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    Asbarez Armenian News

  • Thanksgiving and Turkey

    Garen Yegparian
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:47 am
    Garen YegparianBY GAREN YEGPARIAN Of course the topic of discussion here is not the bird, but the country. Armenians can be grateful to Turkey for just one thing, that country’s leadership’s perpetual knack for embarrassing themselves and those they allegedly represent, and often specifically regarding Armenian issues. Remember the pugilist-turned-ambassador Şükrü Elekdağ and the embarrassments he caused for Ankara? Unsurprisingly, this time we have to thank, specifically, the Cumhurbaşkanı (president) who has been in office less than three months. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is…
  • Tufenkian Pre-School Hosts Prelate for Thanksgiving Eve

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    Archbishop Martirossian with Savey Tufenkian at Tufenkian Pre-School GLENDALE—Each year on the eve of Thanksgiving, the administration of Richard Tufenkian School organizes a Thanksgiving themed gathering, which this year was held on Tuesday, November 25, 2014. On this occasion, Western Prelate Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian visited the School accompanied by Rev. Fr. Vazken Atmajian, and was hosted to a Thanksgiving lunch by School Director Arsineh Aghazarian, faculty, and students. School benefactor Savey Tufenkian and School Board members were also in attendance. During the luncheon the…
  • Georgia Ready to Provide Armenia Free Route to EEU

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:27 am
    Trucks along a transport route in Georgia YEREVAN (Arka)—Georgia is ready to provide Armenia with a free transit corridor for exporting its goods to the Eurasian Economic Union, Armenian deputy economy minister Emil Tarasyan said Wednesday during a public discussion on Armenian exports to the Russia-led trade bloc organized by the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Armenia. According to him, the issue on the transit of Armenian cargo through the territory of Georgia was included in the list of the main documents that Armenia signed with the Eurasian Economic Union, “because…
  • Dink’s Assailant Ready to ‘Speak Up’

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:06 am
    Turkish Armenian journalist Hrant Dink (1954-2007) ANKARA (Hurriyet Daily News)—The triggerman who shot dead Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink almost eight years ago has finally decided to “speak up” about the murder, according to a news report. “I will speak up,” assailant Ogün Samast, who was only 17 years old when he shot Dink in front of his office in Istanbul on Jan. 19, 2007, was quoted in daily Taraf as stating in a letter sent to the prosecutor in charge of the investigation. Samast, who is jailed in the high-security F-type prison in Kandira, Kocaeli, said in his…
  • Baku’s Arms Buildup ‘A Serious Threat’

    26 Nov 2014 | 5:39 am
    Armenia's Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian speaks to an audience in Stockholm STOCKHOLM—On Tuesday, Armenia’s Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian delivered an address on the foreign policy of Armenia at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. Representatives from Swedish state agencies, diplomatic missions, research centers, and universities attended the event. Nalbandian answered numerous questions raised by the attendees regarding the foreign policy of Armenia and Armenia’s approaches to regional and international issues. Referring to the settlement of the…
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    Armenian Weekly

  • Jaklin Celik’s ‘Festival of Wrath’

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:01 am
    Book review by Aziz Gokdemir Special for the Armenian Weekly Take a stroll today in an old district of almost any sizable town in Turkey and you’ll soon come across a few houses, sometimes a whole neighborhood’s worth, in various stages of dilapidation—and lately, in some cases, undergoing “rebirth” as part of a gentrification effort. Commonly referred to as Ottoman, or “old Turkish” houses, they stand out not only with their resilient vitality but also an innate sense of design that’s painfully absent in the concrete towers racing skyward just blocks away, replicating the…
  • Detroit ‘Azadamard’ Celebrates ARF’s 124th Anniversary

