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System Of A Down To Launch Political Campaign

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System of a Down are set to launch a three-day campaign in Washington DC for the recognition of the Armenian genocide.

Singer Serj Tankian and drummer John Dolmayan will kick off the campaign on April 24. Their aims are to urge Speaker Of The House Dennis Hastert and other Congressional leaders to acknowledge the historical event in which Turkey allegedly slaughtered 1.5 million Armenians between 1915 and 1923.

At 5pm the band members will join the Armenian National Committee Of America and Armenian Youth Federation in leading their demonstration outside the gates of the Turkish Embassy.

The following day, Tankian and Dolmayan will give interviews to the political media in Washington before hosting a congressional screening of 'Screamers', a new documentary by filmmaker Carla Garapedian which focuses on System Of A Down's global campaign for the recognition of the Armenian genocide.

Key members of Congress will meet with the band on the Wednesday (April 26) as the musicians urge them to allow a vote on legislation recognising the genocide.

At 5.30pm, Tankian and Dolmayan will take part in the eleventh annual Capitol Hill commemoration of the historical event.

Before the three-day campaign in Washington DC, System Of A Down will perform at their yearly 'Souls' benefit concert in Los Angeles on April 23.

Taking place at the city's Greek Theatre, this year's concert will be raising awareness for an Armenian Genocide Resolution.

Source: NME.com

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1. B-rad writes:

I don't really blame SOAD for doing so much stuff about the Armenian Genocide, and to make it even worse the Turkish government are denying the whole thing. It's kinda hard to hide 1.5 million deaths.

# Apr 8, 2006 @ 9:48 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. graveland writes:

this is stupid for the following reasons

1) SOAD fans will enjoy this mainly because they like their music, and they will support their opinions ONLY because they are fans of their music, not necessarily because they have strong "political" feelings.

2) mainstream america will dismiss SOAD because they are a "metal" band who say the word "f***" and attract annoying fans

# Apr 8, 2006 @ 1:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. BiGG_Perm writes:

I haven't posted here in a long time but, this is absolute BULL S-H-I-T!!!
I like SOAD but, what does the Armenian Genocide have to do with the United States? Why should we have to recognize it? What are they trying to accomplish? If SOAD wants someone to recognize it, they should go to Turkey and have them apologize as well as recognize it!! Pointless sh**

# Apr 8, 2006 @ 5:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. RememberMetal? writes:

Historically It will change how America deals with Turkey in the future.

The Turkish government has spent bundles to prevent our government from recognizing the Armenian Genocide....Turkey works as a sunny day conditional ally, but like Germany during WWII...Turkey slaughtered 1 million plus of it's own inhabitants.

Heres a link to some legitimate info about the cause. Theres "some" propaganda in there (considering the source)but it is a noble and just cause....whether your'e politically right or left this thing is a matter of histroy and justice.....

A large number of Republican senate and house members are in favor of this and most of the democrats are as well...Bush hates it but he's hated in his own party now anyway....

http://anca.org/press_releases/press_releases.php?prid=930

# Apr 8, 2006 @ 9:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Body Hammer writes:

I am so sick of politics in music. A little is fine but when is enough, enough? Their last 2 cds sucked anyway.

# Apr 8, 2006 @ 9:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. charest writes:

soad sucks, they should tour with u2

# Apr 8, 2006 @ 9:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. BLACKDOG writes:

The reason we as AMERICAN'S should be concerned is as stated before by REMEMBERMETAL.The NAZI's did the same thing dureing WWII (and would love a chance to do it againe).When you ignore or forget history.You may as well be allowing it to happen againe.If the U.S. has turned a blind eye to it in favore of monitary thing's.What does it say about our government & how long will it be before something like that happen's here?It's definitley something to think about.

# Apr 8, 2006 @ 9:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. sevenchurches writes:

SOAD=SUCK ON A d***

# Apr 8, 2006 @ 10:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. rising end writes:

the reason americans should care is because you are not the only nation in this world. there is pretty f***ed up sh** that happens in the world that you choose to ignore. this is an example, its history from other countries, in other words general culture. sayin "who gives a f*** about armenians, this is america" is a very ignorant and self centered statement. this is the kind of attitude that makes other cultures dislike americans. is like thinking all spanish speaking cultures are mexican.

that was my two cents on culture. as for music, SOAD isnt exactly the best band in the world and the political regards made in their music dont really come out as too significant, they seem forced into their music.

# Apr 9, 2006 @ 12:56 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. jnsguts writes:

remember me? it's himmm, back finally from a long break. f**k soad, the terrorist supporting bastards. hello to all the ones who saw my pint of view om so many issues. and to all those who did'nt, i'm back biches

# Apr 9, 2006 @ 1:57 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. KF writes:

WHO THE f*** ARE YOU SUPPOSE TO BE?

# Apr 9, 2006 @ 4:27 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. metalldzppln writes:

well im glad there raising awarness of this political bullsh**. thats something thats really missing from rock music these days

# Apr 9, 2006 @ 11:55 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Azazel_Begotten writes:

...As usual...

