Op-Ed: The Failed Istanbul Armenian Patriarchate

Special to the Armenian Weekly  The neverending manipulations and power games at the Istanbul Patriarchate took a turn for the worse this past week. In 2008, the Istanbul Patriarch, Archbishop Mesrob Mutafyan, was diagnosed with dementia—a disease that has incapacitated him and  effectively put [more...]

February 12, 2018 // 5 Comments

The International Community Cannot Turn Its Back on the People of Afrin

On Jan. 20, the Turkish state began conducting air raids in the Afrin Canton in Syria—an enclave near the Turkish border that is home to over a million people. By the next day, the Turkish armed forces had launched a ground invasion with tanks and mercenaries, while Islamic jihadists on the [more...]

February 2, 2018 // 10 Comments

Reflections on St. Sarkis: Do Not Wait Behind the Prelude of Possibility

Armenian Prayer Scroll or Amulet, Constantinople, 1655. Selection of prayers, St. Sarkis on horseback (Photo: British Library) I’m continually in awe of the variety and depth of Armenian customs. Whether it be playing the delightfully simple yet simultaneously infuriating egg tapping game after [more...]

January 30, 2018 // 2 Comments

Returning to the Roots: Stories of Hidden Armenians

Special to the Armenian Weekly Over the years, I have met many hidden Armenians from different regions of Turkey. Each one has a unique story that can become an article or even a book on its own. Some stories can be shared; most cannot. Some are funny; most are sad. Recently, many hidden Armenians [more...]

January 2, 2018 // 13 Comments

The Pathway to Peace Is Incredibly Inconvenient

My decision to make contact with the other side—the Azeri side—came shortly after clashes erupted on the Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh) Line of Contact (LoC) in April 2016. I was living and working in Armenia at the time and I was utterly shaken by the possibility of war. As an American, I’d [more...]

December 20, 2017 // 7 Comments

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

What to Do? The Issue of Armenia

  I never thought that I would be writing such an article. I am not a politician. However, like any patriotic Armenian, I am very concerned about the situation in Armenia. In my opinion, today in the Diaspora we are missing the importance of what is going on in Armenia, and that is what I [more...]

December 11, 2017 // 88 Comments

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