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  • Archaeologists say the Urartians failed to overcome harsh winter conditions

    03/03/2006 8:19:01 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies · 521+ views
    Turkish Daily News ^ | Friday, March 3, 2006 | Dogan Daily News
    The Urartians established a kingdom around Lake Van in eastern Anatolia but failed to deal with severe winter conditions, especially snow, in an effective way, said Professor Veli Sevin on Wednesday, according to archaeological findings... Urartu was an ancient kingdom in eastern Anatolia centered in the mountainous region around Lake Van that existed from about 1,000 B.C. until 585 B.C. It stretched from northern Mesopotamia through the southern Caucasus, including parts of present-day Armenia up to Lake Sevan. The name Urartu is actually Assyrian, a dialect of Akkadian, and was given to the kingdom by its chief rivals to the...
  • Non-Attic Characters

    07/18/2004 6:43:19 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies · 951+ views
    University of California, Irvine, Thesaurus Linguae Graecae ^ | September 7 2003 (rev 9-28-2003) | Nick Nicholas
    The first character is the sampi, as it was used (briefly) in the Ionic alphabet as a sibilant. The first question to answer is whether it should be separated from the numerical sampi at all... The second question is what the phonetic value of sampi was... Jeffery (1990:39)... also suspects that sampi was originally borrowed from Carian, and used to express the Carian sibilant in loanwords... In the pre-Hellenic language of Lemnos (possibly related to Etruscan), it is used, but Jeffery has no idea what it sounded like. In the older inscriptions of the non-Hellenic language of Phrygia (related...
  • ISIS Dynamites Church Memorializing Victims of Armenian Genocide

    09/23/2014 9:17:47 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    CNS News ^ | September 23, 2014 | Lauretta Brown
    An Armenian Apostolic church constructed in memory of the victims of the 20th century Armenian genocide was “rigged and dynamited” on Sunday by forces loyal to the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS), according to reports from Syria’s government news agency. The Armenian Holy Martyrs Church in Der Zor, located in the Syrian desert 280 miles northeast of Damascus, was constructed in memory of the victims of the 1916 Armenian genocide and consecrated in 1991. The site was chosen because Der Zor is believed to have housed death camps in which an estimated 150,000 to 400,000 Armenians were...
  • US Knew Turkey Aided Al Qaeda But Did Nothing to Stop It

    09/15/2014 6:34:46 PM PDT · by xzins · 25 replies ^ | September 15th, 2014 | ARA KHACHATOURIAN
    When Armenian-Americans voiced their anger over Turkey’s role in the incursion into Kessab last spring, US authorities merely expressed “concern” about the well-being of Armenians and Christian minorities. Despite the community’s insistence that Turkey was directly involved in allowing the al Qaeda-affiliated Al Nusra rebels to freely enter Kessab, the US State Department was reticent in fingering its NATO ally. Fast forward to today when the Obama Administration is leading a fragile coalition against the Islamic State for Iraq and Syria, an off shoot of Al Nusra known as ISIS, and Turkey is, once again, rejecting American access to its...
  • Erdogan And The Armenians

    07/20/2014 8:05:50 AM PDT · by idov · 3 replies
    The Times Of Israel ^ | July 20, 2014 | Dov Ivry
    Perhaps the most astounding development in the wake of the Gaza incursion was the revelation that Turkey had suddenly discovered that there is such a thing as “the conscience of humanity.” Those were the very words used by that country’s foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu. They surfaced during the endless ranting and raving by him and Turkey’s pathetic farce of a prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan against Israel. The other astounding development is that Erdogan actually used the word “genocide.” It’s been a century now since the Turks committed genocide against the Armenians and until this day, although the event was...
  • Armenian Genocide: 99 Years of Remembrance

    04/25/2014 7:58:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    la fox ^ | Apr 24, 2014 | Araksya Karapetyan
    Wednesday April 24th marks the 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. That day also marks another year that’s gone by where the Turkish government has not recognized the slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians as a genocide. ... The Armenian Genocide was one of the most compelling human rights crises of World War I. Many historians talk about how what happened in 1915 perhaps helped inspire Adolf Hitler, three decades later, to carry out the atrocities of World War II. In a speech where Hitler was preparing to invade Poland, he is quoted saying: “Who, after all, speaks of the annihilation...
  • USC holds Armenian genocide awareness event

