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  • Armenian Parliament Introduces Bill Threatening Online Anonymity

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    18 Apr 2014 | 6:46 am
    The law, if passed, will penalize media outlets that publish defamatory material from anonymous sources YEREVAN (IWPR)—A bill going before Armenia’s parliament would introduce restrictions on anonymity on the internet, says a report by the Institute for War & Peace Reporting. Supporters say it should curb defamatory language on the web, but free speech advocates warn that it might also constrain legitimate expression of opinion. The law will be debated on March 31. If passed, it will penalize media outlets that publish defamatory material from anonymous or fake sources. They will also…
  • Car bomb outside mosque in Syria’s Homs kills at least 14

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    18 Apr 2014 | 10:42 am
    The explosion occurred as worshippers left the Bilal al-Habshi mosque in the neighborhood of Akrama after attending Friday prayers.
  • Pension Protest: Activists stage demo near Presidential Palace, PM joins their march

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    18 Apr 2014 | 8:48 pm
    Members and supporters of a pressure group campaigning against the enforcement of a controversial pension reform gathered near the Presidential Palace in Yerevan on Friday evening to demand that President Serzh Sargsyan act as guarantor of the Constitution and ensure that the government complies with the Constitutional Court’s recent decision. At one point during the demonstration newly appointed Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan came down to the protesters in Baghramyan Avenue and joined their march.
  • Armenian president signals political exit, as new PM named

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    17 Apr 2014 | 8:20 am
    Parliament chairman Hovik Abrahamyan, described by the U.S. embassy as 'a crass nouveau riche,' will become Armenia's next prime minister, just as Serge Sargsyan indicates he is ready to give up leadership role
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  • Armenian Parliament Introduces Bill Threatening Online Anonymity

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    18 Apr 2014 | 6:46 am
    The law, if passed, will penalize media outlets that publish defamatory material from anonymous sources YEREVAN (IWPR)—A bill going before Armenia’s parliament would introduce restrictions on anonymity on the internet, says a report by the Institute for War & Peace Reporting. Supporters say it should curb defamatory language on the web, but free speech advocates warn that it might also constrain legitimate expression of opinion. The law will be debated on March 31. If passed, it will penalize media outlets that publish defamatory material from anonymous or fake sources. They will also…
  • Customs Union or Eurasian Union? Armenia Can’t Decide

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    18 Apr 2014 | 4:19 am
    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev meets with his Belarusian and Kazakh counterparts in Moscow. April 15, 2014. (Photo: ITAR-TASS) YEREVAN (RFE/RL)—Armenia does not expect to sign on April 29 an agreement formalizing its accession to the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, Economy Minister Vahram Avanesian said on Friday, correcting his own statement made the day before. “I answered journalists’ questions in haste and did not address the subject in full,” Avanesian said of his announcement on Thursday that the accession treaty will be signed at a summit of the…
  • Baku’s Military Spending Surged 493% in 9 Years

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    18 Apr 2014 | 4:13 am
    Russian made tanks and helicopters on display during military exercises last week in Nakhichevan BAKU—According to a report a report released by a leading arms observation group on Monday, Azerbaijan is second in the ranking of nations with sharpest increase in military spending, registering a 493 percent increase from 2004 to 2014. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said in its report that while countries like the United States are cutting military spending, a staggering number of countries around the world were doubling their military capabilities. The report attributed…
  • Bedig and Mary Fermanian Named Navasartian Honorary Presidents

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    18 Apr 2014 | 4:11 am
    Mr. & Mrs. Bedig and Mary Fermanian EAGLE ROCK, Calif.—The Homenetmen Western United States Regional Executive announced Thursday that Mr. and Mrs. Bedig and Mary Fermanian will be the Honorary Presidents at this year’s Navasartian Games. As avid supporters, sponsors and philanthropists, Bedig and Mary Fermanian, the proprietors of Super King Market, have been part of Homenetmen’s large family for decades and were very gracious to accept this important role of Honorary President. “We appreciate all that Homenetmen does for its youth and the community, and the incredible amount of…
  • Sarkisian Defends Protocols, Places Blame on Turkey

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    18 Apr 2014 | 4:06 am
    Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian speaks during a visit to the Defense Ministry, April 18, 2014. YEREVAN—Defending his administration’s 2009 Armenian-Turkish protocols, Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian on Friday pointed to Turkey as the side to blame for the still frozen relations between the two countries. “We should note that all our partners and supporters have come to understand that it’s not the Armenian side to be blamed for the absence of Armenian-Turkish relations,” Sarkisian said. “This is important, because even our friends have on several occasions accused us of…
 
