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30.4.15

Հարցազրոյց Հռոմի «Լեւոնեան» Վարժարանի տեսուչ Հայր Գէորգ Նորատունկեանի հետ

Ինչպէս ծա­նօթ է, Ապ­րիլ 12ին Վա­տիկա­նի Ս. Պետ­րոս Տա­ճարին մէջ Փրան­կիսկոս Պա­պը ցե­ղաս­պա­նու­թիւն որա­կեց 1915ի ջար­դե­րը, Գրի­գոր Նա­րեկա­ցին Տիեզե­րական Եկե­ղեց­ւոյ Վար­դա­պետ հռչա­կուե­ցաւ եւ Նա­փոլիի մէջ Խաչ­քար մը զե­տեղուեցաւ ի յի­շատակ Հա­յոց Ցե­ղաս­պա­նու­թեան նա­հատակ­նե­րուն։ Այս ան­նա­խըն­թաց եւ պատ­մա­կան իրադարձութեանց նա­խօրեակին «Նոր Յառաջ»ը Հռո­մի մէջ հան­դի­պում մը ու­նե­ցած է տեղ­ւոյն «Լե­ւոնեան» վար­ժա­րանի տե­սուչ Հայր Գէորգ Նո­րատունկեանի հետ։

29.4.15

Aleppo's Armenian Church of Forty Martyrs: Serious Damage

Reports from news agencies and the Armenian press surfaced in the morning of April 29, claiming that the Armenian church of Forty Martyrs, dating back to the fifteenth century and located in the old quarter of Jdeydeh, Aleppo, had been destroyed in the afternoon of April 26, 2015 by a terrorist attack. However, reports coming from Aleppo on April 29 indicated that the structure of the church was stable, but in a worrisome state due to continuous shelling over the past few days in the neighborhood. The door of the church has been damaged and the courtyard of the "Aghbalian" hall of the Armenian Prelacy has collapsed. The actual building that was destroyed was the Maronite print shop, located behind the church complex.

27.4.15

Eric Bogosian on Writing ‘Operation Nemesis’ and How the Project ‘Radicalized’ and Changed Him

Aram Kouyoumdjian
 
Eric Bogosian’s new book is not a novel or a script or a volume of monologues – the genres for which he is best known. In a surprising departure, Bogosian has written a non-fiction work entitled “Operation Nemesis,” which is about “the assassination plot that avenged the Armenian Genocide,” as its subtitle explains. The book, set for publication on April 21 (*), examines the coordinated Armenian campaign in the early 1920s to assassinate the leading perpetrators of the Genocide in Constantinople (Istanbul), in Tbilisi, and in European cities where they had sought refuge. A significant part of the book is devoted to the assassination of Talat Pasha – one of the Genocide’s key architects – in Berlin by a young Armenian named Soghomon Tehlirian and to the ensuing trial which captured international attention and, stunningly, resulted in Tehlirian’s acquittal.

26.4.15

Աղէտի լեզուով



ԳՐԻԳՈՐ ՊԸԼՏԵԱՆ

Որքան ալ հա­սարա­կաց դէպք մըն է, այ­սինքն՝ հա­մայնքի մը, ժո­ղովուրդի մը ոչնչա­ցու­մը, այնքան ալ ներ­քին, ըն­տա­նեկան խնդիր մըն է։ Մար­դիկ կան որոնց անուննե­­րը հա­­սած են միայն ին­­ծի, անոնց մա­­սին գրե­­թէ ոչինչ գի­­տեմ եւ կը մնամ կա­­խուած այսպէս չգիտ­­ցած դէմ­­քե­­­րէս։ Ման­­կութե­­նէս լսած եմ անոնց ան­­հե­­­տացու­­մը, եր­­բեմն արիւ­­նոտ պատմութիւննե­­րը, որ փո­­խան­­ցուեր են ծա­­նօթ կամ ան­­ծա­­­նօթ բե­­րան­­նե­­­րէ, կրկնուեր ու աճեր, ինչպէս ծնող­­նե­­­րը երա­­խանե­­րը քնաց­­նե­­­լու հա­­մար հե­­քիաթ­­ներ կը պատ­­մեն։

25.4.15

Չափէն աւելի յիշողութի՞ւն. յիշել ու մոռնալ հայոց ցեղասպանութեան հարիւրամեակի քառուղիին վրայ