    04/25/2014 8:05:42 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Daily Trojan ^ | 4 - 24 - 2014 | Macaul Hodge
    the genocide officially began on April 24, 1915, when over 200 Armenian community leaders were apprehended and later executed in Turkey during the reign of the Ottoman Empire. Over the next eight years, approximately one and a half million Armenians were killed. The political party in power in Turkey during this time, commonly referred to as the Young Turks, carried out the killings. ... Haig Aintablian, president of the Armenian Students’ Association, spoke about his personal experience with the genocide, in which some of his family were victims. “My [great-grandmother] was personally in the Armenian Genocide,” Aintablian said. “I heard...
  • Armenian politicians confident that Turkey will recognize Genocide ( by Muslims )

    04/24/2014 10:59:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    PanARMENIAN ^ | April 24, 2014
    Turkey will have to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide sooner or later, deputy foreign minister Shavarsh Kocharyan said after his visit to Tsitsernakaberd Genocide Memorial ... Parliament speaker Eduard Sharmazanov named the international recognition of the Genocide among key priorities in Armenia's foreign policy. "Unless the international community recognizes and condemns this crime against humanity, they'll always be a risk of repetition of such atrocities in future," .. He further slammed Turkey's denialist policy and urged Ankara to follow Germany's suit in apologizing to Jewish people and recognizing the Holocaust.
  • Turkey’s New Jihad on Christian Armenians

    03/27/2014 4:04:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 3/27/2014 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Far from being repentant of the Armenian Genocide, Turkey, under the leadership of Prime Minister Erdogan, is again targeting Armenians; is again causing their death and dislocation.In the early morning hours of March 21, al-Qaeda linked Islamic jihadis crossed into Syrian territory from the Turkish border and launched a jihad on the Christian/Armenian town of Kessab. Among other thing, “Snipers targeted the civilian population and launched mortar attacks on the town and the surrounding villages.”  Reportedly eighty people were killed. The jihadis later made a video touring the devastated town; no translation is needed, as the main phrase shouted throughout is...
  • The Assyrians and Kurdish Autonomy in Syria

    08/31/2013 8:47:15 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Assyrian International News Agency ^ | 8-20-2013 | Augin K. Haninke
    The Kurdish Democratic Party (PYD), a branch of Partiya Karkeręn Kurdistan (PKK), recently declared that they want to form a Kurdish autonomy in northern Syria... is there any place for Assyrians? Is there room in a future ruled by Kurds, considering what happened in northern Iraq? Analysts I talked to are optimistic and see a difference from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in north Iraq. Assyrians make up about 30% of al-Jazeera's population and should have better conditions, they say. But the biggest threat to Assyrians is emigration, since many are fleeing to seek a better life in the West....
  • Turkey PM Erdogan apologises for 1930s Kurdish killings

    11/23/2011 3:25:18 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    BBC ^ | 23 November 2011
    The Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has apologised for the killing of more than 13,000 Kurds by the Turkish military in the late 1930s. He is the first Turkish leader to make the apology. The killings occurred when the army crushed a Kurdish rebellion in Dersim, using aerial bombings and poison gas. The apology comes at a time of tension between Turkey and its minority Kurdish population. Mr Erdogan made the unexpected apology during a meeting of party officials in the Turkish capital Ankara. "If there is need for an apology on behalf of the state, if there is...
  • Armenian Groups Go After Condoleezza Rice as 'Genocide Denier' ( Turkish Muslims )

    11/14/2011 6:25:31 PM PST · by george76 · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Many ethnic Armenians who read ex-US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's recently published memoirs ...are spitting fire over her descriptions of her battles with the US-based Diaspora Armenian lobby. Both in 1991 as a presidential aide (to then US President George Bush) and in 2007 as secretary of state (under then President George W. Bush), Rice worked to defeat the congressional push for recognizing the World-War I-era slaughter of ethnic Armenians by Ottoman Turks as genocide. ... Sassounian charged that Rice had behaved as "a spineless official of a banana republic" by allegedly caving in to Turkish interests.
  • 'Arab Spring': The chilly cruel winter reality of Arab racism and Islamic bigotry

