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Meneshian: Armenia Today

Text and Photos By Knarik O. Meneshian August 2016 After 13 years, my husband and I finally returned to Armenia at the end of April 2016 for a two-month visit – this time not as volunteer teachers, but as tourists. Our first impression of the capital was that of amazement and delight. Zvartnots [more...]

September 27, 2016 // 9 Comments

The Faces of Armenia’s Future: Celebrating 25 Years of Independence

The following photos were taken on Sept. 21, at the 25th anniversary celebrations of Armenia’s re-independence at Yerevan’s Republic Square. I decided to focus on the future of Armenia—the children. Sept. 21 is not only the 25th anniversary of the second independence of the Republic of [more...]

September 21, 2016 // 2 Comments

The Bird’s Nest: From a Genocide Memorial Site to a Beach Resort

Special for the Armenian Weekly More than a year ago, the Bird’s Nest (Trchnots Pooyn) Orphanage Board of Trustees announced in a radio interview to Voice of Van that plans to move the graves of the orphans’ cemetery have been indefinitely suspended. In her interview, Seta Khedeshian, chair of [more...]

August 25, 2016 // 4 Comments

Unseen Armenia: Mets Tagher

Mets Tagher is a village in the Hadrut district of Artsakh (Nagorno Karabagh Republic/NKR). Legend indicates that settlers were brought to the region from Tigranakert (in Artsakh) by a priest named Daniel Gzhetsi in the 5th-6th centuries, settling with the local inhabitants. Gzhetsi established the [more...]

August 24, 2016 // 1 Comment

Jeweler to an Emperor: Bedros A. Sevadjian (1918-1977)

  Bedros A. Sevadjian, 1946 Bedros Sevadjian was an Armenian who was born in Aintab, Ottoman Empire, on 21st May 1918. His father, Avedis Sevadjian, had been a successfully established merchant and industrialist in Ethiopia from 1900 having settled there after the Hamidian Massacres of 1896. [more...]

August 15, 2016 // 7 Comments

Regime Change from the Ground Up

Elections Set in Gyumri and Vanadzor Special for the Armenian Weekly Following a tense, 14-day renegade takeover of a Yerevan police station, Armenians throughout the world have increasingly been discussing conditions in their fragile republic. While virtually everyone, including the president of [more...]

August 11, 2016 // 7 Comments

ARS Eastern USA 96th Annual Convention Held in NJ

By Ani Gulbenk PARK RIDGE, N.J.—The 96th Annual Convention of the Armenian Relief Society (ARS) of Eastern USA, hosted by the Agnouni, Bergen, Shake and Spitak ARS chapters of New Jersey, convened on Fri., July 15, at the Park Ridge Marriott Hotel in New Jersey. Nineteen chapters were represented [more...]

August 9, 2016 // 0 Comments

HRW: Police Used Excessive Force at Yerevan Protest

Stun Grenades, Beatings; Protesters, Journalists Injured YEREVAN (HRW)—Armenian police used excessive force against peaceful protesters on July 29, and assaulted journalists reporting on the demonstrations, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Aug. 1. Police used stun grenades, which wounded dozens [more...]

August 1, 2016 // 0 Comments

A Glimpse at Armenian Bulgaria: A Photographic Journey

Special for the Armenian Weekly I took in the stone and cement monolith—the Founders of the Bulgarian State Monument—in front of me. I had to admire this Soviet brutalist celebration of communism, socialism, and the history of Bulgaria. I stood on a peak at over 1,300 feet, overlooking the town [more...]

July 1, 2016 // 4 Comments

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