ՍԵՊՈՒՀ ԴԱՒԻԹ ԱՍԼԱՆԵԱՆ (*)
Թարգմանեց՝ ՎԱՐԴԱՆ ՄԱՏԹԷՈՍԵԱՆ

Սոյն գրութիւնը առաջին անգամ ներկայացուած է որպէս ներածութիւն «Յիշելով հայոց ցեղասպանութիւնը. ոգեկոչման ու երաժշտութեան երեկոյ մը» ձեռնարկին, որ տեղի ունեցած է 10 Ապրիլ 2015ին Լոս Անճելըսի Գալիֆորնիոյ համալսարանին մէջ։ Նախորդ տարբերակ մըն ալ լոյս տեսած է Jadaliyya թերթին մէջ։


24.4.15

Րաֆֆի Գալֆայեան. հարիւրամեակը՝ միջազգային օրէնսդրութեան փորձաքարին առջեւ

Ֆրանսահայ իրաւաբան Րաֆֆի Գալֆայեան Մարդկային Իրաւանց Միջազգային Դաշնակցութեան (FIDH) նախկին ընդհանուր քարտուղար է։

«Նոր Յա­ռաջ» - Անցնող Յու­նուար 29ին Հա­յաս­տա­նի կա­ռավա­րու­թիւնը Հա­յոց Ցեղասպա­նու­թեան 100ամեակին առի­թով հրա­պարա­կեց հա­մահայ­կա­կան Հռչա­կագիր մը։ Դուք ինչպէ՞ս կը բնու­թագրէք զայն՝ մաս­նա­ւորա­բար մի­ջազ­գա­յին համաձայնագրերու, պայ­մա­նագ­րե­րու եւ հա­տուցման հար­ցե­րու շրջա­գիծին մէջ։
Րաֆ­ֆի Գալ­ֆա­յեան - Այս Հռչա­կագ­րին առն­չութեամբ ըսե­լիք շատ բան կայ։ Նախ ան «իրա­ւական»էն աւե­լի քա­ղաքա­կան բնոյթ ու­նի եւ յե­տոյ ալ նա­խաբա­նին մէջ հա­տուցման առն­չուող միայն մէ՛կ նշում կայ, երբ կը խօ­սուի Ցե­ղաս­պա­նու­թեան հե­տեւանքնե­րու յաղթա­հար­ման մա­սին եւ քիչ ան­դին կ՚ար­ծարծէ իրա­ւաբան­նե­րու խումբի մը ստեղծման հար­ցը, որ պի­տի զբա­ղի այս նիւ­թով։

Genocidio armenio

Emilio Cárdenas

Hoy se cumplen cien años del comienzo -en Estambul- de la terrible y larga serie de atentados y episodios perpetrados entre 1915 y 1923 que conformaron el genocidio de los armenios. El primero del siglo veinte.
Un millón y medio de armenios perdieron trágicamente la vida a través de ejecuciones masivas, marchas forzadas, asesinatos, torturas, deportaciones, hambrunas, así como el horror y la crueldad de los campos de concentración en los que muchos fueran internados. Esto sucedió cuando el Imperio Otomano estaba ya inmerso en su proceso de desintegración, durante y luego de la Primera Guerra Mundial.

White House omits 'G-word'

Barbara Slavin
 
Once again, the Obama administration has shied-away from using the word genocide to describe what befell Armenians in Turkey 100 years ago.
Despite Obama’s pledges as a presidential candidate to use this term, his White House — like those before it — appears reluctant to offend a NATO ally on the front lines of so many conflicts in the Middle East.
Instead the Obama administration speaks obliquely of the “1915 atrocities” that “extinguished” 1.5 million lives — without saying who was responsible for the killing. But academics and think-tankers in Washington say there is growing recognition that the deaths of Armenians in Turkey during World War I was the result of a genocidal campaign by Ottoman Turkish authorities that began with mass deportation of Armenians from Istanbul on April 24, 1915.

