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Theatre Review: Safe Path For ‘Perils’

ven at its height, the Armenian literary renaissance of the 19th century did not produce many dramatists, but it did beget Hagop Baronian, who remains our best known – if not best – satirist. Baronian’s milieu was the Bolis – or Constantinople – of the Ottoman Era, and his writing was devoted to skewering the Armenian bourgeoisie that burgeoned there during the decades preceding massacres and genocide.

Paul Krekorian Wins City Council Race

Voters in the San Fernando Valley sent a resounding message throughout Los Angeles Tuesday night as Paul Krekorian won the special election in the Second Council District, defeating his opponent Christine Essel by a margin of more than13%.

Serj Tankian to Release Father Khachadour’s Debut Album ‘Inchbes Moranank’

Khatchadour Tankian, father of System of a Down’s lead singer Serj Tankian, will release his debut record “Inchbes Moranank” through his son’s record label Serjical Strike on December 29, 2009.

Rev. Markarian’s ‘The Thirsty Enemy': A Story of War, Faith and Passion

A rocket propelled grenade slams into the terrace outside of the bedroom window of the apartment he and his wife share in West Beirut, Lebanon. It makes a much louder sound than the routine gunfire to which they’ve become accustomed. A half-dozen members of a Communist militia group, all brandishing AK 47s, pound on the door in the middle of the night. This scene is repeated over and over throughout a seven-year period, with armed militia representing the Mourabitoun, Saiqua, Druze, Fatah, Kurds, PPS (Partie Populaire Syrienne) and Syrian army. One night, a group storms in with fixed bayonets, their leader ripping the phone line out of the wall and threatening their lives.

‘Yalanci Dolma’ Diplomacy

Yes, it was a meeting, but not a “historic meeting” as posted by the Friends of Hrant Dink, the organizers of an academic event entitled “Closing the Divide.” The event was designed to build cultural bridges between the Armenian Diaspora on one side and the Turkish people on the other, to traverse a colossal gorge, not divide, created by centuries of slavery, abuse, colonization of Western Armenia, and pogroms, which peaked with the infamous genocide of 1915-23.

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