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Jewish Congress HonorsTurkish Leader 29/01/2004 
American Jewish Congress Honors
Turkish Leader Who Denies Genocide

 
By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier
 
The American Jewish Congress (AJC) honored Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Prime
Minister of Turkey, with its "Profiles in Courage" award during a luncheon
held in New York City on January 26.
The Prime Minister of Turkey arrived in New York on January 25 for a six-day
visit that included a three-hour meeting with Pres. ... 
 
Armenia Should Not Allow TARC ... 22/01/2004 
Armenia Should Not Allow
TARC to Meet in Yerevan

 
By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier
 
The members of the Turkish Armenian Reconciliation Commission (TARC) are
back at their old tricks again, secretly plotting their next moves.
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) revealed last week that TARC,
composed of a small group of Turkish and Armenian individuals, mostly
financed and directed by the U.S. government, held ... 
 
Gray Wolves Spoil Turkey's... 15/01/2004 
Gray Wolves Spoil Turkey's
Publicity Ploy on 'Ararat'

 
By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier
 
The international press published in the past two weeks dozens of articles
regarding the cancellation of the screening in Turkey of Atom Egoyan's movie
"Ararat."
In order to understand why the showing of "Ararat" was canceled, we must
first understand what prompted the Turkish authorities to take the
unprecedented step of ... 
 
Lincy : $170 Million Project in Armenia
01/01/2004 
Lincy Foundation Completes
$170 Million Project in Armenia

 
By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier
 
It is said that bad news travels fast. In the case of Armenia, there has
been plenty of bad news in the past 15 years, starting with the Karabagh
War, the earthquake, the blockade by Turkey and Azerbaijan, emigration, and
economic as well as political turmoil. The population of Armenia suffered
through several very harsh ... 
 
Candidate Clark Switch Sides 25/12/2003 
Why Did Presidential Candidate Clark
Switch Sides on Armenian Genocide?

 
By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier
 
Democratic Presidential Candidate General Wesley Clark issued a statement on
December 15, 2003, recognizing the Armenian Genocide. "The Ottoman
authorities rounded up and executed Armenian leaders in Constantinople and
other towns, they desecrated Armenian churches, and they ordered the
deportation of the ... 
 
Pro-Turkish, Anti-Armenian Bias 18/12/2003 
Internal State Dept. Memos Show
Pro-Turkish, Anti-Armenian Bias

By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier

Recently declassified confidential State Department memos reveal the extent
of prevailing pro-Turkish and anti-Armenian attitudes among Washington
policy makers.
Even though government censors have deleted the most sensitive parts of
these documents, they still reveal a definite pro-Turkish bias at the State
Dept. ... 
 
Oil versus Democracy 11/12/2003 
Pentagon Values Oil Much More
Than Democracy in Azerbaijan

 
By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier
 
It was noteworthy that U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld visited
Baku and Tbilisi last week, but not Yerevan. Armenians have to be concerned
about his lack of even-handedness vis-a-vis the three countries of the
Caucasus. Most European and American officials usually visit all three
states during their tour of the ... 
 
Pro-Turkish Guest Editorials 04/12/2003 
Armenians Should Counter
Pro-Turkish Guest Editorials

 
By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier
 
Despite the impressive advances registered by Armenian-Americans in recent
years in the field of political activism, one area that remains almost
completely overlooked is the use of newspapers in publicizing their cause to
the American public. Political messages could be disseminated through a
newspaper's news items, editorials, ... 
 
The Causes of Terrorism in Turkey 27/11/2003 
The Causes of Terrorism in Turkey
Are Repression and Anti-Semitism

 
By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier
 
The horrible terrorist attacks in Istanbul, causing the deaths of more than
50 innocent individuals and the wounding of about 750, have deeply shaken
the Turkish public. Regrettably, the leaders of Turkey and their western
supporters do not seem to have learned much from this massive tragedy.
Intentionally or ... 
 
Al-Qaida or Turkish Terrorists? 20/11/2003 
Who Bombed the Synagogues:
Al-Qaida or Turkish Terrorists?

 
By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier
 
More than two dozen Jews and others were killed and over 300 wounded as a
result of the terrorist bombings at two synagogues in Istanbul last week.
High-ranking Turkish officials immediately pointed the finger of
responsibility to international terrorists, more specifically to al-Qaida,
in order to divert the blame away ... 
 
