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Los Angeles City College Inaugurates First Armenian American President

LOS ANGELES–This week marked a historic occasion as Los Angeles City College (LACC) officially inaugurated its first Armenian American president–Dr. Steve Maradian. Held before an overflowing crowd comprised of faculty–students–administration–political representatives–and community supporters–the inaugural was especially meaningful for the large number of Armenian American students attending LACC. Demonstrating the Armenian community’s strong support for Maradian

ARF Youth Delegates Discuss Genocide at IUSY Conference in Turkey

YEREVAN (Yerkir)–Armenian youth who recently attended a youth conference in Turkey–told a news conference in Yerevan on Thursday that they spoke openly about the Armenian genocide and even distributed booklets to participants. The two Armenian Youth Federation of Armenia participants–Zinavor Meghrian and Karen Mnatsakanian–along with AYF delegates Talline Tachdjian (France)–and Khatchik Mouradian (Lebanon) attended the

Review Essay: Phillips’ Book on Track Two Diplomacy

Unsilencing the Past: Track Two Diplomacy and Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation by David L. Phillips By Charles Garo Ashjian–JD–PhD This is a book about third party mediation (ie–Track Two Diplomacy) in a world filled with "intractable conflicts that confound traditional diplomacy." Whereas–according to Phillips–the State Department "inculcates a risk-averse culture that discourages initiative and stifles creativity;" (see

Gov. Schwarzenegger Signs Poochigian Bill on Armenian Genocide Heirs

LOS ANGELES (ANC-WR)–On Friday–California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law Senate Bill 1689–which will exempt Armenian Genocide life insurance settlemen’s from state taxation and other calculations related to income. Praising the move–Armenian National Committee Executive Director Ardashes Kassakhian explained that Charles Poochigian’s bill addresses an injustice that New York Life insurance committed against its policy

Postcard Campaign Sends Clear Message to House and Senate Leaders: ‘We want a vote!’

PASADENA–Representatives of the Armenian National Committee-Western Region announced the launching of a nationwide postcard campaign calling on Congressional leaders to schedule a vote on legislation condemning genocides–at a press conference outside US Representative Adam Schiff’s district office. House Resolution 193–introduced earlier in 2003 by Reps. Schiff (D-Glendale) and George Radanovich (R-Fresno)–calls on Congress to commemorate

UN Human Rights Expert targets TARC Museum of Tolerance Turkey’s legal obligation to recognize genocide

ALFRED DE ZAYAS ADDRESSES ANC LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE–ANC BANQUET GLENDALE — Noted international law expert–historian and former United Nations Human Rights official Dr. Alfred De Zayas–concluded a three-day visit to Los Angeles on Monday–November 10. Currently a visiting professor of international law at the University of British Columbia–De Zayas was invited to Southern California by the

Ambassador Ordway Kicks off West Coast Visit in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO–US Ambassador to Armenia John Ordway–and Mission Director for the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Keith Simmons–visited the Bay Area Armenian-American community last Wednesday and Thursday–meeting with representatives of various area organizations. Visiting the Bay Area’s only Armenian-American day school–the Krouzian-Zekarian-Vaspouragan School on Thursday–the ambassador toured classrooms and answered questions from curious students.

Armenian Genocide Film Takes Top Awards At Moondance Film Festival

LOS ANGELES–The ANC-WR announced today that the Genocide documentary titled "A Road Less Traveled" (The Handjian Story) won the Best Feature Documentary as well as best Film Score awards at the internationally renowned Moondance Film Festival on May 18. The film which documen’s the eyewitness accounts of two Armenian Genocide survivors Kourken Handjian of Erzinga–and

ANCA WR at California Democratic Convention

SACRAMENTO-Democratic Presidential candidates–Members of Congress–State Legislators–local officials and party activists converged on Sacramento last weekend for the annual California Democratic Party Convention. The ANCA-WR participated at the Convention with a high profiled booth that featured the organization’s work to advance issues related to the Armenian Genocide–the California-Armenia Trade Office–among other key subjects. Throughout the weekend-long

The Results are in: ANC PAC Endorsed Candidates Victorious

LOS ANGELES–The Armenian National Committee – Political Action Committee (ANC-PAC) announced today that over 90 percent of the candidates it had endorsed for state and federal elections–were victorious after the final votes were tallied in the November 5th 2002–Mid-Term elections. The ANC PAC along with other groups worked hard to ensure a heavy Armenian-American voter

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