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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. […]

Women Struggle to Enter Work in Armenian City

Single mothers in Armenia often find it hard to escape poverty because they are paid very little, if they can get a job at all. But those living in Gyumri, […]

Silent treatment for Armenia

Silent treatment for Armenia

What started out as a routine day at a local high school turned into an emotional experience for anyone familiar with giving talks on the Armenian genocide. There we were […]

Postcard from Armenia: “Just let me tell my story”

Postcard from Armenia: “Just let me tell my story”

The long summer day dissolved languidly into dusk as an Armenian friend and I walked down a busy road in Yerevan. The gaudy lights of an amusement park spilled onto […]

Growing Old in Armenia: Dealing with Alzheimer’s disease

Growing Old in Armenia: Dealing with Alzheimer’s disease

Part three of a four-part series The Muratsan University Hospital Web site advertises diagnostic services at its Center of Memory Impairment in Yerevan. But within the clinic, people with Alzheimer’s […]

Growing Old in Armenia: The trouble with pensions

Growing Old in Armenia: The trouble with pensions

Part two of a four-part series The tinny noise of silverware and clatter of plates mingles with the sound of muffled voices and the smell of freshly cooked pasta at […]

Now Embarking: An Artistic Interpretation of the 1947 and 1949 Armenian Repatriation

Now Embarking: An Artistic Interpretation of the 1947 and 1949 Armenian Repatriation

I was born in 1960, in Yerevan, Armenia, yet spoke little Armenian and what I did speak was Western Armenian. As a young child, I always wondered why I came […]

Growing Old in Armenia: The Role of Seniors in Evolving Armenian Families

Growing Old in Armenia: The Role of Seniors in Evolving Armenian Families

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a four-part series that looks at issues affecting the elderly in Armenia. A combination of economic and political factors, such as the collapse […]

Undernutrition in Armenia: A Matter of National Security

An estimated 171 million children under the age of 5 are stunted in the world, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Of those 171 million, 115 million suffer from […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

Encounters with Syrian-Armenians in Yerevan: 1970 and Today

There’s talk here in Armenia about what’s going on in Syria and what this means for Armenians living there. Open a newspaper or listen to the radio and you’ll see […]

Postcard from Armenia: Shopping Like a Local, and “Shnorhakalutyun, France!”

Postcard from Armenia: Shopping Like a Local, and “Shnorhakalutyun, France!”

A man wearing khaki shorts and sunglasses was blocking my way. In the cramped space between the meat deli and the shelves of neatly stacked lavash, or soft paper-thin layers […]

Armenian Border Village Struggles For Normalcy Amid Heavier Fighting

Armenian Border Village Struggles For Normalcy Amid Heavier Fighting

Life in Chinari, a village in northeastern Armenia bordering Azerbaijan, has been far from normal for two decades, and the last few days have made it even more challenging and […]

FAR Banquet Honors Armenia’s Other Children

NEW YORK — “Every time I saw a suffering child in Armenia, it reminded me of 1915,” said Archbishop Vicken Aykazian, who is credited with being a founding member of […]

Armenia ‘hate attacks’ expose anti-gay hatred

The acrid stench of burnt plastic still hangs in the air at the devastated basement bar, its walls blackened and fixtures melted by intense heat after the fire-bombers staged their […]

Armenian teenagers (and their parents) prepare for first end-of-school parties in two years

After a two-year break caused by Armenia’s switching to a new secondary education system, the country’s 1,400 schools are going to ring again the “Last Bell” on May 25 to […]

A Good Day for Homophobia in Yerevan

There has been much talk of the LGBTI community in Armenia lately. A bar, widely considered to be a gathering spot for those who think and act differently than most […]

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