Ottomans Blamed for the Genocide
 
13/11/2003 
Turkish Lawsuit in San Francisco
Blames Ottomans for the Genocide

 
By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier
 
For many years, a lot of people -- Armenians, non-Armenians, and even some
Turks -- have been puzzled as to why the leaders of today's Turkey have been
trying so hard to cover up a genocide committed not by them, but by their
predecessors in the Ottoman Empire -- a long defunct state.
The legal responsibility of the ... 
 
Sheriff Condemns Turkish Consul 06/11/2003 
Sheriff Condemns Turkish Consul
For Insulting Letter on Genocide

 
By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier
 
Turkish officials never miss an opportunity to counter and attack all those
who make even a passing reference to the Armenian Genocide. The Turks are
quick to condemn and silence journalists, writers, filmmakers, artists, or
politicians around the world who dare to mention the Genocide.
It is ironic that instead of ... 
 
CIA Confirms Armenian Ownership Of  Lands 30/10/2003 
CIA Confirms Armenian Ownership
Of Karabagh and Lands in Turkey
 
By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier
 
The Central Intelligence Agency publishes each year a report called "World
Factbook" which contains comprehensive information on the geography,
population, government, economy, communications, transportation, and the
military of more than 200 countries and territories. The Factbook can also
be read on CIA's web ... 
 
Guidelines for Letters to Editor 23/10/2003 
Guidelines for Letters to Editor
From Newsweek and N.Y. Times

 
By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier
 
Writing a letter to a newspaper is one of the simplest ways of publicizing
one's point of view and influencing public opinion. Since the chances of
getting any one letter published are slim, Armenian-American organizations
often advocate mass letter-writing campaigns.
 
Three important ... 
 
Armenian Scientist Robbed Of Nobel 16/10/2003 
Armenian Scientist Robbed
Of Nobel Prize in Medicine
 
By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier
 

Dr. Raymond Damadian, the inventor of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
technology was robbed of a well-deserved Nobel Prize in Medicine last week
when the Nobel Committee awarded the Prize to two other scientists who had
merely made technological improvements based on his discovery. Dr.
Damadian's machine has saved millions ... 
 
Genocide Book is #4 on Best Seller List 16/10/2003 
For the first time, a publication on the Armenian Genocide has become one of
the hottest selling books in America!
 
Peter Balakian's critically-acclaimed book, "The Burning Tigris: The
Armenian Genocide and America's Response," has registered a sensational
sales record in the short span of two weeks since its release by
HarperCollins on September 30, 2003. Based on the sales reports of various
booksellers nationwide, the Wall Street Journal ranked it ... 
 
Turks Help Publicize Genocide 09/10/2003 
By Lashing Out at Switzerland,
Turks Help Publicize Genocide

By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier

The regional parliament of the canton (province) of Vaud in Switzerland
adopted a resolution on September 23, in recognition of the Armenian
Genocide.

Given the restrained text of this resolution (it mentioned neither the Turks
nor the Republic of Turkey) and the negligible influence the canton's
decisions have on ... 
 
Sheriff to Admonish Deputy 02/10/2003 
Sheriff to Admonish Deputy for
Role in Anti-Armenian TV Show

By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier

During his appearance on an Armenian TV program in Glendale last Sunday, Los
Angeles County Sheriff Leroy Baca said that he would write a letter of
admonition to Reserve Deputy David Port for writing the script of an
anti-Armenian episode of the TV show, Dragnet.

In an earlier column, I had reported that the ABC and USA ... 
 
Turk's Anti-Armenian Efforts 25/09/2003 
Turks Set Up National Committee
To Expand Anti-Armenian Efforts

By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier

Faced with the ever-growing recognition of the Armenian Genocide in the
international arena, the Turkish government is hatching new plots to counter
the Armenian efforts by resorting to massive and costly schemes.
These new schemes are an indirect admission that the millions of dollars
spent by the Turks on similar ... 
 
Israel Don't Protect Jews in Turkey 18/09/2003 
Why Doesn't Israel Protect Jews
From Mistreatment in Turkey?