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  • Pension Protest: Activists stage demo near Presidential Palace, PM joins their march

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:48 pm
    Members and supporters of a pressure group campaigning against the enforcement of a controversial pension reform gathered near the Presidential Palace in Yerevan on Friday evening to demand that President Serzh Sargsyan act as guarantor of the Constitution and ensure that the government complies with the Constitutional Court’s recent decision. At one point during the demonstration newly appointed Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan came down to the protesters in Baghramyan Avenue and joined their march.
  • Pension Reform: Small victory for opponents, but unclear path ahead

    Sara Khojoyan
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:28 pm
    The public’s fight against the mandatory deduction component of the new law on pensions appears to have seen a small victory. The Government is preparing a project to release sanctions against employers who have failed to make salary deductions according to the law which the Constitutional Court has said does not meet constitutional standards.
  • Armenia not to sign Customs Union accession agreement on April 29, says acting minister

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Armenia will not sign the agreement on joining the Customs Union (CU) of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan on April 29, acting Economy Minister Vahram Avanesyan told reporters on Friday.
  • Choking Embrace: ‘Mother’ Russia says won’t tolerate ‘outside interference’ in friendly countries

    Naira Hayrumyan
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Russia will prevent any aggressive intervention in the internal affairs of friendly countries made “under the pretext of planting ideas alien to our minds and hearts”. This was stated by Russian Ambassador to Armenia Ivan Volynkin during the Seventh Forum of Russian compatriots in Armenia on April 12.
  • EU Parliament condemns attack on Kessab and other vulnerable communities in Syria

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:32 am
    The European Parliament in its last plenary session before the May 2014 elections, adopted a resolution on Syria, expressing its concern on the latest developments in the country, especially with the situation in Kessab, and vulnerable communities who find themselves in the middle of the war.
 
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  • Armenian president signals political exit, as new PM named

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:20 am
    Parliament chairman Hovik Abrahamyan, described by the U.S. embassy as 'a crass nouveau riche,' will become Armenia's next prime minister, just as Serge Sargsyan indicates he is ready to give up leadership role
  • Calendar of Events

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:49 am
    The 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide will be marked with protests, vigils, marches, concerts, exhibits and film screenings in Armenia and around the world; for details about upcoming events in America consult the Calendar of Events.
  • Calendar of Events

    10 Apr 2014 | 8:12 am
    A new documentary about Komitas "Music to Madness" will premiere this month in Chicago, Fresno, San Diego and elsewhere; for details about this and other upcoming Armenian happenings in America consult the Calendar of Events.
  • Senate committee adopts Armenian Genocide resolution

    10 Apr 2014 | 4:31 am
    On April 10, for the first time in nearly a quarter century, a U.S. Senate committee adopted a resolution, calling on the U.S. government to commemorate the Armenian Genocide; last moment amendments removed direct references to Turkey and the Obama Administration did not oppose the vote.
  • Canadian Parliament speaker duped by Turkish rhetoric

    8 Apr 2014 | 5:52 am
    Antranik Antourian notes that foreign officials continue to fall for Turkey "historical commission" ploy.
 
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  • The Hippocratic Oath of a Syrian-Armenian Doctor

    Sarkis Balkhian
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Special for the Armenian Weekly “After March 2011, it was clear that Syria was no longer an option,” said Dr. Karnig Jozigian, as we sat down for coffee in Stepanakert. The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that at least 50 percent of hospitals in Syria have been destroyed or severely damaged, while more than 15,000 physicians have fled the conflict and found refuge elsewhere. Karnig Jozigian inspecting the medicine donated by the ARF’s Help Your Brother Initiative. While Jozigian is not practicing medicine in the ghost city of Aleppo, he is adhering to the…
  • ARF Will Not Take Part in New Government

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    18 Apr 2014 | 12:56 pm
    YEREVAN—The Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) will not take part in the government of Hovig Abrahamian. This decision was announced in a statement issued by the ARF Supreme Council of Armenia, ahead of its biennial regional meeting, known as the Supreme Convention, which is scheduled to begin today (April 18). The ARF Supreme Council said that given its complete responsibility and accountability for the party’s policies during its tenure, the body deemed it important to convey its positions regarding the current situation in Armenia prior to the start of the party’s Supreme…
  • HMADS Gala Dinner Dance: An Elegant Evening of Celebration

