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Source: presidential press service
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Source: RA MFA
- 12:17 | Armenia New facts revealed in ‘offshore scandal’ case
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Source: Haykakan Zhamanak
- 10:21 | Armenia Arthur Baghdasaryan to travel to Moscow
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- 09:22 | Armenia David Harutyunyan appointed Minister-Chief of Government Staff
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Source: presidential press service
- 09:22 | In the world Russia to build 150 military facilities on Kuril Islands
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Source: RIA Novosti
- 09:09 | In the world Ukraine should lead disarmament of irregular military groups – OSCE Secretary General
The disarmament of irregular militant groups in Ukraine is a task for the authorities in Kiev, OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier said.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 08:55 | In the world 48 killed in attack on peacekeepers' base in South Sudan
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- 08:54 | In the world Mexico shaken by powerful earthquake
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- 08:47 | In the world Ukraine crisis: US raises pressure on Russia over deal
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- 08:39 | In the world ‘Sorry’ South Korea ferry captain details evacuation delay
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- 18:03 | Region Bako Sahakyan visits construction site of new school building in Stepanakert
President Sahakyan thanked philanthropist Nikolai Sarkisov for financing such an important project.
Source: presidential press service
- 17:21 | Armenia Armenian government discusses CU accession process
Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan chaired a consultation meeting on Armenia’s accession to the Customs Union and the Common Economic Space to discuss the ongoing work in this direction.
- 17:05 | In the world Armenian chess players in Philadelphia
IM Samuel Sevian has scored 2.5 points after three rounds at the open chess tournament ongoing in Philadelphia.
- 16:45 | Armenia Fish Festival to be held in Armenia
Traditional and new dishes made from fish will be presented at the festival.
- 14:42 | Armenia Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute to become scientific research center of international significance
“A new permanent exposition will open in the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute (AGMI) in a year,”AGMI Director Hayk Demoyan told a press conference in Yerevan.
- 13:14 | Armenia SDHP leader: Orinats Yerkir’s aim will be to criticize government
Citizens do not care about whether or not the non-coalition factions will continue their activities, Narek Galstyan said.
- 11:52 | Armenia Gagik Tsarukyan has several reasons to be in high spirits
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- 11:04 | Armenia Former Gyumri mayor wants to get new position
After Hovik Abrahamyan’s appointment as Armenia’s Prime Minister, people from former Gyumri mayor Vardan Ghukasyan’s circle began spreading rumors that he will get a new position soon.
- 09:05 | Armenia Medvedev sends letter of gratitude to Tigran Sargsyan
“Upon completion of your tenure, I would like to convey my gratitude to you for Armenia-Russia cooperation,” Medvedev wrote.
- 09:04 | In the world Ukraine confirms entry ban on Russian males
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Source: RIA Novosti
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- 08:53 | In the world 10 missing after avalanche on Mount Everest
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- 08:44 | In the world Obama cautious over deal to ease Ukraine crisis
He said the US and its allies were ready to impose new sanctions on Russia if the situation failed to improve.
- 08:39 | In the world Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies
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- 17:16 | Armenia Replacement of governors not discussed with Armenia’s new PM
“There was no such discussion,” Aragatsotn governor Sargis Sahakyan said, adding that the rumors that some governors will be relieved of their posts have nothing to do with reality.
- 15:42 | In the world Genocide issue is subject of political trade for U.S. – expert
“The adoption of an Armenian Genocide Resolution by the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee is a semi-step whose aim is not the fair demand of the Armenian people,” Turkish studies expert Ruben Melkonyan told reporters.
- 14:58 | Armenia Armenia’s National Library collects media reports about Armenian Genocide
Next year the National Library of Armenia will host an exhibition dedicated to the centenary of Armenian Genocide, National Library director Tigran Zargaryan told a press conference.
- 14:07 | Armenia Alaverdyan: Holding captive Armenian soldiers is beneficial to Azerbaijan
“The case of Armenian captives Mamikon Khojoyan and Arsen Khojoyan is different from that of POW Hakob Injighulyan because Injighulyan was wearing a military uniform when he crossed into Azerbaijan, while Mamikon Khojoyan and Arsen Khojoyan were civilians,” Larisa Alaverdyan told reporters.
- 12:32 | Armenia Yuri Vardanyan to resign as Minister of Sport
Former Minister of Industry and Trade Karen Chshmarityan may be appointed Economy Minister in the new government.
Source: 168 Hours
- 11:27 | Armenia Date of OSCE MG Co-Chairs’ visit to Armenia not known
The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group said in a statement following their meeting with Armenia’s and Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministers in Moscow in mid-March that they plan to visit the region in April.
Source: Haykakan Zhamanak
- 10:39 | Armenia Three candidates for Deputy PM’s post
Acting Deputy Prime Minister, Territorial Administration Minister Armen Gevorgyan, who is considered as the most universal government official, is the most likely candidate for Deputy Prime Minister.
