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Loving, and Maybe Exploiting, Armenia

Loving, and Maybe Exploiting, Armenia

Braden King’s ‘Here’ Raises Questions of Philosophy There are vistas in Braden King’s metaphysical road movie, “Here,” that are so beautiful you want to step through the screen and disappear into the Armenian landscape where much of it was filmed. In the most evocative scene, the camera slowly pans across pastures framed by distant mountains […]

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Artsakh Minister of Defense: “Our response to Azeri ceasefire violations is punishing”

Artsakh Minister of Defense: “Our response to Azeri ceasefire violations is punishing”

Fourteen journalists from Armenia recently visited frontline units of the Artsakh Defense Forces. This was due to an agreement reached between Hetq and the Artsakh Ministry of Defense. After our tour, we also had the opportunity to meet with Defense Minister Lieutenant-General Movses Hakobyan. We posed the following questions to him. Minister Hakobyan, what must […]

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Western Armenian Is Nearing Extinction

“We must know the white man language to survive in this world. But we must know our language to survive forever.” (Darryl Babe Wilson, a Native American). The recent well-justified alarm that western Armenian is among the world’s thousands of endangered languages (that is, predicted to die in the next 100 years), important though it […]

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Repatriate Reaches Out to Help Son of Freedom Fighter

Repatriate Reaches Out to Help Son of Freedom Fighter

Honoring the freedom fighters who served our nation is not just about celebrating their victories and sacrifices; it is about empathizing with their current-day struggles and challenges. This past December, a young repatriate living in Kapan did exactly that. She took it upon herself to aid in the medical treatment of the son of a […]

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Commentary: Armenian Genocide in Progress

Why is the Armenian Genocide relevant today, after 97 years? This question is asked often by non-Armenians and sometimes even by Armenians themselves. Therefore, we need a broader definition of that act of ethnic cleansing that befell the Armenian nation in order to understand its relevance today. First of all, the Genocide is not an […]

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From The Turks To The ‘Titanic:’ One Armenian’s Fateful Escape

From The Turks To The ‘Titanic:’ One Armenian’s Fateful Escape

Neshan Krekorian was barely in his twenties when his father urged him to emigrate from western Armenia and start a new life far away across the Atlantic Ocean. Thousands of Armenians were doing the same, in a bid to escape rising violence and persecution at the hands of Ottoman-era Turks. So Krekorian fled, making his […]

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Armenian genocide memorial to put Georgia between rock and hard place

The Armenian Diaspora in Tbilisi has asked City Hall to erect a memorial to their genocide at the hands of the Turks in the early 20th century. Georgian officials have not yet responded to the demand, but it is clear that if they build the monument it will cause a significant amount of discontent among […]

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Flying the Flag of Facebook for Power to the People – and the Politicians

Flying the Flag of Facebook for Power to the People – and the Politicians

A new flag is flying proudly these days alongside the Armenian national flag at opposition rallies for Armenia’s May 6 parliamentary elections, and it is the flag of Facebook. The US-based social network is proving an increasingly handy tool for shaking up Armenia’s ossified election system — both for exposing abuses and for campaigning — […]

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Turkey’s Foreign Minister in Search of ‘Soft’ Armenians

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkey’s “man on the run,” has added to his extremely busy schedule the new task of travelling around the globe trying to recruit ‘sensible’ Armenians. Davutoglu has embarked on such a desperate initiative after the failure of all Turkish attempts to divide and conquer the Armenians and weaken their resolve to […]

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Armenian Specialist at Library of Congress: “Who’ll replace me when I retire?”

Armenian Specialist at Library of Congress: “Who’ll replace me when I retire?”

Dr. Levon Avdoyan has been diligently working away at the U.S. Library of Congress since 1992. His current position is Armenian and Georgian area specialist in the Near East Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division. He fears that after retiring, there’ll be no one to replace him. Avdoyan was born in the U.S. […]

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U.S. Archaeologists Return to Shengavit Preserve

U.S. Archaeologists Return to Shengavit Preserve

The Cambridge-Yerevan Sister City Association (CYSCA) is launching a fundraising effort to help support the ongoing research into 4th–2ndmillennium B.C. history and culture at the Shengavit archaeological site in Yerevan. Archaeologist Dr. Mitchell S. Rothman, head of the department of anthropology at Widener University in Pennsylvania, plans on returning to Armenia with a group of […]

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Religious Minorities in Turkey: ‘An Endangered Species’?

Religious Minorities in Turkey: ‘An Endangered Species’?

U.S. Religious Freedom Report Serves Tough Warning The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) in its 2012 annual report recommended designating Turkey as a “country of particular concern (CPC)” for its “systematic and egregious limitations on the freedom of religion.” Turkey was on the commission’s “Watch List” from 2009-11. The commission found that […]

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Children in Armenia Agree…….We Shall Overcome!

Much of the pleasure derived from being in a foreign country comes from the children we meet. Rosy cheeked and smiling, even in frigidly cold weather, Emma and Saran greet me almost every day as we meet on the sidewalk, going in our opposite directions to different schools. At first it was “hello, how are […]

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BREAKING NEWS: Zarakolu Released from Prison Pending Trial

ISTANBUL, Turkey—Publisher Ragip Zarakolu was released from prison today pending trial along with 14 other suspects. He was taken into custody on Oct. 28, 2011, during a large-scale manhunt in Istanbul against Kurdish and human rights activists. An indictment on an alleged umbrella political organization (KCK) that includes the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), was accepted […]

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Campaign for Anahit’s return to Armenia from British Museum

I am a Pre-Med student at the University of California, Irvine studying Biological Sciences. I was born and raised in Yerevan, Armenia. As a child I was taken to every major museum in Yerevan. This has contributed immensely to who I have become today and why I decided to undertake this time-consuming initiative. I studied […]

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In Jerusalem, the spiritual and the physical can be overwhelming

In Jerusalem, the spiritual and the physical can be overwhelming

JERUSALEM — Tour guide Doobie Sabbo stood just outside the walls of Old Jerusalem, the holiest city to Christians and Jews, the third most important to Muslims. King David’s ancient city is less than half a square mile, but has been fought over too many times in the name of God. Things seem peaceful now, […]

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Russian radar in Armenia to block an US/Israeli strike on Iran from the north

Moscow has stepped into the vacuum created by US President Barack Obama’s decision to stay out of any potentially incendiary Middle East involvement while campaigning for a second term. After blocking the way to direct Western and Arab military intervention in Syria through the Mediterranean, Russia sent its Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov last week on […]

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Filmmakers Wants to Raise $24,000 in 24 Days for Armenian Genocide Film

The filmmakers behind a new documentary film (Back to Gürün) about the Armenian Genocide have just launched a campaign on the fundraising website Indiegogo.com to “Raise24K in 24Days” in April to finance its completion. Back to Gürün, directed by Adrineh Gregorian, was the Directors Across Borders award-winning project at the 2011 Golden Apricot International Film […]

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Russia expecting attack on Iran by summer

Russia expecting attack on Iran by summer

Editor’s Note: The following report is excerpted from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin, the premium online newsletter published by the founder of WND. Subscriptions are $99 a year or, for monthly trials, just $9.95 per month for credit card users, and provide instant access for the complete reports. WASHINGTON – The Russian military anticipates that an […]

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The Armenian diaspora we don’t know

Approximately 90,000 Armenians migrated from a number of other countries to Armenia during what we could call a “second wave,” between 1946 and 1948. What happened during this great wave, the way Armenia treated these people, the failure for many years to consider them as equals of the local Armenians, discriminating against them and mistreating […]

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