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Rabbis at Odds: Rabbi of Armenia Castigates Rabbi of Azerbaijan

BY HARUT SASSOUNIAN At the request of the Turkish government, the Chief Rabbi of Turkey and Jewish leaders in Istanbul periodically make public statemen’s against the recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the international community. Turkish officials make similar anti-Armenian deman’s from American-Jewish organizations during their frequent visits to the United States. Azerbaijan’s leaders, who

What Motivates Patriarch Mesrob’s Political Rhetoric?

BY HARUT SASSOUNIAN It is not always easy to figure out what prompts the Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople (Istanbul), Mesrob II, to make at times conflicting and controversial statemen’s. Those familiar with the oppressive conditions within Turkey understand full well that the Patriarch and his flock are hostages in the hands of the Turkish government.

Krekorian Wins Election despite Vicious Anti Armenian Hate Mail

By Harut Sassounian In an unsuccessful attempt to undermine the election of an Armenian American candidate in the Democratic Primary for the 43rd Assembly District of California–the California Latino Leadership Fund (CLLF) sent an ugly mailer last week that tarnished the image of the entire Armenian American community. The 43rd District includes Glendale–Burbank–North Hollywood–Silver Lake–Los

What Lessons Should Armenia’s Learn From TARC’s Demise?

By Harut Sassounian Even though the demise of the Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation Commission (TARC) was widely anticipated–Armenia’s worldwide breathed a sigh of relief when its death was finally announced last week. In a joint statement–the four Armenian members of TARC announced that "TARC is not going to proceed" and asserted that they had taken this action

‘Reconciliation’ Set Up to Thwart Genocide Bill Effort

GLENDALE–YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–In an interview with the Azeri newspaper–"525-chi Gazet," last month–one of the Turkish members of the so-called Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation Commission– Ozdem Sanberk made the following alarming revelation: "The basic goals of our commission is to impede the initiatives put forth every year in the US Congress and parliamen’s of Western countries for the

Commission Member Reveals Sinister Intentions

BY HARUT SASSOUNIAN From the California Courier Three recent developmen’s in Armenia and the Diaspora sharply countered claims by Armenian members of the "Turkish Armenian Reconciliation Commission" that most Armenia’s supported their secret negotiations with Turkish deniers of the Armenian Genocide. Almost all of the political groups represented in the Armenian Parliament issued a joint

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