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Posts published by “William Bairamian”

William is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Armenite. He writes on politics and culture politics. He is a graduate of Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and UCLA.

20K New Trees Coming to Yerevan

An encouraging piece of news about Yerevan’s mayor, Taron Margaryan, announcing that 20,000 trees will be planted in the city in 20 days. I look…

“First Time I Saw Ararat”

There is something that has irked me for the past few years and a convergence of some things brought me to write this. Yesterday, in…

Bartering Freedom

When people agree to being governed, that is, they agree to limitations on their absolute freedom, there is an implied understanding that they will be…

Another Election Boycott

It seems like in Armenia “boycotting the elections” has become code for “we have no good candidates but want to look like we’re doing something.”…

8 Things You Do If You’re From Yerevan

Yerevan is Armenia’s biggest city. Like most big cities, its citizens have peculiarities that distinguish them from those of other cities in the country. If…

Artsakh : Sparta (II)

(Second of a several part series) If you watched “300” and wished you could have visited Sparta, good news: there is Artsakh. The parallel between…

100 Դրամ

Looking at history, it’s easy to think that significant, groundbreaking events in the past were sudden, unexpected, and without premise. That’s hardly the case, of…

Artsakh : Armenia v2.0 (I)

(First in a several part series about Artsakh) There are a lot of complaints about the Republic of Armenia. It’s corrupt, there is no respect…

What’s Your Number?

For those of you who don’t know, numbers are a big thing in Armenia. So important that people go to great lengths to secure numbers…

Street Art, Yerevan

Yerevan is not a pretty city. It’s dirty – the air, the streets. Most of its old architecture, as I’ve come to learn, has been…

Cheq Zzvel?

Taxicabs are tabloids on wheels. Their drivers will tell you all sorts of stories, some true, some not. Yerevan’s taxi drivers aren’t as talkative as…

The Coolest Bathroom Ever

I’m fascinated by bathrooms. These places of respite can exacerbate or calm. Disgust or pacify. Some can even be beautiful. This one is cool; the…

Vivacell Zoo

Armenia likes to think it straddles the east and west. Almost every descriptive text introducing the country makes some reference to the mix of western…

First Day

First impressions can change so easily. That’s why it’s important to remember them. At least to know from where you came. So here are some…

Hayrenik

I’m William Bairamian. I’m from the Diaspora: the Armenian one. The center of it: Los Angeles. I’m now in the Hayrenik (Homeland). No, I wasn’t…