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Chief of Argentine soccer club recognized for rejecting Azerbaijani sponsorship

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I am very pleased that San Lorenzo could be a pioneer in saying that not everything can be bought, that not everything can be sold,said Matias Lammens, President of the Argentinean football club San Lorenzo de Almagro, who was recognized by the Armenian community on Friday for rejecting Azerbaijani sponsorship in his club.
“Sometimes the power of money tries to trample on history, because Nagorno Karabakh was an Armenian territory until 1917. It is surprising how money occupies such an important place in our society and steps over issues of history and identity,” Lammens said, according to Asbarez.
Lammens was honored by a large gathering of representatives of the Armenian community and Armenian organizations, as well as leaders from other football clubs like the Vice Presidents of River and Independiente, Matias Patanian and Noray Nakis, respectively. The renowned sports journalists Enrique Macaya Marquezand Walter Safarian, who acted as host, also attended the event.
When asked by Prensa Armenia, Lammens provided details of the Azeri officials approaching him in Madrid and Argentina, who told him that “there could not be ethnic Armenians in the executive committee of the club.”
He also expressed his admiration for the Armenian community because “they are great activists and have always passed on from generation to generation the Armenian cause for genocide recognition. It seems incredible that only twenty countries have recognized the Genocide after almost a hundred years.”

Minister Lidington: UK Regards Armenia as Important Partner

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13:31, November 3, 2014

David Lidington, the United Kingdom’s Minister of State for Europe, met with Armenia Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Nalbandian and discussed options to further strengthen political, commerce and business ties between the two countries.

The two ministers agree that for such ties to expand Armenia must first take steps to improve and strengthen the efficacy of its legal sector.

Minister Lidington said that the United Kingdom regards Armenia as an important partner in the region and that his visit is aimed at reinvigorating cooperation between London and Yerevan.

Nalbandian described the efforts of Armenia and the OSCE Minsk Group Co-chairs to peacefully resolve the Karabakh conflict and, in turn, Lidington said that Great Britain supported this process.

Armenian Lawmaker Decries ‘Foiled’ Debate On Karabakh Recognition Bill

An opposition member of the Armenian parliament has accused her pro-government colleagues of deliberately foiling a debate on a bill that would formally recognize the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh.

The bill authored by Zaruhi Postanjian, a member of the opposition Heritage party, was to be discussed by the parliament’s foreign relations committee during its meeting in the Karabakh capital of Stepanakert on Sunday.

Talking to RFE/RL’s Armenian Service (Azatutyun.am) Postanjian said that while the meeting did take place, it was closed for both the press and other parties concerned in Nagorno-Karabakh, including lawmakers in the unrecognized republic. Besides, she said, while the meeting was to take a vote on the document and make a decision on its future status, nothing of the kind took place.

Europe For ‘Stronger’ Relations With Eastern European Countries

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The European Union wants its relations with post-Soviet countries to grow stronger despite the current tensions with Russia, a visiting British official said in Yerevan on Monday.

Minister of State at the British Foreign Office David Lidington was on an official visit to Armenia during which he, in particular, held meetings with the country’s Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian and President Serzh Sarkisian.  

Speaking at a joint press conference with Nalbandian, Lidington, replying to a question from RFE/RL’s Armenian Service on whether the current tense relations between the West and Russia would also affect the EU’s attitude towards Russia’s allies, such as Armenia, which is going to join a Russian-led trade bloc, the Eurasian Economic Union, in January.

Retired Armenian General Accused Of Violating Geneva Conventions

An odious Armenian general has been accused by human rights activists of violating the Geneva Conventions after he admitted he kept hostages during the Karabakh war.

Retired Lieutenant-General Manvel Grigorian, who is a member of the ruling Republican Party’s faction in the Armenian parliament, said over the weekend he had hundreds of Azerbaijani hostages during the 1992-1994 war in which he was one of the feared field commanders.