    10/23/2011 2:57:37 PM PDT · by PRePublic · 15 replies
    'Arab Spring': The chilly cruel winter reality of Arab racism and Islamic bigotry Not that ethnic racism and religious bigotry weren't rampant before the so-called "Arab spring" sprung about. But the intolerance tide seems to be only worsening, and without an Arab dictator to "hold" various factions together, vulnerability expand, risks rise. --- RELIGIOUS BIGOTRY: As the D.B. puts it: "Violence Against Egypt's Copts in an Intolerant Arab Spring.. The elephant in the room of the Arab Spring is now the mistreatment of minority communities—Christians and others—across the Arab world." FPM asks: Hillary Clinton Promises to Save Egypt's Christians? ......
  • Eldad: Expel Turkish Ambassador

    09/02/2011 6:35:15 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/9/11 | Gavriel Queenann
    MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union) responded to Turkey's intention to expel the Israeli ambassador by calling for reciprocity. "The law of reciprocity – and the ‘law’ of the Middle East – require immediate expulsion of the ambassador to Turkey, filing a suit on behalf of the commandos who were injured - and the State of Israel for expenses incurred - as a result Turkey's negligence in preventing the flotilla from sailing illegally, and immediate cessation of the supply and maintenance of military contracts with Turkey ". MK Eldad added that during the first week after the Knesset holiday he will...
  • Turkey Pledges to Return Some Confiscated Christian Properties

    08/29/2011 9:26:47 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 8 replies ^ | Aug 29, 2011 | Contributor
    WASHINGTON—Fearing mounting losses at the European Court of Human Rights and recent adoption of Congressional legislation calling attention to its repression of Christian communities, the Turkish Government issued a decree this weekend which would return Christian and Jewish religious properties confiscated after 1936, reported the Armenian National Committee of America. “Erdogan’s decree, clearly prompted by increased Congressional scrutiny of Turkey’s repression of its Christian minority and successive losses at the European Court of Human Rights, would return less than one percent of the churches and church properties confiscated during the Armenian Genocide and the decades that followed it,” said ANCA...
  • Kobe Bryant's Turkish Airlines Endorsement Angers Armenians

    12/16/2010 4:03:56 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 65 replies
    MyFoxLA ^ | Dec. 16, 2010 | Rick Lozano
    Armenian Americans -- many right here in the Los Angeles area -- are calling Kobe Bryant's endorsement deal with Turkish Airlines "Kobe's direct flight to inhumanity." The Armenian Youth Federation says it's considering protests at Staples Center if Bryant doesn't back down or at least issue some type of statement recognizing the Armenian Genocide, when approximately 1.5 million Armenians in the Ottoman Empire were killed. Bryant has talked about the endorsement deal, telling CNBC, "I've never been to Turkey, but all the guys on the team who have been keep saying (that) it's one of the hottest places to go....
  • Protesters Clash in Lebanon Over Turkish PM's Visit (Islamic Turkey's anti-Christian genocide)

    12/02/2010 6:51:13 PM PST · by Milagros · 2 replies
    VOA News ^ | Nov. 25, 2010
    Turkey Condemned for Civil Rights Abuses Hundreds of Lebanese of Armenian descent have clashed with security forces in Lebanon during a protest against Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit. Demonstrators shouted anti-Turkish slogans Thursday and tore down posters of Mr. Erdogan to protest Turkey's refusal to recognize the World War I-era killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as genocide. Prime Minister Erdogan was in a different part of the country as the protest erupted in Beirut's Martyrs Square. His two-day visit to the country has included meetings with top officials on strengthening trade and strategic relations. Armenians say...
  • Dozens charged in largest Medicare scam ever

    10/14/2010 9:35:07 AM PDT · by VU4G10 · 7 replies
    msnbc ^ | 10.14.10
    NEW YORK — A vast network of Armenian gangsters and their associates used phantom health care clinics and other means to try to cheat Medicare out of $163 million, the largest fraud by one criminal enterprise in the program's history, U.S. authorities said Wednesday. Federal prosecutors in New York and elsewhere charged 73 people. Most of the defendants were captured during raids Wednesday morning in New York City and Los Angeles, but there also were arrests in New Mexico, Georgia and Ohio. The scheme's scope and sophistication "puts the traditional Mafia to shame," U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said at a...
  • Racism in Muslim Turkey

