Monthly Archives: August 2012

Unknown Armin Wegner: new research on one of Genocide’s key eyewitnesses

Yerevan – A new publication on Armin T. Wegner, the German medic within the Sixth Turkish Army led by General Colmar von der Goltz, has been published by Dr. Tigran Sarukhanyan, the Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Armenian National Academy of Sciences Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography. One of the key eyewitness chroniclers of […]

104-year-old man issued with Armenian citizenship

104-year-old man issued with Armenian citizenship

ETCHMIADZIN. – The Marshal Baghramyan village oldest resident, 104-year-old Movses Dermishyan was solemnly issued with the citizenship of Armenia handed over by the Etchmiadzin passport and visa department head Andranik Adamyan on Friday, police information service reports. The oldest resident of Etchmiadzin has witnessed two world wars and the genocide. He was born in 1908 […]

Armenian Villages on Shaky Ground

Voghjaberd is a village without much of a future. Sitting on an area subject to frequent land slippage, and at risk from rocks tumbling down from higher ground, the houses here seem destined to collapse sooner or later. It is just a matter of time. Home to just over 1,000 people, this village in Armenia’s […]

Armeno-Kurdish Relations: Love Fest or Divorce Settlement Meetings?

Like a first date with a potential lover or a last meeting to settle divorce property with an ex, Armenian and Kurdish individuals are in a fest, both knowing full well that negative feelings hover over the canopy under which they are sipping champagne. Both sides, dealing from a position of weakness, manage to create […]

Armenian Olympians: Ancient Olympiads to London 2012

Long before Baron Pierre de Coubertin, after a nearly 1200-year hiatus, organized the Modern Olympics of “Athens 1896,” the Ancient Olympics that began in 776 B.C. honored countless athletes every four years, including some famous Armenians. Among them, Prince Varazdat Arshakuni (Վարազդատ in Armenian; Latinized as Varastades), later King of Armenia, was the last known […]

Turks Counter High School Genocide Classes

Just when you think life has dealt you a pat hand, along comes a conniver to steal your pot. For the past four years, members of our Armenian Genocide Education Committee of Merrimack Valley have filtered in and out of high schools north of Boston. We have also expanded our reach to include schools around […]

Is Western Condemnation of Cultural Destruction Reserved Exclusively for Enemies?

Is Western Condemnation of Cultural Destruction Reserved Exclusively for Enemies?

International organizations, Western governments, and mainstream media are vociferously outraged–and rightfully so–over the recent destruction of majestic Sufi Muslim shrines by Islamist extremists in Timbuktu, Mali, mirroring the reaction to the Taliban’s 2001 demolition of two beautiful Buddha statues in Bamiyan, Afghanistan. The violators of cultural rights in both instances are anti-Western, al-Qaeda-linked groups, and […]

Syrian-Armenians Accuse Reporters in Armenia for Making Unfounded Statements

A group of Syrian-Armenians who have recently arrived in Armenia have taken the local press to task for making unwanted and unfounded remarks about the situation of the Armenian community in Syria. What follows is their statement. A reporter from Armenia, who had recently visited Haleb, , organized a press conference upon returning to Yerevan […]

Armenia’s Medalist Return Home Triumphant

Armenia’s Medalist Return Home Triumphant

YEREVAN—Armenian Olympic medal winners returned home to Armenia Wednesday night and upon arrival at Zvartnots International Airport they were greeted by throngs of relatives and sports enthusiasts who treated them like national heroes. Silver medalist Arsen Julfalakyan and bronze medalists Hripsime Khurshudyan and Artur Aleksanyan were greeted by warm cheers and flowers, while some enthusiasts […]

Aznavour Angers Javakhk Armenians

Aznavour Angers Javakhk Armenians

AKHALTSKHA, Javakhk—Renowned singer and Armenia’s Ambassador to Switzerland Charles Aznavour has angered the Armenian population of Javakhk by agreeing to perform at an official ceremony on Thursday for the reopening of the historic Rabat Fortress, where reportedly he will be performing in front of a mosque, which has also been renovated by official Tbilisi. Several […]

