No Friends but the Mountains: ISIS and the Kurdish Struggle

Special for the Armenian Weekly On June 6, ISIS forces captured the Iraqi city of Mosul. The Islamist forces, outnumbered 15 to 1, overran the city, forcing Iraqi national army soldiers to abandon their weapons and flee. The militants killed soldiers and civilians, raided banks, and released fellow [more...]

October 22, 2014 // 12 Comments

An image of the Armenian Orphan Rug, 11'7" x 18'5", and comprised of 4,404,206 individual knots. It took the Armenian girls in the Ghazir Orphanage of the Near East Relief Society 10 months to weave.

Khachatourian: Orphan Rug Display and Genocide Recognition by White House

White House tells Asbarez Turkey should acknowledge its past After Rep. Adam Schiff reported Wednesday that the White House will be exhibiting the Armenian Orphan Rug in November, a senior Obama Administration official told Asbarez in an email that the “President and other senior Administration [more...]

October 16, 2014 // 0 Comments


Kurt: Bardakçı’s Chest as a Cognovit

Special for the Armenian Weekly In Kanunların Ruhu: Emval-i Metruke Kanunlarında Soykırımın İzini Sürmek (The Spirit of the Laws: Pursuing the Trace of Genocide on the Abandoned Property Laws), Taner Akçam and I exposed the ways in which the moveable and unmovable properties of the [more...]

October 15, 2014 // 2 Comments

Save the ‘Tamada’!

Sahagian: Save the ‘Tamada’!

We in the diaspora are losing one of the most pleasurable elements of our culture: toast-mastering, or tamadayutyun in Armenian. This is ever more apparent when we gather for feasts and our glasses cling together for a mere “Genats.” We have lost the words that define Armenian gatherings, and [more...]

October 10, 2014 // 1 Comment

Turcotte and her father, artist Norik Astvatsaturov, finally home

Baku to Yerevan: My Voyage Home, Despite the Pain

Special for the Armenian Weekly When my son was born in 2007, I named him Armen simply because I could. When I was born in 1978, as Armenians in Baku, Azerbaijan, my parents were too scared to name me Anoush. That was the name they really wanted for me, the name of both my paternal [more...]

October 9, 2014 // 32 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

UEFA president Michel Platini (Photo courtesy of

An Open Letter to UEFA President Michel Platini

Special for the Armenian Weekly Dear Mr. Michel Platini, president of the Union of European Football Associations, It is with great surprise and disappointment that on Sept. 19, 2014, I heard the news that the UEFA Executive Committee appointed Baku, Azerbaijan, as one of 13 cities hosting matches [more...]

October 7, 2014 // 2 Comments

The first photos of Armenian Genocide Memorial Church in Der Zor blown up by ISIS emerged on Sept. 24.

The Writing on our Foreheads

The destruction of the Armenian Genocide Memorial Church in Der Zor Special for the Armenian Weekly By Rupen Janbazian “If the road to Auschwitz was a ‘twisted path’, the path to Der Zor was positively torturous.” In his book The Dark Side of Democracy: Explaining Ethnic Cleansing, this is [more...]

September 29, 2014 // 1 Comment


Sahagian: Of Departure and Endurance in Armenia

Special for the Armenian Weekly YEREVAN, Armenia—The nightly breeze in Yerevan hits me, blowing my long hair in different directions. My bald friend is indifferent, and begins to explain his frustrations with some of the ideals we’re raised with in the diaspora. “Our parents raised us to love [more...]

September 5, 2014 // 8 Comments

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