Monthly Archives: September 2012

14-year-old reflects on trip to Armenia

As a 2012 graduate of the Armenian Sisters Academy, I traveled to Armenia in June with nine of my classmates. During the school year preceding the trip, we were busy fundraising and wondering what the motherland would be like. During Armenian class in school, I would think, “Wow, I’m going to be experiencing this for […]

Armenian media warn of Taliban penetration

A terse, unconfirmed report about a “Taliban infiltration” first run by a local opposition daily has stirred a major controversy in Armenia, a country that last week controversially appeared on the list of only four dozen or so states worldwide where U.S. citizens received security alerts from their embassies in the wake of rising Islamic […]

Why here?: U.S. Embassy vigilance call over Libyan violence raises some eyebrows in Armenia

Why here?: U.S. Embassy vigilance call over Libyan violence raises some eyebrows in Armenia

What looked like a pro-forma statement from the United States Embassy in Yerevan reminding U.S. citizens “to maintain a high level of vigilance and good situational awareness in light of recent attacks on U.S. missions in Egypt and Libya” did not go down well with some members of the Armenian public who consider their Christian […]

Spanish Firm Starts Armenian Highway Upgrades

Spanish Firm Starts Armenian Highway Upgrades

A Spanish construction company launched on Thursday the first phase of a multimillion-dollar government project to upgrade Armenia’s main highways stretching more than 550 kilometers to neighboring Georgia and Iran. The Madrid-based group Isolux Corsan inaugurated the start of work on a 53-kilometer highway connecting Yerevan to the southern town of Ararat in the presence […]

Մեկնարկեց Հյուսիս – Հարավ ավտոմայրուղու շինարարությունը

Մեկնարկեց Հյուսիս – Հարավ ավտոմայրուղու շինարարությունը

Բետոնյա ծածկույթով արագընթաց մայրուղին, որը կձգվի Հայաստանի եւ Իրանի սահմանից` Մեղրիից մինչեւ Հայաստանի եւ Վրաստանի սահմանային Բավրա անցակետը, կունենա 556 կմ երկարություն: Ըստ 2009 թվականին Հայաստանի Հանրապետության եւ Ասիական զարգացման բանկի միջեւ կնքված շրջանակային ֆինանսավորման համաձայնագրի, ծրագրի իրականացման համար անհրաժեշտ 962 մլն դոլարից 500 միլիոնը տրամադրելու է Ասիական զարգացմանը բանկը: «Հյուսիս – Հարավ ճանապարհային միջանցքի […]

Turkish journalist authors book on ‘Armenian genocide’

Turkish journalist authors book on ‘Armenian genocide’

A veteran Turkish journalist has characterised the World War I massacre of Armenians in his country as genocide in a new book, defying the government’s stance on the sensitive issue. Hasan Cemal, a columnist with the Milliyet daily, and the grandson of WWI Ottoman Empire general Cemal Pasha lays out the evolution of his thinking […]

Turkish journalist writes book on “Armenian genocide”

A veteran Turkish journalist has characterized the World War I massacre of Armenians in his country as genocide in a new book, defying the government’s stance on the sensitive issue. Hasan Cemal – a columnist with the Milliyet daily, and the grandson of WWI Ottoman Empire general Cemal Pasha – lays out the evolution of […]

Members of Congress Express Outrage over Safarov Release

WASHINGTON—The Azerbaijani pardon, promotion and compensation of convicted Azerbaijani axe-murderer Ramil Safarov, and its harmful effects on the Nagorno Karabakh peace process, continue to be a source of considerable concern for members of the U.S. Congress, with new statements condemning the actions being released on nearly a daily basis, reported the Armenian National Committee of […]

European Parliament Condemns Baku for Safarov Pardon

European Parliament Condemns Baku for Safarov Pardon

BRUSSELS, Belgium—The European Parliament, in a vote of 58-13 with 5 abstentions, adopted a resolution Thursday, Sept. 13, deploring Azerbaijan’s decision to pardon convicted axe-murderer Ramil Safarov and the hero’s welcome he received after being extradited from Hungary to Baku. The final text of the resolution, however, relieves Hungary from any responsibility in the matter. […]

Talin Dolls: Crocheting for Change

Talin Dolls: Crocheting for Change

It is not uncommon in Armenia, on a warm early autumn day, to see adults gathered together, chatting happily while the children sit on the floor playing with assorted toys, smiling and laughing. Two children make car noises; others toss a ball back and forth; and one sits quietly creating imaginary lives for her inanimate […]

