The killing of more than 200 Armenian intellectuals on April 24, 1915 is regarded as the start of the massacre that is widely viewed by historians as the first genocide of the 20th century in which they estimate 1.5 million Armenians were slaughtered . . .
U.S. President Barack Obama declined on Friday to refer to the 1915 massacre as genocide, breaking a key campaign promise as his presidency nears an end. Obama called the massacre the first mass atrocity of the 20th century and a tragedy that mustn’t be repeated . . .
In Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a message commemorating Armenians who died in 1915, without making any reference to the massacre . . .
Before he presented the award, Clooney reminded the audience that Adolf Hitler once reportedly said: “Who remembers Armenia?” Clooney said: “The whole world.”
I wish it were so, Mr. Clooney, but there was nothing about this genocide on American TV this past week.
A plethora of America national Cable and local TV news coverage about the late rock star Prince who was suffering from a drug overdose six days before his death.
There are some internet news stories from major websites about this commemoration in Armenia, probably only covered because George Clooney attended the event.
For the historical record, there were two other genocides in the 20th century that preceded the Armenian Genocide: the Herero and Namaqua Genocide from 1904-1907 under the German Kaiserreich in Colony of German South-West Africa (now known as Namibia) and the Pontic Greeks Genocide also carried out by the Ottoman Turks which began in 1914 and lasted through 1922.