Tuesday, 22 December 2009

FATHER FRANK’S RANTS - Xmas with Dostoevsky

Rant Number 377 23 December 2009

Love, hope, beauty, innocence, faith, angels, saints, martyrs, icons, salvation, forgiveness, redemption, incarnation, self-denial, plenitude, Heaven – but also the Devil, fiends, terrorism, murder, suicide, rape, torture, child abuse, misery, madness, paedophilia, lying, blasphemies, sacrilege, despair, atheism...Dostoevsky’s dramatis personae exhibit all that, and more. They are the heroes and villains of novels like The Idiot, Crime and Punishment, Brothers Karamazov, The Demons, Notes from Underground and Memories from the House of the Dead. A lifelong fan of the Russian genius, I am awed by his creation. Now Rowan Williams’ book, Dostoevsky, regales the reader with fresh angles and epiphanies into a Christian writer’s almost infinite, intriguing universe. Should you protest that Dostoevsky is not a suitable subject at this time of Good News, recall that no sooner did the Holy Child come into the world that King Herod sought to murder him, by massacring all the innocent babes of Bethlehem. Thus Christmas, like Dostoevsky’s world, includes both light and darkness. Plenty of both.

One valuable insight is into the figure of Prince Myshkin, the eponymous Idiot. The word here means not someone of very low intelligence, an imbecile, but a guileless, pure, innocent, even beautiful being. A standard line is to term Myshkin ‘Christ-like’. His very looks, the Archbishop points out, mirror ‘the traditional Orthodox iconography of the Saviour’. Yet, Rowan continues, this meek and virtuous person’s influence is ‘unwittingly a force of destruction’. Why? Because Myshkin is an unfallen Adam in the midst of fallen humanity. His ‘timeless virtue has no resources of memory and critical self-awareness to make it effective in the world of human relations.’ To illustrate: imagine someone without rivalry and pride, a person utterly lacking in amour propre and self-defence, bereft of desire for money or sex, suddenly plunged in the midst of Goldman Sachs, or HSBC, or Greenpeace, or even the average church congregation – like putting a lamb among hungry lions. Alternatively, this goodness incarnate might rock the boat and cause a lot of mischief. Be a ‘diabolical’ presence. To reverse Goethe’s definition of the Devil, this unfallen man might will forever good but do forever evil.

The priest does know someone like Myshkin. His name is Shahin. A Holy Fool. An absolutely loveable person. A Muslim Christ figure. Utterly selfless. Groan... so Shahin’s innocence has made him easy prey of crooks, anti-Semites and Nazis. Searchlight exposed him once. Dark stories about Shahin abound. I fear for his fate – will it be madness and darkness, like Myshkin’s?

Dostoevsky’s idea of being Christ-like is actually too sentimental, naive and un-historical. A passive and silent figure, his Christ bears little relation to the Messiah you meet in the Gospels. Would such an anaemic, effete person make disciples, cast out demons and drive out the moneychangers from the Temple with a whip? Moreover, Christian symbolism conceives Christ as both a lamb and a lion. (Revelation 5:5-6). Which is not to deny the idea has a certain appeal – the appeal of an ideal. I do sometimes wish I was like Prince Myshkin...

The challenge of atheism looms large in Dostoevsky. ‘If there is no God then everything is permitted’, one of his troubled characters contends. But the answer is not a vain search for logical proofs of God’s existence – something irrelevant to the speaker’s yearning for meaning and shape in his life. Williams shows this well. The point is rather that if God does not exist then there is no power superior to the human will. ‘If God vacates his place, the human ego will move in.’ Another insight. But, if God exists, what would that entail? A question that applies to believers, also. It invites serious self-examination. ‘If I live like this, how can I claim to believe in God?’ you might wonder. The being of God is thus more of a challenge to believers than to unbelievers.

‘I don’t think you are a Christian’, cocky young J. blurted out to me the other day. It startled me. And made me think. Could it be that I, a priest, do not really believe in God? Is that possible? Huh! Devilish doubt indeed.

Talking of the Devil. The Archbishop calls him ‘the enemy of narrative’. Of men’s freedom to shape their identities over time. This is in a way conventional and correct theodicy. God’s supreme gift to man is freedom and the devil – quite an important figure in Dostoevsky - is out to interfere with that. A great author, like God, does not create mere puppets or cardboard cut-outs. His fictional characters are allowed enough freedom, independence and authenticity to make the story interesting, unpredictable and profound. As such, none of them is a simple spokesman for the writer. The novels of Dostoevsky are polyphonic and dialogic. So those fascinating, endlessly talking Russians in a sense show how God wants you and I to be – free, open, growing, challenging and being challenged by others in ongoing dialogues and relationships.

