My Grandfather the Gulag Escapee: A Life Reconstructed

I remember being six years old, visiting my grandparents in Glendale, Calif., for the first and final time in my memory. I’ve held onto the memory of that trip for the longest time. I remember my grandmother telling me in her Austrian accent, “Go play chess vith your papik.” She and my father [more...]

September 1, 2014 // 1 Comment

Aliyev’s policy of securing short-term populist support, however, is clearly poised–if not somewhat intended–to exacerbate the already heavily tense relations with Yerevan.

Artsakh and President Aliyev’s Dilemma Revisited

Azeri incursions along the Line of Contact (LoC) during the past several weeks have escalated significantly in frequency and intensity. As would be expected, the Artsakh defenders have been more than able to protect their homeland against these blatant violations of the ceasefire agreement. The [more...]

August 30, 2014 // 13 Comments

Ulash and Khatchig Mouradian collecting garbage in the Monastery (Photo by Eric Nazarian)

Bohjalian: A Little Hope amidst the Monastery Debris

The other day I watched an eight-year-old boy named Ulash (pronounced Oo-lush) spontaneously take a white plastic grocery bag and fill it with potato chip wrappers, cigarette butts, and crushed plastic water bottles. Ulash (Photo by Victoria Blewer) This was newsworthy not simply because small boys [more...]

August 29, 2014 // 8 Comments

The participants in the trip visit Garni.

What’s Next for the ‘Hidden Armenians’ of Diyarbakir/Dikranagerd?

The historic first trip to Armenia of Diyarbakir’s “hidden Armenians” is coming to an end and it is time for us to assess its impact, consequences, and next steps. At the end of the first week, we organized a “Dikranagerd Night” at a beautiful location called the HyeLandz Eco Village in [more...]

August 28, 2014 // 9 Comments

Margadeh, Syria in 2005 (Photo by Alexandra Avakian)

Confronting the Yazidi Genocide

Special for the Armenian Weekly Thousands of people leaving their ancestral homeland. Women and children being kidnapped, raped, and sold as slaves. Men slaughtered by the dozens. While this sounds like something from the Armenian Genocide, it is going on in the world as I write. In Northern Iraq, [more...]

August 27, 2014 // 1 Comment

The Presidents of Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan finalizing the details for the Eurasian Economic Union

Armenia and the EEU: A Social and Economic Assessment

Earlier this year, on May 29, a who’s who of dictators met up in the Kazakh capital of Astana to finalize the details of an agreement that is supposed to be of “epoch-making significance.” The treaty signed was to create the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), an amalgamation of the Russian [more...]

August 21, 2014 // 11 Comments

Cover of Australia’s Treasurer Joe Hockey’s authorized biography

The Hidden Truth in Hockey’s Book

Australia’s Treasurer Joe Hockey’s authorized biography has attracted much interest, including a peak into Cabinet relationships, the budget, and future leadership contenders. Yet there is one issue that has snuck firmly under the radar, and goes to Australia’s moral fabric: the denial of the [more...]

August 19, 2014 // 1 Comment


One Criterion: Being Armenian

Armenians around the world are preparing to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The official day of commemoration is April 24, 2015 as April 24, 1915 was the Kristallnacht of the Armenian Genocide. It was the evening that the Turkish Ottoman Government arrested 250 Armenian [more...]

August 13, 2014 // 10 Comments


Twitter Has Moral Responsibility to #StopAliyev

Twitter—the social network that allows 140-character posts from anyone, anywhere, about anything—rose to public policy prominence by “helping” organize the Arab Spring revolution and spread truths about minorities suffering awful mistreatments across several continents. This [more...]

August 8, 2014 // 9 Comments

(L-R) Irene Vasquez, director, Chicano Hispanic Mexicano Studies Program at the University of New Mexico; Kaolin, feminist activist; Elizabeth Shuler, secretary-treasurer, AFL-CIO; Santita Jackson, radio host and network television commentator; and acclaimed singer LaDonna Harris, president, Americans for Indian Opportunity

An Appeal for Armenian Involvement in NOW, ‘Women in Black’

Twice I have participated in women’s conferences, and both times I realized that I was the only Armenian there. More than 400 women recently participated in the conference organized by the National Organization for Women (NOW) from July 27 -29. Seven years earlier, I had gone to Valencia, [more...]

August 4, 2014 // 4 Comments

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