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  • #11
    Re: April 24

    Here we go again...i really hate this Karl Levin. He has taken our money for decades and done nothing yet here we are stupidly praising him yet again for being a crook. Yes this is the same guy who invented and forced through the NDAA and he is being hailed as a human rights guy by our idiotic lobby. The Armenian diaspora never fails to make an ass out of itself.

    June 10, 2014

    Contact: Taniel Koushakjian
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: (202) 393-3434


    WASHINGTON, DC - Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Senator Carl
    Levin (D-MI) and Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) recently cosponsored S.Res.
    410, the Armenian Genocide resolution, reported the Armenian Assembly of
    America (Assembly). In addition to Levin and Bennet, S.Res. 410, which
    passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 10th, has the
    support of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Majority Whip
    xxxx Durbin (D-IL), Select Committee on Intelligence Chairwoman Diane
    Feinstein (D-CA), Select Committee on Ethics Chairwoman Barbara Boxer
    (D-CA), and Sens. Ed Markey (D-MA), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Sheldon
    Whitehouse (D-RI).

    `As a Michigander, I'm proud to know Senator Levin continues to fight for
    his Armenian American constituents,' stated Michigan State University
    student, Ani Stamboulian, who is participating in the Assembly's
    Terjenian-Thomas Summer Internship program in Washington, DC. `Thank you,
    Senator Levin, for lending your voice to the voiceless - the 1.5 million
    Armenians that were murdered by the Ottoman Turks,' Stamboulian said.

    S.Res. 410 was introduced on April 3rd by Senate Foreign Relations
    Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ), a long-time champion of Armenian
    issues and powerful voice for justice, along with Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL),
    who previously served as Co-Chair of the Armenian Caucus during his tenure
    in the House of Representatives.

    Chairman Levin and Senator Bennet have strong records in support of
    Armenian American issues, particularly US reaffirmation of the Armenian
    Genocide. Levin, who is retiring this fall, has cosponsored successive
    Armenian Genocide resolutions throughout his 36-year tenure. Senator Bennet
    has also cosponsored previous Armenian Genocide resolutions since his
    arrival to the Senate in 2009.

    `We stand with the Armenian people in remembrance of the genocide that took
    place nearly a century ago in the waning days of the Ottoman Empire,'
    Senator Bennet told the Assembly. `The catastrophic loss of life,
    systematic killing, and displacement of innocent civilians was dreadful and
    unthinkable. We also reaffirm our commitment to ensuring that such a
    tragedy will never happen again,' Bennet said.

    Michigan and Colorado are two of 43 US states to have recognized the
    Armenian Genocide and both have substantial records affirming this
    historical truth. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (D) signed a
    proclamation recognizing the Armenian Genocide in 2011, while the Colorado
    legislature passed SJR 14-032, a bill marking the `Colorado day of
    remembrance of the Armenian Genocide' on April 24, 2014. Former Michigan
    Governor James Blanchard proclaimed `Armenian Genocide Remembrance
    Day' in
    1990, while the state's legislature adopted a resolution in 2002 that
    annually marks April 24th as Michigan's `days of remembrance of the
    Armenian Genocide.'

    Having passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, S.Res.410 now awaits
    a vote on the Senate floor. `We urge the Senate to act and adopt this
    important human rights legislation,' stated Assembly Executive Director
    Bryan Ardouny.

    Established in 1972, the Armenian Assembly of America is the largest
    Washington-based nationwide organization promoting public understanding and
    awareness of Armenian issues. The Assembly is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt
    membership organization.


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    Hayastan or Bust.


    • #12
      Re: April 24

      A full page add in the wall street journal from a Turkish denialist group just in time for genocide commemoration. I suggest you guys cancel your subscriptions to this publication.
      The Wall Street Journal ran a full-page ad on Wednesday containing links to a Turkish project that denies the Armenian genocide – the 1915 massacre of 1.5 million people by Ottoman Turks. The newspaper says it accepts ads with “provocative viewpoints.”
      Hayastan or Bust.


      • #13
        Re: April 24

        Anti-Armenian Documentary Will Be Screened in Toronto

        April 21, 2016

        A Documentary fim written and directed by turkish director Serkan Koc
        will be screened in Toronto, on April 22. The film is titled "1915 in
        Armenian Documents".

