Kurdish Crunch

  Looks like the Kurds are about to get screwed again, once again affirming their own adage: “The Kurds have no friends.” Iraqi Kurdistan on the eve of the independence referendum (Photo: Sputnik International) Two major developments, and likely lots of other smaller ones, are contributing [more...]

October 20, 2017 // 2 Comments

The High School Teacher Who Changed My Life

  I would like to dedicate this article to the sad occasion of the passing last month of my dear high school teacher, Olivia Balian, who changed my life with a noble gesture. The year was 1968, and I was a student at the Sophia Hagopian Armenian High School in Beirut, Lebanon. Ms. Olivia [more...]

October 17, 2017 // 10 Comments

Wretched, Rapacious, Reckless, Reprehensible Rogues

  Readers no doubt reacted with revulsion to the revelation recorded photographically that three ratbags had hunted and killed two griffon vultures in the Republic of Armenia. The location of the crime was not identifiable from the pictures that began circulating on social media a few weeks [more...]

October 13, 2017 // 0 Comments

Absurd Azerbaijan Propagandist Blames California Armenians

  Not a week passes without another propagandist for Azerbaijan writing anti-Armenian disinformation against either Armenia or the Diaspora. The latest such article was written by Andrew Korybko, an individual described as an “American Moscow-based political analyst.” We don’t know what [more...]

October 10, 2017 // 15 Comments

Wining Armenia

  I’ve often advocated expanding Armenia’s tourism, specifically eco- and adventure-tourism. But now, I’ve come upon what can be linked to that or stand on its own—oeno-, or vini-tourism. That’s a wine-drinking trip, in simple English. You have probably noticed lately a lot of news [more...]

October 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

Meet the Legendary Margaret Lafian of Detroit

    Multi-talented, and a noted beauty, Detroit-born Margaret Lafian could have sought the limelight in New York or even Hollywood, but this only child of Armenian Genocide survivors keenly felt the responsibility toward her parents to remain, and eventually become their caregiver. Currently, [more...]

October 3, 2017 // 2 Comments

Ardavazt’s Progeny

  We’re on the cusp of Armenian Culture Month, October, based on when the translation of the Bible into Armenian is honored with a church holiday, “Tarkmanchatz” (“Translators'”). While it may seem pathetic that a church holiday has given rise to this tradition, [more...]

September 29, 2017 // 1 Comment

Aliyev Lies before the Whole World at UN General Assembly

  There were plenty of Azeri commentators and officials who criticized Armenian President Serge Sarkisian’s speech at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly last week, but I did not come across any Armenian commentators or government leaders who attacked Azerbaijani President Ilham [more...]

September 26, 2017 // 6 Comments

The Lament of the Armenian Lady Farmer: How Green Is My ‘Bardez’

    The old country is never too far from this transplanted exile Armenian-American Keghetzi deegeen’s (lady’s) heart. It’s July as I write, and gardens everywhere are flourishing because of warm summer days and abundant rainfall. Those two vital elements have proven to be the [more...]

September 22, 2017 // 1 Comment

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