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Khatcahdourian in performance (Photo by  Saideh Eftekhari)

Khatchadour Khatchadourian Dazzles Audiences with his Poignant Voice

Khatchadour Khatchadourian Dazzles Audiences with his Poignant Voice

BY ANNA ISKANDARIAN Special to Asbarez SAN FRANCISCO—Our visit of the “Le Bateau Ivre” French restaurant in Berkeley, Calif. wasn’t planned but as soon as my husband and I learned about an upcoming performance by the “Sayat Nvag Ensemble” we decided to travel to Berkeley from San Francisco. When we arrived, there were no tables

Azerbaijani police detain an opposition activist during a protest rally in Baku, Azerbaijan on Oct. 20, 2012. (Associated Press Photo)

Azerbaijan: Land of Intolerance

BY CASEY EDGARIAN Over the past several years, the post-Soviet petrostate of Azerbaijan has sought to promote a sanitized image of itself through a targeted media campaign. From elaborate architectural investments, such as the $250,000,000 Heydar Aliyev Center, to all-expenses-paid trips for American and European politicians, the ruling regime has used its vast oil wealth in an attempt to polish

Vivian Ekchian was named Interim Superintendent at Los Angeles Unified School District (Photo: Daily News)

Vivian Ekchian Named Interim Superintendent of Los Angeles Schools

LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday unanimously approved the appointment of Vivian Ekchian as interim superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Ekchian, has been serving as acting superintendent since October, when Superintendent Michelle King went of medical leave. On Friday, King announced her retirement citing a diagnosis of cancer and

Liquid mine waste fills valley near Kapan, Syunik province

Oil, Gas and Mining in Armenia

BY JOSEPH DAGDIGIAN It was recently reported that exploration for oil and gas in parts of Armenia would begin soon. Having seen some of the environmental destruction caused by Armenia’s mining industry, I have little confidence in Armenia’s ability to protect the environment from damage from mining and, in the future, from petroleum and gas