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Turkey in Syria… and More

With the battles to eradicate the irremediable vermin known as Daesh/ISIS winding down in Iraq and Syria, other conflicts, subsumed and overshadowed by that effort, are now coming to the fore. Here, I’ll try to summarize what’s going on with the Kurds in Syria, largely by way of the huge role [more...]

January 22, 2018 // 2 Comments

Greece and Turkey Playing Nice?

So, a Turk walks into a bar… Oh wait, I’m not telling a joke. Rather, I’m writing an article. But that’s difficult to remember when the Turk in question is Erdoğan and the “bar” is Greece. Turkey’s First Couple signing the book of honor as the Greek President looks on (Photo: [more...]

January 12, 2018 // 3 Comments

Irritants XX

Let’s start the year off by venting so the irritation doesn’t affect productivity for the rest of 2018. First off, I’ll vent at myself for my own imprecision. It seems I “skipped” in my count so that “Irritants XIX” never appeared. I despise making silly, minor errors such as these. I [more...]

January 4, 2018 // 3 Comments

Trump Gets Slapped Twice in One Week at the United Nations

President Trump added two new major mistakes last month to the long list of misguided foreign and domestic policy decisions throughout the year. Donald Trump (Photo: Gage Skidmore) On Dec. 18, 2017, the United States vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution that called for the reversal [more...]

January 3, 2018 // 21 Comments

Auspicious Eights

2018 is a big year for Armenians. It marks the centennial of the establishment of the first Armenian Republic, on May 28, 1918, after a 543-year period of statelessness and subjugation to foreign empires (Persian, Russian, and Turkish). But for that heroic act of creation out of “formless [more...]

December 27, 2017 // 2 Comments

Busy Bolis

It’s almost as if our compatriots in Bolis are working mightily to restore their home city to its status of a century-plus ago when, along with Tiflis (Tbilisi), Georgia, the two cities served as Armenia’s “capitals”—and from the point of activism, education, intellectual ferment, reform, [more...]

December 21, 2017 // 3 Comments

European Court of Human Rights Penalizes Both Armenia and Azerbaijan

The European Court Of Human Rights (ECHR) issued two similar rulings on Dec. 12: one against Armenia, and the other against Azerbaijan. Not surprisingly, the Azeri press deceptively reported only the ruling against Armenia, hiding from its readers the fact that a similar judgement was issued [more...]

December 19, 2017 // 1 Comment

Move Over Marie Antoinette

Everyone’s heard the attribution of “let them eat cake” to Marie Antoinette. It turns out she probably never said it. The same, or a similar, line appears in a French source at a time when she was but a child, and it’s attributed to a princess. The same sort of story apparently [more...]

December 15, 2017 // 6 Comments

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