Articles by Nanore Barsoumian

About Nanore Barsoumian (206 Articles)
Nanore Barsoumian was the editor of the Armenian Weekly from 2014 to 2016. She served as assistant editor of the Armenian Weekly from 2010 to 2014. Her writings focus on human rights, politics, poverty, and environmental and gender issues. She has reported from Armenia, Nagorno-Karabagh, Javakhk, and Turkey. She earned her B.A. degree in political science and English from the University of Massachusetts (Boston), where she is currently continuing her graduate studies. Email Nanore Barsoumian at, or follow her on Twitter (@NanoreB).
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Interview: Pulitzer Winner Balakian’s World of Poetry

Writer Peter Balakian grapples with a world of complexity and paradox in his latest book of poetry, Ozone Journal (2015), which won him a Pulitzer Prize two weeks ago. “[Poetry] is a transformed and compressed piece of language,” he says in a phone interview with the Armenian Weekly. [more...]

May 7, 2016 // 3 Comments

ARS Artsakh members organizing the supplies on April 7 (Photo: ARS CEB)

‘From the People to the People’: ARS Emergency Relief Efforts in NKR

An Interview with ARS Central Executive Board Chair Caroline Chamavonian On the morning of April 6, the Armenian Relief Society (ARS) Chapter in the Nagorno-Karabagh Republic (NKR/Artsakh) received the first vanload of essential supplies—including food, medicine, bottled water, socks, blankets, [more...]

April 7, 2016 // 2 Comments

NKR Representative to the U.S. Robert Avetisyan (photo: Public Radio of Armenia)

Interview: NKR Representative to US Discusses Baku Aggression

As Azerbaijan’s assault on the Nagorno-Karabagh Republic (NKR/Artsakh) continued, the Armenian Weekly Editor Nanore Barsoumian spoke with NKR Representative to the U.S. Robert Avetisyan by phone on April 4 about the recent developments. *** Nanore Barsoumian—How do you assess Baku’s [more...]

April 5, 2016 // 5 Comments

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Demirbaş: I’ll Fight for Freedom Even if I’m Jailed for 1,000 Years

The Armenian Weekly’s Exclusive Interview with Diyarbakir’s Former Mayor Abdullah Demirbaş Translated by Tsoler Aghjian In light of the recent violence in Turkey, particularly the Turkish state’s assault on the mostly Kurdish cities and towns in the southeast, the Armenian Weekly spoke [more...]

March 4, 2016 // 4 Comments

Armenian intellectual and entrepreneur Sevan Nisanyan, 60, could spend the next 25 years in a Turkish prison...

In Defense of Turkey’s Imprisoned Armenian Maverick

Armenian intellectual and entrepreneur Sevan Nisanyan, 60, could spend the next 25 years in a Turkish prison as punishment for a long list of charges relating to construction violations stacked against him. As a journalist and a critic of government policies, Nisanyan has been too loud and too bold [more...]

February 29, 2016 // 13 Comments

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Is the Path to Erdogan’s ‘Different Turkey’ Paved with Corpses?

“There will be a very different Turkey by 2023. … One nation, one flag, one homeland, and one state…” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke these words on Nov. 28—the day Tahir Elci, a prominent Kurdish rights advocate and head of Diyarbakir’s Bar Association, was gunned down in [more...]

November 30, 2015 // 15 Comments

'Every evening I wait in fear for my husband to come home from work and start a fight.'

60 Pairs of Shoes, 60 Victims of Domestic Violence

Special for the Armenian Weekly  A pair of modest, worn-out pumps accompanied 31-year-old Inesa’s words: “My husband always says that I’m an absurd and useless woman.” Five years after 20-year-old Zaruhi Petrosyan was beaten to death by her husband, the Coalition to Stop Violence Against [more...]

October 8, 2015 // 12 Comments


A New Awakening: An Interview with Nor Zartonk’s Sayat Tekir

An Armenian Struggle Against Rights Abuses in Turkey ISTANBUL, Turkey (A.W.)—In late June, as the live-in demonstration to save Camp Armen, the former Armenian summer camp located in the Tuzla district of Istanbul, entered its 53rd day, Sayat Tekir, an Istanbul-based activist and member of the [more...]

August 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

Garo Paylan (Photo: Nanore Barsoumian)

The Road Ahead: An Interview with Garo Paylan

ISTANBUL, Turkey (A.W.)—Three weeks after his election into Turkey’s Parliament on the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) list, Garo Paylan spoke to the Armenian Weekly about his path to parliament, and the challenges of being an Armenian in Turkey’s political scene. During the interview [more...]

July 1, 2015 // 9 Comments

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