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#340368 Sos Vilage Artsakh

Posted by gamavor on 25 January 2017 - 09:53 AM


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#342970 ArmHiTec

Posted by gamavor on 29 March 2018 - 02:40 PM


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#342937 First “smart crossroad” in Yerevan

Posted by gamavor on 22 March 2018 - 12:46 PM

https://armenpress.a...affic-jams.html

YEREVAN, MARCH 22, ARMENPRESS. The Traffic Police of Armenia continues taking measures to ensure smooth traffic. ARMENPRESS reports an innovation has been put into operation in one of the crossroads of Yerevan. The Traffic Police have installed an ultrasound sensor at the crossroad of Etchmiadzin highway and the road to the airport that calculates the traffic flow and regulate the crossroad, as a result of which congestions are avoided.
Those devices are a novelty not only in Armenia, but also in the region. The ultrasound sensors are produced in Armenia. Its only a few days the sensors are put into operation, but according to the Police Traffic, positive change is already evident.
The ultrasound sensors do not allow congestions on the crossroads. Within a few seconds the device calculates the number of vehicles and changes the colors of the traffic light.
This is the first smart crossroad in Armenia. The Traffic Police rule out any congestion here.
The Traffic Police are studying other crossroads to install the devices. Soon there will be more smart crossroads without congestions.


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#342144 WESTERN ARMENIA (Videos)

Posted by Arshak1946 on 26 October 2017 - 11:43 AM

 

4 Minutes of video about Western Armenia , I hope video interest you.

 

Best Regards


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#341989 Trekking in Armenia

Posted by gamavor on 05 October 2017 - 01:12 PM

American - Armenian guy trekking experience from South to North.
 
A little bit crazy in my view but commendable. I did something similar but not that extreme.






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#341986 Armenian-Produced Electric Car Debuts

Posted by onjig on 05 October 2017 - 10:13 AM

Armenian-Produced Electric Car Debuts at DigiTec Tech Expo in Yerevan

 

YEREVAN—An Armenian-made electric car debuted at the 13th annual DigiTec tech expo, which opened in Yerevan earlier today. The electric-powered, self-driving car, which was assembled in Armenia by National Instruments, was unveiled at the “Engineering City” pavilion of the three-day exhibition.

 

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An Armenian-made electric car debuted at the 13th annual DigiTec tech expo (Photo: Mediamax)

 

“The whole world is working on [electric cars] and we should do the same in Armenia,” National Instruments’ Ruben Simonyan told Yerevan-based Itel.am. “We need to increase the number of electric cars and the percentage of self-driving or driver assistance systems. We’re exhibiting the electric car we assembled in Armenia. Essentially, it’s a continuation of our engineering culture. This isn’t a novelty. The first electric car was assembled in Armenia back in 1975. Now we should extend that culture,” said Simonyan.

The car is equipped with several driver-assist devices, such as radars, a camera, and laser equipment. Though the sensors and equipment were not produced in Armenia, National Instruments worked on the design and testing of the entire system.

“To make sure that the car will operate smoothly in different situations, you need to drive millions of kilometers. Producers used to do exactly that and some of them still do,” Simonyan explained. “But that requires too much time and expense, which affects the car’s price. Our testing doesn’t require driving millions of kilometers in specialized areas. We can simulate the same scenario for several times to make sure the system is working fine.”

A team of around 20 engineers and designers worked on designing and testing the car, collaborating with several foreign companies.

DigiTec is the largest technological exhibition of the region and runs Sep. 29-Oct. 1 at the Yerevan Expo Center.

https://armenianweek...xpo-in-yerevan/


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#341762 Irina Bokova the bolshevic slut

Posted by gamavor on 06 September 2017 - 08:10 AM

All these should not stop here. Armenian authorities through diplomatic channels as well as the UN should request thorough investigation, esp. with regards to Bokova end company.

