Senator Robert Menendez honored at ANCa virtual meeting

Friends, supporters, and leaders of the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) joined together virtually on Sunday, June 28 with U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) to honor his long-standing legislative leadership on Armenian American issues.

Consistent with Covid-19 health guidelines, the virtual reception was hosted on Zoom by ANCA National Board Member Ani Tchaghlasian, ANCA Chairman Raffi Hamparian, distinguished attorneys and ANCA supporters John Shahdanian from Old Tappan, New Jersey, Joseph Ariyan from northern New Jersey, as well as ANC of New Jersey activists James and Maral Sahagian.

“It’s an honor to support Senator Menendez, a man who has done so much for Armenians in the United States and in Armenia. We, as a community, must support the public servants who understand history

The Pashinyan Chapter Must Close

The failure to impose a new framework for the settlement of the Karabakh (Artsakh) negotiation, while diplomatic pressures to resolve the Karabakh conflict are getting more insistent, is not masked by self-serving statements. The excuse this time is easier to spot: Azeri President Ilham Aliyev. Pashinyan is directly calling on the “people” of Azerbaijan to blame Aliyev.

Prime Minister Pashinyan’s approach to “neutralize” former President Robert Kocharyan and the Constitutional Court illustrate to what extent his mode of governance has little to do with legality. Advisory opinions have been requested from the European Court of Human Rights (on the government’s alleged retroactive application of the law aimed at convicting Kocharyan for the attempt to forcibly overthrow the regime) and the Venice Commission (on the leg

California Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian Motivated by the Armenian Experience to Promote …

Nazarian found out that the representative was Republican James Rogan, whose Congressional district included one of the largest numbers of Armenians in the US.

Several Armenians, he said, got together to discuss the situation and decided to run a campaign for an Armenian for Glendale City Council as a first step to preparing a candidate to challenge Rogan. After they succeeded in getting Rafi Manoukian on the City Council in 1999, Nazarian said they wanted attorney Paul Krekorian to run against Rogan.

US national political developments interfered, because Rogan had become a House manager in the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton and that in turn led to national efforts to identify and support a candidate against the latter, which turned out to be Adam Schiff. Krekorian instead ran for State Assembly but lost. Nazarian said, “Fortunately, we learned a lot from that loss and we were able to come back and win that seat six years later.”

Who was part of

Letters for Peace Publishes 54 Letters Between Youth in Armenia and Azerbaijan

Letters for Peace (LFP), a project at the intersection of creative writing and conflict transformation, announces the publication of its full catalogue of letters exchanged between Armenian and Azerbaijani youth. A total of 54 letters — available in English, Armenian and Azerbaijani — can now be accessed on the website www.lettersforpeace.org, and soon in a physical book published by Zangak Publishing House. 

Participants in Yerevan and Baku wrote letters after a series of two-week workshops — two in the summer of 2018 and four in the summer of 2019 — involving guest lecturers, site visits and exercises. Through writing and dialogue, LFP participants explored the possibilit

Turkish Entry to Local French Elections

All of these structures, including the powerful Müsiad, a pro-regime Turkish trade union, which financially supported their achievements, and the Scholar Grup al Kindi, are working hard for years to shore up their power at the local level. In order to reach their goal, they use religion and education as a way to boost their growing influence and maintain the local Turkish community mobilized to serve the interests of Erdogan’s policy domestically and abroad. Enjoying considerable means, they successfully managed to eradicate all of the work of the leftist organizations (composed of Alevis and Kurds), by intimidating them.

The Challenge of the Municipal Elections

The municipal elections are an eloquent example of the Turkish methods of shoring up their own power base at the local level. After the lockdown, French-Armenians were blindsided at how active French-Turkish candi

Scholars Enlighten Armenian Armenian Community on Racial Violence, Inequality in Virtual Forum

FAIR LAWN, NJ—On Tuesday, June 23, St. Leon Armenian Church of Fair Lawn, NJ, hosted a virtual forum, Racial Injustice and Responsibility with a live audience from more than 460 households. The event, which has since been viewed by an additional 600 households, examined the legacy of racial violence and inequality, and the responsibility of non-perpetrators in sustaining regimes of racism.

The event was jointly sponsored by AGBU Ararat, Armenian Bar Association, Armenian Network of America—Greater NY, Daughters of Vartan-Sahaganoush Otyag, Justice Armenia, Knights of Vartan-Bakradouny Lodge, National Asso

Armenian President receives Lithuanian medics

President Armen Sarkissian welcomed today a group of medical workers from Lithuania who have arrived to Armenia to help their Armenian colleagues in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Present at the meeting was the Head of the EU Office in Armenia, Ambassador Andrea Wiktorin, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Lithuania in Armenia Inga Stanytė-Toločkienė, Chargé d’Affaires a. i. of the Embassy of Sweden in Yerevan Birger Karlsson, and RA First Deputy Minister of Health Anahit Avanessian.

President Sarkissian welcomed the doctors and expressed gratitude for helping. 

“On behalf of the citizens of Armenia and Armenians all over the world, I would like to thank you for everything you are doing and for endangering your life and health to help us,” Preside

Survey: Armenians less inclined to leave country forever after revolution

Survey: Armenians less inclined to leave country forever after revolution

June 30, 2020 – 14:07 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – The number of people who are interested in permanent emigration from Armenia has dropped after the revolution of 2018, according to a new study by the Caucasus Research Resource Center.

The Caucasus Barometer report is the annual household survey about social economic issues and political attitudes conducted by CRRC. Data from Armenia for the recent edition of the study was compiled between February 21 and March 15, 2020.

In an earlier edition conducted half a year before the revolution, 35% of respo

An Armenian Embassy in Tel Aviv: Markar Melkonian Responds to Readers

What follows is Markar Melkonian’s response to those who commented on his June 18 article entitled An Armenian Embassy in Tel Aviv: Selling Out Armenia, Stabbing Our Allies in the Back, and Serving Our Enemies.

Some of the comments are shot through with confusion, misrepresentation, and inaccuracy.

Indeed, this seems so obvious that I had hoped that other commenters would step forward to rebut them. Checking back after several days, though, it seems that no one has stepped up to challenge. By default, then, the duty appears to have fallen to me. The embassy decision is inextricable from larger regional issues, and the following response is an opportunity at least to bring that point home. I will take a breath and try to be brief

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