Zaven Khanjian.

Zaven Khanjian to lead Armenian Missionary Association of America

Dr. Joseph Zeronian, President of the Board of Directors of the Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA), announced the appointment of Zaven Khanjian as the new Executive Director/CEO of the Association effective September 1, 2014.



Ani Garmiryan.

Ani Garmiryan joins Gulbenkian Foundation

The Armenian Communities Department has announced the appointment of Ani Garmiryan as Senior Programme Officer. She will be responsible for the promotion of Western Armenian, a priority for the Department as highlighted in its recent Five-Year Programming Plan.




Arts & Culture



The Cathedral of Mren, built in Armenia in the 7th century, when stone-mason technologies were in decline elsewhere in the world. Via Fresno State University

Armenian architecture and its European impact

A conversation between architectural historians Anahit Ter-Stepanian and Mark Jarzombek discusses the role of Armenian stone-building technology in the medieval revival of architecture in Middle East and Europe.



Birthright Armenia homestay in Yerevan . Scout Tufankjian

A photo album for the global Armenian family

Scout Tufankjian has embarked on an ambitious project to photograph Armenian life around the world with her book slated for release in April 2015. In an interview with the Armenian Reporter she talks about her impressions of Armenians, from Brazil and U.S. to Ethiopia and Armenia.



Resurrection comes a day early with Kariné Poghosyan’s “Firedance” recital

Yerevan pianists attract crowd in Albany

Saroyan prize to have social justice focus




National



The former National Bank of Washington and adjacent properties in downtown Washington. Courtesy image

Appeals court upholds ruling in Washington Armenian Genocide Museum case

In a July 15 ruling U.S. Court of Appeals ruled to uphold an earlier federal court’s decision that returned a series of Washington properties to the Cafesjian Family Foundation.



Assemblymen Khatcho Achadjian (left) and Adrin Nazarian speaking in support of the Genocide Education Act.

Genocide education act unanimously passed by Calif. State Assembly

On May 28, the California State Assembly unanimously passed the Armenian Genocide Education Act (AB 1915) with a vote of 77-0, requiring the inclusion of the Armenian Genocide in the list of studied subject areas for the adopted courses of study in Social Science for grades 7-12, reported the Armenian National Committee of America Western Region (ANCA WR).



Benefit evening for Diyarbekir church held in U.S.

Three Genocide legacy publications see print

Armen Hovannisian to chair the Armenian Bar Association




Armenia



Ralph Yirikian (left) of VivaCell-MTS and fellow volunteers welcomed by the Muradyan family.

VivaCell-MTS joins Fuller Center build in Armavir province

On the International Day of Families VivaCell-MTS volunteer staff members together with the General Manager, Ralph Yirikian, and the Fuller Center for Housing Armenia team joined in a home-build in the village of Yervandashat, Armavir region, helping build the home of the Muradyan family in need of decent housing.



AVC announces summer 2014 volunteering and tourism program

Armenian Volunteer Corps (AVC) launches its Voluntourism summer program with the Southern Discovery tour set for July 18th-29th. A combination of travel and service, participants will visit historic sites, enjoy the natural beauty of Armenia, and also give something back by volunteering with local organizations and communities.



FAR helps young professionals from Diaspora discover Armenia

On the forefront of environmental engagement in Armenia

ATP in 20th year of Armenia tree planting




Community



Konstantin Petrossian with his wife Janna and Archbishop Barsamian.

Maestro Konstantin Petrossian honored

It was a festive occasion for those celebrating the centennial of the Sts. Sahag and Mesrob Church of Providence, R.I., with a gala concert on And as it turned out, the day held a special surprise for the concert conductor, Maestro Konstantin Petrossian.



Helen Evans will teach an Armenian art course at Columbia this Fall. Photo courtesy MetMuseum.org

Fall 2014 Ordjanian visiting professor at Columbia selected

Dr. Helen C. Evans, the Mary and Michael Jaharis Curator for Byzantine Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, has been appointed the Nikit and Eleanora Ordjanian Visiting Professor in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies at Columbia University for the Fall of 2014.



Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events




Commentary



A view of the July 2 seminar on Armenia at the Atlantic Council of the United States in Washington. PFA Armenia

From stateless thinking to the Forum of independent minds

In a wide-ranging commentary, Armenia's former ambassador to the United States Rouben Shougarian,who recently participated in a seminar organized by the Policy Forum Armenia, outlines his vision of Armenian advocacy and Armenia's foreign policy challenges in light of the crisis in Ukraine.



St. Vartan Cathedral and the seat of the Eastern Diocese. Wikimedia

The Eastern Diocese: problems, controversies and a way forward

In a Reporter exclusive, Joyce Chorbajian shares her impressions from the most recent Eastern Diocesan Assembly, which saw a five-round electoral contest between incumbent Archbishop Khajag Barsamian and challenger Diocesan Legate Vicken Aykazian, and makes recommendations for a healthier future.



Armenia helps coordinate worldwide Genocide centennial activities

Wallowing in Armenian pride

The Armenian Genocide: not just for once a year




International



Levon Hairapetian met President Barack Obama in 2010 to advocate for recognition of the Armenian Genocide. Levon Hairapetian Facebook page

Russia detains leading Armenian philanthropist

A leading Russian Armenian businessman and benefactor, who has spent millions aiding Armenian causes in recent years, has been detained on his arrival in Moscow on July 15. UPDATED July 26



One of Kessab's Armenian churches damaged by fire and looting. R. Milhem / Ghossoun / SANA

Kessab returns to government control after Islamists pull out

Many of the majority Armenian town's residents returned to assess the damage, almost three months after the town was occupied by Syrian rebel-aligned Islamist forces.



Senior Armenian diplomats switch postings

California legislature to U.S. government: recognize NKR’s independence

Church leaders welcome new Syriac Orthodox Patriarch




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Everyday Armenia

A short documentary capturing Yerevan's daily happenings was produced by Aid Armenia charity.

Cafesjian Center

World-class art in the heart of Armenian capital


Elsewhere

Hayley Fox..

profiles the activities of the Armenian Power gang following its recent take down by FBI and police (LA Weekly) [posted on: July 03, 2014]

Arsen Avakov..

is the new Ukrainian government's most influential voice in social media, while as Interior Minister he also leads a crackdown on pro-Russia forces in the east of the country (RFE/RL) [posted on: July 03, 2014]

Mark Dietzen..

makes the case against the current U.S. policy on Nagorno Karabakh (Open Democracy) [posted on: July 03, 2014]


 

Editorial

National Bank of Washington building (center) and four structures to the left reverted to the Cafesjian Foundation. PQLiving.com


Hirair Hovnanian continues to block Genocide memorial & museum in DC

Assembly leader's delay tactics are detrimental to Armenian Americans' interests.