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Desecrated relics of Kessab

Jabhat al-Nusra extremist group militants raided the Armenian Evangelical Holy Trinity Church and Missakian Cultural Center in Kessab.

June 25, 2014
Desecrated relics of Kessab
L’observatoire de la Christianophobie French website posted the photos of destroyed and desecrated churches of Kessab after liberation of the town.

22 years since Karabakh blockade was broken

Before liberation of Lachin, Karabakh wad under a severe economic blockade, with electricity and gas supplies halted.

May 19, 2014
22 years since Karabakh blockade was broken
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.

Ancient settlement of Shushi: history unearthed

"Discovery of the fortress of Karkar was the highlight of the excavation," archeologist Hamlet Petrosyan said.

May 15, 2014
Ancient settlement of Shushi: history unearthed
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.

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.

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.

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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