Monthly Archives: September 2012

You can’t keep good clubs down, even if they don’t have a place to call home

You can’t keep good clubs down, even if they don’t have a  place to call home

This is the story of two neighbouring football teams, who, in a normal world, really should be playing regular derbies, since their grounds are less than half an hour away from each other. Once upon a time, in the days of the Soviet Union, they did just that. Except, you see, there’s a problem. One […]

UK Community Transfers Funds for Syrian-Armenian Relief

UK Community Transfers Funds for Syrian-Armenian Relief

 Syrian Armenian Relief Fund Report of The transfer of funds for relief The committee of SARF gratefully acknowledges the generous response to its appeal for funds to help our brethren in Syria. As you are aware the continuing fierce conflict in Syria has disrupted normal life and has endangered the minority communities specifically. The Catholicosates […]

Why Hungarian nationalists should be mad that Armenia is still so mad at Hungary

Why Hungarian nationalists should be mad that Armenia is still so mad at Hungary

A statement yesterday by the Hungarian foreign ministry that it has “not much else” to offer Armenia to help mend the diplomatic relations shattered by the Ramil Safarov affair suggests that the Hungarian government is really trying to draw a line under the ugly split. I doubt it will work. Despite Hungary’s ongoing attempts to […]

What of the Rights of Javakhk-Armenians?

While we are well aware that the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide is the international law under which we seek justice for the Armenian Genocide, and we know that the right to self-determination of Karabagh-Armenians is protected under Article VIII of the Helsinki Final Act, what of the […]

Armenia prepares for presidential elections

Armenia prepares for presidential elections

Armenia wakes up after summer. The political situation begins to adapt to the presidential elections in February 2013. Leaders of the union National Self-Determination and the party New Times, Parujr Ajrikian and Aram Karapetian, intend to go to the polls. But both of them are outsiders. Most likely, this group will include two or three […]

New financing agreements for reforms in Armenia

New financing agreements for reforms in Armenia

Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Štefan Füle, and Prime Minister of Armenia, Tigran Sargsyan, signed two new financing agreements between the European Union and Armenia in Yerevan on Thursday. Totalling €43 million, the two agreements focus on institution building and will support the negotiations and implementation of the future EU-Armenia bilateral agreements: the […]

ARMENIA’S BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT NOT GOOD FOR FOREIGN INVESTORS

Investment policies should be very important for Armenia, according to Nikolyay Baghdasaryan and Lernik Hovhannisyan, the director and a lawyer of the Armlegal school of attorneys. At a news conference on Tuesday, Baghdasaryan said that the Armenia’s investment environment is not attractive for big businessmen. “I personally have served ten big investment companies, and later […]

Rose Vartanian: Focus of Titanic Exhibit and Party

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, and the largest exhibit of its recovered artifacts is on display here in Dearborn at the Henry Ford. It’s been dubbed “America’s greatest authentic history attraction,” with hundreds of thousands visiting each year. Over 1,500 people perished that night of April 15, 1912, […]

Come back, Diyarbakır mayor tells Armenians

Come back, Diyarbakır mayor tells Armenians

Diyarbakır’s BDP-member mayor issues a call for exiled Armenians to ‘return to their city’ following the 1915 events while condemning the massacres as ‘cruelty’ The mayor of Diyarbakir Metropolitan Municipality has invited all Armenians and other non-Muslim peoples whose ancestors were born in the southeastern province before being forced to flee during the 1915 events […]

Azeri Axe-Killer to Return to Military

BAKU (RFE/RL) — Ramil Safarov, the Azerbaijani army officer who had hacked to death an Armenian colleague in Hungary, will return to active duty military service soon, a senior Azerbaijani military official said over the weekend. “Right now Ramil Safarov is on vacation and having a rest. He will return to service after the vacation,” […]