Hidden Armenians of Turkey Seek to Reclaim Their Erased Identities

Tim Arango
 
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey — For the first 25 years of his life, Armen Demirjian thought he was Kurdish. Then the elders in his village told him his family’s secret: His grandfather was Armenian, a survivor of the genocide carried out by the Ottoman Turks a century ago.
“I was completely confused,” said Mr. Demirjian, 54. “I was very sad as well. I was raised with the Kurdish culture and history.”
Mr. Demirjian, whose grandfather was sheltered by a Kurdish family as a child, held on to his secret. In recent years, though, as Turkey has allowed minorities to identify themselves more freely, he has embraced in full his family’s truth.


23.4.15

Armenian Groups Are Increasingly Focused on Reparations for Genocide

 Rick Gladstone

Behind the Turkish government’s denials of the century-old Armenian genocide lurks the possibility that survivors and their descendants could be deemed legally entitled someday to financial reparations, perhaps worth tens of billions of dollars or more.
The Turkish authorities take the position that there is nothing that needs to be repaid. Moreover, no judicial mechanism exists in which claims of such magnitude, from events 100 years ago, could be litigated. But Armenian activists have nonetheless increasingly focused on the issue of compensation in recent years.

Why is Israel still silent on Armenian genocide?

Arad Nir
Translated by Danny Wool
 
For years, close ties between Israel and Turkey were understood to be the reason Jerusalem has avoided the repeated requests of Armenians for the international community to recognize the genocide their community suffered at the hands of the Ottoman Turks during World War I. Not only has Israel refused to recognize that the massacre was premeditated and planned by the Ottoman government in Istanbul, it has also exerted its influence in Washington to prevent the United States from recognizing the genocide. This alone was a good enough reason for the various Turkish governments to maintain close ties with Israel. Ankara believed that Israel had almost mystical powers of influence over the White House and Capitol Hill.

Steve Jobs Took the Armenian Genocide Personally

Nina Strochlic
 
On Friday, wrists around the world will welcome the most anticipated gadget since the iPad came to our fingertips five years ago. The Apple Watch has stirred breathless speculation, imitation, and excitement long before its reveal last September. But the date chosen for its release has caused a too-bizarre-to-be-true historic collision that Apple’s founder would likely never have allowed to happen.
One hundred years after Steve Jobs’s adoptive family escaped the Armenian Genocide, the company he created is releasing its biggest new product on the centennial of a mass killing that left 1.5 million dead at the hands of the Ottoman Empire.

22.4.15

Nueva teoría turca: "No cometimos genocidio a propósito"



Vartán Matiossián


Después de las declaraciones del Papa y del Parlamento Europeo de la semana pasada, ni siquiera las declaraciones del 13 de abril del vocero de la O.N.U. Stephane Dujarric en nombre de Ban Ki-Moon, Secretario General, le dieron demasiado respiro a Turquía. Aunque los medios turcos debieron haberse regocijado al informar que Ban Ki-Moon califica los hechos de 1915 como un “crimen atrocidad” (atrocity crime), lo cierto es que esta expresión no es lo que creen que es, simplemente un “crimen atroz”, como la tradujo, por ejemplo, el diario “La Jornada” de México (13 de abril de 2015). (La misma interpretación equivocada, en media docena de formas distintas, apareció en los medios de Armenia y la Diáspora en armenio). Si el portavoz de la O.N.U. y, por extensión, su jefe, hubieran querido decir “crimen atroz”, hubieran usado atrocious crime y no “atrocity crime”.

21.4.15

Restitution of Armenian property remains unresolved

 Susanne Güsten

The Armenian monastery of Varagavank stands teetering on the brink of collapse in the mountains above Lake Van, in eastern Anatolia. Built a thousand years ago, and once the seat of an archbishop, it was forsaken in 1915. The monastery's buildings have more recently been used as stables, as a Kurdish villager named Mehmet Coban explained. “The manure was piled this high,” he said, marking the spot with his hand. His clan found the church like this when they settled in the former Armenian village in the 1950s, he recalled. Having shoveled out the dung, Coban now shows visitors around the church and dreams of making the village rich by turning it into a tourist destination. When he enlisted authorities to support the project a couple of years ago, it emerged that a prominent Turkish media executive in Istanbul held the deed to the monastery. His grandfather had amassed vast landholdings around Van after World War I.

