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Azerbaijan’s Consul in Los Angeles Needs to Learn How to Use a Laptop

A funny thing happened to the consul general of Azerbaijan last week on his way to make an audio-visual presentation at the Los Angeles World Affairs Council. Nasimi Aghayev stepped up to the podium, turned on his fancy laptop, and proudly urged the audience to watch scenes of Azerbaijan on a large screen on the […]

Սիրիահայ տնտեսագետ. «Ես ուզում եմ մենակ՝ մեզ էն աչքով նայեն, որ մենք հայաստանցի ենք, սիրիահայ չենք»

Սիրիահայ տնտեսագետ. «Ես ուզում եմ մենակ՝ մեզ էն աչքով նայեն, որ մենք հայաստանցի ենք, սիրիահայ չենք»

Սիրիահայ տնտեսագետ Հարութ Փալուլյանը առաջին անգամ Հայաստան էր եկել 2008-ին՝ Հայաստան-Թուրքիա ֆուտբոլային խաղը դիտելու և արձակուրդն անցկացնելու, երկրորդ անգամ՝ 2010-ին՝ եղբոր հարսանիքին, իսկ այս հուլիսին Հայաստան է եկել արդեն վերջնական մնալու: Հարութը կարողացել է Երևանում աշխատանք գտնել այստեղ գալուց մեկ շաբաթ անց: Հայաստան գալու 3-րդ օրը նա տվել է մամուլի ասուլիս, որը տեսել է ֆինանսական […]

Armenian Relief Society marks 30 years in UK

Armenian Relief Society marks 30 years in UK

London – A special function was organized in London’s “Navasardian” Center, celebrating ARS Great Britain’s 30th Anniversary on October 14. Chairperson of ARS Central Executive Board Mrs. Vicky Marashlian arrived in London on October 12, for a visit to the ARS chapter in Great Britain. Among the invitees, were the representative of the local ARF […]

Eat Thai, talk Turkish, think Armenian: an encounter

On 31 May 2010, when the Armenia-Turkey Protocols of 2009 were still very much the buzz of many Armenian and Turkish blogospheres, I wrote a short personal reflection entitled ‘An Armenian-Turkish encounter in Germany’ (http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/12373). It described a fortuitous encounter I had with Ajlan, a thirty-something Turkish man living in Frankfurt and working for a […]

Eat Thai, talk Turkish, think Armenian: an encounter

On 31 May 2010, when the Armenia-Turkey Protocols of 2009 were still very much the buzz of many Armenian and Turkish blogospheres, I wrote a short personal reflection entitled ‘An Armenian-Turkish encounter in Germany’ (http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/12373). It described a fortuitous encounter I had with Ajlan, a thirty-something Turkish man living in Frankfurt and working for a […]

Eat Thai, talk Turkish, think Armenian: an encounter

On 31 May 2010, when the Armenia-Turkey Protocols of 2009 were still very much the buzz of many Armenian and Turkish blogospheres, I wrote a short personal reflection entitled ‘An Armenian-Turkish encounter in Germany’ (http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/12373). It described a fortuitous encounter I had with Ajlan, a thirty-something Turkish man living in Frankfurt and working for a […]

Exodus Realities: Russian Ambassador Asks “Why are people leaving Armenia?”

Exodus Realities: Russian Ambassador Asks “Why are people leaving Armenia?”

In June of last year, Armenian President Sargsyan instructed his government agencies dealing with migration issues to manufacture data that would show that more people were entering the country than leaving. This manipulation of the numbers was doomed from the start. Average citizens of Armenia daily see long lines of people waiting outside foreign embassies […]

Homenetmen: a Worldwide Family

I have my parents to thank for a lot of things: the roof over my head, the clothes on my back and the food in my mouth. But, these generic things aside they also took me to church every Sunday, taught me Armenian and, when I was five years old, they enrolled me in Homenetmen. […]

Lighthouse Foundation reaches out to Armenia’s disabled

Lighthouse Foundation reaches out to Armenia’s disabled

Ptghounk, Armenia – Armenian Lighthouse Charitable Foundation (ALCF), the organization formerly known as Paros “Lighthouse” Charitable Foundation, cares for the sick and injured who are marginalized and often forgotten. As part of its community outreach initiative, called Husi Jerag (Light of Hope), ALCF has given the gift of mobility to dozens of disabled children and […]

Come back, Diyarbakır mayor tells Armenians

Come back, Diyarbakır mayor tells Armenians

Diyarbakır’s BDP-member mayor issues a call for exiled Armenians to ‘return to their city’ following the 1915 events while condemning the massacres as ‘cruelty’ The mayor of Diyarbakir Metropolitan Municipality has invited all Armenians and other non-Muslim peoples whose ancestors were born in the southeastern province before being forced to flee during the 1915 events […]

Safarov factor: Extradition of confessed Azeri criminal continues to hamper Armenian-Hungarian relations

Safarov factor: Extradition of confessed Azeri criminal continues to hamper Armenian-Hungarian relations

Students of the Yerevan State University and members of the Gurgen Margaryan NGO organized a march to the Yerablur military cemetery in the Armenian capital – the resting place of the officer who was hacked to death while being asleep by Ramil Safarov, an Azeri fellow student at NATO-sponsored English language courses in Budapest, Hungary, […]

14-year-old reflects on trip to Armenia

As a 2012 graduate of the Armenian Sisters Academy, I traveled to Armenia in June with nine of my classmates. During the school year preceding the trip, we were busy fundraising and wondering what the motherland would be like. During Armenian class in school, I would think, “Wow, I’m going to be experiencing this for […]

Talin Dolls: Crocheting for Change

Talin Dolls: Crocheting for Change

It is not uncommon in Armenia, on a warm early autumn day, to see adults gathered together, chatting happily while the children sit on the floor playing with assorted toys, smiling and laughing. Two children make car noises; others toss a ball back and forth; and one sits quietly creating imaginary lives for her inanimate […]

500 Years: A Celebration of Ink and Paper and Glue

500 Years: A Celebration of Ink and Paper and Glue

Special Issue: Celebrating 500 Years of Armenian Printing The Armenian Weekly, Sept. 1, 2012 (Download article in PDF) No one is ever going to confuse the Madenataran with the local neighborhood bookstore. It sits on a hill in downtown Yerevan, a massive, 122-thousand-square-foot block of marble and basalt, its entrance shielded by statues of Armenian […]

Many Syrian Armenians feared stranded after Armenian airline suspends flights to Aleppo

Many Syrian Armenians feared stranded after Armenian airline suspends flights to Aleppo

Armenia’s national air carrier Armavia on Monday suspended indefinitely its regular flights from Yerevan to Syria’s Aleppo and back, citing increased danger of flying over what is now a war zone as well as lack of communication with Syrian air traffic controllers. Armavia, which together with Syria’s Syrian Air company, in recent weeks has been […]

Armenian town hosts first-ever honey and berry festival

Armenian town hosts first-ever honey and berry festival

The town of Berd, in the Tavush district of Armenia hosted its first-ever festival of honey and berries on Saturday. With the goal of popularizing Armenian honey and berries the festival attracted hundreds of visitors. I was a member of a small Georgian delegation at the festival. The Armenian honey event was of particular interest […]

Andrea Pampanini, a proud Armenian by choice

Andrea Pampanini, a proud Armenian by choice

New York – Andrea Pampanini lost his long fight with heart disease on July 5 in New York. Services were held at St. Illuminators Armenian Cathedral in New York with burial at Cedar Grove Cemetary. Surviving him are his wife Annie (nee Sandrik), daughter Taline, son-in-law Mark Batsyan,and several relatives around the world. Born in […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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