106 Years of Injustice: The Continuation of the Armenian Genocide

By Lucy Petrosian
Special to the Glendale News-Press

Lucy Petrosian

From 1915-1923, the international community stood by as Ottoman Turkey brutally slaughtered and displaced more than 1.5 million men, women and children.
During the early 20th century, courageous efforts like the Near East Relief — americawethankyou.org — aimed to rescue victims of massacres and provide aid to hundreds of thousands of refugees, but little was done to stop the killing or deal with the consequences of genocide.
The inaction of the world emboldened Turkey’s policy of genocide denial, and for decades they aimed to hijack American foreign policy attempting to rewrite history. Today, President Joe Biden has an opportunity to join 49 of the 50 states, as well as dozens of nations around the world, to break that wall of silence and properly recognize the Armenian genocide.
By acknowledging history, our government will put the United States on the right side of history, will further isolate Turkey in its historical revisionism and will take an important step toward real justice for the genocide. Most importantly, this step will put other oppressive governments on notice that crimes against humanity cannot and will not be tolerated.
More than a century after the Armenian genocide, indigenous Armenians continue to face wanton violence and persecution. Beginning in September of last year, Azerbaijan, with support from Turkey, waged a 44-day assault on Artsakh — seizing territories and killing thousands. Sadly, the world’s response was similar for both instances: silence. It is time to break this silence, speak the truth, and, more importantly, take action for the sake of the past, present and future.

Lucy Petrosian is the chairwoman of the Glendale chapter of the Armenian National Committee of America.

Armenian Club Students Teach Peers Genocide Awareness

Photos by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
Members of La Cañada High School’s active Armenian Club include Kaitlyn Markarian, Hrag Badalian, Annie Abnous, Emily Grigorian, Osheen Abnous, Haig Manoukian, Melody Sagarian, Michael May, Raymond Turchan, Alec Tujian, Noy Chatoyan and Alex Manoukian. The club’s display includes maps and literature all related to Armenian history and culture.

At a colorful, well-stocked display set up in the quad last week, a rotating collection of the 50 La Cañada High School’s Armenian Club members lured their peers with pastries and sandwiches and then opened up about some of their culture history.
“We’re trying to raise awareness about the culture, maybe diminish stereotypes,” said Haig Manoukian, a junior who is the club’s president. “But also to raise awareness of the genocide.” Continue reading “Armenian Club Students Teach Peers Genocide Awareness”

‘We Are Still the Mountain’

By Ian McFeat, Special to the Outlook

Ian McFeat
Ian McFeat

From 1915-1923, more than 1.5 million Armenians were taken from their homes and businesses and systematically annihilated by the then Ottoman government.

The sheer number of deaths is enough for us to pause and reflect. Of the 2 million Armenians living under the Ottoman Empire, 1.5 million were massacred — 1.5 million lives, taken forever. Continue reading “‘We Are Still the Mountain’”