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Gumburdo, Javakhk: Cultural Genocide Continues

Special to the Armenian Weekly Javakhk, a Place Dear to the Heart and Truly Armenian… Yet Repeatedly Treated Unjustly It was just two years ago that I realized how harsh the realities of Javakhk-Armenians are. And also for diasporans who visit, and Armenian citizens who attempt to cross the [more...]

October 13, 2017 // 5 Comments

The Untold Stories of Turkey: An Armenian Island on the Bosphorus

  What makes Istanbul beautiful is the Bosphorus ,dividing the city between Europe and Asia. And what makes the Bosphorus beautiful is a series of architecturally magnificent palaces, mansions, and mosques. Most of these architectural masterpieces on both sides of the Bosphorus are created by [more...]

October 3, 2017 // 13 Comments

Proud to Be an American: A Der Hayr’s Reflections

  I am a naturalized U.S. citizen. I was born in Aleppo, Syria, lived in Armenia and Russia and came to the U.S. with my family at the end of 2003. Many people who live overseas have a negative attitude towards the U.S. As Armenians we are upset that the Federal Government still fails to [more...]

October 3, 2017 // 1 Comment

Karakashian: Halide Edib Adıvar on Komitas

  Special to the Armenian Weekly I first heard the name of Halide Edib Adıvar in Turkey, in 1997, while on a tour, when the tour guide referred to the Genocide of Armenians as “the dark days of our country’s history” and stated that she had read Halide Edib’s writings. I then read a [more...]

October 2, 2017 // 5 Comments

The End of the Turkey-Armenia Protocols: Must We Wait until Next Spring?

  Last week, Armenia’s president, Serge Sarkisian, made an important pronouncement. Standing before the United Nations General Assembly, he announced the end of the Turkey-Armenia Protocols. Sarkisian said the so-called Zurich Protocols, which were signed in 2009 to allow the opening of [more...]

September 27, 2017 // 14 Comments

Unseen Armenia: An Only Slightly Disappointing Day

  We left Shushi in Artsakh, passing Tigranakert, the remains of one of Armenian King Tigran II’s regional capitals. King Tigran ruled 95-55 B.C. I would have loved to have revisited the site, but other places were on our agenda that day. When visiting here last year, we stopped at the [more...]

September 27, 2017 // 4 Comments

Northern Cyprus as Trauma Redux

Special to the Armenian Weekly From Izmir and Sivrihisar to Cyprus, to seek a safer home with better prospects… but that came to an end in December of 1963, and again after the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in July 1974—yet another in a series of displacements for genocide survivors. The Sourp [more...]

September 25, 2017 // 3 Comments

Twenty-Six Years On: From Charitable Assistance to Social Change

Diasporan Aid to Armenia in the Post-Independence Era Special to the Armenian Weekly The following article is adapted from a presentation delivered on May 23, in Yerevan, at a conference organized by the USC Institute of Armenian Studies titled “End of Transition: Armenia 25 years on. Now [more...]

September 21, 2017 // 4 Comments

Letter to Editor: When a Critique of Racist Discourse Veers off Course

  Recently I read an op-ed by Uzay Bulut in The Armenian Weekly titled “Turkey’s Genocide Denial: Four Narratives.” The article starts with an informative account of four different trends of genocide denialism in Turkey. It critiques the racist discourse that exists in Turkey primarily [more...]

September 20, 2017 // 13 Comments

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