Source: Haykakan Zhamanak
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New official figures released Wednesday show that Glasgow, Scotland’s most populous city, continues to have lower life expectancy rates than some of the worst conflict zones in the world.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 09:01 | In the world Pakistan Taliban say cease-fire with government is over
In a statement released to the news media, the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, or TTP, alleged the Pakistani government hadn't responded positively to the cease-fire, which began as a monthlong observance on March 1 and eventually was extended to April 10.
- 08:57 | In the world MH370 families storm out of glitchy teleconference with Malaysian officials
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- 08:50 | In the world India election: Voting starts on biggest polling day
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- 08:45 | In the world Ukraine crisis: Crunch talks due in Geneva
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- 08:40 | In the world S Korea ferry: Desperate search for survivors continues
Most of the passengers on board were students and teachers from the same high school on a field trip.
- 17:08 | Armenia Non-coalition forces to continue cooperation ‘to spite prophets’
It was decided to come up with the initiative to make amendments to the pension law and the proposals may be presented at an upcoming special parliament session, head of ARFD parliamentary faction Armen Rustamyan said.
- 15:53 | Armenia Armenian grandmasters in Dubai
Armenian grandmasters Zaven Andriasian and Tigran L. Petrosian scored 6.5 points each out of 9 and finished 5th and 7th respectively among 142 participants at the open chess tournament in Dubai.
- 15:14 | In the world Ethnic Armenian soldier killed in Aleppo
Soldier of Syrian army, ethnic Armenian Gogo Ashnaglian was killed this morning in Ramusie district of Aleppo.
Source: Gandzasar weekly
- 14:52 | Armenia Orinats Yerkir Party offered three portfolios – Margaryan
“Orinats Yerkir Party was offered three portfolios in the new government at the recent meeting with President Serzh Sargsyan, MP from Orinats Yerkir Party,” deputy chairman of the party Hovhannes Margaryan said in a statement.
- 14:15 | Armenia Non-coalition factions hold regular meeting
The meeting will discuss the decision to convene a special parliament session by April 28.
- 13:29 | In the world Expert welcomes President’s statement about neutrality on Syrian conflict
“We would take part in military operations and get involved in provocations,” Karen Sirunyan said.
- 12:00 | Armenia Tickets of Yerevan-Moscow flights to cost 49 euros
On April 21, Russia’s Utair airline will start operating Yerevan-Moscow-Yerevan flights with Boeing 737-500 planes.
Source: Haykakan Zhamanak
- 11:32 | Armenia Samvel Farmanyan to become Diaspora Minister
MP from Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) Samvel Farmanyan will replace Hranush Hakobyan as Diaspora Minister in the new government.
- 10:47 | Armenia Which Ministers will be relieved of their posts?
According to discussions inside the government circles, Energy Minister Armen Movsisyan, Justice Minister Hrayr Tovmasyan, Culture Minister Hasmik Poghosyan and Social Affairs Minister Artem Asatryan may be relieved of their posts.
- 09:05 | Armenia Non-coalition factions to specify future plans
So far, only the Armenian National Congress (ANC) has expressed a clear position on the necessity to carry out change of power.
- 09:02 | In the world 4 protesters killed in army attack on airfield in eastern Ukraine
At least four protesters were killed and two other wounded on Tuesday as the Ukrainian troops stormed an airfield in Ukraine's eastern city of Kramatorsk.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 08:57 | In the world India recognizes 3rd gender rights
In a ruling that human rights groups are calling historic, India's Supreme Court on Tuesday granted the country's transsexual and transgender individuals the right to self-identify their gender.
- 08:51 | In the world 48 die in Togo bus crash, 15 injured
The accident happened before dawn 108 miles (175 kilometers) north of Lome as a bus carrying passengers to Lome collided with a truck.
12:11 05/04/2011 » Politics
Cemal Pasha’s Grandson Says Genocide, Morgenthau’s Great Granddaughter doesn’t
Hundreds of Armenians turned out at UCLA last Thursday night to hear with great apprehension Hasan Cemal, the grandson of Cemal Pasha -- one of the top three Turkish butchers of the Armenian nation. This unique and controversial event, titled "From Der Zor to Dzidzernagapert: A Conversation with Hasan Cemal," was organized by AGBU Asbeds.
Understandably, there was great tension in the air. The large hall was filled to capacity and many were turned away due to lack of room. The presence of armed policemen and security guards inside the hall was both reassuring and disturbing. Cemal confirmed that he was cautioned against coming to Los Angeles, but fortunately everything proceeded calmly. The most shocking thing that evening was not what Cemal said, but what another speaker, Dr. Pamela Steiner, the great granddaughter of Amb. Henry Morgenthau, did not say!
Kurken Berksanlar, Chairman of ABGU Asbeds, welcomed everyone to "an open-minded conversation." While admitting that some Armenians view with great suspicion Turks who acknowledge the Genocide, he believed that "progressive” Turks, who are speaking openly about the evens of 1915…, appear to be above and beyond the reach and control of today’s Turkish government." Berksanlar then introduced the keynote speaker Hasan Cemal and the two discussants, Dr. Pamela Steiner, and Prof. Richard Hovannisian.
