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Marketing a Piece of Heaven

Marketing a Piece of Heaven

Having been on the receiving end of discrimination, I normally refrain from passing judgment on any other country or nation. Sometimes, however, inappropriate decisions and lack of taste leave the door wide open for commentary and scrutiny.

September 16th, 2013

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Autumn Promises: From Moscow to Brussels and Back

Autumn Promises: From Moscow to Brussels and Back

It recently dawned on me that I don’t know how to have fun anymore. Work is about the country. Home is about the country. Dinners out with friends or social gatherings are always about the country. I can’t recall what we used to talk about before moving to “the country.”

September 10th, 2013

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The Truth about Us

The Truth about Us

Years ago, a friend lamented that I had limited my life choices and career by moving to Armenia. I know now that his intentions came from a place of genuine concern and kindness but at the time I was incensed and immediately went on the defensive.

September 3rd, 2013

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The Clock Is Ticking

The Clock Is Ticking

If the current trend continues, it is estimated that by the end of 2013 almost 100,000 Armenians will have left the country. In a few short months we will learn the final figure of this new wave of mass departure.

August 5th, 2013

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Fare Change: Reigniting the Torch

Fare Change: Reigniting the Torch

The generation that rallied in Liberty Square as the sun was setting on the Soviet Union, ultimately secured the liberation of a small fragment of Historic Armenia. Their resolve and tenacity was transformative for the Armenian nation.

July 29th, 2013

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The Art of Non-Verbal Communication

The Art of Non-Verbal Communication

You probably won’t come across many people smiling randomly in Yerevan. It is not the default facial expression in the country. To some it may even be a symptom of or a predisposition to pathological behavior. Others simply may not have much to smile about.

July 22nd, 2013

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Solidarity and the Lone Soldier

Solidarity and the Lone Soldier

This is how the story (joke) goes… A young man decides to enlist in his country’s armed forces. The commanding officer, wanting to see how prepared the young conscript is for battle asks him a rhetorical question, “You’re on the battlefield and you see two enemy soldiers approaching. What would you do?”

July 15th, 2013

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Sojourn to Western Armenia: From Ancient Cities to Modern Realities

Sojourn to Western Armenia: From Ancient Cities to Modern Realities

Part II
BY MARIA TITIZIAN
We left the now-beloved city of Ani behind, but a secret promise was made to return one day only for her. Spending a few hours in that once majestic Armenian capital currently on Turkish territory was fiercely unfair to its history, heritage and legacy…it warranted days, weeks perhaps even a lifetime of [...]

July 8th, 2013

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Sojourn to Western Armenia: From Ancient Cities to Modern Realities

Sojourn to Western Armenia: From Ancient Cities to Modern Realities

I went with zero expectations. I was composed and surprisingly calm when we approached the land border crossing between Georgia and Turkey. My heart was not all aflutter, my brain was not in a state of readiness to absorb what I was about to see, there were no butterflies in my stomach. I assumed it would be a life-changing journey, but little did I know that it would take me almost six years to write about the experience. It has been and continues to be a process, both intellectual and spiritual.

July 1st, 2013

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Meeting Point Armenia

Meeting Point Armenia

Armenia has become a meeting point, an intersection where old friends and acquaintances meet up, sometimes through careful planning, sometimes even unexpectedly on a busy street corner in Yerevan or at an ancient church or in a forgotten, remote border village.

June 24th, 2013

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The Olive Tree and Armenia

The Olive Tree and Armenia

In 1974, Yasser Arafat, in a historic speech at the UN General Assembly said, “I come bearing an olive branch in one hand and a freedom fighter’s gun in the other. Do not let me drop the olive branch.”

June 17th, 2013

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Filling the Void, Finding the Hope

Filling the Void, Finding the Hope

Every city has a particular smell. It penetrates through your pores and settles underneath your skin so you can’t escape it.

June 10th, 2013

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Cooking and Tourists

Cooking and Tourists

If you need to pull together a large dinner party on short notice, I’m the person to come to. Seriously. Just ask my sisters.

June 3rd, 2013

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Lessons from the First Republic



Lessons from the First Republic



After centuries of being stateless, the First Republic of Armenia, 1918-1920 was founded thanks to the perseverance, valor and heroism of the Armenian people and their leaders.

May 28th, 2013

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