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On Language: The Identity-Forming Element

Special for the Armenian Weekly  The colloquial language of my hometown, Gyumri, is a concoction of the dialects brought from historic Erzurum and Kars, mixed with the occasional Turkish of the borderland, and peppered with Russian influences stemming from a Russian military presence in the city [more...]

July 20, 2017 // 0 Comments

Lapshin Sentenced to Three Years in Prison by Azerbaijani Court

BAKU, Azerbaijan (A.W.)— On July 20, an Azerbaijani court sentenced Russian-Israeli blogger Alexander Lapshin, who was arrested last December, to three years in prison on a charge related to his 2011 and 2012 visits to Artsakh. Lapshin behind bars (Photo: Interfax) The court ruled that Lapshin [more...]

July 20, 2017 // 0 Comments

Turkey Says Activists, Amnesty International Director Must Remain in Jail

Amnesty Secretary General: ‘Today We Have Learned That Standing up for Human Rights has Become a Crime in Turkey’ ISTANBUL, Turkey—An Istanbul court ordered that six human rights activists detained on July 5—including the director of Turkey’s Amnesty International office—must remain in [more...]

July 18, 2017 // 0 Comments

French-Armenian Georges Képénékian Elected Mayor of Lyon

LYON, France (A.W.)—According to preliminary reports, Georges Képénékian was elected Mayor of Lyon—France’s second-largest city—on July 17. Georges Képénékia Képénékian’s candidacy was proposed by former mayor Gerard Collomb, who was appointed as the country’s Interior M [more...]

July 17, 2017 // 1 Comment

Hamazkayin Artlinks 2017: Exploring Armenian Identity through Culture

Special for the Armenian Weekly  WRIGHTWOOD, Calif. (A.W.)—Students and young professionals, 26 in all, gathered at AYF Camp in Wrightwood, Calif., on June 29 for the third annual Hamazkayin ArtLinks, a four-day arts retreat organized by the Hamazkayin Western Region, Eastern Region, and Canada [more...]

July 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

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