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:23 am
    More than 400 members and supporters of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) attended the Detroit “Azadamard” Gomideh’s celebration of the ARF’s 124th anniversary. More than 400 members and supporters of the ARF attended the Detroit “Azadamard” Gomideh’s celebration of the ARF’s 124th anniversary. Those who were at Burton Manor in Livonia, Mich., heard an important anniversary message from former ARF Bureau member Hayg Oshagan, witnessed ARF “Azadamard” Gomideh chair Raffi Ourlian’s heartfelt appreciation for three ARF hamagirs (supporters), danced to the music of…
  • Political Déjà Vu All Over Again

    Garen Yegparian
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:18 am
    You might not have noticed that 2 years ago, after 30 years of “service” in the House of Representatives, Armenian Genocide denier Dan Burton of Indiana slithered over to the Azerbaijan America Alliance as its new chairman of the board. Besides years of services rendered to the government of Turkey, Burton pulled an unusual stunt shortly before leaving office. In December 2012, as a lame-duck congressman in a lame duck session of Congress, he held a hearing on “Iranian Influence in the South Caucasus and the Surrounding Region,” which included as speakers people who…
  • AGBU Launches First Book in Interactive eBook Series

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:14 am
    The Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) is redefining the Armenian experience with the release of The Armenian Highland, the first in a series of interactive eBooks designed to introduce readers to Armenian history, culture, and contemporary affairs. The eBook is a full multimedia experience available in seven languages: English, Western Armenian, Eastern Armenian, Russian, French, Spanish, and Turkish. The Armenian Highland provides an overview of Armenia’s history and geography from ancient to modern times. The Armenian Highland provides an overview of Armenia’s history and…
  • Erevan Chorale to Perform Annual Christmas Concert in Cambridge

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:10 am
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—On Dec. 14, the Holy Trinity Armenian Church of Cambridge will present the Erevan Chorale and Orchestra’s annual Christmas Concert, beginning at 7 p.m. The Chorale and Orchestra will present a festive program of Armenian sharagans, Armenian and Western Christmas carols, as well as special performances dedicated to the 145th anniversary of Komitas Vartabed and the 100th anniversary of the composer Aram Satunts. On Dec. 14, the Holy Trinity Armenian Church of Cambridge will present the Erevan Chorale and Orchestra’s annual Christmas Concert. The Erevan Chorale and…
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    The Armenian Observer Blog

  • International Media Coverage of Armenia from 1979 – 2014 (Infograph)

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:54 am
    World’s Media Covered Armenia the Most Between 1987–1994 (Infograph), a website covering various issues related to the Armenian media, has published this excellent inforgraphic, which is drawn from the research carried out by the The Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC). The research has tried to summarize the amount and frequency of mentions of South Caucasus states in international media reports using data from the Global Database of Events, Language, and Tone (GDELT). Unsurprisingly, the Karabakh conflict, the Spitak earthquake, Operation Ring, the January Massacre,…
  • Kiev’s Maydan — the winner takes it all…

    2 Nov 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Click to view slideshow. There are fresh flowers, Ukraine flags and photos of fallen heroes near every tree and step on the Alley of Glory leading to Kiev’s Maydan Nezalezhnosti from Khreschatiki metro station. Ukraine remembers those who died in Maydan fighting for their political beliefs, and yet, Kiev looks like it is tired of politics. Less then a hundred people stood by as a speaker blasted the authorities and called on the people to stand up and protect Donetsk from Russian invaders. Someone clapped and sounded a muted ‘yeah!’ Faces of others were red and frozen. It…
  • Pro-independence protesters jailed on ‘hooliganism’ charges

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Armenia – Activist Shant Harutiunian and his 15-year-old son Shahen stand trial on what they consider politically motivated charges, Yerevan, 15Sep2014. A court in Yerevan issued harsh sentences to a group of activists along with their leader, Shant Harutyunian, who were arrested on November 5 last year, as they clashed with the riot police blocking their march towards the Presidential palace under a ‘revolution’ banner. Throughout the trial Harutiunian and his arrested supporters, some of whom are Karabakh war veterans, claimed that they went on the street to protect…
  • New opposition group criticizes the Trio, calls for cooperation of civic-political groups

