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Ten Things That I Loved About Armenia

Kalpana Sunder | Posted 09.30.2015 | Travel
Kalpana Sunder

Did you know that Armenia is the world's oldest Christian nation? And that Cher, who was born Cherilyn Sarkisian is half-Armenian? Armenia is usually not the first country that will come into your mind when you're deciding on your next travel destination.

Protecting the Media in Transitional States

Dallin Van Leuven | Posted 09.15.2015 | World
Dallin Van Leuven

Certainly, the U.S. can and should lead the way in promoting free speech across the world. But when it comes to promoting a free press and protecting the media in transitional states, perhaps the world would be better off following the lead of countries like Ghana.

Lousine Shamamian Shakes the Earth at the Fringe Fest 2015

Christopher Atamian | Posted 08.26.2015 | Entertainment
Christopher Atamian

Humor, biography and historical tragedy often make for strange if not incompatible bedfellows, but Lousine Shamamian has managed to unite the three with brilliant gusto at this year's New York Fringe Festival.

'As the Poppies Bloomed': Love and Hate in 1915

Christopher Atamian | Posted 08.24.2015 | Books
Christopher Atamian

Maral Boyadjian's debut novel, As the Poppies Bloomed is a fictionalized account of her family's experience during the Armenian Genocide of 1915, which decimated the families of all four of the author's grandparents.

Reviving Armenia's "Switzerland" Resort Town of Dilijan

Jackie Abramian | Posted 08.13.2015 | Travel
Jackie Abramian

Driving about 90 kilometers northeast of Armenia's vibrant capital city of Yerevan, the highway narrows into mountainous roads as you enter the Tavush region famous for its resort town of Dilijan.

Small Electric Yerevan Spark -- A Big Challenge for the Armenian Government

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
St. Gallen Symposium

What is specific to Electric Yerevan is that the protests were not led by any political leader, from either the ruling or opposition parties. It was a purely social movement led by young people and joined by the senior generation.

Why the Armenian Spring Is Not Maidan 2.0

Samuel Ramani | Posted 07.03.2015 | World
Samuel Ramani

While the trajectory Armenia will take still remains unclear, Sargasyan's best hopes for survival depend on using limited repression and to deter an aggressive Russian response by emphasizing the domestic undercurrents of the current protests.

How Turkey's New Government Can Advance Peace in the Region

Carl Bildt | Posted 06.16.2015 | World
Carl Bildt

VIENNA -- The success of the mainly Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party in capturing 13 percent of the vote in the recent election -- a total well above the party's core constituency -- should boost the Kurds' confidence and ease the way ahead in the peace process. But the far-right Nationalist Movement Party performed strongly in the election, capturing 16 percent of the vote, probably owing largely to popular opposition to the opening to the Kurds.

Toward a Migration Development Bank for Transition Economies

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 06.02.2015 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Labor migration and remittances may bring positive economic effects to developing countries. This is the case particularly in countries like those in Eastern Europe and Former Soviet Union members where remittances constitute high shares of foreign-currency revenues and GDP.

Is Armenia Close to Ending AIDS?

Michel D. Kazatchkine | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Michel D. Kazatchkine

I was in Armenia very recently to learn about the country's response to its epidemic and came away undoubtedly pleased with progress on a number of fronts but concerned on others.

On the Pursuit of Happiness

Yara Zgheib | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Yara Zgheib

Life is ephemeral. Liberty is fickle. And without the first two, all the wealth in the world does not amount to much. But happiness is not dictated by external circumstances; it is guided by inner purpose. It is not luck; it is a choice.

It's Not About Terms, It's About People

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 06.27.2015 | World
Arzu Kaya Uranli

The problem can be solved only if the Armenian nation and the Turkish nation work together. In the 21st century, and within our communication age it's about time for these two nations to find a way to discuss this taboo. This is a mutual sorrow that needs a mutual solution.

