Welcome to Azerbaijan’s House of Cards

“Mehriban Aliyeva has been appointed First Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan by President Ilham Aliyev’s order.” No, you are not tuned into the Netflix original political drama House of Cards. This, unfortunately, is real life—straight from a statement released by the office of [more...]

February 21, 2017 // 3 Comments

A Decade Later, I Thank you, Hrant Dink

  I was a freshman in college when I got the news in class. “Hrant Dink was shot dead today,” the e-mail simply read, accompanied by a BBC News report link. We Remember Hrant Dink I remember leaving class early that day and heading down to my department’s student center, where the news [more...]

January 19, 2017 // 1 Comment

If Only This New Year: ‘Yernek Teh Ays Nor Tarin’ (Editorial)

‘If only this New Year, Armenia would be free…”(Photo: Araz B. Photography) New Year (Nor Tari) By: Raphael Patkanian If only this New Year Would bring an end to our sorrows, Evil would fade and good Would live in our hearts. If only this New Year Armenia would be free And fields [more...]

December 31, 2016 // 8 Comments

The OSCE’s False Parity: Far from ‘Excellent’

  In a recent exclusive interview with RFE/RL Armenian service’s Sargis Harutyunyan, Co-Chairman of Armenian Assembly of America Anthony Barsamian spoke about United States-Armenian relations under President-elect Trump’s administration. During the interview, Harutyunyan asks Barsamian if [more...]

December 14, 2016 // 3 Comments

Letter to My Unger Tom

My good unger Tom, I received the news on Sunday morning—a peculiarly sunny, warm mid-November morning I will not soon forget. It was clear where I had to be after getting the message about your untimely passing: the Armenian Weekly offices at the Hairenik building in Watertown, where we first [more...]

November 14, 2016 // 9 Comments

‘We Are Living in 1915—Today is April 24’

The drive between Toronto, Canada and Watertown, Mass. is a long one—especially long if you’re sharing the ride with your father, who you don’t get to see as often as you once did. The nearly 900 km (about 560 miles) of road gives plenty of time to catch up, so topics of conversation can vary [more...]

November 4, 2016 // 7 Comments

25 Years on: Reclaiming Our True Independence

Twenty-five years ago, Armenia declared itself independent from Soviet rule, with over 99 percent of eligible voters saying “yes” to statehood. After 70 long years, Armenia was once again a free and independent nation. ‘Because the fact remains that this is a two-way street; Armenia needs [more...]

September 21, 2016 // 7 Comments

Making Sense of Senselessness: The Lessons of Lisbon 33 Years Later

“We know what we are doing. We know also what we shall do in the future.” It is with these words that five young Armenian men, Sarkis, Setrak, Vatche, Ara, and Simon, stormed the Turkish Embassy in Portugal’s capital Lisbon, and effectively changed the course of the Armenian Cause forever. [more...]

July 27, 2016 // 9 Comments

We Are Consistent …

… in Our Struggle for the Present and Future Wellbeing of Our People During his address on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF), Bureau Chairman Hrant Markarian stressed: “Through our work, we have tried—in every way possible—to bring our [more...]

April 21, 2016 // 1 Comment

In Defense of Turkey’s Imprisoned Armenian Maverick

Armenian intellectual and entrepreneur Sevan Nisanyan, 60, could spend the next 25 years in a Turkish prison as punishment for a long list of charges relating to construction violations stacked against him. As a journalist and a critic of government policies, Nisanyan has been too loud and too bold [more...]

February 29, 2016 // 13 Comments

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