Blessing of ‘Holy Muron’ Held at Genocide Memorial in Bikfaya

Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia His Holiness Aram I blessed the Holy Muron in a ceremony held at the Armenian Genocide Memorial at the St. Mary’s Monastery in Bikfaya, Lebanon, and attended by clergymen, ecumenical guests, diplomats, official representatives, and pilgrims from different [more...]

July 20, 2015 // 1 Comment

Karine Shnorhokian and Sandra Vartanian with SIW President Ouafa Hajj (center)

ARF Shows Solidarity at Socialist International Women’s Council at UN

NEW YORK—On July 8 and 9, the Socialist International Women’s (SIW) Council met at the United Nations headquarters in New York to discuss pressing issues facing women globally. “Equality is not an issue for women, it is an issue for humanity as a whole,” said SIW Vice-President Diva [more...]

July 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

Hayko Bagdat (Photo:

Turkish-Armenian Journalist Countersues Ankara Mayor

ANKARA—Turkish-Armenian journalist Hayko Bagdat filed a criminal complaint and countersued Ankara Mayor Ibrahim Melih Gokcek on the grounds of hate speech against Armenians, reported Today’s Zaman. Bagdat filed the lawsuit based on remarks Gokcek made on social media that specifically [more...]

July 16, 2015 // 3 Comments

Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian

Armenia Welcomes Agreement over Iranian Nuclear Program

Armenian Foreign Affairs Minister Edward Nalbandianon July 14 welcomed the agreement reached over the Iranian nuclear program. In a short statement, Nalbandian said that the agreement would help enhance trade and economic cooperation between Armenia and Iran. Following 20 months of discussions, [more...]

July 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

Bird's Nest Cemetery (Photo: Vartan Avakian)

Catholicos Aram I Suspends Plans Regarding Bird’s Nest Cemetery

ANTELIAS, Lebanon—Seta Khedeshian, the chair of the Bird’s Nest Orphanage Board of Trustees, has said that His Holiness Catholicos Aram I of the Holy See of Cilicia has ordered the suspension of plans to move the graves of the orphans’ cemetery. According to Lebanon’s Aztag daily [more...]

July 15, 2015 // 2 Comments

Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.)

Senate Appropriators Reaffirm Support for Karabagh Aid Program

Express Concern about ‘Democracy, Human Rights, and Corruption in Azerbaijan’   WASHINGTON—The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, on July 9—following the lead of Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.)—voiced their continued support for direct U.S. aid to Nagorno-Karabagh (Artsakh), a program [more...]

July 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

Armenian American U.S. House Members Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and Jackie Speier (D-Calif.)

Eshoo, Speier Call for Vote on Genocide Truth and Justice Resolution

WASHINGTON—Congresswomen Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and Jackie Speier (D-Calif.)—the two U.S. Representatives of Armenian heritage—have called for a vote on the Armenian Genocide Truth and Justice Resolution, a bipartisan genocide-prevention measure that they describe as “a principled and [more...]

July 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

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