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    17 Apr 2014 | 10:53 am
    By Arpi Arukian BAYSIDE, N.Y.—The Friends of HMADS Gala Dinner Dance Committee, under the leadership of Chairpersons Maro Jamgotchian and Arek Nisanyan, has been hard at work preparing for this year’s 20th anniversary celebration. To ensure it will be the most successful gala to date, the event will feature the vocal styling of acclaimed Armenian artist Elie Berberian and his band. The Dinner Dance, which will be held on Sat., May 3, will introduce this exciting young artist to many in the community, while delighting his legion of already devoted fans. Elie Berberian Born in Lebanon, Elie…
  • Armenian Jazz Pianist’s New Album Celebrates Armenia’s Past, Present and Future

    Karine Vann
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:43 am
    Armen Donelian Sayat Nova: Songs of My Ancestors Sunnyside Records Release: April 15, 2014 New York-based jazz pianist Armen Donelian’s latest album proves it is possible to celebrate Armenia’s rich cultural history from a contemporary perspective. The album “Sayat Nova: Songs of My Ancestors,” to be released nine days before the 99th memorial of the 1915 genocide, pays tribute to the 18th-century Armenian poet and troubadour’s revered original melodies, but does not shy away from more modern influences, most notably, mainstream jazz and classical music. Cover of Armen…
  • A Harbinger?

    Garen Yegparian
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:10 am
    Did you see the LATimes’ Sunday March 16 hard-copy edition?  The front page of the main section of the newspaper was half covered (vertically) with what I understand is called an “ad wrap” which then fully covered the back of the paper, too. What makes things even worse is that Turkish Airlines, the advertiser, is trading in Steve McCurry’s name, too.  Who’s he?  That’s the guy who took the famous, now iconic, picture of the Afghan girl who appeared on the front cover of National Geographic magazine’s June 1985 issue.  Evidently, he’s travelled and photographed in Turkey…
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  • President Sargsyan Appoints Harutyunyan as Chief of Government Staff

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    18 Apr 2014 | 2:05 pm
    21:59, April 18, 2014Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan today signed a decree appointing Davit Harutyunyan (photo) as Minister - Chief of Government Staff and reappointed Armen Yeritzyan as Minister of Emergency Situations. Harutyunyan served as Minister of Justice of the Republic of Armenia from 1998–2007. This news is brought to you by HyeMedia | Armenian News where you can read balanced Armenian News from Armenia & the Diaspora as reported by various news agencies and freelance journalists No related posts.
  • This bizarre capsule is a bicycle – and it could be fastest in history, reaching 90mph by pedal-power alone

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    18 Apr 2014 | 2:04 pm
    It’s 40 times more aerodynamic than a Bugatti Veyron, has a top speed of 90mph (145kph), and generates enough power to light the average home, the Daily Mail reports. And while it might not look anything like it, this strange design is in fact a pedal-powered bike enclosed in an aerodynamic carbon fibre shell. Dubbed the Arion1 Velocipede, the bike is being designed by a team of UK engineering students who believe it will become the fastest human-powered vehicle in history. The University of Liverpool Velocipede Team (ULVT) are hoping their design will break the 83.13 mph (133.7kph)…
  • Armenia not to sign Customs Union accession agreement on April 29, says acting minister

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    18 Apr 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Armenia will not sign the agreement on joining the Customs Union (CU) of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan on April 29, acting Economy Minister Vahram Avanesyan told reporters on Friday. Thus, he denied the information about the tentative date of the signing spread by media the previous day. This news is brought to you by HyeMedia | Armenian News where you can read balanced Armenian News from Armenia & the Diaspora as reported by various news agencies and freelance journalists Related posts: Armenia likely to sign agreement on Customs Union entry in late April, says newspaper Armenia confirms…
  • Pension Protest: Activists stage demo near Presidential Palace, PM joins their march

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    18 Apr 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Members and supporters of a pressure group campaigning against the enforcement of a controversial pension reform gathered near the Presidential Palace in Yerevan on Friday evening to demand that President Serzh Sargsyan act as guarantor of the Constitution and ensure that the government complies with the Constitutional Court’s recent decision. At one point during the demonstration newly appointed Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan came down to the protesters in Baghramyan Avenue and joined their marchThis news is brought to you by HyeMedia | Armenian News where you can read balanced…
  • Sarkisian Again Defends Turkish-Armenian Accords

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    18 Apr 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Armenia - President Serzh Sarkisian examines an Armenian-made rifle during a visit to the Defense Ministry in Yerevan, 18Apr2014. Տեքստի չափը - + Հրապարակված է՝ 18.04.2014 President Serzh Sarkisian on Friday again defended his administration’s 2009 normalization agreements with Turkey against strong criticism voiced in Armenia and especially its worldwide Diaspora.Sarkisian gave no indications that he is ready to formally annul the two U.S.-brokered…
 
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  • Vardavar in Los Angeles?

