CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 2013 |
To understand why Zaven Khanjian wants the Armenian community in Syria - a dwindling population caught in the crossfire of civil war - to endure, you have to go back nearly a century. Long before in-fighting began more than two years ago, Armenians settled in Syria after being driven out of Turkey during the genocide of 1915. Destitute and sick, the Christians were welcomed by the mostly Arabic Syrians and flourished, especially in Aleppo, a city close to the Turkish border and hard hit by war between rebel forces and the sitting government.
April 26, 2013
Re "Somber memorial," photo, April 24 The commemoration of the Armenian genocide was given a brief and inadequate nod in The Times. This was the first genocide of the 20th century. There are more than 100,000 Armenians in Southern California. An interview with any number of them would have provided heart-rending true stories passed down by relatives who endured the horror. Did you mention that 1.5 million Armenians were murdered by the Turks? No, your last sentence in the photo caption was a stinging reminder that "the Turkish government disputes that a genocide occurred.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2013 |
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), lead sponsor of the Armenian genocide resolution in Congress , delivered his remarks in Armenian on the House floor Wednesday as he honored the estimated 1.5 million Armenians who were massacred in 1915 at the hands of Ottoman Turks. His remarks come the same day that President Obama once again did not use the word “genocide” in his annual statement about the tragic event. According to his office, in his Armenian address, Schiff said: “I speak to you from the floor of the House of Representatives in the language of your grandparents and your great-grandparents - the language they used to speak of their hopes, their dreams, their lives and their loves in the years before 1915....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2013 |
Hundreds of Armenians chanted outside the Turkish Consulate in Los Angeles on Wednesday to commemorate the massacre of about 1.5 million of their ancestors 98 years ago - a genocide that has yet to be officially recognized by the U.S. Chanting “We will fight, we will fight, until the end!” in Armenian, the large crowd decried decades of denial by modern-day Turkey that a genocide occurred during the time of the Ottoman Empire. Among them was Glendale resident Armen Aroutiounian, 19, who called it “pathetic” that the United States and Turkish governments refuse to recognize the genocide.
April 23, 2013 |
In 2001, I wrote a story for the Los Angeles Times about April 24, the annual Armenian Day of Remembrance, that had this lead: "The Armenian genocide. " That was it, the entire first paragraph. I was proud of it because it didn't say "the alleged genocide" or "what the Armenians consider a genocide. " It just called the 1915 massacre of a million Armenians what it was, even though the U.S. government - in deference to official Turkish denials and our air bases in Turkey - won't use the word.
February 19, 2013 |
MOSCOW - His books were burned by a mob in Azerbaijan's second-largest city. His wife and son have lost their jobs. A crowd in a small town demanded that his blood be tested to establish his true ethnicity. The nation's president stripped him of his honorary title as "the People's Writer. " And an infuriated mob under his window made threats against his life and told him to leave the country. Akram Aylisli, 75, says the treatment he has received since publication of the Russian translation of his latest book, "Stone Dreams," defies even his own literary imagination.
February 1, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- An Armenian presidential candidate was wounded in a shooting attack Thursday night that disrupted campaigning in the former Soviet republic less than three weeks before the election. Paruyr Hayrikyan of the moderate opposition National Self-Determination Union party was about to enter his house in Yerevan, the capital, about midnight when a stranger approached him from behind, a party spokesman said. The 63-year-old politician was fired at twice as he turned to face his attacker.
January 16, 2013 |
Sporadic sniper fire over sandbagged trenches that separate Armenians and Azerbaijanis across the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh has been a routine feature of daily life throughout the 19 years that the two sides have grudgingly observed a cease-fire. But the harassing potshots and provocative power plays have taken on a more ominous feel in recent weeks as pressure mounts on both sides of the “frozen conflict” for uncompromised victory in one of the world's most bitter armed standoffs.
April 4, 2012 |
Just before noon on a December morning in 1988, a magnitude 6.8 earthquake shook over 40% of the territory of Armenia, centered in the northern city of Spitak. The temblor leveled entire towns and cities, killed an estimated 25,000 Armenians - two-thirds of them children trapped and crushed in their crumbling schools - and hastened the dissolution of the Soviet Union, of which Armenia was then a part. But the Spitak disaster was more than a geopolitical milestone. The earthquake was, in the words of one researcher, a "psychiatric calamity" that has yielded a trove of knowledge aboutpost-traumatic stress disorder.
March 10, 2012
In a March 5 editorial , The Times opposed a bill in the French parliament that would have made it a crime to deny the Armenian genocide. The bill was proposed by President Nicolas Sarkozy, then struck down byFrance's Constitutional Council. Now Sarkozy says he wants to revive it. Reader Berj Proodian wrote suggesting that The Times may have been hypocritical on the subject: "In the past year, the L.A. Times has printed [several] editorials condemning France's law against denying the Armenian genocide.