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News of general interest to the Armenian-American community, as well as editorials, political analyses, regular columns, and short stories and poems.


Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:49:57 +0000
Armenia’s New Parliament Gets to Work

YEREVAN—The seventh National Assembly of Armenia officially convened for its first parliamentary session since December’s snap election. Deputies were sworn in last week ahead of Monday’s meeting, completing the peaceful transition of power triggered by [...]

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Raffi Elliott

Weekly Columnist & Armenia Correspondent

Raffi Elliott is a Canadian-born entrepreneur and occasional journalist who likes to ramble on about socioeconomic and political issues in Armenia. He lives in Yerevan with his family. He also holds a masters degree in International Relations.

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Tue, 15 Jan 2019 15:58:06 +0000
Turkey Ranks Among Top 10 Countries With Probability of Committing Genocide

According to the Early Warning Project of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Turkey is ranked 8th among countries with the highest risk of committing mass killings. Azerbaijan is wrongly ranked much lower at 87th, and [...]

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Harut Sassounian

California Courier Editor

Harut Sassounian is the publisher of The California Courier, a weekly newspaper based in Glendale, Calif. He is the president of the United Armenian Fund, a coalition of the seven largest Armenian-American organizations. He has been decorated by the president and prime minister of the Republic of Armenia, and the heads of the Armenian Apostolic and Catholic churches. He is also the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

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Tue, 15 Jan 2019 15:51:40 +0000
An Armenian in Minnesota

Many Armenians of the diaspora ended up in California. Another group settled on the east coast. My destiny was in Minnesota. In 2009 at Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University, I won an academic exchange fellowship to study [...]

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Emma Ohanyan

Emma Ohanyan

Emma Ohanyan-Tri was born and raised in Yerevan. She moved to the US in 2013 and graduated from Northern Illinois University with a
master’s in Communication Studies. She currently lives in Saint
Paul, MN and works as a Marketing Automation Analyst at Minnesota Public Radio. Emma enjoys traveling, meeting new people, exploring natural parks and writing for her personal blog Diasporina.com.

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Tue, 15 Jan 2019 15:08:19 +0000
A New Dawn for the ARF

In the Parliamentary elections held on December 9, 2018, the ARF disappointingly failed to meet the five percent threshold of votes to have parliamentary representation. For ARF-ers in Armenia and the Diaspora, this was a [...]

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Vart Adjemian

Vart K. Adjemian was born in Cairo, Egypt, in 1943. He became an ARF member at the age of 16 and was a contributor to the Armenian daily newspaper “Houssaper.” Adjemian worked for a German company in Egypt that was awarded the project of saving the Abu Simbel Temples, as well as for the Australian Embassy in Cairo. In the early 1970’s, he moved first to Montreal, Canada, and then to the United States. Adjemian worked for the Continental Grain Company (New York) for 30 years, holding executive positions in the United States, Italy, Switzerland, and England; the last 8 years of his tenure was as executive vice president and chief operating officer. In 2005, he retired to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He is an avid supporter of the ANCA and a regular reader of the Armenian Weekly.

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Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:46:36 +0000
AYF-Eastern Region Hosts 85th Annual Convention

ST. LOUIS, Mo.—More than two dozen delegates representing 13 of the region’s chapters from the Armenian Youth Federation —Youth Organization of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (AYF-YOARF) Eastern Region USA recently gathered in the mid-west for [...]

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Founded in 1933, The Armenian Youth Federation is an international, non-profit, youth organization of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF). The AYF-YOARF Eastern United States stands on five pillars that guide its central activities and initiatives: Educational, Hai Tahd, Social, Athletic and Cultural. The AYF also promotes a fraternal attitude of respect for ideas and individuals amongst its membership. Unity and cooperation are essential traits that allow members of the organization to work together to realize the AYF’s objectives.

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Mon, 14 Jan 2019 20:38:12 +0000
Excerpt from the New Memoir, ‘Liminal,’ by a Baku Pogrom Survivor

Idaho-based Armenian-American activist and entrepreneur Liyah Babayan, a native of Baku, has released her first book, Liminal: a refugee memoir. Based around journal entries written by her at a young age and documenting her family’s [...]

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Mon, 14 Jan 2019 18:36:35 +0000
Remembering Ziazan Antonian

Our mother was born in Yerevan, Armenia. She was named Ziazan, which means rainbow—a symbol of new beginnings and new hope since she was born the day after the anniversary of Armenia’s independence: May 28, [...]

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Guest contributions to the Armenian Weekly are informative articles written and submitted by members of the community, which make up our community bulletin board.

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Mon, 14 Jan 2019 17:08:17 +0000
Bad News Beginning

Here we are in a brand new year and the bad news from the end of last year is hounding Armenians already. The Republic of Armenia (ROA) has decided to dissolve its Diaspora ministry as [...]

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Garen Yegparian

Asbarez Columnist

Garen Yegparian is a fat, bald guy who has too much to say and do for his own good. So, you know he loves mouthing off weekly about anything he damn well pleases to write about that he can remotely tie in to things Armenian. He's got a checkered past: principal of an Armenian school, project manager on a housing development, ANC-WR Executive Director, AYF Field worker (again on the left coast), Operations Director for a telecom startup, and a City of LA employee most recently (in three different departments so far). Plus, he's got delusions of breaking into electoral politics, meanwhile participating in other aspects of it and making sure to stay in trouble. His is a weekly column that appears originally in Asbarez, but has been republished to the Armenian Weekly for many years.

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Mon, 14 Jan 2019 17:06:15 +0000
Poets Peter Balakian, Susan Barba To Read, Discuss Works in Cambridge

  CAMBRIDGE, Mass—As part of a series of fundraisers for the Grolier Book Shop, which has been a cornerstone of Boston literary culture since 1927, Peter Balakian and Susan Barba will be reading and discussing [...]

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Mon, 14 Jan 2019 16:26:46 +0000
Diaspora Journalists to Armenian Government: Do Not Eliminate our Ministry

We, the undersigned independent journalists of the Armenian Diaspora, join our brothers and sisters in Armenia and elsewhere who have thus far expressed shock and dismay over recent announcements that Armenia’s Ministry of the Diaspora [...]

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