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The Christian tragedy in the Middle East did not begin with Isis

The Christian tragedy in the Middle East did not begin with Isis

The Christian tragedy in the Middle East did not begin with Isis Sunday 5 April 2015 Robert Fisk A hundred years on from the Armenian genocide, and a Christian minority is again suffering One summer’s day in 1990, I walked into a beautiful Crusader chapel in Keserwan, a gentle mountainside north of Beirut, where an […]

What We Talk About When We Talk About Genocide

What We Talk About When We Talk About Genocide

Photograph by Paul Salopek Eight-hundred-year-old laments: a church fresco in the proto-Armenian capital of Ani, Turkey.   What We Talk About When We Talk About Genocide   by Paul Salopek   Ani, Turkey 40°30’41” N, 43°34’06” E   “It was a—how do you call it in English?—a genocide? Yes? It was a genocide,” says Murat […]

‘The Armenians want an acknowledgement that the 1915 massacre was a crime’

‘The Armenians want an acknowledgement that the 1915 massacre was a crime’

‘The Armenians want an acknowledgement that the 1915 massacre was a crime’ Geoffrey Robertson In 1915 Britain was determined to expose the Armenian genocide, so why have we since downgraded it to a ‘tragedy’? Armenians mark the anniversary of the massacre of their people, in 2014. Photograph: Karen Minasyan/Getty Images Friday 23 January 2015 14.00 GMT […]

Presentation by Professor Richard Hovannisian at Navasartian Centre

Presentation by Professor Richard Hovannisian at Navasartian Centre Professor emeritus Richard Hovannisian presented his latest book on Armenian Communities in Asia Minor in London on the 29th November 2014. The evening was organised by Hamazkayin London Chapter. I would vigorously recommend Armenians of any age, political or social background, who has not attended Prof. Richard […]

3,000-year-old Settlement in Eastern Turkey reveals Armenian Traces

3,000-year-old Settlement in Eastern Turkey reveals Armenian Traces November 27, 2014 Largest archaeological settlement of Tunceli province was discovered bearing Armenian writing on ancient stones The discovery of a large 3000 year old archaeological settlement in Eastern Turkey has been widely reported in Turkish media, last year. The news has reached international audiences through the English translations from sources such as the Worldbulletin. […]

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The Turkish holocaust begins

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The Turkish holocaust begins

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The Turkish holocaust begins   1 / 1 German infantrymen attack through a cloud of poison gas. By the end of the war, both sides had employed various kinds of gas Getty   23-24 April 1915: The overnight arrest in Constantinople of hundreds of intellectuals […]

Erdogan Issues Statement on ‘Events of 1915’ [full text of statement]

Erdogan Issues Statement on ‘Events of 1915’ By Weekly Staff on April 23, 2014  ANKARA, Turkey (A.W.)—Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a statement today “on the events of 1915,” a day before the 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Below is the full text of the statement, in English, as posted on the […]

European Court of Human Rights Provides More Options to Sue Turkey

European Court of Human Rights Provides More Options to Sue Turkey By Harut Sassounian Publisher, The California Courier While there is frequent talk about the pursuit of Armenian claims against Turkey in the International Court of Justice (World Court), the possibility of taking legal action in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is rarely […]

Skulls and Bones Exposed in Mass Grave Near Van

Skulls and Bones Exposed in Mass Grave Near Van   Skulls and bones, possibly from the Armenian genocide, protrude from the soil. VAN, Turkey (Armenian Weekly)—Skulls and bones, possibly from the Armenian Genocide, protrude from the soil near a school in the district of Westan in Van, according to a newspaper report. The pro-Kurdish Ozgur […]

Let’s meet at the Pecheneq Monument on September 8th

Let’s meet at the Pecheneq Monument on September 8th

Let’s meet at the Pecheneq Monument on September 8th   Baskin Oran [A satirical article written by BASKIN ORAN as a response to the President of ASIMDER (The Association Against International Unfounded Armenian Allegations) which claimed that Sourp Khatch Church on Akhtamar Island was not Armenian but was Turkish and had been built by Pecheneq […]

