Top 15 of European states and regions where the population won independence against the will of the center or struggles to be recognized as independent.
September 29, 2014
In a September 18 vote, Scotland stepped back from the brink of ending the 307-year-old union with England and Wales and rejected the prospectus for independence to remain part of the United Kingdom. However, dozens of European regions would like to alter the existing borders.
Taken literally, then no country is truly independent with many relying on financial and military support from other countries or institutions.
September 1, 2014
As Nagorno-Karabakh (NKR) celebrates the 23rd Anniversary of its Declaration of Independence, the country remains in the unsatisfactory position of still being globally unrecognised. The route out of this situation seems complicated; history provides many conflicting examples which serve only to confuse and not to enlighten.
Jabhat al-Nusra extremist group militants raided the Armenian Evangelical Holy Trinity Church and Missakian Cultural Center in Kessab.
June 25, 2014
L’observatoire de la Christianophobie French website posted the photos of destroyed and desecrated churches of Kessab after liberation of the town.
Before liberation of Lachin, Karabakh wad under a severe economic blockade, with electricity and gas supplies halted.
May 19, 2014
22 years ago, on May 18, 1992, the defense army of Artsakh liberated Lachin (now Berdzor), with the move becoming a military, political and psychological victory.
"Discovery of the fortress of Karkar was the highlight of the excavation," archeologist Hamlet Petrosyan said.
May 15, 2014
Ancient settlement of Shushi, dating back to the 7th century B.C. spreads along the walls of the old Shushi fortress. Villagers, ploughing up the flank of the hill at the fortress's wall were the ones to stumble upon its remains: bronze age weapons, skeletons, household items which were used to determine the date.
April 15 marks the birthday of a preeminent American abstract expressionist of Armenian decent Arshile Gorky.
April 15, 2014
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.
“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
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.
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
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.
Crimea gave the world many outstanding Armenians, including world-renowned painter Hovhannes Ayvazovsky.
March 3, 2014
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.
Dozens of Armenian were killed, majority of whom were set afire alive after being beaten and tortured.
February 26, 2014
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.