The Snowden leaks have been overwhelming us in their complexity and in their scope. So far, though, there is little sign of a new political landscape coming together.
There is great disparity between the establishment of a charitable private foundation in Armenia, successful fund raising activities and donations to NON-VITAL, but important, Armenian causes, and the GLARING absence of funds and/or donations to the Syrian Armenian CRISIS, eloquently described in Mr. Zaven Khanjian’s article, “Will You Be the First to Answer.”
Armenia’s ruling Republican Party of Armenia’s trampling on the Armenian Constitution continues without impunity, as party members pushed forward an agreement in the National Assembly that effectively sells off Armenia’s interests in the gas company and dodges questions of misappropriation of funds by government agencies.
The leader of the association of Turkish Jews in Israel, Zali de Toledo, stated that “Turkey should take into account its interests and should normalize relations with Israel or else the Israeli lobby will likely stay neutral when 2015 comes.” This proves that nothing has changed. The world is oblivious to morality and the reality of the Armenian Genocide is no more than a bargaining chip for some nations.
In early November, the Hrant Dink Foundation held a conference on “Islamized Armenians” at the Istanbul Bosphorus University, breaking one more taboo in Turkey. Islamized Armenians were hitherto a hidden reality, a secret known by many, but which couldn’t be revealed to anyone, whispered behind closed doors but filed in government intelligence offices, and it finally broke free into the public.