Monthly Archives: January 2016

Sahan Arzruni Performing Live in Boca Raton



Elen Mosinyan Joins Florida Armenians as New Jacksonville Contributor

Florida Armenians is pleased to announce Elen Mosinyan as the new Jacksonville Contributor to

Elen MosinyanElen Mosinyan is a student at University of North Florida, majoring in Criminal Justice with a minor in Political Science. In 2008, Mosinyan moved from Armenia to the United States, where she was quickly immersed in the Armenian community and became an active member of the Armenian Church of Jacksonville. Upon her arrival, she has been a regular participant of the monthly Divine Liturgy, as well as teaching the Armenian language to young Armenians in Jacksonville.

While completing her undergraduate degree, she has interned for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, The World Affairs Council of Jacksonville, and the U.S. Department of State.

“I am very excited to join and I’m looking forward to working with the team of contributors from across the state to highlight the major Armenian events happening in Jacksonville,” Mosinyan said.

Koushakjian Talks Armenia, Christian Persecution in the Middle East with Republican Presidential Candidate Marco Rubio


On Tuesday, January 12, Florida Armenians Editor Taniel Koushakjian spoke with Florida Senator and Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio in Washington, D.C. Koushakjian thanked Rubio for his cosponsorship of S. Res. 140, the Armenian Genocide resolution currently pending in the Senate.

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They also discussed the plight of Christians in the Middle East and the need for the U.S. to declare Islamic State (aka ISIS or ISIL) attacks on Christians as genocide. Rubio pointed out that he is also an original cosponsor of S. Res. 340, which would label ISIS attacks on Armenians, Assyrians, Yezidis, and other religious minority groups in Iraq and Syria as genocide. ISIS “is conducting genocide against Christians, Yezidis, and others in region,” Rubio said two days later at the Republican presidential debate on Thursday, January 14.