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Scenes from the pogrom

Turkey’s Kristallnacht

Special for the Armenian Weekly Sept. 6, 1955 started just like any other day for the Greeks, Armenians, and Jews of ‎Istanbul—or Constantinople. ‎ ‎”I resided in Cengelkoy with my wife and two children back then,” wrote Apostolos Nikolaidis ‎in the book I Nihta ton [more...]

September 30, 2014 // 12 Comments

A rumble as thousands of pounds of horses come racing down the field at 35 mph; yelling; a ball goes whizzing by spectators as mounted warriors' sticks clash.

Polo Then and Now

Special for the Armenian Weekly A rumble as thousands of pounds of horses come racing down the field at 35 mph; yelling; a ball goes whizzing by spectators as mounted warriors’ sticks clash. This could be a scene from 1,000 years ago on an Anatolian plateau, or it could be the scene found in [more...]

September 23, 2014 // 6 Comments

Johannes Lepsius

1914-2014: 100 Years of the German-Armenian Society

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Johannes Lepsius is known for his work as a pastor and humanitarian who intervened on behalf of the Ottoman Armenians in the late 19th century. Johannes Lepsius When the genocide began, he returned to Constantinople from Berlin and tried in vain to dissuade the Young Turk [more...]

July 17, 2014 // 5 Comments

Photo by Natasha Wright

Fallen but Never Forgotten: Armenian Victims of the Pacific War

Special for the Armenian Weekly Knowledge of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 is etched into the American psyche. Less known are the simultaneous attacks on the Philippines, Hong Kong, the Straits Settlements, the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia), and within a week, Burma (Myanmar). [more...]

July 9, 2014 // 8 Comments

Armenian mass grave site in Margadeh, Syria. Buses of Armenians arrive to pray and dig for bones on April 24, 2005. (Photo by Alexandra Avakian)

Armenian Mass Graves Revisited: A Photo-Essay

Special for the Armenian Weekly April 2014 magazine It began in Yerevan, while I was photographing the National Geographic story on Armenia that was published in 2005. “Sandra, there are a lotta bones still out there in the desert in Syria. You have to see it, jan!” When Hirair Hovnanian told [more...]

July 1, 2014 // 6 Comments

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Ferllini and Croft: The Case of an Armenian Mass Grave

By Roxana Ferllini and Alexandra M. Croft The Armenian Weekly April 2014 magazine The following article is aimed at both the Armenian community and the general reader, with the intention of highlighting work conducted whilst exhuming a mass grave at Tell Fakhariyah, Ras al-Ain, in Syria during the [more...]

June 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

Baydzar and Sarkis (photo by Nanore Barsoumian)

A Photographic Tribute to Baydzar, One of Diyarbakir’s Last Armenians

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (A.W.)—One of Diyarbakir’s last Armenians, 87-year-old Baydzar Eken, passed away at a local hospital on June 23. A month earlier, on May 23, the Armenian Weekly editors, joined by a small group of Armenian writers, filmmakers, and authors from across the U.S., visited with [more...]

June 24, 2014 // 6 Comments

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Public Spending on Health, Education, and Infrastructure in Armenia

Special for the Armenian Weekly Public spending programs have the potential to level the playing field by broadening access to basic services for disadvantaged groups. The extent to which these programs succeed depends on the distribution of benefits across income groups. A fiscal program can be [more...]

June 19, 2014 // 1 Comment

A snapshot of the ‘Balanko.’ © 2014 SYRIANTUBE.NET

45 Days in Hell: Syrian Armenians Kidnapped and Tortured by FSA

We were held captive for 45 days. You cannot even begin to imagine the terror we endured during those hellish days.’ –Carlo Hatsarkorzian   Special for the Armenian Weekly In October 2013, Human Rights Watch (HRW) published a report titled “You Can Still See Their Blood” that [more...]

June 17, 2014 // 10 Comments

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