Armenian Genocide Centennial Media Coverage Worldwide

April 22, 2015

After Pope Francis spoke about the Armenian Genocide during his mass at the Vatican, and Kim Kardashian paid homage to her Armenian ancestors and laid a wreath at the Genocide Memorial in Yerevan, the world started remembering the Armenians and what happened in 1915 in Ottoman Turkey.

Here are some of the news stories from around the world:

The Souls and Stories That Vanished in the Armenian Genocide of 1915 | April 21, 2015

Remembering the Armenian Genocide | April 21, 2015

Photographing Armenian Lives Around the World
Radio Broadcast: Here & Now, | April 21, 2015

After the Armenian Genocide, a Group of Survivors Transform into Assassins
Radio Broadcast: The Leonard Lopate Show, | April 21, 2015

Jews and the Armenian Genocide
The 100th anniversary is the time for Israel to rethink the moral concession it has made by abetting Turkish denial | April 20, 2015

The Kardashian factor and the G-word
A PR battle rages between Turkey and Armenians 100 years after the mass killings | April 19, 2015

Turkey’s Willful Amnesia
Opinion: The Editorial Board | April 17, 2015

How Novel About Armenian Genocide Became Bestseller in Warsaw Ghetto
Jewish Daily Forward ( | April 17, 2015

A Century After Armenian Genocide, Turkey’s Denial Only Deepens | April 16, 2015

When the Pope Calls It Genocide
Radio Broadcast: The Brian Lehrer Show, | April 15, 2015

European Parliament Urges Turkey to Recognize Armenian Genocide | April 15, 2015

Op-Ed On Armenian genocide, go ahead and offend Turkey | April 15, 2015

Armenians and Ottoman Turks | April 15, 2015

Be as brave as Kim Kardashian and the pope, Mr. President: Call the Armenian Genocide a ‘genocide.’ A century after more than 1 million Armenians were killed by the Ottomans, Obama should call this atrocity what it was. | April 14, 2015

Simon Heffer: Kim Kardashian and Pope Francis left Turkey in PR disaster over Armenian genocide
International Business Times ( | April 13, 2015

The Kardashians Show Support for Armenia | April 13, 2015

Pope Angers Turkey by Calling Armenian Genocide a Genocide | April 12, 2015

A New Chapter In The Century-Old Debate Over The Massacre Of Armenians
Radio Broadcast: The Diane Rehm Show, | April 14, 2015

Interview: ‘Turks and Armenians should escape vicious circle of assertion and denial’ | April 13, 2015

Armenians and Turks in the shadow of 1915 | April 9, 2015

April Marks The Centennial Of Armenian Genocide
Radio Broadcast: National Public Radio ( | April 8, 2015

Lessons not learned: The Armenian Genocide
Jerusalem Post ( | April 8, 2015

Vatican Archives Shed Light on Tragedy of Armenian Genocide | March 21, 2015

A Century of Silence
A family survives the Armenian genocide and its long aftermath | January 5, 2015

2010: President Obama’s statement recognizing the 95th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

April 24, 2010

Obama Marks Genocide Without Saying the Word
New York Times | April 24, 2010

Read President Obama’s Statement and the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) response here:
Armenian National Committee of America

The moral courage to call the near extermination of the Armenian people genocide

April 15, 2010

For the past several weeks, I’ve been reading headlines that Turkish diplomats are confidently declaring that Obama will not use the word genocide on April 24th. Why do I continue to be amazed at Turkey’s power to dictate policy and terms of diplomacy to the US administration? Seeing how countries’ leaders can be bought, blackmailed and de-backboned is chilling.

What will it take for our politicians to do the right thing?

And, while I’m on the subject, where are the journalists who still know how to report the facts without relying on press releases supplied by lobbyists?

