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Armenian Parliament vice-speaker receives Greek ambassador

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Armenian Parliament Vice-Speaker Eduard Sharmazanov received on Tuesday Greek Ambassador to Armenia Ioannis Taghis.Mr Sharmazanov highly appreciates centuries-old Armenian-Greek friendship. He highlighted Greece’s official position on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.Armenia sees only a peaceful and negotiated settlement of the conflict within the OSCE Minsk Group. Mr Sharmazanov condemned Azerbaijan’s policy which poses a threat to regional security and stability.Ambassador Ioannis Taghis sees only a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict within the OSCE Minsk Group as well.Speaking of the Armenian Genocide in Ottoman Turkey, he called it the greatest crime in modern history. 

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Foreign Missions Briefed On Karabakh Operation


Armenia’s First Deputy Defense Minister Davit Tonoyan met with Yerevan-based foreign diplomats and military attachés on Tuesday to brief them on a reported commando raid that gave Nagorno-Karabakh’s army access to the crash site of its downed helicopter.

A statement by the Armenian Defense Ministry said Tonoyan presented details of the “special operation” and “irrefutable facts” proving that it resulted in the recovery of the remains of the helicopter’s three crew members.


Armenia – First Deputy Defense Minister Davit Tonoyan meets with foreign diplomats and military attaches, Yerevan, 25Nov2014.

According to the statement, he also denounced Azerbaijan’s allegations that the Armenian military handed the remains of other persons to the families of the three pilots. “The Azerbaijani campaign of disinformation amounts to a cover-up by Azerbaijan’s army of its inability to accomplish tasks set by the political leadership,” Tonoyan was quoted as telling the representatives of more than a dozen foreign embassies.

Captain of downed MI-24 helicopter dreamt of being pilot

November 23, 2014 Azerbaijan, Diaspora, Karabakh No Comments
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Captain of the downed Nagorno-Karabakh MI-24 helicopter, Major Sergey Sahakyan, who was killed in the incident, had dreamt of becoming a pilot when a child.The unarmed MI-24 helicopter was carrying out a training flight along the Line of Contact, when it was shot down by the Azerbaijani’s armed forces.The bodies of the MI-24 pilots were recovered due to a special operation by the Nagorno-Karabakh Defense Army on November 24. 

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Civil funeral rites for the pilots of the MI-24 helicopter to take place at Yerevan church

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The civil funeral rites for the pilots of the MI-24 helicopter will take place at Surb Sargis church in Yerevan, on Monday.According to the preliminary information by Armenia’s Ministry of Defense, the three pilots will be buried at the Yerablur pantheon.The unarmed MI-24 helicopter was carrying out a training flight along the Line of Contact, when it was shot down by the Azerbaijani’s armed forces.The bodies of the MI-24 pilots were recovered due to a special operation by the Nagorno-Karabakh Defense Army on November 24. 

Source: TertOriginial Article

Armenian military always ready to rebuff Azerbaijanis– Yerkrapah leader

November 23, 2014 Armenia, Azerbaijan, Karabakh No Comments
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Armenia’s armed forces are always efficient enough to react to Azerbaijani violence, the leader of the volunteers’ union Yerkrapah (Defender of Land) has said, commenting on the Nagorno-Karabakh defense forces’ special military operations.
“The Armenian armed forces are always ready to teach a lesson to Askyars [muslim fighters]. The Armenian army proved yet another time that it is efficient and capable to performing its duties, and bears a full responsibility of the developments,” General Manvel Grigoryan told Tert.am.
The Nagorno-Karabakh Defense Army’s subdivisions launched special operations earlier on Saturday to access the crash site of the downed MI-24 helicopter to pick up the crewmembers’ bodies and resolve the circumstances of the incident.
The aircraft was hit near the Line of Contact last Wednesday in an apparent violation of ceasefire by Azerbaijan. The crewmembers whose remains were recovered from wreckage were Major Sergey Sahakyan, Senior lieutenant Sargis Nazaryan and Lieutenant Azat Sahakyan. All three were honored with posthumous awards.
The general extended his condolences and solidarity with the families of the deceased, expressing his sorrow for the tragic incident. “You are heroes if you are able to withstand your grief. Your children died for their fatherland. They are from now on the Armenian nation’s sons. Such people never die; they become immortal,” he said. 

