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Looters or Landlords?

Since Fatih Sultan Mohammed occupied Constantinople in 1453, the Ottoman rulers have been destroying and desecrating churches, castles, architectural monuments of Hittites, Armenians, Assyrians, Greeks and other nationalities who had been the indigenous people of Asia Minor, occupied and ruled through blood and sword. Now, all of a sudden, the destroyers of all these cultures […]

Come back, Diyarbakır mayor tells Armenians

Come back, Diyarbakır mayor tells Armenians

Diyarbakır’s BDP-member mayor issues a call for exiled Armenians to ‘return to their city’ following the 1915 events while condemning the massacres as ‘cruelty’ The mayor of Diyarbakir Metropolitan Municipality has invited all Armenians and other non-Muslim peoples whose ancestors were born in the southeastern province before being forced to flee during the 1915 events […]

500 in Istanbul Protest Release of Turkish-Armenian Soldier’s Killer

500 in Istanbul Protest Release of Turkish-Armenian Soldier’s Killer

According to Turkish press reports, some 500 people gathered in Istanbul’s Taksim Square yesterday to protest the release of a Turkish soldier who is on trial in the suspicious killing of Sevag Balikci, a Turkish-Armenian soldier, on April 24, 2011. The protestors say that the killing of Balikci was premeditated as it came on the […]

The Armenian Genocide as a Case of Preventing Self-Determination

The Armenian Genocide as a Case of Preventing Self-Determination

The official attitude on the Armenian Genocide and the systematic practice of ethnic cleansing in Anatolia has reached a new stage with the recent statement by Vecdi Gonul, the former Turkish minister of national defense, to the effect that had these tragic events not occurred, the present-day Republic of Turkey could not have come into […]

BREAKING NEWS: House Rejects Pro-Turkey Trade Bill

WASHINGTON—The Armenian National Committee of America on Monday welcomed the decision by the U.S. House of Representatives to defeat a watered-down version of a pro-Turkey trade measure, H.R. 2362, that would have, in its non-binding “findings,” highlighted Turkey’s role in investing in American Native tribal areas. H.R.2362 – The Indian Tribal Trade and Investment Demonstration […]

Turkey’s Attempt to Repackage Armenian Issue Likely to Fall Short

Turkey’s Attempt to Repackage Armenian Issue Likely to Fall Short

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu recently spoke of “just memory” regarding the Armenian issue in a chat with journalists. He did not say that nothing happened in 1915, but he did say, “I wouldn’t classify the events as a genocide, and I believe that the usage of this term is a matter of personal preference. […]

Turkey Warms to Armenia, Slowly

Turkey Warms to Armenia, Slowly

While we were visiting Paris for the Friends of Syria conference with [Turkish] Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, he spoke of Turkey’s quiet, three-pillar approach to opening up the Armenian issue. The discussion regarding what happened in 1915 and the controversies surrounding the definition and terminology of it still paralyzes Turkey 100 years later. Remember what […]

Where Do We Go from Here? Notes from a ‘Tourist’ in Diyarbakir

The Turkish version of the following article appeared in the July 20, 2012 issue of Ozgur Haber, a daily newspaper published in Diyarbakir/Dikranagerd. I sit in my room, in Diyarbakir’s old Deliller Kervansaray. I draw the curtains shut, and lay down on my belly. I am content in my temporary seclusion, hidden from the bustling […]

An old established Armenian business in Istanbul

An old established Armenian business in Istanbul

One of the oldest established Armenian businesses in Istanbul, BerKac has survived the political and economic turmoil in Turkey, yet it has remained steadfast serving its community that it was established for. Like many family run businesses, it has undergone the traditional business transition of handing over from father to child, or in this case […]

Controversial text book about Armenians sparks stir in Turkey

The Ministry of Education has defended a school text book that includes slurs about Armenians as well as a number of Turkish writers, saying the book was “written with the sense of national reflex and humorous criticism.” Penned by Yunus Zeyrek, the book, titled “Bu Dosyayı Kaldırıyorum: Ermeni Meselesi” (“Closing this File: The Armenian Issue”) […]