Do you buy it? Some would find the analogy between being God’s creature and a character in a novel not so brilliant. ‘I feel as if I had been written’, says someone pessimistically in a John Fowles story. And a critic as sharp as J.L. Borges writes of the murderer Raskolnikov in Crime and Punishment that his crime was not free ‘because an inevitable network of circumstances predetermined it and dictated it’. Hence for Borges the student Raskolnikov’s crime was necessitated, rather than freely chosen. ‘Why have you written me thus? A murderer!’ I guess the young man could angrily question his creator. Furthermore, I never found Raskolnikov’s final confession and subsequent metanoia in Siberia quite convincing. It seems to be that Dostoevski has perhaps allowed himself a bit of Deus ex machina role there, against Williams’ authorial ideal.

I have got this suspicion, no doubt unfounded, that Rowan Williams thinks of Heaven as a place where the Blessed go on arguing. Arguing about women priests, gay bishops, same sex marriages, animal rights and the like. A bit like people do in the Anglican Church over which he presides. And of course the point is that he thinks that is all right. No final conclusions are possible for him. No certainties. No absolute principles. No clear truths as to how to guide Christian conduct. Dialogues, conversations, narratives, polyphonies, that’s what is essential.

Still, I won’t be cantankerous. It is Christmas. Archbishop, you have made me think about Dostoevsky in a new, fresh way. Thanks a lot!

Revd Frank Julian Gelli

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(Reuters) - Clashes erupted in Istanbul's busy Beyoglu district Sunday as around 200 Kurds protesting at the closure of a leading Kurdish party clashed with Turkish nationalists and police, Turkish media reported. Protesters hurled stones and petrol bombs at shops, cars and businesses in the heart of the shopping and entertainment district of Turkey's biggest city, before a group of knife-wielding Turkish nationalists gathered and tried to attack them, state-run Anatolian news agency said.
Riot police separated the groups and dispersed protesters, in what was a third day of violent street protest since Turkey's highest court ruled to dissolve the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP), dealing a blow to government efforts to end decades of conflict in the EU candidate country.
Late Sunday police had closed the street leading to the main DTP office in Istanbul and a police armoured vehicle stood guard.
Turkey's constitutional court Friday banned the DTP after it found it guilty of cooperating with Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) separatist guerrillas.
In the southeast of Turkey, the focus of most violent protest since the ruling, demonstrators hurled fire bombs and rocks at riot police in the town of Yuksekova. Police shot into the air to disperse the crowds, television footage showed. Several protesters were arrested.
The verdict, which has plunged the mainly Muslim country into political uncertainty, threatens to undermine Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's ruling AK Party's drive to reconcile minority Kurds with the state and end decades of conflict.
It is also likely to hit sentiment in Turkish financial markets when they reopen Monday.
The PKK has fought for 25 years for a Kurdish homeland in southeastern Turkey. The Kurds, who make up around 20 percent of the population but were for decades forbidden to use the Kurdish language, have long complained of discrimination.
Analysts say the ban could strengthen the PKK's hand by undermining confidence in the democratic process.


Vercihan Ziflioglu, Hurriyet Daily News - Children from Armenia are attending classes and reading smuggled textbooks at an illegal school in the basement of a building in Istanbul. Forbidden to attend Armenian minority schools under the Lausanne Treaty and the Special Education Law, these children could not go to school even if the Turkish-Armenian border is opened, unless the law is changed.
Tzsonivar is 8 years old and she misses her father and siblings who live in another country. Six-year-old Serge hopes to be president of that country some day. But for now, they are stuck in a legal twilight zone, unable to attend Turkish schools, studying in illegal elementary classes with smuggled textbooks and volunteer teachers.
Serge and Tzsonivar are Armenians. Unlike Turkish Armenians who can attend community schools established under the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne, these children are citizens of Armenia. Unlike expatriates, who often send their children to private foreign schools, Serge and Tzsonivar are poor. The tuition for a non-state school would be more than their undocumented parents can afford. Most parents would prefer their children to be educated in the Armenian language, even if they could afford to send them to private foreign schools in Turkey.
Even if all the problems between Turkey and Armenia are resolved, Armenian-born children currently studying in an Istanbul basement would still not be able to attend the country’s Armenian minority schools.
A change in Special Education Law would be required for those children to reclaim their right to an education. Only children with Turkish citizenship who are from the country’s Greek or Armenian minority are allowed to attend the minority schools in Istanbul, under the terms of the Lausanne Treaty.

