Articles by Harut Sassounian

About Harut Sassounian (417 Articles)
<p>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.</p>

Is the CEO of Turkey’s Newest U.S. PR Firm Really Armenian?

Ronn Torossian (Photo: Juda Engelmayer) Two articles by Louise Neu on have revealed that Ronn Torossian’s public relation’s firm signed a contract to represent Turkey earlier this year. Torossian is CEO of the 5WPR firm, based in New York City. Justice Department records [more...]

November 15, 2017 // 15 Comments

The Istanbul Armenian Community’s Patriarch Dilemma

A major controversy has been brewing for several years among members of the Armenian community of Istanbul over plans to elect a new Patriarch. The controversy has long, historic roots—and, more recently, many complications which started with the terminal illness of Patriarch Mesrob Mutafyan, who [more...]

November 7, 2017 // 0 Comments

European Court Finds Catholicosate’s Suit Inadmissible

The Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia (headquartered in Antelias, Lebanon) filed a lawsuit on April 25, 2015, against the government of Turkey, seeking the return of its historic seat in Sis (present-day Kozan district of the Adana Province), which was confiscated in 1921. The first-of-its-kind [more...]

October 25, 2017 // 3 Comments

The High School Teacher Who Changed My Life

  I would like to dedicate this article to the sad occasion of the passing last month of my dear high school teacher, Olivia Balian, who changed my life with a noble gesture. The year was 1968, and I was a student at the Sophia Hagopian Armenian High School in Beirut, Lebanon. Ms. Olivia [more...]

October 17, 2017 // 10 Comments

Absurd Azerbaijan Propagandist Blames California Armenians

  Not a week passes without another propagandist for Azerbaijan writing anti-Armenian disinformation against either Armenia or the Diaspora. The latest such article was written by Andrew Korybko, an individual described as an “American Moscow-based political analyst.” We don’t know what [more...]

October 10, 2017 // 15 Comments

Aliyev Lies before the Whole World at UN General Assembly

  There were plenty of Azeri commentators and officials who criticized Armenian President Serge Sarkisian’s speech at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly last week, but I did not come across any Armenian commentators or government leaders who attacked Azerbaijani President Ilham [more...]

September 26, 2017 // 6 Comments

Americana Executives and ANCA Meet to Resolve a Contentious Relationship

  Representatives of the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) and senior executives of Americana shopping mall in Glendale met on Sept. 5 and agreed to put their future relationship on a better footing. The Americana at Brand (Photo: Fourbyfourblazer) This was the first meeting in [more...]

September 20, 2017 // 0 Comments

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