more and question more. There is no lack of spirituality and need to have relationship with God. The Church had , some say, morality some fifty years ago, but currently it has lost its role and responsibility. Our children have turned rebellious, they break almost every Commandment of God, the Church has no role but to carry baptisms, marriage and funerals. Sooner or later, people will eliminate those, too.

    With respect to Azadian’s article, it is a little late to defend a hierarchy that has no value in our lives. What can change in someone’s daily life if the so-called four pillars that he describes are eliminated? This is not 1915 and the Church's role has long been eradicated. Away from personal short comings of the clergy, if the Church is serious about its survival, a complete reform of the Church and its mission is a must. We can understand and forgive shortcomings, but no Christian can accept shortcomings of its mission and doctrine.

  • Anarchy in the Hierarchy By Vahakn
    32 weeks 1 day ago

    It has been three days since the Edmond Azadian defense of the catholicos was published in Keghart. I see only 15 people have bothered to read it, as opposed to the nearly 13,000 who have read the allegations against the catholicos. Perhaps the catholicos should get another lawyer to defend him.

  • Alan Whitehorn Interviewed by "Aysor" By Hayorti
    32 weeks 1 day ago

    I find Bulig's letter to a Hamsheni living in Australia highly objectionable. After behaving in his previous letter, Bulig has reverted to his usual mode of spouting personal insults.

    More importantly, Bulig is confused or uninformed. He is Hamshen... then he is a Hamshen Armenian...then the Hamshens are Turks. To disperse his confusion (if that's what it is), Hamshens are Armenians who centuries ago converted to Islam so that the Turks wouldn't slaughter them. Period. Got it, Bulig. Simple. One sentence.

    In an earlier letter Bulig also tried to mock the observation that many Turks have Armenian blood, but Armenians don't have Turkish blood. Let me explain to you, Bulig. Many/some Turks have Armenian blood because they kidnapped Armenian women, girls, and little boys. They forcibly converted Armenians to Islam; they turkified them. Thus one now can find Turks who have Armenian blood. Armenians don't have Turkish blood because we don't marry Turks or Muslims, unless the alternative is persecution or death. Thus Eastern Armenians, who are mostly survivors of the Genocide who fled from Western Armenia to Armenia, have no Turkish blood. Likewise for the Diaspora Armenians who are the descendants of the survivors of the Western Armenians who spread all over the world, fleeing your admiring friends' yataghan.

    Bulig, quit wasting our time with your nonsense, and don't insult well-meaning Armenians who have unsuccessfully tried to open your mind to the truth. But if I read you, you will probably tell me that there ARE Armenians in Istanbul who are the offspring of Armenian/Turkish marriages. Yes, all twenty of them.

  • Alan Whitehorn Interviewed by "Aysor" By Bulig
    32 weeks 1 day ago

    Dear HokuHatz,

    I am also suspicious about people like you. Since we all have our own histories, we can not judge. For instance, my grandfather also survived the war  because he could speak the language [Turkish]. It had nothing to do with Turkish soldiers. We did not talk about it much as hate will not solve our problems. Would you blame people who were protecting their land? For your information, most Hemsinian had died in Russian/Ottoman war and most of the soldiers in the Russian army were Armenian.

    Regarding your roots, I cannot tell if you are a true Hemsinian. In my research, people of Artvin were most probably of eastern Armenian origin, not Hemsinian. If you know the history from the Armenian side, we considered to be in western. You might say why do I differentiate? I differentiate according to language and customs. Since Artvin people use mostly eastern Armenian while Hemsin use a language  close to western. If you put those people in one room and asked them to speak the language, they would probably not understand one other. People who had no outside influences (interactions with neighbors, etc.), kept the language in its original form. Those who did not, most probably had  interactions, meaning mostly Artvin area and Erzurum. Our customs are also different. So yes, you are Armenian but maybe not Hemsinian.  Maybe you should do more research about your roots. I did about mine. You can be proud of your nation but it doesn't mean you are better than others.

    I'm Hemsinian and live in the Hemsin region with a culture that you call ''Hemsin" (tradition, customs etc). We are free to raise our kids as Armenian. We are not Turks. We group ourselves according to various criteria. The Hemsin and Armenian are far apart in religion, language, customs. The hate, which I sense from your words, makes the distance even bigger.

    Regarding Kurds, you have to understand one thing. Turks and the Turkish government are two different things. We always knew that the Kurds are a nation. In Turkey everybody know who they are. I can tell you who is Horum and who is Laz in my region. I m sure it is the same for the Kurds/Zazas etc. So you are giving outdated info. I would appreciate it if you gave relevant information and not memorized information which is a waste of time.

    Thanks.
    Bulig
     

  • Alan Whitehorn Interviewed by "Aysor" By HokuHatz
    32 weeks 1 day ago

    Dear Bulig,

    My roots are in Artvin. At a very young age I was told by my grandfather never to forget or deny my roots. I am Muslim, and that will never change. I don't trust people like you because, like my grandfather and father, I sense danger from your words; danger in a cultural sense. I trust only my grandfather's stories about what happened in 1921, when he was attacked by Turkish soldiers, and his brother was killed because they spoke our language, which is still called by Turks Ermeni.

    "Yes Hemshenzim, yes Muselmanim, yes 100% Ermenim". It's only in the last 15 years that Turkey finally admitted there are Kurds in Turkey and that they are not Mountain Turks. Most of our people I speak with openly say they are Hamshen Armenians. I will proudly raise my children as Hamshen Armenians and "Insallah" (God willing), they will never have to call themselves anything but Hamshen Armenians. I say to Armenians: the sooner you accept Muslim Hamshen Armenians the better.
    Mek meg hokink

  • Plans for 'Turkish Plot' Put on Hold By Mesrob
    32 weeks 2 days ago

    Since the mayor sounds angry and says that he is confused, shouldn't he then meet Alevis and Armenians to dispel the confusion and to understand why these two communities consider the monument/plaque project a sham which is being pushed by Ankara's men in Canada? I understand that, so far, the mayor has refused to meet Alevi and Armenian representatives, but has met Turkey's consul general several times.

  • The Urgent Directive By Mary Arevian
    32 weeks 2 days ago

    Turkish fighters are still continuing their ancestors' savage style in the Syrian war. 

  • Alan Whitehorn Interviewed by "Aysor" By Bulig
    32 weeks 3 days ago

    I will carry on our discussion on a general path.

    First, regarding my comment "being Turk like any other Hemsinian...''. It's a fact. It's what all Hemsinians in Rize would say. Being Turk is like being English and being British. Genes or bloodline are important, but more important is the culture and environment. The latter has more influence on you than your bloodline. If there is a culture named ''Turkish'' then Hemsin is Turk more than Armenian, sharing close or almost identical culture which one can see in Rize-Artvin or the Black Sea area, even though we all are from different bloodlines. I don't think any Armenian would disagree with that.

    I hope I made myself clear.
    Bulig

  • Alan Whitehorn Interviewed by "Aysor" By Paul Manoukian
    32 weeks 3 days ago
    To Keghart Publisher,

    Please let Bulig correspond with us through Keghart. He is an interesting debater. I thought he and I had settled the question of our ethnic origins. We are Indo-European and, hence, we will have some "meridional" look (olive) and some alpine look (apricot). This does not mean inter-breeding with other nationalities, except that it did happen during and after the Genocide. As a result of forced islamization, Armenians who remained (forced marriages, forced adoption, forced conversion) in historic Armenia now look different from Armenians were were deported and thus retained their identity.
     
    The Persians/Iranians are also Indo-European. That Turks and Azeris now look like Indo -Europeans is not difficult to understand. For centuries, the harems worked overtime to breed out the Mongolian look. Many anthropologists agree that Turks are the only people who changed race, from mongoloid to caucasoid. Modern Turks look like Indo-Europeans and Armenians.  
     
    I could not follow what Bulig was trying to say. We know he is a Turk (from Armenian ancestry). He does not deny it. He thinks we are racist. Yes, we like our people (that is not racism). We have not  committed genocide but were victims of it. So what does he want us to do? Accept that Turks are the original inhabitants of Anatolia? This is not historically correct; Turks do not deny it.
     
    As for Islam, we died as martyrs to our faith because we refused to convert to Islam. The Hamshens became Moslem to stay alive. Some, such as Bulig, seem to like their forced new identity; others do not. The separation point is Islam.