For Christ sake, on top of everything she gave UNESCO's Mozart prize to Mehriban Alieva. The later I'm sure did not know how to hold a violin.
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#341733 Irina Bokova the bolshevic slut

Posted by gamavor on 05 September 2017 - 06:35 AM

Before being accused of using harsh language, I would like to explain my words. Irina Bokova is an offspring of Georgi Bokov - a prominent Bulgarian communist rumored that is responsible for the murder of a prominent Bulgarian intellectual and political figure Rajko Alexsiev after the communist takeover of the country. Since the data are very scares of what exactly happened, it is proved that her father was instrumental in the torture of Rajko Alexsiev before his death. Sons and daughters are not responsible for the deeds of their parents, but having been raised in communist Bulgaria and knowing pretty well the background of her surrounding and political elites at the time, she could not know that the foundation which sponsored the event in Paris promoting the "tolerance" of Azerbaijan where everything Armenian is simply banned, is named after Geidar Aliev - the father of the present president of Azerbaijan, and that the former, before becoming a president of Azerbaijan was the head of the KGB in USSR - the most humanistic organization ever! Is sounds like a joke but the truth is that a foundation named after a communist monster sponsors an event to promote the tolerance of Azerbaijan and the chief of UNESCO, Irina Bokova gladly accepts such sponsorship???

What a world we live in!
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#341407 silversmiths of Kayseri who created beautiful silver covers for Armeni

Posted by MosJan on 15 July 2017 - 11:29 AM

Learn about the Armenian silversmiths of Kayseri who created beautiful silver covers for Armenian manuscripts. Three of these covers are in the collection of the Morgan Library & Museum in New York.


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#340809 The World according to ancient Rome

Posted by gamavor on 11 April 2017 - 02:24 AM

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#340200 Բեխալաթ

Posted by Yervant1 on 03 January 2017 - 02:45 PM

I think, it means mistake or a flaw and the բեխալատ would be the opposite of flaw, I mean flawless. I'm just going with the sentence structure and the Arabic word Khalat means mistake or a flaw, maybe that's where the origin is.

I hope this helps.

I believe the babies flaw is not falling sleep. The last sentence which says that you have one flaw, you don't sleep and stay awake. 


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#339824 Autumn of my Homeland

Posted by onjig on 13 October 2016 - 11:57 AM


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#337201 Armenia develops water-saving innovative fertilizer

Posted by gamavor on 12 January 2016 - 10:44 AM

http://news.am/eng/news/305729.html

YEREVAN. A new fertilizer has been developed in Armenia, and to save water.

Director of Eco Technology company, Ashot Baghdasaryan, told Armenian News-NEWS.am that the granules of this fertilizer collect the water from the soil, and return it to the plant when and as needed.

And the granules of our fertilizer not only accumulate water, but also the useful nutrients, Baghdasaryan explained.

In addition, this fertilizer eliminates excess water, so that the roots of the plants do not decay.

As per the company manager, this fertilizer helps to increase crop yields by 40 to 60 percent.

Furthermore, this material biologically decomposes, and therefore it leaves no residues in the soil.

The fertilizer, which is called Aquasource, underwent several tests among volunteer farmers.

Also, it is tested with a number of international projects.

Ashot Baghdasaryan said Iran, Russia, the US, India, the United Arab Emirates, and even in distant South Africa and Namibia are interested in this new fertilizer.
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#337198 Do you trust Russia or the United States more and why?

Posted by Yervant1 on 11 January 2016 - 01:27 PM

The chances that Russia will help us to free Western Armenia is as much as the help that we will get from the rest of the world, which is zero. We should rely on ourselves only.


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#326557 A CHRISTMAS CARD TO ONE AND ALL

Posted by Yervant1 on 19 December 2014 - 10:42 AM

A CHRISTMAS CARD TO ONE AND ALL

The Harvell Gazette, MA
Dec 18 2014

Tom Vartabedian Haverhill Gazette

Hard to believe that I've waited until close to the last moment to
wish everyone a joyful Christmas.

It's only because I'm strapped for cash after going bonkers this year
and decided I'd use my best resources to get the word out.

Nothing easier and cheaper than to convey my intentions through
this Almanac column. It's okay. You don't have to reciprocate. I get
enough afterthoughts leading up to the New Year and beyond, if you
count Armenian Christmas on Jan. 6.

So let's begin by wishing my family the very best -- my wife, Nancy,
with whom I'll be celebrating our 50th anniversary on Feb. 19. I
chose that date because it was her birthday and I couldn't think of
a better time to exchange our vows.

