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24 10 2007 - News October 22, 2007 >>
Dear Friend, is pleased to introduce three new contributors: Etyen Mahçupyan, Raffi Savazian and Avedis Kevorkian.

Etyen Mahçupyan was born to an Armenian family in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1950. He graduated from the Department of Economics at the School of Political Sciences of Ankara University with a master's degree. He has published eight books concerning Turkish politics. Currently he is a columnist at the Turkish daily Today's Zaman. He produces TV programmes on Turkish politics and is the editor-in-chief of AGOS, Armenian-Turkish-English Magazine, formerly owned and published by the late assassinated journalist Hrant Dink. Mr. Mahçupyan is one of the most outspoken political commentators in the Turkish press today.

Mr. Raffi Savazian lives in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. He is 30 years of age, married, father of one child. He is an expert in Information Technology and currently is employed by one of Australia's top Telecommunication companies as a Senior Technology Specialist . Whenever needed he does volunteer work for Australian Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Since his teens he has been interested in politics, particularly geopolitical issues. His debut (co-authored) in deserves a special welcome, and hopefully it will encourage him and others to write more and gain experience in public writing.

Avedis Kevorkian currently lives in Philadelphia, PA, USA. He has been "reluctantly" involved in Armenian matters since the age of 12 when he started working for his father's Armenian-English weekly newspaper. In addition to that work for 22 years, until his father retired and the paper ceased, he has been a writer (staff and free-lance) and an editor on community and trade publications. He has been a public-relations consultant in both America and England. Mr. Kevorkian has taught and lectured on journalism and public relations at university level in America and UK. After observing the "follies" of the Armenians for more years than he cares to talk about, he has become very "cynical" and outspoken.

You may read the articles at

They Demand That We Empathize, (First published in Today's Zaman, October 21, 2007)
The Political Will of The Members of the House of Representatives is at Stake,
Mutafyan Must Tell Turks "No" - Or Be Ignored by the World .

The views expressed in the above articles are those of the respective authors.

A friendly reminder to readers of Please visit Open Letter of Protest/Article 301 by clicking the button "Make a Difference" located on the left side of the main page, alternately click on . Since the initiation of the letter, about two months later PEN international and two other European organisations have written to the officials of the Turkish Government. I am not aware whether there has been any direct response, however the authorities of the present regime have made public announcements that they are in favor of reforming the law pertaining to this matter. Whether this is earnest or just a posturing to please the EU remains to be seen.


Dikran Abrahamian BA, MD

Dikran Abrahamian

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