    09/21/2010 2:08:41 PM PDT · by Righting · 10 replies
    Racism in Muslim Turkey Victims of racism in (Muslim) Turkey include: Armenian (Christians), Kurds, Jews and others Shocking Images of Dead Kurdish Fighters: Turkey Accused of Using ...Aug 12, 2010 ... Turkish soldiers on patrol in a Kurdish area of southeastern Turkey: Did the Turkish military use chemical weapons against the PKK? ...,1518,711536,00.html Genocide of the Kurdish Language by Turkey - Part 3. By Dana Berzinjy Turkey uses force in order to make Turks of Kurdish children through education system. By doing this awful act of racism and the genocide of the Kurdish ... Report: Turkey Used Chemical Weapons...
  • How radical Islam makes you: a bigot religiously - a racist ethnically

    06/14/2010 7:53:15 PM PDT · by Righting · 25 replies · 385+ views
    How radical Islam makes you: a bigot religiously - a racist ethnically UNIQUENESS OF ISLAM'S INTOLERANCE While Christianity, ever since the termination of the Crusades and the Spanish inquisitions has no plans to "convert by force" anybody else, nor is ever Buddhism or Judaism, Islam --on the other hand-- even modern day Islam is about to Islamize the world, with any means possible. When (thank God) not "yet" accomplished, the Islamists bigotry has a few levels, the "people of the book" a.k.a. Christians & Jews are "allowed" to stay as an inferior class [Dhimmis], the other non-Muslims are "totally"...
  • Obama Declines to Call Armenian Mass Killings a Genocide

    04/24/2010 10:49:23 AM PDT · by Marty62 · 32 replies · 717+ views
    Fox ^ | Updated April 24, 2010 | Fox via AP
    President Obama again declined to call the deaths of 1.5 million Armenians during World War I a genocide, instead on Saturday painting the massacre as "one of the worst atrocities" of the 20th century and "a devastating chapter" in history. In a statement issued as he and first lady Michelle Obama spent a weekend getaway here in western North Carolina, the president marked the 95th anniversary of the start of the slaughter of Armenians by Ottoman Turks with strong words but intently avoided branding it genocide.
  • Armenian genocide talk has Turkey threatening to expel Armenians

    03/18/2010 5:00:09 AM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies · 295+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 3-18-10 | Scott Peterson
    After politicians in the US and Sweden recently labeled the deaths of up to 1.5 million in 1915 an Armenian genocide, Turkey's Prime Minister Erdogan responded by threatening to expel about 100,000 Armenians living in Turkey. Raising the stakes in Turkey’s rejection of the genocide label by US and Swedish lawmakers for the mass deaths of Armenians a century ago, Turkey says it might send home up to 100,000 Armenians currently living in Turkey without citizenship. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, angry over the decision earlier this month by a US congressional committee and by the Swedish parliament to call...
  • Turkish PM threatens to expel Armenians

    03/17/2010 5:09:30 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 9 replies · 262+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3-17-10 | Alexandra Hudson
    Turkey's prime minister has threatened to expel thousands of illegal Armenian immigrants after U.S. and Swedish lawmakers passed votes branding World War One-era killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as genocide. Muslim Turkey, a NATO member and candidate to join the European Union, recalled its ambassadors to Washington and Stockholm earlier this month after the non-binding votes and warned they could hurt a fragile effort to reconcile with Christian Armenia after a century of hostility.
  • Turkey, Angry at U.S., Pledges Support for Iran

    03/09/2010 12:39:50 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 69 replies · 493+ views ^ | March 9, 2010 | Patrick Goodenough
    ( – As the Obama administration scrambles to contain the diplomatic fallout with Turkey over the “Armenian genocide” resolution in the U.S. Congress, Turkey’s tilt towards Iran continues largely unnoticed. Turkey’s “formerly Islamist” president, Abdullah Gul, in a weekend telephone conversation with his Iranian counterpart called for a deepening of bilateral relations and voiced support for Iran in international forums. Turkey is non-permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, the most important international body to have Iran on its current agenda. The encounter was virtually ignored by media outside of Turkey and Iran. Iran’s Fars news agency said Gul told...
  • Turkey Troubles