Cheers go out to the other three favorite people in my life --
children Sonya, Ara and Raffi -- and the six grandchildren in our
lives. Get set for Disneyworld, guys. We've got a lot of celebrating
to do this February in the land of unbroken dreams.

Let's hit the newspaper crowd next -- editor Bill Cantwell, who
peruses my columns each week and makes them readable, along with
climbing cohorts Dave Dyer, Paul Tennant and Mike LaBella. I still
remember that time we got stranded on Mount Katahdin in Maine and
spent the night on a rock studying the stars. Turned out to be a
pretty decent Almanac, as I recall.

You'll find me three afternoons a week playing racquetball at
the Haverhill YMCA. Maybe George Yell will let me win a game this
Christmas. Welcome Clint "CJ" Clay. You're the next generation. I
marvel at the job Executive Director Tracy Fuller does in keeping
that facility intact. Kudos to you, too.

You'll also see me browsing up a storm at the library -- a true
resource for our community -- and all that it avails to me, whether
books, CDs or DVDs. I am proud to admit that both my sons secured
their Eagle Scout badges by doing community projects for the library.

Not a bad consideration for any good scout.

As the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide approaches in 2015,
the congregation at our Armenian Church at Hye Pointe is already at
work planning a milestone commemoration in the community. Watch for
details. While I'm at it, good luck to all those involved with the
church's building project in Ward Hill. It's been a long time in
the making.

Greetings and salutations go out to my doctor, Peter Rees, for keeping
me agile. He sets a fine example for health and fitness. And to my
cardiologist Salmon (Sonny) Ghiasuddin for saving me from expiration --
not once but twice. It's been 10 years since I've become "pipe free."

Same goes for Dr. Alan Gonick and his staff at Greenleaf. Be true to
your teeth -- otherwise they will become false. He makes a root canal
seem so tolerable. My sentiments also go out to Dr. Alvin Yadgood,
my oral surgeon at Northern Essex. I cannot say enough about implants.

I marvel at the work being done by cohorts Kathy Bresnahan and Rita
LaBella in organizing a myriad of activities at the Council on Aging.

There's no reason why any senior citizen in this city should be bored.

The guy behind it all is head honcho Vinny Ouellette, who seems to
have more arms than an octopus.

The ping-pong vibrations you may hear Monday nights come from West
Meadow Road, where some pretty hot table tennis activity is heard. Bob
Baillargeron and Malcolm Anderson are two fine players who don't act
their age. May their paddles always keep them young.

Special Christmas greetings go out to the sick and the infirmed of
this city, those who will spend the holiday in hospitals and nursing
homes. It's not the place you want to be. May you be joined by family
and friends.

Extended wishes are conveyed to the caregivers and medical support
staffers who must work this day to keep the health system mobilized
and in good hands. Santa applauds you.

Here's a greeting to all the police and firefighters who maintain
their constant vigil, holidays or not. And to all those who do not
celebrate Christmas. May some of you get caught up in the spirit,
whether you're a Christian or not.

For one brief day, bury all the bad news and put a moratorium on crime
and punishment. Let's finally end this terrible plight in the Middle
East and live in a world where peace and harmony work hand-in-hand.

Above all, let's put Christ back into Christmas and honor the day
for what it was intended.

If you're looking for the perfect last-minute gift, try this. Human
kindness costs nothing and goes the furthest.


http://www.hgazette....5dfd60004c.html
 

 


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#301582 Repat Armenia

Posted by Nané on 28 January 2013 - 12:35 PM


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#299973 Man oh man does Armenia have a way with you!

Posted by man on 19 December 2012 - 03:24 AM

Post-Armenia Blues

Posted on December 15, 2012

Nathalie Kazandjian aka Nat K
(Canada, AVC ‘ 12)

The "Welcome Home Natty" poster along with friends and family were what greeted me as I made my way past the Arrival gates of the Montreal Trudeau Airport. In that instant, I felt pretty good about coming home. However, as the days went by, the post-Armenia blues violently kicked in as soon as I found myself doing the same old things I used to do. Suddenly, things that seemed so familiar felt foreign and strange. It was a whole new culture shock but it was real and unfortunately, there wasn’t much I could do about it. The problem was not coming home to friends and family. The problem itself was leaving Armenia. For the little bit that I was back, I couldn’t even look at my photos nor talk about it for fear of being overcome with even more heartbreak and anguish than I already felt. I missed everything and everyone that belonged to my life in Armenia.

