Diaspora Activist Barred From Armenia

A French-Armenian activist highly critical of President Serzh Sarkisian’s government was barred from entering Armenia and deported back to France on Friday more than 12 hours after arriving at Yerevan airport.

Schanth Vosgueritchian, a leader of a Diaspora group called Armenian Renaissance, was held at the Zvartnots international airport before being put on a return flight to Paris. He said afterwards that officers of Armenia’s National Security Service (NSS) declared him a persona no grata but gave no further explanations.

Diaspora Minister Hranush Hakobian quoted the NSS director, Gorik Hakobian, as telling her that Vosgueritchian “took actions in France that created problems for the Republic of Armenia.” “That is the reason why he was denied entry into Armenia,” she told reporters.

Sarkisian Lauds Germany Over Armenian Genocide Recognition

President Serzh Sarkisian thanked Germany’s leaders for recognizing the Armenian genocide in Ottoman Turkey when he met with Chancellor Angela Merkel on the sidelines of a European Union summit in Riga late on Thursday.

In a statement, Sarkisian’s office said the two discussed Armenia’s relations with the EU and Germany in particular as well as international efforts to broker a solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. It said they also touched upon recent officials ceremonies around the world, including in Berlin, that marked the 100th anniversary of the start of the Armenian massacres in the Ottoman Empire.

“President Serzh Sarkisian expressed gratitude to Germany’s authorities for their position on the condemnation of the Armenian genocide,” added the statement.

Sarkisian Reaffirms Support For EU Eastern Partnership

President Serzh Sarkisian has reaffirmed Armenia’s commitment to deepening ties with the European Union in a way that would not run counter to its recent accession to a Russian-led alliance of ex-Soviet states.

“Armenia is committed to taking steps together with its European partners to form a new legal basis for our relationship,” Sarkisian said at the start of a two-day EU summit in Riga late on Thursday. He stressed that a planned new Armenia-EU accord will be “compatible” with his country’s membership in the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU).

There was no such compatibility with an Association Agreement, including a significant free-trade component, which Yerevan and Brussels were close to finalizing in 2013.The EU abandoned the agreement after Armenia unexpectedly decided to join Russia’s trade bloc with Belarus and Kazakhstan.

Azerbaijan Objects To EU Summit Statement Over Karabakh

Azerbaijan nearly vetoed on Friday a joint declaration adopted at the European Union’s latest summit with six ex-Soviet states because of the wording of its references to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov, who represented his country at the summit held in Riga, reportedly stormed out of its concluding session that discussed the text drafted by EU officials. News reports from the Latvian capital said Mammadyarov demanded changes relating to the Karabakh dispute.

The 13-page declaration calls for the resolution of ethnic and territorial disputes in the former Soviet Union “on the basis of the principles and norms of international law.” It expresses “full support to the mediation efforts by the co-chairs of the Minsk Group on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, including at the level of [U.S., Russian and French] Presidents and their statements since 2009.”

Latest Armenian News:

Armenia Police Sign $314K Contract for Promotional Films and Videos

May 23, 2015 Armenia, Film, Video No Comments
Image 60412_b.jpg

11:50, May 23, 2015

Armenia’s Police Department has placed an order with Armenia Public TV to produce fourteen 26 minute films in a series entitled “My Army”.

The TV station will also be producing a 16 part series for the police on Yerevan detective stories.

The Police signed a 150 million AMD (US$314,260) contract with Armenia Public TV last March to produce the videos and films.

The contract states that the “My Army” series is tasked with “Depicting the powerful reality of Armenia’s armed forces and to show the Armenian and international public the technical and physical resources of our army and the fighting spirit of the Armenian soldier.”

Vardenis Mayor: “Our people don’t have the right to die, to get baptized and married”

May 23, 2015 Armenia, Business No Comments
Image 60417_b.jpg

13:47, May 23, 2015

Cultivable lands in the Aragatzotn village of Vardenis are turning to asphalt.

Village residents no longer work the land to the degree they once did. They don’t have access to the necessary farm equipment.

Kamo Petrosyan, the mayor of Vardenis, says that the plan to construct an equipment depot in the village for use by surrounding communities has since been shelved. What remains are tractors that are thirty years old and barely kept going.

