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106th birth anniversary of famed expressionist Arshile Gorky

April 15 marks the birthday of a preeminent American abstract expressionist of Armenian decent Arshile Gorky.

April 15, 2014
106th birth anniversary of famed expressionist Arshile Gorky
1904 is widely accepted as the year of his birth, but the precise date remains a mystery because of the artist's adopted habit of changing his birthday, year after year, while residing in New York.

Armenian community of Estonia: a look into the future

“We have a Sunday school and folk culture groups. We do our best for our children to know the native tongue and traditions,” Davidyants says.

March 29, 2014
Armenian community of Estonia: a look into the future
The head of the Armenian religious community of Estonia, Artem Davidyants, moved to Tallinn in 1970s. There were almost no Armenians living in the city at that time, while the majority of the local population were Orthodox and spoke Russian.

Soghomon Tehlirian assassinated Talaat Pasha on March 15, 1921

Operation Nemesis was a covert operation by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation carried out from 1920 to 1922, during which a number of former Ottoman political and military figures were assassinated for their role in the Armenian Genocide.

March 15, 2014
Soghomon Tehlirian assassinated Talaat Pasha on March 15, 1921
Ottoman Armenian Soghomon Tehlirian assassinated the former Grand Vizir Talaat Pasha in Berlin in the presence of many witnesses on March 15, 1921 as an act of vengeance for his role in orchestrating the Armenian Genocide. The move was a part of the Dashnak Party's Operation Nemesis.

117th birth anniv. of great Armenian poet Yeghishe Charents

A victim of Stalinism, Charents was charged for "counterrevolutionary and nationalist activity" and imprisoned during the 1937 Great Purge.

March 13, 2014
117th birth anniv. of great Armenian poet Yeghishe Charents
Armenia marks the 117th birth anniversary of great poet Yeghishe Charents March 13. Charents was born Yeghishe Abgari Soghomonyan in Kars in 1897 to a family involved in the rug trade. His family hailed from the Armenian diaspora of Maku, Persia. He first attended an Armenian elementary school, but later transferred to a Russian technical secondary school in Kars from 1908 to 1912. He spent much of his time in reading. In 1912, he had his first poem published in the Armenian periodical Patani (Tiflis). Amid the upheavals of the First World War and the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire, he volunteered to fight in a detachment in 1915 for the Caucasian Front.

English journalist visits Mexican embassy in London to tell facts about Khojalu

He turned to me with a serious expression and asked me if I felt concerned for my safety or had received personal threats from Azerbaijan.

March 13, 2014
English journalist visits Mexican embassy in London to tell facts about Khojalu
After writing to the Mexican Ambassador in the UK on a number of occasions plus many follow-up phone calls on their “recognition” of Khojalu last year, I was finally invited to discuss the subject, in person, at their London office, on March 12, 2014.

The past and future of Crimea’s Armenian community

Crimea gave the world many outstanding Armenians, including world-renowned painter Hovhannes Ayvazovsky.

March 3, 2014
The past and future of Crimea’s Armenian community
Recent events in Crimea may complicate the live of the peninsula’s Armenian population – one of the oldest ones in Russia’s south. The first Armenians settled in Crimea in the 8th century, with the first wave of immigration starting in mid-eleventh century.

Feb 26 marks 26th anniv. of Azeri-led Sumgait pogrom

Dozens of Armenian were killed, majority of whom were set afire alive after being beaten and tortured.

February 26, 2014
Feb 26 marks 26th anniv. of Azeri-led Sumgait pogrom
February 26 marks the 26th anniversary of Azeri-led pogrom that targeted the Armenian population living in Sumgait. Pogroms, beatings and murder of Armenians in Sumgait, which is a town 30-minutes drive from Baku, took place in broad daylight as passersby kept looking. The crimes committed by Azeri thugs reached their high point on February 27-28. These events were proceeded by a wave of anti-Armenian rallies that shook entire Azerbaijan in February 1988. Almost the entire territory of the city with a population of 250,000 became an arena for unobstructed mass pogroms of its Armenian population. Azeri thugs broke into apartment buildings with prepared in advance lists of Armenian tenants residing there. Azeris were armed with iron rods (armature pieces), hatchets, knives, broken bottles, rocks and gas tanks. The number of these thugs can be determined by a simple fact that according to many witnesses, 50-80 people attacked each apartment. Similar crowds (numbering up to one hundred people each) went on a rampage in the streets.

145th birth anniversary of 'All-Armenian poet' Hovhannes Tumanyan

For many years, Yerevan has been honoring the great poet with Tumanyan days, with the festive events annually lasting from April 4 to 11.

February 19, 2014
145th birth anniversary of 'All-Armenian poet' Hovhannes Tumanyan
Armenia marks the 145th birth anniversary of the master of Armenian literature, great poet Hovhannes Tumanyan, who played a special role not only in the history of his country’s literature but also in the spiritual life of his nation. “The art should be clear and transparent as an eye and as complicated as one,” the poet said. And, true to his beliefs, the language of Tumanyan’s works is wonderfully simple and natural, but lively and picturesque. Even during his lifetime, Tumanyan was called the “All-Armenian poet.”

Artsakh: peacebuilding is about people not politicians

Mass movements of people, the drawing of complicated borders, and unsatisfactory political structures have blighted the past.

February 19, 2014
Artsakh: peacebuilding is about people not politicians
Politicians create war but they rarely deliver lasting peace. Over the next few years we will be remembering the centenary of the First World War. At the time it was considered to be the “war to all end all wars” but in fact it was the war that started many wars. Millions of people suffered, and died, throughout the last one hundred years as a result of treaties and other political decisions taken in the name of achieving peace.

10th anniversary of Armenian officer Gurgen Margaryan's axe-murder

Lieutenant of the Armenian Armed Forces Gurgen Margaryan, 26, was hacked to death, while asleep, by a fellow Azerbaijani participant.

February 19, 2014
10th anniversary of Armenian officer Gurgen Margaryan's axe-murder
February 19 marks the 10th anniversary of the murder of Armenian officer Gurgen Margaryan.
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