Articles by Raffi Bedrosyan

About Raffi Bedrosyan (38 Articles)
Raffi Bedrosyan is a civil engineer and a concert pianist, living in Toronto. Proceeds from his concerts and CDs have been donated to the construction of school, highways, and water and gas distribution projects in Armenia and Karabagh—projects in which he has also participated as a voluntary engineer. Bedrosyan was involved in organizing the Surp Giragos Diyarbakir/Dikranagerd Church reconstruction project. His articles explain the significance of this historic project as the first Armenian reclaim of church properties in Anatolia after 1915, as well as other Turkish-Armenian issues. He gave the first Armenian piano concert in the Surp Giragos Church since 1915, most recently at the 2015 Genocide Centenary Commemoration. He is the founder of Project Rebirth, which helps hidden Islamized Armenians reclaim their original Armenian roots, language, and culture.

Bedrosyan: What’s Next for Turkey?

The April 16 referendum in Turkey—to revise the constitution and grant expanded powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan—passed by a slim margin, as 51.3 percent of voters said “Yes” amid claims of significant illegal voting procedures. A 2007 anti-government rally in Istanbul (Photo: [more...]

April 17, 2017 // 3 Comments

Turkey vs. Europe: Any Lessons?

Special for the Armenian Weekly Last week, for the first time in the history of the Turkish Republic, one of its ministers was declared persona non grata—an undesirable alien—and was deported from Netherlands, a state which is a NATO ally of Turkey. Again for the first time, the Turkish [more...]

March 16, 2017 // 9 Comments

A Diasporan Minister of Diaspora: A Proposal

Special for the Armenian Weekly 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 Diaspora and to help strengthen the ties between Armenia and Armenians abroad, by preserving the [more...]

March 8, 2017 // 17 Comments

The Plight of Hidden or Islamized Armenians in Turkey

Special for the Armenian Weekly What a difference a year makes… It was August of last year, when Project Rebirth organized trips to Armenia for a large group of hidden Islamized Armenians from Diyarbakir, Urfa, Dersim, Sason, Van, and the Hamshen regions of Turkey, to help them find their [more...]

November 18, 2016 // 18 Comments

The Implications of Turkey’s Renewed War on the Kurds

  ‘Their response to eliminate the Armenian problem was to attempt the elimination of the Armenians themselves.’ (Photo: Ottoman newspaper İkdam on 4 November 1918) One hundred years ago, the leaders of the Ottoman government were paranoid that Armenians’ demand for [more...]

January 7, 2016 // 19 Comments

To Baptize or Not to Baptize the ‘Hidden Armenians’

Along with the many high points experienced during the historic Armenia trip of the 80 “hidden Armenians” from Turkey, there were also a few low points. The highs included warm welcomes by both Armenian government officials and common people on the street, emotional triumphs at [more...]

August 14, 2015 // 51 Comments

Project Rebirth: Homecoming of ‘Hidden Armenians’

  Some came by chartered bus from Diyarbakir, Sasun, and Urfa, others by public transport from Dersim through Tbilisi. A few came by rail from Artvin in the Hamshen region via Batumi, others drove their own cars from Hopa. The destination for all? Yerevan, Armenia. Following the success of [more...]

August 11, 2015 // 26 Comments

Reflections on Turkey’s Parliamentary Election

On June 7, Turkish citizens went to the polls to elect 550 members of the Turkish Parliament. What did the election mean for the Armenians of Turkey, of Armenia, and of the diaspora? First, a few facts and context for the reader: More than 85 percent of the eligible 55 million voters—some 45 [more...]

June 26, 2015 // 2 Comments

Dersim Leaders Embrace Armenian Roots, Plan Armenia Trip

Armenian Weekly readers will remember well the historic first journey taken by 50 “hidden Armenians” from Diyarbakir (Dikranagerd) last August to Armenia. These brave individuals were the grandchildren of forcefully Islamicized/Turkified/Kurdified Armenians from 1915, who had the determination [more...]

March 4, 2015 // 21 Comments

Turkey’s Tactics of ‘Oriental Slyness’

Turkey has announced that the annual commemoration of the Gallipoli Dardanelles battles of World War I, which was traditionally held on March 18, will be held on April 24 this year. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has invited more than 120 world leaders, including President Serge Sarkisian of [more...]

February 24, 2015 // 46 Comments

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