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Armenian Education

Armenian Education

We make much of our efforts to “preserve” our culture. Preserve is probably a bad word for what we do, since it implies immutability, stasis, and that means death for culture. I’m reminded of my high school chemistry teacher, Mr. Walker, who would say “the only thing in static equilibrium is a dead body.”

March 7th, 2014

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Corruption Scandal May End Erdogan’s Political Career

Corruption Scandal May End Erdogan’s Political Career

In a series of secretly recorded phone conversations revealed last week, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was heard instructing his son to hide from police tens of millions of dollars of cash stashed in his Istanbul house.

March 4th, 2014

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Azeri Sound, Fury, and Cynicism

Azeri Sound, Fury, and Cynicism

Shakespeare, in Macbeth, writes “(Life) is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” All parts of this quote are keenly applicable to Azerbaijan and its blood-oil money fueled propaganda offensive we’ve been witnessing of late.

February 28th, 2014

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Senator McCain Offends Visiting Syrian Church Leaders

Senator McCain Offends Visiting Syrian Church Leaders

Sen. John McCain is a prime example of how U.S. officials so often have misjudged overseas crises, believing that the best way to bring democracy to a country is through massive US bombing and invasion.

February 25th, 2014

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They Just Don’t Get It

They Just Don’t Get It

It’s unfortunate that some people are stupid. This stupidity can be intellectual, political, or integrity-based (i.e. lacking it).

February 21st, 2014

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Armenia, Turkey Clash over Genocide at UN Security Council

Foreshadowing next year’s Centennial commemorative events, the Armenian Genocide issue was discussed for the first time at the UN Security Council on January 29.

February 18th, 2014

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First Concrete Step, Second Rubbery Step

First Concrete Step, Second Rubbery Step

With all this talk and microscopic (on an atomic scale, if not sub-atomic) progress on our Turkish front, it seems to me we ought to be thinking about, discussing, and putting forth actual steps that can be taken.

February 14th, 2014

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Armenian Genocide Recognition: Necessary But Not Sufficient

Armenian Genocide Recognition: Necessary But Not Sufficient

With the approaching Centennial of the Armenian Genocide in 2015, Turkish leaders are coming under increasing pressure from the international community to face their country’s sordid past and acknowledge the Genocide.

February 11th, 2014

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A Plate of Ham and Eggs

A Plate of Ham and Eggs

Involvement and commitment are two words that are sometimes used interchangeably. If you’re involved, that means you’re committed.

February 10th, 2014

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Travel… Real & Fantasy

Travel… Real & Fantasy

For some two decades I’ve snarled, ground my teeth, and bewailed to myself about the great positive publicity Turkey gets from all the write-ups and advertising in the LA Times Travel section.

February 7th, 2014

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European Court of Human Rights Intervenes in Artsakh Conflict

European Court of Human Rights Intervenes in Artsakh Conflict

It is noteworthy that the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is holding simultaneous hearings on two rival lawsuits filed by Armenians and Azerbaijanis.

February 4th, 2014

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The Independence Generation

The Independence Generation

They speak a different language. Their engagement with one another and the world has a different rhythm and voice.

February 3rd, 2014

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Pretty Amazing, Again

Pretty Amazing, Again

No doubt you read that Abdullah “Apo” Öcalan called on the Turkish government to recognize the Armenian Genocide. You might not have thought much of it, but here’s why it’s so amazing.

January 31st, 2014

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Syrian President Finally Recognizes the Armenian Genocide

Syrian President Finally Recognizes the Armenian Genocide

In a lengthy interview last week with Agence France Presse (AFP) on the tragic situation in Syria, Pres. Bashar al-Assad made an unexpected reference to the massacres of 1.5 million Armenians.

January 28th, 2014

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