Earlier this year, I wrote a column describing the Turkish government’s bullying tactics to reclaim antique objects from European and American museums. It is ironic that Turkey, one of the greatest looters and pilferers of other nations’ cultural heritage, would so aggressively demand the return of these antiquities.
Every Armenian on the planet remembers the moment they heard the news.
On December 7, 1988 at exactly 11:41 AM the ground beneath our homeland shifted. When the earth stopped moving, 25,000 people were dead, tens of thousands were injured, and hundreds of thousands were left homeless as villages, towns and cities were devastated by an earthquake that was felt around the world.
It was just a matter of time, in a state that has seen the likes of the farcically inappropriately named “Minutemen” who professed to address immigration issues, anti-bilingual education ballot measures passing, and dozens of millions of dollars spent to kill passage of a very simple GMO* food labeling ballot measure.