The Price of a Closed Border. Aren Melikyan e Hermine Virabian, Chai-Kana
03.11.2017 | The old people who gather near the only shop to play backgammon still recall the days when they could swim in the Akhuryan, the river flowing along the border with Turkey,forming part of the geographical frontier between the two countries. All that was before the 1950s. When Turkey joined Nato in 1952, the river ended up beyond the barbed wire.
Here There Is No Earth. Martin DiCicco, Chai-Kana
21.12.2017 | In the summer of 2013, an animal wandered across the plateau separating Turkey and Armenia. This border, which Turkey closed in 1993, is patrolled by Russian soldiers at the behest of Armenia. The intentions of the animal and whether it was a cow or sheep are unknown. Accounts of its ultimate fate vary widely.
Armenia: Life in a Suitcase. Ahmet Seven, Al Jazeera
28.09.2016 | Over the years, hundreds of thousands of Armenians have emigrated in search of work and a decent living. There is tension between Armenia and Turkey and the border with Turkey has been closed since 1993. But this doesn’t stop many Armenians, often women, making the journey via Georgia, either to live long-term or making regular trips, buying cheaper goods in Turkey to sell back home.
After decades in exile, musician finds way home to Diyarbakır. Mahmut Bozarslan, Al-Monitor
16.08.2017 | Oud player Yervant Bostanci can be considered a symbol of the richly diverse and divided Diyarbakir, the historical metropolis of southeastern Anatolia. An ethnic Armenian in a predominantly Kurdish city, he left his country in the 1990s. His life was threatened when he sang in his mother tongue and he fled, only to return as an international celebrity decades later. Now, despite all the unrest in Diyarbakir, he is determined to stay in the city he first escaped, then re-embraced.
Aras: An Armenian publisher in Istanbul. William Armstrong, Hürriyet Daily News
25.11.2017 | Since its establishment by a group of Armenian intellectuals in Istanbul in 1993, the Aras Publishing House has introduced Turkish readers to almost 200 books in both Armenian and Turkish. Its catalogue is rich and varied, including contemporary and historical novels, memoirs, academic studies and lost classics.