Monthly Archives: October 2012

Armenian plane en route to Syria searched in Turkey

(Reuters) – Turkey ordered an Armenian plane flying to the Syrian city of Aleppo to land on Monday and authorities were searching its cargo, as Ankara steps up efforts to prevent its air space being used to supply the Syrian military. Turkey had previously been informed the plane, which was forced to land in the […]

Putin Politics: Russian president’s expected visit likely to influence decisions in Yerevan

Putin Politics: Russian president’s expected visit likely to influence decisions in Yerevan

Several Armenian media, citing their sources, report the visit to Armenia by Russian President Vladimir Putin, which was originally said to have been scheduled for mid-September, will take place in late October or early November. The Russian leader’s visit was first announced in the summer by the director of the CIS Institute Konstantin Zatulin, who […]

Turkish Ambassador in Slovenia recognizes Armenian Genocide: Ashot Grigoryan

Turkish Ambassador in Slovenia recognizes Armenian Genocide: Ashot Grigoryan

YEREVAN, OCTOBER 12, ARMENPRESS: Armenian Genocide denial punitive law is already a reality in Slovenia, reportedly Azerbaijani- Turkish propaganda disinformation which casts doubt on the existence of the law is being subjected to failure. Ashot Grigoryan , President of Forum of Armenian Associations of Europe ( FAAE) had a press conference with the reporters on […]

Fighting hydros: Armenian village residents oppose government plans to “harness” their river

A fresh tide of environmental protest is starting in Armenia – this time against the construction of a hydro-power plant in the Ijevan preserve. Ecologists say the construction will damage the entire eco-system of the area and will increase landslides. The Government had approved the construction on the Paghjur (Khachaghbyur) river in the northeastern Tavush […]

Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem passed away

Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem passed away

His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, learned Friday that Archbishop Torkom Manoogian, the Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem, has passed away at the age of 93 after a long illness, Information Service of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin informs. The Catholicos of All Armenians, the Supreme Spiritual Council and the […]

Georgia: Is Tbilisi Setting Political Benchmark for Azerbaijan, Armenia?

Last time, Georgians did it via revolution. This time, political change came through the ballot box. Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili’s concession of Georgia’s October 1 parliamentary election to his political foes, the Georgian Dream coalition headed by billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, is giving two of the country’s neighbors, Armenia and Azerbaijan, a fresh reason to pay […]

Reducing the risk of disaster in Armenia

Reducing the risk of disaster in Armenia

Hovhannes Arakelyan has witnessed hundreds of floods in his remote village of Sipanik, in Western Armenia. “I have seen smashed roads, houses, and crops, and disasters used to diminish our hope for a better life,” says the 72-year-old. Sipanik’s regular inundation when the Hrazdan River floods is just one of the catastrophes that many Armenians […]

Exodus Realities: Russian Ambassador Asks “Why are people leaving Armenia?”

Exodus Realities: Russian Ambassador Asks “Why are people leaving Armenia?”

In June of last year, Armenian President Sargsyan instructed his government agencies dealing with migration issues to manufacture data that would show that more people were entering the country than leaving. This manipulation of the numbers was doomed from the start. Average citizens of Armenia daily see long lines of people waiting outside foreign embassies […]

Karabakh: Azerbaijan says ready for war, Armenia says ready to counterstrike

Karabakh: Azerbaijan says ready for war, Armenia says ready to counterstrike

Over the last week President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan at least three times during interviews and official meetings stated that Azerbaijan is preparing for war, and the Armenian people will mobilize their full potential in the event of resumed hostilities over Karabakh. Some experts link the president’s statement to the coming election campaign. The subject […]

Georgia’s Ivanishvili In Hot Water After `Anti-Armenian Gaffe’

Georgia’s Ivanishvili In Hot Water After `Anti-Armenian Gaffe’

Bidzina Ivanishvili, the billionaire leader of an opposition alliance that has won Georgia’s parliamentary elections, has raised eyebrows in Armenia after reportedly questioning the existence of a sizable Armenian community in his country. Ivanishvili, who is expected to become prime minister, was quoted as making disparaging comments in an interview with the Russian online journal […]

