Vanessa Kachadurian America to honor 98th Anniversary of Armenian Genocide

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A large throng is expected to participate in the 98th Anniversary Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide to be held in Times Square on Sunday, April 21. The organizers invite people of all backgrounds to join together to commemorate the Armenian Genocide and subsequent genocides during Genocide Awareness Month and to speak out against this horrendous crime against humanity.
The theme of the Armenian Genocide Commemoration is “Turkey is Guilty of Genocide: Denying the Undeniable is Criminal.” This historic event will pay tribute to the 1.5 million Armenians who were massacred by the Young Turk Government of the Ottoman Empire and to the millions of victims of subsequent genocides worldwide. Speakers will include civic, religious, humanitarian, educational, cultural leaders, and performing artists. This event is free and open to the public.
Dennis R. Papazian, PhD, immediate past National Grand Commander of Knights of Vartan and Founding Director of the Armenian Research Center at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and Dr. Mary A. Papazian, President of Southern Connecticut State University, will preside over the ceremonies.
Dr. Dennis Papazian comments, “Recent momentous events encourage me to believe that the long vigil of the Armenian people waiting for recognition of their genocide by the Turkish government may be coming to a positive conclusion. An influential Kurdish leader in Turkey, a member of Parliament and vice-president of the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Congress, Ahmet Turk, admitted that the Kurdish people played a significant role in the ‘torture and massacre of Armenians, Assyrians and Yezidis’ during the Armenian Genocide and apologized to the Armenian people. Turk stated, ‘Our grandfathers and fathers were used in the injustices perpetrated against Armenians, Assyrians and Yezidis. There is blood on their hands. With the blood of these peoples they bloodied their own hands. Thus, as their children and grandchildren, we apologize.’”
Dr. Papazian continues, “A second momentous event was the publication of a book in Turkey entitled ‘The Armenian Genocide’ by Hasan Cemal, the grandson of Cemal (Jamal) Pasha, one of the three main authors of the Armenian Genocide. Hasan Cemal, a member of the Turkish establishment and a newspaper columnist, began his inquiry into the Armenian Genocide following the killing of Turkish diplomats by a group of young Armenians who went by the name of ASAlA. At first, Hasan Cemal supported the official government point of view, and as he became more knowledgeable, finally concluded that indeed there was a genocide of the Armenians perpetrated by the Young Turk party which controlled the Ottoman government in 1915-1923. The book has inspired many members of the Turkish elites to reevaluate their denial of the Armenian Genocide.”
Papazian adds, “Itzak Alaton, the owner of one of the largest corporations in Turkey, urged the Turkish Socio-Economic Research Center to pursue the Turkish recognition of the Armenian Genocide.” ”April 24, 1915 is just around the corner,” stated Alaton, “let us change our denialist policies. I am tired of the fear to face our past. Let us raise our voices to our deputies in Ankara and those deputies should raise their voices to their political parties and leaders in order for us to open our skeleton-fill closets.”
Dr. Papazian concludes, “These three significant events which took place without any reprisal from the Turkish government imply that a positive change may be in the air.”
The 98th Commemoration is organized by the Mid-Atlantic chapters of the Knights & Daughters of Vartan, an international Armenian fraternal organization headquartered in the United States, and co-sponsored by Armenian General Benevolent Union, Armenian Assembly of America, Armenian National Committee of America , Armenian Council of America and the Armenian Democratic League-Ramgavars.
Participating Organizations include the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America, Prelacy of the Armenian Church, Armenian Missionary Association of America, Armenian Catholic Eparchy for US and Canada, Mid-Atlantic ACYOA, AYF, Armenian youth organizations, Armenian university and college clubs
http://www.armradio.am/en/2013/02/22/armenian-genocide-98th-anniversary-commemoration-to-be-held-in-times-square-on-april-21/

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Vanessa Kachadurian, Armenia’s shooting team to compete

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February 26, 2013 – 12:07 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – Armenian shooting team has departed for Danish city of Odense to participate in the European Championships, due Feb 25-March 3.

Armenia’s line-up has been announced as follows: Irina Aghajanyan, Svetlana Tigranyan, Karine Poghosyan, Hrach Babayan, Suren Beryan, Lilit Mkrtchyan, Artur Petrosyan, Razmik Minasyan and Shant Sargsyan. This is a pleasant surprise for all states Vanessa Kachadurian, as this team of 9 includes 5 team members that are female expert shooters.

