My Response to the Ad in the Washington Post Denying the Armenian Genocide

On Friday morning, I wrote a letter to the Washington Post’s advertising department in response to a full-page ad that appeared on the back of Thursday, April 23’s paper. The ad – which the New York Times rejected – is an open letter to President Obama from the Turkish American National Steering Committee that denies the Armenian genocide that occurred a century ago and killed an estimated 1.5 million Armenians. Two weeks ago Pope Francis recognized the events as “the first genocide of the 20th century.”

The ad in the Post states, “One hundred years ago, a brutal war started neither by Turks nor Armenians cost the Ottoman Armenians, the Ottoman Turks and many other groups so dearly.” This statement overrides fact. I am a proud Armenian woman and the great-granddaughter of George Yeminijian, a brave Armenian man who escaped persecution against his people in Turkey a century ago to find freedom in America. I was never lucky enough to meet him, but from what my family has told me, I know that he loved America with all his heart. My mother always says, “Let us never forget what this country meant to our ancestors and what it means to … Read more

Clinton/Stark 2016

Sunday was without a doubt the most important day of 2015 thus far.

Why?

For one, Hillary Clinton FINALLY launched her campaign for president. We’ve waited 5EVER for her to do this and we’re all peeing our pants now.

In her first campaign video she focused on average American families – not herself. She showed gay couples, people of color and people speaking in languages other than English. While adorning one of her many fabulous pantsuits, she says, “Everyday Americans need a champion. I want to be that champion.”

AND YOU WILL BE THAT CHAMPION.

I can’t wait to see how the election pans out. We very well might have our first female president before I turn 24.

What else was so special about Sunday? The Season 5 premiere of Game of Thrones, of course! Despite all the hype, we all felt a little robbed by the premiere. No, it’s not like we didn’t enjoy Daario’s butt or dig Sansa’s new hair color. We were disappointed that Arya Stark, the supreme ruler of girl power was missing.

Thankfully, the UK’s “Dazed and Confused” magazine gave us a little bit of Arya realness by releasing a video of Maisie … Read more

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