Life is endless renewal. Where there is no renewal there will be spiritual paralysis and a slow death.
The idea of rebirth is a familiar one to the Armenian people because it has represented endurance in the face of oppression, perseverance in the face of struggle, and survival in the face of oblivion.
On Dec. 7 1988, Gyumri shook, killing 25,000 and burying the future of a generation in the rubble. Today, 22 years later, the proud people of this historic city stand strong. On this anniversary, we explore life and struggle in Gyumri and the enduring spirit of a people who find hope in tragedy with this exclusive preview of the Winter 2011 issue of the Haytoug.
No matter where we may be in the world, caring about the future and well-being of Armenia is an ancestral obligation that we cannot escape. If we are serious about this obligation, we need to be rooted in reality and view the challenges facing our people with candor. Unfortunately, a sober look at our current conditions is not always the order of the day, even among thoughtful and committed Armenians. Too often, we have a tendency to view our homeland through a sentimental lens; one that is hesitant to confront its uglier hardships.
It is not uncommon to hear certain pundits sound off about how Armenians are too ‘hung up’ on the Genocide. It is said that 1915 has become the sole ‘obsession’ of Armenians, especially in the Diaspora. Whether discussing genocide resolutions or the recent Turkey-Armenia Protocols, Armenians are told they need to “move beyond” the Genocide issue and put more emphasis on things like culture or helping the homeland. Sadly, at times, it is fellow Armenians pontificating these notions.
The Winter 2010 issue of Haytoug has been released. This long anticipated issue presents a critical look into the uncertain juncture the Armenian nation has come to after nearly two decades of independence and statehood. Sign up for your free subscription to Haytoug to get the new issue in the mail when it’s released.
Human nature is often described as self-interested, egotistical and insular, where individuals do not have concern for anything outside of the realm which directly affects them. While it may seem logical and prudent for everyone to put their heads down and focus solely on their immediate desires, this is not the way to achieving positive and tangible change on any level. The attitude described above leads to the creation and intensification of dividing lines among people that should otherwise be unified.
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The following interviews with Kurds in Anatolia were conducted for the documentary film “The Armenian Genocide,” directed and produced by Emmy Award-winning, producer Andrew Goldberg of Two Cats Productions (www.twocatstv.com).
The documentary featured short segments of some of these interviews and excerpts later appeared for the first time in their entirety in the Armenian Weekly (www.armenianweekly.com).
Given the rare insight these interviews offer into the perspective of present day Kurds living on the lands Armenians were murdered and forced from during the Genocide, the Haytoug editorial team felt it was important to reprint for our readers segments of the feature as originally published in the Armenian Weekly.
In the Fall of 2008, a special all-day workshop for young Kurdish American activists was held at the headquarters of the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) in Washington, DC. Young advocates for the Kurdish Cause from such organizations as the Kurdish American Youth Organization (KAYO), Kurdish Human Rights Watch, and the Kurdish Youth Club came from various cities across the United States for the day long advocacy training.
A snapshot of genocidal crimes brought to justice.