Special Reports

There is a new air emerging in the country.

Breaking the Norm: Street Dancing in Yerevan

YEREVAN (A.W.)—There are a lot of things going on below the surface in Yerevan. While most people are stuck on the tourist sites, consumer boutiques, and stereotypes of the past, a new generation of youth are embracing fresh ideas and alternative subcultures. There is a new air emerging in the [more...]

October 29, 2013 // 3 Comments

Dual Survival: Man and Church in the Lake Van Region of Historic Armenia

Story and photos by Mathhew Karanian (Special to the Armenian Weekly) If you’ve ever watched a reality survival show on television—one of those shows were a couple of adventurers get dropped off in a desert with instructions to survive long enough to make it back home—then you might be able [more...]

October 26, 2013 // 9 Comments


‘Something Broke Inside Me’: Armenians Who Fled Azerbaijan Speak

The Armenian Weekly August 2013 Magazine The woman sitting across from me stopped speaking. Tilting her chin downward she closed her eyes and shook her head slightly. No. Oh, I said, startled as I looked up from my notebook. I saw there were tears running down her face. Oh, it’s OK. You don’t [more...]

October 23, 2013 // 33 Comments

Women's Resource Center participating in a demonstration for increased equality Yerevan. (Photo by Svetlana Antonyan)

The ‘Gender Equality Law’ Hysteria in Armenia

(Special to the Armenian Weekly) YEREVAN (A.W.)—In May 2013, Armenia’s Parliament adopted the law on “Equal Rights and Equal Opportunities for Men and Women.” For the past two months, adoption of this piece of legislation has been the topic of an extremely frenzied debate. The discussion [more...]

September 20, 2013 // 39 Comments

Remains of burned Coptic religious texts outside the al-Amir Tadros Church in Minya city on August 19, 2013 (Copyright Matt Ford-HRW)

Amid Turmoil, Armenians of Egypt Remain on Sidelines

As violence peaked in Egypt in recent weeks, and rumors spread about an attack on an Armenian church, the Armenian Weekly contacted members of the Egyptian-Armenian community for their interpretation of the events unfolding in the country. A wedding at the Boghos Bedros Armenian Apostolic Church in [more...]

August 25, 2013 // 14 Comments

Hrach Muradyan

The Murder of Hrach Muradyan and its Aftermath: A Detailed Report

(The Armenian Weekly)–The village of Proshyan (also spelled Broshyan), situated in Kotayk province, just outside of Yerevan, has a population of about 5,000 people. The Proshyan Brandy Factory, which is famous for the high-quality grapes and apricots it uses, is right in the village center. [more...]

August 8, 2013 // 14 Comments

Raphael Lemkin

What Our Words Mean: Towards the Vindication of ‘Medz Yeghern’

People do not bother to look for attitudes and terminology which will assert their unique identities, but rather opt for popular and widely current formulas. –The Armenian Weekly, editorial (1981)1   ‘Shoah’ or ‘Holocaust’? A crime against humanity may trigger a catastrophe for the [more...]

August 2, 2013 // 13 Comments

“Brief Information to Avoid Injury in a Fire, Written by the Cavalier Aldini, Which Could be Important for Stampolts’is [the inhabitants of Istanbul].”

Celebrating Armenian Literary Tradition in the Library of Congress

WASHINGTON (A.W.)–Walking through the Great Hall of the Library of Congress (LOC) in Washington, D.C., is a surreal experience. The regal columns, golden walls, and elaborate artwork covering the high-rise ceilings are befitting of a European palace. The details are a sharp contrast to the [more...]

August 2, 2013 // 3 Comments

Figure 2: The Hrazdan Thermal Power Plant

Electricity Production in Armenia

Electricity production in Armenia has fully recovered from the major problems it was facing in the early 1990’s and is now a reliable industry. Armenia’s energy issues began after the 1989 earthquake, when the government of Soviet Armenia was forced to close the Metzamor nuclear power plant [more...]

July 25, 2013 // 7 Comments

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