The new Tumo Center for Creative Technologies in Armenia’s second largest city of Gyumri will open its doors to students aged 12-18 in September, enabling them to learn skills that they will need in pursuing their future career goals. Six orientation sessions have been held and about 800 students from Gyumri and surrounding villages have enrolled so far.
The silk wedding dress is deep in the ancient chest; she has difficulty finding it. She sings, holding up her 101-year-old withered hands with ease and makes some moves showing how she danced at her wedding.
Medals clank on the chest of a 91-year-old decorated veteran of World War II as he remembers the years of great battles and the liberation of the world from the Nazis.
Artush Mkrtchyan bears not only the memories of the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945), but also two pieces of shrapnel in his arm. The former member of the reconnaissance group at the 23rd Kiev-Zhitomir division says he is proud to have been one of the victors in that war in which tens of millions of soldiers and civilians were killed on three continents.
The newly opened Aleppo market adds a new flavor to Yerevan’s unique cultural profile. In the market located next to the Republic Square subway station Syrian Armenians who have immigrated as a result of the Syria war offer tasty Syrian dishes, spices and hand-made works to locals. There are also shops and a hairdressing salon at the place.
Migrants from Armenia who live in Istanbul’s mostly Armenian-populated districts of Kumkapi, Samattya, Ferikoy-Kurtuluş, send their children to the school named after Hrant Dink, a Turkish-Armenian journalist and scholar assassinated by a Turkish nationalist in 2007. This school has become the axis for the Armenians gathering around it not only for the children but their parents as well.
As the two ancient South Caucasus nations known to have grown vines and made wine for millennia Armenians and Georgians have had as much ‘good-neighborly’ relations as competition in the ancient trade both during the Soviet period and after independence.
Volodya Kocharyan remembers the times when he was only dreaming about flying as he looks up into the serene skies over Yerevan.
The elderly man’s memories take him to his childhood when he would spend hours watching birds in their smooth flight high above.
Transparency International has published a report about corruption in five countries participating in the EU’s Eastern Partnership program, presenting a comparative analysis about general and specific issues typical of each of the countries.