Editorial

Muriel Mirak-Weissbach

Muriel Mirak-Weissbach
Muriel Mirak-Weissbach is the daughter of Artemis and John Mirak, who both survived the genocide as orphans. A graduate of Wellesley College, she went to Italy on a Fulbright scholarship, and earned a graduate degree from the State University of Milan, where she then taught English literature. In 1980, she left academic life for political journalism, and focused on political, economic and cultural developments in the Arab and Islamic world, visiting many countries of the region, including Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, Sudan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Malaysia, Yemen and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Following the 1991 war against Iraq, she and her German husband led a humanitarian aid effort (the Committee to Save the Children in Iraq), in collaboration with leading political figures in Iraq, Jordan, Palestine and the United Nations over the subsequent ten years.

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Special to the Mirror-Spectator BERLIN — It was a refreshing change to see such an initiative in the German capital. As Aurora Humanitarian Initiative co-founder Ruben Vardanyan remarked, participants “were[...]

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Special to the Mirror-Spectator BOCHUM-LINDEN, Germany — This year 2017 Germans celebrated the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. Dubbed as “Luther Year,” it hosted hundreds of[...]

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Special to the Mirror-Spectator BERLIN — On November 4, retired Gen. Eckhard Lisec delivered a lecture in Darmstadt, Germany entitled, “Marshall Liman von Sanders – An Honorable Soldier?” The question mark[...]

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Special to the Mirror-Spectator BERLIN — The news on October 26 that a Turkish court decided to release German human rights activist Peter Steudtner from prison, and even allow him to leave the country, was not[...]

  By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Special to the Mirror-Spectator BERLIN — Among the hundreds of commemorative events organized to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation over the past year — “Luther year” in Germany —[...]

FRANKFURT — “World poetry is world reconciliation.” This line is from a poem by the German poet and philologist Friedrich Rückert (1788-1866), whose greatest gift to future generations was his immense translation work. By the end of[...]

FRANKFURT — Friday, October 13, started out as a normal day at the Armenia stand at the Frankfurt Book Fair, with little indication of trouble. The books had been carefully arranged on the shelves, the banner was hanging in full view,[...]

FRANKFURT — If France was the Guest of Honor this year at the celebrated Frankfurt Book Fair, then Turkey — that is, the official Turkey — might well earn the title of the Guest of Dishonor. Taking part in the innumerable interviews[...]

BERLIN — What a night for a party! Though not of the same magnitude as the hurricanes that recently ravaged several states and Puerto Rico, the storm winds and rain that swept across northern Germany on October 5 were hefty enough to[...]

  BERLIN — The German-Armenian Society (Deutsch-Armenische-Gesellschaft, DAG) has announced “with joy and satisfaction” that it has conferred an honorary membership on Wolfgang Gust. In accepting the honor, Gust wrote that he[...]

WIESBADEN, Germany – On Sunday, September 17, solo clarinetist Heiner Rekeszus performed in a farewell concert in Wiesbaden, before going into retirement. The 65-year-old musician was co-founder of the Chamber Music Association of the[...]