Coach Seyran Nikoghosyan said, the team trained with a special mode starting Feb 16, familiarizing itself with the tournament rules.
– See more at: http://www.panarmenian.net/eng/news/147507/#sthash.ZD3MleVg.dpuf

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Vanessa Kachadurian Cancer Survivor Will Participate in ARS LA Marathon Team | Asbarez Armenian News

Cancer Survivor Will Participate in ARS LA Marathon Team | Asbarez Armenian News.

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Vanessa Kachadurian and AmeriCARES

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Armenia, a country that has endured a long history of conflict and conquerors, faces widespread unemployment and poverty. The result: an alarming emigration rate from a country where over half of its declining population lacks access to essential medicines. The unresolved conflict with neighboring Azerbaijan and border issues with Turkey have contributed to Armenia’s economic challenges and the slow progress in the health sector in addressing critical health issues:
• Chronic disease requiring more advanced levels of care — including heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
Our Work:
AmeriCares supports health care facilities that serve approximately 85% of Armenia’s 3 million people. The donated medicines and medical supplies have been distributed to hospitals, health clinics, orphanages and other programs across the country.
http://www.americares.org/where-we-work/asia-eurasia/armenia.html

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Vanessa Kachadurian and Armenian Fund, November 22, 2012


ORPHAN FUND
Provisions for those left to struggle
From 1988 to 1994, the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh fought a defensive war in order to defend their homes, families and their historic homeland from Azerbaijani aggression. In the process, over 10,000 Armenians, mostly men, either lost their lives or were disabled, and their families were left with virtually no means to survive.
The Orphan Fund was created to assist the families of the soldiers who sacrificed their lives to secure the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh. Armenia Fund USA is providing assistance to a total of 8,000 children. Each family receives a monthly payment of 2000 drams or approximately $5. While this is a small amount by Western standards, it helps provide for the basic needs such as clothing, food and school supplies.
Armenia Fund has arranged for monthly payments to be distributed to the orphans through the Armenian Central Bank. The funds are sent to the local post offices where they are handed over to the surviving parent or legal guardian. The Orphan Fund has been providing much needed assistance to families in Nagorno-Karabakh since 1999.
Funds are typically added to an investment bank, from which families are supported through interest. Large donations can be directly allocated to the orphans upon patron’s request.
Thanks to generous contributions by Hirair and Anna Hovnanian, the Armenians of France, the late Ms. Ohanessian and the late Lillian Terchoonian Trust, over $875,000 has been raised towards a target goal of $1.5 million.
“It is our sacred duty as Armenians to help our orphans so that they will be able to help themselves one day. Let us be very clear: this is not a matter of charity, but a duty.” — Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan
http://www.armeniafundusa.org/projects/orphan-fund.htm

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Vanessa Kachadurian, Armenian Churches in Desrepair