Vardenis, a village of 604 residents just three kilometers from Abaran, is seeing more and more people working abroad in Russia, according to municipality accountant Balabek Petrosyan.

Mayor Petrosyan tells me that only a small fraction of the community’s 2,000 hectares of land is being cultivated.

European Parliament Passes Directive for Central Registers of Companies

May 22, 2015 Armenia, Europe No Comments
Image 60407_b.jpg

20:14, May 22, 2015

The European Parliament has passed the fourth anti-money laundering directive (AMLD4), a law that will oblige European Union (EU) member states to keep central registers of company ownership accessible both to authorities and the public.

The registers of information will include the ultimate beneficial owners of corporate and other legal entities, as well as trusts, according to a Parliamentary press release.

Original proposals for the directive did not include such a register, but ministers of the European Parliament (MEPs) insisted on its inclusion during negotiations.

To obtain access to a register, a person will have to demonstrate a legitimate interest in suspected money laundering or terrorist financing. For example, they could be an investigative journalist or work for a non-governmental organization.

Diaspora Activist Barred From Armenia

Thumbnail

A French-Armenian activist highly critical of President Serzh Sarkisian’s government was barred from entering Armenia and deported back to France on Friday more than 12 hours after arriving at Yerevan airport.

Schanth Vosgueritchian, a leader of a Diaspora group called Armenian Renaissance, was held at the Zvartnots international airport before being put on a return flight to Paris. He said afterwards that officers of Armenia’s National Security Service (NSS) declared him a persona no grata but gave no further explanations.

Diaspora Minister Hranush Hakobian quoted the NSS director, Gorik Hakobian, as telling her that Vosgueritchian “took actions in France that created problems for the Republic of Armenia.” “That is the reason why he was denied entry into Armenia,” she told reporters.

Sarkisian Lauds Germany Over Armenian Genocide Recognition

Thumbnail

President Serzh Sarkisian thanked Germany’s leaders for recognizing the Armenian genocide in Ottoman Turkey when he met with Chancellor Angela Merkel on the sidelines of a European Union summit in Riga late on Thursday.

In a statement, Sarkisian’s office said the two discussed Armenia’s relations with the EU and Germany in particular as well as international efforts to broker a solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. It said they also touched upon recent officials ceremonies around the world, including in Berlin, that marked the 100th anniversary of the start of the Armenian massacres in the Ottoman Empire.

“President Serzh Sarkisian expressed gratitude to Germany’s authorities for their position on the condemnation of the Armenian genocide,” added the statement.

Armenia Expels French-Armenian Activist with Ties to Opposition Founding Parliament

May 22, 2015 Armenia No Comments
Image 60383.jpg

10:10, May 22, 2015

The Founding Parliament organization in Armenia has issued a statement today that Shant Voskeritchian, a well-known French-Armenian activist and leader of the Paris branch of  Renaissance Arménienne, was not allowed entry into Armenia after disembarking from a flight from Paris at Yerevan’s Zvartnots Airport late last night.

Voskeritchian, who holds a ten year special residency passport under the name of Jean Baptiste Ozkirisian, is said to have been detained by Armenian authorities at the airport and was put on a plane this morning back to France.

The opposition Founding Parliament organization has condemned the expulsion of Voskeritchian as a throwback to Stalinist political persecution of dissenting voices, notng that the incident should serve as further proof that the current Armenian government works against the best interests of the nation and must be removed.

Tbilisi Church Cleaner: ‘Armenians Have Lost Their Former Position in This City’

Image 60395_b.jpg

15:04, May 22, 2015

It’s early Sunday morning, not yet ten. Children are seen filing into the St Gevorg Armenian Apostolic Church in Tbilisi.

Most of the pews are already filled. An elderly man is sitting on one of the pews. From a white satchel placed on the floor he removes bags of candy and distributes them to the children.

He’s no longer following the church service. The old man lights a bunch of candles and walks around the church, muttering something under his breath.

I spot a petit woman wearing a blue headscarf periodically shuffling to and fro in the church. She’s spot checking the church for litter. The woman then approaches one of the kids and softly asks that he remove his hat. He immediately obeys. As the service ends, the children begin to pray out loud.

