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Why the Armenian Genocide Needs To Be Recognized

Why the Armenian Genocide Needs To Be Recognized

Last month Armenians worldwide remembered the genocide which cost over a million people their lives. The genocide at the hands of the Ottoman Turkish government began on April 24, 1915 as forced deportations. Remembering the genocide is important to me because I am Armenian through my mother’s side. I recall my grandfather mentioning what Hitler said in 1939 before invading Poland, “Who today, after all, speaks of the annihilation of the Armenians?” By 1945, six million Jewish people were mercilessly slaughtered. My grandfather always maintained that if the world would have recognized what happened to the Armenian people, and some how held Turkey responsible, the Holocaust might never have happened.

Remembering in and of itself might seem insignificant when you consider how many genocides have occurred since 1915. Calling attention to the Armenian genocide is particularly important considering the Turkish government’s consistent denial. It is also important considering that Turkey aspires to be a member of the European Union.

Every year, the President of the U.S. makes a speech about the Armenian genocide on April 24, but fails to call it a genocide. This year, President Obama did not call it a genocide but “horrific.” As a presidential candidate, Obama vowed to recognize the genocide. Twenty-one countries have resolutions officially recognizing the Armenian genocide, including our neighbor to the north, Canada. Failing to recognize what happened in 1915 as a genocide, sends a message to a rogue government that it too can get away with a “final solution” for its “problem” ethnic group.  

Let President Obama know that the Armenian Genocide needs to be recognized for what it was, a genocide by signing the petition, “Recognize the Armenian Genocide.”

Stopping the Darfur genocide by cutting off its funds

Almost a century has passed since the Armenian genocide, but unfortunately the 20th century was plagued with genocides. Equally unfortunate is the fact that a genocide is still going on in Darfur by the Sudanese government. It is a genocide funded by oil companies, such as PetroChina, operating in Sudan. Many companies with mutual funds invest in companies like Petrochina.

A proposal on JPMorgan Chase’s proxy ballot, called Proposal 10-Genocide-free investing, asks shareholders to vote on whether the Board “institute transparent procedures to prevent holding investments in companies that, in management’s judgment, substantially contribute to genocide or crimes against humanity.”

JPMorgan Chase asked the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to allow the proposal to be excluded from the proxy ballot, but the SEC denied the request.

Investors Against Genocide (IAG) launched a campaign to create awareness of “genocide-investing.” IAG took out full-page advertisement in The Wall Street Journal (WSJ). The ad asks readers:

Are Your Investments Tied to Genocide? Many financial institutions invest in PetroChina, a company which, through its parent, CNPC, provides Sudan‘s government with revenue that has been helping fund the Darfur genocide for years. The conflict has claimed 300,000 lives and left millions homeless. With a billion-dollar stake in PetroChina as of January 2011, JPMorgan Chase is one of its largest investors. On May 17, JPMorgan Chase shareholders have the opportunity to vote for genocide-free investing. How would you vote?

IAG’s awareness campaign includes Facebook ads that ask JPMorgan Chase credit card and banking customers, “Genocide in your wallet?” The ads link to an online petition with JPMorgan Chase CEO, Jamie Dimon as the target.

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9:59PM PDT on Oct 4, 2012

Recognize the Armenian Genocide!

9:24AM PDT on Aug 14, 2012

How can I possibly ignore the voices of the dead Ottoman Christians, if I can’t ignore the pain of the alive Christians in countries like Egypt, Iraq and soon maybe Syria too? I’m terrified at the thought of Islamic militants taking over Syria and destroying Christian architecture or converting them into Mosques, its wrong, it’s just wrong! They are also ok with Sudan committing crimes against Christians, it’s like they couldn’t care less, they after all sent weapons to Sudan did they not?

I can’t that’s just it, the more Turkey continues to try to cover this crime up, the more people are going to repeat crimes like this under current Islamic governments! Turkey did not stop with the Christians, they also persecute the Christians and the Kurds to this day, they have destroyed many monuments and churches that belonged to them when they were there before the Turks were! They also illegally took over Northern Cyprus in 1974 and killed many people, and won’t even let any Christians live there legally, Christians that have been there way before the Turks took it over!

They also went behind Israel’s back by trying to send aid to Gaza, Gaza was and is Israel’s mortal enemy, why would a good friend do that to them? Israel was just doing inspections like they usually do, and the Turks on the ship got aggressive with them to the point where one of the Turks threw an Israeli soldier overboard, it’s like they didn’

9:12AM PDT on Aug 14, 2012

I feel as an American, I defiantly have an obligation to speak up about this since my leaders are too chicken to do so! America knew about this, and so far nobody has really come forward to tell the public that there was a genocide against the Christians at the fall of the Ottoman Empire. Yes not just Armenians, but also Assyrians and Greeks were murdered too!

