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By Zain Shauk | April 8, 2009
Thousands packed the Woodbury University quad Sunday for an Armenian cultural festival that featured song, dance and Middle Eastern food. Teen dance groups wore traditional costumes while performing a set of routines that left older visitors peering over the shoulders of onlookers who crowded around a dance floor to watch with pride. Visitors browsed vendor booths from local businesses, ate kebabs, ice cream and cotton candy, and mostly spent time chatting with family, friends and strangers while listening to Armenian hits echo through the outdoor area.
March 21, 2009
Buttressed by the campaign overtures of a new president and Democratic Congress, Rep. Adam Schiff introduced a bipartisan resolution this week calling on the U.S. to formally recognize the Armenian Genocide. A similar resolution failed in the House two years ago after then-President George W. Bush argued it would strain crucial U.S.-Turkey military ties at a time when the Iraq War was raging. The State Department has never officially recognized the roughly 1.5 million Armenian deaths at the hands of Ottoman Turks in 1915 as genocide, despite the resolutions of scholars, the European Parliament, 20 national governments and 42 state governments.
June 4, 2008
Principal is off base on drama decisions I happened to be watching our local Burbank channel one day last week when several drama students from John Burroughs High School appeared before the board of education to plead for the retention of Scott Bailey as their drama teacher. I was impressed by their articulateness and by their respect and love for their teacher. Here?s the story, according to the students: A production of ?Romeo and Juliet? used two females as those characters.
April 19, 2008
On the face of it, the Armenian Genocide is about Armenians. But it must serve as a lesson to all mankind, so that the tragic events of the past never become the fate of new generations. The annual Week of Remembrance, starting Sunday, offers a chance to solemnly look back. It is a week devoted to remembering the Armenian Genocide, when the Ottoman-Turkish Empire killed 1.5 million Armenians. For many, it is just history — easy to bury in the days when it happened, more than 90 years ago in a land far away from the neighborhoods of Glendale and Burbank.
By Chris Wiebe | January 26, 2008
Several hundred people filled the Nazareth and Sima Kalaydjian Hall on Friday at the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church to commemorate the first anniversary of the assassination of journalist and editor Hrant Dink. Dink, 53, was fatally shot in Istanbul on Jan. 19, 2007, outside the bilingual Armenian and Turkish newspaper Agos, where he served as editor. Agos is considered one of the foremost voices for Turkey’s Armenian population. The program Friday opened with a slide presentation showing snapshots of Dink’s life, including several trips to the United States and a shot of him cradling the Henri Nannen Prize for the Freedom of the Press.
By Theodore M. Polychronis | November 14, 2007
Regarding recognition of the Armenian Genocide in the U.S. Congress (“Genocide vote gets postponed,” Nov. 3): When the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad questioned the genocide perpetrated against the Jews by Adolf Hitler, our entire administration and Congress, as well as some academics (such as the infamous Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger), protested vehemently and expressed moral outrage. Many of these people are urging severe punishment of Iran, including going to war against it. To my knowledge, the Germans did not deny their crimes committed against the Jews, and we never concerned ourselves with their feelings during the Nuremberg trials and later, and as far as I know they continue to pay reparations to this date.
By Ryan Vaillancourt | November 3, 2007
With support for a controversial House resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide wavering in Congress, the bill’s key sponsors are looking to postpone a final vote on the measure until it has clear majority backing. In an Oct. 25 letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who had planned to bring the resolution for a vote before Thanksgiving, its author, Rep. Adam Schiff, and three of the bill’s most ardent advocates urged her to put the issue on the back burner. “We believe that a large majority of our colleagues want to support a resolution recognizing the genocide on the House floor and that they will do so, provided the timing is more favorable,” the letter read.
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