Obama breaks Armenian Genocide promise, asks Congress not to judge Turkey on Armenia

March 7, 2010

Obama asks Congress not to judge Turkey on Armenia | March 6, 2010

Obama Erdogan Meeting in Washington

December 4, 2009

Toward the Obama Erdogan Meeting in Washington
Armenian Reporter | December 4, 2009

Write President Obama with your family’s Armenian Genocide history (I did)

November 14, 2009

President Obama is meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on December 7, 2009.

To send your letter testifying about your family’s Armenian Genocide-related history to President Obama, click this link:

This is a copy of my letter to President Obama:

November 12, 2009

Dear President Obama,

Thank you for your leadership and the vision you are putting forth for America. I actually cried with tears of happiness when I voted for you.

My late father always celebrated the anniversary of the day he arrived in America and saw the Statue of Liberty for the first time. He called May 15th, “God Bless America Day.” It was more important to him to celebrate that day, than it was to celebrate his own birthday.

President Obama, I am an Armenian-American. I am writing to you today because I understand you will be meeting with the Prime Minister of Turkey, again, before the end of this year. I am speaking up now on behalf of the memory of my mother’s parents and grandparents, who suffered unthinkable personal tragedies at the hands of the Ottoman Turks during the Armenian Genocide. I still believe you intend to keep your campaign promise to call the systematic mass murder and deportation of Armenians, Greeks and other non-Muslims a “Genocide.”

I truly believe you are the right person to find a way to work through this issue because the world respects you. If a man of your principles and moral courage does not speak up to the Turkish Government, who will? Allowing Turkey to perpetuate a denial campaign, so as not to disturb our national interests, is no different than befriending the playground bully and then not speaking up to his assertions that he never abused anyone. In this comparison, the bully would actually make claims that it was he who was assaulted, and he was merely defending himself.

My grandfather’s family did not assault the Turkish government. In fact, my great great grandfather, Dr. Aboujhon Kuzujian, was a prominent medical doctor from Aintab who migrated to Marash. The family name was officially changed from Kuzujian to Kalpakleoglou or Karnoug (in Armenian) when my great great grandfather received a Kalpak (Persian lamb hat) as an honor from the Sultan of Turkey. Dr. Kuzujian was recognized as a hero for saving the lives of children during an epidemic in Marash that took the lives of many children.

My grandfather was Karnig Kalpakian (Dr. John Karnig) and his father was Dr. Janik Kalpakian. In 1920, they escaped the killings in Marash, Turkey, that claimed the lives of my great grandmother Mary Mesrobian, as well as the lives of my great aunts Anais and Armenouhi. During the Ottoman Turks’ mass deportation of the Armenians, Mary Mesrobian’s entire family, with the exception of her brother Kevork, were deported “to the deserts of Arabia” (this is what my grandfather wrote in his letter to our family, but it was most likely Der Zor).

My grandfather and great grandfather were among the ‘lucky’ victims of the Ottoman Turks. Leaving everything behind, they survived. Starting off in a horse-drawn carriage to Aintab, Janik and Karnig set out on their journey to safer shores in America. From Aintab they traveled to Aleppo (Syria); then to Beirut (Lebanon), then on to Jerusalem, and finally to Alexandria, Egypt, where they waited to immigrate to America. In 1923, Karnig, together with his father, new stepmother and a new baby brother, finally arrived at Ellis Island in New York.

Mr. President, in my heart I believe this issue has broader importance than simply serving as a domestic political gesture to a small constituency. The world community is watching and waiting for our leadership regarding genocide. My mother asked why would I want to get involved in documenting the Armenian Genocide as a response to the recent Armenian-Turkish Protocols, when my efforts won’t change anything. But as Henri Frederic Amiel said, “Truth is not only violated by falsehood; it may be equally outraged by silence.”

Please take my letter under your personal consideration. It would be an honor to share more of my grandfather’s family history, as well as his achievements in, and contributions to, our great country.

Thank you.


Sheri Sona Jordan
New York

My blog address is,

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