America was not at war with Turkey, nor were they allies, they were just over there to keep some church and missionary property, they also tried to help the Armenians survive as long as possible by sneaking them out of the Ottoman Empire before they could get slaughtered.
Henry Morgenthau an American Jewish fellow was an ambassador to the USA, after getting several reports from many American missionaries, he talked to these genocidal leaders himself, and as it turns out, these leaders he talked to made no effort to hide the truth from him! He was so disgusted with them that he would not provide a list for them, so that they could take property from the Armenian families that lived in America that had property in the Ottoman Empire. He also helped found the Near East Relief to save Armenian children from being murdered, put into harems, and forced to convert to Islam and give their language and identity as Armenians up!

These Turkish leaders believed in what they were doing was the right thing, they thought that no Christians meant a better world for them to live in. They killed them on purpose, they sta

9:03AM PDT on Aug 14, 2012

I’m not trying to be a drama queen believe it or not, this couldn’t really benefit me anyways because I’m not even a Christian, a Muslim or a Jew. I’m a random human that heard about this and decided to help them get their holocaust recognized no matter how long it took.

Anyways to make a long story short I was shocked, I mean completely shocked when I heard about this horrible crime! I didn’t want to believe it happened (since I didn’t hear about it until I was like 20 years old!), but my grandparents knew about it, the Jews knew about it before and after their Holocaust happened!

In fact a Jewish Austrian wrote a book called, “The Forty Day of Musa Dagh”. It was a book about a town that realized that they would be exterminated as a whole by the evil Ottoman Turkish soldiers if they didn’t take a stand against them.

Then Hitler was said to have said, “Go kill without mercy, who today remembers the annihilation of the Armenians?” Hitler said this to justify taking Poland over and to commit the Jewish holocaust. In fact “The Forty Days of Musa Dagh” was illegal not only to read in Turkey, but also in Nazi Germany! Yes of all places, in Nazi Germany, can you believe that?

8:57AM PDT on Aug 14, 2012

I have been trying to make a petition to recognize this horrible crime against humanity on this site, I suck as making petitions on this site.

Yes I want to make one for helping the Native Americans, and helping animals, endangered species and maybe even disabled children out.

It’s an obligation for us to recognize this crime, it can’t continue to go unseen (and it hasn’t lately). If that were to happen only God knows what would happen to the world!

8:07AM PDT on Jul 3, 2011

"never again"? Hardly.

12:46AM PDT on May 24, 2011

good articule! very true

6:09PM PDT on May 23, 2011

The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust - http://www.hmd.org.uk/genocides

Dates to Remember: 13/06/1938: The start of Gypsy Clean-up Week

Genocide doesn’t happen overnight, it’s a gradual process which begins when the differences between us are not celebrated but used as a reason to exclude or marginalise. By learning from the lessons of the past, we can create a safer, better future each year, we announce a theme for HMD which provides a focal point and a shared message for the hundreds of events which take place around the UK. The theme for HMD 2011 is Untold Stories.

What we can do:
While the idea of each of us individually stopping a genocide occurring is difficult to believe there are actions that we can each take which will help to create a society in which the development of genocide from the earliest stages of exclusion can be prevented.

Everyone can make the choice to Speak Up, Speak Out and challenge exclusion where we see it happening – for example we can choose to stop using language which dehumanises others and we can stop our friends and family from excluding others. When organising HMD activities in your community you can ensure that you include as many people as possible to ensure that individuals work together to stop polarisation taking place.

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6:06PM PDT on May 23, 2011

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You can choose to complain to the media when you feel that they are using language which creates conflict between people from different races or religions or using language which demeans people because of their sexuality or disability. If you feel that a law which has been introduced or is being debated victimises one group of people you can contact your elected representatives or peacefully campaign against it.

You can also choose to report hate crime where you see it taking place – an important step in ensuring that the preparation stage of genocide can be challenged. You can report hate crime at www.report-it.org.uk – you do not have to be the victim of the crime to report that it has taken place.

You can challenge hatred by commemorating HMD and pledging to remember the victims of the Holocaust and later genocides. Denial is one of the eight stages of genocide and by remembering the victims you challenge those who deny it has happened.

6:05PM PDT on May 22, 2011

Yes!!!! All genocides need to be recognized. Please, ask friends and family to sign the petition. Let's leverage the power of Twitter and Facebook! Also, tell them about JPMorgan Chase investing in Petro China.

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