Before I know it, I found myself longing for Armenia. I missed waking up every morning to hearing my host mother say “ Parev parev garmir arev siroon jan”. I missed walking down 58 district to catch the marshrutka, 100 drams in hand and giving my regular Parev to the locals. I missed walking home from work and being greeted by the cutest little munchkins from my neighborhood showering me with hugs and kisses. I missed finishing the night off with a nice cup of MacCoffee alongside my host sisters while watching Armenian soap operas. I missed staying up with Nvartig, my baby host sister, till late at night drawing, coloring, playing cards, checkers, chess and teaching her English. I missed going to Ponchig Monchig and ordering a ridiculous amount of food. I missed going to the khorovadz place near the OLA center and engaging into a 45 minute conversation with the cook each and every time. I missed getting a ridiculous amount of daily texts and reminders from Allegra. I missed joining my Armenian brothers and sisters over weekend excursions. I missed running in the SAS supermarket and yelling like a crazy person “where’s the Ttvaser ?” before boarding our marshrukta to head back home. As well, as Heeng dzap, Marshrukta 9, besties crew, whatever your face, tracking down wifi, Le Cafe and Sevan’s inspirational speeches among many other things.

The desire to connect to people and the joy of making the connection was life affirming. The physical intensity of the excursions was invigorating. The time walking alone, listening to my own footsteps, sitting in the marshrukta watching the sunset, gazing at the stars was refreshing. Most of all, I long for the way I felt when I was in the Motherland. I felt alive, free, inspired and grateful. Man oh man does Armenia have a way with you. Each and every day there was a goal and an accomplishment that could be measured in different ways: in kilometers, in hugs, in the number of times I laughed out loud.

Although I was only gone for two months and while nothing has changed at home, everything has changed within me. Living in Armenia, gave me a deep appreciation of my life – where I live, where I work, my family and my friends. It also made me appreciate things that we too often take for granted such as the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, weeping eyes, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

To travel to Armenia is to truly take a journey within yourself. When we leave the comfort of home and everything that we have grown to be accustomed to, we often live more simply, with no more possessions than we can carry. We tend to surrender ourselves by becoming much more accepting to the twists, turns and little surprises that life has to offer. I came to Armenia searching for answers. Instead, I left in search of better questions. Sometimes, the unexpected is just what is needed to put life into perspective.

So here I am, back to my same old routine of stop and go, impatiently waiting to graduate just to start a new adventure. All the while feeling nostalgic about my time in Armenia which can feel heavier than the far too many pounds gained abroad.

When I think about it, perhaps the post-Armenia blues is something you can never truly let go of. For it that where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.

To sign off, I simply cannot say goodbye to those whom I have grown to love, for the memories we have made will last a lifetime and never a goodbye. None of this would have been possible without Birthright Armenia & Armenian Volunteer Corps. For those of you who are thinking of joining the program, I encourage you to take a leap and go for it. Armenia 2012 always in my heart.
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#341938 Michigan State Senate Recognizes Artsakh

Posted by Yervant1 on 28 September 2017 - 02:42 PM

:clap:

Most probably asseries will go crazy and blame the Armenian lobby. Duh!!!!!


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#341476 A new orchestra is born — in Shoushi!

Posted by MosJan on 28 July 2017 - 12:22 PM

A new orchestra is born — in Shoushi!

 

 

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Naregatsi Art Institute (NAI ) Shoushi Center has a newly formed Armenian folk instruments Naregatsi Shoushi Orchestra.

The Orchestra is in need of the following instruments: santur, qanun, tar, duduk, shvi, blul, dhol, kopal dhol, dap, oud, bambir (big), bambir (small), tympani and music stands.

NAI will be grateful for any kind of assistance in obtaining the necessary folk instruments.

Naregatsi Art Institute (NAI) is a non-profit art organization established in 2000, with headquarters in Yerevan and an educational art center in Shushi. It is founded by philanthropist Nareg Hartounian, with the essential assistance of his brother Saro Hartounian and their beloved and now late father Garabed Hartounian. Named after Saint Gregory of Narek, the NAI’s main mission is to preserve and promote Armenian art, culture and spiritual values.

