Monthly Archives: April 2012

BREAKING NEWS: Zarakolu Released from Prison Pending Trial

ISTANBUL, Turkey—Publisher Ragip Zarakolu was released from prison today pending trial along with 14 other suspects. He was taken into custody on Oct. 28, 2011, during a large-scale manhunt in Istanbul against Kurdish and human rights activists. An indictment on an alleged umbrella political organization (KCK) that includes the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), was accepted […]

Campaign for Anahit’s return to Armenia from British Museum

I am a Pre-Med student at the University of California, Irvine studying Biological Sciences. I was born and raised in Yerevan, Armenia. As a child I was taken to every major museum in Yerevan. This has contributed immensely to who I have become today and why I decided to undertake this time-consuming initiative. I studied […]

In Jerusalem, the spiritual and the physical can be overwhelming

In Jerusalem, the spiritual and the physical can be overwhelming

JERUSALEM — Tour guide Doobie Sabbo stood just outside the walls of Old Jerusalem, the holiest city to Christians and Jews, the third most important to Muslims. King David’s ancient city is less than half a square mile, but has been fought over too many times in the name of God. Things seem peaceful now, […]

Russian radar in Armenia to block an US/Israeli strike on Iran from the north

Moscow has stepped into the vacuum created by US President Barack Obama’s decision to stay out of any potentially incendiary Middle East involvement while campaigning for a second term. After blocking the way to direct Western and Arab military intervention in Syria through the Mediterranean, Russia sent its Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov last week on […]

Filmmakers Wants to Raise $24,000 in 24 Days for Armenian Genocide Film

The filmmakers behind a new documentary film (Back to Gürün) about the Armenian Genocide have just launched a campaign on the fundraising website Indiegogo.com to “Raise24K in 24Days” in April to finance its completion. Back to Gürün, directed by Adrineh Gregorian, was the Directors Across Borders award-winning project at the 2011 Golden Apricot International Film […]

Russia expecting attack on Iran by summer

Russia expecting attack on Iran by summer

Editor’s Note: The following report is excerpted from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin, the premium online newsletter published by the founder of WND. Subscriptions are $99 a year or, for monthly trials, just $9.95 per month for credit card users, and provide instant access for the complete reports. WASHINGTON – The Russian military anticipates that an […]

The Armenian diaspora we don’t know

Approximately 90,000 Armenians migrated from a number of other countries to Armenia during what we could call a “second wave,” between 1946 and 1948. What happened during this great wave, the way Armenia treated these people, the failure for many years to consider them as equals of the local Armenians, discriminating against them and mistreating […]

Armenia: For Criticism-Averse Army, the Pen is as Threatening as the Sword

A free speech debate is flaring in Armenia, touched off by an official investigation into a collection of short stories that casts the Armenian army in unflattering light. Civil rights activists say the incident reflects the military establishment’s intolerance of any form of criticism, a situation that poses obvious problems from the democratization process. Military […]

Crying Wolf: A Misguided Canine Extermination Campaign or Sheep Protection?

In the Caucasus, villagers and wolves are currently locked in a deadly zero-sum game. With the recent cold snap in Armenia, some wolves began targeting livestock. Reports indicate that the damage was sometimes considerable, with over a dozen sheep from a single herd killed in some of these attacks. The government on Feb. 9 announced […]

Armenia Again Rules Out Entry Into Russian Customs Union

Armenia Again Rules Out Entry Into Russian Customs Union

Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian has again ruled out Armenia’s accession to a customs union of Russia and two other former Soviet republics and said his country will continue deepening integration with the European Union. In an interview with the Russian daily “Kommersant” published on Wednesday, he also stated that Yerevan is ready to consider hosting […]

Armenia Offers To Replace Russia’s Radar In Azerbaijan

Amid the negotiations between Russia and Azerbaijan over the Gabala radar station, Armenia has stepped in and said they would be willing to host a Russian radar if a deal over Gabala falls through. The current lease for the radar station expires in December, and Azerbaijan has gradually been raising the price it says it […]

Op-Ed: Deciphering Armenian Narratives in History, Film

I have read many books about the third generation discovering stories of genocide in their family to find myself angry, frustrated and wanting nothing to do with the people this history is speaking of. But I knew I had to watch “My Grandmother’s Tattoos” because it was exposing the often unknown story of women who […]

Armenia-Azerbaijan: Learning to Give “Enemies” a Human Face

Armenian reporter describes evolution from blanket hostility to realisation that Azeris are people, not monsters. When I saw a Facebook message saying that IWPR Armenia was seeking a journalist to write an article in partnership with an Azerbaijani reporter about the way history is taught in the two countries, I wondered whether such a collaboration […]

Aliyev Calls Armenians Fascists at Euronest Meeting

BAKU (Yerkir Media)—Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev on Wednesday called Armenians occupiers and fascists during a speech at the Euronest Plenary Session, angering the Armenian parliamentary delegation and shocking European officials gathered at the meeting. In reporting from Baku Tuesday, head of the Armenian delegation and chairman of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation parliamentary bloc Vahan Hovannesian […]

Armenian Songstress Sibil Mesmerizes New Jersey Audience

Armenian singer Sibil performed to a sold out crowd in Hackensack NJ over the past weekend. Her angelic voice mesmerized the audience: An audience made of from the NY/NJ Tri-State area flocked to Bergen County Academy located on 200 Hackensack Ave, Hackensack New Jersey. Sibil was accompanied by great musicians such as legendary Majak Tosikyan […]

Turks and Azeris Alarmed that Tuvalu May Recognize Republic of Artsakh

March 16 was like any other day at the United Nations, when the representatives of Armenia and Tuvalu signed a joint declaration establishing diplomatic relations. Tuvalu is a tiny state in the South Pacific, much smaller than Manhattan, with a population barely over 10,000. Who would have thought that such a routine announcement would alarm […]

Russia, Armenia Oppose Military Action Against Iran

Russia, Armenia Oppose Military Action Against Iran

Russia and Armenia spoke out on Monday against possible Western military action against Iran, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warning of “very serious” consequences for regional security during a visit to Yerevan. Speaking after talks with his Armenian counterpart Edward Nalbandian, Lavrov said attempts to end the West’s nuclear standoff with Tehran by force […]

Armenia to get oncology center

Armenia to get oncology center

An up-to-date oncological center is to be founded at the Yerevan Institute of Physics. The center will be equipped with a Cyclotron, a diagnostic center and PET scanners. The center will practice radioisotope treatment. Armen Khachaturyan, Executive Director of the National Competitiveness Foundation of Armenia, and Haig Bagerdjian, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Global Medical […]

Armenian Delegation in Baku for Euronest

BAKU—A delegation of members of Armenian Parliament to Azerbaijan for the second parliamentary assembly of Euronest, the body responsible for implementing provisions of the European Union’s Eastern Partnership (EaP) program. Armenian Revolutionary Federation Parliamentary bloc chairman and the head of the Euronest delegation Vahan Hovannesian told Yerkir.am that there have been no extraordinary incidents and […]

Swiss drop probe into Turkish minister genocide comments

ZURICH (Reuters) – Swiss prosecutors will drop a criminal probe against Turkey’s EU affairs minister, instigated after he denied Ottoman Turks committed genocide against Armenians nearly 100 years ago, because he is protected by diplomatic immunity. Zurich prosecutors began investigating minister Egemen Bagis after comments he made at the World Economic Forum in Davos in […]

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