Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Remembering the Armenian Genocide, Ridiculing its Deniers


What sick, demented fool could possibly deny that the Ottoman Empire exterminated Armenians in the early 20th century for simply being Armenian—the very definition of genocide, a term created by Raphael Lemkin with the massacre of Armenians in mind? Actually, quite a few. Turkey and many of its citizens vehemently deny that their forefathers tried to annihilate Armenians, and many will turn the tables and claim that it was the Armenians who victimized Turks! Add in modern-day Turkey's role in the Middle East, and President Barack Obama will renege on his promise to recognize the Armenian genocide as a genocide for years to come. Today, I'll speak with Andrew Kzirian, executive director of the Armenian National Committee of America, to talk about the many commemorations of the Armenian genocide that will happen worldwide (and in Southern California) on April 24 and to wonder how anyone can ignore the departed cries of so many for recognition of their deaths. He'll also take calls.

Also, immigrants? In Long Beach? The Long Beach Immigrants Rights Coalition is a quasi-new groups aimed to help out the cause of "immigration reform" (i.e. amnesty) in that city by the sea that's not quite Orange County, not quite Los Angeles, but 100% chido. I'll speak with chair Norma Chinchilla about an event they're holding this Friday in which yours truly will ramble about his Aztlanista origins.

And, as always, commentaries by Mark Ames of Exiledonline.com—talking about CNBC pendejo Lawrence Kudlow—and the Subversive Historian!

Image above: People gathering for a commemoration of the Armenian genocide.

The details: Go to Little Armenia on April 24, grab a sign, and join in! For the LBC event, go to the Unitarian Universalist Church at 5450 Atherton St. Long Beach, (714) 335-5297. Friday, 7 p.m. $10 for students, $15 for everyone else. Who said the Reconquista was cheap?

Soundtrack for today's show: "Pressure Drop" by Toots and the Maytals, "Run On" by Elvis Presley

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High-falutin', relevant quote of the week: “I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia. See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.”

--William Saroyan

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