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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

So Much Is Happening

BY GAREN YEGPARIAN Turkey’s next attempt to choose a president, an election conducted by the country’s parliament, is slated for August 20th. By the time you read this, chaos might already be present in Turkey. You see, the religiously based AKP that won the parliamentary elections a few weeks ago has had the temerity to

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

SpitRain Award

BY GAREN YEGPARIAN You’ve all heard the Armenian saying, “He/she’s so shameless, if you spit on his/her face, he/she’ll think it’s rain”. The spirit of this saying is whence the award’s name emanates. So I’m not rude, let me graciously offer my profound gratitude to those who inspired this first-time award. I suspect there’ll be

Now that Bush has Withdrawn Hoagland, What have Armenia’s Accomplished?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

Turkey Election

BY GAREN YEGPARIAN Did you even notice? Two weeks ago that bastion of democracy, modernity, and hope for humanity’s future held an election. They elected a bunch of Turks. No surprise, of course, since it’s in Turkey. But, there were a few interesting elemen’s. The Islamists, incarnated as the Justice and Reconciliation Party (Adalet ve

Miscellaneous Musings

BY GAREN YEGPARIAN Shortly after April and our Genocide activities, a reader proffered a concern. It’s nagged me ever since, though I find myself largely in disagreement with its underlying premise. The concern arose from the event held in Glendale wherein other genocides were included in the commemoration. “They’re diluting the Genocide” was the statement.