Her Majesty’s Ambassador in Turkey visits Armenian Church in Kayseri

Her Majesty’s Ambassador in Turkey visits Armenian Church in Kayseri LONDON – COMBINED SOURCES (23 August, 2013): The British Ambassador in Turkey paid an unofficial visit to the Armenian Church of St. Gregory the Illuminator in Kayseri (Caeserea / Gesarya). Built in 1856, St Gregory is the only Armenian church in Anatolia where liturgical services […]

Turkey’s Armenian Ghosts

For many years in Turkey, conversations became awkward if they turned to defining what used to be called the “events of 1915”. Basically, I had read one set of history books, which discussed the genocidal deaths of 1-1.5 million Armenians who died in the Ottoman Empire during the First World War deportations. Most Turks had […]

In a Turkish town that had 10,000 Armenians, now there is only one

In a Turkish town that had 10,000 Armenians, now there is only one

Chris Bohjalian is the author of 16 books. His new novel, “The Light in the Ruins,” comes out on July 9. A woman I met last month in southeastern Turkey is going to die, probably sometime soon. Asiya’s death will not be covered by any news service, and for all but a few people in […]

Of Ruins and Renovations: Documenting Cultural Destruction in Turkey

Of Ruins and Renovations: Documenting Cultural Destruction in Turkey

I recently returned from my fourth trip to Western Armenia in the last 18 months. These journeys are emotionally draining. I am not sure I could make these trips alone; it is critical to have good people, good friends, with you. Fortunately, that was the case for me again this time. There are several reasons […]

Armenia’s survivors

Armenia’s survivors

In northeastern Turkey stand the ruins of what was once one of the world’s largest and most imposing cities. In the Middle Ages, Ani was the “City of 1,001 Churches,” the capital of Armenia’s mighty Bagratuni dynasty which held off both the Christian Byzantine Empire and the Arab Caliphate. The Bagratid kingdom is long gone, […]

The Whisper of Silent Stones

The Whisper of Silent Stones

Two years ago, when I decided to visit Turkey to do some research for my upcoming novel, people couldn’t wait to give me tips on what to see and do. They would inevitably describe the splendor of Istanbul’s many wonders, or the beauty of the Aegean coast. I would listen politely before informing them that […]

A Cathedral on the Verge of Collapse: The Campaign to Save Mren

A Cathedral on the Verge of Collapse: The Campaign to Save Mren

An Interview with Dr. Christina Maranci Medford, Mass. — Dr. Christina Maranci, Arthur H. Dadian and Ara T. Oztemel Associate Professor of Armenian Art and Architecture at Tufts University in Medford, Mass., has issued a call to save the 7th century Mren Cathedral of Western Armenia, located in the Kars region of present-day Turkey. Prof. […]

Անիի մշակութային ժառանգություն. հայ մասնագետները ցանկանում են մասնակցել հայոց հին մայրաքաղաքի վերականգնմանը

Անիի մշակութային ժառանգություն. հայ մասնագետները ցանկանում են մասնակցել հայոց հին մայրաքաղաքի վերականգնմանը

Թուրքիայում գտնվող Հայաստանի հնագույն ու ամենագեղեցիկ մայրաքաղաք Անիում վերականգնման աշխատանքների առաջին փուլն ավարտված է, սակայն չորս եկեղեցիների վերանորոգման եռամյա ծրագրին հայ մասնագետների մասնակցության հարցը դեռևս լուծված չէ: Արդեն մի քանի տարի է` թուրքական մամուլը թմբկահարում է, թե Թուրքիայի կառավարությունը հսկայական գումարներ է ներդնելու միջնադարյան Անի քաղաքը վերականգնելու համար: Սակայն միայն այս տարվա օգոստոսին սկսվեցին աշխատանքները, […]

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