U.S. Embassy Helps Make the Armenian Border More Secure

May 22, 2015 Armenia No Comments
Image 60399_b.jpg

16:34, May 22, 2015

In a ceremony at the Armenia Border Guard headquarters, U.S. Ambassador Richard M. Mills Jr., joined by National Security Service Deputy Director Lieutenant General Arzuman Harutyunyan and Border Guard Troops Commander Major General Armen Abrahamyan, inspected equipment from the U.S. government that will assist the border guards in keeping weapons of mass destruction, biological hazards, and other threats from crossing Armenia’s borders.  The equipment includes a multi-media lab that will be used in training Armenian border guards and other tools that will enhance the ability of border guards to control the flow of sensitive exports across the board and strengthen Armenia’s borders against transnational threats.   

Sarkisian Reaffirms Support For EU Eastern Partnership

Thumbnail

President Serzh Sarkisian has reaffirmed Armenia’s commitment to deepening ties with the European Union in a way that would not run counter to its recent accession to a Russian-led alliance of ex-Soviet states.

“Armenia is committed to taking steps together with its European partners to form a new legal basis for our relationship,” Sarkisian said at the start of a two-day EU summit in Riga late on Thursday. He stressed that a planned new Armenia-EU accord will be “compatible” with his country’s membership in the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU).

There was no such compatibility with an Association Agreement, including a significant free-trade component, which Yerevan and Brussels were close to finalizing in 2013.The EU abandoned the agreement after Armenia unexpectedly decided to join Russia’s trade bloc with Belarus and Kazakhstan.

RSS International News By CNN

CNN International Explores the Secrets of Armenia’s Stone Henge

AdvertisementAdvertisementAdvertisementAdvertisement

Recent Comments

RSS Middle East News By BBC

RSS Sports News By The Huffington Post

  • Certainly Looks Like Some Weed Fell Out Of Kevin Durant's Car Friday Night
    Kevin Durant was politely answering some reporter's questions outside a Los Angeles club Friday night when he decided it was time to go. But when he opened the door of his car to leave, he could only stand helplessly and act aloof as what looked an awful lot like a plastic canister of marijuana fell out of his car. “Uh-oh, dropping the weed!” yelled som […]
  • 35-Foot-Deep Sinkhole Swallows Part Of Missouri Golf Course
    Golfers in Branson, Missouri, have some extra hazards to contend with after four sinkholes swallowed part of the Top of the Rock Golf Course on Friday. The largest of the sinkholes abuts a pond on the course and is approximately 70 feet wide and 35 feet deep. According to KOLR10 News, a second hole measures 18 feet deep, while the other two are a (comparativ […]
  • Goodell Is Remaining On Tom Brady's Hearing Appeal And Rejects NFLPA Request To Recuse
    NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Goodell will hear Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in the deflated footballs scandal. Goodell will not withdraw from what the commissioner considers his responsibility of hearing the appeal, according to several people with knowledge of the decision. Those people spoke on condition of anonymity because no […]
  • This Sure Looks Like NYPD Cops Dominating A Pickup Game
    These street ballers have game. And a badge. A video that purportedly shows uniformed NYPD officers showing off their moves in a pickup basketball game is making the rounds on the Internet. Their opponents are rightfully impressed. These cops are good. Do they teach that feathery jumper in the academy? The Huffington Post reached out to the NYPD and the Face […]
  • You'll Have To See Tarik Cohen's One-Handed Backflip Catch To Believe It
    Granted, Tarik Cohen of North Carolina A&T's football team is not wearing pads, nor are large men trying to hit him like they'd be doing in an actual football game. But the running back's one-handed catch while doing a backflip is still impressive. Ridiculous, really. A video posted by ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ тarιĸ coнen (@tarikcohen) on May 7, 2015 at […]
  • Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak On Kobe Bryant Next Season: 'He Has Indicated To Me That This Is It'
    Looks like next season will be the last in Kobe Bryant’s legendary NBA career. "He has indicated to me that this is it," Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak told SiriusXM NBA radio on Thursday. Bryant, 36, will make $25 million next season, more than any other player in the league, in the second year of his two-year extension. Earlier […]
  • Marques Haynes, Harlem Globetrotters Legend, Dies At 89
    PHOENIX (AP) — Marques Haynes' dribbling skills wowed fans in more than 100 countries. He was a showstopper, a player who helped make the Harlem Globetrotters beloved ambassadors of basketball around the world. Haynes, often called the greatest dribbler in basketball history, died Friday in Plano, Texas, of natural causes, the Globetrotters said. He was […]
  • Looks Like Draymond Green Got His Trash-Talking Skills From His Mom
    Draymond Green is the one of the best trash-talkers in the NBA, if not the best. He single-handedly ruined Dahntay Jones' season after the Los Angeles Clipper had the gall to try and clown Green on national television. He is always jabbering as the trash-talking soul of a team that is two victories away from the finals. But people aren’t just born trash […]
  • Judge Dismisses Domestic Violence Charges Against Ray Rice; Now What?
    A New Jersey judge dismissed felony assault charges filed against former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice after an incident in which he struck his then fiancée in a casino elevator. Believe it or not, it is not uncommon for first-time domestic violence offenders like Rice to see charges against them dropped, but it should not sway victims from seeking […]
  • Jim Kelly Has 'No Doubt' Tom Brady Knew Balls Were Deflated
    If we really need another opinion on "deflategate," it might as well come from a Hall of Fame quarterback. Jim Kelly told CBS Sports Network's "We Need To Talk" that he's almost certain Tom Brady was fully aware that balls were being deflated for the New England Patriots' AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts […]

