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A Plate of Ham and Eggs

A Plate of Ham and Eggs

Involvement and commitment are two words that are sometimes used interchangeably. If you’re involved, that means you’re committed.

February 10th, 2014

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The Independence Generation

The Independence Generation

They speak a different language. Their engagement with one another and the world has a different rhythm and voice.

February 3rd, 2014

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Tamar Tatik of Aygepar

Tamar Tatik of Aygepar

The 1994 ceasefire brought a tenuous end to the Karabakh War. Negotiations between Armenia and Azerbaijan have been ongoing for the past twenty years under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chaired by the United States, France and Russia.

January 28th, 2014

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No Pasarán and Other Stories

No Pasarán and Other Stories

In 1936, during the Spanish Civil War, Dolores Ibarruri Gomez, a Spanish communist delivered her famous speech entitled, No Pasarán, which means “They shall not pass.”

January 21st, 2014

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The Front Line

The Front Line

“The Azerbaijanis are once again shooting at the village…for the past thirty minutes now…”

January 14th, 2014

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Messages, Lessons and Blessings

Messages, Lessons and Blessings

Two years before his death in 1921, Hovhannes Tumanyan wrote a letter to Avetik Isahakyan.

January 7th, 2014

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365 Days

365 Days

BY MARIA TITIZIAN
In the absence of faith and hope and belief living can often be dwindled away, becoming mundane, a chore, destroying the core of what we were meant to do or be to others as human beings.
These past few weeks we have been in a deep winter freeze in Yerevan. Temperatures have plummeted causing [...]

December 31st, 2013

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The Armenian Istanbul

The Armenian Istanbul

When my Marashtsi grandmother moved to Canada, I was 12 years old. I had only seen pictures of her. She was the typical Armenian grandmother of her generation, the survivor generation…plump, dressed in dark clothes, long, willowy white hair tied in a bun, round face, full lips and tired eyes. When she finally landed in Toronto, I thought my life would be complete. I had felt the absence of grandparents in my life and I was ready to embrace her wholly.

December 16th, 2013

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The Cycle of Life: 25 Years On

The Cycle of Life: 25 Years On

Every Armenian on the planet remembers the moment they heard the news.
On December 7, 1988 at exactly 11:41 AM the ground beneath our homeland shifted. When the earth stopped moving, 25,000 people were dead, tens of thousands were injured, and hundreds of thousands were left homeless as villages, towns and cities were devastated by an earthquake that was felt around the world.

December 9th, 2013

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Nation-building is Not a Spectator Sport

Nation-building is Not a Spectator Sport

A friend who recently returned from abroad conveyed that many Armenians in the Diaspora are frustrated and fed-up with the shenanigans of our government. They are tired of hearing about corruption, monopolies, poor governance, rigged elections and an overall lack of vision and policy.

October 28th, 2013

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The Mountain

The Mountain

Being sentimental is a way of life for me. I wish I was less temperamental and could place a significant amount of distance between my mental health and my actual life, but I realize this is never going to happen. While it means I wear my heart on my sleeve, I have finally made my peace with this personal characteristic because it also allows me to be open to the splendor of life.

October 21st, 2013

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Celebrations and Expectations

Celebrations and Expectations

This past weekend was celebratory in the country. The Armenian national football team beat Bulgaria on home turf, finally breaking a streak of losses at home. Young and old danced in the streets, strangers congratulated one another and the tricolor was draped on everything from people to cars.

October 15th, 2013

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The Men from Moush

The Men from Moush

Developing complex models and postulating theories, writing academic papers, organizing high-level conferences and advancing policies to address some of the most pressing issues facing the Armenian nation is typically the method we employ. We discuss and analyze, argue incessantly, lose our composure in the melee of verbal and pseudo-intellectual traffic and usually end up nowhere.

October 7th, 2013

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Fish Out Of Water

Fish Out Of Water

When we were little, our parents used to take us fishing in the summer months. Almost every weekend, we would gather our gear, pack the car and drive two hours north of Toronto to a summer resort area we simply knew as cottage country. We usually stayed at some motel, definitely not five-star but when you’re a kid you don’t notice the less-than-stellar rooms or amenities.

September 30th, 2013

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