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Dolce & Gabbana’s Capri Fashion Show was even stunning on Twitter

July 20, 2014 Armenia, Diaspora No Comments
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Leave it to Dolce and Gabbana to convince us to spend an entire paycheck on a flight to Capri.
The luxury fashion house debuted its “Alta Moda” haute couture collection to a very lucky group of editors, buyers and big spenders in a secret cove off the Italian island. With nautical-themed lounge chairs complete with plush pillows, this was like no other fall runway show we’ve seen.
We’re not sure what we love more: The crushing ocean waves in the background or the elaborate dresses and accessories. But one thing’s for sure, Dolce and Gabbana’s Autumn/Winter 2014 couture show was the most beautiful showcase on Twitter this week.

Source: TertOriginial Article

Brother of Levon Hayrapetyan: ‘His Arrest was Politically Motivated’

July 20, 2014 Armenia, Arts No Comments
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12:50, July 17, 2014

The brother of Levon Hayrapetyan, the native Artsakh millionaire arrested the other day at a Moscow Airport on suspicion of being linked to a Russian organized crime syndicate, says the incident was politically motivated, this according to the Stepanakert-based Artsakh Today news center.

According to Artsakh Today, Vladimir Hayrapetyan says he has no doubt that his brother is innocent of all the charges levied against him in the Russian press.

“I have no news from Levon Hayrapetyan since I haven’t been able to get in touch with him personally. My successful brother was not afflicted with a craving to get rich and focused his resources solely towards developing the homeland, and this wasn’t conducive to many,” stated Vladimir Hayrapetyan according to Artsakh Today.

Plans to raise transport fares to get adequate public response – David Sanasaryan

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Trying to implement a transport fare rise program in Yerevan is unacceptable, David Sanasaryan, Barev Yerevan group member, Yerevan Municipal Council, told Tert.am as he commented on Yerevan Vice-Mayor Vahe Nikoyan’s statement in an interview with azatutyun.am.“If they are doing such a thing, all the sections of the population must jointly struggle against any possible increase in transport fares,” he said.Armenia’s government has decided to support 100,000 “socially vulnerable families” after the gas and electricity prices were increased in Armenia.However, Sanasaryan considers the government’s steps wrong because of vague definitions of “socially vulnerable” and “well-to-do” families.“How are they going to decide on whether this or that person or family is socially vulnerable or well-to-do? This is not a solution. It will raise one more wave of discontent. The authorities are bogged down and are now trying to get out of the situation.”He is critical of the government’s policy of making small and medium businesses taxable.“They are step by step forming a front for all the people to stand up against their ‘adequate activities’,” Sanasaryan said.The issue of transport fares has repeatedly been discussed with experts and NGOs representing consumers’ interests. The Yerevan Municipality has the right to raise the fares only after it ensures efficient transport management and high quality.“The quality they claim will be ensured after the fares have been raised,” Sanasaryan said. 

Nagorno-Karabakh PM hosts intn’l fellowship students

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The prime Minister of Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) on Friday received student awardees of the Luys Foundation’s fellowship programs.
Greeting the young guests, Ara Harutyunyan expressed hope that their knowledge acquired in internationally-acclaimed leading universities would be of great use in the country’s future state building efforts, reports the Nagorno-Karabakh Government’s press service.The students briefed the premier on a plan to develop a development project for Shoushi and raise Artsakh’s interest from a different perspective.Upon the guests’ request, Harutyunyan addressed plans for developing education and economy, as well as the government efforts in that direction.
The premier particularly addressed the ongoing construction of a vocational school in Shoushi, and the programs to develop mining, agriculture and tourism.
At the end, he also answered the students’ questions.  