Our Sponsors

Poll

Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.

-

Featured Books

Book Reviews

John Balian’s “Novel Approach” Brings the Armenian Saga to the Masses – An interview with John Balian by Lucine Kasbarian

Gray Wolves and White Doves cover art

Armenians often wish for a tale about the Armenian Genocide and its aftermath that would make a blockbuster film and draw attention to their cause. John Balian’s new book, Gray Wolves and White Doves (CreateSpace/Amazon.com), may be that tale.

 Largely autobiographical, this atmospheric novel is presented through the eyes of an innocent young boy trying to make sense of the world as he grows up amid repressive conditions in Western Armenia/Eastern Turkey during the 1960s and 70s.

 This fast-paced, multi-layered narrative takes readers from Hanna Ibelin’s (a.k.a. Jonah Ibelinian’s) close-knit family life in the perilous Asia Minor region of Palu to terror and tragedy while en route to Syria’s Kamishli, to a bleak existence on the mean streets of Istanbul.

New Children’s Picture Book From Armenian Folklore

Teaneck, N.J. and Belmont, Mass. –  An Armenian folktale retold by Armenian-American writer Lucine Kasbarian and illustrated by Moscow-based artist Maria Zaikina debuts with Marshall Cavendish Children’s Publishers in April 2011.

The Greedy Sparrow: An Armenian Tale is from the ancient Armenian oral tradition and culture, which was nearly obliterated during the Turkish genocide of the Armenians, Assyrians and Greeks in 1915. The author learned the tale from her father, editor and columnist C.K. Garabed, who would recite it to her at bedtime. He had learned it from his own grandmother, a celebrated storyteller from the Old Country.  The tale was first put to paper by Armenian poet Hovhannes Toumanian at the turn of the 20th century.

“We Need To Lift The Armenian Taboo”

Turkish writer and publicist Ahmet Insel labels the initiative of the Turkish Nationalist Movement Party to pray namaz on the ruins of Ani as provocation.

In an interview with “A1+,” the publicist said the initiative was supported only by a small percentage of Turks.

“They offered namaz in Ani in protest against Christian rites carried out in Trabzon and Akhtamar. The leader of the Nationalist Movement Party, Devlet Bahceli said if Christians are allowed to pray inside museums, similarly he can pray namaz in Armenian churches,” said Ahmet Insel.

The Turkish writer arrived in Armenia to participate in a book festival. Presentation of Armenian version of Dialogue sur le tabou arménien (Dialogue about the Armenian Tabou) co-authored by Ahmet Insel and Michel Marian was held during the festival.

