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Karabakh conflict has negative impact on region – envoy

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Iran’s ambassador to Azerbaijan has expressed his concerns over the regional impact of the unsettled Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.“We find that the unsettled conflict negatively affects regional peace,” Mohsun Pak Ayin has said in an interview with the APA News Agency. The diplomat expressed hope that the member states of the UN Security Council would demonstrate a resolute stance on the issue to help reach a breakthrough.  

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Karabakh independence was key historic landmark – opinion

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The proclamation of Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) as an independent republic was an important landmark for our future, a historian has said, remembering the developments that led to the country’s independence.
“September 2 marked the birth of the second Armenian republic. Artsakh proclaimed itself a republic much earlier than did the Republic of Armenia,” Edik Minasyan, the dean of the Yerevan State University’s History Department, told reporters at a news conference devoted to the 23rd anniversary of Nagorno-Karabakh’s independence.
The historian remembered that the situation in Artsakh was extremely complicated in the early 1990’s, with Soviet Azerbaijan pursuing the policy of the Armenians’ deportation in collaboration with the USSR forces.
Minasyan noted that Azerbaijan proclaimed independence in the wake of a parliament decision adopted in August 1991. “The question should have been rapidly resolved under such circumstances, given especially that there were all the legal and historical conditions for declaring the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic an independent state. The USSR law allowed for that,” he explained.
The historian noted that Karabakh never before made part of the Azerbaijani republic, adding that the fact never prevented the latter from exercising violence against the former autonomous region.
He noted further that the proclamation of Karabakh was consistent with the norms and principles of international law, with the country subsequentluy electing a parliament and adopting its state flag, coat of arm and national anthem. “The defense of Artsakh and Armenia’s borders is in reliable hands today,” Minasyan said.

iPhone sales to ‘move the needle’ on Chinese exports

September 2, 2014 Armenia, Business, Diaspora No Comments
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iPhone 6 is coming, and the economic impact is going to be huge.In a note to clients, Bank of America Merrill Lynch economists Ting Lu and Marcella Chow write that iPhone 6 should boost China’s export growth by 1% per month for the rest of 2014, Business Insider reports.
iPhone 6 sales are also expected to boost Taiwan’s export growth 2% per month from August through October, and 1% from November through January.
iPhone sales should also account for 0.4% of GDP Taiwan’s GDP growth in 2014, a larger impact than in the past, as each iPhone 6 is expected to contain about $25 worth of inputs from Taiwan manufacturers.

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Germany bans car sharing service

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The car sharing service Uber has been hit with a temporary ban in Germanyafter a court in Frankfurt ruled that the mobile app violates the country’s Passenger Transportation Act, The Guardian reports.

The ruling came into force on Tuesday following an expedited hearing. It means the ban remains in place until a full hearing takes place and Uber could face a €250,000 (198,000) fine per ride.

Uber has vowed to keep the app online regardless of the ban. “You cannot put the brakes on progress,” the company said in a statement. “Uber will continue its operations and will offer Uberpop ridesharing services via its app throughout Germany.”

Another Armenian Civilian Detained In Azerbaijan

September 2, 2014 Armenia, Azerbaijan, Top News No Comments
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Authorities in Azerbaijan have arrested another resident of Armenia who crossed the Armenian-Azerbaijani border in unclear circumstances.

The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry announced the arrest of Sargis Ananian, a resident of the Armenian border town of Noyemberian, on Monday evening, almost one week after his disappearance. A ministry statement claimed that Ananian deliberately entered Azerbaijan because of poor living conditions at home. It said the 53-year-old man also has a long history of ill-health.

Hovik Abovian, the governor of Armenia’s northern Tavush province encompassing Noyemberian, suggested on Tuesday that Ananian wandered into Azerbaijani territory by accident. He said that the Noyemberian resident never had serious health problems or complained of his socioeconomic situation to local authorities.

Karabakh’s Independence ‘Irreversible,’ Says Sarkisian

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President Serzh Sarkisian described Nagorno-Karabakh’s de facto secession from Azerbaijan as “irreversible” as he marked the 23rd anniversary of the establishment of the self-proclaimed republic in Stepanakert on Tuesday.