Ending the Era of Orphanages in Armenia

Ending the Era of Orphanages in Armenia

In his childhood poems, my father grappled with the absence of his mother. He lost his parents by the age of eight, and spent years in an Aleppo orphanage, until he graduated. More than anything, he wanted his mother’s arms, and her hug. The poems are moving, and acutely painful. “The orphanage is the opposite […]

Leading Muslim Cleric Issued Fatwa, Condemning Turks for Killing Armenians

I recently came across an extremely significant Islamic document that severely criticizes Turks for using religion as a cover to killing Armenian Christians. This rarely seen document is a Fatwa or religious decree issued in May 1909 by Grand Sheikh Salim al-Bishri of Egypt, condemning Turkish Muslims for massacring 30,000 Armenians in Adana, a major […]

48 Hours in Javakhk

48 Hours in Javakhk

Much has been said about the need to help Javakhk, but little is known about the realities and conditions under which the local Armenians live. On a steamy June morning in Yerevan, I embarked on an unforgettable journey to this region and among the courageous Armenians who call Javakhk their home. My guide is Dr. […]

An Interview with Olympic Silver Medalist Arsen Julfalakyan

An Interview with Olympic Silver Medalist Arsen Julfalakyan

LONDON (A.W.)—Arsen Julfalakyan became a household name in Armenia and the Armenian Diaspora after he won the silver medal in the 74 kg. Greco-Roman wrestling event at the London Olympics on Sun., Aug. 5. In an exclusive interview with the Armenian Weekly, the champion discusses his journey to the Olympics and his future plans. *** […]

Microelectronics Olympiad backed by Synopsys, IEEE

LONDON – It won’t be speed over 100-meters but knowledge about microelectronics at the nanometer-scale that will determine the winners in a competition to take place in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, later this year. The idea behind the forthcoming electronic engineering competition is to turn microelectronics engineers into medal winners and inspire the next […]

The Armenian Genocide as a Case of Preventing Self-Determination

The Armenian Genocide as a Case of Preventing Self-Determination

The official attitude on the Armenian Genocide and the systematic practice of ethnic cleansing in Anatolia has reached a new stage with the recent statement by Vecdi Gonul, the former Turkish minister of national defense, to the effect that had these tragic events not occurred, the present-day Republic of Turkey could not have come into […]

Russia, Armenia ‘close strategic partners’ – Presidents

Russia, Armenia ‘close strategic partners’ – Presidents

Their meeting closely coincided with the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Russia and Armenia and the 15th anniversary of the Russian-Armenian friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance treaty. After emerging from the talks, Mr Putin spoke for the press: “We have discussed Russian-Armenian coordination within international organizations, including the Commonwealth of Independent States and the […]

Frequently Asked Questions on Armenian Demands from Turkey

The approaching centennial of the Armenian Genocide in 2015 raises some fundamental questions, particularly on Armenian territorial demands from Turkey. In the weeks and months ahead, this column will address these issues by presenting the rationale for these demands and provide answers to frequently asked questions. *** Question 1: Is it true that all claims […]

Supreme Court asked to review Armenian Genocide-era insurance case

Supreme Court asked to review Armenian Genocide-era insurance case

Washington – The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) joined an amicus brief to uphold a California law that protects the property rights of Armenian Americans, who were denied life insurance benefits during and after the Armenian Genocide. The filing follows a long and complex legal history that has included three separate and conflicting opinions […]

All Change at Yerevan Zoo

The following is guest blog Gareth Wynn-Owen, Deputy Ambassador in Yerevan. Although I have been in Yerevan for nearly three years, I am still discovering fascinating corners of the city. Over the weekend, my wife Molly and our 16-month daughter Alicia visited the Yerevan Zoo. It was absolutely scorching as we chugged along in chaotic […]

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