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Armenia and Politics of the Word 'Genocide'

Most historians agree that the massacre, deportation and death of more than 1 million Armenians in the Turkish Ottoman Empire that began 100 years ago this month was a genocide. But mention the word “genocide” in Washington, in the context of Armenia, and the level of discomfort is palpable. Administration officials decline to comment, pro-Armenia politicians rush to the podium, scholars refer to books, Armenians tell heartbreaking stories of trauma, and the Turkish government rejects the...

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