Monthly Archives: June 2012

Alchemy near the Chasm of Death: Visiting a Mass Grave of the Armenian Genocide

Alchemy near the Chasm of Death: Visiting a Mass Grave of the Armenian Genocide

“They brought the Armenians here. Thousands of them. They stripped them of their belongings and threw them into the chasm,” explains a Kurdish villager who had spotted us while driving by. We are standing at the mouth of a deep, eerie cleft—bottomless, according to the locals—called Dudan by Armenians and Kurds for centuries (also known […]

Israel Has One Good Reason for Recognizing the Genocide

Israel Has One Good Reason for Recognizing the Genocide

Israel’s Parliament, the Knesset, held “an historic session” on June 12, during which “seven different political parties overwhelmingly endorsed recognition of the Armenian Genocide,” according to Dr. Israel Charny, the executive director of the Institute on the Holocaust and Genocide in Jerusalem. He cautiously predicted that the Knesset would complete its legislative procedures leading to […]

Sacrificing good sense on the Altar of Identity – Turkish Armenians at a Glance

The tension between Azerbaijan and Armenia rose once again early this month due to the deadly armed clashes along the border. The confrontation has intensified and the number of fatalities reached nine. Consequently, the possibility of further escalation of the crisis causes anxiety within the international community and among neighboring countries. However, our attention is […]

Snail pace Karabakh escalation brings dramatic risks for region and Europe

On 18 June 2012, the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs met together with the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan in Paris. European Friends of Armenia (www.EuFoA.org) shares the disappointment and recommendations issued yesterday by the three Co-Chairing Presidents at the G20 summit in Los Cabos (Mexico). In particular we regret that Azerbaijan continues blocking the […]

US, French, Russian Presidents Issue Statement on Karabakh

US, French, Russian Presidents Issue Statement on Karabakh

LOS CABOS, Mexico—Presidents of the OSCE Minks Group Co-Chair countries, Barack Obama (US), Francois Hollande( France) and Vladimir Putin (Russia), issued a joint statement Monday during the G-20 Summit currently under way in the Mexican city. The three presidents urged Armenia and Azerbaijan to fulfill their promise and work toward progress on the Nagrono-Karabakh conflict […]

War and Peace: An interview with NKR Prime Minister Ara Haroutyunyan

War and Peace: An interview with NKR Prime Minister Ara Haroutyunyan

On May 2, Armenian Weekly Assistant Editor Nanore Barsoumian sat down with Nagorno Karabagh Republic (NKR) Prime Minister Ara Haroutyunyan in his Stepanakert office to discuss the challenges facing the young republic. Below is the full text of the interview. Nanore Barsoumian—Thank you for this opportunity. First, I want to ask you about Karabagh’s domestic […]

Postcard from Armenia: Yerevan, A First Impression

Postcard from Armenia: Yerevan, A First Impression

In a far-flung corner of London Heathrow Airport—beyond the reassuring glow of McDonalds and the aseptic comfort of Starbucks—I waited for my connecting flight among veiled women tugging at their children’s hands and swarthy men clutching passports. A sign—ominous to an American journalist with no intention of going there—read “destination: Tehran.” Onboard the plane, the […]

Small Hydro Power Plants in Armenia

The Armenian government has made remarkable progress within the past 10 years in reforming the country’s energy sector and overcoming the difficulties faced in the 1990’s. With assistance from international sources, the government has taken serious steps to improve energy sector performance. The nuclear power plant was re-commissioned in 1995 and the reliability of energy […]

Virtuous Victims? Imagining Armenians in the West

During the winter of 1902-03, small groups of Armenian refugees began arriving in Sweden, survivors of the 1890’s Abdülhamid massacres,1 and according to newspaper reports some even made it all the way to Norway.2 But it was claimed by an alleged authoritative source that such groups were not, or not necessarily, actual Armenians at all. In […]

Toilets

Bathroom, boys’/girls’/men’s/women’s room, can, crapper, head, john, latrine, lavatory, loo, outhouse, potty, powder room, washroom, WC, ardaknotz, bedkaran, cordzaran, lvatzaran, zookaran… With so many words for it, you’d think these places would be ubiquitous, easily available. It turns out, they’re not. At least not in the Republic of Armenia (RoA), and not where they’re most […]

Clinton Should Share Blame for Killings of Armenian Soldiers

A tragic pattern of bloody engagements continues to recur along the Armenia-Azerbaijan border at great human cost. Whenever high-level visits or international meetings are scheduled on the Artsakh (Karabagh) conflict, Azerbaijan unfailingly initiates attacks on Armenian border guards causing many casualties. Azerbaijan’s leaders hope that such hostile action will impress upon the mediating countries the […]

Armenian Representation in Turkey?

