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Et Tu Obama? Letter from a Former Admirer

Mr. President, how could you! Your candidacy was a breath of fresh air. You stood for change. You made wonderful promises and the Armenian-American community put its trust in you. We are now terribly disappointed because you acted not much differently than your predecessors on the Armenian Genocide issue. Your April 24 statement fell far

Turkey Prevails in Round 1; Kicks off Round 2 of Tricks on Armenia

Turkey brilliantly accomplished its objectives in the first round of negotiations ostensibly to open the border with Armenia. Ever since 1993, when Turkish leaders closed the border, they set two main preconditions for its reopening. Armenia must: 1) Stop pursuing international recognition of the Armenian Genocide; and 2) Return Artsakh (Karabagh) to Azerbaijan. Despite persistent

Georgetown Rejects Turkish Attempt to Use Patriarch as Tool for DenialBy Harut Sassounian

Last week, Turkish denialist circles tried to create a major scandal out of Georgetown University’s cancellation of a planned speech by the Patriarch of Istanbul, Mesrob II, titled "The Impasse between Turks and Armenia’s Must be Broken." Turkish officials, journalists and some "liberal" Turkish and Armenian scholars (who believe in reconciliation without justice), joined the

Legal Remedies in Claiming Restitution for Genocide Losses

BY HARUT SASSOUNIAN September 8, 2007 could be a turning point in the pursuit of the Armenian Cause. On that date, University of Southern California’s Institute of Armenian Studies organized an unprecedented symposium on "International Law and the Armenian Genocide: Recognition, Responsibility and Restitution." After opening remarks by Prof. Richard H. Dekmejian, Director of the

Turkish-American Leaders Have Found ‘The Perfect Time’ to Sue Each Other

BY HARUT SASSOUNIAN Armenia’s have always blamed themselves for their lack of unity. Of course, Jews and other communities, who have their own internal quarrels, frequently express the wish that they were as united as Armenia’s! The recent dispute among Jewish-Americans regarding the ADL’s position on the Armenian Genocide reflects the natural diversity of opinion

ADL’s Domino Effect: Genocide Deniers are Falling One by One

BY HARUT SASSOUNIAN For too many years, Abraham Foxman and ADL’s leaders have gone far beyond their organization’s noble mandate of stopping "the defamation of the Jewish people," by meddling in international politics. The ADL had apparently appointed itself the guardian of Israel’s strategic interests and the well being of Jews everywhere, particularly those in

Righteous Jews, Armenia’s, and Others Demand ADL Director’s Resignation

BY HARUT SASSOUNIAN For many years, Armenian-Americans have been frustrated and angered by the fact that a small number of influential Jewish-American organizations have been undermining congressional efforts to recognize the Armenian Genocide by providing political support to the Turkish denialist campaign. At the same time, the Armenian community has been pleased that many Jewish

Dollar vs. Dram; Fact vs. Fiction

BY HARUT SASSOUNIAN In the last couple of years, the U.S. dollar has lost more than 40% of its value against the Armenian currency, the dram. This devaluation has had a major impact on Armenia ?s economy on several fronts: — On-going projects in Armenia , funded in dollars from overseas, have considerably exceeded their

Now that Bush has Withdrawn Hoagland, What have Armenia’s Accomplished?

BY HARUT SASSOUNIAN Now that the White House has been forced to withdraw Richard Hoagland’s nomination as ambassador to Armenia, it is time to reflect upon the consequences of this political tug-of-war between the Armenian American community and the Bush Administration. Here are my reflections on this issue: — The Armenian-American community was obligated to

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