Special Reports

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

Emergency passport picture of the Smiths

Portrait of Bravery: The Life and Times of Dr. Floyd Smith

The Armenian Weekly April 2014 magazine Born on Dec. 1, 1885 in the small farming town of Rowley, Iowa, the fascinating life of Dr. Floyd Olin Smith had a most humble beginning. In the twilight of his life, he wrote, “my parents, Arthur and Jane Smith, were of pioneer stock, who had migrated from [more...]

April 28, 2014 // 9 Comments

Djemal Pasha in his car

An Encounter with Djemal Pasha

Special for the Armenian Weekly By Missak Vassilian Translated by Jennifer Manoukian The following is the account of a 16-year-old Armenian boy’s unexpected encounter with Djemal Pasha, a member of the the Ittihadist triumvirate of WWI, in December 1917. It was given to me by his son, Asbed [more...]

April 16, 2014 // 32 Comments

St. Stepanos nun-deaconesses

Women Deacons in the Armenian Apostolic Church Revisited

For more on the subject of Armenian women deacons and monastics in the Armenian Apostolic Church, see Shepherds of the Nation and A Nearly Forgotten History: Women Deacons in the Armenian Apostolic Church in the April 21, 2012 and July 6, 2013 issues of The Armenian Weekly. The legacy of sublime [more...]

April 13, 2014 // 7 Comments

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