Editorial

Edmond Y. Azadian

Edmond Y. Azadian
Senior editorial columnist EDMOND Y. AZADIAN is Advisor to the Alex and Marie Manoogian Museum in Detroit, Michigan; Advisor from the Diaspora to the Ministry of Culture in Armenia; member of the Republic of Armenia’s Academy of Sciences. He served as assistant editor of the Armenian daily Zartonk and editor-in-chief of the daily Arev in Cairo, Egypt. He is a leader of the Armenian Democratic Liberal Party. Azadian has authored several books in Armenian and English, including Portraits and Profiles, Observations and Criticisms, and History on the Move; edited more than 21 books; and published over 1500 articles, book reviews, and essays in daily newspapers and literary magazines. His latest publication, a bilingual one, is dedicated to the famous Armenian poet, Vahan Tekeyan. He has been associated with the Mirror-Spectator for the last 45 years.

As coronavirus sweeps across the globe, all national and international divisions and debates have become irrelevant. Humanity is mobilized to confront this invisible army, as battle lines are being drawn to protect the human race.[...]

Certainly no one wants to hear or read more about coronavirus. Yet, despite being glued to TV screens, despite the profusion of news stories and narratives about the virus, all of humanity is tuned in to avariciously learn more about the[...]

The coronavirus epidemic is certainly the curse of globalization. The proximity of individuals, through travel, has its blessings and its dangers. In historic times, many pandemics had devastating impacts on certain remote societies but[...]

Armenians and Azeris have been trading cross-border attacks and sniper fire since the beginning of the Karabakh conflict in 1988. President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan has made no secret of favoring a no-war, no-peace policy in the region[...]

A few years ago, if any Armenian was asked what relevance the Syrian province of Idlib would have with regard to any Armenian issues, a few minor topics would come to mind: its proximity to Der Zor, the Armenian Auschwitz, and scattered[...]

Karabakh, or the Republic of Artsakh, its more recent official title, has developed into a self-contained, independent political entity, with all the attributes of a full-fledged state. It has held orderly and frequent transparent[...]

Ever since gaining its independence, Armenia has been struggling to form a modern democratic society, while trying to improve the economic plight of its citizens. The concentration on domestic issues had left Armenia with a two-dimensional[...]

For international observers, the Karabakh conflict is viewed within the perspective of the Kashmir and Korean issues, where militarized camps are always on the brink of war. After meeting five times in 2019, the foreign ministers of[...]

In the early 2000s, I was in Armenia when I called Silva Kaputikyan (or Gaboudigian in Western Armenian) on the last day of my trip. I apologetically informed her that my visit to her would not last more than one hour, because of time[...]

The behavior of the Armenian community in Turkey has been defined by fear; fear of expression and action as well as fear of showing their real identities in a society where the dark forces of hatred continue to fester. And there is good[...]

Perseverance and vigilance pay off. Armenians around the world have struggled for a full century to get 30 countries to recognize the Armenian Genocide. And even more importantly, the centennial commemoration in 2015 achieved global[...]