Artsakh Military Launches Special Op; Retrieves Remains of Downed Helicopter Crew

November 22, 2014 Armenia, Arts, Azerbaijan, Karabakh No Comments
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11:19, November 22, 2014

The Artsakh Ministry of Defense reported today that on November 20 it successfully recovered the remains of the three crew members who were killed when their helicopter was shot down on November 12 by Azerbaijan along the Karabakh Line of Contact. 

Ever since the downing of the helicopter, Armenian armed forces were unable to approach the crash site citing constant fire by the Azerbaijani military.

The Artsakh Ministry of Defense said it launched a special operation to get to the downed helicopter.

Artsakh Defense Minister Movses Hakobyan stated that two Azerbaijani soldiers were killed during the operation.

P.S. Artsakh President Bako Sahakyan today posthumously awarded Medals of Bravery to the three crew members of the downed Armenian helicopter.

MI-24 crew recovery internationally praiseworthy act to silence enemy

November 22, 2014 Armenia, Arts, Karabakh No Comments
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The Nagorno-Karabakh Defense Army’s special military operations to recover the dead bodies of the downed Armenian helicopter’s crew constituted a brilliantly organized act deserving an international attention, says a spokesperson of Armenia’s Ministry of Defense.
“Against the backdrop of the extremely large-scale counteractions by the adversary in the form of fire and other [attacks], these operations were unprecedented in character and complexity. The performance was simply brilliant in light of the non-trivial losses by the adversary, who had prepared a trap. In the couple of few days to come, we will be hearing the names of those who may naturally have died in different casualties. The Nagorno-Karabakh special forces demonstrated a striking result on their [professional] holiday. Glory to them! It was an internationally praiseworthy brilliant act silencing the black cannons,” Artsrun Hovhannisyan wrote in Facebook.
The Armed Forces of Nagorno-Karabakh had to launch special operations on Saturday to access the crash site of the downed MI-24 helicopter for pulling out the crewmembers’ bodies.
Speaking to Tert.am, the Defense Army’s Commander Movses Hakobyan said he expects the operations to raise the military’s efficiency. “A soldier of the Nagorno-Karabakh army is always in a high fighting spirit,” he said.
Tert.am’s sources say that the defense authorities of the two Armenian republics are now considering the place and the procedures of the martyred crewmembers’ funeral.The special operations by the Nagorno-Karabakh Armed Forces were a reaction to the calls voiced by the OSCE Minsk Group in a recent statement, said Styopa Safaryan, the president of the Armenian Institute of International and Security Affairs (AIISA).
“The situation is very much similar to the early-1990’s, with the international community repeatedly making calls for ensuring a humanitarian corridor for the Nagorno-Karabakh people or ceasing the military operations,” he told Tert.am, citing a corresponding resolution by the UN Security Council.
The pilots on board the crashed helicopter were Major Sergey Sahakyan, Senior lieutenant Sargis Nazaryan and Lieutenant Azat Sahakyan. All three have been honored with posthumous awards. 

Armenian DM pledges retaliation to Azerbaijan

November 22, 2014 Armenia, Diaspora, Karabakh No Comments
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The Armenian defense forces will strengthen control in frontline military positions to rebuff possible acts of sabotage by the adversary, the defense minister has said, commenting on the Nagorno-Karabakh military’s special operations.
“Our neighbors tough stance, unsound judgment and failure to pull out the pilots forced the Armenian side to resort to special operations,” Seyran Ohanyan told the Armenian service of RFE/RL, adding that the Armenian forces demonstrated high skills while monitoring the crash site and destroying an enemy trap.
“We will tighten the control in the frontline in these circumstances,” he said, noting that all defense operations will be a reaction to possible violations of ceasefire.

Source: TertOriginial Article

Bodies Of Armenian Pilots Recovered From Downed Helicopter


Nagorno-Karabakh’s Armenian-backed armed forces said on Saturday that they recovered, in an overnight commando raid,

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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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Capitalism Run Amok Is Just Plain Capitalism

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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

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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

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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

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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.