Articles by Nanore Barsoumian

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Nanore Barsoumian is the assistant editor of the Armenian Weekly. Her writings focus on human rights, politics, poverty, environmental and gender issues. She has reported from Armenia, Nagorno Karabagh, Javakhk, and Turkey. She earned her B.A. degree in Political Science and English from the University of Massachusetts (Boston). Email Nanore Barsoumian at, or follow her on Twitter (@NanoreB).
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Cover of the Armenian Weekly March 2014 magazine on Armenia's foreign policy

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

The Armenian Weekly March 2014 Magazine: Armenia’s Foreign Policy in Focus Some circumstances never change. Wedged between two empires for much of its long history, Armenia continues to navigate through the waves created by two gargantuan vessels—this time, Russia and the West. Cover of the [more...]

April 8, 2014 // 5 Comments

(L-R) Councilors Duff, Devaney, and Iannella (Photo by Nanore Barsoumian)

Governor’s Council Rejects Berman Nomination, Cites ADL Fiasco

BOSTON, Mass. (A.W.)—The Governor’s Council rejected Gov. Deval Patrick’s nomination of attorney Joseph S. Berman to a Superior Court seat on March 5. Opposition to Berman stemmed from his leadership role in the Anti-Defamation League (ADL)—an organization that claims to fight [more...]

March 10, 2014 // 6 Comments

Barsoumian delivering her speech (Photo by Aaron Spagnolo)

On the Legacy of Dink, a Dove, an Enemy of the State

On Jan. 19, Armenian Weekly Assistant Editor Nanore Barsoumian delivered the following speech during a memorial event hosted by the Friends of Hrant Dink at St. James Armenian Apostolic Church in Watertown, Mass. Three gun shots brought him down. His lifeless body sprawled on the pavement—a scene [more...]

January 21, 2014 // 8 Comments

Clutching a pillow in one hand, and two duffle bags in the other, he walked in to prison on Jan. 2.

How to Silence an Armenian Maverick in Turkey

They finally locked him up. It was only a matter of time, really. And frankly, I’m surprised it took them this long. The Turkish-Armenian journalist and entrepreneur Sevan Nisanyan could not accept his place in Turkish society.  And a “good” Armenian ought to know better than that. Somehow, [more...]

January 3, 2014 // 42 Comments

Sarah Leah Whitson

The War in Syria, the Humanitarian Crisis, and the Armenians

An interview with Sarah Leah Whitson In early December, I conducted a telephone interview with Sarah Leah Whitson, the director of the Middle East and North Africa Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW), on the Syrian crisis. HRW monitors and highlights human rights abuses worldwide, and has been [more...]

January 1, 2014 // 6 Comments


Judicial Nomination Exhumes ADL Fiasco

Massachusetts Superior Court Nominee Faces Opposition for Failing to Act in Face of Genocide Denial BOSTON, Mass. (A.W.)—“I don’t enjoy voting no, but it is the right thing to do,” Councilor Marilyn M. Pettito Devaney told the Armenian Weekly during an interview, as she explained why she [more...]

November 24, 2013 // 62 Comments

Students experiment in robotics during a workshop at Tumo.

Students Create Own Career Path in Armenia

“I want to become an architect, but I also want to become a good photographer,” Arevik Galoyan, 15, recently told the Armenian Weekly. “I’ve gained much from Tumo, starting with good friends to good knowledge,” she added. Students at Tumo Arevik is one of many students who attend [more...]

October 4, 2013 // 0 Comments

All the Light There Was is a story of loss, love, and finding the guiding light when darkness prevails.

Love and War: The Story of a Girl in Occupied France

All The Light There Was By Nancy Kricorian Boston & New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2013) 279 pages, $24.00 Anarchists, communists, liberals, Jews, émigrés—Frenchmen from all walks of life resisted the Nazi occupation in France and the Vichy regime during World War II. They [more...]

September 18, 2013 // 3 Comments

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