How should we safeguard our identity in times when we are constantly bombarded with information and ideas which often act to erode the sense of one’s identity? How can Armenians persevere in the current geopolitical conditions? We offer the means. Learn more about the history of Armenia, our heritage, our language, our traditions, and values during the radio program “Akunk” (Source).
The phenomenon of Mher the Junior has become our permanent companion. Charents called the confinement of Mher in Agravakar a "plot against the Armenian nation." Levon Khechoyan identified himself with Mher the Junior. What did Mher carry with himself to Agravakar in order to preserve it?... The alienation of the Armenians from their own country has become an ordinary thing. Why is this happening?... Why is the supreme, the national factor of the system of moral values endangered? Why do some ardently rush to what is material, to money?... What has divided the wholeness of national morality?...
- Satenik Avetisyan
The Armenian Highland was a land of holy laws, and its soil has kept the identity card of Armenia to this day. It became possible to discover the treasures contained in this soil only in the conditions of the independence of our country and to break some artificially created stereotypes in science. Our mother soil is itself a historical monument, and it's the duty of all of us to preserve its each millimeter. In our small republic and in Artsakh, such ancient places have been excavated over the past few years that have caught the attention of a number of scientists, especially archaeologists, of the world.
- Hakob Simonyan
For already many years, the expeditions of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the NAS RA, together with their foreign colleagues, carry out excavations in Areni (Vayots Dzor region) and in the stone-age station "Nor Geghi – 1" (Kotayk region). They have already published several articles about their finds in authoritative scientific journals of the world. In Nor Geghi, they have discovered 325-330 thousand-year-old stone tools, that is, tools that had been created by primitive humans. These finds give an exclusive possibility to break old stereotypes in the world science.
- Boris Gasparyan
We often talk about our cultural and ideological defeats and spiritual injuries even in conversations that seem to be mundane, because the danger threatening us has long corrupted our philosophy of life in all respects. It seems our society doesn't even feel this in its everyday life: it is so bent under various burdens that its main problem is earning for living. It does not have time to think about its future… It doesn't even think that it has abandoned its national rite of renewal of spirit...
- Satenik Avetisyan
In the years of independence, the system of our science and education (the same applies to other fields too) has been found in the condition of a laboratory animal for testing, to say the least, and it is not clear when the "reforms" are going to end. In our sphere of science and education, there are many shortcomings and problems needing urgent solutions, and new ones are being added to them. We have talked about them for years in our program, with best specialists in the field, who offered and today also offer solutions. But those responsible for the system often demonstrate an unscientific attitude toward these issues.
- Ashot Melkonyan
- Eduard Ghazaryan
The international conference "The Armenian Genocide and the Problem of Reparation" was unique in terms of thematics because it was for the first time that the issue of the reparation of the Armenian Genocide was discussed among us on an academic and scientific level. The start of this phenomenon was the pan-Armenian declaration on the occasion of the centennial of the Medz Yeghern where, though slightly, even fearfully, the issue of reparation is also touched upon.
- Ashot Melkonyan
Some spheres absent in the Soviet social system are developing slowly nowadays. For example, ecology. Of course, already during the last years of the Soviet empire, some ecological movements were formed. Specialists alerted about phenomena that harmed human health and our biological habitat and criticized the central authorities because everything was decided there. But it's a painful fact that after the independence we began to destroy our nature and country more savagely, as if this insatiable consumer attitude is rooted and directed toward a homeland of foreigners.
- Hakob Sanasaryan
After our each broadcast about Ler Kamsar or each speech by Vanuhi Tovmasyan about Kamsar in media, the wave of interest toward this author spreads widely especially among the youth, which is very pleasing.
The next publication of Kamsar's works, the collection "Unlived Days," is already on the reader's table. It differs from the other publications both in its design by Gevorg Mshetsi and in having annotations by Armen Keshishyan. Many thanks to Hayk Khemchyan too, for the meticulous copy editing and proofreading of the volume.
- Armen Keshishyan
The second part of the broadcast presents the history of Hamshen as an Armenian land, particularly the history of the methods and course of the Islamization of the Hamshen Armenians. The Turkification or corruption of toponyms has a strategic importance for Turkey: the Turks have led a consistent policy in this regard since the Ottoman period.
There are many atheists, Muslim Marxists, in Hamshen. They all call themselves Turks, though Armenian style, basis, especially root words are preserved in their minor toponyms, daily customs, traditional songs and dances.
- Lusine Sahakyan
One of the major departments of the YSU Institute of Armenological Studies is dedicated to Armenian-Ottoman relations. There aren’t Armenian-Turkish relations as such; there is an Armenian-Turkish conflict, that is, the relations are hostile.
It seems this department is only engaged in scholarly work, but it’s mostly political, because we have political and legal issues with Turkey that are not solved historically, while Turkey is not disposed to solve them as well as has adopted a denying policy since the beginning.
- Lusine Sahakyan
In the symbolic exhibition of collages "Time x Time x Time" by Gevorg Mshetsi-Javrushyan, the most impressive was the mindset of the author. The whole composition is based on symbols – chairs, abaci, clocks, scales, coins, also a chess, that is, chairs and measures plus counting, that is, a struggle for the throne, mental cramps to count the steps leading to the throne, and chess combinations... In short, a struggle for the throne under the order "Sit down!" as an "11th commandment" and a warning for us to be on guard...