Armenian Genocide: 100 Years Later, Turkey Replaces Armenian Memories With 'Restored', Whitewashed Sites

Erin Banco
 
YEMIŞLIK, Turkey -- The mosque in the center of this village in eastern Turkey looks new compared to the buildings around it. Sporting a fresh coat of green paint, it overlooks a group of crumbling houses, most of them abandoned, made of stones, sticks and steel sheets. There is virtually no trace of the once-famous village that Armenians view as one of the holiest places on earth.

Too Much Memory? Remembering and Forgetting at the Crossroads of the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide

Sebouh David Aslanian

Indeed suffering in common unifies more than joy does. Where national memories are concerned, griefs are of more value than triumphs, for they impose duties and require a common effort.[1]

These words from Ernest Renan’s iconic essay of 1882, “Qu'est-ce qu’une Nation?” offer a piercing diagnosis of how some small nations, which have been historic targets of persecution and violence and therefore know that they can easily disappear, have managed to generate and maintain their collective identities during the violent period that was the twentieth century. Painful memory, usually in large doses, has provided a remarkably effective if unhealthy boundary maintenance mechanism and helped those who patrol those boundaries (intellectuals, politicians, activists, and so on) to define and often narrowly to focus the identity collectives.

20.4.15

Turkish Embassy in Mexico Censors Film Festival on Armenian Genocide

The Turkish Embassy in Mexico, through strong pressures on various state and government authorities, managed to suspend a film festival at the Museo Nacional de las Culturas in Mexico City.
The film festival was going to feature movies like “Grandma’s Tattoos,” “The Lark Farm,” “The Cut,” “Screamers,” and “Ararat,” among others.

Germany Recognizes the Armenian Genocide

Germany will officially recognize the killing of hundreds of thousands of Armenians by the Turkish Ottoman regime 100 years ago as genocide. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition will vote on April 24 to label the murders as genocide as defined by the United Nations in 1948.
Germany’s ruling parties plan in their resolution to “find a formulation which states the fact that a genocide took place in Turkey,” Franz Josef Jung, deputy faction leader of Merkel’s Christian Democrats, said in a statement on April 20. The fate of the Armenians “exemplifies the history of mass extermination, ethnic cleansing, expulsion and genocide that characterizes the 20th century in such a terrible way,” Jung added.

Armenia’s genocide: death and denial

David Gardner

‘They Can Live in the Desert but Nowhere Else’: A History of the Armenian Genocide, by Ronald Grigor Suny, Princeton University Press, RRP£24.95 / RRP$35, 520 pages
Great Catastrophe: Armenians and Turks in the Shadow of Genocide, by Thomas de Waal, Oxford University Press, RRP£20 / RRP$29.95, 312 pages
Goodbye, Antoura: A Memoir of the Armenian Genocide, by Karnig Panian, Stanford University Press, RRP$25, 216 pages
 
Pope Francis caused a diplomatic uproar in Turkey this week when he called the massacre of the Ottoman Armenians of Anatolia a century ago genocide. Even if the term had not been invented when most of the mass killings took place in 1915-16, and was to be legally defined only in the 1948 UN convention on genocide, he was stating a fact. Thoroughly an array of documented accounts over the past two decades, by Turks, Armenians and western historians, have placed the nature of those atrocities beyond the questioning of the modern Turkish republican narrative.

Armenian genocide: To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie

Robert Fisk
 
At seven o’clock on Thursday evening, a group of very brave men and women will gather in Taksim Square, in the centre of Istanbul, to stage an unprecedented and moving commemoration. The men and women will be both Turkish and Armenian, and they will be gathering together to remember the 1.5 million Christian Armenian men, women and children slaughtered by the Ottoman Turks in the 1915 genocide. That Armenian Holocaust – the direct precursor of the Jewish Holocaust – began 100 years ago this Thursday, only half a mile from Taksim, when the government of the time rounded up hundreds of Armenian intellectuals and writers from their homes and prepared them for death and the annihilation of their people.

19.4.15

Are we the Serbs of Srebrenica?

Belgin Akaltan
 
I have been incubating this piece for a couple of years. I have been turning it from right to left, left to right, upside-down... I have started writing it many times and I did not like it just as many times and started again. This has been going on for a while but I have decided to go ahead, whatever the outcome is, whether I like it or not.
First thing, I always put on a playlist from my dear friend, writer, gourmet, radio programmer, academic and jazz-lover Güzin Yalın. I always do that when I have stopovers in writing or when I have stopovers in myself. If I am too lazy, too dumb, too excited, too inspired, too depressed, when ideas and phrases race in my mind, I play the songs she chose for her Mardin piece in particular. Güzin’s playlists have a magical effect on me.

