Charles Aznavour. Via Wikimedia

Calendar of Events

90-year-old music legend Charles Aznavour will perform in LA on September 13 and New York on September 20; for details about these and other upcoming Armenian happenings in America consult the Calendar of Events.



Meredith Avakian-Hardaway.

Temple University names Avakian-Hardaway 2014 Rising Star

Meredith Avakian-Hardaway, director of communications and marketing at the Philadelphia Bar Association, will receive the Rising Star Award Sept. 26 at Temple University.




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



A photo by Tom Vartabedian.

One day in the life of Armenia

Tom Vartabedian on the tough task of choosing among the photos he two in Armenia.



The ASP group at Khor Virab monastery with Mt. Ararat behind them.

ACYOA's three weeks of summer in Armenia

They prayed in ancient cliff-side monasteries, explored a medieval fortress, and experienced the cool, fresh waters of Lake Sevan.



VivaCell-MTS joins Fuller Center build in Armavir province

AVC announces summer 2014 volunteering and tourism program

FAR helps young professionals from Diaspora discover Armenia




Community



The Viza band. Courtesy image

Calendar of Events

The Armenian-heavy band Viza will tour California this month, for details about concert venues and other upcoming Armenian happenings in America consult the Calendar of Events.



A race from 2013 Olympics in Washington . AYF.org

Calendar of Events

Armenian Olympics come to Detroit area this Labor Day weekend; for details about this and other upcoming Armenian happenings in America consult the Calendar of Events.



Federal judge sentences John Waters to nine years in prison

Jerusalem students return for summer at St. Nersess Seminary

Eastern Prelacy's Datev Institute draws 41 students




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



Kerry with presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan. Official photo

U.S. brings Armenia, Azerbaijan leaders together at NATO summit

The September 4 meeting organized by John Kerry came amid ongoing fighting in Ukraine and a month after clashes in Karabakh and a Russian-mediated summit.



Karabakh Defense Army soldier Norayr Kamalyan was wounded on July 31 as he engaged Azerbaijani army personnel in hand-to-hand combat. Razm.info

Congress members charge Aliyev regime with Karabakh escalation

International Affairs Committee chair Ed Royce joined with members Judy Chu, David Cicilline, Adam Schiff, Brad Sherman and Jackie Speier to condemn Aliyev’s policies that have resulted in the loss of file on both sides.



Official: US-Armenia security cooperation will survive Russia-Ukraine crisis

Karabakh death toll mounts in tit-for-tat attacks

Armenia, U.S. appoint new ambassadors




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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

Armenia...

remains little-known around the world, can Wikipedia change that? (BBC) [posted on: September 14, 2014]

Artur Aleksanyan..

secured the world title in wrestling - Armenia's second at the championship hosted by Tashkent, Uzbekistan (News.am) [posted on: September 14, 2014]

Arsen Julfalakyan..

follows in his father's footsteps in winning the world wrestling championship (ArmeniaNow) [posted on: September 12, 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.