The elections in Turkey on April 16 reversed what one expert called the country’s 100-year experiment in democracy and cemented the fact that successive Turkish governments will continue to deny the Armenian Genocide.
Artsakh is, perhaps, the most pivotal issue facing the Armenian Nation today, as outside forces, once again, are using it to advance their divergent political and economic agendas.
In the Armenian reality, two singularly different yet similarly tumultuous events of 2016 have defined how we will view critical turning points in the next year.
On Thursday, the government announced that the notorious governor of Syunik Province, Suren Khachatryan, also known as Liska, will step down from his post, which he has used for years to curry favors for President Serzh Sarkisian and deliver him bundles of votes during elections.
“Paylan said that fear has no place in the fight for democracy, human rights and justice. The Paylan Effect proved that to succeed in any movement one must be above all patient and must be guided by resolve and commitment.”
During the past 25 years, a new generation has grown up knowing nothing but the existence of an independent Republic of Armenia.
The four-day war in April, when Azerbaijani forces savagely attacked the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, proved, once again, that the resilience of the people of Artsakh could not be shattered.
“For schoolchildren, summer is a time to lie on the grass and watch clouds float by. It is a time to be free of responsibilities and worries, and a time to slow down. For trees, on the other hand, it’s a whole different story. For even during the warmest summers our green friends are hard at work.”
Ninety-Eight years ago on May 28 Armenia became independent after living under occupation and oppression for centuries.
What has become known as the “four day war,” which erupted on April 1 brought to fore the urgency for justice and hammered in the realization the our demands will only be met by a collective national effort,