“No Assimilation could be achieved merely by surrendering one’s past but ignoring the alien past. In a society on the whole hostile to the Jews… it is possible to assimilate only by assimilating into anti-Semitism also.”1 This year, again, the Armenians of Istanbul were confronted with theheavy duty of responding to the dominant atmosphere of […]

Israeli minister calls to recognize Armenian genocide

(Reuters) – An Israeli cabinet minister said on Tuesday that the Jewish state ought to change its policy and recognize the 1915 mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as an act of genocide. Gilad Erdan, a close ally of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, answered a motion in parliament by opposition lawmakers marking the massacre’s […]

‘Normal’ shooting resumes in Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict

‘Normal’ shooting resumes in Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict

BRUSSELS – The string of recent killings in the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict is nothing unusual, EU diplomats in the region say. Armenia last week accused Azerbaijan of killing four of its soldiers in cross border raids. Azerbaijan says Armenia killed five of its men in a similar operation. Its media on Monday (11 June) said there […]

ZHAMANAKN E! – Why Azerbaijan restarted the attacks?

Ժամանակն է՝ Ադրբեջանը դադարեցնի Հայաստանի Հանրապետության տարածքի օկուպացիան և կյանքի կոչվի առկա իրավարարությունը  Տարիների ընթացքում Լեռնային Ղարաբաղի հակամարտության լուծման տարբեր ուղիներ են առա­ջարկվել: Վերջերս՝ 2012թ. հունիսի 5-ին, ամերիկացի չորս փորձագետի մասնակցությամբ Վաշինգտոնի Վուդրո Վիլսոնի կենտրոնում տեղի են ունեցել քննարկումներ հետևյալ վերտառությամբ. Լեռնային Ղարաբաղ. Արդյո՞ք սառեցված հակամարտությունը կվերաճի տաքի (Nagorno-Karabagh: Will the Frozen Conflict Turn Hot?): Ի դեպ, […]

Russia Increases Military Flights Over Armenia

MOSCOW — Russian fighter jets are conducting an increasing number of training flights over Armenia, a military spokesman said Saturday, sending a clear warning that Russia could intervene at any moment should violence escalate further in the territorial dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The military spokesman, Col. Igor Gorbul, told the Interfax news agency that […]

Sarkisian Vows ‘Severe Response’ to Azeri Provocations

YEREVAN—President Serge Sarkisian warned Azerbaijan over the continuous “provocations” at the border, saying that they will receive the appropriate response. Meanwhile, Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) President Bako Sahakian told Personal Representative of the OSCE chairman-in-office that the recent ceasefire violations by Azerbaijan aimed to destabilize the peace process. “I have said on many occasions that provocations […]

Armenian Border Village Struggles For Normalcy Amid Heavier Fighting

Armenian Border Village Struggles For Normalcy Amid Heavier Fighting

Life in Chinari, a village in northeastern Armenia bordering Azerbaijan, has been far from normal for two decades, and the last few days have made it even more challenging and dangerous for more than 1,000 people living there. The mountainous settlement is located near the scene of a vicious gun battle that left three Armenian […]

Borders and Business: Union looks at closed border impact on trade

Borders and Business: Union looks at closed border impact on trade

While various diplomatic maneuvers are used to regulate Armenian-Turkish relations politically, business relations between the two countries have long been non-officially established and keep developing with each year aimed at increasing commodity turnover and contributing to the opening of the border. Turkey imposed a ban on the import of Armenian goods in 1993. It also […]

International Community Places the Final Nail on the Coffin of Turkish Denialism

For nearly a century, Turkey has been aggressively spending millions of dollars in the international arena in order to push forward its denialist agenda on the Armenian Genocide. Besides monetary resources, Ankara has been making major efforts to bully various nations away from recognition of the Genocide. But all the expenditures and efforts continue to […]

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