Vahakn N. Dadrian Archive Project: Digitizing a Legacy of Armenian Genocide Studies

Feb 27 2024

The Ararat-Eskijian Museum Research Center (AEMRC) and the Armenian Genocide Research Program (AGRP) at UCLA are embarking on an ambitious project to preserve and digitize the extensive archive of Professor Vahakn N. Dadrian, a seminal figure in Armenian Genocide studies. This initiative aims to make Dadrian's invaluable collection of documents, books, and unpublished manuscripts accessible to researchers and the public worldwide.

With a collection that spans over 110,000 pages, including materials in various languages from archives around the globe, the project faced a monumental task. By 2018, approximately 28,000 pages were digitized, a process significantly accelerated by a generous grant received in 2023. Housed at the University of Southern California's Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Library, the collection has been accessible by appointment. Efforts are now focused on enhancing digital accessibility, spearheaded by Professor Taner Akçam and Dr. Anna Aleksanyan, a postgraduate student actively involved in the digitization process.

The project's goal extends beyond preservation; it aims to facilitate research and education on the Armenian Genocide. By making the collection searchable through keywords, researchers worldwide will gain unprecedented access to primary sources and analyses. The completion of the digitization project, anticipated by December 2025, promises to transform the field of genocide studies, offering new insights into the Armenian Genocide's origins, execution, and aftermath.

The Vahakn N. Dadrian Archive Project not only honors the legacy of a pioneering scholar but also ensures that future generations have the resources to study the Armenian Genocide in depth. The AGRP's upcoming webinar this spring will offer further details on the project, marking an important step in genocide education and research. The Ararat-Eskijian Museum, founded by genocide survivor Luther Eskijian, continues its mission as a cultural and educational center, with the Dadrian Archive Project serving as a testament to the enduring importance of documenting and understanding history.

Ucom’s fixed network is now available at Ashtarak


YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 27, ARMENPRESS.  As part of Ucom's fixed network expansion strategy, the company has made its fixed communication services available in the city of Ashtarak.

Now, residents of Ashtarak have access not only to mobile communication services but also to fixed line internet, television, and telephone connections. They can benefit from all regional offers of Ucom, including Unity packages, which encompass mobile, fixed internet, and fixed telephone services.

 Furthermore, residents of Ashtarak who subscribe to Unity 7000 and 9000 packages for a 12-month period until April 30 will enjoy three months of free Ucom services. Additionally, subscribers of the Unity 9000 package will receive a discounted rate of only 8,000 drams per month.

Connection for subscribers in Ashtarak will be completed within three days after submitting the application.

"Providing high-quality internet communications in the regions is a crucial strategic direction for Ucom, and we spare no effort in achieving these goals. Ashtarak is one of the key directions in this regard, and we take pride in launching our network in this city. I'm confident that the residents of Ashtarak will appreciate the speed of our connection and the balance of price and quality of our services," said Ralph Yirikian, Director General of Ucom.

 Ralph Yirikian visited Ashtarak on February 27 to mark the network's launch, meeting with the first fixed-line subscriber and presenting them with a certificate for free use of the Unity Super 20000 package for six months.

“We appreciate Mr. Yirikian’s efforts very much and we follow his work, especially his regional visits. We connected to Ucom’s fixed network once it became available and we are very happy with the connection quality. I think it has the best speed in Ashtarak”, said Sargis Sargsyan. 

It's worth noting that as part of the expansion of Ucom's fixed network, the company has installed networks in four new cities over the past year: Ijevan, Goris, Gavar, and Sevan.

Armenian President arrives in Iraq on an official visit


YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 26, ARMENPRESS.  The President of the Republic of Armenia Vahagn Khachaturyan has arrived in Iraq on an official visit.

According to the Armenpress correspondent, the Armenian President was welcomed at Baghdad International Airport by the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iraq, Fuad Hussein.

During his visit, the President of Armenia is scheduled to have meetings with the President of Iraq Abdul Latif Rashid, the Prime Minister Mohammed Shia' Al Sudani.

As part of his visit, Vahagn Khachaturyan will deliver a lecture at Baghdad University. He will also visit Erbil, where he will meet with the Honorary President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, and the President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani.

Additionally, he will hold meetings with representatives of the Armenian communities in Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan.

The Armenian President's delegation includes businessmen who will participate in a business forum to be held in Iraq.

Is a New Armenian Genocide on the Horizon?

