Aleppo citadel - site of the AGBU celebration in Oct. 2008 (pictured) - is now in ruins. AGBU

Calendar of Events

The uncertain fate of Armenian communities in the Middle East and particularly in Aleppo will be discussed on Sept. 29 in LA and Oct. 9 in Boston; for details about these and other upcoming Armenian happenings in America consult the Calendar of Events.



Visitors from Diyarbakir at Tsitsirnakaberd. Photo courtesy Raffi Bedrosyan

Diyarbakir Armenians on a trip to Armenia

Raffi Bedrosyan on a recent Armenia experience he helped organize for the previously "hidden" Armenians.




Arts & Culture



Rebellion by Kochar.

Ervand Kochar exhibition opens at Cafesjian

The Cafesjian Center for the Arts (CCA) announces the opening of a landmark exhibition Kochar: Challenging the Time dedicated to the 115th birthday anniversary of the celebrated artist.



Lola Koundakjian.

International Poetry Festival welcomes Lola Koundakjian

Among the one hundred international, renowned poets attending the 30th International Poetry Festival at Trois-Rivières in Quebec, starting October 3, is New York poet Lola Koundakjian.



Book brings Anania Shirakatsi's works to contemporary schools

Arthur Elbakyan's play to premiere in New York City

New York-based filmmaker Haik Kocharian wins Armenian award




National



Ken Hachikian at the conference in Yerevan. Photolure

A 2015 pivot toward truth, justice and security

Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Chairman Ken Hachikian is carrying a hopeful message of empowerment to this week's Armenia-Diaspora Conference in Yerevan, featuring a spirited call for continually upgrading the Diaspora's global advocacy infrastructure and operations to meet the demands of a new generation of political warfare being waged upon a dynamic and rapidly changing geopolitical landscape.



View of Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. Courtesy image

Nebraska to host international conference on Armenian Genocide

Bedross Der Matossian talks to the Reporter about the life after the centennial, as he plans the conference entitled “Crossing the Centennial: The Historiography of the Armenian Genocide Re-Evaluated.”



Appeals court upholds ruling in Washington Armenian Genocide Museum case

Genocide education act unanimously passed by Calif. State Assembly

Benefit evening for Diyarbekir church held in U.S.




Armenia



The first day of school.

AMAA's Avedisian school opens doors in Yerevan

On a beautiful morning in Yerevan, the doors to the new Khoren and Shooshanig Avedisian School of the Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA) opened to welcome a large crowd of excited teachers, students, parents and friends.



U.S. ambassador John Heffern and other volunteers after work.

Diplomats, Viva Cell, Marriott partner in Fuller Center projects

Outgoing U.S. Ambassador John Heffern and Viva Cell CEO Ralph Yirikian have become regulars in projects intended to address housing needs in rural areas.



Lucineh Kassarjian appointed ATP Country Director

Paros Foundation continues Armenia outreach

One day in the life of Armenia




Community



Sargsyan with his aide and translator Nairi Petrosyan (left) during the recent NATO Summit in Wales. Courtesy image

Calendar of Events

In New York for the UN week, Armenia's president Serge Sargsyan will speak at Columbia University on September 24; for details about this and other upcoming Armenian happenings in America consult the Calendar of Events.



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.



Temple University names Avakian-Hardaway 2014 Rising Star

Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events




Commentary



Catholicos Aram I along with fellow Middle East Christian leaders in a Sept. 11 meeting with President Obama. White House

Lawsuits, legislation, lobbying: all ahead of Genocide centennial

In a series of commentaries, Harut Sassounian discusses the latest from the Turkey/Armenian genocide front: Cilicia See's lawsuit, Greek legislation, Turkish lobbying in U.S., France and Australia.



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.



The Eastern Diocese: problems, controversies and a way forward

Armenia helps coordinate worldwide Genocide centennial activities

Wallowing in Armenian pride




International



A huge plume of smoke rises over Deir Zor after a bridge is blown up on Sept. 15. Stahlgewitter Syrien / YouTube video grab

Report: Armenian memorial blown up amid fighting in Deir Zor

Forces of the Islamic State (ISIS) have rigged and dynamited the Armenian Holy Martyrs church and memorial in the war-ravaged city of Deir Zor, Syrian government reported on September 21. UPDATE: Photo of damaged church published.



Surb Khach church in Makeevka, Donetsk oblast, Ukraine. Courtesy image

Russia-Ukraine war toll: both sides list Armenian names

At least seven ethnic Armenians - citizens of Ukraine and Russia - have died in the crisis that began last February and with a cease-fire agreement reached on September 5, leaving more than 3100 dead and hundreds of thousands displaced. UPDATED: 9/28



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

Congress members charge Aliyev regime with Karabakh escalation

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




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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.