Independent Armenia's 13th prime minister. Photolur

Armenian president signals political exit, as new PM named

Parliament chairman Hovik Abrahamyan, described by the U.S. embassy as 'a crass nouveau riche,' will become Armenia's next prime minister, just as Serge Sargsyan indicates he is ready to give up leadership role



The focal point of annual Genocide commemorations - the Tsitsirnakaberd memorial in Yerevan. Photolure

Calendar of Events

The 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide will be marked with protests, vigils, marches, concerts, exhibits and film screenings in Armenia and around the world; for details about upcoming events in America consult the Calendar of Events.




Arts & Culture



Jill Simonian emceed ADAA's Paul awards event last November.

Saroyan prize to have social justice focus

The Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance announces 2014 competition for its William Saroyan Prize for Playwriting.



Syuzanna Petrosyan (center) and Greg Irwin (right) awarded by the USC Shoah Foundation Executive Director Stephen D. Smith.

Syuzanna Petrosyan shares top prize in USC film competition

A student from the University of Southern California who is a descendant of survivors of the Armenian Genocide shared the top prize at this year’s Student Voices Short Film Contest sponsored by USC Shoah Foundation - The Institute for Visual Learning and Education.



Cafesjian opens Regentag exhibit

The art of ornate letter in Seeroon Darer

Children's magazine Skipping Stones to feature Armenia




National



Sen. Robert Menendez, chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, secured the resolution's adoption. Via ANCA

Senate committee adopts Armenian Genocide resolution

On April 10, for the first time in nearly a quarter century, a U.S. Senate committee adopted a resolution, calling on the U.S. government to commemorate the Armenian Genocide; last moment amendments removed direct references to Turkey and the Obama Administration did not oppose the vote.



Nancy Najarian.

Nancy Najarian joins congressional race in N. Virginia

Nancy Najarian - a champion for Armenian-Americans, strong communities, quality jobs, and a world-class education for every child – has announced she is running for Virginia’s 8th Congressional District, represented for the past 24 years by now retiring Rep. Jim Moran D-VA.



Armenia’s new football coach finally revealed: Swiss Bernard Challandes

Hovhannes Hovhannisyan, 19, brings Armenia to world of cycling

Armenia prepares for basketball championship




Armenia



From right: Arthur Hovsepyan, wife Astghik, Richard Boyajian, and Arthur's daughter Astghik at the dedication at Voghge playground in Shirak province.

An unfading memory of a friend, hero and true patriot

Richard Boyajian profiles the late Arthur Hovsepyan, a Gyumri-based businessman and partner for Nish Boyajian Foundation for over a decade.



Hripsime Mkrtchyan: the newest PhD student at the Cosmic Ray Division of Yerevan Physics Institute.

Portrait of a young Armenian scientist

Arsine Arakelians interviews Hripsime Mkrtchyan who specializes in atmosphere physics.



Angeghakot and its poet

LCO announces summer 2014 Armenia plans

A little slice of heaven: the Drakhtik kindergarten




Community



Komitas (Gomidas). Ara Aslanyan

Calendar of Events

A new documentary about Komitas "Music to Madness" will premiere this month in Chicago, Fresno, San Diego and elsewhere; for details about this and other upcoming Armenian happenings in America consult the Calendar of Events.



John and Cynthia Andonian with ANCA leaders.

ANCA 2014 telethon kicks off with San Diego fundraiser

With a positive spirit of support and activism, a broad and diverse group of Armenian Americans gathered at the home of John and Cynthia Andonian in Rancho Santa Fe, California on Sunday, March 30.



Finding L.O.V.E. in A.C.Y.O.A.

In Memoriam: Dn. Kevork Panoyan, 89, a former repatriate and educator

Alexanian genocide film project pushes forward




Commentary



Andrew Scheer (right) visited with Cemil Cicek last month. Official photos.

Canadian Parliament speaker duped by Turkish rhetoric

Antranik Antourian notes that foreign officials continue to fall for Turkey "historical commission" ploy.



Turkey war rocked by massive protests last year.

How divided Turkey perceives Armenians

Raffi Bedrosyan on Turkey's contentious politics and their impact on Turkish Armenian attitudes.



Text of Swiss appeal to European Court on Armenian Genocide disclosed

Walking a mile in their shoes

What the Turks can do ahead of 2015




International



A delegation led by Deputy Asst. Sec. of Defense Evelyn Farkas was in Armenia last December. Armenian defense ministry photo

Members of Congress urge ‘reinforced’ U.S.-Armenia ties

Over 25 Members of Congress signed a letter in support of "strengthening American diplomacy" and reinforcing "ties with Armenia," reported the Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly) on April 2.



Sam Power and Adam Schiff.

U.S. official: Kessab Armenians' needs should be addressed

Ambassador to UN Samantha Power question about the recent developments in Syria by Rep. Adam Schiff.



U.S. report wanted on churches stolen by Turkey

Zoryan Institute announces journal launch, new course

Tennessee panel rejects anti-Armenian measure




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Everyday Armenia

A short documentary capturing Yerevan's daily happenings was produced by Aid Armenia charity.

Cafesjian Center

World-class art in the heart of Armenian capital


Elsewhere

Loveday Morris..

reports on the plight of Kessab Armenians after speaking with some of them taking shelter in Anjar, Lebanon (Washington Post) [posted on: April 03, 2014]

Tevan Poghosyan..

on Armenian MPs visit with refugees from Kessab now in Latakia, Syria (Mediamax) [posted on: April 03, 2014]

Fehim Tastekin..

on Turkey's role in the rebel occupation of Kessab and possible consequences (Radikal via Al-Monitor) [posted on: April 03, 2014]


 

Editorial

National Bank of Washington building (center) and four structures to the left reverted to the Cafesjian Foundation. PQLiving.com


Hirair Hovnanian continues to block Genocide memorial & museum in DC

Assembly leader's delay tactics are detrimental to Armenian Americans' interests.