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Honoring Balaban Hoja: A Hero for Armenian Orphans

From the Armenian Weekly 2017 Magazine Dedicated to the 102nd Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide   To his students in the Aintab orphanage, Sarkis Balabanian (Balaban Hoja) (1882-1963) was not simply a mathematics teacher, but a role model who risked his life to save them from Turkish attacks. [more...]

May 23, 2017 // 10 Comments

Diaspora Focus: Lebanon

From the Armenian Weekly 2017 Magazine Dedicated to the 102nd Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide My grandfather was born in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1924. I know very little about his parents, save that both were young refugees from Erzerum; his father, Der Yeghishe Doghramadjian, was a priest in the [more...]

May 19, 2017 // 5 Comments

Unseen Armenia: Surb Pokas

South of Yerevan, along the main road to Goris is the large village of Areni in the marz (province) of Vayots Dzor. On the roadside just before Areni are vendors selling homemade wine in plastic soda bottles, others selling fruit, and on the left is the Areni Wine Factory. Surb Astvatsatsin church, [more...]

May 18, 2017 // 3 Comments

Unseen Armenia: Hin Tagher

  Two villages, Hin Tagher (Taghler) and Mets Tagher (Taghler), in Artsakh’s Hadrut district, are listed in Discovering Paradise, Karabagh Guide as interesting sites featuring examples of Artsakh’s history and civil architecture. I have previously written about Mets Tagher. Entering Hin [more...]

May 10, 2017 // 4 Comments

Turkey: A History of Banning Poetry and Targeting Poets

Special for the Armenian Weekly A poem written by Selahattin Demirtaş, the co-chair of the opposition Pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), was recently banned by the prosecutor’s office in the city of Mardin because it contained “terrorist propaganda.” The Turkish [more...]

May 9, 2017 // 1 Comment

Hidden Armenian and Greek Celebrities in Turkish Cinema

Special for the Armenian Weekly Being a celebrity is often associated with having a certain lifestyle. Fame often brings fortune, privileges, and opportunities—whether they are career-related or not. Celebrities are thought to have an “easier” life, in which they get special treatment [more...]

April 20, 2017 // 7 Comments

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