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Bang, Bang – Ministry Announces New Hunting Season Regulations

August 14, 2015 Armenia No Comments
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13:10, August 14, 2015

Armenia’s Ministry of Nature Protection has announced guidelines for the new hunting season in the country. Here are a few examples:

Quail – 10 per hunt (season Aug. 23-Oct.31)

Doves – 5 (Aug.23-Jan.31)

Partridge – 5 (Nov. 1-Dec.31)

Woodcock – 5 (Aug.23-Dec.23) Except for those in Red Book

Larks – 5 (Sept.10-Oct.31)

Blackbirds – 10 (Aug.23-Oct.31)

Cowbirds – 5 (Aug.23-Dec.31)

The ministry reports that those with hunting license can kill grey crows, magpies, wolves and jackals during the 2015-2016 hunting season.

Source: HetqOriginial Article

Reconstruction is for the Brave Inhabitants of Artsakh’s Vurgavan Village

August 14, 2015 Armenia, Arts, Azerbaijan No Comments
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11:05, August 14, 2015

Gueorgui Khachatryan: The Mayor of Vurgavan

Gueorgui Khachatryan has been living in Vurgavan since the beginning of its resettlement in 1995-96, immediately after the ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan. He was originally from Jermuk and participated in the liberation movement of Kashatagh Province of Artsakh. For two years, he lived in Aghavno Village, also known as Zaboukh , with his family, then moved to Vurgavan.

So how and why did he move to Vurgavan?

Diabetes Patients in Armenia Still Receiving Indian Drug Despite Importation of French Brand

August 13, 2015 Armenia No Comments
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12:36, August 13, 2015

Government continues to purchase Indian DiaZone MR despite nasty side effects

Those suffering from Type-2 diabetes in Armenia will still be receiving DiaZone MR, a drug manufactured in India that many claim resulted in deleterious side effects like nausea and dizziness, at state-run polyclinics even though the superior French drug (Diabeton MR) is already being imported.

The Armenian government has stated that the French drug will be imported until 2020 as a substitute for DiaZone MR.

While the government has instructed state medical facilities to distribute the new French drug, said to produce less negative side effects, as of July 1 of this year it turns out that the Indian substitute will still be offered to patients.

Sprawling Yerevan Arena Again Privatized


Armenia’s largest sports and concert arena located in Yerevan will be sold to a little-known private company for $30 million one year after being controversially renationalized by the government, it emerged on Thursday.

The government said on Thursday that it will sign within a month a takeover agreement with NTAA Investment Group, a company that was registered in Armenia last month. According to Armenian press reports, well-known individuals are not among its official owners.

The deal was approved by Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamian’s cabinet after being presented by Defense Minister Seyran Ohanian, whose ministry has managed the Karen Demirchian Sport and Cultural Complex since August 2014.

Russia: Giant Aquarium to Open September Despite Embezzlement Scandal

August 13, 2015 Armenia No Comments
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17:58, August 13, 2015

The construction of one of the world’s largest ocean aquariums is set for completion this September despite being hit with a multi-billion rouble fraud scandal, according to Russian officials.

Based on the picturesque far-eastern island of Russky, close to Vladivostok, the saga of the Primorye Oceanarium has dragged out for more than a decade and has been shot through with controversy.

 Reportedly ordered by President Vladimir Putin in 2004, the hotly anticipated aquarium – which will feature exhibitions, marine animal shows, a coral reef, and 500 marine species – was originally set for completion in 2012, in time for a major international summit.

News website Fedpress.ru claimed the total budget of the project was 15.5 billion roubles (US$ 231 million).

Armenian Community of Argentina to Hold Armenian Genocide International Conference

August 13, 2015 Armenia No Comments
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20:09, August 13, 2015

The Commemorative Commission of the Armenian Genocide Centennial in Buenos Aires will hold an international conference entitled “Genocide and Human Rights: a hundred years of the Armenian Genocide” between 20 and 22 August at the University of Buenos Aires, Agencia Prensa Armenia reports.

The opening panel will be on August 20 with the presence of the Judge of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights Eugenio Raul Zaffaroni, former Judge Leon Carlos Arslanian, former Minister of Justice and Human Rights Ricardo Gil Lavedra, Chairman of the General Audit Office Leandro Despouy, and the Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Buenos AiresMonica Pinto.

An Online International Magazine is Launched

August 13, 2015 Africa, Armenia, Arts No Comments
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21:17, August 13, 2015

InPerspective brings together international journalism on a single website. Reporters from all over the world write articles about socially relevant topics.

On August 12, 2015 the InPerspective.media team has launched the online, international magazine. Inperspective journalists hail from all over the world and publish articles, opinion pieces and feature stories with various thematic focuses.

What began as an idea developed by Berlin based Anieke Becker, Klara Bitzer and Hanne Bohmhammel in January, 2014, to create a website that would publish worldwide perspectives, has grown into a non-proft project with a founding team of 9 editors, programmers and webdesigners.

HRHN condemns the sentencing of Leyla Yunus and Arif Yunus

August 13, 2015 Armenia, Azerbaijan, Europe No Comments
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“The Azerbaijani authorities are doing everything they can to shut down independent civil society. This sentence stands as an example of the criminalisation of lawful activities to promote human rights. It is simply appalling.” reacted Ane Tusvik Bonde, Regional Manager for Eastern Europe and Caucasus at the Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF).

The Court of Grave Crimes in Baku sentenced Leyla Yunus and Arif Yunus to respectively 8 years and six months imprisonment and 7 years imprisonment, on charges of fraud, illegal entrepreneurship and tax evasion. In addition to the sentences, the court requested confiscation of their property and bank accounts. All property is to be transferred to the State. Leyla Yunus and Arif Yunus were arrested on 30 July 2014. Arif Yunus was released and then arrested again on 5 August 2014. The couple remained in pre-trial detention since.

Chinese Investors ‘Interested’ In Iran-Armenia Rail Link

August 13, 2015 Armenia, Asia, Top News No Comments

A Chinese company has presented the Armenian government with “very good proposals” regarding an ambitious project to build a railway connecting Armenia with neighboring Iran, Transport and Communications Minister Gagik Beglarian said on Thursday.

Beglarian said Armenian officials will visit China in late September for detailed talks on those proposals. He declined to elaborate on them or name the company interested in the railway’s construction, which would cost an estimated $3 billion.

“We have received proposals from the Chinese side,” he told reporters. “We have also told them about our proposals.”

“I will give you details only if we reach a concrete agreement. The bottom line now is that the Chinese side has a strong interest [in the project] and has submitted very good, in my view, proposals,” added the minister.

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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.


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.