April genocide remembrance and avoidance

April 20, 2011

April has the unfortunate distinction of being the month in which both the Armenian Genocide and Rwandan Genocide were initiated. I wonder how many Armenians and Rwandans are aware of the striking similarities between the Armenian Genocide and the Rwandan Genocide.

20th Century Mass Killings Remembered
Voice of America | April 18, 2011

April is also the month in which US Presidents seem to dissassociate from their moral convictions concerning the Armenian Genocide:

Obama’s lack of moral clarity on Armenian genocide issue
LA Times | April 20, 2011

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Tell New York Times: Armenian Genocide committed by Ottoman Turks in Turkey not in Armenia

March 29, 2011

In the 21st Century, the United States and western allies are finally working to prevent genocide:

An Aide’s Clout Shows in Obama’s Address
New York Times | March 29, 2011

TAKE ACTION

Please call the New York Times to thank them for this article and thank reporter Sheryl Gay Stolsberg for including the reference to the Armenian Genocide. Be sure to ask them to correct an important mistake: The Armenian Genocide was carried out in Turkey, not in Armenia. Call the New York Times, toll-free: 1-888-698-6397. Or email reporter, Sheryl Gay Stolberg, by clicking her name at the top of the article.


Congress is reconvening Wed – Vote for HR 252, Armenian Genocide Resolution, possible

December 21, 2010

If you do not follow the politics concerning the United States Government’s recognition of the Armenian Genocide, you may not realize the news reported by Asbarez is a significant development (see link below). Despite threats from Turkey, President Obama is not actively pressuring Congress to dismiss the resolution. Past administrations have buckled to Turkey’s demands for political purposes, for decades. However, when President Obama was a senator, he made his views clear that he knows a genocide was committed by the Turkish Government at the beginning of the 20th century.

When you begin to learn about the history surrounding the Armenian Genocide, the eyewitness accounts and records locked in the government archives of the United States, France, and Germany, offer overwhelming evidence that genocide was committed by Turkey. Non-Armenian government diplomats, missionaries, doctors, and nurses, are among the individuals who recorded what they witnessed in letters, cables (telegraphs), photographs, and memoirs. The New York Times, National Geographic and other periodicals of the time also documented what journalists saw happening in Turkey.

Armenians all over the world can tell you some of what their grandparents and great grandparents told them. But, like my grandfather, most of what happened to the survivors remained burned into their memories and souls without ever being fully shared with anyone. Tonight, Armenians across America have hope that tomorrow the few remaining Armenian Genocide survivors may live to know that our government finally publicly will recognize the Armenian Genocide. Please read some of the other pages on this blog to learn more.

White House Indifferent on Genocide Resolution
Asbarez.com | December 21, 2010

The following outstanding documentary and books are highly recommended:

  • ‘Aghet: Armenian Genocide‘ an award-winning documentary by Germany’s ARD Television and Eric Friedler
  • ‘A Shameful Act’, one of the definitive books about the Armenian Genocide written by Turkish scholar Taner Akcam
  • ‘Armenian Golgotha’ by Grigoris Balakian, an Armenian priest’s devastating eyewitness account of the Armenian Genocide
  • Ambassador Morgenthau’s Story‘ by Henry I. Morgenthau, the American Ambassador at Constantinople from 1913-1916
  • If you haven’t called your Congressional representative and the House Majority Leader, it will take you less than one minute to make these calls. All you need to know is your zip code: MAKE THE CALL TO VOTE YES FOR HOUSE RESOLUTION 252

    Read the full text of House Resolution 252


    Support the ARMENIAN GENOCIDE RESOLUTION Vote in Congress in 30 seconds

    December 21, 2010

    Please take 30 seconds to send your message to the U.S. Congress to Vote for the Armenian Genocide Resolution

    Today the U.S. Congress may finally have the opportunity to vote for the Armenian Genocide Resolution. However, Turkey is working with the highest levels of our administration, President Obama and Secretary State Hillary Clinton (and the State Department) to prevent this vote from coming to the floor. Turkey has succeeded at convincing the US’s democratic leadership to be complicit denying the Armenian Genocide for 95 years. Despite our leaders’ private convictions, the United States of America does not yet officially recognize the Armenian Genocide. The reality is no different today. Reports through last night continue to bring news that President Obama and Secretary Clinton do not want the Congress to vote for House Resolution 252 (H.Res. 252) to appease Turkey. Outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi intends to bring the vote to the floor of the House today.

    It takes 30 seconds to send your message to Congress now

    There are only a few living Armenian Genocide survivors in the United States. Let’s all do what we can to tell our representatives that the time to stop denying the Armenian Genocide has come, let’s make this happen in their lifetime.


    Thoughts about Armenian Genocide denial

    April 12, 2010

    In his Slate article, Christopher Hitchens writes:

    “April is the cruelest month for the people of Armenia, who every year at this season have to suffer a continuing tragedy and a humiliation. The tragedy is that of commemorating the huge number of their ancestors who were exterminated by the Ottoman Muslim caliphate in a campaign of state-planned mass murder that began in April 1915. The humiliation is of hearing, year after year, that the Turkish authorities simply deny that these appalling events ever occurred or that the killings constituted ‘genocide’.”

    But, the more I read, the more I’m beginning to think that the Turkish government is humiliating its own countrymen and further damaging its country’s reputation in the eyes of the world. Armenians don’t need Turkey to validate our history. We know what happened, as does most of the world.

    The problem is that denial of the Armenian Genocide is hurtful and harmful. It is my sincerest wish that the remaining Armenian Genocide survivors could hear Turkey’s apology in their lifetime. But, that is not realistic. Especially, as long as nations, including the United States, Great Britain and Israel continue to look the other way as Turkey continues its multi-million dollar annual campaign to spread disinformation. The leaders of the world must muster up their moral courage and stand up to Turkey (as President Obama had promised he would when he was Senator Obama).

    Read Hitchen’s article:

    Shut Up About Armenians or We’ll Hurt Them Again—Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan’s latest sinister threat
    Slate | April 5, 2010



    Armenian Genocide Resolution: President Obama and the price of moral courage

    March 8, 2010

    Christian Science Monitor | March 8, 2010

    [Note: Last week the Christian Science Monitor published a story related to the Armenian Genocide resolution (HR 252) which appeared to be sympathetic to Turkey. Several readers of this blog wrote to the CSM’s editors via the link to their news site’s feedback page. Today’s Opinion piece in the Christian Science Monitor offers a realistic appraisal of the Armenian Genocide issue; it is certainly more balanced, which is what readers must demand from responsible journalists and publishers.]


    As President, I Will Recognize The Armenian Genocide – Obama

    January 29, 2010

    Serj Tankian, System of a Down, reminds us of President Obama’s promise to recognize the Armenian Genocide. Watch this brief video on YouTube:


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