    03/05/2010 7:51:58 PM PST · by Reeser · 13 replies · 419+ views
    Fox News' White House Views ^ | March 5, 2010 | Eve Zibel
    Turkey has recalled its ambassador to the United States on the heels of a vote on a resolution in the House Foreign Affairs Committee declaring the 1915 massacre of millions of Armenians a genocide, previewing the potential problems the measure could create for ties between the U.S. and Turkey.
  • Clinton says US administration will block 'genocide' vote

    03/05/2010 5:33:30 PM PST · by americanophile · 41 replies · 680+ views
    BBC ^ | March 6, 2010 | BBC
    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said the Obama administration will seek to block a controversial bill describing as genocide the World War I killing of Armenians by Turks. A congressional panel on Thursday approved the resolution, paving the way for a possible vote by the House.
  • Our Take On: History’s Deliberate Frame Of Reference

    03/04/2010 12:11:14 PM PST · by Niuhuru · 6 replies · 234+ views
    Eightball Magazine ^ | March 4, 2010 | 8BM
    Hitler once said in reference to the Armenian Genocide by the hands of the Turks in 1915, that when Germany wins the war, it will be Germans who will be writing history and no one will speak of what they had planned for the Jews. “Our strength is our quickness and our brutality. Genghis Khan had millions of women and children hunted down and killed, deliberately and with a gay heart. History sees in him only the great founder of States. What the weak Western European civilization alleges about me, does not matter. I have given the order—and will have...
  • Deposition of Sibel Edmonds Completed, DoJ a 'No Show', Bombshells Under Oath

    08/08/2009 9:38:13 PM PDT · by GoreNoMore · 53 replies · 2,456+ views
    8:40am PT (11:40am ET): During a break, Edmonds and the attorneys stepped outside. DoJ still a no-show, so the questioning has proceeded, and Edmonds has been able to say "everything that she hasn't been able to say so far, implicating many members of Congress in a criminal conspiracy," according to interviews with Fein and others. Edmonds' attorney, Michael Kohn said: "The Justice Department decided not to show. Therefore, the deposition has gone much more smoothly than we had anticipated." There are apparently a handful of mostly independent and foreign media outlets present outside the NWC. No corporate MSM, from the...
  • Cohen asks photographer to leave his home, then pushes him out

    08/06/2008 3:17:43 PM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies · 1,248+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 8/6/8 | Zack McMillin
    The staff of Congressman Steve Cohen called police to his home today after an argument with an Armenian-American activist in town from California ended with Cohen physically pushing him out the side door. Peter Musurlian, a documentary producer for Globalist Films in Glendale, Calif., followed a reporter from The Commercial Appeal into Cohen’s Overton Park home, where the Congressman had invited local media to respond to a commercial from Nikki Tinker, his 9th Congressional District opponent in Thursday’s Democratic Primary, that Cohen called “more mudslinging.” When members of Cohen’s staff realized who the cameraman was – Cohen said Musurlian followed...
  • In Lebanon’s Patchwork, a Focus on Armenians’ Political Might

    05/26/2009 5:33:18 AM PDT · by SJackson · 2 replies · 289+ views
    NY Times ^ | 5-26-09 | ROBERT F. WORTH
    BEIRUT, Lebanon — Their political apparatus is a model of discipline. Their vast array of social services is a virtual state within a state. Their enemies accuse them of being pawns of Syria and Iran. Hagop Havatian, a Tashnaq official, under a portrait of the party’s founders. The party operates in 35 nations. They are the Armenian Christians of Lebanon, one of the Middle East’s most singular and least-understood communities. And if they sound a bit like Hezbollah, the Shiite militant group based here, that is no accident. Last month, the main Armenian political bloc decided to support Hezbollah’s alliance...
  • Turkey criticises Obama comments

    04/26/2009 10:58:32 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 11 replies · 546+ views
    BBC News (U.K.) ^ | April 25, 2009
    Barack Obama's words on the day marking the killing of Armenians by Turks in World War I were "unacceptable", Turkey's foreign ministry has said. Though Mr Obama did not use "genocide", as he did during his election campaign, Ankara said he failed to honour those Turks killed by Armenians at the time. "Everyone's pain must be shared," President Abdullah Gul of Turkey said. President Obama described the deaths of the Armenians as "one of the great atrocities of the 20th Century". He appealed for Turks and Armenians to "address the facts of the past as a part of their efforts...
  • Armenian diaspora says Obama failing to keep election promise (recognize genocide of Armenians)