    The Hamshens are not the only people who have betrayed their own (according to us). Look at the French today: they were the eldest daughter of the Church and now are the leading atheistic society. So please allow those of us with different ideas and beliefs to debate and thus encourage research and civilized interaction.
    Thank you.
  • Mayor of Brantford Chummy with Turkish Consul By Michael Mirakian
    32 weeks 4 days ago

    If the honorable mayor will not meet with you, as you requested, perhaps you can meet HIM at a scheduled city council meeting--he can't possibly be on vacation then. If I'm not mistaken those meetings are either recorded by tape and/or video.

  • Catholicos Karekin II Stands Accused By Mesrob
    32 weeks 4 days ago

    Avedis,

    While claiming that you are not defending Borgia, you wrote: "Borgia made the Church of Rome the powerful, strong, and more secure institution than it is today." I consider that a wholesome defense. Others might too.

    And pray tell, why is it a good thing for the Church to become politically and militarily the strongest institution in Italy? One could safely  speculate that had Borgia ran the show on the Italian peninsula--as you wishfully wrote--the Reformation would have had a far more difficult time to be established. No Reformation, no Age of Enlightenment, no Age of Reason... an age very much like vile Karekin II is living in, surrounded by his corrupt cohorts, and supported by blind apologists from thousands of miles away.

    According to you, when one claims similarities between two entities, the similarities should be 100% bang on or should not to be considered valid. Thus, according to you, to claim similarities between Borgia and KII, the latter should have nine children and five mistresses, like the fiendish pope. Avedis, in rhetoric this is called logical fallacy. It was discredited five centuries before Christ.

    When a correspondent loses his temper and begins to utter nonsensical insults ("learn how to read... sell your computer and buy a rubber doll"), it's wise to stay clear of him. Are rubber dolls something that an adult like you should inject into a supposedly civil exchange of ideas between adults? Future insults will not be offered the generosity of a reply.

  • Wobbling Pillars (II) By Jack Chelebian
    32 weeks 4 days ago

    Well said Vahe, I agree with your observations.

  • Catholicos Karekin II Stands Accused By Avedis Kevorkian
    32 weeks 4 days ago

    Oh, please!

    Learn how to read, or sell your computer and buy a rubber doll. I was not defending Borgia. I was merely trying to say, pick a better example if you want to vilify Karekin II. Alexander VI was one of the best things to happen to the Church of Rome. I was trying to indicate that whatever his morals, he made the Church of Rome the powerful church that it is--or, anyway, more powerful than it was.

    Incidentally, had he lived a bit longer--maybe even one year longer--Italy would have been unified in the 16th century instead of the 19th century, because of the support that he gave to Cesare, Yes, one of his illegitimate children. But, that is neither here nor there.

    Apparently, it doesn't pay to try to be clever with the anti-Karekin II crowd. If Karekin II is to be compared with Alexander VI, then the Armenian Church will be the better for it.

    If Karekin II is to be compared with Rodrigo Borgia, then produce his nine children and name his five mistresses, as a starter. And then, give me a list of those he had poisoned

    Until then, learn how to read. Or, pick on someone else.

    Avedis Kevorkian


     

  • Թուրք Գործընկերուհիիս Հետ By Tsolak Abdalian, BSc Architecture, MS Town Planning
    32 weeks 4 days ago

    Ինքնաբուխ ու խորիմաց յօդուած մը, ճշմարիտ ու դիպուկ եզերակացութեամբ, սակայն կը գրենք լեզուով մը՝ որուն սշխարհը ծանօթ չէ դժբախտաբար: Մենք կը գրենք մեր ցաւերը, ու մենք կ'իմանանք...

  • Plans for 'Turkish Plot' Put on Hold By Vahakn
    32 weeks 4 days ago

    I don't understand why Mayor Friel is confused about the issue. The "Brantford Expositor", "Yeni Hayat", not to mention "Keghart.com" and others have made the issue very clear.

    The Alevis and the Armenians object to the installation of the plaque because it's based on two (Turkish government-engineered) fallacies: that those interned in Kapuskasing were Turks; that the people buried in the cemetery are Turks. There's absolutely no evidence to back these two assertions by the Turkish consul general.

    So, instead of laying the blame where it should lie, Mayor Friel is upset with the Alevis and Armenians.

  • The Urgent Directive By Vahakn
    32 weeks 4 days ago

    I found your editorial informative and funny: a rare combination. I commend the Armenians of Ontario who are fighting the Turkish campaign. I wish all Diaspora communities were as "on the ball" as Toronto-area Armenians.

  • My Passage to Ararat By Sebu Tashjian
    32 weeks 5 days ago

    Dear Mr. Garebian:

    Intense emotion, profound imagination and true reflection of a life story from the Ottoman Era. As a child of an Armenian Genocide survivor I can feel the impact of every word in your writing. It is a   precise expression of all the untold stories under Ottoman rule. Thank you.

    Sebu Tashjian
    Former State Minister
    Republic of Armenia                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

  • Alan Whitehorn Interviewed by "Aysor" By Hayroti
    32 weeks 5 days ago

    Bulig,

    When you started this dialogue, you said you are Hamshen. That is, an Armenian whose ancestors had been forcibly converted to Islam centuries ago.

    Now comes the amazing piece of intelligence from you. You wrote in your most recent letter: "I'm Turk like any Hamshenian." The assertion that Hamshenian equals Turk must come as breaking news to hundreds of thousands of Hamshens in Turkey, in the Caucasus and in Russia, not to mention to Armenians in general. For someone who claims to have some knowledge of genetics and ethnology, your observation is bizarre, to say the least.

    If expressing myself clearly means that I am hiding behind words (your phrase), then you are not entitled to my crystal-clear replies to your obfuscation. 

  • Real Turkish Heroes of 1915 By Gaidzag Magdassian
    32 weeks 5 days ago

    Two well-known "Today's Zaman" columnists (Orhan Kemal Cengis, Nov. 1, 2012 "1915: Heroes and Murderers" and Sahin Alpay, Jan. 20, 2013 "Six Years After Hrant Dink" have raised the issue of the "righteous Turks" in their remarkable articles.

    On Jan. 22, 2013 I wrote the following to "Today's Zaman": "Once again we come across in "Today's Zaman" remarkable articles by liberal and courageous writers, the everlasting legacy of Hrant Dink. The sheer hatred and insults toward Dink started when he declared the Armenian heritage of Ataturk's adopted daughter Sabiha. This was one of the main reasons for the harassment Dink suffered by the Turkish establishment--'insulting the Turkish ethnicity'. On the contrary, the essence of Dink's work was helping Turks and Armenians to work together toward reconciliation through their common history, and to acknowledge the reality of the Genocide, where the ethnic Armenians were uprooted from their 3,000 years old homeland and ruthlessly "relocated" into the Syrian deserts where they were annihilated."

    After six long years the dark clouds are still hovering above the sky. The current Turkish government either is unable or more likely doesn't want to bring the perpetrators [of Dink's assassination] to justice.

    In "Today's Zaman" (Nov. 2, 2012) I also raised the issue of the righteous Turks. Hundreds of them who had "risked their lives to save their neighbors". It's hopefully time--before the centenary of the Genocide--for the Armenia's government to acknowledge them by erecting appropriate monuments with their engraved names in the Genocide museum in Yerevan.  My second wish is that Istanbul authorities get rid of the statues, museums, and streets named after the Gang of Dictators, the three infamous Pashas--Talaat, Enver and Jemal--who led the Ottoman Empire to its demise.

  • Catholicos Karekin II Stands Accused By Ara K. Manoogian
    32 weeks 5 days ago

    Showing you the whole bank [of facts] will not change the opinion of the minority of skeptics. There will always be those who are not convinced even by undisputable facts. For this reason, I will not waste time to jump hoops for you. I ask that you wait and see, since it's still not the time to show all our cards. Right now we are waiting for K2 to draw or fold.
     

  • Catholicos Karekin II Stands Accused By Mesrob
    32 weeks 5 days ago

    Avedis,

    This is sophistry to the nth degree. I am speechless... to find that there's someone in the world who defends Pope Borgia, perhaps the most notorious pope in the long history of the Roman Catholic Church. The man's many abuses "prepared the ground" for the Reformation. What's next? Rasputin was a lovable guy, although slightly misunderstood?

  • Toronto Memorial Gathering for Avetyan By Tom Siraki
    32 weeks 6 days ago

    We should all be ashamed  since we have opted to forget Vahe Avetyan's murder.  The powers to be swept the matter under the rug and kept deferring closed court hearings until the cows come home.  The only people who actively pursue this case are Nakhakhorhrdaran activists in Armenia.  Shouldn’t we do something?

