Save the ‘Tamada’!

Sahagian: Save the ‘Tamada’!

We in the diaspora are losing one of the most pleasurable elements of our culture: toast-mastering, or tamadayutyun in Armenian. This is ever more apparent when we gather for feasts and our glasses cling together for a mere “Genats.” We have lost the words that define Armenian gatherings, and [more...]

October 10, 2014 // 2 Comments

Turcotte and her father, artist Norik Astvatsaturov, finally home

Baku to Yerevan: My Voyage Home, Despite the Pain

Special for the Armenian Weekly When my son was born in 2007, I named him Armen simply because I could. When I was born in 1978, as Armenians in Baku, Azerbaijan, my parents were too scared to name me Anoush. That was the name they really wanted for me, the name of both my paternal [more...]

October 9, 2014 // 32 Comments

The story of the 3,000 fighters defending Kobani will be retold for generations to come.

The World Never Really Faced Kobani

Special for the Armenian Weekly Some stories are here to stay, and I suspect the story of the 3,000 fighters defending Kobani will be retold for generations to come. Shamefully, the world’s indifference will also be remembered, as will Turkey’s complicity. Three-thousand Kurdish men and [more...]

October 8, 2014 // 53 Comments

UEFA president Michel Platini (Photo courtesy of

An Open Letter to UEFA President Michel Platini

Special for the Armenian Weekly Dear Mr. Michel Platini, president of the Union of European Football Associations, It is with great surprise and disappointment that on Sept. 19, 2014, I heard the news that the UEFA Executive Committee appointed Baku, Azerbaijan, as one of 13 cities hosting matches [more...]

October 7, 2014 // 2 Comments

The first photos of Armenian Genocide Memorial Church in Der Zor blown up by ISIS emerged on Sept. 24.

The Writing on our Foreheads

The destruction of the Armenian Genocide Memorial Church in Der Zor Special for the Armenian Weekly By Rupen Janbazian “If the road to Auschwitz was a ‘twisted path’, the path to Der Zor was positively torturous.” In his book The Dark Side of Democracy: Explaining Ethnic Cleansing, this is [more...]

September 29, 2014 // 1 Comment


Sahagian: Of Departure and Endurance in Armenia

Special for the Armenian Weekly YEREVAN, Armenia—The nightly breeze in Yerevan hits me, blowing my long hair in different directions. My bald friend is indifferent, and begins to explain his frustrations with some of the ideals we’re raised with in the diaspora. “Our parents raised us to love [more...]

September 5, 2014 // 8 Comments

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

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