By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier

The violations of the cultural, religious and educational rights of
Armenians, Assyrians, Greeks and Kurds in Turkey are well known. Very
little, however, has been made public about the condition of the Jews in
Turkey, particularly those in Anatolia, outside the limelight of Istanbul.

In a recent article, the Jewish ... 
 
'The Burning Tigris' 11/09/2003 
Help Advance the Armenian Cause
By Ordering 'The Burning Tigris'

 
By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier
 
Between now and the end of September, Armenian-Americans have the unique
opportunity to place a very valuable book on the Armenian Genocide on the
best-seller list.
 
Peter Balakian, the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, "Black Dog of
Fate: An American Son Uncovers His Armenian Past," has written a ... 
 
Turks Still Persecuting Armenians 04/09/2003 
88 Years After the Genocide,
Turks Still Persecuting Armenians

 
By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier
 
The Turkish government and its apologists often try to cover up the
persecution of minorities in Turkey by pointing to flattering statements
made under duress by the cowering leaders of non-Turkish communities.
The fact is that minorities in Turkey, including Armenians, Assyrians,
Greeks, Jews and Kurds, are not only ... 
 
Reviewing "Dragnet" TV Show 28/08/2003 
L.A. County Sheriff Attorneys
Reviewing "Dragnet" TV Show
 
By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, the California Courier
 
Earlier this month, I informed the readers that the ABC and USA networks
broadcast twice in recent months a particularly offensive episode of the TV
show "Dragnet" which described Armenians as "savages." In that column, I
urged the Armenian-American community to complain to the executives of these
networks as well as to Los ... 
 
Turkish Minister at Armenian Banquet
21/08/2003 
Turkish Minister's Words Generate
Cheap Applause at Armenian Banquet

 
By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier
 

The Armenians of Turkey live under such repressive conditions that they not
only have to tolerate the intimidation that they are subjected to on a daily
basis, but are forced to show gratitude and respect to the government
officials who are harassing them!
 
What happened last Friday during the ... 
 
Bush's Reelection / Armenian Interests 14/08/2003 
Supporting Pres. Bush's Reelection
Could Undermine Armenian Interests

By Harut Sassounian,
Publisher, The California Courier

Even though it is a little bit too soon to comment on the presidential
election of November 2004, a press release issued last week by the National
Organization of Republican Armenians (NORA) on contributions provided by
Armenian Americans for the reelection of Pres. Bush leaves us no choice but
to deal with this ... 
 
TV Depicts Armenians as Savages 07/08/2003 
Hour-Long TV Show 'Dragnet'
Depicts Armenians as Savages

 
By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier
 
The USA Network re-broadcast on July 5, 2003, a one-hour police drama called
Dragnet which portrayed all Armenians as vicious criminals. While presenting
the fictionalized version of a murder allegedly committed by two Armenian
individuals, it impugned the good name of all Armenians, not just the ones
who committed the crime. ... 
 
Irish Writer Slams Israel's Stand 31/07/2003 
Irish Writer Slams Israel's Stand
On Armenian Genocide in Jewish Paper

By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier

The Israeli government's shameless position of not recognizing the Armenian
Genocide has had a devastating effect on its image abroad. Besides offending
Armenians, Israel's denialist policy has had the regrettable effect of
making people around the world less sympathetic towards Jewish suffering in
the Holocaust. ... 
 
Turkish Propaganda 24/07/2003 
Armenians Should Not Help
Spread Turkish Propaganda

By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier


Ever since the Turkish Parliament's rejection of stationing American troops
in Turkey for the purpose of invading Iraq, the Turkish government has lost
a great deal of support in Washington. This Turkish betrayal has not only
angered large segments of the American public, but also the overwhelming
majority of the members of ... 
 
Glendale's 100,000 Armenians 10/07/2003 
Glendale's 100,000 Armenians
Should Get Fair Share of City Jobs

 
By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier
 
In recent years, as tens of thousands of Armenian immigrants from several
Middle Eastern countries and Armenia moved to Glendale, there were
unavoidable tensions from time to time between these newcomers and old-time
Glendalians.
Most of the misunderstandings occurred due to the immigrants not knowing any
English ... 
 