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    Armenia — Nikol Pashinian (C) and other leaders of the Civil Contract movement speak to journalists, Yerevan, 13Oct2014 The problem with blogging in a small country like Armenia is that eventually you’ll have to blog about your friends and it becomes hard to remain honest and impartial… I’ve been keeping an eye out for the political union called Civil Contract since their first media appearance late last year, when some of my Sksela friends led by Nikol Pashinian, one of the most charismatic and vocal opposition figures, announced about the creation of the group with the ambitious…
  • 55% of Armenians support country’s membership in Eurasian Economic Union

    14 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
    According to the Caucasus Barometer 2013, 55% of Armenians support Armenia’s joining the Eurasian Economic Union. According to the Caucasus Barometer 2013, 55% of Armenians support Armenia’s joining the Eurasian Economic Union. More importantly, only 13% are against it. PS: I trust the Caucasus Barometer and their data. The only problem with this chart is this — I’m pretty sure the 55% of Armenians, plus the 11% who said they don’t know, in reality have a very vague understanding of what the membership in EEU will mean for the country’s future.
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    Notes From Hairenik | An Armenian Blog

  • Notes From Hairenik’s 10th Anniversary

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:12 am
    This month Notes From Hairenik celebrates its decennial, online for 10 years straight. I can’t believe a decade has passed already, seems like I just moved here a few years ago. It’s unbelievable how quickly time passes.Over the years I have documented all facets of my personal life and observations about Armenian culture, society and politics on this blog, and I’ve told the stories of countless citizens, usually ordinary peopleno one has really ever heard of. I’ve written about all sorts of subjects related to life in Armenia, what to do to keep busy, how to get around, must-see…
  • My two sunshines

    3 Nov 2014 | 12:24 am
    As I lay in bed trying to finally kick the lingering, sinus-stuffing virus that has swept Yerevan, my children included (they affectionately gave it to me in the first place), I thought I'd post some golden moments from the last six months. Shantig my little one has grown up a lot and after only one year (his birthday is tomorrow!) is ready to start walking already—seems like it's just a matter of minutes. And big brother Areg has a great appetite for fine foods as you'll see. I love these kids more than anything, they're my two sunshines and they fill me with energy and hope every day,…
  • Time to Let Go

    1 Nov 2014 | 11:13 am
    When you fight to cling to people who are no longer meant to be in your life, you delay your destiny. Let them go.—Mandy HaleLife as taught me in my 42 years that traumatic or disparaging events happen without reason, with little or no warning. Getting over the hurdles make you tenacious as a human being, and your character, who you are as a person, also strengthens. Your sense of how to live a peaceful life, and your understanding of the importance of fostering empathy for others and their own misfortunes, develops and becomes acute. You become more rational and tolerant. Sometimes in…
  • A Visit to Yerevan’s Sole Hatter

    17 Jul 2014 | 1:14 am
    I love hats. I’ve been collecting them for years of all shapes and sizes, Borsalinos and wool caps by Kangol (back when they were still made in Great Britain). The coolest Kangols had a built-in ear flap that folded out to protect against the extreme cold, which I used rarely fearing I’d look ridiculous. In the last several years I started purchasing baseball caps for the summer, usually without team logos, although I found a replica of a hat that used to be worn by a Black team called the Pittsburgh Crawfords in the 1920s in Marshalls of all places -- there’s a large white C printed…
  • Realizations

    16 May 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Today I came to some realizations about life, bittersweet yet somehow comforting at the same time. I now understand that no matter what good intentions you may have in your actions or deeds, no matter what kind of person you are — whether you are true to your word, you are honest with yourself and others, and you live by an ethic of morality and selflessness — you are never going to please everyone, even those who you think are closest to you.They may feel let down at times for your mistakes or things that happened in life that veered out of control due to paradoxical circumstances you…
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