Homosexuality and Armenian Genocide Advocacy

  Special for the Armenian Weekly A gay man became the world’s most prominent advocate for Armenian Genocide recognition. On Feb.  26, Elton John and his AIDS foundation hosted their annual Oscar Viewing Party with a screening of the highly anticipated period drama, The Promise, set during [more...]

March 22, 2017 // 10 Comments

Pressure and Pride: Opening for Tigran Hamasyan

Special for the Armenian Weekly I learned about the genius of Tigran Hamasyan halfway through my time at Berklee College of Music. I knew of him before, of course. As Armenians, we know when fellow compatriots are doing great things. I knew there was an Armenian pianist, who much like my father [more...]

March 21, 2017 // 0 Comments

Turkey vs. Europe: Any Lessons?

Special for the Armenian Weekly Last week, for the first time in the history of the Turkish Republic, one of its ministers was declared persona non grata—an undesirable alien—and was deported from Netherlands, a state which is a NATO ally of Turkey. Again for the first time, the Turkish [more...]

March 16, 2017 // 9 Comments

A Diasporan Minister of Diaspora: A Proposal

Special for the Armenian Weekly When the Government of Armenia decided to establish the Ministry of Diaspora in 2008, the objective was to form a partnership between the Armenian state and Armenians in Diaspora and to help strengthen the ties between Armenia and Armenians abroad, by preserving the [more...]

March 8, 2017 // 17 Comments

Turcotte Responds to Azerbaijani Consul General in The Hill

  Armenian-American writer, lecturer, activist, politician, and Armenian Weekly contributor Anna Astvatsaturian Turcotte recently penned an op-ed in the Washington D.C.-based political newspaper The Hill, in response to an article entitled “Time for Peace in the Caucasus,” written by [more...]

February 28, 2017 // 2 Comments

Why Vote for the ARF?

  By Vatche Proodian Why Vote for the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF)? Because the ARF is consistent with its views and keeps its promises. ‘Why vote for the ARF? Because the ARF is consistent with their views and keeps their promises.’ Armenia is currently preparing for [more...]

February 16, 2017 // 1 Comment

‘Tzur Nstink, Shitak Khosink’: Talking Straight About Artsakh

    Special for the Armenian Weekly It has been more than two decades since the ceasefire created the de facto state of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh Republic). During this same time-frame we have been forced to depend upon Russia as our principal proponent and supplier of military [more...]

February 16, 2017 // 16 Comments

Op-Ed: Free Speech Held Hostage in Baku

By Aris Govjian Within a single month, the government of Azerbaijan has managed to quote Nazi propaganda in its campaign against minorities, arrest a Jewish journalist for speaking the truth, and bomb regions where they were scheduled to meet for peace talks. Lapshin being detained in Baku (Photo: [more...]

February 13, 2017 // 1 Comment

Op-Ed: Let Us Be That Generation

Special for the Armenian Weekly 2016 ended with a historic United States election. The Republican Party had the carpet pulled out from under them by an outspoken billionaire who outlined a country under threat by religious extremists on one hand and industrialized states who sucked the humble [more...]

February 9, 2017 // 2 Comments

Paylan: Let’s Correct This Historic Mistake Before It’s Too Late

Armenian Member of Turkish Parliament Garo Paylan of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) recently wrote the following op-ed for Istanbul-based biweekly Agos newspaper. Below is the English translation. MP Garo Paylan at the HDP Parliamentary office in Ankara (Photo: Rupen Janbazian) *** Last [more...]

February 6, 2017 // 14 Comments

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