For a number of years, Keghart.com has, at the end of the year, featured the year’s heroes and villains from an Armenian perspective. Here’s the 2019 list:
—The people of Armenia and Artsakh who stay put despite their numerous challenges
—Government officials in Armenia who continue their housecleaning following the Velvet Revolution
—Soldiers defending Armenia and Artsakh
—Senators Bob Menendez and Ted Cruz along with the U.S Senate for recognizing the Armenian Genocide
—The members of the U.S. House of Representatives for their efforts re Armenian Genocide recognition
—Our lobbyists in Washington
—The people of Syria (Arabs, Armenians, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Kurds, Syriacs, and Yezidis) for withstanding the invasion of their country
—Kim Kardashian for her outspoken pro-Armenian comments
—Armenians of Jerusalem (about a thousand) who make sure, despite official harassment, we retain our remarkable presence in that city
—Diaspora freelance writers who contribute to our media without receiving compensation or recognition
—Journalists (Robert Fisk, Sarah Abed, Uzay Bulut, Appo Jabarian and many others) who stick their neck out and get the story; Ara Papian of the Modus Vivendi Center in Yerevan for being a one-man army in legitimizing and putting on the map the Treaty of Sèvres
—Armenian-Americans who lobbied untiringly for years to obtain parole for Hampig Sassounian.
—Lawyer Mark Geragos and Murad Minassian through untiring efforts obtained parole for Hampig Sassounian.
— Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
—Senators Lindsay Graham, David Perdue and Kevin Cramer who quashed the U.S. Senate’s recognition of the Armenian Genocide
—Jewish/Israeli propagandist “journalists” (the list is too long to cite all the offenders) who justify the anti-Armenian policies of Azerbaijan
—Catholicos Karekin II
—Israeli authorities which pressure the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem
—The not-so-hidden sponsors of ISIS
—John Bolton, maniacal warmonger
—Mainstream media for mishandling the Armenian Genocide resolution of the U.S. Senate
—Azeris firing across the line of contact (9,000 times in 2019) and for blacklisting people who visit Artsakh.