        The documentary is full of anti-armenian statements and false
        allegations, and features ''testimonies'' from retired turkish
        ambassadors Nuzhet Kandemir and Sukru Elekdag. It also features one of
        the world's most vocal Armenian genocide deniers Professor Justin
        McCarthy, Dr. Mehmet Perincek and former Turkish Historical Society
        President Professor Yusuf Halacoglu.

        The documentary film was banned in Germany.

        The organizers of this event are The Federation of Canadian Turkish
        Associations (FCTA), Turkic Assembly of Canada (TAC), Turkish Culture
        and Folklore Society of Canada, Turkish Federation Community
        Foundation, and Ankara Library of Toronto.

        Friday, April 22, 2016 (8:00pm - 10:00pm)

        Federation Center

        1170 Sheppard Ave. W, Unit 15


        Hayastan or Bust.


        • #14
          Re: April 24

          Turks have been dumping endless resources to campaign against this... I just hope none of our people do anything to them when they show up in Hollywood in a few days, that would really throw off our message.


          • #15
            Re: April 24

            They lost it

            "New Yorkers are left baffled as skywriters paint 'How happy is the one who says I am a Turk' in TURKISH in the sky above Manhattan - but Armenians are not amused

            New Yorkers gazed into the blue sky with bemusement as a skywriting plane carefully scribbled the phrase 'How happy Is the one who says, I am a Turk' in Turkish over Manhattan.
            The phrase was coined by the founder of modern Turkey, Kemal Ataturk, in 1933 and was until recently an oath which every Turkish child was obliged to repeat twice a week at school.
            But the plane then went on to scrawl more controversial slogans in the sky, including several which denied the Armenian genocide in 1915."

            See the pictures

            Skywriters have written pro-Turkish slogans in the air above New York. They wrote 'How happy Is the one who says, I am a Turk' in Turkish and also slogans which denied the Armenian genocide.


            • #16
              Re: April 24

              Behold the power of our mighty Armenian lobby yet again!

              Reckless Retreat: Obama Not to Recognize Genocide in Final Term


              Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan taps President Obama’s face

              ANCA’s Hamparian: “This, sadly, is President Obama’s legacy – silence
              on the Armenian Genocide, complicity in Turkey’s denials, and
              encouragement of Azerbaijani aggression.”

              WASHINGTON – White House National Security Council officials informed
              the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Thursday afternoon
              that President Obama will refrain from properly commemorating the
              Armenian Genocide, as he had promised to do as a candidate, in his
              eighth and final “Armenian Remembrance Day” statement, set to be
              released in the next few days.

              “It seems President Obama will end his tenure as he began it, caving
              in to pressure from Turkey and betraying his commitment to speak
              honestly about the Armenian Genocide,” said ANCA Executive Director
              Aram Hamparian, who met with the officials along with Government
              Affairs Director Kate Nahapetian.

              “President Obama’s unwillingness to reject Turkey’s gag-rule on the
              Armenian Genocide or otherwise confront the growing regional wave of
              anti-Armenian aggression – particularly at a time when both Ankara and
              Baku are placing targets on the backs of Armenians in Artsakh,
              Armenia, Turkey, the Middle East, and across our Diaspora – represents
              something far worse than simply a betrayal of his own promise. His
              reckless retreat from America’s anti-genocide commitments – under
              pressure from Turkey and Azerbaijan – in the face of their open
              incitement, outright aggression, and other classic genocide red flags
              – emboldens Erdogan and Aliyev to escalate their hostility, raising
              the very real risk of large-scale anti-Armenian atrocities. This,
              sadly, is President Obama’s legacy – silence on the Armenian Genocide,
              complicity in Turkey’s denials, and encouragement of Azerbaijani
              aggression,” continued Hamparian.

              Prior to his election to the oval office, President Obama was clear
              and unequivocal in promising to properly characterize Ottoman Turkey’s
              murder of over 1.5 million Armenian men, women and children between
              1915 and 1923 as genocide. In a January 19, 2008, statement he wrote:
              “The facts are undeniable. An official policy that calls on diplomats
              to distort the historical facts is an untenable policy. As a senator,
              I strongly support passage of the Armenian Genocide Resolution
              (H.Res.106 and S.Res.106), and as President I will recognize the
              Armenian Genocide.”

