Monthly Archives: March 2012

Commentary: Are We in for Another Deception?

It is the time of year when Diaspora Armenians — especially in the US and Europe — go through the motions, intensify lob- bying activities, raise expectations and on April 24, suffer the anticlimactic results of their fervor and political activism. Lately, a few countries have discovered a convenient method of dangling the issue of […]

Key figures of Israeli Knesset stand for recognizing Armenian Genocide

Key figures of Israeli Knesset stand for recognizing Armenian Genocide

JERUSALEM. – The key figures of the Israeli Knesset support the recognition of the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire, the representative of the Hay Dat office in Jerusalem Hakob Sevan told at a press conference on Friday. As Sevan informed, currently the Hay Dat office in Jerusalem conducts works towards discussions on the Armenian […]

French intelligence report labels Turks as threat to public safety

A report prepared by the Central Directorate of Internal Intelligence (DCRI) about Turkish foundations that earlier this year organized a march to protest a French bill that would criminalize denial of 1915 killings of Armenians as genocide indicates that Turks are a threat to public safety in France, Today’s Zaman has learned. Thousands of Turks […]

U.S. expects Armenian government to live up to clean vote promise

U.S. expects Armenian government to live up to clean vote promise

United States Ambassador John Heffern expects the political leadership in Armenia to live up to its promise of holding free and fair elections and also sees a role for the country’s opposition and civil society in “holding the government to its promise.” At a news conference on Thursday Heffern stressed that the United States welcomes […]

Russia-Armenia: 20 years of diplomatic relations and “mutually beneficial cooperation”

Russia-Armenia: 20 years of diplomatic relations and “mutually beneficial cooperation”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will pay a visit to Armenia on April 2-3 and then leave for Azerbaijan. Although the visit is called a South Caucasus tour, it is clear that Lavrov will not visit the third country of the South Caucasus – Georgia. After the Russo-Georgian war in August 2008, these two countries […]

iDitord or every citizen is an observer: Modern technologies to spur fair elections in Armenia

iDitord or every citizen is an observer: Modern technologies to spur fair elections in Armenia

Ahead of the forthcoming parliamentary election in Armenia for the first time an online platform has been created for reporting and registering election violations – voters can make calls and report any violation, send SMS, photographs and video.   The Transparency International and Media Diversity Institute NGOs are implementing a joint iDitord (iObserver) project and […]

Armenian Police Warn Greens Over Park Shop Dismantling Plans

Police authorities in Armenia have urged local environmental activists to call off their plans to dismantle kiosks in a Yerevan public park, warning that such an unauthorized step will draw a response from law enforcement. In a statement disseminated on Thursday, the national police force stressed that any action of that kind against what is […]

Armenian genocide survivors in Queens tell their harrowing stories

Armenian genocide survivors in Queens tell their harrowing stories

Some of the last remaining witnesses of the Armenian genocide gathered to tell their stories recently at the New York Armenian Home in Flushing, where four of less than an estimated 50 remaining survivors in the U.S. reside. “We want to put a human face on the Armenian genocide, to show that real people are […]

First chance to buy brandy that Stalin served Churchill

First chance to buy brandy that Stalin served Churchill

Sir Winston Churchill’s favourite Armenian brandy — said to have played a key role in the shaping of postwar Europe — has gone on sale in Britain for the first time. The prime minister developed a taste for the ArArAt brandy when it was served by Stalin at the Yalta conference in February 1945. After […]

Shahkeh Yaylaian Setian’s New Book Illuminates the Dynamics of Genocide

Shahkeh Yaylaian Setian’s New Book Illuminates the Dynamics of Genocide

In her first book, “Humanity in the Midst of Inhumanity”, author Shahkeh Yaylaian Setian suggests that in addition to the Armenian Genocide, the Jewish Holocaust and subsequent genocides, these tragic events should be forever remembered in the annals of history. Despite this dark period, we can be inspired in knowing that one can still find […]

Armenian President On Visit To Singapore

Armenian President On Visit To Singapore

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan is in Singapore on a three-day state visit to develop closer ties with one of the world’s wealthiest countries. The Armenian leader began the official part of his visit on Wednesday by meeting the highest leadership of the island nation enjoying the world’s third highest GDP per capita based on a […]

Anush Hovannissyan

Anush Hovannissyan

“Anush Hovhannisyan is a young Armenian soprano graduated from Yerevan State Conservatory with high distinction in 2010. In the same year she won the Silver Medal in the international competition “Delphic Games” . IN the same 2010 she had been awarded a place on Masters course at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly known as Royal […]

Armenian President Begins Visit To Singapore

Armenian President Begins Visit To Singapore

Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian has arrived in Singapore on a three-day state visit expected to strengthen cooperation with the Southeast Asian city-state that enjoys one of the world’s most developed economies. On Wednesday Sarkisian met with the island nation’s highest leadership, including President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to discuss […]

Clinton Should Resign for Making Offensive Remarks

How many times can Secretary of State Hillary Clinton break her pledge and make insulting remarks on the Armenian Genocide before she is called a liar and forced to resign? Armenian Americans are fed up with Clinton and her boss Barack Obama, who also has not kept his promises on the Armenian Genocide. And the […]

Armenian Defense Minister Visits U.S. Amid Growing Ties

Armenian Defense Minister Visits U.S. Amid Growing Ties

Armenia’s defense minister Seyran Ohanian has wrapped up a three-day visit to the U.S., as military relations between the U.S. and Armenia quietly strengthen. Ohanian’s visit was his first to the U.S. since he became defense minister in 2008, according to Armenian Reporter, which reported that he met with his counterpart Leon Panetta and CIA […]

Sarkisian, Aliyev Spar Over Nuclear Safety

Sarkisian, Aliyev Spar Over Nuclear Safety

SEOUL, South Korea—President Serzh Sarkisian was quick to respond to Azeri President Ilham Aliyev, who on Tuesday expressed concern over Armenia’s Nuclear Power Plant during a speech at the Nuclear Security Summit. On the issue of nuclear security in the region, Aliyev said Armenia’s Nuclear Power Plant, which was built in 1976, was already outdated. […]

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Armenian Diaspora Virtual Museum Responds to Critique: “We Need Time”

I received a reply from the editorial board of the Virtual Museum of the Armenian Diaspora regarding my critique entitled “Diaspora Ministry’s Much Heralded Virtual Museum is a Virtual Embarrassment” that appeared in the March 15 edition of Hetq. Here’s my translation of their response: Thanks for following the activities of the Ministry of the […]

Diary of a Norwegian missionary another evidence of the Armenian Genocide

Diary of a Norwegian missionary another evidence of the Armenian Genocide

The diary of a Norvegian missionary, witness of the Armenian Genocide, was found in the attic of his grandchild. It will soon be brought to Armenia and will be kept in the Armenian Genocide-Museum, AGMI Director Hayk Demoyan said during a discussion at a Glendale Public Library. He is holding meetings with representtaives of the […]

Separated at birth: Visiting Armenia as an Israeli

Separated at birth: Visiting Armenia as an Israeli

How can a nation that seems to share Israel’s history be friends with Iran? How can it not. I’ve heard it said that if there is one thing Israel would enjoy, it would be to have another Hebrew-speaking country somewhere in the world to break its loneliness. The exchange of ideas and attitudes between two […]

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