No plan to intervene in Karabakh peace talks, Italian Embassy in Baku

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The Italian Embassy to Azerbaijan has issued a statement denying any intention to join the OSCE-mediated peace processes over Nagorno-Karabakh.
“To prevent willful interpretations of the Azerbaijani-Italian joint statement made during the Azerbaijani president’s visit to Rome, we find it necessary to underline that there is no intention to mediate the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement process spearheadedby the co-chairmanship of the OSCE Minsk Group.
“Italy always agrees to the EU’s consolidated position and reiterates its trust to the ongoing negotiation process and the principles proposed within its frameworks. It supports the efforts by the OSCE Minsk Group’s co-chairing countries, France, the Russian Federation and the United States,” reads the statement posted on the Embassy’s website. 

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Obama discusses new Russia sanctions with Merkel, Cameron

July 19, 2014 Armenia No Comments
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US President Barack Obama spoke to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday about the potential need for more sanctions against Russia if it fails to take steps to de-escalate the situation in Ukraine, Reuters reports, citing the White House.
“While agreeing to continue efforts to find a diplomatic solution to the current crisis, they reaffirmed their determination to remain in close contact as they consider what additional actions may be required,” the White House said of Obama’s call with Merkel.”They emphasized that Russia bears a clear responsibility to deny separatists in eastern Ukraine continued access to heavy weapons and other support from inside Russia,” it said.In their separate call, Obama and Cameron “reiterated the need to take further action if Russia continues to fail to take … steps” to de-escalate the Ukraine conflict, the White House said. 

Martiros Saryan canvass put up to eBay auction

July 19, 2014 Armenia, Diaspora No Comments
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A canvas by prominent Armenian painter Martiros Saryan has been put up for an online auction on eBay.
According to Armenpress, it is a 1948 painting entitled Ashtarak. July 21 is announced as the deadline.
No further details are reported. The owner of the canvas is said to be a resident of Las Vegas.
The website reports that the painting is an original copy with the author’s signature. 

Source: TertOriginial Article

Armenian Defense Minister:’Latest Azerbaijani Infiltration Into Karvatchar Probably Not the First’

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14:05, July 17, 2014

At today’s Armenian government cabinet session, Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan today affirmed that Azerbajani units had most likely infiltrated the Karvatchar (Kelbajar) region of Artsakh before last week’s incident was exposed.

The defense minister acknowledged that the ministry had received periodic reports from the Artsakh Defense Army about finding traces of such units in the area in the past.

Ohanyan assured the government that the ministry, in collaboration with security and army units, had tracked down the remnants of the latest group to infiltrate the border and had captured one of its members.

Ohanyan added that additional army units had been sent to the region to beef up security and to allay the fears of the local Armenian populace.

BiH: Serb Leader Calls Top US Diplomat “Pathological Liar”

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20:17, July 17, 2014

The president of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Serb-controlled section, the Republika Srpska (RS) has called the chief US diplomat in Bosnia a “pathological liar and proven troublemaker” in response to a speech the diplomat made about corruption.

President Milorad Dodik also said US charge d’affaires Nicholas Hill “significantly contributed to bring about an escalation of conflicts in the former Yugoslavia,”B92reports.

During a recentcommencement addressat the American University in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hill accused politicians, including Dodik, of corruption. “There is seething dissatisfaction in Republika Srpska aimed at the endemic corruption of the leader of the entity, the cronyism, the deals that enrich family members, the stories about luxurious real estate holdings in Belgrade or Cyprus … and rather than address the issues at hand, the RS leader changes the subject.”

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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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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.

Armenian Foreign Policies 2013: Customs Union, U-turn on EU accord, Karabakh, Turkey, regional developments

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2013 became a milestone year for Armenia not only in its foreign, but also domestic politics. After nearly four years of negotiations with the European Union over the signing of an association agreement on September 3 Armenia unexpectedly announced its intention to join the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.

This decision has had its influence not only on Armenia proper, but also on the processes elsewhere in Eastern Europe. Inspired by Armenia’s decision, Russia stepped up its pressure on Ukraine, which suspended the process of signing of the Association Agreement with the EU one week before the Vilnius summit of Eastern Partnership. As a result, on November 29 such agreements were initialed only by Moldova and Georgia.