Monthly Archives: October 2012

Akçam Says Turkish Archives Show Genocide Planning By Central Government

Akçam Says Turkish Archives Show Genocide Planning By Central Government

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A capacity audience gathered to hear Prof. Taner Akçam speak about his most recent book, The Young Turks’ Crime against Humanity: The Armenian Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in the Ottoman Empire, at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. Akçam is the only scholar of Turkish descent who chairs an […]

An Odar’s Pilgrimage to Historic Armenia

An Odar’s Pilgrimage to Historic Armenia

I’d heard about historic Armenia for years. I learned about it from the stories of friends whose grandparents were born there. I saw it in the paintings of Saryan. I sang about it in songs like “Giligia” and “Akh Vaspurakan.” I peered into it from the buffer zone on the Armenian side of the border […]

Harut and Ophelia: A Father’s Birthday Wish

Harut and Ophelia: A Father’s Birthday Wish

For his daughter’s birthday, my friend Harut wished for her the following, which he wrote on his Facebook page: “Ophelia dear, my daughter, I am grateful to God that you exist. For you, my miracle, I wish happiness. I am sure that you will not stay there; I know that you are coming back because […]

Preventive measures: Armenia responds to Azerbaijan’s military rhetoric by showing airstrike capability

Preventive measures: Armenia responds to Azerbaijan’s military rhetoric by showing airstrike capability

Last week Armenia marked the Day of Armenian Missile and Artillery Troops. But that wasn’t the main factor that generated interest in the missile forces. The main interest was fueled by the unprecedented statement made by Armenia’s deputy defense minister about Armenia’s being ready to carry out strike against the oil and gas infrastructure of […]

Is Syria Fast-Becoming Turkey’s Vietnam?

The Turkish-promoted so-called Arab Spring in Syria has backfired on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Turkey. Each passing day further drags Turkey deeper into the quick-sands of Syria. And Mr. Erdogan is not too happy about it. In Egypt’s popular uprising, Turkey initially ignored the plight of the Egyptian people, and sided with Dictator Pres. […]

Remembering Armenian Patriarch Torkom II

It has been a sad week for the Armenian patriarchate of Jerusalem, following the death of the late Patriarch Torkom II. Numerous messages of sorrow and many tributes have been made for him. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has written to the Vicar General of the Patriarchate to offer the Bishops’ “heartfelt […]

Photograph links Germans to 1915 Armenia genocide

Photograph links Germans to 1915 Armenia genocide

The photograph – never published before – was apparently taken in the summer of 1915. Human skulls are scattered over the earth. They are all that remain of a handful of Armenians slaughtered by the Ottoman Turks during the First World War. Behind the skulls, posing for the camera, are three Turkish officers in tall, […]

Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Matenadaran Opened in Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin

Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Matenadaran Opened in Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin

On October 18, 2012, with the participation of the President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan and Holy Etchmiadzin benefactors Vatche and Tamar Manoukians, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians presided over the opening ceremony of the “Vatche and Tamar Manoukian” Matenadaran in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. The ceremony commenced […]

Akhtamar: A Photographic Journey

Akhtamar: A Photographic Journey

The Armenian Weekly features below a series of photographs from the Sourp Khatch (Holy Cross) Church on Akhtamar Island in Van, taken by the Weekly Editor during a recent trip to the area. Click here for more articles and photographs from the Editor’s trips to historic Armenia.

