Monthly Archives: July 2012

Սերժ Սարգսյանը մասնակցել է բրիտանահայ համայնքի կազմակերպած ընդունելությանը

Սերժ Սարգսյանը մասնակցել է բրիտանահայ համայնքի կազմակերպած ընդունելությանը

ՀՀ նախագահի պաշտոնական կայքից«Առաջին լրատվական»-ը տեղեկանում է, որ աշխատանքային այցով Միացյալ Թագավորությունում գտնվող Նախագահ Սերժ Սարգսյանը հուլիսի 28-ի երեկոյան մասնակցել է Բրիտանահայ համայնքային և եկեղեցական խորհրդի կողմից կազմակերպված ընդունելությանը: Ստորև ներկայացնում ենք նախագահ Սերժ Սարգսյանի խոսքը Բրիտանահայ համայնքային և եկեղեցական խորհրդի կողմից կազմակերպված ընդունելության ժամանակ Հարգելի՛ տիկնայք և պարոնայք, Սիրելի՛ հայրենակիցներ, Անչափ ուրախ եմ նման […]

London Olympics: 25 athletes to represent Armenia

London Olympics: 25 athletes to represent Armenia

Washington – Twenty-five athletes will represent Armenia at the Olympics games in London that start on July 27. The same number went to the games in China in 2008, when Armenians won a total of six bronze medals. Of the 25 this time, seven will compete in wrestling, six in weightlifting, four in track & […]

Silent treatment for Armenia

Silent treatment for Armenia

What started out as a routine day at a local high school turned into an emotional experience for anyone familiar with giving talks on the Armenian genocide. There we were at Chelmsford High School, ready to address five classrooms on the subject. By day’s end, close to 200 students would have heard our message about […]

Postcard from Armenia: “Just let me tell my story”

Postcard from Armenia: “Just let me tell my story”

The long summer day dissolved languidly into dusk as an Armenian friend and I walked down a busy road in Yerevan. The gaudy lights of an amusement park spilled onto the sidewalk. On the other side of the street, I could make out the darkened outline of a former Soviet theater, a nightmarish vision of […]

Growing Old in Armenia: Dealing with Alzheimer’s disease

Growing Old in Armenia: Dealing with Alzheimer’s disease

Part three of a four-part series The Muratsan University Hospital Web site advertises diagnostic services at its Center of Memory Impairment in Yerevan. But within the clinic, people with Alzheimer’s disease—a severe form of dementia—are nowhere to be seen. Sitting in a sunny office, past the drab hallways of the pediatrics unit where mothers holding […]

Oprah.com picks Armenian Genocide epic “The Sandcastle Girls” as book of the week

Oprah.com picks Armenian Genocide epic “The Sandcastle Girls” as book of the week

Oprah Winfrey’s Blog declared New York Times best-selling author Chris Bohjalian’s novel on the Armenian Genocide, “The Sandcastle Girls”, as the must-read Book of the Week, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA). The announcement was first posted on Oprah.com, where the editors of O and Oprah.com informed their fans about “the newest releases […]

“Whore’s Fishnet Stockings”: Only 30 Meters Separates Artsakh Front-line and Azerbaijan

“Whore’s Fishnet Stockings”: Only 30 Meters Separates Artsakh Front-line and Azerbaijan

They call this section of the Artsakh-Azerbaijani border “the whore’s fishnet stockings”. It was the site of fierce battles during the war and both sides suffered heavy losses. The bloodiest was in 1994. Azeri artillery shells and mortars turned the area into a series of crisscrossing pot marks resembling fishnet stockings. In Yerevan back in […]

Growing Old in Armenia: The trouble with pensions

Growing Old in Armenia: The trouble with pensions

Part two of a four-part series The tinny noise of silverware and clatter of plates mingles with the sound of muffled voices and the smell of freshly cooked pasta at the Shengavit Soup Kitchen in Yerevan. The imposing cafeteria, with its ornate stucco ceilings, feels stifling in the summer heat as more than a hundred […]

Now Embarking: An Artistic Interpretation of the 1947 and 1949 Armenian Repatriation

Now Embarking: An Artistic Interpretation of the 1947 and 1949 Armenian Repatriation

I was born in 1960, in Yerevan, Armenia, yet spoke little Armenian and what I did speak was Western Armenian. As a young child, I always wondered why I came from such an exotic place when my father was born in Kenosha, Wis., and my mother was from Lyon, France. Only after years of hearing […]

