Special Reports

A photograph of the Bilecik musical band

On the Road to Exile: 100 Years Later in Bilecik

Special for the Armenian Weekly  The springs are flowing, but there is no one left to drink from them in Bilecik… My soul listens to the death of sunset. Your torture kneels down in a faraway land. My soul takes in the wounds of the sunset and the soil… And feels how tears come down as rain… [more...]

October 22, 2015 // 8 Comments


The Eurasian Economic Union and Armenia

The Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) is an economic union of states that was established in May 2014 by the leaders of Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia, and came into effect on Jan. 1, 2015. Armenia joined on Jan. 2, 2015, and Kyrgyzstan joined on Aug. 6, 2015. In 1994, the president of Kazakhstan [more...]

October 20, 2015 // 9 Comments


The Armenians of Kiev

Kilikia beer and lahmajoun. In Kiev? When I thought of my upcoming visit to Kiev, I thought of bristling revolution in Maidan Square and the tragedy of MH 370. I didn’t realize I would be whiling away my afternoons chatting away with Armenians, slurping Armenian coffee, and snacking on hummus [more...]

September 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

Jinan and her husband Walid (Photo: ParisMatch)

Former ISIS Slave Speaks to the Weekly

Teenage Yazidi Girl Speaks to the Armenian Weekly about Life as ISIS Slave Special for the Armenian Weekly PARIS, France (A.W.)—Jinan is an 18-year-old Yazidi woman. She is married to Walid, 22. For two weeks now, her name has been known in France as the girl who decided to testify against the [more...]

September 17, 2015 // 2 Comments

Lost sister of Nevart and Angel

1.5 Million Minus 2: DNA Testing Brings Ancestors Back from the Dead

Special for the Armenian Weekly Every Armenian family has the same story: persecution, fear, robbery, rape, murder … genocide … and the unknown. They say there can never be closure without the ability to mourn over the grave of a loved one. The denial of the Armenian Genocide by the Turkish [more...]

September 4, 2015 // 26 Comments

Photo by TheFlyingDutchman

Global Competitiveness and Armenia

A comprehensive global competitiveness study has been conducted by the World Economic Forum utilizing various indicators to rank 144 countries in different areas, including “Health and Primary Education,” “Technological Readiness,” and “Innovation.” This report is a short summary of the [more...]

August 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

Aghjayan (in blue) with his aunt and an Armenian Genocide survivor in Sakrat in 1996.

Aghjayan: A New Source for Armenian Roots

I wish to thank Vural Genç, Cihangir Gündoğdu, George Leylegian, Khatchig Mouradian, and the staff at the Ottoman archives (Başbakanlık Osmanlı Arşivi). Each was instrumental in assisting me in gathering and transcribing the data. In addition, I wish to thank Margaret Papazian for her [more...]

August 4, 2015 // 10 Comments

Magaravank-May 2015

Two Pilgrimages in Cyprus

The Monastery of St. Magar, or Magaravank as it is better known to Armenians, is situated high in the Kyrenia Range of North (Turkish-occupied) Cyprus. The annual pilgrimage to the monastery was suspended in 1974 when the island was invaded by Turkey, and the north of the island cut off from the [more...]

July 1, 2015 // 2 Comments


Visiting Armenian Venice

Special for the Armenian Weekly  Dolma. I was not expecting that. Nearly 80 percent of the restaurants listed in Trip Advisor in Venice are categorized as Italian. After gobbling pizza and pasta ad infinitum, the last thing I was expecting to see being advertised at the restaurant adjacent to my [more...]

June 19, 2015 // 9 Comments

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