Armen Georgian

Armen Georgian's writing springs from his multiple identities; Russian, Armenian, British and European. Born in Moscow, he spent his formative years in the UK and has worked as a professional journalist in London, Lyon, Paris and Brussels. His articles have been published by magazines such as The New Statesman, Red Pepper, In These Times and Foreign Policy in Focus. Currently he is a freelance writer in Los Angeles.


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From Damascus, With Love

From Damascus, With Love

“Be careful, the walls have ears.” Ammar Khaf, a spokesman for the Los Angeles chapter of the Syrian American Council, quotes a saying that millions grew up with under Baathist rule. He talks of the fear that gripped the diaspora when Mukhabarat agents assassinated prominent exiles in the 1980s. But as anti-Assad protests spread, the community grew emboldened. More»

Wake Up and Smell the Bhajis

Wake Up and Smell the Bhajis

At Swadesh restaurant on LA’s West Third Street, Bangladeshi diners carefully chew on bony hunks of curried goat. But they don’t mince their words about their Korean neighbours. “If you go to their stores and you’re brown, some of them stare at you,” says Maminul “Bachu” Haque, a burly community organiser. More»

No More Rodney Kings

No More Rodney Kings

“Fuck retirement,” John Mack says softly. At 77, he’s powered by a deep drive to achieve equality for blacks and other minorities. The inner hardness meshes with an outward tenderness. It’s an appealing mix that has charmed US presidents, British royalty and homeless mothers from South LA. More»

Armenians in America

Armenians in America

I don’t share my compatriots’ technological instincts. Fortunately, the AT & T store on Burbank’s San Fernando Boulevard is staffed by Armenians who swiftly diagnose my phone’s problem. Garen and I conclude our business, and talk about ourselves. “I already realised you don’t speak Armenian,” he says. More»