Special Reports


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

President Ronald Reagan presents the National Medal of Technology to Damadian, 1988.

2003 Nobel Prize for MRI Denied to Raymond Vahan Damadian

By George B. Kauffman According to the late Ulf Lagerkvist, a member of the Swedish Academy of Sciences who participated in judging nominations for the Chemistry Prize, “It is in the nature of the Nobel Prize that there will always be a number of candidates who obviously deserve to be rewarded [more...]

November 7, 2013 // 39 Comments

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

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