18.4.15

Ni siquiera la primera letra de "justicia"



Vartán Matiossián

En menos de una semana se cumplen 100 años de la fecha simbólica que marca el Medz Yeghern, el proceso de exterminio planificado de la población armenia del Imperio Otomano, que Raphael Lemkin, creador de la palabra genocidio, tuvo como uno de los precedentes a la hora de su creación y que identificó como un antecedente del crimen de crímenes ya en 1946. Se han producido numerosos acontecimientos en el nivel internacional, desde el sermón del Papa Francisco hasta la declaración del Parlamento Europeo. Probablemente habrá otros. La repercusión en la prensa y los artículos que aparecen día tras día son la prueba más evidente de que el Medz Yeghern ha dejado de ser el “genocidio olvidado.” O al menos, de que de ahora en más dejará de serlo.

17.4.15

Turkey's Willful Amnesia

Next Friday, April 24, Armenians the world over will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the mass killings of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey, now widely recognized as the first genocide of the 20th century. Widely, that is, outside Turkey, where the government and the majority of Turks continue to furiously attack anyone who speaks of genocide.
When Pope Francis used the term at a memorial service for the Armenian victims on Sunday, Turkey recalled its ambassador from the Vatican and a government minister insidiously noted that the pope was Argentine, and “in Argentina, the Armenian diaspora controls the media and business.” And even before the European Parliament passed a resolution on Wednesday urging Turkey to recognize the genocide and seek a “genuine reconciliation” with the Armenians, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared that whatever the Europeans say “will go in one ear and out the other.”

Denial of the Armenian Genocide Is Brutalizing the World

Stefan Ihrig
 
I have this imaginary Armenian kid sister. Well, actually, she is your kid sister, too -- in the same way we all have this imaginary 8-year-old in Syria who has been afraid for her life for the past few years. We are all humans after all.
My imaginary Armenian kid sister is 4 and a 1/2; talks too much; is easily distracted; for reasons beyond me, does not like raisin cookies; and, for reasons even further beyond me, died in early 1916. Nobody put a pistol to her head and executed her. Her parents were killed, and she simply had no food, no care and no proper shelter. She just wasted away. I cannot get over her death and her suffering, even though I want to, and I need to. I need to remember her and honor her memory, her life and her death. And I also have that Syrian kid to worry about -- or to purposely ignore. 

A 100 años del genocidio más negado

Julio María Sanguinetti (*)
 
El Río de la Plata se pobló tarde. Para la época de la independencia, el territorio que hoy es la Argentina andaba por los 600.000 habitantes, la mayoría en Tucumán, y en lo que sería más tarde Uruguay, poco más de 70.000. Las sociedades formadas en torno al epónimo río puede decirse que se refundan a partir del último tercio del siglo XIX, cuando una inmigración masiva produce la amalgama que son nuestros dos países ribereños.
En ese aluvión predominó la gente de las zonas más problemáticas de Italia, España y la Europa del Este, pero también de un Oriente que era tan lejano para nuestros criollos como para aquellos judíos, sirios, libaneses y armenios que, con una mano atrás y otra adelante, llegaban a una América que muchos de ellos ni distinguían si era del Norte o del Sur, sajona o latina.

16.4.15

Turkey’s Century of Denial About an Armenian Genocide

Tim Arango

CUNGUS (*), Turkey — The crumbling stone monastery, built into the hillside, stands as a forlorn monument to an awful past. So, too, does the decaying church on the other side of this mountain village. Farther out, a crevice is sliced into the earth, so deep that peering into it, one sees only blackness. Haunting for its history, it was there that a century ago, an untold number of Armenians were tossed to their deaths.
“They threw them in that hole, all the men,” said Vahit Sahin, 78, sitting at a cafe in the center of the village, reciting the stories that have passed through generations.