US Media Discusses The Armenian Genocide

BURBANK, CALIFORNIA –  KFI 640, a popular news/talk radio station hosted by Bill Handel on September 23 aired a live interview with Michael Bobelian, the writer of a new book titled  Children of Armenia: A Forgotten Genocide and the Century-long Struggle for Justice

The book chronicles the aftermath of the Armenian Genocide of 1915, and recounts a people’s struggle for justice in the face of a century of silence and denial.

During the interview, which was aired during the prime morning time slot, Bill Handel addressed both the efforts within the United States to ensure that the US government appropriately acknowledges the Armenian Genocide and Turkey’s ongoing denial.

Handel, a well known and nationally syndicated radio talk show host, has discussed the Armenian Genocide during past shows.

Commentary

Capitalism Run Amok Is Just Plain Capitalism

Image 58171.jpg

16:37, January 17, 2015

By Markar Melkonian

The source of Armenia’s misery and humiliation, we often hear, is not capitalism per se, but rather “gangster capitalism,” “a broken system,” “capitalism run amok.”

The goal for the future, then, is to “fix the system,” to reform capitalism, to make it more like regular, pure, genuine Free Enterprise, the kind of capitalism that works. But what if Armenia’s actually existing capitalism already is genuine capitalism?

An economist once observed that the only existential meaning of “enterprise” in the term free enterprise is “whatever capitalists happen to be doing at the time”–and “free” is the accompanying demand that they be allowed to do it.

Ukraine: Cops Go After Casinos, Suggest Yanukovych Connection

Image 57806.jpg

21:45, December 15, 2014

Ukraine’s ministry of internal affairs has launched a campaign against illegal casinos amid fears that a large network of underground gambling dens could be providing an income source for the son of the country’s disgraced former president Viktor Yanukovych.

The new crackdown on unlawful casinos – an ongoing scourge for law enforcement agencies in Ukraine since regulation was made stiffer with a 2009 law – was launched on Dec. 8 after an announcement on Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov’s official Facebook page.

Avakov, who keeps a lively and occasionally angry Facebook commentary on current affairs, pledged to put a complete stop to the establishments within ten days; first in the capital of Kyiv, then the rest of the nation.

Yerevan Calling: A Weekly Roundup of Random Musings from Armenia

Image 56686.jpg

13:05, October 3, 2014

Here it is dear readers, the debut of a weekly column I hope to maintain on a regular basis.

It’s sort of a catch-all of news snippets, irreverent commentary, and personal observations on what’s happened during the week here in Yerevan, and throughout Armenia.. Hopefully, you’ll find it interesting, if not slightly diverting.

Your comments and suggestions are welcomed.

Regards – Hrant

Oct. 2 – Protests Throughout Armenia: A Game of Numbers & Solidarity

Three separate protest rallies took place in Armenia today.

As Hetq reported earlier, business owners in the town of Sevan kept their stores and factories shut to protest changes to the so-called volume (sales) tax. Local residents flocked to the bread factory to wait on line for a loaf or two.

China: President Takes Action Against High Ranking Corrupt Officials

Image 55858.jpg

21:31, July 30, 2014

Zhou Yongkang, one of China’s most powerful former leaders, is under investigation in the highest-level corruption inquiry since the Communist Party came into power in 1949.

Under current president Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign, the party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection is investigating Zhou for “serious disciplinary violations,” as the officialXinhua news agency reports. Media has not yet, however, specified the allegations against him.

The probe is an attempt to show the length to which Xi and the party will go in order to combat abuse of power reportsThe Wall Street Journal. 

A commentary published in the officialPeoples Daily makes the point that regardless of  an official’s rank or supporters, punishment will result for violating laws or the party’s discipline. 

Armenian Gangs: Caught between an Archetype and a Cliché

Image 55647.jpg

19:15, July 12, 2014

By Marineh Khachadour

“The whole thing started with a scene straight out of a mobster movie. It was around 6 p.m. when more than a dozen men from two organized crime groups opened fire on each other in a North Hollywood parking lot. Witnesses say nearly everyone was armed, and the shootout quickly went mobile. The men took off in cars, exchanging fire as they weaved through the Whitsett Avenue traffic.”

Stories such as this are not unique to Armenians in the American press, but this investigative report recently published in the LA Weekly is about Armenian Power, the Los Angeles based Armenian gang that operates in the heavily Armenian populated communities of Glendale, Burbank, and North Hollywood.