Bedrosyan: What’s Next for Turkey?

The April 16 referendum in Turkey—to revise the constitution and grant expanded powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan—passed by a slim margin, as 51.3 percent of voters said “Yes” amid claims of significant illegal voting procedures. A 2007 anti-government rally in Istanbul (Photo: [more...]

April 17, 2017 // 3 Comments

2017 Armenian Parliamentary Elections: Observations on Observations

Special for the Armenian Weekly I had the honor and pleasure of serving as an interpreter for visiting European observers during the 2017 Parliamentary Elections held in Armenia on April 2. It was a long, exhausting day. But I shouldn’t complain, because those election monitors who stayed for the [more...]

April 4, 2017 // 2 Comments

Landmines: The Ghost Bombs that Haunt from Syria to Artsakh

Special for the Armenian Weekly When I came across the joint crowdfunding campaign by The HALO Trust and ONEArmenia (1A) to remove landmines from 31,839 square meters (approx. 342,712 square feet) of land in the Lachin corridor, the first image that crossed my mind was not Princess Diana’s 1997 [more...]

April 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

A History of the Armenian Constitution

Walking around in Armenia and engaging in political conversation with any person of any class, gender, age, and background, one gets the sense that trust in the government is at an ultimate low today. Continuing the conversation and trying to get to the root of the problem, one then comes across [more...]

April 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

Artsakh: One Year After the April War

  Special for the Armenian Weekly One year ago, Azerbaijan launched a full-scale military offensive against the Artsakh Republic along the Line of Contact (LoC). Failure by the command structure to heed the available intelligence credits the Azerbaijani forces with a surprise attack that not [more...]

March 31, 2017 // 9 Comments

From Eliza to Zehra: A ‘Hidden Armenian’ Superstar in Turkey

Special for the Armenian Weekly On March 26, 1913, an Armenian girl named Eliza was born in Arapgir, a town in Elazig (Kharpert), which is now part of Malatya province in eastern Turkey. Eliza was incredibly talented. She sang Turkish folk songs of all regions of Anatolia and became the first [more...]

March 30, 2017 // 6 Comments

Elections in Armenia: 8 Reasons to Vote for the ARF on April 2

  Special for the Armenian Weekly In this “BuzzFeed-age” we are all living in, perhaps a list-form article may be an appropriate change in pace from my previous, more exhaustive pieces covering the upcoming Parliamentary Elections in Armenia. In my latest article on the missing ideological [more...]

March 29, 2017 // 3 Comments

Tchilingirian: Patriarchal Election Déjà Vu in Turkey

  Government Meddling in the Election is Inevitable, but not Decisive By Dr. Hratch Tchilingirian The election process of a new Armenian Patriarch in Turkey faces the customary state-imposed restrictions, administrative hurdles and arbitrary treatment of the Armenian community. In recent [more...]

March 28, 2017 // 2 Comments

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