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« Reply #15 on: September 26, 2005, 11:21:47 AM »
More info...  

Not sure if you're familiar with the band System of a Down, but not only are they a great band, they're a group of Armenian guys who strongly support Genocide recognition efforts and other Armenian political issues - see below for info on a local campaign to support American recognition - and at the end is info on Peter Balakian's newest book 'Burning Tigris'.  


 Multi-Platinum Rock Band System of a Down Ask House Speaker Dennis Hastert to 'Do the Right Thing' in Support of Armenian Genocide Legislation

-- Los Angeles, CA - September 23, 2005 – System of a Down, one of rock's most daring and innovative bands, have just announced that they – along with their fans, the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA;, Axis of Justice ( and the Armenian Youth Federation ( – will visit the Batavia office of Rep. Dennis Hastert on Tuesday, September 27 (Noon) to ask Speaker Hastert to ‘do the right thing’ and keep his commitment to hold a vote on the pending Armenian Genocide legislation.  If passed, the legislation will officially recognize Turkey’s destruction of 1.5 million Armenians between 1915 and 1923.   The band have invited their fans to join with them in this effort by attending the rally and have set up a system by which fans can directly email Speaker Hastert on the issue.

System of a Down’s four band members - Serj Tankian, Daron Malakian, Shavo Odadjian and John Dolmayan – are of Armenian descent and have made awareness of the genocide, and genocide around the world, a central message of the band. All have lost family members to the Armenian Genocide.

"Dennis do the right thing" stated Serj Tankian, “I just visited my 97 year old grandfather, my only link to the far past, and promised him that I would go and try to talk to Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the House, and make sure that he takes this opportunity to bring up the Armenian Genocide Resolution to the floor of the House of Representatives. This is a personal issue to me and System.”

The System of a Down/ANCA rally will take place at the offices of Rep. Dennis Hastert - 27 North River Street, Batavia, Illinois (about an hour from downtown Chicago).  The rally is scheduled for 12Noon-2:00 PM on Tuesday, September 27.  The Armenian community, activists, and the band’s fans from across the greater Chicago area are expected to attend the rally.

Members of System of a Down and Aram Suren Hamparian, Executive Director of ANCA, are available to discuss the rally and pending legislation on Tuesday, 9/27 and Friday, 9/30, the day of their concert at Chicago’s Allstate Arena.   more. . .

Balakian’s 'Burning Tigris'  Wins 2005 Raphael Lemkin Prize

New York, NY -- Peter Balakian’s The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America’s Response has been awarded the 2005 Raphael Lemkin Prize for the best scholarly book in the preceding two years on the subject of genocide, mass killings, gross human rights violations, and the prevention of such crimes.  The award is given by the Institute for the Study of Genocide at John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY Graduate Center in New York City. The prize comes with a cash award and commemorates Raphael Lemkin, the legal scholar who pioneered the international legal concept of genocide. Helen  Fein, Chair of the prize committee called The Burning  Tigris “a book of enduring scholarly value and of important contemporary meaning.”  Previous winners include Samantha Power’s A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide (winner of the Pulitzer Prize), and Alison Des Forges Leave None To Tell The  Story: Genocide In Rwanda.

"We extend our congratulations to Peter on this well-deserved honor," said Aram Hamparian, Executive Director of the ANCA.  "In the spirit of Raphael Lemkin, Peter has truly contributed greatly to the field of genocide studies - raising unprecedented public awareness about the crime of genocide, warning of the dangers of its denial, and explaining - in clear and forceful terms - the moral imperative of its prevention."


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Thanks LHT
« Reply #16 on: September 27, 2005, 07:46:23 AM »
Thanks again LHT for your very informative post. I'm going to track down the books and resources that you mention as soon as possible. I have still never been to the Holocaust museum in New York:

, but will seek to relieve my ignorance. Something that struck me was the phrase:
warning of the dangers of its denial,

I wonder what these dangers could be and where the United States of America stands in relation to this today, where our insitutions of learning can fall into this trap. Would it be true to say that the United States already has a history of genocide? If so, then is it true that we may have our own brand of revisionists? If it is not generally accepted that we have historically perpetrated the most heinous of crimes against humanity when if fact we have, then that must mean that the people re-writing history must be in power now. I'm not talking about the Executive level here, I am talking about the power held within every facet of our society, right down to the private citizen level. Or, maybe this is not malice or insensitivity at all, but rather a form of Freudian forgetfulness.



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« Reply #17 on: October 02, 2005, 01:58:49 PM »

I just thought of another.

"W" - Is for War and "Dub'ya" Bush

-z "too intense"


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« Reply #18 on: November 07, 2005, 11:06:49 PM »
Want to talk more on this subject.

What is present status of Darfur?
How can we help?

Can we help?

And if we can, Will
We help?

Talking about the filming of a massacre (about half a mile from the Hotel)
"If people see this footage, they'll say Oh my God that's horrible and go on eating their dinners."-Journalist in Hotel Rwanda

What are the plans of WTO, World Bank , IMF,
Amnesty Internation, Red Cross, UNICEF, UN, CIA, EU, The Project for the New American Century , Democratic Campaigns... anything?
Also am orgaizing a trip to the Holocaust Museum in New York City this Winter.
Want to get more involved in the unsilencing of the Armenian Genocide in our schools and universities.
Am thinking about making a large email list.

-zen o


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« Reply #19 on: November 07, 2005, 11:14:30 PM »
P is for Picts [Genocide suspected]

[to be continued...]


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