The international community should worry more about Erdogan’s terrifying actions than his delirious ramblings.
July 22, 2015
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has completely destroyed his credibility by making numerous bizarre claims in recent years. For example, Erdogan told a group of Latin American Muslims visiting Istanbul last year that Muslim Pilgrims discovered America over 300 years before Christopher Columbus: “It is alleged that the American continent was discovered by Columbus in 1492. In fact, Muslim sailors reached the American continent 314 years before Columbus in 1178. …In his memoirs, Christopher Columbus mentions the existence of a mosque atop a hill on the coast of Cuba. A mosque would look perfect on that hill today.”
Azerbaijan lost the war, and here is the OSCE Minks Group doing its utmost to minimize Baku’s embarrassment.
July 16, 2015
James Warlick, the U.S. Co-Chairman of the OSCE Minsk Group charged with mediating a peaceful resolution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, is sounding more like Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev than a so-called impartial diplomat tasked with resolving the longest conflict in post-Soviet history.
Now that the financial issue is clarified, there are other important matters facing the Catholicosate and Armenians in general.
June 10, 2015
Armenians worldwide applauded the Cilician Catholicosate for filing a lawsuit in the Turkish Constitutional Court on April 27, demanding the return of its historic seat in Sis, Kozan district of Turkey’s Adana province. The Cilician See’s former headquarters, established in 1293, was confiscated by the Turkish government in 1921, at the culmination of the Armenian Genocide.
The monastery compound is only eight miles as the crow flies from Digor, but it sits hidden on a ledge halfway down a steep ravine.
June 5, 2015
In March I spent three days at “Responsibility 2015,” the conference on the Armenian Genocide sponsored by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation held in Manhattan. At the end of the final day, I was at once invigorated and exhausted. I was inspired by the passion of the artists and activists and intellectuals, and I was emotionally wrung out by the realities of imagining for three days the genocide that a century ago this month was commencing.
A second newspaper announcement reminding Pres. Obama of his promise on the Armenian Genocide appeared in the Los Angeles Times.
May 28, 2015
The Centennial commemorations of the Armenian Genocide were marked with unprecedented, and sometimes, unexpected developments. One such occasion was the full page ad placed in the New York Times on April 18 by well-known and controversial Rabbi Shmuley Boteach (Founder, The World Values Network) and the Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee, Eastern U.S. (AGCC), harshly criticizing Pres. Obama for not keeping his campaign promise on the Armenian Genocide.
Afraid it could hurt the feelings of its Turkish ally, the United States has consistently refrained from Genocide recognition.
May 22, 2015
The ghastly scenes are familiar: boxcars bursting with human freight, soldiers leading death marches as if shepherding flocks, mass graves swallowing up the cadaverous bodies of the living and the dead. Such are the scenes of the Holocaust that a few infamous photographs have impressed upon the popular consciousness.
The exhibit includes previously unpublished photographs of Zeytun and reproduces newly released images from German sources.
February 2, 2015
A third digital exhibit on the Armenian Genocide consisting of 128 images on 24 panels entitled "The First Deportation: The German Railroad, the American Hospital, and the Armenian Genocide" was released by the Armenian National Institute (ANI), Armenian Genocide Museum of America (AGMA) and Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly).
To give the whole occasion the due respect it deserved, I invited a representation from the Armenian Embassy in London to join the day.
January 30, 2015
Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) takes place on January 27 each year to remember the Nazi atrocities during the Second World War, and subsequent Genocides throughout the world. It is an important day marked in many of the major cities in the UK, and governed by a central committee in London.
The University of Birmingham is an open platform for expression.
December 2, 2014
The University of Birmingham hosted a round-table discussion on the Nagorno Karabakh conflict Nov 26, followed by a seminar The Challenges and Choices of the South Caucasus: Between Political, Cultural and Economic Priorities hosted by a Russian expert Denis Dvornikov. Later, several Armenian media outlets hurried to slam the event, accusing the organizers of bias. The expert commented on the situation amid the media scandal.
Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of the Gigord collection is the number of images taken by Armenian photographers.
November 11, 2014
Julia Grimes, research assistant at the Getty Research Institute, introduces a fascinating selection of images from the Pierre de Gigord Collection detailing Armenian life in the 19th-century Ottoman Empire, many from the studio of Armenian photographers Pascal Sebah and the Abdullah Frères.