# Apr 9, 2006 @ 3:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. jnsguts writes:

wasn't around a couple of years ago when HIMMM made his loud point of view known, eh KF? too bad..... whats up remember metal, blackdog, b-rad. HIMMM!!!!

# Apr 11, 2006 @ 9:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. ! writes:

lets see, 1.5 million dead 80 years ago. so what. that's nothing. what about the 600 million unborn children MURDERED around the world since then??? fukk system of a down syndrome!! you want to be political, run for office. otherwise shut your cumhole!!!

# Apr 11, 2006 @ 9:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. cfhdon writes:

jsnguts, ur a f***in little nerd, go play some f***ing online game and get off our metal site. Metal=no p***ies allowed, or nerds!

# Apr 11, 2006 @ 10:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. jnsguts writes:

iwas going to metal shows while you were still in diapers, you little sh**. stick to the point and topics and don't worry about your superiors. you need a hint? this thread is about soad's political agenda, so pull your head out of your a$$ and write something worthwhile. HIMMM!!!!

# Apr 12, 2006 @ 12:43 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. B-rad writes:

Post 3, they have went to Turkey and talked to their gov't about this, but like I said, the Turkish gov't are denying the whole thing...so I've read.

# Apr 14, 2006 @ 7:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. charest writes:

i dont have a problem with that, its the f***ing guitarist that wont stop singing, what the hell?

# Apr 14, 2006 @ 7:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. DIEcon writes:

I'm not an SOAD fan, but I'm for their cause. It puts an awareness out their that not only Nazis have done this. And as far as starving children go, that's a terrible tragedy, but this should further a cause for that as well. They may be 80 years apart but they're related, and they should coincide, like a domino effect.

# Apr 14, 2006 @ 7:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. ASH66 writes:

Fight for Justice with System of a Down

On Monday, April 24th - starting at 5:00 pm - Serj Tankian and John Dolmayan will be protesting Turkey's denial of the Armenian Genocide at the gates of Turkey's Embassy - 2525 Massachusetts Ave, in Northwest Washington, DC.

If you live in the DC area - or are willing to take a road trip - take advantage of this rare chance to join with System in real street action.

For more info: check out:
http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/9579382/system_of_a_down_rally_in_dc?rnd=1144867797484&has-player=true&version=6.0.12.872

If you have any questions, contact the organizers at anca@anca.org.

# Apr 14, 2006 @ 9:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. myspace.com/1seyes writes:

when they came for the jews, i did not speak out because i am not a jew
when they came for the catholics, i did not speak out because i am not catholic
when they came for the protestants, i did not speak out because i'm not a protestant
when they came for the gypsies, i did not speak out because i am not a gypsy
when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out

~ author unknown

# Apr 19, 2006 @ 1:39 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. myspace.com/1seyes writes:

chorus:
somebody help, i hear 'em, they're coming
they're coming, i hear 'em, somebody help

when they came for you i didn't care, i wasn't concerned about somebody else
another life that passed in time, me so grateful it wasn't mine
you screamed, you fought, you pled, you cried, i sat back and watch you die
deep within, i said it's a shame but didn't do a goddamn thing
you know i could have spoken out, because we're indifferent i sealed my mouth
in the way they came for you, is the way they're coming for me too

{chorus}

tribes condemned and damned, then killed, by the encounters they welcomed here
all they asked was peace to stand and freedom remain throughout the land
but begat a treaty here, treaty there, treated unfair
what was theirs was taken away, it escalated day by day
audacity is what you have for indian-giver to leave your mouth
all the stakes of pain for sake that soon this hate would fade away
yet prisons called reservations were established for the american natives
when refused what's beheld, the calvary troops then prevailed
the sought and caught, then killed at will the fugitives who ran away to live

{chorus}

a crime somewhat that's well rehearsed another gay in the back of a hearse
diversity in society, who's taught to destroy what's not our belief
review the stats of the hate-crime fraud that's most accredited to the name of god
truth be told, it's fear unknown, adopted philosophy that's made your own
it delegates you rights to kill, when matthew shepard deserved to live

{chorus}

©2003 Unsettled Kontent (Composed by Seyes). Used by permission.
http://www.msnusers.com/unsettledkontent

# Apr 19, 2006 @ 1:53 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. m.reign writes:

Black Sabbath, Metallica, Pantera, System Of A Down...

# Apr 19, 2006 @ 7:08 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. m.reign writes:

What cold and hardened souls, that cannot feel melody.

I support S.O.A.D. beause I love their music. I don't have to agree with every lyric stated to enjoy it. Much of it has little to do with the Armenien genocide anyway. I think what alledgedly happened is a horrible tradgedy for those who may be affected from it personally. On the other hand, as a white middle-class American, I can hardly argue in a realistic way, that this cause should concern me. But It could be the other way around! So for that much at least, it does. Don't be such a p***y. 9/11s happen for a reason you know. It's a form of reaction just like everything else is cause and effect. And this country is no longer what it used to be, anyway. You should remember that every government in history has fallen, and usually for the same reasons. (Not even people who are supposed to like the same kind of music can seem to get along anymore. sh**, I'm sure we all dig a lot of the same underground bands too.) System does not advocate terrorist killings of innocent people. What they're doing is speaking what's on the minds of human beings everywhere, about a globalizd 21st century world. The GENERAL message behind their songs is in fact integral to millions, and thus makes the music more powerful...politics done right, even if some out-of-date patriotic dork disagrees.


