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Genocide Conference in Romania Held Despite Turkish Protests

Genocide Conference in Romania Held Despite Turkish Protests

I just returned home from two hectic weeks of travel. First, I participated in the Armenia-Diaspora Conference in Yerevan, where I co-chaired a panel on the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide, and spoke in two other panels proposing the formation of a democratically elected Diaspora-wide structure to represent the seven million Armenians residing outside of Armenia and Artsakh.

September 30th, 2014

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Armenia Supports Catholicosate’s Lawsuit Against Turkey

Armenia Supports Catholicosate’s Lawsuit Against Turkey

More than 1,000 attendees of the Armenia-Diaspora Conference in Yerevan, organized by the Diaspora Ministry, cheered loudly when Catholicos Aram I of the Great House of Cilicia made the surprising announcement that the Catholicosate would file a lawsuit in a Turkish court demanding the return of its properties confiscated during the 1915-1923 Genocide.

September 23rd, 2014

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Greece: Third Country to Criminalize Denial of the Armenian Genocide

Greece: Third Country to Criminalize Denial of the Armenian Genocide

While Turkey was pressuring the French President not to support a bill criminalizing denial of the Armenian Genocide, it had to cope with Greece, yet another country that just adopted a law making it illegal to deny genocides, including the Armenian Genocide.

September 16th, 2014

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Foreign Minister’s Excellent Commentary in Le Figaro, with Some Shortcomings

Foreign Minister’s Excellent Commentary in Le Figaro, with Some Shortcomings

Even though it is not an easy task to unify Armenians around a common set of restitutive demands from Turkey, it is critical to do so on the eve of the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide.

September 9th, 2014

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Azerbaijan Calls California Resolution On Artsakh a Mere Piece of Paper

Azerbaijan Calls California Resolution On Artsakh a Mere Piece of Paper

Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry harshly condemned the California Legislature last week after the State Senate adopted resolution AJR 32 that “encourages and supports the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic’s continuing efforts to develop as a free and independent nation” and “urges the President and Congress of the United States to support the self-determination and democratic independence of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.”

September 2nd, 2014

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Justice Dept. Files Reveal Activities of Firms Lobbying for Turkey

Justice Dept. Files Reveal Activities of Firms Lobbying for Turkey

Last week, I described the terms of the $1.4 million contract signed by the Gephardt Group, the lobbying firm of former House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt, to promote Turkey’s interests in Washington.

August 26th, 2014

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Former House Majority Leader Sells His Soul for Fistful of Dollars

Former House Majority Leader Sells His Soul for Fistful of Dollars

Washington has long-suffered from unethical politicians, but the prize for the top hypocrite on an Armenian issue goes to former Cong. Richard Gephardt who served as House Majority Leader from 1989 to 1995 and Minority Leader from 1995 to 2003.

August 19th, 2014

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Turkic Groups Fund Questionable Congressional Trips to Azerbaijan

Turkic Groups Fund Questionable Congressional Trips to Azerbaijan

The international media is replete these days with scandalous stories about European and American politicians being wined and dined in Azerbaijan and Turkey, for self-serving ulterior motives.

August 12th, 2014

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Now That the Lawsuits Are Settled, Let’s Build the Genocide Memorial

Now That the Lawsuits Are Settled, Let’s Build the Genocide Memorial

On July 15, a Federal Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s 2011 decision, ordering the return to the Cafesjian Family Foundation (CFF) the properties intended for the construction of an Armenian Genocide Museum and Memorial in Washington, D.C.

July 22nd, 2014

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Turkish Counter-Efforts Help Publicize Genocide Centennial

Turkish Counter-Efforts Help Publicize Genocide Centennial

Armenians in the US and around the world were needlessly alarmed by a recent article in the Turkish Hurriyet newspaper, titled: “Turkish Americans prepare ‘master plan’ for 2015.”

July 15th, 2014

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Turkey’s Declining Support in Congress after Blunders at Home and Abroad

Turkey’s Declining Support in Congress after Blunders at Home and Abroad

Due to Prime Minister Erdogan’s widespread human rights abuses of his own citizens and foreign policy blunders vis-a-vis Armenia, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Iran, Iraq, Israel, and Syria, Turkey has lost much of the support it once enjoyed in the United States, and indeed, around the world.

July 1st, 2014

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Author of UN Report Confirming the Armenian Genocide Passes Away

Author of UN Report Confirming the Armenian Genocide Passes Away

Benjamin Whitaker, author of a United Nations report qualifying the Armenian mass killings as genocide, passed away earlier this month at the age of 79 in London.

June 25th, 2014

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Turkish Denialists Fail to Block Genocide Speech at Australian Parliament

Turkish Denialists Fail to Block Genocide Speech at Australian Parliament

The Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee of Australia had invited this writer to speak at commemorative events in Sydney and Melbourne, and deliver a formal address at the New South Wales Parliament during the week of April 24.

June 17th, 2014

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Turkey and United States Conspire to Issue April 24 Statements

Turkey and United States Conspire to Issue April 24 Statements

While it is not surprising to learn that Turkey and the United States have coordinated their official declarations on the Armenian Genocide, recent revelations have confirmed their shameful behind-the-scenes schemes.

June 10th, 2014

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