Author Archives: Allen Yekikan

Did Kobe Lie?

In 2008, Kobe Bryant was a strong voice calling for an end to the genocide in Darfur, But today, he has signed a deal to represent the Republic of Turkey, which denies any genocide in Darfur and is the infamous perpetrator of the first Genocide of the 20th century. In May 27, 2008 Bryant made a public service announcement through the Los Angeles-based non-profit Aid Still Required, urging action to unite and end the Genocide in Darfur.

Five Stories You May Have Missed in Armenian Media Last Week

Armenian Media isn’t always the easiest thing to follow. Website’s, blogs, tweets and Facebook pages abound. Armenian news happens fast and there’s just too much content and not enough time to keep up with it all. As a result, many of us usually get caught-up in the daily news feed of cease-fire violations or presidential meetings, while missing some of the more unusual and unique stories floating around the vastness of the Internet. Every Monday, we’ll feature some of these stories and share with you what we thought stood out from the croud.

Top US Diplomat Discusses US Role in Karabakh, Russia’s Lead in Peace Talks

Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Gordon on Friday discussed Washington’s position on Russia’s increasing activity in the Nagorno-Karabkah peace process during an extensive interview with RFE/RL covering a wide-range of developments in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Russia and the Caucasus.

Ambassador Yovanovitch Discusses US Policy in Armenia in Exclusive Asbarez Interview

During her recent visit to Los Angeles, the US Ambassador to Armenia, Marie Yovanovitch, expressed interest in discussing US policy in Armenia with Asbarez. Overall, her visit to the Western Region communities were met with skepticism, given that she generally reiterated previous positions articulated by the State Department. Asbarez’s Allen Yekikian sat down with Yovanovitch at the Glendale Public Library on October 14 to discuss Washington’s position on Armenian-American issues and the State Department’s approach to Armenia and surrounding neighbors. Below is the interview in its entirety.