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April May 2015 - Volume 2015, No.4

Special issue to commemorate the 100 years of the

Armenian genocide 1915-2015

 


Editorial

MODERN TURKEY STILL  DENIES THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

John Ahmaranian

Denial of genocide is the universal strategy of perpetrators who know that truth is the last victim of genocide. Instead of admitting it or feeling some kind of indignation and compassion, the perpetrators, as we have seen in chapter one,  try to distort genocide, deny it and silence anyone who uncovers it. Denial is the rejection of facts and washing hands of any responsibility by blaming the victims for their own destruction.

To deny the Armenian Genocide the Turkish government establishes the following strategies:

  1. Buying the conscience of some scholars to distort the facts.
  2. Threatening or blackmailing regional or international powers to reinterpret the historical events which are harmful to Turkey’s reputation.
  3. Pulling in Turkish school from the curriculum any mention of genocide.
  4. Erasing every Armenian cultural, historical, religious or ethnic trace.
  5. Punishing anybody who speaks, writes or debates about genocide.
  6. Euphemizing certain expressions to soften a harsh reality or to change or distort the real meaning of what happened in 1915. Therefore, “deportation” has to be understood as “transfer of population to more secure places”; “death due to forced journey to Deir Ezzor” becomes “the results of illness, excessive heat, or bad behavior of Kurdish tribes” ; or, “the Armenians abandoned their homes” has to be considered “temporarily relocation”.
  7. Avoiding any similarity between Armenian Genocide and Holocaust. Talking extensively about Jewish Holocaust would diminish the impact of the horrifying years of 1915-1918.
  8. Emphasizing the genocides of Vietnam, Palestine, Rowanda, and Darfur in order to cause to forget the Armenian Genocide.
  9. Relating the past to the present and draw a conclusion: The Armenians are terrorists now who killed Turkish ambassadors, so antecedently they were also terrorists. Or, the Armenians were manipulated by the Soviet Russia, as they were manipulated by the Tsarist Russia. Or, the Armenians have territorial claims the way they had it during World War I.
  10. Attempting to deflect sympathy away from the Armenians by claiming that Turkey had as many victims as the Armenians.
  11. Advocating that a large scale of atrocities did not occur and Turks sheltered Armenian refugees.
  12.  Claiming that if Turkey intended to destroy the Armenians, how the majority of the Armenians could have survived?
  13.  THERE WAS NO PLAN TO DESTROY ARMENIANS, BUT ONLY THE WARTIME NECESSITY OF RELOCATING THEM FOR THE SAKE OF MILITARY SECURITY.
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Story of the Month

    Lebanese Armenian success story, By Laura Mowat

    An orphan, Vartan Melkonian grew up living rough on the streets of Beirut. He is now a conductor for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and gives talks at the UN on street children. For street children like Vartan was, it was the most terrifying time of the day, when he had to face the daily tango of reality as a street boy and find shelter for the night. "People take moments of pleasure by looking at the sunset.

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Quote of the Month

    BRITISH VISCOUNT JAMES BRYCE  October 6, 1915, speech about Armenian Genocide:
    The massacres are the result of a policy which, as far as can be ascertained, has been entertained for some considerable time by the gang of unscrupulous adventurers who are now in possession of the Government of the Turkish Empire. They hesitated to put it in practice until they thought the favorable moment had come, and that moment seems to have arrived about the month of April.

Little Gazette!

    ARMENIAN GENOCIDE HISTORY AND TIMELINE

    In April of 1915 tens of thousands of Armenian men were rounded up and shot. Hundreds of thousands of women, old men and children were deported south across the mountains to Cilicia and Syria. On April 15 the Armenians appealed to the German Ambassador in Constantinople for formal German protection.

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Here, There and Yonder

Here
  • The Armenian Genocide 1915 – Centennial Commemoration in Vancouver 100 Years Later.
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There
  • Amal Clooney,has accused Turkey of double standards on freedom of expression for defending a Turkish Leftist who described the Armenian genocide an "international lie".
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Yonder
  • A message from Mr Alejandro Kuri Pheres, World president of the WLCU concerning the Armenian Genocide.
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Interviews & Profiles

  • Interviews with Survivors of the Armenian Genocide, by Dr. Racho Donef Sydney, Australia.
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Culture & Multiculturalism

  • Sports among Lebanese Armenians, include non armenian Lebanese and players from Armenia, By Dr John Ahmaranian.
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  • The Armenians in Lebanon ( History and Demography ) By Dr John Ahmaranian
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  • The Armenians in Lebanon ( Political Representation, Education, Media ) By Dr John Ahmaranian
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  • Armenian Genocide: the Redeeming Words By Bahjat Rizk
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  • Robert Fisk: To continue to deny the Armenian Genocide is close to a criminal lie
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Economy in Lebanon

  • Burj Hammoud: Lebanon’s Little Armenia, By Susan Wilson.
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  • In commemoration of the100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. the central bank of Lebanon has issued a new paper money (1000 pound).
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Lebanese Emigration

  • Thousands of Lebanese Armenians march on massacre centenary
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  • 100 Years After Armenian Genocide, Lebanon’s Armenians Demand US Recognition, Apology From Turkey
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  • LEBANESE ARMENIANS: A Distinctive Community in the Armenian Diaspora and in Lebanese Society, By Scott Abramson.
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Roots and Wings

  • Armenians around the world mark 1915 genocide, By BASSEM MROUE
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  • 'It's Impossible To Forget': Descendants Of Armenian Genocide Want Legacy Of Those Killed To Live On, By Sophia Jones.
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  • Truth Is Truth, By Marian Mesrobian MacCurdy
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Various Publications

I dedicate this issue to the lebanese Armenian community and especially to my Friend  Dr Sebouh Setrakian of Cleveland Ohio,

Dr Nick kahwaji.

Publisher

WLCU Archives

  • The Golgotha of the Armenian Catholic Clergy (1915-1925), a Book by Dr John Ahmaranian.
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  • Armenian diaspora calls on Turkey to open border and Archives
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  • Archive: The Armenian genocide How the Manchester Guardian reported on the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915
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United Nations(UN) News

  • The Whitaker Report of the United Nations Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
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  • Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights
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  • United Nations Commission on Human Rights or the UN Human Rights Council
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