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Unseen Armenia: Explorations Around Sisian

A friend and I returned to Yerevan after three days of exploring selected sites around Sisian in the Syunik province. We stayed at the Basen hotel where Hasmik, the manager, was extremely helpful. One of our objectives was to visit some of the villages in the vicinity of the Tatev Monastery. [more...]

June 23, 2017 // 2 Comments

Unseen Armenia: Janfida

Janfida is a village on Armavir province’s south central border with Turkey. From the village, Mount Ararat is clearly visible through the summer haze.  Nearby, atop a hill, are the ruins of Urartu’s ancient Argishtikhinilli fortress (776 B.C.). Immediately south of the village is the security [more...]

June 7, 2017 // 1 Comment

Karanian: Building Bridges in Western Armenia

  From the Armenian Weekly 2017 Magazine Dedicated to the 102nd Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide Thursday was a school day in Chunkush. The children who normally filled its streets with laughter were instead busy with their lessons. In the village center, a shopkeeper sold yarn to a [more...]

May 31, 2017 // 9 Comments

The Importance of Extracurricular Armenian Education Outside of Schools

Reassessing Strategic Priorities and Examining Homenetmen’s Role on the Brink of the Next Centenary Often times we talk about the fact that we need a more conscious society, one that better values the importance of pan-Armenian priorities. If we ask ourselves how can we strengthen as a nation [more...]

May 26, 2017 // 0 Comments

Honoring Balaban Hoja: A Hero for Armenian Orphans

From the Armenian Weekly 2017 Magazine Dedicated to the 102nd Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide   To his students in the Aintab orphanage, Sarkis Balabanian (Balaban Hoja) (1882-1963) was not simply a mathematics teacher, but a role model who risked his life to save them from Turkish attacks. [more...]

May 23, 2017 // 10 Comments

Diaspora Focus: Lebanon

From the Armenian Weekly 2017 Magazine Dedicated to the 102nd Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide My grandfather was born in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1924. I know very little about his parents, save that both were young refugees from Erzerum; his father, Der Yeghishe Doghramadjian, was a priest in the [more...]

May 19, 2017 // 4 Comments

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