The Armenian Weekly

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


Wed, 23 Nov 2022 16:41:25 +0000
AYF NY “Hyortik” and Manhattan “Moush” Chapters to host 2023 NATs

NEW YORK, NY— The Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) New York “Hyortik” and Manhattan “Moush” Chapters are thrilled to announce that they will be hosting the upcoming 2023 AYF Eastern Region National Athletic Tournament (NATs). The [...]

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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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Tue, 22 Nov 2022 21:19:11 +0000
Observations from My Quest for Authenticity, Truth and the Origins of the World

In my continued search for authenticity, truth and the origins of the world, I revisit my observations from a 2017 trip to the cities, villages and major archaeological sites of historic Armenia. I was mainly [...]

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Dr. Anastasios Mavrakis

Dr. Anastasios Mavrakis

A native of Athens, Greece, Dr. Anastasios Mavrakis is a graduate of the University of Athens School of Medicine. He has completed residencies and research fellowships at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He's now a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Mavrakis is fluent in Greek, English, Spanish, German and French and conversational in Turkish. He is interested in the preservation of historical memory and historical conscience and the photography of endangered monuments. A student of ancient Greek, Dr. Mavrakis also takes special interest in the study of the still surviving ancient civilizations of the Eastern Mediterranean basin and Mesopotamian-Armenian, Greek and Jewish.

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Tue, 22 Nov 2022 19:14:12 +0000
The Region in Brief

Armenia Armenia and Azerbaijan have been exchanging accusations of ceasefire violations along the Armenia-Azerbaijan border and in Artsakh throughout the week. Azerbaijani armed forces fired on military and civilian targets near the Machkalashen village of [...]

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Lillian Avedian

Lillian Avedian

Lillian Avedian is a staff writer for the Armenian Weekly. Her writing has also been published in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Hetq and the Daily Californian. She is pursuing master’s degrees in journalism and Near Eastern Studies at New York University. A human rights journalist and feminist poet, Lillian's first poetry collection Journey to Tatev was released with Girls on Key Press in spring of 2021.

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Tue, 22 Nov 2022 18:49:40 +0000
Can Armenians agree on a unified strategy?

Over the past few weeks, I participated in multiple international and regional workshops and conferences in Europe and Russia and met with many European, Azerbaijani, Turkish, Iranian and Russian experts and politicians. These opportunities and [...]

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Yeghia Tashjian

Yeghia Tashjian

Yeghia Tashjian is a regional analyst and researcher. He has graduated from the American University of Beirut in Public Policy and International Affairs. He pursued his BA at Haigazian University in political science in 2013. In 2010, he founded the New Eastern Politics forum/blog. He was a research assistant at the Armenian Diaspora Research Center at Haigazian University. Currently, he is the regional officer of Women in War, a gender-based think tank. He has participated in international conferences in Frankfurt, Vienna, Uppsala, New Delhi and Yerevan. He has presented various topics from minority rights to regional security issues. His thesis topic was on China’s geopolitical and energy security interests in Iran and the Persian Gulf. He is a contributor to various local and regional newspapers and a presenter of the “Turkey Today” program for Radio Voice of Van. Recently he has been appointed as associate fellow at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut and Middle East-South Caucasus expert in the European Geopolitical Forum.

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Tue, 22 Nov 2022 18:41:37 +0000
ANCA Eastern Region presents third annual Christmas Auction

WATERTOWN, Mass. – The Armenian National Committee of America Eastern Region (ANCA-ER) is pleased to host its third annual virtual Christmas Auction, which will be live from Friday, November 25 to Sunday, December 11. With [...]

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ANCA-Eastern Region

The Armenian National Committee of America Eastern Region is part of the largest and most influential Armenian American grassroots organization, the ANCA. Working in coordination with the ANCA in Washington, DC, and a network of chapters and supporters throughout the Eastern United States, the ANCA-ER actively advances the concerns of the Armenian American community on a broad range of issues.

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Tue, 22 Nov 2022 18:23:44 +0000
Azerbaijan denounces French statement of solidarity with Armenia

Azerbaijani authorities claimed this week that “anti-Azerbaijan” text was removed from a resolution expressing solidarity with Armenia adopted at a pan-French summit on November 18.  Armenia attended the two-day summit of the International Organization of [...]

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Lillian Avedian

Lillian Avedian

Lillian Avedian is a staff writer for the Armenian Weekly. Her writing has also been published in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Hetq and the Daily Californian. She is pursuing master’s degrees in journalism and Near Eastern Studies at New York University. A human rights journalist and feminist poet, Lillian's first poetry collection Journey to Tatev was released with Girls on Key Press in spring of 2021.

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Tue, 22 Nov 2022 17:35:37 +0000
Introducing David Dilsizian’s new musical “Dear Mom, I’m Gay”

Many Armenian works of art tend to focus on our history, politics and unique aspects of Armenian culture. In the new musical Dear Mom, I’m Gay with book and lyrics by David Dilsizian, audiences are [...]

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Dalita Getzoyan

Dalita Getzoyan

Dalita Getzoyan is a member of the Providence ARF "Kristapor" Gomidehoutiun and the ARS "Ani" Chapter. Her involvement in the Armenian community began at a young age with attending Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Apostolic Church in Providence, RI as well as in the Providence AYF "Varantian" chapter. She has served both on local committees and the Central Executive for the AYF Eastern Region. She continues to remain involved in organizations and in the church choir. Dalita works as a music therapist for Continuum Care Hospice in Rhode Island.

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Tue, 22 Nov 2022 16:02:12 +0000
Celebrating a Courageous Vision

The timing was right. It was a different era in America. Dwight Eisenhower, the hero of the Allied effort in Europe during World War II was President of the United States. The Cold War that [...]

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Stepan Piligian

Stepan Piligian

Columnist

Stepan was raised in the Armenian community of Indian Orchard, MA at the St. Gregory Parish. A former member of the AYF Central Executive and the Eastern Prelacy Executive Council, he also served many years as a delegate to the Eastern Diocesan Assembly. Currently , he serves as a member of the board and executive committee of the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR). He also serves on the board of the Armenian Heritage Foundation. Stepan is a retired executive in the computer storage industry and resides in the Boston area with his wife Susan. He has spent many years as a volunteer teacher of Armenian history and contemporary issues to the young generation and adults at schools, camps and churches. His interests include the Armenian diaspora, Armenia, sports and reading.

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Tue, 22 Nov 2022 14:12:16 +0000
An AYF DC “Ani” Chapter Alumnus’ Stroll Down Memory Lane

Editor’s Note: Oscar Caroglanian became an AYF Washington DC “Ani” member in 1950. He shared fond memories of the formation and early days of the chapter during the 80th anniversary celebration held on November 5, [...]

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Guest Contributor

Guest Contributor

Guest contributions to the Armenian Weekly are informative articles or press releases written and submitted by members of the community.

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Tue, 22 Nov 2022 13:34:33 +0000
Armenians need to assess French Senate’s positive resolution cool-headedly

Throughout their long history, Armenians have always expected that some foreign power would rescue them from their enemies. Over the centuries, they hoped for assistance from the Romans, Byzantines, Russians, French, Americans and now Iranians. [...]

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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 Armenia Artsakh Fund, a non-profit organization that has donated to Armenia and Artsakh $917 million of humanitarian aid, mostly medicines, since 1989 (including its predecessor, the United Armenian Fund). He has been decorated by the presidents of Armenia and Artsakh 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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