The legendary Ruben Hakhverdyan and his band will be performing live in concert at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles on February 13.The event, hosted by the Armenian Youth Federation, will feature new songs from Hakhverdyan’s upcoming double disk album, performed alongside a new band.
Kobe Bryant faced demonstrations on Sunday as members of the Canadian-Armenian community took to the streets of Toronto ahead of a Lakers-Raptors game to protest the NBA star’s recent deal with Turkey’s national airline carrier, the Armenian Youth Federation of Toronto reported.
If Kobe Bryant follows through on his deal with Turkish Airlines he will be associated with violence, oppression, occupation and genocide, not once, not twice, but all the time. He will be the face of a country that occupies Northern Cyprus, brutally represses its Kurdish minority, imprisons its citizens, suppresses free speech, violently stifles dissent, and imprisons children.
As the controversy surrounding Kobe Bryant’s endorsement deal with Turkey’s national airline carrier deepens, the NBA superstar faces a unique opportunity to stand by his loyal fans and become a global champion for human rights and genocide prevention.
In 2008, Kobe Bryant was a strong voice calling for an end to the genocide in Darfur, but today, he has signed a deal to represent the Republic of Turkey, which denies any genocide in Darfur and is the infamous perpetrator of the first Genocide of the 20th century.
I recently had the privilege of speaking about journalism and Armenian media at a panel discussion hosted at the AGBU Manoogian-Demirjian school in Canoga Park. The panel also included longtime journalist and Horizon TV anchor Paul Chaderjian and freelance writer and ianyanmag.com editor Liana Aghajanian.
95 years of questioning the reality of planned, brutal mass executions, the ethnic cleansing of a people from their place is far too long. Up against a looming deadline, a threat of losing their history and identity, a new generation of Armenians is waking up to an economic collapse, disappearing Diasporas, and questionable leadership. The time has come for modern-day Fedayees to take action, to use modern technologies and create global media messages about their legacy, history, and their future. This is our prophecy.
February 18 was the 89th anniversary of the 1921 February Uprising against the Soviet occupation of Armenia. Every year on that day, a memorial commemoration is held at the Khatchar in Yerevan dedicated to the Armenian leaders jailed and murdered by the Bolshevik Secret Police in the early months of that occupation.
This summer, nine young diasporans from California traveled to Gyumri to set up a day-camp for the city’s youth–to live among them, share in their experiences, and make a small but positive impact on their lives. They were not surprised that dozens of boys and girls flocked to the camp, excited that Armenians from abroad had come to their hometown to spend the summer with them.
Below are some of the voices of Kurds themselves, as they struggle to bring the world’s attention to their plight and draw parallels between their suffering and that of the Armenians.