The Stream
Feb 26 2024

By RAYMOND IBRAHIM Published on 

Turkic genocidal bloodlust against its ancient victim, Armenia, is on the verge of flaring out again, though the world fails to see.

On Feb. 13, 2024, Azerbaijan opened fire on and killed four Armenian soldiers in bordering Syunik, Armenia. Two days later, on Feb. 15, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan warned that Azerbaijan is planning a “full-scale war” on Armenia.

Such a war would certainly be in keeping with Azerbaijan’s behavior in recent months and years.

Modern day hostilities between Armenia, an ancient nation and the first to adopt Christianity, and Azerbaijan, a Muslim nation that was created in 1918, began in September 2020. That’s when Azerbaijan launched a war to claim Artsakh, more commonly known as Nagorno-Karabakh. Although it had been Armenian for over two thousand years, and 90% of its inhabitants were Armenian, after the dissolution of the USSR, the “border makers” had granted it to Azerbaijan, hence the constant warring over this region. (See “15 Artsakh War Myths Perpetuated By Mainstream Media.”)

Once the September 2020 war began, Turkey quickly joined its Azerbaijani co-religionists against Armenia, though the dispute clearly did not concern it. It dispatched  sharia-enforcing “jihadist groups” from Syria and Libya — including the pro-Muslim Brotherhood Hamza Division, which once kept naked women chained and imprisoned — to terrorize and slaughter the Armenians.

One of these captured mercenaries later confessed that he was “promised a monthly $2,000 payment for fighting against ‘kafirs’ in Artsakh, and an extra 100 dollars for each beheaded kafir.” (Kafir, often translated as “infidel,” is Arabic for any non-Muslim who fails to submit to Islam, which makes them de facto enemies.)

Among other ISIS-like crimes committed by the Islamic coalition of mercenaries, Turks, and Azerbaijanis that waged war on Armenia in late 2020, they “tortured beyond recognition” an intellectually disabled Armenian woman by sadistically hacking off her ears, hands, and feet, before finally executing her.

Similarly, video footage showed camouflaged soldiers overpowering and forcing down an elderly Armenian man, who cries and implores them for mercy, as they casually try to carve at his throat with a knife. Azerbaijani soldiers also raped an Armenian female soldier and mother-of-three, before hacking off all four of her limbs, gouging her eyes, and mockingly sticking one of her severed fingers inside her private parts.

Such unbridled sadism is par for the course, said Arman Tatoyan, an Armenian human rights activist:

The President of Azerbaijan and the country’s authorities have been implementing a policy of hatred, enmity, ethnic cleansing and genocide against Armenia, citizens of Armenia and the Armenian people for years. The Turkish authorities have done the same or have openly encouraged the same policy.

At any rate, the war ended in November 2020, with Azerbaijan claiming a significant portion of Artsakh.

Almost immediately, and as if to underscore the religious aspect of the conflict, Muslim Azerbaijan began to systematically erase Artsakh’s ancient Christian heritage — destroying churches, crosses, Christian cemeteries, and other cultural landmarks. In one instance, an Azerbaijani stood atop an Armenian church, after its cross had been broken off, triumphantly crying “Allahu Akbar!”

Then, on December 12, 2022, Azerbaijan sealed off the Lachin Corridor — the only route between Artsakh and the outside world, prompting a months’ long humanitarian crisis.

On August 7, 2023, Luis Moreno Ocampo, the former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, summarized the situation well:

There is an ongoing Genocide against 120,000 Armenians living in Nagorno-Karabakh, also known as Artsakh.

The blockade of the Lachin Corridor by the Azerbaijani security forces impeding access to any food, medical supplies, and other essentials should be considered a Genocide under Article II, (c) of the Genocide Convention: ‘Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction.’

There are no crematories, and there are no machete attacks. Starvation is the invisible Genocide weapon. Without immediate dramatic change, this group of Armenians will be destroyed in a few weeks.

This, of course, was not the first time that Turks starved Armenians to death (as a picture of a Turkish administrator taunting emaciated Armenian children with a piece of bread in 1915 makes clear).

Similarly, after going on a fact-finding mission to Armenia, former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, Sam Brownback referred to the blockade as the latest attempt at “religious cleansing” of Christian Armenia:

Azerbaijan, with Turkey’s backing, is really slowly strangling Nagorno-Karabakh. They’re working to make it unlivable so that the region’s Armenian-Christian population is forced to leave, that’s what’s happening on the ground.

In his testimony, Brownback said that this latest genocide was being “perpetrated with U.S.-supplied weaponry and backed by Turkey, a member of NATO.” If the U.S. does not act, “we will see again another ancient Christian population forced out of its homeland.”