Հարցազրոյց պատմաբան Արմէն Մութաֆեանի հետ

«Նոր Յա­ռաջ» - Ի՞նչ կը մտա­ծէք վեր­ջերս մա­մու­լի մէջ տա­րածում գտած այն կար­ծի­քին գծով, որուն հա­մաձայն Հա­յաս­տա­նի իշ­խա­նու­թիւնը պէտք է, իբր կա­յացած պե­տու­թիւն, յանձն առ­նէ Հա­յաս­տա­նի տնտե­սական եւ ռազ­մա­վարա­կան կա­րիք­նե­րը, որ­պէսզի Սփիւռքը կա­րենայ հո­գալ իր հա­մայնքա­յին ու մշա­կու­թա­յին կա­ռոյցնե­րուն ծախ­սե­րը։

15.4.15

Turkey needs new approach for 1915


Ömer Taşpinar

It is sad to see that Turkey is squandering yet another opportunity to discuss what happened to Armenian communities of  Anatolia in the final decades of the Ottoman Empire.  The  "Just Memory" initiative launched by Ahmet Davutoglu a few years ago is partly to blame for this failure.

AKP's stance on Armenians worries Christians

Fehim Taştekin
Translated by Timur Göksel
 
Early in its rule, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government raised expectations that Turkey was willing to face its past. But now, as the 100th anniversary of Armenian genocide approaches, the government, let alone facing up to the past, has indulged in a frenzy of casting shadows on the genocide observances and moved Turkey’s traditional Gallipoli celebrations, normally held March 18, to April 22-24.

Չիլէի Երեսփոխանական Ժողովը կը դատապարտէ Մեծ Եղեռնը

Ապրիլ 14ին Չիլէի Երեսփոխանական Ժողովը վաւերացուցած է որոշման նախագիծ մը որ «համերաշխութիւն կը յայտնէ հայ ազգին հետ, դատապարտելով իր ժողովուրդին դէմ 1915ին սկսած ցեղասպանութիւնը»։ Թիւ 324 որոշումը ընդունուած է 77 թեր, 1 դէմ եւ 3 ձեռնպահ քուէներով։ 

14.4.15

La Cámara de Diputados de Chile condena el genocidio armenio

La Cámara de Diputados de Chile aprobó el 14 de abril de 2015 un proyecto de resolución que "solidariza con la nación armenia condenando el genocidio de su pueblo iniciado en 1915". 
El proyecto de resolución 324, que recibió 77 votos a favor, 1 en contra y 3 abstenciones, pide además al Gobierno de Chile que adhiera a lo acordado por las Naciones Unidas en 1985, respecto a que "en Armenia bajo el Imperio Otomano se cometió un genocidio brutal contra un pueblo indefenso que clama por una reparación moral por parte de la comunidad internacional y en especial del Estado turco".

Turkey angered by pope's use of 'G-word’

Cengiz Çandar 

Less than two weeks before the centennial of the Armenian genocide, the leader of the world's billion Catholics made remarks that shocked the Turkish government and gave a dramatic boost to those who believe genocide was committed in 1915. 
Pope Francis offered the comments during his April 12 sermon at St. Peter’s Basilica, attended by Armenian dignitaries including Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and Catholicos Karekin II, the highest religious authority of the Armenian Apostolic Church. “The first, which is widely considered the first genocide of the 20th century, struck your own Armenian people. Bishops and priests, religious women and men, the elderly and even defenseless children and infirm were murdered,” he said.

Does Francis Read Huntington?

Walter Russell Mead
 
Pope Francis set off a diplomatic storm yesterday when he referred to the genocide of the Armenians at a service in St. Peter’s Basilica this weekend. The Turkish Foreign Ministry denounced the remarks as baseless and unfair, and summoned the Vatican’s Turkish representative to appear for a tongue lashing.
By the standards of Vatican diplomacy, this was an explosion. Conscious of the vulnerability of Christian minorities around the world, popes are usually circumspect when touching on controversial diplomatic topics. Francis’ words will certainly provoke a harsh response from Turkey where, despite very slow and painful progress at coming to grips with the legacy of violence and persecution that shaped modern Turkey, it remains illegal to refer to the Armenian massacres as a genocide.

