The Blackberries of Kharpert (Photo by Eric Nazarian)

Nazarian: The Blackberries of Kharpert

Special for the Armenian Weekly It’s been an unspeakably bloody summer in the Middle and Near East. The awful war in Gaza, the beheading of James Foley, the sniper shootings on border villagers in Tavush, the endless mayhem and quagmire of Syria, the micro-war between Armenia and Azerbaijan [more...]

September 4, 2014 // 12 Comments

Sheldon Schwartz

Congressional Candidate Sheldon Schwartz on Armenian Issues

By Jacob Palalay How would American Jews react if the federal government questioned the existence of the Holocaust? Sheldon Schwartz This is often asked by Lexington native Sheldon Schwartz, Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress, 5th District. As a Jew growing up in post-World War II America, Dr. [more...]

September 4, 2014 // 4 Comments


Letter: Let’s Stand Up Against Injustice

Dear Editor: 2014 vs. 1915… Too similar, too familiar. The Germans would never plot another Holocaust with the hopes of getting away with it, because they didn’t the first time! When Adolf Hitler was giving a speech in the midst of plotting the genocide of the Jews, he said, “Who, [more...]

September 4, 2014 // 0 Comments


My Grandfather the Gulag Escapee: A Life Reconstructed

I remember being six years old, visiting my grandparents in Glendale, Calif., for the first and final time in my memory. I’ve held onto the memory of that trip for the longest time. I remember my grandmother telling me in her Austrian accent, “Go play chess vith your papik.” She and my father [more...]

September 1, 2014 // 7 Comments

Aliyev’s policy of securing short-term populist support, however, is clearly poised–if not somewhat intended–to exacerbate the already heavily tense relations with Yerevan.

Artsakh and President Aliyev’s Dilemma Revisited

Azeri incursions along the Line of Contact (LoC) during the past several weeks have escalated significantly in frequency and intensity. As would be expected, the Artsakh defenders have been more than able to protect their homeland against these blatant violations of the ceasefire agreement. The [more...]

August 30, 2014 // 16 Comments

Ulash and Khatchig Mouradian collecting garbage in the Monastery (Photo by Eric Nazarian)

Bohjalian: A Little Hope amidst the Monastery Debris

The other day I watched an eight-year-old boy named Ulash (pronounced Oo-lush) spontaneously take a white plastic grocery bag and fill it with potato chip wrappers, cigarette butts, and crushed plastic water bottles. Ulash (Photo by Victoria Blewer) This was newsworthy not simply because small boys [more...]

August 29, 2014 // 8 Comments

The participants in the trip visit Garni.

What’s Next for the ‘Hidden Armenians’ of Diyarbakir/Dikranagerd?

The historic first trip to Armenia of Diyarbakir’s “hidden Armenians” is coming to an end and it is time for us to assess its impact, consequences, and next steps. At the end of the first week, we organized a “Dikranagerd Night” at a beautiful location called the HyeLandz Eco Village in [more...]

August 28, 2014 // 12 Comments

Margadeh, Syria in 2005 (Photo by Alexandra Avakian)

Confronting the Yazidi Genocide

Special for the Armenian Weekly Thousands of people leaving their ancestral homeland. Women and children being kidnapped, raped, and sold as slaves. Men slaughtered by the dozens. While this sounds like something from the Armenian Genocide, it is going on in the world as I write. In Northern Iraq, [more...]

August 27, 2014 // 1 Comment

The Presidents of Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan finalizing the details for the Eurasian Economic Union

Armenia and the EEU: A Social and Economic Assessment

Earlier this year, on May 29, a who’s who of dictators met up in the Kazakh capital of Astana to finalize the details of an agreement that is supposed to be of “epoch-making significance.” The treaty signed was to create the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), an amalgamation of the Russian [more...]

August 21, 2014 // 11 Comments

Cover of Australia’s Treasurer Joe Hockey’s authorized biography

The Hidden Truth in Hockey’s Book

Australia’s Treasurer Joe Hockey’s authorized biography has attracted much interest, including a peak into Cabinet relationships, the budget, and future leadership contenders. Yet there is one issue that has snuck firmly under the radar, and goes to Australia’s moral fabric: the denial of the [more...]

August 19, 2014 // 1 Comment

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