Bedrosyan: The Genocide of the Pontic Greeks

The annihilation of the non-Turk/non-Muslim peoples from Anatolia started on April 24, 1915, with the arrest of 250 Armenian intellectuals in Istanbul. Within a few months, 1.5 million Armenians had been wiped out from their historic homeland of 4,000 years in what is now eastern Turkey, as well as [more...]

July 2, 2014 // 14 Comments


Letter: Parajanov Rolling in His Grave

Dear Editor, In May, the Russian American Foundation (RAF) launched the 12th Annual Russian Heritage month in New York. Among the special events is an exhibition of renowned Armenian artist and filmmaker Sergey Parajanov opening on June 16. Parajanov lived throughout the better part of the [more...]

June 27, 2014 // 7 Comments

Constitutional Court Chair Gagik Haroutyunyan reads the verdict on Armenia’s pension reform.

Democracy vs. Autocracy: The Legal Battlefront

Special for the Armenian Weekly On April 2, something unexpected happened in Armenia: The Constitutional Court came down with a verdict overturning a government-backed law. In a 64-page ruling read by Court Chair Gagik Haroutyunyan, the administration’s mandatory privatized pension system was [more...]

June 25, 2014 // 4 Comments


Three Apples: dOIN’ tIME iN dAW’HA

Once there was and there was not …   1. [[[ dIS aPPEAR fROM hERE ]]] It’s Tuesday, and he’s on an Airbus, 32,972 feet above land, waiting for a computer network to ping him and beg him to return. Flight SU 106 is racing to Los Angeles from Moscow, where he has had a layover on his [more...]

June 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

Our small group talking with a woman about “Mustafa’s Khan”—a church that was converted to an inn in the 1800s.

Churches, Resolutions, and Justice: Contemplations in Western Armenia

Special for the Armenian Weekly It was day one on my eighth journey to Western Armenia. My wife, Joyce, and I were sitting in a tea-house in the town of Shadakh (Çatak) with a diverse group that included a Kurdish reporter, a budding human rights attorney, and Dilan, a PhD candidate serving ably [more...]

June 24, 2014 // 3 Comments

Ottoman artillery in Gallipoli (Photo: Turkish General Staff)

The Gallipoli/Dardanelles Campaign and the Armenian Genocide

‘In most of the writings about Gallipoli, civilian deportations and casualties are rarely mentioned. Even more disappointing is the failure to make the important link that the Gallipoli/Dardanelles campaigns had to one of the key phases of the Armenian Genocide—a genocide that would lead to the [more...]

June 18, 2014 // 18 Comments

The family gravestone

Confessions of an Angry Armenian

Special for the Armenian Weekly There it was again… The destruction, the desecration, the humiliation at the treatment of our sacred sites. And for what? A search for mythical gold? Gold that is not there and never was. The remains of the church or chapel On the beautiful shores of Lake Van, my [more...]

June 12, 2014 // 17 Comments

Turks today enjoy economic power built in part on the massive amount of expropriated wealth taken from Armenians and on land depopulated of Armenians. Not only has the wealth been passed down through the generations, it has been the basis for further economic development. This gain has been matched by the increasing loss of not only the initial wealth and land, but all the economic gains that would have been made with it by Armenians.

Turkey and Genocide Recognition: A Candid Assessment

Here we are within one year of an historic milestone in our quest for justice. It is now 99 years since the Ottoman-Turkish government unleashed the genocide that slaughtered some 1.5 million innocent Armenian men, women, and children. A genocide that uprooted another 500,000 from their ancestral [more...]

June 9, 2014 // 19 Comments

In recent rulings on Hovhannisyan and Siroyan v. Armenia, the European Court decided in favor of the plaintiffs, awarding them monetary compensation.

Perincek vs. Switzerland: Freedom of Expression Distorted

In a Dec. 17, 2013 judgment on the case of Perincek vs. Switzerland, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) denounced the conviction of Turkish nationalist Dogu Perincek by the Swiss courts. In 2005, during several events in Switzerland, Perincek had described the genocide of the Armenians as an [more...]

June 9, 2014 // 1 Comment

Hairenik WWII front page

WWII 70th Commemoration

Dear Editor: On June 6, the world will be commemorating the 70th anniversary of World War II with press coverage of personal stories. It might be of interest to your readers the many brave sacrifices made by our American Armenians as documented in Jimmy Tashjian’s 1952 book Armenian-Americans in [more...]

June 6, 2014 // 4 Comments

1 2 3 4 77