    04/25/2009 10:36:59 AM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 14 replies · 805+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 25/ 04/ 2009
    YEREVAN, April 25 (RIA Novosti) - A prominent Armenian organization in the United States accused U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday of failing to follow up on his election promise to recognize the genocide of Armenians. Obama made a statement on Friday dedicated to the commemoration of the deaths of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians at the end of the Ottoman period in 1915. However, the president called the deaths "one of the great atrocities of the 20th century" but stopped short of using the term "genocide" in his speech. "President Obama had the opportunity to chart a new course...
  • New Proof-->You Can Never Trust Obama

    04/24/2009 3:49:31 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 5 replies · 421+ views Lid ^ | 4/24/09 | The Lid
    During the campaign, Candidate Obama promised anything to anybody just to get votes, and in many of those cases those promises have already been broken. Today broken promise was made to the Armenian Community. During the campaign he made a firm vow that he would be the first president to label the 1915 massacres of Armenians by Ottoman Turks "genocide," a move that would infuriate our allies in Turkey, but something of great importance to the Armenian Community. He was so firm on the promise that he had adviser Samantha Power make a video promising that as president, Obama would...
  • Will Untapped Ottoman Archives Reshape the Armenian Debate?

    04/13/2009 9:45:03 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies · 498+ views
    Turkey, Present and Past by Yücel GüçlüMiddle East QuarterlySpring 2009, pp. 35-42 The debate over what happened to Armenians in World War I-era Ottoman Anatolia continues to polarize historians and politicians. Armenian historians argue that Ottoman forces killed more than one million Armenians in a deliberate act of genocide.[1] Other historians-most famously Bernard Lewis and Guenter Lewy-acknowledge that hundreds of thousands of Armenians died but question whether this was a deliberate act of genocide or rather an outgrowth of fighting and famine.[2] In recent decades, the debate has shifted from academic to legislative grounds. In 2001, the French parliament voted...
  • PROMISES, PROMISES: Obama, Armenians and genocide

    04/25/2009 8:50:14 AM PDT · by eleni121 · 15 replies · 1,257+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 24, 2009 | CALVIN WOODWARD
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Barack Obama was unequivocal during the campaign: As president, he would recognize the nearly century-old massacre of Armenians in Turkey as genocide. In breaking that promise Friday, the president did the same diplomatic tiptoeing he criticized the Bush administration for doing.
  • US lawmakers pressure Obama on Armenian issue

    03/14/2009 5:55:08 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 8 replies · 496+ views
    Reuters ^ | March 11, 2009 | Susan Cornwell
    WASHINGTON, March 11 (Reuters) - Several U.S. lawmakers have written to President Barack Obama urging him to follow up on campaign statements and label the 1915 massacre of Armenians as genocide. The pressure on Obama comes ahead of an expected presidential trip to Turkey, which has warned that such declarations by the United States would damage relations. Turkey denies that up to 1.5 million Armenians suffered genocide at the hands of Ottoman Turks during World War One. Turkey accepts many Armenians were killed, but denies they were victims of a systematic genocide. Ronald Reagan was the only U.S. president to...
  • Turkish intellectuals issue apology to Armenians

    12/15/2008 11:48:02 AM PST · by george76 · 7 replies · 488+ views
    times of india ^ | 16 Dec 2008
    A group of about 200 Turkish intellectuals on Monday issued an apology on the Internet for the World War I-era massacres of Armenians in Turkey. The group of prominent academics, journalists, writers and artists avoided using the contentious term ``genocide'' in the apology, using the less explosive ``Great Catastrophe'' instead. But the apology is a sign that many in Turkey are ready to break a long-held taboo against acknowledging Turkish culpability for the deaths. Historians estimate that, in the last days of the Ottoman Empire, up to 1.5 million Armenians were killed by Ottoman Turks in what is widely regarded...
  • California High School Valedictorian to Be Deported

