Archpriest Fr. Antranig Baljian, Institute Director, speaking to the 4th level students.

Eastern Prelacy's Datev Institute draws 41 students

St. Gregory of Datev Institute held its 28th annual Summer Program for youth, ages 13-18, at the St. Mary of Providence Center in Elverson, Pennsylvania, from June 29-July 6, 2014.



Sylvia Tavitian. Tom Vartabedian

Sylvia Tavitian, a church organist since 1948

Tom Vartabedian profiles an organist at Armenian Church at Hye Pointe in Haverhill, Mass.




Arts & Culture



The Cathedral of Mren, built in Armenia in the 7th century, when stone-mason technologies were in decline elsewhere in the world. Via Fresno State University

Armenian architecture and its European impact

A conversation between architectural historians Anahit Ter-Stepanian and Mark Jarzombek discusses the role of Armenian stone-building technology in the medieval revival of architecture in Middle East and Europe.



Birthright Armenia homestay in Yerevan . Scout Tufankjian

A photo album for the global Armenian family

Scout Tufankjian has embarked on an ambitious project to photograph Armenian life around the world with her book slated for release in April 2015. In an interview with the Armenian Reporter she talks about her impressions of Armenians, from Brazil and U.S. to Ethiopia and Armenia.



Resurrection comes a day early with Kariné Poghosyan’s “Firedance” recital

Yerevan pianists attract crowd in Albany

Saroyan prize to have social justice focus




National



The former National Bank of Washington and adjacent properties in downtown Washington. Courtesy image

Appeals court upholds ruling in Washington Armenian Genocide Museum case

In a July 15 ruling U.S. Court of Appeals ruled to uphold an earlier federal court’s decision that returned a series of Washington properties to the Cafesjian Family Foundation.



Assemblymen Khatcho Achadjian (left) and Adrin Nazarian speaking in support of the Genocide Education Act.

Genocide education act unanimously passed by Calif. State Assembly

On May 28, the California State Assembly unanimously passed the Armenian Genocide Education Act (AB 1915) with a vote of 77-0, requiring the inclusion of the Armenian Genocide in the list of studied subject areas for the adopted courses of study in Social Science for grades 7-12, reported the Armenian National Committee of America Western Region (ANCA WR).



Benefit evening for Diyarbekir church held in U.S.

Three Genocide legacy publications see print

Armen Hovannisian to chair the Armenian Bar Association




Armenia



A photo by Tom Vartabedian.

One day in the life of Armenia

Tom Vartabedian on the tough task of choosing among the photos he two in Armenia.



The ASP group at Khor Virab monastery with Mt. Ararat behind them.

ACYOA's three weeks of summer in Armenia

They prayed in ancient cliff-side monasteries, explored a medieval fortress, and experienced the cool, fresh waters of Lake Sevan.



VivaCell-MTS joins Fuller Center build in Armavir province

AVC announces summer 2014 volunteering and tourism program

FAR helps young professionals from Diaspora discover Armenia




Community



Three generations - Richard Bazarian attends his last genocide commemoration May 10 in Lowell, joined by Nellie Nazarian, who preceded him in death as the last survivor in Merrimack Valley, and 12-year-old Datev Gevorkian. Tom Vartabedian

In Memoriam: Richard Bazarian, 72 and Nellie Nazarian, 102, of Merrimack Valley, Mass.

Tom Vartabedian profiles two of his community members who recently passed away.



Ronald Grigor Suny.

Calendar of Events

On August 14 in Washington, Professor Ronald Grigor Suny will discuss his new book on the history of Armenian Genocide; for details about this and other upcoming Armenian happenings in America consult the Calendar of Events.



Calendar of Events

Zaven Khanjian to lead Armenian Missionary Association of America

Ani Garmiryan joins Gulbenkian Foundation




Commentary



A view of the July 2 seminar on Armenia at the Atlantic Council of the United States in Washington. PFA Armenia

From stateless thinking to the Forum of independent minds

In a wide-ranging commentary, Armenia's former ambassador to the United States Rouben Shougarian,who recently participated in a seminar organized by the Policy Forum Armenia, outlines his vision of Armenian advocacy and Armenia's foreign policy challenges in light of the crisis in Ukraine.



St. Vartan Cathedral and the seat of the Eastern Diocese. Wikimedia

The Eastern Diocese: problems, controversies and a way forward

In a Reporter exclusive, Joyce Chorbajian shares her impressions from the most recent Eastern Diocesan Assembly, which saw a five-round electoral contest between incumbent Archbishop Khajag Barsamian and challenger Diocesan Legate Vicken Aykazian, and makes recommendations for a healthier future.



Armenia helps coordinate worldwide Genocide centennial activities

Wallowing in Armenian pride

The Armenian Genocide: not just for once a year




International



Karabakh Defense Army soldier Norayr Kamalyan was wounded on July 31 as he engaged Azerbaijani army personnel in hand-to-hand combat. Razm.info

Congress members charge Aliyev regime with Karabakh escalation

International Affairs Committee chair Ed Royce joined with members Judy Chu, David Cicilline, Adam Schiff, Brad Sherman and Jackie Speier to condemn Aliyev’s policies that have resulted in the loss of file on both sides.



David Tonoyan during his Washington press briefing on Aug. 7. Arsen Kharatyan for The Armenian Reporter

Official: US-Armenia security cooperation will survive Russia-Ukraine crisis

First Deputy Defense Minister David Tonoyan arrived in Washington on August 7 to discuss bilateral ties and ways to rein in the recent escalation of violence between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces.



Karabakh death toll mounts in tit-for-tat attacks

Armenia, U.S. appoint new ambassadors

Canadian minister visits Armenia




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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

Hayley Fox..

profiles the activities of the Armenian Power gang following its recent take down by FBI and police (LA Weekly) [posted on: July 03, 2014]

Arsen Avakov..

is the new Ukrainian government's most influential voice in social media, while as Interior Minister he also leads a crackdown on pro-Russia forces in the east of the country (RFE/RL) [posted on: July 03, 2014]

Mark Dietzen..

makes the case against the current U.S. policy on Nagorno Karabakh (Open Democracy) [posted on: July 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.