              President Obama has broken that pledge in annual Armenian Remembrance
              Day statements issued on or near April 24th, the international day of
              commemoration of this crime.

              The U.S. first recognized the Armenian Genocide in 1951 through a
              filing which was included in the International Court of Justice (ICJ)
              Report titled: “Reservations to the Convention on the Prevention and
              Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.” The specific reference to the
              Armenian Genocide appears on page 25 of the ICJ Report: “The Genocide
              Convention resulted from the inhuman and barbarous practices which
              prevailed in certain countries prior to and during World War II, when
              entire religious, racial and national minority groups were threatened
              with and subjected to deliberate extermination. The practice of
              genocide has occurred throughout human history. The Roman persecution
              of the Christians, the Turkish massacres of Armenians, the
              extermination of millions of Jews and Poles by the Nazis are
              outstanding examples of the crime of genocide.”

              President Ronald Reagan reaffirmed the Armenian Genocide in 1981. The
              U.S. House of Representatives adopted legislation on the Armenian
              Genocide in 1975, 1984 and 1996.

              Hayastan or Bust.


              • #17
                Re: April 24

                George Clooney has just arrived in Armenia. Among those welcoming famous couple was businessman Ruben Vardanyan.

                George Clooney will participate in the first awarding ceremony of the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity organized by Armenian entrepreneurs Ruben Vardanyan, Noubar Afeyan.

                On behalf of the survivors of the Armenian Genocide and in gratitude to their saviors, the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity will be granted annually to an individual whose actions have had an exceptional impact on preserving human life and advancing humanitarian causes. The Aurora Prize Laureate will be honored with a US $100,000 grant. In addition, that individual will have the unique opportunity to continue the cycle of giving by nominating organizations that inspired their work to receive a US $1,000,000 award.

                The ceremony will take place in Yerevan on April 24. George Clooney will hand over the award.

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                George Clooney will participate in the first awarding ceremony of the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity...
                Hayastan or Bust.


                • #18
                  Re: April 24

                  No gata for Clooney


                  • #19
                    Re: April 24

                    Not be the negative one, but can someone clear up where the money for these Aurora Prize activities are coming from? If they're coming from non-Armenian source, great. But if they're coming from Vardanyan or someone like that I would be greatly disappointed. We have a lot more important needs to fund at the moment than this.


                    • #20
                      Re: April 24

                      Close to 35 years I have been a part of the Detroit Armenian community. I have been to pretty much every commemoration event regarding the genocide around April 24th. I have watched over the years our lobby and community putting money into the hands of politicians and getting nothing in return. These politicians would come and attend our commemorative events and were guest speakers at many. Over time the politicians stopped making speeches, then they stopped coming and sent lower level representatives, then they sent no one but sent a letter...Mind you that we still finance their campaigns yet our powerful lobby cannot get anyone to come anymore. Hell even the author who was supposed to be pimping his own book was a no show at this years event. Our 50k strong Detroit community could not fill a community center theater hall. I look at the resources we have spent over the years and all I see is a waist of our time, money, effort, manpower...At this point I am convinced that probably most of the actions taken by our community is more about we diasporans feeling good about ourselves instead of trying to make any kind of difference. It is sad because many of our members and organizers really do work hard but their actions amount to nothing more then some letter that some aid to some politician drafted in five minutes full of generic bs. Opportunity cost is what you give up to get what you have and it really comes to play here. Imagine that instead of pissing away our resources we actually used them to do things that generate a real return. There are plenty of things we can do like building in Armenia/Artsakh, like subsidizing trips for our young people to visit our nation and to bond with her. I know that some of this is being done already but given our abilities it is a joke. I was talking to one of the organizers some weeks ago about this issue when he was raving about how great and effective some of the present programs are at doing exactly what I just mentioned (sending young people to homeland). I asked how many people did this program send this year? His answer was three. Sad is all I can say. I am sad that our people have figured out effective programs for doing what is badly needed but instead of funding and encouraging that we prefer to be humiliated time and again by a system in a country built to take our money and give us nothing in return. Just think about what we are doing people. We are asking a country built on genocide and slavery to recognize ours. Imagine what we could have done if we actually worked smart, if we actually were efficient, if we actually cared about nation building instead of whose name was where or who sat in some meaningless seat on some meaningless committee... A sad day made sadder by sad people doing sad sad.
                      Hayastan or Bust.