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Written by Harut Sassounian    Tuesday, 17 August 2010 08:31    PDF Print E-mail
Why Would Armenians Go to Akhtamar, And Become Tools of Turkish Propaganda?
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Ever since the Genocide, after nearly a century of banning Armenian church services, the Turkish government has finally decided to allow a one-time celebration of Mass to be held at the 10th Century Holy Cross Church on Akhtamar Island.

 
Written by Admin    Monday, 05 July 2010 09:57    PDF Print E-mail
Hillary Clinton visted the Genocide Memorial in Yerevan

After days of speculation and secrecy, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, just hours ago, visited the Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan, but refrained from publicly recognizing the Armenian Genocide or signaling a shift away from the Obama-Biden Administration’s policy of complicity in the Turkish government’s denial of this crime against humanity, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

"As we stated several times in our public comments in the days leading up to Secretary Clinton’s travel to Armenia, her visit to the Armenian Genocide Memorial will hold profound meaning for Armenian Americans to the extent that it marks a real break from the Obama Administration’s morally bankrupt policy of complicity in Turkey’s campaign of genocide denial,” said ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian. “Given the secrecy surrounding this visit, and the absence of any publicly released remarks – much less a full and formal statement recognizing the Armenian Genocide by the Secretary – it would seem at this point, sadly, that this visit, while holding certain special importance in its own right – does not represent material movement toward proper U.S. condemnation and commemoration of this crime. This visit truly was a missed opportunity for the Secretary and for America.”

Secretary Clinton’s visit to the Memorial was shrouded in secrecy with local media barred from providing live coverage. Secretary Clinton proceeded to a meeting with civil society representatives and media outlets, where she discussed the importance of a strong democracy and unfettered media, but did not, apparently, allow for on-the-record comments or questions from participants. An earlier press conference held with Armenian Foreign Minister Nalbandyan on July 4th limited U.S. and Armenian journalists to only two questions each.

As a presidential candidate, Secretary Clinton was outspoken on the importance of U.S. affirmation of the Armenian Genocide. In a January 24, 2008 statement, Clinton noted “I believe the horrible events perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire against Armenians constitute a clear case of genocide. . . Our common morality and our nation’s credibility as a voice for human rights challenge us to ensure that the Armenian Genocide be recognized and remembered by the Congress and the President of the United States.”

Following her visit to Armenia, Secretary Clinton traveled to Georgia, the last stop of her five country regional tour.

 
Written by Harut Sassounian    Tuesday, 29 June 2010 07:57    PDF Print E-mail
Turkish Propaganda Campaign, Part II: Exploiting Akhtamar Church Once Again

Readers may recall that the Turkish government embarked on a worldwide publicity stunt in 2007 when it renovated and reopened as a museum the Armenian Holy Cross Church on Akhtamar Island in Lake Van.

At the time, Turkey had gone to great lengths to lure to the opening ceremonies Armenians from around the world. Turkish officials did not conceal that their real purpose was to exploit this event for propaganda purposes. Even before the "Holy Cross Museum" was inaugurated, a Turkish Parliamentary delegation had arrived in Washington with a bulky photo album.

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Written by Harut Sassounian    Saturday, 22 May 2010 21:59    PDF Print E-mail
Turkish President of European Council Should be Barred from Armenia

Mevlut Cavusoglu, the Turkish President of PACE (Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe), offended his hosts by refusing to lay a wreath at the Armenian Genocide Monument during his visit to Yerevan last week.
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Written by Harut Sassounian    Saturday, 20 February 2010 23:05    PDF Print E-mail
10 Reasons Why Turks Won’t Allow Their Leaders to Ratify the Protocols
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In earlier columns, I pointed out Turkey’s deceptive designs in negotiating and signing the Protocols with Armenia on October 10, 2009.

In addition to planning to deceive Armenia and international public opinion, Turkish leaders tried to mislead their closest ally, Azerbaijan, and the Turkish public, about the potential benefits of the Protocols. Even though the Protocols were clearly in Turkey’s interest, its leaders tried to oversell the benefits of the negotiated agreement in order to overcome possible objections from critics at home and abroad, particularly Azerbaijan.

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Hymns and Poems Through Which the Armenians Have Cried Out Against their Persecution

December 4, 1915

IN this time of bitter grief among the Armenian people, readers of THE SURVEY may like to look into their thoughts and aspirations as revealed in their poetry. For among the people of many nationalities that have been flung into the American melting pot, the Armenians have one of the most interesting and heroic histories.

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