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February 24, 2001
Thank God Bill Clinton is no longer in office. As president for the past eight years, his tenure proved you can fool most of the people most of the time. His disgraceful conduct reduced the character of the presidency to a new low. His rhetoric was a far cry from his actions and decisions. When Congress was about to recognize the Armenian Genocide of 1915 by the Ottoman Turks, then-President Clinton talked Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert into dismissing the resolution.
NEWS
April 5, 2001
Claudia Peschiutta GLENDALE -- The fight to gain official U.S. recognition of the Armenian Genocide has taken a step forward. As it has in the past, the California Democratic Party recently endorsed a resolution calling for official recognition of the Armenian Genocide, officials said. Approved at the party's annual convention on April 1, the resolution calls on Congress and the president to recognize the killings that occurred when Armenians were exiled by the Ottoman Turks in 1915 as a genocide.
NEWS
April 22, 2000
Alecia Foster It was about 85 years ago when the Ottoman Turks went through a small Armenian village where Mikael Kourinian's great-uncle lived. "All of them were rounded up and shot," Kourinian said. The story, passed down through his family, was one the Glendale Community College student will never forget. Kourinian, also president of the Armenian Student Assn. at GCC, asked fellow students Thursday to share their knowledge of the Armenian genocide with others.
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April 22, 2006
"If we modify the agenda we could achieve two things. One would be to have more time for presentations and acknowledgments. Two would be to end at a reasonable hour of the night. Sometimes you go to sleep and you don't realize you're still meeting." ? Chuck Sambar, Glendale Unified School District Board president who believes meetings often run longer than they need to. "In order for a student to grow and be successful in our society it is absolutely imperative and important that they command and become proficient and skilled in the English language.
NEWS
July 8, 2011
Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed legislation that extends the deadline in California for victims of the Armenian genocide and their descendents to file claims on unpaid policies from European and Asian insurers. The measure, which extends the deadline through Dec. 31, 2016, was introduced by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake). “This is the culmination of a lot of hard work by me and my staff,” Gatto said. “It’s nice to see this come to fruition.” Gatto went into the community to get input before introducing the bill.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | May 17, 2013
In what has become an annual exercise, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) this week introduced a House resolution calling on the U.S. to formally recognize the Armenian Genocide, in which roughly 1.5 million Armenians were massacred by Ottoman Turks from 1915 to 1918. Schiff has introduced similar resolutions in years past, all of them failing in Congress amid fears that official recognition would anger Turkey, an important military ally in the Middle East. Schiff introduced the latest resolution recognizing the genocide with Reps.
NEWS
May 15, 2000
Mother's Day is Sunday. A day that all of us, young and old, honor our mothers. This Mother's Day I reflect on memories of my mother and the early days of my youth. My thoughts go back to when, during summer vacations from school, childhood friends would go to their grandparents homes. I would ask my mother, where my grandparents were. She would break down and cry. When my Dad came home, he would tell me to not ask such questions, because it brought back sad memories.
NEWS
April 24, 2004
Gary Moskowitz To Sarkis Asatryan, remembering the Armenian Genocide today is not enough. Asatryan, a Hoover High School senior of Armenian descent, believes people need to work hard to make sure that the 1.5 million Armenians killed between 1915 and 1923 did not die in vain. Since the Armenian Genocide began on the night of April 24, 1915, today marks its 89th anniversary. "My grandfather's brother was killed because he wanted to buy bread and the government would not let him, and he was beheaded," said Asatryan, 18. "I think the first step is to educate people not just about the Armenian Genocide, but the genocide of Native Americans, Cambodians, Serbs and Jews, and what an inhumane thing genocide is. "I think we are truly making an effort to make the Armenian Genocide known to the world.
NEWS
October 10, 2009
There are a number of disputes tied to the protocols under which long-estranged Armenia and Turkey are expected to open official talks. There’s the future of Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed enclave within the borders of Azerbaijan that is home to many ethnic Armenians but that also has close ties to Turkey. There’s the land disputes between the two countries on the eastern front. But above all, there’s the condition for a historical commission to investigate the veracity of the Armenian Genocide perpetrated under Turkey’s forbearer, the Ottoman Empire.
NEWS
January 2, 2002
The issue of recall is over, but the issue of lowering of the American flag is still unresolved. I have written in the past in support of actions taken by Mayor Gus Gomez in lowering of the American flag. I believe that at the time, it was the right decision. However, now that the recall issue is settled, I request that the City Council take an immediate action on the lowering of the American flag so we may put this issue to rest. I have seen the division in the community due to lowering of the American flag for the recognition of the Armenian Genocide.
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By Richard Simon | November 12, 2013
In a new twist to efforts to call attention to the Armenian genocide, a group of lawmakers has accused the Obama administration of blocking a Smithsonian display of a rug woven by orphans of the mass killings about a century ago. The lawmakers have written President Obama urging him to make available the rug, presented in 1925 toPresident Calvin Coolidge and in storage as part of the White House collection, for exhibition. The bipartisan group includes more than a dozen representatives from California, which has a large Armenian American population, the Los Angeles Times reported .  The roughly 12-foot-by-18-foot Armenian Orphan Rug was to be featured in a Dec. 16 exhibit at the Smithsonian Castle in Washington that sought to call attention to a new book about the rug, which the lawmakers called a “pivotal icon related to the Armenian Genocide.” A White House spokeswoman said Tuesday that displaying the rug “for only half a day in connection with a private book launch event, as proposed, would have been an inappropriate use of U.S. government property, would have required the White House to undertake the risk of transporting the rug for limited public exposure, and was not viewed as commensurate with the rug's historical significance.” Aram S. Hamparian, executive director of the Armenian National Committee of America, attributed the decision to politics, contending it was due to the administration “catering to the Turkish government's...
