Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Armenian Students Look to Recognize Genocide [Boston Univ]

Steven Loehr, The Daily Free Press, December 6, 2007

"Academics at yesterday's Genocide and Denial forum said the most important issue is ensuring that such events never occur again. Hosted by the Boston University Armenian Student Association, the forum attracted about 40 people to the Kenmore Classroom Building."

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Protesters Picket International Awareness Award Gala [UCLA]

Samantha Bryson, Daily Bruin, November 13, 2007

"Nearly 200 UCLA students and members of the Armenian community in Los Angeles carried signs and banners labeling Harman a “hypocrite, liar, genocide denier” and chanting “shame on Harman” as guests arrived for the gala."

Rep. Harman Undeserving of Jacoby Award [UCLA]

Haig Hovsepian, Daily Bruin, November 13, 2007

It is disconcerting that individuals – especially leaders such as Harman – have allowed the false association between HR 106 and the instability of U.S.-Turkish relations.

They do so while ignoring the core problem that we face: A supposed ally feels that it must intimidate the U.S. by using language and threats that would be expected from America’s enemies.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

AYF, New School Hold Panel on Armenian Culture and Identity [New School Univ]

The Armenian Weekly, November 9, 2007

Khanlarian ended his presentation with the voice of one Hamshen Armenian. He read the following words spoken by 40-year-old Armen Mardirossian: “Don’t forget us. There are many Armenians surviving in Mush, Sassoun, Vardo and other areas. … Armenians who were afraid until recently to reveal their identity but who today are expressing themselves courageously and are struggling to remain Armenian.”

Armenian Monuments of Nakhichevan Region [Harvard]

Andy Turpin, The Armenian Weekly, November 10, 2007

Referring to the destruction at the hands of the Azeri government, he said, “A group of people with hammers are destroying a 2,000 year old culture of another people.”

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Students Sit to Make a Stand [UCLA]

Benjamin Lo, Daily Bruin, November 2, 2007

"The Armenian Students’ Association rallied Thursday in support of House Resolution 106, a bill currently making its way through Congress that would formally recognize the mass killings of Armenians that occurred from 1915 to 1916 as genocide."

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Armenian Genocide Warrants Recognition [USC]

Naira Kuzmich, Daily Trojan, October 18, 2007

"There is never a wrong time to do what is right, but for three decades, the U.S. government has been intent on proving otherwise. Apparently, it's never the right time to recognize the Armenian genocide."

US Needs Better Listening Skills [UC Santa Barbara]

Eric Goldman, Daily Nexus, October 18, 2007

"Between 1915 and 1917, in the midst of World War I, hundreds of thousands of Armenians were massacred by the Ottoman Empire in what is now modern-day Turkey. A nefariously brutish deportation spawned what may very well be the first recorded genocide of the 20th century - dozens of countries have formally acknowledged the plight of the Armenians and passed legislation recognizing the Armenian genocide."

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Unity Festival Brings Glendale Together [GCC]

Garineh Demirjian, El Vaquero, October 17, 2007

One of the many sponsors for the festival was the Armenian National Committee of America, Glendale Chapter (ANCA) which donated $2,500 to the event. Elen Asatryan, Executive Director of the ANCA said, "Events like this should take place more often in Glendale. It gives the community a chance to appreciate the multi-cultural city we live in."

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The Genocide that Dare not Speak its Name [George Washington Univ]

Danny Kampf, The Daily Colonial, October 16, 2007

"Turkey is a country where insulting “Turkishness” is a crime, Mein Kampf is a bestseller, and people like Hrant Dink, who bravely fought for both Turkish and Armenian rights, are murdered by fascists in the street. And we’re not going to take a stand? Canada, France, Russia, Italy… even Uraguay have acknowledged the genocide and we can’t?"

Sunday, October 14, 2007

A Moment of Recognition [Harvard]

The Crimson Staff, The Harvard Crimson, October 14, 2007

"So let Turkey rage. The tide has turned globally in favor of the frank acknowledgement of all the horrors that took place in the chaos of World War I. Even if this resolution serves as a mere symbol of solidarity, one may hope that its weight might counteract the indelible pain of almost a century of impunity and silence."

Friday, September 28, 2007

Turkish Speech Canceled [Georgetown]

Will Sommer, The Georgetown Voice, September 27, 2007

“It’s very hard to speak about Armenian issues in Turkey,” Hamparian said, explaining why he thinks the Patriarch, who lives in Turkey, doesn’t speak publicly about the genocide.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Who Remembers the Armenian Genocide? [Humboldt State]

Daniel Solomon, The Eureka Reporter, April 25, 2007

"The genocide has yet to be officially recognized by the United States government, but U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson has co-sponsored HR 106, The Armenian Genocide Resolution, for which Ekparian is thankful, as it shows steps are being taken to remember the millions who lost their lives."

US Ignores Genocide for Alliance's Sake [UCSD]

Robert Deranian, UCSD Guardian, April 26, 2007

"While Turkey's geopolitical significance is debatable, what should not be debatable is America's position on issues of moral justice. From its beginnings, America has strived for the ideal that there is something more than just self-interest, something that makes the world a better place - the existence of a high moral ground."

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Month Calls to Mind Victims of Genocide [UCLA]

Jackie Barber, Daily Bruin, April 11, 2007

"Voices recounting tragic tales and staggering death tolls projected over a loudspeaker from Meyerhoff Park on Tuesday as speakers from several human rights groups promoted the Armenian Student Association’s Genocide Awareness Month, taking place all of April."

Concert not Canceled Due to Threats, President Says [Brown Univ]

Debbie Lehmann, The Brown Herald, April 10, 2007

"Izmailyan wrote that the musicians pulled out of the concert because many members of the Armenian community expressed concern about the "potential misuse of the event." The musicians "did not wish to participate in an event that the Armenian community was not united behind," he wrote."

Monday, March 26, 2007

America Should Be Aware of Genocide [Columbia Univ]

By Jordan Hirsch, The Columbia Spectator, March 26, 2007

War provides an excellent cover for despots and murderers. The Ottoman Empire stretched this cover to new lengths amid the chaos of World War I. The Armenians, Christians who had lived in Anatolia and the Caucasus Mountains for three millennia, were a minority under Ottoman rule. When the war ignited, the Ottomans quickly came to view the Armenians as a dangerous fifth column. Some Armenians had staged a revolt in previous years, and there were many Armenians fighting for the Russian army. What happened over the next two years, no one disputes: some 1.2 million Armenians were expelled from their homes. They were forced to march through the scorching desert, harassed, robbed, raped, and murdered by Turkish peasants and their Kurdish escorts. The most accurate historical estimates place the death toll at approximately 800,000. At this point, however, the politics of genocide take over.

Saturday, March 3, 2007

Mayor of Yerevan Stops by Campus During Local Tour [GCC]

Susan Aksu, El Vaquero, March 2, 2007

"He said he would be interested in sending a team to Glendale to study and learn the system at GCC and exchange ideas. He also said that he would be more than happy to host students and faculty from Glendale to spend time in Yerevan. As it happens, Armenia is the destination the summer of one of the college's study abroad programs, under the direction of Levon Marashlian."

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

UT Community Mourns Journalist Slain in Turkey [Univ of Texas, Austin]

Lindsey Mullikin, The Daily Texan, January 24, 2007

"Mourners were given red carnations and copies of Armenian journalist Hrant Dink's last article as they entered the memorial service held for him in the Sinclair Suite at the Texas Union last night. Dink was shot to death in Turkey on Jan. 19, 2007."