    Diaspora's concerned Armenians should  come up with a Multi-Media declaration signed by thousands, condemning the cowardly act, therewith demanding that the murder be brought to an open court, and afterwards conduct frequent follow ups.  Copies should be forwarded to the Ministry of Justice, Nakhakhorhrdaran office, Ombudsman in Armenia, and Open Democracy website.
     

  • Catholicos Karekin II Stands Accused By Ara K. Manoogian
    32 weeks 6 days ago

    I would not expect much from Karekin's hand picked counsels. People who live in glass houses usually will not cast stones. I know of at least 2 members of the council of bishops who have children. I know of others who have had quite serious relationships with women. Our church needs a good cleaning and the removal of Katekin will be the first step, but in order to do this without destroying the church in the process, we have to prepare our flock for the change.

    Anyone who proposes and advocates for radical and shocking methods to be used for change is knowingly or unknowingly going to make things worse. If we care about our church and want it to grow into what we need, the change needs to start within us and our homes. Once we do this, we will toss all the celibate clergy who have violated their vows out of our church if need be.

  • Catholicos Karekin II Stands Accused By Avedis Kevorkian
    32 weeks 6 days ago

    Although I had said my "last word," I find that I must comment on Mesrob's accusation/suggestion that Karekin II is another Borgia.

    Whatever his faults--too many to list here--Borgia made the Church of Rome the powerful, strong, and more secure institution that it is today.  Before him, the Church of Rome was the plaything of kings, princes, dukes, and any powerful ruler who wanted to exert his control or influence over the Church. Borgia put an end to that and eliminated the influence these kings, princes, dukes, and powerful leaders could have.

    After his death, and the 30-day pontificate of Pius III, Pope Julian had the authority and the power to rule over the king, princes, dukes and any would-be powerful leader.

    Would it be in order to suggest that, maybe, Karekin is. . . .  No, let's not wander down that path.

    Avedis Kevorkian
    Philadelphia

     

  • Alan Whitehorn Interviewed by "Aysor" By Bulig
    32 weeks 6 days ago

    Publisher's Note:

    This will be the last comment posted by Bulig. If he prefers to continue his repetitive, personal dialogue(s) with Varto and others then he should write to them directly . Keghart will facilitate the correspondence.

    First of all, you know what you wrote or you forgot. Let me remind you: there was not a question of what I'm. It was more about your fantasy re Turks. If you had asked me, at the beginning, you would have received the reply, as I don't have fear or shame. I'm not like you, hiding in words. I prefer to be direct, if people are direct. And genetic stuff is not the subject I broached. I just got involved because I have read about it. These researches are shocking for the racist here, but much more shocking for people like you. Sorry don't blame me: blame God about having similar genes of Turks.

    Regarding what I'm, I'm a Turk like any other Hemshinian. Is that problem for you? Can you handle it? Anyhow, it's not my business. So please re-read what you wrote to get the reply your need.

  • «Մորմոքող Անցեալի Արահետներով» By Varujan
    32 weeks 6 days ago

    Congratulations, Dr. Kojayan. However, I would have liked to have seen Keghart not to be associated with an organization that is in bed with the criminal regime in Armenia. Those of us who have been following recent events in Armenia are appalled by the actions of the Armenian police. Female activists being sexually assaulted by the police (captured on camera), others--old and young--beaten while doctors refuse to treat them in hospitals; elderly protesters intimidated; grandparents of activists visited by the Armenian Gestapo. I guess, an open letter written by the father of a protester (Vahakn Minasyan), which one can read in Armenian in Lragir.am entitled "Whom did you send to our house Daren Markaryan", says it all. And a government minister proclaiming that they can do much much more, if and when they want to.

    So what are Diaspora Armenians doing? Not a single word from anyone; not a single editorial; not a single protest letter to Armenian embassies. Instead, we are busy organizing cocktails with Armenian ambassadors. Those Armenian-named moles, who are running our homeland, are destroying what the little left from the genocidal Turkey, and no one cares?
     

  • Catholicos Karekin II Stands Accused By Mesrob
    32 weeks 6 days ago

    Those who defend corrupt Karekin II have offered no credible defense for their despicable "clergyman".
    Some genuinely believe a criticism of the Etchmiadzin oligarch would hurt the Church and Armenians. They don't mind vile Karekin II as long as the father of several offspring maintains appearances (dresses as catholicos, parrots Church rites, looks holier-than-thou). In other words, if he talks like a duck, walks like a duck, he must be a duck.

    Others see conspiracies, especially by the Tashnags and their church division in Antelias in suburban Beirut. While some/many blind Tashnags would like to see mud on Etchmiadzin, it doesn't follow that the followers of the Etchmiadzin See should automatically, blindly support an Armenian Borgia.

    Other Etchmiadzin supporters are people who have always supported that See and regard any criticism of Etchmiadzin or a catholics a personal attack on them... they see it as a goal scored against them or their team.

    As it has been said, mendacious Karekin's immoral and extravagant lifestyle has given "permission" to many priests down the line--priests who have no spiritual grace and who are no more than church managers with contracts, salary and benefits. And some do very well at it, thank you. According to one report, one such clergyman--in Toronto--earned $150,000 last year, in addition to other revenue streams which are not made public. His salary is untouchable because, it is said, it draws on a trust fund. For comparison purposes, the average income of a highly-educated rabbi serving affluent Toronto synagogues is about $100,000. While this priest basks in his lucrative job, another priest--in an outlying area of the city--leads an impecunious life and doesn't even have a car to serve his far-flung parish.

    The situation reminds me of the gilded catholicos basking in his worldly wealth while in remote Armenia villages impoverished clergymen in threadbare garb serve their equally impoverished parishes.
     

  • Catholicos Karekin II Stands Accused By Aghtamar
    32 weeks 6 days ago

    I think he has a political agenda: destroying the church.

  • Catholicos Karekin II Stands Accused By Aghtamar
    32 weeks 6 days ago

    I am curious to know if all of Karekin II's children are from one woman or several, and what are we waiting for (if the report of his having children is true)? He should be  defrocked; he is not entitled to the cloak or the title. Not only should he step down, but he should also be humiliated, because he has disgraced and humiliated our Church. He took the sanctity out of our Church. Shame on him and to those who keep him in that position.

    The Council of Bishops should take action, otherwise the church is on a downward path under his leadership and will be weakened. In case of inaction, the bishops will be losers, too. If it is not cleansed soon enough, reversing the trend would be difficult and the damage irreversible. His corruption, inefficiency and irresponsible behavior has spilled onto some of his bishops and affected churches and communities elsewhere. Once the herd is scattered, it will be difficult to bring it back to the holy table.    

  • Real Turkish Heroes of 1915 By Vahe
    33 weeks 12 hours ago

    My late father-in-law was born in Eregli, Konya in 1915. His younger sister was born two years later there as well. The family stayed in Eregli until the early 20s when their father died of what is believed to have been an untreated appendicitis. Their mother, with the help of her husband’s business partners and friends, moved the family to Latakia, Syria, to be close to her brothers. Years later, their Turkish friends came to Lebanon, inquired about them and found the family for a reunion.

    Incidentally, after my father-in-law passed away, I was able to verify his claim of relatives in Albania when I saw, a few years ago, the photograph of his cousin in the AGBU magazine about the few Armenians native to Albania. The resemblance was striking.

    There have been righteous Turks. Let us do the right thing and counter this anti-Armenian campaign in Turkey by naming some streets or erecting some monuments in Armenia as homage to righteous Turks.

  • Real Turkish Heroes of 1915 By Vahe
    33 weeks 12 hours ago

    As I understand the history of modern Turkey, the Kemalists brought the leaders of the “Ittihat ve Terakki (Committee of Union and Progress)” to “justice”.

    Naming streets after Talaat Pasha and the other prominent members of the CUP or raising monuments in their honor, are not done, because of any change of Turkish sentiments in regard to those under whose watch Ottoman Empire was dismembered. The naming is done with the sole purpose of raising anti-Armenian sentiments, especially as the 100th anniversary of the commemoration of the Armenian Genocide gets closer.

    These are intended as visible reminders to the average Turk that Armenians assassinated, period. Damn the rest.

  • Alan Whitehorn Interviewed by "Aysor" By Hayorti
    33 weeks 17 hours ago

    Bulig,

    In your "reply" to my suspicions that you are a Turk--and not a Hamshen--you typically roamed all over the place (called me names; referred to genetic research; talked about the benefits of Google...) but you didn't reply the question. Once again: you inadvertently referred to yourself as a Turk. They were your words, not mine. Remove your Hamshen mask and admit that you're a crypto Turk. The game you played--for a short while--is a familiar ploy by dime-a-dozen Turkish propagandists. Read my letter again before you leisurely delve into unrelated topics.

