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'Because we do direct help, and have been doing this for nine years, we have the reward of seeing good results first-hand.'

Big Help in Small Packages: One Diasporan’s Resolve to Support a Village

Special for the Armenian Weekly You may not have heard of Harry Nakashian or his organization, Armenia Assist, and its nearly decade-long endeavor to assist villagers living in poverty. Their humble efforts to sponsor Armenia’s neediest have virtually flown under the radar. Through the website, [more...]

February 24, 2014 // 6 Comments

The cover of 'David of Sassoun'

Retelling David of Sassoun: An Interview with David Kherdian

In Fresno, where I grew up just a couple of blocks down from William Saroyan’s childhood home, there was a sculptor named Varaz. His studio was near my house, and once in a while I’d pass by and see him pounding and chiseling away at one of his many wild and wonderful large-scale pieces. During [more...]

February 12, 2014 // 5 Comments

Khouri and Barsamian (Photo by Keenan Duffey)

Mohamed Bouazizi and the Arab Revolts: Barsamian Interviews Khouri

After being humiliated by state authorities, Mohamed Bouazizi, an unknown street vendor in the Tunisian town of Sidi Bouaziz, set himself on fire on Dec. 17, 2010. Just a few weeks before, WikiLeaks had published revelations confirming what virtually every Tunisian knew: The regime of Ben Ali was [more...]

January 24, 2014 // 1 Comment

Sabri Atman

Remembering the Assyrian Genocide: An Interview with Sabri Atman

BOSTON, Mass. (A.W.) —Exploiting an opportune moment during World War I, the Ottoman government carried out its intent to eliminate the empire’s Christian elements. Although a vast amount of scholarship has been conducted on the annihilation of the Armenians, one aspect of the genocide remains [more...]

January 8, 2014 // 30 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

Suciyan with Varujan Köseyan.

Examining ‘the Denialist Habitus in Post-Genocidal Turkey’

An Interview with Talin Suciyan The forced eradication of the Armenians from their homeland in 1915 has generated a unique scholarship that closely examines the genocidal policies from 1915 to 1923. One aspect, however, has remained blurred: the post-genocidal period and the repercussions of the [more...]

November 11, 2013 // 25 Comments

Umit Kurt

The Confiscation of Armenian Properties: An Interview with Ümit Kurt

The following interview with Ümit Kurt tackles how the physical annihilation of the Armenians paralleled the confiscation and appropriation of their properties in 1915. By citing the various laws and decrees that orchestrated the confiscation process, Kurt places our understanding of the genocide [more...]

September 23, 2013 // 23 Comments

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Bringing the ‘-ian’ to Congress: An Interview with Sheriff Koutoujian

BOSTON, Mass.—Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian has announced his candidacy for Senator Edward Markey’s (D-Mass.-5) vacant seat in Congress. The special election, which will likely take place sometime in December, has five candidates already campaigning for the Democratic primary, which [more...]

July 12, 2013 // 3 Comments

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