    06/02/2008 1:43:30 PM PDT · by MissouriConservative · 80 replies · 291+ views
    Fox News ^ | June 2, 2008 | Associated Press
    FRESNO, Calif. — The valedictorian at Fresno's Bullard High School won't be attending college in the United States this fall because he's scheduled to be deported. Arthur Mkoyan's 4.0 grade-point average qualified him to enter one of the state's top universities. But the 17-year-old and his mother have been ordered back to Armenia after their last appeal for asylum failed.
  • Fresno high school valedictorian scheduled to be deported

    06/02/2008 10:54:34 AM PDT · by SmithL · 41 replies · 237+ views
    Fresno, CA (AP) -- The valedictorian at Fresno's Bullard High School won't be attending college in the United States this fall because he's scheduled to be deported. Seventeen-year-old Arthur Mkoyan's 4.0 grade-point average qualified him to enter one of the state's top universities. But he and his mother have been ordered back to Armenia after their last appeal for asylum failed. The family fled from what used to be part of the Soviet Union and has been seeking asylum since 1992. A spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement says they were given an extension until June 20
  • 3 Glendale gang members nabbed in nationwide sweep

    08/02/2005 11:23:23 AM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 18 replies · 2,039+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 8/02/05 | Josh Kleinbaum
    Federal officials announced Monday that three Glendale gang members -- two from Armenia and one from Mexico -- were among 26 Southern Californians arrested as part of a two-week nationwide immigration enforcement operation targeting violent street gangs. The men were taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel as part of Operation Community Shield, an ongoing anti-gang initiative in which 582 people have been arrested nationwide between July 16 and Thursday, federal officials said. Officials would not release the names of the suspects because they were arrested on suspicion of administrative immigration violations. Two of the local men...
  • Armenians protest Turkish UNIFIL role

    10/12/2006 4:35:51 PM PDT · by a_Turk · 8 replies · 400+ views
    Daily Star Lebanon ^ | 10/13/2006 | Iman Azzi
    BEIRUT: The red, orange and blue stripes of the Armenian flag fluttered beside the cedar of Lebanon Thursday as thousands of Lebanese citizens of Armenian descent protested Turkey's planned participation in the UN peacekeeping forces patrolling South Lebanon. "We, the Armenian community, are against the deployment of Turkish troops in South Lebanon, because of their history as a violent state," explained Hagop Havatian, spokesman for the ARF Tashnak Party, the youth party responsible for coordinating Thursday's demonstration. "Last week we sent letters to every member of the Lebanese Parliament asking them to reconsider this issue. We also sent a letter...
  • Michigan Armenians mark genocide by Turks

    04/22/2004 8:51:58 AM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 3 replies · 583+ views
    AP ^ | 4-22-04
    Michigan Armenians mark genocide by Turks The Associated Press 4/22/2004, 8:47 a.m. ET DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Armenian Americans are preparing to mark the 89th anniversary of a mass murder that helped mark the 1900s as the century of genocide. Before the Nazi slaughtered 6 million Jews, before the Khmer Rouge killed 1.7 million of their fellow Cambodians, before Rwandan Hutus killed 800,000 ethnic Tutsis, the Armenians of Turkey endured mass slaughter at the hands of the Ottoman Turks. Armenians say they lost 1.5 million people in 1915-23, during and after World War I, as Turkish authorities forced them out...
  • Obama adviser accuses Jews of 'McCarthyism'

    05/26/2008 9:18:45 PM PDT · by camerakid400 · 33 replies · 164+ views ^ | May 27 08 | Alex Spillius in Washington
    A foreign policy expert consulted by presidential hopeful Barack Obama has accused members of the American Jewish establishment of "McCarthyism" in its attitude towards critics of Israel. Former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski says that the pro-Israel lobby in the US is too powerful, while the slur of anti-Semitism is too readily used whenever its power is called into question. Presenting a solution for the Middle East, he listed historical compromises that had to be made by Israelis and Palestinians but accused the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) -- the largest and most influential lobby group -- of obstructing...
  • Night of Valley gun violence kills two, wounds five (San Fernando Valley)

    05/20/2008 10:44:24 PM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 28 replies · 546+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 5.20.08 | By Brandon Lowrey, Staff Writer
    NORTH HOLLYWOOD -- Two people were shot dead and five others were wounded by gunfire in three separate shootings Tuesday night that had police searching neighborhoods door to door for gunmen, finding one suspect in a backyard. The two fatal shootings were related and took place within three blocks of each other in North Hollywood at about 7 p.m., LAPD's Deputy Chief Michel Moore told reporters. About an hour earlier, a man was shot in Northridge by a gunman riding with a number of men in a car near Wilbur Avenue and Parthenia Street, said LAPD Lt. Bill Maarschalk. His...
  • Armenian leader condemns "genocide" before pope

