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Children walk in the churchyard of Soorp Echmiadzin, a sixth century church in the region of Van in historic Western Armenia. Photo © 2014 Matthew Karanian, Reprinted with Permission.

Searching for Historic Armenia after 100 Years

…And Finding that There’s Enough to Fill a Book Special for the Armenian Weekly The last boat had just departed Aghtamar Island and I was on board, heading back to the mainland near Van, when a young Kurdish man sat next to me. He was wearing a sweatshirt from an American college and after [more...]

January 13, 2015 // 15 Comments

Aram Hamparian

Hamparian: Particularly Vicious

As we pivot toward reparations and make progress within Turkey itself, we will—as Armenians—be lectured without end about our responsibility to meet Turkey half-way on the Armenian Genocide, to accept the patently false and immoral premise that the truth lies somewhere between two [more...]

January 12, 2015 // 8 Comments

There was and there was not

Letter: Conformists or Individuals?

Dear Editor, I just finished reading Meline Toumani’s book entitled, There Was and There Was Not: A Journey Through Hate and Possibility In Turkey, Armenia and Beyond. I feel obligated and qualified to express my views on the content of this controversial book because I am an American of Armenian [more...]

January 7, 2015 // 34 Comments

The Armenian Youth Center of Akhalkalak

Javakhk Armenians Eagerly Await Their Piece of the Georgian Dream

The Georgian Dream Party (GDP) dramatically came to power in 2012 on the back of a popular message. The GDP claimed that Mikhail Saakashvili’s United National Movement (UNM) had become authoritarian and lost touch with the people. The message was strong: The government will deliver for the people [more...]

January 7, 2015 // 1 Comment

Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) leader Vahan Hovannesian

Remembering Vahan Hovannesian

The passing of Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) Bureau member Unger Vahan Hovannesian has reverberated through the veins of the party—from the Bureau to the Gomidehs. There was Hovannesian the man, with his stories and humor. There was Hovannesian the politician, “seasoned” and [more...]

January 5, 2015 // 3 Comments

The Genocide Centennial Commemoration meeting was held in Yerevan on May 27, with the participation of President Serge Sarkissian, Artsakh President Bako Sahakyan, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, as well as leading experts from around the world.

Ekmanian: Armenia’s Uncommon Sense

Special for the Armenian Weekly After the stillborn Turkish-Armenian protocols in 2009, the (non)relations between both countries hit rock bottom in an unprecedented way, creating an atmosphere of deep mistrust, especially among official circles in Armenia. The latest manifestation of this was [more...]

January 2, 2015 // 46 Comments

A newspaper headline announcing, 'The Tax Period Has Ended'

‘I’ll squeeze those Armenians like lemons’

Special for the Armenian Weekly It was one of those receptions that had taken months to organize. The tables were fitted with fancy decor topped with bouquets of tulips picked from all parts of the country. The hall was unlike most other halls in the city; elaborately embellished with handmade [more...]

December 31, 2014 // 33 Comments

The Armenian National Team (Photo courtesy of www.ffa.am)

Soccer: A Year to Forget for the Armenian National Team

Special for the Armenian Weekly In business, it is customary and good practice to complete a comprehensive year-end assessment of team performance. This usually includes providing high-quality, candid performance and development feedback and working to set “S.M.A.R.T.” goals for the upcoming [more...]

December 29, 2014 // 3 Comments

Photo by Anush Khachatryan

Civil Society in Armenia: Challenges and Opportunities

Special for the Armenian Weekly Civil society is a system of public mechanisms and relations that is self-contained and independent from the state. It provides conditions for the satisfaction of the private interests and needs of groups and individuals. In the Western political understanding, a [more...]

December 24, 2014 // 25 Comments

Unrecorded Meteorite Crater Found on Mount Ararat?

Land-Locked: The Necessity of Open Borders in Armenia

Special for the Armenian Weekly The historically positive relationship between Israel and the Republic of Turkey has been strained since the 2008-09 Gaza War and the 2010 Gaza flotilla raid. More recently, following U.S. pressure on both sides, a failed attempt of reconciliation between the two [more...]

December 23, 2014 // 5 Comments

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