So disconnected from reality is an article I just read from a Turkish source, that I thought I had found the explanation for why we no longer hear (since the 1970s) about opium from Turkish poppies being shipped to the west— the Turks are smoking it all, with none left for export.
It was just a matter of time, in a state that has seen the likes of the farcically inappropriately named “Minutemen” who professed to address immigration issues, anti-bilingual education ballot measures passing, and dozens of millions of dollars spent to kill passage of a very simple GMO* food labeling ballot measure.
Most people know Khachadoor Apovian primarily as the pioneer in using vernacular Armenian as a written language (for our eastern dialect). But he also climbed Mount Ararat, first on October 9, 1829 (September 27 on the Julian calendar), then two more times, which fewer people are conscious of. He was also first to summit Mt. Arakadz in July of 1843.
Some might remember the problem-plagued tunnel that was built in the 1980s to channel the waters of the Arpa River to Lake Sevan to halt the precipitous decline of its water levels. I hope that its namesake organization, Arpa Foundation for Film, Music, and Art (AFFMA), will not be similarly impacted after a troublesome episode at this year’s annual Arpa International Film Festival.
Just a few days ago, some good news hit regarding the environment of our homeland. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced a bill titled “Haiti and Armenia Reforestation Act”. But as with everything in life, it is not unalloyed good news. Also, in a somewhat atypical development, the bill was initiated by the senator, not the Armenian community, though he did reach out to our groups regarding the legislation.