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  1. Gregor Narekatsi i Armyanskiy renesans!
  2. PRESS RELEASE Armenian National Committee - Western Region Contact: Ardashes Kassakhian 818.500.1918 Thursday, July 17 ANCA-WR Praises California State Treasurer Phil Angelides for Correcting the Record on Mustafa Kemal Ataturk LOS ANGELES, CA - Members of the Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region Board of Directors (ANCA-WR) and staff recently met with California State Treasurer Phil Angelides at his Los Angeles office. Prominent among the issues that were discussed with the Treasurer was his strong commitment for the implementation of an expanded Armenian Genocide curriculum in California's public schools. The Treasurer also signaled his support for the creation of a California Trade Office in Armenia, which has been a top priority for the ANCA-WR and its local chapters. The ANCA-WR representatives brought to the attention of the Treasurer a recent Newsweek article ("The Last Word," July 7, 2003) written by syndicated columnist George Will, in which he proposed the need for a leader similar to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk to run California. Angelides was outraged by such a reckless suggestion and assured the ANC that he will respond to the article and expose Ataturk's bloody record of slaughtering and exiling over one million Armenians and Greeks early in the 20th century. A copy of the Treasurer's letter to George Will, dated July 17, 2003, accompanies this press release. Prior to and since his election to statewide office, Phil Angelides has had an exemplary record on issues dealing with human rights and the Armenian Genocide. Several years ago, as a member of the Board of Directors for the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), he led that institution to reject a $30,000 contract with a private consulting firm that denied the Armenian Genocide in a financial report analyzing the Republic of Turkey's economy. CalPERS, is the nation's largest public pension fund, with over $150 billion in assets. The Treasurer was also receptive to a number of initiatives suggested by the ANCA-WR representatives, including encouraging qualified young Armenian-American professionals to find employment opportunities within the State Treasurers office and other State agencies. The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) is the largest and most influential Armenian American grassroots political organization. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout the United States and affiliated organizations around the world, the ANCA actively advances the concerns of the Armenian American community on a broad range of issues. ### ======================================================= July 17, 2003 Mr. George Will c/o Washington Post Writers Group 1150 15th Street N.W. Washington D.C. 20071 Re: "Californians Need an Ataturk" Dear Mr. Will: I am writing this letter to express my outrage regarding your recent column in Newsweek ("The Last Word," July 7, 2003) about the potential recall election in California. In that column, you stated that "Californians need an Ataturk," - referring to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the modern Turkish nation, whose armies waged a brutal and murderous campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Greeks and Armenians who inhabited the Anatolian peninsula now home to the nation of Turkey. You owe an apology to the people of California and, most importantly, to the families of the innocent men, women, and children who were savagely murdered by Ataturk's nationalist forces. Ataturk's campaign of ethnic cleansing resulted in the mass expulsion and massacre of a Greek community that had lived in Asia Minor for centuries. It was also the final, tragic chapter of the genocide of the Armenians by the Turkish state. With the burning of Smyrna in 1922 and the elimination of the Republic of Armenia, in concert with the Soviet Union, the Turkish nationalist forces finished the ethnic purging begun by the Young Turks. From 1915 to Ataturk's founding of the Turkish Republic in 1923, over two million Armenians and Greeks perished in this campaign of infamy. I am deeply disappointed that you would glorify Ataturk or somehow suggest that he would be a fit leader for a free and democratic state of over 35 million Americans - given the genocide over which he presided. (Attached are a few writings that speak to historical record.) California does not need an Ataturk anymore than it needs a Slobodan Milosevic or a Saddam Hussein. I find it troubling that a learned man such as yourself would be ignorant of or choose to ignore this history of brutality and genocide. As you know, for the last eighty years, the Turkish government has waged a deliberate and concerted campaign to bury the truth of the genocide, and to this day, unlike Germany, steadfastly refuses to admit the historical facts of the genocide or any responsibility for it. Those of us privileged to live in the world's greatest democracy have a special obligation to ensure that the truth of history is told. We cannot allow any revisionism whether it is related to the Jewish holocaust, the Armenian genocide, the killings by the Khmer Rouge, or the Soviet mass murders. Eighty-one years ago, my yia-yia and pa-pou (my grandmother and grandfather) were among the lucky ones who were able to flee Smyrna, escaping the horrible deaths suffered by so many others in that community at the hands of Turkish nationalist forces. The fateful journey that began then ultimately brought my family to this great state and nation. I know that my grandparents would take great pride in the fact that their grandson was elected by a free and democratic people to responsibly serve the public interest and would expect me to speak out against the injustice and inhumanity endured by their community, their friends, and their loved ones. You exalt Ataturk's saying, "Government for the people - despite the people." I know that my yia-yia and pa-pou instead would embrace the words of a great American, Abraham Lincoln, who called for a "government of the people, by the people, for the people" I hope that you will apologize for the pain your words have caused. I look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Phil Angelides State Treasurer
  3. Boston Globe Recognizes So-Called Armenian Genocide Zaman (Turkey) Aug 1 2003 Washington D.C., USA, August 01, 2003 - The American newspaper The Boston Globe reported yesterday that it had accepted the so-called Armenian Genocide as genocide in fact, and would from now on use the word 'genocide' to describe the event. The Federation of Turkish-American Associations in the US started an immediate campaign against the Globe's decision. Federation President Kayaalp Buyukataman called for Turks living in the US to bombard Globe Editor Michael J. Larkin with telephone, fax and e-mail messages. A member of the same publishing group as the New York Times, The Boston Globe wrote, "From now on, in our newspaper editions, we will recognize the Armenian Genocide." The decision reportedly resulted from lobbying by Boston's Armenian community and its close contacts with the paper's administration.
  4. The Future of Turkish-Armenian Relations: History and Reconciliation A panel discussion with Rouben Adalian *on the importance of contemporary Armenian history *post-genocide realities of independent Armenia *impact of history on the forging of our future Taner Ak=E7am *on reconciliation in the post-Genocide era *challenges to reconciliation between the Turkish and Armenian communities *impact of denial policies on Turkish and Armenian communities *effects of denial on collective perceptions and approaches towards=20 reconciliation Roger Smith *on the risks of denial *the role of truth and reconciliation commissions *benefits of admission leading to forgiveness Sunday, August 10, 2003, 2:30 p.m. A.G.B.U Alex Manoogian Cultural Center 930 Progress Ave. Scarborough, Ontario Presented by The Zoryan Institute of Canada in participation with The Armenian General Benevolent Union of Toronto For more information, call: The Zoryan Institute: 416-250-9807, or The AGBU Alex Manoogian Cultural=20 Centre: 416-431-2428