    05/08/2008 6:30:01 AM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies · 90+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 7, 2008 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Armenia's Orthodox leader on Wednesday used the pulpit of the Vatican to condemn the 1915 killing of 1.5 million ethnic Armenians by Ottoman Turks, saying the whole world should recognise it as a genocide. "We Armenians are a people who have survived genocide, and we know well the value of love, brotherhood, friendship and a secure life," Karekin II said in a public address during Pope Benedict's general audience in St. Peter's Square. "Today, many countries of the world recognise and condemn the genocide committed against the Armenian people by Ottoman Turkey ..." the head of...
  • 93 Years of Silence: Armenian Chrstian Genocide Remembrance Day

    04/24/2008 6:25:47 AM PDT · by eleni121 · 41 replies · 164+ views
    April 24.NET ^ | 4/24/08 | staff
    This year commemorates the 93rd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. In 1915, the ottoman empire under the auspices of the young turks carried out the first genocide of the 20th century and set a precedent for all future genocides. One and a half million Armenians were systematically massacred as they were evicted from their homes onto the merciless deserts of eastern turkey and into the darkness of the Black Sea.
  • Police break up unholy brawl in revered Jerusalem church

    04/20/2008 11:20:47 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 28 replies · 101+ views
    Breitbart ^ | April 20, 2008
    Israeli police rushed into Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre to break up fist fights between dozens of Greek and Armenian worshippers on Orthodox Palm Sunday, witnesses said. Some 20 officers intervened after Armenian worshippers threw a Greek Orthodox priest out of the church, sparking a free-for-all, they said. Several worshippers then started beating the police officers with palm fronds they were holding for the Palm Sunday celebrations that mark the return of Jesus to the Holy City a week before he was crucified. After the incident, dozens of members of Jerusalem's Armenian community marched from the church to the...
  • Turks remember slain journalist

    01/19/2008 10:47:41 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 54+ views
    BBC ^ | 19 January 2008 | Staff
    Thousands of people have gathered in the Turkish city of Istanbul to commemorate the murder last year of ethnic Armenian journalist Hrant Dink. Flowers were laid and candles lit in the street where Mr Dink was shot dead, while a huge picture of him covered part of the building where he worked. Mr Dink campaigned for his country to confront the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks during World War I. Observers say Mr Dink's stance made him a hate figure for Turkish nationalists. Nineteen people, including two leaders of an ultra-nationalist group, are currently on trial for his...
  • Muslim Claims of Accomplishment--What Arab Civilization?

    01/04/2008 5:22:04 AM PST · by SJackson · 107 replies · 399+ views | Frontpagemagazine ^ | January 04, 2008 | Peter BetBasoo
      Muslim Claims of Accomplishment   By Peter | Friday, January 04, 2008 EDITOR'S NOTE: There is great need for setting the record straight on the history of the Middle East. The revisionism of the last few years will lead Western Civilization into bondage. The following letter by Assyrian scholar Peter BetBasoo is a very important step in the right direction. It was sent by Assyrian scholar Peter BetBasoo to Carly Fiorina, CEO of Hewlett Packard Corporation, in response to a speech she presented in Minneapolis on September 26, 2001. It is reprinted by permission. Please read and...
  • Priests scuffle at Church of Nativity

    12/27/2007 8:42:38 AM PST · by Gamecock · 24 replies · 135+ views ^ | Dec 27, 2007
    Robed Greek Orthodox and Armenian priests went at each other with brooms and stones inside the Church of the Nativity on Thursday as long-standing rivalries erupted in violence during holiday cleaning. Orthodox and Armenian priests clash in the Church of the Nativity two days after Christmas. The basilica, built over the grotto in Bethlehem where Christians believe Jesus was born, is administered jointly by Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Armenian Apostolic authorities. Any perceived encroachment on one group's turf can set off vicious feuds. On Thursday, dozens of priests and cleaners came to the fortress-like church to scrub and sweep...