Remembering the Armenian genocide

Raffi Hovannisian
 
On April 24, 2015, a century closes circle upon the 1915 genocide and great national dispossession perpetrated by the Young Turk Party against the Armenian people.
This primer in premeditated nation-killing resulted not only in the deportation and murder of 1.5 million civilians on their native soil but also in the destruction of an entire civilization – nearly four millennia of continual presence in an ancestral cradle long mapped as Western Armenia.
The government of Turkey, which now occupies those lands, denies that a genocide ever took place there.
What shall I say on that April day, 100 years later, to my survivor grandfathers Kaspar and Hovakim, who had watched their parents and siblings killed by the sword or else taken away for conversion? Or to their wives, my grandmothers Siroon and Khengeni, the latter of whom was saved by a righteous Turkish neighbor?

Crece la polémica: Turquía acusa al Papa de "calumnias"

Elisabetta Piqué

No se aplaca la furia de Turquía luego del reconocimiento explícito del "primer genocidio del siglo XX" por parte de Francisco anteayer, en una histórica misa en la Basílica de San Pedro en conmemoración del martirio armenio, ocurrido hace 100 años.
Al margen de que Ankara mandó a llamar a su embajador ante la Santa Sede y convocó al nuncio apostólico y no descartaba otras medidas, ayer, además, una nota de la embajada de Turquía ante el Vaticano, directamente aseguró que es "una calumnia" hablar de genocidio armenio.

El reconocimiento del genocidio armenio

Cuando faltaba poco más de una semana para que se cumpliera el centenario de la matanza del pueblo armenio a manos de la Turquía otomana, el papa Francisco ofreció anteayer en la Basílica de San Pedro una misa que marca un hito de proporciones: fue la primera vez que un líder de la Iglesia Católica se refería a ella verbalmente como "genocidio". Según las propias palabras de Francisco, "un exterminio terrible y sin sentido", "una horrible masacre".
Con su valiente evocación del horror vivido por el pueblo armenio en el conflicto iniciado el 24 de abril de 1915, a lo largo del cual más de un millón y medio de personas fueron cruelmente asesinadas, sospechadas de haber albergado sentimientos nacionales hostiles al gobierno otomano, Francisco ratificó la clara postura que ya había dado a conocer sobre el tema cuando era arzobispo de Buenos Aires. "Genocidio" y no de otra forma había llamado Jorge Bergoglio a esa aniquilación en el libro Sobre el Cielo y la Tierra, que escribió junto con el rabino Abraham Skorka.

13.4.15

U.S. Should Call Armenian Genocide by Its Name

On Sunday, Pope Francis took the audacious step of celebrating a Mass at St. Peter's Basilica to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians, and then calling those killings by their name: genocide. For that, the Turkish government summoned the Vatican's envoy in Ankara for a talking-to and recalled its own ambassador to the Vatican for “consultation.” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced that “the pope's statement, which is out of touch with both historical facts and legal basis, is simply unacceptable.”
That's right: A full century after the mass killings by the Ottoman Empire, the Turkish government continues to reject the documented historical reality that Turkey was responsible for the first genocide in what turned out to be a century of grotesque ethnic, religious and political violence, from the Holocaust to the Cambodian killing fields to the Rwandan genocide.

Sorpresa: el Papa habló de "genocidio armenio"

 Elisabetta Piqué

La gran pregunta era si el Papa se iba a atrever a pronunciar la palabra prohibida: "genocidio". Con valentía y consciente de que iba a provocar un cortocircuito con Turquía (como sucedió), Francisco mencionó ayer ese término al conmemorar el centenario del martirio armenio en una histórica misa en la Basílica de San Pedro. Antes de que comenzara la celebración solemne, Jorge Bergoglio definió como "el primer genocidio del siglo XX" la "horrible masacre" de hasta un millón y medio de armenios por parte de turcos otomanos durante la Primera Guerra Mundial.

12.4.15

Pope Calls Killings of Armenians ‘Genocide,’ Provoking Turkish Anger

Jim Yardley
Sebnem Arsu
Pope Francis on Sunday, April 12, 2015 described the World War I-era slaughter of Armenians by the Ottoman Turks as the first genocide of the 20th century, igniting a diplomatic confrontation with Turkey, which quickly summoned the Vatican’s ambassador to condemn the pontiff’s remarks and recalled its own ambassador to the Holy See.