And so we did: on Sept. 19, 2023, Azerbaijan launched another large scale military offensive against Artsakh, prompting an exodus of its beleaguered and emaciated Armenians.

Then, on Jan.1, 2024, the Armenian Republic of Artsakh was formally dissolved.

Despite Azerbaijan’s total victory — which some international observers thought might put an end to hostilities between the two nations — six weeks later, an ever-expanding Azerbaijan opened fire on Armenia proper, killing the aforementioned four soldiers last week.

“Our analysis shows that Azerbaijan wants to launch military action in some parts of the border with the prospect of turning military escalation into a full-scale war against Armenia,” said Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan at a government meeting last week. “This intention can be read in all statements and actions of Azerbaijan.”

The Armenian government is rightfully concerned that Azerbaijan, emboldened by its unimpeded successes, is preparing to invade more Armenian territory.

As should be clear by now, no amount of appeasement short of total capitulation will seemingly ever satisfy Armenia’s powerful Muslim neighbors, namely Azerbaijan and its “big brother,” Turkey.

Appropriating Artsakh appears to be only the first step of a larger project. As Azerbaijan’s president, Ilham Aliyev, once proclaimed, “Yerevan [the capital of Armenia] is our historical land and we Azerbaijanis must return to these historical lands.” He has also referred to other ancient Armenian territories, including the Zangezur and Lake Sevan regions, as “our historic lands.” Taking over those territories “is our political and strategic goal,” Aliyev maintains, “and we need to work step-by-step to get closer to it.”

Back in the real world, Armenians founded Yereyan, their current capital, in 782 BC — exactly 2,700 years before Azerbaijan came into being in 1918. And yet, here is the president of Azerbaijan waging war because “Yerevan is our historical land and we Azerbaijanis must return to these historical lands.”

Armenia was also significantly larger, encompassing even modern day Azerbaijan within its borders, over two thousand years ago. Then the Turkic peoples came riding in from the east, slaughtering, enslaving, terrorizing and stealing the lands of Armenians and other Christians of the region in the name of jihad (as discussed here).

As Longtime Armenian-activist, Lucine Kasbarian, author of Armenia: A Rugged Land, an Enduring People, put it,

Dictator Ilham Aliyev’s belligerent stance towards Armenia is in keeping with Azerbaijan’s long “war of aggression” towards Armenia and its people. Aliyev’s agenda is to conquer what is left of sovereign Armenia all while claiming to be the victim rather than the victimizer. The Aliyev regime even goes so far as to refer to Armenia as “Western Azerbaijan,” even though Armenia has existed on ancient maps for thousands of years while Azerbaijan was first created in 1918.

In short, all modern day pretexts and “territorial disputes” aside, true and permanent peace between Armenia and its Turkic neighbors will only be achieved when the Christian nation has either been conquered or ceded itself into nonexistence.

Nor would it be the first to do so. It is worth recalling that the heart of what is today called “the Muslim world” — the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) — was thoroughly Christian before the sword of Islam invaded. Bit by bit, century after century following the initial Muslim conquests and occupations, it lost its Christian identity, its peoples lost in the morass of Islam, so that few today even remember that Egypt, Iraq, Syria, etc., were among the first and oldest Christian nations.

Armenia—the first nation in the world to adopt Christianity — is a holdout, a thorn in Islam’s side, and, as such, will never know lasting peace from the Muslims surrounding it.


Raymond Ibrahim, author of Defenders of the West and Sword and Scimitar, is the Distinguished Senior Shillman Fellow at the Gatestone Institute and the Judith Rosen Friedman Fellow at the Middle East Forum.

Turkish Press: Azerbaijan says Armenia must eliminate territorial claims from its constitution

Yeni Safak
Feb 19 2024

Azerbaijan says Armenia must eliminate territorial claims from its constitution

Armenian premier's opinion on ‘right of self-determination of Karabakh' conveyed in Munich indirectly proves continuation of territorial claims, says Foreign Ministry spokesman

Baku on Monday said Yerevan must eliminate points included in the country's official documents, including its constitution, containing claims against Azerbaijan's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry spokesman Aykhan Hajizada in a statement said comments made by Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan at a meeting with the Armenian community in Munich on Sunday are “regrettable” because they “mislead the international community.”

Hajizada was answering a question from the local media regarding Pashinyan's statement, where the Armenian premier claimed that "the international community did not support Garabagh's (Karabakh) right to self-determination."

