Daily Archives: Thursday, 26 July, 2012

London Olympics: 25 athletes to represent Armenia

London Olympics: 25 athletes to represent Armenia

Washington – Twenty-five athletes will represent Armenia at the Olympics games in London that start on July 27. The same number went to the games in China in 2008, when Armenians won a total of six bronze medals. Of the 25 this time, seven will compete in wrestling, six in weightlifting, four in track & […]

Silent treatment for Armenia

Silent treatment for Armenia

What started out as a routine day at a local high school turned into an emotional experience for anyone familiar with giving talks on the Armenian genocide. There we were at Chelmsford High School, ready to address five classrooms on the subject. By day’s end, close to 200 students would have heard our message about […]

Postcard from Armenia: “Just let me tell my story”

Postcard from Armenia: “Just let me tell my story”

The long summer day dissolved languidly into dusk as an Armenian friend and I walked down a busy road in Yerevan. The gaudy lights of an amusement park spilled onto the sidewalk. On the other side of the street, I could make out the darkened outline of a former Soviet theater, a nightmarish vision of […]

Growing Old in Armenia: Dealing with Alzheimer’s disease

Growing Old in Armenia: Dealing with Alzheimer’s disease

Part three of a four-part series The Muratsan University Hospital Web site advertises diagnostic services at its Center of Memory Impairment in Yerevan. But within the clinic, people with Alzheimer’s disease—a severe form of dementia—are nowhere to be seen. Sitting in a sunny office, past the drab hallways of the pediatrics unit where mothers holding […]

Oprah.com picks Armenian Genocide epic “The Sandcastle Girls” as book of the week

Oprah.com picks Armenian Genocide epic “The Sandcastle Girls” as book of the week

Oprah Winfrey’s Blog declared New York Times best-selling author Chris Bohjalian’s novel on the Armenian Genocide, “The Sandcastle Girls”, as the must-read Book of the Week, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA). The announcement was first posted on Oprah.com, where the editors of O and Oprah.com informed their fans about “the newest releases […]

“Whore’s Fishnet Stockings”: Only 30 Meters Separates Artsakh Front-line and Azerbaijan

“Whore’s Fishnet Stockings”: Only 30 Meters Separates Artsakh Front-line and Azerbaijan

They call this section of the Artsakh-Azerbaijani border “the whore’s fishnet stockings”. It was the site of fierce battles during the war and both sides suffered heavy losses. The bloodiest was in 1994. Azeri artillery shells and mortars turned the area into a series of crisscrossing pot marks resembling fishnet stockings. In Yerevan back in […]

Growing Old in Armenia: The trouble with pensions

Growing Old in Armenia: The trouble with pensions

Part two of a four-part series The tinny noise of silverware and clatter of plates mingles with the sound of muffled voices and the smell of freshly cooked pasta at the Shengavit Soup Kitchen in Yerevan. The imposing cafeteria, with its ornate stucco ceilings, feels stifling in the summer heat as more than a hundred […]

Now Embarking: An Artistic Interpretation of the 1947 and 1949 Armenian Repatriation

Now Embarking: An Artistic Interpretation of the 1947 and 1949 Armenian Repatriation

I was born in 1960, in Yerevan, Armenia, yet spoke little Armenian and what I did speak was Western Armenian. As a young child, I always wondered why I came from such an exotic place when my father was born in Kenosha, Wis., and my mother was from Lyon, France. Only after years of hearing […]

Old Istanbul at the Golden Apricot Film Festival

Old Istanbul at the Golden Apricot Film Festival

“My film has no messages, only questions that beg for answers,” an honest director divulges. His words do not exude the typical slick-oil salesman persona that accompanies many movie ensembles who try to pitch their work as greater-than-life itself. Nigol Bezjian, the Beirut-based director and writer of several films, has released his latest documentary film, […]

Growing Old in Armenia: The Role of Seniors in Evolving Armenian Families

Growing Old in Armenia: The Role of Seniors in Evolving Armenian Families

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a four-part series that looks at issues affecting the elderly in Armenia. A combination of economic and political factors, such as the collapse of the Soviet Union, a devastating earthquake in the late ‘80s, and a war with neighboring Azerbaijan in the ‘90s, has left many Armenians struggling […]

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