Category: Commentary

When Democracy Greets Dictatorship

When Democracy Greets Dictatorship

By Sargis Karavardanyan A fight against injustice, corruption and terror often leads to eruption of violent clashes. When the efforts for ending hostilities take a shape of peaceful protests by unarmed civilians of the United States, it is anticipated that the government will not interfere and silence the right to free speech granted by the […]

It’s Time for Jared and Ivanka to Go

It’s Time for Jared and Ivanka to Go

By Jackie Speier While running for president, Donald Trump promised to “drain the swamp in Washington, D.C.” He promised ethics reforms, changes to lobbying rules, and other reforms to “make our government honest once again.” Now, six months into his presidency, the only thing he has drained is our country’s reputation. In a sea of conflicts […]

Why This Administration and Its Opponents Need to See Our Movie

Why This Administration and Its Opponents Need to See Our Movie

By Dr. Eric Esrailian The world has been fighting for the recognition of the Armenian Genocide for years. At a time when some global politicians are once again stoking the flames of populist nationalism, as a direct descendent of survivors, my fight to Keep the Promise and never stay silent has made me a canary […]

Oil, Gold and Bribes: A Ticking Time Bomb

Oil, Gold and Bribes: A Ticking Time Bomb

By Raffi Bedrosyan In a small courtroom in Manhattan, there is a legal drama playing out, which may have serious consequences for the US, Turkey and Iran, but more critically for the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. This court case is a ticking time bomb which may explode in President Erdogan’s face, despite all his clandestine efforts to diffuse it. […]

The Armenian Genocide: Picking up Where Reagan Left off

The Armenian Genocide: Picking up Where Reagan Left off

By Anthony Barsamian and Noubar Afeyan Thirty-six years ago, President Reagan did what no president dared to do since. He used the term “genocide” to reference the horrific acts that took place between 1915 and 1923 — the systematic eradication of the Armenian people at the hands of the Ottoman Turks. This brutal event killed […]

A Diasporan Minister of Diaspora – A Proposal

A Diasporan Minister of Diaspora – A Proposal

By Raffi Bedrosyan When the government of Armenia decided to establish the Ministry of Diaspora in 2008, the objective was to form a partnership between the Armenian state and Armenians in the diaspora and to help strengthen the ties between Armenia and Armenians abroad, by preserving the Armenian national identity in the diaspora and the […]

Calling the Holocaust ‘Sad’ is the First Step towards Denying It ever Happened

Calling the Holocaust ‘Sad’ is the First Step towards Denying It ever Happened

By Jonathan Freedland On Holocaust Memorial Day, the White House issued a statement that did not mention Jews or anti-Semitism – but this was no oversight by the new administration. As anyone who has seen Denial, the new film about the 2000 libel trial brought by David Irving against the historian Deborah Lipstadt, will know, […]

Pregnancy in Armenia: Let’s Hope it’s Not a Girl

Pregnancy in Armenia: Let’s Hope it’s Not a Girl

By Emanuele Cassano Mariam is 31 and the mother of three daughters. She comes from Armavir in western Armenia. Even after the birth of her second daughter she continued to follow her dream, trusting in the probability theory: to have a male child. Hence, when she discovered that she was pregnant again with a daughter, […]