Amberin Zaman

Stellar Panel of Journalists at November 2 Mirror-Spectator Symposium



David Barsamian

BOSTON — On Thursday, November 2, the Armenian Mirror-Spectator, as part of its two-part 85th anniversary celebration, will sponsor a symposium on the campus of Wellesley College.

The panel will feature journalists Robert Fisk, David Barsamian, Philip Terzian and Amberin Zaman. It is titled “Journalism and ‘Fake News’: Armenian Genocide and Karabakh.”

Aram Arkun, the Tekeyan Cultural Association’s executive director and the Mirror-Spectator’s assistant editor, will act as moderator.

Terzian (at right) is a senior editor at The Weekly Standard, having served as literary editor during 2005-2012. A native of the Washington, DC, area and a journalist for more than 40 years, he has been a writer and editor at Reuters, newspapers in Alabama and Kentucky, the New Republic and the Los Angeles Times, and was editorial page editor of the Providence Journal. For 20 years, he wrote a political/foreign affairs column syndicated by the Scripps Howard News Service. In addition, during 1978-79 he was speechwriter for Secretary of State Cyrus Vance.

Terzian has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary, Pulitzer juror, media fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford, traveling fellow of the American Journalism Foundation, and is a member of the American Council on Germany. He is a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the New Criterion, the Times Literary SupplementSewanee Review and other publications.

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He has appeared on CNN, Fox News, and C-SPAN. He is the author of Architects of Power: Roosevelt, Eisenhower and the American Century (2010), and is married and the father of two children.

Philip Terzian


Zaman is a columnist for Al-Monitor’s Turkey Pulse and has covered Turkey, the Kurds and Armenia for the Washington Post, the Daily Telegraph, the Los Angeles Times and the Voice of America. She served as The Economist’s Turkey correspondent between 1999 and 2016. She was a columnist for the liberal daily Taraf and the mainstream daily Haberturk before switching to the independent Turkish online news portal Diken in 2015.

Zaman is the daughter of a former Bangladeshi ambassador. Her mother is Turkish, from Istanbul.

She was born in New York City.

Zaman has been a supporter of minority rights in Turkey. She is a proponent of normalization of Turkish-Armenian relations and regularly discusses the Armenian Genocide in her columns. In 2014, she participated in a conference by the Hrant Dink Foundation that was dedicated to Armenian-Turkish reconciliation. Zaman, who recognizes the Armenian Genocide as fact, believes that the Turkish government must reconcile with its history concerning the Armenians.

Zaman states that she has been a target of a vilification campaign by pro-government media.  In 2013, Zaman was sacked as a journalist for Haberturk because of columns that were considered unacceptable by the government.

Zaman was attacked on Twitter for reporting on the Gezi Park protests.

In 2014, the Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, called Zaman “A militant in the guise of a journalist, a shameless woman… Know your place!”  at two successive election rallies. Zaman wrote a column in the newspaper Taraf entitled “First be a human!”

Barsamian is the award-winning founder and director of Alternative Radio, the independent weekly audio series based in Boulder, Colo., airing on more than 250 stations. One of America’s most wide-ranging and respected independent journalists, Barsamian has altered the media landscape with his radio programs and books with Noam Chomsky, Tariq Ali, Howard Zinn, Eqbal Ahmad, Edward Said and Arundhati Roy.

He is the winner of the Media Education Award, the ACLU’s Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism, and the Cultural Freedom Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. The Institute for Alternative Journalism named him one of its Top Ten Media Heroes.

He is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center. In 2017, the South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy presented him with their Lifetime Achievement Award. He has collaborated with the world-renowned Kronos Quartet in events in New York, London, Vienna and elsewhere.

Barsamian was deported from India due to his work on Kashmir and other revolts. He is still barred from traveling to “the world’s largest democracy.”

His latest book, Global Discontents: Conversations on the Rising Threats to Democracy (American Empire Project), co-authored with Noam Chomsky, will be out on December 5.

From escalating climate change to the devastation in Syria, pandemic state surveillance to looming nuclear war, Noam Chomsky takes stock of the world today. Over the course of ten conversations with long-time collaborator David Barsamian, spanning 2013-2016, Chomsky argues in favor of radical changes to a system that cannot possibly cope with what awaits tomorrow.

Interwoven with personal reflections spanning from childhood to his eighth decade of life, Global Discontents also marks out Chomsky’s own intellectual journey, mapping his progress to revolutionary ideas and global prominence.

The fourth panelist, Fisk, is the Middle East correspondent for The Independent newspaper and a seven-time recipient of the British Press Awards’ Reporter of the Year, has already been the subject of a feature.

The event will take place at the Alumnae Hall Ballroom, campus of Wellesley College, 106 Central St., Wellesley. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the program will start at 7 p.m. A reception will follow. Admission is free.

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