Dialogue Reaches a Dead-End
03/07/2003 
Turkish-Initiated Dialogue with Diaspora,
As Expected, Reaches a Dead-End

 
By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier
 
The Turkish diplomatic offensive launched against the Armenian Diaspora in
recent weeks, under the guise of dialogue, has hit a dead-end.
 
Two years ago, with the backing of the State Department, Turkey attempted a
similar ploy by initiating the Turkish Armenian Reconciliation Commission
(TARC). When ... 
 
Naïve Armenian Notions on Dialogue 26/06/2003 
Turkish Official Dismisses Naïve
Armenian Notions on Dialogue

By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier

Ambassador Ecvet Tezcan, the Turkish Foreign Ministry's Director of
Intelligence and Research, returned to Ankara last week after a whirlwind
tour of the United States during which he met with several Armenian
organizations and individuals in New York, Washington, D.C., and Los
Angeles.
While Amb. Tezcan has not made any ... 
 
Turks Are Worried ... 19/06/2003 
Realizing their Guilt, Turks Are Worried
That Armenians Are Seeking Compensation

By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier

Despite the repeated denials of the Armenian Genocide, the Turkish
government and various segments of Turkish society, including the media, are
realizing that sooner or later they will have to join the rest of the world
in admitting that their ancestors have indeed attempted to annihilate an
entire nation, ... 
 
Virulent Turkish Diplomat ... 12/06/2003 
Virulent Anti-Armenian Turkish Diplomat
Invites Armenian Americans to "Dialogue"

By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier

Turkish officials in the United States contacted various Armenian-American
organizations and individuals last week inviting them to separate meetings
with Ambassador Ecvet Tezcan, the Director of the Department of Intelligence
and Research at the Foreign Ministry of Turkey.
The invitation elicited two ... 
 
Turkish-Jewish Relations... 05/06/2003 
What a Difference a War Makes
In Turkish-Jewish Relations


By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier

While it is widely known that Turkey antagonized the United States by its
refusal to cooperate on the Iraq war, much less is known about the support
it lost from influential American Jewish circles.

The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) is one such
powerful Washington-based group. Its objective is to ... 
 
Congress and the Armenian Genocide? 29/05/2003 
How Many Times Should Congress
Recognize the Armenian Genocide?

 
By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier
 
The House Judiciary Committee unanimously approved last week a resolution
marking the 15th anniversary of the U.S. implementation of the UN Genocide
Convention. House Resolution 193, which mentions the Jewish Holocaust as
well as the Armenian, Cambodian and Rwandan genocides, is now forwarded to
the full House for its ... 
 
First Global Survey of Armenian Opinion 22/05/2003 

First Global Survey of Armenian Opinion
Presented at Futuristic Conclave in Athens

By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier

More than 70 bright young men and women of diverse backgrounds from Russia,
Armenia, Europe, and North and South America gathered in Athens, Greece,
during the past weekend, to take on the challenging task of developing
alternative scenarios for Armenia's future until the year 2020.
These Armenian ... 
 
Turkey's Friends now Harshest Critics
15/05/2003 
Turkey's Best Friends in Washington
Turn Into Its Harshest Critics

 
By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier
 
Just when the euphoria of a quick U.S. victory over Saddam's regime in Iraq
seemed to relegate Turkey's lack of cooperation into oblivion, three
high-ranking Turkophile American officials made abundantly clear last week
that they had neither forgiven nor forgotten the betrayal by their much
touted "ally."
Using ... 
 
Joint Effort... 08/05/2003 
Joint Effort Leads to Policy Change
On Genocide at USC Daily Trojan

By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier

Out of the countless commemorations of the 88th anniversary of the Armenian
Genocide organized by Armenian communities around the world, I would like to
single out just one episode for the sake of illustrating that Armenians can
accomplish much more when they work together in pursuit of a common cause.
A few days ... 
 
President Bush's  Insulting Statement 01/05/2003 
President Bush Once Again Issues
An Insulting Statement on April 24
 
By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier
 
Can anyone understand why Pres. Bush keeps on issuing these offensive
statements year after year on the anniversary of the Armenian Genocide?
If officials in the White House or the State Department think that by
issuing such statements they are scoring points with the Armenian community,
they are sadly mistaken. ... 
 
