Monthly Archives: September 2012

Amnesty International: Baku Sends Dangerous Message by Pardoning Safarov

Amnesty International: Baku Sends Dangerous Message by Pardoning Safarov

Amnesty International issued the following statement on Sept. 6. Amnesty International is concerned that the actions of the Azerbaijani government following the extradition of Armed Forces Lieutenant Ramil Safarov will be perceived as an endorsement of ethnically-motivated violence. The organization is concerned that these actions will ignite existing tensions between Azerbaijanis and Armenians and encourage […]

Armenia, China, Russia, and U.S. in the Lead at Chess Olympiad

Armenia, China, Russia, and U.S. in the Lead at Chess Olympiad

ISTANBUL, Turkey (A.W.)—With two rounds to go, Armenia shares the lead with China, Russia, and the U.S. at the Chess Olympiad currently underway in Istanbul. Armenia defeated Germany 2.5-1.5 in the ninth round to climb to the top of the standings with 15 points. The U.S. in turn defeated number one seeds Russia 2.5-1.5, while […]

500 in Istanbul Protest Release of Turkish-Armenian Soldier’s Killer

500 in Istanbul Protest Release of Turkish-Armenian Soldier’s Killer

According to Turkish press reports, some 500 people gathered in Istanbul’s Taksim Square yesterday to protest the release of a Turkish soldier who is on trial in the suspicious killing of Sevag Balikci, a Turkish-Armenian soldier, on April 24, 2011. The protestors say that the killing of Balikci was premeditated as it came on the […]

Sen. Kerry ‘Shocked and Appalled’ by Safarov Pardon

Sen. Kerry ‘Shocked and Appalled’ by Safarov Pardon

WASHINGTON—On Sept. 5, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) condemned President Ilham Aliyev’s release of Ramil Safarov, the Azerbaijani army lieutenant who was convicted of brutally axing to death Armenian soldier Gurgen Margaryan in his sleep, during a 2004 NATO English-language training course. “I am shocked and appalled that Azerbaijan not only welcomed […]

500 Years: A Celebration of Ink and Paper and Glue

500 Years: A Celebration of Ink and Paper and Glue

Special Issue: Celebrating 500 Years of Armenian Printing The Armenian Weekly, Sept. 1, 2012 (Download article in PDF) No one is ever going to confuse the Madenataran with the local neighborhood bookstore. It sits on a hill in downtown Yerevan, a massive, 122-thousand-square-foot block of marble and basalt, its entrance shielded by statues of Armenian […]

Global Report Shows Further Progress In Armenia’s Competitiveness

Armenia’s economy has become slightly more competitive over the past year thanks to greater government transparency and macroeconomic stability, according to an annual global survey released on Wednesday. Armenia ranks 82nd in the latest Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) of 144 economies of the world compiled by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum (WEF), up from 92nd […]

The Formula Needed to Get the World to Respect Armenia

The Formula Needed to Get the World to Respect Armenia

The extradition of Ramil Safarov, who brutally killed a sleeping Gurgen Magaryan, and, in particular, his pardon by President Aliyev, has created an unprecedented situation, rife with unknown expectations, in Armenian-Azerbaijani relations and the Artsakh conflict settlement process. We can’t say for certain who will emerge victorious from Hungarian-Azerbaijani transaction. Both Hungary and Azerbaijan had […]

Ax murderer’s pardon stirs fears of war

Ax murderer’s pardon stirs fears of war

(CNN) — An ax murder. Then, jail time. Sounds like a morbid crime story. Yet this tale has taken a sudden and unexpected twist: The killer got a pardon and a hero’s welcome. That has stirred fears of a war. The parole has exacerbated long-standing tensions over disputed land between Armenia and Azerbaijan, former Soviet […]

Many Syrian Armenians feared stranded after Armenian airline suspends flights to Aleppo

Many Syrian Armenians feared stranded after Armenian airline suspends flights to Aleppo

Armenia’s national air carrier Armavia on Monday suspended indefinitely its regular flights from Yerevan to Syria’s Aleppo and back, citing increased danger of flying over what is now a war zone as well as lack of communication with Syrian air traffic controllers. Armavia, which together with Syria’s Syrian Air company, in recent weeks has been […]

Azeri killer Ramil Safarov: Concern over Armenian anger

International criticism and concern has been growing following the release of a convicted murderer after his transfer from Hungary to Azerbaijan. Russia condemned Azerbaijan’s decision to pardon Ramil Safarov, who hacked an Armenian to death in Hungary in 2004. Other groups called for calm and said the incident should not derail peace talks between Armenia […]

Letter from Azerbaijan: off the map

Letter from Azerbaijan: off the map

The leafy boulevards of Stepanakert, in Nagorno-Karabakh, are beginning to attract visitors, but to most of the international community the republic doesn’t exist. In many ways, Stepanakert resembles a small American town on the rise. Its main boulevards have been repaved, locals stroll through the renovated central square past its elegant fountain, and hotels have […]

‘Sorry, Armenia!’: Thousands of Hungarians Apologize, Condemn Government for Safarov Extradition

‘Sorry, Armenia!’: Thousands of Hungarians Apologize, Condemn Government for Safarov Extradition

Hungarian Activists to hold demonstrations this week “This mistake has to be rectified by us, Hungarians!” wrote one. “Today, I am ashamed of being a Hungarian,” wrote another. “I apologize to all Armenians, and particularly to the family of Gurgen Margaryan,” said a third. They echoed the sentiments of tens of thousands of Hungarians outraged […]

Armenia severs ties with Hungary over axe killer’s extradition

AN AZERI soldier who killed an Armenian army officer with an axe in Budapest has received a pardon after being allowed to return home, prompting a furious Armenia to sever ties with Hungary. Ramil Safarov (35) was pardoned by Azeri president Ilham Aliyev following his transfer from jail in Hungary to Azerbaijan, and received something […]

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