In the Name of Zaruhi: A Call to Action in Armenia and Diaspora

In the Name of Zaruhi: A Call to Action in Armenia and Diaspora

Although more than a month has passed since the death of Zaruhi Petrosyan–the 20-year-old mother whose death was attributed to severe beatings at the hands of her husband and mother-in-law”the story of her tragic death continues to reverberate in the media. Public outrage has given way to concrete action and the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Women in Armenia has planned “16 Days of Activism to Stop Violence against Women” in memory of Zaruhi, due to take place from Nov. 25-Dec. 10.

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UN reserves the right to execute gays?

Yup, it’s true. On Saturday, the UN voted to remove “sexual orientation” from a resolution that protects’people from arbitrary’executions. The voted passed 79-70. Here is the list of countries that’voted for’the right to kill people based on their sexual orientation: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belize, Benin, Botswana, Brunei Dar-Sala, Burkina Faso, Burundi, [...]

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Women in Rwanda

Women in Rwanda

Online news publication, The Guardian, posted an article back in May about the revolution in rights of women in Rwanda that I think is worth mentioning. The article states that what is happening for women in Rwanda is little short of revolutionary. Women now make up 56% of the country’s parliamentarians and they have a big influence.

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The Palestinian Conflict

The Palestinian Conflict

In 1850, the population of Palestine was estimated at 500,000, of whom approximately 80% were Muslim, 15% Christian and 5% Jewish. The current conflict is not ancient, but began in the late 19th century when the Zionist movement in Europe decided to create a Jewish state in Palestine. Since Jews constituted a small minority in Palestine, implanting a Jewish majority state would by definition require the displacement of the non-Jewish majority.

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Armenians and Progressive Politics

Armenians and Progressive Politics

The Armenian Revolutionary Federation Western Region is hosting its 3rd annual Armenian’s and Progressive Politics Conference. This year speakers will be discussing issues of gender equality, civil society and women’s empowerment in Armenia. Please join us on December 8th at the Hollywood Armenian Center at 7:00pm.

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Living in a shadow: Armenian homosexuals say they face scorn and harassment

Living in a shadow: Armenian homosexuals say they face scorn and harassment

Constant clashes in the past two months between the police and gay prostitutes (whose night meeting point is Children’s Park near the Yerevan Municipality) resulted in heated discussions over gays in Armenia, where homosexuality is hardly tolerated and still considered a moral disease.

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