Armenians experienced unforgettable days last week during the Centennial commemorations of the Armenian Genocide. In many respects, Turkish denialists’ much-feared ‘Tsunami’ became a reality!
Guzelian rescued hundreds of Armenian youths left in Turkey in the decades following the genocide, including Hrant Dink, who was his protege The Youth Home of Istanbul: A Story of the Remnants’ Homecoming, the inspiring memoir of Armenian hero Hrant Guzelian, was published in Armenian in 2007 and was just released in English. Guzelian was…
It will come as no surprise that during these days of intense activity on the occasion of the Genocide’s centennial, some serious discussions occur, despite how occupied everyone is with this intense activity. Some are inspiring, others banal; some irritating, others activating; some profound, others superficial; some with the usual activist suspects, others with people who have just come on or returned to the scene; some constructive, others distracting.
A couple of years ago, when Armenians throughout the world began making plans for the Armenian Genocide Centennial, they had two major concerns: What kind of events to organize that would be most appropriate for this solemn occasion?
There was nothing but sand here. Now, a picture-perfect 21st century metropolis stands tall with pride.
My faith in people’s good judgment and ability to be unbiased was renewed when the Carson, California, City Council unanimously rejected the Los Angeles Turkish-American Association’s proposed monument to controversial Turkish dictator Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, to be set in the city’s International Sculpture Garden.
It’s been a while since I’ve told humorous, telling, inspiring, and sometimes even instructive, stories from election campaigns.
Given the candidness of Pope Francis, it was not surprising that he clearly acknowledged the Armenian Genocide during the Pontifical Divine Liturgy at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican on April 12.
Let’s get the disclaimer out of the way first: I am not related to the subject of this article.
While Armenians criticize Turkey for genocide denial and other massive violations of human rights, it is just as important to blame all non-Turks who conduct business as usual with Turkey, thereby encouraging Turkish officials to continue their outrageous behavior.