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Chairman of EU Parliament Calls on Turkey to Confront its History


ZURICH — Following a meeting Tuesday with Turkish Minister for the EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator Egemen Bagis, president of the European Parliament Martin Schulz told media that the minister should face his country’s genocidal past. Read more

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Lebanon’s S.D. Hunchakian Party Slams Turkey’s Interferences in Arab Spring


In a statement addressed to Arab world, Lebanon’s Social Democrat Hunchakian Party’s executive committee slammed Turkey’s “flagrant interferences” in the Arab Spring, and recognized Turkish exploitation of the Arab Spring to serve its own regional interests. Read more

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Then and Now


By Odette Bazil

In the year Zero AD a young Nazarine was crucified because he spoke of love, justice and penance, because the weak and frightened Governor who was in charge of his destiny, careful not to displease his superiors, washed his hands clean of any responsibility and threw him to the mercy of a crowd of barbarians who asked for his death… and because it was so easy those days to kill a man. Read more

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Israel Charny: A Moral Israel Must Recognize the Armenian Genocide


By Israel W. Charny

Israel must put an end to this charade and fully recognize the Armenian genocide.
I never cease to be amazed at the “upside-down double talk” that genocide deniers speak – not only in denial of the Armenian genocide, but in denial of the Holocaust and, believe it or not, denial of the Rwandan genocide. In fact, many of us scholars characterize denial of genocide as the “last stage of genocide.”
In a recent article in The Jerusalem Post called “Armenian Genocide: Israel must maintain its moral compass,” the arguments set forth by Hakan Yavuz and Tal Buenos are a thin veneer for nothing less than a pro-Turkish government position of maintaining denial of the Armenian genocide. Read more

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Swiss Probe Turkish Minister for Denying the Armenian Genocide

ZURICH — The Prosecutor’s Office of Switzerland’s Canton of Zurich launched an inquiry against Turkey’s Minister for EU Affairs, Egemen Bagis.
The proceedings were launched after Bagis had stated in Zurich, and while returning from the World Economic Forum in Davos, that there was no Armenian Genocide, Hurriyet daily of Turkey informs.
And in an interview with Anadolu News Agency, Zurich’s Prosecutor Christine Braunschweig confirmed the launching of this investigation against the Turkish minister, and stressed that it is underway pursuant to the Swiss Criminal Code.
In Zurich, Egemen Bagis had said: “I declare in Switzerland today that the events of 1915 were not genocide. Let them come and arrest me. Those laws are nothing but a piece of paper.”
Under Swiss law it is a crime to deny that the killings of up to 1.5 million Armenians during World War One constituted an act of genocide.
A Turkish Foreign Ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity, later said Turkey had summoned the Swiss ambassador to Ankara to tell him that the probe was “unacceptable.”

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French Senate Passes Armenian Genocide Bill


PARIS — A bill making it a crime to deny the 1915 killings of Armenians was a genocide has passed both houses of France’s parliament. Read more

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LOS ANGELES, CA – In light of the historic legislation recently championed by the French Senate, the Armenian Council of America is urging Congressional leaders in the United States to honor their pledge in supporting the Armenian-American citizenry by reaffirming recognition of the Armenian Genocide, including support for H.R. 304. Read more

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Armenian Council of Europe Calls on President Sarkozy To Sign France’s Historic Genocide Bill


The French bureau of the Armenian Council of Europe applauds all Armenians and expresses gratitude to the French; people, Parliamentarians and Senators who ensured truth and historical justice can prevail over those who wish to revise history through lies and threats. Read more

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USC Institute of Armenian Studies Gala Event to Salute USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Armenian Genocide Digitization Project


LOS ANGELES — The USC Institute of Armenian Studies’ Leadership Council will honor the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, established by legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg, for championing the Armenian Genocide Digitization Project, at a gala banquet to be held on April 15, 2012, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Read more

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Armenian Genocide Bill on Hold Pending Constitutional Court Decision


PARIS — France’s Constitutional Council said Tuesday that it would rule on the constitutionality of criminalizing the denial of the Armenian Genocide, after receiving appeals signed by dozens of lawmakers from across the political spectrum who had originally voted against the bill. Read more

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