Serj Tankian tells Obama “Yes, It’s Genocide”

Grammy-winning  singer/song writer Serj Tankian has teamed with the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) and the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) in calling on President Obama to honor his pledge to recognize the Armenian Genocide and take decisive action to end the genocide in Darfur.

“We are honored to team up with Serj and the AYF once again to expand Armenian Genocide education and anti-genocide activism through this innovative ‘Yes, It’s Genocide’ campaign,” stated ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian during the September 9th launch of the  campaign. “No doubt, President Obama’s actions to date on the Armenian and Darfur Genocides have fallen far short of his own commitments and, more importantly, of the core American values that should guide our nation’s policies.”

AYF Western U.S. Chairman Arek Santikian concurred, stating “As activists and concerned citizens, it is our duty to struggle against crimes against humanity at every turn. Serj’s recording of this powerful new song provides us with yet another opportunity to raise awareness and inspire the youth to take action.”

As a Senator and presidential candidate, President Obama pledged repeatedly to recognize the Armenian Genocide and promised “unstinting resolve” to end the Darfur Genocide, stating, “America deserves a leader who speaks truthfully about the Armenian Genocide and responds forcefully to all genocides. I intend to be that President.”

However, since his election to office, President Obama has missed repeated opportunities to honor his pledge.

“Imperfect Harmonies” Release date on – Armenian Independence Day

Serj Tankian’s newest solo album will be released on September 21, 2010, coinciding with Armenian Independence Day. “Imperfect Harmonies” is his second solo studio release, following up his critically acclaimed 2007 solo debut “Elect the Dead”.

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“’Imperfect Harmonies’ could be classified as rock because it is punchy with many peaks throughout, but the instrumentation is somewhat different. Though there are live drums, bass, and some guitars, the driving aspects are electronic and orchestral. It’s quite unique in its sound palette,” Tankian says, “This is, in essence, music that has sat in the vat and matured to a ripe sensation and is now ready to serve.”

“Imperfect Harmonies” eighth track, “Yes, It’s Genocide,” is a moving tribute to the victims of genocide, with its haunting music and Armenian lyrics inspired by the fear, terror, life and ultimate death of 1.5 million victims of the Armenian Genocide and a century of genocides to follow. Portions of the melody were first featured in Tankian’s 2009 video entreaty to President Obama titled “As President I will Recognize the Armenian Genocide,” which has over 240,000 views, was launched during the ANCA’s “Fierce Urgency of Now” campaign in the weeks leading up to April 24 th , the international day of recognition of the Armenian Genocide.


7 thoughts on “Serj Tankian tells Obama “Yes, It’s Genocide”

  1. Ugh!!! I get sooo mad when I read this stuff. Things really need to change there, these people need help!!! There’s this new movie coming out called Attack on Darfur which shows what’s really goin on there, I even heard that some of that actors are real victims of rape and torture that want to tell their stories on screen. At least Hollywood is trying to spread awareness.

  2. I am awe struck at what is going on today in Darfur. We have to put an end to this slaughter; it cannot go on any longer. We have to get the world out to as many people as possible. It needs more media attention, more celebrities like George Clooney speaking out. A new movie coming out—Attack on Darfur—that focuses on what truly happening in Darfur.

  3. It’s great to see that musicians are starting to step up to the plate alongside many Hollywood actors by trying to put a stop to genocide in Darfur. I never would’ve thought that Serj Tankian would step up to the plate, or even Linkin Park making a concept album that reflects on the several problems in the Middle East. One unlikely candidate that has recently taken stand against the conflict in Darfur happens to be Uwe Boll. His latest film depicts the endless violence going on and is set to drop on Oct. 26th.

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