The collection "The Minutes of the Meetings of the Government of the First Republic of Armenia: 1918-1920" published by the National Archive of Armenia is a unique mosaic of a short-lived state's establishment, its inner political life as well as foreign policy. This edition is an important source for those studying the history of the first Armenian republic.
- Amatuni Virabyan
Armenian-Kurdish relations have had a history of many centuries, perhaps since the time of Tigranes the Great. However, the Kurds haven't had their own state until now. They haven't created civilization either. The multi-million masses of this ethnos are very purposefully struggling for their independence now. This is not an easy struggle, of course. It is especially cruel and bloody in Turkey. I'm sure that sooner or later they will reach their goal. But the question of questions for us, the Armenians, is where—exactly on which territory—their state will be established.
- Vahram Petrosyan
In recent years, the Hovhannes Tumanyan Museum and Yerevan State University have been collaborating on a very noteworthy project: they publish the "Hasker" annual, whose articles are dedicated to the study of children's literature and folklore. The author of the project is Alvard Jivanyan, Doctor of Philology, head of the Department for the Study of Fairy Tales at the Hovhannes Tumanyan Museum, editor-in-chief at the Department of Children's LIterature, Zangak Publishing House, and lecturer at YSU English Philology Department.
- Alvard Jivanyan
In September, two international scientific conferences were held in Moscow and Gyumri.
The Moscow conference titled "The Armenian Diaspora and Armenian-Russian Relations: History and Modernity" hosted more than 100 armenologists and specialists in related disciplines from 16 countries. The conference was promising in terms of the development of Armenology.
The Gyumri conference titled "Historical-Cultural Heritage of Shirak: Contemporary Issues of Armenology" was important in that most participants were representatives of the modern generation.
- Ashot Melkonyan
Grigor Vantsyan's biography was noteworthy since his childhood − a bitter and hard, extreme poverty, as in case of many of his contemporaries, and also a tragic end. However, he received good education, though not perfect, and became involved in activities for the benefit of the Armenian nation. He has authored a number of philological studies, a monumental ethnographic treatise, and Armenian language and history textbooks.
- Vahe Sargsyan
Science requires a fundamental and conceptual approach to the subject of its research. Deviation from these criteria is harmful to science, errors of which can be corrected over time, but it is detrimental to the credibility of the scientist. Anyone who knowingly falsifies science is a non-scientist.
- Ruben Galchyan
Historian Kevork Yazedjian compiled and published the book "Political Movements and Colonies of the Diaspora in Secret Soviet Documents (1945-1991)," which includes important documents related to the ARF, ASALA, ANM, SDHP, and ADLP.
Under the guise of diplomacy, Soviet intelligence agents operated throughout the world. Soviet agents representing various organizations regularly sent memos and reports from abroad to their superiors in Moscow. Copies of those reports were also sent to Yerevan to inform the leadership of the Communist party of the Armenian Soviet Republic about the internal processes in the countries with Armenian communities.
- Kevork Yazedjian
Vahagn Sargsyan has compiled and published his father's Collection of Letters with a preface and very important and extensive explanatory notes that present readers with new details on sources.
Mkrtich Sargsyan's letters, as well as those written to him by other authors and translators, demonstrate the importance of what is human and thus also what belongs to all humanity. This is how the real figures of culture created national, that is universal, values in conditions of Communist ideology…
- Vahagn Sargsyan
Especially in the last ten years of his life, Tumanyan was greatly suffering: his personal and national sorrows had been mixed… The tragedy that had befallen our people had stolen the poet’s sleep and rest. It seems nothing has changed since then in regard to the Armenian Issue: it is still in the same state. In Tumanyan’s works of that period, the most lucid thing is his faith in the future of his nation...
- Ani Yeghiazaryan
The name Simon Simonyan is a perpetual value, without which it is impossible to imagine the ideology of the Armenian national liberation armed struggle of the 1970s that originated abroad. Simon Simonyan and Gevorg Ajemyan shared the same ideas. In this case, the important thing was their ideological start point, the values created by them, which, like the shots of Gurgen Yanikyan, were aimed at awakening the Armenian issue. Half a century after Garegin Nzhdeh and Hayk Asatryan, a movement arose by the efforts of Gurgen Yanikyan, Simon Simonyan, and Gevorg Ajemyan to sober up the Armenians from the inevitable assimilation.
- Toros Toranyan
- Gevorg Yazedjian
Each time when I present the name of an unjustly forgotten figure to our public, I am filled with gratitude toward our people and the human kind of Armenians, toward those people who humbly carried their cross, to the best of their abilities contributing to the preservation of our national identity. When learning about the life and work of Hakob Sarikyan, a fedayeen, pedagogue, writer, translator, and publicist, I was pleasantly amazed at the fact that among the Eastern Armenians “he was known and respected by the representatives of all political groups.”
Fortunately, he wasn’t persecuted during the Stalinist repressions…
- Ruben Simonyan
- Edgar Hovhannisyan