  • Alan Whitehorn Interviewed by "Aysor" By Bulig
    33 weeks 20 hours ago

    Dear Varto,

    I am not familiar with the magazine you mentioned, but there is DNA research by Europeans and Turkish academics. There was even a newspaper article which said ''We aren't the ones who came from Asia?''

    I don't want to be judgmental, but it is a fact that Armenians and Turks always fight about their origins. The Turkish side wants to be more Turkish than it is; the Armenian side wants Turks to be more Turkish than they are. Otherwise, both side will have problems.

    Yes you are right that being Turk or Armenian is cultural. You, like other Armenians, have similar genes as Greeks from Anatolia, some Caucasians and people from the Balkans, in addition to Middle eastern. My point is that Anatolian is a mixture. According to scientific research, you can't say that it's solely Armenian. The maximum percentage is 20% to 24%. This is also common in south Caucasus, southeast Europe, and the Near East. Don't forget that before the Ottomans, you were helenized and heavily mixed. 

    Erdoğan would fight against Mongols? Yes. So the Hadith became true. You are looking from the smaller window at the meaning of "hour". Hour, in general, applies to the end of the world and to a big disaster at a certain time. You can't just look at the wording, because the original text does not say the hour will be established the day you fight the Turks, at least not the race named in that specific sentence.

    Every Hadith has a story behind it. Hadith includes writings by people who had seen the prophet and people who were around the prophet. One of the reasons Muaviye ( if I'm not mistaken ) gave for not attacking the Turks is because he had heard from prophet not to do so. Hadith doesn't says--as you stated--to stay away from the Turks. It said something like "don't touch them". A prophet supported the weak and was against cruelty, whatever the circumstances. Why would he advise to stay away from the Turks if they were cruel? We need an explanation from someone who is more knowledgeable: not you or me.

    Best regards 
    Bulig

     

  • Alan Whitehorn Interviewed by "Aysor" By Bulig
    33 weeks 21 hours ago

    Dear Hayorti,

    When I mentioned racist Greeks and Armenians, I meant people like you.
    First of all, I'm Hemshinian and do no need to play games. Second the genetic research I mentioned has nothing to do with me. It was done by many researchers. What's important is how you handle it. So far you can't. Isn't that it?
    Shall I ask you what's bothering you? My comment that Turks are indigenous to Anatolia while you wish or imagine them to be Asian? Or  you are offended because I said Armenians also don't look like one other?
    If you have an opinion, I would like to hear. If not, don't play with low-level talk. Advice to you: learn the basic things; Google; do some research. 
    Bulig

     

  • Toronto Memorial Gathering for Avetyan By Dikran
    33 weeks 23 hours ago

    It's been a year since the young army physician Vahe Avetyan was murdered. Which violence committed in this "independent" Armenia should we "forget" and suppress into the deep layers of our subconscious so that we may pretend to be sane? October 1999? March 1 Tragedy? Or the ongoing brutality against the youth, the women and the elderly who are justly protesting day in and day out.

    Tekeyan! Would you have said today, «Տարբեր ես դուն մեր երազէն, աւելի լաւ» [Different are you from our dream, better]?

    I am ashamed!

    Dikran Abrahamian

     

    Siraki-Abrahamian-Adamyan-s

  • Catholicos Karekin II Stands Accused By Sevag
    33 weeks 1 day ago

    ''If one thinks that Armenia is the only place where delegates and the elected serve mainly Armenian aspirations... sometimes countries are sold 'en grosse' to regional politics''. In this context, some high ranking clergy from Armenia serving in the diaspora are doing just that, playing politics. With the knowledge, order and approval of Karekin II, they are helping empty Armenia of its inhabitants for a price, no doubt. These are the God-fearing, patriotic clergy, who are going to pray for us, and lead our people.     

  • My Passage to Ararat By Khatch
    33 weeks 1 day ago

    Thank you for sharing, very beautiful article.  The Armenian spirit will forever persist!

  • Catholicos Karekin II Stands Accused By Darwin Jamgochian
    33 weeks 1 day ago

    If you want to win over skeptics, "show me the money" is the way to go. Otherwise, the earth is still flat.

  • Alan Whitehorn Interviewed by "Aysor" By Hayorti
    33 weeks 1 day ago

    Bulig or whatever your name is, your time has expired. No more of your wolf in sheep's clothing game.
    Earlier in this thread, you pretended that you were Hamshen, that your name is Bulig. Helpful Armenians went out of their way to explain to you the etymology of your name.

    But after playing the Hamshen card for a couple of weeks, you faltered and exposed your Turkish identity in your August 25 letter. In that comment you wrote: "...When it come to being indigenous, most of you [Armenians] call us [Turks] Asian/Mongol." 'Us' Turk Bulig?

    Go back to your Turkish "scholarly" books and don't waste our time with your fantasy genealogy, history, maps...and helter skelter quotes from the Hadiths.

  • Alan Whitehorn Interviewed by "Aysor" By Varto
    33 weeks 1 day ago

    Bulig,

    I referred to article Are Turks acculturated Armenians? in Discover Magazine.  The premise of the article is that Turks are acculturated Armenians. What this means is that Turks are Armenians who adopted Turkish culture and language, but are not ethnically Turkish. 

    Bulig, you essentially said the same thing, where you stated that Turks are indigenous to Anatolia. The difference between my and your premise is that you added judgmental commentary that Armenians are racist, whereas I only look at the facts and engage in an honest discourse.

    Bulig, based on what you are saying--that Turks are indigenous to Anatolia--please look up the historic maps of Anatolia. You will see who lived in those lands before the Ottomans and the Seljuks. Armenians are also indigenous to Anatolia. That means we are brothers. You are my Armenian brother who has accepted a Turkish identity. You are not ethnically Turk, just culturally.

    Bulig, if you need to agree with what we are saying by injecting your pejorative commentary, so be it.

    On to the Hadith of Sahih al-Bukhari. Those are very interesting points you made. So, when Prophet Mohammad says that "the hour will not be established until you fight with the Turks," will you or Erdogan fight those Turks? You also said that those Turks could be Tatar or Mongol. To which set of "Turks" was Allah's apostle referring to when he made the prophecy that "[t]he hour will not be established until you fight with the Turks"?

    Furthermore, my Hadith and your Hadith reconcile with one another. Your Hadith talks about how Muslims should behave toward Turks by leaving them alone at that particular moment. My Hadith focuses on Mohammad's prophecy of what needs to happen for the end to be established, and that is by fighting the Turks.

    Best regards,

    Varto

  • Catholicos Karekin II Stands Accused By Varujan
    33 weeks 1 day ago

    Very well said. I hope some Armenians are listening. The collusion of the criminal establishment and the Church in Armenia is reaching new heights every passing day with the resulting enslavement of the vast majority of the population and the destruction of the country. We, in the Diaspora, have an obligation to support the progressive forces in Armenia, and condemn as vigorously as we can those who are not up to the task, including the Church leadership. And for those who are not sure what great Armenian Church leaders look like, I suggest they read, for example, the life and the work of Karekin Badriark Khachaduryan (by great humanist and Genocide survivor (H.C.Siruni - Aras Yayincilik 2003). Of course, not to be confused with the present day Karekin.

  • Catholicos Karekin II Stands Accused By Ara K. Manoogian
    33 weeks 1 day ago

    Karekin II is very different from Vazken I and Karekin I, as far as I know.

    To minimize the damage the Church incurs before he is removed, let Karekin II not turn this situation into a standoff. Before he is further humiliated, let him step down and reunite, in public, with his biological children--two of the five for whom I have evidence of. Karekin II has to decide if his two eldest daughters deserve a dignified life or should be sacrificed.

    Need we say more, Darwin?

  • «Մորմոքող Անցեալի Արահետներով» By Dikran
    33 weeks 2 days ago

    Educator Kevork Hagopian of Los Angeles calls it an intellectual enjoyment listening to Dr. Kojayan.

    Dikran Abrahamian

    «Դոկտ. Մ. Գոճայեան իր հայերէն լեզուի հարուստ բառապաշարով, խոր հմտութեամբ, ինչպէս նաեւ հայոց պատմութեան եւ հայ մշակոյթի ամէնէն նուրբ ծալքերուն ու մանրամասնութիւններուն ընդարձակ տեղեկութիւններով, իր սահուն եւ հաղորդական ոճով ընթերցողին կը պարգեւէ մտաւորական վայելքի պահեր: Ընթերցողը կ'ունենայ այն զգացումը որ կարծես շարժապատկերի փանորամիք պաստառի վրայ կը հետեւի ուղեւորութեան զանազան հանգրուաններուն»:

    Գէորգ Յակոբեան
    Գիտութեան վաստակաշատ ուսուցիչ

  • Catholicos Karekin II Stands Accused By Darwin Jamgochian
    33 weeks 2 days ago

    Comments against the catholicos go back decades. I've spent time in Armenia talking to people who had to overcome the hard times after the dissolution of the USSR. Both Catholicos Vazgen and Karekin I were sharply criticized. "Why weren't the jewels in Etchmiadzin sold off to buy food and lodging? Why was Vazgen traveling to New York to attend banquets? Where was the money going?"

