Monthly Archives: May 2012

Racine man’s hand-written religious manuscripts now in Armenian Library and Museum of America

Five Armenian religious manuscripts traveled this week from Racine to Boston, where they are being donated to the Armenian Library and Museum of America. What makes these lengthy, large-format books unique is that every word in all five of them was carefully handwritten in the Armenian alphabet (invented by an Armenian monk in 405 A.D.), […]

The Reign of Lies in Turkey

The Reign of Lies in Turkey

Organized denial means the reign of lies. The denialist, in order to sustain denial, has to resolutely and incessantly lie. Otherwise it can’t go on. The truth, even bits of information that might hold the slightest potential of undermining the lie, is the biggest and most merciless enemy of denial. So the denialist, having created […]

Gharibian’s Study of Armenian Journalism a Valuable Resource

Special to the Mirror-Spectator Jerair Gharibian, who died in 1991, made an important contribution to Armenian culture in the Boston area, when, in 1980, he founded the Boston Armenian Independent Radio Hour, which to this day broadcasts news and commentary of interest to the Armenian community. His widow, Yevgine Gharibian, who hosts the broadcasts, has […]

Andrea Martin is taking her one-woman show on the road — with plenty of familiar faces in tow

During her decades-long career Andrea Martin has snared a Tony award, two Emmys and numerous other honors for her work on stage and screens. Recent Broadway-goers might remember her Tony-nominated portrayel of housekeeper Frau Blucher (cue neighing) in Mel Brooks’ hit stage adaptation of his 1974 film “Young Frankenstein.” As the New York Times noted […]

Song and dance moves to Armenia

Song and dance moves to Armenia

Boston – There has lately been some activity surrounding the cause of what’s called “repatriation”, of having Diasporan Armenians move to the Republic of Armenia or to Artsakh. Not that that cause is new by any means, it’s just that a couple of concerted efforts over the past months has highlighted some points that seem […]

Common Pain

An examination of the deep wound that remains at the heart of Turkish-Armenian relations. Click to watch Video: Common Pain Every year on April 24, Armenians around the world commemorate the anniversary of what they claim to be genocide. But almost 100 years after the events of 1915, the use of the word “genocide” to describe […]

Why Turkey should be thankful to Sarkozy?

Although Turkey, both at the level of the state establishment and the people in the street, is happy to say goodbye to Nicolas Sarkozy, the government may not immediately reverse its decision to partially suspend bilateral ties with France, which was made in response to Sarkozy’s obsession with stigmatizing Turks using the Armenian issue. This […]

Global Nuclear Retreat? Armenia, Others Aim to Keep Plants Alive

Global Nuclear Retreat? Armenia, Others Aim to Keep Plants Alive

While Japan is now trying to run its economy without nuclear energy for the first time since 1970, the post-Fukushima world’s continued dependence on atomic power is probably best illustrated on the other side of Asia. Armenia is vowing to keep its one nuclear reactor running, despite international pressure to close the 32-year-old Soviet-designed plant, […]

International observers’ report on Armenia elections seen as vague

International observers’ report on Armenia elections seen as vague

Director of the Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS) Manvel Sargsyan describes the report on the May 6 parliamentary elections released by international observers on Monday as “vague”. “They [the international observation mission heads] said that their goal was not to give evaluations, but rather to see how elections have been conducted in […]

Vote 2012: Fifth Armenian National Assembly’s facts & figures

Vote 2012: Fifth Armenian National Assembly’s facts & figures

The Armenian National Assembly of the fifth convocation that was elected in the general polls on Sunday is due to convene for its first session on May 24. This proceeds from Article 68 the Armenian constitution that says “the first session of a newly elected National Assembly shall convene on the third Thursday following the […]

NKR MFA on ”Ring” Large-scale Punitive Operation Committed against Armenians

NKR MFA on ”Ring” Large-scale Punitive Operation Committed against Armenians

In late April – early May 1991, special police detachments (OMON) of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Azerbaijan, with the support of the USSR Interior Ministry’s troops, launched a large-scale punitive operation of Ring, the essence of which was to exile the Armenian population of the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast, the Shahumian region, and some […]

Stamp Out: Was disappearing ink a glitch or a tool in Vote 2012?

The disappearing stamps in passports were one of the key concerns and possible violations in Sunday’s parliamentary elections and have been qualified by many as a well-planned stunt skillfully implemented by the authorities. As opposed to 2008 when passports were stamped with regular permanent ink, this time it was decided to use special ink that […]

Republicans Win Majority in National Assembly, Controversy Anticipated

Republicans Win Majority in National Assembly, Controversy Anticipated

YEREVAN (A.W.)—In what will either be viewed as a memorable political triumph or the start of an endless campaign of protests, the Republican Party of Armenia claimed victory in the Armenian National Assembly elections on May 6. Although international news reports had predicted a win for the Republicans, most leaders of the other political parties […]

Elections, Politics, and Accountability: An Interview with Civilitas Director Salpi Ghazarian

YEREVAN, Armenia—The Armenian Weekly assistant editor Nanore Barsoumian sat down with Civilitas Foundation Director Salpi Ghazarian for a discussion on the upcoming Parliamentary elections. One of the aims of Civilitas is to promote the development of democracy in the country, through initiatives that support education, rural development, and environmental awareness. Civilitas has followed the election […]

Armenia: Rally Balloons Explode

Armenia: Rally Balloons Explode

Scores of people were hurt in Yerevan, the capital, on Friday when gas-filled balloons exploded in a huge ball of flames at a campaign rally for Armenia’s Republican Party ahead of parliamentary elections on Sunday. More than 60 people, including children, were hospitalized after the explosion, and photographs showed bystanders fleeing as flames shot up […]

Elections in Armenia: An Interview with Antranig Kasbarian

Elections in Armenia: An Interview with Antranig Kasbarian

WATERTOWN, Mass.—The Armenian Weekly and the Hairenik Weekly conducted an interview with the chairman of the ARF Central Committee of the Eastern US on the upcoming elections in Armenia this weekend. Below is the English translation of the interview. What can be expected from the May 6 elections in Armenia? Do you anticipate any differences […]

Armenians see election bringing stability at most

Gurgen Badasyan has struggled to live on his Armenian state pension for years and holds out little hope that a parliamentary election on Sunday will improve his life in the mountainous South Caucasus state. The government raised his monthly teacher’s pension in January by a few dollars, to $82 from $75, but Badasyan says it […]

Commentary: A Million Person March on Washington

Judge Lisa Asadoorian is one of many prominent young judges in Michigan. Although she is not actively involved in any particular Armenian organization, her heart is in the right place. She cares about her own people, both in the diaspora and Armenia. Last Sunday, when she was attending a panel discussion on the recognition of […]

MEHMET ALİ BİRAND: We are surrendering ourselves to ‘genocide’

  Today is April 24. Again, as happens every year, the 70 million-person population of Turkey will wonder what others are saying about the Armenian issue. What will Washington say? Which country will accept the Armenian genocide claims? Days will pass in stress, and in the end, we will again forget everything. This process is […]

Sibel Edmonds Finally Wins

Sibel Edmonds’ new book, “Classified Woman,” is like an FBI file on the FBI, only without the incompetence. The experiences she recounts resemble K.’s trip to the castle, as told by Franz Kafka, only without the pleasantness and humanity. I’ve read a million reviews of nonfiction books about our government that referred to them as […]

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