Category: Opinion

To Be a German or a Turk, That is the Question

To Be a German or a Turk, That is the Question

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Special to the Mirror-Spectator BERLIN — Relations between Berlin and Ankara, already strained by the German Bundestag’s June 2 resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide, have ratcheted down since, reaching a new low point in the wake of the Turkish government’s responses to the failed coup attempt on July 15. Though sighs of relief […]

Armenian General Benevolent Union Continues Its Mission in a New Era

By Hagop Vartivarian Without a doubt, the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) has been a gift of providence for Armenians throughout the past 110 years. It has achieved preeminence over the course of time as a philanthropic organization, and it impartially served the myriad of needs of our people, humanitarian, educational, cultural and youth-oriented. The […]

Sexual Violence Against Armenian Women: A Weapon of Genocide

Sexual Violence Against Armenian Women: A Weapon of Genocide

By Adam Strom Many who talk and teach about the Armenian Genocide have had real difficulty over the past 100 years naming the systemic abuses against Armenian women for what they are: sexual violence and rape as tools of genocide. Even ten years ago, when I was working on Facing History and Ourselves’ book Crimes […]

Wielding the Weapon of Truth

Wielding the Weapon of Truth

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach As politicians in Berlin debate the relative merits and dangers of Germany’s possible active military engagement in the war theatre against so-called Islamic State (IS), a number of public figures have taken up a precious weapon to wage in this conflict. This is the weapon of truth. Instead of calculating the numbers […]

Turkey After the Elections

Turkey After the Elections

By Edmond Y. Azadian Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had triggered a political tempest in his country and the region earlier this fall, which many believed would spin out of control and create an all-out civil war. But the November 1 election results indicate that he has assured his march towards a “constitutional dictatorship,” as […]

The Practicality of Peace

By Nicolas Atayan Nave Peace is ever-evolving measure of overall human conflict, and has eluded us since the dawn of time. Since the beginning of human history, we have stolen, killed, conquered, argued, and warred. Peace has always been regarded as an obviously preferable but unrealistic state of existence and relegated to the world of cliches, […]

Of Summer Doldrums, Scoops and Spoofs

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Special to the Mirror-Spectator One hot day in late July I received emails from two friends — one is Armenian and the other Italian — both alerting me to a curious letter circulating widely on the Internet. It had to do with the protests against electricity price hikes in Armenia, and coverage […]

Watching Elections in Turkey

Watching Elections in Turkey

By Edmond Y. Azadian The parliamentary elections in Turkey on June 7 are closely watched events by all parties in the region who will be impacted, one way or another, by their outcome. Turkey is a regional superpower and an arrogant one at that, under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. It has its influence and opinion […]