Monthly Archives: July 2012

Chris Bohjalian’s ‘The Sandcastle Girls’ relives the Armenian genocide

Chris Bohjalian’s ‘The Sandcastle Girls’ relives the Armenian genocide

The Armenian genocide during World War I is the subject of Chris Bohjalian’s 14th novel, “The Sandcastle Girls.” Inspired by his grandparents’ background, the author explores the suffering and atrocities of that time with astounding precision, compassion and grace. “How do a million and a half people die with nobody knowing?” ponders Laura Petrosian, the […]

Youth; the Destiny of Artsakh

The Youth of any country is its lifeblood, none more so than in Artsakh. I remember when I first arrived in Shushi a few years ago, and I walked around the streets with my Armenian friend, just talking to each other, camera over my shoulder. There were a number of youths sitting by the mosque […]

Postcard: Border lessons, a fight over a “winged” flight, “Stonehenge” confusion

Postcard: Border lessons, a fight over a “winged” flight, “Stonehenge” confusion

The cramped minivan, the tour operator’s logo boldly emblazoned on its sides, bounced along the dusty main road leading to the outskirts of Yerevan. Sitting in companionable silence, occasionally jolted by an unexpected pothole, I sat among a mixed group of Armenian, American and German tourists. The bustling streets of Yerevan receded into the rearview […]

Potable-Water Network in Artsakh’s Hadrut City Being Constructed

The Hayastan All-Armenian Fund’s U.S. Western Region is building a potable-water network in Artsakh’s Hadrut City, the administrative center of the Hadrut Region. The project is being realized through a major contribution by Mr. and Mrs. Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian of Los Angeles, with additional support from the government of Artsakh. The Turpanjians were also […]

Celebrity Armenian Bear ‘Glen Bearian’ Tranquilized and Relocated

A celebrity black bear who frequented the trash cans of Los Angeles suburbs in search of food has been tranquilized and relocated, officials said, ending the debate over whether he should be euthanized or allowed to roam the streets. The Glendale population, home to one of the largest Armenian communities outside of Armenia, has affectionately […]

Turkey Warms to Armenia, Slowly

Turkey Warms to Armenia, Slowly

While we were visiting Paris for the Friends of Syria conference with [Turkish] Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, he spoke of Turkey’s quiet, three-pillar approach to opening up the Armenian issue. The discussion regarding what happened in 1915 and the controversies surrounding the definition and terminology of it still paralyzes Turkey 100 years later. Remember what […]

A Flower or an Oak Tree? A Response to Nanore Barsoumian

A Flower or an Oak Tree? A Response to Nanore Barsoumian

For the past few weeks, we have been reading the unbelievably emotional and informative revelations of Nanore Barsoumian, Weekly assistant editor, and Khatchig Mouradian, Weekly editor, in their travels in eastern Turkey, where they searched for traces of a three-thousand-year-old Armenian presence in the region that suddenly disappeared in 1915. In one of the articles, […]

Navasartian Games Closing Ceremonies Elevates Community to New Heights

Navasartian Games Closing Ceremonies Elevates Community to New Heights

VAN NUYS—Of the many events that surround Homenetmen’s Navasartian Games, the closing ceremony, held each year on the last day of the festival, represents the pinnacle of the achievements of Navasartian. This year’s closing ceremony of the 37th Navasartian Games was held on Saturday, July 7 at Birmingham High School before thousands of Homenetmen members […]

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Avetyan Murder Engenders Waves of Condemnation in Armenia, Diaspora

Avetyan Murder Engenders Waves of Condemnation in Armenia, Diaspora

WASHINGTON (A.W.)–The wave of condemnation, outrage, and protests over the killing of Vahe Avetyan on June 17 continues to build in Armenia and the Diaspora. Here in the U.S., the ARF Eastern Region Central Committee contacted Armenia’s ambassador to the U.S., Tatoul Markarian on July 6, to condemn the crime committed at the Harsnakar restaurant […]

Karabakh to Take Part in Talks, Says Co-Chairman

Karabakh to Take Part in Talks, Says Co-Chairman

STEPANAKERT (Combined Sources)—The Russian Co-chairman of the OSCE Minsk Group hinted on Wednesday that Karabakh will eventually join the negotiations process, but did not indicate at exactly what point that would happen. After day-long talks in Baku, Russia’s Igor Popov and the other co-chairmen, France’s Jaque Faure and the US’s Robert Bradke, crossed the border […]