    So now we have a catholicos who appears to be vulnerable in today's democratic society. Criticism is inherent in Armenian society. I wonder if Karekin II is a target because he is the only catholicos I know that actually comes out of Armenia? His methods are not western oriented. They're Russian. The schism between the east and the west is wide and its still crawling its way back. Even Pope Benedict didn't have to stand up to so much criticism although the Catholic Church has much bigger problems. Maybe we should follow the lead of the Catholics and work through our problems in a dignified manner. Don't turn the Armenian Church into a Mexican standoff.

  • Catholicos Karekin II Stands Accused By Ara K. Manoogian
    33 weeks 2 days ago

    If you are a member of the Armenian Apostolic Church, then it would make perfect sense to support the See in Armenia. What I would like to note is that people hold onto the support they would usually give and only release it to the Holy See after such time that the issues of concern that are noted above are addressed and resolved.

  • My Passage to Ararat By Hagop Arshagouni
    33 weeks 2 days ago

    I was impressed by Garebian's ability to express his feelings. He must be a wonderful poet, although I have not read any of his poems. I would like to send him a book that my wife and I have written titled "Armenian History Timeline". It starts at 3,000 B.C. and stops in 1992, when Armenia became member of the UN. I would like to send the book to him as a gift. If you can provide me his address, I would be grateful.

  • Catholicos Karekin II Stands Accused By Darwin Jamgochian
    33 weeks 2 days ago

    Ara,

    Just as an aside, which See do you recommend that we should support?

  • My Passage to Ararat By Sam
    33 weeks 2 days ago

    I remember watching an abandoned child at the battle of Okinawa. Although she was Japanese, her circumstances were so much like that of the Armenian children of the Genocide.

    I share the author's experience of growing up with a parent who had survived the Genocide and lived his life in the nightmare of it. As a result, we--still children--were deprived of the closeness we longed for.

  • My Passage to Ararat By Hayorti
    33 weeks 2 days ago

    There's another touching detail to add to Garebian's poignant piece.

    His last name means "strange", "foreigner", "far" and "Western" in Arabic, then adopted into Turkish. Mr. Garebian was born in India--his father was Armenian; his mother Anglo-Indian. No wonder he felt he didn't belong in that country. As well, his father came from a land which was foreign, unknown to the author. The author then emigrated to another foreign country--Canada. He writes in English, not in Armenian: yet another "distancer" from his roots. But despite these layers of separation from his homeland and roots, Garebian has successfully plumbed aspects of the Armenian psyche and expressed his and our feelings accurately and with wisdom.

  • My Passage to Ararat By Carolann Najarian
    33 weeks 2 days ago

    Thank you for writing, for sharing with us, and for publishing.

    As the child of [Genocide] survivors who has experienced the emotions Mr. Garebian described, I am still discovering the depths of Turkish atrocities with fresh pain and profound sorrow. I thought I understood...but as I am now exploring my family history and reading the details in Raymond Kevorkian's "The Armenian Genocide", I am realizing how little I know about what actually happened.  Mr. Garebian's exquisite writing about his journey helps us all to understand our own journey even better.

    Thank you.

  • Alan Whitehorn Interviewed by "Aysor" By Bulig
    33 weeks 2 days ago

    Dear Varto,

    You did not say "pure Armenian". You said that Turks have Armenian genes. Either you or someone else said that Aremenians never mixed with others and told of the one-sided effect on genes. Please reread what you wrote. Then I ended up asking you if you are pure. You are Armenian according to what? Genes? What exactly did you pass to Turks? A mixture of Christianity (as you claim no interaction with Muslims) genes? I have studied enough  genetics to understand that Turks are a mixed race.

    Are you saying that Armenian genes can be identified immediately in Turkish genes? No way. If you research the gene map of Turkey. It's the same for you, if you are Western Armenian. I have no idea about Eastern Armenians as they are not close to us. The result of several studies say Turks in Anatolia are indigenous to Anatolia. I'm proud of that. But that is a problem for racist Armenians and Greeks. When it comes to being indigenous, most of you call us Asian/Mongol. But then you raise the Turkish genes issue to show your pride or whatever you call it. Maybe the Turkish government made up some stories, but you also can't  make your minds up in order to decide what exactly Turks are. You have many things to overcome. I hope I made myself clear on that.

    Here is from the Hadith about Turks:

    ''Let the Abyssinians alone as long as they let you alone, and let the Turks alone as long as they leave you alone''. This is from the Kitab al Malahim/4288... and accordingly all Muslims accept was the  Istanbul conquest. And that was for Mehmet II and his people. His people were still the people with dominant Turkic genes, were they not? You can find many example but it's important to know who is explaining the meaning. The sentence you sent (''shoes made of hair.") has had many [interpretations] as to whom he was referring. But they conclude the term of "Turk". Like Arabs who called all Anatolia "Rum", although Armenians also live in Anatolia. Are you "Rum"? No. but after hellenization, they called all ethnics Rum, till the 14th century. So your race generalizations are not valid for all sub-races.

    Best Regards,
    Bulig

     

  • Alan Whitehorn Interviewed by "Aysor" By Bulig
    33 weeks 2 days ago

    Dear Dikran,

    I don't expect everyone to have the same thoughts.

    Thanks for the etymological analysis. We know what it means: it's not for boys or sons. It's for daughters only. For boys, I think Eastern Armenians use "değa" or something like Hopa Hemsin but Hemsin. My region does not use it. Time to time they call "lagod" (small dog) or "kotit" (like small bear) but I can't tell the exact word which is equal to "Bulig". Also the pronunciation is not with "k" but more like the Turkish "g" ).
     

  • Alan Whitehorn Interviewed by "Aysor" By Argishti
    33 weeks 2 days ago

    Fatma,

    Your name finally rang a faint bell. Were you in Montreal in the late '90s? If you were, you must be the same person who used to make the same wild, inaccurate, hysterical assertions about the Armenian-Turkish conflict.

    I guess since back then you had already achieved 100% command of the many layers of the conflict, you haven't delved deeper into the topic. Full command of the topic in 1999; an exact duplicate in 2013. I envy your unique achievement of perfect knowledge. Reminds me of Nirvana.

    Perhaps I should be grateful that you--lolling in your sunset years-- have time for us, the ignorant and hate-filled people at the bottom of the mountain, and impart some of your "white as driven sludge" knowledge to us. 

  • Alan Whitehorn Interviewed by "Aysor" By Vahe Apelian
    33 weeks 2 days ago

    Fatma,

    The whole issue of the Armenian grievances against Turkey is based on the fact that the Ottoman Sublime Court did not treat all of the Sultan's subjects equally as 'people are people'. Instead, some were treated as herds ("Raya" in Turkish/Arabic), among whom prominently stood the native Anatolians, Armenians.

    Let us not forget that adult Armenian males, in the interior of the Ottoman Empire were forced to wear dresses. They were not men enough to wear pants and serve in the imperial army according to the government. The Ottoman Turks remain complicit in brutally enforcing such practices whether they were written in laws or not. I invite you to see the attached picture which is being posted publically for the very first time. It's from the archives of Miss Effie Chambers, an American missionary who served Armenians in the Ottoman Empire for 19 years.

    This historical reality should not be altered at will as latter-day revisionists are inclined to do in their attempt to present the long ago interred people from Brantford, Ontario as Turks. They were the sultan’s subjects for sure, but Turks they were not, ethnically or by Ottoman laws or practices of citizenship.

    I am not implying that that historical reality should forever be the basis of Armenian-Turkish relations, but that Turks, as the present inheritors of that terrible period of their history, should come to terms and assume responsibility, even though they were not there. The descendants of the Armenians of that period continue to bear the brunt of that horrid reality to this day.

  • Alan Whitehorn Interviewed by "Aysor" By Dikran
    33 weeks 2 days ago

    "Bulig is a Hemsin word. My father calls me 'Buligum/Buliges'".