Azerbaijan warns Armenia’s Sargsyan over visits to “occupied lands”

Azerbaijan warns Armenia’s Sargsyan over visits to “occupied lands”

Baku has issued more warnings to Serzh Sargsyan not to pay visits to the “occupied territories” of Azerbaijan after the Armenian leader attended a school opening ceremony in Shushi in Karabakh last weekend. The statement by Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry spokesman Elman Abdullayev comes amid increased tensions in the region that some international experts fear may […]

French-Armenians Should Welcome Aliyev in Paris as ‘Chief Hatchet Man’

When President Ilham Aliyev arrives in Paris on Sept. 18, thousands of French-Armenians should greet Azerbaijan’s leader with posters depicting him as the “Hatchet Man-in-Chief”—Bash Baltaji—holding a bloody axe. Interestingly, in all three languages—Azeri, Hungarian, and Turkish—balta means hatchet or axe. During the protest, French-Armenians should not waste their energy yelling out meaningless slogans, such […]

Armenia ratifies CIS free trade zone agreement, still appears to be looking up to West

Armenia ratifies CIS free trade zone agreement, still appears to be looking up to West

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will try to smooth the tensions between Yerevan and Baku before the UN General Assembly, stated an official representative of the U.S. State Department after the meeting of the two countries’ top diplomats on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in […]

An Actress’s Journey from the Canadian Military to Hollywood

An Actress’s Journey from the Canadian Military to Hollywood

“[I] started out in Canada; this year, I ended up in bed with Larry David for ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm,’” reads actress Anne Bedian’s Twitter description. Known for roles in television movies and shows, such as “CSI” and “NCIS,” the Montreal-born actress continues to prove her ability on the small and big screen. “Acting is a […]

Armenia’s Olympiad winning chess team honored at home

Armenia’s Olympiad winning chess team honored at home

Armenian chess players have returned home to heroes’ welcome after winning the 40th World Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey, on Sunday. President Serzh Sargsyan personally went to the airport on Monday to meet the chess players who won Armenia’s third Olympic gold, matching the result so far achieved by only two nations in the world […]

Of Chess Champions and Axe Murderers

Of Chess Champions and Axe Murderers

The streets of Yerevan thundered with cheers and jubilation Monday night as throngs of residents flocked to the streets to welcome Armenia’s National Chess team which had retuned from Istanbul where it had beat the Hungarian team to win gold and clench the title of world champion. Fireworks lit up the Yerevan sky and social […]

Armenia Defeats Hungary, Wins Gold at Chess Olympiad (Video)

Armenia Defeats Hungary, Wins Gold at Chess Olympiad (Video)

ISTANBUL, Turkey (A.W.)—Armenia cemented its reputation as a chess superpower by winning gold at the Chess Olympiad on Sept. 9, after defeating Hungary 2.5-1.5 in the final round. Sergei Movsesian was Armenia’s hero of the day. He secured the crucial victory against Hungary’s Zoltan Almasi. Levon Aronian, Vladimir Akopian, and Gabriel Sargissian drew their games. […]

Sarkisian Criticizes International Community

Sarkisian Criticizes International Community

Aliyev justifies pardon of axe-murderer YEREVAN (RFE/RL)—President Serzh Sarkisian criticized the international community on Friday for what he described as a lenient approach to Azerbaijan’s anti-Armenian rhetoric and actions, saying that it is paving the way for another Armenian-Azerbaijani war. He also said that Azerbaijan’s controversial decision to pardon and promote the Azerbaijani army officer […]

The Safarov Affair Could be the Key for Unlocking the Karabakh Deadlock

This article was submitted by Armenag Topalian – England The Safarov Affair Could be the Key for Unlocking the Karabakh Dead Lock The Safarov affair has sailed up as a bizarre breach of international agreements, where the rule of law can evidently collapse once it crosses borders. Hungary insists that the extradition was carried out […]

Europe in full solidarity against Azerbaijan’s anti-Armenian xenophobia – provocation to escalate Karabakh conflict should receive clever response

Europe in full solidarity against Azerbaijan’s anti-Armenian xenophobia – provocation to escalate Karabakh conflict should receive clever response

European Friends of Armenia (www.EuFoA.org) strongly welcomes the unprecedented condemnations of Azerbaijan’s anti-Armenian xenophobia by all European institutions and the international community (see list below). We are appalled that the open provocation and physical threat by Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev against Armenia and Armenians around the world has put the Karabakh conflict to the next […]

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