A native of Armenia, Simon is a current graduate student in political science at University of Colorado. He is also an alumnus of the International Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies.
Simon has been published in numerous periodicals, including in History Today. Connect to his blog at www.blogian.net.
Latest posts by Simon Maghakyan from November, 2008
While most people know Samantha Power as an Obama adviser who has called Hillary Clinton a â€œmonster,â€ many genocide awareness and prevention activists consider the Harvard professor a hope they can believe in. The Associated Press has noticed that Power, who officially resigned from Obamaâ€™s campaign during the Democratic primaries, is on US President-elect Obamaâ€™s transition team. This news has encouraged several Armenian bloggers who now feel assured that the author of â€œA Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocideâ€ (2002) will remind President-elect Barack Obama to keep his promise of officially recognizing the WWI Armenian Genocide committed by Ottoman Turks.
African-American politician Barack Obamaâ€™s White House victory is seen as their own triumph by many in the world. But what does the marginalized and invisible world â€“ the Fourth World â€“ think of Americaâ€™s first multicultural president? Indigenous peoples offer watchful hope for change; many adopt the spirit of â€œYes we can.â€
Anti-Americanism and racism may be big in Russia, but discussions on US presidential elections mostly reflect worldwide reactions: excitement, fear, hope, and some Obamania. Hours before America votes, many Russian-language bloggers are making predictions about the US race. While most posts are short and, often, sweet, some are still arguing for or against the candidates. Simon Maghakyan brings us the buzz from Russian-speaking blogs.
With the world anxiously watching the U.S. presidential elections, a tiny country in the former Soviet Union with a small voice may have a strong vote. Excitement about the election among Armeniaâ€™s 3-million residents, though, is not showing through local blog posts. But more Armenians live outside their country, and enough of them in the United States to actually make a difference. This could translate a marginal voice to a decisive vote.