    Dear Bulig,

    Fatma's and your participation in this ongoing discussion is much appreciated, though I may not share some of the views that both of you hold. I wish there were more people from Turkey. I have noticed that in the early hours of mornings in Canada, such as now when it is almost 4:30 am, there are multiple viewers of the Keghart.com website from Turkey, yet only the two of you have been involved so far. It's "baffling", but I won't digress from what follows. Probably I may reflect about the above observation some other time.

    Thanks for sharing with us personal information such as your father calling you "Buligum/Buliges".

    I think it's the Eastern Armenian word "բալիկ", which means son in an endearing way, or child. Your father probably is pronouncing it more like balik with a soft k. In Armenia the letter "բ" is pronounced as "b" in English, whereas in Western Armenian it is close to "p". You won't find the word "բալիկ" in Western Armenian dictionaries.

    The suffix "-um" in Turkish means mine, I think. Correct me if I am wrong, because I am not an expert of Turkish language. I have picked up a few words/expressions from my grandmother who could speak only Turkish and the local Musa Dagh dialect of Armenian language. My father spoke fluent Armenian but could not understand the Musa Dagh dialect. Hence they would speak in Turkish with each other. For a very brief period in mid 60s, I studied spoken Turkish using a Teach Yourself  book when I visited Adana, my father's birthplace. That's the extent of my knowledge in the language.

    Back to the word "Bulig". The suffix "-es" like its Turkish counterpart means my, mine in Armenian.

    Hence, your father, I reckon, is calling you "My dear cuddly/endearing son/child", the first part pronounced like Eastern Armenians, whereas the latter half in the Western fashion (Bolis, Istanbul).

    I hope my analysis is correct. I'd like to hear opinions about this etymological exercise from keghart.com readers, some of whom are masters of languages.

    Respectfully,

    Dikran Abrahamian

  • Alan Whitehorn Interviewed by "Aysor" By Varto
    33 weeks 2 days ago

    Dear Bulig,

    Once again, I never said pure Armenian.

    What you can't deny is the high degree of genetic similarity between Armenians and Turks. According to your argument (and numerous scientific studies), Turks are genetically closer to Western Armenians than Azeris, and Azeris are genetically closer to Eastern Armenians than Turks. We agree.

    There is no such thing as a mixture of "Christians" as to be a Christian is to believe in something. It's like saying one has communist or capitalist blood.

    As to why Eastern and Western Armenians are different - good point - genetic drift and lack of interaction. Conversely, if Turks and Turkic speaking people are the same, then why are Turks from Turkey genetically closer to Western Armenians than Azeris, and Azeris genetically closer to Eastern Armenians than Turks?

    As for skin color - I have never made those assertions. 

    Finally on to Bukhari - Please provide the hadith which provides Muslims are advised not to fight with Turks.

    Also, if Mongols are Turks, then why don't Turkish Turks look like Mongols anymore? Also, does Allah's Apostle expect Muslims to fight Turks?

    Varto

  • Catholicos Karekin II Stands Accused By Ara K. Manoogian
    33 weeks 2 days ago

    People need to understand that every Armenian parish in the world sends money to the Holy See. I know for a fact that the Eastern Diocese sends money a few times a year equating to millions of dollars. These funds are for no specific project, but rather general support to the Holy See in Armenia. As Mesrob advises, stop supporting the Armenian Church financially until such time as the issues at hand are addressed.

  • Catholicos Karekin II Stands Accused By Darwin Jamgochian
    33 weeks 3 days ago
    Mesrob?
  • Catholicos Karekin II Stands Accused By Mesrob
    33 weeks 3 days ago

    Stop the Cash Flow

    I see Catholicos Karekin chaired one of his business-as-usual gatherings in Echmiadzin, where everything was rubber-stamped to his satisfaction. And it looks like Archbishop Derderian of the Western Diocese is going along with KII's games. Perhaps he hasn't given up his ambitions of becoming catholicos some day. Advice to Derderian: this is the wrong way to go about your goal.

    Since they do not respond to popular opinion, the way to bring these "elders" of the Church to their senses is through good old cash. The followers of the Apostolic Church (Echmiadzin See) should stop attending church, and hold baptisms, weddings and funerals at other Armenian churches. Finally, they should stop giving money to their parish churches. This could force the parish clergy, etc. to get together and pressure their "superiors" to give the shove to KII.

  • Alan Whitehorn Interviewed by "Aysor" By Bulig
    33 weeks 3 days ago

    Dear Varto,

    I will try to explain where I'm coming from. I don't have a problem that we Anatolians share the same genes. My problem is with the insistence on the one-sided influence in genes. That's why I asked you if you are pure Armenian, because some of letter writers were saying that Turks have Armenian ancestry but that there is no mixed blood among Armenians. You just give but don't take? That's not valid in any circumstance.

    I also said that you are just a pure mixture of Christians, but not Armenians. I agree some part of what you say: Turks from Anatolia look like Western Armenians, but Azeris don't look like Turks: they look more like Eastern Armenians. So Eastern Armenians are not identical with Western Armenians. I can tell who is Armenian if he/she is Eastern Armenian. So the question: if you all have the same ancestry  (Eastern or Western ), how come you are so different from one other?

    Let's go from skin color which is effected by genes. You claim that you belong to the white race, but can you tell that you are whiter than Turks (Anatolian)? I can't. Another question: Since Turks from Anatolia mixed with all group of whiter Anatolians, how come you lost your white/apricot skin and became less white looking? How did this happen? Where did it come from? Persians? Kurds? Arabs? Turks? 

    Race is just a cultural thing; it's not about genetic background. You can have Turkish or some other genes. I suggest that you check the breakdown of the genes in Armenians, Turks, other Asian, Balkan, Middle Eastern, Caucasian peoples. You are talking about your influences on Turks. Maybe you should accept their influences on you too.

    Regarding Bukhari's claim: Someone who has read the original text could help us, as third parties often add or subtract, The Hadith states that Tatars and Mongols are also Turks. So if a prophet can foretell that in the future Istanbul will be taken by Muslims, couldn't he see the future of the Mongol invasions? Please don't say ''We found your weakest part.'' Our only weakness might be that we have not learned. In another Hadith, Muslims are advised not to fight with Turks, unless they fight with you. So did he change his mind? I don't think so.
       
    Bulig is a Hemsin word. My father calls me "Buligum/Buliges".

    Regards,

    Bulig

  • My Passage to Ararat By Yerchanig
    33 weeks 3 days ago

    A wonderful article with many feelings.  I started reading it and enjoyed the history he was giving of his father's life.  Then he spoke openly of the difficulty of understanding his father. When I reached the sentence "lest it devolve into a voyage of hysteria" I laughed.  By the time he described his feelings at the Genocide memorial, and the imagery of that abandoned little girl, I felt the sadness and remembered my own family members whose names are now long forgotten, even by their surviving family members who were barely survivors themselves.  Armenian blood, no matter how much or little of it we have, seems to dominate what other blood we have and eventually forces us to acknowledge its presence.  There is no use in fighting it.  That's what the Turks didn't count on.  It's some sort of biological miracle that will not allow any Armenian, no matter how remotely connected he or she is to their ethnicity, to forget who they are.

    Great article, thank you for sharing it with us.

  • My Passage to Ararat By Argishti
    33 weeks 3 days ago

    I would like to congratulate Keith Garebian for his superb article and Keghart for publishing it. Although the "big picture" aspect of Garebian's memoirs (the Genocide and a Diaspora Armenian visiting the homeland for the first time) are exhaustively mined topics, the author unearths new veins of gold here. Perhaps "gold" is the wrong word. Perhaps I should say pain, pride, and passion.

    I believe this is the first time I have read anything by Mr. Garebian. Through Google I found out that he is an award-winning poet. I wish he became a regular Keghart writer. Thank you for introducing him to me and to us.

    Below his article it shows that some 200 people have read the Ararat article. I encourage readers to raise that figure to 2,000 and more...

  • Azerbaijan shoots Armenian civilians in border areas; should Armenia attack Azerbaijan before it gets stronger? By Armen R.
    33 weeks 3 days ago

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but that this conflict has dragged on for 25 years shows that the UN has utterly failed in principle. UN peacekeepers should have moved into the area on day one of the ceasefire. Letting two hostile armies stare each other down while politicians half-heartedly negotiate a settlement is absurd. I hate this planet.

  • My Passage to Ararat By Armen A.
    33 weeks 3 days ago

    WOW!
    As someone who is very close to his culture and nation, I too have experienced such feelings as Mr. Garebian expresses so eloquently. I have loved my homeland without seeing it. It's the call of the land that lives in our veins forever, reminding us not to forget her.
      

