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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 […]

Church bells ring in a corner of Turkey once the site of Armenian genocide

Church bells ring in a corner of Turkey once the site of Armenian genocide Gil Shefler | Oct 3, 2013 | DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (RNS) For almost a century, the bells of St. Giragos — a magnificent 14th-century church built of sturdy black basalt bricks — were silent. Severely damaged during the 1915 massacre and deportation […]

Woman in Turkey Reveals Armenian Identity After 82 Years

Woman in Turkey Reveals Armenian Identity After 82 Years   By Weekly Staff // September 28, 2013 A woman in Turkey who had hidden her Armenian identity for 82 years, revealed the secret to her youngest son the day before she passed away. Abakay and the cover of his book Hoşana, who was brought up […]

Ancient Armenian monastery complex Tzarakar discovered

Ancient Armenian monastery complex Tzarakar discovered

Ancient Armenian monastery complex Tzarakar discovered   September 20, 2013 – 12:48 AMT   PanARMENIAN.Net – The renowned ancient Armenian monastery complex Tzarakar has been discovered near the village of Chukurayva, 5 kms south-east of the fortified town of Kechror, modern-day Turkey (the old Gabeghiank district, Ayrarat province of Greater Armenia), peopleofar.wordpress.com says. What remains […]

Turkish Court recognized Armenian Genocide in 1919: Armenia’s Diaspora Minister

Turkish Court recognized Armenian Genocide in 1919: Armenia’s Diaspora Minister 12:03, 19 September, 2013 YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 19, ARMENPRESS. A number of representatives of the Armenian lobbyist organizations from Diaspora visited Tzitzernakaberd Memorial Complex. They placed flowers by the memorial dedicated to victims of the Armenian Genocide. The Armenian lobbyists paid a visit to the Republic […]

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 […]

Australia’s misplaced friendship with Turkey

Australia’s misplaced friendship with Turkey   Peter Stanley |  25 August 2013 The NSW Parliament recently passed a resolution condemning the genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman empire against its Assyrian, Pontic Greek and especially Armenian communities during the Great War. The Turkish Consul-General in Sydney, the foreign ministry in Ankara and even the city council in […]

Egyptian Twitter Post Pushes Turkey’s Buttons

Egyptian Twitter Post Pushes Turkey’s Buttons   People take part in a commemoration ceremony to mark the anniversary of the 1915 mass killings of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire at the Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan, April 24, 2011. (photo by REUTERS/Tigran Mehrabyan)   By: Yasemin Çongar for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse Posted on August 23 […]

Australian MP Replies to Turkish Consul-General Concerning Genocide

Australia (AINA) — In a speech to the New South Wales Parliament on Wednesday, August 21, 2013, the Rev Fred Nile said the following to the Turkish Consul-General concerning Armenian, Assyrian and Hellenic-Greek genocides: Armenian, Assyrian And Greek Genocides Reverend the Hon. FRED NILE [6.11 p.m.]: I wish to speak on the genocide of the […]

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 […]

Suspect ‘does not remember what happened’ in Armenian murder case

Suspect ‘does not remember what happened’ in Armenian murder case   Pınar Öğünç ISTANBUL – Radikal   Hundreds march on Samatya streets to protest assaults against elderly Armenian women. DAILY NEWS photo/Emrah Gürel The only suspect in the murder of Turkish-Armenian woman Maritsa Küçük has denied the allegations against him, saying he does not remember […]

Ban for wrestler accused of racism delayed until after World Championships

Ban for wrestler accused of racism delayed until after World Championships Wednesday, 14 August 2013 By Nick Butler August 14 – The International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA) has postponed the ban issued against Rıza Kayaalp, the Turkish wrestler accused of making racist comments on Twitter, until after next month’s World Championships pending a review […]

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 […]

The Armenian Past of Taksim Square

The Armenian Past of Taksim Square

Taksim Square, like Tahrir Square and Zuccotti Park before it, is just another space in a city: it could have been one more spot to meet friends, or to read a book under a tree. But Turkey’s Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, decided he’d like to replicate the Ottoman-era Taksim military barracks on the site, […]

Akcam: The ‘Foreign Connection’ is Me

Commenting on the Gezi Park events, Prime Minister Erdoğan said, “There are internal and external connections. Our intelligence work is ongoing.” Confession time: The foreign connection is me. Anyone who’s got doubts, take a look at my entry and exit dates: I entered Turkey on May 28 and it all started. I was in Taksim […]

Graves in the Park: Notes from the ‘Bolis’ Uprising

I haven’t had time to digest what I saw this past week on the heels of my first journey to the womb of Armenian civilization: Van/Vaspurakan. Dikranakert. Kharpert, the fabled green villages of Bitlis, and the hinterlands of Palu and Sakrat. My fellow travelers, now brothers and sisters for life, trekked across these majestic and […]

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, […]

Հարևանություն. բոլոր հայացքներն ուղղված են դեպի Թուրքիան, մինչ Թաքսիմ հրապարակի բողոքի ակցիան ավելի է տարածվում

Հարևանություն. բոլոր հայացքներն ուղղված են դեպի Թուրքիան, մինչ Թաքսիմ հրապարակի բողոքի ակցիան ավելի է տարածվում

Հայ քաղաքական վերլուծաբաններն ուշի ուշով հետևում են Թուրքիայում տեղի ունեցող դրամատիկ իրադարձություններին, քանի որ հարևան երկրում, որի հետ Հայաստանը թեև դիվանագիտական հարաբերություններ չունի, քաղաքական փոփոխությունները կարող են իրենց անմիջական և լուրջ ազդեցությունը թողնել ողջ տարածաշրջանի, այդ թվում` նաև Հայաստանի վրա: Թուրքագետ Ռուբեն Մելքոնյանը շեշտում է, որ Թուրքիայում անցյալ շաբաթ երիտասարդ բնապահպանների կազմակերպած ինքնաբուխ և փոքրաթիվ […]

Turkeys Coming Home to Roost?

The parallels seem deliciously endless in number and category. A week’s worth of unrest in Turkey, spreading from Constantinople (Bolis) to other cities, could go to unpredictable places, both good and bad. Already, I’ve heard that the AKP’s (ruling party) youth wing is tussling with others. What does this suggest? Is it an indicator that […]

A Blueprint for Diaspora Representation in Negotiations with Turkey over Reparations

In the course of almost a century, Armenian institutions’ and individuals’ various stances on Turkey and genocide recognition have hardened into maximalist positions. For Armenian maximalists, anything short of a full and complete apology, full and complete restitution of the stolen and expropriated property, as well as full reparations, is to be dismissed as nothing […]

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