Heroes and Villains of 2015

Editor, 16 November 2015

Last year Keghart.com inaugurated an end-of-the-year list of the heroes and villains of the year. While the first year’s list was compiled by Keghart staff, our intention was to solicit readers to submit their candidates for the 2015 list and beyond.  As we start compiling our editorial line-up for the end of the year issues, we invite you–Keghart readers– to send us the names of people you consider heroes/villains as far as Armenians are concerned. Please also explain briefly your choice: why do you think your nominees are heroes or villains?

The 2014 heroes were lawyer Geoffrey Robertson, “The Independent” Middle East foreign correspondent and author Robert Fisk, authors Yaer Auron/Israel Charni of Israel, the Zoryan Institute think tank, Canadian Prime Minister Steven Harper and Minister Jason Kenney, California lawyer Mark Giragos, the Pre-Parliament of Armenia activist, the embattled Armenians of Aleppo and Artsakh, Righteous Turks and human rights organizations in Turkey, Sheikh Sultan Al Qasimi, Argentina, and Kim Kardashian.

Editor, 16 November 2015

Last year Keghart.com inaugurated an end-of-the-year list of the heroes and villains of the year. While the first year’s list was compiled by Keghart staff, our intention was to solicit readers to submit their candidates for the 2015 list and beyond.  As we start compiling our editorial line-up for the end of the year issues, we invite you–Keghart readers– to send us the names of people you consider heroes/villains as far as Armenians are concerned. Please also explain briefly your choice: why do you think your nominees are heroes or villains?

The 2014 heroes were lawyer Geoffrey Robertson, “The Independent” Middle East foreign correspondent and author Robert Fisk, authors Yaer Auron/Israel Charni of Israel, the Zoryan Institute think tank, Canadian Prime Minister Steven Harper and Minister Jason Kenney, California lawyer Mark Giragos, the Pre-Parliament of Armenia activist, the embattled Armenians of Aleppo and Artsakh, Righteous Turks and human rights organizations in Turkey, Sheikh Sultan Al Qasimi, Argentina, and Kim Kardashian.

The 2014 villains were Prince Andrew of Britain (close friend of Azerbaijan’s Ilham Aliyev), the Armenian Oligarchs, ADL’s Abe Foxman who was one of the most vociferous lobbyists against US recognition of the Genocide of Armenians, the Rent-A-Scholar Set who babble Ankara’s denialist party line, Catholicos Karekin II, Turkish American/Canadian organizations, Ilham Aliyev, Erdogan/Davutoglu, Hakan Yavuz of Utah University who publishes anti-Armenian screeds, Brenda Schaeffer (propagandist for Baku), and Senator Anne Cools of Canada who suggested that Canada renounce its recognition of the Genocide.

To review last year’s list, type Heroes and Villains of 2014 in the Search (top right) box on Keghart first page.

After tabulating your choices, Keghart will publish the Heroes and Villains of 2015 in our late December issue.

Send your choices to [email protected]              

2 comments
  1. Heroes and Villians of 2015

    I would nominate Henry Theriault as a hero. His piece (April 2015 "Armenian Weekly") is the most articulate, convincing and powerful writing on the temporal relationship of denial and genocide I have read. His scholarly presentation positing denial as occurring throughout the act of genocide and not just post-genocide is important for us to recognize. His positing of facts justifying the seeking of reparations has convinced me of the correctness of this approach–irrespective of whether it is ever successful.

    I believe it invaluable to our Armenian cause to mirror the similarities of Armenian Genocide by the Turks and the American genocide of the Indians. The cause of justice requires that the world  be made aware of this recurring pattern throughout history. 

    Richard C. Bozian M.D. F.A.C.P.
    Professor Emeritus 
    University of Cincinnati College Medicine

  2. Corrective history, Remembering Truth

    We should promote "Corrective History, Remembering Truth"
    From 1915 to 1930, over 95% of North Americans knew about the Armenian Genocide, today only 33% do.
    American Indian tribes are starting to ask their communities not to call it Columbus day by Native American Day.
    Similarly Armenians and non Armenians must stand up for Native populations history in addition to Hye Tad.
     

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