Every knock on the door is cause for worry
The Hurriyet Daily News & Economic Review visited an illegal school several times over two weeks with the promise of keeping the students’ names and the neighbourhood a secret. There were almost 20 children ranging in age from 5 to 14 at the school. Their greatest fear is that their location will be exposed and every knock on the door makes them afraid that the authorities are raiding the school. There are other illegal schools like this in Istanbul.
The children here are not only deprived of their right to an education, but they miss their families, too. Lusine, a teacher at the school said: “Our aim is to teach the children at least how to read and write and provide a social environment. For many, their family is in Armenia or other countries. They do not have the chance to see their mothers during the daytime either, which affects the children negatively.”

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Editorial by Simon Aynedjian

The old guard running our community for decades, made a last desperate and unsuccessful attempt to have its way, through vindictive and medieval practices by interfering in the decision-making process of the Nareg School Hokapartsoutiun and collected the firm answer of the community.
In an unprecedented "mob-like" intervention, the old guard wanted to have their say on a recommended Hokapartsoutiun list, given to the Cyprus government by Armenian MP Vartkes Mahdessian - the elected Representative of the Armenian community.
As time passed, and the list was not being verified, it became evident that an effort was being orchestrated by the old guard to simply have their say and to use the sacred forum of the last remaining school of our community as a spring-board for their political ambitions and an arena for settlement of old scores.
There is plenty of literature on Armenian-language monthly
regarding the matter, a press release by the Armenian MP and a rich commentary by columnists.
The discussion continuous on Gibrahayer Facebook.
As an e-magazine which has voiced its concerns over Nareg-related educational issues, we commented on the "fall from grace" of Nareg school as early as 2005.
Four years later, after Nareg took a number of blows and took several steps back, very few of the ISSUES we touched and commented on, have been addressed - let alone solved - despite the numerous attempts by members of the minority Hokapartsoutiun, the Parents' Association and the Armenian MP.
The newly appointed Hokapartsoutiun members need to first stop the decrease in the number of pupils attending the school and at the same time to bring quality back to the school.
The Armenian community of Cyprus cannot afford another blow to the only remaining educational fortress.
To that end - Gibrahayer e-magazine - will be watching you.
Hachoghoutiun to the new Hokapartsoutiun.
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  • EBRD forecasts 1.5% economic growth in Armenia in 2010.
  • Construction of Iran-Armenia oil products pipeline with annual capacity of 1.5 million tons to be launched in 2010.
  • Serzh Sargsyan: "Armenia managed to avoid the negative developments in social sphere even in case of global financial crisis."
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development interested in creation of Pension and Insurance Funds in Armenia.
    Armenian Prime Minister: The anti-crisis events of the Armenian government are directed at creation of the basis for further development of the country and formation of a new quality economy.
  • In 2009 EBRD's investments in Armenia will grow to USD 150mln.
  • Armenian Economy Ministry, British Council and Armenian Civil Service Council sign cooperation memorandum to raise qualification of state officers.
  • Electric Network of Armenia CJSC suffers 10% fall of electric power sales in 2009.
  • Electric Networks of Armenia: The whole complex, related to electric substations of Armenia, to be renewed by late 2010.
  • Asian Development Bank to offer Municipality of Yerevan a strategy for development of the city's road infrastructure.
  • European Commission provides EUR 600,000 to Armenia and Georgia for detailed assessment about the perspectives of refurbishing Yerevan-Tbilisi railway line.
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Ankara Continues to Resist EU Accession Conditions

