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Malatya Municipality demolishes Armenian place of worship

Malatya Municipality demolishes Armenian place of worship

This article was published 3rd February 2012 Officials from the Malatya Municipality have demolished three buildings, including a place of worship that was under renovation, located inside an Armenian cemetery even though the Malatya governor and mayor gave permission. A residence for the watchman, a room to bathe the bodies of the dead and a […]

Ghosts and a Sole Survivor: A visit to a former Armenian district in Turkey

Reminding of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, abundant vegetation hangs like emerald bracelets in the stretching districts of Kayseri (Caesarea) in central Anatolia (modern Turkey). In such a district, Talas, lives the sole Armenian resident of Kayseri, 55-year-old Sargis Tekian. “Three generations of our family have lived in this house. I have never concealed my […]

Armenians should form a united front before any negotiations with Turkey

Armenians should form a united front before any negotiations with Turkey

My latest column on Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s efforts to initiate a dialog with the Diaspora generated numerous reactions from both Armenians and Turks. Turkish newspapers, TV stations, and websites gave extensive coverage to Davutoglu’s reported overtures to Armenians. The Turkish media linked the Foreign Minister’s initiative to Armenian plans for the commemoration of […]

Malatya: Post-Armenian life in modern Turkey’s once Armenian city

Armenian brothers Arman and Murad, who live in Turkey’s southeastern city of Malatya, open the doors of the 250-year-old Armenian Holy Trinity (Tashhoron) Church in the city’s Cavusoglu district and invite in the group of visiting Armenian and Turkish journalists. The church that once saw liturgies and was filled with the fragrance of incense now […]

U.S. ‘Still Pushing For Turkish-Armenian Normalization’

The United States is continuing to press Turkey to unconditionally normalize its relations with Armenia, the U.S. ambassador in Yerevan, John Heffern, said on Wednesday. “We still are very hopeful that the process will resume as long as it’s not linked to any other issue,” Heffern told RFE/RL’s Armenian service ( “So we are continuing […]

How Should the Diaspora React to New Turkish Overtures?

I have been informed by reliable sources that Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is continuing his efforts to initiate a personal “dialogue” with the diaspora on Armenian-Turkish issues. Earlier this month, Davutoglu met with Armenian Americans as follow-up to the meetings he held in Washington last March. During their conversation in May, the Armenian interlocutors […]

Turkish Publisher Ragip Zarakolu Honored by PEN

NEW YORK — At the annual Literary Gala held by PEN on May 1 at the Museum of Natural History, Istanbul publisher Ragip Zarakolu was the recipient of the annual Association of American Publishers’ Jeri Laber International Freedom to Publish Award. Peter Balakian, whose memoir, Black Dog of Fate: An American Son Uncovers His Armenian […]

A Tale of Two Monuments

An Extremely Belated Anatomy of Two Radically Understudied Makings and One Unmaking The Armenian Weekly Magazine April 2012 PREAMBLE The annals of Turkish-Armenian “rapprochement,” “reconciliation,” “initiative,” and “dialogue” marked Jan. 8, 2011 as the day when Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called the Monument of “Humanity” by Mehmet Aksoy in Kars a freak (ucube), […]

The Reign of Lies in Turkey

The Reign of Lies in Turkey

Organized denial means the reign of lies. The denialist, in order to sustain denial, has to resolutely and incessantly lie. Otherwise it can’t go on. The truth, even bits of information that might hold the slightest potential of undermining the lie, is the biggest and most merciless enemy of denial. So the denialist, having created […]

Why Turkey should be thankful to Sarkozy?

Although Turkey, both at the level of the state establishment and the people in the street, is happy to say goodbye to Nicolas Sarkozy, the government may not immediately reverse its decision to partially suspend bilateral ties with France, which was made in response to Sarkozy’s obsession with stigmatizing Turks using the Armenian issue. This […]

Sibel Edmonds Finally Wins

Sibel Edmonds’ new book, “Classified Woman,” is like an FBI file on the FBI, only without the incompetence. The experiences she recounts resemble K.’s trip to the castle, as told by Franz Kafka, only without the pleasantness and humanity. I’ve read a million reviews of nonfiction books about our government that referred to them as […]

Turkey’s Deceptive ‘Dialogue’ with Armenians Backfires

For many decades now, instead of taking the shortest route to settling the Armenian Question fairly and wisely, Turkey has opted for all kinds of deceptive tactics to defraud Armenians of their right to justice regarding the Armenian Genocide; lost homelands in Western Armenia and Cilicia; and illegally confiscated real and personal properties of the […]

Turkey Has Acknowledged the Armenian Genocide

“Turkey denies the Armenian Genocide” goes a jingle. Yes, the Turkish state’s official policy towards the Armenian Genocide was and is indeed characterized by the “three M’s”: misrepresentation, mystification, and manipulation. But when one gauges what place the genocide occupies in the social memory of Turkish society, even after nearly a century, a different picture […]

Genocide Commemorated in Turkey

Genocide Commemorated in Turkey

ISTANBUL—Hundreds gathered in Taksim Square Tuesday to commemorate the 97th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, reported Today’s Zaman. A sit-down gathering organized by the Say No to Racism and Nationalism initiative in Taksim Square was attended by a group of public figures, including wife of murdered journalist Hrant Dink, Rakel Dink; Peace and Democracy Party […]

Armenian question: despair and hope

As a person who lives in Turkey day in and day out, sometimes I become very hopeful, and sometimes I find myself in such a pessimistic mood. And these two moods may follow each other one day after another. The other day I attended a debate on one of the most popular TV channels in […]

AK Party Founding Member Apologizes for ‘Geno-Deportations’

ANKARA, Turkey (A.W.)—A founding member of Turkey’s ruling AK Party called the Armenian genocide a “geno-deportation” and “personally” apologized in an interview with the Turkish daily newspaper Radikal. İsmet Uçma, a member of Turkey’s Grand National Assembly, added: “Their pain is our pain.” The parliament member noted that although the Committee of Union and Progress […]

‘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. […]

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 […]

Revisiting the Turkification of Confiscated Armenian Assets

Revisiting the Turkification of Confiscated Armenian Assets

If one person murders another, then takes over that murdered person’s property and possessions, he would be living off the proceeds of his crime. Once authorities discover his crime, he would be found guilty—by any court, anywhere—and then sentenced, punished, and forced to return the unlawfully obtained property and possessions. But if a people murders […]

Turkey’s Foreign Minister in Search of ‘Soft’ Armenians

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkey’s “man on the run,” has added to his extremely busy schedule the new task of travelling around the globe trying to recruit ‘sensible’ Armenians. Davutoglu has embarked on such a desperate initiative after the failure of all Turkish attempts to divide and conquer the Armenians and weaken their resolve to […]