a 3rd grade class in the Armenian “Kalousdian” School in Cairo, Egypt, taken in 1953. (Vart Adjemian - second row, fourth from left)

Photograph from Egypt Precipitates Flood of Memories and Reflections

Special to the Armenian Weekly Recently while going through my files looking for a specific document, I came upon a picture that brought up memories and made me reflect on what my generation—now in our 70s, all born in Egypt in the 1940’s—went through in life, and what is next. A 3rd grade [more...]

June 30, 2015 // 13 Comments

Security forces backed up by a powerful water cannon used force to unblock Marshal Bagramian Avenue at the end of a nine-hour standoff on the morning of June 23 (Photo: Photolure)

ABA Condemns Police Response to ‘Electric Yerevan’ Protests

Calls for Diasporan, International Vigilance The Armenian Bar Association (ABA) issued the following statement condemning the use of force by Armenian authorities on June 23, when the Electric Yerevan protesters were met with water cannons and beatings and arrests at the hands of the police. It [more...]

June 29, 2015 // 2 Comments

(L-R) Terry O'Neill, president of NOW; Deon Haywood, executive director of ‘Women With A Vision,’ recipient of Mastrobuono Award; and attorney Kathleen Gasparian, founder of ‘PB&J Pro Bono and Juveniles,’ recipient of Olga Vives Award.

Kathleen Gasparian Fights for the Rights of Immigrant Kids

  Special for the Armenian Weekly This was my second time participating in the Annual Conference of the National Organization for Women. Once again, I was the only Armenian in the audience, but this time an Armenian attorney was the recipient of a humanitarian award. Kathleen Gasparian, an [more...]

June 26, 2015 // 2 Comments

Citizens voting in Ankara (Photo: Lefteris Pitarakis)

Reflections on Turkey’s Parliamentary Election

On June 7, Turkish citizens went to the polls to elect 550 members of the Turkish Parliament. What did the election mean for the Armenians of Turkey, of Armenia, and of the diaspora? First, a few facts and context for the reader: More than 85 percent of the eligible 55 million voters—some 45 [more...]

June 26, 2015 // 1 Comment


It’s ‘No to Plunder’, Not an Armenian ‘Maidan’

Special to the Armenian Weekly When I shared some of the early photos of the protests by the “No to Plunder” movement on Facebook, one of my friends contacted me to privately protest that I shouldn’t be supporting “chaos” and attempts to create a situation similar to the Ukranian [more...]

June 25, 2015 // 19 Comments

Thousands of citizens came out onto the streets of Yerevan Tuesday evening following a brutal police crackdown of protesters earlier that morning. (Photo: Serouj Aprahamian)

High Voltage: Yerevan Protest Ignites New Wave of Social Change

Special for the Armenian Weekly Residents living on Yerevan’s Baghramyan Avenue awoke to the sounds of water cannons and police wagons on Tuesday morning as police violently dispersed an overnight sit-in held by activists protesting a recent hike in electricity fares. Thousands of citizens came [more...]

June 24, 2015 // 23 Comments


Did We Dream a Bit too Much?

Special for the Armenian Weekly  Did we dream a bit too much, a bit too soon? After 25 years of not achieving this dream, do we go on romanticizing something that is still not—and may not ever—be? We dreamt of an independent homeland. A republic worthy of a people that hailed ideals, [more...]

June 23, 2015 // 11 Comments

ARFfeature (Photo:Photolure)

ARF Demands Release of Protesters

The Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) Press Office on June 23 issued the following statement regarding the recent assault on and arrest of protesters for demanding the reversal of the decision to increase electricity tariffs in Armenia. Over the past few days, representatives of Armenian [more...]

June 23, 2015 // 0 Comments


Resistance and Resilience

The Armenian Weekly Magazine April 2015: A Century of Resistance I am the product of two divergent familial coping strategies. My maternal grandmother’s family, the Der Melkonians, included resisters who defended themselves in the Adana Massacres of 1909. At the siege of Dörtyol, my grandmother, [more...]

June 22, 2015 // 5 Comments

Aida Zilelian

Writing ‘The Legacy of Lost Things’

Special for the Armenian Weekly It has been several months since the release of my debut novel, The Legacy of Lost Things. I wrote it during a time in my life when an avalanche of difficulties was slowly conspiring to gather all of its force and unleash itself weeks before my daughter was born: I [more...]

June 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

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