Armenia articles

Deteriorating Church in Diyarbakir Wary of Turkey’s Offer of Help

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Hurriyet)–The foundation overseeing the Surp Giragos Armenian Church in Southeast Turkey has welcomed an offer by Turkey’s culture minister to help with restoration efforts, but only if the building can remain as a place of worship. The church is currently in a decrepit state and in urgent need of restoration. Culture Minister Ertugrul

All-Day Conference “An Armenian Woman’s Journey” Set For April 18

PASADENA–The challenges, hurdles, and influences that shape the modern Armenian woman will be the theme of the 4th Annual AGBU Hye Geen Interdisciplinary Conference, taking place on Saturday, April 18, 2009, at Cal State University, Los Angeles. The conference titled “An Armenian Woman’s Journey” will feature speakers with diverse backgrounds, who will address educational, psychological,

Another Armenian Journalist Beaten Up

Gagik Shamshian, a well-known Armenian photojournalist, was beaten up and hospitalized on Friday in an attack strongly condemned by the country’s human rights ombudsman and leading media watchdogs. Shamshian suffered severe injuries to his genitals in an angry dispute with security guards at Yerevan’s Bryusov State Linguistic University who refused to let him and several

Armenia in ‘Panic’ over Short Supply of US Dollars

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–Buying U.S. dollars was all but impossible in Yerevan on Friday in a further sign that the exchange rate of Armenia’s national currency, the dram, is no longer market-based. Unlike many other currencies, the dram has not depreciated against the dollar since the onset of the global financial crisis late last year. The government

Diyarbakir Aims to Become Cultural Center in Middle East

ISTANBUL (Hurriyet)–The southeastern city of Diyarbakir has established its first culture and art foundation to host a number of international festivals in the upcoming years, in the hopes that the city can become the culture capital of the Middle East. Bejan Matur, a young poet of Kurdish origin, had an academic career in the field