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Community to Observe 94th Anniversary of Genocide in Montebello

Every year, the date April 24 symbolizes the premeditated Genocide perpetrated by Turkey against Armenians. As a consequence of the Genocide, not only did 1.5 million innocent Armenians lose their lives, but an incalculable economic and cultural legacy was lost as well. Most importantly, however, a large area of our millennia-old fatherland was usurped by

Karapents Compilation Released; Focuses on Three Pillars of Armenian Identity

ARLINGTON, Mass.–The Armenian Cultural Foundation announced this week the release of Mtorumner [Ruminations] by Hakob Karapents. A collection of 61 articles, mostly written during the last years of his life, it focuses on three pillars shaping the Armenian identity: Armenia, Artsakh, and Diaspora, and the challenges Armenia’s as a people are facing in the 21st

Early Praise From Elie Wiesel and Others for Grigoris Balakian’s Armenian Golgotha: A Memoir of The Armenian Genocide

NEW YORK–Never before in English, Armenian Golgotha is the most comprehensive and dramatic eyewitness account of the twentieth century’s first genocide. It sheds light on the Armenian Genocide as no other book has done. On April 24, 1915, Grigoris Balakian, an Armenian Apostolic priest, was arrested along with some 250 other intellectuals and leaders of

Book Review: Struggle for Justice

Robert G. Koolakian’s Struggle for Justice: A Story of the American Committee for the Independence of Armenia: 1915-1920 is a welcome contribution to early Armenian American relations (Dearborn: Armenian Research Center, University of Michigan, 2008). Seminal studies for Koolakian’s work emerged from his 1967 master’s thesis, “Mr. Azadian Came to America.” The book provides details

With Hakob Karapents

Prior to our first meeting, a certain connection was created between the two of us, through lively correspondence and then the books he published, about which I had written briefly in the Armenian press. Every writer transmits something from his environment, giving an outline of the time period of his life. In this way, he

More than $35 Million Raised in Armenia Fund Telethon

LOS ANGELES–Amid the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, Armenia’s around the world rallied on Thursday to raise more than $35 million for the development of Armenia and Karabakh during the 11th annual Hayastan All-Armenia Fund’s Thanksgiving Day telethon, beating last year’s record of $15.3 million. Preliminary figures show the following break-down in pledges:

Fall 2008 Haytoug Preview

Today, with the fall of the Soviet Union and an independent Armenian Republic, one of our leading concerns is finding ways to bolster our homeland’s statehood and development. Paramount in this concern is the need to ensure equality and a decent standard of living for the entire people of Armenia. Defending social justice and seeking

Montebello AYF Celebrates 50 Years of Community Involvement

  By Christina Issa MONTEBELLO, CA–One of the Armenian Youth Federation’s oldest chapters in the western United States, Montebello’s “Vahan Cardashian,” celebrated its 50th anniversary on Saturday, November 15, marking simultaneously the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Armenian Youth Federation in America. These twin anniversaries were commemorated with an all-AYF alumni reunion, a

Karabakh Mediators Set to Resume Shuttle Diplomacy

YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–International mediators plan to visit Armenia and Azerbaijan next week to keep up the momentum in their efforts to broker a framework peace agreement on Nagorno-Karabakh before the end of this year. “The elections are over and I think we can continue to work on the points of interest to us,” the group’s

Renowned Author Talks About Forgotten Turkish Atrocities at Book Signing

GLENDALE–Over 100 people gathered at the Glendale City Hall on Monday to hear renown British journalist and author Giles Milton speak about this newest book "Paradise Lost: Smyrna 1922" The audience which was made up of Greeks, Armenia’s and numerous others Los Angeles area residents was attending Milton’s only Southern California appearance during his United