  • Alan Whitehorn Interviewed by "Aysor" By Fatma
    33 weeks 3 days ago

    I do not mark differences between people on racial or religious lines.   I cannot enter a dialogue on subjects that I know nothing about.  To me people are people!..

    We are on this earth for a short time.  I have lived it fair.  I will continue to stand up on issues that I am sure about and honestly.

  • More Proof, Please, or Shut Up By Avedis Kevorkian
    33 weeks 4 days ago

    How fortunate for all of you out there that you have nothing better to do with your lives than to jump all over me.  I, however, have other things to do, so this will be my last word.

    To Ara: I am not "defending" Karekin II.  I merely want more proof.

    To: Daniel Sagherian:  Concerning my comment about the "lies from Giligia." When I was living in London, I had the opportunity to meet a number of high-ranking people in the British government. During a conversation with someone in the British foreign office, we chatted about many things--it is amazing what one learns when talking "off the record". He mentioned that during Vazken I's period as catholicos--during the Soviet period of Armenia--people connected with Giligia [he said "the Church in Beirut"] were constantly informing the British government that Vazken I was a Soviet spy and that the Armenian Church was a communist organization ["or words to that effect"]. The British government asked the then-Archbishop of Canterbury for his comments and opinion. The archbishop denied everything, and told the official about the background of the Armenian Church and why there was a separation, and said that the wisest thing the British government could do was to ignore such falsehoods.

    Ignoring the lies became the British government's official policy and reaction. To say the least, I was ashamed to hear such things--but was not surprised. He reminded me that we were "off the record," and I never reported the conversation. Sufficient time has passed, and I think I can "report" it now.

    In the words of the 20th-century's greatest philosopher, Pogo, "We have met the enemy and he is us."

    Avedis Kevorkian
    Philadelphia PA

  • Alan Whitehorn Interviewed by "Aysor" By Varto
    33 weeks 4 days ago

    Dear Bulig and Fatma,

    I am writing to you here as requested by the editor. He kindly provided another forum for us to discuss the topics that you are discussing.

    First question for Bulig. I really appreciate you commenting as a Hamshen on this forum. Your name is actually very interesting. How did you get it? Is it Hamshen? What does it mean in Turkish or the Hamshen language?

    Next, just an observation for Bulig, no one said "pure Armenian" until you said "pure Armenian. " What was discussed was genetic similarity. Why do Turks and Armenians share almost identical DNA? I would love to get yours and Fatma's thoughts on that. Why is that Turks and Armenians are almost identical, but the Turks are not as close in DNA with other near east ethnic groups?

    Fatma, you did not respond to what the Holy Prophet Mohammad (ṣallā Allāhu ʿalay-hi wa-sallam) stated:

    "Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah's Apostle said, "The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Turks; people with small eyes, red faces, and flat noses. Their faces will look like shields coated with leather. The Hour will not be established till you fight with people whose shoes are made of hair." (Volume 4, Book 52, Number 179 Bukhari)"

    Bulig and Fatma, what are your thoughts on what Allah's Apostle stated? It is very interesting that he described Turks as Mongoloid in origin and that now Turks are not Turkic in race, but Turkic in only language. Also, why did Mohammad (ṣallā Allāhu ʿalay-hi wa-sallam) make a prophecy that the end would not come until Muslims would defeat the Turks?

    With love and respect,

    Varto Matosian
     

  • Catholicos Karekin II Stands Accused By Darwin Jamgochian
    33 weeks 4 days ago

    A certain David gets more excited about going to a demolition derby than watching the construction of a bridge. Probably because you get more bang for the buck. I wonder how many more here have the same intent? Should he ever cross that bridge, he just might get a better view of what he was thinking. He just might like what he sees compared to the bigoted community he speaks so fondly about. Rave on David! You've been coached well.

  • Catholicos Karekin II Stands Accused By Sam
    33 weeks 4 days ago

    "Thanks" to Vahe and Jirair regarding the meaning of the letter "E" (A) = Eyoutyoun on our churches.

  • Catholicos Karekin II Stands Accused By Zaven
    33 weeks 4 days ago

    We are all waiting for a communiqué from the Church, either by Karekin II or his PR machine. Perhaps there are already discussions among the different Diocesan Primates as to how to reply to these allegations that, if not addressed, will damage the relationship of parishioners around the world with the Church. There may be other resignations and general dissent. I am deeply disappointed that the Echmiadzin College of Bishops has accepted the "resignation" of Archbishop Norvan Zakarian. They seem to be in cahoots with KII. They will go down with the disgraced leader.
    Zaven

  • Alan Whitehorn Interviewed by "Aysor" By Bulig
    33 weeks 5 days ago

    You think you are pure? Your description of "Armenian" does not match that of today's Armenian. Where is your apricot skin? What I see is only dark skin which is either from Persian/Arab or Kurdish genes. You also mingled with Christians or pagans. Sorry, you need to wake up. There is no pure race. You are one of the most mixed races, like other Anatolians. But if you say you have pure Greek/Persian/Arab/Kurdish/Christian genes, I would say "maybe". That makes more sense.

    Bulig

  • Catholicos Karekin II Stands Accused By Vahe
    33 weeks 5 days ago

    Sam,

    This would be an opportune time for a clergyman to explain to us, in depth, the significance of the "E" on the interior and exterior of our churches.

    I am surprised it was not there, high in the altar of St. John Armenian Apostolic Church in Detroit. The letter should be high in the altar in every Armenian church, including, of course, Apostolic Churches affiliated with the Cilician See.

    I understand it signifies divinity. I am also told that it is the seventh letter of the Armenian Alphabet because of the biblical significance of number seven. The first letter--"A", I have been told stands for Asdouatz/God. The last letter in the original Armenian alphabet was "K" for Kristos.


     

  • Ethiopian Armenians in their own Words By Avak
    33 weeks 6 days ago

    Digeen Mardirossian, I am very interested to know more of your uncle and all the forty orphans. Would you be willing to email me some information on his life? I can be reached at [email protected]. I hope you see this. If anyone knows anything. I'm specifically interested in learning about the coronation and the aftermath of refusing to play the Turkish national anthem. Many thanks. 

  • Catholicos Karekin II Stands Accused By Daniel Sagherian
    33 weeks 6 days ago

    Don't tell the heroes who sacrificed their everything to have a homeland. Let them rest in peace. As for us, the survivors, do we even need a homeland? Do we even care whether we are Christian, let alone Armenian Christian, Armenian Apostolic Christian, Armenian Apostolic Christian of the Holy See of Echmiadzin?

    We don't deserve what our devoted ancestors sacrificed for.  Show me anything that's not corrupt in Armenian circles of power, in Armenia or in the Diaspora. Yes, we had had some Armenian "khent"s, but those were the real owners of the lands they were living on. Only those who know the value of a land, language, heritage, culture, history...

    We have much more renters, tourists, merchants than owners of Armenianness. The profit-minded uprooteds will sell any "value" for a price. Nothing good can come from them.

    Who cares who is the catholicos? Of which see, the patriarch, president, premier is. So why the calls for resignations, appointments, fair elections, just representations? 

    The real change starts in me, in you, in the unit that forms the circles of our existence. Positive results come from dedicated minds only, not from merchants.

  • Catholicos Karekin II Stands Accused By Puzant Keledjian
    33 weeks 6 days ago

    If the accusations are proven to be true, the man has to be burned on a stake. As a follower of Christ and an elderly Armenian, I have no pity on the disgraced man.

  • More Proof, Please, or Shut Up By Daniel Sagherian
    33 weeks 6 days ago

    Mr. Kevorkian,

    Re "More proof, please, or shut up"... After reading your first, second, and third comment, the one thing that stuck in my ignorant mind was "the nasty lies by Giligia about him and Echmiadzin!"

    Don't hit and run, don't flee in cowardice; stay your ground, stand tall. Are you looking for cheap "likes" through diversions in your response? Again and again, you try to strengthen separate Armenian camps. I don't know who you are: I have nothing against you. I'm just an independent reader, but I won't tolerate cheap and venemous remarks which are divisive to our Armenian ranks.

    Separatist, venomous remarks from all prejudiced souls ought to be brought to account. Gone are the days when leaders were ranked on how fiercely they attacked/responded/dissected the opinions of the "others" in our circles. Rank yourself through your achievements rather than by pinpointing the "failures" of "others". Enough of cheap votes from one side or the other.

     

  • More Proof, Please, or Shut Up By Argishti
    33 weeks 6 days ago

    Sam,

    It's understandable that you, like many Armenians, would think the "E" stands for Echmiadzin. It has nothing to do with Echmiadzin or power.

