Articles by Nanore Barsoumian

About Nanore Barsoumian (188 Articles)
Nanore Barsoumian is the editor of the Armenian Weekly. Her writings focus on human rights, politics, poverty, 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). Email Nanore Barsoumian at, or follow her on Twitter (@NanoreB).
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The story of the 3,000 fighters defending Kobani will be retold for generations to come.

The World Never Really Faced Kobani

Special for the Armenian Weekly Some stories are here to stay, and I suspect the story of the 3,000 fighters defending Kobani will be retold for generations to come. Shamefully, the world’s indifference will also be remembered, as will Turkey’s complicity. Three-thousand Kurdish men and [more...]

October 8, 2014 // 53 Comments

Galya (Photo by Nanore Barsoumian)

Baydzar and Galya: Legacies of Defiance from Diyarbakir to Stepanakert

Special for the Armenian Weekly Baydzar (Photo by Nanore Barsoumian) Two remarkable women passed away in June—one in Diyarbakir, the other in Karabagh. One symbolized resilience in the face of continued anti-Armenian policies of Ankara, the other defiance against the policies of Baku. Baydzar [more...]

July 23, 2014 // 5 Comments

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands will be released on July 8, 2014.

Emily in a Nuclear World: The Story of a Girl’s Search for Home

  “It was as if a chirping brook Upon a toilsome way, Set bleeding feet to minuets Without the knowing why” —Emily Dickinson   Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands By Chris Bohjalian Doubleday (July 8, 2014) 288 pages, $25.95 Colossal disasters like tsunamis and earthquakes destroy in an instant [more...]

July 3, 2014 // 2 Comments

Razmik Panossian

A Bold New Plan: Interview with Razmik Panossian

Razmik Panossian As Diasporan Armenian organizations struggle to shift their focus to better accommodate the needs facing Armenians worldwide—both in the independent republics, as well as in communities faced with renewed challenges—the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation recently drafted a bold [more...]

June 13, 2014 // 5 Comments

Ara Papian at the Armenian Weekly offices in Watertown (Photo by Nanore Barsoumian)

Past the Tipping Point: An Interview with Ara Papian

WATERTOWN, Mass. (A.W.)—In April, I conducted an interview with Ara Papian, former Ambassador of Armenia to Canada (2000-06) and president of the Modus Vivendi Center, at the Armenian Weekly offices in Watertown. A former diplomat, Papian’s perspective is that of a strategist with a long-term [more...]

May 18, 2014 // 20 Comments

Cover of the Armenian Weekly March 2014 magazine on Armenia's foreign policy

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

The Armenian Weekly March 2014 Magazine: Armenia’s Foreign Policy in Focus Some circumstances never change. Wedged between two empires for much of its long history, Armenia continues to navigate through the waves created by two gargantuan vessels—this time, Russia and the West. Cover of the [more...]

April 8, 2014 // 5 Comments

(L-R) Councilors Duff, Devaney, and Iannella (Photo by Nanore Barsoumian)

Governor’s Council Rejects Berman Nomination, Cites ADL Fiasco

BOSTON, Mass. (A.W.)—The Governor’s Council rejected Gov. Deval Patrick’s nomination of attorney Joseph S. Berman to a Superior Court seat on March 5. Opposition to Berman stemmed from his leadership role in the Anti-Defamation League (ADL)—an organization that claims to fight [more...]

March 10, 2014 // 6 Comments

Barsoumian delivering her speech (Photo by Aaron Spagnolo)

On the Legacy of Dink, a Dove, an Enemy of the State

On Jan. 19, Armenian Weekly Assistant Editor Nanore Barsoumian delivered the following speech during a memorial event hosted by the Friends of Hrant Dink at St. James Armenian Apostolic Church in Watertown, Mass. Three gun shots brought him down. His lifeless body sprawled on the pavement—a scene [more...]

January 21, 2014 // 8 Comments

Clutching a pillow in one hand, and two duffle bags in the other, he walked in to prison on Jan. 2.

How to Silence an Armenian Maverick in Turkey

They finally locked him up. It was only a matter of time, really. And frankly, I’m surprised it took them this long. The Turkish-Armenian journalist and entrepreneur Sevan Nisanyan could not accept his place in Turkish society.  And a “good” Armenian ought to know better than that. Somehow, [more...]

January 3, 2014 // 42 Comments

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