Daily Archives: Tuesday, 24 April, 2012

Armenian Genocide Commemoration Day: Confronting Denialism

During the Armenian genocide in 1915, an unknown number of young Armenians survived because they were adopted as daughters and sons of Muslim families. Many lived the rest of their lives with Turkish, Kurdish, or Arabic names and identities to escape the forced deportation and systematic murders of the Armenian population by the Ottoman Empire. […]

‘Your Demands are our Demands’: Turkish HR Group Sends Letters to Etchmiadzin, Antelias

ISTANBUL, Turkey (A.W.)–The Committee Against Racism and Discrimination of the Istanbul Branch of the Human Rights Association sent letters today to the Catholicos of all Armenians Karekin II and the Catholicos of Cilicia Aram I, expressing solidarity with their demands for truth and justice. The Armenian Weekly presents below the full texts of both letters. […]

‘Armenian Genocide’ Remarks Triggers Incident in Parliament

Remarks by an opposition lawmaker about Armenian community’s calls for recognizing the 1915 mass killing of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire as genocide, triggered an incident during the parliamentary session on April 24 involving a brief scuffle and exchange of insults between MPs. As part of routine statements, usually made by MPs during sessions on […]

The Kardashians: Keeping up With the Armenian Genocide

Today is international Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, but is one Los Angeles family of it-girls driving the remembrance single-handedly this year? Ever heard of a period during the First World War in which an estimated 1.5 million Armenians were annihilated by the Ottoman Turkish authorities, in events today’s Turkish government continues to deny constituted genocide? […]

President Obama Issues Statement on Armenian Remembrance Day

President Obama Issues Statement on Armenian Remembrance Day

Below is the statement issued by President Obama today, in which he continues to avoid referring to the destruction of the Armenians in Ottoman Turkey in 1915 as “genocide,” employing the Armenian term Medz Yeghern instead. Today, we commemorate the Meds Yeghern, one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century. In doing so, we […]

Jews becoming increasingly aware of Armenian Genocide and its commemoration

Jews becoming increasingly aware of Armenian Genocide and its commemoration

Spurred in part by the current Tayyip Erdogan-led Turkish government’s increasing tilt toward Iran and hostility toward Israel, members of local Jewish communities are paying more, some might say overdue, attention to the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire during World War I, as well as to the Turkish government’s continuing minimization of the numbers […]

Armenian genocide and international relations

Armenian genocide and international relations

Over 20 countries have officially recognized the Armenian genocide, often with high costs and difficult political battles. While the modern-day Republic of Turkey was founded in 1923, eight years after its Ottoman predecessors embarked on a massive and systematic undertaking to rid the empire of its Armenian population, the country today often finds itself in […]

Late President Turgut Özal worked to solve ‘Armenian genocide’ dispute

Late President Turgut Özal worked to solve ‘Armenian genocide’ dispute

With 19 years having passed since the death of former President Turgut Özal, known for his reformist policies, which paved the way for a more democratic and liberal Turkey, his close friends and aides shed light on Özal’s approach on the Armenian issue and said the former president was ready to compromise with Armenians to […]

No sign of end to Armenian enclave dispute on the horizon

No sign of end to Armenian enclave dispute on the horizon

The Azeri-Armenian conflict is still unresolved 24 years on, writes DANIEL McLAUGHLIN in Stepanakert ROBERT BAGIRYAN’S slight frame stiffens and his shoulders straighten when he talks about what went before and what he is willing do again. “It was very hard during the war. The whole city was being bombarded and people lived in their […]

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