Armenian Youth's Hunger Strike 24/04/2003 
Armenian Youth Go on Week-long Hunger Strike
in Front of Museum of Tolerance

By Harut Sassounian
Publisher The California Courier

A handful of young Armenians went on a hunger strike in Los Angeles during
the past week demanding that the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Museum of
Tolerance set up a permanent exhibit on the Armenian Genocide. Eating
nothing at all and drinking only water, they spent the past seven chilly
nights ... 
 
New York City Sues Turkey 17/04/2003 
New York City Sues Turkey
For Not Paying Property Tax

 
By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier
 
After alienating Washington by not allowing American troops to cross its
territory to attack Iraq, Turkey is now antagonizing New York by refusing to
pay property taxes it has owed the city during the past 20 years.
The attorneys for the City of New York filed a lawsuit on April 9 against
the Republic of Turkey in Manhattan ... 
 
Azeris Panic... 10/04/2003 
Azeris Panic Long Before a Single
Iraqi Armenian Sets Foot in Karabagh

By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier

Up until a couple of weeks ago when I reported in this column that a small
group in Armenia had suggested that Armenian refugees from Iraq be settled
in Karabagh, the government of Azerbaijan was contentedly awaiting the
outcome of the U.S. war on Iraq, hoping to get political "goodies" from the
Americans in return ... 
 
Rumsfeld Should Dismiss Richard Perle 03/04/2003 
Rumsfeld Should Dismiss Richard Perle
From Pentagon's Defense Policy Board

By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier

Richard Perle, one of the staunchest opponents of the Armenian Cause in
Washington, lost a considerable amount of his political clout last week when
he was forced to resign from the chairmanship of the Pentagon's Defense
Policy Board, an influential group of experts and former government
officials who have ... 
 
Another Example of Intolerance... 26/03/2003 
Another Example of Intolerance by the Museum of Tolerance

The Los Angeles Times recently disclosed that the Museum of Tolerance in Los
Angeles has eliminated an exhibit dedicated to the Armenian Genocide and
stopped showing to visitors a documentary that described the extermination
of Armenians by the Ottoman Turks. The museum officials gave the lame excuse
that they had simply rearranged that particular exhibit and had replaced ... 
 
Karabagh May Benefit From U.S. War on Iraq 26/03/2003 
Karabagh May Benefit From U.S. War on Iraq

By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier
 
While Armenia has cautiously backed peaceful international efforts to disarm
Iraq, Azerbaijan has decided to align itself more directly with the American
war effort, according to the published list of countries supporting the U.S.
President Aliyev, seeing America's willingness to shell out billions of
dollars to "the coalition of the willing," or ... 
 
Turkey Loses American Support ... 20/03/2003 
Turkey Loses American Support
By "Horse-Trading" Over Iraq

By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier

Ignoring the fact that more than 90% of the Turkish public is opposed to a
U.S.-led war on Iraq, the newly elected Islamic leaders of Turkey, who
themselves are against an American attack on a neighboring Muslim country,
were too tempted to pass up the opportunity of pocketing billions of dollars
from the United States in ... 
 
Controversial Elections... 13/03/2003 
Controversial Elections Reflect
Armenian Society's Shortcomings

By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier

Any fair-minded and concerned Armenian who has closely followed the Armenian
presidential campaign and the subsequent elections must be troubled by the
turmoil it has created in the fragile homeland.
While the supporters of President Robert Kocharian are calling on Armenians
to rally behind the re-elected head of state, ... 
 
Turkey's Rejection of American Troops... 04/03/2003 
Turkey's Rejection of American Troops
Exposes Myth of US-Turkish Friendship

By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier

For decades now, successive American administrations have been singing the
praises of Turkey for its alleged friendship towards the United States.
During the Cold War, American officials believed that Turkey deserved full
US support for supposedly serving as a first line of defense against any
possible Soviet ... 
 
Turbulent Presidential Election 25/02/2003 
Armenia Holds Turbulent
Presidential Election

By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier

Most political observers had predicted that the incumbent President of Armenia, Robert Kocharian, would be re-elected in the first round on February 19. He was expected to easily defeat Stepan Demirjian, the son of a popular Communist-era leader, as well as Ardashes Geghamian, the former Mayor of Yerevan, and six others. Kocharian needed over 50% of the ... 
 
