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March, 2019
Volume 45, Number 1
  
2 May 2018
J.D. Conor Mauro




Residents of the village of Parakar blocking a road to Zvartnots International Airport. Armenian politician, opposition activist Nikol Pashinyan, one of the leaders of the ‘Way Out’ Alliance (Yelk) Party, has called on protesters to block airports and streets. (photo: Artyom Geodakyan\TASS via Getty Images)

Armenia’s opposition, blocked in parliament, raises pressure in the streets (New York Times) Protesters in Armenia, frustrated by Parliament’s refusal to elect the opposition leader as prime minister, heeded his call for widespread civil disobedience on Wednesday, fanning out across the country to close major squares, roads and schools…

The significance of Armenia’s ‘April Revolution’ (The Nation) Analysts outside of Armenia scrambled to make sense of the April Revolution. Was it a “color revolution” or a Ukrainian-style Maidan? Was it a “blow to Putin,” as the pages of The Washington Post suggested? The revolt did have certain elements that were recognizable in “color revolutions” — the street demonstrations, the involvement of youth, etc. However, its orientation was strictly domestic and its long-term causes — jobs, poverty, privatization, inequality, etc. — were entirely endogenous…

Chaldean Patriarchate: Do not use religious symbols for electoral propaganda (Fides) Candidates in the upcoming Iraqi political elections must avoid exploiting symbols and religious references as instruments of electoral propaganda, the Patriarchate of Babylon of the Chaldeans said ahead of the 12 May elections. In order to gather electoral support the candidates must only refer to their professional skills and their personal talents. Christian candidates, in particular, must avoid claiming alleged sponsorships and support from ecclesiastical authorities…

Harassment of Christians continues to escalate in Turkey (AINA) International Christian Concern has learned that overnight on 30 April 2018 at least one Turkish nationalist vandalized the Surp Takavor Armenian Church in Istanbul’s Kadiköy municipality. The nationalist wrote “This homeland is ours” on the wall and dumped a large pile of garbage outside of the church’s door…

Iraq’s Yazidis resume pilgrimages to sacred temple (AINA) Iraqi Yazidis are healing from the pain and hardship they suffered at the hands of the Islamic State, which swept their areas, killing men and forcing women into sexual slavery. In a sign of the return to normal life, the Yazidi New Year was celebrated in a Yazidi temple on 8 April for the first time since the liberation from ISIS…

Ethiopian Jews clamor to move to Israel (BBC) Ethiopian Jews have appealed to the president of Israel to help them migrate there, to be reunited with members of their families…

‘Secret church’ dating back to first Christian centuries survived ISIS (Christian Today) A ‘secret church’ in Syria dating back to the first centuries of Christianity has been discovered by archaeologists in a territory held by ISIS for more than two years. The ancient tunnel system, found in the city of Manbij, is believed to have once served as a refuge for Christians who faced persecution during the Roman Empire…



Tags: Syria Iraq Armenia Yazidi Ethiopian Jews