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Camp Armen to Be Returned to Armenians?

ISTANBUL (A.W.)—Fatih Ulusoy, the current owner of Camp Armen, said on May 23 that he would sign the transfer of the property over to the Gedikpaşa Armenian Protestant Foundation. Camp Armen is the former summer camp located in the Tuzla district of Istanbul that provided asylum for Armenian orphans until 1983. Ulusoy’s statement came after weeks of protests … Continue reading

Catholicosate of Cilicia Leaders and Lawyers Outline Lawsuit Seeking Turkey’s Return of Historic Christian Site

(L to R) Aram Hamparian, Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan, Payam Akhavan, Teny Pirri-Simonian, and Cem Sofuoglu WASHINGTON—Leaders and lawyers representing the Catholicosate of Cilicia held a press conference on April 29 at the National Press Club to discuss their lawsuit against the Turkish Government seeking the return of the historic seat of the Catholicosate, located in … Continue reading

100 Years Ago, 1.5 Million Christian Armenians Were Systematically Killed. Today, It’s Still Not A ‘Genocide’

ISTANBUL — On April 24, 1915, Ottoman Turkish authorities hauled off Daniel Varoujan, a leading Armenian poet of the time, along with over 200 other intellectuals in the capital Constantinople. To the crumbling Ottoman Empire, the poets, painters, writers, booksellers and politicians at the beating heart of the Armenian community posed too much of a … Continue reading

Remembering the Armenian Genocide

On April 24th, millions of people around the world will mourn the implementation of a plan—devised by Ottoman officials a hundred years ago, amid the chaos of the First World War—to annihilate the Armenian people in their native homeland. Initiated in 1915, the policy was brutally effective; by the war’s end, it had resulted in … Continue reading

System Of A Down, Armenia’s Favorite Sons, On Facing History

System of a Down is made up of four Los Angelenos of Armenian descent. This spring, they’ll play their first-ever concert in their ethnic homeland. Frank Maddocks/Courtesy of the artist Here’s a quotation about prison overcrowding: “All research and successful drug policies show that treatment should be increased and law enforcement decreased, while abolishing mandatory … Continue reading

Turkey’s Willful Amnesia – NYT

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD APRIL 17, 2015 Next Friday, April 24, Armenians the world over will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the mass killings of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey, now widely recognized as the first genocide of the 20th century. Widely, that is, outside Turkey, where the government and the majority of Turks continue to … Continue reading

Turkish PM’s Armenian Advisor Steps Down following ‘Genocide’ Remark

Etyen Mahcupyan during an interview with CNN Turk on April 10 (Photo: a screenshot from the interview) ANKARA (Agence France Presse)—The first ever member of Turkey’s Armenian community to hold the post of senior advisor to the Turkish prime minister has retired, an official told AFP Thursday, after he described the mass killings of Armenians … Continue reading

European Parliament Adopts Bill on Genocide Centennial, Calls on Turkey to Reconcile with Past

BRUSSELS— During its plenary session, the European Parliament adopted a resolution today on the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide, the European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy (EAFJD). The European Council was represented by Kalinina Lukaševica and the European Commission Kristalina Georgieva, Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for the Budget and Human Resources. The … Continue reading

Be as brave as Kim Kardashian and the pope, Mr. President: Call the Armenian Genocide a ‘genocide.’

Pope Francis marked the centenary of mass killings of Armenians under Ottoman rule by terming the atrocity a “genocide,” alienating Turkey. (Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images) It sounds like the set-up for a joke in a late-night talk show host’s opening monologue: “So, Kim Kardashian and the pope were the biggest news stories last Sunday.” But it’s … Continue reading

Pope Calls Killings of Armenians ‘Genocide,’ Provoking Turkish Anger

Catholicos Karekin II, the Armenian Apostolic Church’s supreme patriarch, right, greeted Pope Francis during Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on Sunday.CreditGregorio Borgia/Associated Press Vatican diplomats have been deliberately prudent in avoiding the term, so in using it during the Mass on Sunday, before an audience that included the Armenian president, Serzh Sargsyan, … Continue reading