Turkey’s Membership in NATO Could be Ending Soon…

By Harut Sassounian Publisher, The California Courier www.TheCaliforniaCourier.com Patrick Shanahan, Acting Defense Secretary of the United States, sent on June 6, 2019, a harsh letter to his counterpart, Hulusi Akar, Turkey’s Minister of Defense. Shanahan threatened to end Turkey’s participation in the most advanced US air force jet F-35 program and implement sanctions should Turkey […]

Azerbaijan May be Expelled from Council Of Europe for Violating Court Ruling 

By Harut Sassounian Publisher, The California Courier www.TheCaliforniaCourier.com All members of the European Council had agreed to comply with judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). However, Azerbaijan has violated that commitment ever since 2014, according to the unanimous ruling of ECHR’s Grand Chamber of 17 judges, including the judge representing Azerbaijan, on […]

Unbelievable but True: Trump Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize!

By Harut Sassounian Publisher, The California Courier http://www.TheCaliforniaCourier.com While Pres. Trump is visiting Japan this week, it is the appropriate time to comment about his nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize by Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The nomination was announced by none other than Pres. Trump himself who boasted that Abe had given him […]

US Lists Azerbaijan and Turkey Among Most Egregious Violators of Religious Freedom

By Harut Sassounian Publisher, The California Courier www.TheCaliforniaCourier.com The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) issued on April 29, 2019, its Annual Report listing the “world’s most egregious violators of religious freedom,” among which, not surprisingly, are Azerbaijan and Turkey. Both states are categorized as “Countries of Particular Concern.” USCIRF, as an independent, […]

Harut Sassounian: Trump: A Coward on the Armenian Genocide Like Obama, Bush Jr., Clinton, and Bush Sr.

By Harut Sassounian Publisher, The California Courier www.TheCaliforniaCourier.com Pres. Donald Trump issued last week his third April 24 statement “on Armenian Remembrance Day.” And for three years in a row he did not muster the courage to use the correct term — genocide — to describe the annihilation of 1.5 million innocent Armenian men, women, […]

By Denying the Armenian Genocide, Turkish Leaders Publicize it Even More

By Harut Sassounian Publisher, The California Courier www.TheCaliforniaCourier.com More than a century after the mass crime of Genocide against Armenians, Assyrians and Greeks, most Turks still feel self-conscious as April 24 approaches and whenever someone refers to their Crime Against Humanity! Many Turkish officials and journalists feel compelled to defend their country’s tarnished reputation by […]

Pashinyan Passes First Political Test In the International Arena

By Harut Sassounian Publisher, The California Courier www.TheCaliforniaCourier.com Last week, Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan made his first appearance at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg, France. Pashinyan gave an impressive speech to the representatives of 47 European countries. Even more impressive were the Prime Minister’s answers to their dozen […]

Armenia’s Leaders Take Strong Positions Against US & Azerbaijan

By Harut Sassounian Publisher, The California Courier www.TheCaliforniaCourier.com The most noteworthy Armenian foreign policy development of the week was supposed to be the first negotiating session between Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev over the Artsakh conflict. But since there was no breakthrough in these negotiations, we shall focus our attention […]

Pres. Trump has no Right to Give The Syrian Golan Heights to Israel

By Harut Sassounian Publisher, The California Courier www.TheCaliforniaCourier.com Ever since Trump became President of the United States he has ignored both U.S. and international laws. A few months ago, National Security Adviser John Bolton surprisingly announced that if the International Criminal Court (ICC) investigated any wrongdoing by American soldiers in Afghanistan, the U.S. government would […]

Church Saves AGBU Center in Toronto In a Last Minute Financial Arrangement

By Harut Sassounian Publisher, The California Courier www.TheCaliforniaCourier.com This week’s article is about a major controversy in the Armenian community of Toronto, Canada, which has been fortunately resolved for now. On October 30, 2018, the AGBU Toronto Chapter issued a statement, announcing that it could no longer afford to pay its Center’s operational cost which […]