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Turks today enjoy economic power built in part on the massive amount of expropriated wealth taken from Armenians and on land depopulated of Armenians. Not only has the wealth been passed down through the generations, it has been the basis for further economic development. This gain has been matched by the increasing loss of not only the initial wealth and land, but all the economic gains that would have been made with it by Armenians.

Turkey and Genocide Recognition: A Candid Assessment

Here we are within one year of an historic milestone in our quest for justice. It is now 99 years since the Ottoman-Turkish government unleashed the genocide that slaughtered some 1.5 million innocent Armenian men, women, and children. A genocide that uprooted another 500,000 from their ancestral [more...]

June 9, 2014 // 19 Comments

In recent rulings on Hovhannisyan and Siroyan v. Armenia, the European Court decided in favor of the plaintiffs, awarding them monetary compensation.

Perincek vs. Switzerland: Freedom of Expression Distorted

In a Dec. 17, 2013 judgment on the case of Perincek vs. Switzerland, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) denounced the conviction of Turkish nationalist Dogu Perincek by the Swiss courts. In 2005, during several events in Switzerland, Perincek had described the genocide of the Armenians as an [more...]

June 9, 2014 // 1 Comment

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WWII 70th Commemoration

Dear Editor: On June 6, the world will be commemorating the 70th anniversary of World War II with press coverage of personal stories. It might be of interest to your readers the many brave sacrifices made by our American Armenians as documented in Jimmy Tashjian’s 1952 book Armenian-Americans in [more...]

June 6, 2014 // 4 Comments

Activists hold a banner that reads, "End violence towards women," during a protest in Yerevan (Photo credit: Society Without Violence)

Domestic Violence and the Preservation of ‘Family’ in Armenia

Special for the Armenian Weekly By Sophia Moradian & Karine Vann On Feb. 24, Hasmik Khachatryan, 27, stood in the courtroom of the Gegharkunik District in Gavar, Armenia, to testify against her husband, Sargis Hakobyan. She hoped that by doing so, he might be held accountable for the physical [more...]

June 3, 2014 // 78 Comments

The aftermath of the mortar bomb attacks on the Meedan neighborhood of Aleppo.

Syria: Makloube and the Election

I remember that May afternoon like it was yesterday. We had just finished eating makloube at my uncle’s home. Makloube translates to “flipped over” in English. The food itself—consisting of meat, rice pilaf, and eggplants—is layered and cooked then served upside down. It was my aunt’s [more...]

June 2, 2014 // 26 Comments

Armenian-ness can be built upon the powerful ancient history of Armenian civilization. (Photo of Ani Cathedral by Khatchig Mouradian)

In Search of a Golden Age of Armenian-ness

Special for the Armenian Weekly Every year my whole family unites to roll dolma and sarma for hours. When it comes to what we actually eat for dinner the traditional fare for the evening is take-out pizza. I have always found it funny that so much care is taken to recreate the traditional Armenian [more...]

May 30, 2014 // 1 Comment

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Nothing Should Be off the Negotiation Table

In April this year, French President Francois Hollande declared that “genocide” was the only word that could appropriately characterize the events of 1915; the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations passed a resolution affirming the historical reality of the Armenian Genocide; Australia’s [more...]

May 29, 2014 // 2 Comments

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Vanadzin: Foxman Remarks at Suffolk Not Substitute for Formal Statement

Special for the Armenian Weekly Abraham Foxman’s weekend address at the Suffolk Law School commencement was the subject of considerable controversy for the month leading up to his speech on Saturday. Campaigns were initiated by the National Lawyer’s Guild at Suffolk University as well as by the [more...]

May 28, 2014 // 10 Comments

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An ANCA Open Letter about Azerbaijan’s Growing Threat

Stand Strong, Fight Back, Support ANCA Telethon 2014   Dear fellow friends of Armenia: “Our main enemies are the Armenians of the world!” That’s not Talaat Pasha or Abdul Hamid talking. And these words aren’t from 1915. They were recently spoken by Azerbaijan’s [more...]

May 22, 2014 // 4 Comments

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