Pardon, what law?: Armenians disappointed over Hollande’s behavior in genocide criminalization

Pardon, what law?: Armenians disappointed over Hollande’s behavior in genocide criminalization

Armenians are not so much disappointed by the fact that the French president, Francois Hollande, seems to be reneging on his pledge as the fact that the probable alliance between France and Turkey will come at the expense of Armenian interests. At a joint press conference with his French counterpart in Paris on July 5, […]

Boys’ Team of Armenian College, Kolkata Wins The Centenary Plate

Boys’ Team of Armenian College, Kolkata Wins The Centenary Plate

On 7th July, Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin’s Armenian College and Philanthropic Academy (ACPA), Kolkata, India, Rugby Team recorded an impressive victory over Maidan Hazards in the Finals of the tournament for the Centenary Plate. On the 23rd June, in the Plate semifinals, the Armenian boys beat Frank Anthony Public School with a score of […]

Sputnik for Armenia: Yerevan to buy Russian-made commercial telecom satellite

Sputnik for Armenia: Yerevan to buy Russian-made commercial telecom satellite

Armenia is planning to order a commercial communications satellite from Russia under the terms of a memorandum of understanding signed on Monday during the Farnborough air show. “We have already signed a memorandum to create a communications satellite for Armenia,” said Vladimir Popovkin, director of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, at a press conference, according […]

Armavia resumes air link for ethnic Armenians fleeing from war-torn Syria

Armavia resumes air link for ethnic Armenians fleeing from war-torn Syria

Armenia’s national air carrier Armavia has resumed the Yerevan-Aleppo-Yerevan flight, which was suspended in late March over escalating violence in Syria. The direct Armenia-Syria flight has great importance for Christian Armenians caught amid the internal strife in Syria. Armavia airline press secretary Nana Avetisova told ArmeniaNow that now the company will have only one flight […]

Postcard from Armenia: American journalism meets Armenian hospitality

Postcard from Armenia: American journalism meets Armenian hospitality

The minute hand of the ministry clock in Yerevan’s imposing Republic Square was inching dangerously close to my interview deadline as I barreled through the glass doors of the government building. “Five minutes to go,” I gasped to my colleague who had kindly offered her services as translator. We charged toward two bored-looking guards standing […]

French President Hollande vows new Armenia ‘genocide law’

French President Hollande vows new Armenia ‘genocide law’

French President Francois Hollande has said he plans a new law to punish denial that the 1915-16 killing of Armenians was genocide. A previous law approved by the French parliament was struck down in February by the Constitutional Council, which said it infringed freedom of speech. Turkey rejects the term “genocide” for the deaths of […]

Dressed for Death: Demonstrators Remember Beating Victim Vahe Avetyan

Dressed for Death: Demonstrators Remember Beating Victim Vahe Avetyan

YEREVAN (A.W.)—On June 30, several hundred people participated in a candlelight vigil held at the Harsnakar restaurant in Avan, Armenia, where three military doctors were beaten on June 17. One of the doctors, Major Vahe Avetyan, died on June 29 from severe head trauma. The demonstration was organized by a group calling itself the “Self-Determined […]

Musa Dagh: Theme of Conference on Genocide Studies in Czech Republic

“Mountains of Moses: Revolt, Resistance and Rescuing of the Victims of Mass Extermination in the 20th Century” was the theme of the First International Conference on Genocide Studies in the Czech Republic, held in the capital of Prague from June 18-20, 2012. The theme drew inspiration from the Musa Dagh resistance to the Armenian Genocide […]

‘Mer Doon’ Provides Brighter Future for Aged-out Orphans in Armenia

‘Mer Doon’ Provides Brighter Future for Aged-out Orphans in Armenia

HARTFORD, Conn. (A.W.)—It is a warm, calm Sunday afternoon, the kind that makes you want to doze off in your backyard hammock. It is coffee hour in the basement of St. George’s Armenian Church in Hartford. Sitting at a table is Julie Ashekian, the founder of “Mer Doon” (“Our Home”), an organization that lends a […]

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