11:16, November 15, 2012
Artash says the police know everyone who is working illegally. It’s just a matter of not getting into trouble or making trouble. If you do, the authorities will let you go about your business.
12:45, October 24, 2012
Every day, 13 year-old Mamoukan must convince himself that he loves his boss more than his own father. Tough socio-economic conditions have even started to impact the emotions and views of adolescent citizens of Armenia.
12:08, October 21, 2011
According to Mustafa Edib Yilmaz, business editor of the Turkish daily Today’s Zaman, the volume of trade between Armenia and Turkey today is considered to be around 400 million dollars, which is an figure.
10:55, June 27, 2011
Her two boys began to work in a small jewellery factory two months after they arrived in Istanbul. The day we visited, the boys had even brought work home to do – setting stones on rings.
12:18, May 27, 2011
"The richness of Adiyaman today is a result of the wealth left behind after the Armenians were exterminated. I realized this as a young man and have always fought against those who benefited as a result of such injustices," he told me.
11:35, May 26, 2011
Alnak says the lack of any mention of Ani's Armenian identity is a result of decades of Turkish rejectionist state policy when it comes to Armenians. Ankara, he states, wants to avoid any linkage of Turkey's history with that of the Armenians; especially the period related to the 1915 Genocide.
12:35, May 20, 2011
“The doors to Diyarbakir are open to all former residents who wish to return,” the mayor claimed, noting that the municipality was seeing to it that all requisite conditions be created to welcome people back.
18:26, May 19, 2011
Ten years ago actor Aram Kostanyan moved to Istanbul, leaving the familiar stage in Yerevan for a new one waiting in Turkey. He's been teaching Armenian kids acting and staging plays ever since.
07:25, May 13, 2011
"Oh yes, they ask us if we aren't ashamed to be living in Turkey. But why should we be embarrassed? Let the government of Armenia feel ashamed. Let the government do something positive so that people don't leave. Do you think it's a pleasure for us living with these Turks?"
17:26, May 12, 2011
“If there was work to be had in Armenia I wouldn’t have left. But I couldn’t even get a cleaning job back there. They just want young girls. I want to go back and plan to after saving up some money in Turkey,” Anzhela said.
04:02, May 09, 2011
On that day, in the city of Van, Kurdish women took to the streets to protest the killing of their children by Turkish law enforcement. They held photos of the dead and staged a sit-in on one of the city’s major thoroughfares.
02:30, May 08, 2011
Renovations at the Armenian St. Giragos Armenian Apostolic Church in Diyarbekir are in full swing and the grand official reopening of the massive 15th century structure is scheduled for the fall of this year.
14:19, May 06, 2011
Probably the most striking feature of Harran, the village, are the beehive type structures built of mud and hay. Some people still live in these structures, though many have been converted into stables. Some are on the verge of collapsing.
03:21, May 05, 2011
Renita Horoz (Hergenyan) is the only Armenian in the choir. She can’t speak Armenian and can hardly understand it. But she had no trouble when I asked her if there were Armenians in the choir –"Yes, me", she quickly blurted out.
20:36, May 04, 2011
Pakrat Estukyan, the Armenian edition editor at Agos weekly expressed the same thought, noting that at one time Armenians in Turkey constituted a nationality, a people, but that they had been reduced to a mere "community" today; and a religious one at that.
22:46, April 25, 2011
25 year-old Ibrahim Yunal from Turkey will be visiting Armenia next month to shoot a film about Mt. Ararat. Born in the Cilician town of Tarsus, Ibrahim has been studying in Istanbul for the past five years. I caught up with him there.
04:55, April 25, 2011
For reasons totally understandable, the Armenian community if Istanbul doesn’t commemorate the anniversary in as open a fashion as do others in the diaspora. This was born out at the Taksim Square vigil, where I saw none of the Armenians I had so far met while in Istanbul.
02:49, April 23, 2011
Leaving the university, I noticed that workers had placed a giant Turkish flag on the building’s exterior. Later, an equally large banner of Ataturk appeared on the other university annex as well.
22:02, April 22, 2011
A photo exhibition entitled “We Love Your Istanbul from the 19 Century till Today”, has recently opened at the Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church in the Istanbul neighbourhood of Beyoglu.
05:33, April 22, 2011
We took the small red “nostalgic” tram at Taksim Square for the ride down Istiklal towards Beyoglu. Not to confuse readers, I should note that all this is taking place on the European side of Istanbul, which is divided by the Golden Horn into the old and new districts.
04:32, April 20, 2011
We headed up to Taksim Square. My eye caught a small red tram filled with people on their way back down Istiklal towards Beyoglu and Galata. I was reminded of a scene from Henri Verneuil’s film “Mayrik” showing a tram travelling down a cobblestone street.
01:37, April 19, 2011
Our bus hugged the coast of the Sea of Marmara, passing the neighbourhood of Kumkapı, the seat of the Patriarchate of the Armenian Apostolic Church, and Aksaray, now a commercial neighbourhood where many traders from Armenia do their wholesale shopping.
16:15, November 01, 2010
A heavy rain had been beating down since morning. I had been walking for quite awhile to get to my destination, the Karakyozian Children’s House located in the Istanbul neighborhood of Sisli.
16:24, August 04, 2008
The Armenian community of Istanbul is the most isolated when it comes to relations with the Republic of Armenia. The Armenians of Turkey hardly feel the presence of Armenia in whatever sector you wish to name.
15:09, August 04, 2008
Rober’s parents hail from the town of Sepastia. When Rober was 12 years-old the family moved to Istanbul. The family name is “Shirvanian” which they were forced to change in 1934 when the Turkish government passed a law requiring Armenians to adopt Turkish surnames. Turkish was the language spoken at home. Rober began to learn Armenian at the age of seven at school. He writes articles for Agos in Turkish.
15:59, July 28, 2008
There are about 3-5 thousand Armenians from the ROA residing in the vicinity of the Patriarchate. This was the number noted by several Armenians from Bolis active in community affairs.
13:46, July 21, 2008
According to the passport laws existing between Armenia and Turkey, citizens of the Republic of Armenia (ROA) are granted a 30-day tourist visa. There’s no difficulty getting a visa. People traveling to Turkey by bus are issued one at the border and airline passengers get theirs either at the Istanbul or Antalya airport, at a cost of $15.