Drops in the Ocean: My Family’s Escape from the Baku Pogroms

Special to the Armenian Weekly I do not know how my fate would have unfolded in Azerbaijan, if all that happened to our family—and the Armenian people who once inhabited it—had not happened. (L to R) Albert and Ivette Asriyan (Alexander), 1980 (Photo courtesy of Ivette Alexander/Zham) But I can [more...]

February 22, 2018 // 6 Comments

Will New Sanitary Landfills Solve Armenia’s Waste Woes?

A Joint Report by Sofia Manukyan & Karine Vann Nubarashen, a 52-hectare trash dumping station on the outskirts of Yerevan. It is the largest “landfill” in Armenia and does not abide by international standards of sanitation. (Photo: Gayane Mkrtchyan/JAMNews) Special to the Armenian Weekly [more...]

January 25, 2018 // 3 Comments

AYF: The History-Making Youth Movement at 85

By Dickran Khodanian and Verginie Touloumian The delegates and guests at the first annual ARF Tzeghagron (AYF) Convention at the Hairenik Headquarters in Boston, June 1-3, 1934 (Photo: ARF Archives) Picture this: Armenian youth across the U.S. have gathered at the Hairenik Hall in Boston on a [more...]

January 23, 2018 // 3 Comments

Who Takes Out the Trash in Yerevan?

For every majestic photograph of Mount Ararat from Yerevan posted to Instagram, there is a far less-appealing view lurking just outside the edges of its neatly cropped frame. Left: A view of Mount Ararat from a vantage point in Armenia’s capital, Right: A view of a garbage-strewn field, taken [more...]

January 19, 2018 // 2 Comments

Syrian-Armenians: Between Two Homes

Special to the Armenian Weekly At the end of 2016, I started volunteering for a program aimed at integrating Syrian-Armenian children into Armenian society. I vividly recall one outspoken little boy who refused to call Armenia home. He hoped his family would one day go back home to Syria. But after [more...]

December 26, 2017 // 1 Comment

Armenia and Artsakh, Post-2018: Do We Have Reason to Be Concerned?

Special for the Armenian Weekly We are only months away from the a presidential election (slated for March 2018) and the beginning of a new system of governance for Armenia. How well it will respond to the many socioeconomic problems that have been created and allowed to fester under the executive [more...]

December 19, 2017 // 3 Comments

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