Articles by Harut Sassounian

About Harut Sassounian (327 Articles)
Harut Sassounian is the publisher of The California Courier, a weekly newspaper based in Glendale, Calif. He is the president of the United Armenian Fund, a coalition of the seven largest Armenian-American organizations. He has been decorated by the president and prime minister of the Republic of Armenia, and the heads of the Armenian Apostolic and Catholic churches. He is also the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
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Sassounian: Armenia Scores High on Global Index: Perception vs. Reality

The latest report of the Human Freedom Index for 152 countries gives Armenia a surprisingly high score. The study was conducted jointly by the Cato Institute, Washington, D.C.; Fraser Institute, Vancouver, Canada; and Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Berlin, Germany. The 108-page [more...]

August 25, 2015 // 41 Comments

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Sassounian: Trump Risks Tarnishing Image for a Fistful of Azeri Dollars

The last thing Donald Trump needs these days is one more controversy. Then again, Trump thrives on controversy and most probably would welcome any publicity—positive or negative—as long as his name is in the headlines. Due to his prominent name and bluntness, Trump is leading the large field of [more...]

August 4, 2015 // 9 Comments


Sassounian: Court Finds Armenia and Azerbaijan Guilty

Baku Hides Loss, Declares Victory Ruling simultaneously on the Sargsyan vs. Azerbaijan and Chiragov vs. Armenia cases, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on June 16 decided that Armenia and Azerbaijan had violated the rights of refugees who had fled during the Nagorno-Karabagh (Artsakh) [more...]

July 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

'Thanks to protesters who acted more like investors than gamblers, the Armenian Summer boosted sovereignty, democracy, and civil society in what once was the smallest of Soviet states.'

Young Activists Electrify Armenia: Lessons Learned…

When a group of young Armenians spontaneously gathered in Yerevan’s Liberty Square 10 days ago to challenge the planned increase of electricity rates, no one expected their protest to reverberate around the world. To everyone’s surprise, the small gathering mushroomed into several thousand [more...]

July 1, 2015 // 13 Comments

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