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The Settlement of Musa Dagh Armenians in Anjar, Lebanon, 1939-1941

The Settlement of Musa Dagh Armenians in Anjar, Lebanon, 1939-1941

BY VAHRAM L. SHEMMASSIAN
This year marks the 75th anniversary of Anjar, home to Musa Dagh Armenians situated in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley at an altitude of 950 m. along the Beirut-Damascus highway, near the Syrian border. What was the genesis of this unique Armenian rural town? What challenges did it face during its infancy (1939-1941)? These [...]

January 2nd, 2015

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Dram Drama

Dram Drama

It’s year-end, try-to-write-about-something-big-and-profound, time. Luckily, I was provided with just such a topic courtesy of the juncture and clash of international conflicts with economics.
No doubt you’ve read about the fall-and-rise of the tram/dram (Western/Eastern Armenian pronunciation), the money used in the Republic of Armenia (RoA) and the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. You might wonder what all the [...]

January 2nd, 2015

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Is Interim ‘Good Enough’ Acceptable?

Is Interim ‘Good Enough’ Acceptable?

No one disagrees that we have significant problems in the Republic of Armenia (RoA). The disagreement is over what they are, how large they loom, and how to solve them.

December 31st, 2014

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A Sparkling Start to the Season

A Sparkling Start to the Season

The month of December is sprinkled with gatherings and feasts. For me, the seasonal festivities started with the ADAA award night December 6 at the Pasadena Playhouse.

December 30th, 2014

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Gaps In Our Narrative

Gaps In Our Narrative

We talk a lot about the Genocide. We do it fairly well.

December 24th, 2014

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Amal Clooney to Represent Armenia in European Court

Amal Clooney to Represent Armenia in European Court

BY HARUT SASSOUNIAN
Here is a surprising news item being disclosed for the first time in this column—Amal Ramzi Alamuddin, wife of prominent actor and human rights activist George Clooney, will be one of the attorneys representing Armenia next month at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
Mrs. Clooney is a highly regarded attorney specializing in [...]

December 22nd, 2014

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Should Less Oppose More?

Should Less Oppose More?

Let’s say you and I are seeking some things, some benefits, goods, whatever they might be.

December 19th, 2014

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Azeri-Israeli Propagandist Throws Stones at Armenia from Glass House

Azeri-Israeli Propagandist Throws Stones at Armenia from Glass House

The JNS.org website (Jewish and Israel news) posted a venomous, anti-Armenian article by Arye Gut with a bombastic headline: “Anti-Semitism in Armenia: A Clear and Present Danger.”

December 16th, 2014

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The True Heart of an Old Armenian Town

The True Heart of an Old Armenian Town

When anyone or anything turns 100-years-old, it seems only right that there should be a party or celebration.

December 12th, 2014

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Soul Searching, or Self Serving?

Soul Searching, or Self Serving?

I’ve been torn for weeks now over whether to write this piece, perhaps you might even say months.

December 12th, 2014

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Sweeping Reforms Needed to Resolve Critical Pan-Armenian Issues

Sweeping Reforms Needed to Resolve Critical Pan-Armenian Issues

I delve this week into a thorny subject that has distressed much of the Armenian world: the uproar generated by the highly critical and harshly-worded letter posted on the internet by the Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem Nourhan Manougian addressed to His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians.

December 9th, 2014

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100s

100s

A hundred, with a hundred, for a hundred, on the hundredth, that was the original, vague “plan”– 100 miles, 100 people, $100,000, 100th Genocide anniversary, respectively. That was eight months ago when we started meeting to organize a walk to honor our ancestors’ memory.

December 8th, 2014

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Move Over Liberace

Move Over Liberace

Although I like to write, and there are so many stories I’d like to tell, sometimes inertia creeps in and I get lazy to sit down at the computer to begin.

December 2nd, 2014

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Turkish Parliament Will Hide the Truth Should it Block the Genocide Resolution

Turkish Parliament Will Hide the Truth Should it Block the Genocide Resolution

Last week, a Turkish Parliamentarian submitted a proposal to the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, seeking condemnation of the Armenian Genocide, a series of atrocities, and other acts of state terrorism.

December 2nd, 2014

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