Category: Editorial

Erdogan Imposes Favorite Candidate on Istanbul Patriarchate

Erdogan Imposes Favorite Candidate on Istanbul Patriarchate

By Edmond Y. Azadian Byzantine laws in Turkey have contributed to the delays and complications in the election of a new patriarch in Istanbul. For nine years, the authorities have given the runaround to the lay and spiritual leadership of the community and at every stage have further complicated the process. Archbishop Aram Ateshyan has […]

Dreams of a Free and Fair Election in Armenia

Dreams of a Free and Fair Election in Armenia

By Edmond Y. Azadian Armenia’s election campaign is running at full steam as April 2 is around the corner. There are nine alliances participating in the elections. Their slogans are out and most of the parties are promising “change.” But no one has yet revealed the direction of that “change” because based on past experience, […]

German-Turkish Row Intensifies

German-Turkish Row Intensifies

By Edmond Y. Azadian There is a morbid historic bond between Turkey and Germany. The first has Armenian blood on its hands and the second Jewish blood. In addition, Turkey received help during its killing spree from Germany, which later took the lessons to heart and enacted its own horrific crimes. There are no two […]

Is Caviar Diplomacy Paying Off?

Is Caviar Diplomacy Paying Off?

By Edmond Y. Azadian It looks like Azerbaijan’s caviar diplomacy is paying off in certain political quarters. The Azeri government has been always eager to shed Armenian blood. The world witnessed the Azeri government pardon and promote an Azeri soldier Ramil Safarov, who had killed a sleeping Armenian soldier, Gurgen Margaryan, in Budapest in 2006, […]

Istanbul Patriarchate Election Takes Ugly Turn

Istanbul Patriarchate Election Takes Ugly Turn

By Edmond Y. Azadian The Istanbul Armenian community is one of the most isolated in the diaspora, participating in minimal interaction with the rest of the Armenian communities around the world. Given the fearful atmosphere in which they are forced to live, it is logical that they try to avoid making waves in managing their […]

Tempering Trump’s Temptations

Tempering Trump’s Temptations

By Edmond Y. Azadian Armenia and America have a common issue: migration, but in reverse order. Armenia has a problem of emigration and America has a problem of immigration. The first cannot stop the outflow of its people and the latter cannot halt the influx of people. Enter President Donald Trump. He has a spectacular […]

Voting for Consolidation of Oligarchy or Democracy?

Voting for Consolidation of Oligarchy or Democracy?

By Edmond Y. Azadian The political landscape is changing dramatically in Armenia. As the election deadline looms, activities are intensified. One of the major reasons is the new shape the government will take when the system changes from presidential to parliamentary. Citizens are neither briefed nor educated sufficiently to understand why the new system may […]

Armenia Before Namibia

Armenia Before Namibia

By Edmond Y. Azadian Armenia and Namibia are worlds apart; the first one is in the Caucasus and the latter in Southwestern Africa. Relations or the relevance of one to the other is scarce in their histories, except for the fact that Namibia turns out to be the favorite destination of Armenia’s second president, Robert […]