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).
Recently, a group of young people republished some of the works by Garegin Nzhdeh. They did not only published these collections but also organized the book presentations.
These young people with high ideas, together with a group of their peers, have mastered the precepts of their great teachers, Garegin Nzhdeh and Hayk Asatryan, very well and are voluntarily carrying out a patriotic mission.
- Anahit Harutyunyan, Vruyr Artsruni
This time we're talking with Russian-Armenian University lecturer, Doctor of Physics and Mathematics Vladimir Harutyunyan about a less known event in our history, the Armenian-Georgian War of 1918. This war began after the inhabitants of Uzunlar and Disik villages revolted against the Georgian violence. The military actions were stopped on December 31 by the efforts of Tbilisi-based French and British missions. These events are the topic of another collection comprised by our guest, "The Armenian-Georgian War (1918): Materials and Documents."
- Vladimir Harutyunyan
The Artsakh movement has been interpreted, analyzed and assessed on different occasions by both Armenians and foreigners. Their ideological, political, legal, socio-psychological and other opinions do not differ essentially. Of course, we're not speaking here about Turkish or pro-Turkish assessments. But Harutyun Marutyan's conclusion differs from all the opinions that we have known or accepted so far. He calls the Artsakh movement "revolution." And his classic arguments for this are convincing enough.
- Harutyun Marutyan
In January 1927 the Senate didn’t ratify the Treaty of 1923 between the USA and Turkey, which is an unprecedented fact in the history of U.S. diplomacy. The senators explained this refusal by a number of reasons one of which was that Turkey did not implement Wilson’s Decree. This is a trump card in the hands of the USA, which can be used against Turkey at any time.
- Ara Papyan
After the April military operation, the members of our society, both inside the country and abroad, became again political scientists, experts, diplomats, analysts, commentators, etc. The discussions and commentaries in Armenian media and especially in social network on surrendering the liberated lands had made many people fall into hysteria and lose mental balance. This psychological terror was a clearly intentional operation.
- Gevorg Yazedjian
- Gagik Ginosyan
The fall of the first Armenian republic was a consequence of international conspiracy. But what did we do to defend the fortress of Kars and to preserve the Armenian statehood? Have we tried to guess what public relations were formed in Armenia and particularly in the province of Kars and what the atmosphere and conditions were in the country because of which the army suffered that great disgrace?… Why didn't the Armenian army fight in Kars, why didn't it accomplish its duty? While in those same days, Dro defeated the Turks in the battle of Surmali...
- Vladimir Harutyunyan
Our nation has an astonishing fate. In different aspects. A split Fatherland. Two Churches. Two literary languages. Two Armenian republics. Our people have struggled to unite the last two since the dawn of the Soviet state. The case with the literary languages of the Church and modern Armenian is different. If only a good will is necessary for uniting the Armenian Apostolic Church, the case with literary Armenian languages is different. These are different language systems, and an incorrect interference can have grave consequences…
- Hagop Cholakian
The phrases “national identity” and “historical memory” are often used in our oral or written speech. They are deeply related to each other and are conditioned by each other. During the national revival of any people, when the society awakes from its long numbness, the driving power is, of course, the memory of the past. That is, the realization of the notions “national identity” and “historical memory” forms the life environment that is aimed at national preservation. In other words, the historical memory reawakens when national identity becomes endangered.
- Harutyun Marutyan
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