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Kobe’s Foul Paves Way for AYF Layup

Last week, the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) took the opportunity to initiate a campaign to expose a newly signed endorsement deal for Kobe Bryant to promote Turkish Airlines in the global market. The AYF expressed its disappointment with Kobe and has publicly asked him to back out of the deal due to Turkish Airlines’ strong association with the Turkish government (the government holds a 49% ownership stake in the airline). That Kobe practices his craft in a market that is home to the largest Armenian population of the United States should serve as even more evidence that his public relations team failed him spectacularly in allowing the Turkish Airlines deal to materialize.

Kobe Bryant, South Africa and the Armenian Genocide: Lessons Learned and Lessons Which Need to be Learned

Kobe Bryant is one of the most recognizable and popular athletes in the world. He is also not strapped for cash, considering his net worth is estimated at $140 million. So the announcement this week that the Lakers superstar signed a 2-year endorsement deal to lend his fame and charisma to sell Turkish Airline tickets came as a bit of a surprise.

Demoyan: Yes, Mr. Davutoglu, But…

On Nov. 29, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu spoke at the Brookings Institute. After his talks, he answered a question related to the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire and current Turkey-Armenia relations (see video). Below, we provide the response to Davutoglu’s comments by the director of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute in Yerevan, Hayk Demoyan.

WikiLeaks: US Ambassador Deconstructs Erdogan in Leaked Cable

A report sent to the State Department by U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Eric Edelman, and carrying the subject line “turkish p.m. Erdogan goes to washington: how strong a leader in the face of strong challenges?” attempted to sum up Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s character before his scheduled visit to Washington. The “confidential” report, leaked by WikiLeaks just yesterday, was dated Jan. 20, 2004 and was scheduled to be declassified on Jan. 7, 2014.

Our Recent Trip to Syria and Armenia on the Occasion of ARS’s 100th Anniversary

During the month of October (2-23), 2010, members of the Los Angeles based Armenian Relief Society (ARS), had organized a three weeks’ journey to Syria and Armenia. This trip was a combination of a pilgrimage and a mission undertaken by a group of “ARMENIAN CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS” also known as the Armenian Relief Society (ARS). The ARS was originally called the Armenian Red Cross and was founded by E. Agnoony (Khachadoor Maloomian) in New York, NY in 1910. In 1915, it was incorporated in Boston, Massachusetts as the ARS. Thus, on the happy occasion of the 100th Anniversary this MEMORABLE travel was organized and attended by well over 300 members from various ARS chapters from all parts the world.