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Telling the Truth About the Armenian Genocide

Even before President Barack Obama set off on his visit to Turkey this week, there were the usual voices urging him to dilute the principled position that he has so far taken on the Armenian genocide. April is the month in which the Armenian diaspora commemorates the bloody initiation, in 1915, of the Ottoman Empire’s campaign to erase its Armenian population. The marking of the occasion takes two forms: Armenian Remembrance Day, on April 24, and the annual attempt to persuade Congress to name that day as one that abandons weasel wording and officially calls the episode by its right name, which is the word I used above.

Oldest Armenian Daily Celebrates Centenary in Istanbul

ISTANBUL (AFP) — The oldest Armenian-language newspaper in Turkey is celebrating its 100th anniversary, surviving a century of tumult in a place where Armenia’s were massacred and reduced to a tiny community. Founded by a man of letters, Misak Kocunyan, and his brother Sarkis, Jamanak (Times in Armenian) was born on October 28, 1908 in

Teachers Learn Lesson About the Armenian Genocide

GLENDALE–A two-part workshop on the Armenian Genocide began Thursday helping about 70 teachers explore the Armenian Genocide from multiple school districts throughout Los Angeles County. The workshop was sponsored by the Glendale Unified School District, which will pay its teachers their regular hourly rates for attending both sessions. Facing History and Ourselves delivers classroom strategies,

Sarkisian Congratulates Obama

YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–President Serzh Sarkisian on Wednesday congratulated Barack Obama on his historic victory in the U.S. presidential election and expressed confidence that U.S.-Armenian relations will grow closer during his presidency. Obama’s election triumph was welcomed by influential Armenian organizations in the United States that expect the new U.S. president to end Washington’s refusal to

J. Michael Hagopian’s ‘The River Ran Red’ is An Act of Courage, An Act of Love

Friday night, October 24, was the opening premiere of Dr. J. Michael Hagopian’s The River Ran Red at the 11th annual Arpa International Film Festival, held in the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California. Following The Voices from the Lake, 2003, and Germany and the Secret Genocide, 2004, the long awaited The River Ran Red completed

AYF Confronts Denial at Long Beach Ataturk Celebration; Revealing Patterns in Turkish Activity

LONG BEACH, CA–Questions about Turkey’s human rights record and denial of the Armenian Genocide hampered an annual gala in Long Beach marking the founding of the Turkish Republic on Saturday, October 25, when over 50 activists from the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) demonstrated outside the hotel hosting the celebration in protest of the republic’s contentious

Obama Reaffirms Pledge to Recognize Genocide

WASHINGTON–With just days left to the crucial November 4th presidential elections, the Obama-Biden campaign reaffirmed its commitment to Armenian Genocide recognition and a strong U.S.-Armenia relationship, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA). A statement titled "Barack Obama: Supporting U.S.-Armenia Relations," relayed to Armenia’s for Obama Chairman Areen Ibran’ssian earlier Friday as well as

Turkey Signals Second Round of Karabakh Talks with Armenia, Azerbaijan

BAKU (Armenpress)–Turkey’s Ambassador to Azerbaijan on Tuesday signaled the possibility of a second round of trilateral talks between the foreign ministers of Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan, a move aimed at linking Turkish-Armenian relations to the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Following Turkish President Abdullah Gul’s visit to Armenia on September 6, Turkey hosted trilateral talks

US Senator Hegel says American Students Should Learn about Ataturk

WASHINGTON (Huriyet)–American school children should be taught about Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the modern Republic of Turkey, the Anatolian News Agency quoted U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel as saying. "Ataturk is one of the most valuable leaders in the 21st century. The children in the United States know nothing about such a big leader.

Armenian Youth Federation Demonstrates Against Gala Honoring Ataturk

LONG BEACH, CA–Over 50 members of the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) converged around the perimeter of the Long Beach Hilton Hotel Saturday night to demonstrate in protest of an annual banquet honoring the establishment of the modern Turkish republic and its founding father, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Hosted by the Association of Turkish Americans of Southern