Congress May Cut off Aid to Turkey for Hosting Sudan’s Genocidal President

A Congressional committee adopted an amendment last month that would suspend U.S. foreign aid to any country hosting a visit by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. Members of Congress intend to isolate this brutal leader and help bring him to court for his crimes in Darfur. Congress decided to take this action after several countries, including […]

Keghi Interrupted: Treasuring Moments in Manure

Keghi Interrupted: Treasuring Moments in Manure

  I took each step with caution, placing one foot in front of the other with the precision of a tightrope dancer. I carefully traced the edge of the crumbling wall, where the earth was dry. Just a few inches to my right was the stew of mud, manure, and urine that carpeted the interior […]

Alchemy near the Chasm of Death: Visiting a Mass Grave of the Armenian Genocide

Alchemy near the Chasm of Death: Visiting a Mass Grave of the Armenian Genocide

“They brought the Armenians here. Thousands of them. They stripped them of their belongings and threw them into the chasm,” explains a Kurdish villager who had spotted us while driving by. We are standing at the mouth of a deep, eerie cleft—bottomless, according to the locals—called Dudan by Armenians and Kurds for centuries (also known […]

Sacrificing good sense on the Altar of Identity – Turkish Armenians at a Glance

The tension between Azerbaijan and Armenia rose once again early this month due to the deadly armed clashes along the border. The confrontation has intensified and the number of fatalities reached nine. Consequently, the possibility of further escalation of the crisis causes anxiety within the international community and among neighboring countries. However, our attention is […]

Armenian Representation in Turkey?

“No Assimilation could be achieved merely by surrendering one’s past but ignoring the alien past. In a society on the whole hostile to the Jews… it is possible to assimilate only by assimilating into anti-Semitism also.”1 This year, again, the Armenians of Istanbul were confronted with theheavy duty of responding to the dominant atmosphere of […]

ZHAMANAKN E! – Why Azerbaijan restarted the attacks?

Ժամանակն է՝ Ադրբեջանը դադարեցնի Հայաստանի Հանրապետության տարածքի օկուպացիան և կյանքի կոչվի առկա իրավարարությունը  Տարիների ընթացքում Լեռնային Ղարաբաղի հակամարտության լուծման տարբեր ուղիներ են առա­ջարկվել: Վերջերս՝ 2012թ. հունիսի 5-ին, ամերիկացի չորս փորձագետի մասնակցությամբ Վաշինգտոնի Վուդրո Վիլսոնի կենտրոնում տեղի են ունեցել քննարկումներ հետևյալ վերտառությամբ. Լեռնային Ղարաբաղ. Արդյո՞ք սառեցված հակամարտությունը կվերաճի տաքի (Nagorno-Karabagh: Will the Frozen Conflict Turn Hot?): Ի դեպ, […]

Borders and Business: Union looks at closed border impact on trade

Borders and Business: Union looks at closed border impact on trade

While various diplomatic maneuvers are used to regulate Armenian-Turkish relations politically, business relations between the two countries have long been non-officially established and keep developing with each year aimed at increasing commodity turnover and contributing to the opening of the border. Turkey imposed a ban on the import of Armenian goods in 1993. It also […]

Scribbles in a Hand

Scribbles in a Hand

“From the day we opened our eyes, a church stood here. They kept tearing down its walls and taking away the stones until almost nothing remained,” an old woman tells me, as she walks past the ruins of the Armenian church in Keserig (Kesrik). We are in historic Armenia visiting the ruins of churches and […]

Religious Minorities in Turkey: ‘An Endangered Species’?

Religious Minorities in Turkey: ‘An Endangered Species’?

U.S. Religious Freedom Report Serves Tough Warning The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) in its 2012 annual report recommended designating Turkey as a “country of particular concern (CPC)” for its “systematic and egregious limitations on the freedom of religion.” Turkey was on the commission’s “Watch List” from 2009-11. The commission found that […]

Armenian cemetery damaged

Armenian cemetery damaged

An under-construction chapel in a historic Armenian cemetery in Malatya that houses the remains of journalist Hrant Dink’s family was demolished Feb. 3 by municipal teams, causing incredulity in the Armenian community. “If this is deemed suitable for us, what can we do? They are knocking down our place of last prayer [the chapel]. This […]

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