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 // 14 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

Destruction for Profit: A Nonexpert’s Observation of Mining in Armenia

By J. D. A few years ago, my wife and I visited the monastery of Akhtala, a 10th-century fortified Armenian church with impressive murals. The church is situated on a hill above the Debet river, in Lori province, in Armenia’s north. Toxic lake near Kapan, photographed from Artsvanik (Photo: [more...]

September 8, 2017 // 7 Comments

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