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