Articles by Nanore Barsoumian

About Nanore Barsoumian (194 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 Punchline: Keskin Heads to Prison?

About a week before the Perincek versus Switzerland retrial was scheduled to begin at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Jan. 28, a Turkish court handed down a 10-month prison sentence to long-time human rights activist and lawyer Eren Keskin. A Turkish court handed down a ten-month [more...]

January 26, 2015 // 2 Comments

Terrorists reportedly bombed the Armenian Catholic Cathedral Our Lady of Pity on Feb. 9.

Armenian Catholic Cathedral in Aleppo Bombed Hours Before Mass

Bishop Mouradian Provides Details in Weekly Interview ALEPPO, Syria (A.W.)—Terrorists on Jan. 9 reportedly bombed the Armenian Catholic Cathedral Our Lady of Pity (also known as St. Rita), located next to the Armenian Catholic Archeparchy of Aleppo, leaving the church partly destroyed. No [more...]

January 10, 2015 // 10 Comments

Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) leader Vahan Hovannesian

Remembering Vahan Hovannesian

The passing of Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) Bureau member Unger Vahan Hovannesian has reverberated through the veins of the party—from the Bureau to the Gomidehs. There was Hovannesian the man, with his stories and humor. There was Hovannesian the politician, “seasoned” and [more...]

January 5, 2015 // 3 Comments

Nancy Kricorian (R) at the Eric Garner 'I Can't Breath' protest at Foley Square 
on Dec. 4

Armenian-American Activists Speak Out on Ferguson

‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.’ –Martin Luther King, Jr., in Letter from a Birmingham Jail, April 1963   “When [more...]

December 11, 2014 // 86 Comments

Artsakh President Bako Sahakyan greets Armenia's President Serge Sarkisian at Stepanakert's airport on Nov. 13. (Photo courtesy of

Artsakh, Armenia React to Downed Helicopter

Minsk Group, State Department Comments Fall Short of Assigning Blame to Azerbaijan Special for the Armenian Weekly STEPANAKERT (A.W.)—A day after Azerbaijan downed an Artsakh Mi-24 helicopter near the line of contact and declared Artsakh’s airspace a no-fly zone, Armenia’s President Serge [more...]

November 14, 2014 // 36 Comments

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

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