“It seems that the Prime Minister considers it illogical to continue these claims — not as they are unfounded, but rather because the international community does not support them. Furthermore, this implicitly demonstrates that Armenia's claims are still continuing,” Hajizada said.

"In this context, it is necessary to eliminate claims in the Constitution and legislative acts of Armenia against our sovereignty and territorial integrity," he added.

He further said Pashinyan's comments further show the importance of international pressure to discourage Armenia from “pursuing a stance against international law.”

Pashinyan's claims that Azerbaijan violated the Trilateral Statement between Baku, Yerevan, and Moscow do not have “any grounds,” he noted, adding that Armenia still has not withdrawn its forces from Azerbaijani territory or opened communications in the region, contrary to its obligations.

“Armenia must realize that the only way to ensure stability and peace in the region is to build positive relations with neighboring countries based on recognition and adherence to sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as to engage in constructive dialogue directly with Azerbaijan to establish peace,” he concluded.

Relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia have been tense since 1991, when the Armenian military occupied Nagorno-Karabakh, a territory internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, and seven adjacent regions.

Azerbaijan liberated most of the region during the war in the fall of 2020, which ended with a Russian-brokered peace agreement, opening the door to normalization.

Baku initiated an anti-terrorism operation in Karabakh last September to establish constitutional order, after which illegal separatist forces in the region surrendered.

Armenian Resistance hero Manouchian joins France’s Panthéon luminaries

Feb 21 2024

Nikol Pashinyan, Charles Michel discuss Armenia-Azerbaijan normalization


YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 20, ARMENPRESS.  European Council President Charles Michel had a telephone conversation with the Armenian  Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, issues pertaining  to Armenia-EU relations and the process of normalization of relations with Azerbaijan were discussed.

''Good discussion with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on EU-Armenia relations and Armenia-Azerbaijan normalisation.

 The agenda of peace, stability and prosperity for the South Caucasus is high on EU’s agenda,'' said Charles Michel  in a post on X.

Iran urges restraint after new Azerbaijan-Armenia border skirmish

Feb 13 2024
  1. Politics
February 13, 2024 – 22:55

TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kanaani has expressed concern about the escalating tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia, asking the two countries to refrain from upping the ante and instead engage in dialogue. 

“Sustainable peace in the region can only be achieved through dialogue and diplomacy,” the diplomat stressed. He also encouraged the two countries to move more swiftly towards securing a peace agreement during ongoing talks. 

Armenia said on Tuesday that four of its soldiers were killed by Azerbaijani fire along the heavily militarized border. The attack was the first deadly skirmish since Baku withdrew its forces from Karabakh in September, spurring a mass exodus of the region’s Armenian population. 

After hundreds of people died during the war, the two countries agreed to sit at the negotiating table to put an end to their decades-long hostilities. Some Azerbaijani media outlets, however, have been promoting new attacks this time on Armenian soil, repeating President Ilham Aliyev’s previous remarks that claimed Armenia is part of Azerbaijani lands. 

Iran has always emphasized that Karabakh belongs to Azerbaijan while warning that it would not tolerate any new changes to its historic borders with Armenia. 

Scholz advocates for the swift resolution of the peace negotiations between Armenia and Azerbaijan


YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 17, ARMENPRESS.  During the meeting with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev within the framework of the Munich Security Conference, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called on the parties to complete the peace negotiations as soon as possible, the German Government said in a statement.
"During the tripartite conversation, Scholz advocated for the swift resolution of the peace negotiations between the two countries. Germany and Europe are ready to support it within their capabilities, including the efforts of European Council President Charles Michel ," the message said.
It is noted that the Chancellor highly appreciated  the commitment expressed by both sides on February 17 to resolve disagreements  and open issues exclusively peacefully and without the use of violence.

Central Bank of Armenia: exchange rates and prices of precious metals – 07-02-24

 17:08, 7 February 2024

YEREVAN, 7 FEBUARY, ARMENPRESS. The Central Bank of Armenia informs “Armenpress” that today, 7 February, USD exchange rate up by 0.02 drams to 404.26 drams. EUR exchange rate up by 1.40 drams to 435.11 drams. Russian Ruble exchange rate down by 0.02 drams to 4.43 drams. GBP exchange rate up by 3.66 drams to 510.46 drams.

The Central Bank has set the following prices for precious metals.

Gold price up by 167.66 drams to 26394.83 drams. Silver price down by 2.59 drams to 289.90 drams.