EUROPEAN ARMENIAN FEDERATION For Justice & Democracy press release - On December 7-8, the European Union Council of Foreign Ministers tackled the controversial issue of Turkey’s application for membership. Despite the widespread exasperation expressed by EU member States, the Council chose to give Turkey a last chance to fulfil its numerous unfulfilled commitments, including its lack of recognition of Cyprus. Indeed, part of the European territory in Cyprus is still occupied by the Turkish army.
Regarding the refusal by Turkey to ratify the Ankara protocol, which would imply Cyprus recognition, the Council notes “with deep regret that Turkey, despite repeated calls, continues refusing to fulfil its obligation of full non-discriminatory implementation of the Additional Protocol to the Association Agreement” and “Turkey has not made progress towards normalisation of its relations with the Republic of Cyprus”. The Council conclusions state that “in the absence of progress on this issue the Council will maintain its measures from 2006”, alluding to the freezing of the start of eight chapters of negotiation and to the halt to concluding others.
As expected, the Council welcomes “the significant diplomatic efforts made to normalise relations with Armenia, […]”. It looks forward “to the ratification and implementation of the protocols as soon as possible”.
The European Armenian Federation regrets that the Council’s fell silent on Turkey’s deception: At the very same time of the protocols’ signature, Ankara introduced major obstacles to their ratification by raising additional and irrelevant conditions, thus failing to sign the agreement to withdraw the blockade of Armenia and to normalise its relations with this country.
“It is obvious that by signing these protocols with pomp and circumstance, Turkey just aimed at neutralising the EU criticisms regarding its denial of the Armenian Genocide and its blockade of neighbouring Armenia. Therefore, we are pessimistic about Turkey’s sincerity” stated Hilda Tchoboian, the chairperson of the European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy.
The Council’s conclusions also refer to the Intergovernmental agreement on the Nabucco gas pipeline, bypassing Russia, alleging that “Turkey is an important regional player, inter alia for the security in the Middle East and the Southern Caucasus and plays a key role in energy supply and the promotion of dialogue between civilisations”.
“The bland wordings of the Council hardly hide the threat to Europe by the neo-ottoman, imperial and Islamic shift of this country. Such a hard-lined Turkey, fiercely resisting the EU’s legitimate demands, can be neither a factor of stability nor a reliable partner for Europe’s energy supply,” concluded Tchoboian.

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News in Brief by Sevag Devletian
  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton telephoned President Serzh Sargsyan late last Thursday just hours after he threatened to annul Armenia's fence-mending agreements with Turkey if Ankara fails to unconditionally implement them. During the phone conversation, Secretary of State Clinton once again emphasised that the United States will continue with its consistent support for a speedy normalisation of relations between Armenia and Turkey without preconditions.
  • Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan repeated a call for Armenia to open its archives to historians to prove claims that Ottoman Turks committed genocide against Armenians in 1915, the Bloomberg agency reported.
  • Azerbaijani Defense Minister Safar Abiyev is again threatening war on Armenia in case of failure to settle Karabakh conflict peacefully. “Military solution is always realistic. All depends on the results of talks,” Abiyev said.
  • U.S. ambassador to Cyprus Franc Urbancic answered the questions in Woodrow Wilson Center about the present stage of the Cyprus conflict. Urbancic said there is a link between the influence of the Cyprus peace negotiations on Nagorno Karabakh. "Every single one of these conflicts if it is resolved it is a confident building measure of its own. Let start with Cyprus. Let start with Cyprus and Nagorno-Karabakh can be put as a next step".
  • The Cypriot police are investigating two major versions about the theft of the corpse of the former Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos which was stolen last Friday. The crime either aims a bribe from Papadopoulos’s family or has a political tinge. Police investigations until today have led nowhere.
  • Over 30 leading Turkish construction companies have confirmed their participation in 'The Caucasus: Construction and Repair' exhibition, slated for April 2-4, 2010 in Yerevan.


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  • Still on - An exhibition by Armenian Cypriot artist Sossée Eskidjian-Nikolaides entitled Nea-ToPia (New-Land-Scapes) - at the Opus 39 Gallery (21, Kimonos street, 2006 Strovolos, Nicosia). The exhibition will be open until 9 January 2010 as follows: Mondays (17:00-20:00), Tuesdays-Fridays (10:00-12:30 & 17:00-20:00), Saturdays (10:30-12:30).
  • Wednesday 16 December at 5:00 pm - Sourp Dzenounti Naregi Hantes in Nicosia at the newly-built Hall for classes Kindergarten A + B and Nareg Classes 1,2 and 3. Followed by a Cake Bazaar organised by The Parents Association of Nareg Nicosia.
  • Friday 18 December at 5:00 pm - Sourp Dzenounti Naregi Hantes in Nareg School Larnaca.
  • Monday 21 December at 4:00 pm - Sourp Dzenounti Naregi Hantes in Nareg School Limassol.
  • Tuesday 22 December at 6:00 pm - Sourp Dzenounti Naregi Hantes in Nicosia at the newly-built Hall for classes 4,5,6,7 and Gymnasium. Followed by a Cake Bazaar organised by The Parents Association of Nareg Nicosia.
  • Friday 25 December from 8:30 pm - Nune Yesayan will be performing at the Annual AYMA-HMEM Ball at The Cyprus Hilton. Entrance 50 euros and 40 euros for students. Reservations with Krikor Mahdessian on 99650897. Book early !
  • Wednesday 6 January, 2010 at 5:00 pm: Christmas Message from the Armenian program of CyBC. Speaker: Hrayr Jebejian.

