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About Dr. Henry Astarjian (32 Articles)
Dr. Henry Astarjian was born in Kirkuk, Iraq. In 1958, he graduated from the Royal College of Medicine and went on to serve as an army medical officer in Iraqi Kurdistan. He continued his medical education in Scotland and England. In 1966, he emigrated to the U.S. In 1992, he served as a New Hampshire delegate to the Republication National Convention in Houston, Texas. For three years Astarjian addressed the Kurdish Parliament in Exile in Brussels, defending Armenian rights to Western Armenia. For three consecutive years, he addressed the American Kurds in California and Maryland. He is the author of The Struggle for Kirkuk, published by Preager and Preager International Securities.
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Astarjian: Hypocrisy or Ineptitude?

Like a drunken sailor, the Armenian nation—with its motherland and diaspora—continues to drag itself through mud into oblivion, pretending that things are all right. It’s time for jubilation. The motherland, basking in corruption and crime, is plagued with depopulation and confusion about [more...]

September 28, 2013 // 19 Comments

Acting Patriarch Ateshian arrives in Sourp Giragos church in Diyarbakir in Oct. 2012 to preside over its reconsecration. (Photo by Khatchig Mouradian)

Armeno-Kurdish Relations: Love Fest or Divorce Settlement Meetings?

Like a first date with a potential lover or a last meeting to settle divorce property with an ex, Armenian and Kurdish individuals are in a fest, both knowing full well that negative feelings hover over the canopy under which they are sipping champagne. Both sides, dealing from a position of [more...]

August 19, 2012 // 15 Comments

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Astarjian: A Second Xoybun?

In the present turmoil in the Middle East—characterized by massive political upheaval, renewed genocidal military operations, threat of nuclear proliferation, and massive population shifts—the Kurdish Cause occupies a central position of concern to the governments of Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and [more...]

March 22, 2012 // 38 Comments

It was disappointing, all right: How a nation that has suffered so much by the hands of Europe and the Nazis, that lost six million of its children to the Holocaust, could be so callous as to deny the Armenian Genocide in order to serve its disingenuous policies.

Astarjian: Trick or Treat? An Historic Halloween!

It is a historic political Halloween! It was disappointing, all right: How a nation that has suffered so much by the hands of Europe and the Nazis, that lost six million of its children to the Holocaust, could be so callous as to deny the Armenian Genocide in order to serve its disingenuous [more...]

October 11, 2011 // 18 Comments

The major question is whether we have leaders who have guts, vision, lucidity, and dedication, and are capable of handling the issues correctly, deliberately, and with unyielding conviction, for the road is long, tough, and studded with unexpected surprises.

Astarjian: The Armenian Phoenix

Seldom in history have so many conglomerated opportunities mandated action in such a short time, on such a wide span of geography, to revive such a major cause related to nationhood, statehood, independence, and sovereignty. The major question is whether we have leaders who have guts, vision, [more...]

August 11, 2011 // 21 Comments

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Astarjian: Our Muslim Brothers

Even after 65 years I can almost feel it: the backhanded slap my father unleashed on me for expressing an opinion that was as sinful as condoning adultery. It hurt, and I carried its psychological scars until very recently. That was not the norm for my father’s authority; I had the utmost freedom [more...]

June 24, 2011 // 396 Comments

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Astarjian: National Inventory and a Roadmap

At the cost of saying I said so, I reiterate my belief that we Armenians, individually and as a nation, are on the wrong track politically, strategically, and tactically to reaching our national goals. We have been so for several decades now! The idea of exposing Turks and Turkey to the world for [more...]

February 23, 2011 // 10 Comments

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Astarjian: Tales of Winter (Part II)

I had to stay home. A Nor-Easter had paralyzed Boston except for emergency services; the governor had ordered it so. Billy had plowed some 14 inches of snow from my driveway only an hour before, yet there were two inches on the ground masking the black macadam, blocking passage or making it [more...]

January 19, 2011 // 4 Comments

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Astarjian: A Geopolitical Trisomy

A tripartite genetic chromosomal derangement otherwise known as Down Syndrome accurately describes the geopolitical entities at play in the Armenian reality today. Armenia, Turkey, and the Armenian Diaspora, separately and in combination, have occupied the political position of Chromosome 21 in the [more...]

October 30, 2010 // 3 Comments

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Astarjian: Akhtamar: Wrong Church, Wrong Pew!

Once again Turkey is yanking our chain! Once again they have us, the hounds, chasing the plastic rabbit in a dog race—this time, in the form of a church in Akhtamar. Turkey, in a shrewd move, has allowed an Armenian pilgrimage to the ancient monastery to celebrate the Divine Liturgy. The [more...]

September 7, 2010 // 31 Comments

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