    Raffi K
    6 Apr 2014 | 6:20 pm
    I’ve been thinking it would be really fun if Armenians in LA started publicly celebrating Vardavar in Los Angeles.  It might even catch on beyond Armenians.  If the city of LA were to organize a block or two set aside …Read more »
  • Great birthday party for Yerevan

    Raffi K
    16 Oct 2012 | 12:22 am
    Sunday was Yerevan’s birthday…  her 2,794th birthday to be exact.  Yes, Yerevan was founded thousands of years ago, even before Rome!  Though Yerevan’s fortress of Erebuni didn’t grow quite as fast as Rome, the city has a very long history. …Read more »
  • Janapar Trail in Karabakh ready for more hikers!

    Raffi K
    8 Oct 2012 | 7:49 am
    I spent some quality time in the Republic of Mountainous Karabakh this year, hiking on the Janapar Trail and along with the help of others, we whipped the trail markers back into shape.  The trail is now not only very …Read more »
  • Turkey Agrees to Pay Armenians Reparations!!

    Raffi K
    1 Oct 2012 | 10:06 pm
    Alright, so Turkey hasn’t agreed to pay reparations yet, but I’m extrapolating from their own hypocritical actions which were highlighted in the NY Times this week in the article “Seeking Return of Art, Turkey Jolts Museums“. But seriously, if you …Read more »
  • Have a drink Armenia, you’re 21 today!

    Raffi K
    21 Sep 2012 | 12:40 am
    Yes, it seems like forever, but Armenia is just 21 years old today (well, the current independent Armenia anyway).  If Armenia was a Californian, she’d only today be allowed to take her first drink.  It’s been a crazy ride, and …Read more »
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  • Areg is Three Years Old

    4 Apr 2014 | 4:38 am
    It's hard to believe that three years has passed since my first son Areg's birth. Time flies very quickly, and he's shot up in no time. He is fluent in English in Armenian (as fluent as you can be at that age) and can sing cartoon songs in Russian. He knows is ABCs and can count to 100. He is reasoning, debating, even contradicting me when I think something is humorous (It's not funny, daddy. No, it's not funny). And he's just hilarious, we have nothing but fun together. There's not a day that goes my when I am not thankful for being a dad.Here's some random pictures of Areg, from the day he…
  • My TEDx Talk is Now Online

    20 Feb 2014 | 11:26 pm
    I'm pleased to announce that my TEDx talk, "Never Letting Life Go," has finally come online.Apart from being a father and beating the illness that I describe, this TEDx talk is one of my life’s greatest achievements. Thanks again to TEDxYerevan curator Kristine Sargsyan for valuing my story and her devotion. I’m still amazed by how enthusiastically it was received, the experience was truly humbling. My hope is that anyone viewing this talk will appreciate it.In the talk I discuss how I overcame the most traumatic experience of my life and moved on, hoping that I would inspire others to…
  • My Wishes for 2014

    2 Jan 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Another year has passed like a fleeting moment in time. The older I get the quicker the years seem to fly by. Apparently I’m not alone, friends have complained the same to me.Last year was laden with the typical highs and lows that life offers us. I am thankful for the birth of my healthy, rotund as a compact, naked turkey ready for the oven second son Shant, who is another sweet joy in my life. Back in September I was honored to give a TED talk in Yerevan, one of the most monumental endeavors of my life, third to being a father and actually recovering from the sickness I discussed during…
  • Happy New Year!

    31 Dec 2013 | 5:05 pm
    Wishing all my friends and family a wonderful year in 2014. Health and much happiness to all. Hard to believe this blog will be celebrating its 10th anniversary. Thanks for all your support over the last decade.
  • Here's Shant!

    10 Nov 2013 | 1:09 pm
    Here he is! Little Shant, born on November 4 around 9:30 pm. He weighed 3.2 kilos and measured 51 cm in length, apparently not bad for a 37 week-old preemie. But as the photos attest, he is gorgeous. As a newborn he looks like a photocopy of his older brother. They may be mistaken for twins as they age, who knows? Shant can best be described as a peanut. I think he has grayish blue eyes, just as his older brother did, he keeps them shut most of the time. His hair is dark chocolate brown, like his mom’s. Not much has changed since last time around with Areg in terms of the…
 
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