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  • Every Friday and Saturday evening - Marie-Louise Kouyoumdjian sings at ENALLAX with the resident Band.
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  • Vic Darchinyan needed only two rounds to knockout challenger Tomas Rojas in successful defence of his flyweight titles at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort and Spa in Rancho Mirage, California. The fight gave Darchinyan his 27th knockout in 36 fights.
  • David Nalbandian won the Copa San Juan Minero tennis tournament in his home town of San Juan in Argentina, defeating in the final, Roland Garros 2004 champion Gaston Gaudio. Nalbandian is currently participating in Copa Argentina which ends on Sunday. After his absence from the world tour due to a hip injury, Nalbandian returns to the ATP tour in January.
  • Armenian judo wrestler Hovhannes Davtyan was defeated by a Korean wrestler after 2 victories and took the 5th place in the Grand Slam tournament.
  • Brazilian-Armenian chess master Grikor-Sevak Mekhitarian gained 7.5 points at the Brazilian championship and shared the 3-4th positions with Rafael Leitao. Thanks to this result, Mekhitarian was awarded grandmaster status.
  • Vologda-Chevakata prevailed over Hatis Yerevan 91:82 in a Group F Women's EuroCup 2009/10 qualifier on December 10. Despite the defeat, the Armenian basketball club hopes not to drop out of the competition. Hatis Yerevan play against Turkish Besiktas Cola Turka in Yerevan on December 17.
  • German-Armenian IBF middleweight world champion Arthur Abraham won Germany's 2009 Best Sportsman title award.
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Watch: Erdogan & Rose face off on Armenian Genocide‏

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You've got to watch this!

It's a quick 30-second clip from the Charlie Rose show of Turkey's Prime Minister saying the Armenian Genocide's "completely a lie."

You'll see Erdogan on national TV making it clear that Turkey's talks with Armenia have nothing to do with peace, or truth, or justice.

The Protocols are, very simply, Erdogan's license to lie.

A farce allowing him to deny and dodge, with a smirk and the arrogance of having manipulated yet another White House into silence on the Genocide.

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Secret State Department Attacks on Genocide Resolution Revealed‏

December 15, 2009

Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ)Foreign Aid 2010: Congress Agrees on $41 Million for
Armenia; $8 Million for Karabagh; Maintain Military Aid Parity

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-- Pallone Outreach to Colleagues and White House Played Vital Role in Restored Assistance and Military Aid Parity

Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL)Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ)Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. House and Senate agreed upon a far-reaching Fiscal Year 2010 (FY10) spending measure that includes a $41 economic aid package for Armenia, $8 million for "programs and activities" in Nagorno Karabagh, and parity in Foreign Military Financing for Armenia and Azerbaijan, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

These figures were determined by a conference committee, comprised of House and Senate appropriators tasked with reconciling the two versions of the FY10 foreign aid bill. The House measure, overseen by the State-Foreign Operations Subcommittee Chair Nita Lowey (D-NY), included a $48 million allocation for Armenia, $10 for Nagorno Karabagh, and across-the-board parity in military aid to Armenia and Azerbaijan. The Senate version, presided over by the State-Foreign Operations Subcommittee Chair Patrick Leahy (D-VT), set aside just $30 million for Armenia, the figure proposed in President Obama's budget, and did not include any figures for either aid to Nagorno Karabagh or military aid to Yerevan and Baku. The President's low aid request for Armenia - which represented a dramatic 39% cut from the previous year, stood in stark contrast to his campaign pledge to maintain aid levels and to foster the growth and development of Armenia. Congress also rolled back President Obama's request to reverse the long-established policy of maintaining military parity between Armenia and Azerbaijan in terms of Foreign Military Financing. No figures were included in the Conference Report regarding International Military Education and Training.

