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I Am Haroutiun: A Story of Survival

Special for the Armenian Weekly My grandfather Haroutiun Arabian was not destined to be one of the 1.5 million. Like many Armenians, he was born in an Armenian village in present-day Turkey. As best as he knew, he was born in the summer of 1907 in Muratça—one of 13 small Armenian-speaking [more...]

April 24, 2017 // 5 Comments

April 24: D.C. Scene-Setter

  Approaching April 24, there are a number of old and also a few new factors likely to influence how the White House will address the Armenian Genocide in the annual statement that we anticipate President Trump will release this coming Monday. A scene from a 2014 Armenian Genocide protest in [more...]

April 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

U.S. Immigration Policies and the Armenian Community

  Special for the Armenian Weekly Can the Executive Order that bans travelers from certain Muslim countries to enter U.S. affect the Armenian community?  Many Armenians come from Middle Eastern countries and we can already see the influence of the U.S. immigration policies on their lives. [more...]

April 21, 2017 // 0 Comments

What are we Promising?

  Special for the Armenian Weekly My daughters are downstairs, discussing the different ways to say “promise” in Armenian—one is saying “khostoom” while the other says “ookht” and what ensues is the sweetest argument in perfect Western Armenian.  I wish I could take credit for [more...]

April 21, 2017 // 3 Comments

2017, Social Media, and ‘The Promise’

Special for the Armenian Weekly   There is nothing particularly brave about a social media post. ‘Watch the film, talk about it, share the trailers, and bring awareness to your newsfeeds.’ Sometimes you come across opinions, sometimes you share something you like, but most times, [more...]

April 20, 2017 // 2 Comments

Some People Hear Thunder: A Musical of Coincidence or Fate

By Gerson H. Smoger Special for the Armenian Weekly A musical taking place during the Armenian Genocide?  Who would write that?  Can it possibly be entertaining enough that non-Armenian audiences would want to see it?  Impossible. And why would two people, neither of whom are Armenian, devote [more...]

April 20, 2017 // 5 Comments

Murad’s Story

“When you suddenly grow sad, Think of the songs and the people you love; Think of pleasantries, joyous events, And think of the friends you love. Remember that the good have always been numerous, And life has been protected through them… When you suddenly grow sad…But why should you, When [more...]

April 19, 2017 // 4 Comments

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

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