# Apr 19, 2006 @ 8:27 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. eddie is real writes:

fu ck turkey or what ever wierd country there from them f***ing libreals f*** that crying bullsh** it happens it happens get over it

# Apr 19, 2006 @ 11:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. eddie is real writes:

i cant wait untill ozzfest ill throw sh** at them there the ones who deserve sh** at them

# Apr 19, 2006 @ 11:20 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. HolyShit writes:

dude if you threw anything at SOAD you'd get your p ussy little a$$ kicked by either secruity, the fans, or the band members themselves ya f uckin prick. your full of sh*t, you wouldn't have the balls to do something like that. p ussy

# Apr 19, 2006 @ 12:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. sevenchurches writes:

soad drinks a$$ juice with a hint of aids.

# Apr 19, 2006 @ 12:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. HolyShit writes:

wow red devil, that sounds like something an 8 year old would say. shut up b****.....ooooohhhh i'm sure that sevenchurches was really put in his place with that one.
i actually find sevenchurches posts to be quiet amusing and sometimes downright funny as sh**, because all you little p ussies get your feelings everytime he says something you dont like. guess what....it's called freedom of speech a$$holes! dont like it? well......f uck your mother then

# Apr 19, 2006 @ 2:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. HolyShit writes:

* feelings hurt

# Apr 19, 2006 @ 2:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. sevenchurches writes:

yawn
DARKTHRONE!!!!!!
SLAYER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
DEATH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
all of wich kicks soad's b**** asses.
HAIL HOLY sh**!

# Apr 19, 2006 @ 3:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. Say it to my face wimp writes:

Sevenchurches is not an official spokesman for Slayer or Death. Both those bands are great, and so is System Of A Down.

P.S. Your a$$ juice w/ aids drink would probably go down better if you chase it with your mother's sweet cooch water.

m.reign and I will really have to stop arguing with you mentally and emotionally challenged wastes of human life. You can have your stupid little internet blog site back now.

# Apr 25, 2006 @ 5:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. rulin kmadd writes:

So let me get this straight you think trendy Armenian American polka music is underground metal?
Hmmm. Serj is the"Wedding Singer'" of todays mallgoth generation.

# Apr 25, 2006 @ 5:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. BodomFan writes:

serj has to be the weridest lookin mutha f ucka around. WTF happen to this guy, did he get a tape worm or something, cause he looks like sh*t. SOAD 1st album was ok, but after that, they sucked ass

# Apr 25, 2006 @ 8:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. BLACKDOG writes:

Ahhh ... but trendy armenian's are takeing over.Aren't they headlineing OZZFEST this year?

# Apr 26, 2006 @ 12:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. rulin kmadd writes:

besides BTBAM and SYL do your mean shiitfest 2006?

# Apr 26, 2006 @ 3:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. jnsguts writes:

i've said it before and i'll repeat myself once again. after 9/11 serj bin laden said america got what it deserved. so once again i'll say f*** YOU SERJ BIN LADEN, YOU TERRORIST SUPPORTING PIECE OF DOG sh**........HIMMM!!!!!!!!!!!

# Apr 26, 2006 @ 4:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. jnsguts writes:

bet ya get a virus if your stupid enough to download any of those sites. HIMMM!!!!!!

# Apr 28, 2006 @ 8:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. jnsguts writes:

serj says "allahlalalalalalallalalallalalalallallalalalallalalalalalalallalalalalallala terrorist f***in piuece of maggot ridden dog sh** motherf***er. HIMMM!!!!!

# Apr 29, 2006 @ 1:03 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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41. BLACKDOG writes:

What a huge waste of space.

# May 3, 2006 @ 4:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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42. KAYE writes:

you guys are so stupid!

# May 3, 2006 @ 5:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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43. charest writes:

f***ing morons

# May 3, 2006 @ 6:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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44. jnsguts writes:

WHAT THE FUUUUUUUCK???????? HIMMM!!!!

# May 3, 2006 @ 6:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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45. the crusader writes:

oh sh** hahaha what the f*** is?

man can you be patient...i know it takes a while but it will get posted man. i know it happens to me when i first got here, so just post once cuz that was too much space, oh sh**.

# May 4, 2006 @ 6:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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46. the crusader writes:

and red devil, please don't do anything stupid. and stop being an a$$hole like lloyd (coco).

# May 4, 2006 @ 6:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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47. psythe writes:

hahah, hey, so coco has actually has a proper name - you know, one that is actually reminiscent of his gender...because, frankly, the name 'coco' just doesnt make you seem very manly at all - lloyd's a couple of steps better. got nothing on, say, "Bruce", though; that's a manly name for sure.

# May 4, 2006 @ 9:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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48. jnsguts writes:

hey, dont forget about www.stop wasting space with that stupid sh**.com... HIMMM!!!!

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