Paylan to Fellow MPs: Are You Able to Sleep at Night?

Special for the Armenian Weekly Garo Paylan, the Armenian parliamentarian of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), delivered a speech in the Turkish Parliament on Dec. 24, 2015. Once again, he started his speech by saluting the assembly in his native language, “Parev tsez.” In his [more...]

January 11, 2016 // 0 Comments

Diyarbakir’s Surp Giragos Armenian Church after suffering minor damages following clashes

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

Tekir accepting the ANCA-ER Activism Award on behalf of the Nor Zartonk Movement

Tekir: Armenian Ghosts Are Demanding Justice in Turkey

The following text was adapted from a speech delivered by Nor Zartonk spokesperson Sayat Tekir at the Armenian National Committee of America Eastern Region (ANCA-ER) Banquet on Nov. 14, upon accepting the ANCA-ER Activism Award on behalf of Nor Zartonk.  Tekir accepting the ANCA-ER Activism Award [more...]

January 5, 2016 // 6 Comments

A young boy boards a bus that took him and other Syrian refugees to the Armenian Community Center of Toronto
(Photo: The Globe and Mail)

‘Pari Yegak’ – Welcome to Canada

  It has been difficult to ignore the overwhelming international coverage of Canada’s acceptance of Syrian refugees over the past couple of weeks. From local and national news outlets in Canada, to New York Times editorials and coverage from around the world, Canada has been receiving praise [more...]

December 15, 2015 // 10 Comments

(L-R) Cetin, Becidyan, and Tchaghlasian

Çetin: The ‘Secret’ Known by All

The following article was adapted from a presentation that Fethiye Çetin gave at the Gross Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies (GCHGS) at Ramapo College on Nov. 14. It was translated from the original Turkish by Nurhan A. Becidyan. (L-R) Ani Tchaghlasian, advisory board member of the Gross [more...]

December 15, 2015 // 2 Comments

A child helps his father cast his ballot in Sunday's referendum (Photo: ArmenPress)

Yes, but No: How the Rights of 677 Citizens Were Trampled

By Ivan Ardhaldjian Armenia’s Central Electoral Commission (CEC) announced yesterday that 825,622 citizens, around 63.4 percent of eligible voters, voted in favor of constitutional amendments. Following the referendum, reports of irregularities and violations of the voting process at some of the [more...]

December 8, 2015 // 8 Comments


Fethiye Çetin: An Inevitable Journey

Lawyer and human rights activist Fethiye Çetin delivered the following speech (translated by A. Bolcakan) at the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Eastern Region (ER) Banquet on Nov. 14, where she received the ANCA Freedom Award. Çetin is the author of My Grandmother, and co-author of [more...]

December 2, 2015 // 3 Comments

Tahir Elci

Project 2015 Calls for Investigation into Elçi Murder

Apparent Assassination Latest in Spate of Targeted Attacks against Kurdish Peace Activists NEW YORK, N.Y.—Project 2015 on Nov. 28 condemned the apparent assassination of Tahir Elçi, a prominent lawyer and Kurdish human rights activist who headed the Diyarbakir Bar Association. An unknown [more...]

December 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

A scene from Elci's funeral (Photo:

Is the Path to Erdogan’s ‘Different Turkey’ Paved with Corpses?

“There will be a very different Turkey by 2023. … One nation, one flag, one homeland, and one state…” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke these words on Nov. 28—the day Tahir Elci, a prominent Kurdish rights advocate and head of Diyarbakir’s Bar Association, was gunned down in [more...]

November 30, 2015 // 9 Comments

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