Articles by Harut Sassounian

About Harut Sassounian (391 Articles)
Harut Sassounian is the publisher of The California Courier, a weekly newspaper based in Glendale, Calif. He is the president of the United Armenian Fund, a coalition of the seven largest Armenian-American organizations. He has been decorated by the president and prime minister of the Republic of Armenia, and the heads of the Armenian Apostolic and Catholic churches. He is also the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

Armenia and Diaspora in Quest for a New Start

Ever since Armenia’s independence, the Armenian world has been divided into three loose categories: those supporting or in some capacity interacting with the government; various opposition groups; and those who are independent or inactive. Regrettably, there has been hardly any effort to bridge [more...]

November 1, 2016 // 6 Comments

WikiLeaks Reveals Hillary Clinton’s Email Exchanges on Armenian Issues

The whole world is following with great interest the flood of internal emails released by WikiLeaks: over 400,000 emails of the Turkish ruling party (AKP), 2.8 million U.S. diplomatic emails, over 30,000 emails sent or received by Hillary Clinton while she was Secretary of State, and 27,000 emails [more...]

October 25, 2016 // 16 Comments

More Beneficial to Support Members of Congress Than Vote for President

There is widespread dissatisfaction and mistrust among the American public toward the two main presidential candidates: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Armenian-Americans likewise are negatively disposed toward these candidates. More specifically, on Armenian issues Mrs. Clinton has shown that [more...]

October 12, 2016 // 2 Comments

Should Diaspora Armenians Meddle in Armenia’s Affairs?

Not everyone agrees whether Diaspora Armenians should meddle in the Armenia Republic’s internal affairs. Perhaps “meddle” is not the right word, but getting involved and caring deeply about developments in the homeland should be of great interest to all Armenians, since that is their country [more...]

October 5, 2016 // 22 Comments

Campaign Contribution…Or Legal Bribery?

  This column is mostly intended for readers outside the United States who may not be familiar with U.S. campaign contribution laws. Interestingly, even Americans are often confused about the complex regulations regarding limits of political contributions that are different in local, state, [more...]

September 28, 2016 // 4 Comments

Sassounian: A Unique, Eye-Opening Visit to Iran

Along with 16 other Armenian journalists from Armenia, Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh/NKR), the Czech Republic, France, Lebanon, Syria, and the United States, I was invited to attend the 85th anniversary celebration of Alik daily Armenian newspaper, published in Tehran since 1931. Journalists from [more...]

September 20, 2016 // 3 Comments

Pan-Turanism, Not Islam, Motivated the Armenian Genocide

A recently published book Remembering for the Future: Armenia, Auschwitz, and Beyond, edited by Michael Berenbaum, Richard Libowitz, and Marcia Sachs Littell, is a collection of scholarly papers delivered at a conference held at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, March 8-11, 2014. In [more...]

September 14, 2016 // 8 Comments

After Coup Attempt, Turkish Scholar Boldly Speaks on Armenian Genocide

On July 13, two days before the coup attempt in Turkey, Prof. Halil Berktay of Istanbul’s Sabanci University answered six written questions on the Armenian Genocide posed by El Pais, Spain’s largest newspaper. But when El Pais did not publish his answers, Dr. Berktay decided on Aug. 15 to post [more...]

August 31, 2016 // 5 Comments

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