In 2005, thanks to the noteworthy efforts of Nareg Haroutunian, the “Naregatsi” Folk Ensemble was created. From the very beginning, all pedagogical and concert-related work and activities were financed by himself, with concert tours so far including different provinces of Armenia5 Artsakh as well as Europe.

The following year “Naregatsi” art centre was established in Shoushi. This center is made up of 12 art classes specializing in a variety of subjects, attended free of cost by more than 100 children.

Naregatsi Art Institute Shushi Center was launched in September, 2006. The Center’s objective is to contribute to the cultural recovery of the city which was destroyed and is faced with enormous difficulties, as a result of the war. The NAI Shushi Center aims to be a link between all artists and art lovers in the region, by implementing educational programs designed for the upbringing of the new generation with the Armenian spirit as well as with the acknowledgement and appraisement of cultural and national values, and by enabling the young people to create freely and to benefit from professional orientation in the arts.

Contact Info:

Naregatsi Art Institute Yerevan
Vardanants 16/1
+374 10 580105
barev@naregatsi.org
Naregatsi Art Institute Shushi, Artsakh
6 Mouratsan St
+374 477 31466
shushi@naregatsi.org

For online donations click here:Donate to Naregatsi Art Institute


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#341021 Nerses ‘Krik’ Krikorian reflects on his career as a scientist and inte

Posted by Yervant1 on 16 May 2017 - 09:35 AM

L.A. Monitor
May 15 2017
 
 
Nerses ‘Krik’ Krikorian reflects on his career as a scientist and intelligence analyst
 

BY LAURA MULLANE
LANL Communications Staff

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Nerses “Krik” Krikorian was born on a Turkish roadside in 1921. He came to Los Alamos in 1946 to start working on the Manhattan Project.

When Nerses “Krik” Krik Krikorian was born on a Turkish roadside in 1921, the future looked bleak. His parents were fleeing the Armenian genocide that would ultimately claim 1.5 million lives. They spent the next four years moving from country to country with nothing but the clothes on their backs, trying to find a permanent home.

Along the way, in Aleppo, Syria, his mom gave birth to his brother. “It’s a tortured way of living because you don’t belong anywhere,” recalled Krikorian. They finally found refuge in Canada. When Krikorian was 4 years old, they moved to the United States, settling in Niagara Falls, where his father became a factory worker and his mom a homemaker, and where his youngest brother was born. 

Today, at age 96, Krikorian lives in a brightly lit condominium in Los Alamos, surrounded by his vast art collection and family photos, marveling at his good fortune. When he started kindergarten in Niagara Falls, he barely spoke English. Sixteen years later, he graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and began a job at Union Carbide, working in a lab that made highly enriched uranium. For what purpose, Krikorian wasn’t sure.

“I’d read a book somewhere that speculated that uranium was a fission thing. But I didn’t know what ‘fission’ meant. I’m a chemist, not a physicist,” he said with a laugh. It was 1943 and, unbeknownst to him, Krikorian was knee-deep in the Manhattan Project.

When the United States dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Krikorian knew then what he’d been working on. “I thought, ‘Well, the war is going to end,’” he said. “And I hope we never have to use it again for any reason.”

Embarking on a notable technical career

After the war, as Union Carbide wound down its uranium work, he was approached with an offer to move to the desert southwest to continue working on the Manhattan Project. Krikorian had never been west of Detroit when he set out with a friend in a 1936 Chevy convertible to make the long drive to New Mexico. He arrived at 109 East Palace in Santa Fe on Aug. 19, 1946, to get directions to his new home.

He was immediately taken with the Pajarito plateau. Years later, when his father came to visit, he told Krikorian the rugged mountains and arid climate reminded him of the old country. “Deep down, maybe I had some connection to it that I don’t even remember,” he said.

Krikorian began work at the Laboratory. “And what do I work with? Stuff I can barely see. I went from working with kilograms of uranium at Union Carbide to micrograms of highly radioactive polonium. I went from the sublime to the ridiculous.”

The move to Los Alamos proved to be a good one. It’s where he met his wife, Katherine “Pat” Patterson, who came to Los Alamos in 1943 to work on the Manhattan Project as a member of the Women’s Army Corps; raised his daughter (now a retired Army lieutenant colonel); and enjoyed an illustrious career that spanned four-and-a-half decades.