A columnist at Milliyet newspaper, Cemal immediately won over his skeptical audience by greeting them in Armenian -- "parev harkeli paregamner" -- and telling them: "I came here to open my heart and open my mind to you…. I know your pain, your grief of Genocide, your grief of Meds Yeghern." Ignoring Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code which bans the use of the term Armenian Genocide, he courageously repeated those words several more times during his talk. He also condemned the Turkish government’s denial of the Armenian Genocide, calling it "colluding in the crime!"
Cemal described his deeply moving 2008 visit to the Armenian Genocide Monument in Yerevan, where he laid three carnations in memory of his close friend, Hrant Dink, the Armenian journalist who was assassinated in Istanbul by Turkish extremists. While visiting Yerevan, he had a startling encounter with Armen Gevorkyan, grandson of the man who in 1922 assassinated his grandfather, Cemal Pasha.
Cemal described the progress made in Turkey during the past three decades on the recognition of the Armenian Genocide, going from total denialism to an apology campaign, restoration of Armenian churches, and holding academic conferences on this topic. He asked Armenians to come to Turkey to participate in the "recovery of memory." He urged them never to forget the past, without becoming its captives.
While Cemal’s candid remarks left a good impression on the audience, Dr. Steiner turned off the attendees with her adamant and intentional refusal to use the word genocide. Instead, she used such typical Turkish denialist terminology as "tragedy,” “suffering,” and “events of 1915." As director of the Inter-Communal Trust-Building Project, she spoke about "possible steps towards building trust between Armenians and Turks." She stunned the audience by asking Armenians to acknowledge that "the Turkish people [who] suffered horrendously during World War I … need and deserve acknowledgment for that!" As if that request was not outrageous enough, she went on to urge Armenians to "consider acknowledging Turkish suffering before they receive an acknowledgment for theirs!"
During the question and answer period, when I pointed out the irony of Cemal Pasha’s grandson freely using the term Armenian Genocide, while the great granddaughter of Amb. Morgenthau would not, Dr. Steiner’s response was inadequate. Her justification was that she was playing the role of a “facilitator,” seeking "conciliation" between Armenians and Turks.
The final discussant, Prof. Hovannisian, in a stern voice, gave a polite, yet powerful response to the previous speakers. He told Hasan Cemal that the large Armenian audience had come not to listen to him as a Turkish journalist, but as the grandson of Cemal Pasha. He explained that understanding the Turkish perpetrators’ mindset cannot in any way justify their actions. He cautioned everyone not to equate Armenian suffering resulting from intentional destruction with the suffering of Turks as a result of war. He emphasized that Armenians were seeking not only recognition, but, more importantly, restitution of their confiscated properties. He urged the Turkish government to return the hundreds of Armenian churches in Turkey to the Armenian Patriarchate of Istanbul. Finally, in a direct allusion to Dr. Steiner, Prof. Hovannisian emphasized that "conciliation" required "acts of contrition." His remarks were greeted with a standing ovation.
I found Cemal to be both candid and brave. He could have easily avoided the use of the term Armenian Genocide, maintaining that doing so could land him in jail. However, he made no excuses and used the genocide term several times. Considering his grandfather responsible for "the Great Catastrophe," he described today’s Turkey as "a manic-depressive country!"
Although it is not easy to forget that Hasan Cemal is the grandson of one of the three masterminds of the Armenian Genocide, it would be wrong to hold children responsible for the sins of their parents. His position has dramatically evolved since his Boston appearance two years ago, when he avoided the term Armenian Genocide. I asked him privately at the end of his UCLA talk if he was not concerned that he could be taken to court for using the word genocide. Even though he said he did not think so, he found it important enough to mention my concern in a column he wrote in Milliyet upon his return to Istanbul.
The only sour note in Cemal’s words that evening was his rejection of demands for the return of Armenian territories from Turkey. Nevertheless, it is not surprising to hear a Turk, no matter how tolerant, defend his country’s territorial integrity. He did state, however, that the Turkish government should apologize to Armenians and pay compensation to them.
On the other hand, Dr. Steiner, as a Jewish-American and direct descendant of Amb. Morgenthau, cannot be excused for her persistent refusal to use the term genocide, despite her self-avowed good intentions. Anyone who does not acknowledge the truth of the Armenian Genocide loses the moral authority to play a constructive role in Armenian-Turkish relations. One cannot remain neutral between a victim and victimizer. She should heed the wise words of Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel who stated: "Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim!"
As facilitator between the two communities, Dr. Steiner probably believes that she should not take sides. But telling the truth is not taking sides between Armenians and Turks, anymore than acknowledging the Holocaust is siding with Jews. Furthermore, it is not clear what exactly her role is as facilitator. Genocide is not a dispute that requires the services of a mediator. How can she reconcile two nations without the victimizer first making amends for what her own great grandfather called "The Murder of a Nation!"
Two days after her talk at UCLA, Dr. Steiner sent me a lengthy e-mail explaining further her role as facilitator and insisting that Amb. Morgenthau would have supported her work. I cannot pretend to know her great grandfather better than her, but being familiar with the Ambassador’s humanitarian efforts during and after the Genocide, I have no doubt that he would have done everything possible to bring justice to Armenians, rather than remaining neutral between the perpetrators and their victims.
By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier
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