Old Istanbul at the Golden Apricot Film Festival

Old Istanbul at the Golden Apricot Film Festival

“My film has no messages, only questions that beg for answers,” an honest director divulges. His words do not exude the typical slick-oil salesman persona that accompanies many movie ensembles who try to pitch their work as greater-than-life itself. Nigol Bezjian, the Beirut-based director and writer of several films, has released his latest documentary film, […]

Growing Old in Armenia: The Role of Seniors in Evolving Armenian Families

Growing Old in Armenia: The Role of Seniors in Evolving Armenian Families

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a four-part series that looks at issues affecting the elderly in Armenia. A combination of economic and political factors, such as the collapse of the Soviet Union, a devastating earthquake in the late ‘80s, and a war with neighboring Azerbaijan in the ‘90s, has left many Armenians struggling […]

BREAKING NEWS: House Rejects Pro-Turkey Trade Bill

WASHINGTON—The Armenian National Committee of America on Monday welcomed the decision by the U.S. House of Representatives to defeat a watered-down version of a pro-Turkey trade measure, H.R. 2362, that would have, in its non-binding “findings,” highlighted Turkey’s role in investing in American Native tribal areas. H.R.2362 – The Indian Tribal Trade and Investment Demonstration […]

Turkey’s Attempt to Repackage Armenian Issue Likely to Fall Short

Turkey’s Attempt to Repackage Armenian Issue Likely to Fall Short

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu recently spoke of “just memory” regarding the Armenian issue in a chat with journalists. He did not say that nothing happened in 1915, but he did say, “I wouldn’t classify the events as a genocide, and I believe that the usage of this term is a matter of personal preference. […]

Interim conclusion EOM Nagorno-Karabakh – AM

Interim conclusion EOM Nagorno-Karabakh – AM

Նախապատմություն 2012թ. Հուլիսի 19-ին Լեռնային Ղարաբաղում (ԼՂ) տեղի ունեցան նախագահական ընտրություններ: Չնայած նրան, որ ԼՂ Հանրապետությունը միջազգայնորեն ճանաչված չէ, Հայաստանի Եվրոպական Բարեկամներ-ը վճռականորեն ողջունում է դե – ֆակտո իշխանությունների ցանկությունը` կազմակերպել ժողովրդավարական սկզբունքների վրա հիմնված տեղական ինքնակառավարում: Այս ցանկությունը ընդգծվել է իշխանությունների կողմից, որոնք հրավիրել են բազմաթիվ միջազգային դիտորդների, այդ թվում` մեր խմբին, որը բաղկացած […]

Interim conclusion EOM Nagorno-Karabakh

Interim conclusion EOM Nagorno-Karabakh

Background On 19 July 2012, Presidential Elections took place Nagorno-Karabakh (NK). While the NK Republic is internationally not recognised, European Friends of Armenia (www.EuFoA.org) strongly welcomes the wish of the de-facto authorities to organise local self-government based on democratic principles. This wish has been underlined by inviting a large number of international observers, including a […]

Unsung Heroes: Orders Are Not to Write About Some Serving on the Artsakh Frontline

Unsung Heroes: Orders Are Not to Write About Some Serving on the Artsakh Frontline

I was back in Artsakh after three years with a group of journalists intent on covering the situation at the frontlines. It was like a trip back in time. I was again headed to the defensive positions of the Artsakh Army in the Martakert district. We were again being transported in two army jeeps. The […]

Undernutrition in Armenia: A Matter of National Security

Undernutrition in Armenia: A Matter of National Security

An estimated 171 million children under the age of 5 are stunted in the world, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Of those 171 million, 115 million suffer from wasting; 20 million from acute malnutrition; and almost 4 million die each year from health problems related to undernutrition. In other words, over 10,000 children […]

Turkey Shows Interest in Armenian Demand for Access to Trabzon Port

In a recent column, I reported that Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had indicated an interest in meeting with “Diasporan leaders” to discuss Armenian demands emanating from the genocide of 1915. In response, I suggested that before Armenians consider meeting Davutoglu, he must prove his sincerity by making eight preliminary concessions, one of which is […]

Nagorno-Karabakh Votes for President

A separatist Azerbaijani enclave dominated by ethnic Armenians is voting in a presidential election on Thursday that focuses on internal issues and is unlikely to affect a two-decade-old dispute over the ex-Soviet territory’s status. Nagorno-Karabakh, a mountainous, heavily-forested territory with a population of about 140,000, has been under the control of Armenian forces and ethnic […]

Former RI Attorney General to Serve as Election Monitor in Artsakh

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (A.W.)—Former Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch arrives in Artsakh on July 18 to serve as an election monitor for the presidential election of the Nagorno Karabagh Republic (NKR), which will be held on July 19. “I congratulate the government of NKR for their commitment to a transparent and fair election. I […]

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