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | May 17, 2013
In what has become an annual exercise, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) this week introduced a House resolution calling on the U.S. to formally recognize the Armenian Genocide, in which roughly 1.5 million Armenians were massacred by Ottoman Turks from 1915 to 1918. Schiff has introduced similar resolutions in years past, all of them failing in Congress amid fears that official recognition would anger Turkey, an important military ally in the Middle East. Schiff introduced the latest resolution recognizing the genocide with Reps.
NEWS
April 25, 2013
For the first time, a Turkish scholar addressed a crowd of more than 1,400 people at the city's annual event to commemorate the genocide of about 1.5 million people in 1915 by Ottoman Turks, a tragedy still denied by modern-day Turkey 98 years later. "The principle was not giving the Armenians not even a single inch," said Umit Kurt, a Turkish scholar at Clark University, as he discussed how the Ottoman Empire deported Armenians before the genocide began and sold their property. PHOTOS: Annual Armenian genocide commemoration at Alex Theatre Although initial laws regarding the abandoned property seem to require Armenians be reimbursed at a later date, that never came to fruition, Kurt said before the sold-out crowd at the Alex Theatre Wednesday evening.
NEWS
April 24, 2013
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), lead sponsor of the Armenian genocide resolution in Congress, delivered his remarks in Armenian on the House floor Wednesday as he honored the 1.5 million Armenians who were massacred in 1915 at the hands of Ottoman Turks. His remarks come the same day that President Obama once again did not use the word “genocide” in his annual statement about the tragic event. According to his office, in his Armenian address, Schiff said: “I speak to you from the floor of the House of Representatives in the language of your grandparents and your great-grandparents - the language they used to speak of their hopes, their dreams, their lives and their loves in the years before 1915...I speak to you in the language of sons who watched their fathers murdered.” On the 98th anniversary of the genocide, Schiff pointed out that not only were Armenians murdered, Armenian women were raped by the thousands.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | April 12, 2013
A U.S. District Court judge has ruled that the federal court system has jurisdiction to hold Turkish banks accountable for seizing land from Armenians during the Armenian Genocide. This ruling was attached to judge Dolly M. Gee's dismissal of a lawsuit brought against the Central Bank of Turkey and T.C. Ziraat Bankasi, which is a Turkish agricultural bank, as well as the Republic of Turkey seeking roughly $65 million in damages. Rajika Shah, one of the lead attorneys for the plaintiffs, said that despite the dismissal, the judge's ruling handed down late last month was important because it established that if a government takes its own citizens' property during human-rights violations, it isn't immune from being sued in the U.S. courts.
THE818NOW
December 21, 2011
The killing of more than a million Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915 was an act of genocide. The Holocaust was a fact. Yet Americans are free to deny the reality of either - or make outlandish assertions of all kinds - without facing punishment by the state. Residents of France will be denied that privilege if its parliament adopts a wrong-headed bill to criminalize denial of the Armenian genocide. On Thursday the lower house of France's parliament will debate a bill that would punish those who deny the genocide with a year in prison and a $58,000 fine.
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By Jason Wells, jason.wells@latimes.com | September 29, 2011
A planned parade for an Ottoman military marching band in Hollywood has been canceled amid uproar from Armenian groups who said the event was an affront to them because of the genocide that began in 1915. Ottoman Turks killed roughly 1.5 million Armenians from 1915 to 1923, resulting in the first modern-day genocide. Turkey has refused to acknowledge the massacre as genocide. The permit for the parade, scheduled for Oct. 3 on Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and La Brea avenues, was pulled Wednesday, an official at the Los Angeles Police Commission said.
NEWS
July 8, 2011
Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed legislation that extends the deadline in California for victims of the Armenian genocide and their descendents to file claims on unpaid policies from European and Asian insurers. The measure, which extends the deadline through Dec. 31, 2016, was introduced by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake). “This is the culmination of a lot of hard work by me and my staff,” Gatto said. “It’s nice to see this come to fruition.” Gatto went into the community to get input before introducing the bill.
NEWS
By Gary Huerta | April 25, 2011
I was engaged in a very interesting discussion last night about the nature of compassion and its ability to positively shift the energetic force of our world. I, for one, believe our thoughts are extremely powerful — even more so when a group of people gathers a single collective thought in their mind, especially a positive one. This isn’t to say I believe thought alone does all the work. Positive thought or intent leads to positive action, which leads to positive change. So what’s with this week’s “new-age philosophical rant,” you ask?
NEWS
April 23, 2011
For the Armenian American community, presidential candidate Barack Obama was full of promise and hope. His position on the Armenian Genocide of 1915, in which 1.5 million Armenian were massacred at the hands of Ottoman Turks, had been well documented. It was genocide, he said. He even called on the federal government to officially recognize it as such. But in the years since winning the presidency, the pull of geo-political complications has so far muted his pledge to officially recognize the genocide.
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