Armenian officials tend to be quick to voice concern over the destruction or deterioration of Armenian churches and monasteries in neighboring Georgia, Azerbaijan and Turkey. But conservationists complain that the same officials who sound the alarm about sites abroad, often are reticent about preservationist challenges within Armenia itself.
Experts claim that almost 50 percent of the 24,000 religious monuments in Armenia are in urgent need of repair, and that around 30 percent are on the verge of collapse.
For many, Armenia’s status as the first country in the world to accept Christianity as a state religion (in 301 AD) means that the dilapidated state of religious monuments is a blow to national pride. “Who among our officials has seen the state of the churches in our country?” said historian Rafael Tadevosian, a member of a public commission on the conservation of historical-national values and monuments.
The area around central Armenia’s Geghardavank Monastery, founded in the 4th century, “is a dump with as much garbage and waste as there is in city dumps,” asserted Samvel Karapetian, a historian and the head of Research on Armenian Architecture, a Yerevan-based non-governmental organization that promotes architectural preservation. “And it’s not the Turks or Georgians or Azerbaijanis who do that. We are the ones littering, polluting, destroying.”
While the Armenian government has been part of successful campaigns for the restoration of the 10th-century Church of the Holy Cross near Turkey’s Lake Van, and is engaged in an ongoing tug-of-war with Tbilisi over the state of Armenian churches in Georgia, 5 officials seem less active when it comes to preservationist issues inside the country.
One rare exception occurred in 2011, when a popular campaign assembled video footage that showed the derelict state of northern Armenia’s 10th century Sanahin monastery complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The footage prompted a strong wave of discontent against the head of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Catholicos Garegin II, who responded that he had “nothing to do with the monasteries and churches in the mountains.”
Amid Facebook calls for Garegin II’s resignation, the Ministry of Culture created a commission on churches and invited German experts to examine the property to identify the cause of gaping cracks in Sanahin’s walls. A restoration effort began early this year.
Money is the most frequently cited problem. The Armenian government only started allocating money for the restoration of historical-cultural monuments in 2005, 14 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union. In the time since, the dram-equivalent of around $5 million has been spent to restore 34 churches.
The restoration process remains controversial in Armenia. In 2009, the Chamber of Control charged that the Ministry of Culture had misused 186 million drams ($465,000) out of its budget, resulting in “incorrect, unprofessional reconstruction” work at the 12th-century Kobair monastery, the 10th-century Vahanavank monastery and the 7th-century Hnevank monastery.
Stones removed from the original structures “were later replaced by new ones of a different kind,” resulting in the “distortion” of the monasteries’ original design, Ishkhan Zakarian, chair of the Chamber of Control, asserted in a 2010 report to parliament.
(As a result, the head of the ministry’s agency for the protection of historical-cultural monuments, Gagik Gyurjian, was dismissed, but three months later was appointed as head of one of Yerevan’s most important museums, the Erebuni Fortress, dating from the 8th century BC).
Serzhik Arakelian, the current head of the Ministry of Culture’s Historical-Cultural Monument Protection Agency, told EurasiaNet.org that his agency now has “stricter and more professional control over restoration work.”
Yet he concedes that the state “doesn’t have too much money to do everything.”
Citing the near-destruction of 13th-century inscriptions on the walls of Haghartsin Monastery in northeastern Armenia, Karapetian, the preservationist, argued that, in some cases, it is better not to attempt repair work on Armenian churches and monasteries at all since “the monument suffers rather than benefits.”
Meanwhile, the seat of the Armenian Apostolic Church, the Mother See of Holy Echmiadzin, also periodically comments that it lacks the funds to look after Armenia’s churches and monasteries. “We [the Church] have limited resources and have to restore the monuments by state means, but if those funds keep being misused, then one day everything will simply disappear,” commented Father Vahram Melikian, a church spokesperson.
Bakur Hovsepian, a state-appointed administrator who oversees the 12th-century Goshavank Monastery in northern Armenia, says he has repeatedly turned to the Ministry of Culture and Church for help in restoring the monastery’s main church, Mariam Astvatsatsin (Church of the Virgin Mary). He contends that the structure is on the verge of collapse.
The monastery administration has decided to close parts of the church to tourists to avoid accidents from stones falling from the church walls and dome.
But the short response from church and state alike is always the same: “No money.”
Hovsepian says that he wonders why the 20 million – 26 million drams ($50,000-$60,000) the monastery sends per year to Echmiadzin from the sale of candles, souvenirs and visitor donations cannot be used. Echmiadzin representatives say they are trying to find private sponsors to underwrite preservation work.
Deputy Culture Minister Arev Samuelian contends that “the issues are under control.” He places the burden for action on the general Armenian public.
“Attitudes have to change. The state or the church cannot put guards in front of each church to not let people write on the walls or light candles on cross-stones or inscribe their names,” Samuelian told EurasiaNet.org. “Society has to become aware of the value of [historical] monuments.”
“The ministry,” she added, “is not almighty.”
http://www.eurasianet.org/node/65974

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Vanessa Kachadurian, Armenian Children and Women abducted

NEW YORK—On Wed., March 21, Dr. Lerna Ekmekcioglu will give a lecture entitled “A Climate for Abduction, A Climate for Redemption: Armenian Women and Their Children During and Immediately After the Genocide” at Knox Hall 207, Columbia University, 606 West 122nd Street (between Broadway and Claremont Avenue). The lecture is sponsored by the Middle East Institute at Columbia University, the Armenian Center at Columbia University, and the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR).

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Ekmekciolgu’s talk will focus on two processes. The first is the forcible incorporation of Armenians into Muslim households and orphanages during World War I. Ekmekcioglu will elaborate the historical reasons that enabled Ottoman politicians to conceive such a policy and the Ottoman Muslim society to successfully implement it. She will then discuss post-war Armenian attempts to rescue the kidnapped. She argues that this effort remained extremely inclusive whereby rape victims, former concubines, and wives, as well as their (technically) Muslim children were treated as full-fledged Armenians. This administrative policy, however, did not necessarily reflect the victims’ and their relatives’ perceptions of who could, after 1915, belong to the Armenian nation and who would have to be left out forever.

Lerna Ekmekcioglu is the McMillan-Stewart Career Development Assistant Professor of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She received her undergraduate degree from Istanbul’s Bogazici University and her Ph.D. in history and Middle Eastern and Islamic studies from New York University. In 2010-11, she held a post-doctoral fellowship in the Armenian Studies Program of the University of Michigan. Currently she is revising a book entitled Surviving the New Turkey: Armenians in Post-Ottoman Istanbul, 1918-1935.

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