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Is the CEO of Turkey’s Newest U.S. PR Firm Really Armenian?

Ronn Torossian (Photo: Juda Engelmayer) Two articles by Louise Neu on Medium.com have revealed that Ronn Torossian’s public relation’s firm signed a contract to represent Turkey earlier this year. Torossian is CEO of the 5WPR firm, based in New York City. Justice Department records [more...]

November 15, 2017 // 18 Comments

The Istanbul Armenian Community’s Patriarch Dilemma

A major controversy has been brewing for several years among members of the Armenian community of Istanbul over plans to elect a new Patriarch. The controversy has long, historic roots—and, more recently, many complications which started with the terminal illness of Patriarch Mesrob Mutafyan, who [more...]

November 7, 2017 // 0 Comments

New Countries

Self-determination, one of the founding principles of the United Nations—and I would argue a fundamental human right—is more often honored by not being implemented than truly being respected and put into effect. We’re bearing witness to this farce in Kurdistan and Catalonia. L’Estelada [more...]

November 6, 2017 // 3 Comments

Atomic Armenia, Gassy Glendale

  Interestingly, two places with heavy Armenian populations, Yerevan and Glendale, are the loci and foci of rising power-generation debates. Glendale’s timeline is one of several months, while Yerevan’s is not clear cut, but certainly further out. The “Jewel City” wants to build a new, [more...]

October 27, 2017 // 5 Comments

European Court Finds Catholicosate’s Suit Inadmissible

The Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia (headquartered in Antelias, Lebanon) filed a lawsuit on April 25, 2015, against the government of Turkey, seeking the return of its historic seat in Sis (present-day Kozan district of the Adana Province), which was confiscated in 1921. The first-of-its-kind [more...]

October 25, 2017 // 3 Comments

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

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