Փռանկիսկոս Պապը Մեծ Եղեռնը կը յայտարարէ Ի. դարու առաջին ցեղասպանութիւնը

Վատիկանի Ս. Պետրոս տաճարին մէջ, հայոց ցեղասպանութեան 100-­րդ տարելիցին նուիրուած Պատարագի իր քարոզին ընթացքին, Փռանկիսկոս պապը Հայոց Մեծ Եղեռնը նկատեց 20-­րդ դարի առաջին ցեղասպանութիւնը, խօսելով նաեւ անկէ ետք տեղի ունեցած այլ ցեղասպանութիւններու մասին: 

8.4.15

Uruguay Releases Stamp Marking Armenian Genocide Centennial

A stamp sheet to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide was released by the Uruguayan Post Office and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Uruguay was the first and is still one of a handful of countries to recognize the Genocide.

Uruguay emite un sello commemorativo del centenario del genocidio armenio

Con motivo de la presentación de un sello conmemorativo de los 100 años del genocidio armenio, el canciller uruguayo Rodolfo Nin Novoa sostuvo que, como hace 50 años, Uruguay condena este crimen de lesa humanidad. Nin subrayó que Uruguay fue el primer país del mundo en reconocer, en 1965, la matanza de los casi dos millones de armenios entre 1915 y 1923.

6.4.15

Discovering Zabelle

Carla Friedman
 
Thus they shall hear and see the Beauties of nature, and imprint the spirit of the times, not only for the advancement of the present, but for the benefit of generations to come.”
–Zabelle Abdalian, 1934

Wandering through an antique shop in the seaside village of Cayucos, Calif., I stumbled upon an impeccably preserved little book, entitled Scientific Air Possibilities with the Human, by Zabelle Abdalian, 1934. Inspired by the life of a “Madame Mary A. Harper,” whose biography is detailed in the author’s introduction, this theosophical compilation of essays includes thoughts on the “beneficial effects of natural radium in the air,” esoteric views on body, mind, spirit, science, technology, theology, and economics. Intrigued, I descended the sea-washed wooden stairway, bought the book, and walked, face to page, to a bench overlooking the Pacific.

5.4.15

Armenia, huellas milenarias

Cristian Sirouyan
 
Tallado por los rocosos perfiles del Cáucaso, Armenia es un entramado de montañas, ríos de agua helada y transparente y valles recortados por rutas de pavimento, cada tanto interrumpidos por cráteres que imponen desafíos al paseo por este milenario país de Asia Menor. Sea cual fuere el lugar y el momento que sorprenden los pasos de los forasteros, los dos conos eternamente blancos del monte Ararat copan la escena. Imperturbables, ocupan un primerísimo plano servido para filmar y fotografiar. Alrededor, la planicie florecida por la primavera se pierde bajo un horizonte brumoso, que también amaga con borronear la silueta de la montaña bíblica. El máximo símbolo del pueblo armenio –donde, según relata la Biblia, se posó el Arca de Noé para quedar a salvo del Diluvio Universal– representa una paradoja en esta región signada por las conquistas: sus 5.200 metros de altura se elevan más allá del río Arax, del otro lado de la frontera con Turquía.

4.4.15

Արդեօ՞ք Աւրորան էր առաջին հայ կինօդերասանուհին

ԱՐԾՈՒԻ ԲԱԽՉԻՆԵԱՆ

«Ազգ»ի Մարտի 20-ի համարում տեղ գտած «Մեծ Եղեռնը վերապրած Աւրորա Մարդիգանեանի պատմութիւնը՝ Մարտ ամսուայ գիրք» նիւթում նշուած է. «Նոյն թուականին (1918-ին - Ա. Բ.) էկրան է բարձրանում բարեգործական նպատակներով նկարահանուած «Յօշոտուած Հայաստան» («Հոգիների աճուրդ») համր ֆիլմը, որտեղ Աւրորային վիճակուած էր մարմնաւորելու իր իսկ կերպարը եւ դառնալու առաջին հայ կինօդերասանուհին է»
Այս փաստը շրջանառւում է Համացանցի տարբեր էջերում եւս:
Իրականում առաջին հայ կինօդերասանուհին Աւրորա Մարտիկանեանը չէր (հայերէնով ճիշդ է նրա անունն այսպէս գրելը, ոչ թէ արեւմտահայերէնից անգլերէն տառադարձուած ձեւը պատճէնելը):