Articles by Harut Sassounian

About Harut Sassounian (388 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.

Cem Ozdemir: ‘Young Turks Are Traitors; Talat and Enver Criminals’

Cem Özdemir , co-chair of the Green Party, delivered a passionate speech in the German Parliament (Bundestag) on June 2 in support of the resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide by Ottoman Turkey, while acknowledging Germany’s complicity in this mass crime. Özdemir , born in Germany, is [more...]

July 13, 2016 // 8 Comments

Early Warning Signs of Turkey’s Troubles with Trump

  The Republican and Democratic parties will be holding their conventions later this month to select Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, respectively, as their presidential nominees. For loyal party members, the choice is very clear: Vote for your party’s candidate. Yet, millions of other [more...]

July 8, 2016 // 7 Comments

Acting Armenian Patriarch of Turkey: Shameful Tool of Turkish Propaganda

Archbishop Aram Atesyan, General Vicar of the Armenian Patriarch of Turkey, sent a highly controversial letter last week to President Recep Erdogan, criticizing the German Parliament’s decision to recognize the Armenian Genocide. The Acting Patriarch’s letter created a major controversy among [more...]

June 14, 2016 // 11 Comments

Sassounian: Another Seasoned U.S. Diplomat Hounded Out of Office

The headline of the May 17 opinion column by David Ignatius in The Washington Post—“When diplomats get punished for doing their jobs”—triggered unhappy recollections of the forced resignation of John Evans, U.S. Ambassador to Armenia, for daring to speak about the Armenian Genocide, as [more...]

May 31, 2016 // 1 Comment

Erdogan vs. Gulen in Texas Courts: Battle of Two Turkish Powerhouses

A decade ago, two Turkish Islamist leaders—Recep Erdogan (now President) and prominent Sunni cleric Fethullah Gulen—were the best of friends. Their common enemy was the Turkish military. But as Erdogan solidified his dictatorial rule by castrating the generals, he turned against his old ally, [more...]

May 24, 2016 // 1 Comment

Erdogan’s Thugs in Parliament Beat up Armenian and Kurdish MPs

Kicking and punching are becoming a daily routine in the Turkish Parliament. Whenever Armenian or Kurdish Members of the Parliament criticize the government, they are viciously attacked by a gang of MPs from Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). A scene from the incident (Photo: [more...]

May 10, 2016 // 2 Comments

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