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 // 17 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 // 5 Comments

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

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

Turkey’s Genocide Denial: Four Narratives

  Special to the Armenian Weekly Turkey still denies the Armenian Genocide, during which 1.5 million Armenians perished. The Turkish state does not have just one policy or rhetoric concerning it. One could argue that there are four main narratives in Turkey concerning the genocide. Turkey [more...]

September 8, 2017 // 9 Comments

How Realpolitik Affects Artsakh (And What We Must Do)

Special to the Armenian Weekly In the 100 years since the beginning of the Armenian Genocide and the subversion of the First Armenian Republic, we have witnessed the implosion of the Soviet Union; the founding of the second free and independent Armenian Republic, in 1991; and the creation of the de [more...]

August 25, 2017 // 5 Comments

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