"We want to thank all our friends, among them Chairwoman Lowey, Frank Pallone, Adam Schiff, Mark Kirk, Steve Rothman, Jesse Jackson, Steve Israel, and Frank Lobiondo, for restoring $11 million of the $18 million reduction in aid to Armenia proposed by the Obama-Biden Administration, and also for setting, for the first time, unrestricted aid to Nagorno Karabagh at $8 million," said Aram Hamparian, Executive Director of the ANCA. "While we remain troubled by the overall decrease in support for Armenia, which is now down to nearly half of what was appropriated just three years ago, we are pleased that military parity in Foreign Military Financing to Armenia and Azerbaijan has been maintained, and that the Committee's traditional description of aid to Nagorno Karabagh as 'humanitarian' has been removed, reflecting a growing appreciation among legislators of the need to implement development programs with these funds."
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Escalates Genocide Denial, Pushes Preconditions, Reinforces Pressure on Nagorno Karabagh

WASHINGTON, DC - Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, having secured at least temporarily, the silence of yet another Administration on the Armenian Genocide, has used his U.S. visit to further press Turkey's advantage - dramatically escalating his genocide denial rhetoric, reinforcing Turkey's "Protocols" preconditions for lifting its blockade of Armenia, and attempting to use Ankara's new found leverage in the Nagorno Karabagh peace process to deliver a pro-Azerbaijani settlement of this conflict, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

"Today, more than seven months into the silence of yet another U.S. Administration on the Armenian Genocide, it's painfully clear that Erdogan has not, as President Obama had hoped, moved toward a full, frank and just acknowledgement of the facts - but rather sprinted in exactly the opposite direction, dramatically ramping up his denial rhetoric and pressing more aggressively against U.S. recognition of this crime," said Aram Hamparian, Executive Director of the ANCA. "As we've said from day one, for Erdogan and his government, the Protocols are not about peace. They represent simply another tactic by Turkey to extend U.S. complicity in Turkey's denials from one April 24th to the next," added Hamparian.

In addition to escalating his Armenian Genocide denial demands, Erdogan also made clear that his government would not respect either of the two U.S. priorities for Turkey-Armenia normalization: no preconditions and a reasonable timeframe. He continued to press for both the two Turkish preconditions hardwired into the Protocols, namely a historical "commission" and the confirmation of borders, as well as a third unwritten precondition that the Nagorno Karabagh issue be settled to Azerbaijan's satisfaction. At the same time, he firmly established that Turkey does not feel any obligation to move forward in a timely manner. Read more. . .


WASHINGTON, DC - Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Joe Lieberman (D-CT) and Representative Linda Sanchez (D-CA) became, this week, the most recent additions to the growing bipartisan group of legislators supporting the Armenian Genocide Resolution (S.Res.316 and H.Res.252), reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

The new support for this human rights legislation comes in the wake of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Washington, DC, last week, during which he repeatedly denied the Armenian Genocide. Responding to a question from journalist Charlie Rose, during an hour-long televised PBS interview on December 8th, Erdogan stated, "I can say very clearly that we do not accept genocide. This is completely a lie. I invite people to prove it. Something like this is really not possible, and there is no truth to it."

"We want to thank Senators Boxer and Lieberman and Representative Sanchez for, once again standing up for principle, and against Turkey's denials," said Aram Hamparian, Executive Director of the ANCA. "We look forward, in the weeks ahead, to working with these friends and our many others in both houses of Congress, to see this genocide-prevention legislation adopted at the very first opportunity." Read more. . .


WASHINGTON, DC - A retired Foreign Service officer, U.S. Ambassador Arma Jane Karaer, has revealed a series of shocking revelations about the State Department's behind-the-scenes efforts on behalf of Turkey during the 1980s to kill Congressional initiatives commemorating the Armenian Genocide, according to now public documents circulated today by the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

The revelations are part of an oral history interview with Karaer, a foreign service officer who served, among other postings during her long diplomatic career, as a commercial officer in Ankara and as the State Department's senior Turkish Desk Officer. Excerpts from her lengthy interview concerning Armenian issues, including Armenian Genocide legislation before the U.S. Congress, are provided below.

"We're circulating Ambassador Karaer's interview - a truly stunning example of undisguised cynicism in the face of genocide and denial - as a public service," said Aram Hamparian, Executive Director of the ANCA. "As painful as her callous remarks are to read, they do - in their candor - provide powerful insights into the depths to which U.S. officials have sunk in enforcing Turkey's genocide denial dictates. Sadly, it would seem, the pervasive attitude of expediency over morality characterized by her words remains, even today, much more the rule rather than the exception among the senior ranks of our nation's Foreign Service."
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