Muslim American Organizations Are on the Wrong Side of History on the Armenian Genocide

Yasmine Taeb | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
Yasmine Taeb

It is absolutely appalling to reject the historical claims of the atrocities and falsely assert that there have been no conclusive investigations by scholars and historians regarding this event.

Armenia Holds Emotional Ceremonies To Mark 100th Anniversary Of Genocide

AP | AVET DEMOURIAN | Posted 06.24.2015 | World

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) -- The presidents of Russia and France joined other leaders Friday at ceremonies commemorating the massacre 100 years ago of 1.5...

By Recalling Its Ambassador from the Vatican, Turkey Helped Publicize Pope's Affirmation of Armenian Genocide

Harut Sassounian | Posted 06.23.2015 | World
Harut Sassounian

The Turkish government's overreaction and the Pope's refusal to apologize for his remarks made international headlines on TV networks, websites and newspapers around the world.

More Than A Million Victims Of 1915 Armenian Genocide Named Saints

Reuters | Hasmik Mkrtchyan & Margarita Antidze | Posted 06.24.2015 | Religion

The Armenian Apostolic Church on Thursday made saints of up to 1.5 million Armenians at an open-air ceremony to commemorate their killing by Ottoman...

Sophia Jones

100 Years Ago, 1.5 Million Armenians Were Systematically Killed. Today, It's Still Not A 'Genocide.' | Sophia Jones | Posted 04.23.2015 | World

ISTANBUL -- On April 24, 1915, Ottoman Turkish authorities hauled off Daniel Varoujan, a leading Armenian poet of the time, along with over 200 other ...

Obama Again Avoids Calling 1915 Armenian Killings 'Genocide'

AP | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will once again stop short of calling the 1915 massacre of Armenians a genocide, prompting anger and disapp...

In Istanbul, Producer Sona Tatoyan Is Ready for Her Close-Up

Christopher Atamian | Posted 06.21.2015 | Entertainment
Christopher Atamian

Some thirteen years ago, Armenian-American actor and producer Sona Tatoyan embarked on a veritable odyssey to produce a feature film adaptation of Micheline Aharonian Marcom's contemporary masterpiece, Three Apples Fell From Heaven.

'I Will Raise My Voice and I Will Make My Song Fly, So That the Entire World Will Hear'

Nuri Kino | Posted 06.20.2015 | Impact
Nuri Kino

April 24th, 2015 marks 100 years since some of the Ottoman leaders decided to wipe out Christian Armenians, Assyrians/Syriacs/Chaldeans, Pontic Greeks and other non-Muslims in the northeast part of their empire.

Centennial of the Armenian Genocide: Recognition and Reconciliation

David L. Phillips | Posted 06.20.2015 | World
David L. Phillips

I have been involved in Turkish and Armenian issues since 1998. Then Turks were uncomfortable at the mere mention of Armenian issues. It was a code word for genocide recognition. Today things are different.

European Parliament Votes To Call 1915 Armenian Killings Genocide

Reuters | Adrian Croft and Ayla Jean Yackley | Posted 04.15.2015 | World

BRUSSELS/ISTANBUL, April 15 (Reuters) - The European Parliament backed a motion on Wednesday calling the massacre a century ago of up to 1.5 million A...

President Obama and the Recognition of the Armenian Genocide

Luna Atamian | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Luna Atamian

April 24, 2015 will mark the 100-year anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. With President Obama's second term coming to a close, let's hope that he will take this unique opportunity to recognize it.

The Conflict Around the 'G Word'

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 06.14.2015 | World
Arzu Kaya Uranli

As a Turkish American, I whole-heartedly believe that rather than lobbying the U.S. Congress at this time of year to stop using the "G word," we should be offering different solutions and creating a new commemoration day.

Turkey Objects To Pope Francis Use Of Word 'Genocide' To Describe Armenian Killing

AP | Posted 04.12.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday called the slaughter of Armenians by Ottoman Turks "the first genocide of the 20th century" and urged the...