Azad Sparks: Decolonizing Armenian Dance with Natalie Kamajian

This article is part of Azad Sparks: Critical Conversations for the Armenian Community. Azad Sparks is an interview series dedicated to starting transnational conversations on the topics that aren’t often talked about in prevailing Armenian discourse. Here we ask the difficult questions, break the silence on marginalized topics, and build alternative communities. Natalie Kamajian is […]

02 August 2022 | Araxie Cass

Book Review: Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World

Our Women on the Ground is divided into five parts: “Remembrances”, “Crossfire”, “Resilience”, “Exile”, and “Transition.”. Some feel like an obituary to a beloved husband and even to war. Some feel like letters to the backbones of Iraq, i.e., women, or to the cynical baba –father– who had a hard time accepting his daughter’s career. And many feel like testimonies, filled with guilt…

16 June 2022 | Paula Kjdrian

The Story of Liana Makes: A Modern Twist on a Traditional Armenian Pastry

I first learned about Liana Makes when a beautifully curated photo of some plated nazouks appeared on my Instagram feed. Truthfully, I hadn’t known about nazouk before seeing this photo. I soon learned, as the picture suggested, that they are a small, flaky dessert pastry nicely paired with soorj. I saw the photo on a […]

11 April 2022 | Marie Papazian

Behind Bride Kidnapping: Interview with Lara Aharonian

This article is Part 3 in a series on Bride Kidnapping. Read Part 1 here, and Part 2 here. In her work at the Women’s Resource Center, Lara Aharonian has seen multiple cases of bride kidnapping. In this interview, Mariam Avagyan talks to Aharonian about the silence around bride kidnapping, the importance of consent, and […]

25 October 2021 | Mariam Avagyan

Behind Bride Kidnapping: Interview with Chris Edling

This article is Part 2 in a series on Bride Kidnapping. Read the first part here.  CW: Sexual Assault When he volunteered in Armenia with the Peace Corps, Chris Edling was surprised to hear about the practice of bride kidnapping, especially with aspects like “consensual kidnapping.” He dove into extensive research on the topic, working […]

12 September 2021 | Mariam Avagyan

Champion Communities: How Football Created International Solidarity for Artsakh

As the Artsakh War of 2020 raged, Busani Sibindi read the updates in his hometown of Bulawayo, in the Matabeleland region of Zimbabwe. Although his own region was suffering intensely under the effects of the COVID-19 crisis and their constant experience of government repression, he immediately felt for the situation of the people in Artsakh.  […]

05 August 2021 | Araxie Cass

Diaspora Strong

When Armenia cries, the Diaspora will always answer. That’s just how it is and will always be. Staff writer Gareen Simone spoke to three business owners used their creativity to support Armenia during the 2020 Artsakh War.

01 June 2021 | Gareen Simone

Bride Kidnapping: Crime, Culture and Everything in Between

If you grew up in Armenia or in an Armenian community, you might have played a game called Aghjik Pakhtsnotsi as a kid. Even if you have not played the game, you have likely heard the term aghjik pakhtsnel, which refers to the practice of bride kidnapping.

12 May 2021 | Mariam Avagyan

Eyes On Artsakh: The Aftermath of War and Displacement

After 45 days of war, the latest stage of the three-decade long conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan culminated in a peace deal that forced thousands of Artsakh families to be uprooted from their homes and seek refuge in Armenia.

08 May 2021 | Alique Derderian

Social Media and the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh War

In an interview with Dr. Karena Avedissian, a political scientist and a very reputable Armenian figure on Twitter, especially during the Nagorno-Karabakh 2020 War, Azad Archives discussed the effect of social media on the war, the aftermath of the war, and where Armenians stand now.

07 May 2021 | Hena Aposhian