Homenetmen: a Worldwide Family

I have my parents to thank for a lot of things: the roof over my head, the clothes on my back and the food in my mouth. But, these generic things aside they also took me to church every Sunday, taught me Armenian and, when I was five years old, they enrolled me in Homenetmen. […]

Armenia Drops Visas For EU Citizens

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)—Citizens of the European Union member states travelling to Armenia will no longer need entry visas starting from next year, the Armenian government announced on Thursday in what it called a further boost to the country’s European integration. The landmark measure, effective from January 10, 2013, means that EU nationals will be allowed to […]

Lighthouse Foundation reaches out to Armenia’s disabled

Lighthouse Foundation reaches out to Armenia’s disabled

Ptghounk, Armenia – Armenian Lighthouse Charitable Foundation (ALCF), the organization formerly known as Paros “Lighthouse” Charitable Foundation, cares for the sick and injured who are marginalized and often forgotten. As part of its community outreach initiative, called Husi Jerag (Light of Hope), ALCF has given the gift of mobility to dozens of disabled children and […]

Technology Festival: DigiTech Expo to celebrate new Armenian high-tech ideas

Organizers of Armenia’s premier international high-tech event, DigiTech Expo 2012, say the technological exhibition commencing on Friday will become a real ‘Armenian Technology Festival’ presenting the current intellectual edge of the nation. This motto for the eighth annual event this coming weekend is bringing together as many as 130 local and foreign companies (representing such […]

Armenian president says Azerbaijan threatens new war

Armenian president says Azerbaijan threatens new war

(Reuters) – Armenian President Serzh Sarksyan accused Azerbaijan on Friday of threatening a new war over the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh disputed by the south Caucasus neighbors. Azerbaijan is accumulating a “horrendous quantity” of arms in preparation for a resumption of fighting, Sarksyan, 58, told Reuters in an interview. He said Armenia wanted a negotiated settlement […]

Looters or Landlords?

Since Fatih Sultan Mohammed occupied Constantinople in 1453, the Ottoman rulers have been destroying and desecrating churches, castles, architectural monuments of Hittites, Armenians, Assyrians, Greeks and other nationalities who had been the indigenous people of Asia Minor, occupied and ruled through blood and sword. Now, all of a sudden, the destroyers of all these cultures […]

Istanbul-Armenian Artist: “There is no cultural diversity in Turkey”

Istanbul-Armenian Artist: “There is no cultural diversity in Turkey”

Aret Geçer , an Armenian artist based in Istanbul, doesn’t let just anybody enter his studio. The reason for the secrecy is his series of works regarding Archbishop Mesrob II Mutafyan, the Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople, now incapacitated due to degenerative dementia. Only several of the numerous works are ready to be exhibited. Aret says […]

Oskanian: Politically, Georgia is another 10 steps ahead of us

Oskanian: Politically, Georgia is another 10 steps ahead of us

Armenia’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prosperous Armenia Party (PAP) MP Vartan Oskanian made a remarkable entry on his Facebook account after the parliamentary majority voted to strip him of his parliamentary immunity and allow his prosecution on embezzlement charges. Oskanian noted that the ruling party lacked the courage to allow a parliament that would […]

Syrian Conflict Taking Toll on Turkey’s Last Armenian Village

Syrian Conflict Taking Toll on Turkey’s Last Armenian Village

I am in Vakifli village, the last Armenian village in Turkey’s Hatay province, Samandag township, near the Syrian border. Vakifli is on the slopes of the Musa Mountain. Over time this village became a neighborhood of Samandag. We climb up to reach Vakifli village, which is a couple of kilometers away from [Samandag] town center. […]

Supreme Court tiptoes into legality of California’s Armenian-genocide law

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday invited the Obama administration to wade into a potential diplomatic controversy by seeking its views on a controversial California law that helps Armenian victims of mass killings a century ago, and their heirs, seek long-lost life insurance claims. The invitation doesn’t necessarily mean that the court will take […]

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