Armenia’s Syria Aid Already Being Distributed

Armenia’s Syria Aid Already Being Distributed

ALEPPO (Yerkir Media)—The cargo of humanitarian assistance delivered to Syria by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation-led “Help Your Brother” effort is already being distributed to Armenians and Syrians in crisis-ravaged Aleppo, organizers said. The first plane carrying relief supplies to Syria from Armenia landed safely at the Aleppo airport Monday after stopping for a scheduled inspection […]

Russia protects Armenia from Western influence

The deployment of the 102nd Russian military base in Gyumri remains the subject of heated debate. Some believe that that the Russian base guarantees security for Armenia, while some are convinced that the base threatens the sovereignty of the country. Pravda.Ru talked to the Vice President of the Academy of Geopolitical Issues Konstantin Sivkov to […]

Torkom Manoogian, In the New York Times

Torkom Manoogian, Archbishop of Armenian Orthodox Church, Dies at 93 Archbishop Torkom Manoogian, the longtime leader of the Armenian orthodox church in the United States and a savvy communicator who used his pulpit in New York to broaden public awareness of the Armenian genocide, died on Oct. 12 in Jerusalem. He was 93. He had […]

A Turk, a Kurd, and an Armenian Walk into a Church

A Turk, a Kurd, and an Armenian Walk into a Church

We park the car near Lake Van and start our long hike towards the side of a hill where the ruins of a medieval Armenian monastery await us. It is a long hike over uneven surfaces thoroughly sprinkled with dry manure. We had met the culprits earlier, near the lake—a large herd of sheep that […]

Shakira Shows Armenian Flag at Baku Concert

World famous singer Shakira caused a stir at an international soccer tournament in Beku Saturday as she mistakenly held up a Colombian flag upside down giving the impression it was the flag from Armenia. The Colombian singer took to the stage before the FIFA Under 17 Women’s World Cup Final between France and Korea in […]

SARF Delivers Needed Funds to Syrian Armenians

SARF Delivers Needed Funds to Syrian Armenians

GLENDALE—The first installment of desperately needed funds sent by the Syrian Armenian Relief Fund (SARF) made it to the account set up specially on behalf of the united committees of the Syrian Armenians by the Holy See of Cilicia in Lebanon. Meher Der Ohanessian, SARF Executive Committee Treasurer, remarked that, “We are very pleased that, […]

Wake Up, Gentlemen

On October 4, 14-year old Malala Yousafzai was singled out and brutally shot in the head and neck by the Taliban in northwestern Pakistan. Her crime? Wanting an education. An article published in the New York Times on October 9, 2012 writes that a spokesman for the Taliban confirmed that she was shot because of […]

First Armenian Relief Plane Lands in Aleppo

ALEPPO, YEREVAN—The first plane carrying relief supplies to Syria from Armenia landed safely at the Aleppo airport Monday after stopping for a scheduled inspection in Erzerum, organizers reported. The plane carrying supplies that were gathered from donors in Armenia and Artsakh under the “Help Your Brother” campaign spearheaded by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation was operated […]

Archbishop Yeghishe Gizirian Celebrates 65th Anniversary of Joining Priesthood

Archbishop Yeghishe Gizirian Celebrates 65th Anniversary of Joining Priesthood

This year Archbishop Yeghishe Gizirian is celebrating the 65th Anniversary of his being ordained into priesthood of the Holy Armenian Orthodox Church. British Armenians remember the Archbishop with deep fondness and affection, as between 1982 and 2002, he served as Primate of the Armenian Churches in the United Kingdom. Archbishop Gizirian was much loved and […]

Armenian jet flies to Aleppo after Turkish checks

Armenian jet flies to Aleppo after Turkish checks

ANKARA — An Armenian plane carrying humanitarian aid to Syria’s battered second city of Aleppo took off again Monday after being made to land in eastern Turkey for a security check on its cargo, the Anatolia news agency reported. Officials said no suspect cargo turned up during the stop in eastern Erzurum city, unlike last […]

Armenia-Russia: Old ties, new projects, uncertain future

Armenia-Russia: Old ties, new projects, uncertain future

Despite the optimistic tone of the meeting of the Armenian-Russian intergovernmental commission, which took place in Yerevan late last week, it still revealed the reluctance of Yerevan to strengthen its ties with Moscow. First, it was stated that Yerevan is categorically against the Russian immigration program, Compatriots, by which about 5,000 Armenian citizens have left […]

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