Monthly Archives: April 2012

The Kardashians: Keeping up With the Armenian Genocide

Today is international Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, but is one Los Angeles family of it-girls driving the remembrance single-handedly this year? Ever heard of a period during the First World War in which an estimated 1.5 million Armenians were annihilated by the Ottoman Turkish authorities, in events today’s Turkish government continues to deny constituted genocide? […]

President Obama Issues Statement on Armenian Remembrance Day

President Obama Issues Statement on Armenian Remembrance Day

Below is the statement issued by President Obama today, in which he continues to avoid referring to the destruction of the Armenians in Ottoman Turkey in 1915 as “genocide,” employing the Armenian term Medz Yeghern instead. Today, we commemorate the Meds Yeghern, one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century. In doing so, we […]

Jews becoming increasingly aware of Armenian Genocide and its commemoration

Jews becoming increasingly aware of Armenian Genocide and its commemoration

Spurred in part by the current Tayyip Erdogan-led Turkish government’s increasing tilt toward Iran and hostility toward Israel, members of local Jewish communities are paying more, some might say overdue, attention to the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire during World War I, as well as to the Turkish government’s continuing minimization of the numbers […]

Armenian genocide and international relations

Armenian genocide and international relations

Over 20 countries have officially recognized the Armenian genocide, often with high costs and difficult political battles. While the modern-day Republic of Turkey was founded in 1923, eight years after its Ottoman predecessors embarked on a massive and systematic undertaking to rid the empire of its Armenian population, the country today often finds itself in […]

Late President Turgut Özal worked to solve ‘Armenian genocide’ dispute

Late President Turgut Özal worked to solve ‘Armenian genocide’ dispute

With 19 years having passed since the death of former President Turgut Özal, known for his reformist policies, which paved the way for a more democratic and liberal Turkey, his close friends and aides shed light on Özal’s approach on the Armenian issue and said the former president was ready to compromise with Armenians to […]

No sign of end to Armenian enclave dispute on the horizon

No sign of end to Armenian enclave dispute on the horizon

The Azeri-Armenian conflict is still unresolved 24 years on, writes DANIEL McLAUGHLIN in Stepanakert ROBERT BAGIRYAN’S slight frame stiffens and his shoulders straighten when he talks about what went before and what he is willing do again. “It was very hard during the war. The whole city was being bombarded and people lived in their […]

Commentary: The Skeletons Are Dancing…

Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night agitated by a nightmare where I see a million-and-a-half skeletons dancing restlessly and seeking a peaceful place to rest. An entire nation was doomed to extermination and believed to have been buried in 1915. But the skeletons are still dancing and they are still seek- […]

Turkey’s EU Minister, Judge Giovanni Bonello and the Armenian Genocide – ‘Claim about Malta Trials is nonsense’

Judge Giovanni Bonello rubbished the claim made by Turkey’s EU Affairs Minister, Egemen Bagis, that his country was acquitted of the responsibility of the Armenian Genocide in 1915, because no such trial ever took place in Malta. Though the Turkish Minister was right saying that over 100 Turks were deported to Malta by the British […]

Armenian genocide should be recognized

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Next Tuesday marks the 97th anniversary of the Armenian genocide by the Turkish government, a fact that the Turks to this day deny. Armenians all over the world commemorate this great tragedy on April 24, because it was on that day in 1915 when 300 Armenian leaders, writers, thinkers and professionals […]

Sarkisian Vows Greater Efforts At Genocide Recognition

Sarkisian Vows Greater Efforts At Genocide Recognition

Armenia will step up efforts to achieve greater international recognition of the 1915 Armenian massacres in Ottoman Turkey as genocide as it prepares to mark their 100th anniversary, President Serzh Sarkisian said on Thursday. “In advance of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide we will redouble our efforts at its international recognition and condemnation,” […]

EP resolution sends strong support message for Armenia and Minsk Group

On 18 April 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted two resolutions in the context of the negotiations for the new Association Agreements with Armenia and with Azerbaijan. European Friends of Armenia (www.EuFoA.org) hails that the EP prevailed its core values for the Eastern Partnership, especially on a continued democratisation and a balanced approach to the […]

Understanding Armenia’s pre-electoral party landscape: EuFoA publishes Shortpaper

Today, European Friends of Armenia (www.EuFoA.org) publishes a guide on the Armenian political parties, providing on roughly 1.5 pages per party the key facts about their alliances, poll and election data, history, leadership, political ideologies, foreign relations and European aspirations. “This guide will serve as a useful tool to anyone interested in better understanding of […]

EU deals with Azerbaijan and Armenia should make the region safer

The association agreements that the EU is negotiating with Armenia and Azerbaijan should make the region safer, both by promoting a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and by making EU support conditional upon their human rights performance and democratic reforms. On these, both countries still have a long way to go, MEPs say in […]

Armenia’s Central Bank Warns Against New MMM Pyramid

Armenia’s Central Bank Warns Against New MMM Pyramid

Armenia’s Central Bank on Wednesday issued a statement urging people to refrain from participation in the MMM-2011 pyramid scheme operating in the country. MMM-2011 (the three letters stand for “We Can Do a Lot” in Russia), founded by Sergei Mavrodi, uses the WebMoney online payment system to allow investors to buy tickets that work like […]

Second week of campaigning brings news of violence amid calls for political tolerance

Second week of campaigning brings news of violence amid calls for political tolerance

Armenia’s president and head of the ruling Republican Party (RPA) has issued another call for tolerance amid more reports of violence in Yerevan against some opposition campaigners. Speaking to voters in a southern Armenian province on Tuesday Serzh Sargsyan said that “Armenians have no right to form ranks against each other.” “We [the RPA] will […]

Bavra Bureaucracy: Armenian Tarragon Farmers Not Allowed Into Georgia; Produce Rots

Bavra Bureaucracy: Armenian Tarragon Farmers Not Allowed Into Georgia; Produce Rots

While Armenia’s Minister of Agriculture promises to improve the lot of the country’s rural farmers, making it easier for them to sell their produce, it appears that just the opposite is happening. Yesterday, five residents of the Aghvanatoun village in Armavir, tool 30,000 bunches of fresh tarragon to the Armenian customs house of Bavra on […]

Turkey acquitted of the Armenian genocide in Malta – Turkish foreign minister

Turkish EU Affairs Minister Egemen Bagis denied claims that his country was responsible for the Armenian genocide of 1915, citing a court ruling in Malta dating back to 1919 which, according to him, acquitted some 120 people who had been exiled here to face charges stemming from this atrocious event in modern history. In a […]

Armenia to produce UAV for domestic use

Armenia is considering producing its own unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan said in an interview with the Nezavisimaya Gazeta daily of Russia. “We already have a ready-product. We have introduced our designs for robot soldiers and unmanned helicopters. The testing is currently in progress. If it becomes clear that their production is […]

Edited list: Armenian police say the number of voters has been decreased after being checked

Edited list: Armenian police say the number of voters has been decreased after being checked

The Passport and Visa Department of the Police of Armenia reports that as a result of checking the lists of voters the number of voters was decreased by 3,000; 2,000 are deceased and 1,000 are removed from the state registry list. According to Hovhannes Kocharyan, head of the Passport and Visa Department of the Police, […]

The Armenian Side of Cher

The Armenian Side of Cher

Say what you want about Kim Kardashian and the other sisters. But for my money, Cher continues to be my dream girl. Always was. Always will be. Not that I have a love affair with the woman. An infatuation for beauty and talent mixed is more like it. And durability. To continue going this strong […]

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