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Syrian Armenians in Armenia: Challenges, Support, and Relief

Special for the Armenian Weekly The Syrian crisis began in the spring of 2011, but it wasn’t until violence hit Aleppo in late July 2012 that the first wave of Syrian Armenians began trickling into Armenia. Within just a couple of months, 3,000 refugees were living in the country. While their [more...]

January 21, 2014 // 4 Comments

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Non-Governmental Organizations in Armenia

During the Soviet era in Armenia, there were virtually no non-governmental organizations (NGOs). After the devastating earthquake of December 1988 and during the years of the war in Artsakh (Karabagh), NGOs began to form and were heavily involved with relief and humanitarian efforts. The government [more...]

January 15, 2014 // 6 Comments

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The Housing Conundrum: Syrian Armenians in Armenia

Special for the Armenian Weekly “My father passed away a few years before the beginning of the conflict. My mother works as a cook for 12 hours a day, while my 14-year-old brother attends school,” says Daron, 16, a Syrian-Armenian waiter in Yerevan. “I can’t go to school because I have to [more...]

January 14, 2014 // 18 Comments

Christmas time for an Armenian family tends to be one of the biggest events of the year, with non-stop cooking and eating, your 100-plus “family” members visiting and pinching your cheeks endlessly, and of course the countless “genats’” (Photo by Arevik Danielian)

Christmas in Armenia: A Culinary Perspective

Special to the Armenian Weekly Christmas time for an Armenian family tends to be one of the biggest events of the year, with non-stop cooking and eating, your 100-plus “family” members visiting and pinching your cheeks endlessly, and of course the countless “genats’” (toasts). Being one [more...]

January 5, 2014 // 6 Comments

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An Overview of the ARS Eastern USA’s Relief Efforts in Syria

The Armenian Relief Society (ARS) of Eastern USA’s efforts over the past two years have been focused on Syria, where families are faced with political uncertainty amid social and financial instability, including the immediate need for food and shelter. Members of the Armenian Relief Society [more...]

January 2, 2014 // 3 Comments

Kloian's 'The Armenian Genocide: News Accounts From the American Press (1915-1922)'

Searching for 1915: Newspaper Coverage of the Armenian Genocide

Special to the Armenian Weekly As we approach the 100th memorial year of the Armenian Genocide of 1915, there is increasing global interest and attention to what happened to so many Armenians. There is also a desire to discover how much the world knew at that time. Armenians and non-Armenians alike [more...]

December 27, 2013 // 11 Comments

TUMO News team working on their assignments during the workshop.

Tumo: A Gem on the Hill in Yerevan

Special to the Armenian Weekly Crossing over the Kievyan Bridge, you take a right turn onto Halabyan Street, where the once-expansive Tumanyan Park on the right has become a professionally landscaped park sporting modern, colorful playgrounds, sports fields, courts, and benches that cater to the [more...]

December 21, 2013 // 8 Comments

Image of the postcard found in the wall of an Armenian home in Ayntap: Heghine, the widow of Kevork Chavoush, with Mauser handgun in her right hand and a shortened-barrel (or stage prop) Mosin rifle in her left

The Woman in the Wall: A Story of People, Places, and Things

Special to the Armenian Weekly In 2005, a Turkish workman named Murat finds a dusty postcard hidden behind the wooden panels of a wall in an old house in south-central Turkey, in the city of Antep (Gaziantep). Image of the postcard found in the wall of an Armenian home in Ayntap: Heghine, the widow [more...]

December 11, 2013 // 46 Comments

The journalists with Diyarbakir Sur Municipality Mayor Abdullah Demirbas

Channeling the Past, Diyarbakir Looks to a Shared Future

Special to the Armenian Weekly DIYARBAKIR (A.W.)–The man was eavesdropping, it was obvious. Suren and I had sat down on the other side of the bench, backs to the Ayasofya, staring up into the minarets of the Blue Mosque. Suren was explaining the meaning of the word “axper” in English for [more...]

December 9, 2013 // 8 Comments

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Armenian Americans Reflect on JFK’s Assassination

On the day President John F. Kennedy was gunned down, I was sitting inside a construction trailer at Boston’s Prudential Center, shuffling some papers around at my desk. I had been working as an office clerk, deciding what to do with the rest of my working life, when a bulletin came over my [more...]

November 27, 2013 // 5 Comments

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