Author Archives: Allen Yekikan

Glendale Health Center Saved from Privatization

A year and a half after first proposing to privatize the Glendale Health Center, LA County Supervisor Michael Antonovich announced this week that the move is no longer being considered. The announcement was hailed by staff and patients at the Center, as well as the Armenian Youth Federation which has actively engaged in the campaign to keep the clinic from being turned over to private hands.

A New Mission in Gyumri Touches Lives in Armenia and the Diaspora

This summer, nine young diasporans from California traveled to Gyumri to set up a day-camp for the city’s youth–to live among them, share in their experiences, and make a small but positive impact on their lives. They were not surprised that dozens of boys and girls flocked to the camp, excited that Armenians from abroad had come to their hometown to spend the summer with them.

Karabakh Marks 18 Years of Statehood and Democracy on Human Rights Day

As the world marked the 61st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Thursday, The Nagorno-Karabakh Republic commemorated two declarations of its own, celebrating the decision of its people to declare independence in 1991 and a vote by the population in 2006 to approve a new constitution reaffirming democratic statehood.

Erdogan Denies Genocide, Links Karabakh to Armenia Ties On Prime Time TV

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan appeared on the Charlie Rose show on Tuesday evening to discuss his meeting with President Obama in Washington DC earlier this week. Speaking on Prime-Time television, he directly linked the normalization of his country’s relations with Armenia to a pro-Azerbaijani settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

AYF Pushes Social Justice With Music; Joins Visa, LA Mission to Feed Homeless on Thanksgiving

The Armenian Youth Federation last month teamed with experimental-fusion rock band Visa and a host of local socially-conscious artists to put-on a special benefit concert that helped feed the less fortunate on Thanksgiving Day through the Los Angeles Mission, a non-profit serving the homeless of Downtown Los Angeles.