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The first photos of Armenian Genocide Memorial Church in Der Zor blown up by ISIS emerged on Sept. 24.

The Writing on our Foreheads

The destruction of the Armenian Genocide Memorial Church in Der Zor Special for the Armenian Weekly By Rupen Janbazian “If the road to Auschwitz was a ‘twisted path’, the path to Der Zor was positively torturous.” In his book The Dark Side of Democracy: Explaining Ethnic Cleansing, this is [more...]

September 29, 2014 // 1 Comment

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Sahagian: Of Departure and Endurance in Armenia

Special for the Armenian Weekly YEREVAN, Armenia—The nightly breeze in Yerevan hits me, blowing my long hair in different directions. My bald friend is indifferent, and begins to explain his frustrations with some of the ideals we’re raised with in the diaspora. “Our parents raised us to love [more...]

September 5, 2014 // 8 Comments

The Blackberries of Kharpert (Photo by Eric Nazarian)

Nazarian: The Blackberries of Kharpert

Special for the Armenian Weekly It’s been an unspeakably bloody summer in the Middle and Near East. The awful war in Gaza, the beheading of James Foley, the sniper shootings on border villagers in Tavush, the endless mayhem and quagmire of Syria, the micro-war between Armenia and Azerbaijan [more...]

September 4, 2014 // 12 Comments

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Congressional Candidate Sheldon Schwartz on Armenian Issues

By Jacob Palalay How would American Jews react if the federal government questioned the existence of the Holocaust? Sheldon Schwartz This is often asked by Lexington native Sheldon Schwartz, Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress, 5th District. As a Jew growing up in post-World War II America, Dr. [more...]

September 4, 2014 // 4 Comments

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Letter: Let’s Stand Up Against Injustice

Dear Editor: 2014 vs. 1915… Too similar, too familiar. The Germans would never plot another Holocaust with the hopes of getting away with it, because they didn’t the first time! When Adolf Hitler was giving a speech in the midst of plotting the genocide of the Jews, he said, “Who, [more...]

September 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

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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 // 5 Comments

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 // 16 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 // 12 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

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