Righting a Wrong ... 19/02/2003 
Righting a Wrong Done to Genocide Scholar, Dr. Auron

By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier

Two weeks ago, over 100 delegates and dignitaries from 20 countries
participated in the "Pro Armenia International Conference" organized by the
European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy in Paris, France.
This unprecedented gathering of scholars and international political leaders
took place at the historic Clemenceau Hall of ... 
 
Museum of Tolerance .... 10/02/2003 
Museum of Tolerance  Officials Have
An Obligation to be More Tolerant

 
By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier
 
A lengthy article in the Feb 3rd issue of the Los Angeles Times by
Christopher Reynolds exposing the removal of an exhibit dedicated to the
Armenian Genocide from the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Museum of Tolerance in
Los Angeles raised great concerns in Armenian communities worldwide. Even
more ... 
 
Cong. Pallone Presents Challenges
Facing Armenia After September 11
03/02/2003 
By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier

Cong. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), the co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on
Armenian Issues, has been a staunch friend and an outstanding supporter of
the Armenian Cause for many years. He has visited not only Armenia, but also
Karabagh, several times! He has repeatedly raised scores of Armenian
concerns in the U.S. Congress. Over the years, he has held countless private
and public meetings ... 
 
Supporting Aliyev's Despotic Rule May Turn Azeris into US Enemies 27/01/2003 
By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier

The governments of Turkey and Azerbaijan are represented in Washington by
some of the best public relations firms and lobbyists money can buy.
Nevertheless, their human rights records are so bad that even top-notch
American professionals have a hard time whitewashing their tarnished image.

Rather than taking steps to improve their domestic laws and treating their
citizens a little more ... 
 
Another Turkish-Armenian Effort Fails - This Time in France 21/01/2003 
By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier

The proponents of the denial of the Armenian Genocide never seem to tire or give up. Their attempts to conceal the truth come in many forms and are hidden behind various acronyms.

There was a time when the only denier of the Genocide was the perpetrator itself - the Turkish government. Despite the enormous amounts of money and effort spent by the Turks to cover up the first genocide of the 20th century, ... 
 
U.S. Flip-Flop on Alien Registration
Provides Major Boost to Armenians
29/12/2002 
By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier

The Justice Department inadvertently provided a major boost to the
political clout of Armenian-Americans last week when it backed down from
requiring that adult male visitors from Armenia be photographed and
fingerprinted.

While a spokesman called the Justice Department's initial requirement "a
mistake," it was clear that the U.S. officials would not have removed ... 
 
After Extensive Contacts and Protests,
Washington Rescinds Anti-Armenian Order
19/12/2002 
By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier

Armenians worldwide were shocked and incensed by the Justice
Department's decision requiring that citizens of Armenia visiting the
United States be fingerprinted and photographed by the Immigration and
Naturalization Service (INS).

Attorney General John Ashcroft, in a notice signed on December 12, 2002,
ordered that all Armenian, Pakistani and Saudi males over the age of ... 
 
Survey Says Most Turks Don't Like America and Don't Back its Policies 12/12/2002 
Harut Sassounian
The California Courier
 
US Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz just returned from a difficult
trip to Turkey. He was trying to secure the cooperation of the reluctant
Turks in a probable U.S.-led war on Iraq.
The newly-elected Islamic government of Turkey, having come to power by
gaining the majority of the seats in Parliament, is not willing to support
a war opposed by most of the ... 
 
Patriarch Embarks on Lobbying Tour on Behalf of Turkey 07/12/2002 
Patriarch Embarks on Lobbying Tour on Behalf of Turkey

By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier
7 Dec 2002

The Armenian Patriarch of Turkey, Mesrob II, has been touring various
European capitals in the past couple of weeks in order to drum up
support for Turkey's eventual membership in the European Union (EU).

While previous Patriarchs, on certain occasions, have been asked by the
Turkish government to participate in ... 
 
Now that "Ararat" is Finally Here, Why Have the Turks Fallen Silent? 30/11/2002 
Now that "Ararat" is Finally Here, Why Have the Turks Fallen Silent?

By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier

During the last couple of years, as Atom Egoyan and his crew were
working on "Ararat," various Turkish individuals, organizations and
officials were busy trying to undermine first the production and then
the distribution of this movie.

Before knowing anything about this movie, except possibly its ...