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Why the UN Rejected Turkey’s Bid for a Security Council Seat

Why the UN Rejected Turkey’s Bid for a Security Council Seat

The Turkish government got a big slap in the face last week when the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly voted to turn down its application for a Security Council seat. In effect, the international community was rejecting Turkey’s hostile policies both at home and abroad.

October 21st, 2014

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Elections 2014 – The Final Installment from All Over

Elections 2014 – The Final Installment from All Over

It might seem a bit early to wrap up discussion of elections, but with just over two weeks to go, many people will already be casting their votes by mail, so the information has to get out there. You’ll find quite an eclectic mix of recommendations below, which might even lead to a smirk or chuckle.

October 17th, 2014

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Aznavour: A Trip Down Memory Lane

Aznavour: A Trip Down Memory Lane

It has been well over forty years that our beloved Charles Aznavour accepted an invitation to perform at the Armenian Club in Tehran. I was there with my husband. Even after so many years, the image of him in his white suit and the rich sound of his singing are still fresh in my mind.

October 14th, 2014

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The West Must Offer Armenia Incentives Rather Than Decry Its Ties with Russia

The West Must Offer Armenia Incentives Rather Than Decry Its Ties with Russia

On October 10, after lengthy heated debates, Armenia signed a treaty to join the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), composed of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia.

October 14th, 2014

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Elections 2014: The Props

Elections 2014: The Props

As you read this, there are just about three weeks left before the November 4 election. This week I’ll cover the California statewide, and one LA County, ballot measures. Some of the easier choices were addressed three weeks ago in “Elections 2014″ and any remaining items will be addressed next week.

October 10th, 2014

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UK Shifts Policy on Armenian Genocide after Jurist Robertson’s Report

UK Shifts Policy on Armenian Genocide after Jurist Robertson’s Report

Geoffrey Robertson, prominent British expert on international law, wrote a 40-page report in 2009, exposing the false and inaccurate statements on the Armenian Genocide by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

October 7th, 2014

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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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Divest, Invest, Disinfest

Divest, Invest, Disinfest

For the purposes of this article, divest refers to what must be done with stocks of fossil-fuel (energy) companies— coal, oil, gas. Many charitable foundations have started to do this, and not just out of the goodness of their “hearts” or principles. Rather, the smart money is realizing something that isn’t immediately obvious.

September 26th, 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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Re-Independence at 23: A Lamentation

Re-Independence at 23: A Lamentation

Here we are, 23 years onղ Really, a quarter century since the rebirth of a truly independent Armenian state was more than just the pipe dream among circles of die-hard believers who were mocked and smirked at.

September 19th, 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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Elections 2014

Elections 2014

Yes, believe it or not, in just over seven weeks, at the November 4 general election, you’ll be pulling the lever to vote for both blazing and bland candidates in occasionally exciting races.

September 12th, 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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Calls and Coalitions

Calls and Coalitions

Imagine someone gets elected mayor of a city. What would people think if s/he first formally called on a local thug? Some might look the other way if the newly-elected mayor and thug have been friends since childhood.

September 5th, 2014

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