Articles by Dr. Henry Astarjian

About Dr. Henry Astarjian (33 Articles)
Dr. Henry Astarjian was born in Kirkuk, Iraq. In 1958, he graduated from the Royal College of Medicine and went on to serve as an army medical officer in Iraqi Kurdistan. He continued his medical education in Scotland and England. In 1966, he emigrated to the U.S. In 1992, he served as a New Hampshire delegate to the Republication National Convention in Houston, Texas. For three years Astarjian addressed the Kurdish Parliament in Exile in Brussels, defending Armenian rights to Western Armenia. For three consecutive years, he addressed the American Kurds in California and Maryland. He is the author of The Struggle for Kirkuk, published by Preager and Preager International Securities.
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Astarjian: A Festival of Robbers and Crooks

In the dark of the night they gathered, masked like common thieves and bank robbers. A bunch of crooks, corrupt and dishonest politicians, using their illegitimate authority gained by rigged election, sold the Armenian nation down the pike. They signed the ill-fated protocols of surrender with [more...]

February 5, 2010 // 8 Comments

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Astarjian: Yes We Can! (Part II)

So this is Turkey, inside out, with the inside being its underbelly: exposed, soft, and vulnerable. Despite its genuine structural weaknesses, institutional Turkey continues to colonize the non-Turkic inhabitants of Turkey—the Kurds and other minorities, who suffer ethnic, cultural, and [more...]

January 20, 2010 // 6 Comments

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Astarjian: Yes We Can! (Part I)

Some dream of it, many don’t. When contemplated, many say it is impossible. When brought to focus, they give you a hundred reasons as to why it is a losing proposition. The faint hearted freeze at the thought. The ones who have guts to face the issue don’t have the leadership. Yet, the [more...]

January 16, 2010 // 11 Comments

Astarjian: Our Friends, Our Foes: The Kurds

The Armenian Weekly January 2010 Magazine The inheritance of my generation of Armenians is the legacy of our parents and grandparents who survived the genocide, especially the atrocities committed by the Kurds. Even after almost a century, talking to the post-genocide Armenians about the Kurds [more...]

January 7, 2010 // 69 Comments

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Astarjian: ‘Tamamiyle Yalandir’

Without batting a lash and without being ashamed, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan answered thusly to Charlie Rose, in visibly defiant facial and body language: “Tamamiyle yalandir!” Charlie had asked him about the Armenian Genocide on his show, which was televised a week or so ago. [more...]

December 24, 2009 // 12 Comments

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Astarjian: Tales of Winter

Finally it snowed! And finally, I used freshly split logs to start a long-awaited fire with dried kindling in the fireplace. It was the seventh of the month, and it had not yet snowed until now. That was a change from yesteryears, when Thanksgiving came in the middle of snowstorms stranding air and [more...]

December 10, 2009 // 11 Comments

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Astarjian: ‘Esheg Oghlu Esheg’

It might be offensive to some, but for others it a source of psychological satisfaction. Esheg oghlu esheg (donkey son of a donkey): These words are meant to be used as such to insult, belittle, degrade an opponent or the opposition. Esheg oghlu esheg has an equivalent in Armenian: Shoun shan [more...]

December 6, 2009 // 20 Comments

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Astarjian: ‘Yalanci Dolma’ Diplomacy

Yes, it was a meeting, but not a “historic meeting” as posted by the Friends of Hrant Dink, the organizers of an academic event entitled “Closing the Divide.” The event was designed to build cultural bridges between the Armenian Diaspora on one side and the Turkish people on [more...]

December 2, 2009 // 17 Comments

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Astarjian: ‘Bazaar’ and ‘Kef’: Is our language dead?

These are two words that make me feel like a matador looking at the bull ready to charge: angry, determined, ready to charge. What enrages me most is when the words are prominently displayed in front of a church, advertising their sujukh and basterma, and competing with the next Apostolic Armenian [more...]

November 21, 2009 // 30 Comments

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Astarjian: Ya Vur Kurtul, Ya Ver Kurtul

For centuries this has been the Turkish modus operandi. Since the middle ages when the central Asian invasion of their west began, a variety of Turkmens, Tatars, Mongols, Khazars, Seljuks, Kara Qoyunlu, Aq Qoyunlu, and the other lesser tribes have passed their techniques of conquering and governing [more...]

November 12, 2009 // 15 Comments

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