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EDITORIAL: 2012 Will be a Crucial Year for All Armenians

EDITORIAL: 2012 Will be a Crucial Year for All Armenians

Not in a long time have the stakes been so high for Armenians both in Armenia and across key communities of the Diaspora, including the United States.

December 30th, 2011

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Prelate’s New Year And Christmas Message

Prelate’s New Year And Christmas Message

At the brink of a new year, our hearts and souls abound with joy as we welcome the year 2012 with renewed hopes inspired by the enlivening messages of the Glorious Nativity and Theophany of our Lord Jesus Christ.

December 30th, 2011

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My Christmas Wish List

My Christmas Wish List

A YouTube clip began circulating on Facebook about the Gyumri Hotel Palace built by the mayor of the city, Vardan Ghukasyan, a known thug, scandal-plagued swindler, and all-time low-life.

December 30th, 2011

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Roller Coaster Year

Roller Coaster Year

It has been quite a ride this year for Armenians of the world. We started out badly, what with the previous year ending with Kobe Bryant’s ill-conceived, money grubbing shilling for Turkish Airlines, the U.S. House of Representatives’ (USHOR) failure to even vote on H.Res. 252, and Obama’s recess appointment of Mr. Conflict-of-interest himself, Matt Bryza as U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan.

December 30th, 2011

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The Passing Parade…

The Passing Parade…

Along the millennia that Armenia’s history has covered, a few decades can easily pass unnoticed; nevertheless, even a random assessment of crucial times would stop us in our tracks, and make us ponder with feelings of awe, sorrow or admiration the significance of certain years, months or days, that punctuate our nation’s recent history with specific stress.

December 30th, 2011

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Mt. Sierra College: An Innovative Institution of Higher Education

Mt. Sierra College: An Innovative Institution of Higher Education

If you haven’t heard of Mt. Sierra College you’re probably not alone. Located in Monrovia, CA (about 20 miles east of Los Angeles) this small for-profit college caters to a diverse student body and a strict focus on fast paced curriculum for students who want to pursue careers in non-traditional but newly developing and often lucrative industries like Gaming.

December 30th, 2011

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HAYTOUG PREVIEW: Discovering Ourselves, Discovering Armenia

HAYTOUG PREVIEW: Discovering Ourselves, Discovering Armenia

For young Armenians today, our homeland can be seen in many different ways.

December 30th, 2011

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HAYTOUG PREVIEW: Ughtasar

HAYTOUG PREVIEW: Ughtasar

The petroglyphs, or rock engravings, of Ughtasar can be found all over Yerevan; they are inscribed onto silver jewelry, painted onto coffee cups, traced into hand-made pottery, and they adorn the walls of cafes. Reaching the actual petroglyphs of Ughtasar (“ught” meaning camel and “sar” meaning mountain, due to the resemblance of its peaks to the humps of a camel) can be a bit of a challenge, and as with most of Armenia’s noteworthy sites this provides half of the trip’s excitement and intrigue.

December 30th, 2011

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HAYTOUG PREVIEW: Yerevan. The Carousel City

HAYTOUG PREVIEW: Yerevan. The Carousel City

A few months ago when I was in Yerevan, a friend and I found ourselves leisurely strolling down Abovyan Street whilst talking about our immediate experiences of the last few weeks.

December 30th, 2011

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A New Autobiography by Elma Hovanessian Published

A New Autobiography by Elma Hovanessian Published

Elma Hovanessian decided to write her memoirs after the success of her first book, Under the Blue Dome. Whenever she gave book presentations people were interested in her personal background as an Iranian-Armenian.

December 30th, 2011

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CRITICS’ FORUM: Occupy Armenian Theater

CRITICS’ FORUM: Occupy Armenian Theater

In the year-end article I wrote last December – months before the Occupy movement launched in New York and spread to 80 countries – I began a quiet protest, lamenting the state of Armenian theater in our corner of the diaspora and calling for increase – and improvement – in its cultural production.

December 30th, 2011

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Elixir in Exile

Elixir in Exile

If Ponce De León could search for the Fountain of Youth, could an Armenian daughter demystify the elusive Iskiri Hayat?

December 30th, 2011

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Armenian Clockmaker Keeps Pace With Time

Armenian Clockmaker Keeps Pace With Time

Gregory Janian has time on his hands. Plenty of it. One visit to his home will unveil a plethora of exotic and intricate time pieces each crafted by hand. Had it not been for a recent bout with carpal tunnel syndrome, the 86-year-old immigrant would still be churning out his clocks.

December 30th, 2011

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Remembering Zareh

Remembering Zareh

Zareh Deurdulian was my friend. He was an ordinary man with an extraordinary capacity for friendship. Sometimes we pick our friends and sometimes they pick us.

December 30th, 2011

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