The 58-year-old former deputy defense minister who holds sway in Etchmiadzin, a city some 15 kilometers to the west of capital Yerevan, even admitted he had kept one such hostage at his own house. 

No practical steps in Karabakh peace talks – defense minister

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The peace talks over Nagorno-Karabakh remain limited to statements without practical steps, the minister of defense said today, commenting on the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents’ recent meeting in Paris.
“Confidence-strengthening measures have to be the first precondition of progress. The situation was tense those days, with the gunshots [by the Azerbaijani side] having increased in number. Should our neighbors realize that confidence between the two countries is necessary, future success will be possible,” Seyran Ohanyan told reporters Saturday.
The minister further addressed the winter draft, noting that they every year observe progress in the process. “There were, undoubtedly, shortcomings and omissions during the past drafts. But we now see maximum fairness in the process,” he added.

Russian Official Points Out Differences Between Crimea, Karabakh

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A senior member of the Russian Federal Assembly believes Nagorno-Karabakh will be entitled to join the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) only if its status is finally determined. Meanwhile, according to him, Crimea will be part of the emerging trade bloc as “primordially Russian land”.

“If the status of Nagorno-Karabakh is determined as Armenian territory, then there will be no problems. But today the issue is suspended,” said Nikolay Ryzhkov, a member of the Council of the Federation of the Russian Federal Assembly. 

Ryzhkov was one of the top government leaders in the late Soviet period. In 2008, the Armenian Government awarded Ryzhkov its highest state decoration, the National Hero of Armenia, in recognition of his significant personal contribution to the reconstruction in Armenia after the 1988 Spitak earthquake.

Paris meeting source of both hopes and pessimism – Karen Bekaryan

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Chairman of the European Integration NGO Karen Bekaryan pointed out positive and negative aspects of the latest Armenian-Azerbaijani-French presidential meeting in Paris, France, at a meeting with reporters on Thursday.The negative aspects of the meeting is that Nagorno-Karabakh was not represented at the meeting. “I have always been supportive of this thesis: the negotiations will not produce any results without Nagorno-Karabakh representatives, and Paris will not attach any importance to that,” Mr Bekaryan said.On the other hand, the negative aspect of the Paris meeting for Azerbaijan concerned its attempts to justify the acts of present sabotage.“President Hollande’s aim is to launch a framework agreement as soon as possible. I consider it a negative aspect as well because it is unclear,” he said.The positive is that poor talks are always better that fire.“It inspires hope that there will not be any further escalation. I said on one occasion that monopolizing the peace process by one of the mediators poses a threat. But in this case we can witness the opposite: the three mediators have, one after another, organized Armenian-Azerbaijani presidential meetings,” Mr Bekaryan said.In any case, the French leader’s initiative was aimed at creating confidence-building mechanisms because the two societies need to be prepared for peace.The Paris meeting inspires hopes for further contacts. On the other hand, there is some pessimism because the process is not showing any progress.“A rather low level of confidence should be noted as well,” Mr Bekaryan said. 

Armenian PM Describes 2015 Draft Budget As ‘Socially Oriented’

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Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamian believes the draft state budget for next year submitted to the parliament has a “social orientation” and aims to combat tax evasion by large businesses.

Speaking at the National Assembly at the start of budget discussions on Tuesday, Abrahamian emphasized that nearly half of the 2015 budget’s spending pattern is envisaged for social and cultural spheres.

The draft budget calls for an equivalent of nearly $2.9 billion in revenues, with expenditures standing at over $3.1 billion. According to the head of the government, the gap is manageable.

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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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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.

Want to Write for Hetq?

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10:24, March 14, 2014

I’m looking for freelancers who can broaden the scope of Hetq’s English edition

Arts & Culture, Commentary, Politics, Civil Society, Interviews…

Anything interesting happening in your local community you’d like to share?

Write to me with your ideas and story suggestions.

Hrant at hg.hetq@gmail.com

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