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Harut Sassounian is the publisher of The California Courier, a weekly newspaper based in Glendale, Calif. He is the president of the United Armenian Fund, a coalition of the seven largest Armenian-American organizations. He has been decorated by the president and prime minister of the Republic of Armenia, and the heads of the Armenian Apostolic and Catholic churches. He is also the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
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Sassounian: What Should Armenians Learn from Prime Minister Erdogan?

The purpose of this column is to draw lessons from the recent attacks on the Armenian town of Kessab in Syria. Last week, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan took two bold actions: 1) he blocked Twitter, a social media site with 12 million users in Turkey, to cover up revelations of [more...]

March 25, 2014 // 8 Comments

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Sassounian: Shifting Inter-Relationships between Armenia and Diaspora

The Diaspora Ministry of the Republic of Armenia invited a small group of scholars and analysts to Yerevan last December to discuss the diaspora’s changing role in relation to the homeland. The participants in the “Changing Diaspora in an Ever-changing World” roundtable came from Argentina, [more...]

March 17, 2014 // 9 Comments

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Sassounian: Corruption Scandal May End Erdogan’s Political Career

In a series of secretly recorded phone conversations revealed last week, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was heard instructing his son to hide from police tens of millions of dollars of cash stashed in his Istanbul house. This shocking revelation generated widespread calls for [more...]

March 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

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Sassounian: McCain Offends Visiting Syrian Church Leaders

Senator John McCain is a prime example of how U.S. officials so often misjudge overseas crises, believing that the best way to bring democracy to a country is through massive U.S. bombing and invasion. The Arizona Senator has been highly critical of President Obama’s “arm the rebels [more...]

February 26, 2014 // 16 Comments

However, should the Constitutional Council reject the bill, it would not be the end of the world, as Sarkozy has pledged to amend it and resubmit it to both legislative houses. Nevertheless, the pursuit of the Armenian Cause does not depend on any particular bill. Armenians have many other major demands from Turkey under international law.

Armenia, Turkey Clash over Genocide at UN Security Council (Video)

Foreshadowing next year’s Centennial commemorative events, the Armenian Genocide issue was discussed for the first time at the UN Security Council on January 29. Armenia’s Ambassador Garen Nazarian, addressing the main topic of the Security Council session, ‘War, its Lessons, and the Search [more...]

February 18, 2014 // 36 Comments

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Armenian Genocide Recognition: Necessary but Not Sufficient

With the approaching Centennial of the Armenian Genocide in 2015, Turkish leaders are coming under increasing pressure from the international community to face their country’s sordid past and acknowledge the genocide. Significantly, public statements regarding the Armenian Genocide were made in [more...]

February 13, 2014 // 8 Comments

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Sassounian: European Court of Human Rights Intervenes in Artsakh Conflict

It is noteworthy that the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is holding simultaneous hearings on two rival lawsuits filed by Armenians and Azerbaijanis. Is this a mere coincidence or an attempt by the ECHR to intervene in a thorny dispute that political leaders have failed to resolve for over 25 [more...]

February 9, 2014 // 2 Comments

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