Raffi Hovhannisian Responds to Baku Conclave

Raffi Hovhannisian Responds to Baku Conclave

Heritage Party chairman Raffi K. Hovannisian has been invited by the International Conference of Asian Political Parties to attend the organization’s assembly scheduled for November in the Azerbaijani capital. Hovannisian’s invitation comes in light of his participation in the previous ICAPP convention held inPhnom Penh, where he visited the concentration camps of the Cambodian genocide […]

Armenia snubs Hungary’s fresh request for restored ties

Armenia snubs Hungary’s fresh request for restored ties

Armenia has again refused to resume diplomatic relations with Hungary that it suspended unilaterally last month over a controversial extradition of an Azerbaijani killer by authorities in Budapest. A note addressed to the Armenian Foreign Ministry by Hungarian counterparts earlier this week says Budapest wants to have restored diplomatic relations with Armenia “without preconditions”. “The […]

Safarov factor: Extradition of confessed Azeri criminal continues to hamper Armenian-Hungarian relations

Safarov factor: Extradition of confessed Azeri criminal continues to hamper Armenian-Hungarian relations

Students of the Yerevan State University and members of the Gurgen Margaryan NGO organized a march to the Yerablur military cemetery in the Armenian capital – the resting place of the officer who was hacked to death while being asleep by Ramil Safarov, an Azeri fellow student at NATO-sponsored English language courses in Budapest, Hungary, […]

In Facing Its Adversaries, America’s Got a Hidden Lever: Armenia

In Facing Its Adversaries, America’s Got a Hidden Lever: Armenia

(Note: The Truman Project’s Daniel Gaynor is in Armenia and Georgia this month, studying US foreign policy, energy security and democracy issues in the Caucasus region.) Most Americans wouldn’t be shocked to learn that the largest American embassy in the world is in Baghdad, Iraq. But the second-largest is in a surprising place: Armenia. It […]

ALMA Appoints Susan Pattie as Director

WATERTOWN, Mass.—The Armenian Library and Museum of America (ALMA) this week announced the appointment of Dr. Susan Pattie as its new director. Pattie comes to ALMA after a long residence in London, where she was co-founder and director of the Armenian Institute. She is a senior research fellow at University College London and taught courses […]

Armenian soldier killed in Karabakh, Armenia launches investigation of murder on “racial grounds”

Armenian soldier killed in Karabakh, Armenia launches investigation of murder on “racial grounds”

An Armenian soldier was shot dead on a frontline position near Karabakh on Tuesday. Military authorities in Yerevan said according to preliminary data the 19-year-old conscript, Vaghinak Baghdasaryan, was killed by Azeri fire. A Defense Ministry statement also said that a criminal case had been instituted on a penal code article dealing with “murders on […]

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Exclusive interview of Great Britain’s Foreign Office State Minister for Europe David Lidington

Exclusive interview of Great Britain’s Foreign Office State Minister for Europe David Lidington

David Lidington: `The current state of British-Armenian relations is good, but it needs to be developed further’ David Lidington visited Yerevan this week and held meetings with the Armenian leadership. He summed up his visit in an interview with Mediamax correspondent Aram Araratyan. AA. Before your trip to Armenia, you mentioned in your Twitter that […]

Russia’s Defense Minister Hails ‘Strategic’ Ties With Armenia

Russia’s Defense Minister Hails ‘Strategic’ Ties With Armenia

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)—Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov emphasized the “strategic significance” of his country’s relations with Armenia after meeting Armenian leaders and watching military exercises held by the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) near Yerevan on Wednesday. Serdyukov joined President Serzh Sarkisian as well as his Armenian and Belarusian counterparts in monitoring the concluding phase […]

Armenia enjoys excessive harvest

Armenia enjoys excessive harvest

2012 was productive for Armenian agriculture. Fruits and vegetables flooded the Ararat Valley, the main agricultural region of the country. But instead of gaining additional income, farmers lost what they earned in the previous years. Supply of peaches, plums, grape and some vegetable types exceeded the demand, resulting in average prices of about $0.25-1.25. The […]

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