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Harout Ekmanian

Journalist, lawyer, netizen and an observant gentleman.
Harout Ekmanian has written 64 posts for ModernTalking

Paylan’s Test of Minority Inclusion in Politics

In the past two weeks, brawls erupted in the Turkish parliament several times during the meetings of the commission on constitutional reform related to a legislation on lifting lawmakers’ immunity from prosecution. Continue reading

Ekmanian: Global Resistance Continues 101 Years after Genocide

Ekmanian’s Opening Remarks at Genocide Commemoration Program in Berlin. For the second year in a row, the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin organized a program of events dedicated to the anniversary of the Armenian Genocide anniversary. Continue reading

The Peculiar Case of the Turkmens in Syria

Despite playing a groundbreaking role in the Syrian civil war, Turkmens get scant media coverage and they are often represented solely through the lens of the Turkish media. Continue reading

Houses without Doors: A Journey of a Hundred Years

What is the difference between a feature film and a documentary? A feature has a cast of actors playing roles in a scripted story; a documentary has a sketchy story line and presents research about issues in the lives of real people. One might say that Avo Kaprealian’s film “Houses without Doors” is a bit of both. His earlier short films also belong to the same pattern of not fitting into a classic genre, while also pulling archival footage into his work. Continue reading

Հալէպն Ու Յաջորդ Հարիւրամեակը

Հարիւրամեակէն առաջ զիրար յօշոտեցինք, մեր մէջ դաւաճաններ փնտռեցինք: Բայց աւելի ուշ Ամերիկայէն Քիմն ու Քանիէն եկան եւ իրենց մոգական հետքը թողեցին ազգիս վրայ: Յետոյ Հռոմի Պապը, ճանաչումներու ալիքը, Սիսթըմ Աֆ Է Տաունը եւ Ապրիլ 24-ը: Անմոռուկներ ալ ամրացուցինք մեր կուրծքին, ջահերով երթի ալ մասնակցեցանք: Մէկ խօսքով ըրինք այն ամէնը, ինչ կարելի էր, որ «թուրքը մեզի նայի ու տխրի»։ Continue reading

Arab Media Hesitant on the Armenian Genocide Centennial

During the First World War, when the Arabs from Hijaz to the Levant were revolting against the Ottomans aspiring for independence, Arab journalists were among the first of those who reported on a daily basis the mass atrocities being committed against the Armenians by the Ottoman Empire. After 100 years, hesitation and mixed reactions dominate the Arab media regarding the issues related to the Armenian Genocide. Continue reading

The Berlin Connection

Gorki Theater’s Monumental Role BERLIN—In commemorating the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide, the road between Yerevan and Istanbul passes through Berlin. Every Armenian knows Komitas Vartabed, the great musicologist and composer who founded modern classical Armenian music, and whose works play a prominent role in our culture. However, few perhaps know about the influence Germany had … Continue reading

And the Struggle for Justice Continues

The following is a speech delivered by Armenia-based journalist Harout Ekmanian in Berlin, as part of a program titled “It Snows in April,” which was launched by the Maxim Gorki Theater. The program is dedicated to the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide. Two years ago, when I visited Berlin for a single day trip for the … Continue reading

Völkermord vor 100 JahrenDer armenische Albtraum | Der Tagesspiegel

The keynote speech delivered by Harout Ekmanian in Berlin, as part of a program titled “It Snows in April,” which was launched by the Maxim Gorki Theater. The program is dedicated to the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide. The speech was in English, translated and published in German by Tagesspeigel daily newspaper. Continue reading

Not Another ‘Je Suis’ Article

The attack on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo last month prompted millions of French citizens and people from around the world to celebrate the slain journalists as martyrs of freedom of speech. We have seen similar waves of reactions in Turkey, Armenia, and the Armenian Diaspora every January since 2007, when editor/journalist Hrant Dink … Continue reading