Category: Commentary

A Diasporan Minister of Diaspora – A Proposal

A Diasporan Minister of Diaspora – A Proposal

By Raffi Bedrosyan When the government of Armenia decided to establish the Ministry of Diaspora in 2008, the objective was to form a partnership between the Armenian state and Armenians in the diaspora and to help strengthen the ties between Armenia and Armenians abroad, by preserving the Armenian national identity in the diaspora and the […]

Calling the Holocaust ‘Sad’ is the First Step towards Denying It ever Happened

Calling the Holocaust ‘Sad’ is the First Step towards Denying It ever Happened

By Jonathan Freedland On Holocaust Memorial Day, the White House issued a statement that did not mention Jews or anti-Semitism – but this was no oversight by the new administration. As anyone who has seen Denial, the new film about the 2000 libel trial brought by David Irving against the historian Deborah Lipstadt, will know, […]

Pregnancy in Armenia: Let’s Hope it’s Not a Girl

Pregnancy in Armenia: Let’s Hope it’s Not a Girl

By Emanuele Cassano Mariam is 31 and the mother of three daughters. She comes from Armavir in western Armenia. Even after the birth of her second daughter she continued to follow her dream, trusting in the probability theory: to have a male child. Hence, when she discovered that she was pregnant again with a daughter, […]

All Roads Lead to Aleppo

All Roads Lead to Aleppo

By Jon Lee Anderson The fall of Aleppo probably marks the beginning of the end for Syria’s myriad rebel factions, five and a half years after their uprising began. With the evacuation of the last of its armed rebels and their families, last month, the Syrian city of Aleppo is once again in the hands of […]

The Silencing of Writers in Turkey

The Silencing of Writers in Turkey

By Elif Shafak The Hungarian-British writer Arthur Koestler, born in Budapest at the turn of the last century, became, over the course of his life, intimately familiar with the dangers of authoritarianism. It was the corroding effects of such rule on the human soul that preoccupied him as much as the unbridled concentration of power. “If […]

Why Aleppo’s Fall Will Be a Game-Changer for Turkey

Why Aleppo’s Fall Will Be a Game-Changer for Turkey

By Cengiz Candar Soon after the insurgency in Syria got underway, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan revealed his sensitivity about Aleppo for the first time. Around midnight on March 29, 2011, we were on board his aircraft flying back to Turkey from his visit to Iraq. Erdogan had made history as the first Turkish prime minister to pay […]

Tribute to Tom Vartabedian

Tribute to Tom Vartabedian

By Ruth Thomasian, Founder &, CEO of Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives Photography and writing bring people together as was the case with Tom and me — he, a journalist/photographer, and me, a photo historian. For many years I had read and admired his work from a distance before we connected on a professional level. […]

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn: ‘Gun for Hire’

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn: ‘Gun for Hire’

By David L. Phillips Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, a Trump national security adviser, has been paid by Turkish money laundered through a Dutch company to lobby on behalf of the Turkish government. More than bad judgment, Flynn’s egregious conduct raises ethical questions. It also casts doubt on his suitability for public office. The Flynn […]