Sarkisian joined Karabakh’s ethnic Armenian leaders and hundreds of ordinary residents in marching through the town on the occasion. The government-organized procession ended with a wreath-laying ceremony at a memorial to thousands of Karabakh Armenians killed during the successful 1991-1994 war with Azerbaijan.

“The historic choice of the people of Artsakh is an irreversible reality now,” Sarkisian said in a written address to the territory’s population issued earlier in the day.

Opposition Parties Downplay Talk Of Kocharian Comeback

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Two leading opposition parties made clear on Tuesday that they will continue to cooperate with Gagik Tsarukian’s Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) despite renewed speculation about his close ties to former President Robert Kocharian.

Tsarukian gave more weight to those suggestions when he publicized a warm congratulatory message on Kocharian’s 60th birthday anniversary marked on Sunday. The tycoon praised the ex-president’s decade-long rule during which he became one of Armenia’s richest men. An Armenian TV controlled by Tsarukian went on to air a very sympathetic documentary on Kocharian’s track record.

In an interview with a Russian-Armenian newspaper published on Friday, Kocharian again did not rule out his return to active politics. Observers have long regarded the BHK, which has the second largest parliamentary faction, has his main power base.

Iraqi Yazidis ‘Willing To Settle In Armenia’

September 2, 2014 Armenia, Karabakh, Top News, Turkey No Comments
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At least 150 Iraqi Yazidis who have taken refuge in Turkey are ready to relocate to Armenia on a permanent basis, a leader of the Armenian Yazidi community said on Tuesday.

Boris Murazi, the head of the Yerevan-based Sanjar Union, said the community can provide them with accommodation and work in rural areas of Armenia mostly populated by fellow Yazidis. He urged the Armenian government to allow those refugees to enter the country.

Murazi spoke to RFE/RL’s Armenian service (Azatutyun.am) two days after returning from southeastern Turkey where he and other Sanjar Union activists visited Yazidi refugee camps and heard harrowing accounts of atrocities committed by Islamic State militants in Iraq. In his words, as many as 22,000 of his co-ethnics fled to Turkey after being displaced by the radical Sunni Islamists.

Open-Air Opera in Shoushi Marks Artsakh’s Independence

September 2, 2014 Armenia, Arts, Culture No Comments
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12:42, September 2, 2014

To mark the 23rd anniversary of Artsakh’s independence, the Alexander Spendarian Opera and Ballet Theater staged an open-air performance of Avet Terteryan’s Ring of Fire opera in the ancient citadel of Shoushi. 

Artsakh Minister of Culture Narineh Aghabalyan said that staging open-air operas at the citadel to mark the country’s independence has become a tradition.

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

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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.

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China: President Takes Action Against High Ranking Corrupt Officials

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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

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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.

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For Better or For Worse: Nature Protection Ministry Proposes Amendments to Water Use Laws

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16:44, February 14, 2014

With the goal of providing a systematic solution to issues of effective use of water resources in Ararat valley, the Ministry of Nature Protection of the Republic of Armenia (RA) is proposing amendments and additions to the RA Water Code, and the RA laws on the Republic of Armenia’s National Water Program, on Licensing, and on State Tax.

The proposed legislative package has been sent to the relevant state agencies for their input.

Head of the Ministry of Nature Protection’s Water Resources Management Agency Volodya Narimanyan told Hetq, said that with this amendment package his ministry is attempting to clarify the ideas and the ambiguous commentary, as well as introduce new requirements. For example, one of the main points of the proposed amendments is if water use permit conditions are not met, the water use permit might be annulled.

2013 in Civil Society: Protests and more protests

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The struggle of civil movements this year has been comprehensive and diverse with limited success in certain fields due to unified efforts and active involvement of the civil society.

Despite the rather passive start of the year in terms of civil movements, the second half of 2013 turned out to be tense with active developments.

Some analysts believe that especially after the February 18 presidential ballot, when current president Serzh Sargsyan won a decisive victory over his opponents and was re-elected for a second term, despite the widespread poverty and atmosphere of injustice in the country, people became even more aware of the fact that is it impossible to achieve changes via elections and started practicing their constitutional rights to civil protest and disobedience more frequently.