He began by working with polonium to prepare polonium-beryllium initiators and then moved to Project Rover in the mid-1950s to develop a nuclear-thermal rocket for space applications. Specifically, Krikorian’s challenge was to ensure that the materials would support the rigorous demands of nuclear propulsion at high temperatures. “The program was technically challenging and in a temperature domain where little research had been done,” he wrote in an essay published in 2000 (“Essays on the Future: In Honor of Nick Metropolis”).

Krikorian had a notable technical career, holding six patents and publishing a range of analyses and technical assessments on everything from laser isotope separation and high-temperature reactor materials to directed-energy nuclear weapons and nuclear weapons testing.

From “stateless boy” to intelligence-unit security officer

So in 1972, when Laboratory Director Harold Agnew approached Krikorian, asking him to join a newly formed intelligence unit just as Project Rover was being cancelled, Krikorian wasn’t so sure. “I was publishing three or four papers each year and had a good group of technicians helping me,” he recalled. “Why would I want to change? Why should I join something new when I’m doing something productive?”

Krikorian’s wife, who had served a year with the State Department before marrying Krikorian, saw it differently. “She said to me, ‘Why don’t you do something that contributes in a more general way?’ She was right.”

Only six staff were originally assigned to the intelligence unit. Krikorian doesn’t know exactly why he was chosen, but suspects that his broad background in both weapons and materials science had something to do with it. He took advantage of every opportunity to learn—taking courses in advanced mathematics and metallurgy. Although his parents weren’t educated themselves, they saw the value in education and pushed Krikorian and his two brothers to pursue it at every opportunity.

Krikorian’s selection for the intelligence unit was also no doubt spurred by the fact that he spoke fluent Armenian and some Russian. When he was a child, his parents forced him to not only learn to speak and write Armenian, but to understand the country’s history, culture, and literature. “As a kid, I thought it was useless,” he said. “Why do I need to learn a language that hardly anyone speaks? I guess God knew what was coming.”

His knowledge of Russian came later, in the 1960s, while he was working on Project Rover. “To do well in high-temperature chemistry, the only books I could find were in Russian. So suddenly I’m studying Russian and translating Russian science into English.”

The new intelligence group was productive “almost overnight,” rapidly delivering useful information to the U.S. government. Soon after the unit was formed, Krikorian was named the group’s security officer. Krikorian still marvels at the fact that he, who arrived in the United States as a boy with papers that labeled him as “stateless,” could be in charge of security for a U.S. intelligence unit.

A deep commitment to national security

Of course, the new work wasn’t without its challenges. An intelligence analyst’s job is a nuanced one. “The role of an analyst is to connect all the dots together,” said Krikorian. “You have to make an educated guess based on your own experience and what you observe. None of it is clear cut. If someone says to you, ‘Prove it,’ that’s not going to happen. You never have all the facts.” The constant fear, he said, was that he would make a mistake because he missed a technical or political bit of information.

But the rewards of the job were worth the struggles. “I’m an American,” he said. “I feel obligated to this country. Look at what I’ve been able to accomplish here.” Consequently, he feels a deep commitment to national security. The intelligence analysts were all motivated, he said, to keep the peace. “The use of a nuke is serious business. You don’t want to create a situation that inflames tensions and gets people killed.” He recalled being at the Nevada Test Site in the 1950s for an above-ground test of a low-yield nuclear device. “This was a toy compared to a real weapon. I was seven miles away from ground zero and I felt the heat when it went off. Most people today don’t have a clue just how powerful these weapons are.”

Krikorian retired from the Laboratory in 1991. Today, he looks back on his achievements – Laboratory Fellow, recipient of the Los Alamos Medal (the Laboratory’s highest honor), the CIA’s coveted Intelligence Community Medallion, two honorary doctorates, and countless other recognitions – and expresses not pride, but gratitude.

“Things have worked out far beyond what I ever imagined. I think of my parents and wonder, ‘How did they ever do it?’ To be born on a roadside in Turkey to this,” he said, gesturing to his home. “My parents instilled in me the importance of doing the right thing and giving back to your fellow man. I hope I’ve done that.” To those who’ve known him, he’s done that, and much more.

http://www.lamonitor...ligence-analyst

 

 


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