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German Scholar Exposes Turkish Propaganda about Jews

For many years, the Turkish government and its hired propagandists have claimed that Jews have been well treated in Turkey throughout history.

In recent years, as Turkey came under intense international pressure to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide, Turkish officials decided to present a more positive image of their country by forcing local Jewish leaders to issue public statements claiming that their community has lived in peace and prosperity for hundreds of years.

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