    The "E" stands for "Eyoutyoun" (Being). It means the being responsible for being: God.

  • More Proof, Please, or Shut Up By Sam
    33 weeks 6 days ago

    As we should all know, power goes hand-in-hand with corruption. This fact knows no ethnic or religious boundary.

    Over the years, I have worked with many decent and honest people. But as soon as they were promoted, they changed: higher the ladder they climbed, the worse became their attitude.

  • Catholicos Karekin II Stands Accused By Sam
    33 weeks 6 days ago

    Can anyone enlighten me as to why the letter "E" as in Etchmiadzin is above the altar of my church (St John) in Detroit? It wasn't there all these years. Is it all over the parishes and what do you make of it?

  • PETITION - Stop the Fake Monument By Dikran Abrahamian
    33 weeks 6 days ago
    Fatma’s comments generated lively dialogue(s) with the participation of several people from various countries. Some laxity was extended as a courtesy gesture to our reader(s) in Turkey. However, for obvious reasons they digressed from the main issue of the petition. With all due respect to all concerned, and exercising the publisher’s unwritten privilege, I would terminate the discussion here. Probably some may think that this is an arbitrary measure, and uncalled for. I accept the criticism.

    As an alternative may I suggest that the discussion can be carried out elsewhere in a more appropriate section for the subject, i.e. under Dr. Alan Whitehorn’s short interview with “Aysor”? It raises some of the issues tackled here. The interview is short, about 15 minutes in video format. Whitehorn was a professor in Political Science at the Royal Military College of Canada for many years and at present he lectures about Human Rights and Genocide at various institutions, such as the Ryerson University in Toronto and the Zoryan Institute.

    It may displease Fatma this change of gear, because Prof. Whitehorn asserts the Genocide of the Armenians as a historical fact and not fiction. Probably Fatma may think that the honourable guest is brainwashed by Armenians, so are all the members of the International Association of Genocide Scholars.

    As a footnote, may I point out that Fatma in her/his zeal to discredit any and all assertions about the veracity of the Genocide has been careless in reading the petition text and related material such as the editorial For the Benefit of the Turkish Ambassador which led to the petition? Right in her first opening statement Fatma asserts, “The Canadian government had no reason to send the Alevis or Kurds to Brantford”. For the sake of brevity let’s leave commenting about the prerogative of the Canadian Government to one of the researchers in the subject and talk about Brantford.

    The “Alevis or Kurds” were not sent to Brantford. They were residents in Brantford; many of them  fled from the Ottoman persecution and took refuge in the households of Armenians of Brantford which at the beginning of the 20th century was a hub of Armenian activities. The “Alevis or Kurds” were sent to Kapuskasing "(then called MacPherson), 520 miles north of Toronto", whereas Brantford is located south west of Toronto.

    This  distinction of locations evades Fatma because of her/his carelessness and she/he continues her/his argumentative circular exposé. That's reason enough to question her/his credibility. How can one be sure that he/she really would read carefully what’s said here, not to mention the scholarly treatises? Her/his mission is clear: raising doubts, discrediting, disrupting reasonable discourse and ultimately denying anything related to the Genocide of the Armenians, irrespective of the moral cost.
  • Catholicos Karekin II Stands Accused By Daniel Sagherian
    34 weeks 4 hours ago

    To organize and to survive as an organization in any Diasporan setting one has to serve the local policies of that environment. As democratic, free and liberal your surroundings may profess, your organized group ought to serve "a higher purpose"; it should adjust to its immediate political agenda. You may live very free as an individual, say, in America, Lebanon, France, Syria, Iran...but your organized politics cannot profess to be far from existing atmosphere. In a nutshell, there is nooo Armenianness independent of U.S. policies in America, nor Lebanese in Lebanon...

    Who is better organized, funded, accepted, tolerated, encouraged, adopted, praised...more than those who follow the demands of local politics? And if one thinks that Armenia is the only place where delegates and the elected serve mainly Armenian aspirations... sometimes countries are sold "en grosse" to regional politics.

    So who remains independent? The one who knows that exposure serves no purpose, who prefers to stay humble, low-profile, incognito, with no colorful titles? For colorful titles serve only masters or are persecuted as dissidents.

  • Catholicos Karekin II Stands Accused By Daniel Sagherian
    34 weeks 5 hours ago

    It's ironic that we have lost the wick and are fighting over the lighter... We are so diverse, dispersed, and divisive that we forget our core issues: our survival is at stake as we waste our energy on such a mediocrity [as the catholicos]. 

    Our elected are a reflection of our state of mind. Why elect a new one, why elect anyone, if things have not changed in our state-of-mind? Who are the elected? Who are the electors? Who represents what aspirations? Trickle-down politics: oligarchs of different affiliations from each Diaspora Armenian community, as well as Armenia proper, are sent as delegates to elect other oligarchs, who in turn will feed back to elect the same oligarchs to elect a new oligarch...

    The Armenian language is dying; its history is unread; its culture celebrated as "kofteh, dolma, and lahmajoon"; its Holy Mass id boring, incomprehensible, unappealing. The church is empty, the school is not attended... on whom will those elected reign?

    The process of change starts at one's backyard, from that tiny church, school, organization. Where are those masses, those devoted, those "khent" who will embark to hold all elected accountable? It is such a state of malaise. The majority stays away from community events  (thus they do not take part in  failure). Through apathy this leads to dissolution, and the minority sustains itself through "democratic" elections...

    Hayrenik without inhabitants; "lezoo" (language) without speakers; church without attendance; culture without followers.

    Enough of breeding hatred among Armenians. Every aspect of Armenian life is in decline and disarray. We ought to clean this race from top to bottom. We already are at the brink of extinction, and I could care less who elects who!

    In an earlier comment, I mentioned that the town I live in has some 50,000 people of Armenian ancestry. Some 48,000 are totally, irreversibly wasted and gone. All the churches, cultural associations, athletic groups, ancestry and heritage houses, professional societies... are fighting over the remaining 2,000. If those elected were any good, why is this house stinking and this people suffering? Enough of the M.Ds, Ph.Ds, D.D.S., pharmacists, lawyers... ALL WE NEED ARE PEOPLE WITH   PH.Ds IN ARMENOLOGY, ARMENIANNESS, INCLUSIVENESS, AND A SPIRIT OF NON-HATRED.

    Many of the events in my town are represented by more association names than people present. And people in other towns, reading about Armenian events in my town, think my town has sooo many viable representations...

     

  • Catholicos Karekin II Stands Accused By Agop J Hacikyan
    34 weeks 11 hours ago

    I venerate and revere the Holy Chair of the Catholicos, as long as  it is occupied by by spiritual and divine godliness.

    This is my very last humble comment.

    Dr. Agop J. Hacikyan.
    Montreal

     

  • More Proof, Please, or Shut Up By Hovsep
    34 weeks 12 hours ago

    I am not much a follower of the clerics' life. I have heard many stories on many clerics. Most of them are morally bad. According to an old saying, "You have to be bad to become a member of the clergy or you become bad after you join the clergy."

  • Mayor of Brantford Chummy with Turkish Consul By Vahakn
    34 weeks 17 hours ago

    Dear Sheila,

    Your words describe to a "T" the behavior of Brantford's mayor.

    He seems to be acutely sensitive to the flow of the wind. For many months--when the monument story's controversial natural was unknown to the public--Mayor Friel was doing a private tarantella with the Turkish consul general. It would be interesting where they had their lunches/dinners in the city and who paid the bill. Now that the true nature of the monument story has been publicized in the "Brantford Expositor", "Keghart" and "Horizon", the mayor has decided to go on a sudden holiday which included a meeting with Ankara's agent at a reception.

    While on holiday, Mayor Friel has time to meet the Turkish agent, but he has no time to meet the Alevi or Armenian representatives while he is on duty.

  • Mayor of Brantford Chummy with Turkish Consul By Sheila Kelley-McIntyre
    34 weeks 22 hours ago

    Chris Friel is a yes man and I know he is going to do as advised by those higher ups. We have been all thru this with the casino vs university when he was in the mayoral seat years ago.

    So don't hold your breath on his action too soon. It makes me sick to think that this atrocity is going to be in the same cemetery where all my loved ones are resting as will I be one day.

    Brantford

    ..STAND UP AGAINST THIS..IT IS WRONG ON MANY LEVELS

  • Vahé-Vahian – Great Poet of W. Armenian Literature By Roupen Dekmezian
    34 weeks 1 day ago

    Thank you for reintroducing us to the giants of Western Armenian literature. Now that "Nor Gyank" will cease its publication, we need a new venue to remind us how great a language we have. Please do more of the same.