A scene from the Armenian Genocide commemoration in Times Square (photo: Tom Vartabedian)

Mensoian: Looking Beyond 2015 (Part I)

Special for the Armenian Weekly Within a few months, the Centennial year observances will become part of history. These observances represented the devotion of a nation to memorialize the murder of some 1.5 million innocent men, women, and children during the Armenian Genocide by the [more...]

August 7, 2015 // 5 Comments

ANCA Leo Sarkisian 2015 interns visiting with Congresswoman Jackie Speier. (L-R) Dickran Khodanian, Denise Altounian, Erik Khzmalyan, Congresswoman Speier, Ripsime Biyazyan, Shaunt Tchakmak, Arevig Afarian, and Patrick Babajanian

A Woman’s Place Is in the House…

By Arevig Afarian “I want to become a pharmacist.” I kept repeating that sentence to my friends, family, and acquaintances, hoping that if I said it enough times, I would start believing it myself—that pharmacy was my life’s calling… Two years later, here I am in Washington, D.C., as [more...]

July 31, 2015 // 4 Comments

Makeshift barricades fill the streets as left-wing protesters light a fire trying to avoid tear gas used by police to disperse them during clashes between police and people protesting against Turkey's operation against Kurdish militants. (Photo: AP Photo - Cagdas Erdogan)

Turkey Attacks Kurds under Anti-ISIS Cover

Special for the Armenian Weekly  On Wed., July 22, U.S. President Barrack Obama and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan got on the phone and struck a deal to carry out airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Since then, the Western press has been full of adulation for Turkey, [more...]

July 30, 2015 // 7 Comments

A wounded man pauses following an explosion in Suruc in south-eastern Sanliurfa province, Turkey (Photo: Reuters)

Turkey: A Flip and a Flop with Benefits!

Dear Editor, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan could not pass up an opportunity to bomb the Kurds on his way to attack ISIS strongholds in Syria. The United States has been waiting for months for Turkey to allow the use of Incirlik Air Base so that it can carry out air strikes against ISIS. [more...]

July 29, 2015 // 1 Comment


Aghjayan: The Paradox of Dersim

Special for the Armenian Weekly Recently, I spent a week traveling throughout the region of Dersim, now the modern Turkish province of Tunceli. Rugged mountains in the north and more fertile valleys in the south mark the region. Its remoteness has been both blessing and curse. In the 16th century, [more...]

July 27, 2015 // 9 Comments

Here in Washington, every day together is cause for celebration. (L-R) Ripsime Biyazyan, Arevig Afarian, Denise Altounian, Dickran Khodanian, Patrick Babajanian, Erik Khzmalyan, and Shaunt Tchakmak.

The Quest for the Perfect Fourth

By Denise Altounian From the time I received the e-mail of my acceptance to the Leo Sarkisian Internship Program, I had one date circled in my calendar: July 4. As a lifelong resident of Southern California, the fourth of July usually means the same thing ever year, a family barbecue at the beach. [more...]

July 27, 2015 // 1 Comment

Unrecorded Meteorite Crater Found on Mount Ararat?

Anniversaries of Horror, Reality of Denial

Bosnia and Armenia are victims of genocide and of denial by the perpetrator regime—Serbia and Turkey, respectively. On July 11, the world commemorated the 20th anniversary of the atrocity in Srebrenica. Grigorian will be climbing Mount Ararat next month Just months before, the world commemorated [more...]

July 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan (L) and the US Co-Chairman of the OSCE Minsk Group James Warlick (R)

US OSCE Co-Chair Is Sounding More Like Aliyev

By Ara Khachatourian The following article by Asbarez English editor Ara Khachatourian appeared in Asbarez on July 15. James Warlick, the U.S. co-chairman of the OSCE Minsk Group charged with mediating a peaceful resolution to the Nagorno-Karabagh conflict, is sounding more like Azerbaijan’s [more...]

July 16, 2015 // 25 Comments

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